Totem poles through an intercultural lens
It's tough to imagine a more visually striking art form than the totem pole. With the stature and substance of a tree, the character variety and depth of a complex novel, the impact of a billboard, and the artistry of fine sculpture, these monumental works of art have amazed non-Native cultures for 250 years, beginning with the very first white men who saw them in the late 1700s. That strong reaction to the form - from a culture that lacked the tools to understand it - and the ways that fascination played out over time is one of the threads explored in a new book, "The Totem Pole: an Intercultural History," by Aldona Jonaitis and Aaron Glass.

A list of local totem poles
This list of local totems includes publicly available poles and is not exhaustive. For sources, see bottom of story.

'The Way Out' is The Books' thrifting at their finest
In the first seconds of The Books' newest album, "The Way Out," listeners are greeted by the voice of a man offering the opportunity of a new beginning. He introduces the experience that is about to be had by noting that the following will be "music specifically created for its pleasurable effects upon your mind, body and emotions."

Go ahead, pick on Aniston
Picking on Jennifer Aniston feels kind of like poking fun at some kid who just got beat up by a bully on the playground. You feel like a jerk for doing it. Why, after all, would you want to make that little kid feel worse? He just skinned his knee for crying out loud! With Aniston, who is on the cover of at least one magazine in the checkout aisle at the grocery store without fail, it has somehow become the norm to feel sorry for her. She is not on the covers of those magazines because of Oscar buzz or because her current movie is atop the box office.

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen release CD
Frank Solivan's background is far from the norm for bluegrass musicians.

Learn, enjoy with library's new nonfiction
Look for new nonfiction books about dental care, landlord-tenant rights, children's literature and much more at the public libraries.

Free Family Day held this Sunday at the Canvas for all ages
Juneau - The Canvas Community Art Studio and Gallery will host a Free Family Day this Sunday from 1-4 p.m., featuring fabric collage with Kathleen Harper. Fabric collage is like painting with fabric or quilting without sewing. Participants will cut and glue varied and colorful fabrics, many of which were donated by Perseverance Theater, creating vibrant and tactile works of art.

City Museum solo show applications due Monday
JUNEAU -The City Museum is currently accepting applications for the fall 2011/winter 2012 season. All applications are due by Monday, Aug. 30.

Paula Deen prepares feature on Alaska
ANCHORAGE - TV and magazine personality Paula Deen visited Alaska in August for a lengthy feature in her magazine, Cooking with Paula Deen, that will highlight Alaska travel and wild Alaska seafood in early 2011.

Tersteeg reunion class and workshop scheduled next month
JUNEAU - Friends and former students of retired University of Alaska professor Alice Tersteeg are invited to join Tersteeg in an Art Class Reunion Show and Workshop to celebrate and honor her teaching legacy. If you are one of the many artists Tersteeg inspired and mentored, consider exhibiting a piece in this show and/or attending the Saturday workshop.

Nomination deadline approaching for 2010 Governor's Awards
Juneau - Deadline for nominations of individuals and organizations for the Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities is Sept. 1. Award categories are Arts Education, Individual Artist, Arts Organization and Native Arts.

S.T.A.R.ry eyed
As I write this, it has been a short and unbelievably long 365 days since "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" opened as part of Perseverance Theatre's STAR program, the summer arts program for Juneau youth. It was such a great privilege to work in your beautiful and welcoming community. It was a great disappointment not to be with you all again this summer

Searing 'Restrepo' documentary depicts war at its rawest
Losing a buddy on a battlefield is a universal theme in Hollywood war films, and yet when it happens in the Afghan war documentary "Restrepo," there's no foreshadowing, no soaring soundtrack, no mood lighting.

Juneau needs flowers
Juneau needs the flowers in hanging baskets, containers by shops, turn outs, docks, beds in the meridians, etc. planted by the Parks and Recreation Department around town. We all need the flowers to feed our spirits, hearts and souls. Juneau's downtown was rather grim looking in the 1950's before expanding into landscaping and what a great job has been done.

Utility rate increases outpacing wage increase for many Juneauites
The City Assembly has decided to raise water and sewer rates 7 percent Oct. 1 this year, and 7 percent next year. Alaska Electric Light & Power has also deemed Juneau consumers can and must afford an 18 percent rate increase, with more promised if approved.

New faces at local schools
Juneau School District has a lot of new faces this year that are leading schools and teaching students.

School district gives report card, gets positive parent input
The school district is working on better communication with parents and the community and hosted a summit Thursday evening at Thunder Mountain High School.

Juneau charts its own path in state races
In Tuesday night's primary races, Juneau residents showed a stark contrast to the rest of the state, giving a huge margin of victory to incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell, and giving a strong show of support for fellow Southeast Alaska native Lisa Murkowski.

Arctic Games committee building momentum
The Juneau Arctic Winter Games Committee is building momentum for a push to submit a bid for the 2014 Arctic Winter Games.

High-speed Internet on its way to rural areas
Several areas of Alaska currently without high-speed Internet access will soon be able to speedily surf, thanks to new stimulus funds.

Photo: Awaiting their masters return
Duke, Fred and Archie wait for their masters, Pat and Becky Kemp, to return from voting Tuesday at the Juneau Senior Center.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported:

Juneau brings aviation safety to the world
The Federal Aviation Administration wants to take its most modern aviation technology nationwide, and eventually worldwide, after having pioneered it in Juneau.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported:

Photo: A cold leap
Charlie Gallant launches off the railing at Marine Park to the entertainment of friends and tourists on Thursday.

New sensors on traffic lights keep vehicles moving
The Alaska Department of Transportation recently installed new video detection cameras on top of traffic signals in the Mendenhall Valley area.

Suspicious item causes evacuation of airport
A brief evacuation was ordered at the Juneau International Airport at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday when a Transportation Security Administration employee noticed a suspicious item during security screening.

Alaska Wildlife Alliance forming first independent chapter in Juneau
The Alaska Wildlife Alliance has created its first branch chapter in Juneau.

Bryce J. Mielke
A long time Alaskan pioneer, Bryce J. Mielke, died June 22 in Craig at age 86 after an extended illness.

APOC right to investigate possible violations from anti-Pebble mine group
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

Outside editorial: The 'He's a Muslim' canard
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

This is who 'we' really is, Glenn
A few words about who "we" is.

Presidential run in future for Palin?
From Alaska to Georgia, Sarah Palin has pursued a familiar political path this year, endorsing Republican candidates and picking up political chits.

Social security, retiree Ponzi scheme $16T short
Social Security just celebrated its 75th birthday. Love it or hate it, it has done its job and should retire. We need a new system, the Personal Security System, which retains Social Security's best features, scraps the rest, and covers its costs.

Health care bill gives economic relief to most Americans, small businesses
SEATTLE - As we continue to slowly climb out of the worst economic recession since the Great Depression, I am constantly taking stock of what Congress must do to put us back on the path to prosperity.

Health care bill strips benefits, stymies innovation and hikes costs
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The American people were promised they would save money and their jobs and health insurance would be more secure if health reform passed. But the promises already are being broken, and workers will pay the price for ObamaCare's failures.

Dare to draw
One indispensable habit for a wildlife spy is keeping files on suspects. A field journal that includes sketches is a handy way to keep track of what you see, especially if you spot an unknown animal.

Kayaking pair to paddle 1,300 miles
After paddling for more than three months, roughly 1,300 miles and being half damp, mostly hungry and often sore, Katey Clautice wants only one thing for her birthday: a hamburger complete with candle.

Three vignettes tell tales of summer
Worming my way through the throngs of tourists, who were jabbering in at least four different languages, I could finally peer over blockading shoulders and outstretched arms complete with cameras. And there they were, the objects of all this attention: a female black bear with three tiny cubs of the year. Both tourists and bears were well-behaved. The bears lolled about between the platform and Steep Creek, occasionally nibbling on a leftover bit of sockeye.

Weekly Whale Feature: 'Lucky'
"Lucky" was the name by which I knew him. And as I sorted through my 2006 whale watching pictures, trying to identify the different whales, I came across one tail that looked a bit beat-up and ragged. It was mostly black with some white blotches here and there, there was a tear on the right fluke and the center notch was a bit ripped up.

Fly fishing report
It might seem a little earlier than usual, but good numbers of silvers are in the rivers and along beaches in Gastineau Channel. If I had to guess, I would say this is going to be a good silver year for fly fishermen, and here's why: The Golden North Salmon Derby had substantially more silvers turned in than the 5-year average, silvers are still being caught on the Outer Coast and they are in freshwater early. This seems to point to a really robust run this year, which we are all in favor of.

Sport Fish report
Sport fish report for the week of Aug. 23

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Wild shots
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Comment period extended for sea lion proposal
ANCHORAGE - The public comment period on a proposal to change groundfish fisheries in order to help Steller sea lions has been extended.

State voter turnout stands at 27.5 percent
ANCHORAGE - The Division of Elections reports voter turnout at 27.5 percent in Alaska's primary.

FAA boss says safety rules already on the books
ANCHORAGE - FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt says safety rules are on the books; the problems come when pilots break them.

Minor 3.6 Cook Inlet quake felt in Anchorage
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Earthquake Information Center reports a magnitude 3.6 quake was felt in Anchorage and Eagle River.

Body found in Alaska river is missing federal agent
FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers have identified a body found in the Yukon River outside of Eagle as a U.S. Customs agent missing since last month.

2 dead in Alaska plane crash near Mount Susitna
ANCHORAGE - Federal and state investigators are looking into a small plane crash near Mount Susitna that killed two people.

Abortion help offered to pregnant Alaska teens
ANCHORAGE - The biggest abortion provider in Alaska, Planned Parenthood, has created a website to help teens meet the requirements of the ballot measure approved in Tuesday's election.

Alaska State Fair opens in Palmer
PALMER - A moose-calling contest is a new feature at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer.

Man convicted of double homicide
ANCHORAGE - A jury has convicted an Anchorage man of killing two people.

Brown spokeswoman brushes off Palin's criticism
BOSTON - A spokeswoman for Republican Sen. Scott Brown is brushing off criticism from Sarah Palin, who questioned his credentials as "a hard-core constitutional conservative."

Alaskans lead nation in credit card debt
ANCHORAGE - A credit reporting agency says Alaskans lead the nation in credit card debt with an average balance of more than $7,100.

Falcons digging in
They might not set the world on fire, but the Falcons plan to display a new-found confidence and swagger in the second season of Thunder Mountain volleyball.

Don't count the Crimson Bears out
The Juneau-Douglas High School swim and dive teams are back in the water with big expectations for 2010, but the Crimson Bears also are hoping to erase a certain memory from last season.

2010 Bears focusing onfirepower
The Crimson Bears have been the dominant force in Southeast volleyball since before any of the 2010 seniors were born, and Juneau-Douglas has the pieces in place to keep that long-standing tradition of excellence going.

New challenges arise for Thunder Mountain swimmers
With every new season comes new challenges, especially when you're a second-year program trying to establish your own identity.

Bears, Falcons both on the road
The Crimson Bears' 3-0 record this football season does not reflect the adversity they've been through over the first several weeks.

Photo: Truckers take title

Photo: Walking Wounded wins D-II

Miller, Murkowski bracing for long count
ANCHORAGE - As Sen. Lisa Murkowski watched the shocking election returns come into her election headquarters on primary night, she became painfully aware of two powerful forces in American politics in 2010: anti-government rage and Sarah Palin.

Miller cites 'common sense' voters for Sen.
ANCHORAGE - A conservative Alaska lawyer credits his primary vote lead over U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski largely to "common sense" voters dissatisfied with the direction taken by Congress and President Barack Obama.

Alaskans sound off on Arctic offshore drilling
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's U.S. senators urged the Obama administration Thursday to get Arctic Ocean offshore petroleum development back on track.

Democrats see opening if Murkowski loses GOP primary
ANCHORAGE - Political upstart Joe Miller continues to lead incumbent U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the Republican primary race in Alaska. Alaska Democrats couldn't be happier.

Barbs begin between Parnell, Berkowitz
ANCHORAGE - Not even a day had passed since Alaska's primary and already campaign barbs were being flung Wednesday between Republican Gov. Sean Parnell and the Democrat who wants to replace him, Ethan Berkowitz.

Two Juneau attorneys in bid for U.S. District court judge
Juneau attorneys Leslie Longenbaugh and Mark Handley are among the 19 candidates from around the state who have submitted their names for consideration for appointment to the seat currently held by U.S. District Court Judge John W. Sedwick of Anchorage, who is moving to senior status on March 13, 2011.

Alaska's statewide primary election results
U.S. Senate - R

CSU releases $75K Palin contract, per court order
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A California university on Thursday released Sarah Palin's contract for a June speech in order to comply with a court order.

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