Thursday, August 19, 2010

'Cedar House' opens Friday
Locals don't usually have much reason to be envious of the tourists - apart from the fact that they are perpetually on vacation. But this summer, fans of Perseverance Theatre were no doubt chagrined to learn that a new play, "Cedar House," written by Ishmael Hope, was being performed four or five times a week at the Douglas Island venue for Cruise West passengers only. It didn't seem fair.

Tabor, Truax to perform songs both old and new
Songwriter Buddy Tabor may joke about the depressive nature of his songs, but audiences leave his performances with smiles on their faces.

Back to school in handcrafted style
As a preteen prepping for the first day of school, my jumble of raw emotions could only focus on two things; will they get my name right, and will I be just as cool as and totally different than everyone else? With a name like Tanna, first days were both thrilling and dreaded. Perhaps this would be the year I would not make a fool of myself in loud declaration of the fact that, "My name is TAAAN - NA, not Tanya!" or maybe for once I would have the new cool Trapper-Keeper that no one else could find in town.

The joys of discovering Semi-Precious Weapons
Do you remember Hedwig? Like many other Juneauites, I was seduced by Rory Stitt's performance as the washed-up transsexual glam rocker at the heart of "Hedwig & the Angry Inch," the rock opera named after the (fictional) singer and her band. So imagine my sheer joy upon discovering Semi-Precious Weapons and their lead singer, Justin Trantner, New York's newest ambisexual rock darlings.

'Pilgrim' benefits from expert casting
In Portland, Oregon, there is a small, independent comic book publisher called "Oni Press." Since 2004, writer Bryan Lee O'Malley has been producing a graphic novel called "Scott Pilgrim." Pilgrim, the novel's hero, is a 23-year old Canadian; he is a part-time bassist in a band with friends in Toronto called "Sex Bob-omb," and a part-time slacker. Pilgrim falls in love with an American girl named Ramona Flowers, a delivery girl for Amazon.

Russian celebration held in Sitka
White Nights, an annual celebration of Russian culture, takes place in Sitka this weekend in conjunction with the 2010 International Conference on Russian America. The conference, sponsored by the Sitka National Historical Park, will host scholars from around the world, and runs from Aug 19 through 21. White Nights, a music festival, will be held Friday night.

'I am Juneau' dance party held Sunday
An "I am Juneau" music and dance party will be held this Sunday, Aug. 22, from 3-6 p.m. at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. The event is sponsored by the Juneau Human Rights Commission, a body of seven members appointed by the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly.

Neo burlesque cabaret in town this weekend
Juneau native the Luminous Pariah brings the five-person theatrical collective Mod Carousel to Juneau this weekend for three cabaret-style shows at the Rendezvous.

JDU class registration under way
Juneau Dance Unlimited is currently registering students for fall semester classes. The class schedule and registration forms are available at www.juneaudance.com. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 23.

Juneau Student Symphony performs Friday
Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Gabrielli and Dusenbury will be among the composers featured at Friday's Juneau Student Symphony concert, held at noon at the State Office Building and again at 7 p.m. at the new covered basketball court at the Zach Gordon Youth Center.

JUMP festival begins tonight
The Juneau Underground Motion Picture Society's summer festival begins tonight at the Gold Town Nickelodeon, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 21. Tickets are available at Lucid Reverie, in the Emporium Mall down the hall from the theater. Admission is free but tickets are used to confirm available seating.

JAHC announces season program
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council recently announced their 2010-2011 Performing Arts & Culture Concert Series, "From Our Roots We Soar."

Empire, JPD wrong to release information
As Paul Whitehead's father, the release of information by the Juneau Police Department and the Juneau Empire was wholly unacceptable at this time. Just to be clear, his mother feels the very same way.

Editorial cartoon crosses the line
The editorial cartoon in the Aug. 17 edition of the Empire attacking the Muslim faith marks a new low point in the drift of the Empire from a paper that used to support community and American values of tolerance, respect, and diversity to a right-wing rag that actively promotes the right's nasty and divisive agenda of hatred and intolerance.

Fox News joins Congressman in blasting Census Bureau totem pole
A special totem pole commissioned by the U.S. Census Bureau has come under fire from Fox News and a Republican U.S. Congressman, both using the unusual Native outreach effort to attack the Bureau and the Obama administration.

Statter Harbor project will receive $500K federal grant
The Don Statter Harbor boat launch project will receive $500,000 more from a federal grant.

School website hacked by global hacker group
For about half an hour Wednesday afternoon, if you were to go to the Juneau School District website you wouldn't have seen the colorful page with district information.

Alaska Judicial Council recommends 3 for district court
The Alaska Judicial Council last week selected Juneau attorneys Thomas G. Nave, Vance A. Sanders and Kirsten Swanson as the finalists for a a Juneau District Court judicial vacancy.

Stormwater swale project helps detect contaminants
A small project by the Juneau Watershed Partnership could lead to bigger future results for water cleanliness.

Judaism meets Jet Li at Douglas synagogue
Juneau's Jewish community got an unusual treat this week: kung fu straight from Seattle.

Douglas Causeway garners questions, favorable response
Juneau and Douglas residents mostly aired support for the North Douglas Causeway project Wednesday evening at a presentation by the project's proponents.

Photos: Laying brick downtown
Arete Construction's Jason Simms, Craig Fowler, Jeremiah Engen, and Brentt Knott stack bricks near the new downtown parking garage Monday while laying in a new side walk.

SEARHC hospital scores high in satisfaction
SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's Mount Edgecumbe Hospital scored 96 percent in patient satisfaction during a survey process early this summer.

Photo: Nice day for practice
Joey Ramseth, 5, gets a little support from his older sister, Olivia, 16, as he practices his headstands in front of their Auke Bay apartment Monday.

Photos: Orientation day at JDHS
Alena Lamas, 16, and her brother, Luis, 14, check in with Cricket Curtain, activities admin assistant, during orientation day at Juneau-Douglas High School on Tuesday.

Girl dies from injuries
A 4-month-old girl died Sunday night after receiving injuries last week that required her to be medevaced to Seattle, according to a release from the Juneau Police Department.

Police & Fire
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Police & Fire
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Ted Quinn crowned as champ of 64th Annual Golden North Salmon Derby
A 26-pound fish won the 64th Annual Golden North Salmon Derby and the man who reeled it in is surprised.

Photo: First vote
Grace Parnell, 18, votes for her first time Tuesday as her father Gov. Sean Parnell looks on during in-person absentee voting, or Early Voting, at the Court Plaza on Main Street in Juneau.

Marvel Ann Boddy
A celebration of life has been scheduled for Marvel Ann Boddy, a Sitka resident since 1974.

Inez Victoria Nelson
Inez Victoria Nelson died on Aug. 10, 2010 in Gresham, Ore. She was born on May 18, 1917 in Braham, Minn.

Phillip Raymond Speer
Phillip Raymond Speer died Aug. 14, 2010, at his home in Juneau. He was born in Longview, Wash. on Dec. 12, 1936 to Paul W. Speer and Margaret P. (Bell) Speer. He graduated from R.A. Long High School, in Longview, class of 1955. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1959 to 1963, and was stationed in Adak, and Subic Bay, Phillipines. While stationed in the Philippines, he met and married Remy Ascilo. They made their first home in Juneau where they were active in the Filipino community and made many special friends there. Remy passed away in 1993.

Outside editorial: Obama, Petraeus in the same place on Afghanistan
The following editorial first appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

My turn: Carlos Boozer sets example today's youth should follow
Last week, I coached at the Carlos Boozer Jr. Foundation Basketball Camp here in Juneau.

The comeback of the wolf
From the moment it was first reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park nearly 15 years ago, the gray wolf has been the subject of continual litigation. Last week's ruling by a federal district court requiring the United States to return gray wolves in Idaho and Montana to the federal list of threatened and endangered species is only the latest twist in the wolf's strange legal journey. It is made all the stranger by the fact that by every objective measure, the recovery of the wolf has been a stunning conservation success.

Outside editorial: The Obama administration's attacks on the media
The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

My turn: Misconceptions about funding, design of Douglas Crossing need to be cleared up
There is currently before the Assembly a proposal to ask voters to renew, for at least another decade, the one percent temporary sales tax that is due to expire in 2013, and to apply all of those sales tax proceeds to build a fill causeway at Sunny Point. A video presentation of the sponsors' rationale for this project can be found at a webpage created by Brad Fluetsch at http://vimeo.com/13020981.

Boy injured in accidental shooting on Noatak River
NOATAK - A 13-year-old boy is recovering from an accidental gunshot wound near Noatak.

Aleutian fishing may be curbed to help sea lions
ANCHORAGE - The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council is holding a special meeting this week in Anchorage on protecting the endangered Steller sea lion.

Murkowski retains big fundraising edge over Miller
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski holds a big fundraising edge over GOP rival Joe Miller.

Trucano wins contract to build breakwater at Douglas Island
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract worth more than $600,000 to Juneau's Trucano Construction to build a floating breakwater at the small boat harbor on Douglas Island.

Alaska State Troopers search for shooter
FAIRBANKS - A shot through a wall during an attempt by an Alaska State Trooper to serve an arrest warrant at a home in North Pole has led to a search that included road blocks and a helicopter.

Anchorage Assembly may restrict insider jobs
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Assembly is considering a measure that would prohibit city officials from taking a city job within a year after leaving office.

Section of Turnagain Arm Trail closed
ANCHORAGE - A bear charged three people at the Turnagain Arm Trail, prompting state officials to close the stretch between Potter and McHugh Creek trailheads.

Kenai Peninsula targeted for bear fences
KENAI - A federal program will help Kenai Peninsula farmers build electric fences to keep bears away from farming structures.

Sharpton named acting chair of Arctic commission
ANCHORAGE - The University of Alaska Fairbanks vice chancellor for research has been appointed acting chairman of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, according to U.S. Sen. Mark Begich.

Plane crash survivor released from hospital
ANCHORAGE - One of four people who survived the plane crash in which former Sen. Ted Stevens was killed last week has been released from an Anchorage hospital.

Swiss woman drowns in Alaska river near movie site
FAIRBANKS - A 29-year-old Swiss woman has drowned in Alaska near the site for the movie "Into the Wild."

Legendary Chugiak bush pilot killed in crash
ANCHORAGE - The Chugiak man killed in the crash of his Piper Super Cub near McGrath was known as a legendary bush pilot and outlaw hunter.

Alaska stands to benefit from broadband dollars
JUNEAU - Alaska is set to share in a new round of federal stimulus money for broadband projects around the country.

Comparable money left in GOP governor's race
JUNEAU - It's a tight money race in the Alaska GOP governor's race.

JDHS softball coach Massey honored by NFCA
Juneau-Douglas softball coach Dave Massey was selected Wednesday as the West Region Coach of the Year by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association after steering the Crimson Bears to Alaska's large-schools state championship.

Back on the ice
Now that Treadwell Arena is open for business again following the summer months, it's time to play some hockey in the capital city.

Superior Court denies Kookesh's motion to dismiss subsistence fishing violations
State Sen. Albert Kookesh had his motion to dismiss charges for fishing in excess of his State of Alaska subsistence-use salmon permit denied by Superior Court Judge David George on Tuesday in Sitka, paving the way for a trial next month.

Parnell appoints new commissioner to rural subcabinet
Gov. Sean Parnell has named a new chair for his Alaska Rural Action Subcabinet as his administration steps up efforts to deal with challenges facing Alaska's predominately Native rural communities.

Dozens of dignitaries attend Stevens' funeral
ANCHORAGE - Vice President Joe Biden recalled that when he was new to the Senate and had just lost his wife and daughter in a car accident, Ted Stevens walked over to him and offered his friendship.

Voters to decide parent notification measure
ANCHORAGE - Alaska voters will decide Tuesday whether a parent or guardian must be notified if a pregnant girl under 18 seeks an abortion.

Anchorage audit faults former mayor, assembly
ANCHORAGE - An independent audit examining Anchorage's financial matters during former Mayor Mark Begich's last months in office faults both Begich and the assembly.

Mourners pay respects to Stevens in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Scores of Alaskans personally said goodbye to former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens on Tuesday, eight days after he was killed in a plane crash.

State sets $340K fine for campaign violation
ANCHORAGE - A $340,000 fine has been proposed for the group Alaskans for Open Government, the top contributor in a campaign to stop the political use of public money.

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