Saturday, March 20, 2010

Divers collect data on Point Lena shipwreck
Good scuba conditions this week allowed a dive crew to get inside the SS Princess Kathleen, the vessel that sank off Point Lena in 1952 now leaking oil into the ocean.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

City wants $100,000 from 'pit' owners
The city and borough of Juneau plans to file a complaint and seek more than $100,000 for damage to public streets and sidewalks from the owners of the property widely known as the downtown "pit."

Trivial 'duty station' legislation advances
The Alaska Senate last week passed legislation making Juneau the governor's official duty station in what may have been a final jab at former Gov. Sarah Palin.

Photo: Harbingers
Longer days and warmer weather has blueberry blossoms opening Thursday near Lena Beach.

Edwell George John Sr.
Juneau resident Edwell George John Sr. died peacefully on the afternoon of March 12, 2010, in Juneau with family by his side. He was 76.

Roberta Jones Ormsby
Juneau resident Roberta Jones Ormsby, also known as "Bert," died Feb. 23, 2010, in Harborview Medical Center. She was 77.

My turn: Prepare our kids for the future: invest in digital learning
If you had a chance to improve your child's future, why wouldn't you? South Dakota asked the same question. So have 28 school districts in Alaska. The future they have seen isn't always crystal clear, but one thing is for sure - the future will be digital.

Pro: Rogue firms shame the good name of U.S. military forces
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Civilian contractors do not enjoy the best pedigree. In the 1980s, an international treaty was adopted against mercenaries because governments could use them for things it might be embarrassing to have their own forces doing. South Africa used mercenaries to attack South Africans outside the country who were organizing to overthrow apartheid.

Con: Quasi-military contractors provide good bang for the buck in war zones
WASHINGTON - Jon Postol was a defense contractor. A one-man shop, he ran something called ARPANET.

White wolf encounter
As Jeannie Emanoff drove away from the Mendenhall Glacier Sunday evening, she didn't get very far.

Grooming report
As of March 18, the following Nordic trails are groomed and tracked for both skate andclassic skiing:

Sport charter halibut permit application deadline nears
JUNEAU - NOAA Fisheries would like to remind sport charter fishing operators in Southeast Alaska and the central Gulf of Alaska that the April 5 deadline to apply for a permit to operate in 2011 is approaching.

Rockfish sport fishing regulations set for 2010
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the non-pelagic rockfish bag, possession and the mandatory retention for the sport fishery during 2010. Nonresident angler annual limits of yelloweye rockfish have also been established for the 2010 season.

Sitka group to dim lights for Earth Hour
SITKA - Sitka Global Warming Group will support Earth Hour for the second year, and encourages community members to do the same.

Hatcher Pass opens to snowmachines
HATCHER PASS - The Mat-Su Area Office of Alaska State Parks announces that as of Saturday, March 13, the east side of Hatcher Pass will be open to snowmobiles from the Goldmint Trailhead Parking Lot at Mile 14.5 to the Hatcher Pass Summit at Mile 19 of the Hatcher Pass Road.

Teaching on tools for local trout
Tony Soltys gets a kick out of hearing stories from his students about how they've been putting instruction from his Fly Fishing 101 class to work.

Juneau Explorers set to learn, live be enlightened
With Spring Break quickly approaching, parents may be trying to plan around their busy schedules in an effort to accommodate their kids who are out of school for the week.

Spring wanderings
After a spring mini-blizzard, I wandered around some of the Dredge Lake recreation area, just to see what I could see. There was too little snow under the dense young spruces to do much animal tracking, but in more open areas, tracking was good. I found numerous tracks of snowshoe hares in the mixed alder/willow/spruce areas. The hares had been gnawing willow bark and nibbling blueberry twigs.

A week o' spring with Discovery Southeast
Eaglecrest and Discovery Southeast have teamed up to offer a week of snow sports fun during Spring Break.

RESULTS: Juneau Gun Club Pacific International Trap Association match
The Juneau Gun Club held a Pacific International Trap Association three-event match Saturday, March 13.

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Photos: Bankside investigation
In these three photos, two river otters swim downstream in the Mendenhall River on Sunday, March 7. The pair apparently spotted a juvenile bald eagle on the river's edge and stopped to investigate. Otters travel together and operate as a social unit but do not cooperate in hunting or share what is caught. They travel over a wide area, and apparently there are no exclusive territories. Fighting among otters is extremely rare, although they are wary of strange individuals.

Tides
Today, March 19

Juneau Garden Club invites public to annual Garden Fever
JUNEAU - The Juneau Garden Club will hold a program Saturday, March 20 from 1:20 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center.

Judge receives public reprimand for driving drunk
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage Superior Court judge has received a public reprimand for drunken driving.

Soldiers' privileges pulled because of DUIs
ANCHORAGE - Weekend privileges for some Fort Richardson soldiers are being suspended because of the high number of driving-under-the-influence charges they're accumulating.

Troopers seek man suspected in homicide
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers say they're seeking a Fairbanks man in a homicide investigation that left a North Pole man dead.

Deadline approaching for applying for permits
ANCHORAGE - The deadline for applying for a permit to operate a sportfishing halibut charter is approaching.

Senate minority: Governor's crime lab is too much
JUNEAU - The state Senate minority caucus says the governor's proposed crime lab is too big and too pricey.

Murkowski applauds state's fight against EPA climate regulation
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, applauded the Parnell administration's decision to join a growing number of states in a lawsuit to stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from imposing command-and-control regulation of the emissions blamed for climate change.

Corporate campaigning bill blocked in House
JUNEAU - State Rep. Jay Ramras says he's blocking a House bill aimed at strengthening disclosure requirements for corporations and unions engaged in political campaigning.

Savor the moment
Karli Brakes jumped up into the arms of one teammate after another, thrusting her index finger high above the gathering mass of bouncing Crimson Bears near center court.

Culture club hockey program flourishes
Elementary and middle schoolers in a Culture Club Hockey program gathered this week to celebrate the skills they've learned the last five months - as well as celebrate a program that has provided them with access to a sport they may not have otherwise been exposed to.

Photos: State Champs!

Tompkins crashes, gets DNF
Juneau's Joe Tompkins crashed in the Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill event at the 2010 Paralympic games in Vancouver, and received a DNF in his only event in the games.

Two collared wolves shot near Tok
FAIRBANKS - The state Department of Fish and Game took to the air this week to track and shoot wolves in the Fortymile region near Tok, an effort aimed at boosting moose and caribou numbers.

Pebble Mine hearing begins
JUNEAU - The Legislature is being asked to study whether a potentially world class copper and gold prospect at the headwaters of Alaska's Bristol Bay can coexist with that region's premier commercial sockeye salmon fishery.

Anchorage mayor wants to stop emissions testing
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan says he wants to restart efforts to stop vehicle emissions testing.

Medvedev: Russia must tap Arctic resources
MOSCOW - Russia must defend its claims to mineral riches of the Arctic in increasing competition with other powers, President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday.

Photo: A natural actor
A grizzly bear fishes for salmon in Katmai National Park and Preserve. The bear is featured in an 11-part series called "Life" premiering Sunday, March 21, at 8 p.m. EST on the Discovery Channel.

Anglers prepare for Homer winter fishing derby
KENAI - "Hitting the water" has a different meaning at the Homer Winter King Salmon Derby.

Parnell: Alaska is open for business
MIAMI - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell came to the Seatrade Cruise Shipping convention in Miami Beach Tuesday to deliver a message that Alaska is open for business to the cruise industry.

No rabies found in wolves blamed in teacher death
ANCHORAGE - Two wolves suspected of killing a teacher outside the rural village of Chignik Lake did not have rabies.

Arctic animals doing better, but not close to pole
WASHINGTON - The overall number of animals in the Arctic has increased over the past 40 years ago, according to a new international study. But critters who live closest to the North Pole are disappearing.

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