Friday, October 31, 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.

'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.

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.

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."

New adult fiction includes 'Sacrifice,' 'The Calling'
New fiction for adult readers at the Juneau Public Libraries includes bestsellers from Robert B. Parker, Iris Johanssen, and Anita Shreve, as well as the titles listed below.

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.

There seems to be no high road in politics
No matter what the outcome from the Nov. 4 election, our Alaska political pool is still polluted.

Impressed by Biden
I was watching television the other night and happened to catch one of Joe Biden's recent speeches to a Florida crowd.

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.

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.

Incumbent Doll is the right choice
Don't blow off a good thing! Juneau needs Rep. Andrea Doll.

Remove Eastaugh for same-sex ruling
We are a week away from elections in our nation and state.

Muñoz a great help to Salvation Army
The community of Juneau is benefiting from the construction of the new Salvation Army Family Store located on Willoughby Street next to the existing Salvation Army Thrift Store. It has been exciting to watch its progress.

Juneau residents get Education Dept. positions
Longtime Juneau educator Linda Thibodeau has been named state librarian and director of the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums.

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.

Photo: Make hay when the sun shines
Russ Carson rakes up some leaves Thursday in his yard in the Mendenhall Valley while the sun came out for the first time in several days. Carson lived in Ketchikan for nine years, where there is more average rainfall than in Juneau, and he said this year in Juneau was like a year in Ketchikan.

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.

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.

Photo: Up on the rooftop
A Southeast Remodel Inc. crew puts the last pieces of plywood and tar on the roof of the new Holy Trinity Church on Thursday at the corner of Fourth and Gold streets. An arsonist burned down the church on March 12, 2006. Construction on the church is expected to be complete by late spring of 2009.

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.

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

Around Town
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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.

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

Around Town
Today

'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.

'Peter and the Wolf'
According to Rick Trostel, conductor of the Juneau Student Symphony and principal trumpet in the Juneau Symphony, two recent changes in the Juneau Student Symphony have had positive affects this year.

We need churches right now
Stock markets imploding, banks failing or being bailed out, factories closing, terrorists bombing, arctic ice melting ... All day, every day we are barraged with bad news, dire predictions and negative chatter.

Photo: Big, Little pumpkins
Big Brothers Big Sisters hosted a pumpkin carving event for their Bigs and Littles on Oct. 18 at the Nugget Mall's art space. Don Abel Building Supply and Super Bear donated pumpkins, and the event was wellattended by 25 matches. Chocolate cake and Halloween candy kept everyone working hard and happy, while ghoulish and whimsical faces were created. Above, Big Sister Sherry Patterson, left, and Little Sister Eliza carve a pumpkin. At right, Big Brother Levi Read, left, and Little Brother Jacob show off their finished pumpkin.

Imagining diagnostic imaging
As diagnostic imaging manager at Bartlett Regional Hospital, Ernest Wick knows all about picture-taking - of the body, that is.

Photo: Art: It's elementary
Mimi Walker, top left, the new kindergarten and second-grade art teacher for the Juneau School District, teaches watercolor techniques to Kurt Rieselbach's second- and third-grade class on Oct. 23 at Harborview Elementary School. Rieselbach's students draw a realistic leaf from observation, trace their drawing with permanent pen, then use watercolor techniques they practiced to paint their drawings. The art lesson was part of the district's Elementary Art Program, during which the classroom teacher does the lesson with the students to gain staff development training while students learn specific objectives from the district art curriculum.

Thanks for donating salmon to our birds
The Juneau Raptor Center is again very grateful to DIPAC and Michael Wunderlich for donating jack salmon to us this year to feed our rehabilitating and non-releasable eagles. Their donation enables these birds to receive the food Nature intended to keep them healthy.

Glacier visitor center hosts Fall Saturday Kids Programs
JUNEAU - Join a Forest Service naturalist at 11 a.m. on Saturdays at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center to explore the many wonders of nature. These one-hour programs are designed for children ages 4-6. Adults, please accompany your child.

Juneau Concert Band announces inaugural performance
JUNEAU - As an official event of Juneau's 50th Statehood Celebration Committee, the Juneau Concert Band will perform its first concert from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. The band is under the direction of Brian Van Kirk and is comprised of 35 of the best wind, brass and percussion players in Juneau. Admission will be pay-as-you-can.

GREG BECK'S SECOND-GRADE CLASS
School: Mendenhall River Community School.

Consortium program, Sitka School district improve lunch
SITKA - Sitka school children will be eating healthier lunches starting Monday, Nov. 3, thanks to new menus influenced by the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's Steps to a Healthier SouthEast Alaska program, Sitka School District and food service vendor NMS (a division of NANA Management Services).

Thanks for supporting our municipal candidate election guide, forum
The League of Women Voters of Juneau would like to thank those who helped make both the Municipal Candidate Election Guide and the Municipal Candidate Forum successful in September.

AWARE invites men who value respect for all women to meet
Many of us in Juneau have important things that weigh on us each day - money problems, family issues, job stress. We care about national news, who is going to lead our country and what laws can help make our children safer. We want things to be basically fair, for people to get what they need, for all of us to be safe.

Senior menu for the week of Nov. 3-7
Monday, Nov. 3

FYI
Births

Chapman, Goenett wed
Brenda Goenett and Donny Chapman, of Juneau, were married on Sept. 5, 2008. A ceremony and reception will take place at 2 p.m. Nov. 8 at Glacier Valley Church of God.

Leidich, Quisenberry wed
Miranda Sun Leidich, of Bellaire, Mich., and Nathan Andrew Quisenberry, of Juneau, were married on Sept. 13, 2008, in a garden wedding at Morris Farmhouse B&B on Whidbey Island, Wash. An indoor reception followed at the same location.

Morton, Cruse wed
Melinda Sue Morton and Chad Emmett Cruse, both of Timpson, Texas, were married on Oct. 22, 2008, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Juneau. The bride's father, Chris, served as marriage commissioner.

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

Eugene Patrick Haley
Longtime Juneau resident Eugene Patrick Haley died Oct. 1, 2008, at Bartlett Regional Hospital. He was 85.

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

Arthur C. Teel
Juneau resident Arthur C. Teel died Oct. 27, 2008, in Juneau. He was 38.

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.

Empire editorial: Vote for experience
Regardless of how the country slices or dices this year's presidential election, America is headed for big, big change in the next four years.

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.

Empire editorial: One more sacrifice
After a lifetime of service, Sen. Ted Stevens needs to call forth his energy for one final sacrifice for Alaskans.

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

AEL&P shuts off its interruptible electric customers
JUNEAU - Juneau's electric utility, Alaska Electric Light & Power Co., announced that it shut off its interruptible electric customers, which are only connected when there's surplus energy available.

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.

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.

State troopers have prison death suspects
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers have identified several suspects in the prison death of a convicted murderer.

Agency settles with developer over runoff
ANCHORAGE - The Environmental Protection Agency said an Anchorage builder has agreed to a $15,000 settlement of violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

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

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.

Stevens campaigns in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Sen. Ted Stevens continued his abbreviated campaigning tour of the state with a stop Thursday in Fairbanks.

Door problem closes Whittier tunnel
ANCHORAGE - A problem with a safety door that temporarily shut down the tunnel leading to Whittier is fixed.

Bears set to host Regionals
A season of brutal practices, aching bodies and that annoying bit of water in the ear is set to wrap up with bang for the Crimson Bears.

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.

JDHS spikers host All-Comers
Six senior Crimson Bears will play their final home volleyball games tonight and Saturday as Juneau-Douglas High School hosts its annual All-Comers Tournament.

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

JDHS grapplers headed to Ketchikan
Even veteran Crimson Bears wrestlers are fighting through tired legs in their early matches, but a pair of freshman grapplers hope to continue their hot starts this weekend.

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.

State predicts strong election turnout
State elections officials are preparing for a strong voter turnout next Tuesday, or at least ensuring that they don't get surprised if there is one.

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

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.

Sen. Stevens can still vote, despite felony convictions
WASHINGTON - GOP Sen. Ted Stevens' felony conviction won't block him from casting a vote for himself in Tuesday's election.

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.

Coast Guard inspection delays state ferry Taku
The Alaska state ferry Taku was pulled out of service Thursday by the U.S. Coast Guard for an emergency safety inspection in Ketchikan, after a lifeboat cable snapped during a test in Wrangell. The Taku had left Juneau southbound on Wednesday.

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.

$2 local jail calls postponed
State utility regulators have delayed a Texas-based company's proposal to collect $2 for local calls made by Alaska prison inmates.

Photo: Alaska candidates debate
Candidates answer questions during a congressional debate Thursday in Anchorage.

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

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