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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Students share ideas about how to entice younger generation to stay in Juneau
Around 250 students from Juneau's three high schools gathered Thursday at Centennial Hall to brainstorm ways to make Juneau more appealing to the younger generation.

Juneau kidnapping suspect ill, misses arraignment
JUNEAU - A man accused of kidnapping and assaulting a 20-year-old Juneau woman in a trailer home didn't show up for his court arraignment Thursday due to illness. The arraignment was rescheduled for Friday.

Police see rise in false alarms
The Juneau Police Department is saying it's being inundated with false alarm calls in recent weeks, most likely stemming from increased home security sales by two companies that set up shop in Juneau last month. If problems persist, police may start charging homes and businesses for time wasted.

Undersea robot helps scientists to track fish
Some zoologists need binoculars to study their subjects. Others need a bit more help.

Photo: Volunteers honored
Claudette Curtis, third from right, lines up for a group picture with Gov. Sean Parnell and his wife, Sandy, and other winners of the First Lady's Volunteer of the Year Awards at theGovernor's House on Thursday. Twelve people and one organization were recognized for their volunteer efforts from around the state. Curtis serves through the DouglasCommunity United Methodist Church, serves breakfast at Gastineau Elementary School, serves senior lunches at Catholic Community Services, is a girl scout leader, volunteers at the Glory Hole and has volunteered for the Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau for 20 years.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Ruth Elizabeth Rew
A memorial service for Juneau resident Ruth Elizabeth Rew (Perry), who died May 4, 2010, at her home, will be held at noon Saturday, May 8, at Auke Bay Bible Church. A reception will follow. Donations in her memory may be made to Auke Bay Bible Church or Hospice and Home Care of Juneau.

Virginia "Ginny" Thomson
Juneau resident Virginia "Ginny" Joan Thomson died April 29, 2010, at her home due to complications from Alzheimer's disease. She was 77.

Should US cities and states launch economic boycotts to pressure Arizona to repeal its new immigration law?
Boycott will force Arizonans to face the consequences of action

Assembly should be involved in electric utility rate issues
As a former longtime member of the city of Juneau's former Energy Advisory Committee, I am concerned that our local government no longer has a qualified advisory committee to address the current rate hike proposed by Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. Of special concern is the proposal to raise rates for residential, small and large commercial, manufacturing and street lighting, while not raising rates for Princess Cruise Lines and Greens Creek Mine.

US needs offshore drilling and tougher safety rules
The following editorial first appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

Finding it all in everything wild
Each spring, I make my first trip of the year to the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness, usually in late April or May. Depending on weather, it's a two- or three-hour skiff ride about 50 miles from downtown Juneau, past the scenic openings of Taku Inlet, Taku Harbor, Limestone and Snettisham. With each mile, I grow eager to see how Tracy and Endicott Arms have survived the long winter.

Youth participate in global day of service
JUNEAU - On April 23, over 350 volunteers joined efforts in the tradition of the world's largest youth-oriented service event, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD).

Litter Free to host clean up day
JUNEAU - The Juneau Watershed Partnership will host the annual Spring Stream Cleanup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Girls on the Run hosting 5K Fun Run
JUNEAU - Girls on The Run of Southeast Alaska is hosting a 5 kilometer Fun Run at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 22 at Twin Lakes.

Adopt-A-Flower program announced
JUNEAU - Each year, Parks and Recreation plants nearly 20,000 annual flowers that are raised from seed. The program is greatly enhanced by generous donations from the public. The flowers add color and contribute to the vitality of the community.

Southeast Gardeners' Conference and tours
JUNEAU - Juneau Master Gardeners invites garden enthusiasts to a program of informative presentations, workshops, demonstrations and garden tours to help grow plentiful vegetable gardens and beautiful flowers.

Feathers and education
If you've ever wondered what makes migrating songbirds such "flying machines," now's a chance to find out.

Snag deals at this year's Boaters' Swap
Clean out that garage, de-clutter the boat and tackle box, because members of the Juneau Yacht Club are holding the third annual Boaters' Swap beginning at 10 .m. Saturday at the Yacht Club.

Weekly Whale Feature: "Juneau"
Juneau is absolutely a wonderful whale and one of the easiest to identify. Why the name? Look for the "AK" marking on the tail. Plus, she makes her home in Juneau.

Moss sex, oh yes
Most multicellular organisms reproduce sexually at some point in their life cycle. This means there is a sperm cell and an egg cell (collectively called gametes) that somehow have to get together to make a next generation. Egg cells are larger, with more stored energy and nutrients. Sperm cells are typically smaller, stripped for action, so to speak, and need to find a way to get to the egg cells. Tiny, delicate, and very sensitive to drying, sperm cells don't survive long out in the big bad world; even in water, their life span is not long.

On the hook
Show us your big fish

Wild shots
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Tides
Today, May 7

Local youth sailing registration open
JUNEAU - The Juneau Youth Sailing Club has opened registration for a summer of instructional classes for youth ages 10-18.

'Super' plant sale happening Saturday
JUNEAU - Plants of all shapes and sizes will be up for sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 8 in the Safeway parking lot in the Mendenhall Valley.

Special 'Evening at Egan' lecture on fish tracker
JUNEAU - A special "Evening at Egan" lecture at 7 p.m. tonight in the Egan Hall at the University of Alaska Southeast will explore new technology surrounding an autonomous underwater vehicle which has the capability to track fish in Alaskan waters.

Science panel on cruise ship wastewater to meet
JUNEAU - The state Science Advisory Panel on cruise ship wastewater treatment systems will meet for the second time June 10-11 in Juneau.

UAS commencement ceremony on Sunday
JUNEAU - The public is invited to join the celebration at commencement ceremonies in Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan, as the University of Alaska Southeast honors graduates from Summer and Fall 2009 and Spring 2010.

Man's body found in homeless camp
ANCHORAGE - The body of a man has been discovered in a homeless camp in southAnchorage.

Census phone line available
JUNEAU - Residents who fear they were missed by the U.S. Census Bureau's ongoing count can also call in their information.

Fighting the good fight
In softball, 20-for-23 is an absurdly good number, next to impossible to achieve.

Bears roll Kings
Another home game, another dominant performance by the Juneau-Douglas girls' soccer team.

JDHS baseball edges Ketchikan, 8-6
Juneau-Douglas defeated Ketchikan 8-6 on Thursday behind solid defense, timely hitting and shutdown relief pitching in the first of a four-game series in Ketchikan.

UAF chancellor explains potential tuition hike
FAIRBANKS - Higher tuition is necessary, with state lawmakers making it clear that campuses must carry a heavier share of the financial burden, University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Brian Rogers told students this week.

Shell: We're ready to drill in Arctic Ocean
PORTLAND, Oregon - Shell Oil is ready to drill in the Arctic Ocean this summer and asked a federal appeals court Thursday to rule quickly on a challenge by environmentalists concerned about the risk of a major spill after the Gulf of Mexico disaster.

Berkowitz, seeking Democratic nomination, visits Juneau
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ethan Berkowitz made an early campaign visit to Juneau this week, talking up why he'd be a better governor than incumbent Sean Parnell.

Governor candidates debate gasline
ANCHORAGE - A big Alaska natural gas pipeline was the central issue at a gubernatorial debate Wednesday before a state Chamber of Commerce audience in Anchorage.

Anchorage club owner offers to bail out Linehan
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage strip club owner has offered to bail out Mechele Linehan while the former dancer faces a second murder trial.

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