Saturday, May 29, 2010

Calista GPA requirement unfair
With the Calista Annual Shareholders meeting coming up, I wanted to share a personal story for other shareholders to think about. While I understand their reasoning of requiring a 2.0 GPA to obtain funding for continuing education from Calista Corporation, I feel that the board should look at each individual application and not rubber stamp someone "denied" based only on a GPA. This practice will not benefit our people or help us to become self-sufficient.

Summer blooms celebrated Saturday
America celebrated Public Gardens Day more than two weeks ago but that's just too early for Alaskan perennials, so the cities of Juneau, Anchorage and Fairbanks will mark the day on Saturday.

Empire hires new sales staff
The Juneau Empire welcomed Karen Wright this week as the newspaper's new sales manager.

Photo: Looking for dinner
An adult tree swallow peeks out of its valley home before racing off to catch insects for its chicks on Monday.

Police & Fire
Juneau police reported:

Angel May Brown
Juneau resident Angel May Brown died May 15, 2010, in Juneau. She was five days old.

Jennifer Louise Fawcett
Former Hoonah and Juneau resident Jennifer Louise Fawcett died April 8, 2010, in her Anchorage home. She was 62.

Capital budget cuts
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

Pro: Should the US cancel plans for offshore drilling?
CLAREMONT, Calif. - Although some progress has been made in recent days, BP is still struggling to stop the oil pouring from the wreck of the Deepwater Horizon. The April 20 explosion that caused the calamity, and tragically killed 11 workers, has spilled at least 6 million gallons of oil - and perhaps five times that amount - into the waters of the Gulf Coast.

Con: Should the US cancel plans for offshore drilling?
WASHINGTON - Those who disparage offshore drilling - and seem eager to ban it - ignore that the Gulf of Mexico accounts for one-third of U.S. oil production. Without domestic production, we would be spending even more on imported oil - which is already running $1.5 billion a day.

Wolf country
At 3:30 a.m. Tuesday morning Sunny Point resident Nena LeBlanc came face to face with what local residents have dubbed the "white wolf."

Brown bear on Douglas remains a rumor
Spurred from photographs taken near mile marker six on North Douglas Highway, rumors of a brown bear on Douglas Island have been circulating.

Lazy day on Gold Ridge
A stiff, cold wind was roaring down Gold Creek valley and over the trail up to Gold Ridge - strong enough to knock me off balance more than once. Soft, residual snowdrifts offered good footing between the bare, exposed parts of the trail. This was an excursion in search of whatever looked interesting, and on the way up to Gold Ridge in spring, there is always something of interest.

Foggy Mountain hosts meet and greet with Roes
Before Geoff Roes was shattering records in endurance races across the country, Betsy Fischer remembers him walking into Foggy Mountain Shop, the outdoors store she co-owns with her husband, Scott, and handing over a crinkled piece of paper.

Weekly Whale Feature: 'Flame'
Name: Flame / Smudge / NOAA No. SEAK 1538

Polarization gives spies an easy leg up
While out on a mission to survey for birds, my friend and I spent all day scanning the ocean from a skiff. Even on cloudy days, the glare sometimes made it difficult to distinguish the shapes of our feathered suspects. With polarized sunglasses, however, the glare seemed to vanish, revealing the silhouettes of marbled murrelets or pigeon guillemots.

Photo: Wildlife in 3-D
Crew members of the "Strider" buff the yacht owned by Evergreen Films Inc. in Auke Bay Harbor in April. The boat is a fully loaded video production studio and the crew was in Southeast testing new 3-D video equipment.

Tides
Today, May 28

Wild shots
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UAA celebrates progress on health building
ANCHORAGE - Though its new health sciences building is only 25 percent complete, the University of Alaska Anchorage held a "topping out" ceremony Wednesday.

Wildfire near Tok spreads to 2,000 acres
TOK - A wildfire burning near Tok has covered about 2,000 acres, closed the Alaska Highway 180 miles east of Fairbanks, and forced evacuation of more than 50 people from two communities.

Local contractor wins bid for Mendenhall project
JUNEAU - The U.S. Forest Service has awarded a $484,850 contract to a Juneau business for a major trail improvement project near the Mendenhall Glacier.

Pit bull killed after mauling Fairbanks boy
FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers say an 11-year-old Fairbanks boy was mauled by a pit bull while riding his bike.

Alaska village evacuated, wildfire threatens homes
TANACROSS - A wildfire burning in eastern interior Alaska has forced residents to evacuate the village of Tanacross.

Police detain bank robbery suspect on bike
ANCHORAGE - Police in Anchorage say a man robbed a bank Thursday and escaped on a bicycle but was arrested five minutes later and turned over to the FBI.

Voters recall 2 of 5 school board members in Nome
ANCHORAGE - Voters in Nome have recalled two of the five school board members.

Man dies in boating crash
WHITE MOUNTAIN - A 60-year-old White Mountain man died when his river boat collided with a boat going the opposite direction on the Fish River.

JDHS cruises into Round 2
The Juneau-Douglas boys' soccer team was too good for Wasilla on Thursday as the Crimson Bears' depth proved valuable in a 3-1 opening-round victory over the Warriors.

Bears blank Wasilla
The Crimson Bears girls' soccer team took one step closer to the state championship game Thursday afternoon after defeating Wasilla 3-0 at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Bears thump Falcons in SE baseball opener
The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears brought themselves within one win of clinching a state berth with a 14-1 win over Thunder Mountain on Thursday afternoon in Sitka.

Reactions mixed on Arctic drilling decision
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's congressional delegation on Thursday blasted President Barack Obama's decision to delay offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, saying the move will cause more delays and could have big economic consequences.

Dividend looks secure
Rising stock values are paving the way for a healthy Permanent Fund Dividend this year, despite earlier fears there wouldn't be enough money available to legally pay the full dividend.

Minimal impact expected from oil line shutdown
JUNEAU - Energy analysts don't expect a temporary shutdown of the trans-Alaska pipeline system due to an oil spill this week to have much effect, if any, on crude prices and gas supplies.

Alaska delegation split on 'don't ask, don't tell'
FAIRBANKS - The three members of Alaska's congressional delegation have taken different positions on the question of whether to overturn the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that requires gays serving in the military to hide their sexual orientation.

Palin makes good on 'tall fence' threat
WASILLA - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is making good on a threat to build a fence around her Wasilla home to keep her new neighbor - an author who is writing a book about her - from peering in.

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