Friday, August 14, 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.

Public option needed in health care reform
Health care reform with a real public option is our best hope for the future.

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.

Coeur ad seems to be a mean-spirited ploy
People who would like to have lots of money - but in reality don't have very much - should be very impressed by Coeur Alaska's full-page Kensington mine ad that ran in Wednesday's Juneau Empire.

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.

Review of dock expansion to begin
The cruise industry is warning the city not to get too elaborate in its plans for the Port of Juneau as city officials begin review of a technical report for a possible expansion.

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.

Fast ferries proving to be unreliable
The Marine Transportation Advisory Board will seek millions in additional dollars for its vessel replacement fund, while Alaska Marine Highway System officials are increasingly being confronted with problems of broken down boats disrupting schedules.

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.

Photo: Along for the ride
Trenton Wise, 11, center, along with friends Sam Nolan, 10, left, and Caylea Collum, 10, take Wise's dog, Bristol, for a walk Thursday along the airport dike trail.

Photo: Derby launch

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

Police & Fire
Due to a technical issue, Juneau 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.

Around Town
Today, Aug. 14

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.

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
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.

Elsie W. Brunette
Former Juneau resident Elsie W. Brunette died Aug. 10, 2009, in Salem, Ore. She was 95.

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.

Kensington mine permit is valid; it should be honored
The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

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.

Agog over Bush's comments on Gog, Magog
Incredibly, President George W. Bush told French President Jacques Chirac in early 2003 that Iraq must be invaded to thwart Gog and Magog, the Bible's satanic agents of the Apocalypse.

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.

Opera to perform Mozart's 'Grand Mass'
JUNEAU - The Juneau Lyric Opera will host the 8th Mid-Summer Vocal Festival on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Chapel by the Lake.

Sled dog puppies shot near Aniak
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers are investigating the deaths of three sled dog puppies that were found shot to death near Aniak.

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.

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.

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.

3 people injured in accidental shootings
WASILLA - Authorities are investigating separate incidents of accidental shootings in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Prosecutors: No free lawyer for officer
ANCHORAGE - Prosecutors are unhappy with a judge's decision to provide a court-appointed attorney to an Anchorage police officer accused of sexually assaulting women while on duty.

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.

Football player accused of stealing
FAIRBANKS - A linebacker for the Fairbanks Grizzlies arena football team has been accused of stealing $1,600 from Wal-Mart.

Airline raises rates for companion fares
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Airlines said in a letter to its customers that it is increasing the cost of companion fares available through its Visa Signature card from $50 to $99. The price increase goes into effect Oct. 1. The airline said it's the first increase in companion fares in 10 years and is still a great deal.

Anchorage lays off 27 city employees
ANCHORAGE - The city of Anchorage will lay off 27 employees as it tries to make up a nearly $9 million budget deficit.

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

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.

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.

Early frost cools Interior Alaska
FAIRBANKS - Cold air from the northwest Arctic combined with clear skies and calm winds will bring an early frost to Interior Alaska.

Palin stands by debunked 'death panel' claim
WASHINGTON - Former Gov. Sarah Palin refused to retreat from her debunked claim that a proposed health care overhaul would create "death panels," as the growing furor over end-of-life consultations forced a key group of senators to abandon the idea in their bill.

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.

E-mails from public overload House Web site
WASHINGTON - Amid a boisterous debate on health care reform, people flooded members of Congress on Thursday with so many e-mails that they overloaded the House's primary Web site.

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.

Begich says rural trip was eye-opening for Cabinet
ANCHORAGE - Four secretaries in the Obama Cabinet had their eyes opened to unique Alaska problems in a trip to rural communities, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich said Thursday.

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.

Police: Man assaulted in litter quarrel
A 26-year-old man was arrested Wednesday morning after an alleged assault stemming from an argument over litter.

Two kittens survive truck crushing
WASILLA - Two tiny kittens owe their lives to a rescue by a couple of seasoned "junkyard dogs."

Yearlong fuel tax break ends Sept. 1
FAIRBANKS - Alaskans will pay more for gas next month when a yearlong suspension of an 8-cents-per-gallon tax break ends.

Bumbling bank robber shows teller ID, account number
ANCHORAGE - A man walked into an Anchorage bank last week, gave his name and account number to the teller and showed his ID. It was his real name and it was his own account. The ID had his picture.

White House asks court to block forest road building
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says it will defend a 2001 rule imposed by President Bill Clinton that blocked road construction and other development on tens of millions of acres of remote national forests.

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