Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Merrill misses another day in court
Charges against a former UAS student accused of raping his female roommate are expected to be dismissed Thursday, if he attends, a Juneau district attorney said.

Montana Creek ATV riding request meets resistance
A proposal to use Montana Creek for ATV riding has bumped up against resistance from state agencies before the request got anywhere near a public forum.

West Coast log, lumber exports increase in Q1
Juneau - The volume of softwood logs exported for northwest states - Washington, Oregon, California and Alaska - spiked in the first quarter of 2010, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

RCA mum on Juneau utility rate hearing
The formal public comment period on Alaska Electric Light & Power's proposed 22 percent rate increase ended Friday, but there is no decision yet on whether the Regulatory Commission of Alaska will come to Juneau to hear from residents in person.

Photo: Too little ... too late
Kirk Bowen takes a celebratory drink after returning to the Don Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in Auke Bay with three king salmon on Monday. The largest, 42-inches in length, tipped one scale at more than 40 pounds. "I wish I would of caught this fish eight days ago," said Bowen in reference to May's Spring King Derby.

Photo: 'Blading down the road
Amy Baars rollerblades with her 10-month-old son, Jordan, along Montana Creek Road on Monday.

Marshall becomes new Juneau District ranger
JUNEAU - The Juneau Ranger District has a new ranger as of Monday.

Airport employees' bargaining request denied by Assembly
The Assembly has decided to uphold the Personnel Board's decision to deny a group of airport airfield maintenance and operation employees definition as a separate bargaining unit.

Photos: Restoring history
Workers restore aspects of the Trail of Time near the Mendenhall Glacier.

Washington man sentenced for purse snatching
A Washington man pled guilty Friday to purse snatching in downtown Juneau.

Injury-accidents involve bicyclists, pedestrians
A string of traffic accidents - several involving bicyclists and pedestrians - caused police to caution residents this week to be careful.

Pool management debate continues
The Assembly on Monday night considered a resolution that would establish an aquatic facilities advisory board for the Augustus Brown pool and the Dimond Park Aquatic Center, ultimately deciding to discuss that resolution, and how to change it, at a work session June 21.

Photos: Hydroseeding near dike trail
George Campbell of Little Diggers hydroseeds fill land between the Mendenhall River and recently-moved airport dike trail as part of the extention work at the Juneau International Airport on Tuesday.

Photo: Planting at the museum
Landscape Alaska's Margaret Tharp helps Sophie Harvey, 6, with planting a columbine in a small garden at the Alaska State Museum on Saturday. With a grant from the National Park Foundation, Girl Scout Troop 4035 of Juneau was helping design and plant a garden made up of native plants that could be seen in Glacier Bay National Park. Most visitors see Glacier Bay only from the water and the garden, found on the north side of the museum, will show a variety of native plants. The girls will finish their project with a trip to Glacier Bay.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Carlson receives appointment to West Point Military Academy
JUNEAU - Juneau-Douglas High School senior Eli Carlson has been awarded an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Floyd Dryden hires new assistant principal
The Juneau School District appointed Molly Box as the new assistant principal for Floyd Dryden Middle School.

Juneau teacher selected to attend academy
Gastineau Community School special education teacher Teri King has been selected to attend the 2010 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J.

James S. McCormick
Lifelong Juneau resident James S. McCormick died on June 7, 2010. He was 79.

Andrew Patrick Williamson
Former Juneau resident Andrew Patrick Williamson died May 20, 2010 in a drowning accident in Haines. He was 14.

A perfect reaction to an imperfect call
A few words about the things we seek from baseball.

Lesson for teachers Learning to teach well is a long journey
New teachers, celebrate your calling to join one of our society's grand professions. What is more important than fostering the development of young people's lives? Cherish this calling, for it will be tested.

Appetite of US energy use is the point, not Obama's emotion
The following editorial first appeared in The Charlotte Observer:

Joe McGinniss and Janet Malcolm: Back at it again
Who's worse, Joe McGinniss or Janet Malcolm? The two journalists were famously at each other's throats after Malcolm wrote scathingly about McGinniss' book on the Jeffrey MacDonald murder trial of 1979. But they are also eerily similar in their penchant for overwriting, amateur psychoanalysis of their subjects, sneering condescension and questionable journalistic tactics. And now they've both come roaring back into the public eye.

The ICC and an 'aggression' mandate
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

My turn: Sealaska bill will divide us
As I was growing up in the Tongass, the timber industry was booming. It seemed like there was an endless supply of trees and money where we lived on Prince of Wales Island - as well as elsewhere, and people were happy.

My turn: Remembering McPhetres Hall
I have many memories of the original McPhetres Hall at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. It had earsplitting echoes and blotchy lighting. It always smelled faintly of bacon and less faintly of strong coffee. The chairs all seemed designed for maximum discomfort. I also remember the old McPhetres rented for a good price, welcomed the widest possible cross section of this wonderfully talented and ambitious town and was, therefore, a place of almost limitless possibilities.

11 sign pro bono pledge cards at AG's summit
JUNEAU - A summit convened by Attorney General Dan Sullivan last month resulted in 11 lawyers signing pledges to voluntarily provide legal assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Pipeline moving over 600,000 barrels after shutdown
JUNEAU - Oil flow through the trans-Alaska pipeline system is again over 600,000 barrels a day after a contained spill last month that temporarily shutdown the 800-mile line.

Alaska Dome sports complex in bankruptcy
ANCHORAGE - The nonprofit organization that operates the Alaska Dome indoor sports complex in Anchorage is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

2 admit to 'egging' Alaska Native
ANCHORAGE - Two Anchorage residents have admitted threatening and intimidating an Alaska Native in which eggs and other objects were thrown at him.

Man missing southwest of Kodiak
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a man missing from a ship 775 miles southwest of Alaska's Kodiak Island.

Science advisory panel on cruise ship wastewater to meet
JUNEAU - The Science Advisory Panel will meet Thursday and Friday for the second time since its inception.

NASA plans Arctic mission at sea
ANCHORAGE - NASA is launching a mission from Alaska next month, but it won't be into space.

Fairbanks police seek help finding rapist
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks woman reported being raped by a man who forced his way into her home.

Regents OK new name for Tanana Valley Campus
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Board of Regents has approved a new name for the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Tanana Valley Campus.

Feds clear Alaska Denali pipeline for open season
JUNEAU - Federal regulators approved plans Monday allowing a second gas pipeline project in Alaska to begin seeking shipping commitments in what's known as "open season."

Soldier left Hollywood for Army
FAIRBANKS - People join the Army from all walks of life, but few follow Scott Eberlein's path.

Health and Wellness Institute planned for October
JUNEAU - The 5th annual Alaska School Health and Wellness Institute is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 4-6 at the downtown Marriott Hotel in Anchorage.

4th of July vendor permits available now
JUNEAU - Parks & Recreation is currently accepting applications for commercial and non-profit vendor permits for food and merchandise sales at Savikko Park in Douglas for July 4. The deadline for submitting applications is June 18.

Governor proclaims June 'Safety Month in Alaska'
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell has proclaimed June as Safety Month in Alaska to coincide with the National Safety Council's National Safety Month.

State Board meets this week in Anchorage
JUNEAU - The State Board of Education & Early Development will hold a regularly scheduled meeting Thursday and Friday starting at 8 a.m. each day.

Alaska named among nation's leaders in entrepreneurship
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Alaska's commitment to investing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs has placed it among the top states in the country when it comes to entrepreneurship and innovation, according to a new study from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Chamber Foundation.

Feds: Alaska meets IDEA implementation requirements
JUNEAU - Alaska is one of 31 jurisdictions to meet the implementation requirements of Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for fiscal year 2008, the latest year to be reviewed, the U.S. Department of Education said.

Businesses donate $10,000 to the First Alaskans Institute
ANCHORAGE - Crowley Maritime Corporation and Gunderson Marine made a $10,000 joint donation to the First Alaskans Institute recently to further advance education and cultural enrichment for Alaska Natives.

Federal judge blocks Alaska's wolf-kill plan
ANCHORAGE - A federal judge on Monday denied the state of Alaska's request for a preliminary injunction to kill wolves, a step it said was needed to protect a caribou herd on an island in the Aleutian chain that is a subsistence food source for rural Alaskans there.

Oil, gas get funding, renewables get vetoed
Gov. Sean Parnell's cuts to renewable energy projects, including some important to Southeast, are receiving criticism - and many questions.

4 Dems fight for KidCare
JUNEAU - Four Democratic state senators are seeking a second chance for vetoed health insurance legislation, even though Gov. Sean Parnell says he won't heed the legislators' call for a special session to reconsider the measure.

Murkowski hopes to prevent EPA from regulating greenhouse gases
FAIRBANKS - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is the leading sponsor of a resolution that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

Belgian mountaineer killed on Mt. McKinley
ANCHORAGE - An experienced mountaineer from Belgium was killed on Mount McKinley when his climbing anchor apparently failed and he fell in a steep, rocky gully.

Bid to stop EPA ruling faces White House veto
WASHINGTON - The White House on Tuesday raised the stakes on the Senate's first major climate change vote of the year, threatening to veto a Republican-led effort to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from carrying out regulations controlling greenhouse gases.

UAF hanging onto greenhouses for now
FAIRBANKS - Aging research greenhouses at the University of Alaska Fairbanks won't be demolished just yet.

Dubuque, Iowa university walks away from Sheldon Jackson talks
JUNEAU - The fate of one of Alaska's oldest schools is in doubt after an Iowa university abruptly walked away from talks to help resurrect it, citing a lack of community support.

Photo: Swimming back home
An adult mew gull watches one of its chicks, which fell out of its elevated nest Sunday at Potter Marsh in Anchorage. The hatchling was eventually able to swim back and climb into the nest.

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