Friday, November 26, 2010

Holiday lights
Thanksgiving marks the unofficial start to the holiday season, and here in Juneau that means a dizzyingly full range of opportunities to get out and enjoy the arts. The list of dancers dancing, actors acting, singers singing and others making the community more beautiful with the fruits of their labors would easily overflow multiple renditions of the "12 Days of Christmas," making weekend plans difficult to narrow down.

Southeast writers have had a busy year
In Juneau, local authors are not only plentiful, they're productive. Lynn Schooler, for example, turned out not one but two titles this year: "Walking Home," a nonfiction book, and his first novel, "Heartbroke Bay," published under a pseudonym, Lynn d'Urso. It's enough to make any proscrastinator think twice.

Public Market: the crafter's answer to Black Friday
There is nothing that appeals to me about Black Friday. With a belly full of turkey hangover I'd rather burrow deeper into my winter covers than fight the throngs of shrieking shoppers ready to duel over a plastic made-in-China party tray at some horrifically early hour. But, there is one exception to the shopping mayhem that conjours visions of rosy red cheeks on friends and family, delicious morsels to munch and heavenly rows of locally handmade crafts as far as the eye can see. The greenbacks in my wallet will happily dance their way out to be exchanged for goods at Juneau's annual Public Market.

Rory Stitt, Bearfoot to perform this weekend
Well, based on the slush in my driveway, the weather outside has officially gone from cold to gross. That means it truly is music season. Combined with the fact that it's Thanksgiving, that means you have two reasons to head out to a show this weekend: the bad weather and your obnoxious Uncle Bob who's in town for the weekend. So, without further ado, here is your show update for the weekend:

The meaning of live
The live album - it's no new phenomenon. The first musicians to make recordings did so in a live setting, and they probably never imagined the possibility of the multitrack technology that has now become the norm in the industry. But there's something about capturing the many elements of an unperfected stage performance that keeps the live albums coming.

'Next Three Days'not a bad way to spend 90 minutes
Give Paul Haggis ("Crash") a couple of capable actors (Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks) and a good story to go off of (in this case a 2008 French film called, "Pour Elle" or "Anything for Her") and you certainly have a promising start. "The Next Three Days" is not going to add to Haggis' Oscar collection, but it is not going to be a sore on his filmography either.

Photo: Bearfoot reunion
Alaska's Bearfoot will be in town to play a reunion concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the JDHS auditorium. Tickets are available at Hearthside and Rainy Retreat Books or through www.akfolkfest.org.

New titles for young adult readers
New books for young adult readers are shelved with adult fiction but distinguished by their yellow-green stickers.

Anonymous donor gives Thanksgiving to Juneau's needy
Hopefully the donor of 30 turkeys for the Salvation Army's 18th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Hangar on the Wharf is surrounded by loved ones and smiling, because that is the least of what the donor gave to the roughly 250 people who came to celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday.

Photo: First docking in Gustavus
Friends and relatives greet passengers disembarking from the ferry Aurora on Tuesday after the ship arrived in Gustavus for the Alaska Marine Highway System’s inaugural sailing to the city.

Glacier Valley cheers Heagy
Alaska's Teacher of the Year was led into Glacier Valley Elementary's gymnasium Wednesday in front of singing students, looking a bit overwhelmed.

Downtown parking ready for change
Downtown parking will start seeing major changes beginning in December.

Police & Fire
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Photo: Awaiting delivery
Dozens of home-cooked Thanksgiving dinners await delivery at The Silverbow on Thursday during the Thanksgiving day festivities. Silverbow traditionally cooks holiday meals for those who do not want to spend the time or have no family or dinners to attend.

SEARHC help line available for holidays, times of stress
As Native American Heritage Month comes to an end and we enter the holiday season, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Behavioral Health Prevention program and the "1 is 2 Many" regional suicide prevention task force for Southeast Alaska would like to remind people that help is available for those who are stressed out and in need of care.

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.

Time for tires and studs
The first light snow of the year showed just how unprepared many Juneau drivers were, as a rush of vehicle owners brought cars, trucks and the round things that they rest on into local tire stores for help.

Alaska editorial: Here we go again: Opponents of opening ANWR renew push to block oil drilling
The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

Empire editorial: Time to talk about TSA's line
The pot of Americans' notions of personal civil liberty is often slow to boil over, but it seems it has with the increasing introduction of advanced imaging technology machines at airports across the country. These machines provide TSA screeners with a digitized image of a passenger's body.

My Turn: Board of Game should consider growing wildlife tourism industry
Of the 48 proposals in the Southeast Region Meeting Board of Game proposal book, at least six directly called for increased opportunities for wildlife viewing. Other proposals did so indirectly. Of these six proposals, four failed, no action was taken on two and one passed as amended.

Mu Turn: Juneau: Alaska's most homeless city
Most Juneauites are shocked by the fact that our town has the highest percentage of homeless households of any city in Alaska. Yes, more than Anchorage. Yes, more than Fairbanks. About 1.3 percent of Juneau households meet the stringent U.S. Housing and Urban Development definition of "homeless". That is almost 400 households, most with children. And the percentage grows year after year.

Pro: The US should counter Iran's growing influence in Latin America
WASHINGTON - Henry Kissinger famously asked whether Iran sees itself as a "nation" with a role in the international system or a "cause" that seeks to overturn the system through a global populist revolution.

Nuclear blinders: N. Korea's newly revealed nuclear facility should surprise no one
"Stunning" was how Siegfried Hecker, former head of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, described North Korea's new uranium-enrichment facility. While more sophisticated and extensive than previously believed, this plant is entirely consistent with 15 years of sustained effort by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to perfect its nuclear weapons program.

Con: The US should counter Iran's growing influence in Latin America
SAN DIEGO - Washington is becoming increasingly concerned that Iran is expanding its influence in Latin America. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been working to strengthen ties between Iran and Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Ecuador, Cuba and Brazil.

Uncovering mysteries: New research reveals much about life, history of Baranof Island goats
Editor's note: This article first appeared in "Alaska Fish and Wildlife News" and is reprinted with permission.

ADF&G extends deadline for mail-in permit applications
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Fish & Game has extended the deadline for permit hunt applications submitted by mail to Dec. 15.

Deadline for Hilary Lindh Scholarship approaching
JUNEAU - The deadline for this year's Hilary Lindh Scholarship, which is open to all Juneau students, is noon on Dec. 3.

Raincountry Flyfishers to hold first meeting
JUNEAU - The Raincountry Flyfishers will meet for the time this winter season on at 7 p.m. on Dec.1 in the Thunder Mountain High School library.

Local winter moth designed to flourish in freezing weather
In late fall and early winter, you may notice moths fluttering in your headlights. Or perhaps you see them plastered on a windowpane when there's a light on inside the house. Sometimes dozens of them gather near a porch light shining in the darkness.

See the stars even on a cloudy night
JUNEAU - The Marie Drake Planetarium will present "Celestial Superfly," the world premiere of a 27-minute film by Michael Bott and one that will take the audience on a virtual flight around the solar system, our galaxy and to the "edge of the unknown."

JGC Shoot Results
The monthly Juneau Gun Club registered shoot was held on Saturday, Nov. 13 on what started as a dull, overcast, cool, damp morning. As the day progressed, the skies lightened but light rain brought cooler temperatures. Although daylight was diminishing, three events - singles, handicap and doubles - were successfully held.

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Butcher named as Alaska revenue commissioner
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell continues to fill out his cabinet with two appointments Wednesday.

Panel supports repatriation of artifacts
JUNEAU - A review panel is supporting the repatriation of Native artifacts from two museums.

Former Alaska pastor found guilty of sex abuse
FAIRBANKS - A former Alaska pastor has been convicted of sexually abusing a teenage girl.

Alaska ranks high in rates of 2 sexual diseases
ANCHORAGE - A state health report shows Alaska ranks among the top 10 in the nation in the rates of two sexually transmitted diseases: gonorrhea and chlamydia.

No body scanning X-ray machines in Alaska airports
ANCHORAGE - Alaska is free of body-scanning X-ray machines at airports, but not the security pat-downs.

Anchor River king salmon escapement adjusted
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Board of Fisheries has agreed to replace the fixed escapement goal of 5,000 king salmon on the Anchor River to a range of between 3,800 and 10,000 fish.

Missing snowmobilers found safe in cabin
ANCHORAGE - Two men missing on a snowmobile trip near Skwentna have been found safe.

Dillingham pilot makes emergency landing on tundra
ANCHORAGE - A Dillingham pilot flying at about 700 feet didn't have much time for an emergency landing when the engine on his Cessna 207 gave out.

Johansen vows to rejoin GOP caucus
KETCHIKAN - State Rep. Kyle Johansen is vowing a return to the Republican caucus.

Child playing with lighter likely caused fire
FAIRBANKS - A child playing with a lighter, or perhaps a candle, likely caused an apartment fire in Fairbanks earlier this week.

Dispute over Pebble Mine heats up
ANCHORAGE - The fight over the Pebble Mine is heating up again, with lawyers filing pre-trial motions and arguing over evidence for an upcoming trial in Anchorage Superior Court.

Parnell backs Susitna hydro project
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has endorsed construction of a large hydroelectric project on the Susitna River, about halfway between Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Missing grenade launcher found
ANCHORAGE - A missing grenade launcher almost sank Thanksgiving for troops at Fort Richardson.

Obama says he doesn't think about race vs. Palin
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he respects Sarah Palin's political skills but hasn't thought about the possibility of facing her in the 2012 presidential election.

Turnagain Pass opened to snowmachiners
ANCHORAGE - Chugach National Forest officials have delivered snowmachiners a pre-holiday gift.

Fisherman charged with sexual harassment
ANCHORAGE - A Mexican citizen has been charged with sexually harassing a federal fisheries observer.

Black Friday tourney tipping off
The 2010 Black Friday Classic is a men's and women's adult basketball tournament begining at 5 p.m. Friday at Thunder Mountain High School.

Local bowlers win gold at Special Olympics State Tournament
Juneau's men's and women's Special Olympics bowling teams brought home several medals from last weekend's state tournament in Anchorage.

Alaska Pacific Bank sees profit in recent quarter
Alaska Pacific Bancshares turned a small profit in the quarter ended Sept. 30, but remains down somewhat for the year as it continues to struggle with problem loans.

State to accept federal education funds
The state of Alaska will accept $23.5 million in federal Education Jobs Fund money aimed at preventing teacher layoffs, despite a lack of budget-driven layoffs.

Murkowski seeks voice in election lawsuit
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Wednesday called for a rapid resolution to a lawsuit brought by election rival Joe Miller, claiming Alaska will be harmed if she isn't sworn in Jan. 3.

Parnell defends choice of Campbell to head ADF&G
Gov. Sean Parnell confirmed Monday that his fisheries policy aide Cora Campbell is his top choice to head the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Feds set aside 'critical habitat' for polar bear
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is setting aside 187,000 square miles in Alaska as a "critical habitat" for polar bears, an action that could add restrictions to future offshore drilling for oil and gas.

Judge tells Pebble Mine co. to provide information
ANCHORAGE - A judge Wednesday told the companies developing the Pebble Mine to produce information needed for an upcoming legal fight over the huge copper and gold deposit in southwest Alaska, even if it means working during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

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