Friday, September 10, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Despite grief, Hoonah treated me as an honored guest
As I watch the memorial service for Matthew Tokuoka and Anthony Wallace, my feelings of gratitude towards this warm and welcoming town are intensely reinforced.

Amazed at how communities gathered to honor officers
Although I am not related to the slain Hoonah officers, I am so touched and amazed at how the communities came together to honor them and their families.

A call to the polls from one student to another
Let's face the facts, many people in my generation don't vote. And in the most recent primary, even many from older generations chose not to vote.

Photo: Honor convoy
Capital City Fire and Rescue personnel salute as a convoy of Alaska State Trooper and Juneau Police Department vehicles escort the remains of Matthew Tokuoka and Anthony Wallace to the ferry Malaspina for a trip to Hoonah for a memorial service on Wednesday.

Photo: A brief respite
A butterfly finds a flowery perch on the slopes of Mount Juneau in the Thursday twilight.

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.

Halibut numbers keep going down
Commercial fisheries have had to continuously bring in less halibut over the last several years.

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.

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

Correction
In Thursday's Empire in an article about a blueberry festival on page A3, Gretchen Harrington's daughter, Minta Schwartz, was incorrectly identified.

City to collect old meds
Didn't use all of your prescription? Have old medicine sitting on a shelf? The City and Borough of Juneau will take them off your hands Saturday for proper disposal.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Been here before
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

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?

In D.C. mayor's plight, a warning for Obama
If anyone doubted the extent of anti-incumbent feeling this year, consider this:

A bit of reality
This article is about the Sunny Point to Douglas Island Causeway. After reading articles about this project, some clarification is necessary.

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.

From boomtown to wilderness: exploring history in Tracy Arm
The year is 1895. Two miles beyond town, a 10-stamp mill crushes rock with a roar that's audible for miles. A 3,000-foot tram services the mill, its cables squealing against iron wheels. Each morning, a line of men tramp noisily along a corduroy road from the seaside town to the mine's deep tunnels. Others clamor up every mountain in sight, digging into the earth for gold and silver.

Tides
Today, Sept. 10

Shooting hours: Sept. 16-30
Thursday, Sept. 16: 6 a.m.-7:14 p.m.

Sport fish report
Sport fish report for the week of Sept. 6:

Waterfowl season conjures memories, imagery of the past
I can still remember the smell of my father's shop. It was that of sawdust, smoke and the acrid scent of a freshly fired shotgun.

New rescue @ the Juneau Raptor Center: 'Fly Away'
"Fly Away"

Labor Day PITA trap shoot results
On what turned out to be an absolutely beautiful late summer day, the Juneau Gun Club reinstated a Labor Day Pacific International Trap Association-sponsored event. Eight members of the Juneau Gun Club elected to participate in this event rather than join others on the last days of the local salmon fishing season or the first days of the fall hunting season.

Fall arrives on Gastineau Peak
Early September, and fall has been here for a couple of weeks already. Cottonwood leaves are turning gold, and alder leaves are drifting down into dull, brown heaps. Fireweed has gone to seed, except for a few stragglers that bloomed late. Even the air echoes a similar story.

Harvesting the bounty of Southeast
In September I often find myself reflecting on the wild summer that is coming to a close and thinking about why I still live in Juneau. I've stayed even after telling myself all those years ago "it would only be for one season." I think about all the fish and other goodies I have added to my freezer this summer, and how much fun it was getting them there. As the days grow noticeably shorter, I anticipate a drop in the temperature, the first snowfall and the new adventures that Eaglecrest Ski Area and the backcountry are sure to provide me and my snowboard during the coming winter season.

Running of the Boots for local foods
SITKA - It's time to dig your XtraTufs out of the closet and get them painted up. The 16th annual Running of the Boots takes place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Crescent Harbor shelter.

On the hook
Photos Courtesy of Pagan Hill

Wild shots
Submit your wild shots

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Honors for Anchorage plane crash rescuers
ANCHORAGE - A ceremony Thursday in Anchorage honors more than 30 civilians who put themselves in danger to help rescue victims of a small plane crash.

Cruise West is undergoing restructuring
Cruise West, one of the cruise lines that patronizes Juneau's harbors, is undergoing a company-wide restructuring, according to a news release.

ADA meeting rescheduled
The regular meeting of the American Disabilities Act Committee has been cancelled for today and a special meeting of the committee will be held 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the conference room at the downtown public library.

Alaska cold climate center gets grant to expand
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Cold Climate Housing Research Center is getting a grant to build a $2 million addition that will expand its research and testing space by 50 percent.

Bethel searchers drag Kuskokwim River for body
ANCHORAGE - Searchers at Bethel are dragging the Kuskokwim River for the body of a person who may have fallen from the city seawall.

JSD begins early release program Monday
Juneau schools will release students one hour early on Monday. Kindergarten will let out at 1:30 p.m. Buses will run one hour early.

Falcons hunt for 6-0; playoff berth within reach for Crimson Bears
Thunder Mountain is off to Washington this week to take on the 3A Renton High School Indians, with the Falcons looking to improve on their unblemished 5-0 record.

Local prep swimmers crack first Top 16
Several members of the Juneau-Douglas swim team cracked the initial Top 16 rankings with the Crimson Bear boys' team earning high marks in several events, while Thunder Mountain also broke through for two top relay times.

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.

Kohring, Kott appealing convictions
ANCHORAGE - Convicted Alaska state legislator Vic Kohring argues in his appeal the jury should have heard about a looming child sex investigation of the government's star witness, former Veco Corp. chief Bill Allen.

Crawford hoping to unseat Young
State Rep. Harry Crawford, D-Anchorage, wants to become U.S. Rep. Harry, Crawford, D-Alaska.

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.

Budget cuts threaten Native Arts Foundation
The publicly funded Alaska Native Arts Foundation has had its budget slashed, and it is not clear whether the organization dedicated to promoting the sale of Native art can continue to operate.

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.

Alaska sues to lift Arctic drilling suspension
ANCHORAGE - The state claimed Thursday that the Interior Department illegally halted offshore drilling in Arctic waters, even though the department said there's no such moratorium in place.

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.

Write-in option poses challenges, opportunity
JUNEAU - For U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the odds of waging a successful write-in candidacy to try to keep her job would be exceedingly long, the personal political stakes, sky high.

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.

Deadline nears for Fire Island wind farm financing
ANCHORAGE - Alaska electric utilities are still deciding whether to buy power from the proposed Fire Island wind farm.

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