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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Thinned forests won't produce more deer
The Wilderness Society's Karen Hardigg claimed in a Sept. 10 letter to the editor that paying a timber company $670,000 in stimulus tax dollars to thin a second-growth forest will "yield long-term dividends in the form of increased subsistence opportunities, improved wildlife habitat, and economic opportunities for local contractors." Problem is there is no market for the thinned trees.

UA Regents approve tuition hike
The University of Alaska Board of Regents Friday approved a 7 percent tuition hike beginning in 2011, despite objections by student leaders and some regents.

Attack on a tax
Cruise lines are blaming Alaska's $50 per person "head tax" for falling revenues in their profitable Alaska business.

Nonprofits, Empire to host candidate forums
Two local nonprofit groups have teamed with the Juneau Empire to host candidate forums this week.

Tynan joins Empire newsroom
Native Texan Matthew Tynan has joined the Juneau Empire as a reporter and copy editor.

Photo: Smoking up some sockeye
Diane McKinley examines red salmon strips she is smoking at Master Tlingit Artists Mick and Rick Beasley's smoke house on their North Douglasproperty. McKinley issmoking about 50 sockeye salmon she got from the Kenai River. She learned how to smoke fish from the Kookesh family inAngoon.

Photo: Did you say peanuts?
A squirrel greets visitors at the AJ Mine/Gastineau Mill office on Friday morning.

Around Town
Today, Sept. 27

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Correction
A story in Friday's Juneau Empire on the Boys and Girls Club of Juneau stated expected expenditures for the club in 2009 were $7,782,000. That figure is the annual budget for all the Boys and Girls Clubs in Alaska.

Councils coming together
As part of a national realignment strategy, the two Girl Scouts councils in Alaska will merge to form a statewide council - the Girl Scouts of Alaska Council.

Senior menu for the week of Sept. 28-30
Monday, Sept. 28

Museum receives donation from Juneau Volunteer Firefighters Association
The Juneau Volunteer Firefighters Association recently donated a collection of historical records, which cover the Fire Department's history from 1898 to 2001, to the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

Thanks for promoting the annual Jail & Bail
The Women of the Moose recently hosted the annual March of Dimes' Jail & Bail. The accused were presented before Judge Sonie Blackwell by Sheriff Jim Reid and each one was found guilty of trying to give newborn babies and their families a better start on life.

Thanks for attending the Recovery Slam
I wish to express my appreciation to the local coordinators and sponsors of the fourth annual Recovery Slam at the University of Alaska Southeast this past weekend: Juneau Voices for Recovery, state of Alaska DHSS-DBH, Rainforest Recovery Center, NCADD-Juneau, Juneau Youth Services, Juneau Alliance for Mental Health Inc., the Governor's Advisory Board on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse, and Gastineau Human Services.

Thanks for volunteering at our dinner, auction
On behalf of Helping Hands, I would like to give a big huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped out with this year's annual dinner and auction. Without you, this wouldn't have been possible. A big thank you to Shirley McCoy, who was our auctioneer this year. Shirley, you did wonderful.

Thanks for supporting our Spiritual Gathering
The Alaska Intertribal Deaf Council works to educate Native, non-Native and/or deaf people about the needs of indigenous deaf people throughout Alaska. We work in concert with the national Intertribal Deaf Council to promote a greater awareness and understanding of both the cultural and accessibility issues of Deaf Native Alaskans.

Thanks for making the Farmers Market possible
As Autumn descends upon us, the Juneau Commission on Sustainability would like to take a moment to extend a hearty thank you to the many community supporters who made the 2009 Farmers Market possible.

Thanks for volunteering for the Forest Service
The U.S. Forest Service's Juneau Ranger District would like to thank community volunteers and the following organizations for their donated time and labor this summer. Crews worked to improve the Dredge Lakes trail system in the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area, a location enjoyed by many local outdoor enthusiasts.

Thanks to my son's coaches, managers
Our family wanted to thank the following people for all their hard work and dedication to my son's baseball this summer. He couldn't have come as far as he did without you all. A big thank you to Joe Tompkins, Andy Macauley, Andy Markovich and Rorie Watt who coached, managed and travelled with the Juneau East All Star Team and also Midnight Suns Team. They put in many hours conditioning the team with both physical and supportive team work. They also travelled to Ketchikan and Lacey, Wash., and kept our boys in line! Good job to all of you.

Fourth of July Committee seeks nominations for parade Grand Marshal
JUNEAU - The Juneau Fourth of July Committee is seeking a few good women and men who work with children and youth to be Parade Grand Marshals in the 2010 Fourth of July Parade.

Health fair provides screenings to those who may not have access
A local annual health fair is seeking medical and nonmedical community volunteers to help out, as always.

Skagway Senior Center offers hot lunches for elders
SKAGWAY - All persons age 60 and older are invited to enjoy hot lunches at noon every Friday at the Skagway Senior Center, which operates out of the Presbyterian Church, at 475 Main St.

Consortium hosts Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic in Yakutat
YAKUTAT - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and the Yakutat Community Health Center will host a special Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic on Oct. 5-9.

Local business holds grand opening, open house for new agent
JUNEAU - State Farm recently welcomed its new agent Malia Hayward to its family of agents in the Mendenhall Valley. Her agency is located at retired State Farm agent Cliff Beale's office, 9110 Glacier Highway. It offers a full line of State Farm insurance and financial services.

Community Schools now registering for upcoming classes
JUNEAU - Community Schools is now registering for upcoming classes:

Juneau World Affairs Council to host author Alison Weir to speak
JUNEAU - The Juneau World Affairs Council has invited Alison Weir to speak on the topic "Israel-Palestine: Beyond the Headlines" at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, downtown. Journalist Alison Weir is the executive director of "If Americans Knew," a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing Americans with information on topics of importance that are misreported or under-reported in the American media. She also is on the board of directors of the Council for the National Interest.

Local stampers host third World Card Making Day event
JUNEAU - Local Stampin' Up! demonstrators Gina Shirey-Potts, Lecia Kahklen and Kandi Classeen are hosting the third annual World Card Making Day event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Centennial Hall.

$3,000 scholarship available to aviation students for 2010
The Forrest Jones Memorial Scholarship is awarded the first week of March. The amount of the scholarship for 2010 will be $3000.

Consortium hosts 'Just Move It' activities Oct. 10
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Health Promotion, Diabetes and Lifestyle Balance programs will host the second annual "Just Move It" day of activities on Saturday, Oct. 10, in five communities throughout the region.

Auke Bay preschool to host Visitor Day
JUNEAU - Auke Bay Co-operative Preschool believes play-based education is the most effective way of teaching young children.

Juneau Public Libraries to hold drawing for prizes
JUNEAU - The Juneau Public Libraries will hold a drawing for one iPod Nano and other prizes at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at the downtown library. You need not be present to win.

Consortium hosts Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic in Haines
HAINES - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Haines Health Center will host a special Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic on Oct. 12-16.

Sitka Global Warming Group, Sustainable Sitka to Recognize Green Business Practices
SITKA - The Sitka Global Warming Group and Sustainable Sitka are working on a project to recognize and thank local businesses that are doing good things for the environment while also doing good things for our local economy.

Wells Fargo supports United Way campaign with ATM donation
JUNEAU - From now through Dec. 31, Wells Fargo customers have the option of donating up to $250 to the United Way at all 105 Wells Fargo ATMs in 25 communities throughout Alaska.

Tongass trumpets: Finding the delectable wild chanterelle
Anyone who has braved the rain-soaked outdoors of late has seen the bounty and variety of wild mushrooms around. Fan-shaped shelf fungi bedecking trees, clusters of shaggy mane standing at the roadside, rotund little puff balls, thin fingers of strap coral - there are hundreds of species found in Southeast Alaska, many of them edible.

Frisby, Kookesh to wed
Tyler Michael Frisby is pleased to announce the most recent engagement of his parents, Melissa May Kookesh, of Angoon, and Charlie Patterson Frisby, of Hydaburg. The couple, who live in Juneau, are planning a 2010 fall destination wedding in Hawaii with friends and family.

Lang, Koplin wed
David Lang, of Juneau, and Rachael Koplin, of Olympia, Wash., were married Sept. 19, 2009, at the abandoned Treadwell hospital in Douglas. A dinner was held at the Baranof Hotel followed by a show at The Hangar Ballroom played by "The Revengencers."

Wilson, McHenry wed
Miranda Wilson and Derek McHenry, both of Juneau, were married Aug. 1, 2009, on a private beach at Fritz Cove. A reception followed after.

FYI
Births

Wildflower Court receives Quality Health Care Award
Wildflower Court has been recognized as the 2008-2009 recipient of Mountain-Pacific Quality Health's Excellence in Care Award, presented by Sharon Stiassny, director of Mountain-Pacific's Alaska office during the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association conference held Sept. 10 and 11 in Soldotna.

Recognitions
The accounting firm of Elgee Rehfeld Mertz announced that Mark Mesdag, a certified public accountant, has accepted a position after spending eight years in Washington.

Steven Kermit Meier
Former Juneau resident and commercial fisherman Steven Kermit Meier died Sept. 20, 2009, in Seattle, Wash.

Jeremiah Alexander Martin
Juneau baby Jeremiah Alexander Martin died Sept. 22, 2009, in Juneau. He was 3 months old.

Linda Marks Dugaqua
Former Juneau resident Linda Marks Dugaqua died Sept. 20, 2009, in Anchorage, after a week-long coma following an aneurysm and heart attack. Her children and brother, Paul, were with her at the time of death. She was 63.

Promises vs. reality
President Obama made three prominent promises during his campaign: (1) If you like your health plan, you can keep it; (2) your health plan would cost about $2,500 less; and (3) if you make less than $250,000 per year, your taxes won't go up.

Tom DeLay, OK; Elaine and Leonard, oh, the horror
"Do you love me, now that I can dance?" - The Contours, 1962

Outside editorial: Another nuclear plant in Iran
The revelation that Iran has been illegally hiding another nuclear plant represented an intelligence coup for the United States and its allies, and it was delivered at an important moment - just days before the first meeting in a year between Iran and the international coalition that has been pressing for a suspension of its nuclear program. The uranium enrichment facility, hidden in tunnels under a mountain near the city of Qom, looks like the sort of clandestine plant that U.S. intelligence agencies predicted Iran would use to produce a weapon; officials say that when it is operational, it could deliver the material for a bomb in a year. If that was its purpose, then its discovery has dealt Iran's program a setback.

Toe Toon

Senators criticize Obama over militia
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's two U.S. senators say they are disappointed over the Obama administration's objection to federal retirement pay for World War II veterans.

Seattle-area CPA accused of cheating Native corporation
SEATTLE - A Seattle-area accountant has been accused of cheating an Alaska Native corporate subsidiary out of $188,000.

Fishing boat grounded on rocks near Kodiak
KODIAK - Three people have been picked up by a Good Samaritan vessel after their ship went aground.

State flags to be lowered to honor former Mayor Sullivan
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sean Parnell has ordered that state flags be flown at half-staff on Oct. 3 in honor of former Anchorage Mayor George Sullivan.

Bears rule Region V
In a rain-soaked Region V Cross Country Championship at Treadwell Mines Trail, not even the elements, nor the inconspicuous absence of the state's best girls' runner, Leah Francis, could keep the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears from reaching next weekend's state championship meet in Palmer.

JDHS blanks Colony
During a senior-night matchup with pre-game hype worthy of a championship game and conference bragging rights, the battle for the Railbelt title lived up to the billing as the Crimson Bears shut down the Colony Knights' bid for a perfect season.

Rivalries good for schools, Juneau
Friday and Saturday were big milestones for Juneau high school sports, as Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain met for the very first time on the volleyball court.

Juneau-Douglas aces first matches with TMHS
It was all smiles for Juneau-Douglas on Friday in the first-ever meeting with Thunder Mountain on the volleyball court as the Crimson Bears cruised to a 3-0 victory over their new cross-town rival.

Sports in Juneau
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Sheakleys shake things up
One out of three Sheakleys won their bouts when family members from Angoon took Roughhouse boxing at Marlintini's by sheer numbers.

Former lawmaker seeks bribery case dismissal
ANCHORAGE - Former state Rep. Pete Kott is seeking dismissal of his federal bribery case on grounds of prosecutorial misconduct.

Alaska's ferries offer essential state service
ABOARD THE M/V COLUMBIA, Alaska - Capt. John McMahon was tired mid-morning on the second day of the voyage. He had been dragged out of bed after the fog rolled in. Visibility was down to two-tenths of a mile.

Old contaminated mine proposed for Superfund list
ANCHORAGE - An old mine near where clams and mussels are contaminated with arsenic and heavy metals is being proposed for priority cleanup as a federal Superfund site.

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