Friday, July 25, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

What's Happening
Thursday, July 24

Hunt less, let nature balance herds
I am a seventh-grade student at Floyd Dryden Middle School. I read the article in Sunday's newspaper about the adult wolves and pups that were killed in the Alaska Peninsula just to boost the caribou herd. I was very disappointed of what I read and learned. The thought of what the people did took a big chunk out of my heart.

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.

Register to Vote
The deadline to register to vote for the Aug. 26 primary election is July 27.

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.

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

Oil sheen spotted in Twin Lakes
Tipped off by locals, state spill responders Thursday traced a sheen on Twin Lakes upstream to a leak from a home heating oil underground tank in the Mountainside Estates subdivision.

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.

Local airline shut down
L.A.B Flying Service, a local airline that flies to several smaller communities in Southeast Alaska, was shut down Thursday morning by the Federal Aviation Administration over safety concerns.

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.

New head of state health will not be based in capital
Gov. Sarah Palin on Thursday appointed Bill Hogan as commissioner of the Department of Health and Social Services, replacing Karleen Jackson, the former commissioner.

Court: Boats not exempt from Clean Water Act regulations for wastewater
A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld a lower court's ruling that boats aren't exempt from Clean Water Act regulation of their wastewater. But that is unlikely to change what's discharged into Alaska waters.

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.

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.

Palin energy bill proposes replacing lost aviation revenue
Gov. Sarah Palin proposed waving state fuel taxes for a year, but she wants to make up lost aviation fuel tax revenue for the state's municipal airports - including tens of thousands of dollars for Juneau International Airport.

Around Town
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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."

Police & Fire
Reports from police, fire officials and state troopers:

Around Town
Today

Police & Fire
Reports from police, fire officials and state troopers:

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
OPENING

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" ★★★

Summer science in Glacier Bay
What gets kids interested in pursuing science? According to Jeff Drake, director of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Summer Research Academy, it is fun.

Thanks for supporting Juneau Youth Football League cheerleaders
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.

Thanks for outpouring of love during the loss of my wife
On May 31, my beloved wife of 21 years, Christine, passed away from complications of surgery. While this time has been traumatic for my family and me, we take comfort in the generous outpouring of support, kindness and love of the people of this community.

Fairbanks university to hold statewide teleconference
JUNEAU - University of Alaska Fairbanks research scientist Jessica Cherry will discuss uncertainties in the arctic water cycle during a statewide teleconference at 10 a.m. July 29.

How does your garden grow?
I am from Iowa, so I have an inherent need to grow vegetables. Each winter, I dream up ways of trying to garden in Juneau's environment which, so far, has really frustrated me.

FYI
Births

Recognitions
Kids in Juneau are reading this summer and receiving prizes from local businesses by reviewing their favorite books. A drawing from the review entries is held each week at the three public libraries.

Thanks for expressions of sympathy during the loss of Jeff Jeans
The Jeans family would like to thank everyone for their kind expression of sympathy on our recent loss of Jeff Jeans.

City Museum offers summer program
Youth ages 8 to 11 are invited to join the Juneau-Douglas City Museum for a week of fun and exploration Aug. 4-8 for the Juneau Explorers Week program, which combines indoor and outdoor activities to expose youth to Juneau's local history, art and culture.

Pets of the week
A shy cat and trio of parakeets seek homes

Leamer, Gissberg wed
Christena Gissberg and Kelly Leamer, both of Juneau, were married on June 28, 2008, at Northern Light United Church. A reception immediately followed at Marlintini's Lounge.

Season brings another sad story
I was looking at a 20-year-old Japanese maple, a deep red cutleaf that was the focus of the landscape in my friend's yard. For years, he had delighted in its soft spring emergence into a feathery flowing mound of dark layered colors. The annual progression from bright burgundy to deep crimson and then as fall approached into flaming fire engine red was a real pleasure.

Harvey, Baldwin to wed
Stephanie Jane Baldwin and Logan Garrett Harvey, of Juneau, are engaged to be married in a private ceremony on July 26, 2008, at Pearson's Pond. A reception will follow at 3 p.m. at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. All friends are invited to celebrate.

Bahney, Badger to wed
Ashley Badger, formerly of Juneau, and Benjamin Bahney, of Denver, Colo., are engaged to be married. All friends are invited to celebrate with the wedding party at 6 p.m. on Aug. 30 at Sandy Beach. Side dishes welcome.

Inside the junior-high mind
If there is one place that most of us wouldn't dare to venture, it's inside the mind of a junior-high student. Junior high is the years between elementary school and high school. It was an awkward time for many of us.

Lee W. Smith
Former longtime Juneau resident Lee W. Smith died July 22, 2008, at Providence Hospital in Everett, Wash., after a brief illness. He was 91.

Arnold J. Israelson
Former Yakutat and Haines resident Arnold J. Israelson died July 20, 2008, in Sitka. He was 94.

Donald L. Day Jr.
Summer Juneau resident Donald L. Day Jr. died July 19, 2008, in Juneau. He was 76.

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?

My turn: Land swap is not in public's interest
It was recently revealed that Shee Atika Inc. has proposed to swap its logged-out land on Admiralty Island for two nearly pristine tracts of federal land on Chichagof and Yakobi islands, near Pelican.

Alaska editorial: Praise lawmakers for funding health efforts
Inserted in the U.S. Senate-approved $50 billion (with a "b") global AIDS bill is a chunk of money that could improve health care throughout the state and help make the honey bucket, finally, part of Alaska's past.

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.

Alaska editorial: State should do more than hand out energy rebates
Potential $1,200 payments, initially discussed as a means of helping Alaskans with soaring fuel costs, now are characterized as a "resource rebate," based on comments last week from the Department of Law.

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

Native leader calls for energy relief
JUNEAU - Alaska Federation of Natives President Julie Kitka testified Wednesday on the Native community's energy priorities and called for immediate relief for rural Alaska residents.

Partnership formed to save Tongass cabins
KETCHIKAN - A partnership has been formalized between the Tongass National Forest and Friends of the Tongass Cabins to maintain 150 public-use cabins.

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.

Bear shot after entering a residence
JUNEAU - A Juneau man shot a bear in the face after it wandered into his home Wednesday night, according to police.

2 charged with trying to rob coffee stands
ANCHORAGE - Two women were arrested on charges that they attempted to hold up Anchorage coffee stands.

National Night Out coming to Juneau
JUNEAU - "America's Night Out Against Crime" will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 5, and Juneau will participate for the first time.

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.

Trailer carrying fish crashes highway
SEWARD - A truck trailer carrying 46,000 pounds of fish overturned on the Seward Highway outside Seward, blocking all three lanes for nearly two hours.

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.

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.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

'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.

Alaska Air books 2nd-quarter profit on hedging, still predicts job losses
SEATTLE - Alaska Air Group Inc. on Thursday said its second-quarter profit rose 37 percent despite rising fuel prices, as it accounted for fuel hedges that will close in future quarters. The operator of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air also said it will cut capacity, and suggested job losses are coming in the fall.

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.

Grizzly bear attacks woman near lodge
ANCHORAGE - A 21-year-old woman working at a lodge for the summer was attacked by a grizzly bear about 25 yards outside a building.

Anchorage on track for coolest summer
ANCHORAGE - It appears Anchorage residents might have a valid reason to complain about the weather.

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.

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.

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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