Thursday, October 15, 2009

7 habits of highly creative people
After 5 p.m., as the normal work day winds down, artists and crafters all across town begin switching on the lights in their basements and studio spaces, preparing to immerse themselves in work of a different kind.

Egan lecture features undersea expert
This Friday's Evening at Egan lecture will be led by Dr. David Gallo, director of special projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. at the Egan Library, on the University of Alaska Southeast campus.

Perseverance to hold costume sale
Need a costume for Halloween? Always wanted to own a piece of Perseverance history? The costume and rummage sale is for you! Join Perseverance Theatre this weekend to dig through a selection of incredible costumes and props from former shows to outfit yourself for Halloween.

'Little Shop of Horrors' opens at Juneau Douglas High School
In time for Halloween, the Juneau Douglas High School drama department - headed by Michaela Moore, Richard Moore and Lucas Hoiland - will present the musical, "Little Shop of Horrors." Originally a 1960's film, the production was made into a musical in the early '80's, then into a not-so-successful film remake in 1986.

Symphony opener to explore new frontiers
The Juneau Symphony's season opening concert titled "Discover New Frontiers" will give music enthusiasts just that chance by discovering the organization's sound during its debut performance at the new Thunder Mountain High School auditorium.

Therapy in the rough
Ha ha ha! (chortle) He he he (snort) ha (deep breath). Sorry. I do apologize, I've just been to see Theatre in the Rough's latest production, "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged," and I needed to catch my breath.

'9' is an animated film worth your time
A nimated films just don't have the built-in appeal any longer, do they? Not like they used to. It used to be practically a holiday when the yearly Disney film came out. It was an event! "The Lion King," "The Little Mermaid," shoot, I have vague recollections of "Bambi" changing my life when it was released. Nowadays, though, animated films are about as rare as rom-coms (romantic comedies for those unfamiliar with that term I claim to have coined).

Check out an audio book for your next craft project
A udiobooks make great housecleaning, workout, and craft project companions: try out some of our new non-fiction audiobooks on cd for adults, including Joshua Slocum's "Sailing Alone Around the World," and the new biography of Marlon Brando by Stefan Kanfer, "Somebody," as well as the titles listed below.

ARTS & CULTURE CALENDAR
THURSDAY

Second Stage show opens Oct. 15
Perseverance Theatre will open its Second Stage season with Carlos Murillo's "Dark Play or Stories for Boys" on Oct. 15.

Radio club invites scouts to jamboree
The Juneau Amateur Radio Club and the National Weather Service are inviting all Boy and Girl Scouts to join the "Jamboree On The Air" event to be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the National Weather Service building on Back Loop Road.

Distracted driving becoming a problem
The other day on my way to work, a car ahead of me started heading for the guardrail for no apparent reason. Then it suddenly swerved back into the driving lane. I don't know why the driver did that, but something affected his or her driving, almost to the point of killing him.

Early dietary flaws become addictions
Just in time for the observance of National School Lunch Week, the Baltimore City Public School system became the first in the United States to offer its 80,000 students a weekly break from meat and associated chronic diseases. It's a welcome start on a long road to improving our children's and nation's health.

AK National Guard should abort snow machine mission
I read in the Oct. 14 Juneau Empire that the Army National Guard intends to spend $250,000 to sponsor a snow machine race.

Juneau should fight high cost of housing
Salaries are relatively the same all over the state. The price of heating oil remains high statewide, as does the price of gas and other necessities, and housing and rentals in Juneau far exceed the cost of similar housing anywhere else in the state. Juneau's cost of living is far beyond what the average family can afford. Why is this?

City needs to limit incessant sky tours
Does anyone remember Juneau summers before the helicopter glacier tours invaded our skies? Do you remember when hiking or simply sitting in your yard wasn't a stressful event? Does the constant armada over your head and congestion in the streets take its toll on you? It's intolerable that the most anticipated time of year for many Alaskans is marred by the sheer volume of people glutting our fair city from spring to fall.

Pencil Problem Fifth-grade class turns writing-tool frustration into 14,400 free pencils
If a local elementary school gets 10 cases of free pencils, and a case contains 120 boxes, and a box contains 12 pencils, how many free pencils did the school get?

Airport renovations to boost safety
For a facility with an annual operating budget of $5 million, there's a lot going on Juneau International Airport.

2010 gubernatorial candidate Poe touts plans to create jobs
When Democrat Bob Poe began his campaign for the Alaska governorship, he thought he'd be running against Sarah Palin. Now, he's not sure who he'll be facing.

Windstorm topples trees onto trailer
Semona Lundy heard the wind that did all the damage, but the impact itself was minimal.

Juneau man pleads guilty to DVD piracy
A Juneau man busted for running an "brazen" illegal DVD pirating operation has pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor charge of copyright infringement.

Juneau man reappointed to seat on state board
Gov. Sean Parnell has reappointed three people, including a Juneau man, to three-year terms on the Marine Transportation Advisory Board.

Juneau Job Fair to be held today
Despite the economic slump, about 35 employers will be at Centennial Hall today to promote their businesses amongst job-seekers at the Juneau Job Fair.

Women's Health Forum slated to promote cancer awareness
For Cancer Connection treasurer Ruth Johnson, cancer has always kept her busy - and this weekend is no different.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month; today's featured survivor: Barbara Belknap

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Today's featured survivor, Shelley Hill
Age: 71.

Photo: Hatchery wash
Tim Dowling pressure-washes hatch trays Tuesday at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery.

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

Photo: Job hunt
Linda Skeek, center, holds on to her sister's 6-month-old baby, Jonah Smith, as she fills out job applications Wednesday with her sister, Kendra Sheldon, right, and her husband, Thomas Skeek Jr., at the Job Fair at Centennial Hall.

Around Town
Today, Oct. 14

Around Town
Today, Oct. 14

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

Correction
An A1 story in Sunday's Juneau Empire about subsistence issues referenced the wrong piece of legislation in paraphrased comments attributed to state Sen. Albert Kookesh and Bob Loescher of the Alaska Native Brotherhood Grand Camp. The men were referring to the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.

Tewana Bear
Former Juneau resident Tewana Bear died Sept. 21, 2009, in Laughlin, Nev., due to heart attack. She was 65.

Nina Rodewald
Former Juneau resident Nina Beverly Rodewald died Oct. 7, 2009. She was 77.

Lawrence P. Nerger
Former Juneau resident Lawrence P. "Rex" Nerger died Oct. 6, 2009, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tacoma, Wash. He was 51.

Art Farrell
Longtime Juneau resident Art Farrell died Sept. 12, 2009. He was 60.

Closing ethical lapses in Congress
The following editorial appeared in the Miami Herald:

Patriot high-wire act in Congress
The following editorial appeared in the Washington Post:

It's not legal to make subsistence fishing illegal
In my 20-plus years of work as a fisheries biologist with the state Fish & Game's Division of Commercial Fisheries, and then 8 years with the U.S. Forest Service, I can sympathize with Sen. Albert Kookesh and his co-defendants accused of subsistence fishing violations. There has been little acceptance and active management for a subsistence priority in recent years.

Don't back down on closing Guantanamo
This editorial first appeared in the Kansas City Star:

The price of winning
Last month, soldiers from the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry, returned to Fairbanks after a yearlong deployment to Iraq. My oldest son, Michael, was among them. He completed his third tour there. Sadly, the lives of eight other Stryker soldiers were lost forever.

Cash-strapped US faces choice - guns or gurneys?
We're close to our spending limit on the nation's credit card. The bank bailout, the stimulus package, the Iraq War, and the overall military budget: each is costing over $500 billion. Now the Obama administration is looking at two more hefty charges: a national health care plan and a surge in Afghanistan. It's time to make a decision. We can't do both guns and gurneys. After all, we're looking at a $1.6 trillion government deficit for 2009.

Nobel Peace Prize is for a vision of a better America
So I guess now he's a socialist-terrorist-secret-Muslim-radical-Christian-Hitler-clone and Nobel Prize winner?

Parnell officially files for governor
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell filed a letter of intent Wednesday to run for a full term as governor in 2010. The filing allows Parnell to form a campaign committee and begin raising funds.

Aniak fire chief, 64, dies from cancer
ANCHORAGE - Aniak fire chief Pete Brown has died from cancer.

Fairbanks man accused of firing warning shots
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man has been charged with third-degree attempted weapons misconduct in a 2008 incident in which warning shots were fired near cars.

Parnell calls for more law presence in villages
BETHEL - Gov. Sean Parnell is calling for a greater law enforcement presence in rural Alaska.

North Pole mayor keeps seat by 2 votes
FAIRBANKS - North Pole Mayor Doug Isaacson won re-election by two votes.

Trial delayed for man accused of robbery
FAIRBANKS - There has been a delay in the trial of a Fairbanks man accused in the gunpoint robbery of two men looking to buy marijuana.

Drug traffickers plead guilty in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Two Anchorage residents have admitted being drug traffickers.

Alaska troopers the basis of TV series
ANCHORAGE - A new five-part television series featuring the Alaska State Troopers will begin airing this week.

Earthquake strikes off Aleutian Islands
ANCHORAGE - An underwater earthquake with a 6.2 magnitude has struck off the Alaska coast, but the U.S. Geological Survey said no damages or injuries have been reported.

Cleveland man drowns in Southeast Alaska
PORT ARMSTRONG - Sitka Dive Team divers recovered the body of a man whose canoe capsized in a gust of wind in Jetty Lake near Port Armstrong in southeast Alaska.

Alaska Army National Guard sponsors Iron Dog snowmobile race
ANCHORAGE - The world's longest snowmobile race has a new sponsor.

Canvass board certifies election results
JUNEAU - The city's Canvass Review Board certified last week's municipal election results on Tuesday. Ten more mailed-in ballots were added to the tallies, which did not effect the outcome of any of the races or ballot questions.

'Lion King' boosts Anchorage business
ANCHORAGE - "The Lion King" has come to the end of its six-week run at the Anchorage Performing Arts Center.

Sitka Sound rescuee in critical care unit
JUNEAU - Family members report that Lyle Martin, 69, of Juneau, is in the critical care unit at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage after the U.S. Coast Guard rescued him from Sitka Sound on Saturday night and medical teams revived him.

Anchorage man sentenced for DUI death
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man was sentenced to 7½ years in prison for a drunk-driving crash that killed a visiting Fairbanks man in November 2007.

Sports in Juneau
Oct. 15-16

Double dipping
They are the most highly recruited Crimson Bears since Carlos Boozer was throwing down monster dunks in the Juneau-Douglas High School gym.

Sports in Juneau
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Longtime legislator Foster dies at age 63
ANCHORAGE - Longtime Alaska Rep. Richard Foster was remembered Wednesday as a strong advocate for rural Alaska who fought to improve the lives of those he represented.

Cat rescuer accused of animal cruelty in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage woman who operates a cat rescue operation has been accused of animal cruelty.

Demand for flu vaccine higher than state's supply
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's demand for flu vaccines - swine and seasonal - is outstripping supply.

Elmendorf, Ft. Richardson to become joint base
ANCHORAGE - The process of combining Elmendorf Air Force Base and Fort Richardson into one joint operation will begin early next year, Army officials said Tuesday.

Economics Nobel Prize winner influenced Alaska, resources
ANCHORAGE - The first woman to win a Nobel Prize in economics also has bolstered the credibility of Alaskans who worked for decades to instill the concept of public ownership of the state's natural resources.

Key corruption figures could be sentenced soon
ANCHORAGE - The deadline has passed for prosecutors to seek a new delay in the sentencing of former VECO Corp. chief executive Bill Allen, who pleaded guilty to bribing Alaska politicians and was the government's star witness in the federal corruption trial against former Sen. Ted Stevens.

McCain strategist defends Palin as 2008 VP choice
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A top adviser from John McCain's presidential campaign who has criticized Sarah Palin's odds as a presidential candidate in 2012 defended on Wednesday the decision to pick her as McCain's running mate in the 2008 election.

Deluge of rain causes mudslides in Kodiak
KODIAK - Kodiak has been hit with its second-rainiest day on record.

Film showcases Iditarod history
KENAI - Since the first Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 1973 - when Dick Wilmarth crossed the finish line after more than 20 days on the trail to claim the $12,000 prize for first - the race has undergone nothing short of an evolution.

Bubble-netting whales delight boaters
KETCHIKAN - My own experience watching whales that day began in the first minutes of a fishing trip near Light Island in Clover Pass late Saturday morning.

Borough advised to audit Soldotna hospital
KENAI - Kenai Peninsula Borough has been asked to conduct an operational audit of a Soldotna hospital where a fatal shooting occurred last year.

Proposition to loosen liquor laws passes in Bethel
BETHEL - A final tally of questioned ballots in Bethel shows the proposition to loosen liquor laws is passing.

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