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Friday, February 27, 2009

New large-print fiction includes books by Cornwell, Auster
New large-print fiction at the Juneau Public Libraries includes bestsellers like "Scarpetta," by Patricia Cornwell, "Santa Clawed," by Rita Mae Brown, and "Fault Lines," by Nancy Huston, as well as the titles below.

Arts & Culture Calendar
ART, EVENTS & PERFORMANCE

Art for kids
The excitement was palpable as young artists moved from project tables to pottery wheels to guest artist demonstrators during the fifth annual Community Arts Celebration held Saturday, Feb. 7, in the Thunder Mountain High School commons. Even the loss of lights, due to a power outage, did little to diminish the experience.

'Defiance' resonates
Compelling stories that are rooted in real history make good movies when production is well executed. In fact, when well done, historically based stories like "Defiance" resonate much more meaningfully than any piece of fiction can.

Going 'Motown' for Black History Month
This year's Black History Month celebration, sponsored by Juneau's Black Awareness Association, will celebrate a unique era of music and the first black-owned record company in the United States - Motown.

Student artist in the spotlight
Age: 12

'Shrew' opening delayed by one week
JUNEAU - Opening night of Theatre in the Rough's production of "Taming of the Shrew" has been postponed until March 6. The production will run through March 22.

'Fire and Water' preview Sunday
JUNEAU - "Battles of Fire and Water" opens this week with a pay-as-you can preview performance at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The play officially opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, and will run through Sunday, April 5.

Sons of Norway to present Ibsen DVD
JUNEAU - The Juneau Sons of Norway Svalbard Lodge will present a DVD showing of the life and works of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Eaglecrest holds Statehood celebration
JUNEAU - Eaglecrest Ski Area will host a 50th Statehood Celebration event starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, when the registration desk opens.

Kudos to our state's Permanent Fund
I applaud the Permanent Fund Corporation Board of Trustees for drawing a line through genocide.

Palin's per diem a question of ethics
Bill McAllister should be ashamed for spouting drivel such as he did on Monday in the story "Palin staff defends per diem payments."

Reclaim Juneau by dealing with city's 'repugnant hole'
Are you as disappointed as I am in the total inaction by our city's leaders regarding the repugnant hole in the center of our capital city? This eyesore has been there for five years. There is no acceptable reason for this. I think we should not take it any longer.

Palin supports bill requiring parental consent
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is backing legislation that would require parental consent for a minor to have an abortion in Alaska.

Glacier visitors could be treading on thin ice
Winter visitors to Mendenhall Lake often can't resist approaching the stunning, blue ice of the glacier's face. But two recent incidents involving people falling through the lake's surface ice highlight the high risk of taking winter walks near the glacier and Nugget Falls.

Around Town
Today

Guarding the no-fly zone
Garrett Savory has a mischievous child's dream job. The 26-year-old U.S. Department of Agriculture wildlife specialist spends six months out of the year at Juneau's only landfill in the Lemon Creek area, riding an all-terrain vehicle around the manmade hill to hound would-be scavengers, firing whistling and banging pyrotechnics and generally doing whatever he can to harass thousands of gulls, ravens and eagles looking for an easy meal.

Job fair draws Lower 48 crowd
Jon Zeman was born and raised in Juneau, then headed south to pursue employment in the spa industry in the San Francisco area. But in an economy where luxuries are replaced with basic needs, Zeman found himself out of work. Two days ago he moved back to Southeast. His goal: find a job in Juneau.

Crew repairs leaky sewer pump station
A city crew of eight men worked all day Thursday to keep untreated sewage from overflowing at a leaky pump station on Douglas.

Cigarette butt clean up offered
Before local anti-litter and anti-smoking groups start new efforts to cut down on cigarette litter, city officials want to have all the parties, including the Downtown Business Association, sit down.

Upper Taku not so important anymore
Challenged by a mine company, the state Department of Natural Resources says it was wrong to call the whole Taku River important habitat.

Filmmaker probes 'right' foods to eat in Alaska
JUNEAU - What is the ethical way to eat in Alaska - or anywhere, for that matter? How can you break away from the industrial food system? Where is your comfort level in taking an animal's life for food? Is it better to shoot a deer than to buy tofu that has been shipped thousands of miles? Can a former vegetarian even shoot a deer?

Photo: Staying in the shade
Sue Oliphant walks with her three-year-old grandson, Wade Gifford, along the West Glacier Trail on Wednesday. Oliphant explained they were walking along the shady trail because Wade found walking out in the sun on Mendenhall Lake too bright.

Transportation projects get Palin's endorsement
Gov. Sarah Palin said Thursday that while she may decline to accept some federal stimulus projects, it wouldn't be money tied to transportation projects.

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

Palin to reimburse state for 10th trip for family
JUNEAU - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will reimburse the state for an additional trip taken by her children, her attorney, Thomas Van Flein, said Thursday.

Around Town
Thursday, Feb. 26

Photo: Cramming in comfort
Alexis Hildebrand, a freshman at the University of Alaska Southeast, works on her laptop Thursday at the UAS Egan library.

Photo: Winter driving returns
Juneau Police Department and Capital City Fire and Rescue personnel respond Thursday to a car accident on Egan Drive. A vehicle hit and knocked over a light pole, which fell across the northbound lane. The lane was closed for about a half-hour until a work crew was able to remove the vehicle and the light pole. No one was injured in the car that hit the pole, but two cars collided behind the initial accident and one person was transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital with unknown injuries.

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

William Aceveda
Kake resident William Aceveda died the evening of Feb. 25, 2009, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 27.

Richard J. Sarkis
Longtime Juneau resident Richard J. Sarkis died Feb. 21, 2009, at Wildflower Court in Juneau. He was 69.

Caitlin Elizabeth Newman
Juneau's Caitlin Elizabeth Newman died Feb. 17, 2009, in Anchorage. She died immediately before her birth due to complications of an occipital encephalocele, a rare birth defect in which the skull doesn't fully fuse, allowing a portion of the brain to protrude.

Outside editorial: Immigrants give U.S. its winning edge
The war in Iraq had been under way for years before U.S. military commanders realized that conventional combat tactics weren't working and that a counter-insurgency strategy was necessary. The tide turned in America's favor with the new strategy, now commonly associated with the "surge." The new strategy relied more on intelligence, human resources and integration with the Iraqi population than on bombs, assaults and fighting.

Alaska Editorial: State should let workers choose between defined benefit or 401(k) plan
It's time to let Alaska teachers and state employees choose their retirement plans - defined benefit or defined contribution. It's time to rectify the panic of 2005.

Obama health plan will benefit every working American
WASHINGTON - With the U.S. economy's downward spiral still accelerating and the federal government looking at its largest budget deficits since World War II, some are saying that this is not the time to expand health-care coverage to all Americans.

Loving chimps to death
Last week in Stamford, Conn., a chimpanzee named Travis was shot and killed after he mauled a friend of his owner. The chimpanzee lived with a widow, eating lobster and ice cream at the table, wearing human clothes and entertaining himself with a computer and television.

Obama plan stifles competition
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - President Obama's speech to Congress on Tuesday made it clear that he sees a much larger role for government in our $2.2 trillion health sector. It reaffirms his campaign and legislative proposals that pushed initiatives that expand existing government programs and create new taxpayer-funded health plans.

Did the U.S. learn anything from Japan's financial crisis?
The growing debate among U.S. policy-makers about nationalizing major American banks, once a taboo topic, has an eerie familiarity in Japanese financial circles. The only question in Japan is why it's being debated at all, because most Japanese observers believe that for all practical purposes, the Treasury Department nationalized U.S. banks when it bailed them out last October.

Stop the housing free fall
Pick up the paper or turn on the TV: Everyone has an idea for how to spend federal funds to turn around our collapsed housing market. Last week, President Obama took his turn, and the media and the markets have been picking his plan apart ever since.

Carrs says customers need to re-register for miles
ANCHORAGE - If customers want to keep getting airline miles every time they shop at Carrs Safeway grocery stores, they will have to sign up for the program again.

Sen. Begich bristles at statement about 'volcano monitoring'
ANCHORAGE - Alaska U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is objecting to statements made by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal about volcano monitoring.

Troopers investigate snowboarder's death
PALMER - Alaska State Troopers are investigating the death of an 18-year-old snowboarder in Hatcher Pass.

Eagle feeding ban to officially start
HOMER - It will soon be officially illegal to feed eagles in the Alaska fishing town of Homer.

Anchorage woman considered for post in Obama administration
JUNEAU - An Anchorage woman is being considered for the Native American Affairs senior position with the Obama administration.

Aviation firm keeps HQ in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Alaska's largest intrastate airline may be growing its Anchorage hub, but the corporate headquarters will remain in Fairbanks.

Salvage planning begins for Aleutian grounding
ANCHORAGE - The owner of a commercial fishing boat that ran aground in the Aleutian Islands has made plans for its salvage, starting with the removal of petroleum from the vessel.

58-foot fishing boat runs aground on Akutan Island
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard says a 58-foot fishing boat has run aground in the Aleutian Islands and is in danger of breaking up.

Judge declares mistrial in attempted murder trial
FAIRBANKS - A Superior Court judge has declared a mistrial in the case of an Eielson Air Force Base airman accused of trying to kill his wife.

Men cited after shooting musk ox
ANCHORAGE - One Nome man has been cited and another charged with misdemeanor counts after each shot the wrong gender of musk ox.

Three hurt as van crashes into bus
FAIRBANKS - A 64-year-old North Pole woman was flown to Seattle with "critical" burns suffered when a van crashed into a small school bus, which caught on fire.

Kenai borough offers beetle kill removal
KENAI - The Kenai Peninsula Borough is offering to remove hazardous trees along roadways.

Artist, geologist Marvin Mangus dies
ANCHORAGE - A prominent Alaska artist and geologist has died.

Washington man faces charges in child sex case
ANCHORAGE - A 19-year-old Washington state man faces felony charges related to an alleged sexual relationship with a 13-year-old Anchorage girl.

Senior Night gut check
The Bears know their conference record. If they didn't, then their parents, friends, neighbors, dentists and friendly local milkman have all probably reminded them about the spare tire swinging from the front of their 4A Southeast Conference tally.

Lindh named newest member of state HOF
Juneau native and five-time U.S. Championships winner Hilary Lindh was inducted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Thursday evening at a ceremony in Anchorage's ConocoPhillips Atrium.

JAHA hosting hockey tourney
Nearly 100 rough, tough hockey players over the age of 35 will converge on Juneau this weekend looking to crack some legs. Lots and lots ... of crab legs.

Photos: Juneau's Silver Star
Juneau native Hilary Lindh, left, celebrates as she takes the stand during the medal ceremony for the women's downhill winners at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Méribel, France. Lindh won the silver medal. Standing next to Lindh is gold medal winner Kerrin Lee-Gartner of Canada.

Alaska officials seek additional stimulus money
Some Alaska Legislators are saying they'll likely accept federal stimulus money, even if Gov. Sarah Palin won't.

Shell Oil Co. chief complains of 'clumsy' government
WASHINGTON - Shell Oil Co.'s chief executive for North America, Marvin Odum, complained today that regulatory red tape has slowed the company's $2 billion investment in offshore leases in Alaska.

Legislators optimistic about child health care
Some Alaska legislators say their goal of expanding eligibility for Denali KidCare medical coverage is likely to happen this year.

Ex-Sen. Stevens' files to be given to university
ANCHORAGE - The extensive papers collected by former Sen. Ted Stevens during his 40-year career will be housed at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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