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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Shocked by Parnell's KidCare veto
I was shocked to hear of Gov. Sean Parnell's decision to veto the funding for Denali KidCare, which passed with support of 52 of our 60 legislators.

Tongass initiative will lead to economic loss
Last week, the Forest Service unveiled a proposal for the future of Southeast Alaska that does not include our timber industry.

Bill Canada for Princess Kathleen oil removal
As a child, I used to watch the Princess ships arrive and depart Juneau. But the most amazing was watching the AJ barges roll over and dump the rock load. Never did figure out how they rolled over, dumped, then turned up right.

Parnell deserves applause but needs to use logic
I applaud our governor for trying to trim the fat from our over-inflated budget and at least trying to do something about our politicians' spending habits. But when he looks at a bill and weighs the good and the bad to decide which ones make it and which don't, he might want to use some logic next time.

Letter to the editor
I was a cadet participant in the Civil Air Patrol International Cadet Exchange in 1956, wherein I traveled to Mexico as a representative of the cadets from Massachusetts. One of my fellow honorees was a cadet named Peter D. Hocson from Juneau. We spent a couple of very exciting weeks in Mexico as guests of their government and came away with a good many fond memories.

Tlingit-Haida gets nearly $1 million in stimulus money
The U.S. Department of Energy announced Friday that the Tlingit and Haida Central Council will receive more than $960,000 in funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to expand Alaska's weatherization training programs and establish a new weatherization training center in Juneau.

Reading, math scores up; writing down
Something seems to have gone right in the fourth-grade this year.

Photos: Celebration 2010

Risky behaviors by Alaska's youth
Do Alaska's youth engage in more or less risky behavior than those elsewhere?

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photos: Opening night thunder
Thunder Mountain Big Band, left, kicked off the first Concert in the Park Friday night at Marine Park. The music series will continue through August 13 from 7-8:30 p.m. Fridays.

In search of holistic healing in Juneau
For a small town, Juneau has a robust holistic health care scene. As treatments that promise to cure ailments without medication often are discounted or misunderstood, I decided to go in search of the basic philosophy and benefits of naturopathic healing in Juneau. I found disease prevention, and even cures, can be as obvious as finding the right mix of diet, exercise and sleep - naturally.

Firefighters and baseball come together in Little League sponsorship
The International Association of Firefighters' Local #4303 union has been making a concerted effort to reach out to the Juneau community. Having just concluded their annual "Fill the Boot" benefit for the Alaska Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, they have elected to sponsor a team in the Gastineau Channel Little League, the Orioles.

Johnson, Quisenberry to wed
Jennifer Ann Johnson, of Gig Harbor, Wash., and Eli Jacob Quisenberry, of Juneau, will be married on July 11, 2010, at Lake Union Crew Club in Seattle.

New Americorps volunteers eager to 'get things done'
At 4 p.m. Thursday, 30 new Americorps volunteers were sworn into the program following a week of intensive training to prepare them for service. The ceremony took place at the Juneau Ranger District Office on Mendenhall Loop Road.

Lacey, Kilian wed
Bracal Lacy, of California, and Kelly Kilian, of Gettysburg, S.D. , were wed by their son Jessie Palomino on May 29, 2010, in a small, private ceremony. Dakota Johnson, the bride's daughter, was there to witness. They plan to make their home together in Douglas.

Thanks for help with the Torch Run
I would like to thank the Juneau Police Department, US Coast Guard and the Alaska State Troopers for helping to make the 2010 Special Olympics Torch Run a success. A special thank you to Officer Sarah Hieb for organizing the entire event. We truly appreciate your assistance and for going above and beyond to guarantee its success.

'Gunalcheesh' from Riverbend School
Riverbend Elementary School students, staff and families would like to extend our 'Gunalcheesh' (thank you) to Jacquelin Clark, Della Mariano, Karen Eriksen, Amy Perov, student volunteers, PTO, Wellspring, Southeast Panhandlers, Bill Peters, Amanda Blackgoat, Chapter G PEO Alaska, JESS, Action Appliance Repair, ANS Camp 70, Tlingit and Haida, and the many individuals, organizations and businesses that have supported our Breakfast Club this past year.

Thanks to Bowhay for flower baskets
Beta Sigma Phi is an international Women's sorority whose membership is made up of women of all ages building friends that last a lifetime. We wish to send a special thank you to Cindy Bowhay for being our special guest at our Founder's Day Celebration on April 29 and donating one of her flower baskets as a door prize. Cindy is well known in the Juneau community for her magnificent flower creations. Everyone enjoyed all of her excellent tips and the opportunity to ask questions about flower baskets and gardening in general.

Thanks for help with 8th grade dance
The Floyd Dryden Middle School 8th grade students would like to thank the Juneau community for their generous donations for the 8th grade dance. The donations were the only way our night was a huge success. Thank you to:

Thanks for helping with the clay club
Thanks to The Canvas for helping with Glacier Valley Elementary School's after school clay club. Forty-seven students in grades first through fifth participated in this activity. Glacier Valley staff partnered with The Canvas this school year to establish our own clay studio. The Canvas provided our school with experienced pottery teachers MK MacNaughton, Sarah Arnston, Dana White and Gina Frickey.

Thanks from the Juneau Cheer Club
The Juneau Cheer Club would like to thank Beth Landvatter, the Southeast Alaska Gymnastics Academy, the Alaska Club, Alaska Litho, Bartlett Hospital, Chuck Cohen, the Alaska Marine Lines, Pavitt Fitness, the Juneau Birthing Center, Parts Plus, Papa Murphy's, Tyler Rentals and the Juneau community for all their support this season. Thanks for making it a winner!

Thanks for wildlife cruise support
On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation, I would like to thank Allen Marine Tours and Lennie Gorsuch for their generosity.

Thanks for help with chalk art festival
The Child Care and Family Resource Center, a division of Catholic Community Services, would like to thank all of the participants of the first annual Foster a Future Chalk Art Festival held May 22 and 23 at the Nugget Mall. More than 40 artists of all ages participated in the event with many spectators attending to watch the artists and view their completed work. The Foster a Future Chalk Art Festival was a fun way to bring our community together to draw awareness to the need for foster homes in Southeast Alaska.

Thanks for helping to honor Elizabeth Peratrovich
We thank very much all those who participated in honoring Elizabeth's Peratrovich's Civil Rights leadership by helping with and attending her grave site Memorial Day Honors Service at Evergreen Cemetery. We thank the Empire for providing publicity before the event and Terry Hinkley, City and Bureau Parks and Recreation Cemetery Supervisor for preparing the area.

Mayeda, Williams wed
Elizabeth Mayeda and Leon Caryl Williams were married on April 15, 2010, in a small private ceremony at Auke Rec in Juneau.

Thanks for help with preschool raffle
Auke Bay Co-op Preschool thanks everyone who helped make our recent fundraising raffle a great success.

Courts
Court records show the following legal actions among those taken recently in Juneau Superior and District courts.

Births
Recent births at the Bartlett Regional Hospital:

Former local works to improve lives of women in prisons
Former Juneau resident Tabatha Harris has spent a lot of time in jail. She is working as a case manager in the Denver County Jail Women's Mental Health Transition Unit as part of the prisoner reentry program.

Youth Action Committee grants available
The Youth Action Committee, of the Juneau Community Foundation, is issuing grants to Juneau charities with the goal of addressing the needs of teens at risk. Grant focus topics include preventing suicide, empowering teens through educational and vocational services, preventing substance abuse, and promoting healthy relationships.

Recognitions
Dave Seng, a volunteer firefighter serving the Auke Bay district, has been chosen as the volunteer of the month for June. Seng has been volunteering for a year and a half. He joined the firefighters to give something back to the community.

Brewster begins work with Forest Service's research station
Paul Brewster has officially begun work as Assistant Station Director for Program Development of the USDA Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station.

Housing needed for Americorps volunteers
SAGA is bringing 10 new AmeriCorps Members to Juneau September 1 to begin an 11-month Term of National Service. These young people will be serving at various non-profit organizations, schools, and government agencies throughout the community.

Jerry Austin
Veteran Iditarod musher Jerry Austin has died at the age of 62.

TOE cartoon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Did you know...?
"You're kidding. I've lived here all my life and it's always been Lemon Creek Glacier," said Juneau Sen. Dennis Egan, after I explain that Lemon Creek Glacier is really Thomas Glacier. It turns out Lemon Creek Glacier is on the other side of the ridge, connected to the Juneau Icefield, while the glacier we see from the highway is a hanging glacier called Thomas.

Congratulations Class of 2010
Editor's note: Bishop Edward Burns is a new columnist to the Empire, appearing in the Sunday edition. His next column will run June 20.

Crossing palms
The following editorial first appeared in The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.):

Alaska: Magnitude 4.0 quake in Cook Inlet region
KENAI - The Alaska Earthquake Information Center reports a magnitude 4.0 earthquake Friday evening in the Cook Inlet region. The light quake was felt in Kenai, Anchorage, Homer, Soldotna, Eagle River and Anchor Point but there were no reports of damage.

Feds: error didn't affect Kohring's conviction
ANCHORAGE - Federal prosecutors say in court papers that the government erred in failing to turn over evidence favorable to former Rep. Vic Kohring before his corruption trial but the mistake didn't affect his conviction.

Alaska couple charged with dozens of car break-ins
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks couple have been charged with breaking into dozens of cars last year and stealing mostly electronic equipment.

Dan Moller Cabin closed for replacement
JUNEAU - The Dan Moller Cabin on Douglas Island is closed in preparation for its replacement that begins later this month, the U.S. Forest Service announced Friday.

Providence Alaska plans senior clinic
ANCHORAGE - Providence Alaska Medical Center plans to open a clinic for senior citizens to help improve care for Medicare patients in Anchorage.

Anchorage's Fireweed Theatre closing Sunday
ANCHORAGE - After 45 years, the Fireweed Theatre in Anchorage is closing following Sunday's shows.

Kodiak police seize 14 roosters
KODIAK - Police in Kodiak have seized 14 roosters they believe were being raised for cockfighting.

King fishing closed on the Kenai
ANCHORAGE - The state Department of Fish and Game is closing the Kenai River to early run king salmon fishing.

Denali Park to get new waste watertreatment plant
FAIRBANKS - The National Park Service has provided $5.35 million in federal stimulus money for a new wastewater treatment plant at Denali National Park and Preserve.

Bears bomb East for crown
Editor's note: Check Monday's sports section for further state coverage.

Bears unblemished
Juneau-Douglas capped off its undefeated run through the Alaska baseball season with a state championship Saturday, rallying to defeat defending state champion Dimond 9-7 behind 10 strikeouts by starter Dylan Baker and key contributions from the middle and bottom of the lineup.

Parnell targets cruise ship projects for vetoes
Southeast legislators are questioning Gov. Sean Parnell's vetoes of several Southeast projects funded by cruise ship head tax revenues - money that can only be spent on visitor-related projects.

Army: Soldier charged in 3 Afghan civilian deaths
FORT LEWIS, Wash. - The Army said Friday a soldier originally from Alaska has been charged with the murders of three Afghan civilians.

Plane lands on highway north of Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - A pilot landed his small airplane on a highway north of Anchorage on Friday, picking a spot with little traffic on the three inbound lanes.

KidCare spent $384K on abortion-related services
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska health department says 0.18 percent of a health insurance program for low-income families was spent on "abortion related services" but it didn't have exact figures on how many abortions were performed.

Ketchikan oceanography class has national impact
KETCHIKAN - Ketchikan High School students participated this semester in a phytoplankton monitoring project which could help scientists worldwide.

State sues to overturn beluga whale listing
ANCHORAGE - The state of Alaska sued Friday to overturn the listing of beluga whales in Cook Inlet as an endangered species, saying the federal government overreached in its conclusion that the animals were not recovering.

Anchorage judge says complaint is discrimination
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage judge who is Hispanic says an ethics complaint against him is the result of racial discrimination.

North Pole water defendants suing each other
FAIRBANKS - Two companies already being sued over contaminated water in North Pole are taking legal action against each other.

DOT, feds settle water pollution dispute
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Transportation Department has agreed to pay nearly $1 million to settle water pollution accusations made by the Justice Department.

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