Thursday, September 2, 2010

Artists' spaces in unusual places
It's a little known fact that the Viking Lounge on Front Street downtown, known for its karaoke and martinis, also houses a thriving artists' space. Upstairs, the scent of fresh-cut red and yellow cedar and alderwood leads to a small carving studio, located behind a door that reads, "Do not enter." The space is not open to the public.

Burrous' blues
Last Friday, I had an opportunity to sit down and chat with Sammy Burrous, Juneau's infamous bluesman, before his show at the Rendezvous with his band, The Devil's Club. It's a slammin' trio a la Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, but with a darker edge. While speaking with Sammy beforehand, I asked him for his "elevator pitch" on the band's sound.

First Friday openings include several debuts
"Synergy," paintings by Avery Skaggs

McPhetres: The man behind the name
Mention McPhetres Hall to anyone who's lived here more than five years, and you'll likely inspire a happy memory: a theater performance, a dance, a birthday party, a rummage sale, a wedding reception. When the hall was destroyed in the 2006 fire that ravaged Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, many lamented the loss not just of the church itself, but of this hub of community activity.

Fall season preview
Here's a look at what many local arts organizations have planned for the upcoming season. All schedules are subject to change.

National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month events
for the juneau empire

New chapter books for older kids include 'Gully's Travels' and 'After Tupac & D Foster'
Here's a look at the new chapter books for independent readers.

Two-act rock show held Friday at UAS
Local bands The Viper Scene and Captain Angry will put on a two-act rock show beginning at 8 p.m. Friday at the University of Alaska Southeast. The show is free for UAS students and $3 at the door for non-students.

Mountain Music festival held Friday
The fifth annual Mountain Music festival will bring local musicians to new heights as they perform atop the Mt. Roberts Tramway this Friday.

Juneau Symphony sets sail Saturday
This Saturday, Sept. 4, the Juneau Symphony will be holding their annual fundraiser, Set Sail for the Symphony, a wildlife watching cruise sponsored by Allen Marine. This three-hour cruise will tour Stephen's Passage observing whales and other wildlife while Juneau Symphony chamber musicians serenade the guests on board.

JUMP Society to hold additional screening of summer festival
The JUMP Society will be holding an additional screening of the 2010 Summer Film festival at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3, at the UAS Egan Lecture Hall. If you didn't make it to the shows at the Goldtown - or couldn't get a seat - this is your chance to catch it before its gone.

Ballot Measure 2 most affects those who had no say
Unfortunately, the people whose lives will be most impacted by Ballot Measure 2 were not old enough to vote in the primary election August 24. The proposition, which requires a physician notify parents before performing an abortion and requires teens to notify or in lieu of, go to court to obtain a notarized statement about abuse, won voter approval.

What would you trade for salmon?
Scotland, England, Norway, Japan, Quebec, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Maine, New York, Massachusetts, California, Oregon and Washington all used to have wild salmon runs. Those runs have all died out.

Arctic Games a good idea for Juneau?
I said "Wow," when I saw Sunday's front page Empire article about Juneau bidding for the Arctic Winter Games. Two thousand young foreign athletes bringing, according to supporters, a cultural experience not to be missed. I just can't wait for the "throat singing and drum dancing" during the week-long melee.

Hoonah officer's daughter to attend funeral
"His humor," Lexis Wallace, 12, said when asked what she misses about her father, slain Hoonah police officer Anthony Wallace, who died along with friend and fellow police officer Matthew Tokuoka from wounds suffered in a fatal ambush last weekend.

Man charged with murder arraigned in Juneau
The alleged killer of two Hoonah police officers was arraigned Tuesday in Juneau Superior Court.

Juneau council's 2009 numbers a mixed bag
The Juneau Economic Development Council released the Juneau and Southeast Alaska Indicators 2010 report today. Executive director Brian Holst said JEDC compiles a vast amount of research from various entities and in-house work every year to find out about the economic conditions affecting Juneau and Southeast Alaska.

Memorial services set for Wednesday
Law enforcement personnel from multiple agencies and states will gather in the small Tlingit village of Hoonah at 2 p.m. Wednesday for memorial services to honor slain Hoonah police officers Matthew Tokuoka and Anthony Wallace, according to village elder George Martin, 77, the father of officer Tokuoka's wife Haley.

UAS begins classes amidst enrollment boom
The University of Alaska Southeast is on a roll, beefing up academic programs and attracting new students to its Auke Lake campus.

Photo: Snack time
A Sitka black-tailed deer feeds on fireweed leaves Tuesday at Brotherhood Bridge Park.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Map may be key to better broadband access
Connect Alaska, a nonprofit subsidiary of Connected Nation, launched Alaska's first statewide interactive map Wednesday to help study Alaska's high-speed coverage.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Students challenged to look at behaviors, connect
High school can be rough with drama, cliques, racism, violence and teasing. Students were challenged this week to think about why those things can occur and were challenged to stop them.

Photo: Breaking the ice at UAS
New students at the University of Alaska Southeast stop to play an ice-breaking game Tuesday during orientation.

Myra Elizabeth Howe
Myra Elizabeth Howe of Juneau died Aug. 10, 2010, at home, after a short bout with cancer. She was photographer, educator, counselor, traveler, philanthropist, advocate of the arts, mentor, hiker, gourmet cook, and community volunteer.

Doris Jean St. Clair
Doris Jean St. Clair was born Sept. 13, 1955 in Juneau to Kelly and Adeline St. Clair. She died unexpectedly on Aug. 25, 2010.

Reine Frances Jones
Services will be held later this fall for Reine Frances (Stabell) Jones, 63, of Reedsport, Ore. Reine was born in Chicago on July 8, 1946 - the fourth child of Norman E. Stabell and Phyllis Lydia (Edghill) Stabell. Reine died on April 18, 2010 in Reedsport, her much-beloved hometown, after a long illness.

Outside editorial:Protecting the 1st Amendment, the president
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Outside editorial: Net neutrality must apply to all of the Web
The following editorial first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News:

Mideast peace talks will fail
Peace talks between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, which are due to begin Thursday in Washington, won't succeed in finding a permanent solution to the conflict.

Dysfunction at the polls
I'll start by saying this: I am not now, nor have I ever been, a Democrat. But I'm not a Republican, either. No, I'm an independent.

14th Amendment nullification threatens core of citizenship
When I was in the military in the 1970s, I heard two white soldiers talking on the rifle range. One soldier asked the other how he learned to shoot so well.

Fairbanks man gets 50 years for sexual assaults
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man who admitted to seven years of sexual abuse has been given a 50-year prison term.

Alaska Shakespeare director disputes resignation
FAIRBANKS- The Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre board of directors says it has accepted the resignation of artistic director Bruce Rogers, who says he was only offering to take a pay cut, not quit.

Interior secretary visiting Barrow, Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is visiting Alaska and plans a town hall community meeting Thursday in Barrow to discuss North Slope issues.

2 men sought after fatal Anchorage home invasion
ANCHORAGE - Homicide detectives are looking for two men who ran away after an intruder was killed in an attempted home invasion robbery in Anchorage.

Towarak named to head Federal Subsistence Board
ANCHORAGE - Federal officials have named Tim Towarak of Unalakleet to head the Federal Subsistence Board.

Woman gets 5-year sentence in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - A woman convicted of theft for stealing checks was sentenced Monday in Anchorage to five years in prison.

Fairbanks man gets 50 years for sexual abuse
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison after admitting he sexually abused a girl for seven years.

Woman's body found in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say they have discovered the body of a woman near downtown Anchorage.

Tuluksak man charged with assault
TULUKSAK- Alaska State Troopers say a 32-year-old Tuluksak man was arrested over the weekend on assault and weapons misconduct charges.

Anchorage Assembly accepts critical audit
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Assembly voted Tuesday night to accept the findings of an investigator who found financial failings in the last months of the administration of Mark Begich as mayor.

JDHS sweeps first swim meet
Winning the first meet of the season isn't a bad way to get things started, and the Juneau-Douglas swim team will be the first to tell you that, though they feel they have a long way to go to reach their potential.

Former Bear Perkins faces another setback
Former Juneau-Douglas standout football player Jack Perkins has had an up-and-down year.

Tea party: The new Grand Old Party?
WASHINGTON - Is the tea party the new Republican Party?

Murkowski concedes primary race
ANCHORAGE - Sen. Lisa Murkowski was booted from office in the Republican primary Tuesday by a little-known conservative lawyer in arguably the biggest political upset of the year.

Miller holds on to upset through absentee count
As state elections officials announced each new batch of absentee ballots through the day Tuesday, incumbent U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski tiptoed closer to the lead challenger Joe Miller built last week on primary election day, but what she needed were big steps.

Popular Anchorage ski train back on track
ANCHORAGE - The popular Anchorage Ski Train is back on track after being sidelined last year.

Murkowski was 'capable, energetic' for Alaska
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's stunning defeat in the Alaska primary ends a 30-year family legacy of holding that seat, an era that spanned a majority of Alaska's statehood.

'Stupid Alaskan Tricks': a showcase for odd skills
FAIRBANKS - River running took on a new meaning Monday afternoon as nine-year-old water skier Amber Hajdukovich skimmed over the calm waters of the Chena River powered by a six-member sled dog team running along a sandbar.

Palin to headline GOP's biggest fundraiser
DES MOINES, Iowa - Potential 2012 presidential candidate Sarah Palin will headline the Iowa Republican Party's biggest annual fundraiser, party officials announced Tuesday in the state that launches the presidential nominating process.

Review: Alaska pipeline spill probe shows pattern
ANCHORAGE - The company that runs the trans-Alaska pipeline remains under federal investigation and is in the middle of major changes after an internal probe this summer raised serious concerns about how it handled a major pipeline leak and emergency shutdown in May.

Democrat's campaign for US Senate ramps up
ANCHORAGE - Ten days ago, Scott McAdams had a volunteer treasurer and a few thousand dollars to help him pursue the Democratic nomination for U.S. senator in Alaska.

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