Friday, June 13, 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.

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.

Industrial agriculture poses threat
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's writer, Samia Savell, wrote an article on weeds in the Juneau Empire's Neighbors section on Wednesday. It was very interesting. Savell noted environmental problems with certain introduced and now feral, plant species, such as dandelions, phlox and buttercups.

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."

District still looking for students for Thunder Mountain
The Juneau School District is looking for about 75 more students to enroll in its new high school that opens later this summer.

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.

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.

Underage and undercover
There is the brief rush of energy before he goes in for a sale. He prepares himself a bit like an actor.

Segway officers roll with the beat
When Juneau Police Officer Rayme Vinson patrols the sidewalks downtown, he does so a head above the crowd and at speeds up to 11 mph.

Around Town
Today

Around Town
Today, June 13

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

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.

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

Robotic mini-snowmobiles set for Juneau Icefield test
A prototype robot that can help monitor climate change will be tested on the Juneau Icefield the week of June 7-13. The "SnoMote" is a small two-foot long robot like a snowmobile. It is autonomous (not remote-controlled) and outfitted with sensors, gauges and cameras.

Photo: Golden keyboard awards
Floyd Dryden Middle School's Golden Keyboard Award winners, from left, Rafael Sales, Carriah Childress and Jean Cumlat pose on May 28 at Floyd Dryden. Sales was the fast typer in the sixth grade technology class this spring, at 78 words per minute. Seventh-grader Childress won at 58 words per minute, and eighth-grader Cumlat won at 98 words per minute.

Recognitions
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council recently announced its 2008 Fine Arts Scholarships and Individual Artist Grant awards.

FYI
Births

Check out new DVDs for kids for a rainy day
Wait for a rainy afternoon, pull out the popcorn and take advantage of the bundle of new DVDs for kids (and the kid within) on the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries. Look for the new Nancy Drew movie, plus more Thomas the Tank Engine episodes and a brand new Veggie Tales in addition to the titles below.

Liz Tuccillo's first novel is a dating travelogue
"How to Be Single" (Atria Books. 352 pages. $24.95), by Liz Tuccillo. As women line up to see "Sex and the City" on the big screen, one of the HBO series' writers is debuting her novel about - what else? - dating and the single woman.

Tlingit and Haida Head Start now enrolling preschoolers, ages 3-5
JUNEAU - Tlingit and Haida Head Start is now enrolling preschoolers, age 3-5 or turning 3 years old by September. All applicants require income verification, an original birth certificate, current immunizations and tuberculosis screening results.

Certified Personal Trainer class to take place July 13-15
SITKA - An American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer class is scheduled for July 13 through 15, at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's Mount Edgecumbe Hospital Litehouse Cafeteria conference rooms.

Holy Trinity to hold Saturday Market
JUNEAU - The Holy Trinity Summer Solstice Saturday Market will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at the Cathedral Parish Hall, on Fifth Street, downtown between Gold and Harris streets. Summer Solstice garden tours will begin at the same location from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the same day.

Fourth of July parade forms due June 25
JUNEAU - Entry forms for the 2008 Fourth of July parade are available at the Juneau Visitor's Center in Centennial Hall and the Mendenhall Valley library.

Space available for Crystal Lake Day Camp
JUNEAU - Space is available for Crystal Lake Day Camp, "Flora Factories," next week, June 16-20, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, at the Forest Service Office on Back Loop Road, adjacent to the weather station.

Messerschmidt, Jones to wed
Stefanie Messerschmidt and Douglas Jones, of Juneau, are engaged to marry in an April wedding.

Instruments needed for bluegrass camp
JUNEAU - Juneau Arts & Humanities Council is looking for instruments, such as a fiddle, guitar, banjo, bass or mandolin, for children to use for the Bluegrass Camp for Kids June 23-26.

Menze, Olson to wed
Rebekah Menze and Benjamin Olson, both of Juneau, will marry at 2 p.m. June 21, 2008, at Faith Lutheran Church. A reception will follow at the Moose Lodge.

Croasmun, Behrends wed
Matt Croasmun and Judy Behrends were married May 9, 2008, in Columbus, Ga. Friends and family are welcome at a reception at 7 p.m. June 28 at the Moose Lodge. They will make there home in Juneau.

Perennial concert beginning to rock and roll
The audience is a little restless as the lights go up. Days get longer, temperature of the soil rises, the first dancers appear and the orchestra begins to play.

Photo: Youth Concerto Competition
From left, Margaret Ross, Franz Felkl and Ethan Seid pose as winners of the Juneau Symphony's 2008 Youth Concerto Competition on June 4 at Northern Light United Church. Felkl won first place in thesenior division. He has been invited to perform his concerto with the Juneau Symphony during their 2008-09 season. Seid won first place in thejunior division and has been invited to perform with the Juneau Student Symphony during theirupcoming season. Honorable mention went to Ross, who also will play piano with the Juneau StudentSymphony next season.

Knowing when to savor the moment
Moments of complete contentment catch me off guard. Like unanticipated packages in the mailbox, they arrive unannounced and make me smile.

Learning about community while serving at Echo Ranch
Human beings are meant to work together. God has created each person with abilities that when used properly help contribute to the greater good. It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child. In my opinion, it takes a village to do anything.

Open the doors, see all the people
I used to belong to a little storefront mission church, a little seed planted in a little town in Southcentral Alaska. It was exciting to dream of the possibilities of God's mission for us - and one of our largest dreams was buying a piece of land and building a church.

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

Val Parfinovics
Former Juneau resident Valdis "Val" Valdimore Parfinovics died on April 29, 2008, in Anchorage.

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.

My turn: No more shame about dancing
W hen a major event takes place such as Celebration 2008, one has to try take control of his or her emotions while in public. That is a very hard thing to do. It does not matter if you are a tribal member, nor does the color of your skin matter.

Alaska editorial: Palin administration ignores bear science
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

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?"

Outside column: Candidates' gas policy approach bombs
G lug, glug, glug. You know that sound? Of course you do. It's the sound of gasoline gushing into your car's gas tank. It's the sound of money gushing out of your wallet. And it's now the surround-sound of the deepening global economic crisis, as skyrocketing oil prices push up commodity prices and spark a worldwide food shortage.

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."

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.

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.

Troopers charge North Pole man with kidnapping
NORTH POLE - A North Pole man accused of locking his wife in a garage and holding a gun to her has been charged with kidnapping.

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.

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.

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.

Military tests mobile radar in Juneau
JUNEAU - The Federal Aviation Administration placed temporary flight restrictions around Juneau as the military's Missile Defense Agency began testing a mobile radar station.

Tribal official charged with drug misconduct
KETCHIKAN - The former head of the Ketchikan Indian Community Tribal Council was charged with two felony counts of attempting to illegally possess prescription painkillers.

Chugach State Park offers free firewood
ANCHORAGE - Chugach State Park is offering free firewood next week.

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.

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.

Biologists consider Deshka restrictions
ANCHORAGE - A state fisheries biologist is recommending a ban on using bait to catch king salmon on the Deshka River.

Trial begins in beatings case
ANCHORAGE - A trial is under way in Anchorage for three people accused of kidnapping and assaulting two women.

Pickup truck injures Ketchikan boy
KETCHIKAN - A pickup truck ran over a 22-month boy and the child is in critical condition in a Seattle hospital, Ketchikan police said.

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.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

Investments turn Alaska retirees into farm owners
Soaring food prices may be hammering consumers, but they may be good for the Alaska Retirement Management Board.

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.

BP, Conoco name president of natural gas pipeline project
JUNEAU - BP PLC and ConocoPhillips said Thursday they have picked an oil and gas industry veteran to head up their proposed natural gas pipeline project.

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.

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.

State denies refinery price break without more info
FAIRBANKS - High costs and low margins have led owners of Alaska's largest oil refinery to seek price breaks from the state, but Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Irwin said he is unwilling to negotiate until the company provides requested financial information.

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

Photo: Paw-proof trash can
One of the Alaska Zoo's black bears tries to open up a bear-proof garbage can on June 6 at the zoo in Anchorage. The bears were unable to open up the cans made by Otto BearSaver in the test conducted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

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

This Day in History
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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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