Perseverance opens 30th SEASON with political satire
After serving for many years as a designer, board member and staff member for Perseverance Theatre, Art Rotch is back in Juneau following a six-year hiatus to take charge of the upcoming season as artistic director.

Auditions for 'The Mikado' and 'The Marriage of Figaro'
The Juneau Lyric Opera Company will hold auditions during the weekend of Sept. 13-14 for its 2009 productions of Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Mikado" and Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro."

'80s Homecoming to be held Friday, Sept. 12
KXLL Excellent Radio will be throwing an '80s Homecoming party and dance at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12.

Homebrewer's Autumn Pour calls for entries
Southeast Alaska's Autumn Pour Homebrew Competition is accepting homebrew entries until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14. Entries can be dropped off at the front desk of the Alaskan Brewery, 5429 Shaune Dr.

Brain-storming session for artists, educators
Teachers and artists will mix it up on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center to discuss ways to bring art into the classroom. They will also explore techniques for using the arts community effectively to help with arts education in the schools.

Autumn Festival plans move to drier location
Though the words "autumn" and "wet" are synonymous in Juneau, this year's Autumn Festival will be uncharacteristically dry, thanks to a change in venue. Festival organizers have moved the event from its former location at Marine Park to the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Three artist grant deadlines approach
The Alaska State Council on the Arts, in partnership with the Rasmussen Foundation, has announced a second round of applications for school residencies in the upcoming school year as part of the Artists in Schools Program.

Davis named new managing director of Perseverance Theatre
After a nationwide search, Perseverance Theatre has announced that Elizabeth Davis has been hired to succeed Jeffrey Herrmann as the theater's sixth managing director.

Magic history show scheduled for Sept. 27
Local magician Jeff Brown will be presenting "Alaska's History -It's Magic," a show for kids of all ages, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27 in the downtown library. The show highlights various milestones in Alaska's history with a series of magical effects.

What's Happening
Thursday, Sept. 11

Sarah Palin Op-ed cartoons were ugly
This letter is in response to the political cartoons dated Sept. 3 and 4 in the Juneau Empire.

Bring Palin home, vote Obama
It's been fun and exciting to see Gov. Sarah Palin on the national stage. Having our own local person in the national spotlight is somehow satisfying. However, we cannot let our fun and excitement override our analysis of what is best for America.

Sarah Palin should stay down south
I would like to point out a rebuttal against Gov. Sarah Palin. I think she should just stay right there - down south with a loser, John McCain.

Is McCain really a hero for nation?
What is with all these praises by Gov. Sarah Palin for John McCain the "War Hero"?

Look into governor's Alaska gas line deal
Like most Alaskans I am just sick about the latest revelations regarding Gov. Sarah Palin's totally inappropriate expense charges.

The fish that lays the Golden Egg
This time of year, a few ravaged chum females are still wandering up local streams to spawn. Their flesh is nearly worthless, but their eggs, at least outside Alaska, are liquid gold.

Report: Glacier Bay a healthy park
A new report says Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve's natural resources are in tip-top shape, but its cultural resources could use more attention.

Juneau looks at avalanche forecasting
When Highlands neighborhood resident Toni Fratzke goes to bed at night, she sometimes thinks about the possibility of a six-foot wall of snow crashing into her home.

Photo: Gardening in the rain
Corwin Kelly pulls plants and weeds from a garden plot Wednesday at the Juneau Community Garden. Kelly and other members of the Adolescent Montessori Program are spending a week camping at the Community Garden performing community service by clearing plots and picking potatoes. "I thought it was going to be miserable, but it is kind of fun," Kelly said about working in the pouring rain.

Juneau authorizes money for avalanche forecasting program
Juneau City Manager Rod Swope received a go-ahead Wednesday from the Juneau Assembly to hire an avalanche forecaster for the coming winter.

Tax-free food on agenda
The Juneau Assembly will consider a member's request to put a stop to taxing food.

Photo: Images from another time The faces of Gov. Egan, 1974
The late Gov. Bill Egan shows a range of expressions while being interviewed on March 18, 1974, in his office in the Capitol. Egan, a Democrat, was elected governor in the state's first general election in 1958. He served two consecutive terms and was returned to office for a third term in 1970.

Some parents are upset about Montessori program placement
Parents voiced concern at Tuesday's Juneau School Board meeting over how the district is placing students in its Montessori program.

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

Photo: Raising Fetal Alcohol Syndrome awareness
Lyle James, whose Tlingit name is Xeetli.éesh, leads the Wooshjieen Dancers on Tuesday at the start of the International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day Awareness/Wellness Walk and Suicide Vigil in front of the Capitol. Participants walked from the Capitol to Marine Park to promote the development of a culturally sensitive FASD diagnostic clinic.

Around Town

Photo: It's beginning to look a lot like autumn
Lisa EaganLagerquist pushes her son, Samuel Lagerquist, as she runs Tuesday on an autumn leaf-covered Perseverance Trail "It sure feels like fall," EaganLagerquist said.

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

Around Town

'Bangkok' too dark to entertain
T he Pang Brothers (Oxide and Danny) first made "Bangkok Dangerous" in 1999. The original was about a deaf-mute hit man. This new, English language version with Nicolas Cage is also about a hit man but apparently nobody could convince Cage to play a deaf-mute.

'Tell No One' worth talking about
Tell everyone about "Tell No One." Not just because this is a top-notch thriller so twisty you may forget to breathe, but because for a long time it looked like you wouldn't be able to tell anyone at all.

'Forbidden Kingdom' a mindless good time
'The Forbidden Kingdom'

Juneau's Cinema guide

Gypsy jazz travels to the Last Frontier
The high-energy gypsy jazz performed by the John Jorgenson Quintet isn't your typical jazz music.

Local jazz offerings more varied than they seem
Greetings, Hooligan readers. I'm Rob Cohen, and I'll be writing a regular jazz column. I'm a 20-year resident of Juneau, a jazz musician, an educator and above all a jazz fan. In this column I hope to shed some light and rally some enthusiasm for our unique American art form.

Young blues guitarist David Jacobs-Strain wrestles with tradition
As a young man working in a genre that reveres tradition, blues guitarist-singer-songwriter David Jacobs-Strain could make it easy on himself.

Sound Bites
Ra Ra Riot has had a tough road to becoming the next "band to watch" on many critics' lists. Their debut full-length album "The Rhumb Line" is full of great tunes with rhythmic force and cool instrumentation. The Syracuse-based band is making all the stops recently - from Conan to CMJ Music Marathon and South by Southwest Festival.

Alaska's national parks combat invasive plants
Alaska's national parks are not immune to invasive plants. With more than 54 million acres of Alaska managed by the National Park Service, entire landscapes and the fish, wildlife, and recreational activities they support are at risk. To combat the onslaught of exotic plant invasions, the NPS has Exotic Plant Management Teams, and the Alaska EPMT is wrapping up its sixth season.

Language, change in preserving the past
During this summer, if you were visiting Jerusalem, you would be able to go to the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum to view the Great Isaiah scroll. It is the most complete text from the Dead Sea discoveries.

Mount Jumbo Gym Preschool to continue hosting open gyms
JUNEAU - Mount Jumbo Gym Preschool is hosting open gyms for Juneau families and caregivers with their preschool-aged kids, ages 1-6. Open gyms continue from 10:30 a.m. to noon Mondays-Fridays.

Hospice and Home Care seeks new program director
JUNEAU - Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, an award-winning program of Catholic Community Service, is seeking a program director.

Juneau resident shares grandmother's recipe
Swap a recipe, meet a neighbor and share a story. This is where it happens. Keep the recipes coming.

Dowd, Schrader wed
Frances Dowd and Larry Schrader, both of Juneau, were married Aug. 8, 2008, in Warrenton, Ore. Friends and family are invited to a barbecue/potluck reception at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Marlintini's Lounge. Children are welcome, provided they are with a guardian. There will be live music by Chrome Forrest and tons of food. Bring your favorite dish and come celebrate with the new couple. Any questions, call Frannie at 723-3394.

Bunny Mercer
Longtime Juneau resident Bunny Francine E. Mercer died Sept. 9, 2008, in Juneau. She was 68.

My turn: Learning communities expand school's tradition of excellence
This week, as Juneau grads continue their education at colleges such as Harvard, University of Washington Med School and Duke Law; as foreign exchange students depart to Argentina, the Czech Republic, Hungary and elsewhere; and as students begin the year at the high school of their choice, it's timely to acknowledge the tradition of excellence established for a half-century at Juneau-Douglas High School - which we as a school and as a community are committed to expanding.

My turn: Similarities don't do justice to differences
Equal parts stunned, intrigued and insulted; my guess is I am not the only person who felt this odd mixture of emotion when John McCain nominated Sarah Palin as his running mate. The blatant ploy of plugging a woman of a certain demographic is an affront I heartily reject, all the more so after I, with 40 million others, watched Palin's acceptance speech.

Outside Editorial: U.S. politicians love to blame oil speculators
Nothing stokes our anger better than a convenient villain who probably drives a cool car. So it was that, through much of this summer's understandable angst over gasoline prices, flailing politicians tried to help the rest of us - hey, it's an election year - point the blame gun.

My turn: Troopergate allegations expose new corruption
I've known and respected many Alaska State Troopers in my 60 years in Alaska. But amazingly, now it appears that the most corrupt Good Old Boy network is Alaska's Department of Public Safety.

Secessionists: Anti-U.S. but pro-American
Sarah Palin's secessionist sympathies sparked minor hysteria last week. Her crime was hailing with round praise the work of the cranky Alaskan Independence Party, which advocates a statewide plebiscite on the secession of Alaska from the United States.

Outside editorial: Fannie-Freddie takeover: costly but necessary
In placing troubled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac under federal control, Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. did what he had to do, and he did it pretty well.

City to gather facts before debating tax
JUNEAU - City staff in the coming months will look into details about which foods might be exempt from the 5 percent general sales tax and how it could affect revenue, the Juneau Assembly decided Wednesday.

Search continues for missing Sitka man
JUNEAU - A search has turned up no sign of a 41-year-old Sitka man missing since Sunday.

Coast Guard cutter arrives back home
KETCHIKAN - The Coast Guard cutter Acushnet and its 82-person crew are back home in Ketchikan.

Search fails to find missing Sitka man
JUNEAU - A search around Baranof Island on Tuesday failed to find a missing Sitka man.

New prison to be called Goose Creek
ANCHORAGE - The Matanuska-Susitna Borough said recently the new $250 million prison being built at Point MacKenzie will be called Goose Creek Correctional Center after a nearby waterway.

Enstar will seek 22 percent rate hike
ANCHORAGE - Enstar Natural Gas Co. said it plans to raise rates for home heating by 22 percent in January.

Crash with bus hurts SUV passenger
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers said a passenger in a sport utility vehicle was seriously injured Tuesday when the SUV slammed into the rear of a school bus in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Trooper not contacted by state investigator
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska state trooper at the heart of a legislative investigation into whether Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power said Tuesday he has not been contacted by the man overseeing the inquiry.

ABC parcels out Palin interview
ANCHORAGE - ABC News' Charles Gibson will interview Sarah Palin this week in her first sit-down interview with a network since the Alaska governor was named John McCain's running mate last week.

1 dead, 1 wounded in Anchorage shooting
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police said one man was shot to death Tuesday and another injured at a condominium on the city's east side.

Mat-Su tobacco tax fight ends
WASILLA - A tax opponent said recently she probably won't appeal the state Supreme Court decision upholding the Matanuska-Susitna Borough's tobacco tax.

State park closes after grizzly incident
ANCHORAGE - Chugach State Park officials closed a trail after a park volunteer was charged by a grizzly bear Tuesday near an Anchorage neighborhood.

Clinic 'recharges' wrestlers
Wade Schalles' hall of fame wrestling career didn't begin in a gym or as a playground bully. His toughness came from being the neighborhood runt.

Local teams take three Klondike titles
Approximately 400 Juneau residents competed in last weekend's 2008 Klondike Road Relay that runs from Skagway to Whitehorse. It's likely, though, that none of them had a wackier or better weekend than the team of 10 women who called themselves Hard Women Are Good To Find.


Plastic soup
Stephen Blanchett, of the Yup'ik-Inuit funk band Pamyua, was glad to be invited to perform in Juneau for an event celebrating the ocean. The band's ancestors and relatives have lived off the sea. The connection is a deep part of their culture.

Judge refuses to throw out Stevens case
WASHINGTON - The federal judge overseeing the corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens refused his lawyers' requests Wednesday to throw out the case and indicated a flurry of last-minute legal motions and inquiries won't stop the trial from beginning this month.

Stevens: Prosecutors not turning over materials
WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors aren't turning over materials U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens needs to defend himself at his quickly approaching corruption trial, including possible criminal investigations and the medical records of the prosecution's star witness, the senator's lawyers complained Tuesday.

Jubilant crowd welcomes Sarah Palin to Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - This is where it all began for Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Judge delays Cowdery trial
ANCHORAGE - The trial of state Sen. John Cowdery on conspiracy and bribery charges has been delayed until at least January, after the senator's attorney requested more time to review a "staggering" number of surveillance recordings made by the FBI.

Split with state GOP leadership opened opportunity for Palin
ANCHORAGE - Sarah Palin was a relative newcomer to politics when she took on Alaska's Republican boss and quietly challenged his ethics. From the outside, though, it looked as if she might be part of cover-up, and Palin feared her once-promising political future was over almost before it began.

Report: Palin tapped state travel allowance while living at home
WASHINGTON - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has charged the state a daily allowance, normally used for official travel, for more than 300 nights spent at her home, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Obama puts heat on Palin as she boosts GOP
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. - Listening to Barack Obama, it can seem like Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is the main person standing between him and the White House instead of John McCain.

Palin sticks to script on campaign trail
LEBANON, Ohio - John McCain took a risk in picking little-known Gov. Sarah Palin as a running mate, but now the campaign's playing it safer. She's sticking to a greatest hits version of her convention speech on the campaign trail and steering clear of questions until she's comfortable enough for a hand-picked interviewer later this week.

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