Monday, October 25, 2010

Keep yourself squeaky clean if you want to run for office
According to Senator Mark Begich, 60 percent of Alaskans are dependent upon the federal government for health care. I assume all other states are in a similar situation regarding their health care. If food stamps, disability payments, Medicare, Medicaid, mortgage and banking guarantees, and the myriad of other federally sponsored programs were factored in, the percentage of dependent people would be much higher.

Political rhetoric surprising
I am always surprised at the rhetoric of political process. This season, as always, one candidate bashes the other regarding their affiliation with one political group or the other and the odd vote "against" Alaskan interests.

Murkowski is already creating jobs
It seems to me that Scott McAdams has developed his platform on job creation by watching Lisa Murkowski do hers in the United States Senate.

Miller's platform will stop the borrowing in Washington
I am supporting Joe Miller for the simple reason that neither of the other two candidates is addressing what is clearly the biggest threat to our nation's economic future: the uncontrolled spending in Washington and the exploding debt which is being created for our children to pay interest on forever.

Murkowski is no 'spoiled princess'
So Sen. Lisa Murkowski originally got her position handed to her? Because it was her father who appointed her, there will always be the other side that blasts her, even though she won her spot fairly without question a little bit later.

Murkowski's seniority critical for Alaska's needs
For decades, Alaska has compensated for the small size of its U.S. Congressional delegation through seniority. This has led to key committee leadership positions which have allowed the delegation to protect and enhance our economy, not just through an inflow of federal dollars, but more importantly by defending our state against the constant pressure of outside forces that would stop the use of our own resources.

Photo: Catching the wind

New VA clinic opens downtown
Southeast Alaska veterans will now have a health care option that's closer to home. The new Veterans Affairs Outreach Clinic located on the first floor of the Juneau Federal Building downtown opens Tuesday.

Panel takes next step towards wastewater report for DEC
The Science Advisory Panel's two-day session resulted in an outline for a draft report to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

JPD seeks information on hit-and-run
The Juneau Police Department is asking for help from the community for information in a collision between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian Thursday morning.

Photos: Mahler's Resurrection
Juneau Symphony Artistic Director Kyle Wiley Pickett (far left) conducts the Juneau Symphony in a performance of Gustav Mahler's "Symphony No. 2: The Resurrection" in the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. The performance featured appearances by mezzo-soprano Beth Madsen Bradford and soprano Joyce Parry Moore, a former Juneauite, as well as the talents of more than 80 musicians and 60 singers.

Photo: Hangin' in there

Alaska, Juneau employment rates slightly higher
Juneau's unemployment rate inched up in September, but remains significantly below the national rate and Juneau's rate from a year ago.

Police and 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.

Young man accused of indecent exposure is schizophrenic
The 20-year-old man arraigned in Juneau District Court Wednesday on alleged charges of indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and domestic violence has severe mental problems, according to his mother.

Photo: Sandy Beach white caps

Morning vehicle rollovers prompt JPD warnings
Icy conditions and/or alcohol played a role in two Sunday morning single-car accidents, according to a Juneau Police Department information release and department officers want citizens to know that fall weather brings increased rain and icy conditions.

Kake man held in Juneau jail was distraught over brother's passing
Eugene Cavanaugh, 44, and his brother Roderick, 42, were best friends, hunting partners and teammates on the 1983-84 Kake High School state championship Thunderbird basketball team. On Friday, Eugene was in court, charged with assaulting his nephew and upset over his brother's passing weeks earlier.

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.

Redistricting board selects top staff
The Alaska Redistricting Board has a tentatively selected an executive director for the state's redistricting effort after meeting in executive session in Anchorage, Board Chair John Torgerson said Friday.

Assembly to hold public hearings on funding for projects
The City Assembly is scheduled to hold public hearings on six funding ordinances Monday, according to an agenda released by the City and Borough of Juneau Friday.

Photo: Fall Impressionism
Douglas-bound traffic waits for the signal light at Egan Drive Monday evening. According to the National Weather Service, October is Juneau's wettest month with an average of 8.3 inches of rain. As of Oct. 23, 7.94 inches of precipitation had been recorded for the month.

Pets of the week
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FYI
Recent births at Bartlett Regional Hospital:

Senior menu
Monday, Oct. 25

Juneau-Douglas High School students recognized
On Oct. 20, eight students were recognized by school staff for their contributions to improving Juneau-Douglas High School. The celebration included inspirational words by Wade Bryson, the owner of Juneau's three local Subway restaurants and a member of the Juneau Rotary Club, followed by Assistant Principal Paula Casperson, who presented the students with a pin and a legislative citation recognizing their accomplishments.

Congressman Young reads 'Green Eggs and Ham'
"Once a teacher, always a teacher," said Congressman Don Young after reading Dr. Suess's "Green Eggs and Ham" to eager listeners at Tami's Tykes, a licensed Mendenhall Valley day care center during his visit on Oct. 14 to the Capital City. The children were eager to hear more, so he also read another classic, "The Little Engine that Could."

Recognitions
Jade Pilcher completed the 13th session of the FBI National Academy Associates Youth Leadership Program (YLP) on July 1. YLP is sponsored by the FBINAA, Inc., the professional association of graduates of the FBI National Academy for state and local law enforcement officials, a non-government association. One student from each state in the country is chosen for the annual program.

Barrans mark 65th anniversary
Friends and family of Leo and Stina Barrans are gathering today to celebrate the couple's 65th wedding anniversary. They were wed in Juneau on Sept. 30, 1945. Throughout their married lives, the couple shared a commitment to Christian ministry, pastoring in small towns as well as serving as full-time house parents to displaced children in Alaska, Washington, and Arizona.

Pets invited to celebrate Halloween
This year, the Gastineau Humane Society has re-invented its annual Pet Festival with the hope of showcasing more resources for Juneau's animal-loving community, and also getting the community more involved with local animal organizations and issues.

Program to explore possibilities of missing moon
The Marie Drake Planetarium will present "Life Without the Moon" at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 26. The multimedia program will explore what the Earth would be like without the moon in the areas of tides, seasons, life, precession, volcanoes, navigation, romance and poetry.

Thanks for supporting Cancer Connection
Capital City Rotaract would like to thank everyone who supported, contributed to, and attended our second annual "Oktober Fest for Breasts" fundraiser. The event was wildly successful - we raised $11,000 for Cancer Connection.

Thank you from Special Olympics Juneau
On Oct. 16, Special Olympics Juneau held its annual spaghetti feed and dessert auction fund raiser at Thunder Mountain High School. I would like to thank the following people for making this fund raiser a success: the Juneau School District, Lynda Foreman, Lee Lewis, Chris and Michelle Umbs, Lana Larson, Sue and Rai Behnert, Deb Gazaway-Johnson, Greg Cazemier, Judy and Jay Urquhart, Kate Sullivan, Katie Botz, Rachelle and Brenda Flansaas, Regan Tweedy and boys, Joyce Kitka, Jen Wilwert, Mike Godkin, Darin and Ariah Jensen, Lora Mallinger, Noel Ramirez, Hersey Mitchell, Sheena Dees, Carmen Cortese, Danielle, Ashley and Ryan Larson, Mary Rehfeld, Tasha McCoy, Abbey Wilwert, Michelle Brown, Patti Rumfelt, Deb Cokeley, Judy Erickson, Cindy Hudson, Martha Crockroft, Kristine Lewis, Annette Untalasco, Cindy Johnson, Wendy Sullivan, Amanda Savikko, Gail Fenumiai, Savannah Bell, Brenda Johnson Dolores Larson, Laurie Larson, Charley Larson, Stephanie Marrin, Dave and Laurie Wilson, Sandy Edwardson, Jane Genron, Sherri Morino and Janet Schempf. Thank you to Jose Robles for chopping all the onions. If I have forgotten anyone who donated the wonderful desserts for the dessert auction, please forgive me.

A bouquet of appreciation
The Board of the Jensen-Olson Arboretum sends out a bouquet of appreciation to the many local businesses, individuals and volunteers who contributed to the success of our September fundraiser. Thank you to the following for taking us one step closer towards reaching our goal of creating a horticultural multi-purpose room at the Arboretum: Air Excursions, Alaska Laundry and Dry Cleaners, Alaska Litho, Alaskan Brewing Company, Tessany Alrich, Art Matters, Constance Baltuck, Cindy and Steve Bowhay, Kevin Brady, Breeze-In Grocery, Ed Buyarski, Canton House, Shirley Campbell, Central Park Conservancy, Construction Development, Inc., Keith Crocker, CBJ Parks and Recreation Staff, Ruth Danner, John DeCherney, Ed's Edible Landscaping, Laura Fleming, Stella Fullam, Gary Fournier, Peter Froehlich, Gastineau Humane Society, Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventures, Don Gotschall, Pat Harris, Hearthside Books and Toys, Kathy Hocker, Jerry's Meats & Seafoods, Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, Juneau Garden Club, Juneau Snowmobile Club, K and L Distributors, Mary Lou King, Iris Korhonen Penn, Kati Korhonen, Kelly Jensen, Merrill Jensen, Landscape Alaska, Sharron Lobaugh, Tom Locher, Jeff McCain, Ryan McDonald, Mount Roberts Tramway, Marc Matsil, Cathy Muñoz, Kim Ney, Northern Keta Caviar, Odom Co-West Coast Distributors, Michael Penn Photography, Pie in the Sky, Rainbow Foods, Natalee Rothaus, Weld Royal, Deborah Rudis, Rob Sanford, SEALTrust, Shoefly & Hudsons, Southeast Waffle Company, Specialty Imports, Suzanne Sakewitz, Mike Stark, Mike Stanley, Jane Stokes, John Thedinger, The Canvas, The Hangar On The Wharf, The Island Pub, Jennifer Vernon, Pat White, Lacy Wilcox, Temsco Helicopter Tours, Kathy Thatcher, Kate Walters, Westmark Baranof Juneau, Wilderness Excursions, Zen and Zephyr.

Thanks to Arete Construction
The recent 80-meter addition to the Treadwell Mine Historic Trail at Sandy Beach proved to be a big success at the Juneau Invitational Cross Country meet on Sept. 18. The new trail enabled spectators to have easier access to the race and eliminated a dangerous U-turn. It fits in nicely with all of the Treadwell improvements over the last 12 years.

Thanks for help in a difficult time
The family of our beloved Phil Martin would like to take this opportunity to thank his many, many friends for their wonderful support and comforting words. These acts of kindness from our loss have helped us through this difficult time. Your flowers, cards and other donations were very much appreciated.

Thank you for blowing your horns
On Oct. 10, 35 members of the Juneau Community Band gave their fifth concert since this elite group was organized. These dedicated musicians volunteered more than 600 man-hours of rehearsal time to present a free 90-minute concert at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.

Junior high project help
Editor's note: The following is a letter received from a student who is working on a research project about Alaska. Reader responses can be mailed directly to the student's school at the following address: 974 Newport Avenue, Pawtucket, RI, 02861.

Challenge Day challenge
Imagine a world where every child feels safe, loved and celebrated. Where bullying, violence and other forms of oppression are things of the past. This is the work of Challenge Day.

Thanks to youth football volunteers
I would like to officially thank the board of directors of the Juneau Youth Football League for their continuing the tradition of the Annual Award Ceremony along with the many hours they give to community of football lovers.

Photo: Horn blowers

John Stoll Obituary
Longtime Juneau resident John E. Stoll, age 67, died Oct. 20, 2010 at the residence of his daughter, Thea Howard, following a long battle with cancer. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and an all around swell guy.

Carl Elmer Carlson Obituary
Carl Elmer Carlson "Elmer" of Douglas peacefully passed away in the Juneau Pioneer Home Oct.16, 2010. He was 97.

Leo M. “Bud” Jones Jr.
Graveside services were held Saturday at Alaska Memorial Park for lifelong Juneau resident Leo M. “Bud” Jones, Jr. who passed away Oct. 13, 2010 at Bartlett Regional Hospital following a brief illness.

Original deconstruction
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Make it Murkowski
Early voting in Alaska is now underway and we are urging a vote for Sen. Lisa Murkowski to continue representing Alaskans in Washington, D.C.

Survival theme affects us all
I just returned from the Alaskan Federation of Natives Convention in Fairbanks. I joined my brother bishops, Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz and Fairbanks Bishop Donald Kettler in being a part of the celebrations in this community event. It was a good experience.

Is water export our next economic opportunity?
In a climate-challenged world, fresh water is quickly becoming the new oil. This is the conventional wisdom of those who track global trends in resource consumption. As noted in Newsweek's Oct. 16th cover story on The New Oil, we are in the midst of a global freshwater crisis. Around the world, rivers, lakes and aquifers are dwindling faster that Mother Nature can possibly replenish them; industrial and household chemicals are rapidly polluting what's left. Meanwhile we have more than 6 billion people in the world and are headed toward 8.5 to 10 billion by 2050. By 2040 the United Nations estimates demand for freshwater will outstrip supply by more than 30 percent as global water consumption is doubling every 20 years.

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State highway crews to inspect Amalga Harbor bridge
Highway crews will conduct inspections on the Peterson Creek Bridge on Amalga Harbor Road between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Oct. 25-27. There will be one-hour periodic closures to vehicular and pedestrian traffic during that time.

Respiratory illness rates high in rural Alaska
BETHEL - Researchers say rural Alaskans and Alaska Natives are more likely to develop respiratory illnesses than anywhere in Alaska.

State reopens detox program at Anchorage center
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Division of Behavioral Health has reopened the detox program at the Clitheroe treatment center in Anchorage after it closed in May.

Elk hunting opens in parts of Alaska
KODIAK - Elk hunting opens in parts of Alaska on Saturday, but the state's Department of Fish and Game has issued an emergency order that closes part of Afognak Island and limits hunting to female elk.

Stevens plane crash survivor recounts experience
ANCHORAGE - Ex-NASA chief Sean O'Keefe says he was knocked unconscious when the floatplane crashed on a remote mountainside in Alaska. He awoke in a daze with former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens sitting next to him.

Homer man indicted in drug case
ANCHORAGE - A 22-year-old Homer man is accused in a drug-trafficking conspiracy case.

Alaska otter gets new home in Oregon
SEWARD - Oregon now has a little MoJoe.

Drivers escape fiery Anchorage crash
ANCHORAGE - A teenage driver trying to elude Anchorage police crashed into a pickup and both burst into flames.

Balance of power at stake for Alaska lawmakers
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Democratic leaders are expecting the general election to yield big gains for the party in both state legislative chambers, a confidence that gives Republicans pause.

Alaska Federation of Natives backs Murkowski
FAIRBANKS - The state's largest Alaska Native group has endorsed Sen. Lisa Murkowski in her write-in bid in the Alaska Senate race.

Alaska seafood processor settles with state
WRANGELL - An Alaska seafood processor with Oregon ties has reached a settlement with environmental regulators over wastewater violations.

Above-normal snow, cold, predicted for Southeast
JUNEAU - It could be a good winter for skiing in southeast Alaska this year.

Park Service to review McKinley climbing permits
ANCHORAGE - The National Park Service says it will review how it allocates permits to climb Alaska's Mount McKinley between commercial guided climbing operators and independent operators.

Crimson Bears rally to edge Knights
PALMER - Experience counts, especially when up 2-0 against one of the better teams in the state.

Gozelski named offensive MVP of Shrine North-South All-Star game
Juneau-Douglas senior receiver Colin Gozelski was named offensive MVP of the annual Alaska Shrine North-South All-Star Football Classic, even though his team came up on the short end of the scoreboard.

Touch-screen voting machines are ready for write-in election
Alaska's touch-screen electronic voting machines, purchased to assist those with disabilities but available to anyone, are prepared to handle the challenge of a write-in campaign, state elections officials say.

Observers report high king bycatch
KODIAK - Pollock boats and other commercial fishermen in the Gulf of Alaska have accidentally caught an estimated 58,336 king salmon this year, a level of bycatch that could trigger restrictions.

Judge orders release of Miller's records
FAIRBANKS - A judge ruled Saturday that the Fairbanks North Star Borough must release personnel records of Senate candidate Joe Miller.

State ecosystems projected to shrink by century's end
Roughly 60 percent of Alaska's ecosystems may shift in response to climate change by the end of the 21st century, according to the results of a two-year study released in September by University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Berkowitz: Status quo under Gov. Parnell not working
ANCHORAGE - Ethan Berkowitz has no shortage of answers for how Alaska's state government could do better.

New health commission to review costs
A state health commission created by the Legislature earlier this year will review rapidly rising medical costs and patterns of health care pricing among providers, the executive director of the commission said.

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