fire in Tongass near Groundhog Bay
Firefighters are battling a 10-acre fire on the Tongass National
Forest near Groundhog Bay, on the southwest corner of the Chilkat
Judy Suing with the U.S Forest Service says the fire was started
by lightning Sunday.
She says two private structures are within one-half of a mile of
are working to contain the fire and a helicopter dropping water
onto the fire.
She says two more crews will arrive Tuesday.
Smoke from the
Groundhog Bay Fire can be seen from Hoonah.
As of Monday evening winds are blowing the smoke to the west, carrying it away from the
Crews will be
camping along the beach as they continue to fight the fire.
Griffin as Juneau Ranger
Marti Marshall is the new Juneau District Ranger.
She took over today (Monday) following last week's retirement of
Marshall returned to the Alaska Region just last year to serve as
the ranger for the Admiralty National Monument.
She first came to Juneau in 1986 to work for the district here.
Two years later she went to Sitka where she worked for the Tongass
Supervisor's Office for 12 years.
Marshall came back to Juneau in 2002 and then worked for four
years in the Pacific Northwest Office.
considers forming swimming pool advisory board
The Assembly tonight (Monday) is scheduled to take up a resolution
that would create a board that would provide input on the
operations of the city's two swimming pools
The Aquatic Facilities Advisory Board would advise the City
Manager and Assembly on matters involving the Augustus Brown
Swimming Pool and the new Dimond Park Aquatic Facility.
In other action, the Assembly will take up an ordinance
that appropriates $5,009,000 from Bartlett Regional Hospital's fund
balance for the Medical Surgical Unit East Wing renovation
The project will complete the renovation of the existing patient
rooms at the hospital.
An ordinance up for action tonight would appropriate a $133,180
grant from the state Department
of Natural Resources to fund improvements on the trail from the
Eaglecrest Lodge to the bridge over Fish Creek where the Treadwell
If there's any funds left over, they will be used to begin
construction of a trail to Cropley Lake.
results for Juneau students released
The Juneau School District has received preliminary data on the
results for its students from the Standards Based Assessment Tests
administered in April.
Students in grades 3 to 10 are tested.
The district's Kristin Bartlett says there was improving
performance in both math and reading at most grade levels district
However, she says with the exception of fourth grade students
there was a decline in proficiency levels in writing.
Bartlett says that follows a similar statewide trend in writing
So she says writing will be an emphasis in their instruction next
Bartlett says they're very encouraged by the math scores.
Results for individual schools will be released by the Alaska
Department of Education and Early Development in August.
blocks Alaska's wolf-kill plan
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal judge has denied the state of Alaska's
request for a preliminary injunction to kill wolves, a step it said was needed
to protect a caribou herd on an island in the Aleutian chain.
The judge said that while sympathetic to the state's argument, he had to abide
by law when ruling against the state's request to immediately conduct predator
control in the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge on Unimak Island.
The state argued that without emergency intervention, the Unimak Island caribou
herd will continue to decline and die out.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it would allow the state to
relocate 20 bull caribou from another herd off the island to Unimak in hopes it
would lead to better calf production in future years.
FERC clears way
for Denali open season
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Federal regulators have approved plans
allowing a second gas pipeline project in Alaska to begin seeking
Monday's decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission sets
the stage for overlapping open seasons by competing projects.
TransCanada began its 90-day open season April 30; it holds an
exclusive license with the state that provides up to $500 million
to advance a project.
Denali, which got the go-ahead Monday and is proceeding without
the special state incentives, plans to begin its open season July
The agency did require some changes, including deletion of a
provision requiring bidders to resubmit bids and signed agreements
if a revised open season is called.
Denali spokesman Dave MacDowell says none of the issues raised
caused Denali any concern.
over 600k barrels after shutdown
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Oil flow through the trans-Alaska pipeline system is
again over 600,000 barrels a day after a contained spill last month that
temporarily shutdown the 800-mile line.
The pipeline was idled for nearly 80 hours after operator Alyeska Pipeline
Service Co. said a power failure during a planned shutdown caused normally
closed valves to open.
An estimated 5,000 barrels of oil spilled into a holding area.
The line restarted May 28.
In April, an average of 645,113 barrels of oil per day moved through the line.
On Monday, Alyeska spokesman Matt Carle said the rate was about 606,000 barrels
He said a relief tank that overflowed remained off-line and that required,
continual monitoring at the site continued.
2 extricated from
wreckage of two vehicle accident
There was a head on collision between two pickup trucks at the
intersection of Mendenhall Loop Road and Nancy Street at about 11
Police say both drivers were trapped due to the extensive damage
to the vehicles.
Investigation determined that a white 1996 Ford Ranger had been
traveling toward the Mendenhall Glacier and a red 1986 Dodge
pickup toward Egan Drive when the Ford crossed the centerline and
struck. the Dodge.
The driver of the Ford, a 51-year old male, and the driver of the
Dodge, a 44-year old male, were both extricated from their
vehicles and transported the hospital.
The driver of the
Ford was admitted for further observation and the driver of the
Dodge was treated and released.
Their vehicles were impounded.
Through witness accounts and follow-up investigation, it was
determined that the Ford had been driving erratically on
Mendenhall Loop Road.
Police say it was also determined that inhalant used by the driver
of the Ford was a possible cause of the erratic driving and subsequent collision with the Dodge.
Two search warrants were granted and executed on both the driver
of the Ford and his vehicle.
Information gathered by the search warrants will be forwarded to
the State Crime Lab for analysis and charges pending their result.
The man's name has not been released.
Hiker found okay in area near
John Muir cabin
A lost hiker was located safe and sound in the Juneau area Sunday
19 year old Jonathan Hays used his cell phone to contact
authorities from an area north of the John Muir cabin.
Alaska State Troopers called in Juneau Mountain Rescue to help. A
two person team along with an Alaska Wildlife Trooper fixed wing
aircraft were sent to the area.
With the help of the aircraft, the rescue personnel were able to
locate the hiker and escort him to safety.
Bicyclist hit by
Police are asking motorists to be aware of bicyclists on the roads
as summer reaches it's peak.
Last Sunday afternoon at about 2-30 police received a report that
a Volkswagen Jetta driven by a 22 year-old Juneau woman had struck
a 10 year-old Juneau boy at the corner of Mendenhall Loop Road and
Back Loop Road.
Forest Service officers were the first to arrive and found the boy
conscious with scratches and bruises but no other visible
Capital City Fire Rescue responded however his parents declined
transport and he was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital by his
According to the police investigation the boy had been bicycling
with a group.
When the group approached the crosswalk the Volkswagen paused for
them as it approached to make a turn.
The boy was 10 to 15 feet behind the rest of the group.
Once the group passed, the Volkswagen made the turn and struck the
According to police, the boy did not appear to be wearing a
The driver was given a citation for failure to show proof of
Now that summer is upon us there are more bicyclists on the road.
Here are a few tips for bicycling safety provided by the Juneau Police
Avoid busy streets – take the scenic tour through neighborhoods
and streets with
Signal your turns – Let motorist know what your intentions are.
You are less likely to get hit if motorists know your intentions
instead of catching them by surprise.
Ride as if you were invisible – It's often helpful to ride in
such a way that motorists won't hit you even if they don't see
you. If you stay out of their way, then you won't get hit even if
they didn't notice you were there.
Rethink music players and mobile phones – It is more important
to hear what is going on around you then talking to your friend or
listening to your favorite song.
sanitized prior to making next Alaska cruise
Princess Cruises says a crew spent an extra two hours sanitizing
the Sapphire Princess ship in Seattle on Sunday before passengers
boarded for its next Alaska cruise.
The company's Julie Benson told KING-TV that 96 passengers who
returned over the weekend from a seven-day trip sought medical
attention for a norovirus, which causes vomiting and diarrhea.
Benson says sick passengers were asked to stay in their rooms, and
the crew took other precautions to prevent the illness from
to rein in EPA regulation
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is the leading
sponsor of a resolution that would prevent the Environmental
Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean
The Alaska Republican says she wants to protect her constituents
from the negative economic impact.
The resolution is scheduled for 10 hours of debate Thursday on the
Murkowski energy spokesman Robert Dillon says the resolution is
not about debating the science behind climate change. Rather, it's
about stopping an "out of control" government agency.
(Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)
delayed, will stay in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The judge in the case of a young woman
accused of conspiring with two former boyfriends to kill her
mother has been delayed.
The judge in the Rachelle Waterman murder case set trial for Jan.
18, but says it will stay in Ketchikan.
The 21-year-old woman was 16 in November 2004, when prosecutors
say she conspired to kill her mother, 48-year-old Lauri Waterman
The two men, Brian Radel of Thorne Bay and Jason Arrant of
Klawock, both then 24, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. They
are serving long prison terms.
Waterman pleaded innocent and went on trial in January 2006, but
the jury deadlocked.
The indictment was later thrown out. The state is prosecuting
(Ketchikan Daily News)
command of university system this week
It's Mark Hamilton's last week on the job as president of the
University of Alaska.
As he leaves, he's asking Alaskans to continue to support the
When asked what advice he has given his successor, he said he told
Patrick Gamble to pay attention to his staff, listen to them,
respect them and they will do everything that needs to be done.
When asked what advice he may have given the Board of Regents, he
said he told them the same thing. He also told them to call the
president once in awhile and not be dissuaded by the thought that
he's too busy.
He points to the Alaska Scholars program and the financial
accountability the university has followed during his tenure as
achievements of which he's particularly proud.
college seek to save AK school
BECKY BOHRER - Associated Press Writer
SITKA, Alaska (AP) — One of Alaska's oldest schools is being
sold off piece by historic piece in an effort to avoid bankruptcy.
The process began with Sheldon Jackson College's abrupt closure
three years ago in Sitka. That has caused divisions in the fishing
and tourist community in southeast Alaska.
Some want to see the campus left intact, remade perhaps into a
tribal or community college.
But some school and local officials don't see that's possible.
Officials instead have been working on what could be their last,
best option: a proposal by the University of Dubuque in Iowa that
centers on Sheldon Jackson's hatchery, a small corner of the
230-acre campus at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. It also requires
the clearing of millions more in debt by selling more assets.
Safety graduates include four from Southeast police departments
Two members of the Juneau Police Department are among the latest
graduates of the Department of Public Safety Academy in Sitka.
There were 21 graduates from eleven different municipal, state and
federal agencies, as well as Samantha Cox who paid to put herself
through the academy.
The JPD graduates are Brent Bartlett and Carl Lundquist.
There were also graduates from two other Southeast Alaska police
They include Heidi Milazzo of the Sitka Police Department and
Simon Ford of the department in Haines.
There were eight Alaska State Trooper and two Alaska Wildlife
Troopers in this graduating class.
Feds: error didn't affect
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal prosecutors say in court papers
that the government erred in failing to turn over evidence
favorable to former Rep. Vic Kohring before his corruption trial
but the mistake didn't affect his conviction.
Kohring was convicted of accepting bribes in 2007. He was released
on bail last year in the middle of his 3½-year prison sentence
while he pursued an appeal.
The Anchorage Daily News reports a new team of prosecutors made in
a filing Friday in U.S. District Court in Anchorage. In papers,
they say mistakes in handling discovery before the trial were
"regrettable" but Kohring received a fair trial.
(Anchorage Daily News)
KidCare spent money on 'abortion
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska health department says 0.18
percent of a health insurance program for low income families was
spent on "abortion related services" but it didn't have
exact figures on how many abortions were performed.
Gov. Sean Parnell vetoed an expansion of Denali KidCare this week
because he found out the program pays for abortions.
The Anchorage Daily News reports the health department on Friday
said $384,000 of the program's $217 million budget last year went
for "abortion related services" and 664 people received
The department's deputy commissioner Bill Streur says that doesn't
mean they all received abortions since that covers anyone who
tells the program they are considering an abortion.
Streur says he's trying to confirm the actual number of abortions.
(Anchorage Daily News)
Pick Click Give called "staggering"
Over 95 hundred individuals supported the causes they care about
this year by participating in the "Pick Click Give"
program on their 2010 Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend application.
Just over 927 thousand dollars was raised according to statistics
released by the Rasmuson Foundation and Department of Revenue.
Qualifying non-profits, community foundations and University of
Alaska campuses stood to gain from the program, now in it's second
Jordan Marshall of the Rasmuson Foundation says the total number
of dollars given is staggering given the state of the economy
He says the money has already been divvied up by the wishes of the
Next year won't be the last for the program.
The Legislature in April voted to remove the three-year sunset
date for the program and Governor Parnell has signed the bill.
(KENI - Anchorage)
baseball and softball state crowns, Sitka takes small school
Juneau Douglas High School is home to the Alaska baseball and
The Crimson Bears baseball team defeated defending champion Dimond
9 to 7 Saturday in Palmer.
The Gatorade Alaska player of the year, Dylan Baker pitched a
complete game striking out 10 along the way.
He also went 1 for 4 at the plate and scored two runs.
The Lady Bears nailed down the state softball crown in Anchorage
although it took two tries.
They lost to East initially 11 to 7 which forced a second contest
in the double elimination tournament.
JDHS won in a romp in the second game 11 to 0 which was sparked by
Taylor Larson's grand slam home run.
Sitka won the small schools softball title by defeating Ketchikan
in the championship game 6 to 3.
teacher selected to attend prestigious academy
A special education teacher from Gastineau Elementary School in
Douglas will attend the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy this
Teri King is the only teacher from Alaska to be selected. She was
selected from among more than 1,200 teachers nationwide.
She'll be one of 200 third through fifth grade teachers to attend
the intensive week long program in July at the Liberty Science
Center in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Gastineau Principal Angela Lunda says it's the second year in a
row a teacher from her school has attended the forum. Fourth grade
teacher Elissa Borges was selected in 2009.
sports complex in bankruptcy
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The nonprofit organization that
operates the Alaska Dome indoor sports complex in Anchorage is
seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
KTUU-TV reports Anchorage Sportsplex Inc. made the filing as part
of an effort to restructure its long-term debt. The Dome is
expected to remain open during the process.
The organization says total annual expenses are exceeding revenue.
Debt payments are especially difficult during the summer, when
usage is down.
Illegal crab pots
result in fines for Juneau man
A Juneau resident was issued four citations today (Monday) by
Alaska Wildlife Troopers for operating personal use Dungeness gear
that was illegal.
A Trooper dispatch says six pots were seized near Eagle Beach
after an inspection found that the gear owned by 47 year old
Joshua M. Sekona was not properly marked, contained no
bio-degradable escape mechanism, and had smaller than required
Fines total $440.
Yukon kings appear behind
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — It appears Yukon River king salmon are
running behind schedule.
The big fish should begin showing up any day now in the river.
As of Friday, biologists had not caught any kings or summer chums
in their test nets at the mouth of the river.
Biologist Steve Hayes, who oversees the Yukon River king fishery
for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, says the fish are
late. He says summer may have arrived early in the Interior, but
that is not the case in western Alaska.
(Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)
Fairbanks charged with dozens of car break-ins
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Fairbanks couple have been charged
with breaking into dozens of cars last year and stealing mostly
Police said 19-year-old Cristina Nicole Roselli and 22-year-old
Michael Victor Wisel were charged with 17 counts of theft,
tampering with a vehicle and criminal mischief.
Eight of the theft charges are class C felonies punishable by up
to five years in prison.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported that Roselli told police
she blamed Wisel for the car break-ins and that he used a
"window punch" similar to the spring-loaded device used
by firefighters in emergencies.
Roselli and Wisel reportedly told police they are addicted to
smoking Oxycontin, a powerful prescription pain reliever.
(Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)
helps slow down wildfires
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — State fire officials say cooler, damp
weather is helping slow wildfires in interior Alaska.
The Alaska Division of Forestry said Sunday that smoke jumpers
have finished site protection work around a cabin threatened by
the Turquoise Lake Fire near Nikolai. Pumps and sprinklers have
been set up on the cabin site on Sheep Creek and on a couple of
other sites on the west side of the fire.
Officials say that additional cabins on the west side of the fire
may also be protected for the possible advance of the fire.
For several days, eight smokejumpers have been fighting a wildfire
The aim is to protect a U.S. Fish and Wildlife camp.
Bears in Alaska's largest city
paying price for human encounters
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The 2010 bear season is here and so far
the bears are paying the price for encounters with humans in the
On Friday, an Eagle River homeowner killed a young black bear that
sneaked into a chicken coop and killed a bird. This occurred hours
after a different bear "mouthed" the leg of a girl at a
neighborhood playground near Elmendorf Air Force Base.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says so far six young bears
have been shot in the municipality of Anchorage -- most of them in
Eagle River -- over roughly the past two weeks.
(Anchorage Daily News)
Kodiak police seize 14 roosters
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Police in Kodiak have seized 14 roosters
they believe were being raised for cockfighting.
The roosters were found in a home Thursday after a noise complaint
from a neighbor tipped police.
Police Chief T.C. Kamai tells radio station KMXT they also found
paraphernalia indicating the roosters were being bred for
But he says there's no direct evidence that fights were being held
in the home.
Kamai expects charges to be filed against at least one suspect
Pitting animals in fights is a felony, punishable by a fine up to
$50,000 and five years in prison.
The Kodiak Humane Society is caring for the roosters.
Information from: KMXT-FM
SeaWorld killer whale dies while
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a killer whale at SeaWorld
Orlando has died from complications while giving birth.
The whale, a 20-year-old orca named Taima, died Sunday afternoon.
Park officials say Taima's fetus was in an unusual position during
the delivery. Park veterinarians attempted to assist but the
complications were too severe.
The calf was stillborn.
Taima was born at the park in 1990 and had given birth
successfully to three calves before.
She was one of two orcas pregnant at the park. Another,
32-year-old Katina is expected to give birth in October. Both were
impregnated by Tilikum, the whale who drowned a trainer in
school helps new English learners
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — About 100 immigrant children are in
summer school in Anchorage, trying to learn English.
After a successful pilot program last year, the Anchorage School
District tripled the number of classes offered to these students.
Superintendent Carol Comeau says Anchorage is getting an
increasing number of young kids who do not have any English
skills. Many of the recent arrivals are refugees from Africa.
The Anchorage Daily News reports about 1,200 of the district's
50,000 students have been in the country less than three years.
Many more still speak a language other than English at home.
Bilingual program supervisor Christine Garbe says 1 in 10 of the
district's students are enrolled in English Language Learner
(Anchorage Daily News)
Alaska based soldier
left Hollywood for Army
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — People join the Army from all walks of
life, but few follow Scott Eberlein's path.
The Los Angeles native was an actor who had a small part in the
film "L.A. Confidential" and larger roles in TV shows.
But Eberlein gave up the Hollywood life following the terrorist
attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Now a captain stationed at Fort Wainwright , Eberlein had a role
earlier this year in a Fairbanks Drama Association production.
Eberlein, however, doesn't expect his acting career to include an
He says he joined the Army because of 9/11, but he stays because
of the bonds he's made and the friends he's lost in battle.
(Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)