Saturday, December 18, 2010

Talk about Gastineau School heat pump
If Gov. Sean Parnell is truly committed to the priority of "resources, energy, and the environment," he should fully fund the Alaska Energy Authority's recommended Renewable Energy Fund (ReFund) projects and put the Gastineau Elementary School ground source heat pump back on the table.

Egan and Muñoz offer Juneau Chamber a legislature preview
Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau, and Rep. Cathy Muñoz, R-Juneau, gave the Juneau Chamber of Commerce a taste of what's on the way for next month's legislature.

Coeur to pay penalty for unpermitted discharges
Coeur Alaska will pay a $170,000 penalty to the Environmental Protection Agency to resolve Clean Water Act violations over unpermitted discharges at the Kensington Mine.

JSD budget committee focuses on Strategic Plan
The Juneau School District's budget committee will focus on preserving the strategic plan and strengthening core education - especially in kindergarten through third grade - when determining how to address a $4 million to $6 million budget deficit.

Police & Fire
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Photo: Making tracks
Carol Prentice and Robin Walz ski with their dog, Jewel, on the freshly groomed trail at the Mendenhall Lake campground Thursday. Trails at the campground and out onto Mendenhall Lake are groomed by members of the Juneau Nordic Ski Club.

Clarification
A story on page A1 of Thursday's Empire titled "Parnell unveils $11B spending plan" referred to Rep. Beth Kerttula's supporting his strategy. That comment was in reference to the governor's attempt to have the federal government pick up more of next year's Medicaid cost increase.

Let's keep teen drivers safe this holiday season
This holiday season, parents must be especially vigilant to keep their teens safe on the road.

Outside editorial: End 'don't ask' before courts make the change
The following editorial first appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

EPA's costly rules will cost jobs and setback nation's economic recovery
Our nation is in a high stakes race with China to develop clean energy technologies but we are falling behind. It may be hard to remember now, but we surprised the world years ago by overtaking Russia in the space race, and we can surpass China now if we make some small but important changes in government energy policy.

EPA's new rules to combat climate change is needed because Congress failed
Unless and until Congress crafts legislation setting out a sound national policy to address our energy future as well as global climate change, it should not bar the Environmental Protection Agency from using its existing authority to require large new sources of greenhouse gases to install the best available control technology at the time they are constructed.

Eaglecrest set to open on Saturday
Two weeks after the scheduled opening date, Eaglecrest Ski Area will open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, according to General Manager Kirk Duncan.

Dropping Fish Creek falls
It's one thing to enjoy a leisurely sea kayaking experience in Southeast Alaska, but it's another thing entirely to stare down the barrel of a 20-foot drop on upper Fish Creek in an 8-foot kayak.

Frozen wilderness an aesthetic delight
November brought us some good cold weather, which froze the mudholes in the trails very nicely. So tromping out toward the Eagle Glacier cabin was much easier than it would have been before the hard freeze. Not that there are many mudholes left! Bridges have been replaced or repaired in several spots (though some still need work) and the formerly treacherous stairway is now in good shape. A few places remain that will be ugly when they thaw, however.

Hilary Lindh Scholarship Winners named
JUNEAU - The Eaglecrest Board of Directors is proud to announce the winners of the Hilary Lindh Scholarships. This year's recipients of the Hilary Lindh Season Pass Scholarship are Asianna Mazon, Riley Sikes, Shelby Jeffries and Christopher Coulson.

Recent resuce @ the Juneau Raptor Center: 'Archie'
Type of bird: Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica).

Local Christmas Bird Count a holiday tradition
Whether it's by snow machine, by boat, on skis, by car, on foot, or simply in a chair monitoring a bird feeder, for the next few weeks Alaskans across the state will celebrate the season by participating in Audubon's annual Christmas Bird Count. Volunteers will put their binoculars to work in approximately 37 counts in Alaska.

Wild shots
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Matanuska winds knock our power to hundreds
ANCHORAGE - The Matanuska Electric Association says the Red Cross opened warming shelters Wednesday night at the Palmer Senior Center and Wasilla Sports Complex for residents still without power after a windstorm.

Judge won't return to bench
ANCHORAGE - A judge voted off the bench last month won't be allowed to seek judicial office again in Alaska.

Fairweather cancels Friday sailing
The Alaska Marine Highway System has canceled the roundtrip sailing scheduled for 8 a.m. today between Juneau, Haines and Skagway aboard the fast vehicle ferry Fairweather, according to a release from the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

Alaska militia leader tries to serve judge
FAIRBANKS - An Alaska judge has rejected attempts by a militia leader to serve paperwork alleging the state courts lack jurisdiction and claiming that amounts to criminal activity.

NASA says solar sail may have failed
KODIAK - An experiment on board the rocket sent into space from Kodiak last month is not responding to signals.

AWOL sailor found living in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - A passport application investigation has led to the arrest of an AWOL sailor running from a Navy investigation.

Man threatens "suicide by cop"
ANCHORAGE - Two state troopers were called to a Wasilla home where troopers say a man was threatening to commit "suicide by cop."

Crimson in the crosshairs
There's bad news for girls' high school basketball teams around the state of Alaska: The state champion Crimson Bears might be even better this year.

TMHS girls rally for first win in school history
Good things come to those who wait - and to those who work hard to get better.

College Watch
• Former SE Conf. preps playing college basketball

Small unemployment increases for Alaska
Unemployment rates for both Juneau and Alaska inched up in November, but Juneau's rate moved only slightly and remained among the best in the state.

Woman will be retried for conspiracy in mom's death
KETCHIKAN - A woman accused of conspiring to kill her mother outside the southeast Alaska community of Craig six years ago will be retried in January.

C of E to review Conoco proposal
ANCHORAGE - The Corps of Engineers district office in Anchorage is reviewing whether a buried pipeline is a feasible alternative to a proposed bridge across the Colville River.

Police: Attempted abduction mirrors past cases
ANCHORAGE - An attempted abduction of a schoolgirl in Anchorage this week follows a similar pattern reported in January by three other children in Alaska's largest city, according to police and school district officials.

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