Monday, June 1, 2009

Murkowski should support Employee Free Choice Act
The Employee Free Choice Act, which allows employees to have a secret ballot on forming unions in the work place, will soon be voted on in the U.S. Senate.

Whistle-blower's widow battles for records
A federal ethics and personnel chief urged Tongass National Forest officials to destroy e-mails containing his advice on how to fire a Petersburg whistle-blower to preclude their discovery in a potential lawsuit.

Four injured in knife fight
Two men have been arrested for their involvement in a knife fight that injured four people, according to police.

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

An impasse at UAS
Following months of tension between the faculty and administration at University of Alaska Southeast, Chancellor John Pugh nearly faced a "no confidence" vote by the Faculty Senate this spring.

Board chooses Gelbrich to lead schools
Juneau's new superintendent will be Glen Gelbrich of Salem, Ore., the Juneau School District announced Friday evening.

Photos: Striking gold
Steve Harrison, right, shows his uncle, Bob Swinski of Pennsylvania, how to wash gravel through a small sluice box near the rock dump south of downtown on Sunday.

Alleged drug dealer turns herself in
A suspected OxyContin dealer turned herself into authorities Thursday night nearly a week after a felony warrant was issued for her arrest. Police are still seeking two other alleged drug dealers on related charges.

Photos: Multiplayer marathon
Players: Micah Sommers gets ready to play Amanda Banh in Street Fighter 4 during the Meltdown gaming festival at Centennial Hall on Saturday. The 40-hour festival began at 7 p.m. Friday and ends at 11 a.m. this morning.

Photo: Sand angels
Xander Dawkings, 9, front, makes a sand angel while his sister works on her version of a mermaid angel Sunday while playing at Mendenhall Lake with family and friends.

Photo: Passing time
Saara Krook, 15, left, and Brittany McCusker, 13, joke with other tour brokers Sunday as they wait for customers along South Franklin Street.

High school seniors head 'Back to the Future'
Juneau's high school seniors will be going "Back to the Future" at this year's graduation party sponsored by Parents for a Safe Graduation.

Police & Fire
Monday's crime blotter was not available as of press time Sunday evening. It will appear in Tuesday's Empire.

Photo: A growing contribution
Dr. Henry Akiyama talks with Mary Pat Wyatt following a garden dedication ceremony honoring Akiyama and his wife, Grace, Saturday in front of the Evergreen Building (MRV Architects). Henry and Grace Akiyama planted the garden in front of his clinic in the 1960s. Two years ago, when the property was purchased, the garden was preserved and enlarged, and features red early-blooming rhododendrons.

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Correction
The wrong photo ran with Sunday's story about the hiring of Glen Gelbrich as the Juneau School District's next superintendent. The photo that appeared was of finalist Pete Lewis.

Moving UP, not moving out
Buying a home in Juneau could become more affordable for the average working stiff.

Pets of the week
Frisky ferret, docile cat seek homes

Photos: Future engineers
Ben Roemeling talks May 20 at the Juneau-Douglas High School library to local architects and community members about proposed designs for an aquarium on the Juneau waterfront. That day, Juneau-Douglas High School ACE student teams - made up of Shaun Nesheim, Alex Botelho, Willy Strehler, Evan Punogbayan, Jacob Pernula and Roemeling - made engineering presentations to local architects,engineers and community members as part of their Project Lead the Way, Civil Engineering and Architecture class taught by Craig Mapes. The class is part of the JDHS Architecture,Construction and Engineering (ACE) academy and providesstudents with a rigorous pre-engineering curriculum in project planning, site planning, building design and projectdocumentation and presentation.

Thanks for donating to Stamp Out Hunger
Thank you, Juneau and Douglas. Your city and rural mail carriers collected more than last year in its annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive held May 9. The final count is just short of 6,000 pounds, giving our local food banks a total of 5,981 pounds of food. This one-day food drive is the largest in the world, where all mail carriers across the wonderful country of ours collect food for their communities.

Former Yakutat man elected president of Potlatch Fund
YAKUTAT - Jim Thomas, a Tlingit formerly of Yakutat, was recently elected president of the Potlatch Fund, an American Indian/Alaska Native philanthropic foundation headquartered in Seattle, Wash. Potlatch Fund supports worthy causes among Tribal organizations and individuals with emphasis on cultural preservation, promotion of artists and Native art and in assisting tribal organizations to form their own nonprofits.

Recognitions
Sgt. James Buckley, of Juneau, was promoted to Staff Sergeant on April 3 at Scofield Barracks in Honolulu. A linguistic analyst, Buckley has served in the military since April 2004. He attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterrey, Calif., for 18 months and graduated with honors. He lives in Hawaii with his wife, Jamie Barlow, of Haines, and their two sons, Luke, 2, and Elias, 3 months.

Mobile mammogram van in Skagway on June 9-12
SKAGWAY - The mobile mammogram van will visit Skagway on June 9-12. The mobile mammogram program has been upgraded to digital imaging instead of film for 2009.

Thanks for kindergarten readiness, optional program outreach
The Juneau School District was pleased to sponsor three sessions in April to help parents and children prepare for kindergarten and to learn about the district's free optional programs including Juneau Community Charter School (K-6), Montessori (1-8), Tlingit Culture, Language and Literacy (1-4), and HomeBRIDGE home school. The sessions provided valuable information, introduced parents to resource people who are available to help, and offered food and children's activities to the families who attended.

Organizations can file for PFD Pick, Click, Give charitable deductions
JUNEAU - Every organization that was eligible for a pledged donation from the 2009 Permanent Fund Dividend Pick, Click, Give program has received at least one planned contribution from Alaskans applying for their PFDs online.

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Senior menu for the week of June 1-5
Monday, June 1

Capital City Fire Rescue announces scholarship
JUNEAU - Capital City Fire Rescue is pleased to announce its 2009 scholarship program. The Capital City Fire Rescue scholarship program is open to Alaska residents planning to attend University of Alaska Southeast. Preference will be given to Southeast Alaska residents.

Around Our Town coupon book returns
JUNEAU - In 2007, Shelley Mae Bartlett and Debbie Stokes created coupon books, called "Around Our Town," which allow local businesses to advertise in. Around Our Town also gives a portion of the proceeds back into the community to help people in crisis each year.

Thanks for supporting Tlingit & Haida Head Start
The Tlingit & Haida Head Start program in the Mendenhall valley would like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their tremendous help and support to our program: Mommy and Me Wear, Mrs. Bell for the stroller, AEYC, Head Start Valley Parent Committee, Dimond Park Field House's Turf for Tots program, Juneau Fire Department, Juneau Youth Services, Alaska State Museum, St. Brendan's Episcopal Church, Clarissa Hudson, Amelia Brown, Frank Oyloe, Frank Coronell, Alaska Dames and Gents, T&H Head Start Parent Policy Council, Juneau School District, DIPAC, SEARHC Medical, St. Vincent de Paul's, Superbear, University of Alaska Southeast, all the families and parents in the Head Start program, William E. Martin, Ashli Hobbs and T&H Central Office staff.

Thanks for volunteering at Heart of Hospice run
Thanks to our sponsors and a small group of hard-working volunteers, Hospice & Home Care of Juneau's Heart of Hospice run/walk held at Twin Lakes on April 18 was very successful. We received wonderful support from the Juneau business community and had a great turn out of runners and walkers. Funds from sponsors and participants will allow Hospice & Home Care of Juneau to continue providing and strengthening the comprehensive services we offer.

Thanks for supporting our cheer, stunt team
The Juneau Cheer Club and the Alaska Elite Team would like to extend thank-you's and sincere appreciation to our community which has supported us in our new endeavor.

Thank you for attending Juneau Appreciation Day
The Juneau Raptor Center would like to thank everyone that came on Juneau Appreciation Day to ride the Mount Roberts Tramway. Your support to us showed in the many folks who purchased a ticket that day.

Thanks for supporting Southeast Alaska Native Veterans
The Southeast Alaska Native Veterans officially recognizes and extends its deepest appreciation to the following: Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 2, Sealaska Corp., Goldbelt Inc., Tlingit & Haida Regional Housing Authority, SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. Without your support it would be extremely difficult for this group to move forward; your endorsement and support is invaluable to all Native veterans. Gunalcheesh.

Blue Ribbon Pie: Judging Island Pub's annual pizza contest
I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I moseyed into The Island Pub last Sunday. It was their fifth annual pizza contest, and I imagined myself an observer (for the sake of my new food column), perched on a barstool with an Arnold Palmer and a notepad. Much to my surprise I was offered a seat on the judges' panel by The Island Pub's owner, Rick Kasnick. Good thing I skipped lunch.

Beaudette, Bennett to wed
Heather Beaudette and Cody Bennett, both of Juneau, will marry on June 6, 2009, at Adlersheim Lodge in Juneau.

Juneau is hot spot for summer science camps
For those adults or their children who want something to keep them busy this summer, here are a few camps to consider.

Farley, Proctor wed
Stacey Gene Farley and James Waukell Proctor, both of Gustavus, were married on May 23, 2009, at the United Methodist Church of the Redwoods in Klamath, Calif. A reception followed at the Yurok Tribal Office in Klamath.

Southerland, Ramirez to wed
Renee Southerland and Erick Ramirez, both of Juneau, will be married at 2:30 p.m. June 20, 2009, at Glacier Valley Church of God, with a reception to follow at 4 p.m. at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Friends and relatives of the couple are invited to attend the wedding and reception.

Local music teacher wins Yale award
After talking with Glacier Valley Elementary School music teacher Lorrie Heagy, it's easy to see why she was chosen as one of this year's recipients of the Distinguished Music Educator Award.

Nickersons celebrate 25 years
Neil and Cynthia Nickerson will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on June 2. They were married June 2, 1984, at St Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church in Tucson, Ariz. They have three children: Andrew, Katy and Amy Nickerson.

Photo: Bearing the beard
Juneau's Aaron Suring shows off the beard that took second place in the Alaskan Whaler category of the World Beard and Moustache Championships last week in Anchorage. Friends held a party Saturday at Sandy Beach in his honor.

Juneau residents share stuffed egg, frozen pea salad recipes
Are you looking for a lost or forgotten recipe? Do you like to share or try new recipes? This where it happens. It's simple, just Ask Auntie Emo.

Frances V. Marvin
Lifelong Juneau resident Frances V. (Bobb) Marvin died peacefully on Nov. 1, 2008, in her home with her family by her side. She was 86.

Airlie C. Bruce
Former Alaska resident Airlie C. Bruce died May 11, 2009, at her home in Michigan. She was 94.

Outside editorial: Auto industry woes a problem of our own making
Once-mighty General Motors, which symbolized American preeminence at the height of American preeminence, now symbolizes the steady and frightening erosion of the country's manufacturing capabilities.

Outside column: How to deal with North Korea
Barring a diplomatic miracle, the missile and nuclear tests carried out by North Korea in April and May have driven a stake into the heart of the denuclearization talks carried out for the last six years.

My turn: Hobart Bay is the wild Alaska tourists expect to see
In James McGowan's letter to the editor on May 29, 2009, he said he spent 10 summers in Hobart Bay through the mid-'80s, and that a quick flight there would reveal that "it now looks as though a bomb has gone off over it." I'm not sure what Hobart Bay McGowan is referring to, because the Hobart Bay I'm very familiar with is still full of fish and wildlife living in and enjoying the area. The logged over areas are now covered with extremely healthy new growth, with new spruce and hemlock 20 to 30 feet tall. The roads are hidden in this new growth but the views from those roads reveals scenery virtually unmatched anywhere in Southeast.

Health-care reform needs to be a gradual process
"Health-care reform is entitlement reform" has become a mantra of the Obama administration. The idea is that Congress can add a massive health-care program this year - covering the uninsured - and use the same measures that pay for the health reform to fix the broader budget problems. If that sounds too good to be true, there's a reason.

The 'reality' of television
There's a loophole in our child labor laws that the recent brouhaha over the popular cable show, Jon and Kate Plus Eight, which airs on The Learning Channel, has exposed. Okay, more like finally made the state of Pennsylvania pay attention, which points out a nasty habit in this country. We tend to wonder how the kids are doing after things have gone a little too far.

Outside editorial: Where is Congress on GM bailout?
I n March, we cheered President Obama when he extended a federal lifeline to General Motors and Chrysler. He was risking a fair bit of tax dollars - $6 billion, on top of $17.5 billion in emergency loans tendered since December - but he said he was setting tough conditions for anything beyond that. "We cannot make the survival of our auto industry dependent on an unending flow of taxpayer dollars," he said. "These companies - and this industry - must ultimately stand on their own, not as wards of the state."

Toe toon

Group says St. George building is most endangered; Juneau church makes top 5
ANCHORAGE - The Community Hall on St. George Island is Alaska's most endangered property.

Fairbanks boy reports attempted abduction
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police say a 6-year-old boy was the target of an abduction from a grocery store.

Mount Redoubt is quieter but still busy
ANCHORAGE - Mount Redoubt has been quietly busy since the last explosion in April.

Flight Deck restaurant opens on Merchants wharf
JUNEAU - A new outdoor seafood bar, the Flight Deck, opened Friday on Merchants Wharf across from Wings Airways.

Fairbanks voters will decide school bonds
FAIRBANKS - Voters in the Fairbanks area will decide the fate of a $12 million bond package to fund school improvements.

Mat-Su coal-bed methane partners clash
ANCHORAGE - The partners of a Palmer man who wants to develop coal-bed methane in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough are trying to force him out.

Investigation continues in shooting death
ANCHORAGE - No charges have been filed in the shooting death of an east Anchorage man and a woman found with a gun at the scene remains free.

Alaska moose calf headed to Milwaukee
WASILLA - A newborn moose will get a new home in the Milwaukee Zoo.

State will monitor education initiatives
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin said the state will monitor but not actively participate in an education initiative to create nationwide common core state standards in reading and math.

Ducks force plane's emergency landing at Fairbanks airport
FAIRBANKS - An airplane carrying 135 people was forced to make an emergency landing after hitting a flock of ducks.

Attempted murder trial begins for Wasilla man
WASILLA - A 54-year-old Wasilla man is claiming self-defense as he stands trial in Palmer on charges of attempted murder and assault.

Palin calls for Obama to take firm stand on North Korea
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is calling for President Obama to take a firm stance against North Korea and defend the states and territories of the United States and allies on the Korean peninsula.

Team of injured vets take aim at McKinley
ANCHORAGE - A group of warriors is taking aim at Mount McKinley, most of whom have been wounded in battle.

Armed standoff ends peacefully in east Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - An armed standoff between a man in east Anchorage and police ended peacefully Thursday.

Man rescued after night on trails
ANCHORAGE - A 68-year-old amputee got his all-terrain vehicle stuck and spent a night trying to crawl to safety.

Anchorage closes trail over bear fears
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage has closed a popular trail over fears of a recurrence of bear-human encounters.

Ethics panel dismisses complaint against mayor
FAIRBANKS - A North Pole ethics panel has thrown out a complaint against the city's mayor.

Matanuska delayed by generator failure
JUNEAU - The ferry Matanuska, which had been scheduled to rejoin the Alaska Marine Highway System fleet Tuesday after a winter overhaul, will be delayed until June 20, department officials announced Friday.

McGrath-area fire stalled due to weather
McGRATH - Wet weather has kept a fire burning near McGrath at a standstill.

Traffic stop results in drug arrest
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks International Airport police have arrested a 31-year-old man they say was carrying nearly a half ounce of methamphetamine.

Infant's mother cited in shoplifting case
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police cited a 26-year-old woman suspected of shoplifting at a department store but decided against hauling her to jail.

Regulators investigate Sprint phone cards
ANCHORAGE - State phone regulators are investigating Sprint-brand prepaid calling cards over a reported decision to prevent consumers from recharging the cards if they're used in Alaska.

Good 'Service' ends badly for Bears
The sixth-seeded Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team fell short of a title at the State Soccer Championships after losing to top-ranked Service in Saturday's title game 4-0 at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Kings send JDHS packing
Sometimes it's no use being good if you aren't lucky.

Boys soccer finishes fourth in state
The Crimson Bears bounced back from the disappointment of Thursday's first-round State Soccer Championships loss to rival South with convincing consolation bracket wins against West Valley Friday and second-ranked Colony on Saturday. The victories helped JDHS climb all the way back for a fourth-place finish at Anchorage Football Stadium.

JDHS places 4 on All-Railbelt team
The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team came out with a league-high four selections to the Railbelt All-Conference team Friday, including the list's only three underclassmen.

Little snow, many birds on Salmon Creek trail
An otherwise peaceful, jovial lunch on the helicopter platform near Salmon Dam was interrupted by a surprise attack of snowballs derived from a nearby late-melting snowbank. The perpetrator immediately received a well-deserved dump of snow down the back of the neck. There followed a brief battle, which was halted when a nice hard fast-ball zoomed straight for my head. I dodged. The hurler was removed from the pitcher's mound and relegated to far left field, where a good arm can be put to better use than throwing bean-balls. Peace was then restored with the offering of yummy German chocolate cake for a hiker's birthday.

Stricter border rules to take effect Monday
New rules requiring passports or new high-tech documents to cross the United States' northern and southern borders are taking effect Monday, as some rue the tightening of security and others hail it as long overdue.

Recession hurts Anchorage air cargo business
The global recession has hurt one of the mainstays of the Anchorage economy - the air cargo business at the Anchorage airport.

Fairbanks holds a tribute to Alaska's battle with bootleggers
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks again this year held a tribute to the state's ongoing battle with bootleggers and people who try to smuggle alcohol into Alaska's dry communities.

Anchorage Museum shows off two shiny new wonders
ANCHORAGE - All that glitters at the Anchorage Museum is not gold. Take, for instance, a new addition with a shimmering glass facade made from more than 600 panels designed to reflect Alaska's natural splendor.

25 Alaskans apply for state Supreme Court
KETCHIKAN - Alaska's upcoming vacancy on the state Supreme Court has drawn 25 applicants, including 10 Superior Court judges.

Villagers protest slash in king salmon harvest
ANCHORAGE - Yukon River fishermen who rely on catching king salmon are again protesting that Bering Sea pollock fishermen are intercepting too many.

Photo: Foster father
Randy Richards carries a newborn moose from his house in Big Lake, Alaska to the pickup of Alaska State Fish and Game wildlife biologist Nick Cassara for transport to the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage. The newborn motherless moose will get a new home in the Milwaukee Zoo.

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