Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Former JSD student inspiration, example
Thank you Juneau Empire for publishing Friday's article "Former JSD Student Advises District Teachers." It was really refreshing to read something positive about a former JSD student.

Local vote totals unavailable Tuesday evening
As of press time Tuesday night, elections officials had finished counting ballots in House District 3, the Downtown and Douglas Island district, and House District 4, the Valley district, but declined to release results of how Juneau voted.

North Douglas Crossing will be on Oct. 5 ballot
Juneau's citizens will be weighing in on the 1 percent sales tax extension for the North Douglas crossing project in October.

Breakfast, early releases new school initiatives this year
Two new initiatives in the school district this year are aimed at helping students be healthier and improving their education.

Assembly candidate withdraws name
The race for the District 2 assembly seat is down to three candidates.

Vessel strike likely killed whale near Tenakee Springs
A deceased humpback whale found near Tenakee Springs last week likely died from a vessel strike, say scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Sitka's Steve Bradshaw earns Superintendent of the Year Honors
Steve Bradshaw, superintendent of the Sitka School District, is the 2010-11 Superintendent of the Year, the Alaska Association of School administrators announced Monday.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported:

Photo: First day jitters
Lehi Winge, going into the second grade at Gastineau Elementary School, is reluctant to release his mother, Teri, during the first day of school Tuesday in the Juneau School District.

Photo: Connecting to the world
Merivi Rauch and Pubert Concepcion, of the Philippines, keep in touch with family and the world Monday through the WiFi access outside the Sealaska Building.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported:

Internet opening Juneau to scams
In early days it was easy to spot the snake-oil salesman as his wagon came to town with signs and bottle labels testifying to the wondrous elixir in his possession.

Consignment store opens in Foodland
A new stop at the Foodland Shopping Center is offering some variety to the local day crowds.

Assembly: Auke Bay Elementary to get renovation funds
Auke Bay Elementary school will get $18.7 million for renovations, while an assemblyman and citizen voiced concern about the project.

Rudolph (Rudy) William Maier
Rudolph (Rudy) William Maier died at the age of 74 in his Juneau home on August 17, 2010 among family and friends. He spent most of his years in Juneau, the city he loved from the day he was born until his passing.

Paul Stuart Whitehead
Paul Stuart Whitehead passed on August 11, 2010 at the age of 15. Born in Juneau on March 24, 1995, Paul was a young man of great character, intelligence, generosity and kindness. Paul was that rare child who excelled at nearly everything he attempted.

Empire editorial: Avoid the majority of indifference
Tonight, politicians on both sides of the aisle will emerge victorious in their respective primaries. Many of these candidates will win their races by wide margins, which will allow them to claim a mandate from their parties to carry the battle into the general elections. In the case of the two ballot measures, supporters of the winning side will have either changed, or prevented the change of, Alaska law, and will certainly explain the outcomes as "the will of the people."

Outside editorial: Offshore oil: Same old drill
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Time to stop using standardized tests to judge school performance
In the report card of Alaska's schools released earlier this month, eight of Juneau's 14 schools failed to meet the Annual Yearly Progress standards established by the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001. The results across Alaska weren't much better. But rather than blame the schools' teachers and administrators for failing to perform, maybe it's time we let go of the standards based educational measurements.

My turn: Why Ballot Measure No. 1 is bad news for everyone
When I first considered sending an opinion piece to the Juneau Empire several weeks ago, I had just participated in preparation of the "con" statement for the Division of Elections Voter Pamphlet and this issue was on the top of my mind.

Our 'noodle' becomes cute little girl with promising vocabulary
Everywhere I look lately, there are babies. Several folks at work have just had or are getting ready to have babies. The nursery at church is a veritable cabbage patch. Every infant I see is gorgeous, but the most beautiful baby in my recent memory answers to the name of Reagan.

Woman Wall Street hates most is right for the job
Seventy-five years ago this month, a Lockheed Orion Explorer airplane crashed in Point Barrow, Alaska. The one passenger, a rugged man originally from Oklahoma Indian Territory, died on impact along with the pilot.

Woman indicted for banking violations
ANCHORAGE - A 37-year-old Seward woman has been indicted for violating federal banking reporting laws.

Sitka, Chefornak airports get millions
ANCHORAGE - The airport in Sitka is getting $30 million to extend its runway.

Johnston files letter of intent to run for office in Wasilla
ANCHORAGE - Levi Johnston, the father of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's grandson, has filed papers to run for office in his hometown of Wasilla, Alaska, next year.

Searchers look for missing plane near King Salmon
ANCHORAGE - An intensive search resumed Monday for a small plane carrying a pilot and three National Park Service workers that disappeared during bad weather in southwest Alaska.

Soldiers spending time in Anchorage schools
ANCHORAGE - About 180 soldiers from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson will spend time this school year helping out in Anchorage classrooms.

Alaska woman must pay $18,000 for identity theft
FAIRBANKS - An Alaska woman convicted of identity theft in 2004 has lost her appeal over restitution for about $18,000 in wages earned while lying about her professional nursing credentials.

Army secretary to visit Fort Wainwright
ANCHORAGE - The secretary of the Army will make a stop at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks this week.

Changes abound for Bears
If the Juneau-Douglas tennis team plans on another successful return to the state tournament - and it does - new faces will have to fill the voids left by reigning state champions and contenders.

Prowling the Southeast
It's never easy to lose a three-time state champion like 2010 graduate Leah Francis, but the type of depth the Juneau-Douglas cross country team possesses will make it easier to move forward in the Southeast Conference.

Falcons back with strength in numbers
The Thunder Mountain Falcons' cross-country program has yet to run its first meet of the year, but forward progress from last year's inaugural season is already evident.

Miller, Murkowski too close to call for GOP nomination
ANCHORAGE - Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski trailed her lesser-known conservative opponent Tuesday in a surprisingly tight race that was seen as a test of the political power of Sarah Palin and the tea party movement.

Alaska's economy powers through recession
With the nation still struggling to pull itself out of recession, Alaska is in the welcome - but decidedly unusual - position of having one of the nation's strongest economies.

Search still on for missing plane in SW Alaska
ANCHORAGE - About 10 aircraft were out Tuesday searching for a small plane carrying a pilot and three National Park Service employees who disappeared four days ago in Katmai National Park and Preserve, a park spokesman said.

42 city agencies in danger of losing tax-exempt status
Forty-two nonprofit organizations in the City and Borough of Juneau are in danger of losing their tax-exempt status for failing to file annual paperwork, according to information on the Internal Revenue Service's website.

Parnell wins nomination in convincing vote
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell, who inherited the job from Sarah Palin and was credited with restoring calm after her tumultuous tenure, won the GOP gubernatorial primary Tuesday.

Voters defeat lobbying measure
ANCHORAGE - Alaska voters have defeated a ballot measure that would have banned municipal governments and school districts from spending public money to lobby.

Young defeats Fisher for GOP nomination
ANCHORAGE - There may be anti-incumbent sentiment elsewhere in the country but little was evident in Alaska's U.S. House race.

Treadwell seals GOP nomination with big win
ANCHORAGE - Mead Treadwell has won the Republican nomination for Alaska lieutenant governor in his first campaign for elected office.

Candidates focus on last-minute push Monday
ANCHORAGE - Candidates are pulling no punches in their last-minute push for voters in today's primary.

King Salmon man gets 8 years in prison for hit list
ANCHORAGE - A man from a remote Alaska community who compiled a hit list of targets he believed were enemies of Islam was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison.

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