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Wednesday, May 5, 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.

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.

AEL&P rate hike to skip cruise ships, mine
Alaska Electric Light & Power is proposing an average 20 percent rate increase for residents and businesses in Juneau, but two of the city's biggest individual users aren't being asked to pay more.

Hours of lands bill meetings yield no agreements
Sealaska executives and environmental group leaders had a series of meetings in Juneau in recent weeks, equaling six full days together, but did not come to any agreements over the Sealaska Lands Bill, meeting facilitator and Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho said.

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

RCA comments available on rate increase
The Regulatory Commission of Alaska will accept comments about AEL&P's proposed 22 percent rate increase beginning today.

Photos: Cruise ships coming

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.

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.

Greens Creek owner reports strong quarter
Hecla Mining Co., owner of the Greens Creek mine on Admiralty Island, reported strong first-quarter earnings and operating results.

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: Eagle feast
A bald eagle feasts on a beaver on April 26 near the end of Channel Drive.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

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.

Photo: Loose lunch break
Devyn Fruge watches Haden Johanson land a trick Tuesday while the two spend their lunch hour skateboarding in front of the downtown library.

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.

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.

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

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

Parnell's analogy on health reform far-fetched
Imagine Congress passing a law that requires everyone "to purchase a federally-approved gym membership in order to lower obesity and blood pressure rates." As bizarre as it sounds, that's what our Attorney General Dan Sullivan would have us worry about.

Oil spill shouldn't end offshore drilling
The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig off Louisiana's coast that killed 11 and is now releasing about 5,000 barrels of oil per day into the ocean presents a dire situation -- for the environment, local governments and businesses, regional planners, federal responders, and of course, all Americans.

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.

It's still true ... cannibalism existed in the Donner Party
A lot of headline writers had a field day in the middle of April, putting toppers on stories suggesting that members of the Donner Party might not have engaged in cannibalism: "Oops," they wrote, and "Sorry, folks."

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.

Title
The following editorial appeared in the Dallas Morning News on Saturday, May 1:

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.

Price of Alaska oil hits 19-month high
ANCHORAGE - Alaska oil prices have hit a 19-month high, closing Monday on West Coast open markets at $85.14 a barrel.

Fairbanks expected to bud early
FAIRBANKS - A biologist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is predicting trees around the interior town will bud early this year.

Maritime festival seeks contestants, volunteers
JUNEAU - Juneau will celebrate its maritime history, culture and commerce in the inaugural Juneau Maritime Festival on May 22, National Maritime Day.

Alaska Small Business Resource Guide available
JUNEAU - First National Bank Alaska's 2010 Alaska Small Business Resource Guide is now available at local branches.

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

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

Anchorage schools plan state's biggest concert
ANCHORAGE - It may not be the New York Philharmonic, but it will be big.

Wildfire prevention week being held
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is participating in a weeklong program to help prevent wildfires in Alaska.

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

Bethel voting on alcohol sales
BETHEL - Voting is under way in Bethel as city residents again decide the question of alcohol sales.

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.

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.

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

Agency releases draft costs of polar bear habitat
ANCHORAGE - The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a draft analysis of the cost of designating critical habitat for polar bears.

Anchorage library fines going up
ANCHORAGE - If you're late returning library materials, you might want to stop by the bank before the library.

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.

At least 3 winners in Nenana Ice Classic
FAIRBANKS - At least three people correctly guessed when the ice would go out on the Tanana River and will split the $279,030 jackpot.

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.

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.

Falcons vs. Crimson Bears today at Adair-Kennedy
Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain will meet this evening at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park in a boys'-girls' varsity soccer doubleheader, pitting friendly faces against each other the city's new crosstown prep rivalry.

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.

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.

Ex-Fish and Game officials warn of Sealaska bill
ANCHORAGE - Three former top administrators with the state Department of Fish and Game are warning Gov. Sean Parnell about a bill that would allow a Native corporation to hand-pick lands in the Tongass National Forest.

Alaska opts out of Race to the Top school grants
JUNEAU - While many states have accepted an educational reform challenge in the federal Race to the Top program, Alaska is watching from the sidelines.

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.

Conservation groups challenge Shell's Arctic air permits
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Native and conservation groups have filed challenges to clean air permits the Environmental Protection Agency granted Shell Oil for drilling exploration wells in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas.

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

Agency releases draft costs of polar bear habitat
ANCHORAGE - The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a draft analysis of the cost of designating critical habitat for polar bears.

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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