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Friday, June 20, 2008

Discovering the GoddessLife within all women
Juneau residents will have the opportunity to discover the goddess within themselves next week when nationally-renowned performer and belly dancer Dolphina comes to town.

Festival to highlight Russian culture through dance and music
Russian culture played a significant role in Alaska's past and Alexander Dolitsky wants to ensure it continues to do so well into the future.

What's Happening
Hooligan Calendar

Take my rhubarb...please!
A friend recently shared a tongue-in-cheek reminiscence of how, back on the east coast, people in his community would lock their cars towards summer's end to ward off waking to find it not rifled through and tape-deckless, but stuffed with zucchini by some anonymous gardener. Zucchini larger and heavier than a newborn were left on doorsteps under cover of darkness. You get the idea.

Help the economy: drink beer
In 1932, in the midst of the Great Depression, Prohibition was still in effect. Workers were losing faith in the government and the government's willingness to help the people out in times of trouble, and Prohibition only increased this distrust and resentment.

Apple unveils faster and much cheaper iPhone
Addressing one of the biggest complaints about the iPhone - the high price tag - Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs on Monday celebrated the device's one-year birthday a few weeks early by unveiling a cheaper and faster version.

Something one-third of my readers may want to know
Here's the latest from the computer threat department.

Mystified by ADF&G's choice of spokesman
Here is a mystery.

What Palin should say about power crisis
This is in response to Gov. Sarah Palin's placating letter in the paper on Tuesday, June 17.

Felled trees teach bad lesson
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are not the only truths that are self-evident.

Waiting for road costs makes sense
At our temporary home in Bend, Ore., my family and I have been quietly following the news coming out of Juneau.

Price acquitted of one coffee shop robbery
Prosecutor Jack Schmidt closed his case Thursday by telling the jury to convict Duwaine Price of two counts of robbery in the first degree along with associated assault and theft charges.

Juneau road secures major federal permit
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday issued a crucial wetlands permit for the Juneau Access Project, the road from Juneau north along Lynn Canal, taking the years-long battle over the road to a new stage.

Photos: Raven meets the river
Members of the Tlingit Nation board a 26-foot hand-carved dugout canoe, known as the Raven Canoe, Thursday during the ceremonial launching of the boat on the Potomac River in Washington.

Defense challenges robbery witnesses
The defense continued punching holes into the prosecution's case during the second full day of Duwaine Price's robbery trial by impeaching testimony placing Price at one crime scene and allegations he threatened to shoot people at the other.

Photo: Four-legged fitness
Barry Rohm exercises his two dogs, Zoey, left, and Katoomba on Thursday in Auke Bay. Rohm says he swims his dogs almost everyday.

Citizens pushing ballot initiatives
You can't fight city hall, but with enough signatures you can try and tell the officials what to do.

Photo: Daisy picking
VivianBishop, left, picks daisies with her daughter, Carrie, 15, Stevie Mayville, 16, and Destiny Whitcomb, 9, right, near Twin Lakes on Thursday. Bishop says daisies are her favorite flower.

Photos: Summer Stage
Clairen Stone, left, as Cathy Hiatt, and Zac Kirkpatrick as Jamie Wellerstein, perform the wedding song scene in the Juneau-Douglas High School rehearsal of "The Last Five Years" on Tuesday at the school.

Around Town
Today, June 20

Photo: Day's end
Natasha Williams watches the sun set at False Outer Point Tuesday.

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

Around Town
Today

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

'Get Smart' retreads old ground
Is it praise or criticism to call a movie competent? That's the term that best describes "Get Smart." It revives the old TV franchise with the same slapstick derring-do and lightweight comedy that tickled audiences in the waning days of the Cold War. It's less a reboot or a re-imagining than a rerun.

'Hulk' is just short of being incredible
M arvel Studios is on the verge of something huge. And by "huge" I don't just mean the box-office cash flowing in by the truckload from "Iron Man" and now "The Incredible Hulk."

Jack Black is up to no good ... again
"Be Kind Rewind"

Juneau's Cinema guide
OPENING

Folk music man
Folksinger John McCutcheon loves Alaska. The Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist has traveled and performed throughout the state countless times and keeps coming back.

Dancehall vs. reggaetón: which is more dope?
A long with the tourists in summer come the people making a living off the tourists. In case you hadn't noticed, much of downtown from the tram base to the Marine View apartments has been bought up by jewelry merchants. The buildings that once housed Filipino and Tex-Mex restaurants, local curios and bars have been bought by Armenians, Russians, Indians from India, Israelis and other international investors.

Rapper Lil Wayne's new release, 'Tha Carter III,' sells a million
NEW YORK - Lil Wayne now has official numbers to back up his bragging - the rapper's new CD has sold a spectacular 1 million copies its first week.

Sound Bites
THE NOTWIST, 'The Devil, You & Me' ★★★ ½

JobX celebrates continued success
Employers and employees alike gathered at a luncheon Wednesday to celebrate the success of JobX, a program which started in mid-January to help local youth, ages 16-24, find and keep jobs.

Softball champs thank you
The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team would like to thank its sponsors: Dr. Richard Cook, Dr. Ben Gilbert, Dr. Douglas Weaver, Dr. Tony Nizich, Dr. David Logan, Dr. Larry Foster, Alaska Marine Lines, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, ConocoPhillips, Couer Alaska, Greens Creek Mining, Dr. Alan Gross, Dr. Ted Schwarting, Dr. Gordon Bozarth and Dr. Daniel Harrah, of Juneau Bone and Joint Center, and Don Abel Building Supply.

Disappointed black lab gets bupkis on Father's Day
Dear Rex,

Photo: Juneau Seafood Community donates to Foodbank
From left, Southeast Alaska Foodbank manager Darren Adams and Foodbank board member Laraine Derr accept a $2,000 donation on behalf of the Juneau Seafood Community from Stephanie Madsen, executive director of At-sea Processors Association, and Jim Becker, halibut fisherman and past chamber president. The donation was from proceeds of the Southeast Alaska Seafood Trade show held in Juneau, in conjunction with the 2004 International Pacific Halibut Commission's annual meeting. Another trade show will be planned when a large fisheries meeting is held in Juneau. The trade show was supported bylocal fishermen, processors, the Juneau Chamber of Commerce and the Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Consortium, UAS Sitka offer wellness training
SITKA - Most people know they need to eat healthier food and get more physical activity each day, but they don't know where to start. A Community Wellness Advocate (CWA) can help people make these healthy lifestyle changes.

Author restores human side to world leaders
"Gandhi & Churchill: The Epic Rivalry That Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age" (Bantam Books. 609 pages. $30), by Arthur Herman: Every time the history of the 20th century has been written, the places of Sir Winston Churchill and Mohandas Gandhi are secure.

Gore Vidal releases new book of essays
At 82, Gore Vidal is America's most formidable man of letters.

Recognitions
The Douglas 4th of July Committee thanks all Douglas residents, organizations and businesses for flying our country's flag on Flag Day, June 14. A special thank you to residents who went further in decorating their buildings with flags and patriotic colored decorations. Please leave them up through July 4, Independence Day to help make a super holiday in Douglas.

FYI
Births

Class of 1988 reunion invites former teachers to picnic
JUNEAU - The Class of 1988 is having a picnic at 11 a.m. on July 5 at Sandy Beach.

New weed, pest technician available
JUNEAU - Every summer the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service hires an integrated pest management technician as a resource for Juneau's local gardeners and community members. The IPM technician is available throughout the summer months to answer questions specifically involving ecologically sound control methods for insects and weeds.

JobX success
Tim Johnson, 22, who has completed 300 JobX hours with Alaska Auto Repair & Sales working as a diesel mechanic, said he found JobX through the annual Job Fair.

Perseverance Theatre presents season finale
JUNEAU - It's a great way to end Solstice Weekend - Perseverance Theatre's final production of the season, "Salmon-chanted Evening," from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday.

University appoints Wolk as MBA program director
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast's School of Management announced on June 11 that it appointed Rick Wolk as Masters of Business Administration program director. Wolk also will continue at UAS in his role as assistant professor of marketing and entrepreneurship.

Thanks for care I received at Bartlett
During a cruise last week, I became ill, which required a stop at the clinic in Skagway and med flight to Bartlett Regional Hospital. Being from the Boston area, I felt like the center of medicine resided here. The care I received at Bartlett from the staff, doctors and nurses could not have been better.

Thanks for your help when our storage cabin caught fire
On June 1, at our home at the end of Point Stephens trail (no road here), I woke to loud crackling and popping. Looking out the front door, I saw smoke and flames roaring from the cabin next door which we used as my office and library, extra living space and storage.

Karlosak, Landes wed
Andrea Karlosak and Will Irwin Landeson, a 2002 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, were married on May 10, 2008, in Phoenix.

Watson, Grau to wed
Susan Watson, of Juneau, and Christopher Grau, of Milford, Conn., will marry on June 27, 2008.

Gaines, Franzen to wed
Haley Franzen and Keaton Gaines, both of Juneau, will marry in an invitational-only ceremony at 3:30 p.m. June 21, 2008, at Centinneal Hall. A private reception will be held directly after the ceremony.

Photo: Flower power
Ginger Johnson poses near her Douglas garden during last year's Summer Solstice Garden Tour. This year's tour, a benefit for Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, will run 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Tours start at The Catherdral Parish Hall, on Fifth Street, downtown. The hall will also host the Mustard Seed Saturday Market that day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with household goods, art, baked goods and other items. For more information, call the church at 586-3532.

Prayer is a gift
I'm happy to report that I've been less scatterbrained lately. And it's a relief, because being scatterbrained is demanding. I felt like there was never enough time in the day to get things done. I felt unorganized and absentminded. Every day I had this feeling that I was forgetting something.

Pets of the week
Dog, cats seek homes

Fulton, Garrison top Sitka Sound race
SITKA - Sitka residents Lon Garrison and Tim Fulton were the first racers to cross the finish line in Saturday's second annual Sitka Sound Ocean Adventure Race, claiming the top time in the 13.5-mile short-course race in their double kayak.

Kathleen Maria Vilandre
Longtime Juneau resident Kathleen Maria Vilandre died June 17, 2008, after a year-long bought with cancer. She was 48.

Vivian Kibby
Douglas resident Vivian Kibby died at home on June 17, 2008. She was 73.

Gerard Damerval
Juneau resident Gerard Damerval died June 16, 2008, in Juneau. He was 77.

My turn: How to die in a boat in Alaska
If you want to have a fatal boating accident, Alaska is the place to be.

Alaska editorial: It's time to treat oil as a finite resource
The following editorial first appeared in the Alaska Journal of Commerce:

Outside editorial: New kind of funk
The latest economic headlines conjure up memories of Jimmy Carter in a sweater. Inflation is up. Gasoline prices are hitting records. The economy is sputtering. The ayatollahs are misbehaving. If you change the channel, you almost expect to see the Fonz.

Outside column: McCain, who are you now?
N o one wants to be the first candidate to invoke Sept. 11. As a campaign tactic, 9/11 chest-thumping has become both predictable and tacky. So this week, John McCain's campaign hit on a creative solution: Invoke Sept. 10.

Rapidly swelling world population contributes to high energy costs
Amid the furor over sky-high oil prices and $4 gasoline, the news media have given minimal attention to an increasingly significant factor contributing to rising energy prices: the relentless uptick in global population.

Sprinkler system prevents fire damage
WASILLA - Officials in Wasilla are crediting a sprinkler system with preventing extensive damage during a fire at a senior independent living facility.

Lake resident records girls harassing swans
ANCHORAGE - A video posted on the Internet of two girls driving a personal watercraft through a family of trumpeter swans has gained the attention of wildlife authorities.

Tariff ruling could boost state oil revenue
JUNEAU - The state could be getting an oil revenue boost.

Woman killed in two-car collision
ANCHORAGE - A 19-year-old woman died Wednesday in a two-car collision in Anchorage.

Jury convicts man of armed robbery
ANCHORAGE - A federal jury has convicted an Anchorage man of armed bank robbery.

Emergency closure hits Deshka River
ANCHORAGE - The state is closing the Deshka River to king salmon fishing.

Assembly makes appointments
JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly made the following three-year appointments to city boards Wednesday:

Norwalk outbreak claims an e-mail hoax
JUNEAU - A Bartlett Regional Hospital official said Wednesday that an e-mail wrongly claimed an outbreak of the Norwalk virus in downtown.

Coast Guard delivers pumps to leaky vessel
JUNEAU - A Coast Guard helicopter delivered two pumps to a fishing boat taking on water off Kodiak Island.

Energy debit card idea likely dropped
ANCHORAGE - Administration officials said Gov. Sarah Palin plans to abandon her proposal to offer all Alaskans a $100-a-month energy debit card.

Alaska 1st in national fitness challenge
JUNEAU - Alaskans participating in a national fitness challenge logged enough physical activity this spring to put the state in first place.

Officials euthanize wounded grizzly bear
KENAI - A wounded grizzly bear was euthanized Sunday in Soldotna, state biologists said.

It's twitterpatin' time again
It's finally spring in Juneau! For many of the creatures inhabiting our rain forest, this means it's that time of year again: twitterpatin' time.

Another honor for Francis
In a year of growth and accomplishment, Juneau-Douglas High School runner Leah Francis doubled up on nationally acclaimed athletic achievement awards this past school year.

Photo: I got it!
Chatham Miller, left, and Curtis Stickler collide during a fielding drill Thursday during the Gastineau Channel Little League baseball camp at Miller Field. Former Juneau-Douglas High School coach Bill McCauley and Joe Tompkins are conducting the camp, which concludes today.

Ben Rose uses nine iron to make hole-in-one at Mendenhall Golf
Ben Rose uses nine iron to make hole-in-one at Mendenhall Golf

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

TOURIST tales
Some contend that there are no stupid questions, but people working in the tourism industry in Southeast Alaska sure hear a lot of wacky ones each year.

Shell Oil Co. one step closer to drilling in Arctic
ANCHORAGE - A permit issued by the Environmental Protection Agency puts Shell Oil Co. one step closer to drilling in the Arctic this year, agency officials said Thursday.

Searchers find women missing in Denali
ANCHORAGE - Two women missing in Denali National Park were found and reunited with worried family members Wednesday, six days after heading off on what they thought was an overnight hike.

Fans lured by 'Deadliest Catch'
ANCHORAGE - A crab boat captain who gained fame on the Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" series and fortune in the Bering Sea is attracting a steady stream of fans who can watch him haul in crab pots from the relatively calmer waters of Southeast Alaska.

State works to prop pensions with bonds
Alaska is moving ahead with selling billions of dollars in bonds to prop up the state's underfunded public pensions system, after approval of the plan recently by the Legislature and governor.

Grizzly runs over man exercising in Anchorage park
ANCHORAGE - Forester Rick Rogers never imagined his first close call with a bear would come in an Anchorage park visited by thousands of people.

Lost hikers rationed food while awaiting rescue
DENALI NATIONAL PARK - Two young backpackers rationed peanut butter sandwiches and granola bars, growing hungrier as they wandered for six days in the dense vegetation of Denali National Park, they said Thursday.

State cuts lease costs at rural airports
ANCHORAGE - The state has withdrawn increases it made to real estate leases at rural airports.

Arctic Slope reports $208 million in profits
ANCHORAGE - Arctic Slope Regional Corp. generated $1.77 billion in revenue last year and a profit of $208 million, according to its annual report.

Man opens pedicab business in Seward
SEWARD - After seven years of being a security officer at the Alaska SeaLife Center, Tim Morrow is finally getting paid to do something full time that he's enjoyed since childhood - ride bikes.

Fairbanks man missing off Australia coast
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man is the subject of an ocean search by Australian authorities off the coast of central New South Wales.

State, Seward agree on prison expansion
ANCHORAGE - The city of Seward and the state have agreed on a plan to expand Seward's prison, adding a medium security wing to the maximum security facility.

Photo: Injured bear euthanized
A wounded grizzly bear, which was later euthanized, rests Sunday in Soldotna. Biologist Jeff Selinger said the bear had at least three gunshot wounds, all of which were a few days old. Selinger said the bear was on its last legs and looking for a place to curl up and die when it drew a crowd of about 100 people with cameras and cell phones at about noon Sunday at Mackey Lake Road and the Sterling Highway. No one had reported a bear shot in defense of life or property.

Alaska Zoo gets two tigers
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Zoo on Thursday welcomed two new Amur tigers.

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