Saturday, March 13, 2010

Legislature should fix loopholes in state public records laws
Senate Bill 244 - an "act relating to official action by electronic transmission, to records and to public records" - has been stuck in the Senate State Affairs Committee since Feb. 1. This bill addresses public records, including electronic ones, such as e-mails (including state business on private e-mail accounts) and texts. It also brings certain statutes into the 21st century. It addresses the public's right to access to all public records.

Peterson Lake Trail to get long-overdue makeover
Planned improvements at one of the area's most popular trails mean hikers will no longer show up to the Peterson Lake cabin looking like they've been in a rugby match.

Four finalists vie to be new JDHS principal
For the four Juneau-Douglas High School principal candidates interviewing and meeting with students, staff and community members, vying for the job is a long-distance race.

Sealaska Lands Bill meetings canceled
Bad weather stopped residents on north Prince of Wales Island from having their say this week on the Sealaska Lands Bill.

Photo: Bunde retires
Sen. Con Bunde speaks during debate in the Senate Chambers on Wednesday. After 18 years in the Alaska Legislaturerepresenting South Anchorage and the Hillside and more recently as the Senate's minority leader, Sen. Con Bundeannounced he will not run for re-election.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Con: Impose strict safety, cost controls before moving on nuclear
Increasingly policymakers and citizens across the political spectrum recognize the need to rethink traditional sources of energy and work toward a more diversified and sustainable mix of energy sources.

Punish the deed
The following editorial appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News:

Should the US push ahead on building nuclear power plants?
Increasingly policymakers and citizens across the political spectrum recognize the need to rethink traditional sources of energy and work toward a more diversified and sustainable mix of energy sources.

Students learn to shoot, or not shoot
Would you shoot that deer?

Wild shots
Submit your wild shots

Juneau Ski club to host championships
JUNEAU - The Juneau Ski Club is hosting this year's J4/J5 Alaska Alpine State Championships March 12-14 at Eaglecrest Ski Area and is looking for volunteers to help with the event.

Seavey wins $3,000 at Iditarod half
ANCHORAGE - Front-runners in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race are taking a break in Cripple, the halfway point in the halfway point in the 1,100-mile trek to Nome.

Spring brown bear season opens
JUNEAU - The brown bear hunting season opens March 15 in Game Management Unit 4 (GMU4) with two registration hunts; RB088 and RB089.

Friday Fireside lecture on food, life
JUNEAU - Tonight tune in to the latest Fireside Lecture at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center titled "Our Food is Our Way of Life" beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Alaska salmon culture technique class offered
PETERSBURG - The University of Alaska Southeast Fisheries Technology Program is offering a 1-credit special topics class for high school juniors and seniors, to be held in Petersburg, April 14-16.

Burn with caution
ANCHORAGE - For the past five years, the leading cause of fatal fires in Alaska in early spring has been chimney fires.

Plugging into nature
In a generation of technology and electronic entertainment, the outdoor world can become an unfamiliar place to many children in Alaska and around the world.

Stave off spring itch on accessible trails
Longer days and mild temperatures seem to have most of Juneau thinking about breaking winter hibernation habits early.

Winter or spring? Seems SE can't decide
I'm sitting here in my big easy chair, watching the snow sift slowly down. A raven is parading around on the ice-covered pond, snarfing up the spilled bird-seed and whatever else it can find. It leaves a wonderful trail of footprints, showing that it checked out all the likely spots, sometimes more than once.

Fish forecast shows sockeye looking up
It's that time again. Yes, fishing season is arriving quickly and as fisherman organize tackle, untangle monofilament and mend nets, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has done their part to help educate the public on last year's catches and forecast what the 2010 season may have in store.

SAGA receives Rasmuson Foundation grant
JUNEAU - SAGA was awarded $24,500 grant in early March from the Rasmuson Foundation to help replace aging tools, equipment and van racks needed for its Serve Alaska Youth Corps and Alaska Service Corps programs.

On the hook
Show us your big fish

Grooming report
As of this week, the following Nordic trails are groomed and tracked for both skate andclassic skiing:

Tides
Today, March 12

Begich gets new committee appointment
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has a new committee appointment.

Bunde won't seek re-election
JUNEAU - Senate Minority Leader Con Bunde will not seek re-election.

Alaska rescuers parachuted to remote cabin
FAIRBANKS - A man who was rescued by Air National Guardsmen parachuting to his remote cabin north of Denali National Park has been released from a hospital.

Pair to head DOJ unit probing public corruption
WASHINGTON - The troubled Justice Department unit that investigates corruption of public officials is getting new leadership amid a criminal probe into how it handled evidence in the prosecution of Republican Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska.

Palin to host Bachmann fundraiser
MINNEAPOLIS - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is hosting a Minneapolis fundraiser for Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's reelection effort.

Vehicle crashes into power pole
JUNEAU - On Thursday afternoon, the Juneau Police Department responded to a single-vehicle accident on Glacier Highway near Central Avenue.

2 pioneers added to Alaska Mining Hall of Fame
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Mining Hall of Fame is inducting two names at a Thursday night ceremony in Fairbanks.

Alaska lawmakers updating drug laws
JUNEAU - Alaska lawmakers are updating drug laws to address "robotripping," the unregulated psychedelic herb salvia divinorum and abuse of a synthetic prescription opiate used to treat addictions.

Parnell to attend cruise trade show
KETCHIKAN - A spokeswoman for Gov. Sean Parnell confirms he will attend a cruise ship trade show in Miami next week.

Bear boys' seniors flourish in new roles
With 22 seconds to play in the championship game of the Southeast Conference tournament, the Crimson Bears were down by three points as sophomore guard Tony Yadao squared up for what would be the game-tying 3-pointer, giving new life to the surging Juneau-Douglas boys' basketball team.

Grussendorf caps first Falcon season with All-State honors
There have been a lot of firsts this academic year in Juneau, with its brand-new athletic programs at Thunder Mountain High School.

Another 'Rough' night
It will be the machine against steel at Marlintini's Roughhouse Boxing when Al "The Mean Machine" Valentine will retire after he boxes his last bout tonight against Ketchikan's Gabe "Steel" Duckworth.

House passes 'frugal' $8.1 billion budget
The House of Representatives on Thursday adopted a state budget that legislators described as "frugal."

State economists see hope in unemployment rate
Unemployment rates in Alaska and Juneau rose in January on a non-seasonally adjusted basis, according to Department of Labor and Workforce Development data released Thursday.

Budget includes increase in funding for entitlement programs
During House debate on the $8.1 billion state budget, representatives also focused on funding for high-demand job and other program areas proposed by University of Alaska leaders. Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, said Gov. Sean Parnell hadn't included the roughly $11 million requested in his budget proposal, and Minority Whip David Guttenberg offered a floor amendment that would have provided a portion of that.

Iditarod racers go gourmet on trail
ANCHORAGE - Mushers in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race take care of their dogs first when they stop to rest, massaging sore paws and serving up stews of hearty grub for their teams.

Alaska woman killed in animal attack
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers on Thursday said a woman found dead in Chignik Lake this week was killed in an animal attack, most likely by wolves.

Governor says Alaska miners under siege
FAIRBANKS - Gov. Sean Parnell said miners face an uphill battle against federal regulators, and his office is "fighting with everything we've got" against the feds and "overzealous" environmental groups.

Judge won't reconsider decision on Palin e-mails
An Alaska judge has refused to reconsider his ruling that state law doesn't forbid the use of private e-mail accounts to conduct state business.

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