Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tea party can't buy 'Dancing' win for Bristol Palin
"Dancing with the Stars" is my favorite reality show on television. Thankfully, the rightful recipient won the 2010 fall season, and the tea party did not buy the competition like they bought the 2010 mid-term elections. Come on, the mirror ball trophy is hardly appropriate for someone who comments, "It would feel like a big middle finger to all the people out there that hate my mom and hate me." Save that kind of response for a win in Washington, D.C.

Artist: 'I love being creative'
Abel Ryan told a story as wood chips fell onto his lap from a birch woodcarving at the Alaska State Museum. Ryan told a story both with words and with his carving tools.

Photos: Barefoot rocks JDHS auditorium
Now centered in Nashville, Alaskan based band Bearfoot reunited in Juneau for a sold-out performance Saturday night at the Juneau-Douglas High School Auditorium. Band members are, from left, Angela Oudean, Annalisa Tornfelt, John McDonald, Kate Hamre, Mike Mickelson and Jason Norris.

Alaska Peace Officers help with Hoonah police memorial fund
The Alaska Peace Officers Association Capital City Chapter has been continuing to aid the families of slain Hoonah Police Sergeant Anthony Wallace and Officer Matthew Tokuoka with the sale of memorial shirts.

City extends senior citizen sales tax exemption to same sex couples
The senior citizen sales tax exemption will now apply to same-sex domestic partners, allowing the city code to comply with the Alaska Constitution.

Robert DeArmond: Local journalist, historian dies
Robert Neil DeArmond had a lifelong dedication to documenting Alaska's people and workings. Even after his death, the success of this goal and the passion behind his work will be evident to future generations.

Photo: Almost ready to open
The inside stairwell of the new Downtown Transportation Center glows Monday with warm light against the failing evening light. The parking garage is scheduled to open Wednesday with free parking until the end of the year.

Photos: Westie roundup
Jill Grose keeps her West Highland Terriers Katie, Grady and Kenzie in line as they walk on the Mendenhall Glacier tidelands this weekend. Chilly temps are starting to freeze the Mendenhall Lake but ice is still not thick enough to hold the weight of little Westies - let alone that of children or adults. Use caution when exploring the glacier areas.

Police & Fire
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Photo: Showing off 'Mona'
Debbie Maas from the Juneau Raptor Center holds Monalisa, a red-tailed hawk, during the public market in Centennial Hall over the weekend. Maas explained to children present that "Mona" was injured in an impact with a car on Egan Drive near Vanderbilt Hill in 2004. Mona's injury could not be repaired. Mona enjoys moving sticks around her mew and built a small grass nest beneath her perch in 2009 at the raptor center.

Police & Fire
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Governor's annual open house set for Dec. 8
The annual Christmas open house at the Governor's mansion will begin at 3 p.m. Dec. 8, Gov. Sean Parnell and First Lady Sandy Parnell announced Monday. The event will last until 6 p.m.

2 missing hunters found safe
Two local hunters who were reported missing on Douglas Island on Sunday were found safe Monday morning.

Outside editorial: A needed House watchdog
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Outside editorial: Politics over safety
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'Black Ops' mars holiday season
Two Sunday afternoons ago, my 2-year-old daughter and I were treated to a commercial for Activision's new video game "Call of Duty: Black Ops."

How to make air travel slower, less safe
If you think air travel is bad now, just wait until the airport screeners unionize.

My Turn: President's Oil Spill Commission prepares for final report
In May, President Barack Obama established the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling Commission to investigate what caused the largest oil spill in U.S. history and develop options for guarding against future spills associated with offshore drilling. I was appointed to the commission along with six others. Here's an update on our progress.

It wasn't just Rosa Parks in Montgomery 55 years ago
Wednesday marks the 55th anniversary of the refusal of Rosa Parks to give up her bus seat to a white man, so let's take a closer look at that event. It was not a spur of the moment thing. It was the culmination of years of work by many people.

Alarm bell sounds on consumer protection
This time of year, it's common to hear the sound of bells ringing outside stores as volunteers encourage shoppers to contribute to a good cause. There is a different kind of bell ringing in the offices of financial market regulators, though, and it's an alarm bell.

Noted Southeast historian dies
Bob DeArmond, a prolific writer about the history of Alaska and one of the founding fathers of the city of Pelican, died Friday at home in Sitka. He was 99.

Hilary Lindh Scholarship deadline is Friday
Each year the Eaglecrest Board of Directors offers the Hilary Lindh Scholarship Program. The deadline to submit applications is noon Friday.

Man ejected from car dies of injuries
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers say an 18-year-old North Pole man has died of injuries sustained in a rollover crash on the Parks Highway.

Fish processor will recall salmon
FAIRBANKS - The owner of a Fairbanks fish processing company says three samples of the same batch of smoked salmon the state deemed contaminated were tested by independent laboratories in the :ower 48 and came back negative.

CCFR scholarship program seeks applicants
Capital City Fire and Rescue is taking applications for openings for its scholarship program. The program is open to Alaska residents planning to attend University of Alaska Southeast.

Wettest November on record in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - This month is the wettest November in Anchorage since record-keeping began in 1917.

Alaska certifying nearly all its election results
JUNEAU - The results of the Nov. 2 elections are nearly official.

Bravo Farms recalls cheese distributed in Alaska
Bravo Farms has issued a recall on all of its cheese varieties due to possible E. coli contamination.

Downtown argument leads to assault charge
A man faces an assault charge after allegedly beating another man to the point he was unrecognizable Sunday morning.

Begich, Murkowski oppose earmark ban
JUNEAU - Both of Alaska's senators plan to oppose a proposed ban on earmarks that could come before the full Senate in the next couple days.

College Watch
• Former SE Conf. preps playing college basketball

Classic complete
It was the first year of a new basketball tournament in the city of Juneau, and Thunder Mountain boys' basketball coach John Blasco hopes it's the start of a new tradition.

Boozer practicing with Bulls after hand injury
DEERFIELD, ILL. - Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer reported no problems after practicing with the team on Monday for the first time since breaking his right hand in an accident at his home on Oct. 2.

Riley hopes to return to his Oklahoma roots
Junior Thunder Mountain wrestler Thomas Riley has high expectations for himself this season as well as the rest of the second-year Falcon wrestling squad. Riley, who wrestles at 130 pounds, said he expects the team to fare well at the upcoming Region V tournament and hopes to contend for a state title in his own weight class. He said while the grueling conditioning is the toughest part of wrestling, it all pays off in the end.

Title
• Cumulative season statistics for former Southeast Conference preps playing College basketball

UA president proposes tuition increases
The University of Alaska president is recommending a 7 percent tuition increase starting in the fall of 2012, after the administration's previous call for an even higher increase received harsh criticism.

Fairbanks judge moves Senate case to Juneau
JUNEAU - A state court judge has moved a lawsuit over Alaska's still-disputed U.S. Senate race from Fairbanks to the state capital, Juneau.

Oil industry boosting Alaska spending
Alaska's oil industry is boosting its spending in the state more than expected, which may be good for future oil production and jobs, but is limiting the state's profit from rising oil prices.

Miller's write-in challenges face high hurdle
In Alaska's predominately Native communities, strong write-in vote efforts appear to have driven incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski to victory over Republican primary winner Joe Miller.

Rural Alaskans rank port, harbor projects
ANCHORAGE - For the first time in at least two decades, funding requests for new and improved ports and harbors in rural Alaska will be collected onto one unified list of needed appropriations.

Mother in cold case thankful for resolution
ANCHORAGE - The mother of a man murdered in Sitka almost 23 years ago says she's thankful to the determined cold case detectives who caught her son's killer and for bringing the family closure after two decades of mystery surrounding his disappearance.

City volunteers to renovate Fairbanks' City Hall
FAIRBANKS - The labyrinth of narrow staircases, corridors, false floors and dead ends at the City Hall in Fairbanks might become even more twisty as members of the city administration begin a project to restore the 78-year-old building to its original floor plan.

Tribe fighting Pa. museum over artifacts
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska tribe has demanded the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology return artifacts the tribe considers sacred.

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