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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Fire crews respond to residential blaze outside service district
Capital City Fire & Rescue responded Saturday to a residential structure fire at 24624 Glacier Highway, but was only authorized to handle the call because someone's life may have been at risk. Otherwise, firefighters are unable to assist.

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.

Photo: Good pickin'
Xiang Hua Jin picks blueberries along Glacier Highway near Twin Lakes on Monday.

Police and fire
Juneau Police and Fire reported:

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: Jonesing for the water
Gus, a yellow retreiver belonging to Scott Jouppi, looks like he would rather be paddling in cool waters during a visit to Thunder Mountain High School on Monday.

Photo: Preparing for voyage
Grey Seas captain Albert McDonald takes ice on Saturday for today's commercial gillnet opening.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: New to town
New coast guard fisheries enforcement officer Tony Kenne and his family fish off the dock near DIPAC on Sunday. Left to right are Connor, 13, Sarah, Tony and Brannon, 11. The family arrived in town Wednesday. Tony just completed a two-year graduate program at the University of Washington, getting a master's in Marine Affairs. Prior to that he was stationed at USCG D1 in Boston, MA, serving as a fisheries officer of New England. "Now I have to buy a round," Kenne joked.

Roger Louis Tersteeg
Roger L. Tersteeg, a warm and wonderful husband, father and grandfather, died Saturday, July 17 in his Juneau home after spending many hours with his family around him. He was 68.

Charles George Dobbins
Longtime former Juneau resident Charles George Dobbins died suddenly June 13, 2010 in Ketchikan, where he was a resident of the Ketchikan Pioneer Home. He was 72.

Outside editorial: From the NAACP to the Chamber of Commerce, the battle cry is: Focus on jobs
The following editorial first appeared in the Kansas City Star:

Outside editorial: Trade report is a healthy sign
The following editorial first appeared in the Kansas City Star:

Chill the lawyers
This week, Lynne Stewart, a former attorney who in the tradition of activist lawyers spent her career defending cases of the indigent and politically controversial, will learn if she will be sentenced to die in prison.

Growth will always outrun power supplies
Of all our modern conveniences, electricity may be the easiest to take for granted. It's right there at the flip of a switch. Throw in a steep price hike though, and it's no longer just the high voltage power lines buzzing. But while we react with angst to rate increases by AEL&P, let's also remember that the new power plant at Lake Dorothy was built to meet growth in consumer demands.

Body of teen who fell into river recovered
ANCHORAGE - Searchers have found the body of an Anchorage teenager who tumbled off an embankment into a river whirlpool.

Myers and Peacock 'Romeo' trial date set for Sept. 30
JUNEAU - Park Myers and Jeffrey Peacock have been given joint trial dates for their part in multiple big game hunting violations, including the suspected shooting of a black wolf named Romeo by Juneau residents.

Strong aftershocks shake remote area of Alaska
ANCHORAGE - Up to two dozen aftershocks have occurred after a strong earthquake was reported in a remote and sparsely populated area of the Aleutian Islands in southwest Alaska.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Louisville Slugger picks Bears' Baker as top player in Alaska
The "fairy tale" continues.

Photos: Future Falcons take the field

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.

BP-Apache talks on Prudhoe Bay stake said to stall
NEW YORK - BP's talks to sell half its stake in Alaska's Prudhoe Bay oil field to Apache Corp. stalled twice over the weekend, raising doubts about whether the deal will be completed, said a person with knowledge of the matter.

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.

Legislature cancels ESA conference
The Alaska Legislature on Monday formally abandoned plans to spend taxpayer money on an effort to undermine the Endangered Species Act protection for Polar Bears and other species it feared my limit the state's oil industry.

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.

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.

Camp Abilities: Fun for Anchorage blind kids
ANCHORAGE - A grade-school kid with a bow and arrow might be a little scary. Now imagine 25 of them, children and teenagers with bows and arrows, almost all of them legally blind.

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.

Tea party group on defensive over blog about NAACP
JUNEAU - An official with the Tea Party Express on Monday blasted its expulsion from a national coalition over its refusal to oust a former chairman who satirized the NAACP in a controversial blog posting.

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.

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.

Alaska youth learn about first responder careers
FAIRBANKS - A weeklong conference is giving the next generation of first responders in Alaska a preview of possible careers in law enforcement, firefighting and emergency medical care.

Permit hearing on Anchorage alcoholic housing
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Planning and Zoning Commission meets Monday night to consider a permit for a project to house homeless alcoholics.

Rotary Club scholarships for International Study
ANCHORAGE - Applications for the 2011-12 Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships are now available for Rotary Clubs and interested potential applicants in Alaska and the Yukon. During their studies abroad, scholarship recipients act as "ambassadors of goodwill." Through appearances before Rotary Clubs and Districts, schools, civic organizations, and other forums, the scholars represent the United States and Rotary International.

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