Saturday, March 19, 2011

Officials say Alaska is in no danger of radiation
The outcry rose quickly over worry that the radiation from damaged nuclear reactors in Japan could reach this country, including areas around the Aleutian Islands. Officials say such information is misleading and that no harmful radiation will reach here.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

State Board of Education talks graduation, legislation
The State Board of Education and Early Development discussed graduation Thursday, with a heavy focus on the exit exam.

Juneau woman died of natural causes
Autopsy results confirm there was no evidence of foul play in the January death of Keisha Oullis. The cause of death was reported as hypothermia with alcohol and drug intoxication as contributing factors, Juneau Police said Thursday.

Photo: Grabbing a quick lunch
Gulls dive for a quick meal next to a fishing boat unloading fresh halibut and black cod Thursday at Taku Fisheries. The halibut and black cod season just opened and continues for the next eight months.

Photo: Sprucing up the place
Amanda Dinan, assistant manager and goldsmith for The Jewel Box, adds window washer to her titles as she spruces up the store front during Thursday’s warming weather.

Dean Alan Blust
Dean Alan Blust died March 10, 2011 in Juneau.

Stella Mae Fullam
Stella Mae Fullam, long a well-loved and active member of the Juneau community, died March 8, 2011, at her home by Auke Lake. She was 69.

Pro: Can high-speed rail boost the US economy?
Would high-speed rail spending add jobs in the United States? Of course.

My Turn: Help make Alaska No. 1 again
For those who have been paying attention to Alaska’s economy, the indicators are clear. Oil field activity is down, Alaska is losing jobs, the pipeline continues on a trend toward a trickle and there is little motivation by the industry to reverse the trend. Not because there is a lack of oil on the North Slope. Alaska doesn’t have an oil resource problem. We have an investment problem.

Outside editorial: Careful with the economy
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Con: Can high-speed rail boost the US economy?
An astute journalist in the 20th century once defined public relations as “organized lying.” Keep that in mind as a barrage of newsfeatures and commentaries extolling the benefits of President Obama’s high-speed rail initiatives appear in coming days.

Lessons on living in hunt country
The Alaskan landscape is one of the most dangerous places in North America.

Uncover mysteries of region's bat species
Fruits and flowers ripen into lush, succulent shades, bodies of water, gleaming and still, trees swaying rhythmically across a sultry twilight — such images are the stuff of holiday brochures and postcards.

Finding the crossover
The day was overcast and gray when we started up the Spaulding Meadows trail, but by the time we passed the junction where the Auke Nu trail splits off, the sky was clear and we welcomed the sun’s appearance. The trail was in fine shape: nice, hard-packed snow, with only a few spots where deep post-holes made for uneven walking. We put on snowshoes and skis in Second Meadow.

Winners of the Marie Drake Planetarium Astronomy Poetry Contest announced this week
To view all entries, go online to mariedrakeplanetarium.com.

Tips on Tracks: Porcupine
This tracks feature appears every other week during winter months and is compiled by members of Discovery Southeast, a local nonprofit offering a variety of programs for local youth aimed at educating and engaging students in their outdoor world. For more information on the organization, go online to discoverysoutheast.org.

JGC Pacific International Registered shoot results
On Saturday, March 12, 15 members of Juneau’s Gun Club participated in that day’s Pacific International Trap Association registered shoot. The day started out as a overcast and cool, but it turned cold and the light was ever-changing. Because of these variable conditions, the shooters had below average scores.

Snow and grooming report for Juneau-area trails
Eaglecrest reportas of March 17:• New snow (24 hours):

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.

Juneau Archery Club Winter League Awards
The results are in from this year’s Juneau Archery Club Winter League. Approximately 23 individuals shot in the weekly competition, trying to find the bull’s-eye on different targets each week. The club invites more participants next fall.

Tide tables for March 18 through March 24
Today, March 18

Spring brown bear season now open
JUNEAU — The brown bear hunting season opened Tuesday, March 15, in Game Management Unit 4 with two registration hunts: RB088 and RB089.

Discovery Day to be held at Eaglecrest
JUNEAU — Elementary, middle, and high school age students are invited to an upcoming Discovery Day at Eaglecrest Ski Area on Friday, March 25. The event is hosted by Discovery Southest.

Eaglecrest offering spring break camps
JUNEAU — For those needing something to do over Spring Break, Eaglecrest Ski Area is offering a Snowsports School Holiday Camp which runs from March 21 through 24 for ages four to adult.

Anchorage house planned for homeless Native teens
ANCHORAGE — Two organizations are raising money to build a facility to house as many as 40 homeless Alaska Native teens in Anchorage.

Palin plans to stop in Israel, meet with Netanyahu
JUNEAU — Sarah Palin is extending her trip abroad with a planned stop in Israel.

Lawmaker proposes shifting money to permanent fund
JUNEAU — An Anchorage Democrat is proposing that $10 billion in the constitutional budget reserve be put into the Alaska Permanent Fund.

Alaskan Brewing Co. to add 11th state for sales
JUNEAU — Alaskan Brewing Co. in Juneau says it is adding Minnesota as a distribution point in May.

Doyon Ltd. plans annual shareholders meeting
FAIRBANKS — The Native regional corporation for Interior Alaska will conduct its annual shareholders meeting Friday in Fairbanks.

Crimson Bears bow out in first round
ANCHORAGE — Round 1 of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Basketball State Championships hasn’t been kind to the Juneau-Douglas boys’ basketball team in recent years.

JDHS slams South
ANCHORAGE — The champs aren’t ready to move over quite yet. Not after the opening round of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Basketball State Championships.

HoopTime preps for 12th annual Jackson Shootout
HoopTime AAU Basketball will hold the 12th annual Mike Jackson Memorial Shootout Tournament March 23-26 at Thunder Mountain High School, Floyd Dryden Middle School and Glacier Valley School.

PFD giving gets support from donors, Rasmuson
The Rasmuson Foundation on Thursday told Gov. Sean Parnell and key legislators that they’ll continue backing the state’s innovative Pick. Click. Give. donation program, ensuring that Alaskan’s charitable contributions go entirely to good causes.

Senate hears from Alaskans
Alaskans called in and, in a few cases, visited the Senate Finance Committee Thursday to give their advice on capital spending for the next year.

Parnell denies suggestion big oil influenced bill
JUNEAU — Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell on Thursday denied any suggestion that oil interests had undue influence over the crafting of his bill to cut oil production taxes.

Indictments expected in alleged trooper plot
FAIRBANKS — Grand jury indictments are expected by next week in state court for five people accused of plotting retaliatory killings of Alaska State Troopers.

State seeks to bar foreign law from courts
JUNEAU — An Alaskan lawmaker hopes to guard against Islamic Sharia law by prohibiting state courts from honoring foreign law that violates Alaskan or U.S. constitutional rights.

Japan quake likely to affect Alaska trade
ANCHORAGE — Alaskans who do business with the Japanese are worried about how their friends fared in the huge earthquake and tsunami, but businesses soon will be evaluating the impact of the disruption on the state economy.

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