Wednesday, October 28, 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.

Anchorage legislators seek new offices
Anchorage legislators have been seeking new office space for some time, but in the past such moves have concerned Southeast legislators who feared a backdoor attempt at moving the capital.

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 turns to wood for heat
A plan to move away from oil-fired burners by the U.S. Coast Guard in Southeast Alaska could provide a spark for the region's foundering timber industry.

Musical menagerie
Floyd Dryden Middle School orchestra and choir students performed a Native chant while entering the gym, but their Tuesday night performance ranged from Johann Sebastian Bach, to a Slavic folk song, to a spiritual, said orchestra and sixth-grade choir teacher Missouri Smyth.

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.

Two high school boys disciplined for streaking
The Juneau-Douglas High School student body got a full frontal surprise at a gathering Monday.

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

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.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month; today's featured survivor: Bunti Reed
Age: 55.

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.

Photo: Hangin' on
A huckleberry stays strongly attached to a branch in the chill and breeze of the weekend weather near a glacier trail.

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."

Muñoz announces she will seek re-election
JUNEAU - Rep. Cathy Muñoz on Tuesday announced she has filed her intent to seek re-election to a second term in the Alaska House of Representatives' fourth district.

Police & Fire
Burglary:

Around Town
Wednesday, Oct. 28

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

Ressa Sutton
Former Juneau resident Ressa Ella Courson Sutton died Oct. 26, 2009, at home in Pembroke Pines, Fla. She was 79.

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

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

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

Who to root for in Afghanistan?
The following editorial first appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Consequences of hunting
The thrill of the kill. And the bigger the kill, the greater the thrill. Prizes are awarded and photographs proudly record a huge halibut dwarfing the captor, a monster bear at the feet of a hunter, or a moose with a rack wider than the arm-span of its killer. The potential thrill brings some hunters and fishers to pay enormous sums of money to have a chance at the biggest "something" - a trophy animal.

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

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.

GI Bill looking like an IOU
In the military, I learned to expect screw-ups, especially when it came to money. So maybe the Department of Veterans Affairs is just trying to ease my transition to civilian life by doing things the military way in its handling of Post 9/11 GI Bill education benefits.

Dictionary addict can always quit
Not long ago - sixth grade, I think it was - a boy walked up to me on the school playground and asked whether I was Glynn Moore. It was a small school, and he would have figured it out eventually, so I admitted I was.

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."

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

Soldotna hospital cancels flu-shot clinic
SOLDOTNA - Central Peninsula Hospital canceled a drive-thru flu shot clinic that had been scheduled for today.

Public has say on Anchorage budget
ANCHORAGE - The public will have its say on Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan's proposed $421 million budget for next year that cuts 200 city positions and reduces some services.

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.

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.

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

Councilwoman in North Pole resigns amid complaints
NORTH POLE - North Pole City Councilwoman Victoria Thompson has resigned.

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

Man accused of tossing shelf at patrol car
FAIRBANKS - A criminal mischief charge has been filed against a Fairbanks man accused of throwing a metal shelf at an Alaska State Trooper patrol car on the Mitchell Expressway.

Shippers oppose air pollution rules
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - Shipping companies that haul iron ore, coal and other freight on the Great Lakes have enlisted support from leading congressional Democrats to ward off air pollution regulations they say would be a financial burden.

Wasilla hires interim police chief, Dickerson
WASILLA - The city of Wasilla reached outside the department to find an interim police chief, hiring one from a company that provides temporary employees on a contract basis.

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.

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.

Bears pin rivals
Even without numbers on their side, the Crimson Bears grapplers showed they are still a force to be reckoned with.

Sports in Juneau
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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.

Palin earns at least $1.25 million for book, statement says
ANCHORAGE - Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin reported Tuesday that she has received at least $1.25 million for her hugely anticipated upcoming memoir "Going Rogue."

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.

Experts: Man in stabbing case is OK to stand trial
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks judge heard testimony from two mental health experts who contend a man with a history of paranoid schizophrenia might be capable of aiding in his own defense.

16 Alaska kids died by abuse or neglect in seven years
A new report says 16 Alaska children died from abuse or neglect during a seven-year span, and the true count likely is much higher.

Photo: Stormy weather
John Gabriel works Monday to cut up and remove a tree that fell on the roof of a house near Ketchikan during very stormy weather over the weekend.

Anchorage judge gets 5 days for drunken driving
ANCHORAGE - A judge found himself on the other side of the bench Tuesday when he was ordered to spend five days in a correctional facility for drunken driving.

Wasilla man sentenced in Parks Highway fatality
WASILLA - A 21-year-old passenger in the front seat of a sport utility vehicle was sentenced to five years in prison for causing a highway wreck that killed a teenager and an unborn child.

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