Cotton's candy for the ears
You can feel the many emotions of the blues flow through the harmonica of Grammy-winner James "Superharp" Cotton when he gets on stage, said his wife and manager Jacklyn Hairston.
Eastwood still gets better, even at 78
Clint Eastwood is 78. Think about that as you consider what the man has done of late. Since 2004, Eastwood has helmed "Million Dollar Baby," "Flags of Our Fathers," "Letters from Iwo Jima," "Changeling" and of course, "Gran Torino." When he gets bored he also stars himself. Oh, and pre-production has begun already on "The Human Factor," a movie about Nelson Mandela that will star Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon under Eastwood's direction.
'Wittenberg' combines contemporary flavor with formality of years gone by
"Wittenberg" is a college town in Germany, enjoying its intellectual heyday in the early 1500s, also the setting of this brainy, bawdy play about the education of Hamlet, future King of Denmark.
Humanities council seeks booking manager
JUNEAU - Juneau Arts & Humanities Council is now accepting applications for the position of booking manager for the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.
Fairbanks association holds annual statewide Poetry Contest
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks Arts Association's Literary Arts Committee is now accepting entries for the 14th annual Poetry Contest. The purpose of the contest is to encourage, publicize and reward the writing of high quality poetry. Winners of the contest will be announced March 21 at the Fairbanks Arts Association's Bear Gallery in the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts.
Bulgarian folk dance workshop to be held Jan. 24 at Marie Drake
JUNEAU - A day-long Bulgarian folk dance workshop with Daniela Ivanova will be held next Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Marie Drake gymnasium. The workshop, sponsored by the Juneau International Folkdancers, will consist of four sessions: 10-11 a.m., 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 2-3 p.m. and 3:15-4:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per session or $35 for the entire day.
Springboard invites families to 'chill'
JUNEAU - The Juneau Economic Development Council's Springboard and the Alaska State Museum invite families to a free family event, "Chill with the Family," from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Alaska State Museum, 395 Whittier St.
Avalanche awareness seminar held Saturday
JUNEAU - The Alaska Avalanche School will present a one-day avalanche awareness and training seminar at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. The seminar is free and open to the public.
Community Schools offers movie night
JUNEAU - Community Schools is offering a special movie night at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium. This recently released movie will provide an opportunity for the audience to sing along.
Gov. Sarah Palin
Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell
Speaker of the House Rep. Mike Chenault
District 34 - Republican, Nikiski
Rep. John Harris
District 12 - Republican, Valdez
Rep. Mike Hawker
District 32 - Republican, Anchorage
Rep. Bob Herron
District 38 - Democrat, Bethel
Rep. Lindsey Holmes
District 26 - Democrat, Anchorage
Rep. Reggie Joule
District 40 - Democrat, Kotzebue
Rep. Craig Johnson
District 28 - Republican, Anchorage
Rep. Wes Keller
District 14 - Republican, Wasilla
Rep. Scott Jiu Wo Kawasaki
District 9 - Democrat, Fairbanks
Rep. Mike Kelly
District 7 - Republican, Fairbanks
Rep. Beth Kerttula
District 3 - Democrat, Juneau
Rep. Charisse Millett
District 30 - Republican, Anchorage
Rep. Bob Lynn
District 31 - Republican, Anchorage
Rep. Cathy Muñoz
District 4 - Republican, Juneau
Rep. Mark Neuman
District 15 - Republican, Big Lake
Rep. Kurt Olson
District 33 - Republican, Soldotna
Rep. Jay Ramras
District 10 - Republican, Fairbanks
Rep. Woodie Salmon
District 6 - Democrat, Chalkyitsik
Rep. Pete Petersen
District 19 - Democrat, Anchorage
Rep. Bill Stoltze
District 16 - Republican, Chugiak/Mat-Su
Rep. Paul Seaton
District 35 - Republican, Homer
Majority Leader Rep. Kyle Johansen
District 1 - Republican, Ketchikan
Rep. William A. "Bill" Thomas
District 5 - Republican, Haines
Rep. Chris Tuck
District 29 - Democrat, Anchorage
Rep. Bob Buch
District 27 - Democrat, Anchorage
Rep. Sharon Cissna
District 22 - Democrat, Anchorage
Rep. Alan Austerman
District 36 - Republican, Kodiak
Rep. Peggy Wilson
District 2 - Republican, Wrangell
Rep. John Coghill
District 11 - Republican, North Pole
Rep. Harry Crawford
District 21 - Democrat, Anchorage
Rep. Mike Doogan
District 25 - Democrat, Anchorage
Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom
District 18 - Republican, Anchorage
Rep. Bryce Edgmon
District 37 - Democrat, Dillingham
Rep. Anna Fairclough
District 17 - Republican, Eagle River
Rep. Richard Foster
District 39 - Democrat, Nome
Rep. Les Gara
District 23 - Democrat, Anchorage
Rep. Berta Gardner
District 24 - Democrat, Anchorage
Rep. Carl Gatto
District 13 - Republican, Palmer
Rep. David Guttenberg
District 8 - Democrat, Fairbanks
Rep. Max Gruenberg
District 20 - Democrat, Anchorage
Visiting the Capitol; simpler than it sounds
In Alaska, the state's citizens are welcomed throughout the Capitol, but it's not always easy. With a little bit of inside knowledge, however, what goes on in the building is readily available.
Palin returns from campaign to a changed state
Gov. Sarah Palin is returning to the legislative scene to find it dramatically different than when she left in August to campaign for the vice presidency.
Palin calls new budget 'prudent'
Gov. Sarah Palin rolled out her proposed budget for next fiscal year in Juneau on Dec. 15.
Falling oil prices to limit budget options
Plunging oil prices are likely to give Alaska less money to spend in the next year and have Gov. Sarah Palin looking at a bare-bones state budget for next year.
Palin health care proposals promise less controversy and more changes
Gov. Sarah Palin's health care proposal for this year's Legislature may have a better chance than last year's did, but it's not because of what's in the plan. It's what Palin left out.
Legislative child care center OK'd
As a legislator, Rep. Mary Nelson, D-Bethel, couldn't find child care for her infants. She brought in her 81-year-old grandmother from Colorado to Juneau to care for her children.
Women lag in Alaska Legislature
Nationwide, women are being elected to state legislatures more and more frequently, but in the last election their numbers declined in Alaska.
State department phone numbers
Dept. of Administration 465-2200Annette Kreitzer, commissionerwww.admin.state.ak.us/
Legislative Information Office Directory
Anchorage Leg. Information Office
Superintendent of schools receives positive evaluation
Controversy over the new high school, high dropout rates and several schools' failure to meet key standardized testing benchmarks didn't keep the Juneau School Board from giving Superintendent Peggy Cowan a positive job evaluation.
AEL&P: Electric rates to triple
Juneau's electric utility said Thursday that residential rates will triple to about 30 cents per kilowatt-hour to cover the cost of diesel, and repairs to the Snettisham power line may be done in a month.
Legislators grilled on capital creep
Juneau legislators wanting to discuss their initiatives in the upcoming Legislative session during a luncheon instead went on the defensive after being blamed for not stopping the loss of state government jobs known as capital creep.
Capital Records closes its doors
JUNEAU - They're dropping like flies. Small, independently-owned record stores all over the country are going out of business faster than they can be remembered. Juneau's own Capital Records will take its place in the record store graveyard at the end of January, when it plans to close its doors for good.
Permanent Fund to raise rates for state bank lending
The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. is changing how it sets rates on money it lends to Alaska banks, after fund managers felt those rates had fallen too low.
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:
Friday, Jan. 16
Tell your loved ones you love them
For starters, I would like to apologize to my regular readers for last month's missing column. I missed the deadline. In my defense, I'll have to say that I was preoccupied.
Juneau resident seeks hot corn dip recipe and another shares humpy jalapeno dip
It's that time again. We're looking for "Super Bowl-Kick Off" and "Valentine's Day" favorites. Do you have a recipe you would like to share? Auntie Emo is where we match and share recipes. Send in your requests and share a favorite recipe with our readers.
The Thanksgiving of January
At New Year's we frequently take inventory of where we are and where we are going, getting our bearings.
Thank you for the smart, funny and good-hearted play
This weekend we attended a smart, funny and good-hearted play at Perseverance Theater. Wittenberg is an unlikely conversation between Hamlet, Martin Luther, John Faustus, and several characters known collectively as "The Eternal Feminine." The play is a philosophical argument about the nature of good and evil, free will and man's place in the universe - questions as relevant to our 21st century lives as to these 16th century characters.
Ricky Shane Sumdum
Former seasonal Juneau resident Ricky Shane Sumdum died Jan. 3, 2009, in Anchorage. He was 50.
Harold Frank Sr.
Juneau resident Harold Frank Sr. died due to health complications on Jan. 13, 2009, at Helping Hands Assisted Living Facility in Anchorage. He was 74.
Alaska editorial: Federal managers decide to look before they leap
As ice disappears from Alaska's arctic waters, North Pacific fishing fleets may be tempted to push into the newly opening area, seeking whatever fish they might find. But nobody knows very much about the region's marine environment, how the arctic warming trend is changing it, and what damage, if any, commercial fishing might inflict.
My Turn: To see beyond dire headlines, look into the face of children
As the New Year rings in, fresh news of the nation's financial troubles and of the senseless violence and suffering endured by the people of the Middle East, Africa and Asia, it can be difficult to find reasons to be optimistic about the coming year. Each day, however, I am privileged to witness the future's promise as embodied by the young children of Juneau.
Facing an Obama dilemma
Even before President Bush is out the door, critical new allegations of misconduct by subordinates have surfaced in the press that cry out for investigations by the incoming Obama administration.
August fishing derby in jeopardy
JUNEAU - After 62 years, the 2009 Golden North Salmon Derby could be cancelled unless volunteers pitch in to help run it.
SAGA charity drive ends Monday
JUNEAU - The Southeast Alaska Guidance Association's charity drive will end Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and will be followed by a casual reception at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Glacier View Room of the University of Alaska Southeast to celebrate diversity and thank everyone involved in the effort.
Inmate believed to have committed suicide
ANCHORAGE - An inmate at the Wildwood Correctional Center in Kenai is believed to have committed suicide.
Authorities investigate mail thefts
FAIRBANKS - An investigation is under way in the Fairbanks area of several hundred reports of mail tampering and theft.
Senate President Sen. Gary Stevens
District R - Republican, Kodiak
Sen. Albert Kookesh
District C - Democrat, Angoon
Sen. Lesil McGuire
District N - Republican, Anchorage
Sen. Linda Menard
District G - Republican, Wasilla
Sen. Kevin Meyer
District O - Republican, Anchorage
Sen. Donny Olson
District T - Democrat, Golovin
Sen. Joe Paskvan
District E - Democrat, Fairbanks
Sen. Bert Stedman
District A - Republican, Sitka
Sen. Gene Therriault
District F - Republican, North Pole
Sen. Joe Thomas
District D - Democrat, Fairbanks
Sen. Tom Wagoner - Broken
District Q - Republican, Kenai
Sen. Tom Wagoner
District Q - Republican, Kenai
Majority Leader Sen. Johnny Ellis
District L - Democrat, Anchorage
Sen. Bill Wielechowski
District J - Democrat, Anchorage
Sen. Con Bunde
District P - Republican, Anchorage
Sen. Fred Dyson
District I - Republican, Eagle River
Sen. Kim Elton
District B - Democrat, Juneau
Sen. Bettye Davis
District K - Democrat, Anchorage
Sen. Hollis French
District M - Democrat, Anchorage
Sen. Lyman Hoffman
District S - Democrat, Bethel
Sen. Charlie Huggins
District H - Republican, Wasilla
Snow plows and pom- POMS
No more can the local grumps at the coffee shop say it'd take more than a pack of cheerleaders to clear their driveway.
JDHS hosts Monroe Catholic for 'real' Senior Night games
A busted zamboni at Treadwell Arena has left the Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team and even the local recreation leagues with little to no ice time this week, but JDHS' final home games against Fairbanks' 3A Monroe Catholic Rams appeared to be ready to go by press time on Thursday.
North Pole invades on Jan. 23-24
The Juneau-Douglas High School varsity girls basketball team continued their hot play during a rare trip to Anchorage last weekend, downing 4A opponents East Anchorage and Chugiak with a narrow loss to Colony in-between.
Idle Bears prep for rival Kings
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys varsity basketball team will be taking this weekend off from competition, but don't expect head coach Steve Potter to roll out the Scrabble board and Chinese checkers.
Sports in Juneau
Parks and Recreation Adult Ordway Basketball League
Standings as of Jan. 15
Nenana man celebrates his 105th birthday
FAIRBANKS - A Nenana man celebrated his 105th birthday.
7 rescued from boat moored to oil platform
KENAI - Seven people were rescued Thursday from a boat that was moored to an oil rig platform in Cook Inlet when it began taking on water.