Monday, August 2, 2010

Repeat offender asks to remain in custody
Jennifer Blankenship's life was relived in one day. It happened at 9:15 a.m. Thursday in courtroom C, before Juneau Superior Court Judge Patricia A. Collins. Blankenship's request was different than most who appear in court, however. She wanted to remain in custody.

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.

Armed Forces Blood Drive begins today
Army medical officials will be in Juneau this week during an annual blood drive, giving Coast Guard crewmembers a chance to compete for bragging rights.

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.

Photos: Running a marathon on Douglas Island
Alex Komsthoeft, 380, Laura Rudy, 379, and Deborah Busch, 381, run along North Douglas Highway during the Frank Maier Marathon and Douglas Island Half-Marathon Saturday morning.

Photos: Smooth docking
The 225-foot United States Coast Guard Cutter Maple docks at the 17th Coast Guard District Sector Juneau on Sunday morning. The Maple was commissioned Oct. 19, 2001 and is a Juniper-Class Buoy Tender home ported in Sitka. Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Gray and the crew of 49 conduct aids to navigation, search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, marine environmental protection and homeland security.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photos: Picking clover for jelly
Symaria and Riccya George-Love pick wild clover Saturday along North Douglas Highway.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

FYI
Recent births at Bartlett Regional Hospital:

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.

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.

Senior Menu
Monday, Aug. 2

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.

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

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

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

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

Don't scorn Germany and Japan; learn from them
In the midst of the Great Recession, the United States is suffering through nearly 10 percent unemployment, rising inequality and poverty, 47 million people without health insurance, declining retirement prospects for the middle class and a general increase in economic insecurity. The global marketplace has become tumultuous, so when we find a bright spot, one would think it deserves a mention.

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.

Teaching vs. teachers unions
A year or two ago, I received this e-mail. The writer was upset with me for arguing that school principals should have the power to fire teachers who do not perform. As numerous educators have told me, union protections being what they are, dumping a teacher - even a bad one - is an almost impossible task.

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.

Saving face
On a recent Saturday, I had the alarming misfortune of aging 20 years when I attempted to use a Droid. A Droid, as those of you who have watched more than three minutes of television know, is a popular cell phone with the following features:

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.

Open seats abound on CBJ boards
JUNEAU - Many City and Borough of Juneau boards, commissions committees and councils have, or will soon have, openings.

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.

Filing period for Juneau seats opens Friday
JUNEAU - The filing period for candidates for City and Borough of Juneau Assembly and School Board elections opens 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.

Campbell to attend NLGA Annual Meeting
ANCHORAGE - The National Lieutenant Governor's Association (NLGA) is holding their annual meeting this week in Biloxi, Miss. Alaska Lt. Gov. Craig E. Campbell will be joining his fellow officials for two days of meetings.

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

Photos: The best in Alaska
Juneau Majors All Stars Hunter Hickok, Shane Mielke and Jake Tanner surprise coach Andy Markovich after wining the state championship in Anchorage.

Boozer Basketball Camp back in Juneau
For the second straight year, the Carlos Boozer Basketball Camp is back in Juneau to give the youth around the community a chance to learn the sport of basketball from one of the NBA's best.

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.

Higher temperatures are causing growing season to become longer
FAIRBANKS - One hundred years ago, the growing season in Fairbanks was less than three months long. Last year, some local gardeners were still harvesting broccoli and cabbage in mid-September.

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.

Comic book buff selling rare copy of Batman No. 1
FAIRBANKS - A longtime comic book buff is selling one of the gems in his vast collection, a rare copy of Batman issue No. 1 published 70 years ago.

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.

Soldotna shooting suspect arrested
KENAI - A 44-year-old Sterling man was charged late Friday as the primary suspect of a recent Soldotna homicide, Alaska State Troopers say.

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.

Murkowski adds Alaska provisions to Tribal law act
A series of provisions U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, added to the Tribal Law and Order Act look to specifically address concerns related to the unique needs of communities in rural Alaska, according to a press release issued by Murkowski's office.

UAF class learns new log construction technique
FAIRBANKS - Most sheds aren't much to look at. But the new cordwood garden shed at the Georgeson Botanical Gardens could almost pass for a Victorian stone building from afar, sitting on a hill among a riot of red and pink poppies and giant sunflowers.

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.

Prices up for commercial catch in Upper Cook Inlet
The originally grim looking commercial fishing season in the Upper Cook Inlet has become brighter for the industry with the increased price per pound of sockeye salmon and the above-forecast run.

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