Dan Fruits paints his landscapes in the same way that they are intended to be appreciated: on a gut level.

Journalist to speak about soldiers who refuse to fight
Independent journalist and author Dahr Jamail will speak about American soldiers who have refused to fight in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Hearthside hosts annual holiday event, hosting local authors
Hearthside Books will present their third annual holiday event on Sunday at their Nugget Mall location, The event, held from 6-8 p.m., will feature local author signings, live music with Tom Locher, door prizes, refreshments and 20 percent off selected titles.

Folkdance workshop held this weekend at the Filipino Hall
Master teacher Lee Otterholt, of Laguna Beach, Calif., will conduct a weekend of international folk dance instruction beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at the Filipino Hall, 251 South Franklin St. The event is sponsored by Juneau International Folkdancers.

Stephen Gray's current medium of choice is digitally manipulated photographs, but up until about eight years ago, the Anchorage-based artist was a bit of a Luddite. A photographer, Gray never made the switch to digital, choosing film for most of his 25 year career. In fact, he didn't even own a computer. But once he got one in 2001, the effect on his art was dramatic and liberating.

Nearly every day for the past quarter-century, photographer Hall Anderson has taken hundreds of photos. He's explored every corner of Ketchikan, camera in hand, capturing the bizarre and the beautiful, the dramatic and the mundane, and its all part of his job: staff photographer for the Ketchikan Daily News.

Perseverance pub trivia night combines libations, Shakespeare
What do Shakespeare, prizes, libations and Perseverance Theatre all have in common? The answer is the Pub Trivia Fundraiser being sponsored by the local theater company at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Rendezvous Bar.

An unforgettable night at the theater
Ken Ludwig's "Leading Ladies" is a night of theater you do not want to miss. Two thumbs up, five stars, and hats off to Perseverance for this madcap production. Opening night, Nov. 6, was a magical evening of theater that I am sure will grow toward perfection with each passing performance.

Just in time for Thanksgiving...
Looking forward to your turkey dinner? Think twice. It's time, argues Jonathan Safran Foer, to stop lying to ourselves. With all the studies on animal agriculture, pollution, toxic chemicals in factory-farmed animals and exposés of the appalling cruelty to animals in that industry, he writes in "Eating Animals," "We can't plead ignorance, only indifference. Those alive today are the generations that came to know better. We have the burden and the opportunity of living in the moment when the critique of factory farming broke into the popular consciousness. We are the ones of whom it will be fairly asked, 'What did you do when you learned the truth about eating animals?'"

New true life stories hit the shelves at the Juneau libraries
Let the life stories of movers and shakers and ordinary people make ripples in your world.

Two hours you spend watching "The Box" is time you can't get back
T he two hours you choose to invest in "The Box," written and directed by Richard Kelly, are two hours you won't be able to get back. Of course, you can also choose to not invest those two hours in this movie. You could spend those hours instead, for example, cleaning the bathroom, jogging, reading, or whatever else you decide. It's up to you. Whatever you elect to do with that time, there are consequences.

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Alaska on Paper
"Sometimes we're always real same-same"

Pianist Tutunov to perform at UAS Friday
The Nov. 13 Evening at Egan will feature pianist Alexander Tutunov, widely recognized as one of the most outstanding piano virtuosos of the former Soviet Union.

Rep. Young proves he only has offshore interests in mind
Representative Don Young does not want improved health care for Alaskans. H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act, passed the House without his support, which indicates that he represents the only entities benefiting from the status quo: the health care corporations and drug companies, not working Alaskans and families who are trying to afford ever-increasing health care costs.

Remember that soldiers fought for freedom of religion
On Nov. 11, we as a nation will pause to honor those who fought to protect our country and its Christian heritage.

Shelther homeless in former school
If I was queen, I would tell the city of Juneau to open up the old abandoned Gastineau Elementary School in Douglas to all homeless people in the Juneau area. After all, homeless people were recently booted off Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. property, and the city really should take care of all its residents.

Give city's homeless a little more time
I was appalled to read in the Sunday edition of the Juneau Empire an article about homeless people being evicted from "The Hill," which is situated on Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. land.

Israel shouldn't face nuclear threat alone
Thank you for your November 6 editorial, "Juneau's role in promoting peace in the Middle East."

City opens camp for homeless
The city has decided to keep its Thane Campground open through the winter, providing a legal place for homeless citizens to endure Alaska's coldest season.

A.G.: State likely to win retirement suit
Alaska legislators who had earlier been skeptical of the state's attempt to win damages from the actuarial consultant Mercer are saying they may have a better case than they originally thought.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Veterans Day ceremony fills Centennial and ANB Halls
A standing room only crowd of more than 200 observed Veterans Day at Centennial Hall on Wednesday to honor personnel who served or are serving in the military.

Juneau VA clinic to open in March
Vietnam veteran Michael Walsh is looking forward to a Veterans Affairs medical clinic opening in Juneau next spring so former service members won't need to travel to Anchorage or beyond for routine health care.

Influential legislator criticizes Anchorage office plan
An Anchorage legislator is calling a proposal for new offices for legislators in the state's largest city a "monument to legislative vanity" and urging instead they renovate and make do with their current space.

'Freedom is not free'
Korean War veteran Harvey Marvin, 76, doesn't want you to know about his bad dreams. He doesn't want you to know he lost most of his hearing to the recoil blast and concussion from the heavy artillery he fired. He doesn't even want you to know that he stood and saluted during the recent memorial service for the soldiers at Fort Hood.

Juneau school enrollment up for first time since '01
Preliminary counts indicate Juneau school enrollment has defied a downward trend for the 2009-2010 school year, meaning a possible $1.1 million increase in state funding for the district.

School Board presses for simplicity in budget process
The Juneau School District's budgeting process is looming, and in an effort to make this year's process friendlier than in years past, the Juneau School Board heard recommendations from its Budget Advisory Committee about ways to increase transparency and clarity in that process at its meeting Tuesday.

Around Town
Today, Nov. 13

Home builders gather in Juneau
Home builders and industry representatives meet in Juneau this week for the annual conference of the Alaska State Home Building Association.

Native American Heritage Month: Elizabeth "Libby" Watanabe
Age: "A lady should never be asked her age."

Native American Heritage Month Walter Soboleff
Age: 100.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: Hand-fed
Maille Moynahan, 6, feeds a piece of bread to a duck Wednesday while visiting Rotory Park with her mother, October.

A headline for an A1 story in Tuesday's Juneau Empire about a city dock project misstated that it would create an additional downtown cruise ship berth. The city plans to improve its two existing downtown cruise ship berths, of which only one currently accommodates Panamax ships, so both can. Two other privately owned downtown docks also serve Pananmax ships.

Photo: Getting festive
Larry O'Keeke of the city's Parks and Recreation department adjusts rope lights on a downtown light post Tuesday. A three-man crew spent the day adding the decorative seasonal lights to downtown's street lights.

Around Town
Today, Nov. 12

In Thursday's Juneau Empire, the Native American Heritage Month profile on A2 misspelled Walter Soboleff's last name.

Around Town
Today, Nov. 11

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Native American Heritage Month Gail Dabaluz
Age: 43.

Shea Hunter Walling
Juneau resident Shea Hunter Walling died Oct. 29, 2009, during a rock climbing accident in Waimea, Hawaii. He was 17.

Jessie Herrold
Juneau resident Jessie Gertrude Herrold died peacefully Nov. 2, 2009. She was 83.

Bruce D. McHardy
Juneau resident Bruce D. McHardy died Nov. 11, 2009, in Phoenix, Ariz. He was 55.

Glen Edward White
Longtime Gustavus and Juneau-born Alaska resident Glen Edward White died Nov. 8, 2009, in Olympia, Wash. He was 80.

Harold A. Arab
Former Juneau resident Harold A. Arab died Nov. 1, 2009, in Honolulu. He was 66.

Elisa Louise Weathers
Sterling resident Elisa Louise Weathers died Nov. 7, 2009, from heart failure and Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 58.

Will we salute those Muslim-Americans who stand up for US?
A sampling from the Web: "Why are these Muslim invaders allowed to carry on freely in this country ... protected by outreach, Obama, and PC mental illness?" "Simply put, most Muslims in non-Islamic countries have an evil axe to grind and a scurrilous hidden agenda." "Muslims should be deported from this country! They offer nothing to Americans!"

Sick day, sick pay
The following editorial first appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

Nuclear hysteria and destiny
Last week, Senator Mark Begich beamed with pride about his efforts to get funding for the missile defense system in Alaska. The military appropriations bill signed by President Obama will ensure the completion of silo construction at Fort Greely. Begich seems to believe that these are vital to "our defense against North Korea and Iranian ballistic missiles." Is it leadership though to evoke fear using threats that don't yet exist?

Veterans need our help
The following editorial appeared in the Washington Post:

Wood chip-heating solution is not backed by science
There have recently been stories in the news media touting plans by the U.S. Coast Guard to use biomass to heat federal government buildings. In his inaugural speech, President Barack Obama made a commitment to "restore science to its rightful place."

Reconfiguring downtown docks
On Oct. 26, the Docks and Harbors Board presented its updated proposal for the downtown docks to the Juneau Assembly. Included was a draft financing plan to pay for the project with no increase in industry fees and without cost to the Juneau public.

America feeling the cost of war
I thought I knew the cost of combat. I recommended plans to spend billions of dollars in Afghanistan from my desk at the White House Office of Management and Budget. But it was not until last month, as I stood on the tarmac at Tweed-New Haven Regional Airport in Connecticut watching my friend's flag-draped coffin come home, that I truly understood the price of war.

Anchorage receives more flu vaccine
ANCHORAGE - The city health department said more than 10,000 doses of swine flu vaccine will be allocated in Anchorage this week.

Man pleads guilty in cocaine case
ANCHORAGE - A 31-year-old Anchorage man has pleaded guilty in a federal crack cocaine case.

Anchorage crashes pile up as more snow turns to ice
ANCHORAGE - A rash of crashes accompanied Anchorage's first snowfall.

Woman jailed after car crash death
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage woman out on bail from a March arrest for driving under the influence has been jailed following a car crash in which a man was killed and woman critically injured.

Chemical in well water prompts testing
FAIRBANKS - A refinery plans to test private water wells in North Pole to see if a chemical traveled via groundwater beyond its property line.

Alaska showcase in New York needs money
ANCHORAGE - Legislative leaders are debating whether to use public money to keep the nonprofit Alaska House, New York open, now that the woman who initially funded it can't afford to keep it open.

Hopkins wins mayor's race in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Luke Hopkins has won the race for Fairbanks Borough mayor.

AEL&P to test dam sirens today
JUNEAU - Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. will test its Salmon Creek Dam emergency evacuation sirens at 9 a.m. today.

Tanana River ice jam causes minor flooding
FAIRBANKS - An ice jam on the Tanana River has caused some minor flooding in Salcha.

Murkowski to hold health care town hall
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has scheduled a town hall meeting on health care reform for Wednesday.

Coast Guard saves men off Kalgin Island
KENAI - The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two men whose skiff had mechanical trouble on the way from Kalgin Island to Kenai.

FAA restricts flights near Elmendorf
ANCHORAGE - The Federal Aviation said flight restrictions will be in place for airspace near Elmendorf Air Force Base during President Obama's visit.

Jury acquits driver in 2003 fatal collision
PALMER - A Palmer jury has acquitted a pickup driver who struck and killed a snowmachiner six years ago.

Fairbanks mayor race near finish line
FAIRBANKS - A final tally of ballots Tuesday should settle the race for Fairbanks Borough mayor.

Palin plans Iowa stop on book tour
DES MOINES, Iowa - Former Gov. Sarah Palin has scheduled her first stop in Iowa since the last election, promoting her memoir at a bookstore in Sioux City next month.

The foundation for the future of Falcons football
Thunder Mountain High School held its high school football awards banquet Wednesday night to celebrate the football team's inaugural season in the Southeast Conference and in Juneau.

The air up there
When you see Krista Barril warming up on a volleyball court for the first time, you immediately think, "She's either a setter or a defensive specialist."

Sports in Juneau

Sports in Juneau

Native elder tells drilling proponents, 'Chill, baby, chill'
WASHINGTON - Call her "the other Sarah" from Alaska.

Alaska Air Group says smaller is better
ATLANTA - The parent company of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air believes the company's smaller size relative to some of its bigger rivals is an advantage in a financially challenging environment.

Kenai Peninsula mayor opposed to hospital audit
KENAI - The mayor of the Kenai Peninsula Borough and several assembly members are opposed to an audit of operations at Central Peninsula Hospital that would have looked at a fatal shooting there last year.

Driver in Anchorage fatal crash charged with murder
ANCHORAGE - A woman with multiple DUIs on her record has been charged with murder, assault and drunken driving following a head-on crash that killed a man and critically injured a woman last week.

Coal dust becoming an ugly problem in Seward
ANCHORAGE - When the north wind blows in Seward, dust flies off a large pile of coal and covers the town's scenic boat harbor in black grit.

Fairbanks chamber backs Mat-Su rail plan
FAIRBANKS - The Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce has endorsed a plan by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and Alaska Railroad to extend track to industrial land near Anchorage.

Photo: Remembering all soldiers
MCPL. Jeff Baitman with the Canadian forces in Alaska, stands Wednesday by wreathes during a Canadian Remembrance Day ceremony at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery in Anchorage. The service is to remember Canadian soldiers who died in Alaska during World War II.

More Alaska kids with Medicaid may qualify for braces
ANCHORAGE - The state of Alaska must pay for braces on the teeth of foster children and young people on Medicaid who need them, a superior court judge ruled Monday.

UA launches national search for president
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska's search for a new president has gone national.

Tlingit flute player hopes to curtail pregnant drinking
ANCHORAGE - Morgan Fawcett knows the agony of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Injured swan makes splash at sanctuary
LAKE STEVENS, Wash. - After a long flight from Alaska - by jet - Marshmallow the trumpeter swan had plenty of energy left when she arrived at a private wildlife sanctuary.

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