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Thursday, February 14, 2008

An 'authentic Alaskan voice' speaks to Juneau
Seth Kantner's afternoons in northwest Alaska are not those of your typical writer.

KXLL party showcases mixed-up music and hot Yeti action
Bigfoot may be smelly, hairy and shy, but he's got one thing going for him: All that stank fur sure keeps him warm during the winter.

Eaglecrest Winter Fireworks Spectacular set for Feb. 17
Eaglecrest will host its annual KABOOM! Winter Fireworks Spectacular, sponsored by Alaska Marine Lines, on Sunday, Feb. 17, at the ski area.

State museum seeks photography entries
The Alaska State Museum is seeking entries from photographers from around the state for its biennial exhibition of Alaska photography, now in its 38th year. This year's exhibition is titled "Alaska Positive 2008."

Banff film festival to be held Feb. 14 and 15
The University of Alaska Southeast presents the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 14 and 15, at Centennial Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the films begin at 7 p.m. on both nights.

Rogue travel writer to sign books, talk on Feb. 21
Former Juneau resident Chuck Thompson will talk about and sign copies of his travel book, "Smile When You're Lying," from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center at 350 Whittier St.

Registration open for bellydance workshop
Registration is open for the Spring Shimmy Bellydance Workshop scheduled from March 14 to 16 at the University of Alaska Southeast Activities Center.

Elgee Rehfeld Mertz hires new employees
JUNEAU - Judy Cummins, recently from Wilmington, Del., was hired at the certified public accounting firm of Elgee Rehfeld Mertz in Juneau. Cummins previously worked in Wilmington for the firm Horty and Horty and has a degree in accounting. She passed all sections of the CPA exam.

Business owners to meet with legislators
JUNEAU - Small-business owners from around Alaska are invited to a dinner on Feb. 20 to discuss their legislative agenda for the session with each other and with policymakers.

What's Happening
Events calender the week of Thursday, Feb. 14 through Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Filipino cold remedy offers a break from chicken noodle
When the weather's cold and the flu bug is flying around, chicken noodle soup appears to be the remedy of choice.

Splurging part 2: beer and food
Temptation comes in all forms - whether it be in the form of one of the seven deadly sins, or food, or both.

Keep that Chinese New Year resolution
Chinese take-out may seem like a healthier choice than burgers, pasta or pizza.

Pirate MMO crosses swords with 'Warcraft'
Hey, diddle-dee-dee/It's a pirate's life for me! And you, too, unless you choose to be a British, French or Spanish captain instead of a scurvy sea dog.

Gadget tidbits
Apple MacBook Air(Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz)

Caught in the Web
Shipment tracking

Be alert about net censorship
So what's been happening in the past month on the censorship front?

Voter frustrated with Hoonah election
My wife and I were unable to vote in the Republican primary in Hoonah.

Be grateful for the city's snow plowing
I let out a little chuckle after reading a recent article, "Citizens complain about snow berms" (Feb. 5 Juneau Empire).

How do tax cuts fit into GOP platform?
In his My Turn on Feb. 5, Jim Crawford talked about the Republican platform and its values. He described how Ronald Reagan believed that political philosophy mattered. At the CNN Republican Debates in the Reagan Library, one of the major issues was who would keep the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 if elected President. Keeping them intact appeared to be the right answer. They are due to expire in 2010.

Kudos to the city for Cope Park response
The crews of the city street and water departments, and City Manager Rod Swope, deserve recognition for their quick response to the water main break in Cope Park on Thursday.

Provide student parking at high school
With snowfall overwhelming the streets and highways, our driving high school students are once again faced with the dilemma of where to park.

Alaska mayors painted with the same brush
Gov. Sarah Palin recently addressed the Alaska Conference of Mayors, where she was criticized by the one of the mayors for being inaccessible. This is as far from the truth as you can get.

Oppose aerial gunning bill
Recently, I testified before the House Resources Committee of the Alaska legislature on a bill that would further erode sound science and public involvement in wildlife management decisions.

Habitat restoration is the right move
Gov. Sarah Palin's restoration of the Habitat Division to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is a welcome sign that government by the people and for the people is alive and well in Alaska.

Planning commission approves city's first cottage housing permits
The Juneau Planning Commission approved use permits for the city's first cottage housing development last night, despite continuing objections from residents of the adjacent Back Loop Road neighborhood that the cottages will bring down their own property values - or are simply too many houses to have next door.

Juneau & the wolf
Five winters back, Nick Jans was one of the earliest Juneau residents to notice, and encourage, a certain friendliness in a young black wolf that hung out at Mendenhall Lake.

Lack of PAs raises safety concerns at schools
Two elementary schools in Juneau have public address systems that either work poorly or not at all, raising concerns from their principals that the schools are not as prepared for emergencies as they could be.

Eaglecrest Ski Area opens lifts to snowless Whitehorse skiers
The Eaglecrest Ski Area is reaching out to skiers in Whitehorse, Yukon, by offering to open its lifts to Mount Sima season pass holders for the rest of the ski season.

Huna Totem Corp. to pay out distribution
The Huna Totem Corp. board announced a distribution Tuesday of $10.80 per share, or $1,080 for a typical shareholder with 100 shares.

City seeks redistribution of tax revenue for projects
City Manager Rod Swope asked the Juneau Assembly for permission Monday to move some tax money around in an effort to speed along an airport remodel and a new Public Works building before inflation eats away the construction funds.

Photos: Cultural figures
Under the direction of teacher Amy Jo Meiners, each kindergarten through fifth-grade student created a figure dressed to represent a different culture from around the world. The fourth- and fifth-grade students made their own mini-museums, featuring their dolls as artifacts.

Photo: Navigating puddles
A vehicle drives through a large puddle of rain water Tuesday on Ninth Street. Rain and melting snow caused lots of puddles throughout Juneau. The weather forecast calls for rain showers during the rest of the week.

Hospital warns to watch out for fraudulent collections calls
Bartlett Regional Hospital warned Southeast Alaska residents Tuesday not to give personal or financial information over the phone, after discovering that at least four fraudulent calls were made by someone posing as a hospital collections agent.

Around Town

Around Town

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

Correction
In a Tuesday story about cottage housing, the Juneau Empire incorrectly said Carol Austin lived in All Seasons subdivision. She lives in a different development.

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

'Jumper' falls flat on its face
So let's say you're a young, good-looking guy, with strong cheekbones and puppy-dog eyes and pillowy, kissable lips. Hayden Christensen, for instance.

Juneau's Cinema guide
OPENING

'Fool's Gold' is all over the map
My freshman roommate in college had attention deficit disorder. All jokes aside, let's just say it was pretty obvious when he'd neglect to take his meds for any extended period of time.

'Fool's Gold' is all over the map
My freshman roommate in college had attention deficit disorder. All jokes aside, let's just say it was pretty obvious when he'd neglect to take his meds for any extended period of time.

Missing persons find their way onto DVD
'Gone Baby Gone'

The Ends play it their own way
James "JR" Rosales described performing at his first punk rock show in 2006 as "really crazy."

Take care of your wood, it will thank you
In the midst of an especially cold and dry winter, it is important to take care of wooden instruments.

MASHUP of the week
Mashups have no geographic barrier.

Sound Bites
Lenny Kravitz "It Is Time For a Love Revolution" ★½

Obama, McCain ride momentum to primary wins
WASHINGTON - Barack Obama powered past Hillary Rodham Clinton in the race for Democratic convention delegates Tuesday on a night of triumph sweetened with outsized primary victories in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Celebrating love as chocolate
Valentine's is a day for hearts, flowers, cards, love - and chocolate.

Chocolate by therapy
Chocolate has long been associated with romance, but it also can tell us something about ourselves, according to Dr. Sonja Koukel, Health Home and Family Development Program educator for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service.

Let's celebrate singles on Feb. 14
Feb. 14 is the most dreaded day by singles nationwide. Red, pink and flowerly it decends upon us. Valentine's Day. A day for holding hands, exchanging gifts, and giving out overpriced cards to all your friends.

Therapeutic Court graduates honored
JUNEAU - The Alaska Court System will hold a ceremonial commencement ceremony and open house to honor all Juneau Therapeutic Court graduates at 3:30 p.m. today in Courtroom A on the first floor of the Dimond Courthouse. Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg will be the keynote speaker, and a letter from Dana Fabe, chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court, will be presented.

Sitka wellness coalition meets Thursday
SITKA - The Sitka Employee Wellness Coalition will host its monthly meeting from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday at Harrigan Centennial Hall.

Hospice to start bereavement group
JUNEAU - Hospice and Home Care of Juneau will be starting the next eight-week bereavement support group on Monday, Feb. 18, running through April 7. This is a very supportive group of six to 12 people who come together each Monday evening to share their stories of life with a partner, parent, sibling, child, grandparent, grandchild or friend; of their loss experience; and the new life following the death of that person. It is a place to grieve with support, guidance, and creative activities to assist in forming a treasure chest of memories.

Robert Abram Welsh Sr.
Former Juneau resident Robert "Bob" Abram Welsh Sr. died Feb. 8, 2008, at the Arbor Rose Home in Mesa, Ariz. He was 80.

Joseph Jerry Lopez
Longtime Juneau resident Joseph Jerry Lopez died Feb. 3, 2008, at Bartlett Memorial Hospital. He was 83.

Angle Rock Peterson Jr.
Lifelong Juneau resident Angle Rock Peterson Jr. died Feb. 10, 2008, in Juneau. He was 58.

Angle Rock Peterson Jr.
Lifelong Juneau resident Angle Rock Peterson Jr. died Feb. 10, 2008, in Juneau. He was 58.

Robert Abram Welsh Sr.
Former Juneau resident Robert "Bob" Abram Welsh Sr. died Feb. 8, 2008, at the Arbor Rose Home in Mesa, Ariz. He was 80.

My turn: Preserve the purity of the Chilkoot
My name is Nora Marks Dauenhauer, and I am writing this letter to oppose the releasing of hatchery king salmon stock in Lutak Inlet.

Local column: Library, archives and museum project should be a SLAM dunk
The motto of the National Endowment for the Arts is, "a great nation deserves great art."

Outside editorial: U.S. all too willing to sacrifice science
The following editorial first appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

Outside editorial: A raging debate: Is waterboarding illegal?
The following editorial first appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

Can the world afford a middle class?
The middle class in poor countries is the fastest-growing segment of the world's population. While the planet's total population will increase by about a billion people in the next 12 years, the ranks of the middle class will swell by as many as 1.8 billion - 600 million just in China.

Mackey takes lead in Yukon Quest race
FAIRBANKS - The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race has a new leader with a familiar name.

Troopers seek teen missing from facility
FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers said they need help finding a 16-year-old boy who walked away from the Fairbanks Youth Facility last month.

Environmentalists, Army dispute area
ANCHORAGE - The Army will explode munitions on the Eagle River Flats this week as it continues efforts to open the area to year-round training that includes firing artillery shells.

Winfree takes oath as newest justice
FAIRBANKS - Alaska's newest Supreme Court justice took his oath of office this week in Fairbanks.

Mackey takes lead in Yukon Quest
FAIRBANKS - The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race had a new leader with a familiar name as of Tuesday.

Palin signs bill OKing compassionate gifts
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin has signed a bill lifting a $250 limit on compassionate gifts to lawmakers describing the effect of the monetary cap as nonsensical and surreal.

Avian flu researchers seek blood samples
ANCHORAGE - Officials of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are looking for 200 Anchorage-area sport hunters who have handled wild birds in the last two years.

Palin seeks money for communities
FAIRBANKS - Gov. Sarah Palin is proposing to spend $1.1 million to help communities threatened by coastal erosion and other effects of climate change.

Deployment may hurt emergency services
FAIRBANKS - The Army's plans to deploy a Fort Wainwright air ambulance unit overseas in July has Fairbanks area emergency officials worried.

Peters appointed to airport board
JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly appointed former Juneau School Board President Bill Peters to the Juneau International Airport Board on Monday.

Palmer courtrooms reopen after flooding
ANCHORAGE - After flooding last week when a frozen pipe burst, all six courtrooms in the state courthouse in Palmer are back in service, officials said.

Bus driver cited in crash with car
FAIRBANKS - The driver of a school bus was issued a speeding citation after a traffic accident that demolished a car south of Fairbanks, Alaska State Troopers said.

Learning what's at the heart of V-Day
Is it just me or is Valentine's Day growing in leaps and bounds as a holiday?

Slopewear for the whole body
Snowboarders are young and rebellious and skiers are older and more traditional, and never the two shall meet.

Photo: Around the corner
Svensson's Boatworks' Tom Ainsworth flips the puck past Doc Water's Pub's Jeff Wyatt during a Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier A game Monday at Treadwell Arena. Check out the results from last week's JAHA action on Page B3.

Snowshoeing team bridges tradition and competition
As one of yesteryear's main means of rural winter travel, snowshoes served as a vital part of transportation and survival along the cold trails. Next month, six local athletes will test their abilities on the traditional equipment against some of the best snowshoers in the Arctic Winter Games.

Juneau will be represented well in Arctic Winter Games in Yellowknife.
Juneau, Douglas and Auke Bay will be well represented at the 2008 Arctic Winter Games in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, on March 9-16.

Ice Pirates, Island Pub skate to 3-3 Tier A tie
The Ice Pirates got their first point of the season after earning a 3-3 tie with the Island Pub in Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier A action on Sunday at Treadwell Arena.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Haines girls sweep Petersburg
After a wild first quarter that featured the Haines High School girls basketball team shooting 14 free throws, the Glacier Bears secured a series sweep of Petersburg on Sunday with a 60-41 win in Class 3A action.

Kelsey Potdevin named New England conference swimmer of the week
Colby College junior Kelsey Potdevin was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference women's swimming and diving performer of the week on Monday.

Dinnan twins make marks in indoor track at New England
Tyler Dinnan, a sophomore a Quinnipiac University, and University of New Hampshire sophomore Wesley Dinnan are both making their marks in indoor track.

Talisa Rhea, Beavers fall to top-ranked teams at home
The Oregon State University women's basketball team fell to No. 6 Stanford 69-59 on Saturday and No. 9 California 56-45 on Feb. 7.

Rehfeld's shooting helps lead CSU-Pueblo to two wins
Mary Rehfeld, a 2005 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, recently helped lead NCAA Division II Colorado State University-Pueblo to two wins last week.

Flamenco fever
The specific origin of flamenco dancing remains murky, yet the melting pot of cultures intermingling over centuries in southern Spain is known to have spawned this passionate art form that melds strong musical rhythms with remarkably intricate movement.

Mining group sells Greens Creek
Mining group Rio Tinto PLC announced Tuesday it will sell its stake in Juneau's Greens Creek Mine to its joint-venture partner, Hecla Mining Co., for $750 million.

Pt. Thomson win may bring gas line closer
Alaska legislators and state lawyers say they've won a big victory over Exxon Mobil Corp. in their effort to bring North Slope natural gas to market.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Hospital fears injury from Palin plan
Gov. Sarah Palin's plan for improving health care in Alaska could cripple Juneau's only hospital, said Shawn Morrow, CEO of Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Judge to rule on clean water ballot initiatives
Proposed clean water ballot initiatives violate the Alaska constitution because they would override the Legislature's power to appropriate natural resources such as water and minerals, attorneys for developers of the Pebble Mine said in court.

Education funding bound up with other budget issues
School district officials on their annual fly-in to the state Capitol are telling lawmakers they want to see forward and early funding for their schools.

Exxon to sell North Slope Natural gas
Exxon Mobil Corp. says it plans to sell North Slope natural gas - about 10 billion cubic feet a year - and it won't need a highly debated multibillion dollar pipeline to do it.

Photo: Appealing protection
Randy Hunter of Big Lake peels off duct tape from his face Wednesday after he arrived at the halfway point of the Iron Dog snowmachine race in Nome.

Jewelers refuse to sell gold from Pebble Mine
ANCHORAGE - Just in time for Valentine's Day, five of the nation's leading jewelers have sworn off gold that someday could come from the Pebble Mine, a huge deposit being scoped out near the world's most productive wild sockeye salmon stream in southwest Alaska.

State Democrats seek more funding for early education
Giving young poor kids an early educational boost will keep them in school and out of jail or the unemployment line, according to some state Democratic lawmakers who are asking Gov. Sarah Palin to increase funding for early education.

Ousted mayor's vehicle is apparently set on fire
KETCHIKAN - Someone apparently set fire to a vehicle belonging to the recently ousted mayor of Metlakatla while he met with supporters at the community's longhouse.

Photo: Iron Dog racers pull into Nome
Todd Minnick, left, and Nick Olstad, the first team in the Tesoro Iron Dog snowmobile competition to arrive in Nome, cross the halfway point in the race Tuesday on their snowmobiles. The race, which covers 2,000 miles of Alaska wilderness, started Sunday in Big Lake and will end in Fairbanks.

This Day in History

Officials press for all-Alaska pipeline
FAIRBANKS - Saying a natural gas pipeline could be built faster to Valdez than through Canada, Alaska Gasline Port Authority officials pressed lawmakers not to give up on an all-Alaska route.

Falling moose nearly takes out trooper in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Motorists here have seen the highway signs that warn of falling rocks, and they've seen the ones that warn of moose crossing.

Climatologist says Arctic sea ice likely to continue shrinking
ANCHORAGE - Arctic sea ice next summer may shrink below the record low last year, according to a University of Washington climatologist.

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