Cruise ships, mine are seeing utility rate increase
Tuesday's headline "AEL&P rate hike to skip cruise ships, mine" was news to me, and is completely false and misleading. My conversation with the Empire's reporter touched on several topics, including these two interruptible customers.

'Be a Morph'
University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton, who has led the university system for 12 years, following 31 years in the military, told this year's graduating students in Juneau what he wants them to do with their lives.

Potential Tulsequah buyer acquires Redcorp Ventures' Portugal assets
A company headed by former Redfern Resources president Terry Chandler has purchased Redfern's Portugal subsidiary, Redcorp Empreendimentos Mineiros Unipessoal, according to Canadian court documents.

UAS graduates 300
The University of Alaska Southeast will award degrees and certificates in a commencement ceremony at its Auke Lake campus today, marking a new milestone for the growing regional college.

DA: Rape charges against UAS student will be dismissed
Charges against a University of Alaska Southeast student who allegedly raped his female roommate will likely be dismissed once he completes a treatment program, a district attorney said Friday.

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

Purse snatcher's strings tied
The man arrested for snatching purses downtown earlier this week was in court Friday for arraignment, apologizing to the women he allegedly robbed despite advice from his mother that he remain quiet until the trial actually starts.

Photo: Marking a path
Doug Hall and Trout Lakeman of Alaska Striping and Painting apply white cross-walk markings Saturday morning on Franklin Street. The company works streets from downtown to the valley and has been in operation for over 25 years.

Photos: Kids enjoy International Migratory Bird Day
Ben Jackson and Isabella Hanna observe a Golden Crown Sparrow held by United States Forest Service wildlife technician Gwen Baluss Saturday at the Juneau Community Gardens. In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, the Juneau Ranger District demonstrated live bird banding and gave attendees an up-close and personal look at how scientists studymigratory birds by capturing songbirds in nets, fitting them with light-weight tags andsafely releasing them.

Photo: Mountain goat sighting
A mountain goat walks through a brushy ravine on the West Glacier trail near the Mendenhall Glacier last week.

Photos: Auto show at Centennial Hall
Visitors look over a variety of automobiles including Peter Juraz' Ford AC Cobra, front, during the 10th annual Classic, Custom & Antique Auto & Cycle Show 2010 at Centennial Hall.

Photos: Sit' Eeti Shaanax
Harborview Elementary School students sing a song of thanks after receiving gifts of fruit while attending the Glacier Valley Elementary School potlatch on Friday. The celebration was in honor of the school's remodel and adding the Tlingit phrase, "Sit' Eeti Shaanax" to the school's name. The phase translates as "Valley in Place of the Glacier." Students from Harborview, Gastineau Elementary School, Mendenhall River Community School and Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School attended the event.

Making their garden grow
Students at Riverbend Elementary School are learning to cultivate vegetables through a new school community garden program.

SpringBoard helps first responders gain access to military robots
High-tech robots are finding their way from the U.S. military into the hands of emergency first responders across the country through a process developed by SpringBoard, a Juneau-based program funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Juneau Federal Executive Association awards seven for outstanding work
At its annual awards luncheon on May 5, the Juneau Federal Executive Association recognized Juneau area federal employees for outstanding work in volunteer service, administrative support, team project and the top federal employee of the year for accomplishments in 2009.

Juneau resident Erin Haida, a distance student Peru State College in Nebraska, recently earned three awards in the school's annual Toney McCrann Writing Contest.

Photos: Litter freedom
Juneau Chamber of Commerce "Team Garrison," in honor of Bob Garrison, pick up litter Saturday during Litter Free Cleanup Day in the Hidden Lakes Subdivision on Mendenhall Boulevard's "Grandaddy Pond." From right are Chamber CEO Cathie Roemmich; Chamber board member Karen Hansen; Roemmich's grandaughter, Cathy Ackerman; and Ackerman's father, Ryan Ackerman.

Regional Housing Authority awarded Advocate of the Year
JUNEAU - At the 2010 Pacific Northwest Regional Council of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials annual conference, Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority was awarded Advocate of the Year for its work in developing the Weatherization and Home Energy Efficiency Program.

Senior menu for May 10-14
Monday, May 10

Photo: Run for the Son
Faith Community School parents, students, teachers, businesses, family and friends pose at the school's annual Run for the Son fundraiser held April 30 at Rotary Park. The school thanks all who made donations, including many local businesses: Alliance Chiropractic, Creative Source, Juneau Foot & Ankle Clinic, Miller Construction Co. LLC, Morris Engineering Group, Nizich Family Dental, Salvation Army and Svalbard Lodge Sons of Norway.

Local ladies host beer-, wine-tasting fundraiser
JUNEAU - Three local ladies and two New York friends scheduled to participate in a national walk for breast cancer will host a Think Pink Beer/Wine Tasting fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at the Prospector.

Celebration 2010 holds recruitment meeting
JUNEAU - Sealaska Heritage Institute will hold a meeting to recruit volunteers for Celebration 2010.

Girls on the Run hosts 5K Fun Run
JUNEAU - Girls on the Run of Southeast Alaska - a running program offered to educate and prepare young girls for a lifetime of self respect and healthy living - will host its 5K Fun Run at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 22, at Twin Lakes.

Gonzales, Smith to wed
Jenna Gonzales, of Peru, and Brian Smith, of Juneau, will marry on May 19, 2010, at the Della Terra Mountain Chateau in Estes Park, Colo. The ceremony will be officiated by the groom's grandfather, Richard Smith.

Sitka consortium hosts presentation about community greenhouse
SITKA - There will be a lunchtime presentation about the proposed Sitka Community Greenhouse and Education Center at noon Wednesday, May 12, at the SEARHC At Kanik Hít Community Health Services Building first-floor conference room (1212 Seward Ave., down the hill from Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital, the building with the big totem pole in front).

Llenas, Kratzenberg to wed
Daniel Llenas, formerly of Juneau, and Erika Kratzenberg, of New York, are engaged to be married Dec. 10, 2010, in New York, when the groom returns from his deployment in Iraq.

Feng Shui, personal directions: Feeling lucky?
My last column, "Feng Shui for life," encouraged readers to pick a space that needed energy work and to clear the clutter and grime, inviting prosperity with Feng Shui. This second part will touch on personal directions, bad "sha" energy and adjustments.

Great Grand Bara Part II
I'm surrounded on all sides. My legs are on fire, my side hurts and I'm having some trouble breathing. But I have to push on. If I stop, they will catch me from behind and overtake me. If I keep going, I may be able to snag those in front of me ... but will my body endure it?

Thanks to our guest presenters at Preschool Family Nights
AEYC would like to extend a big thank you to all of our presenters and families who attended this year's Preschool Family Nights. More than 800 preschoolers and their families enjoyed nights of learning and exploring different activities together at the downtown library on the first Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. These free events are sponsored by Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries, Association for the Education of Young Children, thread, Best Beginnings, Communities In Schools and the Douglas Dornan Foundation.

Miracles do happen in Juneau
Miracles! What do we know about miracles? Webster tells us a miracle "is an extraordinary event manifesting a supernatural work of God; an unusual event, thing, or accomplishment; a wonder; a marvel."

Surround yourself with books
I live in a bookcase-challenged house. There's never enough space on the bookshelves for all the books. Books lie in piles on bedside tables and line up in neat rows on bedroom floors.


Dorothy M. Martin
Former Juneau resident Dorothy M. Martin (Hixson) died May 4, 2010, in Anacortes, Wash., after a long illness. She was 69.

Mignon Diane Lauber
Longtime Juneau resident Mignon Diane Lauber died April 27, 2010, at Bartlett Regional Hospital. She was 70.

Daniel Chmielowski
Longtime Juneau resident Daniel Chmielowski died May 3, 2010, in Juneau. He was 34.

Wade Matthew Winger
Juneau and former Sitka resident Wade Matthew Winger died April 9, 2010, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Wash. He was 32.

Elmer Sorensen
Former Juneau resident Capt. Elmer Sorensen died May 5, 2010, at his home in The Villages, Fla., after suffering a long-term illness. He was 69.

Parnell fails to address issues after joining lawsuit
Gov. Sean Parnell's decision last month to have Alaska join 19 other states in a lawsuit to challenge the federal health care reform act is disappointing.

Times Square case reveals changed terror landscape
The following editorial first appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

Another battle of Okinawa
The United States is on the verge of permanently damaging its alliance with Japan in a dispute over a military base in Okinawa. This island prefecture hosts three-quarters of all U.S. military facilities in Japan. Washington wants to build one more base there, in an ecologically sensitive area. The Okinawans vehemently oppose it, and tens of thousands gathered last month to protest the base. Tokyo is caught in the middle, and it looks as if Japan's prime minister has just caved in to the U.S. demands.

Subport bill made sense for Trust, not the state
The Juneau Empire recently published a series of articles about the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority's proposal to develop a new state office building on their subport property in downtown Juneau. Given the heightened local interest in the issue and its potential impact on Juneau's economy, I would have expected the Empire's coverage to be more balanced and better researched.

My turn: Don't judge a library by its cover
After two years of being involved with Gastineau Elementary School as a parent, I observe that it is a remarkable institution - successful in spite of its run-down physical condition.

Spewing oil raises questions for us all
As I write this, the oil is still spilling into the Gulf of Mexico.

Obama's border security plan a bust
The Obama administration is pushing an immigration amnesty bill that it claims will make us safer. Officials are on Capitol Hill making his case. Controlling borders is a national security problem, but hijacking national security as an excuse for bad immigration and border polices is just plain wrong.

Living with risk is the cost of freedom
We always seem surprised.

Kidnapping suspect requests public defender
JUNEAU - A man accused of kidnapping and assaulting a 20-year-old Juneau woman in a trailer home says he had $1,000 cash on him at the time of his arrest.

Bethel voters decide to keep town 'wet'
BETHEL - Bethel voters have decided to keep their town "wet."

Polluted water spilled at Fort Knox Gold Mine
ANCHORAGE - A 2-acre area at the Fort Knox Gold Mine near Fairbanks is being dug up to remove pollution from a spill of water contaminated with a low concentration of cyanide.

Alaska liquefied gas truck plan needs approval
FAIRBANKS - Alaska Gasline Port Authority directors say they need approval from member communities before moving ahead with an ambitious plan to truck liquefied natural gas from the North Slope.

Alaska Gasline Port Authority loses member
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Gasline Port Authority has lost one of its three original members.

Pickup crashes into support pillar
ANCHORAGE - A truck crashed into a support pillar in front of the Performing Arts Center in downtown Anchorage.

Alaska Democrats choose leaders
SITKA - Alaska Democrats wrapping up their convention in Sitka are already thinking to 2012, and beyond.

Letter made incorrect reference to pipeline supply
JUNEAU - A letter that two U.S. congressmen sent the president of BP Exploration Alaska in January contained an incorrect reference to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System.

Water Works
Almost a full decade ago, she was in their shoes - or swim caps.

Duckworths take two title belts
The Roughhouse Boxing 2010 Southeast Showdown at Marlintini's Lounge featured two out of three Ketchikan Duckworth's taking the lightweight and middleweight belts home. Anchorage's Bryc Palmer defeated Gabe Duckworth to win the heavyweight belt.

Falcons pick up first-ever win
It's been a long time coming for the Thunder Mountain boys' soccer team, but the Falcons finally got the monkey off their back by grabbing the program's first-ever victory in a 3-1 win Saturday against Sitka.

Bears flatten Warriors
Juneau-Douglas may have been wearing pink but make no mistake, it was a whitewashing.

Bears power past Kings, sweep four-game series
Juneau-Douglas upped its instate record to 8-0, 4-0 on the season after posting a four-game sweep of Southeast Conference rival Ketchikan on the road this weekend.

JDHS crushes Ketchikan
In recent weeks, Juneau-Douglas girls' soccer coach Matt Dusenberry stressed to his team the importance of getting out to a fast start during games. Apparently, the girls were listening.

Soccer Bear boys go 1-0-1 in Ketchikan
The Crimson Bears boys' soccer team has had its issues lately. Juneau-Douglas isn't necessarily struggling on the pitch, but after Saturday's 3-2 win over Ketchikan, the team is struggling to get healthy players on the field.

Democrat wants party to unite behind a candidate
SITKA - One of the three Democrats running for governor said Saturday that the party needs to unite behind a favored candidate in the coming weeks for a real shot at winning back the governor's office.

Alaskans mourn death of former Gov. Walter Hickel
SITKA - Alaskans on Saturday mourned the loss of former Gov. Walter J. Hickel and remembered him as a visionary and a maverick.

Regulators reject pipeline request for Cook Inlet
COOK INLET - Chevron Corp. says it has shut down oil production at an offshore platform in Cook Inlet after federal regulators rejected its request to continue using a corroded undersea pipeline there.

Governor taps lawmaker for military affairs post
JUNEAU - State Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom is leaving her seat in the Alaska House to join Gov. Sean Parnell's administration as a senior military affairs adviser.

Arctic expert files for lieutenant governor's race
JUNEAU - The chairman of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission filed candidacy papers Friday to run for Alaska lieutenant governor.

Democrat wants party to unite behind a candidate
SITKA - One of the three Democrats running for governor said Saturday that the party needs to unite behind a favored candidate in the coming weeks for a real shot at winning back the governor's office.

UAF scientists study king salmon declines
FAIRBANKS - Bering Sea pollock companies are paying for a study in which scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will try to determine what's behind the decline of western Alaska king salmon runs.

Governor taps lawmaker for military affairs post
JUNEAU - State Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom is leaving her seat in the Alaska House to join Gov. Sean Parnell's administration as a senior military affairs adviser.

Arctic expert files for lieutenant governor's race
JUNEAU - The chairman of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission filed candidacy papers Friday to run for Alaska lieutenant governor.

ID theft retrial in Palin hacking hinges on appeal
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Prosecutors say a Tennessee man convicted of two federal charges in the hacking of Sarah Palin's e-mail account would be retried on an identity theft charge that left a jury deadlocked only if a defense request for a retrial is granted.

Anchorage judge to fight ethics complaint
ANCHORAGE - The lawyer for an Anchorage District Court judge accused of ethics violations by the Commission on Judicial Conduct says he'll fight the allegations.

Polar bear patrols vital as Arctic ice recedes
ANCHORAGE - For $16 an hour, Morgan VanHatten patrolled the streets of Kaktovik in a Ford pickup last fall armed with a 12-gauge shotgun and an iPhone full of Lil Wayne. Her mission: Shoo away the many polar bears that creep into town at the brink of whaling season.

Some Palin Facebook fans unhappy with endorsement
ANCHORAGE - Ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has outraged some of her fans with an endorsement of former Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina in the GOP's U.S. Senate primary in California.

Father died same way as homeless man in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - A man found dead in a homeless camp in Anchorage was the son of a man found dead the same way 13 years ago.

Spike in disability claims clogs overloaded system
WASHINGTON - Nearly 2 million people are waiting to find out if they qualify for Social Security disability benefits. It will be a long wait for most, even if they eventually win their cases.

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