Friday, September 3, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A voters' lottery
When I saw the miserable turnout of voters in primary elections, I was dismayed. Less than 30 percent of registered voters in Juneau voted. We live in new and different world in which people at times expect that they will be rewarded for the very thing they are supposed to do as responsible adults.

Preparing for disaster
What would happen if Salmon Creek Dam broke? What about if a large airplane crashed near the airport? Who would respond? What would you do?

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.

Juneau police: Beware the bus zone
Reading, writing, and arithmetic aren't the only things school kids need to be wary of. According to the Juneau Police Department, the morning and afternoon bus zones are being ignored by vehicles and the commuters' operating them and are a danger for students.

Photo: Weighing his options
During Thursday's downpour it's not apparent if this tourist is considering the jackets or their protective plastic sleeves at the Fil-Am Mart on Franklin Street.

New dean may help put controversy in past
The University of Alaska Southeast has hired a new dean for its largest school, the School of Arts and Sciences, as it attempts to put nearly two years of controversy behind it.

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.

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
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Police and 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.

Greenlief advances to Senior Chief at USCG Station Juneau
Wednesday, James Greenlief climbed to a rung of the United States Coast Guard's ladder of rank which only about two percent of Coast Guard enlisted personnel reach: the step of Senior Chief Petty Officer.

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: Slow-moving but hyperactive
A tourist takes a look at the face of the Mendenhall Glacier on Thursday. The glacier continues to be active, with a large dark blue patch showing the latest calving.

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

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.

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.

Neysa McMein Bennett
Neysa McMein Bennett died on Aug. 14 at the Juneau Pioneer's Home, where she had resided for the last five years.

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

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.

Lift the ban: Governor makes strong case for offshore work
This editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

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.

Photos: Touring the Trail of Time
A finished portion of the new Trail of Time being constructed with the help of funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is pictured as it winds through old growth rainforest.

Fly fishing for silver salmon in local rivers gearing up
Fishermen, the silvers are in, and there's more on the way.

The season of fall(ing)
Although the four seasons are known to others as spring, summer, fall and winter, my own Juneau seasons are "soggy," "sailing," "falling," and "when Eaglecrest is open."

Anan Creek bear stories
Our two-day visit to Anan Creek south of Wrangell took place after the peak of the spawning run of pink salmon, but the waters were still black with fish on their way upstream. There was plenty of bear activity, especially in the afternoons, and the crowds of (other) tourists were much diminished by this time. So we could move around the observation platform easily, to wherever the viewing was best. We saw only black bears near the platform, but brown bears, including a female with two cubs and a lunge-feeding singleton, were regularly seen in the lagoon downstream.

Shooting competition results
From left: Mal Menzies, David Zuniga, Chris Salazar, Linda Flynn and Capt. Larry Walters. The Juneau Rifle and Pistol Club held a Southeast Regional High-Power Rifle Championship match on Aug. 29.

SeasonalDigest
Hunting: The following are items of note for local hunters.

NEW RESCUES @ the Juneau Raptor Center
"Clinger"

Saturday wild group to harvest summer's bounty
EAGLECREST - Participants in this week's Saturday Wild hike, which kicks off at the Eaglecrest Lodge at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 4, will get a chance to taste, literally, the fruits of summer.

Photography Exhibit Will Honor Village Survival!
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Federation of Natives launched a call for photos, asking Alaska Natives of all ages to share photographs depicting the 2010 Convention's "Village Survival!" theme.

"EarlyBird" season passes, multivisit cards now on sale
JUNEAU - Season passes and multivisit cards are now on sale for the 2010-11 winter season at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Juneau named "playful" city, only honoree in Alaska
JUNEAU - The city of Juneau was recognized last month by the nonprofit KaBOOM as one of 118 "playful cities" accross the United States.

"White wolf" seen in Mountainside
JUNEAU - A wolf residents are calling the "white wolf" was spotted Monday around 4:30 a.m. near the intersection of Craig Street and Glacier Highway.

Sport fish report
Sport fish report for the week of Aug. 30:

Forest Explorers to study grasses, sedges, rushes
JUNEAU - Forest Explorers groups will learn how to recognize the differences between th various types of sedges, grasses and rushes growing in the Mendenhall Glacier area at 11 a.m., Saturday.

Taku Harbor race begins Saturday
JUNEAU - A multi-day sailing race that routes competitors down to Taku Harbor and back to Juneau over the course of a weekend kicks off at 10:15 a.m., Saturday.

Tides
TODAY, SEPT. 3

Wild shots
Submit your wild shots

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.

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

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.

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.

Natural gas storage planned for Alaska utilities
ANCHORAGE - Utilities hope a new natural gas storage facility near the mouth of the Kenai River will keep Southcentral Alaska homes warm on the coldest winter days.

Woman dies in mobile home fire
FAIRBANKS - A mobile home fire has killed an Alaska woman.

Anchorage city budget coming up $18 million short
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan says the city will come up at least $18 million short next year if it maintains the current rate of spending for services.

Troopers investigate dead bears in Angoon
Alaska Wildlife Troopers are investigating two dead bear found at the city dump at the Village of Angoon.

Anchorage police accuse three men of beating death
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say three men beat another man to death at Eagle River because they suspected him of stealing a backpack.

Alaska Airlines to sponsor Portland MLS team
PORTLAND, Ore. - When the Portland Timbers join Major league Soccer next season, their jerseys will be sponsored by Alaska Airlines.

JDHS hopes to bounce back; TMHS seeks SE stranglehold
After a difficult three weeks on the road, the Juneau-Douglas High School football team is finally back in the comforts of home.

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

'907' makes wake at Western Zones
These daily capsules are from the Western Zones Swimming Championships, held Aug. 10-14 at the Frank Fiscalini International Swim Center in San Jose, Calif. The Alaska Zone Team, or the '907,' competed in the meet, finishing with 15th overall against teams from Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Hawaii, Oregon, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

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

Kookeesh subsistence fishing violation charges dismissed
Sitka judge David George dismissed subsistence fishing violation charges against Alaska State Senator Albert Kookesh on Thursday, according to the Kookesh's Anthony Strong.

Internal report questions Alyeska move
FAIRBANKS - An Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. internal report questioned a decision to shift personnel from Fairbanks to Anchorage and its effect on pipeline safety three months before the move was made.

Hoonah officers' funeral moves to larger venue
The overwhelming outpouring of support for the memorial service of slain Hoonah Police Officers Matthew Tokuoka and Anthony Wallace has resulted in an amazing accumulation of events.

Tea party group behind Miller's win
WASHINGTON - The defeat of incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Alaska's Republican primary is another notch in the belt for the Sacramento Tea Party Express, a project of Republican consultant Sal Russo.

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.

Fish & Wildlife appoints new Native liason
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Alaska Region has appointed Crystal A.P. Leonetti as the Alaska Region's Native Liaison.

Alaska moves to delist eastern Steller sea lion
ANCHORAGE - The state of Alaska has petitioned the federal government to delist the eastern population of Steller sea lions as threatened.

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.

Audubon WatchList includes SE birds
Audubon Alaska has released its 2010 Alaska WatchList for declining and vulnerable bird species and subspecies for the state, several of which fly throughout Southeast Alaska.

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