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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Crimson Bears need a working scoreboard, among other things
It is embarrassing to the city of Juneau that our scoreboard at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park (where JDHS plays its football games) does not work.

Oxy addicts need recovery options
As a recovering OxyContin addict, I understand the anxiety and suffering users and their families are experiencing. Initially, I felt that the idea of drug testing high school students was just a good way to alienate and push them away, but with more thought I've come to the conclusion that detection of users may be a good first step.

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.

Local 9-year-old featured on 'Ellen'
A local 9-year-old got some international attention for her creative talents Thursday.

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.

Governor's Mansion slated for energy funds
Republican Gov. Sean Parnell backed former Gov. Sarah Palin's veto of $28.6 million in energy stimulus funding, but is willing to accept the money after the Legislature overrode the veto in an August special session.

Juneau cleared from EPA air quality watch list
For the first time since the Environmental Protection Agency toughened standards for airborne fine particulate matter in 2006, Juneau is off of the agency's air quality watch list - but just barely.

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.

USPS intercepts Juneau-bound Oxy in the mail
A 30-year-old man was arrested on a felony drug charge Wednesday in connection with OxyContin being sent through the mail to Juneau. Police are searching for a male accomplice.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Today's featured survivor: Jane Lindsey
Age: 50.

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.

Photo: Look into my eyes
Heather Haugland walks by a house decorated for Halloween at the corner of Tenth Street and Glacier Avenue on Thursday.

Around Town
Today, Oct. 8

Around Town
Today, Oct. 9

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Empire editorial: Parnell's push for higher learning
Gov. Sean Parnell took a big step Tuesday toward making college more affordable by proposing the state devote $400 million in savings toward a merit-based scholarship program for Alaska high school students. The plan would encourage Alaska's high schoolers to attend college in-state, with an estimated 2,900 students eligible for money.

Sympathy for the general
I feel sorry for Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal. The top commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan is in hot water. Last week, he rejected the idea of scaling down U.S. troop levels and fighting al-Qaeda there with drones and missiles. Such a strategy shift - which some in the administration are advancing - would be "shortsighted," he said.

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.

A new Pooh? Oh bother
A s one who can see a cloud in any silver lining, I have a soft spot for Winnie-the-Pooh's melancholy friend, Eeyore. So I wasn't surprised to find myself agreeing with the donkey's gloomy prediction in the introduction to author David Benedictus' new book of Pooh stories, "Return to the Hundred Acre Wood," which was released this week. "He'll get it wrong," Eeyore says of the writer. "See if he doesn't."

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.

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.

What's in those woods?
Discovery Southeast kicks off its Discovery Days at Eaglecrest Ski Area Oct. 15 and 16, as part of its fall and winter curriculum for Juneau students.

Commercial geoduck clam fishery opens
The Alaska Fish and Game announced information concerning the 2009-10 commercial geoduck clam season in Southeast Alaska.

Snowmobile trail grants awarded to state for 2010
The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation has announced the recipients of the 2010 Snowmobile Trail Grant and Grooming Pool awards.

The necessities: Food, water and a bit of fresh air
"We can now assume that just as children need good nutrition and adequate sleep, they may very well need contact with nature." Richard Louv, in "Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature Deficit-Disorder."

Take a wild, colorful ride on Juneau's Thunder Mountain
"Thunder Mountain - you mean like that ride at Disneyland?" my sister asked when I told her about the latest hike I was scheming. "You know, the one with the mountain goat and the collapsing mine?"

Crisp October days beckon a colorful hello
An early October day of high overcast, with filtered sunshine and temperatures in the low forties was a perfect day for a walk. I ambled out to the beach at the mouth of Eagle River.

Receiver tracks chum and coho in the Susitna River
SUSITNA RIVER, Alaska - A new study by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game promises to give biologists a better understanding of chum and coho salmon spawning patterns and distribution in the Susitna River drainage.

Photo: Chihuahua backpack
A Chihuahua pokes its head out of a hiker's backpack on the Perseverance Trail in September.

On the hook
David Oliver holds a 52-inch halibut reeled up by his son Derek, 15, in mid-July on the back side of Douglas Island. Margot Oliver, 5, stands next to the pair.

Subsistence salmon fishing to remain open through Sunday
Subsistence salmon fishing in the Chilkat River, scheduled to close Sept. 30, will remain open through Sunday to allow additional subsistence harvest opportunity on late-run sockeye salmon returning to the Chilkat River, according to a release from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game.

Out & About
Today, Oct. 9

8 families displaced after Fort Wainwright fire
FAIRBANKS - A fire at a Fort Wainwright housing unit has damaged four apartments and displaced eight families.

Palin attends 1st Striker brigade ceremony
FAIRBANKS - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has made a rare public appearance since leaving office.

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.

Permanent Fund dividends deposited Thursday
DILLINGHAM - Alaskans are feeling a little richer - at least those with direct deposit.

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 assembly reviewing plastic bag tax
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks Borough Assembly is taking a second look at the 5-cent plastic bag tax set to take effect next year.

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

JDHS football coach calling it a career
Citing health reasons, Juneau-Douglas head football coach Bill Chalmers has decided to retire after more than four years roaming the Crimson Bears' sideline.

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.

Bears football players clean up with All-Conference honors
The Railbelt Conference Champion Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears were well-represented on the All-Conference First and Second teams, with interim head coach Rich Sjoroos winning Coach of the Year, and linebacker Jack Perkins earning Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Sports in Juneau

Photo: Crimson Bears volleyball hosting Jive Tournament
Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball player Maria Weyhrauch spikes a kill during a drill in practice Wednesday night. The Crimson Bears are hosting the Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza - a yearly tournament held since 1998 - today and Saturday at JDHS. The tournament will feature 11 other high schools and several JV teams, and begins at 4:30 p.m. today. The JDHS varsity's first match isn't until 7 p.m. against Haines in the main gym, while Thunder Mountain plays Ketchikan at 4:30 p.m. in the auxiliary gym.

Sports in Juneau

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.

Parnell picks Coghill to replace Therriault
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sean Parnell on Thursday picked state Rep. John Coghill to replace Gene Therriault as state senator from District F, which stretches from North Pole to Valdez.

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.

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.

Hunter cited for shooting bear near Sterling Highway
STERLING - A Kenai National Wildlife Refuge enforcement officer has cited one of two hunters who opened fire on a bear in front of people who had been taking pictures as it fished in the Kenai River, next to the Sterling Highway bridge.

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.

Village's drinking water system shut down
ANCHORAGE - The drinking water system in a town on an island in the Bering Sea a few dozen miles from Siberia remained shut down Thursday over fears it is contaminated with gasoline.

10 arrested in Selawik burglary
ANCHORAGE - State Troopers arrested 10 people following a break-in at the village store in Selawik.

Photo: Whale party
Boaters and fishermen near Ketchikan watch Saturday as a group of up to six humpback whales gorged on herring, repeatedly breaking the surface together, showing flukes and backs, blowing and sometimes making loud shrieking and groaning noises before diving, only to surface again minutes later. Seagulls feeding on herring driven to the surface by the whales let boaters know where the whales would surface next.

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