Friday, September 19, 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.

'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.

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.

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.

'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.

New fiction audiobooks include 'Mad Dash'
New fiction audiobooks on CD are filling the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries, including Richard Price's "Lush Life," C.J. Box's "Free Fire" and Irene Nemirovsky's "Fire in the Blood." Other titles to look for are:

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.

Americans transfixed on wrong subjects
Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Barack Obama have condoned their first genocide.

'Palin show' smacks of Hollywood
What a show! The amazing rise of Gov. Sarah Palin has captivated millions. I am reminded of three movies: First, "Forrest Gump."

Disillusioned by 'Troopergate' news
This morning's news reported that the attorney general of Alaska said state employees will not honor the subpoena issued them in the investigation of the trooper incident involving Gov. Sarah Palin.

Sally Saddler for School Board
Sometimes this world gives us good problems. Juneau has one in our upcoming School Board election, where three fine candidates are running for school board. Dick Monkman and Ed Flanagan seem well qualified for the job, but I'm especially pleased to see Sally Saddler running for a slot.

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?

Municipal campaign contributions slow this year, APOC says
Candidates running for the Juneau Assembly raised fewer funds this year than candidates did in the last couple of regular elections with one month remaining in the race, according to reports filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

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.

District's grad rate improves
State statistics show an increase in the Juneau School District's graduation rate from 64 percent to 73 percent in 2007, according to a statement released by the district on Thursday.

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.

Photo: Singing for tourists
The Alaska String Band, featuring the Zahasky family, plays for tourists Thursday on Franklin Street. From left are Melissa, Laura, Abigail, Quinn and Paul Zahasky. "We're just playing for fun," Melissa Zahasky said. The band plays several different styles of music and has been a popular Alaska Folk Festival group. The band will have a CD release concert on Oct. 4 at the Resurrection Lutheran Church.

Photo: Cat on a red car roof
A cat sits on a car roof and watches the world go by Thursday on West 10th Street.

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:

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

Around Town
Today, Sept. 19

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!

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.

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.

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.

A Haines client's journey with REACH
Our daughter, Ellen Rasmussen, is a 21-year-old REACH client in Haines who continues to thrive and grow.

Reach Inc. to celebrate 30th anniversary
REACH Inc. is celebrating its 30th anniversary from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at its offices at 213 Third St. The community is invited to join us for refreshments and tours. A short program at 5 p.m. will give a glimpse of REACH's history and a snapshot of where it is headed in the future.

Shrine to hold celebration events Oct. 3-5
For 21 years, the annual Shrine of St. Therese dndowment dinner and auction at the Shrine has been blessed by an outpouring of generosity on the part of donors and patrons for this annual fundraiser.

Spiritual leader Shook to hold Interplay introduction class
Judy Shook, a local spiritual leader who combines art, poetry, sacred dance, singing, creative ritual and storytelling to enable people in new ways of relating with each other and the divine, will offer an Interplay introduction class from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 27 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 9161 Cinema Drive.

Masters oversees quality of university's trooper academy
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's newly appointed commissioner of Public Safety is an affiliate professor for the Sitka University of Alaska Southeast Alaska Law Enforcement Training program, also known as the Trooper Academy. Joseph Masters oversees the academic quality and consistency of courses for the program, as required by accreditation. Masters taught at ALET from 1991-93.

Echo Ranch role call
The children's TV program Sesame Street was one of my favorites growing up. Songs, skits, Muppets, life lessons, math and language arts education - all in one show!

Capital City Celebrations announces special statehood event
JUNEAU - Capital City Celebrations is hosting an Alaska's Statehood Extravaganza! from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Mendenhall Auto, 8725 Mallard St., behind Nugget Mall.

United Way selects Dippold as Volunteer of the Year
The United Way of Southeast Alaska annually recognizes one volunteer to receive special recognition amongst all the volunteers from its 37 partner agencies. Shattuck & Grummett sponsors the $1,000 award that is given to an outstanding volunteer who has served their community by giving their time and talent.

Riley to present Evening at Egan lecture tonight
JUNEAU - Detecting mountain goats in their habitat is the topic of the next Evening at Egan Lecture: "Remote Sensing of Mountain Goats in Southeast Alaska," by Mark Riley. A remote sensing specialist with the U.S. Forest Service, Riley will share results of a joint study with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on locating mountain goats with infrared and digital aerial imagery on at 7 tonight in the Egan Lecture Hall at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Seth Elisoff
Age: 9.

Lego league season to kick off Saturday
JUNEAU - The Juneau Economic Development Council invites For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) LEGO League teams, coaches and supporters to kick-off this year's season from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Juneau-Douglas High School commons. The event, which will include hands-on activities led by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, the U.S. Forest Service and the University of Alaska Southeast, marks the start of eight weeks of hard work and intense fun.

Juneau's Kvande wins older worker award
Dolly Kvande, who was born and raised in Juneau by her parents, Ole E. Kvande and Katie Joseph, recently won the Experience Works Prime Time Awards for Alaska.

NOAA scientist to discuss carbon dioxide emissions in teleconference
JUNEAU - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research scientist Jeff Short will discuss carbon dioxide emissions and their effects on ocean acidification during a statewide teleconference at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23.

Alaska Native Policy Center elects new director
ANCHORAGE - First Alaskans Institute named Liz Cheney, a Tlingit and Haida from Kake and a Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, as director of the Alaska Native Policy Center. Cheney will lead the development and operation of the policy center - a Native "think tank," research information center and catalyst of public dialogue.

Sitka Running of the Boots to raise funds for farmers market
SITKA - It's time to dig your XtraTufs out of the closet and paint them up. The 14th annual Running of the Boots starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Crescent Harbor shelter.

Juneau Dance Unlimited adds new fall dance classes due to demand
JUNEAU - Due to high demand, Juneau Dance Unlimited recently added new dance classes to its fall 2008 semester schedule.

Photo: Wash and wax
Iris Frank gives Patsy Ann her annual wash and wax on Aug. 30.

Thank you to REACH, our Juneau friends
Moving away from this town is making us love it even more.

Thanks for supporting our road relay team
The JBDA Athletic Division would like to thank BalanceClimbing.com, The Rendezvous Bar, Miller Construction, The Rock Dump and Bad Larry Productions for their support of our 2008 Klondike Road Relay team. Your support made a fantastic trip possible, and our middle-of-the-pack finish time is unrelated to our gratitude, which is more at the level of our fun-o-meter (which we broke by having too much).

Thank you to all who helped during our loss
Gunalcheesh to all who helped us during our time of sorrow at the loss of our mother, sister, grandmother and wife, Elizabeth "Betty" Murphy. She will be greatly missed, but she lives through each of us.

Group performs at international children's choir festival in Hawaii
With the sun slowly setting over the waters of Waikiki Beach, the Alaska Youth Choir sang "Aloha Oe" with 300 voices to end a phenomenal nine days of singing and education at the Pacific Rim International Children's Choir Festival held in Hawaii. Prior to leaving for the festival in July, AYC choristers learned 14 assigned pieces of music, in addition to their own repertoire which they performed at an evening concert at the Turtle Bay Hilton.

Thanks for converting to High Definition TV
I would like to thank the owner of the local NBC affiliate, KATH TV, for converting to High Definition TV, HDTV. We were able to view the Beijing 2008 summer Olympics in HDTV, the best picture in broadcast television.

Senior menu for the week of Sept. 22-26
Monday, Sept. 22

Recognitions
Army Pvt. Ryan W. Wetherell graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

Pets of the week
Wasilla, is a little scardy cat who needs his teddy bear for safety. He is a sweet 6 ½-year-old who would love to find a family that would check for monsters under his bed each night. Wasilla is neutered, microchipped and waiting for you at the Gastineau Humane Society.

FYI
Births

Lee, Leonard wed
Toni Leonard and Tim Lee, both of Juneau, were married on Aug. 2, 2008, at their home in Juneau. A reception will follow from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Juneau Christian Center.

Robert Williams
Longtime Juneau resident Robert "Double O" or "Somebody" Williams died Sept. 13, 2008, at the Alaska Native Medical Center. He was 65.

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.

Elizabeth S. Murphy
Juneau resident Elizabeth S. Murphy died Aug. 7, 2008, at Bartlett Regional Hospital. She was 79.

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: AIG's ace
Here's a riddle for you: How did a flailing American International Group persuade the Federal Reserve to throw it a lifeline two days after the feds snubbed a sinking Lehman Bros.? Answer: by failing on a much, much grander scale.

Outside editorial: Sinking oil prices to help consumers
Oil prices are plummeting around the globe, down 38 percent since July. It's one of the few upbeat developments right now for American consumers.

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.

Outside column: Wall Street turned its back on America
At the risk of speaking ill of the dead, what good was Lehman Brothers, anyway? And if Merrill Lynch was so bullish on America, why is it that, despite the torrent of foreign investment that flowed in to Lehman, Merrill and their Wall Street peers over the past half-decade, so few jobs were created in America during that period of "recovery"?

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.

Testimony continues in drug smuggling case
JUNEAU - The trial of two alleged drug bosses continued Thursday with more testimony from alleged drug mules.

Koyukuk man charged in Sunday's ax attack
FAIRBANKS - A Koyukuk man was seriously injured Sunday night in what Alaska State Troopers say was an attack with an ax.

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.

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.

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

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

Bears look for Senior Night redemption
The Crimson Bears football team (2-4 overall, 2-2 Railbelt) has two games left in its regular season, but its playoffs started at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field on Monday afternoon.

JDHS runners host on Saturday
The Juneau-Douglas High School cross country teams will enter its home meet this Saturday leg-weary and ready to battle.

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

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.

No recount in Young-Parnell primary race
Saying he would not seek a recount, Alaska Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell on Thursday conceded the tight Republican House primary race to incumbent U.S. Rep. Don Young.

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.

Native artists get new gallery
NEW YORK - The first showcase gallery outside Alaska for Native artists of the far north has opened in New York amid heightened interest in the 49th state.

Administration: Salmon disaster money on its way
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration Wednesday released $100 million in disaster relief to non-Alaska West Coast salmon fishermen - $70 million less than the amount Congress approved to help those hurt by the sudden collapse of the Pacific Coast salmon industry.

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 gains access to witness' medical records
WASHINGTON - Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska can probe the mental health of the government's star witness in next week's corruption trial against the longtime Alaska icon, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

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.

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.

Alaska-style fisheries management earns praise
While local fishermen are often mired in the bitter fights over allocation, Outside scientists laud the Alaska halibut fishery as an example for everybody else.

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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