Thursday, January 17, 2008

'Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill' a one-woman wonder Actress and singer Ericka Lee gives a superb performance
It's not too much of a stretch to imagine the downstairs bar at the old Elks Club on Franklin Street as a seedy 1950s nightclub - the funky ceiling fans and old-fashioned light fixtures probably date from that era. And then imagine this well-worn cabaret hosting a fading, but still brilliantly compelling, jazz songstress.

Theme-party to raise money for local artist
Benefit

Arts & Culture in brief
Roughhouse boxing to feature cage-style fighting on Friday

What's Happening
THURSDAY, JAN. 17

A tasty twist on traditional tagine
A tagine (pronounced "tah-zheen") is a hallmark of Moroccan cooking. The slow-simmered stew mingles meats and vegetables with aromatic spices, such as cumin and cinnamon.

Pancit noodles tie together any Filipino dish
Filipinos love to gather together, for baby showers, birthday parties or any occasion. If there's no occasion, we'll find something to celebrate just to commune and bond. Part of the bonding is eating!

Champagne not just for New Year's
Since this is my first column, I thought I'd give you a little background information so you have an idea where this spiel is coming from.

Gadget tidbits
YAS-70 Air Surround

'Nights: Journey of Dreams' will bore you to sleep
GAME REVIEW

Gamers go back to Las Vegas in new 'Rainbow Six' installment
While "Gears of War" and "Resistance: Fall of Man" stole the headlines during the 2006 holiday blitz, some gamers felt that "Rainbow Six Vegas" was the true star shooter of the year. Its intense tactical action among slot machines and roulette tables won over casual and hardcore fans alike, and the deep multiplayer is still one of the best-executed experiences on consoles. The game's success and ties to the Tom Clancy empire both indicated that a sequel was inevitable, and now details are starting to emerge about our return trip to the strip.

Caught in the Web
Blog it: Grammar Girl

The high cost of Windows
Web links

Anchorage is cheaper than Juneau - so what?
In Joshua Lovett's letter to the editor on Jan. 15, he argued that the capital should be moved to Anchorage because "The basic fundamental point is that Anchorage is cheaper." He also believes that it should be moved to the largest municipality because of the number of constituents that make up that urban center outnumber other districts.

Avalanche time at flume, Thane Road
The avalanche conditions are now becoming ripe for very dangerous and life-threatening situations. The prime locations are the flume area and Thane Road.

Offer women hope, not abortions
In a letter to the editor on Dec. 14, Suzanne Forsling pointed out how we all have one thing in common - life. Helen Monagle added the element of concern about Planned Parenthood, which threatens life through its programs of abortion.

Limit entry to charter fishing industry
The latest concern over the catch rate by clients of charter operators furthers the need for some form of limited entry into the charter industry. There is a limited resource that all user groups target: salmon and halibut. Commercial fishermen have gone through limited entry and the individual fishing quota program.

Less snow not necessarily better for plows
From her view as a state plow operator, Missy Tyson said it's hard to argue that last year's record-breaking 200-inch snowfall was worse than this year's alternating snow-and-rain combination.

Board OKs district plan for Next Generation
The Juneau School District's plan to retool high school education was approved by the Juneau School Board on Tuesday night.

Sealaska's historical photo collection grows
While Southeast Alaska Natives traditionally passed history down by sharing elaborate stories, the Sealaska Heritage Institute is finding out that handing on the culture these days requires more than just a good ear.

Boat runs aground outside Wrangell
A tender carrying 34,000 gallons of diesel ran aground early Wednesday morning off Zarembo Island, near Wrangell. It spilled an unknown quantity of oil.

Photos: Welcoming lawmakers to Juneau

School Board holds out for more options on Montessori
Juneau School Board members decided to broaden their search Tuesday for a home for the district's Montessori program.

Photo: Choir rings in new session

Around Town

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Around Town

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

'The Kite Runner' soars
MOVIE REVIEW

'Sweeney Todd' sings macabre music
movie Review

New on Video&DVD
Yer new word for the day: Westosterone.

Juneau's Cinema guide
OPENING

KTOO celebrates triumphant trifecta
It was a bit of a risk when KTOO bought two local stations and changed up its programming a little over a year ago, but the K3 experiment has been a success, according to KTOO manager Cheryl Levitt.

Theme-party to raise money for local artist
Benefit

Making the connection: country & punk
Poll some old punkers nowadays, and make a note of how many will admit to enjoying country music.

Sound Bites
The Magnetic Fields "Distortion" ★★★

sound & fury in brief
Juneau Strings Ensembles to host annual Chamber Music Night at 7 p.m. on Saturday

Brit rockers send arctic blast from the past to Pennsylvania musician
In the late 1960s, a Berks County, Pa., rock band called The Triumphs cut 20 or so songs on a four-track recorder in a tiny home studio, hoping to land a record deal and a hit on the charts.

Chamber Music Night: Stringing it together
Two ensembles - Ursa Major and Aurora Strings - of the Juneau Strings Ensembles, which also includes the beginner ensemble Ursa Minor, will perform the annual Chamber Music Night at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Northern Light United Church.

Satisfying the insatiable need for attention is a full time job
My boy is standing beside me as I write, pulling on my finger. He wants me to come with him. Ignoring him is not possible and hasn't been since he learned that by merely pulling on my finger, he can make me rise from my chair and follow him to almost any location in the house.

Pets of the week
You can visit these pets during visiting hours from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday or 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Gastineau Humane Society.

Neighbors Digest
Chez Alaska Cooking School to host hands-on class this Saturday

Frances Peterson
Former Juneau resident Frances Peterson died Jan. 10, 2008, in Petersburg. She was 101.

Karen Olsen
Former Juneau resident Karen (Monson) Olsen died Jan. 10, 2008, at her home in Anchorage, surrounded by her family and friends. She was 53.

Joseph Malenowski
Former Juneau resident Joseph Stanley Malenowski died Dec. 17, 2007, in Wasilla. He was 52.

Where have all the heroes gone?
"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

My Turn: See the TransCanada job through
Is it not amusing to hear "talking heads" tell us how indignant they are to have TransCanada meet the requirements for the next phase of a state gas line license under the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act? Gov. Sarah Palin approved a principal, but critics spend more time criticizing and passing negative articles among one another than supporting the ultimate goal of shipping Alaska's natural gas.

My turn: Beware 'precautionary principle' in climate change
A recent commentary implied that the "precautionary principle" should be a part of American policy in regard to climate change. This isn't without precedent: A similar policy was enacted among earlier civilizations when they began throwing virgins into the pit before the volcano got mad.

My Turn: Not fair that property owners pay taxes for all
It seems to me that the current system of obligating the property owners to pay increased taxes on the land and improvements they own is flawed.

Outside editorial: A true horse race
This month is offering a serial look at the strengths and weaknesses of our candidates for president. Iowa provided insight into their ground games: Barack Obama stirred the young and the loyal, while Hillary Rodham Clinton fizzled; Mike Huckabee energized the Christian right, where support for Mitt Romney failed to gel. Then New Hampshire brought out the mainstays of the parties: Older women warmed to Clinton and propelled her to a comeback; John McCain tapped old loyalists.

Outside editorial: Labeling should be required for clones
The Food and Drug Administration deserves credit for carefully studying the products of cloned animals. Now, after six years of research by a variety of independent animal health experts, the FDA should allow farmers to sell meat, milk and other products from cloned livestock to U.S. supermarkets.

Outside editorial: Ethics investigators: Get a dog with teeth
Outside editorials

Outside editorial: It's good to see President Bush still trying to broker a Middle East solution
Ambitious is too mild an adjective to describe President George W. Bush's goal of brokering a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians before he leaves office in a year. Audacious is more like it.

Does everyone have a soul mate?
I have heard it said a lot lately that when you meet that one special person, your soul mate (if you believe in that kind of thing), you just know.

Overuse injuries plague young athletes
ST. LOUIS - Elaine Gill, 16, wanted to run faster. So she started running more. A lot more.

Photo: Jumping in January
Juneau Jumpers competitive jump rope team members Talitha Wilson, Grayson Carlile, Iris Neary and Isabel Bush practice their double-dutch pairs freestyle routine during a practice last week.

Rennie scores a hat trick to lead CCFR to victory in Tier A
Gary Rennie scored a hat trick and Shannon Seifert had a goal and two assists in the Capital City Fire and Rescue's win over Air Excursions 5-1 in a Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier C game on Sunday at Treadwell Arena.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

The Celtic passion still Burns
Juneau residents get their chance to indulge in this delicacy (and whiskey, if need be) during Robbie Burns Night at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Centennial Hall. The celebration traditionally takes place Jan. 25, the birthday of the 18th century man known as the Immortal Bard of Scotland, honoring the hundreds of often blunt and humorous verses and songs that made him the country's best-known poet.

Palin touts gas line progress
Gov. Sarah Palin, in her second State of the State speech Tuesday, promised to plow ahead with her agenda, which includes her quest for a natural gas pipeline and personal freedom and responsibility for Alaskans.

Natural Gas Pipeline: Lawmakers say more hearings are needed
The head of the Senate Resource Committee said Wednesday he will throw the door open to energy companies looking to build a natural gas pipeline

Deal brokered for timing of governor's speech after eleventh-hour standoff
As one wag described it, lawmakers were at sixes and sevens in the hours before the start of the 2008 legislative session.

Ferry system responds to schedule critics
A summer ferry schedule will likely be available by the end of January, according to Alaska Marine Highway System officials, who say they're working hard to beat their earlier announced date of Feb. 13.

New Senate Rules chairman to be selected by next week
A new Senate Rules chairman will be selected by early next week.

State to pay $2.4 million to settle trial
ANCHORAGE - The state of Alaska will pay $2.4 million to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of two teens who were abused and neglected in state foster care, ending a trial about to enter a second week.

Ancient mask from Alaska ghost village returned to Natives
ANCHORAGE - Four decades after it was abandoned, King Island holds an almost mystical pull for former residents and their offspring, its crumbling homes still perched eerily high on stilts, clinging to the steep, rocky face of an unforgiving terrain.

Cowdery resigns as chairman of Senate Rules Committee
Sen. John Cowdery, R-Anchorage, announced his resignation as chairman of the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday during the governor's State of the State speech.

Report: Inadequate training caused fatal mining accident
ANCHORAGE - Two workers killed in a construction accident at a gold mine last year were not properly trained to use the machine that toppled over and pitched them to the ground, according to a federal report.

High-speed chase ends in semi truck driver's death on the Parks Highway
FAIRBANKS - A semi tractor driver led law officers on a high speed chase down the Parks Highway, then killed himself near Nenana, Alaska State Troopers said.

Alaska Digest

Senate president: No flap with Palin
JUNEAU - Senate President Lyda Green says recurring disputes between her and Gov. Sarah Palin are nothing personal.

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