Monday, May 24, 2010

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.

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.

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.

Photos: Juneau Dance Unlimited's May Recital
Juneau Dance Unlimited dancers perform during Saturday afternoon's JDU May Recital 2010 at the Juneau Arts & Cultural Center.

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.

Photo: Just flyin' by
The cruise ships Coral Princess and Norwegian Pearl rest at dock along the Juneau waterfront as a seaplane returns tourists to port last week.

Police & Fire
Juneau police reported:

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

FYI
Births

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!

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Recognitions
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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Outside editorial: The starving can't wait
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

American History Tex
Many of us grew up reading about great patriots like Thomas Jefferson and admiring their contributions to our rich national heritage and the way the marketplace of ideas has led to a vital, living democracy. The rest of us grew up in Texas.

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.

America's energy future: It's not just blowin' in the wind
Think Washington can't get any more out of touch? Well, Congress is considering measures that would raise our electric bills and kill more than one million jobs.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

State: Officer justified in shooting
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Department of Law has concluded that a veteran Fairbanks police officer was justified in a fatal shooting in March.

Felon with gun sentenced to 65 months
ANCHORAGE - A 25-year-old Anchorage man with a long criminal record has been sentenced to more than five years in federal prison.

Fairbanks postal worker charged with theft
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks postal worker has been indicted on accusations she stole Wal-Mart gift cards from her mail route.

Moose population will more than double
FAIRBANKS - It's the calving season and Alaska's moose population will more than double in the next three weeks.

Police say man found dead on sidewalk was stabbed
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a 24-year-old man found dead Wednesday morning had suffered multiple stab wounds.

Girl injured on Flattop Mountain
ANCHORAGE - A 16-year-old girl was injured when she fell on Flattop Mountain and hit some rocks.

Tok man sentenced to 14 months for assaults
FAIRBANKS - A Tok man found naked on top of a sleeping woman this winter has pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault and has been sentenced to prison.

About 200 expected at birding festival
KENAI - Birders are flocking to the Kenai Peninsula for the Kenai Birding Festival.

Driver in fatal crash had been pulled over
FAIRBANKS - An 18-year-old Wasilla driver killed with her passenger in a three-vehicle wreck near Fairbanks had been pulled over by Alaska State Troopers two hours earlier near Nenana.

Alaska judge sentences repeat burglar to 10 years
ANCHORAGE - A judge has sentenced a repeat burglar to 10 years in prison after declaring him a "worst offender."

Coast Guard recovers weather buoy
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard says a cutter crew has recovered a drifting weather buoy near Homer.

Alaska Supreme Court resolves riverboat dispute
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Supreme Court has settled a long-standing dispute between the state and a Fairbanks riverboat operator.

Young introduces Alaska Clean Energy Development Act
WASHINGTON - Congressman Don Young, R-Alaska, introduced the Alaska Clean Energy Development Act, referred to as H.R. 5352, on Thursday. This legislation would classify Alaska hydropower as renewable for the purposes of the renewable energy tax credits, federal programs, and standards, if it is less than 50 megawatts or is generated through the use of a lake tap or siphon, pumped storage, or a run of the river system.

Sullivan hopes for big turnout at pro bono summit
JUNEAU - Attorney General Dan Sullivan says he's been making calls, hoping to boost turnout at a pro bono summit in Anchorage.

State to hold cabin site lottery
ANCHORAGE - Alaskans are encouraged to participate in the state's 2010 lottery for remote cabin sites.

Bears ready for state
It's been nearly a month of tuneup time for the Crimson Bears girls' soccer team as it prepares for the first high school state tournament in Juneau since the mid-'80s.

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.

Sharp breaks record again
Emily Sharp continues to break records every time she steps onto the track for the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears in the 100-meter hurdles, but this time she came up just short at the state meet in Fairbanks.

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.

Poll: Big leads for Parnell, Berkowitz
Gov. Sean Parnell holds a huge lead over his nearest challengers in the race to be the Republican nominee for governor, while Democrat Ethan Berkowitz holds a smaller but still substantial lead in his race.

Employment shows signs of improvement
Juneau's unemployment rate is falling as summer approaches, down to 6.1 percent in April, according to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. That's down from 7 percent in March, but remains slightly above the 5.8 percent in April of 2009.

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.

Toklat fire continues to grow
FAIRBANKS - A wildfire burning southwest of Nenana was spreading and continuing to threaten structures along the Kantishna River on Sunday.

Delegation blasts feds, cites progress on some issues
Alaska's congressional delegation engaged in an old-fashioned bashing of federal agencies at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce May 17 luncheon in a rare venue with both U.S. senators and the state's lone congressman at the head table.

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.

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.

Growing oil spill soaks marshes, birds
COVINGTON, La. - The dire impact of the massive Gulf spill was apparent Sunday on oil-soaked islands where pelicans nest as several of the birds splashed in the water and preened themselves, apparently trying to clean crude from their feet and wings.

Photo: Towing a buoy
Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Roanoke Island, aboard one of the cutter's small boats recoverd a NOAA buoy Thursday that had been off station for three days. The crew towed the buoy to Homer.

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