Friday, October 8, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Second crossing not the people's priority
Several times in the past few weeks, while listening to the debate on the failed second crossing, I heard City Assemblyman Merrill Sanford state, when polled, the crossing was at the bottom of a priority list for capital improvement projects for the city.

Murkowski, Miller same sides of the corporate coin
A cynical observer would find Sen. Lisa Murkowski's write-in bid amusing. She lost her primary because she was so busy mounting a hate-campaign against President Barack Obama and the federal government that she didn't pay attention to Joe Miller's hate campaign against her. Oops! Now she's back claiming to be a moderate, asking the Democrats she so recently despised to vote for her. Her claim? Miller is an extremist.

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.

Conservative star Miller ran as a moderate before
Two Alaska politicians who knew Republican candidate Joe Miller before almost anyone else in Alaska say the Miller they were familiar with wasn't the one they're reading about in the media now.

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.

Douglas earns spot in 4-H Hall of Fame
He made a difference in Juneau's youth for 20 years and is now being honored for it.

Photo: Future firefighters
Harborview Elementary School kindergarteners Jason Hope and Madeline Rose handle a fire hose nozzle as volunteer firefighter Houston Laws of Capital City Fire and Rescue leads the class on a tour of a fire truck Thursday as part of National Fire Prevention Week. This year's theme, "Smoke Alarms: A sound you can live with," encourages all Americans to test alarms at least once a month, and to check their batteries and locations.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month, today's featured survivor: Raemel Davis
Raemel Davis, 59

Photo: Termination dust
Termination dust coats the mountain tops around the Mendenhall Valley as seen from the Don Statter Boat Harber at Auke Bay on Monday.

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.

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.

Police & Fire
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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.

Corrections
In Thursday's Empire, a story on page A7 titled "SEARHC honors advocates" contained an unclear headline. The awards were given by the Sitka Health Summit. SEARHC is one of the groups sponsoring the summit.

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.

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.

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

Plays at Perseverance mark time of transformation
Juneau has transformed in short order from a city lit with a surprising amount of summer sunshine and a downtown dotted with tourists to a quiet hometown covered in chilly rain, a precursor to the final metamorphosis into winter.

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.

The end of a secular society in Turkey bodes ill for U.S.
WASHINGTON - No one should expect allies to always agree.

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

Bashing Turkey is a misguided GOP campaign strategy
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - For Republican pundits, Turkey is our new enemy, much like Hamas, Iran and other mosque-builders.

'Button' bucks gone wrong
A foursome of young bucks fell upon some good luck Sunday as they were pulled from the icy waters of Stephens Passage by a group of locals out to enjoy the last few days of recent sunshine. These good Samaritans describe their experience as "one of those defining moments in life."

The town friend few really knew
Romeo was known by many, but understood by few.

Autumn bits and pieces
I'm inclined to think of fall as "dud" season here. The birds are no longer nesting and few are singing; the forest is silent. Although we have our gorgeous, golden cottonwoods and sometimes some bright yellow willows, we don't have the dramatic and spectacular show of fall foliage that the Midwest and New England enjoy. The days are getting shorter and shorter. And then there is usually the rain ...

Recent rescue @ the Juneau Raptor Center
Name: "STEVIE"

Photo: A view as good as gold
The view from Gold Ridge on Sept. 15 is pictured in this panoramic image. Wild Shots will run again next week. To submit yours, send them to Abby Lowell, abby.lowell@juneauempire.com.

Public comment open for glacier area lakes salmon stocking program
JUNEAU - The Department of Fish & Game, Sport Fish Division, is proposing to release hatchery-raised king salmon into Glacier, Moraine and Crystal Lakes in the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area, according to a news release. The project is an extension of the division's freshwater stocking program and is in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service.

Raffle time for the Raptor Center
JUNEAU - The Juneau Raptor Center is holding a raffle sale in an effort to raise funds for the local nonprofit from now until Sunday, Nov. 28.

Hunting closure: Bull moose in Gustavus portion of Unit 1(C)
JUNEAU - Biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game in Douglas have announced an early closure to the moose hunting season to maintain an adequate bull-to-cow ratio during the breeding period.

Safety training offered for Juneau fisherman
JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer a free 10-hour fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Bill Ray Center, 1108 F St.

Tides
Today, Oct. 8

Shooting hours: Oct. 8-30
Today, Oct. 8 6:48 a.m.-6:11 p.m.

2 former presidents, Palin will be in Ala.
MOBILE, Ala. - Alabama will host three political heavyweights on the same day with former presidents George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, as well as former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, at separate events.

Tanker truck crashes near Matanuska River
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers say a tanker truck carrying petroleum has crashed at Mile 78 Glenn Highway near the Matanuska River.

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.

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.

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

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.

Army officer recommends trial in Afghan killings
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - An investigating officer at Joint Base Lewis-McChord has recommended a court-martial for one of the soldiers accused of killing three civilians in Afghanistan.

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.

Most Alaskans get PFDs on Thursday
ANCHORAGE - Most Alaskans' bank accounts swelled on Thursday.

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

2 charged with robbery
ANCHORAGE - Two people were charged with robbery after Anchorage police say a drug deal went wrong.

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.

Bears' Fenumiai all grown up
Over the past two seasons, Juneau-Douglas quarterback Phillip Fenumiai has grown up right before our eyes.

Two of state's top offensive, defensive units to meet in semis
The Crimson Bears refused to let the past dictate the outcome of last weekend's come-from-behind state quarterfinal victory against Chugiak in Juneau, and this week they hope to prevent history from repeating itself once again.

Bears tennis teams primed for state
The Juneau-Douglas tennis team heads to the state tournament in Anchorage with expectations to compete with the best Alaska has to offer.

JIVE jumps off today
Right: Juneau-Douglas senior Megan Hart sets a pass during the Crimson Bears Alumni Game.

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.

US Senate bill would strip Native corps. of contracting edge
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri says she wants to strip Alaska Native corporations of the unprecedented edge they now enjoy in obtaining federal contracts worth billions of dollars.

AP: Documents show feds investigated Hickel
JUNEAU - Walter Hickel was investigated by federal authorities for fraud for having a National Guard plane ferry personal belongings to Alaska from Washington, D.C., after President Richard Nixon fired him as U.S. Interior secretary.

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.

A first faceoff for 3 Senate candidates
JUNEAU - Nearly two weeks after declaring the gloves off in her rematch with Republican rival Joe Miller, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski took aim at the conservative's contention that the era of earmarks is dead, saying aid to further build infrastructure in this still-young state is vital, not pork.

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.

Anti-incumbent mood prevails in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks voters were in a mood to send incumbents packing.

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.

Agency: Alaska subsistence overhaul up to Congress
FAIRBANKS - The U.S. Interior Department has proposed adding two seats for rural Alaskans to the board that oversees hunting and fishing protections but has stopped short of the overhaul sought by some Alaska Natives, who want stronger, explicit rights.

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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