Parental notification bill a 'tricky way' to criminalize abortion
Editor's note: Lawmakers failed to pass House Bill 35 requiring parental notification for abortions during the 2009 Legislative session.

Left-lane cruising may be psychological
With regard to Thursday's letter about Juneau drivers' love of left-lane cruising, the problem may be one of psychology. The signs say "slower traffic keep right."

How a bill doesn't become law
The old subport property in downtown Juneau may have missed a chance to become a $45 million state office building after a bill to pave its way stalled in committee when the Legislature adjourned last week.

Photos: Alaskan fashion
United Way of Southeast Alaska held its "what to Wear in Juneau alaska" fashion show fundraiser Saturday at Marlintini's Lounge.

Photo: Getting ready for supper
Shannon Bluett arranges ceramic and wooden bowls Sunday before the sixth annual Empty Bowls fundraiser for The Glory Hole. About 450 locally made bowls were on hand for the event.

Big turnout, big ideas at Capital City Forum
To make Juneau a better capital city, about 200 people attended the Capital City Forum on Saturday morning at Centennial Hall, brainstorming and proffering some 300 ideas reflecting perennial concerns, from landfill odors, the Juneau Access Road and capital creep, to the absurdly silly requests, like "stop the rain" and "import more eligible bachelors."

Photo: Ship-shape
Joel Osburn carries plastic sheeting and PVC pipe on Sunday to his truck after uncovering his boat at DeHart's Marina.

Photos: Skate through time
In white: Rosie Jones skates to a routine called "Born to Fly" at the Skate Through Time figure skating show presented by the Juneau Skating Club Saturday at the Treadwell Ice Rink.

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

Photo: Clearing the field
xzJuneau-Douglas High School track and field members, from left, Cassie Orbistondo, Alison Delabrurer, Karissa Jackson, and Carolyn Chenoweth work to shovel show off the long jump runway at Adair-Kennedy Municipal Park on Thursday.

Photo: Opening the doors

Around Town
Monday, April 27

Around Town

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

Autism awareness
April is a month of awareness. In addition to Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Awareness Month, April is Autism Awareness Month.

Messings to celebrate 25 years
Kathy and Martin Messing, of Juneau, willcelebrate their 25th anniversary May 5, 2009. There will be a potluck from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at Chapel by the Lake's Smith Hall.

Seeing beyond Paris
April in Paris! It's a song. It's a movie. It's a romance. It's so French! But this April, I am not in Paris. I am in the charming French port town of Cassis. The size of Sitka, it is located just south of Marseilles on the Mediterranean Sea. Lucky for me, I am here to visit my husband, who is in a residency fellowship at a local foundation established for artists and scholars.

Central Council adjourns 74th annual Tribal Assembly
The Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska held its 74th annual Tribal Assembly from April 15 to 18 at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall in Juneau. Approximately 117 delegates from Southeast Alaska, San Francisco, Seattle and Anchorage joined President William E. Martin, President Emeritus Edward K. Thomas, Tribal Host Dr. Walter A. Soboleff Sr. and Tribal Hostess Dr. Delores E. Churchill to conduct tribal business.

Juneau couple sees castles in Scotland
We spent a day with the makers of swords and jewelry and with Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Alaska students to compete in national math competition
A team of four Alaska mathletes and their coach will represent Alaska at the Mathcounts National Competition on May 8 in in Orlando, Fla. One student is from Juneau.

The Brightest Sunshine
April 2009

Thanks for supporting the 2009 AEYC Early Childhood Conference
The Association for the Education of Young Children would like to extend a big thank you to all the people that made this year's conference a success. The theme of "Creativity: Using Resources at Hand and from the Land" was explored through keynotes and workshops March 19 to 21, attended by more than 160 educators from Juneau, Sitka, Petersburg, Haines, Wrangell, Yakutat and Ketchikan.

Young Parent, Healthy Teen Center to host regional health fair
JUNEAU - Young Parent and Healthy Teen Center, a program of Catholic Community Services, will host an Alaska Regional Health Fair on May 1 at the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School gym.

Thanks for comfort during the loss of Mack Nakamura Sr.
Our thanks to family and friends of Hoonah, Angoon, Juneau, Haines and Wrangell - if we forgot anybody, please forgive us - from the Nakamura daughters of Hoonah, Maxine, Josephine, BettyAnn, Corrina and Joann.

Neighbors mailbox: Thanks to my friends for the 70th birthday get-together April 15
I want to say a special thank you to all my friends for the wonderful get-together in celebration of my 70th birthday on April 15 at El Sombrero. I can only say it was mind blowing.

Man saved from multiple heart attacks is still in critical care
On Tuesday morning, two off-duty Coast Guard officials helped save the life of retired Douglas volunteer firefighter and Navyman Winston Neal Arnold, 61, by rendering CPR at the intersection of Mendenhall Loop Road and Stephen Richards Drive.

Senior menu for the week of April 27-May 1
Monday, April 27

Firefighters to hold annual 'Fill the Boot' fundraiser Friday
JUNEAU - Capital City Fire Rescue firefighters will participate in an annual "Fill the Boot" fundraiser to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at tentative locations in Juneau: the Mendenhall Mall, Costco and the Cruise Ship Terminal, downtown near the Mount Roberts Tramway.


Iraqi political analyst Raed Jarrar to speak Monday
JUNEAU - In a joint effort by local organizers from four communities, Raed Jarrar, an Iraqi political analyst for the American Friends Service Committee, will speak about the American occupation in Iraq in Juneau, Haines, Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Papa Murphy's to hold two fundraisers for the community
JUNEAU - In honor of one of its employees who is battling thyroid cancer, Papa Murphy's will hold a Cookie Dough for Cancer campaign from Tuesday until May 4, when Papa Murphy's will donate $1 for every batch of cookie dough purchased at the store.

University hosts fisheries society Student Symposium
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences students invite the public to its 13th annual American Fisheries Society Student Symposium from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, April 27, at the new Lena Point Building.

Submissions due for Native essay contest
JUNEAU - The deadline for this year's Young Native Writers Essay Contest will be midnight on Thursday. The top five essay contest winners will receive college scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $1,000, and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the National Museum of the American Indian.

Boy Scouts Clark, Cordle to earn Eagle Scout honor Tuesday
JUNEAU - An Eagle Court of Honor will be held for Ky Clark and Jeff Cordle at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5100 Glacier Highway, across from Western Auto.

Northcutt, Davis to wed
Summer Northcutt, of Juneau, and Kyle Davis, of Tampa, Fla., will marry at 3 p.m. May 23, 2009, at Shades of Green Resort in Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Fla. A reception will follow at the resort.

Clemens, Kindred wed
Rachel L. Clemens, of Juneau, and Robert E. Kindred II, of Douglas, were married on March 14, 2009, at the First United Methodist Church in Astoria, Ore. A reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. May 2 at the Church of Christ in Juneau, 8755 Trinity Drive, in the annex.

Marriott, Savikko wed
Wendie Marriott and Bern Savikko, of Douglas, skied out onto frozen Mendenhall Lake to be married on New Year's Day among friends, family and sculptures of ice. Also pictured with them is their dog, Baileys.

Sarkesian, Kuterbach to wed
Brittany Jean Sarkesian and John William Kuterbach, both of Juneau, will marry at 4 p.m. May 23, 2009, at the Shrine of St. Therese in Juneau. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. at The Buoy Deck.

Foote, Mooney to wed
Former Juneau residents Helen R. Foote and Nicholas S. Mooney, now of Haines, will be married on May 2, 2009, in Juneau. They said they are thankful to have found each other at last!

Williamses to celebrate 50 years
Ronald and Julie Williams, of Juneau, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary May 1, 2009. Help their family and friends in wishing them congratulations and best wishes on this joyous occasion. Although they will celebrate privately with family and friends, the family hopes you will feel free to share your happy felicitations for this special day when you see them.

Susan Hosford
Longtime Alaska resident Susan Karen Hosford died Dec. 18, 2008, in Seattle with her husband by her side. She was 57.

Betsy Berry Fritz
Former Ketchikan and Juneau resident Elizabeth "Betsy" Berry Fritz died in her sleep on April 15, 2009, at her home in Anchor Point. She was 95.

Joe Sadlier
Former Juneau and Ketchikan resident Joseph Byron Sadlier died April 16, 2009, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Seattle, Wash. He was 82.

Outside editorial: Expiring tax cuts offer opportunity
The looming expiration of the Bush tax cuts offers an opportunity that the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress seem determined to squander. No one is proposing allowing all the tax cuts to expire as scheduled, on Dec. 31, 2010, nor should they. But a rational discussion of tax policy would include thoughtfully weighing which tax cuts to keep in place, which ones to pay for and perhaps even which taxes to increase. It may not surprise you to learn that this is not happening. Instead, Congress is busy figuring out how to best break its own rules - the ones that supposedly require tax cuts to be paid for rather than simply tacked on to the already bulging bill for the next generation. Meanwhile, President Obama has appointed a tax reform panel - a good idea - but counterproductively constrained its mission.

'Statehood' class of '59 returns in July
Fifty years ago, 381 classmates and I collected our Anchorage High School diplomas on the stage of what is still called the "Anchorage High Auditorium," even though the school was long-ago renamed West High.

My Turn: Exasperating airport visit leaves skepticism, worry
Recently I spent an exasperating eight hours in and out of my local airport waiting for my flight to depart, which it never did. After booking a different flight on a jet that had two maintenance issues that day, and after sitting on a hot, disabled jet for 30 minutes only to have the pilot tell us that our flight would be delayed due to another maintenance issue, I came to the realization that "somebody" didn't want me to fly that day.

Outside editorial: Having helped create the collapse, bankers now deepen situation
This is earnings-report season for America's banks, and lo, what signs and wonders it has wrought.

Outside column: Why I love the print media
Ink has been running like tears lately, splashing onto the opinion pages of our nation's newspapers. Editors and commentators, worried about their jobs, write one earnest column after another pleading the case for print journalism.

My Turn: Every 45 minutes, another Alaska child falls victim
Every 45.8 minutes, someone in Alaska reports child abuse or neglect. In 2008, more than 46 percent of those alleged victims were children age 6 and under. Those numbers should concern all Alaskans.

The results of the Juneau Empire's online poll published in the Sunday issue were reported inaccurately. About 57 percent of respondents said the Juneau School District should not move start times back an hour and a half, with the other 43 percent in disagreement. The results printed reflected the opposite.

Toe Toon

Ted Stevens receives award from United Fishermen
KODIAK - Former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens has received a lifetime achievement award from the United Fishermen of Alaska.

First 30 miles of Denali Park road opened to motorists
FAIRBANKS - The first 30 miles of the road into Denali National Park and Preserve has opened to motorists to mile 30.

UAA students rally for right to carry guns
ANCHORAGE - Some students at the University of Alaska Anchorage want to be allowed to carry guns on campus.

Coins commemorate Mackey's Iditarod wins
ANCHORAGE - Lance Mackey says he can't make heads nor tails out of all the attention he's receiving after winning his third straight Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Threats lead to more security after moose death in Palmer
PALMER - Officials at Colony Middle School in Palmer have increased security because of threats made following the death of a moose calf, which had been taunted by students.

Seahawks end NFL draft by taking safety, defensive end
RENTON, Wash. - The Seahawks have completed their NFL draft by selecting All-Big East Conference safety Courtney Green of Rutgers, defensive end Nick Reed of Oregon and underclassman tight end Cameron Morrah from California in the seventh round.

Labs seizures down, but meth still a problem
FAIRBANKS - A member of an Alaska task force on methamphetamine said the number of illegal manufacturing lab seizures has fallen in three years but the drug remains a problem.

Search under way for couple from Kwigillingok
BETHEL - Alaska State Troopers say a search is under way for a teacher and his wife missing from a village on the Kuskokwim Bay.

School bus drivers in Fairbanks vote for union representation
FAIRBANKS - School bus drivers in Fairbanks have voted for representation in contract talks by the Teamsters Union.

Remembrance held for Buddy Brown
FAIRBANKS - St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Fairbanks was overflowing with community leaders and friends paying their last respects to former Tanana Chiefs Conference leader Harold "Buddy" Brown.

Alaska health officials watching for swine flu
JUNEAU - State health officials are watching for swine flu here in Alaska.

Remembrance held for Tanana Chiefs leader Buddy Brown
FAIRBANKS - St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Fairbanks was overflowing with community leaders and friends paying their last respects to former Tanana Chiefs Conference leader Harold "Buddy" Brown.

Home turf defended
The Crimson Bears called on the unicorn of soccer strategies to blank visiting Bartlett 6-0 Saturday evening, securing a perfect finish in their annual Don Ashe Memorial Tournament and toting a perfect 2-0 season record into next weekend's rodeo roadtrip through Anchorage.

Friday tie, win lift JDHS girls
The Crimson Bears came out flat against Soldotna during Friday morning's 2-2 tie, and failed to secure a win for the first time this season. Hours later, though, there was nothing flat about their 9-0 offensive bonfire of Bartlett in the evening game of the Don Ashe Memorial Tournament at the Thunder Mountain turf field.

Photo: Two down, home to go

New theory revives old Fairbanks murder case
FAIRBANKS - As a new team of cold case investigators piece together the last hours of Sophie Sergie, who was raped and fatally shot in 1993, a fresh theory has emerged.

Lawmakers await possible Palin vetoes
A week after the Alaska Legislature adjourned, lawmakers are waiting to find out if Gov. Sarah Palin will break out her veto pen.

US declares swine flu emergency
The world's governments raced to avoid both a pandemic and global hysteria Sunday as more possible swine flu cases surfaced from Canada to New Zealand and the United States declared a public health emergency. "It's not a time to panic," the White House said.

Experts predict mild wildfire season in Alaska
FAIRBANKS - Fire forecasters for the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center are predicting a rather mild wildfire season this summer.

Federal stimulus seekers in Alaska keep hotline busy
FAIRBANKS - A hotline set up to link Alaskans with millions in federal stimulus money has been ringing a lot lately.

Tips for containing spread of swine flu
A swine flu outbreak appears to have killed dozens in Mexico and more cases are showing up in the United States and around the world.

Redoubt sparks lightning studies
HOMER - While most people find good reason to take cover before an impending volcanic eruption, scientists from New Mexico Tech, collaborating on volcanic lightning studies with the Geophysical Institute/Alaska Volcano Observatory, were drawn to the explosive area to monitor the little-understood phenomenon that occurs within highly charged ash clouds.

Is swine flu 'the big one' or a just another flu that fizzles?
ATLANTA - As reports of a unique form of swine flu erupt around the world, the inevitable question arises: Is this the big one?

Palin backers set up legal defense fund to defend ethics complaints
ANCHORAGE - Supporters have set up a fund to help Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin pay off more than $500,000 in legal fees for defending herself against ethics complaints.

Utility prepares for geothermal exploration well
Naknek Electric Association, banking on a decade of geothermal research and planning, is preparing to drill an exploration well near King Salmon in a multimillion dollar project with potential to provide power to 28 villages in Southwest Alaska.

Seasonal jobs are expected to boost employment
That unemployment rate, up six-tenths of a percent since February, has been on a continuous upward trend since bottoming out at 6 percent in 2007, labor officials said.

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