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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.

A Katmai Kuma Sandwich

   This month, I’ve been out at the University registering voters once or twice a week for the Juneau League of Women Voters Registration Drive. We do this in pairs, and we’re there for two hours over lunch time. There’s lots of time to talk.

   Anne Fuller was my registration partner on September 25th. Anne is a Storyteller and Gatherer of Stories. I told her I was doing this blog and felt a responsibility to do it in a community building, yet interesting, way. At one point, Anne said, “The question is why do we tell the stories we tell?”

The Nexus, continued

   Since I posted the blog on the connections between the City of Juneau, the cruise ships, and the jewelry stores, I've gotten lots of interesting comments on this page, by email, and on Facebook.

   I've also been talking about this with folks and wondering if there is a will to use some kind of zoning to keep Southeast Alaska core downtowns vibrant and alive twelve months of the year. Can you zone an area for stores that must be open at least 10 months a year?

A Special Anniversary Hike

There is a special place up on an alpine ridge above Granite Creek basin. When I sit there, I feel as if I am at the center of the world. I can look around and see two of my favorite ridge hikes – the Gastineau-Roberts-Sheep ridge and the Mt. Juneau ridge. I can look up at Mt. Olds on one side and Clark Peak on the other. Hardly anyone comes up here. It’s somewhere I can always go when I want to enjoy the mountains and have them all to myself.

The CBJ, Diamonds, Cruise Ship Nexus

  Just as most Juneau folks worry about "Capitol Creep", (that is not a person, it's the gradual moving of state government offices to Anchorage), I worry about the gradual progression of international jewelry stores on South Franklin Street edging their way into our core downtown and snuffing it out.

Denali

Denali
Roughly 6.2 million acres.
The third largest national park and preserve in the Untied States.
Denali.
The two bigger are also in Alaska (Wrangell-St. Elias and Gates of the Arctic) as are four more in the top 10 (No. 4 Katmai, No. 6 Glacier Bay, No. 7 Lake Clark and No. 9 Kobuk Valley).
20,320 feet high.
Denali.
Meaning "The High One" in Koyukon Athabaskan.
Also called Mount McKinley.
And "Holy Cow" and "Wow" and "OMG!"

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