Sunday, July 26, 2009

Settling the issue of succession
Deputy Attorney General Craig Tillery wrote a letter claiming to correct "a fundamental error" in an Empire story. He argued Alaska's lieutenant governor can appoint a "temporary/acting lieutenant governor." Sadly, the Empire's report that neither Alaska law nor our constitution creates such a position was 100 percent accurate.

Health care broken by free-market system
Regarding a recent article reprinted from the Los Angeles Times on health care, the author exposes "free market, choice and competition" for health care reform.

Ethical dilemma
Gov. Sarah Palin leaves office today, claiming continual "frivolous" ethics complaints have driven her from the governorship.

EPA standing ground regarding Kensington mine
Alaska's senators called on the head of the U.S. Environmental Agency to answer for the agency's actions regarding the Kensington gold mine this week.

One fish, two fish
The protesters walked from Harris Harbor to the Department of Fish and Game carrying signs.

Taku River flood peaks at 43 feet
The annual Taku flood peaked Thursday evening, and cabin owners say it wasn't too bad.

Police remind residents to lock up cars, homes
The Juneau Police Department is asking citizens to remember to lock their homes, vehicles and bicycles in order to reduce the chances of becoming a victim of theft.

Photo: Sharing the load
The Owyhee, a seiner contracted by Douglas Island Pink And Chum to harvest hatchery salmon, has its fish catch pumped from its purse seine by the tender Tacoma on Friday morning in the Gastineau Channel.

Around Town
Today

Correction
A photo of University of Alaska Southeast students accompanying a page one story in Friday's Juneau Empire credited the wrong photographer. Cariann Drake took the photo.

50 years later
"'After the bear left, I put my hand up to my face. It was really a mess. I felt bone tissue and flesh. My face between the bridge of my nose and the middle of my forehead was gone. My left eye was hanging down on my cheek and my right eye was gone. I thought, 'My God, I've been blinded.'"

Photo: Tossing it around
From left, Home Depot manager Troy Wolfinbarger poses with United Way President Brenda Hewitt and Julie Wright, of Home Depot receiving, who organized a donation of more than 300 gallons of Glidden paint to local nonprofits through United Way. Agencies that benefited include The Glory Hole, SERRC and The Learning Connection, Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council, Love Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters, Association for the Education of Young Children and Sitka Counseling and Prevention. For more information, contact Brenda Hewitt at bhewitt@unitedwayseak.org or 463-5530.

Senior menu for the week of July 27-31
Monday, July 27

Recognitions
Sarah W. Bixby, daughter of Pam Woolcott and Al Bixby, of Juneau, was accepted into the Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California. She will begin her four-year post-graduate degree program in August. She currently holds a Bachelor of Science in marine biology from the University of Alaska Southeast.

Echo Ranch midsummer review
During orientation, we try and get the counselors ready for a whirlwind summer. But for some reason, the month of June seemed to just drift along.

City museum to host conservation clinic
JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas City Museum will host a conservation clinic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 22 at Fourth and Main streets downtown. This clinic is part of the Western Association for Art Conservation's annual meeting, which will be held in Juneau from Aug. 19 to 21. The clinic, held at the city museum, also is co-sponsored by the Alaska State Museum.

Pets of the week: Gentle cat, energetic young lab seek homes
Charles is a very gentle 2-year-old social butterfly who loves everyone. This big boy likes to be pampered with back and toe massages while lazing about with his buds.

Northern Light Church changes ministers
JUNEAU - Northern Light United Church welcomed Kim Poole as its new pastor on July 1. Poole succeeds Jesse Perry, who accepted a call to minister in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.

Thanks for supporting our annual frisbee toss
The Gastineau Humane Society again hosted its annual Fourth of July frisbee toss. We would like to thank all of our canine competitors and spectators for their continued support in this yearly event.

Thanks for patience in airport construction
The Juneau International Airport would like to thank the traveling public for their continued patience during the construction of the terminal expansion. Work is continuing on the front of the terminal and in the Shell Simmons Roadway.

Ethel Lund Medical Center lab earns COLA accreditation
JUNEAU - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Ethel Lund Medical Center clinical laboratory recently passed an accreditation inspection and was awarded the COLA Laboratory Excellence Award.

Photos: Getting ready for the fair
Yees Ku Oo' box drummer Dale Reeves, of the Eagle clan, performs Friday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Celebrity Beauty Bandy a success
Celebrity hairstylists Maurice Tidy and Ian Gavet visited Juneau's Luxury Lounge last Sunday and Monday to lead a workshop for local stylists.

Thanks for the 28 years, Juneau
We first came in the early 1970s to paint Bullwinkle's. We thought the green was a paradise compared to up north. We came again when mom had a one-woman show of her hand blown glass and we stayed in Belle Simpson's cabin on the beach. How cool was that? During that time mom was beginning the Alaska Arts in Prisons program.

Free pressure canner gauge testing offered
JUNEAU - For safety's sake, all pressure canner gauges should be tested at least once a year. The bacterium, clostridium botulinum, can survive and grow inside a sealed jar of food producing a poisonous toxin. Even a taste of food containing this toxin can be fatal.

Extension Service to hold two workshops
JUNEAU - The Cooperative Extension Service will offer advice and two workshops in Juneau on food product development and display to help individuals get ready for the upcoming second annual Juneau Farmer's Market and Local Foods Festival.

Consortium hires Watanabe as health systems analyst
JUNEAU - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is pleased to announce that Libby Watanabe has been hired as the health systems analyst for the SEARHC executive offices in Juneau.

Polaris House: The jewel of Juneau
On July 14, Juneau's Polaris House became the first organization in Alaska to receive Clubhouse certification from the International Center for Clubhouse Development in New York.

Governor's Awards applications due Aug. 1
JUNEAU - The Alaska Humanities Forum board member and Juneau resident Tom Nelson would like to remind Southeast Alaska readers that the deadline to submit nominations for the 2009 Governor's Awards for the Arts & Humanities is Aug. 1.

FYI
Births

Juneau, Hunt wed
While attending the International Juneau Family Reunion, Paul Juneau and Julie Hunt were married July 4, 2009, at the Alaska Wolf Lodge on Wickersham Drive in Juneau.

Lindsay, Thomson wed
DJ Lindsay and David Thomson, both of Juneau, were married July 2, 2009, at the Juneau Yacht Club.

Banfield, Moe wed
Julie Banfield and Richard Moe were married May 16, 2009, at the Alaska Beach Cabin and Boathouse located at Indian Cove in Juneau.

Edgar, Foster wed
Odette Foster and Douglas Edgar Sr., of Juneau, were married July 3, 2009, in Juneau. A reception followed at St. Anne's Parish Hall and included the annual July 3 contra dance.

Helfinstines celebrate 30 years
James and Laurie Helfinstine, of Juneau, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on July 21, 2009. In 1979, they were married in the original Chapel by the Lake overlooking Auke Bay. They spent their honeymoon in Sitka.

Canterbury and Calhoun
In olden times, 500 years or so ago, pilgrimage usually meant a visit to a religious shrine where a famous Christian saint may have been martyred or lay buried.

Frankie Howard
Francelia May "Frankie" Howard died July 19, 2009, in Juneau at the age of 92.

Kevin James Walkenford
Juneau resident Kevin James Walkenford died in Phoenix, Ariz. on July 19, 2009. He was 14.

Chewing the fat
The following editorial first appeared in the Washington Post:

Swine flu and a vaccine
The following editorial first appeared in the Washington Post:

Resignation is Palin's only chance to be 2012 contender
Gov. Sarah Palin leaves office today. The reaction to her resignation among Alaskans has been strangely contradictory: people criticize her for being a quitter, yet in the next breath say, "good riddance," and, "glad to see her go." Palin is no quitter, but it is good that she is moving on.

My turn: Using words instead of thinking
Language is a powerful tool. It can be used not only for understanding, but in trying to convince others of certain ideas. In fact, language is one of the few common tools all human beings have. At the same time, as it is a tool, it may not truly reflect or explain reality.

Toe toon
This week's toe toon.

Nurse indicted on drug charge
JUNEAU - A grand jury indicted a registered nurse Friday charged with stealing a vial of a prescription narcotic from Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Quake shakes southern Alaska
Anchorage - Geologists say a small earthquake has rattled southern Alaska in the Prince William Sound area. There were no immediate reports of damage.

Man guilty in shooting at Fairbanks bar
FAIRBANKS - It took a jury less than three hours to convict a man of attempted murder for gunning down his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend at a Fairbanks bar.

Motorist fishes for phone, hits train
ANCHORAGE - Police in Anchorage say a motorist struck the side of a train while fishing for his cell phone.

Local men indicted for halibut sales
ANCHORAGE - Two Juneau men were indicted Friday on charges of violating the Lacey Act by commercializing subsistence halibut.

Channel fish float to close for repairs
JUNEAU - The vehicle ramp and fishing float at Wayside Park on Channel Drive will close for ramp bearing repairs beginning Monday. It will remain closed until the Juneau Docks and Harbors department completes the project.

Fast on her feet
JUNEAU - Whether it's in the classroom, on the track or a 5k course, few - if any - can catch Juneau-Douglas High School's Leah Francis.

Photo: Lowell rolls in Mt. Roberts Tram Run
Juneau's Abby Lowell, 28, runs the Mount Roberts Tram Run on Saturday. Lowell defeated 31 other competitors with a time of 37:56, beating out second-place Scott May (40:59) by more than three minutes. Andrzej Piotrowski (42:10), Ky CLark (43:34) and Jeff Deeter (43:37) rounded out the top five. Full results will be posted in Friday's edition of the Juneau Empire.

Rivera rules road race
JUNEAU - Tracy Rivera rolled to a first-place finish in Saturday's long course Eaglecrest Road Race, while Layrd Olliffs took first in the short course race.

Trap Club holds Freeman shoot
The Tom Freeman, Memorial 300 Bird, American Trap Association approval shoot was attended by 14 members of the Juneau Trap Club. The event was held in memorial of Freeman, a well-remembered member.

The nesting American Dipper
I stumbled up the trail. My younger, springy-legged companion danced over the wet roots and around the mudholes while I lumbered and lurched over the same terrain, well behind my friend.

Juneau Seniors struggle, Juniors host title game
Sitka 11, Juneau 1

Sports in juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Channel Drive fish float to close for repairs
JUNEAU - The vehicle ramp and fishing float at Wayside Park on Channel Drive will close for ramp bearing repairs beginning Monday. It will remain closed until the Juneau Docks and Harbors department completes the project.

Palin faces questions as she exits office
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin gained fame - and to some infamy - since she embarked on a vice-presidential bid less than a year ago.

Parnell to aim for 'stability' as he becomes Alaska's governor; will run for the office next year
ANCHORAGE - Sean Parnell will become only the second non-elected governor since statehood when he takes the oath of office today. The other was Keith Miller, who served just a year when President Nixon appointed Gov. Wally Hickel secretary of the Department of the Interior.

Palin picnic draws big crowd in Wasilla
WASILLA - More than a thousand people showed up Friday for Gov. Sarah Palin's annual picnic held in her hometown of Wasilla.

Fairbanks Rescue Mission opens recycling center
FAIRBANKS - A celebratory prayer of thanksgiving was offered as hands were laid on a 686-pound, recycled bale of cardboard, the first produced at the new community recycling center at the Fairbanks Rescue Mission.

State: delay in Prudhoe Bay oil spill case
ANCHORAGE - The state claims BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. is trying to delay a lawsuit over Prudhoe Bay oil spills in 2006 by requesting that regulators handle much of the case.

Airplane clips truck during takeoff on Alaska Highway
ANCHORAGE - An airplane using the Alaska Highway as a runway struck a truck as it was taking off from a stop for repairs, Alaska State Troopers said Friday.

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