Friday, January 9, 2009

ARTS & CULTURE CALENDAR
ART, EVENTS & PERFORMANCE

January First Friday held second Friday
The First Friday of the New Year is being held on January's second Friday this year as to not compete with last week's festivities of ringing in 2009.

Roth masters art of telling lifelong tale in 'Button'
It is ironic that one of F. Scott Fitzgerald's least known short stories has been turned into a 167-minute, super popular major motion picture. Then again, the discrepancy was probably to be expected once screenwriter Eric Roth got the adaptation duties. "The Good Shepherd," "Munich," "Ali" and "The Insider" all run more than 140 minutes. "The Postman" runs 177 minutes but feels at least twice that long. Yet it is not any of these films that shares similarities with "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

Glacier visitor center hosts lecture, slideshow
JUNEAU - For its first Fireside lecture series, the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center will host a presentation and slideshow, "Postcards from Juneau's Past," by historian Jim Geraghty at 6:30 and again at 8 p.m. today.

Community Schools registers for winter
JUNEAU - Community Schools will hold its winter class registration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Nugget Mall.

Brewing company offers local wine tasting
JUNEAU - While Anchorage is hosting the Great Alaskan Beer and Barley Wine Festival, the Alaskan Brewing Co. will provide locals with an opportunity to sample six vintages of their award-winning Barley Wine Ale (2003-2008) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 15-18 at the Alaskan Brewing Co., 5429 Shaune Drive.

Wearable Art show application deadline
JUNEAU - The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council invites the public to start creating for the 2009 Wearable Art fashion show, which exhibits Juneau at its most stylishly inventive. This year's theme is "Altered State."

Gay alliances sponsor session of mini golf
JUNEAU - Southeast Alaska Gay & Lesbian Alliance and the Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays are sponsoring a session of miniature golf play for friends and members for a New Year's Social at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Public libraries host movie-making contest
JUNEAU - This month, and until Feb. 15, locals can enter the Juneau Public Libraries' Storytubes contest for YouTube.

Bishop to visit local Orthodox Church
JUNEAU - Bishop Benjamin (Peterson), bishop of San Francisco and the West and the administrator of the Diocese of Alaska, accompanied by acting-chancellor of the Alaska Diocese the Rev. Michael Oleksa, will visit St. Nicholas Orthodox Church this weekend.

Something's rotten in Lemon Creek
Ben Brown's Wednesday column, "Time to reduce the landfill stench," apparently struck a lot of sensitive nerves and noses. By the end of the day it received more than 60 online comments - some of them odiferous in their own right - but covering a wide range of perspectives. Most of them agree with Ben that not only is our dump a public nuisance but a community embarrassment.

When is gallon of gas not a gallon?
When it comes to fuel dispensed from trucks, there are two kinds of gallons.

Eaglecrest ski lift closed for repairs
With up to three feet of snow forecast in the latest winter storm to hit Juneau, Eaglecrest Ski Area officials had to close the Ptarmigan lift for repairs.

Debt to the sea and the city
The organization that built the Alaska Commercial Fishermen's Memorial on the waterfront downtown needs help paying down its debt to the city - so it's turning to the city.

Panel seeks more funds for school sports
As school officials begin budgeting for the 2009-2010 school year, they will have a request to consider from the high school sports community seeking an additional $300,000 for high school activities as the district transitions from a combined sports program for two high schools to separate programs for each.

Frozen pipes make plumbers flush
The cold snap means brisk business for those who can fix pipes that froze and burst. But few plumbers are willing to do the thawing.

SEACC hires new executive director
Being an activist in Vermont was too easy, said Lindsay Ketchel. Everyone was progressive.

Weyhrauch loses appeal; looks to Supreme Court
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a request from former state Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, a Juneau Republican, to overturn a critical ruling against him.

Alaska officials defend military voting process
A national study that included Alaska on a list of states that need to make it easier for military personnel overseas to vote failed to recognize that changes have already been made, said Gail Fenumiai, state elections director.

Photo: Systems check
The tech service supervisor for the Alaska Legislature, Frank Wilson, tests new hardware and software for the voting system Thursday in the Senate Chambers in the Capitol. The House and Senate chambers underwent numerous upgrades during the interim between sessions. The session starts Jan. 20.

Juneau firefighters battle two fires in subzero weather
Two fires in two days in below zero winter weather have Capital City Fire and Rescue officials cautioning homeowners, and asking for some help as well.

Photo: Winter moon
The moon rises Wednesday behind Mount Bullard as cross country skiers glide over Mendenhall Lake. A month of cold and snowy weather has provided ample opportunity for outdoor winter recreation in Juneau.

Photo: Ice breakers
Justin Evans and Resnick Duong, employees for Douglas Island Pink & Chum, use an aluminum skiff as an ice breaker Thursday in Gastineau Channel near DIPAC. The ice was being broken so that when barges arrive they won't push ice into the costly hatchery floats, pictured in the foreground, and damage them. It's no U.S. Coast Guard polar icebreaker, but it'll do for this, the men said. "We're good up to four inches," Evans said. Thick, fat flakes soon covered the boat-broken paths.

Photo: Finishing details
Wayne Price uses an adz Wednesday to add texture to the new totem pole that he carved for Thunder Mountain High School. The name of the totem is "Our Auntie's Totem" and depicts an aunt, students climbing the river of life and a falcon on top.

Photo: Ice melt
Department of Administration employee Brian Parker spreads ice melt on the steps next to the Dimond Courthouse on Thursday.

Police & Fire
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STUDENT ARTIST: CHERIE BOOTh Actor, writer
Age: 10.

Tibetan exile to speak Sunday at the JACC
JUNEAU - For its monthly speaker, the Juneau World Affairs Council will sponsor Rigdzin Thingkhye to present "A Tibetan in Exile" at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Mitey Mites program kicks off this weekend
JUNEAU - Registration for the Juneau Ski Club's Mitey Mites program is underway now, and the program kicks off this weekend. Mitey Mites introduces young skiers between the ages of 7 and 12 to ski racing in small groups with certified professional instructors, with the objectives of improving skiing skills and having fun. The focus is on fun, safety, and learning the basics of racing.

Sitka welcomes Chaix, first baby of 2009
SITKA - Chaix Ernestine Cynthia Speerstra Mooney was the first baby of 2009 born at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Mount Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

Dance studio welcomes students for semester
JUNEAU - After a two-week break, the staff at Juneau Dance Unlimited welcomes new and returning students for the winter and spring 2009 semester Jan 5-May 24.

Juneau residents share pork roast, mushroom soup, shrimp recipes
Dust off those old cookbooks, get out your family recipe boxes and let's have some fun. Are you looking for a recipe? Ask Auntie Emo! Send in your request or share a family favorite.

Thank you for returning my bank bag of money
Recently when shopping at Wal-Mart, the bank bag that I was carrying was inadvertently left in the grocery cart. Immediately upon realizing that it was missing, my friend and I retraced our steps to no avail. I was sad and disheartened that I had done such a stupid thing and that I wasn't able to retrieve the bag. I talked to the Wal-Mart management and made the report, thinking that it was a futile gesture.

O'Brien, Fisk wed
Shannen Lynne O'Brien and Ian Fisk, both of Juneau, were married at a private ceremony with family and close friends on Jan. 3, 2009, at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. A reception followed at the Twisted Fish.

Curtis Howard
Juneau resident Curtis Torres Howard died Dec. 16, 2008. He was 28.

Ronald Lee Haley
Former Juneau resident Ronald Lee Haley died Dec. 24, 2008, in Kent, Wash. He was 51.

Alaska Editorial: State, Exxon should resolve the dispute over Point Thomson
Exxon and state officials tell very different tales in defense of their positions in the dispute over the Point Thomson natural gas field. The right and wrong of it is difficult to discern in the thicket of details and counter-arguments, but it's encouraging to hear that the two entities still are talking about how to resolve the dispute in a manner that allows natural gas production sooner than later.

Alaska Editorial: Big reserves mean that Alaska's fiscal future is manageable
When Gov. Sarah Palin submitted her budget for next fiscal year, she also prepared a snapshot of how state finances will look over the next 10 years. This 10-year analysis was required by legislation pushed through by Anchorage Rep. Mike Hawker.

Financial meltdown: So what else is new?
To listen to the pundits, one would think that today's banking crisis and financial meltdown is something rare and exotic. But people who stayed awake in history class know that financial panic is a familiar "plot device" in the drama of modern capitalism. Speculation has been followed by collapse at least as far back as the South Sea bubble of 1720. The American experience with such wholesale crises began in 1819.

No longer riding for the brand
"The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded."

How to be stupid ...
... Hamas style

Obama, Congress must repeal Medicaid rule change
President-elect Barack Obama and the new Democratic Congress must repeal a terrible rule change that the Bush administration imposed while packing up.

Sensitivity and 'Gran Torino'
Clint Eastwood has had it up to here with sensitivity. "A lot of people are bored of all the political correctness," he recently told the New York Times. "... The country has come a long way in race relations, but the pendulum swings so far back. Everyone wants to be so" ... and here, he gave a make-my-day grimace ... "sensitive."

Tourists decline less than 1 percent
JUNEAU - Alaska had just more than 1.7 million visitors last year, a drop of less than 1 percent from 2007, according to the Alaska Visitor Statistics Program Visitor Volume report released by the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.

Waste Management to address landfill gas
JUNEAU - Waste Management, which operates Juneau's only landfill at 5600 Tonsgard Court, announced it will hold a public workshop on Tuesday to discuss plans for a new landfill gas management system. The workshop is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Hickel Room of Centennial Hall.

AK Pacific Bank hires Purves as HR officer
JUNEAU - Alaska Pacific Bancshares Inc. President and CEO Craig E. Dahl announced that Lisa Purves was recently hired as the bank's human resource officer.

Juneau man named to advisory council
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin has appointed Juneau's Robert S. Peterson to the Alaska Safety Advisory Council.

Bill Weimar begins six-month sentence
ANCHORAGE - A man who pleaded guilty to funneling money to a political candidate has begun serving his six-month sentence in federal prison.

Threat against fuel facility not credible
JUNEAU - Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies have determined a threat against the Petro Marine fuel facility in Ketchikan to be non-credible.

Palin's legislative director resigns
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin's latest legislative liaison has announced her resignation, but no replacement has yet been named.

Bearded man robs Anchorage bank
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a bearded man robbed a bank and escaped in a sport utility vehicle.

MLK event rehearsals begin this Saturday
JUNEAU - A Martin Luther King Day celebration will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Juneau Christian Center. The theme is "When Dreams Become Reality," and the keynote speaker will be Kim Patterson, director of Student Support Services at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Search suspended for lost boat crewman
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a missing crew member of a fishing boat.

Man allegedly urinates on bouncer
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man has been arrested for allegedly urinating on a bouncer at a bar.

State economist says job losses are likely
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's state labor economist says 2009 is likely the year in which Anchorage's long run of job growth will come to an end.

Juneau hosts Homer for weekend series
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys hockey team will be back in action this weekend following a three-week break for the holidays.

Extreme cold slams state
Ted Johnson planned on using a set of logs to a build a cabin in Alaska's Interior. Instead he'll burn some of them to stay warm.

Palin aide discloses campaign travel costs
ANCHORAGE - An aide to Sarah Palin is disclosing as gifts more than $13,000 in airfare and lodging from the John McCain campaign, logged while helping the Alaska governor with state business during her bid as the Republican vice presidential candidate.

Proponent touts coal-to-liquids plant
FAIRBANKS - The multibillion-dollar price tag on a coal-to-liquids plant might seem expensive but a project proponent says the benefits could outweigh the cost.

Early 2009 fire fatalities concern investigators
State and local fire officials are concerned about the number of fire fatalities just one week into the new year while cautioning building and home owners to use care while heating buildings with much of the state immersed in extreme cold.

Former commissioner looks to challenge Palin in 2010
ANCHORAGE - Bob Poe kicked off his campaign for Alaska governor Thursday and drew a bead on the incumbent, Sarah Palin.

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More claimants file allegations of sexual abuse by Fairbanks priests
FAIRBANKS - Since it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year, the number of people alleging sexual abuse by the Fairbanks Catholic Diocese priests and church workers has more than doubled.

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