Thursday, September 16, 2010

A crossroad and a bridge
The three volumes of anthropologist Frederica de Laguna's masterwork, "Under Mount Saint Elias, The History and Culture of the Yakutat Tlingit" could properly be called tomes - their heft and bulk the reader's first indication that de Laguna's conception of thoroughness redefined the term in her field.

Musician shares life of recovery
When Mary Corbett put her baby in a campfire in 1980 outside of Anchorage, she was suffering from schizophrenia, exacerbated by post-partum depression and cocaine use. Her infant daughter was too young to jump or move away, so the baby did only what she could do, she screamed, which alerted her father, who came running and took her out of the fire.

Red flags don't always signal disaster
You are out driving on a sunny, Juneau day in mid-September. Just as you are starting to feel borderline-giddy about your situation, though, the station wagon in front of you starts braking. It is not immediately clear why; there is no turn signal. More braking. It is still unclear why. Braking, braking, braking... and suddenly your pleasant drive on a sunny, Juneau day in mid-September is becoming irritating.

Coincidental meeting leads to collaboration
What does it take to kickstart a music project? In the case of Jordan Baron and Russ Williamson, it was a convenient coincidence between a Pearl Django concert, an Alaskan's open mic night, and a cameo by two of my good friends, Brandon Howard and Chelsie Harris.

A new knit in town
School has arrived yet again, and though the weather may be deceiving us briefly, we all know the onslaught of fall will come knocking soon enough. As we settle into our cozy routines and shuttle about on endless daily rituals, consider this: a new knitting locale has cropped up and is ripe with opportunities to break the daily habit, or find a new one.

New audiobooks on CD for young adults
Look for new audiobooks on CD for young adults, including a new installment in "The Mysterious Benedict Society: The Prisoner's Dilemma," by Trenton Lee Stewart, the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy, "Catching Fire," by Suzanne Collins, and the award-winning, young adult story, "Tender Morsels" by Margo Lanagan, as well as other new titles spotlighted below.

Slide to perform traditional and contemporary Irish music
Slide, called "traditional musicians with attitude" by the Irish Times, will be in town next week to perform at the Juneau-Doulgas High School auditorium.

Modern day treasure hunters arrive next week
What treasures are stashed around Juneau? The Treasure Hunters Roadshow aims to find out when they come through town next week, Sept. 21-25. During this free event, locals will have a chance to talk to antique and collectible experts about their treasures, have some fun and possibly make some money.

Tutunov concert held this Saturday at Northern Light
Dr. Alexander Tutunov will perform a piano concert this weekend featuring pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Liszt and Prokofiev and will be held Saturday, Sept. 18 at Northern Light Church. It begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $25 for adults and $18 for students and seniors, and proceeds go to pay for repairs to the piano at the church.

New film series for teens held at the Gold Town theater
The Gold Town Nickelodeon will begin a series of film classes aimed at pre-teens and teens next week, in a series designed to teach film as an American art form, and inform the next generation about what the last few generations had to say in the cinema.he first class will be held from 3:30-6 p.m., Monday at the theater.

Evening at Egan: Climbing Denali
The UAS Evening at Egan series continues this week with a multi-media presentation by Outdoor Studies Program Director Forest Wagner, staff, and students on their pinnacle adventure, climbing Denali. Outdoor Studies made UAS history in May 2010 when they climbed North America's highest peak for their capstone course.

McAdams the choice for a return to civil discourse
Thank you for publishing two excellent columns on page A7 Wednesday. Geoff Kirsch and Leonard Pitts Jr. have each stated well the need for American public discourse to return to honest, open, and civil discussion.

Board's move disappointing, but legal
I write in response to your article on page A1 of Tuesday's Empire titled "Redistricting board moves its office to Anchorage."

Downtown fire causes estimated $30,000 in damage
Capital City Fire and Rescue, along with some Good Samaritans, helped save a building at 416 Gold Street from a fire Tuesday afternoon, but not before the flames took their toll.

Photo: A new way to cross the creek
Paul Lingley of Cutting Edge Development helps guide a 130-foot pedestrian bridge as a crane lifts it across Fish Creek in North Douglas on Tuesday. The bridge is built by Western Wood Structures of Tualatin, Ore. According to Project Manager Alan Steffert with the city's engineering department, the bridge is phase 1, which is designed to create a better park on both sides of Fish Creek. The east side parking lot will be improved and picnic tables added.

Next Generation school plan not working as hoped
A new study on year two of the district's Next Generation plan shows much of the plan is not being implemented at two Juneau School District high schools as the plan's third year begins.

Students clamoring for Challenge Day at all high schools
Thunder Mountain High School students recently had the chance to participate in Challenge Day, and now students in Yaakoosge Daakahdi and Juneau-Douglas High School are asking for the opportunity.

Students to get front row seat to Supreme Court hearings
Two Alaska Supreme Court appellate hearings will be heard at Juneau-Douglas High School on Friday - which is also Constitution Day - in front of hundreds of district students and community members.

Photo: One-legged siesta
Shorebirds feed and nap along the airport dike trail on Tuesday. It will not be quiet for long, as duck hunting season starts Thursday.

Parent opinion mixed on school satisfaction
A study on parent opinions about the Juneau School District has mixed results in satisfaction, but found that many areas were largely related to relationships between teachers and students.

Police & Fire
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State Chamber prepping for conference, trade show in Juneau
The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its 51st Annual Fall Conference and Business Trade Show on Sept. 20-22 at Centennial Hall.

Title
In late July 1975, two local women in their mid-20s - both former teachers, one very pregnant - were sitting around with their husbands discussing potential business ideas. A restaurant? one husband suggested. No, too complicated. Book store? one woman ventured. Bingo.

Photo: Family time on dike trail
Harmony Morford, left, Karla Ott and Katy Shilts take their children for a walk in the sun Tuesday on the airport dike trail. Morford's children are Melody, 2 months, in carriage, and Valor, 19 months, second from right; Ott's child is Adam, 15 months, center; and Shilts' children are Michael, 16 months, in carriage, and Simon, 5, right.

Bartlett receives recognition
Bartlett Regional Hospital was awarded Mountain-Pacific Quality Health's highest honor Sept. 9 at the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association conference in Anchorage.

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.

Corrections
In Wednesday's Empire, a story on page A1 misidentified the day a downtown fire took place. The fire occurred on Tuesday. Also, Pete Munro's name was misspelled in a photo caption.

Lee Russell Hacker
Lee Russell Hacker, 66, of Juneau passed at his home on Douglas Island on Aug. 29, 2010.

Robert Ray Webber
Robert Ray Webber died Sept. 7, 2010. He was born Jan. 4, 1938 in California and moved to Juneau in 1986. He worked as a printer and a cab driver in addition to spending four years in the United States Air Force.

Chip Mixson
Juneau resident Chip Mixson died suddenly September 11, 2010. He was 57.

Jerry L. Madden
Jerry L. Madden died of natural causes on September 9, 2010 in Burien, Wash. after a short illness. Madden was born in Livingston, Mont. on March 22, 1934 and attended schools in Livingston and Deer Lodge. He graduated from the University of Montana in 1956 with a degree in teaching and journalism. He taught in Fort Benton and Billings, Mont. and Anchorage in the late 1950s and early 60s.

Bank bust prevention
The following editorial first appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

Outside editorial: Congress must act to end electronic fishing expeditions at the border
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Media miss the big interfaith story
We in the media are missing big stories. That's how Will Storrar, who directs the Center of Theological Inquiry, put it last week over the phone, and I couldn't disagree.

Reflections on 9/11
Usually, my column showcases a brand of humor some enjoy and others consider worthy of toilet paper. Warning: newsprint will destroy your septic system, so tempted as you may be, don't flush it. And remember, it's more abrasive than Charmin.

Obama should take after capitalist Cuba
In arguing against extending the Bush-era tax cuts for "the wealthy," President Obama claims the government can't afford to "borrow" the estimated $700 billion he says it will "cost government." What about the cost of tax increases for those earning the money? It's funny how the president doesn't mind borrowing money that has put us on a trajectory for a national debt exceeding $13 trillion.

What do Michael Moore and Newt Gingrich have in common?
As if things were not crazy enough already, here comes Michael Moore.

TSS partners with CICADA to expand services to Kenai, Homer
Tongass Substance Screening is partnering with Cook Inlet Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse of Kenai and Homer to provide drug screening services at both locations in the near future.

Airport to hold mock disaster drill
The Juneau International Airport will be holding a live disaster drill from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday. There will be simulated emergency activities on both the airfield and in the terminal. Please be aware emergency vehicles will be responding to the airport for the drill.

Judge to decide if man competent to stand trial
FAIRBANKS - A judge will decide if a mentally ill man is competent to stand trial for murder.

Two local businesses receive scholarships to attend Whitehorse trade show
Two representatives of the Southeast Alaska tourism industry have received scholarships to attend the 2010 Alaska Travel Industry Association Convention and Trade Show in Whitehorse, Yukon Territories.

Board approves regs for scholarships
JUNEAU - The state Board of Education and Early Development has approved the curriculum requirements for 2011 seniors to seek performance scholarships.

Woman fatally injured in driveway
ANCHORAGE - A 41-year-old Salcha woman run over by a sport utility vehicle as she was exiting managed to call 911 but later died of her injuries.

Gary Sinise band to play 3 Alaska shows
ANCHORAGE - The Air Force says members of the military in Alaska will have the chance to attend a concert by a performer more known for his acting than his music.

Feds grant $10M for rural Internet access
ANCHORAGE - The federal government has awarded Alaska $10 million to improve Internet connectivity in the state's rural communities.

State library getting federal money for broadband
JUNEAU - The Alaska State Library is receiving $5.4 million to create a broadband network aimed at linking Alaska communities through Internet access at 104 public libraries statewide.

Begich listed as headliner for fundraiser
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is listed as the headliner for a fundraiser for Democrat Scott McAdams.

Parnell commits to 10 debates, forums
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell has committed to 10 debates and forums leading to the November general election.

Bridge construction will close part of Treadwell Ditch trail
Treadwell Ditch Trial will be closed today and Thursday within 1,000 feet of Lawson Creek, so Trail Mix and Juneau Parks and Recreation can fly in materials for a new bridge, according to a press release from the city.

Election officials certify primary results
JUNEAU - State election officials have certified the results of last month's primary.

Truck hauling propane rolls over on highway
ANCHORAGE - Alaska environmental regulators are monitoring plans to remove thousands of gallons of liquefied propane gas from a tank that slid down a steep slope after the semi-truck towing it rolled over on the Glenn Highway.

Running the numbers: Thibodeau talks math, XC
For Juneau-Douglas High School senior Sage Thibodeau, running is in the genes.

2010 Alaska High School Season Top 16 Swimmers (Juneau)
Girls' 200-meter freestyle relay - 8. JDHS - Kerry Barto, senior; Katy Goodell, senior; Julianna Lukshin, sophomore; Anna Gonwa Ramonda, senior - 1:49.51.

Study: Arctic summer sea ice low
ANCHORAGE - A report shows this summer's Arctic sea ice melted to the third-lowest level since satellite monitoring began in 1979, continuing a trend of habitat loss for walrus, polar bears and other ice-dependent marine mammals.

Parnell wants hold-the-line operating budget
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell anticipates cuts to parts of Alaska's operating budget for next year while holding the line on the overall spending plan, he said Tuesday in an interview.

Temporary lodgings for Alaska Permanent Fund managers?
The state of Alaska's top investment manager, charged with overseeing the state's $35 billion Permanent Fund, has not sold his Seattle home, which he has listed for sale at more than twice its assessed value, and has yet to move to Juneau, despite working for the state for nearly two years.

Walker calls write-in unlikely
JUNEAU - Bill Walker, who finished second in last month's GOP gubernatorial primary, said Wednesday that he's "not inclined" to mount a write-in candidacy for the office.

Endangered bird dies on longline fishing hook
ANCHORAGE - A short-tailed albatross died as a result of being caught on a longline fishing hook in Alaska in what is believed to be the first recorded death of one of the endangered birds by a U.S. commercial fishing vessel since 1998.

Lands bill still alive
ANCHORAGE - A lands bill that would allow a private Native corporation to pick select lands in the largest national forest is not dead despite the election loss of its main advocate.

Coeur to delist from Australian stock exchange
Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. has announced it will from the Australian Stock Exchange.

Murkowski to decide on write-in bid by Friday
JUNEAU - Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who conceded the GOP primary to tea-party backed Joe Miller last month, said she'll decide by Friday whether to mount a write-in candidacy.

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