FIRST FRIDAY on Thursday
The monthly First Friday gallery walk will be held on Thursday this week as to not hinder Friday's Fourth of July celebrations. Many of the downtown galleries will be hosting artist openings on Thursday prior to the city fireworks display scheduled to begin at 11:59 p.m. that evening.

(Mostly) all-female band to burn it up on the Fourth
LuLu and the Aqua Nets are returning to Juneau this Fourth of July for a special appearance at the Hangar on the Wharf on July 3, 4 and 5. They'll also be headlining the infamous Douglas street dance on the Fourth after parade festivities.

Tail Blazers to visit Marlintini's
Later this month, Marlintini's Lounge will host a weeklong party with the Portland Tail Blazers female revue direct from Oregon. Nightly shows will be held beginning at 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, through Saturday, July 27.

Fiddling poet to visit Juneau
Though former Juneau resident Ken Waldman's "Are You Famous?" isn't officially due out until Aug. 15, that isn't keeping the fiddling poet from getting a head start with the new book.

Governor seeks nominations for art awards
Nominations for the 2008 Governor's Awards for the Arts & Humanities are being accepted through Aug. 29 for individuals or organizations that have distinguished themselves in service to the humanities.

What's Happening
Thursday, July 3

Add tools to your wine-drinking experience
With any hobby or passion, there are all sorts of gadgets and gizmos to make you feel better about your obsession. Trust me - it is no different with wine.

Get medieval with 'Lord of the Rings: Conquest'
While LucasArts continued the "Star Wars Battlefront" series on its own with the PSP-only "Renegade Squadron," the developer of the first two games in the series, Pandemic, is currently working on the true spiritual successor using one of the few franchises with an equal amount of cachet - "The Lord of the Rings."

Bugged by ads? Block 'em
In a previous article I discussed greyware, a category of viral activity that is considered "legitimate" Internet fare. Click a greyware link and the next thing you know your mailbox is flooded by dozens, if not a hundred, messages a day. How can you stop it?

Fearful of new high school? Get over it
Large-scale change can be frightening, but Juneau citizens are to be congratulated on a recent wise decision.

Register to vote
There is a critical difference between eligible voters and registered voters.

City struggles in search for skilled workers
The city of Juneau is having a difficult time filling some upper-level, technically trained positions, according to city staff.

Deadly Sitka crash blamed on pilot
A small plane that plunged out of the clouds and crashed into a downtown Sitka house, killing four people last year, did so after the pilot apparently became lost and disoriented, the National Transportation Safety Board said Monday.

EPA studies cruise ship discharges
Several cruise ships will be releasing their wastewater this week into Skagway waters, where that's not usually allowed. Federal and state environmental agencies say it's for a good cause.

Some cruise ships restrict ranger access
State environmental monitors on cruise ships have not always had full access to areas they're supposed to inspect, according a mid-season report on the first full year of the Ocean Rangers program.

Juneau readies for Fourth of July events
The city of Juneau will spend about $30,000 this Fourth of July on fireworks and portable toilets - the same amount it spends on Mayor Bruce Botelho's annual salary.

Alaska journalist named Palin communications chief
Gov. Sarah Palin hired experienced Alaska journalist Bill McAllister to be the new director of her rapidly changing communications office.

Jury acquits Falcone on three out of five charges
The jury deliberating in John Falcone's trial for being drunk in a bar and four other charges stemming from alleged damages, acquitted the homeless fisherman Tuesday on three out of five charges.

Fred Meyer recalls beef possibly tainted with E. Coli
Attention Fred Meyer shoppers: Check your fridge for possibly tainted beef.

Sealaska re-elects board members at meeting
Shareholders of Southeast's regional Alaska Native corporation re-elected four directors at their annual meeting in San Francisco.

Photo: Feels like July
A floatplane takes off Wednesday in Gastineau Channel as people in a sailboat make the most of a warm, sunny day. Today's weather forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with isolated showers in the afternoon and highs around 71.

Photo: Catching air
Martin Woodby flies his radio-controlled Slow Stick airplane Tuesday at Savikko Park. Woodby made several successful flights until the wind picked up and made flying almost impossible.

Photo: To the top
Cyclist Frank Rue rides his bike Wednesday up Fish Creek Road. It takes a bit of work to pedal to the top, but Rue said he is able to attain speeds of about 45 mph on the way down.

Photo: Surveying the ocean
Kennard Potts, a biologist-diving and ship operations manager for the ocean survey vessel Bold, demonstrates how a dredge works to gather sea floor sediment Tuesday aboard the ship. The ship is the Environmental Protection Agency's only ocean and coastal monitoring vessel.

Around Town

Around Town
Today, July 2

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

Police & Fire
Reports from police, fire officials and state troopers:

A savvy sci-fi Pixar comedy
The late, great Stanley Kubrick ("2001:A Space Odyssey") used to say that if you can turn off the sound and still follow the story, you've made a film, but if you black out the picture and can still follow the story with only the sound, you haven't.

'Wanted' is boldly ridiculous
N BC's Conan O'Brien loves to break out the "What if they mated?" machine often on "Late Night;" the incredible technology allows O'Brien to show us what the baby would look like if Celebrity A mated with Celebrity B. The resulting photo is always ghastly, which is of course the point. I bring this up because I suspect if you were to throw directors John Woo and McG into O'Brien's machine, the resulting picture would be the spitting image of Timur Bekmambetov.

Juneau's Cinema guide

Fire on the Fourth: celtic rock, acoustic rock
Bagpipes aren't quite the same tradition as baseball and barbecue when it comes to the Fourth of July, but the Scottish aerophones are rapidly establishing themselves as one in Juneau.

Low expectations a prerequisite for adult bluegrass camp
Children and young people interested in bluegrass in Alaska have a good deal. Every summer they can hang out and learn bluegrass with Bearfoot, one of the coolest and hottest bands anywhere.

Watching karaoke is like watching a car accident
Watching karaoke can be like watching a car accident in slow motion: It's usually bad and hard not to watch.

Photo: Shining over
Cruise ships the Millenium, left, and the Rhapsody of the Sea are seemingly framed in by a shallow rainbow while berthed in Juneau at about 5 p.m. on June 22.

Thanks for the after-prom party
The After Prom Party Parent Organizing Committee and the 300-plus students attending the after-prom party would like to thank the following services and businesses for their contributions in making this a most memorable and safe event. The after-prom party was held May 10 at JRC The Alaska Club Mendenhall Valley location and provided a variety of activities, food and prizes for students after attending the Juneau-Douglas High School prom.

Thanks for the fine performance
Last week, I attended a performance of "The Last Five Years" at Juneau-Douglas High School. Both audience and performers resided in an intimate setting behind the proscenium curtain. The play, which lasted only an hour-and-a-quarter, was fast-paced and astonishingly well performed by young singing actors Clairen Stone and Zac Kirkpatrick. I wish that everyone who appreciates good singing and good drama had attended. This was the first alumni production by directors Michaela Moore and Lucas Holland, and annual staging of this sort of offering would be worth much more than the exceptionally reasonable price of admission. It would be regrettable if this year's production were to be the only one of its kind.

Thanks for contributing to fundraiser in our battle against cancer
Thanks from the bottom of our hearts to everyone who volunteered, donated and participated in the fundraiser to help us fight this battle with cancer.

Savana M. Barzee, of Juneau, graduated with honors from Northwest College in May. Barzee was among 365 students to graduate.

Southeast Alaska State Fair asks for local entries
HAINES - The Southeast Alaska State Fair, to be held July 24-27 in Haines, is seeking submissions from Juneau knitters, brewers, artists, crafters, jam makers, woodworkers, fish canners, quilters, writers, photographers, film makers, songwriters or anyone with any type of talent for this year's fair.

Women's health program hosts Roosevelt march
HAINES - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Women's Health Programs will be hosting the Teddy Roosevelt's March as part of Fort Seward Days.

Stolen robe
Angela Frank wears a special robe during her graduation on May 17 in Hydaburg. Unfortunately, Frank's robe was stolen during Celebration this year. Anyone who recognizes the robe can turn it in to Sealaska or contact Gloria Frank through e-mail at

Program seeks mature Alaskans for employment
JUNEAU - Mature Alaskans Seeking Skills Training program - an adult education and employment program at The Learning Connection - is seeking people 55 or older who are looking for work.

Douglas church to hold annual barbecue fundraiser
JUNEAU - The Douglas Community United Methodist Church will hold its annual Deep Pit Beef Barbecue Fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. Friday on the corner of 3rd and E streets in downtown Douglas, across from the Fire Hall. Come and enjoy a full sit down meal of deep pit beef barbecue, beans, salad, roll and a drink or just grab a sack lunch with a barbecue beef sandwich and chips to go.

Photo: Surfin' for a good cause
Mike Evans dresses as the Silver Surfer at this year's Only Fools Run at Midnight event, held June 28 at Centennial Hall. Evans won first prize for the best individual costume. "It's for a good cause," Evans said.

Revisiting a time when the living was easy
There once was a time when "the living was easy" in Juneau, as a George Gershwin tune proclaims.

It's rhubarb time again
It's rhubarb time. Do you know of any delicious rhubarb recipes? If so, contact auntie Emo.

Wilson, Joseph wed
Marie Wilson, of Juneau, and Ernest Joseph, of Angoon, were married on June 21, 2008, at Eagle Beach.

Lilith Joycelyn Ward
Former Juneau resident Lilith Joycelyn Ward died June 15, 2008, in Sacramento, Calif. She was 66.

Glennis Roberta Gray
Former Juneau resident Glennis "Chris" Roberta Gray died June 3, 2008, at Providence St. Vincent's Hospital in Beaverton, Ore. She was living in Bay City with her daughter and son-in-law. She was 84.

John R. Edwards
Longtime Juneau resident John R. Edwards died June 17, 2008, at home. He was 68.

My turn: Requiem for Auke Bay and Auke Lake?
What is the cost of unchecked development? Answer - loss of natural resources, a loss no one wants but one that seems inevitable.

My turn: Support for road based on myths
There are myths and other aspects to the so-called Juneau Access Project.

Outside editorial: Medicare cuts signal the need for an overhaul
Senators on Capitol Hilldeparted for July 4 picnics last Friday with an important unfinished piece of business hanging over the heads of doctors and the millions of seniors who depend on Medicare.

Celebrate the American system
On Independence Day, Americans celebrate our nation's birth, and the things we love about our country that make us proud.

Outside editorial: Key energy issues charge up debate
Americans are angry about soaring gasoline prices. They are torn about whether to drill for more oil offshore. Cue John McCain and Barack Obama.

Who's winning at the All-Star break?
We've reached politics' equivalent of the All-Star break. The presidential nominations are lined up. The edge is off the campaigns for the Fourth of July. And the fall election remains many games away.

Grant period ending for home program
JUNEAU - A loan program offering assistance for down payment and closing costs for low-income home buyers is scheduled to end its application period on Aug. 31.

Inter-island ferry service to continue
JUNEAU - The Inter-Island Ferry Authority Board Tuesday agreed to maintain daily all-year round-trip passenger vehicle ferry service between Prince of Wales Island and Ketchikan, and service every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Sept. 13 between Coffman Cove, Wrangell and Petersburg, according to IFA general manager Bruce Jones.

Authorities identify accident victim
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police released the identity of a man killed Sunday in a motorcycle crash .

Sitka hospital chief executive resigns
SITKA - The chief executive officer of the Sitka Community Hospital submitted a resignation letter to the hospital board.

Homicides drop this year in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Homicides have fallen this year in Anchorage, compared to last year.

Youth services vans' tires vandalized
JUNEAU - Tires on six vans used to transport summer program participants were slashed.

11-year-old boy dies in four-wheeler accident
BARROW - An 11-year-old boy died Saturday from injuries suffered in a four-wheeler accident, the North Slope Borough Police Department said.

Cubs moved away from Russian River
KENAI - Two yearling brown bear cubs were caught at the Russian River campground and moved to an undisclosed part of the Kenai Peninsula.

U.S. Coast Guard aids boat taking on water
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Coast Guard came to the assistance Tuesday of a 30-foot recreational boat taking on water 40 miles west of Homer.

Deck the halls with bouquets of roses
'Tis the season. And no, I do not mean Christmas in July - though many retail stores are celebrating that way these days - but a different beast all together. 'Tis the season for weddings.

Sports in Juneau

Acclaimed photographer Mark Kelley has captured hundreds of dramatic Alaska images over the years, but last year the black bears at the Steep Creek viewing area near the Mendenhall Glacier inspired fresh amazement.

Cyclist's calm, quick action saved victim after bear mauling
ANCHORAGE - The man credited with saving the life of a fellow mountain bike racer after she was mauled by a bear thought at first someone had merely stopped for a bathroom break in the middle of the 24-hour event.

FAA working to lure more air traffic controllers to Alaska
ANCHORAGE - The Federal Aviation Administration is trying to fill badly understaffed air traffic control centers in Alaska by offering bonuses of tens of thousands of dollars to experienced workers willing to move to the 49th state.

Man loses out on $10,000 in Homer halibut derby
ANCHORAGE - Steve Merson saved and saved for the trip of a lifetime to Alaska. But the way it turned out, he caught a once-in-a-lifetime fish that could have sent him home a much richer man.

Stevens, Palin deny rift as they vow energy relief
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens sought to minimize reports of friction between him and Gov. Sarah Palin as she joined him Wednesday at a press conference laying out Stevens' proposals for relief from high energy prices.

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Groups say they will sue cruise lines
ANCHORAGE - Two Alaska groups say cruise ships are denying state inspectors access to pollution control equipment and personnel, and they intend to sue offending companies.

UnitedHealth cuts '08 outlook as premiums slip
MINNEAPOLIS - Health insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc. on Wednesday said it will pay $895 million to settle lawsuits over its stock option practices, and it warned that weaker business and higher costs will cut into profits this year.

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