Monday, January 10, 2011

Great care at Bartlett
During my three-week visit to Juneau I have had the opportunity to read your newspaper and briefly scanned an article concerning patient satisfaction with Bartlett Hospital, not realizing that I would soon have first-hand experience with the establishment and staff.

School district looks at priorities, implementation
Is everything in the strategic plan still relevant, and what in it is a priority? Those questions and others were examined by the Juneau School District Board of Education on Saturday during a retreat meeting.

Search and rescue a matter of equations
Search and rescue missions for the U.S. Coast Guard are all about quick math, equations and decision-making, a sixth-grade math class learned Friday.

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.

DEC offers grants for clean water projects
The Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the availability of more than $400,000 for clean water projects through the Alaska Clean Water Actions grants. DEC partners with ACWA and the Department of Fish and Game every year to solicit proposals for such clean water projects and award grants to local communities and citizens groups.

Parnells invite Juneau to dance the night away
Juneau, can you waltz? And in XtraTufs? Gov. Sean Parnell, First Lady Sandy Parnell, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, and their families invite you to prove it and join them in dancing the night away at the 2011 Juneau Inaugural Gala, Tuxes to XtraTufs, Jan. 22 at Centennial Hall and the Juneau Arts & Cultural Center.

Skiing Eaglecrest: Learning from experts on the mountain
“What took you so long? If you had learned earlier you would have poles by now.”

Juneau legislators busy filing bills before session starts
Rep. Cathy Muñoz, R-Juneau, hopes to stop dangerous driving while talking on a cell phone and the sale of synthetic marijuana with bills she’s pre-filed for the upcoming legislative session.

Assembly to consider memorial, CIP transfers
The City and Borough of Juneau will consider accepting the acquisition of the Archie Van Winkle Memorial at Monday's meeting.

Juneau man named Transportation deputy commissioner
JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell has named a former Department of Transportation employee as deputy commissioner of highways.

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: Pizza to slow
Kayla Whitmore points to where she wants to go on the Eaglecrest slopes while Eaglecrest Ski School instructor Lindsay Hallvik shows Whitmore the “pizza” ski form that will be required to tackle the mountain Friday at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Photo: Waiting to board
Gavin Mosteller attempts to lift onto his snowboard while waiting for a class to begin Friday at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Volunteer extinguisher
Hundreds of feet of fire hose were covered by ice that grasped and froze them into a thick layer. Meanwhile, a fire garishly scorched an unoccupied store as the air temperature hovered around minus 12. The building was smoldering with paints, oils, chemicals and other flammable materials being consumed by the flames for an hour prior to the firefighters’ arrival.

The joy of cooking
I like to cook.

Basketball tournament a success
Juneau-Douglas High School recently hosted the 20th annual Capital City Classic Basketball Tournament (Dec. 27-30, 2010). Teams and fans were in attendance from Haines, Hoonah, Fairbanks, Anchorage, Oregon and Australia. Thank you to the following individuals who helped make the tournament possible: Hospitality room and banquet hosts Mike Young, Cameron Lepoidevin, Bill Ralston, Chris Crawford, Brittany Fenumiai and Hailey Pusich; announcers Greg Wagner, McLean Cannon, Dave Ringle, Angelo Katasse and George Houston; tournament volunteers Marlena Tanuvasa, Ruthie Yadao, Taylyn Julian, Ryan Van Sickle, Nakeisha Williams, Vika Toetuu, Gwen George, Jennifer Thompson, Dawn Raab, Dee Boster, Tanya Johns, Chris Francis and Anissa Jackson; JDHS groups JV Boys’ and Girls’ basketball teams, dance team, cheerleaders/stunt team, pep band, academic decathlon and track and field; JDHS representatives Lesslie Knight, Steve Potter, Ryan Alsup, Paula Casperson, Dale Staley, Sandi Wagner, Cricket Curtain, Lisa Baker, Greg Frank, Tristan Knudson-Lombardo, Karina Reyes and Robert Casperson.

Medicare program to be held
A public program on the topic of Medicare will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the dining room at Fireweed Place (415 Willoughby Avenue). Julie Dyar, Program Supervisor at Southeast Senior Services will present this program.

A history of Juneau's headlines
Over 130 years ago on Oct. 4, 1880 — one day after the local discovery of gold — Joe Juneau and Richard Harris wrote a “Code of Local Laws” and staked their mining discovery. Since Juneau could not read or write in English, Harris acted as the recorder for the then nameless settlement.

Thanks to DIPAC's fall season volunteers
Douglas Island Pink and Chum (DIPAC) would like to thank the special volunteers who helped make its annual fall salmon education program a great success. More than 1,460 students and adults visited the Ladd Macaulay Visitor Center Oct. 4-31 for our classes. DIPAC sincerely thanks the following folks for helping make our program so successful.

Volunteer Opportunity of the Week
Organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters

Local website launched to promote youth activities
National research shows the youth crime rate for the first hour after school is three times that of other hours of the day, and youth not in after school programs are three times more likely to experiment with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and sex than those who are enrolled in an activity. Keeping youth active and engaged in organized activities improves their future civic participation and job readiness.

Thanks for keeping the flags raised
The volunteers of Friends of the Flags would like to thank the donors who supported us this past year in placing the 50 state flags along Egan Drive for the summer. Without that support, the project wouldn’t have happened.

Thank you, Juneau Community Foundation
The Southeast Alaska Guidance Association (SAGA) would like to thank the Juneau Community Foundation for its allocation of $3,000 in grant funding to support an AmeriCorps Community Action Project. The funding will be used for the publication of a Teen Resource Guide created by Erin Stuhlsatz, a SAGA Connections member, who is currently serving a Term of National Service at the Credit Attainment, Recovery, and Employability Skills (CARES) Program through the Juneau School District. The Teen Resource Guide will provide Juneau’s young adults with a comprehensive list of resources and services that are available to them through various community organizations in the City and Borough of Juneau.

Sealaska Heritage accepts scholarship applications
Sealaska Heritage Institute is accepting applications for the 2011-2012 school year.

Robinson, Hamilton to wed
Ashlee Robinson and Eric Hamilton, both of Craig, will marry in September in Juneau.

FYI
• On Jan. 2, 2011, a son, Jackson Rider Smith, weighing 7 lbs. 8 oz., to Annie and Nathan Smith.

Mount Edgecumbe Hospital welcomes 2011's first baby
SITKA – Landon Matthew LaDuke was the first baby of 2011 born at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) S’áxt’ Hít Mount Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

Thanks for the funds
United Way of Southeast Alaska, on behalf of the Juneau Community Suicide Prevention Task Force Outreach Committee, would like to thank the Youth Action Committee and Juneau Community Foundation for the generous grant of $1,650 we received to purchase DVDs from KTOO of Dr. Baugher’s Suicide Intervention Workshop. The DVDs are an integral part of an educational outreach program by the task force to teach as many people in Juneau as possible on how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, how to properly intervene and how to connect the individuals with professional help.

Pets of the week
MYA

Please send information about Alaska
Each member of our class is working on a project called the “Parade of States.” We are responsible for gathering as much information as we can from a number of sources.

Recognitions
Gabe Kennedy graduated from the Information Technology and Communication Systems Program at Perry Technical Institute on Dec. 17. Established in 1939, Perry Technical Institute is a private, non-profit educational institution in Yakima, Wash.

Demetra 'Demi' Skinas Stone
Demetra “Demi” Skinas Stone passed away Dec. 8, 2010, at the age of 48 in Juneau at Bartlett Regional Hospital after a long battle with cancer.

Harold J. Shakespeare
Longtime Juneau resident Harold J. Shakespeare died unexpectedly on Dec. 18, 2010. He was 76.

Clifford Dale Lobaugh
Longtime Juneau resident Dr. Clifford Dale Lobaugh passed away Jan. 5, 2011. He was 74 years old.

Southern Sudan's shaky future
At a roundabout in Juba, southern Sudan’s capital, stands a digital clock. It has four faces, each titled “Countdown to Southern Sudan Referendum — Period Remaining.” The referendum on Jan. 9 is part of the peace agreement signed in 2005 ending the civil war between northern and southern Sudan, and its outcome will determine if Sudan remains one country or becomes two. Each side of the clock has a drawing of a pair of hands wearing broken handcuffs, chain still dangling — a not-so-subtle comment about what the southern Sudanese think of being ruled by Khartoum. Below the hands are boxes to designate the remaining days, hours and minutes.

Empire editorial: A little more disclosure, please
Some rules aren’t meant to be broken, and people who run for public office know this. That’s why the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) maintains a strict set of reporting rules for candidates and their campaign staffs to follow.

A modest speaker not to be underestimated
The new speaker of the House, Rep. John A. Boehner of Ohio, isn’t the most brilliant statesman ever to hold the job (Newt Gingrich beats him on that count), the most groundbreaking (that was Nancy Pelosi) or the most charismatic (speakers rarely score high on that scale).

What will you do with your PFD?
As we begin 2011, there are many tasks before us as Alaskans. We’re taking down holiday decorations and recycling Christmas trees, and putting up new calendars. We’re preparing for the upcoming legislative session, with a host of interesting bills to be considered by our elected leaders. And for those of us who wish to be proactive, there’s no time like the present to apply for this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend.

Outside Editorial: Leave 'Huck' alone
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Hypocrisy in the House
Last summer the Obama administration asked the Business Roundtable to provide a list of regulations that slowed economic growth and job creation. The result was a 54-page document from some of America’s leading companies.

Police launch new tip service
KODIAK — The Kodiak Police Department is hoping to get a few good tips.

Vice principal charged with child abuse
ANCHORAGE — An Anchorage high school vice principal has been accused of child abuse.

JDHS JV splits with Susitna Valley
Saturday was just one of those nights for the Crimson Bears JV hockey team.

King a force on the court and mentor off it
At 6 feet 4 inches and 240 pounds, Juneau-Douglas senior power forward De’Andre “Jazz” King provides a big body down low for the Crimson Bears.

Juneau prep teams bounce back
The Juneau-Douglas boys’ basketball team rebounded from its first loss of the season Thursday to finish second in the 44th Annual Joe Floyd/Era Aviation Winter Classic Basketball Tournament at Kodiak High School.

Alaska pipeline shut down after leak discovered
ANCHORAGE — The company that runs the Trans Alaska Pipeline has shut down oil production after a leak was discovered at a North Slope pump station.

Seafood companies sue over closure of fishing area
UNALASKA — Alaska seafood organizations are suing to stop a ruling by the National Marine Fisheries Service that would protect fish on which the endangered Stellar sea lions feed.

Troopers ask for help to pick up moose roadkill
FAIRBANKS — Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Fairbanks are taking applications from people willing to collect moose killed on area roads.

Parnell warns of too much federal control
FAIRBANKS — Gov. Sean Parnell says Alaskans need to push for a stronger state role in their economic and political future to avoid too much federal control.

UAA helps fill job market voids
ANCHORAGE — The University of Alaska Anchorage is providing new workers to fill voids in several labor markets identified by the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development as areas experiencing high demand, said the university’s provost at a Jan. 3 Anchorage Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center.

Trans-Alaska oil pipeline remains shut down
ANCHORAGE — The trans-Alaska pipeline remained shut down Sunday more than 24 hours after a leak was discovered at a North Slope pump station.

Rural communities to get broadband
ANCHORAGE — With the first phase of construction on General Communication Inc.’s TERRA-Southwest project set to start this month, the telecom company announced in December that contractor Marsh Creek LLC was selected to construct 11 microwave towers as part of the broadband Internet build out.

Anchorage committee ejects ex-member from meeting
ANCHORAGE — A former committee member was ejected after he showed up at a meeting of an Anchorage fish and game advisory group.

Senators target voting law for revision
ANCHORAGE — A pair of Democratic state senators has prefiled a bill aimed at addressing issues raised in the 2010 Alaska U.S. Senate race, including minor misspellings on write-in ballots.

Ice storm could have lasting effects
FAIRBANKS — The freak ice storm that blanketed much of Alaska in November is long gone. But a University of Alaska Fairbanks forestry professor said the effects could last for years as wounded trees die and insect populations explode.

Commission boosts Parnell's pay by $20K
JUNEAU — Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell’s office says the Alaska State Officers Compensation Commission has approved an increase in his pay from $125,000 a year to $145,000.

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