Thursday, July 24, 2008

FAIR for the ears
Nearly two dozen regional, national and international musical acts will descend on Haines for the 40th annual Southeast Alaska State Fair held July 24-27.

Dude, check out the Lebowski theme party on July 30
Nihilists, carpet micturators, Little Lebowski Urban Achievers, cowboys, and ferrets are all welcome to a theme party in honor of "The Big Lebowski" at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30, in the Back Alley at the Viking Lounge.

Student symphony seeks Star Wars musicians
Musicians of all ages are invited to join the Juneau Student Symphony in rehearsals and performances of work by the famous American composer John Williams.

City museum seeks solo artists
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is searching for a few good artists.

JAHC seeks nominations for Mayor's art awards
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council is seeking nominations for the Second Annual Mayor's Awards for the Arts to be presented at a fund-raising event at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Oct. 23.

Sealaska Heritage Institute receives $100k statehood grant
Sealaska Heritage Institute received a $100,000 grant this month to research Native perspectives during the fight for statehood and to tell the story from the Native point of view.

'Man auction' set for July 26
The Alaskan Hotel & Bar will host a "man auction," beer tasting and concert on Saturday, July 26.

Norwegian playwright and author lectures on July 30
A Norwegian playwright, author and lecturer will visit Juneau and give a presentation to the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council and to the Arts Basic Institute at the University of Alaska Southeast.

What's Happening
Thursday, July 24

State monitors cruise ship emissions
Bill Forrest asked a number of questions about cruise ship smoke emissions this year in his July 18 letter to the editor. We appreciate the opportunity to respond.

Before killing wolves, remember options
I am a freshman at the new Thunder Mountain High School. This weekend I was reading the Juneau Empire on the Internet and I saw an article about some wolves and their pups being killed to boost the caribou population in that area.

State should not go 'denning' for wolves
The Department of Fish and Game's killing of four-week-old wolf pups in the name of predator control is utterly horrific. This past June on the Alaska Peninsula, two litters of young pups, scarcely able to walk, were taken from their dens and each one shot in the head, execution style.

Avalanche dangers need mention
Notwithstanding the fact that the Edward La Chapelle, quoted in Dean Williams' July 17 My Turn, "Confidence in Juneau road waning" died in 2007, I find the context of his quoted comments somewhat puzzling.

Sen. Elton will chair Legislative Council
Juneau Sen. Kim Elton was appointed to chair the influential Legislative Council, following Monday's resignation of indicted Sen. John Cowdery, R-Anchorage, as chairman.

'Bong Hits' case going back to court
The "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case is headed back to court.

Planners OK runway expansion permits
Juneau planning commissioners Tuesday night approved without comment permits for expansion of the Juneau International Airport runway.

Planners OK quick fix with signs next to school
Juneau planning commissioners bucked when city engineers asked to forgo building a traffic light because they didn't have time to build it before the new Mendenhall Valley high school opens this fall.

U.S. health secretary looks at telebehavioral health program
Secretary Michael Leavitt, who heads the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was in town Tuesday talking to health officials about using teleconferencing technology to address rural health needs.

Photos: Coast Guard Olympics
First, Randy Salenski, a U.S. Coast Guard buoy tender engineering officer, lights a torch Wednesday in the "heat and beat"competition during the Buoy Tender Round Up Olympics at the Coast Guard dock.

Photo: Sewer project moving along
Toby Miller of Miller Construction Co. Ltd. uses an excavator Wednesday to lower a trench box into a trench on a North Douglas beach during ongoing work for the North Douglas sewer expansion project.

Data theft prompts Sealaska to offer credit protection
After private company data was stolen from one of its employees, Sealaska Corp. arranged this week for its shareholders to sign up with a credit protection service.

Photo: Wrapped up in his work
Jeff Morgan, an unemployment insurance support staffer with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, tapes up manager David Lefebvre on Wednesday as part of a fundraiser for the 2008 SHARE campaign. For $5 a yard, department staff had the chance to duct tape their boss to a chair.

Photo: Building torn down
The NEA-Alaska building is demolished Tuesday at the corner of Second and Main streets in Juneau. The National Education Association will replace the structure with a three-story office building with a street-level parking garage.

Photo: Gossiping guillemots
A pair of pigeon guillemots sit Wednesday on a log next to the U.S. Coast Guard dock. The seabirds range from Alaska to Southern California. A group of pigeon guillemots is called a "bazaar" or "loomery."

Photo: So that's where the blood goes
Megan Brown donates blood Tuesday as her son, Cael Brown, 4, looks on at Centennial Hall during a blood drive sponsored by the Armed Services Blood Program. The blood drive continues from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Centennial Hall, and concludes at 5 p.m. Thursday.

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Correction
An Anchorage Daily News article reprinted in Tuesday's Empire incorrectly stated the rate of retreat of the McCall Glacier. The glacier is losing about 49 feet of length per year.

Second X-Files movie shows new character changes from TV show
It's a mystery worthy of Fox Mulder's scrutiny: Why make a theatrical motion picture of that iconic '90s TV series "The X-Files" six years after the last original episode aired? Nobody's doing "Seinfeld: The Movie," "Friends Forever" or "Walker, Texas Ranger, Rides Again."

'Mamma Mia' is actually enjoyable
Have you ever met someone that was so over-the-top nice that you automatically suspected him or her of being phony and subsequently found them extremely annoying? Only, after a few more encounters with this person, you came to realize the truth, that this over-the-top niceness is genuine? And suddenly, without any real warning, you enjoyed this person's company almost in spite of yourself?

Gambling schemers, the plague and mummies top the new release list
'21'

Juneau's Cinema guide
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SONNY SMITH performs to receptive crowd in SITKA
Wearing slim brown slacks that just touch the tops of his white Oxford shoes, and strumming an old Harmony-style blues guitar, Sonny Smith stands on the stage at the Centennial Building in Sitka with his band, the Sunsets, and starts to play.

Ani DiFranco's new DVD focuses on church turned concert hall
In September 2007, folk singer and songwriter Ani DiFranco experienced something that many solo musicians and bands can only dream of - headlining at her own venue.

'Road tripping' to Southeast Alaska music festivals
When you live in the Lower 48 and your favorite music group comes within a few hundred miles of your town, you just hop in a car and drive over to see them. The same is true for most interior Alaskans who are well-connected by a road system.

Sound Bites
THE HOLD STEADY "Stay Positive" ★★★

Speaking on Turkey
After moving to Turkey in 2001, carver Jno Didrickson, originally from Juneau, found that Native American carving is popular there.

Declaration of Independence:A simple piece of paper
What is the greatest hidden or lost treasure in the United States, with a value of at least $100 million? It is not gold or silver. It is a simple piece of paper.

Construction academy offers free classes
JUNEAU - For those interested in a good-paying job, the Juneau Construction Academy offers free classes in the construction trades. Take a class, earn college credit and get job placement assistance - all for free.

Take a sailor home this weekend
JUNEAU - Celebration Juneau and the Navy League are looking for volunteers to take a sailor home this weekend when the USS Juneau comes to port.

Student symphony to perform Aug. 29
JUNEAU - The Juneau Student Symphony will perform music by American composer John Williams during two performances on Aug. 29, at noon at the State Office Building atrium and at 7 p.m. at Marine Park.

Hope is a buoy for the spirit
I recently overheard a man telling his friend that it didn't matter which presidential candidate he voted for in the upcoming election. He asserted that all politicians are crooked, ruthless schemers who may seem different on the surface but, despite such appearances, are really the same beneath their slick exterior - calculating power-mongers who want to advance their own agenda.

Emo seeks tips, tricks for kitchen
Calling all cooks. Auntie Emo is looking for recipes, we need reader input.

McKinnon Behrends
Former Juneau resident McKinnon Behrends died July 8, 2008, in Portland, Ore. He was 22.

Alaska editorial: State should take careful steps in Monegan situation
Was Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan pressured by the governor's family and administration to fire an Alaska State Trooper or wasn't he?

Outside editorial: Air Force brass in lap of luxury
Generations of military men and women have complained about uncomfortable accommodations when flying on military transport aircraft. But they weren't in a position to do anything about it.

Moving toward a Type 1 civilization
Our civilization is fast approaching a tipping point. Humans will need to make the transition from nonrenewable fossil fuels as our primary energy source to renewable energy sources that will allow us to flourish into the future. Failure to make that transformation will doom us to the endless political machinations and economic conflicts that have plagued civilization for the past half-millennium.

Book details slavery by another name
This is how John Davis became a slave: He was walking one evening from the train depot in Goodwater, Ala., when a white man appeared in the road. "Nigger," he demanded, "have you got any money?"

The 411 on modern information addiction
Crackberry. Only a metaphor for our addiction-like urge to check e-mail? Or does the term shed light on a deep biological truth about our hunger for information?

USS Juneau to visit Alaska namesake
JUNEAU - The USS Juneau will visit its Alaska namesake city to honor the state's 50th anniversary of statehood.

Small earthquake reported in Juneau
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Earthquake Information Center reported a small earthquake Tuesday night in Southeast Alaska.

NTSB: Bad decision led to ship grounding
ANCHORAGE - The grounding of the cruise ship Empress of the North in Southeast Alaska last year was traced to a decision by ship officers to put an inexperienced junior mate on the night watch, according to a recent report.

Bachmann calls for more U.S. oil drilling
MINNEAPOLIS - U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann said the U.S. needs to tap its energy reserves and that only Congress is standing in the way of making a dent in rising fuel costs.

Denali Park drivers authorize strike
ANCHORAGE - Bus drivers in Denali National Park voted to authorize a strike in a long-running dispute with employer Doyon/Aramark over pay rates and unpaid wages.

Parks Highway sites see theft, vandalism
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers are pursuing two cases involving theft and vandalism at industrial sites in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Begich names rural affairs coordinator
ANCHORAGE - Mayor Mark Begich has appointed a new rural affairs coordinator for the municipality of Anchorage.

Captain sentenced in firearms case
ANCHORAGE - A North Slope whaling captain was sentenced in federal court for possessing a firearm, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Anchorage.

Bristol Bay fisheries patrol issues citations
KODIAK - The Bristol Bay fishery trooper patrol boat has been kept busy this summer.

Sutton man's home seized in pot sentence
ANCHORAGE - A Sutton man who grew marijuana at his home had to forfeit the house to the federal government as part of his conviction on drug charges.

Sitka blanks Ketchikan 10-0
In Tuesday's early semifinal of the Division II Major League All Stars tournament, the second-place Sitka All-Stars hurdled themselves into the championships, blanking the third-seed Ketchikan All-Stars 10-0.

Juneau West edges out Sitka
Juneau West and Ketchikan, the two best Major Division Little League teams in Southeast Alaska, squared off on Wednesday night at Miller Field in what quickly became a pitching duel.

Jambaars place second in Nike Crossfire
The 2008 Nike Crossfire Challenge soccer tournament came to an end with the Juneau Soccer Club's U-16 boys team, the Jambaars, taking second place in the tournament.

JYFL Cheerleaders attend cheer camp
WASILLA - Eleven Juneau Youth Football League Cheerleaders recently attended three days of cheer camp, July 14-16, in Wasilla. Girls worked one full day at the Denali gym, working on stunts and tumbling. Then they attended two full days of UCA cheer camp learning and perfecting motions, cheers, chants, dance and stunting.

'You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here'
In the Last Frontier you can still drink at a bar until 5 a.m. in places like Homer or Haines in accordance with state law, but not in the capital city. "The state has a statute that says when bars have to be closed," said Joe Hamilton, an Alaska State Trooper assigned to the Alcohol Beverage Control board. "Municipalities can tighten those controls."

TransCanada continues to face hurdles
The Alaska House of Representatives met Wednesday to finalize its approval of TransCanada Corp.'s pipeline plan under the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act.

House OKs TransCanada plan
The Alaska House of Representatives on Tuesday night handed Gov. Sarah Palin a big victory in her quest for a natural gas pipeline for Alaska.

Commissioner denies sexual harassment claim
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's new Public Safety Department commissioner said Tuesday he has been unfairly accused of sexual harassment and that his accuser three years ago was a longtime acquaintance with whom he had a friendship outside the office.

Senator predicts Democrats will win Alaska Senate race
WASHINGTON - New York Sen. Charles Schumer said Democrats are confident of victory in the Alaska Senate race, even though incumbent Sen. Ted Stevens has been in office for nearly four decades.

Lawmakers divided on alternative energy plan
KENAI - Lawmakers representing the Kenai Peninsula are giving mixed reviews about creating a huge alternative energy grant program, an idea floated recently by House Speaker John Harris.

Alaska Native breast cancer rates stabilize
ANCHORAGE - The unexplained increase in breast cancer rates among Alaska Native women may finally be leveling off, but doctors say there's no sign of a decline just yet.

Fire destroys Trident fish processing plant
ANCHORAGE - A large fire destroyed the Trident Seafoods processing plant in the Alaska Peninsula village of Chignik Bay.

Boaters offered fuel absorbent pads to keep gas out of river
KENAI - Kenai River boaters are being offered fuel absorbent pads in a move to keep gas out of the water.

Scientists take pulse of warming Arctic
TOOLIK FIELD STATION - Beyond the Arctic Circle, teams of scientists measure widening slumps as ice melts beneath the tundra. They scuff through tussocks blackened by unexpected fires, and search for fish in drought-depleted streams.

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Study estimates vast supplies of Arctic oil, gas
WASHINGTON - An estimated 90 billion barrels of undiscovered but technically recoverable oil - three years of world consumption - lie north of the Arctic Circle, the U.S. Geological Survey reported Wednesday.

Three humpbacks found dead in lower Cook Inlet
ANCHORAGE - Three humpback whales found floating in the waters of lower Cook Inlet were probably preyed upon by transient killer whales.

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