Industrial agriculture poses threat
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's writer, Samia Savell, wrote an article on weeds in the Juneau Empire's Neighbors section on Wednesday. It was very interesting. Savell noted environmental problems with certain introduced and now feral, plant species, such as dandelions, phlox and buttercups.

District still looking for students for Thunder Mountain
The Juneau School District is looking for about 75 more students to enroll in its new high school that opens later this summer.

Underage and undercover
There is the brief rush of energy before he goes in for a sale. He prepares himself a bit like an actor.

Segway officers roll with the beat
When Juneau Police Officer Rayme Vinson patrols the sidewalks downtown, he does so a head above the crowd and at speeds up to 11 mph.

Around Town
Today, June 13

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

Robotic mini-snowmobiles set for Juneau Icefield test
A prototype robot that can help monitor climate change will be tested on the Juneau Icefield the week of June 7-13. The "SnoMote" is a small two-foot long robot like a snowmobile. It is autonomous (not remote-controlled) and outfitted with sensors, gauges and cameras.

Photo: Golden keyboard awards
Floyd Dryden Middle School's Golden Keyboard Award winners, from left, Rafael Sales, Carriah Childress and Jean Cumlat pose on May 28 at Floyd Dryden. Sales was the fast typer in the sixth grade technology class this spring, at 78 words per minute. Seventh-grader Childress won at 58 words per minute, and eighth-grader Cumlat won at 98 words per minute.

The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council recently announced its 2008 Fine Arts Scholarships and Individual Artist Grant awards.


Check out new DVDs for kids for a rainy day
Wait for a rainy afternoon, pull out the popcorn and take advantage of the bundle of new DVDs for kids (and the kid within) on the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries. Look for the new Nancy Drew movie, plus more Thomas the Tank Engine episodes and a brand new Veggie Tales in addition to the titles below.

Liz Tuccillo's first novel is a dating travelogue
"How to Be Single" (Atria Books. 352 pages. $24.95), by Liz Tuccillo. As women line up to see "Sex and the City" on the big screen, one of the HBO series' writers is debuting her novel about - what else? - dating and the single woman.

Tlingit and Haida Head Start now enrolling preschoolers, ages 3-5
JUNEAU - Tlingit and Haida Head Start is now enrolling preschoolers, age 3-5 or turning 3 years old by September. All applicants require income verification, an original birth certificate, current immunizations and tuberculosis screening results.

Certified Personal Trainer class to take place July 13-15
SITKA - An American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer class is scheduled for July 13 through 15, at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's Mount Edgecumbe Hospital Litehouse Cafeteria conference rooms.

Holy Trinity to hold Saturday Market
JUNEAU - The Holy Trinity Summer Solstice Saturday Market will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at the Cathedral Parish Hall, on Fifth Street, downtown between Gold and Harris streets. Summer Solstice garden tours will begin at the same location from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the same day.

Fourth of July parade forms due June 25
JUNEAU - Entry forms for the 2008 Fourth of July parade are available at the Juneau Visitor's Center in Centennial Hall and the Mendenhall Valley library.

Space available for Crystal Lake Day Camp
JUNEAU - Space is available for Crystal Lake Day Camp, "Flora Factories," next week, June 16-20, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, at the Forest Service Office on Back Loop Road, adjacent to the weather station.

Messerschmidt, Jones to wed
Stefanie Messerschmidt and Douglas Jones, of Juneau, are engaged to marry in an April wedding.

Instruments needed for bluegrass camp
JUNEAU - Juneau Arts & Humanities Council is looking for instruments, such as a fiddle, guitar, banjo, bass or mandolin, for children to use for the Bluegrass Camp for Kids June 23-26.

Menze, Olson to wed
Rebekah Menze and Benjamin Olson, both of Juneau, will marry at 2 p.m. June 21, 2008, at Faith Lutheran Church. A reception will follow at the Moose Lodge.

Croasmun, Behrends wed
Matt Croasmun and Judy Behrends were married May 9, 2008, in Columbus, Ga. Friends and family are welcome at a reception at 7 p.m. June 28 at the Moose Lodge. They will make there home in Juneau.

Perennial concert beginning to rock and roll
The audience is a little restless as the lights go up. Days get longer, temperature of the soil rises, the first dancers appear and the orchestra begins to play.

Photo: Youth Concerto Competition
From left, Margaret Ross, Franz Felkl and Ethan Seid pose as winners of the Juneau Symphony's 2008 Youth Concerto Competition on June 4 at Northern Light United Church. Felkl won first place in thesenior division. He has been invited to perform his concerto with the Juneau Symphony during their 2008-09 season. Seid won first place in thejunior division and has been invited to perform with the Juneau Student Symphony during theirupcoming season. Honorable mention went to Ross, who also will play piano with the Juneau StudentSymphony next season.

Knowing when to savor the moment
Moments of complete contentment catch me off guard. Like unanticipated packages in the mailbox, they arrive unannounced and make me smile.

Learning about community while serving at Echo Ranch
Human beings are meant to work together. God has created each person with abilities that when used properly help contribute to the greater good. It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child. In my opinion, it takes a village to do anything.

Open the doors, see all the people
I used to belong to a little storefront mission church, a little seed planted in a little town in Southcentral Alaska. It was exciting to dream of the possibilities of God's mission for us - and one of our largest dreams was buying a piece of land and building a church.

Val Parfinovics
Former Juneau resident Valdis "Val" Valdimore Parfinovics died on April 29, 2008, in Anchorage.

My turn: No more shame about dancing
W hen a major event takes place such as Celebration 2008, one has to try take control of his or her emotions while in public. That is a very hard thing to do. It does not matter if you are a tribal member, nor does the color of your skin matter.

Alaska editorial: Palin administration ignores bear science
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

Outside column: Candidates' gas policy approach bombs
G lug, glug, glug. You know that sound? Of course you do. It's the sound of gasoline gushing into your car's gas tank. It's the sound of money gushing out of your wallet. And it's now the surround-sound of the deepening global economic crisis, as skyrocketing oil prices push up commodity prices and spark a worldwide food shortage.

Biologists consider Deshka restrictions
ANCHORAGE - A state fisheries biologist is recommending a ban on using bait to catch king salmon on the Deshka River.

Troopers charge North Pole man with kidnapping
NORTH POLE - A North Pole man accused of locking his wife in a garage and holding a gun to her has been charged with kidnapping.

Chugach State Park offers free firewood
ANCHORAGE - Chugach State Park is offering free firewood next week.

Trial begins in beatings case
ANCHORAGE - A trial is under way in Anchorage for three people accused of kidnapping and assaulting two women.

Tribal official charged with drug misconduct
KETCHIKAN - The former head of the Ketchikan Indian Community Tribal Council was charged with two felony counts of attempting to illegally possess prescription painkillers.

Pickup truck injures Ketchikan boy
KETCHIKAN - A pickup truck ran over a 22-month boy and the child is in critical condition in a Seattle hospital, Ketchikan police said.

Military tests mobile radar in Juneau
JUNEAU - The Federal Aviation Administration placed temporary flight restrictions around Juneau as the military's Missile Defense Agency began testing a mobile radar station.

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Investments turn Alaska retirees into farm owners
Soaring food prices may be hammering consumers, but they may be good for the Alaska Retirement Management Board.

BP, Conoco name president of natural gas pipeline project
JUNEAU - BP PLC and ConocoPhillips said Thursday they have picked an oil and gas industry veteran to head up their proposed natural gas pipeline project.

State denies refinery price break without more info
FAIRBANKS - High costs and low margins have led owners of Alaska's largest oil refinery to seek price breaks from the state, but Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Irwin said he is unwilling to negotiate until the company provides requested financial information.

Photo: Paw-proof trash can
One of the Alaska Zoo's black bears tries to open up a bear-proof garbage can on June 6 at the zoo in Anchorage. The bears were unable to open up the cans made by Otto BearSaver in the test conducted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

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