A classic myth retold
"Don't look back."

Caberet workshop offered Feb. 1 to 5
Juneau Jazz & Classics has announced a five day cabaret workshop beginning Feb. 1. The workshop will be led by Barney McClure, jazz pianist, teacher and accompanist, who will work with singers to teach them how to present a vocal music piece in a successful and fun way. Each singer will learn interpretation, phrasing, microphone techniques and bandstand protocol. McClure is known for matching singers with the song they were born to sing. The workshop fee includes one private session with McClure.

Alaska Design Forum lecture features typographer Bantjes
Artist and typographer Marian Bantjes will be the Alaska Design Forum's next featured speaker in their 2009-2010 season, Latitude. The designer, who focuses on vector art and custom typography, will speak at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the Back Room at the Silverbow.

Art for "12 x 12" community exhibit due by Jan. 30
Artists of all ages are invited to submit artwork for the Juneau-Douglas City Museum's upcoming "12X12" Community Art Exhibit," opening in February. Artwork in all mediums is welcome. Finished artwork, including any framing, must be 12" x 12" (12" deep if three-dimensional) and must be ready to hang or install.

Creative performing arts workshops offered for teachers
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, the Juneau-Douglas School District, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will be offering a workshop series for elementary school teachers this January and February.

Music sets the stage
A good musical score can actually be the key selling point for any production. A best supporting actor, if you will, that compliments solid performances.

A conversation with 'Mr. Right'
Enigmatic rapper Mickey Avalon has risen from an underground musical cult figure on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles to a mainstream artist whose gritty and saucy lyrical prowess has grabbed the attention of the hip-hop world.

Second Friday openings include 'Out of the Rain'
Photographer Lance Caldwell has a keen eye for capturing the Juneau landscape, a talent that is fed by his strong feelings about Alaska. Originally from Louisiana, Caldwell said he knew after his first visit to the state in the '80s that he'd found the place he was meant to be.

Mid-Winter Vocal Festival concert to be held Saturday
Juneau Lyric Opera's 21st Mid-Winter Vocal Festival will present a tribute to the great music of Broadway with a concert Saturday, Jan. 9. The performance will feature guest conductor Byron McGilvray and accompanist and vocal coach Jan Capelle, as well as the Festival Chorus and selected soloists.

'Up in the Air' more drama than comedy
The first professional sporting events I got to attend in person were in Los Angeles. I was somehow able to talk my parents into working in a (at the time) L.A. Raiders game and a L.A. Lakers game in the middle of a family vacation; my younger sister was hardly thrilled and I believe she slept through most of the basketball game.

Audio books include Dalai Lama's 'Enlightened'
New non-fiction books on CD for adults include a new biography of Che Guevara by John Lee Anderson, an around-the-world journey with Mark Twain, a practical and profound book by the Dalai Lama called "Becoming Enlightened," and a new dramatization of the Lincoln-Douglas debates with Richard Dreyfuss and David Strathairn.

Arts & Culture Calendar

Visitor center opens doors for locals
Staff at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center host several hundred thousand tourists every summer, but come winter, things slow down and turn inward, Interpreter Laurie Craig said.

Photo: Good boy
Duke, a purebred German Shephard, enjoys a scratch under the chin last Thursday from Gastineau Humane Society's Doggy Day Care supervisor Rachel Trapp. Duke is a former adoptee from the GHS and now comes back for day care, usually getting two or three hikes per day from staff and volunteers plus other animal companionship and interaction he normally wouldn't receive if left at home or in a yard.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

NOAA to test fish-finding technology
It looks like a little torpedo and acts like a submarine, except instead of searching out an enemy, the device finds fish.

Up, up and not away?
For high school seniors, January means more than the beginning of a new year - it means a push for college applications.

Hard times, small town discourage anchor stores
Tough economic times are making it difficult to fill the anchor space at the Mendenhall Mall, but the downturn is only part of the problem, mall Property Manager Larry Bauer said.

Photo: View from the top
The view above the downtown parking garage project shows work being done Tuesday on the upper levels in the first week of the new year.

Photo: New Year baby
The birth of the first baby born in 2010, Charles Patrick Begenyi, a boy, was born to Eileen and Barry Begenyi at 3:30 a.m. Jan. 4 at Bartlett Regional Hospital's Bartlett Beginnings Family Birth Center. He weighed in at 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 22 inches in length.

City to investigate recovery clinic
The city is looking into concerns raised about Rainforest Recovery Clinic during public comments at the Assembly meeting on Monday night.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: Gate to Gunakadeit
Shaun Lewis of Admiralty Construction works Monday to install gates in Gunakadeit Park, also known as Pocket Park, on Franklin Street.

Around Town
Today, Jan. 6

Photos: Winter Fun

Wrangell trailer fire displaces three
A woman and two young children were able to escape a trailer fire in Wrangell on Monday, but the home was declared a total loss and a pet dog perished in the blaze.

Around Town
Today, Jan. 7

Photo: Tasty treats
Andrea Mogil places a delicacy under glass at Pie In The Sky on Tuesday morning.

Herman McDonnell Meiners Sr.
Longtime Juneau resident Herman McDonnell Meiners Sr. died Dec. 9, 2009, at his home after battling liver cancer. He was 83.

Erna Frieda Morgan
Longtime Juneau resident Erna Frieda Morgan died Jan. 4, 2010, after a long struggle with alzhimer's disease. Her husband, children, and Juneau grandchildren were at her side. She was 88.

Jack W. Brown
Former Juneau resident Jack W. Brown, of Iberia, Mo., died Jan. 4, 2010, at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, Mo. He was 84.

New Year's resolutions
Customarily, early January is a time of self-reflection, of rejuvenating one's commitment to self-improvement. According to some statistics, about 50 percent of America makes some type of New Year's resolution; of these, half believe they will be successful.

No sexting on job
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

Warning labels on food
The following editorial appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Outside editorial: Drowning in red ink
For most of the past decade, the United States has been living beyond its means, borrowing money frantically to compensate for tax cuts and pay for unfunded wars, new entitlements, bank bailouts, you name it. The breakdown in fiscal discipline is evident in the numbers.

We must ask questions, but not these
On Christmas Day, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a student from Nigeria, allegedly tried to blow up a jetliner bound for Detroit. He failed due to some defect in his explosives and the quick reflexes of passengers who subdued him. As you might expect, this close call has some of us asking hard, but necessary questions:

A spreadsheet for happiness? Thanks, but I'll take the wine
What does it take to make you happy? Apparently, most of us don't know, because there is a ton of scientific research and just plain navel-gazing out there that's supposed to help us figure it out.

A war by any other name
Suppose Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, the Christmas Day underwear bomber, had succeeded and blown up Northwest Airlines flight 253, killing nearly 300 people on board and perhaps others on the ground? Would the response of the Obama administration have been different?

An Afghan woman for sale
American thinking about Afghanistan these days is largely focused on figures: troop numbers, casualty tolls, war chests, withdrawal dates. It can be difficult to see individual Afghans standing in the shadows. This is the story of one of them, a woman whose narrative is both uniquely her own, and emblematic.

Keeping politics out of the economy
Paul Krugman writes one of the best columns. I regularly read the New York Times writer just to disagree.

Hoonah man, 52, dies in apparent drowning
JUNEAU - A 52-year-old man was found dead Wednesday morning of an apparent drowning in the Hoonah Harbor.

Alaska volcano back at 'normal' status
ANCHORAGE - Scientists say Alaska's Mount Redoubt volcano has calmed down to a "normal" alert level after days of low activity at the Cook Inlet peak about 105 miles southwest of Anchorage.

Man who set co-worker ablaze gets probation
POCATELLO, Idaho - A man who set his co-worker on fire in July has been sentenced to five years of probation after the victim forgave him.

Bookkeeper to plead guilty to theft
ANCHORAGE - Court documents show an Anchorage bookkeeper has agreed to plead guilty to a federal charge of theft from a health care benefit program.

SE health program closes after 5 years
SITKA - The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska program closed following five years of service after its federal grant expired Dec. 21.

Olympic athletes need flu shots, too
ANCHORAGE - With the flu season's peak coming up in February and March, public health officials are urging people to get vaccinated.

Airman found dead in Fairbanks, Sgt. says
FAIRBANKS - Authorities said an airman assigned to Elmendorf Air Force Base has been found dead in Fairbanks.

Fed judges: Wash. felony inmates should get to vote
OLYMPIA - Incarcerated felons should be allowed to vote in Washington to ensure that racial minorities are protected under the Voting Rights Act, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Lucky Lotto drawing date postponed
ANCHORAGE - The Lucky Lotto drawing has been postponed because of slow ticket sales.

Anchorage driver hurt in train collision
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police said a driver escaped with only minor injuries after his car was struck by a train.

Year-long delay in sex trafficking trial
ANCHORAGE - The trial of four people accused of running a prostitution ring in Anchorage has been delayed more than a year.

Fairbanks air remains polluted, unhealthy
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks North Star Borough is asking residents to heat with oil instead of wood or coal - if they can.

NOAA proposes habitat protection for turtles
GRANTS PASS, Ore. - Federal biologists have proposed the first open ocean habitat protections for the endangered leatherback sea turtle along the West Coast, an action that could affect future development of offshore renewable energy, aquaculture and desalination plants.

Applications sought for housing program
JUNEAU - The Juneau nonprofit Housing First has renewed its Home Opportunity Program, also known as "HOP." The current application period is open now through April 1.

Ex-Army Ranger pleads guilty to crimes
SEATTLE - A former Army Ranger convicted of leading a takeover-style bank holdup in 2006 in Washington state has pleaded guilty to trying to hire a hit man to kill a federal prosecutor.

Coast Guard cutter to host open house
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard Cutter Liberty marked its 20th year of Coast Guard Service in Southeast Alaska on Dec. 18. The Coast Guard will host a celebratory open house from 3 to 7 p.m. today at Coast Guard Station Juneau.

Fairbanks Assembly candidates reduced to eight people
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks North Star Borough clerk announced that eight of the 15 people seeking to fill an assembly vacancy have advanced to the interview stage.

From Oregon, a new nephew for first couple
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University said President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have a new nephew.

Mat-Su to charge for off-road rescues
ANCHORAGE - Matanuska-Susitna Borough officials are working on a plan to charge those who need to be rescued from the wilderness.

Rustlers ride wide-open range of Great Basin
FRENCHGLEN, Ore. - Cruising down a two-lane blacktop where the Catlow Rim drops down into a broad valley of sagebrush and bunchgrass, ranch manager Stacy Davies pulls his pickup over to let pass a herd of young bulls being trailed along the road by a couple of his buckaroos, as ranch hands are called here.

Former Bears rewrite record book at Arkansas Little Rock
Two former Crimson Bear swimmers who already have their names all over the Alaska prep records books are re-writing the book at their new school, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Photo: Former Bears back home
Former JDHS sports stars, from left, Tres Saldivar, Alofaifo Levale, Shawn Ibesate, Nico Saldivar, and Eric Gross are pictured in the Crimson Bears' gym during the recent holiday break. Tres Saldivar is playing basketball at Chapman University (Orange, Calif.); Levale is playing football at Weber State (Ogden, Utah); Ibesate baseball at Northeastern J.C (Sterling, Colo.); Nico Saldivar basketball at Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa, Calif.); and Gross basketball at Pamona Pitzer (Claremont. Calif.). "The hardest part of adjusting from high school to college is you have the best players from other high schools there," Saldivar said. "Accepting your role and doing it to the best of your ability is another. You have to be all about the team and at this level, there is less room for error. As a team, we are doing well (10-2 with a win over highly-ranked BYU Hawaii). I'm still working for more playing time, but my minutes keep moving up with the hard work I put in."

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

More Alaska students defaulting on loans
FAIRBANKS - The rate of Alaskans defaulting on student loans rose to 8.3 percent in fiscal year 2007, 12th-highest in the nation, according to a U.S. Department of Education report.

Two lawmakers want PFD guaranteed
ANCHORAGE - Two Democratic state lawmakers from Anchorage want to guarantee Permanent Fund dividend checks by enshrining the benefit in the state constitution.

Glitch hurts charity donations from PFDs
ANCHORAGE - A computer problem that prevented some people from donating a portion of their Permanent Fund Dividend to charity has been fixed, state officials said.

'Frozen Gore' sculpture fuels climate debate
FAIRBANKS - Another two-ton ice sculpture of former Vice President Al Gore is back in front of a Fairbanks liquor store.

Utility moves to raise village electric rates
The utility that provides power to Hoonah and several other predominately Native villages is seeking electric rate increases of more than 10 percent for communities that already have some of the most expensive power in Southeast Alaska.

State tests nation's emergency alert system
ANCHORAGE - Radio listeners and TV viewers in Alaska witnessed the first national emergency exercise of its kind Wednesday morning, but the test ran into distribution problems around the state.

Mayor: Fed designation could harm inlet growth
WASILLA - The pending federal designation of critical habitat for Cook Inlet's beluga whales has Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Talis Colberg concerned.

Oil policy changes bring more public scrutiny to drilling
WASHINGTON - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Wednesday announced policy changes he said will bring more scrutiny and a greater public voice in how oil and gas leases are awarded on public lands.

Lawsuit filed over coal dust near Seward
ANCHORAGE - Two environmental groups are going to court to try and force the Alaska Railroad and an energy company to clean up the coal dust problem dirtying a scenic tourist town.

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