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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Request from Native mothers
I’ve heard a lot of Alaska Native mothers say they want the tribal, state, and federal governments to bring their kids home from Arizona. Their kids are in Florence Prison, too far away to visit. Most of the Native mothers cannot afford to go down there, so they want a prison built in Alaska. For a couple of years now, I’ve heard Native mothers asking tribal leaders and state representatives to make it happen.

DADT repeal not in the public interest
Legislation repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy has turned the United States military into a new front for social and cultural experimentation. This is not in the public interest.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Photo: Smooth skating
If you build it they will come. Brad Greenwell attempts to make smoother skating ice for a skating rink on Tuesday on Auke Lake. After hand shoveling the ice Greenwell used a hand auger to make a hole, placed a new bilge pump in the lake, hooked the pump to a car battery and a garden hose and pumped lake water onto the frozen surface. “Not bored,” Greenwell said. “I just think this will be a fun ice rink.”

Bartlett looks to lobby for adolescent care
Bartlett’s leaders met with local legislators recently to discuss upcoming objectives.

Photo: A long night ahead
Thane residents and friends gather Tuesday for a Winter Solstice bonfire on the beach at Sheep Creek. Thane resident Larri Spengler said the fire has taken place annually for many years, even in weather that is less than ideal. Tuesday’s fire was paired with strong winds that blew sparks up and down the beach. A high wind advisory will remain in effect until 4 p.m. today.

Photo: Ready, set, fly
A flock of Mallard ducks lifts off from the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge on Tuesday morning.

Next Gen plan tweaks in the works
Improvements are being made to the Next Generation education plan in the Juneau School District, following a program review this fall that showed serious flaws in its implementation.

Public testifies in favor of LAMP
The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly chose to acknowledge the recommendation to list the Alaska State Centennial Museum in the National Register of Historic Places on Monday, however it does not want the existing building to remain.

Moonwatchers treated to total lunar eclipse
Skywatchers got an early holiday present this year: A total eclipse of the moon.

Gunshots at Aurora Harbor still under investigation
Juneau resident Andrew Eaton was awakened to the sound of something hitting his 30-foot sailboat The Cloud at about 9:45 p.m. Sunday night on Aurora Harbor's North Float.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Photo: Crunchy collision
Juneau Police officers monitor traffic at the site of a car accident Monday at Egan Drive and Vanderbilt Hill Road. According to a Juneau Police Department press release from Sergeant Paul Hatch, the 2007 Ford Van shown, driven by 61-year-old Jack Smith, failed to stop for a solid red light from Vanderbilt Hill Road making a left turn onto Egan inbound. Smith pulled into the path of a 2001 Dodge Dakota driven by 26-year-old Lolita Wright. The Dodge collided with the Ford. Both vehicles were totaled. Both drivers were transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital by Capital City Fire and Rescue for non-life threatening injuries. Smith was cited for failure to stop at a steady red light. The outbound lanes of Egan were closed for about 30 minutes.

Travel-trained: Americans take security with sigh
NEW YORK — Explosive snow globes? You’ve got to be kidding, Robyn Burford thought when security inspectors at the Portland, Ore., airport demanded she hand over her two glitter-filled souvenirs.

Ariz. hospital loses Catholic status over surgery
PHOENIX — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix stripped a major hospital of its affiliation with the church Tuesday because of a surgery that ended a woman’s pregnancy to save her life.

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US teen birth rate at all-time low, economy cited
ATLANTA — The U.S. teen birth rate in 2009 fell to its lowest point in almost 70 years of record-keeping — a decline that stunned experts who believe it’s partly due to the recession.

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Katherine E. Shaw
Katherine E. Shaw died Dec. 19, 2010, in Juneau at the Juneau Pioneer Home. She was 101.

Petraeus has answers on Afghanistan, based on hope
As President Barck Obama was rolling out his Afghan policy review, I had the chance to visit U.S. forward-operating bases in the Taliban heartland and to interview Gen. David Petraeus.

Getting out of the oil-import hole
“Merry Christmas, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and other oil-exporters.”

Spanish classes thriving in US colleges
Good news for those of us who want increasingly closer U.S. ties with Spanish-speaking countries: a new study shows that more U.S. college students are enrolling in Spanish classes than in any other foreign language.

Outside editorial: Making good history
The following editorial first appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Politics invade the treatment of breast cancer
Chances are you’ve never heard of bevacizumab.

Obamacare and the risk of 'positive rights'
The recent court decision striking down the linchpin provision of the health care bill is a reminder what’s at stake is larger than the future of Obamacare. If this law passes constitutional muster, the question is whether the federal government can be constrained by any limits at all.

Stevens to introduce 120-day session bill
KODIAK — Senate President Gary Stevens plans to revive the debate over the 90-day session.

Patriot Flag to make Christmas Eve stop at capitol building
The Patriot Flag, a flag created to honor those killed in the 9/11 attacks, will fly at the capitol building at 8 a.m. Friday, according to a release from the City and Borough of Juneau.

Former credit union COO sentenced for embezzlement
ANCHORAGE - A federal judge has sentenced a former Sitka credit union official to two years in prison for embezzling.

Anchorage elementary getting wind turbine
ANCHORAGE — Begich Middle School in Anchorage has won school board approval to install a wind turbine.

3 new Mat-Su schools planned
ANCHORAGE — Matanuska-Susitna Borough planners are looking for sites for three new schools at Wasilla.

Murkowski 'leaning toward' support of 9/11 bill
JUNEAU — Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she is “leaning toward” supporting legislation to aid responders to the 2001 terror attacks.

Kodiak man acquitted of murder
KODIAK - A 31-year-old Kodiak man has been acquitted of murder.

City encourages pipe-freezing prevention
The City and Borough of Juneau Public Works department reminded people in a press release to take preventative measures with pipelines during frigid weather conditions to prevent line freezes. Things which can help prevent line freezes include keeping water circulating through pipes by leaving a trickle running in faucets, closing the foundation vents on your house, insulating and/or adding heat tape to pipes and checking to ensure drains are clear of all obstructions and debris.

Kendall to serve as OCS acting director
ANCHORAGE - James Kendall has been selected to serve as the acting director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement's Alaska Outer Continental Shelf Region.

Alaska Air again offering legislative discounts
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Airlines says it again is offering discount fares for Alaskans who want to travel to Juneau for the legislative session.

Panel finds probable cause of ethics violations
ANCHORAGE — An ethics panel has found probable cause that Republican state Rep. Bob Lynn violated the Legislative Ethics Act as he campaigned for re-election.

4 sickened by carbon monoxide near Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS — Firefighters say a malfunctioning oil-burning furnace clogged a chimney with soot, flooding a rented house in the Fairbanks area with carbon monoxide and sickening four people.

State posts population gains over decade
JUNEAU — New U.S. Census data shows Alaska’s population grew by 83,299 people over the last decade.

Flags lowered for former Alaska lawmaker
ANCHORAGE — Alaska state flags will be lowered to half-staff Tuesday in tribute to former state Rep. Walter “Wally” Kubley.

Anchorage parking ticket switch possible
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Assembly may ask voters to let some other agency write downtown parking tickets so that police can attend to more serious matters.

Lance Mackey wins Sheep Mountain race for 3rd time
ANCHORAGE - Lance Mackey won his third victory in five runnings of the Sheep Mountain 150.

Photo: Southeast Holiday Hoops Classic
Juneau-Douglas sophomore forward Gary Speck (54) soars for a lay-up against Thunder Mountain on Tuesday in the inaugural Southeast Holiday Hoops Classic at Thunder Mountain High School.

Photo: Southeast Holiday Hoops Classic Day 1
Monday's results:

Sports in Juneau
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Oil rig operator wants to drill on Arctic shelf
ANCHORAGE — An oil rig operator that intends to drill in Cook Inlet wants to expand operations to the Beaufort and Chukchi seas.

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Alaska incentives ample; film workers are scarce
FAIRBANKS — A generous tax incentive program has brought dozens of film productions to Alaska during the past two years, but the state is short of film crew workers.

Parnell's choice to lead DFG approved
The joint boards of fisheries and game approved two applicants for commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, including Gov. Sean Parnell’s pick to head the agency.

Court challenge 'uphill battle,' Miller says
JUNEAU - Republican Joe Miller calls his court challenge to Alaska's U.S. Senate race results an "uphill battle."

State to sue over polar bear protection
ANCHORAGE — Alaska officials filed notice Tuesday the state would sue the federal government over a decision to designate a swath of the Arctic as critical habitat for polar bears faced with the effects of climate change.

Murkowski: I'm not a reliable vote for Obama
JUNEAU — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski cautioned against reading too much into her support for major pieces of the Democrats’ agenda during the lame duck session of Congress.

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Army punishes 36 in Alaska for synthetic pot use

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Army leader plans to finish at Wainwright

Army punishes 36 in Alaska for synthetic pot use
FAIRBANKS - The U.S. Army Alaska says it has punished 36 soldiers for the use of synthetic marijuana since it banned the substance.

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Court challenge ‘uphill battle,’ Miller says

Army leader plans to finish at Wainwright
FAIRBANKS - Col. Mark Lowe wants to end his career where it all began, in the frigid cold of Fort Wainwright.

Photo: Objects at rest
Spruce cones rest on an icy area of the Perseverance Trail after Sunday's strong winds. Portions of the trail have become deceptively icy and require spiked shoes. Multiple options exist for safer hiking trails or activities on various lakes and ponds in the area. Hikers should check conditions of their chosen trail and leave an itinerary of their trip and return time with friends or family.

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