Give thanks this season with family & crafting
For eight years I spent Thanksgiving at school hundreds of miles away from my family, trying to evoke the holiday by wrapping myself in scarves and frantically sipping pumpkin spice lattes. Though cozy and delicious, they never warmed my heart as much as crafting and thinking of home. Now that I've come home I eagerly look forward to real pumpkin spice, giving thanks, and family crafting! Nothing brings the fam together quite like a cookie decorating bonanza (even though dad's contribution is more of the consumer than crafter). Here I'll pass on some tips for the best crafting experiments I've had in the past couple of years prepping for the lovely day of thanks.
Student symphony presents 'Peter and the Wolf'
JUNEAU - Conductor Rick Trostel has heard many musicians tell him that "Peter and the Wolf" first got them interested in playing a certain instrument or in classical music in general. He also wonders if it may have led him to become a conductor.
'Fable 2' one of year's most satisfying games
Role-playing tale offers complex plot with many intriguing choices
At home with the bears of Admiralty Island
As hibernation season sets in, a bear book might be just the thing to bring into your den. The Friends of Admiralty Island will release their new book, "Pack Creek Bears and the Legacy of Stan Price," just in time for winter.
Juneau Artists Gallery features glass artists
JUNEAU - It's been a busy year for local glass artists Tasha Walen and Lincoln Farabee.
Music, wine, lamplight
JUNEAU - The Canvas will offer live music, wine by the glass and 100 lamps for sale Nov. 14 from 5-9 p.m.
Plein Rein Paintings on display at JAHC
"Twilight, Twin Lakes, 2008" by Constance Hartle is one of the paintings currently on display at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. The Plein Rein Painters are an intrepid group of Juneau artists who meet Saturday mornings throughout the year, rain and shine, to paint outdoors. The artists vary each week, but since 2002 there has always been a group ready to capture Juneau on canvas or paper. Painters in this exhibit are: Carey Akagi, Constance Baltuck-Hartle, Nancy Brown, Barbara Craver, Jay Crondahl, Cristine Crooks, Mary Lou Elton, James Heumann, Sue Kraft, Jane Lindsey, Pua Maunu, Monica O'Keefe, Paul Voelckers, Mary Pat Wyatt and Steve Winkler.
Make up workshop
JUNEAU - The Alaskan Perfume Company will host a workshop with make up artist Sergio Palmer Nov. 13-15 from 12-3:30 and 5-8:30 p.m at 406 S. Franklin St. Palmer will present the latest techniques for make up and skin care application from the Yves Saint Laurent line. The $50 cost is redeemable towards end purchases. The first 20 people to register will pay only $30. There will be raffles and free samples. To register call 780-3500.
Register for Alaska Arts and Culture Conference
ANCHORAGE - The 2009 Alaska Arts and Culture Conference will be held Jan. 29-31, 2009 at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage.
'Eating Alaska' film premieres in Sitka
State leaders to discuss energy, transportation at annual conference
KETCHIKAN - Transportation and affordable energy will be key topics when more than 250 elected officials and municipal employees who gather this week in Ketchikan for the Alaska Municipal League's (AML) 58th annual Local Government Conference.
Keep financial crisis real with your kids
There's a street vernacular term I try to incorporate into my daily life called "keeping it real." The original sentiment was meant to call out folks for putting on airs or generally "acting fake."
'Oiled' Alaskans should receive checks from Exxon by Christmas
After waiting nearly 20 years, thousands of 'oiled' Alaskans are now set to get checks from Exxon before Christmas. The money - $507 million - comes from damage awards stemming from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. More than 32,000 Alaskans are eligible for settlement checks; 80 percent are fishermen.
State attorney says legal price-gouging going on
Alaska legislators say they'll consider gasoline price-regulation or other actions, including state investment in a refinery, if refiners in Alaska don't lower gasoline prices.
State Chamber announces priorities for 2009 session
The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce has adopted five priorities for the 2009 legislative session:
ACOA/CODA Meeting, Wed. & Fri., Noon-1pm, Northern Lights United Church, 400 11th St; Sun. 11am-Noon, Assembly Chambers.
Lectures & Classes
Learn Spanish through Art & Play on Saturdays at Northern Lights Church, 400 W. 11th Street. Spanish Play Group for ages 2-6 meets at 10 am and the Spanish Club for children ages 7-12 meets from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Cost is $12 per child or $10 with a punch card. Song book provided. Parents welcome!
Sports & Recreation
Open Fencing Fridays 7:30pm, Saturdays 4:30-6 p.m. UAS Recreation Center; beginners Tues/Fri, experienced fencers Thurs/Sat. $3 gym floor fee for non-students. Equipment available. For more info contact Even Hales 321-9779 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Janice D. Holst School of Dance is offering classes once again, ranging from ballet to tap and hip-hop. To sign up for classes or for more information contact Janice Holst by e-mail at janicedholst.com or call 586-1462 or call the studio at 723-1462.
At the Senior Center
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Families & Kids
Toddler Time at 10 a.m. Mondays at the Juneau Downtown Library and at 11 a.m. Mondays at Mendenhall Valley Library and Thursdays at 11am at the Douglas Library.
Juneau Taku Toastmasters, every Mon, Federal Bldg room 541, noon. Open to public. 465-6121.
SEARHC to host broadcast of suicide survivor roundtable
JUNEAU - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Behavioral Health Department on Saturday, Nov. 22, will join more than 130 other sites nationwide to host a teleconference for the 10th Annual National Survivors of Suicide Day.
Great American Smokeout Fair to be held in Sitka
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Tobacco Program and Sitka Community Hospital will celebrate the 32nd Annual Great American Smokeout with a Great American Smokeout Fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Harrigan Centennial Hall's Maksoutoff Room.
SEARHC to host open house for patient housing project
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) will host an open house for its new $3.45 million patient housing facility at 2 p.m. on Oct. 28, at the facility located across Tongass Drive from the SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka. Light refreshments will be served.
Honor our promises
While we cannot hold ourselves completely responsible for events that occurred before we were born, we can hold ourselves responsible for what happens within our lifetime. Indeed, we must.
Insist on treating feral cats humanely
A few years ago, my cat, Sam, escaped and ran away from home. I was devastated. I put up posters around downtown Douglas with his picture and identifying marks, and I also placed an ad in the Juneau Empire. I walked around my neighborhood calling his name. Many people called to alert me to possible sightings. It took five weeks, but Sammy was found in a cat trap and returned to me. That was one of the best days living in Douglas. Thanks again for all your help.
On the defense of Dredge Lake trees
Now that the elections are over, it's time to focus on important matters. One that deserves urgent attention is the protection of the few remaining cottonwood trees in the Dredge Lake area.
State has to rely on federal intervention
Gov. Sarah Palin's proclamation of innocence by the Personnel Board means either the governor or former commissioner of Public Safety are liars.
Board of Game narrows trail buffers for traps in Juneau
Trappers will be able to set marten traps closer to some Juneau trails next winter, the Board of Game decided Monday. The board also added five trails to the 13 where trapping is restricted in the Juneau area.
Alaska Natives celebrate Veterans Day
Juneau's Native community honored its members who have served in uniform in a spirited celebration Tuesday that involved honoring aging warriors and traditional Native dancing.
Construction on Sunny Point access completed for the year
Traffic is now moving both directions through the new Sunny Point Intersection, after the end of this season's work on the two-year, $27 million project.
Photo: High and dry
A bear cub spent 24 hours on a Taku Oil dock south of downtown Juneau after climbing up Monday morning. Taku Oil employees said they were worried about the animal because it was shivering and lethargic and its mother was nowhere to be seen. Late Tuesday morning, the cub finally climbed down on its own and disappeared into the woods.
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire department officials and state troopers reported:
Board votes down proposals that would allow killing of wolf pups
The Board of Game voted down two proposals on Monday that would have allowed people to kill wolf pups in dens.
Police & Fire
Reports from police, fire officials and state troopers:
A front-page photo featuring the Juneau Concert Band in Monday's Juneau Empire misidentified clarinet player Sarah McNair-Grove, who was playing alongside Niko Hoskins and Bryan Johnson.
Juneau Rotary presents Vocational Service awards
Vocational Service awards to local individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations capped a month-long Rotary Club of Juneau focus on business ethics. Rotary's annual Vocational Service awards recognize local businesses that provide exemplary services to the community.
Where is the sweetness without the sugar?
I have not eaten sugar in one year. People greet this information with almost universal disbelief and no small amount of skepticism. "No grain?" they say. "What in the world do you eat?" I assure them that I, in fact, eat most things, since grains are only one food group. But since I am prone to obsessing about something, my dietary strangeness has naturally progressed to a much bigger issue for me than just cooking dinner.
Invasive plant surveys reveal problem in plants throughout Southeast
It has become evident that invasive species are capable of truly altering our Alaska ecosystems. Invasive species cost the world economy of $1.4 trillion in 2006 and we must acknowledge that there is no invisible bubble deflecting invasive species from entering the state of Alaska. New species are reported in Alaska each year and the plants that are already here are spreading and colonizing more area each and every year. It is impossible to say when these plants are going to start seriously impacting Alaska's economy but it is understood that this will happen if Alaskan's don't prevent the spread in their state.
Auntie Emo seeks pumpkin recipes
Ask Auntie Emo is where readers share recipes and kitchen tips. Lost a recipe? Wish you had a certain recipe? Take a moment to send in your requests; we need your participation, this recipe sharing feature belongs to you - our readers.
Consortium's Steve Gage wins Physician Assistant award
SITKA - The Alaska Academy of Physician Assistants at its October meeting in Anchorage honored Steve Gage, of Sitka, with its Physician Assistant of the Year Award for 2008.
Air Medical Service honors three medics
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Air Medical Service honored three of its flight medics with merit awards during a surprise potluck on Oct. 29 at the service's hangar in Sitka.
Consortium, hospital host Great American Smokeout Fair
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Tobacco Program and Sitka Community Hospital will celebrate the 32nd Annual Great American Smokeout with a Great American Smokeout Fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Harrigan Centennial Hall's Maksoutoff Room.
Photo: Opening house
SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium President/CEO Roald Helgesen, center, speaks during the Oct. 28 open house for SEARHC's new short-term patient housing facility. The new facility has 18 rooms (14 doubles and four singles) and is located across the parking lot from the SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka. It will provide a comfortable place to stay for people who travel to Sitka for outpatient medical treatment and for those patients recently discharged from the hospital who need time to heal before they head home. The first patients were housed in the facility on Monday, Nov. 3.
University changes dining program for the environment
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast and NMS, the dining services provider for the UAS community, have partnered to introduce a variety of environmentally friendly practices as part of the institutions' sustainability initiative. A small sample of the programs that have been executed to date include:
Thanks for contributing to Ocean Celebration
Turning the Tides would like to thank all the performers who contributed their talent and powerful performances for free to the Sept. 21 Ocean Celebration. They include singers Linda Buckley, Tom Koester, Kit Peterson, Nancy Spears and Martha Stey; drummers Ray Preston, Ed Carrillo, Edric Carrillo, Jean Butler, Terri Moles, Cherri Bell, Pete Morrisette, Shawn Damserval, Lui Fenumiai, Lawrence Fenumiai, Chance Galletes, Fletcher Sewall, Amy McComick, Bob McCormick, Annie Geselle, Myrna Allen and Jerry Ann Gray; Lyle James and the Woosh.ji.Een dancers; the Nortkut Wolf Pack Tlingit rap group; the Yuchunka Dancers; the Pamyua fusion band from Anchorage, Q'orianka Kilcher and speakers Dr. Marcus Erikson, Assemblyman Bob Doll and Harold Jacobs. We would also like to thank Jim Morgan at KINY, the staff at A&P, Jim Mahan and the KTOO sound and recording team and Derron Peterson at Centennial Hall for lighting and set-up, Tim Kissner, Rod Betit, and Rich Delorenzo for air mileage donations, and all the people that helped host out-of-town guests: the Alaskan Hotel, Terri Tibbett, Ashley Saupe, Linda and Mark at the Capital Inn and Gregg and Tina Brown. You were terrific! Thank you so very much for your time and wonderful talent.
Thanks for supporting 'Jump the Broom'
"Jump the Broom" on Oct 5 celebrated love and acceptance with more than 130 supporters and $1,300 was raised to keep marriage legal and equal in California. Our $1,300 doubled into $2,600 when it was matched by another donor on arrival in California. And beyond that, some of you donated on line, so the total generated was well more than $3,000.
Thank you to those invoved in the play 'Auntie Mame'
Bravo, to all who were involved with the play "Auntie Mame."
Young, Yengo wed
Laura Christine Young and Anthony Alexander Yengo were married on Oct. 11, 2008, at the Kea Lani in Wailea, Maui.
Merritts celebrate 60 years
The family of longtime Douglas residents Denny and Bonnie Merritt congratulates them on their 60th wedding anniversary on Nov. 13, 2008.
Scientists, sightseers celebrate state's cetacean citizens
To the untrained eye, it would have been hard to pick out the marine biologists from the tourists on the whale-watching cruise last Saturday in Sitka.
Coast Guard's blanket, coat and toy drive begins Tuesday
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard Cutter Liberty's annual Blanket, Coat and New Toy Drive for Southeast Alaska is set to begin Tuesday.
Bob Martin: Citizen of the Year
JUNEAU - Bob Martin was caught speechless when he was awarded "Citizen of the Year" at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce annual banquet Nov. 1.
Scientists ponder how changing climate will impact Arctic whales
Alaska's coastal communities have long experienced the presence of whales, whether as summer visitors in Southeast or as targets of winter subsistence hunters in the Arctic.
Chenega captain to accept lifesaving award during New York City gala
JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) ferry Chenega and its crew will be honored Friday night during an estimated 800-attendee gala in New York City.
Jeff Budd pulls out a "humpalope" during his mock scientific demonstration during the Maritime Monthly Grind variety show during Sitka WhaleFest
Alaska USA named one of the 'best places to work'
Anchorage, Alaska - Alaska USA Federal Credit Union was recently recognized as one of the top 10 best places to work in Alaska for 2008. The award program was sponsored by the Alaska Journal of Commerce in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management, Alaska State Council and Best Companies Group.
NANA creates new construction company
ANCHORAGE - NANA Development Corporation (NANA) is creating new construction jobs for Alaskans and generating healthy competition in the oil, gas and mining market with its new construction company NANA Construction, LLC, headed by long-time industry leader Mac McKee.
UAF receives $1.35 million for bio research
The University of Alaska Fairbanks announced Oct. 30 the receipt of a $1.35 million award from the National Institutes of Health to fund biomedical research education in Alaska middle and high schools. The grant is part of an estimated $17 million awarded by NIH to fund 16 Science Education Partnership Awards across the country.
State senators announce bipartisan organization
Sen. Gary Stevens announced last week that the Senate Bipartisan Working Group will continue to lead the Alaska Senate during the 26th session of the Alaska Legislature.
Juneau resident Theodore "Ted" W. McIntire died of cancer on Nov. 8, 2008, at his home in Juneau with his family by his side. He was 79.
My turn: Alaska is a better place because of Sen. Stevens
I don't spend a lot of time thinking or writing about folks convicted of felonies, but I think the case of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens deserves a comment or two.
My turn: A way to support veterans
This Veterans Day we will pay tribute to our heroes who have served in the military. It will be marked by marching bands and parades, flags flying high atop city buildings and over neighborhood front porches. And as you remember what our veterans have done for us, ask yourself what we can do for them.
My turn: Alaska Natives need to use the gifts within
When it comes to the human experience, the troublesome human quandary, it is times like these that really bind the past and future together, somehow painting a nice picture, making today not just attractive, but truly exciting. Perhaps when all is said and done at the end of the day, or specifically, at the end of an election, there is a certain sigh of relief and anticipation, whether it follows victory or disappointment.
Outside editorial: The nation needs boost of confidence
Now comes the hard part. President-elect Barack Obama, having won a historic mandate for change, must make it happen.
Outside editorial: Tied with Thailand
Americans like to think that we have the world's best health care. Sometimes that's true.
Contact attorney general about Juneau fuel prices
Since the middle of July, the price of a barrel of crude has dropped from more than $147 a barrel to less than $63 as of Oct. 25. People around the country are enjoying lower gasoline and heating oil prices. Even in Fairbanks, heating oil has decreased to less than $2.70 a gallon for large volume customers.
In election, some blacks embrace discrimination
Sometimes, progress carries an asterisk. That's as good a summary as any of a sad irony from last week's historic election. You will recall one of the major storylines of that day was the fact that, in helping make Barack Obama the nation's first black president, African-Americans struck a blow against a history that has taught us all too well how it feels to be demeaned and denied. Unfortunately, while they were striking that blow, some black folks chose to demean and deny someone else.
JDHS students can participate in program
JUNEAU - The Juneau School District and the Southern Alaska Carpenter's Union Training Center recently announced a formal agreement allowing Juneau-Douglas High School students to participate in the center's apprenticeship program.
Native summit set for today in Juneau
JUNEAU - This year's Southeast Alaska Native summit kicks off today in Juneau.
Math educator named teacher of the year
ANCHORAGE - A math teacher at Colony High School in Palmer has been named Alaska teacher of the year.
Bankrupt Montana resort owes $343M
BILLINGS, Mont. - Court documents show the exclusive Yellowstone Club resort in Montana owes an estimated $343 million to creditors such as banks and local contractors.
Coast Guard blanket drive begins today
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard cutter Liberty's annual Blanket, Coat and New Toy Drive for Southeast Alaska is set to begin today.
Troopers arrest fleeing suspect
TALKEETNA - Law enforcement officers blew out the front tires of a suspect fleeing on the Parks Highway, then waited until his vehicle fell apart 35 miles later to arrest him near Talkeetna.
Hospital's patient revenues grow
KENAI - Central Peninsula Hospital is expected to have another good year.
Minor earthquakes felt in Southcentral
ANCHORAGE - Two minor earthquakes that occurred Monday in Alaska were felt but caused no damage.
Hospital announces radiology upgrade
JUNEAU - In recognition of National Radiology Week, Bartlett Regional Hospital recently announced the completion of the upgrade to the Picture Archiving and Communication System in Diagnostic Imaging.
3 Fort Wainwright troops injured in Iraq
FAIRBANKS - A report in Stars and Stripes said three Fort Wainwright soldiers serving in Iraq were injured Sunday when they entered a booby-trapped house.
Supervisor of cyber crimes unit sent scam
ANCHORAGE - A scam came to the attention of Anchorage police when an e-mail arrived in the inbox of the supervisor of the cyber crimes unit.
Interior vets seek veterans cemetery
FAIRBANKS - Military veterans in Fairbanks are exploring the idea of a local veterans' cemetery.
Anchorage students' test scores decline
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage School District said reading, writing and math scores for students showed declines last year.
Post-election thoughts on John McCain's candidacy
Anyone who doesn't at the very least appreciate the historic nature of Barack Obama's election is either an idiot or a bigot. It is just that simple. So let me take a few sentences to say that as an American, I congratulate our new president, will pray for his success both personally and as our new leader, and will view his presidency with the same objectivity I had with regard to George W. Bush.
Lower 48 have Alaskan reaction
Everyone had a strong opinion about Gov. Sarah Palin's run for the White House. I've received hundreds of e-mails from people both praising and condemning her in recent months. For your reading pleasure, here are two of my favorites that recently came in.
A strike against cancer
Feather boas were twirled. Strikes and spares were hurled.
Alaska Sports Hall of Fame announces class of 2009
ANCHORAGE - Two Southeast Alaska legends were among the five people selected Monday by the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame for its class of 2009.
One week later, state elections still undecided
With the election a week past and the nation moving on, Alaskans are still waiting to find out the outcomes of numerous races.
Uncounted ballots keep trickling in
The number of uncounted ballots in Alaska keeps growing as additional absentee and questioned ballots continue to arrive at the state elections division. There are now more than 90,000 ballots which have yet to be counted, according to Gail Fenumiai, elections division director.
Uranium mine still poses risks
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week ordered a mine company to keep treating water at a radioactive defunct open-pit uranium mine that's now a Superfund site of national priority.
Palin says president to blame for defeat
WASILLA - Gov. Sarah Palin, amid speculation she'll run for president in four years, blamed Bush administration policies for the defeat last week of the GOP ticket and prayed she wouldn't miss "an open door" for her next political opportunity.
Alaska mines set output record in '07
ANCHORAGE - Alaska mines produced $3.4 billion worth of minerals last year, an 18 percent increase over 2006 and a record in gross value for the state.
Palin puts 'brutal' race behind her, looks to '12
WASHINGTON - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has put the "brutal" 2008 campaign behind her and has the next presidential race in her sights, with a flurry of national television interviews and a high-profile appearance at the Republican Governors Association meeting this week.
Costco officials apply for permits in Wasilla
WASILLA - Representatives of warehouse retailer Costco have filed an extensive application with the city of Wasilla that could lead to construction of a store.
Armed and nervous
ANCHORAGE - On the neatly stacked ammunition shelves at the Alaska Shooters Supply is a sign: "There is no such thing as too much ammo."
Snow cat used to curb moose collisions
KENAI - Moose Force One will be patrolling this winter.
New bridge means end for Fairbanks landmark
FAIRBANKS - A wrecking ball is in store for a Fairbanks landmark.
Homer's Salty Dawg Saloon stays open for winter
HOMER - One of Alaska's most famous saloons will break a 25-year habit and stay open past the tourist season.
Photo: Ferry crew honored
Chenega Capt. Samuel Daniels accepts the Honored Seafarer Award on behalf of the ship, the Alaska Marine Highway System and the state Friday night during the Admiral of the Ocean Sea award ceremony in New York City. AMHS and the Chenega crew were honored for a rescue June 8 after they plucked two men and a boy out of the frigid waters of Prince William Sound. Chenega's crew rescued 28-year-old Luke Renner of Homer and Andy Renner, 31, and his 8-year-old son, Owen, both of Palmer, after their boat reportedly sank when the vessel's bow was struck by several waves.
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Costco drops plans for Wasilla store
WASILLA - Warehouse retailer Costco has pulled its plans to build a store in Wasilla.
This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World