Friday, October 3, 2008

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.

'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.

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.

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."

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.

'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.

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.

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.

New nonfiction includes 'Mortal Syntax'
Here's a taste of some of the new nonfiction at the Juneau Public Libraries.

What's Happening
Thursday, Oct. 2

War and Wall Street
Wall Street and George Bush want the taxpayers to bail them out to the tune of $700 billion with few strings attached.

Support for Doll, Kerttula
Are you voting Republican or Democratic?

Bailout compared to swine
This proposed bailout is a pig. Putting lipstick on it won't help. Don't let the crooks who pillaged our economy set up their own bailout and force the rest of us to pay for their greed and arrogance.

City DA says convictions a drug deterrent
The conviction of two drug kingpins on organized crime charges should be a strong deterrent to others not to import drugs into Juneau, authorities said Thursday.

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.

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

Around Town
Today

Juneau Republicans cheer Palin's performance
Capital city supporters of Gov. Sarah Palin converged on Marlintini's Lounge in the Mendenhall Valley on Thursday to watch the vice-presidential debates on big screen TVs, eat chili and cheer on their candidate.

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.

Areawide Assembly seat: Difficulty in expanding business spurs candidate
Economic conditions that drove a failed attempt to open a restaurant in town prompted Wade Bryson to run for a seat on the Juneau Assembly.

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.

Areawide Assembly seat: Incumbent wants to pass transit, recycling programs
If Bob Doll's opponent appears to believe that Juneau's glass is half empty, then Doll would respond that it's half full.

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.

Sanford unchallenged in bid for third term
Assembly member Merrill Sanford is running unopposed to retain his District 1 seat and serve a final term on the Assembly.

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: 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.

Judge refuses to block state investigation
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska judge on Thursday refused to block a state investigation into whether Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power when she fired her public safety commissioner this summer.

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

Around Town
Today

Photo: Leap of flight
A bald eagle leaps off a rock and into the air Thursday as it spots fish swimming nearby in the Gastineau Channel. A metal band was attached to the eagle's right foot, which means it was taken to the raptor center for an issue and tagged.

Photo: Go with the flow
Bill Swenson, right, and Jeff Goetz, both hydrologic technicians for the U.S. Geological Survey, test the water speed to calculate the discharge measurement of the Mendenhall River using a bridge crane Thursday on Back Loop Road. The group checks the flow of different areas every couple of months to calibrate the equipment. Goetz says a real-time water level display for the Mendenhall and other rivers can be found on www.usgs.gov.

'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
'Iron Man'

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.

Sound Bites
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.

Surviving breast cancer
Imagine getting hit by a car while riding your bike. You sustain a broken right shoulder, a broken right arm and five cracked ribs. Then, just 10 months later, you are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Bartlett hospital to sponsor 'Let's Quit!' stop-smoking program
JUNEAU - Bartlett Regional Hospital is sponsoring the "Let's Quit!" group smoking cessation program.

Mobile mammography van to visit Klawock, Craig and Metlakatla
SOUTHEAST - The mobile mammography van will visit Klawock, Sept. 26-Oct. 9; Craig, Oct. 10-13; and Metlakatla, Oct. 17-23, this summer and early fall.

Things to remember during Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and as women across the nation are pinning on their pink ribbons, they're also looking to learn more about this life-threatening disease - and how to prevent it. As a dietitian, I think women need more information on how they can make healthy lifestyle and dietary changes to reduce the risk of breast cancer.

Sitka plans Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities
SITKA - October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To celebrate the month the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's Breast and Cervical Health Program, Sitka Community Hospital, Brenner's Fine Clothing and Gifts, the Sitka Cancer Survivor's Society and other groups are teaming up to host several breast cancer awareness events in Sitka.

Orca Singers
Grade: Fifth.

Fil-Am Association to host annual fundraiser
JUNEAU - The Filipino-American Association will hold its annual scholarship fundraiser dinner and dessert auction from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Tlingit and Haida Community Center, 3235 Hospital Drive.

Photo: REACH 30th anniversary
From left, Richard Fagundes, executive director of REACH,Kristine Lewis, board president, and Dan Elstad, facilities director, present the REACH 2008 Employer of the Year award to Vern Jones, chief procurement officer for the state of Alaska, during REACH's 30th year celebration on Sept. 24 at the REACH Building, downtown. Approximately 150 community members attended. Lee Sanders, founding member of REACH addressed the group with the history and recognized that there is still a lot to do in the disability community. The Employer of the Year Award was presented to the state of Alaska in recognition of providing 15 years of employment opportunities for individuals experiencing disabilities through the REACH custodial program.

I am not my brother's keeper but ...
In the early days of radio, my father bought one of the first Atwater Kents. On Sunday afternoons, we listened to some very dramatic presentations of Biblical stories, usually serialized. They were so well done that I can still see some of them in my mind.

Cold kittens, warm heart
When Monty Lewis discovered kittens beneath a stump in his backyard, it was late December. Snow stood knee-deep and the mercury had slipped below 9 degrees.

National Public Lands Day
Volunteers cleaned and performed 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, as part of National Public Lands Day on Sept. 27.

Here's a tip on how to improve our community
There are not enough places for people to play in Juneau. To improve Juneau, I think we should bring in a Chuck E Cheese. Kids would have more fun and the business would be successful for people who work there.

REACH, Wells Fargo to hold free shred day
JUNEAU - To help Juneau residents and small businesses prevent fraud and recycle paper, REACH Inc., a nonprofit organization providing support services for people with disabilities, will offer free paper shredding services 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Wells Fargo Glacier Valley Store, 9150 Glacier Highway.

Consortium supports Walk to School Day
SITKA - International Walk (or Bike) to School Day is Wednesday and the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's Health Promotion department and Steps to a Healthier Southeast Alaska program encourage parents to walk or bike to school with their children that day.

Holst to get new studio space in Mendenhall Mall
JUNEAU - After 30 years of teaching in the VFW and Elks Hall downtown, Janice D. Holst is moving her dance studio space to the Mendenhall Mall beginning this weekend.

United Way to sponsor annual Day of Caring
JUNEAU - Continuing its focus on developing volunteerism in the community, United Way of Southeast Alaska is sponsoring its second Day of Caring on Saturday.

Thanks for contributing to our volunteer appreciation event
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum would like to thank the following businesses for their generous donations to our annual volunteer appreciation event on Sept. 13.

Widowed persons to throw monthly brunch
JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons Program will hold its monthly brunch at noon Sunday in the Nugget Room of the Baranof Hotel.

Thanks for donating children's book to the LeConte's library
The crew of the LeConte and the communities it serves would like to thank the Eagles Auxiliary for its recent donation of children's books to our lending library. The project was initiated a number of years ago by the Juneau Chapter of Beta Phi Gamma.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship to host the Rev. Aikman
The Juneau Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will host the Rev. Amanda Aikman, a Unitarian Universalist community minister, Oct. 5-12 in Juneau.

Thanks for working to improve Dan Bishop Bay Creek Trail
This year the Dan Bishop Bay Creek Trail improved at the hands of many. WS Trucking donated a load of D-1 that students were able to haul in bucket brigades to resurface part of the trail. Dave Lowry worked with 80 youth from all over Southeast Alaska, from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to tear out a broken bridge and remove over hanging wind fallen trees.

Recognitions
Hailey Summers, of Juneau, was recently awarded the Alaska Air Carriers Association 2008 Forrest Jones Scholarship. Taking a career match test at Juneau-Douglas High School created a profile for Summers, which included aerospace engineering.

FYI
Births

Pets of the week
Babs, is an extremely large spayed checkered giant bunny that needs a new home. She is 3 years old and enjoys spending her time frolicking with her bunny buddy, Heff.

Senior menu for the week of Oct. 6-10
Monday, Oct. 6

Swanson, Preecs wed
Jessie Swanson, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Noel Preecs, of Juneau, were married on Sept. 27, 2008, at Arrowhead Country Club in Davie, Fla. A reception immediately followed.

Davis, Longworth wed
After 20 years together, Lin Davis and Maureen Longworth were legally married on Sept. 15, 2008, in San Francisco City Hall rotunda on their anniversary.

Richard Dick
Juneau resident Richard Dick died Sept. 25, 2008, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 83.

My Turn: Palin has wrong view on warming and polar bears
As an Alaskan wildlife biologist with much polar bear experience, I disagree with Gov. Sarah Palin about the effects of global warming on polar bears.

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: America's second chance
America is the land of second chances, so it is fitting that the House of Representatives should get an opportunity to redeem itself for its reckless rejection of the financial rescue package on Monday. Wednesday night the Senate approved a revised version of the plan, not altering its fundamentals but perhaps providing enough political cover for House Republicans and Democrats to change their votes. Since 228 House members voted no on Monday, at least 12 must switch (lest Speaker Nancy Pelosi have to cast a deciding vote). We hope they will; in fact, in a responsible legislature, the vote would not be close.

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 column: Abolish the seat of VP
Sarah Palin is the product of a design flaw -- the unintended consequence of the founders' decision to create the vice presidency.

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.

Career Fair held today
JUNEAU - Students and parents are invited to the Juneau College and Career Fair from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gym.

Disaster relief checks in mail to fishermen
CHARLESTON, Ore. - The check is in the mail, honest.

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.

Man sentenced in Homer murder
KENAI - A man has been sentenced for a murder in Homer four years ago.

Democrat rescinds challenge of Fairclough
JUNEAU - State Rep. Anna Fairclough, R-Eagle River, gets a free pass to another term in office.

Feds to review status of seabird
LACEY, Wash. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday it will review the protected status of the marbled murrelet in response to a petition from the timber industry and others.

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.

Winter arrives in Interior with storm
FAIRBANKS - It looks like winter has arrived in Alaska's Interior.

Teen sentenced in 2006 death
ANCHORAGE - A 19-year-old Anchorage man has been sentenced to five years in prison for the 2006 shooting death of his best friend.

Bears open Moose hunting season
It has been said that you can predict the future by looking to the past.

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.

JDHS runners revved up for state
Junior Crimson Bears runner Leah Francis will begin her fight for a third state championship on Saturday as the Juneau-Douglas cross country teams visit Palmer for the 2008 State Championships on the Mike Janecek Trails.

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

Lady Bears look to stay perfect in Region V
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team is still looking for a sweet spot on the temperature gauge after starting the season hot, then going cold and then hot again.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Historic perspective
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.

Palin jousts with Biden
Gov. Sarah Palin talked up Alaska and held her own against Sen. Joe Biden in the first and only vice-presidential debate in the 2008 election season.

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."

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.

Judge denies a vigorous mistrial bid in Stevens case
WASHINGTON - A federal judge rejected a vigorous defense bid Thursday for a mistrial in the corruption case against Sen. Ted Stevens despite finding that prosecutors broke rules requiring them to turn over evidence favorable to the veteran Alaska lawmaker.

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.

Probe begins into fatal plane crash
ANCHORAGE - Investigators will be examining the engine and propeller from a small plane that crashed and burned soon after take-off.

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

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.

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

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