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Melissa Griffiths

Choose respect. Wait, what's respect?

By: Melissa Griffiths | Blog:

In an open letter to Alaskans on the Choose Respect site (www.chooserespect.alaska.gov) Gov. Sean Parnell wrote, "In December of 2009, I pledged that Alaska would take every step necessary to stop the epidemic of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse in Alaska. Since then, we have witnessed more and more Alaskans finding the courage to speak, and the strength to act."

But respect is more than not hitting or raping a woman.

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Melissa Griffiths

It's reunion season! What have your experiences been?

By: Melissa Griffiths | Blog:

It managed to sneak up on me. This summer is my 10-year high school reunion and I'll be heading back down to Redmond, Ore. for the occasion.

My time in high school was wholly unremarkable. I managed to get through with minimal drama, negligible popularity and respectable grades, getting me into college and on with my life.

Melissa Griffiths

Happy Juneau-versary to me

By: Melissa Griffiths | Blog:

Six years ago today I disembarked a plane after a milk-run from Seattle and an early morning departure from Portland, Ore., two weeks after graduating from Willamette University in Salem, Ore., and happy to be leaving my parents' house in Redmond, Ore. — we can get along for a maximum of two weeks. Fresh off the plane, my friend Lauren Brooks took me to the Mendenhall Glacier. 

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Melissa Griffiths

Melissa and the mystery of the misplaced signs

By: Melissa Griffiths | Blog:

I had a Nancy Drew adventure today. Sort of. 

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Scott Severance

Hello Everyone!

By: Scott Severance | Blog:

I am starting a blog to share some art and anything else I find interesting with Juneau’s online community.   

Today, I am sharing some 30-45 min sketches and studies, all painted in Photoshop. Some, I have heavily referenced photos from wildlife books and others not so much.

In the future, I hope to have a little something for everyone. I like to dabble and experiment so there will be paintings with a more Alaskan flavor, silly nonsense and hopefully everything in between. So just stay tuned…

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Abby Lowell

Surprises on the Salmon Creek Trail

By: Abby Lowell | Blog:

UPDATE: In only a few days, this trail has gone from do-able to downright amazing! It's true. A run up the trail on Friday, May 10 found a pathway almost completely devoid of snow (yeah a little squishy in spots).

With the return of the rain, this outing may be a great choice for those looking to stay off the snow and out of the mud. 

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Under the canopy of the Southeast rainforest, the torrential downpour was nothing more than a mist. Through the trees, the rain could be seen falling sideways, as it was battered downward by the wind.

Melissa Griffiths

Does this make me a terrible person?

By: Melissa Griffiths | Blog:

You know those movies in which the whole premise is an underdog sports team overcoming the odds and the challenges to take home a win and everything is so heartfelt and you are supposed to feel inspired and motivated and overjoyed? Least. Favorite. Genre. Inspirational sports films? No thank you.

But it goes further than that. Inspirational dance movies? Nope. Inspirational films about teachers reaching inner-city students? Cringe. There is something about the saccharine and cliches that makes me want to barf. 

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Klas Stolpe

My kingdom for a seat on Alaska Airlines

By: Klas Stolpe | Blog:

First you take away my peanuts, and now this?
Really?
New “slimmer” seats with plug-ins and USB ports and extraterrestrial sensors and insulin portals and, well, OK, you mentioned electrical outlets and ports.
You actually said 110-volt power and USB outlets.
And then, under your breath, “this allows Alaska Airlines to make available more passenger seats.”
Is that “Squeeze more bodies side by side to help fight intolerance among cultures, species and social upbringings?” Or just squeeze more bodies side by side to honor the holy dollar.

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Klas Stolpe

Little League opening ceremonies postponed

By: Klas Stolpe | Blog:

Due to Juneau's unexpected weather, the Gastineau Channel Little League has postponed its opening day ceremonies until Saturday, May 4th. First pitch festivities and scheduled games will not be played on area fields this weekend due to recent snow. The 2013 Little League season will begin officially on Saturday, May 4th, with Opening Day ceremonies at Adair Kennedy Baseball Field at 10 a.m.

My brief column in today's paper can be folded away neatly and reopened next week. Here it is:

Melissa Griffiths

A recipe for disaster in University Building fund

By: Melissa Griffiths | Blog:

Today we printed a Ketchikan Daily News editorial suggesting Sen. Pete Kelly's SB74, which would establish a University Building fund, like the Alaska Public Building fund, would be a great way to reduce expenses and debt for the State of Alaska. 

"Collecting rent from the departments is an important feature of the fund because the university will encourage better use of space..." Kelly is reported to have said in this editorial.

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