Monday, June 15, 2009

EFCA would give power to employees
As it pertains to the Employee Free Choice Act and a somewhat venomous letter to the editor published May 8, disparaging the Vince Beltrami and John Sweeney (Alaska and national AFL-CIO leaders) letter, I'd like to make some comments that might help to set the record straight.

6 ways to speed up city's waste cleanup
I was one of those who spent two hours in line to properly dispose of my "household hazardous waste," to wit, one old portable television set. The mystification over the long lines from CBJ bureaucrats and their vague suggestions on how to solve that mystery were disappointing. Here are my thoughts on how to speed things up next time. Last month's cleanup more resembled a high school car wash than a public event conducted by a well-paid contractor.

Tlingit language survey under way
SITKA - In 2000, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization listed Tlingit as a critically endangered language.

Former Oxy dealer warns others of drug's hold
John Tegano knows that warnings about drug use are commonly brushed aside by those who need to hear them most. The 24-year-old former OxyContin addict and dealer admits he didn't heed other's advice about the narcotic painkiller's addictive properties. Denial, stubbornness and hubris kept him from believing he was spiraling out of control, long after it was clear he had developed a problem, he said.

Swine flu hits Juneau
Swine flu is officially in Juneau.

Affordable Housing Commission seeks housing coordinator
The effort to bring more affordable housing to Juneau's market needs a full-time, dedicated person to coordinate it, the city's Affordable Housing Commission has decided.

Photos: A joint effort
Thanks mom: Maria Bailey helps her son, Ezekiel, 4, with his cast during Family Fishing Day at Twin Lakes Saturday. The Juneau-GastineauRotary Club and AlaskaDepartment of Fish & Game hosted the event.

Photos: Flag Day
Aurora Ward, left, and Lisa Eldridge, both 7, blow into the flag Sunday during Flag Day ceremonies at Marine Park. The event was held by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 420.

Photo: Letting her garden grow
Sarah Brinkley waters her garden of lettuce and radishes Sunday at the CommunityGardens. "I just love it out here," Brinkley said. "It's so peaceful."

Forest Service will pay legal fees for whistleblower's widow
A U.S. district judge on Friday ordered the U.S. Forest Service to pay the legal fees for a Tongass National Forest whistleblower's widow in her lawsuit against the agency.

Two Juneau bridges subject of public meetings
State transportation officials will be holding two public meetings about two separate Juneau bridge projects Monday.

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

Photo: Soil sampling
Mitch McDonald, geologist for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, collects a core sample that was drilled near the Brotherhood Bridge and the MendenhallRiver. DOT&PF drillers Ron Wagseer, left, and Jason Love drill for another sample. The crew will be drilling in the area for a couple weeks to check the soil density and type for afoundation recommendation on future bridge widening.

Around Town
Monday, June 15

Around Town
Today, June 14

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

Correction
A caption accompanying a page three photo of Papa Murphy's Pizza employees in Friday's Juneau Empire omitted the name of one of the five people pictured. Rebecca Scharen was third from the right.

Spirit of Admiralty
A new nonprofit sailing club in Juneau will help celebrate Alaska's 50th anniversary of statehood with an inaugural flagship race designed to challenge even the most seasoned sailors.

Happy times at grandma's house
Places disappear from our lives when loved ones die. We miss the person, but we also miss everything that surrounded them, made special by their dearness to us.

Discussing Tiller, abortion and god's love
I almost stopped going to church in college. It was not because of the questioning or wildness of the time. The community of faith has always been a centering place for me. It was the wimpiness of one pastor.

Photo: Yearly cleaning
Linda Blefgen srubs the Patsy Anne statue downtown on June 6 for its yearly washing and waxing.

Recognitions
In May, Juneau resident Rory Darling received a Master of Science in Information Management degree from Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y. He earned his degree in the Executive program of the School of Information Studies at Syracuse, the highest ranked information management school in both 2007 and 2009 by the Business Week survey of graduate institutions. His work at Syracuse also earned him a Certificate in Federal Executive Competencies from the CIO University run by the Federal Chief Information Officer's Council.

Photo: Round trip for two
Juneau's Deborah Rudis was this year's Juneau Jazz & Classic first prize raffle winner on May 24. She won seven nights in Maui including round trip airfare for two, provided by Gordon and Elizabeth Evans and Alaska Airlines. Marc Matsil won second prize, a three-night, four-day Glacier Bay Cruise for two, provided by Cruise West. Anne Sutton won third prize, a Taku Glacier Lodge flight and salmon feast for two, provided by Wings of Alaska. Wayne Stevens won fourth prize, a 2010 Juneau Jazz & Classics festival pass.

Meet Thomas Moran: 2009 Echo Ranch soccer coach
It is important to the staff of Echo Ranch that our volunteers give their very best and care about the kids they are here to work with. A person could have all the credentials in the world, but if their heart isn't in the right place, what good does that do?

Rock group from Columbus, Ohio, to perform tonight
JUNEAU - Everyday Sunday, a rock and powerpop group from Columbus, Ohio, have stopped in Juneau on their way to perform in Anchorage and will perform at 7 tonight at Centennial Hall.

Senior menu for the week of June 15-19
Monday, June 15

FYI
Births

Juneau Yacht Club hosts Spirit of Adventure race Saturday
The Juneau Yacht Club is once again sponsoring the 26th running of the race in celebration of Alaska’s second 25 years of statehood.

Flora Factories camp to start Monday
JUNEAU - Space is available for children ages 10 to 13 in the Flora Factories which starts this week.

Weekly hike program seeks donations
JUNEAU - Donations are needed to support the Juneau Parks and Recreation Hike Program. Total costs of the program are about $500.

Sons of Norway host wood carving workshop
JUNEAU - Juneau Sons of Norway Svalbard Lodge 2-33 will host a two-day wood carving workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. June 23 and 24 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Designs now being accepted for Smart Gear Competition
JUNEAU - NOAA's Fisheries Service has awarded a $364,000 grant to the World Wildlife Fund in support of the 2009 Smart Gear Competition that awards prizes for innovative gear designs which reduce fisheries bycatch.

SEARHC hosts Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic in Kake
KAKE - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Kake Health Center will host a special Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic on June 22 to 26.

Kake Senior Center offers hot lunches for elders
KAKE - Native and non-Native elders, age 60 and older, are invited to enjoy hot lunches at noon Monday through Thursday at the Kake Senior Center, 177 Third Ave. Thanks to the financial support of the Organized Village of Kake, the state of Alaska and community donors, the meals are available four days a week.

Consortium's injury prevention to perform POW home visits
KLAWOCK - Jennifer Young, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium community injury prevention coordinator, will travel to the communities of Craig and Klawock from June 22 to 26 for a series of home visits for elders and families wanting someone to check their houses for injury risks.

Congratulations for completing training
Cornerstone Home Health would like to congratulate the following for completion of Personal Care Assistant training: Terry Davidson, Michael Dunning, Genevieve Guanzon and Jason Perez. Each has received a certificate of completion from the State of Alaska. Great job on your achievement.

Thanks to for the wildlife cruise
May 23 marked the annual Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation Wildlife Cruise thanks to the generosity of Allen Marine and Lennie Gorsuch. It was a spectacular day of wildlife sightings: orcas (including a baby), stellar sea lions, humpbacks and more.

Consortium opens new triage room at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital opened a new triage room so walk-in patients can meet with a registered nurse who will guide them to the care they need.

SouthEast Alaska Sailing: About the group, its activities
SouthEast Alaska Sailing was started by a group of sailors in March to promote sailing and sailing education in Juneau and Southeast Alaska.

University of Fairbanks, council to accept public testimony on School of Education
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Education (including our distance-delivered programs) is hosting an accreditation review by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Lake, Thibodeau to wed
Melody Lake, of Evergreen, Colo., and Kyle Thibodeau, of Juneau, will marry at 2 p.m. Sept. 5, 2009, at John Hill Ranch in Evergreen.

Miller, Fink to wed
Yvonne Marie Miller and Daniel Alton Fink, of Juneau, will marry at 4 p.m. June 20, 2009, in a private ceremony in the back yard of their good friend's home on Riverside Drive. All friends and family are invited to attend a reception at 5:30 p.m. at Marlinitini's Lounge.

Wilson, Shaw wed
Michelle Charpentier Shaw and Michael Howard Wilson, both of Juneau, were married May 30, 2009, at Point Retreat. A reception followed at the home of James and Dorothy Wilson.

Photo: Kids in kuspuks
Students in Jennifer Maki's second-grade class at RIverbend Elementary School, with the help of community members and Maki's mother, recently cut out and sewed kuspuks as part of a Math From the Cultural Context unit called Patterns and Parkas.

Egypt unpackaged
Vacation time has arrived in the east African country of Djibouti once more. For this break, I again had a yearning to go somewhere far off and exotic (not hard on this side of the world), but where?

Thank you for contributing to Floyd Dryden's Eighth Grade Dance
On the evening of May 30, 140 eighth-grade students celebrated their upcoming promotion to high school in the highly anticipated annual Eighth Grade Dance at Floyd Dryden Middle School.

Pets of the week
Pair of parakeets seek great home

Mark Joseph Waddell
Former Juneau resident Mark Joseph Waddell died June 10, 2009, in Anchorage after a lengthy illness. He was 58.

There's no expiration date on hate
"Them Jews aren't going to let President Obama talk to me." - the Rev. Jeremiah Wright

Judge should decide which of the CIA's objections are valid
Despite its repudiation of "enhanced interrogation techniques," the Obama administration continues to stifle public scrutiny of how the Bush Justice Department's strained legal rationale for torture was translated into the mistreatment of suspected terrorists. The latest attempt to deflect disclosure was a statement by CIA Director Leon E. Panetta on Monday that not a single paragraph of 65 documents describing the agency's interrogations could safely be made public. Most of the documents describe the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, who was waterboarded at least 83 times.

To rebuild a paranoid party
We've all read or heard plenty to persuade us that the Republican Party is basically on life support, not only at the federal level, but also in more and more states.

Alaska editorial: Looking inward for answers to fishing questions
Every year, thousands of fishing fans flock to Homer to drop their lines in the waters of Kachemak Bay, hoping to land the big one in the self-proclaimed halibut capital of the world.

My Turn: Kake: Have your forest and eat it too?
Whether it's fish, game, serenity or jobs, properly managed forests in Southeast Alaska can provide us what we need on many levels. In communities like Kake, which struggle against high unemployment and a high cost of living, finding ways to use local resources to meet local needs just makes sense. That is exactly what Kake residents and the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council proposed through the Kake Community Alternative to the upcoming Central Kupreanof timer sale.

It's time we defended freedom of speech
Last month, I reported on a list of people banned from Great Britain compiled by Britain's Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.

Toe toon

Gas pipeline hearing postponed to later this month
ANCHORAGE - State House committees have postponed an Anchorage hearing on proposed North Slope gas pipeline projects and Exxon Mobil's announcement that it is joining the TransCanada project.

Gov. Palin mum on political future
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin isn't ready to say what her political plans are.

Military assembles for Alaska exercise
FAIRBANKS - Troops, jets and ships are expected to participate in Alaska's largest military exercise of the year, Northern Edge 2009.

Proposed Mat-Su facility aims to feed school kids
ANCHORAGE - Mat-Su officials hope a $12 million agricultural processing facility planned for the Valley will put more nutritious, Alaska-grown products in school lunches, institutional and military dining halls, and on retail grocery shelves.

UAF tree research prevails over skiers' protests
FAIRBANKS - Research has trumped recreation at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Soldotna hosts veterans parade
KENAI - Past and present military members will march or ride in a parade in their honor in Soldotna.

Late runs prompt closure of some Kodiak fisheries
KODIAK - State officials are closing or restricting several sport fisheries in the Kodiak area because of late salmon runs.

Glacier park's ice fields may be gone by next decade
BILLINGS, Mont. - On the eve of Glacier National Park's 100th birthday, some of its distinctive features - glaciers - are disappearing and may not be around for the park's bicentennial party.

Fisherman's body recovered
ANCHORAGE - Searchers have recovered the body of a man missing on an Anchorage lake.

First chinook pulse in Yukon River expected any time
FAIRBANKS - State Fish and Game Department officials say the first pulse of king salmon heading up the Yukon River is expected any time.

Ferry Columbia back in action following engine malfunction
JUNEAU - The state ferry Columbia, flagship of the Alaska Marine Highway fleet, is now on its way from Ketchikan to Bellingham, Wash., following delays caused by an engine malfunction.

Suspect in parking lot shooting surrenders
ANCHORAGE - A third man charged in a fatal parking lot shooting has turned himself in to Anchorage police.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Tides stymie fuel removal from sunken vessel
ANCHORAGE - Divers began removing fuel from a sunken oil field supply ship in Alaska's Cook Inlet Sunday, but the work was soon halted when the inlet's notorious tides stated rocking a vessel being used as a staging area.

Kohring, Kott return to Alaska
ANCHORAGE - Former state Reps. Vic Kohring and Pete Kott returned to Alaska after their release from prison and were greeted by family and friends.

McKinley climbers fall to their deaths
ANCHORAGE - Two experienced climbers fell more than 2,000 feet to their deaths on Alaska's Mount McKinley, raising this year's death toll on the mountain to four, officials said Friday.

Oysters in deep trouble
WILLAPA BAY, Wash. - The collapse began rather unspectacularly. In 2005, when most of the millions of Pacific oysters in this tree-lined estuary failed to reproduce, Washington's shellfish growers largely shruggedit off.

Palin: Letterman owes young women an apology
NEW YORK - Sarah Palin says David Letterman owes an apology to young women across the country for his joke about her daughter.

Sick sea critters aided by Marine Mammal Center
FORT CRONKHITE, Calif. - A recent surge in weakened and malnourished sea lions found along the Northern California coast is mystifying scientists and keeping workers hopping at the newly expanded Marine Mammal Center here.

Denali draws diverse climbers
DENALI NATIONAL PARK - On any given day, base camp at Mount McKinley is the most diverse place in Alaska. Climbers challenging North America's tallest peak run the gamut from local men exploring their backyard to international post-doctoral students avoiding the real world.

State closes Deshka River to king salmon fishing
ANCHORAGE - One of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough's most popular streams will be closed to king salmon fishing because of poor returns.

Alaska company, road focus of History Channel's 13-part TV series
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's Haul Road is the basis for the new season of the History Channel's "Ice Road Truckers." And drivers from Alaska-based Carlile Transportation Inc. are the stars.

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