Friday, November 28, 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.

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.

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.

What's Happening

City officials shop for new alert system
For a long time, the best way to quickly disseminate emergency information en masse was through television and radio. "We interrupt this broadcast to activate the Emergency Alert System" - that sort of thing.

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.

Falling revenue projections top budget concerns
Juneau City Manager Rod Swope said Wednesday he hasn't refined budget plans since the Juneau Assembly was briefed last week on falling revenue projections, but that it is likely to happen in January as the formal budgeting process begins.

25th Public Market opens this weekend
JUNEAU - The 25th annual Public Market - an opportunity to get started on holiday gift shopping - starts today at Centennial Hall and the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

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.

Photos: Serving up a traditional Thanksgiving meal
Volunteer servers, from left, Lee Wachmann, Renee Guerin, Peggy Garrison and Jim Carroll, fill up Joe White's plate for his Thanksgiving meal Thursday at the Hangar on the Wharf. The annual traditional Thanksgiving meal was sponsored by the Salvation Army at the restaurant.

Photo: Snagging a bite
Capt. Jack Smith Sr. of the Salvation Army samples some turkey after Representative-elect Cathy Muñoz carves the first turkey Thursday at the start of the annual Thanksgiving meal at the Hangar on the Wharf.

Police & Fire
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Around Town
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Around Town

'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.

Part II: 50 years of Alaska governors
In Part II, we turn back the clock to the first press secretary after statehood.

Mendenhall River runs a marathon
Mendenhall River Community School's Marathon Club, composed of approximately 60 kindergarten through fifth-grade students, recently completed their goal of running 26.2 miles.

Not much has changed in historic Deerfield, Mass.
After 30 years, my husband Don and I returned to Deerfield, Mass., and, just like the Hancock Shaker Village, little had changed in the historic town.

Crunching the numbers: Staff fund-raise their own Echo Ranch salaries
The youth of Southeast should have every opportunity to spend a week at Echo Ranch Bible Camp. This has been a priority of Echo Ranch from the beginning. One of the ways this is made possible is every staff member raises their own salary.

Dec. 5 gallery walk to feature music
Don't forget your dancing shoes when you begin the Gallery Walk on Dec. 5. Not only have the local merchants and galleries planned a very special evening for the community, but there also will be a "big band" to top off the night.

Skagway team takes top honor at Juneau Robot Jamboree
Of the 15 teams from Juneau, Skagway and Hoonah that met Sunday at Centennial Hall for the second annual Juneau Robot Jamboree, Skagway took home the top honor - winning first for the Champion's Award, second in Robot Performance and first in Teamwork, as well as the Coach of the Year award, which went to Karl Klupar.

SERRC brings high schoolers to Juneau
Last week, SERRC - Alaska's Educational Resource Center's Career Connections program - brought high school students to Juneau to learn about employment opportunities in Alaska's high-growth industries.

World Affairs Council to host David Shorr
JUNEAU - The Juneau World Affairs Council will host David Shorr, program officer at the Stanley Foundation, to present "Unchartered Waters - Steering U.S. Foreign Policy Through Turbulent Times" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at KTOO T.V. Studio, Whittier and Egan downtown.

University seeks entries for Tidal Echoes
JUNEAU - the University of Alaska Southeast is now accepting submissions for its 2009 edition of Tidal Echoes, the region's only literary journal.

JDU to sponsor second Sugar Plum Fairy Party
JUNEAU - Juneau Dance Unlimited will sponsor its second annual Sugar Plum Fairy Party at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in the Juneau-Douglas High School commons.

Auke Bay Volunteer Firefighters to hold tree lighting Sunday
JUNEAU - The Auke Bay Volunteer Firefighters will kick off the Christmas season by bringing back an old community tradition - the lighting of "the tree at the triangle" - at 4 p.m. Sunday at the DeHarts intersection at Auke Bay.

Club to hold Pet Photos with Santa
JUNEAU - The Capital Kennel Club of Juneau will hold its annual Pet Photos with Santa fundraiser this weekend, 4-8 p.m. Friday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at the Mendenhall Mall.

Mendenhall Flying Lions Club's holly season starts Dec. 3
JUNEAU - The Mendenhall Flying Lions Club will again have its annual fundraising event selling 18- and 15-inch variegated and solid green holly wreaths, 10-inch candle wreaths, swags and bags of holly during the first three weekends of December at the Nugget Mall.

Thank you for helping my father
My father, William P.D. Daniels, passed away on May 30, 2007, at his daughter and son-in-law's home. An obituary was written at the time, but people who touched Dad and people who helped in his care, as well as supported me, were not addressed. I wish to do that now.

Thanks for supporting hockey tournament
The Juneau Jamboree would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for making this year's women's hockey tournament a success!

Thanks for 'Walking a Mile in Her Shoes'
As a part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, AWARE held its second annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" 5K run and 1-mile walk in late October. Despite the fresh snow cover, many excited runners and high-heeled walkers turned out for the event. Participants raised funds for AWARE programs and services, and also pledged not to commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women.

Thank you for doing the beautiful lunch
Thank you to the people of Mountain View lunch room for the beautiful lunch that was given on Nov. 20. It was a magnificent lunch. Thank you to all who helped.

Pets of the week
The Gastineau Humane Society has plenty of extremely cute and loving spayed and neutered bunny rabbits up for adoption. If you are looking for a sweet, cuddly companion, stop by and meet the gang.

Senior menu for the week of Dec. 1-5
Monday, Dec. 1

FYI
Births

Daniel, Capacci wed
Christina Capacci, of Juneau, and J. Furman Daniel III, of Greenville, S.C., were married on April 5, 2008, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. A reception was held at Fort McNair Officier's Club along the Potomac River during cherry blossom season. There was a fireworks display just outside the reception site in honor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

My Turn: An elected representative puts people 1st
In the United States, we don't really have a "democracy" in the old Greek tradition of all the people voting on each and every issue. We have a representative democracy, in which we elect a few persons to represent our wishes, hopes, desires and best thoughts. We put all of these things on the shoulders of our representatives.

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 column: How to save banks from toxic assets
This month, the stock market dropped precipitously after the announcement that the emphasis of the Troubled Assets Relief Program would be shifted to direct equity infusions into banks and away from buying their "toxic" mortgages. This change was especially confounding because, when he first proposed TARP, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson suggested that the financial crisis would not end until the mortgage market stabilized. The favorable reaction to the plan to backstop Citigroup's mortgage portfolio, as well as the government's announcement this week that it will buy additional mortgage-backed securities, is powerful evidence that Paulson had it right the first time.

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 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.

Alaska editorial: We all play a role in economic recovery
Alaska is heads above other states in this economic crisis.

Outside column: Time to refocus on less materialism, simpler life
So - the financial markets, the incoming administration, Thanksgiving. What do you think?

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.

Shooting survivor still in critical condition
JUNEAU - A woman shot by a former employee at an Alaska hospital remains in critical condition.

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.

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.

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.

Seattle man accused of posing as lawyer
EVERETT, Wash. - A Seattle man tried to keep a woman accused of child abuse out of jail by posing as her attorney in a Snohomish County courtroom, according to charging papers.

Pierce County paying for tips about felons
TACOMA, Wash. - In Pierce County, tipping police to the whereabouts of felons can be profitable.

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

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

Bush reaches out to Anchorage soldier
JUNEAU - An Anchorage man serving in Afghanistan received a personal Thanksgiving Day call from President Bush.

Down year for Alaska Shootout
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Sure, Maui may be a little better weather.

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

Sports in Juneau
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.

Village safety program sees boost in numbers
Thanks to a big raise awarded by the Alaska Legislature, the Village Public Safety Officer program has added officers for the first time in years.

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.

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.

Navy SEALS train in Kodiak's cold terrain
KODIAK - Everyone in town knows about the Navy SEAL base on Spruce Cape. Walk along the beach on the cape's north side and soon you'll hit a fence. On the fence, you see a sign saying do not enter and an ominous cutout of a human figure.

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

Village safety a priority for state's new top cop
The state's new public safety commissioner said bullets whizzed his way just once during his law enforcement career - when he was an 18-year-old village cop in a Northwest Alaska community.

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.

Woman charged in death of her neighbor's horse
FAIRBANKS - A woman from Two Rivers could serve a year in jail if she is convicted on a weapons misconduct charge authorities say is connected to the shooting of her neighbor's horses.

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