Arizona immigration law is not illegal
The mainstream media and the Obama administration perpetuate the patently untrue statement that the Arizona immigration law allows officers to stop anyone they suspect is an illegal immigrant. Get on the Internet and actually read the law. What it does is allow an officer to check the legal status of someone who has committed, or is reasonably suspected of committing, a felony or misdemeanor crime or violates a traffic law. The notion that law enforcers can stop someone on the street just because they look to be Hispanic, and then demand they show evidence of legal status, is a myth.

Please donate to McPhetres Hall
A few years ago, a tragic fire burned the Holy Trinity Church and the adjoining McPhetres Hall. The rebuilding of the church is nearly complete, but the hall has not yet been reconstructed. Holy Trinity has been successful in securing grants for the rebuilding of the hall, contingent upon local funding to match those grants.

Juneau gold
Back in the old days during the gold rush, the news media in Seattle wrote that the streets of Juneau were paved with gold. That wasn't entirely a fabrication. In fact, the streets were paved with gravel taken from the tailings of the AJ Mine, which had small amounts of gold in it.

Blues open the soul for Juneau Jazz & Classics
Ruthie Foster has a voice that can fill a room. More importantly, she has a voice that can fill your soul.

Photo: Open house celebration
Jessica Isturis, a member of the Yun Shu Ka dance group, performs during the Zach Gordon Youth Center open house on Saturday, as the youth center's manager, Kristi West, looks on.

Paul Hay joins Empire as advertising director
Paul Hay joined the Juneau Empire staff this week as the newspaper's new advertising director.

Police & Fire
Juneau police reported:

Education in an African Context: 'Behind the Veil'
Hassan wakes up around 6 a.m. every day. After breakfast he catches a 30-minute bus from his town in Balbala to Djibouti City.

The Seattle Circuit:
If you live in Southeast Alaska, there's a good chance you find yourself in Seattle a couple times a year. Not only is it a necessary stopover when flying just about anywhere from here, but Seattle is a great urban getaway and a culinary destination for Alaskans. With so many choices, knowing where to eat can be tricky. I lived in Seattle for 5 years, and have found that whenever I'm in town, I hit a circuit of about 5 restaurants that have excellent food and don't break the bank; after all, those plane tickets are spendy enough already.

Thanks for helping high schoolers attend 2012 and Beyond
On behalf of the Assembly, I would like to express my appreciation to Princess Cruise Lines for providing transportation for high school students attending Juneau 2012 and Beyond at Centennial Hall on May 6.

John, Austin wed
Christina John, of Angoon, and Steve A. Austin Sr., of Juneau, were married May 15, 2010, in Juneau, at the Church of God-Glacier Valley. A reception followed at the Gruening Park Recreation Hall.

Thank you, track meet volunteers
The 33rd annual Hershey's Track and Field Meet was held on Sunday, May 2, 2010, at Thunder Mountain High School where 38 of Juneau's youth ages 9-14 participated in 30 different running events, the standing long jump and softball throw.

Thanks for sponsoring Western Groundfish Conference in Juneau
The Western Groundfish Conference was held April 26-30 in Juneau and was a huge success owing to the participation of many. There were 170 participants representing fisheries agencies, academic institutions , industry, and NGOs from British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii and Alaska.

Thanks for supporting the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
Thanks Douglas and Juneau, for making this year's Letter Carrier's "Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive" our best collection year yet. We collected 7,973 pounds of food, almost 2,000 pounds of food more than last year. Thanks to all who put food on, in and near their mail boxes on May 8. Now that this year's Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is over, the letter carriers wanted to say thank you.

Thanks to those who made my volunteer award possible
As I meet friends (and also folks I don't know) and they congratulate me on receiving the First Lady's Volunteer Award, I think of the many folks in my life who have made this possible. I know that I could never have achieved this on my own. It was such an honor to be in the presence of the Governor and First Lady and staff and I thank them all. I thank God for my own family, my extended families, my church family, my senior friends, all the kids and youth, the community of Juneau-Douglas who make up my friends and all the folks I see on the street everyday for making good things happen. Thank you for all the notes, cards and flowers I received.

Thanks for making our annual GED, AVI graduation a success
The Learning Connection, a program of Southeast Regional Resource Center (SERRC) would like to thank the following sponsors and donors for making our annual GED and Alaska Vocational Institute (AVI) graduation celebration a success.Graduation took place May 14.

Thank you for participating in SAGA's AmeriCorps program
May 8 to 15 is AmeriCorps Week. AmeriCorps week is a recruitment and recognition event designed to bring more Americans into service, salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their powerful impact, and thank the community partners who make AmeriCorps possible.

Erica Edmond, of Haines, and Jacilyn Hayden, of Juneau, recently graduated from the University of Portland. Edmond earned a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication, and Hayden received a Bachelor of Arts in civil engineering.

Thanks for supporting Pillars of America
The Glacier Valley Rotary Club would like to thank the community of Juneau for its overwhelming support of the 18th annual Pillars of America Speaker Series. This year's series featured speakers Jeff Yalden, Martin Buser and Nikki Stone who inspired and motivated the audience with their personal experiences and challenges.

Thanks for allowing me to attend Pillars
Thank you for buying a ticket for a Floyd Dryden student (me) to go to the Pillars of America lunch. Martin Buser is a very amazing guy. I enjoyed his talking and learned a lot, too. The food was great, delicious and yummy. Thank you again for buying the ticket.

First annual Alaska Public Gardens Day held Saturday
JUNEAU - The first annual Alaska Public Gardens Day will be held Saturday at the Jensen-Olson Arboretum.

Thanks for making the Boardwalk Boogie a success
Thanks to everyone who helped make the Pelican Boardwalk Boogie a success. Thanks to everyone who worked hard at the fundraisers; the one at the Red Dog Saloon, the one at the Juneau Arts Center and the one at the Nickelodeon Theater. Special thanks to Collette Costa, Maridon Boario, Blue and Rachel, Scott Burton, Karen Smith, Todd and the crew on the "Taz", etc. Without the musicians and the music lovers there would be no Boogie. Pelican would be without the spirit and fun and joy that comes from sharing music and friendship at the Boogie. Looking forward to 2011!

Dimond Park Aquatic Center graphic image design contest
JUNEAU - The City and Borough of Juneau is hosting a design contest for the logo of the new Dimond Park Aquatic Center, which is slated to open in March 2011.

Thank you, Juneau Bach Society, AYC; JDHS Orchestra
The Bear stood mockingly, as the seals corralled their catch of salmon, while the Raven watched. Four hundred years ago this would have been a typical scene in Southeast Alaska, but on this Mother's Day it was a melding of ancient orchestrations. Monteverdi's Vespers met the Tlingit culture in the Commons of the Juneau-Douglas High School on this Sunday.

Class of 2010 Baccalaureate to be held Thursday
JUNEAU - Baccalaureate for the Class of 2010 will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 27, in the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium.

Thanks for making the Litter Free cleanup a success
Litter Free Inc. thanks over 1500 students and over 1000 residents who filled trashbags with litter and cleaned up Juneau during this year's clean up on Saturday, May 8. Stray bag pickup has ended. Please do not put any yellow or green cleanup bags out for pickup. If you find stray garbage bags, please do the community a favor and place them in your garbage can.

Aldersgate United Methodist Church earns hospitality award
JUNEAU - Aldersgate United Methodist Church has been recognized by United Methodist Communications as an official "Welcoming Congregation."

It's time to party!
Money is tight, oil is gushing into the ocean with no end in sight, and people are fighting over health care and the environment. People are scared. Pick up any newspaper and you'll see this fear manifesting as insanity. Besides an alien invasion, there is something small we could do to help our divided world come together more; throw more parties.

Love of Words and a Word of Love
Church people love church words, even when we don't always understand what they mean. On my shelf there is a "worship wordbook" that is supposed to explain all things connected to the seasons and expressions of the church, but even I have no idea what this explanation from it means:

Thanks for attending Strawberry Luncheon
The Women's Auxiliary of the Salvation Army would like to thank the community and the Juneau Rotary Club for their support of our Strawberry Luncheon and Fashion Show held April 23.


Four local seniors recognized by national scholars programs
One Shelter Islander and three Juneau high schoolers were recognized by two national scholars programs last month.

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

Gulf oil crisis calls for leadership, not for protection of oil interestes
It's been a month now since a BP offshore oil rig exploded, adding hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil to the growing mess each day.

A child's view of black and white
Last week, Soledad O'Brien made a young mother cry.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Alaska council opposes Army firing range
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage community council has voted unanimously for a resolution against a proposed Army firing range for mortars and howitzers.

Black bear cub waits in Sitka for zoo home
SITKA - A 5-pound black bear cub found outside Gustavus will be kept at a bear rescue facility in Sitka until a zoo in the Lower 48 is ready to receive it.

Trial set for alleged Thane Campground shooter
JUNEAU - A 44-year-old man accused of shooting a Washington man at the city campground waived his right to a speedy trial Friday during a hearing in Juneau Superior Court.

State: 3 labor agreements ratified, 2 pending
JUNEAU - A third labor union has ratified its collective bargaining agreement with the state.

Dog kills 3-year-old girl in village
NAPASKIAK - Authorities say a 3-year-old girl has been killed by a dog in the village of Napaskiak in southwest Alaska.

Wildfire burns southwest of Nenana
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Fire Service reports that a wildlife southwest of Nenana has grown to more than 23,000 acres, but its growth has slowed in the last two days.

Troopers release name of man killed by police
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers have released the name of a man shot and killed by Petersburg police.

JDHS baseball finishes undefeated in state
The Juneau-Douglas seniors walked out of Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park for the final time Saturday evening after yet another Crimson Bears victory over Thunder Mountain.

Red-hot Crimson Bears storming into state
One night after a 3-0 victory and a guaranteed spot in the state tournament, the Crimson Bears boys' soccer team battled Ketchikan to a 1-0 win Friday night on Adair-Kennedy Field.

Softball: TMHS falls in SE play, JDHS earns No. 1 seed
Sitka picked up a doubleheader sweep over Thunder Mountain on Saturday, taking the opener 12-4 before cruising 19-3 in a five-inning Game 2 to finish up the regular season for the Falcons.

Sharp takes second - twice
Juneau-Douglas' Emily Sharp, left, and Dimond's Keiahnna Engel, right, compete in the Girls' 4A 100-meter hurdles during the second and final day of competition at the Alaska State High School Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Lathrop High School in Fairbanks. Engel won the event, breaking the state record Sharp set in the preliminaries on Friday by .02 seconds, and Dimond won the large schools girls' overall title. Sharp also finished second in the 300-meter hurdles. The Crimson Bears didn't have any state champions, but Leah Francis finished second in the 3,200, and the boys' 4x200 relay team, consisting of Nick Rutecki, Chris Holloway, Jesse Miller and Christian Parker finished second in the state, and the 4x800 relay team, made up of Zachary Bursell, Dawson Walker, Robin Woodby and Andre Bunton finished third in the state. There will be more information about the state meet in Monday's paper.

Black bear rescued
Les Kinnear, who operates the Fortress of the Bear bear habitat, carries a black bear cub from the Air Sitka floatplane dock on Wednesday in Sitka.

State to shoot wolves on Aleutian island
ANCHORAGE - The Department of Fish and Game says it will shoot some wolves on Unimak Island in the Aleutian chain to protect calving caribou.

Wildfire southwest of Nenana stable; not contained
FAIRBANKS - A weather forecast calling for rain, wind and possibly lightning could either slow or encourage a wildfire burning southwest of Nenana, the Alaska Fire Service said Saturday.

Fund aims to keep flowers flourishing
ANCHORAGE - Tourists go wild for them. The mayor calls them a treasure. Now downtown businesses, the municipality and gardening enthusiasts are teaming up to keep the city's flower beds and hanging baskets from being whacked by budget cuts.

Agency issues warning letter to BP Alaska
JUNEAU - A federal pipeline agency last month issued a warning letter to BP Exploration Alaska, finding "probable violations" in the company's handling of certain corrosion issues affecting its Endicott Pipeline.

Red Dog Mine wants to start digging new pit
ANCHORAGE - The operator of the Red Dog Mine near Kotzebue hopes to start digging a new pit at the site next year that would extend the life of the zinc, lead and silver mine for decades.

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