Monday, August 23, 2010

Juneau needs herbs and veggies instead of more flowers
Don't get me wrong, I love flowers. I love the scents, the colors and the distinctive smell of fresh turned earth. But let's face it: Juneau has more flowers than it has vegetables and herbs.

My turn failed to point out positives of Douglas Crossing
The Aug. 11 My Turn was interesting to say the least. The author pointed out some valid issues with the second crossing proposal. Unfortunately, I am strongly opposed to views that are strongly opposed to something that might be for the community's best interest.

Native art isn't selling like it used to
Selling Alaska Native art is a big draw downtown, but some shopkeepers and artists say stocking it on the shelves isn't as easy as it used to be.

Russian doctor presents bust of Bering
When one pictures early Danish explorer Vitus Bering standing on the deck of his Russian sailing ship Saint Peter in the waters of the sea that now bears his name, they picture a large man peering over the ice, sturdy in the face of adversity.

Districts' AYP results improving, work remains
Administrators in the Juneau School District are optimistic, given the trend more schools are meeting Adequate Yearly Progress and more students are improving.

Primary voting shows few changes
Polling places will be open for 13 hours Tuesday, starting at 7 a.m. and closing at 8 p.m. for Tuesday's primary election.

JPD nabs man who may face Colo. murder charges
John Angerer, 40, was arrested in Juneau on Anchorage probation violations little more than a month after being released from Colorado's Boulder County Jail, where he had been held for five months on a charge of second-degree murder.

Photo: Coasting over the bridge
Skateboarders David Miller, Ben Peyton and Nathaniel Ewing enjoy a relaxing coast across the Kaxdigoowu Heen Dei trail bridge Saturday behind Thunder Mountain High School. Kaxdigoowu Heen is the Tlingit name refering to the place where Montana Creek meets the Mendenhall River and Dei means trail.

Photos: Fresh caught
Ernest Kohlhase, far right, stands with sons Jon, left, and Jason on Ernest's boat the JON-K as they unload halibut at Alaska Glacier Seafoods.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported:

Trail Mix crew takes down attacking bear
A Trail Mix crew was forced to kill a brown bear that attacked them on Admiralty Island last week.

Photo: Anchored up
The 163-foot motor yacht Triton, complete with helicopter and a landing pad designed to the standards of the American Petroleum Institute, rests at anchor Sunday in Douglas Channel. The yacht features two 24-foot tenders, a hot tub on the fly bridge, and two elevators - one of which takes guests up to the crows nest for viewing. It also features a walk-in refrigerator and freezer, gymnasium, library, office, his and her baths, underwater cameras, flip down televisions from the ceilings, hardwood floors, dive compressor and dive platform and state-of-the-art Sonar and bottom-mapping systems by Simrad for taking 3D photographs of the ocean floor. The Yacht's cruising speed is 13 knots with a range of 6,000 miles. It was built for a Seattle owner.

School board candidate Margo Waring withdraws
Former school board member Margo Waring, who filed for candidacy this week, withdrew her name from the running on Friday.

Photo: Awaiting the trek
Empty rafts at the edge of Mendenhall Lake Saturday morning await tourists.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported:

Busking through Juneau
Last Tuesday night, Laura Casey stood on the corner of South Franklin St. across from the clock, strumming her guitar and singing her heart out. A hand-written sign next to her guitar case said, "Need money for gas and ferry food." Tourists and locals dropped money in her guitar case as they walked by. Casey had about $40 in her case that night.

Early learning fair a success
Young childrens' eyes lit up and parents were all smiles at the Juneau Early Learning Fair Aug. 17 at Glacier Valley Elementary School. More than 250 people attended the event, and more than 25 local organizations participated, with support from a grant from Best Beginnings.

Fitzjarrald, Johnson to wed
Bonnie Louise Fitzjarrald of Juneau and Garret Louis Johnson of Sandpoint, Idaho will marry at 4 p.m. on Sept. 4, 2010 at Cocolalla Cowboy Church in Cocolalla, Idaho.

Beadle, Welter wed
Shannon Beadle of Juneau and Aaron Welter of Seattle were married at 7 p.m. on June 19, 2010 at the waterfront patio of the Seattle Aquarium. The reception was held in the aquarium.

Pets of the week
To meet these pets, visit the Gastineau Humane Society during viewing hours: 2-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or 1-5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 789-0260.

Judge James Wickersham's 153rd birthday commemorated
After you cast votes Tuesday for candidates you hope will influence Alaska's future, you're invited to remember a family who greatly influenced Alaska's past.

Living and growing: Lessons to be learned from the dark side
What does it mean when your 4-year-old likes all the bad guys?

Local Foods Festival forthcoming
The third annual Juneau Local Foods Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. This free community event, which in 2009 drew more than 2,300 Juneauites, features how-to workshops on gardening, backyard farming and related topics and also offers Juneau's largest farmer's market of the year, with upwards of 30 vendors from across Southeast Alaska offering locally grown, baked, harvested or prepared foods.

Alaska GROWN Eat Local Challenge week
The third annual Eat Local Challenge week, sponsored by the Division of Agriculture and the Alaska GROWN program, starts today and runs through Saturday. The campaign is designed to get more Alaskans sourcing Alaska GROWN during the Challenge week. From shopping at the grocery store or farmers market to asking the server at your favorite restaurant, finding out where your food comes from and looking for the Alaska GROWN logo is encouraged.

Construction may cause delays to Ethel Lund Medical Center
A road construction project on Salmon Creek Lane through Aug. 26 may delay some patients trying to get to the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Ethel Lund Medical Center and other SEARHC facilities on the Juneau campus.

FYI
Recent births at Bartlett Regional Hospital:

Help for one on wheels
I want to thank the wonderful men who helped my husband Jim build me a handicap ramp. My need for a wheelchair will be only for a short time but this ramp will remain a great addition to our home. Thank you very much to Greg Germain, Jon Lyman, John Troutman and Rotarians Chuck Cohen, Kevin Ritchie and Bob Minch.

It takes many for a triathlon
Aukeman Triathlon was a success! Thanks so much for volunteering and organizing more volunteers to help with this year's Aukeman. Please help us thank all who volunteered:

Temperatures rising at McPhetres Hall
I would like to express, on behalf of the Capital Campaign Committee for Holy Trinity-McPhetres Hall, our gratitude for the outpouring of support to help us meet the required match for foundation grants. With the community's help, we have met the $100,000 match for the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust grant, and are very close to meeting the requirement for the Rasmuson Foundation grant. As those of you who have been approached by this group know, one dollar of qualifying contributions raises $5 in Rasmuson funds.

Thanks to Taku Fisheries from the Juneau Raptor Center
Thanks again to the generosity of Taku Fisheries, the Juneau Raptor Center's non-releasable and rehabilitating eagles will be eating freshly caught, bagged and frozen pink salmon for the coming year.

Thanks for raising funds
Annie Geselle, Effie Razpotnik and their families would like to thank MK MacNaughton and the entire Canvas staff for organizing a successful fundraiser on their behalf. They also wish to acknowledge the incredible generosity of so many people in the Juneau community whose donations were received with gratitude. All of your support has been deeply appreciated.

Recognitions
Douglas resident Maggie Schoenfeld made the spring semester Dean's List as a biology student at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Id. Schoenfeld is a junior this fall at the school.

John Kenneth Barkey
John Kenneth Barkey met his untimely death on Aug. 3, 2010, after a car accident near Yuma, Ariz. on July 18.

Brian Jerry Byers
Former Juneau resident Brian Jerry Byers died July 18, 2010, in Osburn, Idaho.

Bernhart Michael Savikko
Bernhart (Ben) Savikko of Douglas, died Aug. 18, 2010, at the age of 93. He is survived by his beloved wife, Nell Peltier Savikko and their five children, Michele Savikko Bilyeu (Larry), Dr. Douglas Savikko (Becky), Herman Savikko (Paula), Kurt Savikko (Holly), and Rick Savikko (Shelley).

Penny Lynn Schrader
Former Juneau resident Penny Lynn Schrader passed from this world surrounded by family on Aug. 16, 2010, after an extended illness.

Empire editorial: Assembly urged to support the cause ... way
When the City and Borough of Assembly meets Monday to decide the fate of the North Douglas Transportation Crossing, we urge they vote in favor of placing the matter on the ballot for the Oct. 5 municipal election.

Empire editorial: Vote no to both
Alaska's voters will hit the polls Tuesday and, along with making selections for their candidates of choice in statewide and local races, will mark their ballots in two key ballot measures. Voters should reject these measures.

TOE cartoon

My turn: Large gap between Miller's promises, rhetoric
As a registered Republican, I receive piles of campaign literature from candidates. This year, U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller has asked me to vote for him in the interest of securing new leadership and solving a litany of problems. Joe Miller is the kind of candidate that has a plan for every problem. He's also quick to rip Alaska incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski, for a variety of perceived slights and failures.

Stevens guided Alaska and its leaders-to-be
Two weeks ago came the devastating news Sen. Ted Stevens died in an airplane crash. This wasn't surprising in the sense such an occurrence in Alaska is entirely foreseeable, but was inherently tragic upon considering the sudden and too-soon truncation of great life that had literally changed Alaska. Our future is totally different, and so much brighter, directly because of Ted Stevens.

My turn: North Douglas Causeway Proposal significantly improves emergency response capability
Today, the Assembly will choose whether to give the people of Juneau the right to decide to build the North Douglas Crossing.

My turn: Tongass is suffering 'benign neglect' under Obama Administration
By this point, it is clear that the Obama Administration's policy toward the Tongass National Forest is benign neglect.

Murder trial under way in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - A trial is under way in Anchorage for a man charged with first- and second-degree murder in the deaths of two people on New Years Day 2007.

Person dies in Big Lake fire
BIG LAKE - Alaska State Troopers say one person has been found dead after a house fire in Big Lake.

UAF says botanical garden doesn't face closure
FAIRBANKS - Administrators at the University of Alaska Fairbanks say there is no truth to a Facebook post that claims the Georgeson Botanical Garden is closing because of budget cuts.

Alaska elections office agrees to fast hearing
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Public Offices Commission has agreed to hold a fast hearing on a request for expedited consideration of a complaint about Jay Ramras' ads for his business.

North Pole woman wins new trial in DUI case
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Supreme Court has awarded a new trial for a 52-year-old North Pole woman who claims she only drove drunk to escape a violent ex-boyfriend.

Murkowski questions Bill Allen decision
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski is questioning the Justice Department's decision not to pursue charges against former VECO Corp. Chairman Bill Allen in a child sexual abuse investigation.

DEC: No Alaska eggs involved in recall
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation announced Friday that it has found no eggs sold in Alaska that are linked to the Wright County Egg national recall for possible Salmonella contamination.

Crimson Bears top Moose, still perfect
PALMER - Palmer High gambled, and Juneau-Douglas came up flush.

Laws tops field at Nifty Fifty
There are many obstacles in running an ultramarathon - anything beyond 26.1 miles - the least of which is clothing, as this reporter found out when trying to photograph the challengers in Saturday's Nifty Fifty 50K ultramarathon.

Falcons run roughshod on Bulldogs
It's not how you start, but how you finish.

Photo: Nifty Fifty 50k

Manufacturing a new Alaska industry
A state agency has its sights set on making Alaska the nation's most important potato-producing state, topping even Idaho's famous potatoes.

Sen. Murkowski makes the case for Senate seniority
KETCHIKAN - Defying the anti-establishment anger, Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski forcefully makes her case for another term. "Seniority actually means something in the Senate," she insists at a fundraiser in Ketchikan.

Small plane with 4 on board missing southwest of Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Searchers were looking Sunday for a small plane carrying four people, including three park rangers, that disappeared in southwest Alaska during bad weather.

Oil, gas big issues in race for governor
JUNEAU - The race to be Alaska's governor boils down to the economy and, in this state, that means revenue from oil and natural gas.

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