Saturday, June 28, 2008

3 reasons Obama could win in Alaska
A recent Rasmussen telephone survey of Alaska put John McCain just a scant four points ahead of Barack Obama. Other surveys have had similar results with McCain unable to create a significant lead. Why is Alaska, a state which George Bush won by 30 points in 2004, competitive this election season?

Despite lower prices, Juneau still conserving power
Juneau electricity users as a whole have continued to conserve, according to numbers furnished by the utility.

A disappointing ruling
A Cordova fisherman's daughter in Juneau heard Wednesday morning about the Supreme Court's ruling on the damages and immediately called her dad.

Unconscious woman sexually assaulted
A Juneau man was arrested Thursday after a police officer said he found him "having sexual contact" with a woman who was unconscious on Willoughby Avenue.

Around Town
Today

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

Sealaska looks to educate future leaders
High school students from communities throughout Alaska have converged in Juneau to participate in the Lasteen Leadership Training Program, which blends the study of western subjects such as math and science with the study of traditional Native ways.

Photo: Echo Ranch crud war
Kids at Echo Ranch Bible Camp participate in the "Crud War" on the morning of June 20 on the beach at Echo Ranch. They are throwing a concoction of flower, shaving cream, apple sauce and mashed potatoes. "People need to experience Echo Ranch for themselves to really understand it," Echo Ranch Bible Camp staff member Jon-Michael Gwinnell said in response to the Rev. Bill Branks' thank-you letter. "I am glad Bill had a positive experience that he felt he needed to share with the people of Juneau."

Committee aims to fight teen homelessness
Can teenagers help fight teen homelessness in Juneau? This is the question that a group of students from Juneau-Douglas High School are taking on. The Youth Action Committee is issuing grants to Juneau charities that the students themselves deem best suited to tackle this problem.

Community to combat invasive weeds at arboretum
Juneau Invasive Plants Action and city Parks and Recreation will host a tour of the Jensen-Olson Arboretum, followed by a community weed pull from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Photo: Photography scholarships
Jayleen Beedle, right, one of two recipients of the Peter Barrett Award for Photography, photographs Juneau Arts and Humanities Council executive director Nancy DeCherney, center, receiving a grant award from Juneau Community Foundation board member Bob Storer, left, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. The second Award recipient, Laurel Stark, is not pictured. More information about the Peter Barrett Memorial Fund and the Juneau Community Foundation can be found at www.juneaucf.org.

Blooms show signs of satisfaction
Every street in every neighborhood has flowers blooming this week. The annual garden party is in full swing, and all our neighbors are there in their finest. The huge rhododendrons that anchor our summer landscapes are in full color right now, giant faces of lavender, pink and bright red are smiling from atop their giant green shoulders. They look out over the landscape and find it just to their taste. They all look very satisfied.

Photo: Federal employees recognized
From left are Juneau Federal Employee Association award winners Connie McKenzie, a JFEA judge and specialassistant to Sen. Lisa Murkowski's office; Denny Bschor, JFEA vice president; Kim Custer, of the National WeatherService; Michael Goldstein, of the Forest Service; andTamara Bledsoe, of the Fisheries Service posing at the JFEA luncheon on May 28. It recognized local federal employees for outstanding work in volunteer service,administrative support, team project and top federalemployee of the year for accomplishments in 2007.Winners not pictured are Noreen K. Folkerts, of the U.S. Coast Guard, who won the Outstanding AdministrativeSupport Award. For more information or to read about the specific awards won, visit www.fs.fed.us/r10/jfea/index.html.

FYI
Births

U.S. Public Health Service honors local consortium's Lang
JUNEAU - The U.S. Public Health Service recently honored Sara Lang, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium nursing administrator at the Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau.

Local churches sponsor citywide worship, prayer service Sunday
JUNEAU - Local churches are coordinating a citywide worship and prayer service, "Up the Mountain," to be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 29, at the Salvation Army Church, 439 West Willoughby Ave.

JEDC offers robotics workshops for all experience levels
JUNEAU - Next week, the Juneau Economic Development Council will host three Lego Robotics Workshops for kids and adults in Juneau. The workshops are part of JEDC's Springboard program, a technology transfer program funded by the Department of Defense that recognizes the need for improved science, technology, engineering and math education throughout the nation.

Fine arts camps stress fun
A diverse multitude of budding artists in Juneau - and Sitka - have dedicated the first part of their summer to attending fine arts camps, and they will finally get to show off their original, creative and fun work this week.

Widowed Persons Program to hold monthly brunch
JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons Program wiill hold its monthly brunch at noon Sunday in the Nugget Room of the Baranof Hotel.

Thanks for teaming up to save us from fire
Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies Inc. wants to offer our deep and heartfelt gratitude to Bruce Hahnlen and to Capital City Fire and Rescue for teaming up to save AWARE from severe fire damage on June 18. If it weren't for the quick response and decisive action that Hahnlen took, the front of AWARE and maybe more could have been destroyed by rampant fire, leaving a more dangerous job for the Fire Department to tackle.

Thank you from the family of Susan George
The family of Susan George (Ritter/Markovich) would like to thank family, friends and co-workers as well as the following businesses and nonprofits of Juneau for the donation of items and food for the fundraiser held in her time of need fighting Cancer: Ad Lib, Alaska General Store, Alaska Art Gallery, Alaska Hearth Products, Alaska Soap Co., Alaska Travel Adventures, Alaskan Dames, Annie Kaill's, Art Department, Bear's Lair, Best Western/Grandma's Feather Bed, Ben Franklin, Cancer Connection, Carhart, Catholic Community Services, Chilly Willy's Car Wash, CHOCO Boutique, Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Claire's, Costal Helicopters, Commercial Signs and Printing, Costco, Custom Cuts, Curves, Dolphin Tours, Domino's Pizza, Downtown Video, Driftwood Lodge, Fire and Ice, Fitness Essentials, Fireweed Chiropractic and Massage, Foggy Mountain Shop, Gallery of the North, Glacier Gardens Nursery, Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventures, Glacier Taxi & Tours, Harry's Plumbing & Heating, Harv & Marv's Whale Watching, His-n-Hers Salon, Holly's Hallmark, J&J Deli-Mart, Jerry's Meats and Seafoods, The Jewel Box, Joy of Cleanliness, Juneau Alaska Music Studio, Juneau Rubber Stamp Co., Lisa Davidson's Boutique, Mishka, Mount Roberts Tramway, Nail Jazz, Night Moods, Northland Services, Northern Hot Spots, Nugget Alaskan Outfitter, Orca Whale Watching, Parts Plus, Papa Murphy's, Pavitt Heath and Fitness, Paradise Café, Plum Tree, Rainy Day Books, Ravens Journey, Rejuvenation, Sandpiper Café, Shear Design, Sonie's Cleaning Services, Sourdough Gem Society, Stylez Unlimited Salon & Spa, SunKissed, Taku Harley-Davidson, The Breakwater Inn & Restaurant, Valley Lumber, Vintage Fare Café & Espresso and Wal-Mart.

Thanks for your help during our move
I would like to thank Andrew Campbell and Admiralty Construction for going out of their way to assist us by facilitating access to Third and Harris streets during our move. This was a life-saver as we had to move our belongings up and down Third Street, which is a very steep climb. The engineering department told us that our street is the steepest in Juneau.

Thanks to Echo Ranch, the 'Jewel of Juneau'
I am a Pastor from Chicago. I recently had the immense privilege of being the chapel speaker at Echo Ranch Bible Camp in Auke Bay. As a visitor from the Lower 48 and a "city boy" born and raised, I want you to know that Echo Ranch is a "jewel of Juneau."

Kantola, Jones wed
Kaatri Lynne Kantola, of Juneau, and Mark Eugene Jones, of Salt Lake City, were married on April 26, 2008, at Empire Mine State Park in Grass Valley, Calif. A reception followed that evening at the Stone House Restaurant in Nevada City, Calif.

Wigton, Campbell wed
Megan L. Campbell, of Juneau, and Matthew C. Wigton, of Worthington, Ohio, will marry at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 17, 2008, at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass. A reception will follow at the Hellenic Center in Ipswich, Mass.

DeAsis, Bernard wed
Michelle Leigh DeAsis, formerly of Juneau, and Mark Bryan Bernard, formerly of Soda Springs, Calif., were married May 3, 2008, near the Redwoods in Crescent City, Calif. The couple's marriage vows was officiated by the groom's grandfather, Dale Verner, in a garden ceremony attended by a few close friends and family, with a festive reception following.

Baines, Healey wed
Kari Baines, of Sitka, and Michael Healey, of Juneau, were married in a private ceremony on Jan. 19, 2008, in Anchorage. Friends and family are invited to a reception at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 29, at the Juneau Christian Center Connections Modular.

Razor, Larson wed
Alexandra "Lexie" Larson, of Juneau, and Phillip T. Razor, of Long Island, N.Y., were married on March 30, 2008, at Castle McCulloch in Jamestown, N.C. A dinner reception followed in the Queen's Chambers at the Castle.

Echo Ranch for the 21st century
Please answer the following questions. Do you have a cell phone? Do you browse the Internet more than once a day? What would happen if you weren't able to watch TV? Do you listen to some sort of portable music device?

All is well that ends well
My journal entry reads: "July 23-August 4. Thirteen days from diagnosis to death. Too short? Too long? Just right?"

My turn: Road story compared apples, oranges
T he article by Pat Forgey concerning the Environmental Impact Statement for the road shows how a reporter's bias can tip the scales.

Alaska editorial: Driving plus any other activity, just a bad idea
There shouldn't have to be a law that bans drivers from watching videos or sending text messages while they're going down the road. Common sense should be enough to say, "It's not a good idea to drive and -----." (Fill in the blank with your favorite multitasking activity while behind the wheel.)

Outside column: College tuition, liberal ideology show no sign of slowing down
The cost of running the family car is all over the news these days, and rightly so. But what about the cost of a college experience for Melissa and John?

Outside editorial: Court makes right decision
In concluding that capital punishment can be imposed constitutionally only for the crime of deliberate murder, the Supreme Court wisely has prevented a further expansion of a penalty that is already imposed freakishly and in a discriminatory way. The country, and the court, should be focusing on ending the death penalty, not devising new opportunities to render it.

Weed awareness effort launched
JUNEAU - Juneau is celebrating Alaska Weed Awareness Week with a vengeance.

Cancer patients get virtual zoo tour
ANCHORAGE - Young cancer patients in Texas are getting personal tours of the Alaska Zoo, without having to leave their state.

Personal-use crab fishery closed
JUNEAU - The personal-use red and blue king crab fishery in the Juneau area won't open this summer.

Wildfire in Interior village beaten back
ANCHORAGE - A wildfire burning near the Interior village of Venetie this week is now smoldering, but still considered uncontrolled.

Colorado man climbs Maine mountain in 50-peak quest
BANGOR, Maine - A Colorado teacher climbed Mount Katahdin in his quest to reach the highest points in all 50 states in 50 days.

Marijuana seizure leads to warrants
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers arrested at least two people on marijuana charges in three communities.

Five suspected of vandalizing housing
NOORVIK - At least five people are suspected of breaking into teacher housing in Noorvik and using the dwellings as a party house, Alaska State Troopers said.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Glacier bear shot in Skagway
Skagway residents are mourning the loss of a "spirit bear" that enthralled them since it was a cub.

Fishermen ask for fuel help
Alaska's U.S. senators introduced a bill Thursday that would help commercial fishermen cope with record-high fuel costs.

Regulations to be revised
The state is revising regulations to help fishermen convert old gas-guzzling diesel boat engines to more efficient ones.

NHL draft off teen's list after routine exam
FARIBAULT, Minn. - A Shattuck-St. Mary's senior missed his high school graduation three weeks ago so he could attend the NHL Combine in Toronto.

Pollution leaching from Tongass road
ANCHORAGE - Pollutants from a new road in the Tongass National Forest are leaching into streams that drain into a popular lake, harming fish and other aquatic life, federal officials said Wednesday.

Soldiers'memorial dedicated
FAIRBANKS - A new memorial for soldiers killed in Iraq was dedicated on Wednesday at Fort Wainwright.

Photo: 'I'll have what he's having'
Tucker the dog, foreground, watches a bear with a McDonald's bag in its mouth wandering in a yard off Deermount Street on Sunday morning in Ketchikan. The bear had raided a neighbor's garbage can.

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