Friday, October 24, 2008

Juneau Symphony presents a ghoulish gala
Symphony music is not all about dead people - even when it comes to Halloween, said Juneau Symphony resident composer William Todd Hunt.

'Rocky Horror' to show at pre-Halloween bash
Multitudes of cult-classic movie fans and Halloween enthusiasts are preparing to rock on Friday, Oct. 24, at the Rocky Horror Halloween Bash.

Last Sunday Salon Series of season slated for Nov. 2
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council will welcome back Adam Tendler for a Sunday afternoon of "Talk, Tea and Tones" featuring John Cage's "Sonatas and Interludes."

Logo contest seeks artists
The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and the Alaska Area Health Education Center invite artists to submit logo designs for the Alaska AHEC program.

Christmas carolers needed for opera production
Juneau Lyric Opera is searching for performers to sing in its Christmas concerts.

Medal of Honor recipient criticizes war planning
"If Not Now, When?" (Berkeley Publishing Group. $25.95. 275 pages), by Col. Jack Jacobs (retired) and Douglas Century.

A former JFK and LBJ aide remembers years in Washington
PRINCETON, N.J. - The walls of Nicholas Katzenbach's library are evidence enough that he has led a full and historic life - pictures signed by Lyndon Johnson and Coretta Scott King, photographs from the Oval Office, a pencil sketch of Robert Kennedy, with an inscription from his widow, Ethel.

What's Happening
THURSDAY, OCT. 23

Men's Crisis Center is about fun, service
As a charter member of the Men's Crisis Center, North Douglas Chapter, I take issue with Tuesday's front page, above-the-fold article regarding our Adopt-a-Highway sign.

Men's Crisis Center promotes cleanup
I'm a "member" - if you want to call it that - of the Men's Crisis Center. It was surprisingly easy to get hooked up with the group; I found if you've got half a mind to join, that's all you need.

Doll was hard-working on commission
Andrea Doll is my choice for the state House in the upcoming election.

Hats off to Palin for SNL appearance
Hats off to our Gov. Sarah Palin. She may never be considered for the Ms. Encyclopedia Britannica 2008 knowledge pageant, but she's a first class gambler.

Allen Marine to close Juneau store
One of Juneau's biggest marine sales and service stores is closing this month.

Hot water dreams
Deep beneath the surface of Southeast is a lot of hot water - that is, energy. But will it ever be harnessed?

Students take aim at gun safety
Sixth-grader Adrienne Sypeck fired a gun for the first time Wednesday.

Mayor presents awards for the arts
Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho presented six awards Thursday evening on behalf of the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council to recognize what he calls an essential element of the community.

House hopefuls look to protect the capital
Candidates for Juneau's Mendenhall Valley seat in the Alaska House of Representatives both agree that fighting a capital move will be a major focus of whoever wins the seat.

Valley candidates debate party preferences
At a Thursday debate before the Juneau Chamber of Commerce, many of the points between Republican Cathy Muñoz and Democrat Andrea Doll came down to partisan issues.

Geothermal system to be used at airport
The Juneau Airport secured funding earlier this month to use geothermal energy instead of heating oil for planned new airport facilities.

Photo: Strong winds
The tips of spruce tree broke off in high winds Wednesday and landed on a home on Gee Street in the Mendenhall Valley.

Photo: Ah, fall
Meagan Gregory shields her face against the wind and rain with her hood as she walks down the sidewalk on Seward Street Thursday in downtown.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Around Town
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Police & Fire
Juneau police and fireofficials and state troopers reported:

Around Town
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'Payne' is simple, confusing
A t the very least, I hoped watching "Max Payne" would clear up the confusion that the trailers had left me with. Have you seen the preview? It's sort of like a music video with lots of slow-motion gun play, and a voice-over from a character talking about "Max Payne" and the "devil's army" and God wanting something else to remain hidden. Yeah, like I said, confusing.

Kingsley, Cruz deliver in 'Elegy'
In "Elegy," Ben Kingsley plays David Kepesh, an erudite, 60-something literature professor who reviews plays for The New Yorker, writes books on the origins of American hedonism and likes his women young. When he sets out to seduce one of his former students, a Cuban woman named Consuela (Penelope Cruz), we're made to understand she will simply be another conquest, a way for him to amuse and pleasure himself for a spell, appease his still-raging virility and, at his ripe old age, remain engaged "in the carnal aspects of the human comedy."

'Missing' about 1973 Chilean coup
'Missing'

Little Black Raincloud Co. not so new on the scene
Walking into the back room at Doc Water's Pub the mood is relaxed. The tones roll over the air like an ocean swell. The music is gentle and the lyrics thought-provoking.

Sound Bites
Of Montreal, 'Skeletal Lamping' ★★★ ½

A citizen of service
Cachet Garrett is no newcomer to community involvement and leadership. Prior to becoming Campaign Director for the United Way of Southeast Alaska on Sept. 16, Cachet Garrett, 26, was a student at the University of Alaska Southeast, where she studied Communication, served as student body president and founded an environmental club. And her enthusiasm for community service shows.

Bartlett, SEARHC pair up to bring mobile mammograms to Southeast
It's difficult to get health care services in many of Alaska's remote communities. Services may not be offered locally, so women need to travel to get routine screening tests such as their annual mammogram.

Photos: Fire Prevention Week
In celebration of Fire Prevention Week, which was Oct. 5-11 nationally, Capital City Fire & Rescue spent the last two weeks visiting Juneau's elementary schools with its fire program.

Potatoes deserve way more respect
Considering the amount of them we eat, the potato has a curiously low profile. When I was growing up, we ate potatoes nearly every day with the evening meal. They were usually baked, sometimes boiled and invariably bland, although I do remember discovering at one point that baked potatoes are a lot better with a generous dollop of sour cream.

Breast cancer from a surgeon
General surgeon Dr. Pamela Gruchacz understands the ins and outs of surgery, especially breast surgery. About 30 percent of her practice at Bartlett Regional Hospital involves breast surgery.

Sea Scout Ship to hold organizational meeting
The Juneau Sea Scout unit will hold an organizational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Juneau Yacht Club. This unit will be open to all youth, age 14 to 21, who are interested in having fun on the water and learning maritime skills from professionals here in Southeast Alaska.

Juneau to celebrate 50 years of statehood
In case you have missed some of Juneau's first of many statehood celebration events, there are more in the planning. Keep an eye out for special band concerts, theater productions, gallery walks, a tree lighting, a recipe contest, a statehood-themed quilt show and a Statehood Ball on Jan. 3, followed by a family day celebration with fireworks and a bonfire on Jan. 4.

The power of camp memories
Memories are a powerful thing. The ability to recollect past experiences has a huge impact on our lives.

Holistic medicine physician discusses attunement
Imagine yourself seated in a concert hall or stadium listening to the orchestra instruments tuning up to perform. They play back and forth to one another, adjusting their instruments to resonate with the right pitch so they can join one another with balanced melodious sound.

Local families to help collect for Operation Christmas Child
JUNEAU - U.S. kids have no time to waste helping to bring joy to millions of needy boys and girls this holiday season. Sending hope to hurting children worldwide is a full-time, year-round effort that requires the contagious compassion of local Juneau families right now.

Consortium expands WISEFAMILIES to Wrangell, Kake
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium recently was awarded a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to extend its WISEFAMILIES Through Customary and Traditional Living program to Wrangell and Kake.

RACHEL MACAULAY
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Consortium invites communities to 'Just Move It' Nov. 1 events
SITKA - Finding fun, enjoyable physical activities can go a long way toward preventing many chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart and lung disease and even some forms of cancer.

Lutheran churches host Reformation Service
JUNEAU - A special joint Reformation Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Faith Lutheran Church, on Sunset Drive at old Glacier Highway and Del Rae Road.

Mendenhall Flying Lions to hold annual barbecue, auction
JUNEAU - The Mendenhall Flying Lions Club will hold its 13th annual barbecue, at noon, and auction, at 6 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 1, at G.W. Teal in the Mendenhall Mall, to benefit the Juneau chapter of the American Diabetes Association.

American Riddles Collection chooses local humorist
JUNEAU - Juneau humorist and magician Jeff Brown recently published "The Alaska Joke Book For Kids!" as part of the American Riddles Collection, a series of 50 booklets, one from each state, featuring more than four dozen riddles for kids of all ages.

Friends, family of Larry Spencer hold hat collection
JUNEAU - Larry Spencer, owner of Spencer Realty, was diagnosed with brain cancer last week and has since received surgery at the University of Washington. He will travel to Minnesota this week for follow-up radiation treatment.

Thanks for supporting Mark Reese and his family on Oct. 18
The Oct. 18 Oktoberfest fundraiser in support of Mark Reese and his family was a resounding success thanks to the efforts of many dedicated friends and donations from across the community. We cannot begin to personally thank all the volunteers, donors and attendees but would like all to know that their greatly appreciated contributions have eased the extreme financial strain placed on the Reese family as a result of Mark's August accident.

Recognitions
Kathleen "Kat" Vinson, a licensed practical nurse stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, with the U. S. Army, was promoted to sergeant on Oct. 1. She is deploying to Iraq with the 10th Combat Support Hospital in December. Vinson is the wife of Jerrod Harvey, of Juneau, and the daughter of Rayme and Eleanor Vinson, of Juneau.

Pets of the week
One could say that two ferrets, Benny and Bubba, mean nothing but trouble, but these two little guys are out for nothing but love. They are two sweet guys that just love spending time with each other and playing with people. Benny is 4 years old and Bubba is 2.

FYI
Births

Senior menu for the week of Oct. 27-31
Monday, Oct. 27

Elisoff, James wed
Rosa L. Elisoff, of Juneau, and Thomas K. James, of Hoonah, were married on Aug. 28, 2008, in Hoonah.

Donna Suzanne Anderson
Former Juneau resident Donna Suzanne Anderson died Oct. 16, 2008, in Ocklawaha, Fla. She was 52.

Don E. Scofield
Former Juneau resident Don E. Scofield died Oct. 17, 2008, at the Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. He was 72.

Karen Ann Foster
Juneau resident Karen Ann Foster died Oct. 8, 2008, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage after a short, unexpected illness. She was 51.

My Turn: Why Alaska needs to change how an attorney general is chosen
Should Alaska's attorney general be appointed by the governor? Should we elect the attorney general? This is a perennial question in Alaska.

Outside editorial: Stevens' unique rules on 'gifts'
Of all the testimony offered during the four-week corruption trial of Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, perhaps the most revealing came from Stevens himself when he took the stand in his own defense Monday. Justice Department attorney Brenda Morris was grilling him about a costly massage chair that had been in Stevens' Washington home for seven years, a chair given to him by a friend but never listed as a gift on the senator's financial disclosure forms.

Alaska Editorial: Arrogance of power
"Senate staff are compensated for the purpose of assisting Senators in their official legislative and representational duties, and not for the purpose of performing personal or other non-official activities for themselves or on behalf of others."

Palin's $150,000 wardrobe amounts to foolish expense
If politicos weren't so snide and dismissive of fashionistas, the McCain-Palin campaign wouldn't be in the awkward position of having to explain the $150,000 tab for shopping trips, hairstyling and beauty makeovers for Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Bad economy is good for young resolve
I remember just a year or two ago when it felt like newspapers were the only industry facing financial catastrophe.

What about saving the have-nots?
WASHINGTON - On Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Southeast Washington, D.C., homeless people rummage through garbage cans in search of food. Unemployed men and women congregate near construction sites, only to leave discouraged when told that no day laborers are needed. Others opt to sell drugs; some, their bodies - risking death to survive.

Juneau power outage caused by high winds
JUNEAU - Heavy winds blew a tree into a power line near downtown Juneau, causing brief power outage Wednesday.

State is disappointed in beluga listing
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin said Thursday she's concerned the recent listing of Cook Inlet's beluga whales will hurt the area's economy.

Police identify man found dead in Spenard
ANCHORAGE - Exposure likely contributed to the death of a 51-year-old man found dead last weekend in the Spenard neighborhood, Anchorage police said.

Man gets 2-year sentence for tax fraud
ANCHORAGE - A 25-year-old Anchorage man recently was sentenced to two years in federal prison for defrauding the government of more than $100,000.

Mine foes hit state for withholding papers
ANCHORAGE - Sponsors of an unsuccessful ballot measure that targeted toxic mine pollution are suing to force Alaska officials to release government records that might answer questions about Gov. Sarah Palin's efforts to nix it.

Plea deal gives share of nightclub to feds
ANCHORAGE - The federal government is getting into the nightclub business in Anchorage.

Texas senator stumps for Stevens
ANCHORAGE - A prominent U.S. senator from Texas says she wants U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens to continue to be a strong voice for the military and for veterans.

Fairbanks hopes to attract AFN again
FAIRBANKS - Officials from Fairbanks are attending the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Anchorage this week hoping they can attract the gathering to the Interior city in 2009.

State plans pike kill at Anchorage lake
ANCHORAGE - Ten years after someone introduced northern pike to Anchorage's Cheney Lake, the Department of Fish and Game is taking drastic measures to get rid of the invasive species.

Man pleads guilty in money-laundering conspiracy
ANCHORAGE - A 46-year-old Anchorage man pleaded guilty recently to taking part in a money laundering conspiracy.

Teen dies in Kenai vehicle crash
KENAI - A 17-year-old girl died Wednesday night in a single-vehicle crash in Kenai, Alaska State Troopers said.

Biologists list threats to beluga whales
ANCHORAGE - Marine biologists say the beluga whales in Cook Inlet are endangered and now it's time to learn why.

Anchorage biker dies days after accident
ANCHORAGE - A 19-year-old bicyclist has died days after being hit on a busy Anchorage street.

JDHS spikers fall to Service
The Crimson Bears put their problems behind them early Thursday night - now they have to learn to adjust on the fly.

Juneau Parks and Rec men's and women's volleyball standings
Oct. 19, 2008

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Late-Night dining
The closing of two downtown late-night eateries in the coming days will noticeably reduce food options for Juneau's bar crowd.

5 dead when fishing boat sinks off Alaska
JUNEAU - Two fisherman are missing after a fish-processing vessel sank in frigid, stormy seas off a remote Alaskan island chain, killing five.

Four survivors found after boat vanishes
ANCHORAGE - Four crew members of a fishing boat were plucked alive from a life raft in frigid, stormy seas in the remote Aleutian Island chain Wednesday, hours after their vessel was reported in distress, a Coast Guard spokesman said. Three crew members died, and four remained missing.

GOP drops $150,000 on clothes for Palin
NEW YORK - Who knew looking like a hockey mom was this darned expensive?

Stevens jury reports chaos
WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Thursday warned jurors at Sen. Ted Stevens' corruption trial to be courteous and respectful of each other after the panel's leader described "violent outbursts" that threatened to derail final deliberations.

'Stressful' deliberations begin in Stevens corruption case
WASHINGTON - With Sen. Ted Stevens' fate and possibly the outcome of his re-election race hanging in the balance, jurors in his corruption trial declared themselves stressed out after a few hours' deliberations Wednesday and went home early.

Palin: 'If people only knew how frugal we are'
PITTSBURGH - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin insisted in an interview with the Chicago Tribune on Thursday that she did not accept $150,000 worth of designer clothes from the Republican Party and "that is not who we are."

Ferry union votes down contract
Members of the largest union on the Alaska Marine Highway System rejected a contract with the state, the third time they've done so, the state announced Thursday.

Duplicate voters found in Alaska primary
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska elections official said Wednesday that final results of the general election may not be released for up to 10 days following the discovery that more than two dozen people voted twice in the August primary.

Attendance critical for state schools
ANCHORAGE - In Kotzebue, school administrators are running radio and newspaper ads reminding parents and kids why it's important to go to school.

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