Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Egan: 'I can't believe it'
It's a free ride this year for Juneau's three legislators.

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.

Private Sealaska meetings on land bill yield nothing
Environmental groups failed to gain any footing with the regional Native corporation during six weeks of private meetings about a bill that would privatize thousands of acres of Tongass forest.

Dan Larson to be new TMHS principal
The Juneau School District has chosen Dan Larson of Nebraska to be the next Thunder Mountain High School principal.

Photo: A nice day for a stroll
Josh Beach and Linda Williams look before crossing Calhoun Avenue near the Juneau-Douglas City Museum on Tuesday. Flowering lilac, hawthorn and rhododendron surround Amos Wallace's totem, "Harnessing of the Atom."

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

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: Which is the better view?
Herman Miller of Michigan, left, and Dave Randlett of Juneau search the side of Mt. Juneau for mountain goats from Marine Park on Tuesday. Both men agreed Miller's 8x powered binoculars gave a better view of the mountain.

James Douglas Weir
Juneau resident James Douglas Weir died April 14, 2010, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 52.

Where's the children's Tylenol?
The following editorial appeared first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

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?"

A place where Muslims love America
The people of Kosovo have something blunt and something subtle to tell the world. Explore the cities and the countryside, and you will see American flags waving from storefronts, gas stations and ordinary homes. Inch your way onto Bill Clinton Boulevard, one of the capital's busiest roads, and a 25-foot picture of the former president hanging from a massive building smiles at you across a permanent traffic jam.

Ongoing oil spill destroys the Myth of Competence
Now they're saying August. August.

Fudging military service an inexcusable offense
Lots of people embellish.

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.

Alaska guide fatally shot during brown bear hunt
WRANGELL - Alaska State Troopers say a Wasilla hunting guide was fatally shot during a guided brown bear hunt near Wrangell.

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

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.

Neal atop Derby leaderboard with 32-pound king
JUNEAU - May's annual Spring King Salmon Derby has come to an end, with Dan Neal sitting atop the leaderboard with a 32.65-pound salmon he caught on May 20.

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

Troopers: Missing whalers located
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard has located four whalers from Koyuk who had been reported overdue from a trip in Norton Bay, east of Nome.

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.

Alaska volcano shows signs of unrest
ANCHORAGE - A volcano in the Aleutian Islands in southwest Alaska is showing signs of unrest.

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

Alaska firefighters raising money to move memorial
ANCHORAGE - A plan to move the Alaska Firefighter Memorial to downtown Anchorage needs community support - about $100,000 worth.

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.

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

Sitka mayor seeking Lisa Murkowski's US Senate seat
ANCHORAGE - Democrat Scott McAdams knows he can't compete against the nearly $2 million that incumbent U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has in hand for this year's election.

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.

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.

Light rains give Alaska firefighters brief respite
ANCHORAGE - Light rain fell Tuesday on some of the dozens of wildfires burning in Alaska's interior, briefly discouraging fire growth. Fire managers said that won't do much good, however, if the ongoing parched weather drags on as expected.

Parnell veto pen looms over construction projects
FAIRBANKS - Gov. Sean Parnell has until June 9 to veto individual projects in the state Legislature's massive construction budget, meaning these are anxious times for supporters of big-ticket items in the Interior.

1 dead, 4 hurt after small plane crashes in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Authorities say a small plane has crashed in a business district near downtown Anchorage, killing a child and injuring four other people.

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