'Much Ado' about Shakespeare
William Shakespeare's romantic comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" has as much to do with learning how to love as it does with learning about letting down your guard to be able to love, said Eleanor Holdridge, director of Perseverance Theatre's latest main-stage production.

'Melancholy Play' to open Friday, Feb. 22
Perseverance Theatre presents "Melancholy Play" by Sarah Ruhl, beginning Friday, Feb. 22 at 7:30. The play, directed by Emily Smith, will close on March 2.

Comedy nights slated for Feb. 22 and 23
Marlintini's Lounge will host Comedy Night with Craig Gass on Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Mendenhall Valley bar. Shows begin at 9 p.m.

Winners of Poetry OmniBus competition announced
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council has announced the winning poets from its recent Poetry OmniBus competition. The selected poems will start appearing inside Capital Transit System buses after mid-March.

What's Happening
Events calender the week of Thursday, Feb. 21 through Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Make your own granola (not candy) bars
Bars of every make and model are causing gridlock in the supermarket aisles.

Salt is a stone cold killer
I once worked at a hotel with a wonderful chef who had lost his ability to taste salt. Oh, he could taste it a little bit, but not like you or me. He had been cooking professionally for 40 years and he smoked to boot. His disability never affected the clientele, but I did have to occasionally test his sauces.

Remember the first president's birthday
This time of year calls for creativity and extensive research into what holidays to drink to. In my quest for a good cause and a proper drinking holiday, I came across an iconic alcohol producer and distributor who happened to be a famous general and former president - the guy on the $1 bill, George Washington.

'Turok' is back with more brains, more brawn
The new "Turok" game makes me think about how far the representation of dinosaurs has come in the world of video games.

Scandal reveals dark side of the Internet
Last month, the upscale Parkland High School in Allentown, Pa., was rocked by a porn scandal as images were relayed over cell phones.

Empire seems to be forgetting Ron Paul
I'm surprised, even ashamed. How is it that the front page of the Juneau Empire boldly claims, "Mike Huckabee sole remaining GOP competitor?" Last time I checked there were three remaining GOP candidates, John McCain, Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul.

Put polar bears on list
We will soon know if science or politics prevails when the Interior Department lists or does not list polar bears as threatened because global warming is destroying their sea ice habitat. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Geological Survey, with decades of polar bear research and management experience, have made a comprehensive, science-driven case for Endangered Species Act listing.

State should spend on small governments
It seems a funny thing happened to Gov. Sarah Palin on her way to the forum. She took a wrong turn, and there was a strange juxtaposition of events.

What's the hurry?
There is something about all this oil revenue talk that I don't get.

Parents upset about choice
A large majority of students are choosing Juneau-Douglas High School over its new counterpart because of the district's rush to push new, untested programs onto unwilling participants, some parents said Wednesday.

Lawmakers push capital move plans
Efforts to move the state capital to Anchorage have ramped up this week, with proposals to hold all special sessions outside Juneau and build a new legislative hall in the Anchorage area.

Juneau asks state to pick bridge routes
Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho recently asked the state to identify two routes through the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge for a second bridge to Douglas Island.

Neighbors question ATV park proposal
A city-run public information session about a proposed Douglas Island all-terrain vehicle park came to a halt Wednesday night as North Douglas residents unloaded question after question about possible noise pollution generated by as many as 50 ATVs near their neighborhood.

Marie Drake building may house Montessori
The Juneau School District's Montessori program may have found a new home.

Garden Club celebrates the release of latest book
Cliff Lobaugh, 72, has been gardening in Juneau for decades. Not even a stroke a couple of years ago could interrupt his passion.

Photo: JDHS team wins national competition
Juneau-Douglas High School students, rom left, Runa Skeie, Joe Croteau, Robin Woodby, Evan Wood and Kevin Craig, stand with with their trophy and winning home design Wednesday at the school. The group of five students won a national construction competition last week in Orlando, Fla. The students took first place in a design competition at the International Builders Show. Using computer-aided drawing software, the team drew up architectural plans for a house that is being built. The team had to present its plans to a panel of judges and answer the judges' questions. It beat out 11 other teams from around the country. Team members said they worked about 10 hours a week on the project since last fall, including during their lunch hours, after school and on weekends. "We have a good program and good students that work hard on this project," said teacher Craig Mapes, the team's sponsor. Various local construction-affiliated groups helped pay for the team's trip.

Photo: Protesting Stevens' positions
Members of Veterans for Peace rally Tuesday in front of the Capitol to protest U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' positions on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and ask him to stop the United States' use of interrogation techniques many consider torture. The protest coincided with Stevens' annual address to the Alaska Legislature.

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Photos: Sorting crabbers' catch
Above, workers process tanner crab Wednesday at the Alaska Glacier Seafood Co. plant. Left, Erik Elton grades out tanner crab at the plant. Crabbers have been bringing in their harvest of tanner and brown king crab for the season, which closed Wednesday. The catch rates are down from last year, according to Mike Erickson, co-owner of Alaska Glacier Seafood Co. The crab is being sent tomarkets in thewestern United States and Japan.

Police & Fire
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An impressionistic take on a legendary musician
"I'm Not There" isn't a Bob Dylan biography. It's a fantasia on the many guises of the folk-rock shaman, changeling, hustler and icon.

'Spiderwick' sticks to fantasy format
It's been a month or two since "The Golden Compass" left theaters, so the timing feels about right for the next fantastical adventure book to get transformed into a film.

Award-winning 'Michael Clayton' tops list
"Michael Clayton" is a tense and nuanced legal thriller about an attorney (George Clooney), a "fixer" at a powerful New York law firm. The film took in seven Academy Award nominations, including best picture, director and screenplay (both for Tony Gilroy), actor (Clooney) and supporting actor and actress (Tom Wilkinson and Tilda Swinton). Clayton has to deal with a major crisis when the firm's top litigator goes over to the other side and becomes a whistleblower.

Juneau's Cinema guide

Tracey to celebrate his first solo CD
The life of the commercial fisherman is said to be the hardest job anyone can take on, but Sean Tracey demands more difficult working conditions.

Juneau singer releases his long-distance labor of love
Sometimes intimacy requires a little distance, a professional's guidance, and maybe some bubble wrap.

Recording music ain't rocket science! Grab a beer and relax
There are lots of little challenges when it comes to recording music, and they all pile up to make one big one.

MASHUP of the week
Some of the best mashups are the ones that make you laugh and say, "What was that?"

Sound & fury in brief
Ball in the House to perform March 14

Sound Bites
In Denmark, the winter comes on like a thick sheet of ice, the sky darkens to gray, and booze makes up for the lack of warmth. That dark cool has always filled the Raveonettes' music, with Danish duo Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo weaving their noir tales with panache.

Clinton on the ropes, badly needing wins in Texas, Ohio
She's still fighting, but it's awfully hard to find encouraging news for Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic homestretch.

'Les Misérables' gets rave reviews
Theatre professionals Michaela Moore and Lucas Hoiland have organized close to 100 high school students in producing a cohesive, visually exciting and vibrant rendition of one of the favorite musicals of all time, "Les Misérables."

Thanks to the cast of 'Les Misérables'
JDHS's production of Les Misérables is one of the best performances ever delivered on the Juneau stage. It is a quick paced, well-executed musical that engages the talents of scores of students. Don't miss it this next weekend. It was simply delightful.

REACH reaches out to help families in need
My son turned 3 last week. To help him celebrate, I baked and decorated some car-shaped cupcakes and took them to his Two's Learning Class (TLC) group at REACH, where he shared them with eight other toddlers.

Photo: Blanket donation

Feeling the beauty within the Valentine
I have not seen any studies correlating beauty and heart disease, but I venture to propose that there is a correlation. In order to find beauty in anything or anybody, we need to open our hearts a little to the beauty of ourselves, even for a moment, just to connect deeply with beauty.

Juneau celebrates Eating Disorders Awareness Week
JUNEAU - Feb. 24 through March 1 will mark the 21st annual National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

Rotary clubs hold 'Pre-Spring Cleaning' food drive Saturday
JUNEAU - The Rotary clubs of Juneau will hold a "Pre-Spring Cleaning" food drive Saturday to help replenish stocks at the Southeast Alaska Food Bank.

High school to host second Sour Dough Pancake Cook-Off
JUNEAU - Mark your calendar, clean out the garage, feed your sour dough starter and join Juneau-Douglas High School for their second annual Flea Market and Sour Dough Pancake Cook-Off from 9 a.m. to noon on April 5.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)
Retreat VISTA: Rebecca Clark

Katzeek, Phillips wed
Jennifer Lynn Phillips and Aaron Joshua Katzeek, both of Juneau, were married on Jan. 18, 2008, in Oahu, Hawaii. A reception will be at4 p.m. March 9 at Centennial Hall. Visit www.mywedding.com/jenniferandaaronkatzeek to RSVP.

Robyn Raye (Gee) Rehbein
Former Juneau resident Robyn Raye (Gee) Rehbein died Feb. 16, 2008. She was 39.

My Turn: A two-party system compared to what?
Rick Moniak's lament about our two-party system (My Turn, Feb. 15) assumes there is a conspiracy between the Democrats and Republicans to suppress other parties: " ... one common goal of the Democrats and Republicans is to beat back challenges to their role as the primary rulers of our government."

My turn: Gas line financing is guaranteed
President Ronald Reagan used to chuckle at complex problems. He said "Complicating a problem is just a way to keep you off my turf."

My Turn: Chukchi Sea leases a risky fix for nation's oil addiction
Beyond the ritualistic pageantry of the Chukchi Sea oil and gas lease sale on Feb. 6 in Anchorage, the event exposed a worrisome new phase in our addiction to oil. We are at the desperate stage where we are accepting more and more risk to get the next fix.

My turn: Democrats' rhetoric raises more questions
While the turnout and winning percentage for Sen. Barack Obama at the Feb. 5 Democratic caucus was undoubtedly impressive, his campaign for "change" continues to raise as many questions as it does hope. Compounding this is the bitterness most Democratic voters feel over being betrayed by the party's broken 2006 promise to end the war. To avoid being duped again, it's incumbent upon us to begin mapping a response strategy for 2009.

Alaska editorial: More action needed to reduce Alaska's sexual assault rate
Alaska editorial

Outside editorial: Burden of proof on domestic surveillance
It's probably too late for President George W. Bush to learn any new tricks, but it must be said that "the terrorists will win unless ..." ploy is getting pretty old.

Students choose JDHS at higher rate
JUNEAU - Juneau's students have chosen the city's old high school over the new one by a higher ratio than earlier reported, according to one school board member.

Army Chief of Staff plans visit to Alaska
FORT RICHARDSON - The Army Chief of Staff is planning a make-up visit to Fort Richardson.

Lyle appointed to Superior Court
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin has appointed Paul Lyle to the Fairbanks Superior Court.

Police: Alcohol may be factor in accident
JUNEAU - Alcohol could have been a contributing factor in Sunday night's single-car rollover accident on Egan Drive, according to the Juneau Police Department.

Weather hampers avalanche recovery
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday's poor weather continued to prevent the recovery of the bodies of two avalanche victims.

Sled dogs may have been killed by wolves
FAIRBANKS - A sled dog tour operator in Interior Alaska says wolves have eaten two of his dogs.

Police investigate shooting death
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police are investigating the shooting death of a woman this week.

Workers remove fuel from shipwreck
JUNEAU - Work is continuing to remove fuel from a nearly-submerged fishing vessel.

New high school behind schedule
JUNEAU - Construction remains behind schedule for completing the new Thunder Mountain High School in the Mendenhall Valley.

Mayor Begich vetoes alcohol for strip club
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich has vetoed a vote of the Assembly to allow a strip club to start serving alcohol.

Moose shot, killed at Anchorage school
ANCHORAGE - A wildlife official shot and killed a moose after it charged police at an elementary school.

Doyon in dispute over naming rights
FAIRBANKS - Doyon, the Alaska Native regional corporation in the state's interior, is in a dispute with a group of shareholders over naming rights.

Man killed when pipe falls from truck
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man was killed when a one-ton metal pipe fell on him from a parked truck.

What's your deal?
Like a high-stakes game of strip poker, people can reveal their cards slowly in the world of online dating. You can show your best cards first, while keeping some in the hole.

Boozer joins Hall of Fame
Carlos Boozer, a 1999 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, was among five athletes inducted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday in Anchorage.

Mackey wins fourth straight Yukon Quest
Lance Mackey on Wednesday won his fourth consecutive Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, beating back the challenge of his neighbor - and a rookie - to do it.

Bears must get physical against Lady Kings
Motivation shouldn't be a problem for the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team this weekend.

Elijah Lee claims prestigious, emotional award in freeskiing
In a sport renowned for big air, scary descent lines and young athletes, an old man in freeskiing terms captured an award for effort memorialized in his younger brother's name.

Photo: Pushing ahead
The Maroon's Kris Erikson pushes the puck while D.K. Mining's Jason Ginter chases during their Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier B game Sunday at Treadwell Arena. For more on the week's action in JAHA, turn to Page B3.

Juneau Jumpers place fourth at U.S. World Trials in Ohio
The Juneau Jumpers competitive jump rope team took fourth place at the U.S. World Trials Qualifying Competition on Jan. 26-27 in Mason, Ohio.

Talisa Rhea scores 10 points for Oregon State in loss to UW
Oregon State freshman Talisa Rhea scored 10 potions as the Beavers women's basketball team fell 58-53 to Washington on Sunday in Seattle.

McAdoo seals shutout for Capital City Fire and Rescue
Jason McAdoo turned back all seven shots he faced in Capital City Fire and Rescue's 3-0 shutout win over the Green in Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier C action Sunday at Treadwell Arena.



Newly minted
While the country is still in the midst of deciding who will be the next commander in chief of the United States, we already have a new president in the music world.

LeDoux walks out to avoid an ethical conflict
Some Alaska legislators have found a way to avoid ethical conflicts, but it's raising some hackles at the Capitol.

Exxon submits plan for Point Thomson
Exxon Mobil Corp. says it's ready to produce natural gas from disputed North Slope leases considered vital to a successful natural gas pipeline project.

Oil surpluses bring changes to Legislature
With state coffers flush with oil money, there's something of a role reversal going on in the Capitol.

Stevens implores lawmakers to act quickly on gas pipeline
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens minced no words with Alaska's Legislature. Get moving on the natural gas pipeline project, he told the 60-member group Tuesday.

Shell plans one rig program
ANCHORAGE - Even if the U.S. Court of Appeals gives Shell approval to drill oil exploration wells in Alaska's Beaufort Sea this year, the company has decided not to do any "critical" drilling in 2008, Shell's Alaska operations manager Susan Moore said Thursday.

Rep. Don Young defends money spent on legal fees
Alaska Rep. Don Young is defending the use of hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions last year to pay his legal fees.

Kodiak man seeks state funding to study sterile black-tailed deer
KODIAK - A Kodiak man is asking the borough to get state money to look into an increasingly prevalent birth defect in male black-tailed deer.

House sends education funding bill back to Finance Committee
Just as the House seemed ready to vote on an education funding bill, Rep. Mike Hawker said not so fast.

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Fairbanks meeting airs concerns about students' safety in schools
FAIRBANKS - Nearly two years after six students from North Pole were arrested on suspicion of plotting to kill classmates and teachers, an advisory committee continued the discussion of school safety.

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