Monday, November 8, 2010

Meyers' sentence appalling
I am appalled with the sentencing of Park Myers for killing the wolf I and many others believe to be Romeo. Judge Keith Levy should be ashamed of that sentence. Myers got what should be considered a slap on the wrist. The judge has now made it known to any future similar criminals their punishment will be minor overall.

Bear baiting proposals are inhumane
On Nov. 5-9, the Alaska Board of Game is meeting in Ketchikan to review and possibly enact a round of proposals from the public and the Alaska Department of Fish & Game concerning hunting, trapping and the use of game in Southeast Alaska.

Assembly chooses top 10 priorities for the year
The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly's top 10 goals will focus on infrastructure, humanitarian and economic development concerns.

Schizophrenic hears demons, aliens, rap songs
Matthew Douglas-Martin was late for his change of plea hearing Friday in Juneau District Court. He was given the wrong dates for his appearance, not by the court, his attorney nor his family.

Students spend night in cold to support homeless peers
On Friday night, a group of 19 Juneau-Douglas High School students spent their evening camped out on the Riverbend Elementary School basketball court - in self-constructed cardboard shantys - to try to raise awareness and funds for their homeless peers.

Bald eagles, bears and ... bats?
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is undergoing a pilot study on bat behavior through the Wildlife Diversity Program.

National Heritage Month: Professor discusses warfare in ancient Tlingit times
The Sealaska Heritage Institute's second annual lecture series for Native American Heritage Month opened Friday with an in-depth look at what warfare meant to ancient Tlingit cultures.

Photos: Getting new gear at the ski swap
With skis and helmets selected, brother and sister Ashton and Ashlee Ecklund wait for help with ski boots during the 57th Annual Juneau Ski Swap on Saturday in Centennial Hall. The fundraising event for the Juneau Ski Club and Juneau's National Ski Patrol is a chance for locals to get or exchange a variety of gear and is one of the most anticipated events of the year, amping up residents for the coming winter season.

Photos: Sprucing up downtown
Chatham Holt and Ed Buyarski of Ed's Edible Landscaping and George Campbell of Little Diggers & Landscaping position a European Hornbeam into place at the downtown parking garage sidewalk on Sunday. The European Hornbeams were chosen as they are an upright growing tree that won't spread out into the street or the sidewalk. The sidewalk plan has soil space beneath the concrete so the tree roots will branch out instead of push up against the structures. European Hornbean are slow-growing trees which may reach 30-40 feet but in a time frame of 30-40 years. "Some were planted on Seward Street about two to three years ago," Buyarski said. "They have survived the climate, which is kind of important. They should be nice trees for this space."

Police & Fire
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Ferry Aurora's windlass motor being repaired
The ferry Aurora is expected to return to service Wednesday, the Alaska Marine Highway System announced Friday.

Public meeting to be held Dec. 2
A public meeting on the City and Borough of Juneau's draft flood maps and a flood insurance study will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the Thunder Mountain High School library.

Photo: Popular spot for art
Dining Divas! Art works by local artist Linda Miller watch over patrons Sunday at Silverbow Bakery. The red-walled sitting section at Silverbow has become an arts attraction for locals and a pleasant visual accompaniment to the menu.

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.

Photo: Fort Hood remembrance
The helmet on a soldiers's memorial marks the date during a Remembrance Ceremony commemorating the one-year anniversary of the worst mass shooting on a U.S. military base, where 13 people were killed and dozens wounded, Friday in Fort Hood.

Doll in a day's work
It was a two-and-a-half-year-old girl's nightmare. Not only were we delaying the cupcake I'd promised for sitting still during her haircut - let alone a Halloween costume, which came next on our downtown to-do list - but the detour placed us amidst hundreds of dolls, none of which she could touch.

Healing Touch is worth a try
An anxious patient comes to the hospital for surgery. After 30 minutes of Healing Touch, the patient is more relaxed.

Tibetan master to teach in Juneau
Khentrul Rinpoche will present "Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva, Part II" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Nov. 14 at the Vocational Training and Resource Center, 3239 Hospital Drive.

Horsemanship classes to be offered
Thunder Mountain Riders 4-H Club will offer three beginning horsemanship classes this fall and winter. The first round will be held Nov. 13-14, followed by classes on Jan. 15-16 and March 12-13.

Juneau Community Foundation announces youth grant
The Juneau Community Foundation has announced that it will offer $10,000 in grants to 501(c)3 organizations in need of funding for youth sports and activities programs. The purpose of the grant is "to assist existing youth sports or activities for ages 5 to 18, including school programs, after-school programs or summer programs," according to Reed Stoops, JCF Board Member.

Scandinavian dance with instruction to be held
The Svalbard Lodge Sons of Norway will hold a Scandinavian dance starting at 7 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the Juneau Yacht Club. The event will feature live music by Dale Wygant and the Polka Band (Ken Guiher, trumpet, Brian Van Kirk, alto saxophone, Paul Shannon, trombone, Russell Strandtmann, alto horn, Beth Leibowitz, clarinet and Alan Young, tuba) and instruction by Lee Otterholt. Admission is $5 and children aged 12 and under will be admitted for free.

Professor to speak on Tlingit oral narratives and deep history
Tlingit oral histories and place names describe ancient landscape changes and migrations of people that are thousands of years old. These narratives can help scientists understand not only how the landscape has changed, but how these changes have impacted a variety of resources. The convergence of Tlingit Ecological Knowledge, or Tlingit Science, with Euro-American science can potentially enable us to understand and manage resources better in a dynamic landscape like Southeast Alaska.

Brown bag lunch seminar to focus on social work ethics
Social worker ethics is the topic of this month's presentation from the Alaska Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Angela Salerno, a social worker and NASW member, will host the session at noon on Nov. 17 at Wildflower Court, 2000 Salmon Creek Lane. The 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.

Operation Christmas Child announces local collection sites
Chapel by the Lake will serve as Juneau's collection point for Samaritan's Purse's Operation Christmas Child. Juneau residents are welcome to send shoebox gifts this year to children in 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty. From Juneau, the shoe box gifts will be sorted and sent using whatever means necessary - sea containers, trucks, trains, airplanes, boats, camels and dog sleds - to reach children around the world.

Nonprofit organization seeks local representatives
World Heritage, a nonprofit student exchange program, is looking for volunteers to serve as area representatives in the Juneau area. World Heritage offers qualified students from around the world the opportunity to spend a high school year or semester in the United States with a host family. WH's area representatives are the cornerstone of the organization, making it all possible.

Widowed persons monthly brunch to be held
The Widowed Persons monthly brunch will be held at noon on Nov. 7 at the Baranof Hotel. All widows and widowers are invited to attend. The discussion topic will be the "Grief and Loss During the Holidays" program. For further Information, contact Sue at 586-6424 or Sandy at 789-0355.

FYI
Recent births at Bartlett Regional Hospital:

Thanks for supporting Cancer Connection
Many thanks to several local folks for their support of Cancer Connection during Breast Cancer Awareness month. First, we want to thank Rotaract and their $11,000 check from their Oktoberfest for Breasts fundraiser. What a terrific group of new business leaders that felt the cause was important. We also wish to thank Colleen Torrance and the Longaberger basket consultants that had an event and raised $1,125 for us as well as providing some cancer education for their clientele. Thanks to Bartlett Regional Hospital, PEO Chapter D and the CBJ for their sponsorship of the Women's Health Forum. Finally, we wish to thank Maria Taug who gave all her proceeds from her Mary Kay October sales to Cancer Connection. It is a privilege to live in a community that cares so much about their friends and neighbors facing cancer. Thank you Juneau, for your support this month and throughout the year.

Thanks to friends for your support of the Rogers family
The family of George W. Rogers wishes to thank all our friends who provided meals, companionship, personal care, grocery shopping, flowers and medical care during Dr. Rogers' recent illness and subsequent death. Special thanks to all the Hospice and Home Health nurses, aids and staff, and Dr. Bob Urata and his nurse, Mary, for their skill, care, diligence, dedication and love. We couldn't have managed without all of you. Juneau is truly a great community in which to live, and we are thankful for our many friends.

Thanks for caring
At AWARE (Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies), Inc., we are deeply grateful to our ongoing partnership with Wells Fargo Financial Bank and Wells Fargo Mortgage on United Way's Day of Caring. On Oct. 7, a team of focused volunteers dedicated their day to the deep cleaning and upkeep of AWARE's shelter facility, grounds and vehicles. We are so grateful to you for your hard work and the fun-loving teamwork that you bring to AWARE through United Way.

Please send information about Alaska
The fourth grade class at Aviston Elementary, located in southern Illinois, is learning about the United States and the different environments, climates, resources and highlights found in each region. The kids in the class think it would be fun to receive post cards, souvenirs, resources or any information about our great country from each of the 50 states.

Thanks for walking
Many thanks to all who joined the first ever Juneau Breast Cancer Walkathon during National Breast Cancer Month. Participants enjoyed walking, jogging and visiting in the comfort of the Wells Fargo Dimond Field House. Thank you for the donated use of this wonderful facility. Thank you to Safeway for donating bottled water. Juneau's first Breast Cancer Survivors' Calendar was on sale for $25 with all proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Juneau Cancer Connection. We especially appreciate Lemon Creek Digital for his photography of survivors and beautiful Juneau backgrounds and Alaska Litho's clever calendar design. Calendars will continue to be on sale at Public Market Nov. 26-28 and from Tamara Simone Collins at Bartlett Regional Hospital's Infusion Therapy department. Call 796-8655 for more information.

Pets of the week
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Recognitions
Sarah Donohoe and Vinh Le, students at Juneau-Douglas High School, have been chosen as state finalists for the 2010 Wendy's High School Heisman Award program. They are two of 19 finalists in the state who embody the Heisman spirit of hard work and dedication through their outstanding achievements in athletics, academics and community/school leadership.

JoAnn Mann
JoAnn Mann died Monday in Seattle. She was born June 25, 1957 in Juneau. She attended Juneau-Douglas High School. She is survived by sisters Victoria Mann-Angelo, Rhonda Mann, Brenda Pelot and Christie Ross; and brother Mike Mann. The details of her service will be announced at a later time. A full obituary will follow.

Lawrence Gibb
Lawrence Gibb passed away Sept. 30, 2010 at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer, with his children at his side.

JoAnn Mann
JoAnn Mann died Monday in Seattle. She was born June 25, 1957 in Juneau. She attended Juneau-Douglas High School. She is survived by sisters Victoria Mann-Angelo, Brenda Pelot and Christie Ross; and brother Mike Mann. The details of her service will be announced at a later time. A full obituary will follow.

Outside editorial: You can't fault the Fed
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Outside editorial: Put away the rancor
The following editorial first appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

My turn: A look back at the Prop 2 vote
Now that the dust has settled on the vote regarding a second crossing to the North Douglas area it might be appropriate to determine where this project may fit into Juneau's future capital budget plans.

Election results and football
Being from Pittsburgh, I am a dedicated Steelers fan. Like many fans, I have items reflecting my team loyalty - jerseys, hats, Terrible Towels, etc. As I go about my travels throughout Juneau and Southeast Alaska, it is always a joy to run into fellow Steelers fans. Upon arriving back into Juneau after a business trip, I grabbed a cab from the airport to my home on Douglas Island. It was great to see a couple of Steelers decals on the taxi's rear windows and a Steelers cap sitting in the front seat. Immediately, the conversation turned to how the team has been doing and what Ben Rothlisberger is going to do next - either on or off the field.

My turn: Mega-projects are not the solution to the economic woes of rural Alaska
Alaskans like to think big when it comes to economic development. Although many Alaskans profess to dislike government, proposals to broaden our shaky economic base always require the involvement of the state and federal governments.

Helping Juneau move on by honoring Romeo
There were two stories in Thursday's paper that caught my attention. One was about Sean Parnell winning the gubernatorial vote in Juneau; the other was about Park Myers' hunting violations. It was not until the end of the day that I figured out how to connect these two stories.

It's high time for New Standard Time
Twice a year, my husband and I plan our battle strategy. "You take upstairs; I'll take downstairs and outbuildings," he says.

Dillingham replaces crumbling water facility
BETHEL - A $3.2 million water treatment facility in Dillingham is complete, 15 years after the city started looking for funding for the project.

Former postal worker indicted on perjury charge
FAIRBANKS - A former North Pole postal worker has been accused of throwing away more than 80 pieces of mail, then lying to investigators when he was questioned about it.

JPD cautions against cashing fraudulent checks, money orders
The Juneau Police Department has received an increasing number of reports of fraudulent bank checks and U.S. Post Office money orders being cashed at local banks and credit unions, according to a press release from JPD.

Missing Colorado hiker found
A search team found a Colorado man who went missing Friday while hiking on Afognak Island, according to a press release from the U.S. Coast Guard's 17th District.

Conservation group opens Fairbanks office
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Wilderness League has opened an office in Fairbanks.

Taylor Highway maintenance ends for winter
CHICKEN - Alaska transportation officials say maintenance of the Taylor Highway is being discontinued for the winter.

Man at party dies when explosives detonate
SPOKANE, Wash. - A 28-year-old man is dead after apparent homemade explosives detonated during a party in Spokane County.

Climbers rescued at Smith Rock State Park
BEND, Ore. - Two men have been rescued from the Red Wall climbing area of Smith Rock State Park.

Crash kills Wasilla couple in Nikiski
KENAI - A Wasilla couple died in a head-on collision Saturday on the Kenai Peninsula.

Bears stuff Kings for SE crown
Juneau-Douglas secured its 24th straight bid to the volleyball state tournament Saturday with another 3-0 sweep over host Ketchikan in the Southeast Conference Volleyball Tournament.

Petrie to pursue dental career
The Thunder Mountain volleyball team has taken its lumps this season, but TMHS senior middle hitter Savana Petrie said the close-knit group of girls and the coaches have helped make it a fun experience. Aside from volleyball, Petrie's interests range from disc golf to dental hygiene, and she loves science as well.

JDHS boys' relay team wins meet finale
The Juneau prep swim teams got all they could handle over the weekend in Anchorage, but both programs saw the state meet as a learning experience.

Juneau-Douglas starts 2010-11 hockey season 2-1
The Crimson Bears hockey team was tested over the weekend in Anchorage, and coach Dave McKenna found out he's got a pretty good team.

Miller alleges bias in elections process
Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller is accusing Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell, picked for the job by Sarah Palin, of being biased against him before the upcoming count of write-in ballots next week.

Council revamps observer program
ANCHORAGE - After more than a decade of discussion and dickering, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council approved sweeping changes to its observer program at its October meeting to now include all vessels longer than 40 feet.

State awaits federal action to release bison
FAIRBANKS - State game officials say they're ready to release at least 40 wood bison in western interior Alaska.

Kerttula to again head House Dems
Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, has been selected as the House Minority Leader, Democratic legislators announced Friday after meeting in Anchorage.

Fairbanks borough considers pipeline appeal
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly will decide this week whether to appeal a judge's decision about the value of the trans-Alaska pipeline.

Alaska legislative district size still in question
FAIRBANKS - The size of legislative districts in Alaska remains a problem after voters rejected a statewide measure to expand the number of representatives.

Alaska Miners Association convention in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Members of the Alaska Miners Association are feeling good about the industry during this week's convention in Anchorage.

Home mold pops up with improper weatherization
FAIRBANKS - The weatherproofing of homes in Fairbanks is leading to a different problem - mold - and a lack of disclosure may leave renters susceptible to health risks.

Anchorage police to cut 22 positions
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Police Department says it may be able to avoid layoffs in January and even find enough money to pay for training recruits at a police academy.

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