Thanks but no thanks, Glenn Beck
I certainly haven't appreciated the misanthropic ravings of Glenn Beck, even though I consider myself to be a regular person.

Raising tuition will only hurt students
While reading the Juneau Empire, I ran across an article about a possible tuition hike for the University of Alaska. I was shocked to see that raising tuition was an option. The Board of Regents say they're doing this because of increases in expenses, but is this really the right thing to do?

Parenting is a very personal choice
I am a 19-year-oldmother to a beautiful 17-month-old boy. When I became pregnant at 17, we never considered other options - the father and I were going to be parents

Use common sense regulation for ship wastewater permits
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting public comment on the 2010 Large Commercial Passenger Vessel Wastewater Discharge General Permit until today. At a recent public hearing, I advocated for "common sense regulation" in consideration of this permit. In my opinion, common sense regulation should:

Under ANCSA, Natives had title to all Alaska lands
I was fortunate enough to work for Sealaska Corp. in the early days of implementation of ANCSA. During that time, I became aware of several issue that must be kept in the forefront of all discussions concerning Alaska Native corporations with respect to their land entitlements.

Lawmakers should pick up own checks
Why are legislators trying to raise the meal reporting limit? Do you remember how cheap the legislators were wiling to sell themselves and the public interest a couple years ago? Nothing has changed.

Photos: Elegant and messy
Photos from the fifth annual Southeast Alaska Bridal Extravaganza and Prom Show 2010 at the Juneau Arts & Humanities Center.

Fishery managers concerned about soft-shell crab catch
The 2010 brown king crab and tanner crab seasons are moving slowly but steadily forward with one area's guideline harvest level reached and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game keeping a close watch on the other six.

Juneau music teacher blogs from Venezuela
JUNEAU - Juneau music teacher and librarian Lorrie Heagy is one of ten musicians nationwide to hold an Abreu Fellowship at the New England Conservatory in Boston. The program provides tuition-free instruction and a living stipend for postgraduate musicians.

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

Merriner joins State Board of Education
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell reappointed Esther Cox and appointed Jim Merriner to the State Board of Education and Early Development. Their five-year terms began Monday. Both hold at-large seats.

Assembly to reconsider trash future
After hearing from Juneau residents against mandatory universal trash pickup and discussing the city's waste management goals for the coming years, the Juneau Assembly postponed a decision on universal pickup at a work session Monday evening.

New old-fashioned housing the subject of museum talk
JUNEAU - Bob Banghart, chief curator at the Alaska State Museums, will discuss "Sustainable Shelter" during a brown-bag lecture set for Wednesday at noon at the Alaska State Museum. The illustrated talk will show how traditional and indigenous architectural concepts are influencing contemporary housing design. The one-hour talk is free to the public.

Photo: Reading together
Krista Thomson, 15, reads to members of Daisy Troop 4016 on Monday during the Read Across America event at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. The event celebrates Dr. Suess' birthday and is sponsored locally by the Juneau Education Association.

Senator sets up Sealaska lands bill meetings
Meetings on Sealaska Corp.'s lands legislation are set to begin in the region next week.

Around Town
Today, March 2

Photo: Willow watch
A juvenile bald eagle rests on a willow branch Wednesday afternoon along Egan Drive.

Photo: Runway improvement
An Alaska Interstate Contractor excavator dumps dirt and rock into a truck while working Saturday on the Juneau International Airport Runway Safety Area improvement project.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

David W. Green
Former Juneau resident David W. Green died peacefully Feb. 28, 2010, with his wife by his side at their home in Kuttawa, Ky. He was 62.

Alaska editorial: They can't be serious
Ladies and gentlemen of the Legislature, kindly get a grip.

Alaska deserves full disclosure from corporations
The following editorial appeared in theAnchorage Daily News:

My turn: Sealaska land bill denies years of public investment
The opening paragraph of Chris McNeil's Feb. 18 My Turn column clearly sets the tone for the attitude of Sealaska Corp. and Alaska's congressional delegation toward the rest of us who do not stand to benefit from the Sealaska land bill, S. 881: "The Tongass National Forest is a Native Place." Clearly this implies that those of us who are non-Natives do not belong here, should not have a say, and our opinions are dismissible.

Dominant culture doesn't trump Alaska Native rights
In regard to Sealaska Corp.'s land entitlement under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act:

Alaska editorial: Transformational leadership needed at University of Alaska
With the finalists for the University of Alaska president coming to Juneau on Wednesday, perhaps the most important question we can ask them is: What's your leadership style? And two words to listen for are "transformational leadership."

State department offers new public communication tool
JUNEAU - To bolster its communications with the public, the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities recently launched a new subscriber-based, free messaging service.

Command set up to assess oil sheens
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard and the state of Alaska have set up a unified command to further assess an historic shipwreck as a source of oil sheens in the Juneau area.

2,000 run with reindeer at Rondy
ANCHORAGE - About 2,000 runners took park in the third annual Running of the Reindeer at the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous.

Parnell slates 'town hall' meeting tonight
JUNEAU - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell plans to hold a telephone "town hall" tonight.

Alaska lawmakers reduce goals for polar bear conference
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Legislature's proposal for a conference and a public relations campaign on the listing of polar bears as a threatened species has been dialed back.

House speaker: Pressure needed on in-state gas pipeline
JUNEAU - Alaska lawmakers need to put pressure on Gov. Sean Parnell to advance an in-state natural gas pipeline. That's according to House Speaker Mike Chenault, who has proposed creating a new team within the governor's office to jump-start the line - and move toward construction beginning in July 2011.

Alaska teen among four snowboarders lost at Maine resort
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine - Four teenage snowboarders who got lost at the Sugarloaf Mountain ski resort survived a cold night in dense woods and deep snow - despite their failure to start a fire by lighting a dollar bill - by continually moving around to stay warm.

Parnell to hold phone town hall meeting
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell will hold a telephone town hall meeting Tuesday to field questions on a range of issues including his initiatives on domestic violence and merit-based scholarships. The telephone town hall meeting is scheduled for Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Mine developer to pay $73M for studies
BRISTOL BAY - The company hoping to develop the Pebble mine expects to spend $73 million this year for studies and test drilling.

DOT&PF anticipates big construction year
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities expects to bid out more than $800 million for more than 100 projects this year, a 33 percent increase from 2009.

Apparent drowning claims life of Juneau man in Hawaii
HANALEI, Hawaii - Officials on Kauai reported a 70-year-old man visiting from Juneau, died of an apparent drowning.

Youth academy cadets graduate
ANCHORAGE - Cadets in the Alaska Military Youth Academy graduated in Anchorage this weekend.

Committee to examine Fairbanks fluoride
FAIRBANKS - A committee in Fairbanks will meet to review whether fluoride in local drinking water is a good idea.

Administration OK with need element in merit scholarships
JUNEAU - Alaska Education Commissioner Larry LeDoux says putting financial need before student performance is not an acceptable change to the governor's proposed merit scholarship program.

Man admits trying to kill roommates in fire
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man has admitted trying to kill his roommates by setting his apartment on fire.

Alaska Women's Hall of Fame announces its new inductees
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Women's Hall of Fame honored its second class of inductees on Friday at the BP Energy Center in Anchorage. The ceremony honored 16 women who have made or are making significant contributions to shaping Alaska.

Anchorage officers kill armed man
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police officers killed an armed man after he approached them with a shotgun and refused orders to put it down.

Parnell still pushing infrastructure plan
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell says he hasn't given up pressing lawmakers to pass his $100 million deferred maintenance program early.

Animal cruelty bill reaches committee
JUNEAU - A Senate bill toughening penalties for animal cruelty now has a companion bill in the House.

Fort Rich boy finalist for model contest
ANCHORAGE - A Fort Rich boy is a finalist in a national modeling contest. Nine-year-old Brandon Padgett could earn as much as $100,000

Court system wants one more judge
JUNEAU - An Alaska Court System representative says Anchorage needs an additional superior court judge.

Organizers say Rondy poker tourney is on
ANCHORAGE - The annual Alaska Hold'em Poker Tournament hasn't folded yet.

Lost Iditarod dog returned to Mackey
ANCHORAGE - Iditarod champion Lance Mackey has his "Girlfriend" back.

Huntington, Olds win Iron Dog race
FAIRBANKS - The team of Tyler Huntington and Chris Olds have won the 2,000-mile Iron Dog snowmobile race.

Houston officer back on job
WASILLA - A police officer in the small Parks Highway city of Houston is back on the job.

Pounding the competition
Friday was a night full of knockdowns during Roughhouse Boxing at Marlintini's Lounge which was postponed a week because fog prevented promoter Bob Haag from landing in Juneau.

Photos: Rainforest Tournament

Southeast Showdown
Though the faces and teams are all the same, the reward for winning is much different.

Crimson to gold, Perkins to Mizzou
For a season that ended in such disappointment, the future looks golden for All-State senior linebacker and fullback Jack Perkins.

Ballin' brotherhood
For the Grussendorf brothers, basketball is life, especially since they've spent the majority of their lives playing the game for which they both share a passion.

Lawmakers join Parnell's domestic violence focus
A couple of prominent Republicans are looking decidedly liberal, urging more money to be spent on social services such as domestic violence prevention.

Activist pushes for expansion of wolf sanctuary
FAIRBANKS - Priscilla Feral spent a full day flying to Fairbanks from Connecticut to speak before the Alaska Board of Game for five minutes on Saturday, even though she doesn't think it will do any good.

Fairbanks festival-goers hop on ice train
FAIRBANKS - It's "all aboard" on the Winter Wonderland train, the latest addition to Ice Alaska's winter festival and the 2010 BP World Ice Art Championships.

Senator wants to include nontraditional students in scholarships
Senate President Gary Stevens on Monday proposed allowing nontraditional students to be eligible for the governor's proposed merit scholarship program, a change that state education officials said would drive up costs unpredictably.

Alaska legislators rush to finish budget work
Legislators in Juneau are scrambling to finish subcommittee work on the state operating budget, with a goal of having a proposed spending plan for state agencies ready for public hearings the first week of March, House Finance Committee Co-chair Mike Hawker, R-Anchorage, said Feb. 22.

Meetings announced for proposed refuge road
ANCHORAGE - A federal agency will begin an environmental review of a proposed road through an Alaska wildlife refuge that provides sanctuary to thousands of migratory birds.

Pugh in top three finalists for UA president
ANCHORAGE - John Pugh, chancellor of the University of Alaska Southeast, is among three finalists announced Sunday to replace outgoing University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton.

Alaska moves ahead with bison reintroduction
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is moving ahead with plans to reintroduce wood bison - the largest mammal native to North America - into the Interior within the next few years.

Pebble to spend $73 million for permit, drilling studies
The Pebble Limited Partnership, the company wishing to develop the proposed Pebble Mine, says it plans to spend $73 million this year in studies for permitting and continued exploratory drilling.

Group to fight wood-heating regulations
FAIRBANKS - A group led by a North Pole legislator is putting together a ballot measure that would block Fairbanks from regulating wood or coal heating systems.

Man fatally shot at Anchorage mall
ANCHORAGE - Police on Sunday were looking for a suspect in a shooting at an Anchorage mall who may have been wearing a wig and fake mustache when a 29-year-old man was gunned down outside a barber shop.

Unions try to organize university employees
FAIRBANKS - Two labor groups have spent the past six months trying to organize workers at the University of Alaska, and one of them said it has collected enough union-authorization cards to trigger an election.

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