Monday, January 3, 2011

In praise of Penn
As a 17 year resident of Juneau who has since flown south for warmer, sunnier, dryer climes, I still so enjoy reading the Empire and nothing could have made my heart happier than finding Michael Penn’s audio slide show of the Hallelujah Flash Mob at the SOB from December 17th. I saw quite a few of my friends there singing (I hope they were singing because their mouths were certainly open), recognized many other familiar faces, if not names, heard that magnificent organ and generally felt like I was back home for those few minutes. It made my day.

Polar Bear Dip christens the New Year
Close to 100 hearty souls christened the 2011 New Year by dipping themselves,their good intentions and their resolutions into the 36-degree waters of Auke Village Recreation Area on Saturday as part of the 19th Annual Polar Bear Dip. Air temperature of 38-degrees, light rain, and a 10 mile-per-hour wind dropped the chill even more, but smiles stayed upright in what was called “A Splash of Heaven 2011.”

Police & Fire
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.

Allure of Mendenhall Glacier masks the dangers of its face
The majestic beauty of the Mendenhall Glacier is a popular attraction for tourists in the summer and locals in the winter, but that beauty masks the incredible danger for those who venture out onto the frozen Mendenhall Lake.

Today in History
Today’s Highlight in History

Downtown McDonald’s serves its final burgers
The Big Macs have officially moved out of downtown, but those golden arches may rise again later at another downtown location. McDonald’s closed its Front Street restaurant on Friday, sending its employees and customers to the Mendenhall Valley restaurant.

Zoe Rusaw: First Juneau baby of 2011
Zoe Renee Rusaw was born in Bartlett Regional Hospital at 2:41 p.m. Sunday to parents Ashli Anderson and Jason Rusaw. Zoe was 191/4 inches long and weighed 7 lbs. 14 oz. Grandparents are Lonnie and Berverly Anderson and Linda Rusaw and Ray Rusaw. Zoe is the first baby of the 2011 New Year born in Juneau.

Empire hires new managing editor
There’s some new blood in Juneau’s news game. John R. Moses has become the new managing editor for the Juneau Empire, carrying a long journalism history in tow.

Police & Fire
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.

Photo: Strolling around Mendenhall Glacier
Gabrielle and Jarvis Aberle leave the Tongass National Forest Recreation Area with Fannie, Mugwort and Granger on lease as they walk from the Mendenhall Glacier area Sunday along Glacier Spur Road.

Photos: Holiday Cup
Holiday Cup photos.

Thank you from the family of Winnafred Smith
We, the family of Winnie Smith, would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp #2, Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood Camp #12, the Hoonah Indian Association, the Juneau and Hoonah Presbyterian churches, the Hoonah Assembly of God, the Hoonah Salvation Army, the Beatrice Brown family for your love and special care, and to those kind individuals who extended their love and support to us during the loss of our mother. Your kindness was a great comfort to us all.

Thanks for supporting Alaska Wildlife Alliance
The Southeast chapter of the Alaska Wildlife Alliance is grateful to everyone who contributed to the success of our booth at the Juneau Public Market and our wildlife quilt raffle.

Morgan, Lenord wed
Kelly Nicole Morgan and Scott Thomas Lenord of Fairbanks were married at 5 p.m. on Sept. 25, 2010 at Centennial Hall. The bride’s uncle, Rod Morgan, officiated the ceremony. A reception followed the ceremony.

Good job, Gail
Before too much time passes, Gail Fenumiai, Director of Elections for the State of Alaska deserves an award. She performed outstanding, excellent public service that made the general election of 2010 possible. I believe that there are many more Alaskans who feel the same way that I do.

Oudekerk, Johnson wed
Whitney Johnson and Jake Oudekerk of Fairbanks were married at 5 p.m. on Nov. 15, 2010, at the couple’s home in Juneau. A reception followed.

Martin Luther King Jr. celebration to be held
The Black Awareness Association of Juneau announces plans for the 2011 Martin Luther King Day celebration in Juneau. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the King federal holiday. The theme for the 2011 celebration is “Dare To Dream.”

Thanks for supporting Love In the Name of Christ
Love In the Name of Christ would like to thank their Juneau community for their participation and support at their annual benefit auction at Centennial Hall this fall. Thank you Centennial Hall for the wonderful catering of dessert. To you who donated or purchased auction items a big thank you for partnering with us in meeting the needs of our community.

Thanks for supporting school fundraiser
Juneau Adventist Christian School would like to thank all the folks who came out to support our recent fundraising auction.  With the help of those who came, and the following generous donors, we were able to raise over $2,500 for our school’s needs. Our terrific donors include the following: Miss Scarlett’s Flowers, Hanger on the Wharf, Prospector Hotel, Hair Today, Grandma’s Featherbed, Mendenhall Auto Center, Angela Kartes, Jenny Markham, Juneau Bowling Center, Bullwinkle’s Pizza, Rodfather’s Broiler, Nugget Alaskan Outfitters, El Sombrero, Nail Jazz, Sandpiper Café, Orca Whale Tours & Sightseeing, Jerry’s Meats & Seafoods, Rejuvenation Salon & Spa, The Alaska Club, Westmark Baranof Hotel, Era Flightseeing, Glacier Gardens, Rainbow Foods, Valley Restaurant, Radio Shack, Susie’s Hair Salon, Eaglecrest Ski Area, Walmart, Tal-Air, Alaska Gourmet, Carol Schriver, Southeast Alaska Animal Medical Clinic, Rie Muńoz, Wings of Alaska, Fireweed Chiropractic, Fortuna Odell, O’Rielly’s Auto Center, Suwanna Café and Marcy File.  In addition, we would like to thank the board members and committee who spent their time and efforts to make the contacts and run the auction, as well as auctioneer Brad Imboden.

Tobacco-free for the new year
Jim Hesson has a head start on his New Year’s resolutions. After smoking for 45 years he has been tobacco-free for more than two months, and he couldn’t be happier about it. Hesson knew for years he should quit smoking and, as with other smokers, had even tried to quit once before. He had been told by doctors he had the beginning stages of emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and even that wasn’t enough to overcome his desire to keep smoking.

Widowed Persons monthly brunch to be held today
The Widowed Persons first monthly brunch for January will be held today at noon at the Baranof Hotel. All widows/widowers are invited to join the group for this social event. The Winter/Spring Widowed Persons Calendar will be distributed. For further information, please contact Sue at 586-6424 or suen@gci.net, or Sandy at 789-0355.

DIY or call in the pros? Some babyproofing basics
Babies and toddlers are curious creatures. Something captures their attention — a stuffed animal, a shiny object or a noisy rattle — and they’re going after it.

FYI

Cesar and Dailey celebrate 25 years
Kenneth Cesar and Jacqueline Dailey will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary this week. They began dating in March 1977 and were married on Jan. 3, 1986 in Las Vegas. The couple has lived in Juneau during the majority of their marriage. They enjoy attending basketball games, picnicking with their large extended family and fishing.

Phyllis Ann Kunz
Phyllis Ann Kunz died in December 2010 at her home on Village St. in Juneau.

Empire editorial: Hopes for unity in 2011
It was a calamitous year to those who yearn for political unity both inside political parties and among them, but 2010 is over at last and will not be mourned by fans of political propriety.

Obama is back, squarely in the center
For someone who is supposedly cool and detached, President Obama has triggered outraged and outsized reactions on both sides of the political spectrum in the last year. Conservatives loathe his health-care reforms; progressives hate his tax compromises.

My Turn: January 2011 is the 10th Annual National Mentoring Month
January can be a tough month — especially in Alaska. Winter is getting old and cold, the light isn’t coming back fast enough, and those holiday bills are starting to arrive.

Empire editorial: Pick. Click. Give.
What can you do with $25? Fill up almost half a tank in an SUV, buy some pizza and beer or sodas, maybe grab lunch for two at a diner. But what if you could stretch that cash to help feed the hungry, work against domestic violence or support the symphony or a local swim club?

Thanks from the Juneau Empire
As we embrace the promise of a new year I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude and appreciation to a community that has supported the Juneau Empire this past year.

New Year’s resolutions
Well, it’s time to decide what New Year’s resolutions should be considered, again. I have made New Year’s resolutions in the past and have failed in keeping them. In previous years I convinced myself that I was going to start eating healthier, begin a good exercise routine and lose some weight.

Eating words for the New Year
The turkey was fork-tender perfect, the gravy thick and plentiful and someone even said “this is the best apple pie I’ve ever had in my whole life”. But for me the bite I will remember most this holiday season is the bite I’m taking now. It is time for me to eat some words . . . some words I said about Senator Lisa Murkowski.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Anchorage afterschool program starts string orchestra
ANCHORAGE — An afterschool program in the Anchorage area has started a string orchestra.

Record warm temps in Interior
FAIRBANKS — Interior Alaska is experiencing record warm temeratures that are making for very slick roads.

Police look for suspect in burglary
NIKISKI — Police are looking for a suspect in the burglary and vandalization of the North Kenai Chapel in Nikiski.

Radio deal planned for Fairbanks stations
FAIRBANKS — A deal is being planned involving five Fairbanks radio stations.

Fireworks result in few injuries
ANCHORAGE — There were a few fireworks-related injuries this New Year’s Eve — the first time in years that fireworks were legal in Anchorage.

Body found in outdoor staircase in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE — Anchorage police have found the body of a man who may have died intoxicated.

Tourney hints at great possibilities, potential for JDHS boys and girls
The past week was good to the local prep basketball teams from Juneau-Douglas high School as both won their respective brackets of the 20th Annual Princess Cruises Capital City Classic.

Staveland thrives behind the arc and in the kitchen for TMHS
Thunder Mountain sophomore forward Jonelle Staveland’s 3-point shooting has helped the Falcon girls earn their first two wins in school history this season.

Miller ending legal battle, conceding Senate race
JUNEAU — Republican Joe Miller has conceded the Alaska U.S. Senate race to party rival Sen. Lisa Murkowski, ending nearly two months of debate and court litigation.

Liquor store is a guarded success
ANCHORAGE — “Jailhouse Liquor” is a hit.

2010 was full of surprises
While the political buzz continued to hum around former Gov. Sarah Palin, with many asking will she or won’t she run for president, it was Ted Stevens’ unexpected death that rocked Alaska’s world in 2010. To many, Stevens was “Uncle Ted,” a beloved Alaskan of legendary status. His death in a plane crash left many wondering if Alaska would ever see the likes of Ted Stevens again. Who, they asked, will fight the way Ted did for Alaska?

More charities sign up for part of dividend
ANCHORAGE — More Alaska charities are signing up to get a piece of residents’ Permanent Fund Dividends.

Anchorage loses fewer employees than expected
ANCHORAGE — When Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan proposed a budget in October for 2011, it appeared to mean layoffs for 31 employees.

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