Thursday, May 7, 2009

Board approves schedule change
High schools will begin at 9:15 a.m. in the fall following the Juneau School Board's 5-2 vote Tuesday to approve an administration proposal to change school schedules.

Fishermen face one-halibut bag limit again
The one-halibut bag limit for Southeast guided fishermen is back. "It's a stab in the heart of our industry," said Rick Bierman, Juneau Charter Boat Operators Association.

Sunny Point construction work nears completion
The Sunny Point interchange, a $27 million reworking of the connection between Egan Drive and Glacier Highway, will be completed in about 10 days, according to state highway officials.

Assembly puts forth $8.7 million for approval
The Juneau Assembly's Finance Committee recommended approval Wednesday of $8.7 million in a wide range of recurring annual requests by local nonprofits and service agencies, plus a handful of new requests that cropped up in recent weeks during the Assembly's budget planning process for the new fiscal year that begins July 1.

Police use Taser on naked man downtown
An unidentified naked man was subdued with a Taser by a Juneau police officer on Wednesday morning after running around downtown incoherently and resisting arrest.

Biologist tells of disasters Alaska averted
In 1958, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission had a bunch of spare nuclear devices. Next came the bright idea to use them to carve out a harbor near Kotzebue, with an underground blast 20 times the size of Hiroshima's.

Cold Case Unit seeks help to unravel murder
Thirteen years ago this week, 17-year-old Sitka resident Jessica Baggen was murdered a few hours after leaving her birthday party. The killer was neither identified nor caught.

Photo: Net set
Geoff Petersen, owner of the Ocean Wave, and Woody Paul, background, work to ready a gillnet Wednesday at Douglas Harbor for Monday's one-day king salmon opening in Taku Inlet.

Photo: Fifth graders head to college
Kyle Schramm, a fifth-grader at Auke Bay Elementary School, celebrates receiving a certificate for completing a day-longprogram Tuesday at the University of Alaska Southeast, to help students think about attending college. About 320 Juneau school district fifth-graders attended the program either Monday or Tuesday. In its sixth year, the program is funded by theAlaska College Savings Plan and the Northwest Education Loan Association and organized and staffed by UAS employees andstudent volunteers. Event organizer Barbara Burnett, left, is UAS's director of financial aid; Joe Nelson, center, is UAS'sdirector of admissions, and Julie Staveland is UAS's outreach coordinator.

Photo: Sunny Point decorations
Turner Pahl, left, and George McGuan, of Secon, lift a painted steel cutout of a duck into place Tuesday along the new Egan Highway that faces the Old Glacier Highway.

Police & Fire
The Juneau Police Department did not post an online blotter by the Empire's Thursday print deadline, and State Troopers did not report activity in the Juneau area.

Police & Fire
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Around Town
Today, May 6

Around Town
Thursday, May 7

Dustin Riley Bowen
Hoonah resident Dustin Riley Bowen died April 30, 2009, in Hoonah. He was 23.

Austin Kesterson
Gustavus resident Austin Kesterson died May 3, 2009, in Gustavus. He was 16.

Floyd Joseph "Bud" Coozennoy
Longtime Juneau resident Floyd Joseph "Bud" Coozennoy died May 3, 2009, at Divine Mercy Assisted Living in Juneau. He was 81.

Roy D. Bergquist
Juneau resident Roy D. Bergquist died April 23, 2009, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home. He was 85.

Outside editorial: Corporate tax reform: Obama's plan a place to start a discussion
Expect President Obama's international tax proposal to set off a firestorm in Congress and the business community. The proposal, which will be released in more detail when the president's full budget comes out in the next few days, would alter tax rules so that companies are less able to shift profits to avoid U.S. taxation while also cracking down on tax havens for companies and individuals. In a speech this week, the president billed the plan as a revenue raiser, which it would be, and a plan to create jobs, a more contentious assertion.

Alaska editorial: Abuse of ethics complaints leads to bad politics
Alaska citizens have a right to file ethics complaints against their elected representatives. State law guarantees it. But when Alaskans use the ethics law to score political points, they abuse that right - and may put it at risk.

It's Pakistan's critical hour
LAHORE, Pakistan - Pakistan is on the brink of chaos, and Congress is in a critical position: U.S. lawmakers can hasten that fateful process, halt it or even help turn things around. The speed and conditions with which Congress provides emergency aid to Islamabad will affect the Pakistani government and army's ability and will to resist the Taliban onslaught. It will also affect America's image in Pakistan and the region. Pakistanis are looking for evidence of the long-term U.S. commitment about which President Obama has spoken.

My turn: Forum generates capital ideas for the capital city
More than 200 people set aside their Saturday morning on April 25 to share with their fellow citizens and elected officials the steps our community should be taking to make this a better capital city.

Bad news, good news for GOP
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele suggested that Arlen Specter did the party a service by leaving. Steele may be right, but not in the way he intended when he derided Specter on ideological grounds.

Saving the US economy, stopping global warming
As President Obama and the new administration develop their plan to lift our country out of an economic crisis of epic proportions, it is crucial that we, as citizens, make known the effect that our country's stimulus package could have on our most precious and sensitive resource - our planet.

Investigate the origins and the use of torture
Certainly, the authors never expected it to become public, because the infamous Bybee torture memo is a blatant exercise in getting to "Yes." It is a creepy, lethal, sycophantic classic.

An unChristian response from Christians
Between 1933 and 1945, as a series of restrictive laws, brutal pogroms and mass deportations culminated in the slaughter of 6 million Jews, the Christian church, with isolated exceptions, watched in silence.

Begich recommends Fabe be considered for high court
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has recommended the chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court be considered to succeed Justice David Souter on the nation's highest court.

Supreme Court Justice Alito visits Juneau
JUNEAU - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. will address the Alaska Bar Association's annual meeting in Juneau this week.

Missing woman's body found in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers have found the body of a woman missing since October.

Capital City Forum results posted online
JUNEAU - The city has posted results from the Capital City Forum held April 25 at Centennial Hall on its Web site at www.juneau.org/assembly/ccf/.

Sullivan wins mayor's race in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - A businessman and former assembly member will be the new mayor of Alaska's largest city.

German first to summit Mount McKinley this climbing season
ANCHORAGE - A German has become the first person to successfully summit Mount McKinley during this year's climbing season, beating seven other climbers on the same day.

Scientists: Redoubt explosion likely
ANCHORAGE - Mount Redoubt hasn't had a major eruptive event in more than a month but scientists say that could soon change.

Rock blasted to clear the only road to Whittier
WHITTIER - State transportation crews have blasted unstable rock along the Portage Glacier Highway in an effort to clear the only road to Whittier.

Fairbanks airport opens new building
FAIRBANKS - A new terminal building is ready for business at Fairbanks International Airport.

Dive teams assess sunken supply vessel Monarch
NIKISKI - Dive teams are assessing the condition and recovery options for a supply vessel that sank when making a delivery to the Granite Point platform last January about 15 miles from Nikiski.

Employees at Fairbanks diocese take a pay cut
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks Catholic Diocese is cutting costs because of decreased interest income, a downturn in donations from the Lower 48 and ongoing bankruptcy mediations.

Ice jam causes worst flooding in Eagle's history
ANCHORAGE - Ice chunks, some the size of homes, pushed out of the Yukon River by jams have damaged several main street businesses in the community of Eagle.

Limited reopening set for road to Whittier
WHITTIER - State transportation officials say the Portage Glacier Highway will reopen on a limited schedule, starting Friday.

Police nab naked man seen walking on Fairbanks bike path
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man faces an indecent exposure charge after celebrating his 21st birthday in only his birthday suit.

JDHS girls finally hit the pitch for full practices
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team finally took their first 11-on-11 outdoor practice Tuesday, just three days after an exhausting four-game roadtrip through Anchorage knocked their record to 5-2-2 overall and three weeks before the state tournament in Anchorage May 27-30.

GSC swimmers rack up 48 titles
The Glacier Swim Club hosted its 2009 May Athlete Invitational over the weekend, attracting nine teams from around the state, 114 total swimmers and even a pair of professional athletes to the Augustus Brown Swimming Pool.

JDHS boys heading to Ketchikan
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team will attempt to improve on last weekend's two-game split against Colony and Sitka when they leave today for a three-game roadtrip to Ketchikan.

Photo: Grizzled gold medal
A team of 10 Juneau residents won the third annual Whitehorse 35-and-over Men's Indoor Soccer Tournament over the weekend. The Juneau club went undefeated over the eight-team tournament and won Sunday's title game 5-0 against a Whitehorse-based team. The Juneau squad made the tournament's final two years ago, but finally won their first championship. Organizers pointed to the strong goalie play of Phil Subeldia as one of the team's strengths. Subeldia's teammates on the winning team were Troy Martin, Pete Schneider, Brady Deal, Guy Bell, Doug Badilla, Antonio Diaz, Darren Snyder, Bob Funk and Phao Ngyuen.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

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Stimulus funds pay for cabins on Iditarod Trail
ANCHORAGE - One public-use cabin is already under construction along the Iditarod Trail, another is planned for this summer, and $400,000 in federal stimulus funding is on the way to pay for at least four more, the trail's chief manager said Monday.

Former preacher turns to police work in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - He enjoys fine red wines, telling jokes and putting rapists in prison.

Supreme Court wants more details in Kensington case
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked for supplemental briefs in the Kensington Mine case.

Ice jams continue to cause havoc in Eagle
FAIRBANKS - Ice jams continued Wednesday to cause havoc in the city of Eagle, and Gov. Sarah Palin issued a disaster declaration for areas of Interior Alaska impacted by spring flooding.

Bristol Palin works to prevent teen pregnancy
ANCHORAGE - Bristol Palin, an 18-year-old unwed mother, is helping raise awareness for teen pregnancy prevention.

Shell Oil withdraws Beaufort drilling plan
ANCHORAGE - Shell Oil announced Wednesday it has withdrawn its 2007-2009 "plan of exploration" for offshore petroleum along the north coast of Alaska.

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