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Thursday, November 27, 2008

'The Little Prince' lands in Juneau
Seeing ourselves through the eyes of a child can give us a fresh perspective on our behavior. "Le Petit Prince," or "The Little Prince," a novella written by French author Antoine de Saint Exupéry in 1943, does just this.

New book highlights Pack Creek brown bears
The brown bears of Admiralty Island are legendary and the ones that frequent Pack Creek are no exception to that rule.

Ohler wins national award for digital storytelling
A group that champions the use of technology in higher education has presented University of Alaska Southeast faculty member Jason Ohler with an international award.

Douglas tree lighting slated for Nov. 28
The annual Douglas Community Tree Lighting will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28. The tree to be lit is located between Waterwheel Plaza and the Douglas Community United Methodist Church at 1106 3rd St.

Alaska State Council on the Arts seeks art proposals
The Alaska State Council on the Arts has announced a call for artwork to be commissioned for the Ruth Burnett Sport Fish Hatchery in Fairbanks.

Public Market held Thanksgiving weekend
The annual Alaska-Juneau Public Market will kick off the day after Thanksgiving with between 150 to 175 vendors from across Alaska and beyond descending on Centennial Hall for the Christmas gift show.

What's Happening

Prayer has many roles in life
Here is what I would like to think is the answer to Steve Wolf's questions on the topic of prayer in politics (Juneau Empire on Nov. 10).

Police ask for help finding suspects in school break-ins
Juneau police publicized more details of last week's school break-ins in hopes of soliciting the community's help in finding the suspects.

Prosecutors win step in Weyhrauch case
Former state Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, R-Juneau, has lost a bid to undermine a key charge in the U.S. Department of Justice's corruption case against him.

Sentencing delayed in checks case
The sentencing of a woman who police said stole checks for a notorious drug dealer in return for crack cocaine was delayed Wednesday when she backed out of a deal with the state over her punishment.

Photo: Refloating derelict boat
Harbor employees Pete Frank, left, and Doug Liermann work Tuesday to refloat a derelict fishing boat after it sank in Aurora Harbor earlier this fall. The boat was towed to a beach near the Yacht Club at high tide so it could be drained and refloated on a future tide.

Photo: Pie time
Shannon Smith, 2, sneaks a peek at a berry pie Tuesday as her parents sell homemade pies as a fundraiser for the Juneau Co-op Preschool at the Alaskan & Proud grocery store. The group will continue the pie sale through 4 p.m. today at the store.

Photos: A Turkey Day treat
Brian Johnson works on his turkey snow sculpture in front of his Glacier Village home Tuesday on Slate Drive in the Mendenhall Valley. Johnson has been working for the past week collecting snow from neighborhood sidewalks for his project. "It's his hobby," says his mother, Ann Johnson. "I'll tell you, he is a very determined guy." Once he is finished with the turkey sculpture, Johnson will be looking for inspiration for a Christmas project.

Photo: Ready to pick up
Katherine Oliver, kitchen manager for The Glory Hole, lifts a frozen turkey onto a table as Thanksgiving food boxes are prepared for families to pick up on Wednesday. The soup kitchen gave away about 200 boxes with turkey, pumpkin pie and all the fixings. The Glory Hole will serve a large brunch starting at 10:30 a.m. today and turkey sandwiches at 6 p.m.

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'Twilight' a thrill for book's fans
Let's begin by catching you up with the necessary 411: Stephenie Meyer is the author responsible for the squeals of joy you hear coming from the local movie theater - squeals coming from the 13-year-old girls who are thrilled beyond words that Meyer's "Twilight" has officially gone from novel to film.

'Four Christmases' lacks holiday joy
Just minutes into the first of the quartet of holidays promised by "Four Christmases," a feeling of dread sets in: What? We've got three more of these things to get through?

Will Smith shows his powers in 'Hancock'
'Hancock'

New album captures the real tom jones
LOS ANGELES - Tom Jones went into Lillie's Bordello looking for a drink and found a new career as a consulting songwriter. It was about four years ago, and the Welsh singer was in Dublin, Ireland, for an award show when he headed over to Lillie's, the famed Grafton Street club.

The Killers: Playful or just weird?
The Killers are back, and this time they've brought the weird.

Sound Bites
Here's a sampling of recent holiday releases.

Bartlett brags on nurse nominees
Bartlett Regional Hospital has plenty of nurses to be thankful for this holiday season, and many of them were highlighted at the March of Dimes' fifth annual Alaska Nurses of the Year Awards gala on Nov. 14 in Anchorage.

Juneau resident shares beet salad for holidays
Would you like to share a recipe? Check your recipe boxes and send us a family favorite.

Adventist teacher shares a Thanksgiving miracle
Every one-room teacher knows the challenges of fundraising, budgets and stretching pennies. And you know the dreams you have for your school - a paved parking lot, a paint job, etc. My dreams included desperately needed new front doors and new playground equipment.

University professor wins award for work in educational technology
A group that champions the use of technology in higher education has presented University of Alaska Southeast professor of educational technology Jason Ohler with the Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications Outstanding Work Award, an international award that recognizes the innovative uses of educational technologies in higher education.

Recipes sought for 50th Statehood Contest
The Statehood Recipe Contest Committee is seeking those who have a unique, original or just plain "yummy" recipe they want to share for the Alaska Statehood 50th Anniversary Recipe Contest, sponsored by Capital City Celebrations. In conjunction with the Dec. 5 Gallery Walk, this event will be held at the Heritage Coffee Café on Franklin Street, where the final recipe judging and awarding of prizes will take place.

Organization uses film to teach about violence prevention
JUNEAU - The Juneau Chapter of the National Organization for Women recently reached out to theater audiences in Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka to spread a message of violence prevention. For one month, from Oct. 24 to Nov. 21, movie goers saw two rotating ads from the Center for Disease Control's Choose Respect Program on all 11 movie screens in Southeast Alaska.

Photo: In the works
Workers use a crane to lift new forms into position on Nov. 13 at the future NEA Building site, on Main and Second streets, across from SPAM Can.

Cooperative churches to hold Interfaith Thanksgiving service
JUNEAU - Juneau's Cooperative Church Council will host an Interfaith Community Thanksgiving service at 12:15 p.m. today at the Goldtown Nickelodeon theater, 177 Shattuck Way. The service will include participation by Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Quaker and Unitarian-Universalist faiths.

BRETT HAFFNER: Multi-media artist
Grade: Fifth.

Thanks for supporting, volunteering with JCVB this year
The Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau wishes to thank the volunteers who have completed another busy visitor season. This year 140 Juneau residents represented our town with warm hospitality and well-received information. Juneau's visitors are fortunate to encounter any one of the kind-hearted individuals willing to give a piece of their busy lives in such a generous way.

Recognitions
Ella R. Floresca, a Juneau-Douglas High School alumni, passed the July 2008 California State Bar Exam. The daughter of Artemio and Estrella Floresca, of Juneau, she works for Dias Law Firm in Hanford, Calif.

Geneva Helmers
Former Juneau resident Geneva Maxine Helmers died from Alzheimer's disease on Nov. 20, 2008, at the Palmer Veteran's and Pioneer's Home, where she had resided for the last 6½ years. She was 88.

My turn: Forest restoration good for Chichagof
On Oct. 1, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game implemented the first early closure of the doe hunting season in the history of Northeast Chichagof Island. It was an unsettling announcement for those of us living in Hoonah and Tenakee, two communities which rely heavily upon subsistence hunting. More unsettling is the drop in the deer population which prompted the early closure.

My Turn: State permanent fund will weather this storm
Global financial markets are in the midst of turmoil unseen in the past 75 years. Given this recent investment climate, it is no surprise that the Alaska Permanent Fund has been hit with similar losses as those that have affected other large investments funds, as well as businesses and individual retirement accounts around the world.

Outside editorial: Checklist for the economy
Less than a day after the federal government rode to another bank's rescue, President-elect Barack Obama confirmed his intent to raise the ante on the Bush administration's intervention in the economy. Obama held a short news conference Monday to introduce his top economic advisers, including New York Federal Reserve chief Timothy F. Geithner (Obama's pick for Treasury secretary) and former Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers (his choice for director of the National Economic Council).

Alaska editorial: We must do more to keep kids in school
Elizabeth Winkler, who dropped out of her Anchorage high school near the end of 10th grade, says she might have been more focused on school instead of friends if educators had helped her set goals.

Outside editorial: Talking to pirates
An Indian warship destroyed a suspected pirate vessel Tuesday off the Horn of Africa. It was the second time in a week that India has used force to fight piracy off the eastern coast of Africa.

Outside column: Many Thanksgiving stories
When Americans sit down to our annual Thanksgiving meal with family and friends, we like to imagine that we are reenacting a scene that first took place in 1621. That year, having made a successful harvest after a brutal winter that killed half their number, the 50 or so surviving Colonists in Plymouth "entertained and feasted," in the words of one, a visiting delegation of nearby Wampanoag Indians, led by "their greatest king," Massasoit.

Using the Internet to restore citizenship
Last month, the Wall Street Journal reported an important effect of the 2008 presidential campaign: For the first time, traffic at left-leaning political Web sites overtook traffic at right-leaning competitors. The Drudge Report and Free Republic had the largest number of unique visitors in September 2007, but in September 2008, that honor went to the Huffington Post.

Outside column: Remember summer's world food crisis?
With all eyes focused on the global financial crisis, it's not surprising that many of us have forgotten all about another calamity that preoccupied world capitals just a few months ago. Remember the world food crisis?

Fort Wainwright honors servicemen
FAIRBANKS - They came from different backgrounds but shared one passion: flying.

Lindh scholarship deadline set
JUNEAU - Eaglecrest Ski Area announced a Dec. 3 deadline for applications for its annual season pass scholarship program.

Man arrested on child porn charges
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man was arrested after allegedly downloading and printing child pornography at the public library.

Salmon advocates ask for water over dams
GRANTS PASS, Ore. - Salmon advocates and the state of Oregon are asking a federal judge to order more water spilled over Columbia River dams to help young salmon migrate downriver to the ocean.

Report: Bethel judge breached ethical duty
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct is calling for a Bethel judge to be suspended or removed from the bench.

UAF battalion chief to be remembered
FAIRBANKS - Friends and colleagues will celebrate the life of Phillip Emerson Rounds, a University of Alaska-Fairbanks battalion chief who died Friday of cancer.

Grizzly bear shot, killed in Old Harbor
OLD HARBOR - A 7-foot sow brown bear was shot and killed in Old Harbor, on the southeast coast of Kodiak Island.

Third Stryker Brigade soldier dies
FAIRBANKS - A Fort Wainwright soldier has died in Iraq.

UAA men's hockey earns Top 20 ranking
ANCHORAGE - Alaska has found another way to get in the national spotlight - and it has nothing to do with politics.

Lion skull heads for Los Angeles auction
FAIRBANKS - An American lion skull, which was found in Alaska and predates the ice age, is set for auction in Los Angeles.

Palin to meet with Obama and Biden
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin will be traveling to Philadelphia next week where she will join her fellow governors at a meeting with President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden.

Judge: No reprieve for NW sea lions
PORTLAND, Ore. - A federal judge says state governments can proceed with plans to kill up to 85 California sea lions a year for five years in the Columbia River at Bonneville Dam, where they gather annually to plunder the spring chinook salmon run.

Maroon trips up Yellow in JAHA
Tier C Maroon needed an assist and a game-winning goal from Jake Jacoby in the third period Sunday to slip past Yellow in Juneau Adult Hockey League action at Treadwell Arena.

Parks & Recreation Adult Ordway Basketball League standings as of Nov. 23, 2008
Women's 1

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Giving our thanks
It's difficult to believe the holidays have arrived and 2008 is nearing its end. In the twilight of a historic year in Alaska, the Hooligan has many literal and existential issues to be thankful for on this glorious Thanksgiving.

Fired worker shoots two of his former supervisors
ANCHORAGE - A worker returned a day after being fired from an Alaska hospital and shot his ex-supervisors Wednesday, killing one and critically injuring another.

New votes leave Kelly still up by one
Final absentee ballot counting Tuesday left the difference in the race between incumbent Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Fairbanks, and challenger Karl Kassel unchanged, with a one-vote lead for Kelly.

Trial set for man charged with machete killing and shootings
WASILLA - The trial of the 29-year-old man accused of murdering his father with a machete in Palmer is set for next week.

Judge schedules hearing in Stevens case
WASHINGTON - A federal judge has scheduled "a brief hearing" for Monday into a witness's allegations that he received extensive help from prosecutors and lied on the witness stand about an immunity agreement in the corruption trial of Sen. Ted Stevens last month.

Gov. Palin to stump for Georgia senator
ATLANTA - Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss is calling in a closer: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will join him for four rallies across the state on the eve of his hotly contested Dec. 2 runoff.

Driver hits Anchorage house, then flees scene
ANCHORAGE - This is no ordinary hit and run report.

Photo: Running in the black
Bao Xiong, left, and Ricky Vang place foreign language DVDs on the shelf in their new business XV Video Store in the Park Place Village building on the corner of Pine and Mountain View Drive in Anchorage. Originally from Laos, the couple's business offers movies in Laotian, Philippine and Japanese. They say the store is running in the black.

12 charged with running drug trafficking ring
ANCHORAGE - A federal grand jury indicted 12 people for running what prosecutors describe as a large drug ring that trafficked in cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine and used violence, including machine-guns, to maintain control over the operation.

Group wants follow-up on Troopergate
ANCHORAGE - A new political action committee wants the Legislature to censure Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and bring contempt charges against her husband over the so-called Troopergate investigation.

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Fairbanks natural gas facility plans on hold
FAIRBANKS - Plans for a natural gas liquefaction plant on the North Slope have been put on hold.

Photo: North Pole prepares for Christmas
Sam Vose created the ice sculpture "Trimming the Tree," shown in a recent photo at the Christmas in Ice Festival in North Pole. This year's event kicks off Thursday with the illumination of a frozen turkey sculpture that is 8 feet tall and weighs 18,500 pounds. There also will be an ice park opening Dec. 4, the start of a two-day ice-carving competition.

Photo: Stryker memorial
Sgt. First Class Maynard Hinkle of the 6-17 Cavalry Regiment is interviewed Tuesday after a memorial ceremony for Chief Warrant Officers Donald Clark of Memphis, Tenn., and Christian Humphreys of Fallon, Nev., in the Northern Lights Chapel on Fort Wainwright. The two pilots of the 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force 49 died when their helicopter came in contact with wires and experienced a hard landing in Mosul, Iraq.

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