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Friday, November 16, 2001

CrossSound: across the boundaries
Edvard Munch and Crockett Johnson probably never have appeared in the same sentence, let alone the same concert. Munch, a Norwegian artist most famous for his painting "The Scream," and Johnson, author and illustrator of the children's book "Harold and the Purple Crayon," served as inspirations for two contemporary composers. This weekend, CrossSound presents the world premiere of these two pieces of music, and five other compositions as well, at performances in Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan.

Native-themed plays build on myths, life
Louis Shotridge was a man between cultures. An early 20th century Tlingit from Klukwan, he became an anthropologist, only to find himself alienated from the culture he sought to preserve.

'Beyond Heritage' offers a new take on Native arts
Blending rap music, videography and theater with storytelling, traditional Native dance and art, Ishmael Hope wants to tie the past to the future."Our heritage is what happened 200 years ago. Our culture is everyday," Hope said.

Entertainment Briefs
Infomercial taped as TV game show; Hell's Belles perform at Marlintini's

Painting with Music
Saturday night the music of the Juneau Symphony will evoke the Tennessee twilight, the sweep of the Midwestern prairie and a jazzy party for the great Gatsby. The theme for the evening is "American Memories" and the program is built around a piece by Samuel Barber. Soprano Joyce Parry Moore will join the symphony for "Knoxville: Summer of 1915," lending lyrics to a composition that symphony Director Kyle Wiley Pickett called a tone painting. It's long been a favorite for both musicians.

Entertainment Calendar
Movies

Of scepters and sheep-hooks - 'Winter's Tale'
"Winter's Tale" is a study in starkly contrasting polarities, of nobles and shepherds, comedy and tragedy, good and evil. This motif is supported with every tangible prop, costume, device and design element in a production that creates a cohesive and encompassing vision.

All choked up
I was so choked up I could hardly use my keyboard to read about Laurie Perkins and her leaky roof. Living almost in Douglas, down on Beach Road across the channel from the Rock Dump, her "North Juneau" plight should be featured on the next segment of television's "Lifestyles of the Rich and Pretentious!"

Dock or walkway?
Are the downtown docks the property of the cruise ship industry, and their security needs take precedence over the rights of local residents to walk on the docks, or, are the docks the property of local residents and our right to walk on the docks takes precedence over the right of a cruise ship to tie up at the dock? It all depends on how you look at it.

Some hard facts
Contrary to the assertions of Julie Smith, JDHS students aren't "suffering" because an excessive number of students drive cars to school. I'm tired of hearing students whine about parking when taxpayers provide them with adequate free transportation to school every day!

Cheers for the left
Bravo! Jackie Forster's My Turn documenting US-backed massacres committed by its University of Americas alumni in the Americas, was a truly mastercrafted and scholarly contribution. I leap out of exile to support you, Jackie! Right on, sister. Do wake up, Mr. Schmitz.

JDHS parking problems
JDHS students are suffering. Parking for students at Juneau Douglas High School has turned into a major dilemma. Students shouldn't have to drive around the periphery of the high school for 15 minutes every day trying to find a spot to park.

Responsible retailing
The opinion piece by John Creed that appeared in your paper last week did a disservice to responsible retailers in Alaska. In view of the current world environment, the article was overly sensational in its reference to terrorism. The article could have had its intended impact without being so inflammatory and exaggerated.

End of discussion
A toy scooter and the Juneau Assembly make the front page of the paper. You all should be ashamed of yourselves. Motorized scooters are no more dangerous than a traditional bicycle. And you have no right to treat them any different. That is it, end of discussion.

UAS and planning
It was very heartening to read in Wednesday's Empire that the University of Alaska Board of Regents is placing the Point Lena project as its top funding priority. This is certainly good news for Juneau and the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.

Local Briefs
Tourism poll deadline extended; Golf developers and agency to meet; Timber sale seeks comments

Police and fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Around Town
Today

New terminal berth
Bob Doll, left, director of the Southeast Region of the Alaska Department of Transportation, and Tom Briggs, chairman of the Inter-Island Ferry Authority board of directors, jointly participate in the Ketchikan Ferry Terminal third-berth ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday.

Around town
Juneau events

Juneau man charged with felony theft, burglary
A former employee of Coastal Helicopters and Juneau Ready Mix was arraigned Thursday in Juneau Superior Court on charges of felony theft and burglary.

Gastineau students mark passing of 'I can't'
The students in Becky Engstrom's fourth-grade class dressed in black for a funeral at Gastineau Elementary School on Tuesday. But they weren't necessarily mourning.

Around Southeast
SE long-distance service disrupted; Gastineau gains science workshop; Ferry berth added in Ketchikan

Marlene Johnson tends a garden of issues
Between meetings of the University of Alaska Board of Regents, the Governor's Subsistence Leadership Summit and the Sealaska Heritage Institute board of trustees, Marlene Johnson found time last summer to cultivate what might be some of Juneau's largest vegetables.

Correction
The headline for a story in Thursday's Empire on the Kensington mine referred to air quality as an issue that could delay the mine's opening, but the article did not substantiate it. The article should have said that state environmental regulator

Weekend Best Bets
A conspiracy in the art world could not have contrived a weirder or richer assortment of entertainment in Juneau this weekend.

City proposes a motorized scooter law
James Andersen, 11, may need to keep his motorized scooter at home for a few years if an ordinance under consideration by the Juneau Assembly is approved.

Two arraigned in sex assault case
Two men accused of having sex with a woman while she was unconscious were arraigned Thursday in Juneau District Court.

Air, water quality issues could delay Kensington mine opening
Developers of the Kensington mine may be optimistic about how long it will take to get government permits, according to government regulators. And environmentalists have concerns about Coeur Alaska's latest effort to open the underground gold mine 45 miles north of Juneau.

NOAA fisheries center clears final funding hurdle
Congress has approved the final piece of funding for a new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fisheries center planned for Lena Point.

Native artisan and art
Florence Marks Sheakley displays some of the beadwork she is exhibiting and selling in the lobby of the Federal Building in Juneau. Sheakley and other artisans will be showing their beadwork, jewelry, silver and woodcarvin

Airport, residents have at it over trees
When Juneau Airport Manager Allan Heese looks at a large swath of trees near the floatplane pond, he sees a habitat that attracts deer and birds large enough to pose a serious threat to aviators.

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

Duck Creek project wins national award
The Duck Creek Watershed Management Project in Juneau has won the 2001 CF Industries National Watershed Award for the project's effective non-regulatory approaches to improve water quality. The project was one of four national winners announced Oct. 30 by the Conservation Fund.

Symphony sponsorship
Brian Dunphy, center, public affairs manager for ExxonMobil, prepares to hand over a check to Kyle Wiley Pickett, the music director of the Juneau Symphony, for sponsorship of the Symphony's Nov. 17 American Memories concert. "The pr

Neighbors briefs
Senior Center bazaar set; Toddler music class offered; Storytelling videotapes needed; Eat spaghetti and help Scouts; Volunteer Web site now open; Toddler music class offered

Thank you letter
...for your help

Thorington, Swanson wed
Lynda K. Thorington and Jeffrey P. Swanson were married Oct. 20, 2001, at the Cashmere United Methodist Church in Cashmere, Wash.

Living and growing: It's time to use weapons of mass construction
Kabul has fallen. The Taliban are on the run. The Northern Alliance, aided by massive U.S. air strikes, is advancing on every front. Let's finish the job. It's time to haul out our big guns, weapons that we haven't used very effectively, ever.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

Alaska's resources locked up, unable to aid national security
Miners and mining officials at the recent Alaska Miners Association meeting in Anchorage weren't celebrating like they had struck the mother load. But the war against terrorists might be a good news story for resource development in Alaska, once we get by the death and destruction.

Outside editorials: Reviving Afghanistan; Arsenic, Clinton and Bush
Editorials from the Los Angeles Times and the Akron Beacon Journal

Despite bipartisan rhetoric, Congress brings back pork
After a brief spasm of bipartisanship, Congress has returned to form in crafting economic-stimulus bills that push party lines, eschew compromise and open the feeding trough for lobbyists and special interests. It's not a pretty sight

Eaglecrest eager to open
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, workers at the Eaglecrest Ski Area are making their final preparations for the start of the 2001-02 season and will be ready to open as soon as conditions permit.

Guidelines for bear-free bird feeders
Are bears still among us? Will they ever go back to sleep? Is it safe to hang bird feeders again? Yes. Yes. And maybe. Or at least soon.

The aftermath of the season that almost never came
Skiing has always been my favorite winter outdoor activity. Since the age of 5, when my father put me on my first pair of alpine skis, I have amassed thousands of days on slopes around the world.

Out and About
In season: King and dungeness crab, halibut, coho salmon (June-Nov.), deer (Aug.-Dec., depending on area), mountain goat (Aug.-Dec., depending on area), wolf (Aug.-April), grouse (Aug.-May), ptarmigan (Aug.-May), ducks, geese, brants, swans, snipe, crane (Sept.-Dec.), moose (in Yakutat through mid-Nov.), coyote (Sept.-April), hare (Sept.-April), brown bear (Sept.-Dec.) and crow (Sept.-mid-Nov.)

Hunting report
Area goat hunters are on track to bag about as many of the mountain-climbing ungulates as they have in recent years.

Janes wins ski patrol award
Robert C. "Bob" Janes Sr. is this year's recipient of the Juneau Ski Patrol's Outstanding Auxiliary Patroller Award. A member of the ski patrol since 1965, Janes served as director from 1970-73, and region director from 1977-83. He currently serves as the Alaska division legislative liaison.

Sports In Juneau
Saturday, Nov. 17

Juneau wrestlers invade Ketchikan
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team hopes its recent success will follow the team to the Ketchikan Invitational beginning today and continuing through Saturday.

Arctic Village's traditional chief dies at 89
FAIRBANKS The longtime traditional chief of Arctic Village has died at 89.

Dividend expected to dip by $222
The next payout of the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend is expected to shrink by 12 percent because of weaker returns, fueled in part by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

State Briefs
Seattle area hit with heavy rain; Security breached at Sea-Tac; Some SAT scores delayed; State gets $67 million for schools

Aviation security deal made
House and Senate negotiators tentatively agreed today to put all airport baggage screeners on the federal payroll, clearing the way for passage as early as this week of a major aviation security bill.

Bullwinkle, meet Bambi...
A young moose looks at a Bambi figurine in the front yard of a Jewel Lake home Wednesday in Anchorage. The moose moved through the neighborhood looking for food.

Alaska closes out most air opacity cases
The state will collect nearly half a million dollars from cruise lines for violations of the air opacity standard in Southeast in 2000 and 2001.

Around the state
Alaska's October unemployment rate at 5.6 percent; near record low; Nine Anchorage men indicted on federal drug, gun charges; Judge throws out recall request in Matanuska-Susitna Borough; Man charged with manslaughter in drunken-driving traffic death

ACS wins $100 million contract with the state
Alaska Communications Systems Group is the apparent winner of a nearly $100 million contract to take over telecommunications services for state government.

In-state supplies of Cipro could treat about 5,000 people
If there was mass exposure to anthrax, in-state supplies of Cipro could treat about 5,000 people until emergency medical supplies arrived, a state health official said.

Hunter from Ketchikan found safe
A search ended this morning when hunter Mark Tollfeldt of Ketchikan walked out of the woods in the Neck Lake area of Prince of Wales Island.

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