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Monday, June 7, 2010

'We the corporations' control too much
"We the people" seems to have been replaced by "We the corporations," and many of our policy makers appear to be onboard to do their bidding.

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's KidCare veto is revealing
The little red riding hood cloak is off, and the real wolf hiding inside has been revealed.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photos: Celebration 2010 closing ceremony
Hundreds of tribal dancers thundered into Centennial Hall on Saturday evening during the Celebration 2010 closing ceremony and grand exit. The packed event capped Southeast Alaska's biennial Native dance and cultural festival. Celebration was developed by Sealaska, the region's Native corporation, in 1982. It will return to Juneau in 2012. This year's event featured about 2,000 Native dancers and events held June 2-5 were expected to draw in about 5,000 viewers, according to event organizers.

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.

Photo: A little perspective
A sailboat flying canvas with the colors of the United States to catch her wind passes the bow of the Saphire Princess in the morning mist.

Photos: Celebration 2010

Photos: National Cancer Survivors' Day Celebration of Life Walk
In honor of National Cancer Survivors' Day local residents participated in a Celebration of Life Walk from Centennial Hall through town and ended with a stop at the state Capitol steps. There are more than 100 types of cancers. Worldwide, the five most common types of cancer that kill women are breast, lung, stomach, colorectal and cervical; for men it is lung, stomach, liver, colorectal and esophageal. The first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer. The United States ranks ninth in the world with 321 cancer deaths per 100,000 people. Cancer amounts to over 13 percent of deaths worldwide.

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

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

Births
Recent births at the Bartlett Regional Hospital:

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

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.

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.

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.

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

TOE cartoon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Israel's only friend
As most of the world has rushed to condemn Israel for its bungled seizure of a Turkish ferry that was attempting to break the Gaza blockade, President Barack Obama has taken a different approach. Not only has he refused to condemn Israel's hard-nosed prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, he has cast the United States as Israel's only friend. It's a strategic gamble, and let's hope it works.

Big win for big oil from judges not judging
ATLANTA - Good news for BP and other oil, coal and chemical companies seeped out last week from New Orleans, barely noticed in the blanket coverage of the as-yet uncontrolled oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico.

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.

The stalker next door
THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

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.

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.

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.

Campbell attends cruise conference
JUNEAU - In an effort to continue Gov. Sean Parnell's focus on promoting Alaska tourism, Lt. Gov. Craig E. Campbell traveled to Vancouver to attend the Cruise3sixty conference, an annual gathering of more than 1,400 travel agents and cruise ship officials from around the world.

Luiken chosen as DOT&PF deputy commissioner of aviation
JUNEAU - Marc Luiken has been appointed to serve as deputy commissioner of aviation for the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, state officials announced last week.

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.

Begich promotes summer employment opportunities for youth
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich last week encouraged Alaska's youth to seek the hundreds of job opportunities in the state's federal parks, refuges and with several federal programs.

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.

Court upholds abortion notification petitions
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a trial court's finding that petitions for a parental notification initiative do not contain confusing and misleading language and are therefore valid.

Yukon kings appear behind schedule
FAIRBANKS - Yukon River king salmon are running behind schedule this spring, according to state biologists who track the big fish.

Damp weather helps slow down wildfires
ANCHORAGE - State fire officials say cooler, damp weather is helping slow wildfires in interior Alaska.

Motocross riders greeted by renovations to track
KENAI - Thanks to a donation of 7,500 cubic yards of dirt from Alaska Roadbuilders Inc., Twin City Raceway's motocross track is better - and safer - than ever.

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.

Two injured in Valley collision
JUNEAU - Two drivers were trapped inside their vehicles Saturday night following a collision at the intersection of Mendenhall Loop Road and Nancy Street.

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.

New surimi process has promise to increase fish yields
ANCHORAGE - If successful, a pilot project to make surimi from squid could eventually change the industry. A process called pH shifting has the promise of dramatically increasing yield from conventional methods that lose 30 percent to 40 percent of the soluble protein through the washing of whitefish.

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.

Nelson's arm, Bears' big bats earn JDHS's seventh state title
After letting East Anchorage pull out a seventh-inning rally to defeat Juneau-Douglas 11-7 in Saturday's first of a possible two-game championship series, the Crimson Bears left no doubt in the second game of the double-elimination large schools state tournament.

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

State champs piling on

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.

State reveals offshore investments
Alaska's public investment managers have revealed their hedge fund investments for the first time, following through on a pledge they made a year ago.

Officials, Iowa college hopes to save Sheldon Jackson College
SITKA - One of Alaska's oldest schools, credited with helping give rise to an influential Native political movement, is being sold off piece by historic piece in an effort to avoid bankruptcy and salvage what's left of its legacy.

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.

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

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.

Bears paying price for human encounters
ANCHORAGE - The 2010 bear season is here, and so far the bears are paying the price for encounters with humans in the Anchorage area.

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.

Waterman trial delayed, will stay in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN - The case of a young woman accused of conspiring with two former boyfriends to kill her mother has been delayed.

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.

Seldovia Village Tribe hopes to beef up Homer ferry port
HOMER - The newest ferry in Kachemak Bay - the Kachemak Voyager - arrived at the Homer Port and Harbor on May 21 sparkling in new blue and white paint, fresh from its factory in Bellingham, Wash.

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.

State budget saves Marine Advisory Program offices
FAIRBANKS - Five Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program offices that faced an uncertain future earlier this year will stay open, following Gov. Sean Parnell's signing Thursday of the state's 2011 budget.

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.

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