Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Parnell chose 'liberty' over well-being of Alaskans
Gov. Sean Parnell is an honorable man, but when he directed his attorney general to file a legal challenge against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, he chose to disregard the well-being of thousands of Alaskans.

Thane Campground caretaker’s contract not renewed
The city has decided not to renew the contract of the Thane campground caretaker, choosing instead to have a city employee oversee day-to-day duties and fee collection. A city official said other changes will include heightened security at the campsite.

State marketing boost to show up on TV
The state's tourism campaign will get a $7 million shot in the arm next year, but those in charge of the campaign say they could do more with dedicated funding.

Olympic gold medalist to speak Wednesday
A former Olympic aerial skier will speak Wednesday about overcoming adversity and taking risks to achieve life goals.

‘Report card’ judges Juneau’s well-being
The United Way of Southeast Alaska has completed a report intended to help measure and start discussion about the health, education and income stability of Juneau’s residents.

AEL&P asks for 22% rate hike
Alaska Electric Light & Power is seeking a permanent 22.1 percent rate increase, as well as an interim 18.5 percent increase that could go into effect in as little as two weeks, the utility announced Monday evening.

Photos: A lot to catch at King Salmon Derby
Shore casters and boat trollers fish at False Outer Point Saturday morning during the Spring King Salmon Derby which closes May 31.

Work continues on oil removal from 1952 shipwreck
Dive crews have removed more than 10,000 gallons of oil from a 1952 shipwreck near Juneau, and the work is continuing.

Bears show up on time for tourists
Staff at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center spotted the first bears of the season Monday morning, one day before shifting to summer operations.

Photo: Duck Creek construction
Contractors Alaska Interstate Construction work on a portion of repositioning Duck Creek as part of the Juneau International Runway Safety Area Improvements project (RSA) Friday morning. Sub-contractors Little Diggers also work in the area.

Awards presented at 2010 Governor’s Safety and Health Conference
More than 300 Alaskans attended the 2010 Governor’s Safety and Health Conference, participating in training tracks in employer resources, ARC flash safety, youth safety, safety education, oil industry, transportation and hospitality, OSHA 10-hour construction course, OSHA 10-hour General Industry course. As transportation incidents are responsible for the majority of work-related deaths in Alaska, the keynote address was aimed at reducing transportation accidents.

District starts work on 'road map' for teachers
The Juneau School District is beginning to make changes intended to align and raise instruction standards in schools.

Photos: Juneau Dance Unlimited’s 2010 concert
Juneau Dance Unlimited dancers perform “Pachelbel’s Canon” during their Spring Concert 2010 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Saturday night.

Photo: Keeping the streets clean
Alaska Shirt Company employees Ramiro Lamos and Ty Yamaoka move an important item, a trash can, to the store’s sidewalk area Saturday morning. With the first cruise ship, the Norwegian Pearl, scheduled to dock Tuesday morning, efforts to keep the streets clean and the shelves stocked will be ongoing.

UAS team takes top honors in statewide oratory contest
The team representing the University of Alaska Southeast took top awards in the annual statewide contest of the Alaska Native Oratory Society, held at the University of Alaska Anchorage on April 17.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

UAS student wins two awards for her art
JUNEAU - University of Alaska Southeast art major Bonilyn Parker won two prestigious national awards at the 2010 National Student Juried Exhibition.

Photo: Adding a fresh coat
Rod Tucker of Craftsmen Construction Contractors adds a new coat of paint to the doorway of Lambros Goldsmith on Franklin Street on Monday.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Rashard Richard Brown
Former Juneau resident Rashard Richard Brown died April 24, 2010, in Seattle, Wash. He was 23.

Florence Marjorie Bennett
A 40-day dinner and celebration of life for Hoonah and former Juneau resident Florence Marjorie Bennett, who died April 9 in Juneau after a brief illness, will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on May 22 at the Tlingit and Haida Community Center. Family and Friends are invited.

Donald Bryant Bedford
Juneau resident Donald Bryant Bedford died of natural causes on Feb. 10, 2010, at Bartlett Regional Hospital Hospital. He was 87.

Peter Allen Tassell
Former Douglas resident Peter Allen Tassell died April 30, 2010, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, surrounded by his niece, Rosita Meyer, and his great-niece, Angelica Monette. He was 76.

Outside editorial: Balance the nation's books
The following editorial firstappeared in the Miami Herald:

My turn: General Obligation bonds should be vetoed
If you, as a property owner, had $1,250,000 in the bank, would you borrow $4,000 to construct a building? That times 1,000 is what the Alaska Legislature is asking us to do this fall.

Outside editorial: Apple vs. Gizmodo
The tech blog Gizmodo paid a source $5,000 earlier this month for a prototype of a new Apple iPhone that had been left behind in a beer garden. It was a small investment, considering the huge audience for its posts about the device. But Apple is now pushing for criminal charges and Gizmodo is crying foul, saying investigators overreached when they seized the scoop-writer’s computers.

What to do with the ACLU?
Notorious is a word frequently used when describing comic book villains. One can also find it in the Code of Civil Procedure in reference to concepts underlying adverse possession, which means to reside on land that is not legally one's own.

My turn: State’s ‘secret deal’ a disservice to Alaskans
In February, tens of thousands of hard-working public employees received letters informing them that the State of Alaska and its contractors had lost personal information, thereby putting them at risk of becoming victims of identity theft.

My turn: Celebrate Alaska Agriculture Day by showing interest in local food options
If Alaska is truly going to address food security, we must first acknowledge that food comes from farms, not shelves.

Soft drink tax, like soft drinks, not filling
It can't be easy being part of Big Beverage these days.

Main Street needs Senate’s financial reform legislation
The U.S. Senate now has a historic opportunity to pass financial reform and fix the broken system that helped produce the financial crisis.

Missing man found but died before medical help
Alaska State Troopers say a Big Lake man who disappeared Thursday was found alive and unconscious but died before he could be flown to help.

Nominations due for North Star Awards
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell is calling for nominations for the annual Governor's North Star Awards for International Excellence. The awards will be presented in late spring to honor export, investment and exchanges in the international arena.

Airport Dike Trail remains closed
JUNEAU - The Emergency Vehicle Access Road, also known as the Airport Dike Trail, will remain closed to the public, an airport official said Monday. Safety of the trail will be reassessed today.

Plans call for revised draft ethics regulations
JUNEAU - Alaska's attorney general is planning to publish revised draft regulations related to executive branch ethics.

Former bank employee sentenced for embezzlement
A former employee of Alaska Pacific Bank has been sentenced for embezzlement.

2 killed in head-on collision in Wasilla
WASILLA - Alaska State Troopers say two people have been killed in a head-on collision on the Parks Highway in Wasilla.

Miller announces fundraiser with Todd Palin
JUNEAU - A Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate says Todd Palin will appear at a fundraiser for him this week in Wasilla.

Middle School and High School Principals of the Year Selected
JUNEAU - The Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals has selected Rod Morrison, principal of George H. Gilson Jr. High School in the Valdez City School District, as the 2010 Alaska Middle School Principal of the Year. Lou Pondolfino, principal of Robert Service High School in the Anchorage School District, was chosen as the 2010 Alaska High School Principal of the Year.

Middle School Partnership Project to increase student success
JUNEAU - The Middle School Partnership Project, sponsored by the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development, RurAL CAP and additional partners, is a new initiative to increase middle school student success.

Quake rumbles in Bering Sea near Adak
ANCHORAGE - A moderate earthquake rumbled in the Bering Sea near the Aleutian Island town of Adak, but officials say there were no reports of damage.

Handgun stolen from public restroom
JUNEAU - A 24-year-old Juneau woman went into a public restroom packing heat and left burned.

Man pinned beneath snowmachine, dies
ANCHORAGE - A 37-year-old Haines man is dead after becoming pinned beneath his overturned snowmachine.

Motorcycle rider dies in crash on Glenn Highway
A 69-year-old motorcycle rider is dead following a crash on Glenn Highway. Anchorage Police spokeswoman Anita Shell identified the victim as William Green.

Rally held on statewide ballot initiative
A statewide ballot initiative is getting some attention from Fairbanks politicians and union leaders who are opposed to it.

Bears bite Wolves
In the finale of a four-game series in Sitka, the Juneau-Douglas boys’ baseball team had another dominating performance from one of its starting pitchers as the Crimson Bears went on to an 8-0 victory Saturday.

Kings sweep Falcons
The Kayhi baseball team started its conference season with two wins over Thunder Mountain at Norman Walker Field Saturday, including a resounding 17-0 thumping of the Falcons in the second game of a doubleheader.

A difficult road
The Juneau-Douglas boys’ soccer team returned from a rough road trip up North this weekend after going 1-1-2 in four games in the Anchorage area.

JDHS goes 4-0 on Sitka trip
Before the upcoming road trip to Ketchikan for a conference game against the Kings, the Crimson Bears tested their mettle on the road in Sitka and returned home with a four-game sweep.

Clark earns All-America Award for academic excellence
In the pool, Lindsay Clark is one of the best Juneau-Douglas has to offer. But in the classroom she's an All-American.

Court upholds Tongass timber sales
ANCHORAGE - Two conservation groups have failed to stop four timber sale offerings they say threaten a rare species of wolf that lives in the Tongass National Forest.

No charges likely in YouTube fight
No charges are likely over an incident in which a teenager challenged an inebriated homeless man to fight at a place known as “The Moon.”

In Alaska, gulf spill brings back painful memories
CORDOVA - Communities along the Gulf Coast wondering about what kind of legacy the monstrous oil slick will leave can look no further than the towns along the Alaska coastline that were ravaged by the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989.

Little movement on Anchorage ferry landing
Workers constructing the long-awaited Susitna, the ferry that will eventually taxi passengers and cars across Cook Inlet, passed a milestone recently, when the boat floated on water for the first time.

State offering guidance on oil spill
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell's administration is offering support to Gulf Coast states following the recent oil spill.

Lawmakers approve money for Nikiski wind farm
The winds blew favorably for Homer Electric Association as the legislative session came to a close last week, but the company will have to hope for more of the same if it is to be granted the $7 million that state lawmakers allotted it for construction of a wind farm in Nikiski.

Permanent fund having a good year; full dividend payout is secure
The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. is having a good year so far, experiencing a nice rebound from the meltdown in financial markets in 2008 and early 2009.

Photo: Ceremonial first pitch
Gov. Sean Parnell throws out a ceremonial pitch at the Grand Re-Opening of Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage on Saturday. Parnell also signed House Bill 377 at the ballpark, which will establish a tax exemption status for volunteer amateur sports officials from the Alaska Employment Security Act.

Governor signs property tax exemption for law enforcers
Gov. Sean Parnell signed legislation last week that would allow municipalities the option of providing limited property tax exemptions for law enforcement officers to live in areas of high crime and for spouses of disabled veterans.

Owners of collapsed bluff disputed in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - When a bluff collapsed in the 1964 earthquake at Anchorage, it created about 2 acres of coastal property in the Turnagain neighborhood of the city.

Bethel votes today on barring bars
BETHEL - Bethel voters will decide in a special election Tuesday whether to again ban bars and liquor stores.

Yukon River breakup begins as ice flows past Eagle
ANCHORAGE - Scott Lindsey was scheduled to fly Monday in eastern interior Alaska, trying to predict the immediate future for villages along the upper Yukon River.

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