Saturday, July 17, 2010

Photo: Oh, baby, it's a 'wide' world
A little girl and her dog share an outing earlier this week along the breakwater near Harris Harbor.

Photo: A fine day for golfing
Juneau resident Rob Bentz follows through on a swing at the Mendenhall Golf Course on Thursday. "I try to hit whenever the sun shines," Bentz said. "Well, when it is not pouring down rain." Saturday is the Bar Association tournament and Sunday is the Greens Creek tournament.

No laughing matter as police apprehend nitrous oxide suspect
A Juneau man was arraigned Thursday on charges stemming from Wednesday's theft of nitrous oxide canisters from Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported:

Photo: Pillars of the community
English tourists (clockwise from lower left) David McDowell, Paul Herring, Al White, Craig Somerville, Pete Maple, and Laura Gray from "just across the pond" marvel at the marble columns at the Alaska State Capitol Building Thursday afternoon. "Something has to hold up the government, yeah mate?" said one. "I thought Parnell's house was white," said another. And finally, "Do you think we can see Sarah from up there?"

Corrections
• A subhead to a story in Wednesday's Juneau Empire incorrectly listed the year when a federal judge blocked the Lynn Canal highway project. The judge issued his order in 2009.

Marilyn Frink Jordan George
Marilyn Frink Jordan George died July 1, 2010 in Lewiston, Idaho. She was 89.

Michael E. Morgan
Michael E. Morgan died July 10, 2010 in Tacoma, Wash. A full obituary will follow at a later date.

Doctors will flee Medicare's low payments, onerous rules
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The exodus of doctors from Medicare and likely from private practice altogether is accelerating.

NPRA leasing: A good step, but Alaska must play a larger role
The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

Facts belie GOP fear-mongering about coming Medicare cuts
SEATTLE - Just after the health-reform bill passed in March, Republicans rushed to every microphone they could find to lament how the legislation would bring an end to our health-care system as we know it.

Bats in Alaska
A dozen people stood hushed in the solstice twilight near Fish Creek, listening for bats. As the bat detector emitted a burst of clicks, one citizen scientist whispered, "I see it. Between those trees."

Rock Dump rolls out the red carpet
Juneau's local climbing gym just got a bit cushier and a whole lot cleaner.

Summer can be rewarding on Gold Ridge
Gold Ridge is one of my favorite places for wandering around, checking the progress of the seasons and just seeing what I can see. On a fine, but crisp, day in late June, a friend and I strolled slowly up the trail, stopping frequently to look more closely.

Weekly Whale Feature: 'No Tail Charlie'
Why the name? Most people have never seen its tail.

Gun Club results: Tom Freeman Memorial Shoot
On a very rainy, wet day, six shooters turned out for 300 rounds of singles shooting in memory of fellow trap-shooter Tom Freeman, a World War II fighter pilot, gunsmith, civil engineering technician and great "tail-spinner."

Cover contest taking submissions for Sport Fishing Regulations handbook
JUNEAU - The Division of Sport Fish is conducting a youth photo contest. The winning photo will appear on the cover of the regional 2011 Southeast Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary.

Governor's Cup 5K Race for Saturday
JUNEAU - Finally a gubernatorial race for the rest of us!

Chairs now hung on new Porcupine Lift
JUNEAU - Work continues on the new beginner Porcupine Chair at Eaglecrest Ski Area this month.

Lower loop upgrades begin at Eaglecrest
JUNEAU - Eaglecrest and Trail Mix Inc. crews have begun work on the Lower Loop Nordic trail system this month at Juneau's local ski area.

2010-11 state hunting regulations online
JUNEAU - The handbook of the state's hunting regulations can now be viewed and downloaded online.

TMHS football and cheer Community Day to be held Saturday
JUNEAU - The Thunder Mountain High School Falcons will hold their annual community services day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 17 at TMHS.

Sitka making bottles that are Earth-friendly
SITKA - The water plant in Sitka Alaska has begun bottling water in degradable bioplastic bottles made from plants rather than petroleum products.

Wild shots
Submit your wild shots

Climber might be charged for Mt. McKinley removal
FAIRBANKS - The National Park Service says it might seek reimbursement from a solo climber evacuated from Mount McKinley last week.

Anchorage firefighter dies in accidental shooting
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage firefighter has died from an accidental shooting.

Fairbanks man charged in stabbing
FAIRBANKS - A grand jury has indicted a Fairbanks resident accused of stabbing a man during a chaotic altercation in April.

Woman with stab wound found dead in Anchorage park
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a woman found dead in a park with an apparent stab wound has been identified as 22-year-old Brittini Gilliam.

Court grants temporary halt to homeless camp raids
ANCHORAGE - A court on Thursday granted a request from the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska to stop raids on homeless camps in Anchorage, for a while anyway.

After BP disaster, Congress looks at Alaska pipeline
Alaska state Rep. David Guttenberg, D-Fairbanks, said he's hoping that Alaska can benefit from BP's Gulf of Mexico disaster by spurring changes in BP's operations here to make sure a similar disaster doesn't hit Alaska.

Alaska unemployment rate drops
Alaska's unemployment rate is falling, but Juneau's held steady in June even as hiring continued.

Borough to release Miller's records
FAIRBANKS- The Fairbanks North Star Borough says it will release some records dealing with U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller's seven years as an assistant borough attorney.

Officials alarmed by Yukon-Kuskokwim suicides
ANCHORAGE - The suicides of as many as nine young people from Yukon-Kuskokwim villages in the past two months have alarmed local and state officials.

Search continues for missing driver near Taylor Highway
FAIRBANKS - A search continues for the missing driver of a car found in a creek near a rain-damaged section of the Taylor Highway.

Court puts railroad track weed-killing plan on hold
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's highest court has put on hold plans to spray weed-killers along track owned by the Alaska Railroad, believed to be the last railroad in the country that is herbicide-free.

Kenai youth learn to make basket traps
KENAI - The Kenaitze Indian Tribe started a five-day camp this week to teach youth traditional fishing practices.

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