Sunday, May 3, 2009

Pick up dog feces
If your dog poops and you don't look does it leave a stinky pile? The evidence is clear as snow melts off the trails. Within a three-minute walk of the River Road parking access to Mendenhall Greenbelt Trail, I counted what appeared to be 267 different piles of poop. I say appeared because many have been biked over, walked in and otherwise smeared across the asphalt trail.

Dust clouds construction of new parking garage downtown
All winter, the residents of Telephone Hill watched a giant chunk being blasted out of the downtown hill on which they live - that is, when it's not too dusty to see.

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

Lawmakers: Session is too short
The Alaska Legislature has established Marmot Day as an Alaskan version of Groundhog Day, but the 90-day legislative session ended April 19 without having taken action to designate the Malamute as the new state dog.

Catching up with the 'Deadliest Catch' crew
Complacency is deadly when crab fishing in the Bering Sea, said F/V Time Bandit deckhand Russell Newberry.

Photos: Blessing of the Fleet
A moment of silence: Nakenna Kotlarov, 5, sits near the granite wall of names during the annual Blessing of the Fleet and Dedication of Names at the Alaska Commercial Fishermen's Memorial Saturday in Juneau.

New principal chosen at Yaakoos
Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School will have a new principal in the fall.

Juneau resident shares jackpot in Nenana Ice Classic
ANCHORAGE - The ice on the Tanana River in Alaska has broken, and two lucky winners will split a jackpot of nearly $284,000.

Photos: Marching for Babies
Gov. Sarah Palin is greeted by members of a local Daisy group and Harborview Elementary staff and students as her daughter, Piper, pushes her son, Trig, in a stroller after finishing the March for Babies two-mile walk at Twin Lakes Saturday in Juneau. The fundraising walk benefits March of Dimes research and programs that prevent pre-term births and help babies overcome health issues.

Photo: Catching a ride
Joey Roters gets a tow on his skateboard from his dog, Zeke near the Mendenhall GlacierSaturday.

Around Town
Today, May 3

Graduating Early
In addition to being an accomplished accordian player; participating in Rainbow Girls, a youth club that teaches leadership, confidence and citizenship; and working 10 hours a week at the University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau-Douglas High School sophomore Summer Christiansen, 15, already has plans to graduate a year early from high school as well as receive an associate degree - today.

Photos: Stamping out hunger
Paul Ecklund, a U.S. Postal carrier, helps out during last year's National Association of Letter Carriers annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive, which collected almost 6,000 pounds of food.Always held the second Saturday in May, this year's drive will be the 17th annual and take place on May 9.

Photo: Pool-side ballerinas
Janice D. Holst dancers pose after performing at the Aurora Knights synchronized swimming show on April 25 at the Augustus Brown Swimming Pool. From left are Holst, Nicole Solanoy, Tracy Lazaro, Laurel Stark, Nathel Sims, Ashley Boucher and Megan Hales.

Photo: TLC thank you
Tender Loving Care Child Care owner Samantha Adams, second from right, poses with TLC children on April 29 at TLC in the Mendenhall Valley. TLC would like to thank Association for the Education of Young Children-Southeast Alaska for donating its grant funds to pay for TLC to visit Turf for Tots the entire month of April and for early childhood programs to visit the pool in celebration of the Week of the Young Child.

May is National Foster Care Month
Each year hundreds of Alaskan children are removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or an unsafe environment. These children come from all areas of Alaska and range in age from newborn through teens. But they all have one thing in common: the need for a safe, stable home and the guidance of caring adults.

Janice Sheufelt named Ethel Lund center administrator
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium recently named Dr. Janice Sheufelt clinic administrator for the SEARHC Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau. Sheufelt also retains her current title as medical director.

Photo: Fun run fundraiser
Faith Community School held their third annual Run-For-The-Son fundraiser on April 24 at Rotary Park. Faith Community School would like to thank the families, parents, teachers and community for their generous support; and Frank Rich, of MGT, for providing the transportation to and from this event. Following are a list of corporate sponsors who have made donations: Luxury Lounge, The Art Department, Valley Paint Center, Rozwick-Giles, AK-Music One, Mike Hatch Jeep, Southeast Furniture Warehouse, Airlift Northwest, Morris Engineering, Udder Culture, Creative Source, Alaska Floorcovering, of Petersburg, Morris Engineer, Canary & Associates, and Bear Body Works.

How we cherish our renewable resources
The management of natural resources seems to be a key point in many Alaska conflicts. While I don't have any magical answers to make those conflicts disappear, I would like to offer some wisdom from my spiritual tradition.

A flood of crocus
The song of the varied thrush rings out in the still bare woods. It is the first crack in the winter wall, and like a rush of pent up emotion, the spring is upon us.

Pets of the week: Calm, dainty cats seek fitting homes
Gracious is a calm and laid-back gentleman of a cat who brings in the crowd with his stunning blue eyes. Since he's been neutered this 5-year-old hunk can't quite get the ladies like he used to but now he just relies more on his good sense of humor.

Central Council enacts child support legislation
While delegates gathered April 15 to 18 in Juneau for the 74th annual Tribal Assembly, a victory for Alaska tribes was achieved and announced on the floor of the assembly that the Alaska Legislature passed Senate Bill 96, which amended the definition of "state" to include an "Indian Tribe" in the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.

Thanks for the Feed the Mind Campaign
The Juneau School District would like to thank the Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 70 and the Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 70 for organizing the Feed the Mind Campaign during the Alaska Standards Based Assessments testing, which took place the first few weeks in April at Juneau elementary, middle and high schools.

Recognitions
Maria Abbott was awarded Early Childhood Educator of the Year 2009 in Juneau by the Association for the Education of Young Children Southeast Alaska. The award was presented at a recognition banquet on March 20 in recognition of Abbott's excellence in teaching at the Tlingit and Haida Salmon Creek Head Start program located in the Pioneer Home. Abbott shares her artistic talents and cultural heritage with young children in the program such as designing ceremonial regalia for children transitioning to kindergarten.

University of Alaska Southeast to hold 2009 commencement
This afternoon, the University of Alaska Southeast will honor graduates from summer and fall 2008, and spring 2009 in this year's commencement ceremonies.

FYI
Births

Senior menu for the week of May 4-8
Monday, May 4

Churches to celebrate National Day of Prayer
JUNEAU - Local churches will celebrate the National Day of Prayer at 7 p.m. Thursday at Chapel by the Lake, next to the University of Alaska Southeast campus.

Consortium to host Diabetes Support Group
KLAWOCK - The new Prince of Wales Diabetes Support Group meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock.

Association to hold gillnetters meeting
JUNEAU - Southeast Alaska Rainforest Wild, Southeast Alaska's Regional Seafood Development Association, will hold a last-chance informational meeting for any Southeast Alaska gillnetters who want to learn more, ask questions and share their ideas for the gillnet self-assessment vote this month on whether or not to become the first gear group to join the RSDA.

Youth center closed but holding registration
JUNEAU - Zach Gordon Youth Center will be closed for annual maintenance from Tuesday through May 12. The facility will re-open at 3 p.m. May 13. For more information call 586-0456.

'Moments of Wonder' author to present in Juneau
Barry Schieber, author of several books about the healing power of his Bernese mountain dog, Moritz, will travel to Juneau for the first time to introduce his 8-year-old pooch to Alaska's capital city.

KTOO receives My Source Community Impact Award for Engagement
JUNEAU - KTOO has received a My Source Community Impact Award for Engagement from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Thanks for supporting JDHS softball team
The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team would like to extend a big thank you to the following local businesses for their donations in making our spaghetti feed and dessert auction a success.

Thanks for contributing to Juneau Symphony's raffle fundraiser
The Juneau Symphony is happy to announce the winners of our 2009 Travel Raffle. The drawing was held on April 5 in the Juneau-Douglas High School commons immediately after the matinee performance of Brahms Requiem. The winners were:

Thanks for helping the Scouting for Food event on April 11
The Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of Juneau would like to thank the people of Juneau who generously contributed during the Scouting for Food event on April 11. The people of Juneau donated and the scouts collected approximately 8,500 pounds of food and delivered it to the Southeast Alaska Food Bank. Without the generous donations this would not be possible. Five cub scout packs and five boy scout troops participated in the event and gathered non-perishable food from the Auke Bay area to downtown. Thanks Juneau for making this a successful event for the Southeast Alaska Food Bank.

Thanks for donating prizes for Perseverance's annual raffle
Perseverance Theatre recently completed its 25th annual fundraising raffle. The drawing was held April 19, after the final performance of our production of "8 Stars of Gold." We would like to thank the following businesses and individuals who donated prizes totaling more than $18,000: A Dance of Hands Massage, Aldersheim Wilderness Lodge, Alaska Airlines, Alaska Boat & Kayak Center, Alaska Canopy Adventure, Alaska Charters & Adventures, The Alaska Guardhouse, Alaska Laundry & Dry Cleaners, Alaska Railroad Corporation, Alaska Travel Adventures, Alaskan Brewing Company, Alaska's Capital Inn Bed & Breakfast, Allen Marine Tours, Inc., Art Matters, Art Sutch Photography & Digital Imaging, The Baranof Hotel, Baranof Skiff Excursion, Bauer/Clifton Interiors, Ben Brown, Canines Unlimited, Canvases Unlimited, Captain Wayne Carnes, Chilkat Cone Kitchen, Curves for Women, Cuts OnLine, Cycle Alaska, Das Hagedorn Haus Bed & Breakfast, Don Douglas Photography, Driftwood Lodge, Eaglecrest Ski Area, El Sombrero, Fort Seward Condos, Gourmet Alaska, Gross Alaska, Gustavus Inn, The Halsingland Hotel, Hangar on the Wharf, Hearthside Books, Heritage Coffee Company, Hotel Beacon, Inner Mountain Massage, Intiman Theatre, The Island Pub, JRC/The Alaska Club, Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, Juneau Family Health & Birth Center, Juneau Jazz & Classics, Juneau Mobile Massage, Juneau Symphony Orchestra, Landscape Alaska, Lifetime Eye Care, Lucid Reverie, Mark Kelley Photography, Miss Scarlett's Greenery, Nerissa's Hot Stone Massage, Northern Lights Smokery, NorthStar Trekking, Paper Mountain Studio, Pavitt Health & Fitness, Pearson's Pond Luxury Inn & Adventure Spa, Pet Nanny's Place, Rejuvenation Salon & Spa, The Silverbow Inn & Bakery, Southeast Exposure Sea Kayak Company, Stan Stephens Wildlife Cruises, Taku Smokeries, Temsco Helicopters, Inc., Tides Inn, Treadwell Ice Arena, USPS Contract Station/Miner's Postal, Sandra Wardlow, White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, Wings Airways, Wings of Alaska, and Yak-n-Yeti Restaurant.

Thanks for celebrating Earth Day at the glacier
Thanks, Juneau, for helping to celebrate Earth Day 2009 at the glacier, an environmental teach-in full of fun, entertainment and community education. Our theme this year, "It IS easy being Green," reflected once more our wishes to help our local and global environment in ways that are easy on our lifestyle and budget.

Thanks for the 35th annual Folk Fest
The 35th annual Alaska Folk Festival was a huge success again this year with the help of the following people and businesses: Carol Ackerson, Alaska's Kit, The Alaskan Brewing Co., the Alaskan Hotel & Bar, Cathy Allen, Vicki Allison, Peter Anderegg, Warren Argo, Rebecca Bartel, Sam Bartlett, Stephanie Beauchamp, Eric Beaudry, Greg Beck,Rachael Beck, Rai Behnert, Sue Behnert, Koren Bosworth, Mator Bruce Botelho, Jamie Brown, Jeff Brown, Melanie Brown, Andre Brunet, John Bruns, Sally Burch, Scott Burton, CBJ, Capital City Weekly, Capital Copy, The Canvas, Steve Caswell, Centennial Hall, Sonny Chandler, John Church, Cheryl Cook, Collette Costa, Rod Crist, Jasmine Darrah, Paul Davis, Chris Dense, Grant Dermody, Antonio Diaz, Sally Donaldson, Driftwood Lodge, Pierre-Luc Dupuis, Ellen Eberhardt, Doug Edgar, Helen Eggers, Bonnie Elder, Grace Elliott, Lynette Ensor, Gordy Euler, Eliot Evans, Kathy Fanning, Morgan Fawcett, Sharon Fisher, Jack Fontanella, Charlie Ford, Odette Foster, Linda Frame, Anne Fuller, Melora Gaber, Gallery of the North, Ray Garrity, Brandee Gerke & AP, Ann Gifford, Pat Gill, Wendy Girven, Rainee Godwin, Jim Grammel, Grace, Skip Gray, Andy Grossman, Stephanie Harold, Caroline Hassler, Kim Hastings, Pat Harris, John Hatton, Heather Haugland, Pat Hawes, Tripp Henderson, Hiram Henry, Pat Henry, Heritage Café, Heritage Coffee Co., Kathy Hocker, Robin Hopper, Dan Hopson, Christy Herron, Terry Hoskinson, Patricia Hull, Charlie Hunt, John Ingalls, Jaded (Goldbelt), Mary James, Oilver Janata, Petr Janata, David Job, Johnny, Kim June, Juneau Arts & Culture Center, Juneau Convention and Vistors Bureau, Juneau Empire, Juneau International Folk Dancers, Barbara Kalen, Emily Kane, Forest Kane, Katherine Kane, Mark Kjeerstad, KRNN - Rain Country Radio, Leah LaBar, Nola Lamken, John Laskey, Terry Laskey, Bob Laurie, Joyce Lavine, Scott Law, Beth Leibowitz, Thelma Leuba, Judy Lundgren, Julie Machakos, Judy Macnak, Karen Maher, Maine Observers, Maria Mattson, Mary McBride, John McConnochie, Albert McDonnell, Malia McInerney, Greg McLaughlin, Ben McLuckie, Scott Meyer, Mindy Meyers, Mary Miller, Rick Miller, David Monkman, Art Morris, Cecily Morris, David Morris, Tonja Moser, C. Mounce, Lori Neufeld, Gary Newman, Allan Nichols, Jason Norris, Jenna O'Fontanella, Angela Oudean, Shelley Owens, Barbara Kelly Page, Brigette Palmer,Dan Pascucci, Lise Paradis, Tom Paul, Barbara Pavitt, Michael Penn, Susan Phillips, Kieran Poe, Sarah Power, Karel Pramono, Tyler Preston, Mike Price, Printing Trade Co., Sanjay Pyare, The Red Dog Saloon, Phil Reeves, Alex Reina, Brian Roach, Ariel Rolfe, Mimi Rothchild and daughter, Kathleen Rushing, "Bex!" Sakarias, Mike Sakarias, Richard Salamida, Cindy Salazar, Ashley Saupe, Elisabeth Saya, Rion Schmidt, Ed Schoenfeld, Francie Schrup, Justine Sears, Burl Sheldon, David Sherman, The Silverbow Inn, Sam Skaggs, Betsy Sims, Steve Soenksen, Mary Solty, William Spear Designs, Libby Sterling, Shasta Swanson, Lori Thomson, Carol Tocco, Dennis Townsend, Sean Tracy, Nicole Tragis, Bobbi Trani, George Trani, Fred Triem, Kristine Troupin, Twilight Café, Dave Volke, Ken Waldeman, Brian Wallace, Joanie Waller, Laura Wallrath, Caitlin Warbelow, Sandy Warner, Jetta Whittaker, Steve Wilde, Jake Williams, Wings of Alaska, Nene Wolfe, Ardyne Womack, Riley Woodford, Margaret Yew, Abigail Zahasky. And to anyone we may have overlooked, you know who you are, thank you.

Willis, Phillips wed
Louisa Willis and Brandon Phillips, both of Juneau, were married on May 2, 2009, on the beach near the Thane Ore House, where a reception immediately followed.

Southerland, Ramirez to wed
Renee' E. Southerland and Erick N. Ramirez, of Juneau, are engaged to be married in June. Their sons, Eduardo, 8, and Nepthali Ramirez, 6, and Renee's son, Martin Conchas-Michel, 15, will be in the wedding.

Consortium makes preparations in case of swine flu outbreak
SITKA - While there so far have been no cases of the H1N1 (swine) flu in Alaska, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is making preparations in case there is an outbreak within Southeast Alaska.

Greinier, Wren to wed
Michele A. (Rowe) Greinier and Douglas A. Wren, both of Juneau, will be married at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2009, at False Outer Point in North Douglas. Duane Clements will officiate.

Loob, Melendrez to wed
Christine Loob and Phillip Melendrez, both of Juneau, will marry on June 6, 2009, at Saint Paul's Catholic Church in Juneau, with the first reception to be held immediately after the ceremony at the church. The second reception will be held at 4 p.m. at the covered area at Auke Bay. All friends are welcome.

Photo: Honored musicians
In November, six Juneau-Douglas High School orchestra students - Lindsay Clark, right, Auri Clark, Pauline and Colin Zheng, Franz Felkl, left, and Keegan Goodell - were selected for the All-State orchestra.

Juneau resident e-mails Spam a la Orange recipe
Looking for a lost recipe? Then ask Auntie Emo. Would you like to share a recipe and story with our readers, this is where it happens. And don't forget, we're looking for your springtime specialties.

Photo: Giving it to the dogs
Girls in Girl Scout Brownie Troop 19 visited the Gastineau Humane Society on March 22 to donate dog and cat food, and toys they made by hand. Brownie members, from left, are Kassidy Pietz, Kiersten Browne, Jessie Cooper, Meg Kurland, Hailley Jones, Teslin Gallagher, Kylie Kulbeth, Miranda Lind and Josephine Zuelow.

Empire editorial: An important step in dealing with drugs
Juneau has taken an important step in deterring abuse of the highly addictive painkiller OxyContin. Admitting the problem is real and showing the courage to do something about it is the first step, and it certainly can't be the last.

My turn: Juneau representative recaps legislative session
The 26th Alaska Legislature gaveled out on April 19. My first priority is to protect Juneau's economic interests. Keeping state jobs secure and protecting against capital move legislation is number one. Early on, I received the commitment from the speaker that the capital move issue would not receive caucus attention. This enabled me to focus on other critical issues without the emotional roller coaster of a capital move fight.

For GOP, Specter's exit isn't the problem
At his party-switching news conference at the White House last week, the newest Democratic senator, Arlen Specter, shared Amtrak memories with Vice President Joe Biden, reminiscing about the long hours they've spent riding "that train." It was a useful reminder that this 29-year Senate veteran has never been the most rock-ribbed Republican. Specter has always represented Acelaland - that dense urban region that snakes along the Eastern seaboard and is home to America's financial and political establishment.

Toe Toon
This week's toe toon.

Human remains found in Seward
ANCHORAGE - Police in Seward say skeletal human remains were found near a coal storage facility.

SeaLife Center looks at alternative heating source
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska SeaLife Center is looking for ways to cut back on energy costs - and it's eyeing the waters of Resurrection Bay.

Palin signs stillbirth certificates bill
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin has signed a bill authorizing the state to issue birth certificates for stillborns to parents who request them.

BLM ends tundra travel in NPRA
FAIRBANKS - The Bureau of Land Management has ended tundra travel in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska for the season.

Army eyes aviation unit for Wainwright
FAIRBANKS - The Army is considering adding a combat aviation brigade at Fort Wainwright.

Teck to sell its interest in Pogo Mine
ANCHORAGE - The Canadian company that runs the Pogo gold mine plans to sell its interest to a co-owner, a Japanese conglomerate.

Tree donated for veterans totem pole
KETCHIKAN - Military veterans from Prince of Wales Island are the recipients of a red cedar tree that will be carved into a totem pole in their honor.

Usual heroes shine
With a few waist-high snow drifts still scattered about Adair-Kennedy field Saturday, the Juneau-Douglas High School track and field team went blow-for-blow with visiting Kodiak before each team could finally exhale with a respective team title from the annual Juneau Invitational Meet.

JDHS perfect in first home stand
Taylor Larson ripped a triple down the third-base line to plate two runs in the bottom of the first inning, and the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team never let up Saturday night as the mercy rule was needed to end their 10-0 blanking of Ketchikan at Melvin Park.

Photos; Opening Day jitters
TEAMS: Gastineau Channel Little League players stand with their teams during opening ceremonies Saturday.

Track and Field results
Varsity - Boys

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

New study updates living expenses by region
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Department of Administration has released a report outlining living expenses by region for determining pay rates for state employees, but actual changes in paychecks would have to be done in consultation with unions and the Alaska Legislature.

UAA is mystery donor's latest recipient
ANCHORAGE - The mystery donor has struck again, this time giving $7 million to the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Airman charged with forcing miscarriage by drugging his wife
ANCHORAGE - A court-martial is nearly finished for an airman at Elmendorf Air Force Base accused of giving his wife ulcer medication and causing her to miscarry their unborn child.

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