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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Muñoz knows Juneau's economy
It remains to be seen how the current economic situation will affect our local travel industry, but it is most likely causing many to be concerned. That is why I support Cathy Muñoz for the state Legislature, House District 4.
Re-elect Andrea Doll
In my own mind, I have not yet reached the status of "senior citizen." But, chronologically, and as a retiree, I guess that I'm there. So I have to express my admiration for the legislative work that Rep. Andrea Doll has done on behalf of seniors (and, in fact, all Juneau residents and all Alaskans).
Doll is a fighter
Rep. Andrea Doll had a very short honeymoon during her first term in the Alaska House.
Students test new high school
Students and teachers are breaking in Thunder Mountain High School, Juneau's newest school.
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.
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.
The taste of success
The Alaskan Brewing Co. continues to enjoy the taste of success.The Juneau-based business won four medals at the 27th annual Great American Beer Festival held in Denver last weekend. It is the most awards the brewery has won in a single year at the festival, which industry insiders call the most prestigious craft beer festival in the country.
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.
District dropout effort analyzed
The Juneau School District has a "sincere commitment and enthusiasm" to prevent students from dropping out of school, but lacks a "clear and unified vision" to address the problem, according to a recent report by a team of education experts.
Photo: Have faith to conserve
Mary Walker, project coordinator for Alaska Interfaith Power & Light, based in Fairbanks, talks to a group during a luncheon Thursday at the Cathedral of the Nativity Parish Hall in Juneau. Walker talked about helping faith communities across Alaska fulfill stewardshipactions such as energy audits, education, energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy and supporting public policy.
Police & Fire
On Tuesday, Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:
Photo: Model delivery
Brandon Lytton of Northern Managment Services hangs a piece of siding near the entrance of the Mendenhall Valley Post Office on Wednesday. The Post Office has been undergoing an exterior remodel since Sept. 9 and is expected to be complete in two to four weeks.
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:
A graphic on page A1 Thursday with a story about a researcher's speech tonight about home energy conservation had the wrong Web address for viewing archives. The correct one is http://www.uas.alaska.edu/media/productions/.
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.
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.
A family nurse practitioner's experience
For Family Nurse Practitioner Justine Emerson, the chance she would contract breast cancer seemed highly improbable. Nonetheless, she was diagnosed with infiltrating ductal carcinoma in March 2006.
Toastmasters to send winners to Laugh Out Loud Conference
Valley Toastmasters recently hosted the Taku Toastmasters in an area-wide speech competition in two categories, humorous speech and table topics, in preparation for the Yukon-Alaska Council of Toastmasters Laugh Out Loud conference to be held Oct. 24-26 in Anchorage.
A perspective of gratitude
I looked out the window and saw nothing but another dismal, cold, rainy day in Southeast Alaska. One of those days where I say "ugh," and don't want to leave the house.
Youth Vote Juneau coming to Juneau schools in November
Juneau students will once again be casting ballots in the November election during Youth Vote Juneau (formerly Kids Voting). Volunteers will staff polling places in all K-12 schools in the district for a mock election sponsored by Youth Vote Juneau. There will be no Youth Vote polling places at Juneau precincts this year.
SAIL to hold annual fall auction, banquet with author Knighton
JUNEAU - Southeast Alaska Independent Living's annual fall auction and banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at Centennial Hall. This year's speaker will be Ryan Knighton, author of "Cockeyed," a memoir about his slow descent into blindness, as well as other award-winning publications.
AFS exchange students head to Sitka for Alaska Day
Hirotaka Goto is an old pro when it comes to world traveling, even though he's just a teenager. The 15-year-old from Japan has visited Las Vegas, California, Arizona and Florida during trips with his father before coming to Juneau in August. Goto can now add one more location to his list: Sitka.
Raven's Way program helps youth conquer substance abuse
SITKA - The Yéil Jeeyáx (Raven's Way) program in Sitka, run by the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, is a nationally accredited residential treatment program for Alaska youth ages 13-18. The program, which has one of the best documented success rates of any youth treatment program in the Indian Health Service system, combines conventional substance abuse and mental health treatment with adventure-based therapy and Alaska Native cultural activities.
University's Tidal Echoes now accepting submissions for 2009
JUNEAU - Attention all artists, authors, playwrights and poets: the University of Alaska Southeast is now accepting submissions for its 2009 edition of Tidal Echoes, the region's only literary journal.
KTOO seeks used records, CDs for annual sale
JUNEAU - KTOO is seeking any used CDs, LPs and videos for its annual used record, CD and video sale at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in the KTOO Conference Room, located at the corner of Egan Drive and Whittier Street.
Consortium seeks logo for Alaska Area Health Education Center
JUNEAU - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and the Alaska Area Health Education Center (Alaska AHEC) invite artists to submit logo designs for the Alaska AHEC program.
Consortium to host a pediatric dental clinic
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Mount Edgecumbe Hospital Dental Clinic in Sitka will host a special pediatric dental clinic the week of Nov. 3-7.
Family of Mark Reese to hold dinner with Oktoberfest theme
JUNEAU - There will be an Oktoberfest-themed dinner to benefit the family of Mark Reese, who was seriously injured in a fall in Ketchikan on Aug. 1, from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Juneau Yacht Club.
Thanks for helping us remember my mom
My mother passed away on Sept. 16 and, per her wishes, we mourned. Then we celebrated her life this past Tuesday, Oct. 14. I am indebted to many for the success of that celebration:
Thanks to Harmons for our AJ Mine tour
The Mendenhall River Elementary School Cub Scout Pack 7 thanks the Harmon family for their fun and informative tour of the AJ Mine and the exciting opportunity for the cub scouts to gold pan. It was a great look into Juneau's mining history for both the cub scouts and their families.
Thanks for supporting the annual Toy Run
On behalf of the Southeast Alaska Panhandlers Motorcycle Club, I would like to thank everyone that helped make this year's Toy Run a success. A special thanks to the following for their contributions: Bartlett Regional Hospital, Home Depot, Costco (Judy Baxter), Super Bear, KTOO, KINY, The Triangle Bar, MGT, Sandy Krook and Family, Widow Son's, Pat Peterson, River of Glory Church and the Douglas Fire Department: Troy Portis, Ray Roberts, Jennifer Mirrell, Rob Kindred, Toby Harbrauk and Meaghan Wills for supporting the 14th annual Panhandlers Toy Run.
Pets of the week
Bailey, above, is an amazing 8-year-old declawed cat. He is a very quiet and gentle cat that gets along great with cats and dogs, and loves children. Bailey is a passive guy that only wants attention and stays out of tiffs with his kitty roommates.
Thanks for organizing the Day of Caring
Helping Hands volunteers would like to thank United Way of Southeast Alaska for organizing the Day of Caring held on Oct. 2 and 4. We appreciated the food drives that were collected by the Bartlett staff, sisters and elders, University of Alaska Southeast and the Mendenhall Auto Center for allowing us to use their van.
Senior menu for the week of Oct. 20-24
Monday, Oct. 20
Foss, Rice wed
Lola Foss, of Sitka, and Doug Rice, of Winterset, Iowa, were married Oct. 5, 2008, at Canterbury Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.
Morris-Parrs and Stevens to hold joint reception
Family and friends are invited to attend the joint wedding reception of Suzanne and Martin Morris-Parr, and Kari (Parr) Stevens and Scott Stevens at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Hangar Ballroom.
Hannemann, Peterson wed
Nissa Anne Hannemann and Timothy Mark Peterson were married Aug. 23, 2008, in an outdoor ceremony at Amnicon Bible Camp in South Range, Wis., surrounded by their family, friends and the nature they love.
Jaidyn Derrika Crowley
Juneau baby Jaidyn Derrika Crowley died Oct. 12, 2008, in Juneau. She was 1 day old.
Allen T. Compton
Former chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court and former Juneau resident Allen T. Compton died Oct. 11, 2008, at his home in Anchorage. He was 70.
D. Lillian Zamora
Lifelong Ketchikan resident D. Lillian Zamora died Oct. 12, 2008, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., with her family present. She was 73.
The MIAs of the GOP
Liberals haven't had so much fun in decades. Aside from the dwindling size of our 401(k)s, life is treating us well. True, we're heading into a major recession. But that's OK: That just presents us with new opportunities to Do Good. And while we wait for President Obama to bring us New Deal 2.0, we'll also get a few giggles out of watching the Bush administration preside over the nationalization of the nation's financial sector. (Tip: Practice saying "social democracy." Also, practice saying "Told ya so!" with compassion.)
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: Debatable strategy
John McCain faced a hard choice Wednesday evening: He could conduct his final debate with Barack Obama on the high plane of principle and risk losing the election, or he could engage in personal acrimony and risk destroying his argument that, for him, it is country first. He chose to attack.
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."
Turkey's rising role: Diplomacy
Americans who explore the wonders of Istanbul rarely visit Turkey's capital, deep in the plains of Anatolia. It is a city of nondescript high-rises, government offices and new shopping centers that reflect Turkey's growing prosperity.
Accountability for endowments
A college degree is considered crucial for career success, yet American families are struggling to pay for higher education.
Investigator asks for Troopergate info
JUNEAU - The Legislative Council will consider sharing the "confidential component" of its Troopergate report with the State Personnel Board.
Assembly votes on avalanche funding
JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly is expected to consider funding for an avalanche forecaster at its regular meeting on Monday.
3 bears visit Salcha garage, raid freezer
FAIRBANKS - A family of grizzly bears caused havoc again this week in Salcha south of Fairbanks.
Palin play of the day: Heels off, sneakers on
CONCORD, N.H. - The high heels came off and the running shoes went on.
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.
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.
Search resumes for missing diver
SAND POINT - Authorities in Sand Point have resumed the search for a diver who disappeared Tuesday night while doing contract work for a local cannery.
Fishing organization supports Stevens
JUNEAU - The United Fishermen of Alaska, an organization representing 37 commercial fishing associations in Alaska, endorsed Sen. Ted Stevens for reelection Wednesday.
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.
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 found dead in car that crashed into truck
ANCHORAGE - A driver was found dead Wednesday in a car that crashed into a truck in midtown Anchorage.
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.
Then there were two ...
The Crimson Bears might be a third-place pack of late-bloomers and the Cougars might be runners-up with the emotional range of Sylvester Stallone, but nobody can question where these gritty playoff underdogs deserve to be at noon on Saturday.
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.
JDHS spikers downed
The Crimson Bears finally dominated with their blockers at the net, but must have misplaced their trademark passing game on the plane.
Sports in Juneau
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.
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.
Stevens denies scheming on stand
WASHINGTON - Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens denied scheming to hide $250,000 in home improvements and other gifts from a corrupt businessman, taking the stand Thursday in his own defense at a corruption trial blocks from the U.S. Capitol.
Bad weather was good for glaciers
ANCHORAGE - Two hundred years of glacial shrinkage in Alaska, and then came the winter and summer of 2007-2008.
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.
Palin says God blessed America with oil and gas
ELON, N.C. - Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said Thursday that God blessed the nation with oil and gas resources and other forms of energy that should be tapped to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign suppliers.
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.
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.
Machine gives new life to old oil
A program that has removed mountains of junk from hard-to-reach Alaska villages will expand next summer when it helps villages along the Yukon River turn used engine oil into valuable heating fuel.
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