Friday, July 18, 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.

E. Lynn Harris goes straight in latest novel
ATLANTA - Best selling writer E. Lynn Harris can still remember the first time he realized he was poor.

Novelist brings alive the power of women
LOS ANGELES - Novelist Karen Essex remembers when she encountered the name "Aspasia," a courtesan in ancient Greece, while reading Plutarch in graduate school.

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.

Election information available online
I want to thank Barbara Belknap for her June 1 My Turn, "Diane Benson brings experience." Her tireless support of Benson as she makes her second run for U.S. Congress is inspirational. I hope that Belknap's words about empathic leadership changing our democracy for the better will ring true.

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.

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.

Congratulations ANS Camp 2 on book
As soon as it was available, I bought a copy of "In Sisterhood: The History of Camp 2 of the Alaska Native Sisterhood" and have spent the day reading it and looking at the great photos.

Fix cruise emissions issues for health
What's up with monitoring the cruise ship smoke emissions this year?

Fourth of July is an exultation of freedom
Speaking as one of the majority of citizens unable to recite verses of our nation's Declaration of Independence by memory, I may not be the best person to respond to Rich Moniak's July 10 article addressing the Fourth of July celebrations. But I'll take a shot at it because I have a somewhat different take on his prose.

Jury convicts Washington
A jury found Aaron Washington guilty Thursday of distributing drugs from his apartment to a 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.

Photos: Preserving Native artifacts
Rosita Worl, first, president of the Sealaska Heritage Institute, holds ahistoric carved Haida feast ladle Thursday that is one of the 300 cultural objects at a new research center located on the third floor of Sealaska Plaza.

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: Two-wheeled transportation
Colleen Miller gets a ride but not a seat on Nikki Biddinger's bike Thursday as they travel with friend Nicole Neussendorfer near their home in the Lemon Creek area.

Photo: Field house play
Zeb Storie, 9, right, fields a throw at first base as Tyler Cole, 10, runs during their Thunder Mountain Summer Camp on Thursday at the new Wells Fargo Dimond Park Field House. The Juneau Community Foundation received a certificate of occupancy for the field house on July 10. An opening ceremony will be held the second weekend of September.

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.

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.

Around Town
Today

Police & Fire
Reports from police, fire officials and state troopers:

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

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.

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.

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.

Photo: The sunny one
A deckhand from Sydney, Australia, cleans the bow of the Solaia yacht on Monday, while it was in port downtown. Solaia means "The sunny one" in Italian. To read more about the Solaia, visit www.mysolaia.com/index.html.

Recognitions
Marlowe Abigail Dunker and Tyler Robinson Smoker, of Juneau, were among 493 to graduate from Linfield College on June 1. Dunker earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing, and Smoker earned a Bachelor of Arts in English.

Thanks for working together for healthy watersheds
The Juneau Watershed Partnership would like to thank Troy Wolfinbarger and the staff of the Juneau Home Depot for participating in its 2008 Vanderbilt Creek Clean-up event.

Senior menu: Week of July 28-Aug. 1
Monday, July 21

SEARHC announces summer-fall 2008 mobile mammograms
SITKA - The SEARHC Breast and Cervical Health Program has announced the Summer-Fall 2008 schedule for the mobile mammogram program.

Consortium women's health programs to host golf scramble
HAINES - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium WISEWOMAN and Breast and Cervical Health Programs are teaming up with Valley of the Eagles Golf Links and Driving Range in Haines to host the "Rally For The Cure" summer scramble golf outing in August.

Child development center earns national accreditation
JUNEAU - Gold Creek Child Development Center located in Juneau is one of the first early childhood programs to earn accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children - the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals.

Dogs can't flush so owners must bag 'it,' neuticals to the rescue
Dear Rex,

FYI
Births

Hiker gets rescued above Auke Rec
On July 10, Gil Burnet, 23, decided to visit an Alaska Power & Telephone construction crew working on a new communications facility above Auke Village Recreation Area. The new equipment, on Auk Mountain, will improve communication between Skagway, Haines and Juneau.

Pets of the week
Playful, lovable pets hunt for homes

Meek, Wargi to wed
Stephanie M. Wargi and Kalen R. Meek, both of Juneau, will marry at 6:30 p.m. on July 19, 2008, at Glacier Gardens in Juneau. A private reception will follow at the Baranof Hotel.

Hogins, Wessling to wed
Carrie Lynn Hogins, of Juneau, and Brett Everett Wessling, of Medford, Ore., will marry at 4 p.m. July 19, 2008, at Chapel by the Lake. A reception will follow at 5:30 p.m. at DIPAC.

Nelson, Hewson to wed
MaryAnn Nelson, of Angoon, and Harry Hewson, of Metlakatla, will marry at 6 p.m. today, July 18, at the Salvation Army Church in Juneau. A reception will follow.

McGonegal, Duran to wed
Tierra Michael Duran, of Clearfield, Utah, and Ryan Austin McGonegal, of Juneau, will marry on July 19, 2008, in Utah. They will return to Juneau for a reception on July 25 at 4942 Hummingbird Lane. Friends are invited to the reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Please no gifts, just cards.

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

Alaska editorial: Doubts remain about in-state gas pipeline
Alaskans need to see a rational business plan before the state goes any farther with the undefined "partnership" on an in-state gas pipeline.

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.

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"

Feds to release report on cruise ship
JUNEAU - Federal investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board will release a final report Tuesday on the grounding last year of a cruise ship near Juneau.

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

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

Bank announces cash dividend of 10 cents
JUNEAU - Alaska Pacific Bancshares announced Thursday that its board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share on the corporation's outstanding common stock.

Bomb scare disrupts Anchorage airport
ANCHORAGE - Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is back to normal operations after a bomb scare.

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.

Coast Guard responds to vessel near Juneau
JUNEAU - Coast Guard Air Station Sitka and Station Juneau responded to a report of a 55-foot recreational vessel taking on water Thursday evening in the vicinity of Endicott Arm, which is about 50 miles southeast of Juneau.

Sex offender gets 2 more free months
JUNEAU - Convicted sex offender Richard Bailey will stay a free man for at least the next two months because of the conflicting schedules of the judge and attorneys involved in his case.

Second victim dies after head-on collision
ANCHORAGE - A second person died Thursday from injuries sustained in a head-on collision on the Seward Highway.

Former Alaska Gov. Hickel hospitalized
ANCHORAGE - Former Alaska Gov. Wally Hickel was admitted to a hospital Thursday morning after complaining of chest pains.

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.

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

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.

Midwest men ID'd in floatplane crash
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers on Thursday confirmed the identities of two passengers killed after a floatplane crashed and burned last weekend.

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.

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.

Pitching leads Juneau East to victory
Dustin Rumfelt came out throwing strong for Juneau East on Thursday night, striking out four batters in two innings of work as Juneau East defeated Prince of Wales 11-4 in the Region II Majors All Star Tournament. Jack Withington, Jackson Pavitt and Tal Norvell pitched in relief.

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

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."

Democrats try to spur oil drilling in Alaska
WASHINGTON - Seeking to blunt GOP efforts to permit oil exploration off Atlantic and Pacific coasts, House Democrats are pushing legislation they say would spur oil drilling on already available lands in Alaska, the West and the western Gulf of Mexico.

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.

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.

Denali park tests hybrid bus
ANCHORAGE - The school buses that transport visitors into Denali National Park and Preserve each summer could be on the way out.

7 congressional candidates visit Arctic Refuge
ANCHORAGE - Seven congressional candidates from across the country visited the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge this week, hoping the unusual campaign stop would draw support from voters battered by high fuel prices and a lethargic economy.

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.

Aide calls Alaska battleground state
JUNEAU - Barack Obama's campaign believes Alaska is a battleground state - even with just three electoral votes - and it can make a difference in Illinois senator's effort to become the next president.

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