Sunday, November 29, 2009

Local shopping experience a letdown
I took to heart the plea in Friday's Juneau Empire to support local businesses. I pulled out the sales ads for four local stores, marked what I wanted, and went shopping with a positive attitude. After two hours, I returned home empty-handed. Not a single item was in stock.

Save Southeast for future generations
I have been fortunate enough to do lots of travelling and each trip served as a reminder that there is truly no place like my Southeast Alaska home. Our surroundings in rural Alaska define our communities and how we live our lives- economically, culturally and socially.

Athletes' drug tests all clean
Though implementation of the Juneau School District's new mandatory random drug testing program has faced hurdles, the 25 high school athletes tested so far have cleared the biggest one.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Around Town
Today, Nov. 29

Officials: Oxy 'epidemic' appears to be tapering
Although there is no quantitative data available to pinpoint exactly how prevalent the OxyContin "epidemic" presently is in Juneau, from an anecdotal standpoint, the opiate-based drug appears to be less problematic now in the capital than it had been several months ago, according to local officials.

Oil revenues leave Alaska unfazed by large tax declines
Alaska had the biggest plunge in tax revenues of any state last quarter, according to a new report from the non-profit Rockefeller Institute.

Photos: Seasoned Shoppers

Mines aim to keep workers happy, reduce turnover
Employee turnover has been a significant problem that has hurt productivity at Alaska's producing underground mines, companies operating the mines reported at the Alaska Miners Association convention Nov. 6.

Images from another time South Franklin Street, 1984
An aerial view of South Franklin Street, the Juneau waterfront and the AJ mine ruins is seen in June 1984. Juneau Cold Storage, in the lower left, was destroyed by a fire in 1987. The large dock on the far right was the Alaska Marine Highway Terminal. The site of the Mount Roberts Tramway is on the right of the dock. The ruins of the AJ mine were demolished in the 1990s.

Photos: Native arts and crafts
Silver: Tlingit artist Brian Chilton engraves a silver bracelet Saturday at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Arts & Crafts fair.

Native American Heritage Month Darryl Brown
Age: 59.

Sharing the warmth
About 25 local high school football players teamed up last week to collect winter gear for homeless people in need.

Five Bartlett nurses receive Nurse of the Year awards
Five nurses from Bartlett Regional Hospital were recognized at the 2009 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year event on Nov. 20 at the Anchorage Sheraton Hotel in Anchorage.

Photos: PJs and pancakes
From left, Riverbend Elementary School literacy leader Karen Doxey, Principal Carmen Mastronardo Katasse and Beaver Ambassadors Franklin San Nicolas, Kara Sepel and Madelyne Johnson help serve pancakes and sausage for breakfast Monday as a schoolwide reward for demonstrating positive Beaver behavior.

Juneau Dance Unlimited to hold third annual Sugar Plum Fairy Party
JUNEAU - Juneau Dance Unlimited will sponsor the third annual Sugar Plum Fairy Party luncheon from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Juneau encouraged to Paint the Town Red for World AIDS Day
JUNEAU - Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day, and the Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association (Four As) is encouraging the entire community to Paint the Town Red: Wear the Original Ribbon. Red Ribbons will be available at many locations throughout Juneau.

Thanks for supporting Douglas tree-lighting
Thank you to Chatham Electric for stringing the lights with their boom truck on to the tree at 1106 Third St. Thanks to the Alaska Department of Transportation and the city Police Department for the street closure permit of part of Third Street during our event.

Senior menu for week of Nov. 30-Dec. 4
Monday, Nov. 30

Thanks for attending the Mendenhall Flying Lions Club barbecue
Would like to take this opportunity to graciously say thank you to everyone who participated in the 14th annual American Diabetes Association barbecue and auction on Nov. 7 at G.W. Teal's and making this our best year ever.

Thanks for making a donation to AWARE for the holidays
Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies Inc. (AWARE) offers our gratitude to Scott V. Spickler and Linda Egan, of Spickler/Egan Financial Services, for their generous and innovative holiday donation to AWARE.

Hats for Homeless
At least Juneau's homeless will have warm heads this winter. Eleven sixth-grade Girl Scouts recently made more than 80 hats for the homeless as part of their annual community service project.

Thank you for helping students explore careers in recent job shadow
SERRC - Alaska's Educational Resource Center's Career Connections program is a week-long program that offers high school students the opportunity to job shadow, learn job-seeking skills, and participate in job exploration activities.

FYI
Births

Parsons, Schwan wed
Sara Elizabeth Morehouse Parsons, of Juneau, and Stephen See Schwan, of Kennewick, Wash., were married Oct. 30, 2008, at The Molokini Lookout at the Wailea Golf Resort in Wailea, Hawaii. A reception immediately followed at the Seawatch Restaurant at the Wailea Golf Resort.

Shumway, Parkin to wed
Crystal Yvette Shumway, of Utah, and James William Parkin V, of Angoon, will marry Dec. 4, 2009, at the Angoon Alaska Elementary School. Friends and family are invited to the ceremony and reception, which will immediately follow.

Sex, drugs and gangs: A look at school dress codes
"When (girls) have writing on the butt of their sweatpants, it makes me feel awkward," said Juneau-Douglas High School sophomore Zac Watt, referring to the school sweatpants. "It is like they are giving me permission to look at their butt."

Send in the clones: Firefox and the Overwhelmerati
There is a secret society called the Overwhelmerati, whose goal is to overwhelm us with cool, free software. You might think they do this in order to distract us, so they can do things like melt the polar ice caps and sell mortgage default swap guarantees when we aren't looking. But no. Their mission is to promote cloning.

We all owe the pilgrims
The modern celebration of Thanksgiving, apart from football games and reading the ads to plan your Black Friday shopping spree, is a family oriented day of remembrances and thankfulness.

London and celebrating Shakespeare's birthday
April 23 is Shakespeare's birthday. My husband, Don, and I celebrated the bard's birthday by visiting St. James Park, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and enjoying the musical "Billy Elliot."

Cynthia Marie Phillips
Juneau resident and former Sitka resident Cynthia Marie Phillips died Nov. 21, 2009, at home in Juneau. She was 19.

Distractions, driving can be a deadly combination
By all accounts, Joe Teater was a youngster with tremendous promise: smart, popular, interested in making movies and videos. But the 12-year-old Michigan boy was killed in 2004 when a driver ran a red light and smashed into the car in which Joe and his mother were riding. The driver who hit Joe's car didn't see the red light because she was talking on her cellphone.

The FBI needs more access to gun-purchase records
The news from Fort Hood shocked the nation: American soldiers shot on American soil. Thirteen dead and 38 injured. It was almost too terrible to believe. Almost.

Dear Mr. President: Please don't forget to pardon humans, too
As his daughters and others watched on Wednesday, President Obama followed long-standing tradition and pardoned two turkeys in honor of Thanksgiving Day. The 40-pound Butterballs, Courage and Carolina, were flown to California and will live out their days at Disneyland.

Toe Toon
This week's toe toon.

Trooper involved in shooting identified
FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers have released the name of the officer who fatally shot a naked man holding a knife.

Parnell orders flags lowered for Phillips
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has ordered that state flags be lowered in honor of Brad Phillips, a tourism pioneer and former state senator.

Fired Fla. manager dropped from job list
ANCHORAGE - A Florida town administrator who was fired because he married an adult film actress has been dropped as a finalist for a city manager job in Alaska.

Police searching for missing 19-year-old
KETCHIKAN - The Ketchikan Police Department is looking for a 19-year-old man who has been missing since Sunday.

Better with age
As the proverb goes, revenge is a dish best served cold, and the Geezers handed it to the Chicks 4-0 on the ice at Treadwell Arena on Saturday.

Deafness doesn’t deter Brewer
Like any good cheerleader, UAA’s Michaela Brewer has a fine sense of rhythm, tempo and timing, dancing effortlessly to the beat of whatever hip-hop music bumps through the arena. But unlike her teammates, Brewer has never once heard a crucial element of her cheerleading performance.

Sports in Juneau
17th Annual Holiday Cup — The Holiday Cup Competitive Indoor Soccer Tournament will be held Dec. 19-31, with six coed divisions: Elementary grades 4-5 (minimum age 9); middle school grades 6-8; junior high grades 9 through age 16; Senior Division ages 17-20; Masters Division ages 21-39; Classic Division ages 40 and over. Coaches and managers interested in sponsoring a team must submit a roster by 5 p.m. on Dec. 4, dropped off at the Law Offices of Dillon & Findley at 350 N. Franklin St.

Anti-abortion proposal heads to Alaska court
ANCHORAGE - Opponents of a ballot initiative designed to outlaw abortion in Alaska by declaring fetuses "legal persons" are challenging it in court.

Wasilla council listens to annexation concerns
WASILLA - The people who live just outside Wasilla want to keep it that way.

Seward Highway reopens after avalanche blocks traffic
The Seward Highway is open again, about 24 hours after an avalanche blocked traffic in both directions.

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