Saturday, March 6, 2010

Marine Advisory Program faces cuts
Coastal businesses are rallying around the Alaska Sea Grant's Marine Advisory Program, hoping to allay cuts to the popular program.

Lemon Creek hosts sex offender treatment program
The Department of Corrections has started the state's first sex offender treatment program in a prison in seven years at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

New aquatic center hosts design contest
JUNEAU - Got a graphic idea that encapsulates the essence of the Dimond Park Aquatic Center?

Photo: Steady progress
Crews work on the downtown parking garage being constructed at the corner of EganDrive and Main Street on Thursday morning.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Sitka campus offers Trauma Nursing Core course
SITKA — The University of Alaska Southeast and SEREMS will offer a 16-hour Trauma Nursing Core course March 16 and 17 at the Sitka campus.

Michael Lance Jackson
Juneau resident Michael Lance Jackson died unexpectedly March 2, 2010, in Juneau.

Ski area staying out of economic 'deep end'
When the temperature in Juneau ventures into the mid-40s and rain pelts from above, heading to Eaglecrest Ski Area doesn't seem like an attractive idea for local residents.

Grooming report
As of March 4 the following Nordic trails are groomed and tracked for both skate andclassic skiing:

Biking green for First Friday at UAS
JUNEAU - In an effort to raise awareness about sustainability, students at the University of Alaska Southeast have organized a First Friday bike ride that will be the culminating event to the school's first-ever Green Week.

Spring season ski passes now on sale
JUNEAU - For anyone looking to take advantage of spring skiing or snowboarding at Eaglecrest, now's the time.

Water aerobics instructor training class offered
JUNEAU - A water aerobics training course will be offered Wednesday, March 17 at Augustus Brown Swimming Pool for those interested in learning how to become an instructor.

Voices of the Wilderness program calling for artists
JUNEAU - The Forest Service is looking for willing artists to participate in the 2010 Voices of the Wilderness, an artist-in-residency program on the Tongass National Forest.

Fireside Lecture tonight on estuaries
JUNEAU - Tonight tune in to the latest Fireside Lecture at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center titled "Where Saltwater Meets Freshwater" beginning at 6:30 p.m.

'Women only' day at Eaglecrest Ski Area
JUNEAU - The Snowsports school at Eaglecrest Ski Area is holding a women's only clinic Saturday, March 6.

Learn to cast - fly fishing style
JUNEAU - The Juneau Community Schools is offering an indoor, two-night fly casting course in the Thunder Mountain High School gym on March 9 and 11 at 7 p.m.

Ice ax self-arrest practice session
JUNEAU - The Juneau Alpine Club has organized an ice ax self-arrest practice session for Saturday, March 6 in the vicinity of the Mt. Roberts Tram.

Juneau consumer education courses offered in energy efficiency
JUNEAU - The Alaska Craftsman Home Program is offering free courses in energy efficiency for consumers interested in the Alaska Home Energy Rebate Program.

BBBS' 'Bowl For Kids' is back
JUNEAU - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Juneau is hosting "Bowl for Kids Sake" on Saturday, March 13.

Local water system to undergo work
JUNEAU - City and Borough of Juneau Water Utility officials will be flushing the local water distribution system beginning Monday, March 15.

New law in effect for firearms in Alaska National Parks
A change in federal law, effective Feb. 22, allows people who can legally possess firearms under federal, state and local laws to possess those firearms in National Park units in Alaska.

Tips from the pro
JUNEAU - Manuel Genswein from Meilen Switzerland conducted a two-day avalanche response training course with members from Juneau Ski Patrol, Alaska Avalanche Specialists, Capitol City Fire/Rescue Rope Rescue Team, SEADOGS, Kensington Mine employees and Juneau Mountain Rescue at Eaglecrest Ski Area Feb. 20 and 21.

Southeast area communities named Tree Cities USA
JUNEAU - Juneau, Sitka and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough have been re-certified by the National Arbor Day Foundation as "Tree Cities USA."

Merrill Jensen to talk on livelihood of Seward Peninsula
Merrill Jensen has combined his profession as a horticulturist with his hobby as a photographer in an upcoming lecture he'll lead on the "Flora and Fauna of the Seward Peninsula" Thursday, March 11, at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Carnivorous shrews live in the 'fast lane'
There are almost 400 species of shrews in the world, on every continent but Australia. Superficially, they look a bit like mice or voles, except for a pointed snout and, mouse-like, they scuttle about on the forest floor. But there the resemblance ends.

Juneau Raptor Center new bird: 'Fireside'
Type of bird: Barred Owl (Strix varia).

On the hook
Show us your big fish

Sitka group offers 'garden match' plan
SITKA - Do you have a planting bed that you don't have the time or energy to cultivate?

Wild shots
One off the bucket list: It took Juneau resident Kenneth Gill two hours and 30 minutes to reach the end of the snow-covered Herbert River trail.

Tides
Today, March 5

Plans call for back-to-back open seasons
ANCHORAGE - Back-to-back open seasons are expected for competing natural gas pipelines in Alaska.

Iditarod winner's take slashed nearly $20,000
ANCHORAGE - The winner's take in the upcoming Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will be nearly $20,000 less than last year's top prize.

Campbell favors disclosure in campaign ads
ANCHORAGE - Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell says he doesn't think there should be limits on money spent by corporations or unions in supporting or opposing candidates. But he says he believes in disclosure.

Police investigate bike trail shooting
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a 27-year-old man was shot in the leg Thursday.

Begich says leave port out of critical habitat
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's congressmen are weighing in on the federal government's consideration of critical habitat for endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales.

Capitol quieting down for Energy Council break
JUNEAU - It's getting quiet at the state Capitol, with at least 20 lawmakers heading to Washington for an annual meeting of the Energy Council.

ACS lays off 21 in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Alaska Communications Systems has laid off 21 Fairbanks employees.

Trooper kills armed man in Golovin
GOLOVIN - An Alaska State Trooper shot and killed an armed man after a confrontation in the village of Golovin along Alaska's western coast.

2 die in Parks Highway crash
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers say two people are confirmed dead in a Parks Highway crash.

Public employees union criticizes data loss deal
JUNEAU - A union representing 8,000 Alaska government workers is calling on the state to renegotiate terms of an identity theft settlement with the firm responsible for losing personal data of 77,000 current and former public employees.

Police seek 'person of interest' in shooting death
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police are circulating the photo of a man who may be connected to a fatal shooting at Alaska's busiest mall.

Kings end Falcon boys', girls' seasons
There won't be an all-Juneau battle for a state tournament bid. Not this year, at least.

Tompkins disqualified, Paralympic team announced
Juneau monoskier Joe Tompkins was disqualified in the Super Combined race at the IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals on Thursday in Apen, Colo.

Photo: Skagway tops Kake, 39-31

64th Gold Medal Tourney season passes available
Season passes for the upcoming 64th Annual invitational Gold Medal Basketball Tournament will go on sale at both Juneau locations of Hearthside Books starting March 1.

Juneau pilot survives crash in Utah mountains
SALT LAKE CITY - One crew member remained in critical condition Thursday and another crew member's condition improved after a Coast Guard helicopter crashed in the Utah mountains.

Salazar picks Alaska for regional climate center
ANCHORAGE - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Thursday that Alaska will be the site of the first of the department's eight planned regional climate science centers.

Russian scientists offer walrus advice during visit
POINT HOPE - As the sea ice thins and more walrus haul out on shore, coastal Alaska villages may want to look at what's happening across the pond in Russia, where enormous haulouts close to human settlements have been the new normal in recent years.

Anchorage to pay $193,000 for late mayor's insurance
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Assembly has agreed to pay $193,000 to meet the obligation for a one-of-a-kind life insurance deal the city made 28 years ago after Mayor George Sullivan left office.

Another interceptor missile at Fort Greely
FAIRBANKS - Another interceptor missile has been installed at Fort Greely.

$150M plan for Providence hospital in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE- Providence Alaska Medical Center plans a $150 million dollar expansion.

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