Monday, June 22, 2009

Crosswalk needed by Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart is in a school and residential area, plus it's near city bus stops. The city moved the stoplights when they worked on the road nearby, but didn't think about the pedestrians who used the crosswalk that was by Wal-Mart.

Senior athlete thanks Juneau
At age 91, health issues and lack of access to ranked players in my age group have unfortunately brought an end to my days of playing competitive tennis. Tennis has been a wonderful sport for me throughout the years and I value all the friendships I have made and the experiences I have had.

Hands-in experience
Middle schoolers Lynzey Culver and Chelsea Brown emerged from the waters of Bridget Cove with more than a dozen different marine species in their seine. There was a buzz of excitement amidst the buzzing of nearby horseflies, as fellow students waiting at the shore excitedly transferred the sea life into buckets for closer examination.

Don't feed the bears!
When U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito visited in May, he was lucky enough to see a black bear up a tree in the parking lot at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Sifting through a slice of Southeast's history
A dozen Hoonah teens got a feel for their own Alaska Native history recently when they helped local U.S. Forest Service archaeologists catalog a motherlode of artifacts that have been sitting in boxes for 45 years.

Drug tests deflect peer pressure at Southeast schools
If drug testing at school districts around the region is succeeding in doing one thing, it's giving kids a reason to say no to drugs.

Alaska USA to snap up troubled High Desert Federal credit union
Everybody wants to diversify, but why would Alaska's biggest credit union buy a tanking Southern California credit union?

Photo: Hate sign
A red swastika is painted in the roadway at Montana Creek Road and Ninnis Drive.Numerous swastikas have been painted in the area on signs, poles and four vehicles sometime during the weekend, according to the Juneau Police Department. Police estimate damage to be in the thousands. Anyone with information should call the Juneau Police Department at 586-0600 or the Juneau Crime Line at 586-4243.

Jobless rate climbing in Juneau, around the state
Alaska's unemployment rate rose in May to 8.4 percent, up from 7.9 percent the previous month, according to the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The numbers are seasonally adjusted.

Photo: Blazing a path
Peter Cross, trailblazer and builder for the U.S. Forest Service, constructs a walking path to Nugget Falls around the base of a rock slide on Friday. With the lake rising from meltwater, tourists have been climbing over the slide area to get to the falls.

Photo: Montana Creek cleanup
Alex Netling, 15, of the Thunder Mountain High School football team tosses another bag of garbage on the pile after a cleanup of the Montana Creek trail on Saturday. Litter Free Inc. and the Juneau Watershed Partnership sponsored the event with help from the football players.

Around Town
Today, June 22

Photo: Triple flute aficionado
Rudy M. Istuis Jr. plays Native American songs on a triple flute during this week's Concert in the Park Friday. Due to rain, the concert, which is usually held at Marine Park, was moved to the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. The next concert will be Friday, June 26, starting at 7pm.

Around Town
Today, June 21

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

Juneaus reunite
Fittingly enough, descendants of both our city's namesake and of the forefather of all North American Juneaus chose Alaska's capital city as the site for its seventh international reunion.

Recognitions
Capt. Todd R. Perkins, son of Tom Perkins and Billie Wilson, of Juneau, is retiring after serving 20 years in the U.S. Air Force.

Senior menu for the week of June 22-26
Monday, June 22

Alone with perfect salmon spread
A few weeks ago I decided to try and perfect a recipe for salmon spread, which is never a good idea when you're home alone. The next day I had to hike up Eaglecrest just to burn off the taste-testing calories. Three weeks, many hikes and three batches later, I held a recipe in my hand that met all of my greatest salmon spread hopes and dreams.

Sweating in the sun
The weather has been freaking me out. I sweat from the sun, but then I sweat some more when I pull up the weather calendar online and see all those suns looking back at me, marching in a row across our days.

Thanks, postal workers, for doing the Stamp Out Hunger drive
Helping Hands would like to thank all the postal workers who not only delivered the mail on May 9, but who also picked up nonperishable foods for the Stamp Out Hunger food drive. We would like to thank Mark Piotrowski, who organized this big event again this year.

Thanks for contributing to the Bridge Adult Day Program of CCS
The participants, families and staff of the Bridge Adult Day Program of Catholic Community Service would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the following individuals and organizations for their recent contributions to our program:

Thanks for sponsoring Angoon's annual King Salmon Derby
Admiralty Research and Development and co-host Angoon Trading would like thank this year's sponsors who have made Angoon's fourth annual King Salmon Derby a success.

Wells Fargo honors Vilandre with memorial gift to United Way
JUNEAU - Kathy Vilandre served on the United Way of Southeast Alaska board of directors from 2004 to 2008, when she unfortunately succumbed to cancer.

Juneau resident shares honey-curried chicken recipe
Do you like sharing recipes? Do you like trying new recipes? Are you looking for a lost or forgotten recipe? Ask Auntie Emo is where it all happens.

Pets of the week
Cautious kitty, playful feline seek loving homes

Wells Fargo honors Vilandre with memorial gift to United Way
JUNEAU - Kathy Vilandre served on the United Way of Southeast Alaska board of directors from 2004 to 2008, when she unfortunately succumbed to cancer.

KTOO, high school puts students on air
A partnership between KTOO and the local high schools gives students a chance to broadcast a prerecorded story on KTOO's morning edition.

The Canvas to host Robot Day, Umbrella Workshop, Ken Waldman
JUNEAU - The Canvas community art studio is hosting Family Robot Day from 10 a.m. to noon today with Noelle Dersé and MK MacNaughton leading. Celebrate Father's Day by creating your own robot, or family of robots. This free family event is inspired by brothers, Will, 4, and Eero, 2, who will be on hand to offer inspiration. The Canvas welcomes donations of creative robot materials. Drop materials off in advance or join them today.

Class of 1999 to hold 10-year reunion July 2 at Centennial Hall
JUNEAU - Juneau-Douglas High School Class of 1999 will hold its 10-year reunion at 6 p.m. July 2 at Centennial Hall, Sheffield Ballroom 3.

Junior theater to participate in Fourth of July parade
JUNEAU - Don your poodle skirt and leather jacket, because in honor of the 50th anniversary members of Northern Lights Junior Theatre will dress in their '50s best and dance to '50s music in the upcoming Fourth of July parade, marking Alaska's 50th anniversary of statehood.

JDHS Class of 1989 to hold 20-year reunion starting July 2
JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas High School Class of 1989 would like to invite its former teachers to its 20-year reunion welcome reception, from 7 to 10 p.m. July 2 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, as well as the family picnic from 3 to 7 p.m. July 5 at Sandy Beach.

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

Cooperative Weed Management Area to host weed pull
JUNEAU - The Juneau Cooperative Weed Management Area will sponsor an invasive weed pull at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 27, at the Jensen-Olson Arboretum. Invasive weeds to be pulled include orange hawkweed, dame's rocket and bishop's weed. A tour of the arboretum will follow at 11:30 a.m.

Skagway Senior Center offers senior services
YAKUTAT - During the summer, persons age 60 and older are invited to enjoy hot lunches at the Skagway Senior Center at noon every Friday. The Skagway Senior Center operates out of the Presbyterian Church located at 475 Main St. Thanks to the city of Skagway, the Presbyterian Church, the Elks Club and the state of Alaska, senior services are available year-round, with more meals available during the winter months.

Consortium offers new ultrasound service on Prince of Wales
KLAWOCK - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock will begin offering ultrasound imaging clinics for Prince of Wales Island patients. There will be an open house at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1, with a brief presentation and ultrasound demonstration to introduce the service. Lunch will be served.

Beryl Johnson: Growing up in Skagway
"We did what kids do," said Beryl Johnson, 89, describing her life growing up in Skagway. So what did kids do without Facebook, TV, cell phones, Internet, movies, video games and Twitter?

FYI
Births

Sarkesian, Kuterbach wed
Brittany Jean Sarkesian and John William Kuterbach, both of Juneau, were married May 23, 2009, at the Shrine of St. Therese in Juneau. A reception followed at the Buoy Deck.

Girolamo, Pennoyer wed
Steven T. Pennoyer and Marissa Girolamo, both of Juneau, were married May 30, 2009, in Beloit, Ill. There will be a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at the Salvation Army Church, 439 West Willoughby Ave. All friends and family are welcome.

Gates, Heard to wed
Stephanie Heard, of Juneau, and Steven Gates, of Colville, Wash., will marry on June 27, 2009, at Glacier Gardens in Juneau, with a reception to follow at DIPAC Salmon Hatchery.

Eberhardts celebrate 50 years
Maureen and Bill Eberhardt will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on July 5, 2009, with a reception at St. Ann's Parish Hall beginning at 4 p.m., followed by a potluck dinner at 5 p.m. All friends are invited to join the family in this celebration.

Walkers celebrate 40 years
Rose and Rudy Walker Sr. will celebrate their 40th wedding annivesary on June 19, 2009. They left Thursday to spend their special day with their sons, Rudy Jr. and Brian Walker, in the Seattle area. Rose's siblings and the James family wish them a happy anniversary.

Alaska editorial: Palin should decide to run Alaska or run for national office
If it wasn't noticeable before, it is now painfully obvious: Alaska is no longer big enough for Sarah Palin.

Outside editorial: Iran, revealed
In its own obtuse and menacing way, Friday's speech by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, was actually useful. Khamenei made it plain that he and the vast security establishment he heads have no intention of permitting anyone but his own favorite, incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to become president. He issued a threat to the multitudes who have bravely and peacefully denounced alleged electoral fraud: "If there is any bloodshed, leaders of the protests will be held directly responsible." And he rehearsed tired conspiracy theories, blaming the historic unrest on "dirty Zionists," the United States and Britain. In so doing, Khamenei clarified the true nature of his regime and the true nature of the challenge it poses to the United States and the world.

Barack, we hardly know ye
Who stole our change? Who hijacked a popular uprising that was going to put a stop to business as usual in Washington? What happened to Barack Obama on his way to the White House?

An apology, at last, but with an escape clause
What if Congress apologized for slavery and nobody cared?

Outside column: Grand ol' bigots
The modern GOP was created in 1965 with a stroke of Lyndon Johnson's pen.

People with disabilities celebrate a decade of freedom
Today marks the 10th anniversary of a landmark ruling for people with disabilities.

Toe toon

Who will suit up for the GOP in 2012?
In the wake of the revelation of Sen. John Ensign's extramarital affair, The Post asked politicians, former officials and others to take stock of the GOP field for 2012.

Juneau police search for car thief
JUNEAU - A 20-year-old man recently wanted in connection to a string of burglaries may be responsible for a car theft Saturday, according to police.

Prospects narrow for gay-rights ordinance
ANCHORAGE - The prospect of a gay rights ordinance passing in Anchorage under a supportive city administration is dimming.

State: Boil water from North Pole utility prior to use
FAIRBANKS - The state is recommending that customers of a North Pole utility boil their water before drinking it or cooking with it.

Police release name of officer involved in youth's shooting
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have released the name of the officer who fired at a teenager aiming a BB gun with a scope.

Neighborhood tackles trash, graffiti
ANCHORAGE - A neighborhood in east Anchorage is striking back at its graffiti, trash and road problems.

Quake strikes Bering Strait region
ANCHORAGE - Monitors reported a light earthquake Saturday in Alaska's Bering Strait region.

Bicyclist dies after being hit by semi
ANCHORAGE - A 22-year-old bicyclist has died after being struck by a semi in Seward.

Strip-club owner charged in drug case
ANCHORAGE - The 65-year-old owner of an Anchorage strip club is charged with felony distribution of cocaine.

Man may withdraw plea in vehicular manslaughter case
FAIRBANKS - A 65-year-old Fairbanks man convicted of vehicular manslaughter and serving a 20-year-sentence might withdraw his guilty plea.

Woman hiker dies on Kenai Peninsula trail
MOOSE PASS - A 25-year-old Girdwood woman died while on a hiking trip on a Kenai Peninsula trail.

Elderly traffic victim dies in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say an 81-year-old woman whose car was hit by another vehicle has died of her injuries.

Police release name of officer in shooting
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have released the name of the officer who fired at a teenager aiming a BB gun with a scope.

Pipeline shuts down for maintenance
ANCHORAGE - The 800-mile trans-Alaska oil pipeline is being shut down this weekend for maintenance.

Judge delays sentencing for former Rep. Masek
ANCHORAGE - The sentencing of former state Rep. Beverly Masek has been delayed until September.

Search launched for 2 aboard disabled skiff in Aleutians
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard has launched a search for two men on board a disabled 15-foot skiff in Alaska's remote western Aleutian Islands.

Man may withdraw plea in manslaughter case
FAIRBANKS - A 65-year-old Fairbanks man convicted of vehicular manslaughter and serving a 20-year-sentence might withdraw his guilty plea.

Fairbanks woman dies from fire injuries
FAIRBANKS - A 76-year-old Fairbanks woman who was seriously burned in a house fire has died of her injuries.

Brotherhood Bridge closures begin today
JUNEAU - The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will temporarily close Glacier Highway's southbound lane nightly beginning today as it conducts exploratory drilling.

Indoor football team planned for Mat-Su
ANCHORAGE - Another indoor professional football team may be in Alaska by next year.

Judge delays sentencing for former Rep. Masek
ANCHORAGE - The sentencing of former state Rep. Beverly Masek has been delayed until September.

Sports in Juneau

Former Lt. Gov. H.A. 'Red' Boucher dies at 88
ANCHORAGE - H.A. "Red" Boucher, Alaska's first elected lieutenant governor, died Friday. He was 88.

Palin spars with critics over validity of ethics complaints
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says her political enemies are abusing state law with a flurry of frivolous ethics complaints against her, putting her more than $500,000 in legal debt.

Alaska retirement board plans market strategy
The Alaska Retirement Management Board's portfolio will shift slightly in the upcoming fiscal year, unlike the allocation makeover that Alaska Permanent Fund managers recently adopted.

Lawmaker plans bill on ethics complaints
ANCHORAGE - State Rep. Bob Lynn said he plans to introduce a bill to prevent ethics complaints against the governor or her staff from being publicly discussed unless they are found to have merit.

BLM files land transfer notice
ANCHORAGE - The federal Bureau of Land Management has filed public notice to convey more than 554,000 acres to a handful of Alaska village and regional Native corporations.

Teen charged in fatal accidental shooting
ANCHORAGE - A 16-year-old Anchorage boy who accidentally fired a shot that killed a friend has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter.

Of moose and men
KENAI - By now, many have spotted newly born moose calves, whether they're wandering through the backyard, ambling along jogging routes or crossing the road. Those who haven't likely will by the end of the calving season.

Prospects narrowing for gay rights ordinance
ANCHORAGE - The prospect of a gay rights ordinance passing in Anchorage under a supportive city administration is dimming.

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