Saturday, March 8, 2008

Welcome to Gold Medal 2.0
It didn't take long for the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament to become an institution. In 1947, the old Juneau High School gym featured giant crowds, as fishermen, students, public officials and people from all walks of life in Southeast Alaska indulged in the region's obsession - basketball.

Two brackets are eliminated as Master's expands
The 62nd Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament will feature revamped brackets reminiscent of the event's early days.

Gold Medal legends
A ssisting teammates on the court is common practice in basketball, but some people associated with the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament continue helping even after their basketball careers are long over.

Martin part of Gold Medal legacy
On a Sunday afternoon at Mount Jumbo gym, John Martin gets a pass from his teammate during a pickup basketball game. He shoots the ball and drains a 3-pointer.

Gold Medal game for the ages
There have been many great games I have photographed while covering the Lions Club Gold Medal Basketball Tournament during my 25 years working for the Juneau Empire. There are so many buzzer-beaters, overtime thrillers and heroic efforts to recall.

Juneau Lions Club is all about being of service
Before there was Gold Medal basketball in Juneau, there were Lions. For nearly 64 years, Juneau Lions Club members served communities throughout Southeast Alaska. The club currently has 23 members, who passionately uphold the Lions Club International motto, "We serve."

Beware pipeline's right-of-way
Well, folks, here we are in 2008. A new year with new hopes and a pipe dream of a natural gas line from Alaska to the Lower 48. As oil prices continue to rise, the price of gas for consumers in Alaska is, at the least, a dollar higher in our state.

Future murky for Douglas Harbor
The city has run into a problem with its plans to keep the harbor open through dredging: It can't dump mercury-contaminated sediment from the harbor into deeper water as it did in 2002.

Science must start early, teacher says
The students in Jennifer Thompson's kindergarten and first-grade class at Gastineau Elementary School must feel overburdened by household chores.

Images from another time The St. Paul Singers
The St. Paul Singers pose for a photo at the old St. Paul's Catholic Church in the late 1960s. The group was popular locally and was started in the mid-1960s to bring folk music to the church. "We started out with four or five singers and we grew to almost 50," said Beth Bishop, a former member of the now disbanded group.

Around Town
Today, March 7

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Correction
A photo caption in Thursday's Juneau Empire incorrectly stated that Gov. Sarah Palin announced her pregnancy at a news conference. She made the announcement later in the day.

Annual Quilt Show this weekend
Quilters and nonquilters alike can stop in at the Capital City Quilters' annual Quilt Show this weekend, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Centennial Hall.

SEARHC announces new medical director in Klawock
KLAWOCK - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is pleased to announce that Myron "Ron" Fribush has started work as the medical director for the Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock.

Photo: Nix gives to Troop Six
Sue Nix, third from right, president of Southeast Alaska Board of Realtors, presents local Boy Scouts with a $500 donation on Feb. 29 at the Mendenhall Mall. The donation will go to the Maritime District, Great Alaska Council for naming rights to a cabin at Eaglecrest Summer Camp. From left are Morgan McCutcheon, of Troop Six, Warren Russell, Maritime District commissioner; Cal Hiebsch, Maritime District executive; Nix; Braden File, of Troop Six; and Devin Gross, of Troop Six.

Photo: American Bandstand dance workshop
Richard Powers and assistant, Angela Amarillas, center, lead a class at the "American Bandstand Era and Beyond Dance Workshop," sponsored by the Juneau International Folkdancers, on the last day of the workshop, March 2, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. The workshop included 1950s teen rock 'n' roll; party dances of the 1950s and early '60s; "American Bandstand"-style triple-bop; Latin hustle; 1950s, '60s and '70s line dancing; disco hustle figures, dips and West Coast swing; and a dance party.

American Cancer Society to deliver daffodils March 12
JUNEAU - The daffodils for the American Cancer Society will be delivered by Juneau Cancer Society volunteers starting at 8 a.m. on March 12. Those who have pre-ordered must have their money ready for deliverers to pick up when they deliver the daffodils.

Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition to meet Tuesday
SITKA - The Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition will meet from 6:45 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday in the Exhibition Room of Harrigan Centennial Hall.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets every fourth Saturday
JUNEAU - The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is planning a wide-range of activities to celebrate Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week, March 10 to 15.

Thanks for supporting our 'High Tea for Hospice'
Thank you to all the individuals who helped make the Epsilon Sigma Alpha "High Tea for Hospice" such a success.

Thanks for contributing to the Rotary food drive
The three Rotary clubs of Juneau would like to thank the people of Juneau for their support of the Southeast Food Bank Food Drive, held on Feb. 23. The Pre-Spring Food Drive brought in over 9,200 pounds of food for the Food Bank, surpassing last year's drive by over a ton. More than 75 Rotarians solicited donations from shoppers at three grocery stores and also solicited donations from friends, neighbors, and co-workers. We especially thank Carrs/Safeway, Super Bear Super Market and Alaskan & Proud market for hosting the food collection sites.

FYI
Marriage licenses

Thinking outside the box
When your well-behaved cat starts thinking outside the box - the litter box, that is - he wants your attention. He gets it. But most people shoot the messenger, punishing the cat for having misbehaved.

Repetitive curriculum debate has two sides
We, as students, understand that repetition is an important tool in the learning process; however, when we don't feel like we are progressing or getting any farther into the subject, we quickly lose interest.

Student artist in the spotlight: Amber Rounds-McPherson
Age: 6.

Photo: Iditarod well wishes
Auke Bay musher, Deborah Bicknell, left, receives well wishes from Sen. Lisa Murkowski at the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race on March 1 in Anchorage.

American Cancer Society announces Relay for Life
JUNEAU - Walkers go around the clock in the battle against cancer during the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life. This celebration of life, which will take place July 19 through 20 at Riverbend Elementary School and Dimond Park, brings numerous groups and individuals concerned about cancer together for a unified effort to fight back.

Photo: Hogue wins Star Search
Elizabeth Hogue, 8, was the winner of the Black Awareness Association's Juneau Star Search, held Feb. 29 at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. Hogue sang an a ccapella rendition of Stevie Wonder's "A Place in the Sun," for which she received a standing ovation from the crowd. Hogue is a third-grader at Gastineau Elementary School who enjoys singing, dancing and working on the computer. Her favorite subject is math. Approximately 225 people attended the first ever Juneau Star Search, for an evening of entertainment and a soul food dinner. The Black Awareness Association appreciates those who attended along with the local businesses that made donations: Costco, Fred Meyer, Wal-Mart, Safeway, Pepsi, Coca Cola and Capital Copy. Those interested in learning more about the Black Awareness Association can call 790-9371 or 957-2424.

Pets of the week
Patient chihuahua, puppies, Persianseek companions

Coconut oil: The 'queen' of saturated fats
When it comes to diet and health, sometimes it is hard to separate fact from fiction. Beliefs about what foods are "good" and what ones are "bad" are deeply ingrained.

Empire editorial: Thumbs down to Clark, up to high school hoops
Thumbs down to Jim Clark, a former top aide to former Gov. Frank Murkowski.

My Turn: Earmarks a response to change in Congress
I feel compelled to respond to the gross mischaracterization of my position on congressional earmarks published recently in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Outside column: Adding up the cost of war
As the war in Iraq slides into its sixth year a few days from now, a cottage industry has grown up to determine how much the conflict has actually cost.

Stevens honors youth for 911 call
FAIRBANKS - A 4-year-old Eielson Air Force Base boy was cited in a Senate floor speech about how proper education about 911 can help save lives.

Cable to improve communications between cities
FAIRBANKS - A new fiberoptic cable will soon be installed to improve communications between the state's two largest cities.

Police looking for man who robbed Anchorage bank
ANCHORAGE - Police are looking for a man they say robbed a strip mall bank branch.

Willow man charged in trooper assault
WASILLA - A Willow man faces multiple charges in the alleged assault of an Alaska State Trooper.

State dairy likely to end in the black
WASILLA - A boost from a state grant should enable Matanuska Maid Dairy to wind up in the black.

College to make severance payments
SITKA - An agreement will allow Sheldon Jackson College to pay severance to its employees.

Hoonah couple sentenced for firearms violations
ANCHORAGE - A Hoonah couple received federal prison terms for firearms convictions.

JDHS girls advance to title game
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team showed what its entire roster could do against Sitka on Thursday.

Haines boys advance to title game
The Haines High School boys basketball team advanced to the Class 3A Southeast Conference Tournament title game Thursday after downing Wrangell 79-67 at Juneau-Douglas High School gym.

DeeDee Jonrowe reaches Cripple before Paul Gebhardt
DeeDee Jonrowe was flabbergasted to learn she had beaten front-runner Paul Gebhardt to Cripple in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Stevens to FAA: Fix child flight loophole or I will
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens said Thursday he will introduce legislation if another solution isn't found to prevent unaccompanied kids from boarding planes without their parents' consent.

Rare white whale spotted in the Aleutian Islands
The white killer whale spotted in Alaska's Aleutian Islands sent researchers and the ship's crew scrambling for their cameras.

Senate takes on Palin over budget vetoes
Senate leaders are challenging Gov. Sarah Palin's vetoes of $100 million in capital projects in last year's budget, but they're not using the usual - and difficult - process of overriding the vetoes.

Lawmakers await Palin's next move on gas line
The public had its chance to weigh in on Gov. Sarah Palin's gas line plan; now the waiting game begins.

Prominent Democrat says violations were due to concentration of power
Former state Rep. Ethan Berkowitz, D-Anchorage, said the guilty plea by the top aide to former Gov. Frank Murkowski shows what's gone wrong with Alaska politics in recent years.

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