Friday, August 7, 2009

Learning in 360 degrees
Picture for a minute, what it might be like to study global weather patterns from the moon's point of view. Imagine watching the weather systems roll across the Pacific Ocean, or swirl in the Gulf of Mexico. What if you could watch and speed up the expansion and recession of the polar ice caps in order to study the past and potential effects of global climate change? Complicated explanations would be nonexistent. Visuals would show the facts simply and clearly.

LaPerouse Expedition talk to be held at Downtown Library
A talk on "Cartography of the LaPerouse Expedition in Alaska in 1786" will be presented by the LaPerouse Alaska Association on Aug. 8 at the Downtown Library at 3 p.m.

Princess Farhana a Pleasant surprise
Internationally known dancer Princess Farhana will make her first trip to Juneau to perform and teach workshops in belly dance and burlesque this weekend. Some of the moves she'll share have never been taught in Juneau before, such as her abdominal and fan dance techniques.

Just the details: Aug. First Friday
UAS Bookstore by the Bay

'Funny People' not all it's knocked up to be
It is a mistake if you walk into "Funny People" thinking the latest Judd Apatow comedy will be just like "Knocked Up" and "The 40 Year Old Virgin." Of course, it would be an understandable miscalculation since part of the marketing campaign for "Funny People" included labeling it as "the new comedy from Judd Apatow."

ARTS & CULTURE CALENDAR
ART, EVENTS & PERFORMANCE

This week's focus: travel and food
"Ask Arthur Frommer," by Arthur Frommer. This compendium of budget-saving information from one of travel's enduring gurus could save you a bundle on your next vacation (and give you a better time, too). If you're a regular Frommer blog reader, you'll recognize much of this info, and if not, you're in for a treat. Frommer is a big fan of travel as a means of broadening one's internal landscape and has no qualms about injecting his own opinions about the topic at hand (including how to think about cheap destinations and the idea of personal boycotts on destinations). Look here for tips on saving money on cruises, help in choosing places to eat and stay, best ways to get from place to place depending on your particular situation, and specialty vacation ideas from volunteer vacations to educational tours around the world.

District seeks input on drug testing
A task force set up to look at testing high school students for drugs is recommending the district immediately begin randomly testing student athletes for drugs, alcohol and tobacco, as well as start a voluntary program for other students.

Attorney general proposes ethics changes
Attorney General Dan Sullivan is carrying on with former Gov. Sarah Palin's campaign against Alaska's government ethics laws, criticizing what he called abuse of the system and issuing a report Wednesday identifying changes he said could "enhance the integrity of the process."

Around Town
Today, Aug. 7

JPD weighs in on Gino Kuang OxyContin case
When Ri Dong "Gino" Kuang left the hotel room authorities were surveilling March 19, Juneau Police Sgt. Dave Campbell made the call to arrest him and end the drug sting.

A potato revival
A potato that Native Alaskan communities grew hundreds of years ago is making a reappearance in Juneau.

'Clunkers' program boosts local car sales
The federal government's stimulus money and bailout programs has hit a nerve for the auto industry in Juneau.

District attorney says plea deals in Oxy cases serve 'bigger picture'
District Attorney Doug Gardner said his office is focusing on the big picture when it comes to prosecuting cases related to the OxyContin "epidemic" in Juneau.

ACLU: Proposed drug testing is unconstitutional
The proposed mandatory drug testing program for high school athletes is unconstitutional, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska.

Photo: Beach babes
Stephanie and George Hodges warm up their sons, Trenton, 2, right, and Wyatt, 5, after a quick dip Wednesday at the AukeVillage Recreation Area.

Coeur sets silver production record
Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp., owner of the Kensington mine north of Juneau, announced a second-quarter silver production record Thursday of 4.3 million ounces.

Photo: Peppy rally
Thunder Mountain High School Cheerleaders Nicole Nicholson, left, and Brittany Donahue perform during a send-off rally for the football team's first ever game to be played Friday in Sitka.

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

Photo: Orca over
An orca whale jumps from the waters of Stephens Passage outside Yankee Cove between Douglas and Admiralty islands.

Around Town
Thursday, Aug. 6

Photo: Mountain music
The Alaska String Band, comprised of Paul and Melissa Zahasky and their children, Abigail, 11, left, Guinn, 15, center, and Laura, 18, perform Thursday at the Mount Roberts Tramway's Mountain House.

Photo: Basketball court dedication
National Basketball Association star and former Juneau resident Carlos Boozer Jr. speaks Thursday during the dedication of the Zach Gordon Youth Center Basketball Court. Boozer has been in Juneau hosting a basketball camp during the past week.

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

Gordon Brunton
Juneau resident Gordon Brunton died July 22, 2009, in Portland, Ore. He was 70.

Donald Kane
Former Juneau resident Donald Kane, of Penn Valley, Calif., died July 26, 2009, in Grass Valley, Calif. He was 79.

Gordon Brunton
Former Juneau resident Gordon Brunton died July 22, 2009, in Portland, Ore. He was 70.

Lorraine Bayer
Juneau resident Lorraine Bayer died July 31, 2009, surrounded by her family and friends at the Juneau Pioneer Home. She was 88.

Frankie Howard
Francelia May "Frankie" Howard died July 19, 2009, in Juneau at the age of 92.

Outside editorial: Clinton's N. Korea visit more than a mercy mission
As soon as the images of former President Clinton alongside North Korean leader Kim Jong Il appeared, it seemed certain that freedom was at hand for two American journalists captured in March and sentenced to 12 years of hard labor on charges of hostile acts and entering the country illegally.

Outside Editorial: Nation owes its vets new GI Bill
Amid the agonizing realities of war - death and maiming; horrible emotional and psychological scars; severe hardships on families and loved ones - a nation is compelled to grapple with ways in which it can repay its debt to those who have sacrificed so much toward protecting their fellow citizens and preserving our precious democratic republic.

Aged icebreaker would offset 'magic blingdom'
It was not so many years ago that I peppered the Alaska newspapers with letters advocating that the then soon-to-be decommissioned Coast Guard cutter Storis be saved as a museum vessel.

My Turn: Ancient diet key to health
On July 30, the Juneau Empire published an article written by Susan Levin for Mcclatchy Newspapers entitled "Real Health Care Reform Starts in the Lunchroom."

Democracy not meant to be a party
In the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta "HMS Pinafore," Sir Joseph, a former member of the British Parliament who has been appointed lord admiral of the queen's navy, recalls how he achieved such great success: "I always voted at my party's call," he sings, "and I never thought of thinking for myself at all."

As colleges cut athletics, Title IX does an injustice to men
With endowments shrinking, donations falling and operating budgets squeezed, colleges and universities face great pressure to cut costs. Athletic departments are an obvious target. But, troublingly, men's sports are disproportionately bearing the brunt.

Health habits should weigh heavier
Doctors and insurance agents are in the front lines of the health-care battles spilling from Washington across the nation this month. With politicians blaming them for the fix we're in, they've hunkered down, nursing their grievances and looking to fight back.

Fish stocks continue on the road to recovery
In this time of uncertainty in both the commercial and recreational fishing communities, a recent study published in the journal Science brings good news about our efforts to rebuild depleted fish stocks.

Treadwell Mine trail upkeep underway
JUNEAU - SAGA and Juneau Parks and Recreation will be cleaning the historic mining structures on the Treadwell Mine Historical Trail and clearing the area around them through Aug. 14.

Ex-worker sentenced in mine copper theft
FAIRBANKS - A former Pogo Mine employee convicted of stealing more than $90,000 in copper wire was sentenced to two months in jail.

Accused rapist deemed competent to stand trial
ANCHORAGE - A 24-year-old Palmer man has been deemed competent to stand trial on accusations of sexual assault.

Sunken boat spilled 10,000 gallons of fuel
ANCHORAGE - State environmental officials say a supply boat that sank earlier this year has spilled more than 10,000 gallons of fuel into Alaska's Cook Inlet.

Mom sentenced for letting son, 7, drive
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks woman who let her 7-year-old son drive while she was passed out drunk in the passenger seat was sentenced to 20 days in jail.

Murkowski opposes Sotomayor bid
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski will not support Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor despite the judge's near certain Senate confirmation this week as the first Hispanic justice

Board of Realtors to hold education classes
JUNEAU - The Southeast Alaska Board of Realtors is sponsoring 13 hours of continuing education classes taught by Claudia Wicks on Thursday and Friday at the Nugget Mall, across from Hearthside Books.

Highway crash kills 2
ANCHORAGE - Two Soldotna teenagers are dead and another is injured after a head-on collision on the Seward Highway.

Driver, 66, takes gun from robber
KETCHIKAN - Ketchikan police say a young man tried to rob a 66-year-old driver at gunpoint this week, but the older man grabbed the gun away.

Fire danger prompts wood-cutting suspension
FAIRBANKS - Officials have suspended wood cutting in the Fairbanks area because of the high fire danger.

Juneau's open burn ban extended to Friday
JUNEAU - Juneau's fire marshal has extended the open burn ban until Friday, when conditions will be reviewed again.

Falcons ready to fly
JUNEAU -Thunder Mountain High School left Juneau on Wednesday, bound for Sitka to kick off the inaugural season of Falcons football. And now, after all the time, effort, fundraising and practice that's been put in by the coaching staff, players and parents, it's finally time to get down to the business of playing football.

Boozer busy giving back
JUNEAU - The Carlos Boozer Basketball Camp comes to a close today at Juneau-Douglas High School, and judging by the unanimous reactions of several campers, it could be the best day yet with the final tournaments - and Bullwinkle's pizza for everybody -determining age group champions.

Aukeman Triathlon a test of grit, endurance
JUNEAU - Do you have what it takes?

Rain brings respite to wildfire crews
ANCHORAGE - Rain is giving fire crews a break in fighting massive wildfires in Alaska's interior, but extreme smoky conditions persist.

Court blocks road construction in national forests
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court Wednesday blocked road construction in at least 40 million acres of pristine national forests, not including Southeast Alaska's Tongass National Forest.

Fire destroys three structures
ANCHORAGE - A wildfire 20 miles northwest of Fairbanks grew to more than 1,000 acres Wednesday and consumed three cabins built near the Chatanika River.

Parnell meets with state fire bosses to discuss solution
FAIRBANKS - State fire officials told Gov. Sean Parnell wildfires are a serious problem this summer.

Two in Fairbanks diagnosed with bacterial infection
FAIRBANKS - Two Fairbanks residents have been diagnosed with tularemia, a potentially fatal bacterial infection more commonly found in pets.

Mine company optimistic about Livengood prospect
FAIRBANKS - Test results from a gold mining prospect near Livengood continue to be promising, according to the head of the company exploring the site.

Sitka puts aggressive cruise vendors in a box
SITKA - Sitka municipal officials have drawn a line on the pavement to shield cruise ship visitors from aggressive vendors.

Borough aiding hunters accused of wasting meat
ANCHORAGE - Local government is helping pay the legal bill for eight men accused of wasting the meat of caribou shot near the village of Point Hope, it was reported Wednesday.

Monster Kenai king caught for Kodak moment
ANCHORAGE - Swimming fish can't be weighed. But they can create a buzz, which is exactly what happened on the Kenai River recently when Kansas angler Joel Atchison, fishing with veteran guide John Whitlatch, landed a buck king salmon estimated between 85 and 92 pounds.

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