Monday, August 3, 2009

New EPA info doesn't amount to anything
We are appalled that the Environmental Protection Agency has chosen to make a back door attempt to overrule the US Supreme Court decision affirming Slate Lake for the Kensington mine's tailings disposal, thereby undermining the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the proper permit-issuing authority.

Eating protein won't make you fat
While I agree that our health is in our hands first and that the diet is far more important than we are led to believe, I disagree with the vegan approach discussed by Susan Levin in the article, "Real health care reform starts in the lunchroom" (Empire, July 30). So would Dr. Robert Atkins and the multitude of other educated physicians and health professionals who take exception to the "one diet fits all" path Ms. Levin pushes our way.

Forgotten Fish
Ninety-two years ago, Juneau's first hatchery manager stuck a bunch of Colorado brook trout in the newly created Salmon Creek Reservoir to see what would happen. Their descendants are still living on bugs and swimming around in Juneau's drinking water up there - a gold-tinged, pink-spotted, tasty little history lesson.

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.

Haines tribe looks to build sea port for Yukon ore
The Chilkoot Indian Association had to go to the Pentagon to pitch its case, but it may yet get its old village site back from the U.S. Army.

Photos: Crab catch
Top: Juneau fisherman Dick Gregg watches as Alaska Glacier Seafoods' dock crew Leo Ortega, Geronimo Garcia and Ricardo gomez sort Dungeness crab Sunday at the Auke Bay facility. The summer commercial season ends Aug. 15. According to southeast fishermen, the catch has been slow this summer and prices lower than last year. "Crab are a discretionary commodity," Gregg, owner of the F/V Sunrise and a fisherman since 1964, said. "Just like everything else we can feel the economic crunch in fishing... Maybe just like the big auto companies we could use a clunker program."

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: Wilting in the sun
Juneau landscapper Carrie Cummings waters flowers Saturday on the median of Egan Drive near Glacier Avenue. "They are used to the whole rain forest thing," Cummings said. "This hot weather is hard on them, and all the traffic going by can create a drying wind as well."

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

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. 3

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

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.

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.

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 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 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 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.

Outside editorial: Warming relations between US, China
You wouldn't know it by the intense focus on health-care reform and on race over the past two weeks, but during about that same period Washington and Beijing made strides to bridge their divide over reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Just last week, China and the United States signed a memorandum of understanding that commits them "to respond vigorously to the challenges of energy security, climate change and environmental protection through ambitious domestic action and international cooperation." That might sound like feel-good diplo-speak, especially when there's a dearth of details in the rest of the memorandum. But when you consider where relations had been before, the events of the past two weeks have been promising.

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.

On the birth and death of conservative movement
My daughter was born in Los Angeles County on Sept. 4, 1990. I know this because I was there. Should that not be proof enough, I also have her birth certificate.

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.

Rallying behind school reform
Many issues have created a "politics as usual" atmosphere on Capitol Hill recently, but when it comes to educating our children, it appears President Obama and the Republican Party share some views. This commonality of interest provides the president and the GOP a rare opportunity to cooperate on a major issue.

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.

Elementary school bathroom set on fire
JUNEAU - Vandals tried to set a concrete bathroom on fire early Saturday morning at Glacier Valley Elementary School.

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.

McCain: Palin to be 'force' in GOP
WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain says he sees Sarah Palin continuing to play a major role in the future of the Republican Party.

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.

Railroad resumes Seward service
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Railroad is resuming passenger rail service between Anchorage and Seward.

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.

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

High water drops in Seward; businesses remain open
SEWARD - Business owners in Seward say they're open for business despite reports of flooding in remote areas of the community.

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.

Coast Guard moves radio operations
JUNEAU - U.S. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage moved its radio monitoring operations from Kodiak to the Sector Command Center in Anchorage to better serve the boating community.

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.

Anchorage district slices stimulus plans
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage School Board had to do some trimming after learning the school system will get $34 million in federal stimulus money - not the $52 million it initially thought.

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.

King salmon vanishing in Alaska
ANCHORAGE - Yukon River smokehouses should be filled this summer with oil-rich strips of king salmon - long used by Alaska Natives as a high-energy food to get through the long Alaska winters. But they're mostly empty.

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.

Alaska struggles to meet health care demands
While vulnerable Alaskans are waiting for home health services, a variety of state and federal elected officials are pledging to solve problems that have led to a federal moratorium on new clients.

Wife of Rep. Don Young dies in Virginia
ANCHORAGE - Lu Young, the wife of U.S. Rep. Don Young, has died. She was 67.

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

Farmers markets blossom in Alaska communities
ANCHORAGE - Martha Stramp can't remember exactly when she began visiting Anchorage farmers markets but she remembers why.

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.

Herring value could rise in world food aid programs
A pilot project to introduce canned herring into international food aid programs could provide critical protein to hungry people, as well as open markets to generate a much-needed boost to coastal Alaska communities, according to fisherman who developed the program.

Wildfire threatens village
ANCHORAGE - Cooler temperatures and higher humidity are helping crews fight a wildfire moving toward a small village in eastern Alaska, but the weather is expected to warm again.

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