A revolutionary evening
When thinking of revolutionaries, musical composers don't often come to mind. However, Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 was a revolutionary piece of music that helped lift the composer to prominence in the mid 20th Century, Juneau Symphony musical director Kyle Wiley Pickett said.

'You gotta give 'em hope'
The phrase "based on a true story" has been terribly watered down. So, when a bio-pic like "Milk" comes around, it is refreshing to have it so firmly based on real history. Director Gus Van Sant makes a point of opening the film with archival footage from the story he is about to tell you. So, before the opening credits are through, the audience has already been taken back in time. Van Sant, with the grainy, faded footage seems to be telling us, "This really is a true story."

Thunder Mountain Theatre Project plays tackle deep, difficult questions
Thunder Mountain Theatre Project is presenting two plays in a rotating schedule at the old Elks Lodge through Feb. 15 only. Check their Web site,, for details.

First Friday to feature juried, glass, fiber art
ANNIE KAILL'S 244 FRONT ST. The Front Street gallery will feature a collection of recent works in marble dust by Juneau artist Karen Suderman. Titled "Holding onto Juneau," the works are atmospheric, abstract representations of Juneau's myriad landscapes. An opening reception runs from 4 to 7 p.m.

Juneau City Band to begin rehearsals Feb. 21
JUNEAU - The Juneau City Band, a not-for-profit Alaska corporation providing adult Juneau-area band musicians (excluding string players) to practice and perform contemporary and traditional band repertoire from around the world, will begin rehearsals Feb. 21.

Alaska State Museum to host two special exhibits this summer
JUNEAU - This summer, the Alaska State Museum is host to two special exhibitions featuring both traditional and non-traditional facets of those cultures.

Statehood Quilt celebrates Southeast
Sponsored by Capital City Celebrations and spearheaded by Myrna Allen and Sue Gleeson, Juneau quilters and friends have created the Juneau Statehood Quilt. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn on July 4, during the reenactment of the 49 Star Flag raising at the Juneau Douglas Museum.

Kenai River campus announces search for artwork to display
KENAI - Kenai Peninsula College's Kenai River Campus in Soldotna is requesting proposals from artists interested in creating work to be placed in its newest addition. The Request for Proposal deadline is 5 p.m. March 13. Finalists will be selected by March 23 and the installation will be complete by Aug. 17. $30,000 has been budgeted for covering all costs of purchasing and installing the artwork.

Juneau's Jocelyn Clark named among 'Alaska's Top 40 Under 40'
Jocelyn Clark, founder and director of Alaska's CrossSound music festival, has been named one of "Alaska's Top 40 Under 40" for 2008 by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.

Arts for Kids to hold fifth art celebration
JUNEAU - Arts for Kids is hosting the fifth annual Community Art Celebration form 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Thunder Mountain High School.

Dance studio to offer 'Bachata and Son' class
JUNEAU - Juneau Dance Unlimited will offer a new dance class, "Bachata and Son," by new JDU instructor Antonio Diaz beginning Feb. 21. The six-week class will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday nights at the JDU studio, 8420 Airport Boulevard, Suite 202.

Turn administration officials' tax liability into credit
So far, three Obama administration officials have had tax issues. The tax problems of these three administration officials may be the key to truly stimulating the economy.

Shame on Palin for twisting the truth, diverting funds
In Gov. Sarah Palin's most recent attempt to have her cake and devour Alaskan's too, the only thing "reprehensible" as she states in regard to the group Defenders of Wildlife is her self absorbed agenda. There are no distorted facts in the Defenders of Wildlife campaign, merely the omitted fact that pups were killed while still in dens.

Online energy survey worth your time
On April 16, 2008, avalanches severed Juneau from its inexpensive and clean source of hydroelectric power; the connection was restored on June 1, 2008. On Jan. 12, 2009 avalanches once again severed the connection. Although the first energy crisis caused hardship as the price of electricity more than tripled, it also engendered a lively community dialog and dramatic energy conservation efforts.

University faces hostile legislators
The University of Alaska is facing pressure from some Alaska legislators complaining about the political views of its faculty and students.

Butt'ing in
Juneau Assemblyman Merrill Sanford says it's time to address the unruly cliques of smokers in the streets at all hours, cigarette litter and other downtown nuisances stoked by a city smoking ban enacted last year.

Ferry union approves state contract
One of Alaska's state ferry unions has approved a contract agreement with the state, after working without a contact since 2007. Two other unions remain working without new contracts.

Residents: Reusing paper, cardboard an alternative to dump
Outside a cynic's imagination, horse manure and sensitive state documents actually do belong together.

Workshop aims to boost Native languages
Sealaska Heritage Institute is looking to reinvent the wheel of how the indigenous languages of Southeast Alaska are taught.

Palin still irked with media, bloggers
NEW YORK - Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is still mad at media coverage of her candidacy, particularly "anonymous, pathetic bloggers" who she says spread falsehoods about her.

Photo: A trip through time
Rachel Lewis looks through Jim Geraghty's collection of postcards from Juneau's early history Thursday after he gave a presentation titled "Postcards from Taku Glacier" at the Alaska State Historical Collections. Many of the pictures were taken by the studios of Case and Draper or Winter and Pond.

Child remains in critical condition after accident
A 5-year-old girl remains in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after a two-vehicle accident Tuesday night on North Douglas Highway.

Photo: Juggling can be a winter sport, too
Simon Wong, left, shows off his snow juggling skills to his sister, Lian, on Wednesday near Marine Park. They are visiting from Auckland, New Zealand.

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

Around Town
Friday, Feb. 6

Photo: State surplus goods for sale
Brothers Terry, left, and Kenneth Ryals look over the shelved goods in a sealed bid lot sale Wednesday at the state surplus warehouse behind Western Auto Marine. Inspection of the items will be held today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All bids must be deposited at the warehouse by 1:30 p.m. Friday. Items for sale include computers, furniture, cameras, power tools and a CPR training mannequin, among others.

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

Around Town

The "Contact your lawmakers" box on the opinion page of Wednesday's Empire incorrectly listed former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens instead of U.S. Sen. Mark Begich. Begich can be contacted at 825 C Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510, e-mail, or call 1-202-224-3004.

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Juneau resident shares 'sinful chocolate cake'
Ask Auntie Emo is calling all cooks. Get those search engines running. Are you ready for some fun? My winter challenge is as follows:

Thanks, Americorps workers, for digging us out of the snow
On behalf of the staff and board of directors of Perseverance Theatre, we'd like to say a huge thank you to the cheerful Americorps workers who volunteered their time to dig us out from the recent onslaught of snow and ice. They not only cleared our sidewalks, but also helped to clear parking spaces for our audience members! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

College Goal Sunday to take place this Sunday
JUNEAU - Alaska's fifth annual College Goal Sunday event will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8. Juneau's event will take place at the University of Alaska Southeast Student Recreation Center in Auke Bay, off the Back Loop road.

United Way annouces Community Impact Grant awards
JUNEAU - United Way of Southeast Alaska announces Community Impact Grant awards totaling $37,700 to thirteen partner agencies. The projects were selected by a volunteer committee of the board of directors chaired by Cameryn Flynn of Premera Blue Cross, from a pool of 24 proposals. The total amount of requests was $68,060.

Housing First seeks qualified homebuyers
JUNEAU - Housing First Inc., a nonprofit housing organization devoted to providing affordable housing options to Juneau residents, is seeking qualified homebuyers committed to owning their own home.

William Royal Tonsgard III, shown right, graduated from the U.S. Marine Corp Boot Camp on Jan. 16 at the Marine Corp Recruit Depot in San Diego, where he was honored as a sharpshooter. Tonsgard's parents, sisters and fiancé, Jamey Holloway, and her family were present for the ceremony.

Thanks for helping Juneau Pioneers Home this holiday
On behalf of the staff and residents of the Juneau Pioneers' Home, we would like to extend our deep appreciation to the many wonderful organizations and individuals in the Juneau community who have offered their gifts of time, talent and presence during this holiday season.

Thank you, Juneau, supporting Operation Christmas Child
Thank you to the many individuals, churches and groups in Juneau who packed gift-filled shoe boxes to bring joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world. Thank you also to Alaska Marine Lines, who donated shipping costs so that 10 Southeast communities could get their shoe boxes to the Collection Center in Juneau. Hearthside Books, Udder Culture, and the Waffle Co. helped with advertising.

Thanks for contributing to the Light Up A Life trees this year
Hospice and Home Care of Juneau would like to thank the community for its support of our programs through our "Light Up A Life" trees at the Nugget Mall this year. We appreciate your purchase of our stars and candles to honor loved ones who have passed and those who light up your lives in special ways.

Clauder, Jones wed
Frances Marie Clauder and Luke Douglas Jones, both of Juneau, were married Jan. 30, 2009, in Juneau. A reception will be held at a later date.

Linda M. Hensley
Longtime Sitka resident Linda M. Hensley died of natural causes on Dec. 11, 2008, at her home. She was 60.

Donald Garland Ashe
Longtime Douglas resident Donald Garland Ashe died Jan. 31, 2009, at Bartlett Regional Hospital. He was 56.

Alaska Editorial: More information on Palin's political action committee is needed
G ov. Sarah Palin should spend a little more time explaining her new federal political action committee to Alaskans and reveal what it means, if anything, about her future plans.

Outside editorial: Postal Service needs to adapt to digital age
The U.S. Postal Service has been on a cost-cutting mission since 2002, but it still ends up each fiscal year with a budget deficit. In 2008, the deficit was $2.8 billion. That may grow to $6 billion or more this year, since the federal Postal Service is no more immune to the current economic meltdown than businesses in the private sector.

My Turn: Loving your sweet heart
P erhaps when you read the title words "sweet heart," you thought it was a misspelling, or perhaps you were reminded that it is almost time to provide that loved one a heart-shaped box of Valentine's chocolates. I am speaking, however, about women loving and caring for their own sweet hearts. Women are often wonderful caretakers of their loved ones, friends and communities but frequently ignore their own personal care including their cardiovascular health.

Bailout won't help newspapers; an antitrust exemption could
In this winter of our discontent, it probably was inevitable that talk of some sort of government bailout for newspapers would begin to find an audience. These days, after all, newspaper companies seem to vie with automakers for the dubious distinction of being the American economy's most pitiable basket cases.

My turn: Mine a private, not a public, interest
Let me say up front that I support the Kensington mine. I also support Alaska Brewing Co., Capital Copy, Dominos Pizza, Mendenhall Auto, Donna's, Alaska Electric Light & Power Co., Hearthside Books etc. (Excuse and forgive me if I don't list every business in Juneau.) Because I support all Juneau's business. We need them. We need more of them. They are the backbone of our city.

Endless days of ravaging
T his one is for Doug.He was one of maybe 2,000 readers who fired off e-mails in response to a recent column criticizing that paragon of political analysis, Rush Hudson Limbaugh III. I excoriated Limbaugh for saying of Barack Obama's presidency, "I hope he fails." As is generally the case when you exact a pound of flesh from Brother Limbaugh's hide, his legions of listeners were vociferous and unstinting in his defense.

Stimulus funding will be use-it-or-lose-it
President Barack Obama has promised the single largest new investment in our national infrastructure since the creation of the federal interstate highway system 50 years ago.

Troopers identify man killed in car crash
WASILLA - State Troopers have identified the man killed in a two-car crash on the Parks Highway.

New harbormaster starts March 2
JUNEAU - Juneau Docks and Harbors announced Tuesday that Haines Harbormaster Phil Benner will become Juneau's new harbormaster on March 2.

Palin promises national presence
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin said she will continue to have a national presence in politics.

Geologists: Redoubt activity in decline
ANCHORAGE - Geologists monitoring Alaska's Mount Redoubt for a possible eruption say the volcano's activity is in a "slight decline."

Troopers fatally shoot armed woman
WASILLA - Alaska State Troopers fatally shot a woman whom they said was wielding a handgun.

UAS financial aid deadline is Feb. 16
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast reminds students to start applying for financial aid for the fall 2009 semester. To be considered for need-based scholarships, the 2009-2010 Free Application for Federal Student Aid must be completed by Feb. 16.

Work on new prison to begin in spring
PALMER - Work on what's deemed to be the largest building construction project in the state's history is slated to begin in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough this spring.

Authorities nab federal fugitive
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man wanted on numerous federal and state charges was captured by U.S. Marshals.

Redoubt unleashes seismic spurt
ANCHORAGE - Don't write off Alaska's Mount Redoubt just yet.

Report: Treatment reduces cost of crime
JUNEAU - A research branch of the University of Alaska has concluded that prisoner education and substance-abuse treatment would result in long term savings to the state.

Juneau man arrested on sex abuse charges
JUNEAU - A 48-year-old Juneau man was arrested Wednesday afternoon on two felony counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

MAC and wheeze
It took all year for the Crimson Bears to sprint, tweak and crunch their legs into Mid-Alaska Conference shape during the team's first 4A season. Now they face yet another level of speed and physicality that none of them have seen, or felt, quite so close.

Bears hope hard hits yield beginner's luck
After witnessing a true speed disadvantage against the MAC's "big three" of Lathrop, North Pole and West Valley this season, Crimson Bears coach Dave McKenna is hoping to see some more physicality out of his club in this weekend's playoffs.

Lathrop coach credits depth for big season
Lathrop hockey coach Shawn Lundgren likes his goalie - all three of them.

JDHS hosts unfamiliar Eagle River
Crimson Bears coach Steve Potter isn't quite sure what to expect against Eagle River this weekend, and it's not just because his team has never played the Wolves before.

So far so good for wayward Bears
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls varsity basketball team is sitting pretty midway through their four-game road trip to the Anchorage area.

Parks and Recreation Adult Ordway Basketball League Playoffs

Sports in Juneau

Yup'ik speaking voters still troubled at the polls
ANCHORAGE - Concerns about Alaska's Yup'ik voters ability to translate ballots continues to play out in U.S. District Court.

No lobbyists for Conoco this year
One of three oil giants doing business in Alaska does not plan to register its employees as lobbyists this year, raising concerns that it's deliberately skirting state law.

Movie star's group slams wolf control and Palin
ANCHORAGE - Defenders of Wildlife has put Gov. Sarah Palin in the crosshairs of a new national campaign focusing on Alaska's predator control program as an example of the governor's "wider anti-conservation agenda."

Federal board votes to ban Arctic fishing
ANCHORAGE - In a move aimed at limiting harm to Arctic waters opened by global warming, a federal advisory board voted Thursday to ban commercial fishing north of the Bering Strait off Alaska's coast.

Former North Pole basketball standout has number retired
FAIRBANKS - Brad Oleson went from being a "little skinny freshman" at North Pole High School to becoming a professional basketball player who returned home Tuesday and saw his number retired, something no Patriot before him had ever experienced.

Legislators plan to go after stimulus money
Alaska legislators are backing a resolution seeking the state's fair share of a federal stimulus package, despite concerns from fiscal conservatives that the package is a double-edged sword.

Additional 20 Alaskans join suit against priests
SEATTLE - Twenty Alaska Natives have joined a lawsuit claiming they were abused by Jesuit priests or those supervised by Jesuits, and a lawyer said Thursday the head of the Roman Catholic order has been served with court papers naming him as a defendant.

Defending Iron Dog champions go separate ways in this year's race
ANCHORAGE - Marc McKenna and Eric Quam begin their Tesoro Iron Dog title defense Sunday, just not as teammates.

2,000 gallons of diesel unaccounted for after ferry Lituya's grounding
JUNEAU - An ongoing investigation into the grounding of the Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Lituya found approximately 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel unaccounted for following the vessel's Jan. 30 grounding on Scrub Island.

Food on its way to villages
FAIRBANKS - Food donations are heading to Alaska's rural villages that have been troubled by poor fishing seasons and high oil and gasoline prices.

Restless Redoubt offers chance to engage children
An antsy Mount Redoubt has been a boon to headline writers, plastic wrap producers and particle mask manufacturers; but it's also benefited area science teachers.

Fishing companies ask for state help with taxes
ANCHORAGE - Executives from six fishing companies want help from the state's congressional delegation to block income taxes from Bering Sea operations.

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