Good progress being made at Skate Park
The Friends of the Skate Park Board wish to respond to Sean Harrington's Jan. 24 letter, "Juneau, fix the skate park for teens."

Governor's scholarship program is biased
Funding for Post-Secondary Education is a top priority for this year's Legislature. The proposed Governor's Performance Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship that seeks to provide students with financial motivation to complete a more rigorous course of high school academics.

Oil industry: Cut taxes, boost jobs
Jobs in Alaska's oil industry are down, and some in the industry hope that might translate into oil taxes going down as well.

Coming up clean (er)
Last year, Oxycontin was an epidemic in Juneau's high schools.

Historic shipwreck may be source of oil sheens
The U.S. Coast Guard investigated an historic shipwreck off Lena Point this week after an increase of oil sheens on the water were reported recently.

Celebrating Black History Month
Hannah Dawson, 5, and Trevor Jensen, 7, celebrate Black History Month on Saturday at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. "It is a lot of fun," Trevor said. "Great food!"

Queen of the Fleet graces Juneau port
Straight and tall, her bow seemingly in salute, the 213-foot U.S. Coast Guard cutter Acushnet rested in port at Coast Guard Station Juneau. Morning frost seemed to give her the dignified "white-haired" age of time served in defense of country. Fog rolled across her fantail like a white dress. Flags rippled on her bridge chest like medals of honor.

Photo: Nice day for sailing
Finn Sinclair, right, maneuvers a radio controlled, wind-and-battery-powered Nirvana model sailboat Saturday near the dock of Aurora Harbor as his father, Ed, looks on. "It is very realistic to sailing," Ed said. "The boat reacts a bit faster but the technical side is the same."

Food for the soul: Celebrating black history
"Black History Month is a time of year to reflect on and truly appreciate the blood, sweat and tears of those who came before us, those who brought to us outstanding inventions and accomplishments that have literally shaped our world. It is a time to display who we are."

Thanks, Rendezvous, for a successful DELTA fundraiser
Thank you to The Rendezvous for a very successful fundraiser for AWARE's DELTA Project. During First Friday in December, Dec. 4, 2009, The Rendezvous raised more than $1,500 for Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancements and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA), Juneau's violence prevention program.

Lent: A season of opportunity
The season of Lent is upon us. This is a time when we reevaluate our relationship with God and recognize Jesus' suffering for our sins.


Senior menu for the week of Feb. 22-26
Monday, Feb. 22

Photo: Horsing around
Isiah Blake Marvin, 14 months, enjoys a ride on Maverick, a horse owned and handled by Kristin Kibby, left, at the Thunder Mountain Riders 4-H Club's fundraiser on Feb. 13. Adult volunteer leader Wendy Smith, right, walks alongside. The club's next pony ride event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 24 at Swampy Acres.

Pet of the week: Kind-hearted male dog seeks loving human
Wilson is a single senior canine male seeking a loving, affectionate human. A mature, kind-hearted gentleman of 10 years, he enjoys keeping fit with short walks but is not looking to run any more marathons. He's just looking for someone to pass his days with quietly, share some laughs with and to have dinner with on occasion.

REACH walks to the moon
To encourage physical activity at REACH, the Canvas community art studio's Fun Committee is challenging all REACH clients, employees and family members to walk 238,857 miles - the distance from Earth to the Moon.

Udder Culture to host Echo Ranch Night
JUNEAU - The Udder Culture, in the Mendenhall Mall, is hosting an Echo Ranch Night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Curves of Juneau holds food drive
JUNEAU - Curves of Juneau is encouraging women in the area to show their philanthropic strength by participating in the annual Curves Food Drive. The women's fitness club also offer incentives for existing and potential members who participate.

Mr. Whitekeys to perform musical comedy Wednesday
JUNEAU - As a fundraiser for the Southeast Alaska Trail System, Mr. Whitekeys, of Whale Fat Follies and from the Fly By Night Club in Anchorage, will perform a musical comedy extravaganza at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Shriners to hold children's hospital fundraiser
For the first time ever, local Shriners will hold a ball to raise money for Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Thanks for supporting JDHS basketball games
The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears Boys Basketball Team would like to thank everyone who showed their support by attending the games against the TMHS Falcons.

NAMI-Juneau to offer 12-week class on mental illness
JUNEAU - NAMI-Juneau is offering its 12-week "Family-to-Family" class starting March 1. Taught by trained NAMI members, the course offers education and support for families and friends of people with mental illness. It teaches the knowledge and skills that people need to cope with mental illness.

Wings of Alaska promotes former COO Rob McKinney to presidency
JUNEAU - John Beardsley, CEO Wings of Alaska is proud to announce the appointment of Rob McKinney to the title of President Wings of Alaska.

Thanks for raising money for robotics
The Juneau-Douglas High School and Thunder Mountain High School robotics clubs send out a big shout of thanks to the Juneau Moose Lodge and The Women of the Moose for hosting our spaghetti feed and dessert auction fundraiser.

Wal-Mart awards grant to birth center for donated health care
JUNEAU - The Wal-Mart Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to Juneau Family Health and Birth Center in support of its Donated Health care program.

Kaelen Knutson-Lombardo, a 2007 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate and junior communication major at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., recently won a 2010 Accolade Award for his role as a senior producer on the original documentary, "Point of Entry: Migrating to North America."

Hay in my underwear: Two months on the farm
I grew up under the impression that anywhere south of the Canadian boarder is warm. However, at 7:30 a.m. on a goat farm in Delta County, Colo., there is no warmth to be found.

Valentine's Day with MITH Club
Mental Illness Teen Health (MITH) is the nation's first student-run mental health awareness club, sponsored by National Alliance on Mental Illness-Juneau (NAMI-Juneau).

Smith, Pitaro to wed
Misty Dawn Fredrickson Smith, of Juneau, and Michael J. Pitaro Jr., of Bedford, N.H., are engaged to be married at 2 p.m. March 21, 2010, at the Shrine of St. Therese in Juneau. Fr. Peter Gorges will preside, with a reception following directly after theceremony.

Poe, Randal wedding
Laura Ann Poe and Joseph Randal Jim are engaged to be married in a summer wedding on July 31, 2010, in Juneau.

Photo: Pinewood play
Boys from all the Packs in Juneau cheer on their race cars in the citywide Pinewood Derby held Feb. 6 at the Moose Lodge. Although cars haven't changed much in 50 years, the technology used in conducting the races have improved significantly. While many packs still race on hand-made wooden tracks, Pack 21 in Juneau has an aluminum track that assembles and disassembles easily. The track includes a computerized timer that automatically records first, second and third place in each race and the time, to the fraction of a second. A neat addition to this year's event was a car that carried a wireless video camera. The car did not compete in the races but provided an exciting look at the track from the view of the moving car.

Photo: Bake sale fundraiser
Family and friends of Frances Jacobs, a Juneau resident in Seattle fighting breast cancer, would like to thank Alaska Seaplanes and organizers of the bake sale fundraiser held for Jacobs on Thursday and Friday at the Juneau International Airport. From left are Alaska Seaplanes employees and friends Karen Stewart, Nini Toetuu and Jennifer knight.

Southeast resident among statewide high school Battle of the Books champs
FAIRBANKS - An Interior Distance Education in Alaska (IDEA) high school team successfully defended the first place title for the statewide high school Battle of the Books.

Daniel Franklin Malick
Juneau resident Daniel Franklin Malick died Jan. 20, 2010, due to complications during a hip resurfacing surgery in Islamabad, Pakistan. He was 60.

Craig Flory
Haines resident Craig V. Flory died Dec. 16, 2009, at Providence Extended Care in Anchorage after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke. He was 50.

Student censorship shouldn't extend past school grounds
Let me say at the onset that when a 14-year-old eighth-grader posts a fake profile on about her school principal, as one did in Orwigsburg, Pa., that includes vulgar references to his anatomy and insinuations of sex with children, she deserves to be grounded for life by her parents.And those texting privileges? Gone.

In search of bipartisanship? Look to the Alaska Senate
The negative rancor of partisan politics coming from Congress makes one wonder if true bipartisanship exists at all these days. It is not a good sign when the politics of "no" prevent Congress from passing little initiatives such as setting up a task force on the deficit.

When rage and frustration about taxes goes over the edge
Some of today's populists are giving elitists a good name.

Toe Toon

Two men ram police vehicle, later arrested
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage police spokesman says two men under investigation by the Anchorage vice squad rammed their car into a police vehicle occupied by an undercover officer and sped off.

Salmon forecast set at 138 million fish
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has set its statewide commercial salmon harvest for 2010.

Fairbanks railroad reroute moves forward
FAIRBANKS - An agreement has been reached on a new route for railroad tracks in Fairbanks, the latest step in the long process to reroute the railroad.

Data shows drop in fetal alcohol cases
ANCHORAGE - Health officials have released new data showing that Alaska's rate of fetal alcohol syndrome dropped by about one-third.

Lawmakers ponder popular vote
JUNEAU - Alaska senators are considering an interstate compact that dumps the winner-takes-all electoral college system in favor of a national popular vote in presidential elections.

Judge OKs agreement in voting lawsuit
JUNEAU - A federal judge has approved a settlement agreement under which the state will provide language assistance for Yupik-speaking voters in the Bethel area.

National Guard to honor members
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Air National Guard is planning a big ceremony in Anchorage to honor members throughout its 58-year history.

Sex abuser who posed as cop gets 45 years
ANCHORAGE - A man who sexually assaulted several women while posing as a police officer has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.

JDHS girls split series with Kings
Senior Crystal Blair scored 21 points on senior night, senior Ciara Patton added 10, and the Kayhi girls basketball team evened its season series against Southeast Conference rival Juneau-Douglas with a 49-45 win over the Crimson Bears on Saturday at Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.

Kings take two
Ketchikan pulled off the nearly unthinkable Saturday in boys' basketball, earning a season sweep of Juneau-Douglas with a 66-58 victory over the ice-cold Crimson Bears at JDHS.

Falcons under pressure
In the second game of their three-game road trip, the Lathrop Malemutes pressured Thunder Mountain into a 63-48 loss Saturday afternoon in Fairbanks.

Hoosiers Down Duck Softball, 5-4, in 7th Inning Rally
LAS VEGAS - In third-day action in the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic Saturday, the Oregon softball team (6-4) lost a 5-4 battle to Indiana (2-3) at Stephanie Lynn Craig Field.

Bills seek to limit corporations' role in state elections
Several Alaska lawmakers introduced bills Friday aimed at limiting the role of corporations in elections, a move that comes a month after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned certain restrictions on corporate and union campaign spending.

Anchorage zoning update heading for spring vote
ANCHORAGE - Zoning changes to make Anchorage buildings more attractive are likely headed toward an assembly vote this spring despite some objections.

Vigilantes nab burglary suspects
ANCHORAGE - Alaska state troopers say they're investigating vigilantes who made a citizen's arrest of a couple suspected of burglaries in the Kenai Peninsula's Anchor Point area.

Son of Alaska inmate beaten to death in prison sues state
ANCHORAGE - The son of a man convicted in a 1996 murder is suing the Alaska Department of Corrections over his father's brutal death in prison.

Fairbanks considers fines for wood, coal use
FAIRBANKS - A proposed new rule in Fairbanks would fine people at least $300 for using wood-and-coal-fired stoves that belch out dense smoke, part of an attempt to curb air pollution in the area.

Bethel cops threaten to shoot wild dogs in town
BETHEL - Police in this southwest Alaska city will seek authority to shoot dogs on the spot unless residents do a better job of keeping their pets from running wild.

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