Saturday, December 5, 2009

Wings of Alaska sale goes sour
Bob Jacobsen wasn't ready to retire when, in his mid-50s, he sold Wings of Alaska to a Portland start-up company. But after nearly three decades in the air transport business, he was ready to do something else.

Swope: Negotiations could prevent city layoffs
Current negotiations between the city and the largest of its three unions could make the difference between cutting or keeping more than 20 municipal employees, said city manager Rod Swope on Thursday.

Tourist season a mixed bag: sales tax revenues show no consistency
The tourists arrived, but did they spend?

Businesses prepare for big night
Tonight is expected to be one of the more festive evenings of the holiday season in Juneau, as hundreds of people are expected to flock to downtown for the 28th annual Gallery Walk.

Tax figures show spending trends
Editor's note: The information provided is for the first through the third quarter of 2009 and represents only a portion of business segments reporting.

Photos: Demonstration, education
Speaking: KJ Metcalfe speaks during a demonstration on the Capitol steps Thursday by the Juneau People of Peace and Justice against the Obama Administration's escalation of the military in Afghanistan. The group is collectingsignatures in protest of the war to send to President Obama.

Around Town
Today, Dec. 4

Klu Cordova
Former Juneau resident Klu Cordova, also known as Kiersten Carrington, died Nov. 2, 2009, in Glenrose, Texas, after a long battle with complications from a head injury sustained in her youth. She was 43.

Patricia A. Gehring
Juneau resident Patricia A. Gehring died unexpectedly Dec. 2, 2009, in her home. She was 38.

Time to vote on shield law for journalists
One month ago, Senate sponsors of a federal shield law for journalists reached a breakthrough compromise with the Obama administration that satisfies the government's concerns over safeguarding national security yet allows reporters to protect confidential news sources.

Obama's land mine decision disappoints
President Barack Obama will collect his Nobel Peace Prize on Dec. 10 - two weeks after his administration announced a decision not to join the global treaty banning land mines. He shouldn't get away without having to reconcile the glow of Oslo with that deadly, heartless and inhumane decision, another sign that the president's peace prize may have been premature.

Missing stories of 2009
Sometimes it's those news stories that don't feel the love from cable talk shows or the blogosphere that reveal the most about what really happened in a given year. 2009 had plenty of them. From a naval alliance that could shift the balance of power on two continents to the risk of another housing bubble, these are the stories that got less attention they deserved this year - but could dominate the conversation in 2010.

Facebook friends not so friendly
I'm not so sure I like my friends anymore.

Preserving a 'public treasure'
Among the 17 million acres that makes up the Tongass National Forest sit over a hundred tiny cabins that have seen hikers come and go, hunters hundle around steaming stoves, families as they grow and been the backdrop for countless memories cultivated by users near and far. Their walls have certainly heard stories told by "old timers" and have weathered all that mother nature has to offer.

Windfall Lake Cabin now more accessible
Juneau's most popular U.S. Forest Service backcountry cabin just became more accessible.

Weekend at the Camping Cove cabin includes chocolate treats
It's down through a pretty grove of tall red alders that the North Bridget access trail (about 2.5 miles long) opens on to a curving beach. On a recent visit, deep windrows of rockweed on the upper end of the shoreline were evidence of high winds. There was almost a foot of snow in open areas, but just a few inches on the ground under the trees. This made trail-breaking easy.

Tis the season to give it all for the cause of warmth out on the trails
I am giving to myself this year and forgetting selfishness.

Photos: Capturing the wild

ERUMC accepting winter reservations
JUNEAU - Eagle River United Methodist Camp is now accepting reservations for winter use.

Furbearers trapping season open in Unit 4
JUNEAU - The general trapping season for marten, river otter, mink, weasel and beaver opened Dec. 1 for Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof Islands.

Juneau-Douglas Fish and Game Advisory Committee to meet
JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas Fish and Game Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at DIPAC hatchery to hold elections for open committee seats.

Juneau State Parks citizens advisory board to meet
JUNEAU - The Juneau State Parks citizens advisory board will hold a public meeting Monday, Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the Caribou room of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game headquarters.

Angoon man gets 10 years for abusing girls
JUNEAU - A 25-year-old Angoon man was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting two teenage girls.

House Majority picks Dahlstrom as Rules chair
ANCHORAGE - State Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom has been picked as the new Rules Committee Chairwoman in the state House of Representatives.

Detox center reopens in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks Native Association's detoxification clinic is accepting patients again.

Governor plans holiday open house
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sean Parnell and First Lady Sandy Parnell will open the Governor's Mansion in Juneau to the public next week.

GOP confirms Tammie Wilson for House seat
FAIRBANKS - State House Republicans have confirmed Tammie Wilson's appointment to represent District 11 in the North Pole area.

Third man pleads guilty in Alaska caribou wasting
KOTZEBUE - A third man accused of killing and wasting dozens of caribou on the tundra near Point Hope last year has pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to salvage edible meat.

JDHS hockey begins home schedule tonight
Juneau-Douglas hockey looks to get its first victory of the season as the Crimson Bears host North Pole in their first Mid-Alaska Conference games Friday and Saturday.

Parnell: State must end its sexual assault 'epidemic'
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell announced Thursday he will push legislation aimed at addressing the state's domestic violence and sexual assaults, social ills he called epidemic.

Suit seeks EPA review of pesticide impact
ANCHORAGE - An environmental group sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, claiming it has not reviewed the detrimental effects of pesticides on polar bears and their Arctic habitat.

Crews cleaning up North Slope pipeline leak
ANCHORAGE - The cleanup continued Thursday on the North Slope, where a pipeline carrying a mixture of oil, gas and water was discovered leaking onto tundra four days ago.

Sitka residents publish holiday children's book
SITKA - Sitka Soup publisher Will Swagel was not sure who would respond to his ad on Aug. 28, 2008, seeking a "cartoon/artist with wry (or pumpernickel) sense of humor ..."

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