Thursday, October 30, 2008

10 Alaska artists + 10 Outside artists = '20/20 Vision'
Some of the finest ceramic artists from across the region and country will converge in Juneau next week for a unique educational and artistic experience.

Tendler: Not your typical Sunday afternoon music
"Sonatas and Interludes" by avant-garde composer John Cage is not your typical Sunday-listening music, pianist Adam Tendler said.

Artist Robert Bateman to visit Juneau Nov. 11
World-renowned artist Robert Bateman will conclude a North American tour with a stop in Alaska's capital.

'Smoking' class offered Nov. 1 at cooking school
Chef Derrick Snyder will present the class "Smoking everything from cheese to nuts" at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, at Chez Alaska Cooking School located in the Nugget Mall annex building. The three-hour class costs $75.

Two screenings of new Warren Miller movie slated for Oct. 30
Deep powder, technical lines and massive air - it's all part of Warren Miller's new movie "Children of Winter."

What's Happening
THURSDAY, OCT. 30

Alaskan saddened by Stevens verdict
Like many Alaskans, I'm saddened by the guilty verdict for Sen. Ted Stevens.

Want rain? Just look back to 1999
The Juneau Empire on Wednesday said that Juneau has received measurable precipitation 32 straight days through Oct. 28, topping the previous record of 31 days, set in 1991.

Andrea Doll a strong advocate for Alaska
Rep. Andrea Doll has worked hard, across party lines, to stop repeated efforts to move the capital from Juneau.

Permanent fund deposits to increase
Future dividends from the Alaska Permanent Fund will get a boost, as high oil prices this year have enabled the state to stop diverting oil royalty payments from the fund to state government operations.

Local fish and game committee falls apart
The Juneau-Douglas Fish and Game advisory committee, held up as a model for the rest of the state, fell apart this week. Nine of its 15 members quit, saying the committee overrepresents charter fishing operators.

District attorney wants 20 years for coffee shop robber
The Juneau district attorney's office wants a 20-year prison sentence for the man whose botched robbery attempt last year of a downtown coffee shop put him in the hospital.

Democrats join defense of Palin, natural gas pipeline
Alaska legislators are criticizing a story on Gov. Sarah Palin by The Associated Press that challenged Palin's top accomplishment as governor - jump-starting progress on a natural gas pipeline.

First Sunny Point underpass opens
Construction crews have opened the underpass to Sunny Point, giving residents there the first safe, convenient access they've had in years.

Body found in channel
Volunteer divers recovered the body of a Juneau man Wednesday who had been missing for two days after jumping into the Gastineau Channel near the downtown library.

Lawmakers address public records access
Democratic state legislators said they are worried that Republican Gov. Sarah Palin's administration may be withholding public documents by unfairly interpreting her privileges, using private e-mail accounts to keep documents secret, and charging almost $1,000 to search a state e-mail to access state records.

Photo: Halloween smiles
Gina Frickley, right, and Melanie Adams carve pumpkins Wednesday at the Canvas Community Arts Studio and Gallery. The gallery provided carving tools and patterns for the event. A free Halloween party will be held Friday from 4-7p.m. at the gallery.

Photo: Storm damage
Bob Wallace of Wallaces Tree Service surveys five trees Wednesday that fell during a recent storm. Some of the trees just missed hitting Shirley Campbell's house on North Douglas Highway. Wind gusts of 58 mph were reported Tuesday at the Juneau International Airport. Today's weather forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with patchy fog and a 20 percent chance of rain and snow showers in the morning.

Photo: Divers search for body
Members of the Alaska State Troopers dive team search Tuesday for the body of a man who reportedly jumped into the Gastineau Channel on Monday near the downtown Juneau Library.

Police & Fire
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Police & Fire
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Around Town
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Around Town
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'Pride' shines before its fall
Pride and Glory" is a textbook example of what a movie looks like when it is made up of an A+ cast and a D+ script.

Stone shows compassion with 'W.'
Watching "W.," you get a sense of the scrupulous care and respect with which director Oliver Stone and screenwriter Stanley Weiser approached their movie about the troubled presidency of George W. Bush. This is, for Stone, an unusually restrained and well-behaved film, one that is going to confound viewers expecting a free-for-all demonization of the 43rd president of the United States.

Those pricey DVD sets just keep coming
As the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear, you'll start to hear a lot of talk about cutting back, exchanging modest gifts and generally doing whatever it takes to survive the current economic climate and keep your shirt in the process.

'Grease' is the word
Singing, dancing, a large cast, live music, vibrant costumes and professional coaches make for a theater production as well-oiled as "Greased Lightning."

In a recession, bartenders and musicians always have work
Through bloodshot eyes, I'm looking out the window on a beautiful Austin, Texas, morning, and seeing more clearly than ever that music is essential to the survival of the dog and pony show that we call the human condition.

Sound Bites: Get intimate with Bloc Party
Bloc Party, "Intimacy" ★★★

Reese fundraiser concert slated for Nov. 1
Gold Street Music will present a fundraiser concert for Mark Resse beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 1, at Resurrection Lutheran Church. Donations are $5 or more. All proceeds go to the Reese family.

Memory card road trip
Pictures by Haley Mertz, a seventh-grader at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, were found two months ago by Sue and Rick Dunbar, who were exploring the Boundary Waters area on the Minnesota-Canada border.

Brotherhood, Sisterhood honor Soboleff, elect officers at convention
The Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand Camp honored Walter Soboleff for his decades of service and elected new officers at its 96th annual convention, held Oct. 7-11 in Ketchikan.

National Family Caregiver Month
Chances are that you are a family caregiver: an unpaid person who cares for an older family member, friend or neighbor. As a family caregiver, you might live in the same house, the same town, or you might be a "long-distance" caregiver, for example, having a parent who lives in the lower 48.

Auke Bay resident shares mother's velvet cake recipe
Remember, send in your crockpot recipes. Looking for a recipe? Want to share a recipe? Ask Auntie Emo!

Widowed Persons Program to hold monthly brunch on Sunday
JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons Program will hold its monthly brunch at noon Sunday, Nov. 2, in the Nugget Room of the Baranof Hotel.

Avalanche center announces Web site as Southeast resource
JUNEAU - The Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center is a local educational nonprofit organization founded in 1995 and incorporated in 1999 to provide snow avalanche education. As part of the network of avalanche centers in the United States, it is the center's intent to serve as the snow avalanche education and information source for Southeast, from Ketchikan to Yakutat.

Community Schools seeks instructors for winter-spring session
JUNEAU - Community Schools is looking for instructors for its winter-spring session.

Thanks for helping our Halloween Carnival
The Auke Bay Parent Teacher Association would like to express its most sincere gratitude to a whole lot of people, including all of our volunteers and the many local businesses that made our annual Halloween Carnival such a great success.

Thanks for cleaning up the rifle range
To the citizen users and visitors of Juneau's, Hank Harmon Rifle Range, thank you.

Thanks for the support, prayers, donations
This letter is to thank the following for all the support, cards, prayers and donations.

Thanks for hosting UAS Day for our seniors
Juneau-Douglas High School students and staff would like to extend a special thanks to the University of Alaska Southeast for hosting our senior students in an introduction to college life and opportunities at UAS.

Jacksons celebrate 20 years
Jim and Vera Jackson celebrated 20 years of marriage on Oct. 28, 2008.

James Austin Jr.
Juneau resident James Austin Jr. died Oct. 25, 2008, in Juneau. He was 80.

Blanche Johnson
Blanche Janelle "JJ" Johnson died Friday, Oct. 24, at her home in Juneau, surrounded by family. She was 81.

Melvin R. Snell
Former Juneau resident Melvin R. Snell died Oct. 23, 2008, in Warrenton, Ore. He was 70.

Charles Wolfe
Former Hoonah resident Charles "Cowboy" Bevans Wolfe died Oct. 19, 2008, in Kotzebue. He was 45.

My turn: Vote for candidates, not political parties
It's election time. The whole country is caught up in the numerous debates, speeches and rhetoric coming from the two popular candidates running for president. Yet, I have watched as neither side claims to have any desire to follow the supreme law of our land - the Constitution.

My Turn: We should share wealth
In the dictionary, one definition of "socialism" is: "A system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state."

Outside editorial: Measure those presidential drapes
We write today in praise of drape-measuring. Early preparation for a presidential transition is essential to a successful launch of any presidency, and this transition will be more challenging - more perilous - than any in decades. It will be the first transfer of government since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, presenting America's enemies with a tempting moment of potential vulnerability. It arrives in the midst of a financial crisis and two wars. Any new president must scramble to produce a budget shortly after taking office; this president also will have to assume management of the $700 billion (and counting) financial bailout.

Alaska Editorial: The Alaskan of the Century, convicted
A jury of ordinary citizens rendered its verdict: No one, not even Ted Stevens, the Alaskan of the Century, is above the law. If a powerful politician is going to collect a steady stream of gifts and home improvements from a powerful lobbyist, he must report them as the law requires.

The ultimate test of Stevens
Ted Stevens has had remarkable energy and remarkable ambition, and that has brought him remarkable success.

Don't forget about the survivor mom vote
Remember those crucial voting blocs, the soccer moms of 2000 and the security moms of 2004?

Who's rich, and why does it matter?
Does an income of $250,000 really make one "rich," as Barack Obama says? That's the point at which taxes would begin to go up under Obama's tax plan, and that's the annual income he cited in August when asked by church leader Rick Warren to give his definition of "rich."

Rights office looks into UAA complaint
ANCHORAGE - The University of Alaska Anchorage athletic department is being investigated for a complaint that it discriminates against women athletes.

Capital gets wet for 32 straight days
JUNEAU - Alaska's capital has posted a precipitation record.

Domestic violence coalition planned
BOISE, Idaho - Josephine Halfhide, a former regional social services manager with the Alaska Department of Health and Welfare, recently received a grant to start Idaho's first "tribal" domestic violence coalition.

Anchorage man gets four years in prison
JUNEAU - An Anchorage man has been sentenced to four years in a federal prison on drug trafficking conviction.

Plea deal reached in pedestrian death case
ANCHORAGE - A man who struck and killed a pedestrian with his vehicle will serve six months in prison.

Arsonist receives sentence from blaze
FAIRBANKS - A 29-year-old man convicted of setting a Nenana house on fire in February and telling his girlfriend they would "burn together," received a two-year jail sentence.

Photographs show 1 whale tangled in bay
KODIAK - The latest aerial photographs show just one whale tangled in a Kodiak Island bay.

Plea deal reached in pedestrian death case
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage prosecutors said they agreed to drop a murder charge against a drunk driver after an expert's review of evidence.

State says House candidate can run
ANCHORAGE - Alaska elections officials have deemed a candidate eligible to run for state House, rejecting a complaint from the Republican Party.

Palin to return to Alaska next week
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin is expected to return to Alaska next week to vote.

Juneau Bowling Center hosts third annual Youth City Championships
The third annual United States Bowling Congress Youth City Championship was held at the Juneau Bowling Center Saturday and Sunday Oct. 18 and 19.

Yellow slips past Glacier Seafoods in JAHA
Gracy Treston kicked off the night's scoring for Tier-C Yellow on Sunday, then capped it with the team's final two goals to complete a hat trick and a 5-3 win over Glacier Seafoods in Juneau Adult Hockey League action at Treadwell Arena.

Correction
Crimson Bear wrestler Bryce Saviers defeated Ketchikan's Ross Sandford twice in the 125-pound division at last weekend's Mount Edgecumbe Invite.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Halloween happenings
Tricksters and treat lovers are lucky enough to have Halloween fall on Friday this year and the nightlife establishments across town are gearing up for one of Juneau's biggest annual celebrations.

McCain says Stevens should quit
HERSHEY, Pa. - Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Tuesday that Republican Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska has "broken his trust with the people" and should resign now that he has been convicted in a federal corruption case.

Palin governs Alaska from afar
A state that is remote from the U.S. mainland is essentially being run by remote control.

Calls mount for Stevens to step down, but when?
WASHINGTON - A growing chorus of Republicans on Tuesday called for Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens to resign from a seat he's held for four decades after his conviction on seven felony charges.

Governor faces ethics complaint over kids' travel
ANCHORAGE - A new ethics complaint has been filed against Sarah Palin, accusing the Alaska governor of abusing her power by charging the state when her children traveled with her.

Gunman in notorious Alaska murder found dead
ANCHORAGE - The man convicted of conspiring with a beautiful ex-stripper to kill her fiance more than a decade ago was found dead in an Alaska prison.

Fishery council proposes closing northern waters
Arctic community leaders, fishing industry representatives and conservation groups are praising the North Pacific Fishery Management Council's proposal to close the Arctic to commercial fishing for now. They're hoping other Arctic nations will be inspired to do the same.

Ex-Fairbanks mayor asks for a new trial
FAIRBANKS - Jim Hayes, the former mayor of Fairbanks now serving five years in a federal prison, wants a new trial.

Stevens seeks probe into prosecutors
FAIRBANKS - Sen. Ted Stevens is asking the Justice Department to investigate the conduct of federal prosecutors who participated in the trial that led to his conviction for lying about home renovations and gifts he received from a wealthy businessman.

Arctic scientists test out unmanned aircraft
Generally, you have to get to the Arctic to study it.

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