Local, regional, national work shown on First Friday
The second-to-last First Friday of the year includes a menagerie of local, regional and national art to peruse on Nov. 7.

Dance company receives grant for Nutcracker performances
Juneau Dance Unlimited has received a $20,673 grant from the Rasmuson Foundation for the expansion of the local dance company's annual Nutcracker production. The award will be used to purchase new costumes, properties and sets.

Wyne to present art lecture on Nov. 11 at UAS
Anchorage artist Sheila Wyne will present an illustrated lecture on her artwork and life as an artist from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Egan Lecture Hall at the University of Alaska Southeast. The lecture, sponsored by the UAS Fine Art Program, is free and open to the general public.

Presentation on 'Sisterhood' book planned for Nov. 8
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum's Coffee & Collections series will host a presentation by Kimberly Metcalfe on the Alaska Native Sisterhood at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8.

Sitka author John Straley to visit Hearthside Books
Fans of Sitka author John Straley will have two chances to catch up with the writer this weekend at Hearthside Books' Nugget Mall location: The first is a book signing at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, and the second is Hearthside's annual Holiday Event, held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov 9.

Theater seeks scriptwriters for second annual contest
Juneau Playwright Project, presented by the Juneau-Douglas Little Theatre, is presently looking for scriptwriters for its second annual event.

What's Happening

Careless driving is dangerous
It seems some drivers do not know what a stop sign is, or they are just in such a hurry to get wherever that they think they can beat on-coming traffic.

For whom exactly does the bell toll?
OK, what's the point, really? We all have watches and cell phones. Most of us have the Internet. There are clocks in every business and a big one right on the corner of South Franklin. For what earthly reason do we need to hear a recording of someone else's bell ringing across downtown Juneau every hour from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.?

'Community organizer' will help the country
Well I guess we've now seen what a community organizer actually does!

Dismayed by support of Sen. Ted Stevens
"Change we can believe in." The phrase that has inspired the nation has sent frightened Alaskans to the polls to re-elect a convicted felon.

Coalition selects Kodiak senator as its president
Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, one of the architects of the current Bipartisan Working Group coalition, will be Senate president in the 26th Alaska Legislature.

Senate coalition selects Stevens as President
Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, one of the architects of the current Bipartisan Working Group coalition, will be Senate president in the 26th Alaska Legislature.

Chenault elected speaker of the state House; Muñoz to chair Community and Regional Affairs Committee
Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, has been elected speaker of the House for the 26th Alaska Legislature, which will convene Jan. 20, the Republican majority announced Thursday.

Kerttula's hopes for leadership fade
Democratic leader Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, may have seen her hopes of leading the state House of Representatives dashed when fellow Juneau Democratic Rep. Andrea Doll lost her re-election bid.

Senators mull new bipartisan coalition
Sen. Kim Elton, D-Juneau, for the first time in his 14-year legislative career, wound up chairing a committee during the last legislative session.

Chenault elected speaker of the House
Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, has been elected speaker of the House of Representatives for the 26th Alaska Legislature, which will convene Jan. 20, the Republican majority announced Thursday.

Twelve of 20 ships violated wastewater limits this year
State regulators last week wrapped up their analysis of this season's cruise ship wastewater lab tests, and sent five more notices of violation to cruise ships for September samples.

Preliminary results for the 2008 general election by precinct
The following are unofficial results for Tuesday's Alaska 2008 General Election:

Photo: In the background
Dianne Anderson paints needles on a tree for a 35-by-16-foot backdrop that will be used in Juneau Dance Unlimited's December performance of the "Nutcracker Ballet" at Juneau-Douglas High School. The dance company received a grant to make a permanent backdrop that can be reused in future productions. Anderson won the bid to create it.

Photos: Images from another time Douglas Fire Hall, 1983
The old Douglas Fire Hall before and during its demolition in 1983. The new fire hall and library is located at the same site.

Photo: Time of the season
Michael Coleman, an employee with the city's Building Maintenance Department, removes the lenses of the Front Street Clock for cleaning on Friday.

Photo: Harbor improvement
Harbor officer Doug Unruh saws out a bull rail Wednesday at the Don Statter Boat Harbor in Auke Bay. The rails, which boats tie up to, are part of the original construction of the harbor. The installation project will continue until the harbor crew switches to snow removal on the 22-year-old docks.

Police & Fire
Reports from police, fire officials and state troopers:

Police & Fire
Reports from police, fire officials and state troopers:

Around Town

Around Town

'Playlist' pleasantly light
With the big summer blockbusters pretty much on hiatus until next year and the onslaught of the darker fall-season-trying-for-an-Oscar films, it is a relief to know there are lighter options like this one at the box office. Clint Eastwood and Angelina Jolie are nowhere to be found (well, unless you try screen No. 6 down the hall), and neither is any gut-wrenching drama. There are no slow-motion gunfights and I'm pretty sure not a single stuntman was employed during filming. This light-hearted box office option even features a playful title: "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist."

'Heaven' a crowning achievement
There's a shot in Fatih Akin's "The Edge of Heaven" that conveys to viewers in one elegant, quiet gesture that they are in the hands of a great filmmaker. The shot closes the first of the film's three chapters; a car is driving at a diagonal from one side of the screen and the camera cruises with it at an angle, finally meeting up with the vehicle and settling on the man driving it.

'Get Smart' not for fans of the show
'Get Smart: 2-Disc Special Edition'

the 88: too poppy for indie, too weird for pop
Since releasing its 2003 full-length debut, "Kind of Light," the Los Angeles-based band the 88 has seemed, with polished, Kinks-inspired songs and tailored suits, the group most likely to end up in a Wes Anderson movie. Frontman Keith Slettedahl, 35, who is often photographed in horned-rim glasses and a slight scowl, has become an ambassador of power pop, perhaps rock's most self-conscious and history-obsessed style.

Audio sunshine: a cure for rainy-day blues
When it rains as much as it has in the last few months here, we have to find inventive ways to brighten our days.

Sound Bites
Deerhunter, "Microcastle" and"Weird Era Cont." ★★★

Juneau Concert Band to give inaugural performance
The Juneau Concert Band will perform its inaugural concert at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9. Admission will be pay-as-you-can.

Making 'Auntie Mame'
Families are sure to be tickled at the upcoming Juneau-Douglas High School play "Auntie Mame," directed by Michaela Moore.

Students vote in record numbers
Juneau students voted in concert with the nation and their community, but not the rest of the state, when they cast ballots at their schools in the Youth Vote Juneau student election on Nov. 3 and 4.

Jellying around
Second-graders in Paula Savikko's and Ellen Ferguson's classes got their hands slimy during a recentjellyfish survey project at Sandy Beach, taken between the road and the pump house.

Peering over the Leading Edge ... into a pile of digital debris
Our throw-away culture is unrelenting in its desire to make room for the new at the expense of the previous. Faster, lighter, cheaper ... always with a shorter half-life.

Medallions for 50th Statehood Anniversary now available
Just in time for the holidays, Capital City Celebrations is now selling limited editions of the Alaska Statehood 50th Anniversary commemorative medallion.

Community of Christian Women to hold Holiday Bazaar Saturday
JUNEAU - The Community of Christian Women at Northern Light United Church will host their annual Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Northern Light United Church, on the corners of 10th and B streets near the Federal Building downtown. A lunch of soups, breads and pies - all homemade - will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Photo: Dancing against drugs
Janice Holst's Dancers Against Drugs pose at the Marie Drake gym after performing for Harborview Elementary School students on Oct. 28. In celebration of Red Ribbon Week, the dance troupe performed at four local elementary schools (Harborview, Auke Bay, Riverbend and Gastineau) and at the State Office Building - all in the same day.

Hewitt, Pratt compete at Yukon-Alaska Council of Toastmasters conference
ANCHORAGE - The Yukon-Alaska Council of Toastmasters conducted its 2008 Fall Conference, under the theme "Laugh Out Loud" (LOL), last weekend in Anchorage. Juneau residents Brenda Hewitt and Richard Pratt represented Taku Toastmasters, with Hewitt competing in speech and Pratt in Table Topics.

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Photo: A spot of sun
After record-setting rain in October, Lynn Reinwand enjoys a bit of sun while kayaking at Hand Trollers Cove on Oct. 30.

Southeast aquaculture association to hold board of directors meeting
SITKA - Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association's Board of Directors will hold its meeting Nov. 19-21 at the NSRAA conference room at 1308 Sawmill Creek Road in Sitka.

Thanks for making our Rotary bulbs fundraiser a success
Thank you, Juneau gardeners and supporters, for making our annual Juneau-Gastineau Rotary Bulbs fundraiser a success with your purchase of bulbs, power planting and donations!

Thanks for supporting St. Paul's Sandwich Ministry all these years
St. Paul's Catholic Church Sandwich Ministry celebrated its 10th anniversary on Nov. 2.

Thanks for contributing to our Halloween Carnival
Auke Bay Elementary Extended Learning students would like to thank Super Bear, Odom Corp. Coca Cola, Northern Sales, and Costco for supporting the Extended Learning, Math Club and Robotics programs at Auke Bay Elementary School. These local businesses provided supplies for concessions sales at our Halloween Carnival. We are able to buy new supplies for our Math Club and Robotics Club with the funds we raised. We greatly appreciate their support of our program. Thank you for helping us!

Pets of the week
Are you dreading the chilly winter nights? If you are, the Gastineau Humane Society has four sweet and cuddly bunny rabbits, top, that are needing new homes. They all have their own special personalities but all love to snuggle.

Senior menu for the week of Nov. 10-14
Monday, Nov. 10


Private First Class Edward A.C. Gossman, a U.S. Marine and former resident of Ketchikan and Juneau, graduated from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in June. In boot camp, Gossman achieved "sharp shooter" status. He then went on to training at Camp Pendleton before receiving orders to his first duty station at 29 Palms Marine Base in California. (His father, James Gossman, of Ketchikan, is a chief in the U.S. Navy who was stationed in Florida this July.)

Guenther, Abel to wed
Scott Guenther and Shari Abel, of Juneau, will marry in a private ceremony on Nov. 22, 2008, in Juneau. Family and friends are invited to celebrate at a reception at 6 p.m. at the Juneau Moose Lodge.

Tillson, Diorec to wed
Joey Tillson and Jose Diorec III, both of Juneau, will marry on July 25, 2009, in Ketchikan. A reception will follow at the North Tongass Community Club. Anyone wishing to attend may contact Joey Tillson at angeljoe21@yahoo.com or (907) 821-1026.

Pietras, Peterson to wed
Ashley M. Peterson and Steven W. Pietras are engaged to be married on July 19, 2009.

Kellehers celebrate 25 years
Joseph and Tamra Kelleher will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on Nov. 12, 2008. They were married in 1983 at the Island Baptist Church in Beach Haven, N.J., by the Rev. Matt Kimak. The couple and their four children reside in Juneau.

Outside editorial: President Obama: A new direction
Barack Obama, 44th president of the United States: Like so many millions of Americans, we savor the phrase, and congratulate the winner, and celebrate the momentousness of the occasion.

Alaska editorial: New lawmakers will face some daunting economic challenges
Newly elected Alaska legislators may be saying to themselves today, "What did I get myself into?"

Local column: A Republican's view on the days after election
Heading into election night on Tuesday, I had a mixed sense of trepidation and calm.

Obama will find open arms and impossible expectations
Congratulations President-elect Obama. Welcome to a world that will greet you with open arms - and expectations that will be impossible to meet.

Outside column: Obama's election makes the story true
The world awoke Wednesday morning to review the historic moments of Tuesday's election. My father-in-law watched Obama's ascension to the White House through the lenses of a black man raised in rural, racist Texas. He was, and is, awe-struck.

Finding a way out of the wilderness
Well, we Republicans have just made history. Not the type of history we wanted to make, mind you, but history nonetheless. Not only did we lose the White House but, after losing our House and Senate majorities in 2006, we followed it up Tuesday night with even steeper losses in Congress.

Juneau man gets 18 years for robbery
JUNEAU - A man dubbed the "coffee shop bandit" was sentenced recently to 18 years in prison.

Board of Game to consider SE hunts
JUNEAU - Spirit Bears and wolf pups are on the agenda for the Board of Game's Juneau meetings, today throughTuesday.

Man sentenced in Talkeetna standoff
PALMER - A Talkeetna man has been sentenced to 52 years in prison in connection with a two-day standoff.

Grizzly bear seen near Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - A grizzly bear seen roaming about 30 miles north of Fairbanks apparently isn't ready to hibernate yet.

Nominations open for business awards
JUNEAU - The Alaska-Oregon-Western Washington division of the national Better Business Bureau is taking nominations for a new annual Business of the Year award.

Thieves hit school on Election Day
WASILLA - Two teenagers are suspected of thefts at a Wasilla elementary school on Election Day.

Alaska Pacific Bank hires mortgage officer
JUNEAU - Alaska Pacific Bank hired a new mortgage loan officer for its Sitka office.

Man gets 7 years for tire iron attack
ANCHORAGE - A young man who hit another man over the head with a crow bar, causing permanent brain damage, has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Refinery owner closes Texas chemical plant
FAIRBANKS - The company that operates the North Pole Refinery is closing its Odessa, Texas, chemical plant.

Alaska Native Tribal Health gets grant
ANCHORAGE - The American Cancer Society is giving a $627,000 grant to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

Photo: Laying it up
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School boy's A-team basketball player Keith Ainsworth leaps for a layup through Floyd Dryden Middle school defenders Jeff Pusich (right) and Brenyn Marshall.

JDHS girls add splash of experience with youth
The girls of the 2008 Juneau Douglas High School swim and dive team appear to be a long way from stretching the Crimson Bear dynasty into a fourth consecutive state title. But you never know ...

Photo: Swimmers heading north
Linzie Norman (Left) and Emily Sharp ride up the airport escalator yesterday morning, with the rest of the swim team on their way to the state swim meet in Anchorage.

Parks and Rec releases final volleyball standings
(Includes win for attending managers meeting.)

Shadows of 'Doubt'
The arts can be a natural outlet for coping with distress, but they can also bring to light certain dark issues that may have been the cause of the distress in the first place. Composers, designers, performers and other artists often seem able to conceptually express more about these dark areas than philosophers and academics can, using fewer words and more subtle modes of expression. This subtlety of expression is one of the strengths of "Doubt: A Parable," Perseverance Theatre's second production of the 2008-09 season.

Senate race remains too close to call
Tens of thousands of votes from the Nov. 4 election have yet to be counted, leaving the hotly contested Senate race between Republican Sen. Ted Stevens and Democratic challenger Mark Begich too close to call as of Wednesday, according to the state Division of Elections.

Gov. Knowles' name surfaces in discussion for Cabinet post
President-elect Obama is weighing an array of Washington insiders and outsiders, including some Republicans, for top administration posts, according to Democratic officials.

Can Palin resurrect the GOP?
WASILLA - Is Sarah Palin the answer for defeated Republicans?

Mat-Su, North Pole voters give Young a large lead
ANCHORAGE - If Republican Don Young returns for his 19th term as Alaska's only representative in the U.S. House, he can thank voters in Gov. Sarah Palin's old stomping grounds, plus bedroom communities of Alaska's major cities.

Palin supporters pack up Wasilla campaign office
WASILLA - Life for Sarah Palin and her supporters began returning to a more normal pace a day after the election.

Exxon plaintiff: Judge could decide payout next week
KODIAK - An attorney for plaintiffs in the Exxon Valdez lawsuit says federal court Judge H. Russel Holland could have a decision on a punitive damages allocation plan by the end of next week.

Fairbanks mayor donates kidney
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks Mayor Terry Strle is recovering after donating a kidney to her cousin.

Supporters rally around Stevens
ANCHORAGE - Orthodox wisdom should dictate that voters would flee in droves from an incumbent who had just been convicted of felony crimes. But that would grossly underestimate the affection loyalists have for Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

Report: Alaska helps U.S. boost oil reserves
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. boosted its proved oil reserves last year for the first time since 2007, in part thanks to new discoveries in Alaska.

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