Thursday, September 10, 2009

Season 31
Community theater is often understood to mean theater that is made possible through community involvement, from local actors and directors to audience members and volunteer ticket takers. But at its best, community theater also refers to one that is oriented to the particular group of people it serves. The theater is fed by the town's energy, and in turn feeds that energy back to the community in the form of plays that speak to that audience.

New DVDS at the Juneau library include 'Man on Wire'
We've added a new batch of non-fiction DVDs to the public library collection. Look for documentaries, nature films, rock concerts, and others like those below.

ARTS & CULTURE CALENDAR
THURSDAY

Streever brings "Cold" to Juneau in reading Wednesday
Alaskans are expected to be experts on cold. The mystique of the state to outsiders is due in no small part to images of sparse white landscapes, glaciers and icebergs, polar bears and igloos, and the brave (crazy) people who call it home.

Jumping on the "Inglorious" bandwagon
I'm beginning to feel a bit like a broken record. Since I saw "Inglourious Basterds" at the Glacier Cinemas, several folks have asked me what I thought. Instead of being a complete wiseass and saying something like, "Thursday's Empire!" I have actually attempted thought-out responses. Inevitably, though, when it comes to this particular Quentin Tarantino effort, I keep coming back to one underlying thought: "Basterds" makes 153 minutes go by really quickly.

Chi Kung lecture Friday, class Saturday
Anthony Spinicchia will offer a free Chi Kung introductory lecture on Shaolin Wahnam Chi Kung at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, and a one-day class from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Northern Light United Church.

What Not to Wear invites Juneau women to compete
The popular TLC cable network show "What Not to Wear" has extended an invitation to Juneau audiences for participation in its national search for its "Worst Dressed American" contest. The contest is being held In celebration of the show's 250th episode, and is open to women only.

Autumn Festival to be held next weekend
This year's Autumn Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 19, from noon-6 p.m. at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Public art workshop held Wednesday
A workshop for visual artists, "Applying for Public Art Projects," will be held this Wednesday, Sept. 16, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. This workshop will be led by Andrea Noble, Alaska State Council on the Arts Visual & Literary Arts program director, and will focus on helping artists find and apply for calls for public art.

JDU to begin new class Friday
Juneau Dance Unlimited will begin a new dance class with Antonio Diaz from 6:30 - 8 p.m. every Friday, beginning Sept. 11. The class will be held at the JDU Dance Studio, 8420 Airport Blvd., Ste. 202.

JAHC hosts cheese sculpture contest
The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council will host "Afternoon Cheese," from 4:30-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13. This event is an opportunity to honor Juneau's community arts volunteers and present the Mayor's Award for the Arts to winning awardees, along with featuring Juneau's first cheese sculpture contest.

Empire printing too much bad news
Our Juneau Empire subscription is up for renewal and I'm thinking about canceling it.

Local medical cost out of control
Inasmuch as the nation is focused on health care reform and controlling medical and pharmaceutical costs, I'd like to share my story. As a 30-year resident of Juneau, my family on numerous occasions has taken advantage of the services offered by Bartlett Regional Hospital, from the ER to radiology and surgery.

Habitat restoration a smart investment
Mary Pemberton's recent article "Southeast tree-thinning project gets stimulus money" misses the forest for the trees. The Ocean Boulevard project represents a new model of forest management on the Tongass National Forest - not the old, wasteful spending of the past as Andy Stahl claims.

New details emerge in Kookesh case
The sockeye fishery Sen. Albert Kookesh and three fellow subsistence fishermen are accused of overfishing in July was on the verge of collapse less than a decade ago due to overfishing, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

Juneau schools report first case of swine flu
The Juneau School District on Wednesday had its first confirmed case of swine flu at Floyd Dryden Middle School.

Volunteers assist Coast Guard
With complimentary cookies and Red Vines for the crew, 13-year Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers Mike and Noreen Folkerts spent their 36th wedding anniversary on the water Tuesday participating in emergency drills on Gastineau Channel.

Egan Drive added to highway plan
A $14 million highway project has been added to the state's plans for Juneau, after Department of Transportation and Public Facilities staff discovered several errors in its new draft improvement program.

State pursues businesses with bogus 'sale' ads
The state Attorney General's office is cracking down on misleading advertising aimed at cruise ship passengers shopping in Southeast's tourist districts.

Volunteer task force viewed as a model
The work of a local volunteer group focused on suicide prevention is helping another Southeast community with an issue many people don't want to talk about.

Minor injuries in 3-car accident on Egan
The Juneau Police Department briefly shut down the outbound lanes of Egan Drive near Juneau-Douglas High School due to a three-car accident that occurred around 4 p.m. Wednesday. By about 4:20 p.m., one outbound lane was reopened. The accident involved three pick-up trucks, at least one of which had deployed its airbag. Police reported minorinjuries.

Around Town
Today, Sept. 9

Photo: Rainy day hat
Rogelio Shapland-Murray, 10, gets extra duty out of his homework folder as he walks home in the rain Wednesday. Rogelio is a fifth grader at Harborview Elementary School.

Photo: Quiet reflection
Ron Hohman, a bus driver and guide for Princess Cruises, waits for passengers Wednesday at Marine Park. The Holland America cruise ship Veendam is reflected in the windshield.

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

Around Town
Today, Sept. 10

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

Valeria Washalefsky
Valeria Josephine Magdalena "Val" Gurauskas Washalefsky "Wash your left ski" passed away on Aug. 27, 2009 at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Sandra Jean MacLean Jaenicke
Juneau resident Sandra Jean MacLean Jaenicke died Sept. 8, 2009 in Juneau. She was 73 years old.

Robert J. Palmer
The Rev. Robert J. Palmer died Sept. 2, 2009, at his home in the Good Samaritan Village in Estes Park, Colo., following a nine-year battle with prostate cancer. He was 83.

Susan Palmer
Susan Elizabeth Palmer died at her home in Estes Park on Sept. 4, 2009, following years of ill health. She was 40 years old.

Taking on gas tax
The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News:

Empire searching for citizen editorial board member
The Juneau Empire is looking for an informed, impartial member of the Juneau community to join its editorial board as the newspaper decides candidate endorsements for the October municipal elections.

A chronic problem
The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

A fitting memorial is back on course
It's welcome news that the National Park Service has reached agreement with landowners in southwestern Pennsylvania to build a memorial to Flight 93.

All you need is love (and $250 + shipping)
I was born in 1970, the year the Beatles broke up, so I missed out on the giddy anticipation that rock fans must have experienced leading up to the release of a new Beatles album. But it's fun to imagine the thrill that might have accompanied the purchase of, say, "Abbey Road" on Oct. 1, 1969, the day it hit stores in the United States. You would have admired the record's soon-to-be-iconic cover photograph, scratched away its plastic shrink-wrap and gently laid the vinyl disc on a turntable. A few friends would've been summoned for the occasion, and you'd be hearing "Come Together" - its eerie bass riff and drum roll waves, followed by John Lennon's spectrally cool vocals - for the first time.

Appetite for construction
They say Juneau has two seasons: Winter and Construction. While this joke seems innocuous enough - on the level of, say, "Juneau: Quaint Little Drinking Town with a Fishing Problem" - it ignores a very real, very distinct third season that begins in August and continues all the way through October.

Human health care isn't a business
For all the controversy about President Obama's proposed health care reform, there's been very little discussion about health care itself. The debate is limited to medical expense insurance programs. Unfortunately, we'll never solve the problem of spiraling costs until we recognize that health care is not primarily an economic issue.

Health care reform begins at home
During a recent visit to my cardiologist, I was asked, "Do you eat red meat?" An occasional burger, I lied. But a high cholesterol count had already tipped my hand. The doctor prescribed medication and recommended that I switch from burgers to broiled chicken and fish.

Saving our kids from education
Well, that was close. Surely, we are all relieved that at least some children were protected this week from the diabolical Barack Obama. It was touch and go there for a while after the White House announced its plan for the president to give a back-to-school address to America's kids. They might have gotten away with it, too, but for conservative pundits and politicians who spent last week raising a ruckus about this scheme to indoctrinate our youth into the president's socialist cult. They were able to persuade an untold number of schools to prohibit Tuesday's speech from being shown on campus and an untold number of parents to keep their children home.

Alaska reports third swine flu death
ANCHORAGE - Alaska health officials are reporting the state's third death from swine flu.

Anchorage contractor to pay asbestos fine
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage contractor has agreed to pay a $5,100 fine and complete a community service project to settle and EPA complaint that it violated federal asbestos rules.

Man dies in truck fire on Parks Highway
HEALY - Alaska state troopers responding to an accident on the Parks Highway near Healy found a truck on fire and the driver dead inside.

Over 1,000 Strykers expected to return
FORT WAINWRIGHT - More than 1,000 soldiers are expected to return to Fairbanks over the next few days.

Motorcyclist killed in accident identified
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have released the name of the man killed when his motorcycle crashed on the Glenn Highway heading into Anchorage.

Coast Guard: Alaskans in boats more cautious
BIG LAKE - The U.S. Coast Guard said Alaskans are playing more safely on the water.

Alaska-based soldier dies in Afghanistan
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska-based soldier from Texas has died in Afghanistan.

Two dead in Eagle River murder, suicide
EAGLE RIVER - Anchorage police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in Eagle River.

German exchange students visit Alaska
FAIRBANKS - Sixteen German high school students have started their school year in Fairbanks.

Man killed in Thorne Bay industrial accident
THORNE BAY - A Washington state man was killed in an industrial accident at Thorne Bay.

Judge won't block vote on gay benefits
OLYMPIA, Wash. - A judge on Tuesday refused to block a proposed ballot initiative on expanded domestic partnership benefits for gay couples in Washington state.

Palin blasts health care reform in editorial
ANCHORAGE - Former Gov. Sarah Palin is again blasting the Democrats health care proposal, this time in an editorial for the Wall Street Journal.

Man sentenced for shooting hunter
NEWPORT CITY, Vt. - A Newport Center man will serve more than two months in prison for shooting and wounding a fellow hunter.

Chugach State Park plans new trails
ANCHORAGE - Hearings are scheduled this month in Eagle River, Anchorage and Girdwood on a new management plan for Chugach State Park trails.

First-time homebuyer rates at new lows
ANCHORAGE - Last May, the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation announced that by using proceeds from a variety of bond programs, they had lowered interest rates for purchases by first-time homebuyers and veterans.

Texas man pleads guilty, avoids prison
FAIRBANKS - A 33-year-old man arrested following the discovery of a marijuana growing operation near Manley has accepted a plea deal that keeps him out of prison.

Three accused in Fairbanks drug deal
FAIRBANKS - Police arrested three people accused of playing a part in a drug deal, including one man who followed an undercover agent to the Fairbanks police station after the investigator refused to share what he bought.

Ketchikan man charged with assault
KETCHIKAN - Assault, burglary and other charges have been filed against a 23-year-old Ketchikan man accused of attacking his ex-girlfriend.

New quarters feature parks; Denali in 2012
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas will be the first site featured in a line of "America the Beautiful" quarters starting next year that will feature a national park from each state and U.S. territory.

Bears unstoppable early
For the second time in as many weeks, the Juneau-Douglas High School cross country teams pulled off a boys-girls sweep, this time in Wrangell.

Bears tennis ties East before falling to West
The Juneau-Douglas tennis team traveled to Anchorage over the weekend, ending up in a tie with East Anchorage on Friday before dropping a double-header to West Anchorage on Saturday.

Wrangell Invitational Results
Note: The fax with final results from last weekend's Wrangell Invitational was missing a page, so boys' runners who finished 54th through 89th were ommited from Wednesday's cross country results.

Local Volleyball
Team (W, L)

Dimond Park Field House open
The Juneau Community Foundation and the Dimond Park Field House Board of Directors are pleased to announce the seasonal opening of the Dimond Park Field House.

Bears JV football falls
East Valley edged Juneau-Douglas 33-28 on Saturday in JV football. Freshman Trevor Pfaff threw two touchdowns, one to freshman Trey Williams, and the other to sophomore Shawn Collumns.

Sports in Juneau
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Sports in Juneau
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Walrus congregate as ice melts
ANCHORAGE - Thousands of walruses are congregating on Alaska's northwest coast, a sign that their Arctic sea ice environment has been altered by climate change.

Federal agency advances walrus listing petition
ANCHORAGE - A second Arctic marine mammal moved closer to an Endangered Species listing due to global warming Tuesday with a petition to grant the Pacific walrus protection passing its first review.

Berkowitz files to run for governor in 2010
ANCHORAGE - A third Democrat has jumped into the race for Alaska governor.

Fairbanks swine flu victim likely had secondary infection
ANCHORAGE - A 10-year-old Fairbanks boy who died after contracting swine flu likely was overwhelmed by a secondary bacterial infection, the state epidemiologist said Wednesday.

Moose with three calves stumps biologists
FAIRBANKS - When Tina Buxbaum saw a cow moose walk through her yard with three moose calves in tow earlier this summer, just a few miles north of Fairbanks, she didn't give it much thought.

Exxon moves forward on Point Thomson project
ANCHORAGE - ExxonMobil Production Company announced Wednesday that it has completed drilling and casing the surface section on the second well at Point Thomson.

Entrepreneur tries out portable power prototype
FAIRBANKS - Bernie Karl is looking to redefine how electricity is delivered.

Lure of the Pixees: An Alaska favorite endures
KETCHIKAN - Don't look now, but just about every fishing tackle box in Alaska is inhabited by Pixees.

Photo: An S.O.S. to the world
Commercial fishermen and other mariners join together Sunday in Homer to send a message to save the oceans from ocean acidification caused by fossil fuel emissions. More than a hundred boats and hundreds of members of the fishing community participated in the event.

Federal judge faults removal of wolf from endangered list
BILLINGS, Mont. - Hunters can keep stalking gray wolves for now in the Northern Rockies, but the killing may be short-lived after a federal judge found problems with the recent removal of the animal from the endangered species list.

Kotzebue may loosen its liquor restrictions
KOTZEBUE - Kotzebue voters will decide Oct. 6 whether to loosen liquor rules.

Pres. Harding's train car goes under wraps
FAIRBANKS - The train car that carried President Warren G. Harding during his 1923 visit to Alaska has been put under wraps.

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