Sunday, August 1, 2010

Juneau getting its first green roof
Construction of the new Downtown Transportation Center at the corner of Egan Drive and Main Street has included a new feature, something to provide some green in more than one sense.

A fine day for a marathon
According to a dedication by the Southeast Road Runner Club, "the only race Frank Maier cared a damn about" was run Saturday morning by more than 140 entrants that cared a damn about it too. The race is sanctioned by the governing body of the United States Track And Field and is in honor of Maier who passed in 1990 in a fishing accident.

Photo: Dancing for the arts
Teachers from across Alaska participate in Tlingit dancing in front of the Alaska State Museum on Friday. The 7th Basic Arts Institute in Juneau helps K-12 educators experience how the arts can increase student performance, engagement and motivation through hands-on activities, discussions and field trips. The workshop started July 25 and runs through Aug. 6.

Buoy Tender Roundup docking in Juneau
The top United States Coast Guard buoy tenders from around the state will throw their dock lines around the pilings at USCG District 17 station Juneau this week for the annual Buoy Tender Roundup.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Juneau dress challenge
The Stronger Together Juneau Dress Challenge started on a cold January 5:30 am morning when Liz LaPierre and Genevieve McLaughlin were on their way to work out at Curves at the Airport Mall. They decided it would be a great New Years resolution to get back into their wedding dresses.

Outdated: The stronger sex
I was in 5th grade when Janice dog-paddled up behind me in physical education swimming class and dunked me under the water.

Haffner, Whiteley to wed
Fathom Lee Haffner and George John Whiteley Jr of Juneau will marry on August 21, 2010 at First Baptist Church in Juneau. A reception will follow the ceremony at Marlintini's Lounge.

Translator's Tales: An unorthodox approach to international translation
Editor's note: Part 2 of this column will appear in the Aug. 15 edition of the Juneau Empire.

Schneiders to renew vows
Juneau residents Charles and Marlene Schneider were married 50 years ago on Aug. 5, 1960.

Ayala, Hoff to wed
Carolina Ayala of Antofagasta, Chile and Brandon Hoff of Gilbert, Minn. will marry at a private ceremony at 6 p.m. on Aug. 7, 2010, in Juneau. A reception will follow the ceremony at the Baranof Hotel.

Ferrin, Morriss to wed
Kimberly Ferrin of Haines and Mason Morriss of Juneau will marry at 3 p.m. on August 14, 2010 in a private ceremony. A reception will be held at 5 p.m. at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.

Blackwell, Lyon wed
Jesse V. Blackwell and Dana T. Lyon were married on June 12, 2010 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Together with their parents they would like to invite all friends and family that can attend to help them celebrate in Juneau on Friday, August 6. They are making their home here in Juneau and would love to see familiar faces smile with them as they begin their journey as Mr. and Mrs. Blackwell.

Donations wanted for fire victims
JUNEAU - 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 321-2940.

Juneau Community Foundation launches new fund
JUNEAU - The Juneau Community Foundation (JCF) announced that it has received a community grant totaling $15,000 from the Fred Meyer Fund.

Juneau CASA Program seeks volunteer child advocates
JUNEAU - The Juneau Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program is recruiting volunteers to be the voice of hope for abused, neglected or abandoned children in our community. Every year in Juneau there are a number of children who are placed in foster care because abuse and neglect. Now, into these childrens' lives come dozens of strangers: police, foster parents, therapists, social workers, judges and lawyers. Hopefully, one of these strangers is a CASA volunteer.

First Table of the Day award given at Sitka Farmers Market
SITKA - Lori Adams of Down To Earth U-Pick Garden received the Table of the Day Award from the first Sitka Farmers Market of the 2010 summer season July 17 at Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Daniel Malick memorial
JUNEAU - A memorial will be held to honor Daniel Malick's life and spread his ashes over Lynn Canal and the surrounding areas at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 14. Daniel died Jan. 20, 2010 in Islamabad, Pakistan. This will be a casual gathering where memories and stories of Daniel can be shared and drink and food can be enjoyed. Please contact Willow Malick at willow.malick@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Food festival deadline approaching
JUNEAU - For backyard gardeners, farmers and businesses and organizations concerned with local food production, the deadline for applications for the second annual Juneau Local Foods Festival is Aug. 6. The Saturday, Aug. 28 event will feature a large farmers market as well as workshops in organic gardening and growing fruits and vegetables in Southeast Alaska. For a link to the application form, visit www.jedc.org.

Volunteer firefighters needed
KETCHIKAN - The Ketchikan Fire Department will host a volunteer recruitment and retention workshop on Aug. 3. Fire chiefs and community leaders from North Tongass, South Tongass, Ketchikan and Prince of Wales Island will gather to discuss local recruitment and retention issues. The workshop will be facilitated by representatives from the Alaska State Firefighters Association (ASFA), who will be on the road for the next two months to meet with volunteer fire departments throughout the state. The program is funded by a FEMA SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant, which ASFA received in 2006. The grant program compliments the current marketing campaign implemented by ASFA and includes statewide commercials and advertisements. The goal of the campaign is to reverse the declining trend of volunteer emergency responder involvement in Alaska. For information about the campaign, visit www.asfafireline.org.

New resources offered for new parents
JUNEAU - Starting Aug. 1, the Juneau Public Health Center will offer a universal postpartum outreach program for families with newborns. Public health nurses will provide families with information about infant care and feeding, parenting, immunizations, child care and resources available for families in their communities. The program is coordinated with Bartlett Beginnings and supported by Glacier Pediatrics, Rainforest Pediatric Care and the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium providers. Contact public health nurse Masayo Nishiyama in the Juneau Public Health Center at 465-3353 for more information.

SEARHC hosts 'Rally For The Cure' golf
HAINES - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) WISEWOMAN Women's Health Program is teaming up with Valley of the Eagles Golf Links and Driving Range in Haines to host the "Rally For The Cure" Summer Scramble Golf Outing in August.

Host families wanted for exchange students
JUNEAU - The Center for Cultural Interchange is offering the opportunity for Juneau families to host an international exchange student in the coming months. CCI places English-speaking students ages 15-18 from more than 60 countries who are active in sports, art, music and dance and eager to experience life in the U.S.

Storyteller Brett Dillingham to perform
JUNEAU - Brett Dillingham will present a pay-as-you-can storytelling workshop and performance at 6 p.m. on Aug. 4 at the Hangar Ballroom.

Census totem dedication and celebration
JUNEAU - For the first time in history, the 2010 Census commissiond Sitka carver Tommy Joseph to design and carve a totem pole specifically for the Census. Since its completion this spring, the totem pole has traveled throughout many communities in Southeast Alaska during the census data collection process. The totem is currently on display at Goldbelt's Mt. Roberts Tramway in Juneau.

Mt. Roberts Tram Run thank you
Many thanks to the Goldbelt Mt. Roberts Tramway for sponsoring this year's 23rd annual Mount Roberts Tram Run, held on Saturday, July 24. Mt. Roberts Tramway donated tram passes for volunteers and the 43 runners who participated in this year's run and food and refreshments at the end of the race. The Tramway will add the names of this year's winners, Tristan Knutson-Lombardo and Janeann Twelker, to the winner's trophy that is displayed at the lower tram terminal for all to see. A special thanks to Goldbelt tram manager George Reifenstein for working so diligently with us on race logistics, and tram staff Jim Duncan for accommodating our needs on race day. We really appreciate Goldbelt's participation and without them, this race would not have been a success.

Thanks for attending open house
The staff and volunteers of the American Red Cross of Alaska and United Way of Southeast Alaska would like to extend a big thank you to the community of Juneau for a warm welcome and tremendous turnout to this Thursday's open house. We were thrilled to share our new space, as well as the missions behind the work we do, with members of the community. To make the evening truly complete, the open house was sponsored by our neighborhood cafe, R Espresso. Providing a variety of tasty wraps and coffee, R Espresso donated a key (and delicious) component to the success of the evening! A great time was had by all.

FYI
Recent births at Bartlett Regional Hospital:

Photo: Big brother barbeque
Little Brother Spencer, left, enjoys a meal with Big Brother Bob Small at the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters barbeque at Sandy Beach on July 17.

Recognitions
James MacInnes recently joined AT&T as an account manager. He will be based in Anchorage and responsible for enterprise business accounts on a statewide basis. James comes to AT&T from Alaska Communications Systems where he served as a Senior Sales Engineer. James brings 15 years of direct industry experience and has worked for industry leaders such as Cisco Systems, XO Communications and Reliance Globalcom.

Senior Menu
Monday, Aug. 2

Helen Emily Laurent
Helen Emily Laurent died July 22 in Juneau.

James Joseph Sarzynski
James Joseph Sarzynski died July 28, 2010 in Houghton, Mich.

Daniel Thomas Melville
Daniel Thomas Melville died July 23 in Juneau. He was 18 years old.

Ronald W. Nielsen
Known to over 40 years of local Juneau and statewide tournament bowlers, Ron Nielsen passed away on July 7 after a mercifully short battle with colon cancer.

Daniel Franklin Malick
Daniel Franklin Malick died Jan. 20, 2010 in Islamabad, Pakistan.

The family matters
Last year I received a telephone call asking if the diocese of Juneau would participate in a petition to change the current law in Alaska whereby a young girl under the age of eighteen could have an abortion without parental notification.

Our waters need Senate action too
As I'm out on the water sharing the magic of our whales with our many visitors, I am regularly reminded of how productive and clean our waters are.

Simple truths
Lisa Murkowksi and Joe Miller are both running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. Republicans therefore have a decision to make as to who will represent them in the election, and, most likely, in Washington, D.C. Whenever we are given two choices, we all compare and contrast those options.

Outside editorial: New report shows how government bailouts, stimulus helped the economy
The following editorial first appeared in the Kansas City Star:

Soldier pleads not guilty to child porn charges
FAIRBANKS - A Fort Wainright soldier pleaded not guilty to two counts of distributing child pornography at his arraignment Friday.

National Guard sets Monday service for four airmen
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Air National Guard has scheduled a Monday memorial service for the four airmen who died in last week's military cargo plane crash.

Man arrested in deadly Soldotna shooting
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers have arrested a 44-year-old man on a murder charge in a July 16 shooting in Soldotna.

Alaska dividend estimated to be similar to 2009
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage Daily News estimate puts the size of this year's Alaska dividend between $1,250 and $1,320.

Key for Bears lies in the trenches
Size matters, but speed kills.

Gozelski making transition from hardwood to gridiron
Juneau-Douglas lacks a bevy of big guys to blow people off the line of scrimmage, so the Crimson Bears intend to blow by them instead.

Year 2: Falcons set sights high
It might only be Year 2 for the young Thunder Mountain football program, but expectations around the Falcons' practice field can be summed up with one word: state.

Transfers bolster TMHS roster
In every football offseason, whether it be Pop Warner or the NFL, all organizations hope to bring in new talent.

GCLL baseball Majors, Juniors West Region bids
The Gastineau Channel Little League Majors All-Star team swept Knik three games to zero after a 10-0, four-inning win Saturday to advance to the West Region tournament Aug. 6-15 in San Bernardino, Calif.

Falcons meet Bears for first time in scrimmage
The regular season might not have started yet, but the hitting has already begun for the Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain football teams after the first-ever crosstown scrimmage Saturday at rain-soaked Adair-Kennedy Field.

TransCanada pipeline open season produces bids
Multiple major industry players and others have submitted bids to ship Alaska's natural gas to market through his company's pipeline, said Tony Palmer of TransCanada Corp.

Weyhrauch's corruption trial delayed
Former Juneau Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch's corruption trial, scheduled to begin next month, has been further delayed after Weyhrauch's attorney called the date "unrealistic."

Calibration error puts DUI tests in question
ANCHORAGE - Nearly 2,500 breath-alcohol tests conducted in drunken-driving cases across the state over a period of nearly four years used equipment with flawed quality control standards, which some defense attorneys say call into question the accuracy of the tests themselves.

State regulators reconsider Usibelli gas plan
FAIRBANKS - The Department of Natural Resources is reviewing its decision to grant an exploration license for coalbed methane near Healy.

Corrections officer is 1 of 8 facing drug charges
ANCHORAGE - A state corrections officer was one of eight people indicted on federal drug charges in connection with a smuggling ring that brought cocaine, methamphetamine and other drugs into the Anchorage jail.

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