Monday, March 30, 2009

Road supporters should do the math
A simple question: Why is a Juneau-to-Katzehin road still on the table?

Bad behavior forced comment shutdown
I find it disturbing that the Juneau Empire had to stop the comment section on the Web site. The newspaper instituted this section last year, and for a while it proved to be a good source of commenting and a way for the people of Juneau to voice their opinions.

Bill will restore parents' rights
Gov. Sarah Palin has 100 percent of my support on House Bill 35.

Commenters should identify themselves
I agree with the decision to remove the blog "commentary" that tailed each article. Most of it was disrespectful and unsupported with fact. I believe strongly in free speech, but the speakers should identify themselves and use valid information to support their opinions. Hiding behind a pseudonym and hurling caustic insults is cowardly.

Parents have a right to help their children
Requiring parental permission to dispense Tylenol in our schools clearly substantiates a parent's right and is accepted as good policy to ensure our children's safety and best interest. Yet there seems to be a question about a parental rights bill when it applies to the important medical decision of abortion.

Meat eaters should be aware of risks
A massive National Cancer Institute study in a recent Archives of Internal Medicine corroborated dozens of earlier findings linking meat consumption with premature death. The findings reaffirm the role of lifestyle in determining our life expectancy.

Getting the signal
Adam Zimmerman, 11, followed the cues from the chirping avalanche beacon in his hands to within a few feet of a buried victim. After several minutes of probing the patch of snow, he made an announcement.

Palin picks Grussendorf for Senate seat
Gov. Sarah Palin on Sunday named Tim Grussendorf as her designee to replace former Sen. Kim Elton in the Alaska Senate. The appointment of Grussendorf enables Palin to appoint someone more closely alighted with her conservative politics and still meet the statutory requirement of appointing a registered Democrat to the seat.

Correction
An article that appeared in Friday's Arts and Culture section of the Juneau Empire stated that an "artmobile" was obtained by Patricia Hull through a raffle. It was, in fact, obtained through a silent bid auction. Also, Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. makes aging vehicles available once they are eight years old, not every eight years, as referenced in the article.

Brewer leads way in 'greening' of beer
Green beer usually conjures images of St. Patrick's Day, but it has an entirely different meaning at the Alaskan Brewing Co.

Lawmakers, aides shoot the breeze - as well as guns
More than 60 people with ties to state government competed Saturday in the 11th annual Legislative Team Shoot, hosted by the Juneau Gun Club.

Waterman indicted on new charges
Three years after charges against her were thrown out, 20-year-old Rachelle Waterman faces new charges in the 2004 murder of her mother.

Photo: Name change for Juneau street
City employee Chris Anderson installs a new street sign Friday at the intersection of Willoughby Avenue and Warrior Street. Whittier Street, where the Southeast Alaska Native Veterans Memorial is located, was recently renamed Warrior Street.

Legislators to get raises
Long-delayed but substantial pay raises for Alaska legislators went into effect Saturday after the deadline passed for a bill that could have stopped them.

Photo: Sailing on ice
James Hardisty skis across Twin Lakes with his kite on Sunday. Hardisty was out withfellow kite club members. More about the group can be found at www.kitejuneau.com.

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

Around Town
Monday

Photo: Sharing their knowledge
Weaving: Chloe French weaves a Chilkat blanket at Saturday's "Sharing our Knowledge: A Conference of Tlingit Tribes and Clans" at Centennial Hall. Watching French is her teacher, renowned Tlingit artist Clarissa Rizal Lampe Hudson. Hudson gave a presentation on Chilkat blankets and Hudson and French gave a weaving demonstration.

Photo: Quilt show
Pauline Plumb carries her granddaughter Ingrid Higdon as they attend the annual quilt show, sponsored by the Capital City Quilters at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center on Saturday. There were 101 quilts on display at the show.

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

Around Town
Today

Zomo the rabbit
For the third time, Juneau Dance Unlimited will show its interpretation of Gerald McDermott's West African children's story 'Zomo the Rabbit." But this time with a new twist, the studio has teamed up with young artists from the public schools to create a visual art show to compliment the performance.

Photo: Community charity
Wayne Bundy, Southeast Alaska Board of Realtors board treasurer, far right, hands local Boy Scouts a $250 donation to the Boy Scouts of America on March 16. The donation was one of a few community causes the board contributes to through its annual charity auction.

Travel association to award scholarships
JUNEAU - The Alaska Travel Industry Association Foundation will award more than $20,000 in scholarship money to students pursuing post-secondary degrees and who have demonstrated an interest in tourism careers in Alaska. Interested and eligible students should apply and submit the application form along with a transcript, one-page statement of tourism career plans and two letters of recommendation.

Alaska Native Policy Center releases bulletin
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Native Policy Centers at the First Alaskans Institute has announced the inaugural edition of The Native Quarterly, an Alaska Native policy bulletin that will be published four times a year.

Widowed Persons Program holds brunch
JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons Program will hold its monthly brunch at noon Sunday, April 5, in the Nugget Room of the Baranof Hotel.

SEARHC hires Debi Terry as behavioral health clinician
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) recently hired Debra M. "Debi" Terry as a behavioral health clinician at the SEARHC Haa Toowóo Náakw Hít outpatient behavioral health clinic in Sitka.

Douglas-Dornan grant applications due June 1
JUNEAU - The Douglas-Dornan Foundation is accepting grant applications for the 2009 grant cycle until June 1. The foundation offers grants to organizations that benefit and enhance the health, education and welfare of Southeast Alaskans. The Douglas-Dornan Foundation was established to honor Brian Douglas and Wythe Dornan upon their deaths in 1993.

Senior menu for the week of March 30 - April 3
Monday, March 30

Behavioral health forum to be held March 31 at Centennial Hall
JUNEAU - There will be a community mental health forum hosted by various behavioral health providers from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Centennial Hall. The forum will address the mental health needs of Juneau and surrounding areas and will present various community services available to those in need.

Karen Taug hired as SEARHC Controller
JUNEAU - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium recently named Karen Taug as its controller.

SEARHC EMS to offer challenge course
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Emergency Medical Services department is offering a Wilderness Medical Associates Challenge and Recertification Course Friday through Sunday, April 3-5, at the SEARHC Community Health Services building in Sitka.

Stuart, Green to wed
Ashley Stuart, of Ocala, Fla., and Travis Green, of Escanaba, Mich., will marry at 1 p.m. April 4, 2009, in Juneau. A reception will be held at their home.

Part II: Media attacks led to Klan collapse
Spillover from the surge reached Juneau in 1922. An Empire story titled, "Alaska is Invaded by Klan Organizers," reported that two Oregon men were distributing Klan literature in Juneau. "Invaded" may have been an exaggeration but there was reason to be concerned.

Guillot, VanLeuven to wed
Julee Ann Guillot, of Pineville, La., and Travis Roal VanLeuven, of Coquille, Ore., will marry at 2:30 p.m. April 12, 2009, at Auke Village Recreation Area. A reception will follow at Auke Rec immediately after the ceremony.

Advice for a mother to-be and her dog
Dear Rex,

Hunger is real
A man came into our food pantry one night last week. He arrived late, several hours late, but the church was open for some evening activities. He asked if we could help - he was so hungry.

Photo: Scholars
Juneau-Douglas High School seniors Thomas Eggers, left, and Nicholas Waldo, right, as well as University of Washington freshman Jurgen Reiselbach, not pictured, were recently named finalists in the 2009 National Merit Scholarship program based on their high academic achievements, leadership in school, community activities and PSAT test scores, which fell in the top 1 percent of the 1.5 million sophomores taking it on that test date. Finalists must also have achieved SAT scores in the same range as the earlier qualifying score.

Photo: 'Bigs' and 'Littles'
A group of Big Brothers Big Sisters "Bigs" and "Littles" pose March 14 at Eaglecrest Ski Area during a complimentary night of skiing made possible by John T. Logan, bottom left, of Logan General Tax Practice, and Randy Hurtte, bottom second from left, of Stellar Financial Services, who donated 40 tickets to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Standing, from left, are Lu Seapy, Nakiya, Michael Kazmac, Frank Bergstrom, Alison, Mark, Kimball Andresen, Pete Strow, James and Sally Rue. Sitting, from left, are John Logan, Randy Hurtte, Tori, Tania, Karla Hart and Stephen. (Only first names of "Littles" are used.)

FYI
FYI

Herman M. Porter
Herman M. Porter, a resident of the Olympia, Wash., area, died on March 6 at Evergreen Nursing Center, Lacey.

Effiemae Seagrave
Effiemae Seagrave died March 23, 2009, in Spokane, Wash. She lived in Davenport, Wash., at the time of her death.

Laura Mae Bracken
Laura Mae Bracken died Feb. 28, 2009, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Glacier Valley Baptist Church.

Outside editorial: Opening government
During its eight years, the Bush administration treated the Freedom of Information Act at best as a joke, at worst as an enemy. Attorney General John Ashcroft determined that the Justice Department would defend agency determinations to withhold information unless those decisions were found to "lack a sound legal basis or present an unwarranted risk of adverse impact on the ability of other agencies to protect other important records." Translation: Agencies were empowered and even encouraged to resist compliance with FOIA, which was meant to provide citizens a reasonable means to obtain information about the workings of their government.

Outside editorial: How much bite for new watchdog?
"Happy families are all alike," Tolstoy wrote. "Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." And so it is with financial booms and busts. The prosperity we enjoyed until last year looked like previous upswings: easy credit, rapid financial innovation, appreciating asset prices and - finally and fatally - a certain blindness to risk.

My turn: Art program enriches elementary education
I read the recent Empire article, "Elementary Art Show Wraps up fourth year," and felt gratitude for the coverage, because as a member of Arts for Kids, the nonprofit that advocates for high-quality art education in the Juneau School District, we work to bring news of art education to the public.

Outside column: Looking for the upside
We were all laid off at once. Three-quarters of the staff, all young editors at a recently launched Web site, congregated in a rolling-chair circle in our small office.

Is crisis a revenge of the nerds?
Recently, we read a lot about those guys at AIG who were paid $165 million in bonuses largely because (we were told) that, having screwed up the company, they were the only guys who could unscrew it.

Outside column: A tax plan charities can support
Some of the nation's largest charities - and the lobbyists they pay to represent them - have been hyperventilating over President Obama's proposal to marginally roll back the amount of the tax deduction that the very wealthiest Americans can take for donating to charity. Of course, conservatives who oppose any tax hikes for the rich also oppose it.

Toe Toon
This week's Toe toon cartoon.

Police seek suspect in armed robbery
JUNEAU - At about 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Juneau police received a report that a man pointed a handgun at a 22-year-old man in the parking lot on Willoughby Avenue and ordered him to drive to another area. Later, the suspect stole money from the victim and fled the car.

Stolen food bank coal replaced
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks Community Food Bank lost 1,000 pounds of coal to a thief, but has more than made up for it, thanks to local donations.

Predator control foes hold protest rally
ANCHORAGE - Seven people turned out to protest the state's predator control program at the governor's prayer breakfast in Anchorage.

Cruise lines to cut 2010 passenger lists
ANCHORAGE - Several cruise ship companies say they plan to cut their itineraries in Alaska next year by about 100,000 passengers.

Ferry undergoes repairs in Kodiak
JUNEAU - The state ferry Kennicott is scheduled to resume service Monday after repairs in Kodiak.

Robbery, kidnap suspect is arrested
ANCHORAGE - A man suspected of robbing several Anchorage businesses has been arrested.

Man arrested after snowmachine chase
FAIRBANKS - A 30-year-old Fairbanks man has been accused of stealing a snowmachine and leading police on a high-speed chase.

Disaster training conference slated
JUNEAU - The city of Juneau and the Juneau Local Emergency Planning Committee invite the public to attend a WMD/All Hazards Community Partnership Training Conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 11 at Centennial Hall.

Mat-Maid building damaged in fire
ANCHORAGE - A fire has caused about $10,000 damage to the old Matanuska Maid Dairy building in Anchorage.

Doyon company receives big contract
FAIRBANKS - A Doyon company has been awarded an Army contract worth more than $10 million to construct a facility to wash Fort Wainwright's Stryker vehicles.

Togiak man sentenced for selling ivory
ANCHORAGE - A Togiak man has been sentenced for illegally selling walrus ivory in exchange for alcohol.

Soldier sentenced for deployment refusal
FAIRBANKS - A 36-year-old soldier from Fort Wainwright has been sentenced to nearly six months in a military prison for his refusal to go to Iraq.

Three inducted into the Gold Medal Hall of Fame
The Gold Medal Hall of Fame hit the century mark on Friday night as the late Ivan Gamble, Sr. became the 100th inductee, highlighting a class of three great players. Glen Padgett and George Erickson were honored as members No. 101 and 102, respectively, of the elite club.

Huna repeats in B with epic finish
It was an epic finish, fitting for the final game of the 63rd Juneau Lion's Club Gold Medal Basketball Tournament. D.J. Lindstrom's put-back on his own missed layup with 2.9 seconds, secured Huna's 87-84 victory over Metlakatla.

Kake 4-peats in C Bracket
It didn't seem as if Rudy Bean needed to score a basket as Kake won its fourth-straight C Bracket title 115-97 over Juneau's Filipino Community Saturday, but the crowd at the 63rd Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Basketball Tournament was sure glad he did.

Juneau Green keeps Masters title at home
The Juneau Green Team flipped the leash on Klawock Saturday night, running away with a string of annoying little leads in the second half after clawing back from narrow deficits earlier in the game. When the final whistle blew, the smaller Green Team slipped off the chain with a 67-55 win to take the Masters Bracket title at the 63rd Lions Club Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Photo: Old Totem sent back
Juneau Green Team player Craig Kahklen, left, blocks Klawock Old Totems player John Garvey's shot attempt Saturday during the Masters Bracket championship game at Juneau-Douglas High School's main gym. The Green Team went on to take the game and the title.

C & MASTERS BRACKETS AWARD WINNERS
C & MASTERS BRACKETS AWARD WINNERS

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

House OKs repeal of daylight-saving time
The House of Representatives voted Friday to repeal daylight-saving time in Alaska.

Rejecting stimulus a shrewd move, some analysts say
With a record 12.5 million Americans in the unemployment line and state budgets bleeding billions of dollars, it might seem politically suicidal that a group of Republican governors would want to walk away from their states' full share of the federal stimulus package.

Mount Redoubt quiets down after making ashy mess
ANCHORAGE - Mount Redoubt simmered down Sunday after spreading a layer of gritty volcanic ash over scores of communities that include the state's largest city.

Explosions continue at Redoubt
ANCHORAGE - Mount Redoubt continued to erupt Saturday, sending ash tens of thousands of feet into the air, and raining ash down on Nikiski.

Outside heaters drawing attention
FAIRBANKS - Outdoor wood boilers - popular with many homeowners fed up with rising prices for home heating fuel - are getting attention this winter from neighbors, public officials and health advocates.

Steller's eider rules may limit Inupiat subsistence hunting
ANCHORAGE - A diminutive sea duck with a white head and a blue wing could bring restrictions to one of the last virtually unregulated hunts in America.

Legislature reaches for stimulus funds
The Alaska Legislature is moving to go around Gov. Sarah Palin and accept the federal stimulus money she wants to turn down.

More than garments, traditional Yup'ik parkas tell stories of past
FAIRBANKS - Every culture has a story of its history, a tale of how that culture was created, thrived, survived challenges or overcame hardships. Many cultures, over time, have preserved such tales through documentation, writing down such occurrences so future generations can understand what happened and how. For cultures that embrace oral history, different approaches are taken.

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