Friday, October 15, 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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

Sealaska turns downtown pit into prime spot of beauty
I want to express my appreciation to Sealaska Corporation for its latest investment in the future of Juneau. The Skinner property, known as "The Pit," is the site of a future cultural center and home of the Sealaska Heritage Institute. In the meantime, Sealaska's landscaping of the area has converted it into one of the most beautiful spots in downtown Juneau. It is a wonderful example of civic leadership and pride.

Chile mine rescue recalls loss of one of Juneau's own
Many hearts are filled with joy as the miners are being rescued in Chile. My heart goes back to a Juneau summer day when Juneau lost its' own miner - Chris Haas. Somehow I know, Chris' heart joins with those jubilant at the safe return above ground of these other brave men.

Bridge park, seawalk project moves forward
Plans for turning an aging public works building near the Douglas bridge into a park area with perhaps an environmental museum and a seawalk are coming together.

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.

MDA arrests more than $10K from 'prisoners'
The Muscular Dystrophy Association Alaska Chapter raised more than $10,000 in Juneau on Thursday with its "Behind Bars" fundraiser at Bullwinkle's Pizza downtown.

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.

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.

JPD investigator takes stand 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.

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.

Princess Cruises to add Juneau ship
Princess Cruises will be returning one of the ships to Alaska that it pulled after the state's voters in 2006 adopted a passenger head tax and other cruise industry regulations.

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.

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: 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.

Debra Anita Statter Meusel
Debra Anita Meusel, 51, of Ketchikan died unexpectedly at home Oct. 2, 2010.

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.

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

PRO: Should the US loosen regulations on businesses?
WASHINGTON - Today, a regulatory hurricane threatens our economy and its ability to create the 20 million American jobs that we need by the end of this decade. It's been building strength for some time. Over the last several decades, more than 100,000 regulations have been issued, many of which impose heavy burdens on our job creators.

The foreclosure mess
The following editorial originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

CON: Should the US loosen regulations on businesses?
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Oct. 8 jobs report showed that the U.S. economy shed 95,000 jobs in September.

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.

Miller's silence on background makes issues difficult to discuss
Joe Miller called a press conference Monday for the curious purpose of telling members of the media he would not be talking to them, at least about a great many things.

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

'Backyard' bonanza
Wriggling worms. Biting beaks. Prickling pine cones.

More attention on the Treadwell Trail
An aging and decrepit stretch of the Treadwell Trail near Eaglecrest Ski Area has seen some recent improvements.

Little mysteries
Every year, I encounter little mysteries while I'm traipsing around on or off the trails. What I do not know vastly exceeds what I do know, of course. But here I'm referring to field observations that engender questions that could have interesting answers but are likely to remain in the realm of mystery. Here is a sampling:

RECENT RESCUE @ the Juneau Raptor Center
Name: "Duke"

Tree biology, planting, pruning classes happening in Homer, Kenai
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry along with the Community Forestry Program have announced two classes that will focus on pruning and planting trees from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Homer and Kenai on Monday, Oct. 18 and Tuesday, Oct. 19.

Discovery Day scheduled for out-of-school students
JUNEAU - Kids between the ages of nine and 12 are invited to join Discovery Southeast for the next Discovery Day on Monday, Oct. 18 at the Saga Eagle Valley Center.

Level 1 ski film 'Eye Trip' showing at university tonight
JUNEAU - "Eye Trip," the latest film from Level 1 Productions, will be shown beginning at 8:30 p.m. tonight at the University of Alaska Student Recreation Center.

Walk or run 'in her shoes' Saturday
JUNEAU - In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, AWARE is inviting the public to participate in a 5-kilometer run (in running shoes) or a 1 mile march in high heels beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16 at Sandy Beach, as part of the International Men's March to Stop Gender Violence.

Producing and Planting Bare Root Trees workshop
PALMER - The Alaska Department of Natural Resources Community Forestry Program has announced a workshop on Thursday, Oct. 21 aimed at producing and planting bare root trees.

Thank you to National Lands Day volunteers
National Public Lands Day this year attracted 44 volunteers who came together on Saturday, Sept. 25 to help the US Forest Service with hands-on trail improvements. Volunteers battled rain and weather in an effort to learn about trail maintenance and help improve trail conditions on the Trail of Time, the Power Line Trail and with the Under Thunder Trail connections. These enhancements included moving yards of gravel, de-barking dozens of trees, clearing corridors and re-vegetation of approximately 800 feet of trail. These improvements will help future trail users easily navigate their way through our lush national forest.

Wild shots
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Tides
Today, Oct. 15

Shooting hours: Oct. 15-30
Today, Oct. 15 7:04 a.m.-5:52 p.m.

Former restaurant owner sentenced in fish scheme
ANCHORAGE - A former owner of a Juneau restaurant has been sentenced to community confinement for buying subsistence halibut.

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.

Soldier arrested in Fort Wainwright shooting
FAIRBANKS - One soldier is under arrest and another is hospitalized after a shooting at Fort Wainwright.

Minor misspelling won't spoil ballot
JUNEAU - The overseer of Alaska elections says he doesn't expect that minor misspellings will disqualify write-in ballots for U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Murkowski to air ads with Stevens
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she plans to air television ads featuring the late-Sen. Ted Stevens.

Flags to be lowered for firefighter
ANCHORAGE - Alaska state flags will be lowered to half-staff in honor of Anchorage firefighter Andy Mullen, whose cancer death was linked to his work.

PAC to donors of Lisa Murkowski: Want a refund?
JUNEAU - A political action committee says it will contact contributors to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's re-election campaign to see if they want to get their money back.

State GOP chair questions former mayor's motives
JUNEAU - The chairman of the state Republican party says former Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Jim Whitaker is trying to influence the outcome of the Alaska Senate race with claims about GOP candidate Joe Miller.

Whale movie filmed in downtown Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Filming of the Drew Barrymore movie, "Everybody Loves Whales," is moving to downtown Anchorage.

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.

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.

Young, Crawford debate at chamber
Both incumbent Rep. Don Young and challenger Harry Crawford said they're the person Alaska needs representing the state in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Hecla plans to expand Greens Creek tailing area by 200 acres
Hecla Greens Creek Mining Corp., or HGCMC, held a public information session Thursday on its proposed tailing area expansion.

BP whistleblower program may move in-house
ANCHORAGE - BP PLC is considering whether to renew a contract with an ombudsman's office launched to handle whistleblower complaints.

Murkowski seeks support for write-in campaign
Sen. Lisa Murkowski told the Juneau Chamber of Commerce Thursday seniority in the United States Senate matters and the state should send her back to Washington, D.C. to fight for Alaska's issues there.

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.

Murkowski reports raising about $306K
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski raised less than half the amount of her Democratic rival during a recent eight-week period.

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.

Photo: Moose research
Bull moose eye a visitor to the Moose Research Center near Sterling, Alaska. A study under way at the facility looks to determine how much protein moose need.

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