Distribute energy relief rebate fairly
I keep reading that Gov. Sarah Palin is proposing a $1,200 energy relief rebate for people that have been living in Alaska for at least 180 days.

Knowledge should guide wildlife policy
There has been much discussion in Alaska about the need for sound science in managing wildlife.

Kensington case heads to Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday it will take on the Kensington Mine's tailings plan in next year's term.

Illness catches cruise ship
A cruise ship that sparked rumors of a norovirus outbreak in Juneau and ports across Alaska prompted inquiries from reporters in Juneau, Sitka and Seward.

City not warned of virus
As the Veendam passed through Juneau on June 17 with a growing outbreak of norovirus onboard, the city manager's office didn't get the courtesy call he expects in that situation.

State receives new Tulsequah barge plans
Tulsequah Chief mine operators submitted a new plan of operations Thursday to the state of Alaska.

Photos: Making a mess for charity
First, Lauryn Guthrie, front, and Jade Lott come up for air after chomping pudding pie during a pie-eating contest Saturday at the Nugget Mall. Kylynn Hurlbut, second, smiles after winning the contest at the Festival of Fun, a fundraiser for 11 nonprofit groups.

Photo: Crab takes the cake
Emma Deats loads up a bag with Dungeness crab for a customer Saturday in the parking lot of the Nugget Mall. Deats and her family have been offering fresh crab directly to customers for 17 years on most Saturdays in the summer.

Around Town
Today, June 29

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

Alaska editorial: Gas tax break is easy to accept
Grasping the best plan to help Alaskans as energy costs continue to soar is a little like grabbing a salmon by the tail. It looks good, we're hungry for it, but getting a grip on it requires quickness and firmness that is difficult to achieve.

Outside editorial: Punishing an enormity
It is not every day that we greet with conflicting feelings the release of a Supreme Court decision with which we agree. But such is the case with Kennedy v. Louisiana.

Juneau property values drop, but collapse unlikely
This time next year, when the Juneau assessor certifies her Jan. 1, 2009, valuation of area property, the number is likely - for the first time in 20 years - to reflect a decline.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

A (big) fish tale
While clubbing a man-sized halibut in the head, I worried the giant muscle of a sea-monster might spring to life and break my legs.

Entangled: Saving sea lions snared in trash
About 40 sea lions lounged on the rocks at the Benjamin Island haulout north of Juneau, and one was injured. A thin, white plastic packing band circled his neck and cut deep into his skin.

Visitor lays tracks up Mount McGinnis
Earlier this month, my long-awaited weather window had arrived, and I set off on the West Glacier Trail on my way to the top of Mount McGinnis in Juneau.

Submerged gillnets snag fish, wildlife
KENAI - When Funny River resident David Haeg went fishing last month he hoped to land a lunker, and while he didn't pull in what he wanted, he did pull up something huge that should ensure others will catch more fish.

Dragonfly research takes off in refuge north of Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Flying into Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge last summer to hunt for dragonflies, John Hudson, the foremost authority on dragonflies in Alaska, was impressed.

Brothers from Michigan filming outdoors travel show for January 2009
HERMANSVILLE, Mich. - The Whitens brothers of Hermansville are out to revolutionize outdoors television.

City, Red Cross hold water safety course
JUNEAU - The Parks and Recreation Department and American Red Cross are sponsoring a Water Safety Instructor Aide Course from 8-11:30 a.m. July 21-25 at the Augustus Brown Swimming Pool.

Today: Highpower rifle and sporting rifle, 8:30 a.m. registration, Hank Harmon Rifle Range.

U.S. Senate toasts Alaska statehood
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Senate noted the coming 50th anniversary of Alaska's statehood with a little cake.

Borough revises its animal adoption rules
FAIRBANKS - The public animal shelter in Fairbanks will now be able to put unhealthy or underage animals up for adoption.

Talkeetna man dies in ATV accident
ANCHORAGE - A 56-year-old Talkeetna man is dead after his all-terrain vehicle rolled over him.

Soldiers to train with grenades
ANCHORAGE - Fort Wainwright soldiers will be training with hand grenades next month.

Man accused of apartment arson
ANCHORAGE - A 23-year-old man was accused of setting a six-unit apartment on fire Wednesday to get back at his former roommates.

Kohring plans highway overpass farewell
ANCHORAGE - Former state Rep. Vic Kohring said he plans to spend a few hours waving to Glenn Highway commuters before he begins serving a federal prison sentence.

Iditarod sign-ups held in Wasilla
ANCHORAGE - It's sign-up time for mushers wanting to participate in the 2009 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Lack of catch closes Karluk River to fish
ANCHORAGE - The king salmon sportfishery on the Karluk River will close at 12:01 a.m. Monday amid dismal returns.

JDHS grad boosts Glacier Pilots in ABL action
Nano Jacobsen of Juneau cracked two RBI doubles Friday as the Anchorage Glacier Pilots avenged an embarrassing loss the previous evening to the Mat-Su Miners.

JDHS activities director Wagner makes a hole-in-one
JUNEAU - Juneau-Douglas High School activities director Sandi Wagner recorded the third hole-in-one of the golf season at Mendenhall Golf Course on Thursday.

Spring Fling Horse Show
The Fairweather Equestrian Center sponsored the Spring Fling Schooling Horse Show on June 7 in Juneau.

Midnight Suns 12U, 14U teams play at tourney in Oregon
JUNEAU - The Juneau Midnight Suns youth softball organization is currently playing in the Midnight Suns Invitational Tournament in Oregon.


Summer may see ice-free North Pole
WASHINGTON - There's a 50-50 chance that the North Pole will be ice-free this summer, which would be a first in recorded history, a leading ice scientist says.

State brings back bison
FAIRBANKS - The state Department of Fish and Game has trucked 53 wood bison into Alaska from a national park in Canada as part of a bid to revive the species for hunting purposes after it died out in the state.

Southeast ferry runs scaled back
KETCHIKAN - The Inter-Island Ferry Authority is canceling some scheduled trips, citing burgeoning fuel costs and less funding than expected.

Governor praises high court decision
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin is praising the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to step into an environmental dispute over the Kensington Mine near Juneau.

Trio convicted of kidnapping
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage jury has convicted a man and two women accused of holding a woman captive for three days at a local crack house last year.

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