Thursday, February 28, 2008

Ex-Hoonah commune member tells all
Tom Botts felt bad about killing a planeload of people, but life was getting frustrating with the outhouses and all.

Actors are well cast in 'Much Ado About Nothing'
Guest director Eleanor Holdridge, from Philadelphia, made some novel decisions when putting together Perseverance Theatre's unique production of "Much Ado About Nothing," one of the Bard's most complex comedies.

Talent show, soul food dinner set for Leap Day
In honor of Black History Month, Juneau's Black Awareness Association will present a "Juneau Star Search" talent show and soul food dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Juneau-Douglas City Museum goes virtual
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum's first virtual exhibit, featuring the recently acquired Schmitz photo collection, was launched Feb. 25 on the museum's Web site.

Ruby Room to host Tuesday drawing sessions
The Ruby Room is hosting its open drawing studios with live models from 7 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday.

Tourism history exhibit at Alaska State Museum to close
The Alaska State Museum's exhibit "The Lure of Alaska: A History of Tourism in the Great Land," which has been on view since May 2007, is set to close March 10.

Southeast charter boat captains organize
JUNEAU - Southeast charter boat captains have formed a new group to represent themselves at fisheries management councils.

Center offers classes for small businesses
JUNEAU - The Juneau Small Business Development Center will be offering a class called "Financing Your Business" on Wednesday.

Learn to streamline business finances
JUNEAU - Lisa Joven, a consumer loan officer with Alaska Pacific Bank, will present "Money Management Tools for Business" for the next Women's Network for Entrepreneurial Training monthly meeting on Tuesday.

Family man named Alaska Small Business Champion of the Year
JUNEAU - Ted Quinn and brothers have expanded Anchorage-based Qub'd International to Juneau and Fairbanks.

What's Happening
Events calender the week of Thursday, Feb. 28 through Wednesday, Mar. 5.

What exactly is in a Twinkie, anyway?
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - When Steve Ettlinger donned a hard hat, a head lamp and emergency breathing equipment before his alarming descent 1,600 feet into a Wyoming mine shaft, he wondered if his quest to find the natural sources of all 39 ingredients in Hostess Twinkies had gone too far.

Memories of summer in winter desserts
The snow, wind and rain of winter seem to never end. Groceries ice over on their way to Southeast Alaska, whether by air or sea, and the glories of summer have faded into memory.

Around the world in seven wines
In this day and age, the world is a small place, even when it comes to wine.

Racing shooter game offers new genre of fun
"The Club," created by the racing savvy developer Bizarre Creations, is the most hyperactive, audacious, adrenaline-charged shooter I've come across. It's also one of the most unique. The speed-first mentality of the racing genre is cleverly infused into the framework of a run-and-gun shooter. With microscopic explosives implanted under your skin, bullets are the least of your worries. The thing you end up fearing the most is the second hand on the clock. If you don't reach a specific location before time expires, you're going to experience what it's like to be a human popcorn machine.

Catching the thief
The Alaska Legislature is endeavoring to address the problem of identity theft. The proposed legislation is quite comprehensive.

FRANK Initiative designed to prevent self-interest politics
After reading the article about Gov. Sarah Palin's reasoning for being willing to kill the FRANK Initiative, I'm a little concerned.

Referendum needed on capital-move bills
I turned on Gavel to Gavel this morning and was really galled to see a legislator, who I at first thought was a real estate developer, trying to pass another back-door bill to move the capital. He says he's really not moving it, but I believe him like I would Saddam Hussein.

Make new pool cost-efficient
Our city Assembly members should require cost-of-operation estimates for all designs for the new Mendenhall Valley pool. The new pool will not be required to fund operations on gate receipts alone.

Public works building wouldn't pass voters
Exactly one year ago, I wrote a letter to the editor about how much of a waste of money a public works building was going to be. No rebuttal from the city, no explanation of savings. Just a back door way of getting what the management wants.

Drivers should delay routes for late buses
What should have been a simple half-hour bus ride turned into a large source of aggravation for me recently.

Search still on for two men and boat
With no results after four days of good search weather, the U.S. Coast Guard continues to look today for the two men aboard the missing pleasure boat Transition.

Locals criticize out-of-state meeting
Sealaska, Southeast's regional Native corporation, has drawn disapproval from some local shareholders for scheduling its annual meeting in San Francisco instead of an Alaska city.

Coast Guard finds door of missing boat
The U.S. Coast Guard reported Wednesday it found a door from the missing Juneau vessel Transition on Kupreanof Island in Frederick Sound.

Downtown zoning change rejected
Planning commissioners rejected a zoning change Tuesday night for the downtown flats area that neighborhood residents said would create too much noise, traffic and parking congestion.

Around Town
Today

Photo: He lights up our life
Greg Herbert, an electrician for Juneau Electric, replaces a damaged street light Tuesday on South Franklin Street. Herbert also was searching for an electrical short that caused street lights to go out.

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

Around Town
Wednesday, Feb. 27

Correction
An article in Wednesday's Juneau Empire included an incorrect spelling of Mike Dunne's name. Also, the story misstated where his boat was moored. The boat has a slip in Aurora Harbor.

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

Correction
A story in Tuesday's edition about the death of Troy Kahklen incorrectly described the kidney transplant surgeries aimed at saving Kahklen's life. The technique used was unusual, but not experimental. The article also misidentified which brother donated a kidney to Troy Kahklen, and it included an incorrect name for a friend. Kahklen's brother Keith Kahklen donated the first kidney. The correct name of Kahklen's longtime friend is Sheldon Winters.

Salvaging beauty from despair
Science-fiction writer Harlan Ellison titled one of his most famous stories "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream." That's what it must be like to be paralyzed, a sentient person trapped in a body that no longer does your bidding.

Ignore the silliness; enjoy the 'Vantage Point'
An unwritten rule for movie thrillers is that some inciting incident must happen within the first 10 minutes or else the audience will lose interest.

Juneau's Cinema guide
OPENING

'Darjeeling' favors characters over plot
In "The Darjeeling Limited," three estranged brothers (Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman) have decided to rediscover themselves and become un-estranged through, of all things, a train ride across India. It works ... until it doesn't. What happens next is highly unconventional, but then, what film born from the pen of Wes Anderson isn't? Like Anderson's previous work ("The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou," "Rushmore"), "The Darjeeling Limited" plays liberally with one's threshold of narrative credibility in order to tell a great story about the characters caught in the storm. It isn't a statement film, nor is it a metaphor for something grander than itself, even as the writing style suggests it must be one or both of those things. Those who don't jive with Anderson's brand of humor may even wonder what the point of the whole thing is. But therein, arguably, lies "Limited's" appeal: It's a movie that starts and ends with its characters, and as such, it's far more accessible than it originally purports to be.

Freezepop steps it up
When Liz Enthusiasm was asked to join Freezepop in 1999, she was cool to the idea, and a bit suspicious.

Visiting belly dance instructor fuses dance styles and lifestyles
Shy is generally not a term people think of when characterizing a belly dancer. But that's how Nicole Dadonna, who goes by the name of Severina as a solo performer, describes herself as she was growing up in Southern California.

MASHUP of the week
A phenomenon associated with the mashup scene worldwide is bootie parties, where only mashups are played. These started with an event in San Francisco called Bootie SF and have since spread to Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris and Munich. Can Bootie Juneau be far away?

Opera to Go! will present 'Dido and Aeneas'
Opera to Go! will present "Dido and Aeneas" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium.

Lockhart, Hooley to perform show at The Island Pub
Josh Lockhart and Naomi Hooley - with band members Rod Crist on vocals, mandolin and guitar; and Chris Fannin on vocals and base guitar - will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at The Island Pub in Douglas.

Juneau Student Symphony to perform 'Fantasia' concert
The Juneau Student Symphony will perform its "Fantasia" winter concert at 7:30 p.m. March 8, and at 4 p.m. March 9, in the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School commons.

Gold Street Music folk concert set for March 1
The March edition of Gold Street Music, a monthly folk music concert series, is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Resurrection Lutheran Church.

Clinton, Obama spar in key debate before primary
Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama clashed over trade, health care Tuesday night in a crackling debate at close quarters one week before a pivotal group of primaries.

Photo: Moon shine
The moon sets during sunrise at South Shelter, Admiralty and the Chilkats. Many believe the moon appears larger near the horizon than it does while higher up in the sky.

Black Awareness Association hosts 'Juneau Star Search'
JUNEAU - In celebration of Black History Month and for its annual scholarship fundraiser, the Black Awareness Association is hosting "Juneau Star Search" at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Thanks to the neighbor who helped with snow removal
This morning, Feb. 7, on Peters Lane, there was a really big berm - too big to drive over - in front of our driveway.

Thanks for stopping after our dog was hit by a vehicle
Recently, our beloved dog, Nesta, was hit by a vehicle on North Douglas Highway. In the moments that followed, there were many people who stopped to see if help was needed. There are four people in particular who went out of their way to show their kindness.

Students compete in regional math contest
A team of middle school mathletes from Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School won the Southeast Regional Mathcounts Competition held Feb. 9 at Juneau-Douglas High School. Mathcounts competitions are organized by the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers.

Volunteers for hospice can assist with special projects
I'm not sure why I've always been fascinated by "the later years" - or why I think a lot about the fragility of life and how many people suffer the loss of loved ones.

Morford, Baumgartner wed
Darla Fagerstrom Morford, of Juneau, and John Baumgartner, of Douglas, exchanged wedding vows on July 28, 2007, on top of the Mendenhall Glacier. The official ceremony was written and performed by the bride's father, Kent Fagerstrom, that evening at the Glacier Pavillion, with both families present. Dinner and wedding cake was served at El Sombrero, and a picnic was held at Sandy Beach the next day.

Gibson, Pitt to wed
Misty Lynn Pitt, of Juneau, and Steven John Gibson, of Battleground, Wash., will marry on July 25, 2009, in Battleground.

All-Alaska Academy teaches high schoolers about the Legislature
JUNEAU - This week the All-Alaska Academy brings high school students from communities across the state to Juneau to meet with legislators and observe how Alaska's government really works.

Widowed Persons Program to hold monthly brunch Sunday
JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons Program will hold its monthly brunch at noon on Sunday at Capital Café in the Baranof Hotel.

Local philanthropic organization to host women's boutique
JUNEAU - Chapter G of the Philanthropic Educational Organization will host a women's boutique and bake sale from 4-7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Parkshore Condo Recreation Room, 800 F St.

Submissions due for 12X12 Community Art Installation
JUNEAU - Applications for the fourth annual 12X12 Community Art Installation will be accepted from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

Troy Kahklen
Longtime Juneau resident Troy Kahklen died Feb. 25, 2008, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., after a kidney transplant and a five-month battle for a better quality of life. He was 47.

Veronica Maybelle (Horton) Withrow
Longtime Juneau resident Veronica Maybelle (Horton) Withrow died Feb. 21, 2008, surrounded by loved ones at her son's home in Juneau after a brief battle with cancer. She was 66.

My Turn: Salmon bill would close Murkowski's loophole
Not many fishermen are as lucky as I am. It is very difficult to get a permit to fish Bristol Bay - the one I have is my uncle's permit, who fished the Bay in a sailboat back in the 1940s. Those pioneering days produced men of strong stuff, able to do the work of two; they had to know how to sail as well as fish, and they pulled in amazing catches using means we consider primitive today.

My turn: New high school offers new chances
What a week. Looking at the headlines, I would think the entire Juneau School District is about to implode. Blame is being thrown around like stones in a riot.

My Turn: Auto shop set me on my path
This is in response to the "Auto tech classes at JDHS may end" article on Feb. 22.

My turn: Predator control shouldn't be forced on an unwilling public
Predator control is one of the most controversial, high-profile issues in Alaska. It's been front-page news for decades whenever wolves are slated for aerial shooting, or large numbers of bears are targeted for elimination. It has been in the courts and on the ballot numerous times without resolution.

Outside editorial: Riding a Trojan Horse
This editorial appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Outside editorial: As the mortgage crisis balloons
The following editorial first appeared in the Washington Post:

Iditarod vet to retire from distance races
GREAT FALLS, Mont. - Four-time Iditarod champion Doug Swingley said he's retiring from long distance sled dog racing.

Police suspect spork used in attempted armed robbery
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have arrested a suspect in an armed robbery.

Wildlife official cited in illegal moose kill
ANCHORAGE - The former chairman of the state Board of Game has been convicted of illegally killing a moose out of season.

Fairbanks police say teen may have died of exposure
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police say a teenage boy was found dead on the city's south side.

Magistrate rejects plea to reinstate mayor
KETCHIKAN - A Metlakatla Tribal Court magistrate dismissed a request from the Indian community's ousted mayor asking the court to reinstate him.

Police release name of dead teenager
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police have released the name of the teenager found dead on the city's south side.

Anchorage will arm guards at City Hall, assembly meetings
ANCHORAGE - Security guards at Anchorage's City Hall will be carrying firearms by this summer.

Juneau man convicted of rape and assault
JUNEAU - A jury convicted Juneau resident Alper Johnson on Friday of second-degree sexual assault and third-degree assault for the February 2007 rape of a Juneau woman at a party in the Mendenhall Valley.

Convicted bookkeeper ordered to pay up
KENAI - A bookkeeper who was sentenced to five years in jail for embezzling from Salamatof Seafoods and other Kenai firms has been ordered to repay more than one-quarter million dollars to her victims.

Eroding Alaska village sues oil, power firms
ANCHORAGE - A tiny Alaska village eroding into the Chukchi Sea sued oil, power and coal companies Tuesday, claiming that the large amounts of greenhouse gases they emit contribute to global warming that threatens the community's existence.

Anchorage man gets seven years for cocaine conviction
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for manufacturing or distributing crack cocaine.

Kenai program to reduce moose, vehicle collisions to start
KENAI - A program to reduce vehicle collisions with moose will start on the Kenai Peninsula at the end of February.

Air National Guard prepares to deploy
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Air National Guard says more than 60 airmen from its 176th Wing at Kulis Air National Guard Base will deploy Thursday.

Sometimes you have to break the rules
Have you ever thought enough about dating to establish a set of rules?

Follow that musher!
It's always been impossible to witness the entire length of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race except, of course, for the competitors. Many top contenders like it that way.

Yakutatboys top Skagway
Clinton Ivers had 20 points to lead Yakutat past Skagway 53-46 in Class 2A boys basketball action Thursday.

Sports Digest
Rhea helps Beavers snap nine-game losing streak

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Alaska's beer pricing puzzle
It's a typical Friday night. The bars and taverns are filling up with patrons. The music gets going, and the liquor starts flowing. Somewhere, someone slides up to the counter and orders a pint of Alaskan Amber.

Market turmoil threatens size of PFD check
The Alaska Permanent Fund's Board of Trustees met in Juneau on Wednesday, following one of the worst months in recent years in the stock market.

State: Juneau access road 12 years away
State planners are now pushing to extend construction of a Juneau access road over 12 years, the Senate Transportation Committee was told Tuesday.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Session move bill voted down
A legislative committee Tuesday voted down a proposal to hold future special sessions of the Alaska Legislature outside Juneau.

High court could reduce oil spill payments
Nearly 33,000 Alaskan victims of the Exxon Valdez disaster could see their court-ordered payments cut by more than half - to about $30,000 each - if the Supreme Court hands Exxon Mobil Corp. a partial victory in a long legal fight over punitive damages.

Federal prosecutors contest Kohring's appeal for new trial
Former state Rep. Vic Kohring used erroneous information in his attempt for a new trial on corruption charges, according to federal prosecutors opposing the bid.

Alaska oil tops $100, but drops below milestone mark
The price of Alaska oil topped $100 this week for the first time ever before dropping back below the milestone mark on Wednesday.

Drilling increases estimates of Pebble ore reserves
ANCHORAGE - Estimates of copper and gold reserves of a proposed southwest Alaska mine have grown again.

Artists sculpt ice in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - The 18th annual World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks continues today as sculptors from around the world create well over 100 works of ice in the city's Ice Park.

Lawmakers want gold jewelry made in Alaska
Some state lawmakers want Alaska's jewelers to only sell gold that's been mined in Alaska.

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

Mayor Begich forms exploratory committee to decide on Senate race
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich looked and sounded like a candidate for U.S. Senate on Wednesday, but left himself an out if he decides not to run.

Ferry system head announces resignation
Ferry system head Dennis Hardy announced his resignation Wednesday, citing personal reasons.

House unanimous on approving bipartisan-sponsored ID theft legislation
A consumer protection bill that aims to protect Alaskans from identity theft is headed for the Alaska Senate where a similar measure ran aground two years ago.

Photo: Iditarod veterinarian
Volunteer veterinarian Heather Low, of Boise, Idaho, checks one of Ed Stielstra's sled dogs during Wednesday's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race vet check in Wasilla. Every dog running in the 1049-mile sled dog race, which starts Saturday, undergoes a complete physical checkup to make sure they are fit to run the Anchorage to Nome race.

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