Sunday, August 29, 2010

Docks and Harbors set to increase power fees 20 percent
Due to an Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. rate hike of about 20 percent, Juneau's Docks and Harbors Department has approved increasing its shore power fees by the same percentage.

Parents concerned about Gastineau
Parents and faculty are concerned about student enrollment at Gastineau Elementary.

Parnell reappoints two Juneauites to state boards
Gov. Sean Parnell has reappointed two Juneau residents to seats on state boards.

SEARHC names new HR director
Today the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium gets a new human resources director in senior generalist Matthew Ione. As part of this position, he will be based in Juneau, according to a press release from SEARHC.

Unofficial Election Results
Registered voters: 24,530

Photos: Flowers for the teachers
Second-grade teacher Jess Page, top right, receives a hug from retired teacher Linda Torgerson Tuesday during opening day ceremonies for the Juneau Community Charter School.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Photos: Festival of food
Zosia and Iza Maselko enjoy locally-grown apples from master gardener Ed Buyarski's table during the third annual Juneau Local Food Festival Saturday at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.

Photo: A fresh look for Patsy Ann
The Patsy Ann bronze was soaped up for her annual wash and wax on Aug. 15. Iris Frank, left, and Linda Blefgen polish the newly washed and waxed the statue at Marine Park.

Camp is open for use
Eagle River United Methodist Camp (ERUMC), is now accepting reservations for fall and winter use. The Lodge and four rustic cabins are available September through April. ERUMC, located at 27.5-mile Glacier Hwy., is a nonprofit year-round community camp and retreat center open to all. Eagle River Camp is an accessible, yet remote, location for small or large group camps or retreats, including school or family camps. In the winter, it is ideal for meetings or events, planning sessions plus winter activities such as hiking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

Celebrate Forest Sunday
Join in celebration the beauty and gifts of nature with a worship celebration hosted by Aldersgate United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 5 at the Auke Recreation Area large pavilion. A cookout and games will follow.

Monthly brunch upcoming
The Widowed Persons Program will hold its monthly brunch at noon on Sunday, Sept. 5 at the Baranof Hotel. All widows and widowers are invited to attend this social event. The Fall/Winter Widowed Persons Program Schedule will be discussed. For further information please contact Sue at 586-6424 or suen@gci.net, or Sandy at 789-0355.

Recognitions
The last drawing for summer book reviews written by kids at the Juneau Public Libraries took place on Aug. 16. 839 book reviews were received in this 10-week program and 75 gift certificates and prizes were awarded.

FYI
Recent births at Bartlett Regional Hospital:

Searching for Aaltonen
I discovered in State of Alaska naturalization records an entry for a Willehard Aaltonen, an immigrant from Finland naturalized in 1925. He is listed as a fisherman residing in Taku Harbor at the time.

BioBlitz a success
The first Southeast Alaska BioBlitz was held in Juneau this summer with over 400 people joining scientists to examine the diversity of life in the Fish Creek Valley on Douglas Island. The event was a blend of science, education and celebration of biodiversity in our own backyard. Over 797 species were identified. The results are now tallied and available on the ADF&G website at: www.wildlife.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=education.blitz.

Summer Reading Program got kids into books
The Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries would like to thank the following local businesses for donating gift certificates and prizes for the Summer Reading Program's weekly drawing. To participate, children wrote reviews of books they read during the summer. Over 839 book reviews were written and displayed at the libraries this summer. Seventy-five prizes and gift certificates were awarded from the following businesses: Alaska Fudge Company, Alaska Shirt Company, Alaska Travel Adventures/Zipline Tours, The Amazing Bookstore, Bear's Lair, Del Sol, Foggy Mountain Shop, Glacier Gardens, Gross-Alaska Theatres, Hearthside Books, Imagination Station, Invisible World, Juneau Rubber Stamp Company, McDonalds of Juneau, Mount Roberts Tramway/Goldbelt Corp., Northstar Trekking, Nugget Alaskan Outfitter, Peer Amid Beads, Rainy Retreat Books and Vicky's Joke Shop.

Out with a bang
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the parents, band students, faculty, office staff and administration from the past and present at Juneau-Douglas High School for all of their continued support, patience, dedication and hard work over the years. In particular I would like to thank the Juneau High School Band Boosters. For years this organization, through our generous community and businesses of Juneau, have funded a variety of fantastic travel opportunities for the band students. They have helped provide them and the director with extraordinary experiences we will all treasure for our entire lives. The JHSBB has also supplied the band program with much needed equipment and instruments when the school couldn't.

Journey to Wellness a success
The Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska's Elders Caregivers Services program of the Tribal Family & Youth Services Department would like to thank local organizations and community members who contributed to the 2010 Journey to Wellness spring/summer event May 24 through Aug. 13, and the Champions Potluck Luncheon held Aug. 20 at the ANB Hall.

Thanks for the support
From the family of Patrick Dean Johnson, who passed on July 17, 2010 in Juneau, we want to express our deepest appreciation to all who generously helped us financially and stood by us with prayer and much-needed support. It made it easier to cope with our loss. Thank you from Angela Johnson, my children, Sharon Lone, Carmen Davis and Phillip Daetwiler.

Seeking sourdoughs
This year, the International Sourdough Reunion will hold its 78th reunion in Las Vegas at the Palace Station on Oct. 17-21. Our history goes back to the Yukon Order of Pioneers, which formed in 1894 at Fortymile. In 1897, the Arctic Brotherhood at Camp Skagway was founded, followed by the Pioneers of Alaska in Nome in 1907, and Ladies of the Golden North in 1919. ISR combined these individual organizations in the U.S. and Canada after the Gold Rush days. The first ISR was held in 1922. There were 3,500 people at the Seattle Stampede in 1929. In 1973 the reunion took place on the Alaska ferry Wickersham. Henry Johnson put his organ on board at Seattle and, along with others who brought their instruments, provided the dance each evening. Jimmy Doolittle, WWII Flying Ace, was a distinguished guest.

Raven's Way has succeeded thanks to support
Over the course of the year, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Yéil Jeeyáx Raven's Way adolescent residential substance abuse treatment center receives support from several organizations in Sitka. Raven's Way would like to thank five Sitka businesses for their support.

Photos: Lunch hour poetry fix
Christy Eriksen drafts a haiku verse in preparation to type the finished piece for a customer during Friday's lunch hour on Seward St. She plans to continue the activity every Wednesday at her post outside of The Canvas Community Art Studio and Gallery. Haiku will be available on a pay-as-you-can basis with a suggested donation of $5.75. Part of the proceeds will be donated to The Canvas and part will go toward an upcoming Poetry Slam that Eriksen is co-organizing. Originally a spoken word poet, Eriksen said she enjoys the limitations of haiku. "I used to dismiss it as an easy, boring type of poetry but have since fallen in love with it because of its difficulty," Eriksen said in an e-mail. "With only 17 syllables one must be very clear about what they're writing, cause there's no time for fluff."

Outdated: The poem
An old, old, old, old, old (key word is old here), old flame of mine from my freshman year of high school recently sent me this poem:

Second annual Blue Mass celebrated
Last Sunday, the curb next to St. Paul's Catholic Church, usually kept clear as a fire lane, was crowded with police cars, a fire truck and other official vehicles. Inside the church were scores of uniformed officers, who were there not to respond to an emergency but to attend the Blue Mass offered for all those who serve the nation or community in uniform.

Senior news: is it Alzheimer's?
A growing number of people these days are worried that they have Alzheimer's disease. It is common for such people to hide out, isolate themselves or to want to cover up any clues that they have memory loss, confusion or disorientation. While the temptation is to not let anyone know, getting to the doctor is the most important thing to do. There are a lot of things that cause forgetfulness, many of them treatable and reversible. Ignoring symptoms and delaying that doctor's visit will make matters worse.

Menzies celebrate 50 years
On Aug. 26, 1960, Malcolm A. Menzies married Elaine M. Moser in Washington, D.C., just one day after Mal was discharged from the United States Army. Elaine thought Mal was joking when he said they would live in Alaska. From their marriage date until 1963, they lived in Chicago, Ill. while Mal attended college and worked seasonally for the Bureau of Public Roads in Southeast and Interior Alaska. Elaine worked as a nurse for Blue Cross Blue Shield. In 1963, Malcolm and Elaine moved to Juneau, which has been their home ever since, except for short, work-related residencies in Petersburg, Ketchikan and Fairbanks.

Kiesels celebrate 50 years
Judy and Rod Kiesel were married Aug. 27, 1960 and celebrated their 50th anniversary on Aug. 27, 2010. Their children, with love, wish them a happy anniversary.

Knight, Whistler wed
Tammi Knight and Brad Whistler, both of Juneau, were married on Aug. 9, 2010 in a private ceremony on the beach at Skaters Cabin in Juneau.

Goulds to Celebrate 50 Years
Longtime Juneau residents Alan and Carolyn (Trucano) Gould will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 2, 2010.

Jon E. Reed
Jon E. Reed passed away suddenly but peacefully on Aug. 26, 2010. Born and raised in Minnesota, Jon moved to Juneau to be closer to family in 1980. During the summer he worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and recently had made Florida his winter home. Jon loved to fish, hunt and play golf.

Lori Konoske
Former Juneau resident Lori Konoske died Aug. 22, 2010 in Madison, Wis.

Anchorage father, son sentenced for selling drugs
ANCHORAGE - A father and son have been sentenced in federal court in Anchorage for selling drugs.

Troopers release name of fire victim
BIG LAKE - Alaska State Troopers say the woman who died in a fatal home fire early Sunday at Big Lake was the owner, 78-year-old Patricia Bosch.

Man sentenced to 44 years in assault
ANCHORAGE - A 25-year-old man convicted of assault and attempted sexual assault in Anchorage has been sentenced to 44 years in prison.

Fairbanks driver charged in death of teen cyclist
FAIRBANKS - A grand jury has indicted a Fairbanks driver who struck and killed a 14-year-old bicyclist last month after allegedly running a red light.

Bears reign supreme at Jamboree
If opening weekend is any indication of what is to come for the Juneau-Douglas volleyball team this season, the outlook seems promising for this senior-laden squad.

Thunder Mountain rocks Ketchikan, 33-0
In the race for the first football state playoff berth in Southeast Conference history, Thunder Mountain has a pretty good head start.

JDHS suffers first loss of season
PALMER - For years, the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears seemed untouchable.

New ballots could boost Murkowski
Joe Miller's lead over incumbent Lisa Murkowski in Alaska's U.S. Senate race continues to shock the state and the nation.

Alaska Pacific Bank delays repaying feds as loan woes continue
Alaska Pacific Bank has suspended payment to the U.S. Treasury on the TARP funds it received as it continues to struggle with numerous problem loans.

Wanted Army impersonator arrested in Deadhorse
FAIRBANKS - A man who served prison time for impersonating an Army officer at the scene of an Oklahoma bridge collapse has been arrested in the North Slope community of Deadhorse.

1 day hunting season for Fortymile caribou herd
ANCHORAGE - One day. That's how long the caribou hunting season along Steese highway will last this summer.

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