Saturday, September 13, 2008

Libraries house new kids' nonfiction
There are lots of exciting new nonfiction books for kids on the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries - look for them shelved side-by-side with adult nonfiction.

Dismayed at 2009 graduation date
I am writing this letter to share my extreme dismay about the Juneau-Douglas High School class of 2009 graduation date.

Juneau needs more room on buses
Recently, I decided to do my part for energy conservation. After experiencing expensive car repairs this summer, I began to take the bus, and it saved me about $200 a month in gas and insurance. It had other benefits. I was actually able to read and study for the latter part of the summer - until school started.

Miffed by welfare and the permanent fund
Why should someone who already receives welfare all year long be able to receive an Alaska Permanent Fund dividend as well?

Palin team may fight subpoenas
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin's administration is threatening legal action to block any subpoenas by the Alaska Legislature as part of its investigation into whether she abused her authority in trying to have her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper.

Investigations to cost state
The on-going investigations of Gov. Sarah Palin mean a sizeable amount of state tax dollars will soon be in the pockets of a few lawyers.

Sales tax revenues meet projections
Despite a downturn in the nation's economy, city sales tax revenues for the first six months of the year didn't decline.

Photo: Memorializing Sept. 11 attacks
Brent Fischer, left, and Carl Ferlauto raise the United States flag during a service Thursday at Riverside Rotary Park Memorial, marking the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Ferlauto, a past president of the Juneau Gastineau Rotary Club, lost several friends that day who were New York City firefighters. "They did not forget what really matters," he said of their heroic sacrifices when they died trying to save people at the World Trade Center. For a national story, see Page A5.

Photo: Images from another time December 1984
Workers clear debris from Marine Park, which was heavily damaged during a Thanksgiving Day Storm in 1984. Many communities in Southeast Alaska suffered severe damage from the storm and storm surge.

Police & Fire
Juneau Police Department activity was not available by press time. The information will appear in Sunday's edition.

Around Town
Today

Photo: Moose Cruise
Members of the Yaaw tai Yi Dance Group, of ages from 8 months to 80 years, pose for a photo during the Moose Cruise on Sept. 2 at the Juneau Moose Family Center. Approximately 129 Moose members,including Director General William "Bill" Airey, his wife, Jean (shown far right on the back row); andGrand Chancellor Barbara McPherson and her husband, Floyd (shown far right in the front row), from around the country attended. The Juneau Moose Family Center, located at 8335 Old Dairy Road, is a private,nonprofit organization dedicated to helping those in need.

Red Cross, city to sponsor water safety instructor course
JUNEAU - Red Cross and the city of Juneau are sponsoring a Water Safety Instructor course Sept. 30-Oct. 25 at the Augustus Brown Swimming Pool. A mandatory pre-course session will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the pool. Bring a suit and be prepared to take a swimming test.

Englesby joins Klawock medical center staff
KLAWOCK - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is pleased to announce that Dr. James N. "Jim" Englesby has joined the medical staff at the Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock.

Photo: Iceberg
Mark Kelley, left, and a paddling buddy kayak past an iceberg on a sunny Saturday.

Dr. Cant joins Haines Health Center staff
HAINES - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is pleased to announce that Dr. Charlotte Cant joined the medical staff at the SEARHC Haines Health Center.

Thanks for supporting Wells Fargo Dimond Park Field House
Dimond Park Field House Inc.'s Board of Directors wishes to express its gratitude for the tremendous volunteer effort at its new sports facility this past weekend, when approximately 25 volunteers donated their time to install protective netting and padding throughout the building.

Recognitions
Wyatt Rhea Fournier was recently accepted into the Masters of Science Program, with a research assistantship, at the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. Wyatt, the son of Gary Fournier and Kathleen Rhea, is a graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School and the University of Alaska Southeast. His graduate program at UW begins this fall and he will participate in the research of Chinook salmon in the Bering Sea, affiliated with the Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim Sustainable Salmon Initiative.

Thanks for helping get Marie Drake ready for Harborview students
This letter is to express heartfelt thanks to the teachers, Parent Teacher Association parents, office staff, city architect Sarah Lewis and principal Stoltenburg of Harborview Elementary School, for all the incredible work they did this last week to get Marie Drake ready for Harborview's students.

Thanks to SAGA for the use of its cabin
Turning the Tides would like to thank SAGA for the use of its beautiful cabin last weekend for its "To Be Healed By The Earth" retreat. Thank you for your great generosity.

Thanks for helping our beach cleanup
Turning the Tides would like to thank all the people who made our Aug. 2 beach cleanup of the Channel Islands Marine Park possible. Dick Farnell, skipper of the Intrepid Raven, kindly donated the use of his boat, for both our reconnaissance trip and the cleanup of Benjamin and North Islands. Greg Brown, captain of the Weather Permitting, started us out with a safety briefing and transported volunteers to and from Lincoln Island.

Photo: KTOO Family Night
Hazel Thomas, 2, enjoys snack time during this month's Family Night on Sept. 2 at the downtown library. The Association for the Education of Young Children, KTOO and the Friends of the Juneau Library help organize the monthly event throughout the school year. More than 60 children attended this month's event and had a chance to learn all about bears. Family Nights take place at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at the downtown library.

Juneau Unitarian Universalist Fellowship to buy historic church
On Sept. 7, the members of the Juneau Unitarian Universalist Fellowship voted 33-5 to approve a purchase agreement entered into with the First Church of Christ, Scientists for the purchase of the historic Christian Science Church at Fifth and Main streets, downtown. When financing has been obtained and the deed delivered, it will be the first permanent home for the Unitarians, who celebrated their 50th anniversary in Juneau in 2007.

FYI
Births

Pets of the week
Dutch, is such a big cat that we have been thinking of renaming him "Jabba the Hutt." He is one of the P.H.A.T. cats up for adoption at the Gastineau Humane Society. By P.H.A.T., we mean Pretty Handsome And Terrific!

Senior menu for the week of Sept. 15-19
Monday, Sept. 15

Johnson, Smith wed
Kiersten Smith and Mark Johnson were married on Aug. 9, 2008, at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Holy Mary in Juneau. The ceremony was officiated by Mother Hunter Silides, associate pastor of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

Reisner, Lutz to wed
Cassie Lynn Lutz, formerly of Juneau, and John Christian Reisner will marry on Sept. 13 at the James Tandy Elllis Banquet Hall in Ghent, Ky.

Unzicker, Walvoord to wed
Martha Jean Walvoord, of Holland, Mich., and Jack Andrew Unzicker, of Juneau, will marry at 4 p.m. Nov. 29, 2008, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Arlington, Texas.

Eggplant's beauty is more than skin deep
If there were ever a beauty contest for vegetables, eggplant would be a serious contestant. Indeed, there are enough lovely varieties of eggplant to have a competition consisting of eggplant alone.

Jazmine Marie Wilson
Age: 5.

Photo: Caught red-handed
A squirrel scavenges a piece of blanket on Aug. 31 near Lena Loop Road.

RealLife Church sees real changes
RealLife Church pastor Mark Everett says his ministry puts the Bible into "real life" practice and sees the lives of people change dramatically.

It's time to let go - again
It's that time of year again. The letting go time. The time when I have to remind myself that I'm the grown-up. The time when the kids leave home.

Trail Mix to hold meetings regarding Treadwell Ditch Trail
JUNEAU - Trail Mix Inc. will host a series of three neighborhood meetings to discuss future plans for the Treadwell Ditch Trail on Douglas Island.

Massoud to speak on globalization from accounting viewpoint
JUNEAU - The Juneau World Affairs Council is hosting Dr. Marc Massoud to present on globalization from an accounting point of view at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, at the KTOO.

Juneau Jumpers to hold pre-tryout practices and open tryouts
JUNEAU - The Juneau Jumpers will hold pre-tryout practices at 3-5 p.m. Sundays, Sept 14, 21 and 28 at Glacier Valley Elementary School. Returning team members and coaches will be available to assist during these practices. General information about team participation will also available.

Thomas R. Cantine
Former Juneau resident Thomas Robinson Cantine died Sept. 6, 2008, in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. He was 100.

Marge Garrison
Juneau resident Marge Garrison died Sept. 11, 2008, at her home in Juneau. She was 70.

Bunny Francine E. Mercer
Longtime Juneau resident Bunny Francine E. Mercer died Sept. 9, 2008, in Juneau. She was 68.

Helen A. Mattson
Juneau resident Helen A. Mattson died from pneumonia on Aug. 29, 2008, in Juneau. She was 92.

My Turn: PFLAG opposes 'Conversion Therapy'
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) condemns a so-called "conversion therapy" or "ex-gay" conference scheduled for Saturday in Anchorage.

Outside editorial: Anticlimax in Iraq
President George W. Bush announced Tuesday that the United States would begin drawing down troops in Iraq next year. Why, five and a half years into the war, did that long-awaited announcement land with barely a thud?

McCain needs more than a vice president
Across the partisan divide, people everywhere are arguing whether or not Gov. Sarah Palin is ready for Washington, D.C.

Man charged with attempted arson
JUNEAU - Police arrested a man accused of trying to set fire to a house Tuesday.

GOP: McCain-Palin ticket appeals to West
DENVER - Western Republican lawmakers praised the McCain-Palin presidential ticket Wednesday and said its support of gun rights and concern for natural resources resonates with voters in the region.

Obama supporters rally in Wasilla
WASILLA - A small group of Barack Obama supporters went deep into unfriendly territory Wednesday, demonstrating in Sarah Palin's hometown.

Search for missing Sitka man suspended
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard suspended a search for a 41-year-old Sitka man missing since the weekend.

No rest for Bears against North Pole
After three straight losses, the Juneau-Douglas High School football team is in desperate need of a win to turn its season around in the final stretch of its regular season.

JDHS tennis squads head to Anchorage
Sixteen Juneau-Douglas High School tennis players will wage battle against three Anchorage teams over today and Saturday, as the Crimson Bears get their best chance of the year to prepare for the state championships on Oct. 10 -11.

JDHS runners off to Dimond meet
"It depends" seems to be the mantra of the Juneau-Douglas High School cross country teams this weekend.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Refineries blamed for slow gas price drop
ANCHORAGE - A state investigation has found that Alaska's gasoline prices are falling more slowly than elsewhere in the nation because the two refineries here are struggling to turn a profit.

Palin declares readiness for high office on ABC
FORT WAINWRIGHT - Sarah Palin proposed NATO membership for Georgia and Ukraine, at risk of putting the U.S. in conflict with Russia, and declared her readiness for high office Thursday as she took a cautious step out of the protective bubble she's been in since joining John McCain's ticket.

Kodiak trail makes headway
KODIAK - The historic Portage Trail connecting Larsen Bay to the Karluk River is one step closer to being restored.

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