Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Halibut commission recommends further Area 2C quota cuts
The International Pacific Halibut Commission has made preliminary staff recommendations of again lowering halibut quotas in 2011, but local fishing representatives see this as a dangerous move.

Window wonderment amazes young, old alike
If, like the popular holiday song says, "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go," then you must be going to the corner of Seward and Third Streets. Even Santa Claus stopped to peer inside on Gallery Walk Friday night to catch a glimpse of the newest creation by REACH facilities director Dan Elstad.

Photo: Making a safe landing
An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-400 aircraft featuring the "Spirit of Alaska Statehood" design won in a Paint The Plane state-wide contest by Sitka High School's Hannah Hamberg was unveiled in 2009 taxis into the Juneau airport. The design celebrated Alaska's 50 years of statehood and featured a musher and sled dog, state ferry, Native Alaskan canoe, bear and whale, and the statement, "We're all pulling together."

Photo: Admiring sculptures
Bop Isbell, with his life mask in the foreground, attended an unveiling of a sculpture Saturday in Mountain View in Anchorage. Artists Erin Pollock and Steph Kese revealed their backlit mask sculpture, which features life masks of 52 Mountain View residents. The subjects were in attendance at the unveiling and a party afterwards at the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club.

Police & Fire
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Photo: Playing the favorites
Members of the Floyd Dryden String Band entertain holiday revelers during Friday evening's Gallery Walk to kick off the Christmas season.

Police & Fire

Native leader explains Tlingit education's relevance for all societies
Tlingit educational values have kept its clans alive since before European contact in Alaska, and Tlingit leaders recognize how the pillars of that education are important to Native and non-Native students alike, a speaker discussing Native education said Monday.

Charles Milton Bishop
Charles Milton Bishop, 59, died Dec. 2, 2010, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, where he had been a patient since a stroke three weeks earlier.

Outside editorial: It's too soon for a 'Do Not Track' law
The following editorial appeared in the San Jose Mercury News:

Outside editorial: N. Korea goes rogue
The following editorial appeared in the Kansas City Star:

Disclosure without a cause
All the hoopla about whether WikiLeaks has harmed U.S. foreign policy has missed the most stunning lesson of this drama.

The judge shortage
A vacancy crisis threatens our federal judiciary. With 108 open trial and appellate court positions across the country - nearly twice the number that existed when President Barack Obama took office - our federal courts are suffering from a near-record 12 percent vacancy rate.

Young Americans: In the crosshairs of debt
President Obama's debt commission has earned mixed reviews for its recommendations for reducing the federal government's ballooning deficits. But at least it got the right conversation started.

April 11, 1954: A date that will live in monotony
All hail the march of science. The cure for cancer or even the common cold eludes us, but we can now say definitively that we know the date of the Most Boring Day ever:

Bristol Palin: Mom didn't force her to dance
ANCHORAGE - Bristol Palin says her mother didn't force her to go on Dancing with the Stars.

Crippled ship due today at Dutch Harbor
ANCHORAGE - A disabled cargo ship being towed in Alaska waters is close to Dutch Harbor, expected to arrive for repairs at midday Tuesday.

Temporary closure for Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center will be closed temporarily Saturday and Sunday.

Mayor has big plans for Anchorage park
ANCHORAGE - Mayor Dan Sullivan has big plans for the Anchorage Sports Park.

2 found dead in Chevak home
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers are investigating the deaths of two people in the village of Chevak northwest of Bethel.

Surgery center opens in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks has a new surgery center.

Anchorage International Film Festival in 10th year
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage International Film Festival is celebrating its 10th year.

2 new fire stations opening in Wasilla
WASILLA - With the weekend opening of Fire Station 63 in Wasilla, the Central Mat-Su Fire Department now has nine stations.

EPA levied $4.9M in penalties in Northwest
SEATTLE - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it assessed $4.9 million in penalties in the Northwest and Alaska in 2010.

Assembly makes appointments to hospital board, planning commission
The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly made appointments to both the Bartlett Regional Hospital board and the Planning Commission on Monday.

Scholarships ready but state must define courses
FAIRBANKS - A scholarship program is getting ready for Alaska high school graduates who took extra math and science but the courses that will count still have to be defined.

Columbus awards seek middle school applicants
The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, a federal agency, is calling for entries for the 2010-2011 Christopher Columbus Awards program. The awards challenge teams of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students to explore opportunities for positive change in their communities.

Hoonah teacher wins prestigious national award
Benjamin McLuckie, a teacher at Hoonah High School, has been named one of seven national winners of the 2011 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation Educator Achievement Awards.

Leadership Juneau seeks applications
Leadership Juneau 2011 is about to begin and the United Way of Southeast Alaska is recruiting. The program offers local citizens the chance to become more effective community leaders.

Juneau sends six wrestlers to state
The Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain wrestling teams returned from Craig with six state qualifiers for this weekend's tournament in Wasilla.

Midnight Suns take third place in Hawaii
The Midnight Suns baseball team from Juneau recently competed at the En Fuego Invitational Tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii and returned as third-place finishers after a successful trip.

Falcons freshman Demmert expected to contribute
Thunder Mountain freshman shooting guard Michaela Demmert has played basketball since the fourth grade. Demmert was born in Juneau but moved with her family to Ashland, Ore., when she was in the first grade, where she lived for four years before returning back to Juneau. She said she sees herself being a contributing factor on this year's Falcons squad, even as a freshman. And although she wasn't a part of last year's team, she said they should be considerably improved this season.

AP Interview: Parnell feels freedom to chart course
JUNEAU - Monday's inauguration marks a coming out of sorts for Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell, who spent his first 15 months in office in his predecessor's shadow but now feels the freedom to chart his own course. And he plans to seize the opportunity.

Parnell, Treadwell sworn in
The new administration of Gov. Sean Parnell and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell pledged to move forward with an agenda of strengthening the state's families and economy as it was sworn in Monday at an inauguration ceremony at Juneau's Centennial Hall.

Assemblymember Stone to take new job with Treadwell
Juneau Assemblymember David Stone will serve as chief of staff to new Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, he said Monday after Treadwell and Gov. Sean Parnell were sworn in at Centennial Hall.

Agency OKs bonds for Mat-Su prison sewer project
ANCHORAGE - A state loan agency agreed to a complex deal Friday to sell up to $20 million in bonds to finance the troubled private sewer project at the new Mat-Su prison in the Goose Bay area.

Rough seas for ship being towed in Bering Sea
ANCHORAGE - A cargo ship that broke down in Alaska's Aleutian Islands while carrying canola seeds and nearly a half-million gallons of fuel oil continued its slow journey to a safe harbor Sunday as a tug boat pulled it through rough seas and up to 25-foot waves.

Miller faces deadline to respond to borough
JUNEAU - A former employer of Republican Joe Miller is threatening to take its concerns about missing e-mails to investigators or the state bar association if Miller doesn't respond to questions surrounding the matter.

Begich to Miller: Drop Senate challenge
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich says Republican Joe Miller is putting personal ambition ahead of Alaska's interests and should drop his legal challenge to last month's election.

$25M school boosts pride in Kongiganak
ANCHORAGE - Building Alaska's newest Bush school meant pounding steel pilings 60 feet into the tundra, installing special devices to keep the permafrost frozen, and building a frozen airstrip on a lake.

Tok school burns biomass in boiler in order to cut costs
FAIRBANKS - A new wood energy project in Tok has turned surrounding forests from a fire hazard into renewable fuel. The Tok School lit a new wood chip-fired boiler for the first time several weeks ago.

Pebble Mine trial over permits begins
ANCHORAGE - A lawyer for companies seeking to mine in southwest Alaska used a core sample, large maps and photos to show Monday that exploration of the area had been carefully conducted with high regard for the environment.

Ex-ADF&G spokeswoman to spend 3 days in prison for reckless driving
Former Alaska Department of Fish & Game spokeswoman Jennifer Yuhas will spend three days in prison after she pleaded guilty Monday to reckless driving, a misdemeanor, for a March 28, 2009 Juneau incident in which Yuhas operated a vehicle without her headlights on and failed to stop at several stop lights.

Scholarships ready but Alaska must define courses
FAIRBANKS - A scholarship program is getting ready for Alaska high school graduates who took extra math and science but the courses that will count still have to be defined.

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