Thursday, October 14, 2010

Artists' spaces: Playhouse turned artist's retreat
Landscape artist Constance Baltuck's space for creating is tucked away in the Juneau flats, on a grassy plot of land next to Gold Creek with a view of Mt. Roberts from the porch. Before becoming her studio, the small house on 10th Street had been used as a getaway spot from her family's main home just a few blocks away, an arrangement she admits is unusual.

The panache of 'Cyrano de Bergerac'
Like Rapunzel's long hair, Cyrano's gargantuan schnoz has earned him an indelible place not only in the literary realm, but also in mainstream culture. Referenced in plot lines of sitcoms and reworked in movies such as Steve Martin's "Roxane," the original tale is easily obscured by modern adaptations, overshadowed by its hero's distinctive profile. You might find yourself wondering, just what kind of story is this anyway? Is it a comedy? A tragedy? A romance?

Between trick and treat: an insight into an artist's mind
Little girls with enormous eyes and devious smiles, gnomes and elephants frolicking in fields, hanging bats whispering through tin-can telephones, ghoulish graveyard scenes and little skeptical sunken-eyed dolls draped in cloaks. Expect to find these as you enter the cozy home of local artist and crafter Alana Ballam-Schwan, whose work dances in the lines between innocence and adulthood, between fantasy and reality, between trick and treat.

Never a dull moment in 'Social Network'
Without much thought, you know what I did before I wrote this sentence? I logged onto Facebook. I confirmed a couple of friend requests, and checked out the picture my fiancée had tagged me in (flowers I sent her in New York earlier today). It took me a minute to appreciate the irony there. I was delaying for a few more seconds writing the first sentence in my review about the Facebook movie... by spending time on Facebook.

Story of early voyage to Juneau kicks off the Coffee & Collections
Local historian Jim Geraghty will lead the Juneau-Douglas City Museum's Coffee & Collections series on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 10:30 a.m. with "The Story of the Revenue Cutter Wayanda." Geraghty will present accounts from the Wayanda's 1868 voyage to investigate the uncharted waters of what is now the Gastineau Channel. The presentation will also highlight the lives of some of the Wayanda's crew who were among the first to successfully chart the Channel.

Evening at Egan presents 'Mahler, Modernism, and Resurrection'
UAS history professor Robin Walz and Juneau Symphony Orchestra music director Kyle Pickett will give a joint talk on modernism in turn-of-the-century Vienna and its influences on Mahler and his Resurrection Symphony at this week's Evening at Egan lecture. The talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Egan Lecture Hall at University of Alaska Southeast.

Costume, vintage clothing sale held at Perseverance Saturday morning
Perseverance will host their annual Halloween costume and vintage clothing sale this Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Douglas theater. The sale runs from 8 a.m. -2 p.m.

Poetry slam, open mic series starts this Friday at the Canvas
A new open and mic and poetry slam series gets off the ground this week at the Canvas. Organized by Christy NaMee Eriksen, who recently opened a weekly Haiku stand at the Canvas, and Na Haan, the poetry slam is planned for every third Friday of every month, beginning this Friday, Oct. 15.

'Romeo' booksigning to take place tonight at Valley Hearthside
Author and photographer John Hyde will talk about and show images from his new book, "Romeo: The Story of An Alaskan Wolf" at 6 p.m. tonight at Hearthside Books in the Nugget Mall.

Arts council requests artwork proposals for Bethel Readiness Center by Nov. 30
The Alaska State Council on the Arts, on behalf of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, is requesting qualifications from artists for interior artwork to be commissioned for a new Alaska Army National Guard Readiness Center located in Bethel. This request for proposals is open to all Alaska artists and teams of artists.

Arts council announces new state writer laureate
The Alaska State Council on the Arts has chosen Fairbanks writer Peggy Shumaker as the new Alaska state writer laureate 2010-2012. She will serve a two-year term, which begun Oct. 1, 2010. She succeeds Homer writer Nancy Lord.

Poetry Out Loud kicks off this fall
Poetry Out Loud, a national recitation contest, is gearing up for another season. Presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, in partnership with the Alaska State Council on the Arts and Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, this contest encourages high-school students to learn great poetry through memorization, performance and competition. Through Poetry Out Loud, students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.

New nonfiction on CD
Look for new nonfiction on CD by your favorite authors on the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries. Search for them on our catalog by author or title, just like a book, or even by your favorite reader (Barbara Rosenblat and Simon Vance are particularly prolific and in-demand). Or, browse for them using the "New Audiobooks" link under the search bar in the catalog.

Story assures reader right thing was done long ago
I read with great interest the story in Friday's Empire titled "Button bucks go wrong" about four deer rescued from the frigid waters of Stephens Passage. Stories like these are one reason we need and should cherish a local newspaper. I particularly appreciated this account because it has set my mind at ease about an incident that happened some 20 years ago. I was salmon fishing with a friend in late August on the west side of Admiralty Island, just south of the Point Retreat lighthouse. It was a cold, raw, nasty, fall day - low clouds, rain, biting southeast wind, and a crummy, cresting swell. As we trolled along the shoreline, four deer emerged from the woods, walked down to the water's edge, and started swimming directly across Lynn Canal. Nothing of the distant coast was visible, and conditions just didn't seem propitious for a migration of this sort. We pulled our lines and intercepted the deer, driving them back to shore. They ambled up the beach and disappeared into the woods. I have always wondered if we did the right thing. After all, deer have been around a long time, and presumably they know what they are doing. After reading the Empire's story, I am reassured we saved four deer from a watery death in Lynn Canal.

McAdams can win without a court case
The Alaska race for the U.S. Senate has garnered much attention. The two major parties each have a candidate on the ballot: Scott McAdams, the Democratic candidate, and Joe Miller, the Republican candidate. Lisa Murkowski, the incumbent, is waging a write-in campaign. This letter is addressed to those voters who are wavering between voting for McAdams or writing in Murkowski's name.

Native corps. have no right to spend money on candidates
I am outraged that my native corporation Sealaska has contributed our money to Lisa Murkowski's campaign bucket. They have no right to speak for us, nor do they have any right to spend our money on political campaigns without our permission. They had no right to publicly endorse a candidate on behalf of all of us. They have overstepped their authority to speak for us and it should be stopped.

Wind brings tree down on AEL&P lines
A large tree falling on main power lines along Channel Vista Drive near its intersection with Egan Drive knocked out power to Juneau during a storm Tuesday afternoon.

AEL&P: Diesel costs for power outage won't affect bills
Downed trees from Tuesday's windstorm left their mark in the city, even cutting off power. Still, Alaska Electric Light & Power says that won't affect customers' bills.

Emotional testimony by alleged victim in sexual assault trial
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.

Sponsor signs may be headed for city parks
Youth sports leagues in Juneau may be able to promote their sponsors in city parks, if the city takes up a recommendation from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.

School district programs in place to address bullying
It's a safe bet you or someone you know has experienced bullying at least once in their lifetime. There's an even bigger chance it happened in school.

Charges against Clark formally dropped
A federal judge Wednesday dismissed the criminal charge against Jim Clark, following the U.S. Supreme Court's summer decision that the charge to which he pled guilty was no longer valid.

2010 a difficult year for tourist businesses
This tourist season's depleted passenger loads have taken their toll on several downtown businesses.

Juneau Travelodge earns company's highest honor
The owners of the Juneau Airport Travelodge Hotel, David and Jeanie Allison, have been awarded the Scott King Award, Travelodge's highest honor. A press release states this is presented to the franchisee that has exemplified and embodied dedication, passion and integrity for the Travelodge brand over an extended period of time.

Juneau man falls to death in Minneapolis
MINNEAPOLIS - A 46-year-old Juneau man went over a barrier and fell about 25 feet to his death while running in Minneapolis, landing on the trail where he had been just a moment earlier, authorities and family members said Wednesday. The man, identified by family as John Caouette, grew up in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, attended the University of Minnesota and was in the area with his family, visiting his mother and other relatives.

High winds lead to runaway boat
Tuesday's harsh winds took a docked vessel for an unexpected ride.

Two Southeast trails could be restored with grant money
Alaska State Parks, in conjunction with Trail Mix, is seeking grants for two ongoing Southeast Alaska trail restorations.

Photo: Crocodiles in class
Phoebe Pannell, left, the sun, Creadence Papa, center, an elephant, and Kara Hort, a crocodile, are acknowledged for their performance in a play based on the book "The Enormous Crocodile" by Roald Dahl in Jenny Lund's second-grade class at Gastineau Elementary School on Wednesday. Eight second-grade students from Lund's and Ellen Ferguson's classes have been working with extended learning teacher Becky Engstrom on the play to improve their language arts skills.

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.

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.

Photo: Perfecting the craft
Andrew Tripp works on a wooden ladle with a raven handle Monday in his family's store, the Mt. Juneau Trading Post. Tripp said he just starting carving and is taking a carving class at the University of Alaska Southeast, taught by master carver Ray Watkins.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Today's Featured Survivor: Helen Sarabia

Marge Hardin
Marge Hardin, 93, passed away Oct. 7, 2010. She was born Jan. 27, 1927.

Vivian Lovaas Obituaries
Vivian Fay Taylor Lovaas, a genuine Alaska pioneer, community and political activist and collector of antiques, art and all Alaskana, passed away Aug. 28, 2010 at her Seattle residence.

Lester Gleen Leatherberry Jr.
Lester Gleen Leatherberry Jr. died Oct. 4, 1010. He was born Feb. 22, 1947 in Petersburg to Lester and Adeline Leatherberry. The family moved to West Linn, Ore. when he was a child. He graduated from West Linn High School in 1965. Lester served in the Army for four years and did three tours in Vietnam. He then attended Portland State University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in biology. He moved to Alaska and lived in Seward, Sitka, Soldotna and Juneau. He was a chief environmental conservationist with the Alaska Environmental Conservation Agency and retired in December, 2008 after 31 years of employment. Lester returned to West Linn after his retirement and lived in the community he grew up in. He enjoyed old movies, military history, traveling and his three dogs; Cinnamon, Pepper and Kona. He is survived by his sister Trudy Stewart and brother Joseph Leatherberry.

Fredrik V. Thorsteinson Obituary
Longtime Juneau resident Fredrik V. Thorsteinson, 90, passed away at home Oct. 7, 2010.

Outside editorial: Inspiration below ground and above
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The foreclosure mess
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Nobel winner terrifies Beijing
LONDON - Two steps forward, one back. That's the pattern with modern China, and today looks like a "one back" moment.

The sound of one hand clapping
I was preparing to applaud the Obama Administration and specifically Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for announcing the deportation of a record number of criminal aliens last year. According to the Washington Times, "the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported 392,862 aliens in fiscal year 2010, slightly less than a 1 percent increase over 2009 but short of the agency's goal to remove 400,000 this year."

Commwealth Games woes could prompt reform in India
TOKYO - In our technology-driven world, no metric is rawer than that of human bodily functions.

My turn: Non-partisan voters should consider McAdams
I am getting ready to vote Nov. 2, and am still debating with myself over several candidates and issues. I don't really know how I will vote, until I have a ballot in hand and walk into the voting booth and have to decide what I think are the best choices for Alaska.

My turn: Murkowski, Miller would be members of the Republican gang
Imagine if you will, the late Sen. Ted Stevens sitting in his office and getting a call from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell saying, "Ted, as long as Barack Obama is President, we are going to vote no on everything he hands us. Everything. I'm sure we can count on you to play ball. Oh, and that friendship thing you've got with Hawaii's Dan Inouye has got to stop. This is war." Stevens was never one to mince words. I don't think he'd salute and say, "If that's what it takes to be in the in crowd, I'm in."

Protective order against Palin stalker issued
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage judge has issued a six-month protective order against a Pennsylvania man who stalked former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Police officer's lawsuit resurfaces
FAIRBANKS - Two former Fairbanks police officers involved in a lawsuit against the city have filed new claims after other allegations were tossed out by a federal judge.

Meyers' court appearance set for Nov. 2
One of the defendants accused of a series of hunting-related misdemeanors will appear in court Nov. 2 for a hearing on his motion to change his plea.

State updates voter registration stats
JUNEAU - The state Division of Elections has updated its voter registration numbers.

Palin raises $1.2M for PAC during quarter
JUNEAU - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin raised more than $1.2 million for her political action committee during the last quarter.

Sitka mayor race separated by 1 vote
SITKA - The race for mayor in Sitka is coming down to the narrowest of margins.

JPD fixes audio issue with E-911 service
Problems with the audio on Juneau Police Department's Enhanced 911 system forced dispatchers to try to recontact callers Wednesday morning.

Board opts for Nelchina harvest
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Board of Game has decided to proceed with a community harvest of the Nelchina herd, the state's most sought after caribou.

Comp claim accepted just before firefighter dies
ANCHORAGE - The municipality of Anchorage has agreed that a firefighter's cancer was caused by his work and that his family is entitled to additional benefits.

Filtration problems delay hatchery startup
FAIRBANKS - Operation of a new $45 million fish hatchery in Fairbanks is being delayed because of problems with the water filtration system.

Project to study food production
FAIRBANKS - A University of Alaska student is trying to find out how much local food people in the Tanana Valley eat and hopes it turns into a statewide gauge. He's doing it as a thesis project.

Southcentral Alaska host to moth mystery
ANCHORAGE - An unusually large number of moths is swarming around southcentral Alaska.

Judge lifts contempt against Stevens prosecutors
WASHINGTON - Attorneys who prosecuted Sen. Ted Stevens learned Tuesday that they will not be penalized for failing to comply with a judge's order, but some still face possible criminal charges over their mishandling of the case.

Kake Tribal Corp. gets back on track
Struggling Kake Tribal Corp. has a new board of directors for the first time in five years.

Murkowski finally makes Senate write-in bid official
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska made her write-in candidacy official on Wednesday, filing papers with the state to be eligible for next month's election.

Former mayor: Miller nearly fired from lawyer job
JUNEAU - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller almost lost his job as an attorney with the Fairbanks North Star Borough for using government computers in an unsuccessful bid to overthrow Alaska's GOP chairman in 2008, former Mayor Jim Whitaker said.

Agency releases new Chukchi drilling assessment
ANCHORAGE - Two months after a judge found flaws in the government's environmental assessment of petroleum drilling in the Chukchi Sea, federal offshore regulators released a revised analysis that was immediately denounced by environmental and Alaska Native groups.

Alaskans want Arctic drilling suspension lifted
ANCHORAGE - With the Tuesday lifting of the six-month moratorium on deep-water oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska officials say it's also time to lift a suspension on shallow-water drilling in Arctic waters.

Parnell, Berkowitz debate Alaska taxes, resources
FAIRBANKS - Republican Gov. Sean Parnell and Democrat challenger Ethan Berkowitz disagreed on oil and gas development at a forum hosted by the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce.

Berkowitz backs away from dramatic change in oil tax plan
Gubernatorial candidate Ethan Berkowitz is rapidly rolling out new proposals for things he'd do as governor, but is quietly backing away from one of the most daring - a radical change to how Alaska taxes its oil.

Game board defers bear snaring issue until 2012
ANCHORAGE - A decision on whether the public should be allowed to trap bears in Alaska for the first time since statehood has been deferred until spring 2012.

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