Juneau needs green schools
The Gastineau Elementary School remodel should include a ground-source heat pump, which would eliminate the need for burning CO2-emitting heating oil. This carbon-free heating technology is being installed at the airport and the new pool.
Juneau has best fans
I am the head coach of the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears junior varsity football team, and assistant coach of the varsity team. I would like to thank Juneau for being the best darn fans in the entire state. I have had the privilege to coach and play at every 4A large-school stadium in Alaska. I wish I could put into words how much of a factor fans have all played in the success of Juneau during the past 20 years.
Reporter picked a poor choice of words
As the city election draws to a close with the counting of absentee and question ballots, I feel the need to dispel a misconception regarding my campaign and express my dismay with the choice of words used by Pat Forgey in his reporting of the election in the Oct. 7 Juneau Empire. To quote Mr. Forgey, "Stone praised his opponent, who ran an active but poorly financed campaign."
Survival without public lands?
How can we survive as a community without access to public lands?
I agree with a recent article in Time magazine that stated the Nobel Peace Prize was probably the last thing that President Obama needs at this time. I believe that the Nobel committee actions have probably polarized America's citizens all the more.
WIC adds more food options
Starting this month, participants in the federally funded WIC food assistance program can receive fruits, vegetables, whole grain breads and some other previously excluded products through the program.
Kookesh: Restore Native rights
State Sen. Albert Kookesh believes Alaska Natives may be forced to file a class action lawsuit against the federal government to restore the subsistence rights it promised under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:
A list of Domestic Violence Awareness Month events accompanying an A1 story in Thursday's Juneau Empire gave the wrong date for a fun run and walking event. The "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event at Sandy Beach is Oct. 17.
Most voters in Juneau stay away from polls
Fewer than one in four Juneau residents showed up to vote on election day. Combined with absentee ballots, Tuesday's municipal election had a near-record low turnout of about 29 percent.
Activist builds on lessons of oil spill
In the 20 years since the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Cordova resident Riki Ott has devoted herself to raising awareness about Prince William Sound's ongoing environmental, social and financial problems.
Southeast groups wrestle with Tongass forest uses
Four years into an effort to bring closure to Southeast Alaska's timber wars and strengthen community stability, participants in the Tongass Futures Roundtable say there's some light in the forest; that communications are starting to show results.
Additional ballot count does not change outcome
Friday's count of absentee and questioned ballots made no substantive changes to at-the-poll results from Tuesday's municipal election.
Juneau Boys and Girls Club services extended 90 days
Thanks to community generosity, the 155 kids that attended the defunct Juneau Boys and Girls Club will have somewhere to go - at least until Jan. 12.
Photo: Making faces
Instructor Jackie Manning demonstrates a finishing touch during her Abstract Portrait Drawing class Saturday at The Canvas community art studio and gallery.
2009 municipal election: Preliminary results by precinct
Total regular voters: 24,666
Parnell addresses subsistence, gas pipeline, scholarships
Gov. Sean Parnell spoke to the Juneau Bar Association on Friday, and though a lawyer himself, the audience's questions were only occasionally about the law.
Photo: Crowded bus
Juneau youths enter a bus Friday on West Willoughby Avenue.
Photo: Terminal face-lift
An Alaska Airlines 737 docks at the Juneau airport while construction crews work Friday on new upgrades at the terminal.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month Today's featured survivor
Today, Oct. 12
Photo: Governor in the driver's seat
U.S. Coast Guard Station Juneau Officer in Charge Ryan O'Meara, left, shares a laugh with Gov. Sean Parnell on Friday as he gives the governor tips on driving the Coast Guard's 47-foot motor lifeboat in Juneau. The governor was given a tour Friday of the Coast Guard facilities and an overview of the Guard's duties in Alaska.
Today, Oct. 11
A new year: Is there hope for the Darfuri people? For us?
No one says it, but the uneasy feeling was palpable. I could see the questions in their eyes: Why are you going to spend Rosh Hashanah in Darfuri refugee camps in Eastern Chad? Why would a rabbi welcome the Jewish New Year in a place where there are no Jews? Do you really think going will make a difference?
Sgt. Austen Clair, a 2003 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, returned from a year's deployment to Iraq with the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry from Fort Wainwright on Sept. 3. Clair is the son of Lynda Giguere and Rick Clair, of Douglas. His next assignment in November is to Fort Bliss, Texas, where he will train troops for overseas deployment.
Senior menu for the week of Oct. 12-18
Monday, Oct. 12
Michelle Obama becomes national honorary President of Girl Scouts of the USA
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Girl Scouts of the USA is pleased to announce that First Lady Michelle Obama has agreed to serve as its Honorary National President.
Former Juneau resident is KNEA's new Vice President
Former Juneau resident Karen Godfrey is the new vice president of the Kansas National Education Association. On Oct. 3, the KNEA Board of Directors appointed Godfrey to fill the term of Sherri Yourdon, who passed away last August. Godfrey still has family in Juneau: her mother, Elinor Miller; brother, Dirk Miller and family; and sister, Cecilia Miler.
Photos: Showing they care
Volunteers pose during the United Way of Southeast Alaska's fourth annual Day of Caring event on Oct. 1. The largest one to date, the event involved more than 130 people completing 18 projects around town to help 14 area nonprofits, including raising 1,985 pounds of food for the Southeast Alaska Food Bank and Helping Hands.
Pets of the week
Savvy (dark gray cat)
Dennis Pilgrim joins SEARHC staff in Sitka
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is pleased to announce that clinical psychologist Dennis Pilgrim has joined the behavioral health provider staff at the Haa Toowóo Náakw Hít outpatient behavioral health clinic in Sitka.
Ketchikan to host invasive species conferences
KETCHIKAN - Concerns about plant and animal invaders in Alaska will bring scientists, experts and citizens' groups together in Ketchikan Oct. 27-29 for back-to-back invasive species conferences.
Statewide math, science conference to be held in Juneau for first time
During a district-wide inservice this week, local teachers will have a chance to expand their horizons on the math and science forefront during a statewide conference that will be held in Southeast Alaska for the first time.
Sitka Local Foods Network hosts gardening presentation
SITKA - The Sitka Local Foods Network will host a brief historical gardening presentation by Elizabeth Kunibe, "Growing in Sitka and Southeast Alaska: Food of Today, Tomorrow and 200 Years Ago," at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at the Kettleson Memorial Library. This event is free and open to all, and it should last about 45 minutes.
Thanks for making the Festival of Seafood a success
Thanks to a big crowd of happy seafood lovers, the annual K3/Taku Smokeries/Alaskan Brewing Co. Festival of Seafood was a tasty success. Thanks to local businesses and volunteers for making it not only a chance to eat well, but also dance the night away.
Thanks for participating in the Day of Caring
United Way of Southeast Alaska wants to thank to the participants of the fourth annual United Way of Southeast Alaska Day of Caring on Oct. 1. It was the largest one to date with more than 130 people completing 18 projects around town to help 14 area nonprofits, including raising 1,985 pounds of food for the Southeast Alaska Food Bank and Helping Hands.
US Ambassador to speak Thursday
JUNEAU - U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia Mark C. Minton will speak at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center downtown. Sponsored by the Juneau World Affairs Council, Minton is a career member of the Foreign Service.
Consortium promotes domestic violence awareness, screening
SITKA - October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and SEARHC has participated in awareness events in Sitka for several years. The annual Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day this year is Wednesday, Oct. 14. It is a national domestic violence awareness day, organized by the Family Violence Prevention Fund, designed to promote routine health screening for abuse.
Thanks for contributing to the sixth annual Autumn Festival
I would like to send a resounding thank you to everyone who made the sixth annual Autumn Festival, held Sept. 19 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, a success. I would like to thank all the vendors who provided the wonderful wares and food available, and the community who came out to support them.
Rotaract to host Fest for Breasts
JUNEAU - Capital City Rotaract invites Juneau to go Passionately Pink for the Cure with the October Fest for Breasts fundraiser to be held at 8 p.m. Friday at the Hangar Ballroom. Cost is $5, which gives access to music by local DJ Shorthand, silent and garter auctions, door prizes and an all-night benefit for breasts: education, research, screening and treatment.
Mac and cheese fit for a king
One of the best things about life in Alaska is the crab. Sometimes it seems to fall from the sky. A neighbor pulls a full pot and rings your doorbell with a wriggling crustacean in hand; a sign in the boat harbor advertises live crab at a fraction of the retail price - too good to pass up; or you sit down at a friend's house for dinner and next to the fork, knife and spoon sits the familiar pair of crab crackers and a mini crab fork.
Drug testing update
The Juneau School District has now entered its final planning phase in its attempt to stop school drug use by randomly testing high school student athletes.
Cryan, House wed
Emma Lynn Cryan, of Juneau, and Tharon Edwin House, of Atlanta, Ga., were married Aug. 29, 2009, at Adlersheim Wilderness Lodge in Juneau, with a reception that followed. A Georgia reception was held at the groom's parents home on Sept. 12.
Torres, Zwingelberg wed
Maria Elena Torres Celi, of Catacocha, Ecuador, and Joshua Zwingelberg, of Juneau, were married June 27, 2009, in Loja, Ecuador. A get-together to welcome the bride and groom to Juneau will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Zwingelberg home. All friends of the family are welcome.
Photo: Thanks for the tram ride
Cub Scouts of Pack 6 pose Sept. 27 at the top of the Mount Roberts Tramway. The troop would like to thank the tram management and staff for allowing them to ride up and down tram. The group took advantage of the beautiful fall weather to hike the well-maintained trails above the tram terminal. Each month, the pack gathers for an activity and the tram trip was a great way to start the scouting year.
From reading books to 'veading vooks'
I feel vindicated. Years ago I predicted that books would contain video content and at some point students would watch Hamlet on an e-book and actually believe they had read it - because they were staring at a book. I don't think we are far from that point now.
Longtime Juneau resident Art Farrell died Sept. 12, 2009. He was 60.
James "Jim" F. Kennedy
Longtime Juneau resident James "Jim" F. Kennedy died Oct. 5, 2009, in Seattle, Wash., after a short illness. He was 81.
Our laureate: Neda of Iran
The following editorial appeared in the Washington Post:
At 9.8 percent, the unemployment rate is higher than it has been since it hit 10.1 percent in June 1983. Since the recession began 21 months ago, the economy has shed nearly 7 million jobs. Whole industries - cars, housing, finance - have been devastated and may never recover fully.
Swine flu pandemic tests patchwork health system
When the federal government began shipping pandemic flu vaccines last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said vulnerable groups such as children and pregnant women, who are most likely to die from the virus, should be given priority in being inoculated.
Nobel nod carries heavy burden
Barack Obama - president and Nobel laureate. Not bad for a fellow just five years removed from the Illinois Senate. But caveat victor: The president may soon regret having won this honor, and the Nobel committee may regret having awarded it to him.
Health care has rationing in abundance
Late last month, as the Senate Finance Committee labored to produce its version of a health care bill, the Republican whip, Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, renewed an old warning. If the federal government intervenes to hold health care costs down, Kyl said, the result would be something nobody wants: rationing.
US Coast Guard rescues Juneau man from Sitka Sound
KODIAK - A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka hoisted a 68-year-old Juneau man from Sitka Sound after his 36-foot fishing vessel reportedly sank at about 9 p.m. Saturday.
New judge appointed to man's re-sentencing
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A Sturgis judge, Jerome Eckrich, has been appointed to handle the re-sentencing trial of an Alaska man for a 2000 torture murder of an acquaintance.
Prescribed burns reduce fire danger
FAIRBANKS - Fire crews are working on four prescribed burns in the Fairbanks area to reduce the threat of wildfire.
Scott joins Ethel Lund Medical Center
JUNEAU - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium announced Friday that Dr. Jessica Scott, a Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, has joined the medical staff at its Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau.
Alaska orders more swine flu vaccine
ANCHORAGE - State health officials have placed a second order for swine flu vaccine from the federal government.
Dead Cook Inlet beluga was pregnant
ANCHORAGE - A scientist says a dead beluga whale found in the waters off downtown Anchorage was pregnant.
Anchorage man dies in mobile home fire
ANCHORAGE - A man has been killed in a fire at a mobile home.
Alaska man denies shooting girl at party
ANCHORAGE - A man Anchorage police believe may have been involved in a gang-related gunfight that left a 17-year-old girl dead in the crossfire has turned himself in to face unrelated charges.
Man faces 20 years for meth conviction
ANCHORAGE - A Seattle man is facing 20 years behind bars after being convicted of conspiring to bring methamphetamine to Ketchikan.
Black bear killed at Juneau trailer home
JUNEAU - Department of Fish and Game officials killed a black bear at a trailer home in Juneau.
CIRI proposes Cook Inlet coal plant
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska Native corporation says it wants to build a new power plant using coal on the west side of Cook Inlet.
Fairbanks assembly repeals bag tax
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly decided to bag the bag tax.
Power outage affects downtown
JUNEAU - A power outage affected downtown Juneau residents Saturday evening.
Porcupines create prickly start to dog-sled season
NINILCHIK - Alaska dog mushers are experiencing a prickly start to their training season. Training at lower elevations has been punctuated by porcupine encounters.
The Juneau-Douglas tennis team is back from state after posting impressive results in Anchorage, earning state runner-up and state championship honors.
The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears made quick work of the competition at this year's 18th annual Juneau Invitational Volleyball Tournament Extravaganza, not losing a single game en route to a 3-0 finals win on Saturday over Mt. Edgecumbe.
JDHS, TMHS defend home water
The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears and Thunder Mountain Falcons had home-water advantage on Friday and Saturday for the first time all season, and both schools tookadvantage.
Photo: JDHS mixed doubles team wins state
The Juneau-Douglas mixed doubles team of Brian Vandor and Laurel Messerschmidt won the state mixed doubles championship on Saturday in Anchorage after defeating South Anchorage's Eddie Lewis and Karissa Saber 6-2, 6-4. The team of Aaron Cohen and Nathan Graves earned state runner-up after falling 6-2, 6-2 to Lathrop's Drew Lanning and Tyler Loud. Full story in Monday's edition of the Juneau Empire.
Juneau Parks and Recreation
Cruise ship visit marks opening of the Far North
NOME - Most days in Nome, you're not likely to run into anybody you didn't see at the Breakers Bar on Friday night. Rugged tundra and frigid Bering Sea waters have a way of discouraging visitors.
A dozen or more Alaska clubs facing major cutbacks
ANCHORAGE - A half-dozen Boys and Girls Clubs have closed in Alaska and at least twice that many are in trouble because of severe budget shortfalls.
Photographer charged with baiting
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska wildlife photographer pleaded not guilty to a federal charge of baiting bears without a permit while shooting pictures for a History Channel show.
Palin a 'formidable force,' McCain says
WASHINGTON - Last year's Republican nominee for president predicted that Sarah Palin will remain a "formidable force" in the GOP, despite criticisms that the former vice presidential candidate lacked the substance and policy knowledge needed for national office.
Final arguments on pipeline in Mackenzie set in April
ANCHORAGE - Canada's National Energy Board says it expects to hear final arguments on the proposed Mackenzie natural gas pipeline in April.
Fairbanks air fails to meet EPA standards
FAIRBANKS - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says parts of the Fairbanks North Star Borough are not in compliance with federal air quality standards.
Aniak's terminally ill fire chief holds a goodbye bash
ANCHORAGE - The fire chief of Aniak isn't one to wait around for his own funeral. When he found out he didn't have long to live, he held a goodbye bash.
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