Saturday, May 3, 2008

Look into owner of Snettisham plant
After doing a little research, I found out that Snettisham is owned by Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority.

Surreal cheerleading and cowardly reality
Reading William Rose's good letter, "Ways to support the troops," on Monday, April 28, I was reminded of what I always feel when I see those "I support the troops" bumper-stickers.

Aid money goes to nonprofits
Seeking to provide economic aid quickly, the Juneau Assembly jumped at a new chance Thursday to provide money to residents and small businesses facing a huge increase in their monthly power bill.

Police & Fire
Reports from police, fire officials and state troopers:

Juneau's disaster declaration declined
Gov. Sarah Palin has rejected a request from the city of Juneau to issue a "disaster" declaration in response to the city's power crisis.

High times in the 'big city'
One thing Williann Frank said she noticed about staying in Juneau that's different from the roadless village of Tuntutuliak in Southwest Alaska is the indoor plumbing.

AEL&P dividends to be canceled for now
Juneau's electric utility told its shareholders this week not to expect dividends until customers and the company have finished paying off the diesel fuel that is now powering the city.

Repairs to transmission line in progress at Snettisham
Repairs on the Snettisham power line are now under way, Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. officials said Thursday.

Photo: National Bike Month
Barbara Kelly, Bob King and about two dozen bicycling enthusiasts wait for a car to turn as they bike around downtown to kick off National Bike Month on Thursday. The Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club set a goal of 10,000 miles for Juneau to ride during Bike Week, May 10-16, called the "10,000 Mile Capital Challenge."

Photo: Prayer power
Associate pastor for Church for All Nations, Jason Stasyszen, prays Thursday in front of the Capitol. Thursday was the 56th annual National Day of Prayer.

Photo: Rocking out for the Spring King Derby
Three fishermen take to the rocks at high tide for the first day of the Spring King Salmon Derby on Thursday. The month-long derby is a fundraiser for the Alumni Scholarship Assistance Program of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.

Around Town
Today, May 2

Hospital celebrates National Nurses Week, Hospital Week
Bartlett Regional Hospital will celebrate National Nurses Week May 6-12 and National Hospital Week May11-17.

Eligible Ketchikan university students to graduate Saturday
KETCHIKAN - Graduation for eligible University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan students will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Ted Ferry Civic Center.

City museum offers training sessions on Juneau history, culture
JUNEAU - This year, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum will offer two themed workshops: "Juneau History and Culture" and "Introduction to Native Arts."

Leaving winter behind with a tale of Christmas
It seems we've had plenty of winter, even though really cold only a few times, but still with lots of blustery wind and rain and snow. For an older person, unfortunately, winter seems to last longer each year.

Carmel Children's Hope holds South Indian dinner, auction
JUNEAU - Carmel Children's Hope Inc. will hold a South Indian dinner and auction fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mountainview Senior Center. Tickets are $30, available at Hearthside Books or Curves For Women.

Discovery Southeast Scholarship Program covers ocean literacy
JUNEAU - Discovery Southeast invites graduating high school seniors who are seeking an education that leads to a career as a naturalist, teacher, scientist or other occupation that requires a grounding in natural history to address ocean literacy in their application essay for the Naturalist Scholarship Program this year. Scholarships of up to $1,000 will be awarded to the winners and applicants should also be able to demonstrate a passion for nature and the outdoors and show a history of activities that connects them to the natural world.

Local organizations sponsor 14th annual Super Plant Sale
JUNEAU - The 14th annual Super Plant Sale will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 10, in the Safeway parking lot.

University of Alaska Southeast students named EPSCoR fellows
Two University of Alaska Southeast undergraduates and one graduate student have been awarded sought-after federal grants to research the effect of climate change on the survival of plants and animals and the sustainability of subsistence resources.

Thanks for making our 2008 Empty Bowls fundraiser a success
The board and staff of the Glory Hole would like to recognize the following sponsors and contributors that helped make Empty Bowls 2008 a successful event.

Congratulations to our graduating son
We are the proud parents of Thomas J. "TJ" Mason and are now honored to announce his graduation on Sunday from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Bachelor of Science in construction management.

Thanks to all who helped on Global Youth Service Day
This past Friday, April 25, SAGA joined more than 60 high school students in service for Global Youth Service Day. We would like to thank all of those who helped make the day a success. Global Youth Service Day has been an important event for SAGA for many years, and we plan to continue the tradition in the future.

University recognizes Jensen, Elmore for meritorious service
Theatre in the Rough was born 18 years ago after Aaron Elmore and Katie Jensen met in Juneau and fell in love at first sight.

Thanks to our many American Cancer Society volunteers
This year, more than three million men, women and youngsters nationwide will volunteer their time and talents to the American Cancer Society and its mission to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. I am proud to say we have our share of these terrific individuals right here in Juneau and Douglas, and with National Volunteer Week now upon us, what better time to recognize and honor them.

Thanks for making the comedy show a success
Lots of groups and individuals joined forces last weekend to guarantee the success of the March 28 Healing Power of Humor benefit comedy show for Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies. We raised almost $1,300 for AWARE, filling the Juneau Arts & Culture Center with laughter while raising awareness about domestic violence.

Thanks for donating food for students at The Learning Connection
The Learning Connection would like to thank and acknowledge the Valley Breeze In for its generous donations of food to our downtown location. The Breeze In has donated bagels and donuts daily to the center for a number of years, providing needed sustenance for many GED and other adult education students.

Thanks to those who supported our son
Joshua L. Jackson, a 2003 graduate of Kake High School, will graduate Sunday from the University of Alaska Southeast with a bachelor's in elementary education.

Abby Watts
Age: 9.

Recognitions
Joshua L. Jackson, above, a 2003 graduate of Kake High School, will graduate Sunday from the University of Alaska Southeast with a bachelor's in elementary education.

Juneau Community Foundation gives $4,000 to the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council
This spring, the Juneau Community Foundation made its annual contribution to the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council in the amount of $4,000. The Foundation donated these funds on the behalf of Mary Claire Harris, who set up the Arts and Humanities Student Scholarship Fund with the Juneau Community Foundation to provide funding for student scholarships in music, visual arts, dance and writing.

Jewish community learning, teaching
Jewish traditions have been passed down throughout the generations. Though the essence of our traditions have remained remarkably the same, they have evolved to reflect the changes that have taken place as our knowledge of the world has grown.

Miso: A macrobiotic staple
Back in the 1970s, when I first got interested in natural foods, macrobiotics was all the rage. This philosophy of diet and health emphasized the concepts of balance and the practice of a traditional, grain-centered diet. Since the originator of macrobiotics, George Oshawa, was Japanese, traditional Japanese foods figured prominently in the macrobiotic diet. Besides brown rice which everybody associates macrobiotics with, one of the most important macrobiotic staples was miso.

Smith, van Dalen wed
Crispian Smith, of Juneau, and Jeroen van Dalen, of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, were married in a ceremony attended by family and friends on March 29, 2008, in the Old Church in Amsterdam.

FYI
Births

Sitka Health Summit dinner tickets on sale through May 9
SITKA - Tickets for the second annual Sitka Health Summit's May 14 community dinner need to be purchased by Friday, May 9.

Steps to a Healthier Southeast awards community grants
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's Steps to a Healthier Southeast Alaska program awarded small grants worth $85,000 to five Southeast community groups so they can implement community-based wellness programs and policy changes.

Russell C. Phillips
Longtime Juneau resident Russell C. Phillips died April 30, 2008, in Juneau, after a brief illness. He was 92.

My turn: Opponents of Clean Water spin fable of Red Dog Creek
Of all the fictions peddled by opponents of the Clean Water Initiatives and supporters of the Pebble mine, few are as fanciful as the fairy tale they flog about Red Dog Creek. According to them it was so naturally befouled that nothing could live in it, but now, thanks to mining, it so teems with trout a weir is required to prevent a fish infestation. Baloney.

My turn: For the whales' sake, oppose sonar use in Gulf of Alaska
It has come to my attention that the U.S. Navy may have become the largest whaling organization in the modern world as we know it. Not that it was an intentional act, however, but as the by-product of national security. What a crazy idea.

My turn: Herring decision affects all of us
The recent decision by National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) not to list northern Lynn Canal herring under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is a good news/bad news story for Juneau.

Outside editorial Soaring cost of living hurts intended effect of stimulus checks
Fill the gas tank, or stock up on basmati rice? There are many ways to spend those government rebates that began going out this week. With the cost of living soaring, consumers are likely to spend this extra cash on necessities, not on the kind of retail purchases that Washington officials had hoped would stimulate the economy.

Aide to congressional candidate steps down
JUNEAU - The political adviser for Democratic congressional candidate Jake Metcalfe has resigned over a flap involving fake Web sites.

Jogger dies along Anchorage highway
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man died today while jogging alongside the Glenn Highway.

Gov. Sarah Palin's chief of staff resigns
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin's Chief of Staff Mike Tibbles has resigned.

Feds: Weather not a issue in helicopter crash
WASILLA - Federal investigators are now focusing on possible mechanical problems after discounting weather as a factor in a helicopter crash last month that killed four people.

Earthquake reported in Andreanof Islands
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Earthquake Information Center reported a strong earthquake in the Andreanof Islands.

Climbing season gets started on McKinley
ANCHORAGE - The 2008 Mount McKinley climbing season is under way.

Suspected serial thieves arrested
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police believe a couple arrested may be connected to multiple thefts across the state.

April fourth snowiest for Fairbanks area
FAIRBANKS - April in Fairbanks turned out to be one for the record books.

Juneau has high hopes for 2008 baseball season
For three straight years, the Sitka Wolves have got the better of the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team, winning an unprecedented three straight state titles in 2005-2007 and supplanting the Crimson Bears as Alaska's most successful program.

Bears win in season opener
Brittany Fenumiai scored the winning run on a play at the plate, propelling the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team to a 7-6 extra-inning win over Ketchikan on Thursday at Melvin Park in the first game of a doubleheader. The Crimson Bears (5-0) completed the sweep with a 11-0 win in the second game.

JDHS boys win, girls tie versus Dimond in Anchorage
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team extended its winning streak to eight games with a 4-1 win over Dimond on Thursday in Anchorage.

Photo: Spring training
Gastineau Channel LIttle League players Tal Norvell, Ryan Hoover and Brendan VanKirk, foreground, conduct a bunting drill during practice Wednesday at Melvin Park. The GCLL will hold its opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Oil giant donates $15 million to UAA
ANCHORAGE - ConocoPhillips has pledged $15 million to the University of Alaska Anchorage for a new science center.

Panel addresses violence against Native women
ANCHORAGE - A three-day conference was held in Anchorage to look at the issue of violence against Alaska Native women.

Chris Hayes tells judge she was responsible for finances
FAIRBANKS - The wife of former Fairbanks Mayor Jim Hayes has asked a federal judge to hold her responsible when sentencing them for stealing federal grant money.

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