Monday, November 22, 2010

Republican Party failed in its attempt to oust Murkowski
In the GOP primary elections this year, I wanted to vote for Sen. Lisa Murkowski. I am a registered Democrat. Mine was a questioned ballot because my name was not on my precinct register. I was told for this reason I could not vote for Murkowski. I was told the Republican primary was closed to me.

Sending Murkowski back will keep D.C. broken
Washington D.C. is broken. You have to change the players to fix the game. How can you send Sen. Lisa Murkowski back? She is part of the problem, not part of the solution. We here in Wisconsin did our part by voting out Sen. Russ Feingold. Alaska, you let us down.

Spirit of Romeo rises over old roaming grounds
The familiar howl came in Saturday afternoon's winter wind.

Retired Supreme Court judge back behind the Juneau bench
"This sounds like a triumph of hope over experience," the judge said, looking at a defendant who hadn't quite been keeping up with his appointed probation rules. "I think you have failed miserably in following what was asked of you, but the DA and your attorney have already reached an agreement. So I am going to ask that these remarks be transcribed so the next judge can read them. Do you understand?"

Nave makes it official
The Supreme Court of the State of Alaska officially installed Juneau attorney Thomas Nave as Judge of the District Court of Alaska on Friday in the Supreme Court Courtroom of the Dimond Courthouse in Juneau.

Photo: Experiments head into space
The contrail of a Minotaur IV is visible at sunset Friday as the rocket lifts off from the Kodiak Launch Complex Kodiak Island. The rocket, the third Minotaur IV to be launched, lifted off as scheduled at about 4:25 p.m. It rose above the island off Alaska's coastline and was carrying 16 experiments on seven satellites.

Ervin omnibus hearing rescheduled
Editor's note: The following story contains a description of an alleged crime of a sexual nature. Readers are encouraged to use their own discretion when reading.

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.

Jail-themed drive rakes in nearly 7 tons of food
Many extra mouths will be fed this Thanksgiving thanks to some charitable efforts Friday at the Alaskan & Proud grocery store. The Southeast Alaska Food Bank and Juneau Radio Center raised 13,747 pounds of food at its jail-themed food drive.

Photo: A glow on Gold Ridge
An almost full moon rises Thursday over Gold Ridge and the Mt. Roberts Tramway.

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.

Library awards winners of bookmark contest
Juneau Public Libraries has announced the winners of its annual bookmark contest for children. A panel of five judges reviewed 1,827 entries, choosing one winner and two honorable mentions for each grade level from preschool to high school. Winners received gift certificates from The Amazing Bookstore and Hearthside Books.

Photo: Serving for the hungry
Thunder Mountain High School students participate in the recently held Oxfam America Hunger Banquet.

JDHS students recognized
On Nov.17, eight students were recognized by Juneau-Douglas High School staff for their contributions to improving the school. The celebration included congratulatory words by new principal Ryan Alsup, with assistant principal Paula Casperson presenting each student with a pin and a legislative citation recognizing his or her special accomplishment. Students, parents and staff enjoyed lunch prepared by the JDHS Parent Group following the ceremony.

Skan, Adkinson Jr. wed
Alexandra Elizabeth Skan and Larry David Atkinson Jr. were married Nov. 20, 2010 at St. Brendan's Church. A reception followed the ceremony.

Pets of the week
VELVET

Neighbors' policy
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Posters encourage smokers to quit
For 35 years, the American Cancer Society has designated the third Thursday in November as the Great American Smokeout. This year, tobacco users were encouraged to either make a "quit plan" or to actually quit using tobacco on that day.

Planetarium presents Chinese multimedia show
The Marie Drake Planetarium will present a multimedia show, "Chinese people, at work, at play," at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 23.

Unitarian Fellowship to hold poverty forum
The Social Justice Committee of Juneau's Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has chosen "Poverty" as its focus of work this year. A free forum will take place at 10 a.m. on Dec. 5 at the Temple Sukkat Shalom, 211 Cordova Street. The forum will examine the effect of homelessness and hunger on children.

Public welcome to attend tree lighting
The Douglas 4th of July Committee, Douglas United Methodist Church and the City and Borough of Juneau Parks and Recreation are sponsoring a tree lighting program from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 26. The program will begin with a tuba Christmas concert at the Methodist church, followed by a tree lighting ceremony between the church and Waterwheel Plaza at 1106 Third St. At 7:45 p.m., children 12 and under are invited to a free skate at the Treadwell Ice Arena with Santa and his merry elves.

Scholarship program open to Alaska residents
Capital City Fire/Rescue is taking applications for openings and for an eligibility list for its scholarship program. The Capital City Fire/Rescue scholarship program is open to Alaska residents planning to attend University of Alaska Southeast.

Photo: Women of Distinction named
AWARE, Inc. (Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies) has announced the Women of Distinction for 2011. Clockwise from back left, Susan Cox, Debi Ballam, Diana Stevens and Selena Everson will be honored for their service on behalf of women and children on March 12 at AWARE's annual fundraiser at Centennial Hall.

What is hypnosis?
Most everyone has heard of hypnosis to stop smoking or lose weight. These two programs may even be tax deductible (see IRS Publication 502). Some may also know about its use for pain or stress management, but there are many other hypnosis applications, including phobias, self-confidence, sports performance, depression, insomnia, concentration, relationships and regression therapy. Hypnosis for therapeutic purposes, or hypnotherapy, can benefit aspects of your personal, work, family or recreational life.

FYI
Recent births at Bartlett Regional Hospital:

Senior menu
Monday, Nov. 22

Recognition
Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) Capt. Thomas Moore accepted the Honored Seafarer Award Nov. 13 during the Admiral of the Ocean Sea award ceremony in New York City. AMHS and the Taku crew were honored for a rescue Taku's crew performed Oct. 13, 2009. The 352-foot Taku departed Juneau and was sailing to Hoonah when a call for help came over the ship's radio. The Alaskan Pride's captain, Mike Worthington of Kake, reported an engine room fire growing out of control. Worthington and Darren Manual of Spokane, Wash., broadcast a mayday call and abandoned the 55-foot boat for a life raft. Taku diverted course in 35-knot winds and 10-foot seas to pull the uninjured fishers to safety.

Southeast Senior Services drivers receive training
Over four days in October, senior service drivers serving 14 Southeast Alaska communities participated in an intensive, professional training workshop at the Catholic Community Service (CCS) Training Center in Juneau. Participants included drivers from the Aangoon Shu Senior Center, Craig/Klawock Senior Center, Haines/Klukwan Senior Center, Hoonah Senior Center, Juneau Care-A-Van, Kake Senior Center, Ketchikan/Saxman Senior Center, Swan Lake Senior Center/Sitka Care-A-Van, Skagway Senior Center, Wrangell Senior Center and Yakutat Senior Center.

Volunteer Opportunity of the Week
Organization: Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) Outdoor Recreation and Community Access (ORCA)

Thanks for supporting Warren Miller film
The Eaglecrest Snowsports School recently presented Warren Miller's annual ski movie, "Wintervention." The dramatic footage of skiers and boarders descending slopes around the world inspired us for the coming season.

Thanks for feeding at hunger banquet
Thank you to the members of the Thunder Mountain High School Model United Nations and National Honors Society who worked together to organize and run our recent Oxfam America Hunger Banquet. Thanks to their hard work and dedication, we raised $200 and collected several boxes of food to donate to the Southeast Alaska Food Bank. A big thank you also to the TMHS Chamber Orchestra for providing us some pre-dinner music, Susan and Drew Sielbach for sharing their experience as Peace Corps volunteers in Gabon, our anonymous donor for the beautiful flowers for our centerpieces and Rhonda Hickock for administrative support. Thanks especially to the families and friends who came out to the event.

Queen For A Day a huge success
Eagles Auxiliary 4200 would like to thank everyone who helped make our Queen For A Day fundraiser, held Nov. 6, a huge success. Thank you to our queen candidates Rick White, Billy Bonn, Jesse Cohen, Mike McCrea, John Degera, Russell White and Travis Lewis. We definitely could not have done it without you! Also, a great big thank you to Jeff McCoy of TAKU 105 who volunteered his time and services to emcee our event. Money raised will go to Diabetes research and to scholarships.

Thanks, hockey moms
On Oct. 23, The Blue Line Club, a booster parent club, and the Juneau Douglas Ice Association held their third annual "Shots on Goal" fundraising event.

One barnacle at a time
Thanks to all who supported The Whale Project at the recent Bubble Feed Dinner. We raised $13,000 toward the life-scale bronze sculpture and fountain for Juneau's Waterfront. This monument will be a fitting tribute to the 50th anniversary of Alaska Statehood, just as another of Skip Wallen's Juneau landmarks - the "Windfall Fisherman" sculpture of the brown bear across from the Capitol and state courthouse - is a tribute to the 25th anniversary of statehood.

June Dorothy Pegues
June Pegues passed away Nov. 13, 2010, in Federal Way, Wash. She was born on June 2, 1929, to Charlie and Annie (Johnson) Bennett. She was Deisheetaan Raven-Beaver from the Raven House of Angoon and her Tlingit name was Aan yax sax eex. June had a beautiful soprano voice, she sang in the choir, and graduated from Sheldon Jackson in 1947.

Jim J. Whistler
Jim J. Whistler passed away Nov. 7, 2010, in Mesa, Ariz.

Outside editorial: Keeping a clean House
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Outside editorial: GOP, don't overreach
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Message for McConnell: Return to the Sandbox
Voters sent all kinds of messages to Congress this last election, including fix the economy, reduce the deficit and shrink government. However, according to post-election polls, one of the strongest messages from the electorate is Americans are sick and tired with gridlock. As much as 80 percent of the voting population want the parties to work together to solve our ever looming problems. But how do we get there in this era of 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week news that shines a spotlight on conflict and controversy at every turn?

My Turn: Juneau's Poverty, part 1
Editor's note: This My turn is the first in a series of monthly opinion pieces addressing poverty in Juneau.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Thanksgiving: A Fundamental National Holiday
Although Thanksgiving is observed by Americans of all faiths, as well as by those who are not religious, this day on which we gather in our gratitude for all that we have been given, comes to us from the very beginnings of our national experience. It is an observance with deep roots in the Christian belief and piety of our forebearers who came to this country.

Stop using 'rape' as a metaphor
Editor's note: The subject of the following commentary is on a subject of sexual nature. Readers are encouraged to use their own discretion when reading.

AMHS to make first sailing to Gustavus on Tuesday
The Alaska Marine Highway System will make it's first sailing to Gustavus on Tuesday, according to a release from the state Department of Transportation & Public Facilities.

Crash injures Anchorage police officer
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a sport utility vehicle drifted into an oncoming lane and collided with a police cruiser, injuring both drivers.

Anchorage police officer injured in crash
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say an officer has been injured in a car crash.

Nondalton man charged with attempted murder
NONDALTON - A 41-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder and felony assault for knife attacks on two women in the village of Nondalton.

Fairbanks mayor tries to find pollution compromise
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks' Air Pollution Control Commission is set to consider a measure that would scale back regulations on wood-smoke emissions but prohibit the installation of old stoves.

Akiak man held on stabbing charge
AKIAK - A 32-year-old Akiak man has been charged with stabbing one family member and assaulting another. Alaska State Troopers say alcohol was involved.

Mother gets new charges after death of 3-year-old
BETHEL - A woman charged with the beating death of her 3-year-old son now faces a first-degree murder charge.

Moderate quake shakes Aleutian's Andreanof Islands
ANCHORAGE - Geologists say a moderate earthquake has rattled part of Alaska's remote Aleutian Islands.

Fairbanks man charged with stabbing sister
FAIRBANKS - A 49-year-old Fairbanks man has been charged with stabbing his sister in the chest with a 12-inch kitchen knife.

26 nations represented at Juneau World Cup
In the second-ever Juneau 3v3 World Cup, players ages 7-14 played in an all-day soccer tournament without the supervision of coaches or parents to help them gain team building and problem solving skills at Dimond Park Field House.

Mt. Edgecumbe wins Pilot
The Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain wrestling teams had one chance to perform in front of the home crowd this season, but each school found itself looking up at Mt. Edgecumbe and Ketchikan at the end of the day.

Reishus rules Roughhouse
Craig Reishus' mother Susan couldn't look at the ring Friday night at Marlintini's Lounge during the showcase bout. She couldn't listen to the sounds of muscle-laden kicks and punches impacting bare skin.

JDHS dumps Delta Junction
Juneau-Douglas inched above .500 on the year with a 5-2 win over visiting Delta Junction, improving a to 4-3 after completing a successful weekend sweep of the Huskies at Treadwell Arena.

College Watch
• Former Southeast preps playing college basketball

Maria Weyhrauch talks present and future
Right-outside hitter in the fall and post during the winter, Juneau-Douglas' Maria Weyhrauch shines on both the volleyball and basketball court. The six-foot-two-inch senior recently returned from the volleyball state tournament where JDHS placed fourth overall and was also a contributing factor in the Crimson Bears' front court on last year's basketball state championship winning team. Weyhrauch said she likes to stay actively involved at school and enjoys having a voice in the decision making process but in her free time she's happy just "kickin' it with friends".

SE College Season averages
• Cumulative season statistics for former Southeast preps playing college basketball

Juneau, state unemployment rates move higher
The unemployment rate in Alaska and Juneau edged up a bit last month, but state economists say that is to be expected with the wind-down of the summer tourist and construction seasons.

Fishermen take advantage of engine program
KODIAK - A new state loan program to encourage fishermen to upgrade their engines is gaining momentum in Kodiak.

Miller wins opportunity to block vote certification
A federal judge has said if Senate candidate Joe Miller sues Alaska in state court by Monday, he'll stop the state from certifying the results of the disputed U.S. Senate election in which write-in candidate Sen. Lisa Murkowski has the most votes.

Fish and Game studying Kenai River trout
KENAI - The bow of Tony Eskelin's boat sinks down into the glacial blue waters of the Kenai River as he cuts the throttle and reaches for the large antennae mounted to the side of the boat's center console.

Cancer drug shortage hits Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - A national shortage of a chemotherapy drug has hit Anchorage.

Memorial planned Monday for F-22 pilot
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON - The Air Force has scheduled a memorial service Monday afternoon for an F-22 pilot who was apparently killed when his plane crashed 100 miles north of Anchorage.

McAdams returns to quieter life in Sitka
SIKTA - Scott McAdams was back at work last week as head of the local Community Schools program.

Wrangell school earns distinctive award
Wrangell School District's Evergreen Elementary is one of two schools in the state to be recognized with a Blue Ribbon Award.

NY judge orders Gawker to pull Palin book pages
NEW YORK - A federal judge on Saturday ordered Gawker Media to pull leaked pages of Sarah Palin's forthcoming book "America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag" from its blog.

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