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Thursday, November 18, 2010

A world made of paper
Sherri McDonald says she's an artist with a paper problem.

Character building, a crash course
Fiction, nonfiction, stage plays, screenplays, children's books, even poetry - characters are the lifeblood of creative writing. As a result, and not coincidentally, good characters are exceedingly difficult to create, let alone develop.

Foghorn Stringband to play two shows Saturday
Now, there's no doubt that Juneau has seen more than its fair share of extremely talented musicians from around the U.S. over the past couple of weeks: Twilight Hotel, hailing from Austin, Texas; Agent Orange, out of southern California; and Naughty By Nature, from New Jersey. But the fun's not over yet.

A musical fairy tale at Northern Lights Junior Theatre
Northern Lights Junior Theatre will feature Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella," a musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale. With a cast of 56 kids, the production is the culmination of three months' preparatory work that includes historical research of the play, team-building and mentorship. Cinnamon Simpson directs.

Swashbuckling adventure with Perseverance Young Company
Perseverance Theatre's Young Company will be performing the swashbuckling classic, "Treasure Island" beginning tonight. Shows run at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Douglas theater on the Second Stage.

'Unstoppable': Scott and Washington return to the rails
"Unstoppable" could very well be director Tony Scott's do-over. Over the years, his action flicks have ranged from the garden variety to the truly unique. After 2009's dismal remake of "The Taking of Pelham 123," he brings the suspense up a few notches with his latest release, "Unstoppable."

Cecelia Kunz to be honored at city museum event Saturday
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum, along with the Kunz family and doll maker Mary Ellen Frank, will host a special Coffee & Collections presentation, "Remembering and Honoring Cecelia Kunz," at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at the city museum.

On the library shelves: New fiction
Check out the shelves at each public library for new fiction for adults, including - but certainly not limited to - the titles below.

KTOO to host "Great Alaska Game Show" programs
In conjunction with the "Great Alaska Game Show," currently on exhibit at the Alaska State Museum, KTOO-NEWS will present "The Great Alaska Game Show of the Air," a series of programs to test and enhance knowledge of all things Alaskan. The programs will run live from 7 to 8 p.m. on the first three Thursdays in December, on KTOO, 104.3 FM.

Anna Brown Ehlers' weaving demonstration Saturday
The Alaska State Museum will continue its series of Native artist demonstrators in recognition of Native American Heritage Month from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at the museum.

Native American Heritage Month lectures continue Monday
Sealaska Heritage Institute's brown bag lunch lecture series, organized in recognition of Native American Heritage Month, continues this week with "Languages Across Bering Strait: My Siberian Odyssey and the Reconnecting of Asia and America." The lecture begins at noon at Sealaska Plaza in the boardroom on the 4th floor. It's free and open to the public.

Tidal Echoes accepting submissions through Dec. 1
Tidal Echoes, the University of Alaska Southeast's literary and art journal, is now accepting submissions from Southeast Alaska residents through Dec. 1.

Navy should reconsider exercises in Gulf of Alaska
I wish to express my concern regarding the Navy's use of mid-frequency active sonar in the Gulf of Alaska in the summer of 2011. I understand it is the intention of the Navy to undergo extensive training exercises at that time. I also understand and respect the need to maintain a level of military readiness against any and all potential threats against the United States. However, my goal for writing this letter is to open your eyes to serious and fatal damage the Navy may inflict upon innocent and endangered marine life.

Alaska sitting pretty
The national economy has been slow in climbing out of recession, but Alaska continues to do well, an Anchorage economic expert told municipal leaders in Juneau Wednesday.

Frightful drivers need to be delightful in bad weather
The first heavy frost of the year hit Juneau on Tuesday morning and drivers should be wary and patient when taking on the changing climate, according to the Juneau Police Department.

Photo: Keeping up with the youth of Alaska
Hoonah Mayor Windy Skaflestad talks about reaching out and making friends with the community's youth during Tuesday's Mayors Conference at the Juneau Arts & Cultural Center. The Alaska Municipal League's 60th Annual Local Government Conference started Sunday and continues through Friday.

Photos: A wild, windy day
A williwaw, a sudden blast of wind descending from a mountainous coast to the sea, is shown from a beach along Thane Road as it lifts a swirling wall of spray in Gastineau Channel Wednesday morning. Also called outflow wind and squamish wind, the blasts are known in the coastal fjords of the Alaskan Panhandle, Aleutian Islands, and the Strait of Magellan. Many swirling mists of water were observed throughout the day along the Juneau waterfront areas.

Husband and wife elected ANB, ANS grand presidents
Richard and Janice Jackson of Ketchikan have been elected as grand presidents for the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood, respectively. This marks the first time in more than 60 years a husband and wife have held the positions concurrently.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Photo: Last of the count
A handful of election workers wrap up the final precinct verifications Wednesday at the old Alaska Litho plant on Thane Road, which until yesterday was bustling with activity from the U.S. Senate race write-in ballot count.

Fish & Game release 2009 halibut estimates and 2010 projections
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sport Fish has released its final estimates of Pacific halibut harvest by sport anglers in 2009.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Boone takes over helm of Valley Tesoro
He worked behind the register there in his younger years and has now taken over as the new leader.

Photo: RoboCop
Juneau Police Officer Dominic Branson talks with Dick Holm, left, about the Andros F6A robot Wednesday during the Alaska Municipal League Juneau Welcome Reception at Centennial Hall. The device is equipped with cameras for surveillance and an assortment of useful tools, and it is employed by the department during situations where there may be a risk of explosives or other potential harm.

Couer d'Alene's Wheeler wins award from miners association
Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. CEO Dennis E. Wheeler has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Alaska Miners Association for his work in bringing the Kensington Gold Mine into production. The award was presented at the AMA Annual Convention in Anchorage.

'Postvention' plan in the works
When suicide occurs, it has an intense ripple effect throughout a community, and the way it's handled varies. A group of health care professionals and others who activate when suicide happens are working on a best practices plan for the community to handle "postvention."

Alaska municipal officers learn about renewable energy
City and borough representatives from across the state got some exposure to existing uses of renewable energy in the state at the Alaska Municipal League's local government conference on Wednesday.

June Pegues
June Pegues passed away Nov. 13, 2010, in Federal Way, Wash. A memorial service is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at the Juneau Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Empire editorial: Murkowski will need to earn victory by representing Alaska, not just GOP
Sen. Lisa Murkowski claimed her victory today in Alaska's U.S. Senate race. We're in agreement Alaskans cast the largest share of votes for her, and she has been duly elected to her second full term to America's upper legislative chamber.

Outside editoral: The Twinkie diet
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

Palin and Reagan
"Sarah Palin's Alaska" didn't debut until Sunday night, but the former governor has been defending it for weeks. After Karl Rove wondered how a reality show fit "the American calculus of 'that helps me see you in the Oval Office,'" Fox News gave Palin a chance to respond. "You know, I agree with that," she said. "Those standards have to be high for someone who would ever want to run for president, like, um, wasn't Ronald Reagan an actor? Wasn't he in 'Bedtimes for Bonzo,' 'Bozo' or something?"

Winter Shorts Guy
I thought I noticed a slow evolution, but now, several weeks into November, it seems the transformation is complete: I've become Winter Shorts Guy. Yup, Winter Shorts Guy, that variety of North American male who dresses like it's always summer all the time.

An arctic Cold War with Russia?
By Kenneth Yalowitz and William Courtney

Murkowski will return to Senate with independence, will she use it?
The election hasn't been certified yet, but it's a good bet Sen. Lisa Murkowski will rejoin the Republican minority in the U.S. Senate next year. Even though the GOP leadership backed Joe Miller, they'll be happy to have her on their side. But as Murkowski told Candy Crowley on CNN in mid September, she didn't run "to make the Republican Party happy." It was about Alaskans.

My turn: Hunting more economically efficient than stores, fast-food
I had a hard time understanding just what point Alexander Simon was trying to make in his recent My Turn ("Recent trial highlights differences between American, European views on wolves" in the Nov. 10 Empire) on the illegal killing of the black wolf. He stated there is no "natural" way for humans to interact with wolves, and then went on to say how the wolf befriended dogs and watched skiers go by. Is that "natural"? Does a wolf have friends?

2nd Linehan murder trial in Anchorage postponed
ANCHORAGE - A judge in Anchorage has pushed back the trial for an Olympia, Wash., woman accused of conspiring to kill a man.

Alaska archivist begins sorting Stevens records
FAIRBANKS - The task of sorting through the records of the late Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska is getting under way at a warehouse in Fairbanks.

City warns of Perseverance Trail hazards
The Perseverance Trail recently experienced rock slides, and the trail is now icy and hazardous, according to a press release from the City and Borough of Juneau.

Troopers investigate suspected arson
WASILLA - Alaska State Troopers are investigating a fire they believe was intentionally set at a Matanuska-Susitna Borough grocery store.

Possible trial date set in cocaine case
Juneau Superior Court Judge Phillip Pallenberg Wednesday set a possible trial date of Jan. 10, 2011, for three men charged with felony counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance.

Authorities: Wis. man shoots TV over Palin dance
MADISON, Wis. - Authorities say a 67-year-old rural Wisconsin man enraged over Bristol Palin's "Dancing with the Stars" routine blasted his television with a shotgun, leading to an overnight standoff with a SWAT team.

NORAD planes to train in Alaska
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON - The North American Aerospace Defense Command is planning training exercises this week in southwest Alaska.

Alaska man dies from propane explosion injuries
FAIRBANKS - An Alaska man injured in a propane explosion earlier this month has died of his injuries at a Seattle hospital.

2 Alaska cab drivers threatened by riders
FAIRBANKS - An Alaska man is facing a misdemeanor reckless endangerment charge after he was accused of covering a cab driver's eyes in Fairbanks while the taxi was traveling at 50 mph.

Woman dies in house fire near Willow
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers say a preliminary investigation indicates a propane problem caused the explosion and fire that killed a woman at a home off the Parks Highway north of Willow.

Former pipeline regulator takes Alyeska job
ANCHORAGE - A top former federal pipeline regulator has been named the new president of Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. in Alaska.

Winds cause minor power outages
Strong winds on Wednesday caused some minor isolated power outages due to trees in lines.

6-year-old boy killed in Glenn Highway accident
ANCHORAGE - A 6-year-old boy was killed in an accident on the Glenn Highway north of Anchorage.

Vaccine program wipes out hepatitis A
ANCHORAGE - Alaska health officials say the state's hepatitis A vaccination program has virtually wiped out hepatitis A infections in the state.

BLM transfers mineral rights acreage to Koniag
KODIAK - An Alaska Native regional corporation has received title to mineral rights on 146,693 acres on the Alaska Peninsula.

College Watch
• Former area preps playing college basketball

College Watch
• Former Southeast preps playing college basketball

TMHS names football award winners
Thunder Mountain named its football award winners at a recent banquet.

Murkowski claims win
JUNEAU - History, the GOP, the tea party, Sarah Palin and her own mouthful of a name worked against her. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski conquered them all Wednesday, becoming the first Senate candidate in more than 50 years to win a write-in campaign.

Unchallenged write-ins pass Miller's total
Sen. Lisa Murkowski took a commanding 10,000-vote lead in her improbable write-in bid to retain her seat in the U.S. Senate as the final big count of votes was done Tuesday in Juneau.

Alaska is not Florida
Alaska's spelling bee queen is state Elections Director Gail Fenumiai, who is personally judging whether thousands of Alaskans correctly spelled "Lisa Murkowski," or if they didn't, and many did not, whether what they did write was close enough.

Search for pilot continues after jet crash
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF- RICHARDSON - An aerial search was scheduled to continue throughout the night for the pilot of an Air Force F-22 fighter jet that crashed in a remote area of interior Alaska during a training exercise.

AP source: Findings against 3 in Stevens case
WASHINGTON - A draft Justice Department report has found that two federal prosecutors and an FBI agent engaged in misconduct in the corruption trial of Sen. Ted Stevens, a lawyer familiar with the matter said Tuesday.

Jury convicts woman of murder in repeat DUI case
ANCHORAGE - A repeat drunken driver who consumed more than a dozen drinks before her SUV collided with a small sedan and killed a motorist was convicted Wednesday of second-degree murder.

Palin says she could beat Obama in 2012
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said she believes she could beat President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election and is considering whether to run.

Dem. to file native contracting bill
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill plans to introduce legislation this week that would eliminate the advantage tapped by Alaska Native corporations in obtaining federal contracts worth billions of dollars.

Challenges abound for new Alaska rail bridge
FAIRBANKS - A proposed $160 million railroad bridge across the Tanana River that will be the largest in Alaska is already posing challenges in the planning stage.

Jury hears closing arguments in repeat DUI case
ANCHORAGE - A jury must decide whether a woman who may have had as many as 18 drinks before getting behind the wheel of her sport utility vehicle and plowing into a small car is guilty of second-degree murder.

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