Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sit in with the band
Playing music with someone you have never met before can create exciting friendships, guitarist and singer Jason Caputo said.

Alaska on Paper
The book's recipes are simple, many made from seafood available right outside the author's front door, like Lucinda's Baked Oysters and Kachemak Bay Blue Mussels. The directions read like a conversation with a cook, with reminders to keep an eye on the amount of liquid in the mussel pot, and to be careful not to overcook the cioppino.

Arts & Culture Calendar
ART, EVENTS &PERFORMANCE

Revengencers bring their version of doom to the Rendezvous
It's entirely possible that local band The Revengencers has created their own, double-labeled music genre: deathwestern and country doom.

Haunted house event brings new chills to Halloween
Although Halloween is traditionally a major holiday in Juneau, local opportunities for a good scare tend to be few and far between. There's the kids-oriented haunted house at Nugget Mall - great for kids but too mild for most over 4 feet. There are classic horror movies at the cinemas around town. And then there's always a fairly frightening after-hours crowd to contend with if you venture downtown. But as for real-live, nail-biting, heart-pounding scares, there aren't that many opportunities.

Up all night in the city that never sleeps
New York never sleeps. A fact that I, as a traveler not a tourist, witnessed firsthand after my midnight arrival at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Alaska-based mystery series may be headed for the screen
ANCHORAGE- That gutsy, savvy, Aleut private investigator Kate Shugak and her not-so-little dog, Mutt, are closer than ever to sleuthing their way off the pages of the Dana Stabenow mystery novels and onto television screens.

Nonfiction for kids includes karate handbook
Explore Egyptology, dance, poetry, and much more with new nonfiction for kids. Here are just a few titles to get you started on the shelves this week at the Juneau Public Libraries.

'Saw VI 'packs some surprises
Okay, first thing's first. This is "Saw VI." Yes, six. It is understandable if you want to get the fun with word play out of your system (I know I had to), so I'll wait while you do that. Feel free to talk out loud; the people around you won't mind. They might even help you out once they realize what you're doing.

Native writers showcase economic innovation
Alaska Federation of Natives President Julie Kitka recently announced the winners of a national Native Insight essay competition. Seven winners were named, three of them Alaska Natives.

Third annual Trashin 'Fashion held Friday
The Trashin' Fashion Show, organized by Ali McKenna's Juneau-Douglas High School journalism class, is back for its third year. This year's event will take place beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the Juneau Douglas High School auditorium.

Alaska on Paper
Judge James Wickersham's 1938 memoir Old Yukon is the story of Wickersham's seven and-a-half years as the only judge in interior Alaska in the early 1900s, in charge of a district that covered over 300,000 square miles. Wickersham faced the worst of nature and human nature, dealing justice by dog team at fifty below zero to murderers, thieves, conmen, and scoundrels. His legacy is evident throughout Alaska: for example, he named the city of Fairbanks.

City pushes for trash rights
Juneau could have a pilot recycling program in place by December 2010, though some Assembly members expressed concern about high estimated consumer costs.

Anchorage legislators seek new offices
Anchorage legislators have been seeking new office space for some time, but in the past such moves have concerned Southeast legislators who feared a backdoor attempt at moving the capital.

Coast Guard turns to wood for heat
A plan to move away from oil-fired burners by the U.S. Coast Guard in Southeast Alaska could provide a spark for the region's foundering timber industry.

Stamp of approval
Retired U.S. Navy Lt. Commander Glenn L. Smith believes the catastrophic tale of the USS Juneau CL-52 in the Battle of Guadalcanal should be told more often.

Musical menagerie
Floyd Dryden Middle School orchestra and choir students performed a Native chant while entering the gym, but their Tuesday night performance ranged from Johann Sebastian Bach, to a Slavic folk song, to a spiritual, said orchestra and sixth-grade choir teacher Missouri Smyth.

Eaglecrest board to hear ATV tour proposal
A Haines business owner will present a proposal for all-terrain vehicle tours on the new road in the Eaglecrest Ski Area at a meeting this evening.

Two high school boys disciplined for streaking
The Juneau-Douglas High School student body got a full frontal surprise at a gathering Monday.

Photo: Hike to snow
Sam Buck and Cassandra Otnes, along with a yellow lab named Ali, hike up the snow-covered road Wednesday at the Eaglecrest Ski Area. Buck said they have been hiking the road every day the passed week to get ready for the winter season. More higher-elevation snow is expected today and Friday, with rain and temperatures in the low 40s at sea level.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month; today's featured survivor: Bunti Reed
Age: 55.

Photo: Hangin' on
A huckleberry stays strongly attached to a branch in the chill and breeze of the weekend weather near a glacier trail.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month; today's featured survivor: Ruth Dawson
Age: 74.

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

Muñoz announces she will seek re-election
JUNEAU - Rep. Cathy Muñoz on Tuesday announced she has filed her intent to seek re-election to a second term in the Alaska House of Representatives' fourth district.

Around Town
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Around Town
Today, Oct. 29

Police & Fire
Burglary:

James Lyle Scoles
Longtime Juneau resident James Lyle Scoles died peacefully at his Juneau home on Oct. 12, 2009, after several years of declining health. He was 65.

Ressa Sutton
Former Juneau resident Ressa Ella Courson Sutton died Oct. 26, 2009, at home in Pembroke Pines, Fla. She was 79.

Who to root for in Afghanistan?
The following editorial first appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

My turn: When it comes to infrastructure, Juneau fixated on the big picture
During the past several years, we here in Juneau seem to have been on a carousel of large infrastructure projects. First the hospital board comes in with a large project to make Bartlett Hospital a regional health center. Then it's the Juneau School District's turn to build a new high school. Then it's a large downtown parking garage, still under construction. Then it's the Juneau Airport board's turn with a large expansion in facilities.

Consequences of hunting
The thrill of the kill. And the bigger the kill, the greater the thrill. Prizes are awarded and photographs proudly record a huge halibut dwarfing the captor, a monster bear at the feet of a hunter, or a moose with a rack wider than the arm-span of its killer. The potential thrill brings some hunters and fishers to pay enormous sums of money to have a chance at the biggest "something" - a trophy animal.

Alaska editorial: State isn't driving the subsistence debate any more
Ten years ago, the state Legislature was the pivotal player in determining the future of subsistence hunting and fishing management in Alaska. Now, as the Department of the Interior begins a swift, thorough review of subsistence law on Alaska's federal lands, the state can only comment and say that it looks forward participating.

GI Bill looking like an IOU
In the military, I learned to expect screw-ups, especially when it came to money. So maybe the Department of Veterans Affairs is just trying to ease my transition to civilian life by doing things the military way in its handling of Post 9/11 GI Bill education benefits.

Pilots battling boredom
I started flying small airplanes when I was 18, and after I got out of the service, I used my GI Bill money to adorn my pilot's license with a Lear Jet rating. Most of the training consisted of takeoffs and landings at Bakersfield, Calif.; we never climbed above 10,000 feet or went very fast. But at the end of the course we made a real flight - to Las Vegas and back - and I finally got to climb to something like a jet's cruising altitude and experience something like a jet's speed.

Bank on a advance premiums for FDIC
Times are tough. Brethren are falling all around. Then the insurance company demands three years' worth of premiums - in advance.

Dictionary addict can always quit
Not long ago - sixth grade, I think it was - a boy walked up to me on the school playground and asked whether I was Glynn Moore. It was a small school, and he would have figured it out eventually, so I admitted I was.

Several Democrats are worth hearing
Does anyone in Washington tell the truth? Why should Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid be believed when he promises states can "opt-out" of a public option on health care? This isn't like opting-out of sex education class. Individuals won't be able to avoid the consequences of national health care once the government puts the insurance companies out of business, because there will be no other choice than the government program.

Soldotna hospital cancels flu-shot clinic
SOLDOTNA - Central Peninsula Hospital canceled a drive-thru flu shot clinic that had been scheduled for today.

10 arrested in Mat-Su prostitution sting
PALMER - The Palmer and Wasilla police departments teamed up to arrest 10 men accused of soliciting prostitution.

Man accused of tossing shelf at patrol car
FAIRBANKS - A criminal mischief charge has been filed against a Fairbanks man accused of throwing a metal shelf at an Alaska State Trooper patrol car on the Mitchell Expressway.

Public has say on Anchorage budget
ANCHORAGE - The public will have its say on Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan's proposed $421 million budget for next year that cuts 200 city positions and reduces some services.

4 relatives indicted on drug charges
ANCHORAGE - Federal prosecutors say four Anchorage relatives have been indicted on drug charges.

Anchorage considers housing alcoholics
ANCHORAGE - A conference on housing homeless alcoholics in Anchorage is looking at an example in Seattle that gives them a place off the street where they can continue to drink.

Anchorage Assembly debates budget
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Assembly passed a resolution asking that any revenue sharing money from the state next year be used to lower property taxes.

Councilwoman in North Pole resigns amid complaints
NORTH POLE - North Pole City Councilwoman Victoria Thompson has resigned.

Change of plea expected in caribou slaughter case
ANCHORAGE - One of the men accused of gunning down and leaving to rot the carcasses of dozens of caribou near Point Hope has agreed to change his plea.

Aviation brigade may stay in Alaska
FAIRBANKS - The Army is expected to decide in March whether to permanently base a helicopter brigade at Fort Wainwright.

Wasilla hires interim police chief, Dickerson
WASILLA - The city of Wasilla reached outside the department to find an interim police chief, hiring one from a company that provides temporary employees on a contract basis.

Shippers oppose air pollution rules
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - Shipping companies that haul iron ore, coal and other freight on the Great Lakes have enlisted support from leading congressional Democrats to ward off air pollution regulations they say would be a financial burden.

TMHS finding its way on mat
Last weekend in Skagway, Thunder Mountain wrestling continued to build on what is a new - but solid - foundation for its program.

Bears pin rivals
Even without numbers on their side, the Crimson Bears grapplers showed they are still a force to be reckoned with.

Sports in Juneau
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Pelican Seafoods foreclosure suspended
Kake Tribal Corp. has suspended its foreclosure of Pelican Seafoods, hoping to avoid taking on the old plant's liabilities.

Palin earns at least $1.25 million for book, statement says
ANCHORAGE - Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin reported Tuesday that she has received at least $1.25 million for her hugely anticipated upcoming memoir "Going Rogue."

Experts: Man in stabbing case is OK to stand trial
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks judge heard testimony from two mental health experts who contend a man with a history of paranoid schizophrenia might be capable of aiding in his own defense.

Ex-VECO chief sentenced to three years
ANCHORAGE - The oil services executive at the center of a federal investigation of corruption in Alaska politics was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison and fined $750,000.

16 Alaska kids died by abuse or neglect in seven years
A new report says 16 Alaska children died from abuse or neglect during a seven-year span, and the true count likely is much higher.

Town opens shipyard to service local fleets
KODIAK - It's taken a decade and $18 million dollars but the city of Kodiak has a new shipyard capable of servicing 660-ton vessels.

Anchorage judge gets 5 days for drunken driving
ANCHORAGE - A judge found himself on the other side of the bench Tuesday when he was ordered to spend five days in a correctional facility for drunken driving.

Photo: Stormy weather
John Gabriel works Monday to cut up and remove a tree that fell on the roof of a house near Ketchikan during very stormy weather over the weekend.

Sweat is sweet for future homeowners
PALMER - Gurn Circle is a community in progress.

Wasilla man sentenced in Parks Highway fatality
WASILLA - A 21-year-old passenger in the front seat of a sport utility vehicle was sentenced to five years in prison for causing a highway wreck that killed a teenager and an unborn child.

US to complete 14 Alaska missile silos
FAIRBANKS - The Department of Defense plans to complete all 14 of the silos housing missile interceptors at Fort Greely, home of the military's Missile Defense Complex, Alaska's two U.S. senators said.

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