Museum curator Bruce Kato will be missed
Bruce Kato is retiring as the chief curator of the Alaska State Museum. It will be difficult to find someone equally qualified, and with the ability to lead an excellent staff, as he has done.

Home court
NBA all-star Carlos Boozer is coming back to Juneau next month to host a basketball camp and give back to the community that he says gave him so much.

AG: Palin can appoint an 'acting' lieutenant governor
State Attorney General Dan Sullivan says Gov. Sarah Palin has the power to appoint Alaska's new lieutenant governor by herself without confirmation by the Alaska Legislature.

Boozer on drug testing
Carlos Boozer said he is in favor of a random drug testing program for high school athletes in Juneau.

Palin urges Canadians to address mine's acid drainage
Gov. Sarah Palin recently urged British Columbia's premier not to forget that the Tulsequah Chief mine upstream of Juneau is still draining toxic acid into the headwaters of the fish-rich Taku River, as it has for a half-century.

Photo: Double-decker car wash
Nathan Wilson, 18, helps Colby Nore, 15, during a Juneau-Douglas High School Cheerleader fundraising car wash at Parts Plus on Saturday.

Photo: In praise of Planned Parenthood
Supporters of Planned Parenthood hold signs and wave to cars Friday on the corner ofHospital Dr. and Glacier Highway.

Around Town
Today, July 12

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

Get ready, girls: Celebrity Beauty Bandy
Celebrity hairstylists Maurice Tidy and Ian Gavet will visit Juneau for the first time next weekend to cut and color hair, for the benefit of local stylists.

Senior menu for the week of July 13-17
Monday, July 13

Iran becomes iRan: Censorship meets connectivity
Revolutions are so much about connectivity. We can see an army advancing from miles away and prepare to meet them at the gate. But electronic messages quietly ooze through leaky political borders no matter how hard the status quo tries to stop them.

Photo: Rockin' Sock Hop
Janice D. Holst Dancers pose with the Diamonds at 50thAnniversary of Statehood Sock Hop event on Friday atCentennial Hall. The Diamonds were back by populardemand, and the Janice D. Holst Dancers performed to "Rock-Around-The-Clock" and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy."

Garlic mustard eradication continues
For the last eight years, members of the Juneau community have been fighting to keep garlic mustard from spreading across Juneau and into other communities across the state. Juneau's two infestation sites are the only known populations of garlic mustard in all of Alaska.

Pets of the week: Loving, laid-back cats seek caring owners to cuddle with
Joyce believes that curling up in a lap and getting head massages is the best thing that has ever happened to her. This loving 5-year-old cat adores attention like no other and fits perfectly into the leg-rubbing, head-butting, all-around fantastic-house-cat clique.

High Noon wins Spirit of Admiralty
The summer solstice was the back drop for an exciting new race for sailors of Southeast Alaska - the inaugural Spirit of Admiralty race. was down to the wire. The grueling week-long event came down to the last few hours of sailing.

Thanks for helping build Pioneer Pavilion
The Douglas Fourth of July Committee wishes to thank the following organizations for their contributions in helping us build the performance pavilion in Savikko Park. Due to generous donation by the Pioneers of Alaska Igloo 6, the pavilion has been named the Pioneer Pavilion.

Faith Lutheran Church to hold induction ceremony for Steckel
JUNEAU - As Michael and Kathy Steckel drove off the ferry in Auke Bay a few days ago at the early hour of 4:45 a.m., 13 people from Faith Lutheran Church were on hand to welcome the family. Their new spiritual leader had arrived from St. Louis, Mo. The couple was accompanied by their children, Tecumseh, l4, and Truly, 9.

Photos: Alaska by kayak
The Big 5 Kayak Challenge team stopped in Juneau on Friday evening during their fifth and final challenge - kayaking the Inside Passage - of their five-challenge endeavor.

SEARHC hosts Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic in Angoon
ANGOON - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Jessie Norma Jim Health Center in Angoon will host a special Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic on Aug. 17-21.

Holland America accepts grant applications
JUNEAU - Applications are now being accepted by the Holland America Line Inc. Community Advisory Board for grants to local service and non-profit groups in Juneau.

Consortium hosts Hydaburg Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic
HYDABURG - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will host a special Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic at its Hydaburg Health Center on Aug. 17-21.

Three SEARHC clinics earn AAAHC accreditation
SITKA - Three SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Community Health Services clinics have earned a three-year accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care Inc. Accreditation Committee.

Consortium's EMS to offer Wilderness First Responder course
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Emergency Medical Services department is offering a Wilderness First Responder course that involves some preliminary online computer work before class sessions begin on Oct. 12-16 at the Southeast Regional Emergency Medical Services Council classroom in Sitka, 100 Clothilde Bahovec Way (near the Alaska Marine Highway System terminal off Halibut Point Road).

University director of Student Services retires
After serving as Director of Student Services at the University of Alaska Southeast for 24 years, Tish Griffin Satre retired on July 1.

Sitka to host five farmers markets in 2009
SITKA - The Sitka Local Foods Network will host a series of five Sitka Farmers Markets this summer on alternate Saturdays starting July 18. These markets will give Sitka residents a chance to buy and sell locally produced food and crafts.

Juneau-Douglas City Museum receives conservation bookshelf
JUNEAU - Treasured objects and artifacts held by the Juneau-Douglas City Museum will be preserved for future generations with help from the Institute of Museum and Library Services' Connecting to Collections Bookshelf, a core set of conservation books and online resources donated by the IMLS.

Talking points of JobX summer youth employment program
• The Learning Connection (a program of SERRC - Alaska's Educational Resource Center) recently received ARRA funds (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act also known as stimulus dollars) to prepare eligible youth for the workforce.

Consortium seeks 'Just Move It' community partners
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Health Promotion, Diabetes and Lifestyle Balance programs is looking for community partners for "Just Move It" activities on Saturday, Oct. 10, in several communities throughout the region.

Consortium to offer suicide intervention training workshop
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Injury Prevention program will host an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training workshop on Aug. 18-19 at the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka Campus.

SEARHC announces summer, fall mobile mammograms
SITKA - The SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women's Health Program has announced the Summer-Fall 2009 schedule for the mobile mammogram program.

Thanks from the crew of Ocean Watch
The sailboat Ocean Watch left Juneau after a whirlwind five-day visit. They are sailing around both North and South America, presently in the Bering Sea headed for Barrow and will attempt to transit the Northwest Passage in August. The captain and crew have asked me to convey a heartfelt thanks to the people of Juneau for the warm reception they received. They would also like to thank NOAA, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the Juneau Empire, KTOO public radio, Southeast Alaska Sailors and all of the community members who helped make their visit a success.

Meals on Wheels volunteers needed
JUNEAU - The Meals on Wheels Program is for persons 60 years of age and older who are homebound due to illness or disability and unable to come to the senior center for lunch. Each meal offers a main dish, salad, vegetable, bread source and milk.

Sorry for taking your place in line
I wish to apologize to the gentleman whose place in line at the Fred Meyer pharmacy I usurped on Saturday July 4. I am not familiar with their policy and thought 1 counter was for RX pick-up and the other was for questions. I am very sorry for your inconvenience.

Consortium changes tobacco prevention program in Haines
HAINES - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium has changed its tobacco prevention program at the SEARHC Haines Health Center.

Thanks for commorating the 1944 Hoonah fire
From Roger Sheakley, I would like to thank all the Hoonah people for coming out on June 14. Sixty-five years ago, on June 14, 1944, the entire town was burning down.

Local Special Olympics seeks volunteers
JUNEAU - Special Olympics Alaska is seeking key volunteers to ensure that the Juneau sports training and competition program continues. The program serves more than 50 people with intellectual disabilities in Juneau.

Russian music convention to take place July 19-25 in Sitka
SITKA - For the first time in Sitka, the Balalaika and Domra Association of America will hold their 31st annual convention from July 19 to 25 and present a gala concert, "A Festival of Russian Music," at 7:30 p.m. July 24 at the Sitka High School Performing Arts Center.

Smith, Butler wed
Amber Adrianna Johanna Theresa Smith and David Allen Butler were married May 2, 2009, in Leavenworth, Wash., with a reception following on July 2 at Centennial Hall in Juneau. The ceremony was officiated by the bride's third-grade Harborview Elementary School teacher, the Rev. Donna Jones.

Blankenship, Duval wed
Laura Blankenship and Shawn Duval, both of Juneau, were married May 30, 2009, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. A reception immediately followed at Joe's Stonecrab and Steakhouse.

Eagle River United Methodist Camp accepts reservations
JUNEAU — Eagle River United Methodist Camp, located out the road at 27.5 Mile, is a nonprofit year-round community camp and retreat center open to all. Eagle River Camp is an accessible but remote location for your small or large group camp or retreat.

Photo: Big king
Zach Wilkinson poses with a king salmon he caught in Auke Bay on June 27, while fishing with his friend, Tony Price.

Public libraries host summer activities for kids, families
JUNEAU — There are many activities for kids and families at the public libraries this summer. Activities at the three public libraries are free and open to the public.

Thanks for the kindness, Juneau
My husband was taken ill on a cruise in May and we had to fly him from Skagway to Juneau for treatment. Although we had not planned spending four days of our vacation there we are so grateful we did. The people of Juneau I encountered at Bartlett Regional Hospital, on the buses as well as in the streets were so kind to me. Thanks to the people of Juneau we will never forgot you! You made two survivors of Hurricane Katrina remember all the goodness in America!

Juneau hosts distinct White Nights festival
JUNEAU - On June 20, the second annual Festival of Russian Culture "White Nights" was held in Juneau. In Russia, the term white nights refers to the long summer days around the solstice often celebrated with festivals in some northern Russian cities, including, most famously, St. Petersburg. This marks the second year for Juneau's White Nights, and this year the lineup, venue and duration of the festival represented a distinct expansion over last year's event.

Thanks for Ready 2 Vote registration drive for 18-year-olds
The Juneau School District and the League of Women Voters of Juneau joined forces to sponsor "Ready 2 Vote," a successful voter registration drive for 18-year-olds in late May at Juneau Douglas High School. League volunteers registered 59 new young voters increasing the total number of 18-year-old voters in Juneau to 225, a 35 percent jump.

Thanks for making ABC's raffle a success
Auke Bay Co-op Preschool thanks everyone who helped make our recent fundraising raffle a great success.

Thanks for participating in May 2 beach cleanup
Turning the Tides would like to thank everyone who participated in our May 2 beach cleanup. It was a great success and a lot of fun - fantastic weather, beautiful scenery, breeching whales, good people and a worthwhile task.

Klawock hosts Living Well Alaska chronic disease classes
KLAWOCK - Do you or a loved one have a chronic disease, such as arthritis, diabetes or heart disease, and do you feel limited by it? Do you feel like you're spending too much time with the doctor or at the hospital? The Living Well Alaska workshops will teach you how to self-manage your disease so you start to feel better.


Julie Shelton, an employee of the Social Security Administration in Juneau, received a Regional Commissioner's Citation on June 16 in Seattle, Wash. This is one of the highest honor awards granted by the Social Security Administration and was given in recognition of Shelton's excellent performance and sustained superior service to the residents of Southeast Alaska.

Six weeks of road tripping with the kids
My family is in the middle of a six-week road trip. When you live in Juneau with its 40 miles of road, a driving vacation seems every bit as exotic as an African safari.

Mark Stoinich
A celebration of the life of Mark Stoimich will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today, July 12, at the Auke Village Recreation Area main shelter.

Nicole Renee Marechal
Juneau resident Nicole Renee Marechal, called "Nikki" or "Nicou," died July 9, 2009, in Juneau. She was 65.

The heat is on
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

McNamara apologized, but will Rumsfeld?
Late in his life, Robert McNamara became a sad study in what can happen when a Pentagon leader eventually regrets taking a country into a disastrous war and attempts to atone. His belated acknowledgment of doubts and error in managing the Vietnam War came too late for many, and after his death last week he was remembered as a tragic and sorrowful figure.

Toe toon

State minimum wage to increase to $7.25
JUNEAU - Alaska's minimum wage will increase for the first time in more than six years beginning July 24, following Gov. Sarah Palin's signing of a related bill Thursday.

Local appointed to state arts council
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin has appointed Robyn L. Holloway of Juneau to a position on the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

From the ground up
JUNEAU - Not only are eight coaches at Thunder Mountain High School trying to build a first-year football program in the shadow of a traditional state power, they're also working to prove that Juneau is big enough for two teams.

Boozer on the trading block
Less than a month before hosting a basketball camp in his hometown of Juneau, Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer could be on the move to Chicago in a three-team deal headlined by himself and Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich.

Palin leaving, but Alaska gas pipeline will go on
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin's unexpected midterm departure should not affect the project she touted as one of her primary successes, a massive natural gas pipeline, according to state lawmakers and sources in the industry.

Palin appears on gun rights radio talk show
ANCHORAGE - Gun rights enthusiasts welcomed Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as she made an appearance Friday on a radio talk show, whose callers included rock n' roller turned avid hunter Ted Nugent.

Visitor, tax figures show Fairbanks tourism down
FAIRBANKS - The spring numbers suggest the summer will not be a robust one for tourism in Fairbanks.

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