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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Van brings cancer screening to rural villages
Residents of rural Alaska may find it difficult enough to keep up with their shopping, let alone stay current with their preventative medical care. But for 17 years, the mobile mammogram van has brought breast cancer screening directly to women of Southeast Alaska's rural communities.

Out of the classroom, into the woods
"This is not a deer happy place at all," eighth-grader Reid Willis said as he slipped on a tree root while hiking into the muskeg along Fish Creek Road in North Douglas. "I am going to be happily surprised if I find any scat here."

Correction
An A1 story in Wednesday's Juneau Empire about a musical performance at Floyd Dryden Middle School misspelled the teacher's name. Missouri Smyth is the sixth grade choir teacher.

Locals pan Eaglecrest ATV tour proposal
Twenty Juneau hikers, skiers, berry-pickers and outdoor lovers commenting Thursday on a proposal for all-terrain vehicle summer tours in the Eaglecrest Ski Area spoke overwhelmingly against motorized tours.

Finding new strength after breast cancer
I look at the writings that my husband poured out of his soul when I was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer, and think, "We are both such different people now."

Finding reasons to laugh amid tragedy
Cancer is a funny thing. I say that because the only thing that made my diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer bearable was to share it with my loved ones with a sense of humor. I wouldn't dream of downplaying the seriousness of this disease, and can only write about the tools I used in my own journey. If I didn't find the comedy, I would have been swallowed up by the tragedy.

City's only practicing urologist to close up shop
Anchorage-based Alaska Urological Associates is closing down its Juneau office at the end of business today, leaving the capital without a practicing urologist.

School threat unfounded
Juneau Police Department school resource officers responded with a show of force Thursday morning at downtown high schools in response to a threat that later was determined to be unfounded.

Family offers support through rough waters of kidney cancer
My name is Leona Marie Santiago, and my Tlingit name is Kaaxkwei. I am from the Eagle Nation of the Wolf clan known as Kaagwaantaan from the Gooch Hit. I've tried to be healthy about what I would eat and would try herbs and vitamins and protein drinks. I'd take certain remedies to help keep me healthy. I've even tried some Tlingit remedies such as devil's club.

Progress made in fight against breast cancer
More women every year are surviving breast cancer, primarily through early detection and treatment and the progress that is being made in development of drugs to treat breast cancer.

Photo: Dungeness Americanus
Unloading: Dick Luther, a commercial crabber, unloads dungeness crab from the hold of his boat, the Americanus, Thursday at Auke Bay. The current dungeness crab season runs from Oct. 1 to the end of November.

Frequently asked questions about breast cancer
1. How many women are affected by breast cancer?

'I have been diagnosed with breast cancer: Now what?'
As women cope with cancer and cancer treatment, the American Cancer Society encourages them to have honest, open discussions with their doctors.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month; today's featured survivor: Malin Marie Babcock
Age: 70 on Halloween.

Photos: Mining for knowledge
In class: Cliff Walker, center, and Jayson Bitterman, left, listen to instructor Forrest Cooper demonstrate taking apart and cleaning a jack leg drill Thursday at the Maggie Kathleen Mine during the University of Alaska Southeast mining training course. The 15 students are just over the halfway point in the five-week class.

Report: Breast cancer death rates declining
A new report from the American Cancer Society finds the breast cancer death rate in the United States continues to drop more than 2 percent per year, a trend that began in 1990, and that over the last 10 years the rate of decline among African American and Hispanic women is similar to the drop among white women.

Around Town
Today, Oct. 30

James Lyle Scoles
Longtime Juneau resident James Lyle Scoles died peacefully at his Juneau home on Oct. 12, 2009, after several years of declining health. He was 65.

Jorma K. Krook
Jorma K. Krook was born in Jyvaskyla, Finland on Jan. 4, 1953. He died on Oct. 26, 2009 at the age of 56.

Empire editorial: Bill Allen's punishment less than he deserves
Bill Allen asked the U.S. District Court for leniency this week, shortly before being sentenced to three years in prison and fined $375,000 for corruption.

Increasing ethanol use is key to having a cleaner planet
WASHINGTON - America is increasingly committed to being a nation fueled by clean, renewable, domestic energy.

The EPA wants to put a time bomb in America's gas tanks
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The federal Environmental Protection Agency is considering requiring use of a blend of ethanol and gasoline known as "E15." This is a risky measure that threatens to damage our car engines and saddle car companies with soaring warranty costs.

Deep
The opening of the adit is unobtrusive. It's easy to assume countless hunters and explorers had traipsed right by without a sideways glance. But beyond the moldy, green timbers that shroud the opening near Juneau's south side, beyond the pitch blackness within, is a mine shaft that extends nearly a half-mile into the mountain - one that miners cut by hand during the winter months of 1930 and 1931.

State Parks board to review Channel Islands final draft
JUNEAU - The Alaska State Parks citizens advisory board will review the final draft of the Channel Islands State Park management plan Monday, Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game headquarters in the Caribou room.

Coast Guard offers Safety training for fishermen, boaters
JUNEAU - Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer an 18-hour fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course in Juneau Nov. 4 and Nov. 5 in the conference room on the 2nd Floor of the at the DMV/Trooper Building off Glacier Highway.

Whale scientist to speak at UAS
JUNEAU - "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Herring" will be the topic of humpback whale scientist Dr. Fred Sharpe at the UAS Egan Lecture Hall Thursday Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.

Black Bear chair now ready to roll
Eaglecrest now boasts a new lift for the upcoming ski and snowboard season that will provide easier access to what users have deemed some of the most popular terrain on the mountain.

Streaking through the earlier times
I know there are designated areas where one can run "au-natural" in public but I'm not positive where they exist in Juneau and, quite frankly, I am in no hurry to find them. I quickened through one in Italy, sprinted along one in Sweden, and accidentally put in four miles on one in Mexico. And it wasn't my shortcomings as a runner or lack of running ability that kept me from rubbing shoulders and exchanging training secrets with those more adequately suited to this "sport" of nudist running. No, I chose to remain clothed at these "clothes-optional" venues due to modesty, humility, and well, let's leave it at that. I have learned, however, that training runs (and hikes, bikes, and swims) seem to fare better for all involved when the appropriate amount of layers are attached in the appropriate locations.

Eaglecrest road a bike, hike menagerie
Well, the in-between season is here. Some call it "finter" (my friends in Whitehorse, who have no concept of any season between summer and frigid). Others call it "wautumn" (with extra emphasis on the "waa").

Sunny days in Juneau should not to be squandered
Three (and a half) sunny days in a row! In Juneau? In October? Better not squander them!

Registration opens Nov. 1 for 2010 Yukon River Quest
WHITEHORSE, Yukon - Registrations will be accepted starting Nov. 1 for the 12th Annual Yukon River Quest, the world's longest annual canoe and kayak marathon, which will be held from June 30 to July 4, 2010.

On the hook
This Chnook weighed in at 39.75 pounds and was caught by local shore fisherman Linsey Strickland off the rocks in the public fishing area near DIPAC fish hatchery on a Spinner lure June 16.

Out & About
Today, Oct. 30

Beginning horseman classes offered
JUNEAU - The Thunder Mountain Riders 4-H Club is offering beginning horsemanship classes for youth at Swampy Acres indoor riding area Saturday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 15.

Rash of crashes follow first Fairbanks snow
FAIRBANKS - There have been about 50 traffic crashes this week in Fairbanks as drivers cope with the first significant snow of the season.

Anchorage schools postpone some flu clinics
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage School District is postponing some vaccination clinics because of a shortage of the swine flu vaccine.

Young: Alaska not getting F-35s
ANCHORAGE - Congressman Don Young released a statement Thursday expressing disappointment that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will not be based at Eielson Air Force Base.

12-year-old Anchorage girl OK after Amber alert
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a 16-year-old boy lured his girlfriend's 12-year-old sister away from home because he was upset with his girlfriend's mother.

Ketchikan coin flip comes up tails for Timmerman
KETCHIKAN - The Ketchikan School Board needed a coin flip to fill its open seat.

Anchorage man convicted of murder
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man has been convicted of first-degree murder and other charges.

Alaska Democrats forward 3 names to replace Foster
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Democratic Party has sent three names to Gov. Parnell as possible replacements for Richard Foster, the Nome state representative who died Oct. 13.

Full speed ahead
The postseason march toward back-to-back state titles for the Juneau-Douglas boys' swim team begins this weekend in Sitka at the Region V meet, where the Crimson Bears are the odds-on favorite to run away with another regionaltitle.

Sports in Juneau
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Parnell responds to gas pipeline critics
Gov. Sean Parnell defended the state's natural gas pipeline efforts at a news conference Thursday, rebutting critics of the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act.

Environmental group to sue over beluga whales
ANCHORAGE - An environmental group that has pressed the federal government to provide maximum protection for Cook Inlet beluga whales said Thursday it intends to sue.

Holland America flagship joins Alaska's 2010 lineup
Holland America Line's Rotterdam, the flagship of its fleet, will begin visiting Juneau for the first time in 2010, the company announced Tuesday.

Fed rules may affect Native contracting
A federal agency is proposing big changes to the controversial contracting program for minorities that spurred massive growth among Alaska Native corporations over the past decade.

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