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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Residents takes 'steps' in fight against cancer
Cancer can't silence a 13-year old future rock star playing in front of a live audience for the first time. Nor can it slow down a poodle in a pink sweater. And it can't defeat pirates, cowboys, or even kids dancing in the rain.

Skinner property up for sale
The former site of a Ford dealership that closed abruptly last year is now on the market.

Dimond Park design winner chosen
Marketing and t-shirts for the Dimond Park Aquatic Center in Juneau will be looking a little snazzier come the pool's opening in January.

UAS names four deans
The University of Alaska Southeast has named four new deans, with two being new to the school and two being named as part of a restructuring of the regional college's student services programs.

City attorney defends records denial
City attorney John Hartle last week defended his decision to deny a Juneau Empire open records request concerning charges against a former University of Alaska Southeast student that was dismissed by the state.

Barbara Mecum accepts new role in school district
JUNEAU - Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School principal Barbara Mecum has been named the new special projects coordinator for the Juneau School District, the district announced last week.

Photo: Candlelight vigil
Neeley Bowen, left, and Maggie Dunlap hold candles on the O'Connell Bridge Friday at a vigil to honor three Air Station Sitka Coast Guardsmen who died in a helicopter crash in Washington state Wednesday.

Photo: Craft run aground
The owner of the 47-foot pleasure craft Scrimshaw and a crewman from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan (ashore) survey the damage sustained by the vessel after it was left aground by low tide Sunday off of Annette Island south of Ketchikan. Coast Guard personnel and commercial salvage worked to stop the leak and prepare the boat for refloating when high tide came in.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

The boomer defection: Voters over 50 are leaning increasingly Republican
This is turning into a tough election year for Democrats, and most of the reasons are familiar: The economy is stalled, President Obama's popularity is sagging and voters are in an anti-incumbent mood. There's an "enthusiasm gap" too. Republican voters are fired up and ready to vote, while liberals are dispirited.

How will parties deepen Japan-US alliance?
The following editorial first appeared in The Yomiuri Shimbun:

Hitting the reset button
Watching the public love-fest between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama, a reporter asked the president if he had decided that his previous policy of distancing himself from Israel and giving Netanyahu "the cold shoulder" had been a mistake. Obama promptly denied the two men and the two countries had ever had anything but close ties and excellent relations. Netanyahu joyfully concurred with the president. Any thought that the two of them did not love one another, they insisted, was absurd.

Outside editorial: US case against Arizona law
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

BP and the Exxon Valdez: A crude comparison
Like crude oil, scientific comparisons can be slippery. Most adult Americans remember the Exxon Valdez tragedy and rescue workers using dish detergent to clean heavily oiled birds. When they first hear that "only" 1,387 dead birds have been collected and tallied so far in the Gulf of Mexico, compared to the estimated bird death toll in the hundreds of thousands from the Exxon Valdez spill, they can be forgiven for thinking that the Alaska spill was worse for wildlife. Unfortunately, that conclusion could be seriously mistaken.

Breathing the filth: Hydrocarbons in the air are more toxic than oil in the gulf
What a relief it will be when the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico gets plugged, ending the colossal mess caused by gushing crude.

Murkowski, Parnell plan to attend memorial
SITKA - Gov. Sean Parnell and U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski plan to attend the memorial for the Coast Guard crew whose helicopter crashed off the Washington coast last week.

Hoonah search ends well
JUNEAU - A Hoonah man who police said they feared might be intent on harming himself was taken into custody over the weekend after a day-long search through the community.

State sticks with consultants on energy tax
JUNEAU - The state plans to hire Gaffney, Cline and Associates to help study potential changes to Alaska's system of taxing oil and gas production.

Israeli crewmember medevaced near Cold Bay
KODIAK - A Coast Guard helicopter aircrew based in Kodiak on Monday safely medevaced an Israeli crewmember off the 964-foot container ship Zim Haifa about 97 miles east of Cold Bay.

Army: Wainwright soldier died from gunshot wound
FAIRBANKS - The U.S. Army says a soldier at Fort Wainwright near Fairbanks is dead from a gunshot wound in his barracks.

Downtown melee leads to 4 arrests, 2 injuries
JUNEAU - A melee that Juneau police think may have begun in a Front Street bar early Sunday morning before spilling into the street resulted in charges against four men, while two others were transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital for treatment.

Parnell names Roetman to Kotzebue Superior Court
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sean Parnell has named an assistant district attorney to the Kotzebue Superior Court.

Strong wind knocks out power in Nenana
FAIRBANKS - High winds toppled trees across the central Interior and knocked out power in the city of Nenana.

New diner features retro vibe
FAIRBANKS - Tony Miller has fond memories about the drive-in diners of his youth.

Man, woman found 2 hours after Anchorage crash
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Police say a man and woman crashed in a car early Monday near Eagle River and were trapped inside for two hours.

BP Alaska looking at gas pipeline options
JUNEAU - A BP Alaska spokesman says the company remains interested in getting natural gas from Alaska's North Slope to market and is evaluating two proposed pipeline projects.

Interior avoids gonorrhea spike
FAIRBANKS - Health officials say the Interior is the only region in the state to avoid a large increase in the number of gonorrhea cases.

4 rescued while vessel burns
KODIAK - The Coast Guard says four men are safe after being rescued from a life raft used to escape their burning fishing vessel near Alaska's Sitkinak Island.

Coast Guard responds to vessel aground south of Ketchikan
ANCHORAGE - Efforts to re-float a 47-foot boat that grounded off of Annette Bay south of Ketchikan on Sunday were unsuccessful, according to Coast Guard officals.

Murkowski plans to attend 3 primary debates
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski plans to attend three debates leading to the Aug. 24 Republican primary.

Campbell urges voter registration and updates
ANCHORAGE - Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell is calling on Alaskans to register to vote by the July 25 deadline to update existing voter registration for the Aug. 24 primary election.

Delegation announces grants to Alaska programs
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Alaska Congressional Delegation announced Friday several federal grants that were awarded to state programs.

Group seeking public funding of elections loses
JUNEAU - A group supporting publicly financed elections has lost its fight over a failed ballot initiative.

Land use plan could protect Taku salmon
A land use plan between the Taku River Tlingit First Nation and the Canadian government could mean better protections for fish habitat on the Taku River - good news for Juneau salmon fishermen.

Alaska sends trustee to failing Yupiit schools
ANCHORAGE - The state Department of Education is sending a trustee to oversee instruction in Alaska's poorest-performing school district, the Yupiit School District near Bethel along the Kuskowim River.

Report: BP ponders $12B asset sale to Apache
LONDON - BP PLC declined to comment Sunday on a report that it is in talks about possibly selling $12 billion worth of assets, including a stake in Alaska's Prudhoe Bay oil field, to U.S. oil company Apache Corp.

Rural students get boost toward college
ANCHORAGE - Maybe you saw them Saturday. Twenty-six students from faraway Yup'ik villages strolling under gray skies along the Anchorage coastal trail and ordering milkshakes at Red Robin.

Earthquake victim helps Haitian recovery effort
ANCHORAGE - Twenty-five-year-old Christa Brelsford, who grew up in Anchorage, was in Haiti on a two-week volunteer trip when the earthquake that injured and killed hundreds of thousands of people struck on Jan. 12.

FEC filing shows Palin gave $87,500 to candidates
JUNEAU - Sarah Palin's political action committee contributed at least $87,500 to candidates she's endorsed in the last few months, according to a report filed Sunday with the Federal Elections Commission.

Parnell concerned about broadband plan
In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, Gov. Sean Parnell laid out a number of concerns he has with regard to the way a national plan to establish broadband infrastructure in underrepresented areas will be implemented in Alaska.

Summer gasoline prices should be fairly steady
Gasoline pump prices should stay in a fairly narrow range this summer, putting less strain on family budgets for summer driving trips and commutes to work.

Jet makes emergency landing in Aleutians
ANCHORAGE - An American Airlines jet made an emergency landing on a remote island in Alaska's Aleutians after a fire warning light malfunctioned, the airline said Monday.

Young: Seize energy opportunity
U.S. Representative Don Young spoke at a joint meeting of Kenai and Soldotna's chambers of commerce Thursday, and emphasized the opportunity the state has to diversify its energy production.

State: 'Bullet' gas pipeline won't be cheap
A state technical team has completed a first-phase cost estimate for a 24-inch natural gas pipeline that could be built from the North Slope to the state's larger cities in Interior and southern Alaska.

Sen. Murkowski criticizes opponent Miller's campaign
FAIRBANKS - Sen. Lisa Murkowski is criticizing the way her Republican primary opponent is running his campaign, saying Joe Miller has spent more time attacking her than offering new ideas.

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