Sunday, April 11, 2010

Buyer interested in Tulsequah Chief Mine
A sale is pending on an old mine leaking polluted water into the Taku River watershed.

Success Inside and Out: Bringing inmates, community together
Joseph Contreras stood before 56 inmates at Juneau's Lemon Creek Correctional Institute Center Saturday as a guest speaker during the 3rd annual Success Inside and Out conference, a pre-release meeting for the men and women incarcerated there.

Statter Harbor boat launch moves forward
The draft environmental assessment for the project that will build a double-lane boat launch ramp at Don Statter Boat Harbor in Auke Bay is complete and open for public comment.

Legislature rejects Parnell's nursing board appointee
Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, led a fight against an attempt by Gov. Sean Parnell to appoint a nurse, many legislators saw as unqualified, to the Board of Nursing. But that fight instead took on the flavor of a debate over abortion.

Photo: Public service pledge
Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell gives a thumbs up Friday to about 30 new Americorps members who were sworn in at the Dimond Courthouse Plaza. The new members will work on public services projects throughout Alaska.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Taking it to the mat
Taking mostly first-time competitors, Juneau's only judo club represented the capital city well last month by becoming state champions.

Spring cleaning - only if it shows
Spring hovers on the horizon. The geese return to the flats, skunk cabbage pokes up yellow in the woods, and the deadline for Nenana Ice Classic tickets has passed. Ah, spring, when a young woman's fancy turns to ... spring cleaning.

Thanks, Daisy Troop 4010, for donating cookies to AWARE
Daisy Troop 4010 donated its Gifts of Caring Girl Scout cookies to AWARE. The Girl Scout's Gifts of Caring program allows troops to designate a local nonprofit to donate cookies that individuals have purchased but would like to donate to a good cause. Troop Leader Kate Hudson along with Daisy Scouts Eva Sturm, Grace Hudson and Nakenna Kotlarov delivered more than three dozen cookies to AWARE Executive Director Saralyn Tabachnick.

Thanks, firefighters, for making memories with Puddle Jumpers
The children attending Puddle Jumpers Developmental Learning Center (a downtown daycare under Catholic Community Services) recently took a wonderful field trip to the Capital City Fire and Rescue downtown Juneau station. What a fantastic experience for our youngsters. What a treat. We would all like to express our sincere appreciation, thanks, and amazement to the fire station crew - all for this most wonderful chance to further educate ourselves as both teachers and students alike. The crew at the fire station was instrumental in creating a lasting impression that our young people won't soon forget. And for that, we all thank you.

Thanks for donating to our pet rescue mask campaign
Canines of all kinds got their sniff on during the K9 Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Pet Nanny's Place. The purpose of this unique event was to raise funds to purchase Pet Rescue Mask Kits for Capital City Fire and Rescue. In typical Juneau fashion, it rained cats and dogs, but that didn't stop the hounds from hunting wholesome treats supplied by Mud Bay Granary encased in colorful egg shells. With the help of generous donations from the participants and the kind support from our corporate donors and other sponsors, Juneau's five fire stations will receive ten complete Pet Rescue Mask kits, enough to outfit each of the frontline fire and emergency vehicles.

Pets of the week
Puppet is a sweet, friendly, 12-year-old shepherd-husky female looking for a caring human to retire with. She loves the outdoors, but arthritis has slowed her down a little, so she just takes shorter trips now. She enjoys keeping her brain exercised with fun activities and loves a comfy bed at the end of the day. She gets around pretty well for an old girl. She's just looking for a human to share her golden years with and to snuggle up with on that comfy bed.

Recognitions
Air National Guard Airman Lary J. Martinez graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Tongass employees receive Alaska Wilderness awards
JUNEAU - Two Tongass National Forest employees are recipients of the 2009 Alaska Region Wilderness Awards, the Alaska Regional Office announced April 2.

Thanks for sharing the importance of seatbelt safety
We received an e-mail from the mother of one of my firefighters thanking Division Chief Weldon for teaching her son about the importance of wearing his seat belt. Her words were so heartfelt and important to all sons and daughters that I would like to share them with you. She wrote:

Thank you for volunteering to host legislative dinners
On behalf of Mayor Botelho and our committee, which volunteered to organize dinners for legislators in Juneau homes, we wish to express our appreciation to all those who agreed to serve as capital city hosts. These dinners not only afforded legislators a relaxing evening with new friends but gave both hosts and guests an opportunity to learn more about new areas of our great state. Unfortunately, the press of legislative business kept some of the hosts from connecting successfully with their potential guests. We are already looking forward to next year's legislative session and to successfully pairing legislators and hosts earlier in the session.

AWARE holds 40-hour advocacy training
JUNEAU - Community members, potential volunteers or those who serve in agencies, schools and businesses are invited to attend Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies' bi-annual, 40-hour advocacy training starting Monday, April 12.

Will work to cheer
In order to raise money to travel south for competition, local cheer and stunt teams are willing to do any odd jobs around town, providing they are age-appropriate and safe.

4-H Running Club starting up spring running schedule
JUNEAU - The 4-H Running Club is starting up its spring running schedule again. The group will meet on Thursdays at various trailheads at 5:45 p.m. Dates and locations are as follows:

Widowed Persons host potluck on Thursday
JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons Program will have a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15, in the dining room at Fireweed Place. All widows and widowers are invite to attend this social event. Please bring a dish to share.

Thanks for allowing HoopRats to join your Spring Break tourney
HoopRats Basketball would like to thank Hooptime for allowing us to compete in their Spring Break tournament. We had a blast! Thanks to Arnold Abias, Bob and Shelly Saviers and all the teams from Hoonah, Petersburg, Juneau and Haines.

Thanks for providing wellness resources to UAS students
The office of Peer education and health and wellness at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau would like to thank the following agencies in town for providing great resources to our students at the UAS Week long Wellness challenge: SEARHC, Pavitt's Health and Fitness, and cooperative extension. We would also like to thank the Augustus Brown swimming pool, Treadwell arena and the bowling ally for donating free passes as prizes to all who participated in the week long wellness challenge.

Sons of Norway host 'Evening with Henning Hegland'
JUNEAU - The local Sons of Norway Lodge and Perseverance Theatre are co-sponsoring an "Evening with Henning Hegland" presentation at 7 p.m. April 19 at Perseverance Theatre in Douglas.

Foundation accepting applications for funding support
JUNEAU - The Douglas-Dornan Foundation, a donor-advised fund of the Juneau Community Foundation, will accept applications for funding support until June 1. The foundation offers financial grants to organizations that benefit and enhance the health, education and welfare of individuals in Southeast Alaska.

Eastern Europe class open MBA or MPA graduate students
JUNEAU - An intriguing graduate class is open for those currently enrolled in MBA or MPA programs or anyone thinking about starting a graduate program at the University of Alaska Southeast. This class is also open for senior undergraduate students with instructor permission and to UAS alumni. The instructor for this class is Dr. Yuliya V. Ivanova, whose bilingual and bicultural background will add extra benefits to this course.

Local ladies fundraise to participate in national cancer walk
JUNEAU - Juneau residents Liz LaPierre, Genevieve McLaughlin and Barb Mulford will again participate in the Susan G Komen 3-Day for the Cure walk in Chicago in August.

Juneau couple supports big band education
A longtime Juneau couple recently dedicated $100,000 to ensure the continuation of big band music education for youth.

The glass is already broken
Mark Epstein tells a story about a Zen master who holds up a glass knowing it's already broken. He enjoys the glass, drinks from it, sees it reflect the sun in different patterns and taps it to make a nice sound. But when it breaks and he understands the glass is already broken, every moment with it is precious.

Lyon, Blackwell to wed
Dana Taylor Lyon, of Hayden Lake, Idaho, and Jesse Vincent Blackwell, of Juneau, are engaged to be married June 12, 2010, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, where a reception will follow.

FYI
Births

Time to wake up
Have you ever been to a naturalization ceremony? I attended one several years ago. I didn't know anyone being naturalized. The ceremony was open to the public, so out of curiosity I went. What I witnessed overwhelmed me. Over 100 people raised their hands and pledged their allegiance to the United States of America. Over 100 people cried and hugged with joy after their long journey was finally over. They were Americans. In tears, I realized how much I took my citizenship for granted. My citizenship didn't start with an application, a civics test, and an oath of loyalty. It started with my birth.

Photo: March Dress Challenge winner
Curves owner Charlene Schrader, right, and poses with Kathy Honea, the March winner of Curves' Stronger Together Juneau Dress Challenge for losing 9 pounds and 7 inches. In challenging the community to get fit, the women's fitness center is giving out monthly prizes for the highest percentage of weight lost, with a grand prize worth $1,000 to be given out this summer. During the March food drive, Curves collected 1,365 pounds of food, which was donated to Helping Hands. Curves thanks all of its members for their generosity.

Senior menu for the week of April 12-16
Monday, April 12

James Howard Carruth
Former Juneau resident James Howard Carruth died April 5, 2010, near his wife and son in Las Vegas, N.M. He was 84.

William Henry Elkinton Jr.
Former Juneau resident William Henry Elkinton Jr. died peacefully March 31, 2010, at his home in Maryville, Tenn. He was 78.

Robert Michael Barnack
Former Juneau and Tenakee Springs resident Robert "Bob" Barnack died Feb. 25, 2010, in his Oregon home. He was 77.

Outside editorial: A mining tragedy
Mining accidents are as closely associated with West Virginia as Appalachian folk music. They're expected, but no one knows when the next tragedy will occur.

Outside editorial: Use of intelligence data will improve airline security
After the failed attempt to bomb a Northwest Airlines plane on Christmas Day, the Obama administration imposed a temporary policy requiring extra screening of every passenger bound for the United States from 14 countries.

Republican Convention heads to Juneau
Political parties in Alaska have state conventions every two years, and 2010 means it's time for it to happen again.

How are your taxes being spent?
Taxpayers filing their 1040s are likely wondering just where all their hard-earned tax dollars are going, anyway.

Toe Toon
This week's toe toon.

Banner Bears?
Last year's state runner-up Juneau-Douglas girls' soccer team is back in action and ready to make a run at the 2010 state title.

Ord seals first win
Annika Ord beat the keeper late in the match and Juneau-Douglas beat West Valley 2-1 in the Crimson Bears' season-opening girls' soccer victory over the Wolfpack on Friday at Adair-Kennedy Field.

Juneau boys shut out Whitehorse in friendly
With the soccer season getting into full swing, the Juneau Soccer Club welcomed the Whitehorse (U-19) prep team to town for a Saturday-evening friendly at Adair-Kennedy Field.

Photo: Helping Hospice
Runners participate in the 5th annual Heart of Hospice 5k- and 1-mile runs at Twin Lakes on Saturday. Full results on B2.

Latest version of capital building grows to $2.2B
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell's claim that a flush capital budget could "overheat" Alaska's economy is baseless, a co-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said Friday as the spending bill that lawmakers are crafting grew to $2.2 billion.

Department revises revenue forecast
JUNEAU - The Department of Revenue is projecting the state will have $900 million more than expected for the current and upcoming budget years because of higher-than-expected oil prices.

Legislature rejects game board pick
JUNEAU - The Alaska Legislature rejected on Friday the controversial appointment of a Fairbanks man to the state Board of Game.

Alaska bald eagle survives plunge after mating dance
ANCHORAGE - An acrobatic display of passion proved too much for a pair of eagles engaged in a mating dance over Alaska's Prince William Sound.

State leaders oppose ANWR plan
FAIRBANKS - Alaska state leaders oppose a federal plan to update the conservation efforts for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

'Bloated' capital building budget includes more Juneau projects
Legislators on Friday continued to add more projects to a capital budget that critics had already called "bloated." New additions included many smaller projects added by individual legislators, resulted in an increase of $78 million to the $2.2 billion capital budget.

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