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Friday, June 26, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Will mine supporters and tailings opponents reconcile?
You lost. Let it go. That's the message Juneau's legislators sent Wednesday to the environmentalists who fought mining company Coeur Alaska Inc. to the U.S. Supreme Court. The response?

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.

Photos: Future Edisons
Tommy McCarthy kicks the ball while holding on to his teammates Conrad Kapsner, center, and Jeryn Knapp during a game of human foosball.

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

Around Town
Today, June 26

Halibut charters unlikely to win, D.C. judge says
A Washington, D.C., judge who denied Southeast charter operators' request for an emergency relief from a one-fish daily bag limit said they were unlikely to succeed in their lawsuit to revoke it permanently, based on the evidence she had.

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

Skagway man pleads guilty to attempted sexual assault
A 38-year-old Skagway man pleaded guilty Monday to attempted sexual assault in the second degree after a plea deal spared him of up to 30 years in prison for rape.

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.

Chokers, chopping and climbing
After a two year hiatus, Juneau's mining and logging competition, the Gold Rush Days, are back in town.

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:

Logging and its lost artisans
Logging technology and loggers live in a delicate balance. As technology improves, the skills and the men who use it become obsolete.

A brief history of mining, logging in the Juneau area
MINING

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.

Mines, mills share common family ties
Jerry Harmon has been a miner for 36 years, since he first moved to Alaska. He's always worked for Alaskan companies but has been "loaned out" and worked all over the world, in Canada, Africa and Brazil. Except for a brief stint at an open pit mine, he's been a hard rock miner underground for all those years. And he wouldn't have it any other way.

Photos: Heated competition
Cal Richert, left, and Ralph "Animal" Austin compete in the men's log rolling event during the 2005 Gold Rush Days at Dimond Park. Austin edged out Richert to win the event.

Photo: Cow and sparrow
A song sparrow takes cover in a patch of cow parsnip Thursday in the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge near the airport.

May Cecella Hobson
A Juneau resident for 80 years, May Cecella Hobson died June 23, 2009.

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

My Turn: Healthcare reform: The time is now
I awoke in the middle of a dreary February night covered in hives and barely able to breathe. Frantically, I stumbled across the hallway in search of help from my roommate who, upon assessing my condition (I have severe allergies), accompanied me to the nearby hospital emergency room. The physicians and hospital staff were attentive and within a few hours I emerged from my Benadryl-induced slumber ready to take on the next day of classes. Upon checking out I was surprised to learn that I owed nothing. How, you might ask, was I able to receive medical care - in an emergency setting, no less - at no cost?

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.

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."

Outside editorial: Keep Iran's protest alive
A s Iran's government shoots protesters in the streets and jails prominent political dissidents, calls are escalating for President Barack Obama to be more aggressive in confronting Tehran. Such an escalation might go a long way toward satisfying an enthralled U.S. audience, but the risks outweigh the benefits in terms of keeping Iran's protest movement alive. Obama is correct to exercise extreme caution.

'The Voice' claims another victim
The first thing that should be acknowledged about South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford's admission to an extramarital affair is that it could happen to any of us. That is not an excuse (and no, it has not happened to me, or to my wife). Every married person has heard the voice; the one that says you deserve something "better."

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.

Salinger: Inadvertent PR man for an obscure author
J .D. Salinger, as you may have read over the last few weeks, is inveighing against "phonies" yet again. Fifty-eight years since the publication of "The Catcher in the Rye" - indeed, 44 years since he published anything - the famously reclusive and litigious author, now 90, recovering from hip surgery and totally deaf, has taken legal action to stop the U.S. publication of a Swedish novel called "Sixty Years Later: Coming Through Rye." Subtitled "An Unauthorized Fictional Examination of the Relationship Between J. D. Salinger and His Most Famous Character," the novel depicts a 76-year-old Holden Caulfield, who meets his author and revisits various locations and characters featured in the original book.

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

Outside editorial: Jackson, a tragic figure
What felt the most shocking, as the first reports of Michael Jackson's death rolled out, was how expected the news was. Maybe not this day exactly, but if ever there were a Greek tragedy that seemed to be forming in the very first years of a man's life, this was it.

Murkowski picked for Senate Republican leadership
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has been picked by fellow Republican senators as vice chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.

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.

Committee votes to delay bridge project in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - A joint state-city committee has voted unanimously to delay the Knik Arm bridge project by a few years.

Palin visits troops in Kosovo
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin is visiting U.S. troops in Kosovo.

Paraglider plunges to ground
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Police say a paraglider who launched off of Mount Badly in Eagle River plunged to the ground after the parachute folded in mid-air.

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.

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.

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.

State reopens trail closed for bear concerns
ANCHORAGE - The state has reopened a stretch of a popular trail closed earlier this month because of concerns of grizzly bear activity.

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.

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.

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

Up on 'The Rock'
One day in early June, the Parks and Recreation hike made its annual pilgrimage to The Rock - the big, rocky peninsula across Mendenhall Lake from the visitor center.

Photo: Little League
Cardinals runner Luke Paden slides safely into second base as Angels shortstop Kenny Fox leaps for the toss during the first inning of Game 4 of the Major League's playoffs Thursday at Miller Field. The Angels beat the Cardinals 8-6 and will advance against the top-ranked Braves at the championship game Saturday, 5 p.m. at Miller Field. The AAA Minors championship game will also be held Saturday at 5 p.m. at Miler Field #2, while the Juniors Championship game will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Adair Kennedy Field. The Cardinals will play the Mariners Saturday for third place.

Southeast Roadrunners race standings
Ben Blackgoat Memorial Run

Sports in Juneau
ANNOUNCEMENTS

New attorney general lays out agenda
Alaska's new attorney general is confident in his ability to lead the Department of Law, and said his recent move to Alaska and little actual experience practicing law shouldn't be obstacles.

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.

Glacier Bay extends vessel speed restriction
ANCHORAGE - It's a good summer for humpback whales cruising the chilly waters of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, and park rangers would like to keep it that way.

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.

Paroled murderer sought in Anchorage woman's death
ANCHORAGE - A man convicted of murder 26 years ago is being sought as a "person of interest" in the death of an Anchorage woman.

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.

Pot bust yields more than 600 plants
FAIRBANKS - Two men have been charged with growing and harvesting hundreds of marijuana plants in rural interior Alaska, according to state prosecutors.

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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