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KETCHIKAN — Safety and Pride Patrol leaders at the Tongass School of Arts and Sciences officially suited up for the first time Monday, donning orange vests, hats and gloves with reflectors and flashing lights.
They had trained for this moment for three weeks, and they felt ready and up to the task.
ANCHORAGE — The municipality’s 49th State Angel Fund thinks it has a winning investment in a medical industry tech startup called Call Dr.
ANCHORAGE — Pilot error led to a fatal September 2011 midair crash involving a boyfriend and girlfriend flying near each other in western Alaska, the National Transportation Safety Board said.
The board determined that pilot Scott Veal was flying alongside Kristen Sprague when he suddenly flew just above her much smaller plane and then clipped its wing on the way back down, the Anchorage Daily News reported Friday.
BANGOR, Maine — A New Jersey man accused of smuggling narwhal tusks into the United States was convicted Friday of federal crimes, several of which carry a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.
A federal jury in Maine convicted Andrew Zarauskas of Union, N.J., on six counts, including conspiracy, smuggling and money laundering for his role in a smuggling ring, prosecutors said. He was released on $25,000 unsecured bond while awaiting sentencing.
SEATTLE — The executive director of the region’s top trauma hospital, Harborview Medical Center, has abruptly resigned.
Eileen Whalen’s departure was announced Friday in a memo to staff at the Seattle hospital, The Seattle Times reported. Whalen is a noted trauma-services expert who had been executive director since 2008.
Harborview is the only top-level adult and pediatric trauma center in Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho.
ANCHORAGE — A man who lobbied congressional members for Alaska statehood and served as one of the state’s last territorial governors has died.
Mike Stepovich died early Friday in a San Diego hospital at the age of 94, his daughter, Antonia Stepovich Gore, told The Associated Press. Services are pending.
“Our hearts are full,” she said.
She said the three things that were most important to him were “family, faith and Alaska, and that could be in any order on any given day.”
JUNEAU — The House Education Committee on Friday took up funding aspects of an education bill by Gov. Sean Parnell that would allow vocational credits to be counted as high school credits for participating students.
Under the bill, the 10 vocational schools involved must have such an agreement in place with high schools that send students into their program or face a 20 percent reduction in state funding.
Fittingly, the bill introduced Friday that would prohibit the University of Alaska Board of Regents from banning concealed weapons on campus actually is the result of campus discussions.
Intern Hans Rodvik approached Sen. John Coghill, R-North Pole, about the proposal earlier this session. The Senate majority leader agreed to carry SB176 under one condition — Rodvik would be in charge of seeing it through the legislative process.
ANCHORAGE — A federal appeals court on Thursday reinstated a shareholders lawsuit filed against BP Alaska in the wake of two oil spills in 2006 on the North Slope that exposed problems with the company’s pipeline maintenance program.
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the U.S. District Court of Western Washington on several claims.
ANCHORAGE — Anchorage officials seeking a new north-south road through University of Alaska Anchorage property on the city’s east side have decided the most direct route is the best.
University, hospital and transportation officials on Thursday picked a direct link between Bragaw Street and Elmore Road for a solution to snarled traffic and access to UAA, Providence Hospital and medical facilities, the Anchorage Daily News reported.
The cost is estimated at $19.4 million. The new two-lane road would include three roundabouts and three pedestrian bridges.
JUNEAU — The U.S. State Department plans to create an Arctic representative position to highlight the growing importance of that region.
In letters sent to Alaska’s two U.S. senators, Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski, Secretary of State John Kerry said he planned to name a “high-level individual of substantial stature and expertise” to serve as Special Representative for the Arctic Region. He said he hoped to get input from both of them in creating the post and finding the right person.
JUNEAU — Sen. Charlie Huggins is taking another shot at designating an official state firearm.
SB175 would make the pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 bolt-action rifle in a number of different calibers the official state bolt-action rifle.
The bill says that to be an Alaskan between 1930 and 1963 meant carrying the “rifleman’s rifle,” the Winchester pre-1964 Model 70. It says the rifle helped Alaskans “establish a firm foothold in the untamed and often wild Alaska wilderness.”
The bill is somewhat different from one introduced by Huggins in 2011 and later withdrawn.
Municipalities across the Alaska moved a little closer Friday to being able to ban all forms of cell phone use when drivers are on school property or in school zones.
The Senate voted 13-2 to approved SB123, sponsored by Anchorage Republican Sen. Kevin Meyer, and the bill now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.
The proposal enables cities to pass ordinances that prohibit cell phone use on school property and in school zones, but it does not require such a rule.
FAIRBANKS — A fuel hauler says nearly 2,200 gallons of diesel fuel is estimated to have leaked from a tanker after a crash on the Dalton Highway.
The Eggor Enterprises truck rolled late Tuesday night at Mile 309.5 within the North Slope Borough.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the truck veered off the road on its way from North Pole to Deadhorse.
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation received a call on the crash eight hours after the incident.
HOUSTON, Texas — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by seven this week to 1,764.
The Houston firm said in its weekly report Friday that 1,423 rigs were exploring for oil and 337 for gas. Four were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,762 active rigs.
Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, California gained five rigs, New Mexico gained three and Kansas, Ohio and West Virginia each gained one.
ANCHORAGE — The state Supreme Court on Friday upheld the state’s issuance of a gas exploration license in the Healy Basin for Usibelli Coal Mine.
The group Denali Citizens Council had challenged the process in which the state Department of Natural Resources had issued the license.
ANCHORAGE — Alaska State Troopers are investigating human remains found near Girdwood and say they may be from a Wasilla woman reported missing nearly four years ago.
KTUU-TV reports a hiker Sunday morning found a skull in a wooded area off Boretide Road in Indian.
Troopers say the remains are presumed to be the body of 26-year-old Nichole M. Millsaps.
She was reported missing in May 2010.
The state medical examiner has taken possession of the remains and is working on a positive identification. Troopers say Millsaps’ family was told of the discovery.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Linemen cleared the toppled tree from the Green Lake transmission line, and had all of Sitka re-powered sometime after 10 PM last night.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
The Electric Department confirms that a fallen tree on the Green Lake transmission line is the source of tonight’s outage. Linemen are working on that issue, and checking the rest of the line for potential problems. About half of Sitka is currently being powered by the Jarvis St. Diesel plant. Operators are working to resolve a control panel issue at the Blue Lake, but should have that plant up and running — and the rest of Sitka powered — within a half-hour to forty-five minutes. Since we’re running on backup power, the Electric Department is urging Sitkans to conserve as much as possible, in order to provide power to the entire town.
Power has been restored downtown.
Power has been restored along parts of Sawmill Creek Road, in the Biorka St. area.
Sitka’s Electric Department is scrambling to fire up the Jarvis Street diesel generators, after all of Sitka lost power at approximately 8:10 this evening. Blue Lake plant operator Frank Rogers says that this afternoon’s heavy snowfall likely toppled a tree onto the main transmission line from the Green Lake powerhouse. Linemen are currently en route to investigate. Rogers says that crews observed several large trees down along the drive out to Blue Lake, leading to speculation that the cause of tonight’s troubles is a fallen tree. Right now, crews are spinning up the Jarvis St. diesel generators. Once they’re running, they’ll put Blue Lake back on line, and most of Sitka should have power.
What does it take to bring a Chinese New Year celebration to Sitka? A trip to Beijing to learn Tai Chi and fall in love with Summer. Or, at least that was Michael Mayo’s route. Michael and Summer met in Beijing in 2001. Summer has been a Sitka resident for the past four years, and is now a member of the Mayo family. She says she typically travels home to Beijing for the Chinese New Year, but this year she wanted to share the tradition with the community that she has grown to love.
Mayo family and friends dressed in black with red sashes waited for their musical cue to begin the dragon dance. Michael’s son Noah, says the point is to “make the dragon fly.”
Shannon Haugland arrived in 1990 to work at the Daily Sitka Sentinel and has lived here ever since. She enjoys movies, early jazz and and her family of friends here in town. Shannon was our guest castaway on Friday, January 14th and brought the ten songs that she would choose to have if stranded on an island, perhaps forever. She would also choose crepes as her one dessert since the island is, after all deserted. Shannon’s ten songs, a recording of the show and a link to her crepe recipe are below.
Nat King Cole – Stardust
Django Reinhardt – Smoke Rings
Evita – Requiem
Paolo Conte – Via Con Me
Rent – I’ll Cover You
Abba – Fernando in Swedish
Superman II – It would be good to play the Fanfare/overture
Benny Goodman/Helen Forrest – I’m Always Chasing Rainbows
La Boheme – Aria Moonstruck: O Soave Fanciulla 3:47 Giacomo Puccini, Luba Orgonasova, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra & Will Humburg
Ace of Base – The Sign
Click here for the CREPE RECIPE. Shannon’s favorite filling is Nutella with whip cream.