Thursday, November 19, 2009

Freedom of expression
The great playwright Arthur Miller once said, "The theater is so endlessly fascinating because it's so accidental. It's so much like life."

'2012': A one-trick pony that tends to buck
What do you do with a movie like "2012"? It's 160 minutes of fantastic, expensive visuals. That much is obvious from the trailers. Having seen the special effects marathon with my own eyes, I stand by the sentiment I had going in: If you can see yourself ever, at any point in time, seeing "2012" then you should do so now while it is on the big screen. Really, the argument could be made that "2012" is a movie that should only be seen on the big screen, because I don't know if there is any real reason to rent it later or buy it on DVD.

Trail Mix BBQ, auction held tonight
Trail Mix will host its annual auction and barbecue at 5:30 p.m. tonight at Centennial Hall.

Three guitar masters share their talent and insight in documentary
Davis Guggenheim calls himself a "Behind the Music" junkie, watching every episode of the VH1 show chronicling famous rock stars' rise and fall and rise again amid triumph and self-destruction. He loves it, he says, but the Academy Award-winning director of "An Inconvenient Truth" had other ideas for his own documentary on the electric guitar.

New fiction for adult readers awaits at the library
"The Ingenious Edgar Jones," by Elizabeth Garner.

Alaska on paper
"Alaska at 50" commemorates Alaska's statehood anniversary with essays from noteworthy writers and researchers. Divided into the areas of art, culture, and humanities; law, economy, and politics; and environment, people, and place, it is comprehensive in its scope, providing both a portrait of Alaska since statehood and a vision for the next 50 years.

Arts Digest
The hills are alive this weekend at TMHS

So-called fiscal conservatives are anything but
In the midst of the impassioned debate concerning health care, Republicans have been quick to relentlessly criticize the Democratic majority of Congress over their "out-of- hand government spending."

Mine Mess
Environmental watchdog Chris Zimmer wonders if it will be another 50 years before anything is done about pollution from Tulsequah Chief mine draining into the Taku River.

Energy-efficient fish science
Work at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fisheries lab on Lena Point has expanded beyond fish research to include energy conservation.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Windmills going up at Coast Guard station
The U.S. Coast Guard plans to install three wind turbines at Station Juneau next year.

Juneau man caught selling drugs while on bail pleads guilty
A 28-year-old Juneau man indicted for selling OxyContin while out on bail on a separate drug charge pleaded guilty Tuesday to two felony counts.

Restoration project makes Jordan Creek more fish friendly
City officials and the Juneau Watershed Partnership hope a recently completed project will alleviate flooding and improve fish spawning habitat in Jordan Creek near Jennifer Drive.

At least one Juneau-to-Whitehorse flight nixed
A lack of funding and interest from Whitehorse will keep at least one of the three proposed flights between Juneau and the nearby Canadian city from happening this winter.

On board the Polar Sea
A Seattle-based Coast Guard icebreaker returning from two months studying polar bears, marine mammals, sea birds and Arctic sea ridges will be open for tours in Juneau today and Friday.

'Going Rogue': To read or not to read
Some Alaska legislators are expressing interest in reading "Going Rogue," Sarah Palin's take on the history they experienced with her, but few say they're rushing to do so.

History of mudslides
Saturday's mudslide was the first in years, though Gastineau Avenue has a history of slides and has long been designated a hazardous area by the city.

Native American Heritage Month Michael Tagaban
Age: 56.

Around Town
Today, Nov. 18

Native American Heritage Month: Jaeleen Araujo
Age: 36.

Around Town
Today, Nov. 19

Corrections
An A1 story in Wednesday's Juneau Empire about improvements at Juneau facilities of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration overstated energy cost savings for wind generators being installed. The roof-top wind turbines will save about $600 each per year.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Mryan Sabrina Stone-Shepherd
Juneau resident Mryan Stone- Shepherd died Nov. 5, 2009, in Juneau. She was 47.

Larry G. Howard
A celebration of life for Larry G. Howard, who died Nov. 9, 2009, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Silver Bay Hangar, 8429 Livingston Way, located between the National Guard and the fire station. Please come share your stories and memories of Larry. Call Alaska Seaplanes at 789-3331 with any questions.

Fredrick 'Fred' Morgan Jr.
Former Juneau resident Fredrick "Fred" Morgan Jr. died Sept. 24, 2009, in Anchorage. He was 70.

A woman who savors a fine wine
The temperature was close to zero Monday as I left the house to buy Sarah Palin's memoir, "Going Rogue: An American Life." The book was almost impossible to find in Anchorage before its official release Tuesday. The salesman who finally sold me one asked me to promise I wouldn't reveal his identity if he sold me a pre-publication copy.

Obama dancing with the dragon
This following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

US jobs conundrum
The following editorial appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

Exploring the man cave
By legal definition, I am a man, in that I own a Y chromosome, with all adherent rights and privileges, forever and ever throughout the universe, no matter how much Crystal Light I drink. Apparently, this entitles me to something called a "man cave."

Investment worth making
Since becoming governor, I have spoken to many groups about my top priority: positioning Alaska's economy for growth and our children and families for opportunity. As Alaskans, we are blessed with resources in abundance - fish and game, minerals, gas and oil, and water. I'm optimistic about the many prospects we have to safely develop these natural resources, and I'm working hard to pursue every opportunity.

The many identities of Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin has a talent for reinvention. Since her first campaign in 1992, she's gone through a wardrobe full of political personas. Study her career and you count no less than five identities: Sarah the culture warrior, Sarah the watchdog, Sarah the reformer, Sarah the veep and now, Sarah the celebrity.

Gas line issues deserve debate
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of addressing the Juneau Chamber of Commerce on the status of the gas line. I made three essential points:

No God doesn't mean no beliefs
For some people, the violent acts of Nidal Malik Hasan, the sole suspect in the Fort Hood, Texas, shootings, is a mark against every believer.

Three to change pleas in caribou case
ANCHORAGE - Prosecutors said three men accused of killing and wasting caribou near Point Hope will change their not guilty pleas.

Scientists recommend lower pollock catch
ANCHORAGE - Government scientists have come up with their recommendation for next year's allowable catch of Bering Sea pollock - the nation's largest commercial fishery.

UAF administrator candidate for APU job
FAIRBANKS - University of Alaska Fairbanks administrator Bernice Joseph is one of five finalists to be the new president of Alaska Pacific University.

6.6 quake off Queen Charlotte Islands
PALMER - A magnitude 6.6 earthquake occurred at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday off the Queen Charlotte Islands off the west coast of British Columbia.

Montana university to expand WWAMI
BILLINGS - Montana State University officials will ask the Montana Board of Regents to greatly expand the state's participation in a program that educates medical students with the hope of keeping more doctors in state.

Early cold snap chills Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage is in the middle of its first cold snap of the season.

New studies put potential megaquake closer to Seattle
SEATTLE - Pacific Northwesterners have learned to live with the knowledge that a monster earthquake will wallop the region one day.

Knik Arm bridge still a state priority
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska Transportation Department senior manager said the Knik Arm bridge is still a high priority for the state.

Teen in trouble for guns at school
FAIRBANKS - Alaska state troopers said a charge of misdemeanor weapons misconduct is pending against a 17-year-old who left unloaded guns in his car at West Valley High School in Fairbanks.

Power outage occurs in Mendenhall Valley
JUNEAU - Some residents of the Mendenhall Valley went without power Tuesday morning.

Suspect pleads not guilty in rape case
ANCHORAGE - A man accused of sexually assaulting at least five women in Anchorage pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Bookseller donates Palin profits to wildlife group
SITKA - Now, this is mavericky. An independent bookseller in Sarah Palin's home state is donating the proceeds he makes off her book to a group that is among the biggest critics of the former Republican vice presidential candidate.

State seeks experts for a cruise ship wastewater panel
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is recruiting experts in existing and emerging cruise ship wastewater treatment technology to serve on an 11-member science advisory panel.

Anchorage Sheraton workers call for boycott
ANCHORAGE - Union workers at the Sheraton hotel in downtown Anchorage are asking visitors to boycott the place because management imposed a sharp increase on family health coverage.

JDHS's Johnson signs with UAF
Juneau-Douglas senior forward Emily Johnson has accepted a scholarship offer to continue her basketball career with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks and first-year coach Dave Thompson.

Bursell, Rivera PR in half-ironman
Last Saturday in Clearwater, Fla., two Juneauites represented their city at the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3.

Soldotna tops JDHS, 2-1, in OT
Zane Chapman and Jake Eames connected with a pass and Chapman fed Robin Woodby the assist

Sports in Juneau
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

2009 Juneau-Douglas Cross Country Awards (girls and boys):
MVP - Leah Francis and Sage Thibodeau; Rookie of the Year - Lily Burger-Pothier and Tal Norvel; Outstanding JV - Alison DeLabruere and Ian Andrews; Most Inspirational - Annika Ord and Andre Bunton; Most Improved - Sarah Donohoe and Robin Woodby; Lyndon Ellefson Spirit Award - Zach Bursell, Jesse Miller, Leah Francis and Melissa Skan.

Sports in Juneau
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Alaskans eager for Sarah Palin book release
ANCHORAGE - Fans in Sarah Palin's home state turned out as early as possible Tuesday to snap up copies of her highly anticipated memoir.

Despite market turmoil, Alaska considers risky bond strategy
Alaska narrowly avoided losing hundreds of millions of dollars when it delayed making a big bet in the stock market just before the market's big fall last year.

Ex-Alaska National Guardsman from Fairbanks honored for service
FAIRBANKS - Sam Pierce isn't surprised his son, Jeremy Pierce, is handling adversity well.

Palin, fans irked by cover shot in shorts
NEW YORK - Of all the adjectives one might use to describe Newsweek's current Sarah Palin cover, "unflattering" probably isn't one of them.

Hundreds cheer Palin in Michigan
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - College students ditched class, employees skipped work and some huddled in the cold overnight just to make sure they get an orange wristband Wednesday that would let them meet Sarah Palin.

Ex-lawmaker wants conviction dismissed
ANCHORAGE - A lawyer for a former state lawmaker argued Tuesday that his client's corruption conviction should be thrown out because the same federal prosecutors in former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' case withheld evidence in his trial.

Oil-paid study says Arctic spills easier to clean
ANCHORAGE - Oil spills in Arctic ice may be easier to clean than those in open water, according to research funded by oil companies that are seeking offshore exploration in federal waters.

Sarah Palin coy about 2012 run, but door is open
NEW YORK - Sarah Palin said in an interview broadcast Tuesday that a 2012 presidential bid is "not on my radar," but wouldn't rule out playing some role in the next presidential election.

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