Friday, January 18, 2008

Theme-party to raise money for local artist
Benefit

'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.

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

Self-professed grump searches for world's happiest places
"The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Place on Earth" (TWELVE, 325 pages, $25.99), by Eric Weiner: Part philosophy, part psychoanalysis, part cultural studies lesson, Eric Weiner's "Geography of Bliss" searches out the "where" of the happiness question.

In the Stacks: New adult fiction includes 'The Whale Road,' 'Darkness Falls' and 'Endless Blue'
Here's a quick sample of some of the new fiction for adult readers at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Books Digest

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.

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

Gadget tidbits
YAS-70 Air Surround

Caught in the Web
Blog it: Grammar Girl

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.

The high cost of Windows
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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.

Nonsmokers should not influence others
This letter is concerning smoking in the local bars and pubs. I, for one, think it's quite childish and mundane for individuals who don't partake in smoking to influence others with their anti-smoking, fern-head ideals.

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.

Disappointed in Hoonah school
I am very disappointed in the Hoonah School District.

In support of Planned Parenthood
I am writing in defense of Planned Parenthood. Their services, including pregnancy termination, are long overdue in Juneau. Nobody wants to have an abortion. Unplanned pregnancies happen, however, and it is definitely not always in the best interest of the woman to take on the significant emotional and financial commitment of raising that potential child.

Commercial construction rolling
Last year's big trio of commercial projects - Home Depot, Wal-Mart and Fred Meyer's expansion - may be all finished, but smaller projects are keeping Juneau's construction market hopping.

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.

Photos: Parka party
Paula Savikko makes adjustments to 7-year-old Kayla Phillips' Yupik summer parka, called a kuspuck. Students in Savikko's second grade class at Gastineau Elementary School have been making the kuspucks as a culturally relevant look at non-standard measurements. The program for using math in an Alaska cultural context was created by the University of Alaska.

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.

Teacher's union set for pension fight
The union representing teachers and school support staff said Thursday it is gearing up to fight another round over pensions, an issue some lawmakers said they consider a "done deal."

Photos: Welcoming lawmakers to Juneau

Photo: Outdoor ash trays
Juneau city employees Cary Seifert, left, and Tom Boddy install cigarette disposal boxes Thursday on South Franklin Street. The boxes are for smokers who, since the Jan. 2 ordinance change, must smoke outside of the bars.

Around Town

Around Town

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

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

'The Kite Runner' soars
MOVIE REVIEW

'Sweeney Todd' sings macabre music
movie Review

Juneau's Cinema guide
OPENING

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

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.

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.

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.

Local Army National Guard finds new chief
The Alaska National Guard has a new chief in town, Maj. Charles Nesloney, 41. He's a soldier from Texas with a degree in agriculture, a background in farming, and experience as a commander of US Army Space Company in Quatar. Nesloney moved to Juneau in November, 2007 and will be running the Alaska Army National Guard's 3rd Battalion, headquartered in Juneau.

State Farm awards 'smart choices' grant
JUNEAU - Local teens will get more support to stay in school from their peers, community and business leaders, because of a State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant.

Student artist in the Spotlight: Kyle Kahklen
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program. To have your student art included, contact your school office.

Living and growing: Former pastor describes the gleanings from his Grandpa
I am a full-blooded Norwegian who grew up in rural northwest Iowa with my immigrant father and second-generation mother. I am glad they loved me and parented me, but as will all parents, they made mistakes.

Neighbors helping Neighbors
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Neighbors Digest

Neighbors mailbox

Recognitions
Amy Bays was awarded a Masters in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University in December; Zachariah Owens, of Juneau, was named to the fall dean's list at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Ore

FYI

Pauline M. Matheny
Former Juneau resident Pauline M. Matheny, of Fox Island, Wash., died Jan. 8, 2008, in Monroe, Wash. She was 87.

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

Paula Gail Buck
Former Juneau resident Paula Gail Buck, of Meadview, Ariz., died Jan. 14, 2008, in her home after a three-year fight with cancer. She was 60.

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: Hoverbarge could harm salmon river
I am writing to oppose use of a hoverbarge and amphitrac by Redfern Resources on the Taku River. The Taku is one of Southeast Alaska's most productive salmon rivers, and there is substantial concern that use of a hoverbarge, in combination with an amphitrac, will have serious consequences for fish habitat.

Outside editorial: Divided it stands
For all the hand-wringing among Democrats about the tough choices the party's voters are facing in their selection of a presidential nominee, it's nothing compared to the troubles Republicans are creating for themselves this year.

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.

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: Was Padilla subjected to illegal torture?
Jose Padilla, the onetime alleged dirty-bomb plotter, this month sued John Yoo, the onetime Bush legal adviser who played a key role in crafting the so-called torture memos.

Outside column: Dr. King's greatest dream still remains unfulfilled
If the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had succeeded, racism, discrimination, poverty, injustice and inequality wouldn't still boldly assault the nation.

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

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.

Evolution of fighting
Fighters armed with big red gloves and burning desire to inflict physical damage to another human being have electrified Juneau crowds at Roughhouse Friday boxing at Marlintini's Lounge for years.

A brief history of MMA
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, boxing ruled America.

Homer to visit JDHS; physical series expected
This weekend's hockey series between Juneau-Douglas High School and Homer should be special, but not just because it features the final home games of the year.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

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.

Budget reserve battle lines drawn
The state of Alaska owes more than $5.2 billion to its Constitutional Budget Reserve, but there appears to be little sentiment in the Legislature to fully repay the money borrowed from the fund.

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

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.

Last year's budget vetoes still sting for lawmakers
JUNEAU - Legislators are still smarting from Gov. Sarah Palin's recent budget vetoes, now their budget director is warning they may be the fall guys if overall spending increases significantly.

Carbon monoxide overcomes family in car, but all survive
ANCHORAGE - A family of five got lucky as they drove down a busy Anchorage street - their car hit a snow bank.

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

Whale Pass welcomes baby Boomchain
KETCHIKAN - Boomchain came into the world at home in Whale Pass - the first baby ever born in the small community on Prince of Wales Island as far back as local people can remember.

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.

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.

White House defends Chuckchi Sea oil lease
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is weeks away from a decision that most likely will designate polar bears as a threatened species, but it said Thursday that it won't budge on issuing new oil and gas leases in their shrinking Alaska habitat.

Interior officials: Drilling won't harm polar bears
WASHINGTON - The directors of two Interior Department agencies said Thursday they're confident oil and gas exploration in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska can proceed without threatening polar bears that depend on the sea ice.

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

Alaska Digest

DOTPF Commissioner faces transportation committee questions
JUNEAU - Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Commissioner Leo von Scheben outlined his department's goals with the House Transportation Committee.

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