Thursday, November 11, 2010

Rosenthal recognized with Lifetime Achievement Award
It's one thing, amazing in itself, to privately pursue an art form to the point where you are among the best in your field. It is another to channel that creative energy back out to the world to bring joy to others. Juneau-based virtuoso violinist Paul Rosenthal wraps these two things together so seamlessly as to make them inseparable, his love for classical music being fed and sustained by the appreciation of audiences from tiny, remote Alaskan communities to major European cities. What's more, he considers himself the lucky one.

Khentrul Rinpoche to visit Juneau for second part of Bodhisattva teaching
Khentrul Rinpoche will be in Juneau for the continuation of his instruction, "Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva," this weekend, Nov. 13 and 14, at the Vocational Training and Resource Center, 3239 Hospital Drive. The training runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

New juvenile fiction on the shelves
Check out the new juvenile book shelves at each public library for new chapter books!

JDHS' Manning receives Arts Education award
In high school, at a time when self-doubt and identity struggles tend to be at their most intense, one teacher can make all the difference.

Schooler wins international book award
Juneau author Lynn Schooler has won the Banff Mountain Book and Film Festival's award for Best Mountain Literature for his book "Walking Home." Schooler was presented the award at the festival in Banff Nov. 4.

'Walking Home' book review
It's cold and raining. The pack, once comfortable, now feels heavy like lead. The desire to stop, to camp and to satisfy a hungry belly plays on repeat. How perfect a set of dry clothes sounds. There was a clearing on the topographic map, but through the tunnel of dense brush, it feels miles away. Questions hang heavy; stop to rest or push on to what may, or may not, be a better camp ahead.

Nature's finest
The kings of the hip-hop anthem are coming to Juneau.

'Dance' a delight even for a couch potato
Hundreds of fiddlers record albums full of tunes each year. Some write their own original music, while others attempt to play tunes as closely as possible to the way they are traditional rooted. Others still cling to the traditional aspects of tunes they have come to love, but also infuse them with their own spices and interpretations.

Photo: In a grove
Savana Carroll, from left, Laura May Fees, (both kneeling), and ╩Jasmine Blackwell (laying on floor) perform a scene from "In a Grove," Thunder Mountain High School's latest production.

Chances It's Worth Your Cash: Holiday Edition
It is true.

Donizetti's 'Elixir of Love' begins Saturday
Opera to Go will kick off its season with Gaetano Donizetti's comic opera "L'Elisir D'Amore," or "The Elixir of Love." Shows run this weekend, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, and next weekend, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 and 20, at the Juneau-Douglas High School Auditorium.

Native American Heritage Month lectures continue
Sealaska Heritage Institute's lunchtime lecture series continues this week, with "Un-silencing the Past: Reassessing American Military Relations with the Tlingit in 1869." Led by SHI Archivist Zachary Jones, also an adjunct instructor of history at UAS, the lecture will focus on American military relations with the Tlingit in 1869, a violent year in Southeast Alaska. Numerous conflicts between the Army and the Tlingit occurred at that time, most notably those at Sitka, Kake and Wrangell. Jones will discuss how a reassessment of these events with application of Tlingit oral record has transformed what we can now learn about the conflicts.

Ray Troll, other local authors to gather at Hearthside Sunday
Hearthside Books will host Ketchikan artist and author Ray Troll for a slideshow and booksigning from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at their Nugget Mall store. Troll will discuss his latest book, "Something Fishy This Way Comes: The Artwork of Ray Troll."

Polka and more at Saturday's Scandinavian Dance
A Scandinavian Dance will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Juneau Yacht Club. The evening will include live music, dancing and dance instruction, as well as handmade arts and crafts, baked goods, a DVD and CD sale and door prizes. It is sponsored by the Svalbard Lodge, Sons of Norway of Juneau.

Authors Kantner and Jans to lead Evening at Egan lecture
Alaskan writers Seth Kantner and Nick Jans will show images, tell stories and trade banter at this week's Evening at Egan lecture, the last one of the 2010 season. The evening begins at 7 p.m. in the Egan Library at UAS.

Veterans for Peace view today as a day of mixed emotions
November 11 is a cause for mixed emotions among those former member of the military who wish to permanently halt the horror of war.

Yaakoosge Daakahidi gets high praise from commission
The Northwest Accreditation Commission recently visited Yaakoosge Daakahidi High School and recommended the school's continuing accreditation in a report presented to the Juneau School District board Tuesday.

VA Outreach Clinic honored to serve veterans
Today is a day for everyone whom has gone forth to serve his or her country. Yet the new Veterans Affairs Outreach Clinic in the Juneau Federal Building downtown sees every day as a day for retired servicemen and women.

KTOO manager joins ABA Hall of Fame
Bill Legere, general manager of Capital Community Broadcasting, has been inducted into the Alaska Broadcasters Hall of Fame. A press release states he received the honor at the ABA awards banquet in Anchorage on Nov. 5.

Measure to eliminate jewelry tax cap shot down
An attempt to amend a city ordinance that would have removed the sales tax cap on jewelry failed by a 5-3 vote at Monday's Assembly meeting.

Photo: Monday's rain spawns rainbow over the river
Monday's showers made for a rainbow near the mouth of the Mendenhall River.

Photo: It's beginning to look a lot like - well, you know ...
Scott Van Hoozer, of the city's Parks and Recreation department, strings a light rope around a downtown street light on Wednesday. The department plans to put up a 14-foot Christmas tree at the Gunakadeit Park downtown in about two weeks.

Photo: Randy Wanamaker acknowledged
Three-term former Assembly member Randy Wanamaker shakes hands with current Assembly members after being acknowledged during a meeting Monday for his public service. Former Assembly member Jeff Bush was also acknowledged for his service.

Police & Fire
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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.

Airport eagles' nest will be moved more quickly
Due to time restrictions on a permit to remove an eagles' nest, Juneau International Airport will have to act on the permit more quickly than it anticipated.

Three Sector Juneau Guardsmen honored for innovation
Three local United States Coast Guardsmen were finalists for the 2010 Capt. Niels P. Thomsen Innovation Award.

District organization sees own improvement in evaluation
The Juneau School District is working at a systematic approach for seven categories of district functions.

Foundations focus funds for philanthropic feats
There are two organizations that have been helping provide money for Juneau causes for several years, yet have flown under the radar for the most part. The Alaska Community Foundation, and its companion group the Juneau Community Foundation, has been continuing cooperation in its efforts to designate funds for various causes.

TMHS students reflect on Alaska Business Week
After their recent selection for Alaska Business Week in Fairbanks, four Thunder Mountain High School students presented their experience from the recent Alaska Business Week to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce last week.

DOT will discuss Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program in Ketchikan
The Department of Transportation & Public Facilities is hosting two free certification workshops and one question and answer session in Ketchikan for the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program.

Paul S. Chulik Sr.
Longtime Sitka resident Paul S. Chulik Sr. died Nov. 2, 2010 at SEARHC-Mount Edgecumbe Hospital surrounded by family and friends. He was 86.

Outside editorial: Recasting delicate affairs of state as a jobs program
The following editorial first appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Outside editorial: Irrational about health care rationing
The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

My turn: Recent trial highlights differences between American, European views on wolves
There are many people who recognize that Romeo was a unique wolf and a valued member of the Juneau community. There are others who take sardonic pleasure in knowing the wolf that I, and many others, believe to be him was killed. It is essentially a clash between traditional European views of wolves and emerging American views of wolves.

Shared power could work out to our benefit
Hardcore Republicans and Democrats won't like this, but the rest of us could come down in a good place after last week's election. No one party can get its way in Washington because there is so much tension built into the new arrangement.

The dangers of an imperial presidency
It's easy to suppose that the Republican wave will put President Obama on the defensive. But that would be a mistake. House Republicans may repeat then-Speaker Newt Gingrich's blunder and shut down the government, but their other weapons are distinctly small-bore. The new congressional committee chairmen will predictably launch investigations into real or imagined scandals, but this will cause political embarrassment, nothing more.

My turn: Who we celebrate on Veterans Day
On Nov. 11, our country will honor its veterans as it does every year, with parades, ceremonies, speeches and patriotic music. Schools will welcome us into their classrooms and ask us to tell our stories, and everywhere we go young and old alike will clasp our hands and say, "Thank you for serving." We are blessed to live in a grateful nation.

Delaware's independent, but short-lived, voice
Next week, Chris Coons is scheduled formally to fill the U.S. Senate seat once held by Joe Biden - and Delaware will lose a valuable public servant. That's no reflection on Christine O'Donnell. It's a tip of the hat to Ted Kaufman, who leaves behind a worthy imprint.

Troopers: House fire not cause of all 4 deaths
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers say not all four people found dead inside a burning home near Caswell died in the fire, but didn't elaborate.

4 people killed in Anchorage house fire
ANCHORAGE - Four people have been killed in a house fire near Caswell.

State orders recall of contaminated salmon
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has requested the recall of a batch of smoked salmon from a Fairbanks producer after it found a shipment contaminated with a pathogen.

Fairbanks measure on cell tower permits faces vote
FAIRBANKS - Residents protective of the view from their homes are supportive of a measure before the Fairbanks Assembly on Wednesday that will require permits to build cell towers in heavily-populated neighborhoods that aren't zoned as residential properties.

Failed circuit switcher causes power outage in west Juneau
A failed circuit switcher at an Alaska Electric Light & Power substation in west Juneau resulted in a localized power outage Tuesday morning.

Investigators look into illegal salmon sales
ANCHORAGE - An undercover investigation has found that many Yukon River subsistence fishermen sell smoked salmon strips.

Parnell accepts resignations from 6 commissioners
FAIRBANKS - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has accepted resignations from nearly half of his cabinet, including key members of his natural gas pipeline team.

Felons indicted for possessing handguns
FAIRBANKS - A federal grand jury has handed down indictments against felons who possessed handguns, including one man who spent more than two days impersonating a U.S. Army soldier and directing FBI agents at the scene of a fatal bridge crash.

Alaska prisoners' right guide updated
ANCHORAGE - A rights guide for Alaska prisoners has been updated.

Crash survivor testifies in DUI murder case
ANCHORAGE - A trial is continuing for a woman charged with driving under the influence and second-degree murder.

With engine repaired, Aurora to set sail today
Technicians Thursday reinstalled a repaired anchor windlass motor on the ferry Aurora, enabling it to sail today on its regular run to Kake and Angoon.

CIRI asks Anchorage business support for wind farm
ANCHORAGE - The Cook Inlet Region corporation has asked the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce to pressure utilities to support its planned Fire Island wind farm project.

Petition seeks to unseat Fairbanks assemblyman
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks assemblyman who was accused of domestic assault and pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct is facing a petition campaign that seeks to unseat him.

Bears boast firepower up front
The drive to a 4A volleyball state championship begins up front for Juneau-Douglas, where the Crimson Bears are blessed with an abundance of firepower.

Roemeling finds a role
Not all good volleyball players are born with top-flight athleticism, blazing speed, tremendous hitting power and height, or a jaw-dropping vertical leap.

Photo: Former Crimson Bear honored
Juneau-Douglas alum Zach Farrington (20), a junior defender at Linfield College, was named Honorable Mention for the All-Northwest Conference Men's Soccer Team.

Murkowski closes in on victory in write-in count
The Lisa Murkowski wristbands seem to have worked, as early numbers Wednesday from the Election Division teams counting write-in ballots for her U.S. Senate seat show excellent spelling by Murkowski supporters.

Miller closes gap with absentees
Absentee ballot counting Tuesday trimmed nearly 2,000 votes from the 13,000 difference that Republican nominee Joe Miller has to make up to elect the Tea Party-backed candidate to the U.S. Senate.

Race hinges on write-in count
JUNEAU - Election workers will begin scrutinizing tens of thousands of ballots in the Alaska Senate race on Wednesday in a scene reminiscent of the 2000 Florida recount. There will be no hanging chads this time around - just lots of scribbled names.

Judge denies injunction in election lawsuit
ANCHORAGE - A federal court judge has denied a request by Alaska GOP Senate candidate Joe Miller to immediately stop the state Division of Elections from counting write-in ballots that stray from the exact spelling of a candidate's name.

Contractor disputes Miller electioneering accusation
ANCHORAGE - A federal contractor from Washington state disputes claims by Alaska Senate hopeful Joe Miller that an employee engaged in electioneering.

Parnell reshaping gas pipeline leadership
ANCHORAGE - The resignations Gov. Sean Parnell requested of cabinet members will bring new leadership to the team developing a multibillion North Slope natural gas pipeline, the Anchorage Daily News reported Wednesday.

Former Alaska congressional aide to be sentenced
ANCHORAGE - A former aide to Rep. Don Young is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 22 in Washington, D.C., for his role in the corruption scandal involving lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Alaska Marine Highway System's motor vessel Taku honored
The United Seaman's Service (USS) will honor the Alaska Marine Highway System and the crew of the motor vessel Taku at the Ocean Sea Award Dinner Friday night in New York City.

Ted Danson testifies in at drilling hearing
ANCHORAGE - Ted Danson's day job is performing with Drew Barrymore in "Everybody Loves Whales," a movie now being filmed in Alaska.

Salmon price hikes made 2010 a good season despite average catch numbers
This year's salmon season appears to have been a good one, more so in revenues than in catches.

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