Thursday, October 16, 2008

Arts, music, beer at AUTUMN FESTIVAL
Juneau's annual Autumn Festival will celebrate its fifth year this weekend with a move to the rain-free Juneau Arts & Culture Center. From noon until 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, attendees can partake of the sweet fruits of locals' labor through various arts and crafts offerings, and can enjoy live music and games.

Marlintini's to host 'Animal House' toga party Oct. 17
Marlintini's Lounge will host a toga party beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17.

Downtown library to host pre-election gathering Nov. 3
A pre-election gathering will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3, at the downtown library. At the event, the League of Woman Voters will provide information about their organization and the presidential candidates, and library staff will be available for voter registration.

Mix and mingle at the Mayor's Awards for the Arts
From 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, Juneau arts enthusiasts will have an opportunity to mix and mingle with local artists while raising money for artists of the future.

City museum to kickoff Coffee & Collections series Oct. 18
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum has announced the return of its Coffee & Collections presentation series beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Annual alumni beer and wine tasting slated for Oct. 24
The eighth annual beer and wine tasting sponsored by the University of Alaska Southeast Alumni & Friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, at T.K. Maguire's at the Prospector Hotel.

WHAT'S HAPPENING
THURSDAY, OCT. 16

Plastic signs not ecologically friendly
As I drive around our beautiful city, I can't help but wonder what the people who display their political support with plastic signs along our streets and highways must be thinking.

Doll is a fighter
Rep. Andrea Doll had a very short honeymoon during her first term in the Alaska House.

Sunny Point project hurries to beat winter
Highway crews are battling weather and racing to beat the onset of winter to get the new Sunny Point interchange completed.

Juneau looks at long-term energy savings
After avalanches took out Juneau's cheap hydroelectric power, residents in May and June got nationwide attention for turning to compact fluorescent light bulbs, for putting their laundry on lines and for grilling their food instead of using the electric rangetop.

Trail Mix to clean up Mount Juneau
The top of Mount Juneau is a world away from the town it overlooks.

Photo: Disaster preparedness
Beatha Astorga, left, listens to meteorologist Tom Ainsworth on Wednesday during the Family Disaster Preparedness seminar sponsored by the Juneau Federal Executive Association at Centennial Hall.

Final city election results show dismal turnout
Juneau had its lowest turnout in years for last week's municipal election, with barely a quarter of voters showing up to cast ballots.

Photo: Gearing up for the game
Laura Steele, left, and Vika Toetuu, both sophomores at Juneau-Douglas High School, paint a poster to be used during a rally for the football team and then taken to Anchorage for the 2008 Large School Championships against Service High School.

Photo: Watchful eye
A barred owl sits Monday on a branch along the road near Sunshine Cove.

Police & Fire
On Tuesday, Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Around Town
Today

Around Town
Today

Not as clever as it thinks
So, Will Smith plays this dude who works in Washington, D.C. He's just going about his life one day when an old acquaintance bumps into him on the street and, unbeknownst to Will, passes him a disc containing government secrets. Suddenly the government is using its massive collection of satellites and surveillance cameras to track Smith everywhere he goes. Smith can't trust anybody and the twists and turns are many. It's a wild ride.

'Jellyfish' is artistic, seductive
Sedcutive and intoxicating, playfully surreal and inexplicably moving, "Jellyfish" is almost impossible to pin down or even categorize. Artistic, daring, surprising, it resists fitting into words at all.

Indiana Jones' blockbuster release
'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull'

Classic 16th century scottish music
"Our specialty is popular music of several hundred years ago," Mary Anne Ballard said of the Baltimore Consort. The group of six will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17 at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium.

Jazz musicians in the Last Frontier over the years
I have been lucky enough to have met a number of great jazz musicians over the years and to have spoken to them face to face. Often this has happened at gigs in small clubs, where players, sometimes living legends, will just go up to the bar or mill among the crowd in between sets or after a performance.

Sound BITES
The pop group I'm From Barcelona is in fact from Jönköping, Sweden. And there are a bunch of them. This group can contain upwards of 30 Swedes at any one time -that's about as many Scandinavians as you find staffing a typical IKEA. More than enough members for a rock band. It's like if the Morman Tabernacle Choir were a little more liberal, all blonde and had great healthcare. I can't imagine how many Volvos it must take to get them around on tour.

Canvas to hold music event 'Third Thursday' on Oct. 16
The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery is hosting a new event it is calling "Third Thursdays at the Canvas." The event will feature a coffee house for local musicians and will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16 at the community art studio located at 223 Seward Street.

Benefiting the WHALE
Local marine mammologists Beth Mathews and Suzie Teerlink will be the featured speakers Sunday in a fundraiser dinner for the Whale Project of the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, the group that is commissioning sculptor R.T. "Skip" Wallen in recognition of the 50th anniversary of Alaska Statehood.

Foraker Group to hold three classes regarding nonprofit organizations
JUNEAU - The Foraker Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the leadership and management skills of professionals and volunteers working in Alaska's nonprofit and tribal organizations, will hold three classes, one on Oct. 21 and the others on Oct. 28. These classes are geared toward anyone working with, volunteering for, on the board of or interested in working with nonprofit organizations in the state.

Giving it away is better
My son's preschool held its annual garage sale last weekend. We donated clothes and toys and several odds and ends for the event, and I helped clean up afterward. I didn't go to the sale.

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.

Vocational institute to begin office, computer skills training class
JUNEAU - The Alaska Vocational Institute will start a 20-week office and computer skills training class beginning Nov. 10.

Valerie Edwards joins Edgecumbe Hospital staff
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is pleased to announce that Dr. Valerie S. Edwards has joined the medical staff at the SEARHC Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

Ketchikan local shares hearty basil beer bread
Crockpot recipes are our October challenge. Do you have a favorite to share with our readers?

Kraft returns to Mount Edgecumbe Hospital
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is pleased to announce that Dr. Richard L. Kraft has returned to Alaska to join the medical staff at the SEARHC Mount Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

Thanks to family and others who attended my mother's funeral
I thank you, Juneau Empire, for being so nice last month as to run my mother's obit twice because I forgot my mom's brother - that was so very nice of you to do that. I wish I could remember who was so nice to have helped me.

Thanks for donating a luncheon on board the Coral Princess
The Maritime District of the Great Alaska Council, Boy Scouts of America would like to thank Princess Cruise Lines and Kirby Day for their support of scouting through the generous donation of a luncheon on board the Coral Princess.

Thanks for helping at Dzantik'i Heeni's voter registration drive
Thank you, Juneau! The week of Sept. 29 through Oct. 5, Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School students, parents and relatives ran a voter registration drive.

Congratulations to the Crimson Bears football team, fans
To the Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears football fans, congratulations!

Stevens, Morris-Parrs hold joint reception
Family and friends are invited to attend the joint wedding reception of Kari (Parr) Stevens and Scott Stevens, and Suzanne and Martin Morris-Parr at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Hangar Ballroom.

Richard Siverly Sr.
Former Juneau resident Richard Allen Siverly Sr. died Oct. 12, 2008, at Mount Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka. He was 74.

Yvonne Kay Howard
Juneau resident Yvonne Kay Howard died Oct. 10, 2008, in Anchorage. She was 50.

My turn: Cruise ships can do more to help protect Tracy Arm
Recently, 20 small tour companies and four cruise lines signed an agreement called the Wilderness Best Management Practices. It is meant to preserve the wilderness in Tracy and Endicott Arms, 50 miles south of Juneau, by addressing overcrowding, cruise ship haze and other concerns about growing tourism. By preserving the area, it also protects our small businesses, which offer wilderness-dependent tours and contribute to the local economy.

Alaska editorial: Palin vindicated? Governor offers Orwellian spin
Gov. Sarah Palin's reaction to the Alaska legislature's Troopergate report is an embarrassment to Alaskans and the nation.

Outside editorial: Can we talk? No!
Have you ever called someone at work after hours, knowing that you'd slip stealthily into their voice mail, that there'd be no chance of a direct human-to-human conversation? Have you ever dialed the phone with pounding heart, hoping that you'd be lucky enough to get the voice mail, because the person on the other end of the line doesn't know the meaning of a brief, to-the-point conversation? Or because you had some bad news to deliver and you really hoped to avoid a potentially nasty confrontation?

Gods that failed
In 1949, a number of famous writers, among them Arthur Koestler, Andre Gide, Richard Wright, Stephen Spender and Ignazio Silone, wrote essays explaining why they were no longer communists. The essays were collected in a volume titled "The God That Failed."

Accountability for endowments
A college degree is considered crucial for career success, yet American families are struggling to pay for higher education.

Down 'n' dirty beats dignity in debates
When Bob Schieffer begins the final presidential debate Wednesday, he will surely - like moderators Jim Lehrer, Gwen Ifill and Tom Brokaw - explain that the audience has promised to remain silent: "no cheers, no applause, no noise of any kind," as Lehrer put it. This kind of respectful listening is standard fare today, but it is a far cry from the debates of the 19th century, when audiences were expected to offer raucous rejoinders and irreverent commentary.

How to stop creating extremists
Protect the Iraqi people. That was the new focus when Gen. David Petraeus was given command of coalition forces in 2007.

Board expands Palin investigation
JUNEAU - The state Personnel Board recently expanded its investigation into Gov. Sarah Palin's dismissal of former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.

Investigator asks for Troopergate info
JUNEAU - The Legislative Council will consider sharing the "confidential component" of its Troopergate report with the State Personnel Board.

Monegan seeks state board hearing
ANCHORAGE - Former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan filed a request for a hearing with the State Personnel Board to address damage to his reputation.

State receives suicide prevention grant
JUNEAU - The state will receive $500,000 a year over the next three years to try to stem the high rates of suicide among young people across Alaska.

Palin appoints new subsistence director
JUNEAU - A former director of the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments and a state game board member will head up a state agency on subsistence hunting and fishing.

Two Colorado victims each shot four times
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - An Alaska man suspected of killing a dentist and a former teacher in weekend shootings had taken classes at Dixie State College in St. George, Utah, almost 400 miles from Grand Junction, authorities said.

Two arrested on assault charges
JUNEAU - Police said they arrested a couple accused of injuring a man Tuesday over a disagreement about a check.

Palin play of the day: Heels off, sneakers on
CONCORD, N.H. - The high heels came off and the running shoes went on.

PenAir flight makes emergency landing
KENAI - A PenAir airplane on its way from Anchorage to Dillingham made an emergency landing at the Kenai Municipal Airport after a smoke detector gave a false notification.

Alaska Territorial Guard Day proclaimed
ANCHORAGE - Saturday is Alaska Territorial Guard Day, in honor of a largely Native militia formed to defend the state from the threat of a Japanese attack during World War II.

Man charged with attempted murder
FAIRBANKS - A North Pole man fired a handgun through his car's sun roof, striking a woman in the hand, according to prosecutors.

Eielson under consideration for F-35s
FAIRBANKS - The Air Force said recently Eielson Air Force Base is one of six bases under consideration for its newest aircraft, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Voice of the Times will vanish from Web
ANCHORAGE - The Voice of the Times, an online conservative journal that represented the last vestige of the Anchorage Times, is going out of business.

Wasilla man charged with dragging trooper
WASILLA - A Wasilla man almost ran over one officer and dragged another at an accident scene, Alaska State Troopers said.

Soggy swimmers slosh into Petersburg
Repeatedly punching a wall won't make your hand any tougher, but the Crimson Bears are hoping that things work a little differently under water.

We B Bad sweeps in Sunday bowling
We B Bad continued their domination of the Sunday Mixed Bowling League behind Kim Custer's 246/237/200/683 and Jack Bodine's 215/582 as they swept four games from the second-place Lucky Strikes. Over the past two weeks We B Bad has rose to the occasion, taking seven of eight games as they bowled head-to-head against second-place teams. Vanda (209/210/562) and Loren (258) Randolph tried for Lucky Strikes, but couldn't match We B Bad as they continued to dominate the league.

Volleyball teams to hit the road
It appeared that the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team would face a lighter variety of competition in 2008 after Sitka was unable to field a volleyball team in 4A's Region V, but the Crimson Bears may have found an equally bitter rival in 3A Mount Edgecumbe.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Reveling in reptiles
It's not too often that you get to see a live alligator in Alaska. Nature enthusiasts of all ages will get that chance on Sunday, Oct. 19, when nationally known naturalist Scott Shupe presents a 45-minute program at the Douglas library beginning at 3 p.m. titled "The World of Reptiles." Shupe has spent the last couple of months crisscrossing Alaska, visiting schools and libraries with a motley group of reptiles that will get to spend several days in the capital city.

Stevens corruption case could go to jury Monday
WASHINGTON - A jury could begin deliberations Monday in Sen. Ted Stevens' corruption case, leading to the possibility of a verdict less than two weeks before the veteran Republican stands for re-election in Alaska.

Judge: Palin e-mails must be preserved
ANCHORAGE - A state judge reaffirmed Wednesday that government-related e-mails Gov. Sarah Palin and her staff sent from private accounts must be preserved and ordered further arguments over whether to halt the use of such accounts for state business.

Friend denies saying Stevens didn't want bills
WASHINGTON - A close friend of Sen. Ted Stevens on Wednesday denied ever telling a crooked businessman that the Republican icon didn't expect to pay for his home renovations, a key charge in the Alaska senator's federal corruption trial.

Records reveal governor's checkered history on ethics
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, whose reformer image took a hit in a report concluding she abused her powers to settle a family score, has skirted state ethics rules before for personal benefit and used her office to help friends and supporters, according to an Associated Press review of records.

Commissioner pans report on returning guardsmen
FAIRBANKS - Alaska's commissioner of Military and Veterans Affairs says Gov. Sarah Palin is being politically smeared by a veterans advocacy group.

Elton: Attorney general dragged feet in probe
Juneau's lone senator said Wednesday that he stands by legislative investigator Stephen Branchflower's finding that the attorney general's office "failed to substantially comply" with a requests for state documents.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Begich funds nearly triple Stevens'
Mark Begich received nearly three times more in donations than incumbent U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, who has spent much of the last two months sitting in a federal courtroom fending off corruption charges.

This Day in History
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