Monday, June 21, 2010

Not enough value-for-value in Sealaska land transfer
The Sealaska land transfer sponsored by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is far from a value-for-value deal. Sealaska simply wants to make new, lucrative timber selections outside of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act's set-aside areas.

Public education needs funds, not fixes
Most people I know in Alaska believe in opportunity and enterprise, however many worry that an educational system damaged by negligence will put these core Alaskan values in jeopardy. We need to refocus on the true foundation of our Alaskan prosperity: a uniquely diverse, creative and hardworking population.

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

Photo: A beautiful morning on Mt. Jumbo
Mt. Juneau and Mt. Roberts are a backdrop for the city of Juneau shown through a field of Lupine wildflowers on Mt. Jumbo Sunday morning.

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

Photo: Riding in style
Layla Hughes pulls Elias Schane, 2, and Luke Gnadt, 4, in a Radio Flyer along a Juneau side street Sunday. Hughes was watching the two as a Father's Day gift for their dads, who spent the day rock climbing. "We went for icecream," Hughes said.

Mission accomplished

Photo: New best friend
Chelsie Harris carries ChouChou, a Havanese puppy, for a sight seeing trip along the Marine Park docks on Sunday. Havanese are a breed of dog of the Bichon type and orginated in the Western Mediterranean. They are playful and great with children and other animals. They are known to "hop" when running.

AMHS receives Coast Guard awards
JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Highway System was honored recently during an award ceremony in the nation's capital for its 2009 participation in the U.S. Coast Guard's Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

VA pledges to improve care for rural veterans
JUNEAU - The Veterans Administration made a verbal commitment during a hearing with the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee last week to improve care for rural veterans. The pledge came during a meeting chaired by Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, in which the VA said it will work with Indian Health Services over the next several months.

Photo: Maintenance keep-up
Brady O'Keefe and Donovan Bell wash a Wings Airways DeHavilland Otter float plane at the waterfront Sunday before tourists load for a flight to the Taku Glacier Lodge.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

In their element

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.

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.

FYI
Births

Pets of the week
Georgia: LFF seeking CHS

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.

The art of camp
Photos by Libby Sterling

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Oil companies must be held responsible legally, financially
The tragic Gulf of Mexico oil spill should serve as a wake-up call for stronger oversight to prevent another such massive spill and a comprehensive national energy policy that must include more domestic oil and gas production. That's the message I'm delivering to the Obama administration and my fellow senators, and trying to implement legislation aimed at making sure new oil and gas development is done right.

ANCSA remains another unfulfilled promise
I remember hearing the following phrase repeated by my father, Mark Jacobs Jr., numerous times: "When a white man fights for his land he is called a patriot. When an Indian fights for his land he is called a savage."

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

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."

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

Attack of the killer pumpkins
In the interest of teaching our children the pointlessness of hobbies, my wife and I recently decided to start our very own vegetable garden.

Toetoon

Nebraska town votes on immigration measure
FREMONT, Neb. - Angered by a recent influx of Hispanic workers attracted by jobs at local meatpacking plants, voters in the eastern Nebraska city of Fremont will decide Monday whether to ban hiring or renting property to illegal immigrants.

SeaLife Center sea lion, pup die
ANCHORAGE - A pregnant sea lion and her unborn pup have died at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward.

Pilot killed in helicopter crash
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard says a 48-year-old helicopter pilot was killed in a crash on Alaska's Unalaska Island.

NY vacuum salesmen charged with misdemeanor
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Two vacuum salesmen didn't exactly close the deal at a recent home demonstration in central New York. State police charged the Syracuse men with a misdemeanor after a $1,300 Sealy latex foam mattress was damaged. Trooper Andy Davis said the damage occurred during a demonstration Monday at a home in Richfield Springs. Davis wouldn't elaborate on what was done to the mattress.

Alaska earthquake widely felt
ANCHORAGE - Seismologists say an earthquake in Alaska's Prince William Sound was felt over a wide area.

Second wildfire forces more evacuations in Ariz.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Fire officials say a second wildfire is forcing evacuations in neighborhoods north of Flagstaff, Ariz.

Burglars target Houston cabins
ANCHORAGE - Police in Houston are hoping a $1,000 reward will help them nab burglars who have targeted 14 cabins in the past two months.

Parnell signs bills addressing problem drinking
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's governor has signed a suite of bills aimed at cracking down on problem drinking.

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.

Michels withdraws from Lt. Gov.'s race
JUNEAU - Nome Mayor Denise Michels is withdrawing from the race for Alaska's lieutenant governor.

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

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.

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.

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.

$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.

State designates new scenic byway on POW
JUNEAU - The Prince of Wales Island Road System has been designated a state scenic byway, the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities announced last week.

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.

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.

The highs and lows of the World Cup

Shell vows to keep office, Alaska staff
ANCHORAGE - Beset by another delay in its planned exploration, Shell officials say the company intends to keep its Alaska offices open and its staff of about 70 intact and working toward a 2011 drilling program.

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

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 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.

Former Fairbanks party house a haven for recovering addicts
FAIRBANKS - The rustic cedar house near downtown Fairbanks with a picket fence, garden and delicate hand-carved doors wasn't always endearing. For years, it was a party house with filthy floors and mattresses, a putrefied toilet and late-night gatherings with a dozen cars stopping by each night.

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.

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.

Susitna builder looking to bid on ferry
Alaska Ship and Drydock, the shipyard that is constructing the experimental M/V Susitna ferry for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, also is interested in bidding on the construction of the new Alaska-class ferry design, supposing the design is considered economically feasible by the state.

Collars aid in study of Kodiak's bear population
KODIAK - Kodiak bears recently received some fancy collars.

Ketchikan woman tracks down father
KETCHIKAN - Shauna Lee stresses that her dad, Gus Peterson, is a phenomenal father, and he's been there for her since she was 16 years old, when he and her mother, Candy Peterson, married.

Companies make case for more time to ship LNG
ANCHORAGE - The owners of the liquefied natural gas facility in Nikiski have formally asked the U.S. Department of Energy for more time to ship Alaska LNG to markets overseas.

Kenai cabin could earn spot in National Registry
KENAI - The Oskolkoff Cabin has been nestled between the St. Nicholas Memorial and residential buildings for nearly a century. Today, Kenai knows it as Veronica's Cafe. Doug Darien, who lived in the cabin during the '40s, said that structurally it has barely changed.

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