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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Spring uncovers inconsiderate trash
Spring has arrived, and with it the evidence of inconsiderate neighbors. I would like to draw attention to three areas that seem to be confusing some people.

Alaska prepares for pig flu
Though swine flu hasn't been reported in Alaska yet, local officials have mobilized a distribution system for antiviral medications to combat the new strain of virus.

Dedication to fisheries
The University of Alaska dedicated its Lena Point Fisheries Building in Juneau Tuesday, following a long, difficult process of getting money and approval for the building.

School district given maximum funding
The Juneau Assembly approved the Juneau School District's $87.9 million operating budget Monday for the 2009-2010 school year but withheld judgment on a smaller pot earmarked for reducing the cost of participating in school athletics and activities.

Alaska students want more sex ed
News flash: Alaska high schoolers are interested in sex - or at least learning more about it.

Empress of the North owner fined for grounding
A Juneau District Court judge on Friday fined American West Steamboat Co. $50,000 under a state pollution statute for grounding the Empress of the North near Glacier Bay in May 2007.

Harbors board to consider special summer moorage rates
The Docks and Harbors Board is considering special or promotional moorage rates to help generate more funds during the difficult economic times, Port Director John Stone said.

Experts say more sexual violence awareness needed
Sexual assault is a topic that should not be ignored, according to experts working in the field. And with April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, it's a good time to educate the public on those issues, they say.

Stalled subport building gets planning review
A new state office building on downtown's waterfront subport property was reviewed by the Juneau Planning Commission Tuesday, despite the state Legislature failing to pass a bill enabling it to be built immediately.

Photo: Spring wonderland
Marybeth Gagnon jogs along the North Douglas Highway Monday against a backdrop of Mt. McGinnis and Mt. Stroller White.

Photos: Cockles & Chilkats
Vista: Numerous families hunt and dig for cockles and other clams near Shaman Island Monday. In the background, the Chilkat Mountains can be seen. Tuesday morning's low tide is minus 2.7-feet at 10:09 a.m.

Photo: Flocking together
A flock of black turnstones fly in to feed on Shaman Island at the north end of Douglas Island on Monday.

Photo: Swan lake
Trumpeter swans get a little frisky on what's left of the ice at Auke Lake on Tuesday.

Photo: Word of honor
Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, administers the Oath of Service to 31 new AmeriCorps members on the Capitol steps on Monday. The young adults will serve as team leaders and field educators for SAGA's Corps programs throughout the state and will participate in community service projects such as trail work, road safety improvements and invasive species removal.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Around Town
Today, April 29

Correction
A story in Tuesday's Juneau Empire in one instance referred to the antiviral medication Alaska is distributing, in light of the recent swine flu outbreak, as a vaccine. Antiviral medications treat established diseases. Vaccines are used to prevent disease. There currently is no vaccine to prevent swine flu.

Around Town
Today, April 28

David Michael Woodruff
Former Juneau resident and longtime Kodiak resident David Michael Woodruff died peacefully April 6, 2009, surrounded by his family. He was 67.

Outside editorial: Don't panic yet over swine flu outbreak
Don't panic. The declaration of a national emergency by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in response to the growing number of swine flu cases was a legalistic maneuver that allows local authorities access to federal aid. But Americans would do well to keep themselves informed and take common-sense precautions to limit their potential exposure to this new infectious strain.

Artifacts disappear with march of time
Our subject today: the end of the physical world.

Sen. Specter jumps ship
The decision of Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania to leave the Republican Party after 28 years in the U.S. Senate is obviously part political expediency. Polls have shown that he could well lose his seat next year in a Republican primary against former Rep. Pat Toomey.

CIA will pay the price
We knew that, like almost everything else in Washington, the program would eventually be leaked and our Agency and its people would be inaccurately portrayed in the worst possible light.”

Outside editorial: Stress tests: Tell it like it is
While the general methods used to evaluate the nation's largest banks were released last Friday, the "stress test" results will not be announced until May 4, and even then it is still not clear what information will be shared. The policy should be: as much as possible.

Equal Pay Day a time for women to push for change
Today is Equal Pay Day, and this year women have a chance to win meaningful change.

General Motors' Volt mistake
General Motors has announced a plan to stave off bankruptcy that includes cutting 21,000 jobs, reducing its dealer network and eliminating its Pontiac division. "I'm a believer in dealing with reality," GM chief executive Fritz Henderson said.

Loose lips or loose pix: same result
"On Aug. 17, 1942, a nationally syndicated columnist wrote that she had received 'a very stern letter' after commenting about the weather, ... and so from now on I shall not tell you whether it rains or whether the sun shines where I happen to be.'

Jackpot $283,723 for Nenana Ice Classic
ANCHORAGE - An official with the Nenana Ice Classic has announced the jackpot for this year's winner or winners correctly guessing when the ice will go out on the Tanana River at Nenana.

Palin encourages Alaskans to win fitness challenge
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin is encouraging Alaskans to sign up again this year for a six-week physical activity competition, and win it again.

Fort Rich training area closed after wolf attacks dog
ANCHORAGE - Officials have closed off a part of Fort Richardson to recreational use after a wolf attacked a dog.

Tanker arrives to remove Cook Inlet oil
ANCHORAGE - A tanker has arrived at the Drift River Terminal near Alaska's erupting Mount Redoubt volcano to remove the remaining oil from a storage facility.

Two overdue snowmobilers located near Bethel
ANCHORAGE - Two people reported missing on a snowmobile trip have been found safe near Bethel.

Troopers investigate death of infant girl
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers are investigating the death of an infant girl in Unalakleet.

Healy traffic stop leads to arrests
ANCHORAGE - A traffic stop near Healy turned into a drug and contraband arrest.

Alaska pays nearly $850,000 for Aleutian Island ship wreck
ANCHORAGE - The state of Alaska and the owners and operators of the Selendang Ayu have reached a settlement of nearly $850,000 over the 2004 ship wreck in the Aleutian Islands.

UA budget won't cover operating costs
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska received a 4 percent increase in state funding in the budget approved by the legislature but school officials say they will have to manage a shortfall.

Crash seriously injures Wasilla man
PALMER - Two Wasilla men were hurt after their car overturned on the Old Glenn Highway.

200 gallons of diesel fuel released in Seward harbor
ANCHORAGE - About 200 gallons of diesel fuel spilled in the Seward small boat harbor on Monday. The U.S. Coast Guard placed 1,000 feet of containment boom in the area and then applied sorbents to the diesel.

Nome toddler dies after stepping in front of taxi
ANCHORAGE - Nome police say a toddler has died after being hit by a taxicab as the vehicle pulled away from his home.

Temperature hits 61 in Fairbanks, 70 possible by Thursday
FAIRBANKS - Alaskans looking for a heat wave can forget Mexico.

The 'Bears of summer' return
The Crimson Bears lost more than four of their top starting pitchers with the graduation of five seniors from last season's state championship team. They lost their leadership.

Bears triple-sweep Sitka
Krista Barrill plated Rachel Peyton for the game-sealing run and the Crimson Bears broke open a tied game with a two-run fifth inning Tuesday to top Sitka 3-1 and secure a perfect 3-0 record on their season-opening roadtrip.

Northern roadtrips will test teams
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls soccer teams head out on their annual whirlwind roadtrip to the Anchorage area today, stepping off the plane to immediately face West Anchorage in the first of four games in four days for both.

Francis lifts JDHS at Skyview Invite
Crimson Bears junior Leah Francis defended her three state titles by sweeping the 800-, 1600- and 3200-meter girls events to provide the Juneau-Douglas High School track and field team's only titles during a strong showing at the 18-team Skyview Invitational over the weekend.

Skyview Invitational Results
Team results

Cruise company to move ship out of Alaska waters
ANCHORAGE - A second cruise ship line has said it will shift a vessel destined for Alaska waters in 2010 to another location.

Palin to accept most stimulus funds, aide says
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will accept most of the federal stimulus funds available to the state, her spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Palin hit again with new ethics complaint
ANCHORAGE - An ethics complaint was filed Monday against Gov. Sarah Palin, claiming the legal defense fund established for her last week to challenge such claims is an ethics violation itself.

Flu causes some travelers to replan
NEW YORK - Some travelers are sticking with planned trips to Mexico despite the swine flu scare, but others are postponing vacations or switching to the Caribbean or sunny beaches elsewhere.

Twitter: An outlet for irate drivers
ANCHORAGE - Forget about waving fists and wagging middle fingers. A few Alaska motorists are venting road rage with something more high-tech: Twitter.

Yukon River catch to be limited due to low king numbers
FAIRBANKS - State and federal fish managers anticipate another poor run of king salmon in the Yukon River and will limit catch opportunities this summer for commercial and subsistence fishermen.

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