Thursday, September 9, 2010

In the public eye: Dan DeRoux to install paneled pieces on transit center
Itching to hit the streets is Juneau artist Dan DeRoux's adornment to the still-under-construction Downtown Transit Center. Many artists competed for the chance to display their work on the Main Street structure, but DeRoux was chosen for his design that honors the Juneau of old as well as the capital in its current light - literally, the piece will be lit from dusk to dawn.

In the public eye: Weimer works on downtown mural as it 'evolves'
No matter what an artist may paint on a wall, it's still just a wall.

City museum hosts public talks on underwater archaeology
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum, in conjunction with the Maritime Heritage Awareness Workshop, will host a special presentation on Wednesday, Sept.15, from 7-8:30 p.m., with two discussions on archaeological research and recovery as well as shipwrecks along the Alaskan coastline.

Luau and potlatch to be held Friday at Centennial Hall
A combination luau and potlatch will be held this Friday, celebrating both Polynesian and Alaska Native cultures through music, dance and storytelling. Live performances will include dancing by Sitka Native dancers and storytelling by Walter Porter.

African Children's Choir in town for four performances
Juneau will host the African Children's Choir in four church performances over the next week, on Sept. 10, 12 and 14. The choir, made up of kids ages 7 to 11 from Uganda, Kenya and other African countries, has been touring the U.S. for more than 25 years in different configurations, raising awareness and generating funds to address some of the most pressing needs facing those who live in the children's home countries.

Evening at Egan kicks off Friday with Terry Tempest Williams
The annual Evening at Egan Fall Lecture and Presentation Series starts this week at the University of Alaska Southeast with author and activist Terry Tempest Williams. Williams is a "citizen writer," who speaks out on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. A naturalist and advocate for freedom of speech, she shows how environmental issues are social issues that become matters of justice.

Clooney's 'American' is a man of few words
America's No. 1 movie, coincidentally named "The American," is not what you'd call an especially fun movie, but it earns that top spot. It gets you interested. You're interested in how the antihero, despite his bleak outlook, does his dirty job.

Praise for a pianist
I feel very lucky to live in Juneau, with its lively arts and culture. When I was growing up here in the 1950s and 1960s, we had the Alaska Music Trail, which brought many famous and wonderful performers to our little town and made me want to be a musician. When I returned to Juneau in 1976 after attending the University of Southern California School of Performing Arts and then living in London, the Alaska Music Trail no longer existed. However the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council was being formed, the Juneau Douglas Concert Association still put on concerts, and the University of Alaska Southeast offered piano master classes with UAA professor Jean-Paul Billaud.

State arts council to hold meeting in Anchorage
The Alaska State Council on the Arts will be holding their regularly scheduled quarterly meeting Thursday, Sept. 16, from 4-5:30 p.m. at the council offices, 161 S. Klevin St., Suite 102, in Anchorage. In addition to awarding grants to artists and arts organizations and other regular business, the council will also welcome their new council member Roy Agloinga from Nome. The public is welcome to attend.

'Says You!' to air two shows from Juneau
Says You!, the national radio game show, will air two episodes recorded in Juneau. The programs, recorded in front of an audience of 600 people at Centennial Hall on July 3, will air on KTOO-FM and many other public radio stations this month. KTOO will air the hour-long shows on Wednesday, Sept. 15, and Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. The station will also air half-hour versions of the programs on Saturday, Sept. 11, and Saturday, Sept.18, at 3:30 p.m.

Artists, farmers markets extended through Sept. 18
The Juneau Artists Market and the Juneau Farmers Market will continue for two more weekends, Saturdays, Sept. 11 and 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the JACC. Wild Oven bread, locally grown produce and local art work will be available.

Juneau Symphony needs singers
The Juneau Symphony is seeking singers for the 2010 Juneau Symphony Chorus for the performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2, "The Resurrection," at the Juneau Symphony's October concerts.

JDU to hold Nutcracker auditions
Juneau Dance Unlimited will hold open auditions for the 2010 production of the Nutcracker this Saturday, Sept. 11, from 2 to 7:30 p.m. Auditions will be held at the JDU Dance Studio, 8420 Airport Boulevard, Suite 202.

Anchorage International Film Festival seeks films
The Anchorage International Film Festival (AIFF) invites Alaskans from all over the state to submit films of all lengths and genres to the 10th annual festival in Anchorage from Dec. 3 through 16. AIFF will screen well over 100 films, with a dozen or more by Alaska filmmakers.

Young Company begins Oct. 5
Perseverance Theatre's Young Company, acting for students ages 10 to 16, will begin Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Perseverance Theatre. This season's group of young actors will work on the play "Treasure Island" with a local theater director.

Shape-note singing workshop Saturday
A shape-note singing workshop, led by Karl Lundgren of Sitka, will be held this Saturday, Sept. 11, from 3-7 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 5100 Glacier Highway (next to Dragon Inn). Lundgren has been involved in shape-note singing for more than 15 years, and has previously led workshops at the Alaska Folk Festival.

49 Alaska Writers' Center Raven Place gets new digs
The 49 Writers' Center, currently located on L Street in Anchorage, will be moving to a new location this fall, following the sale of the L Street building. The new location, at 645 3rd Avenue, will continue to host the group's writing classes and author events, but will not operate as a guest house.

Library's new fiction for adults
New fiction for adults at the Juneau Public Libraries:

Dismissal a victory for Angoon
The recent subsistence fishing violation dismissal from Sitka Judge David George hails as a victory for the subsistence community of Angoon.

Watchdogs barking against Douglas Crossing
There is a savvy new bunch of canines in town. An ideologically diverse pack of fiscal watchdogs have met, named themselves and united in one voice to proclaim the critical importance of protecting, among other important things, the natural phenomenon that is the Mendenhall Wetlands.

Administrative Procedures Act give rights to citizens
I read your Friday story ("Kookesh subsistence fishing violation charges dismissed") on the dismissal of fishing violation charges against Alaska State Senator Albert Kookesh with interest.

Officer's remains, honor flag arrive in Juneau
The remains of slain Hoonah police officers Anthony Wallace and Matthew Tokuoka, along with the U.S. Honor Flag, landed at Juneau International Airport from Anchorage at noon Tuesday.

Memorial service for Tokuoka, Wallace fills Hoonah's hearts
HOONAH - Hundreds of people lined the deck of the Hoonah Ferry Terminal on Wednesday, waiting for the Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Malaspina to bring the remains of Anthony Wallace and Matthew Tokuoka to this small Tlingit community.

Aurubis AG to purchase half of Kensington Mine's gold
Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. announced Tuesday it has entered into a contract with a second purchaser for the Kensington Mine.

The good in Hoonah
Hoonah - Something bad happened in Hoonah.

Professor offers community suicide intervention workshop
Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, or HHCJ, sponsored a public workshop Wednesday at Centennial Hall on the subject of suicide.

HUD implements second round of NSP grants
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a $5 million award Wednesday to Alaska communities as part of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

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.

State Board of Education to meet this week in Palmer
The State Board of Education & Early Development is scheduled to meet beginning 8 a.m. daily Thursday and Friday in Palmer.

Blueberry festival gives students wild experience
Nearly all of Gastineau Elementary's students, parents and staff were seen wearing their rubber boots trekking near Eaglecrest Wednesday for Kanaat'á koo eex, a blueberry celebration.

Photo: Showing off their projects
Eva and Tate Goering look at rock-identification projects in Cherry Eckland's classroom Tuesday night for the Harborview Elementary School open house. Students showed their parents around their classrooms and projects they've been working on.

Health care reform provides a little extra for Juneau, SEARHC
The federal health care reform passed with much controversy during the summer included, among its provisions, some extra assistance for a handful of small hospitals caught in a Medicare no man's land.

Clarification
In Monday's article on Page A1 about FIRST LEGO, funding for the program was unclear. It is funded through the Juneau Economic Development Council's SpringBoard Program, by the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Defense Education Program and BP. Additionally, the kickoff event today will not have guest speakers.

Photo: Capturing the beauty
Christine Crooks paints a landscape view of the Mendenhall Glacier on Tuesday from Skaters Cabin.

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.

Elmer Elias Lindstrom
Life-long Juneau resident Elmer Elias Lindstrom died September 3, 2010, at age 95 at St. Elias Specialty Hospital in Anchorage.

Janis Rountree
Friends are invited to a remembrance of Janis Ann Jorgenson Rountree at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Juneau Pioneer Home.

James B. Neal Jr.
James B. Neal Jr. died on Aug. 27, 2010 in Anchorage. He was 52.

Brian Jerry Byers
Former Juneau resident Brian Jerry Byers died July 18, 2010, in Osburn, Idaho. Please help celebrate Brian's life at a potluck style memorial 4 p.m. Saturday at the Juneau Christian Center.

Empire editorial: All Alaskans tied to Hoonah tragedy today
The population of Hoonah will grow a thousandfold today as the state of Alaska will be, spiritually, if not physically, in the small Southeast village for support as it lays two of its best and brightest to rest.

Outside editorial: Find better ways to defang extremists
The following editorial first appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

In burning the Koran, they'll burn more than paper and ink

The Senate, Gulf a ticking clock
Is this too much to ask of the Senate? To hold polluters like BP accountable for their catastrophes and make funds available for restoration efforts in the Gulf of Mexico - many of which are already planned, signed into law, and ready to roll out? To create strong new safety measures for offshore oil and gas drilling? To find the money to continue to respond to the environmental and economic effects of the worst oil spill in America's history? And to do what's right - to ensure fair compensation to families of those killed or injured by the Deepwater Horizon disaster?

My turn: Sealaska is gunning for some of the most valuable - and vulnerable - timberlands in the Tongass
Sealaska wants the rights to pick some of the most valuable old growth forest and recreation sites inside the Tongass National Forest. Sealaska's proposal has stirred up huge controversy in Southeast Alaska - but one of the most troubling parts isn't getting the attention it deserves.

Peace talks unlikely to succeed without a different approach
For as long as I've been a journalist, I've been covering the Mideast peace process.

Some restaurants to serve free non-alcoholic drinks to pregnant women Thursday
As part of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, or FASD, Awareness Day, participating restaurants in Juneau will be offering free non-alcoholic beverages to pregnant women on Thursday.

Body found near pickup may be missing Alaska man
FAIRBANKS - A body found near a pickup truck parked at a highway pullout may be a missing Alaska man.

Governor orders flags lowered for former senator
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sean Parnell has ordered state flags lowered Thursday to honor former state Sen. Kay Poland, who died in Anchorage last week.

Bartlett diabetes program merits ADA Recognition
The Bartlett Regional Hospital diabetes self-management education program received continued recognition from the American Diabetes Association recently.

Loose boat trailer hits cyclist in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Police say an empty boat trailer that broke lose from a pickup truck and hit a bicyclist in Anchorage apparently didn't have a safety chain, as required by law.

Man killed in Kenai collision
ANCHORAGE - Fifty-nine-year-old Peter Mysing of Kenai was killed in a Sunday night collision in Kenai.

Anchorage man sentenced to 74 years in prison
ANCHORAGE - A 30-year-old Anchorage man has been sentenced to 74 years in prison for the murder of his sister's boyfriend.

Kenai police recover body in Kenai River
KENAI - Kenai police have pulled the body of a man from the Kenai River.

Alaska to distribute flu vaccine next week
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Division of Health says it will begin distributing flu vaccine to health care providers next week.

$65,000 reward to find missing plane in SW Alaska
ANCHORAGE - Families of three missing Katmai National Park employees are offering a $65,000 reward to find their plane in southwest Alaska.

Fort Richardson soldier found dead at home
ANCHORAGE - The investigation continues into the death of a Fort Richardson soldier at his Eagle River home.

Non-word 'refudiate' gets most online searches
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - It's not a real word, but that hasn't stopped "refudiate" from becoming Merriam-Webster's 2010 "Word of the Summer."

Anchorage woman convicted of animal cruelty
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage woman accused of mistreating dogs and cats has been convicted of animal cruelty.

Alaskan Independence Party pick withdraws
ANCHORAGE - Michigan Militia founder Norm Olson has backed out as the Alaskan Independence Party's candidate for lieutenant governor.

DeMint endorses Miller in Alaska Senate race
JUNEAU - South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint is endorsing Alaska Senate hopeful Joe Miller and pledging to raise money for the fellow Republican.

Alaska PolarTrec program brings teachers to Arctic
FAIRBANKS - A program called PolarTrec is taking teachers into the Arctic.

Wrong man stopped in Alaska school lockdown
FAIRBANKS - An armed man detained in the parking lot of an Alaska elementary school was not the man who triggered a lockdown last week.

AP Exclusive: Murkowski says she's not a quitter
JUNEAU - A week after conceding the tight GOP primary to Joe Miller, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she's not a quitter and is "still in this game."

State Board of Education to meet this week in Palmer
The State Board of Education & Early Development is scheduled to meet beginning 8 a.m. daily Thursday and Friday in Palmer.

Fraud sentencing this week for Anchorage scholar
ANCHORAGE - A federal judge in Anchorage has set aside two days this week for a sentencing hearing for former Rhodes and Fulbright scholar Rachel Yould.

Spill commission collects comments
ANCHORAGE - The co-chairman of the presidential commission investigating the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico said there's a difference between his group and Interior Department reviewers - he's also investigating the Interior Department.

Anchor Point fisherman accused of weir sabotage
ANCHORAGE - An Anchor Point fisherman endangered Fish and Game workers by floating trees down the Anchor River as the crews were building a fish-counting weir, Alaska state troopers said.

Palin to join Beck at Anchorage 9/11 event
ANCHORAGE - Crowd magnets Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck are teaming up again, this time on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Activist files ethics complaint over Palin e-mails
JUNEAU - An ethics complaint seeks an investigation into whether a one-time aide to former Gov. Sarah Palin has access to administration e-mails that haven't been made public.

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