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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Woman changes plea in federal court for oxy distribution
A Juneau woman arrested with two other defendants and accused of illegal possession and distribution of oxycodone changed her plea from not guilty to guilty in U.S. District Court at the Juneau Federal Building on Thursday.

Man accused of multiple assaults with gun and truck changes plea
A Juneau man arrested and arraigned on multiple counts stemming from an incident Oct. 26, 2010, where he allegedly entered a local business and threatened people inside with a gun, then later tried to injure them with his pickup truck, entered a guilty plea in Juneau Superior Court in a change of plea hearing before Judge Patricia Collins on Thursday.

Photos: Fliers against Libyan war
Vietnam War Veteran Tim Moore with the local chapter of Veterans for Peace hands a flier to Crystal Rogers on Wednesday in front of the Capitol. The flier, put out by the groups Veterans for Peace and Juneau People for Peace and Justice, starting Tuesday points out the inconsistency of the President’s decision to start a war in Libya.

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.

Young addresses Chamber on regulation problems
Congressman Don Young stopped by the Juneau Chamber of Commerce Thursday to address issues he sees that are affecting the state’s ways of doing business, as well as those of the country.

Amidst criticism, good Samaritans helping child recover
Criticisms have flooded the blogs on stories concerning Reina Stone, a 2-year-old beaten by an adult on May 13, 2010. The remarks had become so hateful toward the mother of the young girl that the comment option on the Juneau Empire web site was taken down on those articles.

Juneau looks to draft Southeast redistricting proposal
The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly on Thursday agreed upon a set of seven standards it wants to see developed in drafting a proposal to the Alaska Redistricting Board.

Special meeting called by CBJ
The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly will hold a special meeting on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Assembly Chambers for the purposes of discussing State of Alaska Redistricting. For additional information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 586-5278 or via email at City_Clerk@ci.juneau.ak.us.

Photos: Manning their perch
A pair of mature bald eagles perch on top of the downtown Juneau Public Library on Thursday.

Daniel Paul Fredrickson Sr.
Daniel Paul Fredrickson Sr. died March 14, 2011, in Angoon with his family by his side.

My Turn: Poverty and the criminal justice system
When we look at social issues and all of their complexity, many us find cold comfort in just dealing with figures.

Pro: Should President Obama have asked Congress for a declaration of war before firing missiles into Libya?
“The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”

Con: Should President Obama have asked Congress for a declaration of war before firing missiles into Libya?
No one declares war anymore! Not since World War II has any nation declared war on another — with the possible exception of a 1967 declaration against Israel by five Arab countries. While fighting remains as common as ever, the practice of issuing formal declarations has gone out of style.

Hard to choose sides in NFL lockout blues
The following editorial first appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

Tracing old ski tracks in Spaulding Meadows
It’s doubtful this trail will be marked on any map. Perhaps, it’s been mentioned in a guidebook, a journal entry, or blog post. It’s more likely, however, that through the years word-of-mouth passed along its whereabouts and users set tracks each winter for others to follow.

Cold feet, warm bird
I snuck along the creek-side, examining the snow for any telltale signs of wildlife. I spotted some depressions in the snow along the banks. The tracks created curlicues across the white, circling a stick here, meandering to a rock there. Looking closer, the snow revealed the three front toes and single back toe of a large bird, each track about as long as my index finger — a raven’s trail. I pictured the bird stepping through the snow and marveled that it was walking barefoot, while I relied on my insulated Xtratufs. Why didn’t it get frostbite?

Pines show alluring diversity, can thrive in unlikely sites
On a recent hike, I spotted a tall pine tree with just one living, vigorous branch, which was served by a narrow strip of bark winding up the otherwise naked trunk. Refusing to die, so to speak, although perhaps no longer able to reproduce. That tree prompted me to think about our local pine trees — but first, let’s put them in a broader context.

Family Health and Birth Center to hold fun walk/run
JUNEAU — The Juneau Family Health and Birth Center is holding its first annual Salmon Creek 5K Fun Run/Walk and 1 mile kids run at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 2.

Juneau Gun Club to hold Registered Trap Shoot
JUNEAU — The Juneau Gun Club is holding a Registered Trap Shoot from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 at the Juneau Gun Club’s shooting range.

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@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. Images will run as space allows.

Southeast non-pelagic rockfish sport fishing regulations set for 2011
JUNEAU — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced the non-pelagic rockfish bag, possession and the mandatory retention for the sport fishery during 2011 in the Southeast Outside Waters and Southeast Inside Waters. Nonresident angler annual limits of yelloweye rockfish have also been established for the 2011 season. The following regulations became effective on March 16:

'Ski Spectacular' to wrap up season at Eaglecrest
JUNEAU — ORCA Ski and Snowboard and Books-2-Board programs are co-hosting The Spring Spectacular at Eaglecrest Ski Area from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 2.

Annual Side-by-Side Fun Shoot results
On Sunday, a members and public day at the Juneau Gun Club, 13 individuals participated in a First annual Side-by-Side (double-barrel shotgun) fun shoot. It was a beautiful, sun-rich, early spring Juneau day with temperatures reaching in the mid 50s.

Snow and grooming report for March 24
Eaglecrest reportas of March 24:• New snow (24 hours):

Tide tables for March 25 through March 31
5:38 a.m. 16.3 H

Hydaburg gets revenge, beats Hoonah
The Hydaburg Haida avenged an opening-round loss to Huna ANB with a loser-out 95-82 win Thursday on the fifth day of the 65th Annual Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Kake keeps rolling in C Bracket play
Kake earned a spot in Saturday’s C Bracket championship game for the sixth straight year with an 81-61 winner’s bracket victory over Juneau Filcom in the 65th Annual Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Angoon outlasts Haines
The action was fast and furious with a title-fight feel Thursday night as Angoon and Haines squared off for a spot in Saturday’s B Bracket championship game.

Yakutat marches on in Masters
Yakutat held Kake to just 14 second-half points en route to a 57-34 win Thursday in a Masters Bracket elimination game during the 65th Annual Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Troopers report 1 dead in accident near Palmer
ANCHORAGE — Authorities say one person has died after a car left the road near Palmer.

House passes bill calling for performance audits
JUNEAU — The Alaska House has passed legislation calling for performance reviews of state agencies.

Bill calls for in-state gas fund
JUNEAU — Money to plan, develop and build an in-state natural gas pipeline would go into a special fund under a bill proposed by House Speaker Mike Chenault.

Bail lowered in Anchorage Russian roulette case
ANCHORAGE — An Anchorage judge has lowered bail for the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson soldier charged with manslaughter in the death of a friend who shot himself playing Russian roulette.

Man shot to death in Anchorage apartment
ANCHORAGE — A man has been shot to death at an apartment in the Mountain View neighborhood of Anchorage.

Committee forwards foreign law bill
JUNEAU — A state House committee has approved a bill banning the use of foreign law in state courts.

Sitka student named to suicide prevention panel
JUNEAU — A junior at Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka has been named to an Alaska panel aimed at preventing suicide.

Ex-Wainwright soldier gets 12 years for child porn
FAIRBANKS — The U.S. attorney’s office in Alaska says a former Fort Wainwright soldier has been sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison for possessing and distributing child pornography, including images of violent abuse and of infants and toddlers.

Senator doesn't see votes for Parnell oil tax bill
JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell’s plan to cut oil production taxes hit a stumbling block — if not an insurmountable obstacle — on Thursday, with a leading senator predicting it doesn’t have the votes to pass out of committee.

Alaska tourism marketing moves past committee
JUNEAU — An Alaska House committee approved a measure laying out the funding scheme for a tourism-promotion task force on Thursday.

Anchorage city utility sends wind power proposal
ANCHORAGE — The electricity utility for the city of Anchorage may be buying some power from a proposed wind farm on Fire Island.

Parnell, senators, trade jabs
Gov. Sean Parnell on Thursday challenged the Legislature to adopt his merit-based scholarship plan, called Alaska Performance Scholarships, despite rural legislators’ concerns that most of its benefits would go to well-funded city schools.

Women in science discuss being women in science
One woman listened as a male professor told her she should not go to graduate school because she would be depriving a man of an opportunity to support his family. Another had to nix her male colleagues’ chivalrous notion of slinging a porta-potti by helicopter to the volcano she was studying. A third was told she could not be promoted to supervisor because men don’t like being supervised by women.

Parnell stands behind Judicial Council pick
JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell reaffirmed his nomination of a controversial appointee for the judicial council, a day after senators called into question the nominee’s objectivity and residency.

Wisconsin union battle may foreshadow Alaska struggle
Rep. Carl Gatto, R-Palmer, wants to follow in the footsteps of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-public employee union fight, but other state leaders say they’ve got little interest in taking up that battle in Alaska.

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