Thursday, November 4, 2010

Heritage Month gets off to a busy start
November is Native American Heritage Month, and here in Juneau there's plenty of opportunities to honor, celebrate, and learn more about the rich Native cultures of Southeast Alaska.

'Holocaust Portraits,' this week at Evening at Egan
Why make art with a disturbing message?

Lament of pumpkins gone to waste
These few days after Halloween make me sad. All over town beautiful, juicy pumpkin meat left to rot in the rain. I think of all the soups, pies and other baked goods that could have been made with the food that is now nothing more than compost. All those seeds that could have so easily become toasted snacks for us are instead going back to the earth.

The viewing room: 'Paranomal Activity 2'
Any fun to be had from watching the first "Paranormal Activity" was mostly due to audience reaction, rendering it a satisfying choice for theaters and not so much for video. Its sequel doesn't even have that.

Tersteeg exercises her creative muscles in new show
Alice Tersteeg has been exercising her creative muscles lately. Last month, the local artist and former University of Alaska Southeast professor of art was featured in exhibits at both the Canvas and Annie Kaill's, in two shows that highlighted her extensive influence on the arts community of Juneau. The Canvas show, which included Tersteeg's work, featured pieces by many of her former students in a variety of media, from silk screen prints to etchings. The Annie Kaill's show featured art from Tersteeg's personal collection, and was organized to raise money to help pay for large medical bills her husband incurred before he succumbed to lung cancer in July.

First Friday openings
"Ghost in the Graveyard," a solo show by Jackie Manning

Library's new nonfiction includes biographies, histories and more
New non-fiction for adults includes bios of musicians and athletes, explorations of spirituality, and histories of America as seen through literature and The Pill.

Gold Street music series kicks off Saturday with Woodford, many others
The first Gold Street Music concert of the season will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, in Resurrection Lutheran Church. The concert series, now in its fifth year, highlights local musicians and is held on the first Saturday of the month from November through March.

"Tuesdays with Morrie" opens at Perseverance for one weekend only
"Tuesdays with Morrie," a special production, opens Thursday at Perseverance Theatre for one weekend only.

Coffee & Collections lecture to focus on ravens and eagles
The City Museum will host the second Coffee & Collections lecture of the season at 10:30 a.m. this Saturday, Nov. 6, with "Party Animals and Stuffed Shirts: The Social Histories of Ravens and Eagles." This lecture, led by Sandy Harbanuk coincides with the museum's extended exhibit, All Things Ravens and Eagles.

Agent Orange, surf-punk pioneers, to play Marlintini's
Agent Orange, the original Southern California punk-surf power trio, will play one show at 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5. at Marlintin's Lounge. The musical trailblazers are still flying under the radar after all these years, producing the supercharged punk-surf-grind that inspired so many bands that came after them. Many credit the band with being the first to blend punk and surf styles; their first release, "Bloodstains" came out in 1979.

Thunder Mountain theater stages "In a Grove"
The Thunder Mountain Drama Department will present "In a Grove: Four Japanese Ghost Stories" beginning Nov. 5. Performances are scheduled for two weekends, Nov. 5-6 and Nov. 12-13, at 7:30 p.m. at TMHS auditorium.

New York-based graphic designer to give lecture Wednesday
The Alaska Design Forum will host graphic designer James Victore next week as part of their UN/COMMON series of lectures. The lecture begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, in the Back Room at the Silverbow.

Improv comedy show, workshops featured this weekend
Local comedy group Morally Improv-erished will present Three-Ring Improv, a night of improvisational theater, on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5 and 6, at the Hangar Ballroom. The shows will feature performances by (ch)imp, Scared Scriptless and The Act.

Plant-heavy diets can help fight diabetes
One in three children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes later in life unless there are significant changes in lifestyle. It's Diabetes Awareness Month, and as a nurse practitioner, I suggest looking past the ads for diabetes medications to new research that shows our diets hold the answer.

Can we keep a lid on election results for West Coast voters?
It is 4 p.m. on election afternoon as I vacation in Waikiki. The polls won't close at home in Juneau, or here in Honolulu for another two hours. On the rest of the West Coast they generally won't close for another hour. Yet for more than an hour CNN, and probably the other cable and network channels, have been declaring John Boehner the new Speaker of the House. They are highlighting the east coast and southern races in which Republican Senate candidates have displaced Democrats.

Tech toys can't teach civility
So much talk about the loss of civility and the blame game seems to point to many sources. I am a senior who remembers the time of no TV, Internet, cell phones or the many forms of communication that we see today - and I do enjoy their use. But, they all receive a failing grade when it comes to civility and certainly when it comes to both manners and good taste.

Juneau man receives suspended sentence for hunting violations
A Juneau man accused of multiple hunting violations in the area, including the illegal shooting of a black-colored wolf many Juneau residents believe was the one called "Romeo," pleaded guilty and was sentenced Wednesday morning in Juneau District Court as a crowded courtroom looked on.

Photo: Checking out the voting action
Ellie Thomas, 19-months-old, checks out the action outside the voting booth during Tuesday's elections at the Douglas Library. Ellie's political affiliation was undetermined but an accompanying adult stated she had "an attraction for the snack table awaiting voters on their way out of the precinct."

City looks to tighten hardship exemption
The Juneau City Assembly and staff are working on tightening up tax code language that gives senior citizens and disabled veterans an extra tax break for hardships under an optional Alaska law.

Write-in list draws little interest among Juneau voters
After weeks of legal and political battles over having a list of official write-in candidates available at polling places, when Juneau voters finally arrived at the polls on election day there was little interest in the controversial list.

Photo: Excited over the outcome
Supporters for Gov. Sean Parnell send up a cheer as the first number comes in during a Republican Party celebration Tuesday at Centennial Hall.

Foundation grows donations, recognizes philanthropists
There are many ways people can give back to a community and the Juneau Community Foundation has recognized a business and resident for their philanthropy.

House of Representatives: Young heading back for 20th term
ANCHORAGE - Don Young has won a 20th term to the U.S. House of Representatives.

A win for Parnell where Republicans usually fare poorly
Gov. Sean Parnell won a strong statewide victory to be elected to a full term as the state's governor, but in Juneau he did something rare for a Republican: He carried a majority of the votes in the capital city.

Financial strategist advises against 'following the herd' when investing
James Kochan, chief fixed-income strategist from Wells Fargo Advantage Funds addressed local financial partners and community leaders on his insights about the current financial atmosphere on Tuesday.

Tailgating drivers cause separate multiple-car traffic accidents Tuesday
Separate multiple-car traffic accidents occurred Tuesday evening as vehicles failed to pay attention to their highway counterparts.

Police & Fire
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Photo: Napping in the library
University of Alaska Southeast art major Kiley Montgomery curls up for a nap Wednesday in the Egan Library during a heavy rainstorm outside.

Photo: Casting their votes

Police & Fire
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Ada Marie Patterson
Ada Marie Patterson died Oct. 27, 2010 of ovarian cancer. She was born in Juneau on Sept. 19, 1956, and continued to live here for the next 54 years.

Lester G. Leatherberry
Lester G. Leatherberry died Oct. 4, 2010, in West Linn, Ore. He was born Feb. 22, 1947, in Petersburg.

The denial pile
In our house, domestic assignments arise organically, following a nice, logical rubric. For instance, my wife works a job requiring professional attire, so she gets the closet. I work from home, hence my wardrobe is limited to three hooks on the back of the door. Not that I'm complaining. It's yet another excuse for wearing the same clothes every day.

Outside editorial: Republicans must deliver solid solutions
The following editorial first appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

Concession speeches offer more than empty rhetoric
By the time these thoughts appear in print, many of us will have listened to the concession speech of a candidate we supported for public office. And since we hate losing, we probably won't pay much attention to what seems to be little more than a political courtesy. The defeated candidate's subtle contradictions between uniting and fighting aren't empty rhetoric, though. They speak to the imperative paradox of our individual freedoms.

The more things change the more they stay the same
The suicide rate for American Indians and Alaska Natives ages 15 to 24 is three times the nation's average, according to federal health officials.

Outside editorial: Time to pare back Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
The following editorial first appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

Murkowski says she's 'poised to win' re-election
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who mounted a long-shot write-in campaign to keep her job, says she's "poised to win" re-election.

Alaska man faces DUI charge in 4-car crash
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska man with nine convictions for drunken driving has been charged a 10th time after he was accused of causing a chain-reaction collision at a stop light.

Morris picked to lead First Alaskans Institute
The First Alaskans Institute has announced Denise Morris as its new president and chief executive officer, beginning Dec. 6.

Bear swipes at boy, 12, on way to school in Seward
SEWARD - Alaska State Troopers say the backpack a Seward boy was wearing probably saved him from some puncture wounds when he was knocked down by a brown bear.

Walmart Foundation gives $100K to Food Bank of Alaska
The Walmart Foundation donated $100,000 to Food Bank of Alaska on Monday as part of the Associate Choice Program, an online campaign where Walmart employees voted for a nonprofit to receive funding in their home state. A press release states the grant will help the Food Bank of Alaska purchase food to serve the 55 communities it works with in the state.

Teen accused of assaulting cousin in Kwethluk
BETHEL - Alaska State Troopers say a 14-year-old sexually assaulted his 16-year-old cousin after they both had been drinking in Kwethluk, near Bethel in Southwest Alaska.

Aurora disabled, AMHS contracts out limited replacement service
A mechanical problem disabled the Alaska Marine Highway ferry Aurora while it was moored at Auke Bay terminal Tuesday evening.

Murkowski gets legal help, forms fund
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has assembled a legal team to assist during the count of write-in votes.

Homeless Anchorage men delayed in reporting death
ANCHORAGE - Some men who discovered a body at an Anchorage homeless camp told KTUU they were turned away when they went to nearby businesses seeking help. The business people didn't like the way the men were dressed.

SEARHC receives grant to expand Haines Health Center
The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration recently awarded the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, or SEARHC, a $1.3 million grant to expand and renovate the SEARHC Haines Health Center.

Man found dead at illegal camp site in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Police say the death of a man whose body was found in a tent in Anchorage is suspicious.

Murkowski camp complains about Miller radio ads
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's campaign believes radio ads run by GOP rival Joe Miller don't comply with federal rules.

Kenai teenager dies in highway crash
KENAI - A 14-year-old Kenai girl died Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle crash near Mile 8 Kenai Spur Highway.

2 TV producers involved in Miller recording gone
ANCHORAGE - Two TV producers involved in a phone recording that Sarah Palin claimed showed media bias against Republican Senate hopeful Joe Miller are "no longer with" the Alaska station.

Broadcasting pioneer Tom Busch dies
NOME - KNOM broadcasting pioneer Tom Busch has died.

SEARHC to help enroll veterans for VA health care
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, or SEARHC, will partner with the Alaska VA Healthcare System in enrolling eligible veterans in Southeast Alaska so they can have access to the new VA outreach clinic.

Egan expected to be released from hospital
Juneau's Sen. Dennis Egan, who ran unopposed Tuesday for election to the seat in the state Senate to which he was appointed in 2009 is expected to be released from the hospital today.

Bartlett receives grant to improve neonatal care
The obstetrics department at Bartlett Regional Hospital has been awarded a grant of nearly $16,000 from the Reuben E. Crossett Fund to support the enhancement of its Neonatal Resuscitation Program.

Hockey Bears coming together
As the Crimson Bears hockey team prepares for its season opener Thursday in Anchorage against the Colony Knights, it will do so with question marks concerning leadership after graduating six seniors from a squad that lost to the West Valley Wolfpack in the Mid-Alaska Conference playoffs last season.

Bears fight to keep focus
Death, taxes and Juneau-Douglas in the state volleyball tournament.

Letters of interest for Gold Medal due Nov. 30
The Juneau Lions Club announced Tuesday the Board of Directors has approved the dates, location, divisions in the tournament and some age changes for the 65th Annual Invitational Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Now it's the boys' turn
The girls had their chance last year, now it's the guys' turn.

Falcons ready to take the next step against Kings
Thunder Mountain is ready to take the next step, and there's no better time than today in the first round of the double-elimination Southeast Conference Region Volleyball Tournament in Ketchikan against the homestanding Kings.

Senate: Write-ins lead at night's end
ANCHORAGE - Write-in ballots held the lead in the Alaska Senate race late Tuesday, a good sign potentially for Sen. Lisa Murkowski's long-shot effort to keep her job.

Election: Alaska write-in count starts Nov. 10
ANCHORAGE - Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski began a drawn-out battle Wednesday for every ballot with her handwritten name on it in her bid to come back from a primary defeat that forced Alaskans to choose between Sarah Palin's tea party and the state's GOP establishment.

State joins nation in GOP rout
Juneau's two representatives in the Alaska Legislature are each finding something to be happy about in Tuesday's early election results.

Parnell underway with transition process
Gov. Sean Parnell, having convincingly won election to the governorship he moved into by accident last year, is doing something new now that he has an election behind him that he didn't do then: asking the state's top executives to submit resignation letters.

Bipartisan coalition to again control Senate, keeps Stevens in charge
The Alaska Senate has organized a coalition with the same top leader, Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, as last session, but with Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau, in a larger role.

Governor: Voters give Parnell full term
ANCHORAGE - Voters have rewarded Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell with his own four-year term more than a year after he took the reins of state government following Sarah Palin's resignation.

Ex-Rep. Weyhrauch's corruption trial scheduled
ANCHORAGE - A federal judge has set the date for the start of the long-awaited corruption trial of former Alaska state Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch.

Miller rep: Senate race not over until it's over
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Senate hopeful Joe Miller's campaign is gearing up for a legal fight over write-in ballots in the hotly contested race with Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

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