Cowan to head school district on North Slope
Juneau Superintendent Peggy Cowan accepted a job heading up the North Slope Borough School District, she confirmed Thursday.

Drug testing task force's first meeting scattered
On Wednesday night, the Juneau School Board's newly formed drug testing task force met for the first time, but didn't set goals, deadlines or a plan to present its proposal to the School Board in August.

Organizing for America to hold bike event, donation drive
The local group of Organizing for America, a national organization dedicated to improving our communities through service and action, will hold a Cyclists for Health Care Reform event starting at 6 p.m. Friday, June 26, in the parking lot of Juneau-Douglas High School. Participants will bike to Sandy Beach.

Arlene Moe appears in court
Former Little League bookkeeper Arlene K. Moe appeared in court for an arraignment Thursday on charges of felony theft and check forgery.

Photo: Arctic turning
An Arctic Tern hovers above the water Thursday seconds before diving in and grabbing a small salmon fry in Mendenhall Lake. According to a U.S. Forest Service naturalist, Arctic Terns are catching food to feed their newly hatched chicks which are nesting on the ground around Mendenhall Lake. Some areas of the glacier trails are closed due to these birds nesting on the ground. Arctic Terns migrate 12,000 miles from the Arctic to the Antarctic and back. Somearrive in Juneau around April.

Photo: Tickling the ivory
J. Allan MacKinnon plays the 122-key, 32-foot-pedal Kimball pipe organ June 12 at the State Office Building, just before quietly saying, "Let's make some noise." MacKinnon has skipped his lunch break on Fridays for about 30 years so he can entertain others on their lunch brake with an hour of pipe organ music on the eighth floor of the State Office Building. Built in 1928, the Kimball pipe organ has been in its present location since 1977. A free performance is scheduled at noon most Fridays.

Photo: Happy hopping
From left, James Somerlot, Spencer Gates, John Somerlot and Sara Druley jump on thier trampoline in their backyard off of Mendenhall Loop Road. From the road it looked like they were flying out of the yard.

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

Around Town
Today, June 19

Shirley A. Nydegger
Former Juneau resident Shirley Nydegger died June 14, 2009, in Lake Oswego, Ore., of complications from Alzheimer's disease. She was 85.

Empire editorial: Palin lands legal pedigree
On paper, what's not to like about Gov. Sarah Palin's pick of Daniel Sullivan to be Alaska's top legal adviser?

Alaska editorial: Regarding Kohring and Kott, we've seen enough
If the U.S. Justice Department withheld evidence in the corruption trials of Pete Kott and Vic Kohring, then justice itself demands that the former state lawmakers be given back their freedom for the time being. That's playing out now in federal courts, as it should.

Context, respect vital to fishery management
Recently I had the privilege to visit several villages on the lower Yukon River. I went with John Moller of Gov. Sarah Palin's staff and knowledgeable employees from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to discuss this summer's chinook salmon management and recent action by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to curb bycatch of chinook by the pollock trawl fleets in the Bering Sea.

US can't back Iran protest
Can you hold a dialogue with an Iranian regime that blatantly steals an election as the world watches? Should we help the Iranians who are protesting that election?

Boycotting Chrysler and GM is a bad road decision
"I won't buy a socialist car, which means I won't be buying a GM or Chrysler car for as long as the U.S. government owns huge blocks of the companies," wrote talk radio host Hugh Hewitt in the June 1 issue of the Washington Examiner.

Ferry Matanuska to return to service
JUNEAU - The Matanuska state ferry returns to service next week.

Russian volcano diverts flights to Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - A volcanic eruption in Russia's Kuril Islands is diverting jets to Anchorage.

Eagle braces for rough tourism season
FAIRBANKS - On the heels of a springtime flood that damaged homes and businesses, the city of Eagle is bracing for a tough tourist year.

Woman burned in Fairbanks fire
FAIRBANKS - An elderly Fairbanks woman was seriously injured in an apartment fire and flown to Seattle for treatment.

Water main break damages Palmer street
WASILLA - A Palmer street could be closed for two weeks to fix a water main that shot a 4-foot geyser into the air.

Man indicted on child porn charges
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage grand jury has indicted a 30-year-old man on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography.

Begich to lead climate change tour
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is planning to bring some senators to Alaska in August for a climate change tour.

Coast Guard relieves cutter officer
JUNEAU - Coast Guard officials announced that Senior Chief Petty Officer James Madsen was temporarily relieved Thursday of command of the Cutter Elderberry for "loss of confidence in the ability to command."

Photos: Hoops showdown
Richard Siverly plays against Kevin Kemp, aka Golden Child, of the AND1 Street Basketball Team Wednesday at the Zach Gordon Youth Center.

Sports in Juneau

Pipeline companies defend need for Alaska's natural gas
Low natural gas prices don't pose a threat to a long-awaited Alaska natural gas pipeline, a top official with TransCanada Corp. said Thursday.

Couple racks up $226,000 fine for yard junk
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage couple fined $226,000 for accumulating junk in their yard has been ordered to clean up the property by Tuesday.

Palin loses hockey bet with S.C. governor
COLUMBIA, S.C. - To the victor goes the Alaska king salmon - and a little good-natured trash talk.

Kodiak skipper joins sushi run
KODIAK - Bill Harrington is no stranger to the Bering Sea.

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