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Monday, October 18, 2010

Juneau's progress should be measured to preserve its beauty
My family is new to Juneau. We moved here in June 2009. Some may think we haven't earned the right to speak out; others tell me that a newcomer's perspective is a good thing. What I know is that I've been coming to Juneau in person and in my thoughts for more than a decade. I feel I belong here and I love the beauty and glorious nature that abounds throughout the city. I love the fact that I am able to run a small business that relies on tourism, a truly wonderful resource with an inexhaustable supply of money. To keep it healthy, we need only effectively manage the things that bring tourists up here - our environment and wildlife.

Students get mix of plants, culture in Biology
Freshmen biology students got a mix of plant know-how and culture (not the kind in a petri dish) this week.

'Precipitation' in place at parking garage
Dan DeRoux huddled inside his bright orange raingear, his Xtratufs balancing his weight precariously among the rungs of an aluminum stepladder as the infamous Southeast horizontal rain beat down and through his exposed hands.

Sitka man arrested for felony vehicle theft
The Juneau Police Department arrested a Sitka man Sunday morning, charging him with one felony count of vehicle theft, among other charges.

Children, seniors to get new protections
Gov. Sean Parnell is proposing new state efforts to protect some of the most vulnerable Alaskans, including children, from sexual exploitation and elders from both physical and financial abuse.

Jury hears closing arguments in Hamey case
A jury began deliberations Friday afternoon in a case where a former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball coach is accused of second-degree sexual assault.

Juneau researchers publish book on seaweeds
Books about seaweeds aren't a common sight on bookstore shelves so two local authors took it upon themselves to change that.

Anderson: Portion of city code violates state constitution
A tax exemption policy on the City and Borough of Juneau's books technically violates the Alaska Constitution, and Assemblyman Jonathan Anderson wants it corrected.

Eagles nest at airport site may be moved
The Juneau International Airport has received a permit allowing them to move an eagles' nest from its site. The airport board is working with environmental entities to conduct a study on potential effects of moving it.

2010 Women's Health Forum provides connection for women and resources
More than 400 women attended Saturday's 2010 Women's Health Forum in Centennial Hall entitled "Cancer: The Mind Body Connection," not only to hear speakers and have lunch, but to also discover valuable information on local health aides.

Photo: Bye bye buoy
U.S. Coast Guard FM Mike Ploski, left, and BM1 Shaun Wunch of the Coast Guard Cutter Elderberry hoist a channel buoy into a truck as they work with members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary to retrieve the buoys from the Mendenhall Bar on Friday.

New assemblywomen sworn in
The City and Borough of Juneau's newest Assembly members were sworn in Friday afternoon.

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.

Rising to the challenge
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. - Not many people would put themselves through four days of extreme physical and mental exhaustion just to prove they are one of the best at what they do, but a native of Juneau recently did just that.

FYI
Recent births at Bartlett Regional Hospital:

Senior menu
Monday, Oct. 18

Photo: Group 'cheese'
The audience at the Mountain Music Festival poses for a photograph taken by performer Alaska's Kit in the Chilkat Theater atop the Mount Roberts Tramway on Sept. 3.

Photo: Red Ribbon ralliers
Dancers under the instruction of Janice D. Holst rehearse for their upcoming performance of "Dancers Against Drugs," which will will be held at the Red Ribbon Rally from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Mendenhall Mall.

Thanks for cleaning up the coasts
Turning the Tides, the Alaskan Brewing Company, the Marine Conservation Alliance Foundation and the Juneau Watershed Partnership would like to thank the 141 Juneau volunteers who participated in the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Clean-up day on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Thanks to DIPAC and Ron and Kathy Maas from the Juneau Raptor Center
Many thanks again this year to everyone at Douglas Island Pink & Chum (DIPAC) for their generous donation of jack salmon to feed our eagles - both rehabilitating and non-releasable. A special thanks also goes to DIPAC's Mike Wunderlich in making this possible. This donation is extremely helpful to us in caring for all the birds that come to the Center.

A big 'thank you'
The S.A.F.E. Child Advocacy Center (CAC), a program of Catholic Community Service, is a multi-disciplinary team of professionals who intervene for the safety, well-being, and healing of abused children. The CAC would like to thank all of the youth and adults who volunteered their time to help with our fundraiser on Oct. 2. For every hour of service the volunteers collected trash and recyclables, Litter Free made a donation to the CAC. The funds collected will help send MDT members to trainings. The CAC would like to thank all those who came out to help, including Caroline Bruschi, Robert Kolvig, Allen Cook, Lorraine McDermott, Sheridan Cook, Jennifer Narvaez, Andrew Dilley, Kathe Pollard, Samantha Dilley, Tate Pollard, Angie Wrightson, Stacy Eldemar, Brayden Wrightson, Erin Kalwara, David Wrightson and Breckan Kibby.

Juneau-Gastineau Rotary spring bulbs
Thank you to all the Juneau gardeners and Rotary supporters for making our annual Juneau-Gastineau Rotary Bulbs fundraiser a success with your purchase of bulbs, power planting and your donations!

Pets of the week
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Gimme a Smile: Pain is good for you
I never thought I'd be telling my son an inspirational story about my time on the high school swim team. My athletic prowess can be described in one word - nonexistent. I was your stereotypical nerd in high school, complete with thick glasses and the ever-present book. What was I doing on the swim team?

Celebrating success at UAS: My weight loss journey
Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from a story submitted by Laura Jim to the newsletter of her employer, Central Council Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.

Pavia, Hartle wed
Clare Pavia and John Hartle of Juneau were married June 12, 2010 at the Jensen-Olson Arboretum. A reception followed at the couple's home.

Peterson, Mitzel wed
Erica Peterson of Cle Elum, Wash., and Josh Mitzel of Clarksville, Md., were married Oct. 9, 2010 at the Mitzel house in Clarksville.

'Tis the season to cast out our fears
I once watched "The Exorcist" (behind a chair with a coat over my head). It was still scarring. It's all Wayne's fault. He was a hottie on campus, or at least a hottie of my era, when a mullet was considered cute. My roommate and I were following him. (Actually I was - my roommate never thought mullets were hot.) Wayne headed into the movie theater and we followed, not realizing that the movie was "The Exorcist." I am one of those special people who never watch scary movies. Scary includes the likes of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Monsters Inc." I've screamed during both of them and probably scared more than one small child.

Brown bag lunch seminar to be held
Domestic violence and its impact on the developing brain of young children is the topic of this month's presentation from the Alaska Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, Alaska Chapter. Pam Baker Williams, a social worker and clinician, will present a video and discussion on the topic at noon Oct. 20 at Wildflower Court, 2000 Salmon Creek Lane. Linda Chamberlin and Bruce Perry are the main speakers on the video. The brown bag lunch seminar will offer one continuing education credit for social workers, but is also open to the public. This is one of a series of seminars for continuing education credits that NASW will offer in Juneau this winter. For more information, contact NASW Representative Betsy Longenbaugh at bstreet@alaska.com or 321-4715.

Deborah Hopkinson to host historical workshops
Author Deborah Hopkinson will host two workshops at the downtown library this weekend.

Samaritan's Purse seeks shoebox fillers
Kids and families are in a giving mood, joining a project aims to help make a huge difference in the lives of more than 8 million needy children this year who are suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, poverty and famine. It all starts with a shoe box-a simple gift that has the power to bring hope to struggling children around the world by letting them know they are loved and not forgotten.

Girl Scouts to hold haunted house
The Girl Scouts of Alaska will hold a haunted house this weekend. This particular haunted house has been open in past years on Carroll Place, but this year it will be held insted at the Mendenhall Mall. The event will be open to the public from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 and 29, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 23 and 30. Entrance tickets are $5 per person or $20 per family. For more information, contact Rich Fernandez at 789-5803.

Volunteer Opportunity of the Week
Organization: Bartlett Hospital, The Blue Heron

Recognitions
Private First Class Andrew A. Hall of the U.S. Army has successfully completed his Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) training at Eglin AFB in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. He is the son of Carolyn Hall of Juneau and Bryan Hall of Custer, Wash. He will be stationed at Fort Carson, Colo., where he will serve with the 242nd Ordnance Battalion EOD. His wife, Jordan Hall will join him. Andrew is a 2007 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School.

Debra Anita Statter Meusel
Debra Anita Meusel, 51, of Ketchikan died unexpectedly at home Oct. 2, 2010.

Barbara Jean Brown Zambrano
Barbara Jean Brown Zambrano has died. She was born on October 20, 1942 to Mathilda Josephine Benson Brown and Peter Brown in Juneau.

John Peter Caouette
John Caouette, 46, of Juneau, died Oct. 12, 2010, in an accident while visiting extended family in Minnesota.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Yes on Proposition 'B' is the best bet
There will be a total of three Ballot Measures appearing on the General Election Ballot this fall. In addition to being asked to approve the issuance of bonds to support housing programs for veterans and whether to increase the size of the Alaska Legislature by six members, Alaskans will also have the opportunity to pursue some very worthwhile and much-needed capital projects.

What says the Constitution?
The following editorial first appeared in the Kenai Peninsula Clarion:

Alaska needs Murkowksi's clout in the US Senate
Through the military, my dad, Warren Norrgard, brought my family to Fort Wainwright just days before Alaska became a state. I grew up with Alaska's statehood.

My turn: Best choice: McAdams
According to the most recent polls, many Alaska Democrats may vote for Lisa Murkowski in Alaska's U.S. Senate race, as she seems a bit less radically conservative than Joe Miller, and she is pretty well known.

Outside editorial: 'Don't ask' may be done for
In issuing a nationwide injunction against enforcement of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, a federal judge in California may or may not have ended the demeaning practice of expelling service members who are open about their sexuality. It is still possible that a higher court could issue a stay of Judge Virginia Phillips' order while appeals are being pursued.

Uneasy transition from 'me' to 'we'
Bill is a bank executive in his 40s whose widowed father is legally blind and just moved in permanently. "It's not what I had planned," Bill told me, "but I'm grateful for the chance to pay Dad back."

Overcriminilization: traps for the innocent
What do former Indianapolis 500 champion Bobby Unser and small-businessman Abbie Schoenwetter have in common? Both are victims of "overcriminalization," a trend that has caused the number of federal laws to spike dramatically in recent decades. And both of these otherwise law-abiding Americans recently told Congress about their experiences.

An aid worker's courageous success
In April, I traveled around eastern Afghanistan with an extraordinary British aid worker, Linda Norgrove. I have a photo of her dressed in a long, black skirt and loose tunic, her hair under an enveloping shawl, as she stood beside several Afghan elders. I recall the respect those grizzled men showed her as she discussed their new crops, which had replaced opium poppy fields.

Fairbanks prepares for AFN convention
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks is gearing up to host the convention of the Alaska Federation of Natives.

Walker commits to help Berkowitz on gas line
JUNEAU - A former Republican gubernatorial candidate is pledging to work with Democrat Ethan Berkowitz if Berkowitz is elected next month.

Utility pole fire causes short power outage in Juneau
A pole used in Alaska Electric Light & Power's Juneau service caught fire Saturday, causing a power outage of about 40 minutes, according to an AEL&P spokesman.

Alaska demolition crew destroys wrong building
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska Demolition crew asked to tear down three small concrete buildings at a park destroyed a fourth building by mistake.

Sitka mayor's vote to be re-counted
SITKA - Ballots in the Sitka mayor's race will be re-counted at the request of the second-place finisher.

Federal subsistence board seeking applications
The Federal Subsistence Board is accepting applications to fill seats on the 10 Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 18, 2011.

Newspaper joins lawsuit over candidate records
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Daily News has filed paperwork to join a lawsuit seeking to make public some personnel files of U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller when he worked for the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

18-year-old Wasilla woman found dead in home
WASILLA - An autopsy was ordered in the death of a Wasilla teenager.

AK newspaper carrier finds dead man on driveway
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a newspaper carrier stumbled upon a 63-year-old man who died on his driveway early morning Friday.

Grant funds grow-own-food program in rural Alaska
ANCHORAGE - A federal grant of almost half a million dollars will aim to promote more rural Alaska Native villages to grow their own food.

Bail set for AK man accused of sexual assault
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska man charged with sexually molesting two children was in court Saturday after being arrested in Oregon last month.

Crimson Bears coasting
Juneau-Douglas continued its domince of Southeast Conference volleyball over the weekend, coasting to a pair of 3-0 sweeps of the Kings in a double dip at Ketchikan Friday and Saturday.

Hurtte talks tennis on and off the table
Fresh off a semifinal appearance at the ASAA tennis state championships in the mixed doubles bracket, JDHS senior Edward Hurtte reflects on his tennis career and possible plans for next year. Hurtte, an accomplished table tennis player and wing for the boys' varsity basketball team, also discusses two of his other passions outside of tennis.

Sshaq shows off
For some people, a dream is as fleeting as each passing day, often changing even more frequently. But for others, they are reached after what may seem like an eternity.

For Democrat Benson, rural life is better
ANCHORAGE - The finances of Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Diane Benson couldn't be more different from those of GOP counterpart Mead Treadwell.

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