Mine committee reviews Echo's '97 concept, tailings
The AJ Mine Advisory Committee is gearing up to outline what criteria would be needed to reopen the AJ mine and what would be wanted.

State stresses the importance of safety in child labor
The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development has had its hands full across the state with the issue of child workers. Training specialist Nathan Menah of Alaska Occupational Safety and Health addressed the Juneau Chamber of Commerce on the city’s numbers of child workers and business’ responsibilities in the matter.

CBJ parks and recreation director resigns
Parks and Recreation Director Marc Matsil turned in his resignation Thursday, and will end his five-year tenure at the end of the month.

Medevac rescues 50-year-old man
KODIAK — A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a 50-year-old man reportedly suffering from internal bleeding from Edna Bay 30 miles northwest of Klawock to Sitka Thursday.

Obama names Ulmer chair of Arctic commission
ANCHORAGE — President Obama has named former Alaska Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer as chairwoman of the Arctic Research Commission.

Civility is the topic for LWV meeting
“Why be Civil?” is a panel discussion with a theorist, a politician and reporter at the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Chambers on Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The panel features a discussion about civility in politics.

Local business campaign begins today
The jingle has been a familiar sound on the radio for many months, but that tune changes today. The Juneau Chamber of Commerce and Juneau Radio Center begin their new “Look Local First” advertising campaign today.

Historic USCG Cutter being decommissioned
JUNEAU­ — The 67-year-old Cutter Acushnet, the Coast Guard’s “Queen of the Fleet”, will be decommissioned during a ceremony at Base Support Unit Ketchikan today at 2 p.m. The Acushnet served as a medium-endurance cutter in the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, and Arctic Ocean. Primary missions included search and rescue, homeland security, maritime law enforcement, and environmental protection. The cutter’s motto, “Juvate, Servate, Confirmate,” means “Help, Save, Strengthen.” The Acushnet was crowned “Queen of the Fleet” after the decommissioning ceremony of the Coast Guard Cutter Storis on Feb. 8, 2007. The title representing the oldest Coast Guard cutter in service will be passed to the Cutter Smilax, a 100-foot inland construction tender commissioned in 1944 and based in Ft. Macon, N.C.

Thursday’s story about the Juneau International Airport on Page A3 incorrectly stated the grant increase from the Alaska Department of Transportation. The correct amount is nearly $58,000.

Photo: Book talk
Children’s book author Shelley Gill talks about her dog sledding adventure during a presentation at Gastineau Elementary School Wednesday.

John M. McDonald Sr.
John McDonald died peacefully in his sleep on Feb. 7, 2011, in Petersburg with his daughters by his side.

Anthony Jack Sharclane
Anthony Jack Sharclane, always known as Tony, died at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska on March 4, 2011. He was 38 years old.

House Homeland Security chairman is radicalizing terror investigations
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It's time to unlock America's oil resources
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Oil and gas resources in the United States are growing. Surprised? Many people are, because we usually think of oil and gas as fixed pools gradually being depleted. But the combination of new technology and higher prices are making reserves available that were previously unknown or uneconomic.

‘Drill Baby Drill' is a shrill, mistaken strategy
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — To borrow a phrase from Ronald Reagan, “There you go again.”

Spherical learning lecture
The sight of a drab blob overlaid atop the middle east was sickening. Even more so was the shocking black patch covering most of the west coast. In size, it dwarfed the blip tucked inside Prince William Sound.

Get out at SAGA shindig
As winter fades to the everlasting sun of summer, indoor activities morph to those of the outdoor variety. As a celebration of this transition, SAGA is hosting its third annual Spring Equinox Jamboree from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 19.

Slip-sliding away: Ski lessons at Eaglecrest
The first lesson when learning how to ski is … don’t forget your last lesson.

Winter's nesting crossbills
Once again, this time in late February, the Auke Nu trail was in top shape with firm snow all the way to the cabin. As we sashayed along, I heard some soft and gentle warbling notes high in the canopy. I finally spotted some movement under a clump of moss that seemed to be growing on top of a witch’s broom (a parasite that distorts branch growth).

Recent rescue @ the Juneau Raptor Center: Bald Eagle
TYPE OF BIRD: Adult bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus).

Photography exhibit comes to Southeast communities this summer
The US Forest Service, Alaska Wilderness League, Braided River and the National Forest Foundation are pleased to announce a series of events and exhibitions to celebrate the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska in conjunction with the United Nations-designated International Year of Forests. The series of events and exhibitions will celebrate the uniqueness of the Tongass National Forest and the Alaskans who live here.

Tracks & Signs on the lookout for otter, beaver sign
JUNEAU — This week’s Tracks & Signs program will meet at 10 a.m. at the Fish Creek Bridge on North Douglas Highway, on Saturday.

Fish skulls at fly fishing meeting
JUNEAU — At the upcoming Raincountry Flyfishers meeting, local fly fishing gear shop owner Brad Elfers will show how to tie with “fish skulls.”

Snow and grooming report for Juneau-area trails

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.

American Cancer Society hosting Team Captain University
JUNEAU — Organizers with the American Cancer Society are hosting an training for Juneau Relay for Life team captains from 6-8:30 p.m. on Monday, March 14, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in the administration building.

Tidal tables for March 11 through March 17
Today, March 11

Breathe with Yoga Under the Stars
JUNEAU — The public is invited to a free yoga practice from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, at the Marie Drake Planetarium.

Safety training courses free for fishermen
JUNEAU — The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer two separate 10-hour fishing vessel safety and drill conductor courses in Juneau. The first course will be held on Saturday, April 2, and the second course will be held on Saturday, April 9. Both will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bill Ray Center.

Juneau Raptor Center holding open house
JUNEAU — Volunteers with the Juneau Raptor Center will hold a meeting and open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, at the Nugget Mall.

A Crimson contingent sits atop 4A All-State teams
Another banner basketball campaign means plenty of post-season accolades for the Juneau-Douglas girls’ basketball team.

Overlooked 'heavy oil' may be in North Slope and Alaska's economic future
The next big thing out of Alaska’s prolific Arctic Slope oil fields may be “heavy oil,” a thick, molasses-like petroleum that’s there in huge quantities but is difficult to recover.

Parnell says state should pick up tourism marketing cost
Gov. Parnell is criticizing legislators who refused to provide tourism marketing money he’d sought, and says their actions will threaten the state’s tourism economy.

Sitka museum gains new curator
SITKA — The new curator at the Sitka Historical Society Museum got her first look at Sitka three years ago, when she traveled through the Inside Passage on the ferry.

A shelter for sea ice in a warmer world
With the top of the world leaning back toward the sun, warmth is returning to the far north, where scientists observed in January and February 2011 new record lows in the extent of the giant jigsaw puzzle of sea ice that floats on the Arctic Ocean.

Alaska Airlines not forgetting presence back home
ANCHORAGE — Despite its constantly growing presence in the rest of the nation and its rip-roaring success amid an industry full of uncertainty and consolidation, Alaska Airlines continues to be dedicated to the state it is named for, said a company executive at a recent breakfast event in Anchorage.

Gov defends oil tax cut plan, urges action
JUNEAU — Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell strongly defended his plan to cut oil production taxes, telling reporters Thursday that its passage is imperative but stopping short of threatening to hold a special session if lawmakers fail to act on it before adjourning next month.

Homer man known as skeleton reconstruction expert
HOMER — Lee Post was consistently late to elementary school.

Former Alaska poet laureate remembered
FAIRBANKS — Friends said former Alaska Poet Laureate John Haines was known for being cantankerous, gruff and curmudgeonly. But his lasting legacy will be a collection of poetry and prose that captured his unique view of life and inspired generations of Alaska writers.

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