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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Women deserve choice in health care
In reference to the Stupak Amendment that is being debated, since when is it in Congress' role to tell a woman whether or not she can buy insurance coverage for her health care needs, even if she's using her own money?

Parnell made effort to greet president
Alaskans always welcome the president to our state, and I am no different. I also take very seriously my commitments to Alaska groups I have pledged to speak with.

Appearances showed an unfiltered Palin
Sarah Palin sizzled on the cover of Newsweek. Icebergs would melt in the wake of that stance, but does it mean the next derogative piece on her will blame global warming on those cellulite-free thighs?

Little League embezzler pleads guilty
Alleged Little League embezzler Arlene K. Moe pleaded guilty Friday to a big league theft.

Fitting school to life
Leslie Miyasato, 18, missed two quarters of high school classes to take care of her new baby.

499 methadone pills found in mail, two locals arrested
A 38-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman were arrested Friday on felony drug charges after a package bound for them was intercepted by the United States Postal Inspection Service containing 499 methadone pills, the Juneau Police Department reported.

Southeast Waffle Co. owner earns top-five finish at national competition
Local business owner and University of Alaska Southeast student Julie Thatcher placed in the top five in an international student entrepreneur contest that ended Thursday.

Photos: Wrangling the wind
A wind-powered electrical generator is raised into place at the downtown NOAA dock on Juneau's waterfront Thursday. The spinning spires will produce 1.2 kilowatts of electricity starting next month. A second unit with beinstalled alongside soon.

Photos: Robots on a mission
Finn Sinclair of the team LOL-Lots of Leggos, holds his team's robot.

Native American Heritage Month: Lorena Phillips
Age: 20.

Photo: Rotary tree
Joey Meek, an operator for Juneau Electric, strings lights on the Juneau Rotary Christmas Tree next to the Juneau Arts & Culture Center Saturday. The tree will be lit for the holiday season the day after Thanksgiving.

Around Town
Today, Nov. 22

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Stepping up to plate
A donation of new medical equipment to Juneau's Child Advocacy Center will help physicians conduct more efficient, high-quality exams on sexual assault victims, a local pediatrician says.

Photo: Donation to United Way
Ron Plantz of Hecla Mining Company, center, presents a check to United Way of Southeast Alaska President Brenda Hewitt and board members Lance Stephens, Michelle Calvin-Casey, Mike Tagaban, Mary Becker and Larry Harris during Thursday's Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Photo: Quiting collaboration
Martha Narino-Torres, second from left, owner of Martina's Fabrics, helps hold the "Field of Flowers" quilt, which was used to raise $1,500 for Cancer Connection. Narino-Torres joined forces with the Women of the Moose Juneau Chapter 439 to coordinate the drawing. Thirty-three local quilters helped to make the quilt, for which all 350 tickets were sold. From left are drawing winner Ayaire Cantil-Voorthees, Narino-Torres, Izabel Bowers, a quilter presenting the Women of the Moose, and Marta Toups, who helped with quilting as well as project coordination.

Photo: Pet photos
Capital Kennel Club of Juneau will host its winter fundraiser, Pet Photos with Santa, from 1 to 5 p.m. today and Dec. 6 at the Mendenhall Mall. Cost for a photo sitting is $10. Pets must be clean, on leash or in a suitable carrier. No appointment is necessary.

Senior menu for the week of Nov. 23-30
Monday, Nov. 23

Pioneers of Alaska Igloo 6 donates $10,000 to Whale Project
JUNEAU - The Pioneers of Alaska Men's and Women's Igloo 6 recently donated $10,000 to the Whale Project, a group which will place a life-scale humpback whale and fountain on Juneau's waterfront in recognition of the 50th anniversary of Alaska statehood.

UAA's Doebler helps bring Culinary Arts classes to Juneau
JUNEAU - Tim Doebler, director of the University of Alaska Anchorage Culinary Arts/Hospitality Program, visited Juneau last week to meet with the Juneau School District to finalize a Tech Prep agreement, so that Culinary Arts I and II and Nutrition high school culinary classes will be offered by Thunder Mountain High School's Culinary Arts teacher Kathleen Wiest.

Photo: For the Food Bank
Darren Adams, executivedirector of the Southeast Alaska Food Bank, picks up food donations at Sealaska Corp. headquarters in Juneau on Nov. 13. Sealaska Corp. began a weekly food donation program to run through the holidays, encouraging staff tocontribute to those in need.

Career Connections hosts five-day training seminar
A local youth career program brought several high school students to Juneau this past week for a five-day training seminar about employment opportunities in Alaska's high-growth industries.

Photos: Trail Mix fundraiser
Mary Stone inspects items up for auction Thursday at Trail Mix's barbecue and auction at Centennial Hall.

Thanks for attending the benefit concert for Ray, Bernie Lemons
We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to those who attended the benefit concert for Ray and Bernie Lemons on Nov. 14 at St. Paul's Church.

Thanks for helping at the JLA wine tasting, silent auction
The Juneau Lighthouse Association hosted a wine tasting and silent auction at Nov. 6 at the Hanger Ballroom. Thank you to all who helped make the evening a successful fundraiser for the renovations to Five Finger Lighthouse. We would like to extend a special thank you to Renee Gayhart and Susan Lott for their work on the silent auction baskets. We would like to express our appreciation to Specialty Imports and Odom Corp. for providing an excellent selection of wines, the Hanger Ballroom for the fine food and event space and Tom Locher for his music.

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Juneau earns AAHP Ten Most Endangered Grant
The Alaska Association for Historic Preservation recently announced its awards and grant recipients: Lifetime Achievement Award went to Steve Peterson, of Anchorage; the Restoration Project Award went to Don Corwin, of Skagway; and the Ten Most Endangered Grant went to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Juneau.

Thanks from the Krook family for support during our time of loss
Our family would like to give thanks for all the love and support we recieved from our friends and community during our time of loss. We would like to thank the Moose Lodge for thier support, especially Emily, Mike and Dave, from the Moose, and also those who so generously made trays for the celebration of life for Jorma.

Thank you for the excellent 'Grief and the Holidays' program
The Widowed Persons Program wishes to thank Jamie Mclean, private counselor, and Debbie Sis, Healing Touch practitioner, for their excellent presentation at our "Grief and the Holidays" public program on Nov. 10.

Thanks for making the Special Olympics fundraiser a success
On Saturday, Nov. 7, Special Olympics - Juneau held its annual spaghetti feed fundraiser at Thunder Mountain High School. I would like to thank the following people for making this fundraiser a success. Alaska Litho; The Juneau School District; McDonalds; Pie in the Sky; The Juneau-Douglas High School Girls' Basketball Team; Beth McEwen, Kym Mauseth, Calvin and Kim Oglesbee; Jen Wilwert; Chris & Michelle Umbs; Regan Tweedy and boys; Lisa Haffner; Deb Cokely; Nolan and Ryan Harvey; Gail Fenumiai; Rai and Sue Behnert; Dolores Larson; Laurie Larson; Charley Larson, Lana Larson; Jane Gendron; Sherri Morino; Brenda Flansaas; Dora Joven; Chris Ullrich; Katie Botz; Nancy Walsh; Martha Crockroft; Brenda Johnson and Judy Urquhart.

More than 350 attend Love INC's annual benefit auction
JUNEAU - More than 350 people attended Love In The Name of Christ's fifth annual benefit auction on Friday at Centennial Hall. There were 110 donations ranging in value from $10 to over $600, including many delightful desserts.

Consortium's Frank Sutton earns ACHE Regent's Award
SITKA - SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Chief Operating Officer Frank Sutton has been awarded the Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent's Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation's leading professional society for healthcare leaders.

Dr. Ben Pinney joins consortium dental staff in Juneau
JUNEAU - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is pleased to announce that Ben Pinney, DMD, has joined the dental provider staff at the SEARHC Juneau Dental Clinic.

Dauenhauers to lecture on Russians-Tlingit relations on Tuesday
JUNEAU - Richard and Nora Marks Dauenhauer will give a lecture from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, in the fourth-floor boardroom in the Sealaska building in Juneau. They will discuss relations between Russians and Tlingit from the 1790s through 1818, an era when Russians expanded into Southeast Alaska to take control of the Northwest Coast fur trade.

Consortium posters win international design award
SITKA - A series of four posters created for the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium WISEWOMAN Women's Health Program recently won top honors in the Poster Series category of the 2009 MarCom Creative Awards.

FYI
Births

Fredenberg, Martin wed
Elsa Fredenberg and Conrad Martin, both of Cheney, Wash., were married May 16, 2009, at the Church of the Nazarene in Cheney, Wash. A reception was held at Eastern Washington University.

Teels celebrate 50 years
Phil Teel and Jeannie Sanford were married Nov. 29, 1959, at the Meriden Methodist Church in Meriden, Kansas. The Teels arrived in Juneau in 1960. Their three daughters were all born in Juneau. In 1970, they adopted their son, Art.

Thunder Mountain High School November Falcon of the Month Award: Raandi Miller
Job title: TMHS librarian.

Taking care with conversation
We live in an age of advanced communication, yet often experience the lack of meaningful conversation. Churches, political parties, individuals, friends, family, even nations can become so caught up in personal opinion and agenda that their listening skills get lost. Human well-being can be sacrificed for the almighty need to be right. Job 32:10 declares, "Therefore I say, 'Listen to me; let me also declare my opinion.'" But proverbs 18:2 puts that in perspective when it defines a fool as "one who takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing personal opinion."

The hearing you save may be your own
"How can you sing with your ears ringing?" was one of the questions that came up during a backstage conversation at last weekend's run of "The Mikado."

Recognitions
Floyd Dryden Middle School recently announced its first-quarter honor roll students:

Juneau's generosity is what I'm thankful for
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sea pulled into Juneau on Wednesday, and the following morning about 20 crew members, led by Chief Warrant Officer Joel Moore and Chief Petty Officer Daniel Bitzer, came to the Glory Hole with food, paint brushes, spackling, rollers, coffee and the cheeriest, most pleasant attitudes.

Shield for the public
The following editorial first appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

Hungry vs. 'food insecure'
This week an Agriculture Department study showed that 16.4 million U.S. households containing 49.1 million people experienced "food insecurity" in 2008, up from 12.2 million households containing 36.2 million people in 2007. Fortunately, Congress has already addressed some of the problem with a significant food-stamp boost in the stimulus package adopted in February.

Toe Toon
This week's Toe Toon.

Craig man pleads in sea otter illegal take, hide sale case
ANCHORAGE - A 31-year-old Craig man has pleaded guilty in federal court to felony charges of illegally taking sea otters and selling hides.

Bruce Botelho new president of Alaska Conference of Mayors
JUNEAU - Mayor Bruce Botelho was installed as the president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors, a constituent organization of the Alaska Municipal League, last week.

New Kohring lawyers seeking March date for evidence review
ANCHORAGE - New lawyers for former Rep. Vic Kohring say they'll need until late March to review new evidence turned over by federal prosecutors.

Juneau School Board member gets seat with AASB
JUNEAU - Juneau School Board member Andi Story has been elected to the board of directors for the Association of Alaska School Boards.

Photo: H.S. Wrestling
Thunder Mountain's Brian Koening pins Ketchikan's Cody Streeper-Straight in the second period of their 160-pound consolation match Saturday in theBill Weiss Wrestling Tournament. Full results were not available at press time.

Bears drop four games, each by one goal
It was a tough week for the Juneau-Douglas hockey team after the Crimson Bears dropped four games in four days, each by just one goal, in the Homer End of the Road Shootout.

Sports in Juneau
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Militia movement resurfaces in Alaska
NIKISKI - Norm Olson's genial tone belies his reputation as a radical militiaman, yet here he is, at 63, an affable grandfather explaining why Americans should arm themselves against their government.

Postal service to resume North Pole Santa letters
ANCHORAGE - Wide-eyed children around the world will be hearing from Santa's "elves" at the North Pole after all.

Air taxi emergency landing near Bethel smooth as on runway
BETHEL - An air taxi with eight people aboard made an emergency landing on tundra when the single engine failed on a flight from Bethel to Kipnuk, near the Bering Sea coast.

Alaska diocese says settlement near in abuse suit
FAIRBANKS - The Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks said it's near a financial settlement with a committee representing almost 300 alleged victims of clergy sex abuse.

Blood bank of Alaska closing two donation centers
WASILLA - The Blood Bank of Alaska is closing its donation centers in Wasilla and Soldotna because of a lack of demand.

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