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Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, thumbs down

Posted: November 18, 2013 - 1:05am

Thumbs up to Filipino Community, Inc., which decided to reroute the $3,000 it had budgeted for its annual Thanksgiving celebration to aid the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

The organization will host a Thanksgiving benefit dinner at 5 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Filipino Community Hall, which will feature traditional American and Filipino dishes. Proceeds from the dinner will also be sent to the Philippines. .

Thumbs down to a brown bear sighting in the Mendenhall Valley on Thursday that put residents on alert.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game said it was the second sighting of the bear in the Valley that week, but it’s uncommon to see a brown bear in Juneau’s urban areas. The department urged residents to report any further sightings of the bear.

Thumbs up to Eaglecrest Ski Area, which is moving on again in Powder Magazine’s Ski Town Throwdown competition. In the third round, it will go up against last year’s Throwdown winner Red Mountain Resort in Rossland, B.C.

Voting will take place Nov. 18 through 19 on Powder Magazine’s Facebook page. The round three winner will be announced that night at 11 p.m. Show your support for Eaglecrest by voting.

Thumbs up to the Juneau International Airport workers, Capital City Fire and Rescue and Juneau Police Department employees who were recognized Thursday for saving a man who went into cardiac arrest in the airport’s luggage claim area in May.

A team of about 20 people worked together to help the man — including administering CPR and using a portable defibrillator — in order to save the man’s life.

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