Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Cruise industry knocks proposed wastewater rules
Cruise lines said more than half of the ships operating in Alaska would not be able to meet limits for the pollutant ammonia under proposed wastewater rules set to go into effect this year.

New rescue group takes shape
Some seasoned search-and- rescue volunteers have branched off from Juneau Mountain Rescue to form a new group to help people who become lost or injured in the wilderness around the capital.

Snow science expert visits Juneau
As another Juneau winter begins to fade, residents might wonder why it was so different from last winter.

Juneau youth net Tsunami Bowl win
Fairbanks -For the fourth year in a row, high school students from Juneau took first place in the 13th annual Alaska Region National Ocean Sciences Bowl, also known as the Tsunami Bowl. South Anchorage High School's Team Starfish won second place.

Lunch-time lecture features Tlingit art
JUNEAU - Tlingit carver Archie Cavanaugh Jr. will discuss the development of his art and comment on selected Northwest Coast Native objects from the collection of the Alaska State Museum during a free brown-bag lecture at noon Wednesday at the museum.

Photo: Show of spirit

JDHS teacher opens the door to science
JUNEAU - For the next several weeks, Juneau-Douglas High School science teacher John Smith will focus on the Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair, an annual rite of passage for many aspiring scientists.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

College students lobby Capitol for need-based aid
Students from University of Alaska Southeast and elsewhere in Alaska praised Gov. Sean Parnell's desire to see more Alaskans attend college, but said the way to do that was not with his Governor's Performance Scholarships but instead with help for needy students.

Correction
A secondary headline on A1 in Monday's edition about draft rules for cruise ship wastewater discharges was incorrect. Cruise lines, through comments made by Alaska Cruise Association consultant Mike Tibbles, said more than half of the ships operating in Alaska would not be able to meet ammonia limits in the 2010 draft rule. The state tests for a list of pollutants, not just ammonia, and Tibbles did not say the cruise lines could not meet stricter limits for all of them.

School District slates last budget meeting
JUNEAU - The Juneau School District Budget Committee of the Whole will have its final meeting before presenting a draft budget to the School Board today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Juneau-Douglas High School library.

NAMI-Juneau offers course for families
JUNEAU - NAMI-Juneau is offering its Signature Family-to-Family class beginning in March. The free 12-week course is taught by trained NAMI members and offers education and support for families and friends of people with mental illness. The course teaches the knowledge and skills that people need to cope with mental illness.

Subsistence rule review not likely to bring 'major overhaul'
Sweeping changes in federal subsistence hunting and fishing rules are not likely to come from an Alaska review ordered last fall by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

Assembly delays trash pickup decision
The Juneau Assembly voted Monday evening to postpone the adoption of an ordinance that would mandate Juneau residents, businesses and nonprofits within the city's roaded service area sign up for trash pickup or face a $50 fine. The delay is intended to allow for further public discussion and revision of the ordinance.

City turns down zoning change
Citing worries about the appearance of gamesmanship, the Assembly voted unanimously against a zoning ordinance change along Glacier Avenue Monday night.

SEACC reaches out to community with ad campaign
The environmental organization that Juneau's conservatives love to hate is reaching out to moderates through a print ad campaign that encourages, "Get to know us," with pictures of board members and a bit of their biographical information.

Dynamites learn hockey in miniature
An unwritten rule in hockey is "Hockey players must carry their own gear." For 35-pound, 4-year-old Dynamites player Jaxson White, that means hoisting equipment that nearly weighs as much as he does.

Photo: Gregarious gulls
Cindy Anniskett scans the Douglas Island hillside Monday as Michelle Roberts, 14, feeds gulls at Marine Park.

Photos: Fog Delay
A dense fog advisory remains in effect until noon today and visibility could be reduced to one quarter of a mile or less. Skies will remain mostly clear in areas where there is no fog, according to the National Weather Service.

Photo: Squishy biology
Students, dissect squids Friday during a science workshop taught by traveling biology teacher Lisa Long at the The Ladd Macaulay VisitorCenter. During the week-long workshop, home-schoolstudents dissected clams, tape worms, grasshoppers as well as the squid.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: Fog begins to clear
A fishing boat slips out of the harbor Monday as the fog breaks up over downtown Juneau.

Esteban B. Capada
Longtime Juneau resident Esteban B. Capada, a World War II veteran, died Feb. 21, 2010, of a natural illness in the Philippines. He was 91.

Cell phone ban goes a little too far
The 2010 legislative session was one-third over last week, with legislators considering many possible laws. Among ideas being bandied about is a complete ban on the use of mobile telephones while driving.

Outside editorial: Ensuring a balanced Internet
The following editorial appeared in the Kansas City Star:

'Faces of ACES' or 'Fleecing of Alaska?'
Fact: Every major oil producer in Alaska has bid for the right to take over production of Iraq's poorly maintained and under-producing oilfields in exchange for payment of less than $2 per barrel for their services. Even after a big tax increase, Alaska's largest producers still average about $20 per barrel for providing the same service.

Environmentalists tried to compromise on timber sale
The claims by Sara Chambers that Southeast Alaska Conservation Council did not negotiate in good faith the Logjam timber sale is malicious and wrong. I was at the resolution meetings and I took notes, and I have the U.S. Forest Service's documents about the meeting. I have read the appeals and the appeal decisions and they are available for anyone who wants to know the facts. This is what happened at the appeal resolution meetings.

Joseph Stack: Taking our fear and anger too far
By night, the shattered government offices are lit up by the floodlights of emergency crews and investigators. Hours after Joseph Stack, a failed software engineer and part-time musician, slammed a single engine plane into this building two bodies are pulled from the black glass and a single question emerges: Why?

A bad history for a bad bill
If S. 881 passes out of committee next month, Southeast Alaska and the nation will be worse off. Here is an untold story.

Want real health reform? Let the states take the lead
The vast majority of Americans want health-care reform. They just don't want the monstrous telephone-book-size bills now before the House and Senate.

Assembly to consider mandatory trash law
JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly will consider adopting a mandatory universal trash pickup ordinance for all residents, businesses and nonprofit groups within the Juneau roaded service area at its meeting this evening.

Final musher crosses finish in Yukon Quest
ANCHORAGE - The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race is officially over.

Census commissions totem pole in Sitka
SITKA - The Census Bureau paid $15,000 to commission a totem pole to represent the unique relationship between the Census Bureau and Alaska Natives.

Wasilla man injured in snowmobile crash
ANCHORAGE - A snowmobile rider was severely injured in an accident near Big Lake. Alaska state troopers says 48-year-old Kevin Blume of Wasilla was turning onto a paved road Sunday when a ski caught on the edge of the asphalt. Blume was not wearing a helmet.

Murkowski trumpets GOP chances for '10
FAIRBANKS - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Republicans have the Democratic Party "absolutely scrambling."

Refinery apologizes for contamination
FAIRBANKS - The prospect of being a guinea pig is unsettling to Richard Tallant.

Search fails to find man missing in avalanche
ANCHORAGE - A search Sunday failed to find the body of a man who disappeared more than a week ago in a Kenai Peninsula avalanche.

Body of man missing in avalanche found
ANCHORAGE- Searchers have recovered the body of a ConocoPhillips Alaska employee missing and presumed dead since a Feb. 13 avalanche on the Kenai Peninsula that killed the head of the company.

Senator proposes Alaska Railroad oversee pipeline
JUNEAU - An Alaska state senator said she wants an in-state natural gas pipeline but as quickly as possible and sees giving responsibility of it to the Alaska Railroad Corp. as the way to do that.

Todd Palin, partner scratch from Iron Dog snowmobile race
ANCHORAGE - Todd Palin, the husband of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and his partner have pulled out of what is dubbed the world's longest snowmobile race.

Residents feel light Kodiak Island quake
OLD HARBOR - A light earthquake has been felt by some residents on Alaska's Kodiak Island.

Don Young wary of national monuments
FAIRBANKS - Congressman Don Young is raising concern that the Obama administration wants to designate national monuments to halt development.

Chris Budbill talks hockey, house-building
Ever since Treadwell Arena opened its doors more than five years ago, senior hockey player Chris Budbill has been playing there.

Alaska Youth Soccer
After five Fall try outs around the state soccer players are selected to a state pool for various age group teams. That group attends three mini-camps held in Fairbanks, Wasilla, and Juneau from which the final players are selected for the Alaska State Olympic Development Teams.

Falcons fall on road
The Thunder Mountain girls' basketball team found the going difficult in the finale of their three-game road trip as they lost 58-11 to West Valley.

Parnell's $100 million infrastructure target likely to be shot down
Gov. Sean Parnell's $100 million deferred maintenance proposal is unlikely to pass the Legislature by next week's target date, and his administration is partly to blame, a Republican state lawmaker said Monday.

Alyeska to shift 29 Fairbanks positions to Anchorage
FAIRBANKS - The company that operates the 800-mile trans-Alaska pipeline has notified 29 Fairbanks employees that their jobs will be shifted to Anchorage.

Group wants EPA to reduce pollution from soot
ANCHORAGE - An environmental group petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to reduce soot, saying it accelerates melting of glaciers and sea ice.

Legislators scramble to file bills they fear will go nowhere
With this legislative session a third of the way through and energy dominating the debate so far, there's a creeping sense of frustration among lawmakers that some of their bills are getting short shrift.

Health-care providers push for financial help bill
Health-care providers are stepping up their campaign for the Legislature to pass a bill establishing state incentives to recruit medical professionals to the state.

Begich among Democrats who oppose global-warming rules
WASHINGTON - Eight Democratic senators from industrial states, including Alaska's Mark Begich, are challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate pollution blamed for global warming.

Ice carving competition under way
FAIRBANKS - Some 28 ice carvers from around the nation are in Fairbanks for the U.S. National Ice Carving Championship.

Alaska to retry Linehan for '96 murder
ANCHORAGE - Alaska will retry a former stripper-turned-soccer mom whose conviction for murdering her former fiance was overturned earlier this month, state Attorney General Dan Sullivan said Monday.

Celebrity, yes, but can Palin become more?
WASHINGTON - Sarah Palin lacks many of the traits of a typical American presidential candidate. She's unconventional, unpredictable and, to hear some tell it, unprepared.

Dancing ban lifted in Noorvik
NOORVIK - Bobby Wells has lived all his life in this remote Alaska village, where the Eskimo dancing of his ancestors was banned by Quaker missionaries a century ago as primitive idolatry.

Company modernizing Skagway trains
TACOMA, Wash. - Without specific directions, it's difficult to find Global Locomotive. The nearest town, Western Junction, doesn't appear on many maps. And the last half-mile to the company headquarters southeast of Olympia follows a gravel road through the woods to a metal industrial building beside the old Chehalis Western Railroad tracks.

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