Thursday, August 21, 2008

In two WORLDS
Dave Hunsaker lives in two worlds: One in Alaska - writing, directing plays, hiking, kayaking and hanging out with friends - and the other in Los Angeles -running around to meetings, sitting in traffic, negotiating deals and hanging out with famous people.

Tabor to perform with guests Aug. 23
There are plenty of proper ways to listen to a Buddy Tabor song.

Author Grossman to host presentation Aug. 27
Hearthside Books will host a presentation and book signing with author Warren Grossman of his book titled "To Be Healed by the Earth" beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at its Nugget Mall location.

Rock the Vote looking for musicians, political groups
Juneau musicians and political groups are invited to present at a Rock The Vote concert on Sept. 6 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Gustavus to host historical play on Labor Day
The community of Gustavus will present a drama production titled "The Chronicles of Strawberry Point" over Labor Day weekend.

What's Happening
Events around Juneau.

Startled by citys Savikko Park plan
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee master plan for Savikko Park, Sandy Beach and Treadwell Mine Historic Trail is a startling document.

Palin stumping work reeks of good ol' boy politics
Give me a break. Does Sarah Palin have so little to do in her duties as governor of Alaska that she has time to stump for her "buddy" Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell? It certainly seems that way.

Alaskans need energy relief
I am writing in response to the editorial, "State's cash payout shouldn't be repeated."

Vote yes on Ballot Measure 4
Why do the opponents of Ballot Measure 4 find it so necessary to resort to fear-mongering and deceit?

Measure 2 will not stop predator control
Pat Valkenburg's recent opinion piece against Ballot Measure 2 (My Turn, Aug. 15) presents several inaccuracies.

Oil rebate checks a good idea
The Legislature and governor are correct in granting all Alaskans a $1,200 oil rebate check.

Ex-Fred Meyer worker awarded $208,000 by jury
A former Fred Meyer Stores Inc. employee who said she was fired because her boss wanted to replace her with a younger, prettier woman he had eyes for, was awarded $208,000 by a jury last week.

House District 4 race: Muñoz emphasizes her Juneau history, public involvement
With Cathy Muñoz agreeing with her Republican primary opponent for House District 4 on many issues, she's touting her longer history of public involvement in local issues as her strongest asset.

House District 4 race: Madsen promises tough approach to legislating
With only minor policy disagreements with her opponent, House District 4 candidate Stephanie Madsen is hoping Mendenhall Valley Republicans like her style of leadership.

Taku River hits flood stage today
The Taku River is expected to reach flood stage early today, according to the National Weather Service.

Photos: Construction Milestones
Chris Hope, an employee of Coogan Construction, works on the windows Tuesday to the new main entrance of Bartlett Regional Hospital. The entrance and a new lobby are expected to be substantially complete next week, Chief Operating Officer Debbi Lehner said Tuesday. Other projects nearing completion in the $62 million ongoing renovation include a gift shop, 10 private patient rooms, sleep and cardiac rehabilitation labs and a patient resource center. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house are planned for the fall.

State troopers: Miscommunication launches search for hunting party
A day-long search Wednesday on Douglas Island for three members of a Juneau family reported overdue from a hunting trip ended when they were found safe at 5 p.m.

Man sentenced to two years for child porn
Jeffery Malley, the former Boys and Girls Club employee who was caught possessing child pornography, was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison.

Photo: On the way to the hospital
Capital City Fire and Rescue personnel lift an injured 27-year-old man into an ambulance Tuesday at the intersection of Hospital Drive and Salmon Creek Lane. The man sustained serious injuries after colliding with a Honda SUV that turned left from Hospital Drive onto Salmon Creek Lane in front of the motorcycle, police said. The motorcycle driver was transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital.

AroundTown
Today

Photo: First day of registration
Counselor Kathy McCasland, left, helps Carla Eldridge, center, register her daughter, Emily Eldridge, as an incoming sophomore Wednesday at the Thunder Mountain High School. Workers in the background continue to work on the new school. The school is scheduled to be completed by the start of the new school year, Sept. 2.

Photo: New face in the harbor
The Japan-based Peace Boat sits docked in Juneau on Wednesday, on one of its last stops on a three-month voyage that started in May. The ship made stops in the Norwegian Fjords and Greenland before arriving in Alaska to "explore the icy ecosystems threatened by global warming," according to the nonprofit's Web site. The passengers and crew also stopped in Iceland to study the country's alternative energy policies. The ship heads back to Japan this week.

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

Around Town
Today

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

Correction
The Japan-based Peace Boat sits docked in Juneau on Wednesday, on one of its last stops on a three-month voyage that started in May. The ship made stops in the Norwegian Fjords and Greenland before arriving in Alaska to "explore the icy ecosystems threatened by global warming," according to the nonprofit's Web site. The passengers and crew also stopped in Iceland to study the country's alternative energy policies. The ship heads back to Japan this week.

'Death Race' more like a video game than a movie
Of all the Z-movies in the Roger Corman catalog, they had to remake "Death Race 2000."

'Clone Wars' not worth 98 minutes
You know those video games you had on your Playstation 2 that forced you to watch backstory between levels? If you were like my friends and me, you tried to push all the buttons on your controller in hopes of skipping through these forced moments of narrative. The dialogue was awkward; the voice-overs were lame; the graphics were hardly inspiring. Some games let you skip the backstory, but some forced you to sit through seemingly endless minutes of watching video-game-polygon-characters as if it were a mini-movie.

'Steet Kings' worth a view for silly factor
'Street Kings'

For the love of music
Trina Hamlin plays a unique style of music that she says is difficult to classify.

Juneau Lyric Opera Company to hold auditions Sept. 13-14
The Juneau Lyric Opera Company will be holding auditions for its 2009 productions of Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Mikado" and Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" during the weekend of Sept. 13-14.

Student symphony to perform homage to John Williams
Come hear the Juneau Student Symphony perform music of the famous American composer John Williams at noon on Aug. 29 at the State Office Building Atrium or at 7 p.m. the same day at Marine Park. Better yet, join the student symphony in the performances. Rehearsals began on Aug. 18.

Liking what I know I shouldn't, not loving what I know I should
As the program director of a pretty sweet and hip radio station, I hear a lot of buzz about up-and-coming bands. Often, by the time an album comes out, these bands are already the toast of the hot music scene based on a few performances, who they know, and their MySpace friend count. Throw in a huge record deal, and they can be hanging with supermodels and the New York Knicks frontcourt before they have ever put out an album.

Both sides of the Force turn out for new 'Star Wars' premiere
From left, Charlie Fairbanks, Toby Collins and Finn Collins pose as Star Wars characters during opening night of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" on Aug. 15 at Glacier Cinemas.

Mobile mammogram van on Prince of Wales Sept. 26 to Oct. 13
KLAWOCK - The mobile mammogram van will visit the Prince of Wales Island communities of Klawock and Craig from Sept. 26 to Oct. 13.

Mobile mammograms in Haines on Aug. 28 to Sept. 10
HAINES - The mobile mammogram van will visit Haines starting on Aug. 28, with appointments running through the afternoon of Sept. 10 (no weekend appointments). Women wanting to schedule a mammogram should call Pam Sloper of the SEARHC Haines Health Center at 907-766-6367.

University announces Piano Master Class with Tutunov
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast recently announced that Russian classical pianist Alexander Tutunov will teach Piano Master Class (MUS 493P) during the 2008-09 academic year, with only four Saturday sessions from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 27 (baroque), Nov. 1 (classical), Jan. 17 (romantic) and April 25 (impressionistic and contemporary).

Pratt Museum in Homer now accepting art for annual auction
The Pratt Museum in Homer is now accepting art and business donations for their annual art and adventure auction, the Ritz 2008. If you would like to make a donation, please do so by bringing your donation by the Pratt Museum at 3779 Bartlett Street, Homer, before 5 p.m. on Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. For more questions, contact Lisa Law at 907-235-8635.

Become a savvy caregiver
This month, family members or friends caring for someone with memory loss or dementia will have a rare opportunity to attend the Savvy Caregiver training series. A nationally acclaimed program, Savvy Caregiver gives an in-depth understanding of memory loss and the disease process, teaches practical skills that can be used every day, and gives caregivers a sense of competence needed when caring for someone with dementia. It also helps reduce the stress and adverse effects associated with caregiving and improves the quality of life for both the caregiver and their loved one.

Juneau visitor shares authentic French recipe for carrot soup
Ask Auntie Emo is where our readers ask for and share recipes. Do you have these recipes to share?

Coworkers are the best
On Feb. 6, I went south to be with my daughter at the birth of her second child. While I was down there, at the suggestion of Dr. Welling, I went and consulted a cardiologist. One thing led to another and next thing I knew, I was scheduled for double bypass surgery the next day.

Thanks to authors
The Pioneer Book Committee, of the Pioneers of Alaska Igloo 6, having previously published two volumes of local pioneer histories, recently completed "Gastineau Channel Memories Volume III." There are 601 stories in the three volumes, and they span the years from 1880 to 1967.

Thanks to Job Center
"You're OK. You're all right. You put up a darn good fight!"

Haffners celebrate 50 years
Robert (Swede) and Judy Haffner will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at 7 p.m. Aug. 30, 2008, in the Glacier Room of the Travelodge Hotel, 9200 Glacier Highway. Friends and family are invited to attend. No gifts please. The couple was married Aug. 30, 1958, in Juneau, where they have resided ever since.

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

My Turn: Wolves and the will of the people
On Tuesday, Alaskans will have a chance to vote to limit aerial wolf shooting to only the most serious biological situations. Such controls have been voted on twice before, but state authorities refuse to listen. As a result, a majority of citizens have seen their will frustrated and public state money wasted in an effort to fight the same battle over and over again.

Outside editorial: Endangered process: Changes to species Act could do lasting harm
In May, the Bush administration reluctantly listed the polar bear as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act.

Alaska editorial: No on 3: Elections reform off target
Ballot proposition 3 simply will expand the size of state government. Alaskans want less and not more government spending and regulation.

Outside column: Clarity is good, wisdom is better
First I spent long moments trying to decide upon my greatest moral failing. Then I spent longer moments asking myself whether I'd really want to share that failing with an audience of millions.

Outside columnist: Terrorism in the name of animals worsens
The firebombings of the car and home of two researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, earlier in August reveal an unwelcome reality: Animal-rights extremism is getting worse.

Search suspended for missing Juneau men
JUNEAU - The search for the two missing Juneau men whose floatplane did not return as scheduled on Aug. 9 was suspended Tuesday pending any new developments, the U.S. Coast Guard announced.

Palin promises first PFD checks by Sept. 12
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin said the first round of Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks will be deposited Sept. 12.

Anderson to face Taug in Assembly race
JUNEAU - The race for the Juneau Assembly District 2 seat will see competition between incumbent Jonathan Anderson and challenger Karen Taug.

Former UAF player gets community service
FAIRBANKS - A former University of Alaska Fairbanks basketball player will serve 100 hours of community service for his role in dorm thefts.

Tix found guilty of slaying friend
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man has been found guilty of slaying his friend.

Troopers warn about phone scam
JUNEAU - Alaska State Troopers are warning residents about a phone scam.

Ketchikan OKs beach buy; now up to voters
KETCHIKAN - The Ketchikan Borough Assembly gave its approval Monday to purchase a beach for increased access for residents.

Biologists kill bear suspected in mauling
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game said this week it killed a grizzly bear believed responsible for at least one attack in an Anchorage park.

Fort Wainwright soldiers to deploy
FORT WAINWRIGHT - About 160 soldiers from the 539th Transportation Co. at Fort Wainwright are getting ready to deploy to Iraq.

Fire burns three Akiachak buildings
AKIACHAK - Alaska State Troopers said a fire has destroyed an old elementary school and two other buildings in the village of Akiachak.

Alaska processor recalls salmon
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks processor is recalling about 150 pounds of salmon because of potential contamination.

Crimson Bears look to pool of young talent for 2008 season
On Tuesday and Thursday mornings, Juneau-Douglas High School Junior Alex Barto is in the pool at 5 a.m. training for swimming glory. These early practices are extra work in addition to the two and a half hours or practice five days per week that Barto attends. It's just part of the routine for a swimmer preparing to compete for the Crimson Bears.

Crimson Bears tennis ready to make a run for state title
JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears tennis team roared back to life this month.

Team's uncertainty offers optimism for new season
The future is just up ahead, but around every corner the scene changes for the 2008 Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball squad.

SECRET SOUP
Comedian Joel McHale, the host of "The Soup" on E! Entertainment Television, acknowledges that most of the work produced in Hollywood these days is subpar.

Man who made controversial call on leave
Gov. Sarah Palin placed the state's director of boards and commissions on paid administrative leave Tuesday while an investigation continues into whether she abused her power when firing former public safety commissioner Walt Monegan.

Stevens' bid to move trial to AK denied
WASHINGTON - Sen. Ted Stevens cannot move his corruption trial from Washington to his home state of Alaska, a federal judge ruled Wednesday in a decision that could hamstring the powerful Republican's re-election bid.

Zoo not called before wolf pup killing
The state Department of Fish and Game did not contact two of the most likely candidates to place wolf pups before shooting the pups during a wolf killing in June.

Campaigns over Measure 2 get heated
ANCHORAGE - The battle over Ballot Measure 2 and Alaska's aerial predator control program intensified Thursday with each side complaining to the state's political watchdog agency.

Forest Service, conservationists settle on timber sale
The U.S. Forest Service and Southeast environmental groups settled recently on the terms of a timber sale in the Tongass National Forest without going to court.

Chichagof timber sale issue resolved
JUNEAU - The U.S. Forest Service and several environmental groups recently resolved their differences in a proposed timber sale on Chichagof Island.

Trial portion of Iditarod musher King's federal case ends
FAIRBANKS - The trial portion of four-time Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race winner Jeff King's federal case that he illegally killed a moose in Denali National Park concluded.

Salvage effort underway for sunken landing craft
KETCHIKAN - A 52-foot landing craft remained capsized near a dock at Sportsman's Cove Lodge for most, if not all, of Tuesday.

Iditarod champion King's trial begins
FAIRBANKS - Iditarod champion Jeff King is being tried in Fairbanks on charges that he illegally killed a moose near his home in Denali National Park and Preserve.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

New state park recalls World War II past
SITKA - A new state park, which was built on Sitka's World War II past, has been dedicated.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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