Friday, October 30, 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.

'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.

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.

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.

Out of the classroom, into the woods
"This is not a deer happy place at all," eighth-grader Reid Willis said as he slipped on a tree root while hiking into the muskeg along Fish Creek Road in North Douglas. "I am going to be happily surprised if I find any scat here."

Correction
An A1 story in Wednesday's Juneau Empire about a musical performance at Floyd Dryden Middle School misspelled the teacher's name. Missouri Smyth is the sixth grade choir teacher.

Locals pan Eaglecrest ATV tour proposal
Twenty Juneau hikers, skiers, berry-pickers and outdoor lovers commenting Thursday on a proposal for all-terrain vehicle summer tours in the Eaglecrest Ski Area spoke overwhelmingly against motorized tours.

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.

City's only practicing urologist to close up shop
Anchorage-based Alaska Urological Associates is closing down its Juneau office at the end of business today, leaving the capital without a practicing urologist.

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.

School threat unfounded
Juneau Police Department school resource officers responded with a show of force Thursday morning at downtown high schools in response to a threat that later was determined to be unfounded.

Photo: Dungeness Americanus
Unloading: Dick Luther, a commercial crabber, unloads dungeness crab from the hold of his boat, the Americanus, Thursday at Auke Bay. The current dungeness crab season runs from Oct. 1 to the end of November.

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: Ruth Dawson
Age: 74.

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

Photos: Mining for knowledge
In class: Cliff Walker, center, and Jayson Bitterman, left, listen to instructor Forrest Cooper demonstrate taking apart and cleaning a jack leg drill Thursday at the Maggie Kathleen Mine during the University of Alaska Southeast mining training course. The 15 students are just over the halfway point in the five-week class.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month; today's featured survivor: Malin Marie Babcock
Age: 70 on Halloween.

Around Town
Today, Oct. 29

Around Town
Today, Oct. 30

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.

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.

Jorma K. Krook
Jorma K. Krook was born in Jyvaskyla, Finland on Jan. 4, 1953. He died on Oct. 26, 2009 at the age of 56.

Empire editorial: Bill Allen's punishment less than he deserves
Bill Allen asked the U.S. District Court for leniency this week, shortly before being sentenced to three years in prison and fined $375,000 for corruption.

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.

Increasing ethanol use is key to having a cleaner planet
WASHINGTON - America is increasingly committed to being a nation fueled by clean, renewable, domestic energy.

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.

The EPA wants to put a time bomb in America's gas tanks
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The federal Environmental Protection Agency is considering requiring use of a blend of ethanol and gasoline known as "E15." This is a risky measure that threatens to damage our car engines and saddle car companies with soaring warranty costs.

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.

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.

Deep
The opening of the adit is unobtrusive. It's easy to assume countless hunters and explorers had traipsed right by without a sideways glance. But beyond the moldy, green timbers that shroud the opening near Juneau's south side, beyond the pitch blackness within, is a mine shaft that extends nearly a half-mile into the mountain - one that miners cut by hand during the winter months of 1930 and 1931.

State Parks board to review Channel Islands final draft
JUNEAU - The Alaska State Parks citizens advisory board will review the final draft of the Channel Islands State Park management plan Monday, Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game headquarters in the Caribou room.

Coast Guard offers Safety training for fishermen, boaters
JUNEAU - Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer an 18-hour fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course in Juneau Nov. 4 and Nov. 5 in the conference room on the 2nd Floor of the at the DMV/Trooper Building off Glacier Highway.

Whale scientist to speak at UAS
JUNEAU - "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Herring" will be the topic of humpback whale scientist Dr. Fred Sharpe at the UAS Egan Lecture Hall Thursday Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.

Black Bear chair now ready to roll
Eaglecrest now boasts a new lift for the upcoming ski and snowboard season that will provide easier access to what users have deemed some of the most popular terrain on the mountain.

Streaking through the earlier times
I know there are designated areas where one can run "au-natural" in public but I'm not positive where they exist in Juneau and, quite frankly, I am in no hurry to find them. I quickened through one in Italy, sprinted along one in Sweden, and accidentally put in four miles on one in Mexico. And it wasn't my shortcomings as a runner or lack of running ability that kept me from rubbing shoulders and exchanging training secrets with those more adequately suited to this "sport" of nudist running. No, I chose to remain clothed at these "clothes-optional" venues due to modesty, humility, and well, let's leave it at that. I have learned, however, that training runs (and hikes, bikes, and swims) seem to fare better for all involved when the appropriate amount of layers are attached in the appropriate locations.

Eaglecrest road a bike, hike menagerie
Well, the in-between season is here. Some call it "finter" (my friends in Whitehorse, who have no concept of any season between summer and frigid). Others call it "wautumn" (with extra emphasis on the "waa").

Sunny days in Juneau should not to be squandered
Three (and a half) sunny days in a row! In Juneau? In October? Better not squander them!

Registration opens Nov. 1 for 2010 Yukon River Quest
WHITEHORSE, Yukon - Registrations will be accepted starting Nov. 1 for the 12th Annual Yukon River Quest, the world's longest annual canoe and kayak marathon, which will be held from June 30 to July 4, 2010.

On the hook
This Chnook weighed in at 39.75 pounds and was caught by local shore fisherman Linsey Strickland off the rocks in the public fishing area near DIPAC fish hatchery on a Spinner lure June 16.

Out & About
Today, Oct. 30

Beginning horseman classes offered
JUNEAU - The Thunder Mountain Riders 4-H Club is offering beginning horsemanship classes for youth at Swampy Acres indoor riding area Saturday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 15.

Ketchikan coin flip comes up tails for Timmerman
KETCHIKAN - The Ketchikan School Board needed a coin flip to fill its open seat.

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

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.

Alaska Democrats forward 3 names to replace Foster
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Democratic Party has sent three names to Gov. Parnell as possible replacements for Richard Foster, the Nome state representative who died Oct. 13.

Anchorage man convicted of murder
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man has been convicted of first-degree murder and other charges.

Rash of crashes follow first Fairbanks snow
FAIRBANKS - There have been about 50 traffic crashes this week in Fairbanks as drivers cope with the first significant snow of the season.

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.

12-year-old Anchorage girl OK after Amber alert
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a 16-year-old boy lured his girlfriend's 12-year-old sister away from home because he was upset with his girlfriend's mother.

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

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.

Young: Alaska not getting F-35s
ANCHORAGE - Congressman Don Young released a statement Thursday expressing disappointment that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will not be based at Eielson Air Force Base.

Anchorage schools postpone some flu clinics
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage School District is postponing some vaccination clinics because of a shortage of the swine flu vaccine.

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.

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.

Full speed ahead
The postseason march toward back-to-back state titles for the Juneau-Douglas boys' swim team begins this weekend in Sitka at the Region V meet, where the Crimson Bears are the odds-on favorite to run away with another regionaltitle.

Sports in Juneau
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Parnell responds to gas pipeline critics
Gov. Sean Parnell defended the state's natural gas pipeline efforts at a news conference Thursday, rebutting critics of the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act.

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

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.

Environmental group to sue over beluga whales
ANCHORAGE - An environmental group that has pressed the federal government to provide maximum protection for Cook Inlet beluga whales said Thursday it intends to sue.

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.

Holland America flagship joins Alaska's 2010 lineup
Holland America Line's Rotterdam, the flagship of its fleet, will begin visiting Juneau for the first time in 2010, the company announced Tuesday.

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

Fed rules may affect Native contracting
A federal agency is proposing big changes to the controversial contracting program for minorities that spurred massive growth among Alaska Native corporations over the past decade.

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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