Tyler Preston makes his musical debut
Tyler Preston is a talented musician who is shooting for the stars.

'Doubt' is intended to mess with your mind
"Doubt" is a meaty nugget of a play. With only four characters, a rich slice of life is created, layering together themes of sexism, racism, morality, creativity and the hierarchy of power.

Book on Pack Creek bears set for release party
Friends of Admiralty Island will host a book release party for "Pack Creek Bears and the Legacy of Stan Price" on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Mendenhall Valley Hearthside Books.

Teaching artist workshop available Monday
Artists interested in sharing their art with school students are invited to attend the "Become a Teaching Artist" workshop Monday, Nov. 17, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

The Canvas hosts an evening of music, wine and lamps
The Canvas Community Art Studio and Gallery will host a "Music & Wine by Lamplight" fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14.

Soul Street Dance Company to perform in Juneau
Soul Street Dance Company can be enjoyed live at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium.

'P.S.: Further Thoughts From a Lifetime of Listening'
Studs Terkel, who died last month at the age of 96, was America's most popular oral historian.

Nonfiction for adults features 'The Fisherman's Frontier'
Look for these and lots of other new nonfiction for adult readers on the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries.

What's Happening

Veterans deserve better turn-out
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year 2008, my stepson and I attended the Annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Centennial Hall.

Despite appreciation, Stevens tarnished
I just finished th column by former Juneau Empire editor Carl Sampson, of Stayton, Ore., who seemed to be telling us what ethics in Alaska should be.

Trooper in Palin probe reassigned
The state trooper behind the abuse-of-power investigations of Gov. Sarah Palin is getting a reassignment following threatening telephone calls to his employer.

Lecturer wants end to oil dependency
Greg Brown has a plan to get the nation off imported oil quickly, which he'll present Friday for the University of Alaska Southeast's Evening at Egan public lecture series.

Biologists capture bear near Juneau pizzeria
Another black bear has been captured near a downtown Juneau pizzeria with a name connected to cartoon wildlife.

Celebrating An Alaska original
One day when Bill Martin was 14 and working at a grocery store in Juneau, a man he knew for his Tlingit radio broadcasts spotted him and said, "Tell your father I said, 'Hi.'"

Delta, Alaska Air to expand marketing alliance
Delta Air Lines Inc., which broadened its global reach with its purchase of Northwest Airlines, plans to expand a marketing alliance with Alaska Air Group Inc., a carrier that some industry observers have speculated Delta may have an interest in acquiring one day.

Stevens falls further back in Alaska Senate count
Republican Sen. Ted Stevens, a stalwart of Alaska politics who was convicted of felony charges last month, fell further behind his Democratic rival Friday, and many of the remaining ballots come from parts of the state that have favored the challenger.

Developer says BC mine could help Juneau economy
The developer of the Tulsequah Chief Mine near Juneau says the Alaska capital could see an economic impact of $24 million annually when the mine begins operations.

Palin appoints Hoffman to Game Board
A Bethel man has been appointed to the Alaska Board of Game.

Electrical intertie inching along
Piecemeal progress toward a Southeast electrical intertie is coming along, and some say this is the year to push for big funding.

Attempted kayak escapee receives two years in prison
A convicted sex offender who tried to skip town in a kayak has been sentenced to two years in prison for violating his probation and failing to register as a sex offender.

Photo: Discussing energy issues
Sen. Albert Kookesh, D-Angoon, speaks Wednesday during the first day of the Southeast Alaska NativeSummit at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. The summit addressingregional energy and economic development will continuetoday and Friday at the ANB Hall.

Woman serves 2 months in prison for smuggling meth
A Juneau woman, who police caught last year trying to smuggle nearly a pound of methamphetamines into town by stuffing it in her bra, only had to serve two months in prison because of her efforts to seek treatment.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire department officials and state troopers reported:

Old telegram shows racist past
The Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall in downtown Juneau was abuzz this week with people looking to Southeast's future at the annual Native Summit, but the past was not forgotten.

Around Town

Photo: Barely awake
A black bear takes a nap in a tree behind Bullwinkle's Pizza Parlor's downtown location. "He's so cute, I'm going to call him Snowflake," said passerby Callie Conerton.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state troopers reported:

The My Turn "Contact attorney general about Juneau fuel prices," which appeared in Wednesday's paper, was incorrectly attributed to Empire columnist Elton Engstrom. His son, Elton Engstrom Jr., was the actual author.

Around Town

Great cast makes 'Models' work
Unlike some movies in theaters right now ("High School Musical 3: Senior Year" and "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" come to mind), "Role Models" makes it easy for all ages to find characters to identify with. Beyond that, David Wain's new comedy is just plain good.

Fans may lament lack of familiar trademarks in latest Bond film
To James Bond fans, they are the "stations of the cross," those familiar, funny touches that have become trademarks of the long-running spy film series - the quips, the quirky characters, the catch-phrases.

'The Clone Wars' not as bad as fans said
'Star Wars: The Clone Wars: 2-Disc Special Edition'

Previously on Lost hooks fans of the series with quirky music
The idea first came to Jeff Curtin and Adam Schatz the way so many awesome ideas do: in the form of a rock opera.

T-Pain's success makes altered vocals a hot trend
T-Pain is tired of hearing the sound of his own, heavily processed voice.

A search for bagpipe jazz leads to old treasures
T here's some search phrases, such as "guys who look good in skirts," that Google ought to vomit right back at you. My latest atrocity: "bagpipes" and "jazz."

Cuban jazz legend Bebo Valdes still going strong after nine decades
At 90, Bebo Valdes is still unstoppable.

One Aisle Over to play Back Room at Silverbow
One Aisle Over returns to Juneau for its first live show since touring Anchorage this fall. The band will perform an evening of original acoustic material on Friday, Nov. 14, at the Back Room at the Silverbow Inn.

'Peter and the Wolf' set for weekend performances
The Juneau Student Symphony will perform "Peter and the Wolf" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 15 and 16, at the Juneau Arts & Culutre Center.

A Lifetime of achievement
Winning the Juneau Chamber of Commerce's 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award is no small feat, but if you ask REACH founder Lenore "Lee" Sandor, 83, she'll likely give you a modest reply about why she won.

Juneau residents pack shoe box gifts for children worldwide
Local volunteers will collect simple shoe box gifts, personally packed by children, families and individuals, for Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week, Nov. 17-24, at Chapel by the Lake.

The importance of team building
A very common message in today's society is the survival of the fittest. We must do whatever it takes to fulfill our dreams no matter how the cost might impact somebody else.

The problem with 'never'
In general, I resist the temptation to give unsolicited advice to other parents. For one thing, I don't like getting advice, especially when I haven't asked for it. And I imagine other parents respond to unsolicited advice about as well as my kids. As in "not."

Consortium to host broadcast of suicide survivor roundtable
JUNEAU - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium 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.

Recognizing survivors of suicide
As a suicide survivor and therapist since 1985, Sondra Sexton-Jones thoroughly understands the intricacies of suicide, and her experiences have helped her to help others.

Shanae'a Moore: Stage crew, technical theater
Age: 15.

Widowed persons to hold 'Grief and the Holidays' program
JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons Program is pleased to announce a special program on "Grief and the Holidays" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the Mendenhall Valley library conference room.

Breaking in the band for statehood
The Juneau Concert Band, which played to a full house on Nov. 9 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, held its inaugural performance in honor of Alaska 50th Year of Statehood.

Association lists state's most Most Endangered Historic Properties
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Association for Historic Preservation (AAHP) has listed the state's Most Endangered Historic Properties for 2008. The list is announced each year and is intended to bring public awareness to Alaska's threatened historic properties. Heightened awareness often leads to increased support for the conservation of endangered historic properties, which are assets important to tourism, economic development, and the cultural heritage of Alaska. This year marks the 20th announcement of AAHP's Most Endangered Historic Properties.

Firewood Program benefits Prince of Wales residents
Sealaska Corp. is joining forces with Viking Lumber on Prince of Wales Island to provide firewood to island residents this winter.

Photo: Selling for statehood
From left, Alaska Pioneers members Fred and Jean Thorsteinson are helped by their son, Fred Thorsteinson, in selling the 50th statehood anniversary commemorative medallion, pins and posters last weekend at the Nugget Mall. Customer Nila Treston, far right, stops by to pick up her medallion in time for the holidays. Sales of the memorabilia, will be this weekend during the craft fair at the Mendenhall Mall and the subsequent weekends at the Nugget Mall.

Thanks for helping with the volleyball tourney luncheon
The 17th annual Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza (JIVE) Tournament was a great success. More than a dozen teams from schools in Alaska participated. Congratulations to the tournament champions, Cordova!


Constance Trollan, Wellspring Integrative Medical Center in Juneau, recently received the Alaska Nurse Practitioner Association's 2008 Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award for her leadership in the profession and excellence in clinical practice. Trollan also was honored for her work with Project Hope in Romania, where she worked to re-establish professional nursing after the fall of communism.

Senior menu for the week of Nov. 17-21
Monday, Nov. 17

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.

Miller, Hennon to wed
Gwenn Michael Miller and Tyler Douglas Hennon, both of Juneau, are planning a January 2010 wedding in Juneau.

David G. Forchemer
Longtime Juneau resident David G. Forchemer died Nov. 11, 2008, in Leavenworth, Wash. He was 83.

Alaska editorial: Which Palin is back - governor or campaigner?
Which Sarah Palin is coming back to finish her term as governor of Alaska?

My Turn: Let's look at Juneau's economy
It was good to hear that the city of Juneau is in good financial shape.

Alaska editorial: Mining returns to prominence
Petroleum gets most of the attention when Americans, and even Alaskans, think about valuable materials pulled from our state's ground, but last year Alaska entered the big leagues on another important production front.

It's time for Americans to negotiate a new car deal
One of the first real challenges President-elect Barack Obama faces will be what to do about the ailing American auto giants.

History of prayers for president-elect
The night Barack Obama accepted his party's nomination for president in Denver, John McCain appeared in an ad saying:

Outside column: Never too early to start the 2012 race
Barack Obama hadn't even clinched the 2008 election when a prominent Republican pollster took soundings on his party's 2012 prospects. Neil Newhouse's survey produced a surprising result.

Ski club, patrol to host ski sale
JUNEAU - One of Juneau's oldest traditions, the 55th annual Ski Sale, sponsored by the Juneau Ski Club and Juneau Ski Patrol, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Hall.

2 sentenced for plan to distribute cocaine
FAIRBANKS - Plans to distribute almost 9 pounds of cocaine led to a lengthy sentence for a Fairbanks couple.

Man sentenced to 33 years in beating
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage Superior Court judge sentenced a man to 43 years in prison with 10 suspended for a near-fatal beating of a woman.

Chase suspect formally charged
JUNEAU - A grand jury indicted Victor Powell on four criminal charges, after police said he fled from officers, struck a women with his van, and wound up in the Mendenhall wetlands.

Robber binds man, steals money, camera
ANCHORAGE - A robber bound a 78-year-old Anchorage man in his home and stole coins, money and a camera.

Wagoner leaves state for medical treatment
KENAI - The Alaska state senator representing much of the Kenai Peninsula is in California for medical treatment.

Seward looks at upgrading ship dock
SEWARD - Seward is considering an upgrade to the dock used by cruise ships visiting the city on Prince William Sound.

Wasilla woman reports home invasion
WASILLA - A Wasilla woman reported that three armed, masked men robbed her in her home Tuesday night, Alaska State Troopers said.

Speedskating oval soon to open
ANCHORAGE - After years of anticipation, skaters should be gliding around the new Olympic-size speedskating oval at the 15-acre Cuddy Family Midtown Park next week.

Longliner sinks while tied up at dock
KETCHIKAN - A commercial fishing boat tied to the Trident Seafoods processing facility dock in Ketchikan sank on a rising tide.

Sterling woman dies in two-car crash
SOLDOTNA - An 87-year-old Sterling woman died in a two-car crash on the Sterling Highway.

Bears look for blood
OK, so the Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears didn't exactly claw through a long, fierce regional tournament to RSVP for the 2008 4A Volleyball State Championships. Their invitation is as real as anybody's, though, and they think their chances are, too.

Cats scratch past Bears
The scoreboard showed three sets to nil, but the Crimson Bears got their money's worth Thursday night.


JDHS hockey blanks Homer
The Juneau-Douglas High School opened the End of the Road Shootout in style Thursday, downing the Homer Mariners7-0 and keeping their emotions in check along the way.

JDHS pair to hoof at Nike Regionals
A pair of Crimson Bears girls cross country runners will take on the Northwest's best high school competition Saturday at the Nike Team Northwest Regionals in Boise, Idaho.

Bears rumble to Skyview Invite
A canceled flight Thursday nixed both of its scheduled duals, but the Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team finally made its way to Soldotna last night to take part in the 10-team Skyview Invitational today and Saturday.

Photo: Middle school hoopin'
Floyd Dryden's Siosi Topou, right, fights for the ball with Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School's Mercedes Wells on Thursday. DZMS won the "B" team game 24-20 at Floyd Dryden Gym.

Another winter in paradise
In the opening segment of Absinthe Films' latest movie, "Ready," the logos of snowboard companies appear as graffiti on concrete walls as snowboarders do tricks over them, while banjo music by Bert Jansch plays in the background. Banjo music is unusual for a snowboard movie, but not unusual for filmmaker Justin Hostynek, who has always pushed up against the cutting edge of snowboard filmmaking.

Begich takes charge of race
Sen. Ted Stevens' hold on the U.S. Senate seat he's held for 40 years is looking increasingly shaky in the face of more votes for Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich.

Begich swings into the lead over Stevens
Additional votes counted by the state Elections Division on Wednesday show Sen. Ted Stevens' 3,200-vote lead over challenger Mark Begich disappeared, and Begich now holds an 814-vote lead with thousands yet to be counted.

Possible new energy source found in Alaska
WASHINGTON - Government scientists believe Alaska's North slope has huge deposits of frozen natural gas that current technology could extract, according to an Interior Department report.

Robbery takes cash from North Pole credit union
FAIRBANKS - A bomb threat called in to North Pole Middle School was followed by a robbery at a nearby credit union and police said the incidents may be connected.

Judge nixes changing Exxon damages plan
ANCHORAGE - A federal judge has rejected a bid to create a new allocation plan for punitive damages from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Federal judge sentences Weimar to six months
ANCHORAGE - A Montana man who once owned Alaska's only network of privately run halfway houses has been sentenced to six months in prison on public corruption charges.

Republican governors say party's future rests with them
MIAMI - Republican governors, down and out after the party's devastating Election Day losses, said Wednesday that the future of the GOP rests with their ranks and not Washington politicians.

Photo: 55th annual school boards conference
The board of directors for the Association of Alaska School Boards gathers for a group photo Monday in Anchorage.

Helicopter wolf-kills help caribou calves
ANCHORAGE - Slaughtering wolves on the Alaska Peninsula appears to have had the desired effect - more caribou got a chance to live, according to biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

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Report touts coal gasification in the North
FAIRBANKS - A study commissioned by the Fairbanks Economic Development Corp. is touting the value of a local plant that could turn coal and biomass into liquid fuel.

Palin leaves door open for Senate run
WASHINGTON - Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday she would consider serving in the Senate if God gave her the opportunity and Alaskans wanted her to take the job. The state's senior senator, Republican Ted Stevens, held a dwindling lead as the count resumed in his re-election bid.

GOP may boot Stevens from committee posts
WASHINGTON - Sen. Ted Stevens, the Alaska Republican convicted of seven felony counts last month, faces a vote by his Republican colleagues next week on whether to kick him out of the Senate's GOP conference and strip him of plum committee assignments.

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