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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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