Friday, September 26, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

What's Happening
Thursday, Sept. 25

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.

Gov. Sarah Palin has 'Potomac Fever'
It didn't take long for Sarah Palin to get that Washington, D.C., affliction, "Potomac Fever." An affliction where the head swells, mostly due to egomania and the Peter Principle, in which someone is promoted beyond their level of competence and power becomes an obsession.

A poor selection
John McCain's selection of Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate is the latest and most egregious example of the populist trend to select leaders who know as little (or in this case probably less) about the issues as the average American.

Police chase ends in wetlands
A report about men drinking in a van in the Mendenhall Valley Thursday night resulted in gunfire, a woman run over by a vehicle, and a police pursuit ending with a crash onto the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge.

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.

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.

Palin administration fights subpoenas in court
Attorney General Talis Colberg is going to court to challenge subpoenas issued by the Alaska Legislature as part of its investigation into abuse of power allegations against Gov. Sarah Palin.

Judge Collins orders drug trial forward
The judge in one of the city's largest recent drug cases ordered the trial to continue Thursday after lawyers for Vonnie Williams and Aaron Washington argued for a mistrial, saying the trial had "broken down."

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.

Bank survives Alaska, takes beating in Lower 48
Juneau's Alaska Pacific Bank is feeling the pain of its fellow banks elsewhere, caught up in an economic downturn and real estate recession.

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: Counting toes
Addison Field, curator of collections and exhibits for the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, attaches the toes to the shaman figure on the "Four Story" totem Thursday in front of the museum downtown. Field has been waiting since July for dry warm weather to do the job.

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.

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

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

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

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.

International Coastal Cleanup
The Juneau Clean Air coalition participated in the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday morning. They joined volunteers around the world for the 24th year of the event, which is always held on the third Saturday in September.

FYI
Births

Allen, Holder wed
Colleen Holder, of Exeter, R.I., and Zachary Allen, of Douglas, were married on Aug. 31, 2008, at Whispering Pines Conference Center in West Greenwich, R.I. A reception followed.

Shortys celebrate 19 years
John and Hazel Shorty will celebrate 19 years of marriage on Sept. 29, 2008. Friends and family are invited to a dinner at 6 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Baranof Hotel. Gifts will be accepted. For more information, call 209-2831.

Wilson, Mar wed
Lorri Wilson, of Juneau, and Aaron Mar, of Unionville, Mich., were married in a private ceremony on Sept. 21, 2008, at Cannon Beach on the Oregon coast.

Balancing darkness and light
Having just moved to Juneau on July 1 from Hawaii, I had no real expectations for the weather other than the obvious that it would be a "big change."

Harvest season for best grapes short but sweet
The Bible says that for everything there is a season. This is certainly true when it comes to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Niagara natural wonders
After spending six days with our friends in Rochester Mills, Pa., my husband, Don, and I were ready to explore more of New England.

Come to 'Jump the Broom' fundraising celebration
JUNEAU - There will a "Jump the Broom" fundraising celebration of love, acceptance and equality for all at 3:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Program seeks mature Alaskans for employment
JUNEAU - Mature Alaskans Seeking Skills Training program - an adult education and employment program at The Learning Connection - is seeking people 55 or older who are looking for work.

JENNIFER HELMS
Age: 10.

Photo: Beanies for Baghdad
Members of the Sigma Chi Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority, a nonprofit group dedicated to helping those in need, pose around stuffed animals they collected for the Beanies for Baghdad program (www.beaniesforbaghdad.com). The stuffed animals, along with hats, gloves and school supplies are sent to troops overseas, who then distribute the donated items to orphanages, schools, hospitals and children on the streets. To donate, items can be dropped off at Curves for Women in Juneau, or contact Cindy Athearn at athearn@gci.net or 321-3676 for more information.

Local Rotarians launch 'The Dictionary Project'
Noah Webster's Compendious Dictionary of the English Language was the first dictionary to feature distinct American spellings, pronunciations and definitions. By the time of its 250th birthday, on Oct. 16, every third-grader in the city of Juneau should have a copy of a dictionary - thanks to the combined efforts of Juneau's three Rotary Clubs (Juneau, Glacier Valley and Gastineau clubs) and Rotary International's worldwide focus on literacy.

Pets of the week
If you have been waiting for the "perrrfect" cat to come into your life, then now is the time to stop twiddling your thumbs and head on down to the Gastineau Humane Society, where there are nearly 30 cats available.

Senior menu for Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 1-3
Monday, Sept. 29

Craig M. Olson
Longtime Juneau resident Craig M. Olson died peacefully on Aug. 22, 2008, at home in Juneau, with his wife at his side. He was 50.

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

James Donnelly
Longtime Sitka resident James Edward Donnelly died Sept. 19, 2008, at his home in Sitka. He was 76.

Emily Johnson
Lifelong Juneau resident Emily Mernice Johnson died Sept. 20, 2008, due to medical complications in Seattle. She was 41.

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: EPA should rescind its demands on mine
The community of Juneau, the mine workers and the environmental organizations believed that the Environmental Protection Agency was serving everyone's best interests and honoring their consensus agreement by proceeding with Coeur Alaska's permit for paste tailings storage.

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.

Alaska editorial: Inquiry into Monegan issue must be finished by November election
The investigations of Gov. Sarah Palin's firing of former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan - both the Legislature's and the administration's investigations - need to be finished before the November presidential election. Perhaps that way the voters will end up with some mutually agreed-upon facts with which to judge this curious mess.

Outside column: A financial bailout Americans don't need
Now that all five big investment banks - Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley - have disappeared or morphed into regular banks, a question arises.

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: 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.

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

Ag secretary to attend Klawock ceremony
KETCHIKAN - Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer, the cabinet-level head of the U.S. Forest Service, will attend a historic tribal ceremony on Prince of Wales Island, as tribal leaders rebury the remains of a man who lived on the island more than 10,000 years ago.

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

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.

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.

Troopers kill Craig man in standoff
CRAIG - An Alaska State Trooper shot and killed a man after a standoff in Craig.

Fire drill to occur downtown today
JUNEAU - The Alaska State Firefighters Association will hold a fire drill downtown today at the cruise ship docks.

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

JDHS can still bring playoffs home
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team will be battling more than just one conference foe when it takes the field at Colony on Saturday in its final regular season game.

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.

JDHS runners head to regionals
The Crimson Bears cross country teams will take to the track at the regional meet in Ketchikan on Saturday morning with a ticket to state already in their pockets, and complacency threatening to hold them back.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Friday Boxing returns
Time to tape those fists, put on some colorful swim trunks and prepare for glory. Rough House Friday Night fights return this weekend to Juneau's Marlintini's Lounge.

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.

Stevens' defense shifts blame
WASHINGTON - Sen. Ted Stevens was clueless about the cost and scope of a pricey makeover of his Alaska cabin that led to federal corruption charges and threatened his lengthy career, his lawyer said Thursday at the opening of his trial.

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.

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.

4.2 magnitude earthquake felt in Denali National Park area
FAIRBANKS - A light earthquake has been felt in the area of Denali National Park.

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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