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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Travel association fails to make case
The state funding request by the Alaska Travel Industry Association is a dramatic change from past agreements with the state to share equally in Alaska tourism promotion.

Photo: A little icebreaker
Phil Moritz, his daughter, Naomi, 11, center, and their friend, Abigail Taylor-Roth, 9, paddle for fun Saturday through the remaining ice at the northern end of Twin Lakes.

Photo: Day of Caring
University of Alaska Southeast students Tanya Ewing, right, and Nicole Jensen prepare pancakes for a community breakfast Saturday at Cedar Park Apartments.

Photo: Accountable to the environment
Anne Morin, right, and Kathleen Beasinger collect trash with other members of the Association of Government Accountants on Saturday along Back Loop Road, as part of the Adopt A Road program.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events. To be included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

Police & Fire
Reports from police, fire officials and state troopers.

Salvation Army plans to expand
Springtime means many things, but at Juneau's Salvation Army thrift store it means everyone starts cleaning out their closets and bringing in donations.

Alaska editorial: Assistance should be based on financial need, not longevity
The state House came close earlier this month to doing the right thing for the financial future of thousands of Alaska's senior citizens. But the House fell one vote short of eliminating the unfunded longevity bonus program.

The Bering dream
On Tuesday, the Interhemispheric Bering Strait Tunnel & Rail Group meets in Moscow to form a public corporation with shareholders in China, Russia, Canada and the United States.

My Turn: A novel proposal for the governor
I'm proposing that Gov. Sarah Palin appoint Coeur Alaska to take over the former Fish and Game Habitat Division (now run by the Department of Natural Resources).

Toe Toon

Roughing it in the Wrangells
The first three days of the Alaska Mountain Wilderness Ski Classic were smooth sailing for Rob McCue and Mike Knoche. "We were just cruising along, making 25 miles a day," said McCue, a 40-year-old carpenter and cab driver from Fairbanks.

Taking a zip through the woods
A whizzing, whirring noise cuts through the Sitka spruce tree-tops at Eaglecrest Ski Area. In a blink, Matt DeSpain zooms overhead, attached to a zip line. His silhouette flashes against the sky and the branches, and then he's gone.

Out & About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities. To have your group included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

Outsiders: Jeff McCoy
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

St. Herman's Cross to help guide mariners
St. Herman's Cross, the giant white Orthodox cross that stands about 25 feet tall at the summit of Mount Herman on Spruce Island, will receive a flashing light this summer.

Open letter to Joe Public:
Dear Joe, I wanted to apologize for suggesting we use stray dogs as bait to attract Romeo the wolf.

OutdoorsBrief: Alaska Trails to host trail course
Alaska Trails to host trail course

JDHS roars past Ketchikan
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to six games with a pair of shutout victories at Ketchikan High School.

JDHS track strong in Sitka
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls track teams won their second meets of the season over the weekend at the Sitka High School Invitational.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau. It runs when space is available and event notices should arrive at least one week before they are scheduled to take place.

Sitka Invitational track results

Charitable kindness mixes with brute force at the fights
One of the competitors in Friday's Roughhouse Boxing at Marlintini's Lounge decided to give back after his fight. Chris Landfear, 25, a second-time fighter, defeated middleweight newcomer Ryan Lynch, 21, in a close bout with boxers trading multiple shots to the head.

Lawsuit filed over UA land transfer
Two conservation groups have filed a lawsuit challenging the transfer of 250,000 acres of state land to the University of Alaska.

Legislative roundup

This Day in History
In Alaska, In the Nation, and In the World.

Natural gas pipeline: State looks for lessons in past oil line
Some say the $38 billion Alaska Permanent Fund could - and should - be more than $50 billion, but the difference has gone into the pockets of oil companies.

Alaska Digest
Tlingit-Haida names new vice president, Speed limit changed along section of Egan, Felon gets one year for gun possession, Alleged ring leader pleads guilty to fraud, State tourism numbers fall slightly in 2006, State House passes Internet hunting ban

Scout pens conscientious objector primer for project
Nathan Lander didn't use hammer and nails to construct his Eagle Scout project. Instead, he brought together graphic artists and designers to create the backdrop for something pertinent to our times: conscientious objection to the selective service.

Man sentenced in airman's death
An Anchorage man who fired into a car killing a U.S. Air Force airman was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

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