Tuesday, March 1, 2011

City approves changes, extension of Alaska Coastal Management Plan
Juneau joined a group of municipalities rallying support for changes in the Alaska Coastal Management Plan (ACMP), after the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly passed a resolution it hopes will give it and other cities a larger voice in planning.

Community can give to inmates ready to give back to the community
Needed: size 46 waist, 38 inseam pants and pink high-heeled shoes. No, not for the same person.

JSD to get hands on budget tonight
After months of committee work, the Juneau School District Board of Education will get its hands on the fiscal year 2012 budget on Tuesday.

Coeur reports record numbers with Kensington help
Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp. has outperformed its last quarter and yearly figures, with Kensington’s gold production playing a strong role in boosting the numbers.

City to take action on synthetic cannabinoids
Striking down fake marijuana is on the table for the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly today.

Tongass ready to move on rural community effort
The Tongass National Forest is ready to move forward with a stewardship project on Kupreanof Island. The project calls for fish passage improvement, wildlife habitat restoration, recreational enhancement, road and trail maintenance and timber harvesting. The project is a critical piece of the agency’s Transition Framework effort announced by Regional Forester Beth Pendleton last May.

Flu is circulating in Juneau community again
The Bartlett Regional Hospital Emergency Department is seeing an increase in the number of people coming in or calling about flu-like symptoms.

Spruce beetle populations still a presence in Southeast
Spruce bark beetle activity has declined in many areas of the state since 2009, but is still showing a presence in Southeast Alaska and may be increasing in some areas.

Photo: Wind warning through noon
Vehicles drive through blowing snow in Douglas on Monday morning. A high wind warning is in effect until noon today with gusts as high as 65 mph. The forecast for Wednesday calls for gusts from 70 to 90 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

Police & Fire
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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 hosts National Nutrition Month events in Juneau
Registered dietitians at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Ethel Lund Medical Center will host a series of activities in March for National Nutrition Month.

Photo: Gusty day
Temperatures dropped to 10 degrees in the city and minus numbers on Eaglecrest on Sunday with gusts of wind up to 37 mph on the mountain. A high wind advisory was in effect through this morning for the Juneau area. Gusts up to 70 mph were recorded in the Juneau and Douglas areas.

Photo: Digging out in the wind
A Douglas resident digs out her car as Taku winds and williwaws move down the Gastineau Channel behind her on Sunday morning.

SEARHC, Bartlett announce spring mobile mammograms
The SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program and Bartlett Regional Hospital recently announced the spring schedule for the mobile mammogram program, and this year there’s a new stop on the itinerary.

Duane Richard Haffner
Duane Richard Haffner died Feb. 23, 2011, at the Sitka Pioneer Home.

Teresa Kathleen Hamilton Dean
Teresa Kathleen Hamilton Dean passed away peacefully at her home Feb. 27, 2011 surrounded by family members. A full obituary will follow.

Outside editorial: President's budget doesn't get far enough
The following editorial first appeared in the Seattle Times:

Wisconsin reactions show flawed discourse
Wisconsin says a lot about our political discourse, none of it good.

US must build on its oil ties with Canada
Perhaps no two countries have a stronger — and more special — partnership than do the United States and Canada. It is the world’s largest trading relationship, and Canada plays a tremendous role in our nation’s economic and energy security.

Valdez port reopened as winds calm down
VALDEZ — High winds at Valdez have calmed enough to allow the reopening of the port, where Alaska oil is loaded onto tankers.

Palin critic granted protective order
ANCHORAGE — A longtime critic of Sarah Palin has been granted a protective order against a woman who threatened her over her public records requests from the former Alaska governor.

Former Tlingit and Haida chief justice dies in Seattle
Doug Luna, the former chief justice of the Tlingit and Haida tribes, died Wednesday at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, after a brief hospitalization for heart problems. He was 67.

Windy Wednesday forecast for Juneau
Another period of high winds are expected to slam Juneau on Wednesday. The National Weather Service is calling for gusts between 70-90 mph, with the strongest winds near downtown Juneau and south Douglas. Locations that are typically wind-sheltered can still receive winds gusting to 40 mph.

4 injured in Anchorage trailer fire
ANCHORAGE — Firefighters pulled one person out of a burning trailer in Anchorage, and a total of four were injured in the fire early Monday morning.

ACS long-distance out in Hoonah
Alaska Communications is currently experiencing an outage affecting wireless and long-distance customers in Hoonah. The outage affects some wireless voice and data as well all long-distance service to Hoonah. However, customers are still able to make local calls and wireless service is working in some parts of town.

Couple recount blizzard ordeal
FAIRBANKS — A Fairbanks couple says being stuck in deep snow in the White Mountains was a terrifying experience.

Parnell: Energy issue at governors' meeting
JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell says he’s working with other governors on shared challenges with the federal government.

New Internet carrier for city of Anchorage
ANCHORAGE — The city of Anchorage is changing cell phone and Internet companies in a move officials say will save $411,000 over three years.

Purse for Fairbanks sled dog race set at $25,000
FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Dog Mushers Association says the purse for the GCI Open North American Championship Sled Dog Race will be $25,000.

Anchorage break-in shooting
ANCHORAGE — A man was shot multiple times and a woman was assaulted during a break-in at a home just before 1 a.m. in the Mountain View neighborhood of Anchorage.

Woman arrested after being accused of pulling knife at The Glory Hole
A Juneau woman was arrested Sunday afternoon on one count of third-degree assault, a class ‘C’ felony, after she alledgedly tried to stab another woman at The Glory Hole, according to a release from the Juneau Police Department.

Mat-Su Borough selects new manager
PALMER — The Matanuska-Susitna Borough is getting a new manager.

Federal climate center opens in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE — The new Alaska Climate Science Center has opened in Anchorage on the UAA campus.

Photo: Imperfect streak ends
Kyle Lanz, left, Pete Bednarowicz and Robbie Markovich each bowled a perfect game over a 72-hour period at the Juneau Bowling Center, breaking the Juneau Bowling Center’s 179-day streak without a perfect game.

Photos: Celebrating the seniors
Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain girls’ basketball teams recognized their graduating athletes during last weekend’s senior night ceremonies at each school.

Photos: Rainforest Classic
Juneau Trout Unlimited players defend their goal against the Whitehorse Air North Eagles in the "B" Championship of the 2011 Rainforest Classic IX Old Timers Ice Hockey Tournament at Treadwell Arena on Sunday. Whitehorse took the 7-2 win over our capital city skaters. Gord Whitehorse scored Trout Unlimited's two goals on assists by Tim Bristol and Jan Rumple.

Reishus pieces together another sweet win
In what should have been rising mixed martial arts star Craig Reishus’ most challenging fight to date, the lanky Juneau college student dispatched Hoonah police officer David Lindstrom 1:35 into round one, leaving the sellout crowd at Marlintini’s Roughhouse Friday shocked over what had been anticipated as a three-round battle.

Bears nab No. 1 seed in SE tourney
The Juneau-Douglas and Ketchikan boys’ basketball teams finished their regular seasons Saturday night with a 44-42 Kings win over the Crimson Bears in Ketchikan on senior night, but the rival squads had to wait until Sunday to see who would be the No. 1 seed come Southeast Conference Tournament time.

Swofford gets inspiration from family, friends, church
Crimson Bears senior post Hannah Swofford already has one state championship under her belt, but that hasn’t stopped her from being hungry to add another one this season.

Rivals ready for SE tournament
It was a first for each of the current coaches on the boys’ basketball side of the Southeast Conference, not knowing who won Region V outright on the final night of the regular season. But when it came to tournament seeding, even one of the conference’s top team needed a little luck.

Committee to begin hearing budget requests
Advocates of pre-kindergarten and other programs hope to win funding from the Alaska Legislature when the House Finance Committee begins to take testimony on the state budget today.

House approves cannabinoid ban
JUNEAU — The Alaska House of Representatives on Monday unanimously passed a bill banning synthetic cannabinoids.

Ulmer: New safety effort needed for Arctic drilling, protection
It was a series of mistakes by top managers at BP and other companies that led the disastrous Deepwater Horizon blowout, but Alaska oil spill commission member Fran Ulmer said that should not preclude drilling for oil in the Arctic.

ConocoPhillips, BP expect flat spending in Alaska
ConocoPhillips and BP PLC, two of the major oil and gas players in Alaska, say they expect their capital investment in the state to be flat this year.

Lawmakers rack up travel costs
JUNEAU — When January arrived last year and it came time to answer the call of the Alaska Legislature, Sen. Donny Olson, D-Golovin, and his family took a 1,028-mile journey across the state to the capitol Juneau, a trip involving three plane flights, and for the two cars he brought along, additional miles travelled via boat and ferry.

Outdoor, sporting businesses plead EPA to restrict Pebble Mine
Organizations from around the country have voiced their opinions in support of Bristol Bay. More than 360 groups representing sportsmen, outdoor and recreation businesses have put their names in a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to protect Bristol Bay from large-scale mining associated with the proposed Pebble Mine by means of the Clean Water Act.

USDA offering grants to improve water, air quality
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is seeking proposals for grants to improve water quality, air quality and promote energy conservation. Up to $350,000 will be available through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program to address natural resource concerns within Alaska.

Whale tracked to North America has visited before
ANCHORAGE — Marine researchers say a rare whale tracked across the Pacific Ocean into North American waters this year had been there before.

Feds indict 9 in Calif.-to-Alaska drug conspiracy
ANCHORAGE — Nine men accused in a conspiracy to send methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana from California to Alaska have been indicted on federal charges of felony drug trafficking and money laundering, federal prosecutors said Monday.

IRS announces changes for tax liens
As Tax Day looms closer, the Internal Revenue Service has just announced new steps to help people get caught up with their tax obligations. These steps are specifically geared toward helping with back taxes and avoiding tax liens.

Fierce winds close oil pipeline port
ANCHORAGE — Hurricane-force winds have forced a shutdown of the port where Alaska oil is loaded onto tankers.

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