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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sealaska to buy 'the pit'
Sealaska Corp. has reached a deal to buy the downtown property known as "the pit" from owner Hugh Grant.

Mission accomplished

Mountain rescue reunion
The beauty of Juneau and its surroundings complemented the 2010 Mountain Rescue Association Conference.

Literacy through storytelling
A book by Juneau's own award-winning storyteller and educator Brett Dillingham was recently named a finalist for the Distinguished Achievement Award by the Association of Educational Publishers. For more than 40 years, the AEP Awards have provided international recognition for educational products that set benchmarks to which the rest of the industry can aspire.

In their element

Steve Tada offers dad's day concert to benefit JAHC's scholarship fund
Steve Tada and Lodowick Crofoot will offer a selection of delightful pieces by Beethoven, Brahms, and Gershwin on Sunday as a special Father's Day gift to the community and a benefit for the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council's Fine Arts Scholarship Fund.

FYI
Births

Thanks for support of JDU's first annual cruise
On behalf of the Juneau Dance Unlimited Board of Directors, staff, and families, I would like to sincerely thank donors and participants who made our first annual whale watching and wine tasting fundraising cruise on June 12 an overwhelming success. The evening was delightful with great food, nice wine, an abundance of whales and sea lions, many laughs and lots of fun. The event resulted in $6,000 going directly to support JDU programs, including our annual Fine Arts Camp.

Recognitions
Kids coming into any of the three public libraries this summer may enter a weekly drawing for prizes donated by local businesses. They may enter the drawing by writing a book review on forms available at the library or on-line at www.juneau.org/library.

Thanks from the family of Terry Hicks
Our beautiful daughter, mother, grandmother, and loyal friend Terry Hicks lost her courageous battle with colorectal cancer on May 19, 2010. Terry was at home surrounded by her family when she slipped into the arms of her angels. There are so many people to thank for so many things, please forgive us if we forget to mention you here, and remember that you will never be forgotten in our hearts.

Thanks for help with City Museum's MouthPower exhibit
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum would like to thank the following organizations and individuals for the tremendous support that helped make the MouthPower exhibit at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum February 5 - April 24, 2010 such a success.

Thanks, Yaakoosgé Daakahidí schoolvolunteers
Thank you volunteers for your generous support of our students and programs at Yaakoosgé Daakahidí Alternative High School this year. Community participation is an essential element of our program and contributes greatly the success of our students. Your help makes a huge difference in the lives of our young adults.

JDHS Class of 2000 set to reunite
Next month, on Friday, July 2, the JDHS Class of 2000's 10-year reunion will commence at 5 p.m. atop the Mt. Roberts Tramway in downtown Juneau. Attendees may remember Dave Conway, a musician and member of the class who will be performing at the event. There are also rumors that the infamous Collette Costa may make an appearance. The party will go from 5 until 9 p.m. at the tram, and then will resume downtown at the Imperial Saloon where the classmates will end the night with drinks and old school jams.

Thanks for help with Gastineau school
Thank you to all the parents, families and community members who contribute their time and efforts toward making our school a wonderful learning community. This year, Juneau businesses and organizations have volunteered and contributed to Gastineau School in a variety of ways. Your continued support contributes to the success of all our students.

Make a splash at Juneau's public libraries this summer
There are many activities for kids and families at the public libraries this summer.

Student Symphony announces 2010-11 Season
Auditions are now under way for the 2010-11 Juneau Student Symphony season.

The art of camp
Photos by Libby Sterling

Saturday plant sale raises funds for theater, community hall
Priscilla Valentine knows some of her favorite flowers are about to find new homes.

From chaos to order
May I have your attention please! Please suspend your techno presence for a moment. Refrain from uploading, downloading, emailing, Skypeing or texting for a very important message.

Pollocks to celebrate 50 years
Former Juneau residents Bob and Carol Pollock are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house at Valley Assembly of God church at 15618 E. Broadway, Spokane Valley, Wash., on June 26, 2010, from 1-4 p.m. All are welcome to stop by and visit for a while.

Pets of the week
Georgia: LFF seeking CHS

Thanks to all the DIPAC volunteers
DIPAC would like to thank the special volunteers who helped make its education and community events a great success this past year.

Saito, Savikko to wed
Mikayla Saito, of Kotzebue, and Brenton Savikko, of Douglas, will be married on July 3, 2010 at 2 p.m. at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, with the reception to follow.

Little Brothers

Foskett, Rutt wed
Katilyn Fosket, of Juneau, and Seth Rutt, of Phoenix, Ariz. were married March 29, 2010, at the Chandler Arizona Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz. The reception will be held on July 2nd at 7 p.m. at Chapel by the Lake in Juneau.

Dorothea "Dottie" Louise Lindoff
Juneau resident Dorothea "Dottie" Louise Lindoff died June 17, 2010 at Bartlett Regional Hospital. She was 57.

Leroy E. Clements
Juneau resident Leroy E. Clements, known as "Uncle Roy," died Jan. 3, 2010, at Wildflower Court. He was 90.

Outside editorial: Obama finally makes a move for the Gulf
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

To their children, fathers are heroes
Recently, I read that one night a father overheard his son pray: "Dear God, make me the kind of man my Daddy is." Later that night, the father prayed, "Dear God, make me the kind of man my son wants me to be."

Tell a 'Dad' story this Father's Day
"Let us not burden our remembrances with a heaviness that is gone."

Toetoon

Alaska unemployment in May at 8.3 percent
JUNEAU - Alaska's unemployment in May fell to its lowest level in eight months, 8.3 percent.

Grand jury indicts Anchorage man
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage federal grand jury has indicted a 32-year-old man on drug charges.

Recalled foods distributed in Alaska
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed that food affected by two national food manufacturer recalls have been distributed in Alaska.

$3.6M finalized for Auke Bay project
JUNEAU - Modernization and expansion of the Auke Bay loading facility in Juneau can begin with U.S. Department of Transportation approval of a $3.6 million grant agreement.

New miners complete training in Juneau
JUNEAU - Eleven trainees graduated Friday from the Entry Level Underground Miner training program in Juneau, a new program that is preparing Alaskans to compete in the mining industry.

Sheldon Jackson board fires president
SITKA - The board of shuttered Sheldon Jackson College has fired its president, with the chairwoman saying the school needed a manager, not a visionary.

Suspect arraigned in Fairbanks animal cruelty case
FAIRBANKS - Bail has been set at $10,000 for a man accused of abandoning 13 sled dogs and seven chickens he had been paid to watch at a Fairbanks home.

The highs and lows of the World Cup

SEASON OF CHAMPIONS
The measurement of success in high school sports is all relative to each school, and the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears hold themselves to a higher standard than most.

Alaska halts 'cost-recovery' fishing on the Kenai Peninsula
KENAI - The Department of Fish and Game halted a cost-recovery setnet fishery Thursday night after hearing angry outcries from local fishers that the effort was targeting early-run Russian River sockeye salmon.

Spill-speak

Report sparks debate on volcanooversight
ANCHORAGE - A new report on the potential for a disastrous oil spill during the 2009 Mount Redoubt eruption has sparked debate over whether there's been enough citizen oversight.

Obama spill panel big on policy, not engineering
WASHINGTON - The panel appointed by President Barack Obama to investigate the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is short on technical expertise but long on talking publicly about "America's addiction to oil." One member has blogged about it regularly.

UAF increasing parking rates to erase deficit
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Fairbanks plans to raise parking rates in an effort to erase a $300,000 deficit in the parking services budget.

Alaska Waste converting food grease into fuel
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage area's private trash hauler is starting to convert food grease into fuel for its fleet of garbage trucks.

Alaska Yukon River king salmon run behind schedule
FAIRBANKS - King salmon are running late in the Yukon River, where the return has failed to meet the demand from Alaska villagers the past three years.

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