Thursday, October 8, 2009

Reclaiming tradition
For more than a hundred years, over 70 Alutiiq ceremonial masks were housed in a museum in France, honored as art yet completely cut off from their original cultural context.

ARTS & CULTURE CALENDAR
THURSDAY

Young Company begins new season with 'Dracula'
Perseverance Theatre's Young Company, an acting class for students ages 10 to 16, will begin Tuesday, Oct. 13. This season, A talented group of young actors will work on the play "Dracula" with a local theater director.

Perseverance's Christina Apathy wins Fox Fellowship
Perseverance Theatre company member Christina Apathy was recently awarded a Resident Actor Fellowship from the William & Eva Fox Foundation, the theater recently announced. Apathy is one of only five recipients of the fellowship in the United States.

Local dances held Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights
A new monthly dance series kicks off Friday night with a square dance at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. The dances will benefit a different nonprofit each month, beginning this week with the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council. Old-time music will be provided by Rolling Freight Train. No experience is necessary, as all dances will be taught and called by Tom Paul. Partners are not necessary. Beer and wine will be served by the Rendezvous. Admission is $5. The event begins at 8 p.m. and is open to all ages.

State museum summer exhibits in their final week
Two special exhibitions which have been on display at the Alaska State Museum this past summer will be closing this month.

Author to discuss lasting impacts of Valdez oil spill
Author and activist Riki Ott will present "The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Impact: on Ecology and Community" at Friday night's Evening at Egan lecture. Her talk will begin at 7 p.m. in the Egan Library on the University of Alaska Southeast Auke Lake campus.

Still teaching tolerance 10 years later
Eleven years after the murder of homosexual college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyo., his legacy has lived on to teach thousands of people valuable lessons about tolerance and prejudice.

'Lying' pays off
B ecause I'm a firm believer that there is no time like the present to procrastinate, I did just that this week. What movie to see? For the first time in quite some time there were actually two new movies I had a genuine interest in. "Zombieland," playing downtown, was the more popular movie over the weekend at the box office, but when Ricky Gervais is involved I can't just shrug him off.

AK Design Forum's lectures begin Oct. 7
The Alaska Design Forum's annual lecture series will bring five events to Juneau this season. This season's lectures, the LATITUDE series, will explore building and design in other high-latitude environments.

Canvas offers new classes, workshops, in October
October is a busy month at The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery, with classes, holiday workshops and open studios going on nearly every evening.

Nick Jans to read from 'Glacier Wolf' at downtown library
This Saturday, well-known local author Nick Jans will read from his latest book, "The Glacier Wolf" beginning at 7 p.m.

Mustard Seed plans Saturday market at St. Ann's Hall
A downtown nonprofit gift shop destroyed by fire is staging a one-morning sale to help it get back into business.

Judge a president by decisions, not color
In regards to the recent letter regarding the harsh treatment of Obama. I just wanted to say that I greatly appreciate the writer's candor and his thoughts, but at the same time, I think it needs to be said that every past president made many mistakes in regards to this country. I for one, didn't care what color the person was, it was his decisions that made his legacy.

Turning the tides on domestic violence
Myrna Brown had been to the local women's shelter more than a dozen times as a victim of domestic violence before she finally gained the courage to leave her abusive husband.

Juneau voters boost incumbents Botelho wins mayoral race in landslide
Juneau voters gave Mayor Bruce Botelho a birthday present Tuesday by re-electing him for another three-year term.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Today's featured survivor
Dr. Carolyn Brown

Around Town
Today, Oct. 7

Danner edges Madsen for Assembly District 2 seat
Ruth Danner's middle-of-the-road stance and promise to listen apparently resonated with Juneau voters, who handed her the open Assembly District 2 seat by a margin of about 400 votes in elections on Tuesday.

State education chief supports cultural learning
Cultural and academic education shouldn't be separate and unequal, Alaska Commissioner of Education Larry LeDoux said on Wednesday.

Stone turns back challenge, wins third term on Assembly
David Stone won re-election to a third term on the Juneau Assembly, turning back a challenge by Karen Lawfer 64 percent to 36 percent.

Investment deal fails, ending conflict concerns
When the target of a multibillion dollar state lawsuit concerning government pensions took steps to acquire Callan Associates, an investment adviser to multiple state agencies, it raised serious conflict of interest concerns.

Story, Choate and Carlson likely to retain School Board seats
After polls closed Tuesday, it appeared each incumbent on the Juneau School Board would be re-elected for another term. However, about 1,500 absentee and questioned votes will be counted Friday.

Voters overwhelmingly approve renovations for Gastineau Elementary
Voters' approval of Proposition 1 in Tuesday's municipal elections means Gastineau Elementary School should be brought up to code and completely renovated by the end of summer 2012.

Photo: International Walk to School Day
Volunteer Sue Baxter talks Wednesday with ten-year-old Jade Kalk, a fifth-grader at Harborview Elementary School, about walking safely to school. The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, the coalition group No Child Left Inside, and volunteers participated in the event at Harborview and Floyd Dryden Middle School. Schools in 42 countries and over 4 million students worldwide are participating in International Walk to School Day.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: today's featured survivor: Beth Weigel
Age: 41.

Voters say yes to raising tobacco taxes
Beginning Jan. 1, the tax on cigarettes will increase to $1 a pack from 30 cents. Other tobacco products will see an increase to 45 percent from 12 percent, following voters' overwhelming passage of Proposition 2 in Tuesday's municipal elections.

Around Town
Today, Oct. 8

Photos: Orcas grace Gastineau Channel
Orcas from a small pod surfaced Tuesday in Gastineau Channel, spending more than an hour swimming in the water near the Douglas Island Pink and Chum hatchery.

Photo: Street art
Artist Apayo Moore adds finishing touches Tuesday to a mural on a cement wall at the corner of Gastineau Avenue and Second Street. Moore, who just graduated from college with a bachelor's degree in art business, is visiting from Dillingham. She was asked by resident Matt Davidson, who lives on Gastineau Avenue, to paint the mural with help from neighborhood residents. Davidson organized permission from the city and lot owner Alaska Electric Light & Power Co., and paid for the materials. Davidson is raising donations for the project, and hopes to pay Moore for the four days she spent painting the mural.

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

Photo: Hammering out a sidewalk
Feleti Maka, left, and Francisco Valadez of JMS Friendly Islands Concrete & Masonry lay out bricks Tuesday for the sidewalk in front of the Thomas B. Stewart Legislative Office Building.

Robert Beierly Jr.
Lifetime Juneau resident Robert "Bob" P. Beierly Jr (II) died Oct. 2, 2009, at home after a long battle with lung and heart conditions. He was 69.

John Marks
Lifelong Juneau resident John Marks died suddenly on Sept. 28, 2009, of heart failure complicated by a kidney disorder. He was stricken while preparing to attend funeral services for his departed sister, Linda Lee Marks Dugaqua, and was rushed to the emergency room while family and friends were at Linda's viewing. He was 66.

Fred Gaffney
Juneau resident Fred Gaffney died in his home on Oct. 3, 2009, after a struggle with cancer. He was 63.

Brandon Edward Edge
Brandon Edward Edge died Oct. 3, 2009, in Juneau.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch
Let me start by saying I didn't move to Juneau for the retail shopping opportunities. Although, if it's knock-off Deadliest Catch merchandise you're in the market for, this is as good a place as any.

Matter of trust
Government ownership of banks, car factories and insurance companies has little or no precedent in U.S. history - and a poor track record in countries that have tried it. When governments own companies, they succumb to the temptation to manage them according to political rather than economic criteria. Losses mount, and government bleeds the rest of the economy to cover them.

Outside editorial: Pass shield law
The Obama administration's efforts to impede Senate approval of a law designed to protect reporters from punishment if they refuse to divulge confidential sources are both surprising and utterly disappointing.

Timing, tactics matter in terrorism cases
Last month, officials in the U.S. Department of Justice announced that its agents had foiled no less than three separate alleged terrorist plots in the country.

Exchange we can believe in
IRBIL, Iraq - Speaking at Cairo University in June, President Obama pledged to "expand exchange programs and increase scholarships, like the one that brought my father to America." Nowhere is that change more urgently needed than in providing educational opportunities in Iraq.

In Afghanistan war, more clarity is needed
Unusual friction seems to be developing between the Obama administration and its commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal. The national security adviser, James Jones, appeared to rebuke McChrystal for campaigning to get 40,000 additional troops to stabilize Afghanistan.

E-mail thread keeps family talking
Two years ago, after my father's death, my mother found herself living alone for the first time in six decades. The situation, to her children and grandkids, was fraught with peril. Yes, my 86-year-old mother was a miracle of health and vigor. But her house in Connecticut, which she and my father had built in 1952, was designed around staircases, inclines and passages too narrow for emergency management. Its dramatic architecture made it possible to entertain hundreds - but not to house a live-in aide. And my mother's suburban enclave offered such pristine seclusion that the closest neighbor could not possibly hear a cry for help.

Recovering the New Deal ideal
A disquieting phrase has entered our economic lexicon: "new normal." The "new normal" economy that emerges from our recovery, many economists fear, won't look like the old normal, the American economy of the past couple of decades. It will look worse.

Anchorage man dies in jump from bridge
TALKEETNA - An Anchorage man died on the way to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center after initially surviving a 300-foot fall from the Hurricane Gulch bridge.

Senators approve Alaska militia pay
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Senate has approved a provision in its defense appropriations bill to resume retirement pay for World War II veterans who patrolled Alaska when it was a territory.

Ore. man accused of sex crimes with teen
NEWBERG, Ore. - A 44-year-old man was accused of rape, sodomy and other sex-related crimes, including posting Craigslist ads to solicit others to join in group sex with a 14-year-old girl, authorities said Wednesday.

Fairbanks woman sentenced for meth
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks woman has been sentenced to one year in jail for her role in a mail theft ring.

Car strikes, kills man in wheelchair
ANCHORAGE - A man in a wheelchair died early Tuesday after he was struck by a car at an Anchorage intersection.

Anchorage building body likely a moose
ANCHORAGE - A maintenance crew discovered what looked like a mutilated body with a severed head on top of an Anchorage office building.

City Council won't censure member
NORTH POLE - The North Pole City Council decided not to admonish Councilman Doug Wilson for secretly recording a meeting that was closed to the public.

Parnell appoints Juneau's Enoch to disabilities committee
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell announced Tuesday the appointment of Don Enoch Jr. of Juneau to the Governor's Committee on Employment and Rehabilitation of People with Disabilities.

Parnell speaks to Eagle River chamber
EAGLE RIVER - Gov. Sean Parnell continues his travels around the state this week.

Police officer put under house arrest
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage police officer accused of sexually assaulting women while on duty has been released on $100,000 bail.

DOT marks 'Walk or Bike to School Day'
JUNEAU - Students from two Juneau schools will have the opportunity this morning to participate in "Walk or Bike to School Day" events organized by the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

Rowing draws Alaskans of all ages
ANCHORAGE - In Alaska rowing, the legendary six degrees of separation may be a bit much. Two or three degrees should cover it.

Bears, Falcons hosting meet
After finishing second as a combined team two weeks ago in Ketchikan, the Juneau-Douglas boys' and girls' swim teams are ready to represent the city in their home pool, not to mention sleep in their own beds and get some good home cooking.

Sports in Juneau
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Fewer putting fund money in college plan
FAIRBANKS - The number of state residents directing Alaska Permanent Fund dividend money toward college savings increased each year between 1998 and 2008. Then came 2009.

Parnell wants $400 million from state reserve to fund scholarships
Gov. Sean Parnell on Tuesday proposed devoting $400 million in state savings to a new scholarship program for Alaska high school students. Scholarship money would vary depending on a student's grades.

Sea otters get habitat protection
ANCHORAGE - Four years after being placed on the Endangered Species List, the dwindling sea otters of southwest Alaska on Wednesday were given an important recovery tool.

Endangered US beluga whale group declining, study shows
ANCHORAGE - A government study found that a group of endangered beluga whales in Alaska is declining, raising concern that bolstered protection for the animals is not coming quickly enough.

Parnell backs income tax credits for cruise industry
The tourism industry got a boost Tuesday after Gov. Sean Parnell announced his support of creating corporate income tax credits for cruise lines that contribute to the Alaska Travel Industry Association's marketing campaign.

Months later, no dice on requests for Palin e-mails
ANCHORAGE - Public records requests made over a year ago for Sarah Palin's e-mails still haven't been filled by the state, and the Alaska Democratic Party chairwoman alleges it's an attempt to bury the past.

Meds might be forced on arson suspect
PALMER - Prosecutors say a Wasilla man who admitted burning his father's house down should be forced to take anti-psychotic medications.

TransCanada set to play key role in Alaska's natural gas line
Many Alaskans don't know it, but there's a long, 30-year history to TransCanada Corp.'s interest in Alaska natural gas.

Levi Johnston to pose nude for Playgirl
ANCHORAGE - Levi Johnston is going for the ultimate exposure - the 19-year-old father of Sarah Palin's grandchild will pose nude for Playgirl, his attorney said Wednesday.

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