Sunday, February 27, 2011

Does Sealaska need a makeover?
Perhaps Sealaska Corporation is in need of a makeover.

Victim wants burglar to pay for stolen pot
A man convicted of multiple thefts disputed the restitution to be paid in a hearing in Juneau Superior Court last week while a victim requested additional money be included for three stolen bags of medical marijuana.

Photo: Setting up the show
Elementary Art Specialist Mimi Walker staples up student artwork Friday for display at the Nugget Mall. About 200 artworks, two from every elementary class in the Juneau School District, will be on display for the next two weeks in the All-City Elementary Art Show.

Students get an early look into careers
What different things do people design in an architecture firm? What does a pediatrician or a veterinarian do in a given day?

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

State Chamber offers insights on growing business rankings
Alaska has ranked toward the bottom of several business climate lists over the years, and the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce says this can’t continue.

Friday afternoon surprise
A pod of orca whales stopped traffic Friday afternoon as they made a brief appearance in Gastineau Channel, attracting bystanders along the waterfront in Juneau and Douglas.

February student recognition at Juneau-Douglas High School
On Feb. 16, seven Juneau-Douglas High School students were honored by school staff in a ceremony for their contributions to improving the climate and inspiring other students at JDHS.

A place for my stuff
Last fall my wife and I moved to Juneau after living in the same house in Denver, Colo., for nearly 20 years. We lived in a relatively small place, which led many of our friends to think of us as not very materialistic.

Neighbors Mailbox: Feb. 27, 2011
Earlier this month, kindergarten through eighth-grade students from the Juneau Community Charter School, along with13 special guest educators, six JCCS teachers and many parent volunteers, listened and learned from specialists, storytellers and each other at our biannual Winter Camp. Our students had a wonderful opportunity to learn about Tlingit culture through food, storytelling and learning about our environment — discovering habitats, animal tracks and trying native games such as the two-foot high kick, finger pull and seal hop.

Slow pitch umpires wanted
Juneau Douglas Officials Association is looking for adult slow pitch umpires. The first meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School, room 107. Meetings will continue each Tuesday after March 15 through May 3. Persons interested can contact Everett Boster at 723-1510.

Hearing health and how it relates to your heart
A recent study published in the American Journal of Audiology found that the negative influence of impaired cardiovascular health on both the peripheral and central auditory system has the potential to affect an individual’s capacity to hear.

Sanders, Thompson wed
Tera Sanders of Waimanalo, Hawaii, and Jay Sanders of Douglas were married at 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 22, 2011. Original plans for a snowmachine wedding in Douglas were cancelled due to weather, so the location was changed to the home of Heidi and John Carlson. A reception followed.

UU Minister Reverend Sarah Schurr returns to Juneau
The Juneau Unitarian Universalist Fellowship welcomes Rev. Sarah Schurr for her fourth residency in Juneau, which began Feb. 25. Schurr’s 10-day stay will be busy with two Sunday worship services and a variety of other events, all of which are open to the public.

Norwegian cultural fair to be held
The Sons of Norway Svalbard Lodge is sponsoring a Norwegian cultural far at 3:30 p.m. on March 5 at the Juneau Yacht Club.

Margaret Feinberg to speak at Chapel by the Lake
Do sheep really know their shepherd’s voice? How often does a grapevine need to be pruned? What does it mean when a land is overflowing with milk and honey?

Senior Menu
Vegetable beef soup

Student awarded NASA scholarship
Josh Clark, 20, is the recipient of a NASA Alaska Spacegrant Program Scholarship for $1,000. The scholarship was available to students with interests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Planetarium to hold astronomy poetry contest
In celebration of Global Astronomy Month and National Poetry Month in April, the Marie Drake Planetarium is sponsoring an astronomy poetry contest for Juneau residents.

FYI
• On Feb. 23, 2011, a daughter, Chloe Lynn Marie Lloyd, weighing 8 lbs., to Krystal and Joshua Lloyd and sibling Wade of Haines.

Scholarships offered for Sitka Fine Arts Camp
Ron and Kathy Maas have dedicated scholarship funds for four music students to attend the Sitka Fine Arts Camp each summer. The purpose of this scholarship is to promote interest in big band music and big band performance.

Local Slow Food chapter promotes food that is good, clean and fair
Imagine another busy Juneau day. As usual, there are a million things to do: Work, school, meetings, errands and maybe exercise. No matter how many things are on the to-do lists, at some point in the day everyone has to eat. The choice of what to eat is at the focus of a local organization called Slow Food Southeast Alaska.

Hunter Ray Wolfe
Hunter Ray Wolfe passed away Feb. 22, 2011, in Juneau at the age of 21, succumbing to his own private, internal struggles by his own hand.

Duane Richard Haffner
Duane Richard Haffner died Feb. 23, 2011, at the Sitka Pioneer Home.

TOE Cartoon

The Music Man
It was the fall semester of my senior year in high school and I was starting the day in my assigned homeroom. We had already said the Pledge of Allegiance, offered our moment of silent prayer and we were listening to the morning announcements. The principal came on the public address system to announce the title of the senior class musical. Mr. Taggart announced that the 1975 senior class play would be “The Music Man.”

Support climate legislation
All the high-level attention to aiding Alaska’s Oil and Gas industry through tax breaks brings to mind Mark Twain’s comment about having more than one way to skin a cat. As strange as it might sound, one pragmatic way to aid Alaska’s oil and gas industry and create more jobs is for Congress to act on a market-based solution to climate change. I know this appears counterintuitive but hear me out.

Outside editorial: Civility institute offers hope for communication-challenged nation
The following editorial first appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

Suspect arrested in connection with Douglas armed robbery
The Juneau Police Department Thursday afternoon arrested a Juneau man suspected to be involved in an armed robbery on Douglas, according to a release from the department.

3 Alaska couples rescued after snowmachines stuck
FAIRBANKS — Three Alaska couples were rescued from the White Mountains National Recreation Area north of Fairbanks after their snowmachines got stuck in deep snow.

Fairbanks expected to get more snow
FAIRBANKS — After being dumped on earlier this week, Fairbanks is preparing to get more snow.

Interior Department opens climate science center
ANCHORAGE — The Interior Department has opened the first of eight regional climate science centers, a facility in Anchorage hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

US rig count down by 14 this week
HOUSTON, Texas — The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. decreased by 14 this week to 1,699.

Demand at gunpoint for keys leads to arrest
A Juneau man is in custody after threatening two people with a handgun at an apartment Thursday night, according to a release from the Juneau Police Department.

Alaska tribe takes coal mine concerns to UN
ANCHORAGE — Alaska’s Chickaloon tribe is asking the United Nations to hear its concerns about a planned coal mine in the Mat Su Valley.

Alaska Airlines signs flying deal with SkyWest
SEATTLE — Alaska Airlines said Friday that regional carrier SkyWest Airlines will fly six West Coast routes currently flown by Alaska’s sister carrier Horizon Air, starting May 14.

Alaska man charged with falsely labeling salmon
FAIRBANKS — An Alaska man has been indicted on federal charges alleging that chum salmon strips were falsely labeled as king salmon.

Ulmer to present findings of Gulf oil spill commission
University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor Fran Ulmer will give a special presentation of the findings of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Commission from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the UAS Egan Lecture Hall, Room 112. She will discuss the report issued by the Commission earlier this year and provide an opportunity for questions.

Bears cruise into SE Conference tourney
Juneau-Douglas capped off a dominant regular and Southeast Conference girls’ basketball season on senior night Saturday with a 78-20 win over visiting Thunder Mountain.

Kings, Bears finish tied atop SE Conference
Southeast Conference rivals Ketchikan and Juneau-Douglas staged another classic clash Saturday at Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.

Falcons drop a pair of games in Petersburg
The Thunder Mountain boys’ basketball team finished off its regular season after dropping a pair of weekend games in Petersburg.

Weyhrauch trail slated for Juneau
U.S. District Judge John Sedwick on Friday granted former state representative Bruce Weyhrauch of Juneau a May 9 trail date in the Capital City.

Sea lions feast on sturgeon at Bonneville Dam
BONNEVILLE, Ore. — Lenza Paul and Michael Farber stand at the lip of Bonneville Dam, layered against the winter cold, binoculars and clipboard in hand, and count.

Tanana River bridge project seeks $44M from state
JUNEAU — A request by an Alaska railroad for state money to bridge the Tanana River at Salcha is facing questions about its necessity and usefulness.

Senate looks to expand Senior Benefits program
A legislative push to keep the state’s popular Senior Benefits program going after June is being held up in the Senate. But that may be good news for some seniors, including those at the Juneau and other state pioneer homes.

Legislators grill permanent fund managers
Representatives of the Alaska Permanent Fund appeared before the Alaska Legislature on Friday, explaining their investment strategies and defending their earnings returns.

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