Saturday, May 22, 2010

Sealaska board needs diversification
In 1971, when Sealaska was formed, I was 18 years old. I remember my father talking of the "land claims" and how this deal with Congress would be for the good of the Tlingit people.

'Walking dead' discourage DUIs
The Grim Reaper came for Juneau-Douglas High School senior Caitlyn Trani in her American Government class on Wednesday. He was dressed in a black cloak, hood and a skull-mask, and carrying a scythe. The tall, dark figure kept a bony, long-fingered hand on Trani's shoulder all the way down the hall.

Juneau hearing sought in electric rate increase
Members of the Juneau legislative delegation have weighed in with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, seeking a hearing on the 22 percent rate increase sought by the city's utility.

Candidates vie for principal position at Thunder Mountain
The three candidates for the position of Thunder Mountain High School principal spoke to community members, teachers, district faculty and others at an open house in the Thunder Mountain library Thursday evening.

Coast Guard hosts simulation exercise
In a multi-agency simulation conducted Thursday morning, a caller reported a bomb on board the Mermaid, a 969-foot passenger vessel docked in Juneau. The vessel had 2,300 passengers and 400 crew - minus a person of interest, Joe Juneau.

Photo: Therapeutic Court graduation
A graduate shakes hands with Judge Keith B. Levy upon being selected for an outstanding graduate award at the 3rd Annual Ceremonial Commencement exercises for the Juneau Therapeutic Court on Thursday at the Dimond Courthouse.

Police & Fire
Juneau police reported:

Linda Stevenson-Millard
Juneau resident Linda Stevenson-Millard died April 12, 2010, at her home. She was 58.

Con: Can America afford health care reform?
WASHINGTON - Americans consistently said controlling health costs was their top priority for health reform. But Washington didn't listen, and independent experts now say the new health law actually will drive up the cost of health care and insurance premiums.

Pro: Can America afford health care reform?
SEATTLE - There have been countless polls released over the last few months about what the public thinks about the health care reform legislation, and I have been able to conclude only one thing from all the data: the public is understandably confused.

Tuesday elections: bad for incumbents
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Giving back to the birds
Of all the birds Kathy Benner has rescued in the 11 years she's volunteered with the Juneau Raptor Center, her most gratifying experience came from the world's tiniest feathered creature.

New valley trail at the hub of it all
It's been a while in the making, but work on Juneau's newest trail, Under the Thunder, has begun and is set to be completed by late this summer.

Celebrating all things 'Juneau'
For the first time ever on National Maritime Day, Juneau will celebrate its ongoing relationship with the sea through a cultural event focused on the people, the commerce and the rich waters that surround the city.

Weekly Whale feature: 'Snow White'
This particular humpback whale is a beautiful whale with lots of white on her fluke.

May outing finds dippers near Fish Creek
On the only crummy day in a week of pleasant May weather, Parks and Rec hikers headed up the Perseverance Trail. The winter's rockfalls had been cleared away, but the guard rails had yet to be replaced. The trail was mostly dry and easy, although there was still considerable snow near the end. The bridge across Lurvey Creek is still broken but passable by the sure-footed.

Wild shots
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Tides
Today, May 21

Spring King Derby standings
Last updated Wednesday, May 19 at 8:50 a.m.

Freewheelers hosting Amalga road race
JUNEAU - The Juneau Freewheelers will host the open category Amalga Harbor Short Road Race beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Alpine Club headed up Twin Peaks
JUNEAU - Members of the Juneau Alpine club have organized a moderately challenging club hike up to Twin Peaks Saturday.

USCG urging use of I.D. stickers on nonmotorized vessels
JUNEAU - The U.S. Coast Guard is urging all boaters using kayaks, canoes, dinghies, or any other non-motorized and unregistered vessel, to participate in Operation Paddle Smart, a volunteer identification program designed to help the USCG and state boating agencies determine the actuality of distress situations and the appropriate response needed.

Indoor archery range switches to summer hours
JUNEAU - The Juneau Indoor Archery Range is now operating on its limited summer schedule.

Mendenhall Golf Course gets geared up for summer
JUNEAU - The LowTide Ladies Golf season and the Tuesday Night Golf League have both begun this month at the Mendenhall Golf Course.

Petersburg police shoot, kill man
PETERSBURG - A man wielding a sword was shot and killed by police in Petersburg, according to a witness at the scene.

Commerce limits pollock fleet's salmon bycatch
ANCHORAGE - The Commerce Department has approved a recommendation to limit the number of king salmon caught each year by the pollock fleet in the Bering Sea.

AFN returns to Anchorage in 2011
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention will return to Anchorage in 2011.

Parnell announces picnic dates
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell is continuing a tradition.

Body found in river identified
WASILLA - Alaska State Troopers have released the name of a man whose body was found near the mouth of the Susitna River.

Talkeetna man convicted on meth charge
ANCHORAGE - A Talkeetna man who had taped 2.3 pounds of meth to his leg to smuggle it into the state has been convicted on a drug charge.

Bears bang out 25 hits, score 28 runs to flatten Falcons
In the first-ever baseball meeting between the two schools, the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears pounded out 25 hits on their way to a 28-0 rout of the young, overmatched Falcons on Thursday night at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Bears earn state bid
Thursday's nice weather quickly went south after Juneau-Douglas and Ketchikan kicked off on the pitch at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park, but not even high winds or swirling pollen clouds were enough to put a damper on the Bears' 3-0 win over Ketchikan.

Kings protect the plate
Thunder Mountain got six hits but was only able to push one runner across the plate Thursday against Ketchikan, while the Kings scored early and often in taking a 13-1 Southeast Conference road win at Melvin Park.

High court hears arguments in parental notice case
ANCHORAGE - A lawyer for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest told the Alaska Supreme Court Thursday that an initiative requiring parental notification for girls under 18 seeking an abortion should be kept off the ballot.

Fairbanks utility needs credit for coal plant
FAIRBANKS - The Golden Valley Electric Association wants the freedom to borrow more money so it can fund a proposed wind farm and restart an inactive coal plant in Healy.

BP stockholder lawsuit filed in Alaska
JUNEAU - A stockholder lawsuit claims "gross mismanagement" by top BP officials has severely damaged the company's reputation and hurt its value.

Parnell appoints new legislative liason
Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed Heather Brakes of Juneau as his legislative director, following the resignation last month of Jerry Gallagher, said spokesperson Sharon Leighow.

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