Thursday, June 25, 2009

Pick up a magazine at the Juneau library
If you're thinking of trimming down your home magazine subscriptions, check out the library's collection - chances are good that you can keep current with your favorites without burdening either your pocketbook or the landfill. All current titles are library-use only, but older issues are always available to check out for a leisurely home read. In addition, the library subscribes to two databases that give you access to an even larger variety of titles. With new magazines being created and older titles closing shop, the selection at the public libraries has changed this year - here's a summary of the new titles scattered throughout the public library branches.

Arts & Culture Calendar
ART, EVENTS & PERFORMANCE

Playing tribute
For more than 30 years, the eclectically dressed, crazy-hatted Juneau Volunteer Marching Band has brought life and sound to the Fourth of July parade. Now the band is honoring even more than just Independence Day.

Sitka moves to the East Coast in 'The Proposal'
I say it a lot, but I feel obligated to say it again here: I am a sucker for the rom-coms (romantic comedies). Big time. It's only fair I share that up front because my guess is I'm a little easier to please than most reasonably sane folks when a movie like "The Proposal" plays out the rom-com formula on-screen.

Jans releases 'Glacier Wolf'
Romeo the wolf lopes through four of the 26 essays in Nick Jans' latest book, "The Glacier Wolf," appearing and disappearing in the text much as he does the Juneau landscape in real life. He also brings into vivid focus one of the main themes of the book: the interplay between man and animal.

Salmon-Chanted evening: Support your local theater by eating fish
Have plans for Sunday night? Well, you might want to change them. Perseverance Theatre is offering "all the food you can eat, all the fun you can have" at their fourth annual Salmon-Chanted evening.

A tale of two Sitkas: 'The Proposal' creators make a Massachusetts town look like Alaska
SITKA, ALASKA - Filming for the Sitka-based Disney movie "The Proposal" almost took place in Sitka, that is until Hollywood found Rockport ...Sitka's stand in.

Canvas organizes community project
Through the support of the Alaska Association of School Boards, the Canvas is hosting an opportunity for the community to create a sculptural art piece. This youth-led project, organized by 14 year-old Anna Thompson in coordination with Canvas staff, will incorporate recycled aluminum and glass.

Youth concerto winners announced
The winners of the Juneau Symphony's 2009 Youth Concerto Competition have been announced: David Miller and Finn Sinclair. The competition was held June 10 at Northern Light United Church, and was open to young musicians in Southeast Alaska.

Rapper B-Real to perform at Marlintini's
Hip-hop sensation B-Real of Cypress Hill will perform at Marlintini's at 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 9.

Arts council hosts bash Saturday
The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council will host a Bash for Cash beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 27 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Complainants should be held accountable
I read with interest and concern last week's Empire article regarding the number of ethics complaints filed against Gov. Sarah Palin. These are some of the most irresponsible utterances I have heard in recent years. They are either politically motivated, which seems obvious because of their timing, or some kind of game for people who don't have anything else of interest in their lives.

Thanks for AGIA
I want to commend Gov. Sarah Palin and her fellow Alaskans for passing the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, which set the stage for TransCanada and Exxon-Mobil to enter into an agreement for the construction of a natural gas pipeline.

Unemployment is up, but there's plenty of work to be found
I read with interest the article about rising unemployment numbers in Juneau and throughout Alaska, especially when I still see help-wanted ads throughout Juneau from McDonald's and Wal-Mart to Home Depot.

Congress must keep a watchful eye on bank executives
I recently heard that some of the banks that received a bailout were returning the money to avoid salary regulations of those running the banks. It was touted that this was a bad idea since it might lead to flight of the "best" people in management. Of course, we must remind these pundits that it was those "best" people who caused the huge economic downturn that we are in, and they continue to be rewarded while throwing thousands, and tens of thousands, of their fellow Americans out of work and out of their homes.

Renewable energy report ignores Southeast Alaska
A proposed electrical intertie between Southeast Alaska and the western power grid has been inexplicably left off of a new report by the Western Governor's Association aimed at promoting the region's renewable energy resources.

Police capture suspect in multiple burglaries
Police arrested a 20-year-old burglary suspect on an outstanding warrant Tuesday morning at the home of his parents, who said he was an opiate addict.

Miners en route, and they'll need places to live
Local real-estate experts predict an influx of well-paid Kensington gold mine workers will be a boon to Juneau's housing market.

Construction underway at UAS
Summer construction underway at the University of Alaska Southeast is forcing staff and students to change routines.

Photo: On target for Gold Rush Days
Rich Anderson touches up the target for the axe throw Wednesday for this weekend's Gold Rush Days logging and mining competition at Savikko Park.

School bus complaint logs show uneventful final months
School bus contractor First Student fielded 15 complaints since it resumed logging and documenting them for the Juneau School District.

Photo: Colorful tribute
Carol Ackerson trims the yellow and blue pansies in the garden that circles the Archie Van Winkle Memorial on South Franklin Street on Monday. "We were trying to make this special for the state's 50th anniversary," said Ackerson, who works for the city's landscape division.

Photo: Scandinavian style
Harvey Refsal teaches Ben Wygant the finer points of Scandinavian flat-plane style woodcarving during a workshop held at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center on Wednesday. Refsal, a professor of Scandinavian folk art at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, was sponsored by the Sons of Norway Svalbard Lodge 2-33 of Juneau.

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

Photo: Flags for the Fourth
Sarah Stucky, owner of the Alaska General Store on Front Street, decorates the store front Tuesday for the upcoming 4th of July celebration.

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

Around Town
Today, June 25

Correction
A page one story in Tuesday's Juneau Empire about an Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation Board of Trustees meeting attributed a quote to the wrong person. Trustee Nancy Blunck said, "Come on guys, you've got to give a little time to the process, it's not going to hold up everything," not Board Chair Steve Frank.

Around Town
Today, June 24

Harold C. Felton
Former Juneau resident Harold C. Felton, of Cannon Falls, Minn., died the evening of June 21, 2009, at the Cannon Falls Medical Center following a lengthy illness. He was 84.

Tony R. Tucker
Tony R. Tucker, 63, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at his home surrounded by his wife and family.

Alaska editorial: Missile defense: Slowdown will affect Alaska but nation will still be protected
Alaska's three members of Congress are still trying to ward off the cuts the Obama administration has proposed in missile defense work at Alaska's Fort Greely. They are doing what members of Congress do - defending a huge pipeline of federal money for work located in their home state. But this is a classic case where the parochial interests of one state differ from what's best for the nation as a whole.

Outside editorial: Congress' 'cash for clunkers' a lemon of an idea
"Cash for clunkers" is a bad idea whose time seems to have come. Congress has added trade-in incentives for old gas guzzlers to a $106 billion supplemental appropriations bill whose primary purpose is to fund military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. President Obama is likely to sign the measure this week. Still, it could have been worse: Instead of a very large and wasteful cash-for-clunkers program, lawmakers approved only a middle-size wasteful program.

My Turn: Climate impact report only useful for kindling
The Juneau Empire ran stories June 18 about the government's "Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States" (GCCI). According to Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian's U.S. correspondent, it's release was overseen by a San Francisco-based media consulting firm, Resource Media, as " ... part of a carefully crafted strategy by the White House to help build public support for President Obama's agenda and boost the prospects of a climate change bill now making its way through Congress."

My Turn: Juneau's waterfront plan left high and dry
Stop, look and listen up. It's not too late. There's a proposal, legislation even, to construct a huge state government office building on the downtown waterfront. Its purpose is politically pure but oversimplifies complex, multifaceted issues. And its location is offensive.

My Turn: Permanent Fund takes new approach to asset allocation
The Board of Trustees of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. recently changed how we describe and categorize investments. They now use an allocation that groups assets based on risk characteristics, rather than by the type of investment. The underlying investments and their proportions haven't changed significantly, and are very similar to allocations from recent years, with a similar risk profile.

I assure you, stimulus money had strings
It is important for Alaskans to know that while state legislators resolved to accept all federal stimulus funds, I vetoed $28.6 million for state energy programs because it came with conditions. Many have looked at this money and did not see any strings. I can assure you, if we accept these funds there is great potential for Alaska to find itself on the hook.

The 'Neda moment' shows promise of social networking
Maybe you were there when Neda died.

Search continues for missing airplane
ANCHORAGE - Searchers in Alaska and Canada have found no signs of a small airplane that disappeared Saturday.

DOT installs new traffic signal on Egan Drive
JUNEAU - The state Department of Transportation turned on a new traffic signal with a flashing yellow arrow Wednesday at the intersection of Whittier Street and Egan Drive. It's the first traffic signal of its type in Alaska.

Guide fined for log book violations
SEWARD - A guide operating out of Seward has been fined $6,500 for failing to meet sport fish log book requirements.

Supreme Court declines wetlands permafrost case
FAIRBANKS - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to consider a Fairbanks case focused on whether land with permafrost is subject to federal wetlands review.

Another body found in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Another body has been found in Anchorage.

Alaskan Brewing nonprofit seeks coastal cleanup crew
JUNEAU - Coastal CODE, a nonprofit founded by Alaskan Brewing Co. in 2007, is looking for four adventurous recruits for a weeklong, coastal conservation-themed expedition to Yakutat.

Truck burns inside DOT building
ANCHORAGE - A truck caught fire inside a state Department of Transportation garage.

Government will pay Kott's legal bills
ANCHORAGE - The legal bills of former state Rep. Pete Kott will be paid by the federal government for the next several months.

State closes Bird Creek fishery
ANCHORAGE - Another popular southcentral Alaska fishery has been closed.

Driver hits building, is pinned under car
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a 31-year-old woman crashed her car into the side of a building and was pinned beneath the car.

Earthquake rattles Willow again
WILLOW - The ground keeps rattling around Willow.

Kenai man accidentally shot while at party
KENAI - A Kenai man was accidentally shot in the lower leg when a party got a little out of hand.

Subcommittee approves money for Alaska projects
ANCHORAGE - Several large Alaska projects have received federal funding approval at the subcommittee level.

Lawmakers, pipeline parties discuss needs
FAIRBANKS - Pipeline builders and petroleum producers told Alaska lawmakers that favorable state fiscal terms will make or break plans to build a large-diameter natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to an Alberta hub.

Anchorage man pleads guilty to April 2008 murder
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man has pleaded guilty to a fatal shooting in April 2008 on a popular bike trail.

USDA certifies Fairbanks slaughterhouse
FAIRBANKS - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has certified a Fairbanks slaughterhouse to process beef and pork.

A few more days until Rainball tourney
The 34th Annual Rainball Tournament starts Friday afternoon, so come on out to Dimond Park and Sandy Beach for the best in Men's and Women's Division softball! Watch the Home Run Derby competition light it up 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Dimond Park.

Sports in Juneau
ANNOUNCEMENTS

Palin pays state for family travel
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin reimbursed the state for more than $8,100 in costs associated with trips taken by her children.

Analysis: SC governor's disappearance a problem for GOP
NEW YORK - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's admission of an affair with a woman from Argentina is the latest sign that Republican governors - once thought to be President Obama's most credible adversaries - haven't quite lived up to their billing.

Drilling rig bound for natural gas
FAIRBANKS - An Alaska Native corporation and three partners plan to spend millions to drill an exploration hole in the Nenana Basin, estimated to hold 1 to 4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

4-year-old discovers prehistoric arrow point
FAIRBANKS - Archaeologists are crediting a small child with finding a prehistoric arrow point at Denali National Park and Preserve.

Ordinance would ban booze for 'chronic inebriates'
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks City Council will consider a ban on the sale of alcohol to "chronic inebriates."

Exploration continues at Livengood gold site
FAIRBANKS - A mining exploration company intends to spend about $8 million this year studying a gold deposit near Livengood northwest of Fairbanks.

Salmon may be affected by ocean shifts
ANCHORAGE - A second straight year of weak king salmon returns around the rim of the Gulf of Alaska has state fisheries biologists wondering if they might be staring into the face of a bleak future.

Wasilla, Houston sue committee to halt Knik bridge delay
ANCHORAGE - The cities of Wasilla and Houston have sued to block an Anchorage policy committee from considering a proposal to delay a bridge across Knik Arm.

Judge tosses suit against Humana
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A federal judge on dismissed a class-action securities fraud lawsuit against Humana Tuesday, saying the health care giant properly cautioned investors about the possibility of a drop in stock prices.

Village of 46 in line for $21 million airport
FAIRBANKS - An interior Alaska community with just 46 residents is in line for a new $21 million airport.

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