Friday, June 18, 2010

Q&A with Heather Lende
Most of us avoid discussing or even thinking about death until we’re forced by circumstance to accept its presence. For Haines author Heather Lende, the subject is familiar territory.

Ramones-inspired punk party to feature 5 local bands
KXLL-FM will host its first punk show this weekend in an event that honors punk-rock pioneers the Ramones. The all ages show begins at 9 p.m. Friday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

'Karate Kid': A solid retelling of a great story
My initial reaction to the concept of remaking “The Karate Kid” with Jackie Chan and Will Smith’s kid (Jaden Smith) was, “How dare they?!” How dare they take Daniel-san (Ralph Macchio) and turn him into Dre (Smith), a 12-year old kid from Detroit! How dare they turn Mr. Miyagi (the late Pat Morita) into Mr. Han (Chan)? How dare they take the “karate” out of the movie in every way but its presence in the title and make what is actually “The Kung Fu Kid”?

Photos: Pops performance

Catholic Unity Award-winner to perform Friday
Jesse Manibusan, singer, songwriter and co-founder of Two by Two Ministries, will perform a concert at 7 p.m., Friday, June 18, at St Paul’s Catholic Church, 9055 Atlin Dr and Mendenhall Loop Road.

Local poet Vernon honored with Tillie Olsen Award
Jenifer Rae Vernon, author of the poetry debut, Rock Candy, has won the Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing.

Tada offers dad's day concert to benefit scholarships
Steve Tada and Lodowick Crofoot will offer a selection of delightful pieces by Beethoven, Brahms, and Gershwin on Sunday as a special Father’s Day gift to the community and a benefit for the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council’s Fine Arts Scholarship Fund.

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Responses on off-road recreation welcome
I am 22 years old and have been a Juneau resident my whole life. I am an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman, as are my family and friends. Within the past five years I have developed a liking for dirt biking and off-road recreation. It saddens me that there is no area designated to ride here in Juneau.

'We fight for what's right'
Over the years, this is the motto that I’ve associated with the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU. Their activities are occasionally misrepresented or misunderstood, as when recently Ms. Christina Morris of Douglas wrote about her dissatisfaction with the ACLU becoming involved in the issue of property rights for some of the homeless population in Anchorage. Her advice was for them to keep their ineffectual hands out of the way and let the goodhearted people press forward to help those in need.

Stand up, speak out for airport Dike Trail
It seemed like a perfectly logical thing to do — visitors wanted to hike and look for birds. The weather cooperated with a spectacularly sunny day and so we drove to one of Juneau’s premiere hiking and bird watching areas, the airport Dike Trail.

Junior police academy offers hands-on experience
Twelve-year-old Rosie Dorrian stopped her attacker with an impact thrust. Then stepping slightly forward for additional power, she drove her elbow into the chest of her attacker, who let our a winded groan.

RCA denies interim rate hike
The Regulatory Commission of Alaska denied Alaska Electric Light & Power's request for an immediate interim rate increase and expressed skepticism of both its interim and permanent increases.

'Gold in them thar creeks'
Business is booming at Southeast Mine Supply, and it's not just because the world's newest gold mine is about to open less than 45 miles away.

Juneau woman dies of PSP
A Juneau woman suffering from paralytic shellfish poisoning died Thursday afternoon at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Juneau residents receive statewide appointments
Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed several Juneau residents to statewide boards and commissions.

CBJ looks at water and wastewater rate increases
City officials are trying to figure out how to boost fees for water and water - without incurring the wrath of the public.

Photos: Playing Robin Hood
Juneau Archery Club board member Rich Aichner instructs Sophia Caputo, 6, during the archery class offered by JDU's Fine Arts Camp at Harborview Elementary School on Thursday.

Big retirement settlement comes with big price tag
Alaska is paying a New York law firm a $91.3 million contingency fee for a case it could have handled itself, after the Alaska Legislature in 2007 balked at funding the case.

Photo: Swiss expertise
Manuel Genswein explains the triangle technique of avalanche excavation during a presentation at Centennial Hall Thursday for the opening of the 2010 Mountain Rescue Association Conference. Genswein, from Switzerland, is responsible for about 80 percent of current techniques used in avalanche rescue including the Easy Searcher used at Eagle Crest.

UFA elects new leadership
United Fishermen of Alaska announced Wednesday that Arni Thomson has been elected to lead the statewide fishing trade association as president.

Photos: Underwater ROVs
Cooper Stec, 11, of Talkeetna, controls an underwater remote operated vessel from the NOAA dock at Auke Bay on Wednesday at the completion of a three day workshop entitled Super SeaPerch: The Next Step.

Photo: The next generation
Nina Fenumiai, 9, connects with a high pitch from her father, Leo, while playing at Melvin Park on Wednesday. Younger sister Tasi, 7, is playing catcher.

Police & Fire

Photo:Taxiing ashore
Lifeboats from the Coral Princess and the Norwegian Pearl transport passengers to the downtown waterfront area Tuesday afternoon.

Photo: One-Wheeler, Two-Wheeler
Marc Wheeler unicycles as his daughter, Celia, 6, bicycles home from the Fine Arts Camp at Harborview Elementary School on Thursday.

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

Ulmer named to BP oil spill commission
JUNEAU - Former Juneau mayor and legislator Fran Ulmer, now chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage, will serve as one of seven members of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling Commission, President Obama announced Monday.

David Clinton Pope
Long time Juneau resident David Clinton Pope died June 7, 2010, of natural causes. He was 53.

Robert 'Bob' Edward Rockwood Sr.
Former Alaskan resident Robert "Bob" Edward Rockwood Sr., of South Bend, Washington, died June 14, 2010, after a long battle with cancer. He was 82.

Alaska editorial: Red face test failed
Gov. Sean Parnell says he acted on the advice of his Department of Law when he offered then-Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom the job of special adviser for military affairs. That same Department of Law is taking a longer, second look at its advice, and for good reason.

Outside editorial: Those Afghan riches
If it's true, as the Pentagon reported Monday, that Afghanistan is sitting atop $1 trillion worth of mineral deposits, it proves once and for all that God has a sense of humor.

Restore social safety net
After years of punishing the poor, it’s time for Washington to repair the shredded social safety net.

My turn: Bill would ensure healthy industry
Sealaska Corporation is an Alaska Native institution with a broad mission and moral imperatives, including commitments to Native language preservation, the education of our youth, land stewardship and the sustainability of our Native communities. We serve over 20,000 tribal member shareholders, most of whom live in Southeast Alaska.

Unpaid internships? File under 'hypocrisy'
When I was a college student, a summer internship at a big-city newspaper seemed just the thing to boost my nascent journalism career. But instead, I spent the summers as a big-city doorman, filling in for the regulars while they were on vacation. The reason was simple: Being a doorman paid a lot more, and I needed the money for tuition.

My turn: Modified Sealaska bill falls flat
One thing is clear: Change is coming to the Tongass National Forest. Whether this change builds local, value-added jobs in the woods or continues the misguided practices of the past is currently hanging in the balance. The choice couldn't be much clearer.

Harvesting therapies of the Earth
Helen Abbott-Watkins has had cancer - twice. The first attacked her right breast and was discovered just months after she wed. The second came later, attacking the left side.

Tangled whale dissappears before responders arrive
National Marine Fisheries Service managers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration were not able to relocate a whale that had been reported entangled Wednesday near Hump Island.

UAS program hits its peak on Denali
A group of Outdoor Studies students and staff made University of Alaska Southeast history by climbing Denali, North America's highest peak in May.

Youth sailing club offers new thrills
For young people in the community, Juneau Youth Sailing provides an opportunity to get out on the water and experience what it is like to take the helm of a sailboat in the waters of Southeast Alaska.

Song birds, lilies highlight hike to local cabin
Aweek after visiting the flower-filled meadows in Bridget Point State Park, I was back again, this time on my way to Blue Mussel cabin. In just a week, the three-leaf goldthread was done blooming, rein orchids were flowering at the edge of the muskeg, and shooting stars were past their peak. Chocolate lilies now showed up all through the meadows, and the wild irises were more evident than before but not yet at their peak.

Weekly Whale Feature: 'Raven'
This whale was named for its dark tail; so beautiful and black, like a raven in flight.

Volunteers needed to pull invasive species
JUNEAU - In conjunction with the Rhubarb Festival being held this weekend at the Juneau Community Garden, organizers are inviting the public to a potluck and orange hawkweed pull at the garden from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 19.

Line up for Cowboy Action Shoot
JUNEAU - A Cowboy Action Shoot will be held at 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 20 at the Hank Harmon Rifle Range on Montana Creek Rd.

Open water swim, kayak clinic planned in Sitka
SITKA - In preparation for the Sitka Sound Adventure Swim on August 8, two renowned open water swimmers will hold clinics in Sitka on June 24 and 26.

Run or walk for epilepsy Sunday
JUNEAU - The public is invited to participate in this year's Northwest Run/Walk for Epilepsy at noon on Sunday, June 20 at Twin Lakes.

Raptor Center to hold monthly board meeting
JUNEAU - The Juneau Raptor Center will hold its monthly board of directors meeting from 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23 at the downtown public library in the large conference room.

Golf Club holding Hole-in-One contest
JUNEAU - The Juneau Golf Club is holding a Hole-in-One contest from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 20 at the Mendenhall Golf Course, 2101 Industrial Rd.

Saturday Wild to explore arboretum
JUNEAU - The upcoming Juneau Audubon Society Saturday Wild program will feature a hike around the Jensen-Olson Arboretum beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 19.

Middle Ridge Cabin ribbon cutting in Wrangell Saturday
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 Saturday, June 19 in Wrangell.

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Tea Party Express in Alaska endorses Joe Miller for Congress
ANCHORAGE — The Tea Party Express has endorsed conservative Republican Joe Miller in the Aug. 24 Alaska primary against Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

Committee rescinds decision on travel, campaigning

Four cases of PSP reported in Alaska
JUNEAU — Four suspected cases of paralytic shellfish poisoning, including one in Juneau, have been reported in Alaska, the Department of Environmental Conservation announced Wednesday.

Parnell signs Alaska energy bills
ANCHORAGE — Alaska now has an energy policy.

Alaska Airlines ups baggage fee for first checked bag
JUNEAU — Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air customers will pay an additional $5 for their first checked bag.

Alaska Regional Forester names new top staff
JUNEAU — Alaska Forest Service Regional Forester Beth Pendleton recently announced selection of new regional directors for the Information Management program and the Wildlife, Fisheries, Ecology, Watershed and Subsistence program.

Mountain rescue conference held in Juneau starts today
Volunteers from throughout the United States will be in Juneau this week for the annual Mountain Rescue Association Conference, June 17-20.

Alaska pipeline to close for maintenance
ANCHORAGE — Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. says it will close the trans-Alaska pipeline for maintenance for 36 hours starting Saturday morning.

Permit extended for proposed Alaska coal mine in Mat-Su
ANCHORAGE — An access permit has been extended for the proposed Usibelli coal mine in the Mat-Su valley.

Agency reminds residents of rebate
JUNEAU - The Alaska Housing Finance Corp. is reminding residents with disabilities of a special rebate program aimed at encouraging the purchase of energy-efficient appliances.

Fence proposed for popular dog park
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan has proposed a 500-foot fence and 20 new parking spaces to ease complaints from property owners near the University Lake dog park.

Alaska man charged with child porn possession
FAIRBANKS - A man facing federal child pornography charges filed in California may have ties to youth organizations in Alaska.

Island roads added to scenic byways
ANCHORAGE - A road system in southeast Alaska has been designated a state scenic byway.

Anchorage talking about coming budget cuts
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan has hired a San Diego company for $55,000 to help citizens agree on budget priorities.

The late Hickel still a player in governor's race
JUNEAU - More than a month after his death, former Alaska Gov. Wally Hickel is still playing a role in state politics.

New Alaska fish hatchery delayed
FAIRBANKS - A water filtration system glitch at a new fish hatchery in Fairbanks has delayed operation at the $45.6 million facility.

Earthquake rattles Egegik residents
NAKNEK - Residents of Egekik were rattled by an earthquake Wednesday night that was centered 12 miles southeast of the southwest Alaska community.

Judge denies bail in fatal DUI case
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage judge has once again denied bail for Lori Phillips who is jailed on charges from a crash in November on the Seward Highway that killed a man and critically injured his girlfriend.

Bar panel recommends suspension for Shea
JUNEAU - An Alaska bar committee has recommended suspending the law license of former U.S. Attorney Wevley Shea, finding something "terribly wrong" with his actions involving a former client.

SEARHC hosting injury prevention conference in Sitka
SITKA - The SEARHC Injury Prevention Team is hosting a conference called Preventing Injuries in Your Community: A Planned Approach, on July 19-20 in Sitka.

Health Dept. releases abortion figures
JUNEAU - Alaska's Health Department said Thursday that 664 abortions were funded last year under a state-supported health insurance program for low-income pregnant women and children.

Anchorage won't close trail where grizzly attacked
ANCHORAGE - After another bear attack, state wildlife biologists are urging the city to close the Rover's Run trail in Far North Bicentennial Park.

Lockheed Martin to seek missile defense contract
ANCHORAGE - Defense contractor Lockheed Martin will team with Alaska's state-owned aerospace corporation to pursue a U.S. Missile Defense Agency contract to maintain and improve the country's ground-based missile defense system, the companies announced Thursday.

BP investors unfazed by $20B payout
NEW YORK - BP holds enough oil in its reserves to single-handedly supply the United States for two years. It has little debt for a company of its size and makes more money than Apple and Google combined.

Alaska regulators planned disclosure on initiative
FAIRBANKS - Supporters of an initiative to ban the use of public money for lobbying or campaigning say Alaska regulators were seeking more financial disclosure before supporters withdrew.

Wounded Anchorage officer released from hospital
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage police officer who was shot during a June 9 traffic stop has gone home to recover from wounds to her elbow and abdomen.

Raptor attacks Australian tourist near Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - An Australian tourist thinks it was an eagle that dive-bombed him as he was walking alone in Cooper Landing, about 100 miles south of Anchorage.

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