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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Presidential power surge
The founders' mission in composing our Constitution was to limit power by means of checks and balances between three branches of government and "we the people."

Recognizing Israel, questioning legislator
House Joint Resolution 38 recognizes Israel on its 60th birthday.

Young people need religious education
"Dead eyes see no future." The photo in the March 30 edition of the Empire of this phrase on a young woman's arm says it all - hopelessness, despair, the overwhelming sense that there is no meaning in life and that the only thing to look forward to is more sadness, more frustration and more pain.

Alaskans should fight genocide
I am a high school student at Kake High School. I would like to help stop the genocide going on in Darfur.

Juneau man charged with sexually abusing three children
A Juneau man was arrested Wednesday on charges that he sexually abused three children ages 6 to 7 on numerous occasions since 2006.

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

Native students shadow teachers
More than 100 students from around the state are in town this week to learn about what it's like to become a teacher in Alaska.

High school autoshop program to remain, in part, at UAS
Officials with the Juneau School District and the University of Alaska Southeast said Thursday they had reached a compromise that will allow the district to teach part of the high school automotive technology curriculum on university property.

Slush Cup sidelined
Eaglecrest Ski Area General Manager Kirk Duncan hands out ski lift passes to Clinton and Jennifer Talley during their employee appreciation day on Thursday. The ski area will close for the season on Monday. Instead of closing out the season by skipping across an icy pool on skis and snowboards in the annual Slush Cup, riders will instead have to settle for more than one foot of fresh snow that has fallen on top of 170 inches already covering the uppermountain. Duncan said the water pipe from Cropely Lake is still frozen and there is no water to fill a pool traditionally dug into the snowpack near the base of the mountain.

Photo: Leadership conference
Gov. Sarah Palin addresses about 250 students from around the state Thursday at Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium. The students were in town as part of the conference of the Alaska Association of Student Governments. Palin told the crowd that leaders aren't necessarily born into power. "Alaska'sleaders, especially, can be ordinary people," she said. "But you have to have extraordinary vision and you have to manifest that vision in your actions."

New ferry board gets legislative OK
The Marine Transportation Advisory Board will for the first time become part of state law, under a bill approved Thursday by the powerful Senate Finance Committee.

Photo: Old-time Creole
Les Amis Creole, the 2008 guest artists for the Alaska Folk Festival, play Thursday evening at Centennial Hall. The bandmembers, from left, are Cedric Watson, Corey Ledet, Ed Poullard and James Adams.

Photo: Images from another time From the ground up
Dump trucksunload rock in the area where the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall is located onWilloughby Avenue. The filling of West Willoughby Avenue with waste rock from the Alaska Juneau minebegan in February of 1941.

Around Town
Today, April 11

Local business allows moms to bring their kids to work
Pema is 18 months old; she has a delightful smile and big blue eyes. Pema enjoys going to work with her mother at Rainbow Foods, a small health foods store located in downtown Juneau.

Glacier Valley Parent Group seeks items for garage sale
JUNEAU - The Glacier Valley Elementary School Parent Group is looking for donations of clean, lightly used items to sell at its annual garage sale frp, 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 19, in the Glacier Valley Elementary School gym.

Author Jason Dorsey to speak at Pillars of America series
JUNEAU - Author Jason Dorsey will speak about one of the hottest topics among the business world today - Generation Y - at the annual Pillars of America Speaker Series at noon Wednesday, April 16, at Centennial Hall.

Presbytery of Alaska to host dessert potluck
JUNEAU - The Presbytery of Alaska will host a dessert potluck at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, at Chapel by the Lake, next to Smith Hall.

Saturday fishing vessel safety course cancelled
ANGOON - The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association is canceling the 10-hour fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course scheduled for Saturday at the Angoon Fire Hall.

Eaglecrest hosts 3rd Cabin Reunion Day
JUNEAU - The Juneau Ski Club and Eaglecrest Ski Area are hosting the 3rd Cabin Reunion Day celebration from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Eaglecrest.

Historical conference seeks paper proposals
JUNEAU - The annual Alaska Historical Society Conference, "Alaska Visionaries: Seekers, Leaders & Dreamers," is seeking historians - student, amateur and professional - to submit proposals for papers.

Humanities Council receives $25,000 grant
JUNEAU - The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council is proud to announce that the Rasmuson Foundation awarded it a Tier 1 grant in the amount of $25,000 to purchase chairs and portable pipe and drape curtain systems for the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Nominations needed for Sitka Health Summit
SITKA - The steering committee for the second annual Sitka Health Summit, "Working Together for a Healthier Sitka," is accepting nominations for awards that will be given to Sitka health role models and wellness champions.

Mature Alaskans program seeks trainees
JUNEAU - The Mature Alaskans Seeking Skills Training program, an adult education and employment program at The Learning Connection, is seeking individuals 55 years or older to work in a paid trainee positions to learn new skills for a wage.

To play or not to play the college entrance game
I signed up for a two-hour seminar innocuously titled "The College Application Process." It felt more like "How Type-A Parents Play the College Game," because the room was full of parents, not students. What can I say? I was there, too.

Thank you from the family of Pamela Dunker
Pamela Dunker passed away recently following a no-holds-barred battle with ovarian cancer. As her primary care-giver, friend, soul mate and husband for 32 years, my own grief process has put too many things on the back burner, but this should not be one of them.

Catholic Community Service earns Well Workplace award for March
JUNEAU - The Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition has honored Catholic Community Service with its Well Workplace of the Month Award for March. The monthly award recognizes the efforts of Juneau organizations that promote employee wellness within their worksites.

Four short stories by Pulitzer finalist are cynical, ironic, engaging, a little academic
"Dictation - A Quartet " (Houghton Mifflin Company, 179 pages, $24), by Cynthia Ozick

Recognitions
The Siemens Foundation recently recognized its winners for the 10th annual 2007-'08 Siemens Awards for advanced placement. In Alaska, Isabel Bush, from Juneau-Douglas High School, and Jae Chung, from A.J. Dimond High School, won the college scholarship for the state. Additionally, Wendy Ehnert, from Austin E. Lathrop High School in Fairbanks, won the teachers award, while Palmer High School won the high school award.

FYI
Births

Pets of the week
Kitty heaven: Gastineau Humane Society has almost 30 cats

In the spring moss is king
Snow goes away, some of us lose it faster than others, but it all goes and the new season emerges. Stretching soggily, squelchingly and sloppily toward spring, the landscape reenergizes. Green buds swell toward the light. Pointed fingertips of the spring bulb flowers enter the aboveground world, bringing news from below. And in the forest, moss under the trees glows with renewed vigor.

Alaska's serial killer: Hunting strippers in the bush
Anchorage's Robert Hansen was a big game hunter who got tired of hunting until he came upon the novel idea of kidnapping, releasing and then hunting strippers in the Alaska bush.

Paradise on the Na Pali Coast
The day after my sister-in-law, Patty, and her husband, Mike, were married in Hawaii, we drove, with my husband, to Port Allen to sail up the Na Pali Coast on Catamaran Kahanu.

The Cambodian wedding, Part II
The guests to a Cambodian wedding don't actually come to the wedding until the second day. This is the real day of celebration.

Libraries feature new picture books
"Chowder," written and illustrated by Peter Brown. Chowder's owners think their bulldog is quirky, but other people think he's weird and other dogs say he belongs in a zoo. He uses a toilet, loves riding on the mechanical horses at the supermarket, and goes for walks with his owners - in a baby backpack. Despite his abilities, poor Chowder is lonely. So when the Food Ranch grocery store adds a petting zoo, Chowder wonders if maybe the dogs are right and hatches a plot to find out. The brilliantly goofy pictures really make this story about learning to enjoy being yourself something special.

Meet Rick Shaner, the director of Echo Ranch
There are some people who you can sit with and reminisce about the good old days; Rick Shaner, director of Echo Ranch Bible Camp, is one of those people.

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Elizabeth Bryson
Age: 11.

John T. Stewart
Longtime Juneau resident John T. Stewart died April 8, 2008, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home, due to complication from Alzheimer's disease. He was 77.

Alaska editorial: Gas pipeline could finally be on its way
Announcements like the one from BP and ConocoPhillips don't come about all that often. When they do, they stop you cold.

My turn: Juneau needs road's benefits
During the October 2000 election, the question asked was "Which of the following do you support for improving access from Juneau north: (a) enhanced ferry service or (b) a road."

Legislature gives governor authority to weigh in on initiative
JUNEAU - The House Finance Committee has authorized the governor's office to spend $25,000 to weigh in on a citizen's initiative on mining.

Oil and gas tax credit requests surprise Revenue Department
JUNEAU - Another $100 million was added to the capital budget to cover tax credits for oil and gas producers in the state.

Ethics bill making progress in committee
JUNEAU - Lawmakers are one step closer to expanding the investigative powers of the state's elections watchdog agency.

Man charged with possessing child porn to stay in prison
KENAI - A Kenai man charged with 100 counts of child pornography possession will remain in jail for at least another week.

Feds investigate cause of Unalaska plane crash
UNALASKA - Federal authorities are investigating the cause of a charter plane crash on the Unalaska Airport runway.

Alaska Airlines cancels more MD-80 flights for FAA inspections
SEATTLE - Alaska Airlines canceled 11 more flights Thursday for federally mandated wiring inspections on MD-80 passenger jets, bringing the total to 42 cancellations in three days.

Group home slated to reopen in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks Community Behavioral Health Center in Fairbanks is reopening one of its group homes, with plans to open two others in coming months.

Airport board accepts bid for terminal repairs
JUNEAU - The Juneau International Airport Board on Wednesday passed a motion to recommend that the Juneau Assembly accept North Pacific Erectors' $1.8 million bid to do phase one terminal repairs.

JDHS track ready to roll
A strong group of proven veterans will anchor the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls track teams when they open their season today with a two-day meet in Ketchikan.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Okla. senator puts pressure on Don Young
WASHINGTON - An Oklahoma senator plans next week to propose legislation that would force a special congressional investigation to find out who set aside $10 million in a 2005 transportation bill, after it won final House and Senate passage, to study a possible highway interchange in southwest Florida.

Legislators mull pay raise change
House Speaker John Harris, R-Valdez, told what may have been a little fib recently. As with many people both in politics and elsewhere, it was about how much money he makes.

Legislators want public vote on gambling
ANCHORAGE - State legislators are moving quickly toward changing the state constitution so that a public vote would be necessary before any legalized gambling for profit can take place in Alaska.

Iditarod champion Jeff King charged with illegal moose kill
ANCHORAGE - Four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King has been charged with illegally killing a moose inside Denali National Park and Preserve.

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