Saturday, May 31, 2008

Be careful around local camp fire pits
A wonderful sunny Memorial Weekend camping trip went horribly wrong for our friends and family this weekend.

Wolf trapping is bad for animals, people
Two disturbing sets of images have arrived via e-mail recently. One is of a dog that needed to have both legs on one side amputated above his foot (one of many dogs killed or maimed by trappers this year in Southcentral Alaska).

Senior Snapshot
About 460 students are scheduled to march across the stage, receive a diploma and walk into the real world Sunday.

Sunny Point detour changes expected today
Construction crews will begin shifting some traffic onto new asphalt today on the Sunny Point interchange project on Egan Drive, state transportation officials said.

Man misses plea appearance
Former Juneau Boys and Girls Club instructor Jeffrey Malley, accused of possessing child pornography, failed to appear in court Thursday as required.

Around Town
Friday, May 30

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

Luncheon with the president
Like any 'obruni' (white man) living in Ghana, I am treated as royalty. This means I am frequently asked for outrageous sums of money ("Obruni, give me one million dollar.") and it is assumed that my connections are as vast as the mystery which surrounds me.

Juneau Community Foundation donates to Juneau Soccer Club
On May 16, the Juneau Community Foundation awarded its annual grant to the Juneau Soccer Club on behalf of the Irene and Anne Shima Memorial Fund, established within the Juneau Community Foundation.

Juneau student wins second in Frank Maier high school architectural design competition
ANCHORAGE - Louanne Lumbab, a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School, recently won second place in the Alaska Chapter of the American Institute of Architects' 2008 Frank Maier High School Design Competition.

400 years old: Salem and Strawbery Banke
In the fall 2006, the cost of flights to Europe were so expensive, none of the Alaska travel agents offered PFD specials. Instead, my husband, Don, and I traveled to New England and Pennsylvania in April 2007.

Photo: Tourists and tulips
Tourists admire colorful tulips on May 27 on Main Street, downtown.

Photo: Classes on cruise
Riverbend School fifth-graders pose on the grand staircase of the Dawn Princess while it was in port on May 23. Juneau fifth-grade classes recently toured a cruise ship and enjoyed lunch onboard courtesy of the Alaska Travel Industry Association. Participating cruise lines included Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Celebrity Cruises and Norwegian Cruise line.

New young adult fiction can be spotted by its fluorescent green spine stickers
These young adult novels are written for tweens and teens, but adults are allowed to read them too. Spot them easily on the new and old fiction shelves by their fluorescent green spine stickers.

Consortium to host pediatric dental clinic June 16-20 in Hoonah
HOONAH - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will host a special Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic on June 16 through 20 at the Hoonah Medical Clinic.

FYI
Births

Rainbow Glacier Christian Camp accepts registrations
HAINES - Rainbow Glacier Christian Camp in Haines is accepting registration forms for its summer programs.

Consortium hosts pediatric dental clinic
ANGOON - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Angoon Health Center will host a special Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic on June 9-13.

Girls Scouts hold annual Day Camp for girls
JUNEAU - The Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council will hold its annual Girl Scout Day Camp, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 10 through 13 and 1 to 6 p.m. June 14, at Chapel by the Lake. There also will be an optional sleepover on June 13. The camp is for local girls entering first through fourth grades.

Applications available for history grant
JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is now accepting applications for the 2008-09 Juneau History Grant. Students, teachers, organizations and individuals of all ages are encouraged to apply for up to $1,000 to assist them in the completion of a project that will document, preserve or improve access to the history of the greater Juneau area.

Watson, Boatwright wed
Olivia Watson, of Irvine, Calif., and Wes Boatwright, of Juneau, were married on May 28, 2008, in Juneau.

World affairs council hosts speaker Bloom
JUNEAU - The Juneau World Affairs Council will sponsor Mia Bloom to speak on "Suicide Terrorism" at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 2, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Rotary Club to hold annual Day at the Lake
JUNEAU - The Juneau-Gastineau Rotary Club's annual Family Day at the Lake will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 14 at Twin Lakes.

Faith Lutheran Church hosts speaker Ken Klaus
JUNEAU - Faith Lutheran Church will host Dr. Ken Klaus, speaker of "The Lutheran Hour," who will lead a Bible study at 6 p.m. tonight at Faith Lutheran Church, 2500 Sunset Drive. He will give a sermon at 10 a.m., then a special worship service at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Arts For Youth dancers host spring recital
JUNEAU - The Arts For Youth dancers will have a debut recital from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Floyd Dryden Middle School gym.

Widowed persons hold monthly brunch Sunday
JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons Program wiill hold its monthly brunch at noon Sunday in the Nugget Room of the Baranof Hotel.

Organizations to sponsor two-week video game workshop
JUNEAU - Students will have the opportunity to learn how to create their own games in a two-week summer workshop. The workshop is sponsored by the Juneau School District and Springboard, a Department of Defense funded program operated by the Juneau Economic Development Council. The workshop will be from June 16 to 27 at the University of Alaska Southeast.

City museum to hold open house Saturday
JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas City Museum will hold an open house in conjunction with the Four Story Totem Pole restoration project from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Juneau Urban Forestry to celebrate Arbor Day
JUNEAU - The Juneau Urban Forestry Partnership will be hosting its annual Arbor Day celebration at noon Friday, May 30, at the Cope Park entrance on Calhoun Avenue.

Thanks for supporting Southeast Senior Services Care-A-Van
On behalf of the staff of Southeast Senior Services and the special people we serve, I want to thank the people of Juneau for their fantastic show of support this spring when we applied for the Care-A-Van contract. I am pleased to announce that once again we were selected to serve as the provider of Care-A-Van services.

Thanks for supporting the Juneau Garden Club's Super Plant Sale
Thanks to those who supported the Super Plant Sale on May 10. As a representative of the sponsoring organizations; the Community Gardens, Juneau 4-H, Juneau Chapter of the American Primrose Society, Master Gardeners and the Juneau Garden Club, I would like to thank the following: Leann Ng, manager of Safeway in Juneau, for allowing us to use a portion of the Safeway parking lot again this year.

Photo: Auke Bay goodbye
Teachers and staff at Auke Bay Elementary School wave goodbye to students as the school buses pull away on the last day of school on Wednesday. For both teachers and students, the waves signify summer is officially on.

Thanks for supporting the Juneau Jumpers
On behalf of the Juneau Jumpers, I want to publicly thank all the businesses and community members for their support of our team this year. We are very proud of our hard-working team and very grateful for the support this community has given them.

Thanks for contributing to our little league opening day ceremony
Gastineau Channel Little League held its annual Opening Day ceremony on May 3 and wishes to extend a sincere thank you to the following businesses and individuals who contributed to making the day successful and fun: Bicknell, Inc., Rozwick Giles Music, Bob Dilley of the Juneau Police Department, Heidi Kiesel, Lisa Baker, Larry Williamson, Marcy Herman, Phil Isaak, Sara Bicknell, Taylor Vidic, Tom Stewart and Nelda Stewart. Thank you all.

Thanks for making the Sitka Health Summit a success
The second annual Sitka Health Summit, "Working Together for a Healthier Sitka," on May 14-16 was a big success and the steering committee would like to thank everyone who helped make this event happen.

Recognitions
Hilary Turner, of Juneau, graduated on May 17, 2008, with a Master of Arts in psychology from Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif. A 2001 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, Turner is the daughter of Greg and Peggy Turner, of Juneau. She has accepted a position as a school psychologist for the Fairbanks North Star Borough Schools.

Show gratitude for the gift of life
I once heard a man answer the question "How are you?" with "Can't complain, though I'd like to!" It's human nature to complain and life always seems to give us plenty to complain about.

Photo: Barbecue for breast cancer
Juneau-Douglas High School CHOICE program juniors pose for a group photo during their barbecue fundraiser for breast cancer on May 1 at Alaskan & Proud market.

Thanks for contributing to The Learning Connection's graduation
The Learning Connection, a program of SERRC - Alaska's Educational Resource Center, would like to thank Coeur Alaska, Kensington Gold Mine and Kennecott Minerals, Greens Creek Mining Co. for sponsoring TLC's GED graduation and the Alaska Vocational Institute's awards ceremony on May 2 at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Student describes the symptoms of senioritis
We've gone through initiation debacles, been kicked out of dances, complained about parking, gotten tickets and complained even more about parking, been pulled over by the cops and in most cases, gone to court at least once.

Thanks for volunteering at our spring stream clean-up on May 10
Many thanks go to all the volunteers that participated in our spring stream clean-up day on May 10. Each year with partner with Litter-Free during their Juneau Clean-up Day, and we send groups out to pick up garbage from local streams and beaches in Juneau. A huge thanks goes to all of our participating organizations: the Glacier Valley Rotary, Alaska Brewing Company, Turning the Tides, Marine Conservation Alliance, Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, Girl Scout Troop 31 and 32, and the Cub Scouts.

Pets of the week
Exceptional, playful pets seek good homes

Photo: Fun in the sun
Kasen Spickler rides a Seadoo with one of his golden retrievers, Diesel, on Sunday near Horse Island.

My turn: Thanks to AEL&P for service
Nobody wants to pay a huge electric bill, even if it is for only a few months. Therefore, I was not surprised to see a spate of letters in which many writers blame Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. for the destruction of the transmission line between Snettisham and Juneau.

Alaska editorial: The wrong way to look at the polar bear issue
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

Outside column: Women don't have to vote for women
S o here's the latest mystery media meme: If Hillary Rodham Clinton doesn't become the Democratic presidential nominee, "women" will be upset.

Television coverage of Celebration to move to UATV
JUNEAU - KTOO is moving Sealaska Heritage Institute's Celebration 2008 broadcast from the Gavel-to-Gavel channel to UATV, the University of Alaska's television network.

Man faces allegations of murder, rape in cold-case revival
ANCHORAGE - A man is on trial in what had long been a cold case involving the alleged rape and killing of a homeless woman six years ago.

Good Samaritan aids stricken vessel
JUNEAU - A Good Samaritan vessel teamed up with agency boats for a rescue Wednesday in Chatham Strait in Southeast Alaska, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Rep. Don Young files for re-election
FAIRBANKS - U.S. Rep. Don Young is officially in the race to retain his seat in Congress.

Marine highway system offers alternative
JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Highway System is offering a See Alaska Pass that provides travelers the opportunity to visit multiple ports along the Inside Passage between Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Haines or Skagway.

Reports of crime drop in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Reports of serious crimes in Fairbanks, including homicides, assaults and robberies, have fallen for the second consecutive year, police said.

JDHS boys slip past Colony
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team advanced in the Alaska School Activities Association State Soccer Championships on Thursday after slipping past Colony 3-1 at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Crimson Bears blank Warriors
ANCHORAGE - Springtime in Alaska is hard to predict.

Baker's no-hitter propels JDHS
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team can advance to the state tournament today after routing Petersburg in the Southeast Conference Tournament opening round on Thursday in Wrangell.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
As of 9:30 a.m., Thursday, May 29

18th annual SeaCoast Relay results
Saturday

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Permanent fund rejects look at Anchorage move
The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. on Thursday rejected even looking at moving its headquarters to Anchorage.

Efficient resource use helps heal forest, build cabin
A recreational cabin is rising in the old clear-cuts north of Sitka, part of a joint venture between groups that didn't used to be on speaking terms.

Nurse wins award for saving life on ferry
KETCHIKAN - Two weeks after taking an advanced cardiovascular life support course, a 25-year-old Ketchikan nurse got a chance to use what she learned to save a man's life, which led to her winning the EMS "Pre-hospital Provider of the Year" award for Southeast Alaska.

Park service suspends search for missing climbers
ANCHORAGE - The National Park Service on Thursday suspended an aerial search for two Japanese climbers missing on Mount McKinley, concluding it's unlikely they are still alive.

Minority businesses start bonding over government contracts
ANCHORAGE - Black business leaders have long complained about the awarding of federal minority contracts to Alaska Native corporations. But the bad feelings have begun to subside as black-owned businesses consider partnerships with Native firms.

Photo: Snow octopus
Gabriel Harder, left, smooths a snow octopus' tentacles Tuesday while Tyyne North smooths the back of its head and Potlatch Bar owner Leo Norton pins an eye in place in Ketchikan.

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