Friday, October 16, 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.

Skate park: 'cesspool' or 'endless potential'?
The Pipeline Skate Park was once a self-policed, family-friendly facility covered in murals with mountains and aurora borealis, but has fallen into disarray in recent years with offensive graffiti routinely spray painted on walls and floors littered with beer cans, cigarette butts and drug paraphernalia.

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?

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.

Assembly backs Juneau-Whitehorse direct flights
After a gap of seven years, it looks likely Air North will re-establish direct flights connecting Juneau and Whitehorse in Canada's Yukon Territory on a trial basis this winter.

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.

Growing graffiti problem irks city officials
The Juneau Parks and Recreation department is seeing an increase of graffiti and vandalism at its facilities recently and is growing increasingly tired of spending thousands of taxpayers' dollars to clean up the messes.

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.

Photo: Full of good cheer
Kaity Wyatt, 15, celebrates with Morgan Poole, 7, after they won a round of "Lovers Leap" Thursday during the Thunder Mountain High School football cheerleader Cheer Camp. Seventeen girls are participating in the two-day camp that will end with a show for the parents at 5 p.m. on Friday.

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

Danner sworn into city Assembly
JUNEAU - Juneau Assembly members shuffled seats and nameplates as they elected a new deputy mayor and welcomed Ruth Danner to its membership in a special meeting Thursday.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month; today's featured survivor: Cathy Bressette
Age: 54.

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. 16

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.

Ben Bailey
Juneau resident Ben Bailey died Oct. 7, 2009, in Juneau.

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.

Fred G. Baxter
Longtime Juneau resident Fred G. Baxter died Oct. 14, 2009, at his home. He was 89.

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

A fair head tax on cruise passengers
C ruise tourism has been in the news lately, including stories of a lawsuit advanced by the Alaska Cruise Association claiming that the 2006 voter-approved passenger excise tax is illegal. Some recent history will explain what is really going on.

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.

STEM and the economy
I hope the hundreds of participants of the 2009 Alaska Math and Science Conference are enjoying their visit to Juneau. This event is a very valuable opportunity for teachers to augment their skills as well as network with peers from throughout the state. As much as this event is about math and science, it is also about economics. With more than 300 participants from outside of Juneau, the economic impact on our community is considerable. A conference of this size, which fills hotels and restaurants, brings several hundred thousand dollars of economic activity to our community. This is only a small part of the economics of education in math and science.

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.

Forcing vaccines on Americans violates civil liberties
T he rush to approve the vaccine for the H1N1 flu - also known as swine or "novel flu" - was based on a combination of the greed of the pharmaceutical industry and uninformed decisions by the awkward alliance of public health and federal emergency management officials.

Need for cyber czar is real
I n May, President Barack Obama completed his long-awaited "cyberspace policy review," concluding that cyberspace is a strategic asset that must be safeguarded from attack as a national security priority. He recalled how hackers had gotten into his own campaign servers, and he worried that crucial infrastructure, public and private, was vulnerable to hackers, cyber terrorists and even other governments.

Locals weigh in on Eaglecrest's 'Extend the Season' pass option
Eaglecrest Ski Area is asking locals, "how long do you want your season to last?"

Trail Mix applies for trail funding
Trail Mix, Inc. has announced its intent to apply for grant funding under the Recreational Trails Program to help fund local trail improvements in the Juneau area in an effort to both protect the surrounding trail ecology and to improve the overall hiking experience for users, said George Schaaf, executive director with Trail Mix Inc.

Listening for clues brings rewards
I was on a mission to reach Gold Ridge before sunset on a rare sunny autumn afternoon in Juneau. I planned to keep my eyes open for birds, but before I even left the shadow of the upper tram buildings something changed my focus. Just as I passed the anchor tower for the tram, a low clucking stopped me in my tracks.

Woodpeckers boast unique adaptations
Woodpeckers are found around the world, except on some islands. There are said to be about 183 species, ranging in from sparrow-size to raven-size. The woodpecker lineage is old, dating back over 50 million years, and it is distantly related to the neotropical toucans and barbets and the Old World honey guides.

Out & About
Friday, Oct. 16

Juneau Ski Club to clean up Fish Creek Rd.
Members of the Juneau Ski Club will be doing their part to help keep Juneau litter free this Saturday, Oct. 17.

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.

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

Bethel planning for reduced liquor restrictions
ANCHORAGE - Although voters in Bethel voted to lift the 32-year ban on liquor sales, many residents are trying to block anyone from opening bars or liquor stores.

Small plane found in Denali National Park
ANCHORAGE - A plane that carried a pilot and a wolf biologist who went missing while searching for wolves in Denali National Park was found Thursday.

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

Anchorage district: No permission slip, no shot
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage School District says free swine flu vaccinations will only be available to students who have a signed permission slip from a parent or guardian.

Time suspended for Palmer man
PALMER - A 46-year-old man convicted of threatening Alaska State Troopers has been given seven months in jail, but his credit for time served means he's ready for release.

Fairbanks man gets 4 years for mail theft
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man involved in a mail theft ring has been sentenced to four years in prison.

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

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.

Sports in Juneau
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Sports in Juneau
Oct. 15-16

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.

Frank Murkowski talks oil and gas
Former Gov. Frank Murkowski says Alaska needs to abandon its effort to build a natural gas pipeline and roll back its recent oil tax increase.

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.

Anchorage task force tackling homelessness
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan has a new team to tackle the problem of homeless alcoholics.

Volunteers pitch in to make Eagle ready for winter
EAGLE - Relief workers in the flood-damaged Yukon River town of Eagle say everyone will have a place to stay for winter.

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.

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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