Separate comments from Web articles
I'm all for the new commenting forum recently instituted by the Juneau Empire; my only complaint is with its format. As is, the comments start immediately after each news article, almost like an extension of the article itself.

President Bush is an American hero
In 1968 George W. Bush received a bachelor's degree from Yale University.

Energy solutions, not handouts, are needed
Gov. Sarah Palin suggests issuing debit cards to Alaskans to help defray high energy costs. While I have no reason to doubt her sincerity, the effort would be just as shortsighted and misguided as the effort of Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines, to present all Alaska Permanent Fund recipients a $500 energy bonus.

Charter clients get 1-halibut bag limit
Southeast's charter boat operators got official word Thursday that their clients this year will be restricted to one halibut per day, after more than 30 years of a two-fish bag limit.

City expands aid for electric customers
The city manager expanded Thursday the scope of who can receive city money over the next few months to help cover increased electric bills.

Photos: Shore leave
Matias Chimicz, top, a crew member off the Island Princess and originally from Argentina, slides down the snow Thursday above the Mount Roberts Tramway. Most of the trails are closed due to deep snow conditions.

DNA project aims to find descendants of ancient man
The Sealaska Heritage Institute is sponsoring DNA testing to determine whether there are living descendants of a Native man whose ancient remains were found in a Southeast cave.

Man caught with pot at Lemon Creek
A Juneau man serving a 30-day jail sentence for "criminal mischief" was caught hiding a balloon of marijuana in a cup of feces under his prison bed, according to authorities.

Photo: On the scene
Capital City Fire and Rescue firefighters arrive on the scene of a house fire Thursday at 3721 El Camino St. in the Mendenhall Valley. The fire was put out shortly after firefighters arrived. No one was injured in the fire, according to Capital City Fire and Rescue.

Around Town

Photo: Air viola
Nathaniel Hensley-Williams, a second-grader at Gastineau Elementary School, plays along with musician Misha Amory and his 400-year-old viola during Juneau Jazz and Classics' Brown Bag lunch series Thursday at the State Office Building.

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

Weavers to hold gathering
So far, the Ravenstail Weavers Guild has 62 people registered for the fifth Gathering of Weavers 2008, to be held from May 31 to June 2 at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Sitka Health Summit wraps up with 2008-2009 goals
SITKA - Residents of Sitka learned about creating a healthier community, celebrated several local wellness champions and picked five health and wellness priorities for 2008-'09 during the second annual Sitka Health Summit held May 14-16.

Tara Kyle wins Webby Award for master's degree Internet project
Tara Kyle, a 2000 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate and valedictorian, recently won a 2008 Webby Award in the student category for a master's degree project she created with teammates Bilal Qureshi and Ahmed Shihab-Eldin.

Photo: Museum Day goes boom
Loud musket: Onlookers cover their ears as Alaska State Museum Curator of Collections Steve Henrikson demonstrates firing of a flintlock musket during Juneau Museum Day on May 18 at the Alaska State Museum. The day also featured events and exhibit openings at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, Last Chance Mining Museum and St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church.

Photo: Glacier Valley students in D.C.
Top row, from left, Michael Kahklen, Patrick Escorrido, Megan Wright, Carissa Anderson, Tevita Maake, Zach Dindinger, Jade Saavedra, Merci Marcelino, Erika McCormick, Laurel Araki, Ciera Kelly, Joey Lumba, Daniel Tweedy, Mason Kullander, Kim Cheeseman and Daniel Clayton. Bottom row, from left, Maake Maake, Manase Maake, Daniel Stevens, Elle Gray, Savannah Harding, Jonathan Funk, Siosi Tupou, Ashleigh Watt, Micki Minsch, Tori Tucker, Autumn Herron, Bradley Sharratt, Jestoni Ramirez, Romney Tupou, Mattison Smith, Austin Damitio and Camille Lockhart.

Photo: A day for birds
Beautiful bird: Callahan Croteau, 4, watches as Gwen Baluss measures and describes birds characteristics during the International Migratory Bird Day celebration on May 18 at the Community Garden on Montana Creek Road. The even featured a bird-banding demonstration and other activities.

Sitka Health Summit honors wellness champions
SITKA - Community wellness champions from all walks of life were honored Wednesday night for the work they've done making Sitka a healthier place to live. The awards were presented during the second annual Sitka Health Summit community dinner, held May 14 at Harrigan Centennial Hall.

Libraries hold new chapter books for summer
Here are some new chapter books for middle and even high schoolreaders - just in time for summer.

Juneau Community Foundation gives to Juneau Unplugged Energy Relief Fund
JUNEAU - Juneau Community Foundation has donated $1,000 to the Juneau Unplugged Energy Relief Fund. The funds will be matched by KeyBank and administered through United Way of Southeast Alaska in partnership with Catholic Community Service to help individuals face the impending financial crisis caused by the April avalanches.

Tennis Association to hold recreational coach workshop
JUNEAU - The U.S. Tennis Association will hold a Recreational Coach Workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at JRC The Alaska Club in the Mendenhall Valley location.

Juneau Dance Unlimited registers for summer program, Fine Arts Camp
JUNEAU - Juneau Dance Unlimited is registering students for the summer 2008 program, including Fine Arts Camp, special workshops and classes. The program schedule, information, and registration forms are available at

University and Jazz and Classics to hold Community Day
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast will join Juneau Jazz and Classics for the annual Community Day on Campus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at UAS.

Senior graduation party needs volunteers
JUNEAU - Volunteers for the 2008 senior graduation party are desperately needed. This year's graduating class has 400-plus seniors. The party will be from 9 p.m. Sunday, June 1, to 2:08 a.m. Monday, June 2.

University and Jazz and Classics to hold Community Day
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast will join Juneau Jazz and Classics for the annual Community Day on Campus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at UAS.

Bossio, Roeser to wed
Tara Roeser, of Juneau, and Mychal Bossio, of Spokane, Wash., will marry at 2 p.m. on May 31, 2008, at Adlersheim Wilderness Lodge. Friends and family are invited to celebrate with the couple at a reception at Adlersheim Wilderness Lodge directly following the ceremony.

Thanks for sponsoring the ocean sciences bowl
For the first time in its 11-year history, the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, an academic competition for high school students, held its final competition in Alaska last month. Twenty-five teams from across the country, each consisting of five students and a coach, converged on Seward April 25-27 to compete for the championship. The event went very smoothly thanks to a legion of sponsors and volunteers from around the state and country. The organizers of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl finals would like to thank those who generously donated funds or services in support of this event, as well as those who generously donated their time and talents.

Thanks for donating to children's auction
Carmel Children Hope Inc. would like to sincerely thank the following business and individuals for their donations to the dinner and auction held on May 3.

Thanks for helping testing high schoolers
The Juneau-Douglas High School administration and staff worked this year in a variety of ways to increase student success during the annual testing. We would like to thank parents who supported their children by making sure students were present, well rested and ready to test. We are also grateful to the following individuals and organizations for supporting student success through donations to provide a healthy breakfast and snack during the testing time or incentives for students.

Thanks for attending Take Back the Light
Aiding Women in Abuse & Rape Emergencies Inc. held its annual "Take Back the Light" celebration in honor of Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Awareness Month. On April 19, the gathering recognized our friends, neighbors and family members who have survived sexual assault and child abuse with a one mile march, a 5K run along the waterfront and rally at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.

Thanks for backing Glacier Valley students
On behalf of the entire Glacier Valley Elementary School community, thank you, Juneau, for supporting our students' performances in Washington, D.C., where they performed Tides and the Tempest at the Kennedy Center and the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian this spring. During their stay in DC, our students toured the Smithsonian museums and visited many national monuments and memorials.

Thanks for coming to my 75th birthday
I would like to give a big heartfelt thank you to all of my special friends who came from Juneau, Sitka, Hoonah, Elfin Cove and Washington and made my 75th birthday absolutely spectacular. Of course, I can't forget the gang from Douglas and P.P. in his pink panties (thanks, Tracy). Talk about entertainment.

Thanks for helping to protect the wilderness
The U.S. Forest Service wishes to thank several tourism vessel operators and cruise lines for their support of Wilderness Best Management Practices for the Tracy Arm - Fords Terror Wilderness near Juneau.

Thanks from League of Women Voters
Did you know that Juneau residents favor increased funding of youth recreation programs and expanded bus service, and consider recycling and energy efficiency important city priorities? Statistical data on these and other questions responded to by Juneau residents were part of the League of Women Voters of Juneau biannual budget survey conducted during March for the city of Juneau.

Thanks to Girl Scout volunteers, leaders
National Volunteer Recognition Week wouldn't be complete without a celebration of the wonderful contributions of the Girl Scout leaders and other volunteers who make girl scouting possible in Southeast Alaska. With the help of 400 terrific women and men, the Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council is able to serve more than 800 girls in 14 communities throughout Southeast. Their gifts of time, talent and creativity are what make girl scouting happen and keep it thriving.

Thanks to volunteers at Easter Egg Hunt
The Zach Gordon Youth Center's 24th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on March 22 was yet another immensely enjoyable occasion that saw almost 400 Juneau youngsters collect their share of more than 6,000 candy filled eggs and go home with of a special bag of toy prizes (marvelously put together by ZGYC employee Donny Burras) as an extra treat for each of them.

Thanks to our university from a 2008 graduate
Now being a fresh graduate from the University of Alaska Southeast here in Juneau, I want to ensure that all the staff and faculty at the university are appropriately thanked for a job well done. Over the last three years as I pursued and conquered my Bachelors of Business Administration degree in marketing, I have encountered several amazing faculty that have gone above and beyond their call of duty.

Thanks to junior Girl Scout Troop 14
Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies is deeply honored and grateful to Junior Girl Scout Troop 14, nine caring, can-do young women determined to perform a challenging project to earn the coveted Junior Girl Scout Bronze Award.

Thanks for contributing to our baseball series
The Juneau-Douglas High School Baseball Association wishes to thank those parents who contributed to our successful home series this year. Special thanks to Susan Daugherty, Cyd DeRocher and Trish Kohan for organizing the cookouts and to Rod Baker, Ron Flint, Kim Mahar and Wen Ibesate who manned the barbeque. The great food was timely nourishment for the Juneau and out of town players. And a big thanks to Cindy Stadt for organizing and running the snack shack. See you next year.

Thanks for supporting Jackie Lindoff's family
Today, I can face another day. It was hard making the final arrangements for my baby sister, Jackie, but with the support and prayers from all our friends and family, our family can take another step toward healing. I've always known that we lived in a caring city and a great Native community, but to actually go through the experience of all the love, prayers and support of the communities of Hoonah, Juneau, Angoon, Sitka, Haines, Klukwan, Anchorage and many others, has really helped us in our time of grief.

Thanks for donating to stamp out hunger
Here they are, the official weight count from the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on May 12. I am pleased to tell you that we, the people of Juneau and Douglas, collected 5,946 pounds of food.

Thanks for making Seaweek successful
Douglas Island Pink & Chum Inc. would like to thank the special volunteers who helped make its recent education and community events a great success. Our annual spring Seaweek program was held April 8-18 in conjunction with the Juneau School District.

New Web site for teens earns state, national recognition
Ariel Lyon 17, and Shea Wilcox 17, received the highest award in girl scouting, the Gold Award, in a ceremony on May 13 at the House of Wickersham. They earned the award for demonstrating leadership skills, organizational skills and sense of community and commitment.

New puppy owner has problems
Dear Rex,

Student artist in the Spotlight: Alex Cancel-Sanchez
Grade: Seventh.

Shajan Kay, a 1994 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School and 2000 graduate of Oakland University, recently graduated with a Master of Science in management information systems from The University of Arizona.

Looking for direction, ask the Shepherd
Hiking down Thunder Mountain in late September, it was misty and getting dark. My fiancé turned to me and said, "This doesn't look like the trail we went up." I agreed.


Many enjoy Echo Ranch horse program
In our digital age, there can still be a place for the traditional camp experiences. Each summer we like to ask the kids about their favorite activities at Echo Ranch. One of the top responses is the horses. This is especially true for the 7- to 11-year-old crowd and among a majority of girls who attend Echo Ranch.

Pets of the week
Foxy, chill, charming, soulful pets seek homes

My turn: Why is the power cost adjustment rate where it currently is?
In the first hours after the April 16 avalanches severed Juneau's connection to the Snettisham hydroelectric project, Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. estimated we would need to burn up to 100,000 gallons of diesel each day to meet the community's electrical demand. We estimated electrical rates would be five to six times the normal rate for the first month of the outage to pay for all that diesel.

Alaska editorial: Threatened status for the polar bear is a positive thing
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

Outside column: On exams, Lesbos, boys, oil, Al Gore and so much more
Brief comments, direct or implied, about items large and small in the news. ...

Rehab center back in business
FAIRBANKS - The only residential drug and alcohol treatment program of its kind in Fairbanks is reopening after a yearlong closure.

Fire extinguisher leads to school evacuation
JUNEAU - Students at Juneau-Douglas High School had to be evacuated Wednesday after an apparent prank led to a fire alarm going off.

Anchorage zoo to get rare tigers
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Zoo said it is getting two rare Amur tigers.

Palmer man dies in ATV crash
PALMER - A 38-year-old Palmer man died early Thursday when his all-terrain vehicle crashed, Alaska State Troopers said.

Juneau stars ready to shine in Fairbanks
A boys or girls state track and field team championship may not be in the cards this weekend in Fairbanks, but that doesn't mean it won't be a memorable two days.

JDHS routs Kayhi, Sitka
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team broke out the bats in a big way on Thursday in Sitka.

Crimson Bears sweep Knights on the road
The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team swept previously undefeated Colony on Friday at Wasilla.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
As of 2:28 p.m., Thursday, May 22

Sports in Juneau

Palin forwards pipeline plan to Legislature
Gov. Sarah Palin on Thursday announced that TransCanada Corp.'s plan to build a North Slope natural gas pipeline would be forwarded to the Alaska Legislature for approval.

Report says U.S. wildlife refuges are underfunded
ANCHORAGE - America's wildlife refuges are so short of money that one-third have no staff, boardwalks and buildings are in disrepair and drug dealers are using them to grow marijuana and make methamphetamine, according to a group pushing for more funding.

U.S.-Canada salmon agreement proposed
OLYMPIA, Wash. - The U.S. and Canada have reached a new 10-year agreement aimed at preventing overfishing of salmon off the western coast of Canada and southeast Alaska.

Sterling teenager treated for smoke inhalation at fire
KENAI - A 14-year-old Sterling boy was treated for smoke inhalation after a fire he built with another boy flared up in windy conditions near a Kenai Peninsula lake.

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