Thursday, October 7, 2010

The dramatic pleasures of fall
Fall in Juneau. The closest you can get to living underwater without a scuba mask. Some claim to love it (don't trust them), but most of us find ourselves compelled to revisit the unkillable question, "How did I end up here?"

Red Molly transcends electricity
There's nothing like a power outage to focus a creative worker. I relearned this lesson firsthand during Tuesday's blackout.

The art of listening
When Wendy Girven moved to Juneau from Pennsylvania a couple years ago to take a job as a librarian at University of Alaska Southeast, she quickly came to a conclusion about Alaskans: We're an unusual bunch.

Muddy Waters, George Thorogood and an iPhone ringtone
This week, we're gonna talk about the blues, and just one song in particular: "Mannish Boy" by Muddy Waters.

A fresh take on a stale subject
If you think it's tough being a lonely child, try doing it for eternity. Abby has and she really isn't having a whole lot of fun with it.

Two locals honored with Governor's Awards
Eight Alaskans, including two Juneau residents, and one rural arts council were recently selected by Governor Parnell as the 2010 recipients of the Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities.

Great American Circus comes to Juneau Oct. 10
The biggest circus ever to come to the state will perform in Juneau Sunday, Oct. 10, at Centennial Hall. Showtimes are 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Evening at Egan teams up with Juneau World Affairs Council
The University of Alaska Southeast and the Juneau World Affairs Council will co-hosting the next Evening at Egan presentation to kick off the annual Fall JWAC Forum, "The Possibility of Peace: Non-violent Strategies to Resolve International Conflict," Oct. 8, 9 and 10 on the UAS Campus.

Conscientious Projector Film Series begins Sunday
In recognition of Bullying Prevention Month, observed in October, and in conjunction with National Coming Out Day, observed Oct. 11, two films will be shown at the Goldtown Nickelodeon Sunday and Monday in the first installment of a new series, Conscientious Projector. The series, sponsored by the Juneau Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, seeks to address issues of concern or interest in the community through film.

JDHS theater kicks off season with 'All I Really Need to Know'
The Juneau Douglas HIgh School theater season kicks off Friday with "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten." The play, based on Robert Fulgham's best-selling book, brings audiences an evening of theatrical storytelling in revue format, with monologues, dialogues and original songs. Director Michaela Moore said she chose the play for its universal themes and resonance in everyday life, and said it's especially well-suited to a high school production because it can accommodate a wide range of actors.

New audiobooks include some scary tales
There are plenty of new audiobooks on the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries, both fiction and fact. Here's a little sample of just a few of our new fiction titles on CD. To browse for more, click on the new audiobooks link under the search bar on our online catalog.

McAdams is the man for Alaska
There are plenty of reasons for Southeast Alaskans (and all Alaskans) to support Scott McAdams, current Mayor of Sitka, for U.S. Senator this November.

Scott McAdams understands the needs of Alaskans
Alaskans will be making an important decision at the polls this November. Whether to elect a man with no political background supported by outside interests and money to represent Alaska, take a risky bet on a write-in candidate or vote for a person who understands the needs of Southeast Alaska and the rest of the state, Scott McAdams.

Game management sold out to 'extremists'
Have you noticed how anymore our wildlife management consists of reacting to one Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Board of Game-determined emergency after another? We've had eight years of their intensive management, killing wolves and bears by any means possible, whenever and wherever. By now, according to the minds of Commissioner Denby Lloyd, deputy Commissioner Pat Valkenburg and Director of Wildlife Conservation Corey Rossi, we should be knee-deep in moose and caribou.

Proposition 2: No bridge to North Douglas
Voters weighing in on Proposition 2 gave a resounding "no" to the measure that would have extended the city's temporary 1 percent sales tax for 10 years to build a second crossing to Douglas Island.

Second Douglas crossing put on back burner
With the voters largely slamming down a proposition to continue the 1 percent temporary sales tax for 10 years to fund a second crossing to North Douglas, the project now sits on a back burner.

Police & Fire
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Photo: A spawning salmon makes a splash
A spawning coho salmon leaps from the water at the mouth of Steep Creek at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center on Wednesday. The run of salmon started in the creek about two weeks ago and has attracted predators such as birds and bears to the area.

School board: Poole, Thurston easily win seats
Two new women will join the Juneau School Board, after Kim Poole and Barbara Thurston easily outpaced the third candidate in their race, Ivan Nance, on election day.

City Assembly: Crane leads Brown at night's end
Two candidates vying for the District 2 City Assembly seat emerged in a neck-and-neck race Tuesday night, with Karen Crane holding the lead at night's end.

Forum to explore "The Possibility of Peace"
The University of Alaska Southeast will host this year's World Affairs Forum at its Auke Lake campus this weekend. The annual event is organized by the Juneau chapter of the World Affairs Council, an umbrella organization comprised of nearly 100 nonprofit member organizations across the United States.

Propositions 1 and 3: Auke Bay measure passes, charter commission fails
The results for Propositions 1 and 3 in Tuesday's municipal elections proved lopsided, with voters easily approving bonds for Auke Bay Elementary School and soundly rejecting a City Charter commission.

Sealaska Heritage Institute receives donation of recordings of Native elders
Local radio host Cy Peck, Jr., has donated to Sealaska Heritage Institute a major collection of recordings capturing the words of Native Elders and leaders.

Ervin pleads not guilty to sexual abuse charges
Editor's note: The following story contains a description of an alleged crime of a sexual nature. Readers are encouraged to use their own discretion when reading.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

2010 Juneau municipal elections: Unofficial results
City Assembly District 2 (The candidate with the most votes wins seat)

JPD pursuit of van ends with 3 in custody
A Juneau Police Department pursuit of an allegedly stolen van ended Tuesday afternoon right outside the Juneau Empire's building at 3100 Channel Drive with three suspects in custody.

Photo: Taking advantage of the weather
Dick Luther takes advantage of Monday's clear weather to install lights on his fishing vessel, Americanus, at the Don Statter Boat Harbor in Auke Bay. Luther uses the boat in the long line, gillnet and crab fisheries.

Blackout affects 80 percent of Juneau
The combination of failures at the Snettisham line and Lake Dorothy project were responsible for a citywide blackout yesterday afternoon.

Day Of Caring helps SE Alaska United Way kick off its 2010 campaign
The United Way of Southeast Alaska kicked off its 2010 campaign at DIPAC Tuesday and continued with several events across Juneau, said Brenda Hewitt, the chapter's president.

SEARHC honors advocates
SITKA - Community wellness advocates were honored Monday night for the work they've done making Sitka a healthier place to live. The awards were presented during the fourth annual Sitka Health Summit community dessert and awards ceremony, held Oct. 4 at Harrigan Centennial Hall.

Photo: Just passing through
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, an ice cutter, sails into Juneau's downtown harbor Tuesday shadowed by the tugboat Ethan B. The Healy is returning to its homeport of Seattle after patrolling the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas and conducting three separate science missions this summer. The cutter will depart Juneau this weekend and no public tours have been announced.

Alaskan Brewing's downtown depot a hit in Year 1
The Alaskan Brewing Co. said its first tourist season in the retail game was a success.

Outside editorial: Senate must pass Disclose Act
The following editorial first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News:

Outside editorial: On shaky ground
The following editorial first appeared in the Miami Herald:

GOP must be wary of overconfidence and terror
I was campaign chair for Newt Gingrich in 1994, when the Republicans won control of the U.S. House. Many today don't recall the 1994 victory was the pot boiling over only after simmering and simmering somewhat beneath the surface for a long while. It wasn't until the last week before the election - maybe even the last 72 hours - that it became clear the Democrats would finally lose the House.

Write-in history looks good for Murkowski
Pointing to the past failures of write-in candidates, few pundits give Lisa Murkowski much of a chance of winning back her U.S. Senate seat. However, history is a lot more than statistics and results. Recalling that past is nothing more than the party loyal warning others not to waste their vote. But it's also a relatively passive argument next to the wave of mud we can expect in a three-way race.

It's worth taking a gamble on school reform
You ready to roll the dice?

My turn: Tea party policies would speed economic problems
We have a tendency in this country to treat politics like a sport and forget that it has very real consequences. But unlike a football game, the radical policies the tea party supports will directly change our lives in fundamental ways.

Fairbanks mayor loses re-election bid
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks is getting a new city mayor.

Anchorage airport officer in prostitution sting
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage airport police officer remains on duty pending the outcome of his arrest in a prostitution sting.

1 killed, 1 critically wounded in Anchorage shooting
ANCHORAGE - Police say a man critically wounded another man and killed himself in a shooting at a midtown Anchorage parking lot.

Crash costs Alaska police volunteers 1 of 2 cars
FAIRBANKS - The Volunteers in Policing program in Fairbanks is cutting its patrols in half after one its two vehicles was hit by an alleged drunken driver.

Steamship Wharf open for public parking
Effective today, public parking will be available at the Steamship Wharf .

Anchorage school district may buy Birchwood site
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage School District is looking to buy 15 acres in the Birchwood area for a new Chugiak-Eagle River elementary school.

Tea party group says it raised $35K in radio-thon
JUNEAU - A national tea party group says it raised over $35,000 during a radio-thon in support of Alaska Senate hopeful Joe Miller.

Alaska school program brings peace to playground
FAIRBANKS - The playground at one Alaska school needs a little less adult supervision with a program that puts older children in charge of younger students.

Trapper Creek man charged in high-speed chase
TALKEETNA - A 30-year-old Trapper Creek man tried to elude Alaska State Troopers in a high-speed chase but ended up rolling his pickup truck.

Parnell orders flags lowered for Rogers
Gov. Sean Parnell Tuesday ordered flags in Alaska to be flown at half-staff Thursday in honor of George Rogers, who died Sunday at age 93.

GCI to air AFN convention
ANCHORAGE - General Communication Inc. says it will provide live coverage of the upcoming Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Fairbanks.

Houston city clerk resigns on election day
HOUSTON - Houston City Clerk Steve Cunningham has resigned on Election Day.

Sjoroos suits up for JDHS
For the first time in five years Tuesday, Juneau-Douglas football coach Rich Sjoroos suited up in full pads and participated in practice as the team prepared for Saturday's showdown against undefeated West Anchorage in the 4A state semifinals in Anchorage.

Le leads the 'D'
On the football field, Crimson Bears senior cornerback Vinh Le plays on an island. But the Railbelt All-Conference First Team selection doesn't mind.

Group stands behind ad Murkowski calls untrue
JUNEAU - Alaska broadcasters said Tuesday that they'd decide for themselves whether to run ads by a national tea party group that U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's campaign called "littered with lies and intentional mischaracterizations."

Summer ferry schedules out early
The Alaska Marine Highway System has published its new summer schedule, both on-time and featuring new service to Bellingham and Gustavus.

Native corporations revenues grew to $7B
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's 12 regional Native corporations doubled revenues from 2004 to nearly $7 billion in 2008.

Murkowski receives endorsement from Southeast Native organization
The Alaska Native Brotherhood/Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand Camp has voted to endorse Sen. Lisa Murkowski's write-in bid for the United States Senate.

Shell seeks to drill in Beaufort Sea
ANCHORAGE - Shell Oil announced Wednesday that it has scaled back its Arctic Ocean exploration plans in 2011 to promising sites in the Beaufort Sea, backing off prospects in the Chukchi Sea until legal clouds are cleared.

Feds to require permits for Togiak refuge rivers
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will require anglers to obtain permits on float trips on some rivers in the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge.

HUD to provide zero-interest bridge loans to help homeowners
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced it will provide nearly $4 million for zero-interest "bridge loans" to help struggling homeowners in Alaska, according to a press release. This is through its Emergency Homeowners Loan Program, or EHLP.

Sen. French accuses Parnell of health reform delay
ANCHORAGE - State Sen. Hollis French has accused Gov. Sean Parnell of dragging his feet in implementing federal health care reform because of his personal opposition.

After angry e-mail, Todd Palin, Miller deny rift
JUNEAU - First Todd Palin was mad at Republican Senate nominee Joe Miller for stepping around the question of whether his wife is qualified to be president. Now he's mad at the media for releasing his angry e-mail to Miller, who received a key endorsement from Sarah Palin on his way to becoming a tea party favorite.

Agency seeks delay in bear trap plan
ANCHORAGE - The Department of Fish and Game is asking for a delay in a proposal that would legalize bear trapping for the first time in Alaska since statehood.

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