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Thursday, May 21, 2009

New fiction always coming in at the library
We're constantly adding new fiction for adult readers in every genre, from westerns and science fiction to romances and mysteries. Here are a few that caught my eye this week.

Arts & Culture Calendar
ART, EVENTS, & PERFORMANCE

Haines Brewfest
Ah, spring! It means a great thing is about to happen for anyone who enjoys their beer - Haines Brewfest. The 17th annual Great Alaska Craft Beer and Home Brew Festival, or Brewfest as it's commonly called, takes place Friday and Saturday at Dalton City - a faux town - on the Southeast Alaska State Fairgrounds in Haines.

Browns' 'Angels' fares better in Howard's hands than 'Da Vinci'
Some things are simply unavoidable. Traffic in Los Angeles and rain in Juneau come to mind. Likewise, comparisons of "Angels & Demons" to "The Da Vinci Code" are automatic. What's interesting about Ron Howard's second movie based on Dan Brown's two best-selling and Catholic-upsetting novels is that everyone who sees the movie goes into it with a different mindset.

Take in 'Glowworm' before it's too late
The coming weekend is your last opportunity to see "O Lovely Glowworm" on the mainstage at Perseverance Theatre in Douglas. These will be the final performances of the ultimate show of the season, and I recommend them to you. It is challenging, heady material, performed very strongly by a well-rehearsed and talented cast.

Checking in with the subdudes
New-Orleans based band the subdudes will be the final act for this year's Jazz & Classics concert series, performing at 8 p.m. Sunday at Centennial Hall. The band has a sound that's hard to corral into any one genre, and includes elements of blues, funk, Cajun, R&B and roots.

Pearl Django: Adding to the gypsy jazz lexicon
Although the name Django Reinhardt might not be immediately familiar to American audiences, many music lovers can probably call to mind the unique sound that Reinhardt and his band made famous: Imagine what you might have heard while strolling the streets of Paris in the 1930s and you should come pretty close.

Youth Concerto applications due
The 2009 Juneau Symphony Youth Concerto Competition will take place June 10, at Northern Light United Church. The competition is open to musicians from Southeast Alaska in grade 11 (during the 2008-09 school year) or younger.

Community Day includes Quick Draw
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council will sponsor the fourth annual Quick Draw on Saturday as part of Community Day on the Univeristy of Alaska Southeast Campus. This fast-paced event will allow the general public to see the creative process at work.

Sexton's latest collection traces Alaskan landscape
In his latest collection, former Alaska State Writer Laureate Tom Sexton deftly guides us through a magical yet familiar landscape, with microscopic attention to detail and imaginative journeys inspired by natural objects. "For the Sake of the Light" contains 53 new poems, each with their fingers tracing the contour of the land as if reading a Braille history of life in places of rugged beauty, like Alaska and Maine. Also included are a fine selection from Sexton's seven previous collections, making this edition a very practical Sexton Reader and an unrivaled gift for the poet in your life.

Holst school to perform Saturday
The Janice Holst School of Dance will present their spring production Saturday with performances at 3 and 7 p.m. at the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council.

Student artist Forest Davis
Grade: Kindergartner

Just the facts
In reading the May 19 letter "Advocacy group 'not worthy' of support" in the May 19 Juneau Empire, I think the letter's author is missing the point. If "the whole truth and nothing but the truth" is important, then an organization who's mission statement is to dispel myths is worthy of support.

In midst of swine flu, recklessness continues
The stark contrast between our frenzied reaction to unfamiliar hazards and our reckless tolerance of familiar ones never ceases to amaze me.

The art of recovery
Gabriel Trujillo, an artist and former crab fisherman, turned to the bottle when a couple of his friends died in a fishing accident in 2004.

Alaska's newest senator settles in
Juneau's new senator is learning just how much work is involved in being a legislator, even when the Legislature is not meeting.

Tasty little devil
Hikers who have suffered the wrath of thorny devil's club may find a poetic pleasure in fighting back with a frying pan and spatula. The shoots are ready to eat.

Bail set at $51,000 for alleged Oxy dealer
A 31-year-old man was in court Tuesday on charges he sold OxyContin to an undercover informant.

Extended superintendent search yields 8 more candidates
Five more weeks of searching and a salary bump worth up to $40,000 produced eight more candidates seeking to be the top administrator of the Juneau School District.

Police identify 'person of interest' in string of recent burglaries
A 22-year-old Juneau man was arrested Monday on a felony warrant for a parole violation, but authorities are now considering him a person of interest relating to a string of recent burglaries.

Permanent Fund rebound may clear way for dividend
Rebounding stock markets have brought billions back to the Alaska Permanent Fund, which is likely to boost dividends in future years. It also might ensure residents receive a dividend this year.

Out of smell, out of mind
Lemon Creek may finally be rid of the sulfurous smell of rotten eggs that has intermittently drifted away from the city's landfill.

Goldbelt CEO: investigation could hurt corporation
A Congressional investigation into Alaska Native Corporations' use of federal contracting preferences could wind up harming Juneau's Goldbelt, Inc., said CEO Gary Droubay.

Flyfishers tie up meeting season
This is the end of the season for the Raincountry Flyfishers. It's a fact that might come as a surprise, but the logic behind it is understandable. Why spend time in meetings when one can be out fishing instead?

Photos: Hot wheels
A firefighter signals for water as he and other members of Capital City Fire and Rescue respond to a car fire about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Fifth and Harris streets. The woman driving the pickup said it stalled while crossing the intersection and a passer-by called for her to get out because the vehicle was smoking. The driver escaped unharmed shortly before the truck burst into flames.

Photo: Study at sea
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy departs Juneau on Wednesday for a three-month Arctic West 2009 deployment. The deployment supports the ongoing Bering Ecosystem Study, amulti-year project sponsored by the National Science Foundation that studies theecological processes of sea ice as it retreats through the Bering Sea.

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

Photo: REACHing for new technology
Dr. Ken Brown, Medical Director for the emergency room at Bartlett Regional Hospital, Justine Muench, on bed, Staff Development Coordinator, and Nurse Maria Polyviou demonstrate Tuesday the new Remote Evaluation of Acute ischemic Stroke (REACH) technology that allows stroke physicians to remotely diagnose, evaluate and recommend treatment for stroke patients via a webcam, laptop and Internet connection. The new service is a partnership with Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. The telemedicine technology was developed by REACH Call Inc. of Augusta, Ga. and more than 80 hospitals across the country are using the service that offers access to a neurologist.

Around Town
Thursday, May 21

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

Around Town
Today, May 20

Mary Pearce Hartley Fleek
Former Douglas resident Mary I. Pearce Hartley Fleek died peacefully on April 27, 2009, in her home of 55 years in Ferndale, Calif. She was 91.

Donna Lee Isaak
Longtime Juneau resident Donna Lee Isaak died May 3, 2009, at home in Douglas. She was 72.

Betty McNeven
Longtime Juneau resident Betty McNeven died May 16, 2009, after a long, courageous battle with cancer, her family said. She was 69.

Vitan Mitev Ganev
Longtime Juneau resident Vitan Mitev Ganev died with his family at his side at 10:24 a.m. Feb. 12, 2009, at Wild Flower Court, due to complications from multiple strokes. He was 68.

Alaska editorial: Judge Stewart is worth honoring
We smile every time we think of Justice Tom Stewart, the late Juneau icon who was secretary of Alaska's Constitutional Convention, served in the Territorial House and the Alaska Senate, and spent a decade and a half as Superior Court judge.

Complex appropriately bears Stewart's name
Last Monday, I had a chance to see a little history being made in downtown Juneau. Gov. Sarah Palin signed into law Senate Bill 29, designating the former Scottish Rite Temple as the Thomas B. Stewart Legislative Office Building. This made me happy for a number of reasons and I am fortunate to have been there.

My turn: Alaskans aren't gullible
A recent column by Gary Droubay in the Juneau Empire took issue with various aspects of the cruise ship initiative enacted in 2006. As a primary author of the initiative - which is now state law - I believe it is appropriate to respond. Mr. Droubay claims the state initiative has reduced revenue to the City and Borough of Juneau, has caused cruise lines to re-deploy cruise vessels to other ports of call and generally wrecked economic havoc on the industry.

Alaska editorial: One complaint against Palin missed a point
An investigator made short work last week of two ethics complaints against Gov. Sarah Palin. His conclusions made sense, given how the cases were framed.

Outside editorial: Obama deftly calms culture war passions
When Notre Dame, the nation's best-known Catholic university, asked resolutely pro-choice President Barack Obama to receive an honorary degree and deliver the commencement address this year, it caused intense controversy in Catholic circles. About 50 U.S. bishops publicly opposed the president's planned appearance, which violated their 2004 directive that Catholic universities "should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles."

It's too soon to offer an assessment on Obama
Instead of looking for what the Obama administration accomplished in the first 100 days or what it might achieve in the next 100, we should focus on the longer term. The 1,000-day mark interests me far more than the sprouts of the administration's early seeds.

Time for drug treatment to rattle its saber
In an effort to recast substance abuse as more of a public health problem than a crime, the nation's newly appointed drug czar has called for an end to talk of a "war on drugs."

Palin signs 2 bills in Southeast
WRANGELL - Gov. Sarah Palin has signed two bills, one extending the boating safety program and the other temporarily suspending the experience cap for teachers.

Ketchikan gets interim mayor
KETCHIKAN - Lew Williams III, a longtime City Council member and co-publisher of the Ketchikan Daily News, has been appointed the city's interim mayor.

Man found guilty in old abuse case
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage jury has found a 51-year-old man guilty of sexually abusing the young daughters of two women he had lived with years ago at separate times.

Driver who fled police taken into custody
KENAI - Alaska State Troopers say a police pursuit that ended in a crash in Kenai involved a 30-year-old Anchorage man who had a child passenger in his car at the time.

Woman dies of injuries in motorcycle crash
ANCHORAGE - The family of an Anchorage woman injured in a Seward Highway motorcycle crash reported she has died.

Flooding victims seek donations to fill needs
FAIRBANKS - People in communities along the Yukon River devastated by flooding are asking people who want to donate to tailor items to their needs.

Flooded villages seek help feeding dogs
FAIRBANKS - Yukon River villages ravaged by flooding this month are sending out appeals for help for their four-legged companions.

Police release name of man found dead in park
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have released the name of the fourth man in 10 days to be found dead outdoors.

2 rescue woman hanging on bridge
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police want to find and thank a Good Samaritan who helped rescue a woman who tried to hang herself from a bridge.

Air Force moving F-15s from Elmendorf
ANCHORAGE - Elmendorf Air Force Base is losing its F-15 fleet.

Man pleads guilty to robbing Fairbanks restaurant
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man serving a 12-year federal sentence for bank robbery faces additional time in prison on state charges.

Anchorage homeless rate nearly doubles
ANCHORAGE - Municipal officials say the homeless rate has nearly doubled in Anchorage in the last two years.

Lottery winner assault leads to 3 years
ANCHORAGE - The man who assaulted the winner of Alaska's biggest lottery has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Former Hughes tribal chief dies
FAIRBANKS - Joe Beetus, a former tribal chief from the Interior Alaska village of Hughes, has died at age 93.

Home sweet home ... finally
After a long, late spring practicing inside and 10 straight road games around the state, the Crimson Bears are finally coming home to play - all weekend long.

JDHS bats get silly in Wasilla
The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team ended their six-game roadtrip Monday by making quick work of their hosts from Wasilla, forcing the umpires to evoke the mercy rule before either game of their doubleheader reached the sixth inning.

JV hitters go 3-1 in Sitka series
In a weekend series in Sitka against Ketchikan and Sitka, the Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity baseball team won three of four games.

Photos: Little League, big effort
Junior League Padre Stephan Jones slides safely into third base past the tag of Oriole Marteen Conchas Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. The Orioles won the game 14-13, but had to weather a wild comeback. The Padres had trailed by as much as 14-4 in the fourth inning.

Juneau Sport Fishing Report
According to the third week of our creel survey, king salmon are being harvested in the traditional fishing spots. Last week, the hot spots were the Marmion-South Douglas area, followed by the Taku Inlet-Pt. Bishop area and west Pt. Retreat-Cordwood area. Last week, it took the average Juneau area marine boat angler 132 rod hours to harvest a king, a little longer than the prior week's 120-rod hours. Last year it took 51 rod-hours and the five-year average was 48-rod hours per fish. King salmon fishing will improve in the coming weeks, and should peak around Memorial Day. Remember, anglers must have in possession a 2009 fishing license and a king salmon stamp.

Dog days of summer are back
It was almost balmy last week!! Perfect softball weather, and if you weren't playing, you should be re-thinking that decision.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Alaska Democrats name Williams new executive director
ANCHORAGE - An environmental activist, attorney and former Clinton administration official has been picked as the new executive director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

FEC dismisses complaint over Palin clothing
WASHINGTON - The Federal Election Commission has dismissed a complaint over the $150,000-plus designer wardrobe the Republican Party bought to outfit vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Mine opponents enlist 'Deadliest Catch' crabber
ANCHORAGE - Opponents of the proposed Pebble Mine in southwest Alaska have recruited the skipper of a high-profile crab boat for their campaign against the development.

AK Native corporation contracts get a close look
ANCHORAGE - A senator from Missouri is launching a new investigation into the billions of contracting dollars awarded to Alaska Native corporations by the federal government in recent years.

Despite woes of economy, Fort Knox mine plans expansion
FAIRBANKS - The Fort Knox Mine outside Fairbanks is planning major exploration and expansion in 2009 despite the woes of the economy, according to the mine's general manager.

'Bear Haven' man charged with feeding animals
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska man featured in a six-part Animal Planet series on living with bears has been charged with illegally feeding the animals.

Councilman gives up long-distance seat
KETCHIKAN - A Ketchikan city councilman has given up his quest to keep his seat despite working out of town. Way, way, out of town.

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