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Saturday, May 1, 2010

City: Work will improve downtown safety, aesthetics
By the time work is completed at the junction of Main Street and Egan Drive downtown, Main Street should be safer and more attractive, a city official has said.

Tribes, city working together to improve roads
The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska and the city are working together on a project Don Bremner, the council's deputy director of the marine highway project, calls "landmark."

King salmon run begins
False Outer Point produced a few kings for fishermen last week, but they're really hoping it picks up this weekend when the annual Spring King Salmon Derby starts Saturday.

Photo: Snow spill
A large avalanche came down Mount Roberts just before noon on Wednesday, covering Gold Creek.

March of Dimes hosts Walk for Babies
The local March of Dimes will hold another March for Babies at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Dimond Park Field House.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Jennifer Louise Fawcett
Former Hoonah and Juneau resident Jennifer Louise Fawcett died April 8, 2010, in her Anchorage home. She was 62.

Should President Obama move immigration reform to the top of his legislative priorities?
WASHINGTON - If President Obama puts immigration reform at the top of his priority list, Congress should muster the courage to stop him.

It's no way to save the whales
N o one was surprised when conservation organizations such as the Natural Resources Defense Council challenged the anti-environmental policies of President George W. Bush. But it's a shock to many when we part company with the Obama administration.

Catch the Southeast breeze
With weather turning warmer by the day, the waters of the Gastineau Channel are looking appetizing as members of the Southeast Alaska Sailing Club get set for the opening of sailing season in Juneau.

Learn how to tie the Skagit Minnow
JUNEAU - At the upcoming Raincountry Flyfishers meeting, participants will have the opportunity to learn how to tie a Skagit Minnow pattern.

Shine that gear, the derby's here
Besides skunk cabbage and snowmelt, spring in Juneau also signifies the return of salmon and derby participants in pursuit.

Predator vs. prey show offers unique orca viewing
Wildlife-watching cruises are always a bit of a lottery, in terms of what one gets to see. Sometimes there is lots of action, but sometimes it's pretty quiet out on the water.

Perseverance Trail clear, re-opened
JUNEAU - The Perseverance Trail, which was closed this week due to rockslides, is now open.

Wild shots
Submit your wild shots

Officials announce creel survey schedule
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced this year's creel survey schedule.

Spring King Derby, May 1-31
Rules and regulations

Cold Water Safety Workshops offered
JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer three free Cold Water Safety Workshops to be held in Juneau May 10-12. The first two workshops will be held at the dock at the Sandy Beach Recreation area in Douglas. The first workshop will cover immersion suits and life rafts, and the second workshop will cover Emergency signal flares and marine firefighting. The third workshop will take place at UAS in the Bill Ray Center and will cover vessel flooding control using the USCG's vessel flooding control simulator.

Mother's Day Wildlife Cruise tickets available
JUNEAU - Tickets for this year's Mother's Day Wildlife Cruise on May 9 are now available.

Richardson Highway reopened after avalanche
ANCHORAGE- State Transportation Department crews working overnight have cleared an avalanche in the Thompson Pass area that closed the Richardson Highway Wednesday afternoon near Valdez.

It's plastic-only at Bethel PO after safe damaged
BETHEL - Postal officials in Bethel have been forced to conduct plastic transactions only and temporarily suspend drop box service after their safe was damaged.

Man dies in Alaska Highway crash
TOK - Alaska State Troopers say a 35-year-old Northway man was killed in a car crash on the Alaska Highway about 20 miles west of the Canada border.

Small earthquake hits Kenai Peninsula; no damage reported
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Earthquake Information Center says a magnitude 3.3-earthquake hit the Kenai Peninsula and was felt in Homer. There have been no reports of damage.

Soldier accused of shooting family still in coma
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a soldier who killed his wife and 8-month-old daughter before shooting himself in the head remains unconscious and unresponsive.

Military: Water safe at Anchorage installations
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE - Officials say water is now safe to drink at Elmendorf Air Force Base and nearby Fort Richardson.

Visions of '08 glory
Several Juneau-Douglas junior and senior baseball players were on the varsity team as sophomores in 2008, the same year the Crimson Bears won their last state baseball championship.

Falcons' first tests come today
They are young and inexperienced, but such is the plight of all Thunder Mountain first-year sports programs. Softball is no different.

Fenumiai bombs away, Bears roll
Juneau-Douglas senior slugger Brittany Fenumiai put on a show Thursday night in the Crimson Bears' home opener at soggy Melvin Park, smashing two home runs and propelling JDHS to a big 7-0 win over visiting Sitka in nonconfence softball.

Bear soccer girls 2-0 on roadtrip
The Juneau-Douglas girls' soccer team started its Anchorage road trip with two wins on Wednesday and Thursday. In regular-season action on Wednesday, the Bears rolled over Palmer, 7-1. Solana Ashe, Mahlet Tingley and Dorothy Brent each had a goal, and Annika Ord and Melissa Skan had two each. Kaya Chrisensen, Brent, Marlena Sloss and Daffodil Alinson each had an assist.

Gov. Parnell vetoes gas tax bill
Gov. Sean Parnell has vetoed a bill changing oil and gas taxes that some legislators saw as an attack on the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, the state's effort to develop a pipeline through Canada to bring the state's vast natural gas reserves to market.

Coast Guard takes down Alaska's tallest structure
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard has knocked down Alaska's tallest structure, along with a part of its maritime and flight communications history.

Tanana River ice breaks, ending guessing game
ANCHORAGE - The game is over in Alaska's richest guessing game.

Ethics board still weighing Palin case
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska state ethics board still hasn't taken action on its investigator's finding nine months ago that Sarah Palin's legal defense fund likely violated the law.

Shell expects to continue with Arctic plans
FAIRBANKS - A large oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has come at a tricky time for two companies seeking to increase Arctic exploration.

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