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.
New nonfiction DVDs include 'Pole to Pole,' 'Steep'
It was tough to pick the best of the best from the huge variety of new nonfiction DVDs at the public libraries, but here are the ones that made the cut.
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.
Crabby over fishing regulations
The Empire's recent picture of dungeness crab being caught by commercial operators has now impacted my household.
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.
Old 'sale' signs may violate law
In downtown Juneau, cruise ship customers come and go, but some "sales" stay the same.
Industry's copper claims questioned
An element of the Alaska Cruise Association's argument for relaxed wastewater discharge regulations is based on numbers an industry watchdog calls misleading.
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.
Airport has new weapon to fight noxious weeds
In the fight against weeds growing in the airport's pond used by floatplanes, the weeds came out on top in previous years.
Lehauli pleads guilty, sentenced to 2 years
Former Juneau-Douglas High School football star Joshua Lehauli, 20, pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony drug charge and drunken driving in a deal that sends the former fullback to prison for at least two years.
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.
Photo: Sign of the times
Jim Betts fills up his pickup truck Thursday at De Hart's Auke Bay Store. Owner Dan Hickok reportedly ran out of the No. 4 for price signs and got tired of having to paint new ones. His prices did not go up on Thursday, but the arrows do reflect the trend in gasoline prices.
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:
Photo: Mock mine rescue practice
Greens Creek Mine's rescue team captain Mike Steenhoek, right, and Scott Horn go through the motions of taking air samples while practicing in a Vintage Park field on Thursday for the National Mine Rescue Competition to be held in Reno, Nev., July 15-17.
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:
'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
New on Video&DVD Selected home-video releases
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.
G. Love & Special Sauce, 'Superhero Brother' ★★★
'Diving Raven' gets a home
With help from his twin brother, Mick, carver Rick Beasley installed his totem pole, "Diving Raven," on Monday at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.
William LeMaire returns to Mount Edgecumbe Hospital
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is pleased to announce that Dr. William LeMaire has rejoined the medical staff at the SEARHC Mount Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka. LeMaire is a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology.
Sitka to host sports medicine symposium
SITKA - The Alaska Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine invites the public to its annual symposium July 16-19 at Sitka's Harrigan Centennial Hall.
Going home one final time
The call came on a summer day. It was odd because long-distance calls were rare in the 1960s, at least at my house, except perhaps in the evening or on the weekend. Why would Aunt Pat be calling from Oregon in the middle of the day? I sat on the stairway, just outside the kitchen, eavesdropping to discover what justified this expensive call. I heard my mom's voice move from excitement at hearing her sister on the line, to surprise, to sorrow. My grandma had suffered a heart attack and died.
Last act of love: A kitten's gentle death
I had never seen a cat "put to sleep." I stood in the veterinarian's examining room with two friends who had spared nothing in trying to save a kitten's life.
Friends invited to Lola Nance's 89th birthday
JUNEAU - Friends and well-wishers are invited to celebrate with Lola Nance on the occasion of her 89th birthday.
Colt Camp: A crash course in parenting
As a college student, my diet typically consisted of Ramen noodles, peanut butter, anything microwavable and the occasional fast-food run. And for the most part, not much of my diet has changed.
Alaska girls get a chance to rock the science world
JUNEAU - Research shows that the majority of Americans imagine a scientist as male, white and middle-aged, but the Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council and Springboard, a program of the Juneau Economic Development Council, are working to change that image, removing barriers to participation and encourage young girls in Southeast Alaska through a Juneau event called "Girls Rock Science."
Holland America Line now accepting grant applications
JUNEAU - Applications are now being accepted by the Holland America Line Community Advisory Board for grants to local service and nonprofit groups in Juneau.
Thanks for participating in our golfing event
To all who took the challenge on June 28 and 29 and tried their skill at sinking that little ball into a 4¼-inch hole from a distance of 75 or 100 yards, thank you! We appreciate your support and participation and hope you had fun.
Thanks for supporting our softball tournament
The Juneau Sports Association would like to thank its sponsors, supporters and volunteers for the donations, sponsorships and assistance during the Minda Chamberlin Memorial Coed Tournament and the 33rd annual Rainball Tournament held this month.
Thanks for inviting us to be a part of Douglas' Independence Day
On behalf of the band, I'd like to thank Sandy Williams and the Douglas Fourth of July Committee for inviting us to be a part of Douglas' Independence Day tradition. Alaskans really know how to celebrate July Fourth, but you must have a direct line to the weather gods, because the sun always shines on the Fourth of July, and it came out just as we took the stage at Sandy Beach. We'd also like to thank Reecia Wilson and her crew at The Hangar for letting us barge in on their weekend. Our favorite bartender said, "I thought for sure you'd offend someone!" Sorry, dude, we'll just have to try that much harder next time! Finally, you-all have a solid music professional in Keith Giles of Rozwick Music. "Steady" and "calm" are rare qualities in the rock 'n' roll biz, and he has the finest music shop in the state, that's no lie. Thanks, Juneau and Douglas - and KTOO - for taking such good care of us. You-all live in paradise and, once again, it's heartbreaking to have to leave. See you next time.
Thanks for helping Hospice this spring
Thank you for all of the efforts to benefit Hospice and Home Care at our annual Heart of Hospice Run at Twin lakes this spring! A special note of thanks is due to Tony and Lori Yorba, who worked very hard (again!) this year to organize the run. ★★CJ volunteers present to help were Don Cary, Kay Smith, Sally Caldwell, Trisha Cunningham-Young, Dale Young and Jan and Keith Levy. Co-sponsors Southeast Road Runners provided a large group of volunteers to help, including John Kremers, Dolly Kremers, Beth Potter, Nancy Thomas, Deb Craig, Bob Marshall, Sharon Buis, Susan Crandall, Wilson Engineering - Jeff Wilson and Joann Quigg, Scott Willis - Alaska Electric Light & Power Co., and Pat Harris. Thanks to Catholic Community Service staff Sara Chambers, Kathryn King, Jean Jasmine, Cameryn Flynn and Rosemary Hagevig, who all contributed.
Thanks for joining Ken Brewer Memorial Ride
In early June, Juneau Alaska Bikers Advocating Training and Education (ABATE) hosted its first annual Ken Brewer Memorial Ride.
Thanks for the kind tribute to our mother
To Central Council Tlinget & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, thank you so much for all you've done in memory of our mother, Shirley Jones. Your generosity and kindness are appreciated more than you know.
Thanks for help with Gathering of Weavers
On May 31 and June 1 and 2, 72 weavers from three countries gathered at the University of Alaska Southeast to indulge in their passion for weaving. The Gathering was sponsored by the Ravenstail Weavers' Guild with financial support from the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Alaska State Council on the Arts, Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. The success of the Gathering was a result of many organizations and individuals, for which we would like to acknowledge their generosity and support.
Steffes wins Caplan Award
SITKA - SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Mount Edgecumbe Hospital optometrist and eye clinic manager Dr. Pam Steffes recently was presented with the 2008 Caplan Award at the Biennial Indian Health Service Optometrist meeting in Fullerton, Calif.
Hurley, Walker wed
Caroline Marie Hurley and Casey Lee Walker, both of Juneau, were married on May 31, 2008, at Wayside Park in Juneau. An "Oceanic"-themed reception immediately followed the wedding ceremony at DIPAC.
Neighbors now publishes the weekly senior menu
Week of July 14-18
Derr, Heard wed
Chiska Carole Derr and Dean Heard, both of Juneau, were married on June 21, 2008, at the Jensen-Olsen Arboretum.
Caring for big trees is like caring for elephants
Taking care of big trees is a lot like caring for elephants. They are so much larger than we are, they live so much longer than we do and they move to another rhythm.
Heumanns celebrate 25 years
Jim and Katharine (McDonough) Heumann, of Juneau, will celebrate 25 years of marriage on July 19, 2008. They were married in 1983 at the Shrine of St. Therese, followed by a party at the Juneau Yacht Club. Since that year, the Heumann and McDonough family in Juneau has grown to include many siblings, children, nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.
Photo: B25 in town
A B25 left Juneau International Airport on Tuesday.
Photo: Rupe Andrews Memorial dedication
Members of the Rupe Andrews family join Territorial Sportsmen, representatives from Alaska State Parks and friends to dedicate the Rupe Andrews Memorial public use cabin on June 22 at Handtrollers Cove, within the Shelter Island State Marine Park. The cabin is a major cooperative effort with the base funding provided by the Legislature, land provided by Alaska State Parks, materials and support provided by local businesses and construction provided by Territorial Sportsmen Inc. This is the fourth cabin constructed within the State Marine Park system in Southeast Alaska under this cooperative arrangement.
Muse, Squibb wed
Eliza Joan Squibb and Benjamin Walter Muse, both of Juneau, were married on June 28, 2008, at the Shrine of St. Therese. A reception followed that evening at the Juneau Yacht Club.
Photo: Gathering of Weavers 2008
Fashion show participants pose on May 31 during the Gathering of Weavers 2008 held May 31 through June 2 at theUniversity of Alaska Southeast. According to event organizer and president of the local Raventail Weavers' Guild, Kay Parker, 72 weavers from three countries gathered this year to indulge in their passion for weaving.
Photo: Rooftop snack
An eagle feasts on a halibut carcass at about 4:45 a.m. on Wednesday at a residence near the Mendenhall River. The remains of the halibut were wrapped around the eagle's talon and caught on the roofing of the house. Hanging over the edge of the roof is the halibut tail and some attached skin. The eagle eventually worked itself free and flew away with its bounty.
Juneau Icefield Research Group has 50th meeting
On June 24, the Juneau Icefield Research Group, led by glaciologist Dr. Maynard Miller, held its 50th annual get-together at the home of Dean and Edna Williams.
Longtime Juneau resident Wende Weatherly died on July 2, 2008, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau. She was 53.
My turn: SEACC victory likely to be overturned
A few months ago, I predicted on this page that the U.S. Supreme Court wouldn't hear Southeast Alaska Conservation Council's lawsuit against the Kensington Mine. Was I ever wrong - and that's good. Now, if I have an ounce of credibility left at reading judicial tealeaves, I will venture that Coeur has all but won its case.
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.
Alaska editorial: Buy Alaska Grown
Should it matter to you if the peas on your dinner table came from Alaska or California? Is buying locally worth a few extra cents here and there?
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.
Alaska editorial: Iditarod needs help
T he Iditarod attracts the top dogs. Among those signing up last week for the 2009 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race were five winners of the event, including 2008 champion Lance Mackey. Overall, 68 hopeful mushers pledged to brave the grueling 1,100-mile sled dog race in an event at Wasilla's Iditarod headquarters.
Citizenship assistance office closed by state
JUNEAU - A lack of funding has prompted the state to close the Office of Citizenship Assistance.
Cruise ship cancels 4 trips after grounding
ANCHORAGE - Coast Guard officials said a cruise ship that ran aground near Glacier Bay this week will be out of service until later this month.
Troopers: No charges in fatal 2007 accident
FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers said no charges will be filed against a 16-year-old driver involved last summer in a fatal collision with a bicyclist.
Crash victim death brings total to four
ANCHORAGE - A fourth victim from a devastating Fourth of July car crash has died, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Small quake reported in Southcentral
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Earthquake Information Center reported a minor earthquake Thursday in Cook Inlet.
Stryker brigade preps for deployment
FORT WAINWRIGHT - The Stryker brigade at Fort Wainwright is preparing for a desert deployment.
Too-tame moose might have to go
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage's state wildlife biologist was exasperated after a man approached a moose to scratch its ears for about 15 minutes.
Stevens to address session Friday
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens is scheduled to address the special legislative session.
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: Statehood scramble
Chip shot: Celina Tandy chips up to the second hole during a 50th Anniversary of Statehood Lady Golfer's Tournament at the Juneau Golf Course on Thursday. About 20 women turned out for the shotgun-style tournament despite evening showers.
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/.
Midsummer Night Race results
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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.
Investigation targets key lawmaker
The federal government late Wednesday indicted the most powerful legislator yet in its wide-ranging investigation of Alaska government corruption.
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.
Political leaders say Cowdery should quit
Calls for state Sen. John Cowdery to resign rang out shortly after he was indicted Thursday on federal bribery and conspiracy charges.
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.
Plaintiffs ask for interest from Exxon
WASHINGTON - People who are owed money from the Exxon Valdez lawsuit have asked the Supreme Court to make it clear that they must get interest payments, even though the court cut the punitive damages award last month from $2.5 billion to $507 million.
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.
Alaska oil industry looks to fill more jobs
FAIRBANKS - Oil industry officials in Alaska said they need to fill hundreds of jobs in preparation for more development on the North Slope and the Arctic Ocean and because of the aging of the current workforce.
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.
Anchorage police chase ends in death
ANCHORAGE - A man died while trying to elude police in a chase through downtown Anchorage.
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