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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Health care has already been paid for
The world, and America in particular, are awash with resources. The gross domestic product is largely derived from technology handed down freely from previous generations. (This letter could not be written and you could not read it but for the gift of language from our ancestors.)

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:

Losing faith in Kensington mine
I have just read the latest news on the Kensington mine and I have been following the story all along.

Committee: Voters should have say on tobacco tax
The Assembly Finance Committee voted Thursday night to let voters decide in October whether or not to raise taxes on cigarettes and tobacco products.

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.

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.

Geography students find route to Juneau
The University of Alaska Southeast is mapping a way to a stronger academic program for the Juneau school.

Taku River flooding could near record
The Taku River is flooding, and this year could be a big one.

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.

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.

French makes local campaign stop
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sen. Hollis French of Anchorage said he'll be living in Juneau and supporting Juneau if he's elected the state's next governor.

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.

Photo: Monkey business
Megan Stidolph, left, and Dawn Walsh, right, carry Naughty Monkey on a downtown shopping excursion Thursday. Walsh, who co-owns shoe store Shoefly with Sydney Mitchell, uses the monkey for marketing. 'I have a monkey on my back,' Walsh stated. Added Stidolph, 'The monkey and I have been dating for a year now.'

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.

Photo: Concrete measurements
Dave Hurley of Wilson Construction prepares concrete samples Thursday afternoon on the site of the City of Juneau's Capital Improvement Program for the new Downtown Transportation Center. The concrete samples help determine the compressive strength of the concrete at different stages of curing.

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

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

Around Town
Today, July 24

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.

Obituary Helen E. James
Reno resident Helen E. James died July 17, 2009, in a nursing home in Las Vegas.

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.

Outside editorial: Military suicides
Last year, 143 soldiers, 41 sailors, 41 Marines and 31 airmen took their own lives. For the first time, suicides in the Army have outpaced the rate for the same demographic group in the nation at large, with the highest number since the Pentagon began keeping track in 1980.

Outside editorial: Drawing a line on guns
The nation dodged a bullet Wednesday. In a rare defeat for the powerful gun lobby, the Senate routed an amendment that would have federalized concealed-weapons laws by forcing all states that issue such permits to gun owners to honor those granted by other states. States with strict rules regarding concealed firearms, such as California, essentially would have had their laws nullified by states with lax rules. Yet so spineless have gun-control advocates in Congress been in recent years that there was no guarantee common sense would trump political cowardice. It was a nailbiter, but the amendment failed on a 58-39 vote.

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.

Arctic shipping presents unprecedented challenge
The dog days of summer slow down the pace of life for many of us, but it's the busy season in the Arctic. The Inuit people who inhabit the top of the globe in Alaska, Canada, Russia and Greenland are out on the land and ice, camping, hunting, fishing and visiting family. Meanwhile, annual supply ships visit Arctic communities, bringing next year's provisions before the ocean freezes again.

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.

Minimum wage stuck in the 1950s
Are you better off than you were 40 years ago? Not if you're a minimum-wage worker.

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

Anchorage fire chief to be replaced under Mayor Sullivan
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Fire Chief Craig Goodrich says he has learned he will be replaced under Mayor Dan Sullivan's new administration.

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.

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.

Puppy stolen from parking lot
FAIRBANKS - A pit bull puppy is one of the latest items stolen in the parking lot of Regal Cinemas in Fairbanks.

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.

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."

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.

Mat-Su charging for false fire alarms
WASILLA - The Mat-Su Borough Department of Emergency Services has begun charging for some false fire alarms.

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.

Work starts to relocate Alaska village
ANCHORAGE - Work has begun to relocate the eroding village of Newtok.

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.

Man shot on Anchorage bike path
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police are investigating a shooting that sent one man to the hospital.

Changing colors
JUNEAU - From Crimson Bear to fledgling Falcon. Born and raised in Juneau, Jason Wilson was a member of the 1985 Juneau-Douglas High School state champion boys' swim team and was an assistant coach at JDHS last year. Now, he's taking over as the head swim coach at Thunder Mountain, an interesting dynamic not lost on Wilson.

Battle for bragging rights
Juneau West 7, Juneau East 2

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.

Anchorage budget gap expected to expand by $9 million
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage officials are forecasting an additional $9 million budget shortfall because of an expected drop in tourism this summer and weak returns on the city's investment funds.

Parnell wants to stop ethics case leaks
ANCHORAGE - Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell is asking Alaska's attorney general to recommend ways to stop people from leaking confidential information in ethics investigations.

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.

Gardeners in Sitka reap giant harvest
SITKA, Alaska - The notion that it's impossible to grow vegetables in Sitka falls away quickly when you visit Florence Welsh on Davidoff Street.

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.

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.

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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