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Thursday, September 4, 2008

FIRST FRIDAY: Artists established and new
Artists on display at The Canvas Community Art Studio and Gallery this month include many who have never shown their work before.

Third annual Artsy Smartsy rescheduled
Teachers and artists will convene on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center to discuss ways to bring art into classrooms and use the arts community effectively to help with arts education in the schools.

Stuart Cohen to present book reading, signing
Local author Stuart Cohen celebrates the release of his new book "The Army of the Republic" with a presentation and book signing Sept. 4 and 5 at Hearthside Books.

Joyce Parry Moore to present new book
On Monday, Sept. 8, former local Joyce Parry Moore will give a reading from her new book, "The Breast Dance," at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center at 5:30 p.m. The soon-to-be published work chronicles Parry Moore's journey from New York to Alaska, and into the experience of breast cancer. Come hear her story and share your thoughts and comments.

'Dress to Impress' Fashion Show on Sept. 5
Local fashion boutique Choco will host "Dress to Impress," a fashion show beginning at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept 5, at the Back Alley of the Viking. The show will feature clothing from the boutique, including both casual and formal wear with accessories. The clothes represent modern, European trends, the owner said. He also expressed a passion for bringing more fashion choices to Juneau and hopes to collaborate with other shops in the future.

What's Happening
Thursday, Sept. 4

Demand answers for Ketchikan
Now that Sen. John McCain has selected Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, there are several issues that should be addressed.

Picture of Bristol in Empire was offensive
Placing the photograph of young Bristol Palin on the front page of the Empire was offensive, and I am sure, hurtful to Bristol.

Palin's priorities should be questioned
On the evening news I learned Gov. Sarah Palin, the fundamentalist Christian governor of Alaska and John McCain's choice to be his backup president, opposed comprehensive sex education in public schools and supported abstinence-only instruction. I also learned her 17-year-old unmarried daughter, Bristol, is five months pregnant.

Palin's political work outshines Obama's
It gets tiresome to hear the local Democratic politicians bemoan the lack of experience of Gov. Sarah Palin. Of course, she has been at the forefront of ethics reform, successfully lobbied for and signed the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, pushed for and obtained an increase in taxes on the oil industry and returned $1,200 to each citizen who gets an Alaska Permanent Fund dividend.

Palin and Parnell abandoning state
Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell is running for Congress. The Gov. Sarah Palin is running for vice president.

Alaskans should support Palin
Those critical of Gov. Sarah Palin, please stand down and consider this: Palin obviously has worked hard to get to the governor's office. Palin more so represents and relates to "we" the Alaskans and our Alaska way of life and values, than all of the others combined.

Nation needs Palin as vice president
When I first heard about Gov. Sarah Palin being thought of as possible vice president choice, I got on the Internet to find out who she was. I was so impressed that I sent off an e-mail to her urging her to consider it.

Juneau watches Palin speech on the big screen
Whether they loved or hated the idea of Sarah Palin as vice president, Juneau residents gathered all over town Wednesday night to watch their governor address the nation for the first time.

Ski area projects near completion
Construction at Eaglecrest Ski Area went well this summer for two of four projects, but the Mid-Mountain chairlift will not open this ski season.

Police & Fire
Reports from police, fire officials and state troopers:

Photos: First day of school
Almost 500 students are now enrolled at TMHS, which opened Tuesday for its first day of classes.

Around Town
Today

Regulators look into $2 fee for local calls from prison inmates
After complaints from businesses dealing with prison inmates, state regulators said they would investigate whether a $2 fee for local collect calls from inmates is reasonable.

Juneau ready to Rock the Vote
Will Muldoon got hooked at a young age - to politics.

Ski passes go on sale Friday
Season passes to Eaglecrest Ski Area will likely cost a little bit more this year than last, according to General Manager Kirk Duncan.

Photo: Images from another time Alaskan Independence Party founder, 1982
Joe Vogler gives a campaign speech in October 1982 in Juneau. The late Alaskan Independence Party founder was a well-known person in Alaska politics for many years. Vogler moved to Alaska in 1942. He worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Fairbanks until 1951. He spent the next 40 years mining and being active in politics. Vogler advocated secession of Alaska from the United States. He was murdered in 1993 and buried in Canada, fulfilling his wish not be buried beneath the American flag.

Police & Fire
Reports from police, fire officials and state troopers:

Around Town
Today

Babylon: Great scenery, dumb plot
If movies are supposed to provide 90 minutes of escape from the dullness of our everyday lives, "Babylon A.D." does exactly what it is supposed to.

A look forward: Bond, Clint and lots of war on screen this fall
Harry Potter pulled a disappearing act from Hollywood's fall and holiday schedule, his sixth big-screen adventure bumped from this November into next summer.

The Office: Season Four out on DVD
'Transformers'

Juneau's Cinema guide
OPENING

Into the world of Aboriginal australia
Music. Didgeridoo. Imagery. Aboriginal culture.

Mac Lethal comes to the 907
Ice Box Entertainment, an Anchorage-based music promotion company launched by rapper Akream (pronounced "a-cream"), is bringing popular rapper Mac Lethal to Alaska for the first time.

Blue songs abound while red ones prove scarce
If online musicians decided the election, John McCain might struggle getting a single electoral vote.

Sound & fury in brief
CrossSound to present "Maroon Settings" Sept. 5

Baranof lives and sails on
What U.S. Coast Guard vessel carries the name of a former governor of Alaska? What Coast Guard vessel has the name of a famous Russian?

Water and word
Southeast Alaska enjoys an abundance of water. Though I grew up in Missouri, about as far from any ocean as anyone can get, I still enjoyed water's abundance.

Juneau physician describes benefits of hospice
If you've ever wondered what Hospice and Home Care in Juneau can offer you or a member of your family, you could learn a lot talking with Dr. Bob Urata at Valley Medical Care. As medical director of HHCJ, Urata oversees the services that nurses and other staff provide through Juneau's Hospice program.

Ketchikan resident shares tricks for keeping basil fresh
TIPS, TRICK AND TECHNIQUES:

Knox, Varness wed
Ingrid Varness, of Juneau, and Felix Knox, of Anchorage, were married on June 14, 2008, in Wasilla. A garden wedding and reception was held at the home of the bride's friend in Wasilla.

Lois Elaine Witham
Juneau resident Lois Elaine Witham died Aug. 29, 2008, at Wildflower Court in Juneau. She was 79.

Palin is suited to lead
Last week's Democratic National Convention was interesting, with a fairly good, historically outstanding performance by Barack Obama. Hillary Clinton spoke well, as did her husband.

My turn: Palin not qualified to be VP
As an Alaska resident for many years, I was appalled by Sen. John McCain's choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate.

My turn: Help those ineligible for checks
I have read many of the discrimination complaints regarding the executive order signed by Gov. Sarah Palin for the energy assistance package recently, and found there were many flaws regarding the process to determine which residents of the state of Alaska were qualified.

My turn: Choice in schools would help Juneau
Gregg Erickson continues to deliver reasoned and researched analysis in his Juneau Empire columns.

Outside editorial: Palin pick a bold gamble for McCain
John McCain's selection of Republican Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate is a bold gamble.

Outside editorial: Who is Gov. Palin? Questions abound
What are Sarah Palin's political views? In some areas, especially and not surprisingly on foreign policy, what the Alaska governor and surprise Republican vice presidential pick believes is a mystery.

Palin is nice — but she’s not ready
Most Alaskans like Sarah Palin. I know I do. Both as a politician and a person, there’s a lot to like.

Assembly approves grant request for pool
JUNEAU - The city of Juneau will apply for a $1.5 million Rasmuson Foundation grant to help pay for additional amenities at the Dimond Park pool.

Man accused of knife attack in Juneau
JUNEAU - A 50-year-old man was accused of trying to stab a woman with a butcher knife, Juneau police said.

Housing First seeks board members
JUNEAU - Housing First Inc., a nonprofit housing organization devoted to providing affordable housing options to Juneau residents, is seeking qualified and committed individuals interested in joining its working board of directors. Individuals with skills and experience not limited to but including banking, real estate, social services, law, finance and being in need of affordable housing should apply.

Screech keeps ravens out of substation
ANCHORAGE - A loud recorded screech is keeping ravens out of an Anchorage substation and helping keep the power on for customers of the Chugach Electric Association.

6-year-old boy dies in accidental shooting
ANCHORAGE - A 6-year-old boy died this week in the western Alaska village of Akiak after a 7-year-old boy accidentally shot him with a high-powered rifle, Alaska State Troopers said.

Dates set for Celebration 2010
JUNEAU - Sealaska Heritage Institute announced dates Tuesday for the next Celebration, one of the largest Native cultural events in the state.

Man injured in motorcycle crash
ANCHORAGE - A motorcyclist was seriously hurt after colliding with another motorcyclist near the interchange of the Glenn and Parks highways.

19-square-mile ice sheet breaks loose
TORONTO - A chunk of ice shelf nearly the size of Manhattan has broken away from Ellesmere Island in Canada's northern Arctic, another dramatic indication of how warmer temperatures are changing the polar frontier, scientists said Wednesday.

Orphaned bear cub caught in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - The second bear cub that was orphaned when its mother was shot and killed Aug. 19 in Anchorage was captured Sunday night.

Standoff ends without injury
DELTA JUNCTION - A police standoff at the Buffalo Center Service fuel station in Delta Junction ended without injury Wednesday when troopers arrested a man accused of shooting out windows in the building.

PLUCKER, teacher, donor and fry
Been feeling busy lately? Does your life seem a little hectic? You don't know hectic. Now, Bridget Cross - her life is hectic. But she's used to that.

Palin wows convention crowd
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was nominated for vice president Thursday, but it felt on occasion more like a coronation than a nomination.

Many voters say pregnancy private matter
Rebecca Horvath was an undecided voter before the news broke about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her 17-year-old unmarried daughter's pregnancy.

FBI taped 100-plus Stevens calls
WASHINGTON - FBI agents taped more than 100 phone conversations involving Sen. Ted Stevens as part of their public corruption investigation, Stevens' attorneys said Tuesday.

Troopers' union angry about Palin's accusations
Gov. Sarah Palin is using the Alaska State Troopers as a "whipping boy" to try and cover up her misdeeds, the head of the troopers' union said Wednesday.

Petersburg man fatally shoots former boss, self
PETERSBURG - A 44-year-old man walked up to his former boss and fatally shot her Friday before killing himself, police said.

Away from party activists, Palin appears to face an uphill battle
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Inside the Xcel Energy Center, Republican delegates love Alaska's Gov. Sarah Palin.

McCain campaign makes sexism claim
ST. PAUL, Minn. - John McCain's campaign could be panicking or politicking with its claim that sexism lies beneath any questions about Sarah Palin's past.

Palin's husband was once member of Alaskan Independence Party
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's husband, Todd, twice registered as a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, a fierce states' rights group that wants to turn all federal lands in Alaska back to the state. Sarah Palin herself was never a member of the party, according to state officials.

Levi Johnston to join Palin family at GOP convention
WASILLA - The boyfriend of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's unwed, pregnant daughter will join the family of the Republican vice presidential candidate at the GOP convention in St. Paul, Minn.

Photo: Breaking apart
Large pieces of ice are seen drifting on July 29 after separating from the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf. A chunk of ice nearly the size of Manhattan has broken away from Ellesmere Island in Canada's northern Arctic, another dramatic indication of how warmer temperatures are changing the polar frontier, scientists said Wednesday.

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Palin offers details about state investigation into Monegan firing
ANCHORAGE - John McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, has asked the state's personnel board to review allegations that she improperly ordered the firing of the former public safety commissioner.

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