Saturday, April 19, 2008

Stark's existential sociopath, Parker, is back in new caper
"Dirty Money" (Grand Central Publishing, 276 pages, $23.99), by Richard Stark.

Spot young adult fiction by neon stripes on spines
Young adult fiction is meant for high school and college age readers and can be easily spotted on the fiction shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries by the neon stripes on the spines. There's some great stuff here - romances, sci-fi, thrillers, and the ever-popular "teen angst" novel.

Yankee Cove a brutal terminal site
No hard feelings? If Goldbelt's CEO, Coeur Alaska, Southeast Conservation Council and the mayor think all is well to run a ferry from Yankee Cove to Berners Bay, think again. Those of us who fish in Lynn Canal throughout the year, including in Berners Bay, know it's no cake walk.

Alaskans to get better ID theft protection
It's been a long time in coming, but Alaska now enjoys some of the strongest identity theft protections in the United States. AkPIRG has been working to pass this important legislation since 2005, and we are glad that these protections made it through the process before the end of the session. Alaska now joins 39 other states that have already implemented similar laws.

Juneau requests $25 million in aid
The Juneau city government shifted into response gear Thursday by declaring the loss of its hydroelectricity a "disaster," then asking the state for aid to cover a nearly instantaneous 500 percent rate hike.

Feeling the squeeze
The lights were low in many Juneau offices and homes Thursday, as businesses and residents began searching for ways to conserve energy and costs.

Public entities to feel electric pinch, too
The avalanche felt 'round Juneau's pocketbook won't just affect homeowners staring dumbfounded at their electric bills. A good chunk of tax dollars distributed through the city's multitude of public entities also will go toward paying for the estimated five-fold increase in electric rates.

City manager wants citizens to be wary of avalanches
Recent storms have added several feet of new snow to an already deep snowpack above Juneau, and weather forecasters call for temperatures to climb into the 50s this weekend.

Snowfall breaks record
Juneau's snowfall record for April 17 was buried under more than a half-foot of snow Thursday.

Initiative to repeal hospital Certificate of Need rules stymied
Gov. Sarah Palin frightened Alaska hospitals when she proposed repealing Certificate of Need regulations that many say help them stay in business. Palin's legislative allies, however, were unable to get floor votes in either the House or Senate this year.

Photo: Play makers
Students play Native Americans in Auke Bay Elementary School's fifth grade class playproduction "The Tree of Peace: The Origins of Democracy in America." It is the 10th year in a row the school's students produced a play. The play was directed by Auke Bay music teacher Ann Boochever.

Around Town
Today, April 18

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

Consortium receives carved panel honoring Ken Brewer
JUNEAU - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium hosted a special ceremony on Tuesday for the unveiling of a carved panel by honoring the memory of former SEARHC President/CEO Ken Brewer, who died in June 2007.

Perseverance Young Company to perform 'White-Out' this weekend
JUNEAU - Perseverance Theatre's Young Company actors will perform an original theater piece, "White-Out," at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Phoenix Room at Perseverance Theatre.

Juneau Co-op Preschool accepts applications
JUNEAU - The Juneau Co-op Preschool is accepting applications for the 2007-'08 school year for children 3 to 6.

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center to close for six days
JUNEAU - The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center will be closed for six days in April and May to prepare for summer. Closure dates are Sunday, April 24-27 and May 3.

Ketchikan university program to sponsor phytoplankton workshop
KETCHIKAN - The University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan Fisheries Technology program is sponsoring a phytoplankton collection and monitoring workshop for shellfish growers in the region from April 25 to 26 at the UAS Ketchikan Technical Center, 600 Stedman. Registration is limited to 20 participants and limited space is still available.

Coach Carter to speak at Pillars of America series
JUNEAU - Famed high school basketball coach Ken Carter, from the movie "Coach Carter," will speak at the annual Pillars of America Speaker Series at noon Wednesday at Centennial Hall.

University to host Nuclear Awareness Conference this weekend
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast is hosting a Nuclear Awareness Conference from 6-10 p.m. today, noon-9 p.m. Saturday and noon-7 p.m. Sunday at the UAS Egan Library.

'Expedition Alaska' to air Sunday on the Discovery Channel
JUNEAU - Above & Beyond Alaska was hired last summer by Indus Films to assist with a show on the Discovery Channel called "Expedition Alaska." The show premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday, April 20, on the Discovery Channel.

Domestic violence, sexual assault training to begin April 24
JUNEAU - Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies will offer advocacy training for professionals, community members and potential volunteers seeking more training in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault. Training begins April 24 at AWARE.

Dog advice column, Ask Rex, starts again
Hello, folks. This is detective and advice columnist Rex. (I'm a border collie, and I multi-task.) It is good to be back. I have a bunch of letters that have piled up on my desk, and I am just itching to share them. If you have a dog question that needs answering, I'm the dog who can answer it.

Cleaning system founder to speak Tuesday in Sitka
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and the Sitka Employee Wellness Coalition will host Operating System 1 founder and developer John Walker in a free presentation about cleaning for health from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Harrigan Centennial Hall in Sitka.

Thanks for helping clear Adair-Kennedy field of ice and snow
I am writing on behalf of the Juneau-Douglas High School soccer teams and the Juneau Soccer Club to thank the city Parks and Recreation park maintenance crew - George Gardner, Erika Love, Michael Petrush, Sonya Taton, crew leader Larry O'Keefe, crew chief Scott Van Hoozer, supervisor Jonathan Mollick, Parks and Landscape Superintendent Rick Staskiewicz and Parks and Recreation director Marc Matsil - for their help in clearing the Adair-Kennedy Field of ice and snow this year.

Thanks to the Alaska Army National Guard
I think the city of Juneau should be told about the wonderful National Guard. On April 13, the Alaska Army National Guard had their monthly drill. This weekend they went out to the gun range on Montana Creek road. Apparently when they got there, it was trashed with old mattresses, beer cans and old rocking chairs, etc. There was even a dryer. People who take advantage of the gun range use it for their partying and bonfires.

Thanks for committing to this year's science fair
The organizers of the 2008 Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair would like to especially thank the following for their commitment and support for this year's fair: 100 mentors, mentoring institutions and companies; 110 official fair judges that donate their time and energy; 55 organizing committee members for many volunteer hours; 50-plus special award judges and 20 award presenters; numerous other parent and student volunteers; all 153 participating students for their hard work and efforts; and parents of the students, for their patience and support.

Thanks for supporting the Martin family
For many reasons, we are all lucky to be able to call Juneau home. One of the many lessons I learned from accompanying my wife, Amy Martin, through her breast cancer journey over the past four years is that human character is alive and well.

Thanks for helping with the Boy Scouts' Scouting for Food
The Boy Scouts of America would like to thank the generous people of Juneau for helping with Scouting for Food.

Thanks for attending the Juneau Raptor Center's open house
The Juneau Raptor Center would like to thank everyone who attended our 2008 annual meeting and open house held March 22 at the Nugget Mall. A special thank-you goes to Bea Findlay, Nugget Mall manager, for donating this space for our use and providing tables and chairs.

Thanks for supporting our annual Daffodil Days program
Sunshine was brought to Juneau, Douglas, Skagway, Hoonah, Gustavus and Tenakee Springs on March 12, with the delivery of daffodils to many who purchased them to support Daffodil Days for the American Cancer Society. It amazes me how supportive this community and the outlying communities give to support this program. It seems that we are always outdoing ourselves. This year, we sold $29,500. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who purchased daffodils and for their support in the program.

Thanks for your kind words from the family of Karen Schanz
The family of Dr. Karen Schanz appreciates everyone's prayers, kind thoughts, caring words, cards, money for a memorial, food, floral plant arrangements and hugs since her passing. It only takes a moment to say thank you for all that you have offered, but it will be remembered forever. Everyone's support has made a real difference in coping with the loss of our beloved Karen. It is comforting to know that so many people cared for and loved Karen, as she also did them. May your kindness be returned to you in the same beautiful way it was offered.

Thanks for making our Hoe Down a success
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 ninth annual Hoe Down a success.

Recognitions
Rachelle Ann C. Albay, of Juneau, was recently nominated for membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the honor society for high-achieving first- and second-year college students, at Washington State University. As a member, Albay will recieve a diploma of membership recognizing outstanding academic achievement and a commitment to the society's ideals of scholarship, leadership and service.

Broken church windows: Shattered beauty
Life has its typical days. I thought I was in the beginning of one as I opened the front door to begin a day's work at the church.

FYI
Births

Molli Mattice and Jimmy Masse
These students are in Gastineau Elementary School's Mural Painting Club, which meets Monday mornings. According to club teacher Heather Ridgway, "all of the mural painting kids (grades 3-5) are wonderful."

Photos: Archaeology Fair
First: Volunteer Dan Monteith, left, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Alaska Southeast, demonstrates how fish weirs were made during the Friends of the Alaska State Museum's Archaeology Fair, held March 29 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. Onlookers, from left, Nora Lynch, Ronan Lynch and Anastasia Tarmann Lynch are a few of the fair participants who worked on the weir during the fair.

Adamson, Meyer to wed
Shannon Meyer, of Lancaster, Calif., and Nicholas Adamson, of Placentia, Calif., will marry at 3 p.m. on May 25, 2008, in Catalina Island (Emerald Bay), Calif. A reception will follow.

Fausett, VerNooy to wed
Lindsey Rae Fausett, of Juneau, and Justin Hampton VerNooy, of Fresno, Calif., will marry on Saturday, April 19, 2008, at Fresno California Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Dads on Duty raffle
Dads of former Auke Bay Cooperative Preschool students work after a past raffle. The preschool's annual Dad's on Duty raffle will be held April 26. First prize is six men for six hours, to do yard work, spring cleaning, painting or small repairs and projects around the home, and a polisher-sander courtesy of Valley Lumber. Last year's lucky winner, Cyndi Dayton, enjoyed a cup of tea while the dads painted several rooms in her house and hauled gravel outside. Dads will be available to do their duty on either May 10 or 17. Tickets are $10 each, or three for $25. To buy tickets, call the co-op at 789-3202 or see any Auke Bay Co-op Preschool parent.

Here's advice for parents, from a teen who knows
Parents, have you ever wondered why you're so left out of your teens' lives? Do you ask why your teen is so angry toward you? Well, here is some advice from a 12-year-old girl who knows.

Terry E. Dunlap
Juneau resident Terry E. Dunlap died on the morning of April 15, 2008. He was 53.

Darlene Mary (Lindoff) Barril
Longtime Juneau resident Darlene "Jackie" Mary (Lindoff) Barril died April 15, 2008, in Juneau. She was 43.

My turn: Rules discriminate against Yakutat trollers
For more than 20 years, there has been a closure for trolling in the Yakutat area from April 15 to July 1 (75 days), which has eliminated Yakutat trollers from catching king salmon from the International Treaty King Salmon Quota.

My turn: Sierra Club disappointed with herring decision
On April 11, the National Marine Fishery Service posted on the Federal Register its decision to deny the Sierra Club's petition to list the Lynn Canal Pacific Herring population as a threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.

Outside editorial: Bush fails to act on global climate change
President Bush strode to the lectern in the Rose Garden this week and once again passed up an opportunity - perhaps his last - to do something meaningful on climate change. "Today, I am announcing a new national goal: to stop the growth of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2025," he said. That pronouncement was a weak and inadequate response to the imperative that the United States provide leadership in combating global warming, a responsibility Bush has shamefully ducked throughout his presidency.

Outside editorial: Pope's comments on sex abuse are a crucial step toward healing
By publicly acknowledging that he was deeply ashamed of the sexual abuse scandal that rocked the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI took an important step toward healing in the American church. He said that the church was working to identify potential pedophiles in its seminaries.

Ski area issues avalanche warning
JUNEAU - Eaglecrest Ski Area issued a warning on its Web site concerning a high risk for avalanche danger.

Alaskan Brewing gets recognition
JUNEAU - Outside Magazine has named Alaskan Brewing Co. as one of America's best places to work.

Alaska Orthodox church leader takes voluntary leave
ANCHORAGE - Bishop Nikolai Soraich, head of the troubled Alaska diocese, is taking a voluntary leave of absence, effective immediately, according to leaders of the Orthodox Church of America.

Alaska Airlines 737 evacuated on landing in Seattle airport
SEATAC, Wash. - More than 100 people were evacuated from an Alaska Airlines 737 on Thursday because hazy smoke appeared in the cockpit shortly after the plane landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, officials said.

Coast Guard hearing on ship sinking continues in Seattle
SEATTLE - The Coast Guard hearing into the sinking of a trawler in the Bering Sea continues in Seattle.

Avery receives eight and a half years
ANCHORAGE - A federal judge has sentenced the former head of Security Aviation to 8½ years in prison.

JDHS soccer heads to annual Spring Fever Tournament
Spring soccer comes to Juneau this weekend as the Crimson Bears host the annual Spring Fever Tournament at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field.

Juneau's JV baseball sweeps host Wrangell
Southeast Alaska baseball season opened last weekend as the Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity blanked Wrangell twice on April 10.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Senate OKs Don Young earmark investigation
WASHINGTON - The Senate on Thursday took the rare move of asking the Justice Department to investigate an Alaska congressman's earmark for a Florida highway project, a matter that threatens to become the "bridge to nowhere" of 2008 and could endanger the veteran Rep. Don Young's political future.

Credit Union sues builder over delinquent loans
ANCHORAGE - The state's third largest credit union is suing a prominent home builder over millions of dollars in delinquent loans.

Feds seek more time for decision on listing polar bears
ANCHORAGE - The Department of the Interior wants 10 more weeks to decide whether polar bears should be listed as threatened or endangered, a delay conservation groups condemned as tied to the transfer of offshore petroleum leases in the animal's habitat.

University system gets funding boost
FAIRBANKS - After a period of lackluster funding, the University of Alaska will have a chance to grow this year under the budget plan approved last week by state lawmakers.

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