Sunday, September 5, 2010

New film class focuses on people
A new class at the University of Alaska Southeast will give students the chance to tell their stories, and those of others, through a cinematic setting.

Slain Hoonah officers' faith shaped their lives
Hoonah police officer Anthony Wallace had a list of questions he wanted to ask God. They ranged from serious biblical interpretations, to some that seemed more applicable to the life he lived in the 800-plus person Tlingit village of Hoonah.

Photo: Two become one?
Two mountain goats appear to be one as they stand next to each other on the tail end of the Juneau Ridge, approximately two miles past Granite Creek on Friday.

Woman reports attack after offering ride
A 28-year-old woman reported Friday she had been assaulted and her car vandalized by a man she'd given a ride to, according to a press release from the Juneau Police Department.

Police & Fire
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'Honoring our firefighters and police officers'
The theme of the 2011 Juneau 4th of July Parade will be "Honoring our firefighters and police officers." The grand marshals have been announced and include Juneau Police Department Sgt. David Campbell, Capital City Fire and Rescue Fire Chief Richard Etheridge, Fire Captain Ed Quinto and public safety communications developer Carlos Cadiente.

Thanks for running/walking
Nearly 450 folks gathered together for the "Beat the Odds" race/walk event held on Aug. 28 at Riverbend School. It was a great turnout and we thank all the walkers and runners who participated.

Green Church Class to begin
Green Church: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rejoice! is the theme of a six-week series of classes for all ages that will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 12 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Green Church explores what climate change means for Christians and how they can help. In it, author Rev. Rebekah Simon-Peter cites Scripture and science, weaving in personal stories of Sabbath, gardening, recycling, camping and the power of faith. She presents a challenge to consider our role in the care of creation and to help save the earth for future generations. A light continental breakfast will be provided for children (kindergarten through fifth grade) and adults. The youth class will make their own pancake breakfast. Nursery is provided for up to kindergarten age.

Photos: Mountain Music
Clockwise from left: Bluesman Pat Henry performs at the Mount Roberts Tramway's Chilkat Theater during the fifth annual Mountain Music Festival Friday. Terry Hoskinson, emcee of the evening's concert, joins the crowd as they erupt in laughter at a comical tune performed by Pat Henry. Dale Wygant performs accordian pieces during his set at the festival. The Machakos Family Band performs for a happy crowd during Friday's festival on the mountain. John Ingalls uses a shovel as a percussion instrument during a set with The Romantic Highlanders (with John Lager, Jason Soza and Hannah and Sophie Lager). Center: Alaska's Kit sings a mix of original and cover tunes during her set with Steve Wilde.

Imagine
Imagine that you and your five children, ages 1 to 13, live in a space the size of a small college dorm room - 125 square feet. Imagine getting the kids off to school and daycare every morning before you walk to work. Imagine sharing shower rooms, kitchen and laundry with 65 other people. Imagine your children having no place to play except an empty parking lot, only on Sunday.

Everybody plays a role in helping prevent suicide
Each year in Alaska an average of 130 people commit suicide.

Vintage remedies for croup
As I mentioned in my previous article, the years previous to 1900 were an extremely interesting time, especially for those living in the Pacific Northwest.

Rotary Clubs to hold memorial ceremony
The Rotary Clubs of Juneau will host the ceremony commemorating the events of September 11th and honoring Juneau's first responders at the September 11th Memorial at Riverside Rotary Park. The ceremony will begin with guests gathering at the Memorial just off the parking lot at 9:40 a.m. The formal part of the ceremony commences shortly after and will conclude at 10:15 a.m.

Reverend Schurr to join Fellowship
Looking forward to a spiritual adventure in Alaska is the Reverend Sarah Schurr, an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister who will be working with the Juneau Fellowship this year.

Families encouraged to pack shoe boxes
Back-to-school shopping is not just a time to fill book bags and closets, it is also an opportunity to fill shoe boxes to help children in need around the world. Through Operation Christmas Child, families can make a real difference to a child in need by simply keeping the box from their new school shoes and filling it with small gifts. Operation Christmas Child plans to hand-deliver shoe box gifts to more than 8 million struggling children in 100 countries this year. An effort that massive means the project needs the help of Juneau families, not only during the holidays, but also right now.

Second hip-hop class added to JDU's fall class list
A second children's hip-hop dance class has been added to Juneau Dance Unlimited's Fall 2010 semester schedule due to high demand. This class is designed for students ages 8-12 and will be taught by JDU dance instructor, Alexandra Brown. The class begins today and will be held on Sundays, 5 to 6 p.m. at the JDU dance studio, 8420 Airport Blvd., Ste. 202. The full class schedule, registration forms, and details are available at www.juneaudance.com.

Speaking truth to power
All power needs truth. The power we have as individuals - in our workplaces and by the titles we hold - need the framework of truth.

FYI
Recent births at Bartlett Regional Hospital:

SEARHC honors FASD Awareness Day
International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day will be observed this year on Thursday. For 11 years, International FASD Awareness Day has been observed starting at 9:09 a.m. around the world, through each of the time zones, from New Zealand to Alaska.

Juneau kicks off FIRST LEGO League
On Wednesday, Juneau will kick off its 2010-2011 FIRST LEGO League season with a community event for all ages at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Under Mount Saint Elias
The second edition of Frederica de Laguna's 1972 masterwork, "Under Mount Saint Elias, the History and Culture of the Yakutat Tlingit," has been completed and is available from Frederica de Laguna Northern Books. The three-volume work, first published by the Smithsonian Institution in 1972, includes a new foreword and preface by de Laguna.

Suicide prevention workshop
Bereavement specialist Bob Baugher will present a workshop titled "Suicide Intervention and Coping with Suicide Loss from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The workshop will be held in Ballroom 1 at Centennial Hall and is open to the public.

James F. Calhoon
Former Alaskan and Juneau resident James F. Calhoon died Aug. 3 in Phoenix, Ariz. He was 84.

Arnold Eugene Collins
Arnold Eugene Collins was born in Greenwich, Ohio in October, 1934. He was one of 13 kids raised in the blended family of Margaret and Clifford Poole. His antics growing up in a big family with his many siblings provided Gene hours of stories to share with his family and friends. At the age of 16, Gene forged his mother's signature in order to join the Army and serve in Korea. He also served three tours in Vietnam and finally retired from the military after 26 years of service. People say that the men who fought in WWII were "The Last Great Generation", and we believe Gene belongs with them.

Lloyd Richard Martin
Juneau resident Lloyd Richard Martin died Aug. 31, 2010 at Bartlett Regional Hospital. He was 83.

Outside editorial: Trying to make sense of North Korea
The following editorial first appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

Economic development key for keeping seats in Southeast
Alaskans will make many choices in the Nov. 2 general election. One of these is whether to amend the Alaska Constitution and increase the size of the Alaska State Legislature. Alaska has a relatively small number of legislators in its House and Senate compared to most states, which makes sense as we are not a populous state. One of the benefits of our smaller population is that we're much more likely to know our elected leaders personally than most Americans.

My turn: Working to prevent suicide in Juneau, across the state
Two weeks ago in Juneau, we were once again painfully reminded of the devastating pain felt by so many in a community, particularly the family, when the tragedy of suicide occurs. An incredibly gifted and talented young man of 15, admired and cared for by those who knew him, chose to take his life. We will never truly understand the full reason why one might chose to take their life. It appears in this young adolescent's life, it would have been nearly impossible to detect early suicide warning signs or prevent this particular tragedy, as symptoms of depression were not present and he clearly did not engage in the use of drugs or alcohol. That said, the vast majority of suicides are preventable and warning signs are typically present.

Kotzebue man gets 116 years on sex charges
KOTZEBUE - A 54-year-old Kotzebue man will serve 116 years in prison following his multiple convictions of sexual assault, assault involving a minor and furnishing alcohol to a minor.

Armed man arrested at Fort Wainwright
FAIRBANKS - An armed man caused portions of the Fort Wainwright Army post in Fairbanks to be locked down Friday.

AGIA coordinator takes UAF post
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Gasline Inducement Act coordinator for the state of Alaska will be leaving his post.

Refiner offers settlement to some in North Pole
FAIRBANKS - A refinery spokesman says Flint Hills Resources is offering a bulk water tank along with a cash settlement to some North Pole area homeowners affected by tainted groundwater.

Falcons romp over Sitka
The Thunder Mountain High School football team continues to run its way toward the Southeast Conference title, and once again it was the Cameron Fronimos show.

Bears find running room, top Warriors
Juneau-Douglas got back on the winning track Friday, toppling visiting Wasilla 31-14 behind a ballhawking defense and special teams unit that forced four turnovers, and a re-committed running attack spearheaded by a senior and a relative newcomer.

Ketchikan sweeps weekend series against Falcons volleyball team
Sarah Clark had 11 kills, Crystal Covault added six, and the Ketchikan volleyball team swept Thunder Mountain 25-17, 25-11, 25-17 at Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium on Saturday.

Results: Bears cross-country boys win Colony meet, girls finish third
Colony Invitational

Murkowski, Miller and the Sealaska bill
In elections since being appointed to the U.S. Senate, Ketchikan-born Lisa Murkowski has drawn strong support from Southeast Alaska, especially in the logging communities of southern Southeast.

Ketchikan lumberjack pulls tourist out of water
KETCHIKAN- An elderly cruise passenger took an unexpected swim in Ketchikan Creek late Wednesday morning, and was pulled from the water by a shirtless lumberjack.

Vanity Fair reporter admits error in Palin article
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A writer for Vanity Fair has acknowledged a case of mistaken identity in an unflattering article about Sarah Palin in the magazine's October issue.

Internet access, funding hamper students
FAIRBANKS - A task force created by the Alaska Legislature is meeting this week to find ways to overcome poor higher education retention and graduation rates blamed partly on lack of funding and Internet access.

Ice Alaska wants Fairbanks riverfront development
FAIRBANKS - Ice Alaska is pushing for a massive development along the Chena River in Fairbanks to help maintain a home for its annual ice sculpture contest.

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