Murkowski: Public will be heard on Sealaska bill
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has committed to hearing more from Southeast Alaska residents about Sealaska lands legislation under consideration by Congress.

Auke Bay facility gets $3.6M grant
Juneau has received $3.64 million in federal money that will allow Docks and Harbors to finish its original plans for the Auke Bay loading facility.

Photo: Holding pattern
Leonard Sivertsen watches an Alaska Airlines jet leave holding-pattern contrails over downtown Thursday as thick fog at the airport kept planes from landing.

FASD conference continues through Saturday
Members of the community ranging from educators and attorneys to health and social service providers crowded into Centennial Hall on Thursday for the start of a three-day conference about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder.

Outside editorial: US must show that a central government can work in Afghanistan
T he current offensive in Helmand province is providing evidence that President Barack Obama's plan to begin pulling out of Afghanistan by summer 2011 will be a tough schedule to meet.

Pro: Court rulings affirm mandated health insurance is constitutional
SEATTLE - Does Congress have constitutional power to require Americans to carry health insurance? Undoubtedly yes.

Con: Individual health savings accounts are better
WASHINGTON - In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama said, "If anyone from either party has a better approach" to reforming health care, "let me know."

A Foundation for the future
There's a misconception that snow sports are a rich man'sdiscipline.

Community meeting Saturday for local Special Olympics
JUNEAU - There will be a community meeting held Saturday, Feb. 20 from 3-5 p.m. at Thunder Mountain High School for athletes, volunteers or anyone interested getting involved with the program.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival begins Thursday
JUNEAU - The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is coming to Centennial Hall on Thursday, February 25th at 7:00 pm.

Backcountry Film Festival on Tuesday at the Gold Town
JUNEAU - The Winter Wildlands Alliance is hosting a festival beginning Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Gold Town Nickelodeon that promises to quench the thirst of winter addicts everywhere.

Red Cross offering CPR, AED, first aid instruction
JUNEAU - The American Red Cross of Alaska is offering OSHA certified classes in CPR, AED and first aid for community members.

Engineers Week wraps up with awards banquet
JUNEAU - This year's Engineers Week will culminate Saturday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. at Centennial Hall with a lecture from keynote speaker, Bruce Bowler of Juneau Mountain Rescue and the SEADOGS.

Denali Park rangers invite Alaskans to go hiking
DENALI NATIONAL PARK - Rangers at Denali National Park are encouraging Alaskans to put on their snowshoes and take a weekend hike.

Unit 4 Trapping season closes
SITKA — The season for marten, mink and river otter is now closed according to a release from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Wildlife Conservation.

Pygmy owl: Bite much bigger than its beak
The northern pygmy owl is not the smallest owl in North America; the tiny elf owl of our southern deserts merits that distinction. But our northern pygmy owl is indeed small, measuring only six or seven inches in overall length, including the tail. Perched on a tree branch, a pygmy owl stands maybe five inches tall. They only weigh about 70 grams (or 2.5 ounces).

In Alaska, monkeys not allowed
Juneau is not overrun with monkeys, and it won't be. The Alaska Board of Game has essentially declared the entire state to be a monkey-free zone.

Swiss avalanche pro in town to talk, teach
JUNEAU - Manuel Genswein, a Swiss avalanche specialist, will give a free public lecture tonight at the Hangar Ballroom, and over the weekend, will instruct local agencies as part of an inter-agency professional training module in avalanche rescue.

Photo: Nice ride
Some tough riders took a ride out Glacier Highway on Monday, Feb. 15. Pictured from left to right are Joe Tagaban, Kami West, Todd West, Cynthia Hansen and David Hansen.

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Cowboy action shoot promises 'loads of fun'
JUNEAU - The Single Action Shooting society is hosting their monthly Cowboy Action Schoot at the Hank Harmon Rifle Range Sunday, Feb. 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Woman's body found north of Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers say the body of a woman has been found in a wooded area north of Fairbanks.

Palin seeks Johnston's financial records
ANCHORAGE - The lawyer representing Sarah Palin's daughter in a child support battle is seeking financial statements from Playgirl magazine, CNN and other media companies.

Parnell signs first bill of session into law
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell has signed his first bill into law.

Lawmakers OK money for more Juneau office space
JUNEAU - Alaska state lawmakers have approved spending up to $300,000 for additional office space in downtown Juneau.

ACLU objects to subpoena power
JUNEAU - The ACLU of Alaska is calling a bill that seeks to crack down on sex offenders unconstitutional.

Sitka totem pole adds stature to Census
SITKA - Alaska historically has placed last among the states in the percentage of mail-back questionnaires returned to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Iditarod mushers drop off food for trail
ANCHORAGE - The dog and human food that mushers will need for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race are being dropped off in Anchorage this week.

Study: Alaska immigrants' economic role grows
JUNEAU - An immigration policy reform group says Alaska's foreign-born and minority populations have a growing presence in Alaska and its economy.

Man accused of murdering his father
BETHEL - A 30-year-old man from the village of Kongiganak (kahn-GIG-uh-nuk) has been accused of shooting and killing his father.

The time is now as both Bear squads face nemesis Ketchikan
The homestretch begins tonight in the race for the overall top seeds in next month's Southeast Conference boys' and girls' basketball tournaments, with four crucial games for the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bear teams.

Women team up for Iron Dog snowmachine race
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Shane and Tammy Barber have been together 18 years now, 16 as a married couple.

Murkowski: State must do 'soul searching' on economy
JUNEAU - Alaska's economy faces significant threats from environmentalists, federal regulations and even from within - in the form of problems like high student dropout rates and domestic violence, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Thursday.

All-Alaska gasline drives candidate
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker has positions on many Alaska issues, but he has passion for developing the state's huge reserves of natural gas.

Alaska lawmaker wants 1 legislative chamber
FAIRBANKS - Eliminating Alaska's House of Representatives and expanding the state Senate would make the Legislature more efficient, a lawmaker said in making the proposal.

Seward Highway reopens after avalanche closure
ANCHORAGE - The only highway linking Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula reopened Thursday evening after a seven-hour avalanche closure.

Photo: Forest biology
University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan campus biology instructor Barbara Morgan, right foreground, talks about the role of alder trees to students studying plant life in a second-growth forest Wednesday morning on the Rainbird Trail in Ketchikan.

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