Sunday, January 24, 2010

Juneau, fix the skate park for teens
Imagine you're skating, having a great time. You go to turn, and, bam, you slip and slam into a ramp. You get up and start skating again, but with fear of slipping and hurting yourself. Then, to make everything worse, you don't know what to do because you don't want to keep doing the same trick over and over. Now you're bored because there's nothing new to hit, so you go home. The city needs to fix the skate park so teens can have a safe and fun place to skate.

Begich is voting his conscience
In his Jan. 13 "My Turn" column, Tony Yorba accuses Sen. Mark Begich of voting for health care reform because he was told to do so by his party. Yorba conveniently ignores the reasoning put forward in Begich's Jan. 3 Empire column, "Deciding health care reform: Why I voted yes," in which the senator stated, "People die because they can't afford regular health care. Insurance premiums, already outrageously expensive, are headed through the roof in Alaska and the rest of the country. Medicare, which provides essential care to seniors, is going broke."

Community stepped forward after robbery
On Sunday, Jan. 10, my photo shop on Seward Street was robbed. After 12 years in business without this type of activity, I can say that I found it profoundly disheartening.

Agency: Glacial lake ice 'never safe'
On the many crisp, clear days this winter, cold temperatures drew residents to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center to skate or walk on the nearby lake ice.

Group plans homeless event for Monday
It's difficult to determine how many people are homeless in Juneau on any given night, but the figure appears to have grown over the past year, according to members of the Juneau Homeless Coalition.

Juneau police to host open house Monday
The Juneau Police Department is hosting an open house Monday evening to celebrate its recent accomplishment of becoming the first law enforcement agency in the state to be accredited.

Photo: Anti-abortion activists rally at Capitol
Rebecca Scharen, Victoria Scharen, Tori Willard and Lacey Hansinger hold up anti-abortion posters during Friday's Pro-Life Rally across from the Capitol.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Around Town
Today, Jan. 24

Hula HoopLa!
Hula-hoops are back and they aren't just for kids anymore. The hula hoop revival officially hit Juneau with the emergence of a group of hoopers called HoopLa!

Nicotine dependence: Don't be discouraged; you can quit
Many recall their first cigarette. For me it was high school, leaning my pouted lips to my boyfriend's light, like the movie stars. Only I coughed and couldn't smoke.

Juneau delegation honored for supporting statehood activities
JUNEAU - Juneau delegates were honored last month for their participation and support of the Fourth of July activities for Alaska's 50th anniversary of statehood, including the re-enactment of the raising of the 49-star flag in 1959 as well as the Juneau and Douglas parades.

Thunder Mountain rifle team receives Friends of the NRA Grant
JUNEAU - The Thunder Mountain High School rifle team was awarded $3,048.37 to help buy supplies for the rifle team. Thunder Mountain has opened the opportunity to Juneau-Douglas High School students to participate as well.

Senior menu for the week of Jan. 25-29
Monday, Jan. 25

Recognition
Air Force Airman Daniel J. Chandler, a 2006 graduate of Dimond High School in Anchorage, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

Brandenburg joins Jessie Norma Jim Health Center staff
ANGOON - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Jessie Norma Jim Health Center in Angoon is pleased to announce the addition of Alexis D. Brandenburg to its medical staff as a mid-level practitioner and Community Health Aide/Practitioner supervisor.

Juneau resident e-mails seafood chowder recipe
It's that time again. We're looking for your "Super Bowl Kick Off" and "Valentine Day" recipes. Do you have a favorite to share with our readers?

IFA celebrates eight years of POW Island service
JUNEAU - The Inter-Island Ferry Authority inaugurated daily passenger/vehicle ferry service between Ketchikan and Hollis on Jan. 15, 2002, with the newly launched M/V Prince of Wales.

Boy Scout Troop 11 opens accound for Haitian relief
JUNEAU - Three scouts from Boy Scout Troop 11 recently opened a bank account for Haitian relief efforts.

JDHS House Building Project seeks specialty help and labor
JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas High School House Building Project needs specialty help and labor to help them move the house building project along.

K3 stations to hold two events for Haiti relief efforts
JUNEAU - K3 radio stations are holding two fundraising events for Partner in Health's Haiti relief efforts.

Thanks for donating to SAIL's Masquerade Extravaganza
Southeast Alaska Independent Living sends a huge thank you to the Juneau-Douglas Eagles Auxiliary/Aerie 4200, Madam President Robin Park, Charlene Payne, and Jim and Deborah Pound, for donating the proceeds from their New Years Day Masquerade Extravaganza - a whopping $2,235.

Heritage Coffee to donate proceeds to Haiti relief
JUNEAU - Juneau's Heritage Coffee Co. will donate part of the proceeds from every bag of a new premium Haitian coffee to relief efforts in the earthquake-stricken country.

Consortium to host dental health fair for young children
JUNEAU - In honor of National Children's Dental Health Month, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's Juneau Dental Clinic is hosting a children's dental health fair from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the clinic, 3245 Hospital Drive.

Thanks for contributing to Alaska State Museum
The Alaska State Museum would like to acknowledge and thank all of the donors, volunteers and contributors who generously gave resources, talent and time throughout 2009. Donors and contributors granted funds the museum's Heritage Endowment and youth activities, and donated funds and objects to the museum permanent collection.

Juneau Hispanic Community to hold fundraiser for Haiti
JUNEAU - Juneau Hispanic Community is holding a fundraiser for Haiti from noon to 4 p.m. today, Jan. 24, at El Zarape Restaurant, located at 1961 Anka St., near Costco.

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 Monday, Jan. 25, to Feb. 12. 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, Gustavus, Kake and Tenakee Springs have supported this.

Bakers to represent Alaska as Volunteer Family of the Year
As reward for two years of dedicated family volunteering, a Juneau household of six was selected as the state's Volunteer Family of the Year and will travel to Disney World next month.

Thanks for making Love INC's auction fundraiser a success
Love In the Name of Christ extends a hearty thank you to the individuals and businesses that made a huge success of its fifth annual Dessert Auction fundraiser on Nov. 20.

Thanks for supporting Juneau Dance Unlimited
On behalf of the Juneau Dance Unlimited Board of Directors, I would like to thank numerous individuals and businesses who made our fifth annual holiday presentation of the Nutcracker to the Juneau community so successful and memorable.

AWARE now accepting volunteer applications
JUNEAU - Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies is now accepting applications for volunteers.

Put'em up: I'll date you with one hand tied behind my back
I must admit, I did get more handsome and witty as the night wore on during Rough House Friday Boxing at Marlintini's Lounge. I also am smart enough to know it probably had something to do with the consumption factor of my date's beverages.

Dean, Lundquist wed
Carl Lundquist and Katherine Dean were married on Jan. 9, 2010, in Sherman, Texas.

Polk, Ikonomov wed
Lisa-Marie Polk, of Juneau, and Aleksandar Ikonomov, of Pernik, Bulgaria, were married on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, 2009, at sunset on the beach at Kiehi in Maui, Hawaii. The couple met last summer at the Mount Roberts Tramway.

Bodron, Licari wed
Aimee N. Bodron, of Juneau, and Joseph Licari, of Stony Point, N.Y., were married Dec. 31, 2009, at the Shrine of St. Therese in Juneau. A reception and dinner followed at the the bride's sister's home.

Photo: Helping feed the hungry
From left, Jack Lewis and Sheila Chancey, managers of Southeast Furniture Warehouse, present a $1,000 check to Darren Adams, manager of the Southeast Alaska Food Bank, last week at Southeast Furniture Warehouse. The money was raised through a Nov. 27-Jan. 18 promotion on Ekornes Stresless brand furniture and will help feed the hungry in Southeast Alaska. Last year, the food bank distributed 85 tons of food. For donation information, call 789-6184 or visit http://www.foodbankofalaska.org/.

FYI
Births

Trust your mule
We took turns having our "freak-outs." Kristin had hers the night before our descent. I waited until morning. It was moments before the wranglers arrived, when, with tears in my eyes, I looked at my friend and said, "You can't make me do this!"

Kevin Reed Hanon
Former longtime Juneau resident Kevin Reed Hanon, of Federal Way, Wash., died unexpectedly on Jan. 16, 2010. He was 53.

Alaska editorial: Jobs solidified
Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., its contractors and five unions have reached an agreement that will retain many of the jobs put at risk last month by the pipeline operator's decision to switch to a non union contractor. This is good news for Alaska, and particularly Fairbanks, because it ensures stability for hundreds of families at a time when jobs are hard to come by.

My turn: Alaska must find creative solutions to domestic abuse
Gov. Sean Parnell's new initiative, unveiled last month, is to be commended for its renewed intent to tackle domestic violence and sexual assault in Alaska. Things could definitely be better. Beefed up village public safety presence, increased commitment to prosecution and extra access to legal aid for victims will certainly help.

My turn: Our journey: Better health for all
It has often been observed that what one sees depends upon where she/he is looking. This insight on human behavior surely fits our national debate on health care reform. Put in simplistic terms, if one has affordable health insurance, he/she wants to keep it. Those who don't have access to health care want to get it. Those in the first group are in the majority in numbers. The numbers without affordable health insurance are huge. They are tens of millions of people.

Toe toon
This week's toe toon.

State to intervene in offshore drilling case
ANCHORAGE - The state of Alaska will intervene in a case in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals challenging Shell's exploration plan in the Beaufort Sea.

UAA Chancellor Ulmer announces retirement
ANCHORAGE - University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor Fran Ulmer says she will retire in 2011.

Counselor pleads guilty to selling drugs
ANCHORAGE - A former youth counselor in Anchorage has pleaded guilty to selling drugs, including crack cocaine.

Coast Guard: No search for pilots
SAND POINT - The U.S. Coast Guard did not plan to resume searching on Saturday for two pilots aboard a cargo plane that crashed near Sand Point.

Anchorage renter convicted of murder
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage jury convicted a 61-year-old man of first-degree murder in the death of his landlord.

Woman arrested on flight to Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - A 32-year-old Fairbanks woman was arrested after a disturbance on board a flight to Anchorage.

Crew rescued after boat runs aground
KODIAK - A U.S. Coast Guard crew rescued three fishermen whose boat had run aground in southeast Alaska Friday.

Kenai borough chief of staff resigns
KENAI - The beleaguered chief of staff to the mayor of the Kenai Peninsula Borough has resigned.

Floyd Dryden honors Harben
In 1986, Geoff Harben received word that Floyd Dryden Middle School was searching for someone to be its wrestling coach.

Crimson rules
Saturday was a great night for basketball, especially for Juneau-Douglas fans.

TMHS gains needed experience
Jan. 21

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

With Palin absent, 'bridge to nowhere' supporters remain
With former Gov. Sarah Palin no longer on the state's scene, Ketchikan is hoping the Gravina Access Project that she disparaged as a "bridge to nowhere" may get new life.

Census to launch in Alaska village
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Census Bureau chief is heading to Alaska to formally launch the nation's 2010 count in a remote Inupiat Eskimo village, where residents are planning a huge reception of traditional dancing and a feast of caribou, moose and other subsistence foods.

EPA suspects Chevron knew of violation
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency seized computers, files, photos and other records as part of its investigation into whether Chevron knowingly violated air pollution permits at two remote facilities on the west side of Cook Inlet.

ExxonMobil wants more predictability in Alaska policies
The president of ExxonMobil Production Co. said Friday that Alaska is in an "enviable position" to provide natural gas to the state, the Lower 48 and Canada.

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