Thursday, May 28, 2009

New teen fiction, including 'Shadow Speaker,' is on the shelves at the library
Neon labels on the spines of books on the adult fiction shelves show they're meant for teen readers, with more intricate and mature plots than chapter books but with themes aimed at young adults. Scan for them on the shelves, look them up in our computer catalogue or use these titles as a starting point.

Arts & Culture Calendar
ART, EVENTS & PERFORMANCE

Alaska Meltdown
If thumb cramps are a point of pride, then the continuous 40-hour gaming festival at Centennial Hall this weekend may be for you.

'Salvation' lowers the bar
Where exactly the ceiling was for "Terminator Salvation" I am not sure. While it is true that the "Terminator" franchise is a big deal on the Hollywood landscape, the third installment ("Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines") lowered the bar significantly. "Salvation" also features a cast that is 100 percent new to the franchise's fans, other than Linda Hamilton's voice. Arnold Schwarzenegger is busy playing Governor, so the big names that appear before the title are Christian Bale and Sam Worthington.

Fostering creative growth
Every year the Rasmuson Foundation gives a group of Alaska artists a luxury they couldn't otherwise afford: time.

Nick Jans, literary artist
Nick Jans is well-known for his nonfiction writing about Alaska, but a grant he recently received from the Rasmuson Foundation may help establish him as a fiction writer as well.

Anna Brown Ehlers, folk/traditional artist
The inspiration to incorporate a unique element into traditional Chilkat weavings came to Anna Brown Ehlers through her daughter, in the form of a dream.

Opera Spotlight to premiere at Hangar
This year's Opera Spotlight will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Hangar at the Wharf Ballroom. The show provides an opportunity for local singers to showcase what they have been working on in a varied recital environment.

Studen Artist: Carlos Ortiz
Age: 19

JDU to offer Afro-Cuban dance
Juneau Dance Unlimited will offer a new dance class beginning Saturday, May 30.

Bluegrass camp for kids held June 8-11
This year's Bluegrass Camp for Kids, taught by members of the Bearfoot bluegrass band, will be held on June 8-11.

Swollen Members perform at Marlintini's
The Canadian hip hop group Swollen Members will perform beginning at 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, at Marlintini's Lounge.

Tour buses are nothing new
I have lived in the 12th Street area for almost 80 years and for more than 70 of those I have been aware of tour buses. Almost all of the property along 12th Street and Calhoun Avenue has changed hands several times in 80 years so the people who bought in knew or should have known that tour buses were part of the environment.

Common sense says build the road
To date, every single problematic aspect of building the Juneau access road has a sound and valid solution to it. I agree with Gov. Sarah Palin's statement while she was running for governor: "I do not understand why anybody would not want a road." There must be some hidden agenda in the mindset of the anti-road group that we mere mortals are unaware of. Perhaps they are afraid of the inbound traffic on what would become the world's most beautiful road?

Sage wisdom about identifying, dealing with Oxy in your home
I have been working with people addicted to OxyContin and their parents for some time now. I have some wisdom through experience I'd like to share with the community.

Clean up Redfern pollution now
It was very disheartening to read about the Redfern mine pollution of the Taku River. This chronic flow of zinc, copper and arsenic into the Taku watershed must cease immediately, otherwise the bill to clean up and stop the poison will increase and never occur.

Research backs school time changes
In my opinion, the proposed schedule change for our schools is a good idea. High school starting an hour later would be very beneficial to our students. Adolescent sleep research shows that the huge hormonal changes teenagers experience biologically cause them to experience a later sleep and wake cycle. It is impossible to fight biology, and that's why so many teens are exhausted come class time.

Three suspected Oxy dealers on the lam
Three suspected OxyContin dealers remain wanted in Juneau after a judge issued felony arrest warrants for them Friday and law enforcement officials search for them.

Bankrupt mine company ordered to clean up acid
Redcorp Ventures Ltd. and subsidiary Redfern Resources was planning to clean up the acid leaking out of the old 1950s Tulsequah Chief mine as it redeveloped the site. But now that the company is insolvent and the project is halted, Canadian regulators have ordered Redcorp to clean up the acid.

Alaska permanent fund rebound softened by trustee board's decision
For at least six months, the Alaska Permanent Fund has been holding more bonds and fewer stocks than its policies call for in the hopes that bonds would out perform stocks - a gamble that may have been costly for the $30 billion fund that finances annual dividend checks to state residents.

Palin ends hiring freeze
Gov. Sarah Palin is lifting her administration's hiring freeze a month early, but critics say it never should have happened in the first place.

JDHS principal announces her surprise resignation
Juneau-Douglas High School Principal Bernie Sorenson announced her sudden retirement at an after school staff meeting Wednesday.

What ever happened to the third school superintendent candidate?
Beverly Hammond, an initial candidate to be the Juneau School District's superintendent, fell off the School Board's list of finalists after it increased the position's advertised salary and extended the search to draw more applicants.

Corrections union confronts Palin administration on a contract terms issue
State corrections officers at Lemon Creek Correctional Facility and other state prisons will not receive pay raises July 1, despite an arbitrator's award of new contract terms.

Photos: Shall we dance?
Michael Schramm and Shawnee Good dance together with other Juneau-Douglas High School students from the Social Dance class, taught by Michaela Moore and guest instructor Antonio Diaz. The lunch hour performance was their final exam for the class, that taught ballroom dancing and etiquette.

Photo: Have a say
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Donovan Miller, 18, signs his voter registration form for Marjorie Menzi on campus Tuesday. The Juneau School District and League of Women Voters of Juneau are encouraging 18 year olds to register to vote over the next two weeks. The campaign is called Ready 2 Vote and the goal is to register at least 50 more 18-year-old Juneau voters before the end of the school year.

Photos: Intertidal discoveries
Liz James' and Kurt Rieselbach's second- and third-grade Harborview Elementary School classes explored the beach near Shaman Island on North Douglas on Wednesday.

Photo: Meet and greet the candidates
Candidates for Superintendent of the Juneau School District wait to give their introductions to a small audience attending a community meet-and-greet forum Wednesday evening with the candidates at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. From left are Pete Lewis, of Clarkston, Wash., Glen Gelbrich, of Salem, Ore., Chad Struhs, of Blackfoot, Idaho, Art Stellar, of Taunton, Mass., and Les Morse, of Juneau.

Photos: Images from another time: Song and dance
Top: Patricia Hull, center, starring as Eliza Doolittle, sings "Wouldn't it BeLovely?" during the Juneau-Douglas High School Junior Class spring 1979 musical production of the Broadway musical classic "My Fair Lady" at the school'sauditorium. Listening to Hull sing from left, are theCockneys: Greg Peck, Ron Ciraulo, Jon Lutterman and Gordon Mikesell. Hullcontinues to be involved in Juneau theater productions.

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

Police & Fire
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Around Town
Today, May 27

Around Town
Thursday, May 28

Correction
A secondary headline for an A1 story in Wednesday's Juneau Empire about the Alaska Permanent Fund put a partial quote in the wrong context. At the "right moment," the fund managers took a step toward following their standing strategy, not the new one.

Elmer Richard Savikko
Former Douglas resident Elmer R. Savikko, of Central Point, Ore., died April 29, 2009. He was 84.

Peggy Carter Bransford
Former Juneau resident Peggy Carter Bransford, 86, died May 23, 2009, at Providence Horizon House. She suffered from many ailments but enjoyed the last year of her life with the residents and staff there.

For court nominees, justice is rough
Starting in the late 1960s when the expansive jurisprudence of the Supreme Court under Chief Justice Earl Warren became a lightning rod for political controversy, fierce ideological clashes over court nominees have become the norm. Political authority came under assault, and the recurrence of divided government - a Senate controlled by one party, the White House by the other - made defiance of the president's will much more frequent than it had been at any time since the 19th century.

Outside editorial: Change policy on gay soldiers
Sometimes promises are hard to keep. Especially those made by politicians in the heat of an election.

Outside column: In Cheney's world, fear is a beautiful thing
"No one can terrorize a whole nation unless we are all his accomplices."

Alaska editorial: Firearm rules should reflect consistent public land policy
Unique among the public lands of this country, national parks traditionally have banned the carrying of loaded firearms. National forests, wildlife refuges, preserves and other conservation areas have no such blanket rule. Neither should national parks, as Congress reluctantly recognized this month.

Outside editorial: The good, the bad and ugly of credit card legislation
Credit-card customers, victims of complicated and aggressive billing schemes, won a substantial consumer victory with passage of the federal credit card bill. Much of the legislation is good news, but it also contains bad unintended consequences and an ugly, disconnected amendment.

My Turn: Hubble Telescope and the average person
Recently, among all the economic and political news, scientists and all humans had great news - the Hubble Space Telescope has been repaired and improved. After centuries of human history, from times when for many, the "Medi-terranean" Sea was the "center of all lands," to the challenging idea of Galileo that the Earth was not the center of the universe, we have come a long way on our path to knowledge and verifiable information.

Murkowski seeks fed funding on suicide study
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is asking the Health and Human Services department to fund a $1.2 million study to reduce the high rate of suicides among Alaska Natives.

Juneau man places at Moustache Championships
Juneau's Aaron Suring, 30, took second place in the Alaskan Whaler category at the World Beard and Moustache Championships held May 23 in Anchorage.

McGrath fire grows, but weather helping
ANCHORAGE - A wildfire burning north of McGrath in the Interior has grown to nearly 12,000 acres, but wetter weather is helping firefighters trying to put it out.

Anchorage house prices show slight dip
ANCHORAGE - The average home price in March in Anchorage was .38 percent lower than the same month last year, but a marked improvement from February.

Tug collides with barge in Cook Inlet
ANCHORAGE - A tug collided with a barge it was towing near Nikiski, spilling some unleaded gas into Cook Inlet.

Kensington reaches safety milestone
The Kensington gold mine has gone two years without any lost-time injuries to workers, according to its owner.

Motorcyclist's death ruled a homicide
WASILLA - Alaska State Troopers are investigating the death earlier this month of a Wasilla motorcyclist as a homicide.

Fire breaks out in apartment building
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage apartment building caught fire and though all the residents got out safely, at least four cats died in the fire.

State OKs two ballot initiative proposals
ANCHORAGE - The state's top election official has certified two ballot initiative proposals, one related to local property tax exemptions and other about using public office to enrich oneself.

Kodiak experiences building boom
KODIAK - There's a building boom under way in Kodiak with six buildings under construction.

North Pole woman dies in 4-wheeler accident
FAIRBANKS - A North Pole woman has died from injuries suffered in a four-wheeler accident.

Gov. requests federal disaster declaration
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin is requesting a federal disaster declaration because of the flooding of the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers this spring.

Former cashier ordered to pay restitution
FAIRBANKS - A 20-year-old Fairbanks woman convicted of embezzlement has been ordered to pay $12,315.20 in restitution and spend five years on probation.

Rogers named Univ. Fairbanks chancellor
FAIRBANKS - Brian Rogers has been named to the permanent post of chancellor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Boys charged in theft of motorhome
ANCHORAGE - A pair of 16-year-old boys stole a motorhome in Anchorage and made it as far as Denali Park but high-centered the rig and were taken into custody.

Wet Dog crew checks in at Kodiak
KODIAK - The five people blazing the trail for a 2,000-mile personal watercraft race have reached Kodiak.

Two sentenced for distributing meth
ANCHORAGE - Two residents of North Pole have been handed long federal sentences for illegally selling methamphetamine.

Search scaled back for missing climber
ANCHORAGE - The search to find a climber missing on Mount McKinley for a week has been scaled back.

Six injured in crash near Palmer
WASILLA - Six people were injured in a head-on crash that Alaska State Troopers suspect was caused by a pair of drivers racing.

JDHS casts a wary eye toward Kenai
It isn't often that a Crimson Bears soccer team enters the state tournament as a sixth seed. Then again, it isn't often that the state's third seed is undefeated.

Boys pull token South matchup
For the first time in four seasons, the annual postseason wrasslin' match betweeen the Crimson Bears and the South Anchorage Wolverines will take place outside of the State Soccer Championships' title match.

Bears blow by Wrangell
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team closed out their regular season with a 10-0 win over Southeast Conference rival Wrangell Sunday at Adair-Kennedy field.

Juneau Sport Fishing Report
It was a beautiful weekend to be on the water and harvest rates improved for king salmon - taking 91-rod hours to harvest a king last week.

Matchups of undefeated teams looming large
Another week of almost perfect softball weather and more player registrations are streaming in - could there be a connection?

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Master armorer brings myth to life
ANCHORAGE - Outside his studio, puttering about in the yard, Virgil England seems like any other guy - trimming a tree, tending to his perennials, trying to get his Bernese mountain dog to quit barking as if she's about to take somebody's leg off.

Federal agency opens comment on Arctic fisheries plan
ANCHORAGE - A federal agency says it will open a public comment period on a proposal to prohibit commercial fishing in Arctic waters in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas.

Lightning-sparked McGrath wildfire grows to 5,000 acres
ANCHORAGE - A wildfire burning north of McGrath in Alaska's Interior is growing.

State board dismisses Palin ethics complaint
ANCHORAGE - The State Personnel Board has dismissed an ethics complaint filed against Gov. Sarah Palin.

Gov. Palin signs veteran cemetery bill into law
FAIRBANKS - Hundreds of service members will now have the option of being buried in an official Interior Alaska veterans cemetery.

Two people injured by lightning strike
ANCHORAGE - Two people hiking in Anchorage's Arctic Valley were injured by lightning, according to the Anchorage Fire Department.

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