Thursday, September 17, 2009

Festival showcases local artists, brewers
Teresa Busch has a proven talent for appropriating plants for fashionable purposes. A three-time winner of Juneau's Wearable Art Show and owner of The Plant People, a downtown business that offers plant care services and fresh flowers, Busch's haute couture nearly always bears evidence of her green thumb. She'll be tapping her talents in millinery at this Saturday's Autumn Festival, where her booth will feature fancy hats made from aspidistra leaves.

Recovery Month films continue with 'Drugstore Cowboy' at Nickelodeon
Recovery Month movies continue at the Goldtown Nickelodeon theater with a 7 p.m. showing of "Drugstore Cowboy" on Wednesday, Sept. 23. The 1989 film, directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Matt Dillon and Kelly Lynch, tells the story of a drug addict and his girlfriend, and their inevitable decline into crime. The following week, "Clean and Sober," starring Michael Keaton and Morgan Freeman, will be shown.

JIF hosts ballroom dance this Saturday at the JACC
The Juneau International Folkdancers will host a ballroom dance from 7-10 p.m., this Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Poetry podcasts showcase work from middle school students
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum has set up a new series of poetry podcasts at the museum and on the museum's Web site, www.juneau.org/parkrec/museum. The podcasts feature poetry written by students from Floyd Dryden Middle School, with help from their instructor Liz Gifford, on Alaska's quest for statehood and civil rights in Alaska. A factual narration links the poems together.

AC/DC tribute band Hell's Belles to perform two shows this weekend
Hell's Belles, the nation's best-known all-female AC/DC tribute band, will play two shows in Juneau this weekend.

Salem's back for two shows at the Rendezvous this weekend
The Washington-based band Salem will play two shows this weekend at the Rendezvous, Sept. 18 and 19. Both shows begin at 10 p.m.

Daughter of terrorism suspect to give talk at UAS Wednesday
Al Jazeera television producer and author Laila Al-Arian will be in Juneau to present a talk, "Man Without a Country: The trial of Sami Al-Arian," this Wednesday at the University of Alaska Southeast.

The CODE of the ocean: Nonprofit blends surfing with environmentalism
Many surfers live by a code.

So long, Albert
Long time Juneau musician Albert McDonnell will play his final performance as a Juneau resident Friday, when he performs with Collette Costa and the Whiskeysippers before the Whipsaws concert at Centennial Hall. The bassist, songwriter, arranger and producer plans to relocate to Portland, Ore. later this month, but his influence on the capital's music scene will linger long after his departure.

Remember horror genre's rules to enjoy Sorority Row
T he Gold Town Nickelodeon was out, since the L.A. Times had already given us their thoughts on the movie playing at Shattuck Way. The options for this morning, then, included the three new flicks at Gross Alaska. My choices were about as exciting as making the decision between a swift kick to the shins or a punch in the face.

Seven locals honored in Mayor's Awards Sunday
The third annual Mayor's Awards for the Arts, presented Sunday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, honored Juneau residents for their contributions to the arts.

Ray Troll to give talk, present latest work at Egan Library
Ketchikan fish artist Ray Troll will kick off the University of Alaska Southeast's Evening at Egan series at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at the Egan Library with a talk he calls "Further Adventures in Scientific Surrealism."

Celebration wake for Tag Eckles held Saturday at the Alaskan
A celebration wake for longtime Juneau musician Tyler Dean "Tag" Eckles will be held this Saturday, with other event scheduled throughout the weekend.

New fiction DVDs arrive at the library
New fiction DVDs range from romances to black comedy and mystery. To find all the newly added movies at all libraries, look at the DVD listing under the "New at CCL" heading on our search page. Other new items listed here include audiobooks, video games, and books.)

UAS Beatniks to host first open mic
The Beatniks are at it again. On Friday, Sept. 18 the University of Alaska's English Club, who call themselves the Beatniks, will host their first open mic of the new school year. The UAS event is designed as an all-inclusive gathering for the community.

ARTS & CULTURE CALENDAR
ART, EVENTS &PERFORMANCE

Recognizing alcohol recovery month
John Jerry Lopez taught me how to dig a ditch when I was 14 years old. My father put us both to the task and told me to do what John said. That ditch was a work of art, with 90 degree corners and a level floor.

Support public health insurance option
Recently, the New England Journal of Medicine released the results of a nationwide survey of doctors regarding the insurance coverage dilemma; 63 percent of our doctors favor the public insurance option and an additional 10 percent back a single-payer, Canadian-style system.

City should do more to prevent gun deaths
Aidan Neary's death and Chase Schneider's wounding has traumatized their immediate families, friends and acquaintances, the Juneau Police, the emergency medical technicians, hospital employees and the judicial employees involved in adjudicating this case.

Juneau man helps orphans in Uganda
Juneau's Chris West, 25, always knew he wanted to be a teacher - he just never imagined his passion would take him all the way to Uganda to become the director of a children's home.

Student flu cases now total five
Two additional cases of swine flu were confirmed Monday in the Juneau School District, bringing the number of students reported to have the H1N1 virus to five.

Karen Lawfer focuses on securing capital, revitalizing downtown
Karen Lawfer's first big experience with electoral politics was supporting an initiative to overturn the Juneau Assembly's decision to remove fluoride from the city's water supply.

Pelican Seafoods foreclosure auction delayed
Kake Tribal Corp. canceled its Pelican Seafoods plant foreclosure auction Tuesday, fearing risk from a release of the plant's ammonia coolant, and possible liability.

Anchorage School Board's first Tlingit woman runs in Juneau
Juneau-born Mary Marks is looking to make her mark in Juneau's School Board this year representing the minority Native Alaskan population, a goal she had on the Anchorage School Board as its first elected Tlingit woman.

Dave Stone wants see Juneau Assembly through recession
As an Assembly member, Dave Stone has been an advocate for mining and the Juneau road.

Photo: It's a jungle out there

Peters seeks return to Juneau School Board
For Bill Peters, serving on the Juneau School Board is all about being involved in the community and the youth that ultimately make up Juneau's future.

Photo: Safety first
Riverbend Elementary School crossing guard and office assistant Roy Barnett stops traffic so a youth can leave school and cross the street Tuesday afternoon. "And I am also a groundskeeper," Barnett joked of his many duties. "But primarily we really want to make sure traffic is slowing down here and our kids stay safe. This can be a heavy traffic area."

New car seat law now in effect
Eleven-month-old Raegan Adams was all smiles and giggles as her grandmother went through the car seat inspection program checklist with two Juneau Police Department community service officers Wednesday afternoon.

Around Town
Wednesday, Sept. 16

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

Photo: Open season
Lucas Mullen returns from the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge empty9handed on the first morning of waterfowl season Wednesday. "It's crazy out there," Mullen exclaimed. A registration permit is needed to hunt the wetlands in addition to a hunting license and duck stamps for the Juneau Unit 1C area. The wetlands area is from Salmon Creek to the North Douglas boat ramp and across to Engineers Cutoff Road. Program technician Chris Frary, with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game Wildlife Conservation, said "Hunters should pay attention to the shooting hours (half-hour before sunrise until sunset). A lot of them start shooting too early, and definitely when hunting in residential areas don't swing around and shoot towards houses." Hunters should also familiarize themselves with the Waterfowl Regulations book.

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

Around Town
Today, Sept. 17

Ronald Keith Sparks
Lifelong Chilkat Valley resident and former Haines and Sitka resident Ronald Keith Sparks died Sept. 11, 2009, at his home surrounded by his companion, Janet Ward, and family and friends. He was 72.

Mike See
Hoonah resident Mike See died Sept. 10, 2009, in Hoonah.

My turn: Creating a new vision for housing in Alaska
Nearly 4,000 homes in Alaska are "falling apart," according to Alaska Housing Finance Corporation's 2008 Housing Assessment. The report says 12,980 homes are needed to replace the overcrowded and substandard houses; 3,972 homes are unsafe, unsanitary and unrepairable.

Parnell can set stage for Alaska's gas pipeline deal
The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

Flu season is here
The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News:

Canada's view on health care
Canadians love American health-care debates because it means you notice us. Much like Tennessee or North Dakota, we like just being mentioned. But your debates allow us to replay our own debates about health care and their relationship to national myths.

Representatives must listen to conscience of America
"We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will not leave you in peace!"

Culture war taken literally
I don't know who coined the term "culture war" to describe our political divisions, but I'm reasonably sure he or she intended it only as a figure of speech.

Obama's critics and racial denial
People are asking, but President Obama's White House team denies that racism has anything to do with recent Tea Party rallies and other protests against his health care policies. That's smart. The same approach worked in last year's presidential campaign. In public, team Obama constantly said that race didn't matter, while in private they never forgot that it mattered a lot.

The ambiguous blessing of new oil
The following editorial first appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

Karleen Grummett to serve on Empire editorial board
JUNEAU - Karleen Grummett will serve on the Juneau Empire's editorial board as the newspaper decides candidate endorsements for the October municipal elections.

Marriage ruling appealed in Alaska murder case
ANCHORAGE - The March trial of an Anchorage man accused of killing a neighbor could be delayed as his lawyers appeal a ruling that his marriage to a woman on the witness list is invalid.

Premera waives fees for swine flu shot
SEATTLE - Health insurance company Premera Blue Cross says it is waiving fees related to the swine flu vaccine for members who do not have full coverage of the shot.

Alaska, Vermont lieutenant governors plan energy town hall
FAIRBANKS - The lieutenant governors from Alaska and Vermont will take part in a town hall meeting on alternative energy.

Contractors criticize military builder
FAIRBANKS - Contractors and union leaders say a company starting a 50-year contract to build private military housing at two Alaska bases is making it hard for local businesses to compete.

Fairbanks man indicted on tax evasion charge
ANCHORAGE - A 59-year-old Fairbanks man has been indicated by a federal grand jury in Anchorage on a charge of tax evasion.

Mechanical problem delays Tustumena
HOMER - A mechanical problem has sidelined the state ferry Tustumena in Homer.

New rules on child car seat restraints in Alaska under way
ANCHORAGE - Some state rules for child restraints in cars have changed.

Energy policy hearing slated in Haines
HAINES - State House and Senate energy committees are holding a series of meetings to take public comment on statewide energy policies.

Anchorage School Board OKs $400K for police
ANCHORAGE - Losing school resource officers because of looming budget cuts is something the Anchorage School Board has decided not to accept.

Prescribed burns to reduce fire risk
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Division of Forestry plans several prescribed burns near Fairbanks to reduce the risk of wildfires.

Alaska-based soldier dies in SC accident
FORT RICHARDSON - A soldier based at Fort Richardson has died in a fatal accident in his home state of South Carolina.

Palin dinner auction ends Friday
ANCHORAGE - The going price for dinner with ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is almost $40,000.

Meetings at UAF on presidential search
FAIRBANKS - Two public meetings are scheduled Wednesday in Fairbanks on the search for a new president of the University of Alaska.

Bartlett lifts visitation suspension in OB unit
JUNEAU - Bartlett Regional Hospital announced Wednesday the end of the visitation suspension in its obstetrics unit.

Convicted drunken driver drops plea withdrawal
FAIRBANKS - A drunk driver imprisoned for killing a boy on a bike has opted not to withdraw his original no contest plea.

Cook Inlet oil production still slowed by volcano
KENAI - Chevron's Cook Inlet oil production is about 6,000 barrels a day, about 75 percent of what it was before last spring's eruption of Mount Redoubt.

Bears crush Lathrop
The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears huddled for a postgame talk on the field at Lathrop Stadium while the Malemutes were out of sight.

Bears boys come up big
The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears continued their hot start this cross country season, with the boys placing second in Saturday's Palmer Cross Country Invitational, and the girls finishing seventh behind a course-record winning time from three-time defending state 5k champion Leah Francis.

Midnight Suns Baseball 12U team plays at tourney in Washington
The Midnight Suns Baseball 12-and-under team recently competed at the Budd Bay Bash tournament in Lacey, Washington over the Labor Day weekend. The Suns posted a record of 2 wins and 4 losses, and finished in fifth place.

Photo: Panther power
The 2009 Black Panthers, a team of 5- and 6-year-olds coached by Brian and Eric Holst.

Local volleyball
Juneau Parks and Recreation

Sports in Juneau
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Expert: State gas line project faces fierce competition
ANCHORAGE - An energy consultant said a proposed North Slope natural gas pipeline will have to control costs to compete with supplies in the Lower 48.

Cruise ships get graded
ANCHORAGE - An environmental group released its report card Wednesday on how well cruise ship companies operating in American waters are doing to reduce pollution, and not one received an overall grade of "A."

Obama administration wants more salmon protection
PORTLAND, Ore. - Calling it an "insurance policy" for Pacific Northwest salmon, the Obama administration on Tuesday offered up a tougher conservation plan for the fish that includes climate-change monitoring and the "last-resort" possibility of removing dams.

Fairbanks woman indicted in 'car surfing' death
FAIRBANKS - A grand jury has indicted a 39-year-old woman accused of manslaughter for her role in the car-surfing death of a Fairbanks man.

Fort Wainwright soldier returns in time for birth
FAIRBANKS - Despite some mild contractions, Rachael Walker wasn't going to miss greeting her Stryker Brigade husband Spc. Jason Walker returning home from Iraq.

Fairbanks man, 78, drowns in Yukon River
FAIRBANKS - A Yukon River drowning victim has been identified as 78-year-old Fairbanks resident Frank DeNardo.

10 Kenai beavers trapped, killed within days of special permit
KENAI - Trappers needed little time to remove 10 nuisance beavers in Kenai.

Ketchikan Gateway Borough considers salmon-themed buses
KETCHIKAN - The Ketchikan Gateway Borough is thinking of renaming its bus system to "The Salmon Run" in an effort to increase ridership.

Ketchikan hospital pulls out of involuntary commitment process
KETCHIKAN - Ketchikan General Hospital says it will no longer serve as an "evaluation and stabilization facility" under the state's involuntary commitment process.

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