Tuesday, May 25, 2010

DEC rules protect Alaska's waters
The new DEC rules for wastewater from cruise ships have been appealed by an environmental group. My division issued the rules. The rules are designed to protect water quality and they do just that.

Photos: Juneau Dance Unlimited's May Recital
Juneau Dance Unlimited dancers perform during Saturday afternoon's JDU May Recital 2010 at the Juneau Arts & Cultural Center.

AEL&P's rate increase draws comments, criticism
Juneau residents are weighing in on Alaska Electric Light & Power's proposed 22 percent rate increase and almost entirely against it.

Men arrested for killing black wolf
Alaska Wildlife Troopers have arrested two men for unlawfully killing a black wolf and two black bears in the Juneau area.

Photo: Planting trees at Rotary Park
From left: George Campbell, Joel Nudelman and Jeff Barnard finish up planting 17 Norway maple trees at Rotary Park along Riverside Drive on Monday. The Valley Rotary Club sponsored the project with help from Little Diggers, NC Machinery, Ed's Edible Landscaping, the Juneau Urban Forestry Partnership and the city parks department. Alaska's Arbor Day is the third Monday in May. Barnard said, "Only a week late. That's pretty good for Juneau."

Photo: Just flyin' by
The cruise ships Coral Princess and Norwegian Pearl rest at dock along the Juneau waterfront as a seaplane returns tourists to port last week.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Terry Ann Hicks
Hoonah resident Terry Ann Hicks died May 19, 2010 at home, surrounded by her family. Terry lost her courageous battle to colorectal cancer at the age of 49.

Rush, Barack on the golf course?
Last August, in the midst of interviewing Rush Limbaugh, I had what I thought was a constructive idea.

Evidence overwhelming of N. Korea torpedo attack
The following editorial first appeared in The Yomiuri Shimbun:

America's energy future: It's not just blowin' in the wind
Think Washington can't get any more out of touch? Well, Congress is considering measures that would raise our electric bills and kill more than one million jobs.

American History Tex
Many of us grew up reading about great patriots like Thomas Jefferson and admiring their contributions to our rich national heritage and the way the marketplace of ideas has led to a vital, living democracy. The rest of us grew up in Texas.

Animals suffering in laboratories: A failure to care
Animal experimenters from Canada's McGill University recently determined that mice - like humans and other mammals - make grimacing facial expressions when they are in pain. For the study, the ill-fated mice were videotaped after experimenters injected noxious chemicals into their abdomens, ankles, hands and feet; placed them on hot plates; placed their tails in hot water; clamped metal binder clips on the tips of their tails; and performed various surgeries on them without administering pain relief.

Outside editorial: The starving can't wait
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Girl injured on Flattop Mountain
ANCHORAGE - A 16-year-old girl was injured when she fell on Flattop Mountain and hit some rocks.

About 200 expected at birding festival
KENAI - Birders are flocking to the Kenai Peninsula for the Kenai Birding Festival.

Felon with gun sentenced to 65 months
ANCHORAGE - A 25-year-old Anchorage man with a long criminal record has been sentenced to more than five years in federal prison.

EPA will have say on Healy coal plant
FAIRBANKS - A plan to restart an inactive coal plant in Healy will likely rest on a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Alaska judge sentences repeat burglar to 10 years
ANCHORAGE - A judge has sentenced a repeat burglar to 10 years in prison after declaring him a "worst offender."

Ferry Malaspina faces engine electrical issues
JUNEAU - Both of an Alaska Marine Highway ferry's main engines shut down on several occasions Sunday evening while en route to Juneau from Petersburg,

Police say man found dead on sidewalk was stabbed
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a 24-year-old man found dead Wednesday morning had suffered multiple stab wounds.

Alaska soldier ordered to remove Facebook video
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska-based soldier is under investigation for allegedly posting a video on his Facebook site showing Iraqi children being taunted.

Driver in fatal crash had been pulled over
FAIRBANKS - An 18-year-old Wasilla driver killed with her passenger in a three-vehicle wreck near Fairbanks had been pulled over by Alaska State Troopers two hours earlier near Nenana.

Babysitter charged in homicide case
ANCHORAGE - A 23-year-old Anchorage woman has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a 6-month-old boy in her care.

Fairbanks postal worker charged with theft
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks postal worker has been indicted on accusations she stole Wal-Mart gift cards from her mail route.

Nome election could oust school board
ANCHORAGE - A recall election Tuesday in Nome could oust all five members of the school board.

Tok man sentenced to 14 months for assaults
FAIRBANKS - A Tok man found naked on top of a sleeping woman this winter has pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault and has been sentenced to prison.

Baby sea otter finds new home
ANCHORAGE - A baby sea otter that was found on a beach by a couple taking a stroll on Kodiak Island has a new home at the Alaska SeaLife Center.

State: Officer justified in shooting
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Department of Law has concluded that a veteran Fairbanks police officer was justified in a fatal shooting in March.

Moose population will more than double
FAIRBANKS - It's the calving season and Alaska's moose population will more than double in the next three weeks.

Young introduces Alaska Clean Energy Development Act
WASHINGTON - Congressman Don Young, R-Alaska, introduced the Alaska Clean Energy Development Act, referred to as H.R. 5352, on Thursday. This legislation would classify Alaska hydropower as renewable for the purposes of the renewable energy tax credits, federal programs, and standards, if it is less than 50 megawatts or is generated through the use of a lake tap or siphon, pumped storage, or a run of the river system.

State to hold cabin site lottery
ANCHORAGE - Alaskans are encouraged to participate in the state's 2010 lottery for remote cabin sites.

Coast Guard recovers weather buoy
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard says a cutter crew has recovered a drifting weather buoy near Homer.

Sullivan hopes for big turnout at pro bono summit
JUNEAU - Attorney General Dan Sullivan says he's been making calls, hoping to boost turnout at a pro bono summit in Anchorage.

Alaska Supreme Court resolves riverboat dispute
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Supreme Court has settled a long-standing dispute between the state and a Fairbanks riverboat operator.

Bears ready for state
It's been nearly a month of tuneup time for the Crimson Bears girls' soccer team as it prepares for the first high school state tournament in Juneau since the mid-'80s.

Juneau-Douglas gets help from abroad
As most soccer fans would agree, adding a little European flair to an already outstanding soccer squad could never be a bad thing, and the Crimson Bears girls' team can attest to that.

Sharp breaks record again
Emily Sharp continues to break records every time she steps onto the track for the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears in the 100-meter hurdles, but this time she came up just short at the state meet in Fairbanks.

Feds threaten legal action over predator control
ANCHORAGE - A federal agency threatened Monday to take legal action if Alaska moves ahead with plans to kill wolves inside a national wildlife refuge.

Poll: Big leads for Parnell, Berkowitz
Gov. Sean Parnell holds a huge lead over his nearest challengers in the race to be the Republican nominee for governor, while Democrat Ethan Berkowitz holds a smaller but still substantial lead in his race.

Employment shows signs of improvement
Juneau's unemployment rate is falling as summer approaches, down to 6.1 percent in April, according to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. That's down from 7 percent in March, but remains slightly above the 5.8 percent in April of 2009.

GOP hopefuls spar on education, natural gas
FAIRBANKS - The Republican candidates for governor drew sharp distinctions on education and developing natural gas at a debate in Fairbanks.

Community-supported farms big in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Seedlings sprouting from garden beds and buds shooting off vines around town foreshadow a summer full of fresh salads, herb infusions and vegetable lasagnas.

Delegation blasts feds, cites progress on some issues
Alaska's congressional delegation engaged in an old-fashioned bashing of federal agencies at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce May 17 luncheon in a rare venue with both U.S. senators and the state's lone congressman at the head table.

Growing oil spill soaks marshes, birds
COVINGTON, La. - The dire impact of the massive Gulf spill was apparent Sunday on oil-soaked islands where pelicans nest as several of the birds splashed in the water and preened themselves, apparently trying to clean crude from their feet and wings.

Toklat fire continues to grow
FAIRBANKS - A wildfire burning southwest of Nenana was spreading and continuing to threaten structures along the Kantishna River on Sunday.

Photo: Towing a buoy
Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Roanoke Island, aboard one of the cutter's small boats recoverd a NOAA buoy Thursday that had been off station for three days. The crew towed the buoy to Homer.

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