Alleged Hoonah shooter indicted by grand jury
John Marvin Jr. was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury on two charges of first-degree murder, one day before the memorial service for the two Hoonah police officers he is accused of killing took place.
Unique music program spreads to Juneau starting with paper violins
Tiny fingers of kindergarteners tore pieces of tape off a roll and connected a cardboard strip to a cutout of a violin with the help of a parent.
Locals turn out to remember those killed on 9/11
More than 200 Juneau residents met at Riverside Rotary Park's September 11th Memorial Saturday morning to honor the thousands who died nine years ago in the terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.
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Photos: Fundraising for Alaskan Culture Center
Toutai Pasi sings with the group South Sea Coral during rehearsal Friday in preparation for the Alaskan Luau hosted by the Alaskan Culture Center. Other members are Lineni Pasi, left, Lieni Makihele and Chad Makihele.
'Curves'-vacious women making waves at the glacier
Members of the Curves For Women fitness club showed off their new slimmed-down selves Saturday by taking a dip into the iceberg blue waters.
Stone, Johnson to wed
Cher Stone of Juneau and Cliff Johnson of Las Vegas, Nev., will be married at 2 p.m. on Sept. 25, 2010 at Valley Chapel, 9741 Mendenhall Loop Road. Family, friends and acquaintances are invited to the wedding. The reception will follow the ceremony at the church. If you are unable to attend, Cliff and Cher can be reached at P.O. Box 33198, Juneau, AK 99803.
Northern Light United Church welcomes new pastor
The Rev. Dr. Phil Campbell of Denver has been selected to serve as pastor for the Northern Light United Church, a congregation affiliated with both the United Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. Campbell will preach at the 11 a.m. worship service on Sept. 12. A welcome reception for Campbell will be held following worship.
Local food impacting the community
Rhubarb sorbet, impromptu poetry, devil's club tea, bubbling sourdough starter and a fish fillet demonstration were some of the many fun things happening at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center Aug. 28. It was a lively celebration of local food at the Local Food Festival and Farmers Market, with many vendors and many more patrons.
Goodbye to an old dock
Recently, Pier 48 on the Seattle waterfront, where the ferry docked, has been getting demolished.
Woody Paul Groves was awarded a bachelor's degree in History from the State University of New York College during the college's commencement services this spring.
Adult Education and Family Literacy Week
To kick off its back to school programming and National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, The Learning Connection will host an open house barbecue from 5:30 until 7 p.m. on Sept. 14 at its Gruening Park location, 1800 Northwood Drive. This event is free and open to the public.
Reading program makes a splash
The Juneau Public Libraries' summer reading program, "Make a Splash," has ended. This year's 10-week program, sponsored by the Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries, included children participating in 425 reading games with 3,359 books read; 10 weeks of storytimes and crafts with 1,499 children participating; two toddler times a week with 384 participating; 839 book reviews submitted; and 75 children receiving gift certificates and prizes donated by local businesses.
Juneau NOW elects new board
The Juneau Chapter of the National Organization of Women held its annual meeting on Aug. 2 at El Zarape Restaurant. The following women were elected to the board: Andrea Doll (president), Electra Gardinier (vice president), Melissa Griffiths (secretary), and Eva Bennett, (treasurer).
Rotary selling Juneau-specific bulbs
The Juneau-Gastineau Rotarians are now selling flowering spring bulbs to support their many community projects, which include Day at the Lake, The Glory Hole, and Senior and Disabled Home Projects. There's a wide variety of daffodils, tulips, iris and several unique bulbs from which to choose.
Cooperative Extension to hold preservation event
The UAF Cooperative Extension Service (CES), Juneau District Office invites the public to a special community kitchen event, "Jams and Jellies Workshop" on Sept. 17 at Thunder Mountain High School. Visiting Fairbanks extension agent Dr. Roxie Dinstel will teach the workshop from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. There is a $15 materials fee for the workshop.
Riverbend class seeks project funding
Sonic and www.DonorsChoose.org have a partnership called Limeades For Learning. With some community help, Ms. Lium's 2nd grade class at Riverbend Elementary can get the funding needed to complete a proposed project.
Teaching artists training academy
The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council presents a six-week workshop series geared toward artists who are interested in teaching in the schools. From Sept. 29 through Nov. 3, artists will receive in-depth training emphasizing how to work effectively with students of all ages in varied settings as a teaching artist, in Juneau and elsewhere in Alaska. Each session features expert teachers, administrators and consultants who share knowledge, skills and techniques to equip artists to work effectively in Juneau classrooms and beyond.
Recent births at Bartlett Regional Hospital:
Pets of the week
McNett, Wood to wed
Rachel McNett of Sodus, New York and Jeremy Wood, formerly of Juneau, will wed at 3 p.m. on Oct. 3 at a ceremony at Glenora Winery in New York.
Trible, Ott to wed
Dorothea Helen Trible and Ellis Michael Ott are engaged to be married at 3 p.m. on Sept. 18, at Birch Hill Cross-Country Ski Hall in Fairbanks, with reception to follow. The ceremony will be officiated by William Teter of Chugwater, Wyo.
It is a crisp, summer day, maybe unofficially one of the first of autumn. A group is gathered in the open air around a propane stove - some are sitting, some are standing, but all are focused on the contents of the cooking pot.
Confessions of a pack rat
It's a drag being a pack rat. Other people see a glass jar or a pair of jeans with holes in the knees and think, "trash-get rid of it." As a pack rat, I see all the possibilities. Could be a pair of cutoffs, or maybe a candle holder. You never know what might come in handy some day. Add on my historian tendencies, and you've got a fatal combination. I want to save everything - not only those things that may in some future reality become useful, but also things that have historical or sentimental value to our family. Kids' drawings, any photograph ever taken, Christmas cards from everyone I've ever known, cute toys and baby clothes the kids have long outgrown - I save them all. Why do I have to be such a pack rat?
One of my friends in Hawaii used to practice what he called "guerilla gardening." Hunter could not afford to purchase land, so wherever he could, he would plant gardens. He would often clear a spot in some of the dense jungle, ridding it of invasive plants and putting in food crops. For a time, he lived in a tent on my property and worked a few hours as a Willing Workers on Organic Farms (Woofer). We would cut invasive grass that was 10 to 15 feet tall, and had barbs, sharp blades, pollen and usually mildew. Unlike much of the area, my property had somewhat level places and fewer rocks. Tending that land was hard work. Hunter's enthusiasm and commitment to making gardens reminded me of Johnny Appleseed - casting blessings wherever he went. Long after he moved off of the island, I would find parsley, turmeric and other gifts. When I tend my bed of greens here, I give thanks for his assistance in those days.
Photo: Juneau's NOW women meet
From left to right, Electra Gardinier, Nadine LeFebvre, Eva Bennett, Cachet Garrett, and Andrea Doll attend the Juneau Chapter of the National Organization of Women annual meeting on Aug. 2 at El Zarape Restaurant.
Photo: Reading kid rewarded
Yosef Monsef, 10, won a trek for two from North Star Trekking for reading "Silverwing" by Kenneth Oppel. "This book makes my heart beat faster than usual," Monsef said.
Garrett Erin Kelly
Garrett Erin Kelly, 28, beloved son of Shannon Garrett and James Kelly, died at his home in Pocatello, Idaho on August 29th, 2010 of heart failure.
Outside editorial: We know we're fat
The following editorial first appeared in the Chicago Tribune:
Tragedy, community and tears
The news that two officers had been shot and killed in Hoonah came as a shock. We had one of our priests, Jean Paulin, in Hoonah at the time of the shooting. Like everyone else trying to get some information about the events, I started texting Paulin while the standoff between the authorities and the alleged shooter was taking place. Paulin was with a group of people at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall and participated in the beginning process of a community trying to make some sense out of such a senseless act of violence.
Out of the media muck, an idiot emerges
By the time you read this, Terry Jones will have burned the Quran.
My turn: Train yourself to talk to someone thinking of suicide
All over Southeast Alaska there have been tragedies in the news in the last few years. Some of these were preventable, and some of these deaths were just a normal part of human existence. As "normal" as death is - both the preventable and the non-preventable - most of us are unprepared.
Fisherman gets 4 years' probation for violations
ANCHORAGE - A fisherman has been sentenced to four years' probation after pleading guilty to Lacey Act violations.
Donation aimed at fighting suicides in NW Arctic
KOTZEBUE - A $150,000 donation from Teck, the operator of the Red Dog mine, is aimed at cutting suicide rates in the Northwest Arctic.
Alaska Railroad Corp. gets new chief executive
ANCHORAGE - The state-owned Alaska Railroad Corp. is getting a new chief executive.
Falcons still perfect after rout of Renton
And the wins keep on coming.
Bears blast Malemutes, earn playoff bid
The Juneau-Douglas football team's season has been anything but a breeze thus far in 2010, but the Crimson Bears made it look easy Friday night at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.
JDHS volleyball sweeps Ketchikan
If Friday and Saturday night were any indication of what's to come, it's going to be a long Southeast Conference volleyball season for anyone who doesn't have Juneau across their jersey.
JDHS boys rebound with Saturday win after finishing third Friday
The Juneau-Douglas High School swim team continued its strong start to the season this weekend in Ketchikan with top-three performances from both the girls' and boys' teams.
JDHS cross-country boys, girls both win
The Juneau-Douglas cross-country team continues to run away from the competition as both the Crimson Bears girls' and boys' squads finished in first place yet again, this time in Yakutat.
State has 30 days to consider Kookesh subsistence ruling
The clock is ticking on the state of Alaska as it considers whether to appeal a decision dismissing charges of fishing in excess of subsistence-use salmon permits against state Sen. Albert Kookesh and three others.
Walker close to decision on governor's race
JUNEAU - Bill Walker, who finished behind Gov. Sean Parnell in last month's GOP gubernatorial primary, is close to deciding whether to continue his candidacy.
Alaska tourism industry sees jump in visitors
FAIRBANKS - Tourism is showing some improvement in Alaska this year despite the sluggish economy.
Libertarian option seems to narrow
JUNEAU - The door to a third-party run seemed to close a bit more Friday, with Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate David Haase saying he saw no reason to withdraw his candidacy.
2 sentenced for racial attack in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Two people who threw eggs and a water bottle in a racially motivated attack on an Alaska Native in Anchorage have been sentenced in federal court to prison terms for civil rights violations.
Hong Kong economic commissioner ends his visit Alaska trip in Juneau
Donald Tong Chi-keung, the most senior representative of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, made his first visit to Alaska last week to speak to the Alaska World Affairs Council, outlining Hong Kong's industrial highlights and its continuing business relationship with the United States.
Moose hunters face fines for late reporting
BETHEL - A recent hunt on the lower Kuskokwim River claimed more moose than planned because some hunters filed late harvest reports, wildlife officials said.