Friday, June 19, 2009

Catch up on the latest fiction while driving with audiobooks
Look for new audiobooks on CD by bestselling authors Jodi Picoult ("Songs of the Humpback Whale"), Alexander McCall Smith ("The Comforts of a Muddy Sunday"), and Charlene Harris ("Dead and Gone") as well as the titles below.

ARTS & CULTURE CALENDAR
ART, EVENTS & PERFORMANCE

Suitcases full of skivvies
Plates, jeans, jackets, hats: Used is as good as new when you're down on your luck. But there are exceptions. So when Janice Davis, who is coordinating a group fundraising trip to Juneau, asked Glory Hole director Mariya Lovishchuk what new items she needed at the downtown homeless shelter and soup kitchen, underwear quickly sprung to mind.

City museum launches virtual exhibit on Capitol construction
As the 50th Anniversary of Alaska Statehood Celebration approaches, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum has announced the addition of "Federal and Territorial Building: Constructing the Capitol" to its virtual exhibit offerings.

Tsimshian master carver visits Juneau
Pete Clevenger, a Tsimshian master carver from Metlakatla, has spent the past two weeks in Juneau working on a variety of pieces at the Friends of the Alaska State Museum Store.

Fast-paced 'Pelham' is worth a viewing
It's no secret that "The Taking of Pelham 123" is about a bad guy (John Travolta) hijacking a subway car in New York City. The previews also make it abundantly clear that much of what you will see in "Pelham" is Travolta playing opposite the good guy (Denzel Washington), even though the two men are in remote locations - Travolta in the subway, Washington in the control center.

Concerts in the park schedule, summer 2009
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council has annoucned the schedule for this summer's free open-air concerts.

Photo: Cutting the glare
Students try on snow goggles at one of the interactive exhibits in "The Way we Genuinely Live: Yup'ik Science & Survival," on display at the Alaska State Museum through Oct. 19. The traveling exhibit from the Anchorage Museum includes hands-onactivities that focus on Yup'ik life, technology and beliefs.

White Nights Russian festival held Saturday at Centennial Hall
The second annual White Nights Festival of Russian Culture will be held from 2-10 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at Centennial Hall.

Alaska State Council on the Arts announces grant awards
The Alaska State Council on the Arts awarded $69,868 in grants for special projects to Alaska artists and arts organizations at the annual meeting on June 5. In addition, $39,973 was provided for Artists in Schools grants. In total, 19 communities will be receiving grants through these programs.

Minnesota Boychoir to perform Saturday at Northern Light
The Alaska Youth Choir will be hosting the Minnesota Boychoir at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at Northern Light United Church, 400 W 11th Street.

Cowan to head school district on North Slope
Juneau Superintendent Peggy Cowan accepted a job heading up the North Slope Borough School District, she confirmed Thursday.

Police suspect kitty litter bandit at it again
The Juneau Police Department is searching for a 20-year-old man they believe was involved with two burglaries earlier this week in the Mendenhall Valley.

Around Town
Thursday, June 18

New US climate report dire, but offers hope
Rising sea levels, sweltering temperatures, deeper droughts, and heavier downpours - global warming's serious effects are already here and getting worse, the Obama administration warned on Tuesday in the grimmest, most urgent language on climate change ever to come out of any White House.

Drug testing task force's first meeting scattered
On Wednesday night, the Juneau School Board's newly formed drug testing task force met for the first time, but didn't set goals, deadlines or a plan to present its proposal to the School Board in August.

Organizing for America to hold bike event, donation drive
The local group of Organizing for America, a national organization dedicated to improving our communities through service and action, will hold a Cyclists for Health Care Reform event starting at 6 p.m. Friday, June 26, in the parking lot of Juneau-Douglas High School. Participants will bike to Sandy Beach.

Climate change is already here
A new White House climate change report devotes a chapter to Alaska, where temperatures have risen twice at twice the rate of the rest of the country in the last half-century.

Arlene Moe appears in court
Former Little League bookkeeper Arlene K. Moe appeared in court for an arraignment Thursday on charges of felony theft and check forgery.

Photo: Arctic turning
An Arctic Tern hovers above the water Thursday seconds before diving in and grabbing a small salmon fry in Mendenhall Lake. According to a U.S. Forest Service naturalist, Arctic Terns are catching food to feed their newly hatched chicks which are nesting on the ground around Mendenhall Lake. Some areas of the glacier trails are closed due to these birds nesting on the ground. Arctic Terns migrate 12,000 miles from the Arctic to the Antarctic and back. Somearrive in Juneau around April.

Thorne Bay opposes Sealaska bill
The city of Thorne Bay on Prince of Wales Island really does not want Sealaska to get a prime chunk of its island for logging.

Lawmakers predict confirmation for new attorney general
Key state legislators say new Attorney General Dan Sullivan is unlikely to meet the same fate as Gov. Sarah Palin's last attorney general, the controversial Wayne Anthony Ross, whom legislators rejected.

Photo: Tickling the ivory
J. Allan MacKinnon plays the 122-key, 32-foot-pedal Kimball pipe organ June 12 at the State Office Building, just before quietly saying, "Let's make some noise." MacKinnon has skipped his lunch break on Fridays for about 30 years so he can entertain others on their lunch brake with an hour of pipe organ music on the eighth floor of the State Office Building. Built in 1928, the Kimball pipe organ has been in its present location since 1977. A free performance is scheduled at noon most Fridays.

Photo: Happy hopping
From left, James Somerlot, Spencer Gates, John Somerlot and Sara Druley jump on thier trampoline in their backyard off of Mendenhall Loop Road. From the road it looked like they were flying out of the yard.

Photo: Orca affair
A pod of killer whales is seen June 14 in Carroll Inlet.

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

Photo: His biggest fish
Trevor Gong shows off his king salmon catch he made Tuesday evening from a boat near the mouth of the Fish Creek. With a length of 42.5 inches and a girth of 28.5 inches, the fish weighted between 44 to 45 pounds. "It's the largest fish I have ever caught," Gong said.

Around Town
Today, June 19

Photo: Seeing iris
Sharron Lobaugh studies a nice display of iris for her painting Wednesday along Riverside Drive.

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

Ruth Francis Sherren
Juneau resident Ruth Francis Sherren died at 5:45 a.m. June 16, 2009, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home. She was 92.

Shirley A. Nydegger
Former Juneau resident Shirley Nydegger died June 14, 2009, in Lake Oswego, Ore., of complications from Alzheimer's disease. She was 85.

Alaska editorial: Appeals court does right by 1989 oil spill plaintiffs
A federal appeals court struck a blow for justice Monday when it awarded the maximum allowable punitive damages in the Exxon Valdez oil spill case - and told Exxon Mobil to pay interest dating back to 1996.

Empire editorial: Palin lands legal pedigree
On paper, what's not to like about Gov. Sarah Palin's pick of Daniel Sullivan to be Alaska's top legal adviser?

Outside editorial: Sensible precautions still best swine flu antidote
Don't throw that mask away just yet. The World Health Organization declared the swine flu - or H1N1 - outbreak a pandemic, meaning the virus is now a global risk. The disease has spread to 74 countries, with nearly 30,000 cases confirmed and many more suspected but not reported.

Alaska editorial: Regarding Kohring and Kott, we've seen enough
If the U.S. Justice Department withheld evidence in the corruption trials of Pete Kott and Vic Kohring, then justice itself demands that the former state lawmakers be given back their freedom for the time being. That's playing out now in federal courts, as it should.

Context, respect vital to fishery management
Recently I had the privilege to visit several villages on the lower Yukon River. I went with John Moller of Gov. Sarah Palin's staff and knowledgeable employees from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to discuss this summer's chinook salmon management and recent action by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to curb bycatch of chinook by the pollock trawl fleets in the Bering Sea.

My Turn: Palin should seize Taku opportunity
There is now a unique opportunity for Alaska and British Columbia to come together and ensure the long-term productivity of the Taku River and its fisheries.

My Turn: Shareholders still waiting for equality
Last year, at Sealaska Corporation's annual meeting in San Francisco, I addressed the company's board of directors regarding a flawed and unjust election system that utilizes discretionary votes to re-seat incumbent directors again and again and again. Some have been in there for nearly 40 years!

US can't back Iran protest
Can you hold a dialogue with an Iranian regime that blatantly steals an election as the world watches? Should we help the Iranians who are protesting that election?

Boycotting Chrysler and GM is a bad road decision
"I won't buy a socialist car, which means I won't be buying a GM or Chrysler car for as long as the U.S. government owns huge blocks of the companies," wrote talk radio host Hugh Hewitt in the June 1 issue of the Washington Examiner.

City making waterline repairs in North Douglas
JUNEAU - The city's water utility will make waterline repairs today in North Douglas.

Ferry Matanuska to return to service
JUNEAU - The Matanuska state ferry returns to service next week.

Work begins on new Mat-Su prison
WASILLA - A groundbreaking ceremony was planned Wednesday for the new state prison at Point McKenzie, even though work has already started on the project.

Russian volcano diverts flights to Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - A volcanic eruption in Russia's Kuril Islands is diverting jets to Anchorage.

Man indicted on child porn charges
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage grand jury has indicted a 30-year-old man on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography.

State closes trail over bear concerns
ANCHORAGE - Concerns of grizzly bear activity have prompted state officials to close a popular trail.

Berkowitz won't run for US House next year
ANCHORAGE - Former state Rep. Ethan Berkowitz said he will not run for U.S. House next year but he hasn't ruled out a try for governor.

State makes more safety corridors
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers announced the creation of two more highway safety corridors aiming to reduce the number of traffic fatalities.

Goldbelt nonprofit gets education grant
JUNEAU - The Goldbelt Heritage Foundation will receive $276,220 as part of a federal grant to improve education for American Indian children, the U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday.

Cowan finalist for North Slope Borough job
JUNEAU - Peggy Cowan, who will leave her post as the Juneau School District superintendent on July 1, has been named a finalist to fill a top-level position in the North Slope borough.

Eagle braces for rough tourism season
FAIRBANKS - On the heels of a springtime flood that damaged homes and businesses, the city of Eagle is bracing for a tough tourist year.

Water main break damages Palmer street
WASILLA - A Palmer street could be closed for two weeks to fix a water main that shot a 4-foot geyser into the air.

Begich to lead climate change tour
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is planning to bring some senators to Alaska in August for a climate change tour.

Coast Guard relieves cutter officer
JUNEAU - Coast Guard officials announced that Senior Chief Petty Officer James Madsen was temporarily relieved Thursday of command of the Cutter Elderberry for "loss of confidence in the ability to command."

Woman burned in Fairbanks fire
FAIRBANKS - An elderly Fairbanks woman was seriously injured in an apartment fire and flown to Seattle for treatment.

DOT obligates $94M of stimulus funds
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has exceeded its mid-June deadline to obligate at least half of the $176 million provided to the state under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the department announced Wednesday.

Photos: Hoops showdown
Richard Siverly plays against Kevin Kemp, aka Golden Child, of the AND1 Street Basketball Team Wednesday at the Zach Gordon Youth Center.

Sports in Juneau
ANNOUNCEMENTS

Pipeline companies defend need for Alaska's natural gas
Low natural gas prices don't pose a threat to a long-awaited Alaska natural gas pipeline, a top official with TransCanada Corp. said Thursday.

Feds to complete review of Alaska cases by July
ANCHORAGE - Federal prosecutors by the end of next month will complete their review of misconduct that may have contributed to the convictions of two Alaska lawmakers.

Couple racks up $226,000 fine for yard junk
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage couple fined $226,000 for accumulating junk in their yard has been ordered to clean up the property by Tuesday.

'Car surfing' suspected in Fairbanks man's death
FAIRBANKS - A 34-year-old Fairbanks man found dead along a rural road had apparently been "car surfing" on the hood of a speeding truck.

Palin loses hockey bet with S.C. governor
COLUMBIA, S.C. - To the victor goes the Alaska king salmon - and a little good-natured trash talk.

Sockeye bag limit increased in upper Kenai
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has doubled the bag and possession limits for anglers seeking red salmon on a popular section of the Kenai River.

Kodiak skipper joins sushi run
KODIAK - Bill Harrington is no stranger to the Bering Sea.

Former CIA chief advises to keep politics open
SITKA - During his tenure as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Adm. Stansfield Turner said he constantly debated how far the United States government should go to obtain secret information from foreign governments.

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