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Monday, August 16, 2010

Unemployment made in America!
Here is a day's diary of a typical American political activist determined to do something about the horrible unemployment problem in America:

Two Lies Don't Make a Right for Voters
The recent tear-jerking ads from Alaskans Against Government Mandates and Planned Parenthood continue to mislead the public about the truths of Ballot Measure 2.

Alaska needs all-Alaska pipeline, Walker
As the oil in the Alaska Pipeline dwindles (and state revenues with it), Alaskans must scramble to find revenue sources to keep our state operating.

Photos: Saturday at the 64th Annual Golden North Salmon Derby
Loni Vankirk and sons Riley, 9, and Brendan, 13, display their catch of the day during the 64th Annual Golden North Salmon Derby on Saturday.

Election filings for Assembly, school board are sparse
Three Assembly seats and two school board seats aren't garnering a lot of interest for the upcoming election.

Photo: Enjoying the sounds of the waterfall
Tourists from Switzerland enjoy a break at the waterfall on the east side of the Mendenhall Glacier on Sunday evening.

Photo: 2010 Tour of Juneau
Robert Sowers (yellow jersey), Kevin Maier (orange), and Casey Colton (white) lead a breakaway from the main peloton of riders in Saturday's 4.5 mile climb up Eaglecrest Road in Stage 3 of the 2010 Tour of Juneau. The final stage is at 9 a.m. today, a 52-mile long course or 26-mile short course, both beginning at the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported:

Photo: Time to go fishing
Golden North Salmon Derby official Kami Bartness hands Samantha Webb a derby ticket Friday morning at the Auke Bay boat harbor.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported:

Translator's Tales
Editor's note: This is part two of a two-part series. Part one was published on Aug. 1.

Photos: Derby dudes
Top: Dick Garrison, 92, watches as Bill Suss unties his boat at Aurora Harbor on Friday. Garrison is the last remaining person to have fished all 64 Golden North Salmon derbies.

Docks & Harbors Special Meeting
The Docks & Harbors Board will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday regarding the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's cooperative agreement for the Statter Harbor boat launch project. A Harbors Board Operations meeting will immediately follow. Both will be held at the Aurora Harbor Office. For more information call the Docks & Harbors office at 586-0292.

SEARHC announces Summer-Fall 2010 mobile mammograms
SITKA - The SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women's Health Program has announced the summer and fall 2010 schedule for the mobile mammogram program.

Juneau Early Learning Fair
The Juneau Early Learning Fair will be held from 2-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 17 at Glacier Valley Elementary School. This event is especially for children ages 2-6 and their families. Children from any elementary school district can register at the event, including special option programs, preschool, kindergarten and Head Start.

Early Childhood Partnerships expand to 11
Alaska's network of early childhood partnerships is expanding to 11, with the recent addition of coalitions in the Northwest Arctic Borough and Wrangell. With support from Best Beginnings, the Wrangell Early Childhood Coalition and Ilisaaq, in the Northwest Arctic Borough, will organize and build early childhood partnerships in their communities. Support for these partnerships was provided by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development through Best Beginnings.

Mandatory JDHS Orientation
Mandatory orientation for all Juneau-Douglas High School students is Aug. 16-18. Students will obtain school ID's during orientation. All JDHS students are required to have a current school ID the first day of school in order to attend classes. For more information, please call 523-1613.

Births
Recent births at the Juneau Family Health & Birth Center

Recognitions
Steffan Wilcox, a 2009 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, completed his first successful year attending United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. On June 24, 2009, he entered the USAFA Class of 2013 "Best to Be Seen" (class motto) with 1,368 other cadets (277 of whom were women). Steffan is currently ranked 196 out the remaining1,201 class of 2013.

Dating: In announcement
Wedding announcements are frustrating. However the parties met or whatever they do seems to be the most glorious event or occupation in the history of mankind... well, possibly the manager of the Eden Apple company circa Genesis might have been a good gig.

Kluberton, Byrne wed
Keith Byrne and Candace Kluberton were married Aug. 5, 2010, in Talkeetna, Alaska, at Fireweed Station.

Allen, Baines wed
Abagale Allen and Daniel Baines, both of Juneau, were married June 26, 2010, on Sandy Beach in Douglas. A reception followed the ceremony on the beach.

Riley, Mathews wed
Jamaica Riley, of Juneau, and KC Mathews, of Sapulpa, Okla., were married on Aug. 9, 2010. A private reception followed the ceremony.

Leamers to celebrate 25 years
Juneau residents Victor and Debbie Leamer will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on August 17, 2010.

Sheila E. Wilcox
Sheila Esther Wilcox, 69, passed away in her home on Aug. 12, 2010, surrounded by her family. She was a second-generation Juneauite, born on Oct. 6, 1940, to Miles and Mae (Cashen) Godkin, and graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1958. Sheila married James M. Wilcox, Sr., in April 1960, and they just celebrated the 50th wedding anniversary. She battled Thymus Carcinoma since September 2009, doing treatments at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

My Turn: Senator Stevens: A mentor to all
In 2002, I applied for an internship in the Washington, D.C. office of Sen. Ted Stevens. As a junior at the University of California at Berkeley with political views slightly more liberal than the Senator's and no political connections to the clubby world of Alaskan politics, I mailed in my application with little hope that I would receive a positive reply.

Outside editorial: A bogus battle: 'Birthright citizenship'
The following editorial first appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

Whatever happened to that quaint relic called civility?
Can we be candid here? Can we just say this plainly?

Alaska editorial: Parnell stomps on Constitution, voters should respond
This editorial first appeared in the Alaska Journal of Commerce:

Results trump rhetoric in measuring Stevens' environmental record
Sen. Ted Stevens loved to rail against the extreme environmentalist.

TOE cartoon

Libertarians gain voters, Dems lose in Alaska
JUNEAU - Libertarians have picked up the most additional voters in Alaska over the past year.

Crash survivor released from hospital
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage hospital has released one of the four people who survived a plane crash that killed former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens and four others.

Fairbanks man arrested for firing shotgun
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man was arrested by Alaska State Troopers after firing a shotgun several times after an altercation with a neighbor.

Fire damages Fairbanks' first high-rise
FAIRBANKS - Firefighters contained a small fire in a vacant downtown Fairbanks building where investigators found several mattresses and other signs people had been living inside.

Food workers' permits soon to be no longer free
Food workers have one month to continue getting their Alaska food worker cards for free, according to a news release by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

Names of crash victims released
McGRATH - Alaska State Troopers have released the names of the two people from Chugiak who died in a plane crash in central Alaska.

Berry pickers stranded near Newtok
ANCHORAGE - Authorities in Alaska say about 16 people on a berry picking excursion are stranded on a sandbar near Newtok.

Falcons ground Mariners
Thunder Mountain is off - and running - to a 2-0 start to the 2010 prep football season after a 23-12 home-opening win over Homer on Friday at Thunder Mountain High School.

'Largest turnout...in years'
It was the perfect weekend for Juneau cyclists to get out on their bikes, and participation in the 2010 Tour of Juneau clearly showed that they did.

Bears tame Wolfpack, 37-15
Two up, two down so far in the 2010 campaign for the Crimson Bears football team.

Are all of Juneau's athletes on the rise?
It seems this question has suddenly become relevant.

Prep Scoreboard
Week 2 Football

Despite no layoffs, Alaska to get layoff prevention money
Federal money to help prevent teacher layoffs could be on its way to Alaska, if Gov. Sean Parnell chooses to accept it.

Plane crashes claim 17 people this summer
ANCHORAGE - Since June, 17 people have died in airplane accidents in Alaska.

UAF Study to look at market interest in reindeer
FAIRBANKS - For most hungry Alaskans, reindeer meat doesn't represent much more than a spicy sausage link.

Another legendary Alaska figure is gone
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's legendary figures - the ones who helped shape the Last Frontier in truth, and in the nation's imagination - are mostly gone.

Woman in fatal accident gets 2nd DUI
FAIRBANKS, - A Fairbanks woman involved in a fatal car crash while she was intoxicated has been convicted again for driving under the influence.

Pilot: Clouds were low at the time of the crash
ANCHORAGE - A pilot flying in the area of this week's Alaska plane crash that killed former Sen. Ted Stevens and four others has estimated that clouds were as low as 600 feet at the time of the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board's chairwoman said Saturday.

Money for coastal preserve caught in tug-of-war
ANCHORAGE - A compromise to turn part of a proposed 60-acre nature preserve into land for development is meeting resistance from a conservation group claiming any changes to the preserve would unravel its funding.

Kenai man gets 99 years for cold case murder
FAIRBANKS - A Kenai man has been sentenced to 99 years in prison for killing a woman with a Phillips screwdriver and sexually assaulting her more than 28 years ago.

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