Banned Books Week celebrates freedom of choice
Book banning. It's a concept most of us don't think about much, if at all, spoiled as we are by an all-options-all-the-time glut of information and access. But the attempted suppression of printed works isn't as uncommon in this country as one might think.
New young adult fiction on the shelves
Young adult fiction is for readers in high school and older who like more involved plots and more mature themes than those found in chapter books. They are easy to spot: look for yellow-green stickers on the spines of books shelved in the adult fiction area.
Peggy Seeger to perform Friday at Centennial Hall
Though folk music legend Pete Seeger has garnered much of the praise and attention directed toward the Seeger name, the musical talent of the Seeger clan is by no means concentrated in one man. Peggy Seeger, his half-sister, and her brother, Mike, both established themselves as strong and influential forces in the folk world, following a trail blazed by their parents, composer Ruth Crawford Seeger and ethnomusicologist Charles Seeger.
Monologist Daisey to perform at JDHS auditorium
Perseverance Theatre will bring master storyteller Mike Daisey to town for one performance this Saturday, Sept. 26.
In stories by J.M. Barrie, Neverland is the imagined world where no one grows up, and a happy thought and some fairy dust can make you fly.
Drier days on the way at the JACC
Renovations to the Juneau Arts & Culture Center may soon be under way: Funds approved this past spring became available earlier this month. The renovation will mostly focus on repairing the roof, according to Nancy DeCherney, executive director of the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council.
Most frequently challenged books of 2008
"And Tango Makes Three" by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Canvas offers new Sunday activities
The Canvas will be open for two new all-ages activities on Sunday at their 223 Seward St. location.
Biding my time
We are in the middle of an interesting stretch of movie releases.
Arts & Culture Calendar
Let women decide and God judge
We've seen that anti-choice politicians are trying to derail health care reform by attacking women's reproductive rights and freedoms, and by confusing the facts.
Assembly candidate Madsen has shown commitment
I am supporting Stephanie Madsen for Assembly District 2.
World affairs to be discussed locally
During the week of Sept. 20, President Obama was center stage at three of the highest level venues in the world. On Wednesday, he addressed the opening of the United Nations General Assembly. On Thursday, he chaired a special session of the United Nations Security Council and then went to Pittsburgh to host the G-20 Summit of the world's largest economies. The point is that this is a good time to reflect on the importance of these institutions in the 21st century.
Support elementary school renovation
Please remember to vote in Juneau's municipal elections on Oct. 6.
Change Alaska's ocean salmon weir
For those of you near a computer, go to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Division of Commercial Fisheries Web site and refer to the article "2009 Preliminary Alaska Salmon Catches-Blue Sheet." This particular commercial fisheries forecast shows the salmon catches of Southeast gillnetters, trollers and seiners during a single time period.
Choate an 'outstanding school board president'
The Juneau School District has many challenges: high drop out rate, low student achievement scores, alcohol and drug abuse, to name a few.
Due to a loss of funding, the Boys and Girls Club of Juneau will close today, leaving 155 kids without a place to go after school.
State prepares to distribute dividend checks
Permanent Fund Dividend checks this year will be $1,305, providing an $820 million shot in the arm to a state economy struggling to avoid the nationwide recession.
Have a problem? Ask a dispatcher
While brainstorming one day about how to enhance community relations, the Juneau Police department decided it would be valuable to do something like an emergency services version of a "Dear Abby" newspaper column, Lt. Kris Sell said.
Candidates address financial concerns
A broad swath of community issues were brought before Assembly and mayoral candidates during the League of Women Voters forum Wednesday night, but most every issue came back to the financial uncertainty the city is facing in coming years.
UA students, officials debate tuition hike
Student leaders told the University of Alaska Board of Regents Thursday they don't support President Mark Hamilton's proposed tuition increase, but then stated how the board could improve the proposal.
Five School Board candidates detail goals
Candidates for the Juneau School Board came together Wednesday night for a forum sponsored by the Juneau League of Women Voters at City Hall.
Forest Service official denies Logjam appeals
Alaska Regional Forester Denny Bschor upheld a timber sale on Prince of Wales Island that will allow 73 million board-feet of timber to be sold in the Tongass National Forest.
Photo: Day habilitation
REACH staff member Lou Auger, standing, watches as Niall Johnson, Luis Hernandez and Gina Fricky do batik artwork Wednesday afternoon during the Day Habilitation Program at The Canvas community art studio and gallery.
Photo: Heading south
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy arrives into Juneau harbor Thursday. The polar ice-breaker is making a stop in Juneau on its way to its home port in Seattle. It is on the last leg of its Arctic West Summer 2009 mission. There will be no public tours of the ship.
Photo: The daily grind
Coogan Construction workers Douglas Duran, left, and George Ainza grind concrete columns at the site of the city's planned downtown transportation center.
Thursday, Sept. 24
Today, Sept. 25
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:
Longtime Hoonah resident Rosabella Helen (James) Stevenson died Sept. 20, 2009, at the Providence Hospital. She was 76.
Darryel L. Zinn
Former Juneau resident Darryel L. Zinn, of Anchorage, died Sept. 11, 2009, at the Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. He was 52.
Lucy Lynn (Lambert) Clark
Former Juneau resident Lucy Lynn (Lambert) Clark died Sept. 15, 2009, in Clackamas, Ore. She was 60.
Gerald Russell "Jerry" Macaulay
Lifetime Juneau resident Gerald Russell "Jerry" Macaulay died Sept. 22, 2009, in Juneau. He was 45.
A climate shift
Even if the United States is gradually losing its status as the world's economic, diplomatic and military superpower, there is one category in which, as of Tuesday, it has emerged as the undisputed No. 1: We are the most environmentally irresponsible nation on Earth.
Outside editorial: FCC Internet regs will be good for consumers
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski's announcement this week that he plans to add teeth to government guidelines regarding "network neutrality" was a victory for consumers and for Silicon Valley - really, for anyone who wants to protect the Internet's historic role as an engine of innovation, creativity and economic growth.
Are we fighting the right war or wrong war?
Federal court papers made public Sunday related an amazing piece of news, but it was remarkable for reasons that many people may not have immediately appreciated.
Obama's snubbing of Fox News was a bad idea
The following editorial first appeared in the Dallas Morning News:
We shouldn't have homeless children in America
One million schoolchildren are homeless in America. That's an intolerable number, and it's likely to rise unless we do something about it.
Roots of public problems
Here's the walk-away line from a new study about the way religious voters see the world: Conservative religious activists still worry mostly about abortion and same-sex marriage, while their liberal brethren keep fretting largely about issues like torture and the environment. (Read the survey online at publicreligion.org.)
A crash course in coarseness
Incivility is the new secondhand smoke. Everyone feels impelled to disdain it, but nobody is willing to do away with it entirely.
Silvers in September
When the rains arrive in Southeast Alaska, the creeks swell and the salmon come home, crossing miles of saltwater to seek their freshwater origins. With proud abandon, they drive against raging river currents to the same spawning grounds from which they were born.
Winter jobs available
JUNEAU - Eaglecrest has announced job opportunities for the upcoming 2009-2010 winter season.
Valdez native goes big on world stage
In the world of winter sports, there are few pinnacles, if any, higher than those reached by the top heli-skiers and snowboarders on the planet, and Ryan "Rydor" McCune knows a thing or two about big mountain snowboarding. After all, he has been "ripping" up the slopes of Alaska for over 30 years.
Mating season for porcupines is now
Three road-kill porcupines appeared overnight on the North Douglas Highway last week, a reminder it's mating season for these big rodents. Males are on the prowl, tracking hints of scent to find females in heat.
Summer's fruits and berries abound
On a beauty of a day in mid September, I shrugged all my computer and household chores and cruised to a big patch of bog blueberries. Alas, I'd waited too long. Most of the rich blue carpet of berries was already taken. By diligent searching, I finally gathered about a cup and a half of berries.
Hoping to catch a little bit of halibut
Labor Day, 2009. It's an excellent day. Pockets of blue sky escape thick layers of stratus clouds. The wind is still and signs of fall are all around. The marine forecast for Southern Lynn Canal is three foot seas and 15-knot winds, a nice forecast for this time of year. My friend Drew Spence and I are hoping to catch a little halibut.
Out & About
Today, Sept. 25
Celebrated climber hosts slideshow, book signing
He’s been dubbed the “best high-altitude climber in the world” by those that know him best. He’s an “alpine style” climbing aficionado who believes the best way to summit peaks is quickly and with as little gear as possible. He’s Steve House and he’ll be in Juneau Monday, Sept. 28 for a book signing at Foggy Mountain Shop and a slideshow presentation following at 7 p.m. at the Baranoff Hotel in the Treadwell Room.
On the hook
A large Taku River sliver salmon (also known as a coho salmon) is pictured. This particular fish was taken on a bright pink-colored spinning set-up and is estimated to be over 20 pounds. Dubbed the "super-freak" fish, Taku silvers seem to be much larger than those found in other local rivers.
Garden Club hosts educational gathering
JUNEAU - The Juneau Garden Club will host three gardening presentations in its Falling for Gardens program from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, in the Centennial Hall Egan Room.
Fundraiser offers good food and wine
JUNEAU - A fundraiser will be held Saturday at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventures for the Jensen-Olson Arboretum.
Knik construction halted after remains found
KNIK - An excavator found human remains while doing foundation work for a warehouse next to the Knik Museum.
2-year sentence for Huslia stolen snowmachine DUI
FAIRBANKS - A man who drunkenly sped through a village on a stolen snowmachine has been sentenced to two years in jail.
Anchorage attorney says approved labor contracts invalid
ANCHORAGE - An attorney says two labor contracts approved by the Anchorage Assembly last year are invalid because city code wasn't followed.
Southeast mine proposed for federal cleanup list
JUNEAU - The Salt Chuck Mine on Prince of Wales Island in the Tongass National Forest was proposed Thursday for addition to the EPA's national priorities list of the most contaminated sites in the nation.
Helicopter crash in Iraq kills soldier
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska-based soldier from Louisiana died of injuries sustained in a helicopter crash in Iraq.
Alaska Railroad cancels popular spring ski train
ANCHORAGE - On the same day it announced 127 layoffs, the Alaska Railroad Corp. told the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage it has canceled next spring's ski train.
Anchorage theater figure Frank Brink dies
ANCHORAGE - Frank Orville Brink, who developed local theater in Anchorage, died Sept. 17 in Eureka Springs, Ark. He was 93 and had a form of Alzheimer's disease.
Coast Guard suspends search for missing passenger
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a missing cruise ship passenger.
Minor quake felt in the Mat-Su Valley
ANCHORAGE - A minor earthquake has been felt in communities just north of Anchorage.
Houston voters to decide mayoral question
HOUSTON - The Oct. 6 elections are just two weeks away. In Matanuska-Susitna Borough city of Houston, the ballot includes a referendum on the future direction of the city.
KUAC-TV back on the air in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks public TV station KUAC was back on the air Tuesday, although viewers might notice some intermittent interruptions as the signal is tweaked.
Ketchikan man gets jail time for arms possession
KETCHIKAN - A 41-year-old Ketchikan man will serve time in a federal prison for illegally possessing firearms.
Parnell opposes federal predator control law
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sean Parnell has sent a letter to Congress expressing his strong opposition to federal legislation he says would eliminate predator control.
Alaska man dies in plane crash
MILLERSBURG, Mo. - Callaway County officials have identified a man who died in the crash of a single-engine plane.
University of Alaska regents consider tuition hike for 2011
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Board of Regents will consider a tuition hike for the 2011-12 school year at this week's meeting in Juneau.
State issue guidelines for pneumonia vaccine
ANCHORAGE - State health officials have issued new guidelines for pneumonia vaccinations.
North Pole considers censuring member
NORTH POLE - The North Pole City Council will decide the day before the municipal election on a resolution condemning Councilman Doug Wilson for secretly recording a confidential meeting.
Fairbanks cook sentenced for meat cleaver assault
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks cook was given a 15-year prison sentence for attacking a fellow chef with a meat cleaver.
Crossfire killed girl at Anchorage party
ANCHORAGE - A prosecutor says a 17-year-old girl fatally shot at a party in Anchorage last weekend got caught in the crossfire after two groups started fighting.
Let the games begin
Storylines abound as Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain meet tonight for the first time in what could eventually be a must-see volleyball rivalry for Juneau residents.
Running all the way home
The cross country season is winding down, signaling the culmination of a career for four Crimson Bears co-captains and several other Juneau-Douglas senior runners. Luckily for them, they'll have one last shot to run in front of the home faithful Saturday at Sandy Beach, where Juneau is hosting this year's Region V Cross Country Championships.
Another Falcons first time
With the Region V Cross Country Championships approaching this Saturday, the Thunder Mountain Falcons are looking to build off last weekend's season-best performance.
Senior-night showdown for Bears
It doesn't get any bigger than tonight as far as regular season football goes. No. 5 Juneau-Douglas hosts undefeated No. 2 Colony tonight at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park, and to the victor go the spoils.
Wasilla girls soccer player sends pigskin flying
WASILLA, Alaska - Petite, probably not much more than 5-foot-4, with her long brown hair falling from inside her helmet down her bright red jersey, Ashlynn Frizzelle stood unassuming on the sideline.
Sports in Juneau
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sports in Juneau
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Ex-Alaska lawmaker sentenced to 6 months for corruption charge
ANCHORAGE - A fifth ex-Alaska lawmaker has been sentenced to federal prison for corruption.
Pebble Mine budget increased to $70 million
ANCHORAGE - The budget for developing a large mine near some of the world's most productive wild salmon streams has been increased by $10 million to prepare the Pebble Mine for the government permit process, the mining company behind the proposed project said Wednesday.
Palin talks about US-China relations in speech in Asia
HONG KONG - Months after abruptly resigning as Alaska's governor, Sarah Palin resurfaced in Hong Kong on Wednesday more moderate in tone and better versed in international affairs, possibly laying the first brick for a 2012 White House bid.
Rescuers search for woman missing from cruise ship
SEATTLE - U.S. and Canadian ships and aircraft are searching for a passenger who is missing from a cruise ship traveling from Ketchikan, Alaska, to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Former Anchorage Mayor George Sullivan dies at 87
ANCHORAGE - Former Anchorage Mayor George Sullivan, the father of the city's current mayor, has died. He was 87.
Anchorage mayor expects layoffs
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan said the refusal of unions to agree to a shorter work week will mean layoffs and cuts in public services next year.
Anchorage city attorney to review labor contract opinion
ANCHORAGE - City attorney Dennis Wheeler will review an opinion that two labor contracts approved by the Anchorage Assembly last year are invalid because city code wasn't followed.
Human remains found at Knik construction site
KNIK - The discovery of human remains by an excavator has halted construction of a warehouse next to the Knik Museum.
No new hearing for former Fairbanks mayor
FAIRBANKS - Jim Hayes has lost another battle in his fight for a new trial.
Photos: Alaska-based soldiers in Afghanistan
Soldiers from the U.S. Army's 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment (Airborne), based at Fort Richardson, work out Wednesday at a base in Zerok District, East Paktika province in Afghanistan.