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Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Posies celebrate 20th anniversary
When The Posies perform a 20-year retrospective of their music in Juneau on May 19, they won't be performing as a typical reunion band relegated by time to play only small venues in their fading years. Nope. The Posies are still in their prime and coming to Juneau because of a coincidence of friendship and a little curiosity.

Hip-hop cabbie throws down some new beats
The windshield wipers, rain and weathered pavement created a mosaic of sounds on a recent evening as Sam Hughes piloted his cab down Egan Drive and began expressing his devotion to music.

Meet Perseverance Theatre's new artistic director May 15
Art Rotch, Perseverance Theatre's new artistic director, will give a presentation prior to the 7:30 p.m. showing of "The Long Christmas Ride Home" by Paula Vogel on Thursday, May 15. The show is a pay-as-you-can performance.

Two local artists win Rasmuson grants
Two Juneau artists have received 2008 Individual Artist Project Awards from the Rasmuson Foundation.

New city museum exhibits open May 18
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum will unveil some new summer exhibits at its downtown location on Sunday, May 18.

What's Happening
Hooligan Calendar

Soup advice for free spirits
A belly full of hot soup is an excellent tonic for a soggy spring day. Not that there's anything wrong with a soggy spring day, I'm just suggesting that there's a limit to how much a person can enjoy it. So once you're done splashing around, come in and get to cooking.

Is serving bottled beer socially responsible?
E nergy conservation and social responsibility seem to be on everyone's mind. Saving money is akin to saving energy and energy is at a premium in the form of both fuel and electricity. For businesses, turning off the lights and creative ordering and shipping ideas are a few ways to save instant money, but what about the bigger picture?

Gearing up for a different online slug-fest
Anyone who has played the "Metal Gear" series knows the joy of messing with mentally challenged guards. They'll follow figure-eight patterns of footprints in the snow, investigate a pile of tranquilized comrades, and believe that a cardboard box is not out of place in a nuclear storage facility. Most real people aren't so gullible, and "Metal Gear Online" will give players a chance to test their sneaking skills against more challenging, living opponents.

Getting better with experience
One of the fascinating aspects of computer technology is how it has affected employability. Since I entered the workforce in 1981, professional ability has increasingly become entangled in one's familiarity with particular programs.

AEL&P workers are our neighbors
Does the community really benefit from the toxic complaints about Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. that have been published recently in the Empire?

Do we really need the street lights on?
So, I look at my neighborhood at 9 p.m. It's almost dark out. Not a light showing from any of my neighbors as far as my eyes can see. What must they be doing in such a dark existense? Then I look at the city's street lights. They are shining brightly!

Blame man, AEL&P
Is God bored in heaven? Is he angry? I don't think so.

A road at what cost?
I write in response to the May 6 letter by Allan B. Darr.

AEL&P should use its own savings
Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. is unique among Alaska utilities in that it is a privately owned, for-profit business.

Palin changes her mind on campaign issues
Gov. Sarah Palin mentioned during her campaign that she would keep the "star" on the map in Juneau. However, she has split hairs and said during the last legislative session that she would not veto a bill that would move sessions to another community.

Winter ferry schedule needs improvement
I'd like to offer my comments about the proposed winter ferry schedule, which overall represents a fair attempt to provide decent service to the people of Southeast, but also may need some improvement.

Alaska Airlines raises fees
Juneau's only jet airline hasn't escaped the financial troubles of its industry, and Alaska Airlines passengers are about to feel it more as fees go up.

Center addresses prescription drug abuse
High school senior Katie Doyle said she knows about 20 classmates who have gone to rehab for prescription drug abuse in the past few years.

Ex-JDHS football star charged with carrying cocaine
On the football field, he wore jersey No. 23.

Small-business energy loans on the way
A city-funded loan program to cover part of businesses' electric bills may be in place by the end of this week - though businesses will have to be denied a conventional bank loan before they are eligible.

Lawyer's surgery delays sentencing of sex offender
A sex offender waiting for a prison sentence gained a few extra months of freedom after a judge delayed sentencing so his attorney could recover from spinal surgery.

Barge ramp approved for Cascade Point
Juneau planning commissioners unanimously approved a permit Tuesday for a barge ramp at Cascade Point that will be used to export sand and gravel from the area.

Airline apologizes to board for letter pressuring airport
The Juneau International Airport Board heard an apology Wednesday night when Alaska Airlines turned 180 degrees from its recent letter applying "pressure" on the airport manager to not pass the cost of the energy crisis to tenants.

Photo: Mendenhall Lake breaks up
Visitors stand Tuesday in front of icebergs on Mendenhall Lake. The lake ice broke up during the past few days, releasing hundreds of icebergs that have floated closer to shore.

Around Town
Today

Diagrams show possibilities for mine transport
Diagrams from the owners of the Tulsequah Chief mine in British Columbia show that four tow vehicles might be used at once to move a barge along the Taku River during icy seasons.

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

Airline: Juneau fares flat for now
Juneau travelers may get a respite on fare hikes for the moment.

Photo: Smoke scare
Juneau firefighters climb down from the roof Tuesday at the Mountain View Apartments and Juneau Senior Center.

Around Town
Today

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

'What Happens in Vegas' isn't a total bust
"What Happens in Vegas" is another entry in the endlessly growing line of cookie-cutter romantic comedies (which I lovingly refer to as "rom-coms"), predictable from its implausible beginning to its impossibly cheesy ending.

'Baby Mama' a bit barren
No stars are born in "Baby Mama." Neither Tina Fey nor Amy Poehler, former "Saturday Night Live" colleagues, has a compelling big-screen presence. And as a team they're no Martin and Lewis. Still, their lightweight double act passes the time agreeably.

Indiana Jones box set swings onto DVD
'Indiana Jones: The Adventure Collection'

Juneau's Cinema guide
OPENING

BLUES LEGEND performs at Jazz & Classics
When you're perhaps the world's most acclaimed "white bluesman" you defy stereotypes, so it shouldn't be odd that Charlie Musselwhite's experiences include captivity in Alaska and freedom in China.

Trading songs in the Russian Far East
In 1990, I traveled to the Russian Far East with my two-year-old son, my husband and 99 other people on a sister-city delegation to Vladivostok sponsored by Juneau resident JoAnn Grady of the Moscow-based Foundation for Social Innovations. We were on the first jet to fly into Russian north Pacific airspace since a South Korean passenger jet was shot down by the Soviet air defenses in 1983.

Sound Bites
"Who says you can't take a shot at the president, just say you're sorry and be on your way?" Ike Reilly spits out in "Fish Plant Rebellion." Like the best rockers, and you can count him among them, Reilly delights in wreaking havoc with polite society. He continues to do just that with "Poison the Hit Parade."

Participants needed for June 7 "Amateur Night"
Singer and actress Ericka Lee is searching for talented performers interested in participating in "Amateur Night at the Rendezvous," scheduled for 9 p.m. on June 7 at the downtown bar.

Decoding business electric bill increases
It's easy to calculate how residential rates will increase with the new cost of power adjustment. The COPA is 43 cents per kilowatt-hour, so the total rate will be 56 cents - five times the base rate.

Pets of the week
Sweet cats, playful dog seek loving homes

The re-cycle of life
The eagle flew past us, just above eye level, grasping in its talons a sizable clump of long grasses it had gathered from the marshes near Vanderbilt Road. The grasses, browned and toughened by winter, streamed out behind the eagle like a banner of hope - hope for a nest that was durable, yet forgiving enough to serve as a summer nursery.

Language Interpreter Center to hold information sessions
JUNEAU - The Anchorage-based Language Interpreter Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality interpreters to government, business and social service agencies, will host information sessions from 10 to 11 a.m. or 2 to 3 p.m. May 22 in the Jury Assembly Room on the third floor of the Dimond Courthouse.

Consortium to offer public health strategy class in Sitka
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will host a basic health strategy class on May 28-30 at the SEARHC Community Health Services building in Sitka.

Thanks for supporting Pillars of America
The Glacier Valley Rotary Club would like to thank the community of Juneau for its overwhelming support of the 16th annual Pillars of America Speaker Series. This year's series featured speakers Jason Ryan Dorsey and Coach Ken Carter; who shared their personal experiences and challenges that demonstrated their high standards of integrity and courage.

Energy crisis: Readers' Responses

What should I feed my cat?
The most perfectly balanced meal you can feed your cat is a mouse. That's a whole mouse, complete with bones and innards.

Interacting with those affected by dementia
Caring for an elder with Alzheimer's disease or related disorders may be challenging. Communication is impaired and most older adults with dementia experience and demonstrate unusual behaviors. The way in which the caregiver acts or reacts to their behavior can make the difference between the elder being calm or agitated.

Salmon swim in a world without borders
My son, Allan, was surprised to find a one-pound package of wild caught salmon at Wal-Mart on a recent visit to Troy, Ala. It was a boneless fillet with the skin removed. He surmised it was pink or chum. The price was $3.98.

Photo: Spring cleanup kickoff
The Forest Service Alaska Regional Office volunteers picked the mile between Sunny Point and the Fred Meyer intersection, known as "The Green Mile," to be cleaned on May 8 in preparation for Juneau's spring cleanup effort. The session was one of the group's three mandatory cleanups as part of the Department of Transportation's Adopt-A-Highway program. The regional office adopted the mile six years ago. Volunteers, from left, are Paul Brewster, Richard Stahl, Wini Kessler, Mari Meiners, Ken Post, Dan Logan, Don Martin, Ray Massey and Gene Miller. Not pictured were Marc Ramonda, Eric Niewoehner and Master Niewoehner.

Photo: Family Friendly Employer of the Year
From left, Kristin Mahle, campaign director for the United Way of Southeast Alaska, and Heather Swanson, University of Alaska Southeast staff council president (who nominated the university) present the Family Friendly Employer of the Year award to UAS Chancellor John Pugh at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon on May 1. Other award winners were Jensen Yorba Lott and the Alaska state Legislature. The third annual Family Friendly Business Awards were sponsored by the United Way of Southeast Alaska, Juneau Chamber of Commerce and Partnerships for Families and Children. Nominations for the awards come from employees of Juneau businesses who have exemplified workplace policies that promote a work or life balance for their employees.

Moms can be so embarrassing
Thanks, Mom, for embarrassing me when I was a kid.

Photo: Take Back the Light
Aiding Women in Abuse & Rape Emergencies Inc. held its annual "Take Back the Light"celebration in honor of Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Awareness Month on April 19. The gathering recognized friends, neighbors and family members who have survived sexualassault and child abuse with a one-mile march or 5K run along the waterfront and rally at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. From left are Barbara Belknap, Michele Masuda, Robin Gilchrist, Mary Capabianco and Kim Metcalfe.

Beth Siemon
Former Juneau resident Beth A. Siemon died April 30, 2008, in Seattle, Wash., at home, surrounded by her family. She was 60.

Gerald Ray Vaught
Former longtime Juneau resident Gerald Ray Vaught died May 3, 2008, in Sitka in a bicycle accident. He was 54.

John Thilenius
Longtime Juneau resident John Thilenius died May 9, 2008, in Juneau. He was 77.

Column: We're all in this crisis together
The word "disaster" has been part of our everyday vocabulary for the past four weeks.

My turn: Give help to the Marshall Islands' survivors
A few weeks ago, while Juneau residents enjoyed the first rare glimpses of sunshine and warmth, a few speakers from the Marshall Islands and throughout the United States came to share survivor stories of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands. They also detailed technical accounts of nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands and gave presentations that spoke to the human elements entailed in war and conflict.

My turn: Support mining, oppose clean water initiatives
The Empire reported on Tuesday, page one above the fold, that the Juneau Assembly passed a resolution opposing the supposed "clean water" initiatives.

State editorial: Stimulus checks should make us think harder about conserving
The following editorial first appeared in the Peninsula Clarion:

Alaska editorial: Susitna hydro project deserves reconsideration
The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

Alaska editorial: State's rural dental care program can be model
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

Kodiak district names new superintendent
KODIAK - Stewart McDonald was selected as the new superintendent of the Kodiak Island Borough School District.

Harborview bid comes in over city estimate
JUNEAU - A local construction company came up with the lowest bid to renovate Harborview Elementary School.

Smoke prompts senior center evacuation
JUNEAU - The Mountain View Apartments and Juneau Senior Center on 12th Street downtown were evacuated Tuesday night by emergency personnel due to smoke.

Resident loses home to smoke damage
JUNEAU - Smoke caused by a fire in a mobile home caused extensive damage Sunday in the Glacier View Trailer Court.

No major changes for helicopter landings
JUNEAU - A contractor for the U.S Forest Service has not recommended any major updates to the agency's 2002 decision regarding helicopter landings on the Juneau Icefield.

Energy assessments, assistance available
JUNEAU - The Southeast Alaska Guidance Association and the United Way of Southeast Alaska are partnering to assist low income households in Juneau during the energy crisis.

Soldotna considering buying golf course
SOLDOTNA - The city manager of Soldotna is looking for input on whether the city should buy a golf course.

Nikiski teacher will run for Stevens' seat
NIKISKI - A Nikiski High School teacher from Kenai filed to run for Sen. Ted Stevens' seat.

City to sell bonds to work on schools
JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly on Monday approved the sale of $39.5 million in bonds to finish the auditorium of Thunder Mountain High School and conduct renovations at Glacier Valley and Harborview Elementary schools.

Petersburg teen dies in hunting accident
ANCHORAGE - A Petersburg teenager died Sunday in an accidental shooting while hunting grouse, the Alaska State Troopers said.

North Pole man charged with felony
NORTH POLE - A North Pole man was arrested on a drug charge Friday after authorities say an ounce of methamphetamine was found in a vehicle outside his home.

Assembly accepts bid to build track
JUNEAU - If no protest is filed, Miller Construction Inc. of Juneau will win the bidding to construct Thunder Mountain High School's track and athletic field.

City set for annual 'Bike to Work Day'
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage is getting set for "Bike to Work Day."

Parents unhappy with home school plan
ANCHORAGE - Some parents who home school their children are not happy with the state's plan to assert more control.

Get an avatar and forget it
"Someone you pass on the street may already be the love of your life." That tagline from "You've got Mail," the 1998 film starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, introduced the concept of meeting online. These days online dating is popular in every age bracket. And eHarmony alone claims they are responsible for 90 marriages per day. Grain of salt.

Looking for a few 'ultimate' athletes
The game is officially called Ultimate.

JDHS sweeps tripleheader
The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team continued its undefeated season Tuesday by winning three games against Sitka in a rare tripleheader.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
As of 9:01 a.m., Wednesday, May 14

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings

Juneau's Flynn wins Gatorade state award
Colin Flynn became the fourth Juneau-Douglas High School athlete to be named Gatorade Alaska Boys Soccer Player of the Year on Tuesday.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Wilder times at Pelican's Boardwalk Boogie
With a couple of wild experiences in the Last Frontier already under its belt, the acclaimed hillbilly band The Wilders is set to return to Alaska for an even wilder adventure - as headliners of the 10th annual Pelican Boardwalk Boogie.

Is this the last Boardwalk boogie?
The 10th annual Pelican Boardwalk Boogie, scheduled for May 22 through 26, is being billed as the biggest and best yet. Dozens of musicians and 10 feature bands from the north, south and east will descend on the small fishing village on Chichagof Island for a five-day musical blowout. Hooligan sat down with festival organizer Collette Costa to discuss the infamous debauchery, the logistics, and the future of the Boogie.

Power rates outside Juneau expected to rise
Juneau won't be the only place where power rates will be going up.

Department declares polar bears threatened
The Interior Department declared the polar bear a threatened species Wednesday because of the loss of Arctic sea ice but also cautioned the decision should not be viewed as a path to address global warming.

Alaska officials condemn federal polar bear listing
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said she's disappointed by a federal decision to list polar bears as a threatened species but relieved by the conclusion that the cause was not petroleum development, the mainstay of Alaska's economy.

Insanity defense anticipated in Sitka slayings
If Jason Abbott's jailhouse comment to a friend is accurate, the 18-year-old Sitka man will use insanity as a defense against allegations he stabbed four people to death and tried to kill a fifth at his grandparents' home on March 25.

Location of new special session still uncertain
Gov. Sarah Palin is not yet committing to where a special session to address energy rates should be held, raising concerns she might suggest it be held outside Juneau.

Study shows state rural migration is accelerating
More rural Alaskans are moving to the city.

Deadline looms for polar bear listing decision
Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne hasn't added a U.S. creature to the endangered species list since he took office two years ago. The former Idaho governor has until Thursday to decide on one that could prove troublesome to promising petroleum drilling off Alaska's northern coast and force federal agencies in other states to react to new greenhouse gas emissions.

BP reports leak at well shut down for maintenance
BP PLC said Wednesday it reported a small oil leak that occurred while attempting to bring a well back online earlier this week at the nation's largest oil field.

Magistrate backs soldier for conscientious objector status
A federal magistrate has ruled that the Army should be ordered to grant conscientious objector status to a Fort Richardson-based paratrooper.

Photo: A little bit of Norway
Dressed as a Viking, Stuart Eddy kneels behind an iceberg to block the wind while adjusting his helmet and wearing brown-bear skin hides on the LeConte Glacier near Petersburg.

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