Monday, June 29, 2009

Kensington ruling upheld Bush-era manipulation
Your Coeur/Kensington editorial in Sunday's paper misses the environmentalist viewpoint entirely, since it lacks any fundamental understanding of what has really happened in the Coeur Alaska and Kensington Gold Mine decision.

Happy as a clam digger
It is a pity that the clams are more likely to be poisonous to humans in the summer, because - as anyone who has spent much time with toddlers knows - digging for treasure in the ground is a deep and primal joy.

Alaska disclosure laws get good marks
Alaska has some of the best legislative ethics laws in the nation, according to a new report on financial disclosure from the Center for Public Integrity, a non-profit watchdog group.

Graham re-indicted on drug charge
A grand jury Friday re-indicted a 27-year-old Juneau man on a charge related to an undercover drug deal in March - a deal from which two felony charges against him have already been dismissed.

Police investigate man's death in Gold Creek
The Juneau Police Department is investigating the death of a 20-year-old man who fell from a downtown foot bridge into a creek below and died.

Commercial salmon fishery could be looking up
KETCHIKAN - While the fate of the commercial salmon fishery in Southeast remains undecided this season, there are some promising signs.

Low-tide babies could flourish in Southeast
Tom Henderson has a lot more babies to take care of this year, what with the 4 million oyster spat he's raising. But at least he now has a couple people to help with the child care.

Photos: Fools' footrace
Participants at the starting line head off into the night for either a 5k run or a one-mile walk beginning and ending at Centennial Hall.

Photos: Going for the gold
Andy Vaughn sets the drill in the correct position on the concrete block as he competes in the Mens Team Drilling competition with partner Micheal Martin Saturday at the Gold Rush Days held at Savikko Park in Douglas.

Photo: Log dance
Ralph "Animal" Austin, right, hangs on longer than Chris Mills during the log rolling competition held Sunday as part of Gold Rush Days at Savikko Park.

Sealaska shareholders re-elect 4 board members, add 1 new
JUNEAU - Sealaska shareholders have criticized its board members for sticking around too long, but on Saturday they voted against limiting terms for its leadership and opted to keep four of its board members in power.

Photo: Belly up
Rahil dances with a cane Friday to a routine called the Ada El Helwaiyah with the belly dance group "Daughters of the New Moon" during the Juneau Arts and Humanities Concert in the Park. The next weekly concert will be Friday July 3rd at 7 p.m. at Marine Park with new performers.

Photo: World travelers
Holger Gockel (left) and Anja Metzger of Mudersbach, Germany, drive away from Fred Meyer in Juneau Friday after stocking up on supplies for their long journey. The two started a round-the-world trip for fun on their BMW GS650 Dakar motorcycles on July 8, 2007, and have been to ten cities in Alaska so far, and dozens of others overseas and inCanada. According to Gockel they will keep going until the money runs out - which they expect will be sometime between 2010-2011. They say one of the most noticeable differences in the United States is the huge food portion sizes at restaurants.

Photo: Changing hands
Departing commanding officer of the United States Coast Guard Cutter "Liberty," Lieutenant Jon M. Kreischer, right, shakes the hand of the incoming commander, Lieutenant Brian J. Tesson, during a change of command ceremony Friday at USCG station Juneau. Kreischer is headed to Washington D.C. as a Coast Guard liaison officer to the Department of Homeland Security in the Legislative Affairs Division. Commander of the Coast Guard Sector Juneau Captain Melissa Bert stands in the back.

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

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Correction
A story in Sunday's Juneau Empire on page 3 about Sealaska election results incorrectly identified board member Joe Nelson, of Juneau.

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

'Meet Miss Alaska'
In celebrating Alaska's 50th anniversary of statehood this Independence Day, the Douglas Fourth of July Committee chose a lifelong Douglas resident - and the first Miss Alaska - as its Grand Marshal.

Thanks to a spirited community
Every year on the first Saturday of May, our community comes together at the Alaska Commercial Fishermen's Memorial in Juneau to celebrate the lives of commercial fishermen and women who have given their life to this rewarding but often dangerous profession, as well as to offer prayers of protection for those who work in the commercial fishing industry.

Shaun Nesheim celebrates Eagle Scout status
JUNEAU - Shaun Nesheim, of Juneau, celebrated the achievement of his Eagle Scout award with family and friends on May 30 at Resurrection Lutheran Church, the sponsor of Boy Scout Troop 11. Nesheim has been a scout in Troop 11 since 2002.

Slow economy revives Family Game Night in Juneau
JUNEAU - As families in Juneau look for ways to stretch their entertainment dollars during the global recession, locally owned toy store Hearthside Books and Toys and researcher NPD Group Inc. have witnessed a return of family game night.

Powers of Juneau earns degree from Clark University
Kerriann Powers of Juneau received a degree from Clark University in Worchester, Mass. of Sunday, May 17. Powers graduated earning a Masters of Arts in Teaching. Powers is a graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School.

Hayden chosen for Entrepreneur Scholar Program
Auke Bay resident Jacilyn Hayden is one of the 20 University of Portland students selected to participate in the institution's Entrepreneur Scholars Program for the 2009-10 academic year.

JDHS graduate recognized as NOAA employee of the year
Marla Wilson Trollan, a 1985 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, with a BA from the University of Oregon in 1989, and a MPA from University of Wilmington in 2002, was on Thursday, May 7, recognized as a NOAA Fisheries Service Employee of the Year. In 2008, Trollan was project leader for the National Marketing Campaign, which is designed to unify the agency's diverse portfolio of activities under one common look and set of messages. She worked closely with the agency webmaster and a steering committee to design a Web site for NOAA Fisheries that will be implemented in 2009. Trollan also led the team that developed a National Brochure and regional inserts. In addition, Trollan was involved in the production of several videos in 2008. Her contributions resulted in enhanced public appreciation for the mission of the agency; improved customer service: Increased efficiency and reduced cost of operations; and a strengthened tie to other NOAA elements and NOAA Fisheries constituents.

Douglas resident graduates with honors from UW
Elizabeth Schoenfeld of Douglas has graduated with honors from the University of Washington in Seattle with a degree in political science. She graduated as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, which recognizes academic achievement and celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Schoenfeld has accepted a job with the Port of Seattle.

Senior menu for the week of June 29-July 3
Monday, June 29

Thanks to Fish and Game volunteers
We at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Boards Support section, would like to take this opportunity to recognize the hard working and dedicated members of your community that make up the Juneau/Douglas Fish and Game Advisory Committee. This committee is comprised of up to 15 volunteers elected by their community to deal with all the fish and game issues and bring them before the Boards of Fisheries and Game to ensure that community's voice is heard. As stated previously - this is a volunteer position and often a thankless one at that.

Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital laboratory earns accreditation
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital clinical laboratory recently passed an accreditation inspection from the College of American Pathologists.

Original bell ringer this year's Juneau Grand Marshall
The Grand Marshall of the Juneau 4th of July Parade will be Romer Derr, an active community member, business owner and ringer of the original bell at the July 4, 1959, statehood celebration.

JDHS to hold 68th annual picnic in Seattle, Wash.
SEATTLE - The 68th annual Juneau-Douglas Picnic will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 19 at Woodland Park, in Seattle, Wash., at Stove 6.

SEARHC: Flu patients know when to go to clinic or stay home
SITKA - There have been several cases of the novel H1N1 swine flu in Southeast Alaska and patients want to know when they should go to their local clinic and when to stay home.

Rotary's International Scholarship Program
ANCHORAGE - Rotary International's Ambassadorial Scholarship program is seeking undergraduate and graduate students as well as qualified professionals who are interested in studying at an academic institution abroad for the 2010-2011 school year.

Pressure Canner Gauge Testing
For safety's sake, all pressure canner gauges should be tested at least once a year.

Unique Haida Curriculum Series Distributed
Sealaska Heritage Institute has produced a unique collection of Haida curriculum with audio CDs for distribution to schools with Haida language programs in hopes of weaving more Native lessons into the public school system.

Reed, Bradford wed
Joanna Bradford and Timothy Reed, both of Juneau, were married June 20, 2009, at Adlersheim Wilderness Lodge in Juneau. A reception followed.

Anderson, Falk to wed
Lynette Anderson and Mitch Falk, both of Juneau, will marry on July 3, 2009, in a private ceremony at the Mendenhall Glacier.

Sowers, Pilcher to wed
Marcy Pilcher, of Juneau, and Mark Sowers, of Tacoma, Wash., will be marry on July 8, 2009, at Sandy Beach in Douglas. There will be a reception and potluck July 11 at 7 p.m. at Sandy Beach, Shelter 2.

Photo: Birthday celebration
Members of the Filipino Community Inc. gather June 19 at the bust of Dr. Jose Rizal in Manila Square on South Franklin Street to celebrate his birthday. June 19 marked the 147th birthday of Rizal - a prolific poet, essayist, novelist and national hero of the Philippines who led the charge in gaining Philippine independence from Spanish rule.

Amidst strife, a week of camp is a time to let go
Our kids are living under tremendous pressure. If the stress only came from what kind of bike to ride or whether or not to sleep in on Saturday, it wouldn't be so bad. But it's a little more complicated than that.

Why can’t we be civil?
Whenever I read that another human being has been killed by someone who disagreed with them, or represented something that the killer could not accept, I wonder why it is that so many of us humans revert to violence to prove our point or make our case, while others are content to remain in civil discourse.

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Juneau-Douglas class of 1969 to hold 40-year reunion
The Juneau-Douglas High School Class of 1969 will hold its 40 year class reunion with a pre-fireworks gathering at T.K. Maguire's Bar in the Prospector Hotel beginning at 8 p.m. on July 3. Detailed information about events will be distributed.

George "Pat" Spartz
George Patrick "Pat" Spartz died June 1, 2009, of natural causes at Wildflower Court in Juneau. He was 80.

Empire editorial: Let the Kensington gold rush begin
The U.S. Supreme Court's 6-3 decision Monday upholding the Army Corps of Engineers' interpretation of the Clean Water Act will allow the Kensington Gold Mine, at long last, to resume production. With tourism down and effects of the recession being felt in most Juneau homes and businesses, the news couldn't have come at a better time.

Alaska editorial: Lawmakers are feeling Exxon angst
There's an old proverb that says even a fool seems wise when he keeps his mouth shut.

Hypocrisy tarnishes Palin's charisma
Could my governor, the charismatic Sarah Palin, be the leader Republicans are desperately looking for to guide their party out of the wilderness in 2010?

The stakes are too high for rushed healthcare reform
Americans are looking to Congress and the White House to see whether lawmakers and the president will deliver on their promises to reform our health care system.

Iranians foresaw their moment of protest
Once again, the world is amazed. As with the seemingly sudden appearance of the Solidarity movement in Poland in the 1980s, or the gaudy, grand-scale collapse of the Soviet empire at the end of that decade, the massive revolt of Iranian citizens has elicited the unmitigated surprise of the free world's army of experts, pundits and commentators. Who would have known? Who could have predicted this eruption of protest in a system so highly repressed, where a generally quiescent populace lives under such a deeply entrenched revolutionary regime?

Outside column: What on earth, or in hell, does a homosexual demon look like?
To Manifested Glory Ministries of Bridgeport, Conn.:

Toe toon

Coast Guard member dies in fishing accident
JUNEAU - A member of the Coast Guard in Ketchikan has died.

Alaska flood victims get FEMA aid
FAIRBANKS - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is awarding $235,000 in aid so far to victims of flooding on the Yukon River this spring.

Anchorage man, city battle over property
ANCHORAGE - A piece of land overlooking the ocean in Anchorage is the subject of an ownership dispute between the city and a resident.

US Coast Guard suspends search for missing crewman
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard late Friday suspended its search for a container ship crew member who was presumed to have fallen overboard into the North Pacific Ocean.

State to halt Anchorage sport fishing on Ship Creek
ANCHORAGE - The state is closing a popular salmon fishery in Anchorage, beginning Monday.

Troopers say arson caused Shungnak fire
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers say arson is the cause of a fire that destroyed a storage building at the Shungnak village school.

Anchorage judge delays decision on Knik Arm crossing
ANCHORAGE - A state judge has delayed ruling in a lawsuit filed by two Mat-Su cities that aims to block a decision to push the proposed Knik Arm crossing further back in Anchorage's transportation plan.

Fort Richardson soldier killed in Afghanistan
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska-based soldier from Washington state has been killed in Afghanistan.

Troopers charge driver with evidence tampering
BIG LAKE - A 19-year-old Big Lake man was charged with assault, evidence tampering and failure to report a traffic accident after a crash.

Man gets 102 years for beating death
WASILLA - A 47-year-old man convicted of first-degree murder in his girlfriend's beating death has drawn a 102-year sentence.

Appeals court sets hearing for Hayes
FAIRBANKS - A federal appeals court has scheduled a hearing for jailed former Fairbanks Mayor Jim Hayes.

Man who eluded police to be sentenced
FAIRBANKS - A man who made a habit of eluding law enforcement is expected to be sentenced Monday.

Wasilla waste handler ordered to halt business
ANCHORAGE - A Wasilla waste treatment business has been ordered to stop burning or handling hospital and infectious waste.

Alaska leads US in cargo plane crashes
FAIRBANKS - Alaska led the nation in fatal cargo plane crashes over the past decade.

Photos: Little league, big wins
Blue team: The Padres huddle up to cheer for the Dodgers after winning the

Sports in Juneau

Gov. Palin selects new spokesman
The turnover continues in Gov. Sarah Palin's public relations staff, with her top spokesman, Bill McAllister, forced out after less than a year in the position.

Alaska oil royalties likely on hold with appeal
FAIRBANKS - Several owners of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline are asking a federal appeals court to review a federal order to charge lower rates for pumping oil through the 800-mile line.

Bill could move missile silo field forward
ANCHORAGE - A bill approved last week by the Senate Armed Services Committee could push forward construction of a third silo field at Fort Greely.

Falling enrollment threatens rural schools
FAIRBANKS - The superintendents of two interior Alaska school districts say six rural schools are in danger of closing next year because of low enrollment.

Prosecutors file more charges in mine pot bust
FAIRBANKS - An elaborate marijuana growing operation at a gold mine near Manley may have been around for more than 20 years, according to prosecutors.

58 mushers sign up for 2010 Iditarod race
WASILLA - Three-time defending champion Lance Mackey and past winners Jeff King and Martin Buser have signed up in person for the 2010 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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