Saturday, June 7, 2008

Legislators face big oil decision
The decision before this Special Session of the Legislature is as important and serious as any that has been made since statehood some 50 years ago. It will direct the economics of our state for the next 50 years. Our Solons have a grave responsibility.

New field house looking good
Quietly and without much fanfare, the new field house at Dimond Park is taking shape.

City says no to funds for private cruise docks
Juneau Assembly members voted down a proposal Thursday to use public funding to improve the three private docks cruise ships use near downtown.

Lead group unveils new dance today
A dance last performed in Southeast Alaska in the early 1900s is being brought back during Celebration 2008 by the Mt. St. Elias Dancers from Yakutat.

Natives give DNA samples to see if they match ancient remains
Dr. Brian Kemp's research table buzzed with activity Thursday as Alaska Natives attending the first day of Celebration 2008 stopped by to give DNA samples for his research.

Photos: Celebration 2008
Native groups from all over the Pacific Northwest gathered Thursday to participate in the Grand Entrance parade.

Photo: Grand Entrance
Grand Entrance: Ray Coronell of the Juneau Tlingit Dancers howls during the Grand Entrance parade of Celebration 2008 on Thursday.

Photo: Still got that swing
Sig Olsen dances with Marritt Andruss, the geriatric nurse practitioner at the JuneauPioneers' Home, Thursday night. The Juneau Pioneers' Home celebrated its 20th anniversary ball with dancing, food and live music from the Thunder Mountain Big Band.

Photo: Carving culture
Naomi Crey carves a rattle handle as Brian Francis waits for customers at the Celebration 2008 Arts and Crafts Fair in the Juneau Arts and Culture Center on Thursday.

Around Town
Today, June 6

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

Five honored at HAIL awards
Honoring Alaska's Indigenous Literature (HAIL) awards, which honors indigenous educators from across Alaska, were presented by Andy Hope on Tuesday night at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Pets of the week
Snappy, calm, cute pets need homes

Felines make headlines in health care, on police beat
Cats have been hitting the headlines, big time. Here is a roundup of the latest news.

Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition honors SERRC
JUNEAU - The Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition has honored South East Regional Resource Center (SERRC, Alaska's educational resource center) with its Well Workplace of the Month Award for May. The monthly award recognizes the efforts of Juneau organizations that promote employee wellness within their worksites.

Honoring our Elders and Youth Gathering
Community members and members of the Goldbelt Heritage Institute and Goldbelt Corp. were invited to the "Honoring our Elders and Youth Gathering" on Tuesday at Auke Village Recreation Area.

Central Council wins 2007 TIGER Award
JUNEAU - The Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska was recently awarded the 2007 Handel Information Technologies' Technology Innovator for Groundbreaking & Exceptional use of RiteTrack (TIGER) Award. With this award, CCTHITA is recognized as Handel's customer that has used RiteTrack in the past year in the most innovative, creative and groundbreaking way.

Part-time Juneau resident donates to local causes
JUNEAU - Former Alaska resident and now part-time Juneau resident Simone Machamer has more than one home, Juneau being but one of them. Machamer spends only a week to a few months a year in Juneau, but in the last few years has given thousands of dollars to a variety of charitable causes in the community. Recently, Machamer made two sizable donations to the Juneau Community Foundation.

Sitka Sound race takes place June 14
SITKA - Racers in kayaks, canoes, rowing shells, paddle boats, Tlingit warrior canoes and other human-powered watercraft will compete in the second annual Sitka Sound Ocean Adventure Race on June 14 in Sitka. The race is a benefit for the Sitka Maritime Heritage Society.

Mobile mammogram van to visit Skagway
SKAGWAY - The mobile mammogram van will visit Skagway on June 9-12.

Gustavus launches new trip planning Web site
GUSTAVUS - The Gustavus Visitor's Association announces the launch of www.gustavusak.com. People considering a trip to Glacier Bay National Park can now plan their trip using on-line planning tools, maps, and business directories.

Best soy sauce is brewed and aged to perfection
My last two columns talked about miso and seaweed respectively. Both are staples of Japanese cooking. This week I will complete the trifecta by discussing soy sauce, known in Japan as shoyu. Perhaps no item is as ubiquitous at Japanese tables, where high quality shoyu is treated with the same sort of reverence that some in the West reserve for fine wine.

Recognitions
Bryan Cormack, of Juneau, graduated on May 18 from University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. Cormack, a 2004 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, majored in psychology with a minor in biology. He is the son of Richard Cormack and Fumi Matsumoto, of Juneau.

Rarefied Light 2008 call for entries
JUNEAU - Alaska Photographic Center is calling for entries to Rarefied Light 2008, a statewide juried photographic exhibit.

The Canvas goes wild with tape on Sunday
JUNEAU - The Canvas community art studio will hold Family Tape Day from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the studio, 223 Seward St., downtown.

FYI
Births

Hershey's track, field program to hold meet
JUNEAU - The Hershey's Track and Field Youth Program, sponsored by the Zach Gordon Youth Center, will hold a track and field event from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 14, Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field.

Stepansky elected president of Southeast Alaska Tourism Council
SITKA - The Southeast Alaska Tourism Council board elected Haines Tourism Director Lori Stepansky president at the board retreat in Sitka on April 14-15. The tourism council which cooperatively markets the Inside Passage as a visitor destination is comprised of the convention and visitor bureau directors from Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Sitka, Wrangell, Haines and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Other officers elected were Carol Rushmore, of Wrangell, as vice president of marketing and Lorene Palmer, of Juneau, as vice president of finance.

Thanks, Allen Marine, for donating a wildlife cruise to Bartlett
It was a fabulous sunny Saturday for all those aboard the "St. Nicholas," a charter wildlife cruise donated to Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation by Allen Marine. A large pod of Orcas was captured through many camera lenses, humpback tails were seen and of course, sea lions basking in the sun on Pound Stone buoy were observed.

Thanks for contributing to our school Fun Run
Our school held its annual Harborview Elementary School Fun Run on May 16. There are many folks who made it possible. A huge thank you to all Harborview office staff who helped: Marti Corcoran, Natalie Rothaus and Darlene Jacobsen. Our principal, Dave Stoltenburg, was the starter. All teachers helped by walking or jogging with their classes and others.

Thank you for the unforgettable week
My four children traveled with me to our capital city last week. Our reason for coming was solely for my 2-year-old to have some medical tests, but we were rewarded with so much more! In less than a week's time, we took in much of what Juneau had to offer both family and youth. I determined before we left, I wanted my children to have fun and not just drag them around to shop.

Mulkey, Mitchell to wed
Sandra Mitchell, of Juneau, and Dave Mulkey, of Las Vegas, will marry at 3 p.m. June 7, 2008, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. A reception will follow at the Travelodge Hotel

Aycock, Gravel to wed
Malia Aycock and Michael "Rock" Gravel, both of Juneau, will marry at 5:30 p.m. June 12, 2008, at Juneau Church Of Christ on Trinity Drive. All friends are invited to attend. A reception will follow at Marlintini's Lounge.

Lindsey, Soboleff wed
Jane Margaret Lindsey and Ross Vincent Soboleff, of Juneau, were married on May 24, 2008. The groom's father, Walter A. Soboleff Sr., and their pastor, the Rev. Jesse E. Perry, officiated in the presence of immediate family.

Davidson, Ferguson wed
Mary Arellano Davidson, of Seattle, and Rhyan William Ferguson, of Juneau, were married on May 25, 2008.

Dawson celebrate 50 years
Walter and Ruth Dawson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at 3 p.m. on June 8, 2008, at the Glacier Valley Church of God, 8497 Thunder Mountain Road. Friends and family are invited to attend. They were married on June 11, 1958, in Petersburg.

McLeods celebrate 59 years
Charles and Jeannette McLeod Sr. will celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary on June 11. They were married on June 11, 1949, and have lived in Juneau for 70-plus years, raising their children and grandchildren.

Finding stability in the midst of change
Have you ever noticed how everything around us is in a state of change or flux? Yet, many of us do not like change in our lives. I personally like the familiar, and I have a strong desire to keep it that way.

Michael Lawrence Zagars
Former Juneau resident Michael Lawrence Zagars died May 31, 2008, in Wasilla. He was 49.

My turn: Address avalanche danger early
In March I was tracking the weather in Juneau from France and was surprised to see that Eaglecrest Ski Area briefly held the title for most snow in the world this past season. Here I was in Chamonix, home to the best avalanche forecast and mountain rescue teams in the world, and Juneau had double the snow yet 1/5 of the elevation of Chamonix Mont Blanc massif.

Alaska editorial: All-Alaska route to export is not the best
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

Outside column: Anatomy of Clinton's lost nomination
"It's the economy, stupid," said James Carville, summing up Bill Clinton's 1992 win over George H.W. Bush.

Bristol Bay Native Corp. CEO retires
ANCHORAGE - The chief operating officer of Bristol Bay Native Corp. has retired.

Airport begins construction on front terminal
JUNEAU - The Juneau International Airport began construction in front of the terminal Thursday, meaning traffic lanes and traffic flow will be affected.

New detox center set to open next year in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Workers on Wednesday started pouring the foundation for a new alcohol detox center in Fairbanks.

Palin signs sweeping crime bill at Capitol
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin gave her blessing to a sweeping crime bill, one of pieces of two criminal justice legislation passed this year.

Army officials ID two adults found dead on Alaska base
FAIRBANKS - Army officials released the identities of two people found dead at Fort Wainwright.

Council OKs subsistence rights for halibut
KODIAK - The North Pacific Fishery Management Council approved a resolution that updates the list of people who can subsistence fish for halibut.

Easter named to Anchorage District Court bench
JUNEAU - Catherine Easter is the new judge on the Anchorage District Court.

Millay shuts down Dimond
FAIRBANKS - Christopher "Critter" Millay was a one-pitch athlete on Thursday morning at Growden Memorial Park. That one pitch helped move Juneau-Douglas one game closer to playing for a state high school baseball title.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Eagle River Scout Trail Run results
Eagle River Scout Trail Run

Ferry fire more serious than first reported
A generator fire on the state ferry Columbia on May 25 may have been more serious than first reported, with news that the ship lost power at sea.

Bethel legislator to take mining job
The legislative ethics committee cleared Rep. Mary Nelson, D-Bethel, to take a new job with the mining industry.

Sen. Olson testifies before grand jury
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska state senator whose offices were raided by federal authorities nearly two years ago testified before a federal grand jury, his lawyer said.

Carrier accused of smuggling alcohol
FAIRBANKS - The owner of a Fairbanks air carrier is accused of trying to take alcohol into dry villages.

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