Thursday, July 17, 2008

A look into the culture of performance enhancing drugs
In the highly entertaining and thought-provoking film "Bigger, Stronger, Faster," director and narrator Christopher Bell examines the culture of steroids and performance enhancing drugs in sports and entertainment in contemporary America.

Summer LOVIN'
While thumbing through a Sports Illustrated calendar in a Barnes & Noble bookstore several years ago, former Juneau resident Tony Bender was inspired by one of the models to write a book.

What's Happening
THURSDAY, JULY 17

Pleasing textures define a fascinating food
Most foods are interesting because of their flavor, aroma and appearance. Their enjoyment is a multidimensional sensual experience, from sniff to sight to swallow. Then there are textures, pleasing or challenging. Many of our favorite foods add the charm of memory to the party in our mouth, immediately evoking our very first nibble, old rituals, or the comfort of childhood.

Need bacon? Ask the baconier
Some time ago, a friend of mine moved to Las Vegas and got a job cooking at a 3,000-room hotel. As you might imagine, the hotel kitchen was enormous. For efficiency's sake, they would assign one person to each prep task, and have them do just that for a full eight hours. So, one person would slice tomatoes for eight hours, another would chop onions for eight hours, etc.

Microblog your thoughts
Thanks to "microblogging," the slightest bits of detritus from people's lives are steadily flowing into the maw of the Internet, enabling a new wave of communication where no detail is too mundane or brief to share.

Meier brings 'Civilization' to consoles
My longstanding love affair with the Civilization series is well documented, and I approached this console re-imagining of the PC franchise with no small amount of trepidation. Sid Meier and the talented team at Firaxis Games have proven me wrong and crafted a unique and compelling strategy game that retains Civilization's core ideals while streamlining everything about the gameplay. Civilization Revolution can't hold a candle to the labyrinthine complexity of Civ IV, but the experience is none the worse for a certain measure of simplicity.

Clean Water Act is a guiding light
Eric Twelker is a Juneau attorney and geologist. His My Turn in the July 11 Juneau Empire rather gleefully, as I read it, predicts the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal's ruling involving the local Coeur Alaska Kensington gold mine and quite literally all of our nation's clean water protection, as well.

Lisianski Inlet land hustle is wrong
At the Pelican City Council meeting on July 8, I listened with dismay to a teleconference with the U.S. Forest Service Ranger in Hoonah. The basic point conveyed to the residents of Pelican was that discussions were taking place between the forest service and Shee Atika representatives about exchanging Shee Atika land on Admiralty Island at Cube Cove for approximately one third of Yakobi Island and a portion of Chichagof Island across from Pelican.

Wearing a bike helmet matters
Monday morning I received a not-so-subtle reminder about the importance of wearing a bike helmet, even on short trips without much traffic.

Don't be misinformed by Big Oil statements
While it's true that a recent poll showed Americans do favor drilling over conservation measures (albeit, by a very small margin), what hasn't been discussed is the overflow of Big Oil advertising that is saturating our airwaves of late.

Key witness testifies in drug case
The state's key witness took the stand Tuesday in the trial of Aaron Washington, who authorities say is a kingpin of Juneau's drug trade and dealt drugs to a confidential police informant.

Credibility of key witness is questioned
The character of the state's key witness was the central focus during much of Wednesday's trial of Aaron Washington, the alleged leader of a drug trafficking ring who is being charged with dealing cocaine to the witness while she was an undercover police informant.

Norovirus confirmed in cruise ship report
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently verified that the outbreak of illness on the cruise ship Veendam in June was a norovirus.

With low rates back, conservation slackens
Juneau is still conserving electricity compared to last year. But in the month the city spent back on lower rates, usage crept up once again.

Juneau runaway reports jump 27 percent in 2007
From 2004 through 2006, the number of runaways reported to police annually ranged between 280 and 290. In 2007 the number jumped to 400. Local authorities are having trouble explaining a 27 percent spike in runaway reports.

Photo: Introducing statehood medallions
Melissa Stepovich, co-chair of the Alaska Statehood Celebration Commission, holds a replica of the seal of the state of Alaska during a ceremony on the cruise ship Sapphire Princess. The seal will be made into 5,000 medallions in an effort sponsored by the Juneau Statehood Celebration Committee and funded by the Alaska Statehood Celebration Commission. The medallions will be sold to help fund a statehood celebration.

Around Town
Today

AEL&P sentenced for destroying nest
Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. was sentenced on Wednesday for blowing up the same eagle's nest twice while building the Lake Dorothy hydroelectric project.

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

Photos: New high school nears completion
The high school is scheduled to open for the 2008-09 school year on Sept. 2. The school's auditorium will be completed in March 2009. The first construction phase of the track and field is scheduled to be completed Sept. 30 and the entire field will be completed in spring 2009.

Photo: Crowded harbor
The 58-foot purse seiner Owyhee fishes for chum salmon Wednesday in Juneau Harbor.

Around Town
Today

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

Oldman shows good side
LOS ANGELES - In some earlier parallel universe of Batman's Gotham City, it might have been Gary Oldman instead of Heath Ledger cackling and conniving as the maniacal Joker.

'Hellboy II' is 'Labyrinth' on 'roids
The opening credits of "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" shout writer/director Guillermo del Toro's presence (fantastical underworld full of gears and moving parts), and from the beginning of the narrative it's very del Toro as well (it's a fairy tale, but this isn't Mother Goose).

New on Video&DVD
'College Road Trip'

Juneau's Cinema guide
OPENING

ARCTIC FLOW Livin' Large
Looking at Arctic Flow Records' Web site, there are no written biographies, press releases or explanations of the rappers' individual styles. Instead there are links to pictures and videos and music samples showing who they are, how they rap and what they sound like.

Mexico: Land of the old and new
All of this cool weather and rain lately got me thinking about my trips to Mexico. It was a fun destination before moving to Alaska eight years ago, but since then has been promoted to a favorite Get-the-Heck-Outta-Southeast-in-Winter vacation target. I have visited the country several times now, and with the exception of repeated teenage forays into Tijuana when I lived in Southern California, each trip has been to a different location.

Mellencamp transitions from rocker to songwriter
NEW YORK - Although John Mellencamp was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the veteran doesn't consider himself a rocker - at least not anymore.

Dimond Park Field House gets ownership
The Juneau Community Foundation received a Certificate of Occupancy for the new Dimond Park Field House on July 10. In a brief meeting conducted at the new field house that day, the foundation transferred ownership of the facility to the Dimond Park Field House Inc., which was created to own and oversee management of the facility. DPFHI will enter into a management agreement with Eaglecrest Ski Area to operate the facility beginning in September.

Thank you to Carmel Children's Hope Inc.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska thanks Pona Samuel and Carmel Children's Hope Inc. for the gift of $1,000, which represents proceeds from their successful fundraiser in May. This gift will be used to support the Amachi Program of Big Brothers Big Sisters, which focuses on one-to-one mentoring for children of incarcerated parents, a goal shared by Carmel Children's Hope.

Thanks for contributing to our June fundraiser
The Juneau Family Health and Birth Center would like to thank all contributors involved in the June fundraiser. We so appreciate their support of our new building and our organization. Thanks again for your generous donations to this project. Together with the community we will build strong and healthy families!

Thanks for the new portable restrooms
For years, the portable toilets that are located at the areawide harbors have been filthy and unusable, sometimes with waste piled above the rim of the seat due to lack of servicing.

Thanks, Post Office, for sending our letter
My wife and I recently had the pleasure of visiting Juneau as part of a week-long Alaska cruise. We were in Juneau on a Sunday and dropped a handful of letters in the drop box outside the post office on West Ninth Street. Just as the letters were dropping beyond our reach and the door of the mailbox was closing, I noticed that the letter to our autistic son was missing a stamp.

Thank you for your business, Juneau
Due to the price of fuel and the economy, we had to close the doors of Chilly Willy's Car Wash. We appreciate the business that the community has brought us. So, thanks again.

Have you ever been to Shishmaref?
No other state in the Union can offer such an adventure for travelers seeking great distances and faraway places. If you live in Massachusetts or Georgia or Nevada you could just jump in your car and visit any small town or large city. In Alaska, you have to take a boat or a small plane to reach many destinations.

Grown, gone in the flicker of a moment
Parents who stay at home tend to spend a lot of time with their kids. That factoid should hardly come as a surprise. The point of staying home, after all, is to tend to the children.

Send in your kitchen tips
We are looking for your favorite fruit dish. And, if you have a kitchen tip, trick or a special technique, send them in so we can share with our readers; we all like shortcuts!

Baxters celebrate 65 years
Fred and Jirdes Baxter will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary with a reception from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 18, at 1702 Douglas Highway. Their family requests the company of family and friends. No gifts please. For more information, contact Sherill Baxter at 364-3192.

Consortium's Pearson earns tobacco treatment credential
SITKA - Martha Pearson of Sitka, a health educator for the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium WISEWOMAN program, recently became the first person from Alaska to earn the Master Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS-M) credential.

Recognitions
Madison Swofford, of Juneau, was named on the dean's list at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Ore. Madison is majoring in health and human kinetics with an emphasis in exercise science. She is minoring in human biology and health. She also finished her second season on scholarship with the women's basketball team at Warner.

Bereavement Support Group to start at hospice on July 23
JUNEAU - Hospice and Home Care of Juneau will start its next seven-week Bereavement Support Group on Wednesday, July 23, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the ★★CJ office, 419 Sixth St., on the ground floor of the former St. Ann's nursing home behind the Catholic Cathedral.

Author of 'Firecracker Boys' to present today
JUNEAU - In 1958, Father of the H-bomb, Edward Teller, unveiled his plan to create an instant harbor on the coast of Alaska by exploding a string of nuclear bombs. Instead he accidentally helped launch the environmental movement. With accompanying slides, Dan O'Neill, author of "The Firecracker Boys," will tell the story of Project Chariot - how a small Eskimo village, along with a handful of Alaska scientists and conservationists, thwarted Teller's scheme and sparked a new era of environmental awareness. His presentation will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the University of Alaska Southeast Egan Lecture Hall.

Loy S. Lonberg
Former Juneau resident Loy S. Lonberg died July 12, 2008. He was 65.

Leslie N. Reid
Leslie "Les" Reid died on July 11, 2008, in Seattle, after a brief illness. He was 72.

Ann Louise Griffeth
Longtime Juneau resident Ann Louise Griffeth died July 4, 2008, in Juneau. She was 87.

My turn: Confidence in Juneau road waning
The public now knows more facts about the long-debated access road problems facing Juneau. The major fact is that the state Department of Transportation has put Golder Associates on hold, which means that Phase 2 will not take place for an unknown period.

My turn: Sealaska should receive promised acres
The recent Associated Press article about Sealaska's efforts to achieve final land entitlement under the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act is misleading.

Outside editorial: Taking advice from an oil man
As legendary oil investor T. Boone Pickens tells the story, Republican Bob Dole wanted him to head up his 1996 presidential campaign in Texas. In return, Pickens wanted to be Dole's chief adviser on energy policy.

Alaska editorial: State plays strong hand by holding on to gas line plan
Former Gov. Tony Knowles says the Alaska Legislature should stop short of consummating the TransCanada gas line deal. Just put the whole issue on hold, he says, and let the North Slope gas holders negotiate with the Canadian pipeline builder to join forces on a unified pipeline proposal.

America becoming a nation beyond satire
"I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled..." - Jonathan Swift, "A Modest Proposal, 1729"

The American generation gap transcends race
It was the whisper heard round the world. And even now, no one seems quite certain what that whisper means.

Sealaska opens research center
JUNEAU - A new facility aimed at assisting in research of Southeast Alaska Native cultures has opened in Juneau.

Assembly establishes sustainability fund
JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly on Monday established a revolving loan program aimed at "energy conservation" projects to be approved of by city officials.

Regional DOT director Mal Menzies retires
JUNEAU - Mal Menzies is retiring as the Southeast Region director for the state Department of Transportation.

Black bear sightings are up in Juneau
JUNEAU -The Department of Fish and Game in Juneau has been fielding more calls concerning black bears this week.

City to sell more bonds for new pool
JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly on Monday approve the sale of up to $4 million in general obligation bonds to further fund the $19.8 million Dimond Park Swimming Pool approved by voters in 2007.

Alaska has highest gas prices in nation
HARTFORD, Conn. - AAA said the average price of regular gas in Alaska was the highest in the nation this month, topping the list at $4.64 a gallon.

Driver dies after hitting power pole
NIKISKI - A 25-year-old man died after his vehicle went off the road and hit a live power pole Monday evening.

Native association builds new office
KODIAK - The Kodiak Area Native Association will use $850,000 in grant money from the Rasmuson Foundation to help build a new office on Near Island in Kodiak.

State wants to run waste water program
ANCHORAGE - The state has applied to the federal government for the authority to run the Environmental Protection Agency's waste waster permit program in Alaska.

Tourist catches colossal king salmon
KENAI - A tourist from New York City is going home with bragging rights.

Willow man dies after four-wheeler accident
WILLOW - A Willow man died Monday from injuries he sustained in a four-wheeler accident, Alaska State Troopers said.

Fuel leak contained at Elmendorf base
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE - Elmendorf Air Force Base officials said an 80-gallon fuel leak has been contained, and they are working on cleaning up the site.

Shipwreck artifacts recovered near Homer
HOMER - Dive teams recovered 140-year-old artifacts from the USS Torrent that were put on display Tuesday, the Coast Guard said.

Seward man dies in head-on collision
ANCHORAGE - A Seward man was killed in a head-on collision Monday, and two others involved in the accident are in critical condition.

Building permits down in Palmer
ANCHORAGE - The city of Palmer reported that the number of building permits issued so far this year is at a 10-year low.

Stuck in a glacial desert
W hy did the chicken cross the moraine? To try and find a date. Unfortunately, her date turned out to be a turkey, but there happened to be plenty of IPA on tap to keep her busy until she found another. Welcome to life on the other side.

Juneau West beats Ketchikan 13-7
In a late thriller at Glacier Valley Elementary's Miller Field, Juneau West defeated Ketchikan 13-7.

Juneau West stings Prince of Wales
JUNEAU - The Juneau West All Stars rolled as Ryan Lee and Tanner Petrie helped their team overpower Prince of Wales Tuesday 11-4 in an opening round victory in the District II Majors All Star Tournament held at Miller Field.

Aggressive POW beats Haines 11-1
Second-round play in the Alaska District 2 Little League Majors All-Star Tournament on Wednesday at Miller Field featured Prince of Wales Island and Haines both looking to earn their first victory. But it was POW that came out on top, with an 11-1 win.

Juneau to host two little league softball state championships
Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League will host the 2008 Little League State Championship beginning Sunday at Melvin Park. The tournament will be a best two-out-of-three format with the Juneau All-Stars hosting the Alaska District 1 representative from Anchorage's Nunaka Valley Little League.

Photo: Safe Luck
Juneau's Chris Luck is safe on third in the top of the first inning on Wednesday during the Alaska District 2 Junior All-Star Tournament at Norman Walker Field in Ketchikan. Ketchikan third baseman Nik Silva applies a tag to the runner, but Luck was safe due to interference by Ketchikan shortstop Ryan Krantz, background. Juneau beat Ketchikan 21-5.

TALKING TUNDRA
Acclaimed Alaskan cartoonist Chad Carpenter never wanted a real job. "I've drawn ever since I was a child. I've always done that," he said. "I never really wanted to get a real job in my life, and cartooning seemed to be the easiest avenue to do such a thing. I was wrong because now I work harder than ever, but it's fun."

House Democrats seek interest in Exxon case
Juneau Rep. Andrea Doll is among legislators calling on Exxon Mobil Corp. to pay interest to Exxon Valdez claimants, after the company Tuesday claimed in court filings that it was not required to pay interest costs that could amount to hundreds of millions of dollars.

Former ally criticizes Palin on gas line plan
Just when Alaska has one, if not two, natural gas pipeline proposals appearing to be within its reach, a revered elder statesmen is urging rejection, and saying the state should try to instead develop an even better deal elsewhere.

Begich, Stevens already in million-dollar battle
U.S. Senate candidates Mark Begich and Ted Stevens are officially embroiled in a million-dollar battle for the seat Stevens has held for 40 years.

Women showcase traditional talents at Miss World Eskimo-Indian Olympics
FAIRBANKS - Conditioning caribou hide in rotten caribou brain water, flinging around-the-worlds with homemade Eskimo yo-yos and speaking in their tribe's native languages were just a few of the talents showcased at the pageant Tuesday morning.

Wildfires gain ground on Alaska tundra
DIMPLE LAKE - The Arctic is burning.

BLM plans another lease sale in Petroleum Reserve
ANCHORAGE - For the fifth time in a decade, the federal government will allow oil companies to bid for oil and gas leases in the sprawling National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, officials announced Wednesday.

More U.S. drivers are cutting back on trips through Alaska
ANCHORAGE - In early May, Bob and Sandy Wilson and their two cats began a long-awaited road trip from North Carolina to Alaska.

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Photo: Becoming a common sight
A Sitka blacktail deer and her two fawns pause Sunday along the Mitkof Highway on Mitkof Island near Petersburg. Blacktail deer are so common in the community that they are often seen walking through town, bedding down in front lawns, and eating flowers from planters.

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