"Go ahead, Tony, take my table. I've been doing pretty good tonight."
Things to do within an hour's drive of Las Vegas
Las Vegas might surprise you. It's not all about drinking, gambling and doing dumb things that might get you on Taxicab Confessions - there are many outdoor activities within an hour's drive, and there are interesting museums in the city itself.
Poetry: The Tempest
Hard swallows whilst bearin' heart pangs in motion
Mad passion: for craft beer
I was reading an industry paper a while back, and was struck by a headline: "Greg Koch tells aspiring craft brewers 'Be passionate - mad passionate, or stay home.'"
Poetry Omnibus: I. ADULT WINNERS
For the fifth year in a row, Juneau's buses are somewhere you can read an original poem written by a local resident, courtesy of the Poetry Omnibus contest.
Al 'Mean Machine' Valentine retires from boxing life
The boxer sits in an aged recliner, behind a make-shift curtain roughly four-foot square, his hands taped awaiting the familiar pressure of sweaty 12-ounce boxing gloves, knowing that this is his last fight.
L'attitude enters digital realm
If you're reading April's L'attitude, you've likely picked it up because you were curious to see how an Alaskan boom operator filming in California handles facing down a brown bear. Or what a boxer retiring after decades in the ring has to say about hanging up his gloves. Or what other thought-provoking, beautiful, interesting, and/or arresting art your fellow Southeast Alaskans can produce.
Sorry Plastic, Anji's playing anymore
Anji Gallanos pays attention. To her family and friends, to her community, and (importantly) to herself. She's an idea person, but also a realist, so her friends never roll their eyes at "Anji's crazy ideas." In fact, just the opposite - we usually offer help, for fear of being left pitifully behind. So I've learned to pay attention to Anji.
Make it Primitivo please
With the wacky Southeast weather, one is tempted to go for a crisp white wine to drink in the sun one day, and then move back to a hearty big bold red wine the next. Sun and then sleet and then sun and then sleet, the weather often dictates what might be appropriate to drink. Having almost taken an amazing Sancerre home the other day, with the expectation of continued spring-like weather, I had planned on spending the Sunday in the sun, enjoying my French Sauvignon Blanc. I had longed all winter to just sit in the sun tasting the wonderful complex minerality and visualizing a spring day in France. As Alaska would have it, I awoke to rain, cold temperatures and the drive to have something a bit heartier for my late afternoon lunch.
At a Cafe
I'm sitting directly behind a young couple. They aren't talking to each other. Just sitting and staring out the window in opposite directions.
Poetry Omnibus: II. YOUTH WINNERS
For the fifth year in a row, Juneau's buses are somewhere you can read an original poem written by a local resident, courtesy of the Poetry Omnibus contest.
Getting green done
What people are doing all over town to meet Juneau's current needs, without compromising our future responsibilities.
The ALASKAN who stares down a brown bear while everyone flees
It's winter. There is a brown bear standing in front of me, and someone is whispering into my ear to get the hell out of there. What a crappy way to start work, looking down the snout of an ornery grizzly bear clacking his jaw and looking anxious. All I can think about is how much can an 800-pound bear eat? Probably two of me with a side of the guy who just ran like a banshee. Bastard. I'm not really scared but I can't help thinking I should have just stayed in Juneau. Stuff like this only happens to Alaskans in the minds of people who don't live in Alaska, like people who live in Los Angeles. The very same people I was surrounded by 30 seconds ago, until they all ran away. Now it's just me and my new friend.
Sitka Sound: Paris of the Pacific
Sitka's coastal rainforest setting is stunning, its location strategic, and its land so lush it's been fought over for hundreds of years. Fish, berries, herring caviar, deer, bears, sea otter and islands abound, making it a hunter-gatherers paradise.
Dispensing of the disposable lifestyle
Next time you go to a coffee shop or any eating establishment, look around for towers of paper cups, baskets of disposable cutlery, piles of to-go boxes, and stacks of paper napkins. Neatly arranged and unassuming, every one of these items is destined for a short lifespan of utility and an extended stay at the Juneau landfill.
German Potato Salad: A maiden voyage
Last year, for reasons I cannot clearly recall, I agreed to try my hand at making German Potato Salad. Armed with a recipe from a cookbook we have had at our house since I was a little kid, I began in the kitchen with a fair amount of confidence. After all, over the past several years I have grown to like the kitchen more and more, and it's fun to try your hand at something new every now and then.
Acronyms reveal true meaning
Honesty is always demonstrated by what's done and happens, and not by what's said or promised. Here's a sample of words being used by dishonest citizens and politicians that, by subsequently revealed conduct and consequences, are actually mere acronyms:
Fathers should have a say in abortion
A woman may have a right to her body, but a fetus is a man's child.
Proposed land trade could fuel Tongass debate
A land trade proposed by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority could ignite another spark in an already heated conversation over timber in the Tongass National Forest.
Thane shooting victim in 'serious condition'
A 50-year-old Washington man was shot in the head Tuesday night at Thane Campground.
Hospital names Bateman as Patient Access Services manager
Bartlett Regional Hospital announced that Sheila S. Bateman, CHAA, has been named manager of Patient Access Services.
Travel industry scrambles for funding support
Tourism supporters in town for a three-day legislative fly-in spent Wednesday trying to regain support for marketing Alaska as a travel destination.
Social service groups to share space in new nonprofit center
A fledgling nonprofit center has opened near Salmon Creek, with three social service organizations setting up shop and others likely to join.
Marching toward respect
One footstep was for Mary Williams and her lifetime restraining order against the father of one of her children.
Thane shooting investigation continues
Juneau police continue to investigate the shooting of a man at Thane Campground Tuesday night.
Photo: Stand up and be counted
Ronald Peterson tries on the Census 2010 hat given away during a 'March to the Mailbox' event at the State OfficeBuilding Thursday as part of a statewide rally to promote filling out and mailing the forms back.
Assessment shows need for nonprofit centers
A July 2008 Demand Assessment by the McDowell group showed the need in Juneau for several nonprofit centers.
Photo: In full bloom
Multi-colored crocuses are in full bloom on the southern exposure of Centennial Hall Wednesday.
Sen. Begich tells legislators Obama supports Alaska gasline
Sen. Mark Begich praised the Alaska Legislature and President Barack Obama on Wednesday for their efforts in developing Alaska's vast natural gas reserves.
Photo: Foraging the springtime underbrush
A robin searches through spring underbrush for food Sunday near the Mendenhall Glacier.
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:
Leonora "June" Reyes
Juneau resident Leonora "June" Reyes died March 26, 2010, in Juneau. She was 42.
Kenneth Burnheart Johnson Jr.
Angoon resident Kenneth Burnheart Johnson Jr., well known by friends and family as "Phantom," died March 27, 2010, in Angoon. He was 25.
Outside editorial: End hate speech in politics
It's been obvious for some time that political discourse in this country has been coarsened by angry voices on the right and left, but recent outbursts of hostility have taken political differences to dangerous levels.
Sealaska Corp. is an Alaska Native institution, not a greedy corporation
I attended one of Sen. Lisa Murkowski's community meetings on the "Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization Act" in person and listened to several more online. I've also read many of the letters to the editor in the Juneau Empire. I've noticed an alarming trend in those who speak in opposition to the Haa Aaní Bill.
Pro: US officials must force Toyota to do right
WASHINGTON - What did Toyota know and when did it know it? Why didn't it do something about dangerous mechanical failures when everything was at risk? Now their entire fleet of vehicles, their network of dealers and their corporate brand has been damaged. And we are all left wondering, "Why did they drag their feet?"
Performance scholarships will help improve schools
The Governor's Performance Scholarship proposal would award substantial postsecondary scholarships to Alaska students who take a challenging curriculum in high school and meet thresholds for performance on grades and tests. The scholarships would be used at Alaska institutions, both technical and academic.
Con: Toyota's safety, quality record belies current piling on
WASHINGTON - It is possible that new, damning details could come to light about Toyota's response to faulty accelerator claims. But absent new revelations - and if we are to judge based solely on what we know now - Toyota is getting a bum rap.
Something rotten in Alaska
In a recent development that could almost be Shakespearean in plotline, Alaska's wildlife biologists have found themselves between a rock and a hard place: If they speak out, they will likely either be fired or find themselves transferred to a post in the Aleutian Islands. If they don't, a more internal personal purgatory may wreak havoc with them on down the line.
Daylight savings time bill will leave Alaska behind
While Juneau slept, apparently unaware, the Alaska House passed a bill to do away with daylight savings time in Alaska. Such a change would be harmful to the entire state, but it would be especially disastrous to Southeast Alaska.
Whale overwinters in Juneau waters
Juneau waters had a new resident this winter.
USCG offers safety training for Juneau commercial fishermen
JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association, in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard and UAS, will offer a fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course in Juneau beginning April 22, through April 23.
Golden North Salmon Derby looking for program sponsors
JUNEAU - The 64th Annual Golden North Salmon Derby is currently accepting contributions to its scholarship program for this year's derby, happening August 13-15.
80-hour Wilderness First Responder class offered
JUNEAU - Sea Globally is hosting a Wilderness First Responder class April 26 through May 5.
Fundraiser to benefit Taggart's Iditarod quest
KETCHIKAN - There will be a Fundraiser Garage Sale on Saturday, April 24 in the Houghtaling School gym for Angie Taggart's Quest to the Iditarod 2011. Please encourage people to bring nice things for the garage sale. Attendees will be able to take what they want and make a donation for Taggart's Iditarod 2011 quest. Taggart is a teacher from Ketchikan, and she will be taking off this summer to train and prepare for the Iditarod. Donations can be made from any place in the country or world. Donations can be made online at http://mushingadventures.blogspot.com/. Donations may also be mailed to Angie Taggart, 318 Gold Rd, Ketchikan, AK 99901.
Coast Guard reminds boaters to stay safe on Alaska's waters
ANCHORAGE - As the weather continues to warm and Alaskans once again take to the water, the Coast Guard reminds boaters to stay safe and adequately prepare for the unexpected.
Alaska State Parks Citizens Advisory Board Meeting
JUNEAU - The Juneau Area State Parks Citizen's Advisory Board will meet Monday, April 5 ,from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game headquarters.
Alaska Community Forest Council Seeks New Members
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Community Forest Council, a state advisory council, is accepting applications for new members.
More than you'll get in a trail guidebook
When it comes to Juneau's backyard, a guidebook will get you into it but it won't get you far.
March harbors nest-builders, harlequins
I tend to get a bit grumpy when winter seems to be over and spring is not quite under way, and this March was no exception.
On the hook
Show us your big fish
Submit your wild shots
Southeast king salmon sport fishing regs announced
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced the 2010 sport fishing bag and possession limits for king salmon in Southeast Alaska and Yakutat, which became effective April 1.
Buckwheat Ski Classic 2010 Official Results
March 27, 2010, Mass start at 9:30 a.m. - Log Cabin, B.C.
Hunting permits to be announced April 9
JUNEAU - Drawing results for Tier I and Tier II permits will be released by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Friday, April 9.
Today, April 2
Foggy Mountain Shop holding photo contest
JUNEAU - The folks at Foggy Mountain Shop in downtown Juneau are looking for submissions for their photo contest.
2010 Southeast chinook salmon quotas announced
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced, under the guidelines of the abundance-based management system of the Pacific Salmon Treaty, the 2010 all-gear Southeast Alaska Chinook salmon harvest quota is 221,800 fish.
Rainforest Yoga hosts guest artists for spring workshop
JUNEAU - Guest teachers Steve Emmerman and Talya Ring, two senior Forrest Yoga Teachers, will be in Juneau to offer a weekend workshop "Nourishing Your Spirit," April 31 through May 2.
Corruption figure Bobrick released from probation
ANCHORAGE - Former Anchorage lobbyist Bill Bobrick, who pleaded guilty to bribery, has been released three months early from probation.
Anchorage police urge trail users to beware
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police are urging trail users to remain alert, "buddy up" and carry cell phones - and not just because of bears awakening from hibernation.
Pre-application period open for Home Opportunity Program
JUNEAU - Housing First Inc. has been awarded additional HOP funding and is providing this notice of a limited pre-application period opening. There are funds available for three to four applicants receiving $20,000 to $30,000 in zero-interest home loans. The pre-application period will close April 7.
Anchorage drug arrests rise
ANCHORAGE - Drug arrests are up in Anchorage and police say it's because of a greater focus on street-level dealers.
Senate panel passes bill separating oil, gas taxes
JUNEAU - Legislation changing Alaska's system of taxing oil and gas production together has cleared the Senate Finance Committee.
Young to co-chair Alaska race
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Rep. Don Young is again co-chairing a racing event next week in his home state of Alaska.
Pets living in filth at site of suspected overdose
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say emergency responders discovered a dead puppy and more than two dozen animals living in filth when they arrived at a home where a woman suffered a medical emergency.
Senate passes campaign finance bill
JUNEAU - The Senate has passed legislation aimed at tightening Alaska's campaign finance law.
Education chief makes new pitch on scholarships
JUNEAU - Lawmakers could pass Gov. Sean Parnell's $400 million merit scholarship plan this year - without all the money. That's the argument being made by state Education Commissioner Larry LeDoux.
Begich announces Arctic field hearing
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich said there will be a congressional Arctic field hearing in Alaska this year.
After back-to-back runner-up and three top-three finishes the last three years, the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears girls' track and field team is ready to see what the view is like from the top of the 4A mountain.
Soccer Bears seek return to '08 form
The Juneau-Douglas boys' soccer team began its 2010 campaign hungry for a chance to compete for another state championship, and it just might have the horses to do it.
Falcons ready to hit the track running
With track season starting today in Ketchikan, Thunder Mountain High School will be testing out yet another new sports program for the first time, and the Falcons are ready for the next challenge.
Juneau's Hurtte wins award
Juneau's Susana Hurtte received the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Scholar-Athlete award for the women's basketball team at the college's athletic awards banquet on March 6.
Gagnon gets the whistle
A familiar face will don the whistle and stopwatch this year as the new head coach of the Juneau-Douglas track and field team.
Rhea, teammates honored by Pac-10
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Oregon State senior Julie Futch, junior Talisa Rhea and sophomore Kirsten Tilleman were recognized Thursday by the Pacific-10 Conference for their academic excellence.
State quiet on North Pole center's closing
FAIRBANKS - Days after seniors were evicted from a North Pole assisted-living center with no warning, the state remains quiet on its reason for taking the action.
Shell receives air permits for Chukchi drilling
ANCHORAGE - Shell Oil has crossed another hurdle in its plans to drill three exploratory petroleum wells in the Arctic Ocean.
Senate passes oil and gas tax bill
The Alaska Senate passed a bill to remove the link between oil and gas taxes, a measure which once threatened to be a divisive issue but later won overwhelming approval after it was amended.
Senate narrowly OKs measure to expand Legislature
The Senate on Wednesday passed a measure that would let voters decide whether to add 12 seats to the Alaska Legislature.
Arbitrator hears UA union dispute
FAIRBANKS - An arbitrator is expected to rule soon on a dispute between two labor unions attempting to organize University of Alaska workers.
State, feds promise to cooperate after wolf kill
ANCHORAGE - Miscommunication between agencies is being blamed for the deaths of four research wolves that were shot and killed after venturing outside a federal preserve in northeast Alaska.
Anchorage plans to tap landfill methane for power
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage says the methane currently being burned off at the regional landfill could be generating enough electricity to power 2,500 homes.
Analysis: Offshore drilling could tap large supplies
NEW YORK - Opening more of America's coastlines to oil and natural gas drilling won't cut energy prices anytime soon. And it won't greatly reduce the U.S. dependence on foreign oil.
Judge refuses to drop charge in Palin hacking case
The man accused of hacking Sarah Palin’s e-mail in 2008 can be charged with trying to obstruct the investigation before it even started, a federal magistrate in Knoxville ruled Tuesday.
Begich, Murkowski continue health care debate
ANCHORAGE - Back home in Alaska, Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski continue to disagree about the health overhaul legislation.
Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic heads to Yakutat
YAKUTAT - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and the Yakutat Community Health Center will host a special Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic on April 19-23.
Senators propose own head tax bill
Senators are offering an alternative to Gov. Sean Parnell's plan to bring more cruise ship passengers to Alaska.
Photo: Olympic warm-up
Coach Mary Bunten, center, helps her players stretch during their first practice of the season of the Tanana ValleySpecial Olympics basketball team last week in Fairbanks.