Sunday, August 2, 2009

63rd salmon derby full of changes, new partnerships, big prizes
Juneau's three-day, mid-August fishing contest with hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes is back for its 63rd year. The Golden North Salmon Derby kicks off this year on Friday, August 14 and runs through Sunday, August 16.

Boundary map detail and official fishing area
NOTE: MAPS ARE NOT SHOWN TO SCALE AND ARE NOT MEANT FOR NAVIGATIONAL PURPOSES

And the winner is ... 2009 special prizes
1. Territorial Sportsmen, Inc:

Scholarship fish prizes: an opportunity to win cold, hard cash
For each scholarship fish turned in, contestants will receive one door prize ticket that will provide the opportunity to win one of the prizes listed below. All drawings will be done after the derby and will be available for pick up at the awards ceremony. Ticket numbers will be posted on the Salmon Derby website at:

Big Fish Tales: '08 8th place winner shares her story
Marsha Montag developed a passion for boating as a young child while sitting on her dad's lap and assisting him at the helm. Having been born and raised in Juneau, she operated a charter business for about 14 years and has faithfully participated in the Golden North Salmon Derby for her entire life.

Fish tweets
This year the Juneau Empire will be providing minute-to-minute updates from the waters of the Golden North Salmon Derby. Through the Empire's Twitter and Facebook pages as well as at juneauempire.com you'll be able to have instant updates on who's caught what, how big it is and how it all went down. "Twitter will provide readers with a way to know what's going on out on the water whether they are a participant or a spectator," Managing Editor Charles Westmoreland said. Westmoreland also encourages Derby participants to call the Empire with their own updates.

2009 derby photo contest!
The rules are simple. Submit your favorite photo taken during this year's derby to the Territorial Sportsmen, Inc. You can mail the photos to PO Box 20761, Juneau, AK 99802 or e-mail them to territorial@gci.net by August 31. Be sure to include your contact information. A winner will be selected by the salmon derby committee and you will be notified by September 15. The person taking the winning photograph will be awarded derby tickets for next year's derby for all immediate household members (limited to five). The photograph will be displayed in next year's derby booklet and on the derby web site.

Gear, gadgets & Gizmos
Keep it cool

Who is the Territorial Sportsmen?
Territorial Sportsmen, Inc. serves an important purpose:

2009 top 50 Golden North prizes
Derby Prizes will be awarded beginning at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 20, at Centennial Hall. Prize winners or designated representatives must attend the awards ceremony. Winners must present their entry and weigh-in ticket stubs at the ceremony in order to claim their prize. The official list of all prizes will be available on the salmon derby website at www.goldennorthsalmonderby.org on Wednesday, August 19.

A welcome from Territorial Sportsmen president Regelin
Welcome to the 63rd annual Golden North Salmon Derby and thank you for participating. Territorial Sportsmen Inc. (TSI) is proud to sponsor this fun-filled event for the community of Juneau.

A special dedication: Bob Cartmill and family
The 63rd Golden North Salmon Derby is dedicated to Bob Cartmill for his 41 years of service to the derby with the loyal support of his entire family.

2009 Golden North Salmon Derby Rules
Pink & chum salmon will not be accepted. Derby participants are encouraged to return pink and chum salmon unharmed to the water, unless they are retained for personal consumption.

Handle fish with care
The following guidelines have been provided by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game for keeping your fish in the best possible condition so the maximum value is retained. Do everything possible to preserve the quality of your fish: • DO NOT clean your fish*! Turn in your fish IN THE ROUND!• Keep them moist and cool.• Please ice your fish in a slush mixture of ⅓ ice to ⅔ sea water (ice is available at all weigh-in stations and Tee Harbor.)• Please do not put fish in plastic bags. Use wet burlap if you do not have ice.• Turn in your fish as soon as possible.*State of Alaska, Dept. of Environmental Conservation regulations do not allow cleaned fish to be accepted by the Derby.

Derby scholarships go to Southeast seniors with a passion for outdoors
Every year the Territorial Sportsmen, Inc. gives away multiple scholarships to graduating seniors. This year $12,000 each was awarded to Juneau-Douglas High School seniors Logan Balstad, Kevin Craig and Trevor Larsen.

Territorial Sportsmen Scholarship Recipients
1953 Johnny Harris

Past winners of the Golden North Salmon Derby
1947 Dick Harris, Juneau, 38.4lbs.

Kings aren't shrinking, they're just feeding
Derby fish ain't what they used to be, say old-timers. And they're right - though it's no sign of impending doom.

Legislature tallying session costs
Legislative officials say they expect a one-day special session of the Alaska Legislature will cost about $112,000 in Anchorage.

Dragonfly hunter
John Hudson walks up the Auke Lake boat ramp, holding a dragonfly by its wings in one hand and a white net in the other. He introduces himself briefly and launches straight into a description of dragonfly sex.

Upgraded Empire Web site to launch Monday
The Juneau Empire is improving the look and functionality of www.juneauempire.com based on suggestions from readers for an easier and faster Web site.

Partying against community crime
The Juneau Police Department is looking for people to party Tuesday night to help fight crime in the community.

Photo: A jet ski for three
Trever Held jet skis to shore with friends Justin Brooks and Brendon Doherty on Auke Lake Saturday afternoon. "We'll spend the whole day here if we can," Doherty said.

Photo: Aquatic Center breaks ground
Local dignitaries and youth swimmers take part in the ground breaking ceremony for the Dimond Park Aquatic Center Saturday morning on Riverside Drive near Thunder Mountain High School. Said Juneau Borough Schools superintendent Glenn Gelbrich: "It goes without saying, if you are in Southeast Alaska you are not far from the water. ... We are committed to helping all the kids in or schools learn how to swim..." Other officials said the aquatic center would be a gathering point for the community and a place to raise strong, healthy and intelligent children.

Around Town
Today, Aug. 2

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Correction
A photo of author Tom Brennan accompanying a B1 story in Thursday's Juneau Empire failed to credit the photographer. Dave Harbour with Northern Gas Pipelines took the photo.

From Mountains to Meadows
Juneau's Krista Bertholl was honored this month as one of the seven Child Care Providers of the Week in the state by two PBS children's programs.

Photo: At the table
Ingrid Conte and her son, Nikita, 6, pose in front of their family-owned shop, Russian Table in Alaska, which opened two months ago downtown off Gold Street. The shop sells Russian merchandise, such as candies, kielbasa, china and handmade khohloma (wooden bowls), which Conte orders from New York. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Photo: Pioneering women
Juneau Pioneers' Home residents and staff pose during a Tuesday outing to Kaxdigoowu Heen Dei Trail at Brotherhood Bridge. From left are Marja Miller, staff; Kathrine Shaw, nearly 100 years old; Margo Lewis, 91; Demy Carandang, staff; and Nina Brown, 80.

Recognitions
Megan Elizabeth (Clough) Felts graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a Master's of Music in Music Education in May. A 2003 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate and 2007 Berklee College of Music graduate, Felts is the daughter of Lisa Rollin and Mike McKrill and John and Marian Clough. She and her husband, Brandon, reside in Norwood, Mass.

Senior menu for the week of Aug. 3-7
Monday, Aug. 3

REACH, JAHC to host workshop on grant proposal writing
JUNEAU - To help members of the nonprofit community and government agencies decipher the intricacies of the grant seeking process, REACH and the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council will host the Grantsmanship Training Program from Aug. 10 to 14 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. The five-day workshop will be conducted by the Grantmanship Center, the world's oldest and largest training organization for the nonprofit sector.

Thanks for making our Bash for Cash a huge success
Deb Barry and the Rendezvous Bar spearheaded the event, the Alaskan Brewing Co. and Specialty Imports offered beer and wine tastings, Will Muldoon and Karen Stewart led a team of Rotaract volunteers to coordinate the music and silent auction. Artist Joel Irwin created the terrific poster.

Widowed Persons Program to hold monthly brunch
JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons Program will its monthly brunch at noon Sunday, Aug. 2, in the Franklin Room of the Baranof Hotel.

Princess Cruises donates dishes to local nonprofits
JUNEAU - Three palettes of dishes were recently donated by Princess Cruises to local nonprofits. Polaris House, a vocational rehabilitation center for people with severe mental illnesses, recieved a donation of plates.

Applications available for youth leadership conference in Girdwood
GIRDWOOD - LEADOn! Leadership Conference is a youth focused mini-summit for peace and equality to take place from Oct. 4 to 6 in Girdwood. The conference is a chance for teens to learn and share with other teens from around the state, while engaging in diverse activities.

Spaces still available for youth program, Juneau Explorers Week
JUNEAU - Spaces are still available for the Juneau-Douglas City Museum's and The Canvas' Juneau Explorers Week, a program for youth ages 8 to 11 to do activities that explore Juneau's history, environment and culture, as well as a variety of outdoor and indoor activities. Juneau Explorers Week will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 10 to 14.

'Ready 2 Vote' campaign supports civics education
JUNEAU - "Ready 2 Vote," a voter registration drive for 18-year-olds sponsored by the Juneau School District and the League of Women Voters of Juneau increased the number of young voters in Juneau by 35 percent.

Mendenhalls journey to the Mendenhall
On Tuesday, 12 descendants of Thomas Corwin Mendenhall - the meteorologist our local glacier is named after - will be coming to Juneau on a Holland America cruise.

Lowrance Electronics to hold GPS-sonar training clinic
JUNEAU - A Lowrance Electronic clinic will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Western Auto Marine. Four factory representatives from Lowrance Electronics will be on hand to answer questions about their products.

Thanks for prayers, cards for my mother, Betty L. McNeven
Many thanks goes out to the Juneau community for the many thoughtful cards, contributions and prayers and thoughts for my mother, Betty L. McNeven. You will forever be in my mom's heart, so remember, she is watching.

Thanks for sponsoring my trip to Chicago
I was one of six singers selected to travel to Chicago and audition with talent scouts and agents from New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. I would never have been able to take the trip if it wasn't for the following Juneau businesses that graciously donated money to help me achieve my lifetime dream: Coogan Construction, Wayne Coogan; Southeast Foot and Ankle Center, Ahn and Marie Lam; Karen Kasnick, Driftwood Hotel; Sheryl Tichenor; and an anonymous donator.

Thanks to volunteers who made DIPAC's events a success
DIPAC would like to thank the special volunteers who helped make its education and community events a great success this year to date. Starting off in February, we participated in the Girls Rock Science Day at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center with an edible, educational demonstration making homemade ice cream. Volunteers Alice and Rhys Smoker did yeoman service in educating and feeding the masses.

Thanks to everyone involved in Gold Rush Days celebration
The Gold Rush Days Commission would like to thank contributors, individuals who contributed their time and businesses that contributed manpower, resources and equipment.

Thanks for assisting Helping Hands at Gold Rush Days
Helping Hands would like to thank all the volunteers who stepped up to help with Gold Rush Days, whether you came to set up or you worked a shift or you came to help us break down, then unload at that the warehouse.

Housing First accepts applications for HOP through Aug. 14
JUNEAU - Housing First Inc., a nonprofit housing organization devoted to providing affordable housing options to Juneau residents, is accepting applications for down payment assistance until Aug. 14. All funds must be dispersed by Oct. 31.

Fresh ideas for your berry booty
It's been a good summer here, and the berries are out to prove it. I spent most of last weekend in a state of primordial bliss, picking salmonberries and blueberries to my heart's content. Arriving home with a full berry pail, one question demands to be answered: now what?

FYI
Births

Fosket, Rutt to wed
Katilyn Fosket, of Juneau, and Seth Rutt, of Phoenix, will be married March 29, 2010, in Phoenix.

Steininger, Churillo wed
Greta Caroline Steininger, of Juneau, and Justin Todd Churillo, of Belmar, N.J., were married June 20, 2009, at the Shrine of St. Terese in Juneau. A reception was held at St. Ann's Hall in Juneau.

Bagoyo, Eatinger wed
Marjorie Eatinger and Michael Bagoyo-John, both of Juneau, were married July 25, 2009, at Lake Lewisville in Dallas, Texas. No receprion was held.

Photo: Sunshine and Miracle Grow
Lifelong Juneau resident Koggie File waters her livingston daisies at her Parkwood Drive home. She said her garden - which also includes lobelia, petunias, million bells, godetia, violas,pansies, bacopa, verbena and dianthus - did particularly well during the hot week after the Fourth of July. The key to her flowers are sunshine and Miracle Grow, she said.

Golden age of parenthood is now
My daughter was grumpy the other night. The house was noisy and the constant banter of houseguests made it hard for her to sleep. She told me all about it too, and despite the grouchy tone of her message I couldn't help being overjoyed just to hear the complaints.

Terry Drew Anderson
Juneau resident Terry Drew Anderson died recently at his Juneau home while sleeping. He was 54 years old.

Empire editorial: Parnell's first week a breath of fresh air
Gov. Sean Parnell's first week in office was spent mending fences and rebuilding bridges between the governor's office and Juneau, just as local residents had hoped he would when he assumed the role.

Governor's 'Captain Zero' image (mostly) undeserved
Gov. Sean Parnell faces tough issues. On the energy front, a gas shortage threatens the Railbelt. Meanwhile, renewable hydropower competes for massive investment with a bullet gas pipeline to the Railbelt. Court fights over development of the Point Thomson oil and gas field will also demand decisions.

Outside editorial: Nation urgently needs cybersecurity workers
You wouldn't consider someone an information technology expert who had never heard of the Internet. Yet the job descriptions for some of the federal government's cybersecurity jobs haven't been updated since 1988 - before the Internet transformed how we think about technology. Staying abreast of changing times and technologies is essential in many fields, but in the realm of cybersecurity it is a necessity.

Obama missed a chance to defend the Constitution
Far be it from me to carp about the bonding over beer that took place Thursday evening at the White House. President Obama probably did the smart thing by playing Healer-in-Chief in the wake of the racially tinged national debate over the arrest of Harvard Prof. Henry Louis "Skip" Gates Jr. by Cambridge police Sgt. James Crowley.

Toe toon
This week's toe toon.

NM man owes $20,000 in AK hunting penalties
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Office of Special Prosecutions says a New Mexico man has been penalized nearly $20,000 and put on five years' probation for multiple hunting violations.

Centennial Hall parking lot open Monday
JUNEAU - The west parking lot between Centennial Hall and the Juneau Arts & Culture Center is closed for repaving this weekend. The repaving began at 5 p.m. Friday and will end at 5 a.m. Monday.

Attorney seeking former AK Rep. Anderson's release
ANCHORAGE - A new attorney for former Alaska state Rep. Tom Anderson says he hopes to free him from federal prison before his sentence is complete.

Sentencing delayed for mom of Bristol Palin's ex-fiancé
PALMER - Sentencing has been delayed for the mother of Bristol Palin's ex-fiance.

Man charged in Anchorage death
ANCHORAGE - Prosecutors have charged 45-year-old Kenneth Wahl with first-degree murder in the death of an Anchorage woman on June 23.

Prosecutors worry about Wade trial witness safety
ANCHORAGE - A letter about "snitches" and a book on prison escapes have federal prosecutors worried about witness safety in the trial of accused killer Joshua Wade.

Counting down to kickoff
JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears began the public portion of their quest for another Alaska football state championship on Saturday with the annual Red and White Scrimmage at Adair-Kennedy Park without many fireworks, and, luckily, no major injuries.

Unit 4 opens buck season
Deer season opened in Unit 4 for bucks only on Aug. 1. The season for does and bucks is scheduled to begin on Sept. 15.

Boozer bringing friends to camp
JUNEAU - Not only is Utah Jazz star forward Carlos Boozer returning to his hometown this week to host a basketball camp for area youths, he's also bringing along some friends - former Dukies Corey Maggette and Jay Williams.

Juniors win state, headed to California
JUNEAU - The Juneau Junior League All-Stars walloped Dimond West 21-11 at Adair-Kennedy baseball field on Saturday after scoring 12 runs in the fifth inning. The win came unexpectedly after Anchorage ran out of pitchers, earning Juneau the Alaska state title and the right to play for the District 52 Little League Junior championship in Aliso Viejo, California beginning Aug. 4.

Frank Maier Marathon and Douglas Island Half-Marathon
Aug. 1

Tenakee to Hoonah via kayak ride
We were off to a good start with the helpful crew of the LeConte ferry and several groups of Dall's porpoises busily foraging and riding the bow waves.

Sports brief
The Zach Gordon Alumni Fund (ZGAF) will be sponsoring ten youngsters from the Zach Gordon Youth Center for the Carlos Boozer Basketball Camp, to be held in Juneau in August.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Hunter Information and bowhunter training course
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) would like to remind hunters wanting to participate in "archery only" hunts must first successfully complete a department approved archery Hunter Education (HE) course (IBEP or equivalent).

Hunter information and basic firearm training
A hunter education course is required to hunt in several Game Management Units (GMUs) throughout the state, and on the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge.

Cell service coming to Arctic boroughs
BUCKLAND - An Alaska company is extending cell phone service to Arctic villages still waiting for running water.

Planned Parenthood, teacher sue to block Alaska initiative
ANCHORAGE - Planned Parenthood of Alaska and a high school teacher have gone to court to block a voter initiative that would make it illegal for minors to get abortions without notifying a parent.

Thorstenson, Icicle Seafoods founder, dies
PETERSBURG - The man who played a principal role in founding the company that would become Icicle Seafoods has died.

2010 census to start in remote Alaska village
ANCHORAGE - The Inupiat Eskimo village of Noorvik is expected to be the first town in America to be counted in the 2010 census.

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