FIRST FRIDAY is the last for the summer
The final First Friday of the summer has works that range from intaglio prints to ceramics and from papier-mâché to drawings. Several of the usual First Friday hot spots will not hold August receptions but have indicated that they again will feature artists once fall arrives.

Local crew releases new ski, snowboard film
T hose in Juneau thinking about snow sports during the colder-than-usual summer months can get their fix with the premiere of the new ski and snowboard movie by Bad Larry Productions.

What's Happening
Thursday, July 31

Franklin Street stores ruin Juneau
I used to live in Juneau many years ago, when Juneau was Juneau. The Alaska-Juneau Gold Mine was still standing out proudly on lower Mount Roberts. The Red Dog Saloon, much farther north on Franklin Street, was a place that locals could go to, and tourists were in the minority.

Principals should maintain order
I would like to apologize to Linda Buckley ("Substitute teachers deserve better treatment" My Turn on July 27) for the rude and irresponsible behavior she had to endure at the hands of out-of-control students.

In Bong Hits history, players are partners
Joseph Frederick, Deborah Morse and the city of Juneau have actually found themselves as co-defendants in a monumental case. Yes, I did say co-defendants.

Rep. LeDoux needs new ad campaign
I do not know who Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux's publicist, public relations firm or campaign manager is, but whoever is in charge of her campaign advertising is doing her a severe disservice.

Sealaska shareholder privacy compromised
This is in reference to the article (Empire, July 23) about Sealaska Corp.'s data theft of shareholder records.

Humanity, common sense missing in kills
I am so disgusted by the state Department of Fish and Game for their deceit and actions regarding the killing of wolves. Alaska law prohibits the killing of pups in their dens as part of a predator reduction effort. So, the department broke the law, lied to the press and the public, collected a salary for criminal activity and lying, and then billed the people of Alaska for all the expenses. Laws don't apply to the Department of Fish and Game?

Voters will respond to state's wolf kills
I was outraged regarding Sunday's Associated Press story of the shooting of 14 wolf pups in the head at their dens in Unit 9, on the Southern Alaska Peninsula.

Photo: Ice on the side
Mendenhall Glacier visitors look at a large iceberg floating Tuesday in Mendenhall Lake.

Juneau reacts
"It's pretty hard to be in that position for as long as he has without compromising something. I guess that's how politics works ... But I'm sorry to hear that, because he's done a lot for the state."

Photo: Into the mist
The USS Juneau sets sail Wednesday out of Gastineau Channel. The crew pulled up anchor in the morning, ending a four-day visit in honor of the coming 50th anniversary of statehood. The "Mighty J," as the U.S. Navy vessel is affectionately known by its crew, is on its final voyage to San Diego, where it will be decommissioned.

Photo: Images from another time Bridge under construction, 1980
A crane on a barge holds a pile driver as workers build the foundation for the new Juneau-Douglas Bridge in 1980. The bridge was dedicated in 1981, replacing a bridge that was built in the 1930s.

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

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Police & Fire
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A story Tuesday incorrectly reported that former Gov. Wally Hickel was the state's only two-time governor. Actually, Bill Egan served nonconsecutive terms as well, being elected in 1958 and 1962, and then again in 1970.

The villains we love to hate
Oh, Hannibal, you big, lovable teddy bear, you. Come give us a hug!

X-Files is pleasantly familiar
S ix years ago. That's the last time agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully were part of our television lives. Until seeing "The X-Files: I Want to Believe" this past weekend, I had no idea how much I had missed them.

Scorsese's rock documentary on DVD
'Shine a Light'

Juneau's Cinema guide

Two local CDs offer twists on folk, bluegrass
T here's finally some new local CDs I found in one of my periodic trips to Capitol Records and - shock! - both claim to offer twists on traditional folk/bluegrass.

HAINES hosts wet and rainy state fair
Stepping off the ferry in Haines in the rain with gear at 5:30 in the morning can be a dreary ordeal, but the musicians traveling to the state fair last week were greeted with a smile, then ushered to a school bus where they loaded their instruments, packs and other equipment and headed for a bunkhouse in Mud Bay.

Sound Bites
BLACK KIDS, "Partie Traumatic" ★★

Helping with loving hands
"This job makes me feel like I'm doing something worthwhile," said Molly Kay about her work as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at Hospice and Home Care of Juneau. "I love meeting the patients and families, and I enjoy helping to make their days or weeks as comfortable as possible."

Widowed Person Program to hold annual picnic
JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons Program extends an invitation to all widows and widowers to attend its annual picnic at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lena Beach picnic area. The event also includes a tour of the Jensen Olson Arboretum prior to the picnic at 11:30 a.m.

Consortium to host Yakutat pediatric dental clinic
YAKUTAT - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and the Yakutat Community Health Center will host a special Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic on Aug. 4-8, 2008.

Thank you from the Juneau Volunteer Marching Band
The Juneau Volunteer Marching Band (JVMB) would like to shout out a big thank you to those who joined with us to present patriotic march music to all the community during the Marine Park concerts and July 4th Parades in Juneau and Douglas.

Juneau Youth Sailing to hold hot dog fundraiser
JUNEAU - Juneau Youth Sailing will hold a hot dog and soda sale fundraiser at from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Super Bear Supermarket. This fundraiser will help JYS support its mission to bring sail training to Juneau youth and the rest of the community in a manner that promotes safety, fun and learning.

Big moneyand no sense
Sometimes big bucks count for more than common sense.

Perk up parsley with cool water
Calling all cooks. Auntie Emo is looking for recipes, we need reader input.

Pittman, Roaf wed
Amber Kristine Roaf, of Port Angeles, Wash., and Andrew Fergus Pittman, formerly of Juneau, were married on May 31, 2008, at the Lighthouse Christian Center in Port Angeles. The Rev. John C. Pierce officiated.

Mayeda, Williams to wed
Elizabeth Mayeda and Joseph Leon Williams are engaged to be married at 2 p.m. Aug. 31, 2008, at the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. A reception will follow. All who know the bride and groom are welcome to attend.

Norman L. Miller
Former Juneau resident Norman L. Miller died suddenly and unexpectedly on July 26, 2008, in Seminole County, Fla. He was 56.

Frank Joseph Sr.
Former Tenakee Springs resident Frank Joseph Sr. died at 8:25 p.m. on July 26, 2008, of cardiac illness, at Mount Edgecumbe Hospital. He was 70.

Lee W. Smith
Former Juneau resident Leephonse "Lee" W. Smith, of the pioneer dairy family, died July 22, 2008, in Everett, Wash., from a sudden illness. He was 91.

My turn: Gas should benefit Alaskans
The Alaska Gasline Inducement Act was a wonderful mechanism to stimulate discussion, encourage productive debate, and motivate competition for construction of a natural gas pipeline in our state.

Outside editorial: Sen. Ted Stevens' extreme makeover
A new first floor. A new garage. A two-story wraparound deck. Plumbing and electrical wiring. A professional Viking gas grill. These are among the more than $250,000 worth of gifts that prosecutors allege Alaska Republican Sen. Ted Stevens accepted from an Alaska oil services company, VECO Corp., and its former chief executive, Bill J. Allen, but failed to report on his annual financial disclosure forms. Not only failed to report, according to the seven-count indictment handed up this week by a federal grand jury in Washington, but actively concealed - not surprisingly since, according to the indictment, Stevens simultaneously "received and accepted solicitations for multiple official actions from Allen and other VECO employees," including help with projects in Pakistan and Russia, requests for federal grants and contracts, and help with efforts to build a natural gas pipeline from the state's North Slope.

Alaska editorial: Testing Alaska's patience
The public service record of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens is unequaled in this state, and perhaps the nation. That makes his indictment on federal charges this week all the more tragic.

Empire editorial: What a shame for Alaska
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' indictment on federal corruption charges Tuesday should have surprised no one, least of all anyone who has known of the investigation into the man known for reeling in more federal dollars for his state than any other member of Congress ever has or likely ever will.

A victim in Knoxville: Accountability
Had it not been liberals, it would have been something else. Let's grant that from the beginning.

Human life: The price is (not) right
Most inhumanities start small, like the beginning of a tsunami, but then build, as they head toward inevitable and unstoppable destruction.

Perseverance Trail work party slated
JUNEAU - Trail Mix will sponsor a volunteer work party on Juneau's Perseverance Trail from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

ATV driver dies in crash with motorcycle
TAKOTNA - A Takotna man driving a four-wheeler died from injuries suffered in a crash with a motorcycle.

Todd Palin to host former first spouses
JUNEAU - First gentleman Todd Palin will host a reception for other first spouses to occupy the Governor's Mansion in Juneau.

More homeless people are expected to vote
BREMERTON, Wash. - Among the record number of voters expected to cast ballots this fall may be an increase from an often-invisible population - the homeless.

Heavy rain douses Alaska Interior
FAIRBANKS - Heavy rain throughout Alaska's Interior prompted flood warnings and flood watches in the Tanana Valley.

States seek trust fund for oceans
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Pacific state governors want Congress to create a trust fund to help pay for ocean-protection efforts along the West Coast.

Reward offered in caribou slaughter
ANCHORAGE - A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction for those responsible for the killing of caribou in northwest Alaska.

Animal rights law seeks room to roam
VACAVILLE, Calif. - This fall, California voters will consider the most comprehensive farm animal rights law in the country, a measure that would ban cramped metal cages for egg-laying hens, metal gestation crates for pregnant sows and veal crates for lambs - standard industry practices in which the animals are kept so confined that they can barely move.

Disc Golf Association to host charity tourney
JUNEAU - The Juneau Disc Golf Association will host a charity disc golf tournament for the Gastineau Humane Society on Aug. 24.

Runners on the road
Runners from New York, Alabama, Oregon, Iowa, California, Michigan and points in between signed up for the 17th annual Frank Maier Marathon and Douglas Island Half Marathon on Saturday.

High school tennis, cross country to meet
JUNEAU - High school tennis for both schools begins practice at 11 a.m. Friday at JRC The Alaska Club. Practice will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at JRC The Alaska Club until school starts.

High school swim, dive to first meet Aug. 11
JUNEAU - High school students interested in joining the Juneau-Douglas High School Swimming and Diving team can attend the first meeting at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, at the JDHS commons.

With less than 100 days left until the Nov. 4 general election, the Republican and Democratic parties are working to connect with young Alaskan voters in a presidential contest that by some accounts could see higher participation than in recent years.

GOP colleagues distance themselves
WASHINGTON - Presumptive GOP nominee John McCain distanced himself from Sen. Ted Stevens Wednesday, a day after his longtime rival was indicted on charges of lying about more than $250,000 in gifts he got from an oil services company.

Stevens indictment rocks Alaska
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens has advocated for Alaska since before there was a state of Alaska and, as the longest-serving Republican senator in history, had the opportunity to do much for the state.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Senator accused of lying on financial disclosure reports
WASHINGTON - Sen. Ted Stevens, the nation's longest-serving Republican senator and a major figure in Alaska politics since before statehood, was indicted Tuesday on seven felony counts of concealing more than a quarter of a million dollars in house renovations and gifts from a powerful oil contractor that lobbied him for government aid.

TransCanada passes key vote in Senate
With time running out for the Alaska Legislature to get a TransCanada Corp. natural gas pipeline, a Senate committee finally took action on the proposal late Wednesday, approving the contract 7-5.

Links to VECO at heart of indictment
WASHINGTON - In the first week of October 1999, Ted Stevens had the government of Pakistan in a delicate position.

State agency tells cruise lines to fix wastewater plans
The state Department of Environmental Conservation told cruise lines last week that their plans for reducing wastewater pollutants were inadequate and that current discharge allowances will be revoked unless new plans are filed by mid-August.

Stevens used an old-school approach to support state
WASHINGTON - Ted Stevens is a throwback to the Senate he joined almost 40 years ago and then worked so effectively for his home state of Alaska.

Some Republicans say they'll give money from Stevens to charity
WASHINGTON - Republican senators facing reelection challenges sought to insulate themselves from indicted Sen. Ted Stevens Wednesday by promising to donate to charity tens of thousands of dollars they received from the veteran Alaska lawmaker's political action committee.

Flooding continues in Alaska's Interior
FAIRBANKS - Rivers in Alaska's interior are spilling over their banks after two days of heavy rain, forcing several families to evacuate their homes.

Indictment adds to GOP troubles
WASHINGTON - Just when it looked like things couldn't get much worse for Republicans in this election year, they did.

Dozens of Arctic caribou slaughtered, left to rot
ANCHORAGE - Hunters from two Arctic villages that depend heavily on caribou for food are suspected of slaughtering dozens of the animals and leaving the carcasses to rot on the tundra, state wildlife officials said Tuesday.

Alaska leads nation in credit card debt
NEW YORK - Alaska leads all states with the highest median credit card debt of $3,384, according to a study released Wednesday.

New Fish and Wildlife center in works for Tok
ANCHORAGE - A new federal/state visitor center in the planning stages for an area near Tok, just 91 miles from the Canadian border, has moved another step forward toward welcoming upward of 100,000 visitors annually.

Beach closings due to bacteria fall in '07
WASHINGTON - Beach closings and warnings due to harmful bacteria dropped last year, an environmental watchdog group reported Tuesday, but 2007 was the second-worst year in 18 years and heavy rains this year may reverse the decline.

Conservative group to fight polar bear's 'threatened' status
ANCHORAGE - A conservative legal advocacy group said Wednesday it plans to sue the federal government over its recent decision to list the polar bear as a threatened species.

Seven-square-mile chunk of ice breaks off in Canada
EDMONTON - Officials said Tuesday a chunk of ice about seven square miles in size broke off Canada's largest remaining ice shelf last week.

Volunteers show veterans best of Kodiak
KODIAK - Michael Owens often thinks to Oct. 17, 2005, and wonders what could have been.

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