Monday, July 19, 2010

RCA green-lights rate hike
Juneau power bills are set to soar following Friday's approval by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska of the full rate increase request sought by Alaska Electric Light & Power.

Photo: Getting in touch with nature
A young tourist tries to touch chum salmon swimming up Salmon Creek on Sunday. The stream is filled with chum, eagles and seagulls as the summer season salmon runs start to hit the spawning grounds.

'Tails' of athletic achievement
From incarceration to the medal stand, a reprieve of sentence behind bars and a chance to live again, the 'tail' of Zip is one for the ages.

Photo: Without a net
Jessica Williams decides to just jerk her chum salmon catch onto the dock, by-passing net man Roy Williams and surprising Kay Lana, 4, and Darian Kowalcik, 5, at the dock by DIPAC on Sunday.

Police and fire
Juneau Police and Fire reported:

Photo: $quad $upport

Photo: Jazzipino jamboree

Jets using biomass fuel on Alaska Airlines' radar
Alaska Airlines will team up with Boeing, Washington State University and major airports in the Pacific Northwest to see if biofuels could be used in aviation.

Photos: Race for the Governor's Cup

Learning to JAMM
Glacier Valley Elementary School music teacher and librarian Lorrie Heagy thought big even before she left Juneau last fall to study innovative music teaching techniques in Boston, Venezuela and Scotland.

Photo: Reaching the halfway point

Police & Fire
Juneau Police and Fire reported:

Correction
In Friday's edition of the Juneau Empire, the public defender named in the story about a man charged with nitrous oxide theft was misidentified. His name is Trevor Higgins.

Cheerleaders are more than just pom poms
The days of cheerleaders standing on the sidelines yelling "Give Me a 'J!'" have given way to athletes who do much more than try to infuse the student body with school spirit.

Maki, Lium wed
Stephen Lium and Jennifer Maki were married in a ceremony on July 10, 2010 at Skater's Cabin in Juneau. A small reception followed with close friends and family.

Art in community, community in art
Weekday afternoons at Cedar Park apartment complex, up to 20 kids have been painting, designing and gluing sand on banners that will set the scene for a concert in Savikko Park today on Douglas.

Red Cross hires new Southeast Alaska development director
JUNEAU - The American Red Cross of Alaska recently announced Caitlyn McLaughlin has been hired as its new Southeast Alaska development director. The announcement was made by Michelle Houlihan, Chief Executive Officer of the Alaska Red Cross Chapter.

Water valve exercise begins July 21
JUNEAU - The City and Borough of Juneau Water Utility will be exercising water valves beginning July 21 through mid-September. Anticipated hours will be between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The work will occur area wide, beginning in downtown Juneau and proceeding to the Mendenhall Valley, ending in the Tee Harbor area.

Author to speak about experience with Mother Teresa
JUNEAU - Susan Conroy will be speaking at St Paul's Catholic Church at 7 p.m. on July 18 on her recent book about her experience working with Mother Teresa. She has also translated the plays of St. Therese of Lisieux and another book, "The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life," which had only been available in French until last year.

Recognitions
Olive Landon celebrated her 95th birthday at the Pioneers Home on Friday, July 2. Olive is a Past President of Svalbard Lodge, Sons of Norway, in Juneau and also is active in the Pioneers of Alaska. Her party included many of her friends and family members. Olive is an active member of the Pioneers Home and still participates in many Juneau activities.

Thanks for the generous donations
On behalf of the Duval Family, we would like to send out a special thank you to everyone for their generous donations. Since the fundraiser held in late May at the Juneau Moose Lodge, we can have goals achieved and get Chuck stronger and on his way to a full recovery, and get him back to doing what he loves best! This has become possible because of the thoughtful contributions and support from people like you.

Thanks from Governor Parnell
We would like to extend our warmest thanks to the community of Juneau for hosting the Second Annual Governor's Family Picnic. Juneauites know how to have a great time in spite of the rain, and we had a great turnout.

Births
Recent births at the Juneau Family Health and Birth Center:

Jonathon Hamblin
Jonathon Rex Hamblin was born in July, 1983 in Orem, Utah. He passed away on July 8 in Sitka. He lived in Juneau for 23 years. He was a student at UAS during the fall and winter and worked as a fishing guide during the summers.

Editorial: All cost, no benefit
The following editorial first appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

TOE Cartoon:

Honoring whales through responsible action
As I'm out on the water sharing the magic of our whales with our many visitors, I am regularly reminded of how productive and clean our waters are.

A faithful citizen's responsibility
One day in the spring of 2000 while working at my assignment at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C., a colleague approached me, gave me a list of cities and asked if I could travel to those cities as a representative of the Bishops' Conference.

Alaska dad accused as truck carrying sons crashes
FAIRBANKS - An Anchorage man was accused of drunken and reckless driving as well as assault and reckless endangerment after his truck with his two boys inside plowed into a car.

Pre-trial for suspects in black wolf killing starts Monday
JUNEAU - A pre-trial hearing for a Juneau hunting guide and one of his clients who are accused of unlawfully taking a wolf and two black bears is set for 3 p.m. Monday.

Hostel opens in Kodiak
KODIAK - Kodiak Island's only hostel is open for business.

John Muir Cabin closing for renovations
JUNEAU - The John Muir Cabin is being temporarily closed for renovations.

Publisher delays Palin biography for 'tweens'
JUNEAU - Christian book publisher Zondervan is delaying publication of a Sarah Palin biography for young readers.

Search continues for missing driver
FAIRBANKS - Rescuers have found the personal effects of a missing federal customs agent whose car was found in a creek near a rain-damaged section of the Taylor Highway.

Coast Guard rescues 2 from sinking boat
COOK INLET - The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued two people from a sinking 34-foot boat about 10 miles northwest of Anchor Point in Cook Inlet.

2 die as canoe overturns on Kenai Peninsula
ANCHORAGE - Alaska state troopers say two men fishing for trout have died after their canoe overturned in Johnson Lake on the Kenai Peninsula.

Troopers seek suspect in Soldotna shooting
KENAI - An Alaska State Trooper spokeswoman says a person has been killed near Soldotna.

Ecologist tapped as rainforest center director
JUNEAU - The new Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center in Juneau has its first director.

Wasilla teen dies in ATV rollover
WASILLA - A 17-year-old Wasilla girl has died of injuries suffered when the all-terrain vehicle she was driving overturned.

Soldotna shooting victim identified
KENAI - Alaska State Troopers have released the name of the victim of a deadly shooting in the Soldotna area.

Anchorage fire official leaves quietly
ANCHORAGE - The deputy chief of administration for the Anchorage Fire Department isn't saying why she's leaving, and city officials say only that it's a personnel matter.

Miller ends quarter with nearly $125,000
JUNEAU - Republican Joe Miller, who received Sarah Palin's endorsement in his bid to upset U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, raised about $111,000 last quarter.

Dem in House race ended quarter with about $32,500
JUNEAU - The lone Democrat in Alaska's U.S. House race raised more than $12,600 during the last quarter.

Juneau Juniors romp in District 2 All-Star tourney
The Juneau Juniors are steamrolling into the championship series of the District 2 All-Stars baseball tournament after defeating host Wrangell, Sitka and Ketchikan by a combined score of 50-5 over the weekend in round-robin play.

Photo: Gastineau Channel Challenge Regatta
Single sculler Colleen Sullivan moves along Gastineau Channel Saturday morning for a brisk tune-up to start the day. The Juneau Rowing Club will host its annual summer regatta on Saturday. The Gastineau Channel Challenge Regatta, a 1,000-meter course, features two races, one for men and one for women, and is open for rowers of all ages and abilities. The finish line is the end of the sailing club's dock in Gastineau Channel.

Anchorage developer fined for destroying wetlands
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage developer has been fined for destroying wetlands and streams on his property, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said.

Natural gas storage facility planned at Kenai
ANCHORAGE - Enstar has taken its plans for a natural gas storage facility at Kenai to the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.

Judge: Ahtna community hunt unconstitutional
ANCHORAGE - A state judge has ruled that a community hunt reserved for eight Native villages is illegal because it violates the Alaska Constitution.

Legislators want assurances on local gas needs before LNG permit
Seven Alaska legislators have asked the state attorney general to oppose a two-year extension to a federal license for LNG exports from the ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil LNG plant near Kenai until the companies agree to fulfill local gas supply requirements before exporting, the group said in a July 8 press conference.

Bolts to secure rock wall over highway
KETCHIKAN - More than 40 orange dots on a cliff face overlooking the Tongass Highway 10 miles north of Ketchikan mark the spots where rock bolts will be installed to prevent the kind of problems Ketchikan has experienced in the past.

Strong aftershocks rattle the Aleutians
ANCHORAGE - A series of strong aftershocks in Alaska's Aleutian Islands region Sunday followed a powerful earthquake that shook the remote area, but officials said there were no immediate reports of damage or injury.

High bacteria levels found in Kenai River
KENAI - State officials are warning people about elevated bacteria levels in Kenai River water off a popular dipnetting beach.

Fairbanks bar owner nabs burglary suspect
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks bar owner helped nab a suspected burglar Wednesday night in what he called a "textbook sting" right out of a TV show or movie.

Miller releases Fairbanks resignation letter
FAIRBANKS - U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller has released a letter showing he voluntarily resigned last year from his job as a part-time attorney for Fairbanks North Star Borough.

4 survive small plane crash near King Salmon
KING SALMON - A small airplane trying to reach King Salmon crashed near the southwest Alaska community but all four people on board survived.

Alaska sees rise in independent tourists
ANCHORAGE - At Denali National Park and some other hot tourist destinations around Alaska this summer, cruise-ship visitors have dwindled. But a small rise of independent travelers is providing some new hope for the state's tourism industry.

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