Monday, January 19, 2009

Libraries boast of new picture books for young listeners
Here's just a tiny sample of the Juneau Public Libraries' great new picture books for young listeners and their readers.

Rice to meet with publishers about memoirs
NEW YORK - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be meeting with publishers later this month to discuss three book projects, including a memoir of her service in the Bush administration.

Obama's job and ours
Despite the optimism that Barack Obama's election brings, I have been troubled by the simplicity with which some view this dramatic event. It has been suggested, by some students at my university, by well-meaning adults, even by Stephen Colbert, that Obama's election spells the end of American racial and ethnic inequality.

Packing a nation's hopes, Obama rides rails to D.C.
Obama invoked a grand heritage of American giants as he appealed "not to our easy instincts but to our better angels," an echo of Lincoln's first inaugural address. He took note of the enormous challenges that lay ahead and promised to act with "fierce urgency," a phrase often used by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Change PFD to mutual fund
In regards to liquidating the Permanent Fund Dividend, let me offer some suggestions and also remedies to the perceived problems. If we could change the PFD into a mutual fund and distribute shares instead of cash, it would then be up to the individual to decide if they want to hold onto them, or sell a few shares when needed. Another problem avoided in doing this would be the stock and bond markets would not sell off as it would prior to a full liquidation, if it were to take place.

Help for Zimbabwe
The news from Zimbabwe continues to be bad. The people continue to suffer, the economy is in a shambles, and the government is not functioning.

Human rights group offers apology
The Juneau Human Rights Commission, although in existence for many years, was reconstituted in the spring of 2008 with a charge from the Assembly to develop educational and informational programs designed to bring about the prevention and elimination of discrimination, promote harmonious inter-group relations, examine sources of tension, practices of discrimination, advise the Assembly about specific problems of prejudice or discrimination, and to make recommendations to the Assembly about actions or policies to be considered.

Haines hydro project threatens fish
As Juneau faces its second year with avalanches wiping out their hydropower to the community, Alaska Power and Telephone (AP&T) is lobbying state and local officials for funding for a hydro project in the upper Chilkoot River Valley in Haines.

Why is Juneau silent about Israeli violence?
Has anyone seen the Juneau peace establishment while Gazan children are being dismembered? Why are Vets for Peace AWOL while this American-financed and supported massacre is taking place? Do Juneau People for Peace and Justice need more facts before taking a stand? Is the World Affairs Council only responsible for hosting Palestinian speakers, but absolved from acting on the knowledge gathered? Where are the religious groups in this season of peace? How about the Juneau Democratic Party with their new-found "fierce urgency of now."

Palin releases energy 'plan'
Gov. Sarah Palin Friday rolled out her new statewide energy plan aimed at bringing affordable energy to all Alaskans.

Smoking ban: one year later
More than a year after the city's clean air ordinance went into effect, people on different sides of the debate continue to disagree about the success of the law that required Juneau's bars to go smoke free.

Price-gouging bill won't help Southeast
Anchorage legislators filed a bill to stop gas, diesel and heating fuel price-gouging in Alaska, but it's unlikely to relieve high Southeast prices.

Botelho against city subsidy for electric bills
Workers began the Snettisham power line repair Thursday. If they finish on schedule, Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho says he's not going to recommend to the Assembly that the city help pay residents' high electric bills.

Photo: Dragon launch
Kurt Dzinich launches a dragon kite while spending the afternoon at the Auke Recreation Area beach on Sunday.

Cowan makes surprise resignation
Two weeks after the Juneau School Board gave Superintendent Peggy Cowan a positive job evaluation, Cowan said she's calling it quits.

Photo: Sunny walk
Dressed for the weather, Joe Ver and Jane Canaday walk along Riverside Drive on Sunday. The temperature reached about 60 degrees.

Photo: Drilling for heat
Chad Gregory, an employee of Gregory Drilling, operates a drill Wednesday at the site of the future Dimond Park Aquatic Center. When the Mendenhall Valley was being developed in the 1960s and 1970s, the site had been a construction yard and gravel pit. Tree stumps and other waste from clearing land were dumped into the pit, which the contractor ran into this week while drilling test wells for a possible geothermal heat system for the future pool. The stump dump is not expected to be a problem, officials said.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Photo: Not so shipshape
A boat is shown mostly submerged Friday in Harris Harbor. The vessel is one of three that have sunk in city-run harbors in the last two weeks, Juneau Docks and Harbors officials reported.

Around Town
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Corrections
A Tuesday story in the Empire incorrectly identified the entity which owns the Snettisham Hydroelectric Project and leases it to Alaska Electric Light & Power. It is the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, not the Alaska Energy Authority, that owns the facility which provided Juneau's power.

Around Town
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Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Kira: Peregrine falcon in passing
In the fall of 1990, a young peregrine falcon began her first migration south, leaving the bluffs that overlook the Yukon River to escape the harsh Arctic winter. The waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds that are her prey are departing, and instinct is urging her to do the same.

Thank you for helping make Capital City Classic another success
Thank you to Juneau-Douglas High School's Sandi Wagner and Karen Boddy, along with the many volunteers and staff, for their part in completing another successful holiday basketball tournament. The fans who attended these games enjoyed good basketball, a high level of sportsmanship and some fine entertainment.

Book on Tlingit battle wins national award
JUNEAU - University of Alaska Southeast faculty and authors Richard and Nora Dauenhauer were in Berkeley, California recently to accept an American Book Award. They joined a ceremony, reception and book reading with fellow award winners at Anna's Jazz Island.

Rasmuson Foundation to host teleconferences
JUNEAU - The Rasmuson Foundation recently announced it would host three teleconferences this week for artists interested in learning more about the Foundation's Individual Artist Awards. Foundation staff will provide information about the grants, which are awarded directly to artists and answer questions about eligibility, the application process, supporting materials, timeline, the selection process and other questions brought forward by participants.

Alaska Brain Injury Network to hold events this week
SITKA - The Alaska Brain Injury Network will hold its Board of Directors meeting, public testimony and provider training Jan. 21-23 in Sitka. The events are hosted by SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and Sitka Counseling and Prevention Services.

Sitka High School Class of 1989 seeking classmates reunion
SITKA - Students of Sitka High School's Class of 1989 are seeking other classmates for the upcoming 20-year reunion.

Juneau World Affairs Council to host Eric Brown
JUNEAU - The Juneau World Affairs Council will host Eric Brown to speak on the topic "Can Video Games Promote Peace?" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the University of Alaska Southeast Egan Library public area.

American Cancer Society announces Daffodil Days
JUNEAU - Pre-sales for the annual Daffodil Days, a fundraiser event for the American Cancer Society, will be open from Wednesday, Jan. 21, to Feb. 11. Money raised from the event is used for cancer research, educational programs, advocacy activities and services for cancer patients and their families. In the past years Juneau, Skagway, Hoonah, Tenakee Springs and Gustavus have supported this program with great enthusiasm. Last year, Juneau was, once again, number one for sales in Alaska.

JDU still has openings for children's hip-hop
JUNEAU - Juneau Dance Unlimited still has openings in the children's hip-hop class for 8- to 12-year-olds on Saturdays, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and the teen/adult hip-hop class on Sundays, from 4 to 5 p.m.

Shepherd of the Valley welcomes new pastor in first service today
JUNEAU - The congregation at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church is excited to announce that the Rev. Tari Stage-Harvey has accepted the call to be their permanent pastor. The church has been without a permanent pastor for almost two years.

FYI
Births

Juneau citizens flocked to jail
On Feb. 23, 2008, many people from all walks of life headed to jail in Juneau. Most will return to jail on March 14 to do it again.

Senior menu for the week of Jan. 19-23
Monday, Jan. 19

Stories and mysteries in snow
It was a perfect day in December, one in the longest series of fine days we had in 2008. Mostly clear skies, temperatures in the high teens and low 20s. The snow was perfect too - about 4 inches of fresh, fluffy stuff unmarked by humans, on top of a good base. With two companions, I set out on what we call a tracking expedition, looking for animal tracks and trying to read the stories the tracks might tell.

Juneau Community Foundation donates to local nonprofits on behalf of Machamer
On Dec. 19, the Juneau Community Foundation donated $14,000 to 14 nonprofit organizations in Juneau, on behalf of the Machamer Charitable Trust.

Photo: Nick Waldo earns Eagle Scout
Scoutmaster Keith Pahlke, left, congratulates Nick Waldo on earning his Eagle Scout award at a Court of Honor in August. Waldo, a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School, is a member of Troop 11, sponsored by Resurrection Lutheran Church. Waldo's Eagle project was thedemolition and construction of a rescue equipment shed on top of Eaglecrest Mountain.

World Quest champions
The Un-Mensa-bles team - from left, Sally Schlichting, Bob King, Mary Watson, Jeff Gnass, John Schlicting, Linda Kruger and David Watson - pose with the Watsons' dog, Poppy, on March 9 at the Watson residence. The team recently became the Juneau World Affairs Council's World Quest champions.

Pets of the week
Red is an extremely gentle and kind 3-year-old lab mix who needs a home where she will get lots of love and attention. She loves other dogs and listens very well.

Recognitions
Caitlin De Rocher, a sophomore at Juneau-Douglas High was accepted into the People to People Presidential Inauguration program. De Rocher will join a select group of returning People to People travelers from around the world to celebrate this monumental event in Washington, D.C.

Thanks for contributing to our Pub Trivia Night on Jan. 10
Perseverance Theatre would like to thank The Rendezvous Bar for hosting a Pub Trivia Night and live auction event on Jan. 10. The event was a fundraiser for Perseverance and a promotional event for our current production, "Wittenberg," by David Davalos.

Terie Ann Sawyer
Juneau resident Terie Ann Sawyer died at 8 p.m. Dec. 9, 2008, at the Virginia Mason hospital in Washington. She was 47.

Kim Marie Paris-Hegar
Juneau and Petersburg resident Kim Marie Paris-Hegar died Jan. 11, 2009, in Zihuantenajo, Mexico. She was 37.

Obama's job and ours
Despite the optimism that Barack Obama's election brings, I have been troubled by the simplicity with which some view this dramatic event. It has been suggested, by some students at my university, by well-meaning adults, even by Stephen Colbert, that Obama's election spells the end of American racial and ethnic inequality.

Alaska editorial: Manage Permanent Fund like any other endowment fund
Does the Permanent Fund have enough money to pay Alaskans dividends this year? That's going to be a hot topic when the Legislature starts work later this week.

Alaska editorial: May Shinseki do right by vets
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Eric Shinseki is a cinch to sail through his Senate confirmation vote as secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Afghanistan needs more
It has been seven years since Afghan forces supported by the United States toppled the Taliban and denied al-Qaida the terrorist haven, training ground and launch pad that Afghanistan had become. Since then, there has been clear, substantial progress, including democratic elections, the liberation of growing numbers of Afghan women to take their place in public life, and clear improvements in health care and education.

Healy Clean Coal Project deal example of old-style politics
Can a coal-fired power plant be called "clean?" On Wednesday, officials from the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) and Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA) announced with pride that they had "settled" the vexing problem of the "Healy Clean Coal Project." The oxymoronic project is a dust-covered generating plant that has been sitting idle for 10 years in the little town of Healy, 78 miles southwest of Fairbanks. It cost taxpayers $300 million to build.

Bush's final curtain call
President George W. Bush's final curtain call is Tuesday. That's the same day the curtain goes up on President George W. Bush on Broadway, played by Will Ferrell reprising his "Saturday Night Live" role. Adam McKay, Ferrell's longtime collaborator, directed the show, "You're Welcome America: A Final Night with George W. Bush," which will run through March 15. He spoke with Outlook's Rachel Dry about why presidential punch lines are almost always funny and what Barack Obama has in common with Lisa Simpson.

Toe Toon
This week's Toe Toon.

Inauguration potluck at Centennial Hall
The breakfast potluck, "Breakfast with the President," is from 7:15-10 a.m. President-elect Barack Obama's swearing-in begins at 7:30 a.m.

Murkowski seeks pardon for Stevens
ANCHORAGE - Sen. Lisa Murkowski wants President Bush to pardon former Sen. Ted Stevens.

Fire breaks out at hatchery site
FAIRBANKS - Authorities in Fairbanks are investigating the cause of a fire that broke out at the construction site of a fish hatchery in Fairbanks.

Entities launch energy campaign
ANCHORAGE - A retailer and two utilities have launched a campaign to get Anchorage-area consumers to cut down on energy use by switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs.

Sled dog races are postponed due to mush
ANCHORAGE - Three mid-distance sled dog races have been postponed after unseasonably warm temperatures turned mushing trails to mush.

Three boats sink in Douglas, Harris harbors
JUNEAU - At least three boats have sunk in their berths at city-run harbors in the last two weeks, Juneau Docks and Harbors officials reported.

Harbor board will discuss raising shorepower fees
JUNEAU - The city Docks and Harbors board is proposing to raise shorepower fees for some boat owners to cover temporarily higher electricity rates.

2 guides sentenced
ANCHORAGE - Two Juneau guides have been sentenced for wildlife crimes.

Reigning champ falls in Friday night fights
Twenty-two-year-old Bailey Johnson, of Angoon, shocked the packed crowd at Marlintini's Lounge Friday for the monthly Roughhouse fights. Johnson picked up an electrifying victory over 2008 Roughhouse Southeast Showdown Champion 19-year-old Aaron "The Red Baron" Tucker, of Juneau.

JDHS hockey konks Rams
The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team closed out its 2008-09 home season Saturday with a 6-1 victory over Fairbanks' 3A Monroe Catholic, pairing it nicely with Friday's 5-0 shutout win.

JV hoopsters split wins with Wrangell
The Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity basketball team split itself along class lines while hosting this weekend's games against Wrangell's varsity, with a sophomore-led group picking up the 54-31 win Friday and a mostly freshman crew falling just short 35-28 Saturday.

Earnings may override other issues of legislature
ANCHORAGE - Alaska lawmakers spent much of their 2008 session deciding what to do with a surplus of oil money. They're happy now they didn't spend it all.

Fairbanks blacks celebrate Obama
FAIRBANKS - When U.S. Sen. Barack Obama was elected president of the United States on Nov. 4, Cleveland Bartley did something he had never done before.

Ketchikan firm has low bid for ferry
KETCHIKAN - Ketchikan transportation officials may not have to go far for a replacement ferry taking people to the city's airport.

Large spill occurs at North Slope oil field
The spill of 24,400 gallons, of which the state estimates 90 percent to be crude, happened at the Milne Point field operated by BP and was the sixth largest spill on the North Slope. Milne Point is a medium-sized North Slope field located northwest of the huge Prudhoe Bay field.

Appeals court keeps judge for homicide suspect
FAIRBANKS - The State Court of Appeals will not replace a trial judge in the case of Brian Galbraith, a man with a history of paranoid schizophrenia who is accused of killing a mental health worker.

This Day in History
• In 1909, Robert Stroud, later known as the Birdman of Alcatraz, shot and killed J.K.F. von Dahmer in Juneau.

Alaska troops sent to Afghanistan
ANCHORAGE - The Army has ordered 3,500 paratroopers based at Fort Richardson to deploy to Afghanistan.

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