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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Week 4 Results!
The weight loss results for week 4.

Dr. Pavitt’s Weekly Tip for Permanent Fat Loss
One of the reasons I was hesitant to become involved with a weight loss contest is that for many people wanting to lose weight, using a scale too frequently can be counterproductive. Perhaps the biggest problem with frequently weighing one’s self is that our weight naturally fluctuates throughout the day and on different days. This fluctuation can be much greater than the amount of fat you can reasonably expect to gain or lose in a week’s time.

Struggling with Overeating and Food Addiction - Part 2
Part II on Food Addiction and Compulsive Overeating.

Passions escalate as El Sombrero thief sentenced in court
The Juneau man involved in the theft of a safe from the El Sombrero restaurant the morning of July 9 was sentenced — and also warned by Juneau Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins to reform his life and pay restitution to the victims.

Docks and Harbors approves 1.8% moorage increase
Moorage rates will see a small increase next year on all city-owned Juneau docks.

Judges allow convicted Juneau sex offender to travel
Judges in Juneau Superior Court on Thursday ruled that convicted sex offender James Hamey, a former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball coach, would be allowed to travel to Anchorage and California to visit family.

Police and 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.

Photo: Abbey Road re-enactment?
A fab four of glacier hikers walk across the frozen, snow-covered Mendenhall Lake early this week. According to the National Weather Service, clear skies and cold temperatures will become partly cloudy with snow showers as the weekend approaches.

Photo: LEGO Legislature
Andyn Mulgrew-Truitt, 10, and Nihco Moises, 11, right, of the LEGO L’Eagles, a FIRST LEGO League team from Mendenhall River Community School, demostrate their computerized robot on a game board for the House Education Committee at the Capitol Monday. FIRST LEGO League introduces young students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. The program is part of the Juneau Economic Development Council’s education programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The committee members are from left: chairman Rep. Alan Dick, Rep. Paul Seaton, Rep. Scott Jiu Wo Kawasaki and Rep. Eric Feige.

Photos: Survival camp
The Education Training Company of Sitka are teaching a five-day survival course to U.S. Coast Guard crewmen, who are learning techniques including shelter construction and starting fires.

Fernando G. Orozco
Fernando G. Orozco died Feb. 16, 2011. His family wrote he was surrounded by family and died peacefully at his home.

Gary L. Durling, Sr.
Former longtime Juneau resident Gary Lee Durling, Sr., 71, died on Feb. 17, 2011 in Corvallis, Ore.

My turn: Sealaska bill still bad for small business
It is only a matter of time that the Sealaska Corporation entitlement bill will be dusted-off for this new congressional session. Just last month, the dialogue on the bill commenced on Southeast’s public radio stations and a week ago, I read the OpEd by Chris E. McNeill Jr., CEO and president of Sealaska Corporation, in the Juneau Empire (January 31, 2011). Unfortunately, the six-part radio series failed to include voices from local small businesses that make their living off the land and waters. And, Mr. McNeill’s column continues to push for a single-stakeholder solution.

The scourge of Somalia
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Ask the experts about alcohol's damage
It is with much concern that I read the headlines of Thursday’s (Feb. 24) paper concerning alcohol retail. Whether we like to admit it or not, there is a crisis in this state in the use of alcohol, and its not just in the “bush” (read Native) communities. The effects of alcohol on spousal abuse, home violence, DWI deaths, and related tragedies should be the primary concern of our legislative leaders, not just the further marketing of alcohol. Suicide rates among our young are frightening, and I wonder about the role alcohol consumption plays in them. But certainly the rate of fetal alcohol syndrome and fetal alcohol syndrome effects are enormous. Calling them “fetal” is a misnomer, because it affects the entire life of the person who has it, not just their early years. It permanently alters their brain structures. And its not something that only happens in “bush” communities. It often takes a woman three of more weeks to discover she is pregnant. How about her alcohol consumption during that period? Three weeks where the fetus is forming and developing and may well be awash with alcohol if the woman chooses to party during that period.

Law already gives states maximum flexibility
In a Feb. 7, 2011, letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, 21 Republican governors demanded that their respective states be exempt from a host of provisions in the new health-care law — the Affordable Care Act.

States are forced to pay for measures they can't afford
Less than a year since Congress passed the health overhaul law, the government is handing out hundreds and hundreds of waivers exempting a favored few from some of its expensive and burdensome provisions.

High Gravity Games aim to fly high
What goes up must come down and, in most cases, the quicker the better.

Into caverns of ice
Ice caves. They are illusive, mysterious and as striking as a fine diamond. They are also deadly. It’s fair to say, however, that most things worth seeing in this world carry an inherent level of danger.

New valley Nordic trails now groomed
Grooming of the new Powerline and Under the Thunder trails in the Mendenhall Valley has begun, thanks to local volunteer efforts and — of course — Mother Nature.

More than just that 'slimy stuff'
This week’s Friday Fireside Lecture will feature marine biologist Mandy Lindeberg, who will offer up an opportunity to learn the basics of seaweed identification and share the natural habitat of various species which grow along the Alaska coastline.

Sticklebacks: Little fish with substantial value
Last summer, I did a little fish trapping (with a permit) in some of the ponds in the Dredge Lake area. The most common fish in my traps were three-spined sticklebacks. These tiny fish-lets get no attention from most people, because they have no “value” for sport or commercial fishing, but they are exceedingly interesting biologically and very important scientifically. The research literature on this species is vast, so this short essay provides only a sampling.

Hunting permits to be announced today
JUNEAU — Drawing results for Tier I and Tier II permits will be released by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game at 5 p.m. today.

It’s always a good season for steelhead
JUNEAU — The Raincountry Flyfishers will hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, in the Thunder Mountain High School Library.

Wild shots
The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska’s wildlife, scenery or plant life. Send your photos via e-mail to: Abby Lowell, Outdoors editor, abby.lowell@juneauempire.com. For all photos include the name of the photographer, a description of what is shown in the picture, when it was taken and any other pertinent information. Images will run as space allows.

Trap shoot participants brave wild weather
On Saturday, Feb 12, the Juneau Gun Club held an Amateur Trap Association registered trap shoot with a Pacific International Trap Association cross-over. A group of 20 individuals braved somewhat mild to moderate, but wet conditions for a 300-bird event. Not all shot gunners participated in each event, as it did make for a long day. Morning temperatures hovered around freezing with light and some drizzle. By the end of the day, there were periods of hard rain, wind and freezing temperatures. Despite the change in weather, all had fun.

Trail and grooming conditions for Feb. 24
Eaglecrest reportas of Feb. 24:• New snow (24 hours):

Tides for Feb. 25 - March 3
Today, Feb. 25

Weather delays Iron Dog
FAIRBANKS — Stormy winter weather that reduced visibility to near zero delayed the restart of the Iron Dog snowmachine race in Nome.

Bait & switch? Nenana man indicted on fish scam charge
U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler said Thursday that a Nenana man was indicted by a federal grand jury in Anchorage for false identification of wildlife.

Lecture on early photography
Jim Simard, Head of the Alaska State Library Historical Collections, and Ron Klein, photographer and historian, will present “Wet Plates in Cold Climates: Alaska’s Oldest Old Photograph — and Why” on March 2 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau as part of the Wednesday noon lecture series. There is no charge for admission to this lecture. Simard and Klein are on a search for the oldest photo taken in Alaska as part of their work in creating a new exhibit on early Alaskan photography. Using historical research techniques and an acute knowledge of early photographic processes, they are combing through numerous public and private collections to find the most interesting and earliest photographs of Alaska. The exhibit, which will run through the summer, is tentatively titled, “The First 25 Years of Alaskan Photography,” and will be composed primarily of photographs and artifacts from the collections of the Alaska State Library, Archives and Museums. The exhibit will feature images by masters of “wet plate” photography who made significant contributions to the fascinating story of photography in the Alaskan frontier.

Air emergency canceled
The local air quality emergency declared by the City and Borough of Juneau earlier this week was canceled Feb. 24. Check the Air Pollution Hotline at 586-5333. For more information call the City Managers Office at 586-5252.

Keep an eye on avalanche dangers
With the weather partly cloudy and not as cold the Juneau area awaits some fresh snow. Avalanche-watchers on the Borough web site warn that shallow slabs and deeper ones created by windloading of snow are weak “and may easily be triggered by loose snow sluffs off of rocks, trees, and even simply by more windloading. Most of this slide activity is limited to steeper pitches and open areas. The deeper weak layers of instability appear to be gaining strength. As (Thursday’s) winds die off, danger levels will decrease.” Forecasters say that forecast isn’t for the backcountry. “In the backcountry with the presence of human triggers the potential for avalanches is greater. We have seen a great deal of slab instability within the region in the last week.” Go to http://www.juneau.org/avalanche/ for today’s updated report.

Tarver family tree bleeds crimson, blue
They aren’t the first siblings to go head-to-head in Juneau’s budding prep sports rivalry.

Cheers greet Cissna's arrival in Juneau
Thursday’s chilly temperatures didn’t prevent a warm reception for an Alaska legislator who took a four-day ferry trip instead of a 2 1/2-hour airplane ride after she refused to submit to a full-body patdown from TSA agents.

Former student charged with harassing calls
FAIRBANKS — A former University of Alaska Fairbanks student has been accused of making more than 1,000 sexually explicit phone calls to female students in dormitory rooms.

Murkowski: Alaska needs more oil, gas development
Sen. Lisa Murkowski said her own U.S. Senate was partly to blame for declining flows through the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, but called on the state to do its part to refill the pipeline by lowering its oil taxes.

Alaska Permanent Fund takes advantage of Wall Street expertise
Investment officers from Goldman Sachs came to Juneau Thursday to brief the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. as part of one of fund’s innovative new investment strategies.

Canadian company sees big profit in Pebble
ANCHORAGE — One of the companies that expects to develop a new gold and copper mine in southwest Alaska is telling investors the Pebble mine would return billions of dollars in profits over 45 years of operation, the Anchorage Daily News reported Thursday.

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