Friday, June 8, 2007

Carlisle Indians found victory on football field
Chippewa and Iroquois, Cherokee and Cheyenne, they were pulled from the reservations to take part in a brutal experiment in education at the hands of an Army captain who strove to blot out their cultural identity.

Summer reading program starts this week at the libraries
"Get a Clue @ Your Library" starts this week. Kids can visit any public library to register for the summer reading program and pick up a reading game card. They put their name in the prize fishbowl every day to be eligible for weekly prize drawings.

Wiggins finds a place to use her voice
In late September 2005 - two years after she was nominated for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for her novel "Evidence of Things Unseen" - Marianne Wiggins was on her deck watching the Santa Susana Pass fire that would eventually char 17,000 acres.

Article reveals some negative attitudes
After reading Monday's article by Greg Skinner about the new way of thinking about education, I find it very interesting indeed that some committee members consider teens who want to be treated as persons instead of anonymous cogs in a soulless machine to be "pampered" and "self-indulgent."

Moving special session is only fair
The Empire's editorial, "Moving special session adds insult to injury," published on Sunday, is a good example of what is wrong with the attitude of many in Juneau.

Finish the job, keep the change
On Tuesday, Juneau voters will vote on Propositions 1, 2 and 3 to decide whether to finish the school's auditorium - or leave it as an empty, locked shell; whether to have a sports field at the school; and whether to properly equip the school with things such as computers, books, equipment, musical instruments and wrestling mats.

Unhappy with Twin Lakes playground
What I am about to write will not be very well received by many in this community, but the more I have discussed this with people, the more I feel I am not alone in my opinion.

Why pay 100 percent?
There seems to be some confusion about the coming bond election scheduled for Tuesday: The question is not "Do we want to pay for these projects?"

SEACC, Sierra Club, LCC should drop lawsuit
I am writing this letter in support of the Kensington Mine on behalf of the Alaska Native Brotherhood Grand Camp, because of the financial opportunities the mine affords Southeast Alaska citizens.

New curriculum makes good sense
Regarding reporter Greg Skinner's article in Monday's Juneau Empire concerning the "big changes in store" at Thunder Mountain High School, it seems common sense and educational research endorsed by scholars and home educators the past 200 years is being heeded.

Why can't Legislature think outside the box?
I agree with the Anchorage Daily News editorial reprinted in the June 1 Juneau Empire that stated the voters made a mistake in limiting sessions to 90 days.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reports.

Business Digest
Dealership receives funds for expansion, Mining hall of fame Web site goes online, New cyber cafe to open downtown

'Indoor' props ask voters to finish school
Juneau voters decide Tuesday on three funding propositions for completing the new Thunder Mountain High School.

Around Town

Is building a new track and field necessary?
Some people see a need for a new artificial turf field and track at Thunder Mountain High School, while others say it would duplicate an existing facility less than a mile from the construction site.

Board: No to snowmobiles at Eaglecrest
The Juneau Snowmobile Club was unable to convince the Eaglecrest Board of Directors to allow it to use parts of the city-owned ski area.

Ships in port today

Photo: Maiden voyage
A crowd gathers Wednesday at the Auke Bay boat harbor to watch the test launch of the "Plastic Poison," a Viking longboat made out of recycled bottles boasting a patchwork sail stitched together from second-hand shirts - many flaunting perilously paisley patterns - and paddles made from crutches.

Photo: Net returns
Teal McAlllister, right, mends a net Wednesday on the Douglas cold storage dock. McAllister and fellow crewmembers Jamie Burkart, left, and Henry Webb of the purse seiner Owyhee were mending the net for the boat in preparation for the upcoming season.

Hodges returns to the trombone
Jack Hodges joined the Juneau Symphony in 1966. As the longest-tenured member of the orchestra, he's generally known for his tone, dedication and role as principal trombonist.

Around Town

Photo: Images from another time: General election, November 1982
A crowd of Juneau residents celebrates at Election Central in the Baranof Hotel after it becomes apparent Juneau would prevail in a capital-move battle.

Body pulled from channel
Within view of docked cruise ships, Juneau police Wednesday pulled the body of a man out of Gastineau Channel.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reports.

Correction
The third paragraph of Benjamin Brown's column on Wednesday's Opinion Page should have read: "An organized group that was devoted to fiscal responsibility succeeded in repealing some of the approved funding, leaving a downsized project."

Correction

Former lawmaker responds to Yakutat mayor's job veto
Scott Ogan says he's a good hire as Yakutat's borough manager because his connections to the oil and gas industry might help bring small-town Yakutat an economic boom and alleviate high energy costs.

Everyone has memories of 'Alaska Flag Song'
Carol Beery Davis was a poet, a writer and a piano teacher. I knew her well, because in the 1940s I took lessons from her at herfamily home on Sixth Street.

Neighbors Digest
Concert in the Park to have Stroller White, National Men's Health Week June 11-17, Widowed Persons Service to hold regular brunches, Three-day garden design workshop starts June 14, SEARHC program awards seven worksite grants, New summer concert series starts Saturday

Pets of the week
Gastineau Humane Society has fantastic ferrets, darling dog

Melons are a perfect food for summer
When I was a kid, I memorized several poems by Ogden Nash. I enjoyed his offbeat sense of humor and the fact that his poetry rhymed.

Photo: Civil Air Patrol cadet workshop
Major Steve Sztuk, far right, maintenance officer for the Civil Air Patrol Southeast Composite Squadron, shared some of his 50-plus years experience with the cadets in a propeller maintenance workshop held June 2 in Juneau.

Jesus had a healing ministry
Reading the gospels, it is evident that Jesus was involved in a healing ministry, because he healed several people during His public service and even raised his friend, Lazarus, from the dead. He did this with the power of the Holy Spirit.

Tongass Alaska Girl Scouts
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Photo: Capital Transit educates on strokes
John Kern, Capital Transit manager, holds an American Heart Association and Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program bus placard, with Janice Gray, Alaska Stroke Task Force member and Bartlett Regional Hospital nurse manager of the Emergency, CCU and Cardiac Rehabilitation departments.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for helping our son through his accident, Thanks for donating to Meals on Wheels, Thanks for helping the Floyd Dryden news

FYI
FYI birth and wedding announcements may be e-mailed to neighbors@juneauempire.com.

Recognitions
John Allen was placed on the dean's list with highest honors for the 2007 spring semester at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala. Allen is the president of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and the recipient of the Alumni Scholarship and the Armed Forces Dependent Scholarship. He is the son of Bill and Vinessa Allen.

Photo: Students fight world hunger
Students from the Communities In Schools, Juneau, Ethics and Leadership after-school program organized a successful Oxfam America Hunger Banquet for the community on May 12.

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Alaska editorial: Palin's popularity yet to be tested
Talk about political capital - with approval numbers around 90 percent, it's no surprise Gov. Sarah Palin mostly got her way during the last legislative session. The only way she could lose an election right now is to run against the Permanent Fund dividend.

Vote yes on high school propositions
Thunder Mountain High School is going to open in August 2008. On Tuesday, Juneau needs to vote yes on all three propositions so the school can be completed.

Empire editorial: Pay for new school now rather than later
The question isn't so much whether Thunder Mountain High School will get an auditorium and furnishings, but who will pay for them.

The 'Great USA Giveaway'
When top-tier Democrats promote a bill that has a Republican commander in chief grinning like a Cheshire cat, it's time to start worrying.

Photo: In the pink
The Pinks, shown here, defeated the Chinooks 4-3 in the Capital City Soccer League's annual 7-a-side tournament on Saturday. From left to right, Matt Deitrick, Nobu Koch, Paul Burrows, Jennifer Bostrom, Jose Rodriguez and Pat Race.

Crimson Bears prepare to face challenge
Wacky weather forced the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team to practice and play with the work ethic of the U.S. Postal Service.

Fifth-inning rally sparks JDHS
Though he'd been out three weeks with a thumb injury, Juneau-Douglas High School pitcher Andrew Hall proved to be in perfect postseason form Thursday.

JDHS ready for return to Fairbanks
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball field was buzzing with activity during the team's final practice in town Tuesday.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau. It runs when space is available and event notices should arrive at least one week before they are scheduled to take place.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau. It runs when space is available and event notices should arrive at least one week before they are scheduled to take place.

Northwest Digest
Judge stops trial for Nenana murder, Oregon sets new energy standards

Fire destroys Mat-Su school
Seventy firefighters and emergency responders tried in vain to save Susitna Valley Junior and Senior High School from flames that destroyed the $13 million building.

Kohring avoids voting on gas bill
State Rep. Vic Kohring, who faces bribery and extortion charges, revealed this week that a senior lawmaker asked that he not vote on Gov. Sarah Palin's natural gas pipeline bill.

Grief camp returns to Alaska
Raynee Redington's brown lunch bag has the words "Daddy Angel" pasted on it.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Alaska Digest
Matanuska Maid closing its doors, Jury finds Gakona man guilty of wife's murder, Mooseheart fire grows by thousands of acres

Zoo to move Alaska's only elephant
Following an impassioned public outcry, the Alaska Zoo board has decided to relocate the state's only elephant to another state under certain conditions, the board president said Wednesday.

Palin signs gas line bill
Gov. Sarah Palin traveled to Fairbanks on Wednesday for a ceremonial signing of her gas pipeline legislation, the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act.

NOAA keeps two-fish limit on Southeast Alaska halibut
In an ongoing dispute between commercial fishermen and the growing halibut charter business, a federal agency has issued new regulations keeping the current bag limit for guided trips at two fish a day in southeast Alaska.

Fisheries building under way, approval for funding pending
Lena Point is a busy place these days. As federal scientists and administrators moved plants and office supplies into the new Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute, construction workers Wednesday were laying the foundation for the University of Alaska Fairbanks' ocean sciences facility next door.

State department plans to phase in ocean ranger program
Ocean rangers probably won't be on board cruise ships sailing through Alaska waters until the end of this year's tourist season.

Weyhrauch seeks trial delay; prosecutors object
Former state Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, R-Juneau, is asking for court delays that could push his trial on federal corruption charges into the fall.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Stevens hires lawyers in FBI probe
Veteran Sen. Ted Stevens has hired lawyers and has been instructed by the FBI to preserve records relevant to a burgeoning federal investigation into corruption in Alaska, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

New VECO leader: Ethics is a priority
The new chief executive of VECO Corp. says high ethical standards are his first concern.

Mat-Su officials seek cause of fire
It could take weeks to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a school outside Talkeetna, Matanuska-Susitna Borough officials said.

Photo: Graduation day
Daniel Cheshire, center, of the Juneau Police Department, practices a dance move prior to entering the Hames P.E. Center gym Thursday for the 37th Alaska Law Enforcement Training program graduation in Sitka.

Yakutat Assembly overrides mayoral veto

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