Monday, January 25, 2010

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.

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."

Taku River users push for protections
A bankruptcy filing by a mine company proposing to run a hoverbarge on the Taku River laid the controversial request to rest for the time being, but fishermen and environmentalists who fought the proposal are not sitting on their heels.

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.

Photos: Helping Hands
Students paint free-style as they interpret live music Saturday during a fundraiser for the Haitian School Art Creation Foundation for Children at Thunder Mountain High School.

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.

Juneau's jobless rate sees small rise in December
Juneau's unemployment rate climbed to 6.6 percent in December, with 100 more jobless people in town compared to last year at this time, according to Department of Labor and Workforce Development numbers released Friday.

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:

Photo: Street music
Malcolm Tullis, 27, tries to make ends meet "busking" with guitar tunes Wednesday on Franklin Street. Born and raised in Juneau, Tullis shovels snow in the winter and relies on tourists' tips in the summer. "I like rock and punk rock," Tullis said. "I have no songs about the Legislature though."

Photo: Mining stroll
Juneau resident John Carl walks up Snowslide Creek on Sunday after trying his luck at gold panning. "It's a lot cheaper than fly fishing," Carl said of his mining hobby. "I've never found lots of gold; I just like doing it. I like natural history and metals history."

Around Town
Today, Jan. 25

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

My Turn: Until more locals live downtown, there won't be a deeper community
I hope that Art Sutch's store break-ins and his recent letter to the editor spark a meaningful discussion and some action regarding the future of downtown. And I hope he will be part of the discussion and action.

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: Juneau could save money by cutting Planning Commission
Let me take a page from Jonathan Swift and make a Modest Proposal for the city of Juneau's budget. How about we do away with our Planning Commission and Community Development Department? It would save lots of money, and we might even have a better town as a result.

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.

Alaska, like Hawaii, is too dependent on one industry
Hawaii and Alaska are often considered siblings since they were the last two states to join the Union. If we're twins, we're certainly of the fraternal and not identical variety. But despite our vast differences, the Last Frontier and the Aloha State share many similarities: isolation from the rest of the nation; strong, vibrant indigenous populations, both historically and in the modern era; and dependence on the U.S. military as a crucial part of our economic infrastructure.

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.

Taking aim at biblical verses on weapons
Have you heard about the Jesus rifles? ABC News broke the story last week. It seems there was this fellow named Glyn Bindon, who used weapons of war to speak for his faith.

Toe toon
This week's toe toon.

Girdwood man sentenced for arson
ANCHORAGE - A man convicted of burning down his Girdwood home in September 2007 was sentenced Friday to seven and a half years in prison.

Fish board to look at Yukon kings problem
FAIRBANKS - Problems with Yukon River king salmon will be the big issue this week when the Alaska Board of Fisheries meets in Fairbanks.

Earthquake rattles near several towns
ANCHORAGE - A small earthquake has hit near several Alaskan towns but there have been no reports of damage.

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.

Denali Borough mayor to run for House seat
FAIRBANKS - The mayor of the Denali Borough says he intends to run for the House seat held by Fairbanks legislator David Guttenberg.

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.

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

Alaska man lying in highway killed by car
ANCHORAGE - A man was killed when struck by a car on the Parks Highway.

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.

Tax the rich? Oregon voters mull increases
PORTLAND, Ore. - If any Americans are willing to fork over more to state governments in 2010, it might just be those of Oregon, where voters are deciding the fate of two proposed tax increases that target the wealthy and corporations.

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.

Family: Lewis always wanted to be a pilot
SAND POINT - The family of a young woman missing in a plane crash say Emily Lewis had recently moved to Alaska to become a pilot.

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

Voluntary furlough saves UAF thousands
FAIRBANKS - A voluntary furlough saved the University of Alaska Fairbanks tens of thousands of dollars.

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

Finish changed for snowmachine race
FAIRBANKS - The ceremonial finish of the Tesoro Iron Dog Snowmachine Race is being moved from downtown Fairbanks out of safety concerns.

Crimson to Cardinal
Three-time Alaska state girls' cross country champion Leah Francis will be trading her Juneau-Douglas crimson for Stanford cardinal red next year.

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.

Down for the count
The first ever womens' main event at Roughouse Fridays at Marlintini's Lounge was declared a 'no decision' when Sitka's Selina Slack, 26, accidentally elbowed her opponent in the eye.

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

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

State Supreme Court rejects secession vote
ANCHORAGE - The state Supreme Court has ruled against a man's effort to change the Alaska constitution so that he could call for secession from the United States.

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.

Doyon to explore oil, gas reserves
FAIRBANKS - Doyon Ltd. will spend the next two months exploring a 200,000-acre swath of land on the Yukon Flats for oil and gas reserves, the regional Native corporation announced.

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.

Superior Court judge sides with state, Palin in e-mail lawsuit
An Alaska judge has sided with former Gov. Sarah Palin in a lawsuit over e-mail, finding that state law doesn't forbid the use of private e-mail accounts to conduct state business.

Alaska fending off national housing crisis so far
FAIRBANKS - A state analysis says the practice of using a mix of low-risk mortgages has helped Alaska fend off the housing troubles plaguing the rest of the nation.

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.

Alaska Supreme Court intervenes in DUI case
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled that a police officer signaling a driver to back up constitutes a "seizure" and that officers must have a legitimate reason for doing so before making an arrest.

State court rejects religious appeal in Craig drug case
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Court of Appeals rejected a religion defense in the drug case of a Craig couple who anointed themselves with a mixture of marijuana juice and olive oil.

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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