Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Streamlining or minimization?
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker I am well familiar with the ego defense mechanisms of denial and minimization. One of the best recent examples of minimization appeared in the March 26 Empire article titled, "House OKs change to predator control laws."

See through Juneau road confusion
Thanks to Sen. Kim Elton for attempting to shed some light on the driveway-to-a-new-ferry-terminal project. (In terming the project "The Juneau Road," people seem to forget that new boats and ferry terminals are critical links in the current plan.)

Outrageous comments by Rep. Bill Stoltz
While listening to KJNO on March 20, I heard Rep. Bill Stoltz make some pretty outrageous comments regarding the moving of the Legislature. The one statement that really stuck was in regards to Juneau's arrogance in choosing when and when not to use the FRANK Initiative.

Gaps in the system
Debbie White's teenage son stopped wanting to answer his cell phone last year because he was afraid it would be yet another call about one of his classmates killing themselves.

Police: Cocaine came from Oregon, N.Y.
Authorities claim that pounds of cocaine imported for Aaron Washington's and Vonnie Williams' alleged drug distribution partnership came from Oregon and New York and date back as far as 2003.

Montessori program moving to Marie Drake
The Juneau School District's Montessori program is moving to the Marie Drake building next school year, the Juneau School Board decided Tuesday.

Parents find ways to cope with grief
When Ron King's son died in 1993, he asked people to donate to a scholarship fund through the Juneau School District instead of giving flowers. But district officials said no because Corey King, 16, had killed himself.

State's higher-than-average suicide rate drops in small increments
Alaska wants to remove itself from the nation's Top 10 list for the number of suicide deaths per capita.

Empire's managing editor resigns
Juneau Empire Managing Editor Lori Thomson has resigned from her position to start a family.

Group turns out to plead autoshop's case
About 20 students, parents and teachers showed up at the Juneau School Board's Tuesday meeting to show support for the school district's automotive technology classes.

Juneau collectors go after city sales tax dodgers
At least 241 of Juneau's 3,700 registered businesses - or about 7 percent - are delinquent in paying their city sales tax.

Photo: This gives you wings?
A raven looks at an empty can of Red Bull on Monday on North Franklin Street. The bird pulled out garbage from a garbage can and for its efforts netted an empty can.

Photo: Payload
Taku Smokeries Fisheries employee Gary Isturis sorts black cod Monday as it is unloaded on the business's dock. "The price is very high at this time for black cod," said Eric Norman, general manager of Taku Smokeries Fisheries.

Photo: Spring cleaning
Alaska Department of Transportation employee Jon Marshall operates an excavator with a giant weed wacker attached to it as he cuts down brush Tuesday along Egan Drive. DOT will be clearing roadside brush at several locations in Juneau.

Photo: Last-minute PFD applications
Joe Winders fills out an Alaska Permanent Fund dividend application Monday in the State Office Building. PFD technicians Eric Thorsteinson, left, and Jaime Skeek worked the application drop-off point in the Willoughby Avenue entrance because the building was closed due to Seward's Day. They had received an estimated 135 dividend applications by late afternoon Monday, the deadline to file for a PFD check.

Around Town
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Around Town
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Police & Fire
Driving without a license:

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

Correction
A wire item on a dog who was killed in a wolf trap on the Eagle River Trail, published in the Alaska Digest in Monday's Juneau Empire, included an incorrect number of dogs that went missing. Only one dog disappeared and was later discovered caught in the trap and dead.

Correction
In a Tuesday article on Juneau businesses that were delinquent in paying their city taxes, a sidebar incorrectly stated which owner of Vito & Nick's had not paid sales tax. The past owner of the business, Donna Kohler, is responsible for the delinquent sales tax, according to city staff. The sales tax debt was assumed before Joanna and Andrew Fairchild bought the business.

Science Fair keeps growing
More than 140 projects were entered in the 16th annual Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair, held in conjunction with the University of Alaska's Experimental Discoveries in Geoscience Education program, on March 28 and 29 in the Marie Drake gymnasium. But only two individuals and one team will get to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Augusta, Ga., this year.

Thanks for donating to the Coast Guard auction
The Juneau Coast Guard Military and Family Association's 20th Annual March Charity Auction Committee would like to sincerely thank the following businesses for their donations to the auction. We would also like to express our gratitude and appreciation to those who attended this event and made it such a success! With your support this year's auction raised more than $10,000 to provide Juneau's non-profit organizations with grant funds.

Thanks for grooming Spaulding Meadows
I want to thank the Juneau Snowmachine club and the Juneau Nordic ski club for the grooming of Spaulding Meadows on the weekend of March 15 and 16.

Thank you from the family of Lori Jo Hall
Perhaps you sent a lonely card, or sat quietly in a chair. Perhaps you sent a floral piece. If so, we saw it there.

Thanks for assisting Early Scholars Program
The Juneau-Douglas High School Early Scholars Program would like to give the warmest thank you to Gold Medal, the Lion's Club and all the volunteers that assisted us in our fundraising efforts this week. Your continued support of our program helps our young people achieve their dreams of attending college, while exploring the United States as a part of our college-ready program.

Thanks for supporting my sister, our family
My sister, Evelyn Richardson, passed away on March 5, 2008. I would like to thank the following: Juneau Empire, Kiny Radio, the staff at Juneau Pioneer Home, Church of God, Pastor Green, Pastor Jerry Bennett, Pastor Rose, Mr. and Mrs. Ignell, Sandy and Mike Tagaban, Angie and Patrick Johnson, the honorary pall bearers and pall bearers, the people that prepared the food, Alaskan Memorial Park Mortuary, the donations and everyone involved.

Emo seeks recipes for eggs, ham
Looking for a lost, forgotten recipe, or wish you had recipe? Ask Auntie Emo and let our readers help.

Pets of the week: Sweet, pretty, playful cats, dog seek homes
Howie is a sweet little scaredy cat who needs his teddy bear for safety. He is a sweet 6-year-old who would love to find a family that would check for monsters under his bed each night. Howie is neutered, microchipped and waiting for you at the Gastineau Humane Society.

Widowed Persons Program hosts brunch
JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons Program wiill hold its monthly brunch at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 6, at Capital Café in the Baranof Hotel.

Douglas-Dornan Foundation Grants
JUNEAU - The Douglas-Dornan Foundation is accepting applications for grants for the 2008 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 in honor of Brian Douglas and Wythe Dornan upon their death in 1993.

Studded tires prohibited April 15 to Sept. 30
JUNEAU - The Juneau Police Department reminds residents that the use of studded tires on city streets is prohibited from April 15 to Sept. 30.

Family of Susan George to hold fundraiser
JUNEAU - Family and friends of Susan George, a cancer patient currently in Seattle undergoing treatment, are hosting an all-you-can-eat spaghetti feed and silent auction from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on April 5 at the Moose Family Center.

Bureau announces sixth annual Travel Fair
JUNEAU - The Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau announces the sixth annual Travel Fair, to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Nugget Mall.

Thanks to workplace partners from BBBS
Big Brothers Big Sisters would like to recognize and thank some very special friends, our Juneau workplace partners. These are businesses, agencies and organizations that play a critical role in the success of our program because they allow their employees an hour a week during the workday to volunteer as Big Brothers and Big Sisters in Juneau schools.

My turn: Prescription drug abuse can kill
I am writing in concern of an increasing epidemic in Juneau, as well as the rest of the nation. The epidemic I am talking about is youth abusing prescription drugs such as OxyContin and oxycodone.

My turn: April a time to think about health and death
April in Juneau is a time of the earth awakening. Bright crocus begin to bloom and the distinctive smell of skunk cabbages wafts through the air, alerting us that spring has arrived.

My turn: To mix or not to mix, that is the question
Last week, the Department of Environmental Conservation's new cruise ship permit hit the streets. John Binkley, the industry's full-time Alaska spokesman, has been busy complaining about the permit's burdensome requirements.

My turn: High school's auto shop fills important role
Recently a student entered my classroom grinning from ear to ear.

Outside editorial: Candidates must confront crisis in housing, finance
The following editorial first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News:

Outside editorial: In bed with the FAA
The following editorial appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Mat-Su farmers settle with state over logo
JUNEAU - A heated four-year-old dispute over use of the bright blue, yellow and green "Alaska Grown" logo has been settled between a regional farm bureau and the state of Alaska.

Billings engineering, Alaska firm merge
BILLINGS, Mont. - A Billings engineering firm that does mainly highway and other government projects has merged with an Alaska firm after the two companies talked about working on airport projects together.

Record number of PFD applications expected
JUNEAU - Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend officials are expecting a record number of applications for this year's payout.

Wolves killed after protection removed
LANDER, Wyo. - Wyoming hunters and ranchers killed at least three gray wolves within the first three days of the animals' removal from the federal endangered species list, local and state wildlife officials said.

More school funding added to capital bill
JUNEAU - State legislators have added another $20 million for schools statewide - this time in the capital budget. The one-time money amounts to an extra $100 per pupil.

Mackey says dog will recover from crash
ANCHORAGE - Lance Mackey's 9-year-old champion sled dog, Zorro, will recover after being hit by a snowmachiner during the All-Alaska Sweepstakes, Mackey said.

Another month given for mine responses
JUNEAU - Environmentalists and the U.S. Corps of Engineers have been given another month to respond to a U.S. Supreme Court petition filed by the owner of the Kensington gold mine to have its permits reinstated.

Candle causes small apartment fire
JUNEAU - An unattended candle led to a small fire in a Douglas apartment Monday morning, authorities said.

Scout rescued after snowmachine mishap
WASILLA - An 11-year-old boy was cold and wet but OK after his snowmachine got stuck during a Boy Scout outing near Denali State Park over the weekend.

Accused Army deserter arrested
PALMER - Alaska State Troopers say they found a Tennessee man wanted by the U.S. Army for desertion.

Interior picks up challengers for seats
FAIRBANKS - Lawmakers in Alaska's Interior will have some challengers come this fall.

Construction to begin on sewer, water line
JUNEAU - Construction will begin on the Fourth Street sewer and water line replacement project in Douglas on Monday and continue until May 3.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Network cuts back Capitol broadcasting
Juneau's public broadcasting station KTOO-TV is trying to develop a new statewide C-SPAN-style statewide network, but some Juneau advocates worry it's at the expense of coverage of the Capitol.

Sitka still stunned after fatal stabbings
The stabbings that took the lives of four people and left one injured last week has left this community shocked and a little less isolated from the rest of the world.

State energy rebate bills losing power
Billions of dollars of oil wealth are flowing into Alaska's treasury, but attempts to share it with Alaska residents are faltering on concerns about fairness and fiscal responsibility.

Dog-snowmachine collisions raise trail safety questions
One dog died this year after being hit by a snowmachine on the Iditarod Trail. Another was critically injured in the All Alaska Sweepstakes when Lance Mackey's team was rear-ended by a snowmachine.

Legislature discusses ethics bills
A bill looking to give state watchdogs more time to investigate complaints against elected officials has come down to one burning issue: how much time.

Abbott transferred to Anchorage
A preliminary hearing in the case of Jason Abbott, an 18-year-old accused of stabbing his grandparents, his aunt and her boyfriend to death, was scheduled for Friday in Sitka.

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Squabble over capital spending continues into next year's budget
The state capital budget introduced Tuesday on the Senate floor is irresponsible and falls short of meeting basic government needs, Gov. Sarah Palin said.

Photo: Nice catch
Tom Stafford, skipper of the Infinite Glory, gives the thumbs up after a third day of unloading his herring catch Friday in Sitka.

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