Monday, September 27, 2010

Sales Tax wrong choice to fund Second Crossing
Count me among the Juneau residents who would favor a second crossing if it is in the right location, is designed properly, and uses the most appropriate funding source.

UA Regents reject call for tuition increase
The University of Alaska Board of Regents has rejected a call for an extra tuition increase next year, and even showed resistance to the size of a proposed boost in the following year's tuition, as well.

'Ultimate Sacrifice' honored at firefighters memorial
"It is a pity that we gather each fall to honor those who have given their lives in the line of duty," Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho said. "But it is also an opportunity to thank those of you who are now in that service and have dedicated your lives to it."

Murkowski focuses on only Miller in a three-way race
Sen. Lisa Murkowski hopes to keep her job by running as a write-in, and to do that, Republican Murkowski is focusing her campaign on Republican nominee Joe Miller, instead of Democratic nominee Scott McAdams.

Juneau attorney Nave appointed to judgeship
With more than 34 years as a Juneau attorney, and thousands of cases under his belt, Thomas Nave will now grasp a gavel and sit on the other side of the bench with his appointment to the Juneau District Court by Gov. Sean Parnell on Friday.

Photo: Cleanliness is next to dogliness
Dolly Kremers takes a break from the rain with a canine friend during Saturday's International Coastal Clean Up Day. Volunteers scoured 18 public beach areas in Juneau and Douglas to remove garbage and debris. Juneau Watershed Partnership provided bags and gloves and hosted a barbecue at the picnic shelter at Auke Rec.

UAF innovation competition seeks applicants from Southeast
The University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Management is seeking applicants from Southeast Alaska for its Arctic Innovation Competition. This competition gives people a chance to submit ideas they feel would be useful in business, management or decision-making.

Photo: Deflagging Egan Drive
Bob Banghart and George Fischer remove the state flag of Wisconsin during the annual deflagging of Egan Drive.

Photo: Teddy bear haircut
Hogan, a Pomeranian, hangs out Thursday in downtown Juneau. "He wants to be a sled dog but no one will have him, I think his age is holding him back," his owner Ron Turner said. According to Turner, Hogan sports a teddy bear haircut, which keeps him "popular with the ladies in Reno in the Winter."

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.

Photo: It's a bike, it's a car, it's both
Lindy Jones heads to work in his human-powered bicycle car, or velomobile, made by bluevelo. Enclosed for aerodynamic advantage and protection from the environment and distracted morning commuters Jones can pedal his light-weight three-wheeler from downtown to Salmon Creek in roughly 10 minutes, "which is very good for the cardio," Jones said with a laugh. School children jump up and down when he passes by and motorists do a double take themselves as the bright yellow compact whizzes past.

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.

Jelling cooking with community
"What's the difference between a jam and a jelly?"

Senior menu
Monday, Sept. 27

Recognitions
Jenny Reierson has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company.

A hearty chowder without heart-stopping fat
The term chowder usually brings to mind a steaming bowl of thick and chunky soup, often enriched with a generous amount of whole milk, or even cream.

Andersen, DePriest wed
Kayla Andersen of Juneau and Derrick DePriest of Perrysburg, Ohio, were married at 5 p.m. on June 19, 2010 at the Hilton Hotel in Vancouver, Wash.

Bixby, DuBois wed
Sarah W. Bixby and Chad J. DuBois were married at 4 p.m. on July 24, 2010, at the University of Alaska Southeast's Noyes Pavilion. A reception was held at Centennial Hall.

Pets of the week
BILL and MURRAY

Dore, Clayton wed
Kelly Dore of Juneau and Andrew Clayton of Seattle were married at 2 p.m. on Sept. 16, 2010 in Honolulu. The reception was held on Sept. 25 in Lake Forest Park, Wash.

Shortys celebrate 21 years
John and Hazel Shorty will celebrate their 21st anniversary on Sept. 29, 2010.

Making their garden grow no more
The start of the school year at Riverbend Elementary School brought with it lots of joys, new teachers, new staff and plants to harvest from the school's community garden.

Understanding grief in teens and children
How do children, teens, friends and parents deal with the loss and emotions that accompany death? Dr. Ken Doka, a professor of clinical psychologist and noted expert on grief in children and adolescents, will be speaking about grief in children and adolescents at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. This presentation is for all ages, whether you are a student who lost a friend, a parent who lost a child or a child who lost his parents.

Children and the red thread
Juneau's youngest artists had an opportunity to display their incredible creativity in an elegant setting, with live piano music and red refreshments, including chocolate dipped strawberries and cranberry sparkling cider. The "Children and the Red Thread" event featured over 150 pieces by local toddler and preschool artists from 15 different early learning programs, at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center as part of the First Friday Gallery Walk on Sept. 3.

Civil Air Patrol cadets visit summer sled dog camp
Six cadet members of Juneau's Civil Air Patrol accompanied by two senior members visited the Sheep Creek Summer Sled Dog Camp, operated by Gold Rush Sled Dog Tours, LLC, on July 17. Cadets Perry, Peterson, Fischer, Kiefer, Abrams and Burgess along with senior members 2nd Lt. Damerval and Lt. Col. Nestler traveled up the Sheep Creek Mine Road to the site of the old AJ Mine. The site is now the location of a sled dog summer camp providing tours for the cruise ship passengers that visit Juneau from early May through mid-September.

Filipino-American Association to hold dinner and auction
The Filipino-American Association of Juneau will hold their annual Scholarship Fundraising Dinner and Dessert Auction from 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 9 at the Tlingit and Haida Community Center, 3235 Hospital Dr. The menu will include chicken adobo, egg rolls, pancit noodles, rice and dessert. Tickets are available for $10. Soda and water will be sold separately for $1.

Widowed Persons Program to hold upcoming events
The Widowed Persons Program has several social events planned for the month of October.

International peacemaker to speak
International peacemaker George Abdalla will speak about peacemaking in Israel and Palestine at 5:30 p.m. today at Chapel By the Lake.

Juneau Community Health Fair in need of medical volunteers
The Juneau Community Health Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 2 at the Nugget Mall. Only one of 120 health fairs held annually across the state, the local fair is organized by the Alaska Health Fair Inc., a nonprofit agency that has organized health fairs in Juneau for the past 20 years.

Planetarium to present eclipse show
The Marie Drake Planetarium will present "The Great Eclipse" at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 28. This will be a presentation on the July 22, 2009 total solar eclipse, which was the longest of the 21st century. It passed over the most populous lands of the world.

FYI
Recent births at the Juneau Family Health and Birth Center:

Thanks for attending Hoonah memorial
As a member of the greater Hoonah community, I would like to thank all those who attended the memorial service for Anthony Wallace and Matthew Tokuoka. Truly, we have many caring neighbors coming from that service. I have a new respect for our military and law enforcement personnel. They lay down their lives to serve us. At times, some of those lives are lost. Keenly feeling the loss, one officer choked back tears as he said to me, "All of us have lost buddies. We want to stand with others in their time of loss."

Outside editorial: Something could be fishy
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Alaska editorial: Lifetime licenses worth a look
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

Time to move the fringes off center stage
Perhaps now, the rest of us will have our say.

Use fiscal common sense and vote no on Prop 2
What would you say to a car dealer that could only offer you the truck on the lot least likely to be qualified for the rebate program? What if, in order to finance this truck, you had to defer all other personal or home improvement projects for 10 years?

Ceremony of sorrow
On Aug. 27, the three bishops of Alaska, Archbishop Roger L. Schweitz of Anchorage, Bishop Donald J. Kettler of Fairbanks and I boarded an Alaskan Airlines flight from Anchorage to Nome to conduct a ceremony of sorrow in response to the clergy sexual abuse cases that took place in that small town and elsewhere. As we were getting off the plane, a woman indicated to Schweitz she was aware of why the three of us were in town and said that she was very pleased with the initiative and shared that such steps would help bring about healing.

My turn: Empire makes curious statements in support of Murkowski's write-in bid
The Juneau Empire's Thursday editorial, "Murkowski's write-in bid gives more choice to Alaskans," is filled with curious statements supporting Lisa Murkowski's self-anointed re-entry into the U.S. Senate race.

The time has come to cross
Once in a while I get excited about an issue and am foolish enough to jump right in. My last crusade was for a new pool in Mendenhall Valley - a very good idea whose time had come. My grandson was, and is, my motivating special interest.

TOE Cartoon

DEC issues recalls for ice cream, baby formula
The Department of Environmental Conservation has issued press releases on two recalls.

Moderate quake felt throughout Alaska; no damages
ANCHORAGE - An earthquake in central Alaska was felt throughout the state but so far no damages are reported.

Parnell opposes modified salmon
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell is urging the federal Food and Drug Administration not to approve genetically engineered Atlantic salmon for human consumption.

Parnell endorses Miller in US Senate race
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell is endorsing Joe Miller in the U.S. Senate race, calling him the "principled leader" the state needs in Washington.

High winds prompt air quality advisories
ANCHORAGE - Strong, gusty winds are creating unusually dusty conditions in Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Juneau Pioneer Home earns SHARP status
Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Click Bishop approved the Juneau Pioneer Home for the Alaska Occupational Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) renewal. A news release states this is due to their outstanding employee safety and health programs.

Nave selected for judge's slot on Juneau District Court
Gov. Sean Parnell tapped Juneau attorney Thomas Nave t fill a vacant seat on the Juneau District Court Friday, according to a press release from the governor's office.

Kiteboarders end bid to cross Bering Strait
ANCHORAGE - Two kiteboarders have abandoned plans to cross the Bering Strait from Alaska to Russia after waiting for nearly a month for ideal weather conditions that didn't materialize.

Alaskans turn in unused medications
ANCHORAGE - Police and drug enforcement officers on Saturday in 46 locations around Alaska participated in the first Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

5.7-magnitude Earthquake rattles Rat Islands
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Earthquake Information Center says a moderate earthquake struck near the Rat Islands region of Alaska.

Alaska Pacific University installs Bantz as president
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Pacific University's new president has been officially installed.

Arrest warrant issued for stabbing suspect
ANCHORAGE - An arrest warrant has been issued for a 24-year-old man suspected of a stabbing.

Anchorage man charged with shooting woman
ANCHORAGE - A 56-year-old Anchorage man has been charged with shooting and wounding a woman as she attempted to drive away from a home.

JDHS pounds North Pole
Juneau-Douglas pounded North Pole 40-8 for a soggy senior night victory, closing out the regular season Friday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Kings top Falcons; JDHS finishes 2nd at Spiketacular
Thunder Mountain won its first battle, but Ketchikan won the war.

Falcons athlete enjoys music, the outdoors
The Thunder Mountain girls' cross-country team has made its mark thus far in its first year as a full squad in 2010.

Flawless Falcons finish 8-0
The Falcons are perfect and once again Friday night, Cameron Fronimos stole the show.

Crimson Bears dominate Region V cross-country meet
Juneau-Douglas scored a perfect 15 to sweep both the boys' and girls' Region V 4A cross-country championships Saturday at Sitka's National Historic Park, with Sage Thibodeau and Sidney Browning winning the two races.

JDHS prepares for state with Region V championships
Eddie Hurtte defeated Nathan Foskett 6-3, 7-6 to win the boys' singles bracket, and Marlena Sloss came out on top in the girls' bracket Sunday in the Region V Tennis Championships after topping Emma Good 6-3, 6-1.

Umbs calms home waters for Juneau
It is not always the fastest time that brings the biggest applause as Juneau-Douglas High School sophomore swimmer C.J. Umbs finds out each time he enters a race and his teammates reinforce each time they watch him swim.

Native groups, fishermen seek to stop Pebble Mine
ANCHORAGE - A Native leader and fishing groups traveled to the nation's capital this week to try and stop development of a huge copper and gold mine in southwest Alaska.

Coast Guard chooses pellet heat for Sitka station
SITKA - The Coast Guard plans to install a wood-fired boiler to provide heat to the Sitka Air Station.

Alaska pays $150,000 in shooting case
ANCHORAGE - The state will pay $150,000 to the family of a motorist who was shot and killed by a state trooper at a Kenai highway pullout in 2003, the Alaska Department of Law said Friday.

Developer hopes to use Delta Junction wind power
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks developer wants to build a 25-megawatt wind farm near Delta Junction despite limited possibilities for public aid.

Murkowski uncertain about criteria
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, mounting a write-in campaign to hold onto her job, said considerable uncertainty remains over what criteria election officials will use to determine which write-in ballots would be counted.

Study shows importance of exports in economy
International exports are bringing new dollars into the state and are among the primary economic drivers propelling Alaska's fortune, said the experts who put together a recent study on exports.

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