Thursday, December 20, 2007

Web reveals Granny All-Star League
For all the women over 50 who are excluded from the Gold Medal games but still want to play basketball, there is some hope - the Granny All-Star League.

Keep the fast ferries going next year
The Department of Transportation apparently will not provide fast ferry service between Juneau, Haines and Skagway next spring and summer.

Shocked over Cascade Point talks
Along with the rest of the community, I was shocked to learn about the city-facilitated negotiations that secretly took away Goldbelt's property rights at Cascade Point.

Democracy requires tolerance, not blame
David Fremming wonders how we have a system which allows an organization such as Southeast Alaska Conservation Council to "assume power" (Dec. 17), and blames our system for "allowing it."

Mayor, SEACC need to explain themselves
No matter how much the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council and the mayor rationalize what was said and done in the secret negotiations for Cascade Point, no Native was present when they were making decisions for Native lands.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported

Around Town

Correction
The Juneau Empire incorrectly described the "Jones Act" in an article on page A-1 in Tuesday's paper. The "Jones Act" is the common name of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920.

Photo: There's a car under here somewhere
Bianca Carpeneti scrapes snow from her car Tuesday on Seventh Street. "I'm getting soft," Carpeneti, a Stanford University student visiting her family for the holidays, said about dealing with the snow. Today's forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of snow.

Teen violinist shares gift of music with seniors
Presents come in all shapes and sizes during the holiday season, and for the last several years, 16-year-old violinist Franz Felkl has been giving the gift of music to the elderly.

City's urban avalanche forecast canceled
Juneau's residents will not be provided avalanche warnings this winter since the Juneau Assembly could not reach an agreement with a forecaster to fund the service.

Around Town

Public weighs in on plans for high schools
The public's first chance to comment on the final transition plan for opening a second high school and reforming high school education in Juneau brought students and parents to the microphone.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported no major incidents Tuesday.

Rule change could cost Juneau $68 million
The city weighed in Wednesday on a proposed change in the interpretation of a maritime law that could cost the Juneau economy an estimated $186 million and drop sales tax revenues by $3.4 million annually.

Sanford steps aside as deputy mayor
Merrill Sanford resigned as Juneau's deputy mayor Tuesday morning following a Monday night Juneau Assembly debate on his resolution to place a one-year moratorium on city capital improvement projects. The resolution failed with a 4-to-4 Assembly vote. One member was missing.

Photo: Laying tracks
John Kern skis Wednesday morning across frozen Mendenhall Lake. Many cross-country skiers were in the area to take advantage of sunny skies and fresh snow. The weather forecast calls for one more day of mostly clear skies before more snow falls Friday.

Photo: That's a wrap
Marilyn Clark, front, of the Juneau Retired Teachers Association, and Larry Bussone of the Southeast Senior Services wrap gifts Wednesday at the Nugget Mall as part of the the Juneau Nutrition Program holiday wrapping fundraiser.

Photo: Open space in downtown Juneau, 1940 Images from another time
A photograph of Juneau in 1940 shows the tidelands before the landfill project. The open area is the site is where Centennial Hall is now located. Several buildings in the photo still exist today, including the Malaspina Apartments, far left.

Baines celebrate 20 years
Roger and Kelly Baines celebrated their 20th anniversary on Kaanapali Beach in Maui, Hawaii. They were married in Juneau on Dec. 10, 1987. They continue to reside in Juneau with their two sons, Daniel and Kyler.

Photo: Food bank donation
Mitch and Monique Mitchell, at right and left, owners of the Super 8 Motel in Juneau, donate more than 95 pounds of nonperishable food items, in the amount of $440, Dec. 12 to the Southeast Alaska Food Bank.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for donating to Glacier Valley

Neighbors Digest
Church council hosts Advent lunch; China Joe to speak at City Museum Feb. 2

Coast Guard in the community
Many people don't realize the extent of responsibility taken on when signing up for the United States Coast Guard. New recruits are welcomed with heavy qualification manuals, perpetually replaced upon completion.

How two lumps of coal can be prized possessions
Two lumps of coal sit on a curio shelf in our house, resting among our finest trinkets and collectibles. There is nothing visibly remarkable about them, no special features that make them unique, nothing outwardly portrayed that set them apart from any other specimens of coal.

Metcalfes celebrate 30 years
Mac and Ann Metcalfe, of Juneau, will celebrate 30 years of marriage on Dec. 30, 2007. A party in their honor will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 the home of Kim Metcalfe, 730 Gold St. Friends are invited to attend.

Living and Growing: Let's all say the word
A Nony Mous has written many exceptional items over the years. This one, it seems to me, is so good it's crying out to be used right now. (I confess I should like very much to be able to say I wrote it!)

Weed, Juhl wed
Jessica Rae Weed, of Juneau, and Eric Juhl, of Prescott Valley, Ariz., were married Sept. 17, 2007, in Prescott Valley.

Buster, Lindoff wed
Danielle Buster and Kamal Lindoff were married in a private outdoor ceremony on Oct. 13, 2007, in Las Vegas. A celebration of their wedding will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Tlingit and Haida Community Center, 3225 Hospital Drive.

Recognitions
University of Alaska Southeast and Bartlett Regional Hospital held a pinning ceremony Sunday for graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing Program; The Juneau Economic Development Council added two new technology managers, Sue Chasen and Steve Eason, to its SpringBoard program.

Photo: Ringing the bells
Juneau Lions Club members from left, Ross Soboleff, Dr. Walter Soboleff, 99, and Sasha Soboleff ring the bell for the Salvation Army last Saturday at Alaskan and Proud market.

Edward P. Madsen
Juneau pioneer Edward P. Madsen, 97, died Nov. 25, 2007 at Wildflower Court.

Charlie 'Chuck' Daniel Hansen
Longtime Juneau resident Charlie "Chuck" Daniel Hansen, 65, died Dec. 16, 2007, in Seattle, due to complications from cancer.

Merton Fleming
Former Juneau resident Merton Fleming died after a brief illness in Los Angeles Cedars of Sinai Hospital on Dec. 15, 2007.

Charlie D. Hansen
Former Juneau resident Charlie D. Hansen died Dec. 16, 2007, due to cancer. He was 65.

Alaska's ferries need some bond attention
Gov. Sarah Palin's proposed capital budget provides little for Alaska's 3,737-mile marine highway, sailed by 11 ships. It serves more than 30 communities along the North Pacific coast from Bellingham, Wash., to Dutch Harbor.

My Turn: Clean elections drive big money out of state politics
The store clerk was folding our newspaper into the grocery bag alongside our eggs and yogurt when the blaring front-page headline caught his eye: "Kott Gets Six Years."

My Turn: Murkowski's permitting changes put Taku River salmon at risk
Frank Murkowski's legacy is putting Southeast Alaska's best salmon producing river, the Taku, at risk.

My Turn: Halibut conservation should be spread across the range
Twenty-seven percent slashed off my area 2-C Halibut quota is more than a bitter pill to swallow for my small long-lining operation. On top of the 20 percent slashed last year, my quota has basically been cut in half in two years.

Outside editorial: Federal Reserve may be dancing in the dark
Wall Street is a fickle audience, but rarely does it jeer and cheer the same fellow within 24 hours. It gave just that treatment last week to Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve.

My Turn: All students can participate in all sports
The recent Juneau Empire article on the recommendations for sports and activities at both Juneau high schools next year left out an important fact: All Juneau students would be able to participate in all Alaska School Activities Association sanctioned teams and events during the next school year - regardless of where they attend school.

Outside editorial: It's irresponsible for the U.S. to dodge the fight on global warming
Knowing the war's outcome lay in doubt, fearing his countrymen might make too much of an early victory, Winston Churchill offered his cautionary take on the battle of El Alamein: This "is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."

Juneau Parks and Recreation Ordway Basketball League Standings
Juneau Parks and Recreation OrdwayBasketball League Standings

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Sports Digest
Juneau's Svensson to play hockey in Arctic Winter Games; Rhea scores five points off bench to boost Oregon State; JDHS grad Will Egolf lifts Bradley past Wright State in OT; M's closing in on deal with free-agent pitcher Carlos Silva; O'Neill to take over at Arizona whenLute Olson retires

Petersburg ready to take on JDHS
One of the more intriguing games of the young basketball season will take place Friday at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Tamone closes in on 1,000 miles
Sherry Tamone readily admits she loves data. That bit of information isn't too surprising considering the 49-year-old Juneau resident is an assistant professor of marine biology at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Fourth child dies after fire in Ketchikan
A fourth child has died from injuries suffered in a house fire in Ketchikan over the weekend.

Lawmakers: Finishing in 90 days won't be easy
Ninety days may not be long enough.

Alaska Digest
Juneau men walk out of Kelsall Valley; BP donates nearly $850,000 to libraries; Two injured in plane crash in Bethel; Kuparuk spill blamed on pipeline corrosion; North Pole man hit by truck, killed; Enstar pays total of $700,000 in refunds; No link seen between two bank robberies

Photo: Cold errand
Billowing exhaust from vehicles idling in the cold Tuesday surrounds Ken Cox as he hurries into the post office in Kenai to mail a Christmas package. After a long warm spell, forecasters called for the temperature to drop to -25 in the city Wednesday night.

Alaska Digest
Palin signs new oil tax bill into law; $90 million secured for Denali Commission; Klukwan wins grant for heritage center; Alaska Pacific Bank hires new loan officers; Man dies in custody at Anchorage jail; Thirteen people displaced by fire; Stryker Brigade trains for deployment

Kott appeals federal conviction, sentence
Former Alaska House Speaker Pete Kott has appealed both his conviction and six-year sentence on federal corruption charges.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Senator wants probe of Young road earmark
An Oklahoma senator wants an investigation into a disputed $10 million congressional earmark for an Interstate 75 interchange in southwest Florida.

Japan Airlines increases Alaska flights for aurora-gazing tourists
More Japanese tourists than ever are expected to visit Alaska's Interior this winter to take in the aurora borealis.

Groups sue to protect rare loon in Alaska's Arctic region
Three conservation groups sued the federal government Wednesday hoping to block Arctic petroleum development through protections for a rare loon that breeds in Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve.

Feds to pay millions for neglecting Native health
The U.S. Indian Health Service will pay nearly $50 million in a settlement with Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta villages that didn't get the federal funds they were due to cover health care costs.

7.2 quake strikes Aleutians
A strong earthquake rattled Alaska's seismically active Aleutian Islands, but there were no immediate reports of any damages or injuries.

McGuire earned consulting fees, panel concludes
The Alaska Public Offices Commission has dismissed a claim that state Sen. Lesil McGuire did nothing to earn $10,500 in consulting fees from Providence Health System.

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