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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Alaska suited to address economic woes
It seems to me that Alaska is in a unique and enviable position to deal with problems of this nature when compared with "down south states" facing the same problems.

Two Republicans vying for state House seat debate
The two Republican candidates vying to be one of Juneau's state representatives squared off before the city's business community Thursday.

A rare relic Returns
A piece of Alaska mining history has returned to Juneau.

Woman found not guilty of sexually abusing boy
JUNEAU - A 38-year-old woman on Thursday was found not guilty of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy this summer.

Sex offender violates probation for fourth time, ordered back to prison
A Juneau man accused of violating his probation for the fourth time was ordered Thursday to complete his full 10-year prison sentence for sexually abusing a child.

Photo: Energetic message
Obama Alaska staff member Elizabeth Bedell lets out a cheer Thursday in front of the 10th Street Tesoro as she and volunteers James Miyasato, partially hidden, and Leda Olsen hand out fliers stating Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's energy plan.

Around Town
Today

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

Photo: A glimpse of sun
Tourists enjoy sunny photos on Aug. 1 at the Franklin Street roundabout in downtown Juneau.

Senior menu for the week of Aug. 11-15
Monday, Aug. 11

Thanks for contributing to Helping Hands's food distribution program
Helping Hands volunteers of Juneau have a lot to be thankful for in the recent months. Many local businesses, individuals and organizations have contributed to the success of our food distribution program.

Consortium to host pediatric dental and special pediatric clinic
KLAWOCK - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will host a special Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic on Aug. 18-22 at the Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock.

Mobile mammogram van to visit Hoonah on Aug. 18-22
HOONAH - The mobile mammogram van will visit Hoonah on Monday, Aug. 18, with appointments running through Aug. 22.

Sitka to host three farmer's markets on Aug. 16, 23 and 30
SITKA - A series of three Sitka Farmer's Markets are being held in August, giving Sitka residents a chance to buy and sell locally produced food and crafts.

University, consortium to offer introductory public health course
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast and SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium are offering an introductory course on public health and injury prevention beginning this fall.

Treadwell Arena to open Aug. 12, operate on short schedule
JUNEAU - The Treadwell Arena will be open to the public on Aug. 12 and will operate on a shortened weekly schedule running Wednesdays through Sundays until Sept. 2, when the Ice Arena resumes daily operations.

Having faith like a child
If I have not said it before, I will say it now: I count it a privilege and honor to be involved with youth ministry.

FYI
Births

Space still available for Crystal Lake Day Camp next week
JUNEAU - Space is available for children ages 10-13 at the Crystal Lake Day Camp, "Summer Highlights!" next week, Aug. 11-15, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, at the Forest Service Office on Back Loop Road, adjacent to the weather station.

Thanks for working to make the Dimond Park Field House a reality
I wish to publicly thank Bruce Weyhrauch, Reed Stoops and Wayne Jensen for their efforts, design, knowledge and planning in making an indoor athletic facility, the Dimond Park Field House, a reality and not just a dream.

Parr, Morris wed
Suzanne Faith Parr, of Juneau, and Martin David Morris, of Rhyl, Wales, United Kingdom, were married on July 1, 2008, in Big Pine Key, Fla.

Deach, Burns to wed
Jocelyn Marie Deach and Kris Jon Burns, both of Juneau, will marry at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 8, 2008, in Juneau. A reception will be held at Squires Rest where all friends and family of the bride and groom are encouraged to attend.

Wehnes, Porter to wed
Erika Stephanie Wehnes and Robert Andrew Porter, both of Juneau, will marry at 4 p.m. Aug. 17, 2008, at the Church of the Nazarene. A reception will follow at 5:30 p.m. at the Juneau Yacht Club.

Travises celebrate 25 years
Dennis and Lida Travis will celebrate 25 years of marriage on Aug. 13, 2008.

Recognitions
James Kilcup, a philosophy major at Seattle University and Juneau resident, was recently recognized by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, a national educational organization headquartered in Wilmington, Del., as a Preston A. Wells Honors Fellow, one of 50 Honors Fellows selected for the 2008-2009 academic year.

Janet B. Carncross
Juneau resident Janet B. Carncross died July 28, 2008, at the Juneau Pioneers Home.

Matilda 'Tillie' Kushnick
Former Kuiu Island resident Matilda "Tillie" Katherine Kushnick died Aug. 3, 2008. She was 82.

Edward L. Hughes
Former Juneau resident the Rev. Edward L. Hughes died July 30, 2008, at Providence Extended Care in Anchorage, due to complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 83.

My Turn: Yes on Measure 3: Clean elections
A nyone watching Juneau's Fourth of July parade probably left thinking that the only important initiative facing Alaskans in the Aug. 26 election is Measure 4, the Clean Water Initiative.

My Turn: Ban aerial hunting, support Measure 2
G ov. Sarah Palin receives a great deal of political pressure from special interest groups, e.g., Safari Club International, the National Rifle Association, the Alaska Outdoor Council, to kill bears and wolves in order to artificially inflate the number of trophy quality moose and caribou.

Alaska Editorial: Caribou slaughter is a crime - not an indictment of hunting
The slaughter of 60 or more caribou in Northwest Alaska last month was quite simply a jaw-dropper.

Outside column: California must better protect farmworkers
Government spreadsheets tell their stories:

Alleged bootleggers lead trooper on chase
ANCHORAGE - Two men led an Alaska State Trooper on a 25-mile chase on the Kuskokwim River before they were arrested in Upper Kalskag.

Body of drowning victim recovered
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard said the body of a 13-year-old boy who drowned in the Beaufort Sea while trying to save his father has been recovered.

Man nets 8 years for selling cocaine
ANCHORAGE - A 30-year-old Anchorage man will serve eight years in prison for distributing crack cocaine.

Fairbanks case moves to federal court
FAIRBANKS - A lawsuit filed against the city of Fairbanks and its top two police officers was moved recently from state to federal court.

Bears football expectations high
This year's Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears football team is less inexperienced, but there are still high expectations for the defending state champs that finished with a perfect 11-0 record last year.

Local teen wins gold in junior Olympic judo championship
In addition to being the only Juneau representative at the 2008 USA Judo International Junior Olympic Championships, which ended July 27 in Kissimmee, Fla., Orion Krauss, 16, took home first place in the Male Juvenile B 66kg category.

Alaskans to receive $1,200 in energy relief
The Alaska Legislature on Thursday passed a nearly $1 billion energy relief bill that will provide Alaskans eligible for a 2008 Alaska Permanent Fund dividend with an extra $1,200, along with an estimated $2,000 regular dividend.

Ethics complaint filed against Gov. Palin
ANCHORAGE - A former state worker is alleging Gov. Sarah Palin and some staff members used their influence to get a Palin supporter a job in state government.

Palin proclaims Aug. 6-12 Excursion Inlet Week
SEATTLE - The Ocean Beauty Seafoods processing plant at Excursion Inlet in the Haines Borough is celebrating its 100th year of operation - making it twice as old as Alaska statehood.

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