Monday, April 20, 2009

Is parent involvement always the best?
A few years ago, I read a newspaper story about a woman whose daughter had died while undergoing an illegal abortion. The mother was of course heartsick. She knew her daughter would have hated admitting to her that she was pregnant, and believed that was why her daughter had tried to rid herself of the pregnancy.

AG rules fine, better players needed
Editor's note: The following letter is in reference to Sunday's Juneau Empire editorial, "Attorney General should be elected."

Capital move would devastate Southeast economy, new report says
A new report puts fresh numbers on a chronic Juneau fear: losing the capital.

Egan wins Senate appointment
Gov. Sarah Palin on Sunday appointed former Mayor Dennis Egan to represent Juneau in the Alaska Senate, after the community has been without representation for more than half of the 2009 legislative session.

Palin stands by her pick for Senate
Gov. Sarah Palin on Saturday stood by her appointment of Tim Grussendorf to represent Juneau in the Alaska Senate, despite the Senate's earlier rejection of the legislative aide.

Photo: Teamwork
James Hanes reaches for a sponge mop from his wife, Salty, on Sunday as they clean the side of their downtown house and studio. A sign will be painted on the wall facing Franklin Street with the name of their studio, Bentwood and Bead.

Senate endorses Kensington Mine
The Alaska Senate on Friday decided not to endorse the controversial Juneau Road, but went ahead with an endorsement of the more widely supported Kensington Mine.

Photo: Rolling out tourism preparations
Juneau Docks and Harbors employee Lars Love uses a forklift to place one of several new kiosks for dockside tour operators next to the cruise ship dock. City employees and seasonal shop workers are preparing for the start of the tourism season. The first cruise ship of the season arrives today.

Cruise industry gets reprieve on strict wastewater standards
In the last days of this session, lawmakers gave cruise lines another five years to comply with strict wastewater standards.

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

Around Town
Today

Photos: Folk Festival fun
Spring dress: Annie Bartholomew, center, dances to the music of the 35th Annual Alaska Folk Festival guest artists, De Temps Antan, Friday at Centennial Hall.

Photo: Changing seasons
Shaub Ellison Les Schwab Tire Center employees Austin Kuhl and Jordan Sanbei take snow tires off wheels and mount regular tires Thursday. The state extended the date to have studded snow tires off cars to May 1.

Around Town
Today

Police & Fire
Burglary:

Teen speaks out about diabetes
On the outside, 14-year-old Krista Thomson looks like any other normal teenager. She likes hanging out with her friends, being on the computer and shopping. She also enjoys hiking and regular soccer practice with the Juneau Soccer Club and Juneau-Douglas High School soccer team. But if you probe deeper, one thing is different about this JDHS freshman: For the past three years, she has had to cope with Type 1 diabetes.

Pets of the week: Happy husky, lab look for homes
Timber, blonde, is the type of pooch who never has a bad day. She is an 11-year-old husky who seems to always be waggling her tail and smiling. She loves long walks with the company of other animals and humans alike.

Echo Ranch to host MEGA Rally youth event next Monday
Youth ages 12 to 18 are invited to the third annual Echo Ranch MEGA Rally at 7 p.m. April 27 at Centennial Hall. It will be a night of music, games, food and prizes.

Pastor hopes for three gifts from softball
I'm going to play softball this year. Hopefully no one who is playing on my team will read this, because I am pretty lousy.

Photos: Pillars of America Speaker Series to feature Ron Clark
JUNEAU - The Glacier Valley Rotary Club will present the 17th annual Pillars of America Speaker Series on Wednesday, April 22, and April 29 at Centennial Hall. Lunch is included. Tickets are available at both locations of Hearthside Books.

Altman, Melton to wed
Kourtney Altman, of Juneau, and Skylar Melton, of Cave Junction, Ore., and Juneau, will be married at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2009, at the Juneau Yacht Club. A potluck reception will follow at 6 p.m.

Thanks for the annual JDHS Talent Show
A folk festival of a different sort happened Friday and Saturday evening at the Juneau-Douglas High School. Hip-hop, solo, duet, barbershop, acoustic, rock, south pacific islanders, anime, fantasy and garbage can drummers. Those were some of the acts represented by JDHS students at their annual Talent Show - a smorgasbord of youthful, exuberant talent.

Senior menu for the week of April 20-24
Monday, April 20

Sitka Women's Walk and Triathlon to take place Saturday
SITKA - Want to go for a walk, bike ride or swim? Want to try a triathlon? Sitka women are invited to "build your own event" when you participate in the Sitka Women's Walk and Triathlon, sponsored by the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Women's Health program and Sitka Physical Therapy.

Guidence Association to help celebrate Global Youth Service Day
JUNEAU - The Southeast Alaska Guidence Association will help celebrate Global Youth Service Day, an annual event in which young people around the world volunteer to make improvements in their communities, on Wednesday in Juneau.

SEARHC announces Spring 2009 mobile mammograms
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Women's Health Program has announced the Spring 2009 schedule for the mobile mammogram program.

FYI
Births

Auke Bay Co-op Preschool to hold open house, register
JUNEAU - Registration for Auke Bay Co-op Preschool, a nonprofit organization open to all preschoolers without regard to race, religion or gender, is now open.

Spring Juneau Community Health Fair to take place Saturday
JUNEAU - The Spring Juneau Community Health Fair is scheduled to take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Nugget Mall. The Juneau Community Health Fair provides residents with the chance to learn about and participate in their own wellness and health care management by providing quality, interactive health education, health education resources and preventative screenings.

Women's shelter to offer advocacy training starting Monday
JUNEAU - Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies invites anyone interested to its Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Education and Advocacy Training, which will start Monday.

United Way of Southeast Alaska saves uninsured $6,730.28
JUNEAU - Through a partnership with FamilyWize, United Way of Southeast Alaska has been distributing prescription drug discount cards to Southeast Alaska residents who do not currently have prescription drug insurance for the past year.

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church to hold gala to help open doors
JUNEAU - Music, food and auctions of art, desserts, and experiences will highlight the "Open the Doors" gala fundraiser at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 25th, at Centennial Hall.

Consortium to host pediatric dental clinic on Prince of Wales
KLAWOCK - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Alicia Roberts Medical Center will host a special Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic from Monday to Friday this week.

Faith Community School to hold open house, registration
JUNEAU - Faith Community School will host an open house and registration event from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the school. FCS is located upstairs at the Auke Bay Bible Church, 11970 Glacier Highway. FCS is a nonprofit Christian school which opened in 2006. FCS was formed by a group of concerned teachers, parents and other volunteers in response to the closing of one of Juneau's Christian schools. FCS is governed by a school board comprised of Christians who are devoted to pursuing excellence in Christian education.

Douglases celebrate 30 years
Donald and Joyce Douglas, of Juneau, will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary this weekend at Pearson's Pond. They will further celebrate this summer when they visit family and friends in Arizona and Texas.

Morgan, Rusaw to wed
Shannon Morgan and William Raymond Rusaw II, both of Juneau, were married March 21, 2009, at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor's Center. A reception followed at Squire's Rest.

Palmer resident participates in Miss USA on NCS
The 58th annual Miss USA pagent airs live tonight at 9 p.m. on NBC. All 50 states and the District of Columbia will be represented.

Thanks for supporting Friends of the Flags
This will be the 32nd spring that volunteers of Friends of the Flags will install the 50 state flags on top of the light standards along Egan Drive. We have elected to do it at 7 a.m. April 26.

Consortium, Sitka Local Foods Network host garden work parties
SITKA - Would you like a team of gardeners to work on your garden to rake, clean and prepare it for the upcoming growing season? The Sitka Local Foods Network, in partnership with the SEARHC Diabetes and Health Promotion programs, will offer a series of garden work parties as a fundraiser on Saturday in Sitka.

Alaska Health Department releases startling STD findings
In addressing Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Month, the Department of Health and Social Services recently released some startling findings for Alaska.

Juneau resident shares oven-baked marmalade chicken recipe
Ask Auntie Emo is where we share recipes or help find that sought out recipe. Please send them in so we can share them with our readers. Don't forget our new challenge is "Springtime Specialties."

Wish list for Alaska STD rates
Donna Cecere, Division of Public Health Section of Epidemiology's STD program coordinator, presents her wish list for decreasing STD rates in Alaska:

Living with Type 1 diabetes
Juneau-Douglas High School freshman Krista Thomson, 14, is one of few youth in Juneau dealing with Type 1 diabetes, and in an effort to increase awareness, she and her family will host a meeting of others diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes next month.

Thanks to Sitka for sharing their eggs, the crew of the Jula Kae
The community of Hoonah was blessed with eggs - of all sorts - on Easter Sunday, April 12, courtesy of Sitka and the F/V Julia Kae and its crew. Families and churches held Easter egg hunts despite the knee-deep snow, but the Julia Kae and its Seattle crew brought the eggs the community longed for most.

A little information up front is a good thing
There is a hammer in my spare tire compartment. I know it's there because I put it there, and I was glad to discover that it was there although it had been completely forgotten. I found it while doing the twice-annual tire swap on the car my wife drives.

Photo: Marching for babies
Participants at last year's March of Dimes "March for Babies" pose on May 10 at the Alaskan & Proud parking lot. This year's walk will start at 10 a.m. May 2 at Twin Lakes. Rep. Cathy Muñoz will be the guest speaker and lead the walk this year. Those who wish to organize a team can challenge fellow employees, co-workers or friends to walk with you. Contact Gina White at 586-1650 or Kristy Tibbles at 586-3238 for more information or visit www.marchforbabies.org. Donations are 100 percent tax deductible.

Photo: Art donation
An original multimedia painting of Alaska artist Diana Tillion was recently donated to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church by longtime Juneau resident Ruth Sherren, 92. The painting,12-by-24 inches, depicts the church with Mount Juneau in the background.

Lisa Marie (Madrid) Taylor
Longtime Juneau resident Lisa Marie (Madrid) Taylor died April 3, 2009, at her home after battling cancer. She was 50.

Gwendolyn 'Gwen' Irene Stetson
Longtime Alaska resident Gwendolyn "Gwen" Irene Stetson died April 12, 2009, at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was 77.

Empire editorial: Attorney general should be elected
W.A.R. has been avoided, but the battle to name a new state attorney general is far from over.

Outside editorial: A fresh proposal to fight credit-rating grade inflation
When the subprime mortgage bubble burst in August 2007, many immediately blamed credit rating agencies which had affixed reassuring AAA labels on subprime-backed securities.

Alaska editorial: State agencies doing well to prevent Drift River disaster
The following editorial first appeared in the Peninsula Clarion:

Mr. Ponzi, meet Mr. Pulitzer
For people who think of newspapers as an anachronism in this day of texting, twittering and 24/7 online tracking of local, national and global events, the Pulitzer Prizes must seem downright prehistoric.

Done with Facebook
I don't know how Facebook took over my life.

Tea parties just aren't what they used to be
"God, Gold and Guns - TheIngredients of Freedom"

My turn: Baha'is will be silent no more
Baha'i Faith is a world religion. Its purpose is to unite all religions and races and to establish "Universal Peace." Baha'i Faith originated in Iran in 1844. Baha'is believe in God and all his messengers such as Krishna, Moses, Zoroaster, Budah, Jesus Christ, Muhammad, the Ba'b and Baha'u'llah.

Toe Toon
This week's toe toon.

State unemployment jumps to 8.5 percent
JUNEAU - Alaska's unemployment rate continues to rise.

Supreme Court has another vacancy
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Supreme Court is facing its third retirement in two years.

Coast Guard rescues five fishermen
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard rescued five fishermen after their boat sank near Ketchikan.

House approves Feb. 2 Marmot Day
JUNEAU - Alaskans will have a new holiday to celebrate under a bill approved by the state House.

Snowmachiner, skier die in accidents
ANCHORAGE - Two people died in separate accidents this weekend.

Final results confirm runoff election
ANCHORAGE - The final results from April 7 confirm there will be a runoff for mayor between Republican Dan Sullivan and Democrat Eric Croft.

Sen. Mark Begich defends stimulus plan
FAIRBANKS - Several hundred University of Alaska Fairbanks students turned out to hear Sen. Mark Begich defend the federal government's $787 billion economic stimulus package.

High court rules in Ben Stevens' favor
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court's ruling that handed former state Sen. Ben Stevens a victory in a dispute with the state's legislative watchdog.

Kenai king numbers expected to fall
KENAI - The forecast for Kenai kings looks gloomy.

State hopes to open Whittier tunnel soon
WHITTIER - The state transportation department is pushing back the timetable for reopening the Whittier tunnel to road traffic to Wednesday.

Crimson Bears open with a splash
The weather might have been miserable, but the Juneau-Douglas High School track and field team was happy to finally get outside and compete.

Photo: Heart of Hospice hoofers
Runners and walkers begin the fourth annual Heart of Hospice Twin Lakes 5k and one-mile races Saturday. Gerardo Rodas won this year's 5k race, which is a spring tradition and fundraiser for Hospice and Home Care of Juneau.

Photo:'B' boys

ADF&G announces lingcod and rockfish regulations
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Friday that the lingcod sport fishing seasons, bag and possession limits, annual limits and size limits have been established for the Northern Southeast Alaska and Yakutat areas. In these areas the following regulations apply.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Session adjourns with bills held over
A legislative session sparked by strife between lawmakers and Gov. Sarah Palin, but marked by little legislative action other than passage of the state budget, rolled to a peaceful close Sunday evening.

Office building dispute slows session progress
A disagreement about a new office building proposed for Juneau and a dispute over how Alaska will draw from its savings accounts to pay for state government were among issues slowing last-minute progress in the Legislature.

House passes $1.8 billion capital budget
The Alaska House passed a $1.8 billion capital budget to pay for building and maintenance projects around the state.

Abortion bill falters in final days
This year's prominent abortion rights measure, an effort to require parental consent before minors can seek abortions, appears to be stalled in legislative limbo despite a last-minute compromise.

Indigenous people discuss climate change
ANCHORAGE - Hundreds of indigenous people from around the world are gathering in Anchorage this week to discuss climate change and solutions to a warming planet.

Appeals court cancels offshore drilling program
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the Bush administration did not properly study the environmental impact of expanding oil and gas drilling off the Alaska coast and canceled a program to find new reserves.

After 3 years at sea, hard hat on its way back to owner
ANCHORAGE - On a cold day more than three years ago, Jacoby Angleton was working as a roustabout on a dock at the Tesoro plant in Nikiski when a gust of wind lifted his favorite hard hat off his head and tossed it into the icy inlet waters below.

In speech, Palin says she weighed abortion
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told an antiabortion audience in Indiana on Thursday night that, "for a fleeting moment," she considered having an abortion after learning that her son Trig would have Down syndrome.

Alaska Railroad reports 23 percent drop in net income
The Alaska Railroad Corp. reported a 2008 net income of $12.6 million, a 23 percent decrease compared to the year before.

Bill would develop electronic records
A bill that would modernize how Alaska health care providers keep medical records is speeding through the Legislature to capture federal stimulus money.

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