The short tale of a long marriage
Local filmmaker Brice Habeger meticulously planned every aspect of his latest short "Happy Anniversary," from hiring a professional crew, buying top-quality HD camera equipment and carefully plotting every angle and shadow of the four-minute film. But on the day of the shooting, just as the camera started to roll, a rogue element he never considered momentarily sent his plans astray: A chainsaw.

Translation of local authors' book released in Russia
In January of this year, a book about Alexander Baranov, first governor of Alaska, written by Elton and Allan Engstrom of Juneau in 2004, was translated into Russian and published in St. Petersburg. The publishing house was Typograhia Pravda, 1906.

Arts for Kids holds sixth annual arts celebration
Arts for Kids, a local nonprofit dedicated to supporting Juneau School District's art education programs, will be hosting the sixth annual Community Arts Celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, in the Thunder Mountain High School commons. This event is free to the public and is being funded in part by the Douglas-Dornan Foundation.

Picture books for little readers await at the libraries
Picture books for you and your little reader to enjoy together include Jerry Pinckney's gorgeous Caldecott-winning version of "The Lion and the Mouse," Kate DiCamillo's delightful new book, "Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken," and the funny "I Got Two Dogs," by John Lithgow (which started its life as a song and includes a CD so you can sing along).

Telling it like it was
Animated characters are usually geared toward children, and for this reason, a quick glance at the cartoonish images of "A Klondike Tale," Avery Veliz's planned feature length film set in Skagway, may lead viewers to a false conclusion. Namely, that this is a gentle story, one that willingly covers over the harsh realities of greed, corruption and prostitution rampant in Skagway in the 1890s, or at least one that treats them with disparaging humor.

Southeast acoustic musicians headline Saturday concert
French-Canadian tunes, topical blues, finger-picking guitar and intriguing songs highlight the next Gold Street Music concert.

Singin' in the Rain slated for Saturday
Weather forecasters say there is a high likelihood of rain Saturday, but art enthusiasts expect a bright and shining evening for the annual Singin' in the Rain presented by Juneau Jazz & Classics.

Mel's back - and he's still got it
Quick, name the last movie that hit theaters with Mel Gibson's name on the marquee.

Arts & Culture Calendar

JAHC invites artists to submit work
Artists interested in being considered for a solo exhibit at the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council Gallery during the 2010-2011 season may apply by at 5 p.m. April 15, 2010. Applications are available to download from:

Two by Beckett this weekend on the Phoenix stage
Two short pieces by the 20th-century master dramatist Samuel Beckett will be performed this weekend at Perseverance Theatre's second space, the Phoenix Theater,

Wearable art show tickets now on sale
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council will hold the 10th annual Wearable Arts Extravaganza fundraiser, Cirque de Pluie on Feb. 13 and 14 at Centennial Hall. Based on a concept originating in Nelson, New Zealand, the show features artwork specifically created to be worn on the human body. These wearable artworks are displayed by models during a runway show accompanied by music and narration.

Translation of local authors' book released in Russia
In January of this year, a book about Alexander Baranov, first governor of Alaska, written by Elton and Allan Engstrom of Juneau in 2004, was translated into Russian and published in St. Petersburg. The publishing house was Typograhia Pravda, 1906.

First Friday exhbits include Earth, Fire, and Fibre at the state museum
12x12 exhibit, MouthPower

Southeast Alaska community fights for its survival
Sen. Murkowski's recent interview on KRBD discussing Sealaska's current lands bill was both encouraging and disheartening at the same time. While it is encouraging to hear her talk about holding a field hearing on Prince of Wales to discuss concerns over impacts from S881 - Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization act. It's disheartening to hear her only reference the City of Craig.

Compeau, SFW ensure the thrill of killing shall never perish
Judging from Craig Compeau's letter on Jan. 27, we no longer need our Department of Fish and Game. While they are doing such time-wasting things as field surveys, population counts, predator-prey interaction studies, he has already figured out not only that there are more moose in 16b, but it's a result of a concerted effort at slaughtering black bears in the area.

Houses for Haiti
About $200 here, $1,311 there and add another $3,000 from there.

City balances budget with tobacco tax, rainy day fund
The Juneau Assembly decided Wednesday to add $4.1 million to the city budget, potentially avoiding layoffs.

Hoonah police chief focusing on teamwork, community
Hoonah's new Chief of Police John Millan hit the ground running when he took the job in November to help build a positive relationship between the police department and the community.

UAS decides to keep co-ed housing policy
The University of Alaska Southeast has decided to allow students living in co-ed campus housing to remain in their living arrangements through the rest of the semester while officials complete a review of its policies.

Sitka named one of this year's Dozen Distinctive Destinations
ST. LOUIS - St. Louis, the city of red-brick, 19th century architectural jewels and diverse neighborhoods, has been named one of this year's Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Kensington discovers new vein of gold
A new gold-bearing vein system has been discovered at the Kensington mine, owner Coeur d'Alene Mines announced Wednesday.

Photo: Talking business
Anne Feakes, right, of Juneau Urgent & Family Care, talks Wednesday with Wells Fargo Business Specialist Chad Requa, left, and downtown Branch Manager Patrick Ryland during the Juneau Business Resource Expo at Centennial Hall. With financial support from AKSourceLink, the Juneau Economic Development Council organized the event that was to be a one-stop shopping for resources, services and a number of workshops aimed at small businesses.

Photo: Dog days of winter
Nicola Trainor takes advantage of a sunny day at Auke Village Recreation Area to exercise dogs Wallaby, Luna and Anna.

Health: Continuing our journey toward a healthier lifestyle
Welcome to the Juneau Empire's new health and fitness section. It is an honor to speak to you twice a month in this format. My writing will obviously be influenced by both my professional training and personal experience, so it makes sense for you to have a little background information on the person spouting all this advice at you.

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

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

Around Town
Today, Feb. 5

Around Town
Thursday, Feb. 4

A world without tooth decay
Today's children can live a life without cavities if they avoid the bacteria that cause tooth decay.

Robert Horton
Former Juneau resident Robert William Horton, of Port Orchard, Wash., died Jan. 9, 2010, at Bremerton Naval Hospital. He was 59.

Fred Zhong Chu
Longtime Juneau resident Dr. Fred Chu died peacefully on Jan. 30, 2010, at Bartlett Regional Hospital. He was 56. He came to Juneau in 1988 and practiced medicine at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium until he became ill in 2005.

Alaska editorial: How long for good law?
S ome lawmakers want to go back to the 120-day legislative session, repealing the voters' 2006 order to cut to 90 days. They make a rational case. Another month would give them more time to master complex issues, talk with constituents, vet budget requests and proposals for new laws. And they could do it with more sleep.

My Turn: Why terrorize the little kids of New York City?
You know, when I was a kid, we used to do the "duck and cover" thing because of the Cuban Missile Crisis. We had to get under our desks, or, later, with "improved protection measures against a nuclear bomb for little children" they had us going out into the hallway, sitting cross legged against the hallway wall, and putting our coats over our necks and bending forward so we could "keep the nuclear bomb from blowing up our necks."

Alaska editorial: Take care of Alaska's vets
Understaffing, lack of training and eight months without an on-site manager added to a poor performance by the Anchorage Veterans Administration Regional Office - a performance that left some vets without benefits they should have received or waiting far too long to receive them. Anchorage office supervisors did not dispute the findings of federal inspectors that the VA office failed to meet requirements in 13 of 14 areas covered in an inspection last year.

iDiocy: The lowercase i
Steve Jobs has given so much to humanity: the one-button mouse, the personal computer that only freezes sometimes, the most expensive paper weight you'll ever give your parents as gifts. Oh, let's not forget what he's done for mock turtlenecks.

Should terror suspects face tribunals or civilian courts?
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Republican senators sent President Obama a letter criticizing his decision to try Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in a civilian court. They said it was "a missed opportunity to collect timely intelligence" from Abdulmutallab, arrested for trying to blow up a plane as it approached Detroit. They think we should try Abdulmutallab in a military commission, as set up by President Bush in 2001, and as cleaned up a bit since then.

20 years later, Southeast elk population maintaining
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

Photo: Vandor can't be beat
The snow at Eaglecrest was great for skiing the weekend of Jan. 23-24, and Juneau Ski Club athletes took advantage of the conditions in the Shirt Company Giant Slalom and Don Abel Slalom races. These were the first races of the season held at Eaglecrest and were put on by the Juneau Ski Club.

Despite obstacles, Alaska weasels thrive
The body plan of weasels and many of their relatives in the family Mustelidae is basically a long, slender cylinder with four short legs. Their body sizes vary, and some are more chunkily built than others, but the basic plan remains. And that body plan is not well suited to cold climates. The long, narrow body has a high surface area to volume ratio: a relatively large surface area from which body heat can be lost but a relatively small volume of tissue (muscle and organs) that generates heat. The differential between surface area and volume is especially marked in animals whose total body size is small.

Super Bowl can be exercise for you, too
Couch potatoes, it is time for the yearly event that marks the end of the professional football season, one that makes viewers cringe with hard-hitting, fast-moving, over-paid athletes consuming our time in between the life-blood of America - advertising. Sunday marks the 44th (XLIV for those who actually passed Latin) annual Commercial Bowl!!!

Rookie will be first to start at Yukon Quest
FAIRBANKS - Abbie West looked a little bit embarrassed when she saw the number in her hand.

Wild shots
The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska's wildlife, scenery or plant life.

Good season for Ore. coast whale watching
DEPOE BAY, Ore. - Whale watchers on the Oregon coast spotted more whales this winter season than in any of the past five, and the massive mammals are still passing by.

Rainforest Yoga to offer intro yoga classes every first fridays
JUNEAU - For those who are considering giving yoga a try, starting Friday, Feb. 5, Rainforest Yoga will offer a free introductory yoga class from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. on the first friday of every month. Different styles will be taught by a different instructor each month.

Consortium clinics to recognize Elizabeth Peratrovich Day
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will honor the achievements of Alaska Native civil rights leader Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratrovich by observing Elizabeth Peratrovich Day on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Consortium promotes heart disease with Wear Red Day on Friday
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium WISEWOMAN Women's Health Program and Sitka Community Hospital are teaming up to promote heart disease awareness.

Man sentenced in scythe attack
FAIRBANKS - A 32-year-old Fairbanks man accused of threatening his girlfriend with a scythe has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Needs element for scholarship plan heard
JUNEAU - An advocate of a program similar to Gov. Sean Parnell's proposed merit scholarship program says there's room for a needs-based element without compromising the basic intent.

Beluga whale hearings begin this week
KENAI - Federal officials will conduct public hearings on the Kenai Peninsula this week on its proposed critical habitat areas for Cook Inlet beluga whales.

Coast Guard hoists stricken man off fishing boat
KODIAK - A Coast Guard helicopter hoisted a 40-year-old man complaining of chest pains from a fishing boat in the Bering Sea.

Sitka man faces sentencing Friday in stabbing deaths
SITKA - A 20-year-old Sitka man is scheduled to be sentenced Friday for the March 2008 stabbings that left four people dead.

Anchorage police officer leaves hospital
ANCHORAGE - The police officer who was shot in a drive-by shooting will be recovering at home.

Woman pleads not guilty in old Sitka murder case
ANCHORAGE - A woman accused of killing her husband 22 years ago has pleaded not guilty in Sitka Superior Court.

Cooperative Extension Service surveys Alaskans
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service is looking for opinions from state residents to aid in long-range planning of programs and services.

Young proposes Arctic port study
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Rep. Don Young has introduced a bill aimed at studying the potential for an Arctic deep water port.

Chuitna residents petition against coal mine plan
ANCHORAGE - A group opposing a proposed coal mine on the west side of Cook Inlet delivered a petition to Gov. Sean Parnell.

UA president finalists to tour campuses
FAIRBANKS - The finalists for University of Alaska president are to tour the state's campuses on March 1-3.

Ketchikan utility workers find body
KETCHIKAN - Utility workers in Ketchikan have discovered the body of a young man.

Dogs, cats shot to death at Houston animal shelter
HOUSTON - Police shot and killed four cats and four dogs at the Houston animal shelter because homes could not be found for the animals.

UAF museum to hold open house
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Fairbanks' Museum of the North is inviting the public to attend its annual open house.

Girdwood man dies nearly a week after accident
ANCHORAGE - A 43-year-old Girdwood man has died, nearly a week after being involved in an accident on the Seward Highway.

Museum prepares for Star Wars exhibit
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Museum is preparing for the opening of its biggest exhibit yet - "Star Wars: Where science meets imagination."

Japan Airlines cargo plane bumps vehicle at Anchorage airport
ANCHORAGE - No one was injured when a Japan Airlines 747 bumped an airport vehicle at the Anchorage airport.

House members form 'Liberty Caucus'
JUNEAU - Ten Alaska House members have formed a group they say is aimed at promoting conservative causes. They call it the Liberty Caucus.

Troopers arrest mom, son on pot charges
WASILLA - A mother and her son have been arrested on drug charges after troopers say they busted a marijuana grow operation in Wasilla.

Speech-language specialist to give seminar on treatment strategies for children who stutter
Dr. J. Scott Yaruss, associate professor and director of the Master’s Degree program in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh, will present a two-day seminar, titled “Practical Treatment Strategies for Preschool and School-Age Children Who Stutter,” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Feb. 4, and from 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 5, at Thunder Mountain High School.

Injured off the ice
Unfortunately, injuries are a major part of sports.

Crimson Bears earn Gold bracket berth
Juneau-Douglas held up its end of the bargain during Wednesday's bracket play-in round of the 2010 Dimond Lady Lynx Prep Shootout, cruising past Anchorage Christian56-40.

Battle of the city/borough begins
The date has been circled on the calendar for quite some time now, and it's finally here.

Reshaping Juneau prep hoops
Juneau has never seen a rivalry like this, especially considering the two teams involved have yet to even play each other in an actual game yet.

Photo: Ordway Men's 1 undecided
Canton House's Billy Ehlers, 5, passes around Alaska Health Options/TBG's Jim Carson, 8, during the men's Division I championship game of the Ordway 2010 Post Season Tournament at Dzantik'i Heeni. Canton House came through the losers bracket of the double elimination format to win in a sudden-death third overtime period 84-81, forcing a deciding game tonight to determine the champion.

Bears face West Valley
It all comes down to this for the Juneau-Douglas hockey team.

Bears find the range and roll over Chugiak
It doesn't get much better behind the arc.

Sports in Juneau
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Sports in Juneau
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Parnell: 'Our timber jobs are at stake'
Gov. Sean Parnell said he would help Southeast's timber industry by fighting environmental groups and others who brought two court cases on the Tongass National Forest.

To cool global meltdown, G7 heads deep into Arctic
IQALUIT, Nunavut - This Canadian Arctic capital has no stop lights and didn't start naming its streets until a decade ago. Blizzards can last a week or more, and they tend to come very suddenly. So when the financial chiefs of the seven big industrial democracies meet here Friday and Saturday, they'd better have a quick way out.

Salary commission ponders future raises
The state's salary commission intends to raise the salary of the state's governor and top department heads sometime in the future, and may even do away with most of its own job of setting salaries.

Fairbanks university to close virtual reality lab
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Fairbanks plans to close its Discovery Lab, saying funding for the 3-D virtual-reality facility will be redirected to other computing projects on campus

Errors could weaken trust in Amber alerts
ANCHORAGE - It was only a test.

French: Panel to 'contain' campaign court decision
JUNEAU - Corporations won't have to disclose their spending for or against candidates this election year unless lawmakers force them to, a Senate committee concluded Wednesday.

Kenai gets its own piece of the capitol
Even as the state Legislature meets 600 miles away in Juneau, Scott Hamann of Kenai makes sure he's heard on the issues that matter to him.

Photo: Salmonids in the Classroom
Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science students Devin Every, left, Calvin Mitzel, center, and Bridger Cox take a rainbow trout off Cox's line during a Jan. 28 ice-fishing trip to Sport Lake in Soldotna. The experience is part of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Salmonids in the Classroom curriculum project.

Records: Palin cabins not noted in tax assessment
ANCHORAGE - Records show that Sarah Palin hasn't paid any property taxes on cabins that have been built on two backcountry plots partially owned by the former Alaska governor.

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