'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.

'The Ugly Truth About Managing People' available in new nonfiction
Here are a few of the new nonfiction titles that caught my attention this week:

Naked, making a point
Joe Knowles stripped to the skin and hiked into the Maine woods for two months in 1913 to make a point. The frontier was gone, and the rush to industrialization was changing life as we knew it, eroding our self-reliant, westward-fueled sense of identity.

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.

Fuzzy with substance
Barack Obama's message, "I want you to believe in change," etc., may make many feel warm and fuzzy. But I see no substance. I would like to see someone express my believe-ins: our constitution, our sovereignty and our rejection of a government that has made us an empire - still warm and fuzzy, but with some substance.

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.

Ferries float on cash
All it takes to keep Alaska's ferry system afloat is about a $100 million subsidy from the state of Alaska. This is because the ferry system is a huge money loser, and federal earmarks are dwindling.

Dimond Park Pool designs vetted
The transformation of the Dimond Park Pool from a city wish into reality took off Thursday night with a presentation of four basic design concepts of a 34,000-square-foot, two-pool aquatic center.

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.

Locals protest proposal for legislative hall
A bill that would allow cities around Alaska to compete to build a new legislative hall for Alaska was the subject of an emotional hearing in the Legislature on Thursday.

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.

Auto tech classes at JDHS may end
A popular elective program that lets Juneau's high school students work on cars may not be available to all but a few students next year.

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.

Coeur report estimates Kensington Mine payroll
Once up and running, the Kensington Mine will pay $23 million a year in its payroll, according to a study paid for by mine operator Coeur Alaska.

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.

Comedian ready to leave impression on Juneau
Comedian Craig Gass knows what sounds funny.

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.

Planners discuss area to protect herring spawning
City planners who proposed designating herring spawning habitat around Berners Bay an "area of special concern" were sent back to the drawing board this week by planning commissioners.

Around Town

Around Town
Today, Feb. 22

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

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

The Hooligan calendar listed an incorrect day for a live jazz performance by singer Sammi Baker, Tom Locher on piano, Clay Good on drums and Wayne Norlund on saxophone. They will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the The Island Pub in Douglas.

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.

Juneau's Cinema guide

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.

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.

Lobbyist story threatens McCain image
WASHINGTON - John McCain sought to minimize damage to his man-of-character image and his presidential hopes Thursday, vigorously denying and denouncing a newspaper report suggesting an improper relationship with a female lobbyist.

Women of Distinction
Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies (AWARE) will hold its 12th annual Women of Distinction Gala and Silent Auction at 5:30 p.m. March 8 at Centennial Hall. The event will honor four distinguished women - Alberta Aspen, Betsy Brenneman, Helen Abbott-Watkins and Susan Baxter - who have made significant contributions to improving the lives of Juneau's women and children.

Photo: Locks of Love
Sierra Coleman, 8, of Juneau, has donated enough hair through Locks of Love to make a full wig for a cancer patient. She grew out her dark hair twice, once giving 10 inches and another 10 inches last Christmas. A student at Faith Community School, Coleman got the idea to donate her hair when her music teacher was diagnosed with cancer. "I felt sad for cancer patients," Coleman said. "Giving them hair was the only thing I could think to do to make them happier." When asked what she would tell others about donating, she said that by "doing something for (cancer patients), you would feel good inside as well."

Ariel Lyon, 17, of Juneau, and Noelle Schmitter-Schrier, 13, of Soldotna, were named Alaska's top two youth volunteers for 2008 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. The awards program, now in its 13th year, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Thank you to the Snowmobile Club
Big thanks to the Juneau Snowmobile Club and especially Ray Howard for working with the Juneau Nordic Ski Club to groom nordic trails in Spaulding Meadows the weekend of Feb. 16 to 18.


Student artist in the spotlight: Travis Jones
Age: 9.

Ayurveda tradition uses ginger root
"Let your food be your medicine" was the advice of Hippocrates, offered more than 2,000 years ago. The ancient traditions all relied on the healing properties of plants and developed a profound understanding of the value of certain foods in health.

Candy bar pie makes pick of the week
Calling all cooks! Look no further, this is where readers ask for and share recipes. Are you looking for a lost, forgotten or wish-you-had recipe? Ask Auntie Emo and let our readers help.

Katasses celebrate 21 years
Mary and Tim Katasse, of Juneau, were married by the Rev. Joe Bettridge on Feb. 21, 1987, at the Hoonah Presbyterian Church.

Nordic Ski Club and Snowsports School sponsor nordic ski clinics
JUNEAU - The Juneau Nordic Ski Club and Eaglecrest Snowsports School are co-sponsoring their nordic skiing clinics on Saturday and Sunday at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council holds Thinking Day celebration
JUNEAU - The Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council will hold its annual council-wide Thinking Day celebration from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday starting at the U.S. Forest Service Building, 8510 Back Loop Road, and continuing to Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church.

State museum holds program on Alaska's history of tourism
JUNEAU - A special program based on the history of tourism and an exhibition currently on display at the Alaska State Museum titled the "The Lure of Alaska" will be presented between 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday at the museum.

Southeast Alaska Conservation Council seeks photo submissions
JUNEAU - The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council is seeking submissions from professional and amateur photographers for its photo contest and exhibition "Wild Places, Wild People and Wild Life-Images from the Tongass." Photographs will be accepted until Feb. 29 and may be submitted by e-mail, CD or digital upload.

Empire editorial: Thumbs up to LeDoux, Boozer and JDHS kids
Thumbs up to Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Kodiak, for exposing the ridiculous rules that not only allow legislators with ethical conflicts to vote but requires them to do so, even when the conflict is clear.

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: Alaska needs energy relief
The people of Alaska face a critical situation regarding the rising cost of every form of energy we use, in both urban and rural parts of the state. The plain fact is that the rising cost of energy has become a threat to the viability of many communities, as well as individuals and family households.

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.

My Turn: Learn to spend within your means
I am responding to Olivia Osborne's desperate plea for a good state of Alaska contract (My Turn, Feb. 7).

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

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

Alaska man wanted for attempted murder arrested in Montana
RONAN, Mont. - An Alaska man charged with attempted murder for allegedly beating and choking a teenager nearly to death was arrested north of Ronan after a routine traffic stop.

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

Temperature sets new record in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Earlier this month, temperatures were hovering at minus 45 degrees in Fairbanks. What a difference two weeks can make.

Minor earthquake felt in Homer, Ninilchik
FAIRBANKS - A minor earthquake was felt in Homer and Ninilchik.

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.

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

Operating budget debate begins in House
JUNEAU - Legislators in the House Finance Committee have begun poring over the state's operating budget looking to finish their work in record time.

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

Fairbanks bank robbed twice with three weeks
FAIRBANKS - Authorities say a bank has been robbed for the second time within three weeks, and it may have been by the same person.

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

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.

Marquee matchup set for JDHS gym
For Southeast Alaska basketball, it doesn't get much better than this weekend as two rivals, high stakes and one fired-up crowd converge in Juneau.

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.

Sports in Juneau
Friday-Saturday, Feb. 22-23

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.


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.

All-Alaska pipeline pitch to get 2nd look
The merits of an all-Alaska pipeline project will get another look, lawmakers have decided.

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.

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.

Cowdery aides give grand jury testimony
Two aides for state Sen. John Cowdery said they have testified before a grand jury meeting in Anchorage.

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.

Palin responds to Stevens' criticism of natural gas line
Gov. Sarah Palin is challenging U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' criticisms of her natural gas pipeline development strategy, the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, which was adopted by the Alaska Legislature last year.

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.

Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens files for re-election
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican in Senate history, filed for re-election Thursday.

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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