Monday, March 8, 2010

Pepper spray poses threat to humans
To the person who felt he was in mortal danger of attack from a 5-month-old puppy, I just wanted to say that my friends' puppy is OK after a trip to the vet. And so are the two people that were walking the puppy, who were also effected by the spray.

Sport fishing should not be regulated
Sport and subsistence fishing for Alaska residents should not be restricted, since its consumption supports individuals and families.

Tax breaks aren't enough for Big Oil
Rep. Craig Johnson's proposed roll back on taxes for Big Oil is ridiculous! This resolves absolutely nothing, and will do little to promote further development in our oil and gas.

AMHS ferry crew shows compassion
My wife and I would like to take a moment to thank the captain and crew of the LeConte who sailed Feb. 26 from Juneau to Haines.

Expert: Juneau tsunami unlikely
Since Southeast Alaska sits on a major fault, most residents know it's not "if" a big shaker will happen here but a matter of when. Many of the city's buildings are made to withstand the kind of violent shaking that caused so many deaths in Haiti, but then there's also a tsunami to worry about.

Residents fight University Lands Bill
The setting for a Wrangell wilderness therapeutic camp for troubled teenagers would be ruined by logging operations likely to take place nearby if lawmakers approve a land transfer, Alaska Island Community Services Board Member Sylvia Geraghty said.

Photos: Harmonious trio
The Ahn trio - violinist Angella,pianist Lucia, and cellist Maria -performSaturday night in the Juneau-Douglas High Schoolauditorium. Born in Seoul, South Korea, and educated at Juilliard in New York City, the sisters have been touring for more than 10 years.

Photo: Sign of the times
A bus patron walks Saturday morning across the intersection of Main Street and Egan Drive, a few yards away from the posted crosswalk. Officials urge pedestrians to observe the posted signs for their own safety.

Photo: Tugging in the wind
Two tug boats power a fuel barge Saturday morning as the wind whips up waves in Gastineau Channel.

Photos: Whole lotta homeshow

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: High and dry
The vessel Sand Island rests on the grid at Harris Harbor as it awaits the incoming tide Saturday morning.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Correction
A story that appeared in Friday's Outdoors section on Merrill Jensen's lecture Thursday, March 11, inaccurately reported there will be beer and pizza at the event. A joke made during the interview was misinterpreted as fact.

Six reasons why Dubai is not like your home
Everyplace in the world has its claim to fame. Paris has its crepes. Thailand has its Pad Thai. And Alaska has its Xtra Tufs.

Prebula to lead United Way of Southeast Alaska
JUNEAU - Michelle Prebula was elected chair of the United Way of Southeast Alaska. Prebula, cash manager for the Alaska Department of Revenue, has served on the board since 2007. She volunteered each year to serve on the Financial Accountability Review Team and lead the Technology Committee that brought in a $18,500 grant from the Rasmuson Foundation for equipment upgrades for the regional nonprofit.

Thanks for helping Rotary's food drives
On behalf of Juneau-Gastineau, Glacier Valley and Juneau Rotary Clubs and Capital City Rotaract, please accept our heartfelt thanks for your generous contributions during our food drive for the Southeast Alaska Food Bank on Feb. 27. You all are so awesome!

Student Mathletes compete in regional contest
A team of middle school Mathletes from Dzantik'I Heeni Middle School competed among a total of 30 students from three middle schools on Feb. 13 to win the Southeast Regional Mathcounts Competition. The team will now advance to the state competition to be held March 20 in Anchorage.

Recognitions
Army Pfc. Benjamin R. Botts, a 2002 Hoonah High School graduate, graduated from the Special Forces Candidate One-Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

Thanks for supporting our locker project
Thanks, once again, to Charlie and all the guys at Valley Paint Center for their expertise and community focus in supporting our project to resurface/repurpose the lockers at the Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School.

Widowed Persons Program to hold monthly brunch
JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons Program will hold its monthly brunch at noon today, Feb. 7, at the Baranof Hotel.

Thanks for contributing to the Pipeline Skate Park open house
On Feb. 27, I had the opportunity to witness the true meaning of the word "community." As a member of the Friends of the Pipeline Skate Park, I was fortunate enough to be a part of organizing the open house that was held to celebrate the reopening of the Pipeline Skate Park.

Primer for a painting
More than 25 high school students and community volunteers gathered last Sunday to scrub, wipe, tape and paper several hundred abandoned lockers in preparation for primer.

Potters needed for Empty Bowls fundraiser
JUNEAU - The Glory Hole, Juneau's homeless shelter and soup kitchen, is looking for donations of handmade soup bowls from area-wide potters for its 2010 Empty Bowls fundraiser. Many local potters, both professional and amateur, have already agreed to make and donate bowls, but more are still needed.

Thanks for supporting us during our sorrow
Thanks to the following people from Anchorage, Juneau, Kake and Sitka. We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the people who called us during our time of sorrow. We also want to thank the Valley Church of God and the ladies who put on a luncheon after the memorial service. Thank you to the people who gave us heartfelt hugs. We also would like to give a very big thank you to those who helped us financially. Thanks to everyone in Kake for taking care of Mom. Thank you to those whose presence we felt and needed.

Thanks for sponsoring Hot Salsa Cool Ballroom
One more successful celebration was possible thanks to the support and generosity of many Juneau businesses and individuals who sponsored or helped organized this event or contributed to our silent auction. With the wonderful music of Salsa Borealis and The Thunder Mountain Big Band, the Juneau Montessori School has been able to promote social dance across generations as another way to bring families and community together, but most importantly, has continued serving Juneau's young children and families for twenty five years.

Thanks for attending Juneau's Business Resource Expo
The Juneau Economic Development Council thanks the approximately 200 business owners, entrepreneurs and community members who attended JEDC's first Juneau Business Resource Expo, held Feb. 3 at Centennial Hall.

American Cancer Society to deliver daffodils Wednesday
JUNEAU - The American Cancer Society, with the assistance of volunteers, will deliver daffodils starting at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday. To assist the deliverers, for those who have pre-ordered, it would be greatly appreciated if you had your money ready to be picked up when the daffodils are delivered.

Thanks for helping Robbie Burns Night
Stroller White Pipes and Drums and Highland Dancers thank all the individuals and businesses who generously contributed to our Robbie Burns Night celebration, which was held Jan. 23 at Centennial Hall.

Cancer Cure garage sale seeks donations
JUNEAU - A Cancer Cure fundraising sale, to be held March 20 at Auke Bay Bible Church, is seeking donations of household goods and pre-sorted clothes.

Quarterly journal seeks prose, poetry from Alaska women
JUNEAU - Alaska Women Speak is a quarterly journal currently soliciting prose and poetry from Alaskan women. The editorial staff is currently reviewing submissions of previously unpublished poetry, fiction, book reviews and essays to include in the summer 2010 issue. Preference for submissions is 1,200 words or less.

KRNN highlights last year's Folk Festival
JUNEAU - As the community gets ready for the Alaska Folk Festival, April 5 to 11, KRNN (102.7 FM) is making its plans as well. As usual, KRNN will broadcast the music from the festival's main stage in Centennial Hall. Another way of getting ready is to hear highlights from last year's festival. Tune in to KRNN the first four Wednesdays in March at 8 p.m. during "Friends & Neighbors" for a series of programs produced by volunteer Shelley Owens:

Thanks for donating to Patrick Johnson's medical expenses
From the family of Patrick Johnson, we want to express our gratitude and appreciation to all who have contributed funds towards Patrick's medical needs and toward his upcoming appointment on March 3 at the Virginia Mason Hospital.

Local Sons of Norway celebrates 75 years
Combine Norwegian food, skiing, folk dancing, music, wood carving and folk art, and you've got a grand party to mark the 75th anniversary of the local Sons of Norway Svalbard Lodge.

Wellness for Caregivers training workshop to be held March 19
"Legal Rights and Traditional Native Healing Methods" is the theme of the Wellness for Caregivers workshop to take place Friday, March 19, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall in Juneau.

Gearing up for another summer at Echo Ranch
As I sat in a hot crowded back room of the Udder Culture for Echo Ranch Night I was reminded of how much Echo Ranch is about people. Tie that in with the last article about Echo Ranch alumni reconnecting via the Internet, and my thoughts are reaffirmed.

AWARE to honor four Juneau women at distinction dinner
Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies will hold its 14th annual Women of Distinction Gala and Silent Auction at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at Centennial Hall. The event will honor four distinguished women who have made significant contributions to improving the lives of Juneau's women and children.

FYI
Births

Senior menu for the week of March 8-12
Monday, March 8

Capital City Fire Rescue Volunteer Firefighter of the Month: Tricia Myers
Credentials: Firefighter I, EMT I.

Frank Palmer
Juneau resident Frank Edward Palmer died Feb. 28, 2010, when he drowned while swimming in the ocean during a family vacation in Kauai, Hawaii. His beloved wife, Patti, adored son Billie, cherished grandson Bill, and dear friends, Bud and Joy Hansen, were with him. He was 69.

Olympic heroes you may have missed
I can tell from the talk inside the pool sauna that I have a slightly different take on the Winter Olympics. For me, the Olympics are all about refueling my global 'hope tank' for humanity. Whether it be the sluggish global economy, gridlock in Washington, the Christmas bomber, rise of the Taliban or the failed climate talks at Copenhagen, the world can be downright depressing at times.

Subsistence a state priority
According to Alaska law, subsistence is the priority use of fish and game throughout most of the state.

Becoming a surveillance state
Last month, the Sitka Assembly voted to install two new security cameras as part of a grant from the Department of Homeland Security. The Alaska Marine Highway System requested permission from the state Legislature to accept similar funds from Homeland Security for a closed circuit monitoring system aboard the ferry Aurora. Like the rest of the country, Alaska continues to be seduced into becoming a surveillance state.

A law officer for every community
For law enforcement in rural Alaska to be truly effective, we need to recognize the need to have some type of law enforcement presence in the community.

Outside editorial: Iraqi voters go to the polls as US crosses its fingers
Early voting began in Iraq on Thursday ahead of Sunday's parliamentary elections. As Dr. Johnson said of the talking dog, the surprise about democracy in Iraq is not that it's done well, but that it is done at all.

Toe toon

Rash of riflings hits Mendenhall Valley
JUNEAU - At 6 a.m. Saturday, the Juneau Police Department received a report of a vehicle that had been rifled through on Granite Drive. Officers searched the area and located eight other vehicles that had been rifled through.

Body of missing Juneau woman found
JUNEAU - At about 8:34 a.m. Sunday, Alaska State Troopers recovered a body under the water near a boat at Auke Bay Harbor.

Motor vehicle division offers Iditarod plate
ANCHORAGE - The Department of Administration, Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), is pleased to offer a new license plate to those who have shown the dedication, spirit, and exemplary athletic ability to complete the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Parnell concerned about spending draft
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sean Parnell says he's "deeply concerned" by a lack of funds in a draft spending plan for some of his priority projects.

Three in helicopter crash return to base
SALT LAKE CITY - Three crew members aboard a Coast Guard helicopter that crashed in Utah earlier in the week have returned to their home base in Elizabeth City, N.C.

Man convicted in cold case murder
KENAI - A Kenai jury has convicted a Fairbanks man for a murder committed in 1982.

AMHS, partners sign five-year education program agreement
JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Highway System, University of Alaska Southeast and the Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific signed a five-year education program memorandum of agreement Feb. 25 in Ketchikan.

Bison hunters can use radios, cell phones
FAIRBANKS - Bison hunters in Alaska will be allowed to use cell phones, two-way radios and satellite phones to improve their success rate and help reduce damage to crops in the Delta Junction area.

Alaska exports worth $3.3 billion in 2009
JUNEAU - Alaska exports totaled $3.3 billion in 2009, the fifth- best year for trade in the state's history, Gov. Sean Parnell announced Thursday.

One person hurt in helicopter crash near Delta Junction
DELTA JUNCTION - One person was hurt when a helicopter crashed near Delta Junction.

Former refinery owner asks judge for lawsuit dismissal
FAIRBANKS - The former owner of the North Pole refinery has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit blaming the company for tainted groundwater.

Feds will eradicate invasive mammals
KODIAK - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will eradicate invasive mammal species on uninhabited islands near Kodiak and Akutan.

Board eliminates wolf buffer zones
ANCHORAGE - State game officials have removed buffer zones for wolf trapping near Denali National Park.

Workers' comp bills moving in House
JUNEAU - A bill establishing a new procedure for setting rates for medical reimbursements on workers' compensation claims, House Bill 314, was reported out of the House Judiciary Committee Feb. 25 and is now in the House Finance Committee.

Fortymile hunt limited to bulls this season
FAIRBANKS - The Fortymile caribou hunt will open almost three weeks later this season and will be limited only to bull caribou.

Diocese auctions Pilgrim Hot Springs
FAIRBANKS - A consortium of Alaska Native and nonprofit groups from the Bering Strait region is the successful bidder for Pilgrim Hot Springs.

Returning soldiers greeted at Fort Rich
ANCHORAGE - More than 200 Fort Richardson soldiers returned from Afghanistan to Anchorage and were greeted by family members Saturday packing a post gymnasium.

Pararescuers come to aid of stricken man
FAIRBANKS - Alaska Air National Guard emergency responders parachuted in to a remote interior Alaska location to help a man stricken with chest pains.

Anchorage away! JDHS girls win SE
SITKA - For the eighth time in nine years, the Juneau-Douglas girls' basketball team is the 4A Southeast Conference tournament champion.

Two Fantastic finishes in SE
A little more than two months ago, Juneau-Douglas boys' basketball coach Steve Potter had more questions than answers.

Skagway girls, Klawock boys win Region V
Emotions ran high Friday evening after the Skagway Panthers defeated the Yakutat Eagles 46-37 in a physical slugfest to win the Region V 2A girls' basketball tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Crimson Bears win!
The girls aren't going alone.

Tompkins heads for Paralympic Games
Juneau monoskier Joe Tompkins finished up Friday at the IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colo., and is en route to Vancouver to compete in the downhill event at the Paralympic Games for Team USA.

Funding plan for scholarship program falters
Legislators are proving skeptical of Gov. Sean Parnell's plan to finance his Governor's Performance Scholarships through a new endowment.

Session reaches halfway point
The 2010 state legislative session is at the halfway mark of its 90-day session. It's unclear just what bills will pass the Legislature before adjournment April 19 besides the budget, which is required.

Climber battles blizzard for chance to be first
ANCHORAGE - Challenged by scarce daylight, blowing snow and zero visibility, the first woman attempting to scale Mount McKinley in winter is hunkered down at 10,000 feet, where she and her partner have been living in a snow cave since last Sunday.

Heavy oil may rival gas
Alaskans have spent decades looking forward to the prospect of a natural gas pipeline to support the economy as Prudhoe Bay, North America's largest oil field, continues its decline.

Snakes on a plane: For inspectors, this is normal
ANCHORAGE - The legends grow over time: There's the case of the women who tried to hide a bear gall in her bra cup; the sad tale of the live monkey shipped with snakes, and the chronic sea horse importer.

Mushers take off for race to Nome
WILLOW - The festivities are over, and the serious competition began Sunday in the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Iditarod festivities begin
ANCHORAGE - Hundreds of sled dogs and thousands of fans lined up along Anchorage's Fourth Avenue on Saturday for the ceremonial start of the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Alaska musher Jonrowe's mom faces cancer surgery
ANCHORAGE - Iditarod musher and breast cancer survivor DeeDee Jonrowe says her mother is facing her own battle against the disease.

Helicopter to be used in wolf hunts
FAIRBANKS - A helicopter will be used to hunt wolves for the second year in a row in the Fortymile region near Tok as part of a state predator control program.

Helicopter to be used in wolf hunts
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Board of Game on Friday approved opening the northeast periphery of the Denali National Park and Preserve for wolf trapping.

Advocates of rural community defend 'airport to nowhere'
Alaska's small communities cannot escape the "nowhere" moniker.

Commission calls for better research on oil spills in Arctic
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Arctic Research Commission says the federal government is not meeting its obligation to pay for enough oil spill research in the Arctic.

Congressmen say nation's top NOAA cop should go
BOSTON - Four Massachusetts congressmen have called for the nation's top fisheries cop to resign after he ordered files destroyed while his agency was being investigated.

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