Saturday, May 10, 2008

New local picture books include 'The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster'
Here are just a few of the new picture books for young listeners and readers on the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Local student earns children's book award
PULLMAN, Wash. - Brittany Sarkesian, of Juneau, earned a medal in the Washington State University 2008 Inga Kromann Book Awards for her book, "Firefly Messages." Students receive medals based on their performance for writing and designing a children's book.

Act like a community while in a crisis
We are all in this energy crisis together.

A good day for a show
Seventeen-year-old Deejay Derego said everyone can relate to the title character in the latest Juneau-Douglas High School theater production, "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day."

Businesses brace for higher bills
Dimming the lights eases the pain of huge electric bill rates, but it won't take them away.

Prom economics: business as usual
The table selling prom tickets at Juneau-Douglas High School was doing brisk business Thursday, as students lined up a dozen deep to buy tickets to Saturday's big night.

Business pays employees' electric bills
Soon after he heard electric bills would nearly quintuple, the manager of Willie's Marine called up a board member for the out-of-state parent company and asked for help.

Around Town
Today, May 9

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

Student group promotes safe and healthy prom
About 5,000 people under the age of 21 die from alcohol-related injuries involving underage drinking each year, according to the U.S. surgeon general. And nearly one-third of those crashes occur during the prom and graduation season of April, May and June, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Volunteers needed for American Cancer Society's Relay For Life
JUNEAU - The American Cancer Society needs walkers, cancer survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), community leaders, team captains and hard workers to make the annual Relay For Life, on July 19-20 at Dimond Park, a reality. Many people have already stepped up to make this year's Relay a huge success, but more are still needed.

Gene Tagaban to perform Tuesday
JUNEAU - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium WISEWOMAN and Lifestyle Balance programs will host several Southeast performances of the show "One Crazy Raven" by noted Tlingít storyteller and actor Gene Tagaban.

Photo: Capital City Celebrations
Wells Fargo representative Amanda Coate, right, presents Capital City Celebrations chairwoman Cathy Hildre, left, with a $10,000 donation on Monday at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce. The donation will go toward the 50thAnniversary of Statehood celebration.

Police department to sponsor first National Night Out on Aug. 5
JUNEAU - On Aug. 5, the Juneau Police Department will sponsor the first National Night Out in Juneau, program bringing neighbors together for an evening of fun and social interaction with an emphasis on crime prevention and personal security.

Helping Hands to host spaghetti feed, silent auction fundraiser
JUNEAU - Helping Hands is hosting a spaghetti feed and silent auction at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Juneau Moose Lodge, 8335 Old Dairy Road.

Delay expected during pharmacy equipment upgrade
JUNEAU - The pharmacy at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Ethel Lund Medical Center will be undergoing an equipment upgrade from May 14-21, and patients may experience delays getting prescriptions filled during that week.

Volunteers help with Gastineau's mural project
At least 30 volunteers have helped in constructing, designing and painting Gastineau Elementary School's mural, which was started in November and will become a permanent part of the school's gym on completion.

FYI
Births

Hurley chosen to be Fourth of July grand marshal
Katie Hurley was chosen to be grand marshal for the 2008 Juneau Fourth of July Parade. Born and raised in Juneau, Hurley worked for the Territorial Gov. Ernest Gruening for 12 years in the 1940s and became chief clerk to the Alaska Constitutional Convention in 1955.

Local girl to be recognized in 'New Moon' magazine
DULUTH, Minn. - Natalia Spengler, 10, of Juneau, will be recognized for her inner beauty in a May/June 2008 special issue of "New Moon: The Magazine for Girls and Their Dreams."

Student Artists in the Spotlight
The following students are seniors in Craig Mapes' Creative Woods II class at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Eversons celebrate 46 years
The children of Mike and Selina Everson invite family and friends to witness the renewal of their parents' wedding vows on their 46th wedding anniversary at 7 p.m. Monday, May 12, at Northern Light United Church, 400 W. 12th St. A light reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall. No gifts please.

Rohweder, Brock wed
Chelsea Lee Rohweder, of Juneau, and Mathew Anton Brock, of Boulder, Colo., were married in a civil ceremony on March 18, 2008, on the beach of Tulum, Mexico. A reception followed at Cabanas Copal.

Stevens, Becker to wed
Lily Irene Stevens and Preston Hamilton Becker will marry in late August.

Callender, Blankenship to wed
Cecilia Blankenship, formerly of Juneau, and John Callender, of Columbia, Miss., will marry on May 24, 2008, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Federal Way, Wash. A reception will follow at Copperfalls Restaurant in Auburn, Wash.

Lessons we learn from our mothers
There are few things more satisfying in life than being able to do something well, and being able to do it.

The beginning of Echo Ranch
The events of the past are building blocks for the present and an indicator of what might be possible for the future. The path that we walk on now has been worn down by those who have gone before us. If we only focus on the now or what is ahead, then the memory of precious lives will be lost and the value of our journey will be cheapened. There are lessons to be learned and wisdom to be gained if we would only take a moment to examine our history.

Troublemaker 2: orange hawkweed
Yes, yes, I know. It is such a gorgeous color - that bright red-orange against the dark hairy stem - and a rare hue in our environs. But, think carefully before considering the introduction of orange hawkweed (Hieracium aurantiacum) into your garden or elsewhere. You have probably noticed them along Egan Drive north of downtown and sprinkled out in the undisturbed wetland near the airport.

Recognitions
KUAC/AlaskaOne received entries from around the state for the 14th annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest. Former state legislator and current Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Jim Whitaker presented awards to first-, second- and third-place Alaska winners on May 6 in Fairbanks. Students, their families and their teachers will participate via video teleconference from Anchorage, Juneau and Sitka.

Carol Thilenius
Juneau resident Carol Thilenius died May 6, 2008, in her sleep at home. She was 73.

Empire editorial: Loss of Lew Williams to be felt by all Alaskans
Alaska suffered a loss Saturday when Lew Williams Jr. died of cancer at age 83. During a journalism career that spanned nearly six decades, he earned a reputation as a dogged defender of his state, the Panhandle and his hometown of Ketchikan.

My turn: Truth and consequences about Project Labor Agreements
We here at the Juneau and Vicinity Building and Construction Trades Council, composed of more than 900 of your local friends and neighbors in the skilled crafts, would like the Juneau public to know the truth about project labor agreements. It seems there has been a lot of misinformation being disseminated by those that oppose them, particularly with the lawsuit filed against the city of Juneau.

Alaska editorial: Juneau road project should be stopped
When Gov. Sarah Palin took office, Alaskans were lulled into a sense of security about the highly questionable and extremely expensive Juneau road project.

Opinion: Alaska Bar Association convention shines light
Last week I attended the Alaska Bar Association annual convention in Anchorage. I've enjoyed this legal-education opportunity several times since becoming an attorney, but this convention was the most edifying for me thus far.

Commissioner of Health and Social Services resigns
JUNEAU - The head of the state's Department of Health and Social Services has resigned.

City postpones Harborview bid pending court action
JUNEAU - The city has postponed accepting bids for renovating Harborview Elementary School until next week, pending a judge's decision whether to allow the bidding process to proceed.

Man accused in killing seeks release
FAIRBANKS - A man who is accused of slitting the throat of a mental health worker in Fairbanks wants release from a psychiatric facility in Anchorage.

Man sentenced for sexual abuse of toddler
ANCHORAGE - A Shungnak man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and 15 years probation for sexually abusing a toddler, Alaska State Troopers said.

Police affidavit reveals chilling details about baby boy's death
PALMER - A police affidavit revealed chilling details about the death of a newborn baby in Colorado.

Anchorage port workers start national security enrollment
ANCHORAGE - Maritime workers at the Port of Anchorage have started signing up for an ID program geared toward tightening up security there, according to the Homeland Security department.

One Wing the eagle dies of heart tumor
ANCHORAGE - A bald eagle known as One Wing, which survived the Exxon Valdez oil spill, died.

Ketchikan responds to shutdown of Web site forum about KPU
KETCHIKAN - The city of Ketchikan has responded to the shutting down of a Web site discussion forum.

Crimson Bears top Wolves
Buzz Ward's power hitting sparked the offense as the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team defeated the Sitka Wolves 5-2 Thursday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Palin support for Juneau access road fading
Gov. Sarah Palin, who supported the Juneau access road in her campaign for governor in 2006, is now backing away from that support.

Judge sentences Vic Kohring to 3½ years in prison
ANCHORAGE - Facing a prison sentence of 3½ years, a former Alaska lawmaker said he's broke and has lost respect for the U.S. government, but that his conscience is clear.

Allegations spark Department of Corrections audit proposal
Two Anchorage lawmakers say the Legislature needs to audit the state's Department of Corrections.

Photo: Cruise ship season starts in Sitka
First-graders and their chaperones on a field trip Wednesday look at tide pools at Sitka National Historical Park in the shadow of Sitka's first large cruise ship of the season, the Oosterdam.

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