Monday, January 24, 2011

Probation may be revoked for man in 'Romeo' case
A Juneau man sentenced Nov. 3, 2010, to multiple big game hunting violations may have his probation revoked Thursday in Juneau Superior Court for theft and false statements to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

JSD may change graduation requirements
The Juneau School District’s Graduation Readiness Task Force has finished a list of graduation requirement changes which, if adopted, will align Juneau with college entrance requirements in the rest of Alaska, Washington state and many other places. The changes are also aimed at ensuring students have career readiness skills and do not need to take remedial courses in math and English just to qualify for a college.

Photos: 'Tuxes to Xtratufs'
More than 1,100 people attended Saturday night’s 2011 Juneau Inaugural Gala, held in honor of Gov. Sean Parnell and first lady Sandy Parnell at Centennial Hall. According to event organizers, this year’s was the most attended of any Inaugural Gala. The Thunder Mountain Big Band provided music at Centennial Hall while Kari and the Wristrockets performed at a satellite event held across the parking lot at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Photo: Salt for safe sidewalks
City and Borough of Juneau streets and sidewalk crewman Dan Schwab sprinkles a rock salt mixture Wednesday on the icy Main Street sidewalk. “As long as something is covering the sidewalks we are out here trying to get it down to brick or concrete,” Schwab said.

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.

Women add to legislative ranks in Alaska
After years of lagging behind national totals, Alaska has very nearly caught up with the rest of the nation in electing women, although women still make up less than a quarter of the nation’s 7,382 legislators.

Avalanche dangers continue today
High precipitation totals and high temperatures are combining to cause continued high avalanche dangers in the Juneau area through at least 7 a.m. today, according to a notice on the City and Borough of Juneau’s website.

State unemployment rate edging closer to nation's
Unemployment rates in Alaska and Juneau rose slightly in December, even as the U.S. rate underwent a big decline.

Photo: Roe v. Wade anniversary
MICHAEL PENN / JUNEAU EMPIRE

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.

Homeless Connect to gather service providers in one location
Centennial Hall will become a one-stop event for service providers to lend a hand through Project Homeless Connect on Monday. This will be the second time Juneau has hosted the event, which will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fair fare
This year, seafood lovers in Juneau have the opportunity to participate in an innovative program that supports sustainable fisheries and local ocean conservation efforts in Southeast Alaska. Alaskans Own, a Sitka-based community supported fishery, will expand its subscription-based program to Juneau in late spring, according to Linda Behnken, executive director of the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association (ALFA).

Thanks for the lift
On Dec. 17, Coastal Helicopters, their employees and pilots, Coastal Fuel, Petro Marine Services and the Mendenhall Flying Lions Club again provided helicopter tours of the Christmas lights of the Mendenhall Valley. In the three-hour project, we were able to take more than 320 people up for a fantastic view of the lights.

Thanks, Lions
My name is Kate Stears and I got my glasses when I was 3 and in preschool. I am now 11 years old.

Testing the waters of legislative testimony
Juneau’s chapter of the National Organization for Women hosted a Legislative Testimony Workshop that was open to the public. The event was small, but a real success, and included presentations on resources and effective testifying, a question and answer session with current and former legislators and assembly members, as well as a mock hearing.

A purse returned
Many thanks to the kind soul who found and turned in the tan clutch purse to the police station on Jan. 8. It is now back with its owner, a very happy Juneau senior citizen.

Support during a rough time
Thank you to all those who helped out during the loss of our father, Karl Greenewald, Sr. Your love, encouragement and support shall never be forgotten. Thank you everyone.

Thank you, Juneau
The Juneau Chapter of the Alaska State Firefighters Association would like to thank the community of Juneau for supporting their fundraiser. The funds raised will go to supplement fire and emergency medical services training for Juneau firefighters and community outreach programs. Thank you to everyone who bought an or sold raffle tickets.

Rosetta Stone produces Inupiaq language software
ANCHORAGE — And now an Inupiaq language lesson.

An honorable thing
Elohim, Allah, Raven and Eagle; there is a universal power that most cultures sense and attempt to define or describe in some way. Without debating who or what that power is, many of us believe that it is around us and in all living things. We sense some universal truths about right and wrong and we sense that there are such things as integrity and honor.

Helping the hungry
Helping Hands would like to publicly express a heartfelt thank you to the following local businesses and organizations for their contributions and donations during this past year in helping to assist the hungry families in Juneau: Alaska USA, American Seafood, Bartlett Regional Hospital, Capital Disposal, Channel Construction, Fred Meyer, Safeway, Valley Chapel, Wildflower Court and Women of the Moose Lodge.

Food drive a huge success
This year the Southeast Alaska Guidance Association (SAGA) chose to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by holding a food drive. The drive was a great success, bringing in 801 pounds of food, all of which was donated to the Southeast Alaska Food Bank. I would like to extend a deep thank you to the generous people of Juneau whose donations made the drive so wonderful. I would also like to thank the Black Awareness Society for allowing us to host a donation table at their celebration. Thank you to St. Paul’s Catholic Church, where the donation table was held. Thank you also to the grocery stores that hosted the main portion of the drive: A&P, Safeway and Super Bear. The efforts of all Americorps and REACH Volunteers is greatly appreciated as well. It would not have been the success it was without the participation of all those who donated and volunteered. Again, thank you.

Man's best friend?
I’ll admit it: I’ve been watching a lot of late-night basic cable. Shows about bizarre foods, ghost adventures, underwater UFOs (they’re actually called USOs, the “s” for “submerged”) and stuff getting destroyed in seconds. Who says you can’t learn from the Learning Channel these days? Okay, okay. Sometimes, I’ll rock a “Bridezillas,” too.

Alaska Women's Expo to be held Saturday
The Alaska Women’s Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday at Centennial Hall.

Destroyer seeks former shipmates
The presence of former shipmates of the USS Maddox destroyer is requested at a reunion to be held Aug. 25-28 in Branson, Mo. The event is organized by the USS Maddox Destroyer Association. For more information, contact Dennis Stokhaug at (262) 679-9409 or maddox64@aol.com.

Victimization information to be presented
On Monday, the University of Alaska-Anchorage Justice Center will release the 2010 Alaska Victimization Survey to legislators in Juneau and the public is invited to attend.

McDowell, Holverson wed
Deborah Jean McDowell and Ward Andrew Holverson were married Dec. 22, 2009, and had their formal wedding on Sept. 4, 2010 at Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond, Ore.

Volunteer Opportunity of the Week
Organization: Project Homeless Connect

FYI
• On Jan. 10, 2011, a son, Jayden Robert Daugherty, weighing 7 lbs. 9 oz., to Danielle Christine Roher and Dirk Suson Daugherty.

Pets of the week
TOFFEE

Students honored for January achievements
Eight Juneau-Douglas High School students, all underclassmen, were recognized on Jan. 19 by school staff for their recent contributions to improving the school.

Senior menu
Sloppy joe on a bun

John A. Abshire
Wasilla resident John A. Abshire, 82, died Jan. 20, 2011, at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center

Elaine Mae Barbra Goenett
Former Juneau residents Frances and George Goenett lost their infant daughter, Elaine Mae Barbra Goenett, Jan. 12 at 10:03 a.m. at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Wash. Though she never spent any time with us, she touched many of our lives. She is survived by her parents Frances and George Goenett; sister Stephanie See; brothers Nathan See of Angoon, Stephen See, John Goenett and Isaiah Mazon of Seattle, Wash. Any donations can be sent Julie Mazon. 425 S. 156h St. Apt 211A, Seattle, WA 98148.

Eugene Williams
Eugene Williams of Juneau, Sitka and Seattle died Dec. 31, 2010 in Seattle.

Legislative changes would fix write-in problems, shake up partisan primary system
The 2010 election cycle in Alaska was unlike anything ever seen before. Things in both the primary and general elections directly resulted from the way Alaska statutes governing elections are written, from the outcome of the primary election to the ultimate determination of general election results. Ambiguity in the Alaska Elections Act is a bad thing, creating controversy where it need not exist.

Outside editorial: US agenda for China should be: level the playing field
The following editorial first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News:

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Shriver motivated generations to serve
I was raised with Sargent Shriver in my house, though I didn’t realize it until later.

Outside editorial: For lack of Lieberman
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

US universities unprepared to meet the challenges of 21st century
From the halls of state legislatures to the streets of Europe, higher education is in crisis. For years, American colleges and universities have been the envy of the world, but in the past four decades, this situation has deteriorated significantly and is quickly approaching the tipping point. Radical changes are needed, but, unfortunately, many administrators and most faculty members refuse to acknowledge the magnitude of the problems and are unwilling to consider constructive alternatives.

Overdoing it on corporate rights
If a corporation is a “person” under the law, does it get the kinds of “personal privacy” protections real people enjoy — just because the adjective personal derives from the noun person?

Disaster aid set for town hit by storm
ANCHORAGE — The state will run a disaster assistance center in Savoonga to help residents whose homes were damaged after a storm caused prolonged power outages.

Fire destroys shop building
ANCHORAGE — A fire destroyed a two-story shop at the school in Galena.

Herd appears to be growing
ANCHORAGE — The Porcupine Caribou herd appears to be growing.

Sweeney stepping down as Murkowski state director
JUNEAU — The man who managed U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s historic re-election campaign last fall is stepping down as her office’s state director.

Police release names of 2 found dead in car
ANCHORAGE — Anchorage police have released the names of a man and a woman who were found dead in a running car parked inside a closed garage.

US rig count increases 13 to 1,713 this week
HOUSTON — The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 13 this week to 1,713.

2010 Anchorage tourism better than expected
ANCHORAGE — The Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau says 2010 was better than some expected, thanks in part to the city’s first cruise ship visits in 25 years.

Minnesota climber postpones Denali summit attempt
DULUTH, Minn. — A Minnesota climber has postponed his attempt to reach North America’s highest peak because of high winds and whiteout conditions.

Fairbanks co-op market moves forward
FAIRBANKS — Plans for a co-op grocery store are moving forward.

Driver escapes before truck hits stream
KETCHIKAN — A Ketchikan driver escaped injury when his truck hit a rock before tumbling into a creek.

Alaska Redistricting Board launches website
ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Redistricting Board has launched a new website.

Humane Society recovers 17 cats from van
JUNEAU — Juneau’s Gastineau Humane Society is trying to find out how 17 cats became captured in the back of a van.

Guide' to serve year in jail for wildlife crimes
ANCHORAGE — A Wasilla lodge owner convicted of 23 hunting and fishing related misdemeanors has been sentenced to almost a year in jail.

Bar shooter sentenced
ANCHORAGE — A 37-year-old man convicted of attempted murder in a 2009 Anchorage shooting has been sentenced for related federal weapons charges.

Fort Richardson soldier dies in Afghanistan
ANCHORAGE — The Army says a 23-year-old Fort Richardson soldier has been killed in a nighttime attack in Afghanistan.

Woman's body found near Long Run Drive
A woman’s body was found in the snow along Long Run Drive Saturday morning, according to a release from the Juneau Police Department.

Bears' playoff bid blocked
The future of the Crimson Bears’ season became clear after Friday night’s 4-3 loss to Houston ended the Juneau-Douglas hockey team’s playoff hopes for the 2010-11 season, but that didn’t keep JDHS from going out on a high note on senior night.

Falcons' Seymour takes pride in defensive prowess
Thunder Mountain’s Matt Seymour has played quality minutes this season for the Falcons’ boys’ basketball squad, despite being just a freshman. The 6-foot-1 ninth-grader stressed the importance of team defense, as well as communicating on the court. Seymour is interested in a possible career in sports medicine, likes to coach middle schoolers in his free time and is an avid Georgetown Hoyas fan.

Juneau preps have rough time on the road
Juneau-Douglas wrapped up a rough four-game road trip Saturday with a 44-38 win over Ketchikan in the seventh-place game of the 2011 Alaska Prep Shootout at Dimond High School.

Bears blast Malemutes
Another day, another demolition.

Senator: Give gas line until summer
JUNEAU — The state should cut its losses on a major natural gas pipeline if, by summer, it doesn’t look like a project will be viable, a leader of a powerful state Senate committee said.

Report questions efficiency of university system
FAIRBANKS — A self-commissioned report on the University of Alaska system advocates for decentralizing its administration, a move that would cost dozens of jobs at the system’s offices in Fairbanks.

Surprise trade leads to longtime home in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS — Call it a coincidence, or call it the log cabin Phyllis and Lloyd Welty have lived in for over 50 years.

Military eyes expansion of training areas
FAIRBANKS — The U.S. military has about 67,000 square miles of airspace to train in Alaska. Fairbanks pilot Ken Kokjer isn’t sure it needs any more.

Ketchikan GOP plans Johansen recall effort
JUNEAU — The Ketchikan Republicans are planning an effort to recall state Rep. Kyle Johansen after he left the House majority caucus last fall.

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