Friday, August 13, 2010

Playing on a grand stage
During the 1940s, Maxim Schapiro, a famous Russian pianist, loved to come to Juneau.

Photo: Sculpting history
Local Juneau artist Dan DeRoux attaches the base of his mutli-mural artwork to the side of the downtown transportation center's parking garage. Each square will be backlit with fiber optic lighting and will hold a mural depicting Juneau's history, from Tlingit influences to gold miners, wildlife, and important people and places. The finished piece will be entitled "Precipitation."

Ferrell keeps laughs coming in latest movie
There is no avoiding the fact that last week I went on record in this same space and guaranteed "The Other Guys" (not to be confused with the FOX television show starring Colin Hanks and Bradley Whitford called, "The Good Guys") would be worth your cash. And mine.

Ghost, Alaska politics collide in new novel
Start with an old ghost story, add a dose of politics, subtract almost all semblance of ethics and what do you get? The answer lies in the plot of "The Ghost of Fannie Guthry-Baehm, a Murder Mystery," by Jonathan Faulkner of Homer.

Photo: Fresh coat of paint
Silverbow Construction employees Ray Dennis and Justin Falter add new paint to the side of a building on Franklin Street between 3rd and 4th streets Tuesday afternoon.

Large print titles hit library shelves
Each of the Juneau public libraries has its own collection of large print titles and there is very little overlap between them. Use Advanced Search and set the format to "largeprint material" to pull up a list of items at all libraries, add a branch location to narrow your search down, or include an author to find your favorites in large print format.

Alaska on the page
"Purely Alaska: Authentic Voices of the Far North," by John Creed and Susan Andrews

Rasmuson Grant awarded to arts council
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council received word Monday that it has been awarded a Rasmuson Foundation Effective Organization Grant. The award will assist the organization as it expands its activities to include management and operation of the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Juneau Dance Unlimited to hold clothes sale
Phillip Broadbent, from Empire Dance Shop in Spokane, Wash., will visit Juneau and have dance wear available for sale on Tuesday, Aug. 17, from 2-7 p.m. at the Juneau Dance Unlimited Dance Studio at 8420 Airport Blvd., Ste. 202. All types and sizes of dance wear including shoes, leotards, tights, bags and much more will be offered, and a fitting room will be available for trying on items. The public is invited to this event, which is sponsored by Juneau Dance Unlimited, a non-profit organization providing the Juneau community with dance instruction and performance opportunities throughout the year. JDU celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. For further information, please call the JDU office at 463-5327 or visit www.juneaudance.com.

Sealaska is a great steward of land in its care
In Southeast Alaska, there has been prolonged discussion and occasional rancor over legislation specifying where and how Sealaska Corp. can select remaining land entitlements, and I find myself a member of organizations that are on every side of the issue.

Counterfeiters try new techniques to pass bills at local businesses
Local businesses have been hit with increased counterfeiting attempts recently, and the Juneau Police Department is telling businesses to be diligent when taking cash from customers as counterfeiters are getting more creative when trying to pass larger denomination bills.

Photo: Good neighbors
Joann Quigg, left, is helped by her father, Jerry, as they rebuild her back fence along Riverside Drive on Thursday.

Federal judge rejects Kohring appeal
A federal judge rejected requests to overturn a verdict and get a new trial in the case of an Alaska legislator convicted of taking bribes.

Photo: 'The House Far Away from Home'
TJ Young carves a Haida house post along with his brother Joe Young Aug. 5 at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage. The carvers have been creating house posts for the clan house at the center's Southeast village site. The large log-and-plank structure, a replica of the clan houses used before contact with Europeans, was deemed incomplete when the center opened in 1999. A $75,000 grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation put the posts within grasp, and the work is now completed. One post was set in position and dedicated each day this week with ceremonies that included songs and dancing. The event culminates today with a naming celebration for the house. Because the clan house is far from the historic territory of Southeast people, the committee has determined that "The House Far Away from Home" will be the name.

Juneau girl approached in possible sex scam
The Juneau Police Department is investigating a report of a man who approached a 14-year-old girl and offered her $100 to pose for "risqué" photographs, according to a JPD press release.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported:

French campaign solicits Juneau's Democrats
Democrat Hollis French said he hopes two issues will carry him to a win in the Aug. 24 Democratic primary and on to the Governor's mansion.

South Franklin tract to be divided, sold
The owners of the mostly unimproved waterfront tract located on South Franklin just south of the library parking garage have announced the tract will be subdivided to suit and sold to interested buyers. At over 73,000 square feet, the land is the largest undeveloped waterfront parcel in the downtown commercial district.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported:

Police respond to youth suicide
The Juneau Police Department responded to a reported suicide Wednesday afternoon in the 9200 block of Long Run Drive.

Photo: Cold water reaction
Hannah Brockmann, 13, left, and Monika Rivera, 13, react to the cold waters of Auke Lake while swimming Wednesday. Forecast is for little rain the rest of the week and temperatures into the 70s over the weekend.

Photo: Sitting out the Salmon Derby
Avalon Bourne of Vancouver, Canada, watches chum salmon work their way up the fish ladder at the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery Visitor Center on Thursday. The 64th Annual Golden North Salmon Derby starts today and runs through Sunday.

Brian Jerry Byers
Bryan Jerry Byers died July 18, 2010 in Osburn, Idaho.

Alma Fassel
Grandmother, wife, mother, mother-in-law, aunt, cousin, sister, daughter and long-time Juneau resident Alma Fassel, passed away in Anchorage unexpectedly of natural causes on Aug. 7, 2010, after 74 years of life.

Daniel Franklin Malick
Daniel Franklin Malick died Jan. 20, 2010 in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Kathy Ariel
After a two-month battle with a heart attack and other health issues, Kathy Ariel passed away on Aug. 9, 2010. Kathy was born in Juneau on Dec. 12, 1952, the second of three sisters. Despite the hardships of being a middle child and growing up with few resources, Kathy blossomed into a devoted and loving wife, sister, mother, co-worker and friend to many.

Outside editorial: Taking credit
The following editorial first appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Theodore F. Stevens: Senator served Alaska to the end
The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

Pro: Should Congress eliminate federal subsidies for ethanol?
WASHINGTON - Corn-based ethanol has been America's leading bio-fuel for more than 30 years and has blossomed into a thriving business.

Downsizing defense
As Republicans take their case to the voters in November about the Obama administration's massive overspending and record debt, they should seriously consider what could be a rare bipartisan objective: cutting defense spending.

My turn: Doctors sign on for health care reform
Many physicians in Alaska are for the Health Reform Bill that was recently signed into law. We are sorry our governor is refusing our state's participation. His leadership on this issue does not reflect the needs of Alaskans or even the majority of physicians. In fact, a good number of Alaskan physicians prefer a public option be added to the current reform as well.

Con: Should Congress eliminate federal subsidies for ethanol?
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The U.S. government supports domestic ethanol development to reduce America's oil dependence. Additionally, ethanol weakens OPEC's control over world oil prices, reduces tailpipe pollutants and supplies extra octane that improves engine operation.

Speak out on current wildlife violations cases
By Tina M. Brown

Refreshing history
Work to remodel the popular John Muir Cabin is moving along right on schedule.

Hiking back in time to Cropley Lake
Ambling up from Eaglecrest to Cropley Lake at the end of July, we passed from summer back into spring. Near the lodge, the tall blueberries were ripe, attracting batteries of pickers with buckets. Just a few hundred feet higher, the low-growing bog blueberries sported their tightly closed pink buds. By the lake, flowers were still blooming while at the lower elevations, the same species had set seed. The tiny white gentian, however, dotted the meadows almost everywhere.

Entanglement ends well for whale, calf
JUNEAU - A female humpback whale and her calf escaped the perils of entanglement in Southeast waters according to a release from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service.

Weekly Whale Feature: 'Stumpy'
Name: Stumpy / NOAA No. SEAK 0556.

Sport Fish report
Sport fish report for the week of Aug. 9

Tides
Today, Aug. 13

Wild shots
Submit your wild shots

Officials hope to reopen part of Taylor Highway
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Transportation Department officials say they hope to open 18 more miles of the Taylor Highway this week.

Teenager accidentally shot at cabin
ANCHORAGE - A teenager was shot in the buttock in what Alaska State Troopers say was an accidental shooting on Kodiak Island.

NH Democrat blasted for anti-Palin remark
CONCORD, N.H. - The leaders of both the Republican and Democratic parties in New Hampshire are criticizing a Democratic candidate for state representative who reportedly posted a death wish for Sarah Palin on Facebook.

Man sentenced to prison for assaulting wife
FAIRBANKS - A 27-year-old man has been ordered to spend four years in prison for threatening to kill his wife last year.

Information sought in sea lion shooting death
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wants information in the shooting-related death of a 1-year-old male Steller sea lion last week.

GCLL Majors drop fourth game
The Gastineau Channel Little League Majors All-Star team suffered its fourth loss of Northwest Region pool play, 16-1 to undefeated Washington.

Bears face Wolfpack; Falcons meet Mariners
Both of Juneau's prep football teams are heading into Week 2 of the 2010 season on a high note after impressive season-opening performances by Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain.

First responders detail rescue effort
DILLINGHAM - One of the pilots who saw the wreckage of the amphibious plane carrying former Sen. Ted Stevens, his fishing companions and their families strewn across a mountainside remembers thinking: No one could've survived.

State defends shellfish poisoning conclusions
State health officials say they still consider two Southeast Alaska residents who died not long after suffering symptoms of paralytic shellfish poisoning to be victims of a recent outbreak, even though their deaths were caused by other factors.

Pulses quicken as fighters track 'hijacked' plane
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE - A Gulfstream passenger jet at the center of a U.S.-Russian military exercise was about to cross the International Dateline for the second time in three days, and some of the seven passengers seemed dulled by the dash across the Pacific and back.

Democrat quits NH House over anti-Palin remark
CONCORD, N.H. - A Democrat who quipped on Facebook about Sarah Palin's death quit the New Hampshire state Legislature on Thursday and apologized for his remarks.

JEDC brings hybrid tech for study at UAF
The Juneau Economic Development Council has helped bring a new college study aid into Alaska.

Plane crash investigators shift focus to interviewing survivors
JUNEAU - Federal investigators have finished much of their work at the site of the Alaska plane crash that killed former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens and four others, and have shifted focus to interviewing survivors and hoisting the wreckage from a steep mountainside.

Coeur reports strong sales figures
Administrators for Coeur d'Alene Mines have announced strong sales numbers for this year's second quarter, and they anticipate the addition of the Kensington Gold Mine will help keep those numbers up.

Alaska plane crash rate far exceeds national average
JUNEAU - The crash that killed former Sen. Ted Stevens served as another tragic reminder about the dangers of flying in Alaska, where general aviation accident rates are more than twice the national average.

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