Monday, February 7, 2011

Assembly to hear LAMP update, award Auke Bay Elementary contract
The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly will have two meetings today — the first to hear an update on the Library Archives Museum Project, and the second to attend to regular business, including awarding the construction contract for the Auke Bay Elementary renovation.

Photo: Teaching dad to dance
Jason Kohlhase dances with daughter Kayla at Hot Salsa Cool Ballroom in Centennial Hall Saturday night. Attendees danced to the music of the Thunder Mountain Big Band and a Latin DJ. The 10th Annual fundraiser for the Juneau Montessori School in Douglas is the largest fundraising event of the year for the school. The school caters to ages 15 months through six years.

Protests in Cairo surprise some from Juneau who lived there
The air above Cairo was a thick, pink haze of pollution last October when former Juneau mayor Jamie Parsons and wife Mary Beth Parsons returned to the suburb of Maadi to visit friends. Driving beneath the haze they saw a woman wearing a flowing jellabiya and headscarf sweep trash from the street with a twig broom, but the Dumpster nearby was overflowing.

Coast Guard cutter visits Juneau
The 378-foot high-endurance United States Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton, built and commissioned in 1967, docked in Juneau Friday after a three-month deployment in the Bering Sea.

Photo: Passing time on First Friday

Legislators dial up new cell phone bills
The number of drivers with one hand on the steering wheel and the other pressing the latest gadget-infested cell phone to their ears has prompted one of Juneau’s leaders in the Legislature to push for a ban on cell phone use while driving.

Begich urges examination of Egypt's energy resources
Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, is urging the Senate Committee on Armed Services to examine Egypt’s energy potentials and challenges as soon as possible in light of its current political uncertainty.

Conservation groups join sea lion fight
Conservation groups are joining forces with the federal government to protect Alaskan wildlife.

Photos: Hot Salsa Cool Ballroom
Photos from the annual fundraiser for the Juneau Montessori School.

Wards Cove fishery has new owners
There’s been a change of hands for one of the oldest commercial seafood businesses around these parts.

Police and Fire
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Empire hires new sales reps
The Juneau Empire welcomes two additions to its sales team. Nathan Parmelee and John Lesh have come aboard as multimedia sales consultants.

Artist helps students visualize spelling, build community
Several first-graders silently contort their faces, then they get into “actor neutral” stance. Later they use their bodies to spell out a word.

Police & Fire
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At home on CAPITOL HILL
The women of Capitol Hill are a rowdy bunch. Once a month, we meet for lunch at a downtown café to swap Capitol Hill neighborhood news. Who’s traveling, moving, having a baby or retiring? Whose foundation’s leaking? And what’s up with the parking situation — important, weighty stuff. The café management often asks us to quiet down as we sip our tea. OK, maybe we’d like them to, so we could seem a bit edgier. There’s something old-fashioned about meeting with neighbor ladies to exchange neighborhood news. But it’s also very timely; a foil against too many hours spent with computers — and deeply pleasant.

Fun with science
Riverbend School students, families and staff recently spent an evening being real scientists! They were engineers, chemists and rocket scientists, and learned that science is all around them every day.

What stay-at-home fatherhood did for me
Stay-at-home fatherhood is one of those things you can’t imagine happening to you … until it does.

Erisman, Samaniego-Howard wed
Morgan Renee Erisman and Brian James Samaniego-Howard, both of Juneau, were married Jan. 9, 2011, at 11:30 a.m. at the Mendenhall Glacier.

Juneau graduates make Dean's List at University of Missouri
Two former Juneau students have made the Dean’s List for fall 2010 at the University of Missouri: Kaitlin McDonald Niewoehner, a senior majoring in human environment science, and Lawrence Jackson Perkins, a freshman majoring in engineering.

Four local students named candidates in Presidential Scholars Program
Three graduating seniors at Juneau-Douglas High School and one senior at Thunder Mountain High School have been named four of more than 3,000 candidates in the 2011 Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.2 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2011.

Thanks to Eagle Wings for help with school breakfasts
A recent Juneau Empire article highlighted the issue of hunger some of our school children face each day.

SEARHC clinics to recognize Elizabeth Peratrovich Day
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will honor the achievements of Alaska Native civil rights leader Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratrovich by observing Elizabeth Peratrovich Day on Wednesday, Feb. 16.

Widowed Person's Brunch held today
The Widowed Person’s Monthly Brunch will be held on today at noon at the Baranof Hotel. All widows and widowers are invited to attend.

Holland America now accepting grant applications
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.

'Yoga Under the Stars' held Tuesday
Cynthia Pring-Ham will lead ‘Yoga Under the Stars” Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. at the Marie Drake Planetarium.

State Museum hosts lecture on ravens tail weaving Wednesday
Twenty years ago, the Friends of the Alaska State Museum sponsored a group of weavers to create the first original “ravens tail” ceremonial robe to be woven in Southeast Alaska since the early 1800s. Eight primary weavers—and over a dozen more in supporting roles—completed the robe after 1,800 hours of volunteer labor.

Conference held for educators
Last month, more than 40 professional educators came from across Alaska to attend a conference in Juneau on the University of Alaska Southeast Auke Lake campus. The conference focused on how educators can engage their students and instill in them a desire to return to school day after day.

Volunteer Opportunity
Organization: Junior Achievement programs

Coastal communities send teams to marine science face-off
SEWARD — High school students from 14 Alaska coastal communities will converge on the Seward Marine Science Center this weekend to showcase their knowledge of marine science in the 14th annual Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl.

FYI
Recent births at Bartlett Regional Hospital

Barbara Caroline Lewis
Barbara Caroline Lewis was born April 14, 1940 in Sitka to George Augustus Lewis and Allie Cooper Lewis. She died Feb. 2, 2011, at the St. Elias Specialty Hospital in Anchorage, where she was surrounded by friends and family.

90-day session should be longer
As any one who has been up to the Capitol in recent weeks knows, the first session of the 27th Alaska Legislature is underway, off and running at break-neck speed. The building that is home to our governor and Legislature is bustling with busy people running from one meeting to another and trying to do as much every day as can be done. While this may at first blush seem like a good thing, it is in someway troubling.

TOE cartoon

My Turn: Two steps forward, three steps back
Watching the Juneau School District budget process should make us all question the real goals for Juneau students. To paraphrase the District’s Mission Statement, it says they will provide students with skills to contribute to a changing world. It seems to me that our changing world will be best served by a scientifically literate populace, able to make science-based decisions, and respond thoughtfully at the voting booth. Apparently the current JSD administration is not as concerned with world-class skills for our 21st century future decision makers as they would like us to believe.

Outside editorial: Health care law moves closert to Supreme Court
The following editorial first appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

A bankrupt idea
The following editorial first appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

'Zero tolerance' part of the nation's overcriminalization trend
“Zero tolerance” policies continue to result in injustices to our nation’s public school students. In one of the latest examples, a North Carolina school district’s application of zero tolerance may cause 17-year-old senior Ashley Smithwick, described by local media as a standout student-athlete, to miss the rest of her senior year.

Health care reform offers room for compromise
The time has come to find out whether all the talk of good will and bipartisanship in Washington is for real or just that ... talk.

Oregon considers shooting barred owls
PORTLAND, Ore. — Federal wildlife officials are looking for ways to protect spotted owls from larger, more aggressive barred owls.

Earthquake hits Kodiak Island; no injuries
LARSEN BAY — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.5 has struck several miles underground on Kodiak Island.

Permanent Fund shows good return
JUNEAU — The Alaska Permanent Fund did well in the first half of fiscal year 2011.

Few details on Colo. group that nixed Palin visit
DENVER — A Colorado group says it canceled a fundraising appearance by former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin because of safety concerns, but specifics about the event and the sponsor are elusive.

Weyhrauch files motion for federal hearing in Juneau
Juneau resident and former state Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch filed motions in the United States District Court at Anchorage on Friday to move his federal corruption trial to his hometown where he has a law practice.

Student accused of taking gun to school
WASILLA — Alaska State Troopers say a 13-year-old Wasilla student is under arrest after he took a gun to his school.

Hugh Neff takes early Quest lead
FAIRBANKS — Musher Hugh Neff has taken the early lead in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Police: Man arrested in SD in Alaska homicide
ANCHORAGE — Authorities say a 28-year-old man is awaiting extradition in South Dakota after being arrested in the March 2000 killing of an Alaska woman.

Murkowski thanks Fairbanks supporters
FAIRBANKS — Sen. Lisa Murkowski held an overdue victory celebration in Fairbanks.

Program aims to pair foster youth with mentors
JUNEAU — A new program aims to pair foster youth with mentors.

Palin blasts administration's handling of Egypt
WASHINGTON — Sarah Palin says the Obama administration must tell Americans what it knows about who will be Egypt’s next leader.

Colo. group cancels Palin visit over safety fears
GLENDALE, Colo. — A Colorado nonprofit canceled a Sarah Palin fundraiser for military families citing safety concerns after an “onslaught of negative feedback.”

Bears upend No. 4 Warriors
Two games against the fourth-ranked team in the state this weekend were viewed as a measuring stick for Juneau-Douglas, and two wins would go along way in validating the Crimson Bears.

JDHS girls win Dimond Prep Shootout
Chalk up another tourney title for the defending state champs.

Bears' Cheeseman named All-Conference
Juneau-Douglas hockey senior goalie Garret Cheeseman was the second Crimson Bear to earn Mid-Alaska All-Conference honors. The selection process recognizes standout players from around the league as voted by conference coaches. Cheeseman joins 2009 selection Nick Mow as the first and second Bears chosen in program history.

Kings take two from Falcons
Alex Williams curled around a screen and swished home a wide-open 3-pointer on the Ketchikan boys basketball team’s first possession Saturday night.

Alaska's gas pipeline plan comes under fire in Legislature
Opponents of Gov. Sean Parnell’s natural gas pipeline plans moved Friday to gut the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, under which TransCanada Corp. is developing a pipeline to bring the North Slope’s huge gas reserves to market.

Polar bear swim covers 426 miles
ANCHORAGE — On a summer day two years ago, polar bear 20741 decided to leave a remote Beaufort Sea beach. The 7-year-old, nearly 500-pound bear walked north into frigid Arctic Ocean water east of Barrow in search of sea ice.

Fairbanks grapples with air pollution enforcement
FAIRBANKS — Even though the state of Alaska is tasked with trying to convince federal officials that it’s tackling air pollution problems in Fairbanks, the state says it hasn’t sought more money to help enforce standards.

Witness says police officer lied on stand
ANCHORAGE — A former trooper testifying for the defense in the Rachelle Waterman murder conspiracy trial said Friday a Craig police officer who worked on the case told her that he lied on the witness stand during defendant’s first trial.

Ice-clinging hiker: 'There was a lot of shivering'
ANCHORAGE — When 19-year-old Nathan Miller took a short walk from Kincaid Park Chalet onto the flats of the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge just before sunset Wednesday, he planned to relax and soak in the beautiful surroundings.

Bond rating groups take new look at pensions
One of the nation’s top bond rating firms says it will begin considering unfunded pension liabilities of states when it sets ratings, but Alaska officials say that shouldn’t affect the state’s hard-won triple-A rating.

Palin: America out of step with Reagan's values
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — America is on a “road to ruin” because of misguided policies in Washington and needs to get back in step with the values of Ronald Reagan, Sarah Palin said at an event honoring the former president’s legacy.

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