Sunday, May 30, 2010

USDA, Forest Service creating jobs ... Don't count on it
We have heard many promises from the USDA and the Forest Service about job creation, but none of these have produced jobs. I am very skeptical that the new proposal will be any different.

Stomping out weeds
To some they're pretty flowers but to others, certain types of plants and flowers wreak havoc on the natural environment and crowd out indigenous species.

Downtown gets designated officer
If Brian Ervin were running for office, he just might win by a landslide. The 37-year-old police officer has constituent relations down pat.

Photo: Title Revival
Juneau-Douglas' Victor Wilson and Rhett Bennett jump together in victory as the Crimson Bears celebrate Saturday's state soccer championship game over Anchorage's Dimond High School at Adair-Kennedy Field.

Memorial Day weekend: Lots to see and do
Juneau will have a lot to do this Memorial Day weekend, even if the weather doesn't accommodate. The local forecast calls for showers today through next weekend, but temperatures are expected to stay in the 60s.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

A trip throughSherwood Forest
Thunder Mountain High School recently finished up their spring production, "The Adventures of Robin Hood," under the direction of Dawn Kolden.

A messy business
When the Glacier Valley Elementary School wanted to enhance and expand their Art is Elementary program (www.jsd.k12.ak.us/~heagyl/ArtIsElementary/Art_is_Elementary.html), specifically the after-school clay studio program, they turned to the Canvas. They wanted to bring private lessons to children who might not be able to afford it and get a fire kiln. Thus began a collaboration between the Glacier Valley Clay Club and The Canvas.

'Cookie Sunday' can be deadly
Trays of cookies, both homemade and store-bought, cover the fellowship tables after church. Most people can safely enjoy the food and fellowship, but for the three million Americans with peanut allergies, including those in Juneau, those innocuous cookies could be deadly.

Local students gain national recognition for science projects
Two Juneau-Douglas High School students have received national recognition for projects entered in this year's Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair: Lia Domke and Kaitelyn McDonald. Both of the students' projects centered around the effects of ocean acidification on the environment.

Sharing their wealth
Floyd Dryden Middle School Student Council donated funds to the Southeast Alaska Food Bank on Thursday. They had earned money throughout the year and decided to donate the balance of their account to the Food Bank.

FYI
Births

Thanks for help with foster parent dinner
The Office of Children's Services and the Juneau Foster Parent Licensing team would like to thank the following people and agencies for their help with the 10th annual Foster Parent Appreciation Dinner:

World No Tobacco Day to becelebrated May 31
On May 31, Teens Against Tobacco Use volunteers will pick up cigarette butts in downtown Juneau in support of World No Tobacco Day. World No Tobacco Day was created in 1987 by the World Health Organization to draw global attention to the worldwide tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes.

Juneau Jumpers offer summer camp programs
Juneau Jumpers are offering three summer camp programs this summer for kids grades 2-12. Each camp runs Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. at Thunder Mountain High School Auxiliary Gym. Dates are June 7-11, July 12-16, and Aug 16-20. Cost is $125 per camp. In addition to instruction, each camper will receive a T-shirt and jump rope.

A donation account established for the children of Scott Walkenford
Scott Walkenford, father of Kayla Walkenford, 20, and Brittany Walkenford,17, disappeared Saturday, May 15, 2010. Extensive search and rescue efforts have not been successful, as Walkenford has not been found.

Recognitions
William "Billy" Burton graduated cum laude May 8 from The University of Montana Western with a bachelor's degree in biological and biomedical science. Burton is the son of Leiann Burton, of Juneau, and Lynn Burton, of Grangeville, Idaho.

Capital City firefighters "fired up" to help MDA
Local firefighters will participate in an annual fundraiser called "Fill the Boot" to benefit the Alaska Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Friday, June 4, from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, June 5, from 12 to 3 p.m. Motorists may drop their dollars and change in the firefighters' boots at Costco, Super Bear and the Mt. Roberts Tramway parking lots.

Thanks for support for AWAREness race
AWARE would like to extend gratitude and appreciation for outstanding support from the Juneau community in making the Waterfront AWAREness Race on April 17 a big success! A record 75 runners, walkers, and volunteers made this year's race a success. The Waterfront Race is an invigorating and healthy way to show support in recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Sealaska juried art competition winners to be announced
Sealaska Heritage Institute will open its fourth Juried Art Show on Wednesday and announce winners of its biennial Native art competition.

Thanks for help with swim club fundraiser
Glacier Swim Club has completed its annual Aqualaps fundraiser. GSC was started in 1973 and Aqulaps is a long-standing Club tradition as its biggest fundraiser.

SEARHC, Sitka Local Foods Network to host garden guru Hume
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and Sitka Local Foods Network will host Northwest garden guru, author, TV personality and seed company owner Ed Hume for two presentations on sustainable gardening.

Thanks to Barlett Hospital staff for compassionate care
The family of Kathryn Dupere would like to thank the tremendous caregivers at Bartlett Hospital who took care of her during her recent emergency; and for the week prior to her passing. Your love-infused work made all of the difference in the world to Kathryn and her family. Our town is truly blessed to have your compassionate family of dedicated angels who give their very best; and who are at the very heart of our community.

Gerals "Jerry" William Butts
Gerald "Jerry" William Butts died May 28 at his Juneau home.

John Werner Enge
Petersburg resident John Werner Enge died Friday, May 7. He was 95.

Charlotte M. Duncan
A burial service has been scheduled for former Juneau resident Charlotte M. Duncan, who died Nov. 17, 2009, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage at the age of 61.

Capping an agency
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Who are the resort managers of Mother Earth?
"Who will provide the grand design?

Cruise ship discharge permit reasonable, fair
Our fantastic early-summer weather has been both inspiring and exhausting. The beauty of our natural environment surrounds and impels us to get outside and partake in the joys of nature.

TOE cartoon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Explosive missing in Kodiak
KODIAK - Police in Kodiak are asking people to keep an eye out for a missing explosive.

Moderate earthquakes rattle Aleutians
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Earthquake Information Center says a pair of moderate earthquakes Friday shook an area south of the Aleutian Islands.

Memorial Day event honors Peratrovich
JUNEAU - The Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp #2 will host a special service on Memorial Day at the gravesite of Elizabeth Peratrovich, in honor of the civil rights leader.

Police arrest man for rifling through cars
JUNEAU - Police arrested a 22-year-old man Friday morning after receiving a report of someone rifling through cars.

Juneau-Douglas trumps Dimond
Two years removed from the boys' last state title, Juneau-Douglas is once again on top of the Alaska prep soccer world.

Crimson Bear girls finish tied for third with West Valley
The Crimson Bears girls' soccer team faced a halftime deficit in Saturday's third-place game of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska 2010 State Soccer Championships, but Juneau-Douglas refused to end the season with a loss.

Juneau-Douglas baseball still perfect on the year
The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears defeated the Sitka Wolves 5-4 in walkoff fashion for the Southeast Conference tournament championship on Saturday behind more clutch hitting from Alex DeRocher and a little help from the Sitka defense.

Dimond stops Service's streak for crown
It had been 43 consecutive matches without a loss for the Service girls' soccer team, but in the final of the ASAA/First National Bank 2010 Alaska Soccer State Championships, the Cougars attempt at a third straight state title came to a halt.

State soccer winner's bracket roundup
Service girls top West Valley

Alaska sues feds over predator control
ANCHORAGE - The state of Alaska sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Friday, seeking a court order allowing it to go ahead with a controversial predator control program.

Alyeska restarts pipeline
JUNEAU - The operator of the trans-Alaska pipeline system said late Friday it has restarted the 800-mile line idled after a contained spill this week.

Adding to the quota
Mark Smith, left, and Gary Isturis process a delivery of black cod off the F/V Allstar at Taku Smokeries on Friday. Fishermen have from March to November to fish for their quota.

Jetliner, cargo plane in near miss at Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - The National Transportation Safety Board said Friday it is investigating how a US Airways passenger jet flew within a third of a mile of a cargo plane at Anchorage's airport after the airliner's crew refused to make a turn they said would "put their flight in direct conflict" with the departing cargo jet.

Photo: Privacy wanted
The fence between former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's lakeside home, rear, and the home being rented by author Joe McGinniss is seen Thursday, May 27, 2010, in Wasilla, Alaska. Palin is making good on a threat to build a fence around her Wasilla home to keep McGinniss - who is writing a book about her - from peering in.

Interior wildfire still out of control
TANACROSS - Forest officials called Friday for more firefighters to battle a 4,000-acre wildfire in eastern Alaska as crews used bulldozers to try to contain the fast-moving flames, which caused the evacuation of more than 100 homes.

Obama administration extends roadless moratorium another year
GRANTS PASS, Ore. - The Obama administration Friday extended for another year the moratorium on most logging and mining in millions of acres of remote and rugged backcountry sections of national forests, including Southeast Alaska's Tongass.

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