Thursday, July 22, 2010

Poetry in motion: Collaborative outdoor poetry project kicks off Saturday
Poetry in the Park, a new collaborative project under way in Juneau, aims to get poetry moving - off the page, through the mouths of Juneau's poets and potential poets and into the ears and minds of the public, whether they think of themselves as poetry fans or not.

A sneak peek at the 2010 state fair musical lineup
By Tyler Preston

'Inception:' Go now
My two big pieces of advice about "Inception" are as follows: First, go as soon as possible. It would be a shame to wait, continue to hear all the praise (which is all you are going to hear), and have your expectations built so high that it winds up disappointing you. Second, empty your bladder as close to the start of the movie as you can. That might be even more important than the first suggestion.

Two projects to inspire digital organization
Ahhh, the digital camera. Bringing the power of fabulous photography to the world over. But, you know the drill: with great power comes great responsibility. At least the mounting digital pile of photos to be sorted on my hard drive seems like a LOT of responsibility. The 10 hikes since the sun came out, the 20 crafted creations I've attempted, and the funny family shots are just taunting me to be sorted, starred, enhanced, labeled and possibly printed? Well, if you need a little push to get through all the bad to get to the good-enough-to-be-printed, then here are two little projects to get you inspired.

Award-winning film to be shown at the Silverbow
"About Face: The Story of Gwendellin Bradshaw," an internationally award-winning film set in Alaska, will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, july 22, at the Silverbow Inn.

Music camps with Pearl Django begin Monday
Django camp for kids and for adults begins Monday, offering an opportunity for local musicans to learn Gypsy jazz techniques from the Washington-based Hot Club group, Pearl Django. This four-day musical exploration is geared toward musicians who play guitar, bass, fiddle, accordion or piano at an intermediate to advanced level. Both sessions are offered July 26-29, Monday through Thursday, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Kids camp runs from 12-5 p.m., and adult camp runs from 6-9 p.m.

Slide show to highlight work of visiting artist Shore
New York City-based artist Paul Shore will lead an hour-long slide-show presentation at The Canvas beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Shore, who has been participating in the Drawn To Alaska artist-in-residency program organized by the Canvas, has taught and exhibited his art throughout the country. His most recent work explores themes of male and female identity, focusing in particular on the physical forms of the funnel and the braid. Through these forms, the artist examines concepts of flow and transition, expressing these ideas through both 2D and 3D pieces. Works range from sketches to wax sculptures to larger pieces that incorporate furniture, such as old chairs he's salvaged from roadsides.

Neil Diamond impersonator to perform next week
Neil Diamond impersonator Keith Allynn will sing a tribute to the famous singer next Thursday, July 29, at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium. Seating begins at 6:15 p.m. an the show begins at 7 p.m. It is free.

Parents need to parent at parade
I have read and re-read the letter regarding children's safety in the traditional Fourth of July Parade. When I attended my first Juneau parade in 1969 it was the most fun Fourth of July (except for my wedding day) I had ever spent.

Bravo for decision to cancel ESA conference
Your front-page story on the Alaska Legislature recognizing their mistake in trying to undermine the Endangered Species Act protection for the polar bear was welcome news. Not only would the proposed conference have embarrassed the state, but many Alaskans are not willing to contribute to the demise of polar bears and other at-risk wildlife. Our financial and legislative resources should go to more beneficial purposes.

Make sure dogs in pickups are properly restrained
I was driving outbound on Egan at about 12:30 p.m. July 13. Near 2 Mile, I saw, in the distance, a red pickup with a large black dog in the back. The dog either was thrown or jumped out of the pickup. The driver was going probably 55 mph. The dog was on a very long leash and began to be dragged and violently bounced down Egan. It was the most horrible scene I have ever witnessed. The driver kept going. Cars ahead of me forced the pickup to stop. I called 911 and went home to cry uncontrollably.

Photos: Netting salmon in Gastineau Channel
Chum salmon are pumped, weighed and stored in Petersburg packer Tacoma's hold after being caught by the Juneau seiner Owyhee on Tuesday in front of DIPAC. The fish are sold as part of DIPAC's cost recovery efforts to pay for the hatchery program.

Photos: Trail improvements at Eaglecrest
Jose Delpran of Trail Mix spreads rock for the trail improvements in the lower loop of the Eaglecrest Ski Area on Wednesday. The work continues on the hardened trail from last summer and will extend to the begining of the Treadwell Ditch Trail at Fish Creek.

Assembly votes to begin cruise dock improvements
The Juneau Assembly voted for a $250,000 preliminary engineering contract received from local consultants PND Engineering, Inc., through the Docks and Harbors Board rebuilding plan for the city cruise ship docks. The vote came during Monday's regular meeting in the Municipal Building's Assembly Chambers.

Pelican struggles with power issues
Nearly a year after the water flume collapsed in the city of Pelican, the tiny Chichagof Island community is still struggling with the consequences, though temporary repairs have enabled adequate water supply for homes and businesses.

Photo: Decorating downtown
Jessica Linford, an employee of Annie Kaill's decorates a display window facing Franklin Street on Tuesday.

Fireman Quinto still blazing after 30 years of active service
Thirty years ago Wednesday, 19-year-old Ed Quinto walked into the back door of the Juneau Fire Department for his first day of paid duty. He was promptly handed a bucket and mop and told to clean the entire station.

Photos: Mini golf in the mall
Bob Germain is the owner of Glacier Mini Golf in the Mendenhall Mall. The business is having its Grand Opening on Saturday, July 24. Hours are Monday through Friday 10a.m.-8p.m., Saturday 10a.m.-6p.m. and Sunday 12p.m.-5p.m. Nine holes cost $6.

Photo: Airing out
Bald eagles air out their damp feathers on a barren tree along the North Douglas Highway on Wednesday.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Police & Fire
Juneau Police and Fire reported:

Photo: A smooch on the street
Daniel Pope and fiancee Kelley Brownlow share a tender moment alongside his taxi on Front Street on Monday.

Photo: Misty sailing
The cruise ship Sapphire Princess appears through a Juneau mist past weathered Treadwell mining piers south of Sandy Beach on Wednesday.

Carol Ann Morris
Longtime Juneau and Haines resident Carol Ann Morris peacefully passed away on June 21, 2010 at Providence Hospital in Anchorage after a long illness. She was 59.

Heather Irene Hosford
Heather Irene Hosford passed away unexpectedly July 16, 2010 in Mesa, Ariz.

Patrick Dean Johnson
Juneau resident Patrick Dean Johnson died July 17, 2010, at home after a long struggle with illness. He also endured numerous surgeries over the course of five years resulting from a job injury.

Margaret A. Fuelling
Margaret A. Fuelling of Caldwell, Idaho died July 20, 2010. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday at Flahiff Funeral Chapel in Caldwell. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Caldwell.

Michael E. Morgan
Former Juneau resident Michael E. Morgan died July 10, 2010 in Tacoma, Wash.

Patrick Dean Johnson
Juneau resident Patrick Dean Johnson died July 17, 2010, at home after a long struggle with illness. He also endured numerous surgeries over the course of five years resulting from a job injury.

Outside editorial: A bigger House of Representatives?
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Outside editorial: Petraeus' risky militia maneuver for Afghanistan
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

My turn: Losing the word war
Leonard Pitts Jr. had an excellent editorial entitled "Battle of words in War on Drugs" in the July 19 Juneau Empire. In it, he points out that we have spent untold billions of dollars, ruined untold millions of lives and racked up the highest incarceration rate in the world to fight drug use and he concludes that the War on Drugs is a failure. To help clarify just why it is such a failure I'd like to expand on his thinking about the battle of words a bit.

Adventures in Plumbing
A bit of grief last week as death visited the Kirsch family. Not that it came a surprise, exactly - poor little guy hung by a thread for months, at the end barely eating anything, regurgitating whatever scraps did go down. Still, it's a shock when a vital member of your household dies. So it was that fateful day, when our garbage disposal finally gave up the ghost.

The chasm between government and governed
From afar, Washington increasingly looks as if it has descended into tribalism. We've always had our factions, so some of the splintering is not new. But the degree to which leaders exist simply to perpetuate their tribe seems at an alarming high, thanks to the payback cycle tracing through Bill Clinton's impeachment and George W. Bush's contested 2000 victory.

Build the mosque near Ground Zero; it's the American way
They want to build a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero.

Conference highlights Alaska peonies
FAIRBANKS - Peonies will be the focus of a conference that begins Wednesday at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Anchorage public health labs planning cuts
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Division of Public Health says it's been operating about 7 percent over budget and has to look for ways to cut hundreds of thousands of dollars in spending, but officials say a letter announcing the end of free testing last week was premature.

Parnell announces board appointments
Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed Gladi Kulp of Juneau to serve on the State Historical Records Advisory Board. A former acting Alaska state archivist, Kulp is a member of the Alaska Historical Society, the Alaska Native Advisory Board and the Alaska Digital Archived Project. She once headed historical collections for the Alaska State Library.

Work starting on next year's state budget
JUNEAU - In building the next state budget, Gov. Sean Parnell wants to limit agency operating spending while focusing on certain priorities.

Some Alaska Airlines agents picket in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Airlines and the union representing customer service agents continue to discuss a new contract.

Conservative group withdraws Lt. Gov endorsement
JUNEAU - A conservative group has withdrawn its endorsement of Republican lieutenant governor hopeful Mead Treadwell.

Hoonah Police shoot, kill brown bear
Hoonah police over the weekend shot a brown bear in a residential neighborhood, calling the killing a rare and "unfortunate" occurrence.

NASA completes summer mission in Alaska
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard says NASA has concluded a summer research mission in Alaska, working from an ice breaker.

Alaska investigators reopen old Kodiak murder case
KODIAK - Alaska State Troopers are reopening an investigation into the stabbing death of a Maryland man 28 years ago outside a bar in Kodiak.

Poe may vote in Republican primary
JUNEAU - Former Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Bob Poe says he may vote in next month's Alaska Republican primary.

Juneau's Kathleen Maynard wins women's division of Alpine Adventure race in Sitka
Sam Scotchmer, the brew master at the recently opened Baranof Island Brewing company, cruised to victory in the 17th annual Alpine Adventure on Saturday, crossing the finishing line near the Harbor Mountain picnic shelter in 1:09:40.

Photo: Juniors' onslaught continues
Juneau first baseman Todd Baseden leaps up for a Ketchikan base hit during round-robin action of the District 2 All-Stars tournament.

Photo: Bursell takes time trial
Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club

Suspects in terrorism case admit to lying about hit list
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska husband and wife pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to lying to the FBI about an assassination list created by the husband to revenge alleged crimes against Muslim civilians.

BP to sell assets for $7B to Apache
NEW YORK - BP PLC said Tuesday it will sell assets in the United States, Canada and Egypt to Apache Corp. for $7 billion to help pay the costs from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Pipeline official defends secrecy
Federal pipeline coordinator Larry Persily gingerly waded into the Alaska governor's race Tuesday, questioning calls by Gov. Sean Parnell's opponents in the Republican primary for confidential bids to be made public.

Judge halts oil, gas development on Chukchi Sea
ANCHORAGE - A federal judge on Wednesday stopped companies from developing oil and gas wells on billions of dollars in leases off Alaska's northwest coast, saying the federal government failed to follow environmental law before it sold the drilling rights.

US Chamber official warns of overreaction to BP's Gulf spill
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is trying to head off what they fear might be damaging new energy regulations and taxes, but says BP's Gulf oil spill means it is almost certain some new legislation will be passed this year.

Coast Guard flares prompt 911 calls
ANCHORAGE - To some 911 callers, it looked like a fiery plane crash just offshore of downtown Anchorage. Others thought it was a boat in trouble.

Girl burned in Anchorage plane crash to head home to Texas
SEATTLE - A 16-year-old girl who survived the fiery crash of a light plane in Anchorage last month said Wednesday that she is profoundly grateful for bystanders who saved her life by pulling her and the other victims from the burning wreckage.

Anchorage mayor vetoes on-duty employee charity
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan vetoed an ordinance that would have allowed firefighters to continue their annual "fill the boot" campaign to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Boarding school settles license suspension
FAIRBANKS - An Alaska boarding school is operating under a one-year conditional license after a suspension following a state investigation into complaints that included vulgar remarks by a staff member to students.

Judge rules University of Alaska firing improper
FAIRBANKS - A judge has ruled the University of Alaska failed to follow its own regulations and improperly fired an employee in 2008.

Palin still a draw for hometown, Alaska
JUNEAU - Anyone who doubts Sarah Palin's celebrity need only talk to Lyn Carden.

Fairbanks radio tower removed after long service
FAIRBANKS - After 63 years, a radio tower that served several Alaska stations before it finally went silent has been torn down.

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