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.

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.

'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.

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.

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."

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Exploring the canals of Venice - in England
This travel story definitely needs an introduction. In January 2008, Don began trying to buy tickets with our Alaska Airlines miles to travel to New Zealand. It was obvious that Alaska Airlines and Qantas did not want us to use our miles. Frustrated, we finally decided to travel to Great Britain.

Photo: Award-winning construction team
The Juneau-Douglas High School Student Chapter of the Southeast Alaska Building Industry Association recently earned first place in the 2009 Residential Construction Competion held Jan. 20 in Las Vegas. Students completed a thorough collection of working drawings, a detailed materials and labor cost list and a construction schedule to build a 3,100 square foot house in San Antonio, Texas. They completed this preliminary work prior to traveling to the competition, where they gave a presentation defending their solution to a panel of judges. Their first-place finish earned $1,200 for their chapter, as well as noise-cancelling headphones, plaques and construction calculators valued at $100 for each student. The students and their teacher and coach, Craig Mapes, thank the Southeast Alaska Building Industry Association for their financial support, as well as Robin Gilcrist, with the University of Alaska Southeast; Chris Gilberto, with North Pacific Erectors; and Kelly Flynn, with Juneau Truss, for all their help. Shown in the foreground pictured from left, are: Mapes, Joseph Funk, Willliam Strehler, Linzie Norman and Katie Busch. Not pictured is member Joseph Croteau.

Trevor Larsen earns Eagle Scout award
Together with friends and family, Trevor Larsen celebrated the achievement of his Eagle Scout award on Nov. 30 at Resurrection Lutheran Church, the sponsor of Boy Scout Troop 11.

STUDENT ARTIST: Jeremiah Stephens
Name: Jeremiah Stephens

Thanks to DIPAC's fall season volunteers
DIPAC would like to thank the special volunteers who helped make its fall education program a great success. Our annual fall field trip salmon education program was held Oct. 6 - Nov. 6 in conjunction with the Juneau School District. More than 1,360 students and adults visited the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery Visitor Center to participate in these classes. DIPAC sincerely thanks the following people for helping make our 2008 fall program so successful: George Bonnett, Dick Callahan, Darcy Ervin, Nancy and Elle Hakari, Mark and Betty Johnson, Julie Nielsen, Lauren Oakes, Jodi Pirtle and Rhys Smoker.

Recent births at Bartlett Regional Hospital:

Wear Red Day reminds women of heart disease risk
SITKA - Heart disease is the No. 1 killer for women in Alaska and the United States. To help women take better care of their hearts, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's WISEWOMAN program is joining millions of Americans in the celebration of National Wear Red Day on Feb. 6.

Thanks to all who contributed to Community Needs Drive
On Tuesday, Jan. 20, SAGA celebrated the end of a very successful Community Needs Drive in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. We would like to thank all of those who helped make the day a success. The Needs Drive was a very successful event that we look forward to making a major community event in the future.

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

Widowed Persons Program holds first potluck of 2009
The Widowed Persons Program will hold its monthly brunch at noon today in the Nugget Room at the Baranof Hotel as well as a potluck at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in the dining room at Fireweed Place. Please bring a dish to share.

Court records show the following legal actions among those taken recently in Juneau Superior and District courts.

Thanks for 12 years of memories
As many of you may already know, Friday was my last day serving as office manager at Dr. Raster's office.

National Black AIDS Awareness Day on Feb. 7
Because AIDS is a leading killer of black men and women and the impact of HIV and AIDS is global, Feb. 7 was reserved as National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day to highlight the effect of HIV/AIDS on the African American community.

'Breakfast with the President' a success due to participation
I would like to thank the Juneau World Affairs Council for sponsoring the wildly successful "Breakfast with the President" on Jan. 20. The historic inauguration of President Barack Obama was witnessed by 1,200 people who attended the early morning event.

Marriage licenses
The following are marriage licenses recently filed with the state Bureau of Vital Statistics in Juneau:

Pets of the week
Cooper and Sheila

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.

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.

Exploring the canals of Venice - in England
T his travel story definitely needs an introduction. In January 2008, Don began trying to buy tickets with our Alaska Airlines miles to travel to New Zealand. It was obvious that Alaska Airlines and Qantas did not want us to use our miles. Frustrated, we finally decided to travel to Great Britain.

Aldersgate church to host weekend of peace and justice with Interplay performance
International InterPlay leader and storyteller Masankho K. Banda will visit Juneau for two events. The first is an afternoon workshop titled "Cultures of Peace with InterPlay" from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. The second is to preach and lead music on the themes of peace and justice at Aldersgate's 11 a.m. worship service.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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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