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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Theater hosts third annual 24-Hour Miracle
Most theatrical productions take months or years of preparation to write, produce and bring to life on stage. That's not the case for Juneau Douglas Little Theatre's annual 24-Hour Miracle.

Juneau Dance Unlimited hires new ballet instructor
The Juneau Dance Unlimited Board of Directors has appointed Joseph Schnell as the studio's new intermediate and advanced ballet instructor.

Alaska Historical Society extends deadline for travel application
The Alaska Historical Society has extended the deadline on applications for its 2008 Conference Travel Awards.

Juneau arts council names recipients of mayor's awards
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council has announced the recipients for the Second Annual Mayor's Awards for the Arts.

Discovery Southeast seeks artists and volunteers
Discovery Southeast is searching for artists and volunteers to donate their time and talent to a community fundraising project. The project, designed to help connect people to the natural flora of Southeast Alaska, involves creating and designing devil's club beads from the plant's peeled stalks. Carving and painting of the beads is encouraged.

Sept. 26 Evening at Egan lecture features Chordas
Nina Chordas, an assistant professor of English at the University of Alaska Southeast, will be the featured speaker at the Evening at Egan Lecture beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, in the Egan Lecture Hall on the Auke Bay campus.

Rough House Boxing season begins Sept. 26 at Marlintini's
Marlintini's Lounge will kick off the Rough House Boxing season at 9 p.m. on Sept. 26 at the Mendenhall Valley bar.

Make WAVES Night Sept. 28 at the Hangar on the Wharf
Wave goodbye to the last of the cruise ships and make waves for a healthy Pacific Ocean with a pint. The Alaskan Brewing Company will host a fundraising event for Coastal CODE Yakutat Surfing and Cleanup Expedition, 7 to 10 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 28 at the Hangar on the Wharf.

Bob Cole and Jason Caputo team up at Doc Waters Pub
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Bob Cole returns from a three-month music tour of the Lower 48 to perform with guitarist Jason Caputo Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27 and 28, at Doc Water's Pub.

What's Happening
Thursday, Sept. 25

Vote for support of open meetings
Do you think that the Alaska Legislature should conduct the people's business in public? Should legislators discuss the merits of bills, the number of members who support a proposal, or the views of special interest groups in an open, accessible forum? Is it important for the public to know how legislators make decisions as they build the state's budget?

Turn Republicans out of power
America is experiencing the most dangerous economic turmoil since the Great Depression. While that economic fact is stated often these days, little comment addresses the political parallel between then and now. And that historic political parallel is - Republicans in power.

Vote yes for covered court at school
It was brought to my attention at the Floyd Dryden Middle School open house that a measure will be on our municipal election ballot. I apparently missed the article in the Empire that reported the Assembly moved to ask voters to fund a covered, 100-foot, basketball-outdoor covered court at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Anderson deserves a second term
Jonathan Anderson has done a good job on the city Assembly and deserves to be re-elected. I especially like the way he doesn't do "group think" but researches and analyzes issues himself, listens to all sides and comes up with his own ideas.

Coeur drops tailings plan
Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. announced Tuesday that due to delays in the permit process, it is abandoning its paste tailings plan for the Kensington gold mine. Instead, the mine operator is pursuing a plan that will require a favorable decision from the U.S. Supreme Court.

9 cruise ships violate permits for wastewater
State regulators say nine cruise ships violated the terms of their wastewater discharge permits in the first half of this year's cruise season.

Permanent fund continues lending out stocks, bonds
The Alaska Permanent Fund will continue to lend out its stocks and bonds for a profit, despite a potential decline in the program caused by ongoing market turmoil.

Candidates address community issues
Candidates for the Juneau School Board and Juneau Assembly expressed their opinions on community issues Wednesday at a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

Man sentenced to three years for cybersex
A Juneau man was sentenced earlier this month to three years in prison for charges relating to him having cybersex with an undercover police officer posing as an underage girl.

Drug trial hits a snag over witness immunity
The trial of two alleged drug-dealing kingpins hit a snag Wednesday when lawyers wrangled over which witnesses should get immunity for their testimony.

Ferry ridership up in Juneau
Alaska's ferries saw a big boost in ridership this summer, with schedule changes meaning thousands more passengers came through Juneau than last year.

Photo: Fall cleaning
City Docks and Harbors employee Doug Liermann power washes the cruise ship dock Tuesday in downtown Juneau. City crews are cleaning the cruise ship dock in preparation for the end of the tourism season. The last cruise ship of the season is scheduled to arrive Saturday.

Photo: Sunny day sculpting
Juneau artist Arnie Weimer trims his cedar tree Wednesday in his yard next to a soapstone sculpture that he created. Sunny skies are forecast to continue today, with high temperatures around 53.

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

Photo: Enjoying the season
Tourists Ann and Darrel Carter from Memphis, Tenn., enjoy the fall colors as they walk Wednesday on Basin Road.

Around Town
Today

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

Correction
A story on wood energy in Tuesday's edition incorrectly referred to Sealaska Corp.'s pending land acquisition as a "land swap." The land is a final entitlement under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, not a swap.

Around Town
Today

'Eagle Eye' not a bad movie, just cluttered and derivative
Far-fetched, fast-moving, locked and overloaded, "Eagle Eye" is what happens when you give the people who made a success of the modestly budgeted "Disturbia" a blank check. The fever-pitch paranoia of this terrorist thriller, the seizure-inducing editing, the dense layers slapped on a fairly simple plot all point to a kind of overkill that only Hollywood money can buy.

Woody's 'Barcelona' is depressing
I watched "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" with exactly two other people. I'd estimate this couple was in their 70s; both were wearing the theater-provided headsets designed to boost the sound levels for folks with weak hearing.

Carrie and her pals are out on DVD
"Sex and the City"

Juneau's Cinema guide
OPENING

Gordon Bok and Carol Rohl tell musical tales of the Sea
It's hard not to be influenced by one's surroundings. And for a creative type it can be hard to suppress the urge to share stories about the things, places, people and experiences that have been instrumental in bringing a person to where they are now.

Mezzo-soprano Crawford brings accessible opera to Juneau
Mezzo-soprano Leneida Crawford says her opera recitals are enjoyable and accessible, even for the novice.

Juneau's wet summer offset by hot music
It seems like forever since the Alaska Folk Festival and Pelican Boardwalk Boogie kicked off our musical summer here in Juneau and Southeast, especially since it's been one big long September since Memorial Day.

Metallica, Run-D.M.C. nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
CLEVELAND - Run-D.M.C. could "Walk This Way" into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Sound Bites Kings of Leon may be the Kings of Rock
The brothers (and one cousin) Followill have created another great album, and it may put them on a par with some of the greatest new acts of the past decade.

Former Juneau pilot earns British Badge of Honour
Former Juneau resident Nancy Livingston Stratford was recently awarded the British Badge of Honour for her work as a member of the civilian Air Transport Auxiliary during World War II.

Preserve past with maritime museum
A serendipitous turn of events may result in a new maritime museum for Juneau.

Oregon resident shares pecan bars
This is where our readers share recipes, kitchen tips, and helps find a lost or forgotten recipe.

Widowed Persons Program to tour Macaulay Salmon Hatchery
JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons Program will tour the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery (DIPAC) at 11 a.m. Sept. 27. All widows and widowers are invited to join our group for this tour.

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center to host free-fee day Saturday
JUNEAU - In recognition of National Public Lands Day, the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center will not charge a fee on Saturday. The visitor center will be open from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and will be closed Sunday.

Sealaska institute awarded grant to post catalogs of holdings online
JUNEAU - Sealaska Heritage Institute received a grant to create an online catalog of its archival and ethnographic collections and to catalog its book holdings in an online library database.

Mobile mammogram van to visit Prince of Wales
KLAWOCK - The mobile mammogram van will visit the Prince of Wales Island communities of Klawock and Craig from Friday to Oct. 13.

Volunteers sought for National Public Lands Day
JUNEAU - On Saturday, 120,000 Americans are expected to volunteer their time to help restore the beauty and vitality of our public lands as part of the 15th annual National Public Lands Day. Southeast Alaska Guidance Association will be cleaning and performing maintenance on public lands at Mendenhall Glacier, with U.S. Forest Service Juneau Ranger District, and at Campbell Creek Science Center in Anchorage, with the Bureau of Land Management to assist in this national effort.

Chordas to discuss utopian thinking
JUNEAU - This week's Evening at Egan lecture will be "Renaissance Utopian Thinking and Genocide: Why is it still Relevant?" by Nina Chordas, assistant professor of English at the University of Alaska Southeast, at 7 p.m. Friday at the UAS Egan Lecture Hall.

Thanks from helping our S'More Salmon fundraiser
The Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council would like to thank everyone who helped make our sixth annual "S'More Salmon" salmon bake and dessert auction on Saturday, Sept. 6, a big success. We are grateful for the community's wonderful support of Girl Scouting in Juneau and Southeast Alaska.

Firestack, Mielke to wed
Sandra Firestack and Max Mielke, both of Juneau, will marry in a private ceremony at 3 p.m. on Sept. 27, 2008, at the Local Union 262, with Merrill Sanford officiating. The couple invites close family and friends to attend a following reception at 5 p.m. at the Moose Lodge. No gifts please, but attendants may bring a favorite appetizer. The reception will be casual attire.

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

My turn: Empire columnist proposes preposterous Palin hypothesis
After days of Outside editorials from far-left newspapers lambasting Gov. Sarah Palin as having insufficient experience (based upon Alaska being the third smallest state in population), the Juneau Empire capped it off with a column (not listed as a My Turn) of outrageous content to persons of any faith.

My turn: Teacher supports Flanagan and Saddler for School Board
I urge voters to vote for Ed Flanagan and Sally Saddler for Juneau School Board in the upcoming October election. There are two open positions on the school board, and I feel that these two candidates are clearly the best choices.

My turn: Troopergate has turned Alaska into a national joke
Ah, dang it. Just as we slide into the final months of George W's glorious swirling down the drain and we can finally begin to repair our reputation around the world, the Alaskan Republican party has stuck a pin in my party balloon.

My turn: Halibut conservation needs cooperation from all users
Alaska halibut are valued by subsistence, commercial and recreational fishermen alike, and all users need to share in the responsibility of conserving this resource. This conservation ethic needs to be reflected when the North Pacific Fishery Management Council votes on a halibut catch sharing plan in October.

Outside Editorial: Put the brakes on rushed bailout plan
Faced with what could be the worst financial crisis since the Depression, Congress has before it the worst possible solution: a Bush administration plan to hand over billions in taxpayers' money to the Treasury secretary to bail out failed financial giants, with zero accountability to anyone - not Congress, not the public, not even the courts.

Outside editorial: A better bailout
This editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Outside editorial: Trouble lurks in Venezuela
Washington neglects Latin America at its peril, as became apparent to the Bush administration this month. Recent events have underscored why a policy of continuous, constructive engagement is far better than letting the region's future slip into the hands of autocrats like Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.

Outside Editorial: No soft landings
It's bad enough that taxpayers are being asked to bail out Wall Street firms and banks to the tune of $700 billion for their greed and recklessness.

Outside Editorial: Leadership deficit in fiscal crisis
Know this: Don't believe anybody who says he truly understands the full magnitude of what just happened, and is happening, to the U.S. economy.

Defense to present its case in drug trial
JUNEAU - The lawyers for accused drug kingpins Aaron Washington and Vonnie Williams are expected to begin presenting their cases to the jury today.

Parnell talks energy with Iceland president
ANCHORAGE - Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell is doing his own bit of foreign relations.

Lease sale brings in nearly $31 million
ANCHORAGE - Five companies submitted winning bids of nearly $31 million to develop oil and gas tracts in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

Fish and Game closes caribou hunt
FAIRBANKS - The Fortymile caribou hunt officially closed Tuesday.

Canadian mayor joins Southeast Conference
JUNEAU - Southeast Conference granted a lifetime membership in its organization to Herb Pond, mayor of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada, at its annual meeting in Prince Rupert.

National heritage area proposed
KENAI - A national heritage area is being proposed for Southcentral Alaska.

Boy hit by alleged drunken driver dies
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks boy who was hit by an alleged drunken driver while riding his Big Wheel has died suddenly at a Seattle hospital.

Conscientious objector status approved
ANCHORAGE - A federal judge has ordered that a Fort Richardson soldier be granted conscientious objector status and an honorable discharge.

Earthquake occurs near Denali Park
FAIRBANKS - An earthquake occurred near Denali National Park and Preserve in central Alaska.

Permanent fund top officers re-elected
JUNEAU - The Alaska Permanent Fund Board of Trustees has re-elected two men to its top two positions.

Yukon 1000 Canoe and Kayak Race now open for entries
WHITEHORSE - The Yukon 1000 Canoe and Kayak Race, held the last two weeks of July 2009, is now open for entries. For canoes, kayaks and voyageur canoes, the race runs from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, down the Yukon River into Alaska and ends at the Dalton Highway Bridge 1,000 miles downstream. Boats are expected to be entirely self sufficient.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

The fun of success
When Juneau artist Dan DeRoux heard early in 2008 that one of his paintings had been donated to the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, he thought his year had already peaked.

EPA puzzled by Coeur Alaska pullout
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency permit coordinator for the Kensington gold mine was surprised to hear Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. blame her agency when it pulled out of the permit process.

Palin, in a bubble, meets her first world leaders
NEW YORK - Sarah Palin met her first world leaders Tuesday.

Judge screens potential jurors in Stevens trial
WASHINGTON - A federal judge began on Tuesday to shape the jury that will decide whether Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, is guilty of lying about gifts on his annual Senate disclosure forms.

Testimony to begin in Sen. Stevens' trial
WASHINGTON - A newly selected jury that will determine whether Sen. Ted Stevens is guilty of lying on his financial disclosure forms will hear the first witnesses today in his corruption trial.

Palin lawyer meets with investigator in probe
ANCHORAGE - Less than a week after balking at the Alaska Legislature's investigation into her alleged abuse of power, Gov. Sarah Palin on Monday indicated she will cooperate with a separate probe run by people she can fire.

Ceremony held to hand over Galena Air Force station
FAIRBANKS - The military held a ceremony to hand over the Air Force station at Galena so that it can be turned into an educational center.

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

Fairbanks over average for greenhouse gases
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks released 64 percent more greenhouse gases per resident last year than the national average, according to a new report.

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

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