Saturday, May 15, 2010

'Sale' signs less prevalent in tourist district
A crackdown on illegal advertising aimed at tourists in the state's port towns seems to be working in Juneau, as the season opened with virtually no "discount" signs in the downtown tourist district.

Photo: A Raven's eye view
Ellen Carrlee of the Alaska State Museum and conservator Ron Sheetz apply a restoration coating to the totem pole at the Governor's Mansion on Thursday. The totem was originally inspected and foundstructurally unstable in July 1997, raising safety concerns. In November of that year, it was removed, and conservator Sheetz finished restoring it in May 1998. The totem was carved between 1939-40 by Klukwan's Charles Tagook and Saxman's William Brown. It was raised at the mansion in 1941.

Photos: Big shoes to fill
Ken Anderson gives a presentation Tuesday to Harborview students.Anderson also gave presentations to Auke BayElementary School and Gastineau Elementary School.

Photo: Three-wheeling
A forklift is hung up on power lines near the rock dump Thursday afternoon.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Should people who work past retirement age be exempted from Social Security taxes?
Social Security tax penalizes workers

Winter gut: Summer exposes our extra pounds
I should have known my recent kayaking trip to Berner's Bay was doomed from the start.

Day of the Dolly Varden
"Pray for rain." I keep hearing that phrase like a CD skipping on a dirt road. And lately Mother Nature has obliged. But, please, pray for rain.

David Stone to talk on mining, milling technology
JUNEAU - Mining Historian David Stone will present "The Impacts of Mining and Milling Technology" at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 20, in the Hammond Room at Centennial Hall.

Juneau Rowing Club hosts open house at Aurora Harbor
JUNEAU - The Juneau Rowing Club will host an open house at 11 a.m. at the Juneau Rowing Club Floats at the north end of Aurora Harbor.

Governor declares Safe Boating Week May 16-22
ANCHORAGE - Governor Sean Parnell has proclaimed May 16-22 Safe Boating Week in Alaska.

Chilkat River Walk to be held in Haines May 15
HAINES - The fourth annual Chilkat River Walk from Klukwan to Haines takes place on Saturday, May 15, to raise awareness about breast cancer and breast health.

Annual fly casting clinic 'switches' it up
This year's annual fly casting event at Twin Lakes will feature both something new and something old.

Hey Juneau, how does your garden grow?
Members of the Southeast Alaska Master Gardeners are preparing for the upcoming Southeast Alaskan Gardeners' Conference and Garden Tours which will run May 20-23 at the University of Alaska Auke Lake campus.

Weekly Whale Feature: 'Spot'
Spot is a fun whale to watch. The black spot on the right side of the fluke is where this whale gets its nickname.

Photos: Before ... and after
Before: Erik Boraas stands on top of a mound of rock that slid onto the Perseverance Trail in April. The slide resulted in a two-day trail closure while crews with Trail Mix Inc. and the City and Borough of Juneau worked to clear the slide.

Still room in women's outdoor workshop
JUNEAU - There's still slots to snag for this year's Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop, a three-day seminar focused on women's outdoor skills happening May 21-23 at Echo Ranch.

Wild shots
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Audubon bird walks continue in May
JUNEAU - The Juneau Audubon Society is continuing its bird walks in May.

Southeast lingcod sport regulations set
JUNEAU - State Department of Fish and Game officials announced the lingcod sport fishing seasons, bag and possession limits, annual limits and size limits for lingcod in the Northern Southeast Alaska Area. In this area the following regulations apply:

Tides
Today, May 14

Spring King Derby standings
Place Name Weight Date Time Weigh-in station

Locals invited to Primrose Festival at arboretum
JUNEAU - Organizers at the Jensen-Olsen Arboretum are inviting the public to enjoy a little spring color at this year's Primrose Festival.

JPD to raise money for Special Olympics in Torch Run
JUNEAU - The Juneau Police Department is taking up the challenge of raising money for the Special Olympics by hosting a 5-kilometer run called the Torch Run at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Twin Lakes.

Research station in Fairbanks holds open house
ANCHORAGE - The Institute of Arctic Biology's large animal research station in Fairbanks is holding an open house.

Town hall meetings set for veterans
ANCHORAGE - Alaska veterans will have several chances to talk about their concerns about service in the state.

Denali geologist dies while leading field trip
ANCHORAGE - A state medical examiner will investigate the death of a Denali National Park geologist who succumbed while leading a school field trip.

Fairbanks woman sentenced for stabbing new mom
FAIRBANKS - A woman described by a prosecutor as a "sadistic, monstrous predator" has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges stemming from the stabbing of a new mother.

Military parents get help in child custody fights
JUNEAU - State policymakers want to make sure military deployments aren't used against Alaska's servicemen and servicewomen in child custody cases.

Prosecutors reviewing arrest of Anchorage man
ANCHORAGE - The state Office of Special Prosecutions is reviewing the arrest of an Anchorage man who stopped breathing while in handcuffs.

Bears, Baker blank Kings
Juneau-Douglas raked 14 hits, including two round-trippers, and the Crimson Bears buried the punchless Ketchikan Kings 10-0 on Thursday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

JDHS favored in Region V
With a bid to the state meet at stake, runners from prep teams all over Southeast Alaska will converge at Thunder Mountain High School for the Region V Track & Field Championship Meet, and the Crimson Bears will be waiting.

Wild times for Alaska indoor football team
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Alaska Wild's head coach is AWOL, the team still doesn't have an owner, it owes money to both the arena it plays in and the arena it practices in, the general manager job is open, the Indoor Football League is worried that the team may not have enough players for Sunday's home game and the league commissioner compared the franchise's turmoil to a chicken with its head cut off.

2 refuges to get bird-friendly wind power
ANCHORAGE - Work is under way to install nearly a dozen odd-looking wind turbines at two remote Alaska refuges important to hundreds of thousands of migratory birds.

Court OKs approval of Shell Arctic drilling plan
ANCHORAGE - A federal appeals court Thursday removed a legal challenge standing in the way of Shell Oil's plans to drill wells off Alaska's shore this summer.

Alaska Municipal League warns of 'gag' initiative
A ballot measure facing Alaska voters in August claims to be opposed to corruption, but Alaska Municipal League's Kathie Wasserman says it is actually an attack on citizen participation in their government.

AFN convention to look at future of Alaska villages
The Alaska Federation of Natives announced Wednesday that this year's convention, to be held in October in Fairbanks, will focus on "Village Survival" as this year's theme.

Alaska justice steps away from abortion lawsuit
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Supreme Court Justice Morgan Christen has removed herself from hearing an abortion case.

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