Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Report: Sealaska profits rebounding
Sealaska Corp. returned to profitability in 2009 after seeing stock-market driven losses the previous year. Some of the regional Native corporation's business operations have continued to struggle, however.

Class of 2010 First TMHS graduation 'monumental'
They tossed their hats and the quintessential beach ball. They listened to community members, adults and peers exhorting them to dream, to write down their goals and to risk ridicule and failure to achieve them, to see the value of their own lives and to be safe. They walked across the stage to collect their diploma in blue robes paired with heels, flip flops and sneakers.

Celebration 2010 begin Wednesday
It's time to Celebrate.

Danner backs off Docks and Harbors criticism
Ruth Danner told her fellow Assembly members in April she would like to re-examine the ordinance giving the Docks and Harbors board its authority, which she said it seemed to have been exceeding.

2010 graduation photos

Photo: Ceramic show
Juneau-Douglas High School art teacher Heather Ridgway explains how a ceramic pot was made during a daylong art show on Wednesday. About 60 of Ridgway's students picked their two favorites pieces for the show. The students are, from left: Hanna Schempf, 18; John McDonald, 15; Jaden Sierra, 15; Rikki Trego, 15; Josh Hamilton, 17; and Megan Hart, 16.

Photos: Final show

Photo: Scenic break
Dawn Dulevohn pays little attention to the Mt. Roberts Tramway eagle car returning above her as she takes a break from her tour job downtown on Friday.

Gerald "Jerry" William Butts
Gerald "Jerry" William Butts died May 28 at his Juneau home.

Outside editorial: Bad Company
The enemy of my enemy is my friend. That was the Cold War creed. No matter how despicable the regime, it was OK if it was properly aligned, meaning capitalist or communist.

We'll lather, rinse, repeat if hurricane takes oil ashore
Sometimes, when I'm driving and have lots of time to let my mind wander because it's too dangerous to talk on the cell phone and I don't want to burn myself yet again with a Pop-Tart from my unwieldy mobile toaster, I like to wonder "what if?"

America's casualty gap: There's a socioeconomic inequality in who makes the ultimate sacrifice
Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 5,000 Americans have lost their lives in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq - almost 600 of them Californians. This sacrifice, and the sacrifice of all of our brave men and women in uniform, will be honored over the Memorial Day weekend. In honoring their service, we should not overlook a very real though hidden aspect of war: the socioeconomic inequality in who makes the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the nation.

Free-market religion gets lost in gulf oil spill
“There has never been a challenge that the American people, with as little interference as possible by the federal government, cannot handle.” — Bobby Jindal, March 24, 2009

On Memorial Day, many families can't forget the wars
Memorial Day has a distinct meaning for the veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and the families of the 5,400 Americans who have died in these wars.

My turn: Lack of science, planning to blame for low caribou herd
According to the State of Alaska, the problem on Unimak Island is that there are not enough bull caribou to sustain the herd. Its solution is to kill more wolves.

My turn: DEC is cheapening definition of 'best technology available'
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation's cruise ship wastewater discharge permit violates the letter and spirit of Alaska law. I intend to ask an independent court to determine the permit's legality.

Popular dog park facing new disputes
ANCHORAGE - A popular dog park where canines can run and cool off with a swim in the summer is feeling the heat.

Bear helping himself to chickens gets shot in coop
ANCHORAGE - When Jeff Johnson looked outside his Eagle River home and saw a black bear scratching around the chicken coop. He went out with a garden hoe to scare the critter away.

Anchorage hiker dies in fall
ANCHORAGE - A 23-year-old hiker Anchorage hiker died Friday in a fall down a slope along the highway that leads to the Kenai Peninsula.

Kenai trail project shut down
KENAI - The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development on Friday issued a cease and desist order to a non-profit outfit doing improvements to a trail in Old Town Kenai.

Warm temps and little rain: Alaska fire danger
FAIRBANKS - Alaska fire officials urge caution during the Memorial Day weekend because low temperatures and little rain has raised the fire danger.

3 men fined $12,000 for killing 10 caribou
FAIRBANKS - Three Delta Junction men who illegally killed 10 caribou off the Denali Highway in December have been fined a total of more than $12,000.

Backpacker shoots, kills grizzly in park
ANCHORAGE - A backpacker shot and killed a grizzly bear with his handgun in Alaska's Denali National Park, officials said.

Statue honors Alaska Territorial Guard
FAIRBANKS - Members of the Alaska Native Veterans Association have unveiled a statue honoring the Alaska Territorial Guard.

Avalanche kills 2 mountain climbers
ANCHORAGE - Two climbers from Canada have died in an avalanche in Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve.

Anchorage resident shoots suburban bear
ANCHORAGE - A resident of an Anchorage suburb killed a grizzly bear after it charged the man's wife.

Man shot, wounded at Anchorage park
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police are investigating a shooting that seriously wounded a 21-year-old man at a crowded park.

Fred Meyer customers raise $4,658 for Juneau School District
PORTLAND, Ore. - Fred Meyer customers donated $4,658.32 to the Juneau School District by dropping their change in the coin boxes located at Fred Meyer checkstands.

Alaska State Museums thanks military families
JUNEAU - The Alaska State Museums are among more than 600 museums to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer.

Photo: 'I never saw it coming'
Juneau-Douglas baseball manager Steve Bavard gets a customary cooler shower after the Crimson Bears won the Southeast Conference Tournament championship game. “I never saw it coming,” Bavard chuckled Sunday.

All-around athlete Rutecki talks swimming, kiteboarding
For Juneau-Douglas athlete Nick Rutecki, performing at the highest level of sports is nothing new.

Photos: ASAA/First National Bank Alaska 2010 State Soccer Championships

Plan to kill wolves inside refuge causes rift
ANCHORAGE - Different mandates over how Alaska wildlife should be managed and a plan to kill wolves inside a national refuge is causing a rift between state and federal managers.

UA president's term winds down
FAIRBANKS - Mark Hamilton has had what he calls "a seven-days-a-week job" for the past 43 years.

Alyeska facing 8 federal actions
ANCHORAGE - The operator of the 800-mile trans-Alaska pipeline is the target of eight pending federal enforcement actions that add up to more than $1 million in unpaid fines.

Alaska wildfire season off to big start
ANCHORAGE - A hot, dry spell is turning much of Alaska's interior into a smoky inferno of wildfires.

Photo: A stroll back to work
Members of the Alaska Permanent Fund Board of Trustees walk back to the Goldbelt Building after a short break Thursday on the first of two days of meetings.

Photo: Orphaned calves in Kenai
A pair of orphaned moose calves rest in a homeowner's yard Tuesday in Kenai, among the remains of the swing set that tangled their mother. While the cow eventually died, the calves were recovered and have been transported to Palmer, where they will be raised and eventually released.

Alaska ethics panel OKs campaigning on state trips
The Alaska Legislature’s special ethics committee says it’s OK for lawmakers to campaign on state-paid trips.

Census count enters 'home stretch'
The U.S. Census Bureau is making a renewed effort to reach out into Alaska's hard-to-count rural areas, as well as those in Juneau and other cities they have not yet visited.

Mount McKinley climber cheated death
ANCHORAGE - Canadian climber Luc Benoit had worked his way about 15,000 feet up Mount McKinley's steep and treacherous West Rib on a gorgeous Wednesday evening when he drove his ice ax into some mixed rock and ice to hoist himself along.

Evacuated residents return home
ANCHORAGE - Residents of the village of Tanacross and the nearby Eagle subdivision were back in their homes Sunday, even though the eastern Alaska wildfire that forced them to evacuate continued to gain ground.

Parnell inks Goldstream Valley bill
FAIRBANKS - Gov. Sean Parnell signed a bill in Fairbanks that permanently designates 2,000 acres in the Goldstream Valley as a public-use area.

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