Staging 'The Mikado'
Opera has the potential to intimidate those unfamiliar with the genre, conjuring images of stark, formal performances and long, dramatic arias in unintelligible languages.

Alaska on Paper
"A Lawyer in Indian Country: A Memoir," by Alvin J. Ziontz, with a foreword by Charles Wilkinson

K3 hosts used media sale at the station
Local radio stations KTOO, KRNN and KXLL will host a combined media sale from 9 am. to noon Saturday at the station. Records, CDs, VHS tapes and DVDs will be available. If you have items you'd like to donate to the fundraiser, drop them off by 5 p.m. Nov. 6.

New non-fiction includes 'What we eat when we eat alone'
New non-fiction for adults includes cookbooks, memoirs, and more.

Evening at Egan lecture highlights Southeast seabirds
Matt Kirchhoff, the director of bird conservation at Audubon, Alaska, will describe the unusual life history of Southeast Alaska's signature seabirds - the marbled murrelet and Kittlitz's murrelet - and how they meet the challenges of a changing world at the next Evening at Egan lecture, held Friday, Nov. 6. The lecture, "Where Cold is Hot-- A Murrelet's-eye View of Glacier Bay" begins at 7 p.m. at the Egan Library.

Holiday Bazaar at Northern Light
The Community of Christian Women will host their annual Holiday Bazaar this Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Northern Light United Church.

Museum holds "Paint and Color" session
Local artists Dan Fruits, Jane Stokes, Jim Heumann, Barbara Craver and Cristine Crooks will be on hand at the Alaska State Museum this Saturday to work with kids in their explorations of paint and color. The artists will host art centers where participants can try out a variety of techniques and styles. The activities are designed for kids in grades K-8, and will run from noon to 3 p.m.

Native American heritage month celebration at library
Native American Heritage Month will be celebrated at the library beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday Nov. 7.

Monday is 'Reggae Night' at the Imperial
Reggae enthusiasts will be able to "Chant Down Babylon" every Monday night with D.J. Gift during "Reggae Night" at the Imperial Saloon from 9 p.m. to close

Alaska Design Forum hosts Icelandic architect Wednesday
Palmar Kristmundsson, an architect from Reykjavik, Iceland, will be the featured speaker at The Alaska Design Forum's lecture this Wednesday, Nov. 11. This season's lectures, the LATITUDE series, explore building and design in other high-latitude environments. The lecture begins at 6 p.m. at the Silverbow's Back Room. Admission is $10; $5 for students, military, seniors and starving artists.

Davis presents 'Theatre in the Classroom'
Perseverance Theatre's Roblin Gray Davis will showcase his Artists In Schools theater techniques from 4-6 p.m. on Nov. 10 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Lakota Sioux dance troupe to perform at JAHC
Juneau residents will have the opportunity to celebrate National Native American Heritage Month next week by seeing the acclaimed Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theatre perform.

Inupiaq poet wins prestigious national Whiting writing award
An Inupiaq mom from Anchorage has picked up one of America's most prestigious literary awards. Poet Joan Kane, 32, was among 10 writers to receive a $50,000 Whiting Writers' Award at a ceremony in New York City on Oct. 28.

'This Is It:' What it could have been
It would have been quite the show.That was the one reoccurring thought I had as I sat through the two hour "documentary" about the final Michael Jackson tour that will never be. That, and "why London?" All those sold out shows were going to be in London, not, oh I don't know, New York? Los Angeles? What gives?

Art openings include three solo shows at state museum
Here's a look at what's going on around town for the November First Friday Art Walk.

'Leading Ladies' offers a new twist on classic farce
Perseverance Theater opens its second main stage show of the season Friday with Ken Ludwig's "Leading Ladies," a new creative twist on a fail-safe formula for farce.

Gold Street Music features Yukon country singer Art Johns
The Gold Street Music acoustic concert series resumes Saturday, Nov. 7, with Yukon singer Art Johns and Juneau's Kray Van Kirk, Mary DeSmet and Greg Burger.

ATVs are unwelcome on Eaglecrest Road
Since the new mountain road to the top of Eaglecrest Ski Area has been completed, the area has become Juneau's all-year playground. ATV tours in the summer would destroy our quiet retreat and make it difficult for us to use the road.

Sen. Mark Begich has a promise to keep
Do you remember the commercials Sen. Mark Begich paid for when he ran for the U.S. Senate? He promised he would have the courage to stand up to his party when they were wrong. Well, they are wrong with their ideas about government takeover of health care. This takeover includes your choice of doctors and insurance plans.

The cancer of our democracy
The problem today is that anyone seeking an elected office has to have some means of paying for their campaign, including contacting the media, providing information and presenting themselves to the public for scrutiny.

Alaska tourism industry pleads for more money
Members of the hard-pressed tourism industry Wednesday begged, pleaded and sometimes threatened members of the state House Finance Committee seeking additional marketing money.

Ski area puts off ATV proposal
The decision on whether to allow motorized all-terrain vehicle tours on the emergency access road in the Eaglecrest Ski Area has been postponed until the ski area's board of directors updates a 25-year-old master plan for the area, Eaglecrest General Manager Kirk Duncan said Tuesday.

City to surveil skate park
The city is financially committed to fixing up the Pipeline Skate Park and plans to install surveillance cameras, create an advisory board and install a gate to keep loiterers out at night, officials announced at a meeting Wednesday night.

Feedback mostly favorable on new school start times
Two months into the new school year, school administrators say new school start times seem to be having the intended effects on education, with more elementary and high school students alert for greater portions of the school day.

Professor says most Natives supported statehood in 50s
From the days before statehood, Native elders passed down stories of "being able to walk across rivers on the backs of salmon," which seafood suppliers for large out-of-state companies devastated by using fish traps. At the time, most Natives believed that statehood would protect their fishing rights and their way of life from outsiders who they watched discard less desirable species and overharvest top dollar species, University of Alaska Anchorage associate professor Jeane Breinig said Wednesday.

Experts debate Syria's role in Middle East relations
Middle Easterners are good at pointing fingers but have recently not been so good at finding solutions to serious problems facing the region, Middle East political professor Farideh Farhi said Tuesday night during a panel discussion arranged by the Juneau World Affairs Council.

Legislature delves into home health problems, state response
State legislators Tuesday looked into the state's response to a moratorium imposed by Medicare and Medicaid officials last summer after the state's home health program failed to meet federal guidelines.

Juneau's Banghart named state's chief museum curator
Bob Banghart of Juneau has been named chief curator of the Alaska State Museums, Education Commissioner Larry LeDoux announced this week.

Photo: Grumpy pumpkin
A pumpkin sits on top of a container near the new downtown parking garage under construction Tuesday.

National Native American Awareness Month: Michele Metz
Age: 48.

Photo: Story time
Stuart Gerger reads to his daughter, Tahlia, 4, and friend, Will Woolford, 4, on Wednesday at the Juneau Downtown Library.

National Native American Awareness Month Del Cesar
Age: 70.

Around Town
Today, Nov. 4

Around Town
Today, Nov. 5

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officialsl did not post a report by press time Wednesday.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Peter L. Kline
Juneau resident Peter L. Kline died unexpectedly the morning of Nov. 3, 2009, in Seattle, following heart surgery. He was 74.

Wood heat has potential in Alaska
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US needs new rules to eliminate pilot distraction
The following editorial first appeared in the Miami Herald:

Dear Sarah Palin: Keep up the great writing!
(Confidential response of Sarah Palin's book editor to the first draft of her coming memoir, "Going Rogue"):

Palin book deal was self-serving, not illegal
The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

'Death panels' myth refuses to die
Sarah Palin, the Alaska governor-turned-blogger, cannot see Russia from her house, as Tina Fey's version of her claimed in a "Saturday Night Live" skit. But she is poking this country's politics from her laptop.

Obama has Fox News, and Truman had Time magazine
Harry Truman could've taught Barack Obama a thing or two about how to deal with a hostile press - basically, by ignoring it.

Enablers, excusers of communism
On Nov. 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall was pulled down to the consternation of leftists, who still had faith socialism could work with the right leaders, and to the delight of conservatives, who believed that socialism and communism guaranteed mutually-shared poverty.

Fairbanks utilities to pay $4.3M refund
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks water and sewer utilities have been ordered to refund $4.3 million to local customers who were overcharged for more than a year.

Coast Guard to begin blanket, coat drive
JUNEAU - The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Liberty is scheduled to begin its Annual Southeast Alaska Blanket, Coat and New Toy Drive on Friday in an effort to collect donated items that will be provided to villages throughout Southeast Alaska. The community outreach drive runs through Dec. 7.

Jury convicts woman of attempted murder
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage jury has convicted a woman of attempted murder for pulling a gun on her supervisors during a job evaluation.

Haines fish processor accused of improper discharge into inlet
ANCHORAGE - The federal Environmental Protection Agency has filed a complaint against a Haines fish processor, accusing the plant of violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

Fairbanks borough mayor to be decided in run-off election
FAIRBANKS - Voters were headed to the polls in Fairbanks for a runoff election that will decide the new mayor for the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

Plane crash survivor issues statement
ANCHORAGE - The 35-year-old pilot who survived the crash in which wolf biologist Gordon Haber was killed continues to recover at a Seattle hospital.

PFD donations boost Alaska nonprofits
ANCHORAGE - More than 300 charities around Alaska are receiving a total of $550,000 that was pledged by state residents from their Permanent Fund dividend payments.

Anchorage School District to cut $15M
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage School District has to cut $15 million to balance the $800 million budget for the next school year.

Hecla ponders Idaho mine expansion
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Hecla Mining Company officials could decide next spring whether to move forward with an expansion of the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho.

Alaska officials release pipeline progress report
ANCHORAGE - Alaska state officials say they continue to be optimistic about the chances for a large-diameter natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to Lower 48 markets.

Hopkins leads Wilson in Fairbanks runoff
FAIRBANKS - Early returns show Luke Hopkins leading Tammie Wilson in their run-off election for Fairbanks North Star Borough mayor.

DOT holds open house to discuss traffic
FAIRBANKS - State road planners held an open house to talk traffic issues on the east side of Fairbanks.

Salvation Army treats Anchorage alcoholics
ANCHORAGE - The Salvation Army in Anchorage is holding a grand opening Wednesday for its special treatment unit for public alcoholics.

Superintendent in Fairbanks to resign
FAIRBANKS - The superintendent of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is resigning.

Palin to give speech at Salina banquet
SALINA, Kan. - Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will visit Kansas in February to address the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet.

Sarah Palin promises more cities on book tour
ANCHORAGE - Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is promising to visit more cities than a conventional book tour when her memoir "Going Rogue" is published later this month.

Ill. Senate candidate sought Palin support
CHICAGO - Senate candidate Mark Kirk sought support from Sarah Palin as he faces criticism from more conservative Republicans in Illinois.

Thunder Mountain finds fun through first-year struggles
Thunder Mountain's first-year volleyball team has not won many matches (one, for those scoring at home).

Crimson Bear boys win Region V
It was a successful weekend in Sitka for Juneau swimmers, as 19 Crimson Bears and two Thunder Mountain Falcons qualified for state at Bartlett in Anchorage this weekend, with the JDHS boys winning the Region V championship while the girls finished second.

Crimson Bear boys win Region V
It was a successful weekend in Sitka for Juneau swimmers, as 19 Crimson Bears and two Thunder Mountain Falcons qualified for state at Bartlett in Anchorage this weekend, with the JDHS boys winning the Region V championship while the girls finished second.

Photo: Senior snapshot
The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bear senior hockey players skate towards the goal during practice at the Treadwell Arena on Saturday night. From left, Nick Mow, Robin Woodby, Zane Chapman, John Kenyon, Chris Budbill, and Jake Eames.

Photo: Hockey time
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Zane Chapman moves the puck up ice during a scrimmage Saturday night at Treadwell Arena.

Sports in Juneau

Crimson Bear swimmers looking for a few more records
Juneau-Douglas swimmers past and present hold several spots on the state's all-time record board, where two current swimmers and two relay teams will look to improve ontheir times.

Sports in Juneau

Coast Guard officer is charged with indecent acts
ANCHORAGE - A senior Coast Guard official was charged Tuesday with multiple offenses, including sodomy, indecent acts and conduct unbecoming of an officer and gentleman.

Palin book tour to start Nov. 18
NEW YORK - Sarah Palin's book tour is a gift for her base.

Man accused of series of rapes
ANCHORAGE - A 43-year-old Anchorage man has been accused of being a serial rapist responsible for five assaults in the past eight years.

Chevron plans layoffs in Cook Inlet region
SOLDOTNA - Chevron says it is reducing its Alaska operations work force.

After Dec. 3, commercial fishing will be off-limits in Arctic
ANCHORAGE - A plan that puts a large area of the Arctic off-limits to commercial fishing goes into effect Dec. 3, federal officials said Tuesday.

Alaska Natives job site advertises openings
ANCHORAGE - From a small tourism office in downtown, you can tell a lot about unemployment in Anchorage.

Eielson security airmen use stun gun on driver, 81
FAIRBANKS - Airmen from Eielson Air Force Base security forces used a Taser on an 81-year-old driver they say became belligerent after they gave him a ticket for going 11 miles over the speed limit on the Richardson Highway.

Pill packaging deprives Alaska vets of benefits
ANCHORAGE - Some Alaska military veterans may be missing out on their free or low-cost prescription drug benefits because of a dispute over the way pills are packaged.

State investigates work accident at Arctic Slope
ANCHORAGE - An accident that injured an Arctic Slope Regional Corp. worker is under investigation by the Alaska Department of Labor.

Photo: A hero returns to Alaska
U.S. Marines carry the coffin of Cpl. Gregory M.W. Fleury, 23, as he returned home to Anchorage on Monday at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

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