Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Names should be kept out of police reports
I've notice lately that the Juneau Empire, Juneau Police Department Web site and KINY radio have been making people's names public before they have been convicted or charged of a crime.

Unwanted changes indeed going forward at Wickersham house
An odd thing happened the other day.

Juneau boy to participate in geographic bee in April
Glacier Valley Elementary School fifth grader Wyatt Nicholson is heading to Anchorage in April for the 2010 Alaska Geographic Bee.

Legislators limit others' trips
The House of Representatives wants to rein in state spending by cracking down on travel, but it may be a case of "do as I say, not as I do."

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Corrections
A story on improvements to the Peterson Lake trail that appeared in Friday's Empire identified the incorrect funding source for Dingell-Johnson Act. Money comes from federal taxes on sport fishing tackle and gear.

School Board to discuss budget at meeting
The Juneau School board will consider approving its budget for the 2011 fiscal year at its meeting tonight.

Renovated skate park vandalized despite upgrades
Ongoing attempts to revitalize Juneau's skate park hit a small snag Sunday morning when authorities discovered fresh graffiti spray-painted throughout the newly renovated park.

Photos: Analyzing historic mess
A protective boom, above, is pulled in and a bargeanchors off Lena Point on Monday as the U.S. Coast Guard works to determine the extent of fuel leaking from the wreckage of the Princess Kathleen. The Coast Guard sent members from Global Offshore Divers to check on the vessel, which is lying at a depth from 52 to 134 feet.

Photos: Music and movement
The Juneau Student Symphony plays music from "Carmen Ballet Suite" while Juneau Dance Unlimited perform Saturday evening at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. It was the first collaboration of the two groups, which will perform again at 7 p.m. tonight Harborview Elementary

Photos: Winter in the wetlands
Two mallard ducks take to flight as others swim in the Mendenhall Wetlands on Saturday during a break in the weather.

Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair
A total of 110 awards from 51 donors were given to 74 student competitors at the 2010 Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair, held March 12 to 14 in Juneau.

Two UAS students honored by NSE
Last week, two former National Student Exchange students at the University of Alaska Southeast received Student Achievement Awards at an annual NSE conference in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Biologists plan saltwater shock treatment to knock weeds back
A series of saltwater shock treatments at Twin Lakes should reduce the amount of shoreline weeds crowding out recreational fishermen, Alaska Department of Fish and Game Area Management Biologist Dan Teske said.

Photo: The path less traveled
A pedestrian walks down Craig Street from the Mountainside Subdivision during Friday's snowstorm. Today's weather forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with scattered rain showers.

Judson E. Paul
Former Sitka and Juneau resident Judson E. Paul died March 1, 2010, in Shoreline, Wash. He was 70.

Darin Eugene Knecht
Juneau resident Darin Eugene Knecht died peacefully March 1, 2010, at his parent's home in Juneau after a long time illness. He was 46.

Outside editorial: Whale - it's what shouldn't be for dinner
The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Alaska editorial: Federal government needs to justify habitat designation
Alaska's political leadership has condemned the National Marine Fisheries Service's proposed designation of the "critical habitat" needed for Cook Inlet's beluga whale population to recover. The federal agency needs to take these concerns seriously and modify its proposal.

Alaska editorial: Lawmakers should pass campaign finance laws
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

'Jihad Jane' shatters terrorist stereotype
Evil is not a color. It has no particular religion nor creed, nor style of dress, nor gender nor geographic home. Evil is an equal opportunity employer.

Crist-Rubio battle the bellwether for direction of GOP in 2010
I knew that I must have been off pretty badly when I casually wrote in this national column that Florida Gov. Charlie Crist would be a good example of a Republican that voters in critical swing states could accept in the upcoming elections for Senate and the U.S. House.

State should ensure students are prepared for college
There is a disconnect in our education system. Other countries are steadily pulling further ahead of us in terms of having an educated population. By the year 2025, it's estimated that 50 percent of all jobs in this country will require a college degree. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, America and Germany are the only two OECD countries where the younger generation is actually less educated than the older generation.

Moody's, S&P: Job creators without a stimulus
In these poor economic times, there is one endeavor that offers unlimited opportunities for employment: defending the debt-rating companies in court.

Privileged or hard-working?
More than 20 years ago, the distinguished educator and philosopher Mortimer Adler spoke in Juneau on the subject of public education. Using differently shaped water glasses as a metaphor, he argued that school educators should strive to fill each "glass" to its maximum capacity. He concluded that school administrators have a duty to fashion policies that offer each child the opportunity to reach his or her maximum potential.

Murder charge added in Jan. fatal crash
ANCHORAGE - A murder charge has been added to manslaughter and drunken driving charges in a fatal crash in January that killed an Anchorage cab driver.

Cops cite 10 minors in house party bust-up
JUNEAU - Juneau police cited six juveniles under 18 and four minors for underage drinking after busting up a Douglas house party Friday night.

Lost snowmobiler sets machine on fire to stay warm
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man became separated from his companions on a wilderness trip and lit his snowmobile on fire to stay warm.

Deadline for tax exemption March 31
JUNEAU - The filing deadline for requesting a senior citizen or disabled veteran real property tax exemption is March 31. If you are a senior citizen or disabled veteran you may also be eligible for a real property hardship exemption. The annual filing deadline for the hardship exemption is April 30.

House leader favors 'surgical' tax debate
JUNEAU - House Majority Leader Kyle Johansen says he's interested in the "surgical" approach to separating oil and gas production taxes.

Officer in Fairbanks shooting identified
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police have identified the officer involved in a fatal shooting this week as 15-year veteran Alex Wells.

Official: Crime lab is 'beyond shovel ready'
JUNEAU - A new crime lab project is "beyond shovel ready."

Houston City Council fires police sergeant
HOUSTON - Houston Police Sgt. Charlie Seidl was fired after the City Council voted to accept an evaluation calling for his termination.

Storm knocks down Ketchikan building
KETCHIKAN - A contractor was reviewing damage after a storm partially collapsed a warehouse under construction in Ketchikan.

Man who fell through ice presumed dead
ANCHORAGE - State troopers said a man is feared dead after falling through ice on the Susitna River on his snowmachine.

Pilot dies in crash near Eklutna
ANCHORAGE - A pilot is dead after his home-built airplane crashed near Eklutna.

Wilderness league protests Izembek Regufe road
ANCHORAGE - Conservation groups call it a "road to nowhere," but King Cove residents say a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge would be a lifeline to medical care during an emergency.

Coast Guard searches for 2 men overboard
JUNEAU - The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for two men reported overboard from a Liberian-flagged container ship in the north Pacific.

Man arrested on burglary charge
JUNEAU - Police arrested a 20-year-old man on burglary charges after a Lemon Creek resident reported two men attempting to break into her home.

Initiative reform bill receives new life
JUNEAU - A bill that would set disclosure requirements for initiative drives has gained new life in the Legislature.

Woman shoots, wounds ex-boyfriend
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a man upset by child custody issues was shot by his former girlfriend at her home.

Chugach utility tries energy monitors to lower power costs
ANCHORAGE - Chugach Electric Association is looking to high-tech options to help customers lower costs.

Bears blow by Kodiak
ANCHORAGE - Familiar formula, familiar finish.

Crimson quicksilver
Defense is about sacrifice. It's about wanting it more. It's about not giving an inch, figuratively speaking, of course.

Gozelksi does it all for Bears
In the sport of basketball, coaches know in order to be successful as a team, they must possess versatility at both ends of the floor.

Boys bow out in opener
ANCHORAGE - Juneau-Douglas was never able to get into an offensive groove against a tall and talented Wasilla squad Monday, and the Warriors cruised to a 69-46 boys' basketball 4A state tournament win over the Crimson Bears at Sullivan Arena.

Team Alaska wins Hodgson trophy
Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada - Team Alaska was awarded the prestigious Hodgson Sportsmanship Trophy at Saturday's Closing Ceremonies of the 21st biannual Arctic Winter Games in Grande Prairie.

Photos: State cheer competition
The Thunder Mountain Falcons cheer team performs their competition routine Saturday after the co-ed teams and High School competition teams placed 2nd in the Medium, all-girl building division, a few points behind Ketchikan. The girls were unable to travel to Anchorage Friday due to weather conditions, but flew out Saturday and arrived just in time to compete.

Photos: State cheer competition part II
The Juneau-Douglas cheerleaders perform their state championship winning routine during the opening round of the state basketball tournament at Anchorage's Sullivan Arena on Monday. The Crimson Bears cheer/stunt team took first place at the 2010 ASAA State Cheer Competition Saturday only moments after their plane landed in Anchorage. Their original trip was planned for Friday, but the team was not able to travel due to weather conditions.

'Mean Machine' goes down swinging in possible retirement bout split decision
At 50 years old, heavyweight Al "The Mean Machine" Valentine fought and narrowly lost his retirement bout against a friend, Gabe Steele Duckworth, 27, at Marlintinis' Lounge Roughhouse Boxing on Friday.

Arctic Winter Games
35 Juneau athletes, 7 adult coaches, 1 adult chap

Flannagan's Run results: Saturday, March 13
1 Mile - Male Results

Gas tax becoming pivotal issue in session
An effort to make a structural change in the state's oil and gas production tax law is gathering momentum in the state Senate and could become a pivotal issue as the 2010 legislative session enters its final weeks.

Sitka Ranger boat to be taken out of service
SITKA - The historic Sitka Ranger may no longer be a common sight docked in the Sitka Channel, the Assembly was told.

Wildlife director leaving Juneau
Juneau's legislative delegation questioned a move by the Parnell administration to relocate the director of the Division of Wildlife Conservation from Juneau to Anchorage, and praised the work of the previous director, who was demoted.

Mackey cuts rest, extends Iditarod lead over King
NOME - Three-time defending champion Lance Mackey is poised to claim his fourth consecutive win in the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race over a route beset by bitter cold.

Alaska 'beerdrinker' lauded for more than just chugging
KENAI - Bill Howell is this year's Miss America of beer.

Addiction, poor diet loom in Alaska deaths
ANCHORAGE - We know what Alaskans are dying from - mostly diseases such as cancer, heart disease, strokes and respiratory disease, plus injuries and suicide. But why are we dying in those ways?

Mackey, King prepare to cross sound in Iditarod
ANCHORAGE - Reigning three-time champion Lance Mackey and four-time champion Jeff King are turning the 2010 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race into their own two-man contest.

Soldiers train with biathlon
FAIRBANKS - It's 7 a.m. Friday morning, and while most people in Fairbanks are in bed or in toasty warm cars on their way to work this cold March morning, about 60 Fort Wainwright soldiers are beginning their day with a 20-kilometer rucksack march in temperatures just above zero.

Alaska delegation meets with NOAA chief on endangered status for whales
WASHINGTON - If there's one thing Alaska's congressional delegation can agree on, it's a distrust of the Endangered Species Act and a belief it could ruin the state's economy.

Percentage of female judges slips in Alaska
FAIRBANKS - The percentage of judges who are female in Alaska has slipped in the past decade, even as more women apply for the bench.

Some park officials concerned about new gun law
ANCHORAGE - Alaska is expecting more than 2 million visitors to its national parks this summer with the stampede beginning in May. Some visitors will be packing more than lunch.

Love for sport, not money, drives Alaska mushers
WASILLA - No matter how famous the last name, the economics of dog sledding is never in the musher's favor.

Governor: Alaska exports total $3.3 billion, down 8.1%
Alaska exports totaled $3.3 billion in 2009, marking the fifth best year for trade in state history, said a press release from Gov. Sean Parnell's office.

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