Saturday, December 25, 2010

Oxy sale gets local man five years
An 80-mg tablet of oxycodone (oxycontin or oxy), a prescription medication used to treat chronic pain, can be sold on the streets of Juneau for more than $200. That is what Justin Brokken was charging when he unknowingly sold the drug to a Juneau Police Department informant on March 30.

LAMP not just about building, but services
The Library Archives Museum Project isn't just about moving out of an ailing building that threatens the artifacts - it's also about making services more effective.

Photo: Last shop
Last-minute shoppers Cailey Neary, Zoey Wilson and Paige Pahlke look for assorted gifts for friends and family Thursday afternoon at Choco Boutique.

Photo: Wrap it like you mean it
Choco Boutique owners Dana and Manuel Hernandez wrap last minute gifts for customers. "A lot of people are buying last minute gifts for family members," Manuel said. "Mostly stocking stuffers. Things to warm up the hearts in this weather."

Photo: Morning moon

Woman dies in house fire in Ekwok, near Dillingham
ANCHORAGE — A woman died in a house fire in the village of Ekwok, about 40 miles northeast of Dillingham in southwestern Alaska.

Crowley to fuel Alaska Shell gas stations
ANCHORAGE — Crowley Maritime Corp. says its Alaska distribution division is adding eight Shell Oil service stations to its wholesale network.

State seeks reconsideration in abortion lawsuit
ANCHORAGE — The state of Alaska is seeking reconsideration of a lawsuit decision over a new state law requiring that parents be notified before a girl younger than 18 can get an abortion.

Man accused of assaulting girl he met on Facebook
RENO, Nev. — An Alaska man has been accused of traveling to Reno with two Southern California girls he met on Facebook and sexually assaulting one of them.

Man who used Alaska church's debit card sentenced
FAIRBANKS — A Fairbanks man who ran up more than $11,000 on a church’s debit card has struck a plea deal and been sentenced to six years.

Federal judge sides with NOAA in seals decision
ANCHORAGE — Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell is cheering a judge’s ruling that backs the federal government’s refusal to list ribbon seals as endangered.

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Unsuccessful search for Teller snowmachiner
ANCHORAGE — A search from the air and on the ground has failed to find a snowmachiner missing since last weekend on the Seward Peninsula.

Alaska editorial: Offering a little good will for the holiday season
The following editorial first appeared in the Alaska Journal of Commerce:

U.S. can hot-wire Mideast peace talks by recognizing Palestine as a state
The United States could energize the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations - presently on hold - by recognizing Palestine formally as a state and establishing full diplomatic relations with it.

U.S. recognition of Palestine would heighten tensions, spur violence
U.S. recognition of a Palestinian state is one of those tempting silver bullets that upon close examination would produce the opposite of its promised result. Rather than promoting peace, it would likely ignite conflict both within Palestinian society and between Israel and the Palestinians.

War's real report card isn't so reassuring
The Obama administration's year-end review of its strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, released last week, was intended to be cautiously reassuring: Yes, there are challenges, but military progress is being made. Overall, President Barack Obama said, "We are on track to achieve our goals."

The trails more traveled
It’s early morning on Admiralty Island, and I’m skulking along a trail, looking for Sitka black-tailed deer. I spot a narrow dirt track off the side of the human-made trail, so I divert onto it. It meanders through the thorny sticks of dormant devil’s club, winding around a tree stump, ducking under a fallen tree that I choose to climb over. Soon it dead-ends into another trail that snakes away uphill. That trail seems purposeful for a while, then the ground becomes a little harder and it dwindles away.

Wild shots
Winter images highlighting Southeast Alaska scenery

December's dramatic sightings
Geese and ducks often fly from the wetlands to Auke Lake, as long as some open water remains there. These flights are especially noticeable during the hunting season, when the wetlands are dangerous for waterfowl. It’s classified as a game refuge, yet during the hunting season, the wetlands are not much of a “refuge.” Instead, they are a perilous place for those targeted by shooters. When hunters are active on the wetlands, Auke Lake offers a comparatively safe haven during these days, and the waterfowl return to the wetlands at night, to feed in the dark as best they can.

Eaglecrest invites public to Christmas Eve celebration
JUNEAU — Eaglecrest Ski Area is inviting Juneau to join them in celebrating the holidays with their annual Christmas Eve Celebration at the mountain.

Holiday closure for Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
JUNEAU — The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center will close at noon today for the Christmas holiday.

Planetarium presents show on Mercury, mythology
JUNEAU — The Marie Drake Planetarium is offering “Mercury and Hermes: Mythology and science of the planet Mercury” plus “The Stars Tonight” beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 28.

Tides
Today, Dec. 24

Trap Club Xmas shooting results
Fresh snowfall graced the Saturday, Dec. 12 Amateur Trap Association registered shoot for the Juneau Trap Club Christmas event. Conditions in general were cold and snowy. Despite this, 10 single (16 yard) shooters and 7 handicap (greater than 20 yards) shooters enjoying the day and helped to prepare the club’s Christmas open house to be held later that afternoon. No doubles trap was shot due to lack of daylight.

Unsuccessful search for Teller snowmachiner
ANCHORAGE - A search from the air and on the ground has failed to find a snowmachiner missing since last weekend on the Seward Peninsula.

State seeks reconsideration in abortion lawsuit
ANCHORAGE - The state of Alaska is seeking reconsideration of a lawsuit decision over a new state law requiring that parents be notified before a girl younger than 18 can get an abortion.

Crowley to fuel Alaska Shell gas stations
ANCHORAGE - Crowley Maritime Corp. says its Alaska distribution division is adding eight Shell Oil service stations to its wholesale network.

Man who used Alaska church's debit card sentenced
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man who ran up more than $11,000 on a church's debit card has struck a plea deal and been sentenced to six years.

Woman dies in house fire in Ekwok, near Dillingham
ANCHORAGE - A woman died in a house fire in the village of Ekwok, about 40 miles northeast of Dillingham in southwestern Alaska.

Federal judge sides with NOAA in seals decision
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell is cheering a judge's ruling that backs the federal government's refusal to list ribbon seals as endangered.

Man accused of assaulting girl he met on Facebook
RENO, Nev. - An Alaska man has been accused of traveling to Reno with two Southern California girls he met on Facebook and sexually assaulting one of them.

Consultant: Alaska must get behind gas pipeline
FAIRBANKS - Public aid in the form of loan guarantees will be required if developers are going to build a proposed large-diameter natural gas pipeline in Alaska anytime soon, a financial consultant told business leaders in Fairbanks.

Parnell sends a strong message on law and order
Gov. Sean Parnell has a message for the 12-year-old girl sexually assaulted by a foster parent and shunned by her community for reporting it … and for the 16-year-old sent away by her parents to “silence” her from talking about her father’s sexual attacks … and the 14-year-old who cannot sleep at night because she fears her father will molest her younger sister … and for the college student raped on campus … and for the woman beaten by a loved one in her own home.

Miller expects decision on legal fight Monday
JUNEAU — Republican Joe Miller plans to decide Monday whether to continue his legal challenge to Alaska’s U.S. Senate race or stand back and let his GOP rival, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, take office.

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