Artists' spaces: Down in the basement
Basement Studios, a glass business opened six years ago by married artists Tasha Walen and Lincoln Farabee, began in the corner of their cellar with only a torch and an open window. Now it's taken over the whole floor.

Journalist's death sparks community forum
If you're reading this, you've either picked up a newspaper or visited a newspaper's website. Chances are, you have at least a passing interest in the way news is gathered, disseminated and accessed by the public, as well as an opinion on the huge changes currently rocking the industry.

Photos: Pearls of musical wisdom
Above: Michael Gray of Pearl Django, right, leads (from front) Lis Saya, Kristin Price and Margaret Vrolyk in a violin workshop at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center Tuesday.

Jolie's 'Salt' suffers from bad timing
F resh off of giving out four-out-of-four stars for the first time this year ("Inception"), I headed to see Angelina Jolie as CIA agent Evelyn Salt in "Salt." Screenwriter Kurt Wimmer fills a fast-moving 100 minutes with double-cross after double-cross, explosion after explosion, and the pace never falls below semi-urgent. Jolie is more than up to shouldering the load of an action movie and director Phillip Noyce captures the stunts on-screen in a very satisfying, in-your-face fashion.

'The Sparrow' a cross-genre literary star
Mary Doria Russell's debut novel, "The Sparrow," is entirely deserving of the critical acclaim it has garnered since it was published in 1996.

New nonfiction is on library shelves
Here's just a taste of the new nonfiction flooding into the public libraries.

Application deadline for 2nd Annual Local Foods Festival is Aug. 6
Attentionackyard gardeners, farmers and businesses and organizations concerned with local food production: The deadline for applications for the 2nd Annual Juneau Local Foods Festival is August 6. The Saturday,ug. 28, event will feature a large Farmers Markets well as workshops in organic gardening, growing fruits and vegetables in Southeast Alaska, and many other topics.

Juneau Explorers Program runs Aug. 9-13
Kids ages 8-11 are invited to join the City Museum and the Canvas Art Studio August 9-13 for the Juneau Explorer's program, a week of exploring Juneau's history, art, environment and culture. Participants may select individual days or the entire week.

Opera singers wanted
Juneau Lyric Opera is looking for singers for their spring 2011 production of Giacomo Puccini's "La Bohème," to be directed by Roald Simonson. The first round of auditions will be held this Saturday, July 31. TO sign up for an audition time, visit

'Deadliest Catch' captain seeks new deckhand
Moved by the tragedy of the events and affects of the Gulf Coast BP oil spill, "Deadliest Catch" Captain Wild Bill Wichrowski of the F/V Kodiak has announced he is seeking to hire a Gulf Coast resident affected by the oil spill qualified to join his crew to fish the 2010 king crab season.

Metaphorical wars are unwinnable
I'm writing about Bill Dillon's outstanding column: "Losing the word war"

Sapphire Princess disrupted by whale
The docking of the Sapphire Princess in Juneau was delayed Wednesday when a deceased whale was discovered on the cruise ship's bulbous bow.

UAS participates in active shooter simulation
Screams and gunshots resonated throughout the Mourant Building at the University of Alaska Southeast Tuesday afternoon. Yet the realistic terror was not real at all, but rather a tool to help prepare staff members in case an actual crisis strikes.

White sentenced in Yak-Tat Kwaan theft
Yakutat resident Karen White, 45, was sentenced Wednesday in Juneau Superior Court to 2 1/2 years incarceration for second-degree theft from and falsifying the business records of her employer Yak-tat Kwaan in 2008.

Former Doc Water's owner pleads guilty to misdemeanors
Jason Maroney held his daughter in his arms as she pointed toward the flag in Courtroom 1 of the U.S. Federal Building on Tuesday afternoon minutes before he pleaded guilty before Judge Timothy Burgess on charges of violating the Lacey Act.

Photo: In full bloom
Katie Chapman takes a walk with her dog, Kanga, along the Kaxdigoowu Heen Trail near Brotherhood Bridge. The fireweed beds in the park are in full bloom.

Jury decides on damages in case against Bartlett Regional Hospital
A jury awarded a woman $148,000 in a negligence case against Bartlett Regional Hospital heard Tuesday in Juneau Superior Court.

Stress Management: Gentle stretching reduces tension
Editor's note: This article is the third in a series of four articles about stress management. Part 1 of this series was published June 10th.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported

Kake youth escapes black bear sow attack
Kake resident Brandon Berkley, 17, is lucky to be alive after an encounter with a black bear sow Monday morning in Kake.

Photo: Taking a break
Julie Dean of Salt Lake City takes a break from sightseeing to bask in the sun near the statue of Patsy Ann on the Juneau waterfront Tuesday.

SEARHC launches ALERT health record program
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium took a significant step forward July 14 in its four-year systems transformation project when SEARHC became the first health organization in the United States to launch the ALERT Clinic software program at its Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau.

SEARHC hosts Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic in Angoon
ANGOON - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's Jessie Norma Jim Health Center in Angoon will host a special Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic on Aug. 23-27.

Auke Bay fuel leak deemed minor
A fuel spill at Auke Bay Monday evening turned out to be minor and was quickly contained.

Photo: Blvd Park rocks Steamship Dock
Members of Blvd Park of Sacramento, California, perform on the Alaska Steamship Dock Wednesday afternoon. The band will be playing Saturday at the Southeast Alaska State Fair in Haines and at the Alaskan Hotel & Bar on Wednesday, Aug. 4. The members are from right, Tekla Waterfield-Austin, Elise Suttie, Jarrett Mason, Timmy Conroy and Brian Ballentine.

Anita Michalovskis
Anita Michalovskis, 50, a former Juneau resident, passed away June 19, 2010 in Cameron Park, Calif. after a three-month battle with a rare condition. Her memorial service was held on June 29 in Tacoma, Wash. It was conducted in Latvian, the native language of her family.

Margaret Alma Elkinton
Margaret Alma (Tremaine) Elkinton, 76, former Juneau resident, died July 26, 2010 in Juneau.

William Henry Elkinton Jr.
Former Juneau resident William Henry Elkinton Jr. died peacefully March 31, 2010 at his home in Maryville, Tenn. He was 78.

Outside editorial: Charlie Rangel's war
The following editorial first appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

Outside editorial: Limiting 'libel tourism'
The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Absent reason, we're easily fooled
Not to startle you, but you have a narrative in your head. Dozens of them, in fact.

Benjamin Franklin on wealth
On July 26, 1784 - 226 years ago - Benjamin Franklin considered whether society was in need of a "remedy for luxury" in a letter to his trusted adviser, Benjamin Vaughn. In it, Franklin methodically argued against such a need.

Washington's intelligence bubble needs a pin prick
Though George Washington warned, "Over-grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty," vows to curtail military excess almost always go unheeded in the city of his namesake.

Reduce federal subsidies for oil industry
We can't spill wind.

My turn: Let's count our economic blessings
Quick, somebody turn the telescope around for politicians and bankers looking at Alaska's economy. They cite CNBC's survey ranking Alaska's economy 41st out of 50 states. But, the Rockefeller Institute just reported that Alaska leads the nation with the highest job growth of any state. Alaska is one of only two states nationally who had positive annual job growth.

NRA PAC endorses Murkowski
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has gotten the endorsement of the National Rifle Association's political action committee.

Man asks for help after daughter's suicide attempt
BETHEL - An Emmonak man whose 16-year-old daughter attempted suicide has written a letter to Gov. Sean Parnell's rural adviser, asking the state to take urgent action against a suicide crisis in Yukon-Kuskokwim villages.

Swimmer pulled from Jewel Lake dies
ANCHORAGE - A swimmer pulled from the bottom of Jewel Lake has died.

Parnell says Begich proposal unnecessary
JUNEAU - Alaska's governor is opposing creation of a citizens' advisory council to weigh in on Arctic drilling proposals.

Newlywed charged with assaulting her husband
FAIRBANKS - A 23-year-old Fairbanks woman has been charged with threatening her new husband with a knife and slashing tires on his car.

Spokeswoman: No talk of Therriault resigning
JUNEAU - A spokeswoman for Gov. Sean Parnell says there's been no talk within the administration about energy adviser Gene Therriault resigning.

EPA chief visits rural Alaska communities
ANCHORAGE - The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is in the state listening to concerns expressed by southwest Alaska communities.

Chignik Lake man sentenced to 35 years
ANCHORAGE - A 25-year-old Chignik Lake man who pleaded guilty to beating a friend to death has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

EPA administrator visits Alaska
ANCHORAGE - Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson is visiting Alaska for the first time.

Magnitude 5.5 earthquake hits Alaska's Fox Islands
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Earthquake Information Center is reporting a magnitude 5.5 earthquake early Wednesday at a depth of about seven miles in the Fox Islands region.

State seeks to speed unemployment benefits
JUNEAU - The state labor department says it's trying to speed unemployment benefits for those who've filed since June 2, when federal funding expired.

Teen bicyclist fatally struck by truck
FAIRBANKS - A 14-year-old girl has died and another juvenile was injured after they were struck by a pickup truck while riding their bicycles in Fairbanks.

Rainfall breaks records in interior Alaska
FAIRBANKS - July in eastern interior Alaska will be remembered for being soggy.

Nunaka Valley wins Game 1
Nunaka Valley Little League topped Gastineau Channel Little League 11-3 in the first game of the best-of-5 2010 Alaska Junior Softball Championship series on Tuesday at Melvin Park.

Crimson Bears meet former Wyoming coach
The Juneau-Douglas football team got a special treat Wednesday with three-time college national champion and distinguished gridiron gentleman Joe Glenn giving the Crimson Bears a mid-practice pep talk.

Nunaka Valley goes up 2-0 in state championship series
The Glacier Channel Little League 13-14-year-old Juniors All-Star softball team was blanked 4-0 by Nunaka Valley on Wednesday Night at Melvin Park.

Juniors baseball 1 win away from state title
The Gastineau Channel Little League Juniors All-Star team defeated Abbott O'Rabbitt 7-2 on Tuesday in the second game of a best-of-5 championship series in Anchorage.

TransCanada's open season nears close
This Friday, no news may be good news for Alaska's decade-long hopes for getting the state a way to finally get its huge natural gas reserves to markets where it can be sold.

Parnell, Berkowitz hold fundraising leads
Incumbent governor Sean Parnell and Democratic challenger Ethan Berkowitz are holding fundraising leads in their respective primaries, according to campaign finance reports made public Tuesday by the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

Cargo plane crashes at Elmendorf
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE - A military cargo plane crashed Wednesday at an Air Force base near downtown Anchorage with four people on board, the Air Force said.

Containment boom set around grounded vessel
ANCHORAGE - Responders have placed containment boom around a sheen leaking from a grounded fishing vessel in Alaska's Prince William Sound, the Coast Guard said Tuesday.

Barge finds temporary home
FAIRBANKS - Plenty of boats are launched from the Chena Pump wayside, but Wade Gurtler's ride has attracted more attention than most.

House reps sign letter against Sealaska lands bill
ANCHORAGE - Dozens of U.S. House members signed a letter opposing a bill that would allow a private Alaska Native corporation to select choice lands in the nation's largest national forest for its own use.

Lack of awareness factor in shutdown
JUNEAU - The operator of the 800-mile trans-Alaska pipeline system said Wednesday that an internal company review found that power failure and lack of "situational awareness" contributed to a contained oil spill in May.

Search on for man suspected of drowning in Eek River
ANCHORAGE - A search was under way Tuesday for a man whose boat was found adrift on the Eek River in western Alaska.

Sen. Begich may support GOP energy bill
JUNEAU - Alaska's Democratic senator said Wednesday that he may sign on in support of a Republican energy bill because he's not satisfied with the proposal Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid put forth.

Project helps Alaskans spice up soil
PALMER - While Alaska has abundant natural resources, soil that's good for gardening isn't among them.

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