Sunday, February 28, 2010

Juneau dropped the ball on a good coach
As a supporter of high school athletics and a Juneau resident, I was excited to see Jaime Kissner selected as the head baseball coach for the Crimson Bears in 2008. A former Division 1 player out of Northwestern State University in Louisiana, Kissner seemed to be an individual who had something to offer the program in the wake of the very successful Jim Ayers.

Reject compromise in health care bill
President Obama, we voted for you to follow through with your promises and to lead the country. You only want to compromise and force a poor health care bill through the Senate. It is time for you to get out of the way. Congress needs to vote for reconciliation of the public option or single payer system.

Thanks, Glenn Beck, for speaking out
Thank you, Glenn Beck. Thank you for putting into words what we have known in our gut all along.

Adults delusional about drug use decline
I'm responding to the article Feb. 21 Empire article about drug use at Juneau's high schools. Although I do believe that many students have stopped using O.C. (Oxycontin), I can't help but laugh at how all these adults think they have made such a huge difference on the drug problem by putting up fliers and talking to kids in school about it.

Lawmakers indulge in state-funded junket
Several lawmakers on Tuesday defended their mid-session trip (to the Energy Council meeting in Washington D.C.) as important to their work in Juneau, given the importance of oil and gas in the state.

Police seek two who allegedly accosted girl
Police are seeking information about two suspects who allegedly asked a juvenile girl if she needed a ride on two separate occasions.

APOC accepts $100,000 from mine opponents
Opponents of Pebble Mine settled with the Alaska Public Offices Commission on Friday, agreeing to pay the largest amount ever for alleged 2008 campaign finance disclosure violations.

Photo: Final face-off
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Brittany Fenumiai, right, jumps against Thunder Mountain's Shale Kibby on her home court for the last time Saturday during a senior night basketball game. For more coverage of senior night, see sports on page B1.

UAS Chancellor Pugh among president finalists
University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor John Pugh is among the candidates vying to serve as president of the University of Alaska.

Former coach hit with more sex assault charges
Former longtime Juneau-Douglas High School basketball coach James M. Hamey, 62, was arraigned this week on two new felony sexual assault charges.

Photo: 'Fetching stick'
Yellow lab Holly carries a fetching stick Saturday along the Kaxdigoowu He'en Dei Trail. Owner Lisa Badger follows as they make their way to the Brotherhood Bridge parking area. "She loves the snow and chasing that stick," Badger said. "And I love my dog, so, we are out here a lot." Today's forecast calls for a 90 percent chance of rain with winds around 25 mph. High temperatures are predicted to reach around 40 degrees.

Photo: Artwork on display
Art teacher Nancy Lehnhart, right, and Arts for Kids board member Susan Oshida, staple up artwork from area elementary school students for a two-weekend exhibit at the Nugget Mall. Two pieces of artwork were selected from each class for a total of over 200 pieces of art on display.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Spicin' things up: Chili for a cause
Local young adults spiced up the bottom floor of Resurrection Lutheran Church this week for a zesty chili cook-off fundraiser for Haiti.

Committee wraps up 50th anniversary of Statehood celebrations
JUNEAU - Early in 2008 a citizens organization formed to develop, plan, organize and coordinate 50th anniversary of statehood celebration activities in Juneau. The primary goal of Capital City Celebrations was to remember, celebrate, and nurture pride among Juneau residents for their part in Alaska's journey to statehood.

Photo: Statewide Spelling Bee
From left, seventh-grader Brayden Wrightson, from Dzantik'i Middle School in Juneau, and eighth-grader Oliver Price, of Craig, pose Friday after the State Spelling Bee held at the Performing Arts Center in Anchorage. The two were among 141 spellers from around the state to compete. After six rounds, it was down to these two spellers, who went back and forth for six more rounds. In the 12th round, Wrightson misspelled "obumbrate," ending the competition in second place. Price spelled "meniscus" correctly to win the competition. He will represent the state of Alaska at the National Bee this spring in Washington, D.C.

Senior menu for the week of March 1-5
Monday, March 1

Fourth of July Parade Committee offers free catalogs
JUNEAU - For those not yet ready to plan and build their float for the Fourth of July Parade, a limited supply of free catalogs are available on behalf of the Juneau Fourth of July Parade Committee.

Tribe seeks funds for cultural, educational, tourism center
JUNEAU - In January, Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska President William Martin, accompanied by managers and legal counselors, met with the Alaska Delegation in Washington D.C. to promote a project aimed at creating jobs in smaller communities and preserving Native cultures.

Thanks for assisting Sophie McKinley during recent surgeries
The family of Sophie McKinley would like to thank the communities, organizations and individuals who have assisted her in prayers and assistance through her recent surgeries and house repairs.

Thanks for signing a petition for new idea for Sealaska elections
I would like to thank the Sealaska members who signed a petition validating a new election idea for directors.

Thank you for a very successful food drive
The Mendenhall Flying Lions would like to thank Safeway in the Mendenhall Valley for allowing us to hold our Southeast Alaska Food Bank food donation drive on Saturday where we collected more than 1,000 pounds of food plus cash donations.

Thanks for donating to the Hortons in honor of their son's passing
Thank you to the following family members and various organizations and people who donated to the Horton family in honor of the passing of our son, Robert Horton, on Jan. 9, 2010.

Home modification seminar featured at Home Show
JUNEAU - As part of Southeast Alaska Building Industry Association's 31st annual Home Show, the seminar "Home Modifications For a Lifetime" will be held Saturday at Centennial Hall.

Bowl for Kids' Sake needs team captains
JUNEAU - Big Brothers Big Sisters' annual Bowl For Kids' Sake fundraiser is seeking team captains. Bowling will take place all day March 13 at the Juneau Bowling Center. Pre-registration is required.

Thunder Mountain seeks dance/drill coach for next year
JUNEAU - Thunder Mountain High School's Parent Teacher Organization is seeking a dance/drill coach for the 2010-2011 school year.

Thank you for Shrine fundraising success
A Shrine of St. Therese Endowment Evening Extravaganza was held on Feb. 6 at St. Ann's Hall at the Cathedral of the Nativity. It was an evening of delicious hors d'oevres prepared by Gretchen Pence, Lorraine Derr and their crew.

Thanks for teaching TMHS students tennis
Thanks to the community for helping Thunder Mountain High School students learn to play tennis. JRC The Alaska Club generously opened its doors to TMHS students first semester, thanks to Ron Dangeli and Martin Tjomsland. Also, thanks to Mona Yarnell, Beatrice Franklin, Vicki Wilcox, Dick Winchell and Jacob Dangeli for donating tennis racquets.

Thanks for helping with the Community Arts Celebration
Arts for Kids would like to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in the sixth annual Community Arts Celebration on Feb. 6 at Thunder Mountain High School. The celebration was a great success and could not have happened without the enthusiasm and expertise of so many artists and volunteers.

Infusion center acquires local artwork
With the help of multiple community donators - and an outstanding nurse - a new local chemo-infusion therapy unit has a wealth of artwork to warm its walls.

Miller, Hennon wed
Gwenn Michael Miller, of Douglas and Auke Bay, and Tyler Douglas Hennon, of Douglas, were married Jan. 1, 2010, at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. A reception followed at DIPAC.

Cunninghams celebrate 60 years
Former longtime Juneau residents, Tom and Pat Cunningham, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on March 10, 2010.

Techno madness?
University of Alaska Southeast Media Communications professor Jason Ohler once taught our class how to blog but warned that when we plug into a new technology we unplug from something else.

FYI
Births

Photos: Eagle Oasis
A rock bald eagle design made by Wyoming artist Terri Stardust is seen Saturday near Douglas Breeze In. Two bald eagles perch at the water's edge in the distance. Owner of Stardust Copper Designs in Worland, Wyo., Stardust was in Juneau last week completing her Phoenix Project - a mission to create a state bird out of found objects in each 50 states. She made two bald eagles, one of rocks and one of driftwood, near the Douglas side of the Douglas Bridge. "I have completed a journey of many miles and many experiences," she writes. "I am so happy to have been able to see this project become a reality." A reception for Stardust's project will be held March 17 in Gillette, Wyo. For more information and pictures, visit the facebook event page: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=251259662775&index=1.

Life in the front seat of a hearse
I miss the undertaker in Michigan where I was once pastor. No offense against the undertakers in Juneau, but they haven't brought me chocolates.

Thunder Mountain High School February Falcon of the Month Award: Liam Macaulay
Age: 15.

Agnes 'Diane' Haines
Juneau resident Agnes "Diane" Haines died peacefully Feb. 13, 2010, with her grandson and his wife by her side at the Juneau Pioneer Home. She was 86.

Lilia Guimmayen Martin
Juneau resident Lilia Guimmayen Martin died Feb. 23, 2010, in Juneau. She was 59.

There's no such thing as a free lunch in Juneau
I'm a big fan of eating, especially sharing a meal with other people. That must be why I'm putting on weight.

My turn: Volume-constricted bullet line is not what Alaskans ordered
The recent flurry of bills proposing different angles for building a so-called "bullet-line" signal the Legislature's mounting concern with the AGIA process and the ill-fated Canadian gas line route.

Toe Toon

Bear girls make quick work of TMHS
Juneau-Douglas won the overall Southeast Conference tournament No. 1 seed after pounding Thunder Mountain 75-16 Saturday for a sentimental senior night victory as every Crimson Bear broke into the scoring column.

JDHS denies Falcons first win
Senior night at Juneau-Douglas High School always makes for a spirited affair and Saturday night was no different as the Crimson Bears boys’ basketball team fed off a raucous crowd in the second half to defeat Thunder Mountain 57-47.

Photo: Senior night send-off
The Crimson Bear seniors (left to right) Alex DeRocher, Kristen Dierick, Terrence Wheat, Annette Highley, Paul Tupou, Emily Johnson, Lawrence Fenumiai, Brittany Fenumiai, Eric Sele, Mahlet Tingley and Victor Wilson pose for a group picture prior to the start of the boys' game Saturday night at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Legislative retirement overhaul stalls
Teachers and other public employees in Alaska will remain responsible for planning for their own retirements, as hopes for returning state employees to a traditional pension plan appears bottled up in the Legislature.

'Anticlimactic' tsunami rolls through
ANCHORAGE - A tsunami packing little punch rolled through Alaska waters Saturday, but was hardly noticeable to residents in coastal communities.

Senator proposes separation in state oil, gas taxes
Alaska's system of taxing oil and gas production together has the potential to "blow up our entire fiscal regime," costing the state perhaps billions of dollars a year in revenue once gas starts to flow through a major pipeline, a state lawmaker said Friday.

More than 1,300 Toyotas repaired in Alaska
ANCHORAGE - Toyota dealerships in Anchorage and Fairbanks have repaired more than 1,300 recalled vehicles.

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