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.

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.

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."

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.


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.

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.

Cruise Association will challenge AK head tax
Cruise ship companies unhappy with Alaska's $50 cruise ship passenger head tax are expected to challenge the tax in federal court on constitutional grounds, possibly as soon as today.

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.

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.

Scholes pleads guilty to kidnapping, rape
A 40-year-old man with a history of mental illness pleaded guilty Thursday to three felonies for kidnapping and raping a teenage girl last year.

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

Two-term School Board incumbent seeks third go
In the span of about 15 minutes, several dozen parents at an Auke Bay Elementary School open house Wednesday asked Andi Story about her re-election plans and appeared excited about the possibility of her serving on the Juneau School Board for three more years.

Danner's assembly campaign about finding middle ground
Ruth Danner wants to sit on the Juneau Assembly to help find middle ground among the city's sometimes polarized views, she said.

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.

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.

Madsen says she would ask hard questions about spending funds
Stephanie Madsen is running for the Juneau Assembly District 2 seat to retain a fiscally conservative voice on the nine-member board.

Photo: Triple tread
Don Koch rides his new trike Thursday next to Montana Creek Road. Koch bought his German-made 18-speed trike in California recently, and has been riding it every day for at least 10 miles, he said. The trike has a generator built in to the front hub that powers its lights. "I've been enjoying the hell out of it," Koch said.

Around Town
Today, Sept. 18

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:

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

Around Town
Today, Sept. 17

Stuart Boyles
Former Juneau resident Stuart Boyles died Sept. 11, 2009, in Fairbanks. He was 46.

Francis J. "Mac" Mackin
Former Sitka and Hoonah resident Francis J. "Mac" Mackin died Sept. 14, 2009, in Spokane, Wash. He was 87.

My turn: Health care debate picks up pace, shows progress
Over the past few weeks, the conversation about fundamentally changing our nation's health-care delivery system has continued, indeed it has picked up pace. After a summer of intense debate, with raised voices at town hall meetings and competing claims about what reform might mean exploding from the media, Congress returned to Washington to take up this extremely important issue. The eyes and ears of America were on President Obama as he addressed Congress last week. While I don't think there's a solution right around the corner, I think progress is being made and I commend our elected leaders for their efforts.

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:

My turn: Left out in the rain
Like everyone, mom and dad had their imperfections. But, they taught me by example that everyone has a right to a life of dignity, free from want. I can't remember a time when we didn't have a needy relative, neighbor or even a stranger sharing our comfortable middle class suburban house.

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!"

Alaska editorial: Gov't health care will fall short of the mark
President Barack Obama's speech to the Congress and the public on health care reform last week certainly laid out in definitive terms the challenge facing this country. And yet, the debate rages on between supporters and opponents. Disagreement remains on various details of any final plan: who benefits and who doesn't, who pays and how. And the misinformation, as insidious and wrong-headed as it is, refuses to die completely.

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.

Journalism has a tough public-relations problem
When non-journalist acquaintances learned the subject of the college textbook I've been working on the last two years, a lot of them reached for the same arcane word to express their reaction.

Runner's belief in heroes revitalized by road relay
Somewhere, in the tumultuous hills of adolescence and into the straight stretches of a middle-age adult, I lost my belief in heroes and all they represent. And then, in one 14-hour period along a highway in Canada, they came to life again.

Jumbo-vision: Standing on the top of Douglas Island
Do you hear that pitter-patter on your roof, the slow drip on the sidewalk? That's the sound of autumn, and it's here.

Early fall hikes bring sunshine
Fall seemed to come down like a heavy gray curtain, sometime in August. So it was a very pleasant surprise when two Parks and Recreation hikes in an early September week found us in broad sunlight.

SEARHC EMS offers Wilderness First Responder course
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Emergency Medical Services department is offering a Wilderness First Responder course that involves some preliminary online computer work before class sessions begin on Oct. 12-16 at the Southeast Region Emergency Medical Services Council, Inc., (SEREMS) classroom in Sitka, 100 Clothilde Bahovec Way, out near the ferry terminal.

Be on the lookout for non-local fish
JUNEAU - With the fishing season winding down, officials are reminding outdoors enthusiasts to be on the lookout for invasive species.

Davis tops PITA shotgun match results
JUNEAU - The Juneau Gun Club held its Pacific International Trapshooting Association monthly competition Sept. 12. The field was limited, with good weather starting the three-event match. It ended with heavy rain. Jay Davis, an "A" shooter, was the high gun overall with wins in each event.

Out & About

Fishing report
Creel surveys conducted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game have finished for the 2009 season. The published report states that throughout Southeast Alaska, halibut and coho fishing remains good for the month of September, however king salmon fishing has tapered, as is typical in the fall and winter months. Similarly, fishing for pink and chum salmon is basically over for the season.


Downtown restroom facilities to close
JUNEAU - The city will close the public restrooms Monday located on the ground floor of the downtown parking garage and Juneau Public Library.

Fairbanks hot line set up to answer swine flu questions
FAIRBANKS - Agencies have opened a hotline at the Fairbanks North Star Borough offices to answer questions about swine flu.

Anchorage schools to offer free flu shots
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage School District will offer students swine flu vaccine when it becomes available.

No injuries during emergency landing in Bethel
BETHEL - Officials say no one was injured when a small plane made an emergency landing at the Bethel airport.

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.

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.

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

Alaska Railroad Corp. layoffs expected next week
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Railroad Corp. says it will contact employees personally next week to tell them about layoffs.

Anchorage unions question shorter work week
ANCHORAGE - Members of the largest city employee union in Anchorage want to know if they'll still face layoffs if their hours are cut.

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.

Visit by 'ex-gay' evangelist sparks debate at UAF
FAIRBANKS - A series of speeches by evangelist Edward Delgado has stirred controversy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Kenai woman with 2 IDs accused of fraud
ANCHORAGE - A 59-year-old Kenai woman has been indicted on charges of mail fraud and bankruptcy fraud.

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 win home opener
Juneau-Douglas cruised to a 3-1 win over Mt. Edgecumbe in the Crimson Bears' volleyball home opener Thursday at Juneau-Douglas High School.

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.

Bears JV football tops North Pole
The JV football Bears improved to 3-2, 3-1 after a 19-6 win over North Pole on Saturday.

Two holes in one at Mendenhall
Bob Young, of Juneau, made a hole in one at Mendenhall Golf Course on Sept. 6 on the eighth hole with a 5 wood, witnesssed by his wife, Orlinda Kittredge.

Sports in Juneau

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

Carcasses of dead walruses spotted on Alaska coast
ANCHORAGE - Up to 200 dead walruses have been spotted on the shore of Chukchi Sea on Alaska's northwest coast.

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."

Salazar says he may wait on offshore drilling plan
WASHINGTON - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Thursday he's in no hurry to make a decision on whether to allow offshore drilling in federal waters off Alaska and other states, a remark that disappointed advocates of offshore drilling for oil and gas.

Alaska Native leaders offer advice about partnerships
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Native corporations have formed hundreds of partnerships with non-Native firms in many lines of business, from tourism to mining to government contracting, and have shared some of their experience in making those relationships work.

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.

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