Sunday, April 25, 2010

There're more important things to do than fuel federal party divide
The recent introduction of Rep. Carl Gatto's bill against health care legislation signals another herd of mindless sheep following any shepherd that feeds their hate. The private sector already provides the tax base for all government, BIA, Medicaid, and Medicare health insurance coverage, and pays for those who use the health care system but cannot pay because they have no insurance.

Thanks, Begich, for health care stance
Thanks to Sen. Begich for his brave stand in support of decent health insurance reform. He'll catch hell for it but it was the right thing to do. The fear mongering, misinformation and political posturing of the party of "No" was and still is formidable. I hope that the good people who associate themselves with that party will take a quiet moment and honestly consider who it is that this bill is helping. I will stand up for Sen. Begich because he has taken a stand for me, my family, and the good of the people of America.

Eagle totem brings 'balance' to UAS campus
Native legends say that forever ago, long before their ancestors walked, the Raven and the Eagle shared the skies, forests and streams of Alaska, bringing a balance to the world as they would jest, joust and shout above the winds and sun.

Water quality specialist to challenge new wastewater rules
The cruise industry is pleased with the state's new wastewater discharge rules but a leading environmentalist has already promised a lawsuit.

Third cruise line to bring new ships in 2011
Oceania Cruises will be the third cruise line to bring new ships to Alaska in 2011.

Tribal Assembly elects new president
Edward K. Thomas Sr. was elected Friday and sworn in Saturday as president of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.

Photos: Seaweek at Macaulay Salmon Hatchery
Students from both Harborview and Gastineau Elementary schools watch as Aquarium Manager/Education Coordinator Rich Mattson shows a chiton as part of Seaweek at the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery on Thursday.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Once a teacher, always a teacher
"I believe that freeing from the bondage of poverty strengthens and enriches the human spirit. I also believe that education is the level playing field for people of all races no matter what the status of their lives are."

Photo: Children at work
Alex Wehe, son of Department of Transportation and Public Facilities transportation planner Paul Wehe, climbs aboard one of the department's frontend loaders during the annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work day event on Thursday at its Channel Drive headquarters. DOT&PF planner Irene Gallion, left, ensures Alex is safe. About 30 DOT&PF dependants joined their parents and guardians Thursday at the department's headquarters where they participated in an early morning health walk, climbed aboard some highway equipment used for road maintenance and construction and also boarded a city of Juneau Capital Transit bus.

Photo: Business donates to Porcupine chairlift
Ron Plantz, Human Resources and Community Relations manager for Hecla Greens Creek Mining Co., presents a $5,000 check for the Eaglecrest Porcupine Chairlift to Jim Calvin, chairman of the Eaglecrest Foundation, and Bill Corbus, chairman of the Porcupine Campaign.

Forest Service cleans state highway in honor of Earth Day
By cleaning up what local Forest Service employees affectionately call "The Green Mile" they kicked off their ninth year of participating in the state of Alaska's Adopt-A-Highway program and celebrated Earth Day a little early, Friday.

Coast Guard honors Juneau Forest Service employee
JUNEAU - The U.S. Coast Guard office in Juneau publically recognized the contributions of U.S. Forest Service Forest Management Specialist Gene Miller for his assistance in "greatly furthering the aims and functions of the Coast Guard."

Iditarod musher Martin Buser to speak at Pillars speaker series
JUNEAU - The second presentation in the Glacier Valley Rotary Club's 18th annual Pillars of America Speaker Series will be Iditarod musher Martin Buser at noon Wednesday at Centennial Hall.

Thank you again for purchasing uniforms
Once more, we appreciate your purchase of the uniforms we were able to wear in the Amateur Athletic Union Tournament we participated in down in Redding, Calif., this past weekend. We're proud to report that we won four out of five games, losing only in our initial game to the eventual tournament champions.

Applications due for teen social justice mini-summit
JUNEAU - Lead On! For Peace and Equality in Alaska, a two-and-a-half-day mini-summit for 13- to 18-year-old inspired leaders, will take place Oct. 9 to 11 in Anchorage.

Longtime Alaskan, book store owner receives legislative honor
Last month, a longtime Alaska resident and local bookstore owner was recognized by the Legislature for her "lifetime of outstanding citizenship and her contributions to Alaska history."

Thanks for sponsoring, attending our Heart of Hospice run/walk
Hospice and Home Care of Juneau's Heart of Hospice run/walk held April 10 at Twin Lakes enjoyed another successful and fun day.

Thanks for welcoming us at Folk Festival
On behalf of Guy Davis and myself, I'd like to thank the good folks of Alaska's state capital for making two travelers feel so welcome in your beautiful city as guests at the Alaska Folk Festival. The warmth you extended to us both, personally and professionally, made each day feel like a gorgeous spring-time breeze. Is every day like that in Juneau?

Thanks for participating in Career Expo Day
The Juneau School District would like to thank all the 160 professionals representing more than 77 businesses and agencies, who shared their career and work experiences with high school students and staff at our Career Expo Day held April 14 at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Thanks for your support of the daffodil sales
On March 10, sunshine was brought to many individuals and businesses. Daffodils were delivered throughout the communities of Juneau, Douglas, Skagway, Gustavus and Kake.

ABATE club offering basic rider courses
JUNEAU - Alaska Bikers Advocating Training and Education (ABATE) is now offering its basic rider courses.

Thanks for volunteering at our Easter Egg Hunt
The Zach Gordon Youth Center's 26th annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 3 was yet another immensely enjoyable occasion that saw more than 400 Juneau youngsters collect their share of more than 6,000 candy-filled eggs and go home with of a special bag of toy prizes (marvelously put together by ZGYC employee Donny Burras) as an extra treat for each of them.

Thanks for support, love after the death of Patty Gehring
Our sister Patty's keychain has four beaded words that hang from it: Lacie, Rayna, Bridget, Cora. These are the names of her children (ages 3-10). As some of you know, Patty Gehring (Stafford) died suddenly last December from heart failure, leaving behind her girls and her husband, Lonnie. She was a smart, compassionate, funny woman; she loved to laugh. She was also a beautifully patient, adoring mother. We are devastated by her death. Shocked by what our lives will now be without her.

STEP grant application available online, with 'no deadline' process
JUNEAU - Under a new state fiscal year funding schedule, applications for the State Training and Employment Program will be accepted year-round.

Feng Shui for life
Do you think it's possible to arrange our physical stuff to bring wealth into our lives? I do.

Plunkett, Jackson to wed
Mischa Plunkett and Joshua Jackson are engaged to be married at the end of May in Juneau.

Malsack, Reando wed
Thomas J. Malsack, 54, and Karen C. Reando, 29, were married on April 19, 2009, in Albuera, Leyte, Philippines.

Eagle, Peters wed
Leslie Eagle, of Juneau and Honolulu, and Allan Peters, of Juneau, were married April 17, 2010, at Little White Wedding Chapel, Tunnel of Love, in Las Vegas, Nevada. A Juneau reception will be announced at a future date.

Brandners celebrate 25 years
Juneau residents Stephen and Monica Brandner celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary Feb. 23, 2010. They renewed their vows with family and friends at Victory Faith Fellowship in Spokane, Wash., as their two daughters, Kristen and Kayla, stood with them. Afterwards, they embarked on a 12-day cruise to the southern Caribbean.

FYI
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Senior menu for April 26-30
Monday, April 26

Alexander Edward Hazelton III
Juneau resident Alexander Edward Hazelton III died March 19, 2010, at home due to prostate cancer. He was 76.

Judith Frances Libby
Former Juneau resident Judith Frances Libby died suddenly on April 12, 2010, in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., where she had resided for the past three years. She was 69.

Session will be remembered for its 'energy'
The Alaska Legislature passed two bills critical to securing Alaska's energy future, and neither had anything to do with the natural gas pipeline. I believe that 10 years from now, the 2010 Legislative Session will be remembered not for the $3 billion capital budget or the rollback on cruise ship tax but for the year they passed the Alaska Sustainable Energy Act (SB 220) and the State Energy Policy (HB 306). These two measures will have far-reaching consequences for all of Alaska's communities, while at the same time establishing Alaska as a leader in the global market for clean energy.

Legislature's 'fast and furious' final days
The second session of the 26th Alaska Legislature ended last weekend with a mixed bag of results for Alaska's capital city. With the regular legislative session still operating on the voter-imposed 90-day schedule (compared to 120 days), things move fast and furiously at the end.

NASA reboot
Last week Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, released an open letter to President Barack Obama, the first Trekkie in the White House.

Aurora science station inventory being sold online
FAIRBANKS - Hundreds of items from an aurora science station outside Fairbanks are being auctioned off online.

State agency reinstates Pebble mine permits
ANCHORAGE - Permits have been reinstated allowing Pebble Limited Partnership to continue exploring copper and gold deposits in southwest Alaska, the state Department of Natural Resources said Friday.

Sculpture being installed at Anchorage Museum
ANCHORAGE - A sculpture standing 24 feet tall and weighing 37,000 pounds is being prepared for installation at the Anchorage Museum.

Dog honored for leading troopers to house fire
ANCHORAGE - Buddy the German shepherd was hailed Friday as a hero for guiding Alaska State Troopers through winding back roads to a fire at his owners' workshop.

2 test homes to be built in remote Alaska villages
ANCHORAGE - Two prototype homes will be built this summer in remote Alaska villages to test construction methods and energy savings as researchers look for low-cost housing.

Reindeer breeding technology successful
FAIRBANKS - Lightning the reindeer and University of Alaska Fairbanks herdsman Rob Aikman both made history Thursday.

Palin testifies in hacking trial
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Sarah Palin testified Friday about the disruption and hurt caused when her e-mail account was hacked during the 2008 presidential campaign and said outside court that there should be consequences for what happened.

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