Monday, March 7, 2011

Auke Bay master plan
The Juneau Docks and Harbors Board is currently involved in moving forward with the Auke Bay Master Plan, which was initiated in 2005, and partially funded by Juneau voters in 2005 and 2007. The completion and approval of this plan is timely, as demands on the harbor have evolved significantly over the past decade.

Speak more broadly, Sealaska
I am an original Sealaska shareholder. I just received a letter from Sealaska Corporation seeking my support as a southeast business owner for their revamped lands legislation, soon to be introduced in the US Congress by Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

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.

Inmates hope for success outside after time inside
Tom Booth hears the basketball bounce — like heartbeat or an ancestral drum. He tugs at his uniform while sitting court side Saturday under a chipped white backboard with a broken rim attached.

Police & Fire
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Games celebrate 25 years of Alaskan Brewing
Juneau’s first-ever High Gravity Games competition was held on Sunday at Eaglecrest Ski Area in celebration of Alaskan Brewing Co.’s 25th anniversary. Brewery founders Marcy and Geoff Larson were in attendance along with hundreds of spectators, competitors and event staff members.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo: Winning routine
The Juneau Douglas High School dance team performs its Region V tournament-winning routine during Saturday night’s final basketball games.

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.

Senior menu
Glazed ham

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.

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.

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.

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

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.”

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.

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.

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

Falcon of the Month Award

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.

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

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.

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.

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?).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Joan Marie Gorman Sutherland
Joan Marie Gorman Sutherland, a resident of Boise, Idaho for 31 years, died on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at home with her husband and daughters. She was born Sept. 27, 1933, in Sioux City, Iowa, the daughter of Edward N. Gorman and Esther Beaulieu Gorman.

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:

Spat over man accused of killing 2 men reveals the arcane world of diplomatic immunity
Surely a screenplay is already in the works. An American diplomat guns down two men in broad daylight in Lahore, Pakistan. The diplomat, who secretly works for the CIA, is apprehended and turned over to the local police. In his car, according to news reports, is a Glock 9-millimeter handgun, 75 rounds of ammunition, a global positioning system device, a survival kit and a satellite phone. As U.S. officials from the president on down press for his release, he is held in a Pakistani jail, his food sniffed by dogs for fear he will be poisoned.

Outside editorial: For-profit college rules must be implemented
The following editorial first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News:

Governors regaining clout because of their deficit challenges
From the election of Jimmy Carter to the start of George W. Bush’s presidency, innovative governors largely drove the nation’s domestic discussion. Welfare reform. School accountability. Reinventing government. Those and other issues that drove the headlines flowed out of capitals like Little Rock, Austin, Sacramento and Atlanta.

LAMP open forum workshop to be held
The public is welcome to join the Library Archives Museum Project design team and the State of Alaska for an open forum workshop at 6:30 p.m. on March 15. Hosts will facilitate a discussion of project-specific innovations in energy efficiency and sustainable design. Schematic drawings and narratives will be available for review and discussion. The workshop will be held upstairs at the Alaska State Museum, located at 395 Whittier St.

JDHS cuts down on 'idlers'
Drivers dropping off students at Juneau-Douglas High School will have to shut their engines off whenever possible starting this week instead of letting vehicles idle for long periods of time. The Juneau chapter of Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (JAYEA) has established the Juneau-Douglas High School parking lots and surrounding areas as “Idle-Free Zones” and signs are being posted by the city, said chapter member Laurel Stark.

Earthquake shakes in Anchorage area
ANCHORAGE — Officials say a minor earthquake has rumbled in the Anchorage area but there were no reports of any damage.

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

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.

Fishing crew rescues crew of grounded vessel
ANCHORAGE — The Coast Guard says a fishing crew has rescued five fishermen whose boat ran aground near Alaska’s King Cove.

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.

State says hard-drive with student data stolen
ANCHORAGE — Alaska state officials say a hard-drive with student data has been stolen from the Juneau headquarters of the state Department of Education.

Former pizza chain CEO mulling presidential run
DES MOINES, Iowa — Herman Cain has never held public office, but Iowa Republicans are expressing strong interest in the Georgia businessman who is edging toward a run for the White House.

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

Photo: Big win up north
The GSC took 39 swimmers — the largest group of swimmers club has ever traveled to the meet — and defeated the Aurora Swim Team by 35 points to win the meet for the first time ever with a combined team score of 582. GSC has been part of Southeast Alaska Swim Team, which has won the meet the last four years. SEAK was a combination of the swim teams from Craig, Ketchikan, Sitka and Juneau, but GSC chose to break off from SEAK this year for various reasons. There were two team records broken over the weekend. Kelly broke Jesie Lewis’ 1995 team record in the 13-14 girls’ 50 freestyle, and Mia Ruffin broke her own team record in the 11-12 girls’ 200 breastroke. GSC is two for two in state championship meets so far this season.

Another Crimson coronation
On to the next one.

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.

Southeast Hoops Awards
2011 Region V 3A/4A

Braves edge Bears as last-second tip misses
Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in Sunday’s Empire sports section.

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.

Crimson Bears' Paul in the center of it all
With the soccer season right around the corner, the JDHS defending state champion boys’ team is set to travel to Spokane, Wash., to take on some of the best competition the state of Washington has to offer. Senior center midfielder Riley Paul realizes it’s time to get down to business. Paul, who was named to the All-State Tournament Team last season as a junior, said he likes to spend most of his free time outdoors, has an interest in both anatomy and law and is an avid Arsenal fan. He said after his prep career is over he intends to take his game to the next level and play soccer at a Division III college.

JDHS blasts 3A champion Craig
Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in Sunday’s Empire sports section

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

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.

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.

Board keeps status quo in sport fisheries
KENAI — As hundreds of people were watching the start of the Iditarod in downtown Anchorage, a few blocks away the Alaska Board of Fisheries finished up its decision-making on fish policy that affects thousands.

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.

Domestic violence grants expands rural services
JUNEAU — After 20 years of directing a domestic violence shelter in the Bristol Bay town of Dillingham, Ginger Baim has started seeing women she knew as children come into her shelter as battered adults, a sign of the cyclic nature of abuse in rural Alaska that Baim said she has not had the time or money to address.

Iditarod mushers start for Nome
Veteran musher DeeDee Jonrowe was dressed in her signature hot pink parka trimmed with wolverine and wolf fur on Sunday as she crossed the start line in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and pointed her dog team toward Nome.

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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