Wednesday, July 14, 2010

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

Ninth Circuit to hear road appeal
The state of Alaska is trying to resurrect the Juneau Access Project, a nearly half-billion dollar road from Juneau north toward Skagway along Lynn Canal, in a U.S. Court of Appeals challenge to a lower court ruling that blocked the project.

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.

Bartlett Hospital board honing its plan, language
Members of a Bartlett Regional Hospital board committee formulating a plan to improve the hospital's working culture continued their discussion Tuesday in response to an independent evaluation released in late June.

APX security sales force in Juneau
It is a hard job selling door-to-door products. Weather, unleashed dogs and obnoxious homeowners are all obstacles for a salesman treading concrete, lawns, and pebbled paths.

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.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: Fileting for family
Jim Jenkins, captain of the fishing vessel Michelle, filets some fresh-caught coho at a cleaning station in Harris Harbor on Tuesday. From Wrangell, Jenkins always makes sure to have some salmon to deliver to his sister in Juneau.

Photo: 12th Street coming along
Arete Construction employees Jason Sims, left, Cameron O'Neil, Brandon Ridle, Brandon Godkin, and Kurt 'Bear' Chamberlin (back hoe) set a basin on the 12th Street Reconstruction Project (Casey Shattuck Project IV) on Tuesday.

Patricia Berg
Patricia Berg passed away July 8, 2010. She was 90.

Outside editorial: Stop making Supreme Court nominees duck and dodge
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

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

Who was LeBron James?
An open letter to 24th-century historians.

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.

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.

Want a real stimulus? Try permanent tax cuts
They're getting desperate in Obamaland. There's no other word for it. The recent jobless report was terrible - 125,000 payroll jobs gone.

The New START treaty deserves to be ratified
Here we go again.

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.

Member of drug ring sentenced
ANCHORAGE - A 23-year-old Anchorage man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for his role in a large ring that brought drugs including cocaine and methamphetamine to Alaska from California.

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.

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.

Storms wash out Taylor Highway in places
ANCHORAGE - Heavy rain storms over the weekend washed out parts of the Taylor Highway in Interior Alaska.

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.

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.

Miller criticizes Murkowski debate picks
JUNEAU - Joe Miller, a Republican challenging U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski in next month's primary, says he's not rejecting the debates she's proposed.

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.

Fairbanks teen arrested in tattoo parlor theft
FAIRBANKS - Authorities arrested a Fairbanks teenager accused of stealing almost $4,000 from a tattoo and piercing studio.

Fairbanks mayor declares for re-election
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks city Mayor Terry Strle will seek re-election in October.

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.

Feds appoint Rarig to health care panel
JUNEAU - Juneau's Alice Rarig has been appointed by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to a federal committee reviewing and updating designations of areas needing more health care professionals.

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.

Governor's office releases records regarding veto
JUNEAU - Records requested by a Republican challenger to Gov. Sean Parnell shed no new light on Parnell's decision to veto a change to Alaska's system of taxing oil and gas production.

Wiring may have caused Elfin Cove fire
JUNEAU - The state fire marshal says electrical problems likely started a fire that destroyed Cove Lodge in Elfin Cove.

Gen. Palumbo takes command of Army in Alaska
ANCHORAGE - Brig. Gen. Raymond Palumbo took command of the U.S. Army in Alaska in a ceremony Monday at Fort Richardson.

Photo: Juneau Minors take District II crown
The Juneau Minors All-Stars pose for a team photo after winning the 9- and 10-year-olds Alaska District II championship with a 10-0 win over Prince of Wales on Monday.

Photo: Juneau Majors All-Stars
The Juneau Majors All-Stars pose for a team photo in front of Mendenhall Glacier.

Photo: Juneau Juniors All-Stars
The Juneau Juniors League All-Stars pose for a team photo in front of Mendenhall Glacier.

Coast Guard chopper crew honored at service
ANCHORAGE - Members of a Coast Guard helicopter crew killed in a crash off the coast of Washington state were honored Tuesday in the small southeast Alaska town where they were based.

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.

Pebble Mine opponents score court victory
ANCHORAGE - A Superior Court judge has cleared the way for a legal fight over state-issued permits for a huge copper and gold mine near some of the world's most productive wild salmon streams.

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.

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.

Judge extends order barring railroad herbicide
ANCHORAGE - A judge on Monday extended an order preventing the Alaska Railroad from spraying weed killers on a section of track until Alaska's high court can review the state-issued permit.

Wood heat use rising in Fairbanks borough
FAIRBANKS - A survey of households in Fairbanks North Star Borough shows an increase in the number of people using wood for heat.

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.

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