In 1943, Eleanor Roosevelt planted a victory garden at the White House, bringing back an idea first pursued during World War I. She encouraged citizens around the country to plant their own victory gardens, partly to help reduce the country's food needs during wartime, and also as a way to boost morale. She was successful: At their peak, victory gardens supplied more than 40 percent of the country's produce.
A date-movie that doesn't disappoint
T he trailer for "The Time Traveler's Wife" hooked me long ago. For crying out loud, every time I saw that preview, whether it was online or onscreen, I wound up crying out loud. I wish I were joking. There has not been a more obvious date-movie to come along in quite a while, unless you are on Sandra Bullock's bandwagon; she seems to have about four movies coming out in the next few months.
Alaska Robotics: A creative quartet
Sarah Asper-Smith, Lou Logan, Pat Race and Aaron Suring are four creative artists who have joined forces to make their unique mark on Juneau's art scene. With various specialties and overlapping interests, the members of this creative quartet each do their part to contribute to the collective in their own ways.
Juneau Student Symphony concert to feature Anderson
The Juneau Student Symphony will perform the music of Leroy Anderson in two concerts on Friday, Aug. 28, at noon at the State Office Building and 7 p.m. at Marine Park (rain or shine). The audience will enjoy familiar favorites like "The Waltzing Cat" with its meowing violins and clarinets and barking percussionists, "Bugler's Holiday," "The Typewriter" with a percussion solo on the typewriter, "Jazz Pizzicato" and "Jazz Legato," among others. The concert will conclude with an out-of-season performance of "Sleigh Ride" featuring Kit Peterson on solo vocals.
Presentation with Flip Nicklin at Hearthside Friday
Photographer Flip Nicklin will present a whale talk and slideshow Thursday August 27 at 7 p.m. at Hearthside Books in the Nugget Mall.
FILM Juneau contest announced
Local videographers and filmmakers take note: The FILM Juneau Contest, sponsored by the City and Borough of Juneau, the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council and the Juneau Economic Development Council, is now accepting entries of Juneau promotional videos.
CrossSound to bring world music to Juneau
For the next two weekends, CrossSound music festival will bring east-meets-west string music to Juneau.
Helping Hands to hold fundraiser Aug. 29
Helping Hands will hold a dinner and auction this Saturday to raise money to support their community food bank. The fundraiser will take place Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Valley Chapel at 9741 Mendenhall Loop Road. Dinner begins at 5 p.m., and the auction starts at 6 p.m. A $10 donation is requested.
ARTS & CULTURE CALENDAR
School buses are heading for disaster
The school year is fast approaching and already the school bus system is plummeting into the abyss.
Health care reform needs options
It seems that negotiations for national health care reform are resulting in the elimination of options favored by many in the general public, instead being replaced by plans supported by the health care industry.
Getting a handle on Thorne Bay energy
It was with interest I browsed the reader comments regarding the Prince of Wales Island northern intertie. The problem with most of the comments is that the article was not complete and did not tell the whole story.
Pirates in the U.S.
Editor's note: The author is referring to a column by Matthew Towery published in Monday's Juneau Empire.
Quick action, luck save waterlogged archives
A disaster for the Alaska State Archives is in the process of being averted, in part due to a remarkable stroke of luck that helped archivists deal with a flood of water dousing historical records.
School district retracts plan to wait for records
The Juneau School District retracted its plan to wait a few days before enforcing new state immunization requirements at the start of school.
Cruise ship plans Alaska return in 2011
Crystal Cruises will return to Alaska with one ship in 2011, bucking a trend among cruise lines to move business away from the state.
Hundreds of kids missing vaccinations
Hundreds of children in Juneau do not meet new state requirements for chickenpox immunization, but a district official said they will not be turned away on the first day of school.
Juneau School District braces for flu season
Students in the Juneau school system will hear "cover your cough" and "wash your hands" a lot more this year as the district takes precautions against an expected tough flu season.
Cause of power outage unknown
A transmission line failure knocked out power in Juneau for about an hour Wednesday, and while utility crews have restored power they have yet to isolate the problem, said Gayle Wood, spokeswoman for Alaska Electric Light & Power.
Boozer-Parnell spot debuts today
Juneau-raised NBA star Carlos Boozer will appear in a television public service spot with Gov. Sean Parnell being unveiled at 8 a.m. today at the governor's Web site, http://gov.state.ak.us/, and live at East High School in Anchorage.
Blowing off steam in Gastineau Channel
JUNEAU - Rising fuel costs have been a thorn in the side of many vessel-based tour operators, but not for Captain John George of the Juneau Steamboat Co. He runs his operation on scrap wood and rainwater, making his tour one of Juneau's most eco-friendly.
Photo: Skimming the surface
Christian Jacobsen, left, goes airborne with his skimboard over a jump Wednesday at Sandy Beach. Cort Saviers looks on. The pair of Juneau-Douglas High School students were enjoying the last days of summer vacation.
Photo: Place of reverence
Zach Watt, left, and Bynam Jackson look out on the calm waters of Lynn Canal on Wednesday from the Shrine of St. Therese. The pair were attending morning mass at the shrine.
Photo: Seaside serenade
Sam Nauer serenades his girlfriend, Kaelyn Day, playing his ukulele and singing to her in Marine Park. Nauer spent the past summer in Los Angeles, where he learned to play the ukulele from a family member. "It's very romantic. I can't stop smiling," said Day of her concert in the park.
Chickenpox immunization requirements
The medical term for chickenpox is varicella.
Photo: On zither and zheng
Jocelyn Clark, left, plays a 12-string zither and Yi-Chieh Lai plays the zheng Thursday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. The women, members of the ensemble group IIIZ+, were rehearsing for their upcoming concert, which takes place at 4 p.m Sunday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. The annual CrossSound Music festival starts today, with performances scheduled throughout this weekend and next weekend.
Thursday, Aug. 27
Today, Aug. 28
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:
Cornelia F. "Bill" Wells
Former Juneau resident Cornelia F. "Bill" Wells died peacefully after a long illness on July 23, 2009, in Albany, Ore. She was 95.
Manuel M. Carillo
Juneau resident Manuel M. Carillo died Aug. 17, 2009, in Juneau. He was 61.
My turn: Remembering Ted Kennedy
Just enough snow was falling to track a deer during a gray, Southeast November day. The air was wet, cold and still. It wasn't Southeast Alaska; it was the Yale Bowl in New Haven during the Yale versus Harvard football game of 1955. The Game was a significant social event in the Northeast. Special trains bringing partiers from Boston and New York pulled into New Haven. Back then, the Yale Bowl was one of the largest sports venues in the country with room for 60,000 spectators.
Maritime museum needs Juneau's help
After reading Greg Fisk's Aug. 4 column, "Aged icebreaker would offset 'magic blingdom,'" and later Rep. Steven Lindsey's Aug. 6 column, "Juneau's tourist trap monoculture," I felt compelled to put in my two cents worth.
Outside editorial: The complexities and legacy of Ted Kennedy
Ted Kennedy was a man of great complexity and apparent contradictions.
Substance abuse is killing our citizens
Do we need any more evidence that out of control substance abuse addictions are literally killing our state when 12 of Anchorage's citizens have died in the parks and on the streets of our largest community? This is a quiet crisis no longer.
Outside editorial: Getting intel not worth discarding principles
Attorney General Eric Holder took a courageous step Monday when he appointed prosecutor John Durham to investigate CIA interrogations during the Bush administration.
White House, food and children
Union Station in Washington is a hectic, noisy place. But one young girl's voice is rising above the clatter of Amtrak trains and subway cars dropping off congressional staffers headed for nearby Capitol Hill.
Time for a DWT citation
The urge to text while driving apparently strikes widely, affecting everyone from excessively social teens to BlackBerry-obsessed business people to the District of Columbia's multitasking mayor. Wherever it hits, it can be dangerous.
Event promoters were promised Palin, but she's gone
ANCHORAGE - Promoters of an Anchorage event set for Thursday night have been billing Sarah Palin as a star speaker, but a Palin spokeswoman says the former governor is out of state and won't be there.
Fairbanks ponders how to clear the air
FAIRBANKS - Many of the 70 people attending a Fairbanks Borough Air Pollution Control Commission meeting asked for more study before restrictions are imposed on wood- or coal-burning stoves.
Fairbanks doctor to operate surgery center
FAIRBANKS - A doctor who has practiced medicine in Fairbanks for 11 years is opening the city's first private surgery center.
Wasilla increases mayor's pay
WASILLA - Verne Rupright isn't the most famous person to hold the job of Wasilla mayor, but he'll be the highest paid.
Body found in Matanuska River
WASILLA - A body was found in the Matanuska River and Palmer police say it may be that of a teenager missing since July 27.
Driver charged in Seward Highway double fatality
ANCHORAGE - Court records show that a 24-year-old Anchorage woman has been charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide for her role in a head-on collision that killed two people in July 2008.
Pearl Harbor, Hickam to become a joint base
HONOLULU - Pearl Harbor and Hickam Air Force Base next door are due to become a single installation next year as the military strives to become more efficient.
Pilot hurt in small plane crash Tuesday
ANCHORAGE - A pilot suffered serious injuries, including two broken femurs, when his small plane crashed near Earthquake Park on Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport property.
Man in slaying indicted on drug charges
ANCHORAGE - Federal drug charges have been filed against a man whose name surfaced in a high-profile killing outside an Anchorage sporting goods store.
Marine Parking Garage elevator back in service
JUNEAU - The non-express elevator in the downtown Marine Parking Garage is back in service. All floors are now accessible by elevator.
Anchorage gay rights veto stands, for now
ANCHORAGE - Tuesday night's meeting was the first opportunity for the Anchorage Assembly to override the mayor's veto of a gay right's ordinance. It didn't.
Crawford says he'll challenge Young
ANCHORAGE - Alaska state Rep. Harry Crawford says he's going to try to unseat veteran Republican U.S. Rep. Don Young next fall.
Alaska senators extend sympathy to Kennedy family
WASHINGTON - Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Mark Begich have extended sympathies to the family of Sen. Ted Kennedy.
Senators postpone climate change trip
ANCHORAGE - The funeral of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy has halted plans for a trip to Alaska by five other senators.
Toyota Motor recalls 95,700 vehicles
TORRANCE, Calif. - Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it is launching a recall of roughly 95,700 Toyota and Scion-brand vehicles in the United States due to a possible brake malfunction.
Peltier singing again after cancer treatment
PALMER - The Alaska State Fair starts today and it opens with the comeback of Ken Peltier.
New restrooms provided for Mat-Su Valley parks
PALMER - State parks around the Mat-Su Valley are getting new restrooms designed to last for years.
Palmer visits JDHS, TMHS at Ketchikan
Bears aim to bounce back
Bears bite with speed
JUNEAU - What Juneau-Douglas lacks in height this volleyball season, it plans to make up for with quickness and smart hitting up front, and a strong, full-court defensive effort.
Crimson Bears tennis begins
Though scores aren't available to publish for scrimmage matches, assistant coach and Juneau Racquet Club pro Garold LaRue said the Juneau-Douglas High School tennis team did even better than expected in Fairbanks last weekend.
Legislators document their unhappiness with 90-day sessions
Alaska legislators are unhappy with the short 90-day legislative session approved by voters in 2006, according to a new survey of members of the House of Representatives.
Groups seek Bristol Bay protection
ANCHORAGE - Trout Unlimited and nearly 300 other groups have asked the Interior secretary to undo the Bush administration's "wrong-headed decisions" and prevent the Bristol Bay watershed from being turned into an industrial mining site.
Lawsuit presses for changes in judicial nominations
ANCHORAGE - A lawsuit claiming attorneys have too much say in choosing Alaska judges has been filed in federal court and is set for a hearing in September.
Observers, stations track Alaska weather history
EAGLE - For the past 40 years or so, John Borg has stepped out of his home in Eagle at about seven in the morning to take the temperature. He's taken it in the summer heat, when it was minus 72 degrees in winter, he even took it when floods lapped his front lawn last spring. Whatever the conditions, Borg took note of the temperature. For Borg, it's a public service.
Nepotism code waived for fire chief
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Assembly approved a waiver to the city code that will allow Mark Hall to become fire chief even though he has two nephews in the department.
Togiak Seafoods begins fish operation in Bristol Bay
BRISTOL BAY - A major high-end salmon processor has partnered with a small Bristol Bay community to create the newest company to join the wide array of fish processors that do business in Bristol Bay.
Evacuation center designed to help Newtok residents move
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks nonprofit says it has designed an extremely efficient "evacuation center" to serve as a bridge for residents of a southwest Alaska village who must move because of erosion.
Anchorage mayor asks city unions to cut work week to 37.5 hours
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan is asking most city unions to cut the work week from 40 hours to 37.5 in a move that could save the city more than $10 million next year.
Photo: Parnell's John Hancock
Gov. Sean Parnell, center, puts his signature on the Alaska statehood legacy print Thursday in Anchorage while Alaska Statehood Committee members, left to right, Colleen Sullivan-Leonard, Leo Rasmussen, Christopher Constant, Melissa Stepovich and Tennys Owens look on. The giclée print of Mount McKinley by Sydney Laurence commemorates Alaska's 50 years of statehood, and when introduced was signed by the eight living Alaska governors including former Gov. Sarah Palin. Sales of the print benefit Alaska's 50th anniversarycelebration.