College students can make a difference now
Volunteering is defined as giving up ones time to do something for others without expecting compensation. On Feb. 27, I took nine fellow students to the Glory Hole, where we cooked and served dinner. It was a rewarding experience for all involved. In talking with students afterwards, they seemed to have enjoyed the experience, helping those in need, and they were eager to help more. I really enjoyed seeing this excitement in my peers to help others. As college students we have a lot to offer.

UAS should now give its point of view
In the recent My Turn in the Empire by Forest Kvasnikoff regarding the University of Alaska, the author raised some serious issues. I have a feeling that the administrators at the university may disagree with his "facts," or figures, calculations or interpretations. If so, I think it would be most appropriate for the university to respond in an article to the paper, presenting their views so the public can view and weigh both points of view.

Later start time working well
The later high school start time this year is working very well for many students.

Business owners express concern over Juneau's image, appearance of crime
Concerns over Juneau's downtown atmosphere has caught the attention of community business leaders who say a city wide effort is needed to make it feel more welcoming to locals and tourists alike.

New voice of radio hits the worldwide Web
A new online radio station hopes to give a voice to the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures in Southeast Alaska.

Photo: Chilly celebration
Participants in the University of Alaska Southeast Winterfest 2010 Polar Bear Plunge jump from a dock at the Auke Bay boat harbor into 40-degree water on Saturday. Just over 30 people made the annual dip.

Douglas Post Office's service with a smile
Ask any regular visitor to the Douglas Post Office about postal clerks Lee Kearney and Dean Ruby, and they'll likely say, "Service with a smile."

Beware of useless information
Do you know what the tallest mountain in the world is? Of course you do - you learned that in fourth grade. Everyone knows it's Mount Everest. Or is it?


Senior menu for the week of Feb. 15-19
Monday, Feb. 15

Lenten approaches: Let's look to Luke
In a few days, Feb. 17 to be exact, the Christian season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday.

Science teacher opens the door
Juneau students at colleges across the world report the science they learned from Juneau-Douglas High School science teacher Jon Smith, who places them at the head of their classes.

Emo shares Brownie Bottom Pie
Calling all cooks. We need input. This recipe sharing feature belongs to you - our readers. Take a moment to send in your request; we need your participation.

Sitka Local Foods Network seeks lead gardener for farm
SITKA - The Sitka Local Foods Network is looking to contract with a lead gardener for the St. Peter's Fellowship Farm community garden this spring and summer.

Wrightson, Oxman to compete in statewide Spelling Bee on Feb. 26
JUNEAU - On Saturday, Feb. 6, the Juneau School district held its annual Spelling Bee at Glacier Valley Elementary School.

Widowed Persons Program to hold potluck dinner
JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons Program will hold a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Dining Room at Fireweed Place, 415 Willoughby Ave.

Thanks for donating to Grace Akiyama Scholarship Fund
Alaska Youth Choir would like to thank the Juneau Community Foundation Fund and the JSL Group for their generous gifts totaling $1,000 to the Grace Akiyama Scholarship Fund. Their commitment to helping young people participate in our choral program is sincerely appreciated.

Thanks for helping our vaccination clinic
The Vaccinate Juneau Kids Coalition would like to thank the city of Juneau and Centennial Hall for providing the opportunity and space for us to hold the swine flu and Hepatitis B vaccination clinic on Dec. 11, 2009. Without their support, we would not have been able to do this for the community.

Two radio stations to change parts of their program schedules
JUNEAU - This month, KTOO and KRNN, two of the K3 trio of public radio stations in Juneau, will be changing parts of their program schedules.

National Association of Social Workers sponsors seminar
JUNEAU - The National Association of Social Workers, Alaska Chapter, will sponsor a brown bag lunch seminar on the culture of military families with regard to social services. Three representatives of the Coast Guard will speak on the topic from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Wildflower Court, 2000 Salmon Creek Lane.

Thanks for sponsoring a ski day for my second-grade class
I would like to say thank you to Dr. Joy Neyhart and Rainforest Pediatric Care for sponsoring my class of second-graders to go skiing.

Thanks for supporting the Charter School after its burglary
On Jan. 15, the Juneau Empire reported a burglary at one of our local public schools, the Juneau Community Charter School. In response to this article, Bruce and Luann Weyrauch, Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 70, Sante Lesh, David Tallmon and Mike Stark and MJ Grande all offered their financial support.

Indian association reports Tribal Council election results
JUNEAU - The Douglas Indian Association announced results of its 2010 Tribal Council Election. Incumbent council members re-elected to office are Dorothy Coronell, Barbara Cadiente-Nelson, Annette Ulmer and Darryl Williams. New to the tribal council is Paul Marks.

Consortium Behavioral Health launches 24/7 toll-free help line
SITKA - A personal or family crisis doesn't always happen during clinic hours, so the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Behavioral Health Division recently contracted with a St. Louis-based crisis call center - BHR Worldwide - to provide help for Southeast Alaska residents when they need it most.

In a league of their own
In light of the National League of Women Voter's 90th anniversary today, local league members remember and appreciate the organization's last 45 years in Juneau.

Governor to lead march against domestic violence
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell today announced a new effort to raise awareness of the epidemic of domestic violence and sexual assault in Alaska. In addition to the governor's comprehensive domestic violence initiative that is currently being considered by the Legislature, a statewide march has been scheduled for March 31.

SEARHC clinics to recognize Elizabeth Peratrovich Day
SITKA - 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 Tuesday.

Thanks for raising funds for Haiti at El Zarape
On Jan. 17 and 24, members of the Juneau Hispanic community did what they do so well - prepare good food and invite their friends. This time, their effort was to help the people of Haiti.

Zach Gordon Youth Center to be closed Thursday, Friday
JUNEAU - The Zach Gordon Youth Center will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 18 and 19, for staff training.

Thanks for making AARP Day a success
The AARP Juneau Community Council and the AARP State office wish to thank the presenters and nonprofit organizations that helped to make AARP Day on Jan. 16 such a success.

Thanks for putting on a fabulous Holiday Cup
Juneau Soccer Club would like to publicly thank and recognize sponsors Dillon & Findley and organizer Leslie Houston for once again putting on a fabulous Holiday Cup soccer tournament. JSC is not affiliated with the tournament but many of our members, past, present, and future, have enjoyed it year after year. The tournament has enlivened Juneau's holiday season for 17 years since Paul Dillon and his kids, looking for a winter break activity, hatched the idea, rounded up some players, rented gym space, and with the help of Noel Shima, put on a four-team co-ed event in 1992 for elementary and middle school players.

Cooperative Church Council to sponsor Lenten Lunches
JUNEAU - Again this year, the Juneau Cooperative Church Council is sponsoring a series of six Lenten Lunches to recognize the weeks preceding Easter.

Gustavus Inn wins national award
GUSTAVUS - Gustavus Inn at Glacier Bay was recently chosen an "America's Classic" in the Northwest region by the James Beard Foundation of New York.

Authentic living is only fair
There's nothing like a death, divorce or incarceration to shake out family secrets.

Mantia, Vinson wed
Sarah Elizabeth Mantia, of Los Angeles, and Rayme Christopher Vinson, formerly of Juneau, were married Dec. 19, 2010, in Celebration, Fla.

Isturis, Bowen wed
Nicole Isturis, of Angoon, and Joshua Bowen, of Juneau, were married on Feb. 5, 2010, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Juneau. A reception followed at the same location.

Three high school teams to compete in FIRST Tech Challenge
Three hot-shot teams from Thunder Mountain and Juneau-Douglas high schools will be among more than 30 teams participating in a statewide robotics tournament for high school students this weekend.

Photo: Tribal Council election
Elected members of the Douglas Indian Association's Tribal Council pose Feb. 9 at Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority's Auk Tribe Building. In back are Annette Ulmer, Evelyn Myers, Butch Laiti and Paul Marks. Sitting are Barbara Cadiente-Nelson and Frank Miyasato. Council members not shown are Darryl Williams, Charles Williams and Dorothy Coronell.

Photo: Masters of math
Winners of the Southeast Alaska Math Counts competition held Saturday at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School are, from left, DZ's Stephen Mell, Ethan Seid and Alex Kirchoff, Floyd Dryden's Jamie Barnhill, DZ's Seth Bodine, Ruby Steedle and coach Dawn Momblow. Not pictured is coach Mary Borthwick.

Donald Bryant Bedford
Juneau resident Donald Bryant Bedford died of natural causes on Feb. 10, 2010, at Bartlett Hospital. He was 87.

Shannon Dale Clark
Former resident Capt. Shannon Dale Clark, of Livingston, Mont., died Jan. 31, 2010, after complications from cancer. He was 68.

My turn: ACES penalizes hard-working Alaskans
My company is one of the first casualties of the ACES oil tax. That's why I agreed to participate in "Faces of ACES," a communications campaign sponsored by the Alaska Support Industry Alliance.

My turn: Revenge of the machines
We've all seen those movies where robots take over the earth. They usually portray the ragged remains of humanity living on scraps and desperately banding together to try to overthrow the monolithic rule of their own erstwhile creations. With the recent Supreme Court decision permitting unlimited corporate money in politics under the guise of "freedom of speech," we are entering into a situation eerily like that of the movie.

Do the country a favor, Sarah Palin, and run for president
Dear Sarah Palin:

Toe Toon
This week's Toe Toon.

Shell to hold hearings on Beaufort plans
ANCHORAGE - Public hearings will be held on Shell oil company's plan to explore for oil and gas in the Beaufort Sea.

Mine loses short-term water permits
ANCHORAGE - The state has suspended short-term water and land use permits at the Pebble Mine near Bristol Bay.

Bethel man killed by gunshot
BETHEL - A manslaughter charge has been filed against a 26-year-old Bethel man accused of shooting his friend in the head last week.

Pregnant woman punched in Selawik
BARROW - An Alaska State Trooper arrested a man accused of punching a pregnant woman in the stomach this week.

AK public hearing on endangered beluga whales
ANCHORAGE - A hearing on Cook Inlet's dwindling number of beluga whales has drawn about 150 people. Opinions ranged from those demanding protection for the animals to business community members who say protection would be too costly.

Flight delayed for returning soldiers
FORT WAINWRIGHT - A Friday flight of returning Fort Wainwright soldiers has been rescheduled for Saturday evening.

Racers prepare for Susitna 100
ANCHORAGE - Elite cross-country skiers, runners and cyclists in Alaska are gearing up for the Susitna 100, a winter endurance race beginning Saturday in rugged wilderness terrain.

Complaint filed over fuel dispute
JUNEAU - A seafood company says Adak Petroleum is refusing to sell it fuel over a lease dispute, and it wants the Regulatory Commission of Alaska to intervene.

Park Service seek comments on cabin replacement
ANCHORAGE - The National Park Service is accepting public comments for a proposal to replace a deteriorating patrol cabin at Katmai National Park and Preserve.

Bear blitz
Tyller Bell already leads the Kayhi boys basketball team in rebounds, assists and steals on an almost nightly basis. On Friday, the senior guard added another accolade - leading scorer.

Falcons continue SE slide
Tyller Bell already leads the Kayhi boys basketball team in rebounds, assists and steals on an almost nightly basis. On Friday, the senior guard added another accolade - leading scorer.

Ketchikan girls romp at Thunder Mountain
Though there was a definitive difference in defensive intensity from Friday to Saturday night, the Ketchikan Kings were still able to defeat the Thunder Mountain girls' basketball team 52-14 to earn the season sweep over the Falcons.

Sports Digest

Per diem claims up lawmaker pay
Hard-working House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, led all legislators last year in collecting out-of-session per diem, an extra pay boost that lawmakers get while working on legislative business when not in session.

Alaska native land deal draws anger
ANCHORAGE - The proposed payoff of a decades-old debt by the federal government to a private Alaska Native corporation has prompted growing criticism that it's nothing more than a modern land grab.

Force of 'Star Wars' comes to the Anchorage Museum
ANCHORAGE - Few images in cinema match the first on-screen appearance of Darth Vader in the original "Star Wars" film. The faceless, insect-eyed mask, black body armor, commanding cape and flared helmet were reminiscent of a Nazi stormtrooper's gear. Everything screams, "This dude's dangerous!"

Fisheries Board to classify Chitina dip netting at meeting
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Board of Fisheries has set aside two days at its meeting next month in Anchorage to decide whether Chitina dip-netters should be classified as personal-use or subsistence fishermen.

Native leaders say Alaska needs Energy Department
ANCHORAGE - Heating oil and gas prices in rural Alaska remain more than 30 percent higher than they were five years ago, according to the state Division of Community and Regional Affairs.

Scholarship could lead cultural shift
JUNEAU - Beyond simply helping kids get to college, Gov. Sean Parnell's scholarship proposal is about culture change, according to state Education Commissioner Larry LeDoux.

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