First Friday art takes many forms
The First Friday of the fall includes a number of receptions throughout downtown on Oct. 3. From photographers and painters to potters, October offers a heaping helping of the artistic talents of the capital city. Here's a look at what's going on.
Lord named as new Alaska State Writer Laureate
The Alaska State Council on the Arts has chosen Homer writer Nancy Lord as the new Alaska State Writer Laureate.
State museums seek collections advisory committee members
The Alaska State Museums, which includes the Alaska State Museum in Juneau and the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka, are seeking candidates for appointment to the Museum Collections Advisory Committee.
'Obama-Rama' political event to be held Oct. 4 at arts center
A pro-Barrack Obama and Joe Biden party dubbed "Obama-Rama" will kick off at 3:20 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.
'Jump the Broom' music, dance fundraiser is slated for Oct. 5
There will be a "Jump the Broom" fundraising celebration of love, acceptance and equality for all held from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.
Baltimore Consort ensemble to perform Oct. 17 at JDHS
The Baltimore Consort, an acclaimed ensemble of early American music, is scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, in the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium.
Ruby Room seeks artists
The Ruby Room is soliciting local artists for pieces for its November show. The theme is "Self Portrait" and all media are encouraged.
Oct. 6 lecture features newly discovered underwater species
Footage of never-before-seen areas in the waters off the Aleutian Islands will be shown as part of an Oct. 6 evening lecture titled "Under Aleutian Waters: A Look at an Undiscovered Ecosystem in the Presence of Changing Climate."
Oct. 3 Evening at Egan lecture features Alex Simon
The Oct. 3 Evening at Egan Lecture will explore how the Palin administration uses both historic and contemporary justifications for its predator control programs.
Thursday, Oct. 2
Wade Bryson is a leader, visionary
To describe Wade Bryson, one would have to use words like family, leader and visionary. And in case you're not aware of who he is, I will tell you. Wade Bryson is the owner and operator of both your local Subway restaurants. He also is a candidate in the upcoming election for the areawide Assembly seat.
Coeur tailings plan a bad decision
Coeur Alaska's decision to not go forward with the paste disposal plan was a very bad decision.
Elect Muñoz for state representative
One candidate running for House District 4 stands above the other in understanding Juneau education, economic, and jobs issues. That candidate is Cathy Muñoz.
Disgusting smell from rotting fish
Just across Channel Drive from the Juneau Empire is the disgusting sight and smell of rotting salmon, the likes of which I haven't seen since I arrived here in 1989. DIPAC, operators of the hatchery where the fish are heading, has been very proficient in the past about removing the carcasses before the stench becomes so great it will "gag a maggot," but I've recently been told the beach is the responsibility of the city of Juneau or the state of Alaska.
Candidates vie for spots on School Board
By their own admission, the three candidates for the Juneau School Board don't have much disagreement over policy issues.
Proponents tout covered playground
Next week, voters will be asked whether they want to pay for part of a $1.7 million covered playground at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.
Candidates seek District 2 Assembly seat
Karen Taug, who has lived in Juneau since the mid-1970s, raised a large family here while working full-time and earning a degree in business administration by studying during lunch and taking classes at night.
Candidates seek District 2 Assembly seat
With a doctorate degree in public policy making, and as a professor of public administration at the University of Alaska Southeast, Jonathan Anderson says his seat on the Assembly is an extension of his commitment to public service.
New careers await at Centennial Hall fair
Forty-five local employers have registered for this fall's Job Fair today at Centennial Hall in downtown Juneau.
Program aids thousands with high electric bills
Juneau Unplugged, the city's electric-bill aid program, helped most of the low-income residents who needed it, reported those who ran the program.
Photo: Fall in bloom
Molly Kiesel, left, takes a walk Tuesday with her friend, Tobie Brady, and her children, Farah, 2, and Jillian, 1 month, through a patch of blooming fireweed at Brotherhood Park.
Photo: Picking up the slack
Hunter Brown, left, helps Rachel Tarver learn how to balance on a slack line Tuesday at Sandy Beach.
Photo: Career networking
Autumn Huckins, center, talks with Marilyn Miller Young, right, and Scott Young of Southeast Alaska Guidance Association on Wednesday during the Jobs Fair at Centennial Hall.
Photo: Coast Guard training
Crews from U.S. Coast Guard Station Juneau and Air Station Sitka use their 47-foot motor life boat and HH-60J Jayhawk helicopter to conduct hoist training Tuesday morning in Gastineau Channel.
Photo: World of balloons
Maire New, 11, gathers up balloon flowers that she and her brother, Carraig, 9, made during story time Wednesday at the Juneau downtown public library as part of the Balloons Around the World event. Balloons Around the World, in its ninth year, is organized by Jeff Brown. The event is designed to showcase the art of balloon twisting and decorating.
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire department and state police reported:
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:
'Rodanthe' is a roller-coaster ride
If you're a female between the ages of 16 and 30, chances are you know who Nicholas Sparks is. For the rest of you: He's a popular author, known for his romance novellas. So far, the most successful film adaptation has been 2004's "The Notebook," with Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. Going back to the previously mentioned demographic, they've all seen "The Notebook" - probably more than once.
A masterpiece of suggestion
In an age of predictable and no-thrills thrillers, "Roman de Gare" comes on like gangbusters - a super smart, spectacularly plotted mystery overflowing with rich characters and oodles of ambiguity.
'Iron Man' comes with lots of features
PUCCINI OPERA in triplicate
It's unlikely that attendees to this weekend's performances of Giacomo Puccini's "Il Trittico" will have to journey to the lengths that Puccini did to attend opera productions when he was a young man. He and his brother once walked more than 18 miles from their home in Lucca, Italy, to see a performance of Verdi's "Aida" in Pisa.
Another good time with Native funk group Pamyua
The first time I saw Pamyua they were still teenagers. They came to Juneau in the late 1990s to perform at the Alaska State Legislature, singing and dancing in one of the conference rooms there. I remember them being bright-eyed, enthusiastic and happy, with a lot of confidence and wonder. Men and women stood around in suits and watched with the same kind of wonder. These boys from Bethel brought something many hadn't seen much of - rural, Native, hip musicians.
Plight of fellow Iraqis shapes the music of renowned oud player
CAIRO, Egypt - Iraqi composer Naseer Shamma is such a master of the traditional Arab stringed instrument called the oud that he has taught himself to play one-handed.
You remember Tony! Toni! Tone! right? Though they had one of the worst names in the history of pop music, their new-jack sounds in the late '80s and early '90s set the standard for great vocals, dance and sexed-up image. I don't think their shirts even had functioning buttons. Their hits included "Anniversary," "Little Walter," and "Feels Good," all of which were big R&B, dance and pop hits. They were smooth, but they were also the epitome of the new soul sound - with highly produced vocals and beats and lots o' keyboards masking most traces of musicianship. It was smooth as a frozen coconut daiquiri, but pretty heavy on the sugar.
Rogers, Muñoz become Dolly Parton Imagination Library ambassadors
Two renowned Alaskans, artist Rie Muñoz and author Jean Rogers have teamed up to promote early literacy for the children of Juneau ages 0 to 5, through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program. Rogers and Muñoz have been longtime advocates of early literacy and have collaborated in the publication of several children's books. They believe a lot of challenges that children have in schools would be greatly reduced if they arrive at school having been read to.
Where you can see Russia from your window
It's frightening to pick up the Empire and read the daily comments on the editorial page. The level of vitriol and calumny is overwhelming.
SEARHC offers WISE At Every Size classes
SITKA - Jacqui Cropley, of Juneau, remembers the frustration she felt the last time she went on a diet designed for weight loss. Lori Moore, of Kake, had a similar experience.
Photo: United Way kickoff
Ronald Dippold, left, a Red Cross volunteer for 44 years, accepts his Volunteer of the Year award from Reid Bowman, the executive director of the Red Cross, on Sept. 19 at the United Way 2008 Campaign Celebration Community Leader Kickoff aboard the Ryndam. The kickoff event was to encourage community leaders, donors who contribute $1,000 or more to United Way, to continue to be committed to the ongoing work of United Way. The United Way of Southeast Alaska will hold its 2008 Community Campaign Kickoff from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. All are invited. Appetizers provided. United Way will honor its Volunteer of the Year again and have displays from most of its 38 partner agencies. For more information, contactCachet Garrett, United Way campaign director, at 463-5530 or email@example.com.
Heueisen named Alaska delegate in Recovery Rally
Juneau resident John J. "Joe" Heueisen was recently selected to be Alaska's "Recovery Delegate" and will join thousands of individuals and families in recovery, treatment partners and advocates from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, to form a human chain - a living symbol of recovery - across the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday.
Ketchikan resident shares corn and sausage chowder
We swap recipes, we meet neighbors, and we share stories.
Community Schools registers for fall
JUNEAU - Community Schools continues it's registration for Fall Classes. To obtain a list of classes please call 780-2073 or 780-2074. Classes can also be viewed at www.jsd.k12.ak.us. Classes start soon so register today.
World Affairs Council presents Nadia Hijab
JUNEAU - The Juneau World Affairs Council will present Nadia Hijab to speak on "Palestinian-Israeli Peace: An Agenda for the next President" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the KTOO Studio at Whittier and Egan downtown.
Southeastern Toastmasters host humorous competition
JUNEAU - Local Toastmasters from Juneau and Ketchikan will participate in an areawide speech contest.
Eyeglass recycling contest starts today
JUNEAU - The Juneau Lions Club, Mendenhall Flying Lions Club and the Juneau School District will sponsor a contest, starting today through Oct. 8, for students to collect old and unused eye glasses and recycle them for use in countries throughout the world, according to Joyce Kitka, Community Schools supervisor and Juneau Lions Club member.
Thanks for donating prizes to our summer reading program
The Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries would like to thank the following local businesses for donating gift certificates and prizes for the Summer Reading Program's weekly drawing. To participate, children wrote reviews of books they read during the summer. More than 825 book reviews written by kids were displayed at the libraries this summer.
Kirk Arnold Thomas
Former Petersburg resident Kirk Arnold Thomas died Sept. 24, 2008, in Whitefish, Mont. He was 55.
Juneau resident Richard Dick died Sept. 25, 2008, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 83.
Celebrating arts & culture center
Today is the one-year anniversary of the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. It is hard to believe that over a year ago the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council was still performing its duties as the official arts agency for Alaska's capital from its charming but small basement offices on North Franklin Street. A lot has happened since then, and I think we should all celebrate the progress that has been made, and redouble our efforts to make the future even brighter.
My Turn: Abstinence-only class a good idea
Keeping in mind, the separation of church and state, knowledge as we all know, is a powerful tool. So having another option for sex education in the school district would be a great idea.
Outside Editorial: House fails to show leadership
Partisanship and a failure of leadership torpedoed a $700 billion bailout plan on Monday. That's it, plain and simple.
Outside Editorial: Rushing vote led to defeat of bailout
The stunning rejection of the $700 billion federal bailout plan should prove the folly of trying to slam through legislation of this scale without a fuller debate.
Alaska editorial: Oil execs offer weak argument for tax stability on gas line
A local BP executive gave a speech in Anchorage earlier this month in which he made a familiar but dubious pitch for tax "stability" on the Alaska gas pipeline.
Outside Editorial: Rescue the rescue
Moving past Monday's rejection of a $700 billion rescue plan for U.S. credit markets means confronting several truths - some of them uncomfortable for Americans of various political stripes:
The trickle-up bailout
The theory underlying the bailout plan stalled in Congress is that rescuing the finance industry will restore market stability and that the benefits will eventually trickle down to average Americans. Thus, solving the subprime mortgage crisis has morphed into a much larger challenge: reassembling the architecture of the financial markets, which seemingly requires giving the Treasury secretary nearly a trillion dollars and extraordinary latitude to pick winners and losers.
More cruise ships cited for wastewater
JUNEAU - State water quality regulators this week issued six more notices of violation to cruise ships for exceeding pollutant limits in their wastewaster.
Judge will decide whether to halt probe
ANCHORAGE - A judge will hear arguments this week on whether he should halt an abuse-of-power investigation by the state Legislature into Gov. Sarah Palin.
EPA fines public works department
JUNEAU - The city of Anchorage will pay penalties to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to take care of its hazardous waste, according to the EPA.
Charter guide pleads guilty to overfishing
JUNEAU - Two undercover state wildlife troopers signed up as charter clients and caught their Ketchikan guide telling them to keep fishing past their limit.
Voter registration deadline approaches
JUNEAU - Those who still need to register to vote or have moved have until Sunday to register or update their existing voter registration for the Nov. 4 general election.
Official: Two people killed in plane crash
ANCHORAGE - Two people were killed Wednesday when a small airplane lost power shortly after takeoff and crashed on a city street while trying to return to the airport.
Chicago artist paints nude portrait of Palin
CHICAGO - While journalists scramble to reveal everything Sarah Palin has said and done during her career, a Chicago artist is taking things a step further.
Mine submits new Taku barging proposal
JUNEAU - The Tulsequah Chief mine operators submitted new information Wednesday to the state on their plan to operate on the Taku River in the winter.
Satellite services may be disrupted
JUNEAU - The sun's powerful rays may cause temporary disruption of cable television, Internet and long-distance telephone service from Oct. 1-20 as the sun moves directly behind a satellite and in line with an antenna on the ground.
Disaster relief checks in mail to fishermen
CHARLESTON, Ore. - The check is in the mail, honest.
Winter arrives in Interior with storm
FAIRBANKS - It looks like winter has arrived in Alaska's Interior.
Democrat rescinds challenge of Fairclough
JUNEAU - State Rep. Anna Fairclough, R-Eagle River, gets a free pass to another term in office.
Swimmers, divers revved up for weekend meets
Members of the Juneau-Douglas High School swim teams felt like they had just swam every stroke allowed in competition after Wednesday's practice. Probably because they had.
Crimson Bears set date for playoff game
Playing the part of the blushing maiden, the Juneau-Douglas High School football team has accepted a date for Friday night at 7 p.m.
Bednarowiczs and Randolphs lead teams to sweeps
JUNEAU - You could say this week was couples' night in the Sunday Mixed Bowling League, as several wife/husband combinations bowled series more than 100 pins over their combined averages.
Parks and Rec reports men's and women's volleyball standings
Standings as of Sept. 28
Sports in Juneau
The historical battles between Tlingits and Russians near present day Sitka at the dawn of the 19th century were more significant than most people likely acknowledge, linguist and author Richard Dauenhauer said.
Close friend testifies in Stevens trial
WASHINGTON - The self-made Alaska construction executive whose testimony could bring to an end the 40-year Senate career of Ted Stevens took the stand Tuesday in the corruption case against his former fishing buddy and friend.
Legislators decry Troopergate suit
The Alaska Legislature is responding to a challenge to its authority to investigate Gov. Sarah Palin's administration, calling the effort "bizarre."
Colberg stands in way of state investigation
Gov. Sarah Palin's attorney general, Talis Colberg, appears to be blocking state employees from cooperating with a legislative investigation into his boss' administration.
Prosecution to play wiretaps in Stevens corruption trial
WASHINGTON - Writing to an old friend in October 2002, Republican Sen. Ted Stevens offered effusive praise - and a caveat - for work the friend was overseeing on Stevens' home in Alaska.
Palin's popularity tumbles among Alaskans
ANCHORAGE - Ask a governor if she'd be happy with a 68 percent approval rating and she'd probably laugh at the question. It usually doesn't get much better than that.
Palin's former aides warn not to underestimate her
ANCHORAGE - When she appeared for a candidate's forum in front of a room filled with unionized Alaskan electrical workers during her run for governor in early October 2006, Sarah Palin arrived woefully unprepared. When the union members grilled her on labor policy, Palin faltered.
Anchorage seeks study of Native exodus to the city
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich and Schools Superintendent Carol Comeau have asked Gov. Sarah Palin to organize an emergency task force on the Native migration to the city.
Some Alaska students seek more sex ed
ANCHORAGE - A number of college and high school students in Anchorage are petitioning for comprehensive sex education in schools.
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