Thursday, August 28, 2008

Revolution is the game
Stuart Cohen met with killers and pacifists, revolutionaries and radicals before writing his new novel, "The Army of the Republic."

Two Juneau artists win Governor's awards
Gov. Sarah Palin and the Alaska State Council on the Arts recently announced the recipients of the 2008 Governor's Awards for the Arts. Two Juneau residents, Cristine Crooks and Dan DeRoux, were among the recipients.

Fireweed Art Retreat extends registration deadline
The registration deadline for the Fireweed Art Retreat, to be held Oct. 13-19 at the Baranof Hotel, has been extended toSept. 3.

Museum hosts evening of poetry
The Alaska State Museum and CrossSound will present an evening of poetry and music from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the museum as part of the Alaska Statehood Commemoration Project.

Perseverance opens 30th season on Sept. 7
Perseverance Theatre will open their 30th anniversary season with a comedy, "The Government Inspector" by Nikolai Gogol. The production is directed by New York City-based director Emma Griffin.

JDU to hold Nutcracker auditions on Sept. 6
Juneau Dance Unlimited will hold auditions for this year's performances of "The Nutcracker" on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. at their studio. Dancers ages 8 though adult are invited to audition.

What's Happening
Thursday, Aug. 28

City wants to build a whale to nowhere
The "whale to nowhere" is what my husband dubbed the bronze whale project.

What kind of world do you want?
As an American, born and bred in the United States, I - along with most citizens of Western culture - have matured to recognize and address others of this world in either of two ways. I can initially be suspicious of another and require they earn my trust, or I can initially trust others until given cause to be suspicious.

What kind of world do you want?
As an American, born and bred in the United States, I - along with most citizens of Western culture - have matured to recognize and address others of this world in either of two ways. I can initially be suspicious of another and require they earn my trust, or I can initially trust others until given cause to be suspicious.

Whale sculpture is wrong use of funds
I'm sure there will be many letters on this topic. I have expressed my opinion to the Juneau Assembly and urge all readers to do the same by e-mailing borough_assembly@ci.juneau.ak.us.

Look at facts in South Ossetia conflict
Given the appearance in the Juneau Empire on Wednesday of an "Outside Editorial" from the Washington Post, "Next steps on Georgia: U.S. Can Respond," I am especially grateful to Juneau resident William Ruddy for his excellent My Turn article published in the Empire earlier.

Thoughts on Denver's Democratic convention
The Sunday, Aug. 24, Juneau Empire article about Juneau's two delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Denver quoted one of the Juneau Delegates as stating that all 18 Alaska Delegates to the Convention will cast their votes for Obama. I believe the three delegates elected by the Hillary Clinton delegates to the Palmer State Democratic Convention will vote for Hillary Clinton at the Wednesday roll call vote of the States - not Obama.

District patterns revealed in votes
Detailed election results show some stark differences between Juneau precincts, and in some cases the rest of the state as well.

Muñoz set to take on Doll
Republican Cathy Muñoz is set to take on incumbent Democrat Andrea Doll in the fall general election after fending off a challenge from Stephanie Madsen in Tuesday's primary election for the Mendenhall Valley state House seat.

Unofficial results by precinct for primary election
Registered voters: 24,585

Ribbon cut at new high school
The ribbon was cut Tuesday at Thunder Mountain High School, the new Mendenhall Valley school that has long divided Juneau over questions of a need for a second high school.

Juneau's Mike Nizich named top Palin aide
Gov. Sarah Palin on Wednesday appointed Juneau's Mike Nizich as her chief of staff, replacing Mike Tibbles, who resigned in May.

Gas prices slide - slowly
Last month, DeHart's co-owner Dan Hickok got tired of risking his neck on a ladder to raise gas prices yet again and replaced the numbers on his sign with arrows pointing up.

Whale sculpture funding likely to be reconsidered
A decision by the Juneau Assembly on Monday night on the funding of a bronze whale sculpture is likely to be reconsidered since Assembly member Randy Wanamaker gave notice of reconsideration after the vote.

Judge sentences man to 12 years for attempted rape
A man with a lengthy criminal past that a judge said includes a sexual offense, seven assaults and more than 20 misdemeanor convictions was sentenced to 12 years in prison Wednesday for breaking into a woman's house in Hoonah and trying to rape her.

Photos: Presenting the colors at new school
Members of the Juneau Boy Scouts of America Troop 6 present the U.S. and Alaska flags Tuesday at the start of the Thunder Mountain High School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Around Town
Today

JDHS student serves as page for Alaska delegates in Denver
DENVER - Marcus Sis, 16, doesn't get to vote at the Democratic National Convention in Denver this week, but the 18 Alaskans who do might have real problems doing so without him.

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

Chambers to pursue tax-free food
JUNEAU - Juneau Assembly member Sara Chambers wants to remove sales taxes from Juneau residents' grocery bills.

Unofficial results by precinct for primary election
Registered voters: 24,585

Around Town
Today

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

'Traitor' is solid, gripping
"Traitor" is a solid, gripping, only occasionally preachy thriller built around the War on Terror. Ripped-from-the-headlines realism, top-drawer performances by Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce, a dandy "ticking clock" story structure and a vast catalog of terrorist modus operandi make this as harrowing as it is timely.

'Rocker' is a feel-good story
You're having a hard time waiting for Sept. 25; new episodes of "The Office" have been missing from your life for too long. You've already watched every episode on your iPod so many times that you recite the lines with the characters as they say them. Naturally, then, "The Rocker" has some appeal because it stars Dwight Schrute in new material.

Entourage's 4th season hits the streets
"What Happens In Vegas"

Juneau's Cinema guide
OPENING

Singing songs about REAL PEOPLE
Grammy-nominated musician Shawn Mullins will be in Juneau to perform one show at Marlintini's Lounge this Saturday at 9 p.m.

Mountain Music Festival to feature local musicians
For those beginning to grow weary of the long summer season, and for those holding on to every final morsel of it, the Mount Roberts Tramway will present a musical event with quite the opportunity to rise above it all.

Campaign chatter and pop music are a lot alike
Does it really matter how many houses John McCain has or whether or not Barack Obama wears a flag pin?

sound & fury in brief
Salem plans return to Juneau

Sound Bites
The Subways, "All or Nothing" ★★★

Photos: Weber Dance
The Weber Dance Company, from Boston, visited Juneau Aug. 11-22 for a two-week dance intensive, lecture and performance. The dance intensive featured classes in ballet, modern technique and choreography. Dr. Jody Weber, founder and artistic director of the company, also gave two lectures during the company's visit. Their performance, "Of Bones and Marrow," included Juneau Dance Unlimited students, who participated in the two-week intensive.

Locals participate in two-week architecture training academy
JUNEAU - Craig Mapes, Ricky Bass and Ben Collman, Juneau-Douglas High School's Construction Trades, math and science teachers recently participated in national two-week training institutes, Architecture, Construction and Engineering Academy, sponsored by Project Lead the Way, at Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of New Hampshire. The institutes prepared these teachers to deliver this unique curriculum being offered by the ACE Academy this year in pre-engineering and architecture.

Laquaglia, Olson wed
Craig Olson, of Juneau, and Karen Laquaglia, of Sacramento, Calif., were married on Aug. 2, 2008, alongside the Truckee River in Reno, Nev.

Children invited to submit designs for an Alaska Airline plane
JUNEAU - Alaska Airlines is inviting school-age children throughout the state to enter its "Paint the Plane" contest to create artwork to adorn an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-400 jet in honor of the state's 50th anniversary in 2009.

Erdmann, Mach wed
Eric Erdmann, of Clear Lake, Minn., and Dorothy Mach, of Kake, were married on July 19, 2008, in Sartell, Minn.

Five respond to beef barley soup request
Do you like sharing recipes? Do you like trying new recipes? Well, look no further, because Ask Auntie Emo is where we match sought-out and shared recipes, as well as kitchen tips.

Asti, Stradley wed
Sophie Lynn Stradley and David Charles Asti were married on Aug. 23, 2008, at Centennial Hall.

Speaking of Roquefort and Rusty
May I offer a potpourri of reminiscences and interesting events and updates on recent stories?

Cashens celebrate 60 years
Frank and Irene Cashen celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Aug. 21, 2008. They were married in 1948 at the Cathedral of the Nativity in Juneau and are going to take a sentimental journey to Sitka, where they went for their honeymoon 60 years ago.

Dog owner's boyfriend gives ultimatum
Dear Rex,

Henry David 'Hank' McCullough
Former Juneau resident Henry David "Hank" McCullough died on June 12, 2008, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 77.

Outside editorial: False stimulus
When the electorate is unhappy about something, the hardest challenge for politicians is to do nothing.

My turn: Returning to Alaska and loving it
A couple months ago I wrote about a figurative itch to return to Alaska for the summer. That itch is now a literal lump on my right hand.

Outside editorial: Targeting overweight people is wrong approach
It is none of our business but ... we can't resist. Alabama is getting tough with state workers who are too fat. Beginning in 2010, state employees who are obese and don't work on getting fit will have to pay $25 a month for insurance that is free to other workers.

Outside editorial: Next steps on Georgia: U.S. can respond
A streak of defeatist thinking about Russia's continuing occupation of Georgia has had it that there is little the West can do about the crisis, first because Moscow's cooperation is needed for more important matters, such as the containment of Iran, and second because the United States and Europe lack practical means of leverage over Vladimir Putin's regime.

Colleges get an 'F' in finances
I started college this week - Barnard, on a full scholarship. I never thought I'd feel lucky that my parents have virtually no income. I live with my mom, who is a full-time student; my dad teaches part time.

Deconstructing consumer confidence
We have a market paradox on our hands. Consumer confidence is close to a 40-year low, suggesting that the economy is in worse shape now than in times that seemed far darker, such as the early 1980s, when inflation and unemployment both crept into double digits. Yet many of the current economic indicators, including inflation and unemployment, are rather positive - or at least not as negative as consumer sentiment implies.

Police seek two men in parole violations
JUNEAU - Law enforcement agencies seek the public's help in locating two recently released convicts who are charged with violating conditions of their parole.

Police: Woman stabs boyfriend in arm
JUNEAU - A Juneau woman was accused of stabbing her boyfriend in the arm during an argument, according to the Juneau Police Department.

Fugitive caught after two-hour manhunt
ANCHORAGE - A 41-year-old fugitive faces additional charges of hitting a woman with his truck before he led police on a two-hour manhunt.

Body found in Tanana River
FAIRBANKS - The body of a man was found Sunday evening in the Tanana River, Alaska State Troopers said.

Aaron Washington case headed to trail
JUNEAU - Convicted drug dealer and alleged drug smuggler Aaron Washington made a brief court appearance Wednesday to confirm that his case was headed to trial next month.

Justice retiring after almost 32 years
ANCHORAGE - The longest-serving justice on the Alaska Supreme Court is retiring next year after nearly 32 years on the bench.

Schools receive masterpiece copies
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage public schools are each receiving 40 reproductions of American masterpieces from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Man fatally shoots charging musk ox
ANCHORAGE - Residents of a Kotzebue senior center are feasting on musk ox after the wild animal was fatally shot by a man it was charging.

Work party set for Dan Moller trail
JUNEAU - Trail Mix and the U.S. Forest Service will sponsor a volunteer work party at the Dan Moller trail this Saturday.

Trooper sentencing suspended after plea
FAIRBANKS - A former Alaska State Trooper received a suspended sentence Wednesday after being charged with forging prescriptions for narcotic pain medications.

Alaska seafood processor fined
ANCHORAGE - A Kenai seafood processor recently agreed to pay a $38,000 penalty to settle violations of the federal Clean Water Act, including pollution of the Kenai River, Federal environmental regulators said.

Police: Man's death appears accidental
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police said the death of a man whose body was found in a creek appears to be accidental.

Anthropologist wins national award
ANCHORAGE - The president of Sealaska Heritage Institute won a national award.

Slippery bike race challenges competitors
Juneau mountain bikers got down and dirty while having fun in the mud last weekend during the annual Juneau Freewheelers and Glacier Cycles Dirty Tour Mountain Bike Series.

Sunday Mixed Bowling League opens with rarity
JUNEAU - The Sunday Mixed Bowling League got off to a roaring start as Jeff Jones rolled three consecutive 247 games to earn a very rare triplicate patch on Aug. 24 at the Juneau Bowling Center.

Tyler Hennon tries local Ironman triathlon
JUNEAU - Tyler Hennon was at Augustus Brown Swimming Pool Tuesday in his attempts at a full Ironman triathlon.

Fish Report: Alaska Department of Fish & Game Division of Sport Fish - Douglas
Aug. 25, 2008

Howards, Astorga win Greens Creek tourney
JUNEAU - Thirty golfers participated in the annual Greens Creek Golf Tournament on Sunday at Mendenhall Golf Course.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Viva la fiesta!
"(It's) the tightest, most precise, most defined sound that I have ever encountered in the salsa genre," Antonio Diaz said, describing the music of Maraca. Diaz and his wife, Heather Haugland, both local dance instructors, helped arrange to bring the band to Juneau.

Parnell, Young race in dead heat
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Republicans on Tuesday were deciding whether the taint of corruption would end the political career of Don Young, Alaska's lone congressman for the last 35 years.

Young claims lead, predicts eventual win
U.S. Rep. Don Young said Wednesday that he expects to win his ultra-close re-election race, despite only recently taking the tiniest of leads.

Arctic sea ice falls to second lowest level on record
WASHINGTON - More ominous signs Wednesday have scientists saying that a global warming "tipping point" in the Arctic seems to be happening before their eyes: Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is at its second lowest level in about 30 years.

Alaskans send Sen. Stevens on to general election
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Republicans gave U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, currently facing a federal indictment, a primary victory on Tuesday.

Voters lean in favor of mining
ANCHORAGE - Alaskans were given an option Tuesday when voting on the Clean Water Initiative in the primary election: mining or fish. They decided on mining.

Mining initiative backers vow to fight
ANCHORAGE - Luki Akelkok thinks he knows why Alaska voters failed to pass the Clean Water Initiative in Tuesday's statewide primary.

Photo: Launching general election campaign
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, talks Wednesday about being endorsed by the National Rifle Association at a sporting goods store in Anchorage. The 84-year-old Republican handily won his primary race for Senate on Tuesday. State Sen. Charlie Huggins, R-Wasilla, center, and state Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, listen.

Voters say no to predator initiative
ANCHORAGE - Alaska residents went to the polls Tuesday to vote on a ballot initiative that, if passed, would have ended the state's predator control program as now conducted.

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

Exxon negotiates settlement in Valdez case
Lawyers in the epic Exxon Valdez court case have negotiated a settlement to pay out most of the $507.5 million the U.S. Supreme Court awarded in June, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs confirmed Tuesday.

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

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