Wednesday, June 23, 2010

AEL&P surprised, disappointed by rate increase denial
Alaska Electric Light & Power officials were surprised, and maybe even shocked, by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska's denial of its interim rate increase, and skepticism expressed on the Juneau utility's need for additional money.

AEL&P surprised, disappointed by rate increase denial
Alaska Electric Light & Power officials were surprised, and maybe even shocked, by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska’s denial of its interim rate increase, and skepticism expressed on the Juneau utility’s need for additional money.

The science behind the scenery
Melody Adezas wanted something "less touristy" in a tour, so the San Antonio resident on a seven-day cruise with her husband, Dennis, picked Gastineau Guiding's "citizen science adventure" after doing her research. The Adezas's were joined by others Monday also interested in getting a little something extra out of their scenic experience. Lily Garfield said she chose the tour, which incorporates a glacier visit with whale watching, hoping her two children, Terry, 12 and Schuyler, 10, would learn something new while having fun.

Lena Point land on the market
The market for developable land in Juneau is getting a little bigger as the city puts 11 residential lots in the South Lena Subdivision up for sealed, competitive bids.

Tourism, fishing hires drop jobless rate
Juneau's unemployment rate fell in May as tourism hiring picked up, but not as much as Skagway, which had the lowest unemployment rate in Southeast, as well as the state, for the month.

Lena Point land on the market
The market for developable land in Juneau is getting a little bigger as the city puts 11 residential lots in the South Lena Subdivision up for sealed, competitive bids.

Photos: A long and winding road
This year's Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay took place Saturday. Covering nearly 150 miles, the ride extends from Haines Junction, Yukon, to Haines, taking teams of bikers though Kluane National Park and the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. All proceeds from the race go to charity.

Rental car franchise wins national recognition
Rent-A-Wreck in Juneau received the 2009 Best of Juneau Award in the Auto Rental category by the US Commerce Association, according to the national rental car chain.

Photo: Solstice color
A rainbow is seen behind the cruise ship Rotterdam Monday from Marine Park just before rain began in downtown Juneau.

Photo: Territory dispute
A Steller sea lion makes a bold attempt to climb onto a navagational buoy near Point Retreat and is rejected on Monday.

Photo: Rainy day on the docks
Tuesday’s rain brought out the umbrellas as a woman walks past the Radiance of the Seas.

Photo: Berryland
Kathy Adair hunts for ripe salmonberries with her grandson, Jacob Katasse, 3, near her Riverside Drive home on Monday.

Photo: Rainy day on the docks
Tuesday's rain brought out the umbrellas as a woman walks past the Radiance of the Seas cruise ship on Tuesday.

Photo: Territory dispute
A Steller sea lion makes a bold attempt to climb onto a navagational buoy near Point Retreat and is rejected on Monday.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: Solstice color
A rainbow is seen behind the cruise ship Rotterdam Monday from Marine Park just before rain began in downtown Juneau.

Rental car franchise wins national recognition
Rent-A-Wreck in Juneau received the 2009 Best of Juneau Award in the Auto Rental category by the US Commerce Association, according to the national rental car chain.

Police and fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Dorothea "Dottie" Louise Lindoff
Juneau resident Dorothea "Dottie" Louise Lindoff died June 17, 2010 at Bartlett Regional Hospital. She was 57.

Christina Marie Russell
Fairbanks resident Christina Marie Russell died June 16, 2010, in Fairbanks. She was 47.

Christina Marie Russell
Fairbanks resident Christina Marie Russell died June 16, 2010, in Fairbanks. She was 47.

Absence makes the grass grow longer
Well, here I am, back in town, fresh from a three-week pilgrimage not only down South, but back East and not only back East, but deep into Red Sox country. That whole swath of seaboard from Maine through Rhode Island is hell for a Yankees fan. I kept thinking someone was going to take a swing at me.

Supreme Court should have intervened in Maher Arar case
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Baby steps
The following editorial first appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

The NRA and transparency in advertising
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Meet Joe Barton, R-Big Oil
OK, let’s make sure we have this straight.

Absence makes the grass grow longer
Well, here I am, back in town, fresh from a three-week pilgrimage not only down South, but back East and not only back East, but deep into Red Sox country. That whole swath of seaboard from Maine through Rhode Island is hell for a Yankees fan. I kept thinking someone was going to take a swing at me.

Meet Joe Barton, R-Big Oil
OK, let's make sure we have this straight.

Autocrats' latest weapon: Indirect censorship
Here is why we should be more worried than usual about press freedoms in the Americas: several democratically elected authoritarian presidents are seeing their popularity rates plummet, and are clamping down on independent media ahead of upcoming elections.

Supreme Court should have intervened in Maher Arar case
The Supreme Court has in some cases been willing to temper the excesses of the war on terror, most notably in ruling that inmates at Guantanamo have the right to challenge their confinement in U.S. courts. But last week, it fell down on the job when it refused to consider the case of Maher Arar, the victim of an egregious and shocking violation of rights by the U.S. government.

My turn: We need a plan to move beyond oil
The BP oil disaster is one of the largest environmental calamities the United States has ever experienced. So, instead of responding with small solutions, I ask President Obama to announce a vision for moving America beyond its dependence on oil within 20 years.

We need a plan to move beyond oil
The BP oil disaster is one of the largest environmental calamities the United States has ever experienced. So, instead of responding with small solutions, I ask President Obama to announce a vision for moving America beyond its dependence on oil within 20 years.

Staying competitive in the clean energy race
All too many issues these days seem to be framed solely in a narrow partisan lens, where one person's gain is inevitably another's loss. The debate over the future of U.S. energy policy has been much the same.

Two Alaskans crash motorcycles in Florida
Two Alaskans in a cross-country motorcycle ride got off to a bad start.

Yould sentencing set for July
ANCHORAGE - The sentencing for a woman who has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges has been delayed.

Kodiak business recognized for safety
ANCHORAGE - The state is recognizing a Kodiak business for its employee safety and health efforts.

Murkowski launches 1st radio ad
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is launching her first radio ad of the 2010 campaign.

Two Alaskans crash motorcycles in Florida
ANCHORAGE - Two Alaskans in a cross-country motorcycle ride got off to a bad start.

Yould sentencing set for July
The sentencing for a woman who has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges has been delayed.

Alaska labor department assessing moratorium toll
Alaska’s labor department is assessing how a federal moratorium on offshore drilling will affect Alaska workers.

Kodiak business recognized for safety
The state is recognizing a Kodiak business for its employee safety and health efforts.

Alaska labor department assessing moratorium toll
JUNEAU - Alaska's labor department is assessing how a federal moratorium on offshore drilling will affect Alaska workers.

Ketchikan couple dies in crash
A Ketchikan couple has died in a traffic collision in Canada.

Search for missing Haines fisherman suspended
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers have suspended the search for a missing Haines man on the Chilkat River until waters subside.

Gov. says moratorium decision ‘good for the nation’
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell says a federal judge’s decision blocking a six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling is “good for the nation.”

Gov. says moratorium decision 'good for the nation'
JUNEAU - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell says a federal judge's decision blocking a six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling is "good for the nation."

Bear mauls geologist near Rainy Pass Lodge
A geologist who was mauled by a bear near Rainy Pass Lodge is reported in fair condition at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

Bear mauls geologist near Rainy Pass Lodge
ANCHORAGE - A geologist who was mauled by a bear near Rainy Pass Lodge is reported in fair condition at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

Nevada man dies in mining accident
A 20-year-old Nevada man has died in a mining accident in Alaska.

Search for missing Haines fisherman suspended
Alaska State Troopers have suspended the search for a missing Haines man on the Chilkat River until waters subside.

State Arts Council disburses $500,000 in grants
JUNEAU - The Alaska State Council on the Arts awarded $405,960 in operating support grants, $48,575 for Artists in Schools grants, and $60,965 in grants for special projects to Alaska artists and arts organizations at its recent annual meeting. For a complete list of the projects or grants by community, call 907-269-6610 or 1-888-278-7424. Grants are posted at www.eed.state.ak.us/aksca.

Nevada man dies in mining accident
FAIRBANKS - A 20-year-old Nevada man has died in a mining accident in Alaska.

Ketchikan couple dies in crash
KETCHIKAN - A Ketchikan couple has died in a traffic collision in Canada.

Community invited to workshop about joint museum, library, archive building
JUNEAU - The design team of ECI/Hyer and the Alaska Division of Libraries, Archives & Museums will host an open-forum workshop June 24 for the upcoming state Libraries Archives and Museums Project.

Murkowski launches 1st radio ad
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is launching her first radio ad of the 2010 campaign.

EPA offers awards for indoor air quality practices
JUNEAU - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Awards Program recognizes schools and school districts that are strongly committed to improving children's health by promoting healthy indoor air quality practices.

Nominations due for Extension Service Advisory Council
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service is looking for volunteers to serve on its state advisory council.

Eagle River teen wins Anchorage king salmon derby
ANCHORAGE - Sixteen-year-old Chaunti Hall of Eagle River won the 2010 Slam'n Salm'n King Salmon Derby with a 43-pound fish caught on opening day of the 10-day derby at Ship Creek in Anchorage. Her dad, Carey Hall, told The Anchorage Daily News the winning fish was on the menu for Father's Day dinner.

Hydaburg man sentenced in child porn case
ANCHORAGE - An 81-year-old man has been handed a two-year sentence in prison in a federal child pornography case.

Alaska gas prices rise over week, year
JUNEAU - Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have risen 1.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.42 per gallon Sunday, according to the gasoline price website AlaskaGasPrices.com.

State reports another case of PSP
ANCHORAGE - State health officials have reported another case of sickness because of paralytic shellfish poisoning, or PSP.

Alaska pipeline restarts after maintenance
JUNEAU - The 800-mile trans-Alaska pipeline has restarted following a planned shutdown for maintenance.

Alaska bond package going to voters
FAIRBANKS - Alaska voters will be asked to decide a nearly $400 million bond issue for school-related construction.

Parnell signs education donation bill
Gov. Sean Parnell signed into law Monday a bill designed to increase industry contributions to higher education and job training institutions by giving them expanded tax breaks.

Second death in suspected shellfish poisonings
ANCHORAGE - A second person from Alaska has died from a suspected case of paralytic shellfish poisoning in less than a week.

Lawmakers push for gas pipeline support
FAIRBANKS - Alaska lawmakers who support an in-state natural gas bullet pipeline say they will push for community backing that could help the state defend the proposed project during a federal review.

Second death in suspected shellfish poisonings
A second person from Alaska has died from a suspected case of paralytic shellfish poisoning in less than a week.

Alaska seeks energy consultant amid pipeline talk
Alaska is willing to pay up to $2 million for help studying potential changes to its system of taxing oil and gas production.

Fire damages Elfin Cove lodge
PETERSBURG - A fire has heavily damaged a lodge and restaurant in the Southeast Alaska community of Elfin Cove. Alaska State Troopers say the blaze, reported early Saturday morning, caused estimated damages in the $1.5 million range.

Sen. Begich introduces oil spill legislation
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich doesn't expect a chilling effect on drilling from his legislation requiring that companies responsible for certain oil spills set up escrow accounts to deal with damage and claims.

Gulf spill may take cleanup gear from Alaska
ANCHORAGE - The Prince William Sound Regional Citizen's Advisory Council is warning the Coast Guard against pulling too many resources out of Alaska to fight the Gulf oil spill.

Drug ring leader convicted in Anchorage
A jury convicted a man of operating a drug ring that brought large amounts of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine from California to Alaska, prosecutors said Monday.

Alaska seeks energy consultant amid pipeline talk
JUNEAU - Alaska is willing to pay up to $2 million for help studying potential changes to its system of taxing oil and gas production.

$25M veto cuts into Alaska clean energy plans
Renewable energy development in Alaska is getting about half the funding lawmakers had approved after Gov. Sean Parnell decided to veto $25 million for projects he said can still be considered.

Drug ring leader convicted in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - A jury convicted a man of operating a drug ring that brought large amounts of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine from California to Alaska, prosecutors said Monday.

Three rescued from Denali Park river after boat sinks
Three people who turned up the wrong river in Denali National Park and Preserve were rescued after their boat sank, stranding them.

$25M veto cuts into Alaska clean energy plans
ANCHORAGE - Renewable energy development in Alaska is getting about half the funding lawmakers had approved after Gov. Sean Parnell decided to veto $25 million for projects he said can still be considered.

Three rescued from Denali Park river after boat sinks
FAIRBANKS - Three people who turned up the wrong river in Denali National Park and Preserve were rescued after their boat sank, stranding them.

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