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Monday, December 28, 2009

Diabetes research should be a priority
Two weeks ago, my son and I, along with local advocates from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, had the opportunity to meet with Sen. Mark Begich via videoconference in Juneau.

Palin family did respond to threat made in Juneau
One of the events discussed in former Gov. Sarah Palin's book, "Going Rogue, " was a disturbing occurrence that affected the family: a vile threat made against Palin's daughter, Willow, while she was attending school in Juneau.

State must work to build infrastructure
I want to commend Gov. Sean Parnell for his insight and forward thinking pertaining to the deferred maintenance of Alaska's state-owned facilities, especially during this critical time of uncertainty about federal participation.

Funds to preserve refuge boundary
To some, it's just acres of mud. But for many who live along them, Juneau's tidal flats provide a special connection with nature.

Photo: Shimmering new trend
Gina Markovich, left, looks at silk "hair-shimmerze" in her daughter, Maranda's, hair as Gema Thomas, right, knots more colors into individual hair strands on the back of Miranda's head Sunday in Exclusively Yours. The silk strands last as long as a year. "It's a new fad here," Thomas said. "It's been going on down South for a while."

Juneau shoppers spend a little more this season
Holiday shoppers spent a little more in Juneau this season compared to last year, local retailers said.

Around Town
Today, Dec. 28

Local construction numbers are down markedly since '06
Did you decide to have a new home built this year?

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: Shoe shopping
Johanna Smith, left, shops for shoes with her daughter, Dorian, at Shoefly & Hudsons on Saturday. The day after Christmas is called "Boxing Day"- a holiday in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and much of the British-influenced world.

Photo: Extended season
Butch Rose waits with hunting companions, Reva, left, and Elle on the Mendenhall Wetlands. Rose shot his first duck here in 1968 and has been hunting ever since. This season closes Dec. 31. "They extended us two weeks this year," Rose said. "It was two more weeks to walk the dogs; they love it out here."

Photo: Doggone good deal
Polka-Dottie-Lollipop, a basset hound, waits inside the Alaska General Store for customers. A fixture on the premises for six years, "Dottie" enjoys the comings and goings of thedaily shoppers.

Around Town
Today, Dec. 27

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

The wedding dress challenge
For their New Year's resolutions, two longtime Juneau friends and mothers are challenging each other to live healthier and get fit - into their wedding dresses that is. And they, along with a women's fitness center, are challenging Juneau to do the same.

Community Schools to offer open gyms
JUNEAU - Open gym at Thunder Mountain High School auxiliary gym will begin Sunday, Jan. 3, and run through April 25.

Thanks for donating to the Juneau Community Foundation
The Juneau Community Foundation would like to express our sincere appreciation to all of our local donors in 2009. Your caring and compassion for local projects and nonprofits have made this past year our best so far.

Thanks for supporting the high school swim and dive teams
The Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain high school swim and dive teams would like to extend a sincere thank you to the community for supporting the annual Christmas tree sale fundraising event.

Consortium clarifies recent past-due, collections notices
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium recently used a billing service to send out past-due notices on some older accounts. These recent notices are confusing and lead some patients to think their accounts have been sent to a collection agency. We want to assure our patients that no accounts have gone into collection status at this time. We apologize for the confusion and are working with our patients to clear up any concerns they may have with their bills.

Klawock hosts Living Well Alaska chronic disease classes
KLAWOCK - Do you or a loved one have a chronic disease, such as arthritis, diabetes or heart disease? Do you feel the disease limits what you can do? Do you feel like you're spending too much time with the doctor or at the hospital? The Living Well Alaska workshops will teach you how to self-manage your disease so you start to feel better.

Thanks for contributing to the walk for charity
The Downtown Business Association would like to thank the businesses who contributed to the Trees of Christmas Walk for Charity and all the members of the public who helped by participating. This year's winner of the $1,000 donation was the tree dedicated to Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Juneau, sponsored by the Foggy Mountain Shop.

Thanks for giving to the children of Yaakoosge's young parents
A most appreciative thank you to the many individuals, families and organizations who provided support for the Gifting Program for the children of young parents at Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School.

Thanks for organizing the 2009 Princess Capital City Classic
Thank you to Juneau-Douglas High School's Sandi Wagner, Cricket Curtain and Holly Trucano, along with the many volunteers and staff for their part in organizing the 2009 Princess Capital City Classic. We encourage all to come out and attend the games beginning Dec. 27 in the JDHS gymnasium. This tournament always provides good basketball, a high level of sportsmanship, and fine entertainment.

Poll: 2010 New Year's Resolutions
Alfreda Dore

AWARE to hold Healthy Relationships class
JUNEAU - Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies will hold a 10-week Healthy Relationships class for women from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 5 to March 9, at Bartlett Regional Hospital Administration Building, Room 203B.

Juneau Youth Sailing seeks volunteers
JUNEAU - Juneau Youth Sailing is seeking people to join its board of directors. The group was founded more than a decade ago by a board of 10 committed individuals who all put much time and effort into the program's operation and management.

Thanks for utilizing the Widowed Persons Program this year
The Widowed Persons Program wishes to thank members of the Juneau community who have allowed us to utilize their facilities throughout the past few years. This has allowed our group to evolve into a very successful program while providing activities, events, and support to the widowed people here in Juneau, both men and women of all ages.

Thanks for making the 'Sabor Cubano' fundraiser a sucess
The Canvas community art studio offers a heartfelt thank you to all of the attendees and volunteers who made "Sabor Cubano" a successful fundraiser for our REACH student scholarship fund.

On the air
"People are going to make world-changing decisions based on what journalists report. ... People depend on journalists to report the truth, and there is this sense of trust between a journalist and their audience. If Matt Lauer reports that the world is going to end tomorrow, most people are going to believe him. I think this is the most enjoyable part, knowing that your words mean something and that you can influence people and the world just by saying something."

Photo: Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation annual awards
Dr. Christine Moleski, left, president of the Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees, presents Patsy and Denny DeWitt with the Edna Woodman Volunteerism Award in acknowledgment of the foundation's annual Recognition Awards. Also recognized were Valerie Stearn, volunteer chaplain at Bartlett, who earned the Verna Carrigan Humanitarian Award; and Bartlett staff members Luke Dihle, Teresa Robinson and Alfred Votion, who earned Peer Recognition Awards.

FYI
Births

Senior menu for the week of Dec. 28-Jan. 1
Monday, Dec. 28

Thanks for presenting at the Teaching Artist Workshop Series
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, Juneau School District and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts would like to thank guest presenters of the six-week Teaching Artist Workshop Series, a Kennedy Center Partners In Education Program.

Donna Lorraine Trompeter
Former Juneau resident Donna Lorraine Trompeter (Nowlin) died peacefully Dec. 14, 2009, in Peoria, Ariz., after having suffered a long illness. She was 48.

Heart-stopping surgery for a heart-stopping cost
I had a quadruple by-pass at Anchorage's Providence Hospital in October.

Alaska's war on science needs to end
Alaska's escalating war on science should be a grave concern to us all. On climate change, endangered species, predator control, environmental impacts of industrial development, and other important policy issues, Alaska now has arguably the most anti-science government anywhere in the nation.

Outside editorial: Let illegal immigrants buy into health plans
The following editorial appeared in the Washington Post:

Outside editorial: Massacre in Mexico
Melquisedet Angulo Cordova, a member of Mexico's naval special forces, had been laid to rest for only a few hours when hit men burst into his family's home Tuesday and slaughtered his mother, brother, sister and aunt.

Americans are doing well on the happiness meter
Conventional wisdom seems to be that this decade was a somewhat shoddy start to the millennium. We watched multiple unsustainable bubbles deflate before our eyes (tech stocks, home values, Tiger Woods). And, as many commentators have been eager to remind us, we close the year with higher debt, fewer jobs and deep political divisions.

Remember the kids
Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., introduced a bill this month that seeks to ensure that the needs of children are met in the event of disaster. Ensuring children's well-being requires special consideration that until now has been an afterthought.

U.S. must resist Russia's 'sphere'
As Washington and Moscow zero in on a new strategic arms control treaty, it is time to look at what lies ahead in U.S.-Russian relations. The greatest gap between Western and Russian thinking today may not be on Afghanistan or Iran. It may well be on Europe. The first signs of the unraveling of the European security system built after the Cold War are evident.

Toe Toon
This week's toe toon.

Twisting arms in Senate? It's not a big deal
Cash for Cloture! Cornhusker Kickback! Louisiana Purchase!

Chase on Christmas ends with 48 charges
BEND, Ore. - Police officers arrested a 58-year-old woman on drunken driving and other charges on Christmas after a wild pursuit in Bend.

Fairbanks area charities see rise in number of donors
FAIRBANKS - Charities in the Fairbanks area say they've seen an increase in the amount of donors despite the down economy.

Oregon businesses get bogus award
EUGENE, Ore. - Businesses in Lane County received award notices that may be a someone's scheme to get companies to purchase plaques.

Anchorage apartment standoff ends after four hours
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man was arrested following a long standoff in the early morning hours.

Palmer woman, 72, reported missing
PALMER - Alaska State Troopers are searching for a 72-year-old Palmer woman who was reported missing Wednesday.

Family plea after Taliban video of captive soldier
KABUL - The Taliban released a video Friday of an American soldier captured in Afghanistan, showing him apparently healthy but spouting criticism about the U.S. military operation. In Idaho, Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl's family pleaded on Christmas Day for his release and urged him to "stay strong."

States weigh marijuana reform
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington is one of four states where measures to legalize and regulate marijuana have been introduced, and about two dozen other states are considering bills ranging from medical marijuana to decriminalizing possession of small amounts of the herb.

Missing mom's father says kids doing well
SALT LAKE CITY - The father of a missing Utah woman said Saturday that he and his wife spent an unhappy Christmas holiday together, though they were able to spend time with their two grandsons.

Students left in debt after flight school closes its doors
BEND, Ore. - The federal government has indicted the owners of a Bend-based helicopter flight school for allegedly defrauding banks and commercial lenders out of $19 million - leading the men to shutter their flight school and leaving school's students with tens of thousands of dollars in debt, no licenses and legal battles.

Man arrested after Anchorage standoff
ANCHORAGE - A 48-year-old man was arrested after an hours-long standoff with Anchorage police.

Earthquake hits in sea off Kodiak island
ANCHORAGE - A 5.1-magnitude earthquake has struck near Kodiak island, but there have been no reports of injury or damage.

Two Wash. men shot outside Idaho bar
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Police in northern Idaho said two Washington state men were shot in Coeur d'Alene early Sunday morning, and a third man from Idaho who is thought to be the gunman has been taken into custody.

Capital City countdown
The 19th year of the Capital City Classic boys' and girls' basketball tournament tips off today, with the host Crimson Bears taking on the East Anchorage girls and Wrangell boys at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Fledgling Falcons will soar one day
The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears and Thunder Mountain Falcons faced each other in girls high school basketball last weekend. It was the first time Juneau had faced a crosstown rival since the 1950s - the days of the Douglas High School Huskies.

Photo: Battle for the ball
Michel Joven, of the Hedgehogs, and Karissa Jackson, with the Mud Dogs, battle for the ball in front of the Hedgehogs' goal during the Juniors game of this year's Holiday Cup.

Injuries can't keep Bears' Fenumiai down for long
With the high school football season an almost distant memory, it's time for a different Fenumiai to step into the sports limelight.

Sports in Juneau
• Beginning Jan. 1, Sports In Juneau information must be submitted online at http://calendar.juneauempire.com. Submissions via e-mail, phone, fax or other will no longer be accepted. For more information e-mail webteam@juneauempire.com

High-speed Internet project begins in Southwest
ANCHORAGE - Work on a high-speed Internet project for 53 villages in Southwest Alaska will begin this spring, thanks to a $25.3 million federal economic stimulus grant awarded to Sea Lion International, a subsidiary of the Hooper Bay village Native corporation.

Geoduck clam prices a boost for divers in Southeast
KETCHIKAN - Homely as they may seem, geoduck clams are fetching a pretty penny for commercial harvest divers in Southeast Alaska this season.

Crews complete fuel transfer from grounded tug
VALDEZ - Salvage crews have finished transferring thousands of gallons of diesel fuel from a stricken tugboat that crashed into the same reef that damaged the Exxon Valdez 20 years ago, a spokesman for the tug's owner said Saturday.

People magazine shines spotlight on Alaska artist
HOMER - When Karin Marks, owner of Art Shop Gallery in Homer, got a call from People magazine in July, she thought the person on the other end of the phone wanted to sell her a subscription. When the long-distance caller told Marks People was looking for handmade ornaments from each of the 50 states, had Googled galleries around the country and narrowed their Alaska search down to hers, Marks was skeptical.

Tug that ran into reef towed to port
VALDEZ - A crippled tugboat that spilled fuel into Alaska's Prince William Sound after hitting the same reef that caused the Exxon Valdez oil disaster 20 years ago reached port early Sunday morning, a spokesman for the tug's owner said.

Anchorage mayor wants his officers off parking ticket beat
ANCHORAGE - Mayor Dan Sullivan is wondering if the city should be spending its money on sworn police officers monitoring parking meters in downtown Anchorage.

Alaska Santa letter effort boosted by USPS controversy
FAIRBANKS - Volunteers in Alaska's interior have reaped unexpected benefits from the brief cancellation of a popular program where "elves" answered children's letters to Santa Claus.

New oil company hopes to restore production quickly
Managers of a newly formed oil company operating on the west side of Cook Inlet say they're looking forward to restoring operations at formerly abandoned assets acquired earlier this month.

Officers: Crime up in rural villages
BETHEL - Village police officers in communities near Bethel have noticed an increase in assaults, drunken driving and public inebriation since southwest Alaska's largest city decided to go wet.

Dentist wants to help bald eagle get beak back
ANCHORAGE - Dr. Kirk Johnson has convinced hundreds of young people to let him take an impression of their teeth. The process is similar, but a lot trickier, when the impression is being taken of the beak of a bald eagle.

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