Saturday, May 17, 2008

Libraries receive new large print titles, bestsellers including 'Where Are You Now?'
There are new large print titles on the shelves at all public libraries. In addition to the titles below, look for bestsellers like Cornelia Read's "The Crazy School," Anne Perry's "Buckingham Palace Gardens," and Mary Higgins Clark's "Where Are You Now?"

Author's look at Stewart, Colbert good but has hints of bias
"The New Blue Media: How Michael Moore, MoveOn.org, Jon Stewart, and Company are Transforming Progressive Politics," by Theodore Hamm.

Juneau should not take AEL&P's burden
The power line was constructed in a known avalanche paths, rather than going around the avalanche paths; they, whoever constructed the power line, chose to place towers in the paths of the avalanches with the obvious expectation that it would be more cost effective to repair rather than avoid the avalanches.

Appreciate Juneau's inexpensive power
I am visiting from Hawaii and see a lot of complaining about Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. Does anyone appreciate the inexpensive electric you had before the downed power lines?

Police say narcotics dealer lived near senior center
A man living in public housing for seniors and the disabled was dealing heroin and prescription drugs out of his apartment, according to the Juneau Police Department.

Riding tough
Juneau has more motorcycles per capita than most places in the country even though there are only 91 miles of road in the capital, said Sarah Asper-Smith, guest curator of a museum exhibit on biker culture.

Clarification
Editor's note: Another Richard Bailey, who is an African American, was misidentified on an Empire blog Thursday as the sex offender waiting sentencing. The blog was pulled down and the poster barred from the Empire's Web site.

Images from another time: Welcoming the Princess
The Juneau-Douglas High School band under the direction of Stan Sells, far right, plays as the Princess Patricia arrives in Juneau in the spring of 1980.

Around Town
Today, May 16

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

Clean Air Coalition cleans downtown
The Juneau Clean Air Coalition donned brooms and dustpans to clean downtown streets for Litter Free Clean Up Day on May 10.

University business club places third at regionals
The University of Alaska Southeast Students in Free Enterprise team competed at the SIFE Regional Competition on March 31 in Honolulu, where they posted their best finish to date, earning a third-place award behind two strong and well-established teams from Brigham Young University Hawaii (first place) and Hawaii Pacific University (second place).

Photos: High school band, choir
Under director Ken Guiher, the band won gold, the first-place rating, based on achieving 93 of a possible 100 points. The band was also recognized as the Outstanding Band at the festival.

Photo: KTOO Family Night
Colin Ellsworth, left, held by his mother, Alyssa, enjoys the free book he was given at the final KTOO Family Night on May 6 presented by KTOO and the Association for the Education of Young Children. Eighty-eight children enjoyed a night of Bob the Builder, books and a backhoe demonstration by Admiralty Construction. Special thanks to Andrew Campbell for providing the backhoe and graciously allowing the children of Juneau a chance to sit in the equipment and honk the horn - 88 times.

Bring It On: My experience being a cheerleader
Becoming comfortable in high school was a feeling I wanted no part of. To me, staying in my element and allowing stagnancy meant stopping development. If I couldn't learn to manage awkward situations, how was I ever going to grow?

Student artist in the Spotlight
The following students are fifth-graders at Harborview Elementary School.

Photo: Hats for a cause
Juneau Rainbow Girls, from left, Summer Christensen, adviser Claude Roberts, Sorcha Hazelton, Alisia Nelson (in front), Megan Clough and Samantha Alex show off the fleece chemo caps they made for cancer patients on April 19 at Claude Roberts' house. The girls made hats as part of their breast cancer awareness, education and support statewide service project. The state convention will be held in Juneau June 25-28 at Floyd Dryden Middle School.

Car show to include Simon Evans airbrush class
JUNEAU - Due to the success of the Hands on Airbrush class held at the Juneau Dipsticks car show last year, professional custom auto painter Simon Evans will return to this year's eighth annual Classic, Custom and Antique Auto & Cycle show to teach an airbrush class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 17 at Centennial Hall.

Rarefied Light 2008 calls for entries
JUNEAU - Alaska Photographic Center is calling for entries to Rarefied Light 2008, a statewide juried photographic exhibit.

Recognitions
Three Southeast residents were among 22 Alaskans who received awards for their writing and other journalistic work on May 1 in the Alaska Professional Communicators 2008 contest.

Salvation Army to hold ground-breaking for new thrift store
JUNEAU - The Juneau Salvation Army will have an official ground-breaking ceremony for its new thrift store at noon on May 23 at the new location on Willoughby Avenue, next to the current store.

High school orchestra program to hold dessert auction fundraiser
JUNEAU - Juneau-Douglas High School Orchestra students will hold a silent dessert auction during their concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at the JDHS auditorium.

Consortium's Haines Health Center to celebrate 10 years
HAINES - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Haines Health Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday with a potluck barbecue and other events from 1-4 p.m. at the Haines Alaska Native Sisterhood/Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall Hall.

Seaweed part of human diet for 14,000 years
A recent news story announced the discovery of the oldest human meal in the Western Hemisphere, and it wasn't hamburgers. Cooked and partially eaten seaweed was found at a 14,000-year-old site in southern Chile.

Ketchikan university to hold GED graduation celebration Saturday
KETCHIKAN - There will be a graduation celebration ceremony for students who have successfully completed their General Education Diploma testing at the University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan during the 2006/2007 or 2007/2008 school year. The celebration will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the University of Alaska Ketchikan Learning Center, located on the second floor of the Ziegler Building on the main campus, 2600 Seventh Ave.

Svein Ludvigsen to present 'International Focus on the Arctic'
JUNEAU - The Juneau World Affairs Council and the Sons of Norway Lodge 33 will co-host Svein Ludvigsen at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Juneau Yacht Club. The public is invited.

Widowed Persons Program to celebrate Museum Day
JUNEAU - In celebration of Museum Day, the Widowed Persons Program is planning a museum tour at 1 p.m. May 18 at the Alaska State Museum. Participants should meet at the front doors of the museum.

Thanks for supporting the JDHS band, choir
We are the Band Booster group, and like so many of the local parent fundraisers, we love, support and sacrifice for our children. This year we supported band director Ken Guiher and choir director Richard Moore as they trained our musicians in preparation for participation in the Heritage Hawaiian Music Festival March 13-15 in Honolulu.

Thanks for contributing to Friends of the Flags
The 50 state flags are up and waving again over Egan Drive. This is the 31st continuous year that Friends of the Flags have put together this annual community project.

Thanks for making Earth Day a success
Thank you, Juneau, for making Earth Day 2008 at the Mendenhall Glacier a day of celebration, education and promise.

Thanks from the Juneau Skating Club
The Juneau Skating Club would like to thank everyone who donated desserts to the dessert auction held during our annual spring recital: The Wild, Wild West - Goin' for Gold in the Last Frontier. The dessert auction was a great success. Thank you for supporting Juneau Skating Club's skaters. We look forward to seeing everyone on the ice next season.

FYI
Births

Sitka Employee Wellness Coalition honors Sitka in May
SITKA - The Sitka Employee Wellness Coalition has honored the City and Borough of Sitka with its Well Workplace of the Month award for May. The monthly award recognizes the efforts of Sitka organizations that promote employee wellness within their worksites.

Photo: Friends of the Flags
Volunteers who helped put up the state flags on Egan Drive pose for a photo on May 4. From left are Sandy Renhard, Juneau Police officer Patti Rumfelt, Steve Beyer, Charles Renhard, Bob Van Slyke, Wayne Hoyt, Hal Cleek, Bill Overstreet, Pete Serrano, Hans Mercer, Rudy Ripley, crane operator George Fisher and Jim Carroll.

Wacker, DeVoid to wed
Janelle C. Wacker, of Juneau, and Jason R. DeVoid, of Colorado Springs, Colo., will marry at noon on May 23, 2008, at Auke Village Recreation Area. A reception will immediately follow.

Gross, Kissner to wed
Mindy Bess Gross, of Petersburg, and Jaime Paul Kissner, of Juneau, will marry at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2008, at Chapel by the Lake. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. at the Juneau Yacht Club.

Junior Girl Scouts clean up
Junior Girl Scout Troop 14 members volunteered at Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies on May 4 to earn their Junior Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can earn.

Juneau Raptor Center releases bald eagles
On May 3, the Juneau Raptor Center released three bald eagles. Here are their stories.

Photo: Donating to Juneau Mountain Rescue
From left, Doug Wessen and Steve Handy, of Juneau Mountain Rescue, accept a $500 grant award from Ken Leghorn, of the Juneau Community Foundation, on May 2 on Basin Road, below Mount Juneau, where numerous search and rescue operations have been conducted.

My turn: Make education relevant
T he Empire's May 8 article, "Study: Alaska worst in U.S. at producing college graduates," reported Alaska has among the nation's poorest college graduation rates for residents. This comes from a report, Making Alaskans More Competitive, released by the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education. The report recommends K-12 educators push young students toward college degrees.

My turn: AEL&P deserves thank you
I don't understand the outcry against Alaska Electric Light & Power over the Snettisham problem. One major failure in 35 years isn't negligence; it's outstanding. So is having sufficient local generation to power the entire city. Most cities go dark when the long lines fail.

Outside editorial: Polar Bear gets federal protection
The following editorial first appeared in the Washington Post:

Outside editorial: Bears barely protected
This editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Coast Guard honors crewman in Alaska Ranger rescue
KODIAK - The crew of the Coast Guard cutter Munro was honored with the Coast Guard's Unit Commendation award for their roles in rescuing 20 members of the Alaska Ranger.

Winds force cruise ship to cancel stop
KETCHIKAN - The Holland-America cruise ship Veendam was forced to cancel a stop in Ketchikan because of bad weather.

Nenana Ice Classic names sole winner
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage woman is the sole winner after all in this year's Nenana Ice Classic, grabbing the entire $303,895 jackpot.

Cooper Landing to join subsistence moose hunt
KENAI - Residents of Cooper Landing will be able to join residents from Ninilchik, Port Graham, Nanwelak and Seldovia to harvest moose on Kenai Peninsula federal lands.

JDHS splits in Ketchikan
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team saw its winning streak come to an end Thursday in Ketchikan.

Juneau athletes to compete in triathlons this weekend
A number of Juneau athletes will push their bodies to the limit this weekend as two triathlons will take place in Alaska.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
As of 2:24 p.m., Thursday, May 15

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Palin proposes energy relief
Gov. Sarah Palin is proposing a $1.2 billion plan to subsidize energy costs for Alaskans, reducing their electric bills by 60 percent and providing each Alaska Permanent Fund dividend applicant with a debit card valued at $1,200 to be used for energy.

Judge gives Abbott defense more time
Marcy McDannel hasn't decided how to defend Jason Abbott against the evidence and testimony the state will use to argue the 18-year-old Sitka man killed four people and wounded a fifth in his grandparents' home on March 25.

Judge bans photographs of Abbott in court
Superior Court Judge David George on Thursday banned news photographers from taking pictures of 18-year-old slaying suspect Jason Abbott.

Oil industry expects fights over polar bear listing
JUNEAU - The lawyers aren't clearing their calendars just yet, but the oil industry is bracing for some courtroom battles to maintain its stake in Alaska's oil-rich fields now that the Interior Department has listed polar bears as a threatened species.

Don Young's legal defense fund shows no activity
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Rep. Don Young reports that a fund set up for donations to help pay his legal fees is stagnant.

Suspect's father says he can care for neglected sled dogs
BOZEMAN, Mont. - A district judge has ruled that 33 sled dogs found abandoned without food, water or shelter can be released to the owner's father while a criminal case is pending.

Biologists say wolverine trapping numbers are not sustainable
ANCHORAGE - State biologists are worried about the number of wolverines being legally trapped in Chugach State Park.

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