Thursday, June 12, 2008

A long way from Petersburg
Imagine going to a job interview with 2,000 applicants fighting for one position.

Questions for a porcupine shopper, author
"Shopping for Porcupine," the new book by Seth Kantner, provides an intimate autobiographical look at how life has changed in recent decades above the Arctic Circle.

What's Happening
Hooligan Event Calendar

Pressed for lunch
Sandwiches have been around since, well, since the Earl of Sandwich, if you believe that story about some fancy gambler with too much attitude to sit down for a proper meal.

Vive la French wine!
Even if you are not a Francophile, you have to admit, even if grudgingly, that France has a long and illustrious history, especially when it comes to wine. No matter where you look you will find a French region that produces wines that are known around the world. I will try to highlight just some of these regions and their wines.

Calif. 4th grade students show stock market savvy
FRESNO, Calif. - Move over Donald Trump - a group of Roeding Elementary School students in Fresno, Calif., wants to take your seat in the world of high finance.

What did you do for the Juneau energy crisis?
For years to come Juneau may be the subject of case studies for economists, sociologists and environmentalists, seeking to glean insights from our recent energy crisis, and learn how the rest of the world could benefit from our experience. What is abundantly clear is that conservation involved more than just unplugging. It was a change in life which affected how we ate, how we bathed, how we interacted with our family and how we entertained ourselves. It was, to a large measure, fun. But if the crisis had stretched into next fall, our perspective may have migrated towards the more pessimistic side of the chart.

Going to the dogs
I live downtown and am very frustrated.

Juneau needs more recycling options
As a Tlingit from Carcross Tagish First Nation, I was excited to make my first trip to Juneau for Celebration 2008. It was amazing to see the traditions and know they are still living strong. I want to thank the community for the hospitality.

Is 'insularity' in Juneau a good thing?
Recently, in a quote to the New York Times, Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho stated, with respect to the proposed Juneau access road, "There is an insularity here that I think is a net positive."

Grateful for Bartlett
During a cruise last week, I became ill and required a stop at the clinic in Skagway and med-flight to the Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Halibut limit temporarily raised
Halibut fishing guides won a temporary reinstatement Tuesday of last year's two-fish bag limit.

Students try hands at marine research
For a few minutes Wednesday, a group of Juneau students took turns controlling a $120,000 underwater video camera and saw what life looks like under the sea in Southeast Alaska.

Stabler's Point hauling approved for Saturdays
Juneau planning commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night to allow hauling on Saturdays this year from the city-run Stabler's Point rock quarry, a month after denying a similar request.

Photo: Images from another time Dedicating the ANB Hall, 1965
Tlingit elders dance on April 30, 1965, during the dedication of the old ANB Hall on Willoughby Avenue. The hall was adjacent to the current ANB Hall, which was built in the early 1980s. The dancer on the far right is Juneau resident Nancy Jackson, who is famous for her "Raven Dance." She recently participated in Celebration 2008.

Eaglecrest Ski Area road, lift construction 'going well'
Gravel trucks rumble past the Ptarmigan ski lift every five minutes to drop loads of freshly quarried rock and push the new maintenance road closer to the 2,600-foot Eagle's Nest summit house at Eaglecrest Ski Area, while foundation holes for the new mid-mountain lift are dug out and drilled into good rock.

Around Town
Today

Photo: Going for two
Julio Gregoire, right, goes for a lay-up as Will Egolf, center, and Clinton Clark watch during a game of two-on-two basketball Sunday at Floyd Dryden Middle School.

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

Correction
A photo caption on the front page of the June 4 issue incorrectly said Bob Sam and Edward Kunz are members of the Auk Kwan tribe.

Photo: An ounce of prevention
City workers Ben Merritt, left, and Bob Clauder put up a sign Tuesday morning warning anglers that fishing from the gangway and approach are prohibited at the Wayside Park fishing float. The city also put up part of a fence along the gangway to prevent fishing. The popular fishing dock is across the street from the Juneau Empire building on Channel Drive. City Port Director John Stone said the Docks and Harbors Board considered the fence for a number of years. "Finally we just said,'We need to do something to prevent any potential accidents from occurring,'" Stone said. By the afternoon, there were a half-dozen people fishing from the gangway.

Around Town
Today

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

Shyamalan's 'The Happening' is hapless
If water naturally gravitates toward the lowest point it can find, then perhaps with "The Happening," M. Night Shyamalan has reached his true depth as a filmmaker.

Judging books by their covers
Of course by "books" I mean movies and by "covers" I mean previews. It's the middle of June, which means we are just about into the prime of the summer blockbuster season. So what better time to look ahead and whet your appetite for the big budget films that will soon be vying for your hard-earned dollars?

Juneau's Cinema guide
OPENING

'The Bucket List' kicks it on DVD
'The Bucket List'

Perpetuating the CULTURE
When Mike Hoyt, 20, a Raven Frog from the Kiks.ádi clan, Sun House in Wrangell, danced past the elders sitting in front of the Goldbelt Hotel during the Celebration 2008 parade last Saturday, he put every bit of his heart and soul into his dancing as a deep show of respect.

Balkan Beat Box: A delicious blend of musical styles
What do you get when you fuse Jewish klezmer, Mediterranean and Balkan musical traditions with hip-hop and dance-hall beats, add the occasional Jamaican dub-style rap and a little Moroccan gnawa music, and throw in a couple of crowing roosters? The answer is not a Caribbean farm run by a group of schizophrenic Gypsy musicians. It's a new musical addiction for me - Balkan Beat Box.

Hall of Fame recipient remembered for 'Bo Diddley beat'
Before Buddy Holly did it, before the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and a million unknown garage bands, there was Bo Diddley - and the beat that bears his name.

Felkl and Seid win 2008 concerto competition
Franz Felkl and Ethan Seid are the winners of the Juneau Symphony's 2008 Youth Concerto Competition. The competition was held June 4 at the Northern Light United Church.

Sound Bites
Jewel "Perfectly Clear" ★ ½

The bear and the fox
My son, Allan, was digging through a pile of old pictures, and this one was taken in 1938. That's me staring in awe at that monstrous black bear as he downs a bucket of sweets.

Recognitions
Isaac Cadiente, a 2003 Juneau-Douglas High School Graduate, received an eight-week paid internship with Duke University to study biological sciences at the Las Cruces Biological Reserve in Costa Rica this summer.

Fish Alaska Magazine seeks 'Fishing for a Compliment' photos
ALASKA - Fish Alaska Magazine is seeking fishing photos for its "Fishing for a Compliment" segment.

Fiddling with our food
"Why are there so many fiddleheads wanting to be picked?" My daughter's voice was filled with angst, her head tossed back in primal frustration. She looked at me, begging me to solve the eternal struggle of the gatherer. Why so much all at once?

WISEWOMAN hosts two golf clinics for 'Rally For The Cure'
HAINES - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium WISEWOMAN and Breast and Cervical Health Programs are teaming up with Valley of the Eagles Golf Links and Driving Range in Haines to host two golf clinics for women to help them prepare for the "Rally For The Cure" Summer Scramble Golf Outing in August.

Crescendo Scholarship for youth string players still available
JUNEAU - The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council is accepting applications for the Crescendo Scholarship, a need-based scholarship open to local string players entering preschool or first through sixth grade. Deadline for applications is at 5 p.m. on June 16.

Central Council still enrolling for 'Journey to Wellness' program
JUNEAU - The Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska Elders Council's project "Journey to Wellness" enrollment is still open to all community members.

Constortium to host Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Mount Edgecumbe Hospital Dental Clinic in Sitka will host a special pediatric dental clinic the week of July 14-18.

Central Council to host workshop on grant writing
JUNEAU - To help tribal citizens, members of the nonprofit community and government agencies decipher the intricacies of the grant seeking process, the Business and Economic Development Department of the Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska will host the Grantsmanship Training Program, July 7-11, at the Vocational Training and Resource Center.

Congrats for winning the derby, good job
Congratulations to "Stormin'" Norman, for winning the Spring King Salmon Derby. He's doing the right thing with the money, which he's using for college, and the two airline tickets, which he's giving to his parents.

Thanks for stepping in on South Tee Harbor
On June 1, a cabin fire was reported on South Tee Harbor on Point Stevens. This area can only be reached by a foot trail or in a few locations by boat, making this a very difficult location for the fire department to operate.

World Ocean Day aims celebrate Coastal Communities
JUNEAU - More than 25 organizations from throughout Southeast, Anchorage and Seattle will come together to celebrate World Ocean Day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, at the new NOAA Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute at Lena Point in Juneau.

Photo: Territorial Sportsmen scholarships
From left, Lindsay Birk, Sam Messerschmidt, Nicholas Ramseth and Richard Hoffman, graduating high school seniors, were each awarded scholarships in May by the Territorial Sportsmen Scholarship Foundation Inc. These scholarships, $12,000 each, will be used to partially fund expenses during the students' college studies. Not pictured is Colton Baker, who was awarded a vocational/technical scholarship for $1,500.

Dandelions: Don't plant a problem
Over the past several weeks, local gardeners have been busily turning soil, planting seeds and transplanting what they hope will thrive in the short celebration that is summer in Juneau.

Pata, Johnson to wed
Jacqueline Lee Johnson, of Fairfax, Va., and Chris Allen Pata, of Chico, Calif., will marry at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 2008, at the Auke Village Recreation Area main shelter. The reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Tlingit and Haida Community Center.

DeTemple, Castillo to wed
Shauna Rene DeTemple and John Thomas Castillo, of Juneau, will marry in a small ceremony with family and friends at 8:30 p.m. on July 8, 2008, at the Wedding Bells Chapel in Las Vegas.

Stears, Hill to wed
Kendra Stears of Juneau and Trevor Hill of Hoonah are celebrating their wedding, which will be at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, at Glacier Gardens with a reception to follow.

Heumann, Clair to wed
Laura Chapin Heumann and Austen Roche Harrison Clair, of Juneau, are engaged to be married in a spring 2009 wedding in Juneau.

Varness, Knox to wed
Ingrid Varness, of Juneau, and Felix Knox, of of Anchorage, will marry at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 2008, in Wasilla.

Beth Kay Ogden
Longtime resident Beth Kay Ogden died peacefully on June 8, 2008, in Juneau, with her daughter and son-in-law by her side. She was 89.

Robert Earl Ritter
Longtime Juneau resident Robert Earl Ritter died Feb. 13, 2008, in Albuquerque, N.M. He was 63.

Robert Earl Ritter
Longtime Juneau resident Robert Earl Ritter died Feb. 13, 2008, in Albuquerque, N.M. He was 63.

My turn: Legislators need pipeline sophistication
Alaska and the nation have a pressing energy demand. Gas prices are painfully high. Yet Alaskans are still searching for the way to a gas pipeline. If that doesn't make sense to you, it's because you've only recently begun to hear of a major roadblock to a gas pipeline - something the public needs to discuss during this summer's gas line special session if Alaska is going to assert its sovereignty and succeed at promoting this needed project.

Outside editorial: The days of cheap oil prices are gone
As the price of oil creeps beyond $4 per gallon, Americans struggle to reorient their driving habits and wonder whether this crisis has an end. Experts say that high fuel prices are here to stay. As Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. said a few days ago, "I don't see a lot of short-term answers."

Opinion: Reflections on the power crisis
Juneau's energy crisis is over, at least as far as consuming diesel for electricity is concerned. We should applaud the effort by Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. to rebuild the Snettisham towers well ahead of the schedule anticipated immediately after the massive avalanches brought them down. As we begin to return to our old ways, let's not forget what we learned about energy conservation.

Alaska editorial: Reasons to support state's $500 million gas pipeline subsidy
"Why should we give TransCanada a $500 million gas line subsidy when BP and Conoco are willing to do the same job for free?"

Chasing Farrah Fawcett too far
The National Enquirer proudly proclaimed a worldwide exclusive on its Web site on May 16, 2007: "Farrah's Cancer Is Back!" (Please note the excitement and enthusiasm indicated by the exclamation point.) Adjacent to this attention-grabbing headline was an advertisement offering this inducement in bold, colorful type: "GOT GOSSIP? WE'LL PAY BIG BUCKS."

Still waiting to hear from the poor
A few words about white trash. I've always found that term offensive, its ubiquity notwithstanding. I have a number of reasons, but the most important is that it is a gratuitous insult to the white poor. Of course, they are one of the few groups remaining one can insult with relative impunity.

Alaska Broadcasting Communications buys KINY, KSUP
JUNEAU - CEO Richard Burns announced during a Rotary Club meeting Wednesday that Alaska Broadcast Communications, owner of radio stations KTKU Taku 105 and KJNO 630 AM, is buying the broadcasting licenses for KINY and KSUP.

AEL&P files new electric bill rates
JUNEAU - New electric rates will be lower than previously anticipated, according to Juneau's electric utility.

Palin OKs prescription drug database bill
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin allowed a bill to establish a prescription drug database to become law without her signature.

Judge sentences drive-by shooter
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man was sentenced to seven years in prison for a drive-by shooting last year at the Alaska State Fair.

Woman gets 20 years for daughter's death
PALMER - A Wasilla woman who was passed out when her child suffocated has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Bicknell likely wins middle school bid
JUNEAU - Juneau-based Bicknell Inc. was the apparent low-bidder for a paving and landscaping project at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, according to a city official.

Troopers: Body of missing boater found
NUNAPITCHUK - The body of an Atmautluak man was found, Alaska State Troopers said.

Two rescued from boat in Sitka Sound
ANCHORAGE - Two people were pulled from the waters of Sitka Sound after their fishing vessel sank Tuesday.

People's Power Project to hold rally
JUNEAU - Juneau People's Power Project will rally at 1 p.m. Saturday in front of the Capitol against what it summarized as higher bills, repair costs, and the failure of the Alaska Legislature to provide disaster relief to Juneau after the April avalanches.

California man dies in motorcycle crash
COLDFOOT - A California man died in a remote motorcycle crash on the Dalton Highway, a mostly gravel road that leads to Prudhoe Bay.

Houston man charged with striking worker
ANCHORAGE - A Houston driver suspected of striking a worker in a road construction zone was arrested Wednesday on multiple counts, including driving impaired and hit and run.

13 injured after tour bus crashes
ANCHORAGE - A tour bus carrying Korean tourists crashed on a rural Alaska highway, injuring 13 people, including three critically.

Boat crash near Fairbanks injures two
FAIRBANKS - Two women in a boat parked on the Chena River were injured when a second boat crashed into them.

Anchorage fees to pay for recycling plans
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Assembly will fund recycling in schools with help from a fee hike at the municipal landfill.

Mission: Energy conservation
What happens to love relations when an avalanche strikes an entire town, isolated in the frozen wilds of the north, and everyone is cut off from cheap electricity? Sounds like a pitch for a screenplay.

Ruling the diamonds
Juneau-Douglas High School seniors Joe Kohan and Carrie Ann Laliberte possess all the athletic traits coaches crave.

The symphonic grandeur of the Last Frontier
The vivid, flowing colors of the aurora borealis came to mind when violinist Bob King first saw the score of New York composer Wilson Sawyer's "Alaskan Symphony" last year.

Special session 'road show' to rack up costs
The Alaska Legislature this week takes its special session on the road, visiting half a dozen more communities to consider whether to go forward with having TransCanada Corp. build a North Slope natural gas pipeline.

Slow schedule spurs pipeline delay concerns
TransCanada Corp.'s pipeline bid for an exclusive natural gas pipeline license may not require the full 60 days allotted, but some legislators are troubled by how long it may take.

Alaska delivers erosion funding to coastal villages
ANCHORAGE - One of Alaska's most eroded villages is getting more than $3 million from the state - the largest infusion of public money the tiny coastal community has received for its ongoing quest to move to higher ground.

Fairbanks mayor supports Palin approach on pipeline
ANCHORAGE - The mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, a board member of the Alaska Gasline Port Authority, is supporting Gov. Sarah Palin's approach to building a natural gas pipeline and her decision to back Canadian pipeline builder TransCanada.

Supreme Court dismisses a Pebble initiative
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Supreme Court on Monday dismissed one of two "clean water" ballot initiatives aimed at blocking development of the Pebble copper and gold prospect in Southwest Alaska.

Cordova Electric uses grant to pay off debt for hydroelectric project
CORDOVA - Cordova Electric Cooperative Executive Director Clay Koplin used a grant of more than $2 million that arrived May 22 to wipe out the final debt for Cordova's Power Creek Hydro project.

Government wants registry for fishing in federal waters
WASHINGTON - The government wants to know who's fishing for fun in federal ocean waters.

Anchorage to host national Nordic ski championships in 2009 and 2010
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage will play host to the U.S. cross-country skiing championships for the next two years, according to a local ski association.

High-tech state game guardians pursue poachers
ANCHORAGE - Investigators and prosecutors worked seven months building their case.

Photo: Gearing up for crab season
Crew members on the fishing vessel Hailey Marie stack dungeness crab pots on the back deck Monday while tied to the crane dock in Petersburg. The dungeness crab season opens Sunday and lasts until Aug. 15.

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