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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Political farce bumps up against reality
If the political climate is making you nauseated or distressed, and you're driven to insanity by the local meteorological climate, a good laugh at the absurdities of power-mongering is the recommended panacea.

Alaska Statehood Extravaganza with music, dancing on Sept. 19
Capital City Celebrations will host an Alaska Statehood Extravaganza from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19, at Mendenhall Auto.

'Caterpillar Soup' a play about love and transformation
Los Angeles-based actor and dancer Lyena Strelkoff had to transform her life after a fall from a tree in 2002 left her paralyzed from the waist down.

'24 Hour Miracle' seeks actors
The Juneau-Douglas Little Theatre is looking for actors to participate in the local theater challenge "24 Hour Miracle" on Friday, Sept. 26, and Saturday, Sept. 27.

Thunder Mountain Theatre Project announces season
The Thunder Mountain Theatre Project Season 2 has announced two plays it will perform from Jan. 28 to Feb. 15 in the Repertory at the Old Elks Hall. The scheduled productions include "Shakespeare's R&J," adapted by Joe Calarco and directed by Flordelino Lagundino, and "Dying City," written by Christopher Shinn and directed by Ryan Conarro.

What's Happening
Thursday, Sept. 18

Not all Alaskans are pro-Palin
I have been an Alaska resident since 1959 - 30 of those years were spent in Juneau, five in Fairbanks and 13 in Wasilla, with two years "outside" in continuing education.

U.S. should heed world opinion
Attacking Obama or Palin for their lack of foreign policy experience is dumb. This is because the value of experience acquired by all other current and possible leaders is shown by the messes America now suffers from. Willingness to look, communicate and learn would better serve our country.

How to be an educated voter
Gov. Sarah Palin bans books! Barack Obama is secretly Muslim! As the U.S. presidential election looms less than two months away, becoming an educated voter is vitally important. But how do we educate ourselves without falling victim to the vast quantities of smears and partisan spin we're bombarded with daily?

Support covered court at Dzantik'i
We have the opportunity as a community to finally fund the covered play area at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School that has been planned for the last 15 years.

House hopeful Muñoz a champion of arts
One of the greatest attractions for me in my 23-year residence in Juneau has been our vibrant, eclectic arts and humanities community. Many people and organizations contribute to make possible opportunities for enjoyment of and participation in the arts in our city, region and state.

Thank you, please slow down
To buses and vehicles that are going the speed limit or less in the 20 mph zone at the Mendenhall Glacier, thank you. To those of you who continue to ignore the speed limit, please slow down.

People getting assistance need it
I wonder why Anthony Walker thinks that a welfare or public assistance check is big enough to cover basic car repairs, replace an old worn out refrigerator, or even buy new winter clothing, never mind pay the increased fuel, food and utility costs.

Witnesses: We helped deal drugs
The trial of two alleged drug bosses continued Wednesday with opening arguments and the testimony of women who said they helped the pair smuggle and deal drugs.

Juneau leaders back up earmarks
Earmarks are rapidly getting a bad name in presidential politics, but in Alaska and in Juneau, they're seen differently.

Child care providers: Subsidy not enough
For the first time in seven years, the state raised its child-care assistance rates. But home providers say new rates for Juneau don't cover their costs.

Trial begins in drug ring case
Opening arguments in one of the city's largest organized crime trials in recent history are expected to begin today in Juneau Superior Court.

Photo: Golden opportunity
Juneau's Seth McBride of the U.S. Wheelchair Rugby Team makes a big hit and takes control of the ball Friday in a game against China during the Paralympic Games in Beijing. Team USA beat China 65-30 in the first game. It went on to win all five games, clinching the gold medal Tuesday after beating Australia 53-44.

Photo: Slick moves
Michan Gallagher rides down a side wall on his skateboard Sunday at the Pipeline Skate Park. Gallagher said during rainy days, the ground in the park becomes slick and can be a bit tricky to ride without slipping. He and a couple friends brought a heater to dry out the area.

Photo: Abbott trial delayed until June 1
Jason Abbott, left, sits back while members of his defense team, Marcy McDannel and Link Fannon, talk prior to an omnibus hearing Tuesday at the Sitka courthouse. Abbott is accused of stabbing to death his grandmother, grandfather, his aunt and her boyfriend, and wounding another aunt in March. His trial had been scheduled to begin on Jan. 12, but was delayed until June 1. McDannel said she intends to file a motion to change the trial venue and notified the court of her plans to seek an insanity defense.

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

Photo: Vigil participants urge voice for children
Participants in a silent vigil wear duct tape across their mouths Tuesday on the steps of the Capitol to protest political campaigns that ignore children's issues such as poverty, health and abuse. The duct tape was used to emphasize that children have no political voice. The silent vigil lasted 31 minutes to represent the more than 31,000 children in Alaska the activists said are in need of child care. The event was sponsored by Alaska Resource and Referral Network and other groups.

Around Town
Today

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

Around Town
Today

Acting a highlight in 'Burn'
Maybe it was because one of the pre-feature trailers was for the upcoming Ridley Scott CIA thriller, "Body of Lies," but the opening of the new Coen brothers' film sure felt like it was mimicking Mr. Scott's style and genre. The first shot starts us in outer space, looking down upon the planet. Quickly we zoom in through the atmosphere, as if using Google Earth, down into the hallways of the CIA. Ridley Scott-esque subtitles inform us that's exactly where we are.

A look into industrialization
"Manufactured Landscapes" opens with one of the most engrossing, unnerving tracking shots in recent cinematic history, a seven-minute vista that perfectly encapsulates the points this unsettlingly beautiful and intentionally disturbing film wants to make.

'Kabluey' manages to keep from blowing up
'Kabluey'

TOM MAY folk singer, world traveler
When Tom May was a little boy, he thought he might grow up to be a railroad engineer or perhaps a telegrapher, after his father. He didn't expect to end up living his life as a professional musician, as he has for the past 36 years. He and his friends jokingly refer to his career as "a hobby that got out of control."

AstronoMAR on the fly between Juneau, Seattle
I miss the sea breeze. I miss the bar-close shuffle every weekend. When I come back to visit, the mountains greet me with the same airtight cuddle that they always had in the past. But damn, it feels great to be in Seattle!

Pamyua, Q'orianka Kilcher, Northkut Wolf Pack, to perform at Ocean Celebration
Pamyua, a Yup'ik-Inuit funk band, actress-singer-activist Q'orianka Kilcher and Tlingit hip-hop group Northkut Wolf Pack will perform at Ocean Celebration, to be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21 at Centennial Hall.

Tom Jones to release first U.S. album in 15 years
After 15 years without a new album in the United States, Tom Jones will release a disc of almost entirely original material this fall.

Juneau Lyric Opera presents Leneida Crawford in concert Sept. 27 at Egan Hall, UAS
Juneau Lyric Opera presents mezzo soprano Leneida Crawford in concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, at Northern Light United Church.

Sound Bites
Pink Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright died Monday, Sept. 15, and the news made me think about the amazing work he did, especially in the early and mid-'70s.

Photo: Sitting tight
A brown bear waits on his rocky perch for salmon to pass by on Sept. 12 at the Chilkoot River in Haines. A late run of salmon has attracted brown bears to the river.

Recognitions
Taku Toastmasters recently received the 2008 Distinguished Club award from Toastmasters International. This award was presented to the club for outstanding achievements in education, membership and communication.

Family child care providers earn national accreditation
The Association for the Education of Young Children-Southeast Alaska (AEYC-SEA) is pleased to congratulate the following family child care programs which recently earned national accreditation through the National Association of Family Child Care. The National Association for Family Child Care is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care.

Reconnecting with the outside world
My daughter is in Kindergarten and is settling in quite well. My son has started preschool, two days a week, and when I come to pick him up he's reluctant to leave.

Oldaker to chair United Way campaign
JUNEAU - Lawrence Lee Oldaker was chosen as the United Way of Southeast Alaska Campaign chairman for the 2008 campaign. He previously served on the United Way Board of Directors in 2002 when the annual campaign collected a record $552,603 throughout Southeast Alaska. He also was active on the steering committee for Leadership Juneau, a United Way of Southeast Alaska program to develop community leaders.

On war: Gurkhas come with knives flashing
A mercenary is defined in the dictionary as a professional soldier hired to serve in a foreign army.

University foundation to offer scholarships
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Foundation recently announced the availability of scholarships for students attending any campus of the University of Alaska (Anchorage, Fairbanks, Southeast and all community campuses) during the 2009-10 academic year. The UA Foundation has 58 scholarships offering awards from $500 to $8,000. Requirements vary. Please visit our website for the specifics, at http://www.alaska.edu/foundation/scholarships/.

Thanks, Taku Fisheries, for donating salmon
The Juneau Raptor Center is very grateful to Taku Fisheries for again donating pink salmon for our rehabilitating and non-releasable eagles.

Photo: Hoonah Sept. 11 memorial
Representatives from the Hoonah Department of Public Safety, Hoonah Volunteer Fire Fighters, Emergency Medical Services, Alaska State Troopers and the U.S. Forest Service attend the Sept. 11 Patriot's Day Observance at the U.S. Forest Service Ranger Station in Hoonah last Thursday. The Hoonah Department of Public Safety thanks the Rev. Mike Borg, of Harbor of Faith, for conducting the service, and members of the community for attending.

Alter to celebrate 90th birthday
In recognition of Catherine Alter's 90th birthday, an open house reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, in the Fellowship Hall of Northern Light United Church, 400 West 11th St. The community of friends and acquaintences are invited to join her on this special ocassion. No gifts please, other than your presence.

Marjorie Garrison
Juneau resident Marge Cecelia (Osborne) Garrison died Sept. 11, 2008, at her home in Juneau. She was 70.

Helen Fleischhauer
Juneau resident Helen Constance Fleischhauer died in the early morning of Sept. 16, 2008, at Wildflower Court. She was 92.

Joseph Middleton
Juneau resident Joseph Arthur Middleton died Sept. 17, 2008, in Juneau. He was 96.

My turn: Think of the community when voting
Recently as I read the breaking news about the latest failures of Wall Street firms (the pending bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers and the distress sale of Merrill Lynch), my mind raced back to what my mother said during the last year of the Reagan administration.

STATE EDITORIAL: Red Dog settlement suggests state mining rules could be tighter
Just last month, backers of the Red Dog Mine in Northwest Alaska insisted that existing federal and state mining pollution laws were plenty strong. The anti-pollution proposition on the August primary election ballot was unnecessary, they said, because mines are already properly disposing of their wastes.

Outside editorial: Searching for an end to crisis
Monday was one of the most wrenching days in the history of the American financial system. One blue-blooded investment bank, Lehman Brothers, sought shelter under Chapter 11 bankruptcy laws, while another, Merrill Lynch & Co., announced it had sold itself at fire-sale prices to Bank of America.

STATE EDITORIAL: Higher tobacco taxes prove to be successful
Here in Alaska, higher tobacco taxes seem to be doing exactly what they are supposed to do: raise revenues and decrease smoking.

Whose change is best?
The conventions are over, the lineups are set, and the debates are coming. In other words, we're finally getting a better shape of this presidential race.

McCain puts Palin front and center
If you want to gauge just how integral Sarah Palin has become to John McCain's hopes of winning the presidency, consider this: On Tuesday, when the Republican nominee went before the cameras to address what, at that moment, looked like financial Armageddon, he repeatedly referred to how much better off people would be under "a McCain-Palin administration."

ACS wants to charge for phone payments
JUNEAU - State regulators are seeking comment on an Alaska Communications Systems Inc. proposal to charge customers $3 when paying monthly utility bills with help from customer service representatives.

Juneau offers junk vehicle disposal
JUNEAU - The city of Juneau will sponsor a Junk Vehicle Event starting Sept. 29 to give residents an opportunity to unload old cars for free.

Alaska fiber-link cable reaches Oregon
FLORENCE - A cable-laying ship off of Florence, Ore., is completing a fiber-link communications cable from Alaska to the lower 48 states.

USPS to unveil statehood stamp
JUNEAU - The U.S. Postal Service will unveil a stamp ahead of 50th anniversary of Alaska's statehood.

Coast Guard rescues injured man at sea
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard rescued an injured Sri Lanka man at sea.

Fog forces flight to land in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN - About 130 passengers and crew were forced to find shelter after fog forced an Alaska Airlines flight to land in Ketchikan instead of Juneau.

Man accused of threatening bingo hall
KOTZEBUE - Alaska State Troopers said a man locked the doors of a bingo hall in Noatak and threatened to set it on fire with people inside.

School enrollment exceeds 48,000
ANCHORAGE - Enrollment at the 100 public schools in Anchorage has exceeded expectations and officials are wondering whether high fuel prices are driving a stronger migration from rural areas.

Weight limits set on Jordan Avenue Bridge
JUNEAU - Weight limits are being imposed on the Jordan Avenue Bridge.

Mackey named toughest athlete
FAIRBANKS - Defending Iditarod and Yukon Quest champion Lance Mackey has been voted the toughest athlete in an online contest.

GOLD!
Seth McBride and the U.S. wheelchair rugby squad went undefeated over five games at the 2008 Paralympics games in Beijing last week, topping Australia in Tuesday's championship 53-44 for the gold.

Juneau Rifle & Pistol Club monthly highpower rifle match results
NRA approved, 200 Yards, Hi-Power

The Palin sensation
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has become a pop culture phenomenon.

Republicans shift gears on 'Troopergate'
Republican allies of Gov. Sarah Palin are balking at the so-called "Troopergate" investigation, and trying to derail an inquiry Palin herself pledged cooperation with.

Elton criticizes Palin's response to subpoenas
Sen. Kim Elton, D-Juneau, is responding angrily to the Palin administration for breaking a deal to cooperate with the Legislature's abuse of power investigation.

Elton rejects call for Legislative Council meeting
Juneau Sen. Kim Elton, chairman of the Legislative Council, has partially rejected a call from House Speaker John Harris, R-Valdez, for a special meeting of the council.

Arctic sea ice melt comes close, but misses record
WASHINGTON - Crucial Arctic sea ice this summer shrank to its second lowest level on record, continuing an alarming trend, scientists said Tuesday.

Fairbanks football game brawl prompts changes
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks borough school district officials are looking at changes to how high school football games are handled following last week's brawl at a homecoming game.

State fishermen worried about future of industry
PRINCE RUPERT, British Columbia - Alaska residents attending a conference in Prince Rupert say they're concerned about the future of the fishing industry in their state.

Stevens loses attempt to get trial thrown out
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens lost a final attempt Tuesday to get his corruption indictments thrown out and end what could be a politically damaging trial before it begins in federal court next week.

Young wins Alaska House primary race
U.S. Rep. Don Young won the Republican primary battle over the state's only seat in the House, Alaska election officials said.

Palin keeps distance on campaign trail
DAYTON, Ohio - Asked about her refusal to turn over e-mails to an Alaska investigator, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin looked up, smiled - and then stepped wordlessly into her waiting car.

Hackers claim break-in to Palin's e-mail account
WASHINGTON - Hackers broke into the Yahoo! e-mail account that Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin used for official business as Alaska's governor, revealing as evidence a few inconsequential personal messages she has received since John McCain selected her as his running mate.

McGuire blamed for ruckus on airplane
ANCHORAGE - State Sen. Lesil McGuire caused a disturbance on an Alaska Airlines flight, including throwing a glass of water when flight attendants refused to serve her alcohol, authorities said.

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

Clinton cancels event scheduled with Palin
WASHINGTON - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has canceled an appearance at a New York rally next week after organizers blindsided her by inviting Republican vice presidential candidate and Gov. Sarah Palin, aides to the senator said Tuesday.

Rove: Palin excitement will subside
ORLANDO, Fla. - Republican tactician Karl Rove said Wednesday that Sen. John McCain's vice presidential pick was a political choice and that excitement over Gov. Sarah Palin will subside.

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