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Martina Hingis returns to US Open doubles final

AP Sports News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 6:00pm
Martina Hingis returns to US Open doubles final Associated Press - 4 September 2014 18:23-04:00 News Topics: Sports, U.S. Open Tennis Championships, Women's tennis, Women's sports, Tennis, Events People, Places and Companies: Martina Hingis, Flavia Pennetta, Cara Black, Sania Mirza, Ekaterina Makarova, Elena Vesnina, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Kimiko Date Krumm, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Cutler sees calm in Bears huddle as season arrives

AP Sports News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 6:00pm
Cutler sees calm in Bears huddle as season arrives Associated Press - 4 September 2014 17:59-04:00 News Topics: Sports, Athlete injuries, NFL football, Professional football, Athlete health, Football People, Places and Companies: Jay Cutler, Marc Trestman, Jared Allen, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Matt Forte, Aaron Kromer, Chris Conte, Illinois, Chicago Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Nevada offers Tesla up to $1.3B for battery plant

AP Business News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 6:00pm
Nevada offers Tesla up to $1.3B for battery plant Associated Press - 4 September 2014 21:32-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Small business, Technology, Travel, Lifestyle, Hiring and recruitment, Automobile parts manufacturing, Automobile manufacturing, Production facilities, State taxes, State legislature, State governments, Economy, Property taxes, Electric vehicles, Personnel, Consumer product manufacturing, Consumer products and services, Industries, Corporate news, Government taxation and revenue, Government finance, Government business and finance, Government and politics, Legislature, Green vehicle technology, Green technology, Environment, Environment and nature People, Places and Companies: Brian Sandoval, Nevada, Reno Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Court rules against gay marriage bans in 2 states

AP US News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 5:30pm
Court rules against gay marriage bans in 2 states Associated Press - 4 September 2014 21:23-04:00 News Topics: General news, Gays and lesbians, Same sex marriage, Judicial appointments and nominations, United States Supreme Court decisions, Marriage, Supreme courts, Government and politics, Family issues, Social affairs, Gay rights, Human rights and civil liberties, Social issues, Judiciary, Government appointments and nominations, National courts, National governments, Courts People, Places and Companies: Camilla Parker-Bowles, Richard Posner, Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama, David Hamilton, Bill Clinton, United States, Chicago, Wisconsin, Indiana Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

32 states ask Supreme Court to settle gay marriage

AP US News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 5:30pm
32 states ask Supreme Court to settle gay marriage Associated Press - 4 September 2014 20:38-04:00 News Topics: General news, Gays and lesbians, United States Supreme Court decisions, Same sex marriage, Couples, National courts, Marriage, Supreme courts, National governments, Government and politics, Courts, Judiciary, Family issues, Social affairs, Gay rights, Human rights and civil liberties, Social issues, Relationships, Lifestyle People, Places and Companies: Martha Coakley, United States, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, Colorado Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Nevada offers Tesla up to $1.3B for battery plant

AP US News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 5:30pm
Nevada offers Tesla up to $1.3B for battery plant Associated Press - 4 September 2014 20:11-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Small business, Technology, Travel, Lifestyle, Hiring and recruitment, Automobile parts manufacturing, State taxes, Production facilities, State governments, Tax refunds, Property taxes, Electric vehicles, Economy, Personnel, Automobile manufacturing, Consumer product manufacturing, Consumer products and services, Industries, Government taxation and revenue, Government finance, Government business and finance, Government and politics, Corporate news, Green vehicle technology, Green technology, Environment, Environment and nature People, Places and Companies: Brian Sandoval, Nevada Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Hillary Clinton: US should lead on clean energy

AP US News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 5:30pm
Hillary Clinton: US should lead on clean energy Associated Press - 4 September 2014 20:56-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Government and politics, Geothermal energy, Solar power, Alternative and sustainable energy, Energy and fuel technology, Production facilities, Green technology, Energy and the environment, Biofuel manufacturing, Environment, Environment and nature, Industrial technology, Technology, Corporate news, Alternative energy industry, Energy industry, Industries People, Places and Companies: Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Harry Reid, Bob Lang, Tom Vilsack, Las Vegas, United States, Nevada Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Los Cuentacuentos Infantiles vuelven

Juneau Public Library Blog - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 4:02pm
Los Cuentacuentos Infantiles vuelven a la Biblioteca del Mendenhall Mall. El primer Cuentacuentos de la temporada sera el Lùnes, 15 de Septiembre a las 6:30 de la tarde. Traiga a sus niños para ayudarles a que disfruten de la lectura y comparta con ellos una cena ligera. Como siempre, los programas de la biblioteca son […]
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Andromeda: Boyhood’s Long Road to Success: An Inspiration for Wordsmiths

49 Writers - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 12:41pm
Boyhood's Ellar Coltrane: This is going to take a long time...
Whenever I’m feeling bad about how hard it is for me, my students or friends to be novelists or memoirists—the years of self-education, the long road to publication, the utter uncertainty that all that investment will ever pay off—I find it refreshing to look at the movies. The Hollywood movie business is so impenetrable that it makes New York publishing look like a cakewalk. And I personally know many people who have written screenplays for decades without seeing most—or any—of their work up on the big screen.
It isn’t only the beginner screenwriters who have a hard time. Think of any favorite award-winning movie—Dallas Buyer’s Club, Gandhi, The King’s Speech—and there is some story about how long it took the movie to get made, regardless of the talent and experience attached.
I saw Boyhood last week at Bear Tooth in Anchorage. What struck me, in addition to the great acting and the constant deflection of the expected via a low-key, naturalistic plot, was the fact that the director-writer, Richard Linklater, must have had an incredible amount of faith, patience, and artistic integrity to lead such a long-term project.
Boyhood, if you haven’t seen it, follows the maturation of a boy aged 7 through high school graduation, and was filmed a little bit each year, over nearly 12 years. It’s not a documentary, it’s a drama, but a drama that unfolded flexibly, with input even from the cast. Ethan Hawke contributed the bit about the Beatles’ Black Album, a concept taken from his own relationship with his daughter. Actor Ellar Coltrane got interested in photography during his teen years, and therefore so did Mason Jr., the character he plays. The writer, Linklater, had imagined the boy would grow up to be a musician, but when the actor discovered different interests, Linklater welcomed the shift. That extension of freedom to one’s actors, who were in turn inspiring the characters, seems something taken from the novelists’ process. Your characters certainly don’t take over and write the book, but they do surprise you, on occasion, or rather, you surprise you, finding storylines and moments and lines of dialogue emerging without conscious thought, as a reward for all the time you invest drafting and incubating.
It’s good to write fast, especially as a way to keep the self-censors distracted. I’ll be teaching an online class this fall that takes precisely that quick-drafting approach, which has worked for novelists from Stephen King to John Steinbeck. But for some people and some projects, going slow is the name of the game. Some projects—and I’m thinking especially of memoirs that require an intense level of self-awareness, but also epic novels, or nonfiction projects requiring exhaustive research—can’t be rushed. Also worth mentioning is the manuscripts that are written quickly, but have to cool a long time between drafts, or the manuscripts that are finished to a writer’s satisfaction, but just can’t find a publisher for a long, long time.
How to sustain the drive and the confidence? How to run such a creative ultramarathon without buckling? How to respect the long, natural process of development—how to give it a name and the respect it deserves?
(In an excellent essay on friendship recently delivered to my inbox, Ralph Waldo Emerson referred to the German word naturalangsamkeit, which means “the slowness of natural development,” as a property to embrace in our relationships. He might have also said, in our artistic lives. Odd coincidence: Linklater has been trying to do a movie about the American Transcendentalists, and has spent 15 years so far, trying to make something that isn't the typical "bonnet movie period piece.")
In the case of Boyhood, Linklater wrote 12 separate scripts, and filmed 12 different short films, adapting the overall story concept over time. He depended on his stars to stay attached (think how much could have wrong with that, especially since there were unproven child actors involved). How could he know it would work?
He knew it was a risk, but he—a lover of Tolstoy and a disciple of the artistic long-shot— believed. He told thedissolve.com, “I bet the whole farm on what I thought would work with every ounce of my cinematic being, the way we perceive time and cinema and the way we identify with people put before us in a certain way. I thought, ‘Oh, there will be this cumulative effect.’”
Slate critic Dana Stevens called the movie “a gradually unfolding miracle.” Nice phrase isn’t it?
We’re usually not so kind and charitable when it comes time to talk – or even think – about our own slow-brewing projects, and that’s for the best. Overconfidence is not attractive.
But the occasional pep-talk doesn’t hurt. So here it is. Go ahead and believe. Keep working on your own “gradually unfolding miracle.”
Our Tweety, flighty, ephemera-adoring world needs those kinds of long-distance miracles more than ever.

Andromeda Romano-Lax is the author of The Spanish Bow and The Detour. She is a co-founder of 49 Writers and teaches in the UAA MFA low-residency creative writing program. She is also a book coach with a special interest in revision, narrative structure, and the lifelong development of the writer. Contact her at aromanolax@gmail.com for more info on her book coaching services.
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“Mary’s Wild Winter Feast” Children’s Book by Hannah Lindoff

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:26am

The back and front cover of Juneauite author Hannah Lindoff’s “Mary’s Wild Winter Feast” co-illustrated by Nobu Koch and Clarissa Rizal

Hot off the press, you may purchase this book at the Alaska-Juneau Public Market at Centennial Hall in Juneau during Thanksgiving weekend at my booth #P-15 in the main hall OR you can purchase directly from Hannah OR  you can order a copy from a couple of sources below:

Here is the book’s page on UAF: http://www.alaska.edu/uapress/browse/detail/index.xml?id=511

Here’s the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Marys-Winter-Feast-Hannah-Lindoff/dp/1602232326/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409341461&sr=8-1&keywords=Mary%27s+Wild+Winter+Feast

You want a signed copy?  Come by my booth P-15 at the Alaska-Juneau Public Market!  We’ll see you there!

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Superintendent speaks out about student privacy rights

Juneau School District Announcements - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:40pm

Supe's On  - Welcome to the Superintendent's Blog

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School District Report on Investigation into Hazing

Juneau School District Announcements - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 4:35pm

The Juneau School District has concluded our investigation into allegations that on or about May 30-31 of this year a group of incoming senior boys hazed/initiated a group of incoming freshmen boys by paddling them multiple times.

These events were first brought to our attention in early June. At that time the district began an initial investigation, which, due to an active police investigation and summer vacation, was put on hold. When we were informed that the police had concluded their investigation we resumed our efforts.

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