Sunday, February 7, 2010

Fill the hole and turn on the lights
The recent robbery in downtown Juneau, the third at the same establishment, has increased thoughts about what Juneau can do to improve the heart of our city. Two ideas come quickly to mind.

Cruise panel should reinstate Cohen
How can one have an advisory panel without including representatives from opposing views? It's rather like having an election with only one candidate. By removing Dr. Gershon Cohen from the cruise ship advisory panel, the state of Alaska is making a clear statement that the concerns of corporations are more important than those of the public, the same public that voted for the Cruise Ship Initiative.

Around Town
Today, Feb. 7

Photo: Arts for Kids
TigerLilly McMeen sits for a character study by local artist Arnie Weimer in the Thunder Mountain High School commons Saturday during Arts For Kids, a nonprofit fundraiser for the Juneau School District's elementary art programs.

Juneau hovers above national housing bubble
If the real estate bubble burst in some U.S. markets like an overfilled balloon, then in Juneau it leaked a little air and pinched shut.

First matchup for cross-town rivals
Juneau-Douglas High School's Colin Gozelski pulls in a rebound against Thunder Mountain High School's Keith Ainsworth during Friday's game. JDHS won 60-45. For the story, see Page B1. View an audio slideshow of the matchup at juneauempire.com.

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

Tapping in, finding a center
After falling in love with Southeast Alaska in 2005, east coast girl Malia McInerney returned three years later to fuse her love of the outdoors with her love of yoga — in Juneau.

Capital City Fire Rescue Volunteer Firefighter of the Month: Kathleen Miller
Credentials: Firefighter I, EMT 2.

Thunder Mountain High School January Falcon of the Month Award: Al Tingley
Occupation: TMHS Woodshop teacher.

Groups provide support to Alaska Youth Choir
JUNEAU - The Juneau Community Foundation is pleased announce the 2009 donations made to the Alaska Youth Choir from the Akiyama Family Fund, the JSL Group Fund and the Juneau Community Fund.

Cub Scout Packs hold Pinewood Derbies
JUNEAU - Pinewood Derbies have been held at all the Cub Scout Packs in Juneau over the last two weeks. The citywide derby for all Cub Scouts was held Saturday at the Moose Lodge.

Recognitions
Sara Sayre, a nursing major from Juneau, was named to the 2009 fall semester dean's list at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, W.V. The dean's list includes students who have achieved a grade-point average of 3.5 or above, while completing a load of at least 12 semester hours with no incomplete grades.

Senior menu for the week of Feb. 8-12
Monday, Feb. 8

Pets of the week: Love birds, charming cats seek good homes
If you are looking for a calm yet charming kitty, Tipsy, top left, may be the cat for you. He is a wonderful boy who needs to find a wonderful home.

Emo shares Brownie Bottom Pie
Ask Auntie Emo is looking for your recipes, your requests and your participation. This recipe column needs you and belongs to you!

Widowed persons to hold monthly brunch
JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons Program will hold its monthly brunch at noon today, Feb. 7, at the Baranof Hotel.

Legislators announce first meeting of UA Boosters Caucus
JUNEAU - The Co-Chairs of the University Boosters Caucus Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom, Rep. Anna Fairclough, Sen. Johnny Ellis, and Sen. Joe Thomas announced the first meeting of the University of Alaska Boosters Caucus.

Swim club begins annual fundraiser
JUNEAU - The Glacier Swim Club kicked off its annual fundraising event, Aqualaps, on Saturday. Swimmers will be seeking pledge donations from their family, friends and neighbors for the next few weeks. Then, on May 2 each swimmer will swim as many as 200 laps to meet their pledge responsibilities (lap goals are set by coaches, and vary between 50 and 200 laps, depending on each swimmers ability).

The unsung heroes of travel
I stretch out with a big yawn before turning on my personal television. After a few flips through a couple channels, I debate between the newest "Fast and the Furious" film, or Eddie Murphy's "Imagine That." I settle on the latter, snuggling down into my comfy seat with my warm blanket pulled up tight. After a few minutes, I'm gently awoken with an inviting question:

University announces Practicum in Public Health Scholarship
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Foundation announces the availability of the Practicum in Public Health Scholarship available to graduate students enrolled in the Master of Public Health. The minimum award is $3,600 for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Thanks for attending K3's Juneau Stand with Haiti fundraiser
Thanks for making K3's Juneau Stand with Haiti fundraiser in support of the work Partners in Health is doing in Haiti such a great success! Thank you to the staff and board of K3 for pulling together the on-air fundraiser on short notice. Thanks to Gov. Sean Parnell, Beth Kurtulla and our legislative delegation for showing up and helping out with the effort. And, most of all thanks to the amazing people of Juneau and Southeast Alaska who gave so generously.

Department of Labor to hold safety poster and video contest
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development will award two winners of its Safety Poster and Video Contest a one-semester scholarship for up to 15 credits at any University of Alaska campus.

Southeast Conference mourns loss of Conley
John "JC" Conley, aka "Mr. Southeast Conference," first vice president and past board president for Southeast Conference, died on Jan. 31 while in Juneau undergoing treatment for cancer.

Thanks for teaching our Girl Scouts yoga
A big thank you to Malia and Taproot Yoga for teaching our Daisy Girl Scout Troop on Jan. 31. Nine little Daisies earned their "courageous and strong" learning petal by taking part in a special YogaPlay session. For one hour, our Daisies enjoyed breathing, stretching and moving their bodies. They even got to sing along to some wonderful banjo playing by Malia. Thank you again.

Juneau Mountain Rescue elects board
JUNEAU - Juneau Mountain Rescue, a search and rescue (SAR) organization specializing in technical, high angle, avalanche and backcountry operations covering most of northern Southeast Alaska, recently held elections and welcomed new members to its Board of Directors, as well as a newly elected Board President.

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.

Thanks for the meet, Glacier Swim Club
The Haines Dolphin Swim Team would like to thank the Glacier Swim Club for joining us in Haines for the Winter Games swim meet. Your coach, Scott Griffith, and his staff, Lisa Jones and Nicole O'Brien, did a great job keeping all their swimmers organized and racing their best.

Thanks for providing helicopter tours of the Christmas lights
On Dec. 18, 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 180 people up for a fantastic view of the lights.

Juneau World Affairs Council to present World Quest fundraiser
JUNEAU - The Juneau World Affairs Council will present its annual World Quest fundraiser at 6 p.m. Feb. 19 at Centennial Hall. The event features JWAC's international trivia team contest, an international buffet full dinner catered by the Baranof (with no-host bar), a silent auction of exotic goods and experiences, and a silent auction of fabulous desserts.

Photo: Winning for losing pounds
Curves owner Charlene Schrader, left, and Juneau resident Genevieve McLaughlin, right, pose with Sharon Peters, the January winner of Curves' Stronger Together Juneau Dress Challenge, on Thursday at Curves. In challenging the community to get fit, the women's fitness center is giving out monthly prizes for the highest percentage of weight lost, with a grand prize worth $1,000 to be given out this summer. Peters lost 8 pounds. Women can still apply throughFebruary. For more information, call 789-4437 or visit Curves in the Airport Shopping Mall.

Photo: Little bit of lunch
From left, Big Sister Marit Carlson-Van Dort, Little Sister Amber and Sen. Dennis Egan pose at the Big Brothers Big Sisters'"Legislative Lunch," hosted by Egan, on Jan. 29 in the Butrovitch Room of at the Capitol.

Photo: Earning her CDA
Blair Marcotte, a Juneau resident who was recently awarded a Child Development Associate credential by the Council of Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C., is seen with some of her RALLY friends who helped her earn her CDA. The process includes earning classroom credits, a formal six-hour observation by an early childhood professional and both a written and oral exam administered by a national representative. Marcotte has demonstrated her ability to work with families and to develop children's physical, social and intellectual capabilities in a safe, healthy learning environment. For more information about the CDA process, call AEYC at 789-1235.

FYI
Births

Faris, Thomas to wed
Lou Taylor Faris and David Thomas are engaged to be married in an autumn wedding at the home of the groom's family.

Roop, Brian wed
Larissa "Lacey" Roop and Brad Brian, both of Juneau, were married in a small ceremony on Jan. 20, 2010, with close friends and family and the couple's two children Jaiden and Logan. The ceremony was performed by the bride's Aunt Toni Rae Petrie on Sandy Beach. A reception was held on Jan. 23 at the Eagles Lodge.

Williams' celebrate 50 years
Juneau residents Norman and Leona Williams celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 6, 2010. They were married on Feb. 6, 1960, in Hoonah. Two of their sons, August and Willie, with them happy anniversary and "many more."

Fred Zhong Chu
Longtime Juneau resident Dr. Fred Zhong Chu died peacefully on Jan. 30, 2010, at Bartlett Regional Hospital. He was 56.

Jacklynne Lorensen
Jackie Lorensen, 63, lost her battle with breast cancer Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, in Rochester, N.Y., surrounded by family.

Patricia A. Collier
Juneau resident Patricia A. Collier died Jan. 31, 2010, at home. Funeral services will be announced at a later date.

Reading economic tea leaves swirled around by activists
On the weekend when the first National Tea Party Convention was held in Nashville, plenty of political tea leaves were being read by economists around the country, with mixed interpretations.

The state should respond to political speech ruling
Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down limitations on corporate and union expenditures affecting political campaigns. Handing down its Jan. 21 decision in Citizens United versus Federal Elections Commission, the nation's highest court overruled two prior cases which upheld federal laws which outright banned the expenditure of funds by corporations or labor organizations on "electioneering communications."

Soldiers trapped into dishonor
Let's consider how the American military is used and what they must really sacrifice. Military science fiction writer Lois McMaster Bujold elegantly distinguishes reputation as how others respect you, and honor as how you respect yourself.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Alaska dentist fixes eagle's broken beak
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska dentist has given a bald eagle a unique beak - using a temporary crown, sticky poster putty and yellow highlighter.

Man convicted of tax evasion
FAIRBANKS - A jury has convicted a Fairbanks businessman of tax evasion following a five-day federal trial.

Military to conduct simulated quake drill
ANCHORAGE - The military is getting ready to simulate how it would respond to a big earthquake in Alaska.

One man killed in Sitka house fire
SITKA - One person was killed in a house fire in Sitka.

Man who killed cab driver was drunk
ANCHORAGE - Police say a man was drunk last weekend when he ran a red light and caused a crash that killed a cabbie in Anchorage.

New flights to Alaska may lower fares
ANCHORAGE - Travel industry officials say more airline flights to Alaska this summer may boost competition and result in lower fares to some Lower 48 cities.

ConocoPhillips denied NPRA permit
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied ConocoPhillips a permit that would have given the company access to the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

Bears take first two
Juneau-Douglas exploded for 28 second-quarter points en route to a 72-60 Southeast Conference victory over Thunder Mountain at TMHS in the second of a two-day, two-game double dip between Juneau's old and new high schools.

Fan Frenzy
In the first-ever matchup between the Thunder Mountain boys' basketball team and Juneau-Douglas, the atmosphere at JDHS was spirited - to say the least.

First games in shiny new crosstown rivalry don't disappoint
Now that's what prep sports should be about.

Crimson Bears win Dimond tournament
The Juneau-Douglas girls' basketball team defeated the Dimond Lynx 44-38 Saturday night to win the Dimond tournament inAnchorage.

JDHS falls in Fairbanks
The Crimson Bears' hockey season came to an end Friday night in Fairbanks as they lost to the West Valley Wolfpack 8-0 on the University of Alaska-Fairbanks campus.

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

Former stripper wins appeal in murder case
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska appellate court on Friday awarded a new trial to a former stripper-turned-soccer-mom who was convicted of plotting to kill her former fiance for money.

Abbott sentenced
Jason Abbott, left, pauses Friday while reading an apology during his sentencing hearing in the Sitka Superior Courthouse in Sitka. Sitka Superior Court Judge David George sentenced Abbott, 20, to serve 140 years in prison for the March 2008 stabbings that left four people dead. He pleaded "guilty, but mentally ill" last year to two consolidated counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his grandparents Alice and John Abbott, his aunt, Elizabeth Abbott, and her friend, Charles Tate.

State considers cell phone ban
Lawmakers in the nation's most inaccessible state capital are considering the most aggressive statewide ban in the United States on the use of cell phones while driving.

Palin e-mails shed new light on husband's role
E-mails shed new light on Todd Palin's role while his wife was Alaska's governor, showing that the one-time oil field worker's advice was sought on board appointments and suggesting he was close to matters related to state government, his wife's image and politics.

Palin: It's revolution time
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Sarah Palin declared "America is ready for another revolution" and repeatedly assailed President Barack Obama on Saturday before adoring "tea party" activists. They make up a seemingly natural constituency should she run for president.

Internal e-mails reveal early ethics efforts, push back
Internal e-mails released from the Sarah Palin administration show that the former governor demanded tougher ethical standards for Alaska behind the scenes, and that she was highly critical of lawmakers who questioned her.

Three men convicted in Point Hope caribou slaughter case
POINT HOPE - Three Point Hope men have been convicted of wasting meat from two animals that were slaughtered and left behind on the tundra in 2008 - an act the hunters' elders say follows a tradition of leaving sick animals in order to protect the community.

Plane service returns to isolated island
DIOMEDE - Regular plane service has returned to a tiny Bering Strait village.

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