Monday, May 31, 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.

Report: Sealaska profits rebounding
Sealaska Corp. returned to profitability in 2009 after seeing stock-market driven losses the previous year. Some of the regional Native corporation's business operations have continued to struggle, however.

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.

Celebration 2010 begin Wednesday
It's time to Celebrate.

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.

Danner backs off Docks and Harbors criticism
Ruth Danner told her fellow Assembly members in April she would like to re-examine the ordinance giving the Docks and Harbors board its authority, which she said it seemed to have been exceeding.

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.

Photo: Scenic break
Dawn Dulevohn pays little attention to the Mt. Roberts Tramway eagle car returning above her as she takes a break from her tour job downtown on Friday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

FYI
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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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Outside editorial: Bad Company
The enemy of my enemy is my friend. That was the Cold War creed. No matter how despicable the regime, it was OK if it was properly aligned, meaning capitalist or communist.

America's casualty gap: There's a socioeconomic inequality in who makes the ultimate sacrifice
Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 5,000 Americans have lost their lives in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq - almost 600 of them Californians. This sacrifice, and the sacrifice of all of our brave men and women in uniform, will be honored over the Memorial Day weekend. In honoring their service, we should not overlook a very real though hidden aspect of war: the socioeconomic inequality in who makes the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the nation.

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

Free-market religion gets lost in gulf oil spill
“There has never been a challenge that the American people, with as little interference as possible by the federal government, cannot handle.” — Bobby Jindal, March 24, 2009

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.

On Memorial Day, many families can't forget the wars
Memorial Day has a distinct meaning for the veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and the families of the 5,400 Americans who have died in these wars.

Anchorage hiker dies in fall
ANCHORAGE - A 23-year-old hiker Anchorage hiker died Friday in a fall down a slope along the highway that leads to the Kenai Peninsula.

Kenai trail project shut down
KENAI - The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development on Friday issued a cease and desist order to a non-profit outfit doing improvements to a trail in Old Town Kenai.

Bear helping himself to chickens gets shot in coop
ANCHORAGE - When Jeff Johnson looked outside his Eagle River home and saw a black bear scratching around the chicken coop. He went out with a garden hoe to scare the critter away.

Popular dog park facing new disputes
ANCHORAGE - A popular dog park where canines can run and cool off with a swim in the summer is feeling the heat.

3 men fined $12,000 for killing 10 caribou
FAIRBANKS - Three Delta Junction men who illegally killed 10 caribou off the Denali Highway in December have been fined a total of more than $12,000.

Warm temps and little rain: Alaska fire danger
FAIRBANKS - Alaska fire officials urge caution during the Memorial Day weekend because low temperatures and little rain has raised the fire danger.

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.

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

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.

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.

Photo: 'I never saw it coming'
Juneau-Douglas baseball manager Steve Bavard gets a customary cooler shower after the Crimson Bears won the Southeast Conference Tournament championship game. “I never saw it coming,” Bavard chuckled Sunday.

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.

Photos: ASAA/First National Bank Alaska 2010 State Soccer Championships

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

Plan to kill wolves inside refuge causes rift
ANCHORAGE - Different mandates over how Alaska wildlife should be managed and a plan to kill wolves inside a national refuge is causing a rift between state and federal managers.

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 facing 8 federal actions
ANCHORAGE - The operator of the 800-mile trans-Alaska pipeline is the target of eight pending federal enforcement actions that add up to more than $1 million in unpaid fines.

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.

Photo: A stroll back to work
Members of the Alaska Permanent Fund Board of Trustees walk back to the Goldbelt Building after a short break Thursday on the first of two days of meetings.

Alaska ethics panel OKs campaigning on state trips
The Alaska Legislature’s special ethics committee says it’s OK for lawmakers to campaign on state-paid trips.

Census count enters 'home stretch'
The U.S. Census Bureau is making a renewed effort to reach out into Alaska's hard-to-count rural areas, as well as those in Juneau and other cities they have not yet visited.

Photo: Orphaned calves in Kenai
A pair of orphaned moose calves rest in a homeowner's yard Tuesday in Kenai, among the remains of the swing set that tangled their mother. While the cow eventually died, the calves were recovered and have been transported to Palmer, where they will be raised and eventually released.

Mount McKinley climber cheated death
ANCHORAGE - Canadian climber Luc Benoit had worked his way about 15,000 feet up Mount McKinley's steep and treacherous West Rib on a gorgeous Wednesday evening when he drove his ice ax into some mixed rock and ice to hoist himself along.

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.

Evacuated residents return home
ANCHORAGE - Residents of the village of Tanacross and the nearby Eagle subdivision were back in their homes Sunday, even though the eastern Alaska wildfire that forced them to evacuate continued to gain ground.

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.

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.

Parnell inks Goldstream Valley bill
FAIRBANKS - Gov. Sean Parnell signed a bill in Fairbanks that permanently designates 2,000 acres in the Goldstream Valley as a public-use area.

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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