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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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."
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.
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.
Libraries house new kids' nonfiction
There are lots of exciting new nonfiction books for kids on the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries - look for them shelved side-by-side with adult nonfiction.
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.
Dismayed at 2009 graduation date
I am writing this letter to share my extreme dismay about the Juneau-Douglas High School class of 2009 graduation date.
Juneau needs more room on buses
Recently, I decided to do my part for energy conservation. After experiencing expensive car repairs this summer, I began to take the bus, and it saved me about $200 a month in gas and insurance. It had other benefits. I was actually able to read and study for the latter part of the summer - until school started.
Miffed by welfare and the permanent fund
Why should someone who already receives welfare all year long be able to receive an Alaska Permanent Fund dividend as well?
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.
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.
Palin team may fight subpoenas
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin's administration is threatening legal action to block any subpoenas by the Alaska Legislature as part of its investigation into whether she abused her authority in trying to have her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper.
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.
Investigations to cost state
The on-going investigations of Gov. Sarah Palin mean a sizeable amount of state tax dollars will soon be in the pockets of a few lawyers.
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.
Sales tax revenues meet projections
Despite a downturn in the nation's economy, city sales tax revenues for the first six months of the year didn't decline.
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.
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.
Photo: Memorializing Sept. 11 attacks
Brent Fischer, left, and Carl Ferlauto raise the United States flag during a service Thursday at Riverside Rotary Park Memorial, marking the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Ferlauto, a past president of the Juneau Gastineau Rotary Club, lost several friends that day who were New York City firefighters. "They did not forget what really matters," he said of their heroic sacrifices when they died trying to save people at the World Trade Center. For a national story, see Page A5.
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:
Photo: Images from another time December 1984
Workers clear debris from Marine Park, which was heavily damaged during a Thanksgiving Day Storm in 1984. Many communities in Southeast Alaska suffered severe damage from the storm and storm surge.
Police & Fire
Juneau Police Department activity was not available by press time. The information will appear in Sunday's edition.
'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.
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.
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.
Photo: Moose Cruise
Members of the Yaaw tai Yi Dance Group, of ages from 8 months to 80 years, pose for a photo during the Moose Cruise on Sept. 2 at the Juneau Moose Family Center. Approximately 129 Moose members,including Director General William "Bill" Airey, his wife, Jean (shown far right on the back row); andGrand Chancellor Barbara McPherson and her husband, Floyd (shown far right in the front row), from around the country attended. The Juneau Moose Family Center, located at 8335 Old Dairy Road, is a private,nonprofit organization dedicated to helping those in need.
Red Cross, city to sponsor water safety instructor course
JUNEAU - Red Cross and the city of Juneau are sponsoring a Water Safety Instructor course Sept. 30-Oct. 25 at the Augustus Brown Swimming Pool. A mandatory pre-course session will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the pool. Bring a suit and be prepared to take a swimming test.
Englesby joins Klawock medical center staff
KLAWOCK - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is pleased to announce that Dr. James N. "Jim" Englesby has joined the medical staff at the Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock.
Mark Kelley, left, and a paddling buddy kayak past an iceberg on a sunny Saturday.
Dr. Cant joins Haines Health Center staff
HAINES - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is pleased to announce that Dr. Charlotte Cant joined the medical staff at the SEARHC Haines Health Center.
Thanks for helping our beach cleanup
Turning the Tides would like to thank all the people who made our Aug. 2 beach cleanup of the Channel Islands Marine Park possible. Dick Farnell, skipper of the Intrepid Raven, kindly donated the use of his boat, for both our reconnaissance trip and the cleanup of Benjamin and North Islands. Greg Brown, captain of the Weather Permitting, started us out with a safety briefing and transported volunteers to and from Lincoln Island.
Wyatt Rhea Fournier was recently accepted into the Masters of Science Program, with a research assistantship, at the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. Wyatt, the son of Gary Fournier and Kathleen Rhea, is a graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School and the University of Alaska Southeast. His graduate program at UW begins this fall and he will participate in the research of Chinook salmon in the Bering Sea, affiliated with the Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim Sustainable Salmon Initiative.
Thanks to SAGA for the use of its cabin
Turning the Tides would like to thank SAGA for the use of its beautiful cabin last weekend for its "To Be Healed By The Earth" retreat. Thank you for your great generosity.
Thanks for supporting Wells Fargo Dimond Park Field House
Dimond Park Field House Inc.'s Board of Directors wishes to express its gratitude for the tremendous volunteer effort at its new sports facility this past weekend, when approximately 25 volunteers donated their time to install protective netting and padding throughout the building.
Thanks for helping get Marie Drake ready for Harborview students
This letter is to express heartfelt thanks to the teachers, Parent Teacher Association parents, office staff, city architect Sarah Lewis and principal Stoltenburg of Harborview Elementary School, for all the incredible work they did this last week to get Marie Drake ready for Harborview's students.
Photo: KTOO Family Night
Hazel Thomas, 2, enjoys snack time during this month's Family Night on Sept. 2 at the downtown library. The Association for the Education of Young Children, KTOO and the Friends of the Juneau Library help organize the monthly event throughout the school year. More than 60 children attended this month's event and had a chance to learn all about bears. Family Nights take place at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at the downtown library.
Juneau Unitarian Universalist Fellowship to buy historic church
On Sept. 7, the members of the Juneau Unitarian Universalist Fellowship voted 33-5 to approve a purchase agreement entered into with the First Church of Christ, Scientists for the purchase of the historic Christian Science Church at Fifth and Main streets, downtown. When financing has been obtained and the deed delivered, it will be the first permanent home for the Unitarians, who celebrated their 50th anniversary in Juneau in 2007.
Senior menu for the week of Sept. 15-19
Monday, Sept. 15
Pets of the week
Dutch, is such a big cat that we have been thinking of renaming him "Jabba the Hutt." He is one of the P.H.A.T. cats up for adoption at the Gastineau Humane Society. By P.H.A.T., we mean Pretty Handsome And Terrific!
Johnson, Smith wed
Kiersten Smith and Mark Johnson were married on Aug. 9, 2008, at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Holy Mary in Juneau. The ceremony was officiated by Mother Hunter Silides, associate pastor of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.
Reisner, Lutz to wed
Cassie Lynn Lutz, formerly of Juneau, and John Christian Reisner will marry on Sept. 13 at the James Tandy Elllis Banquet Hall in Ghent, Ky.
Unzicker, Walvoord to wed
Martha Jean Walvoord, of Holland, Mich., and Jack Andrew Unzicker, of Juneau, will marry at 4 p.m. Nov. 29, 2008, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Arlington, Texas.
Eggplant's beauty is more than skin deep
If there were ever a beauty contest for vegetables, eggplant would be a serious contestant. Indeed, there are enough lovely varieties of eggplant to have a competition consisting of eggplant alone.
Jazmine Marie Wilson
RealLife Church sees real changes
RealLife Church pastor Mark Everett says his ministry puts the Bible into "real life" practice and sees the lives of people change dramatically.
Photo: Caught red-handed
A squirrel scavenges a piece of blanket on Aug. 31 near Lena Loop Road.
It's time to let go - again
It's that time of year again. The letting go time. The time when I have to remind myself that I'm the grown-up. The time when the kids leave home.
Trail Mix to hold meetings regarding Treadwell Ditch Trail
JUNEAU - Trail Mix Inc. will host a series of three neighborhood meetings to discuss future plans for the Treadwell Ditch Trail on Douglas Island.
Massoud to speak on globalization from accounting viewpoint
JUNEAU - The Juneau World Affairs Council is hosting Dr. Marc Massoud to present on globalization from an accounting point of view at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, at the KTOO.
Juneau Jumpers to hold pre-tryout practices and open tryouts
JUNEAU - The Juneau Jumpers will hold pre-tryout practices at 3-5 p.m. Sundays, Sept 14, 21 and 28 at Glacier Valley Elementary School. Returning team members and coaches will be available to assist during these practices. General information about team participation will also available.
Thomas R. Cantine
Former Juneau resident Thomas Robinson Cantine died Sept. 6, 2008, in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. He was 100.
Bunny Francine E. Mercer
Longtime Juneau resident Bunny Francine E. Mercer died Sept. 9, 2008, in Juneau. She was 68.
Juneau resident Marge Garrison died Sept. 11, 2008, at her home in Juneau. She was 70.
Helen A. Mattson
Juneau resident Helen A. Mattson died from pneumonia on Aug. 29, 2008, in Juneau. She was 92.
My Turn: PFLAG opposes 'Conversion Therapy'
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) condemns a so-called "conversion therapy" or "ex-gay" conference scheduled for Saturday in Anchorage.
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: Anticlimax in Iraq
President George W. Bush announced Tuesday that the United States would begin drawing down troops in Iraq next year. Why, five and a half years into the war, did that long-awaited announcement land with barely a thud?
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.
McCain needs more than a vice president
Across the partisan divide, people everywhere are arguing whether or not Gov. Sarah Palin is ready for Washington, D.C.
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.
Man charged with attempted arson
JUNEAU - Police arrested a man accused of trying to set fire to a house Tuesday.
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.
GOP: McCain-Palin ticket appeals to West
DENVER - Western Republican lawmakers praised the McCain-Palin presidential ticket Wednesday and said its support of gun rights and concern for natural resources resonates with voters in the region.
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.
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.
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.
Obama supporters rally in Wasilla
WASILLA - A small group of Barack Obama supporters went deep into unfriendly territory Wednesday, demonstrating in Sarah Palin's hometown.
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.
Search for missing Sitka man suspended
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard suspended a search for a 41-year-old Sitka man missing since the weekend.
Search fails to find missing Sitka man
JUNEAU - A search around Baranof Island on Tuesday failed to find a missing Sitka man.
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.
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.
No rest for Bears against North Pole
After three straight losses, the Juneau-Douglas High School football team is in desperate need of a win to turn its season around in the final stretch of its regular season.
SPORTS IN JUNEAU
JDHS tennis squads head to Anchorage
Sixteen Juneau-Douglas High School tennis players will wage battle against three Anchorage teams over today and Saturday, as the Crimson Bears get their best chance of the year to prepare for the state championships on Oct. 10 -11.
JDHS runners off to Dimond meet
"It depends" seems to be the mantra of the Juneau-Douglas High School cross country teams this weekend.
Sports in Juneau
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.
Refineries blamed for slow gas price drop
ANCHORAGE - A state investigation has found that Alaska's gasoline prices are falling more slowly than elsewhere in the nation because the two refineries here are struggling to turn a profit.
Jubilant crowd welcomes Sarah Palin to Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - This is where it all began for Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Palin declares readiness for high office on ABC
FORT WAINWRIGHT - Sarah Palin proposed NATO membership for Georgia and Ukraine, at risk of putting the U.S. in conflict with Russia, and declared her readiness for high office Thursday as she took a cautious step out of the protective bubble she's been in since joining John McCain's ticket.
Kodiak trail makes headway
KODIAK - The historic Portage Trail connecting Larsen Bay to the Karluk River is one step closer to being restored.
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.
This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World
This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World