The Juneau Lions Club welcomes you to the 63rd Gold Medal Basketball Tournament
We Serve." That is our mission as Lions. One purpose as a Lion is to take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community. Sixty-three years ago, Del Hanks came to members of the Juneau Lions Club and requested that they consider sponsoring a basketball tournament involving many of the community basketball teams from Southeast Alaska. After hearing Mr. Hanks speak about the fantastic teams he encountered during his local travels, the Lions decided to move forward on his request. After all, the Lions community is not just centered in Juneau; it is a regional, statewide and international organization.

1961 - Herb Didrickson, Duane Vincent, Gilbert Booth, Herman Ludwigson, John Mills, Moses Johnson, Robert "Jeff" David

The original whistle-blowers
Imagine 700 rowdy fishermen, fresh off the boat from a bristling two-day sea voyage, elbowing out a seat in a gym that was built to hold hundreds less. Fueling their actions is a bitter regional rivalry that extends past basketball and into each of their wallets. Now blow a little whistle and tell the biggest guy in the gym he just fouled out of a close game.

Gold Medal winners by town
ANGOON (9 titles)

By boat or by plane: Early Gold Medal players made the trip any way they could
The frozen hold of a commercial fishing ship might not sound like the best place to lay your head on a wet, wind-whipped Juneau night - much less six nights in a row. But for Herbie Didrickson and the early Gold Medal teams from Sitka, those make-shift rooms were all part of the fun.

Hoops tournament brings Golden economic impact
Every spring Gold Medal brings a boost to a Juneau economy that would otherwise by hibernating through a customary slow stretch for local businesses. Hotels, restaurants, transportation companies and other retail businesses enjoy the sudden arrival of hundreds of players, coaches, friends and family members who come to town especially for the tournament. As the masses arrive, so do their pocketbooks.

Even a new guy can feel Gold Medal coming
Thank you Gold Medal. I know my first experience of the most historically-significant, widest-drawing and biggest-hearted basketball tournament on the planet (according to my usual haircut lady) has yet to start. Still, there have been plenty of firsts already.

Earliest Lions Club scholarships still paying off
The Gold Medal experience ends for most players and fans with each year's final tip of the hat or slap on the back. At least, that is what they think.

This Mighty B Bracket stands for Hoonah
The first and last games of the 2009 Gold Medal tournament will pour sweat and tears across a balmy Juneau gym floor this week.

A mish-mash of basketball heroes
Each year the Gold Medal tournament delivers electric performances from athletes who display a rare combination of skill and sportsmanship. Special players rise to special occasions, sparking their hometown brothers to championships the entire community can be proud of.

Photos: Still dunkin'
Kake's Kip Howard dunks the ball during a C bracket game against Angoon during the 2008 Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Photos: Pick pocket
Kake's Rudy Bean tries a steal against Filipino Community's Doug Drezkowski during the 2008 Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Photo: Laying it in
Metlakatla's Bryan Hayward goes for a layup past Sitka's Steve Walker and Matt Burrows (blocked from view) during a B bracket game during the 2008 Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Debate should begin on bullet gas line bill
The bill proposing a bullet gas line to Anchorage is a time-critical piece of legislation that will not be thoroughly vetted in the time remaining in this legislative session.

Weighing the ethics of the death penalty
Consider a few points concerning putting the death penalty in place in Alaska. Some arguments in favor of the death penalty:

Secondhand Surge: as wallets lighten, thrift shops thrive
As hard times hit some Juneau residents, retailers that specialize in secondhand, new-to-you and not-so-pricey items are coming into their own.

Democrats look past seat appointment
Juneau Democrats are preparing to seek a replacement representative for the downtown Juneau House seat, acting as if it is likely that Gov. Sarah Palin will appoint Rep. Beth Kerttula to a vacant Juneau Senate seat.

Natural gas pipeline battles may resume
Legislative opponents of Gov. Sarah Palin's natural gas pipeline plan are asking the Legislature to reconsider the endorsement it gave Trans-Canada Corp.'s plan just months ago.

Photo: Cookie seller
Gov. Sarah Palin meets with Juneau Girl Scouts to help sell cookies at Fred Meyer on Saturday. Last Sunday, two Girl Scouts were robbed by a masked assailant as they were leaving Fred Meyer with proceeds from their cookie sales. A 17-year-old suspect has been arrested for the crime. Juneau Fred Meyer Store Director Jaime San Miguel, on behalf of Fred Meyer, presented Girl Scout Troop 32 with a check for $800 to replace the money that was robbed. Fred Meyer also matched dollar for dollar all of the cookie sales for the time Gov. Palin helped the Girl Scouts at the store. The Girl Scouts sold 943 boxes of cookies for a grand total of $3772.

Photos: Adventures in science
Juneau-Douglas High School Freshman Maya Rieselbach, a participant in the 2009 Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair, demonstrates her science project, "Perceived and Measured Stress Levels in University Students During and After Exam Week." The Science Fair was held at Marie Drake gym Friday and Saturday.

Around Town

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

Clarification: Kensington uncertain
Coeur Alaska Inc. may not develop the Kensington mine if it loses its court case.

The headline of Friday's Arts & Culture story on tonight's Soul Beat performance incorrectly identified the venue. The concert will take place at 7 p.m. at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium.

Where civics meets conservation
Twenty-two teens from various Alaska communities will converge in Juneau this week to learn about state government, key conservation issues and how to use their voices to make a difference.


Photo: SCRAP Attack!
Children in Portland, Ore., work with a School and Community Reuse Action Project (SCRAP) activity. SCRAP, a nonprofit based out of Portland, will be present at the Association for the Education of Young Children's 2009 Early Childhood Conference. The nonprofit's mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community. While in Juneau, SCRAP will educate on their organization, instruct on how to start your own reuse center and hope to inspire creativity. There will be a SCRAP Attack Family night and free potluck from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Chapel by the Lake. To register to attend the conference on Saturday morning, call AEYC at 789-1235.

Erin Thompson, 2006 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, was recently nominated by the Department of Sociology/Anthropology at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., for membership in Alpha Kappa Delta and Lambda Alpha. Both societies are by invitation to students who are officially declared sociology or anthropology majors and have grade-point average of 3.0 in sociology or anthropology courses.

Giving to Salvation Army
Win Gruening, far right, Alaska Airlines Southeast AlaskaAdvisory Board member, presents a donation to the Salvation Army on Feb. 28 during the grand opening of their new thrift store downtown. Salvation Army representatives accepting the donation are, from left, Major Douglas Tollerud, Alaskadivisional commander; Commissioner Philip Swyers, territorial commander; and Capt. Jack Smith, corps officer, Juneau. Alaska Airlines contributed $2,500 to various Salvation Army offices throughout Southeast Alaska in 2009.

Senior menu for the week of March 16-20
Monday, March 16

Photo: Helping Hands recognizes business
Cliff Doherty, left, treasurer of Helping Hands,presents a plaque to Jamie San Miguel, Fred Meyer storemanager, on March 2 at Fred Meyer. The plaque was given to the Fred Meyer Fund for its recent donation to Helping Hands.

Pets of the week
Paisley, above, is a 5½-year-old calico who needs a masseuse. This girl can't wait for her next toe massage and will actually start to drool when the right spot is hit. She would love to stay at home and be cuddled, but she would do anything for a full day at the spa.

World affairs council hosts Lobsang Nyandak to speak on Tibet
JUNEAU - The Juneau World Affairs Council will host Lobsang Nyandak to present "Future prospect for Tibet" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at KTOO.

Gillnetters association to host preseason informational meeting
JUNEAU - Southeast Alaska's Regional Seafood Development Association and United Southeast Alaska Gillnetters Association will co-host an preseason informational meeting for all Juneau gillnetters who want to learn more about current opportunities and issues related to Southeast Alaska's gillnet fishery, including the upcoming self-assessment vote in June. The meeting will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 25 at DIPAC, 2697 Channel Drive.

Best in the West
Petty Officer 1st Class Jomar Dunham was recently selected for one of the highest honors in the Coast Guard.

Juneau Health Summit award nominations due
JUNEAU - The awards committee of the first annual Juneau Health Summit requests nominations for awards to be given at the Juneau Health Summit community dinner on April 23. Nominations are due by Tuesday.

Widowed Persons Program to hold potluck dinner
JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons Program will hold a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the dining room at Fireweed Place.

Thanks for supporting dance and drum group
On behalf of North Tide Dance and Drum Group, I want to say gunalcheesh to Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska President Bill Martin, to Chilkoot Indian Association and to Silver Cloud Native Art Center for financial support that helped my group to perform at the Thunder Mountain High School totem pole dedication ceremony.

Fishermen's Memorial takes name applications
JUNEAU - The Alaska Commercial Fishermen's Memorial in Juneau announces that applications for engraving names of commercial fishermen and women on the Fishermen's Memorial are now available. The memorial must receive applications and full payment by April 15.

Prescription Drug Forum to be held Monday
JUNEAU - There will be a Prescription Drug Forum at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Sitka Health Summit award nominations due
SITKA - The steering committee for the third annual Sitka Health Summit, "Working Together for a Healthier Sitka," is accepting nominations for awards that will be presented during this year's summit, from April 29 to May 1 at Harrigan Centennial Hall.

Thanks for supporting the Juneau Ski Club
The Juneau Ski Club would like to thank the following supporters for their generous contributions. These individuals and businesses helped to make the JSC annual Cash Bash fundraiser a great success. The Juneau Ski Club is a volunteer, non-profit group providing youth ski racing and promoting skiing in Juneau. Thanks for your support!

Consortium to host pediatric dental clinic
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Dental Clinic in Sitka will host a special pediatric dental clinic Monday through Friday this week.

Youth to compete during Russian Olympiad Thursday
For the first time ever, the American Council of Teachers of Russian, with help from the University of Alaska Southeast, will host its annual statewide Olympiad of Spoken Russian competition in Juneau.

KTOO seeks content for next short forum
JUNEAU - KTOO's 360 North is seeking content for its next Short Forum Special on Earth Day, which will focus on Alaska environmental issues. Videos can be funny, serious or personal with a focus on recycling, clean energy, off shore drilling, etc.

Aldersgate to host adult book study
JUNEAU - Aldersgate United Methodist Church will host an eight-week adult book study on "What Does a Progressive Christian Believe?: A Guide for the Searching, the Open and the Curious" by Delwin Brown starting Thursday. The book study is open to the community and will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at 9161 Cinema Drive, next to Glacier Cinema.

Thanks for helping with the Community Arts Celebration
Arts for Kids would like to extend a warm and heartfelt thank you to everyone in the community who took part in the fifth annual Community Arts Celebration held on Feb. 7 at Thunder Mountain High School.

Thanks to Christina Miller for mentoring our daughter
With drugs and alcohol out of control with our teens here in Juneau, I have much admiration and appreciation of the folks that are willing to put their own needs aside in volunteering their time to mentor and sponsor our teenagers.

Thanks for contributing to Kid Safe Saturday
On Feb. 7, Bartlett Regional Hospital had the privilege to sponsor the 16th Kid Safe event at Centennial Hall. The primary emphasis of this effort is to provide the children of Juneau with the knowledge and skills in hope of reducing the chance of a preventable accident. More than 30 local agencies and organizations came together to provide this information to children and their parents. Bartlett Regional Hospital would like to thank the following individuals and agencies for all the hard work and time. Derron Peterson and the Centennial Hall crew, Blaine Hatch and all the JPD officers, Rebecca Tully and the crew of Airlift Northwest, Dave Sherman - Discovery Southeast, Renee Holmes - Juneau Crime Line, Alice Walters - Northstar Behavioral Health, Bob Swanson and the counselors of NCADD, Cliff Stone and Mindy Kissner and the volunteers from the Juneau Rotary Club - Downtown, Daniel Fernandez and the volunteers from the Alaska Department of Transportation Safe Route to Schools program, Maria Bailey - Alaska State Injury Prevention Unit, Marlene Love - Capital Transit & Janice Botz - First Student, Bruce Bowler and Brad Flynn - 4H, Scott Novak - AEL&P, Kristen Romanoff, Karen Maher and Elaine Boyce with the AK Dept of Fish and Game and the US Forest Service, Matthew Dobson - Alaska State Troopers, Kevin Conrad and his furry friends - Gastineau Humane Society, Sonja Koukel - Juneau District Cooperative Extension Service/UAF, Robert Plumb - Dept. of Public Safety, Dan Jager - Capital City Fire and Rescue and Volunteer Fire Fighters, Tara Jeans - Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club, Mike Folkerts and volunteers - US Coast Guard and Auxiliary, Brian Davies - Eagle Crest Ski Area, Rae Dodd - Tongass Regional Eye Center and Debb Derr - Bartlett KidSafe Volunteer Coordinator and the other Bartlett Regional Hospital staff presenters - Cynthia Nickerson, Toni Petrie, Rose Lawhorne, Laura Stats, and all of the Bartlett Regional Hospital Employees who gave their time.

Photo: February Students of the Month
Glaciery Valley Rotary President Craig Dahl, left, recognizes the Rotary Students of the Month for February: Teco Rubio, Yaakoosge DaakahidiAlternative High School; Sheryce Marshall, Thunder Mountain High School; and Nicole "Nikki" George, Juneau-Douglas High School. Each student waspresented witha U.S. Savings Bond courtesyof AlaskaPacific Bank.

Bell, Lowenstein to wed
Kayla Bell and Conrad Lowenstein, both of Juneau, will be married on Oct. 18, 2009, at Centennial Hall, where a reception will follow.

How will the cookies crumble?
The cookies made me wince. There were mountains of them, and when the cookie mom said, "Nope, they're all yours. You want help bringing them to your car?" I wondered if there was room to wedge them in alongside the ski gear living in the back until the snow melts.

Rotary celebrates Alaska's 50th with roses
To mark Alaska's 50th anniversary of statehood, the Rotary Club of Juneau is selling at least 1,959 roses to commemorate 1959, the year Alaska was welcomed as the 49th state.

Are you tired of the cold?
Tired of the cold yet? Allow me to transport you from the biting chill of a Southeast Alaska winter to the balmy climes of the Middle East. Northern Israel, Galilee to be precise. A little more than two thousand years ago.

Photo: Reading across America
Juneau Education Association President Ben Kriegmont, left, celebrates Dr. Seuss' Birthday with Gov. Sarah Palin and her son, Trig, at the "Read Across America" event on March 2. The event was sponsored by JEA and was attended by 200 people including Mayor Bruce Botelho and Larry LeDoux, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Education and EarlyDevelopment, among many others.

Local writes about Spaulding Meadows recreation area
Spaulding Meadows is a shared use, world-class resource managed by the U.S. Forest Service, Juneau Ranger District. Both leg-powered and motor-powered users share enjoyment in the rolling hills, mountain views, plentiful snow and easy access.

Naked Man Lake offers scenic views
February's wonderful winter weather carried over into early March, with the added blessing of fresh powder snow every few days.

Wellness for Caregivers Conference
Since caring for an older person can be emotionally or physically demanding, family caregivers need support and information to stay healthy themselves and survive what could be a "long haul."

Emo seeks favorite breakfast recipes
Join the fun Ask Auntie Emo is where we swap family favorite recipes, share stories and help find that lost or forgotten recipe.

Clara Reynoldson
Longtime Juneau resident Clara "Tiny" Reynoldson died March 5, 2009, in Spokane, Wash. She was 84.

George Lee Benesch
Former Juneau resident and longtime Alaskan George Lee Benesch died March 6, 2009, at home in Anchorage. He was 84.

Shelley Ann Theno
Former Juneau resident Dr. Shelley Ann Theno died March 5, 2009, in Anchorage from colon cancer. She was 51.

Alaska editorial: Legislature can raise Alaska's stake in search for doctors
Alaska's shortage of primary care doctors has been described as grim. A study two years ago found we needed 400 more doctors to provide the same level of care as is available elsewhere in the country.

Outside editorial: One Wall Street swindler down
Taking down the biggest crook was easy. He confessed. On Thursday, Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty to a $65 billion pyramid scam. It may be cold comfort to those who lost life savings, but Madoff, 70, will spend the rest of his life in a small cell without a view.

Column: Looting the Permanent Fund
When Alaskans went to the polls in 1976 they were in an optimistic mood. The state had blown through $900 million in oil bonuses received seven years earlier, and no oil had yet been produced from the North Slope's fabulous oil fields, but the pipeline to Valdez was under construction and jobs were plentiful. Turnout at the election was 128,000, up an astounding 30 percent from two years earlier. One reason was excitement about the proposal on the ballot to create a permanent fund.

Outside column: It's possible that religion is driving people away from God
We are losing our religion. That, with apologies to R.E.M., is the startling conclusion of a new study, the American Religious Identification Survey, conducted by researchers at Trinity College of Hartford, Conn. The poll of more than 54,000 American adults found a sharp erosion in the number of people claiming religious affiliation.

Toe toon
This week's toe toon.

AMHS proposes S.E. schedule revision
The revised schedule consists of four proposed changes that include a Tuesday northbound sailing from Sitka to Juneau aboard the Taku; a southbound transit to Sitka on the Columbia; a Wednesday turnaround journey aboard Leconte that includes a nine-hour stopover in Sitka; and a Saturday round-trip sailing aboard Leconte, also with a nine-hour layover there.

Police seek suspect who robbed teen
The boy's mother told police that a man grabbed her son by the neck and forced him to empty his pockets while the boy was walking from the Nugget Mall toward the Kootznoowoo building. The suspect took the boy's money and fled in a silver mini van, police said.

Assembly calls for 'Capital City Forum'
JUNEAU - Elected officials will hold a citywide town hall meeting next month to gather ideas to improve Juneau's service to the state and complement ongoing work on the Alaska Committee.

Resource committee seeks members
JUNEAU - The Forest Service seeks members for the Icy Straits-Lynn Canal Resource Advisory Committee.

Health summit to take place in April
JUNEAU - An established Sitka event on community health and wellness is being replicated in Juneau on April 23-24 under the name, "Pulling Together for Health."

Freaky Friday fights
It was another freaky Friday the 13th at the monthly Roughhouse fights in Marlintini's Lounge, and the knockouts and knockdowns were abundant.

Juneau's Bursell completes New Zealand Ironman
Juneau's own John Bursell completed his fourth Ironman competition and picked up a personal goal along the way on March 7 at the Bonita Ironman New Zealand.

Mackey maintains Iditarod lead
EAGLE ISLAND - Lance Mackey, the defending champion of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, arrived at the Eagle Island checkpoint on the frozen Yukon River hours ahead of the competition.

Sports Briefs
JDHS grad to swim at NCAA finals

Sports in Juneau

Sen. Begich meets with Obama at White House
Begich, an Alaska Democrat, was one of four Democratic senators invited by the White House to meet with Obama to discuss the federal budget and other issues.

Permanent fund dividends expected to shrink
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Permanent Fund dividends could dwindle over the next four years to as little as $68 in 2013, according to projections by fund managers.

Operating budget passes Alaska House
JUNEAU - The Alaska House looked on track to quickly pass a $9.7 billion operating budget Friday until legislators butted heads over whether to tap a state savings account to balance the budget.

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