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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Boy dies from gunshot wound
A teenage boy who was shot in the Mendenhall Valley has died.

Initial tests: no danger in suspicious powder
ANCHORAGE - A white powder mailed to the Alaska governor's office in Juneau did not contain harmful material, according to initial tests performed by state health officials.

City's avalanche expert's career started in college
For 12 years, Tom Mattice made his rounds inspecting snow and avalanche conditions for snowcat skiers in the Cascade Mountains of Washington before becoming Juneau's new avalanche forecaster.

Photo: Tulsequah talk
Tim Davies, of Redfern Resources Ltd., talks to a heated crowd of just more than 130 people Thursday night at Centennial Hall. Davies was part of a discussion group in a public information meeting on Redfern's air-cushion barging proposal for the Tulsequah Chief mine project in British Columbia.

Photo: Holiday spirit
Harborview Elementary School first, second and third graders wave their hands, donned with gloves and bells, to a song called "Jingle Jive" during the annual Winter Concert on Thursday night. All classes in the school participated in the concert.

Police & Fire
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Around Town
Today, Dec. 12

City museum gets FRESH ART
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum recently acquired new art by five local artists - Dan DeRoux, Rie Muñoz, Salty Hanes, Trevor Gong and Ella Bentley - through the Rasmuson Art Acquisition Fund. These pieces will be on exhibit Jan. 2-31 in the museum's Recent Acquisitions Exhibit.

Celebrating through the Christmas clutter
A small mountain of red dresses is sitting in the passenger seat of my car. The sizes attest to how long they have been hanging around my house - sizes 2T through 5T. Two questions really come to mind when I see this pile. First, why does my kid need six Christmas dresses? And second, why haven't I gotten rid of ones that no longer fit?

CASA volunteers seek to affect children's lives
I am a Court Appointed Special Advocate. We are citizen volunteers who advocate for children and youth in state custody. In Alaska, all children in state custody due to abuse or neglect are assigned a guardian ad litem (GAL).

Consortium's treatment programs earn CARF accreditation
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs recently received a three-year accreditation by CARF International, an international accrediting organization.

Ketchikan resident shares Christmas Cauliflower recipe
Family, friends, fun and sharing - it's that time of year. Remember, AAE is where it happens. Do you have a favorite recipe you would like share with our readers? Are you looking for a lost holiday favorite? Send in your recipes and requests.

Local praises Quest University
During my first month-long course at Quest University Canada, I swam in ice cold rivers, calculated how much CO2 a horse produces per day, discovered human nature and realized that I am attending one of the most inspiring and innovative universities in the world.

Using heart chakra energy
"The light shines in the darkness and the darkness grasps it not" - Prologue to the Gospel of John.

Ten Alaska communities to benefit from Safe Routes to School grants
The Department of Transportation & Public Facilities announced today that it has approved 10 applications for grants to the department-administered Safe Routes to School program.

Skylar Cooney: Painter
Age: 7.

SADD to host 'Tie One On For Safety' Campaign
With holidays right around the corner, the Students Against Destructive Decisions at Juneau-Douglas High School have taken up a campaign to raise awareness about the dramatic increase in impaired driving throughout the season. The "Tie One On For Safety" campaign, which is to begin Dec. 15 and end after the turn of the New Year, consists of members of the community tying red SADD ribbons to the antenna of their vehicle to pledge their support to drive safe and sober during the holidays. SADD Ribbons can be found at locally owned grocery and liquor stores throughout Juneau when the campaign is officially launched.

Cooperative Church Council to hold annual Advent lunch Dec. 18
JUNEAU - The Cooperative Church Council will hold its annual Advent lunch at noon Thursday, Dec. 18, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, on the corner of 10th Street and Glacier Avenue.

Juneau Jazz & Classics to host Barney McClure
JUNEAU - Barney McClure, world-class jazz pianist, teacher and accompanist, will return to Juneau to offer a five-day cabaret workshop, from Jan. 25 to 29 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Photo: A French Christmas
Thunder Mountain High School students in Mary Soltys' French classes learned about a French Christmas tradition on Friday, Dec. 5. Dec. 6 is the day that French children in northern and eastern parts of France leave their shoes outside for Père No l (Saint Nick) in the hopes that he might leave them a surprise. He made an unexpected detour to Juneau on Friday before going to France, Soltys said.

SAGA to hold holiday open house at its Eagle Valley Center
JUNEAU - There will be a Holiday Open House at the Southeast Alaska Guidance Association's Eagle Valley Center all day Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 24600 Amalga Harbor Road, 24-mile Glacier Highway.

Gastineau Channel Senior Centers to hold annual gift wrap fundraiser
JUNEAU - The Gastineau Channel Senior Centers' Advisory Board will hold its annual gift wrap fundraiser at the Nugget Mall beginning Saturday and running until Christmas Eve.

Photo: Earning an Eagle Scout
Troop 6 Scoutmaster Ron Josephson, left, congratulates Ben Weyhrauch on earning his Eagle Scout Award, which was presented at a Nov. 30 Court of Honor at the Log Chapel at Chapel by the Lake Church. Eagle Scout is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts. For his Eagle Scout project, Weyhrauch constructed an interpretive kiosk at the Egan Drive inbound turnout to the Mendenhall Wetlands. Weyhrauch's mentor for the project was ADF&G area management biologist Ryan Scott. Weyhrauch is a member of Troop 6, sponsored by Chapel by the Lake in Auke Bay. Troop 6 Committee Chairman Chris Gianotti, District Committee Chair Duane Gates, and Warren Russell, district commissioner, assisted in the Court of Honor.

Thanks for giving my father special care
I would like to thank Dr. John Raster for the special care he gave my father last week during his visit to Juneau. My father is 82 years old and has a long list of health concerns. He had to go into the emergency room twice during his two-week visit (including Thanksgiving night) due to some minor but troubling circumstances. Raster made a special appointment to see my father even though he wasn't keeping office hours and was still moving back to his office after getting new carpet. He saw my father and patched him up just in time for my father's flight home. I could see the relief in my father's face after we visited Raster. His expert touch and his caring manner put my dad at ease for the long trip home.

Thanks for contributing to our recent raffle
The Juneau Raptor Center recently concluded a very successful raffle. We have seven happy winners!

Thank you for the delightful production of the 'Nutcracker'
The incredible variety and quality of the arts in Juneau was on full display recently in Juneau Dance Unlimited's performance of the "Nutcracker." With new costumes, new sets and terrific dancing by the guest artists and talented local performers, the show was a delight. It reminds me once again that we are fortunate to live in an amazingly talented community. To all those who contributed to the show, either on the stage or behind the scenes, bravo!

Thanks for supporting 'Grief and the Holidays'
The Widowed Persons Program wishes to thank Jamie McLean for her exceptional presentation during our public "Grief and the Holidays" program in November. This was our most successful program since we started sponsoring this community event several years ago. We also want to thank the Widowed Persons members for assisting with room decorations, providing food and assuring that all of the participants felt welcome at this special program.

Thank you to Spickler and Egan for their holiday donation
Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies (AWARE Inc.) offers our gratitude to Scott V. Spickler and Linda Egan, of Spickler/Egan Financial Services, for their generous and innovative holiday donation to AWARE. This year Spickler/Egan decided to forgo a holiday greeting card to their clients, business associates and friends and instead chose to contribute funds for a big, warm, delicious special holiday breakfast for the women and children in residence for safe shelter at AWARE. We are delighted to be able to celebrate with breakfast feasts for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, and then some!

Thanks for making marvelous theater
I am now convinced that Katie Jensen and Aaron Elmore could make exciting theater out of a grocery list - and bring you to tears over it too. "The Little Prince," Antoine de Saint-Exupery's fanciful tale of a visitor from another planet, is much more than a grocery list, of course, but when I went to see Theatre in the Rough's production last weekend, I expected the allegorical nature of the story would make for a rather two-dimensional play. And in fact, the play seems light on character development and lighter still on compelling dialogue - I noticed a few times when Elmore's acting seemed to strain a bit to find the drama in his lines.

FYI
Births

Senior menu for the week of Dec. 15-19
Monday, Dec. 15

Williams celebrate 65 years
Lifelong Juneau residents Dean and Edna Williams celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with their family on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, 2008. They were married in Juneau on Nov. 27, 1943, at Northern Light Church and held their wedding reception at the Baranof Hotel. As they have on each of their wedding anniversaries, with the exception of one year during World War II, when Dean was serving in the Army, Dean and Edna returned to the Baranof Hotel on this special anniversary to raise a toast to their long and happy marriage.

Tatham, Cook to wed
Christine Hansen Tatham, of Juneau, and Robert Morgan Cook, of Lake Chelan, Wash., will marry on Jan. 3, 2009, at Northern Light United Church, 400 W. 11th St.

Hilda H. See
Lifelong Hoonah resident Hilda H. See died Dec. 8, 2008, at Wildflower Court in Juneau. She was 90.

Donald Bullock Sr.
Ketchikan resident Donald Mackenzie Bullock Sr. died Dec. 7, 2008, in Ketchikan. He was 85.

My Turn: Turning to the business of governing
As families across Alaska gave thanks for their many blessings during Thanksgiving, I know many are equally thankful that the long election season is finally over. After a two-year presidential campaign and close and intense Alaska races that resulted in extra innings ballot-counting, we now turn to the business of governing.

Alaska editorial: Poor education report reflects demographics
A report giving poor marks to higher education in Alaska says more about the characteristics of Alaska's population than it does about the quality of our university.

Outside column: U.N. representative's past casts shadow over Human Rights Council's mission
Millions of Americans believe that the September 11 attacks were not the work of Muslim fundamentalists. They like to call the strikes "false flag" operations - a conspiracy planned and executed by the Bush administration.

Power outage disables ferry
JUNEAU - The fast ferry Chenega departed Juneau today, after being disabled by a Tuesday power outage while connected to shoreside power in Auke Bay.

FBI: Murder victim likely visited park
ANCHORAGE - An FBI witness says murdered nurse Mindy Schloss was taken to a wooded area of Anchorage's Kincaid Park before her body was found later in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Fort Rich employee has Legionnaires' disease
FORT RICHARDSON - A civilian employee in a laundry facility at Fort Richardson has been diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease.

Refinery operator says funding out
FAIRBANKS - The operator of a North Pole refinery says it has decided not to invest additional resources into the facility, but is in talks with the state about ways to keep the facility open.

JDHS grapplers hit state
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team has yet to face a Kodiak wrestler this season. Well, get ready for some bear-on-bear violence.

Bears hockey hosts MAC foe Houston
The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team will take a second crack at their new list of rivals in the Mid-Alaska Conference this weekend when they host Houston (0-0 MAC, 3-4 overall) tonight and Saturday at Treadwell Arena.

Interior affirms 'special rule' for polar bears
ANCHORAGE - As Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne announced new rules to reduce the influence of federal scientists on endangered species decisions, he also made permanent a "special rule" that will block steps that could protect threatened polar bears.

Lawsuit seeks Todd Palin e-mails
ANCHORAGE - A former state worker has filed a lawsuit seeking state e-mails that included Gov. Sarah Palin's husband.

Begich names 4 to positions
ANCHORAGE - Sen.-elect Mark Begich has a message for Alaskans concerned that a fresh face in Washington, D.C., means a power vacuum for the state now that Sen. Ted Stevens has been ousted and Rep. Don Young has given up his leadership position.

Pilot faulted in crash
ANCHORAGE - The National Transportation Safety Board says a pilot's poor decision-making and inadequate planning caused a plane crash in Southeast Alaska that killed six people, including members of an Oregon family.

Hastings wins post
WASHINGTON - Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington state will be the top Republican on the House Natural Resources Committee when Congress convenes in January.

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