Tuesday, March 9, 2010

State hypocritical in allowing Denali wildlife to be killed
It was recently reported that the Alaska Board of Game made the decision to open the buffer zones to the northeast of Denali National Park to wolf trapping. This decision came about in spite of wide public support from Alaskans to maintain and even increase protection for Denali's wolves.

AMHS ferry crew shows compassion
My wife and I would like to take a moment to thank the captain and crew of the LeConte who sailed Feb. 26 from Juneau to Haines.

Driving and cell phones don't mix
Recently, I planned a trip to Juneau from Douglas for errands. I drove up Second Street toward Douglas Highway and the bridge.

Residents fight University Lands Bill
The setting for a Wrangell wilderness therapeutic camp for troubled teenagers would be ruined by logging operations likely to take place nearby if lawmakers approve a land transfer, Alaska Island Community Services Board Member Sylvia Geraghty said.

Juneau vies for high-speed Internet
For once, the difficulty of doing business here might be an asset for Juneau.

Floyd Dryden student wins statewide technology award
Floyd Dryden Middle School technology student and Floyd Dryden TV producer Rafael Sales won Outstanding Technology Middle School Student at a recent Alaska Society for Technology in Education conference.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

JDHS principal finalists to visit Juneau
Juneau residents will have an opportunity to meet, greet and interview the four finalists for the job of Juneau-Douglas High School principal at the end of this week.

Photo: Sign of the times
A bus patron walks Saturday morning across the intersection of Main Street and Egan Drive, a few yards away from the posted crosswalk. Officials urge pedestrians to observe the posted signs for their own safety.

Photos: Harmonious trio
The Ahn trio - violinist Angella,pianist Lucia, and cellist Maria -performSaturday night in the Juneau-Douglas High Schoolauditorium. Born in Seoul, South Korea, and educated at Juilliard in New York City, the sisters have been touring for more than 10 years.

Assembly OKs road extension in West Douglas
The Assembly agreed at a special meeting Monday evening to use $2.9 million of state money to extend the West Douglas road.

Photo: Winter returns
Robert Fawcett walks with his son, Charles, 23 months, through the snow Monday in Douglas. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 5 p.m. tonight. The weather forecast calls for snow and rain with snow accumulation of 3 to 6 inches.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: Graveside contrast

Obama to back Alaska's effort to build gas line
President Obama plans to boost the effort to develop Alaska's natural gas resources into the executive office of the White House, according to legislators who visited Washington, D.C., to discuss energy issued with other legislators.

House rejects effort to restore marine advisory agents
The House Finance Committee Monday rejected an effort to provide funding for Marine Advisory Program agents slated to be cut.

Austin E. Helmers
Longtime Alaska resident, Austin Helmers, 93, passed away Friday, March 5, 2010, at the Palmer Veteran's and Pioneer's Home surrounded by family.

Medical profession must police itself
At the outset of President Obama's summit on health care recently, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., told the president to "put an end to junk lawsuits against doctors." No one could protest that sentiment. But any effort at malpractice reform needs to ensure that the medical profession does a better job of policing itself. Three recent stories shine a floodlight on the need for improvement.

Subsistence a state priority
According to Alaska law, subsistence is the priority use of fish and game throughout most of the state.

Needs of real people should trump altruistic philosophy
I have given myself a few days to reflect after a round of letters and My Turn articles addressing the competing issues of creating and maintaining a robust economy in Southeast Alaska, as well as the "push-back" by the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council and its anti-development environmental partner agencies.

A law officer for every community
For law enforcement in rural Alaska to be truly effective, we need to recognize the need to have some type of law enforcement presence in the community.

Outside editorial: Iraqi voters go to the polls as US crosses its fingers
Early voting began in Iraq on Thursday ahead of Sunday's parliamentary elections. As Dr. Johnson said of the talking dog, the surprise about democracy in Iraq is not that it's done well, but that it is done at all.

The staggering cost of private health insurance in America
We have been swamped with information and opinion about health care reform - much of it deceptive and blatantly self-serving, and most of the rest obscure and confusing.

Rash of riflings hits Mendenhall Valley
JUNEAU - At 6 a.m. Saturday, the Juneau Police Department received a report of a vehicle that had been rifled through on Granite Drive. Officers searched the area and located eight other vehicles that had been rifled through.

Body of missing Juneau woman found
JUNEAU - At about 8:34 a.m. Sunday, Alaska State Troopers recovered a body under the water near a boat at Auke Bay Harbor.

Police charge three in Art Sutch burglary
JUNEAU - The Juneau Police department has forwarded charges against three men to the District Attorney's office for the Jan. 10 burglary of photographer Art Sutch's downtown business.

Animal rights' group urges tourism boycott
JUNEAU - An animal rights' group is calling for a tourism boycott of Alaska over a recent decision to remove buffer zones for wolf trapping near Denali National Park.

State reviews options for ferry terminal
KETCHIKAN - State transportation officials are studying eight sites in Ketchikan as possible locations for a new ferry terminal that could shorten the sailing time between Ketchikan and Annette Island.

Former refinery owner asks judge for lawsuit dismissal
FAIRBANKS - The former owner of the North Pole refinery has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit blaming the company for tainted groundwater.

Pararescuers come to aid of stricken man
FAIRBANKS - Alaska Air National Guard emergency responders parachuted in to a remote interior Alaska location to help a man stricken with chest pains.

Coast Guard looks for hiker near Haines
KODIAK - The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday launched an Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to rescue a hiker on Meade Glacier in the Tongass National Forest east of Haines.

Police seek two for questioning in death
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say they've added two names to the list of people sought for questioning in the fatal shooting of a man at the Dimond Center, Alaska's busiest mall.

Three in helicopter crash return to base
SALT LAKE CITY - Three crew members aboard a Coast Guard helicopter that crashed in Utah earlier in the week have returned to their home base in Elizabeth City, N.C.

Avalanche closes highway to Valdez
ANCHORAGE - An avalanche has closed the Richardson Highway leading into Valdez.

Lawmaker questions pipeline potential
JUNEAU - Questions are being raised about the viability of a major natural gas pipeline in Alaska.

Johansen: State needs energy policy
JUNEAU - House Majority Leader Kyle Johansen says he's confident in a statewide energy policy passing the Legislature this year. He's less clear on the chances for individual projects - or on an omnibus energy package - that some believe could bring rate relief to Alaskans.

Alaska cheese makers seeking lesser regs
JUNEAU - Proposed regulations geared for the industrial-scale dairies are burdensome to small producers, and they will seek exemptions when state lawmakers hold a hearing Monday.

AMHS, partners sign five-year education program agreement
JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Highway System, University of Alaska Southeast and the Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific signed a five-year education program memorandum of agreement Feb. 25 in Ketchikan.

Alaska exports worth $3.3 billion in 2009
JUNEAU - Alaska exports totaled $3.3 billion in 2009, the fifth- best year for trade in the state's history, Gov. Sean Parnell announced Thursday.

Motor vehicle division offers Iditarod plate
ANCHORAGE - The Department of Administration, Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), is pleased to offer a new license plate to those who have shown the dedication, spirit, and exemplary athletic ability to complete the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

One person hurt in helicopter crash near Delta Junction
DELTA JUNCTION - One person was hurt when a helicopter crashed near Delta Junction.

Workers' comp bills moving in House
JUNEAU - A bill establishing a new procedure for setting rates for medical reimbursements on workers' compensation claims, House Bill 314, was reported out of the House Judiciary Committee Feb. 25 and is now in the House Finance Committee.

Returning soldiers greeted at Fort Rich
ANCHORAGE - More than 200 Fort Richardson soldiers returned from Afghanistan to Anchorage and were greeted by family members Saturday packing a post gymnasium.

Calista renegotiates Donlin gold mine lease
ANCHORAGE - Developers of the proposed Donlin Creek gold mine in southwest Alaska have renegotiated a lease with the Calista Native corporation.

Two Fantastic finishes in SE
A little more than two months ago, Juneau-Douglas boys' basketball coach Steve Potter had more questions than answers.

Photos: Court congrats

Team Alaska Hockey
Midgets: Team Alaska 5, Alberta North 0

2010 CO-ED VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE STANDINGS as of: 3/7/10
Juneau Parks & Recreation

Senate Democrat introduces bill to elevate hate crimes
The Senate Judiciary Committee heard mostly supportive testimony Monday of a measure that would dole out harsher sentences in crimes motivated by hatred, bias or prejudice.

Conservationist who championed Alaska lands act dies at 103
SAN FRANCISCO - Dr. Edgar Wayburn, a five-term president of the Sierra Club who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for working to preserve vast tracts of U.S. wilderness, has died. He was 103.

Session reaches halfway point
The 2010 state legislative session is at the halfway mark of its 90-day session. It's unclear just what bills will pass the Legislature before adjournment April 19 besides the budget, which is required.

Photo: Blaze destroys Pelican home
The home of Wilbur and Mary Lou Strahm burns Sunday night in Pelican. No one was injured, but the residence and all of its contents were destroyed by the fire. The Pelican Chamber of Commerce is taking up financial contributions to help the Strahms recover from the loss. Contributions to the Strahm fund are being accepted at PO Box 737, Pelican, AK 99832.

Fairbanks class takes cooking students behind the scenes
FAIRBANKS - What started as a weekly cooking class in Carla Yetter's seventh- and eighth-grade class at Randy Smith Middle School evolved into a tour of the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge's receiving, storage and kitchen areas, topped off with a lunch of hamburgers and french fries.

Mackey pushes for 4th Iditarod win
ANCHORAGE - Both knees are shot, injected with synthetic cartilage until he can have surgery next summer. His right arm is still healing from a major operation to fix a staph infection. He continues to deal with other side effects of cancer.

Climber battles blizzard for chance to be first
ANCHORAGE - Challenged by scarce daylight, blowing snow and zero visibility, the first woman attempting to scale Mount McKinley in winter is hunkered down at 10,000 feet, where she and her partner have been living in a snow cave since last Sunday.

Mushers take off for race to Nome
WILLOW - The festivities are over, and the serious competition began Sunday in the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Snakes on a plane: For inspectors, this is normal
ANCHORAGE - The legends grow over time: There's the case of the women who tried to hide a bear gall in her bra cup; the sad tale of the live monkey shipped with snakes, and the chronic sea horse importer.

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