Friday, May 29, 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.

Studen Artist: Carlos Ortiz
Age: 19

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.

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.

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.

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

Goldbelt squandered its own resources
In his May 17 "My Turn" piece in the Empire, Gary Droubay, the president and CEO of Goldbelt, Inc., blamed the $50 per passenger cruise ship tax for the demise of a proposed $200 million development on the corporation's property in Hobart Bay. There have been stories in the Empire for years about the company's dream for this property. And certainly the proposal sounds good on paper. It's a remote Alaskan bay, completely owned and controlled by one company, with good docking potential. What could be wrong with that?

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.

Flight problems not the norm in Juneau
This letter is in response to the letter from the unhappy traveler who experienced misfortunes at our little international airport due to mechanical and flight delays.

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.

Keep to the right up for interpretation
I might have written before about speeding on Egan Dr. or thought about it many times. Everytime I see a letter of criticism for slow drivers in the left lane, I am tempted. The one by Clay Cummins in the April 23 Empire is an example. He suggests riding the bus and I heartily encourage him to do so.

Alaskan Brewing expands
Two shiny, giant tanks for brewing beer rolled through town yesterday to the Alaskan Brewing Co. The brewers have gone from turning out 1,500 barrels in 1987 to more than 100,000 barrels a year since 2005 - all on the same property. Finding the room for this latest expansion was something of a magic trick - and a little bit European, according to plant manager Curtis Holmes.

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.

Police seek answers in old killing
Daniel Brux was a well-known figure in the downtown area at the time of his death 9 years ago this month, but his murder has remained a mystery to this day.

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.

Elementary school club takes to fishing: hook, line and sinker
The rain fell in sideways sheets. Whitecaps rolled down Gastineau Channel near the base of the Douglas Island bridge. It was a typical Southeast Alaska day. But members of Dirk Miller's Gastineau Elementary fishing club stood fast on the water's edge in the inclement weather. Each student clutched a fishing pole, wore safety glasses, a neon life jacket and was eagerly tossing their line into the fray - again and again.

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

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.

Roadless rule change could affect Tongass
Environmentalists are hoping Thursday's Obama administration announcement will mean a time-out for road-building for timber sales in roadless parts of the Tongass National Forest, and many news outlets reported it as such.

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.

Juneau Empire to publish pictorial history book
In observance of the golden anniversary of Alaska statehood and Juneau as Alaska's capital city, the Juneau Empire is publishing a pictorial history book featuring historic photos submitted by the newspaper's readers.

Photo: Survival of the driest
Abigail Maloney, left, tries to lift her arms in a survival suit as Chloe Varner and Laura Coleman each look through the face opening of a suit. The three are part of Dave Ringle's sixth grade class at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, which took a field trip to Echo Ranch for an outdoor survival camp Wednesday and Thursday.

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.

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

Police & Fire
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Around Town
Today, May 29

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.

Nancy E.M. Shanley
Lifetime Juneau resident Nancy E.M. (Niemi) Shanley died peacefully April 27, 2009, in her home. She was 77.

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.

Steven Jones
Longtime Juneau resident Steven Jones died Jan. 31, 2009, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was 61.

Outside editorial: Tougher sanctions needed to halt North Korea's nuclear efforts
It has become clear that Japan must take a leading role in discussions at the U.N. Security Council to ensure a new resolution against North Korea for conducting a nuclear test Monday produces results.

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.

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.

Seeing the future of affirmative action
Tuesday's nomination of Judge Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court was a historic moment that all Americans should appreciate. Her life story represents the great promise of the American dream - Sotomayor has lived in both a public housing project in the Bronx and in the dorm rooms of Princeton and Yale.

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.

My Turn: Working to acheive snowmobile access
Two years ago I attended a public meeting at Centennial Hall regarding an application from the Juneau Snowmobile Club for the use of certain lands at Eaglecrest after the ski season ended. What started out as an informative discussion soon became a controversial and overwhelming public expression that there should be no snowmobile use permitted at Eaglecrest. Consequently, the club's application was denied.

Ketchikan's Johansen to seek re-election to Legislature
KETCHIKAN - State Rep. Kyle Johansen wants a third term.

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.

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.

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.

Wildlife troopers cite illegal clammers over Memorial weekend
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Wildlife Troopers cited at least 22 people for illegal clam digging on the Kenai Peninsula.

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.

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.

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

Two high-profile Democrats signal interest in gov's race
ANCHORAGE - Two high-profile Anchorage Democrats are signaling interest in a possible run for Alaska governor next year.

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.

Anchorage man killed in home
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a man was shot and killed at a home on the east side of the city.

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.

Defense secretary to visit Alaska
ANCHORAGE - Defense Secretary Robert Gates will tour military sites in Alaska.

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

Weimar moves from prison to halfway house in Montana
ANCHORAGE - A man convicted of illegally funneling money to help a state legislative candidate is out of federal prison and into a halfway house.

JDHS a win away from state
The wet, muddy Crimson Bears are one more victorious trip into the slop trough away from earning a berth to the State Baseball Championships.

South clips JDHS in opener
The Crimson Bears finally found their consistency in yet another State Championships game against South. Unfortunately, they were consistently a hair off.

Girls hand Kenai first loss of year
The sixth-ranked Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team upset third-ranked Kenai Central 2-0 late Thursday night in their opening game of the State Soccer Championships in Anchorage, pushing them into a 4 p.m. semifinal matchup against a short-handed and second-ranked Chugiak squad today.

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.

State's first swine flu case confirmed in Fairbanks
Alaska has its first official case of swine flu, also known as H1N1, state health officials announced Thursday. The victim is a Fairbanks woman who since being diagnosed has fully recovered.

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

Alaska suicide rate increases yet again
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's suicide rate is showing no signs of subsiding.

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.

Wildfire near McGrath grows to 21,760 acres
McGRATH - A wildfire burning near McGrath has grown to 21,760 acres and additional help was being dispatched to the Interior Alaska fire, a Division of Forestry official said Thursday.

Natural gas in Arctic mostly Russian owned
WASHINGTON - Nearly one-third of the natural gas yet to be discovered in the world is north of the Arctic Circle and most of it is in Russian territory, according to a new analysis led by researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey.

Experts testify in Fairbanks DUI manslaughter trial
FAIRBANKS - Traffic accident experts gave conflicting opinions in the trial of a Fairbanks woman charged with manslaughter.

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