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Monday, March 31, 2008

Recreate high school auto shop
I recently read about the auto program closing down at Juneau-Douglas High School, and it saddens me. Having been a high school student who took auto shop through a vocational program, I think there could be some serious long range consequences to this.

Parnell should have run two years ago
Historically, being lieutenant governor has never been a stepping stone to other elected statewide offices.

Stop the Juneau access road project
I am writing to request that Gov. Sarah Palin quash any plans to proceed with the Juneau road/ferry project. This pork barrel spending of the taxpayer's money will be harmful to Alaskans' public safety, environmental quality and lifestyles.

Thankful for smoking laws
Todd Perdon's letter to the editor comparing Juneau's recent smoking ban to problems with dog feces in his yard missed the point. The only similarity I can see is that dogs must be let outside to defecate just like smokers must be let outside to inhale their poisonous cloud of carcinogens.

New school programs increase connectedness
I read with interest Patti Bippus's My Turn column concerning Thunder Mountain High School.

Is Iraq really free?
On the fifth anniversary of our invasion of Iraq, perhaps we should reflect upon the course of action that has had a profound effect on many people, in Iraq, the United States and other nation states throughout the world.

Reaching out
To reach out to her 140 to 150 students, Laury Scandling gathered them at a local church this school year after a teenager had committed suicide.

The quiet tragedy: Teen suicide in Juneau
Four teens took their own lives in Juneau since early fall, and eight young adults have committed suicide in the past year and a half.

For one family, the unexpected becomes the unthinkable
The thought that their accomplished, vibrant daughter would kill herself never occurred to Mary Ellen Arvold and Dave Haas.

Teenagers discuss their feelings, fears
When Nani Toetuu's good friend died by suicide last year, the 16-year-old Juneau-Douglas High School student was shocked.

Suicide's stigma hampers prevention efforts
The very thing that may prevent suicide is talking about it, according to Susan Wylie, counseling coordinator at University of Alaska Southeast.

Photos: Student scientists in the spotlight
Two projects and six students will be sent to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Atlanta in May. One-hundred fifty-four students entered 124 science project in this year's fair. One-hundred-fifty volunteer judges will select the winners.

Cost for high school auditorium up by $1.4 million
The construction company tasked with building a new high school has told the city it needs an additional $1.4 million to finish the school's auditorium.

Around Town
Monday

Photo: In the glacier's footprint
Dan Bleidorn and his dog, Aurora, walk Thursday over a sandy moraine that the Mendenhall Glacier left behind after retreating from that area some time ago. The glacier has been retreating at a quickening pace during the past few years.

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

Around Town
Today

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

Corrections
A Thursday My Turn, entitled "School district can enrich lives" included an error on how long the community has had one high school. The My Turn should have read: "It's understandable that our community, which has had essentially one high school for about 50 years, is experiencing uncertainty and stress as we prepare to open Thunder Mountain High School and to do high school in a different way."

U.S. women push back on calls for Clinton to exit race
NEW ALBANY, Ind. - Debra Starks has heard the calls for Hillary Rodham Clinton to quit the presidential race, and she's not happy about it.

Robert Schaefer
Former Juneau resident Robert L. Schaefer died March 22, 2008, in Ilwaco, Wash., where he had resided the past six years. He was 67.

David H. Tersteeg
Longtime Juneau resident David H. Tersteeg died March 8, 2008, in Juneau. He was 68. He had been in failing health for many years.

Lillian Wedgeworth
Former Juneau and Douglas resident Lillian Stevens Cameron Wedgeworth died March 23, 2008, in Seattle. She was 72.

James Kortas
Juneau resident James Thomas Kortas died March 24, 2008, in Juneau. He was 56.

My turn: New garage carefully planned
R espectfully, a recent My Turn regarding the city's proposed downtown parking garage and transit center project contained significant misinformation.

Outside editorial: Lessons from Japan's malaise
A little knowledge can be not just dangerous but grossly misleading. That is the right conclusion to draw from the latest, surprisingly reassuring data about the U.S. economy and from the interview in Thursday's Wall Street Journal in which Sen. Hillary Clinton warned that America must avoid a "Japanese-like situation."

Empire editorial: Start conversation that could save lives
When we found out eight Juneau teenagers had killed themselves in the last 18 months, we knew we had to do something.

Outside editorial: Home truths
The following editorial first appeared in the Washington Post:

Opinion: Truth about earmarks
The truth about earmarks is out thanks to Stan Collender, writing for Roll Call, a newspaper covering Capitol Hill. Collender also is author of "The Guide to the Federal Budget."

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

A conversation with Deborah Bicknell
In 2008, after more than five decades in the sport, Auke Bay musher Deborah Bicknell achieved her goal of completing the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

After decades away, old anchor back in Sitka
SITKA - There's a Holmstrom family joke that the rusty, old 1,200-pound ship anchor hauled up under O'Connell Bridge in 1974 was worth $30,000.

Vertebrates counter plants' defenses
Most of the world's animals eat plants, and plants have evolved a spectacular array of defenses against being eaten. They produce hairs and hooks, tough coverings, sticky traps, gooey sap, compounds that reduce digestibility, and a startling variety of toxins. But the herbivores are not to be outdone.

Bowhunter education course to be offered
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reminds hunters who want to participate in "archery only" hunts that they must first successfully complete a department-approved bowhunter education course (International Bowhunter Education Program or equivalent).

Safety training offered for Angoon fishermen
ANGOON - The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer a 10-hour fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course on April 12 at the Angoon Fire Hall. Hours of instruction are to be announced.

Out & About
Today: Highpower rifle and sporting rifle, 8:30 a.m. registration, Hank Harmon Rifle Range.

Veterinarians warn of antifreeze poisoning
FAIRBANKS - A spike in dog deaths has North Pole veterinarians warning residents to keep pets away from antifreeze.

Ferry successfully docks in new facility
JUNEAU - The crew aboard the Matanuska successfully moored at the BC Ferries' docking facility in Prince Rupert, Canada, Sunday.

State Senate passes Web registration bill
JUNEAU - The state Senate passed a bill requiring convicted sex offenders to register their e-mail addresses, instant messaging addresses and any other Internet communication identifiers with the state.

Sealaska announces spring distribution
JUNEAU - The Sealaska Board of Directors announced Friday that it would send a $5.59 per share distribution to urban and at-large shareholders on April 10. Village shareholders will receive $2.71 per share.

Man's disappearance mystery in testimony
ANCHORAGE - As the fishing vessel Alaska Ranger sank to the bottom of the Bering Sea, crewman Byron Carrillo and 1st Engineer James Madruga struggled to stay afloat in the rough and frigid waves.

Fairbanks considers 'alcohol impact' zones
FAIRBANKS - The city of Fairbanks is considering a program aimed at fighting chronic public drunkenness.

Art authentication program gets teeth
ANCHORAGE - The Silver Hand program now has some teeth.

Basset hound killed in wolf trap just off trail
JUNEAU - A dog was killed in a trap Wednesday while being walked on the Eagle River Trail in Juneau.

Man charged in fatal North Pole stabbing
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers arrested a Chitina man sought in a stabbing death a week ago.

Missing Cordova couple's skiff found
ANCHORAGE - A skiff belonging to a missing Cordova couple has been found on a mud flat, Alaska State Troopers said.

Return talent shores up Bears' soccer
Juneau-Douglas High School soccer begins this week as the Crimson Bears prepare to once again make an attempt at the state championship trophy.

Bowling event proves a strike
One of the nice aspects of about bowling is that anyone can participate, and if you are good enough to roll with the big guys, you could have entered the Alaska State Bowling Tournament this weekend.

Photo: CCFR vs. Air Excursions
Passing: CCFR's John Adams, center, passes around Air Excursions' Leah Cazemier, right, during their Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier C game on Friday.

Girls soccer team expects big things
With winter finally over, the Lady Bears soccer team kicked off the outdoor season in the San Francisco Bay area with three games in various locations.

Photo: Practicing for Washington
Picking it up: Senior Elliot Ford kicks during a drill at the Juneau-Douglas High School soccer team practice on Saturday at Adair-Kennedy. The team is headed to Spokane, Wash., on Wednesday for four days to play three games against local high school teams. Assistant Coach Alex Newton called the games "competitive" and considered the trip a good way to start the season.

All-State Basketball Teams
Class 4A Boys

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Palin calls for special session
Gov. Sarah Palin on Friday called a special session of the Alaska Legislature for June, leading observers to believe her administration will approve TransCanada's application to build the state's long-awaited North Slope natural gas pipeline.

Crewman describes alarm, flooding on vessel
An assistant ship's engineer on Saturday described the frantic last 90 minutes on board the 203-foot Alaska Ranger as it rapidly took on water and sank early Easter morning, killing five crew members.

June legislative session to take place in Juneau
The June special legislative session the governor called on natural gas pipeline issues will be in Juneau.

Silence of reclusive Alaska Ranger owner could end
The reclusive owner of a fishing boat that sank in the Bering Sea last week, killing the skipper and four other crew members, has not spoken publicly since the ship went down.

State examines data on infant deaths at the hands of adults
Some of the babies suffocated in their sleep, on plastic bags, balloons or laundry carelessly left too close. Seven died after being hit, thrown, dropped or kicked. Two infants were shot; two others, starved.

The bright side of global warming
One the one hand, two entire villages are in danger of being swallowed by a newly encroaching sea. On the other hand, the state could stand to profit from global warming - from increased tourism and research dollars, and the expansion of commercial shipping into the Arctic.

Historic church showing its age
KENAI - For a building that has withstood volcanic eruptions, a massive earthquake and 113 winters, the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church is wonderfully pristine.

Prince Rupert shuts down dock used by Alaska Marine Highway
Problems with a dock used by the Alaska Marine Highway System in Prince Rupert, Canada, will force Alaska ferries to stop using the city-owned dock immediately, said Roger Wetherell, spokesman for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

Lance Mackey's dog, Zorro, being flown to Seattle after collision with snowmobile
ANCHORAGE - Lance Mackey's dog, Zorro, was being flown to Seattle on Sunday for a test on his spine after the Iditarod champion's sled was rear-ended by a snowmobile during the All Alaska Sweepstakes race.

Mitch Seavey wins Alaska Sweepstakes and $100,000
ANCHORAGE - The richest prize in Alaska sled dog racing has been claimed by a veteran musher from Seward.

Snowmobile injures sled dog in Iditarod champ Mackey's team
NOME - A man on a snowmobile crashed into the dog team driven by Iditarod champion Lance Mackey in the All Alaska Sweepstakes, seriously injuring a key animal in Mackey's kennel.

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