Sunday, March 6, 2011

Gastineau Tlingit dancers infuse education and culture
Children with Tlingit headpieces, paddles and raising voices danced their way through the halls of Gastineau Elementary Friday evening.

Police & Fire
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Photo: Read Across America hits town
Juneau Police Department officer Jason Van Sickle reads to Miriha Scalf and her son, Connor, 8, during the Read Across America event Wednesday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

BOEMRE to offer revised impact statement in Chukchi leasing case
An update was filed in the Lease 193 litigation involving the challenge against a decision to offer 29.4 million acres of public lands at the Chukchi Sea for oil and gas leasing.

Mendenhall Glacier continues thinning trend
Visitors at this week’s lecture at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center learned about something going on right in their own backyard. Researchers from the University of Alaska Southeast gave some insight into the work they’ve done over the year on the glacier, and how the ice that makes it up continues to decrease.

Time well spent
Barbara Greening doesn’t like to ask for help. She has been a strong, independent woman throughout her life, but since starting chemotherapy two years ago, her energy level has dropped considerably.

YAC announces 2011 grant focus
The Youth Action Committee (YAC) of the Juneau Community Foundation met last month to discuss goals and grant focus areas for 2011. YAC members agreed that high-risk behavior, such as unsafe sexual activity, drug and alcohol use, poor diet and lack of exercise, and unhealthy relationships are negatively affecting teens’ health. YAC would like to work with local organizations to target these high-risk behaviors and develop ideas for programs and strategies to reduce such behaviors in the community.

Help is on the way
On Feb. 26, 11 Capital City Fire/Rescue responders spent part of a blustery winter day in the airport float pond as they trained and were certified in an ice rescue program. Retired CCF/R Captain Dave Boddy, a certified instructor for Dive Rescue International, taught the eight-hour class. In addition to practicing rescue techniques in the field the curriculum included equipment familiarization, scene evaluation, how ice forms, how cold affects victims and the handling of hypothermic patients.

Recognitions
The Juneau-Douglas High School Drama, Debate and Forensics Team finished second in drama at the recent Alaska State DDF Competition in Anchorage. Out of a 15-member team, 12 finished in the top six places in the state.

The many sides of March
They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, but I don’t know. It’s one of those sayings that doesn’t quite wash with me, like “money can’t buy happiness” (when it blatantly can — how do you feel on payday?).

Widowed Persons brunch to be held today
The Widowed Persons Monthly Brunch will be held today at noon at the Baranof Hotel. All widows and widowers are invited to attend. For further information please contact Sue at 586-6424 (suen@gci.net) or Sandy at 789-0355.

American Cancer Society to deliver daffodils
The American Cancer Society, with the assistance of volunteers, will deliver daffodils starting at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday. To assist the deliverers, it would be greatly appreciated if payment is prepared for pickup when the daffodils are delivered.

Musical fundraiser will help injured Fairbanks man
Fairbanksan longtime musician Carl Hoffman was badly injured in a fall on ice in late November. The fall fractured his skull and he is currently in a rehab center in the Midwest. Hoffman has helped countless youngsters get started in the music field and has been described as perhaps the most generous mentor one could be lucky enough to have. He has lent instruments from his own collection, even for a year at a time, met with individuals and with groups for hour upon hour and helped them get gigs. Joe Page, an Anchorage mandolinist who is well-known in Juneau, said that Hoffman is the kindest man he has ever known.

Memorial wall to be dedicated to those lost to tobacco use
In recognition of national Kick Butts Day on March 23, the Juneau chapter of Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU Juneau) is sponsoring its fourth annual Memorial Wall dedicated to the memories of those who have died due to tobacco use.

Forget Me Not Foundation publishes teen book
Forget Me Not Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Alaska corporation, announces an all new publication, “Soul Shaking Grief For Teens,” patterned after their 2010 publication, “Soul Shaking Grief.”

Shepherd of the Valley presents Fat Tuesday Follies
All are invited to a feast for both the stomach and eyes during Fat Tuesday Follies from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 4212 Mendenhall Loop Rd. The event will feature a pancake dinner and variety show, with an array of songs and skits performed by members of the community. Pancakes will be served until everyone is full; the variety show begins right around 6 p.m., and there will be door prizes. The event is free — however, free will donations will help the church with our ongoing ministries.

Neighbors Mailbox: March 6, 2011
Giving the gift of sight

Juneau libraries hosting March events
March events at Juneau’s public libraries include presentations, instructional events and workshops.

FYI
• On Feb. 19, 2011, a daughter, Siri Adi Khalsa, weighing 7 lbs. 3 oz., to Shabadrang and Amar Das Khalsa.

Falcon of the Month Award

Horsemanship classes offered
Beginning horsemanship classes will be offered for horse enthusiasts between ages 6 and 10. Lessens will be taught by Thunder Mountain Riders 4-H club members and supervised by adult horsemen at the Swampy Acres indoor riding arena.

New March classes offered at The Canvas
A costumed figure drawing class will be held from 6-8 p.m. tomorrow at The Canvas Community Art Studio and Gallery in conjunction with Perseverance Theatre. Designer Meg Zeder will open the class with a 15-minute talk about the joy of designing costumes for “The Importance of Being Ernest,” opening at Perseverance this week. Actors will model costumes from the production and artist Averyl Veliz will offer drawing suggestions after the talk to anyone who wishes to sketch costumed models. Participants should bring a drawing pad. Admission is pay-as-you-can.

Wellness for Caregivers training workshop offered
“Long Term Care Issues” is the theme of the Wellness for Caregivers workshop to take place on March 17 at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall in Juneau. The target audience is unpaid tribal caregivers providing care of elders. A caregiver is the spouse, daughter, son, grandchild, friend or neighbor who is there to assist an elder with their needs. Participants will be provided information of where and how to access caregiver support services, self care from local and state agencies.

Businesses participate in MDA campaign
Several local businesses are participating in the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Shamrocks Against Dystrophy campaign by selling green and gold shamrocks. Customers may purchase and sign the shamrocks for display in the store with proceeds going toward the Alaska Chapter of MDA, which provides services to more than 150 Alaskan families who live with one of the diseases covered by the MDA umbrella.

Senior menu
Glazed ham

Geneva Ann Harris
Geneva Ann Harris passed away peacefully in the arms of her loving parents on Jan. 13, 2011 at the Providence Medical Center NICU in Anchorage, a victim of Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy.

Donald Rae Hanon
Former Juneau resident Donald Rae Hanon passed away at his home in Federal Way, Wash. on March 2, 2011. He was 80.

TOE cartoon

Alaskans deserve better than the not-so golden Goose Creek prison
There was alarming news this week in the Capitol related to a long-awaited capital project that was, at its inception, meant to be an integrally important improvement to Alaska’s correctional system.

My Turn: UA Regents take a stand against bigotry
On Feb. 18 the University of Alaska Board of Regents voted to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. The 8-2 decision by the University’s governing board has been a long time coming. It happened because times are changing and because the University’s new president is capable of courage and wise common sense.

Outside editorial: Reforming health care reform
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Representative open to privatizing prison
JUNEAU — An Alaska state lawmaker says he would support privatizing a soon-to-be-completed prison.

Arizona governor says she's vacationing in Alaska
PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she’s taking her first vacation in more than two years.

US rig count up by 8 this week
HOUSTON, Texas — The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by eight this week to 1,707.

JDHS wins the war against Ketchikan
Once again, the Crimson Bears are Anchorage bound.

Another Crimson coronation
On to the next one.

Braves best archrival Wolves for 3A title
Mt. Edgecumbe rallied from an early deficit and cruised to a 72-57 win over archrival Sitka on Friday in the 3A boys’ bracket championship game of the Region V 3A/4A Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Sitka girls bounce back, earn state bid
The Sitka girls’ basketball team had a disappointing Friday afternoon, losing to the newest Region V 3A champion Petersburg Vikings in their first chance to make it to the state tournament.

Craig wins 3A girls' bracket
One by one, members of the Craig girls’ basketball team took turns cutting down the net in celebration after winning the 3A girls’ bracket of the Region V 3A/4A Basketball Tournament.

Throw it to the Wolves: Sitka boys earn state berth
The Sitka boys’ basketball team had already seen its female counterpart earn a trip to state on the 3A girls’ side of the Region V 3A/4A Basketball Tournament, but it was the boys’ turn this time.

3A Roundup: Wolves stave off elimination, Haines tops Petersburg
Saturday’s 3A roundup

Tourist industry balks at bigger marketing contribution
The state’s tourist-dependent businesses are up in arms over legislative plans for the industry to pay for more of its own marketing.

Legislators report from D.C.
Alaska legislators in Washington, D.C. to attend Energy Council meetings say they’re finding both good and bad news for the future of energy development in Alaska.

Federal judge reinstates roadless rule in Tongass
ANCHORAGE — A federal judge in Anchorage has sided with the village of Kake and reinstated the roadless rule in the Tongass National Forest.

Analysis: Is Parnell's oil tax plan right way to go?
JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell wants Alaskans to take a leap of faith.

Coast Guard commander urges treaty ratification
JUNEAU — The departing commander of the Coast Guard’s 17th District, which includes Alaska, said the U.S. must ratify the Law of the Sea treaty to ensure access to and control over a rich oil and mineral bed that is getting attention from China.

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