Tuesday, September 7, 2010

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.

Leaders focus on workers' issues at Labor Day picnic
For more than 100 years, Labor Day has been a benchmark of observation for the achievements and contributions of American workers. On Monday, members of Juneau's labor force enjoyed holiday festivities at the Juneau Central Labor Council's annual picnic, and they also shared their thoughts on the very subject of the holiday's foundations.

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.

Bering's bust proves a hit in Sitka
The presentation of a bust of Danish explorer Vitus Bering, the man responsible for various landmarks bearing his name, was a success in Sitka.

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.

Officers' remains to stop in Juneau before trip to Hoonah
The remains of the two Hoonah police officers shot and killed Aug. 28 will spend today in Juneau before beginning a trip to Hoonah on Wednesday, states a release from the Alaska Department of Public Safety.

Police & Fire
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Photos: Labor Day kite flying on Sandy Beach
Kelly McLean gets her long-tailed kite up at Sandy Beach on Monday while attending the Labor Day picnic.

Photo: Fundraising through litter
Kymberlee Kelly stoops for a wayward plastic bag as she and other members of the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team earn money for their team by collecting trash Monday for Litter Free, Inc. Kelly's teammates, all freshmen, are from left, Kayla Balovich, Kaitlin Fagerstrom, Gracie Meiners and Breanne Chapman.

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.

Photo: Keeping their agility up
Amy Lujan, of the Capital Kennel Club of Juneau, runs Rosie, a one-and-a-half year old border collie, through an agility course Monday at Melvin Park. The club normally holds practice Sundays but held it Monday because of the Labor Day holiday.

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.

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.

JPD looks into mailbox vandalism
The Juneau Police Department contacted two boys, one 17- and the other 16-years-old, about vandalism to mailboxes on Duran Street, according to a press release from JPD.

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.

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: Mission in Iraq not quite accomplished
The following editorial first appeared in the Miami Herald:

Measure succeeds in promoting private-sector hiring
Labor Day is an occasion to honor and celebrate American workers. The opportunity to work in a decent job gives people and society benefits beyond the income it generates. Conversely, unemployment causes workers and their families distress beyond their loss of income.

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.

Opening up Alaska's primary system would lead to better ballots
In a rare outcome for Alaska's politics, voters were given a slate of newcomers to consider for a seat in the U.S. Senate. According to Public Policy Polling, Republican nominee Joe Miller has an eight-point lead over Democrat Scott McAdams.

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.

Bartlett diabetes program merits ADA Recognition
The Bartlett Regional Hospital diabetes self-management education program received continued recognition from the American Diabetes Association recently.

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.

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.

$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.

Some restaurants to serve free non-alcoholic drinks to pregnant women Thursday
As part of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, or FASD, Awareness Day, participating restaurants in Juneau will be offering free non-alcoholic beverages to pregnant women on Thursday.

All-Star team wins first match
An All-Star Alaska soccer team comprised of eighth grade girls from across the state have won their first match in group play in the Starfire Labor Day Cup in Seattle, Wash., beating the Olympia Galaxy by a score of 2-0.

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.

Crimson Bears tennis stays sharp
The Juneau-Douglas High School tennis team finished a successful weekend of matches in Anchorage where they competed against both West Anchorage and Chugiak High School.

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.

Seafood worker reflects on gunshot graze
ANCHORAGE - When Evan Toloff dressed for his shift at Captain Jack's Seafood Locker, he had no idea that the clothes he pulled on, the two heavy sweat shirts and rain gear, would end up protecting him from anything more than water and cold. Perhaps they even saved his life.

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.

Yukon River turbine poses no fish problem
FAIRBANKS - Fish have no reason to fear a turbine generator in the Yukon River near the village of Eagle.

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.

Hidden trail details help a blind man see
ANCHORAGE - Jerry Eastham woke up blind one morning eight years ago. It wasn't a total surprise. His father went blind. So did every one of his 14 older siblings due to a rare genetic condition that honeycombs holes in the retina.

Senate hopeful Miller cited in Fairbanks car crash
ANCHORAGE - The candidate who defeated U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Alaska's Republican primary has been cited for his role in a recent three-car collision in Fairbanks.

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