Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Osmotic power has potential in Alaska
Osmotic power is generated by exploiting the energy available when fresh water and seawater are mixed. This is a renewable and emissions-free energy source that has been researched in Norway for 10 years. The first osmotic power plant has recently been opened in Tofte, Norway, outside of Oslo. This power plant has been in development for more than a year with limited power capacity to begin, but is intended primarily for testing and development purposes.

Pedestrians must be wary of drivers
On Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 6:40 p.m., while in the crosswalk at Cordova Street and Douglas Highway, a woman in a red car nearly killed me.

Youth club brings kids together
One full week into a 90-day program for kids who attended the defunct Juneau Boys and Girls Club, kids say they're happy to be back with friends.

Two workers injured in Capitol fall
Two construction workers have been flown to Seattle after being injured Monday morning when a manlift at the Capitol complex toppled and fell two or three stories to the ground.

Around Town
Today, Oct. 27

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Correction
An A1 story in Sunday's Juneau Empire about a climate change rally Saturday at the University of Alaska Southeast incorrectly suggested that 350 people participated in visually forming the number "350." About 30 people and a dog participated.

Cruise industry doesn't support dock expansion
The cruise industry for the second time this year warned Juneau officials that it does not support planned port expansions in the capital city.

Coast Guard suspends search for Sitka man
A multi-agency search for a Sitka fisherman who is believed to have fallen overboard his vessel in Fish Bay yielded no results over the weekend.

Empire to host 'Pink Tie' cancer benefit
The Juneau Empire will host a cancer fundraiser next month, with proceeds benefiting a Juneau nonprofit group.

Chamber names Juneau road advocate Citizen of the Year
Longtime road advocate Dick Knapp was stunned silent Saturday night by the announcement that he was the Juneau Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.

Photos: Controlled burn
Juneau Fire Department Capt. Scott Fergusson supervises a trainee hose team during Sunday's controlled house burn in North Douglas. The controlled burn, set at a house that was slated to be demolished, was intended as a training exercise for Juneau firefighters.

JDHS rebuilds house construction program
After a gap of several years, the Juneau School District has resurrected a decades-old home-building project.

Photo: Leadership award
Rick Richins, left, is presented the Leadership Award from Ted Quinn at Saturday evening's annual Juneau Chamber of Commerce dinner at Centennial Hall. "It's a beautiful night," Richins said "It's a great honor and it has been a long hard run." Among Richins accomplishments are working toward Kensington gold mine improvements through his consulting work for Coeur Alaska. Quinn was presenting as a past president of the chamber.

Alleged Lucky Me community burglar was 'bored'
A grand jury indicted a 22-year-old Juneau man on two felonies Monday for allegedly stealing thousands in cash and multiple guns from a Douglas Island residence because he "got bored" while hunting, according to court documents.

Solodtna man indicted in sexual assault
A grand jury indicted a 37-year-old Soldotna man Monday on two counts of sexual assault for an incident that allegedly occurred earlier this month on a boat in Aurora Harbor.

Photos: Just say 'Boo'
Children dress up for Red Ribbon Rally.

Around Town
Today, Oct. 25

Photo: Cleaning up after vandals
Chad Spencer, left, company manager of Mike's Refrigeration & Air conditioning, and shop manager Bill Paddock clean graffiti Monday morning from their business entrance at 5360 Commercial Blvd. The graffiti was spray-painted sometime after Sunday evening. "It wasn't here when work closed Sunday evening," Spencer said. "It is really a bummer to start the week this way."

Police & Fire
Attempt to serve

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Today's featured survivor
Joan Harvey

Breast Cancer Awareness Month; today's featured survivor: Marti Early
Age: Undisclosed.

John Cameron Asp
Former Douglas resident John Cameron Asp died Oct. 13, 2009, in Cordova. He was 83.

Rodney Peter Selvig
Longtime Juneau and Idaho Inlet resident Rodney Peter Selvig died Oct. 21, 2009, in Meadow Vista, Calif. He was 65.

Lois K. Nakamura
Juneau resident Lois Nakamura died Oct. 20, 2009, in Los Altos, Calif., where she spent the past four years receiving treatment for a brain tumor. She was 72.

Frustration with swine flu vaccine
The following editorial first appeared in the Washington Post:

Questions about pot
The following editorial appeared in the Washington Post:

Fame: The achievable dream, but at what cost?
For hours, the fear was the boy would be found smashed to jelly somewhere, so my first emotion upon learning 6-year-old Falcon Heene was actually safe in his family's Fort Collins, Colo., attic, was relief.

Subsidies not generous enough
The following editorial first appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

A sentence too cruel for kids
Rather than serving in the U.S. Senate for almost 20 years, or having so many other wonderful life experiences, I could have served a longer sentence in prison for some of the stupid, reckless things I did as a teenager. I am grateful to have gotten a second chance - and I believe our society should make a sustained investment in offering second chances to our youth.

Are baby boomers turning into a generation of outsiders?
Not long ago, I was blithely driving along, listening to a public radio story on senior citizens and unemployment.

With cancer, it's always personal
The American Cancer Society tried to downplay news reports last week that it was toning down its endorsement of the long-ballyhooed screening tests for breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. But in a statement, the group acknowledged that the "advantages of screening for some cancers have been overstated."

Rely on facts in climate change
Some people eagerly respond to impassioned statements about climate change, such as British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's warning we cannot compromise with Earth. Others appreciate stunts, for example, a recent Maldive Islands cabinet meeting that convened under water to signal worries about climate change. To me, though, nothing resonates more than the evidence, the simple, straightforward facts.

Diomede isolated without regular flights
ANCHORAGE - The 130 residents of Diomede - who can see Russia from their home island - have been without regular air passenger service for four months since a weekly helicopter flight stopped.

Gunplay outside bar leads to arrest
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police arrested a man accused of firing a .45-caliber handgun multiple times outside a bar.

Police identify officer who shot suspect
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Police Department has released the name of the officer who shot a burglary suspect in Eagle River.

Wasilla releases ATV survey results
WASILLA - Wasilla officials have released the results of an online survey regarding all-terrain vehicle use within city limits.

Highways receive National Scenic Byways designation
JUNEAU - Two Alaska highways received national recognition after being named National Scenic Byways this month.

Social worker held on child porn charges
ANCHORAGE - A licensed social worker who specializes in treating children has been arrested for possessing child pornography.

Fire chief reprimanded for engine errand
ANCHORAGE - The fire chief of Anchorage says he has been reprimanded for requesting that a fire truck be dispatched to pick up his daughter from school.

Anchorage earns bicycle-friendly honor
ANCHORAGE - The League of American Bicyclists has added Anchorage to its list of bicycle-friendly communities.

Begich will answer Anchorage questions
ANCHORAGE - Sen. Mark Begich said he has nothing to hide about budget considerations during his time as Anchorage mayor. But he says he won't answer questions from the city attorney in person or over the phone.

Ugashik man found dead outside village
UGASHIK - A 50-year-old Ugashik man was found dead a mile from the village and Alaska State Troopers said the cause appears to be exposure.

Police fingerprint examiner indicted
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Police Department has suspended a fingerprint examiner without pay after he was indicted on charges of perjury for allegedly padding his credentials.

Natural gas test cuts use 3 percent
ANCHORAGE - A two-hour test of natural gas conservation by utilities in Anchorage and Southcentral Alaska reduced consumption by about 3 percent.

Anchorage businesses say goodbye to AFN
ANCHORAGE - The annual Alaska Federation of Natives convention gave a lift to businesses in downtown Anchorage this weekend.

HUD awards grant for rural housing repairs
ANCHORAGE - Structural damage to 55 homes in the western Alaska village of Quinhagak will be repaired in time for winter, thanks to a special $450,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Roughhousing
Roughhouse Boxing at Marlintini's Lounge had tap-outs, knockouts and even an unprecedented draw decision in a women's bout.

Native contracting rules to change
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Native corporations will find out next week how the federal government plans to change contracting procedures.

US reps say ocean policy may block new energy development
ANCHORAGE - Dozens of U.S. representatives sent a letter Monday to the head of the President's Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force with concerns that the policy will block offshore energy development and cost jobs to Americans.

Study: Warmed Northwest forests may yield less timber
GRANTS PASS, Ore. - A new study suggests warming temperatures predicted over the next century could boost tree growth on Northwest forests, but less so at lower elevations where most of the timber is and temperatures are already warm.

Soldiers adjust to life after Iraq
FAIRBANKS - It's a cool Wednesday morning in September in Fairbanks, the type of fall morning on which you might see soldiers at nearby Fort Wainwright out for a run.

Bering crab season off to smooth start
Calm seas and unseasonably warm weather greeted Bering Sea crab fishermen as they embarked on the 2009-10 red king crab season in search of a harvest quota of 16.9 million pounds of king crab.

Pipeline plan clogged with uncertainties
ANCHORAGE - Sarah Palin hit the vice presidential campaign trail last year and touted what Alaska could provide for the rest of America - a natural gas pipeline to help lead the country to energy independence.

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