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Monday, February 1, 2010

Club closes, but fight for youth continues
The Juneau Clubhouse officially closed its doors on Friday. A rush of memories from the past year and a half flooded my mind, of battles won and lost and all that comes with bonding with a remarkable group of kids.

Gov. Parnell should reinstate Gershon Cohen to panel
I am totally outraged that Gov. Sean Parnell has removed Dr. Gershon Cohen from the cruise ship advisory panel. Like most Alaskans, I voted for the cruise ship initiative in 2006. As a sponsor of the initiative and a scientist, Gershon Cohen is the best representative the majority of Alaskan voters could have on this panel.

Corporate funding? So long, democracy
There are two ways that each of us support political candidates. One is when we enter the voting booth and put a mark on the ballot, and the other is when we give money to the candidate of our choice.

Starting the day off right: District to fund some breakfast programs next year
Angy Cunningham set french toast sticks with syrup, peaches, mini bagels, sausage, cheese sticks, milk and juice out in the cafeteria at Glacier Valley Elementary Friday morning. By 7:30, the long tables were full with between 70 and 90 kids who arrive early to eat a breakfast, provided by volunteers and from donations.

Tlingit & Haida sues state over child support
The Central Council Tlingit & Haida is suing the State of Alaska to gain control of child support matters for its members.

State considers funding for school meals
The Alaska Legislature is considering supplementing federal reimbursement for free and reduced-price school lunches.

Halibut catch limits released
Commercial fishermen in Southeast Alaska will be allowed to take 4.4 million pounds of halibut this year, the international commission that manages the fishery announced Friday.

UAS rethinks co-ed housing policy
The University of Alaska Southeast will change its co-ed student housing policy after a 21-year-old male student allegedly raped his female roommate last weekend.

Tuesday marks first-ever Marmot Day
Alaskans now have their own name for the famous Pennsylvania German holiday we know as Groundhog Day.

Photos: Valley Youth Club closes
The Valley Youth Club was established as a temporary stopgap by Juneau Youth Services, the United Way, the Juneau Community Foundation and the Youth Action Committee after the Juneau Boys and Girls club closed suddenly in September.

Photo: Pottery hypnosis
Sean Boily works at a potter's wheel Sunday at the Canvas. Said Boily, "It's a little hypnotic in a way because it gives you a chance to really not think about a whole lot except what you are doing at the moment." The Canvas will have a pottery sale in the main studio from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, for leftover and donated pots from the potters who work at the Canvas. The money will go toward supplies for the studio.

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

Photo: First annual Women's Expo
Women listen to a keynote speaker at the first annual Women's Expo at Centennial Hall Saturday. Sponsored by the Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation, the expo featured booths, exhibits, information outlets, speakers and fashion shows. Over 500 people attended.

Photo: Homecoming liftoff
Juneau-Douglas High School cheerleaders perform during homecoming games Friday at the JDHS gym. Look for the Education page in Tuesday's Empire for more homecoming photos.

Around Town
Today, Jan. 1

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

Around Town
Today, Jan. 31

Eyes on CHICAGO
Juneau Pride Chorus is setting its sights on Chicago this summer for a national women's choral festival. And they will have new costumes to boot.

Groundhog Day lessons
Another Feb. 2 will be here soon. It's a day that has always had a special meaning for me - my birthday. But as birthdays have become less important (but always welcome) to me, I've thought a little more about other aspects of the day we call Groundhog Day.

The Echo Ranch connection
There is a God-given desire in all human beings for community. Right from the beginning, God said to Adam that it was not good for him to be alone.

Recognition
Erika O'Sullivan, of Juneau, was listed on the 2009 fall semester dean's list at the University of Portland. O'Sullivan is a junior majoring in political science.

Senior menu for the week of Feb. 1-5
Monday, Feb. 1

Photos: Teaching the tango!
Eric Lindgren and Rebecca Smith, Argentine tango instructors from Oregon in town to teach workshops through Wednesday at the Filipino Community Hall, do a demonstration Friday night during a social dance held upstairs in the Juneau Urgent Care building. The event also featured wine, hors d'oeuvres and live music.

Ketchikan resident shares Gloria's dip
Got a favorite game or sweetheart recipe? We're looking for your recipes, your requests and your participation.

Volunteer weather observer recognized after 30 years
A longtime weather observer was recognized this month for more than 30 years of daily volunteer weather reporting in Juneau.

Mental health training to be offered Thursday
JUNEAU - The Trust Training Cooperative, in collaboration with NAMI-Juneau, is offering free mental health training, called "Hearing Voices That Are Distressing," from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Specialist to speak on treatment strategies for children who stutter
JUNEAU - Dr. J. Scott Yaruss, associate professor and director of the master's degree program in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh, will present a two-day seminar, titled "Practical Treatment Strategies for Preschool and School-Age Children Who Stutter," from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, and from 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 12, at Thunder Mountain High School.

College Goal Sunday to be held today
JUNEAU - The fifth annual Alaska College Goal Sunday will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. today, Jan. 31, at Thunder Mountain High School.

University to hold informational night about MAT program
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast School of Education will host an informational night to answer questions and help potential students interested in applying to the Master of Art in Teaching elementary and secondary programs at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in UAS Egan class room 218.

Consortium encourages participation in 2010 Census
JUNEAU - Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts everyone in the country. The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium has partnered with other tribal groups in the region to encourage all residents of Southeast Alaska to take part in the 2010 Census this winter/spring.

SEARHC opens tobacco program office on POW
KLAWOCK - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Tobacco Program recently opened an office at the Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock. Longtime Klawock resident Sandra Demmert has been hired as the health educator for the office, which will be open 40 hours a week.

Thanks for making Project Homeless Connect a success
Thank you. Thank you to all the people who generously gave of their time, talents and treasure to make the first Juneau Homeless Coalition's Project Homeless Connect a success. Thank You.

Imagination Library expands to more communities
JUNEAU - Twelve Alaska communities will be added to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library roster under a second round of grants announced recently by Best Beginnings. The grants are funded by a $150,000 grant to Best Beginnings from the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development.

Thanks for making the snowmen in the Douglas roundabout
Thank you to whoever made the snowmen in the roundabout on Wednesday night. It was magical and it made my day.

Thunder Mountain seeks dance, drill coach for next year
JUNEAU - Thunder Mountain High School's Parent Teacher Organization is seeking a dance/drill coach for the 2010-2011 school year.

Rest well, Bob Beierly
It was with deep sorrow I read the passing of Bob Beierly in October last. Bob served with us as a member of Long Range Reconnaissance Patrols in Germany during 1961 and 1962.

Holland America accepts grant applications
JUNEAU - Applications are now being accepted by the Holland America Line Inc. Community Advisory Board for grants to local service and non-profit groups in Juneau.

Thanks for responding at the birth center
A big thank you from the bottom of all three of our hearts to the paramedics, police and fire crew who responded to Juneau Family Health and Birth Center on Jan. 22. You guys were great, and a baby girl was born!

Consortium announces Spring 2010 mobile mammograms
SITKA - The SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women's Health Program has announced the Spring 2010 schedule for the mobile mammogram program.

Thanks to Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
A big thank you to the people who work for the Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. It was well appreciated. They were very generous and helpful.

Consortium to host cancer forums in Sitka, Juneau and Klawock
JUNEAU - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is teaming up with the Alaska Native Medical Center and the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center to present a series of free cancer forums from Feb. 3 to 5 in Juneau, Sitka and Klawock.

Thanks for working hard at our annual toy drive
The Office of Children's Services and the Juneau Foster Parent Licensing team would like to take this opportunity to thank the Glacier Valley Rotary for their hard work with the annual Christmas Toy Drive.

Hoonah Police Department hosts training session on domestic violence
HOONAH - The Hoonah Police Department hosted a three-hour training session last Tuesday to better enable police, medical providers, emergency personnel and counselors to deal with domestic violence from a common approach.

Thanks for donating to the Glacier Valley Breakfast Club
On behalf of Glacier Valley Elementary Breakfast Club, I would like to sincerely thank the following donors who have generously contributed to our program this year. Breakfast Club operates solely on donations from businesses and individuals. We have been providing breakfast for about 75 students on a daily basis this school year.

Consortium to hold community cancer forum in Klawock
KLAWOCK - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will join the Alaska Native Medical Center and the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center to host a community cancer forum at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, at the Klawock School library.

I crown you 'Dateable'
It's good to be king ... and the queen for that matter. Disney has shown us this with its happily-ever-after clips of bold, handsome men on powerful horses who slay dragons and break into song, and adventurous lovely women with the intelligence to overthrow evil and sing even better. And of course, smatterings of songbirds that flutter about their heads as they waltz through forests in their silks and sequins.

Templeton, Freundlich wed
Rachel Templeton, formally of Juneau, and James Freundlich, of Philadelphia, Pa., were married Sept. 12, 2009, in Hudson Valley, N.Y.

Martin, Stendahl wed
Diana L. Martin and Michael R. Stendahl werre married on Jan. 23, 2010, in Juneau.

Beattie, Case wed
Don Beattie and Ruth Case were married on Jan. 23, 2010, in a private ceremony at their home in Juneau.

FYI
Births

Photo: Children's books in French
Lyn Meyers' French 4/5 students at Juneau-Douglas High School show off the children's books they made in class. Kneeling in front are Jake Monagle and Miguel Rohrbacher. Standing, from left, are Rabina Maskay, Junnie Chup, Teslin Benedict, Emma Brower, Elizabeth Ringle, Mclean Cannon, Alice Ottoson-McKeen, Karen Carillo, Katie Cerne, Maria Weyhrauch, Iris Neary (seated) and Melissa Skan. Not pictured is Lexie Yancey.

Photo: Change of commodores
Outgoing Juneau Yacht Club Commodore David Carnes, left. presents the "Blue Gavel" to incoming Commodore Dean Rasmussen at a recent change of command ceremony. The Juneau Yacht Club is a nonprofit corporation organized in 1943 and provides a forum for discussion of boating and marine issues. With approximately 200 members, the club is a sponsor of Juneau Youth Sailing and the Juneau Sea Scouts.

My turn: Demonizing progress
Last week, Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney, the Irish journalists who produced the documentary "Not Evil Just Wrong," brought to Juneau their core message of "questioning authority" in the global climate debate. In this case, they meant the authoritative voice of well-funded, radical environmental groups who proffer disproven science as fact to worldwide media outlets, policymakers and schoolchildren.

My turn: Powering our vehicles with propane and CNG
How ironic that the Legislature spent so much time over the past couple of years trying to figure out how to reduce the price Alaskans pay at the pump for gasoline, while at the same time continuing to allow our state's refineries to earn an acceptable return on their investment. The irony is that we already have an alternative fuel supply - one that can be less expensive and cleaner-burning as well - in natural gas.

A disturbing visit to an old air base
A couple of years ago, I paid an emotional and disturbing visit to an old air base near the southern tip of Japan. Kamikaze pilots received training here and were sent on one-way missions to sink American ships.

Our gaffe and 'gotcha' culture
I was not surprised when MSNBC host Chris Matthews mused on-air right after President Barack Obama's State of the Union address that "I forgot he was black for an hour." After all, I've known Chris for years and I often forget that he's white.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

National prosperity isn't possible without structural rebalancing
President Barack Obama did a fine job with his first State of the Union address. His basic theses were: The middle-class is suffering. We must create more jobs. Banks have to pay more. Democrats and Republicans should get along. Nice.

Breeding contempt for the poor
If he'd said it of Jews, he would still be apologizing.

School recognizes 8 students as part of monthly program
JUNEAU - Juneau-Douglas High School recognized eight students on Thursday as part of a monthly student recognition program.

Committee forming to bring Arctic Games to Juneau
JUNEAU - Should the 2014 Arctic Winter Games be held in Juneau?

Committee forming to bring Arctic Games to Juneau
JUNEAU - Should the 2014 Arctic Winter Games be held in Juneau?

Parnell affected by lost data
JUNEAU - A spokeswoman for Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell says he's among the more than 77,000 current and former state employees whose personal information was lost by a major accounting firm.

Explosives at Fairbanks home destroyed by Troopers
FAIRBANKS - Eight blasts were heard in the Chena Ridge area of Fairbanks where authorities destroyed explosives and other hazardous materials found in a home.

Alaska to intervene in offshore drilling case
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has asked the state to intervene in a federal lawsuit by environmentalists challenging the approval of an oil exploration plan for the Chukchi Sea.

Parnell names new district judges
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has named new district judges for Anchorage and Palmer.

Woman charged with stabbing in home
FAIRBANKS - A 34-year-old Fairbanks woman has been charged with breaking into a home and stabbing a woman she awoke.

Game board gets report on hunt with new rules
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska game board got an update Friday on the first year of a new moose and caribou hunt for eight Alaska Native villages.

American Cancer Society launches fundraising season
ANCHORAGE - The American Cancer Society has launched this year's fundraising season to fight Alaska's number one killer.

Moose kicks Alaska boy on way to school
FAIRBANKS - A 12-year-old Alaska boy suffered a bruised ankle when a moose kicked him while the boy was on his way to school.

Police connect 3 incidents near Anchorage schools
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Police say three early morning incidents near elementary schools during the past two weeks were abduction attempts.

Parnell orders state to intervene in lawsuits
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sean Parnell says the state will try to intervene in two cases affecting southeast Alaska timber.

Cost of living rises in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - New federal statistics show the cost of living is up slightly in Anchorage.

Alaska board lifts grayling size limit for interior rivers
FAIRBANKS - The 12-inch size limit has been eliminated for arctic grayling on the Chatanika and Salcha rivers.

Anchorage cab driver dies after midtown crash
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage taxicab driver has died of injuries from a traffic collision.

Man charged in Anchorage with stabbing wife
ANCHORAGE - A 28-year-old man is under arrest in Anchorage, accused of stabbing his wife multiple times at a local hotel.

3 drop out of Yukon Quest
FAIRBANKS - Three mushers have dropped out of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Falcon boys go 1-1 against Sitka, Kings roll over girls
Thunder Mountain picked up a 66-53 win over 3A Sitka on the road Friday night behind 40 points from seniors Cody Grussendorf and Reese Saviers.

Photos: Never too early for mat time
Juneau tornado Jahrease Mays tries to throw Sitka’s Makai Saline during the Juneau Youth Wrestling Club’s tournament action at Thunder Mountain on Saturday.

JDHS sweeps West Valley
One night after a convincing 20-point victory, the Crimson Bears boys' basketball team came out on top 70-68 in what was a heated battle with the West Valley Wolfpack Saturday evening.

Wolves get victory
After a 13-point victory Friday night at Sitka, the Thunder Mountain boys'basketball team was unable to respond with another win Saturday evening as they fell to the Wolves 65-54.

Bear girls split with Wolfpack
After the Crimson Bears girls' basketball team registered their second loss of the season Friday during homecoming, they responded the same way they did after their first loss of the season - with a resounding victory.

Back-up Bears dump Delta Junction
The Crimson Bears hockey team got all they could handle from the Delta Junction Huskies in a tightly contested 3-2 victory at Treadwell Arena on Friday night.

Legislators debate removal of cruise panel member Cohen
An Anchorage legislator is defending the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation's decision to remove Haines activist Gershon Cohen from a cruise ship science advisory panel.

Black Gold: Alaska oil profits high, despite Palin-era taxes
Alaska's big three oil producers and their allies are seeking tax cuts they say will make additional drilling in Alaska more profitable to the companies and could encourage more investment in the state's oil fields.

Intervention sought by state in drilling case
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell has directed the Department of Law to ask the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for permission to intervene in the lawsuit by environmental groups challenging the U.S. Interior Department's decision to approve an oil exploration plan for the Chukchi Sea.

Anchorage tourism leaders optimistic about 2010
ANCHORAGE - Visitor industry officials, still reeling from an unusually sparse tourist season in 2009, aren't smiling broadly yet, but there's an air of optimism sparked by a forecast from the U.S. Travel Association's marketing outlook forum.

Pendleton named as new regional forester
JUNEAU - Beth Pendleton was appointed regional forester for the Forest Service Alaska Region, USDA Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell announced last week. As regional forester, Pendleton will oversee management of more than 22 million acres of National Forest System lands in Southcentral and Southeast Alaska.

Alaska bill tries to eliminate high school exit exam
JUNEAU - A high school exit exam is keeping hundreds of Alaska students from earning diplomas and jobs for which they're otherwise qualified, proponents of repealing the test told a state Senate committee Friday.

Labor Dept. accepting 2010 STEP applications
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development is accepting proposals for remaining 2010 State Training and Employment Program funds.

Inn could become residency for homeless alcoholics
ANCHORAGE - A plan to create a permanent home for homeless alcoholics in an Anchorage neighborhood is attracting strong opinions - both for and against.

Labor Dept. gets $3.6M for energy sector job training
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development was awarded a $3.6 million grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to train 700 workers in the skills required for careers in emerging energy-efficient and renewable energy industries.

Federal review finds errors at Anchorage veterans office
ANCHORAGE - Federal inspectors gave the Anchorage Veterans Administration regional office a poor review for its handling of disability claims - a 29 percent error rate.

Lawmaker questions Alyeska employee move
FAIRBANKS - A state legislator from Fairbanks is questioning Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.'s decision to relocate some employees to Anchorage.

Palin's shadow hangs over Alaska ethics debate
JUNEAU - The fallout from Sarah Palin's hasty retreat as governor is being cleaned up by the man she appointed attorney general in her waning days in office.

State launches NMLS consumer access
ANCHORAGE - The State's Department of Commerce and Economic Development announced last week the launch of the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System & Registry (NMLS), a mortgage licensing system operated by state financial regulators.

Hundreds hunt for homeless services in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Social service workers and volunteers checked snow-covered tents in wooded areas of Anchorage during the city's annual count of the homeless.

Alaska Air posts higher profits in quarterly report
ATLANTA - Alaska Air Group Inc., operator of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, said more traffic partly due to aggressive fare promotions and higher revenue helped it posted a $24.1 million fourth-quarter profit.

UA president: We don't favor Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska doesn't favor Fairbanks over its other campuses, and suggestions that the Board of Regents is biased toward the Fairbanks branch are an insult to the board, the university system's president said.

Lawsuit filed over N. Pole refinery contamination
FAIRBANKS - A North Pole man has sued the current and former owners of the Flint Hills oil refinery, saying a chemical from the refinery damaged public water supplies.

Companies say pipeline could cost $41B Federal review finds errors at Anchorage veterans office
ANCHORAGE - Federal inspectors gave the Anchorage Veterans Administration regional office a poor review for its handling of disability claims - a 29 percent error rate.

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