CELTIC Music Festival
The Celtic community in Juneau holds a biannual Burns Night to honor and celebrate Robert Burns, the national poet of Scotland - as well as to drink a bit o' whiskey.

'Mall Cop' does all right initially but starts to unravel
Remember "Old School"? It was when Will Ferrell was still at his peak. It also featured one of my favorite comedy scenes from the past decade: Ferrell accidentally fires a tranquilizer dart into his own jugular, prompting a mulleted Sean William Scott to say, "Dude! You've got a f***ing dart in your neck!" Ferrell, already feeling the effects of the tranquilizer, laughs and says in a slurred voice, "I like you. But you're crazy."

Ensembles partner for Chamber Music Night
The Juneau String Ensembles' two youth ensembles, Ursa Major and Aurora Strings, and several quartets will perform their annual Chamber Music Night concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Northern Light United Church.

Straley to present on recent works Saturday
JUNEAU - Former Alaska Writer Laureate and Shamus Award winner John Straley will present "Poetry, Prose and Private Investigations" at 7 p.m. Saturday at the downtown library.

National Endowment for Arts Grant Award
SITKA - The Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The $20,000 grant will be used to support their summer Native Artist Demonstrators Program and a lecturer/artist during Native American Heritage Awareness in November for their winter lecture series. The support period for the grant is March 2009 through November 2010.

City Museum to hold '12X12' kids workshop
JUNEAU - On Feb. 6, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum will open its fifth annual "12X12" community art installation exhibit.

Artist Travel Grants up to $1,500 available
ALASKA - The National Native Artist Exchange, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, provides travel grants for Native artists residing in any of the 50 states to visit different regions of the country so they may exchange artistic knowledge and skills.

Pro-choice coalition to host LunaFest
JUNEAU - The Juneau Pro-Choice Coalition will host the second annual Juneau showing of LunaFest from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30. at Centennial Hall. Tickets are $10, available at the door or at Hearthside books.

Juneau Jazz & Classics to host cabaret show
JUNEAU - Juneau Jazz & Classics will host its winter cabaret show, "Singin' in the Rain," at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Thunder Mountain High School acquires art
JUNEAU - This weekend, Thunder Mountain High School will acquire new art commissioned as part of the process of building the new high school.

Palin's governing in 2008 was inefficient and unsatisfactory
On Jan. 1, the Anchorage Daily News reported that Gov. Sarah Palin billed the state for 300 days of meals in 2008 while based at her home in Wasilla. Add to that approximately 65 days campaigning out of state for vice-president after Aug. 29, and it appears she spent little, if any, time in Juneau.

Obama should have acknowledged Native Americans in speech
Listening to the inaugural speech by our new president, I was impressed with his desire to ask people of all religions or non-believers, people of all genetic differences, to come together as one nation. He spoke of how families packed their suitcases to come to a new land, and how their descendants have succeeded.

Men's Crisis Center Web site sends mixed signals
It's been three months since word of the Men's Crisis Center made news in Juneau. The Juneau group says they do not want to be associated with the Web site they are featured on and in no way want to be associated with attitudes that condone abuse or mistreatment of women.

Proposed Lynn Canal Road also threatened by avalanche zones
The fact that avalanches are not easy to control was again made evident by the recent incident along the Snettisham power line. Efforts have been employed to prevent avalanches from damaging towers along the power line, yet weather proved to be too big a foe.

City manager finalists unveiled
City officials released the names and management histories of four finalists for the Juneau city manager position Wednesday.

Palin puts hiring freeze in place
Gov. Sarah Palin told Alaskans in her State of the State address Thursday that the state faces a serious financial crunch due to declining oil prices, and she is instituting a hiring freeze and banning non-essential purchases.

Economists: Recession to hit Alaska this year
The national recession will catch up with Alaska in 2009, with job losses in most major economic sectors except government, economists told Juneau's business community Thursday.

State legislators challenge Palin's budget proposal
Members of the Republican-led House Majority Caucus said Wednesday they will be taking a hard look at next year's budget, and they challenged the numbers Gov. Sarah Palin used to develop her budget proposal.

State seafood worth $5.8 billion
If Alaska were a country, its 2007 seafood catch would rank ninth in the world. The total value of the fishery: $5.8 billion, according to the Marine Conservation Alliance.

Getting Kensington on Obama's radar
A national coalition of environmental groups specifically mentioned the Kensington gold mine in its briefing for President Barack Obama's transition team.

Lawmakers steamed over snubbed subpoenas
State lawmakers on Wednesday said they don't plan to pursue abuse of power findings against Gov. Sarah Palin, but they do want to know why their subpoenas were ignored in last fall's Troopergate investigation.

Troopers warn of scam targeting personal info
Alaska State Troopers are warning Juneau residents to watch out for an aggressive identity theft scam that uses fake jury duty summonses.

Meyer ran afoul of ethics rules
Republican Sen. Kevin Meyer, of Anchorage, violated Legislative ethics rules while campaigning for his Senate seat, the Legislature's ethics committee has found.

Photos: Legislative Welcome Reception
Legislative welcome: Sen. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, left, and Alaska Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell and Karen Rehfeld, Director of the Office of Management and Budget speak to each other Wed. during the Legislative Welcome Reception at Centennial Hall.

Photo: Romeo, what big teeth you have
Juneau's only black, male wolf, nicknamed "Romeo" by local residents, yawns Wednesday on a hill near the West Glacier trailhead.

Photo: Pro-life rally
Rep. Bob Lynn, R-Anchorage, speaks against abortion on the steps of the Capitol during a rally Thursday. The pro-life rally was sponsored by Alaskans For Life, Inc. Thursday was the 36th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion in the United States.

Photo: Little lobbyists
Jackson Norberg, 7 and brothers Sam Marnon, 5, and Jake Marnon, 8, read books Wednesday in the hallway of the second floor of the Capitol.

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

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Police & Fire
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Juneauite shares green chili sourdough bites
Send in your favorite "Super Bowl and "Valentine Sweetheart" recipes. Auntie Emo is where we match and share recipes.

Student Artist: ALISA SIMPSON
Age: 18.

Gould, Hornbuckle invite friends to their birthday celebration
JUNEAU - Family and friends of Alan Gould and Chuck Hornbuckle are invited to their 70th birthday party from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Parkshore Condos Community Hall, 800 F St.

Photo: A ball of a time
Juneau-Douglas High School students dance in the school's commons during the annual Snowball dance on Saturday.

Alaska State Museum to host scroll-making workshops Saturday
JUNEAU - Anchorage artist Katherine Coons will conduct scroll-making workshops for youth in kindergarten through fifth grade from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Alaska State Museum.

Thank you, community, for supporting SAGA
As we look forward to 2009, the Southeast Alaska Guidance Association would like to express its gratitude for the 2008 local support that helped us get here. Thanks to the Juneau Community Foundation, JCF Youth Action Committee, Douglas-Dornan Foundation, Machamer Foundation, Skaggs Foundation, First Bank, Juneau Lions Club, Fred Meyer, Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau, United Way, Juneau Ranger District, Alaska Electric Light & Power Co., Rainbow Foods, Alaskan & Proud market, Heritage Coffee, McDonald's, Geoff and Marcy Larson, John Gaguine, Sue Warner and Ken Leghorn.

U.S. Navy Seaman apprentice Bradford M. Mahoney, son of Rochelle and Mark F. Mahoney, of Juneau, recently completed Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Nancy Jane Thompson
Longtime Douglas resident Nancy Jane Thompson died peacefully in her sleep Jan. 18, 2009, at home in Douglas. She had been battling cancer for many years.

Alyce Vick
Douglas resident Alyce Vick died Jan. 16, 2009, at her home. She was 87.

Howard Crusan
Juneau baby Howard Paul Fulton Crusan died Jan. 13, 2009, in Juneau.

Robert James
Former Juneau resident Robert James died Dec. 29, 2008, in Anchorage. He was 42.

My Turn: Defining Alaska as a clean energy state
Just as "Alyeska," the Aleut name for the Great Land morphed into "Alaska," I'm wondering if we can alter the world's perception of Alaska as an energy state.

Alaska editorial: Alaska in a weak position on latest coal plant deal
The Healy "clean" coal plant is one of state government's biggest economic development boondoggles, so it's tempting to cheer the news that the state might actually get $50 million for the long-mothballed electrical project. That price is a pittance of the state's nearly $200 million investment, but it's better than nothing. And the deal raises hopes that the controversial plant may finally be put to constructive use after sitting idle for a decade. Ah, but this is the Healy Clean Coal Plant, a cursed project if there ever was one.

Alaska Editorial: Game management shouldn't be an 'either-or' type
Former Board of Game members, in asking Gov. Sarah Palin to balance that body by appointing “non-consumptive” wildlife users, are perfectly justified in calling for fair consideration of their views. But the public should understand the essential unfairness inherent in much of the “non-consumptive” agenda.

A free pass for the indispensable man
During the hothouse days of the presidential campaign, Joe Wurzelbacher became famous because he got Barack Obama to confess that he likes to spread the wealth around. Better known as Joe the Plumber, the Toledo, Ohio, laborer became the target of bottomless venom and scorn because he seemed like an obstacle to Obama's coronation.

Obama getting the best of anti-American rulers
President Barack Obama has already scored his first major victory against anti-American demagogues worldwide. He has put them on the defensive by the sheer power of his popularity in their own countries.

Hope and joy: A story for the ages
For generations, people will recount where they were and what they were doing as Barack Obama became the 44th U.S. president and the first African American to hold the job.

House to investigate why its Troopergate subpoenas ignored
JUNEAU - State lawmakers don't plan to pursue abuse of power findings against Gov. Sarah Palin, but they do want to know why their subpoenas were ignored in last fall's Troopergate investigation.

Marshals seek fugitive in Juneau area
JUNEAU - The U.S. Marshals Service is asking for the public's help in locating a fugitive with family members in Juneau.

Peninsula games to lack ice sculptures
SOLDOTNA - This year's Peninsula Winter Games will sorely lack one signature feature throughout the town: ice sculptures.

Soldotna cemetery site search resumes
SOLDTONA - A new committee will try to accomplish what two task forces could not: find a spot for the Soldotna city cemetery.

Marine highway cancels Chenega's sailing today
JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Highway System canceled today's northbound sailing to Haines with a return trip to Juneau due to expected bad weather.

State's unemployment rate at 7.5 percent
JUNEAU - State officials say Alaska's unemployment is at its highest level in almost five years.

Former Eielson employee indicted on theft charges
ANCHORAGE - A former Eielson Air Force Base employee was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of embezzling.

Murkowski named to Senate Appropriations Committee
WASHINGTON - Alaska's U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, has been named to the Senate Appropriations Committee, a key post that will help her direct federal spending to the state.

Stevens pardon request letter released
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says her plea to have former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens pardoned was done "in the interest of justice."

Bears siege Kings' castle
Neither team, technically, has anything to play for tonight and Saturday when the Crimson Bears invade Ketchikan to take on their bitter Southeast Conference rivals. Just try telling that to the Kings fanatics who, while dipped head-to-toe in camo and hunters orange, will be clapping bricks and assaulting an array of stuffed grizzlies and kodiaks from rows 1-31.

Patriots fire into JDHS
The rumbling has already begun among basketball fans about the Juneau-Douglas High School girls varsity team's chances at a state title, but a surprising North Pole squad has plans to hang a quick hush on the town this weekend.

Photo: Middle school marauders
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School's Shawn Taylor, right, works towards a pin Thursday against Floyd Dryden's Zane Hendrickson in the teams' 121-pound match. The FDMS varsity went on to win the season-opening dual for each team in the DHMS gym by the score of 69-24.

Parks & Recreation Adult Ordway Basketball League
Standings as of Jan. 22

Sports in Juneau

Palin to media: Leave my kids alone
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is going on the offensive against news organizations and bloggers she says are perpetuating malicious gossip about her and her children.

Committee wants joint pipeline deal
The Senate Resources Committee wants two backers of an in-state natural gas pipeline to work together, not competitively.

Nome blows into new energy source
ANCHORAGE - An 18-turbine wind farm in the Snake River Valley has begun producing 10 percent of the energy needs in Nome. It is the first step toward more self-sufficiency, says Neal Foster, president of Banner Wind LLC.

State expected to experience downturn
FAIRBANKS - Alaska can expect a drop in employment this year, its first in nearly two decades, said state and private economists.

Aleutian Islands honored in WWII monument
Mention national monuments and it tends to bring to mind concrete pillars and mega-size statues of presidents. But as of Dec. 5, President George Bush declared a different kind of monument for Alaska's Aleutian Islands - extremely remote, mostly untouched and rarely visited.

Child porn sentencing for Wrangell man
A Wrangell man has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for convictions on four counts of distribution of child pornography and two counts of possession of child porn.

State officials assess conditions in village
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - State officials are assessing conditions in a southwest Alaska village, where some residents say they're running short of food and fuel.

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