Thursday, October 22, 2009

Gravity research
Extreme athletes are the superstars in ski and snowboard films, but the mountains and shooting locations add special character to a movie in their own right.

"Unmasking Mental Illness Masquerade" held Friday
The Juneau branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will host a Halloween-themed event Friday, Oct. 23 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. The "Unmasking Mental Illness Masquerade" has been organized to promote mental illness awareness, and to break down stigmas. Attendees should plan to come in costume.

October Barn Dance held Saturday
An October Barn Dance will be held this Saturday, Oct. 24, from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at St. Ann's Parish Hall, located at Fifth and Gold streets downtown.

Sitka to host 'Wild and Scenic' film fest
The largest environmental film festival in North America comes to Sitka this weekend.

City museum's Coffee & Collections series begins Saturday
This Saturday, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum will kick off its third season of Coffee & Collections, a monthly presentation series highlighting various aspects of Juneau's history and culture.

Carve pumpkins, make a plate at the Canvas
Upcoming events at the Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery include pumping carving, pie-plate making, and oil painting.

Non-expert panel samples Malbecs available locally
Choosing a bottle of wine can be a frustrating experience. We all know what we like when we taste it, and most wine drinkers know which type of grape they favor, but that knowledge alone isn't enough to steer us toward a decent bottle.

Troxels hosts 'Extend the Season' party
Troxels Steak & Seafood, located at the Breakwater, will host a party beginning 9 p.m. Friday to promote the movement to help Eaglecrest stay open an additional two weeks at the end of the season.

Lots of violence, but little point
I figured I would know what to make of "Law Abiding Citizen" after I slept on it for a night.

Perseverance Theatre continues its season with 'Leading Ladies'
Perseverance Theatre's 31st season continues with the opening of "Leading Ladies" by Ken Ludwig Nov. 6.

UAS Alumni & Friends to host wine tasting at the Prospector Friday
The ninth annual UAS Alumni & Friends Beer & Wine Tasting will be held Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the Prospector Hotel. A selection of wine and beer will be provided by K&L Distributors, Odom Company and Specialty Imports. Beer from the Alaskan Brewing Co. will also be available for tasting.

ARTS & CULTURE Calendar
ART, EVENTS &PERFORMANCE

Just in time for Halloween, thrilling tales for the young
Halloween is coming soon! Look for these and other great spooky, silly and just plain fun picture books.

Evening at Egan presents Kane lecture, '15 Years of Clay'
This Friday's Evening at Egan lecture will feature UAS Assistant Professor of Art Jeremy Kane, who will speak about his artwork and what has influenced his vision in "15 Years of Clay."

Alaska on paper
"A Tender Distance" presents fifteen vignettes that explore the perils and joys of raising two fearless boys from toddlerhood to young men.

Big corporations not an even playing field
Recently, Dr. Riki Ott gave a presentation at the University of Alaska Southeast, and I missed it. I am sorry I did so, because she brought up an idea, a U.S. Supreme Court decision, that I had never studied nor questioned. As an academic and historian, I should have done that.

Governor candidate wants to clarify quote
With regard to the story about my candidacy published Oct. 15, I appreciate your coverage of my efforts to create jobs and improve our state's economy. One thing I was quoted as saying in that article didn't quite come out as I intended. Here's what I was trying to say:

Carnival won't back up decline in passengers
Alaska's biggest cruise line says visits to Alaska were down this summer, but the company's own financial filings raise questions about that statement.

Report: Racial gaps persist in schools
Student achievement gaps between ethnic groups persist in Juneau, but a significant increase in graduation rates, especially in the Alaska Native population, offers hope for the future, said Juneau School District Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Correction
An A1 story in Wednesday's Juneau Empire about cruise ship passenger visits misstated how many ships are leaving Alaska and incorrectly suggested two new ships will begin making Alaska stops the same year. In 2010, three ships will be relocated out of Alaska and a fourth ship is reducing its stops in Juneau. Two new ships are coming to Alaska in 2011.

Drug testing to begin next week
Mandatory random drug testing for student athletes should begin next week, Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich said at the Tuesday evening Juneau School Board meeting.

Parks officials consider skate park restrictions
The city has ordered a fence for the Pipeline Skate Park to keep out unwanted visitors in hopes of reducing vandalism, graffiti and other illicit nighttime behavior at the facility, officials told skateboarders at a meeting Wednesday night.

Swipe and read
The Juneau Empire's circulation department has rolled out five new credit card- and debit card-friendly newspaper vending machines and has plans to replace the entire inventory within the next year.

School of Salmon
"Jump! Jump! Jump!" second-graders shouted at a fish tank near the entrance to the Douglas Island Pink and Chum hatchery Wednesday afternoon.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Today's featured survivor: Susan Evans
Age: 53.

Parks, neighbors agree on House of Wickersham
Controversial changes to the historic House of Wickersham that neighbors had objected to won't be happening soon, and may not happen at all.

Group to present Auke Lake plan
JUNEAU - The Juneau Watershed Partnership will hold their annual member meeting at 7 p.m., Wednesday in the Glacier View Room at the University of Alaska Southeast to present the final draft of the "Auke Lake Watershed Action Plan."

Photo: Dissecting a salmon
Elin Antaya, 5, holds salmon eggs and eyeball she disected from a salmon Wednesday in Eldri Sierra's Harborview Elementary School kindergarten class. "We learned that fish have a backbone," she said of the learning experience. "We found an intestine and squished it and p-o-o-p came out ... and we held a fish heart."

Photo: Fog begins to lift
Traffic crosses the Douglas Bridge amid morning fog Tuesday over Gastineau Channel.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reports were not available by press time Tuesday.

Juneau Gun Club looking for volunteers
JUNEAU - The Juneau Gun Club is calling for volunteers to help with the annual Nov. 21 Turkey Shoot.

Coast Guard Auxillary member earns award
JUNEAU - For his contributions and dedication to recreational boating safety, Mike Folkerts, a volunteer member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Juneau, was honored in September with the National Association of State Boating Law Administration's President's Award at its meeting in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month; today's featured survivor: Val Hillyer

Around Town
Today, Oct. 21

Around Town
Today, Oct. 22

Jean Thompson Taylor
Former Juneau resident Jean Thompson Taylor died Sept. 7, 2009, in Centralia, Wash., after a struggle with cancer. She was 82.

Media, money and a degree of madness
The following editorial first appeared in the Star Tribune:

Politics threaten to undermine census
Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution requires an "enumeration" of the population every 10 years. Since 1790, the federal government has duly conducted its decennial census.

Juneau's deafening silence
When it comes to the 2009 municipal election, the experts, politics and pundits have missed it again. The people of Juneau have spoken. Their choice is a resounding "None of the above."

Falcon and the showman
How's this for a reality show concept? Call it "Schemers": A man and woman fall in love - with fame, that is. They waste scads of taxpayer dollars and scare the daylights out of the public by telling police that their propitiously named son, Falcon, is soaring off in a wayward balloon. Except he was never in the balloon at all. What a laugh riot!

Who's afraid of the free market?
As everybody knows, the two biggest battles on Capitol Hill - reforming health care and regulating Wall Street - have unleashed massive campaigns from the enemies of free markets.

Meditations on splitting wood
In Juneau, there are two things you can never have enough of: non-cotton clothing and dry firewood. Okay, maybe bungie cords. And snow shovels. Oh, and ranch dressing - that stuff goes with everything.

A reason to rally around Rush
We are gathered here today in sympathy with our brother, Rush Limbaugh.

Achieving radio free America
During the Cold War, the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe were among the broadcast entities that effectively penetrated the Iron Curtain to deliver truth to the "captive nations" that were being fed a steady dose of propaganda by their communist rulers. Those dictators did everything they could to "jam" the signals so that their people would only hear what their unelected overseers wanted them to hear. Contemporary versions of jamming and other forms of censorship occur today in Venezuela, Cuba and many other places where dictators believe public ignorance is essential to their unchallenged rule.

Anchorage homeless camps cleared out
ANCHORAGE - Police returned four days after they red-tagged homeless camps in the Mountain View area of Anchorage and told illegal campers they had to go.

Anchorage OKs 1st school health clinic
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage School Board has approved the district's first school-based health clinic.

Man gets month in jail for firing shots
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man who fired a gun to scare off other drivers as his girlfriend passed them will serve a month in jail.

Enstar rates to fall 16% in January
ANCHORAGE - Customers of Southcentral Alaska's largest natural gas utility will see their monthly bills go down starting in January.

Former Palin aide pens own book
ANCHORAGE - Sarah Palin isn't the only member of her former administration planning a book.

Motel room shootout wounds three men
FAIRBANKS - Police said a drug deal in a Fairbanks motel ended in a shootout in which three men were wounded.

Airport Dike Trail reopens Tuesday
JUNEAU - After a brief closure to cut down trees for a runway safety area expansion at Juneau International Airport, the Airport Dike Trail reopened Tuesday.

Ramras running for lieutenant governor
ANCHORAGE - State Rep. Jay Ramras announced Tuesday he's running for the job of lieutenant governor. The three-term Republican from Fairbanks says Alaska must reshape policies for sound growth using the resource based economy.

6 Bears earn All-State honors
After a season that ended much too soon in the eyes of Juneau-Douglas football players and coaches, the Alaska State Football Coaches Association gave credit where it was due, naming a half dozen Bears players to Alaska's All-State football teams.

Sports in Juneau
Calendar of Events

Photos: Gators conquer Huskies in JYFL Juniors CHAMPIONSHIP
The Gators beat the Huskies 8 to 7 in the Juneau Youth Football League Juniors Championship game, held Oct. 17 at Adair Kennedy Memorial Park.

Sports in Juneau
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Panel: Sex assault reporting inadequate
ANCHORAGE - A state Senate committee is urging the Department of Public Safety to do a better job tracking sexual assaults and helping rape victims.

State challenges polar bear listing
ANCHORAGE - The state of Alaska is trying to bolster its efforts to overturn the listing of the polar bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Oceans ambassador calls for Arctic research
ANCHORAGE - The United States must move forward with science research to make good decisions about how to manage human activities in the Arctic Ocean, the ambassador for oceans and fisheries said Wednesday.

Allen seeks delay in corruption sentencing
ANCHORAGE - The key witness in the federal government's corruption cases against several Alaska politicians is seeking a delay in his sentencing, court filings showed Tuesday.

Census Bureau considers hiring locals for count
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Census Bureau is considering hiring locals to do the 2010 count in Alaska Native villages.

Palin steps back into national spotlight
ANCHORAGE - Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is about to re-emerge on the national scene.

UA professor loses federal funding
ANCHORAGE - The University of Alaska has rejected a faculty union grievance filed on behalf of a professor who had federal funding pulled for being an outspoken critic of the oil industry.

Investigator has yet to speak with injured pilot
ANCHORAGE - A National Transportation Safety Board investigator said he plans to speak with the pilot who survived the plane crash that killed wolf biologist Gordon Haber.

Dubuque mulls partnership with Sheldon Jackson
SITKA - Sitka officials visited the Midwest last week to continue talks about a partnership between Sheldon Jackson College and Dubuque University, an Iowa-based Presbyterian university.

Women's formal wear donations sought in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Now that the troops are back home, some formal ceremonies are in order, including a round of Battalion Balls beginning in early November.

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