Saturday, April 26, 2008

Local stacks feature books for National Poetry Month
Don't let the month of April pass without bringing home one of the many tiny, sensory worlds bound between the covers of a poetry collection. In celebration of National Poetry Month, this week's column will highlight some new and innovative poetry books for children. If April doesn't come often enough for you, look for poetry reviews at the Juneau Book Blog, http://juneaubookblog.wordpress.com/category/poetry/ and find out how you can contribute your own review of the next great poetry collection you read.

Juneau road a foolish waste
It's time to admit that the Juneau access road project is a foolish waste of money and an imprudent assault on the very environment it's intended to promote, and kill it. After the infamous "bridge to nowhere" fiasco, the last thing Alaska needs is what will doubtless be mocked in the media as "the road to nowhere."

Use PFD to help the struggle
The state of Alaska is in a unique position as never before seen in its history.

AEL&P should have had insurance
I am writing in concern about the electricity bill increase.

Bush's inaction gives ironic relief
I was greatly relieved to read the guest editorial recently about George Bush not doing any thing about global warming.

City committee OKs $3 million loan to AEL&P
The Juneau Assembly Finance Committee on Thursday approved a $3 million interest-free loan offer to Alaska Electric Light & Power.

Clarification
The two libraries that will close one day per week in response to the city's efforts to conserve electricity are the downtown and Mendenhall Valley branches.

Lawmakers ask for public hearing on electric rate hikes
Juneau's legislative delegation asked the Regulatory Commission of Alaska on Wednesday to allow the public to weigh in on a near five-fold increase to the city's electric rates.

Retroactive rate payments explained
If Alaska Electric Light & Power Co.'s nearly five-fold rate adjustment goes into effect for May 1, then the rate changes will apply to all of the previous month's electricity usage.

Photos: Winter: Just shovel it
First, Joey Roters, right, and Brandon Hauser shovel a wheelchair accessible path covered with eight to 10 feet of snow Thursday at the Mount Roberts Tramway building. The tramway will open for limited hours on Wednesday, April 30, for the first cruise ship visit of the season and reopen on Sunday, May 4, when ships arrive on a daily basis. Second, Joe Rafferty hikes through the snow-lined path at the tramway building.

Photo: Laying down on the job
Doug Liermann, below, and Kevin Sellers, employees of the City and Borough of Juneau Port of Juneau, put a fresh coat of paint on the benches of Marine Park on Thursday. The benches were last painted three or four years ago.

Photo: Sign of the times
A cyclist rides past the Taku Fleet Fuel sign Thursday showing the current fuel prices.

Around Town
Today, April 25

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

Corrections
The Juneau Jazz and Classics Community Day on Campus, which was listed in the Around Town for April 24, will actually be held on May 24.

Photos: Glacier visitor center celebrates Earth Day
Families and individuals alike helped the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center celebrate Earth Day on April 19 with a specacular event, "Act Local ... Impact Global."

Consortium EMS to offer Wilderness First Responder course
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's Emergency Medical Services department is offering a Wilderness First Responder course May 12-19 at the SEARHC Community Health Services Building, first-floor conference room, in Sitka.

Consortium, Yale to present naltrexone study findings
JUNEAU - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will host three community presentations in May with Dr. Robert Robin to present findings from a recent study where the Yale University School of Medicine and SEARHC partnered to test the effectiveness of two medications to treat alcohol dependence in Alaskans.

Cub, Boy Scouts to hold Scout-O-Rama
Juneau Cub Scout packs and Boy Scout troops will hold a Scout-O-Rama starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, with a opening flag ceremony, at the Nugget Mall. The closing ceremony will be at 4:30 p.m.

Juneau Community Foundation aims to bolster community
Local leaders joined forces with other community leaders throughout Alaska on April 18 to gain insight into building a stronger nonprofit infrastructure and increasing local philanthropy in the Juneau-Douglas area.

The word of God for everyone
Do you know the name of the book that has been translated into more languages than any other book that has ever been written? Maybe that is a foolish question, because there is only one book that can qualify as the answer to that question. There is no other book that comes near. No, not even the Harry Potter books.

Discover Southeast to host Wildlife Cruise
JUNEAU - Discovery Southeast will host its fifth annual Wildlife Cruise to Endicott Arm with Allen Marine from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 17, departing from the Seadrome Dock downtown, across Egan from the Goldbelt Hotel.

Can faith and fun go together?
I like to dance. Well, sort of. Most people wouldn't call what I do dancing. But when the groove hits, I just can't help myself.

Floyd Dryden hosts Health Fair
About 560 Floyd Dryden Middle School students participated in the Alaska Regional Health Fair on April 18 at the middle school.

Limitless Adventure Camp available for youth with asthma
JUNEAU - The Southeast Alaska Guidance Association's Eagle Valley Center, along with the American Lung Association of Alaska, will provide a Limitless Adventures Camp for youth ages 13-17 with asthma to partake in hiking, kayaking, orienteering, basic survival skills and asthma education.

Thanks from Juneau Youth Sailing Inc.
On behalf of the 1,000 Juneau kids who have taken sailing lessons with Juneau Youth Sailing Inc., a nonprofit group, and the many more who can now sign up for healthy summer fun - thank you, Juneau folks, for your magnificent support in buying us a safety boat.

3rd Cabin Reunion well attended
Nearly 100 people attended the Juneau Ski Club's 3rd Cabin Reunion Day celebration on April 12 at Eaglecrest Ski Area, said club historian Bob Janes.

Thanks for supporting the 3rd Cabin Reunion
Many thanks to Eaglecrest Ski Area's crew, Juneau Ski Club and the great group who attended the 3rd Cabin Reunion on April 12.

Thanks to Adopt-A-Book donors
The Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School Parent Teacher Organization would like to sincerely thank our Adopt-A-Book donors. Due to their generous support, Cathy Boutin, the school librarian, was able to purchase several new books for the 700 section of the library, which focuses on healthy living. A total of $585 was contributed by: Birger Baastrup, City Center Chiropractic; Dr. John Bursell, Juneau Bone & Joint Center; Beth Chapman, Faulkner Banfield; Mike and Gail Ford; Alan and Monica Gross; Lindy and Colleen Jones; Juan Munoz, Rie Munoz Gallery; Corey and Ellen Pavitt, Pavitt Health & Fitness Center; and George Rogers.

Thanks for helping with the Archaeology Fair
The Friends of the Alaska State Museum extend a big thank you to participants, presenters, volunteers and to all who helped make this year's Archaeology Fair a roaring success, despite the sunny weather.

Thanks from the Juneau Ski Club
As another wonderful year of ski training and racing comes to a close, we wish to thank our many sponsors for their support of the Juneau Ski Team. We had great success in that many of our athletes qualified for the Junior Olympics and performed extremely well. We deeply appreciate our annual sponsors - Juneau Shirt Company, Don Abel Building Supply and Kensington Gold Mine - as well as the City and Borough of Juneau Youth Activities Grant and the Hale Foundation. Without their support, our program would not be possible.

Russian language students perform well at state
Seven Juneau-Douglas High School Russian language students participated in the annual state Russian Olympiad on April 18 in Anchorage. Five of them presented on video, and two took the actual trip to Anchorage.

Be cautious when using kerosene space heaters
Dramatic increases in home heating costs have consumers searching for alternative fuel options. If you are thinking of purchasing a kerosene space heater for your home, there are important safety procedures you should consider before you buy. First, make sure local building and fire codes permit use in residential structures. Check with your insurance carrier to determine what impact the use of these heaters may have on your homeowner's policy.

FYI
Marriage licenses

Folding my underwear in Portugal
On my first week in Portugal, I was dumbstruck when I was handed a stack of my clean laundry.

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Matthew Mahnke
Age: 6.

Pansies are remembrances of love
Like a sweet breath of spring sweeping us along into the new season, the annual arrival of the first pansies is like hearing the varied thrush singing in the daybreak. It signals the change of life, shaking off of snow and darkness and opening the season of joy and renewal.

Ewing, Hale to wed
Ashleigh Hale, of Haines, and Daniel Ewing, of Juneau, will marry at 5 p.m. on May 3, 2008, on an island in the middle of Gastineau Channel. The bride, groom and close friends and family will hike out on low tide. A reception will follow at 7 p.m. at the groom's parents' home.

Jean A. (Wagoner) Nichols-Telford
Longtime Juneau resident Jean A. (Wagoner) Nichols-Telford died unexpectedly on April 16, 2008, in Juneau. She was 85.

My turn: Information misinterpreted in anti-access road column
It is unfortunate that in Roman Motyka's April 22 attempt to "decipher" Department of Transportation & Public Facilities reports, he managed to misinterpret or misstate several important pieces of information.

My turn: Parking garage is the right thing
Why does Juneau need another parking garage downtown?

Alaska editorial: State's actions on health care disappointing
Gov. Sarah Palin started the year looking as if she was going to tackle tough health care problems head-on.

Ketchikan approves financial analysis of communications utility
KETCHIKAN - The Ketchikan City Council has voted to negotiate a deal with a firm to conduct a financial analysis of the city-owned Ketchikan Public Utilities Telecommunications Division.

Alaska medical examiner says man's death was homicide
FAIRBANKS - The death of a Fairbanks man has been ruled a homicide.

Palin orders flags lowered to honor crash victims
ANCHORAGE - State flags will be lowered to half-staff to honor the four victims on a state-chartered helicopter that crashed last week.

Police have carjacking suspect in custody
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police took a carjacking suspect and two other people into custody after a high-speed chase and standoff that closed the Glenn Highway.

Alaska tops union's worker fatality list
CASPER, Wyo. - A report by the AFL-CIO says Alaska and Wyoming top the nation in the rate of on-the-job fatalities.

Future bright for the Bears
Three softball fields at Melvin Park emanated with the sounds of softballs smacking leather mitts during the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team's second day of outdoor practice Wednesday.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

CORRECTION
There was a scoring error in the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer story Sunday on Page B1. Melissa Skan scored a goal in Saturday's 4-1 win over Central High School of Cheyenne, Wyo., not Sarah Tarver. A corrected version of the story can be seen here.

Good news for state pensions
Alaska's looming retirement problem is getting smaller, the Alaska Retirement Management Board was told Thursday.

West Coast waters prove deadlier than Alaska's
SEATTLE - A new report from the federal government says fishing off the West Coast of the United States has one of the highest death rates in commercial fishing - even higher than in waters off Alaska.

Two Denali Park wolves snared outside park
ANCHORAGE - Tourists taking in the beauty of Denali National Park and Preserve could be in for a truly ugly sight - two wolves with tight snares around their necks.

Kenai man injured in grizzly attack
ANCHORAGE - Marc Johnson ran out his front door for a morning jog and nearly died minutes later. He could still see his house when the brown bear charged him.

Army, FBI investigating massage parlor visits
FAIRBANKS - Federal investigators from the Army and the FBI are investigating a North Pole massage parlor that they claim was a front for prostitution.

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