Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Juneauites favor Bartlett less than rest of Southeast
A new McDowell survey has found that residents of the greater Southeast region view Bartlett Regional Hospital more positively than do Juneauites.

Police and 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.

Photos: Cleaning up after Mother Nature
Snowblower: A man known as Rosie clears snow out of his and his neighbor's driveway Monday on Back Loop Road. "This is picture postcard weather," Rosie said.

Photo: Let the games begin
Juneau-Douglas' Karli Brakes, left, steals the ball from South Anchorage's Heidi Pichler in their opening game in the 20th Annual Princess Capital City Classic basketball tournament Monday at the JDHS gym. The Crimson Bears won 76-17. For more photos and game stories, check today's Sports section. The tournament runs through Wednesday.

Photos: Eaglecrest gets boost to slow season start after Monday's snowfall
A wholehearted crowd turned out at Eaglecrest Ski Area on Tuesday to take full advantage of the Monday night's snowfall in the hope the fresh snow would provide more skiing prospects.

Airlift Northwest hires Aero Air for medical transport
A top medical transport company for Southeast Alaska is changing vendors but not much else. Airlift Northwest has awarded a flight contract for the area to Aero Air, a company based in Hillsboro, Ore., that provides medical transportation.

Land use fee increase to be implemented
The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly approved land use fee increases that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2011.

Police & Fire
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Photo: First-time visitor gets a taste of Juneau
Richard Beard, a first-time visitor from Kentucky, sweeps snow off his nephew's boat Tuesday at Aurora Harbor. Ray Dennis, the owner of Chris Tie, said they were planning to go out and wet a line during Tuesday's better weather.

Photo: Energy Star
Curtis Blackwell, Juneau School District lead mechanic, installs an Energy Star Award next to the front doors of Juneau-Douglas High School. JDHS was one of four schools in the district to receive the award this year. Floyd Dryden Middle School, Auke Bay Elementary School and Gastineau Elementary also received the award, given by the Environmental Protection Agency for energy efficiency.

Photo: Exercise break
Jill Sandleben takes her 10-year-old border collie and Australian shepherd mix, Cassie, out for a lunchtime exercise break Monday at Twin Lakes.

Rudolph (Rudy) William Maier
Rudolph (Rudy) William Maier died at his Juneau home on Aug. 17, 2010, among family and friends. He spent most of his years in Juneau, the city he loved his entire life.

Outside editorial: Weaning ourselves from a China import
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Worthy data-collecting requires diligent oversight
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Borders, security remain roadblocks to Mideast peace
Having spent 20 months chasing an elusive Israeli settlement freeze, the Obama administration has now launched a new effort on borders and security whose chances of success are almost as dubious.

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.

Critical intelligence: Is it lost?
"If You See Something, Say Something." These words appear on new posters prominently seeking attention in the elevator lobbies of Juneau's Federal Building. In smaller print they advise people to report suspicious activity to the Federal Protective Service. It's part of another one size fits all approach to the government's counterterrorism efforts. But can America's law enforcement and intelligence agencies be gathering so much information that critical intelligence will get lost?

US as a whole is prepared only to overreact to even a small act of terrorism
A year ago, on Christmas Day, a young Nigerian named Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab allegedly tried to blow up a passenger jet in midair as it was landing in Detroit, using a bomb hidden in his pants. As he fumbled with the detonator, other passengers realized something was amiss and wrestled him to a halt.

Minn. explorer sets out for risky Alaska climb
MINNEAPOLIS - A Minnesota explorer hopes to become the first person to scale Mount McKinley on a solo expedition in January.

Juneau doing something new with sludge
JUNEAU - The city of Juneau is trying something new to dispose of sludge from the Mendenhall Treatment Center.

New Year's Eve fireworks legal in Mat-Su
ANCHORAGE - Mat-Su residents will legally be able to shoot off fireworks in the borough on New Year's Eve for the first time in 42 years.

Police allege woman posed as patient to get pills
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks woman has been charged with forgery after police say she posed as another woman in order to obtain prescription painkillers.

Man arrested in Switzer Village
The Juneau Police Department arrested a 31-year-old man following a report of a domestic dispute in Switzer Village Trailer Park. Police say Juneau resident Mathew St. Clair was armed with a rifle and had threatened a 24-year-old Juneau resident.

Raffle stubs taken in VFW burglary
KETCHIKAN - A box filled with raffle contest stubs has been taken from the Veterans of Foreign War hall in Ketchikan.

Governor: Palin e-mails won't be released 'til May
JUNEAU - The Alaska governor's office says it needs until May 31 to release potentially thousands of e-mails sent and received by former Gov. Sarah Palin.

State plans to seek $16K from Miller team
JUNEAU - The state of Alaska plans to seek nearly $16,000 in legal fees from Joe Miller's team over litigation surrounding the U.S. Senate race.

Alaska Travel Industry Association Foundation seeks applicants for tourism scholarships
The Alaska Travel Industry Association Foundation is taking applications for scholarships through Jan. 14. ATIA scholarship application forms are available at http://www.alaskatia.org/More-Info/ATIA-Foundation.aspx

N. Idaho tech high school hoping for faster start
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Supporters of a planned professional technical high school in northern Idaho hope a bill slated for the 2011 Idaho Legislature will expedite the project.

University of Missouri dropping 16 degree offerings
COLUMBIA, Mo. - A state-mandated review of academic programs has led to a University of Missouri plan to eliminate 16 degree options in coming years.

McCarthy to get Internet, wired phone access
VALDEZ - The tiny town of McCarthy in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve will finally get broadband Internet and wired telephone service if a proposal is approved by the National Parks Service.

Alaska attorney general begins work
JUNEAU - Alaska's new attorney general is now officially on the job.

Fewer senior citizens take free classes at U of A
FAIRBANKS- Fewer senior citizens are taking advantage of a free-tuition program at the University of Alaska.

Crimson Rolls
Juneau-Douglas harassed and pressured Haines into 29 turnovers Tuesday, and the Crimson Bears blitzed the defending 3A state champion Glacier Bears 66-41 in the second round of the 20th Annual Princess Cruises Capital City Classic.

Tour de force
It was a show of force Monday evening in the Juneau-Douglas High School gym, and the defending 4A girls' state champion Crimson Bears flexed some serious muscle.

Photo: Young and old
Juneau-Douglas' Trevor Held, left, passes off the puck as he is hit by Alumni Logan Miller in Monday's JDHS Hockey Alumni game at Treadwell Arena.

JDHS girls rally, win in OT
The Crimson Bears showed Monday they dominate teams and win big. On Tuesday, they showed they can grind it out when need be, and win in thrilling fashion.

Kilsyth bounces back big
Tired travel legs led to a difficult loss Monday afternoon for the team from Australia, but a good night's rest proved to do wonders.

West Valley rolls over undermanned Hoonah
It was a barn burner of a first quarter in the first boys' matchup Tuesday afternoon at Juneau-Douglas High School. Unfortunately for short-handed Hoonah, it may have done them in.

Miller lifts certification opposition, fights on
JUNEAU- Republican Joe Miller is making a last-ditch effort to invalidate the results of Alaska's U.S. Senate race following two stinging defeats in state courts.

Judge clears way for Murkowski's Senate win
JUNEAU - A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by Republican Joe Miller and lifted a stay on certification of Alaska's U.S. Senate election, clearing the way for Sen. Lisa Murkowski to officially be declared the winner.

Lawmaker wants Alaska's 1st medical, law schools
FAIRBANKS - An Alaska lawmaker has pledged to create the state's first medical schools and law schools.

Musher reunited with dog after 3 years
FAIRBANKS - Musher Amanda Byrd received a long dog hug in her backyard Monday after she picked up her old dog from the pound that morning.

Ocean power projects raise concern about salmon
TACOMA, Wash. - The quest for green energy is increasingly focused on ocean power such as tidal and wave generators. But some scientists are raising concerns about whether those projects could interfere with salmon and other species with sensitive internal compasses.

Fairbanks to launch pilot recycling program
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks North Star Borough will begin a pilot recycling program if it can reach a deal with a company that already provides recycling services to the University of Alaska Fairbanks and local military bases.

Court rejects man's appeal in death of physicist
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Court of Appeals has rejected an Alaska man's request for a new sentence on a manslaughter conviction in the traffic death of a world-renowned physicist.

Natural Gas Authority audit prompts rebuttal from board chair
A state legislative audit that suggested the voter-created Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority may be on the cusp of outliving its usefulness and has "stretched the bounds of its statutory authority" drew a sharp rebuttal from its chairperson. The Division of Legislative Audit study recommended that the Legislature study whether the time is coming to end the public corporation's mission.

Tourism promoters launch new marketing ads
ANCHORAGE - Alaska tourism promoters are hoping the flash of Sarah Palin, "Deadliest Catch," ''Ice-Road Truckers" and other popular media stars will translate to more visitors to the 49th state.

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