Saturday, October 18, 2008

Muñoz knows Juneau's economy
It remains to be seen how the current economic situation will affect our local travel industry, but it is most likely causing many to be concerned. That is why I support Cathy Muñoz for the state Legislature, House District 4.

Re-elect Andrea Doll
In my own mind, I have not yet reached the status of "senior citizen." But, chronologically, and as a retiree, I guess that I'm there. So I have to express my admiration for the legislative work that Rep. Andrea Doll has done on behalf of seniors (and, in fact, all Juneau residents and all Alaskans).

Students test new high school
Students and teachers are breaking in Thunder Mountain High School, Juneau's newest school.

The taste of success
The Alaskan Brewing Co. continues to enjoy the taste of success.The Juneau-based business won four medals at the 27th annual Great American Beer Festival held in Denver last weekend. It is the most awards the brewery has won in a single year at the festival, which industry insiders call the most prestigious craft beer festival in the country.

District dropout effort analyzed
The Juneau School District has a "sincere commitment and enthusiasm" to prevent students from dropping out of school, but lacks a "clear and unified vision" to address the problem, according to a recent report by a team of education experts.

Photo: Have faith to conserve
Mary Walker, project coordinator for Alaska Interfaith Power & Light, based in Fairbanks, talks to a group during a luncheon Thursday at the Cathedral of the Nativity Parish Hall in Juneau. Walker talked about helping faith communities across Alaska fulfill stewardshipactions such as energy audits, education, energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy and supporting public policy.

Photo: Model delivery
Brandon Lytton of Northern Managment Services hangs a piece of siding near the entrance of the Mendenhall Valley Post Office on Wednesday. The Post Office has been undergoing an exterior remodel since Sept. 9 and is expected to be complete in two to four weeks.

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

Around Town
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Correction
A graphic on page A1 Thursday with a story about a researcher's speech tonight about home energy conservation had the wrong Web address for viewing archives. The correct one is http://www.uas.alaska.edu/media/productions/.
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A family nurse practitioner's experience
For Family Nurse Practitioner Justine Emerson, the chance she would contract breast cancer seemed highly improbable. Nonetheless, she was diagnosed with infiltrating ductal carcinoma in March 2006.

SAIL to hold annual fall auction, banquet with author Knighton
JUNEAU - Southeast Alaska Independent Living's annual fall auction and banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at Centennial Hall. This year's speaker will be Ryan Knighton, author of "Cockeyed," a memoir about his slow descent into blindness, as well as other award-winning publications.

Toastmasters to send winners to Laugh Out Loud Conference
Valley Toastmasters recently hosted the Taku Toastmasters in an area-wide speech competition in two categories, humorous speech and table topics, in preparation for the Yukon-Alaska Council of Toastmasters Laugh Out Loud conference to be held Oct. 24-26 in Anchorage.

AFS exchange students head to Sitka for Alaska Day
Hirotaka Goto is an old pro when it comes to world traveling, even though he's just a teenager. The 15-year-old from Japan has visited Las Vegas, California, Arizona and Florida during trips with his father before coming to Juneau in August. Goto can now add one more location to his list: Sitka.

Youth Vote Juneau coming to Juneau schools in November
Juneau students will once again be casting ballots in the November election during Youth Vote Juneau (formerly Kids Voting). Volunteers will staff polling places in all K-12 schools in the district for a mock election sponsored by Youth Vote Juneau. There will be no Youth Vote polling places at Juneau precincts this year.

A perspective of gratitude
I looked out the window and saw nothing but another dismal, cold, rainy day in Southeast Alaska. One of those days where I say "ugh," and don't want to leave the house.

Consortium to host a pediatric dental clinic
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Mount Edgecumbe Hospital Dental Clinic in Sitka will host a special pediatric dental clinic the week of Nov. 3-7.

KTOO seeks used records, CDs for annual sale
JUNEAU - KTOO is seeking any used CDs, LPs and videos for its annual used record, CD and video sale at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in the KTOO Conference Room, located at the corner of Egan Drive and Whittier Street.

Consortium seeks logo for Alaska Area Health Education Center
JUNEAU - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and the Alaska Area Health Education Center (Alaska AHEC) invite artists to submit logo designs for the Alaska AHEC program.

Family of Mark Reese to hold dinner with Oktoberfest theme
JUNEAU - There will be an Oktoberfest-themed dinner to benefit the family of Mark Reese, who was seriously injured in a fall in Ketchikan on Aug. 1, from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Juneau Yacht Club.

ADRIANA KHAN
Age: 12.

Raven's Way program helps youth conquer substance abuse
SITKA - The Yéil Jeeyáx (Raven's Way) program in Sitka, run by the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, is a nationally accredited residential treatment program for Alaska youth ages 13-18. The program, which has one of the best documented success rates of any youth treatment program in the Indian Health Service system, combines conventional substance abuse and mental health treatment with adventure-based therapy and Alaska Native cultural activities.

University's Tidal Echoes now accepting submissions for 2009
JUNEAU - Attention all artists, authors, playwrights and poets: the University of Alaska Southeast is now accepting submissions for its 2009 edition of Tidal Echoes, the region's only literary journal.

Thanks to Harmons for our AJ Mine tour
The Mendenhall River Elementary School Cub Scout Pack 7 thanks the Harmon family for their fun and informative tour of the AJ Mine and the exciting opportunity for the cub scouts to gold pan. It was a great look into Juneau's mining history for both the cub scouts and their families.

Thanks for supporting the annual Toy Run
On behalf of the Southeast Alaska Panhandlers Motorcycle Club, I would like to thank everyone that helped make this year's Toy Run a success. A special thanks to the following for their contributions: Bartlett Regional Hospital, Home Depot, Costco (Judy Baxter), Super Bear, KTOO, KINY, The Triangle Bar, MGT, Sandy Krook and Family, Widow Son's, Pat Peterson, River of Glory Church and the Douglas Fire Department: Troy Portis, Ray Roberts, Jennifer Mirrell, Rob Kindred, Toby Harbrauk and Meaghan Wills for supporting the 14th annual Panhandlers Toy Run.

Pets of the week
Bailey, above, is an amazing 8-year-old declawed cat. He is a very quiet and gentle cat that gets along great with cats and dogs, and loves children. Bailey is a passive guy that only wants attention and stays out of tiffs with his kitty roommates.

Thanks for helping us remember my mom
My mother passed away on Sept. 16 and, per her wishes, we mourned. Then we celebrated her life this past Tuesday, Oct. 14. I am indebted to many for the success of that celebration:

Thanks for organizing the Day of Caring
Helping Hands volunteers would like to thank United Way of Southeast Alaska for organizing the Day of Caring held on Oct. 2 and 4. We appreciated the food drives that were collected by the Bartlett staff, sisters and elders, University of Alaska Southeast and the Mendenhall Auto Center for allowing us to use their van.

FYI
Births

Senior menu for the week of Oct. 20-24
Monday, Oct. 20

Foss, Rice wed
Lola Foss, of Sitka, and Doug Rice, of Winterset, Iowa, were married Oct. 5, 2008, at Canterbury Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.

Hannemann, Peterson wed
Nissa Anne Hannemann and Timothy Mark Peterson were married Aug. 23, 2008, in an outdoor ceremony at Amnicon Bible Camp in South Range, Wis., surrounded by their family, friends and the nature they love.

Morris-Parrs and Stevens to hold joint reception
Family and friends are invited to attend the joint wedding reception of Suzanne and Martin Morris-Parr, and Kari (Parr) Stevens and Scott Stevens at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Hangar Ballroom.

Jaidyn Derrika Crowley
Juneau baby Jaidyn Derrika Crowley died Oct. 12, 2008, in Juneau. She was 1 day old.

D. Lillian Zamora
Lifelong Ketchikan resident D. Lillian Zamora died Oct. 12, 2008, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., with her family present. She was 73.

Allen T. Compton
Former chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court and former Juneau resident Allen T. Compton died Oct. 11, 2008, at his home in Anchorage. He was 70.

The MIAs of the GOP
Liberals haven't had so much fun in decades. Aside from the dwindling size of our 401(k)s, life is treating us well. True, we're heading into a major recession. But that's OK: That just presents us with new opportunities to Do Good. And while we wait for President Obama to bring us New Deal 2.0, we'll also get a few giggles out of watching the Bush administration preside over the nationalization of the nation's financial sector. (Tip: Practice saying "social democracy." Also, practice saying "Told ya so!" with compassion.)

Outside editorial: Debatable strategy
John McCain faced a hard choice Wednesday evening: He could conduct his final debate with Barack Obama on the high plane of principle and risk losing the election, or he could engage in personal acrimony and risk destroying his argument that, for him, it is country first. He chose to attack.

Turkey's rising role: Diplomacy
Americans who explore the wonders of Istanbul rarely visit Turkey's capital, deep in the plains of Anatolia. It is a city of nondescript high-rises, government offices and new shopping centers that reflect Turkey's growing prosperity.

Assembly votes on avalanche funding
JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly is expected to consider funding for an avalanche forecaster at its regular meeting on Monday.

Search resumes for missing diver
SAND POINT - Authorities in Sand Point have resumed the search for a diver who disappeared Tuesday night while doing contract work for a local cannery.

3 bears visit Salcha garage, raid freezer
FAIRBANKS - A family of grizzly bears caused havoc again this week in Salcha south of Fairbanks.

Fishing organization supports Stevens
JUNEAU - The United Fishermen of Alaska, an organization representing 37 commercial fishing associations in Alaska, endorsed Sen. Ted Stevens for reelection Wednesday.

Man found dead in car that crashed into truck
ANCHORAGE - A driver was found dead Wednesday in a car that crashed into a truck in midtown Anchorage.

Then there were two ...
The Crimson Bears might be a third-place pack of late-bloomers and the Cougars might be runners-up with the emotional range of Sylvester Stallone, but nobody can question where these gritty playoff underdogs deserve to be at noon on Saturday.

JDHS spikers downed
The Crimson Bears finally dominated with their blockers at the net, but must have misplaced their trademark passing game on the plane.

Stevens denies scheming on stand
WASHINGTON - Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens denied scheming to hide $250,000 in home improvements and other gifts from a corrupt businessman, taking the stand Thursday in his own defense at a corruption trial blocks from the U.S. Capitol.

Bad weather was good for glaciers
ANCHORAGE - Two hundred years of glacial shrinkage in Alaska, and then came the winter and summer of 2007-2008.

Palin says God blessed America with oil and gas
ELON, N.C. - Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said Thursday that God blessed the nation with oil and gas resources and other forms of energy that should be tapped to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign suppliers.

Machine gives new life to old oil
A program that has removed mountains of junk from hard-to-reach Alaska villages will expand next summer when it helps villages along the Yukon River turn used engine oil into valuable heating fuel.

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