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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Thane shooting suspect arrested
Juneau police arrested a suspect Thursday evening connected to a shooting at the Thane Campground last week that left one man in the hospital.

Blues great gives 'brilliant' performance
New-York-based blues musician Guy Davis showed Juneau audiences the full range of emotion of acoustic blues Thursday night, with a 45-minute set that showcased the genre's roots in both traditional songs and Davis' original compositions.

US Attorney's office holds open house
United States Attorney Karen Loeffler hosted an open house to celebrate the opening of the Justice Department's Alaska Juneau Branch Office, located in the downtown Federal Building.

Juneau has mixed reaction to big capital budget
A flush state capital budget includes more than $50 million in projects for Juneau, with the possibility of more being included later.

Photo: Humpback whale sighting
Working on the docks at Auke Bay Harbor, photographer Clint Songer caught this while two humpback whales were feeding on herring inside the breakwater.

Leonora "June" Reyes
Memorial services for Leonora "June" Reyes, who died March 26, 2010, in Juneau, will be held at 3 p.m. today, April 9, at the Glacier Valley Church of God located on Thunder Mountain Road. All friends and family members are welcome to attend. A reception at the church will follow immediately after the services. Food donations and flowers can be sent to the church prior to the services.

My Turn: Kookesh's 'facts' not based on truth
A Juneau Empire story published April 8 about Sen. Albert Kookesh's address at the Native Issues Forum contained some erroneous information about the Select Committee on Legislative Ethics. This information was attributed to the senator, and I want to set the record straight on a few issues he mentioned.

Is Obama's endorsement of limited drilling merely an attempt to win votes for a climate change bill?
GREEN BAY, Wis. - President Obama stirred up a political hornet's nest when he opened large areas of the nation's coasts to offshore oil and gas drilling. His plan would permit exploration and drilling along the East Coast from Delaware to Florida, in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and on the north coast of Alaska.

Memories of 'Wild Bill' live on in tribute race
They called him "Wild Bill" for his zany zest for life and his ever-present smile. An Eaglecrest run, Tug Boat Alley, is named in honor of his time spent in the 1980s as a ski instructor.

Trail Mix reveals new Web site for Juneau hikers
JUNEAU - Trail Mix today released a new Web site aimed at providing better information to Juneau's hikers, bicyclists and other trail users.

Yukon River Quest deadline is April 15
WHITEHORSE, Yukon - The 2010 Yukon River Quest had 65 teams fully registered as of April 1, and the push is on to fill all 100 available team slots before the April 15 registration deadline.

Tongass employees receive awards
JUNEAU - Two Tongass National Forest employees are recipients of the 2009 Alaska Region Wilderness Awards.

April brings billies, nannies and kids
A big billy goat stood in plain view in the avalanche slope just above Thane Road last week, posing like a white wooly monarch. Juneau's practically urban mountain goat population is on display this month as the snow recedes and the spring vegetation emerges.

Just waiting on the warmer weather
It's now official.

Adventure on skis, skins and Mt. Troy
Things are not looking up. We sit in the car at the Mount Jumbo trailhead, watching the rain fall on the windshield. It always sounds worse than it is ... right?

Foam chemical leaves disturbing realization
My ties to Oregon go beyond the fact I used to live there. I check the news, the weather (often while cringing) and keep tabs on issues that, in my opinion, matter.

Photo: Building skills for the backcountry
Students participating in a Discovery Southeast day at Eaglecrest Ski Area on March 26 practice backcountry skills with Doug Wessen, of the Juneau Mountain Rescue, and the Eaglecrest Ski Patrol. "It was a successful day," Bartlett said. "We had a good group of kids that learned about avalanche safety, snow science and outdoor survival skills."

Wrangell gears up for birding festival
WRANGELL - Visitors from all over Southeast Alaska will migrate here this spring for the annual Stikine River Birding Festival, taking place April 27 through May 2.

Wild shots
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Test survival gear at Augustus Brown pool
JUNEAU - Augustus Brown Swimming Pool is hosting a survival gear testing opportunity from 8:45-10:45 p.m. tonight, April 9.

Tides
Today, April 9

Home found for orphaned seal delivered by hunter
SEWARD - A rescue center in Seward has taken in an orphaned baby seal that was still in the womb when a hunter killed its mother on Easter Sunday.

Ex-officer sentenced in porn case
WASILLA - A former Anchorage police officer has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading no contest to attempted possession of child pornography and admitting he violated probation terms in an earlier child porn case.

University, park, post humpback whale photos
SITKA - Two entities are launching a Web site that can help people get to know southeast Alaska humpback whales.

2 sex assaults reported in Anchorage drunk vans
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Community Service Patrol may put barriers in its vans to separate men and women drunks and prevent sexual assaults on the way to the sleep-off center.

Man who fed bears fined but gets no jail time
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man who admitted illegally feeding bears at his remote cabin has been fined $20,000.

Opening Day is here for Falcons
Another Thunder Mountain first means a lot of new questions, many of which will be answered this weekend for the Falcons baseball team, which plays its first-ever series at Southeast Conference foe Wrangell to open the 2010 season.

Alaska movement takes root in Palin's hometown
WASILLA - The foothold for Alaska's nascent tea party effort is in Wasilla, a blue-collar town where Sarah Palin got her political start and members of the movement are seeking to become a force in upcoming elections.

GAO report finds problems with Alaska oil leases
ANCHORAGE - The federal Minerals Management Service in Alaska has been a target for lawsuits that claim it hasn't properly considered the environmental effects of offshore petroleum lease sales. A report by the Government Accountability Office concludes there's a reason why.

Judge again faults state for rural education
ANCHORAGE - A state judge is threatening to appoint a special master to oversee rural Alaska schools.

House Finance OKs 2 bills expanding gun rights
JUNEAU - The House Finance Committee advanced two bills Thursday to expand gun rights, despite concerns from Alaska state prosecutors.

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