Sealaska legislation needs further clarification
The Associated Press article that ran in the July 8 Juneau Empire explains only one part of the Sealaska legislation issue and the article does a poor job of that.
As the August 4, Coast Guard Day, approaches, I wanted to take a moment and recognize the service of the members of the Coast Guard who live here in our community.
JPPP issues a call to action
We are Juneau People Power Project. We formed initially to oppose the 500-percent rate increase resulting from the 2008 avalanche. We became concerned when Alaska Electric Light & Power's recent interim and permanent rate increases were proposed. We encourage those who were not already doing so to contact the RCA with their objections, and we would like to commend all of the citizens who called or wrote RCA with their objections.
Sky-high movie theater prices
Movie ticket prices in Juneau are too high: $10.50 for adults 13 and up and $7 for children from ages 2-12. This means we are paying $10.50 for about two hours of a new movie on a big screen.
Wake Up Call
The net effect of the Palin/Parnell Administration's "AGIA Process" is to leave Alaskans paying over $20 billion to build the oil industry's "Denali Pipeline" for them.
Fatal single-car accident takes young man's life
An 18-year-old man who graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in May died Friday night in a single-car crash near the 22-mile marker of Glacier highway.
Royal Caribbean announces Q2 profit
Royal Caribbean Cruises has announced it turned a profit in the quarter ended June 30, after having lost money in the same quarter last year.
Stimulus projects boosting Alaska construction jobs
A dangerous stretch of highway out the road north of Juneau is getting upgraded to modern standards, thanks to the sometimes controversial federal effort to provide a stimulus to the economy.
State cold case prosecutor Gullufsen retires
From throwing jumpers and lay-ups through the hoops on the hardwood courts of Juneau-Douglas High School, to throwing the book at criminals in the Alaska court system, Patrick Gullufsen hit the courts to bring state championships to JDHS and justice to the people of Alaska.
Cause of Hoonah mill fire still under investigation
A fire marshal from the state Department of Public Safety said Sunday he is unsure why the Icy Straits Lumber & Milling, Inc. exploded Thursday morning.
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported:
Photo: Kickin' it down the street
Fina Toetuu and Claire Vakauta, both 14, share a laugh while walking with their soccer ball along Riverside Drive Saturday afternoon.
Photos: Chasing balls on the beach
Sunday's overcast weather was perfect tennis ball chasing climate for a group of canines and a designated ball thrower on Sandy Beach.
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported:
Photos: Reading in the rain
Christie Namee reads a poem off of her iPhone during Saturday's Poetry In the Park series at Twin Lakes' Project Playground.
Recent births at the Juneau Family Health and Birth Center:
Happy Birthday, Steve
Steve Sztuk celebrated his birthday on July 24.
Thank you for fireworks assistance
It was a day later than scheduled, and at times on the Fourth we weren't sure it was going to happen, but thankfully the weather gave us a window. However, the weather is only one facet of what makes the fireworks happen every year. Behind the scenes there are lots of volunteers and many civic-minded local businesses and organizations that make significant contributions to the success of the show.
From your 4th of July Juneau Parade Committee
We believe it is admirable that a concerned citizen wrote his concerns about the safety of the children along the parade route. We believe he suggested the committee should escort all parade entries to assure that no child gets hurt.
Thank you to the people who helped our family celebrate our niece, daughter, auntie, grandma and sister Captain Vicki "Susie" Jackson's promotion to Glory, memorial and funeral services. Haa waa! Gunal'cheesh! We really appreciate all the people who sent condolences to her mother Martha "Ann" Jackson in Kake and who attended the services, as well as the potluck dinner after the funeral in Kake, and memorial services in Juneau, Kake, Petersburg, Klawock and Everett, Wash. Special Gunal'cheesh to our families in Washington state who visited, cooked and fed the family.
Thanks to the Juneau Community from CHOICE
It was a busy and productive year for students with the Choosing Healthy Options in Cooperative Education program at Juneau-Douglas High School. Now that the school year has come to a close, there are several members of the Juneau community who need to be thanked for helping the program be so successful.
Photo: 95 and counting
Olive Landon celebrated her 95th birthday at the Pioneers Home on Friday, July 2. Landon is a past president of Svalbard Lodge, Sons of Norway in Juneau and also active in the Pioneers of Alaska. Her party included many of her friends and family members. Olive is an active member of the Pioneers Home and still participates in many Juneau activities.
Schneiders celebrate 50 years
Juneau residents Charles and Marlene Schneider were married 50 years ago on Aug. 5, 1960.
Poe, Jim to wed
Laura Ann Poe and Joseph Randal Jim will celebrate 11 years as a couple by getting married at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2010, at The Valley Chapel with a reception to immediately follow at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center (formerly known as the Armory). All family and friends of the bride and groom are welcome to attend.
Ackerman, Ordonez wed
Sue Ordonez, of Thailand, and Timothy James Ackerman, of Juneau, were married July 10, 2010, at the Ft. Seward Lodge in Haines.
Hurlbut, Prebeg wed
Samantha Hurlbut, of Juneau, and Sean Prebeg, of Bovey, Minn., were married on July 10, 2010, at The Buoy Deck.
Doxey, Wanamaker celebrate 25 years
On June 30, 2010, Karen Doxey and Randy Wanamaker celebrated 25 years of marriage by renewing their wedding vows in the presence of family and friends at Chapel by The Lake. Reverend Tracee Hackel performed the ceremony.
Kern, Spurgin wed
Jennifer Ann Kern, of Juneau, and Sean Patrick Spurgin, of Yakima, Wash., were married on June 12, 2010, at the Shuksan Golf Club in Bellingham, Wash.
Faith Lutheran Church will celebrate the installation of Rev. Michael Steckel as pastor at a special evening service on Jul 25th.
Morgen, Carlson wed
Bryan Morgen and Natalie Carlson, both of Juneau, were married in a ceremony on June 19, 2010, at Glacier Gardens.
Ferguson, Hayes wed
Traci Joy Ferguson and Saffron Wylder Hayes, both of Juneau, were married June 26, 2010, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.
Unschooled cooking: Blackberry cheesecake
I'm getting a little worried about my relationship with my editor. After doing all I could last month to get my Man Card revoked writing about salad ("Salad In Disguise" in L'attitude's July issue), I asked her what might be good to do for this piece. Her reply? "Berries!" Okay, I thought, berries. A quick Google search soon had me thinking, "cheesecake." My editor's thoughts on that: "Yum!"
Paddock, Reber to wed
Kaycie Paddock, of Juneau, and Darrin Reber, of Missoula, Mont., will marry at 3 p.m. on Aug. 7, 2010, at the Auke Bay Recreation Area. A reception will be held at 5 p.m. Family and friends are welcome to join in the celebration.
Okegawa, Bradley wed
Catherine Okegawa, of Juneau, and McCoy Bradley, of Bunkie, La., were married on June 18, 2010, at the Nesbitt Courthouse in Anchorage.
Photo: Toll from another time
Fr. Simeon Johnson, the newly appointed pastor for the 116-year-old St Nicholas Orthodox Church, rings the bell on July 15. The belfry currently sits in the yard, awaiting restoration.
Alaska's first Born Learning Trail dedicated
JUNEAU - Nearly eighty individuals gathered at Project Playground on Saturday, July 17 to dedicate Alaska's first Born Learning Trail. The ribbon cutting was supplemented with a free hot dog picnic, short speeches and lots of happy-faced children.
Photo: Midnight Suns reach for the stars
Juneau's Midnight Suns 12-and-under girls took first place June 20, 2010, at the Reach for the Stars, Play for a Cure Tournament in Salem, Ore. Back row, left to right: Makayla Harp, Maddy McKeown, Emily Lukshin, Martha Bullock, Quincy Bates. Front row, left to right: Sydney Miller, Jordan Harris, Emma Bullock, Meranda Frenzel, Erica Maiquis, and Maddy Johnson. Not pictured are the team coaches Randy Bates, Jun Maiquis and Mitch Harp. The team went on to take 4th place out of 18 on June 27 in the Midnight Suns Classic Tournament in Newberg, Ore.
Boozer to teach basketball camp
Carlos Boozer Basketball Camp will take place August 2-6 for children ages 7-17. Each camper will receive a Carlos Boozer t-shirt, autographed photo, 30 hours of expert instruction, the opportunity to win contests and prizes, complimentary Powerade, and participation in the championship on Friday. Print application forms online at www.cbfcamp.com or call 1-800-725-6958. Scholarships are available through the United Way of Southeast Alaska.
Red Cross, United Way to hold open house
In an effort to consolidate space and catalyze the development of a Southeast nonprofit center, the Red Cross and United Way have recently moved to a new location at 3225 Hospital Drive. The organizations are settled in and will hold an open house from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, July 29, at the new location. The open house is free and open to friends, partners and other active community members.
Donations wanted for fire victims
Longtime Juneau residents Danny and Sue Jorgensen are accepting donations on behalf of their daughter, Ursula Jones, due to a fire that destroyed their home and most of their belongings last week. Those who wish to contribute may place a deposit in an account in their name at AlaskaUSA Federal Credit Union, account number 1538825. For more information, contact Jones at 321-2490.
Board invites agencies to present
In an effort to better understand and meet Juneau's social service needs, the city's Social Services Advisory Board invites local social service agencies to give 10-minute presentations about Juneau programs during their monthly meetings. The SSAB extends this invitation to all Juneau social service agencies, whether or not they presently receive a CBJ Social Service Block Grant.
Opportunities for men and boys
AWARE will partner with Juneau's own Carlos Boozer to host activities for Alaska Men Choose Respect. The group will gather for a summer celebration and keynote address at 5:30 p.m. on August 4 at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School play area and the Juneau community is invited. This event will be an evening of basketball, barbeque, music and identifying different ways men and boys can make a difference and prevent interpersonal violence in Juneau. Sports coaches are also invited to receive training, curricula and prevention tool kits for the implementation of Coaching Boys into Men into their sports teams. Boozer, AWARE Staff and members of DELTA's prevention team will be offering this training later in the evening. Along with these events, Boozer will be implementing Coaching Boys into Men into his camp.
Female coaches wanted
Girls on the Run of Southeast Alaska is looking for Juneau women to coach the fall season of 2010. Girls on the Run is a 12-week, 24-lesson after school program for 3rd through 8th grade girls dedicated to educating and preparing girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. The interactive curriculum combines training for a 5K fun run with core curriculum components to address healthy body image, self-esteem and community service. Please join the Girls on the Run staff for mandatory coaches training for the fall season. To apply, please call Ati Nasiah or Swarupa Toth at AWARE 586-6623.
CASA seeks child advocates
The Juneau Court Appointed Special Advocate Program is recruiting volunteers to be the voice of hope for abused, neglected or abandoned children in our community. You are invited to attend a one-hour information meeting on any of the following dates:
Volunteer Opportunity of the Week
American Red Cross of Alaska seeks volunteers to help throughout September with the "Buy a Blanket" campaign
Monday, July 26
Betty H. Bailey
Betty H Bailey (nee Longmire) of West Seattle died July 19, 2010 after failing to recover from an emergency surgery on June 28. She was 89.
Patricia Arlene Stone Spencer
Longtime resident Patricia Arlene Stone Spencer passed away at her Douglas home July 20, 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Who's right for the job?
The primary election is just more than four weeks away, and we'll be hearing a lot more from candidates in the final month of campaigning. One of the most crucial races to be decided on the 24th of August is the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. Lisa Murkowski is finishing her first full term in office, while Joe Miller has put himself forward as an alternative on the Republican ballot.
My Turn: The Alaska Wildlife Alliance Board supports true subsistence hunting
The Alaska Wildlife Alliance is a diverse group composed of both hunters and non-hunters. The AWA supports true subsistence hunting, i.e., hunting at the local level, for the sole purpose of attaining meat.
Outside editorial: Health care mandate should clear constitutional hurdles
The following editorial first appeared in the Concord (N.H.) Monitor:
Outside editorial: Online retailers need to collect sales taxes
The following editorial first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News:
Why the national debt is a ticking time bomb
Millions of Americans face potential financial ruin because they bought homes they couldn't afford. Often, these homeowners were lured by initially low interest rates that provided the illusion of affordability. After a few years, these "teaser" rates reset upward, creating unaffordably high mortgage payments.
Democratic Legislation fallout
Lately, even the most elite in media have started to report some of the intended and unintended consequences of the rushed and ill-conceived federal health care bill passed earlier this year.
Fairbanks judge told man not competent for trial
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks Superior Court judge has been told that 53-year-old Brian Galbraith, of Fairbanks, is not competent to stand trial in the 2007 killing of a mental health worker.
Elderly woman airlifted from fishing vessel
JUNEAU - The U.S. Coast Guard says it airlifted an 83-year-old woman from a fishing vessel in the Gedney Harbor after the woman began experiences symptoms of a stroke.
Bering Sea crab fishing safer, federal safety report says
ANCHORAGE - A new federal safety report says Bering Sea crabbing is not as deadly as it used to be.
3 Alaska residents indicted on drug charges
FAIRBANKS - Three Alaska residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury on felony charges stemming from an attempt to import nearly 4 1/2 pounds of cocaine.
Police: 2 men on missing plane found alive
PALMER - Alaska State Troopers say the pilot and passenger of a plane missing since Thursday have been found alive in the Knik River Valley.
Newberg police: Man attempts to shoot stepmom
PORTLAND, Ore. - Newberg police say officers arrested a 53-year-old man after he tried shooting his stepmother.
Man dies after hit-and-run in Everett
EVERETT, Wash. - The Shonomish County sheriff's office says a man died after being struck by a pickup truck that fled the scene early Sunday morning in Everett.
Rescuers search for missing boater
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers say a search has been launched for a man who went missing after his boat sank in the Kuskokwim River.
Tacoma police make arrest in bystander death
TACOMA, Wash. - Tacoma police have made an arrest in the death of a woman killed by a stray bullet.
Eugene man wanted for rape, kidnapping arrested
EUGENE, Ore. - A 31-year-old man wanted for kidnapping and sexual assault was captured by police after a six-hour manhunt outside Eugene Saturday.
Central council receives over $2M in state grant funds
The Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska has received a $2,461,905 Native Family Assistance Program grant from the State of Alaska Department of Health & Social Services, Division of Public Assistance. The grant is in year four of a five year grant cycle, and will fund services offered July 1 through June 30, 2011.
Lt. Gov. Campbell attends NASS summer conference
ANCHORAGE - Lt. Governor Craig Campbell, in his role as administrator of state election law, attended the National Association of Secretaries of State 2010 summer conference last week in Providence, R.I. In many states across the nation, elections are administered by the Secretary of State.
VPSO Program receives funding
The Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announced the Village Public Safety Officer Program has been funded for fiscal year 2011 in the amount of $679,909 from the State of Alaska Department of Public Safety.
IRS releases proposed regulations related to fees for preparer tax identification numbers
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service last week released proposed regulations that would establish a fee for individuals who apply for a preparer tax identification number. Proposed regulations that were issued in March would require certain tax return preparers to obtain a number. The IRS is working to finalize those proposed regulations, which are the first of a series of steps planned to increase oversight of federal tax return preparation.
Juneau Majors even softball series at 1-1
One night after a tough 15-0 loss, the Gastineau Channel Little League softball Majors All-Stars edged District 1 champion Nunaka Valley 3-2 Saturday evening at Melvin Park.
Nunaka Valley pushes Juneau to the brink
The Nunaka Valley All-Stars moved within one win of a second straight Alaska Little League softball state championship Sunday with a 14-1, four-inning win over host Gastineau Channel Little League at Melvin Park.
Majors baseball team wins District 2, state bid
Majors Baseball Roundup
Photos: Knutson-Lombardo, Twelker win Mt. Roberts Tram Run
Oceanographers develop remote power module
ANCHORAGE - Oceanographers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks are getting ready to install a device designed to provide alternative energy for scientific instruments along the Arctic Coast.
Parnell marks first year in office, primary looms
JUNEAU - Perhaps Sean Parnell's greatest accomplishment so far as governor is that he's not Sarah Palin.
Strong minds, cartilage a must in ear pull contest
FAIRBANKS - Leroy Shangin broke strings at the Carlson Center. Nicole Colbert broke into a laugh.
UAF conference focuses on peonies
FAIRBANKS - Pat Holloway still remembers the day in 2004 when a British flower broker called with an unusual request: He needed peonies, and he needed them fast.
Alaska opens Delta Junction bison hunt early
FAIRBANKS - The state is opening the Delta Junction bison hunt two months early to help cut down on damage to local crops.