Thursday, August 13, 2009

Woodstock remembered
When asked what Woodstock meant to them, four of Juneau's Woodstock alumni say the same thing - it was about the music.

Juneau Dance Unlimited to offer Afro-Cuban dance classes
Find a groove with instructor Antonio Diaz as he goes through the steps of Afro-Cuban dance. Offered through Juneau Dance Unlimited, the classes begin Aug. 8 and run every Saturday from 5-6:30 p.m. until Aug. 29.

Local artists get exposure at weekly sidewalk market
The month of August saw a new phase in Juneau's artistic life. The Juneau Arts and Culture Center started up a three-day artists market every weekend of the month.

'Julie & Julia' a hearty laugh
Occasionally a movie comes along that attracts a theater full of real grown-ups - as opposed to potentially obnoxious teenagers like those you may just find at "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra." You know, people that don't just act like they know it all, but might actually know it all because they've lived long enough. I'm not saying "old people," I'm saying "adults." While the "G.I. Joe" audience goes through puberty a couple screens down, their parents can relax and enjoy Meryl Streep and Amy Adams in "Julie & Julia."

New nonfiction to whet young readers' appetites for adventure
"The Mysterious Universe," by Ellen Jackson, photos and illustrations by Nic Bishop. This stunningly photographed book brings the science of astronomy to life. Astronomer Alex Filippenko is our guide to the sky and all the things we can't even see. Readers will find it easy to grasp the immensity of the universe and will feel more than a tug of curiosity with his enthusiastic and creative help. Spend a few days with Alex and one of his graduate students hunting for supernovae with the Mauna Kea telescope in Hawaii and learn how today's big telescopes work and why an astronomer's job is important.

Marimbas, musicians arrive at The Canvas for program kick-off
Instruments have arrived at the The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery for their year-round marimba program. Zimbabwean musician Paul Mataruse and his band Ruzivo from Whidbey Island will be in Juneau to help kick off the program beginning Tuesday, Aug. 18 and running through Sunday, Aug. 23.

Teachers learn to integrate arts with content learning
The sixth Alaska Basic Arts Institute concluded last Thursday with a gallery walk and performances by the 36 teachers from 11 districts statewide.

Nicklin to present on Humpback whales
Flip Nicklin, a world-renowed underwater photographer, will present a talk and slideshow on Humpback whales Thursday, Aug. 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Hearthside Books and Toys at the Nugget Mall. He'll also sign the book "Humpback: Unveiling the Mysteries" by Jim Darling in which his work is featured.

ARTS & CULTURE CALENDAR
THURSDAY

Local author writes novella on Juneau mining history
Copies of "Hear of Abigail: A lyric Novella of Juneau, Douglas and Treadwell," written by local architect and writer, Rich Ritter are now available for purchase at Hearthside Books.

Cigarette tax unfair to some businesses
Alaska has gained a national reputation for being a friendly place for small businesses. Our graduated scale for corporate income taxes is viewed as a fair and equitable way for businesses to pay taxes, and it is especially fair to small businesses. However, cigarette taxes - like the one being proposed by the Juneau Assembly - places an unfair burden on small enterprises, especially convenience store owners and other retailers.

Third car torched in series of summer arsons
Capital City Fire and Rescue responded early Wednesday morning to a third car intentionally set on fire in about two weeks.

School Board urged to OK drug testing
High school cliques used to be made up of the "jocks" and the "druggies." The School Board heard Tuesday that in Juneau, the cliques are one in the same.

Teens plead not guilty to selling OxyContin
Two teens charged with distributing OxyContin in Juneau pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday.

Park ranger accused of sexually assaulting 2 coworkers
Both victims in a pair of Glacier Bay National Park sexual assault cases were coworkers with their alleged attacker and had both passed out drunk before being violated, according to court documents fleshing out the charges.

Ranger arrested on sexual assault charges
A National Park Service law enforcement ranger working in Glacier Bay for the summer has been arrested on two counts of felony sexual assault.

State works to lift moratorium on home health care admissions
State health officials say they're working aggressively to address federal concerns about Alaska home and community health care programs offered under a Medicaid waiver, and are praising federal authorities' decision to exempt personal care assistant services from the moratorium.

Groups appeal Prince of Wales logging plan
Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole hoped a new management plan for the Tongass would alleviate a decades-long litany of lawsuits filed over logging.

Photos: Improvisation meets composition
Juneau Dance Unlimited is holding a two week dance intensive with the Weber Dance Company of Boston, MA. Classes started Monday and continue through Aug. 21. Culminating the intensive is a performance of "Sprout" with the Weber Dance Company Friday, August 21 at 8 p.m. at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Photo: Fenced in
Lenny Seifert installs aluminum slats in a fence Monday for the Salvation Army's Family Store on Willoughby Avenue. Seifert works for Dan Ulery Jr.

Photo: Birds of a feather
Gulls take to their wings Wednesday as a Wings of Alaska float plane takes off in Gastineau Channel.

Photos: Faking a fire
Capital City Fire and Rescue and emergency crews from the Holland America cruise ship Veendam conducted a simulated emergency exercise Wednesday in Marine Park.

Correction
A page one caption in Monday's Juneau Empire accompanying a photo of Carlos Boozer misidentified a basketball camper. The "Camper of the Day" high-fiving Boozer is 7-year-old Makenna Graham. The quote should also be attributed to Graham.

Photo: Bridge to somewhere
A worker walks Wednesday across the footbridge under construction, connecting the Capitol, on the right, to the Thomas B. Stewart Legislative Office Building. The old Scottish Rite Temple, now the Thomas B. Stewart Legislative Office Building, is being renovated and is scheduled to be completed this fall.

Around Town
Today, Aug. 12

Around Town
Thursday, Aug. 13

Police & Fire
Due to a technical issue, Juenau police and fire officials will not be posting the daily bulletin for the rest of the week. Reports will appear in a later edition of the Empire.

Correction
A headline on page A8 of Wednesday's Juneau Empire for a story about two teens' pleas in a drug case inaccurately paraphrased police Sgt. Dave Campbell. Campbell said a not guilty plea is not a surprise.

Joe Nakamura Jr.
Juneau resident Joe Masaaki Nakamura Jr. died Aug. 10, 2009, in Juneau. He was 78.

Everett O. Bracken
Juneau resident Everett O. "Brack" Bracken died July 31, 2009, at his daughter's home in Auke Bay, surrounded by family and friends. He was 90.

Nightmare on a plane
The miserable night 47 unlucky passengers spent in a cramped airplane at an airport in Rochester, Minn., last Friday makes the case yet again for the need for a law establishing passengers' rights while traveling.

America's angst: 'Them' versus 'us'
From the very beginning of our national history, Americans have been arguing about the proper role of government. Put succinctly, the dispute is between those who regard government as "them" and those who see it as "us."

A berry picker's lament
A lot of people don't know how lucky they are, but I do. I'm a stay-at-home dad (whose kid goes to daycare) and a self-employed writer (with a very lenient boss). At the same time, I also live in a rainforest where it hasn't rained for what seems like months.

Immigration reform on hold
Mexican leaders were disappointed Monday to hear President Barack Obama's frank pronouncement on immigration reform: It is not on the front burner this year. And if it weren't for all the other pots boiling over on Obama's front burner - the economy, health care reform, energy - we'd be disappointed, too.

Supply and demand still applies to health care plan
The current push to pass health care stems from real shortcomings in our present system that need to be addressed. However, the reforms as proposed by the Democrat majority mostly relies on large government solutions. The fundamental shortcoming to this approach is the same as the fundamental shortcoming of our current system: the laws of supply and demand.

History: Selective storytelling
This month marks the anniversary of the Klondike gold discovery. By most historical accounts, it was the single most important event responsible for stripping the word "folly" from Seward's purchase of Alaska. The truth, however, is that gold wasn't the first major source of revenue in the territory. From the day the American flag was first raised here in 1867, a private business and the U.S. Treasury began earning substantial profits for fur seals harvested by Aleut "slaves" in the Pribilof Islands.

At least we gave peace a chance
On Saturday, it will be 40 years since 400,000 hippies descended on Max Yasgur's dairy farm for a concert.

What's not being celebrated
If the Americans who fought World War II are the Greatest Generation, their children are the Greatest Erasers. That's why all week long you're going to hear Joni Mitchell singing about bombers turning into butterflies over Woodstock, and not Mick Jagger warning that rape, murder, it's just a shot away at Altamont.

America's wounded warriors: Sacrifice and honor
This past week, I was fortunate to play in the Wounded Warrior charity golf tournament. This commendable project aims to raise awareness and enlist the support of the public's aid for severely injured service men and women while at the same time creating an environment of support which allows these injured heroes to recuperate with high-quality care and treatments.

Hiker recovers after tumbling off trail
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - For 20 years, Live Oak, Calif. resident James Nee was determined to hike the entire 2,650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail that stretches from Mexico to Canada through three western states.

HUD awards $4M to SE tribal groups
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced Tuesday the award of 61 grants totaling $132 million to Native American and Native Alaskan communities across the country to improve housing and stimulate community development.

UAF receives grant for statewide education
FAIRBANKS - The U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday the award of two grants, totaling more than $2.3 million, to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Interior-Aleutians Campus to make college accessible to Alaska Natives throughout the state. The grants were provided under the Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions Program, part of Title III of the Higher Education Act.

Experimental farm branches out
PALMER - The Matanuska Experiment Farm is evolving into more than the state's prominent agricultural research conglomerate.

Trail Mix hires new project coordinator
JUNEAU - Trail Mix has hired Garrett Goodman as their new project coordinator. Goodman will oversee the implementation of the 2009 Trail Use Survey and create an educational program for area youth focusing on the significance of outdoor recreation in Juneau.

Juneau mayor's race officially competitive
JUNEAU - Coast Guard veteran Mark Farmer was certified as a candidate for mayor Monday, making Juneau's mayoral race the first officially competitive one in the Oct. 6 municipal elections. Farmer will square off with incumbent Mayor Bruce Botelho.

Palin kin help Idaho hopeful for Congress
BOISE, Idaho - Former Gov. Sarah Palin's father and father-in-law will campaign in Idaho for Republican congressional candidate Vaughn Ward.

4 Cabinet members visit rural Alaska
BETHEL - Four members of President Barack Obama's Cabinet are attending a forum in Bethel as part of the administration's Rural Tour and to learn of the unique challenges in the Alaska Bush.

Man who fell after saving cat dies
FAIRBANKS - A 73-year-old man who fell from a tree after rescuing a cat last month has died after his family had his breathing tube removed.

BLM lifts burn ban for Interior Alaska
ANCHORAGE - The Bureau of land Management on Wednesday lifted its burn ban for Interior Alaska in concert with a similar burn ban lifted by state. The temporary ban was issued Aug. 7, and covered BLM managed public lands in the Tanana Valley and the Copper River Valley.

Fast-food restaurant gets huge water bill
FAIRBANKS - The owner of the Wendy's restaurant in North Pole is trying to figure out why he has a whopper of a water bill.

Anchorage police ID body found in woods
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have identified the body found in a wooded area.

National Guard rescues boy from remote cabin
CAMP DENALI - The Alaska Air National Guard on Wednesday rescued a 15-year-old boy who was suffering from type-one diabetes insulin shock, airlifting him from a remote cabin on the Resurrection Pass Trail after his insulin pump failed.

Anchorage Assembly approves law on anti-discrimination
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Assembly has approved a law that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, but Mayor Dan Sullivan said he hasn't decided whether to veto the measure.

Age just a number for Aukeman
JUNEAU - Sixty-six racers turned out Sunday to participate in Juneau's first-ever open-water triathlon during a customary, light Southeast Alaska rain. This sprint distance Aukeman Triathlon, with a 750-meter swim, a 19k bike ride and a 5k run, was the first of its kind in Juneau featuring an open-water swim in Auke Lake, wetsuits required.

Wind no-shows Commodore's
Low winds and high currents lead to the only race that was started being called off after an hour, and the boats being towed in.

Photo: Juniors bow out
The Gastineau Channel Little League Juneau State Champs Junior Baseball team finished the Western Region Junior baseball tournament, held in Aliso Viejo, Calif., with a 3-2 record. Twelve teams competed in the age 13-14 boys' Little League baseball division, which was divided into two separate pools.

Judge rules in Palin's favor in e-mail case
ANCHORAGE - A judge ruled Wednesday that the Alaska governor's office can continue to use private e-mail accounts to conduct state business, as former Gov. Sarah Palin sometimes did.

Can Alaska afford its frontier?
TAKOTNA - In a flat, piney river valley deep in the Interior, the village of Takotna is marked by a dozen or so houses, a shop, a tiny post office and a school. Intrepid gold miners ventured here decades ago. A small tribe of Athabascan Indians has hunted and fished the woods and river banks for generations.

Feds turn over trial materials to ex-lawmakers
ANCHORAGE - Federal prosecutors said they have complied with a court order handing over trial evidence to two former Alaska lawmakers convicted on corruption charges.

Murkowski: No need to lie about health care bill
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Tuesday told an Anchorage crowd that critics of health care reform, the summer's hottest political topic, aren't helping the debate by throwing out highly charged assertions not based in fact.

Alaska moving prisoners from AZ to CO
ANCHORAGE - With the Goose Creek Correctional Center still three years from completion, Alaska is shifting 800 of its overflow inmates from a private prison in Arizona to one in Colorado.

Still no charges in Yukon River fishing protest
MARSHALL - Six weeks after boasting about illegally fishing the Yukon River, several subsistence fishermen who were protesting strict regulations haven't been cited.

Anchorage police ID homeless people found dead
ANCHORAGE - An ornery old man and a young mother of three are the latest homeless people to die during a sad stretch on the streets of Anchorage.

Anglers getting hooked along with salmon
KENAI - Salmon aren't alone in being snagged during this busy summer fishing season in Alaska. Anglers get the hook, too.

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