Saturday, November 29, 2008

City officials shop for new alert system
For a long time, the best way to quickly disseminate emergency information en masse was through television and radio. "We interrupt this broadcast to activate the Emergency Alert System" - that sort of thing.

Falling revenue projections top budget concerns
Juneau City Manager Rod Swope said Wednesday he hasn't refined budget plans since the Juneau Assembly was briefed last week on falling revenue projections, but that it is likely to happen in January as the formal budgeting process begins.

25th Public Market opens this weekend
JUNEAU - The 25th annual Public Market - an opportunity to get started on holiday gift shopping - starts today at Centennial Hall and the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Photos: Serving up a traditional Thanksgiving meal
Volunteer servers, from left, Lee Wachmann, Renee Guerin, Peggy Garrison and Jim Carroll, fill up Joe White's plate for his Thanksgiving meal Thursday at the Hangar on the Wharf. The annual traditional Thanksgiving meal was sponsored by the Salvation Army at the restaurant.

Photo: Snagging a bite
Capt. Jack Smith Sr. of the Salvation Army samples some turkey after Representative-elect Cathy Muñoz carves the first turkey Thursday at the start of the annual Thanksgiving meal at the Hangar on the Wharf.

Police & Fire
Reports from police, fire officials and state troopers:

Around Town

Part II: 50 years of Alaska governors
In Part II, we turn back the clock to the first press secretary after statehood.

Dec. 5 gallery walk to feature music
Don't forget your dancing shoes when you begin the Gallery Walk on Dec. 5. Not only have the local merchants and galleries planned a very special evening for the community, but there also will be a "big band" to top off the night.

Skagway team takes top honor at Juneau Robot Jamboree
Of the 15 teams from Juneau, Skagway and Hoonah that met Sunday at Centennial Hall for the second annual Juneau Robot Jamboree, Skagway took home the top honor - winning first for the Champion's Award, second in Robot Performance and first in Teamwork, as well as the Coach of the Year award, which went to Karl Klupar.

Not much has changed in historic Deerfield, Mass.
After 30 years, my husband Don and I returned to Deerfield, Mass., and, just like the Hancock Shaker Village, little had changed in the historic town.

Mendenhall River runs a marathon
Mendenhall River Community School's Marathon Club, composed of approximately 60 kindergarten through fifth-grade students, recently completed their goal of running 26.2 miles.

Crunching the numbers: Staff fund-raise their own Echo Ranch salaries
The youth of Southeast should have every opportunity to spend a week at Echo Ranch Bible Camp. This has been a priority of Echo Ranch from the beginning. One of the ways this is made possible is every staff member raises their own salary.

SERRC brings high schoolers to Juneau
Last week, SERRC - Alaska's Educational Resource Center's Career Connections program - brought high school students to Juneau to learn about employment opportunities in Alaska's high-growth industries.

University seeks entries for Tidal Echoes
JUNEAU - the University of Alaska Southeast is now accepting submissions for its 2009 edition of Tidal Echoes, the region's only literary journal.

World Affairs Council to host David Shorr
JUNEAU - The Juneau World Affairs Council will host David Shorr, program officer at the Stanley Foundation, to present "Unchartered Waters - Steering U.S. Foreign Policy Through Turbulent Times" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at KTOO T.V. Studio, Whittier and Egan downtown.

Auke Bay Volunteer Firefighters to hold tree lighting Sunday
JUNEAU - The Auke Bay Volunteer Firefighters will kick off the Christmas season by bringing back an old community tradition - the lighting of "the tree at the triangle" - at 4 p.m. Sunday at the DeHarts intersection at Auke Bay.

Club to hold Pet Photos with Santa
JUNEAU - The Capital Kennel Club of Juneau will hold its annual Pet Photos with Santa fundraiser this weekend, 4-8 p.m. Friday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at the Mendenhall Mall.

JDU to sponsor second Sugar Plum Fairy Party
JUNEAU - Juneau Dance Unlimited will sponsor its second annual Sugar Plum Fairy Party at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in the Juneau-Douglas High School commons.

Mendenhall Flying Lions Club's holly season starts Dec. 3
JUNEAU - The Mendenhall Flying Lions Club will again have its annual fundraising event selling 18- and 15-inch variegated and solid green holly wreaths, 10-inch candle wreaths, swags and bags of holly during the first three weekends of December at the Nugget Mall.

Thanks for supporting hockey tournament
The Juneau Jamboree would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for making this year's women's hockey tournament a success!

Thank you for doing the beautiful lunch
Thank you to the people of Mountain View lunch room for the beautiful lunch that was given on Nov. 20. It was a magnificent lunch. Thank you to all who helped.

Thanks for 'Walking a Mile in Her Shoes'
As a part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, AWARE held its second annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" 5K run and 1-mile walk in late October. Despite the fresh snow cover, many excited runners and high-heeled walkers turned out for the event. Participants raised funds for AWARE programs and services, and also pledged not to commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women.

Thank you for helping my father
My father, William P.D. Daniels, passed away on May 30, 2007, at his daughter and son-in-law's home. An obituary was written at the time, but people who touched Dad and people who helped in his care, as well as supported me, were not addressed. I wish to do that now.

Pets of the week
The Gastineau Humane Society has plenty of extremely cute and loving spayed and neutered bunny rabbits up for adoption. If you are looking for a sweet, cuddly companion, stop by and meet the gang.

Senior menu for the week of Dec. 1-5
Monday, Dec. 1

FYI
Births

Daniel, Capacci wed
Christina Capacci, of Juneau, and J. Furman Daniel III, of Greenville, S.C., were married on April 5, 2008, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. A reception was held at Fort McNair Officier's Club along the Potomac River during cherry blossom season. There was a fireworks display just outside the reception site in honor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

My Turn: An elected representative puts people 1st
In the United States, we don't really have a "democracy" in the old Greek tradition of all the people voting on each and every issue. We have a representative democracy, in which we elect a few persons to represent our wishes, hopes, desires and best thoughts. We put all of these things on the shoulders of our representatives.

Outside column: How to save banks from toxic assets
This month, the stock market dropped precipitously after the announcement that the emphasis of the Troubled Assets Relief Program would be shifted to direct equity infusions into banks and away from buying their "toxic" mortgages. This change was especially confounding because, when he first proposed TARP, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson suggested that the financial crisis would not end until the mortgage market stabilized. The favorable reaction to the plan to backstop Citigroup's mortgage portfolio, as well as the government's announcement this week that it will buy additional mortgage-backed securities, is powerful evidence that Paulson had it right the first time.

Alaska editorial: We all play a role in economic recovery
Alaska is heads above other states in this economic crisis.

Outside column: Time to refocus on less materialism, simpler life
So - the financial markets, the incoming administration, Thanksgiving. What do you think?

Shooting survivor still in critical condition
JUNEAU - A woman shot by a former employee at an Alaska hospital remains in critical condition.

Seattle man accused of posing as lawyer
EVERETT, Wash. - A Seattle man tried to keep a woman accused of child abuse out of jail by posing as her attorney in a Snohomish County courtroom, according to charging papers.

Bush reaches out to Anchorage soldier
JUNEAU - An Anchorage man serving in Afghanistan received a personal Thanksgiving Day call from President Bush.

Pierce County paying for tips about felons
TACOMA, Wash. - In Pierce County, tipping police to the whereabouts of felons can be profitable.

Down year for Alaska Shootout
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Sure, Maui may be a little better weather.

Village safety program sees boost in numbers
Thanks to a big raise awarded by the Alaska Legislature, the Village Public Safety Officer program has added officers for the first time in years.

Navy SEALS train in Kodiak's cold terrain
KODIAK - Everyone in town knows about the Navy SEAL base on Spruce Cape. Walk along the beach on the cape's north side and soon you'll hit a fence. On the fence, you see a sign saying do not enter and an ominous cutout of a human figure.

Village safety a priority for state's new top cop
The state's new public safety commissioner said bullets whizzed his way just once during his law enforcement career - when he was an 18-year-old village cop in a Northwest Alaska community.

Woman charged in death of her neighbor's horse
FAIRBANKS - A woman from Two Rivers could serve a year in jail if she is convicted on a weapons misconduct charge authorities say is connected to the shooting of her neighbor's horses.

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