Friday, August 22, 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.

New stack of picture books awaits at the library
"Cornelius P. Mud, are you ready for school?" written and illustrated by Barney Saltzberg.

Fearing violence, publisher drops novel
WASHINGTON - Once upon a time, Sherry Jones was a Montana newspaper reporter who dreamed she could contribute to world peace with a novel about the prophet Muhammad and his feminist leanings. Then she wrote it. Today? She's the target of a Serbian mufti and a Middle Eastern studies professor with a lawyer.

'Breaking Dawn,' 'The Last Lecture' top Wall Street Journal's best-seller lists Wall Street Journal best-sellers
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What's Happening
Events around Juneau.

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.

Reduce dominance of special interests
Ballot Measure 3 is pretty simple. If you want to continue with special interest money dominating our election system, you probably won't support it. If you want less influence from special interest money, real competition for ideas and issues and a better democracy, vote yes.

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

Trooper discipline should be investigated
I want to start by saying I am not a Republican, a Palin staff member, or related to the Palin family.

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

School district slashes costs of activities
The cost of participating in high school sports and other extra-curricular activities in the Juneau School District will be cheaper this school year.

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.

Kerttula, Newman tangle over term limits
An electoral novice is challenging one of the region's top lawmakers, a 10-year legislative veteran.

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.

Juneau-area mines call Measure 4 confusing
Juneau's two mines say they oppose Ballot Measure 4 because they don't know how it will affect them.

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.

Photo: Gulls at rest
Bonaparte's and glaucous gulls rest Thursday at the mouth of Salmon Creek after feeding on returning chum salmon.

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: Trail work
Forest Service trail crew members Aaron Yeaton, left, Matt Adams, center, and Mitch Harris lay down gravel for a new trail to Nugget Falls on Thursday at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Half of the $270,000 cost is funded by the Alaska Trails Initiative, a part of the state's Department of Natural Resources. The rest is coming from visitor fees. The project is to be finished late next summer.

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.

Around Town
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Police & Fire
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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.

Photo: A hefty dontation for Bartlett
The Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation presents a check to Bartlett Regional Hospital for intensive care unit monitoring equipment earlier this summer. To date, the foundation has donated a total of $130,000 for ICU equipment. Left to right: Board of Trustees President Loretta Beadle, Bartlett Regional Hospital CEO Shawn Morrow, and Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation Executive Director Michelle Shaw.

Community thanked for Andrews search
The family and friends of Brian and Brandon Andrews are immeasurably important to them, and have been extremely helpful to our family since Brian and Brandon went missing on Aug. 9. An enormous thank you goes out to everyone who has supported us throughout our search efforts.

Color moves across the land
C olor steals across the land, settling down from the heights as if carried by gravity.

Have a happy song in your heart
M y children and I were playing a game the other night, or at least part of a game. Had I taken time to read the instructions, we might have used some of the more obscure pieces that came in the box. But as it was, we were having too much fun to bother with rules.

'Sin or Swim' and other vessels
Trying to uncover the mysteries of the party scene in Juneau calls for a new direction. I don't mean another visit to Jack Tripp's Viking Lounge or Betty Adams' Alaskan Bar at midnight, as reported in the Hooligan each Thursday.

Goodbye summer, hello future
F or Echo Ranch Bible Camp, summer is officially over. On Friday, Aug. 15, the last campers walked around Echo Cove. Soon all of the summer staff will be gone and not long after, Echo Ranch will be closed for the year. The time to say goodbye has come. I don't know about you, but I have never really liked goodbyes. Like a dropped phone call or the power going out, so it is with goodbyes. A connection has been made between people, between groups of people, and suddenly the line is lost. Every week of the summer we send our farewell with young people of all ages. But it is this end of summer farewell that is the hardest.

FYI
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My Turn: Vote no on Ballot Measure 2
All of the best hunters I know are keen year-round observers of wildlife but do not begrudge other Alaskans who simply prefer watching wildlife. The same cannot be said for a minority of wildlife activists who do not hunt and do not want anyone else to hunt, either.

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.

My Turn: Measure 3 would harm Alaska
If public funding of campaigns is such a great idea, why did Barack Obama refuse to take public funds for his presidential campaign?

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.

Empire editorial: Yes on Measure 4 for aquatic gold
As Alaskans consider Ballot Measure 4 on Tuesday, they must look to the future and think about gold.

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.

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.

2 sentenced for selling subsistence fish
ANCHORAGE - Two Sitka residents have been sentenced for illegally selling subsistence halibut in 2004.

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.

Guard takes over Interior rescue calls
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Air National Guard is picking up rescue calls in Interior Alaska after the military could no longer provide the service before of war duty.

GOP accuses Mayor Begich of breaking campaign promise
JUNEAU - So far, Ted Stevens and Mark Begich have kept the gloves on in this U.S. Senate race.

Bear cleared in bicyclist's attack
ANCHORAGE - A sow grizzly killed this week has been cleared of the most severe attack in Anchorage parks this summer.

Peninsula food tax initiative on ballot
KENAI - Voters in the Kenai Peninsula Borough are being asked to decide whether to exempt certain foods from the borough sales tax for part of each year.

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.

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.

Sides disagree on purpose of mining measure
ANCHORAGE - Alaskans in the primary election will vote on Ballot Measure 4, an initiative that opponents say will kill large-scale mining in Alaska but supporters say will save Bristol Bay's wild salmon streams from a toxic spill at the Pebble Mine.

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.

State cleared in election complaint over Measure 2
ANCHORAGE - The state's political watchdog agency dismissed a complaint accusing Alaska state officials of trying to unfairly influence the outcome of a ballot measure aimed at curtailing its predator control program.

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.

Governor to speak at the Republican convention
Four years ago, Gov. Sarah Palin went to the Republican National Convention as a wide-eyed delegate awed by the fast-paced environs in New York City.

Pumps dry after refinery slowdown
FAIRBANKS - At least one Fairbanks area gasoline station was shut down this week after an operations slowdown at Flint Hills Resources' North Pole refinery.

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.

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

Nine polar bears spotted in open ocean
ANCHORAGE - Federal wildlife monitors spotted nine polar bears in one day swimming in open ocean off Alaska's northwest coast, and environmental groups say the event is a strong signal that diminished sea ice brought on by warming has put U.S. bears at risk of drowning or dying from effects of fatigue.

This Day in History
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