Parent involvement is vital to children
I support House Bill 35 to make parental consent mandatory for our girls before they would commit to an abortion. I agree with the argument that if our daughters, our future community and state women leaders, can't even take a Tylenol at school without parental consent, then it is absurd to think we would allow them to have an abortion without parental consent.

Democrats reject Nelson for Senate seat
Gov. Sarah Palin expressed dismay Friday that Senate Democrats rejected her appointment of Joe Nelson, her latest pick to represent Juneau in the Alaska Senate.

Legislators blame Palin for deteriorating relationship
A star of the national Republican party, Gov. Sarah Palin is increasingly finding herself at odds with leaders of her own party in the Alaska Legislature.

Photos: Maiden voyage
Arriving flight: Alaska Airlines flight 62 arrives in Juneau on Friday. The Alaska Airlines plane bears the design made by Sitka High School student Hannah Hamberg and arrived in Juneau on its maiden voyage. Hamberg's artwork won a statewide Alaska Airlines contest to decorate the airline's new Boeing 737-400.

Photos: Thunder Mountain rally
Junk art: Thunder Mountain High School Wearable Art models and artists line up in front of the student body in the school's gym Friday during a pep assembly after the fashion show.

Palin denies saying Begich should resign
Gov. Sarah Palin on Friday denied asking Sen. Mark Begich to resign from his seat after criminal convictions against former Sen. Ted Stevens were thrown out.

Photo: Folk Fest jam
Kathy Fanning plays fiddle Saturday during a pre-Alaska Folk Festival jam session at the Juneau City Museum. The 35th annual Alaska Folk Festival starts tomorrow and runs through next Sunday at Centennial Hall.

Around Town
Sunday, April 12

Police & Fire
Attempt to serve:

Raising AWAREness
After hearing that Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies was celebrating Sexual Assault Awareness Month with a series of programs in April, one including an art exhibit for First Friday gallery walk, I jumped at the chance to powwow with a few of their administrators.

Pets of the week: Warm and energetic felines need homes
Dude is a 5-year-old orange tabby delight. It takes a little while for him to get used to new places, but once he's comfortable, he is warmer than the Juneau sunshine.

Civics and Conservation Summit at a glance
Teens from around Alaska converged March 15 to 19 at the ninth annual Civics and Conservation Summit. Sponsored by Alaska Youth for Environmental Action, the summit provides training in state government structure and function, with an emphasis on the legislative branch, by focusing on current legislation dealing with environmental issues.

Do people understand what you are saying?
Oftentimes we use words which the people around us don't understand or interpret differently. This may be because they were born in a different land, with a different language or culture, or it may be our own close friends who have had a different background, upbringing or education and training.

Emo seeks springtime specialties
Our new challenge is springtime specialties. Ask Auntie Emo looking for spring flavors to awaken the taste buds. Send in your favorite savory and delightful sweet dishes to share with our readers.

On the Whittier children, Jeanette and Judd
I read Kim Andree's story about the renaming of Whittier Street in the Indian village where one proponent claims to have no knowledge of why it was ever named Whittier in the first place. I have had family living here continuously for 104 years and have a little knowledge of the subject from first hand conversation with Jeanette and Judd Whittier, the daughter and son of the Whittier family who gave the name to the street.

AWARE Executive Director Saralyn Tabachnick, Program Manager Ellen Andrews and Volunteer Coordinator Swarupa Toth answered questions Wednesday regarding Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Here are some of their responses:


Air Force Airman Camarron J. Franklin, 2004 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Senior menu for the week of April 13-17
Monday, April 13

Thanks for recognizing Women of Distinction
AWARE's 13th annual Women of Distinction Dinner and Silent Auction was a magnificent success! It was a privilege to recognize this year's honorees Ann Boochever, Marla Berg, Angie Lunda and Marsha Buck. Their unique contributions to our community and their words of wisdom and inspiration made this event an exceptional celebration.

Thank you to 4-H ski club volunteers
I would like to thank the fallowing people for all their time spent as volunteer coaches for the Juneau 4-H Cross Country Ski Club this winter: Jim Sheufelt, Odin, Brudie, Frankie Pillifant, Larry West, Jeff White, Jeanne Monk, Tim Blust, Kris Benson, Stephanie Allison, Kerry Lear, Greg Beck, Maureen Hall, Daisy Davenport, Teresa Tolbert, Bart Watson, Shari Paul and all the parents that got hooked in to helping.

League of Women Voters holds convention, local group meets
FAIRBANKS - Marilyn Russell of the Tanana Valley League of Women Voters was elected as the new president of the League of Women Voters of Alaska at the state convention held April 4 and 5 in Fairbanks. Other state board members elected at the convention include Linda Witt, of Tanana Valley; Wilda Hudson, of Anchorage; Lois Pillifant, of Kenai; Rebecca Madison, of Tanana Valley; and Carolyn Brown, of Juneau.

Thanks for attending meeting, open house
On behalf of the Juneau Raptor Center, thank you very much to everyone that attended our March 21 annual meeting and open house at the Nugget Mall. We had a wonderful turnout and were so happy to meet with all of you and share information about all of the many species of birds we care for.

Thanks for helping the Rotary Food Drive
The three Rotary clubs of Juneau and Rotoract would like to thank the people of Juneau for their support of the Southeast Alaska Food Bank drive held Feb. 28. The Pre-spring Food Drive this year brough in 12,946 pounds of food donations for the food bank. That's about 3,700 pounds more than last year's collection.

SAGA to hold Global Youth Service Day celebration April 22
JUNEAU - Everyone is welcome to the Southeast Alaska Guidance Association's annual Global Youth Service Day celebration on April 22, during which young people around the world volunteer to make improvements in their communities.

Juneau Seifert to be featured on Discovery Channel Monday night
JUNEAU - Discover Channel's "Alaska Week: Arctic Roughnecks" will premiere at 8 p.m. Monday and will feature Harley Seifert, of Juneau, a special breed of Arctic roughnecks take their mega-machines deep into the frozen tundra of Alaska's North Slope.

Thanks for contributing to Juneau Co-op's annual fundraiser
Juneau Co-op Preschool wishes to thank those who contributed in so many ways - through gifts, support, and talents - to our annual fundraiser, the Zipadeedoodah Family Concert. Thanks to Admiralty Construction, The Alaskan Fudge Company, Alaska Nepal, The Bear's Lair, Blockbuster Video, Heidi Brocious, Judy Campbell, Julie Costello, Eaglecrest Ski Area, Foggy Mountain Shop, Melissa Fritz, Rhonda Gardinier, Stuart Gerger, Gross Alaska Theaters, Tory Haight, Hearthside Books & Toys, The Imagination Station, The Island Pub, Heidi Johnson, Juneau Dance Unlimited, Lisa Davidson's Boutique, Debbie Lowenthal, Sherri McDonald, Mommy-N-Me Wear, Judy Morley, Mount Roberts Tramway, Northstar Trekking, Joan Pardes, Perseverance Theatre, Rainbow Foods, Kristin Cox at Rainforest Naturopathic Medicine, Rejuvenation Salon & Spa, Rock Dump Indoor Climbing Gym, Doug Sturm, Brook and Ted Schwarting, Shoefly & Hudsons, Swampy Acres, Taproot Yoga, Treadwell Ice Arena, WS Trucking, Vicky's Joke Shop, Wings of Alaska and Taku Glacier Lodge, Heritage Coffee, Xandi's Treasure Chest, Wee Fishee Shoppe, Nugget Alaska Outfitter, Family Practice Physicians, Baranof Hotel, El Sombrero, Hangar on the Wharf, Office Plus, Western Auto, Full Circle Farms, The Alaska Club, City Chiropractic, Speedy Glass, TS Welding, Les Schwab, Lisa Davidson's Boutique, Era Helicopters, Starbucks Coffee, The Goldbelt Hotel, Wayne Smith and Juneau Dance Unlimited. Thanks once again to Jeff Brown for acting as our Master of Ceremonies. Thanks to our princess and prince, Annie Bartholomew and Jonas "the Prince", for educating Juneau's kids in the arts of royal etiquette. Thanks also to the many parents of Co-op preschoolers who set up, cleaned up, baked desserts, publicized and organized, served dinner, performed, handed out tickets, collected money, and generally helped make the event a success. In particular, our gratitude to Amber King for the homemade dinner; and Courtney Nelson, this year's Zipadeedoodah Coordinator Extraordinaire.

Glacier Valley to host annual garage sale
JUNEAU - The Glacier Valley Parent Group is hosting the school's annual garage sale from 7 a.m. to noon April 25 at the Glacier Valley Elementary School gym.

Thanks for support when we lost our son
We extend their heartfelt gratitude to all our friends who were there for us at the time of the loss of our beloved son, William Charles Aceveda, who died Feb. 25. Your emotional and financial support, cards and flowers held us up in our time of need. Your friendship and kindness will always be remembered. God bless you all. William rests in peace.

The Whittier Street connection to Juneau
You may not know us, but we're here. We have walked by you on the streets. We have attended school with you and your family members. We may have attended some of the same weddings and funerals or sat by you at community events.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities
• March 19 and 26: In preparation for the month, AWARE teamed up with The Canvas for the first time to do "Evenings of Healing Art: Surviving Violence," sessions for victims of assault or abuse and community members to create artwork centered on the sexual violence. Participants learned about using art as therapy to heal themselves of trauma from violence or assault. They reviewed some artists' works and then entered the artistic process for themselves. The artwork was then used for the April First Friday exhibit at The Canvas.

Suprised to find an Ethiopian Utopia
"Alaska, I've been there three times!"

Thanks to Helping Hands volunteers
The volunteers of Helping Hands would like to thank the community for their continued support. We want to thank the women of Curves for the 968.5 pounds of packaged and canned foods the members brought in for us. We will be serving food items at Western Auto on April 18th. and 19th. That consists of hot dogs, cotton candy, sno cones and many other items.

Catholic Community Services offers support group for parents
JUNEAU - Catholic Community Services, a social service agency, is offering an Our Time Support Group for parents of children with special needs. The group provides resources and weekly meetings from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at the Family Resource Center to support and empower parents.

Thank you for taking care of Lydia M. George
The George family would like to thank the many, many wonderful people that took care of our mother, Lydia George: Dr. Haight, his staff; Kristof (moms home care person); Grace (volunteer caregiver); Bernice Cranston (home caregiver); Wildflower court staff; Searhc clinic staff; Batlett Hospital staff; Catholic Community. We would also like to thank the following people who came and gave comfort to Lydia: Albert Kookesh, Floyd Kookesh and Lena; Randy Gamble; Lynda Wynne and John; Papa K J and Peggy; Peter Naoroz, Matt Kookesh; Dan Brown Jr; Carlton Smith, Clarence Jackson, Walter Zobloff, Cyril George and family; Matilda Gamble and family, Ruby Nelson, Diane Church, Evert Wright, David Katzeek who helped with the culture part, Gail and Gil Lucero, Lenard Johnson, Lenard Demmert, Lenora and Philip Walker, Smitty Katzeek, Ray Dennis, Marion George and family, Roberta and Vickey Johnson, Scot Aburtine, Jamie Daniels, JoAnn George and family, Dinah Hobson-George and family, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Martin, Sandy Roberts, Mitch Cook, Gary Hansen Sr., Fletti Maka, Tom Sabo and his mother Jean; Services and prayer with Dick and Nora Dauenhauer and the RO Deacon; Salvation Army Capt Jack Smith; Catholic Priest.

Charles Cowan to speak on new findings in the world of autism
JUNEAU - In celebration of April as Autism Awareness Month, Dr. Charles Cowan, a neuro-developmental and behavioral pediatrician and medical director of the Autism Clinic at Seattle Children's Hospital, will present on what is new in the world of autism from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, April 24, at the Treadwell Room of the Baranof Hotel, 127 North Franklin St. Admission is free.

Thanks for supporting the 2009 Bridal Show
Creativation Events would like to thank the following people for their contributions to the 2009 Bridal Show, held Feb. 21 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Juneau Community Foundation honors philanthropists for 'giving back'
The Juneau Community Foundation issued its first philanthropy awards at a gala donor recognition dinner on March 19 at the Baranof Hotel.

10 excuses for sexual assault:
1. She was wearing tight jeans.

What would life be like with no newspapers?
Imagine a world with no newspapers. No news at the newsstands, no paper boy jobs for kids, nothing to hide behind at the breakfast table. Big deal, you say. I can get all my news off the Internet. True - after a fashion. But the Internet can never replace a paper newspaper.

Parkers celebrate 73 years
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Parker, residents of the Juneau Pioneers' Home, are celebrating their 73rd wedding anniversary today, Easter Sunday.

Swimming in the wake of mermaids
After babysitting our daughter, a friend of ours said "After she showed up, mermaids kept appearing everywhere." It is true. My daughter is surrounded by a wave of mermaids all the time. And lately it seems I am being washed over by them as well.

Harrises celebrate 50 years
William and Lillian Harris, of Juneau, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2009, in the Treadwell Room of the Baranof Hotel. Friends and family are invited to celebrate with them.

Thanks for contributing to Hoop Time exhibit
Thank you to all of the basketball players, fans, coaches and supporters who helped in getting together the current exhibit at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum: Hoop Time; Gastineau Channel Basketball Through the Years. A special thanks to the Basketball History Committee (Mike Grummett, Dick Forrest, Tony McCormick, Dick McCormick and Mike Blackwell) whose exhaustive research makes up most of the Juneau vs. Douglas rivalry section of the exhibit. The Lions Club was also greatly giving of their time and memorabilia in regards to the Gold Medal Tournament: Lion Barbara Anderson, Lion Steve Brandner, Lion Ted Burke, Lion Ross Soboleff, Lion Sasha Soboleff, and Lion Monarch Dr. Walter Soboleff.

Thanks for volunteers at Winter Jamboree
The Southeast Alaska Guidance Association's Eagle Valley Center would like to thank the following groups and individuals for their generous help and volunteerism at the Winter Jamboree on March 21.

Juneau Health Summit takes place April 23-24
JUNEAU - The Juneau Health Summit, "Pulling Together for Health," will take place April 23 to 24 at the Tlingit & Haida Community Center, 3235 Hospital Drive, in Juneau.

Thanks for participating in Career Expo Day
The Juneau School District would like to thank Capital City Fire and Rescue for their support in sponsoring a district-wide offering of Emergency Trauma Technician training for high school students the past two months. Twenty-two students participated in this after school class, and earned ETT credentials. Students were able to earn high school and UAS credit for this class. Special thanks to Chief Eric Mohrmann for financially supporting this class, and instructors, Sandy Kelly, Paul Kelly, Beth Welden, and Marilyn Vink for coordinating the instruction. The district plans to offer this training again next year and continue this successful partnership with the city's Capital City Fire and Rescue. Thanks for all your help in making this a class a reality and success!

Photo: Play area donation
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School covered play area advocate Patrick Owen, right, handsPrincipal Barb Mecum a check for nearly $9,000 for the Covered Play Area Activity Account, for which Owen solicited the funds from the community over the last five years. The facility will be built this summer.

Jason Hutchinson
Former Juneau resident Jason Alan Hutchinson died March 17, 2009, in Mesa, Ariz. He was 37.

Empire editorial: Squabble over state Senate seat sparks sandbox death match
The attempt to fill Juneau's open state Senate seat has become more about the process and less about the appointees or the capital city's need for representation. This contentious battle has been reduced from what should have been a reasonable and rational process to a sandbox death match.

My turn: Alaskans stand to benefit from energy stimulus funds
Last September, Gov. Sarah Palin declared September "Energy Efficiency Month", explaining that "One of the best things we can do as Alaskans to stretch our family dollars further is to save energy - at home and on the road." Yet, when given the opportunity to augment our energy efficiency, weatherization and energy development programs in Alaska she is threatening to turn away as much as $55.5 million for energy relief from the Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Not only would these funds help Alaskans improve efficiency and reduce costs, but they could fund some of the 28 renewable energy projects currently being passed over due to inadequate state funds.

My turn: Dems should support Natives
I am disappointed the Juneau Democrats did not include an Alaska Native on their new list of qualified candidates to serve out former Sen. Kim Elton's term in the state Senate. I don't make this statement lightly, or in any sense of sour grapes because my name was not on the list.

Toe toon
This week's Toe toon.

Massage therapist sentenced for assault
KODIAK - A Kodiak man who works as a massage therapist has been sentenced for sexual assault.

Redoubt continues with small eruptions
ANCHORAGE - Mount Redoubt about 100 miles southwest of Anchorage continues to be active.

North Pole police search for woman
FAIRBANKS - Police in North Pole are searching for a woman who held bank employees at gunpoint.

Alaska journalist Bill Tobin dies at 81
ANCHORAGE - William "Bill" J. Tobin, the first correspondent for The Associated Press in Juneau and a consummate reporter and newspaperman, has died. He was 81.

Tickets sold for Palin's Indiana trip
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Organizers expect Gov. Sarah Palin will make an appearance before those buying overflow tickets to hear her speak to a southern Indiana anti-abortion group next week.

Anti-mine forces deny complaint
ANCHORAGE - Groups opposed to the huge Pebble Mine in southwest Alaska say mining companies are trying to smear them.

Department issues revenue forecast
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Revenue has released its revenue forecast for spring.

JDHS kicks past wet, muddy KayHi
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls varsity soccer team opened their season by sweeping past Southeast Conference rival Ketchikan on the road this weekend, adding Saturday's 8-1 victory to Friday's 9-0 shutout.

'Superman' breaks MMA record
Anthony "Five" Manacio V, 23, a first-time fighter with a six-year wrestling career, stunned the crowd with his Rough House Boxing record breaking win over fellow first-time fighter Andrew "Anderson" Johnson, 21, just 11 seconds into the bout. With Superman tattoos on his arms, Manacio beat the previous MMA record of 17 seconds by using what he called his "Superman" punch.

A taste of the gridiron gourmet
With an eye towards the program's inaugural 2009 football season, prospective Thunder Mountain High School Falcons worked up a sweat Saturday morning by slinging hashbrowns, sausage and flapjacks instead of the usual turf, mud and sweat of preseason training.

Slush Cup supplies splashy ending
For the first time in Slush Cup history, Ken Leghorn attempted to skim across the traditional 130-foot-long, four-foot-deep pond on nothing more than a pair of "skinny skis" Saturday at Eaglecrest Ski Area. His run kicked off the 2009 Slush Cup, which marked the end of the ski season and drew just under 60 competitors in the less-than-spring-like weather.

ADF&G warns that bears are emerging from hibernation
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game warns residents that bears will soon be emerging from winter hibernation and will start searching for food to restore energy reserves after a long winter.

Photos: Battle for the ages
Juneau's 91-year-old Dean Williams played an exhibition match against 11-year-old Whitehorse player Louis Kedziora Saturday at the JRC-Alaska Club's Capital Cup tournament.

Sports in Juneau

Judge in Stevens dismissal known for tenacity
"Unfortunately, I can't trust the government," he said, adding that "someone's going to pay a price."

State hearings continue on Ross for AG nomination
Ross, Gov. Sarah Palin's designee for Alaska attorney general, faced mostly congenial questions at his confirmation hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, but he didn't directly answer Holmes when she asked if he stood by a 1993 letter to the Alaska Bar Association newsletter, in which he used words such as "immoral," "degenerates" and "perversion" for homosexuality.

House approves stimulus funds with 40-0 vote
The Alaska House on Friday unanimously backed spending $450 million in federal stimulus money on public schools, expanded unemployment insurance, new public safety officers, home weatherization and other programs.

Mining companies file ballot measure complaint
Robert Gillam and the groups are accused of breaking the law during last year's ballot measure campaign to block the mine.

Railbelt utility plan on hold till next session
Palin's energy adviser, Joe Balash, told state Senate and House Energy committees Thursday that the administration will let board members from the six affected utilities weigh in on the structure of a new corporation to be known as the Greater Railbelt Energy and Transmission Corp.

Alaska rejects listing for Kittlitz's murrelet
The Palin administration has rejected a request to list an Alaska seabird as a state endangered species.

Five Eielson airmen awarded bronze stars
The awards were presented as part of a homecoming ceremony Friday for members of the 354th Fighter Wing.

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