Local library boasts new chapter books, Warriors, Echo Falls, Sammy Keyes series'
Lots of new chapter books are on the shelves at the public libraries, including the newest in the Warrior series, the Echo Falls mystery series and the Sammy Keyes detective series.


So long, Slim
The end of a music era will climax in the early hours of the Fourth of July as former Juneau one-man dance band Wisconsin Slim exits the stage for a final time.

Summer theater: Where STARs are born
The only prerequisite for participating in Perseverance Theatre's Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous (STAR) program is a willingness to put your heart into the experience, says Director of Education Shona Strauser. Shy kids, gregarious kids, inexperienced and experienced, all can - and do - find their place and flourish.

'Transformers' sequel a downhill ride, no plot
Where to begin?

Strange beauty in 'Sin Nombre'
There is much strange beauty in the poverty and desperation captured by "Sin Nombre," an evocative and impressive first feature from writer-director Cary Joji Fukunaga tracing both the journey north taken by so many from Mexico and Central America and the gang violence that stunts the lives of the many others who stay behind.

Intershelter domes: 'Art that can help people'
JUNEAU - Captain Don Kubley describes himself as "just a fourth generation kid from Ketchikan," but he has a business on his hands that could change the way the world responds to natural disasters.

Lessons to be learned from Nancy Drew
As Judge Sonia Sotomayor's professional and personal lives are combed for clues in advance of her hearing for a Supreme Court justice slot, one juicy tidbit stands out for me:

Alaska's 50th
On July 4, 1959, Alaskans celebrated statehood and American independence in front of the Veterans Memorial Building, now the Juneau Douglas City Museum. At that time, Secretary of State Hugh Wade, Governor William Egan and Juneau Mayor McSpadden, along with delegates from each of the other 48 states, were present to witness the raising of the flag. The ceremony also included the ringing of the bell 49 times signifying Alaska's place as the 49th state of the Union.

First Friday
Most galleries will be open and hosting opening receptions from 4:30-7 p.m. on July 3, as this month's first friday coincides with pre-july 4th activies around town. Here's a look at what's going on.

Canvas offers classes with Calif. teachers
Lyena Strelkoff and Dean Purvis, performing artists and writers from Los Angeles, will be offering three weeks of classes at the Canvas Art Studio and Gallery. The pair, founding members of the award-winning Ziggurat Theatre Ensemble in Los Angeles, will concentrate on storytelling through movement, scriptwriting, and acting, and classes are open to all ages. Lyena and Dean are both founding members of the award-winning Ziggurat Theatre Ensemble in Los Angeles.

Recovery Act Arts Grants now available
The Alaska State Council on the Arts is announcing the availability of $250,000 in grants to organizations through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Called "Alaska Art WORK Grants", the funds are Alaska's share of the stimulus package from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Canvas community tree project under way
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.

July 4th
Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our national independence through food, fireworks, and music. And this year is no exception.

King of Pop party held next Friday
In recognition of the passing of Michael Jackson, a "King of Pop Till you Drop" party will be held at 9 p.m. next Friday, July 10, at the Hangar Ballroom.

Teenage hiker missing on Mount McGinnis
Rescue groups are searching for a 16-year-old Juneau boy who became separated from friends while hiking on Mount McGinnis.

Coeur d'Alene Mine Corp. is 'ready to go' on Kensington
The Kensington Gold Mine is back in business. That was the message Tuesday as Coeur CEO Dennis Wheeler addressed more than 100 mine supporters and workers during a breakfast held at the Juneau Moose Lodge.

Campers return from Glacier Bay, Baranof Island
A new summer camp from the University of Alaska Southeast, Discover Design Research, took 15 high school students out of the classroom and into the wild.

Taking a stand
The residents who fought a permit for a proposed 150-foot WiMAX communication tower on Mendenhall Loop Road are poised to lose their appeal case, but are claiming an indirect victory in their months-long battle because it's led officials to begin crafting better guidelines for tower placement.

Highway bumps at Sunny Point ground away
Highway crews worked to smooth Egan Drive Wednesday, removing pronounced bumps at two bridges on the recently completed Sunny Point Interchange project.

Photo: King of kings
Donna Herbert stands next to a 47.51 pound king salmon she caught last Saturday in the North Douglas area while fishing with her husband on their boat, "The Red Lady." They said a Fish and Game employee told them it was the biggest king he had seen caught in the Juneau area this year.

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

Teenager arrested for car rifling, two others sought
A 17-year-old boy was arrested for rifling through cars in the Mendenhall Valley early Wednesday morning, and police are looking for two teenage accomplices.

Photo: Contented at concert
Attentive audience members listen Wednesday as Director Mike Bucy leads the JuneauVolunteer Marching Band in a concert at Marine Park.

Around Town
Wednesday, July 1

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

Wednesday's Juneau Empire contained multiple errors:

Around Town
Thursday, July 2

A page one story and headline in Wednesday's Juneau Empire misidentified Coeur d'Alene Mine Corp.

Shirley Ann Nygard
Juneau resident Shirley Ann Nygard died peacefully on June 7, 2009, at Wildflower Court in Juneau. She was 79.

Outside editorial: Here's why US health care is so expensive
By any standard, American health care is the world's most expensive.

Alaska editorial: United States ought to start acting like an Arctic nation
Alaskans are well aware of something the rest of the country generally overlooks: We are an Arctic nation. As the Arctic warms, polar ice retreats and a race for resources gets under way, the United States has a huge stake in what is happening in the far north. So do the Alaskans who live at the front lines, coping with the profound change that's under way. That's why U.S. Sen. Mark Begich wants to give Alaska's Arctic residents a formal way to offer their advice and perspective on decisions affecting the region.

Sorry troops, Iraq mission not accomplished just yet
BAGHDAD - Tuesday is the deadline by which U.S. troops are to withdraw from major Iraqi cities. This clear line in the sand must provide some relief to many Americans, whose sacrifice has been extraordinary. But as the United States shifts its attention from Iraq to Afghanistan and other issues of grave importance, none of us can be lulled into believing that Iraq is a "mission accomplished." That sense of security is simply false. June 30 is not an historical endpoint to be celebrated by political philosophers; it is the beginning of a highly uncertain chapter in Iraqi democracy and self-governance.

Kensington decision creates palpable sense of enthusiasm
This past Tuesday, I attended a gathering of very happy people at the Hangar Ballroom in downtown Juneau, a party to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to uphold the fill discharge permit issued by the Army Corps of Engineers for the Kensington Mine project north of Juneau.

No justice today at Guantanamo
Like his fellow prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Kuwaiti detainee Fayiz Mohammed Ahmed al-Kandari hoped that President Obama's election would finally bring justice. Judges, not political appointees, would prevail and restore the rule of law.

Michael Jackson gone too soon
Sometimes, death is a blindside hit.

Madoff languishes in prison, lessons to learn
Now that Bernard Madoff seems destined to die in prison, what should we think about the rampant Ponzimonium going on all over the world? It seems there are a few lessons to be learned - lessons for regulators, investors and the scam artists themselves.

Municipal libraries closed Friday, Saturday
JUNEAU - All three branches of the Juneau Public Libraries will be closed on Friday and Saturday in observance of Independence Day. The downtown library and the Mendenhall Valley library will reopen at noon Sunday. The Douglas library will reopen at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Coast Guard continues search for Coffman Cove resident
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard is continued its search Tuesday for Samuel Butler, 24, after his partially submerged canoe was found in Clarence Strait at 10:15 a.m. Monday.

Anchorage woman stabbed when she opens door
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage woman says she was stabbed in the stomach by a man who knocked on her door and claimed he was with the Anchorage Daily News.

Bus mechanics, others authorize Denali strike
ANCHORAGE - About 16 bus mechanics, radio technicians and warehouse workers at Denali National Park have authorized a strike before one of the busiest holidays at the park.

Bike rider killed in Anchorage intersection
ANCHORAGE - Witnesses told police a bicycle rider was talking on his cell phone when he ran a red light Tuesday afternoon at an Anchorage intersection and was struck by an SUV.

Arlene K. Moe arraignment scheduled for Thursday
JUNEAU - A 51-year-old Juneau woman accused of stealing more than $40,000 from Gastineau Channel Little League has moved to Anchorage.

Coast Guard plans memorial for PO
KETCHIKAN - The Coast Guard will hold a memorial service today for a petty officer who died in a fishing accident.

Stimulus package funds Alaska marine trash pickup
JUNEAU - The Juneau-based Marine Conservation Alliance Foundation got $1 million in stimulus money from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to clean up marine debris in Alaska.

Southcentral police seek rogue motorcycle
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say they're seeking the driver of an unlicensed motorcycle who has eluded them between the city the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Small plane makes belly landing at Anchorage field
ANCHORAGE - There were no injuries when a small plane with landing gear problems made a belly landing Wednesday at Merrill Field in Anchorage.

Mixup frees Delta Junction man wanted for murder
FAIRBANKS - A Delta Junction man accused of attempted murder was deported from Canada but is still at large despite a $2 million warrant for his arrest.

Forest Service considers SE Alaska road closures
KETCHIKAN - The Craig and Thorne Bay Ranger Districts are seeking to reduce the 1,419 miles of open Forest Service roads on Prince of Wales Island by 40 percent.

Kodiak land dispute ends after decades long battle
KODIAK - The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request to review a land dispute between a Kodiak rancher and a village Native corporation, effectively ending a court battle that has dragged on for more than three decades. The decision Monday affirms a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' last year in favor of Leisnoi Inc., the Native corporation of Woody Island. Rancher Omar Stratman sued in federal court two years after federal officials in 1974 certified Leisnoi as a Native village and conveyed to it 160,000 acres of public lands as an aboriginal land claim under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Stratman contended Leisnoi did not have the required population as stipulated under ANSCA and could not claim land he leased from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

FedEx lobbying in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Executives from FedEx took their campaign against chief rival UPS to Anchorage.

Ketchikan-bound cargo goes overboard
KETCHIKAN - Three 40-foot cargo containers bound for Ketchikan went overboard in what was described as a weather-related mishap in British Columbia's Milbanke Sound.

Photo: Phelps fandom
Gastineau Swim Club members attended two different meets June 11-14 in the Santa Clara/Cupertino area. Seven of the swimmers met Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps following a practice session. Pictured, from left, are Haley Mertz, Ciera Kelly, Dakota Isaak, Michael Phelps, Talyn Ramos, Scott Allan and Trevor Jones.

Rainball lives up to name
The 34th Annual Rainball Tournament weekend had a bit of everything, from towering home runs to dinks in front of the plate, line drives to all the outfield gaps to called third strikes....great teams playing great ball, tons of ballpark food, and loud supportive fans.

34th annual Rainball Tournament fesults
June 26-28, 2009

State spent nearly $300K investigating Palin ethics complaints
Alaska has spent nearly $300,000 investigating ethics complaints against Gov. Sarah Palin, who calls the complaints "harassment" against her and expensive for the state to defend.

State's top doctor, Public Health director leave posts
Two top Alaska Public Health officials who have been directing the state's swine flu response have left state employment in an action that may be linked to Gov. Sarah Palin's anti-abortion views.

State senator files gubernatorial intent letter
ANCHORAGE - The Democratic state senator who oversaw the "Troopergate" investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin filed a letter of intent Wednesday to run for her job.

Scientists lower Redoubt threat level
ANCHORAGE - Alaskans can put away their dust masks and spare air filters, for now, because Mount Redoubt seems to have cooled off since its last major eruption nearly three months ago.

Columnists award Palin dubious honor
The National Society of Newspaper Columnists chose Gov. Sarah Palin last week as the winner of its annual Sitting Duck Award, a tongue-in-cheek honor that pokes fun at "the crème de la crème of the most ridiculed newsmakers in America."

Palin: I'd come out ahead in run against Obama
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she'd come out ahead if she went one-on-one with fellow jogger President Barack Obama in a long run, according to an interview published online Tuesday.

Ketchikan airport to store new plows in $5M building
KETCHIKAN - The snowplows will be as dry as the passengers at Ketchikan International Airport next winter.

Pro-Palin Web site attacks Fairbanks Rep. Jay Ramras
FAIRBANKS - A pro-Palin Web site has accused Rep. Jay Ramras, R-Fairbanks, of a conflict of interest for owning BP stock. The Fairbanks Republican denies any breach of ethics and says he has made a full disclosure of his stock trading.

Bus mechanics union strikes at Denali National Park
ANCHORAGE - A union representing 16 bus mechanics, radio technicians and warehouse workers at Denali National Park says the employees have gone on strike.

Homer fisherman catches 354.6 lb halibut
HOMER - For years, Tom Youngblood has been hearing stories from fishermen at his job at Kachemak Gear Shed. Now he has one of his own.

UAF professor calls for better Arctic regs
FAIRBANKS - A multi-national council this spring recommended northern countries, including the United States, adopt uniform and mandatory rules for construction of ships that access the Arctic Ocean, where thinning ice and increasing resource development should accelerate commercial shipping.

Yup'ik Eskimo fishermen defy river closure
MARSHALL - Fishermen from an Alaska village say they defied a closure on the Yukon River so they could catch king salmon, a revered food in the area.

New publication features state's agricultural industry
Alaska's farmers and ranchers, whose work accounts for hundreds of jobs and contributes upward of $50 million into the state's economy annually, have found a new voice in Alaska Farm and Ranch News in Delta Junction.

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