One Aisle Over: They're not just playing around
A well-timed question was the impetus behind One Aisle Over's recent decision to get serious about their music. Last New Year's Eve, drummer Daniel Hays approached lead vocalists Naomi Hooley and Josh Lockhart to talk about where they were headed.

'Away' works on every level
E veryone likes to say that your late 20s is too early to have a "mid-life crisis." Okay, fine. You don't have to call it that if you don't want to, but as I enter that age bracket - and all of my friends do as well - I've found it to be a pretty dramatic time. By the time you are able to see 30 on the not-so-distant horizon, it feels like you should have life pretty well figured out.

Making art out of a plain wood fence
SAGA volunteers recently spent a day with the women and children of AWARE, transforming a plain wooden fence in the shelter's playground into a colorful and meaningful mural.

The outside world
In August, many Juneauites flee the early onset of a long damp fall by taking to the skies. As any real trip in or out of town involves a stop in Anchorage or Seattle, we've compiled a list of upcoming events and exhibits in those cities for travelers with the flexibility and time to enjoy them on their way to their destination. Have a look.

JUMP Society film festival this weekend
The JUMP (Juneau Underground Motion Picture) Society's annual summer film festival of locally produced short films takes place this weekend, July 23-25. Thursday's show begins at 7 p.m. at the University of Alaska Southeast Egan Lecture Hall and Friday's show will begin at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Silverbow Backroom, as will Saturday's show.

City museum solo shows available
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is currently accepting applications for solo artist exhibitions for the fall/winter 2010 season. Local artists working in all mediums are encouraged to apply. Applications can be found at the museum or online at:

Outdoor artists' market to begin this weekend at JACC
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council will host a weekly artists' outdoor market beginning this Saturday on the lawn in front of the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. The fair will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays through Aug. 24.

Lyric opera invites singers to festival
Juneau Lyric Opera invites all singers to be a part of their eighth mid-summer vocal festival. Dr. Byron McGilvray of Athens, Texas will return to lead the workshop in Mozart's Grand Mass in C minor, K. 427, widely regarded as Mozart's most ambitious and elaborate choral masterpiece. He will be assisted by local conductor Bruce Simonson, with Sue Kazama at the piano.

Last call for regional art show entries for Port Townsend show
Submissions for "Expressions Northwest," the 11th Annual Art Port Townsend Juried Art Competition are still being accepted by the Port Townsend Arts Commission and Northwind Arts Alliance. The show takes place Oct. 2-Nov. 1 in Port Townsend.

Homeskillet Road Show stops in Juneau this weekend
The Homeskillet Road Show, a spinoff of the Homeskillet Festival that took place last week in Sitka, comes to Juneau this Friday and Saturday night at the Alaskan Hotel and Bar downtown.

SEC supports court decision on mine
Southeast Conference strongly urges the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to implement the recent June 22, 2009, Supreme Court decision and fully reinstate the permit issued by the Corps for the Kensington Mine Project Lower Slate Lake tailings facility and fill work for other mine components. This is the environmentally preferable, practicable plan for the mine.

Legislators should OK stimulus funds
Alaska's legislators will be meeting in special session on Aug. 10 in Anchorage. I urge state legislators to overturn Gov. Sarah Palin's rejection of $28 million in federal stimulus funds for energy conservation and weatherization projects in Alaska. Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell has said that he will accept the decision of the legislators. Alaska can use these dollars to put people to work.

Health care must be paid for by someone
I am a registered nurse who has worked in health care for 16 years. I want to share a quote by Adrian Rogers (1931-2005) that I believe applies to health care reform:

Taxing the rich is a good idea
I am writing in response to the article, "Bad time to be rich? Only if you don't like to pay taxes." In my opinion, the wealthy have not paid enough taxes since our country became independent in 1776. It is time for the rich to feel the oppression that the poor and the working class have felt for centuries.

Land privatization isn't a fair trade
If Sen. Albert Kookesh, D-Angoon, is concerned about the small Alaska communities he represents, he should look to his own backyard. Sealaska Corp. is trying to privatize North Prince of Wales Island, which could destroy the economies of Point Baker, Point Protection, Edna Bay, Naukati, Whale Pass and others. Once private, we lose public access to the land we rely on for subsistence, commercial sport and tourism resources. ANILCA Title VIII protections are lost. Fish stream protections are lost. A world class cave system is lost to science and the public. An extensive road system is lost.

Driver in Oxy deal pleads guilty
A 24-year-old local woman who acted as the driver in an OxyContin deal with a police informant pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony drug charge.

Juneau teen dies hiking in Ariz.
A Juneau teen died Sunday after being stricken with heat exhaustion on a trail in Phoenix.-

House leader shuns law in special session call
Legislative leaders pushing for a special session Aug. 10 ignored a state law in order to hold the session in Anchorage, instead of the capital.

City wins funding for preschool program
Juneau is one of six Alaska school districts awarded state grants to pilot preschool programs for the upcoming school year, state Education Commissioner Larry LeDoux announced Wednesday.

Purse snatcher, 19, pleads guilty
A convicted felon reversed course on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to an April strong-arm robbery while on probation.

Citizen continues fight against WiMAX towers
Ruth Danner lost her first fight against tall towers going up in the Mendenhall Valley, but she said the experience prepared her for a second one.

Google car spotted
A tricked-out Google car has been spotted in town.

Assembly member Chambers will not seek re-election
Juneau Assembly member Sara Chambers, who has a 7-month-old baby, said Wednesday she will not seek re-election. She said being a mother, business owner and Assembly member was the tipping point for her decision.

Photo: Marine Park blues
Russ Hobson, 56, entertains his friends, Chris Anderson, center, and Andrew Hope, right, at Marine Park on Tuesday. Born and raised in Juneau, Hobson said he has been playing harmonica for 40 years. Hobson said he got hooked on the instrument after an impromptu jam session in Portland, Ore., years ago.

Photos: Buoy boot camp
On Wednesday, the 17th Coast Guard District held the Buoy Tender Olympics at Coast Guard station in Juneau during its annual week-long Buoy Tender Roundup, which began Monday. The roundup brings seven U.S. Coast Guard buoy tenders from Alaska, Oregon and Canada together for five days of specialized training in areas such as engine repair, buoy maintenance, first aid and more.

Police & Fire
Juneau Police and fire reports will appear in Thursday's Empire.

Photo: Moving day
A moving company's employees work Wednesday afternoon at the Governor's Mansion. The same company's van also was parked in front of the Capitol on Wednesday.

Around Town

Photo: Showing signs
Two Coogan Construction contractors hoist the architect's impression of the new Downtown Transportation Center onTuesday afternoon on Main Street.

A page two Associated Press brief in Tuesday's Juneau Empire about an Alaska teen who died hiking in Arizona misstated that he and his family had run out of water. The boy succumbed to heat exhaustion despite having water on hand.

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

Around Town

Charlie Lewis
Former Juneau resident Charles "Charlie" Alan Lewis, of Pullman, Wash., died July 18, 2009, at Avalon Care Center in Pullman, after a long illness. He was 35.

Ean Lee Aycock
Juneau resident Ean Lee Aycock died July 17, 2009, in Juneau. He was 36.

Kevin J. Walkenford
Juneau resident Kevin J. Walkenford, born May 23, 1995, in Phoenix, died July 19, 2009, while on a family vacation in Arizona. He was 14.

Outside editorial: Health care solution hurts small business
Lawmakers are racing to complete a bill that improves the nation's health-care system before the momentum for reform runs out. The need for this legislation is clear, as is the need to move quickly.

Outside editorial: The F-22 debate
Congress this week is engaged in one of those debates that makes you want to throw up your hands in despair over the political process. At issue is whether the country needs to order seven more F-22 Raptor fighter jets.

Alaska worth the fight
Much has been written about the Pebble Mine. Millions of dollars have been spent on the debate over what the development of one of the world's largest open-pit mines will mean for Alaska's economy, its people, its resources, its future and Bristol Bay. However, one side of the story has not been told.

Palin was successful in her time as governor
I was as surprised as anyone on July 3 when I heard that Gov. Sarah Palin was going to announce her resignation. I was at Costco, getting supplies for the impending Independence Day festivities, when I got a call telling me a press conference was going to take place in Wasilla within the hour. And that prognostication was borne out very quickly; by the time I got home, footage of the governor was on multiple television stations.

Church of what's happenin' now
In the early '70s, comedian Flip Wilson created a character for his NBC television program called "Reverend Leroy" of "The Church of What's Happenin' Now." Like some contemporary "reverends," Reverend Leroy was a con artist who, among other things, once took up an offering to go to Las Vegas, explaining he had to study sin in order to effectively preach against it.

My turn: Health care: Who's afraid of the big bad government?
The health care reform debate has been a fascinating one. The vast majority of U.S. citizens know first-hand that the corporate system isn't working and want change, while a steady drumbeat of politicians, "think" tanks and lobbyists continue to insist that somehow the free market will suddenly reverse course and solve the problem of skyrocketing costs.

Emergency Programs Manager appointed
JUNEAU - The city's avalanche forecaster has been appointed Emergency Programs Manager, City Manager Kim Kiefer announced Wednesday.

Alaska gets $17M for forests, trails
JUNEAU - The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that Alaska will receive $17.2 million in stimulus money for 11 national forests and trail projects.

Dry, windy weather could fan wildfires
ANCHORAGE - A fire weather watch was issued Tuesday for parts of the Alaska Interior because of gusty winds and low humidity.

Wasilla man dies in Anchorage shooting
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police are investigating the shooting death of a Wasilla man.

Teller man charged in baby's death
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers say a 35-year-old Teller man has been arrested on murder charges in the death of his 7-month-old son.

Flu symptoms close Fairbanks school early
FAIRBANKS - Officials have closed a summer program at Joy Elementary school in Fairbanks after three students showed flu-like symptoms.

Orphaned grizzly cubs heading to Memphis
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Three grizzly bear cubs that were orphaned in Wyoming last weekend when a hiker fatally shot their mother with a handgun will be shipped to the Memphis Zoo in the next few days, a zoo official said Tuesday.

Anchorage considers transient tent city
ANCHORAGE - Some civic leaders in Anchorage are talking about a "tent city" as a way to provide temporary housing and reduce problems at illegal homeless camps.

AEL&P troubleshoots Snettisham outage
JUNEAU - Alaska Electric Light & Power lost power from part of the Snettisham Hydroelectric Project on Wednesday morning, cutting power to about 45 percent of Juneau, the company said.

Four suspects sought in fire in Chugiak
ANCHORAGE - Authorities investigating the burning of a Girl Scout building in Chugiak are looking for four people seen in the area on the night of the blaze.

Rescued sea otter pup dies at SeaLife Center
SEWARD - The Alaska SeaLife Center says a 6-month-old northern sea otter pup found half-frozen to a dock last March has died in an accident.

Flood watch in effect for Kenai Peninsula
KENAI - A flood watch has been issued for the Kenai Peninsula, where several rivers are at seasonally high levels because of snow melt.

Anchorage chef takes third in cook-off
NEW ORLEANS - Chefs from across the country gathered in New Orleans to show off their skills in preparing seafood dishes at the 2009 Great American Seafood Cook-Off, and an Anchorage chef took third place.

Four men rescued from Kenai River
KENAI - A host of responders came to the aid of four Anchorage men after their boat capsized while dip netting on the Kenai River.

154.6-pound fish wins halibut derby
KETCHIKAN - Benny Geary needed only two words to describe how he emerged victorious in the 2009 Ketchikan Halibut Derby: "Got lucky."

Homer Electric out on coal plant restart
FAIRBANKS - The state's industrial development authority will team with the Golden Valley Electric Association on the proposed restart of a coal plant in Healy.

Three out-of-state rafters rescued
DILLINGHAM - The U.S. Coast Guard helped rescue three out-of-state rafters who got stranded in Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve.

Photos: Rock Climbing revelery
Summer Climbing Festival and Competition

Champions crowned, Drunkateers finish undefeated at 14-0
Sunshine, glacier backdrops, eagles circling over centerfield...

JSA's President Gilmour gives season-ending thanks
As our season winds down and tournaments have come and gone, 2009 will go down in the books as one of the driest, and therefore, most enjoyable on record.

Juneau teams sweep
The Juneau Junior All-Stars rolled in two wins over Ketchikan and Sitka, 18-3 and 24-0, respectively.

Investigator rules against Palin in ethics probe
ANCHORAGE - An independent investigator has found evidence that Gov. Sarah Palin may have violated ethics laws by trading on her position as she sought money for lawyer fees, in the latest legal distraction for the former vice presidential candidate as she prepares to leave office this week.

Two Dems make moves in gov's race
ANCHORAGE - Two Democrats made moves Wednesday to become Alaska's governor in 2010 and occupy the office Republican Gov. Sarah Palin is giving up Sunday.

Palin resignation turns national eye on Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks is expecting to be in the national spotlight Sunday when Gov. Sarah Palin formally steps down and Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell swears in to take her place.

Campbell supports Palin's stimulus veto
ANCHORAGE - The man set to become Alaska's next lieutenant governor said he agrees with Gov. Sarah Palin's veto of federal stimulus money for energy-related projects.

Town hopes for safe return of Alaska-based soldier
HAILEY, Idaho - To the rest of the world, Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl is the frightened soldier who appeared in a Taliban propaganda video after he was captured in Afghanistan.

Bethel bans plastic bags in order to cut tundra trash
ANCHORAGE - The Bethel City Council voted to ban plastic bags and foam plastic takeout containers to reduce windblown trash on the tundra.

Family to fly '46 Cessna from N. Dakota to Alaska
GRAFTON, N.D. - The Osowskis of Minto gathered at Grafton Municipal Airport for an impromptu family reunion with a special guest - a vintage silver-with-black-trim 1946 Cessna 140.

Homer man illustrates power of pedaling
KENAI - A local bike repairman brought a new lifestyle idea to the Homer Farmers' Market recently: Why not use bike pedal power to blend a smoothie instead of electricity? Here's a food blender with strawberries and juice. Here's a bike and here's an inverter box for the electricity. Curious crowds drew in for a closer look.

Photo: Sun setting on salmon fishery
The sun sets behind boats Wednesday in the Egegik district of the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fishery. The sockeye salmon fishery is winding down in all the bay districts but final numbers won't be tallied for weeks. The sockeye harvest run is more than 48 million so far, a number that came faster and earlier than fishermen and biologists expected.

Trustee says Palin not involved with defense fund
WASILLA - The trustee for a legal defense fund set up to help Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said the former vice presidential candidate has never been involved with the trust or accepted money from it to pay her legal bills.

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