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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

"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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bail set for man accused of seven assaults
A man arrested for threatening behavior at a local business is required to have a mental health evaluation at Lemon Creek Correctional Center as a condition of his release.

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.

Photo: Engine failure causes Aurora to dock
Captain Ken Grieser stands next to the anchor windlass and attached mooring capstans on the bow of the Alaska Marine Ferry Aurora on Thursday. Grieser said the engine, which sits on deck behind the windlass, started smoking during docking at the Auke Bay ferry terminal Tuesday night. The nearly 400 pound engine has been flown to Seattle for repairs. Allen Marine Tours will be providing transportation for walk-on passengers to nearby communities.

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.

Kensington mine: Coeur reports strong numbers
Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. stated in a press release it's building momentum after results from third-quarter reports.

Bartlett looks at future with health care reform
In an effort to better plan for the changing medical landscape, the Bartlett Regional Hospital board, senior management members and representatives from SEARHC attended a conference in San Diego this week.

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.

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: Waiting through the snow
Jenna Makaily waits for a ride along Mendenhall Loop Road on Thursday as the first snow of the season falls.

Photo: 19,000 pounds of wood pellets
Sealaska Pellet Truck Driver Al Makaily checks to see that the wood pellet silo is full Thursday after his third trip with the corporation's new boom delivery truck. The silo is capable of holding 19,000 pounds of pellets. Their boiler is about two weeks away from starting up.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

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

Albert E. Vetter
Albert E. Vetter, 69, was born Oct. 5, 1941 in Stockton, Calif. and passed away in his home on Oct. 30, 2010 after a long battle with cancer.

Fredrik V. Thorsteinson
Fredrik V. Thorsteinson died Oct. 7, 2010. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 13 at Douglas United Methodist Church.

Outside editoral: Corporations, wealthy dominating politics
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Outside editorial: Republicans must deliver solid solutions
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Dems blew election chances when Obama shifted from bold to hesitant on a large enough stimulus
WASHINGTON - As expected, the Democrats took big losses in the midterm congressional elections Tuesday, holding on to the Senate but losing the House.

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.

Right: What was the key to Tuesday's midterm elections?
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The evidence is clear: Health reform was a serious liability on the campaign trail for Democrats who supported passage of the massive overhaul law.

We need to end school bullying
School bullying must stop.

5 million footsteps
As the anvils of rain clouds closed in atop the barren summit of a mountain somewhere in the Appalachian Mountains, the last thing Jeff Sauer wanted to do was go down.

Learning about fishes and flies
For most kids, learning how to hunt and fish is a rite of passage in this world. But some never get the opportunity.

Nature's perpetual questions
Long ago, somewhere in a tropical forest, a field-course instructor told the students to sit down, take out pencil and paper, and start writing down questions. Each student was expected to come up with fifty questions about whatever he or she could see, smell, feel, or hear around the chosen seat. These were not to be questions about identifying things (i.e., What's the name of this plant or bug?). Rather, the questions were to deal with "why" or "how" or maybe "where" (e.g., why are leaves green; why do some kinds of leaves have pointy tips; how does this worm find its food?).

Local woman wins regional rifle contest
The Oct. 31 Juneau Rifle & Pistol Club rifle match found cool temperatures, overcast skies and very strong, gusty winds, which did moderate as the day progressed. Eight shooters participated in one of three different types of rifle matches.

Registration open for Yukon River Quest
WHITEHORSE, YUKON - Registrations are now being accepted for the 13th annual Yukon River Quest which will be held June 29 to July 3, 2011.

Tracks and Signs event Saturday
JUNEAU - The Juneau Audubon Society and Naturalist Kevin O'Malley are continuing their fall/winter Tracks and Signs Programs this weekend with an outing meeting at the Brotherhood Bridge trailhead at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Wild shots
Submit your wild shots

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.

Lodge, skipper cited for fishing violations
SITKA - A Sitka fishing lodge and one of its fishing boat skippers have been cited for log book and bag limit violations connected to a 2009 charter fishing trip.

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.

Man who fled Alaska to get 6 years for shooting
FAIRBANKS - An Alaska man who fled to Canada and claimed religious persecution after shooting another man in the knee is headed to prison for six years.

Fairbanks school district has $61M bond proposal
FAIRBANKS - A possible $61 million school construction bond has gotten a wary reception from the Fairbanks North Star Borough administration and assembly.

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.

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.

Dogs kill miniature horse in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - A miniature horse mauled by dogs at the Alaska Bird and Farm Animal Rescue center in Anchorage has died of its injuries.

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.

Teenager killed in auto accident
KENAI - A Kenai girl has been killed in an auto accident on the Kenai Spur Highway.

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.

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.

Haines man seriously injured on Sterling Highway
SOLDOTNA - Alaska State Troopers say a 47-year-old Haines man sustained life-threatening injuries in a one-car crash Tuesday on the Sterling Highway.

Anchorage opts out of home weatherization program
ANCHORAGE - The city of Anchorage is getting out of the home weatherization business.

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.

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.

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.

Diving 'a natural choice' for Bellagh
For most people, flipping and spinning through the air is not exactly a natural feeling. But for Juneau-Douglas senior diver Peter Bellagh, you could say it's his thing.

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

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

Bears back at state, first time for Falcon boys
Juneau-Douglas is accustomed to the pressures that come with competing in the state meet, but there's still a lot to learn for the young Thunder Mountain swimmers.

Mertz sets JDHS freshman record
One might find it problematic for a swimmer to dislike submerging their head in water, but luckily for Juneau-Douglas freshman Haley Mertz there's the backstroke.

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.

Photo: Dzantik'i Heeni wins rubber match
The Wolverines defeated the visiting Eagles 43-38 in a Juneau middle school basketball rivalry Thursday night at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Kings top Falcons 3-1 in Round 1
The Ketchikan volleyball team was stuck in a downward spiral, in danger of being buried under a pile of hitting errors and mental lapses.

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.

With all eyes on the Gulf, BP Alaska facilities are still at risk
The extensive pipeline system that moves oil, gas and waste throughout BP's operations in Alaska is plagued by severe corrosion, according to an internal maintenance report generated four weeks ago.

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.

BP defends 'F' ratings on Alaska oil pipelines
ANCHORAGE - Internal "F'' ratings of pipeline sections operated by BP PLC in Alaska's North Slope show the company's corrosion monitoring program is succeeding, not failing, a company spokesman said Thursday.

Murkowski acts like victor, but questions linger
ANCHORAGE - Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is acting as though she already has pulled off an improbable victory after her write-in candidacy, enthusiastically thanking supporters and telling them they've made history.

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.

NTSB recommends review of European helicopter
ANCHORAGE - The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that its European counterpart require a helicopter manufacturer to review the design of a fuel control lever blamed for a crash in Alaska.

Hope land auction questioned
HOPE - The community of Hope might be called that for good reason.

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.

Judge sets deadlines in polar bear listing case
ANCHORAGE - A federal judge has given the Interior Department a Dec. 23 deadline to explain why polar bears were listed in 2008 as a "threatened" species instead of the more-protective "endangered."

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