Monday, August 9, 2010

AEL&P seeks to limit participation in rate review
Alaska Electric Light & Power is calling the Juneau People's Power Project an "alleged consumer group," and is trying to bar it from participating in the review of the company's 22 percent rate increase request.

Man finds real-life 'glow' stick
It looks like any stick that has spent years in a rain-soaked, mold-ridden ecoclimate. The exterior is decrepit and dingy, its heft like a few handfuls of sand. Its insides smell rich of alder and sour milk. But this seemingly ordinary piece of wood, one that would likely end up in a wood pile rather than a news story, boasts one baffling characteristic: it glows.

Jackson family runs for father who got them running
Mike Jackson loved to watch his daughter Karissa, 16, compete on the Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country and track teams. Jackson loved taking photographs with his daughter Kacey, 14, or watching her play basketball and volleyball at Floyd Dryden Middle School, and he loved spending time with his wife Anissa and extended family.

6 schools meet AYP standards
Six schools in the Juneau area met the Annual Yearly Progress, a measuring stick of school performance enacted as part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Juneau police search for kidnap victim
A phone call at roughly 1:30 a.m. Friday morning to the Juneau Police Department from a young girl prompted a massive departmental search for the child, who said she had been kidnapped, possibly drugged and left in a Juneau parking lot.

Tommy Moose brings sensitivity to emergency work
More than 500 new "recruits" met their bosses from the Juneau Police Department, Capital City Fire and Rescue and Emergency Medical Services teams Saturday afternoon at the Juneau Moose Family Center Lodge.

Oil retrieved from Princess Kathleen wreckage tallied
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Spill Prevention and Response reported removing 123,575 gallons of bunker oil and other petroleum products from the long-sunken Princess Kathleen.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported:

Photo: Celebrating with a sticker
Laci, a black lab/boxer mix, wears a sticker on her nose celebrating her 9 weeks of dog walking. According to owner Kimmy McGoey, who was walking Laci with friend Michelle Kirkham, "Laci loves to have a sticker on her nose from my coffee drinks."

Juneauites pass on Tea Party
The Tea Party Express brought its message of insurgent conservatism to Juneau on Friday, but the capital city's notoriously liberal populace stayed away in droves.

Photo: JDHS dominates South
Juneau-Douglas rising senior Eric Fagerstrom (3) leads the Crimson Bears onto the field after halftime against the South Anchorage Wolverines in the opening game of the 2010 high school football season. The Crimson Bears topped the Wolverines 55-14 Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Photo: Flocking together
Three ptarmigan stand on top of a mossy ledge on the Mount Juneau ridge Thursday afternoon. Tuffs of white feathers can still be seen in their coloring.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported:

Jumping for joy
For some, names like double dutch, behind-the-back, and double-unders may invoke memories of childhood playgrounds. For others, like former Juneau Jumper Leslie Kalbrenner, these names instill competitive emotions and technical athletic complexity.

Carlos Boozer participates in teen prevention messages
Carlos Boozer participated in two teen prevention programs at the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence by recording public service announcements about teens and tobacco and alcohol use.

Volunteer Firefighter of the Month

Scouting tragedy still echoes 5 years later
ANCHORAGE - Kris Green has been a widow five years now, ever since her husband was electrocuted along with three other Alaska Boy Scout leaders at the 2005 National Scout Jamboree in Virginia.

You can't deny denial
I'm afraid to get my hair cut.

Recipes of the 1890s: squirrel soup
During the years of 1885 to 1900, new and exciting events stirred the United States and Alaska. The great migration of settlers coming across the plains in wagons had just about ended and the beginning of the first Alaskan gold rush had begun. Three great West Coast cities (Seattle, Portland and San Francisco) had bloomed and were speedily expanding. New homes were being built by the successful with an eye toward their East Coast counterparts. The Joneses didn't live next door, they lived on the East Coast and those who considered themselves "not just anybody" on the West Coast wanted to emulate those they believed to be the elite of American society.

Fairbanks' former 'Grande Madam' mourned
FAIRBANKS - Rickarla Chagnon, the flashy, flirty, lively former Golden Days Grande Madam known as "Miss Ricki," died Wednesday at the age of 79 after battling cancer.

FYI
Recent births at Bartlett Regional Hospital:

The Douglas-Dornan Foundation Fund supports Southeast organizations
Fund advisors to the Douglas-Dornan Foundation Fund, of the Juneau Community Foundation (JCF), approved nearly $25,000 in grants to various nonprofit organizations throughout Southeast Alaska. This year, the Fund "received the largest number of grant applications in its history," said Paul Douglas, Trustee.

Senior Survey deadline extended two weeks
The deadline for returning the Senior Survey has been extended to Aug. 15. The Juneau Commission on Aging, along with the CBJ Assembly, wants as many people as possible to participate in creating this "wish list," so please let us hear from you. This will be your last chance to turn in the completed surveys.

Jack, Paul wed
Tamara Little Jack of Angoon and Charles Robert Paul of Juneau were married on July 23, 2010, in Juneau. The reception was held at the home of Hazel and John Shorty Jr.

Hansen, LeBlanc wed
Aleta April Hansen of Yelm, Wash. and Thomas Edgar LeBlanc of Juneau were married on July 17, 2010 at the Juneau Yacht Club.

Recognitions
Kids coming into any of the three public libraries this summer may enter a weekly drawing for prizes donated by local businesses. They may enter the drawing by writing a book review on forms available at the library or on-line at www.juneau.org/library.

Latifpour, Vollenweider wed
Shieva Latifpour of Trumbull, Conn., and Brent Vollenweider of Juneau were married Oct. 11, 2009, in New York City, N.Y.

Daniel Franklin Malick
Daniel Franklin Malick died Jan. 20, 2010 in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Outside editorial: SEC secrets
The following editorial first appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

Outside editorial: Big Oil's politics rule Senate on energy
The following editorial first appeared in The Miami Herald:

No secret to improving intelligence
News flash: Government bureaucracy is inefficient and impenetrable.

Joe Miller will say anything to be elected
As Primary Election Day approaches, candidates ramp up their efforts to convince us they deserve our votes. Joe Miller, who is challenging Lisa Murkowski for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate, sent me an e-mail message the other day with his clearly overhyped nine-point "plan for dealing with the growing challenging problem of illegal immigration."

A requiem for Willy Brown and tomorrow's victims
This is a requiem for Willy Brown.

My turn: Taku's role as a resource for Southeast depends on Canadian stewardship
As Southeast Alaska's top salmon producer, the transboundary Taku River is a vital economic, cultural and recreational resource. However, since the large majority of the salmon-spawning habitat is in the upper Taku in British Columbia, Alaskan fisheries are dependent on good stewardship from Canadian managers.

Visit to home fatal for black bear, 2 cubs
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say they shot and killed a black bear and her two small cubs after the animals broke into a house, then returned and tried again.

Man wounded in Tanacross facing assault charges
ANCHORAGE - A man who was wounded by Alaska State Troopers in Tanacross is now facing assault charges.

Begich, Papp to discuss changing Arctic
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and Coast Guard Adm. Robert J. Papp are planning a trip to the Arctic next week.

Denali Borough mayor kills bear that charged him
FAIRBANKS - The mayor of Denali Borough shot and killed a bear that charged him near the area landfill.

Alaska files lawsuit against John Doe
ANCHORAGE - The state of Alaska on Friday filed charges against a John Doe, based upon a DNA profile.

Alaska official arrested on DUI charge
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Denby Lloyd is accused of driving under the influence.

Sen. Murkowski hopes for movement on oil spill bill
KETCHIKAN - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski believes lawmakers must act to quickly address the lingering issues from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill when they return from summer recess.

Orphaned Alaska sea otter now at New York Aquarium
ANCHORAGE - An orphaned sea otter from Homer has arrived at the Wildlife Conservation Society's New York Aquarium.

Man sentenced in attempted smuggling
ANCHORAGE - Federal prosecutors say a 67-year-old man who tried to smuggle methamphetamine into Alaska by strapping it to his legs has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Takeoff halted after eagle engine strike
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Airlines says a flight was aborted after an eagle was sucked into the jet's engine as the aircraft began taking off from a small Southeast Alaska town.

Young agrees to another debate
JUNEAU - U.S. Rep. Don Young has agreed to at least two debates heading to this month's Republican primary.

Anchorage judge to rule on Kohring appeal
ANCHORAGE - Federal Judge John Sedwick in Anchorage says he'll rule as soon as he can on a request from former state Rep. Vic Kohring to have corruption charges dismissed because of alleged misconduct by prosecutors.

Photos: Racing the Aukeman
Fans cheer Zack Bursell up the hill at the University of Alaska Southeast parking lot during the Aukeman Triathlon Saturday. Bursell finished in 1:06:16, the best time of the event. Check B2 for results. More photos on B8.

Bears blow by South
With a new-look offense and speed to burn, the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears crushed the South Anchorage Wolverines 55-14 Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Field.

Aukeman Triathlon results in order of overall finish:
2010 Aukeman Triathlon

Falcons flatten Sitka in season, SE opener
Thunder Mountain began its season with a bang Saturday, scoring 22 unanswered points en route to a 40-17 rout of the Southeast Conference rival Wolves in Sitka.

JV Crimson Bears win first Glacier Bowl over TMHS
The Juneau-Douglas JV Crimson Bears pulled away in the second half to top new crosstown rival Thunder Mountain 46-14 on Friday night in the inaugural Glacier Bowl at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Bursell and Jones claim Aukeman Triathlon wins with record times
Kristin Jones recalled her Juneau-Douglas and Glacier Swim Club background to post a new women's record in the second annual Aukeman Triathlon on Saturday at Auke Lake, while Zac Bursell recalled his Crimson Bears crosscountry training on the men's side.

GCLL Majors, Juniors fall
It wasn't a good couple of days for the Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars, with both the Majors and Juniors teams dropping games.

Prep football Scoreboard
Week 1

Fishermen up in arms against proposed Pebble Mine
DILLINGHAM - It is an unfortunate coincidence of geography that this lush region of wild rivers, grassy tundra and windy sea is home to two competing treasures of almost unimaginable value: the world's largest sockeye salmon run, supporting a fishery worth $440 million a year; and in the hills behind it, a massive deposit of copper, molybdemum and gold worth at least $300 billion.

Alaska Supreme Court upholds predator program
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Supreme Court has upheld the state's predator control programs, ruling they mesh with the state constitution's mandate to manage wildlife for sustained yield.

Alaska woman tried to leave man before her death
ANCHORAGE - Family and friends of an Alaska woman killed with a sledgehammer say she was trying to escape an abusive relationship with the man charged with murder in the slaying.

Alaska panhandlers charged in turf fight
FAIRBANKS - A confrontation between a man dressed as a super hero and a panhandling Alaska couple has resulted in misdemeanor assault charges against the couple.

Murkowski: Miller dishonest about her record
KETCHIKAN - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski believes her Republican primary challenger is being dishonest in his characterization of her position on federal health insurance legislation.

Erosion fuels Matanuska River's property assault
ANCHORAGE - Swollen with recent rains, the Matanuska River has launched another erosive assault on properties along its banks. But unlike previous years, when the river attacked properties downstream, this week the Matanuska is eroding property upstream near Sutton.

Assemblyman charged with assault
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks North Star Borough Assemblyman Tim Beck has been charged with domestic assault after his wife complained he yelled at her and unintentionally head-butted her.

Q&A: Oil tax key issue in governor's race
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's oil tax is a key issue in the Democratic primary in the race for governor.

Industry, state still working to count fish crew
ANCHORAGE - No one really knows how many crewmembers work the fishing vessels operating in state waters. And that could be knocking the crews and their communities out of potentially millions of dollars in grants and potential fishing quotas, according to industry leaders.

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