Friday, August 8, 2008

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.

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.

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.

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

What's Happening
Thursday, August 7

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.

Alaska suited to address economic woes
It seems to me that Alaska is in a unique and enviable position to deal with problems of this nature when compared with "down south states" facing the same problems.

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.

Two Republicans vying for state House seat debate
The two Republican candidates vying to be one of Juneau's state representatives squared off before the city's business community Thursday.

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.

A rare relic Returns
A piece of Alaska mining history has returned to Juneau.

Woman found not guilty of sexually abusing boy
JUNEAU - A 38-year-old woman on Thursday was found not guilty of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy this summer.

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.

Sex offender violates probation for fourth time, ordered back to prison
A Juneau man accused of violating his probation for the fourth time was ordered Thursday to complete his full 10-year prison sentence for sexually abusing a child.

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.

Photo: Energetic message
Obama Alaska staff member Elizabeth Bedell lets out a cheer Thursday in front of the 10th Street Tesoro as she and volunteers James Miyasato, partially hidden, and Leda Olsen hand out fliers stating Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's energy plan.

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

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

Correction
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.

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
OPENING

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: A glimpse of sun
Tourists enjoy sunny photos on Aug. 1 at the Franklin Street roundabout in downtown Juneau.

Senior menu for the week of Aug. 11-15
Monday, Aug. 11

Mobile mammogram van to visit Hoonah on Aug. 18-22
HOONAH - The mobile mammogram van will visit Hoonah on Monday, Aug. 18, with appointments running through Aug. 22.

Having faith like a child
If I have not said it before, I will say it now: I count it a privilege and honor to be involved with youth ministry.

Treadwell Arena to open Aug. 12, operate on short schedule
JUNEAU - The Treadwell Arena will be open to the public on Aug. 12 and will operate on a shortened weekly schedule running Wednesdays through Sundays until Sept. 2, when the Ice Arena resumes daily operations.

FYI
Births

University, consortium to offer introductory public health course
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast and SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium are offering an introductory course on public health and injury prevention beginning this fall.

Sitka to host three farmer's markets on Aug. 16, 23 and 30
SITKA - A series of three Sitka Farmer's Markets are being held in August, giving Sitka residents a chance to buy and sell locally produced food and crafts.

Consortium to host pediatric dental and special pediatric clinic
KLAWOCK - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will host a special Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic on Aug. 18-22 at the Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock.

Thanks for working to make the Dimond Park Field House a reality
I wish to publicly thank Bruce Weyhrauch, Reed Stoops and Wayne Jensen for their efforts, design, knowledge and planning in making an indoor athletic facility, the Dimond Park Field House, a reality and not just a dream.

Space still available for Crystal Lake Day Camp next week
JUNEAU - Space is available for children ages 10-13 at the Crystal Lake Day Camp, "Summer Highlights!" next week, Aug. 11-15, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, at the Forest Service Office on Back Loop Road, adjacent to the weather station.

Thanks for contributing to Helping Hands's food distribution program
Helping Hands volunteers of Juneau have a lot to be thankful for in the recent months. Many local businesses, individuals and organizations have contributed to the success of our food distribution program.

Parr, Morris wed
Suzanne Faith Parr, of Juneau, and Martin David Morris, of Rhyl, Wales, United Kingdom, were married on July 1, 2008, in Big Pine Key, Fla.

Deach, Burns to wed
Jocelyn Marie Deach and Kris Jon Burns, both of Juneau, will marry at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 8, 2008, in Juneau. A reception will be held at Squires Rest where all friends and family of the bride and groom are encouraged to attend.

Wehnes, Porter to wed
Erika Stephanie Wehnes and Robert Andrew Porter, both of Juneau, will marry at 4 p.m. Aug. 17, 2008, at the Church of the Nazarene. A reception will follow at 5:30 p.m. at the Juneau Yacht Club.

Travises celebrate 25 years
Dennis and Lida Travis will celebrate 25 years of marriage on Aug. 13, 2008.

Recognitions
James Kilcup, a philosophy major at Seattle University and Juneau resident, was recently recognized by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, a national educational organization headquartered in Wilmington, Del., as a Preston A. Wells Honors Fellow, one of 50 Honors Fellows selected for the 2008-2009 academic year.

Janet B. Carncross
Juneau resident Janet B. Carncross died July 28, 2008, at the Juneau Pioneers Home.

Matilda 'Tillie' Kushnick
Former Kuiu Island resident Matilda "Tillie" Katherine Kushnick died Aug. 3, 2008. She was 82.

Edward L. Hughes
Former Juneau resident the Rev. Edward L. Hughes died July 30, 2008, at Providence Extended Care in Anchorage, due to complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 83.

My Turn: Yes on Measure 3: Clean elections
A nyone watching Juneau's Fourth of July parade probably left thinking that the only important initiative facing Alaskans in the Aug. 26 election is Measure 4, the Clean Water Initiative.

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.

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.

My Turn: Ban aerial hunting, support Measure 2
G ov. Sarah Palin receives a great deal of political pressure from special interest groups, e.g., Safari Club International, the National Rifle Association, the Alaska Outdoor Council, to kill bears and wolves in order to artificially inflate the number of trophy quality moose and caribou.

Alaska Editorial: Caribou slaughter is a crime - not an indictment of hunting
The slaughter of 60 or more caribou in Northwest Alaska last month was quite simply a jaw-dropper.

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.

Outside column: California must better protect farmworkers
Government spreadsheets tell their stories:

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.

Alleged bootleggers lead trooper on chase
ANCHORAGE - Two men led an Alaska State Trooper on a 25-mile chase on the Kuskokwim River before they were arrested in Upper Kalskag.

Fairbanks case moves to federal court
FAIRBANKS - A lawsuit filed against the city of Fairbanks and its top two police officers was moved recently from state to federal court.

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.

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.

Man nets 8 years for selling cocaine
ANCHORAGE - A 30-year-old Anchorage man will serve eight years in prison for distributing crack cocaine.

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.

Body of drowning victim recovered
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard said the body of a 13-year-old boy who drowned in the Beaufort Sea while trying to save his father has been recovered.

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.

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

Bears football expectations high
This year's Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears football team is less inexperienced, but there are still high expectations for the defending state champs that finished with a perfect 11-0 record last year.

Local teen wins gold in junior Olympic judo championship
In addition to being the only Juneau representative at the 2008 USA Judo International Junior Olympic Championships, which ended July 27 in Kissimmee, Fla., Orion Krauss, 16, took home first place in the Male Juvenile B 66kg category.

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.

Alaskans to receive $1,200 in energy relief
The Alaska Legislature on Thursday passed a nearly $1 billion energy relief bill that will provide Alaskans eligible for a 2008 Alaska Permanent Fund dividend with an extra $1,200, along with an estimated $2,000 regular dividend.

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.

Ethics complaint filed against Gov. Palin
ANCHORAGE - A former state worker is alleging Gov. Sarah Palin and some staff members used their influence to get a Palin supporter a job in state government.

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.

Palin proclaims Aug. 6-12 Excursion Inlet Week
SEATTLE - The Ocean Beauty Seafoods processing plant at Excursion Inlet in the Haines Borough is celebrating its 100th year of operation - making it twice as old as Alaska statehood.

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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