Sunday, April 4, 2010

Join the 'Choose Respect' movement
On March 31, Alaskans from Barrow to Unalaska to Ketchikan stood together and chose a new way forward for our state - one marked by respect and community. I want to thank our eighteen community partners, the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, the state's many other invaluable nonprofits and advocacy groups, and the thousands of Alaskans who partnered and participated in this effort.

Talking trash
The city is moving forward in its negotiations with Arrow Refuse. At stake is the future of trash - or lack of trash - in Juneau.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Thunder Mountain High School principal stepping down
Thunder Mountain High School Principal Patti Bippus will be stepping down at the end of the school year.

Photos: 5,000 hidden-egg treasures
Local youth find eggs during the annual Zac Gordon Youth Center Easter Egg Hunt held for the first time at Thunder Mountain High School's sports field on Saturday. Over 600 egg hunters participated in harvesting over 5,000 plastic eggs with treasures inside.

Photo: Showtime
The Juneau-Douglas High School Dance Team performs their state tournament routine Friday night in the school'sgymnasium. Other performers included the Janice Holst Dancers, Alitaptap Philippine Folkloric Group, the Stroller White Dancers, Juneau Dance Unlimited, dance clinic performances, the Alaska Elite stunt cheer teams, a Juneau-Douglas High School vocal trio and the Dad's Drill Team.

Birthday bliss: Juneau Dance Unlimited celebrates 35th anniversary
"Over the years, we brought to Juneau a wide variety of high-caliber guest artists and artistic directors. For those who simply enjoy dance for the pleasure to move with the music, JDU has been a wonderful resource. JDU has also contributed generously to the culture of Juneau, through their dance performances."

Senior menu for the week of April 5-9
Monday, April 5

Recognitions
Juneau resident Evan C. Anderson and Petersburg residents Maya L. Holmes and Lindsey C. Wickham were named to the Scholastic Honor Roll for the winter term at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore.

Capital City Fire Rescue Volunteer Firefighter of the Month: Meg Thordarson
Credentials: Firefighter 2, EMT 1.

Thanks for making the Sham Rock and Roll event successful
On March 20, local Young Democrats raised nearly $2,200 for Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies Inc. The fundraiser was the 25th annual Sham Rock and Roll event at the Filipino Community Hall in downtown Juneau.

Southeast School of Management hosts two information sessions
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast School of Management will hold two information sessions for those interested in business, public administration or information systems careers.

Big fish: NOAA scientist marks 50 years of service
Even though NOAA scientist Bill Heard has innumerable fish stories to tell, both as a recreational fisherman and as a research biologist at Auke Bay Laboratories, he'll likely keep them to himself.

Thanks for attending the Juneau Raptor Center open house
The Juneau Raptor Center held its annual meeting and open house on March 27 at the Nugget Mall. We had a great turnout and thank everyone who attended. We hope you learned more about the work we love to do.

Local Boy Scouts to hold Scouting for Food Campaign Saturday
JUNEAU - In its annual "Good Turn" event known as the Scouting for Food Campaign, local Boy Scouts will go door-to-door from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10, around Juneau, collecting nonperishable and canned food items for the Southeast Alaska Foodbank.

Sons of Norway host Norwegian 'Frokost' breakfast fundraiser
JUNEAU - The local Sons of Norway Lodge will hold a Norwegian "Frokost" breakfast fundraiser from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at the Juneau Yacht Club. The menu will include waffles, strawberries, whipped cream, Norwegian eggs supreme, hashbrown casserole, sausage-egg casserole and beverages.

Thanks for applauding our son on his fair play at Arctic Winter Games
To the "two admirers" who took the time to write a wonderful letter congratulating our son Riley for his accomplishments at the Arctic Winter Games, but more importantly, for congratulating him for his fair play award for correcting judges who mistakenly placed him third in a race instead of his fourth-place finish.

Maka family holds spaghetti feed for Irako 'Viu' Maka
JUNEAU - The family of Irako "Viu" Maka invites the public to a spaghetti feed and silent auction fundraiser from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at Thunder Mountain High School.

Thanks for your support during our loss of Frank Palmer
The Palmer family would like to thank so many of you for your kindness and support during this hard and sad time. Frank loved and appreciated his friends and this community so much, and we will all miss him cruising down the highway.

Thanks for attending Juneau Co-op's Zipadeedoodah
The Board of Directors of the Juneau Co-op Preschool recently held their annual Zipadeedoodah fundraiser concert and silent auction at the Tlingit Haida Community Center on Hospital Drive. We would like to thank the following businesses and individuals that contributed to this year's successful fiesta-themed fundraiser. The preschool appreciates your donations and time and energy contributions.

Consortium hosts pediatric dental clinic in Haines
HAINES - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Haines Health Center will host a special Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic April 12-16.

Thanks for supporting Special Olympics' spaghetti feed
On March 27, Special Olympics - Juneau held its spaghetti feed fundraiser at Thunder Mountain High School. I would like to thank the following people for making this fundraiser a success: the Juneau School District; the Juneau-Douglas High School Girls' Basketball Team; Lynda Foreman, Lee Lewis, Chris and Michelle Umbs, Lana Larson, Kym Mauseth, Lora Mallinger, Julie Fenumiai, Sherri Morino, Jen Wilwert, Jack and Kristine Lewis, Kate Sullivan, Regan Tweedy and boys, Tracey Campbell, Patti Rumfelt, Deb Cokeley, Gail Fenumiai, Dolores Larson, Laurie Larson, Charley Larson, Jane Gendron, Ann Doty, Ray Carpenter, Mike and Rachelle Flansaas, Lauro and Annette Untalasco, Ariah and Darin Jensen, Estrellia Marin, Katie Botz, Carl Behnert, Nancy, Mike and Nathan Walsh, Janette Taylor, Todd Wright, Carrie Pusich and Brenda Johnson. Thank you to Jose Robles for chopping all the onions! If I have forgotten anyone who donated the wonderful desserts for the dessert auction, please forgive me.

Locals organize disaster relief dinner fundraiser for Haiti
JUNEAU - Locals are organizing a dinner fundraiser for disaster relief called Haiti Hour, which will take place at 5 p.m. Friday, April 9, at St. Ann's Hall, the Cathedral Parish Hall, 430 Fifth St.

Thanks for supporting the 31st annual Boat and Sports show
Juneau Glacier Valley Rotary Club would like to thank the following local businesses for their generous supporting of the 31st annual Boat and Sports show by donating door prizes: Alaskan & Proud, Alaska Pacific Bank, Alaska Airlines, Alaska Boat and Kayak, Alliance Chiropractic Health Center, The Carpet Cleaners, Captain Summers Marine Services, City and Borough of Juneau, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Costco, Elgee, Rehfeld, Mertz, LLC, Gas'N Go Petro Express, Glacier Gardens, Hot Bite, Hummingbird Hollow, Integrity Auto, Juneau Limousine Service, Juneau Raquet Club, Key Bookkeeping, KTOO Public Radio, McDonalds, Merrill Lynch - JSL Group, Panhandle Power Boats, Pavitt Health and Fitness, Photography by David Gelotte, Princess Tours, Printing Trade Co., Rodfathers Broiler, Safeway, Southeast Mining Supply, Shattuck & Grummett, Specialty Imports, Temsco Helicopters Inc., True North Federal Credit Union, University of Alaska, Valley Paint Center, Wells Fargo Bank, Willie's Marine and Wings of Alaska.

JDHS Class of 2000 reunion organizers seek volunteers
JUNEAU - Juneau-Douglas High School Class of 2000 10-year reunion organizers are hammering out the final details now. Location, accommodations, cost, registration form and event will be available online at www.jdhsclassof2000.weebly.com within a couple weeks.

Thanks for helping when I was evacuated from a mudslide
I had to be evacuated from the Strasbaugh Apartments as a result of the mudslide that occurred on Nov. 14, 2009.

Widowed Persons monthly brunch cancelled for Easter
JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons monthly brunch scheduled today has been cancelled due to Easter Sunday.

Puppy problems part I: Diagnosed with dog glaucoma
"I think Ernie's eye is bugging him a little bit." That was what my mom said to me back in late January when she noticed my puppy, a 1-year-old Samoyed named Ernie, was squinting with his left eye.

Part I: The Great Grand Bara 15K of Djibouti
Note from the editor: The second part of this story will run next month in Neighbors.

Blasco, Francis wed
Rebecca Blasco, of Juneau, and Mark Francis, of Seattle, were married Feb. 27, 2010, at Lake Union Cafe in Seattle. A reception followed.

Roche', Waterhouse wed
Malyssa Roche' and Nicholas Waterhouse, of Juneau. were married April 2, 2010, in Juneau. Friends and family are invited to a reception at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 11, at the Baronof Hotel, Douglas Room.

FYI
Births

Clergy, members gather for Palm Sunday service
In a rain-soaked service presided over by the Catholic Bishop of Juneau, the Most Rev. Edward J. Burns, clergy and faithful from the Catholic, Orthodox and Episcopal communities celebrated Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

Senior center managers receive intensive training
"This was the best Site Managers' Workshop ever," stated a couple of Southeast Senior Services managers.

Richard Allen Burns
Richard "Rick" Allen Burns of Seattle, Wash., died March 12, 2010, after a long battle with cancer. He was 54.

Roderick Oliver Dalton
Juneau resident Roderick Oliver Dalton died March 28, 2010, in Juneau. He was 50.

My turn: Predator 'control' is out of control
Alaska's policies on "control" of wolf and bear populations to boost moose and caribou numbers are extreme and well beyond any ecologically sound science. Some of the measures are brutal and arguably unethical. Some practices are archaic, excessive, and/or designed to favor only a small group of hunters - mostly urban residents and nonresidents. The cost is exorbitant.

Health care and March Madness
After a year of a polarizing struggle over health care, we've all learned more about the issue than we ever wanted to.

Outside editorial: Oil drilling: A nasty national compulsion
President Obama's decision to have Interior Secretary Ken Salazar open vast new areas of federal ocean waters to offshore oil drilling is no surprise. In his State of the Union address, the president explained that his vision for a clean energy future included offshore drilling, nuclear power and clean coal. Unfortunately, that's like advocating a healthy diet based on fast-food snacking, amphetamines and low-tar cigarettes.

Toe Toon
This week's toe toon.

Ethics probe dropped against Alaska fed prosecutor
ANCHORAGE - An ethics investigation of the former U.S. Attorney for Alaska has been dropped after a federal court committee found no cause to pursue a case against Bob Bundy.

Denali Park road opens earlier than previous years
ANCHORAGE - National Park officials say mild weather and low levels of ice and snow mean a longer stretch of Denali Park Road can open to visitors earlier than usual.

Court of Appeals judge to take senior status
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks-based member of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says he will take senior status in June.

Garage opener thefts lead to burglary reports
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police are warning homeowners about burglars who get into homes by stealing garage door openers from unlocked vehicles.

Photo: Francis laps field
Juneau-Douglas runner David Francis nears Ketchikan's Dylan Benning in the boys' 3,200-meter run Friday at the 2010 Ketchikan Invitational track meet. Francis, who won the race, lapped the rest of the field.

Friday's Ketchikan Invitational track and field results
2010 Ketchikan Invitational

Anti-earmark battle takes toll on Alaska
Alaska may soon have to ween itself from the federal aid it's become accustomed to receiving.

Campbell won't run for Lt. Gov. position
Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell announced Friday he will not seek election to the position he was appointed to last summer.

Alaska troopers save Ohio men trapped by moose
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Wildlife Troopers rescued two Ohio men after the pair interrupted a life-or-death struggle between a moose and a wolf.

UAF researchers welcome first reindeer birth of '10
FAIRBANKS - Rob Aikman arrived at work Thursday and found a new occupant in the reindeer pens at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. A 17-pound calf was roaming the pasture on wobbly legs, trailing his mother during a chilly April morning.

UA institute finds grim statistics at teen shelter
ANCHORAGE - Nearly half of the girls who showed up at the Covenant House shelter in Anchorage had been sexually abused, according to a study of statistical data by the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Sen. French: DNA bill should mimic federal law
JUNEAU - Sen. Hollis French is questioning why a federal law regarded as the "gold standard" for post-conviction DNA testing isn't good enough for Alaska.

Usibelli coal project sparks neighbor's protest
WASILLA - Usibelli Coal Mine is planning exploratory work on a project in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough that has sparked protest by neighboring landowners.

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