Monday, February 16, 2009

Where do lawmakers stand on Pebble Mine?
A question to Alaska's Legislators: Where do you stand on the Pebble Mine issue?

Taku really is an 'Important Habitat'
As a commercial fisherman and co-owner of a growing fish processing business that relies on the productive, wild salmon fisheries of the Taku, I want to extend a sincere thank you to the Fish and Game biologists who requested that the Taku be formally designated an "Important Habitat." I also wish to thank the Department of Natural Resources for agreeing to this designation.

Court halts Juneau road project
A federal judge has overturned the permits for the Juneau Access highway up Lynn Canal, handing road building advocates a major defeat.

School Board mulls tougher hazing policies
Students caught hazing or letting their classmates get away with it in their presence would be barred from all extracurricular school activities for a minimum of 30 days and banned from the particular sport or activity in which the incident occurred for an entire season, under a proposed policy the Juneau School Board is considering Tuesday.

State cites smoky cruise ships for air quality violations
Eight large cruise ships that sailed to Alaska in 2008 were cited for air quality violations.

Local governments criticize state coastal management program
State and local districts continue their fight this year over the power to influence local development in coastal areas.

Girl dies from injuries sustained in crash
A 5-year-old girl died Saturday from injuries sustained during a car accident earlier this month on North Douglas Highway.

Harris introduces legislation to rethink wastewater limits
Lawmakers have introduced a bill this year allowing the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to override voter-mandated limits on cruise ship wastewater discharges.

Juneau to honor civil rights leader
Juneau residents will gather Monday to honor the late civil rights activist Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratrovich, a woman who helped bring about equal treatment of Native Alaskans nearly 20 years before the Civil Rights Act was signed.

Photos: Art in fashion
Micaela Fowler Croteau models "Lady of the Wood," a wooden dress created by David Walker, on Sunday during the Wearable Art Show at Centennial Hall. The piece won first place on Saturday and second place Sunday.

State board reaches new compromise on Sudan divestment
The Alaska Retirement Management Board has endorsed Gov. Sarah Palin's Sudan divestment bill before the Alaska Legislature, reversing course from last session.

Photos: Orcas cruise Gastineau Channel
A pod of orcas leaves the downtown waterfront Sunday after swimming to the shallow water at the Mendenhall wetlands. Witnesses reported seeing about two dozen whales in the pod.

Photo: Slick moves
Cierra Duncan zooms down a snowy hill on a sled Sunday afternoon next to the old Capitol High School building. Duncan stayed out longer than any of the other children on the hill, and said she would have stayed longer if her dad didn't tell her it was time to go.

Photos: Disco fever

Photo: Custom Valentine
Mark Ridgway stomps a giant heart the size of north Twin Lakes and the message "Happy Valentine's Baby" for his wife, Heather. The Ridgways live across the street from Twin Lakes.

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

Police & Fire
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Around Town
Today

Around Town
Today

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
This year, the Juneau Co-operative Preschool is adding a little zip to its annual fundraiser.

Photo: True school spirit
True North Federal Credit Union CEO Lauren MacVay, left, shakes hands with Thunder Mountain High School Principal Patti Bippus during the last staff meeting of the first semester at TMHS. At the meeting, MacVay and Bill Peters, True North's vice president of Corporate Development, were on hand to surprise the faculty with T-shirts in the school colors, with the school mascot. The T-shirts also are emblazoned with the message "Failure isn't an option," an expression of the schools philosophy - the dream that every student will succeed. "The staff is honored to be the recipients of these shirts and will wear them with pride," Bippus said.

Pets of the week
Charles, pictured, is our gentle 2-year-old short hair who has very large and masculine cheeks. His unique features, with cheeks packed for the long winter, make him look more like a hamster than a young adult cat. Good looks and a wonderful personality make him one of the sweetest cats at the shelter.

FYI
Births

Recognitions
Robert P. Schenker graduated from Company Honorman at the rank of Lance Corporal from India Company 3rd Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego on April 25, 2008. Schenker later graduated from Bravo Company, Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry, Camp Pendleton as a 0331 machine gunner. He is currently stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii as a member of a weapons company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. Schenker will be deployed to the south central province of Helmund in Afghanistan in April.

Outstanding teens to compete for Youth of the Year honor
JUNEAU - Teens from Alaska are competing for the Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year title Tuesday. Being selected Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. The title recognizes outstanding contributions to a member's family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome. In addition to winning this prestigious title, the winner also will receive one year's tuition to the University of Alaska Anchorage and a $1,000 scholarship from the Reader's Digest Foundation.

District announces 2009 Spelling Bee winners
Round after round and level after level, third- to fifth-grade students in the Juneau School District spelled their way through their classroom and school bees to the final 2009 Juneau School District Spelling Bee held Feb. 10 at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Puppy love: Breed all about it
As the clinic manager at Valley Chiropractic, Lisa Anderson understands the concepts of a healthy lifestyle. But as a dog owner, she also understands and appreciates the benefits that her side business as a dog breeder furnishes.

Sitka School District to hold Safe Routes to School meeting
SITKA - A Safe Routes To School meeting will meet from 2-4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20, at the Sitka School District office conference room at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School.

Senior menu for the week of Feb. 16-20
Monday, Feb. 16

Thanks for contributing to our Senior Citizens Holiday Dinner
The Juneau Chapter Chief Petty Officer's Association would like to thank the community businesses for their contributions to the 35th annual Senior Citizens Holiday Dinner held Dec. 14 at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Thanks for supporting the Brenda Krauss cancer benefit
Over the last few months and at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall benefit on Jan. 16, I, Brenda Krauss, was inspired and truly uplifted by community members who have come forth from churches, colleagues past and present, businesses, neighbors and friends.

Thank you from the Gastineau Channel Little League
Gastineau Channel Little League recently hosted its annual Taco Feed, a time for families to register youth for the upcoming baseball and softball seasons and to enjoy sharing a meal together.

Thanks for NOW testimony help
The Juneau chapter of the National Organization for Women wants to express its appreciation to Sen. Kim Elton, Assemblyman Jonathan Anderson, Assemblyman Bob Doll and former Rep. Andrea Doll for volunteering for the Juneau NOW Testimony Workshop held at the Capitol on Jan. 10. They acted as the committee members so that workshop attendees could practice testifying before a legislative committee.

United Way to offer diversity training again
JUNEAU - Compass II, the community assessment research conducted by United Way in 2005, indicated that one of Juneau's top five social service needs was diversity training and appreciation for the rich cultural diversity in Southeast Alaska.

Thanks for choosing to support our annual gift wrap fundraiser
Thank you to all those who gave so generously to have your gifts wrapped at this year's Holiday Gift Wrap fundraiser at the Nugget Mall and to those who made additional donations. Proceeds will go to a very good cause - our senior nutrition programs, including Meals on Wheels. This fundraiser helped us a great deal toward our $20,000 fundraising goal for the year.

Thanks, Juneau, for giving to Operation Christmas Child
Packing hope and joy into 2,214 gift-filled shoe boxes, Juneau residents gave children around the world a reason to smile this Christmas season and beyond. Shoe boxes filled with meaningful yet simple toys, school supplies, and hygiene items for Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project, are now being distributed to children living in desperate places around the world.

Pennoyer, Girolamo wed
Marissa Girolamo, of Clinton, Wis., and Steve Pennoyer, of Juneau, will be married May 30, 2009, at Faith Lutheran Church in South Beloit, Ill. A reception will be held at the Butterfly Supper Club in Beloit, Wis., with additional reception to be held in Juneau some time in June. Visit stevenandmarissa.com for up-to-date information.

Bailey, Long wed
Lindsey Bailey and Christopher Long, both of Juneau, were married Jan. 24, 2009, at the Juneau Church of Christ. A reception followed immediately after the ceremony at the Juneau Yacht Club.

Consortium launches health record program
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) took a major step in its move toward a comprehensive electronic health record on Jan. 28, when SEARHC launched the ALERT Emergency Department Information System software program.

Auntie Emo seeks your easy entrees or pizza recipes
RECIPE CHALLENGE:

Photo: Reducing rubbish
The Juneau Federal Building Recycling Committee has worked for the past two years topromote and increase recycling in the building. As a result, the Federal Building's trashdisposal has been reduced by 25 percent. Pictured from left are Chief Petty Officer Daniel Bitzer and Petty Officer 3rd Class Sara Figuera, U.S. Coast Guard; Melanie Brown andMarina Lindsey, NOAA Fisheries; and Jeff Miller, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Southeast teams stand out at statewide robotics competition
ANCHORAGE - Nearly 40 teams from around the state, including the Meltdownz team from Harborview Elementary School, competed in the statewide For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology (FIRST) LEGO League Competition held Jan. 17 at Dimond High School in Anchorage.

Savoring the gifts of snow
A few days after I enjoyed the uniquely Juneau experience of shoveling in the rain, I read today that we are on our way to record-breaking snowfall again this year.

Photo: Meltdownz
Timothy Staley, left, Anton Rieselbach, right, and Keanu Cruz, back, members of the Meltdownz Lego Team from Harborview Elementary School and the Montessori School, help sell cookies and pies at their bake sale fundraiser on Dec. 20 at the Nugget Mall. The team would like to thank the Nugget Mall and all those who purchased cookies and pies. The bake sale was a great success, and the funds raised helped get the team to Anchorage to compete in the State Lego Robotics Tournament in January.

Photo: Book smart
In the Juneau School District's high school Battle of the Books competition, held Jan. 29, Juneau teams represented their schools in a very close contest. The high school champions for the Juneau School District are Lewis Gates, Sorcha Hazelton, MaKenzie DeRego and alternate Zach Lesher, from Thunder Mountain High School. This team will compete with other district champions from around the state on Feb. 23. From left are champs Hazelton, DeRego and Gates.

New fiction at libraries includes 'Anathem'
Here are some new fiction titles at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Vitan Mitev Ganev
Longtime Juneau resident Vitan Mitev Ganev died with his family at his side at 10:24 a.m. on Feb. 12, 2009, at Wild Flower Court due to complications from multiple strokes. He was 68.

Q&A about the Empire's future
Dear Reader,

Alaska Editorial: Arctic fishing ban is prudent, for now
The ban on industrial fishing in the Arctic, as recommended by federal advisers last week, is a prudent measure for the moment, but no one should expect that it will be easy to lift sometime in the future, even if the evidence supports such action.

Outside Editorial: Clearing the air with China
As President Obama pursues green infrastructure projects and other programs aimed at fighting climate change, he is eventually going to have to confront an unpleasant truth: None of it will matter unless the developing world, particularly China, does the same. With China having passed the U.S. as the country with the highest greenhouse gas emissions in the world, and with its per-capita emissions rising four to six times faster than ours, any carbon reductions here will be more than canceled out by increases there.

Focus of high school activities expansion should be on youth
The community of Juneau is currently facing a challenging opportunity: expansion of educational and extra-curricular options for high school students.

We've become a nation of sissies
A recent conversation with a friend who works in the "public service" sector of our community was both eye-opening and disturbing in its implications.

Got to hand it to the man who tells it like he sees it
It is considered dangerous in the mainstream media ever to reference Congressman Ron Paul of Texas as anything but a political anomaly. Well, here I go about Paul, just as I did in my new book, "Paranoid Nation," in which I discussed the impact he had on the 2008 GOP presidential contest. (And no, I'm not calling Rep. Paul paranoid).

Wealth should be a means, not an end
One benefit of living in a rich country is that we can pay psychologists and professors to explain why wealth doesn't make us very happy.

Toe Toon
This week's Toe Toon.

AMHS to assess ferry grounding damage
JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Highway System is assessing damage to the 181-foot ferry Lituya, sustained after the ship grounded weeks ago near the Southeast town of Metlakatla.

Quake shakes up Alaska region
ANCHORAGE - Several communities report feeling a 4.3 magnitude earthquake that struck Alaska's Prince William Sound region.

Cost adjustment approved for AEL&P
JUNEAU - Alaska Electric Light & Power Co., was approved an Emergency Cost of Power Adjustment on Feb. 12 by Alaska's Regulatory Commission.

Boy charged with bringing gun to school
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police say a 14-year-old boy brought a gun to his middle school and was arrested.

Anchorage man gets 99 years for murder
ANCHORAGE - A 48-year-old Anchorage man has been sentenced to 99 years in prison for killing a friend without warning.

Alaska polar bear sent to New York zoo
MADISON, Wis. - A popular polar bear from Alaska is being sent from a Madison zoo to one in Buffalo, N.Y., to mate.

Snowmobiler charged in doctor's death
ANCHORAGE - A 20-year-old Ambler man was charged with second-degree murder in the collision death of an Anchorage doctor whose dog sled was rammed by the man's snowmobile in November.

Payments expected in Exxon Valdez case
ANCHORAGE - Plaintiffs in the Exxon Valdez oil spill case should be seeing additional money soon.

Stabbing suspect arraigned in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN - Bail has been set at $100,000 for a 47-year-old Ketchikan man accused of stabbing a woman in an apartment.

Nonprofits can apply for charity campaign
ANCHORAGE - The application period for nonprofit groups to be included in the 2010 Permanent Fund Dividend Charitable Contributions Program began Feb. 13.

Alaska Marketplace names 30 finalists
ANCHORAGE - Thirty finalists from across Alaska have been selected to advance to the next round of the fourth Alaska Marketplace competition, where they will vie for a portion of nearly $300,000 in award money for projects.

Stepson charged in old homicide
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage grand jury has issued an indictment in a six-year-old homicide.

Man gets 13 years in gas station stabbing
ANCHORAGE - A 23-year-old man who stabbed an Anchorage gas station attendant five times was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Fu wins one for the elderly
It was Friday the 13th at Roughhouse Boxing at Marlintini's Lounge, and freaky things were happening.

Bears survive Wolves and extend streak
The Crimson Bears' easiest regional prey over the past decade fought back with a vengeance at JDHS Saturday night. Rival Sitka shoved, clawed and just plain battled their hosts through the most hotly-contested three quarters of basketball in Juneau yet this season.

INSIDE the numbers
8 perfect years: The JDHS boys basketball team's sweep of Sitka this weekend stretched their win streak against the Wolves into it's eighth year. The pair of Crimson Bears wins marked the schools' only meetings this season.

Impromptu karaoke party almost breaks out at Sweetheart's Relay
Juneau's Southeast Road Runners held their first race of the season, the Sweetheart's Relay, in Douglas on Saturday, and an impromptu karaoke party nearly broke out.

Alyeska Cup announces results
Alyeska Cup Results

Juneau-Douglas girls JV tops Haines 55-30
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls junior varsity basketball team shook off a rough first quarter Friday night to hang a 55-30 shellacking on visiting Haines.

Photo: Holding it down
Floyd Dryden Middle School's Jacob Hamilton pins Sitka's Ghulla Ullam Lodhi during consolations semi-finals for the 115 pound weight class on Saturday at Floyd Dryden. For results, see Wednesday's Sports section.

Co-op, state advance deal on coal-fired power plant
FAIRBANKS - Golden Valley Electric Association and the Alaska Industrial Development Export Authority have signed another agreement that calls for working out the sale of an experimental coal-fired power plant near Healy by Aug. 1.

Stimulus bill expected to restart mine cleanup
WASHINGTON - When the Beal Mountain mine opened in 1988 near Butte, Mont., its owner promoted open-pit cyanide leaching for extracting gold from ore as modern and environmentally friendly.

Amid crisis, coal remains a bright spot in exporting
Even amid a global recession, one Alaska resource commodity is doing well in export markets. Surprisingly, it is coal.

Sportsmen's group supports Palin on wolf control issue
ANCHORAGE - A national sportsmen's group has come out in support of Gov. Sarah Palin now that the opposition has movie star Ashley Judd in its corner arguing against a state program allowing the killing of wolves.

Judge drops contempt charge against Justice attorney in Stevens case
WASHINGTON - A federal judge dropped contempt charges Saturday against a Justice Department attorney after concluding he was not responsible for the government's failure to deliver documents to former Sen. Ted Stevens' legal team.

Photo: Yukon Quest under way
Mark Sleightholm of England mushes his team out of the starting chute Saturday for the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race in Whitehorse, Yukon. The 1,000-mile race has 29 participants and will finish in Fairbanks in about 11 days. Two-time champion Lance Mackey chose not to try for a third straight championship, leaving a handful of experienced mushers as favorites, including Hans Gatt, former Iditarod champion Martin Buser and Jon Little. Mackey said his money is on Gatt of Whitehorse, who has won the race three times.

Aid arriving for villages
Winter dealt a brutal hand to villages in Western Alaska this year.

Minnick, Olstad win 2009 Iron Dog snowmobile race
FAIRBANKS - A pair of Wasilla racers on Polaris snowmobiles have won the 2009 Tesoro Iron Dog.

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