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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Campbell served in more ways than one
I was so excited when I read about Juneau's own Ellen Campbell being awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. As a matter of fact, when I saw the picture taken of Ellen back in the day, I recognized her smile immediately. She is still as beautiful as ever and truly one of the most kind and loving women I have had the pleasure to meet.

Idling in a vehicle gets you nowhere
Take it from the Union of Concerned Scientists: Idling wastes money and fuel, contributes to air pollution, and generates carbon dioxide emissions that cause global warming.

Predator control is sanctioned abuse
Predator control is just animal abuse given an official title and proclaimed to be necessary. Why is the stewardship of our wild animals in the hands of politicians instead of biologists?

On the Bench
During the past three full school semesters, 16.1 percent of Juneau School District Students failed a physical education class.

A snow-side chat with skier Hilary Lindh
She felt like a little girl again, racing down the Eaglecrest Ski Area slopes. She still remembered oversized snow pants, tiny hands gripped tightly on ski poles, ski goggles as large as her helmet, and a smile as wide and white as the powdery runs she embraced.

Photo: Just right to deice
An Alaska Airlines passenger jet gets deiced during Friday's snow storm. Most flights were cancelled for the day.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Fostering ocean literacy: the Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute
Perched atop a rocky outcrop at the tip of Pt. Lena, framed by Favorite Channel on one side and snow-encrusted mountains on the other, the ultra-modern Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute seems as out of place as it does foreboding. Its concrete and steel gated entrance, replete with surveillance cameras and strongly worded warnings, does little to soften the austerity.

In Gaza, but thinking of Juneau
We drove down a rutted path north of Gaza City to a make-shift camp, a shanty town really, occupied by 40 victims of the 2009 war. I was nervous. We had just left a Hamas checkpoint. I knew we were now near the Israel/Gaza border and getting close to the 500-meter free-fire zone set up by the Israelis to protect against militant rocket fire. I could see an Israeli drone overhead, no doubt tracking our vehicle. My wife, Dona, was, characteristically, focused on the people we were to visit, and was oblivious of my nervousness.

Cortes-Garcia and Knudson wed
Ana Milena Cortes-Garcia, of Medellin, Colombia, and Ralph Knudson III, of Hoonah, were married at the Downtown Denver Aquarium in Denver, Colo., at 5:30 p.m., Dec. 27, 2009. A reception was held in the Aquarium Ballroom.

Travis, Hardin wed
Lacey Travis and Dave Hardin, formerly of Juneau, were married on March 25, 2010, in Las Vegas, Nev. The bride is the daughter of Shelley and Dan Travis. The groom is the son of Paul Hardin (and his wife Beth) and Bunny Wolverton (and her husband JIm Thorton).

Cooks celebrate 40 years
Juneau residents Richard and Ellen Cook will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on March 21, 2010. They were married on March 21, 1970, in Altadena, Calif., after meeting in an elevator at Weyburn Hall at UCLA. Ellen, describing the story to her children over the years, said, "He was like the Cheshire Cat, backed into the corner of the elevator with the biggest sheepish grin I ever saw."

Matheson and Oliphant to wed
Jamie Leigh Matheson and Brant Altman Oliphant and their families happily announce the couple's plan to be married in Juneau in late April.

Harvey and Hall to wed
Jordan R. Harvey and Andrew A. Hall are engaged to be married May 29, 2010, in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

Pets of the week
TomSFM seeking LHC

Thanks for help with FASD conference
The 2010 Southeast Alaska Regional Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Conference Coalition wishes to thank the many individuals, organizations, and presenters that helped to make the FASD Conference such a success. A conference this large can only be organized and offered by many and we apologize in advance if your name was overlooked.

Thanks to Play it Again for supporting flag football
The 2010 flag football season is off and running. The entire flag football community would like to say thank you to Play it Again Sports for the support of our league.

Thank you, food bank supporters
The November Sharing is Caring food drive for the Southeast Food Bank was a great success, thanks to so many. The goal for the day was to collect 6,000 pounds of food. When all was said and done, 17,704 pounds of food was collected.

Thanks for the support of Northern Lights Theatre
Northern Lights Junior Theatre performed "Number the Stars" last weekend at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. We want to thank all who attended our performance and contributed to our theater. Our volunteers, students and families worked very hard for eight weeks, resulting in a top-notch performance. We are grateful for all the support we receive from the community.

Foster care advocates speak out about transition program
Foster care alumni and advocates made their voices heard last week during a state budget meeting in support of a foster care transition program to provide ongoing services to kids graduating out of foster care.

Thank you Poetry Out Loud volunteers
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, Alaska State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation would like to thank the many volunteers who contributed to the 2010 Poetry Out Loud Alaska State Championships held Feb. 23 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.

Thanks for passing of HB274
I want to thank Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom and the other cosponsors of House Bill 274 for their efforts in championing legislation establishing Purple Heart Day. As a former member of the military, recognition of those who have been wounded in a war zone or have given their lives in the service of their country is extremely important, not only to them, but to the loved ones. Purple Heart Day will be a reminder to us to be thankful and appreciative of those who put their lives in danger every day for our freedom.

Thanks from Southeast Conference for warm welcome
Southeast Conference held our Mid-Session Summit last week and we would like to send a special thank you to Juneau for the warm welcome our members received while visiting the Capital City. Economic success in our region depends on all of us. Thanks for the hospitality and the support.

Thank you for your prayers since husband's passing
This letter is in humble appreciation from the Perkins and Chappell family of Gary Allen Perkins. To our family and friends, we thank you for your prayers and presence throughout this difficult time since the passing of my husband, a father, a grandfather, a brother, an uncle and nephew. Your love and kindness shall remain in our hearts and prayers forever.

Snap out of it
Whether you live in a big city or small town, assault crimes happen. But Alaska has the distinction of being 2.6 times the national average.

Macaron cookies: Worth the effort
There's only four ingredients in a basic recipe for macaron cookies. But those four pack a fantastic punch.

FYI
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Be aware of the risks of diabetes
D iabetes has become the greatest public health crisis of the next quarter century. To address the burden of this disease, the American Diabetes Association is asking the American public, "What will you do to stop diabetes? Know your risk."

Photo: Community partners
Karen West, business banking manager for Wells Fargo, presents Brenda Hewitt, president of United Way of Southeast Alaska a check for $7,177. The money represents Wells Fargo's corporate match for the 2009 campaign. Employees of Wells Fargo also donated $7,177 to 39 partner agencies under the United Way umbrella throughout Southeast Alaska.

Wellness for Caregivers training workshop this week
"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. The target audience is unpaid tribal caregivers providing care of elders.

The winter that never was
T his winter, Washington, D.C. has gotten clobbered with over three feet of snow, while Juneau languishes under rain and bare yards. Maybe there's only so much snow to go around for the whole planet, and this year is not our turn. Forget global warming - we'll just call this the winter that never was.

Robert L. Garrison
Robert L Garrison, 89, passed away on March 8, 2010, surrounded by his family.

Fred S. Honsinger
Longtime Juneau veterinarian Fred S. Honsinger died March 5, 2010, at his home. He was 89.

Alaska editorial: Savings on fuel tax suspension add up to common sense
On average, Alaskans pay a lot more for the same goods and services others get. According to a 2008 study, a family of four in Alaska would need at least 9.7 percent more income to keep the same standard of living as the average U.S. community, says workforce support company Runzheimer International. 2008, coincidentally, was the last year Alaska's motor fuel tax was suspended.

'Pick-Click-Give' a great way to spur philanthropy
I have always found Alaskans to be generous, good at supporting worthy causes and taking care of each other. I know many instances where someone without health insurance needed help, and the floodgates of support opened wide.

My turn: Health care hindered by red tape
First off, I wanted to thank Sen. Lisa Murkowski for standing firm in her choice to not vote for this health reform. She was right in stating that the bill goes against the will of the people.

Toe Toon
This week's toe toon.

House committee OKs Parnell scholarship measure
JUNEAU - The House Education Committee has passed a bill to create a merit-based scholarship program.

Anchorage seeks to be Googified
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage has joined the list of cities seeking to become a test site for Google's ultra-fast broadband network.

State checks signatures for abortion initiative
JUNEAU - Enough signatures have been gathered to put to voters an initiative that would require parental notice or consent before a minor can have an abortion.

Super sophs
Oftentimes, regardless of sport, a team's season can be defined a few special moments.

Photo: Last lessons
Juneau-Douglas girls' basketball coach Lesslie Knight instructs the Crimson Bears in the JDHS gym Saturday during their last practice before flying to the state basketball championships in Anchorage. Check back throughout the week for more on the JDHS girls' and boys' quest for a state championship. Empire sports editor Shaun T. Cox will be updating our Web site at www.juneauempire.com frequently from Anchorage, and there are more feature stories coming on the kids over the next few days tournament.

Team Alaska dominates medal count at Arctic Winter Games
For the first time in history, Team Alaska has won back-to-back midget hockey gold medals in the Arctic Winter Games after a 16-year drought.

Tompkins talk
Juneau monoskier Joe Tompkins' thoughts from the Vancouver Paralypmic Games, sent Saturday evening. Check back for periodic updates from Joe during his quest for Paralympic gold.

Hunters prowl for wolves that killed teacher
SEATTLE - Hunters were combing the snowy brush around Chignik Lake this weekend in an attempt to hunt down up to four wolves that killed a 32-year-old special education teacher in the first known fatal wolf attack in the United States in modern times.

Rossi to head wildlife division
ANCHORAGE - A relative newcomer to a state agency who several wildlife advocates said is overly sympathetic to hunters at the expense of other groups has been selected to head the state Division of Wildlife Conservation at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Lance Mackey snatches Iditarod lead
ANCHORAGE - The race is on between Lance Mackey and Jeff King.

McKinley climbers return after 12 days in snow cave
ANCHORAGE - A pair of climbers trying to put the first woman at the summit of the tallest peak in North America in winter have abandoned their ascent after spending 12 days in a snow cave.

Operator reports shortage in spill response boats
ANCHORAGE - The operator of the trans-Alaska pipeline and Valdez tanker port says there is a shortage of fishing boats ready to assist if there is an oil spill in Prince William Sound.

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