Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Sentence was right for hunting violations
Romeo was loved by many, obviously, but he is gone now. Was he the wolf taken illegally last year? There is way to tell. Does it matter? Not at all.

Murkowski should be removed from leadership for write-in campaign
This may be the oddest letter to the editor in a decidedly odd election cycle, but it's odd when a write-in candidate is helped by the sitting lieutenant governor to disenfranchise the largest primary turnout since statehood. Unusual circumstances require unusual responses.

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.

Native voters, corporations provide key Murkowski support
An extraordinary effort by Alaska Natives, particularly Alaska Native Corporations, looks to have swung state's U.S. Senate race from enemy Joe Miller to ally Lisa Murkowski.

Senior, disabled vet hardship exemption language gets narrower
The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly on Monday night narrowed language in a city ordinance that allows senior citizens and disabled veterans to get a hardship exemption on their property taxes.

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.

School district sees unusual amount of older students returning
The Juneau School District's enrollment figures submitted to the state are down slightly from the amount they budgeted for, due in large part to the number of older students re-enrolling in the district.

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."

Photo: Late bloomer
A lupine begins to flower in a planter basket Monday along the Franklin Street stairway. Lupines are normally thought of as a early summer flowering plant.

Police & Fire
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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.

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: Prepping for the season
Natalie leads her owner Chauncey Sorenson and fellow Eaglecrest grooming crew Seth Piper along the road near the base of the Black Bear Chairlift as they ready the slopes for the upcoming season.

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.

Portland-based artist to lead slideshow today
The Canvas Community Art Studio and Gallery will host a lunch-time slideshow today led by visiting artist Christine Bourdette. The slideshow, "Clues to the Riddle of Human Experience," will feature images of Bourdette's multi-media sculptures and drawings, and will run from 12:15-1 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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 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.

Outside editorial: Saudi help averted bombing disaster
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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.

It's not 1994 again
It's common these days - and, to some Democrats, comforting - to summon hazy memories of 1994, when, as happened again on Tuesday, their party lost the House of Representatives to the Republicans. That wasn't so bad, was it? After all, it led to a period of productive bipartisan deal-making - and then, two years later, Bill Clinton won re-election by a comfortable margin.

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.

My turn: Election message is simple: Get nation back on track or step aside
The political pundits are having a field day reading the tea leaves from last week's election. To me, there isn't much confusion over voters' message: elected officials are on a short leash and if we fail to produce, look for another job after the next election.

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.

Alaska legislative leadership excludes Interior
FAIRBANKS - The top spots in the Alaska House Republican leadership team do not include the Fairbanks area.

Anchorage gets new downtown DMV office
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles is opening a new office in downtown Anchorage.

Miller: Cautiously optimistic on prospects
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Senate hopeful Joe Miller says he's cautiously optimistic about his prospects for winning on the eve of the absentee ballot count.

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

Canadian TV hit draws Alaska fans, duct tape
FAIRBANKS - The star of the Canadian public television hit "The Red Green Show" found plenty of fans carrying one of the character's favorite items - duct tape - when he made an appearance in Fairbanks.

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.

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.

Actor to testify at Chukchi Sea lease hearing
ANCHORAGE - Actor Ted Danson will testify Tuesday at a public hearing in Anchorage on environmental concerns from a 2008 lease sale in Alaska's Chukchi Sea.

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.

Miller protests Juneau vote-count location
Republican candidate Joe Miller is accusing the state Elections Division of moving the write-in ballot count beginning Wednesday from Anchorage to Juneau.

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.

Murkowski on cusp of win; how will she legislate?
ANCHORAGE - Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski is on the cusp of vindication after waging a high stakes - and long shot - write-in campaign to keep her job.

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.

Wildlife agents to kill wolves near Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is preparing to cull wolves from packs that are becoming more aggressive and worrying residents near east Anchorage and Eagle River.

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.

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.

Scientists: Beak deformities increase in Northwest
ANCHORAGE - Federal scientists say they're observing the highest rate of beak abnormalities ever recorded in wild bird populations in Alaska and the Northwest.

Driver charged with murder faces fifth DUI charge
ANCHORAGE - A woman deemed too dangerous to be released on bail after being charged for the fifth time with driving under the influence went on trial Monday, accused of murdering a young man in a head-on collision.

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