Monday, July 12, 2010

Residents takes 'steps' in fight against cancer
Cancer can't silence a 13-year old future rock star playing in front of a live audience for the first time. Nor can it slow down a poodle in a pink sweater. And it can't defeat pirates, cowboys, or even kids dancing in the rain.

El Sombrero burglarized
One of Juneau's popular downtown restaurants was burglarized early Friday morning.

UAS names four deans
The University of Alaska Southeast has named four new deans, with two being new to the school and two being named as part of a restructuring of the regional college's student services programs.

Police apprehend criminal on the lam
Thirty-year-old Rorie Miller's attempts to run from the law came to an end Thursday morning.

City attorney defends records denial
City attorney John Hartle last week defended his decision to deny a Juneau Empire open records request concerning charges against a former University of Alaska Southeast student that was dismissed by the state.

Ketchikan man charged with hacksaw assault
KETCHIKAN - A 34-year-old Ketchikan man accused of attacking another man with a hacksaw has been jailed on an assault charge.

Small wildfire doused by Tenakee Springs volunteers
The Tenakee Springs Volunteer Fire Department successfully extinguished a small wildfire Friday near Freshwater Bay on Chichagof Island.

Photo: Craft run aground
The owner of the 47-foot pleasure craft Scrimshaw and a crewman from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan (ashore) survey the damage sustained by the vessel after it was left aground by low tide Sunday off of Annette Island south of Ketchikan. Coast Guard personnel and commercial salvage worked to stop the leak and prepare the boat for refloating when high tide came in.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: Future Iditarod competitors
Future Iditarod sled dog competitors and IditaGrow contributors Number 1 and Number 2, belonging to company representatives Joel Probst and Sarah Turner, were marketing the canine waste by-product Iditagrow compost and the IditaPoo tourist gift boxes at Saturday's Farmers Market inside the Juneau Arts & Cultural Center.

Photo: An 'udder' steal!
Adriann Rush and Cachet Garrett find a bargain at Saturday's 15th annual Community Garage Sale in Centennial Hall Convention Center. The two became fast friends through Juneau's Big Brothers Big Sisters program and according to Garrett her new younger sister Adriann "tries to talk me out of my fashion sense selections."

Photos: Kayaking in glacial waters

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: Public Art Explosion
Arnie Weimer paints the beginnings of a new mural located at the corner of Second and North Franklin Streets downtown Wednesday. The Juneau artist plans to depict a "surrealist" scene on the formerly blank block wall. His final design will feature the illusion of three holes blasted in the wall, each containing a unique scene inside.

Recognitions
Daniel E. Knudsen has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Audiology (AuD) by Salus University George S. Osborne College of Audiology.

July 4th Parade Winners
Douglas Parade Winners

Won't you be my neighbor?
Do you know your neighbors? Should you know your neighbors?

Haffner, Whitely to wed
Fathom Haffner and George John Whiteley Jr. of Juneau will marry on August 21, 2010 at First Baptist Church in Juneau.

Eagle, Peters wed
Leslie Eagle and Allan Peters were married on April 17, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Thoughts on eating vegetables
Eat your vegetables! Drink your milk! Clean your plate!

Community party a huge success
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church would like to thank all who helped make the Fourth of July Community Party a huge success. We especially want to thank Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for the grant to pay for the party supplies. We also want to thank McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Costco, Safeway and SuperBear for their generosity.

Thanks for making reunion possible
The Juneau-Douglas High School Class of 1990 would like to thank the following businesses for their kindness and support. Despite the rain, our alumni had a wonderful reunion and were reminded of how generous the Juneau community is. Thanks to the Imperial, T.K. Maguire's and The Prospector Hotel, TEMSCO Helicopters, Dolphin Jet Boat Tours, Mt Roberts Tramway, DIPAC, The Red Dog Saloon, Taku Smokeries, Mi Casa, The Hangar, Nail Jazz, Alaskan Brewing Co., Alaska State Museum, Heritage Coffee, Alaska Fudge Co., Safeway Starbucks, Nugget Alaskan Outfitters and Alaska Distributors.

Juneau Fourth of July parade celebration thanks
Not just a committee thing, but a community thing. Without parade participants, what's a parade? Without the spectators, what's the point? So, to the spectators, we applaud you!

Thanks for hosting Chicago Children's Choir
The Alaska Youth Choir (AYC) would like to extend sincere thanks to the following families for housing the Chicago Children's Choir (CCC): John and Alyson Cooper, Marc Matsil and Weld Royal, Kathee Hays, Peter Otsea and Margie Hamburger, Dan and Carol Johnson, Tom and Mila Cosgrove, Mike and Peggy Barnhill, George Partlow, Matt Smith, Jim and RuthAnn Bowman, Mark and Elaine Miller, Alexander and Kym Kotlorov, Paul and Rhonda Gardinier, Kris Pearson, Whitney Robertson, Erika Partlow and Doreen Shaw.

Pets of the week
To meet these pets, visit the Gastineau Humane Society during viewing hours: 2 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 789-0260.

Widowed Persons Group offers tour
The Widowed Persons Group will tour the Glacier Gardens on Friday, July 16. The tour will begin at 11 a.m. at the Visitor Center, located at 7600 Glacier Hwy. Please invite other widows/widowers to join the group for this tour of the Gardens. For further information on this or other Widowed Persons events, contact Sue at 586-6424 or suen@gci.net or Sandy at 789-0355.

Construction closes Airport Dike Trail
The Emergency Vehicle Access Road (EVAR), commonly referred to as the Airport Dike Trail, will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic beginning Monday morning, July 12 with an anticipated re-opening on Wednesday morning, July 14.

Holland America Line accepting grant applications
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.

UAS welcomes new deans
The University of Alaska Southeast is restructuring Student Services leadership and welcoming a new dean of education and dean of professional and technical studies.

Sundays at Savikko kicks off today
The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council presents the Sundays at Savikko community concert series, which kicks off today from 4:30-6 p.m. at the new Pioneer Pavilion in Savikko Park. The series kicks off with an all-Douglas Island line-up including Ed and Maggie Schoenfeld, the Douglas Community United Methodist Church Choir directed by Laurie Clough, The Beat Bros. (Bob Banghart and Jack Fontenella) and Teri Tibbett with Alex and Haley Nelson.

FYI
Recent births at the Juneau Family Health and Birth Center:

Sharon Louise Winniford
Longtime Juneau resident Sharon Louise Winniford died June 23, 2010 in Anchorage after a brief battle with cancer. She was 58.

John Paul Cook
Former Juneau resident John Paul Cook died May 14, 2010, in Rathdrum, Idaho.

Plenty of reasons to build the bridge
A few weeks ago at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon, a group of Juneau residents presented their vision for the Douglas Causeway, one of the most substantial improvements possible to our quality of life in Alaska's Capital City.

The boomer defection: Voters over 50 are leaning increasingly Republican
This is turning into a tough election year for Democrats, and most of the reasons are familiar: The economy is stalled, President Obama's popularity is sagging and voters are in an anti-incumbent mood. There's an "enthusiasm gap" too. Republican voters are fired up and ready to vote, while liberals are dispirited.

Outside editorial: US case against Arizona law
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Outside editorial: Aging gracefully
The following editorial first appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

TOE cartoon

Breathing the filth: Hydrocarbons in the air are more toxic than oil in the gulf
What a relief it will be when the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico gets plugged, ending the colossal mess caused by gushing crude.

Sis boom bah, go Beck U.!
A scene from the near future:

Vandalism spree hits Fairbanks dealership
FAIRBANKS - The general manager of a Fairbanks car dealership hopes police can catch whoever is responsible for a vandalism spree.

Coast Guard responds to vessel aground south of Ketchikan
ANCHORAGE - Efforts to re-float a 47-foot boat that grounded off of Annette Bay south of Ketchikan on Sunday were unsuccessful, according to Coast Guard officals.

Brewery to hold Red Cross benefit
ANCHORAGE - A Talkeetna brewery is throwing an entertainment event to celebrate its first anniversary, with some of the proceeds going to the American Red Cross in Alaska.

Bear snatches pet rabbit from Anchorage yard
ANCHORAGE - A black bear snatched a pet rabbit from an Anchorage back yard and got away as the owner gave chase.

Naked man arrested, says he may have been drugged
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man arrested after allegedly walking around the Denali area naked and threatening a man with two fire extinguishers told Alaska State Troopers he might have been drugged.

Moderate earthquake hits in southern Alaska
ANCHORAGE - A moderate earthquake has hit in southern Alaska, but there were no reports of injury or damage.

New diner features retro vibe
FAIRBANKS - Tony Miller has fond memories about the drive-in diners of his youth.

UAF receives large endowment
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Fairbanks has received a large endowment to benefit nontraditional students.

4 rescued while vessel burns
KODIAK - The Coast Guard says four men are safe after being rescued from a life raft used to escape their burning fishing vessel near Alaska's Sitkinak Island.

Parnell names Roetman to Kotzebue Superior Court
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sean Parnell has named an assistant district attorney to the Kotzebue Superior Court.

State sticks with consultants on energy tax
JUNEAU - The state plans to hire Gaffney, Cline and Associates to help study potential changes to Alaska's system of taxing oil and gas production.

Memorial service planned for helicopter crew
SITKA - The Coast Guard will host a memorial service Tuesday at Air Station Sitka for the crew of a helicopter that crashed off the Washington coast.

Arctic Slope Regional Corp. changes leadership
ANCHORAGE - One of Alaska's biggest Native corporations has changed top leadership.

Geothermal test project near King Salmon
KING SALMON - The Naknek Electric Association is drilling a well near King Salmon to test the potential for geothermal energy.

Chugiak man accused of child porn possession
ANCHORAGE - Police arrested a Chugiak man accused of possessing child pornography.

Palin biography set for 9- to 12-year-olds
JUNEAU - You might call it Sarah Palin's introduction to the cubs.

Group seeking public funding of elections loses
JUNEAU - A group supporting publicly financed elections has lost its fight over a failed ballot initiative.

Murkowski plans to attend 3 primary debates
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski plans to attend three debates leading to the Aug. 24 Republican primary.

Delegation announces grants to Alaska programs
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Alaska Congressional Delegation announced Friday several federal grants that were awarded to state programs.

Campbell urges voter registration and updates
ANCHORAGE - Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell is calling on Alaskans to register to vote by the July 25 deadline to update existing voter registration for the Aug. 24 primary election.

Juneau Minors take two in Craig
Juneu's Minors All-Star team swept its first two games over Ketchikan and Sitka on Friday and Saturday in Craig in convincing fashion.

LeBronzilla flattens Cleveland
The wait is finally over. LeBron James is South Beach bound.

Boozer: Teams can't fear Heat
DEERFIELD, Ill. - Carlos Boozer sees championship potential in Chicago, even without LeBron James. And he insists the Bulls aren't conceding anything.

Alaska renews objection to polar bear habitat
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell said the federal government dramatically underestimated the potential economic impact of designating critical habitat for polar bears.

Land use plan could protect Taku salmon
A land use plan between the Taku River Tlingit First Nation and the Canadian government could mean better protections for fish habitat on the Taku River - good news for Juneau salmon fishermen.

1.8M acres of drilling leases go up for bid
ANCHORAGE - The Interior Department is offering oil and gas leases on 1.8 million acres of Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve while promising to protect critical migratory bird and caribou habitat.

Report: BP ponders $12B asset sale to Apache
LONDON - BP PLC declined to comment Sunday on a report that it is in talks about possibly selling $12 billion worth of assets, including a stake in Alaska's Prudhoe Bay oil field, to U.S. oil company Apache Corp.

Vote sought on Fairbanks LNG-trucking plan
FAIRBANKS - A member of the Fairbanks North Star Borough assembly has drafted an ordinance requiring a public vote on the plan to truck liquefied natural gas from the North Slope to Fairbanks.

Earthquake victim helps Haitian recovery effort
ANCHORAGE - Twenty-five-year-old Christa Brelsford, who grew up in Anchorage, was in Haiti on a two-week volunteer trip when the earthquake that injured and killed hundreds of thousands of people struck on Jan. 12.

Bear spray saves Resurrection Trail bikers
ANCHORAGE - Tyler Nord doesn't remember the moment the grizzly pounced on him. He couldn't tell you what her breath smelled like or how soft her fur was. All he remembers is summoning the adrenaline that was coursing through his body to his legs to push her off.

Parnell concerned about broadband plan
In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, Gov. Sean Parnell laid out a number of concerns he has with regard to the way a national plan to establish broadband infrastructure in underrepresented areas will be implemented in Alaska.

Alaska Railroad take steps to reduce coal dust
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Railroad Corp. is taking steps to reduce coal dust that for years has dirtied the scenic tourist town of Seward.

Young: Seize energy opportunity
U.S. Representative Don Young spoke at a joint meeting of Kenai and Soldotna's chambers of commerce Thursday, and emphasized the opportunity the state has to diversify its energy production.

Sen. Murkowski criticizes opponent Miller's campaign
FAIRBANKS - Sen. Lisa Murkowski is criticizing the way her Republican primary opponent is running his campaign, saying Joe Miller has spent more time attacking her than offering new ideas.

State: 'Bullet' gas pipeline won't be cheap
A state technical team has completed a first-phase cost estimate for a 24-inch natural gas pipeline that could be built from the North Slope to the state's larger cities in Interior and southern Alaska.

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