Wednesday, March 2, 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.

JSD looks at budget, hears from secondary literacy leaders
The Juneau School District Board of Education is considering swapping out more elementary school level cuts for secondary level cuts.

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.

Verdict expected today in alleged meth distribution conspiracy
A jury is expected to return a verdict in United States District Court in Juneau today concerning a local man accused of conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 200 grams of methamphetamine.

Ulmer: Alaska has lessons for Gulf spill response, recovery
In the place where another big oil disaster happened, spill commission member Fran Ulmer got asked about the impact of BP’s huge spill on the people in the Gulf of Mexico.

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.

Rescue underway for man on icefield
The Alaska State Troopers Tuesday received a report a Juneau resident was requesting evacuation from his location on the Juneau Icefield at Camp 9.

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.

Wind takes city water for a whirl
Some Juneau residents were without water parts of Monday and Tuesday while the reservoir emptied due to power outages.

Legislature hears requests for youth funding from Juneau residents
Juneau community members appeared before the House Finance Committee Tuesday, seeking to keep their programs in the state budget, or desperately trying to restore them if they’ve already faced cuts.

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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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.

NOAA will not enforce 3-mile boundary lines
An agreement is now in effect in which the new three-mile line established on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s nautical charts will have no impact on state and federal fisheries management this year. Instead, state and federal jurisdiction based on longstanding maritime boundary lines will remain in effect for 2011.

GCI joins forces with Intergrated Logic to benefit rural areas
GCI has taken a large equity position in the network solutions and consulting company Integrated Logic, something the companies say will help in building networks in Alaska’s rural areas.

Photo: Desolate morning
The rising sun makes a study in black and white as a pedestrian crosses Seward Street at Second Street on Tuesday morning.

Photo: Wind protection
Gene White tries to protect his face against the wind Tuesday as he walks up Seward Street. A high wind warning continues until noon Thursday with higher gusts today and Thursday up to 90 mph.

NSRAA sets Sitka meeting for next week
Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association will hold its annual board of directors meting at 1:30 p.m. March 9 and 9 a.m. on March 10 and 11. The public meeting will be at the NSRAA conference room at 1308 Sawmill Creek Road in Sitka.

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.

Outside editorial: Some backbone at the UN
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

2011 is shaping up to be a boom year for piracy
The killing of four Americans who were taken hostage aboard the yacht Quest off the coast of Oman serves as an ominous warning that pirate activity will increase in 2011 despite large-scale naval deployments in the Gulf of Aden.

Walking away from the editor's desk
A retiring lawyer takes down his shingle; a boxer hangs up his gloves; and an old soldier never dies, he just fades away.

High wind warning remains in effect for Juneau
A high wind warning is in place for Juneau today and through noon Thursday, according to a forecast from the National Weather Service. Gusts of wind are predicted to reach speeds between 70 and 90 mph downtown and in Douglas today and Thursday

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.

Neighbors rescue woman from Anchorage fire
ANCHORAGE — Neighbors rescued a woman from a burning mobile home Monday evening in Anchorage.

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.

Lawmakers debate talking and driving ban
JUNEAU — Alaska state lawmakers are considering a proposed ban on cell phone use by motorists.

Alaska analysis supports health care overhaul
JUNEAU — A legal analysis by the Alaska Legislative Affairs Agency says court rulings against the federal health care overhaul do not apply to the state.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bill ties driver's license to visa
JUNEAU — The Alaska House of Representatives approved a bill on Monday that would tie a driver’s license’s validity to the duration of a person’s authorized residency in the United States.

2 sentenced in credit card fraud case
ANCHORAGE — Two Fairbanks men have been sentenced in federal court for using a stolen gasoline credit card.

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.

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.

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.

Kings hold on to top Falcons
Kyle Day made a free throw with 12.2 seconds left and Matt Seymour missed a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer as Ketchikan held on to beat Thunder Mountain 51-48 Tuesday in the first round of the 4A boys’ bracket of the 2011 Region V 3A/4A Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.

JDHS girls No. 2, boys No. 3 in final WPI
The Final Winning Percentage Index released Tuesday has the defending 4A girls’ basketball champion Juneau-Douglas second, and the Crimson Bears boys third.

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.

Ketchikan stops TMHS
Ketchikan held Thunder Mountain to just three first-half field goals and closed with an 8-3 spurt to top the Falcons 45-36 Tuesday in the 4A girls’ bracket opener of the 2011 Region V 3A/4A Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.

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.

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.

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.

Oil studies find commercial fish in Arctic waters
ANCHORAGE — Surveys for possible oil and gas drilling off Alaska’s northern coast have found commercial fish such as Pacific cod and walleye pollock in Arctic waters where they have not been previously documented, the Anchorage Daily News reported Monday.

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