Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sealaska bill would drastically change Southeast Alaska
Last week, the U.S. Senate Energy Committee passed 26 bills out of the committee. Senate Bill 881, the Sealaska Bill, was not in this big group of lands bills.

Worth a Pulitzer Prize?
It's unfortunate that the Empire chose to run a truncated Associated Press version of an article originated by the Anchorage Daily News in its Sunday edition (BP helped state in cheating probe, June 28, 2010).

Parnell signs bills to aid youth court, traumatized jurors
Gov. Sean Parnell signed a pair of bills Monday, one of which set up a youth court funding mechanism through court fines while the other established a counseling program for jurors in emotionally traumatic trials.

Treadwell promises aggressive oil, gas support
Mead Treadwell entered the race for lieutenant governor later than the other two Republican candidates, but he has a long history, going back to working for Alaska statesman Wally Hickel starting in the 1970s, and serving in Hickel’s gubernatorial administration in the 1990s.

Photo: Alive and friendly

Photos: 2010 Gold Rush Days
Bob Leuband and John Smith pair up in Men’s Team Hand Bucking while Sonie Blackwell keeps the saw blade oiled and a wedge applied during Sunday’s 2010 Gold Rush Days logging events at Savikko Park.

Shareholders elect board members at annual meeting
Sealaska shareholders gathered over the weekend for the regional Native corporation's 37th annual meeting to elect four directors and vote on one resolution.

Police & Fire

Photos: Only fools run at midnight
A group dressed as “Auke Baywatch” lifeguards waits for the start of the Only Fools Run at Midnight race just before midnight on Saturday night.

Photo: Kite boarding through the channel
A kite boarder enjoys the wind and waters of Gastineau Channel near the cruise ship docks Sunday afternoon.

Photo: Window art performance
Canvas Fine Arts Camp instructor M K MacNaughton frolics in a window at 3rd Street and Seward with students Ronan Lynch, Tim McKenna, and Graham Sutch on Monday in a performance art piece about air.

Empire hires new Deputy Managing Editor
The Juneau Empire welcomed Charles Ward last week as the newspaper's new Deputy Managing Editor.

Photo: Foundation for Auke Bay bridge
Jake Ritter of Trucano Construction works on forms for a concrete foundation for a bridge over the outlet of Auke Lake on Monday. The bridge is to be installed in early August and will give access from the University of Alaska Southeast, to the new Auke Lake Trail on the southeast side of the lake.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photos: Working up in the air
Chatham Electric employees John Pugh, bottom, and Donnie Minor work at the top of the more than 300-foot-tall KJNO radio tower while installing a new indicator beacon on Saturday.

Juneau's Clough appointed to redistricting board
Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed Al Clough of Juneau to the state's Redistricting Board, which will redraw state legislative district boundaries based on the ongoing U.S. Census.

Deporting the wrong man
What should be done with a man who infiltrated the terrorist group Hamas, spied for Israeli intelligence and broke up terror attacks, saving countless Israeli, as well as Palestinian, lives? Most people would say he should be honored. Not the U.S. government, it's trying to deport him.

Charity legal work isn't done for free
Last Thursday Alaska's Attorney General Dan Sullivan visited Juneau to preside over a gathering that was called a pro bono summit.

Overachievers are making us seem lethargic
Living in your own skin is tough enough without having to deal with other people's idiosyncrasies.

Corruption gets a break
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

Bankruptcy is Obama's worst nightmare
It would be a "horror," a "disaster," according to lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, who was appointed by President Barack Obama to administer British Petroleum's $20 billion compensation fund for victims of the Gulf oil spill. "That is not an option."

Combat low literacy rates with early identification
It is summer and the good weather breaks enough to respond to the June 14th Juneau Empire article "Audit Grades Schools' Literacy Programs."

Drug tests for the unemployed? What lunacy
The following editorial appeared in the San Jose Mercury News:

Pact to inspect IDs at liquor stores falters
Many Anchorage liquor stores that entered a voluntary agreement to check all IDs not been doing so. Mike Gutierrez, the Anchorage Assemblyman behind the agreement, said the effort didn’t last even three months.

Union endorses Walker in GOP gubernatorial primary
JUNEAU - Alaska's largest labor union endorsed Bill Walker in the Republican primary for governor.

State expects pinch after stimulus extension fails
JUNEAU - Alaska may have to come up with another $60 million to cover Medicaid costs after Congress failed to pass a hoped-for extension of benefits.

Airman shot in left foot at gun range
FAIRBANKS - An airman from Eielson Air Force Base suffered a gunshot wound to his left foot at a Fairbanks shooting range.

Coast Guard rescues intoxicated boaters
The Coast Guard says it rescued two intoxicated boaters after their canoe capsized in Juneau’s Gastineau Channel.

Parnell not attending governors conference
JUNEAU - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell isn't attending the Western Governors Association meeting this week in Montana.

ACLU sues over medical records
JUNEAU - The ACLU of Alaska is suing the state, seeking the return of medical records seized as part of a raid on a Ketchikan women's clinic earlier this year.

Monday ferry from Juneau to Hoonah canceled
The ferry LeConte’s 7 a.m. voyage Monday from Juneau to Hoonah has been canceled due to a mechanical problem aboard the 235-foot ship, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities said.

Woman sentenced for creating disturbance on plane
ANCHORAGE - A Fairbanks woman who created a disturbance aboard a plane has received probation.

Linehan wants more freedom on bail
Mechele Linehan is seeking looser bail conditions as she awaits her second murder trial.

Representative Tuck named to scholarship funding task force
JUNEAU - On June 24, House Speaker Mike Chenault named Representative Chris Tuck, an Anchorage Democrat, and four other representatives to serve on the Joint Legislative Higher Education Scholarship Funding Task Force. The newly-created task force will evaluate how to best fund necessary financial aid and scholarship opportunities for Alaskans.

Five vying for District Court Judge
JUNEAU - Five attorneys are applying to be a Juneau District Court judge.

Coast Guard Air Station Sitka to hold change of command
JUNEAU - Coast Guard Air Station Sitka will hold a formal change of command ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the hangar where Cmdr. Doug Cameron will relieve Capt. David A. Walker as the Air Station Sitka commanding officer.

Media literacy lessons are available online
Teachers can access 10 interactive lessons to help teach their students about media literacy and create their own commercial, radio or print ad about underage drinking. In addition, they can join the online discussions or share the media their students are creating in an online community on either the site itself, Facebook or Ning.

Regulations open to public comment
The Department of Education and Early Development announced that several regulations are now open for public comment through Aug. 13 at 4 p.m. They are: 4 AAC 40, which would change the process for review and appeal of department actions regarding payments of state money to school districts and other applicants; 4 AAC 52.700, which would clarify the measures for determining a student's need for intensive services; 4 AAC 04.200, which would set standards for beginning teachers for purposes of completion of a teacher preparation program and also set professional content and performance standards for teachers; and 4 AAC 43, which would add a new section to the Alaska performance scholarship program, setting requirements for school districts, standardized testing, curriculum for high school class of 2011, and home-based education procedures.

Hickel's Institute of the North names new board members
The Institute of the North has named three new members to its Board of Directors.

Updates on Parent Engagement Opportunities
The steering committee of the Parent Engagement Working Group, sponsored by the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development, is seeking more participants.

Jambaars step up for Alaska
The momentum gained by the Juneau-Douglas boys' soccer team during its 2010 4A state championship run carried over to the capital city's U17 club-level Jambaars, who just returned from the Region IV tournament with a second-place finish.

50-for-50
Alaska was one of the final states to join the union, so what better place than the Last Frontier to finish off a 50-state, 17-year tour involving a marathon run in each state?

Juneau, Ketchikan duos complete Ford Ironman race in Idaho
Juneau physician John Bursell and Juneau-Douglas physcial education teacher Tracy Rivera, along with nearby Ketchikan's Susan Doherty and real estate broker Bill Elberson, all completed Sunday's Ford Ironman competition in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Photo: Juneau women fair well in Kluane bike races

Report says BP helped state in cheating probe
An Anchorage newspaper is reporting that Alaska officials allowed British Petroleum PLC and a drilling contractor to help investigate complaints lodged in 2005 that the contractor cheated on tests of blowout preventers with BP’s knowledge.

Begich defends BP project in Alaska
JUNEAU — Sen. Mark Begich is defending a BP oil project off Alaska’s coast as a state-of-the-art model that should not be halted because of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Interior court system expands with courthouse
NENANA - For decades, justice in this small town 55 road miles southwest of Fairbanks took place in a log cabin built in the early 1950s.

Second of three men charged in murder sentenced
FAIRBANKS - The second of three men charged in the 2008 murder of Fairbanks businessman Daniel Frederick has been sentenced.

New Palin defense fund uses fighting words
ANCHORAGE - The administrators of a new legal defense fund set up for Sarah Palin have sent out e-mails to supporters and others that downplay the outcome of ethics complaints against the former Alaska governor and accuse her political enemies of waging a "vicious campaign" to ruin her.

Fairbanks man accused of bulldozer threat to worker
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man is facing a misdemeanor assault charge after he was accused of threatening a U.S. Census worker with a bulldozer.

Union: Air Force wrong to privatize food jobs
ANCHORAGE - Dozens of picketers at Elmendorf Air Force Base on Monday protested a move by the military to privatize food service jobs.

Native Eyak language may have a follower
ANCHORAGE - It's an unlikely collaboration: A 21-year-old aspiring artist in Europe is working with a 75-year-old Fairbanks linguist to carry on a dying native Alaskan language.

Winds spread fire north of Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - The Pat Creek Fire near Stevens Village grew rapidly during the weekend as dry, windy conditions thwarted an aggressive response by fire crews.

Murkowski targets spending, EPA
FAIRBANKS - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, in a speech before Interior Republicans, said she considers her attempt to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act to be a "badge of honor."

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