Saturday, June 12, 2010

Yakoosge students can read between the lines
We teach a course on media literacy at Yakoosge Daakahidi High School in which our students learn to look for both the intended and unintended message conveyed by a piece of media. They look at the text of an ad or piece of writing and then look at the bias of the author, whether intentional or not. We imagine that our students looked at the Juneau Empire's coverage of the YDHS graduation and saw the same message we did.

Cyclists need rear-view mirrors
The article on page A10 in June 8 paper focuses on injury accidents, including those involving motor vehicles and bicycles. In articles such as this one, the emphasis is always placed on the wearing of helmets to prevent or minimize injuries when accidents occur. There is another piece of safety equipment that is even more important in avoiding accidents entirely.

Arrest made in child abuse case
A 23-year-old Juneau man was arrested Thursday morning for severely beating a two-year-old girl.

Mine training allows students from other industries to find new work
It's dark. It's cold. It's noisy, dusty, stinky and wet. But the mine students hope their training at a defunct mine site south of the city will help bring them a brighter future.

Charges dismissed against former UAS student
Charges against Dominic Merrill were dismissed Thursday.

Photo: Pops preparation
From front, TJ Hovest, Richard Ritter and Lee Hacker rehearse Thursday for the Juneau Symphony Pops Concert, which will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Juneau-Douglas High School Auditorium. The performance will feature American classics such as Copeland's "Rodeo," selections from "West Side Story" and "The Sound of Music," and "Battle Hymn of the Republic." Tickets are available at Hearthside Books, the Juneau Arts and Culture Center and online at www.juneausymphony.org.

Correction
An A1 photo caption of mountain goats at the top of Mount Juneau in Thursday's Empire misspelled the photographer's last name. Pat Costello took the photo.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photos: Dredge pond

Carroll Edgar "Ed" Ferrell
Long-time Juneau resident Carroll Edgar "Ed" Ferrell died May 5, 2010, in Cornville, Arizona, at the home of his brother, Wayne Little. He was 81.

Outside editorial: Are we seeing the last days of the Big 12?
Old joke: What's the N on the side of a Nebraska football helmet stand for? "Knowledge."

My turn: Gulf Coast catastrophe a wake-up call for Congress
The ongoing disaster in the Gulf of Mexico starkly highlights the dangers of offshore drilling to fishermen, coastal communities and our economy. Promises that offshore drilling is safe for even our most sensitive coastal waters are forever broken. The river of oil flowing unabated from the Deepwater Horizon is indeed a "crude" wakeup call that drill, baby, drill is not a robust energy policy.

Gulf oil spill tragedy gives us pause here in Alaska
The nation might sense the anguish of those whose lives lie in the path of the Gulf Coast disaster, but we Alaskans know that hollow ache firsthand. Just 90 miles from where I stand, the Exxon Valdez ran aground in 1989, spilling millions of gallons of oil and leaving scars that still linger. Though Prince William Sound is slowly healing itself, the massive herring runs that drove both the ecosystem and the fishing economy have yet to return. We can only hope our loss isn't a harbinger of what awaits the people and wildlife of the Gulf.

BioBlitz: Celebrate, explore nature
Families, scientists and naturalists will converge on Eaglecrest Lodge June 26 and 27 for BioBlitz, an assessment of all life in the Fish Creek drainage on Douglas Island.

Hosted fly fishing for local ladies
Women, get your boots on - oh, and don't forget your waders and fly rod.

Snippets from an adventure up Denali
I honestly don't consider myself a "real" mountain climber. For most of my life I've been more of an armchair-mountaineer with just an occasional foray into high and wild places. However, after recently retiring, I decided I finally had the time to train for an attempt on Denali.

Bridget Point in May
Another bright, sunshiny day in late May sent the weekly Parks and Recreation hiking group ambling out to Bridget Point. The muskeg and open woods at the start of the trail was decorated with bog laurel, bog rosemary, starflower, a few open Labrador tea and cloudberry. Three-leaf goldthread, one of my favorites, was blooming on all sides and some of these were already setting fruit.

Annual fishing day to be held at Twin Lakes
JUNEAU - This year's Family Fishing Day at the Lake will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday at Twin Lakes. The annual event will include fun, food, games, gear and fast facts about fishing and all things fishy.

Wild shots
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Weekly Whale Feature: 'Poisson'
The French word for fish is "poisson." This is where this whale gets her name.

Tides
Today, June 11

Ribbon-cutting for cabin in Wrangell
WRANGELL - The U.S. Forest Service is hosting a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the Middle Ridge public use cabin at 1 p.m. on June 19 in Wrangell.

Farmer's market is back, and it's bigger
JUNEAU - The Juneau Farmer's Market begins again this year with the first market kicking off at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.

Hunter training courses offered
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is offering several hunter information and training courses this week.

ADF&G announces local streams open to hatchery kings
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced king salmon sport fishing regulations for freshwater drainages crossed by the Juneau road system. They are now open to sport fishing and harvesting of king salmon.

Juneau Blackerby Ridge group pursuing grant
JUNEAU - The Juneau Blackerby Ridge Organization is applying for a grant through the State of Alaska SnoTracs grant program to secure funds for the potential construction of a trail to Blackerby Ridge.

Safety, stability course offered for fisherman
JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association is offering a free course for commercial fisherman titled "Upright and Watertight - Stability and Damage Control for commercial fisherman" from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, June 14 at the Bill Ray Center,

Saltwater sport fishery open for hatchery kings
JUNEAU - The state Department of Fish and Game announced the sport fishing regulations for hatchery king salmon in a designated saltwater harvest area is now open. Regulations in the designated area are in effect and will be through Tuesday, August 31.

New booklet on Alaska trees makes identification easy
JUNEAU - A fun, easy-to-use tree identification booklet is now available from the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation.

Group suspending ballot initiative campaign
JUNEAU - The group behind an initiative to ban public funds for certain campaign and lobbying efforts is suspending its campaign, in protest.

Murkowski, Begich staffs to visit SE communities
JUNEAU - Staff members of Alaska's U.S. senators will visit Yakutat, Skagway and Haines next week.

Skate park closed part of today
JUNEAU - The Pipeline Skate Facility will be closed part of today for interior painting.

Young challenger wants 6 debates
JUNEAU - A Republican challenging U.S. Rep. Don Young wants six debates leading to the Aug. 24 primary.

Fishing restrictions on Deshka River to save kings
ANCHORAGE - The Department of Fish and Game is prohibiting the use of bait on the lower portion of the Deshka River and part of the Susitna River to help more king salmon survive.

Couple sentenced to 3 months for child porn
FAIRBANKS - A couple who videotaped a toddler engaged in sexually explicit behavior will serve three months in jail.

Anchorage churches may take in homeless from cold
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Assembly approved a plan to allow some churches and agencies to provide overnight shelter for the homeless when the temperatures drops below 32 degrees.

Fenumiai wins prestigious award, again
In its 25th year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPN RISE, announced Wednesday that Brittany Fenumiai of Juneau-Douglas High School is its 2009-10 Gatorade Alaska Softball Player of the Year.

Measure 1 proponents suspend campaign
A Libertarian group backing a controversial ballot measure said Thursday it is suspending its campaign for Measure 1, and is accusing Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell of crafting a ballot title biased against the measure.

Police: Suspect in officer shooting kills himself as he's being arrested
ANCHORAGE - A 24-year-old Anchorage man suspected of seriously wounding a police officer during a traffic stop killed himself late Wednesday night as police tried to arrest him, authorities said.

Consultant: Alaska needs a no-pipeline fiscal plan
FAIRBANKS - Former state oil and gas director Dan Dickinson says Alaska would have a better shot at a North Slope natural gas pipeline if it didn't view the project as an economic savior.

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