Friday, September 4, 2009

Learn by day,
I f you've recently been contemplating dance classes, now is the time.Why now? For one thing, social dancing, according to an article published in April in the Los Angeles Times, is a proven remedy for getting through tough times. During the Great Depression, a dance craze swept the country, and is believed to have helped people move past the pain of economic stagnation. A similar article in the New York Times in March observed that today's social dancers, like '30s Lindy hoppers, use dancing to connect with their community.

ARTS & CULTURE CALENDAR
THURSDAY

Dance by night
Knowing how to dance is certainly not a prerequisite for attending Saturday night's Makina Loca concert, lead band member and singer Ricardo Lemvo said. But that doesn't mean you won't start dancing just the same.

CrossSound continues with two world premieres
The world premieres of two musical compositions will be featured this weekend. Both pieces break new ground in bringing together two string ensembles - one a plucked-zither ensemble, and the other a bowed-string quartet.

Stop squinting: New large print books now in stock at the Juneau libraries
We're adding more new large print books this week. Look for your favorite authors and bestsellers such as Sophie Kinsella's "Twenties Girl," and Jo Nesbo's "Nemesis," in addition to the titles below.

'Humpday' at the Nickelodeon - a memorable experience
It's not often anymore that I can go to the movies never having heard of the film I am going to see. I have seen, for instance, the trailer for Sandra Bullock's "All About Steve" at least seven times now without even trying. That's the nature of the beast when there are 15-20 minutes of previews before anything you go see on The BIG Screen.

State-authorized lottery ends Sunday
Tickets are now on sale for Alaska's $250,000 lottery, and can be purchased at Marlintini's, GW Teal's, Henry's, Triangle Bar and The Viking. Tickets cost $5.

City museum hosts lecture, reception on conservation
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum and the City and Borough of Juneau's Historic Resources Advisory Committee will host a public reception for National Trust for Historic Preservation representative Brian Turner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9.

Theater returns to winter schedule
Gross Alaska Theaters - the 20th Century Twin and Glacier Cinemas - will be returning to winter hours beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Salem to play two shows at the Alaskan this Saturday, Sunday
The Washington-based band Salem will be back in town to play two shows this weekend at the Alaskan Hotel & Bar, Sept. 5 and 6. Saturday's show begins at 9 p.m. and Sunday's at 10 p.m.

Poetry Out Loud competition announced, deadline Oct. 22
Alaska high school students are invited to compete in a national poetry recitation contest, Poetry Out Loud.

Artists' market extends season for one more weekend
Due to popular demand, the Juneau Artist Market will stay open for one extra weekend before closing down for the season.

Fourth annual Mountain Music Fest held this weekend
The fourth annual Mountain Music Fest will be held from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at the Chilkat Theatre on top of Mt. Roberts.

Unsportsmanlike conduct
On Saturday, Aug. 29, the city of Sitka was witness to a grotesque and shocking display of poor sportsmanship. The Juneau Youth Football League had sent the Huskies and the Hurricane to play their respective opponents in Sitka - the Storm and the Spartans. I attended as a volunteer physician to assist with on field emergencies, a service I have provided for a number of years. I do not have any children playing in these leagues or on these teams.

JDHS Booster Club actually in Anchorage
I received a phone call yesterday asking for donations to the JDHS Booster Club. I agreed to donate, but said I would not give my credit card and that I would pay by invoice only. I received the invoice via e-mail and noticed the payment went to Anchorage. I called the high school and the activities office knows nothing of this organization.

Health care failed dad
Recently, my father passed away after a lifetime of heart disease. In his final months, he endured the ravages of a massive stroke. He was unable to speak, walk, or talk to his family.

Hotel sick wards beyond belief
Editor's note: Only one Juneau hotel is offering hotel-room beds for sick homeless patients.

Juneau needs detox facility for inebriates
Anchorage is working with the Salvation Army to establish a detox facility for public inebriates. Juneau has just as much need for this type of institution as does Anchorage.

State plans for ferry, highway improvements
The state's new transportation plan for the next several years includes a broad selection of Juneau projects, but some statewide projects are also attracting local attention.

Halfway home
Ri Dong "Gino" Kuang is only a few weeks into his one-year prison sentence, but he's already made it halfway home.

$10M project begins out the road
Glacier Highway is getting a nearly $10 million facelift from Amalga Harbor Road to Kayak Launch from federal economic stimulus funds.

Reduced library hours response to city budget needs
Reduced hours going into effect at the downtown and Mendenhall Valley branches of the Juneau Public Library are the result of an effort to cut into a future city budget deficit, library director Barbara Berg said Thursday.

Connecting with children
Jim Kuhlmann strolled through the Juneau-Douglas High School commons Wednesday carrying his lunch bag and biting into an apple. The new principal said he leaves his office to eat lunch with students because it's a chance to connect with them.

Photo: Learning Tlingit
University of Alaska Southeast Professor of Native Languages and Culture RichardDauenhauer gives a class on Tlingit reading, spelling and transcription Thursday at UAS while Marie Olson, a student, writes Tlingit words on the blackboard. Yesterday was the first day of the fall semester for the university.

Nurse pleads guilty to felony drug charge
A 58-year-old former registered nurse pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony drug charge after being caught stealing pain medicine from Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Photo: Sweet freedom
Juneau Raptor Center volunteer Kathy Benner coaxes 'Bully', a two-month-old juvenile bald eagle, out of its cage to freedom at the Brotherhood Bridge Trail on Wednesday evening. The raptor center releases rehabilitated bald eagles about three times a year. "I've been doing this for ten years," Benner said. "You have to really love it, it's all volunteer and they take a lot of care... but this is what it is all about, to see the birds go free."

Around Town
Today, Sept. 3

Around Town
Today, Sept. 4

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

Police & Fire
Due to a technical issue, Juneau Police officials did not release a report before the deadline for Thursday's Empire. Police and fire reports will be printed in a later edition.

Landless Natives want historical homelands
The Landless Natives of Ketchikan, Alaska Inc., was formed under the state of Alaska as a nonprofit entity to represent the Ketchikan Native community's 1,862 original at-large members of the Regional Sealaska Corp., that were left out of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971.

Alaska editorial: Judicial selection process shouldn't be settled in the courts
Does Alaska's system of selecting judges violate the U.S. Constitution? A handful of conservative activists argues that it does. They've filed suit asking a federal judge to throw out part of the Alaska Constitution. The suit attacks the state constitutional provision giving the Alaska Bar Association a role in recommending judicial nominees to Alaska's governor, who makes the final decision.

Reforming health care will take time, comity
Over the summer, our nation has debated health care reform by participating in "town hall" meetings, writing to elected representatives and by talking about it with friends in a casual setting. Anyone who's followed the issue knows that people have strong views about health care reform, which begs the question: Are there right and wrong sides in this debate?

Alaska editorial: State's future will rely on oil leases
Courts continue to validate the offshore oil and gas leases sold by the federal government in recent years, which is good and extremely important news for Alaska's economy.

My turn: Rule violation put Juneau youth team in harm's way
The letter to the editor on Sept. 3 written by Dr. Elliot J. Bruhl provided a perspective of the first of several games scheduled in the 2009 season between the Junior and Senior division teams from the Juneau Youth Football and the Sitka Youth Football leagues. JYFL appreciates having a volunteer physician on the sidelines to assist with field emergencies and to respond to the health and safety of our youth.

Outside editorial: Finding the truth to Gulf War illnesses
Just a few weeks ago, congressional influence and a large dose of common sense seemed to have saved UT Southwestern Medical Center's research efforts into why so many veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War returned home with unexplained illnesses.

Try texting, not talking
Your pride and joy has gone off to college and won't return your phone calls. How should you handle it?

AMHS skipper retires after 34 years
JUNEAU - Juneau resident and longtime Alaska Marine Highway System Capt. Ronald Bressette recently retired, wrapping up a 34-year career.

Vegetable contest draws big produce
FAIRBANKS - The monstrous early August vegetables on display at the Tanana Valley State Fair often come with a question: Just how much bigger could this stuff get?

Airman gets 1 year, discharge for porn
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE - An airman has been sentenced to one year of confinement and issued a bad conduct discharge following his military conviction for possessing child pornography.

Passenger stricken on Arctic Ocean cruise ship
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard is coordinating the rescue of a German woman stricken with possible appendicitis on board a cruise ship in the Arctic Ocean.

Small diesel spill found in state building
JUNEAU - A boiler malfunction is blamed for a spill of about 11 gallons of diesel fuel at the state-owned Court Plaza Building in Juneau.

Power outage related to new hydro plant
JUNEAU - A brief power outage hit several parts of Juneau Wednesday in conjunction with tying in Alaska Electric Light & Power's new Lake Dorothy Hydroelectric Project to the city system, said Gayle Wood, company spokesperson.

Parnell to address Alaska energy future
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell will discuss the future of energy in Alaska during two appearances on Thursday.

Troopergate figure to run for governor
ANCHORAGE - State Sen. Hollis French, a major figure in last fall's Troopergate investigation, officially filed paperwork Wednesday to run for governor.

Medical jet blows tires, aborts takeoff
ANCHORAGE - A medical airlift jet blew its tires as it tried to take off from Anchorage's main airport.

Bear corpse could be mom of 3 dead cubs
KENAI - The corpse of a brown bear has been found in Sterling, and state Department of Fish and Game managers believe it's the mother of three cubs euthanized late last week.

Judge invalidates marriage of man accused of murder
ANCHORAGE - The marriage of a man charged with murder to a woman who was on the witness list for his trial has been invalidated by a federal judge.

Supervisor reaffirms Logjam sale decision
KETCHIKAN - Tongass National Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole has reaffirmed his June decision to authorize cutting 73 million board feet of timber on Prince of Wales Island.

Elmendorf airman sentenced for malingering
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE - The Air Force says an Alaska-based airman has been sentenced to 90 days confinement and 90 days hard labor for malingering - intentionally hurting oneself to avoid deployment.

NTSB to release documents from Alaska Ranger probe
ANCHORAGE - The National Transportation Safety Board plans to release information Friday about the sinking of a fishing trawler in the Bering Sea.

Ethics complaint against Palin aide dismissed
ANCHORAGE - An ethics complaint against a top aide of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been dismissed as lacking merit.

Wrangell woman dies at campground
KETCHIKAN - An autopsy will be performed on the body of a Wrangell woman found dead at the Signal Creek campground at Ward Lake.

UAA police searching for smelly attacker
ANCHORAGE - Police at the University of Alaska Anchorage are trying to sniff out a man who attacked a student.

BP plans to close gas-to-liquids project
ANCHORAGE - BP said it will close its gas-to-liquids demonstration project in Nikiski by the end of the year.

Jury deliberating in Nenana murder trial
FAIRBANKS - Jurors in Fairbanks resume their deliberations Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of killing 19-year-old Billy Moreland in a bar fight near Nenana in March 2006.

Falcons finally flying at home, Bears hosting East Valley
After three straight weeks on the road coupled with an off-week, Thunder Mountain football is finally coming home to Juneau tonight for the very first time.

JDHS ready for East, West
While preparing for three matches this weekend in Anchorage, the Juneau-Douglas tennis team worked in some warm-up competition against each other Thursday with the opening round of the JDHS 2009 Team Tennis Championships.

GSC members help lead team Alaska
Six Glacier Swim Club athletes competed with Team Alaska in the Western Zone Championship meet in Waipahu, Hawaii, finishing seventh overall, with one state record set.

H.S. Swim & dive results
Aug. 28 @Sitka

Levi: Palin wanted to adopt her grandchild
ANCHORAGE - Levi Johnston, the father of Sarah Palin's grandchild, said the former Republican vice presidential candidate wanted to adopt his child so that people wouldn't know her 17-year-old daughter was pregnant.

Parnell urges feds to allow offshore drilling
ANCHORAGE - The federal government should allow offshore oil and gas drilling along Alaska's northernmost coastline, Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell said Thursday in a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

Trumpeter swan shot by arrow rescued on Tern Lake
TERN LAKE - A trumpeter swan that had been shot with an arrow is back on Tern Lake, about 50 miles south of Anchorage within the Chugach National Forest.

Thriller about alien abductions set in Nome
NOME - Universal Pictures has said it will release an alien abduction film this fall that plays off of decades of unexplained disappearances and deaths in this old Gold Rush town along the Bering Sea.

Arctic reverses trend, is warmest in 2 millennia
WASHINGTON - The Arctic is warmer than it's been in 2,000 years, even though it should be cooling because of changes in the Earth's orbit that caused the region to get less direct sunlight.

Greenpeace sues to protect ribbon seals
ANCHORAGE - Ribbon seals should be listed as threatened or endangered because global warming is quickly melting sea ice, which the seals depend on for several months each year, two environmental groups said in a lawsuit filed against the federal government in San Francisco on Thursday.

State encourages instruction during school closures
Alaska Education Commissioner Larry LeDoux signed an emergency regulation Tuesday that provides an incentive for school districts to offer instruction during emergency closures.

Woman's coupon collection pays off
CHUGIAK - With a family of seven Jessica Salyers used to spend more than $1,000 per month on groceries. Now she can put meals on the table for as little as $150 per month.

Photo: Monster vegetables
Stephen Davila, the store manager at Alaska Feed Co. in Fairbanks, arranges pumpkins on a table Saturday during the store's Giant Vegetable Contest. A 34-pound pumpkin claimed the top prize.

Safety changes ahead for Seward Highway
ANCHORAGE - The state Transportation Department will be installing rumble strips in the center and shoulder of the Seward Highway to help keep drivers in their lanes.

Man from Whittier accused in toddler's death faces new charge
ANCHORAGE - A man awaiting trial in the death of a 2-year-old girl is now accused of persuading his girlfriend to lie to investigators.

Overdue sheep hunter from Fairbanks says he wasn't lost, just determined
FAIRBANKS - An overdue sheep hunter picked up by a rescue helicopter in the Brooks Range claims he wasn't lost.

Virgin seeks end to Alaska Airline's citizenship challenge
ATLANTA - Privately held air carrier Virgin America asked the Department of Transportation on Thursday to deny Alaska Airlines' repeated challenges to its U.S. citizenship status and close the case.

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