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Conservation groups take Big Thorne fight to higher court

Juneau-based conservation group Southeast Alaska Conservation Council and other environmental organizations have taken their lawsuits against the U.S. Forest Service to a higher court.

In August 2014, a coalition of conservation organizations brought several suits against USFS to stop the Big Thorne timber sale on Prince of Wales Island, which encompasses both old- and young-growth stands. 

One case challenged the sale and related road construction. Another challenged parts of the Tongass Land Management Plan that guide the Forest Service’s old-growth sale planning.

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Poet Black Ice to perform tonight with Woosh Kinaadeiyí, Suite 907

Black Ice, a poet who has performed six times on HBO’s Def Jam Poetry, is Woosh Kinaadeiyí’s guest poet today at the group’s monthly poetry slam and open mic.

“We couldn’t be more honored to announce that this month we are joined by Black Ice, 6 time HBO Def Poet, and an artist that has traveled with many big names such as The Roots, Mary J. Blige, and more,” says an email about the event.

The performance will be at Suite 907, so those under 21 must be accompanied by a guardian. The winner of the poetry slam will open for Black Ice at his Saturday show at Suite 907.

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Alaska Women's Hall of Fame inducts 2 from Juneau

They may not know the fame and glory of their male counterparts in many cases, but women helped to shape Alaska from the Southeast panhandle to the northern tundra. In 2008, the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame was formed to honor these women, with the first class inducted in 2009. This year, 13 more were added to the ranks, including two from Juneau and another from Sitka.

Third generation Juneauite Marie Darlin was inducted March 6 in Anchorage, recognized for her senior citizen advocacy and dedication to Alaska history.

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'Choose Respect' funding cut hours after rally

With the “Alaskans Choose Respect” banners flying over the Capitol entrance behind him and about 100 soggy Alaskans looking on in front, Gov. Bill Walker gave the first “Choose Respect” address of his term.

“The signs we have today say it all,” Walker said, pointing to ralliers’ signs asking for safe homes and an end to gender-based violence. “Because of those who don’t choose respect, we have a lot of problems to deal with.”

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Teentopia: Free event for high schoolers tonight

Local teens involved in 2014’s Lead On! conference have planned a teen-centric event for their peers.

Members of Teen Council and Sources of Strength have organized an event with a community café, talent showcase and dinner, plus guest speaker Gene Tagaban, a well-known Tlingit storyteller. The event is from 6-9:30 p.m. tonight at the Juneau Yacht Club and free for all 9-12th graders.

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Around town for Friday, March 27

Storytime, 11 a.m., Mendenhall Valley library. Details: 586-5267.

Organ concert, noon, State Office Building. Concerts on the Kimball Theatre Organ at the State Office Building take place most Fridays during the noon hour.

Adult Children of Alcoholic or Dysfunctional Families and Codependents Anonymous meeting, noon-1 p.m., every Friday, Northern Light United Church, 400 11th St. Details: 789-0965.

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Police & Fire for Friday, March 27, 2015

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.


• At 10:57 p.m. Tuesday, 33-year-old Shawn Travis Beaird was arrested for assault in the 8500 block of Old Dairy Road and taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center on $1,000 bail. Alcohol was involved.

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Coppa offers free scoop on Saturday

There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but free dessert’s on Coppa this Saturday.

The local ice cream shop and café, owned by Marc Wheeler and Jessica Paris, have 75 gallons of ice cream ready to give away from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

“We promised we’d have a free ice cream social if we won the Path to Prosperity People’s Choice Award,” said Wheeler. “It’s our way to say thank you to the community for all of their support.”

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City's citizens save the trees

Locals have embarked on a campaign for the salvation of forty Mountain Ash trees in West Juneau. The City and Borough of Juneau streets division quietly recommended removing the trees in the Blueberry Hills subdivision late last year to make snow removal easier in the winter.

Residents said they weren’t aware at first of the plan to remove the trees. Once they were, they made their voices heard.

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Wilderness Safety Challenge coming to Juneau

Ever wonder what you would do if your boat flipped over in the middle of the Gastineau Channel? Or if your friend got frostbite on a winter camping trip in the backcountry? Or if your float plane crashed in the middle of nowhere?

If so, there’s a class for that. A free course on backcountry safety and wilderness survival tips, called the Wilderness Safety Challenge and hosted by the North American Outdoor Institute and the Alaska Avalanche Information Center, will be held in Juneau next month.

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Bookish birthday: Egan Library turns 25

On the 25th anniversary of the Egan Library’s opening, the University of Alaska Southeast invites the community to join students, faculty, staff and friends for an evening of celebration.

The event is from 5-7 p.m. Friday in the library, with live music by John Unzicker and Liana Wallace on hand to answer questions about the library’s Northwest Coast Native art collection.

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Flags at half-staff Friday for 1964 quake

Friday, March 27 has been declared “1964 Alaskan Earthquake Remembrance Day” across the state, Gov. Bill Walker announced Thursday.

All state flags are to be lowered to half-staff to honor the lives lost when a magnitude 9.2-quake — the second largest recorded in history — hit Alaska on Good Friday in 1964. The quake and subsequent tsunami waves wiped out the village of Chenega and destroyed other Alaskan communities — 130 lives were lost — and tsunami waves were recorded as far south as California.

Walker remembers the day well.

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Around town for Thursday, March 26

Juneau Gastineau Rotary Club meeting, 7 a.m., every Thursday, The Prospector Hotel.

Women, Infants, and Children walk-in clinic, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 3245 Hospital Drive, first floor. Free nutrition services for income-eligible women who are pregnant, breast-feeding or just had a baby, and for infants and children up to age 5. Details: 463-4099.

Storytime, 11 a.m., Douglas library. Details: 586-5267.

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Mallott out, Walker in as speaker at Juneau Choose Respect March

Gov. Bill Walker will be the opening speaker during Thursday’s Juneau Choose Respect March. Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott was previously announced as the event’s guest speaker.

AWARE will be hosting the annual march, which will begin at the Capitol steps at noon Thursday.

The march is aimed at raising awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence in Alaska. AWARE encourages the community to bring banners, posters or just yourself to the march.

For more information call AWARE at 586-6623.

Police & Fire for Thursday, March 26, 2015

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.

Fire and medical

• On Tuesday, Capital City Fire/Rescure responded to 11 EMS calls and one false fire alarm on Glaacier Highway that was activated by a pressure washer.

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School District proposes reinstating 86 classroom positions

There's going to be 57 fewer classroom teachers in the Anchorage School District if the school board moves forward with budget adjustments announced Friday by Superintendent Ed Graff.

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Kicking off Native Youth Olympics

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Spring cleanup is dirty work

Workers kick up a cloud of dust, illuminated by the setting sun, while cleaning a parking lot south of 15th Avenue. The weather is moving into a cloudier pattern, but…

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Conference committee set to resolve education bill versions

The Senate finally passed the education bill Monday afternoon, little changed from the version on its agenda since last week.

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Photos: Seahawks Super Bowl MVP visits College Gate school

Seattle Seahawk linebacker and Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith does warmup exercises with sixth-graders at College Gate Elementary School on Friday.

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Wayne and Wanda

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US soldier buried with Germans at end of WWII may finally be coming home

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Alaska National Guard members face accusations of sexual misconduct

A dozen members of the Alaska National Guard face charges of sexual misconduct in what members of the guard call a severe problem in the ranks.

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Conway Seavey nabs another Junior Iditarod crown

Following in his family's paw prints, Conway Seavey of Sterling claimed his second Junior Iditarod championship Sunday, outdueling Ben Harper for a two-minute victory in the 132-mile sled dog race.

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Reynolds repeats as Fur Rondy sled dog race victor

Accepting his trophy with his lead dog, Guts, Arleigh Reynolds told the crowd that this would be his last Rondy race.

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Blues Central owner looks back at shift in Anchorage nightlife

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Health insurer that refused federal HIV/AIDS payments sued by advocates

An advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to force insurance companies in Louisiana to take payments from a federal program that helps HIV and AIDS patients.

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Lawmaker warns of legalized marijuana's social costs

House majority members on Thursday were asked about the potential tax revenues for the state should voters approve an initiative this summer legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.

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Feds: No more false starts on Alaska gas pipeline

Federal agencies are ready to work on an Alaska liquefied natural gas project but don't want another false start, state lawmakers were told Wednesday.

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Buccaneer seeks state rebates after Homer gas well comes up dry

Buccaneer Alaska LLC plans to plug and abandon a closely watched natural gas exploration well near Homer that came up dry despite a $9 million drilling program. Now Buccaneer wants…

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What Alaska's top state officials were paid in 2013

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Market Fresh: Ninilchik smoked salmon takes top prizes in seafood contest

Tilgner's ruby red smoked sockeye, a new product from Ninilchik, took the grand prize, people's choice award and first place in the smoked seafood category at last week's Alaska Symphony…

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Minimum wage initiative makes August ballot

An initiative letting voters decide whether to raise the minimum wage in Alaska has met the minimum signatory requirements to be on the Aug. 19 ballot.

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Student debt may hurt housing recovery by hampering first-time buyers

The growing student loan burden carried by millions of Americans threatens to undermine the housing recovery's momentum by discouraging, or even blocking, a generation of potential buyers from purchasing their…

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Lawmaker challenges Parnell administration on commitment to renewable energy

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