Monday, February 15, 2010

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.

Student volunteers have a lot to offer
Volunteering is defined as giving up one's time to do something for others without expecting compensation.

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

Allow DIPAC to release kings at Sheep Creek
It has come to my attention that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has directed Douglas Island Pink and Chum to not release any king salmon at Sheep Creek. In fact, no kings have been released at Sheep Creek in more than three years.

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.

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 snowmobile trail gains support
A snowmobile access trail in Lemon Creek cleared a hurdle last week with a city committee on land use.

State mulls wastewater limits
Cruise lines should be able to comply with new, temporary rules for wastewater discharge limits, since the state dropped them to mirror results produced by cruise ships currently operating in the state.

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.

Fishermen on marks for crab opening
A good salmon, halibut or cod captain is considered "fishy" by peers when knowing where to bring in the big catch. The attitude on the docks this past week indicates that Juneau's shellfish crews will be calling the captains in their wheelhouses "crabby" as the first pots begin to launch overboard today.

Photos: Art in Motion
Photos from the runway of the 2010 Wearable Art Extravaganza, Cirque de Pluie, held Saturday at Centennial Hall.

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.

Photo: Warm light on a winter's night
A warm bonfire and hot fireworks cheer Juneau residents Saturday at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

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?

FYI
Births

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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: 'Snailpapers' is a term of endearment for our daily newspapers
I want to introduce you today to the word "snailpapers." What's a snailpaper, you ask? These are the newspapers we read every day with news that is often 12 hours old by the time it reaches us. Inside, the news is even older.

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.

Alaska editorials: Take care of veterans
Understaffing, lack of training and eight months without an on-site manager added to a poor performance by the Anchorage Veterans Administration Regional Office - a performance that left some vets without benefits they should have received or waiting far too long to receive them. Anchorage office supervisors did not dispute the findings of federal inspectors that the VA office failed to meet requirements in 13 of 14 areas covered in an inspection last year.

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.

State and university will benefit from new stadiums
In 2008, Hickel Investments, Hickel Construction and Engineering Inc. and the Crawford Family Trust proposed building two new stadiums for the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves. We committed to design, build and operate the two new stadiums. The Seawolves deserve nationally ranked facilities to match our nationally ranked teams.

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.

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

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.

Man charged in nurse torture death to change plea
ANCHORAGE - A man accused of torturing and murdering a psychiatric nurse who lived next door to him will change his plea in the federal capital murder case, according to court documents filed Friday.

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.

Dick Cheney mum on supporting Palin in next election
WASHINGTON - Former Vice President Dick Cheney says he has not decided on a candidate to support for president in the next election, sidestepping a question on whether he would support Sarah Palin for the office.

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

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.

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.

Troopers release name of Eagle River avalanche victim
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers have released the name of a skier killed Saturday by an avalanche near Eagle River on Anchorage's north side.

Lance Mackey misses court appearance
ANCHORAGE - Iditarod champion Lance Mackey was due in court Friday on a minor marijuana possession charge, according to an online court records database, but was instead racing in the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

New wing commander takes over at Eielson
FAIRBANKS - Brig. Gen. Mark Graper handed command of the 354th Fighter Wing to Col. James N. Post III during a ceremony at the base.

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.

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.

Photos: Fierce competition
On Friday, 76 contestants took part in six different events at the 2010 Native Youth Olympics. The results are as follows:

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.

Juneauite to represent country
Local hockey player Lenka Craigova was named Sunday to the Czech Ice Hockey Association's national team roster to compete in the upcoming International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) U18 Women's World Championship starting March 26 in Chicago.

Falcons drop two in Ketchikan
In a season full of fantastic individual performances, Kayhi's Jeff Whicker might have saved his best for senior night.

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

Weather disrupts search for avalanche victim
ANCHORAGE - Rain, low clouds and predicted high winds Sunday grounded searchers seeking the body of a ConocoPhillips Alaska employee missing and presumed dead in an avalanche that killed the head of the company.

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.

State lawmakers, governor debate how to spend $1 billion
State legislators are in negotiations with Gov. Sean Parnell as to how $1 billion in surplus state revenues will be spent.

Anchorage to consider ordinance for housing alcoholics
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Assembly will consider an ordinance Tuesday to regulate housing for severe alcoholics.

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.

China seen as potential Alaska gas customer
Alaska officials are looking to China and what some believe will be that country's strong demand for natural gas to help the state advance its long-held pipeline dreams.

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!"

Census: 'Everybody counts'
When it comes to money and voting districts, everyone counts.

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.

Bestiality may be outlawed in Alaska
A high-profile bestiality case and other recent instances of extreme dog abuse have prompted two bills before Alaska lawmakers to protect animals.

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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