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.

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.

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.

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.

Coordinator clarifies his stance
Editor's note: The article referenced in the letter below is titled "Pipeline official defends secrecy." It ran in Wednesday's edition of the Empire and is available onliine.

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.

Commercial fishermen 'tickled pink' over salmon prices
"I love it. I wish I would have done this 10 years ago," fishing vessel Kira captain Bucky Eddy, 30, said as his hands mended gill net. "I am definitely not upset with my chosen profession."

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

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.

Hicks selected as Mendenhall River Community School principal
The Juneau School District chose James Hicks of Sublimity, Ore. as the new principal for Mendenhall River Community School on Wednesday. Hicks replaces Patty Newman who left the position to become director of curriculum and instruction with the JSD.

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: Visiting carver
Duane Bosch, an artist from Hoonah, carves a feast bowl in the shape of Tlingit canoe in the Juneau Arts and Culture Center's gallery on Thursday. Bosch and Ray Watkins, of Juneau, have work on display and for sale through the month of July.

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:

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

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.

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.

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.

Dorothy I. Dixon
Former Juneau resident Dorothy I. Dixon died July 13, 2010 in Shoreline Wash.

Paul Dean Paxton
Former Juneau resident Paul Dean Paxton passed away at home on June 27, 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born January 27, 1942 in Pratt, Kan. to Orval and Evelyn Paxton, he was raised in Middleton. He enlisted in the Navy from 1959 to 1968. In his lifetime, he spent time in Antarctica, Guam, Juneau, Hawaii, and California before settling in Nampa, Idaho.

Outside editorial: A bigger House of Representatives?
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.

Failing to back clean energy will cement GOP’s minority status
GREEN BAY, Wis. - It is politically fashionable to denounce federal subsidies as unjustifiable in the face of rising budget deficits and an ailing economy. Like pork-barrel spending, however, the value of subsidies depends on where one stands.

Alaska editorial: See through the smoke
This editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

Funding electrics is a battery-dead idea
WASHINGTON - In the current hype about electric vehicles, too little attention has been paid to the checkered history of subsidizing alternative energy technologies.

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.

Strife in the puddles
Wildlife spies often use binoculars to see animals far away, but along the shoreline, the most action is up close - in tidepools. And, the lower the tide the better. Minus tides are prime time for snooping around the rocks and puddles.

Soothe your soul, sweat some sanity into summer
There's a particular satisfaction in being steeped in sweat, soaked in endorphins with legs so weak you're left wondering how they haven't already crumpled like dried seaweed.

The denizens of Granite Basin
After a long, lazy lunch, which we enjoyed while sprawled on a huge boulder in the noontime sun, we basked like lizards - or, more appropriately for our locale - like marmots.

Weekly Whale Feature: 'Chilkat'
This whale is named after the Chilkat Mountains, a range that separates Chilkat Inlet and Lynn Canal from the Muir Inlet in Glacier Bay.

Photos: For our feathered friends
Shelter Island resident Ken Skaggs holds a bald eagle on Tuesday he rescued with the help of Jason and Jay Sims. The eagle was delivered to volunteers with the Juneau Raptor Center. To report an injured bird or to donate to the JRC, call the bird emergency hotline at 790-5424.

Peterson Lake Trail now under repair
JUNEAU - Significant repairs to the first 1/4 mile of the Peterson Lake Trail will impact Juneau area hikers starting July 19.

Officials reminding Alaskans that life vests save lives
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers are encouraging everyone to wear a life jacket while out recreating on or near water.

Calling weed-pullers for 'emergency' pull
JUNEAU - Due to a discovery of an inordinate amount of perennial sowthistle, a locally growing invasive weed, an emergency weed-pull has been organized for Tuesday, July 27 at Outer Point on Douglas Island.

Bearfest in Wrangell celebrates region's bruin neighbors
WRANGELL - No matter where you live in Southeast, you've probably had reasons to think about bears lately - whether scouting out viewing opportunities for out-of-town guests or just trying to keep neighborhood bears of your trash.

Registration begins Saturday for JYF
JUNEAU - Are you ready for some fall sports?

Free public firearm shooting session at ADF&G indoor range
JUNEAU - The Territorial Sportsmen is inviting the public to attend a no-charge firearm shooting at the Juneau Hunter Education Facility from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28.

Forest Explorer Programs underway at Mendenhall Glacier
JUNEAU - Mendenhall Glacier Summer Forest Explorer Programs continue at 11 a.m. this Saturday, July 24 and weekly through September 25. This week's activity is "Interview with Nature." Participants will study nature by exploring various natural objects of the Mendenhall area.

Dog Salmon festival happening in Kake
KAKE - Kake's 16th annual Dog Salmon Festival will take place on Saturday, July 24.

Wild shots
Submit your wild shots. The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska’s wildlife, scenery or plant life.

Today, July 23

Education task force to meet
JUNEAU - An education task force set to take up issues like the governor's merit scholarship plan is meeting this week in Anchorage.

Fairbanks court bail records under investigation
FAIRBANKS - Bail accounting records at the Fairbanks-based 4th Judicial District are under investigation for financial irregularities.

North Pole councilman resigns, cites health
FAIRBANKS - The North Pole City Council has lost a second member after Willy Cork said he is resigning for personal and health reasons.

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.

Woman assaulted at highway pullout
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers are looking for a man who attacked a woman at a highway pullout.

5 people rescued from boat burning near Homer
ANCHORAGE - Five Kenai residents were plucked from a 36-foot boat that caught fire in Kachemak Bay 13 miles west of Homer.

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.

Swimmer sinks in Anchorage's Jewell Lake
ANCHORAGE - A man attempting to swim across Jewell Lake in Anchorage sank into the water and was recovered in critical condition.

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.

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

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

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.

Juneau's GCLL Majors face Nunaka Valley
Nunaka Valley has the reputation and Juneau has home-field advantage as the Alaska Little League Softball Championship begins at 7 p.m. today for the Majors division All-Stars at Melvin Park.

Photo: Bursell takes time trial
Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club

Alaska leads nation in job creation
Alaska has led the nation in job creation over the last year, according to new data from the non-profit Rockefeller Institute.

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.

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.

Explosion and fire destroys Hoonah saw mill
"It looked like a howitzer shell hit it."

Photo: Open water swim
Michelle Macy of Oregon swims across Clarence Strait in Ketchikan earlier this month while Michael Schuler accompanys her in a kayak. Macy has been traveling to Ketchikan for the past four or five years to participate in the annual Pennock Island open-water swim. This year's event will be held Aug. 15.

Man disappears in Kenai River
Skiffs peppered the Kenai River downstream of The Pillars boat launch searching for a man who disappeared in the stream Wednesday afternoon.

Checks are coming: Obama signs unemployment bill
WASHINGTON - Federal checks could begin flowing again as early as next week to millions of jobless people who lost up to seven weeks of unemployment benefits in a congressional standoff.

Prosecutors say man intentionally rammed whales with his boat
ANCHORAGE - Twice while piloting a jet boat, Kevin B. Carle spotted humpback whales breaching in the waters of Southeast Alaska.

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.

Hatchery to bring more sport fish
Next time you unhook a feisty rainbow trout, consider where the gorgeous rouge-dappled fish spent its early days.

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.

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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