Thursday, July 8, 2010

49 Writers ... and then some
Writing is a solitary activity, a private struggle Annie Dillard has compared to wrestling with an alligator. But though the process itself may be unsharable, one's approach to it is not, and rare is the author who doesn't benefit from the input or influence of others, especially other writers.

Keep crafty and dry, rain or shine
In Juneau the phrase "canceled for rain" is barely in our vocabulary. The don-a-rain-jacket-and-tough-it-out mentality is our credo and we are proud of it. But there are a few times when we could use more than just a jacket to weather the storm. For those times I've recreated a clever childhood craft made out of oilcloth (fabric that is treated on one side to be waterproof, like your mom's cherry-covered picnic tablecloth) to make with the kids on a rainy day for the next one that comes along.

Not a Meyer fan? Beware the 'Eclipse'
First, I must apologize to my little sister, whom I dragged to "Eclipse" this week. She is in town visiting for a few days and I just figured I could treat her to a flick on the big screen. She agreed to come along, perhaps because her two pals had just left town and she had no other options, and she was truly amazed by "Eclipse." She was amazed by a lot, really, judging from the ranting in the car on the way home. What seemed to amaze her most - she repeated this one several times - was how all of the bad actors and writers and producers were going to make a bunch of money of such an awful movie.

Second Friday openings include Northwest woodcarving
This month's First Friday Art Walk was moved to Second Friday to accomodate July 4 festivities. Here's a look at what's happening around town.

Juneau Explorers offered at the City Museum Aug. 9-13
Kids ages 8-11 are invited to join the City Museum and the Canvas Art Studio August 9-13 for the Juneau Explorer's program, a week of exploring Juneau's history, art, environment and culture. Participants may select individual days or the entire week.

Sundays at Savikko kick-off concert features Douglasites
Sundays at Savikko, a Douglas version of Concerts in the Park, will open Sunday, July 11, at the new Pioneer Pavilion in Savikko Park by Sandy Beach, and will be held every Sunday, 4:30-6 p.m. through Aug. 15.

Annual community garage sale held Saturday
The 15th annual Community Garage Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 10, at Centennial Hall. Admission is free to shoppers and seller's tables can be reserved until all the space has been taken.

Arts and crafts fair celebrates local diversity
The City and Borough of Juneau and the Juneau Human Rights Commission will co-sponsor a Cultural Art Fair this Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. The event celebrates diversity through the arts, and is the second installment of the JHRC's "I Am Juneau" campaign.

JLO's Broadway Splash presented this weekend
Juneau Lyric Opera will present "Broadway Splash," the closing concerts of their summer Broadway vocal workshop with Dr. Byron McGilvray and accompanist Janis Capelle.

UAS panel to discuss oil spill
The University of Alaska Southeast invites the community to learn more about the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and implications for Alaska at a special panel discussion at the UAS Egan Library tonight from 7-10 p.m.

New audiobooks for kids are in at the Juneau libraries
New on the shelves this week are audiobooks on CD for kids. Look for all four books in the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series plus Stephen Fry as Winnie-the-Pooh on "The Collected Stories of Winnie-the-Pooh" (whose lineup also includes Judi Dench as Kanga), and many more wonderful stories for listening.

Film raises awareness about mental illness
Affinityfilms, Inc. and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority will bring "About Face: The Story of Gwendellin Bradshaw," an internationally award-winning film set in Alaska, to Juneau for a free public screening later this month. The film will screen at the Silverbow Inn at 7 p.m. on July 22.

Many Hoonah shops closed for 'Juneau Day'
A friend and I went over to Hoonah for "Juneau Day" at Icy Straight Point on June 26. It was a full boat over and a very nice day for a boat ride. After we arrived, we took a bus to the bear viewing area and looked for wildlife. Not much to be seen this time of year, but it was a nice little tour. We got back to Icy Straight Point around 12:30 p.m. and we were hungry.

With fireworks, safety should come first
I understand that is fun to play with fireworks on the Fourth of July, but I find it in poor taste to shoot off fireworks in a condensed parking lot.

Don't let a parade turn into a tragedy
Like thousands of others in Juneau, I enjoy watching the Fourth of July parades. However, I cringe when I see children scrambling for candy, sometimes inches away from the wheels of large vehicles. Let's not allow these festive occasions to turn into tragedies.

Sometimes, surrender is cowardly
Rich Moniak's July 2 column "Surrender Is not always cowardly" is an attempt to rewrite history in an op-ed piece. Allow me to fill in some glaring holes.

Are we headed toward sparklers only?
Sometimes, it's the simple pleasures in life that are important. So, can someone please tell me why Homeland Security banned 12-inch shells at the fireworks?

Victims of trailer fire lodged at St. Vincent de Paul
Residents of a trailer that went up in flames early Thursday morning are doing their best to cope with the sudden loss of almost everything they owned. But there are a few bright spots: They found a few unexpected treasures while sifting through the debris of their home in the days after the fire, and they have had a place to stay, moving into St. Vincent de Paul shelter on Tuesday.

AEL&P pleads its case to RCA
Alaska Electric Light & Power officials told the Regulatory Commission of Alaska that its current profit margin was so low as to be "confiscatory," and urged commissioners to grant their request to increase bills 18.5 percent on an interim basis, and later to 22.1 percent on a permanent basis.

Photo: Juneau's birdman
Russell Hobson feeds pigeons in Marine Park Wednesday.

How to chart an 'open heart'
Bartlett Regional Hospital administrators and cultural assessment committee board members continued their discussion Wednesday of how to address concerns by some employees outlined in a recent report.

Hold on to your butts, litter
City officials are hoping a change to Juneau's litter code makes for a cleaner downtown.

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

Photo: Lining the streets
Cruise passengers and crewmembers line the sidewalks along South Franklin St. Monday.

Photo: Overturned truck near mile 10
A truck carrying lumber overturned at mile 10 near Don Abel Building Supplies around 10:50 a.m. Tuesday morning. No one was injured.

Photo: Calving glacier
A glacier is seen calving Monday during a Tracy Arm tour.

Photo: Main Street paving under way
Martin Peters makes inspection notes during the paving of Main Street Wednesday.

Bernice J. Burrill (McQuillan)
Former Juneau resident Bernice J. Burrill of Medford, Oregon, died in Kealakekua-Kona, Hawaii, on June 28, 2010. She was 57.

Emory C. Hunter
Emory Calvin Hunter, 88, died July 3, 2010 in Lake Stevens, WA. Emory was born April 10, 1922 at Marshall, Alaska, and graduated high school in Eklutna, Alaska in 1939. At his own request, his body will be cremated and no services will be held.

Outside editorial: Petraeus is right man for job, but must still prove himself
The following editorial first appeared in the Kansas City Star:

Don't spill gulf research funds
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

'Twihard' with a Vengeance
The Bible says "Judge not, lest ye be judged." But these days, as everyone seems to be judging everyone else - or at least commenting on their Facebook status - I believe we're granted dispensation. By all means, judge away.

Hate has a familiar face
Apparently, Mel Gibson is a better actor than anyone knew.

The economic power of Obama's pen
With the stroke of a pen, President Obama could do more for the economy than the second stimulus measure that's going nowhere fast. He can create the good jobs our economy needs by using the power of federal contracting to reward employers that improve job standards. An executive order to encourage federal contractors to provide their workers with, among other things, a living wage, would require no legislation, no battle in Congress.

High court on watch for bad lawyering
ATLANTA - Once their secrets are revealed, some lawyers leave no doubt that they crossed the line and left it far, far behind.

Bristol Bay sockeye season slow to peak
ANCHORAGE - The commercial fishing season for Bristol Bay sockeye historically peaks on the Fourth of July, but not this year.

Fairbanks man missing since June 16
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police want the public's help in finding a 69-year-old man who has not been heard from in three weeks.

Coast Guard to inspect boat that grounded
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard plans to evaluate the seaworthiness of a charter boat that ran aground in Southeast Alaska waters during a whale-watching excursion.

Competing pipeline project to begin seeking bids
JUNEAU - Denali is set to start seeking shipping commitments for a major natural gas pipeline project in Alaska.

Magazine: Levi Johnston apologizes to Palins
ANCHORAGE - Levi Johnston has acknowledged telling lies about Sarah Palin and her family after splitting with the former Alaska governor's daughter last year.

4 rescued from Hinchinbrook Island
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard says four Fairbanks men were rescued from Hinchinbrook Island after their boat took on water.

Drilling for BP project likely pushed to 2011
JUNEAU - BP will likely push to next year plans to drill its first development well as part of its Liberty project, off Alaska's coast.

Ship runs aground, 13 evacuated
JUNEAU - The Catalyst, a 74-foot wooden hulled vessel carrying four crew members and nine passengers, ran aground on Robert Island Tuesday morning, said Coast Guard Lieutenant Byron Hayes.

Fairbanks man charged with sexual assault
FAIRBANKS - A grand jury indicted a Fairbanks man accused of sexually assaulting a woman more than three years ago.

Man with burns found in Anchorage shed
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a 51-year-old man suffering what appeared to be severe burns was found in the shed of an unoccupied mobile home.

Restaurants enlisted in anti-Pebble Mine campaign
ANCHORAGE - Trout Unlimited has enlisted nearly 50 restaurants in Seattle and Portland in its campaign against the proposed Pebble Mine.

Fireworks blamed for North Pole blaze
FAIRBANKS - A Fourth of July fire in North Pole caused an estimated $350,000 in damage.

Fieldbook features McNeil River bears
ANCHORAGE - A group has published a fieldbook featuring 30 individual bears that congregate at McNeil River to the delight of visitors.

Former GOP Senate candidate seeks debt help
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Sen. Don Benton is hoping that those who once supported his U.S. Senate bid will now help him pay off his debt.

Habeger wins state appointment
JUNEAU - Don Habeger of Juneau has been appointed director of the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing, part of the state's Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.

Boat with 6 on board sinks at Kenai Lake
COOPER LANDING - Alaska State Troopers say a 14-foot boat carrying six people sank in Kenai Lake but all six made it to shore.

Photos: Soggy soccer scramble
Children play soccer during Mega Sports Camp at the Juneau-Douglas High School turf field Tuesday. Coaches from New Life Church in Portland, Ore. partnered with the local Crossroads Church to offer the camp free of charge to Juneau's kids.

Is the King's ego big enough to crush an entire city?
Well, tonight is the night. Finally.

Boys' soccer Bears earn best billing
And the accolades keep rolling in for the 2010 Juneau-Douglas boys' soccer team.

Recovering from Rainball
Last week was pretty quiet, and that was probably good as many players were still recovering from the Rainball tournament.

Boozer to the Bulls
CHICAGO - Carlos Boozer is headed to the Chicago Bulls. Now what about you, LeBron James?

Ferry system solidifies Ketchikan HQ move
The Alaska Marine Highway System headquarters, moved by former Gov. Frank Murkowski to the old pulp mill office building in Ketchikan, is now slated to get a new headquarters building.

Energy the focus at governor forum
FAIRBANKS - This was a debate for the Twitter generation.

More Alaskans staying in state for college
JUNEAU - Nearly two-thirds of Alaska's college-bound high school students enroll in Alaska universities, reversing a trend from a decade ago, a University of Alaska official said.

Gulf spill spurs Begich to introduce bills
FAIRBANKS - The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has prompted U.S. Sen. Mark Begich to introduce several bills aimed at making energy development safer.

Two accidents at Sitka hatcheries kill 1 million fry
SITKA - Accidents at two Sitka hatcheries over the weekend have killed more than 1 million juvenile salmon.

New tax-free financing available for business expansions
State officials are working to get the word out about new low-cost financing for business expansion and local economic development projects.

Head of trans-Alaska pipeline company retiring
JUNEAU - Kevin Hostler, a former BP executive, is retiring as head of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline in September amid questions about the line's management.

Inchworms attack trees, shrubs in Eagle River
ANCHORAGE - Chomping inchworms are stripping the leaves off native trees and shrubs in parts of the Eagle River area. Homeowners are calling insect experts looking for answers. At high elevations, the infestation has left pockets so gray and bare the landscape looks like spring never came.

Coast Guard: 3 dead after copter crash off Washington
Investigators headed to La Push on the Washington coast to begin looking for the cause of a Coast Guard helicopter crash that took the lives of three crewmen and injured the fourth.

GOP US Senate hopeful against Sealaska lands bill
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Senate hopeful Joe Miller said Wednesday that rival Lisa Murkowski should withdraw her bill allowing a private Native corporation to select choice lands in the Tongass National Forest.

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