Sunday, November 15, 2009

Mudslides menace downtown
Residents of several city blocks evacuated downtown Saturday morning after a mudslide released above Gastineau Avenue, bringing snapped tree limbs and a torrent of mud and water down with it.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Corrections
• An A2 obituary on Virginia Beaumont Post in Friday's Juneau Empire misstated her age. A corrected obituary is being republished today.

Mudslide, wind cause multiple power outages
Power outages throughout the borough Saturday morning were partially caused by a mudslide downtown.

Feds to open U.S. Attorney's office in Juneau
The U.S. Department of Justice has created a new federal prosecutor position in Juneau and plans to open a U.S. Attorney's office in the capital next month.

$10 million forest lab receives funding
A new science research lab in Juneau received funding this month when President Obama signed a bill that includes $5 million for the U.S. Forest Service project.

Builders thankful recession passed by, anticipate growth
Local builders say their business is in a downturn, but not the depression that has hit their counterparts in the building industry elsewhere in the nation.

Juneau man arrested on felony assault charge involving glass bottle
A 46-year-old man was arrested Thursday night after striking a 28-year-old man in the head multiple times with a glass bottle earlier that evening at a Mendenhall Valley home.

Photo: Close call
Henry Hopkins and hisdaughter, Emma, 12, look at a large hemlock tree, one of two trees that fell Saturday morning just missing their Bonnie Brae subdivision home in North Douglas.

Native American Heritage Month: Harold P. Martin
Age: 75

JDHS teacher recognized by state building association for excellence in field
JUNEAU - Juneau-Douglas High School teacher Craig Mapes received the Alaska Construction Academy's Instructor Excellence Award on Thursday.

Around Town
Today, Nov. 15

Enough LOVE to share
In light of National Adoption Month, experienced foster parents Janet and Steve Olmstead can look back on their 36 years in Juneau and appreciate the many children who have shared their home.

Real food in the recipe box
I am a bit of a food freak. I love to cook, I love to go pick up my Full Circle Farm box. I love to look at cookbooks. And really I love to read about food on the Internet. Really. Any recipe I want, with any ingredients, from any corner of the world, at the touch of a button. It is a far cry from how my grandmother cooked.

Google knows who you are; if you care, use Dashboard
Google knows more about you than even you would want to know about you.

Want to learn how to change a tire? Turn to page 12
"Auto is a hands-on class, but they hand you a book and say 'Good luck.'"

Senior menu for the week of Nov. 16-20
Monday, Nov. 16

Capital Kennel Club to hold annual Pet Photos with Santa
JUNEAU - Capital Kennel Club of Juneau will host its annual winter fundraiser Pet Photos with Santa from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, Nov 22 and Dec 6, at the Mendenhall Mall.

Love INC to hold annual benefit auction
JUNEAU - Love In the Name of Christ's (Love INC) annual benefit auction will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at Centennial Hall.

DELTA: Stopping violence before it starts
A local women shelter's domestic violence prevention program is making strides with programs for local youth, coordinators say.

Thanks for making Auke Bay's Halloween Carnival a success
The Auke Bay Elementary School Parent Teacher Association would like to express its most sincere gratitude to many in our wonderful Juneau community - our amazing volunteers and the many local businesses that made our annual Halloween Carnival such a great success.

Third Robot Jamboree to be held Saturday
JUNEAU - On Saturday, 11 student teams from Juneau as well as teams from Sitka, Hoonah and Skagway will compete in the third annual For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Lego League Juneau Robot Jamboree.

Local crafters to host Christmas Card Clinic
JUNEAU - Those looking to get a head start on their Christmas cards or Christmas thank yous this year are welcome to attend the Christmas Card Clinic from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at Centennial Hall.

FYI
Births

NAMI unmasks mental illness with first-ever masquerade
On Oct. 23, more than 200 members from the community came together to promote mental illness awareness at the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Juneau's first annual Unmasking Mental Illness Masquerade at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.

Don't quit quitting: Annual smokeout encourages cessation
For 34 years the American Cancer Society has designated the third Thursday in November as the Great American Smokeout. This Nov. 19, tobacco users are encouraged to either make a plan to quit or to plan in advance to quit using tobacco on that day.

Photos: Territorial Guard statue
Native military veterans John James and James Lindoff Jr., standing, and Jerry Eldemar and Leo Williams, kneeling, with a statue of an Eskimo soldier in the Territorial Guard.

Photo: Helping youth
The Youth Action Committee of the Juneau Community Foundation presents a check for $7,500 to the Valley Youth Club to help keep its doors open. From left are Peter Jurasz, YAC adult advisor; Brenda Hewitt, United Way of Southeast Alaska president/CEO; Taralee Ellis, Valley Youth Club; Tom Parker, YAC; Andrea Watts, JCF; and WalterMajoros, Juneau Youth Services (sponsor of the Valley Youth Club). To make a donation to the Valley Youth Club, bring a check to Wells Fargo Bank (Account # 8632914746), or go to www.valleyyouthclub.org to make a credit card donation.

Photo: Concerto Competition winner
David Miller, standing left, rehearses "Violin concerto. No. 3 in G" with the Juneau StudentSymphony on Friday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Miller is the 2009 winner of thesenior division of the Juneau Symphony Concerto Competition and the featured soloist for the Student Symphony's Peace Concert, which takes place at 4 p.m. today at the JACC and at 7 p.m. Monday at Glacier Valley Elementary School. The cost is pay-as-you-can.

Photo: 'Laced with Silver'
A rider on the Thunder Mountain Riders 4-H Club's Breast Cancer Awareness pony, "Laced with Silver," enjoys a ride on Halloween at Swampy Acres. The pony is owned anddecorated by Evie Walker.

Archie James Cavanaugh, Sr.
Lifelong Kake resident Archie James Cavanaugh Sr. died peacefully on Nov. 11, 2009, at the Bartlett Regional Hospital. He was 81.

Linda Burling (Erwin) Androes
Former Juneau resident Linda Mae Erwin died Oct. 20, 2009, in Salem, Ore. She was 72.

Fredrick "Fred" Morgan Jr.
Former Juneau resident Fredrick "Fred" Morgan Jr. died Sept. 24, 2009, in Anchorage. He was 70.

Jessie Gertrude Herrold
Juneau resident Jessie Gertrude Herrold died peacefully Nov. 2, 2009. She was 83.

Virginia Beaumont Post
Juneau resident Virginia Beaumont Post died Nov. 3, 2009, in Bartlett Hospital in Juneau. She was 93.

Empire editorial: Parnell keeps his word when Obama stops in Alaska
President Barack Obama's visit to Alaska on Thursday was a lose-lose situation for Gov. Sean Parnell, resulting in criticism regardless of where the Republican governor decided to be that day.

Ramras right for lieutenant governor
This past week, my friend Jay Ramras came to Juneau. Jay is the Republican Representative of House District 10, which encompasses the eastern part of Fairbanks and the Fort Wainwright Military Reservation.

Many of us are struggling through the gray areas of life
They killed a killer last week. I kept waiting to feel something when news came that John Allen Muhammad had been executed in Virginia. As a staunch opponent of capital punishment, I wanted some nugget of remorse at the knowledge that the government had taken his life.

Toe Toon

Falcons roll over short-handed Bears
In the first-ever dual mat meeting in Juneau between the cross-town rival grapplers of Thunder Mountain and Juneau-Douglas, it was all Falcons, 70-24, against the undermanned Crimson Bears.

Volleyball season ends for JDHS
The Juneau-Douglas volleyball season came to an end Friday in the consolation round of the state tournament after the Crimson Bears went down in five games to Soldotna at West Anchorage High School.

Photo: Bears Hockey
Monroe Catholic's Tyler Holmes, left, gets controll of the puck as Juneau-Douglas' Nick Rutecki, No. 20, and Riley Leary, No. 14, batttle with Monroe Catholic's Dan Bunten in the first period Saturday. Monroe won Friday's game 3-2.

Photo: Former Alaskan swimmers reunite
Laura Miller (Ketchikan Killer Whales, now with University of Wisconsin), Meghan Cavanaugh (Northern Lights Swim Team, now with Northwestern University), Genny Szymanski (Haines Dolphins Swim Team, now with Northwestern University), and Kyle O'Brien (Glacier Swim Club, with now Northwestern University) posed for a picture recently. These former Alaskan swimmers are all swimming at Division I universities and had a mini-reunion at the Northwestern-Wisconsin meet in Evanston, Ill. on Nov.13.

Sports in Juneau
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Palin's book goes rogue on some facts
EDITOR'S NOTE - "Fact Check" is an occasional look at assertions by government officials and others on how well they adhere to the facts.

Gas plant for Denali pipeline proposes big things
ANCHORAGE - The Denali gas pipeline project proposes to build the largest gas treatment plant in the world on Alaska's North Slope, according to a report sumitted to state legislators.

Palin criticizes AP's early take on memoir
NEW YORK - After The Associated Press's early recap of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's memoir "Going Rogue" made headlines Friday, Palin reacted.

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