Monday, May 17, 2010

Whitman failed to tell the whole truth about offshore drilling
Former EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman certainly has a right to express her opinion on energy issues ("Oil spill shouldn't end offshore drilling," published May 5). But your readers have a right to know that she is not presenting an independent, balanced view.

Regarding Statter Harbor, we have options
Have you had your fill of our community filling marine estuaries, fresh water streams, and important fish, marine mammal, and bird habitats? If you have, it is time to speak up.

It's never too late
"If you do the right thing long enough, ... sooner or later it's going to catch up with you."

Authorities ask public for help as search continues for missing Juneau man
It has been almost two days since 41-year-old Scott Walkenford last contacted family members and authorities are asking for anyone who saw him on Saturday afternoon to share where he was seen and what he was wearing.

'It's all for fun' Floyd Dryden band panhandles at Marine Park
They're not your typical buskers, but the Floyd Dryden 7th-grade band still knows how to draw a crowd.

Photo: JDHS teacher recognized

Photo: Law enforcement run for Special Olympics
Alaska State Troopers, Juneau Police Department, the United States Coast Guard and various community participants run from Twin Lakes as part of Saturday's 2010 Alaska Law Enforcement Torch Run and Pledge Drive for Special Olympics. The event was held simultaneously in 13 communities across the state. It was believed to be the largest simultaneousmulti-community running event held in Alaska this year, with a goal to raise over $150,000 for Special Olympics in Alaska communities.

Photos: Stocking Twin Lakes
Two-year-old king salmon briefly fly from a hose into Twin Lakes as DIPAC pumps 5,000 "catchable" fish into the lake on Friday. More will be released June 1 in time for FamilyFishing Day at the lake on June 12. The fish are raised by DIPAC under a cooperativeagreement with Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Sport Fish Division to providefishing opportunities for Juneau anglers.

Pave paradise, put up a parking lot
When 8-year-old Freedom McCorkle heard his school was extending its parking lot and that some trees would have to be cut down, he wrote up a petition to save them.

Senior menu for the week of May 17-21
Monday, May 17

Recognitions
Juneau residents Marissa Paola Capito, Jean Diebels and Bryce D. Mecum graduated from Western Washington University this quarter.

Thanks for assisting with the annual luau
The American Red Cross of Alaska, Southeast District has had a busy month, filled with moving boxes and flower leis. After months of preparing and weeks of packing, the Red Cross office moved locations, joining forces with other nonprofits at 3225 Hospital Drive.

Thanks for generosity during unexpected loss of Wade Winger
Recently we unexpectedly lost our friend, Wade Winger. Wade and I moved to Juneau together in 2006 from Sitka, and chose to make our home here. We undoubtedly made the best choice because we made so many wonderful friends, many of whom we consider family.

Thanks for support during recent passing of Mike Jackson
"Though Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal" and so we live on, through our actions, hopes, thoughts, laughter and tears to honor the memory of Mike Jackson.

Thanks for supporting us during our loss of Roderick Oliver Dalton
On behalf of the Roderick Oliver Dalton family and friends, I would like to acknowledge all those who supported us during our loss, those who donated prizes for raffles, and the winner of the 50/50 raffle who donated the cash won back to the family.

Juneau Fine Arts camp still taking registration
JUNEAU - Juneau Dance Unlimited continues to take registrations for the Juneau Fine Arts Camp to be held June 7-25 at Harborview Elementary School. The camp is for students entering preschool through seventh grade in the fall.

Thanks for donating after the Strahm fire
The family of Mary Lou Strahm, of Pelican, would like to thank everyone who contributed donations following the fire in February this year. The fire happened during a blizzard in the middle of the night and destroyed every single thing the family owned.

Thanks for making Empty Bowls a success
The Glory Hole patrons, staff and board of directors would like to extend a most sincere thank you to the Juneau community for making this year's Empty Bowls our most successful ever. We would especially like to thank all the bowl makers. Without your talent and generosity, our fundraiser would not be possible.

Thanks for celebrating lives of commercial fishermen and women
Every year on the first Saturday of May, our community comes together at the Alaska Commercial Fishermen's Memorial in Juneau to celebrate the lives of commercial fishermen and women who have given their lives to this dangerous but rewarding profession, and to offer prayers of protection for those who work in the Coast Guard and the commercial fishing industry.

Thanks for attending the libraries' community service project
Many thanks to teen volunteers Dominic McGonegal, Nick Parker, Maya Rieselbach, J.R. Rosales, Stephanie Gavin, Maria Weyhrauch and Rachel Everett, who attended the Juneau Public Libraries' High School Community Service Project on May 2. Volunteers placed genre labels on Juvenile Fiction and prepared crafts for the upcoming summer reading program.

Thanks for contributing to Haiti Hour fundraiser
As co-coordinators of the April 9 Haiti Hour fundraiser to benefit the relief efforts of the American Red Cross, Catholic Relief Services, the Salvation Army and the United Way, we would like to thank the following businesses, organizations and individuals who helped make the fundraiser a great success.

Maritime Festival offers unique opportunities
JUNEAU - Imagine you are witness to a dramatic ocean rescue by helicopter. Some who attend the upcoming Juneau Maritime Festival on May 22 may have had that experience - or have been rescued themselves.

Thanks for helping keep the flags flying
The 50 state flags went up along Egan Drive early Sunday morning, April 25, through the efforts of volunteers Jim Carroll, Brad Rider, Hans Mercer, Jim Burns, Danny Ubarra and Brad Robbins. George Fisher and Bob Banghart operated the crane supplied by Tyler Rentals.

Middle school concerts to be held next week
JUNEAU - Floyd Dryden Middle School music programs will hold their final concerts of the school year on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 18 and 19, at 6.30 p.m. in the Floyd Dryden Middle School gym.

Hoke, Millard to wed
Anna Millard and Hayden Hoke of Juneau will be married on May 29, 2010 in a private ceremony with a reception to follow.

Moskito, Smiley wedding
Ellen Grace Moskito, of Seattle, Wash., formerly of Juneau, and Peter Michael Smiley, of Portland, Ore., will marry at 5:30 p.m. June 12, 2010, in Seattle, Wash., at the Court in the Square.

Riders celebrate 60 years
Howie and Marion Rider recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family and close friends in Juneau. The couple married on May 13, 1950, at the Lake Burien Presbyterian Church in Burien, Wash. They moved to Juneau in July 1960 and have resided on North Douglas Highway for almost 50 years.

Soboleffs celebrate two years
Juneau residents Ross Soboleff and Jane Lindsey celebrate two years of marriage on May 24, 2010.

FYI
Births

Hotels and exorcisms: Transforming the broken into whole
Hotel rooms creep me out. I've lived in too many tourist towns not to have a good idea of all the disturbing things that happen in them.

Photo: Supporting Juneau dance
Ron Plantz, right, Human Resources and Community Relations manager for Hecla Greens Creek Mining Co., presents a $1,000 check to Amy Perov, Juneau Dance Unlimited Board of Directors president, to help support the Boston based Weber Dance Company's three-week residency and dance intensive.

Thunder Mountain High School April Falcon of the Month Award: Earl St. Clair
Occupation: TMHS staff, day custodian.

Walter M. Sperl
Juneau resident Walter M. Sperl died May 12, 2010. He was 93.

Measure 1 could be costly in several ways
The Alaska Constitution imparts to the voters of Alaska the right to enact laws through the initiative process. At every election, we consider proposals put forward by the collective voice of the people. This year, Ballot Measure 1 will be decided on during the August primary election, leaving us a few months to learn more about it, what it would do, and how our lives would change if it became law.

The sticky truth about petrol
The following editorial firstappeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

Oil industry's debt to America
The tragic rig accident in the Gulf of Mexico, which took the lives of 11 offshore workers, was a terrible blow to their families and their communities. The thoughts and prayers of all of us in the oil and natural gas industry go out to everyone touched by the disaster. We know the lives lost can never be recovered and that our neighbors along the Gulf coast continue to suffer.

My turn: Moving Alaska's gas
Ralph Samuels says the last couple of years of trying to get a gasline to Valdez or Alberta has been a waste of time and money. He supports a smaller bullet gasline to Fairbanks, Southcentral and the Kenai. Industry has not seen that route as warranting expenditures to engineer it. Buyers have expressed no interest in buying. His bullet line is in direct opposition to TransCanada-Exxon and Denali's Conoco Phillips and BP, with applications to the Federal Energy Commission, FERC.

Oil spill calls out for a national shift
As someone who worked for more than 20 years in Louisiana's oil fields and petrochemical industry, I am sad to say I was not surprised by the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

My history is also part of our history
History is not a Hallmark card. Sometimes, history breaks your heart.

Toe toon
This week's toe toon.

Eliminating Saturday deliveries only one move USPS needs to make
Many Americans are upset by the U.S. Postal Service's request to discontinue Saturday deliveries. But unless we want taxpayers to finance its growing operating deficit, discontinuing Saturday delivery and other changes are necessary for the Postal Service to continue to meet its mandate to provide mail service.

A very British result
Much was made of the Americanization of British politics during the recent election campaign, which included, among other things, the country's first televised debates among the party leaders vying for 10 Downing Street. But in the end, the selection of Conservative David Cameron as prime minister was quintessentially British, with some election features the United States might admire. The six-week campaign was blissfully short, and whatever spending record might have been set didn't come near the cost of campaigns in the United States that leave politicians beholden to wealthy donors and interest groups. The transfer of power from Labor Prime Minister Gordon Brown to Cameron took less than two hours, compared with 2 ½ months in Washington. And most notably, Britain's new coalition government, the first since Winston Churchill's World War II Cabinet, is a victory for pragmatism over ideology.

Ice arena being built at Big Lake
WASILLA - An ice arena is being built at Big Lake.

Trailer home kidnapping suspect indicted
JUNEAU - A Juneau man accused of holding a 20-year-old woman in a trailer home and beating her with a metal bar has been indicted on three felony drug charges and one felony assault charge.

Police: Man filmed co-workers in bathroom
ANCHORAGE - A law clerk at the federal courthouse in Anchorage has been charged after allegedly filming co-workers undressing and using the bathroom.

Guide charged with wildlife violations
ANCHORAGE - A 45-year-old big game guide operating out of Nondalton is charged with 30 counts of wildlife violations stemming from a seven-year investigation.

Frog jumping contest canceled over state rules
KODIAK - Kodiak's annual frog jumping contest has been canceled.

Healy wildfire sparked by backfiring snowmachine
FAIRBANKS - A backfiring snowmachine ignited a 261-acre wildfire next to the Parks Highway north of Healy.

Ice breaks, flows by Galena
ANCHORAGE - A 25-mile ice jam on the Yukon River has broken up enough to no longer threaten to flood the village of Galena.

2 men, sled dogs rescued after helicopter crash
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard says it has rescued two men and seven sled dogs after a helicopter crashed in the mountains near Seward.

2 dead in 3-car crash near Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Two people are dead and another person was injured in a three-car collision on Parks Highway.

Alaska court says 2 men can sue in bidding dispute
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled that two Fairbanks businessmen can sue state employees over their role in the bidding process on a $60 million state contract.

Alaska Railroad Corp. begins search for new CEO
ANCHORAGE - The state-owned Alaska Railroad Corp. is taking applications for a new president and CEO.

3 brush fires hit Fairbanks area
FAIRBANKS - Three brush fires made worse by high wind and dry conditions kept Fairbanks area firefighters busy Saturday.

Begich appointed to National Scholarship Board
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has been appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. He joins a 15-member Board of Trustees chaired by former Secretary of State Madeline Albright. Two seats on the board are reserved for senators, who are selected by their colleagues to serve on the board.

Juneau police search home in suspected abuse case
JUNEAU - Juneau police have searched a home as part of an investigation into injuries suffered by a 2-year-old girl.

$5 million in aid for Yukon chinook fishermen
ANCHORAGE - Sen. Lisa Murkowski says the Appropriations Committee agreed to spend $5 million to help fishermen and communities affected by the failure of the Yukon River chinook salmon fishery.

3-year-old Alaska boy dies after finding gun
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a 3-year-old boy has died after finding a gun and accidentally shooting himself.

Officials push Arbor Day celebration
JUNEAU - Seedling sales and giveaways, tree plantings and children's projects are planned today across the state during Alaska's observance of Arbor Day.

Now free, Linehan sets up a new life
ANCHORAGE - Mechele Linehan says her moment of freedom after 2 ½ years in Hiland Mountain Prison wasn't what she expected.

Parnell signs 3 bills aimed at violence crackdown
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sean Parnell has signed three bills aimed at cracking down on domestic violence and sexual assault in the state.

Man, 47, dies after police arrest; autopsy pending
ANCHORAGE - The 47-year-old man who led Anchorage police on a car chase Tuesday has died.

Photo: Region V Track & Field

Legislative spending soars, Parnell ready to trim budget
The Alaska Legislature is poised to spend $3 billion this year in capital projects - if it gets by the governor's red pen.

Eroding village moves on relocation
ANCHORAGE - As erosion creeps ever closer, residents of a tiny southwest Alaska village continue their slow but steady work to relocate to higher ground.

Prosecutors: Guide shot moose to use as bear bait
ANCHORAGE - Prosecutors have wrapped up a seven-year investigation into the actions of big game hunting guide Fred Sims, charging him with 30 counts of wildlife violations.

Senators propose Native American Economic Advisory Council
JUNEAU - Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich and Hawaii Sen. Daniel K. Inouye introduced last week a bill that would create the first-ever Native American Economic Advisory Council.

Drilling critics warn of spill in Arctic Ocean
ANCHORAGE - Inupiat Eskimo whale hunter George Kingik follows news accounts of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He cringes when he imagines crude fouling his backyard, Alaska's Chukchi Sea.

Alaska Gasline Port Authority seeks funding
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Gasline Port Authority has lined up corporate sponsorship money to help pay off debt while it seeks funding for its plan to truck natural gas from the North Slope.

AG Sullivan convening 'pro bono summit'
ANCHORAGE - Attorney General Dan Sullivan is asking lawyers to donate their time to provide legal assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

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