Saturday, March 29, 2008

Real predator control would shoot hunters
What is this mysterious group calling itself Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, Alaska chapter?

Iraq: an abuse of power
A friend recently chided me, and many others like me, who refer to the war in Iraq as a mistake, and he's right.

Historical re-enactment to celebrate state's purchase
Haines resident John Venables re-enacts historical Alaska figures as a way to help future generations learn from the past.

Drug smuggling suspect arraigned
Vonnie Williams, 44, who police say has been a major drug smuggler for years, was arraigned Thursday in Juneau Superior Court.

Juneau delegation works to stave off veto of projects
Members of Juneau's legislative delegation met with Gov. Sarah Palin this week, hoping to win approval of several projects important to Juneau.

Photo: Eagles at Lemon Creek
A Bald Eagle streches its wing out as four others sit nearby in a tree Thursday on the bank of Lemon Creek. A couple dozen eagles in nearby trees basked in the sun, calling out and whisling to one another.

Around Town
Today

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

Irrationals make robotics look easy as pi
The Irrationals, a FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League team from Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, are making their mark in the middle school math and science world.

Host families needed for exchange students
JUNEAU - Volunteers with the American Field Service in Juneau are looking for host families for three students who have applied for exchange in the United States during the 2008-2009 school year. Students currently available for next year's exchange come from a variety of countries, including Norway, Finland, Belgium, Japan, Brazil, Italy, Germany and Thailand.

Archaeology Fair to be held Saturday
JUNEAU - Youth will have an opportunity to travel through time at the Archaeology Fair being held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center, downtown at Egan Drive and Whittier Street.

Soccer club to hold garage sale Saturday
JUNEAU - The Juneau Soccer Club's girls team, Gale Force, will have a garage sale from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church on Mendenhall Loop Road.

Thanks for helping me stop smoking
Thank you Dr. Hedges for giving me the power to stop smoking 20 years ago today. All you said was "John, why don't you just quit smoking?" Thank you, that's all it took. After smoking since 1956, and usually 3-4 packs of unfiltered Camels a day, in 1988 it took just those great words to completely lose my craving for cigarettes. Took two days of mild discomfort, and that was it. Thank you again, Dr. Hedges.

Thanks from the friends, family of Sherrie Raber
The friends and family of Sherrie (Anderson) Raber would like to thank the wonderful businesses and individuals of Juneau and Southeast for making the spaghetti dinner and silent auction held on March 17 a success: ANB Grand Camp, Papa Murphy's Take and Bake Pizza, Rufus K. Page, Sealaska Corporation, Tlingit and Haida Central Council, Alaska Marine Line, Arrow Refuse, Hoonah Trading, Olivia's De Mexico, El Sombrero's, Donna's Restaurant, Alaska Nugget Outfitters, Martha's Flowers, Alaska Outdoor Warehouse, Miss Scarlett's Flowers, Wings of Alaska, LAB, Valley Lumber, Alaska Soap and Candle Company, Juneau Lions Club, Hoonah Camp 12, Little Mermaid, Icy Strait Lodge, Icy Strait Point, Alaska Dames, Foodland AandP, Super Bear Supermarket, Safeway Foods, K&L Distributors, AAA Moving and Storage, Ria Swanson of Ria Designs, Andy Ebona and our wonderful cooks and kitchen staff, Donald Gregory, Duff Mitchell and Lee Miller, plus all the caring individuals who donated items, money and their time to help Sherrie and her family. Thank you.

Thanks for supporting our annual auction
The Juneau Adventist Christian School would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their support in our recent annual auction fundraiser: Miss Scarlett's Flowers, Hanger on the Wharf, Prospector Hotel, Ruby's Hair Design, Tokyo Steak and Seafood House, Grandma's Featherbed, Mendenhall Auto Center, Papa Murphy's, Henry's Restaurant, Juneau Bowling Center, Bullwinkle's Pizza, SuperBear Grocery, Rodfather's Broiler, Alaska Soap and Candle Factory, Nugget Alaskan Outfitters, El Sombrero, Northern Hot Spots, Sandpiper Café, Orca Whale Tours and Sightseeing, Chilly Willie's Car Wash, Nail Jazz, The Alaska Club, Westmark Baranof Hotel, Temsco Helicopters, Fisherman's Bend, Glacier Gardens, Four Seasons Travel, Rainbow Foods, Valley Restaurant, Radio Shack, Linda Romine, Southeast Alaska Artworks, NorthStar Trekking, Susie's Hair Salon, Eaglecrest Ski School, Fortuna Odell, Tal-Air, Alaska Gourmet, Canton House, Southeast Alaska Animal Medical Clinic, Chan's Thai Restaurant, Alaskan and Proud Market, Wings of Alaska, Homesteader's Cache, Tlingit and Haida Central Council, Marcy File, Paradise Café, Alaska Laundry and Dry Cleaners, Goldbelt Inc., Stylez Unlimited Salon and Spa, Lynne Aldrighetti, Jovanny's Restaurant, Sharon Zuboff, David Mott, Jean Riederer, Jolene Wheeland and Evangeline Laboca.

Thanks for contributing to the food bank
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum and Community Schools would like to recognize the following individuals and organizations for their generous support of the Southeast Alaska Food Bank. These donations were collected in honor of China Joe and were presented to the Southeast Alaska Food Bank at the February Coffee and Collections Series presentation by Mark Whitman at the City Museum.

Thanks to the 'Tides and the Tempest'
My sincere congratulations to the students of Glacier Valley Elementary School for their amazing performance of "Tides and the Tempest" at the high school on March 10. The community of Juneau is privileged to have such talented youth. You guys were great.

Thanks for supporting the Women of Distinction
AWARE's 12th annual Women of Distinction dinner and silent auction was a magnificent success! It was a privilege to recognize this year's honorees Alberta Aspen, Sue Baxter, Helen Abbott-Watkins and Betsy Brenneman. Their unique contributions to our community and their words of wisdom and inspiration made this event an exceptional celebration.

FYI
Births

Nome team gets $700 stolen while visiting for Hooptime
Nome's junior basketball team, visiting last week for the Hooptime junior basketball tournament, left with more then it came with.

Firecracker boys: Making a harbor with nukes
Boys will be boys and must always play with new toys - even when those new toys are nuclear bombs.

A perfect wedding in paradise
On our fourth day in Kauai, Hawaii, my sister-in-law, Patty, and her fiancé, Mike, had their wedding meeting with Aunty Ipo. My husband, Don, and I drove the short distance to Lihue and spent three hours in the Kauai Museum.

More precious than football
It's Sunday evening. Darkness has fallen and a boisterous crowd has assembled around the neighbor's generator to watch the final match of the 2008 Cup of Africa Nations (hosted by Ghana) on television. Excited teens lead impromptu marching lines (of toddlers) through the village, beating soup cans and screaming victory songs. Fervor surrounding the cup has been, to grossly understate, crazed.

Photo: Alaska History Week
Gov. Sarah Palin signs House Bill 259 into law during a ceremony on Wednesday at the Alaska State Museum.

What, I don't get paid?
Working in Alaska is the dream of many college students. This is their chance to explore the Last Frontier and make few dollars along the way.

SEARHC announces mobile mammograms
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's Breast and Cervical Health Program has announced the spring 2008 schedule for the mobile mammogram program.

Town hall meeting on underage drinking
JUNEAU - Forty-nine percent of Juneau middle school students have tried alcohol, and 81 percent of Juneau high school seniors drink alcohol more than experimentally, according to the 2005 Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

Violet 'Connie' Conard
Skagway resident Violet "Connie" Conard died March 25, 2008, at the Brandon Woods Retirement Community in Lawrence, Kan. She was 83.

Amy Jean Martin (Albright)
Juneau resident Amy Jean Martin (Albright) died March 12, 2008, in Juneau, after a three-year struggle with breast cancer. She was 44.

My turn: Moving the Legislature will decimate the economy of the entire SE region
J uneau officially declared a ghost town - that will be the headline in papers across the state if our legis- lators and governor have their way.

My turn: Mines will not destroy Southeast Alaska
A lfredo Velasquez in his letter to the editor on March 26 said we should "stop all the mines."

Outside editorial: Mortgage lending needs new standards
The following editorial first appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Steamship Wharf parking to be closed beginning April 11
JUNEAU - Public parking at the Steamship Wharf, at the Marine Park plaza, will no longer be available beginning April 11. The entrance and exit areas will be blocked off. Vehicles remaining will be impounded, according to the city.

Gatewood named to state's suicide advisory council
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin has named Bernard Gatewood of Fairbanks to the state's Suicide Prevention Council.

Time running out to buy Ice Classic tickets
FAIRBANKS - Time is running out for anyone wishing to take a chance at winning this year's Nenana Ice Classic jackpot.

Linehan to be sentenced today
ANCHORAGE - Mechele Linehan, the former exotic dancer convicted of murdering a former boyfriend, is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday.

Alaska Ranger called 'Ranger Danger'
ANCHORAGE - The crew of the Alaska Ranger that sank off the Aleutian Islands believed the vessel was unsafe, and that their employer delayed making needed repairs, a survivor told ABC News.

Synch duo to give swan song
It's been a long road for Juneau's decorated synchronized swimmers.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Town in shock grieves for family
In a town still in shock over allegations that an 18-year-old man stabbed four people to death and tried to kill another earlier this week, friends and relatives contrasted the gruesome deaths with descriptions of the victims' kind and generous spirits.

New education funding scheme signed into law
Gov. Sarah Palin has quietly signed into law the biggest rewrite of the state's education funding system in a decade, despite hints that she might veto the package.

Fairbanks company to test wind energy in Delta Junction
A Fairbanks-based company is working to prove that a location in Delta Junction is ideal for a wind farm to add electricity into the Alaska Railbelt grid.

Orthodox Church reinstates bishop
KODIAK - The Orthodox Church in America's Holy Synod of Bishops has withdrawn the mandatory leave of absence for Alaska diocese leader Bishop Nikolai Soraich.

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