Friday, July 9, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Mendenhall River principal candidates vie for job
Four finalists for the principal position at Mendenhall River Community School are in Juneau this week for a meet-and-greet with the community.

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.

Learning to harness the wind
Mainsail billowing full, the sleek sailing vessel sliced through choppy waters Thursday afternoon, its small jib chattering in the brisk gusts. At the helm, the skipper's hands pulled the main lines hard, pressed her legs against the beam for support, and leaned back over the surging vessel's side-railing.

'Biggest summer ever' for Trail Mix
It's by far the biggest summer for restoration and work to Juneau's trail system in Trail Mix's 17-year history, says Trail Mix Executive Director George Schaaf.

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

Photo: Salmon identification
Ophelia Guy, 21 months old, points out a salmon swimming in the DIPAC fish hatchery on Thursday afternoon.

Photo: Seal ya later
A harbor seal checks out passing visitors on the Tracy Arm boat tour last week.

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

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

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.

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.

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

Alaska editorial: Registration check
With elections approaching, all the candidate advertising and chatter will stir the political souls of many Alaskans. By Aug. 24, even the most disinterested individual might be motivated to roll down to the local polling place and cast a vote in the primary election.

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

New Latin leaders should be role models for Obama
WASHINGTON - Imagine that Barack Obama, upon taking office in January 2009, had decided to deliver on his campaign promise "to end business-as-usual in Washington so we can bring about real change."

Difficult to deal with the axis of Hugo
WASHINGTON - When someone sticks his face in yours and shouts you're his biggest enemy, it's a good idea to take them at their word.

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.

Dahlstrom's resignation the right move
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

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.

Mount Bona and the ghost of Will Hirst
When I first confided to family and friends my intent to try and climb, ski or hike in each of Alaska's great mountain ranges before my quickly approaching retirement (and possible relocation to warmer and drier climates) the general reaction was best summed up by my oldest daughter when she said: "Dad, would you care for an earring to go with that mid-life crisis?"

BioBlitz scientists tally new species on Douglas Island
It's been nearly two weeks since the first BioBlitz Southeast Alaska event was held in Juneau, but it will be many more weeks until all the data is tallied, the species logged and new findings revealed.

Paddling Sitka: Rain sends 'softies' home
A rainy night at the "bear park" left us with drenched tents to pack, but the next day was sunny. So we made a short day of it, found a lovely sandy beach, and spread everything out to dry. That night's camp area was distinguished by its crab populations. There were purple shore crabs of assorted sizes, scuttling in all directions, tussling with each other, and feeding oh-so-delicately on wee morsels of dead barnacles and mussels. Young Dungeness crabs buried themselves with astonishing rapidity in the soft sand.

Weekly Whale Feature: "Lumpy"
This whale can be distinguished by the "lumpy" appearance along the trailing edge of his tail.

Late reds pushing into the Kenai River
The late-run salmon on the Kenai River are coming in, giving some anglers hope in the otherwise slow, early days of July.

Two-day 'Relay for Life' this weekend
JUNEAU - The American Cancer society will host the "Relay for Life," a 24-hour, two-day event that will raise money for cancer research.

Annual Windfall Lake Challenge to be held
JUNEAU - Back Saturday is the Windfall Lake Challenge, a 13-mile trail race hosted by the Southeast Road Runners.

Saturday Wild heads up Mount Roberts
JUNEAU - The upcoming Saturday Wild hike, hosted by the Juneau Audubon Society, will head up Mount Roberts for a closer look at birds and flowers in the high alpine Saturday.

Community Garage Sale at Centennial Hall Saturday
JUNEAU - Organizers of this year's Community Garage Sale are inviting local residents to sell unwanted, but gently used items at the event, in its fifteenth year, happening from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Hall.

Widowed Persons group to tour Glacier Gardens
JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons group will tour Glacier Gardens at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 16 as part of a special organized event.

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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.

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.

Missing Fairbanks man found dead
FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers say a Fairbanks man reported missing last month has been found dead.

Bear attacks bikers on Resurrection Pass Trail
ANCHORAGE - Three mountain bikers who were knocked down by a brown bear on the Resurrection Pass Trail were able to escape with minor scrapes.

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.

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.

Ouzinkie has a new airport
KODIAK - Ouzinkie's new airport is open for business.

Former lawmaker Holm to join redistricting panel
JUNEAU - The five-member board that will redraw Alaska's legislative districts is nearly complete.

Man dies at Baranof Warm Springs near Sitka
SITKA - Sitka police are investigating the death of a 39-year-old Washington state man at Baranof Warm Springs.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rapper Snoop Dog coming to Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Snoop Dog is coming to Fairbanks and tickets go on sale Friday.

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.

Young agrees to first debate of US House primary
JUNEAU - U.S. Rep. Don Young has agreed to his first debate of the Republican primary. It will be Aug. 10, in Fairbanks.

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.

Earthquake shakes southcentral Alaska; no damage
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Earthquake Information Center says a magnitude 5.0 earthquake has shaken Anchorage and other communities in southcentral Alaska but there were no reports of damage.

Airport Dike Trail closure announced
JUNEAU - The Airport Dike Trail will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic beginning Monday morning with an anticipated re-opening on Wednesday morning.

Sitka to celebrate ninth of July fireworks
SITKA - Sitka is hoping three time's a charm for its Independence Day fireworks display.

Alaska gets new senior Army official
ANCHORAGE - Military officials say a general with a background in special operations is taking over as the top Army officer in Alaska.

Group plans panel discussions on Pebble Mine
JUNEAU - A nonprofit group plans a series of scientific panels to examine the potential impacts of developing a copper and gold prospect north of Lake Iliamna in the Bristol Bay watershed.

Sjoroos takes the helm of JDHS football
Remove the interim tag - it's official.

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.

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.

Ulmer, panel ponder BP's Gulf disaster
University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor Fran Ulmer returned to Juneau on Thursday for a panel discussion on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, and its future effects on Alaska.

Parnell appoints Bell to oversee economic development
Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed Juneau's Susan Bell as the new commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.

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

Dutch Harbor eagles swoop on people close to nests
ANCHORAGE - On a recent weekday, Allana Gustafson was pushing an empty mail cart outside the Dutch Harbor post office when she heard the beating of wings like heavy breathing behind her.

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.

More freedom for Linehan
ANCHORAGE - An Olympia, Wash., woman accused of conspiring to kill a man in Anchorage has been given more freedom on bail while she awaits her second murder trial.

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.

Nushagak River closed to sport king salmon fishing
ANCHORAGE - A world-class river for sport king salmon fishing is closed, leaving outfitters and guides wondering where all the big fish have gone as clients cancel and take their business elsewhere.

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.

Strong chum salmon opening on lower Yukon
EMMONAK - Last week's commercial fishing opener on the lower Yukon River provided a shot in the arm to one of the nation's poorest areas.

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.

Man tries to elude police by jumping into lake
ANCHORAGE - A 29-year-old Anchorage man who fled a traffic stop by jumping into a small lake and taking off his clothes was arrested after authorities fished him out.

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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