Saturday, March 5, 2011

Week 5 Results!
The weight loss results for week 5.

Dr. Pavitt’s Weekly Tip for Permanent Fat Loss
I’ve repeatedly written that there is no disconnect between what you need to do to be healthy and what you need to do to be lean. It’s no surprise, then, that numerous studies have substantiated that regardless of what diet you undertake, exercise is non-negotiable for permanent fat loss.

Pfister excited to take on Centennial Hall
A familiar Juneau face will soon be frequenting Centennial Hall as its new manager.

Chamber updated on 2010 Coast Guard operations
The commander of the 17th Coast Guard District told the Juneau Chamber of Commerce just how busy the Coast Guard was in 2010, and what that means for the state.

Correction
On page C1 of the Feb. 24 Empire, an article about Annie Geselle’s brain injury on page C1 stated that REACH, Geselle’s former employer through the Canvas, had denied her disability benefits.

ADF&G: 2011 salmon forecast looks bright
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced 2011 statewide commercial salmon harvest forecast totals of about 203 million salmon of all species. The statewide forecast is broken down into 44.7 million sockeye salmon, 4.6 million coho salmon, 134.5 million pink salmon and 19.5 million chum salmon.

Evidence hearing in DUI case continued
Former Alaska Department of Fish & Game commissioner Denby Lloyd, arrested for drunken driving in August 2010, was in Juneau Superior Court Thursday for an evidentiary hearing before Judge Patricia Collins.

Photo: Tense tournament
Thunder Mountain High School girls’ basketball coach Tanya Nizich screams with her team in the final seconds of their overtime loss to Ketchikan during the Region V 4A Basketball Tournament Thursday at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Photo: Bitten by the breeze
Students at Gastineau Elementary School run from the school bus to the school through blowing snow Wednesday. The National Weather Service lifted its high wind warning at noon on Thursday. As of press time, the NWS predicted gusts up to 60 MPH in downtown Juneau and Douglas on Friday night with winds subsiding Saturday.

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.

Kathleen A. Messing
Juneau resident Kathleen A. Messing died unexpectedly Feb. 24, 2011 at Bartlett Regional Hospital. She was 52 years old.

Union protests are America's Cairo moment
The frustration and idealism that poured into the streets of Cairo in early February and eventually changed that nation are finding their counterpoints at state capitals across the United States.

It's time to end rigged system
The governors in Wisconsin and other states trying to reform the system within which public-sector employees negotiate their salaries and benefits are doing the nation a great favor.

Outside editorial: Supreme Court made right call on Church's funeral protests
The following editorial first appeared in the Kansas City Star:

What's holding back Huckabee?
A leading question mark in an uncertain Republican presidential field is a potentially potent candidate who surged into prominence in 2008, briefly enjoyed soaring popularity, landed a book contract and television gig, and seems reluctant to forsake the resulting financial success and greatly enhanced lifestyle.

Sea bound visitors
A pod of orcas arrived last week in Gastineau Channel. The pod turned heads and stopped traffic around the lunch hour on Friday as they moved beneath the Douglas Bridge, swimming slowly along the shoreline and in and out of breakwaters during a low winter tide.

Cultivating children of nature
Richard Louv speaks of the benefits children get watching a butterfly quivering by, or the awakening they feel after a romp in the woods leaves them rosey-cheeked and wind-blown. It’s moments like these, he believes, that stimulate youth in ways that enrich, enlighten and enhance lives.

Gear swap seeking youth rain apparel
JUNEAU — The Juneau Children Outdoors Community Coalition will be holding its 2nd annual Children’s Rain Gear Round-Up today from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Alaskan & Proud parking lot.

Upward in search of light and ice
One of the biggest avalanches I have ever seen happened fifteen minutes from my front door. The plumes of snow billowed like a cumulous cloud down the long ice runnels that clung precariously to the sides of Mount Juneau.

Tips on Tracks: Raven
This tracks feature appears every other week during winter months and is compiled by members of Discovery Southeast, a local nonprofit offering a variety of programs for local youth aimed at educating and engaging students in their outdoor world.

Audubon of Alaska director to talk on shorebird migration
JUNEAU — The Juneau Audubon Society is inviting the public to a free lecture presented by Dr. Nils Warnock, executive director of Audubon Alaska, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, in the Egan Lecture Hall, room 112, at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Lawson meadow meanderings
The meadows near Lawson Creek are a favorite destination for a Parks and Recreation hike or for just exploring. Hikers can now get there from the snowmobilers’ parking lot on Blueberry Hill, up to the Treadwell Ditch, then south on the Treadwell Ditch Trail and over the new bridge at Lawson Creek. The upstream loop of the old Ditch Trail is now cut off by the new bridge, but it is accessible by going partway up the valley on the old Ditch Trail after crossing the bridge or hop right up into a chain of meadows that stretches up the valley.

Learn how to be a horseman
JUNEAU — Horse enthusiasts ages 6- to 10-years-old are invited to participate in horseman lessons under the supervision of adult riders through the Thunder Mountain Riders 4-H club.

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.

Tides tables for March 4 through March 10
Today, March 4

Snow and trail conditions report for the Juneau area

AMHS cancels today's Lynn Canal sailings, adds Saturday stop in Hoonah
Storm-force winds and seas forced the cancellation of the ferry Aurora’s sailings in Lynn Canal today, according to a release from the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Mendenhall lecture tonight to focus on glacier itself
The winter lecture series continues tonight at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center with a subject literally in its own backyard. Students and staff from the University of Alaska Southeast will give the latest information on the glacier’s mass balance, lake temperature, lake depth and ablation. Those from UAS have mapped the seasonal terminus changes of the glacier and photographed ice calving events.

New gallery opening tonight for First Friday
Ravensong Studio, a new downtown gallery, will celebrate its unofficial opening this evening during the First Friday Art Walk. Located at 127 S. Franklin St., Suite B, next to Nail Jazz, the new gallery will specialize in Alaska Native fine art.

Iowa GOP chief: 'Risky' for Palin to ignore Iowa
WASHINGTON — The Iowa Republican Party chairman said Thursday that if Sarah Palin seeks the presidency, she shouldn’t think she can win the GOP nomination without seriously participating in the first-in-the-nation caucuses.

Alaska man gets 6 years after friend shot in knee
FAIRBANKS — An Alaska man who fled to Canada after shooting a friend in the knee has been sentenced to six years in prison for attempted murder.

Man accidentally shoots foot
NIKISKI — Alaska State Troopers say a Nikiski man accidentally shot himself in the foot.

Lake and Peninsula voters could have chance to vote to block mining
Lake and Peninsula Borough citizens filed an application to have the Save our Salmon Initiative to appear on the next municipal election ballot, according to a press release. The Initiative, sponsored by 24 Lake and Peninsula Borough residents, will prohibit any large-scale resource extraction activity, including mining, if that activity could destroy or degrade salmon waters.

Murkowski praises NOAA's resolution of 3-mile boundary dispute
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, commended the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for cooperating with the state of Alaska on resolving a dispute over the 3-mile water boundaries.

Glass wall going up at Space Gallery in Seattle
SEATTLE — The Museum of Flight in Seattle says workers are erecting a 40-foot glass wall Wednesday at the Space Gallery, the building it hopes will house one of the retiring NASA space shuttles.

Alaska Senate turns to citizens for savings ideas
JUNEAU — The Alaska Senate State Affairs Committee is seeking suggestions for how to reign in state spending.

Roundup: Braves face Wolves for boys' 3A title
Sitka took care of its end of the bargain, and then Mt. Edgecumbe did the same.

Ketchikan tames TMHS in OT
It was only fitting that the first elimination game was the best of the week thus far on the 4A girls’ side of the 2011 Region V 3A/4A Basketball Tournament.

Kings oust Falcons from 4A boys' bracket
It was clear Thursday afternoon Ketchikan wanted another shot at No. 1 seed Juneau-Douglas on Friday.

Mine executive says Pebble, fishing can co-exist
ANCHORAGE — The chief executive of a company pursuing the Pebble copper and gold mine prospect in southwest Alaska said Thursday that mining and fishing can co-exist.

Federal judge clears way, briefly, for Alaska health reform
A Florida district court judge Thursday temporarily suspended his ruling blocking federal health care reform, clearing the way for Alaska to begin implementing the reforms over the objection of Gov. Sean Parnell.

Fuel spill closes village school
ANCHORAGE — The elementary school at the Koyukuk River village of Huslia is indefinitely closed after diesel oil spilled out of an overflowing tank, Alaska environmental regulators said Thursday.

Democrats weigh in on blocked drilling project
Some Alaska Democrats are trying to make sure top federal officials know there is bipartisan support in Alaska for drilling for oil in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

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