Monday, September 6, 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.

Dispatch keeps JPD on the move
They are the often-unseen members of the Juneau Police Department, working 12-hour shifts and more than 40 hours a week, and have basically seen it all, or at least have heard it all happening.

FIRST LEGO League gearing up
The For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, or FIRST, LEGO League robotics program is gearing up to kick off for the year.

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.

Photo: Another phase complete
Jeff Trucano, front, and Jake Ritter of Trucano Construction clean up rigging after installing the new pedestrian bridge spanning the estuary from Auke Lake to Auke Bay on Friday. The bridge is the latest phase of the Auke Lake Trail project connecting the University of Alaska Southeast campus.

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
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.

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.

Gastineau to lose a teacher, Auke Bay gains
Classrooms are being shifted as enrollment numbers at Gastineau and Auke Bay elementary schools varied from initial projections.

Free preschool offered through JSD, Tlingit & Haida Head Start
The Juneau School District and Tlingit & Haida Head Start offer free preschool for 4-year-olds at Gastineau and Glacier Valley schools. Preschool classes run from 8:00 a.m. until noon, Monday through Thursday. Bus pick up and drop off as well as breakfast and lunch are included. Call Katrina at Head Start 463-7127.

'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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

FYI
Recent births at Bartlett Regional Hospital:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Merle F. Ritter
Merle Forrest Ritter, age 86, passed away on August 30, 2010 at Wildflower Court from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Merle was born in Los Angeles, Calif. on January 3, 1924, daughter of George and Thula Forrest Ohlhausen. She graduated from Dorsey High School in Los Angeles and attended the University of Southern California.

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

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.

Empire editorial: Labor Day celebrates well-being of country
Labor Day is a "yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country," according to the U.S. Department of Labor's website.

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

Skin in the game
I made a deal with my kids about their college educations. It's very simple: I'll pay half and they'll pay half. How they pay for their share is up to them, but I match every dollar they earn in scholarship, pay for themselves or take out in a loan.

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: Green jobs for a clean energy future
For decades it has been clear the way Americans produce and consume energy is not sustainable. Our addiction to foreign oil and fossil fuels puts our economy, our national security and our environment at risk.

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.

$15,000 reward offered for finding missing plane
ANCHORAGE - A $15,000 reward is being offered to anyone finding a plane that was carrying four people when it disappeared in southwestern Alaska Aug. 21.

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.

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

Public Works and Facilities meeting moved to Thursday
The Assembly Public Works and Facilities meeting scheduled for Wednesday has been moved to Thursday. It will still take place at noon in the Assembly Chambers.

Men rescued after boat runs aground
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard says two men were injured when their skiff ran aground about 80 miles north of Sitka.

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.

Party picks Michigan Militia founder for ballot
ANCHORAGE - The Alaskan Independence Party has selected Michigan Militia founder Norm Olson as its candidate for lieutenant governor.

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.

Bursell enjoys time on the run
Senior cross-country standout and Aukeman Triathlon champion Zack Bursell is coming off a sixth place overall finish in last years state championship race. Last season, the Juneau-Douglas boys cross-country team finished second in state and Bursell said they plan to build on last year's strong performance in their pursuit of a 4A cross-country state championship.

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

Natives, others promote healing after radio insult
ANCHORAGE - Like the proverbial lemon that became lemonade, a racial insult aired on an Anchorage radio station has been embraced as a teaching tool, in an Alaska Native effort to heal the hurt and work toward healthier racial relations.

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.

Valdez Halibut Derby leader disqualified
ANCHORAGE - The 364-pound halibut that brought pride to Valdez - and the promise of a $15,000 prize for hometown angler George Lavasseur - was disqualified from the Valdez Halibut Derby on Saturday, one day before the end of the summer-long derby.

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.

CIRCAC removes Shavelson for repeated criticism
Longtime outspoken environmental activist Bob Shavelson has lost his seat on oil oversight group Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council this week for publicly criticizing the group's decisions.

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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