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.
Public libraries hold new picture books for all ages
For information about any Juneau Public Libraries programs or to place a hold on any material, visit www.juneau.org/library or call 586-5249.
Publishers embrace short nonfiction
NEW YORK - As he prepared a biography of Edgar Allan Poe, author Peter Ackroyd read through more than 20 volumes of Poe's work and filled two file cabinet drawers with notes - more information than the most devoted fan could absorb in a lifetime.
Photo: Story Prize winner
Jim Shepard, author of "Like You'd Understand, Anyway," won the fourth annual Story Prize, a $20,000 award, on Wednesday. His book is a collection of short fiction focusing on everyday lives from ancient Rome to today's Texas.
Olsen twins working on 'Influence' fashion book
NEW YORK - The Olsen twins are hoping to spread a little "Influence."
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.
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.
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.
District says it will honor high school choices
High school students will be getting their first choice of which building and program they will enroll in next year, according to a new plan by the Juneau School District.
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.
Photos: Opera Inverted
Opera to Go! production of 'Dido and Aeneas' puts the actors in the seats and the audience on stage.
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.
Various users brainstorm on Tongass forest plans
As passionately as loggers and conservationists have fought each other in the past, this week they sat down together and cordially discussed Southeast Alaska issues including and beyond the timber supply.
Home Show organizers expect to attract thousands this weekend
Lowell Frank has a secret weapon to lure folks to his booth this weekend at this year's Juneau Home Show.
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:
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.
Photo: Up close and political
Sen. Charlie Huggins, R-Wasilla, speaks with Alison Bilafer, 15, of Palmer, right, Marija Spaic, 17, of Palmer, center, andSophie Severance, 15, of Anchorage, during a luncheon Thursday with legislators at St. Ann's Parish Hall for visiting students in the Alaska Close Up program. Close Up brings students to Juneau to watch state government in action.
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:
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
'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.
Whatever I lost in translation, I found during carnival
If you were to arrive in the peaceful country of Portugal on the first day of carnival, you would be greeted by a land inhabited almost completely by clowns, cross-dressers and teenage boys dressed in teddy bear suits.
Spring Shimmy belly dance workshop set for March 14-16
JUNEAU - The Spring Shimmy bellydance workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on March 14 and 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on both March 15 and 16 at the University of Alaska Southeast Activities Center.
School District's Elementary Art Show open to public March 1-9
JUNEAU - The Juneau School District's Elementary Art Program will hold it's annual Elementary Art Show from Saturday to March 9 at the Nugget Mall. The mall will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
University, Eaglecrest sponsor fourth annual Snow Jam on March 9
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast and Eaglecrest are sponsoring the fourth annual Snow Jam, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 9 at Eaglecrest Ski Area.
Community sponsors needed to run summer food programs
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development Child Nutrition Services is looking for community sponsors to run summer food programs to prevent children in low-income areas from going hungry when school lunchrooms close for the summer.
Juneau Student Symphony performs 'Fantasia Concert'
JUNEAU - The Juneau Student Symphony will perform its "Fantasia Concert" at 7:30 p.m. March 8 and at 4 p.m. March 9 in the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School commons.
Thanks for supporting the build-a-bridge challenge on Feb. 23
We, members of the state of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and the American Society of Civil Engineers, take great pride in extending our service to the community through mentoring.
Thanks to those who helped improve the Lakeside condos
On behalf of the owners of the Lakeside Homeowners' Association, the board of directors would like to thank the following individuals and agencies for their fine work over the past few years in repairing, maintaining, reconstructing and improving the Lakeside Condominium culvert and drainage system at our Mendenhall Loop Road entryway.
Thank you for helping with the Community Arts Celebration
Arts for Kids would like to extend a warm and heartfelt thank you to everyone who took part in the fourth annual Community Arts Celebration on Feb. 2, at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.
Marlowe Dunker, of Juneau, spent January studying in Southeast Asia through a special study program at Linfield College. A senior majoring in nursing, Dunker is the daughter of John Dunker and Amy Paige, of Juneau. In Southeast Asia, she took the traditional and modern healthcare class, which was designed to expose students to the impact of history, economy, politics, environment, culture and religion on the health system in Southeast Asia. Dunker was one of 172 students participating in on-site study programs through Linfield's January term, a four-week period of concentrated study in whic students enroll in one course.
Kake tribes take the head of an American official
Alaska was not yet a part of the United States when a female Kake warrior gave America a bloody nose in a daring raid for the head of an American official.
Being strong enough to ask for divine help
A friend of mine shared a story of her son's faith: He was working at a facility in the South that cared for the elderly who could no longer care for themselves. A man who experienced dementia wandered off into the surrounding desert; time passed before the staff noticed, and they were unable to find his trail. There was no sign of him as the day passed into night.
Ketcheson, McLellan wed
Philip N. Ketcheson, of Juneau, and Jodie McLellan, of Lillooet, British Columbia, were married in a civil ceremony on Dec. 28, 2007, in Ketchikan. An evening reception followed at the Landing Hotel.
Carte, Pfaff to wed
Cindy Pfaff and Jake Carte, both of Juneau, will marry at 4 p.m. May 17, 2008, at the Mendenhall Glacier. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. at the Thane Ore House.
Chickens in paradise
In December 2006, my sister-in-law, Patty, and her gentleman friend, Mike, called to tell my husband and I they had purchased engagement and wedding rings at a Seattle Fred Meyer. The sale price was too good to pass up.
Wellness coalition honors Alaskan Brewing Co.
JUNEAU - The Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition has honored Alaskan Brewing Co. with its Well Workplace of the Month Award for February. The monthly award recognizes the efforts of Juneau organizations that promote employee wellness within their worksites.
Closed campus will just bring more problems
The New Generation Planning Committee recently decided that a closed campus policy will be phased in during the next four years. For the 2008-09 school year, freshmen will not be able to leave during lunch. Each year, a new grade will be phased in. This will occur at both schools.
Klawock School, Alicia Roberts Medical Center honored for employee wellness
KLAWOCK - The Prince of Wales Employee Wellness Coalition has honored the Klawock School and the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Alicia Roberts Medical Center, with the Well Workplace of the Month Award for January. The award recognizes a local organization's efforts in promoting employee wellness within its workplace.
Helen Marie Cavitt
Former Juneau resident Helen Marie Cavitt died Feb. 25, 2008, in Kansas. She was 81.
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.
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: 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: As the mortgage crisis balloons
The following editorial first appeared in the Washington Post:
Pilot dies in plane crash near Tyonek
ANCHORAGE - Officials have released the identity of a pilot killed in a crash near the village of Tyonek.
Police suspect spork used in attempted armed robbery
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have arrested a suspect in an armed robbery.
Two convicted in restaurant robbery
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man has been convicted of robbing a restaurant.
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 man gets two years for shooting
FAIRBANKS - A 30-year-old Fairbanks man was sentenced to two years in prison for shooting a friend in the neck last year.
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.
Palin to honor musher Susan Butcher
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin will kick off the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race by signing a bill to honor four-time winner Susan Butcher.
Mat-Su coal bed methane plan advances
ANCHORAGE - A state commission has taken steps that advance a private company's plan for drilling coal bed methane in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough but the project faces other regulatory hurdles.
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.
Former Houston mayor's daughter files recall applications
ANCHORAGE - A pair of city council members in the Matanuska-Susitna community of Houston are the targets of recall applications.
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.
Thief steals fuel oil from firefighters
KETCHIKAN - Alaska State Troopers say somebody is stealing from volunteer firefighters outside Ketchikan.
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.
St. George awaits shipment of fuel oil
ANCHORAGE - Officials with the state Division of Emergency Management say they are monitoring a fuel shortage in the Pribilof Island community of St. George.
Sometimes you have to break the rules
Have you ever thought enough about dating to establish a set of rules?
ANCHORAGE - Lance Mackey is looking to make history again.
Top seed on the line for JDHS
The mission for the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team couldn't be simpler - win two to play one.
Photo: Puck chasing
Juneau's Tod Baseden fights for the puck Thursday with Whitehorse's Sam Logan in a Juneau Douglas Ice Association Pee Wee Tier 3 game. Juneau won 5-0.
Sports in Juneau
Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 28-March 1
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.
Legislative hall bill advances
The Alaska Legislature on Thursday advanced a bill easing the way for a capital move.
This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation
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.
Permanent Fund Corp. to study office move
The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.'s Board of Trustees wants to know if the managers of $38 billion in state money should be located outside of Juneau.
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.
Alaska seeks funding to sue BP over shutdowns
The state of Alaska intends to sue BP for losses incurred by oil spills, pipeline leaks and shutdowns on the North Slope two years ago.
School funding sails out of Senate Finance
An education funding package is ready to move onto the Senate Floor after a speedy ride through the Senate Finance Committee.
Juneau biologist discovers new kelp in Aleutian Islands
Seaweed expert Mandy Lindeberg was concerned that the volcanic island's steaming beach was going to melt her boots when her attention was grabbed by a glowing yellow plant in 15 feet of crystal-clear water.
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 the nation
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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