Sunday, July 19, 2009

The choice between Alt. A and Alt. E
The Southeast Alaska Transportation Plan's Alternative A builds on the existing ferry infrastructure and uses boats of the right sizes and capacities to travel over the waters of our archipelago. An archipelago is the intertwining of specific land masses, in the form of islands and the mainland, and contextual waters, which provide the connections via straits and channels between scattered lands. From the dawn of civilization (the the days of the Greeks and Phoenicians), humans have chosen boats to traverse the waters of archipelagos and inland seas.

U.S. needs real health care reform
While it is encouraging that U.S. Senate and House committees are beginning to seriously consider health care reform legislation, it is critical that Congress takes action and passes real health care reform in the next few months.

State politicians upbraid EPA over mine delay
Alaska politicians on Friday castigated the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for delaying the Kensington mine.

Nurse accused of drug theft previously in treatment
The registered nurse accused of stealing drugs from Bartlett Regional Hospital this week had previously lost her out-of-state nursing license in 1995 due to drug addiction, according to court documents.

A run on guns
Fear of the Obama administration passing tighter gun control laws continues to fuel the sales of guns nationwide and locally has led to shortages of ammunition and reloading supplies at retail.

Photo: Arbor Day Observance - better late than never
Carol Scafturom, left, a board member for the Juneau Urban Forestry Partnership, shovels dirt for a green leaf beech tree held in place by board member Elizabeth Bochynski, center, and Mayor Bruce Botelho Friday at Evergreen Cemetery. The tree was planted next to Joe Juneau's gravesite for Arbor Day. The observance was admittedly late - Arbor Day in Alaska is the third Monday in May.

Photo: Racers pause for photo with governor
Paul DeSloover of Juneau, waving, and Jeff Raber of Cincinnati, right, Saturday stop during the Governor's Cup race to have their picture taken with Gov. Sarah Palin as she and her daughter, Piper, man a water and treats table in front of the Governor's Mansion. Other race spectators stand near by. Full race results will appear in Friday's Empire.

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Correction
A page two brief in Monday's Juneau Empire contained a misleading statement about Mark Farmer's reasons for running for mayor. Farmer said he is running to ensure a high quality of life, to prevent a capital move and to act be a political leader who is in the office, answers the phone and meets with citizens.

Saving the Breast
In August, three Juneau women will undertake the national Breast Cancer 3-Day walk for the cure, and they are enlisting the community for support.

Rozell, Murray wed
Rebecca Rozell and Brady Murray were married June 13, 2009, at Adlersheim Lodge in Juneau. The maid of honor was the bride's sister, Mariah Rozell. The best man was the groom's longtime friend, David Napier. The couple honeymooned in South Africa.

Garcias to celebrate 50 years
Former Juneau residents (1980-2003) Don and Dolores Garcia will return to Juneau for their 50th wedding anniversary and family reunion aboard the Rhapsody of the Seas.

Photo: Flying through
A U.S. Navy aircraft, an E-6A Tacamo, flies over Juneau International Airport on the evening of July 12.

Kake to host annual Dog Salmon Festival
KAKE - Kake Tribal Corp.'s 15th annual Dog Salmon Festival will take place Saturday, July 25, in Kake. The annual festival was created to bring visitors to the village so residents can share their community with friends and family.

Photo: Big fish
From left, Doug Unruh and Dwight Robidoux pose with a 60-plus-pound king salmon caught July 13 in local waters.

Bridging the gap: Conservation and commercial fishing
Longtime gillnetter Len Peterson, of Juneau, sees little difference in the Taku fishery between 1981, when he bought his first boat, and today. Jev Shelton, also of Juneau, and going into his 38th year fishing the inlet, agrees.

Photo: 50th Anniversary of Statehood quilt
Capital City Celebrations raffle winner Margaret MacKinnon, top left, and local quilters pose with the 50th Anniversary of Statehood quilt on July 11 in Marine Park. MacKinnon used the time to thank some of the quilters at Heritage Coffee. Holding the quilt, from left, areMacKinnon, Wendy Parker Swedell, Myrna Allen, quilt organizer, and Sue Gleeson. All women shown are quilters except Capital City Celebrations Chairwoman Kathy Hildre, bottom right, MacKinnon and Allen.

Senior menu for the week of July 20-24
Monday, July20

Pass the sunscreen?
I am fairly sure I have not been tan since the late 1980s. Until now, that is. When I look at my arms, I am stunned with their color. The last time I looked like this, I had a curling iron. That is a long time ago.

Recognitions
Kelsey J. Potdevin, shown right, of Juneau, was one of 509 seniors to graduate from Colby College on May 24 in Waterville, Maine. The daughter of James and Tamira Potdevin, of Juneau, Potdevin earned a Bachelor of Arts with honors: cum laude and dean's list.

A tribute to the crew of the Taku
I recently sailed the inside passage

Pets of the week: Darling cat, fuzzy ferret seek loving homes
Sibyl is a very affectionate 5-year-old female who seems to hypnotize with her stunning pale green eyes. This beautiful darling of a cat likes to talk in her tiny voice to catch the attention of any passerby.

Pitlochry, Scotland: Likable tourist town, famous for whisky and hill walking
Rick Steves, an American author and television personality on European travel, describes Pitlochry, Scotland, as "a likable tourist town, famous for its whisky and its hill walking."

Buddhist lending library in Cordova seeks Dharma books
CORDOVA - A Buddhist lending library has been established in memory of Michael O'Leary, who was killed March 8, 2008, while forecasting avalanche conditions on Mount Eyak in Cordova.

Thanks for donating to our whale-watch cruise
A beautiful afternoon, lots of whales, good food, and great company were had by all those who boarded the MV St. Nicholas for the Hospice and Home Care of Juneau whale watch cruise on May 30.

Community Schools seeks table hosts at Back-to-School event
JUNEAU - Community Schools and the Juneau School District are looking for businesses and nonprofit organizations to host tables at the Back to School Breakfast on Aug. 28.

FYI
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Eagle River United Methodist Camp now accepting 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 a small or large group camp or retreat.

Burning Beast: Local woman goes meat camping
Last weekend I found myself sitting on a straw bale next to a 20-foot tall goat built of scrap wood, contemplating the flexibility of the trapeze artist I was watching.

Red Cross helping to reunite families separated by war
As part of its mission to help reunite families who have been separated by war and strife in other countries, the American Red Cross is looking for any connections to the families with the name Mstislav Gergilevich or Bogoliubov in Alaska.

Croan, Springer to wed
Abigail Croan, of Juneau, and Daniel Springer, of Leland, Miss., were married July 11, 2009, in Greenville, Miss. A reception will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 24, at Auke Village Recreation Area shelter.

Imagination Library brings reading to kids
Everyone loves getting mail, especially kids. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library, working through local groups, is expanding early literacy in Juneau by sending every kid under the age of 5 a book every month.

Sealaska announces first youth board advisor position
Sealaska's Board of Directors recently elected 22-year-old Megan Gregory, originally from Kake, to serve in its inaugural youth board advisory position.

Alaska's travel industry stars on Food Network's 'Ace of Cakes'
Alaska proves to be a mountain of inspiration for Chef Duff Goldman on Sunday, July 19, during a sneak preview of the Food Network's "Ace of Cakes" season premiere at 9 p.m. AST.

Vacation Bible School Camp E.D.G.E. to begin July 26
JUNEAU - Vacation Bible School Camp E.D.G.E. (Experience & Discover God Everywhere) will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 26, through July 30, at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 4212 Mendenhall Loop Road. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. each evening.

Libraries host summer activites for 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.

Bergmann, Kohan to wed
Amanda Leigh Bergmann and Zachary Thomas Kohan, of Juneau, will marry at 3:30 p.m. July 25, 2009, at the Shrine of St. Therese. A reception will follow at 5:30 p.m. at Marlintini's Lounge. Friends are openly welcome to come and help celebrate.

Thanks for contributing to class of 1999 reunion
The Juneau-Douglas High School class of 1999 wishes to thank the following companies and individuals that donated time and services or gave door prizes to make our 10-year high school reunion the success that it was.

Thanks for the Ready 2 Vote registration drive
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 supporting Solstice Golf Benefit
The Mendenhall Golf Course would like to thank the public for supporting their secon annual Solstice Golf Benefit Tourney on June 19. The evenings proceeds went to help Mark Reese and his family.

Thanks for welcoming Juneau family reunion
Our thanks go to all who have helped make a week in Juneau for 150 decedents of the Juneau Clan and Joe Juneau an outstanding welcome.

Thanks for helping our brother, Mark Stoinich
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following people who helped our brother, Mark Stoinich, during his short time with us until his passing on June 23.

Thanks for helping with the 50 Years of Statehood quilt
Congratulations to Juneau resident Margaret MacKinnon, wife of J. Allan MacKinnon, who won the 50 Years of Statehood quilt at the drawing on July 4. She was present at the drawing and was so excited to have won.

Thanks for supporting me during hip surgery
I would like to thank all those who supported and kept me in prayer while I was going through the waiting period in my hip surgery. The surgery was a success, and once again, thank you, everyone.

Thanks on behalf of MAT Alaska Studies class
On behalf of the 2009 Master of Arts in Teaching Alaska Studies 600 class, I would like to extend gratitude and thanks to Alysia McLain and the staff of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum for informative and fun views of Juneau history; Mary Irvine, Lisa Golisek, and the staff of the Alaska State Museum for fascinating views of Alaska art and up-to-the-minute images of Alaska in the global perspective; Linda Belarde, Jim MacDiarmid, David Katzeek, Jordan Lachler, Ralph Wolfe and the staff of Sealaska Heritage Institute for their hospitality and edifying presentations of their efforts to save endangered languages; and to Carrie Enge of the UAS Learning Center for a fun and helpful look at teaching in rural Alaska.

Thanks for supporting Volunteer Marching Band
On behalf of the Juneau Volunteer Marching Band, members and alumni, we would like to thank Juneauites everywhere for their long-time support of our efforts to help celebrate Independence Day in Juneau and Douglas with Concerts and Parades.

Thanks for contributing to Salmon-chanted event
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Perseverance Theatre, I want to extend sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone who helped make "Salmon-chanted Evening" another success. More than $7,000 was brought in that evening - monies that will go a long way to support the Theatre.

Thanks for assisting in Fourth of July flag-raising
All of us at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the following individuals, groups and organizations for their assistance in making the 50th Anniversary of Alaska Statehood Celebration Fourth of July flag-raising event a historic and memorable event.

Thanks for contributing to the Fourth of July
Thank you to all of the 2009 Fourth of July Parade participants, sponsors and spectators for your help and support to make the 2009 parade a very successful gala event. See you at the 2010 Parade!

Thanks for stopping to assist in finding my dogs
I would like to thank Kathy, who stopped her car to assist me in capturing my wayward golden retriever from running onto Egan Drive. She miracleously had doggie treats in her car and, seeing my distress, took control of the situation ensuring that Cody safely was returned to my yard. In addition, she drove the downtown area looking for Belle, my salmon-eating Bassett. Belle, returned home an hour later with fish breath.

Thanks for assisting me while I was in Juneau
I was a tourist in your city recently (one of those pesky cruise-ship people). I needed to see a doctor while on vacation (never fun) and needed help.

Thanks for helping us look for Sam Butler
As the family of Sam Butler, we would like to thank everyone who helped us look for Sam. We are so grateful for the donations of time and financial support for the search.

Crumrine, Gunderson
Robyn Crumrine, of Juneau, and Ryan "Casey" Gunderson, of Hopkins, Minn., will marry at 2 p.m. July 25, 2009, at the Moose Lodge in Juneau, where a reception will follow.

McLeod, Pinney wed
Amy McLeod, of Juneau, and Ben Pinney, of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., were married July 5, 2009, in Ouray, Colo.

Roger Hulse
A celebration of life for Roger Hulse, 49, a longtime Alaska and Juneau resident who died of natural causes on Dec. 29, 2008, is scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at at Savikko Park, shelter 2, at Sandy Beach.

Remembering Walter Cronkite
"And that's the way it is ...," Walter Cronkite would say at the end of his nightly broadcasts, and then he'd declaim the day, month and year, thus confidently filing another 24-hour chapter in its proper place in the national chronicles.

Don't build more F-22s
F-22 fighter jets have posed problems from the start. They were designed in the 1980s to combat a force of advanced Soviet fighter jets that never materialized. Decades of testing and tweaking have revealed fundamental flaws in their material and structure. They cost more than $44,000 for each hour they spend in the air - more than their predecessor, the F-15. They have never flown over Iraq or Afghanistan. The Defense Department has said it wants to cap the force at 187 and focus on next-generation F-35s instead.

Visionaries rocketing past NASA
On Oct. 4, 2004, a group of revolutionaries in the Mojave Desert sent a little dart-shaped rocket called SpaceShipOne beyond the Earth's atmosphere.

Sex offender gets 99-year sentence
BETHEL - A recidivist sex offender has been sentenced to 99 years in prison for sexual assault and incest.

'Wet Bethel' petitions garner signatures
BETHEL - Bethel City Clerk Lori Strickler says those hoping to loosen alcohol restrictions in Bethel have enough valid signatures to put their measure on the ballot.

2 charged in death of homeless man
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have charged two teenagers in the robbery death of a homeless man found dead inside a sleeping bag in a park.

Alaska court orders suspension for judge
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's highest court is ordering that a District Court judge in Bethel be suspended for inappropriate contact with a witness.

Wasilla man looks for missing mother
FAIRBANKS - A Wasilla man said his 68-year-old mother is missing, traveling in a black SUV with two parrots.

250 soldiers back in Fairbanks from Iraq
FAIRBANKS - Chief Warrant Officer Tim Worthy was all smiles as he stood next to his wife and three children for the first time in a year.

Photo: Governor's cup
Local runners compete Saturday in the McDowell Group Governor's Cup 5k race through downtown Juneau. Full results will be posted in Friday's paper.

Bicycling beast
After 24 days, 7 hours and 24 minutes, Jill Homer leaned against an international border gate near Antelope Wells, N.M.

Birds flock to Visitor Center
Cruising around by the Glacier Visitor Center is almost always interesting, even without the big, furry, charismatic beasts that climb the cottonwoods to eat catkins in the spring, or splash around in the creek after salmon in late summer and fall.

Homer runners pound trails, cool off in the bay
HOMER - For many people, a trip to Kachemak Bay State Park is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to relax and enjoy the incredible scenery and wildlife in the hidden hills across the bay.

Photo: Awesome angler
Doug Unruh, 54, of Juneau, caught this 60-pound king salmon in Icy Straights on Monday, July 13, with a J-plug.

Black goo afloat off Alaska coast identified as algae
ANCHORAGE - A sample of the giant black mystery blob that hunters discovered this month floating in the Chukchi Sea off the north coast of Alaska has been identified.

Alaska boat's false fishing reports net fines and suspensions
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Federal fisheries officials have fined the skipper and backers of an Alaskan fishing boat for falsely reporting where they took halibut and sablefish, and suspended their fishing permits for one year.

Sen. Begich: Government should lift Medicaid suspension
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich said the federal government suspension banning Alaska from enrolling new people in a Medicaid program for the disabled and elderly should be lifted, the senator wrote in a letter this week.

Palin hailed in visit to western Alaska
UNALAKLEET, Alaska - Gov. Sarah Palin was welcomed Friday as an old friend as she traveled to this rural Alaska town to sign a bill that continues subsidies for rural energy costs.

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