Thursday, July 10, 2008

Some of this, some of that at the JUMP film fest
Comedy. Short stories. Documentaries. Ski and snowboard previews. All local. All short. These are some of the kinds of films to be featured this week at the Juneau Underground Motion Picture Society Film Festival in the Back Room of the Silverbow.

'Firecracker Boys' author to give Egan lecture July 16
Award-winning Alaska author Dan O'Neill is giving a talk at the Egan Lecture Hall at the University of Alaska Southeast at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16.

Temporary exhibits still showing at the Alaska State Museum
"Historic Firearms from Alaska," "Scenes of Sitka, Raucous! Everything Raven" and "Alaska Positive 2008" are four exhibits still going on at the Alaska State Museum, which is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Comedian DiCrosta performs at Marlintini's July 16 & 17
Marlintini's Lounge will host comedian John DiCrosta on Wednesday, July 16 and Thursday, July 17 beginning at 9 p.m. The cost is $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

What's Happening
Thursday, July 10

Getting the beer lingo
Specialty beers, with their extensive and often foreign lingo, can be quite overwhelming. And it can be off-putting to spend a small fortune on a beer only to get home, crack it open, and find it doesn't suit your tastes in the least.

Dude looks like a 'Guitar Hero'
The move to band-specific content releases is a smart one for Activision. It's an easy incentive to offer big names (like Aerosmith) to gain access to their back catalogue, and a new retail disc can be released with a unifying concept behind it, even through very little has changed from the base game.

Wireless nixes unsightly cables
"Wired for Life," the name of this magazine section, is a fitting description of the exteriors of many homes I've worked on.

City should curtail WiFi for public health
The visual effects of WiFi towers (Empire, July 7) are the least of the problems they create. The electro-magnetic fields of these towers - along with cell phone towers and even Wi-Fi base stations - have been linked to childhood leukemia, breast cancer, Alzheimer's, inflammatory reactions, impaired immune function, sleep disruptions, difficulty in concentration, fatigue, headache, skin disorders and cardiac problems.

Support Madsen and Bering Sea processors
In his editorial titled "Pollock politics," Gary Heiker apparently sought to address two subjects: salmon bycatch in the pollock fishery and District 4 House candidate Stephanie Madsen. His position on both topics demands a reply.

Iraq occupation mocks U.S. history
Just a few days ago, Independence Day came and went, and did anyone notice? June 28 was the day the U.S. returned sovereignty to Iraq in 2004, and it should be a day of celebration, a day when Iraqis mark their equal status among nations, just as Americans did more than two centuries ago.

Legislature returns today
The Alaska Legislature will convene in Juneau today for its second special session of the year, continuing discussion of the state's plans to bring a natural gas pipeline to the North Slope.

Old 'sale' signs may violate law
In downtown Juneau, cruise ship customers come and go, but some "sales" stay the same.

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

Clarification
A story in Thursday's Empire on federal and state environmental agencies researching cruise ship wastewater discharges together incorrectly said state pollution standards are based on computer models of how pollutants dilute once they're released into sea water. Those cruise pollution standards are based on Alaska water quality standards; the computer models are used to answer state legislators' questions about how cruise waste affects the waters into which it's released.

State cuts deal with convicted violent felon
The state reduced three felony assault charges to a single misdemeanor Wednesday, in an eleventh-hour deal with a twice-convicted violent felon, Philip Dutton, who pleaded guilty.

Obama to set up shop in Juneau
Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's campaign is opening an office in Juneau.

Photo: Cruise ship returns to Juneau
The Spirit of Glacier Bay, a ship owned by Cruise West, was docked at Auke Bay Wednesday. The Coast Guard reported there was structural damage to the hull of the 207-foot cruise ship as a result of its grounding Monday in Tarr Inlet near Glacier Bay. The damage will have to be repaired before the ship can resume cruises. An investigation into the grounding continues.

Robberies double in city as rape reports fall
Robberies nearly doubled in Juneau during 2007 while the number of reported rapes dropped by nearly one-third over the previous year. Other reported violent and property crimes remained almost static as compared to the years from 2004 to 2006.

North Douglas boat condominium project approved
Planning commissioners unanimously approved a project Tuesday to build boat condominiums in North Douglas, with storage above the boats that may eventually be developed into residential apartments.

Around Town
Today

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

Cruise ship allowed to return to Juneau after grounding
The Coast Guard is allowing a cruise ship that became grounded in Glacier Bay National Park to return to a dock near Juneau.

De Hart's to open new restaurant in Auke Bay
The owner of the historic De Hart's building at the Auke Bay marina received approval Tuesday to convert part of the building from storage to a sandwich and pizza restaurant, on the condition that owner Terry Hickok scraps the drive-through espresso window and smoothes out some traffic problems.

Photo: Images from another time Governor takes oath of office, 1969
Former Alaska Gov. Keith Miller, left, takes the oath of office as administered by Chief Justice Buell Nesbett in Superior Court, which was located in the Capitol. Miller was lieutenant governor of Alaska under Walter Hickel from 1966 until Hickel's resignation on Jan. 29, 1969, after which he succeeded to the office of governor, serving until 1970.

Photo: Beauty and the barge
The cruise ship Norwegian Star and an Alaska Marine Lines tug boat and barge pass each other Tuesday in Gastineau Channel.

Around Town
Today

'Journey's' core is made of cheese
"Journey to the Center of the Earth" is cinematic sci-fi proof that the Earth's core is made of cheese. Who knew?

'Persepolis' follows the life of a rebelious girl from Iran
As a girl, she was as close to a non-person as a human being can be. Ignored, or threatened by religious fanatic teachers, spied on by neighbors, in 1984 she was living though "1984." The veil she and her peers must wear on pain of death "symbolizes freedom."

Juneau's Cinema guide
OPENING

New on Video&DVD Selected home-video releases
'Batman Begins'

Home Skillet
Not many music festivals in Southeast Alaska cater to the hip hop, blues and rock scenes, Home Skillet Fest co-founder George Huff said.

Badd Dog Blues the Alaska tour
Sure it's a cheesy cliché suggesting Andy Koch is feeling the blues because Southeast Alaska is going to the dogs. But, like his music, looking beyond the obvious is necessary to get the full tale.

Yo Brutha, where you at?
It had been a long time since one movie or play had a large musical influence on American culture before the Coen Brothers made and released their instant classic, "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?"

Poet, songwriter Leonard Cohen returns to Montreux stage
MONTREUX, Switzerland - Leonard Cohen returned to the Montreux Jazz Festival on Tuesday for his first concert there in 23 years.

Kit and the Kaboodles to perform July 11 and 12
Kit & the Kaboodles will perform at the July 11 Concert in the Park in Marine Park on Friday and the July 12 Concerts on Campus at the University of Alaska Southeast on Saturday. Both shows begin at 8 p.m. and are sponsored by the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council.

Emmy winner Jeff Tassin to perform July 11 at Red Dog
Three-time Emmy winning writer, composer and musician Jeff Tassin will be performing at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 11 at the Red Dog Saloon at 278 S. Franklin St.

Sound Bites
G. Love & Special Sauce, 'Superhero Brother' ★★★

Discussing weeds in the wild
Whether it's for hiking, boating, picnics or fishing, most Alaskans will find any excuse to be outside during the summer. The season is our reward for tolerating months of marginal weather, and we will brave cooler-than-usual temperatures and swarms of no-see-ums in order to enjoy it while it lasts.

Pediatric clinics to be offered in Klawock
SITKA - Pediatric nurse practitioner Nancy Cavanaugh will be in Klawock on July 14-18 to see patients from infants up to age 21 at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Alicia Roberts Medical Center.

Photo: Girls rock science
From left, Elizabeth Tallmadge, a 2008 Juneau-Douglas High Schoolgraduate, and Elizabeth Cordero, a junior, pose during the two-weekvideo-gaming workshop held June 16-27 at the University of Alaska Southeast. To further promote female involvement in the sciences, the Juneau Economic Development Council, along with the Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council, also will hold a "Girls Rock Science!" event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 26 at Chapel by the Lake. The event, for ages 7-14, will feature experience with mystery substances, geo-caching, Lego robotics, marine touch tanks, marble ramps and more. For more information, contact Rebecca Parks at 523-2334 or rparks@jedc.org.

Shrine of St. Therese to close Thursday
JUNEAU - Due to an upcoming Teen ACTS Retreat, whereby the youth and leaders will use the ground and buildings, the Shrine of St. Therese will be closed to the public from 5 p.m. Thursday to 10 a.m. Sunday.

Thanks for organizing eighth-grade dance
The Floyd Dryden Middle School eighth-graders thank the Floyd Dryden administration and the parents. The parents thank the kids for making it through eighth grade. And we all want to thank the community for its continual support.

Yukon blues
There is a doomsday forecast on the Yukon River, too few kings to permit even a subsistence fishery and too few for escapement needs.

Thanks for supporting Fourth of July Parade
The Juneau Fourth of July Parade Committee gives a heartfelt thank you to all the parade participants, spectators, helpers and sponsors.

Fish feed the body, soul
Several days a week, my daughter says, "I wonder if it is a good day to go fishing?" or "I wonder if the fish are biting today?" This is her very sneaky attempt to get me to take her to Twin Lakes where the fish are small, but reliable.

Emo's July challenge is fruit
Emo's July challenge is - fruit. Any kind of fruit served - hot, cold, in salads, soups, appetizers, grilled or as a beverage - send it in and we will share your recipe with our readers. Remember, it's all about sharing your favorite recipe.

Fourth of July Parade results
Best of Parade

Kathleen Elizabeth Marshall
Kathleen Elizabeth Marshall died from cancer on July 3, 2008, at her home in Bellingham, Wash. She was 62.

Wende Weatherly
Longtime Juneau resident Wende Weatherly died on July 2, 2008, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau. She was 53.

Emma G. Widmark
Emma G. Widmark died peacefully at 12:50 a.m., on July 7, 2008, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. She was 68.

My turn: Home energy efficiency lowers bills
Record high prices for home heating fuel and utilities are putting a squeeze on family budgets throughout Alaska. People aren't too happy about the situation, and many are looking for help.

My turn: Harnessing power from midnight sun
Of the solutions to the "energy cost crisis," solar power for Alaskan homes and businesses may be the best long-term choice. Solar power can cut Alaskans' heat and light bills in half.

Outside editorial: Cutting the fat in Medicare reform
In Spain, Pamplona has its annual running of the bulls. Sweetwater, Texas, has its Rattlesnake Roundup. And Washington has the annual farce of the physicians' Medicare fee cuts.

Alaska editorial: Making sense of gas pipeline chess game
Good thing Enstar, an upstanding, multimillion-dollar private company, was at Gov. Sarah Palin's press conference Monday. Otherwise, a sober-minded observer might have wondered - have the governor and the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority gone crazy?

The mutual pledge of real freedom
Last week we celebrated the Declaration of Independence, the words of America's birth. They are revered as much as freedom itself. Yet few people really know more than a few choice phrases.

Barack Obama's surge toward the middle
Until recently, one of the biggest raps against Barack Obama from conservatives was his delicate dance around any issue that might upset his core constituents. How can he claim a break from "politics as usual," they said, if he wasn't willing to upset the left? They can't say that anymore. Now they say he's flip-flopped.

Citizenship assistance office closed by state
JUNEAU - A lack of funding has prompted the state to close the Office of Citizenship Assistance.

City proposes changes in taxi fares
JUNEAU - The city manager's office is proposing to change taxi fares in Juneau to allow a 75 cent per minute charge for stopped cabs or those traveling at less than 12 mph.

Man fined for letting turkeys run free
ANCHORAGE - A 63-year-old Cooper Landing man has been fined $500 for letting his wild turkeys roam unconfined.

Russian airline makes first trip to Alaska
ANCHORAGE - A Russian airline has started weekly charter flights between Anchorage and the Russian Far East, at least for this summer.

Ketchikan Assembly OKs beach bond vote
KETCHIKAN - The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly will let voters decide in October whether to purchase South Point Higgins Beach.

Stevens to address session Friday
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens is scheduled to address the special legislative session.

Rio Tinto sells project in Western Australia
SYDNEY, Australia - Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto Ltd. will sell its Kintyre uranium project in Western Australia state to a joint venture consortium for $495 million, as it moves closer to completing its $10 billion asset sales target for this year, the company said Thursday.

Two hunters found dead on Sustina River
ANCHORAGE - Two men who were hunting along the Susitna River in Southcentral Alaska drowned, Alaska State Troopers said.

DNA tests seek links to Point Barrow bones
BARROW - Genetic scientists are collecting bones from an ancient site that's crumbling into the sea outside Barrow in an unprecedented effort to determine the relationship between those remains and today's North Slope residents.

Hamilton takes over Coast Guard command
ANCHORAGE - The deputy commander for Coast Guard operations in the Los Angeles area is getting a promotion.

Alaska renews benefit payment contract
JUNEAU - JPMorgan has a new contract with the state to handle benefit payments for Alaskans receiving state-funded assistance.

Authorities ID victim in Fort Yukon fire
FAIRBANKS - Officials in Fort Yukon have released the identity of a man killed in a house fire.

Fight or flight? Just stick it out
Is it me, or is panic running wild through the streets of Juneau? It seems like every other friend is loading a barge for other parts. There's no question these are strange and unsettling times, and almost sure to get stranger. I can certainly understand friends wanting to be closer to their families. Circling up to share the work, share the expenses, and reduce travel costs. But many people have told me they are leaving because they are worried about the price of fuel. And the avalanche certainly messed with everyone's sense of security.

Photo: And they're off
Racers start the 10K fast course at the Southeast Roadrunners' annual Midsummer Night Run on Wednesday evening at False Outer Point recreational area. To see race results, visit www.southeastroadrunners.org/.

Haze of smoking ban still lingers
Like Mafioso calculating their next nefarious deed, huddles of people can be seen on any given day along the sidewalks outside the bars in Juneau's downtown corridor since the smoking ban went into effect on Jan. 2.

Conservationists sue to shield Arctic mammals
ANCHORAGE - Two conservation groups are challenging the Bush administration's recent decision to let oil companies unintentionally harass or harm polar bears and walruses in the growing pursuit of fossil fuels off the northwestern Alaska coast.

Legislators question in-state gas plan
Legislators who have been advocating in-state natural gas use, and sometimes criticizing Gov. Sarah Palin's TransCanada proposal, spent the first day of the special session that began Wednesday critiquing Palin's proposal for in-state gas development.

Another climber dies on Mount McKinley
The second person within a week has collapsed and died shortly after reaching the summit of Mount McKinley, officials at Denali National Park and Preserve said Tuesday.

Governor uninjured in Anchorage accident
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin was not injured when her sport utility vehicle was involved in a four-vehicle chain-reaction collision Tuesday at an intersection in Anchorage.

Road project reveals historical sites in Kenai
KENAI - The completion of the newly paved road along Kalifornsky Beach Road is a sign of modern infrastructure, but archaeologists doing exploratory survey work related to the construction project have uncovered evidence of a much older society.

American Basketball Association adds Alaska team
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Dream is the newest American Basketball Association team.

Wolverine advocates give notice of intent to file suit
HELENA, Mont. - The federal government's refusal to protect wolverines under the Endangered Species Act will be challenged in a lawsuit if the decision is not reversed within 60 days, a coalition of nine groups said Tuesday.

Urban bears roaming too close for comfort
ANCHORAGE - Always there have been the bears in and around Anchorage.

New Palmer courtrooms open for business
PALMER - With a yearlong courthouse expansion all but finished, three new courtrooms are open for business.

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

Anchorage police chase ends in death
ANCHORAGE - A man died while trying to elude police in a chase through downtown Anchorage.

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

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