Friday, August 15, 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.

'In Sisterhood' is time capsule of Southeast history
Travel to China by armchair, puzzle out geographic mysteries, and meet some influential Southeast Alaskans with our new nonfiction for adults at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Obama camp strikes back against "Obama Nation"
HONOLULU - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama hit back Thursday with a 40-page rebuttal to the best-selling book "The Obama Nation," arguing the author is a fringe bigot peddling rehashed lies.

Le Corbusier picture book is weighty tome in more ways than one
"Le Corbusier Le Grand" is a formidable picture book that traces the monumental career of Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, the prophet of modern architecture and city planning known as Le Corbusier.

What's Happening
Thursday, August 14

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.

Benson the best pick in Dem primary
On Aug. 26, voters in this state have the chance to take the first step toward sending a remarkable and courageous person to the U.S. Congress.

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.

Lobbyist faces disclosure charges
A lobbyist for some of Alaska's top companies is facing criminal charges in connection with failing to report lobbying work.

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 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.

Son gets jail time after dad turns him in
Twenty-year-old Lloyd Lewin was sentenced Thursday to six months in jail for stealing and using his father's checks and credit card.

Redfern mine submits new Taku barge plan
Mine operator Redfern Resources Ltd. reapplied to the state this week to operate a barge with amphibious tow vessels on the Taku River in icy months.

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: 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.

Photo: Trophy fish
Sheldon Winters, winner of the 62nd Golden North Salmon Derby held last weekend, holds his trophy Thursday during an awards ceremony at Centennial Hall. Winters was fishing with friends on his new boat when he caught the 35.8-pound king, winning $15,000 and other prizes from Territorial Sportsmen.

Photo: Missing plane
A photo taken July 5, 2004, shows the Cessna 182 that has gone missing since Saturday with Juneau pilots Brian Andrews, 56, and his son, Brandon, 24. The pair did not return from an estimated 40-minute flight Saturday to pick up camping gear from a cabin on Admiralty Island. The search enters its seventh day 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.

Around Town
Today

Police & Fire
Due to technical difficulties, the police report was unavailable at press time. The full report will run in Sunday's paper.

Around Town
Today, Aug. 15

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.

Photo: Eagle Raven Culture Camp
Lyle James, left, leader of the Woosh.ji.een Dance Group in Juneau, teaches youth about Tlingit and Haida culture Thursday during the fourth day of the Eagle Raven Culture Camp held Aug. 11-22 at the Tlingit and Haida Community Center. This week, activities included sewing regalia, learning James' entrance song, making octopus bags, drumming and dancing, etc. Next week, the group will make rattles, drums and drum sticks. They will conclude the camp with a potlatch and performance from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Tlingit and Haida Community Center.

Senior menu for the week of Aug. 18-22
Monday, Aug. 18

FYI
Births

Thanks to Greens Creek employees, Coast Guard
My wife and I would like to thank the employees of the Hecla Greens Creek Mine and the U.S. Coast Guard for all their help in keeping our boat from sinking at the end of July.

From tragedy to affirmation
O n Sunday, July 27, the peace and sanctity of the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville was shattered by shotgun blasts, resulting in the death of two parishioners and the wounding of six. As often happens when tragedy strikes, we learn a lot about ourselves and about the institutions we belong to.

Northern Lights Junior Theatre to hold auditions for 'Grease'
JUNEAU - Northern Lights Junior Theatre announced auditions for its fall musical, "Grease," to be performed Oct. 31 through Nov. 1 at Juneau Arts and Culture Center. The production will be co-directed by J. Althea and Cinnamon Simpson, with choreography by Janice Hurley, costumes by Shelly Wright and vocal direction by Charlotte Truitt.

Extension Service to host fish canning, pressure gauge testing
JUNEAU - Sonja Koukel, of the Cooperative Extension Service, invites the public to a free canning fish demonstration to be held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Floyd Dryden Middle School in the home economics kitchen. Extension publications will be available at no cost.

Discussing the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
L et's talk about something good and non-controversial and forget about politics and fish runs for a day.

Mobile mammogram van to visit Skagway Sept. 16-18
SKAGWAY - The mobile mammogram van will visit Skagway on Sept. 16-18.

Thinking new about long-term care
The state of Alaska is seeking ideas for improving its long-term care system for senior citizens and persons with disabilities of all ages.

Seifert, Schwarz to wed
Shannon Seifert and Terry Schwarz, both of Juneau, will tie the knot at 4 p.m. on Aug. 23, 2008, at Point Louisa Beach. A potluck reception will follow at the Juneau Yacht Club. Friends and family are welcome to attend.

Pirtle, Hieber wed
Lorna Pirtle and Tony Hieber, both of Juneau, were married on July 14, 2008, at the United Penecostal Church in Juneau. All family and friends are welcome to join the family for the hours they like between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, at the Auke Village Recreation Area main shelter. Hamburgers, hot dogs, tea and water will be provided while they last.

Canary, Jacobsen wed
Aliese Canary, of Juneau, and Erik Jacobsen, of Portland, Ore., were married on July 26, 2008, in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. A reception followed at the Marriott Frenchmans Reef Resort.

Larsons celebrate 40 years
Paul and Phyllis Larson will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008. They were married Aug. 17, 1968, in Tallahassee, Fla. Their children and their spouses, and four grandchildren live in Juneau and Winston-Salem, N.C.

Recognitions
Kids in Juneau are reading this summer and receiving prizes from local businesses by reviewing their favorite books. A drawing from the review entries is held each week at the three public libraries. The winners for the week of Aug. 7 are as follows:

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

Eloise I. Steidley
Juneau resident Eloise I. Steidley died peacefully on Aug. 1, 2008, at her home in Douglas. She was 85.

Mary A. Long
Juneau resident Mary A. Long died Aug. 5, 2008, in Seattle, after a brief illness with vascular disease. She was 88.

Jerrold 'Jerre' Olson
Juneau resident Jerrold "Jerre" Olson died Aug. 14, 2008, in Juneau. He was 91.

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.

My turn: Predator management portrayals on Ballot Measure 2 are way off base
Recent opinion pieces by Nick Jans and Alex Simon and campaign literature of Alaskans for Wildlife on Ballot Measure 2 are inaccurate and deceitful. Predator management programs that now occur on just 9 percent of Alaska's land area are designed either to make more moose available for resident hunters in both rural and urban areas to provide the option for resident Alaskans to harvest wild food from wild lands. None are designed to make more moose available for "outside trophy hunters to hang on their walls."

Alaska editorial: Water act waiver is good
S core one for small commercial fishing boats. President Bush has set a two-year moratorium from permits for discharges under the Clean Water Act for the boats.

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.

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.

Outside editorial: Court defeat for EPA lets Congress tackle pollution
T he Bush administration is not known for undying concern for the environment in general or clean air in particular. That's why it was a stunning setback when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia last month struck down the administration's single boldest move in favor of clean air: a regulation from its Environmental Protection Agency that sought to clean up the air from power plants. In an odd twist, the ruling was handed down on the same day the EPA opted to avoid issuing rules to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. In both cases, the action now turns to Congress.

Looking at evolution of running mates
When Barack Obama and John McCain finally choose their running mates, voters can feel sure that these two people were carefully vetted from every possible angle and, if elected, will play a real role in the next administration.

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.

Waring, O'Brien won't run for School Board
JUNEAU - Juneau School Board member Margo Waring announced Thursday that she will not seek re-election this fall.

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.

New general surgeon joins Bartlett staff
JUNEAU - General surgeon Dr. Benjamin Miller will begin seeing patients at the Bartlett Regional Hospital Surgery and Specialty Clinic beginning on Sept. 1.

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.

Judge approves delay Anchorage murder trial
ANCHORAGE - An attorney for the man accused of killing an Anchorage teenager 14 years ago has successfully called for a delay in his trial, which was scheduled for September.

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.

UAF police investigate assault on woman
FAIRBANKS - University of Alaska Fairbanks police are investigating an assault that injured a woman Tuesday.

Sharpton picked for research commission
FAIRBANKS - The vice chancellor for research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has been named to the U.S. Arctic Research Commission.

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

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.

Two arrested in Guatemala murder of Alaska tourist
GUATEMALA CITY - A Guatemalan prosecutor said two brothers were detained in the murder of an American tourist last weekend.

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

Soldotna man killed in Seward crash
SEWARD - A Soldotna man was killed and his daughter injured in a single vehicle crash just outside Seward.

Family celebrates toy safety law
WASHINGTON - Colton Burkhart was just 4 when he swallowed a quarter-size medallion that nearly took his life.

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.

Jambaars head home
After winning two games and tying one, the Juneau Soccer Club's U16 boys team, the Jambaars, were defeated by the equally matched Cook Inlet Soccer Club's Velocity 93 boys team, from Anchorage, on Thursday in the semifinals of the 2008 Alaska State Soccer Cup, held Aug. 11-16 in Fairbanks.

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."

FBI authority questioned by Stevens
WASHINGTON - Sen. Ted Stevens accused the Justice Department of trampling on the independence of Congress, arguing Thursday that the corruption case against him should be thrown out.

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.

Investigation dogs Alaska governor
Gov. Sarah Palin, a rising young GOP star mentioned as a possible running mate for John McCain, could see her clean-hands reputation damaged by a growing furor over whether she tried to get her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper.

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?"

Fort Wainwright police reactivated Wednesday
FAIRBANKS - A military police unit with World War II roots was reactivated Wednesday at Fort Wainwright.

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.

State pioneer aviator dies
ANCHORAGE - Ray Petersen, a pioneer Alaska aviator, has died at age 96.

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