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.
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.
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.
Two local artists win Rasmuson grants
Two Juneau artists have received 2008 Individual Artist Project Awards from the Rasmuson Foundation.
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.
Libraries receive new large print titles, bestsellers including 'Where Are You Now?'
There are new large print titles on the shelves at all public libraries. In addition to the titles below, look for bestsellers like Cornelia Read's "The Crazy School," Anne Perry's "Buckingham Palace Gardens," and Mary Higgins Clark's "Where Are You Now?"
Author's look at Stewart, Colbert good but has hints of bias
"The New Blue Media: How Michael Moore, MoveOn.org, Jon Stewart, and Company are Transforming Progressive Politics," by Theodore Hamm.
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.
Blame man, AEL&P
Is God bored in heaven? Is he angry? I don't think so.
Juneau should not take AEL&P's burden
The power line was constructed in a known avalanche paths, rather than going around the avalanche paths; they, whoever constructed the power line, chose to place towers in the paths of the avalanches with the obvious expectation that it would be more cost effective to repair rather than avoid the avalanches.
Appreciate Juneau's inexpensive power
I am visiting from Hawaii and see a lot of complaining about Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. Does anyone appreciate the inexpensive electric you had before the downed power lines?
A road at what cost?
I write in response to the May 6 letter by Allan B. Darr.
Police say narcotics dealer lived near senior center
A man living in public housing for seniors and the disabled was dealing heroin and prescription drugs out of his apartment, according to the Juneau Police Department.
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.
Juneau has more motorcycles per capita than most places in the country even though there are only 91 miles of road in the capital, said Sarah Asper-Smith, guest curator of a museum exhibit on biker culture.
Ex-JDHS football star charged with carrying cocaine
On the football field, he wore jersey No. 23.
Editor's note: Another Richard Bailey, who is an African American, was misidentified on an Empire blog Thursday as the sex offender waiting sentencing. The blog was pulled down and the poster barred from the Empire's Web site.
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.
Images from another time: Welcoming the Princess
The Juneau-Douglas High School band under the direction of Stan Sells, far right, plays as the Princess Patricia arrives in Juneau in the spring of 1980.
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.
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.
Today, May 16
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.
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:
'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.
'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.
Indiana Jones box set swings onto DVD
'Indiana Jones: The Adventure Collection'
Juneau's Cinema guide
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.
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.
"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."
Clean Air Coalition cleans downtown
The Juneau Clean Air Coalition donned brooms and dustpans to clean downtown streets for Litter Free Clean Up Day on May 10.
University business club places third at regionals
The University of Alaska Southeast Students in Free Enterprise team competed at the SIFE Regional Competition on March 31 in Honolulu, where they posted their best finish to date, earning a third-place award behind two strong and well-established teams from Brigham Young University Hawaii (first place) and Hawaii Pacific University (second place).
Photos: High school band, choir
Under director Ken Guiher, the band won gold, the first-place rating, based on achieving 93 of a possible 100 points. The band was also recognized as the Outstanding Band at the festival.
Photo: KTOO Family Night
Colin Ellsworth, left, held by his mother, Alyssa, enjoys the free book he was given at the final KTOO Family Night on May 6 presented by KTOO and the Association for the Education of Young Children. Eighty-eight children enjoyed a night of Bob the Builder, books and a backhoe demonstration by Admiralty Construction. Special thanks to Andrew Campbell for providing the backhoe and graciously allowing the children of Juneau a chance to sit in the equipment and honk the horn - 88 times.
Bring It On: My experience being a cheerleader
Becoming comfortable in high school was a feeling I wanted no part of. To me, staying in my element and allowing stagnancy meant stopping development. If I couldn't learn to manage awkward situations, how was I ever going to grow?
Student artist in the Spotlight
The following students are fifth-graders at Harborview Elementary School.
Photo: Hats for a cause
Juneau Rainbow Girls, from left, Summer Christensen, adviser Claude Roberts, Sorcha Hazelton, Alisia Nelson (in front), Megan Clough and Samantha Alex show off the fleece chemo caps they made for cancer patients on April 19 at Claude Roberts' house. The girls made hats as part of their breast cancer awareness, education and support statewide service project. The state convention will be held in Juneau June 25-28 at Floyd Dryden Middle School.
Car show to include Simon Evans airbrush class
JUNEAU - Due to the success of the Hands on Airbrush class held at the Juneau Dipsticks car show last year, professional custom auto painter Simon Evans will return to this year's eighth annual Classic, Custom and Antique Auto & Cycle show to teach an airbrush class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 17 at Centennial Hall.
Rarefied Light 2008 calls for entries
JUNEAU - Alaska Photographic Center is calling for entries to Rarefied Light 2008, a statewide juried photographic exhibit.
Three Southeast residents were among 22 Alaskans who received awards for their writing and other journalistic work on May 1 in the Alaska Professional Communicators 2008 contest.
Salvation Army to hold ground-breaking for new thrift store
JUNEAU - The Juneau Salvation Army will have an official ground-breaking ceremony for its new thrift store at noon on May 23 at the new location on Willoughby Avenue, next to the current store.
High school orchestra program to hold dessert auction fundraiser
JUNEAU - Juneau-Douglas High School Orchestra students will hold a silent dessert auction during their concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at the JDHS auditorium.
Consortium's Haines Health Center to celebrate 10 years
HAINES - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Haines Health Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday with a potluck barbecue and other events from 1-4 p.m. at the Haines Alaska Native Sisterhood/Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall Hall.
Seaweed part of human diet for 14,000 years
A recent news story announced the discovery of the oldest human meal in the Western Hemisphere, and it wasn't hamburgers. Cooked and partially eaten seaweed was found at a 14,000-year-old site in southern Chile.
Ketchikan university to hold GED graduation celebration Saturday
KETCHIKAN - There will be a graduation celebration ceremony for students who have successfully completed their General Education Diploma testing at the University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan during the 2006/2007 or 2007/2008 school year. The celebration will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the University of Alaska Ketchikan Learning Center, located on the second floor of the Ziegler Building on the main campus, 2600 Seventh Ave.
Svein Ludvigsen to present 'International Focus on the Arctic'
JUNEAU - The Juneau World Affairs Council and the Sons of Norway Lodge 33 will co-host Svein Ludvigsen at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Juneau Yacht Club. The public is invited.
Widowed Persons Program to celebrate Museum Day
JUNEAU - In celebration of Museum Day, the Widowed Persons Program is planning a museum tour at 1 p.m. May 18 at the Alaska State Museum. Participants should meet at the front doors of the museum.
Thanks for supporting the JDHS band, choir
We are the Band Booster group, and like so many of the local parent fundraisers, we love, support and sacrifice for our children. This year we supported band director Ken Guiher and choir director Richard Moore as they trained our musicians in preparation for participation in the Heritage Hawaiian Music Festival March 13-15 in Honolulu.
Thanks for making Earth Day a success
Thank you, Juneau, for making Earth Day 2008 at the Mendenhall Glacier a day of celebration, education and promise.
Thanks for contributing to Friends of the Flags
The 50 state flags are up and waving again over Egan Drive. This is the 31st continuous year that Friends of the Flags have put together this annual community project.
Thanks from the Juneau Skating Club
The Juneau Skating Club would like to thank everyone who donated desserts to the dessert auction held during our annual spring recital: The Wild, Wild West - Goin' for Gold in the Last Frontier. The dessert auction was a great success. Thank you for supporting Juneau Skating Club's skaters. We look forward to seeing everyone on the ice next season.
Sitka Employee Wellness Coalition honors Sitka in May
SITKA - The Sitka Employee Wellness Coalition has honored the City and Borough of Sitka with its Well Workplace of the Month award for May. The monthly award recognizes the efforts of Sitka organizations that promote employee wellness within their worksites.
Photo: Friends of the Flags
Volunteers who helped put up the state flags on Egan Drive pose for a photo on May 4. From left are Sandy Renhard, Juneau Police officer Patti Rumfelt, Steve Beyer, Charles Renhard, Bob Van Slyke, Wayne Hoyt, Hal Cleek, Bill Overstreet, Pete Serrano, Hans Mercer, Rudy Ripley, crane operator George Fisher and Jim Carroll.
Wacker, DeVoid to wed
Janelle C. Wacker, of Juneau, and Jason R. DeVoid, of Colorado Springs, Colo., will marry at noon on May 23, 2008, at Auke Village Recreation Area. A reception will immediately follow.
Gross, Kissner to wed
Mindy Bess Gross, of Petersburg, and Jaime Paul Kissner, of Juneau, will marry at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2008, at Chapel by the Lake. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. at the Juneau Yacht Club.
Junior Girl Scouts clean up
Junior Girl Scout Troop 14 members volunteered at Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies on May 4 to earn their Junior Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can earn.
Juneau Raptor Center releases bald eagles
On May 3, the Juneau Raptor Center released three bald eagles. Here are their stories.
Photo: Donating to Juneau Mountain Rescue
From left, Doug Wessen and Steve Handy, of Juneau Mountain Rescue, accept a $500 grant award from Ken Leghorn, of the Juneau Community Foundation, on May 2 on Basin Road, below Mount Juneau, where numerous search and rescue operations have been conducted.
Former Juneau resident Beth A. Siemon died April 30, 2008, in Seattle, Wash., at home, surrounded by her family. She was 60.
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: Make education relevant
T he Empire's May 8 article, "Study: Alaska worst in U.S. at producing college graduates," reported Alaska has among the nation's poorest college graduation rates for residents. This comes from a report, Making Alaskans More Competitive, released by the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education. The report recommends K-12 educators push young students toward college degrees.
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.
My turn: AEL&P deserves thank you
I don't understand the outcry against Alaska Electric Light & Power over the Snettisham problem. One major failure in 35 years isn't negligence; it's outstanding. So is having sufficient local generation to power the entire city. Most cities go dark when the long lines fail.
Alaska editorial: Susitna hydro project deserves reconsideration
The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:
Outside editorial: Polar Bear gets federal protection
The following editorial first appeared in the Washington Post:
Outside editorial: Bears barely protected
This editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:
Alaska editorial: State's rural dental care program can be model
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:
Harborview bid comes in over city estimate
JUNEAU - A local construction company came up with the lowest bid to renovate Harborview Elementary School.
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.
Coast Guard honors crewman in Alaska Ranger rescue
KODIAK - The crew of the Coast Guard cutter Munro was honored with the Coast Guard's Unit Commendation award for their roles in rescuing 20 members of the Alaska Ranger.
City set for annual 'Bike to Work Day'
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage is getting set for "Bike to Work Day."
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.
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.
Cooper Landing to join subsistence moose hunt
KENAI - Residents of Cooper Landing will be able to join residents from Ninilchik, Port Graham, Nanwelak and Seldovia to harvest moose on Kenai Peninsula federal lands.
Nikiski teacher will run for Stevens' seat
NIKISKI - A Nikiski High School teacher from Kenai filed to run for Sen. Ted Stevens' seat.
Nenana Ice Classic names sole winner
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage woman is the sole winner after all in this year's Nenana Ice Classic, grabbing the entire $303,895 jackpot.
Soldotna considering buying golf course
SOLDOTNA - The city manager of Soldotna is looking for input on whether the city should buy a golf course.
Winds force cruise ship to cancel stop
KETCHIKAN - The Holland-America cruise ship Veendam was forced to cancel a stop in Ketchikan because of bad weather.
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.
JDHS splits in Ketchikan
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team saw its winning streak come to an end Thursday in Ketchikan.
Looking for a few 'ultimate' athletes
The game is officially called Ultimate.
Juneau athletes to compete in triathlons this weekend
A number of Juneau athletes will push their bodies to the limit this weekend as two triathlons will take place in Alaska.
Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
As of 9:01 a.m., Wednesday, May 14
Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
As of 2:24 p.m., Thursday, May 15
Sports in Juneau
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.
Palin proposes energy relief
Gov. Sarah Palin is proposing a $1.2 billion plan to subsidize energy costs for Alaskans, reducing their electric bills by 60 percent and providing each Alaska Permanent Fund dividend applicant with a debit card valued at $1,200 to be used for energy.
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.
Judge gives Abbott defense more time
Marcy McDannel hasn't decided how to defend Jason Abbott against the evidence and testimony the state will use to argue the 18-year-old Sitka man killed four people and wounded a fifth in his grandparents' home on March 25.
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.
Judge bans photographs of Abbott in court
Superior Court Judge David George on Thursday banned news photographers from taking pictures of 18-year-old slaying suspect Jason Abbott.
Study shows state rural migration is accelerating
More rural Alaskans are moving to the city.
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.
Oil industry expects fights over polar bear listing
JUNEAU - The lawyers aren't clearing their calendars just yet, but the oil industry is bracing for some courtroom battles to maintain its stake in Alaska's oil-rich fields now that the Interior Department has listed polar bears as a threatened species.
Don Young's legal defense fund shows no activity
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Rep. Don Young reports that a fund set up for donations to help pay his legal fees is stagnant.
Suspect's father says he can care for neglected sled dogs
BOZEMAN, Mont. - A district judge has ruled that 33 sled dogs found abandoned without food, water or shelter can be released to the owner's father while a criminal case is pending.
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.
Biologists say wolverine trapping numbers are not sustainable
ANCHORAGE - State biologists are worried about the number of wolverines being legally trapped in Chugach State Park.
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