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Monday, October 11, 2010

Proposition 2 got the end it deserved
And so Proposition 2 got the end it deserved, born out of arrogance and embraced by the always-say-yes majority of the City Assembly. But the voters saw through a half-baked idea made worse by the vague wrapping provided by the assembly. Together they unwittingly buried the idea of any second crossing for some time to come. Good for them.

CMV poses great risk to babies
More children have disabilities due to congenital CMV (cytomegalovirus) than other well-known infections and syndromes including Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Spina Bifida and Pediatric HIV/AIDS. In a recent survey of women in the United States, only 22 percent had heard of CMV, compared with 97 percent who had heard of Down Syndrome and 98 percent who had heard of HIV/AIDS.

Diet of fruits, veggies, soy helps reduce risk of breast cancer
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, as a dietitian, I recognize the strong need to focus on healthy lifestyle choices that can help prevent breast cancer. Scientific evidence shows that the foods women eat have an important effect on breast cancer risk.

Non-Contiguous Party
Californians don't care about Alaskans, fishermen, loggers, miners, laborers, hospital workers, administrative assistants, or any of the other fine, hard-working Alaska residents. The tea party cares only about their goals.

Miller doesn't understand the economy of Alaska
Lisa Murkowski understands the economic needs of our state, communities, and residents and this is why I am going to fill in the oval on Election Day and write her name in. We need her experience and seniority in Washington D.C. and I encourage all voters to fill in the oval on the ballot and write her name in, too.

AFN, corps., other groups do not speak for all Natives
I would like to make it clear that the Alaska Federation of Natives, the regional corporations, and other Native organizations do not speak for all Alaska Natives especially when engaged in political endorsements.

2010 Municipal Election unofficial results
Douglas

Photos: Friday concert at Floyd Dryden

Feds to drop charges against Clark
Federal prosecutors have agreed to drop criminal charges against Jim Clark, former chief of staff for Gov. Frank Murkowski and a prominent Juneau attorney.

Principal starts 'Pink Shirt Thursdays' at JDHS
It's the first Thursday of the school year and your new principal - he's wearing pink. OK, so it's a little weird. Pink is a girl's color, right? Next week, he's wearing pink again, but this time a couple more staff has joined in.

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.

Photos: Preparing for next season
Chris Bacehowski, left, and Lauren Anderson fill buckets during a work party in celebration of 350.org Global Action Day on Sunday at the Douglas Community Garden.

Photo: Peeking through the clouds
A break in the clouds sends sunbeams onto Lynn Canal on Wednesday north of Benjamin Island.

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.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Today's Featured Survivor
Joni Roberts, 55

Carlsons celebrate 30 years
Sam and Cindy Carlson will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary on Oct. 11, 2010.

Day of Play thanks
On Aug. 20 Juneau was designated a Playful City USA. In celebration of the Kaboom! Playful City USA designation, the City and Borough of Juneau Parks & Recreation Department celebrated a Day of Play on Sept. 25.

Thanks for making my day
Sometimes it is nice, after dealing with grumpy people all day, to run into a good person.

Many thanks from Girl Scouts of Alaska
The Girl Scouts of Alaska held its 19th Annual Southeast Auction on Sept. 25 at the Baranof Hotel. It was a fantastic night full of conversation, laughter and folks high bidding on fabulous, donated items so that girls in Southeast can attend Girl Scout Camp this coming summer season.

Thanks to Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau members
We'd like to thank our member businesses. The following JCVB members participated in volunteer trainings, the annual May Downtown Walkabout, provided numerous familiarization opportunities, and generously donated door prizes:

Thanks to Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau Volunteers
Each year, the Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau volunteers donate their time and enthusiasm to extend a personal welcome to thousands of visitors. The JCVB staff and board would like to say thank you to these volunteers. In addition, 2010 is the 25th anniversary of JCVB, and we extend a special thank you to the nine volunteers that have been with us the entire 25 years.

Recognitions
Diana Rossmiller was honored at the United Way of Southeast Alaska's Kick Off and Day of Caring breakfast as the 2010 Volunteer of the Year. She received a framed certificate and a resounding round of applause. Shattuck & Grummett sponsors a $1,000 award that is given to an outstanding volunteer who has served their community by giving their time and talent. The cash award is presented to the volunteer's nominating agency, the Juneau Family Health and Birth Center in her name.

Photo: A mile in their shoes
Participants braved stormy weather during the first annual Walk for the Poor on Sept. 25. The route began and ended at St. Paul's Catholic Church, the turnaround point being the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. A non-denominational prayer service was also held.

Pets of the week
MITCHUE

Posts celebrate 25 years
Ken and Anne Post celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Oct. 6, 2010. To celebrate, they will vacation in Italy. Their friends and family congratulate them and wish them another happy 25 years together.

Lamas, Smith wed
Yuridia Yazmin Lamas and Elliot James Smith were married at 5 p.m. on July 10, 2010, at Glacier Gardens in Juneau. A reception followed at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Parish Hall.

First Juneau Alaska Day Ball to be held
It's happening.

Photos: A balloon a day ...
Stina Barrans, back, laughs as Edna Williams, front left, and balloon artist Jeff Brown shake hands after Brown twisted a balloon hat for her and others at the Juneau Pioneer Home on Wednesday. "We look forward to having you come as much as the kids to," Barrans said to Brown. Wednesday marked the 11th annual Balloons Around the World day, a holiday created and organized by Brown and celebrated by balloon enthusiasts all around the world.

Thoughts on a woman's daily schedule in 1890
Grace Townsend, author of the 1890 book, "Dining Room and Kitchen: An economical guide in Practical Housekeeping for the American House Wife," suggested that the modern successful housewife should schedule herself. The following is such a schedule:

Talking with God
Talking with God has a bit of a scary ring to it. I mean, you might wind up having to build an ark or be given some other life-altering chore to accomplish. Most of us like our lives the way they are and don't appreciate change. Even if the change is eventually for the better, we resist. Our ego is a built-in change resister. Along with our large brains, opposable thumbs and amazing adaptability, ego is a great survival tool. If something is working, don't mess with it, ego says. But sometimes having an overdeveloped ego can lead us down some dark and very rutted roads.

Fundraising soccer clinics to be held
The Junaeu-Douglas boys soccer team and Thunder Mountain Sports Camps will hold indoor soccer clinics as a fundraiser for their soccer programs. Two clinics for different age groups will be held Oct. 18. JDHS soccer players, many of whom have worked at the Thunder Mountain Soccer Camp, will be working with the players in small groups (less than 5) to improve their individual skills, but most importantly the focus of the clinic is having fun and enjoying the game of soccer. Boys and girls ages 5-8 may attend a session from 9 a.m. to noon, while boys and girls ages 8-13 may attend a session from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $25. Preregistration is not required.

Sims Foster Group Home makes Walt Disney World Resort their classroom
Students from Sims Foster Group Home of Juneau traveled to the Walt Disney World Resort on Aug. 23 take part in the Disney Youth Education Series Program (YES), "The American Story."

Alaska Day breakfast to be held for seniors
Celebrate Alaska Day with your family at the Pancake Breakfast, held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 at the Juneau Senior Center, 895 W. 12th Street. The cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 10 and under. Attendees will be able to choose between plain or blueberry pancakes, cheesy or plain scrambled eggs, ham, bacon, sausage, fruit, juices and other beverages. For more information, contact Lee Ann at 463-6175.

Workshop and storytelling performance to be held today
Two events will be held today at The Canvas Community Art Studio and Gallery.

World Hoop Day to be celebrated locally today
Today is World Hoop Day. Local hoop enthusiasts will celebrate from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the Juneau-Douglas High School Commons. All ages are welcome to attend this free event, even those with little to no hooping experience. Bring your own hoop or borrow one at the celebration. For more information, contact hoopinjuggler@yahoo.com or visit www.akhoopproject. wordpress.com.

Pick. Click. Give. benefits United Way of Southeast Alaska
The Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend checks hit the bank accounts of Alaskans who opted for direct deposit of their annual check Thursday. Some philanthropic Alaskans used their PFDs to donate to their favorite Alaskan charities. United Way of Southeast Alaska received $4,525 from 46 donors in this year's Pick. Click. Give. program.

Free English as a Second Language and citizenship classes
The Learning Connection (TLC) recently received funds from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to provide English and citizenship classes in Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan for adults ages 18 and older. Classes will begin on Tuesday.

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

Joe Benett 1938-2010: Remembering our gentle giant
Joe Bennett died Sept. 17 at the age of 71. A gentler man never walked Bainbridge Island. He always graced us with his smile and kind words. A quiet, thoughtful fellow, Joe connected us with people of the Inside Passage - both in mind and spirit and the waterways between Puget Sound and Gulf of Alaska.

Alaska editorial: This must change
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

Empire editorial: Living United
This week marks the kickoff of the United Way of Southeast Alaska's annual fundraising efforts. It began with several businesses loaning some of their employees for a few hours to participate in the annual Day of Caring. This has become so popular, it has stretched into two days of caring in Juneau.

My turn: 'Frankenfish' puts spotlight on genetically engineered food
You might have read recently about the genetically engineered monster salmon that grows five times faster than a natural salmon. Dubbed the "Frankenfish," it would be the first genetically engineered animal approved for human consumption. Although it sounds like science fiction, if the Food and Drug Administration gives it a green light, it could be in grocery stores in just a few years.

TOE cartoon

My turn: Doesn't permanent mean sustainable?
This week was that glorious time of year when anticipation of receiving the PFD was on many minds. The Permanent Fund Board met last week in Fairbanks to discuss the state of this marvelous fund and its future. It has been more than a generation since the creation of the fund, and many Alaskans aren't really clear about what the fund is for, how it is invested or what is at risk.

Prayers for Lawyers, Judges, Politicians
At this time of year citizens of Alaska have the opportunity to vote for their political leaders in primaries, municipal and general elections. Everywhere you turn there is a sign, billboard or indicator as to who we should vote for in the upcoming election. Everyone has their opinions and their motives for voting in a particular way.

McAdams is the only moderate in the Senate Race
Joe Miller stands so far to the right that many Alaskans, by contrast, think of Lisa as a moderate. Lest you forget, Lisa abandoned that role when she joined the leadership of the Republican Party. In the last year she forgot Alaska and voted with the Republican leadership more than 90 percent of the time. Her conservative record includes votes against two women for the Supreme Court, attempting to privatize Social Security and voting to cut Medicare compensation by 20 percent.

Houston city clerk now wants to keep job
WASILLA - The Houston city clerk, who quit on election day last week, now says he may have been too hasty and wants to keep his job.

Alaska to stop giving adults free vaccines
ANCHORAGE - Alaska is doing away with free vaccines for adults at public health clinics.

Anchorage health center gets grant for building
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage health center that serves uninsured and underinsured patients will receive an $8 million federal grant to help pay for a new building.

Remains of missing man found in Pennsylvania
FAIRBANKS - The remains of a 42-year-old Fairbanks man who disappeared two years ago have been found in Pennsylvania.

Court clerk: Miller checked before hiring wife
ANCHORAGE - The clerk of U.S. District Court in Anchorage confirms that Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller sought permission before hiring his wife as an assistant when he worked as a part-time magistrate.

Troopers track fugitive to tree
WASILLA - A Wasilla driver trying to elude Alaska State Troopers was tracked by a canine unit and found hiding in a tree.

Works and Facilities Committee will meet, two other meetings canceled
The City Assembly Public Works and Facilities Committee meeting will be held at noon Monday in the assembly chambers. The Lands Committee meeting for 5 p.m. has been canceled. The Committee of the Whole meeting also will not be held, as there are no agenda items.

2 charged in death at Anchorage homeless camp
ANCHORAGE - Two men have been charged in the death of a man at an Anchorage homeless camp on the city's northeast side.

Aftershocks rumble 2 days after large quake
PALMER - A seismically active region in the Aleutian Islands has been hit by two more strong aftershocks.

Leno makes appearance in Palin hometown
ANCHORAGE - Late night talk show host Jay Leno made an appearance Saturday in Sarah Palin's hometown.

Eagles oust Crimson Bears, 21-18
Halftime must be starting to feel like group therapy for the West High Eagles.

Bears reflect on the positives
The Juneau-Douglas football team had time to rest after its disappointing 21-18 loss to West High School on Saturday night, but coach Rich Sjoroos said he got no sleep.

Bullock talks swimming, science and plans for next year
Thunder Mountain senior swimmer and girls team captain Anna Bullock talks about her passion for swimming, her enthusiasm for science and writing and her expectations for the girls team this year.

JDHS wins dramatic JIVE finale
Two teams made it through round-robin and Gold Bracket play unscathed before facing off in the annual Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza championship match, and they put on a show for the raucus crowd at Juneau-Douglas High School.

JIVE All-Tournament team
Juneau-Douglas senior Sarah Tarver, shown here during a Nov. 6, 2009, match against Ketchikan, was one of three Crimson Bears named to the Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza All-Tournament team this weekend. Joining her from JDHS were senior teammates Taylor Larson and Daffodil Alinson; Sitka's Katie Hagan and Michelle Dumag; Eagle River's Megan Harvey, Kristin Dulik and Alyssa Klaameyer; East Anchorage's Taylor Hunt and Katie Hinshaw; Mt. Edgecumbe's Kristin Johanson; and Porter Creek's Erin Borgford.

Unemployment rate improvement ends extended benefits
Alaska's unemployment rate fell below 8 percent during the summer, but that economic improvement may be bad news for some still out-of-work Alaskans.

Alaska Pacific: Business as usual despite cease-and-desist order
Alaska Pacific Bancshares, the holding company for Alaska Pacific Bank, has consented to a cease and desist order issued by the Office of Thrift Supervision.

State moves toward legalized bear trapping
ANCHORAGE - Alaska wildlife managers say they need help: A growing number of black bears are roaming the state, chowing down on too many caribou and moose and leaving too few for humans to eat.

Open to new experience: Assembly will move forward without most senior members
When Mako Haggerty was asked where on the assembly he can turn for guidance after Tuesday, he let out a big laugh before answering.

Excavation shines light on ancient village
BETHEL - What's being called the first large-scale excavation in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has yielded a treasure trove of ancient Eskimo objects, and sparked a race against global warming along the eroding Bering Sea coast.

ANC leader touts groups' economic impacts
Alaska Native regional corporations are making strong impacts in rural communities and throughout the state in increased revenues and higher dividend payments, according to a regional corporation president.

More beluga whales counted in Cook Inlet
ANCHORAGE - A survey of Alaska's Cook Inlet this summer found more beluga whales than last year, but government scientists say when the long view is taken numbers for the endangered animals continue to slide downward.

4 members reappointed to ferry board
Gov. Sean Parnell has reappointed four members of the Marine Transportation Advisory Board, which advises officials on operations of the state ferry system.

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