Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Santa uses Coast Guard sleigh Liberty for delivery to Southeast communities
HOONAH - Santa's new sleigh is 110-feet long, has room for roughly 20 elves to aid in toy delivery, doesn't need a red-nosed reindeer for navigation, and can travel in weather that would make even the most seasoned Kris Kringle shiver.

Bridge Park concepts get direction
The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly has tamed the polite battle royal between Docks and Harbors and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee over Bridge Park.

Photo: 'Yarn snob'
RuthAnn Bowman, an employee of the Forget Me Knots Yarn Shop, works on a sweater while waiting for customers Monday at the Mendenhall Mall. The shop has been open since September. "I'm a yarn snob," say Bowman. "I work to keep me in yarn in the manner to which I have become accustomed."

Photo Hitchin' a ride downtown
Sarah Brooks walks her daughter, Mitike, 4, downtown Monday after a stop for some warm milk.

Police & Fire
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Police & Fire
Editor's note: A Juneau Police Department daily report for Monday was not available as of press time.

LWV gifts suffrage book to public libraries
Women securing the right to vote was the outcome of decades of struggle, and the Juneau League of Women Voters wants to make sure people have access to that piece of history.

Hospital staff recognized for dedication
Four Bartlett Regional Hospital staff members were recognized Tuesday evening for their dedication and abilities.

Photo: Making the right adjustments
Alan Salsman takes a light meter reading while photographing with his 8x10 view camera Monday at the West Glacier trailhead.

UAF, USDA could bring grant money to local shrimpers
A new grant program could mean some extra funds for Southeast Alaska commercial shrimp fishermen. The University of Alaska Fairbanks and U.S. Department of Agriculture are teaming up to provide grants totaling up to $12,000 though the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program.

Angoon leader concludes Sealaska lecture series with historical bombardment account
As Native American Heritage Month has come to a close, Sealaska Heritage Institute concluded its lecture series Monday with a lecture on the importance of Tlingit communications and understanding.

Outside editorial: Congress keeps passing the immigration buck
The following editorial first appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

Outside editorial: Keeping it clean
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Fourth estate's struggles help failings of government to fly by
By rejecting every claim the state had improperly conducted the election, Superior Court Judge William Carey has drilled another nail into the coffin of Joe Miller's bid for the U.S. Senate. In some circles, liberal bloggers will be blamed, or credited, for bringing down the one-time front runner. If there's any truth to this, it's a story that begins with how the American people have contributed to the slow demise of freedom's vaunted fourth estate.

We can't always be lucky
The Yemen-based al-Qaeda offshoot that attempted to ship two cargo bombs to the United States in late October plans more attacks.

Politics in America: Only the rich need apply
"Swilling the planters with bumbo" was what it was once called - the Colonial American tradition of treating voters with gifts during election campaigns, particularly plying them with rum (including a concoction known as bumbo). Virtually everyone who could afford the practice did it, including George Washington, who served 160 gallons of rum to 400 voters during the 1758 campaign for the Virginia House of Burgesses. Needless to say, this was a prohibitively expensive way to campaign, and it meant that politics was largely the preserve of the rich.

Afghan women face abuse for fleeing forced marriages
Zaiba, 18, didn't need to see the cover of Time magazine to know what happens to women who flee an arranged marriage or an abusive husband.

JSD Budget Committee is Thursday
The Juneau School District budget committee is seeking public input for the FY 2012 budget process. The next public meeting is 6 p.m. Thursday in room 206 at Juneau-Douglas High School. Topics for discussion are "aligning the budget with the strategic plan" and "eliciting feedback from the community."

Fairbanks reverses $500 vehicle bonds increase
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks City Council has reversed a decision to raise vehicle bonds by $500 for drunken driving violations.

Tax deal approved for Alaska housing
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks City Council has approved a tax deal with a Fort Wainwright housing contractor to pay the city $475,000 annually for the next 50 years.

Anchorage woman cited for feeding pigeons
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers say a 72-year-old Anchorage woman has been cited again for feeding pigeons.

Planning Commission rescheduled
There will be a special planning commission meeting at noon on Monday in the Assembly Chambers to hear "SMF2010 0001: A Final Plat of Mansfield Crossing Subdivision." The applicant is Nathan Bishop and the location is River Road. Contact Community Development at 586-0715 or e-mail PC_Comments@ci.juneau.ak.us with any questions.

Alaska wildlife center takes orphaned bear cub
PORTAGE GLACIER - The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is assisting the state Department of Fish and Game in placing the second motherless cub in a month from Kodiak.

Anchorage girl wards off abduction attempt
ANCHORAGE - Police say a man tried to abduct a sixth-grade student in east Anchorage in a case similar to three attempted abductions last January.

New commander named for Alaska State Troopers
ANCHORAGE - The Department of Public Safety has named Keith Mallard to command the Alaska State Troopers.

Environmentalists sue Alaska over mine gas permit
FAIRBANKS - An Alaska environmental group has filed a lawsuit challenging state approval for a Usibelli Coal Mine plan to look for coal bed methane near Healy.

Anchorage man killed in snowmachine crash
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage man killed in a snowmachine crash near Big Lake hit a metal pole on a bike path.

Alaska musk ox deaths blamed on mineral deficiency
FAIRBANKS - Musk oxen deaths among the herd researchers keep at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have been blamed on a trace mineral deficiency.

Department seeks student interns for tech forums
The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development is seeking student interns for spring 2011. It is looking for student voices in education decisions, especially related to how Alaska provides technology tools in the classroom.

Alaska plans garden alert for tainted water
FAIRBANKS - Tainted water from wells contaminated with an industrial solvent may have affected gardens in the Fairbanks area.

MCA Foundation reports massive beach cleanups from 2010
The Marine Conservation Alliance Foundation reported it has cleaned more than 400,000 pounds of debris from Alaska's beaches this year. A press release states this brings the cleanup total since 2003 to more than 2 million pounds.

Native scholarship available for law enforcement academy
The Doyon Foundation announced a scholarship opportunity available to all Alaska Native students wishing to attend the Spring 2011 Law Enforcement Academy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Community and Technical College (formerly Tanana Valley Campus). The scholarship is funded by the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company Alaska Native Program.

Coeur calls for note redemptions
Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. is calling for redemption of all of its outstanding 1.25 percent convertible senior notes due in 2024. A press release states there were $1.859 million worth of notes outstanding as of Dec. 1

2nd new fire station this month in Wasilla
WASILLA - The Central Mat-Su Fire Department has opened its second new station this month in Wasilla.

JAHC accepting nominations for the mayor's Awards for the Arts
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council is accepting nominations for the mayor's Awards for the Arts, according to a press release from the council.

Repairs completed on vessel that threatened island
ANCHORAGE - A cargo ship that was towed to Dutch Harbor after breaking down in the Aleutian Islands has been repaired and is back at sea.

Judge refuses to block abortion notification law
ANCHORAGE - A judge has denied a request to block a new state law requiring parents be notified before a girl younger than 18 can get an abortion.

Alaska 4-H operates youth exchange with Japan
Youths aged 13-18 who are interested in Japan and its culture may request an application to participate in an Alaska 4-H exchange trip to Japan.

Anchorage water, sewer rates likely going up
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage water and sewer utility is asking state regulators to approve a rate increase next month that would raise bills for single-family homes by nearly $8.

Alaska librarians offer scholarships for graduate studies
Applications for Alaska Library Association scholarships for graduate library studies, both master's and school media endorsement programs, are due Jan. 15, 2011. Details are available at www.akla.org/scholarships/index.html or by contacting Aja Razumny at the Alaska State Library in Juneau by calling (888) 820-452 or 465-2458, or by e-mail aja.razumny@ alaska.gov.

Former Fish and Game chief seeks consulting job
KODIAK - Denby Lloyd, the former commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, is seeking a fisheries consulting job with the Kodiak Island Borough.

HS seniors may apply for National Youth Science Camp
Two Alaska high school seniors will receive a full scholarship to exchange ideas with scientists and other professionals from the academic and corporate worlds in the National Youth Science Camp.

Former Crimson Bears collide
Juneau-Douglas loyalties will take a back seat tonight as former Crimson Bears Mahlet Tingley and Annette Highley go head-to-head as collegians for the first time.

JDHS' Tarver named to All-America soccer team
Local prep athlete Sarah Tarver has been named to the NSCAA Girls High School All-America Team for her role as a junior on the Crimson Bears girls' soccer team that reached the state playoffs in 2010.

Miller appeals decision in Senate race
JUNEAU - Republican Joe Miller is taking his challenge to Alaska's U.S. Senate race to the state Supreme Court.

Judge: Alaska deserves senator by Jan. 3
JUNEAU - Alaska should have a U.S. senator in place by the time Congress convenes in early January, even if all of the legal wrangling between the two rivals contesting the seat isn't resolved by then, a federal judge said Tuesday.

State gets low rates on new bond sale
The state of Alaska has sold $200 million in voter-approved general obligation bonds, using the state's strong financial position and federal subsidies to get a low 2.78 percent interest rate, state officials said.

State sues over federal sea lion protections
ANCHORAGE - The state of Alaska filed a lawsuit Tuesday in an effort to stop a federal agency's plan to protect endangered sea lions by restricting fishing in the western Aleutian Islands.

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USDA calls for conservation grant proposals
The United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, or NRCS is seeking proposals for grants for improvements on water quality, air quality and to promote energy conservation. The Conservation Innovation Grants, or CIG, program will make $25 million in grants available to address natural resource concerns. A statewide grant will also be made available next year.

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