Felled trees teach bad lesson
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are not the only truths that are self-evident.

What Palin should say about power crisis
This is in response to Gov. Sarah Palin's placating letter in the paper on Tuesday, June 17.

Waiting for road costs makes sense
At our temporary home in Bend, Ore., my family and I have been quietly following the news coming out of Juneau.

Price acquitted of one coffee shop robbery
Prosecutor Jack Schmidt closed his case Thursday by telling the jury to convict Duwaine Price of two counts of robbery in the first degree along with associated assault and theft charges.

Photos: Raven meets the river
Members of the Tlingit Nation board a 26-foot hand-carved dugout canoe, known as the Raven Canoe, Thursday during the ceremonial launching of the boat on the Potomac River in Washington.

Photo: Four-legged fitness
Barry Rohm exercises his two dogs, Zoey, left, and Katoomba on Thursday in Auke Bay. Rohm says he swims his dogs almost everyday.

Photo: Daisy picking
VivianBishop, left, picks daisies with her daughter, Carrie, 15, Stevie Mayville, 16, and Destiny Whitcomb, 9, right, near Twin Lakes on Thursday. Bishop says daisies are her favorite flower.

Around Town
Today, June 20

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

JobX celebrates continued success
Employers and employees alike gathered at a luncheon Wednesday to celebrate the success of JobX, a program which started in mid-January to help local youth, ages 16-24, find and keep jobs.

Softball champs thank you
The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team would like to thank its sponsors: Dr. Richard Cook, Dr. Ben Gilbert, Dr. Douglas Weaver, Dr. Tony Nizich, Dr. David Logan, Dr. Larry Foster, Alaska Marine Lines, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, ConocoPhillips, Couer Alaska, Greens Creek Mining, Dr. Alan Gross, Dr. Ted Schwarting, Dr. Gordon Bozarth and Dr. Daniel Harrah, of Juneau Bone and Joint Center, and Don Abel Building Supply.

Disappointed black lab gets bupkis on Father's Day
Dear Rex,

Photo: Juneau Seafood Community donates to Foodbank
From left, Southeast Alaska Foodbank manager Darren Adams and Foodbank board member Laraine Derr accept a $2,000 donation on behalf of the Juneau Seafood Community from Stephanie Madsen, executive director of At-sea Processors Association, and Jim Becker, halibut fisherman and past chamber president. The donation was from proceeds of the Southeast Alaska Seafood Trade show held in Juneau, in conjunction with the 2004 International Pacific Halibut Commission's annual meeting. Another trade show will be planned when a large fisheries meeting is held in Juneau. The trade show was supported bylocal fishermen, processors, the Juneau Chamber of Commerce and the Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Consortium, UAS Sitka offer wellness training
SITKA - Most people know they need to eat healthier food and get more physical activity each day, but they don't know where to start. A Community Wellness Advocate (CWA) can help people make these healthy lifestyle changes.

Author restores human side to world leaders
"Gandhi & Churchill: The Epic Rivalry That Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age" (Bantam Books. 609 pages. $30), by Arthur Herman: Every time the history of the 20th century has been written, the places of Sir Winston Churchill and Mohandas Gandhi are secure.

Gore Vidal releases new book of essays
At 82, Gore Vidal is America's most formidable man of letters.

The Douglas 4th of July Committee thanks all Douglas residents, organizations and businesses for flying our country's flag on Flag Day, June 14. A special thank you to residents who went further in decorating their buildings with flags and patriotic colored decorations. Please leave them up through July 4, Independence Day to help make a super holiday in Douglas.


Class of 1988 reunion invites former teachers to picnic
JUNEAU - The Class of 1988 is having a picnic at 11 a.m. on July 5 at Sandy Beach.

New weed, pest technician available
JUNEAU - Every summer the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service hires an integrated pest management technician as a resource for Juneau's local gardeners and community members. The IPM technician is available throughout the summer months to answer questions specifically involving ecologically sound control methods for insects and weeds.

JobX success
Tim Johnson, 22, who has completed 300 JobX hours with Alaska Auto Repair & Sales working as a diesel mechanic, said he found JobX through the annual Job Fair.

Perseverance Theatre presents season finale
JUNEAU - It's a great way to end Solstice Weekend - Perseverance Theatre's final production of the season, "Salmon-chanted Evening," from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday.

University appoints Wolk as MBA program director
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast's School of Management announced on June 11 that it appointed Rick Wolk as Masters of Business Administration program director. Wolk also will continue at UAS in his role as assistant professor of marketing and entrepreneurship.

Thanks for care I received at Bartlett
During a cruise last week, I became ill, which required a stop at the clinic in Skagway and med flight to Bartlett Regional Hospital. Being from the Boston area, I felt like the center of medicine resided here. The care I received at Bartlett from the staff, doctors and nurses could not have been better.

Thanks for your help when our storage cabin caught fire
On June 1, at our home at the end of Point Stephens trail (no road here), I woke to loud crackling and popping. Looking out the front door, I saw smoke and flames roaring from the cabin next door which we used as my office and library, extra living space and storage.

Karlosak, Landes wed
Andrea Karlosak and Will Irwin Landeson, a 2002 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, were married on May 10, 2008, in Phoenix.

Watson, Grau to wed
Susan Watson, of Juneau, and Christopher Grau, of Milford, Conn., will marry on June 27, 2008.

Gaines, Franzen to wed
Haley Franzen and Keaton Gaines, both of Juneau, will marry in an invitational-only ceremony at 3:30 p.m. June 21, 2008, at Centinneal Hall. A private reception will be held directly after the ceremony.

Photo: Flower power
Ginger Johnson poses near her Douglas garden during last year's Summer Solstice Garden Tour. This year's tour, a benefit for Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, will run 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Tours start at The Catherdral Parish Hall, on Fifth Street, downtown. The hall will also host the Mustard Seed Saturday Market that day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with household goods, art, baked goods and other items. For more information, call the church at 586-3532.

Prayer is a gift
I'm happy to report that I've been less scatterbrained lately. And it's a relief, because being scatterbrained is demanding. I felt like there was never enough time in the day to get things done. I felt unorganized and absentminded. Every day I had this feeling that I was forgetting something.

Pets of the week
Dog, cats seek homes

Fulton, Garrison top Sitka Sound race
SITKA - Sitka residents Lon Garrison and Tim Fulton were the first racers to cross the finish line in Saturday's second annual Sitka Sound Ocean Adventure Race, claiming the top time in the 13.5-mile short-course race in their double kayak.

Gerard Damerval
Juneau resident Gerard Damerval died June 16, 2008, in Juneau. He was 77.

Kathleen Maria Vilandre
Longtime Juneau resident Kathleen Maria Vilandre died June 17, 2008, after a year-long bought with cancer. She was 48.

Vivian Kibby
Douglas resident Vivian Kibby died at home on June 17, 2008. She was 73.

Alaska editorial: It's time to treat oil as a finite resource
The following editorial first appeared in the Alaska Journal of Commerce:

Outside column: McCain, who are you now?
N o one wants to be the first candidate to invoke Sept. 11. As a campaign tactic, 9/11 chest-thumping has become both predictable and tacky. So this week, John McCain's campaign hit on a creative solution: Invoke Sept. 10.

Emergency closure hits Deshka River
ANCHORAGE - The state is closing the Deshka River to king salmon fishing.

Tariff ruling could boost state oil revenue
JUNEAU - The state could be getting an oil revenue boost.

Lake resident records girls harassing swans
ANCHORAGE - A video posted on the Internet of two girls driving a personal watercraft through a family of trumpeter swans has gained the attention of wildlife authorities.

Coast Guard delivers pumps to leaky vessel
JUNEAU - A Coast Guard helicopter delivered two pumps to a fishing boat taking on water off Kodiak Island.

Assembly makes appointments
JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly made the following three-year appointments to city boards Wednesday:

Jury convicts man of armed robbery
ANCHORAGE - A federal jury has convicted an Anchorage man of armed bank robbery.

Photo: I got it!
Chatham Miller, left, and Curtis Stickler collide during a fielding drill Thursday during the Gastineau Channel Little League baseball camp at Miller Field. Former Juneau-Douglas High School coach Bill McCauley and Joe Tompkins are conducting the camp, which concludes today.

Ben Rose uses nine iron to make hole-in-one at Mendenhall Golf
Ben Rose uses nine iron to make hole-in-one at Mendenhall Golf

Sports in Juneau

Shell Oil Co. one step closer to drilling in Arctic
ANCHORAGE - A permit issued by the Environmental Protection Agency puts Shell Oil Co. one step closer to drilling in the Arctic this year, agency officials said Thursday.

State works to prop pensions with bonds
Alaska is moving ahead with selling billions of dollars in bonds to prop up the state's underfunded public pensions system, after approval of the plan recently by the Legislature and governor.

Lost hikers rationed food while awaiting rescue
DENALI NATIONAL PARK - Two young backpackers rationed peanut butter sandwiches and granola bars, growing hungrier as they wandered for six days in the dense vegetation of Denali National Park, they said Thursday.

State cuts lease costs at rural airports
ANCHORAGE - The state has withdrawn increases it made to real estate leases at rural airports.

Fairbanks man missing off Australia coast
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man is the subject of an ocean search by Australian authorities off the coast of central New South Wales.

State, Seward agree on prison expansion
ANCHORAGE - The city of Seward and the state have agreed on a plan to expand Seward's prison, adding a medium security wing to the maximum security facility.

Alaska Zoo gets two tigers
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Zoo on Thursday welcomed two new Amur tigers.

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