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Friday, September 17, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

Miller, McAdams debate state's future leadership
The two hottest politicians in the state, Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller and his Democratic counterpart Scott McAdams, appeared in Juneau to debate before a packed Chamber of Commerce audience Thursday

Correction
An incomplete version of the story "Despite Murkowski loss, lands bill not dead" appeared on page A1 of Thursday's Empire. A complete version is available at www.juneauempire.com, and will appear in Sunday's Empire.

Miller says Murkowski will lose seniority if she wins write-in
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Sen. Lisa Murkowski will be stripped of her seniority and key committee assignments if she runs as a write-in candidate against Republican nominee Joe Miller, Miller said Thursday.

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 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.

Juneau police officer charged with sexual abuse of minor
A Juneau Police Department officer faces charges of sexually abusing a minor, according to court documents.

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.

JSD graduation rate down 7 percent, report states
The graduation rate for Juneau School District high school students dropped by 7 percent 2009-2010 from the previous year, according to a student achievement report presented Tuesday at the Juneau School District board meeting.

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: Duck hunt
Nick Orsi displays one of the two American wigeon he shot on the opening day of duck hunting season as he walks out the Airport Dike Trail on Thursday.

Photo: A-hunting we will go
Erik Dreisbach, left, and Dan Hubert ride their bicycles along the airport dike trail after spending the early morning duck hunting on Thursday, the first day of the seaon. Bailey, Hubert's chocolate lab, had a chance to retrieve a few ducks.

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.

Pickup crashes into downtown house
A 1999 Red Ford 150 pickup truck driven by a 16-year old girl jumped a curb at the corner of 12th and 'D' Streets and slammed into a house Wednesday evening.

Kensington Mine: Exploratory drilling shows promise, Coeur says
Exploration drilling at the Kensington Mine is returning favorable results so far, showing at least some gold is present outside the vein being mined currently.

Decision on Arctic Games to head to City Assembly
Tonight, the City Assembly will review detailed cost information on bringing the Arctic Winter Games to Juneau and decide on whether to bid on hosting the games.

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.

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

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

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
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Drawing ballot lines
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

My turn: Causeway causes many concerns
I support a second crossing, but oppose the ballot proposition to build a causeway from Sunny Point to Hendrickson Point because it is the wrong location, the wrong design, the wrong funding source and will cause great harm to the Mendenhall Refuge.

Net Neutrality absolutely vital to assuring progressive free speech
WASHINGTON - The mass media remains one of the most powerful forces blocking social and economic progress in the 21st century.

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.

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.

Current competition among Internet companies is best path for consumers
WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy remains weak with high unemployment and sluggish growth, but there is at least one bright spot - an industry that continues rapidly innovating, bringing new products and services to market. Information technology - particularly broadband and wireless Internet - is thriving and gives hope that America's economy can get back on track again.

Pieces come together on the new bridge crossing Lawson Creek
Crews working to enhance and improve the Treadwell Ditch Trail on Douglas Island took a leap forward this week as they lifted beams and tightened bolts on a new 50-foot-long bridge across Lawson Creek.

Mighty mite
Fighters. Junkies. Vagrants. These are terms not usually associated with hummingbirds. But a record-setting rufous hummingbird and two dedicated “humbanders” have brought some of these tiny birds’ quirkier qualities to light.

Discover Eaglecrest all over again
For the second year in a row, organizers at Eaglecrest are inviting the public to come up for a day on the mountain Saturday to discover and showcase all that Juneau's local ski hill has to offer.

Fall brown bear season now open
JUNEAU - The brown bear hunting season in Game Management Unit 4 opened Wednesday and will remain open until Dec. 31.

'Concert for the CODE' benefits beach cleanup
JUNEAU - The crew at Alaskan Brewing Co. is inviting locals to enjoy a night of music and dance beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24 at Marlintini's Lounge, 9121 Glacier Highway.

Group to host 'Night at your refuge'
JUNEAU - The Vote No on Prop. 2 group has organized an event aimed at highlighting the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge and educating the public about plans to create a causeway across the area to serve as a second crossing to Douglas Island.

Trail Mix invites public to monthly board meeting
JUNEAU - Trail Mix Inc. will hold its monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23 in the main conference room of the U.S. Forest Service Juneau Ranger District office, 8510 Mendenhall Loop Rd.

It's Rotary bulb sale time again
JUNEAU - The Juneau-Gastineau Rotarians are now selling flowering spring bulbs to support their many community projects, which include the Family Day at the Lake, the Glory Hole and senior and disabled home projects.

Last Juneau Artists' and Farmers' Market happening Saturday
JUNEAU - The last Juneau Artists Market and Farmers' Market of the year will happen from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.

Grown in Alaska workshop to focus on localizing
ANCHORAGE - A two-day workshop focusing on producing, marketing and planting "Alaska Grown" trees, shrubs and perennials will be held in Palmer next week on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 21-22.

Wild shots
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On the hook

Tides
Today, Sept. 17

Shooting hours: Sept. 17-30
Today, Sept. 17: 6:02 a.m.-7:11 p.m.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

FAA: Remote flight service station to be repaired
ANCHORAGE - The Federal Aviation Administration says plans are moving forward to repair a remote communications outlet on Kemuk Mountain that serves flights between Kenai and Dillingham at the end of this month.

AAA offers free winter vehicle inspections
ANCHORAGE - A non-profit motor club will offer a free car care event Saturday in Anchorage to help drivers get ready for winter.

Woman dies in Kodiak pickup crash
KODIAK - A 19-year-old Kodiak woman has died of injuries suffered in a pickup crash.

85-year-old Fairbanks man killed in car crash
FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers say an 85-year-old Fairbanks man was killed in a car crash on Old Steese Highway.

Group forms to oppose bridge pay plan
JUNEAU - A group has formed to oppose using local sales tax revenue to pay for a bridge or causeway to connect Juneau and North Douglas.

North Slope oil producer fined
ANCHORAGE - An independent oil producer paid a $10,000 fine this week for injecting a chemical without approval into its oil reserve, one violation that came to light after a former employee spoke out against the company.

Bears host Mount Vernon; Falcons look to put finishing touch on perfect SE record
With its playoff berth secure and the possibility of a Railbelt Conference championship and a home playoff game still up in the air, Juneau-Douglas steps away from its instate schedule this week for a shot at Mount Vernon on Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Juneau hosting XC race Saturday
The Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain cross-country teams have been waiting all season, but they'll finally get a chance to run in front of the home crowd on senior day this weekend at the course on fan-friendly Sandy Beach.

Crimson Bears sweep Braves
It wasn't always pretty but a win's a win, and a sweep's a sweep.

Midnight Suns baseball 12U, 14U teams play in Washington tourney
The Juneau Midnight Suns Baseball Club competed at the Skyhawk Fall Ball Bash tournament in Lacey, Wash., over Labor Day weekend.

Murkowski return met with hugs and handshakes
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's return to Washington was met with "hugs and handshakes and signs of sympathy" from colleagues, spokesman Michael Brumas said.

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.

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.

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.

Candidate pushes lifetime fishing, hunting license
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's Democratic nominee for governor said Thursday he wants to give residents the opportunity to buy lifetime fishing, hunting and trapping licenses.

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

Fog forces Anchorage flight diversions
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's largest city has been socked in by fog for several days, causing flights to be diverted to Fairbanks, but the low clouds appeared to be lifting on Thursday.

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