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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Murkowski's win should send strong message to Palin, tea party
On Nov. 17, Sen. Lisa Murkowski became the first Senate candidate in more than 50 years to win a write-in campaign. On Nov. 2nd, thousands of Alaskans told Sarah Palin we are unique and we don't subscribe to hate- and fear-mongers or tea-party-backed candidates.

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.

Photos: Double checking
Division of Elections Gail Fenumiai, center, lays out precinct voter sign-in books for observers from the Joe Miller campaign Gary Kreep, left, and Matt Johnson to inspect Thursday at the Division of Elections office in Juneau.

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.

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.

Police & Fire
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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.

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.

Memorial service for Romeo this Saturday
Funerals aren't only for humans. A special memorial service for the wolf known locally as Romeo is at 1 p.m. Saturday at the West Glacier Trail near the raft launch.

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.

Municipal leaders told state needs a big gas pipeline
Alaska should focus its efforts on a big natural gas pipeline to ship its gas out of the state, rather than an in-state line for local needs, to develop its huge natural gas reserves, said Larry Persily, the federal government's gas pipeline coordinator.

Kokotovich hearing rescheduled
The trial call for a man who faces two charges of first-degree assault in connection with the beating of a 2-year-old girl has been rescheduled for a status hearing at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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.

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.

'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."

City picks up three awards
The City and Borough of Juneau received three community awards at the Alaska Municipal League's 60th Annual Local Government Conference awards banquet Thursday night.

Juneau School District faces $4-6M deficit
Early projections in the Juneau School District budget for the 2012 fiscal year show a shortfall of anywhere between $4.8 and $6.1 million.

Cruise ship docks to see borehole drilling
Geophysical and geotechnical testing for the cruise ship dock construction will take place in February, but noise considerations have been urged.

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.

Warren L. Huppi
Former Juneau resident Warren L. Huppi died Nov. 14, 2010, at age 72. He was born Feb. 18, 1938.

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 editorial: Time for a sober discussion about security trade-offs
The following editorial first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News:

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?"

My Turn: ANB, ANS grand presidents urge remembrance of Native American Heritage Month
As we reflect on Native American Heritage Month, we urge you to acknowledge this important month. Native Americans are the First Americans and have contributed significantly to our country. Per capita, our Native men and women have served in the armed forces in great numbers. Our love for this land runs deep.

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

For whom the bell trolls
It's been said patience is a virtue. But while patience has served me well on the water, it's been a challenge when I'm either in the boardroom or out talking with policymakers. And as the head of one of the world's oldest sports fishing associations, I just can't sit back while lax fishery management measures drive one of our greatest gamefish, the Atlantic bluefin tuna, into oblivion.

Tidbits on trails
Aiming for that patch of sunshine only a few strides above me, I turned up the pace. My legs burned like furnaces. My breath came quick and I ticked up the volume on my iPod. That's better.

Today, Nov. 19

How to stay comfy, warm and bruise-free
My personal rule for any outing is: If it's not fun, don't do it.

Photo: Taking it 'to go'
A red-breasted nuthatch snatches a beak full of suet during a visit to a North Douglas bird feeder on Sunday. The red-breasted nuthatch is listed as uncommon in Southeast Alaska. Local bird counts through the Juneau Audubon Society begin next week.

Humble beginnings for a local shooting club
The Juneau Gun Club is a private trap shooting club located at 0.5-mile on Montana Creek Road that is open to the general public for recreational trap shooting on Wednesday evenings and Sundays mid-day. Many in Juneau are unaware of the clubs existence. However, Trap shooting has been going on in Juneau (and Douglas) since the late 1920s, early 1930s as shown by early photographs at the Alaska State Library.

Thanksgiving Turkey shoot this Saturday
For close to or more than six decades, the Juneau Gun Club has sponsored a Thanksgiving Community Turkey Shoot. No, there's no live turkeys. Instead, the public is invited to join neighbors young and old to participate in a variety of shotgun shooting sports.

Wandering with eyes, ears, senses open
Someone once asked me if I go out on hikes and walks looking for something in particular. Many times, I just go wandering with my eyes and ears open, and maybe nothing special is observed, or maybe I get lucky. Sometimes, however, I do have a particular objective, and chance to observe something that is not related to my initial objective at all.

Mt. Edgecumbe HS offering bike check-out
Students at Mt. Edgecumbe High School sometimes can feel trapped at the school. A new bike check-out program is giving those students a chance to have a little bit of freedom as they head to downtown Sitka.

Turkeys don't count in this year's Thanksgiving Day Bird Count
JUNEAU - The 2010 Thanksgiving Day Bird Count will take place Thursday, Nov. 25 and is organized by the Juneau Audubon Society.

Mini golf is back at the JACC
JUNEAU - Local artists have teamed up to create a mini golf course at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center in an effort to raise funds for the center.

Discovery Southeast hosting 'nature-inspired fun' Monday
JUNEAU - With Monday being a day elementary students are released early, Discovery Southeast is offering outdoor activities for local youth.

Time to focus on the bird feeders
JUNEAU - The 23rd season of Project FeederWatch started Nov. 13, but the Juneau Audubon Society is still inviting locals to sign up.

Annual Trail Mix banquet aims to raise funds for Mount Juneau Trail
JUNEAU - Trail Mix Inc. is holding its annual auction and dinner beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Centennial Hall to help raise funds for future trail work on the Mount Juneau Trail.

Wild shots
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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.

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.

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.

Murkowski frustrated by Reid's lame duck agenda
JUNEAU - Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she's frustrated with Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid's push to pass legislation that would let gays serve openly in the military.

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.

Former UAF player pays price for theft
FAIRBANKS - A former University of Alaska Fairbanks basketball player says he still hopes to go pro in Europe after a petty theft cost him a conviction, jail time and hefty court fees.

Bristol Palin apologizes for Facebook rant
ANCHORAGE - Bristol Palin is apologizing for herself and her sister Willow for their Facebook rant against posters criticizing their family, including their mother's new documentary series "Sarah Palin's Alaska."

Miller campaign going through voter rolls
JUNEAU - Joe Miller's campaign is going through voter registration logs as it weighs whether to concede defeat or fight on in Alaska's Senate race.

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

National GOP group mum on Miller in Alaska
JUNEAU - A national Republican group is staying mum on whether Joe Miller should concede Alaska's Senate race.

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.

No Alaska exploratory wells in 2011, company says
FAIRBANKS - ConocoPhillips Alaska has no plans to drill any exploratory wells in the state in 2011.

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.

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.

Kenai man facing drug charges
ANCHORAGE - A 42-year-old Kenai man is facing drug and firearm charges.

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.

DOT warns about Steese Highway travel
FAIRBANKS - State transportation officials have issued a warning about traveling the Steese Highway.

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.

Pilot Invite begins today
With only one tournament left before the Region V meet, Juneau's prep grapplers are tuning up for the final time at home before going after a berth in the state tournament.

College Watch
• Former Southeast preps playing college basketball

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

More than 100 kids to play in 3v3 tourney
The purpose of youth sports goes beyond winning and losing. It's more about life lessons than anything else.

College Watch
• Former area preps playing college basketball

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.

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.

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.

Search continues for F-22 pilot
ANCHORAGE - Military officials Thursday were preparing to set up camps off the Denali Highway in interior Alaska in preparation for a ground search for an Air Force pilot missing after a crash of an F-22 Raptor.

Feds want to revoke BP probation in Alaska
ANCHORAGE - A federal probation officer has asked a judge to revoke BP's probation in Alaska, saying the company's conduct in a November 2009 North Slope oil spill was negligent.

House aide helped FBI investigate congressmen
ANCHORAGE - Federal prosecutors in Washington, D.C., revealed this week a former aide to Rep. Don Young helped the FBI investigate two congressmen.

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.

Murkowski win a blow to Palin
WASHINGTON - Sen. Lisa Murkowski's stunning write-in victory was a political poke in the eye to Alaska's other favorite daughter, Sarah Palin.

Sullivan sees huge potential for Alaska
JUNEAU - Attorney General Dan Sullivan, who has led the state's legal fights against the federal government on land and resource issues, said he's willing to work with agencies to develop Alaska as the state's new natural resources commissioner.

Miller seeks to stop election certification
ANCHORAGE - The GOP candidate in the Alaska U.S. Senate race asked a federal judge Thursday for a preliminary injunction stopping officials from certifying the election.

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