Sunday, April 5, 2009

No special election
What? Have Gov. Sarah Palin and the Republican party lost their minds, asking Sen. Mark Begich to resign? The Alaskan people already voted, and they voted for Begich. Ted Stevens made his choices when he broke the law, and he made those choices long before the campaign for Alaskan Senator began. And now the taxpayers are supposed to fork over thousands and thousands of dollars for a special election just to make sure the voters made the right choice? Maybe the voters weren't thinking straight? Give me a break! Steven's charges got dismissed because of a technicality, not because he's innocent.

School district fails to keep bussing records
Nine-year-old Molli Mattice was bawling on the side of Riverside Drive in the Mendenhall Valley on the afternoon of Feb. 18. She was lost less than a mile from home, because she had just moved into the neighborhood and didn't know her way around. It was her first day riding the route.

Palin wants open vote on Senate seat
Gov. Sarah Palin is backing away from her demand that Republican senators have a say in who represents Juneau in the Alaska Senate, but is still demanding a public vote on her appointment to replace former Democratic Sen. Kim Elton.

Assembly to take up mining regs
The Juneau Assembly will consider a resolution Monday evening opposing a water-quality bill now in the U.S. Congress on the grounds it may threaten the future of the Kensington gold mine.

Eaglecrest to wrap up season
The thinning number of springtime skiers at Eaglecrest Ski Area continues to jump when the mercury flickers winter, but despite thoughts of dumping "teaser" snow downtown by the truckload, the lift season will end with next weekend's annual Easter festivities.

Photo: Taking flight
A bald eagle takes flight from its perch on a snowbank in the near Lemon Creek Friday.

Around Town
Today

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

Climbing to new heights
During its second-ever accreditation since its inception in 1982, Juneau Mountain Rescue underwent a strenuous recertification assessment Friday night and all day Saturday at three different locations in town - and they passed.

Pets of the week: Pretty kitties seek caring homes
Shakira, white and black, is an uppity little 1-year-old kitten who loves to play but usually just with humans. She has been at the Gastineau Humane Society for a few months now and is excited to get out into the big world and explore.

Tips on moving with your cat
A cat is not, by nature, a moveable beast. Taking him from a familiar home to a new one rubs him wrong two ways:

Southeast Senior Services holds regional drivers' training
Southeast Senior Services held a special drivers workshop in Juneau from March 17 to 20. Senior center drivers from Angoon, Haines, Hoonah, Kake, Ketchikan, Klawock, Sitka, Wrangell, Yakutat and four Juneau Care-A-Van drivers participated.

Judd Allen to speak at Sitka Health Summit
SITKA - The guest speaker for the third annual Sitka Health Summit, "Working Together for a Healthier Sitka," will be Dr. Judd Allen, a nationally known expert on building cultures of health and wellness. Allen will speak about the importance of creating a culture of health; the elements of culture (including shared values, norms, value touch points, peer support and climate); and the role of leadership and peer support in bringing about culture change.

University Beatniks to host poetry slam
JUNEAU - The Beatniks, a new English club at the University of Alaska Southeast, will host a poetry slam from 7 to 9 p.m. April 18 at the UAS Recreation Center. The public is welcomed and greatly encouraged to attend and participate in this and other Beatnik events.

Local Cub, Boy Scouts to hold food drive
JUNEAU - On Saturday, Juneau Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will participate in the Boy Scouts of America's "Good Turn" event known as the Scouting for Food Campaign, during which scouts will go door to door collecting nonperishable and canned food items.

Beading for a Cause to hold workshop Monday
SITKA - Open to cancer survivors and their loved ones, a Beading for a Cause workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Sitka SouthEast Regional Health Consortium Community Health Services first floor conference room.

Grant-in-Aid applications available for museums
JUNEAU - The Alaska State Museum has announced that application forms are available to Alaska museums and historical societies for the state's Grant-in-Aid program. The mailing deadline for applications is June 1.

Icicle Seafoods gives university $25,000
JUNEAU - Career training and workforce development for Southeast Alaska is the motivation behind a recent $25,000 gift to the University of Alaska Southeast from Icicle Seafoods, a seafood processing company founded in Petersburg in 1965 and currently one of the largest seafood processors in Alaska.

Whittier Street is renamed to Warrior
On March 2, Southeast Alaska Native Veterans member Harvey Marvin applied to the city Planning Commission to officially change the name of Whittier Street to Warrior Street. This public right-of-way, between Village Street and West Willoughby Avenue, adjacent to the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall downtown, was officially changed during a hearing on March 10.

Senior menu for the week of April 6-10
Monday, April 6

Fish and Game announces 2009 sport fishing king salmon limits
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the 2009 sport fishing bag and possession limits for king salmon in Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Wednesday.

Thank you to Harri's Plumbing and Heating
During this recession and tough economic times, it's comforting to know that there are caring people in this community ready to assist you.

FYI
Births

Thanks for donating to the Outdoor Council
The Alaska Outdoor Council would like to thank all of its Alaska donors for helping make the annual fundraiser another great success.

Thanks for supporting Auke Bay's Hoe Down
On behalf of the Auke Bay Elementary School community, I would like to extend great appreciation and gratitude to all the people that helped make our 11th annual Hoe Down a success. This family music evening is a fundraiser for our music program. We want to especially thank dance caller Tom Paul and the John Church and the Merritonics band, including Ellen Ferguson and Henry Hopkins for providing live music.

Thanks for attending the circus, Juneau
On behalf of the entire cast and crew of the International All-Star Circus, we would like to thank the residents of Juneau for the warm reception we received in your city. Many of us travel all over the world, but we agreed that the audiences in Alaska are some of the best. From the staff at Centennial Hall, to the Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau and parents and kids who waited after the show to talk or get a photo taken with the performers, we could not have felt more welcome. When we had to cancel our first show due to delays caused by Mount Redoubt volcano eruptions, the local media were fantastic at helping us to spread the word. We heard that one of the best things about the beautiful state of Alaska is its people, and this experience proved it. Thank you to everyone who came to the show and to those who helped make it possible. We hope to be back again in the very near future.

Thanks for attending Read Across America
The Juneau Education Association hosted Read Across America at the Nugget Mall earlier this month. More than 200 community members celebrated reading at this fantastic annual event.

Capital City Fire Rescue completes three-day Hazardous Materials Program
Capital City Fire Rescue recently completed an intensive three-day Hazardous Materials Program on anhydrous ammonia.

Stephens celebrate 57 years
Loren and Darlene Stephens were married on April 7, 1952. Their family and friends, Keith, Debbie, Jeremy, Torry, Kristan, Tara, Kyle and Kallan, wish them a happy anniversary.

Scotland: Castles, MacDonalds
From Inveraray, Scotland, my husband, Don, and I and our English friends, Alison and Laurence, drove to Castle Stalker, the Glencoe valley where 38 MacDonalds were killed and the Glenfinnan Monument where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised the flag of rebellion in 1745.

Echo Ranch boasts of wilderness programs
Last year, I ran a radio commercial with the voice of Echo Ranch saying, "Get them kids off the couch, off them video games and out to Echo Ranch."

Consortium to host Gene Tagaban storytelling workshops
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will host noted Tlingít performer and artist Gene Tagaban for workshops in the art of storytelling. Admission is free and all are invited. Workshops will take place in Sitka, Kake, Haines, Klukwan, Petersburg and Wrangell.

Juneau resident shares Power Ranger Bars
There aren't many comforts that compare to a homemade meal. Do you have a favorite? Are you craving a few new recipes? Let us know about some of your most used recipes. Send them, so the rest of us can try them out.

Central Council, Sealaska Corp. sign memorandum of understanding
Bill Martin, president of Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, and Chris E. McNeil Jr., Sealaska president and CEO, announced that a Memorandum of Understanding was signed on March 27 between Central Council and Sealaska.

Patricia I. Stephens
Juneau resident Patricia I. Stephens died March 29, 2009, at her home. She was 80.

Thomas H. Slater
Former Juneau resident Thomas "Tom" H. Slater died Feb. 2, 2009, at Skyridge Medical Center in Cleveland, Tenn., surrounded by family. He was 80.

Outside editorial: G-20 meeting not a stimulating summit
This week, President Obama found out how much harder it is to sell economic stimulus packages in Europe than it is in Washington.

Outside editorial: Gifts? Give Obama a break
Well, of course Queen Elizabeth II already had an iPod. She's the queen. Doesn't she have everything?

Outside column: Building a healthier nation
America's health is failing. Despite unprecedented biomedical achievements, Americans are sicker than they should be and are dying far too young. Shockingly, our children may be the first generation in America to be less healthy and even lead shorter lives than their parents. More than 23 million children, or nearly one in three, are overweight or obese, greatly increasing the odds that they will develop diabetes, heart disease or other disabilities.

Outside column: Sending lobbyists into exile
Let me see if I have this straight: The Obama administration can talk to Iran and North Korea but not to lobbyists? It does not intend to review the interrogation practices of the previous administration but it will require all written communications from lobbyists to be posted on agency Web sites? It's dispensing with the term "enemy combatant" so as not to deprive individuals of access to the criminal justice system but those classified as "registered lobbyists" will be deprived of their right to petition their government?

Anchorage black bear stirs up trouble
ANCHORAGE - A black bear in Anchorage is gaining a reputation for stalking people and eating trash.

Murkowski introduces bullet line bill
The bill, introduced Friday, would authorize the National Park Service to grant a right of way for construction of the so-called bullet line through Denali National Park.

Pebble Fund awards $1 million in grants
ANCHORAGE - Almost $1 million in community grants are being awarded in Southwest Alaska near the Pebble copper-and-gold mine prospect.

Anchorage police arrest murder suspect
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have arrested a 29-year-old man for allegedly killing a young man at a warehouse.

Traffic restricted during Juneau bridge inspections
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will restrict traffic to one lane on Egan Drive near Brotherhood Bridge between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Monday while department personnel inspect the bridge.

Man sentenced for wife's murder
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man has been sentenced to 99 years for killing his wife.

Creamer's Field prepares for geese
FAIRBANKS - With spring around the corner, officials at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge have put out the welcome mat for the pending arrival of Canada geese.

Glacier 10K, mile races draw 131
Undeterred by Juneau's typical spring conditions, 69 adults and 62 children flocked to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center Saturday to open the racing season with the annual Glacier 10k and Mile Road Races.

JDHS boys winless in Spokane
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team kicked off their season with the usual week-long trip to Spokane, Wash. last week, netting a tie and a pair of losses.

Photo: Showtime stall
Lasacha Freidrichs, front left, performs a stall during the Juneau-Douglas High School Dance Team's tournament routine at the "Showtime" extravaganza Friday at JDHS gym.

Photo: Tournament routine
The Juneau-Douglas High School Dance Team performs its tournament routine Friday at JDHS gym during the "Showtime" extravaganza.

Photo: Crowd pleaser
A large crowd watches the Juneau-Douglas High School Dance Team's "Showtime" extravaganza Friday at the JDHS gym. The annualperformances consistently have one of the largest crowds for an indoor sporting event in Juneau.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Stevens' political future cloudy, despite reversal
ANCHORAGE - Former Sen. Ted Stevens may be clear of legal problems, but his future as an Alaska elected official could be over.

Mount Redoubt erupts again, postponing plan for oil transfer
ANCHORAGE - Plans to transfer millions of gallons of oil from an oil storage facility near Mount Redoubt were derailed Saturday when the volcano erupted again and a tanker sent to get the oil had to turn back.

Gov. Palin's sister-in-law arrested
ANCHORAGE - A half sister of Gov. Sarah Palin's husband is accused of breaking into the same home twice with the intention of stealing money.

Lawmakers briefed on gas project
FAIRBANKS - A project to tap into natural gas reserves in the Nenana Basin could result in more than 700 jobs for several years and up to 17 long-term positions to run a power plant.

Tourist season uncertain in Southeast
KETCHIKAN - The downturn in the global economy is being felt in Southeast Alaska, a region of the state that has come to expect lots of summer visitors.

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