Friday, June 27, 2008

Bearfoot has treaded many miles since last in Juneau
The Anchorage-based Americana band Bearfoot has a new vibe since it last performed in Juneau, bassist Kate Hamre said.

Cheers to The Alaskan, rated one of 'Best Bars in America'
The Alaskan Hotel & Bar can easily qualify as one of the best bars in Juneau, but is it one of the best bars in America? Esquire magazine apparently believes so.

Marlintini's hosts weekly stand-up comedy competition
Marlintini's Lounge is hosting a weekly stand-up comedy competition beginning at 9 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Mendenhall Valley bar. Weekly winners will be able to compete in the finals on July 9 for a chance of winning $500 and opening for national comedian John DiCrosta on July 16 and 17.

50th anniversary of statehood program slated for June 30
John H. Venables of Haines will present the premiere showing of the third part of the "Journey to Statehood - Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Alaska Statehood" program at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 30, in the Egan Room at Centennial Hall.

Deadline for JUMP Society's summer film festival looms
The submission deadline for the JUMP Society's 2008 Summer Film Festival is July 4. People can drop their films off at Lucid Reverie in the Emporium Mall downtown. Films should be 10 minutes or less. Submission guidelines are available at http://jumpsociety.com/jump-society-submission-guidelines/. The festival will play July 10, 11 and 12 in the Silverbow Backroom.

What's Happening
Thursday, June 26

Why France is the culinary capital of the world
"You know what the funniest thing about Europe is? It's the little differences." - John Travolta as Vincent Vega in "Pulp Fiction"

Get into the spirit of the summer season
Some have fizz. Most have pizazz. And, of course, they all have a certain buzz attached to them, and not just the type that imbibing can provide (in moderation, of course). The weather might not yet be sizzling hot, but these summer beverages certainly are.

'Ninja Gaiden II' perfect for attention-deficient gamers
"Ninja Gaiden's" action is an exaggerated dance of twirling steel and falling body parts. The amount of blood that sprays from your victims' bodies is ludicrous. Its female characters are as stereotypically well formed as its monsters are deformed. And the game's atmosphere is an almost incongruous mix of Japanese spirituality and sci-fi technology. So obviously, I love it.

The latest gadgets for home-surveillance
Keeping an eye on things at home while you are away is easy if you have broadband Internet and $300 to $400 for a surveillance kit.

A sarcastic solution to school woes
It should appear clear now to virtually everyone that the decision to build a second high school - rejected once by the citizenry, and foisted upon us again by the Juneau School Board and administration - was disastrously wrong.

3 reasons Obama could win in Alaska
A recent Rasmussen telephone survey of Alaska put John McCain just a scant four points ahead of Barack Obama. Other surveys have had similar results with McCain unable to create a significant lead. Why is Alaska, a state which George Bush won by 30 points in 2004, competitive this election season?

Former legislator Urion dead at 69
Rick Urion, a former Anchorage legislator who adopted Juneau as his home town, passed away Tuesday at age 69.

Despite lower prices, Juneau still conserving power
Juneau electricity users as a whole have continued to conserve, according to numbers furnished by the utility.

Correction
A photo caption on A2 Wednesday listed the wrong start time for Bearfoot Bluegrass camp kids' concert. The concert begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

ATVers shut out of North Douglas
Even after the plan was amended to answer neighbors' concerns, the Juneau Planning Commission denied a permit Tuesday night for an off-highway vehicle park in North Douglas.

A disappointing ruling
A Cordova fisherman's daughter in Juneau heard Wednesday morning about the Supreme Court's ruling on the damages and immediately called her dad.

Unconscious woman sexually assaulted
A Juneau man was arrested Thursday after a police officer said he found him "having sexual contact" with a woman who was unconscious on Willoughby Avenue.

Judge says Richard Falcone can't defend himself in court
Richard Falcone was stripped of his constitutional right to represent himself in Superior Court against allegations he was drunk in a bar, after a Juneau judge ruled he was not fit to act as defense at trial next week.

Around Town
Today

Cottage housing not necessarily affordable
More than two years ago, the Juneau Assembly unanimously approved a cottage housing ordinance.

Repair crews begin to work on city streets
State highway crews will be repaving numerous Juneau streets over the next year at a cost of $500,000 to $1 million, the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities announced.

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

Photo: Marathon vacation
Runners from all over the world start a half-marathon race Wednesday in the False Outer Point parking lot. The runners traveled to Juneau on the cruise ship Westerdam. The race was part of the Great Alaska Maritime Marathon, a race broken into four distances: A two-mile run on the ship, a half-marathon in Juneau, a five-mile run in Sitka and a 10-km. run in Ketchikan. It is the second time runners have participated in the event, organized by John Bingham, a columnist for Runner's World magazine. Local runners also participated in the half-marathon.

Photo: Church taking shape
The Rev. George Silides talks about the construction of the new Holy Trinity Episcopal Church on Wednesday at the site. Workers started to erect the timber framework for the church on Saturday.

Around Town
Today

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

'Priceless' characters are both aware and deliberate
The perfect frothy fantasy for the obscene wealth gap era, "Priceless" (Hors de Prix) stars a gorgeous, cellophane-thin Audrey Tautou as Irène, a dedicated gold digger who finds herself accidentally mixed up with a penniless bartender.

'Love Guru' a waste of comic talent
Here's the good news: "The Love Guru" is better than "Semi-Pro." That is to say, there are twice as many funny moments in "Guru" as there were in "Semi-Pro"; there was exactly one such moment in "Semi-Pro."

Character carries 'In Bruges'
'In Bruges'

Juneau's Cinema guide
OPENING

Folkin' A's: not a bluegrass band
It's a Friday night at Marine Park, and The Folkin' A's are playing a gig. During the middle of the set, a slightly inebriated man approaches the stage area. He is wearing a backpack with a United States flag strapped to it and carrying a plastic bucket. He places his bucket down stage center, directly in front of the band, and proceeds to bang out rhythms using two wooden sticks.

It's time to celebrate the land of the free
The concept of "Land Of The Free" is getting more absurd all the time.

Sound Bites
KATY PERRY "One of the Boys" ★★

Sound Bites
EMMYLOU HARRIS "All I Intended to Be" ★★★

Sealaska looks to educate future leaders
High school students from communities throughout Alaska have converged in Juneau to participate in the Lasteen Leadership Training Program, which blends the study of western subjects such as math and science with the study of traditional Native ways.

Photo: Echo Ranch crud war
Kids at Echo Ranch Bible Camp participate in the "Crud War" on the morning of June 20 on the beach at Echo Ranch. They are throwing a concoction of flower, shaving cream, apple sauce and mashed potatoes. "People need to experience Echo Ranch for themselves to really understand it," Echo Ranch Bible Camp staff member Jon-Michael Gwinnell said in response to the Rev. Bill Branks' thank-you letter. "I am glad Bill had a positive experience that he felt he needed to share with the people of Juneau."

Committee aims to fight teen homelessness
Can teenagers help fight teen homelessness in Juneau? This is the question that a group of students from Juneau-Douglas High School are taking on. The Youth Action Committee is issuing grants to Juneau charities that the students themselves deem best suited to tackle this problem.

Community to combat invasive weeds at arboretum
Juneau Invasive Plants Action and city Parks and Recreation will host a tour of the Jensen-Olson Arboretum, followed by a community weed pull from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Photo: Photography scholarships
Jayleen Beedle, right, one of two recipients of the Peter Barrett Award for Photography, photographs Juneau Arts and Humanities Council executive director Nancy DeCherney, center, receiving a grant award from Juneau Community Foundation board member Bob Storer, left, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. The second Award recipient, Laurel Stark, is not pictured. More information about the Peter Barrett Memorial Fund and the Juneau Community Foundation can be found at www.juneaucf.org.

Blooms show signs of satisfaction
Every street in every neighborhood has flowers blooming this week. The annual garden party is in full swing, and all our neighbors are there in their finest. The huge rhododendrons that anchor our summer landscapes are in full color right now, giant faces of lavender, pink and bright red are smiling from atop their giant green shoulders. They look out over the landscape and find it just to their taste. They all look very satisfied.

Photo: Federal employees recognized
From left are Juneau Federal Employee Association award winners Connie McKenzie, a JFEA judge and specialassistant to Sen. Lisa Murkowski's office; Denny Bschor, JFEA vice president; Kim Custer, of the National WeatherService; Michael Goldstein, of the Forest Service; andTamara Bledsoe, of the Fisheries Service posing at the JFEA luncheon on May 28. It recognized local federal employees for outstanding work in volunteer service,administrative support, team project and top federalemployee of the year for accomplishments in 2007.Winners not pictured are Noreen K. Folkerts, of the U.S. Coast Guard, who won the Outstanding AdministrativeSupport Award. For more information or to read about the specific awards won, visit www.fs.fed.us/r10/jfea/index.html.

FYI
Births

U.S. Public Health Service honors local consortium's Lang
JUNEAU - The U.S. Public Health Service recently honored Sara Lang, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium nursing administrator at the Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau.

Local churches sponsor citywide worship, prayer service Sunday
JUNEAU - Local churches are coordinating a citywide worship and prayer service, "Up the Mountain," to be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 29, at the Salvation Army Church, 439 West Willoughby Ave.

JEDC offers robotics workshops for all experience levels
JUNEAU - Next week, the Juneau Economic Development Council will host three Lego Robotics Workshops for kids and adults in Juneau. The workshops are part of JEDC's Springboard program, a technology transfer program funded by the Department of Defense that recognizes the need for improved science, technology, engineering and math education throughout the nation.

Fine arts camps stress fun
A diverse multitude of budding artists in Juneau - and Sitka - have dedicated the first part of their summer to attending fine arts camps, and they will finally get to show off their original, creative and fun work this week.

Widowed Persons Program to hold monthly brunch
JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons Program wiill hold its monthly brunch at noon Sunday in the Nugget Room of the Baranof Hotel.

Thanks for teaming up to save us from fire
Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies Inc. wants to offer our deep and heartfelt gratitude to Bruce Hahnlen and to Capital City Fire and Rescue for teaming up to save AWARE from severe fire damage on June 18. If it weren't for the quick response and decisive action that Hahnlen took, the front of AWARE and maybe more could have been destroyed by rampant fire, leaving a more dangerous job for the Fire Department to tackle.

Thank you from the family of Susan George
The family of Susan George (Ritter/Markovich) would like to thank family, friends and co-workers as well as the following businesses and nonprofits of Juneau for the donation of items and food for the fundraiser held in her time of need fighting Cancer: Ad Lib, Alaska General Store, Alaska Art Gallery, Alaska Hearth Products, Alaska Soap Co., Alaska Travel Adventures, Alaskan Dames, Annie Kaill's, Art Department, Bear's Lair, Best Western/Grandma's Feather Bed, Ben Franklin, Cancer Connection, Carhart, Catholic Community Services, Chilly Willy's Car Wash, CHOCO Boutique, Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Claire's, Costal Helicopters, Commercial Signs and Printing, Costco, Custom Cuts, Curves, Dolphin Tours, Domino's Pizza, Downtown Video, Driftwood Lodge, Fire and Ice, Fitness Essentials, Fireweed Chiropractic and Massage, Foggy Mountain Shop, Gallery of the North, Glacier Gardens Nursery, Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventures, Glacier Taxi & Tours, Harry's Plumbing & Heating, Harv & Marv's Whale Watching, His-n-Hers Salon, Holly's Hallmark, J&J Deli-Mart, Jerry's Meats and Seafoods, The Jewel Box, Joy of Cleanliness, Juneau Alaska Music Studio, Juneau Rubber Stamp Co., Lisa Davidson's Boutique, Mishka, Mount Roberts Tramway, Nail Jazz, Night Moods, Northland Services, Northern Hot Spots, Nugget Alaskan Outfitter, Orca Whale Watching, Parts Plus, Papa Murphy's, Pavitt Heath and Fitness, Paradise Café, Plum Tree, Rainy Day Books, Ravens Journey, Rejuvenation, Sandpiper Café, Shear Design, Sonie's Cleaning Services, Sourdough Gem Society, Stylez Unlimited Salon & Spa, SunKissed, Taku Harley-Davidson, The Breakwater Inn & Restaurant, Valley Lumber, Vintage Fare Café & Espresso and Wal-Mart.

Thanks for your help during our move
I would like to thank Andrew Campbell and Admiralty Construction for going out of their way to assist us by facilitating access to Third and Harris streets during our move. This was a life-saver as we had to move our belongings up and down Third Street, which is a very steep climb. The engineering department told us that our street is the steepest in Juneau.

Thanks to Echo Ranch, the 'Jewel of Juneau'
I am a Pastor from Chicago. I recently had the immense privilege of being the chapel speaker at Echo Ranch Bible Camp in Auke Bay. As a visitor from the Lower 48 and a "city boy" born and raised, I want you to know that Echo Ranch is a "jewel of Juneau."

Kantola, Jones wed
Kaatri Lynne Kantola, of Juneau, and Mark Eugene Jones, of Salt Lake City, were married on April 26, 2008, at Empire Mine State Park in Grass Valley, Calif. A reception followed that evening at the Stone House Restaurant in Nevada City, Calif.

Wigton, Campbell wed
Megan L. Campbell, of Juneau, and Matthew C. Wigton, of Worthington, Ohio, will marry at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 17, 2008, at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass. A reception will follow at the Hellenic Center in Ipswich, Mass.

DeAsis, Bernard wed
Michelle Leigh DeAsis, formerly of Juneau, and Mark Bryan Bernard, formerly of Soda Springs, Calif., were married May 3, 2008, near the Redwoods in Crescent City, Calif. The couple's marriage vows was officiated by the groom's grandfather, Dale Verner, in a garden ceremony attended by a few close friends and family, with a festive reception following.

Baines, Healey wed
Kari Baines, of Sitka, and Michael Healey, of Juneau, were married in a private ceremony on Jan. 19, 2008, in Anchorage. Friends and family are invited to a reception at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 29, at the Juneau Christian Center Connections Modular.

Razor, Larson wed
Alexandra "Lexie" Larson, of Juneau, and Phillip T. Razor, of Long Island, N.Y., were married on March 30, 2008, at Castle McCulloch in Jamestown, N.C. A dinner reception followed in the Queen's Chambers at the Castle.

Echo Ranch for the 21st century
Please answer the following questions. Do you have a cell phone? Do you browse the Internet more than once a day? What would happen if you weren't able to watch TV? Do you listen to some sort of portable music device?

All is well that ends well
My journal entry reads: "July 23-August 4. Thirteen days from diagnosis to death. Too short? Too long? Just right?"

Richard 'Rick' Urion
Douglas resident Richard "Rick" Urion died June 24, 2008. He was 69.

Matilda 'Tillie' Brown
Juneau resident Matilda Josephine "Tillie" Benson Brown died peacefully on June 22, 2008, at the Wildflower Court. She was 90.

My turn: Juneau road should be put to bed
It was encouraging to learn that building a road to the Katzehin River is not a priority for the Palin administration.

My turn: Road story compared apples, oranges
T he article by Pat Forgey concerning the Environmental Impact Statement for the road shows how a reporter's bias can tip the scales.

Alaska editorial: State needs better plan for keeping fish stocks healthy
Last week's emergency decision by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to close the Deshka River king salmon fishery to sport fishing is the latest example that the state needs to do more than simply fish for answers to low salmon return numbers in area rivers.

Alaska editorial: Driving plus any other activity, just a bad idea
There shouldn't have to be a law that bans drivers from watching videos or sending text messages while they're going down the road. Common sense should be enough to say, "It's not a good idea to drive and -----." (Fill in the blank with your favorite multitasking activity while behind the wheel.)

Alaska editorial: More energy relief should go to poor
Gov. Sarah Palin's latest proposal for helping Alaskans with energy costs calls for anyone who has lived in Alaska at least six months to receive a $1,200 check.

Outside column: College tuition, liberal ideology show no sign of slowing down
The cost of running the family car is all over the news these days, and rightly so. But what about the cost of a college experience for Melissa and John?

Outside editorial: Court makes right decision
In concluding that capital punishment can be imposed constitutionally only for the crime of deliberate murder, the Supreme Court wisely has prevented a further expansion of a penalty that is already imposed freakishly and in a discriminatory way. The country, and the court, should be focusing on ending the death penalty, not devising new opportunities to render it.

Custer's Last Stand and American patriotism
Wednesday marked fifth anniversary of an iconic moment of American history: Custer's Last Stand, the culmination of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer's disastrous attack on a coalition of Lakota Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians camped on the Little Bighorn River. Nearly every American knows the image: On a dusty, bloody hill, Custer and the final survivors of his battalion fight to the last against merciless hordes of Indians who press closer at every moment.

Court: Kohring must surrender to officials
JUNEAU - A Superior Court judge said former state Rep. Vic Kohring must surrender to the U.S. Marshal Service in Anchorage on Monday.

Weed awareness effort launched
JUNEAU - Juneau is celebrating Alaska Weed Awareness Week with a vengeance.

Wildfire in Interior village beaten back
ANCHORAGE - A wildfire burning near the Interior village of Venetie this week is now smoldering, but still considered uncontrolled.

Discarded tomatoes used as animal feed
KENAI - The staff at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage has figured out a way to use all those tomatoes that were chucked during the recent salmonella scare.

Personal-use crab fishery closed
JUNEAU - The personal-use red and blue king crab fishery in the Juneau area won't open this summer.

Cancer patients get virtual zoo tour
ANCHORAGE - Young cancer patients in Texas are getting personal tours of the Alaska Zoo, without having to leave their state.

Shooter wounds girl in Alakanuk
JUNEAU - An Alakanuk man is in jail on assault charges after Alaska State Troopers say he got drunk and fired a gun at several people, injuring a 14-year-old girl.

Delta High School reports large theft
DELTA JUNCTION - Alaska State Troopers are investigating the theft of at least $80,000 in electronics from Delta High School.

Eielson Visitor Center opens to the public
ANCHORAGE - The Eielson Visitor Center in Denali National Park opened this month to the public. The center is on the Denali Park Road, 66 miles from the park entrance.

Man indicted on manslaughter charge
FAIRBANKS - A 53-year-old Fairbanks man has been indicted on a charge of manslaughter following a fatal traffic accident.

Marijuana seizure leads to warrants
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers arrested at least two people on marijuana charges in three communities.

Five suspected of vandalizing housing
NOORVIK - At least five people are suspected of breaking into teacher housing in Noorvik and using the dwellings as a party house, Alaska State Troopers said.

Colorado man climbs Maine mountain in 50-peak quest
BANGOR, Maine - A Colorado teacher climbed Mount Katahdin in his quest to reach the highest points in all 50 states in 50 days.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Midnight run set for Saturday
Like salmon returning to their original spawning waters, costumed fools will once again descend in Juneau.

PERFORMING IN PRISON: Both sides of the bars
When Buddy Tabor got the call to perform at Folsom Prison, he didn't get all puffed up about it. It wasn't Carnegie Hall or "Prairie Home Companion" calling. It was a doctor who worked with murderers, thieves and other violent offenders, who wanted to bring music into the prison.

Court slashes damages award in Exxon oil spill
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Wednesday slashed the $2.5 billion punitive damages award in the Exxon Valdez disaster to $500 million, a decision that could have broader implications for limiting how much courts can order businesses to pay.

Glacier bear shot in Skagway
Skagway residents are mourning the loss of a "spirit bear" that enthralled them since it was a cub.

Fishermen ask for fuel help
Alaska's U.S. senators introduced a bill Thursday that would help commercial fishermen cope with record-high fuel costs.

Alaska politicians react to U.S. Supreme Court ruling on punitive damages
Public officials in Alaska are reacting strongly to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Wednesday to slash the $2.5 billion damage award to Alaska fishermen to $508 million, nearly 20 years after the Exxon Valdez disaster.

Ruling stuns spill victims
ANCHORAGE - Sylvia Lange took a 40-minute shower to calm down.

Regulations to be revised
The state is revising regulations to help fishermen convert old gas-guzzling diesel boat engines to more efficient ones.

Rise of Heroin
ANCHORAGE - With one pinch of the needle, Shenna Bolger was hooked on the warm, euphoric wave that washed over her as the black tar heroin coursed through her blood.

NHL draft off teen's list after routine exam
FARIBAULT, Minn. - A Shattuck-St. Mary's senior missed his high school graduation three weeks ago so he could attend the NHL Combine in Toronto.

Pollution leaching from Tongass road
ANCHORAGE - Pollutants from a new road in the Tongass National Forest are leaching into streams that drain into a popular lake, harming fish and other aquatic life, federal officials said Wednesday.

Survey shows Alaskans are smoking less, getting fatter
ANCHORAGE - Alaskans are smoking a lot less than they were five years ago, but a federal survey shows residents of the 49th state are slightly less healthy overall than the rest of the country.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Soldiers'memorial dedicated
FAIRBANKS - A new memorial for soldiers killed in Iraq was dedicated on Wednesday at Fort Wainwright.

Photo: 'I'll have what he's having'
Tucker the dog, foreground, watches a bear with a McDonald's bag in its mouth wandering in a yard off Deermount Street on Sunday morning in Ketchikan. The bear had raided a neighbor's garbage can.

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