Friday, November 12, 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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

AJ Mine battle should not be fought again
When I reflect on life in Juneau, I cannot think of a nicer place to live. Sure, I like to visit new and exotic locations occasionally, but life here is very good. We share, I believe, a model sustainable community. We have a stable population and the City and Borough of Juneau is no worse off for that fact. We have steadily modernized our public and private infrastructure, our arts and recreation, and many other tangibles that make Juneau a unique, very special place to live. And our environs are spectacular. What more could we want?

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.

Vet Board needs to revisit Jayne's case
As an introduction, I live a subsistence lifestyle along the Yukon River below the town of Eagle. I was the vaccinator layperson for years until the program was canceled. I set up and worked with Dr. Eric Jayne when he came into town. It is important for us that our dogs are in top shape and very healthy. The Alaska Veterinary Board has possibly made that impossible. How? Through its inaction in checking out the facts and following up on the complaints surrounding Jayne.

ABA Hall of Fame inductee reflects on long career in radio
Bill Legere, general manager for Capital Community Broadcasting, has become the 53rd inductee into the Alaska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.

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.

No day off for Discovery Preschool staff
Even though Discovery Preschool was closed for Veterans Day, the staff was at work receiving special instruction in childhood education.

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.

Photos: Veterans day
World War II veteran Walter Griffeth salutes the crowd after being acknowledged during Veterans Day Ceremonies Thursday at Centennial Hall. Griffeth served in the Pacific as with the Army Air Corps. and also received Navy wings. "It was a lot of fun at the time," Griffeth said. "Any time I got to put my feet in an airplane I was happy."

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.

Police & Fire
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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.

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

Police & Fire
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Maria Dolores Fresquez
Maria Dolores Fresquez, born January 14, 1936 in Socorro, Texas, died Nov. 3, 2010 after a brief battle with cancer. Maria was brought up on the family farm in Socorro, graduated from Ysleta High School, and attended Texas Western College at El Paso, where she met Louis Howard Keeler, her husband of 20 years. They moved to Los Angeles and raised their two children there. Maria was a caring, loving woman who devoted her entire life to caring for others; always putting the needs of her children, grandchildren and others ahead of her own. In life she loved to travel, taking her grandson Brandon with her to spend summers with her daughter and her family in Juneau, going on cruises with her sisters, ballroom dancing, singing, reading, roses, volunteering at the elementary school and St. Vincent de Paul, and keeping current with politics. Even in death, her caring of others continued with her donation of her corneas so that two others could have the gift of sight.

Roger Renner
Former Juneau and Haines resident Roger Renner died Nov. 5, 2010, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Outside editorial: It's time for honesty
Fiscal prudence was a winning strategy for the Republicans last week. In midterm races around the country, Republicans slammed an unpopular Democratic majority that ran up a trillion-dollar budget deficit in the service of staving off economic crisis.

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

What issue should be the priority for the lame-duck session of Congress? Extending tax cuts would speed the recovery
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. - Allowing the Bush tax-cuts to expire could easily be the final nail that seals the coffin of an ailing U.S. economy. Congress should set aside the partisan bickering and extend the cuts.

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.

What issue should be the priority for the lame-duck session of Congress? Staving off the disastrous effects of climate change ought to be Job One
GREEN BAY, Wis. - To the lame-duck Congress: Act on climate change now! The midterm elections are over and, as anticipated, Republicans have retaken the House and improved their margin in the Senate. Not surprisingly, commentators now talk about likely political gridlock in Congress.

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.

Wolverines: New studies offer insight into behavior and natural history
Some friends recently gave me a new book called "The Wolverine Way" (by D. Chadwick), and reading that book perked up my interest in wolverines and the tremendous challenge of studying them in the wild. So, here is a little bit about them.

One weasel heads over the river, through the woods
It was all because of Trapper Dave.

Juneau Gun Club winter league ties in 'togetherness'
The Juneau Gun Club, a private trap shooting club located on Montana Creek Road, has sponsored a winter trap league for more than 10 years. Much like many of Juneau's winter sports - basketball, bowling, volleyball, to name a few - JGC's winter trap promotes the sport, a togetherness of men, women and youth. But the main difference is that it is outdoors, under lights and held in nearly every type of weather (except when temperatures drop below 10 degrees Fahrenheit, then participants have a "weather bye").

Just released by the Juneau Raptor Center: 'Fireside'
Name: "Fireside"

Incredible Izembek refuge is turning 50
JUNEAU - Art and nature fans are invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Izembek National Wildlife Refuge this week with a photo exhibit and artist's reception from 5-7 p.m. tonight at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Planetarium hosts 'The Great Eclipse'
JUNEAU - In July of 2009 the total solar eclipse over Asia was the longest of the century. On Tuesday, Nov. 16, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. the Marie Drake Planetarium will host a multimedia show which will explain the science of eclipses, give first-hand accounts of the Great Eclipse and cover upcoming eclipses.

Discovery Days to explore Lemon Creek, Treadwell
JUNEAU - Discovery Southeast is inviting local youth between the ages of 7 and 12 to join in the next Discovery Day on Monday, Nov. 15 and again on Tuesday, Nov. 16.

Locals present stories from the NW Arctic
JUNEAU - Authors Seth Kantner and Nick Jans will close out the University of Alaska's Evening at Egan Fall Lecture series with a show of images, stories and banter from their years living in Northwest Alaska.

Gold Medal dates set, letters of interest requested
JUNEAU - The Juneau Lions Club announced recently that the Board of Directors has approved the dates, location, divisions in the tournament and some age changes for the 65th annual Invitational Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Photo: Canine kisses
Metlakatla resident Kaitlyn Blandov, left, who was in Ketchikan for a volleyball tournament over the weekend, watches as musher Angie Taggart's dog, Oceana, greets Blandove's baby, Sidney Brendible, at the Ketchikan Plaza mall on Saturday.

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Man convicted in beating death to be sentenced
ANCHORAGE - A young man convicted of beating a homeless man to death will be sentenced Friday in Anchorage.

Fairbanks man gets 10-year sentence after robbery
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man has received a 10-year sentence for his part in a fake drug deal that led to two other arrests.

New hunting limits preserve Fortymile caribou herd
FAIRBANKS - The 2010 Fortymile caribou hunt went as planned for fish and game officials: a late start and one unexpected closing limited the number of caribou killed, preserving herd numbers before a new conservation plan is drawn up in 2012.

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.

Man accused of assaulting cabbie
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks taxicab passenger is accused of assaulting the driver, who placed the 39-year-old man under citizen's arrest.

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

Coast Guard rescues man injured in fishing boat
JUNEAU - A Coast Guard helicopter crew on a training flight got switched to a rescue mission when a commercial fisherman was injured.

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.

Assembly tables Fairbanks measure on cell towers
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly has postponed a vote on a measure that would limit the construction of cell towers in heavily populated neighborhoods that aren't zoned as residential properties.

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.

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.

Commission says give Alaska governor a pay raise
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska State Officers Compensation Commission has recommended an increase in the governor's salary from $125,000 to $175,000 a year.

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.

Bentz continues to inspire
Chad Bentz has led a storied life. Just ask him. He'll tell you.

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.

Bears stunned in first round
Chugiak stunned Juneau-Douglas on Thursday in the opening round of the state volleyball tournament, ousting the Crimson Bears in five see-saw sets.

Hockey Bears opening 10-game homestand
The Crimson Bears hockey team found its stride during a 10-game stretch in front of the home crowd last season, and Juneau-Douglas hopes to duplicate that success again this year.

GSC hostingbig weekend in Juneau
The Juneau prep swimming and diving season just ended with the state meet in Anchorage, but there's still plenty going on in the pool.

Mariners broadcaster Niehaus dies at 75
SEATTLE - For 34 seasons, Dave Niehaus narrated baseball in the Pacific Northwest.

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.

Murkowski continues march towards re-election
With Sen. Lisa Murkowski moving towards re-election in write-in ballot counting in Juneau, the Joe Miller campaign said Thursday it hoped to find election fraud and voter intimidation to explain the Republican nominee's poor showing.

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.

Miller campaign seeks evidence of election fraud
The Joe Miller campaign raised multiple vague accusations against opponent Lisa Murkowski and her supporters Thursday, including voter fraud, intimidation and bullying.

Group takes step to sue over oil dispersants
ANCHORAGE - An environmental group has filed a formal notice that it will sue the Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard for authorizing oil dispersants without studying how they'll affect Alaska's polar bears, Cook Inlet beluga whales, Steller sea lions and other imperiled species.

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.

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.

Deportations drop in the Northwest for second year in a row
SEATTLE - The number of deportations of illegal immigrants from Washington, Oregon and Alaska dropped by nearly 9 percent during the last fiscal year, while deportations of immigrants considered convicted criminals were on the rise, according to new federal data.

Anchorage TV station cancels 2 newscasts for ethics discussions
ANCHORAGE - A TV station took the unusual step of canceling its evening newscasts Wednesday so the staff could discuss ethics after the flap over a voicemail two producers accidentally left for a GOP Senate candidate's spokesman.

University looks to combat maintenance backlog
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska is hoping for legislative approval to borrow $100 million for a growing list of maintenance and renovation projects that university officials say will continue to expand.

Photo: Cards for soldiers
Grace Graham, 10, of Anchorage, writes a holiday card for a soldier at the American Red Cross National Headquarters Thursday in Washington. The goal of the program is to collect one million holiday cards for service members by Dec. 10.

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