Wednesday, March 10, 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.

Tribe should not give up land in Ketchikan
Ketchikan is Taan ta Kwaan land, not Tsimshian or Haida land. Ketchikan Creek belongs to the Gaanax adi Clan. Ketchikan Creek was given as a wedding present to the Gaanax adi Clan by the Sanya Kwaan (Cape Fox People).

Mall experience bad for Juneau's image
It has come to my attention that there was a confrontation involving a security guard at the Nugget Mall and the Hoonah basketball team last weekend.

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.

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.

Pipeline operators go with the flow
Trans-Alaska pipeline engineers say they are confident they can keep the pipeline on which Alaska depends flowing despite declining throughput.

Resource Data Inc. announces new staff
JUNEAU - Custom software development firm Resource Data Inc. has hired new employees:

Play It Again Sports owner returns from winter conference
JUNEAU - Owner of Play It Again Sports of Juneau Rusty Scudder recently returned to the area after attending the company's winter conference and trade show. The event was held at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from Feb. 14 to 17.

Fred Meyer Fund purchases mobile computer lab
JUNEAU - SERRC-Alaska's Educational Resource Center provides dozens of statewide programs to improve student achievement. The agency's Alaska Close-Up program brings students from around the state to Juneau for weekly sessions to learn how Alaska's government really works. The program is aligned with Alaska Content Standards and includes time with legislators, the governor, classroom work and attending Legislative sessions.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Corrections
The correct name of the 3rd grade music winner for the 2010 ASTE contest is Raven Wahl, not Emily Wahl, as stated in an A3 article on Tuesday.

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.

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.

Committee rejects land bill amendment
Juneau residents who want to protect a small patch of land in Tracy Arm did not convince lawmakers Tuesday the parcel is worth amending a controversial lands bill that is making its way through the Legislature.

Boxers have a friend in the corner
Albert "Mean Machine" Valentine is arguably one of Juneau's most notable Roughhouse boxers. He also is one of the best cornermen, a fact that often goes unnoticed unless you happen to be strapped into a pair of gloves as you're staring down an opponent across the ring.

Photo: Graveside contrast

Photo: Seen and heard
Taylor Sutak, left, Johnny Roberts, Luke Padden, and John Lennon of the Floyd Dryden Middle School Choir sixth grade choir sing and use sign language as they perform Bob Chilcott's "Can You Hear Me" during string orchestra and choir programs Tuesday evening in the Thunder Mountain High School auditorium. Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders performed under the direction of Missouri Smyth and Mike Bucy.

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.

Photo: Snow play
Connor Corcoran, 9, evades snowballs thrown by classmates on the playing field Tuesday between Juneau-Douglas High School and Marie Drake Elementary School.

Juneau may limit money for schools in 2011, 2012
For the past decade or so, the city has contributed above and beyond the maximum allowable amount to the Juneau School District.

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.

Robert Garrison
Longtime Juneau resident Robert Garrison died March 8, 2010, at his home. He was 89.

Michael Jackson
Michael Lance Jackson -husband, father, son, brother and friend - passed away suddenly March 2, 2010, at the age of 42.

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.

USPS wrestles with cutting services or increasing prices
Outside editorial

The promotion of fear
Fear again. Not hope, nor patriotism, nor progress, nor any of the nobler emotions and impulses by which human beings are driven. Nope. None of those.

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.

Teen suicide and infant mortality rates on the rise in Indian country
The British statesman Benjamin Disraeli purportedly said, "There are three kinds of lies: Lies, damned lies and statistics." American Indians have been the guinea pigs of statistics since the politicians in Washington began to use arithmetic to figure out their landholdings and numbers before embarking on God's mission of conquest and divestiture in the name of Manifest Destiny.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Two fires displace Anchorage families
ANCHORAGE - Two separate fires Monday kept Anchorage firefighters busy and displaced families.

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.

Seward, Richardson highways reopen
ANCHORAGE - Traffic is flowing again on two major Alaska highways after avalanches forced their closures.

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.

Fairbanks officer kills armed suspect
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks police officer has shot and killed a man who pointed a handgun at him.

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.

No damage from 5.1 quake in Aleutians
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Earthquake Information Center says a magnitude 5.1 quake has struck the Andreanof Islands region of the Aleutian chain, but there are no reports of damage and the quake did not generate a tsunami.

APOC: Get our advice before running ads
JUNEAU - Corporations in Alaska won't get a pass on campaign disclosure rules in the August primaries if pending bills pass into law this session.

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.

Weather hampers effort to rescue hiker
JUNEAU - A second attempt to rescue a hiker stranded on a glacier near Haines was again thwarted by weather Tuesday.

Panel holds hearing on adding lawmakers
JUNEAU - The Senate Finance Committee held its first hearing Monday on a constitutional amendment to add 12 seats to Alaska's 60-seat Legislature.

Bill to protect spawning grounds is dead, sponsor says
JUNEAU - The sponsor of a wastewater discharge bill intended to protect fish spawning grounds from mine waste says his bill is dead.

Troopers investigate Chignik Lake death
CHIGNIK LAKE - Alaska State Troopers say they are investigating the death of a 32-year-old woman in Chignik Lake.

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.

Fairbanks police make drug bust
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man faces felony drug charges after police say a routine traffic stop led to the discovery of marijuana, methamphetamine and more than 60 pills of varying colors.

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.

She got game
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Oregon State junior guard Talisa Rhea, a Juneau-Douglas High School alum, has been named to the All-Pacific-10 Conference Team in a vote by the league's media, the conference announced Tuesday.

Photos: Court congrats

Follow Juneau's Tompkins on NBC, Universal Sports
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., and NEW YORK - NBC Sports and Universal Sports announced today the multiplatform broadcast coverage of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, presented by GE.

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.

House carves gas line funds out of budget
Legislative opponents of Trans-Canada Corp.'s state-backed natural gas pipeline project stripped much of the money Gov. Sean Parnell has sought for the state's role in pushing it forward from the budget adopted by the House Finance Committee on Tuesday.

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.

Panel to hear bill that would split oil, gas taxes
A bill that would change Alaska's system of taxing oil and gas production together got its first hearing Tuesday, with consultants giving the Senate Finance Committee a rundown on the separation of the two.

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.

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.

ACLU says prisons in Alaska are overcrowded
ANCHORAGE - State prisons are overcrowded but they generally provide better living conditions than prisons in the Lower 48, said the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska.

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.

Gonorrhea cases spike in Alaska
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's reported gonorrhea cases jumped 69 percent last year, prompting state health officials to issue warnings for how to detect and control the disease.

Town rigs Tanana River tripod
FAIRBANKS - Spring's coming, and that means it's time to rig the Tanana River tripod.

High winds cut power, phone lines in Hoonah
High winds disrupted life in Hoonah on Tuesday, blowing down a tree that knocked down a power line.

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