Monday, January 11, 2010

Accusations against SEACC ring false
In his letter published Jan. 5, Bradley Fluetsch claims to know the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council. Yet his accusations about the organization indicate otherwise.

SEACC fights for Alaska quality of life
In his most recent rant against SEACC, Bradley Fluetsch omitted some of the group's worst transgressions: SEACC also practices witchcraft, uses a Ouija board, listens to rock 'n' roll records backwards for Satanic messages and even believes in climate change.

After robbery, business owner decries decline of downtown
A downtown business owner whose shop was robbed Sunday said the incident could tip the scales toward closing the business.

Too young, gone too soon
Taylor White was a typical Juneau teenager when he died June 5 as a passenger in a drunk-driving accident only days after graduating from Juneau-Douglas High School, his mother said.

Juneau man dies from stab wounds
A 26-year-old Juneau man died Saturday from stab wounds, but so far authorities have been reluctant to say if foul play was involved.

City police investigate attempted arson at TMHS
Authorities are investigating two incidents at local high schools that occurred on the same day but appear unrelated, police said.

Man's fatal wounds may have been self-inflicted
Police reported Sunday that fatal wounds in Saturday's stabbing death in the Mendenhall Valley may have been self-inflicted.

State youth drinking less, toking more
Alaska's high schoolers are drinking less alcohol but instead are smoking more marijuana, according to a state report.

Photos: Ski school
The Snow Sports School at Eaglecrest Ski Area helps children learn how to ski and snowboard, slope etiquette, and, if so inclined, work toward moving into the upper level racing with the Juneau Ski Club. Programs start at Wee Ski for 3- to 5-year-olds, and progress to Mighty Mites, Race Rats and Mountain Explorers.

Cruise industry cranks up state lobbying efforts
With cruise ship and tourism issues rising in importance before the Alaska Legislature in 2009, the tourism industry jumped into contention with the oil and gas industry as the largest lobbying effort in Juneau.

Grind turns out fine for Sitka
SITKA - The idea and the name were borrowed from Ketchikan, but the Monthly Grind has become a Sitka institution.

Photo: Cookie kickoff
Girl Scouts play Twister as one of the activities during the Girl Scouts of Alaska Cookie Kickoff on Friday in the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School gym. Participants had to complete six to eight activities, all relating to Girl Scout cookies, in order to receive a prize from the treasure box.

Photo: New abilities
Jessica Gilbert, front, glides toward the Hooter chair lift as Orca Ski and Snowboard Program staff member Lindsey Hallvik follows Saturday afternoon at Eaglecrest Ski Area. The program, sponsored through Southeast Alaska Independent Living, teaches people various disabilities to enjoy skiing at Eaglecrest. "We are trying to get the word out and give more people the opportunity to learn," Hallvik said. "They really have a great time. A lot of our skiers go on Hooter and Ptarmigan. They ski for years with us and love it." Gilbert said, "I like skiing. I like that I can practice for the Special Olympics."

Mentor Appreciation Month: Big Sisters Marti Early, Big Brother George Wallace and Little Brother David, trio matched since 2006
GEORGE

Photo: Arm in arm
Frank Cashen, 85, and his wife, Irene, 81, walk together up Second Street after leaving the Baranof Hotel on their weekly after-church breakfast date. Frank said he first spotted Irene when he was in seventh grade at Douglas School and she was in third. "I had an inspiration," Frank Cashen said. "I don't know how or why but I knew that was the girl I was going to marry." They wed in 1948.

Around Town
Today, Jan. 11

Police & Fire
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Corrections
The picture of a coyote taken near Seward that appeared on page C4 of Friday's Outdoors section should be credited to Beth Peluso with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

The retired life
Being a retired city manager has its perks. For Kevin Ritchie, the main one as of late has been the extra time he has to exercise his dog, Diego.

Food and faith in the new year
Opportunities to begin anew abound. Here we are in January and in a new decade. Rather than be cynical, I welcome practices that encourage letting go and beginning anew.

Enjoying the gifts of January
Ah, January! The start of a new year - a new decade even. A chance to start fresh.

Photo: Heartfelt donation
Darren Adams, left, Southeast Alaska Food Bank executive director,accepts a recent heartfelt donation to families in need fromSoutheast Alaska Board of Realtors president Gwen Place.

Thunder Mountain High School December Falcon of the Month Award
Name: Tom Lane

Recognitions
Jacob Miller, of Juneau, recently was among 539 students to earn bachelor's degrees from Eastern Oregon University for the 2008-09 academic year. He earned a Bachelor of Science in liberal studies.

Senior menu for the week of Jan. 11-15
Monday, Jan. 11

Juneau resident shares recipe for crispy date bars
Looking for a lost recipe? Ask Auntie Emo. Do you like sharing recipes? Do you like trying new recipes? Look no further, because this is where we match sought-out and shared recipes. Send your recipes and requests to aae@kpunet.net.

Central Council hires new training, resource center manager
JUNEAU - The Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska recently announced that Laird Jones has accepted the position of manager of the Vocational Training & Resource Center, a state of Alaska authorized postsecondary institution owned by Central Council that provides training and career advancement opportunities through high quality computer and vocational education.

Central Council appoints Floyd Kookesh as new subsistence coordinator
JUNEAU - Floyd Kookesh was recently named Subsistence and Sustainable Development coordinator of the Central Council on Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Alaska's largest tribe representing more than 26,000 active tribal citizens nationwide.

Juneau Student Symphony calls for musicians of all ages
JUNEAU - The Juneau Student Symphony is recruiting musicians of all ages, 8 to 88, to join them in rehearsals for their winter concert. They will be rehearsing the waltz from Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty ballet, Bizet's Carmen ballet suite and Viotti's "Violin Concerto 23." Dancers from Juneau Dance Unlimited will join them for the ballet pieces, and 10-year-old violinist Finn Sinclair will play the solo in the concerto.

Thanks for providing new Christmas toys to Love INC clients
Love INC (In the Name of Christ) would like to thank the parishioners of St. Paul's Church and the Cathedral of the Nativity for providing wonderful new Christmas toys along with stocking stuffers, stuffed animals, blankets, coats, hats etc. for our clients. This is the second year for this great "Loving Locals" event. On Dec. 18, 18 families, (representing 60 children) were invited to St. Paul's to choose two gifts for each of their children, as well as the "extra items". While the gifts were being wrapped by the teens of St. Paul's, the parents enjoyed hot cider or hot chocolate and goodies. Our heartfelt thanks go out to the members of these two churches for putting on "Loving Locals" once again! Marilyn Monagle did an outstanding job of coordinating this meaningful event.

SEARHC honors National Influenza Vaccination Week
SITKA - National Influenza Vaccination Week is Jan. 10-16, and it comes at a critical time in the fight against this year's novel H1N1 (swine) flu breakout.

The slippery slopes of dating
Arms flailing, out of control on one ski, zeroing in on a parked snow cat plow - this was me on my first outdoor date.

Wearable Art show artist applications due by Friday
JUNEAU - 2010 Wearable Art Extravaganza organizers would like to remind artists that the application deadline for participation is at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15.

Thanks, Fred Meyer, for supporting Helping Hands
The board members and volunteers of Helping Hands would like to give Fred Meyer a special thank you.

Argentine tango instructors to teach through January
JUNEAU - DanceFest Argentine tango instructors Eric Lindgren and Rebecca Smith will teach beginning and intermediate tango lessons, called "Hot Winter Tango," starting Tuesday at the Filipino Community Hall, 251 South Franklin St., upstairs.

Thanks to Capital Transit and all the bicycle commuters
I packed salad greens, shredded kale, carrots, cukes, radishes and tomatoes and set off for work with a potluck item for our state worker holiday brunch. A baby duffle bag stuffed with newspaper protected these summer ingredients from 15-degree bridge winds. No frozen salad for this foot commuter or her co-workers.

SEARHC to host Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinics in Hoonah, Angoon and Sitka
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will host special Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinics at the Trudy Wolfe Medical Clinic in Hoonah, Feb. 8-12; at the Jessie Norma Jim Health Center in Angoon, Feb. 1-5; and at the Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Dental Clinic in Sitka, Feb. 1-5.

Steps to a Healthier SouthEast Alaska closes after successful five years
SITKA - After five successful years, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Steps to a Healthier Southeast Alaska program closed on Dec. 21 after its federal grant expired.

FIRST LEGO League robot competition returns to Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - A Juneau Lego team will be among 46 competing in the statewide Anchorage Robot Rendezvous on Saturday at Dimond High School in Anchorage .

Thanks for giving to the Juneau Pioneers' Home this year
On behalf of the staff and residents of the Juneau Pioneers' Home, we'd like to extend our deep appreciation to the many wonderful organizations and individuals in the Juneau community who have given so generously of themselves during this holiday season and throughout the year.

SEACC joins push for renewable energy, hires coordinator
JUNEAU - The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council today introduced Juneau resident Dan Lesh as their energy coordinator, a new position the organization will use to help advance renewable energy in Southeast Alaska.

City museum seeks community submitted Eagle, Raven stories
JUNEAU - Each and everyone of us has a story about a raven or an eagle, whether it be a raven making sounds to trick you or experiencing a feeling of awe watching an eagle soar high above you. The Juneau-Douglas City Museum invites you to share your personal experiences about Eagle and Raven.

Thanks for showing generosity to the Glory Hole this season
The Glory Hole's holiday season was wonderful and heartwarming. Thanks to the generosity, thoughtfulness and kindness of Juneau's community, faith-based organizations and individuals, everyone who requested a holiday food box, needed a coat, socks, hats or other warm clothing, camping supplies received what they needed. More supplies, hygiene products, socks, warm clothing and food items for regular food boxes are stored for distribution throughout the winter.

Denman joins Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital medical staff
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka is pleased to announce the addition of Patrick K. Denman to its medical staff.

Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital welcomes 2010's first baby
SITKA - Kaelyn Hallin Olsen was the first baby of 2010 born at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

FYI
Births

McCarty, Weller wed
Miranda Eugenie McCarty and Lennon Plotnick Weller were married in a private civil ceremony on Jan. 1, 2010, on the dam for the old reservoir at Bear Creek, on Douglas Island.

Bleicher, Hendrickson wed
Terra Jessica Bleicher, of Juneau, and Karl Ross Hendrickson were married Sept. 26, 2009, at the home of the bride's grandparents in Corral de Tierra, Calif. A reception followed where they danced all night with friends and family.

Saba, Jones wed
Renette Saba, of Hays, Kan., Matthew Jones, of Juneau, were married in a small, private ceremony on Nov. 21, 2009, at Sunshine Cove

Mallory, Bass wed
Tara Mallory, of Juneau, and Samuel T. Bass, of Lebanon, Mo., were married Dec. 29, 2009, at the Shrine of St. Therese in Juneau. A reception followed at the Twisted Fish Restaurant.

Greenewalds to celebrate 60 years
Hoonah residents Karl and Cecelia Greenewald will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary today. They were married on Jan. 10, 1950.

Reflections on responsibility
Editor's note: This is part one of a two-part series.

Jimmy T. Rodriguez
Longtime Juneau resident Jimmy T. Rodriguez died Jan. 7, 2010, in Juneau, from Lou Gehrig's disease with his wife and daughters at his side. He was 69.

State Constitution not right place for dividend
This past week, two Anchorage legislators announced their plans to introduce legislation asking Alaskans to place the Permanent Fund Dividend program into the Alaska Constitution.

Empire editorial: PFD hyperbole
Two lawmakers from Anchorage are proposing a constitutional amendment to place the Permanent Fund Dividend under the protection of Alaska's Constitution. The idea is laughable but it makes for good campaign fodder.

My turn: Alaskans need to recognize the costs of Tongass biofuel
In recent months, the Anchorage Daily News and other regional publications have produced editorials and articles highlighting proposals promising a revitalized timber industry on the Tongass National Forest .

Was Underbomber al-Qaida's best shot?
Go ahead. It's okay to laugh at al-Qaida. It's okay to call Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab the Underbomber, or even the Tighty-Whitey Terrorist. It's okay to call his explosive-bearing undergarment the Jihad Jockeys or the Frighty Whities or Fruit of the Boom. It's okay to laugh about the "wardrobe malfunction" that kept the bomb in his pants from going off in a plane over Detroit, and about the likelihood that even if the underpants bomb had exploded, there would be "72 very disappointed virgins" when the martyr got to heaven.

My turn: State should blow up Bligh Reef
On a Web site that's updated every half hour, you can check the wind speed, temperature, gusts and barometric pressure at the Bligh Reef Light in Prince William Sound. Maybe the light was turned off along with the radar when the tug, Pathfinder, grounded on Bligh Reef a week ago Wednesday.

It wasn't poor tradecraft
The horrible news Dec. 30 that a suicide bomber had taken seven American lives in Afghanistan may have been for some a stark reminder that we are at war. But the men and women of the CIA, whose colleagues these seven were, needed no reminder.

A gun is not a joke
The astonishing thing is that he did it even after. Even after news broke that he had brandished guns in the locker room of the NBA's Washington Wizards at a Dec. 21 practice.

Outside editorial: Financial regulations
Sen. Chris Dodd's decision not to seek re-election injects a new element of uncertainty into the congressional negotiations over financial regulatory reform. The House has passed a comprehensive measure, so the next move is up to the Senate.

Toe Toon
This week's Toe.

New high school opens in Sunshine
SUNSHINE - Students and teachers at Su Valley Junior-Senior High School in Sunshine are delighted by all the space they found this week when they moved into their new building.

Ex-NANA official sentenced for fraud
SEATTLE - A former chief financial officer with an Alaska native corporation has been sentenced in Seattle to 21 months in prison for mail fraud in an embezzlement scheme.

Period for beluga comments extended
ANCHORAGE - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has extended the public comments period for a federal proposal to designate more than 3,000 square miles of Cook Inlet as critical habitat for the area's beluga whale population.

Ex-Soldotna player sought in robbery
SOLDOTNA - Police said a former Soldotna High School football star is wanted on five felony charges alleging he faked a knifepoint robbery involving a drug deal in which he posed as a victim.

Navy seeks input on Gulf of Alaska sonar training
ANCHORAGE - The Navy plans to conduct live-fire exercises in the Gulf of Alaska over the next few years, bringing in an aircraft carrier and other ships in a strike group.

Alaska bill would ban cell phone use while behind the wheel
ANCHORAGE - A bill filed for this year's Alaska legislative session would outlaw cell phone use while driving.

Charge filed at Dillingham pound
ANCHORAGE - A former Dillingham dog catcher has been charged in the starvation deaths of six dogs at the city-run pound.

911 tapes detail shooting of officers
TACOMA, Wash. - Newly released 911 tapes reveal the horrifying minutes after a shootout in Washington state that killed a Pierce County sheriff's officer and the gunman, and wounded another deputy.

Biologists recovering from helicopter crash
LEWISTON, Idaho - An official with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game said two biologists and a pilot injured in a helicopter crash in northern Idaho on Friday are being treated at a Missoula, Mont., hospital.

Federal trial over Calif. gay-marriage measure set to begin
LOS ANGELES - Scholars, gay and lesbian partners and opponents of same-sex marriage are expected to testify about the nature of marriage and homosexuality itself during an unprecedented federal trial Monday to determine whether gays and lesbians may marry.

TMHS splits with KayHi
Ketchikan turned a three-point, fourth-quarter lead into a 73-53 blow out over Thunder Mountain on Saturday in Southeast Conference boys' basketball behind a 21-0 run.

Crimson Bears return victorious
The Juneau-Douglas boys' basketball team used strong defensive play to bring home the championship from the Golden Heart tournament at Lathrop High School in Fairbanks.

Juneau-Douglas senior DeRocher discusses halibut, hardwood
If you attend a Juneau-Douglas boys' basketball game, chances are you will notice Alex DeRocher, whose play earned him MVP honors at the Golden Heart basketball tournament in Fairbanks over the weekend.

Juneau takes two on the ice against Homer
One night after a 6-1 victory over the Homer Mariners at Treadwell Arena, the Crimson Bears narrowly escaped with another win, this one 2-1, in what proved to be a slugfest until the final buzzer sounded.

Sports in Juneau
• Beginning Jan. 1, Sports In Juneau information must be submitted online at http://calendar.juneauempire.com. Submissions via e-mail, phone, fax or other will no longer be accepted. For more information e-mail webteam@juneauempire.com

Sitka Wolves sweep two from Falcon girls
For the second time in as many nights, Sitka's pressure defense proved too much for Thunder Mountain, which didn't score a point until the 6:14-mark of the second quarter as the Wolves cruised 46-18 Saturday in nonconference girls' basketball.

Sports in Juneau
• Beginning Jan. 1, Sports In Juneau information must be submitted online at http://calendar.juneauempire.com. Submissions via e-mail, phone, fax or other will no longer be accepted. For more information e-mail webteam@juneauempire.com

Probe reopened in whistleblower case
ANCHORAGE - Federal prosecutors who look into the treatment of whistleblowers are reopening the case of an Alaska wildlife biologist who successfully sued the U.S. Forest Service and died of a heart attack days after his job was eliminated.

Shooters still at large in officer ambush
ANCHORAGE - Nearly two days after a car carrying more than two men opened fire on an Anchorage police officer, authorities in Alaska's largest city continued to search for the unknown attackers.

McCain aide: Palin believed candidacy to be 'God's plan'
WASHINGTON - Former Gov. Sarah Palin believed that Sen. John McCain chose her to be his running mate in 2008 because of "God's plan," according to a top political strategist in the Arizona Republican's campaign.

Anchorage officer ambushed, shot multiple times
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage police officer was ambushed without provocation by unknown gunmen early Saturday as he sat in his patrol car working on an apparently unrelated assault case, police said, and city officials vowed to catch those responsible.

Broadcasters mull consolidation
FAIRBANKS - Representatives of Alaska's three largest public broadcasters are continuing to discuss entering into a formal partnership.

Juveniles report sex abuse at Anchorage lockup
ANCHORAGE - Fifteen percent of juveniles report being sexually victimized while held at Alaska's biggest lockup for juvenile offenders - 3 percentage points higher than the national rate at similar facilities.

Fish Board ordered to revisit Copper River dip netting regs rule
FAIRBANKS - A Superior Court judge directed the Alaska Board of Fisheries to revisit a 2003 decision in which it reclassified dip netting salmon in the Copper River at Chitina as personal-use fishing, not subsistence fishing.

Pacific cod certification expected soon
ANCHORAGE - Harvesters in Alaska's multi-million dollar Pacific cod fisheries are anticipating Marine Stewardship Council certification by mid-January, a move that would enhance sales of the versatile white fish.

Where did S.F. Bay's sea lions go? Try Oregon Coast
GRANTS PASS, Ore. - Hundreds of sea lions that abruptly blew out of San Francisco Bay's Pier 39 last Thanksgiving have apparently found a new home at another tourist attraction - 500 miles north on the Oregon coast.

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