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Agency proposes lifting protections for most humpback whales

...about the species - and realize the populations are largely independent of each other - managing them separately allows us to focus protection on the animals that need it the most," Eileen Sobeck, assistant NOAA administrator for fisheries, said in a statement...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-20/agency-proposes-lifting-protections-mos
State
A festival of fowls and foraging

...Juneau, said they have recently seen a "gap" where people want to preserve food but lack the knowledge. "There is a big focus right now on being self-reliant when it comes to food," Lewis said. "We don't have farms or the land for it, so we...

http://juneauempire.com/neighbors/2015-04-19/festival-fowls-and-foraging
Neighbors
Juneau police arrest man who allegedly robbed Northrim Bank branch with bomb threat

...the bank at the time of the robbery were unharmed. He did not elaborate further about the incident except to say the bank's focus was "always on the safety of the customers and employees." Blury noted all financial institutions, including Northrim Bank...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-04-18/juneau-police-arrest-man-who-allegedly-
Local
Legislators reverse $1.75M in cuts to Alaska Marine Highway

...the House, which is what we've been pushing for," she said of the AMHS budget.Even with the budget coming into clearer focus, DOT is still determining how service will be impacted in fiscal year 2016, Woodrow said in a previous Empire article.Rep...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-19/legislators-reverse-15-million-cuts-ala
State | AK legislature
Celebrate Earth Day at the glacier

...celebration on Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.Earth Day's main focus is education on sustainable and renewable energy to reduce our dependency on carbon fuels."This year's theme is 'Driving...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-04-17/celebrate-earth-day-glacier
Outdoors
Youth corps, USFS to offer paid summer positions

...Service, according to the release. The crew-based work will focus on trail and shelter maintenance, firewood hauling, non-native...Misty Fiords Ranger District. The crew-based work will focus on improving recreation areas through the care and maintenance...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-04-17/youth-corps-usfs-offer-paid-summer-p
Outdoors
Alaskans can help answer 'Where have all the rusty blackbirds gone?'

...with the participation of thousands of volunteer observers - will help answer important basic questions of migratory behavior and will focus future research and conservation efforts for one of North America's most vulnerable songbirds.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-04-17/alaskans-can-help-answer-where-have-
Outdoors
After conviction, many cases remain for Aaron Hernandez

...been scheduled to begin May 28, but a judge agreed in November to delay the case indefinitely so Hernandez's lawyers could focus on the Lloyd case. The first step will be to hold a pre-trial status hearing."We expect to go in to court in the coming...

http://juneauempire.com/sports/2015-04-16/after-conviction-many-cases-remain-aar
Sports
UPDATE: Man claims to have bomb, robs Mendenhall Valley bank

...the bank at the time of the robbery were unharmed. He did not elaborate further about the incident except to say the bank's focus of "always on the safety of the customers and employees." Blury noted all financial institutions, including Northrim Bank...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-04-17/man-claims-have-bomb-robs-mendenhall-va
Local
Alaska Editorial: Legislature's focus on cuts has avoided other half of funding equation

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Alaska's multibillion-dollar budget deficit cannot be closed through cuts alone.

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-04-14/alaska-editorial-legislatures-focus-c
Opinion

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