Monday, April 5, 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.

Etheridge to take over as Fire Chief
Juneau will soon have a new Fire Chief.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Alaska Folk Festival: A labor of love
Amidst the toe-tapping, jamming and dancing during this week's annual Alaska Folk Festival held at Centennial Hall, it's easy to overlook the behind-the-scene work that makes it all possible.

Sealaska reviewing comments about lands bill
KETCHIKAN - Sealaska is reviewing comments received from community meetings held to discuss its lands bill, which would allow the corporation to choose lands outside the boundaries of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

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.

Work starts on Juneau VA clinic
ANCHORAGE - In an effort to better serve military veterans in Southeast Alaska, construction recently began on the Juneau Veterans Affairs Outreach Clinic, said a spokeswoman with the state VA Healthcare System.

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: Smooth sailing
Dr. Alan McPherson sails under the Douglas Bridge on his 37-foot steel boat, Amica II, during fine spring weather on Friday.

Photo: Perched on a totem pole
A bald eagle perches atop a totem pole at Centennial Hall Sunday. The totem pole wasoriginally carved in 1980-81 and restored in 2000 by master carver Nathan Jackson.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sealaska Lands Bill meeting to be held in Juneau
JUNEAU - Territorial Sportsmen, an interest group with 1,800 members in Juneau, will host a public meeting on the Sealaska Lands Bill on April 13 at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall.

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.

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.

Trivette reappointed to Retirement Management board
JUNEAU - Juneau's Sam Trivette has been reappointed to the Alaska Retirement Management Board, Gov. Sean Parnell announced.

Dept. of Law criticizes bill on electronic records
JUNEAU - An assistant attorney general is blasting a bill intended to clarify and expand public records preservation requirements for electronic formats.

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.

Extradition hearing set for AK fugitive
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - An extradition hearing is scheduled May 7 for a fugitive from Alaska who was arrested by federal officers on a ranch in eastern North Dakota.

Man jailed after police chase
WASILLA - An Anchorage man was jailed after authorities say he attempted to run over a police officer during a chase.

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.

Man charged with grabbing airplane controls
ANCHORAGE - A 20-year-old Bethel man accused of grabbing the controls of a commuter plane landing at Emmonak has been arrested.

Spokeswoman: Gov. got letter demanding he step down
JUNEAU - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell is among the governors who have received letters demanding they leave office or be removed.

Horse-drawn buggy and truck collide
ANCHORAGE - A horse-drawn buggy and a truck collided in downtown Anchorage.

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.

Legislative expansion moves forward
A bill to expand the size of the Alaska Legislature formally passed the state Senate Thursday, after Sen. John Coghill decided against changing his vote.

Disctrict helps Alaska kids get construction jobs
ANCHORAGE - Gary Abernathy has his work cut out for him.

Convention center too small for Sportsman Show
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage's new convention center can't handle a show as big as the upcoming Great Alaska Sportsman Show.

Military still has a mission in Alaska, says Air Force
FAIRBANKS - The military still has an important mission in Alaska, even if Eielson Air Force Base is not among the first to receive the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the chief of staff for the Air Force said.

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.

Judge in Palin hacking case upholds warrants
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - A federal magistrate dealt the man charged with hacking Sarah Palin's e-mail another pre-trial setback Friday by refusing to dismiss search warrants for Internet provider records.

Film crew takes to Alaska's untouched ski terrain
PETERSBURG - A crew of professional skiers, photographers, and cinematographers seeking world-class ski terrain will be in Petersburg for the next month as they shoot a segment for their film, "Light the Wick."

Kodiak woman flexes pecs at bodybuilding contests
Valene Wilde, 46, poses at the Kodiak Athletic Club in Kodiak, Alaska. Wilde competed in her first bodybuilding show on March 27 in 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.

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.

Piling up wood threatens Alaska rivers, wildlife
BETHEL - So many people are hacking down swaths of live trees to reduce costly heating bills that landowners along rivers near Bethel are starting to fear the practice could endanger fish and wildlife habitat.

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.

Feds collect dead eagles to help Native traditions
ANCHORAGE - The bald eagle may be America's emblem, but the birds are susceptible to the same dangers as the average crow. Each year, thousands of bald eagles are hit by cars, electrocuted or accidentally poisoned.

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