Thunder Mountain Theatre opens second season
For its second season, the Thunder Mountain Theatre Project will open two modern-themed productions, "Shakespeare's R&J" and "Dying City," in repertory this weekend at the Old Elk's Hall.

'Slumdog's' praise is well-earned
There is something in my wiring, perhaps faulty, that has long caused me to be contrarian from time to time. When there is an overwhelming majority echoing the same sentiment about something, I cannot help but lean the other way. It is an automated response and not one I'm always even on board with.

Lifted Embrace set to rock the Viking Lounge
It won't be karaoke you hear reverberating across Front Street from the Viking Lounge this Saturday.

'Dying City' opens tonight
In addition to acting as a lead in Thunder Mountain Theatre Project's "Shakespeare's R&J," Ryan Conarro directs the theater's production of "Dying City," which opens tonight.

Extreme Edge to host benefit for veterans
The Extreme Edge Foundation, a national nonprofit based in Juneau, will host its first-ever fundraiser at 7 p.m. tonight at Centennial Hall. Called "A Night for Wounded Warriors," the event is a benefit for disabled and wounded veterans.

Glory Hole seeks potters to donate handmade soup bowls
The Glory Hole, Juneau's homeless shelter and soup kitchen, is looking for donations of handmade soup bowls from area-wide potters for an "Empty Bowls" dinner in February. Many local potters, both professional and amateur, have already agreed to make and donate bowls, but more are still needed.

Registration open for this summer's Sitka Fine Arts Camp
Registration for the 2009 Sitka Fine Arts Camp is now open on a first-come, first-served basis. The camp offers over 60 classes per session in music, dance, theater, visual arts, writing and Alaskan Native arts. Online registration is available through the camp Web site at Registration is also available via the camp office at 747-3085.

'Forest Explorers' newsletter seeks submissions
The Juneau Ranger District and the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center are working together to produce a "Forest Explorers" newsletter but need submissions - such as poems, stories, drawings or photographs with a natural history theme - from children 18 years old and younger to fill the pages.

Montessori school to host eighth 'Hot Salsa Cool Ballroom'
The Juneau Montessori School will host its eighth annual fundraising gala, "Hot Salsa Cool Ballroom," from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Centennial Hall.

Symphony presents winter concert series on Feb. 7 and 8
Next weekend, Feb 7 and 8, the Juneau Symphony will present "Revolutionary Russian," their winter concert series, at the Juneau Douglas High School auditorium. The concerts will feature Shostakovich's controversial "Symphony No. 5" as well as high school soloist Franz Felkl, playing Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto in E Minor."

Ketchikan university's student artwork unveiled today
KETCHIKAN - The public is invited to the unveiling of a metal sculpture created by the students and instructor of last fall's metal arts class, taught by University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan adjunct professor Ken Horn. The unveiling will be held at 5:30 p.m. today at the UAS Ketchikan campus. The mural will hang on the second floor of the Paul Building.

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

PFD problems: remedies, suggestions
In regards to liquidating the permanent fund dividend, let me offer some suggestions and also remedies to the perceived problems.

AEL&P should take blame for mistakes
In light of the recent happening with Alaska Electric Light & Power Co., and after attending the special Assembly meeting this past Monday evening, it amazes me to see the lack of interest that the citizens of Juneau have. How can we sit back and allow this company to continue to take our well-earned money for their mistakes and make it appear that they are not responsible?

City formalizes shelter utility grants
For years, the Juneau Assembly has been crediting three nonprofit shelters in the area for thousands of dollars in sewer and water utility fees.

City looks to spend extra funds
While city officials are anticipating a financially tough year ahead, they're also preparing to spend $2.8 million in unexpected sales tax revenue that's accrued from years past.

An A1 story on cruise line cuts in Wednesday's edition incorrectly calculated the proportion of Cruise West's 2008 itinerary represented by the three ships that won't be returning in 2009. The three ships accounted for 40 percent of the cruise line's 15,400-passenger capacity, according to calculations from public documents listing the ships' itineraries and capacities.

Palin: State needs energy projects
Gov. Sarah Palin spoke to the Alaska Municipal League Thursday in Juneau, giving a well-received message about the need for more transportation and energy projects in the state.

Troopergate issue resurfaces in House hearing
Animosity, along with a not-entirely-dormant court case, linger from the fall Troopergate battle between the Alaska Legislature and Gov. Sarah Palin.

Photo: Peace keeping mission
Vietnam-era Air Force veteran and member of Veterans For Peace Bill Arnold holds a peace vigil Thursday on Seward Street. "I'm an army of one today," said Arnold. Several other veterans usually participate in the weekly, informal vigil. The purpose of the vigils is to draw attention to the war in Iraq.

Lawmakers target Alaska's brain drain
Like many Alaskans, Beth Kerttula left home to get her higher education. Unlike many Alaskans, she came back.

Juneau singers, musician to jazz up Friday night
The community will have a chance to see some of its finest amateur singers perform Friday night in the "Singin' in the Rain" concert presented by the Juneau Jazz and Classics.

Photo: Images from another time S.O.S.
The 427-foot cruise ship Prinsendam smolders as it drifts after its passengers and crew abandoned it Oct. 4, 1980, in the Gulf of Alaska, 120 miles west of Glacier Bay National Monument. The ship was on its way from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Singapore when it was gutted by fire and sank. All 524 of its crew and passengers were saved due to the efforts of the U.S. Coast Guard, several other agencies and the supertanker Williamsburgh. The Juneau Fire Department was called out to round up the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell, which was in Juneau to celebrate the town's centennial. Firemen retrieved the Boutwell crew from various bars around town, and the Boutwell ended up playing a key role in the rescue. On October 11, 1980, the ship capsized and sunk only seven years after it was built.

Memoir chronicles life of Native leader Hensley
William Hensley said that writing his memoir was like most things he's done in his life.

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

Photo: Snow removal equipment on the fritz
Zrinka Dzinich walks her granddaughters, Willow and Sayja Bradley, home from Mendenhall River Community School on Wednesday along Riverside Drive. The sidewalks were covered in snow, forcing them to walk in the street.

Around Town
Friday, Jan. 30

Thursday's Juneau Empire reported that the police blotter was not available by press time. JPD provided the blotter in time, but the paper was unable to publish the blotter due to time constraints.

Photos: Moving in
Manager Henry James, left, and McFarland move stock to the Salvation Army Thrift Store's new location. Employees and volunteers began transferring stock to the new building, which is next door to the oldlocation. The old store is now closed. The new store is slated to open its doors Feb. 23.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reports were not available by press time.

Around Town

STUDENT ARTIST: Jeremiah Stephens
Name: Jeremiah Stephens

Hunter education course Feb. 20-21
A basic hunter education course will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 20 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Juneau Hunter Education Facility, 5670 Montana Creek Road.

Queso dip, cheese log and almond joy cake shared
Send in those favorite "Sweetheart" recipes. Auntie Emo is where we match and share recipes.

Pets of the week
Cooper and Sheila

Weiland, Robertson wed
Liesel Weiland, of Estes Park, Colo., and James Robertson, of Winnetka, Ill., were married Jan. 15 in Las Vegas. A reception for Juneau friends and family will be held in February. Details will be announced at a later date.

Esther Jean Paske
Esther Jean Paske died Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Bartlett Regional Hospital after a short illness. She was 91.

Outside Editorial: Politics today: Big Republican gamble
In the face of President Obama's personal lobbying of the House Republicans, they have taken a major political gamble in voting in lockstep against his $819 billion economic stimulus package.

Outside editorial: Savvy diplomacy
President Barack Obama is not going to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, crush the Taliban, end Iran's nuclear intransigence, get Syria to stop interfering in Lebanon or end the fighting in Iraq overnight - or next week, or possibly ever. Yet his interview Tuesday with the Al-Arabiya satellite channel laid a foundation for better U.S. relations with the Arab world than we've had in many years.

Outside editorial: Confirmation outrage
A Republican senator is trying to muscle Attorney General-designate Eric H. Holder Jr. into promising not to conduct "witch hunts"- code language for criminal prosecutions - of intelligence operatives who engaged in torture during the Bush administration. It's an outrageous demand, and it would be unethical for Holder to accede to it.

My Turn: Intercepting fish cause of economic distress
An Eskimo Elder in the village of Emmonak casts aside his pride, and writes a desperate plea for help. Food for the children, and fuel for warmth in the dead of an Arctic winter. Individual Alaskans came to the rescue, as always. How difficult this must have been to write. He could not support his family - a Native American who like his forefathers prided themselves on self-reliance.

ANWR development still needed for future of energy
I am dismayed that legislation has again been introduced in Congress to prohibit forever oil and gas development in the most promising unexplored petroleum province in North America - the coastal plain of ANWR, in Alaska.

A story for women and girls, not just in Afghanistan
A story for women and girls.

My turn: State should be ready to deal with deflation
Deflation is the issue. Whether you believe it or not, preparing for deflation should be the state's top priority in 2009. Learn from the mistakes of Japan, the $22 billion blunder of the Alaska Permanent Fund, and from Michigan and California. Deflation is here, the winners and losers will be the difference between states and countries that do or don't understand the rules of deflation.

Some couples blocked from adopting children desperately seeking stability
At age 11, after years of homelessness, abuse and instability, I was removed from my dysfunctional biological family and placed into foster care. The next six years, until I aged out of the system at 17, were a blur of foster homes, schools and group facilities.

Gov. Palin appoints University regents
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin has appointed a Juneau engineering professional to the University of Alaska Board of Regents.

Palin: Dinner offers audience with Obama
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin said she will attend an exclusive club dinner in Washington this weekend because it will offer her an audience with President Obama.

University pushing for energy center
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Fairbanks wants to fast-track plans for building a $30 million center that can be used for energy research.

Avalanche repairs at weather's mercy
JUNEAU - Poor weather conditions continue to delay repairs to powerlines downed by a Jan. 12 avalanche.

Fire breaks out in Kalskag high school
ANCHORAGE - Students at the high school in Kalskag were evacuated after fire broke out in the building.

Rep. Young attends Obama bill signing
JUNEAU - Alaska Congressman Don Young had a front row seat at President Obama's first bill signing.

Lawmakers discuss Sudan divestiture
JUNEAU - Lawmakers are again considering legislation that would require the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. to divest itself of investments in Sudan because of the violence in Darfur.

Murkowski joins Senate leadership
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has joined the Senate Republican leadership team.

NBC expands high-def service in Southeast
JUNEAU - KATH-TV, in collaboration with GCI, has expanded their high-definition service across Southeast, just in time for the Super Bowl on Sunday. The high-definition channel, launched in Juneau last summer, is available on GCI's basic cable channel 652 in Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, Petersburg and Wrangell.

Fish advisors to look at Taku king trolling
JUNEAU - The Alaska Trollers Association has proposed to allow trollers to fish for king salmon in Taku Inlet whenever the district's transboundary river fishery is open.

Telecom company ACS to cut workforce by about 2 percent
ANCHORAGE - ACS, one of Alaska's top telecom firms, says it needs to cut about 20 employees.

Moose hunting season extended
JUNEAU - The village of Emmonak will receive an extension on moose hunting season.

Police: Domestic violence preceded Anchorage shooting
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say the two people involved in a fatal shooting had a history of domestic violence.

Lady Kings hold court
Life's not fair. Apparently, neither is high school girls basketball.

A Fen-amily tradition
If something looks familiar about the way JDHS junior Brittany Fenumiai pushes through defenders on the basketball court or zips across the softball base paths, you've probably just watched any sport in the vicinity of Juneau.

Bears perfect in top half of voyage
Senior guard Sean Bavard hit four three-pointers as the Crimson Bears outscored Bartlett 25-13 in the second quarter Thursday night, and the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team cruised to their second victory in two nights at Fairbanks, 65-51.

JDHS hockey hits road trip rough patch
The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team knew they were in for a dizzying week when they embarked on a four-game Fairbanks road trip to cap their season as 4A Mid-Alaska Conference members.

Sports in Juneau

Palin sets up PAC in sign she's thinking about 2012
WASHINGTON - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin opened a political action committee Tuesday, a move that may not outright confirm her intentions of running for president in 2012, but indicates she intends to remain a regular on the national political stage.

Native leaders look back on statehood
KETCHIKAN - How have Alaska Natives fared under statehood? Has it been a good thing, a bad thing or just one more thing in the long story of contact with Caucasian society?

Alaska Air Group suffers $75 million 4Q loss
SEATTLE - Alaska Air Group Inc., operator of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, said Thursday it swung to a $75.2 million fourth-quarter loss as sales slid and fuel costs increased.

Army to provide retirement pay to unpaid militia
ANCHORAGE - The Secretary of the Army has authorized emergency funds to supplement a reduction in retirement pay for veterans of a largely Native militia formed to guard the territory of Alaska during World War II, Alaska's congressional delegation said Wednesday.

Volcano rumblings have geologists on 24-hour alert
ANCHORAGE - Mount Redoubt continues to rumble and simmer, prompting geologists to say this Alaska volcano could erupt "within days."

Governor says PAC has nothing to do with 2012 run for presidency
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin met with some of the legislative leaders Wednesday and a few reporters staked it out for the chance to get a few minutes with Palin. She hasn't spoken to the press since the legislative session started a week ago.

Photo: Getting ready for the eruption
Elizabeth Ketting looks at dust masks Thursday at the Alaska Industrial Hardware store in Anchorage, as she and others make preparation in case the Mount Redoubt volcano erupts. The volcano 100 miles southwest of Anchorage, is rumbling and simmering, prompting geologists to warn that an eruption may be imminent.

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