Friday, October 10, 2008

TIGER TALES
Animals have long played important cultural roles in societies around the world. A new book by Juneau resident Alexander Dolitsky highlights the cultural significance Siberian tigers have held in the Russian Far East.

Juneau artist Wallen subject of documentary
A new documentary about Juneau artist R.T. "Skip" Wallen that airs nationally this week helps highlight the importance Alaska played in the Allies' victory in World War II.

Reptile naturalist to visit Juneau on Oct. 19
Naturalist Scott Shupe from the Kentucky Reptile Zoo and the Natural History Educational Company is touring schools and libraries with his live reptiles and will make a stop in Alaska's capital city.

Juneau Dance Unlimited to host open house Oct. 11
Juneau Dance Unlimited will hold an open house and the organization's annual meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the dance studio, located at 8420 Airport Blvd., Suite 202, in the new Alaska Litho Building.

Summer exhibits to close at state museum
Several summer-long exhibits will be closing in the coming days at the Alaska State Museum.

New and classic CD audiobooks include 'The Secret History of Tom Truehart, Boy Adventurer,' 'Peter and the Wolf'
In addition to the new audiobooks on CD for kids listed below, you'll also find lots of classics in audiobook form like Stravinsky's "Peter and the Wolf," Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass," Stevenson's "Treasure Island," and even White's "Stuart Little" on the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Reporter-turned-novelist lives her secret dream
BALTIMORE - Laura Lippman had her share of good fortune as she made the transition from frustrated newspaper reporter to part-time crime novelist to critically acclaimed best-selling author. But her bold career move didn't happen by chance.

What's Happening
THURSDAY, OCT. 9

Juneau discusses search and rescues
Plan on getting lost in the wilderness anytime soon? Few do, but Juneau's history is replete with examples of lost hikers or boaters.

Record dividend size brings new garnishments
The Alaska Permanent Fund dividend windfall, boosted by the Legislature to a record-high $3,269 this year, is having some unanticipated consequences.

Chase suspect has history of drunken driving
Last month, police said Victor Powell led them on a chase after he allegedly struck a woman with his van, was shot at by an officer and crashed into the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge.

Fisheries managers tweak halibut subsistence rules
Limited subsistence fishing for halibut will be allowed in Juneau and Ketchikan, by Alaska Native tribal members with an educational or ceremonial permit.

Mental health awareness rally today at Capitol
Twenty percent of families across the country are directly affected in some way by mental illness, said National Alliance on Mental Illness-Juneau Executive Director Aaron Hozid.

Unofficial results by precinct
The following are unofficial results by precinct in Juneau's 2008 Municipal Election.

Photo: Relaying election results
Juneau city employees Diane Kyser, left, and MIchelle Brown receive election results by phone Tuesday evening in the Juneau Assembly chambers.

Photo: Fluid movements
Annie Geselle, front, leads a Tai Chi Chuan class Thursday night at The Canvas. The class is a beginner 15-week class in which students learn about 12 of the 37 total movements in Tai Chi Chuan. Geselle instructs four classes a week. Mark Lukey, right, and John Sisk follow in the background.

Photo: Notorious Nickie
The famous black bear sow, named Nickie by many because of a nick in her left ear, wanders out of the brush and onto the road as she looks both ways before crossing Thursday near the Mendenhall Glacier. The silver salmon have been swimming up Steep creek but in small numbers so far. Bears in the area have been seen eating lots of ground cones and roots with an occasional salmon.

Photo: Bug zappers
Spencer Comes, right, and Brady Barger shoot spiders and insects in a video game called "Let's Go Jungle" on Wednesday at Bullwinkle's in the Mendenhall Valley. The boys are seventh-graders at Blatchley Middle School in Sikta. There were visiting Juneau for a soccer game, and were enjoying an after-game dinner party with the rest of the team.

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

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

Around Town
Today

Around Town
Today

'Blindness' worth seeing
What would you do if right now, this very second, you lost your eyesight? No warning signs, no symptoms, just blindness. Maybe you're at work, maybe you're driving, maybe you're cooking dinner, but whatever you're doing... your world suddenly goes dark. Think about that honestly for a second. What would you do? How scary would that be? Who would help you?

Zellweger should have been run out of town in 'Appaloosa'
"Appaloosa" is half a good Western.

New version of 'Evil' released on DVD
'Touch of Evil'

Juneau's Cinema guide

Juneau hosts Legendary Irish folk musician Tommy sands
R enowned singer-songwriter and peace activist Tommy Sands has seen firsthand how music can bring people together.

Gordon Bok's Juneau stop inspires fruitful search
This is about free music by legendary folk singer Gordon Bok and those inspired by his songs of the seas. But, as my last column as a U.S. resident, it serves a larger point: There's a lot I'm going to miss about Juneau, including how brief stops by artists frequently lead to discovering vast new resources of music "out there."

Yamagata releases second album despite label's refusal to back it
You've probably heard the music of singer/songwriter Rachael Yamagata even if you're not aware of it.

Cold War, Cool Band
Cold War Kids, "Loyalty toLoyalty" ★★★ ½

CommunityCon comes together
Losing a loved one is never easy. And after losing her mother to liver disease and cancer, Juneau-Douglas High School sophomore Allison Brandt, 16, learned that the hard way.

Women's programs, Planned Parenthood offer free clinic
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium WISEWOMAN and Breast and Cervical Health programs are teaming up with Planned Parenthood of Alaska's Sitka Health Center to offer a free health clinic for women on Saturday. The free clinic is in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, which is a perfect time to start a tradition of prevention.

Surviving cancer is complicated
There were three particularly important women diagnosed with breast cancer in the 1970s: Betty Ford, Happy Rockefeller and my mom.

Five obtain certified nurses assistant state certification
JUNEAU - Cornerstone Home Health is pleased to announce the completion of the first Personal Care Attendant to Certified Nurses Assistant bridge program by the University of Alaska Southeast in a rural community.

Detect cancer early with breast exams, yearly mammograms
The following is information from the American Cancer Society Web site regarding screening and detection strategies for the public:

Day of Caring
United Way of Southeast Alaska's second Day of Caring, held Oct. 4 at various location in Juneau, matched approximately 84 volunteers from 11 local businesses with projects at 13 area nonprofit organizations. Each team volunteered its time and skills in order to complete much-needed service projects for the nonprofits, including painting dormitories, building an accessibility ramp, shampooing carpets, holding a food drive at local grocery stores and repainting the Mendenhall Valley skate park.

Ketchikan professor receives Emmy award
University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan faculty member, Priscilla Schulte, professor of anthropology and sociology, recently received an Emmy, as a member of the Academic Advisory Committee, for an educational series titled "Physical Anthropology: The Evolving Human." It won in the category of Best Instructional Programming.

Locals organize a 'Protest Sarah Palin' rally this Saturday
JUNEAU - A "Protest Sarah Palin" rally will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday in front of the Capitol, downtown.

CHELSEA BROWN
Age: 14.

Tlingít & Friends Bike Club to host ride and celebration Saturday
SITKA - The Tlingít & Friends Bike Club will host a special event at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Baranof Elementary School covered playground shelter.

'Stewarding Creation for Life' conference to be held Oct. 16
JUNEAU - The Alaska Interfaith Power and Light will hold its "Stewarding Creation for Life" conference from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Cathedral of Nativity.

Local nurse Darnall to relocate to Women Caring for Women
JUNEAU - Deana Darnall, women's health nurse practitioner, is pleased to announce her relocation starting Oct. 13 to join Dr. Nell A. Wagoner at Women Caring For Women, 3268 Hospital Drive, Suite B.

Sons of Norway host Annual Membership Dinner Saturday
JUNEAU - Juneau's Sons of Norway and Friends of Scandinavia lodge will hold its Annual Membership Dinner 2008 on Saturday, Oct. 11, in the Treadwell Banquet Room of the Baranof Hotel. Social hour will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a halibut dinner at 6 p.m.

Big lessons in mini-golf
There are people who play golf and then there are people who play miniature golf. The original version of golf used to be available to few and came with certain economic restrictions. Expensive equipment, hefty green fees, and elite golf club memberships put the sport out of reach with the common man. Today things have changed and golf has opened its doors to the public. However, there has been one champion who has been bringing golf to the masses for a very long time; miniature golf. This small scale version of its older brother has been entertaining people of all ages for years.

University of Alaska students sponsor coat, jacket drive
JUNEAU - University of Alaska Southeast students are sponsoring a coat and jacket drive, "Jackets for Juneau," until Friday, Oct. 17, at the following locations:

United Way and city to host Affordable Housing Summit
JUNEAU - The United Way of Southeast Alaska and the city of Juneau's Affordable Housing Commission will host an Affordable Housing Summit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, at Centennial Hall. The program is open to the public and free of charge.

Northern Lights Junior Theatre to hold its annual meeting Oct. 18
JUNEAU - The Northern Lights Junior Theatre will hold its annual meeting from 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Nugget Mall in the space next to Jensen's Home Furnishings, at the opposite end from JoAnn's.

Sitka invites Southeast residents to come celebrate Alaska Day
SITKA - The Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce invites Southeast Alaska residents to come to Sitka this weekend to enjoy the Alaska Day festivities.

Thanks for supporting Friends of the Flags, thanks to volunteers
The 50 state flags that flew over Egan Drive this summer were taken down on Sept. 21 by our great crew for Friends of the Flags. (Luckily, it wasn't raining or blowing.)

Recognitions
Katie Cerne, a sophomore at Juneau-Douglas High School, was selected to attend a unique leadership development conference, National Young Leaders Conference, this week, Oct 7-12, in Washington, D.C.

Thanks to those who helped revitalize the arts, culture center
Thank you to Ben Brown for noting the one-year anniversary of the opening of the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Thanks for contributing to weed removal project
I'd like to extend a thank you to the volunteers and agencies that helped with a Bohemian (commonly referred to as Japanese) knotweed 'smother.' The UAF Cooperative Extension Service Juneau District office along with the Forest Service, Juneau Watershed Partnership and Parks and Recreation implemented a small Bohemian knotweed eradication project this summer. Our goal is to eradicate a dense, moderately sized patch of knotweed along the lake without the use of pesticides. If successful then local homeowners may have another option for fighting this 'take over your yard' weed.

Thanks for helping on National Public Lands Day
This past Saturday, Sept. 27, SAGA and the U.S. Forest Service led local volunteers in service for National Public Lands Day. We would like to thank all of those who helped make the day a success. National Public Lands Day is a great event that we look forward to making a major community event in the future.

Thanks for supporting Juneau youth baseball
On behalf of the Midnight Suns Baseball Club, we would like to thank Alaska Pacific Bank, Bartlett Regional Hospital, DeHarts, First National Bank of Alaska, Greens Creek Mining, Lessmeier & Winters, Nugget Alaskan Outfitter, Pavitt Health & Fitness, Shattuck & Grummett, Skinner Sales & Service, Taku Glacier Lodge, Taku Oil and Wells Fargo for supporting our youth baseball program.

Photo: Lighting a candle
Keith Pahlke lights a candle on Oct. 5 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in honor ofMental Illness Awareness Week.

Pets of the week
Butch, is an 11-year-old striking gray and white kitty who loves hanging out. Whether it's with the dogs down the street, the cats in his room or a human with the lap space for him to lay in, he's ready for fun.

Senior menu for the week of Oct. 13-17
Monday, Oct. 13

FYI
Births

Berggren, Hale to wed
Lisa Berggren and Ryan Hale, both of Juneau, will marry on Oct. 24, 2008, in Seattle, Wash.

Michael James Brown
Former longtime Juneau resident Michael James Brown died Sept. 21, 2008, in Mount Airy, N.C. He was 47.

My Turn: Pondering Palin after debate
As many of us, I was glued to the recent vice presidential debate.

My turn: Keep an eye on social decorum
I have had the good fortune, for all my adult life, of indulging in the press of warm flesh and personal contact I rarely see in today's couples.

Outside editorial: Candidates cling to pre-meltdown mind-set in debate
"Since you last met at Ole Miss 12 days ago," Tom Brokaw told the two presidential candidates as they began their second debate Tuesday night, "the world has changed a great deal, and not for the better."

Alaska editorial: Bailout to lower taxes in Alaska Exxon case
Some might deride it as a "rider" or even an "earmark," but the financial bailout act signed by the president recently carries a welcome piece of legislation for Alaskans.

Alaska editorial: Process hinders mine
Delays caused by unending permit issues have finally forced the laying off of about half of the 80 people who have been working to develop the Kensington Mine near Juneau.

Humanity: A test Palin failed
For Gov. Sarah Palin, last week's vice presidential debate was about political survival. She performed well enough to remain in the race all the way through to Election Day by speaking with reasonably intelligent language. But especially in regard to the foreign policy discussion, it was readily evident she wasn't expressing any deeply formulated personal views.

Outside column: Searching the world for answers to economic woes
"What don't you know, and how will you learn it?"

Globalize financial crisis response
The financial crisis has gone global. Stock indexes have fallen and credit markets are seizing up around the world. In recent days, as most Americans focused on the political drama of the rescue package, a number of European banks have failed or been taken over. Several in Russia and Eastern Europe are teetering on the verge of insolvency. Many Latin American countries are newly vulnerable because foreign banks are big players there. Few nations can escape the financial contagion.

Outside column: Protein is the light of his life
As is the case with most great scientific discoveries, it all started with a bit of curiosity. In the 1960s, Osamu Shimomura wondered why crystal jellyfish gave off green pinpricks of light. Now, half a century later, Shimomura has been awarded for his curiosity with the Nobel Prize in chemistry.

Coeur rejects SEACC mediation offer
JUNEAU - Coeur Alaska Inc. declined the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council's offer this week to help restart the permit process for the Kensington Mine.

Cote appointed to veterans council
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin recently appointed David D. Cote Jr. of Juneau to the Alaska Veterans Advisory Council.

Shell signs agreement on tobacco sales
ANCHORAGE - Shell Oil has signed an agreement with Alaska and other states to curb tobacco sales to minors.

Adult Day Program announces meals
JUNEAU - The Bridge Adult Day Program of Catholic Community Service recently announced its participation in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program administered by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. Meals will be made available to enrolled adults at no separate charge without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

Demmert named SEARHC Board chair
JUNEAU - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Board of Directors elected Victoria Demmert of Yakutat as its new chairwoman during the September SEARHC Board meeting in Juneau.

Searchers find body of whaling captain
ANCHORAGE - The body of a prominent Barrow whaling captain has been found by search crews.

Sickness, but no quarantine, on island
JUNEAU - A rumor circulating Wednesday that Prince of Wales Island was under a quarantine is false, according to a Craig city public health official.

Coast Guard to look into tug grounding
ANCHORAGE - A 74-foot tug boat pushing an empty oil barge was damaged Tuesday morning after it ran up on a rock along Wood River about 14 miles north of Dillingham.

Adak telephone users to get refund
ANCHORAGE - Residents of Adak will enjoy a 57 percent reduction in what had been an approximately $100 a month local telephone rate. They also will be refunded a portion of the rates paid so far this year.

Group wants Palin; Dems call for Tina Fey
LANSING, Mich. - After Republican presidential candidate John McCain halted his Michigan campaign last week, several attempts were made to lure in running mate Sarah Palin.

SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY
Just one year ago the Juneau-Douglas High School football team stomped into its semifinal playoff game against South Anchorage as the big, bad and undefeated Goliaths from Southeast. Fast forward to this Saturday afternoon, and David's thong seems to be a considerably snugger fit.

Alaska high schools top 16 swimming results
Alaska High School

Volleyball teams invade for JIVE
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team welcomes eight teams from around the state today and Saturday for the annual Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza in the JDHS main and auxiliary gyms.

JDHS tennis state-bound
What a difference a year makes.

10 Crimson Bears named All-Railbelt
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team faced some dark days to start their season, but a late-season surge has brought some light, in the form of sparkling awards, to the end of their tunnel.

JIVE Schedule
• Pool matches are 2 games to 25, win by two, no cap.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Cleaning the coast
What do two pro-surfers, an art director, a forester, an attorney and a Coast Guard public affairs specialist have in common?

Judge deals Stevens trial prosecutors a setback
WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Wednesday refused another defense request to declare a mistrial in the corruption case against Sen. Ted Stevens, instead deciding he would tell jurors to ignore disputed portions of the government's evidence.

Court clears way for Palin probe
ANCHORAGE - The state Supreme Court refused Thursday to halt an ethics investigation into Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee.

Todd Palin says contacts with his wife's administration were proper
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin's husband defended his role as a close adviser to his wife Wednesday but was adamant that he didn't meddle in her administration to try to settle a family dispute.

Pal never heard Stevens tell lies
WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii strongly defended the honor of Republican Sen. Ted Stevens at the Alaska senator's corruption trial Thursday, saying he's never heard of his friend telling a lie.

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