The people have spoken
On April 9, the Alaska Legislature took the first step in returning ownership of Alaska's wildlife to all Alaskans by denying yet another extremist, Al Barrette, from the Board of Game membership.
Students raise money for the Central Asia Institute
How long would it take to collect 1.2 million pennies? How heavy would they be?
Assembly considers 'empowered' pool board
The majority of Assembly members said they weren't in favor of an empowered pool management board. Then they voted to draft a charter amendment necessary for its creation.
Photos: Dancin' at Folk Fest
Right: Steve Tada of Juneau's Oomp-Ha Band brought a festive spirit and party hat to the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.
Muñoz: Head tax reduction likely to pass
Rep. Cathy Muñoz says the governor's head tax reduction bill that stalled in the Legislature will likely be approved now that an agreement has been reached between the state and cruise industry, potentially ending a federal lawsuit.
Polar explorer returns with climate change message
Polar explorer Will Steger began his career in Juneau with a double Klepper kayak he paddled to Skagway with a friend in 1963.
Photo: Doc Smith honored
Doc Smith tips his hat to the audience at the 36th Annual Alaska Folk Festival Friday night after being honored by Rep. David Guttenberg, D-Fairbanks, second from right, with a proclamation by the Legislature. Smith is widely regarded as the father of old-time and bluegrass music in Alaska.
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:
Photo: Helping pets
Laura Else, center, owner of the Pet Nanny's Place, shows Capital Fire and Rescue Interim Fire Chief Rich Etheridge oneof the 10 sets of pet rescue masks being donated to the fire department Monday. The masks were obtained throughfundraising efforts from the Pet Nanny's K9 Easter Egg Hunt last weekend.
Hoonah resident Florence Bennett died April 9, 2010, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau. She was 89.
Henry I. Akiyama
Longtime Juneau physician Dr. Henry I. Akiyama died Friday evening, April 9, 2010. He was 82.
Cathy Camille Pelletier
Juneau resident Cathy Camille Pelletier died April 7, 2010, in Juneau. She was 51.
Lifelong Juneau resident Harryet Rappier died April 9, 2010, at the Mountain View Retirement Home in Juneau. She was 84.
Steven M. Dunlap
Former Juneau resident Steven M. Dunlap died March 26, 2010, in Gilbert, Ariz. He was 60.
My turn: What do we know about our trash?
Mary Catharine Martin's "Talking Trash" article which published Sunday, April 4, was a good summary of the discussions taken up by CBJ Assembly members and staff involved with waste management. I've read all the material I could find, and remain deeply interested in this multi-dimensional and complex issue.
Abandoning mine safety
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:
A new 'START' for mankind without nuclear arms
The day before presidential ink was put to paper on the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with Russia, former-Gov. Sarah Palin took to the Fox News airwaves to ridicule the leadership of President Obama. She compared him to a kid on a playground full of children getting ready to fight who says, "Go ahead, punch me in the face, I'm not going to retaliate." Not only has she misrepresented the facts, she's clearly on the wrong side of history.
Outside editorial: TARP winners
The federal government poured hundreds of billions of dollars into a collapsing financial system 18 months ago. That bought some stability and eased the panic that had taken hold in the country. Now, surprise, surprise, surprise: It turns out that some of these crisis investments will even make money for taxpayers.
Abortion foes find fertile ground in health law
So now Republican state legislators want to deny women insurance coverage for abortions, even those willing to pay for a special rider with their own dollars.
The seal slaughter is my country's shame
Sometimes, I hesitate to tell people that I am Canadian. Sure, there are many Canadian exports that my American friends enjoy - "Dancing With the Stars"' Pamela Anderson, Molson beer and curling, to name a few. But mention "Canada" to Americans or Europeans this time of year and you're likely to be met with a disapproving look.
A 60-mile walk for Mom
On April 15, it will be 22 years since she died.
A terrorist by any other name
When is a terrorist not considered a terrorist? When the U.S. media identifies him as a "Christian."
Kenai bears waking from hibernation
KENAI - Wildlife officials on the Kenai Peninsula have received a couple of reports that bears are waking up and beginning to move around.
Meet the SLAM project designers
JUNEAU - The public is invited to meet with the design team for the State Libraries, Archives and Museums building project that will result in a joint facility in Juneau for the state libraries, archives and museums.
Palmer to let city manager go
WASILLA - The Palmer City Council has voted to let its contract with City Manager Bill Allen expire.
Elmendorf among DOD's best bases
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE - An Alaska base has been named one of the military's best for mission performance and quality of life.
Chenault, McGuire to discuss in-state gas
JUNEAU - Two lawmakers announced a compromise on their legislation aimed at speeding work on an in-state natural gas pipeline.
Fairbanks man arrested for drunken driving 8 times
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man is in jail after his eighth drunken driving arrest since in 1975.
Students in grades 10-12 offered summer fun at UAS
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast, in partnership with the Juneau Economic Development Council's SpringBoard program, invites Alaska's high schoolers to apply for twelve days of instruction, fun and outdoor adventure in this coming summer's Discover Design Research @ UAS.
Legislature confirms Sullivan AG 58-0
JUNEAU - A joint Legislature unanimously confirmed Dan Sullivan as attorney general Friday.
$11.7M scholarship bill advances to Senate floor
JUNEAU - Major scholarship legislation tacked on to a bill to retain dentists, pharmacists and optometrists in Alaska is going to the Senate floor.
Nevada man delivers Hindu invocation to lawmakers
JUNEAU - A Nevada man has delivered Hindu invocations - possibly a first - in the Alaska House and Senate.
Census says Alaska lagging nation in returns
ANCHORAGE - The Census Bureau says Alaskans are lagging behind the nation in returning their questionnaires.
Update of state song due for House floor vote
JUNEAU - The House Judiciary Committee advanced a bill Friday to add a second verse to the official state song.
Young woman's body found in Anchorage park
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a woman's body was found Monday in Russian Jack park.
Bill preps state for legal fight over health care
JUNEAU - A federal mandate to carry health insurance isn't sitting well with some Alaska lawmakers.
Department solicits interest from content support specialists
JUNEAU - The Department of Education & Early Development plans to seek content support specialists later this spring.
Light earthquake felt in Valdez
ANCHORAGE - A light earthquake was felt in the Prince William Sound community of Valdez, as well as in Glennallen and Palmer.
Handcuffed man attempts to steal patrol cruiser
FAIRBANKS - Police say a 29-year-old man wormed his way into the front seat of a state cruiser and tried to escape arrest, but a state trooper managed to stop him.
Kotzebue musher wins the Kobuk 440 sled dog race
FAIRBANKS - Musher John Baker of Kotzebue has won the Kobuk 440 sled dog race.
Cultural exchange planned in Barrow
ANCHORAGE - Indigenous leaders from the Russian Far East will travel to Barrow next week for a weeklong cultural exchange.
Trade group leader argues against tax change
JUNEAU - Changing Alaska's system of taxing oil and gas production together is premature and could cause an unintended disincentive for producers to explore for natural gas. That's the view of Marilyn Crockett, executive director of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association.
Floatation device study to be presented at ComFish this week
KODIAK - A federal agency that asked Alaska fishermen to test out personal floatation devices will present its findings this week.
Man found guilty of sex crime
KETCHIKAN - A jury has found a Metlakatla man guilty of attempting to sexually assault and sexually abuse a minor.
Explorer to give talk on climate change
JUNEAU - Arctic and Antarctic explorer Will Steger will be in Juneau today to talk about the impacts of climate change in Alaska.
HoopRat Basketball brings new perspective to players of all ages
For Guy Tompkins, passion for the sport of basketball starts from the ground up, and that's exactly what he plans on teaching.
Friday night fights
The fights were evenly divided with three boxing matches and three MMA fights Friday night at Roughhouse Boxing at Marlintini's Lounge.
Big "C" Relays
The Dome, Anchorage
Nunam Iqua village clinic closing as workers quit
ANCHORAGE - The clinic in the Western Alaska village of Nunam Iqua is closing because the three workers - two health aides and an office assistant - are quitting due to threats and a hostile environment.
Cruise lines agree to drop lawsuit if head tax cut
JUNEAU - An agreement has been signed to settle a federal lawsuit over Alaska's cruise ship passenger head tax. But it hinges on whether the Legislature lowers the charge.
Managers release Yukon king fishing plan
ANCHORAGE - Commercial fishing for Yukon River chinooks will likely be closed again this summer, but subsistence fishermen shouldn't face the severe restrictions they endured last year, according to a preseason plan announced by fishery managers on Thursday.
Kenai retiree wins state award
KENAI - For many, retirement means relaxing beach vacations or developing new hobbies.
Fairbanks gun activist blames troubles on police
FAIRBANKS - An Alaska gun-rights activist blames his recent legal troubles on a bothersome mother-in-law and local police.
Speaker says capital budget could still grow
JUNEAU - House Speaker Mike Chenault says one of Alaska's largest capital spending plans in at least a decade could still get bigger.
House Judiciary OKs corporate campaigning bill
JUNEAU - A bill on disclosures and disclaimers of corporate political campaigning cleared the House Judiciary Committee without incident Monday.
National Geographic show 'wild' for Kodiak bears
KODIAK - The Emerald Island and its famous bears were a big part of the premiere episode for the new television series "Expedition Wild."
Senate vote on budget expected today
JUNEAU - The Alaska Senate is expected to vote today on a proposed $2.8 billion capital spending bill.
Refinery seeks locations for new North Pole wells
FAIRBANKS - Owners of the petroleum refinery in North Pole say they're looking for locations to drill new wells that can feed the city's water system.
For his art, Alaska sculptor uses animal carcasses
FAIRBANKS - As a kid growing up in a deer-hunting family in Wyoming, John Morton has vivid memories of skinned deer hanging in the garage.
Senate passes bill cracking down on sex offenders
JUNEAU - A measure aimed at cracking down on sex offenders unanimously passed the state Senate on Sunday. But its provision allowing the attorney general subpoena power for certain records in suspected child exploitation cases has raised concerns for the ACLU of Alaska.
Photo: Sliding through the park
A pair of geese slide on the ice at Cuddy Family Midtown Park on Sunday in Anchorage.
Study: Lack of Alaska plumbing linked to diseases
ANCHORAGE - A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study links the lack of indoor plumbing in Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta villages to higher rates of pneumonia and other diseases in children.
Photo: Posing legislators
Photographer Ron Klein, arms up, directs legislators and their staff for their annual grouppicture in front of the Alaska State Capitol Friday.
Deal reached in Coast Guard commander's trial
ANCHORAGE - A senior Coast Guard commander accused of having inappropriate relationships with staff members has been demoted.
Parnell pushes for new science center in Fairbanks
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell said he'll push to finance a new science center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks now rather than wait for voters to approve a bond measure.
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