Thursday, October 28, 2010

New book explores XtraTuf mystery
Like a Frenchman's beret, or a Scottish Highlander's kilt, a juneauite's XtraTuf boots clearly identify him as a resident of Southeast Alaska. Adaptable, resilient, thick-skinned and understated (yet stylish in their way) - the boots and their wearers share certain qualities, perhaps partially explaining their draw. But Southeast Alaskans' unusual and widespread appreciation for this particular brand, especially in a place that shuns conformity, largely defies reason.

A howlin' Halloween Dance with Twilight Hotel? Yes, please
In case you didn't already know, from seeing the JAHC's fabulous posters up all over town, Twilight Hotel, "Canada's first couple of alt-retro countrified folk," are coming to town tomorrow to host a Halloween dance at Centennial Hall in support of the impending release of their newest album, "When The Wolves Go Blind."

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Note: Most bars will be participating in the Safe Ride Home program on Saturday night. Ask your bartender for details.

Snail's pace kills 'Hereafter'
The morally purest among us probably feel a twinge of guilt when they knowingly break the speed limit. More of us likely have that sinking feeling in our stomachs when we accidentally run a red light. Somewhere in between knowingly speeding and accidentally running a red (or as I like to call it, "giving too much credit to the yellow light's staying power") is the level of guilt I am at now.

Human Rights Commission to host lecture, workshop
Are you concerned about hate crimes? Bullying in school and in the workplace? The Juneau Human Rights Commission is forming a Not in Our Town Coalition and will host a free lecture and workshop by national speaker Eran Thompson. Thompson will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, at the Egan Library. He will also lead the Juneau Not in Our Town Coalition's organizational meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4 at the Borough Assembly Chambers downtown.

UAS Evening at Egan Presents 'The Sarah Palin Phenomenon'
UAS Professor of Political Science Clive Thomas will be this week's Evening at Egan speaker, and will focus on "The Sarah Palin Phenomenon: An Alaska, National and International Perspective." The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. Friday in the Egan Lecture Hall at UAS.

Poetry Out Loud registration deadline for schools Nov. 12
The deadline for schools to register students for the annual Poetry Out Loud recitation contest is Nov. 12. This contest encourages high-school students to learn poetry through memorization, performance and competition, and helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.

Perseverance to present 'Tuesdays with Morrie'
Perseverance Theatre's 32nd season continues with "Tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Albom, a special production running for one weekend only.

K3 accepting donations for next weekend's used media sale
The semi-annual K3 used record, CD and DVD sale is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., at the KTOO conference room.

Local singers, guest pianist to perform tonight in 'Let the World Go By'
Local singers Kathleen and Dan Wayne will perform some of their favorite jazz, Broadway, opera solos and duets tonight in a performance called "Let the World Outside Go By." They'll be joined by guest pianist and composer Linda Dowdell, whose compositions will also be featured in the program. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the UAS Library Building in the Egan Lecture Hall.

New cookbooks for armchair droolers, chefs at Juneau libraries
New cookbooks for armchair droolers and kitchen doers are filling up the shelves at the public libraries - here are just a few.

Alaska on the page
"Gold Diggers: Striking it Rich in the Klondike," by Charlotte Gray

Zombie book a fun project for local fishing guide
As any scary movie fan knows, the line between horror and humor is often blurred to the point of nonexistence. Zombies, in particular, seem unusually well-suited to this dual role: Stupid and clumsy (though often quick on their feet), gruesome yet ridiculous, these humans without humanity are usually singularly focused on eating their way to world domination - though no doubt with ill-formed plans for what to do once they get there.

A vote for Miller is a vote for a senator, not a lobbyist
The Lisa Murkowski campaign boils down to one issue that concerns all U.S. citizens, not just Alaskans. It can be summarized as follows: we need to vote for the status quo so that Alaska can continue to collect benefits from Washington, DC. The comic irony is that this is the reasoning of the Democratic contender as well.

Just say no to anyone but McAdams
Despite Lisa Murkowski's best efforts to promote George Bush-Ronald Reagan-style fascism with endorsements from the grave and her recruitment of several soft-core fascist shills masquerading as Democrats (Bill Sheffield, Byron Mallott, et. al.), she has no chance of buying the 2010 election. Strom Thurmond is the one and only politician to win a write-in campaign for US Senate, and Murkowski is no Thurmond.

Support for Miller
I am writing this letter to express my support for Joe Miller for U.S. Senate. In so doing, I have made several drafts in an effort to curb my urge to launch a much-needed journalistic counter-attack. However, I believe staying positive is the right thing to do so that's where I'll focus my efforts.

Parnell is the pick
I am voting to retain Gov. Sean Parnell on Nov. 2. He has proven to me that he is a good leader for our state. Parnell has quietly moved Alaska in a positive direction on all fronts.

McAdams can work for Alaska for 40 years
It will be a cold day in hell before I vote for Joe Miller or Lisa Murkowski, two extremists whose party loyalties supersede their commitment to the people of Alaska.

Photo: A&P fire
A small fire behind the Alaskan & Proud grocery store downtown was quickly extinguished by the Juneau Fire Department.

Hobbyist restores swamped troller
He calls it his lifelong hobby. Now that hobby is finishing up and starting to garner some attention.

Rookery opens Nov. 1 Seward Street
A familiar downtown eatery opens under new management next week.

JPD arrests assault suspect
Juneau Police Department officers responded to a report of two males fighting in a Mall Road business parking lot near noon on Tuesday and a caller reported a handgun was involved.

Sealaska switches boiler system to pellet power
Sealaska is bringing a renewable energy into Alaska, starting with Sealaska Plaza. The building has been outfitted with a wood-pellet boiler system that replaces its oil-based system.

Students get involved with Red Ribbon Week
Students all across the Juneau School District are participating in an array of substance abuse awareness activities for Red Ribbon Week.

Couple wins suit against ANB, Spirit Village
A couple suing a non-profit organization for reimbursement of past wages won their lawsuit in Judge Keith Levy's courtroom Wednesday at Juneau District Court.

Bartlett HR assessment complete, moving forward
A review of the Human Resources department at Bartlett Regional Hospital, prompted by employee concerns with a "culture of fear" back in April, is complete and hospital administration believes it gives positive ways to move forward.

Feds to fund street paving
The paving of several valley roads and other dust control measures was approved Wednesday by the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

Advisory committee addresses seat holder criteria
The Juneau/Douglas Fish and Game Advisory Committee narrowed down seat holder criteria and other housekeeping issues during its fourth meeting of the year on Tuesday.

Photo: Picking up piles
Greg Fox picks up dog poop along the Airport Dike Trail Wednesday afternoon while walking his dachshunds, Schatzi, right, and Willy, not pictured. Fox has been walking his dogs along the trail for six years. "It's a shame because it doesn't take that long to pick up the poop," says Fox. "If everyone did it no one like me would have to do what I'm doing."

Police & Fire
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Juneau man accused of gun threat arraigned
A Juneau man was arraigned Wednesday on multiple counts stemming from an incident where he allegedly entered a local business and threatened people inside with a gun, then later tried to injure them with his pickup truck.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Myra Elizabeth Howe
A Celebration of Life for Myra Elizabeth Howe will take place at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. A hike in her honor will precede the celebration at 2:30 p.m. Hikers should meet an the main door of the center. For more information, please contact Duane Callahan at dcal@gci.net.

Yes on Ballot Measure 1
In the Nov. 2 general election, Ballot Measure 1 offers voters a chance to increase the size of our state Legislature from 60 to 66 members - 4 new representatives and 2 new senators. I testified on behalf of this proposal in the legislature, and I urge all Alaskans to support it by voting yes on election day.

Valuable hire: Alaska rightfully gets adviser in Indian affairs
The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

My turn: Equity in health care access essential for all Alaskans
The phone rang at about 9:30 on a Thursday evening in mid-September.

My turn: Equity in health care access essential for all Alaskans
The phone rang at about 9:30 on a Thursday evening in mid-September.

A Democrat for Murkowski
I am appealing to my fellow Alaskans - and especially to others who, like me, are registered Democrats - to please join me and write in Lisa Murkowski to send her back to Washington as our senior Senator on Nov. 2. Although my truck still displays a bumper sticker for President Barack Obama advocating "Change the Course" and I am proud to be part of the majority of Americans who made history two years ago, Murkowski's reelection is too important for partisan politics to overtake Alaskan voters.

Parnell's leadership deserves term of its own
Sean Parnell took over as Alaska's governor in 2009 after Sarah Palin's rise to national prominence and abrupt departure from office made a huge splash, not only nationally, but especially in Alaska. Parnell has guided Alaska's ship of state expertly through those rough seas and deserves an elected term as our governor.

Earthquake rattles southcentral Alaska
ANCHORAGE - A magnitude 4.4 earthquake shook up southcentral Alaska on Wednesday afternoon.

Begich wants Storis used as Juneau museum
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, has written a letter to U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Robert Papp urging him to consider using the decommissioned Storis as a museum in Juneau.

Dumpster fire quickly contained
The Juneau Fire Department responded to a small fire outside the Alaskan & Proud grocery store downtown Tuesday afternoon.

$250,000 damage in Anchorage vandalism spree
ANCHORAGE - Damage is estimated at more than $250,000 in a weekend spree in which vandals shot out windows at businesses and vehicles in Anchorage.

Palin to attend rally with Joe Miller
JUNEAU - Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, are scheduled to headline a rally in Alaska hosted by Republican Senate hopeful Joe Miller.

Noorvik man missing outside Kiana
NOORVIK - A 30-year-old Noorvik man is missing and Alaska State Troopers say his all-terrain vehicle has been found submerged in the Kobuk River.

Study shows success in dental therapist program
ANCHORAGE - A two-year study shows that dental therapists are making a positive difference in remote Alaska Native villages where they practice.

Conservative PAC to air ads supporting Miller
JUNEAU - A conservative group hopes to tap into the frustrations of the tea party movement with an ad supporting Alaska Senate hopeful Joe Miller.

Report blames Kodiak crash on pilot error
KODIAK - The National Transportation Safety Board report says a commercial plane crash at the Kodiak's airport was due to pilot error.

Anchorage school superintendent warns of layoffs
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage School Superintendent Carol Comeau says there will be layoffs and program cuts to make up an expected budget shortfall of $20 million.

Alaska woman pleads guilty to embezzling bail
FAIRBANKS - The former district accounting supervisor at the Fairbanks courthouse has pleaded guilty to embezzling $237,000 worth of bail money.

Anchorage protects Campbell Creek Estuary
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Assembly approved an ordinance Tuesday to turn the Campbell Creek Estuary into protected land.

First cargo ships to plug in for power in Tacoma
TACOMA, Wash. - Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc. is unveiling two cargo vessels that will be able to plug in and get electrical power while docked in Tacoma.

Soldiers to get night training
FORT WAINWRIGHT - Fort Wainwright officials say soldiers will be conducting night training near Delta Junction.

Crowding blamed for Anchorage prison sex assault
ANCHORAGE - The American Civil Liberties Union and the union for Alaska prison guards say the indictment of an inmate accused of sexually assaulting three other prisoners demonstrates problems with overcrowding and understaffing.

Local man indicted for meth distribution
According to a Department of Justice news release on Tuesday, Ryan Budd Burnett, 28, of Juneau was arraigned before United States Magistrate Judge Leslie Longenbaugh Monday on the charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Food security meeting canceled
The Food Security Committee of the Juneau Commission on Sustainability meeting scheduled for 5:15 p.m. today has been canceled.

Anti-abortion group endorses Miller
JUNEAU - The political arm of the Alaska Family Council has endorsed Republican Joe Miller for the U.S. Senate.

Cleworth takes over as Fairbanks mayor
FAIRBANKS - Jerry Cleworth has been sworn in as mayor of the city of Fairbanks after defeating incumbent Terry Strle in a close race earlier this month.

JetBlue will begin flights to Anchorage in May
LONG BEACH, Calif. - JetBlue Airways said Thursday it would begin seasonal daily nonstop flights to Anchorage, Alaska, next May 26.

Who needs ratings in October?
I might be the only one that feels this way, but this year's World Series is shaping up to be one of the better Fall Classics in recent memory.

Prep swimmers primed for region meet
The rest cycle is over for Juneau's prep swimmers. Now it's time to prove themselves against the best Region V has to offer this weekend in Petersburg.

Prep swimmers primed for region meet
The rest cycle is over for Juneau's prep swimmers. Now it's time to prove themselves against the best Region V has to offer this weekend in Petersburg.

Murkowski's appeal for Democratic votes backfires
Murkowski's appeal for Democratic votes backfiresSen. Lisa Murkowski is apologizing for a campaign mailing attempting to win Democratic votes, but some Juneau Democrats say the mailing went too far.

Lawmakers hope to add seats to legislature
Rep. Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell, knows she can't stop rural Alaska's diminishing voice in the state Capitol, but she does hope to slow the decline.

AK Senate candidates spar on resource development
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - GOP Senate hopeful Joe Miller hammered away Tuesday at his campaign theme that the federal government must open up Alaska for development as a way out of its deficit spending problems, a plan his two rivals called unrealistic.

Lawmakers hope to add seats to legislature
Rep. Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell, knows she can't stop rural Alaska's diminishing voice in the state Capitol, but she does hope to slow the decline.

Palin tweets to Miller's defense
ANCHORAGE - Sarah Palin is among the conservatives rallying behind beleaguered Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller, after records showed that Miller admitted to lying about improperly using government computers while working as a borough attorney.

Young looking confident
"With all due respects, my opponents are waiting for me to drop dead," the 77-year-old Republican said. "I'm not giving up yet. I like what I do."

Berkowitz campaign complaint rejected
FAIRBANKS - A state commission has rejected a complaint by Democratic candidate Ethan Berkowitz claiming attack ads by a national Republican group amount to illegal campaign spending in the race for Alaska governor.

Alaska Senate race bitter and unpredictable
JUNEAU, Alaska - For Alaska voters, this year's Senate election is venturing into unexplored territory.

ATIA picks new board members
The Alaska Travel Industry Association has announced its 2010-2011 board of directors.

Alaska high court: Voters may see write-in list
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Supreme Court late Wednesday blocked a lower court's order and ruled that voters at polling places may see a list of write-in candidates.

State commerce department begins offering loans under fuel-efficiency program
The state Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, through its Division of Economic Development, recently approved its first loan under the new fuel efficiency upgrade program, according to a press release.

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