Thursday, October 21, 2010

Approach Mahler with 'ears and a heart'
If you're headed to the symphony this weekend to hear Gustav Mahler's Resurrection Symphony, and you're tempted to fortify yourself by reading up on the complex work before you go, do Mahler a favor and don't read his program notes. Better yet, avoid any source that tries to tell you what the piece means.

Local historian spreads the word about Willoughby
Over the years, Mark Whitman has strained his eyes in the process of going through “miles of microfilm,” but for the career librarian and independent historian, each nugget of information he finds is worth its weight in gold.

'Circle Mirror' is spot-on delightful
A s a newcomer to Alaska, I'm learning to let go of formalities. I wore jeans to the Oct. 10 Sunday evening production of Annie Baker's "Circle Mirror Transformation" at Perseverance Theatre and I fit in. In Baker's deceptively simple story, the audience is invited into the lives of five people in an acting class. Each character is learning to let go in order to fit in. Each makes unique discoveries.

'RED' in a word: Loud
J ust because you're a retired agent doesn't mean everyone in your area code won't try to shoot you dead.

The 'DNA of the blues'
C onfession: Lately, I've been getting seriously into the blues. Like bad. So bad that my obsession with its tasty 12-bar form is starting to deter my friends and family from wanting to ride in the car with me. I've tried to tell them that the rainy weather is what sends me scramblin' for my Howlin Wolf tapes, but to no avail. I ride alone these days it seems. Hrumph. All the better to crank the tunes, I say. And good riddance. Between Buddy Guy and B.B. King, there's no room anyway. But having just said that, imagine my surprise when I found a stowaway yesterday!

Thunder Mountain stages 'In a Grove'
The Thunder Mountain Drama Department will present "In a Grove: Four Japanese Ghost Stories" beginning Nov. 5. Performances are scheduled for two consecutive weekends, Nov. 5-6 and Nov. 12-13, at 7:30 p.m. at TMHS auditorium. "In a Grove," written by Eric Coble, leads viewers through four ghostly tales, traveling back in time hundreds of years to watch the supernatural history - and ultimate destruction - of an entire village.

UAS Evening at Egan hosts author Heather Lende
Haines author Heather Lende will share stories about her life and read excerpts from her books at this week's Evening at Egan lecture, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, in the Egan Library at UAS.

Local lectures, dances, artist market scheduled for Native American Heritage Month
Sealaska Heritage Institute will sponsor a noon lecture series, dance performances, and a Native art market to celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November.

New crop of picture books awaits young readers at the local libraries
New picture books at the Juneau Public Libraries range from books about being (almost) grown-up ("Almost," by Richard Torrey) to books about squirrels ("Those Darn Squirrels," by Adam Rubin) and the truth about mysterious trippers ("Jack the Tripper," by Gene Barretta).

Senate race is a struggle between America's 'thirds'
Unfortunately those who support individual liberty, responsibility, property rights, and small unobtrusive government are really about one-third of the population. The second third favors big government, redistribution, statist control of the means of production and onerous regulations on the means and property they do not control. The other third are those who will take the statist, socialist and/or progressive programs at face value under the guise of positive rights, like a right to health care, a home, a state-funded retirement, etc.

Miller's right to fight political orthodoxy
In 1847 Ignaz Semmelweis, a Hungarian physician discovered that surgeons' washing their hands before operating on a patient greatly reduced the chance of infection, thereby increasing the survival rate. This position was considered extreme by the medical establishment at the time, and he was ridiculed, persecuted, and eventually dismissed in spite of his proven results.

Palin pats Miller on the back for conduct she earlier condemned
Does Sarah Palin still think Joe Miller should be a senator? After all, he's admitted to being disciplined for improperly using government computers while he worked as a municipal attorney in Fairbanks in a campaign to oust Alaska Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich.

Sealaska shareholder pleased with Alaskans Standing Together
As a shareholder of Sealaska, I am very pleased to see our corporation join, participate and contribute to "Alaskans Standing Together." It's not about Democrats or Republicans. It's more about preserving our way of life. I hope all Alaska Native corporation shareholders understand the importance of us standing together. As a Democrat, I will vote for Lisa Murkowski.

Photo: Quack attack
Marzena Whitmore, 4, feeds mallard ducks at the Rotary Pond on Riverside Drive on Tuesday.

Former JDHS coach found guilty of sexual assault
• 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.

Wolf Week has special meaning in Southeast
The third week of October is Wolf Awareness Week across the nation. This week, conservation groups across the nation push issues relevant to the preservation of the animals as an important part of the ecosystem. The issue holds a special relevance in Southeast Alaska.

District puts education equity at forefront
For several decades, several groups of students have struggled with success in the Juneau School District. Now, the school board is looking at a policy that will find those educational barriers and a way to help more students achieve.

The Hearing Center to donate part of proceeds from new device to breast cancer research
The Hearing Center and a new hearing device are getting onboard for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

New tax form will prepare employers this year for 2011 requirements
The Internal Revenue Service has released a new draftform for employer relief.

Man arrested in exposure incident
A young Juneau man who allegedly exposed his buttocks to a middle school bus driver and passengers faces several legal problems both related and unrelated to the charges stemming from the alleged mooning incident.

Photo: Leaping for lunch
A black bear leaps into Steep Creek at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center on Wednesday as it looks for salmon to eat.

Police & Fire
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Juneau airport terminal readies for completion
The Juneau International Airport is almost ready for its terminal project to be considered substantially complete.

Police & Fire
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Leo M. "Bud" Jones Jr.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Evergreen Memorial Park for lifelong Juneau resident Leo M. "Bud" Jones, Jr. who passed away Oct. 13, 2010 at Bartlett Regional Hospital following a brief illness.

Richard M. Norman
Richard M. Norman, formerly of Juneau, passed away peacefully Oct. 18, 2010 in North Bend, Wash.

Judy Kay Tobacco
Judy Kay Tobacco, formerly of Juneau, passed away Oct. 1, 2010 at the University of Washington Medical Center due to complications from lung cancer. She was born at home Oct. 2, 1941 in Morris, Minn. during a blizzard.

Craig Oliver Dahl
Former Juneau resident Craig Oliver Dahl, 92, passed away on Oct. 8th 2010 at St. Peters Providence Hospital in Olympia, Wash. He was born in Edison, Wash. on Feb. 6, 1918 to Tillman and Elizabeth Dahl. He married Joan B. Smith of Burlington, Wash., on June 20th, 1946.

Language about wasted votes is self-defeating
Two polls released last week indicate the race for Alaska's U.S. Senate seat is up for grabs. The Anchorage Daily News described it as a dead heat and three-way horserace. While we're accustomed this type of language during political campaigns, democracy isn't a spectator sport. And contrary to the results on Election Day, it's not over when it's over.

Behind the attack ads
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Outside editorial: The only 'agenda' is respect for gays
A spate of suicides by gay teenagers has produced what looks like a united front against anti-gay bullying. But at least one conservative leader sees a sinister homosexual agenda in efforts to combat such bullying by acknowledging and affirming gay students.

Smart grid demystified?
I have no idea how the innards of my computer function, but I sure get frustrated when it doesn't work. The same is true for most people when they flip the switch and the light doesn't come on. We may not know or care how our electricity is produced and delivered to our homes and businesses, but almost everything we do depends on it.

Headed back to the Mideast; new story lines
Many years ago, a movie theater called the Brattle near Harvard University used to show the film "Casablanca" over and over. The students who watched would chant the lines along with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The viewers knew every element of the storyline from memory - and it never changed.

Alaska lawmakers plan to ban synthetic marijuana
ANCHORAGE - Some lawmakers are concerned that a substance sold as incense in tobacco shops and convenience stores is a dangerous drug.

Head of Miller security detail has ties to militia
ANCHORAGE - The head of a security detail for Alaska U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller who handcuffed a journalist at a Miller town hall has business ties to Michigan Militia founder Norm Olson.

Alaska woman passed out, man charged with assault
FAIRBANKS - An Alaska man faces sex charges after a woman passed out in a motel room from drinking too much.

Family swim part of Red Ribbon Week
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Juneau Health Promotion and Behavioral Health Prevention programs are hosting a family swim event on Oct. 23 at the Augustus G. Brown Swimming Pool. It is part of Red Ribbon Week and is open to SEARHC Native patients, family, friends and SEARHC employees.

Ground broken for mosque in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Muslims have broken ground in Anchorage on the first mosque in Alaska.

SEARHC, Hoonah Indian Association to celebrate anniversary
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and Hoonah Indian Association are celebrating the first year of SEARHC's management of the Hoonah Health Center and expansion of available health care services.

Westover keeps lead in Sitka mayor race recount
SITKA - It looks like the Sitka mayor's race will be decided by just two votes.

State segregate 17 Homer ballots
ANCHORAGE - State election officials have segregated 17 ballots cast at a Homer location where a list of write-in candidates was posted.

Dems object to posting of write-in list
JUNEAU - The Alaska Democratic Party says a list of write-in candidates was illegally posted on state Division of Elections' letterhead at an early voting station in Homer.

Alaska mountain named to honor the late Ted Stevens
ANCHORAGE - A mountain and ice field in Alaska have been named in honor of the late Sen. Ted Stevens.

Open bus window leads to stabbing
ANCHORAGE - An argument over an open window on a city bus led to a stabbing in Anchorage.

Sunken vessel spotted near Thane Road rock dump
A sunken vessel was spotted near the rock dump on Thane Road.

Miller not seeking write-in monitors
JUNEAU - Alaska Senate GOP hopeful Joe Miller says his campaign isn't worried about having a team to monitor the counting of write-in votes.

21 people arrested at Anchorage party
ANCHORAGE - While a woman was in the hospital her 18-year-old son held a house party that turned rowdy in Anchorage.

Anchorage 8th on Milken city performance list
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage has moved up to No. 8 from No. 40 on the Milken Institute list of best-performing cities, pushing it ahead of Seattle for 2010.

Army National Guard helps clean illegal dump at game refuge
ANCHORAGE - An illegal dump site at the Goose Bay State Game Refuge got some attention over the weekend.

Falcons bolster roster for Year 2 on the mat
The focus last year for the fledgling Thunder Mountain wrestling team was to start building a foundation for a successful program, but the bar has been set higher for the 2010-11 season.

Five JDHS Crimson Bears selected First Team All-State
Five Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears football players were tabbed First Team All-State on Tuesday, with sophomore Phillip Fenumiai earning top honors at quarterback and senior Colin Gozelski named at three different positions.

Bulls hope to challenge in East
CHICAGO - Derrick Rose understands the hot pick these days is in South Beach, that there's a recent champion in Boston and Superman is soaring around Orlando.

Begich: Federal programs benefit state
Sen. Mark Begich defended the federal stimulus bill, a controversial vote he cast 30 days into his term of office, but one he said is helping Alaska.

Judge tells Interior to clarify polar bear status
WASHINGTON - A federal judge is ordering the Obama administration to review whether polar bears, at risk because of global warming, are endangered under federal law.

McAdams says ballot spot makes him the one to beat Miller in Nov. 2 election
Democratic Senate candidate Scott McAdams may be reaching a new level of success in his newly invigorated campaign.

GCI phasing out unlimited Internet
ANCHORAGE - Some customers of General Communication Inc. say they weren't notified the company is phasing out unlimited Internet usage, even though GCI says it sent out notices about the new policy in April and May.

Miller camp files money complaint
JUNEAU - Joe Miller's campaign alleges that a group formed by Alaska Native corporations has violated the law by using money they've gotten as federal contractors to try to influence the Alaska Senate race for Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

New poll shows Miller, Murkowski tied
A new CNN-Time poll shows the state's hot U.S. Senate race a dead heat between Republican nominee Joe Miller and Republican write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski, with Democrat Scott McAdams somewhat further back.

Republicans ask Miller to explain his background
Prominent Republicans are asking Republican Senate nominee Joe Miller to begin to be more transparent about his background, following his decision to not talk to Alaska media about his past.

After Alaska primary upset, missteps cost Miller
JUNEAU - Since his stunning defeat of Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the Republican primary, tea party favorite Joe Miller has suffered a series of potentially crippling missteps that have helped turn the Alaska Senate campaign into a highly competitive race.

Alaska Natives want their traditions saved
FAIRBANKS - Alaska Native elders and young people are being encouraged to take the time to talk to each other to help preserve their languages and traditions.

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