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An Elder's Pledge

   The Fall/Winter 2012 Syracuse Cultural Workers catalog turned up in our mailbox with its L.L. Bean and Soft Surroundings brethren the other day. Of the three, it's the only one that proclaims itself "Earth & Union Friendly". The SCW catalog is an unapologetic treasure trove of lefty, feminist, and power to the people posters, calendars, cards, bookmarks, and books.

Great news — our calendar is getting better and better

We have some exciting news about an old feature of our website which will soon be brand new and expanded. We will soon bring you a community database, a one-stop shop for all things Juneau where you can search for a variety of activities, or just search what’s happening at a specific venue.
The best thing about it is community groups can enter their own event information. This isn’t just an arts, entertainment or sports calendar. It is Juneau’s directory of events, clubs and sports leagues.

Our Tribes

   Imagine sitting down for a lovely dinner with friends and plunging right into the presidential elections. "No politics at the dinner table!" That's excellent advice unless everyone shares the same ideology, in which case it’s fun. Endorphins rise. Everyone is animated. They interrupt and talk over each other. They belong to the same tribe.

Community Engagement

            Waiting… and waiting… and waiting for October 17th to come around. It seems like we haven’t played in forever and still have a little less than a week before we head to Gorzow to finally play again. While this break has been nice and allowed some time for relaxing, recovering, and excessive episodes of TV shows online, I think we are all ready to play again.

Is 25% (updated to 31.9%) the best we can do?

  Juneau has its Super Voters who never miss an election. We have the “I’m too busy” voters, the “What election?” voters, the “My vote doesn’t matter” voters, and, I guess, as much as it pains me to say so, there are the “I don’t care” voters.

A peek inside local artists' spaces

For the second year in a row, the Franklin Street Gallery at the Baranof Hotel has organized a month-long series of artists’ studio visits – it's a great opportunity for locals to learn more about their favorite artists and to introduce themselves to those they may not know yet. The list of those participating is impressive, and includes some of Juneau’s most prominent local artists. A total of 15 artists in all responded to the open call.

Voyages and Victory

The first official games are in the books! We traveled afar to compete in our first Polish league game. Although parading across European countryside sounds quaint, it was all too similar to the great Midwestern plains of the United States. After driving nearly the length of the entire country, we played KK Row Rybnik and lost a very close game. We jumped out to a great start and led 13-1 until Rybnik went on a run of their own. The rest of the game could be described as a Ping-Pong match; it was back and forth the rest of the way.

Elections

By the time Alaska's votes are counted in the presidential elections, it's been called. We aren't a swing state; with our population we aren't even a state people think about. In 2008, I was watching polls in the Mendenhall Valley to be sure they stayed open late enough, that people weren't turned away — the televisions were already announcing Barrack Obama the winner. 

It's easy to feel like our voices don't count in a race like that, but yesterday's election was only about our voices. So why did only 25-26 percent of people actually vote?

2012 municipal election results live-blog

9:05 p.m.: Mendenhall Valley #2 is our last of 13 precincts to report tonight, though the count will not be complete until absentee and questioned ballots are added into the total later this week. Sanford ends up with 3,334 votes to 2,674 for Jebe. Jones has 3,223 votes to 1,934 for Nowlin. Nankervis has 3,661 votes with just 738 write-in votes in his District 2 race. Story is up 3,740 for school board, followed by Carlson at 2,990, Sargeant  at 2,639, Muldoon at 2,094 and Johnston at 1,660. Prop 1 ends up behind, with 3,094 "no" votes to 3,037 "yes" votes.

Almost Time For Games

Just when I thought I was finally looking like less of an American tourist as I go about my day-to-day activities, an experience last week turned that all around. I was walking through the mall by myself enjoying a mocha when I noticed this old lady sweeping the floors. I felt her eyes fixed on me as we walked almost side by side. I turned to look at her but it didn’t alter her obvious fixation. Maybe my hair was looking a little crazy or something, I’m not really sure. This was a little weird but turned comical seconds later.

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