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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

JPD to get new forensics gadgets
The Juneau Police Department will be getting some new investigative gadgets in the near future, including a device that allows investigators to retrieve pre-crash data from some vehicles in accidents.

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.

An A1 story in Thursday's Juneau Empire about the new chief curator of museums erroneously reported a confirmation requirement. The appointment does not require confirmation by the state Board of Education.

Local Native leaders very optimistic
Two Native leaders from Southeast Alaska that attended Thursday's meeting in Washington, D.C., among President Obama, his administration and hundreds of tribal leaders reported feeling extremely optimistic about the direction federal-tribal relations are headed.

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.

City sets goal for emissions reduction
Juneau's cars, homes and office buildings will be churning out significantly less pollution by 2012, if the city meets its new goal.

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.

Photos: Artists in schools
Dance: Roblin Gray Davis, right, leads Jude Reed, left, and his classmates in teacher Rene Walker's kindergarten and first grade class at Gastineau Elementary School in a rehearsal of their play "How Do Animals Spend the Winter?" Gray Davis has been an artist-in-residence at the school for the past month, working in seven classrooms.

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.

National Native American Heritage Month: Georgianna Foruria
Alaska Native: Georgianna Foruria (but everyone calls her Annie)

Photo: Swap prep
Erin McNally, a volunteer for the Juneau Ski Club/National Ski Patrol's 56th annual Ski Swap, puts a tag on a pair of skis Thursday at Centennial Hall. The Ski Swap will be held this Saturday from 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Centennial Hall. For more details, see Page C1.

Around Town
Today, Nov. 6

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: Michele Metz
Age: 48.

Around Town
Today, Nov. 5

Police & Fire

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

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

Juneau's role in promoting peace in the Middle East
Satellite photos taken a few days ago have shown increased activity at a uranium mine in Iran. Though Iranian officials claim Iran's increased output of enriched uranium is not intended for weaponry, concerns remain that the materials might also be used for nuclear missiles or dirty bombs.

Wood heat has potential in Alaska
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

Syria's fight is 'just and legal'
The international media has given Syria a bad rap as a sinister, warmongering nation that harbors terrorists and refuses to make peace with neighboring Israel, a Syrian official said. He told the Juneau Empire on Tuesday that his country is a misunderstood victim that has spent decades trying to recover land taken from it and to free 20,000 Syrians under siege by Israel.

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

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.

Sanctions will stop arms race
Strong economic sanctions against Iran could cripple the Middle Eastern country's economy in months, destabilize its totalitarian regime and in doing so prevent nuclear proliferation in the region, said Akiva Tor, Israeli consul general for the Pacific Northwest.

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.

Ski Sale boasts something old, new
Juneau residents will have an opportunity to purchase new and used outdoor gear Saturday at the 56th annual Ski Sale happening at Centennial Hall.

Workshop on offshore renewable energy rules offered to public
ANCHORAGE - The effort to bring clean, renewable energy to Alaska the federal Minerals Management Service will hold a public workshop on regulating offshore renewable energy development next week in Anchorage.

Applications now accepted for Capital City Fire and Rescue scholarships
JUNEAU - The Capital City Fire and Rescue is taking applications for an eligibility list for its scholarship program.

Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators holds conference
KODIAK, Alaska - The Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators (AAHPA) held its annual conference the week of Oct. 19 in Kodiak, Alaska.

Whalefest: A marine wildlife celebration
In its thirteenth year, the Sitka Whalefest kicks off today in Sitka and boasts educational fun and events for the whole family.

Mosses: More than just green forest dwellers
Moss - it's all around us here in Juneau. We trample it underfoot when we walk in the woods. We clean it off our roofs and sometimes try to eradicate it from our lawns and sidewalks.

Trail report: New local trails now complete, others received needed upgrades
While the winter months are fast approaching, there is still time for community members to get out and enjoy what Juneau has to offer. Here's a roundup on the trails based on information from Trail Mix, Inc.

Photos from the wild side
A mother moose and her calf move out of the woods in this fall file image.

Out & About
Today, Nov. 6

'Leave No Trace' workshop offered
JUNEAU - SAGA will be hosting a "Leave No Trace Certification" workshop Saturday at SAGA's Eagle Valley Center.

Coast Guard's blanket, coat and toy drive starts today
JUNEAU - Crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Liberty will begin its 12th annual Southeast Alaska Blanket, Coat and New Toy Drive today.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hydaburg man pleads not guilty in child porn case
ANCHORAGE - An 81-year-old Hydaburg man has pleaded not guilty to child pornography charges.

Alaska Army posts stay open after Texas shootings
ANCHORAGE - An Army official says Forts Richardson and Wainwright remain open following the mass shootings at Fort Hood in Texas.

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.

Alaska health officials report state's sixth swine flu death
ANCHORAGE - A sixth Alaskan has died from swine flu.

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.

Preliminary hdropower project permit granted to city of Angoon
JUNEAU - The city of Angoon has been granted a preliminary permit for the Ruth Lake hydropower project.

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

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.

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.

Nov. 14 hearing set in Kott corruption case
ANCHORAGE - A federal judge in Anchorage says he'll hold a hearing Nov. 14 on whether to dismiss charges or order a new trial for former Alaska state Rep. Pete Kott.

Empire hosts cancer fundraiser Saturday
JUNEAU - The Juneau Empire will host a cancer fundraiser Saturday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, with proceeds benefiting Cancer Connection, a Juneau grass-roots organization that assists those living with cancer and their families.

'No substitute for experience'
Thunder Mountain sent a group of 11 grapplers to Sitka last weekend for what proved to be the Falcons' most competitive tournament this season.

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).

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: Tip-off time
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School basketball player Tevita Naaka takes shot Thursday during game vs. Floyd Dryden Middle School at the Dzantik'i Heeni gym.

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

Obama: US must reverse course with Native Americans
WASHINGTON - President Obama assured Native Americans on Thursday that they have a place in his White House and on his agenda, telling tribal leaders their marginalized community deserves more from its government.

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

Dept. of Revenue head rebuts Murkowski pipeline criticism
Offering a sharp rebuttal to former Gov. Frank Murkowski, without mentioning him by name, state Revenue Commissioner Pat Galvin said the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act is moving the state toward a natural gas pipeline.

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.

AG: State has strong case in head tax suit
Attorney General Dan Sullivan told the Legislature on Thursday that Alaska has a strong case to defend itself against the cruise ship industry's legal attack on the head tax.

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.

Shell Oil deciding on Alaska offshore drilling
ANCHORAGE - Shell Oil says it will decide soon on drilling plans for oil and gas in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas next summer.

Anchorage treatment center can now commit alcoholics
ANCHORAGE- The state law used to commit mental patients against their will is now being used to hold alcoholics at a new Anchorage treatment center.

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