Saturday, June 5, 2010

Grand Entrance
Celebration, the region's biennial Native Alaskan dance and culture festival, continues for the second day today with hours of dancing, a soapberry contest and lectures at Centennial Hall.

Photos: Celebration 2010

Photos: A Celebration kickoff
Dancers: Members of the Juneau School District's Tlingit Culture Language and Literacy Program dance group perform Thursday at Centennial Hall.

Photos: Go, cart, go!

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Outside editorial: We need a national criminal justice commission
In late April, after 19 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, Frank Sterling became the 253rd person in this country to be exonerated by DNA testing. The former trucker had confessed to police after a marathon interrogation - 12 hours of questioning that followed his 36-hour driving shift. He later recanted, to no avail.

Pro: Is President Obama's push to pacify Afghanistan by July 2011 doomed to failure?
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Are we really making America safer by backing Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai?

Con: Is President Obama's push to pacify Afghanistan by July 2011 doomed to failure?
WASHINGTON - Eighteen months into the Obama Administration, the American focus has shifted sharply from Iraq to Afghanistan. The U.S. once again has more troops in Afghanistan than in Iraq. And Fiscal Year 2010 marks the first time the U.S. will spend more money there as well.

When 'anything' that can happen, does
When Sharon Early saw a 6-foot-high wall of ice and rock careening toward her, she could only think one thing: "It's still coming, it's still coming, if it keeps coming there's nothing we can do."

June brings new life to Tracy, Endicott Arm
For thirty minutes I've been squinting through binoculars at a tremendously pregnant harbor seal. I'm perched on a ledge about 400 feet above an ice-choked Tracy Arm, and the seal is lying on a berg in the middle of the fjord. She's over a mile away, but I'm guessing that her constant repositioning means she's in labor.

Sandy shores spying
The rocky intertidal is often rich in species of many kinds. It is usually a popular habitat to visit for a class field trip or just a family outing. By comparison, sandy shores seem to provide poor fare for curious naturalists. Nevertheless, there can be much to see and contemplate in such places.

Weekly Whale Feature: 'Crack Tail'
This whale gets its name from the crack on the right upper side of the fluke.

Photo: BOW: A success story
Michele Holom is pictured with spoils from the crabbing class during this year's Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop series. Organizers would like to extend a big thank you to all involved. Next year's event will be held at Echo Ranch May 20-22.

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Tides
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State approves herbicides along Alaska Railroad
ANCHORAGE - State environmental regulators have approved spraying herbicide along Alaska Railroad tracks, but environmental groups are appealing the permit.

UAF athletic department cuts contracts
FAIRBANKS - Athletic Director Forrest Karr says three-fourths of the University of Alaska Fairbanks athletic department will work on shortened contracts to help balance the budget.

Memorial held for Haines boy who drowned
JUNEAU - Andrew Williamson, a 14-year-old basketball player and student at Haines Middle School, drowned Saturday in Lynn Canal.

Prison workers critical of DOC commissioner
ANCHORAGE - State prison employees are upset that Corrections Commissioner Joe Schmidt is not acting on a legislative audit recommending more prison guards.

Bear harrassing campers at Brent's Beach cabin killed
JUNEAU - A bear harrassing campers at Brent's Beach Cabin on Kruzof Island was killed Thursday, Alaska State Troopers reported.

Vendor permit applications open for July Fourth
JUNEAU - The city Parks and Recreation department is accepting applications for commercial and nonprofit vendor permits for food and merchandise sales at Savikko Park in Douglas for July Fourth.

Weather continues to give fire crews small break
ANCHORAGE - Alaska wildfire crews took advantage of continued scattered showers Thursday and slightly cooler weather.

Unbreakable
Brittany Fenumiai isn't just a beast with a basketball in her hands, bombing away from all over the court.

Juneau-Douglas has few flaws
Much like the Juneau-Douglas baseball team's quest back to the top of the mountain after winning a state championship two years ago before coming up short last season, the Crimson Bears softball team is looking to regain the crowns it won in 2007 and '08.

Crimson Bears crush Kodiak 19-0 in first round of state
The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears took one step closer to a state title with a 19-0 mercy-rule rout of the Kodiak Bears on Thursday evening, with starter Miles Bedford giving up no hits in five innings of work.

Parnell strikes $300 million from state budget
Gov. Sean Parnell denounced a "spike" in spending by the Legislature, but then issued a relatively modest slate of vetoes Thursday - about $300 million out of a $3.1 billion capital budget.

Governor vetoes Denali KidCare expansion
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell announced Thursday he will veto expansion of a health insurance program for low-income families because he recently found out the program pays for abortions.

Plan blocked to immediately kill wolves on Unimak Island
ANCHORAGE - A federal judge rejected the state of Alaska's request to immediately kill seven wolves in a national wildlife refuge on Unimak Island.

Doctor: Alaska crash victims critical but stable
PORTLAND, Ore.- Three family members injured in a fiery plane crash in Alaska were in critical but stable condition Thursday and face long, painful recoveries, a doctor said.

Fairbanks church members' lawsuit dismissed
FAIRBANKS - A Superior Court judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by members of a Fairbanks church who opposed a young pastor's firing.

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