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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Legislator releases third Alaska mystery novel
Author and politician Mike Doogan said his two professions are worlds apart from one another.

'Red Gold' documentary on Pebble Mine screens Aug. 21
A special screening of the award-winning documentary "Red Gold" will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21, at Centennial Hall. The event is free.

DanceFest 2008 tickets on sale
Get your dancing shoes ready.

'Grease' auditions announced
Northern Lights Junior Theatre is holding auditions for its fall musical, "Grease," to be performed Oct. 31 through Nov. 1 at Juneau Arts and Culture Center.

Secret comedy act, Shawn Mullins coming to Marlintini's
Marlintini's Lounge has several big events coming up in August.

Aug. 16 Prine concert sold out
Tickets to the Aug. 16 John Prine concert at Juneau-Douglas High School have sold out. The show is sponsored by the Alaska Folk Festival.

Calling all photographers
A social photography event is scheduled in Juneau for Saturday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone - experienced or not - is encouraged to participate in the free event which invites photographers to walk together around town and shoot photographs of what they see.

What's Happening
Thursday, August 14

Nice to see derby in sports section
It was refreshing to awake and read the Aug. 11 sports section in your paper, which quite evidently thought it appropriate to run a story about Sheldon Winters tentatively winning the 2008 salmon derby.

Leaders promote ideological change
Rep. Harry Crawford, D-Anchorage, is the man in the Alaska Legislature with the vision Alaskans want and need in our governing bodies.

Vote yes on ballot measure 2
You, an Alaska voter, are the object of a media campaign funded mainly by outside money through the Alaska Outdoors Council to influence your vote on Ballot Measure 2.

Rebates shouldn't be tied to dividend checks
I was dismayed to read that the $1,200 energy assistance rebates that were approved Thursday night by the Legislature will be added to this year's Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks.

Task force digs deep to heat pool
A task force working on the design of a new community pool in the Mendenhall Valley is considering geothermal heat for the project.

City's new high school still short on students
Juneau's new high school is about 50 students short of its target enrollment, but it won't affect the school's curriculum, according to a school official.

City OKs Yankee Cove for mine use
Coeur Alaska Inc. came a little closer to getting the Kensington gold and silver mine under way Tuesday with the city's modified approval of a marine facility at Yankee Cove.

Poor visibility persists in search for Andrews men
The Coast Guard and others searched for the fourth day Tuesday for two missing Juneau men whose floatplane did not return as scheduled Saturday afternoon.

Commission considers remote Douglas Island subdivision
The Juneau Planning Commission considered a request Tuesday by Jan Van Dort to subdivide 36 acres along Stephens Passage on Douglas Island into 10-acre lots.

Photo: Spinning with a legend
John Bursell, left, and U.S. running legend Frank Shorter spin Wednesday in Bursell's boat condo. Shorter will give a presentation on "Keys to Lifetime Recreational Running" at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Mendenhall Valley JRC/Alaska Club in the upstairs aerobic studio. Shorter was an Olympic distance runner, winning a gold medal in the marathon in the 1972 Summer Olympics and a silver medal in the marathon during the 1976 games. He was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1984, the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1989, and the National Distance Running Hall of Fame in 1998. Shorter is a founder of the United States Anti Doping Agency. "The key to longevity in our sport of running (is to) pick your times to go hard and know when to back off and try other forms of exercise," he said. Shorter's book will be available for purchase.

Photo: Presiding over moving day
An eagle watches as the Juneau Family Birth Center moves into its new facility at 1601 Salmon Creek Lane near Bartlett Regional Hospital. The center is set for its grand opening from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. With the move, the center's name also changes to the Juneau Family Health and Birth Center, reflecting an expansion of services, including family counseling, childcare services and exercise classes.

Photo: Images from another time Spreading the news, 1966
Paper carriers for the Juneau Alaska Empire pose for a photo in October 1966 in front of the old newspaper building on Main Street. The carriers are, front row from left, Ernie Williams, Roger Jack, Mike Knox and Tom Nowlin; back row from left, Brian Day, Tom Chandler, Jeff Miller, John West, Gary West and Eric Swanson. The paper carriers would buy the newspapers for 10 cents and sell them for 15 cents.

Around Town
Today

Photo: Treadwell Arena opens for season
Young aspiring hockey players work out Wednesday at the Treadwell Arena during the Rocky Mountain Hockey Schools skill development program, which is being held this week. The Treadwell Arena is now open for the season.

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

Around Town
Today

Police & Fire
Reports from police, fire officials and state troopers:

Be prepared to be impressed - and offended - by 'Thunder'
Opposites do more than attract in Ben Stiller's unapologetic R-rated comedy "Tropic Thunder" - they loudly and defiantly collide.

'Pineapple' not just for stoners
Let's start with the title. "Pineapple Express" refers to a specific type of marijuana that drug dealer Saul (James Franco) sells to his customers. I just thought we'd get that out of the way up front in case, like me, you were wondering what in the hell the seemingly random title meant.

'Smart People' and talking animals on DVD
"Smart People"

Juneau's Cinema guide
OPENING

Buck Evans: ragtime wonder of the north
Buck Evans always liked old songs. He liked watching Westerns back in the '50s growing up, not because of the action, but because of the music.

Playing doesn't pay, but it sure is fun
W ith the summer tourist season over the hump, as they say, seasonal workers and locals alike are just starting to show the threadbare wear and tear of repetition burnout.

Sound Bites
The past 10 years have seen a proliferation of DJ duos - who each handle a part of the production and musicianship of their tracks. The most wildly successful of these has been French duo Daft Punk, and other examples include Justice, Simian Mobile Disco, Air and even Juneau's own wayward DJs, Filejerks.

Photos: Happy birthday, Smokey!
Smokey the Bear celebrated his 64th birthday during a rainy Saturday kid's day program on Aug. 9 at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor's Center. The focus of the celebration was fire safety.

Books tell the story of a life
The books are stacked nearly to the ceiling. Unlike the rest of the house, the shelves are haphazard in both their construction and their contents. Many of the books here in my father-in-law's study appear to have not been opened in years, and are buried behind other rows of books and old photographs. His computer monitor is perched precariously on a stack of old Time/Life books, the kind with black and white photos of exotic places and bioluminescent deep sea fish.

AWARE holds meeting for empowerment program for girls
JUNEAU - The Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies shelter recently conducted an informational meeting on its new prevention program, Girls on the Run of Juneau (GOTR), which seeks to prepare girls, in third to eighth grades, for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.

Photos: Making chemistry magic
Juneau-Douglas High School students in Erik Lundquist's chemistry class put on a Chemistry Magic Show for Harborview Elementary School second-graders in May. JDHS students put on the science show three times for younger students.

Chapel by the Lake gets new senior pastor, Douglas Dye
JUNEAU - On Aug. 1, the Rev. Dr. Douglas Dye assumed his duties as pastor and head of staff at Chapel by the Lake Community Presbyterian Church.

Juneau Church of Christ offering Vacation Bible School
JUNEAU - Juneau Church of Christ is offering Vacation Bible School, for kids 3 years of age through fifth grade, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today and Thursday at 8755 Trinity Drive.

SEARHC offers lifestyle balance classes in Juneau
JUNEAU - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's Lifestyle Balance Program will provide its sixth series of diabetes prevention classes starting Aug. 26 in Juneau. A similar series of classes will be offered in Sitka starting in September or October, with the possibility of classes in Haines or Klukwan and Kake also being offered if there's enough interest.

What's in your recipe box?
Looking for that lost recipe? Got a recipe you would like to share with our readers? Got a tip to make kitchen life easier? Auntie Emo is where we match sought-out and shared recipes, plus kitchen tips.

Photo: Cuddling up
A couple of pigeons cuddle Mondayon thewaterfrontnear Marine Park in downtown Juneau.

Mayeda, Williams to wed
Elizabeth Mayeda and Joseph Leon Williams will be married at 2 p.m. Aug. 31, 2008, at the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. All who know the bride and groom are welcome to attend the reception, which will follow at 5 p.m. at 8270 Garnet St.

Millers celebrate 17 years
David and Mary Miller celebrated 17 years of marriage on Aug. 9, 2008.

Annabell Revels
Former Juneau resident Annabell Revels died Aug. 7, 2008, in Anchorage. She was 73.

Dennis Michael Dooley
Dennis Michael Dooley died July 31, 2008, in Anchorage, due to complications of multiple sclerosis. He was 66.

Alaska editorial: Political corruption is an appalling form of entertainment
Who says Alaska politics isn't any fun? We've got scandal, corruption, indictments and long investigations into the shenanigans of some of our highest members of office. Makes for some big news, even by Alaska's large-scale standards.

Outside editorial: A nation bent on conquest
In Moscow on Monday, President Dmitry Medvedev gave every indication that Russia was winding up its military operation in Georgia. Meanwhile, his forces continued to advance into that sovereign nation and bomb widely dispersed strategic targets there. The contradiction was consistent with the Russian regime's behavior throughout this crisis: Its words have borne no connection to its actions; its actions are untethered to international norms.

Marching to the drums of change
On or about last Friday, the world changed. With two very different coming-out parties - the opening ceremonies of the Olympics and the invasion of Georgia - China and Russia put everyone on notice that the power relationships of the past have been reshuffled and that formidable new powers are challenging the established order.

In defense of truth in Stevens case
"It saddens me to learn that these charges have been brought against me," said Sen. Ted Stevens, by way of a formal statement issued immediately after he was indicted two weeks ago.

Virtuous inflation done in by real thing
Whole Foods Market Inc. - or, as it's become better known recently, No. 48 in the bestselling book "Stuff White People Like" - has problems.

10 years later, Edwards is Clinton
There is obviously no way to quantify this, but I regard Bill Clinton as the most thoroughly humiliated person in all of human history. Who else even comes close?

Weather hampers search for two men
JUNEAU - An ongoing search for two Juneau men whose floatplane did not return from a flight to Young Lake on Saturday did not yield new information Wednesday.

Dems ask Colberg to weigh in on rebate
JUNEAU - Juneau Rep. Andrea Doll joined fellow Democratic Reps. Berta Gardner, Bob Buch and Scott Kawasaki in asking Attorney General Talis Colberg to solve a situation that would deny some qualifying Alaskans from receiving an energy rebate this year.

City closes park trail after bear attacks
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich ordered a trail closed Tuesday after recent bear attacks.

Hospital gets grant for tobacco cessation
JUNEAU - Bartlett Regional Hospital received a grant for tobacco cessation programs from the state Department of Health, the hospital announced Wednesday.

Hickel says Stevens' 'time is over'
JUNEAU - Former Gov. Walter Hickel had some harsh words for U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens in an article for Bloomberg.com that was posted Tuesday.

Governor, lawmakers seek gas investigation
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin and two state senators are asking for an investigation into why Alaska's gasoline prices are so much steeper than anywhere else in the nation.

Ketchikan boater charged with DUI
KETCHIKAN - A 50-year-old Ketchikan man was accused of driving a boat while under the influence of alcohol Monday night, then beaching and sinking the vessel.

Airport warns against unattended vehicles
JUNEAU - The Juneau International Airport issued a reminder that there is no parking, no waiting and no unattended vehicles in front of the terminal.

Alaska's Internet is slowest in nation
GREAT FALLS, Mont. - A report by the Communications Workers of America said Alaskans are stuck with the nation's slowest average Internet download speeds.

Officials ID victims in Sitka plane crash
SITKA - Alaska State Troopers released the identities of two people killed in a plane crash Sunday night near Sitka.

Beluga whales make their way up river
McGRATH - Two beluga whales making their way up the Kuskokwim River were spotted again Tuesday evening.

Wasilla residents arrested after bust
WASILLA - Two Wasilla residents were arrested last week on drug charges after authorities seized three pounds of hallucinogenic mushrooms and other drugs from a home.

Two men indicted in Pogo Mine theft
FAIRBANKS - Two men were indicted recently in connection with the theft at the Pogo Mine of copper wire valued at more than $50,000.

Anchorage considers shoplifting law change
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage officials are considering changes to shoplifting laws and some business owners are lining up to oppose it.

Man arraigned on hit-and-run charges
WASILLA - The Wasilla driver accused of severely injuring a flagger in a construction zone was arraigned Tuesday in Palmer.

New Alaska traffic prosecutor appointed
ANCHORAGE - Alaska is getting a special prosecutor who will focus on traffic cases, including those involving driving under the influence and associated fatalities.

JDHS runners face challenging year
The 2008 Juneau-Douglas High School Cross Country team is prepared to move ahead and face the challenges of the upcoming season.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Jambaars win two, tie one in Alaska State Cup
FAIRBANKS - The Juneau Soccer Club's U16 boys team, the Jambaars, won two and tied one in the 2008 Alaska State Cup in soccer held Aug. 11-16 in Fairbanks. They play Cook Inlet Soccer Club's Velocity 93 team for the second time at 2 p.m. today in the semifinals. The winner will play at 2 p.m. Saturday in the championship game.

62nd Golden North Salmon Derby official final results
Certified Aug. 12 by the Territorial Sportsmen.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Documenting a 'wild-eyed American patriot'
Hunter S. Thompson once wrote that "Politics is the art of controlling your environment."

Supreme Court won't rule on Exxon interest
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to decide whether Exxon Mobil Corp. must pay interest on punitive damages awarded in the nation's worst oil spill.

Palin: Staffer pressed for trooper firing
Gov. Sarah Palin on Wednesday said at least two dozens calls were made from her staff members to Department of Public Safety officials questioning the employment of a trooper who went through a messy divorce with Palin's sister.

Bear and cubs killed near Parks Highway
FAIRBANKS - A black bear with three cubs was shot and killed this week near a Parks Highway lodge after it approached some children playing outside.

Firms exploited contracts meant for Alaska Natives, report finds
WASHINGTON - Two government contractors designated as small, Alaska Native-owned firms directed millions of dollars in fees to other companies owned by managers who were not Alaska Natives and should not have received the payments, according to an audit report by the Office of Inspector General at the Small Business Administration.

Nanwalek elders pass along skills, self-reliance to youth
HOMER - Irene Tanape recalls speaking only Segtestun while she was growing up in Nanwalek. In fact, once when she approached a young English-speaking child to play, she didn't know anything to say in English other than, "Johnson and Johnson?"

Ketchikan librarian out on loan
KETCHIKAN - When the Library of Congress needed to borrow a specific resource, it decided to call on the Ketchikan High School library for a loan.

Republican mayor of Fairbanks says he endorses Obama
In this staunchly Republican state, the Fairbanks North Star Borough mayor has broken party ranks and publicly endorsed presumed Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

Russia hospital's stonewalling fails as Alaska mother searches for son
ANCHORAGE - Never underestimate the power of a mother who wants to talk to her wounded son - but keeps getting stonewalled by bureaucrats at a Russian hospital half a world away.

Wasilla man pleads no contest in baby's death
WASILLA - A Wasilla man pleaded no contest this week to second-degree murder for the death of his 6-month-old daughter last fall.

Pit bull injures girl in Anchorage home
ANCHORAGE - A 6-year-old girl Anchorage girl was mauled by a family pit bull Tuesday afternoon and underwent emergency surgery.

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