Monday, May 11, 2009

Global warming another scare tactic
David Skorton, the President of Cornell University, wrote (Juneau Empire, May 7) that the "steps we must take to combat global warming" can be of great benefit in terms of boosting the economy and saving the environment.

Drugs are a problem in Juneau schools
I want to commend teacher and coach Bill Chalmers for telling the School Board he may resign as coach of the football team if they don't start drug testing athletes in the high school.

Pop quiz? Group wants mandatory drug testing of students
The perception of rampant teenage OxyContin abuse in Juneau is fomenting support for mandatory random drug testing of high school students in sports and activities.

Cruise ships depart; did Alaskans sink a profitable tourism industry?
The recent decisions by cruise companies to redeploy ships from Alaska voyages in 2010 will have broad ripple effects in the state's economy, particularly in Southcentral-Interior Alaska regions.

Photo: Palin for lemonade
From right, Piper Palin, 8, the daughter of Gov. Sarah Palin, and Natalie Cosgrove, 8, sell lemonade to Andrea Watts and her mother, Pam, in front of the Governor's Mansion on Sunday. Other items for sale included diet ice tea and banana bread. Small boxes of raisins were free.

Controversial 9th Circuit comes under scrutiny
Two top judges are in disagreement on whether the sometimes controversial 9th Circuit Court of Appeals should be split in two.

Coach considers resigning if athletes aren't tested
In a stark appeal to the Juneau School Board on Tuesday night, Juneau-Douglas High School head football coach Bill Chalmers said he'd stop coaching if action weren't taken to make drug testing a requirement of participation in school sports and activities.

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

Photo: Apprenticeship award
Dale Reid, a special assistant at the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, congratulates Dick Behrends, owner of Behrends Mechanical, after he received an Employer of the Year Award from Deputy Commissioner David Stone, center, at Harborview Elementary School on Friday. Behrends award is titled the "2009 Apprenticeship Award" and is one of six the Labor department gave out this year. Behrends hired one of the first high school-to-apprenticeship candidates that is now installing plumbing for the Harborview remodel.

Around Town
Monday, May 11

Photo: Apprenticeship award
Dale Reid, a special assistant at the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, congratulates Dick Behrends, owner of Behrends Mechanical, after he received an Employer of the Year Award from Deputy Commissioner David Stone, center, at Harborview Elementary School on Friday. Behrends award is titled the "2009 Apprenticeship Award" and is one of six the Labor department gave out this year. Behrends hired one of the first high school-to-apprenticeship candidates that is now installing plumbing for the Harborview remodel.

Photo: Grandfathers Parchment
Jessica Dillon, of Anchorage views a parchment version of the Alaska Constitution commissioned by her grandfather, Thomas B. Stewart, Secretary of the Constitutional Convention. Calligrapher Walter W. Ferris, formerly Chief of Design and Typography of the U.S. Government Printing Office, was commissioned to handscribe the entire document in calligraphy. The parchment leaves were bound in blue Moroccan leather by Schulberth Bookbindery in San Francisco. Jessica just passed the Alaska Bar exam and attended the Alaska Bar Convention at Centennial Hall last week. This parchment constitution was on display for only three days, during the Alaska Bar Convention.

Around Town
Today, May 10

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

Service to the Corps
In light of President Obama's recent signings of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, one could say AmeriCorps - and SAGA - are faring well. Not to mention, SAGA swore in 31 new AmeriCorps members on April 27 and is celebrating AmeriCorps Week this week.

Q&A with therapeutic court graduates
Mary Miller, a 61-year Juneau resident, and Jo Ann Lockwood, a 45-year resident, will graduate from the Juneau Therapeutic Court on May 15. Miller is an executive secretary for the state of Alaska, and Lockwood is the owner of Your Office Assistant, a sole proprietor bookkeeping service in Juneau.

Haines Reading Council becomes honor council
HAINES - The Juneau-Haines Reading Council, a professional organization dedicated to promoting literacy, was given honor council status by the International Reading Association. In order to receive honor council status the local council must demonstrate that they have undertaken activites to promote literacy locally, statewide and internationally.

Thanks for supporting Friends of the Flags
This year represents the 32nd year that Friends of the Flags has been in Juneau. Visitors, as well as locals, have enjoyed the mixed colors of flags flying during the summer seasons. It was Mayor Bill Overstreet's idea that the capital of Alaska have the 50 state flags in a prominent place, which turned out to be Egan Drive. Rudy Ripley told him that he thought it was a great idea, resulting in his becoming chairman of the project.

FYI
Births

Recognitions
The Alaska Bar Foundation and the Alaska Bar Association have recognized Andy Harrington, executive director of Alaska Legal Services Corp., with the Judge Jay Rabinowitz Public Service Award. The award was presented during the Alaska Bar Association's convention in Juneau.

Senior menu for the week of May 11-15
Monday, May 11

A rundown on SAGA and its services
SAGA, previously referred to as the Southeast Alaska Guidance Association, is now acronym-free, said Mary Ullman, SAGA's recruitment and hiring manager.

Auntie Emo seeks Juneau cooks to submit recipes
Ask Auntie Emo is looking for your recipes, your requests and your participation. This recipe column needs you and belongs to you. Check your recipe boxes and share a recipe with our neighbors.

SEARHC honors nurses during National Nurses Week
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is pleased to honor the work of its nurses for their ability to save lives and maintain the health of their patients as part of National Nurses Week this week.

Thanks for supporting Success Inside and Out
The 2009 Success Inside and Out Steering Committee thanks the many sponsors for this year's March pre-release program at Lemon Creek Correctional Center. The program, including an employment job fair and many presentations on topics ranging from finding housing to addiction and mental health treatment, was aimed at prisoners that will soon be released from jail and transition back into the community.

Retired U.S. Army Colonel, U.S. diplomat Wright to speak in Juneau
JUNEAU - Ann Wright, retired U.S. Army Colonel and U.S. diplomat for the State Department, will travel to Alaska to speak about American relations with the countries and people of the Middle East. Wright's speaking tour is being sponsored by local organizers from five communities. The Juneau People for Peace and Justice, University of Alaska Southeast, Veterans for Peace Chapter 100 and Northern Light United Church are sponsoring her visit to Juneau.

Native American Fish & Wildlife Society to host conference
JUNEAU - The Native American Fish & Wildlife Society will host its 27th annual National Conference and will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18 to 21 at Centennial Hall.

Consortium to expand behavioral health services on POW
KLAWOCK - The state of Alaska has awarded the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium an interim contract so SEARHC can expand its behavioral health services on Prince of Wales Island.

Third annual Chilkat River Walk takes place May 16
HAINES - The third annual Chilkat River Walk from Klukwan to Haines will start at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 16, to raise awareness about breast cancer and breast health.

SEARHC honors National Hospital Week
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will honor National Hospital Week with a reception at noon Wednesday at the SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Litehouse Cafeteria.

Thanks for contributing to Harley Owners Group
The Southeast Alaska Tongass Chapter of Harley Owners Group (HOG) would like to thank Hangar on the Wharf, Secon and Chuck Bishop for their contributions to our recent skills events during the Juneau Abate Motorcycle Rally. The materials they contributed were vital to the success and enjoyment of those who attended and participated in this annual event. Again, thank you.

JDHS seniors win spot in national auto skills competition
Put simply, Juneau-Douglas High School seniors Josh Smith and Carson Paul enjoy Steve Squires' automotive class because of the hands-on experience - and the greasier the better.

Consortium promotes National Bike To Work Week in Sitka
SITKA - Want to have fewer $50 gas fill-ups and get healthy at the same time? The SEARHC Health Promotion and Injury Prevention programs are teaming up with Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop, the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka Campus and the Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition to promote National Bike To Work Week this week in Sitka.

Discussing the Parental Paparazzi
I try to be a good parent. I read to my kids and check their homework. I make them wear their bike helmets, eat their vegetables and write thank-you notes to Grandma. Still, I found myself in the Bad Mommy corner the other day, for an omission so shocking that I scarcely dare to put it into words.

Bennett and Borenin to wed
Geralynn Bennett, of Juneau, Ethan Borenin, of Everett, Wash., will marry at 4 p.m. May 23, 2009, at Glacier Valley Church of God in Juneau. A reception will follow at 5:30 p.m. at Glacier Valley Church of God

Artists chosen to carve Sealaska Heritage Institute, university
Artists Joe and TJ Young, residents of Hydaburg on Prince of Wales Island, recently won a contract to carve a totem pole for Sealaska Heritage Institute on behalf of the University of Alaska Southeast.

Photo: Girls clean up
On Saturday, Girl Scout Troop 14 helped pick up garbage in the downtown area. From left are Lupita Alvarez, Megan McAllister, Adriana Botelho, Ruby Steedle, Gail Ford, Jetta Whittaker, Judy McAllister and Laura Doogan. Not pictured is Rachel Doogan.

Juneau Therapeutic Court to hold commencement
In celebration of National Drug and Alcohol Court Month, the Juneau Therapeutic Court will graduate eight students in a ceremony to be held at 3 p.m. May 15 in Courtroom A of the Dimond Courthouse.

Thanks to Connections AmeriCorps members
A special thank you to Connections AmeriCorps members: Margaret Novak, SAGA; Heather Bayless, 4As; Andrew Vidal, NCADD; Ashley Saupe, Discovery Southeast; Emily Ravelle, AWARE; Christa Shier, SAGA; Casey Mealey, SAGA; Kristin Dimberg, SAGA; Michelle Golobish, Department of Transportation; Daniel Fernandez, DOT; and Stephanie Bushong, DOT.

Aldersgate holds Native ministries celebration
JUNEAU - Aldersgate United Methodist Church invites the community to celebrate Native ministries and its special guests, the Northern Light United Church Tlingit Gospel Singers and dance group, at 11 a.m. May 17 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

Echo Ranch summer camps for youth ages 7 to 18
The snow has melted, the sun is shining, and it's about time for camp to begin. Not unlike the birds' summer migration, the staff has returned to Echo Ranch.

Pets of the week
Uno is the sweetest bunny at the Gastineau Humane Society. This 2-year-old bunny is one of a kind, and it's not only because he has one eye. This little lover is potty trained and always wants to be snuggled with.

Hilda See
Hoonah resident Hilda See died Dec. 8, 2008, in Juneau. She was 89.

Helen M. Hixson
Former Juneau resident Helen Marian Hixson died peacefully on April 21, 2009, in Bremerton, Wash. She was 90.

Phillip Austin Kesterson Jr.
Gustavus resident Phillip Austin Kesterson Jr. died May 3, 2009, in Gustavus. He was 16.

My turn: Media images remind us of the true cost of war
On April 5, the body of a deceased airman, Staff Sergeant Phillip Meyers, arrived back in the United States. Meyers was one of 679 American deaths in the War in Afghanistan, but there was an immense difference between the return of Meyers and all those who were killed before him: The media were allowed to witness the ceremony taking his body from the plane and transporting it to his family.

Outside editorial: Obama leaves the hard budget choices for the next one
"We can no longer afford to leave the hard choices for the next budget, the next administration or the next generation," declared President Barack Obama last week as he unveiled his budget. Well, yes, but that is exactly what he does. We just hope that it is only until the next budget rather than the next administration.

Republicans feeling lost? Follow Britain's lead
LONDON - A shrinking base, a high-profile defection skillfully managed by the other side, an idiotic delight at how the party is becoming "purer" - that's the GOP today. And to British ears, it all sounds very familiar. It is distinctly reminiscent of the Conservative Party in Britain during the Tony Blair years.

Outside editorial: Getting over the swine flu
It looks like health authorities and the public can breathe a sigh of cautious relief (covering their mouths, we hope) as new information indicates that although the flu formerly known as swine spreads easily, its severity appears on par with that of most other flu viruses.

Outside editorial: Cutting off competence by restricting lobbyists
In the wake of the Jack Abramoff scandal, President Obama was right to err on the side of strictness in restricting lobbyists entering government, and we supported his rule. But we think it's worth asking whether the costs are outweighing the benefits.

Al Gore's N Korean Mission?
WASHINGTON - It sounds like a movie script: Two California women traverse a foreign country looking to write about oppressed and abused women. The well-intentioned souls disappear without a trace, snatched by government security forces and forced into a world of barren prison cells and mock trials for "espionage."

Outside column: Marion Barry draws a blank on leadership
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Toe Toon

19-year-old erratic highway driver arrested Saturday
ANCHORAGE - A 19-year-old man is under arrest after leading Alaska State Troopers on a highway chase in a car with no tires.

Police investigate Fairbanks death
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police are looking into the death of a 56-year-old woman whose bruised body was found inside her apartment.

Exxon begins drilling at Point Thomson
ANCHORAGE - Exxon Mobil says it has begun drilling at Alaska's Point Thomson oil and gas field.

Volunteers clear litter from Anchorage waterways Saturday
ANCHORAGE - The annual Creek Cleanup in Anchorage may have produced less trash this year, but strange items were still fished out of waterways.

New York climber dies on Denali
ANCHORAGE - A 61-year-old climber from New York has died on Alaska's Mount McKinley.

Anchorage high school graduations streamed live
ANCHORAGE - The graduation ceremonies of eight Anchorage high schools will be available for viewing on the Internet.

Anchorage man drives car into post office Saturday
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a man drove his car into an East Anchorage post office, barely missing people standing inside.

Supreme Court sides with Anchorage in utility rate hike
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Supreme Court has sided with Anchorage in a battle with the state over water and sewer rates.

Police seek robber
ANCHORAGE - Authorities are looking for a man who robbed an Anchorage bank.

Chena Flood Control Project to receive stimulus funds
FAIRBANKS - Federal stimulus funds will enable the Chena Flood Control Project to replace faulty drainage pipes and remodel its office.

Tanana Valley Fair to return to its roots
FAIRBANKS - Alaska's oldest fair is going back to its roots.

Angoon airport study to begin
JUNEAU - The Federal Aviation Administration says it will launch impact studies this month for an Angoon airport proposed by the state.

Troopers cautioning drivers of pedestrians
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers are cautioning drivers on the Seward Highway to keep their eyes out for pedestrian traffic from people parked along the highway for dipnetting.

A sweep for Senior Night
Crimson Bears senior third baseman Li'i Levale helped her classmates make the most of their final home game Saturday morning, uncorking a towering two-run third-inning homer and picking up some bruises for the road as the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team stayed perfect with a 7-2 victory over Railbelt Conference rival Colony at Melvin Park.

Short-handed JDHS tough in Haines
The unorthodox excitement of the weekend's Haines dual meet was summed up for the Juneau-Douglas High School track and field team when one of their best throwers, Annette Highley, and sprinters, Stacey Arnold, stretched across the finish line in the 1600-meter race neck and neck for fourth place.

Spring life abounds at Photo Point
The end of April, and a week of really fine weather. The last winter troglodytes were coaxed out of their burrows and found their way to the beaches with frisbees, dogs, picnics, and sunscreen. Temperatures were reported to be in the 60s in some parts of town - practically tropical.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Alaska Chief Justice Fabe promoted for high court
ANCHORAGE - Court watchers say the chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court is highly regarded in judicial circles and President Barack Obama would be wise to take a close look at her in his first nomination to the Supreme Court.

Swine flu suspected in crew member on cruise ship
A crew member aboard a cruise ship in Alaska waters is recovering from what health officials suspect is swine flu.

President won't fight global warming with polar bear rules
The Obama administration, which promised a sharp break from the Bush White House on global warming, declared Friday it would stick with a Bush-era policy against expanding protection for climate-threatened polar bears and ruled out a broad new attack on greenhouse gases.

Complaint over Palin's mining comment dismissed
ANCHORAGE - A state panel has dismissed a complaint that accused Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin of breaking election law by taking a public position on a mining ballot initiative days before the vote.

Yukon River flood leaves Eagle in ruins
EAGLE VILLAGE - A blue and white vacuum hung 20 feet from the ground in a spruce as the trail turned to caked mud. A fine, gray silt deposited by raging river water coated plants and rocks.

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