Screenwriter, professor to host workshop
Screenwriter and professor Neil Landau has spent more than 20 years working in the entertainment industry. A cowriter of the 1991 Christina Applegate film "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead" and longtime contributor to the hit television series "Melrose Place," Landau is presently a visiting professor at UCLA's School of Film and Television and a faculty advisor for the Creative Writing Program at Goddard College. He will be hosting a two-hour screenwriting lecture and workshop beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Douglas Library.

STAR to shine Aug. 8 through 16
The stars are out this summer with Perseverance Theatre's annual Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous, also known as the STAR program. Young local actors will perform in "The Velveteen Rabbit," Roald Dahl's "Willy Wonka," and "Raven at the Head of the Nass." Shows run Aug. 8 through 16 at the Noyes Pavilion at the University of Alaska Southeast.

"Fireweed 2008" registration deadline looms
The registration deadline for the "Fireweed 2008: The Great Alaskan Art Retreat" is growing near.

Sonneman establishes photography prize
Former Juneau resident Joe Sonneman recently established a photography prize at Claremont Graduate University, the first such award in the university's fine arts program. The award will assist documentary and fine art photographers in publishing their first book.

Weber Dance Company offers two-week dance intensive
Juneau Dance Unlimited will bring the Boston-based Weber Dance Company to the capital city Aug. 11 through 22 for a two-week dance intensive, lectures and a dance performance.

What's Happening
Thursday, August 7

State crossed line in wolf killings
Alaska Department of Fish and Game employees have crossed an ethical line.

Follow traffic law for increased safety
I had an unusual experience while riding my bike home from work recently - one of the many courteous, thoughtful drivers in Juneau yielded to me.

State takes out too much green
For those of us whose quality of life is enhanced by the beauty of our surroundings, we wish that Department of Transportation and Public Facilities shared this value.

It's not just about now
Are the presidential candidates right or wrong or just short-sighted?

Predator control is a tough job
Here are just a few words in support of Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the field biologists who killed the mature wolves then later found the pups and decided shooting them was the right thing to do.

Act now to preserve halibut in Alaska
Halibut stocks must be preserved. The charter boat fleet must not be allowed to continue to overfish its guideline harvest level.

Salmon derby set to begin Friday
Juneau's anglers are gearing up for the start of the 62nd annual Golden North Salmon Derby, which begins this Friday.

How do you tell a whale? Just look at its tail
Sally Mizroch was pretty sure she'd seen whale No. 183 before. Its distinctive tail fluke was all white, with a few black Marilyn Monroe-type spots. She entered its features into her computer and got an instant match.

Commission will publish report on energy crisis
A commission appointed by the mayor to study Juneau's response to an energy crisis caused by avalanches in April is set to release a draft of its report next week.

Local initiatives fail to get out of the gate
Two groups heading up ballot initiatives failed to return paperwork to the city clerk's office by deadline, so voters will not be asked to consider the issues during the municipal election on Oct. 7.

Eaglecrest looks to gauge public opinion about the cost of skiing
Eaglecrest Ski Area wants to know how much skiers and snowboarders will pay to ride the lifts this winter.

Jury will decide if woman had sex with boy
The jury is out in the trial of Lindi Vinje, a 38-year-old woman accused of having sex with a 15-year-old boy.

Photo: Historic locomotive on display
An ore train makes a run on Feb. 22, 1917, near Sheep Creek. The locomotive was recently acquired by the Alaska State Museum and will be on display - for one day only - today at the museum.

Pediatricians urge vaccines for whooping cough
A few recent cases of pertussis in Juneau prompted two local pediatricians to recommend more people get vaccinated for the disease more commonly known as whopping cough.

Photo: Recognizing Hiroshima anniversary
Juneau residents participate Wednesday in a silent vigil to commemorate the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II. The event was sponsored by Juneau Friends Meeting.

Empire names new managing editor
Michael Plett, a five-year veteran of the Juneau Empire and its interim managing editor since April, has been named managing editor by Publisher Robert Hale.

Photo: Playing in the park
Joshua Reeder, left, and Gilbert Burnet play chess Monday at the Seward Street park as dog Tokah stands guard.

Around Town

Photo: Smooth sailing
Three sail boats glide Tuesday across Juneau Harbor.

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

In a Wednesday story about whooping cough, the name of SEARHC pediatrician Dr. Marna Schwartz was misspelled, and Dr. George Brown's association with Bartlett Regional Hospital was incorrectly stated. Brown is a pediatrician at Glacier Pediatrics and a member of the hospital's medical staff.

Around Town

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

Stoner flicks live in infamy
Funniest pot joke in a movie?

Apathetic acting spoils 'Mummy'
Jason Lee still holds the "honor" of the biggest mailing-it-in performance of the last year for "Alvin and the Chipmunks," but Brendan Fraser has now secured the second spot on that list.

New on DVD
"Nim's Island"

Juneau's Cinema guide

BRAZILian GIRLS may not be from BRAZIL or GIRLS, but they're still a good time
They may not be Brazilian, but they are still plenty exotic. The New York-based band The Brazilian Girls released their third full-length collection this week, called "NYC," and it delivers the same international blend of techno, multiple dance rhythms and alluring vocals of their past efforts, and recalls their standout debut CD of 2005.

Dust off your doumbeck, develop your technique
I t's time to dust off your doumbek. The Noodle of Doum, Juneau's Middle Eastern drum group, is hosting a series of drumming and rhythm workshops with guest instructor Lara Triback.

Katy Perry doesn't put her lips where her lyrics are
You know what bothers me about Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" - now officially the song of the summer, after spending five weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100? Not the auto-erotic tease of the lyrics, which keeps Perry inside her head rather than beneath the waistband of some lovely's Victoria's Secret finery. Not her groaning vocal delivery, which is kind of sexy, built around a neo-burlesque bump of a track and the luscious word hook "cherry Chapstick."

Sunday Salons with Trina Hamlin debuts on Aug. 24
The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council will present a new series called Sunday Salons beginning Aug. 24. The salon's first performer will be singer-songwriter Trina Hamlin. The performance begins at7 p.m.

Photo: Hometown run
Special education teacher Kiersten Smith, of St. Paul, Minn., runs with her family's dogs, Rocco, left, and Rupert on Monday on Glacier Highway near her parents' home. A former outstanding basketball and soccer player and student athlete at Juneau-Douglas High School, she will marry Mark Johnson, also of St. Paul, this weekend.

Thanks for another successful Camp DAMP
For the last 16 years, the local contra dance community has sponsored a weekend-long camp, Camp Dance And Music Party (DAMP), at the Eagle River United Methodist Camp. It's a time full of family fun, dancing, music and workshops drawing nearly 100 local and out-of-town participants of all ages.

Thanks for support during our circumstance
Joe and I would like to say thank you to everyone for all the support, donations and prayers during our life-changing circumstance.

Thanks for assisting Front Street Clinic
Front Street Clinic would like to thank the following people and organizations for supporting us as we strive to improve the lives of those who are experiencing homelessness in Juneau.

Thanks for hosting a beautiful lunch for us
I would like to say thank you to the Cadiente family for the beautiful lunch they had given to the choir exercise gang. It was a wonderful surprise. I give thanks for people like them. We had a wonderful time.

Consortium hosts pediatric dental clinic
HAINES - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Haines Health Center will host a special Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic Aug. 11-15.

Rain, rain go away
Two years ago, I wrote a column about our chance of breaking a record. Here is part of that article.

Use inverted bowl to remove salmon bones
Looking for a recipe? Got a tip to share? Look no further, this is where it all happens!

Dunker, McGuan wed
Paige Zo Dunker and Matthew McGuan, of Juneau, were married on June 28, 2008, at the Shrine of Saint Therese in Juneau. Father Thomas Weise of the Cathedral of the Nativity officiated. A reception followed at the Mount Robert's Tramway Timberline Bar and Grill. A Beach Brunch Potluck on June 29 at the Auke Village Recreation Area completed the celebrations.

Sanders celebrate 25 years
Vance and Rachel Sanders will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with a planned trip to Europe. They were married on Aug. 6, 1983, in Franklin, N.C.

Pets of the week
Adorable, big-hearted pets seek homes

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. The winners for the week of July 31 are as follows:

Thanks for contributing to little league tourneys
Gastineau Channel Little League recently sponsored four baseball and softball tournaments here in Juneau for youth players coming from several parts of Alaska during July. All were a huge success, providing many hours of fun and excitement for youth and adults alike. We could not have done it without the support of many local businesses and community organizations.

Eleanor Anderson
Juneau resident Eleanor Anderson died from an illness on Aug. 5, 2008, in Juneau. She was 87.

Alaska editorial: State should work to curb excessive teacher turnover
University of Alaska Anchorage researchers have produced a gloomy report about the high turnover of teachers that plagues Alaska schools, especially in the Bush.

Outside editorial: Drill for more oil
If you could boil down the ideal U.S. energy policy to a few words it would be this: We have to stop buying foreign oil. U.S. dependence on it creates too much political, economic, environmental and national security vulnerability.

Children gain more weight in summer than ever before
Two things spike at this time of year: the heat and, apparently, our schoolchildren's weight.

Acquit and re-elect Stevens
Last week Alaskans heard one of the biggest news stories ever.

Housing collapse ahead? Not according to data
Turmoil in the housing market has led to fears that home prices will drop precipitously, particularly if foreclosures force large numbers of homes onto the market in the coming year. Recently, these fears have driven financial stocks down and led to the government rescue of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But the projected losses have been wildly exaggerated. Most Americans have not experienced any significant decline in the value of their homes - nor are they likely to.

AEL&P plans to sell surplus electricity
JUNEAU - Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. announced Tuesday there is sufficient water at Long and Crater lakes at the Snettisham hydroelectric project for the utility to begin supplying surplus power to Princess Cruise Lines this week.

Historic mining train on display today
JUNEAU - An electric locomotive used to haul ore at the Alaska-Gastineau mine near Juneau in the early 1900s is on display today at the Alaska State Museum downtown.

Plane crash-lands in Kuskokwim River
ANCHORAGE - Eight people are safely on the ground after a commercial plane crash-landed into the Kuskokwim River shortly after takeoff.

Juneau libraries announce new hours
JUNEAU - Beginning the week of Aug. 18, the Juneau Public Libraries will be open with the following changes in hours:

Ketchikan residents to vote on beach
KETCHIKAN - Residents will vote on a $1.1 million South Point Higgins beach purchase proposition on October's municipal ballot.

Bear killed in Wrangell-St. Elias
KENNECOTT - Rangers killed a black bear in the Donoho Basin of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park after it confronted humans.

Donation fund set up for injured worker
JUNEAU - Friends of Mark Reese, who was critically injured when he fell off a Ketchikan cliff Saturday, have opened a donation fund through Wells Fargo to help the Juneau construction worker and his family.

Jury convicts man of attempted murder
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage Superior Court jury on Wednesday found a 41-year-old man guilty of attempted murder and felony assault.

Village mayor charged with bootlegging
ANCHORAGE - The mayor of the village of Shaktoolik is accused of trying to smuggle a dozen bottles of liquor into the dry village of Golovin.

Libraries to end energy-saving hours
JUNEAU - Juneau Public Libraries will end reduced operating hours on Aug. 18, while changing some times in Douglas and downtown.

Inmates required to pay for calls
JUNEAU - Alaska inmates are joining their counterparts in the rest of the nation: They will have to start paying for local phone calls.

Marine highway drafts summer schedule
JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Highway System has released a draft schedule for summer travel - almost one year ahead of time.

Utility work may stir up Juneau tap water
JUNEAU - The city's water utility began work this week to flush the water distribution system, and residents may see effects at their taps, according to a statement released by the city of Juneau.

Bore tide surfer rescued from inlet near Girdwood
GIRDWOOD - A Girdwood man surfing the bore tide was rescued after being trapped in an inlet.

Juneau's Seth McBride set to join Paralympic team in China
Broken ribs. Separated shoulders. Concussions.


From Tennessee to Alaska
In a celebrated career that has spanned more than three decades, the last several years have been particularly exciting for singer-songwriter John Prine, manager and friend Al Bunetta said.

House skeptical of Senate plan for subsidies
The Alaska House of Representatives on Tuesday moved closer to a showdown with the Senate over how energy relief should be delivered to Alaskans.

Legislature heads for showdown
Rural legislators trying to get help to residents struggling with high heating costs are trying to figure out how much the state will have to give to better-off city dwellers to get a deal.

In rural Alaska, fuel costs now matter of survival
BARROW - A gallon of unleaded gasoline: $10. Heating fuel: $9.10 a gallon. Electricity: $1.17 per kilowatt hour - 11 times the national average.

Eagle River teen fights bear to a draw
ANCHORAGE - An Eagle River teenager who fought off a bear during an attack says he got his licks in on the animal, too.

Bush honors Alaska volunteer
FAIRBANKS - The President's Volunteer Service awardee, Caroline Wolf, left the welcoming ceremony for the President and Laura Bush at Eielson Air Force Base before the speechmaking was over Monday afternoon.

Natives discuss energy crisis in rural Alaska
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Native leaders meeting with government officials said some residents in remote villages are paying up to $3,500 a month for fuel.

Point Hope leaders want to deal with caribou waste themselves
ANCHORAGE - Leaders in Point Hope want to deal with any punishments stemming from the slaughter and waste of scores of caribou near the northwest Alaska village.

McCain plans to donate Stevens money to Flight 93 memorial in Pennsylvania
SOMERSET, Pa. - Republican presidential candidate John McCain will give $5,000 that his campaign received from indicted U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' political action committee to the Flight 93 National Memorial, a campaign spokesman said.

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