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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

New halibut rules are bad news
The new NMFS Charter Halibut Regulations are flawed, unreasonable, and in conflict with my rights as an Alaskan resident. They affect many other people as well.

Against Auke Bay plans
The “plan” for Auke Bay harbor improvements sadly takes care of seasonal tourist businesses at the expense of local boaters.

Big oil
The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce is converging on Juneau to lobby again in support of big oil issues.

Special education degree program could come to Alaska
Alaskans interested in a special education teaching career have a problem — no bachelor’s degree program is offered in the state.

Photos: President's Day rally for peace
Juneau People for Peace and Justice, together with the Juneau Chapter of Veterans for Peace, assembled to urge President Barack Obama to disentangle the United States from the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Photo: Hitting the slopes early
Sarah Flora nordic skis with her children, Rocco, 3, and Sidney, 5, Monday on the Lower Loop trails at Eaglecrest.

Photos: Eaglecrest's Winter Fireworks Spectacular
Eaglecrest Ski Area held its annual Winter Fireworks Spectacular on Sunday after weather forced organizers to delay the event, originally scheduled for Saturday. The event featured live music, food, a bonfire and light show.

Photos: Getting ready for Fairbanks
Thunder Mountain High School hosted a practice robotics tournament Saturday. Teams from around Southeast Alaska gathered to prepare for the statewide FIRST Tech Challenge championship, a robotics tournament for high school students, in Fairbanks in early March.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

SEARHC offers free health screenings in Wrangell
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will host free health screenings for adults age 18 and older on Thursday in Wrangell.

Photo: Storm brewing
Storm clouds brew over Eaglecrest as skiers travel by chairlift this weekend. Juneau received about eight inches of snow between 3 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Dietitian earns certification in renal nutrition
Nancy Duhaime, clinical dietitian at Bartlett Regional Hospital, has achieved board certification as a specialist in renal nutrition.

Linda Rae Willis Kilgore
Linda Rae Willis Kilgore passed away Feb. 7, 2011 in Eugene, Ore. of complications from pulmonary fibrosis. She was 67.

Outside editorial: Take tobacco out of the game
The following editorial first appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Outside editorial: Political theatrics aside, the long-term deficit must be addressed
The following editorial first appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Unionizing through regulation
The labor movement is losing its customers. Private-sector union membership has fallen below 7 percent. Only one out of every 10 non-union workers tells pollsters they want to unionize.

Rights of workers important to everyone, including students
Students in my class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison voted unanimously not to have class this week. They did so to support and participate in the protests that are happening a few blocks down the street at the state Capitol.

Iraqis view Egypt with admiration
Frustrated with high unemployment, poor public services and corruption, Iraqis have been transfixed by media coverage of the uprising in Cairo. But while many are filled with admiration for the Egyptian people’s efforts, most here appear reluctant to follow suit.

Texas governor's actions don't always match his rhetoric
Texas Gov. Rick Perry might run for president.

Bill would expand the age for school attendance
JUNEAU — Alaska children would have to attend school from age 6 to 18 under a measure approved by the Senate Education Committee.

In Maryland, felt boots blamed for invasive 'rock snot'
MONKTON, Md. — As an algae with a gross nickname invades pristine trout streams across the U.S., Maryland is about to become the first state to enforce a ban on a type of footgear the organism uses to hitchhike from stream to stream: felt-soled fishing boots.

Institute to study wait times at Canadian border
BELLINGHAM, Wash. — The Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University is studying wait times at the Canadian border.

Hawaiian-language greetings begin at airport
HONOLULU — The Honolulu airport is starting to broadcast a Hawaiian-language greeting to arriving visitors.

Abercrombie moves up civil unions signing
HONOLULU — Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie is planning to sign civil unions into law a day earlier than expected this week.

Palin attends start of husband's snowmobile race
BIG LAKE — Todd Palin is participating in the world’s longest snowmobile race, with his famous wife on hand to see him off at the start.

Lone survivor in copter crash recalls terrible day
PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Coast Guard Lt. Lance Leone rescues people for a living.

Missing boy's mother launches flier campaign
ROSEBURG, Ore. — The mother of missing Oregon boy, Kyron Horman, and others are distributing fliers urging the public to ask the boy’s stepmother where he is.

Johnson's Chili products being recalled
Gold Star Sausage is recalling two varieties of Johnson’s Chili because they may contain soy, a known allergen, not declared on the label. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed the recalled products have been distributed in Alaska.

Photo: Triple threat hoops
Sixteen teams from Juneau, made up of 138 kids in grades five through eight, took part in the 2011 Triple Threat Basketball Tournament last weekend in Haines. The eighth-grade girls’ team won its bracket, as did the sixth-grade boys. The eighth-grade and seventh-grade boys’ teams, as well as the seventh-grade and sixth-grade girls’ teams, each finished in second place.

Cross country's Kikkan Randall is ready for worlds
Kikkan Randall of Alaska is America’s best cross-country skier, and she’s ready and rested for this week’s world championships in Norway.

Josh Tupou talks Thunder Mountain, NBA hoops
Sophomore guard Josh Tupou is learning, along with his teammates, about the growing pains that come with being a young basketball team.

Local swimmers impress at Great Alaska Open
There were swim clubs from all over Alaska competing in this weekend’s 2011 Senior Region XIV Great Alaska Open Swim Meet, but it was the locals who dominated their hometown pool.

AEL&P pushes for Anchorage rate hearing
Alaska Electric Light & Power is arguing against efforts in Juneau to get the utility’s rate increase hearing to be held in the community.

Alaskans react warily to federal budget cutting
Cutting the nation’s growing budget deficits may have hit Alaska’s budget, and may increase the state’s own deficit, legislative leaders say.

Rep. Cissna objects to airport search demand
JUNEAU — An Alaska state lawmaker is making her way back to the state capital after refusing what she called an invasive pat-down search at a Seattle airport.

Ketchikan’s Wally Kubley remembered for contributions to state, region
Alaskans are remembering Walter “Wally” Kubley, who once represented his hometown of Ketchikan in the Alaska Legislature, but had an impact throughout the region and the state.

Man accused of homicide, standoff charged in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE — A 51-year-old man accused of killing his girlfriend’s son and holding the woman and another person hostage in a remote Alaska village has been charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping, authorities said.

In Alaska, Constitution no cure for education woes
JUNEAU — Faced with low voter turnout and a student population perceived as constitutionally uneducated, two Alaska representatives believe civics is the solution.

Polar bear status goes to court again
A federal judge will hear arguments next week in a case that speaks to a central question regarding Arctic animals affected by climate warming: When is a species endangered?

Natural gas reservoir not quite ready
ANCHORAGE — The decision to close the Kenai Peninsula liquefied natural gas export plant could make more gas available for heating homes and businesses in south-central Alaska, but not for a couple of years, the Anchorage Daily News reported Monday.

Rival author accused of leaking Sarah Palin manuscript
JUNEAU — The writers of a former Sarah Palin aide’s unpublished memoir are alleging the author of a rival book helped leak copies of their manuscript, destroying its marketability.

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