State fills empty cruise panel seats
An Auke Bay marine ecologist has been chosen to serve on the state's Cruise Ship Wastewater Science Advisory Panel.

Photo: Under construction
Passengers pick up luggage Friday at a makeshift baggage claim area inside the Juneau airport terminal. Construction of the new baggage pick-up is scheduled to continue for approximately two more weeks.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

An A1 story in Friday's Empire gave the incorrect location for the Exxon Valdez grounding. It occurred in Prince William Sound, not Prudhoe Bay.

Local Google project expensive
Two companies providing broadband service on fiber-optic cables in Juneau both said they have the capacity to bring ultra-high speeds envisioned by Google to the city, but the high cost of delivering fiber to each home would prove expensive.

Photos: Conclave of watercraft
The Boat & Sports Show is not only a kick-off to the boating season in Southeast, but also the main fundraiser for the Glacier Valley Rotary Club, which sponsors community projects year-round.

When basketball was King
As Juneau celebrated the return of a basketball rivalry between two high schools earlier this year, a historical account of a much older hoops rivalry was published in the capital city.

Senior menu for the week of March 22-26
Monday, March 22

Thunder Mountain High School March Falcon of the Month Award: Kathy McCasland
Occupation: TMHS staff.

Falcon Award for being drug free: Kurt Wade
Grade: 11.

Photo: March Stronger Together challenge winner
Curves owner Charlene Schrader, right, poses with Kathy Thomas, the February winner of Curves' Stronger Together Juneau Dress Challenge for losing 9 pounds and 5 ½ inches. In challenging the community to get fit, the women's fitness center is giving out monthly prizes for the highest percentage of weight lost, with a grand prize worth $1,000 to be given out this summer. Curves is also conducting its 11th annual Food Drive, with incentives for existing and potential members who participate.

Kelsey Preecs, of Juneau, was named to the fall 2009 dean's list at Sonoma State University School of Arts and Humanities.

Ethel Lund Village Health Occupations Program teaches high schoolers about health careers
Few people get to see real emergency room doctors in action, be with operating room staff during surgery or even watch a dentist performing a root canal. Alaska Native high school students from Southeast Alaska can experience these and other opportunities when they participate in the Ethel Lund Village Health Occupations Program.

Pets of the week
Annie is a single feline female seeking a warm caring companion. A 5-year-old Siamese, she is searching for a gentle adult human with a loving heart and able to provide a warm and cozy home. Her hobbies are cuddling, snuggling and, most of all, napping.

Eagle Totem accepts Goldbelt donation
JUNEAU - Goldbelt Inc. presented a check for $5,000 to the University of Alaska Southeast Eagle Totem Campaign. To date the campaign has raised $140,917, including Sealaska's $40,000 in-kind donation of the red cedar log. The Eagle Totem project is to erect a pole on the UAS Juneau campus to provide balance with an existing Raven pole. The fundraising effort is being led by the student Wooch.een club.

Account set up for Pelican family who lost house in fire
JUNEAU - An account for Wilbur and MaryLou Strahm, who lost their home to a house fire in Pelican on March 7, has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank.

Consortiums to hold second annual Camp Coho in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is pleased to help coordinate the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium's second annual Camp Coho, to be held May 8 in Anchorage.

Food Program offers assistance for approved childcare providers
JUNEAU - Licensed and approved childcare providers who feed childcare children every day and are in need of financial support for food expenses are now eligible for the USDA Child Care Food Program, which will reimburse for up to three meals a day per child.

JEDC announces its summer science camps
JUNEAU - The Juneau Economic Development Council's SpringBoard program has announced its 2010 schedule of summer science camps. These collaborative, hands-on camps for kids ages 9 and up offer great opportunities for fun, direct-experience learning with scientists and experts in various fields. This summer's programs range from day camps in Juneau to outdoor modules at Glacier Bay, Haines and the Cape Decision Lighthouse.

K3 radio stations to hold used record, CD and video sale
JUNEAU - As spring approaches, so does spring cleaning. And as spring cleaning approaches, so does the K3 Used Record, CD and Video Sale, scheduled for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 27. The sale features records, CDs and videos that have been donated by local residents.

Thanks for making our Wild and Scenic Film Festival a success
The Juneau Watershed Partnership would like to thank our sponsors, volunteers and all our attendees for making our first annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival a great success. Many thanks go to our national sponsors for the event including the South Yuba River Citizens League, Patagonia, Clif Bar, Tom's of Maine, Osprey Packs and Sierra Nevada Brewing.

Thanks for helping provide vaccines in the school district
Since May 2009, when the H1N1 influenza epidemic first surfaced, Juneau Public Health Nursing and the Juneau School District have combined efforts to contain the spread of H1N1 in our community. As a result of this partnership, free H1N1 influenza vaccines were provided for more than 2,000 Juneau School District students between October 2009 and February 2010.

Thanks to Territorial Sportsmen donors
The Territorial Sportsmen of Juneau and the Alaska Outdoor Council would like to thank all of our Alaskan donors for their generosity and support. Because of them, this was our best fundraiser to date.

Thanks to organizers, participants of the Regional Science Fair
The Organizers of the 2010 Southeast Alaska Regional Fair would like to especially thank the following for their commitment and support in this year's fair: 85 mentors, mentoring institutions and companies; 109 official fair judges who donate their time and energy; 50 Organizing Committee members for many volunteer hours; 50-plus Special Award judges and 20 award presenters; 33 local award sponsoring companies and organizations; numerous other parent and student volunteers; all 129 participating students for their hard work and efforts; and parents of the students for their patience and support.

Celebration 2010 deadlines approaching
JUNEAU - Deadlines for Celebration 2010, scheduled for June 3 to 5 at Centennial Hall, are approaching.

Thanks for contributing to Bowl for Kids' Sake
Big Brothers Big Sisters held its annual Bowl for Kids' Sake thank-you party on March 13 at the Juneau Bowling Center. The bowling party was the culminating event of a six-week fundraising campaign undertaken by members of our community. A big thank you goes to all of our bowler/fundraisers and donors! We cannot thank you enough for all of your efforts.

Nutrition program teaches to save money by eating healthy
A nutrition education program in Juneau offers free basic nutrition and food-budgeting programs, classes and workshops to targeted audiences.

Juneau League of Women Voters conducts its annual meeting
JUNEAU - The League of Women Voters of Juneau will hold its annual meeting for all members and the public at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Assembly Chambers.

Filing deadline for Property Tax Exemption March 31
JUNEAU - This is a community reminder that 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 30th.

Alateen group meets first and third Thursday of every month
JUNEAU - Teens age 14-18 who are concerned with alcoholism in a friend or relative are invited to join Alateen, which meets the first and third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Parrish Hall.

Kick Butts Day means much to local teen group
On March 24, the local chapter of Teens Against Tobacco Use will sponsor the third annual TATU Memorial Wall - the Juneau group's contribution to the national youth-inspired Kick Butts Day. The Memorial Wall is dedicated to the memories of those who have died due to tobacco use.

Priests convene for Alaska Conference of Catholic Bishops
ANCHORAGE - For the first time in the history of the Roman Catholic Community in the state of Alaska, all the priests from the three dioceses of Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau gathered in Anchorage for a multi-day convocation.

Charter school to hold Fiesta de Colores on April 23
Juneau Community Charter School and the Learning Connection held a puppet-making Fiesta Family Fun Night on March 3 at Gruening Park.

Contractor proceeds with Juneau VA Outreach Clinic construction
Alaska VA Healthcare System announced last week that the General Services Administration gave SBH Services Inc. the notice to proceed with construction for the new Juneau VA Outreach Clinic.

Harvey, Hall to wed
Jordan R. Harvey and Andrew A. Hall, both of Juneau, plan to be married May 29, 2010, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

Buchanan, Beck to wed
Meghan Buchanan, of Denver, Colo., and Chris Beck, of Juneau are engaged to be married May 22, 2010, in Seattle, Wash.


The high hurdle of health care reform
Last year the House of Representatives and the Senate passed different versions of health care "reform." But both houses need to pass identical bills before a measure can become law. The easiest way to accomplish that would be for the House to simply pass the Senate bill as is.

The Gospel according to Glenn Beck
Ultimately, I suppose, what we're talking about is a clash between the sweet by and by and the fierce urgency of now.

Some lessons from the Lehman report
Last week's comprehensive and uncompromising report by bankruptcy examiner Anton Valukas on the demise of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. has put into sharp relief what many of us have long expected: that fraud and potential criminal conduct were at the heart of the financial crisis.

Toe Toon
This week's toe toon.

Anchorage man shoots neighbor's Chihuahua
ANCHORAGE - Police say an Anchorage man shot and killed his neighbor's 10-year-old Chihuahua this week, escalating a long-standing dispute over roaming dogs.

State, union reach tentative agreement
JUNEAU - Labor, trade and craft workers are set to vote on a tentative three-year agreement with the state.

First musher from Jamaica finishes Iditarod
ANCHORAGE - The first musher from Jamaica to enter the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has reached the finish line at Nome, three days after Lance Mackey won for an unprecedented fourth consecutive time.

Anchorage politician backs soda tax
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage assemblywoman is proposing a tax on soda pop and other sugary drinks, but the city's mayor and two other assembly members said they have their doubts.

Jones selected for North Pole council
FAIRBANKS - The North Pole City Council has selected Ron Jones to fill a vacancy.

Man sentenced to 10 years in crack cocaine case
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man convicted of possessing crack cocaine was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

State flags lower to honor fallen soldier
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's governor is ordering flags flown at half-staff in honor of a 23-year-old Army ranger who was fatally wounded in Afghanistan.

Alaska fugitive to be returned after border mixup
FAIRBANKS - An Alaska man charged with attempted murder is expected to be returned for prosecution after a border mixup allowed him to flee.

Mall homicide suspect arrested
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say the suspect in a fatal mall shooting has been arrested.

Gun-rights advocate arrested on weapons charge
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police say a local gun-rights advocate was arrested this week for failing to notify an officer he was carrying a concealed weapon.

Tompkins crashes in men's downhill
The 2010 Paralympic games in Vancouver did not turn out the way Juneau's Joe Tompkins had intended.

Gold Medal free throw contest to promote census
The Alaska Native Policy Center at First Alaskans Institute is sponsoring a free throw shooting contest Friday at the 64th Annual Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Basketball Tournament to help increase Alaska Native participation in the 2010 Census.

Photos: 3V3 World Cup kids

Parnell wants cruise ship head tax reduced
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell has proposed cutting the state head tax on cruise ship passengers from $46 to $34.50 to address industry concerns that the cost of doing business is too high in Alaska.

Politicians mull study on mine permitting
JUNEAU - Lawmakers on Friday seemed poised to seek an independent study of Alaska's permitting standards and environmental safeguards to help address concerns about a potentially world-class copper and gold prospect at the headwaters of Bristol Bay.

Study says cost will be billions to find Cook Inlet gas
ANCHORAGE - A study conducted for three local utilities concludes that Cook Inlet natural gas companies will need to spend $1.9 billion to $2.8 billion over the next decade to find enough gas to supply the region's energy needs.

Pounds lost in contest are Unalaska cook's gain
ANCHORAGE - If Unalaska's Biggest Winner was a high school graduating class, Linda Lekanof would surely have been voted least likely to succeed.

Ship fire probed by officials
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard is investigating an engine room fire that caused heavy damage and spread to other engineering compartments on a 286-foot fishing vessel.

Photo: New blooms
Raindrops are suspended from a crocus beaten down by recent showers in downtown Ketchikan. The flowers were in a planter in front of the Centennial Building.

Preserve looks for answers in wolf kills
ANCHORAGE - State biologists shooting from the air killed a pack of research wolves, including two collared wolves that were not to be targeted under an agreement with the National Park Service.

Ice Alaska feeling financial heat
FAIRBANKS - Ice Alaska is in danger of melting away.

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