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Thursday, November 29, 2001

Entertainment Calendar
Movies

One-woman show brings clown to life
Emily Windover's one-woman show "HelloHiThanks" opens Friday and it's guaranteed to have some serious problems. Windover won't suffer but Murphy certainly will struggle. Murphy is Windover's clown character, a persona she created several years ago while studying physical theater.

Entertainment Briefs
Rapper brings Seattle hip hop to Juneau; Comedians perform at Marlintini's; Poetry and authenticity

Bolat brings the Mideast to Juneau
The poetry of Islamic mystic Rumi, images of Turkey, songs of the Sufi dervishes and the culture of the Middle East will come alive Friday night in Juneau.

Three mutual muses
Collaboration is the mother of invention for poets Emily Wall and Alexis Easley and painter Elise Tomlinson. Inspired by Tomlinson's vivid oil paintings, the two writers created a body of work for a collaborative show, "Tell Me What You See," opening Friday at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. Tomlinson, in turn, also created several paintings inspired by her friends' poems.

Youth choir launches holiday season with concerts
The Alaska Youth Choir may be the hardest-working band in Juneau this holiday season. "This is a very busy month for the choir," said Shelly Smith, business administrator for the 66member group.

Better bear plan
It is disappointing that we haven't been able to make better progress in our efforts to live with bears here. More than that, we are shamed for not being better stewards. The Nov. 18 editorial is further proof that we, myself included, more often lack the ability to change unless forced to.

District ponders hiring retired teachers
The Juneau School District is examining whether to use a new state law that allows it to re-hire retired staff. A bill passed this year by the state Legislature revised retirement benefit rules for retired teachers, allowing them to sign a waiver to take an education job while maintaining their retirement benefits.

Around Town
Today

Birth center offers classes to help women in labor
Mandy Bixby experienced months of morning sickness and severe joint pain when she was pregnant with her first child. But she heard about a technique that relaxes the expectant mother and now is teaching it to others.

Photo: Watching a master
Rick Beasley, right, carves a tribal lands trail marker on a spruce log at Riverbend Elementary School on Tuesday while Carolyn Kelley's first-grade class looks on. Beasley, a master Tlingit carver, is giving carving demonstrations at the school. After completion, the carving is scheduled to be dedicated Dec. 14.

Free parking for holiday shoppers
JUNEAU - The city is offering free parking at the Marine Parking Garage downtown through New Year's Day. The benefit began after Thanksgiving.

Local Briefs
Backers of wage increase say they're ready to submit petitions for ballot; Unity Tree to be lit Friday at Centennial Hall; New report tallies cost of substance abuse

Photo: Leveling for a playing field
The Alaska Marine Highway building on Glacier Avenue downtown was demolished by Channel Construction on Tuesday. The building was constructed in 1940 and housed several different territorial and state agencies during its 61 years of existence. An athletic field for Juneau-Douglas High School is scheduled to be built on the site within a few years.

Two plead guilty to assaulting a Juneau cab driver
Two defendants pleaded guilty Tuesday in Juneau Superior Court to assaulting a local cab driver but said they had a reason for the attack.

Around Town
Today

City bus riders increase
Ridership increases tied to Capital Transit's new half-hour schedule have continued this fall, even with a departure of summer visitors, says Transit Manager John Kern.

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Correction
A Business Profile in Tuesday's Empire gave the incorrect impression that the acupuncture and massage business of Valerie DeLaune, Alaskan Acupuncture & Massage, did not operate in the winter. It operates year-round.

Shanti director prepares for World AIDS Day
Eileen Wilson, director of Shanti of Southeast Alaska, is celebrating World AIDS Day by staging a one-woman educational blitz. Wilson became director of Shanti on Oct. 1, after serving for a year as a volunteer with the nonprofit organization. For 15 years, Shanti, based in Juneau, has provided HIV and AIDS services and prevention programs from Yakutat to Metlakatla.

Accreditation team visits JDHS this week
There are thousands of exams taken in Juneau-Douglas High School each year. This week, the school itself is being put to the test. In one of the final steps of a three-year-long accreditation process, a team of educators is visiting JDHS today through Friday to assess the findings of the school's self-evaluation and school improvement plan.

Neighbors Briefs
CASA seeks advocates for youth; Charter School holds 'Magic Fall Raffle'; Van Zyles offer workshop to girls; Juneau grad Kirchoff wins scholarhip; Lovett earns Army Commendation medal; UAS professor co-edits new book

Thank You
...for your help at the fund-raiser; ..for your support; ..for your time and aid; ..for the help with the raffle

Therapists can help seniors to live fully with low vision
One in six adults older than 45 years of age is affected by low vision. Low vision is defined as a visual impairment severe enough to interfere with the independent completion of activities of daily living, but with some useful residual vision.

Southeastern Alaska seniors help themselves and others
People who tell us that volunteering is good for our health mean it literally! They are referring not only to our mental health and self-esteem, but to our physical health as well.

JDHS students honored at ceremony
Ten Juneau-Douglas High School students received Student Recognition awards last week in a ceremony at the school library.

Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School Honor Roll
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School staff is proud to celebrate the students on the honor roll.

Jablonski, Murphy marry
Tammy Lou Jablonski and Joseph Murphy were married Oct. 10, 2001, at Fireweed Place in Juneau. Attendants were Marc and Sue Horner.

Pet Of Week
Kia is an 8 month old husky mix spayed female who is an outstanding dog. She is friendly, energetic, playful and gets along with other dogs.

Arnold R. 'Arnie' Murphy
Juneau resident Arnold R. "Arnie" Murphy died Sept. 25, 2001, in Astoria, Ore.

My Turn: Canadian mine poses threat to the Taku River watershed
Just 40 miles northeast of Juneau, a small Canadian mining company known as Redcorp Ventures, plans to reopen the Tulsequah Chief Mine and to construct a nearly 100-mile access road straight through the heart of the Taku River watershed. The mine and road will be the focus of an important public meeting in Juneau on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Baranof Hotel's Treadwell Room from 7-10 p.m.

My Turn: A different dose of common sense
Juneau Empire Publisher Don Smith recently wrote that the airport controversy needs a dose of common sense. This is true. That is why so many people are concerned about the chainsaw approach being taken to the airport safety issue. Let's look at the facts.

The Sept. 11 insurance crisis
If Congress wants to protect the American economy, it has to make sure American business doesn't face a monumental New Year's Day hangover.

Mr. Putin's business disputes
When the management and highly regarded journalistic team of Russia's NTV television network was forced out earlier this year, spokesmen for Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed he had nothing to do with it; the takeover of the only television network to report critically on his government, they said, was the result of a common "business dispute."

Ski and snowboard training starts before the snow falls
When Mother Nature backed off her threat of an early snowfall, it gave ski and snowboard enthusiasts a little extra time to get into shape for the season. Getting one's "ski legs" can be even a bigger obstacle than icy moguls, trees or hidden rocks and stumps that can be found on the ski hill.

Interior mushers cope with lean snow conditions
The aesthetics of training a team of huskies with a four-wheeler aren't quite the same as using a dog sled. The mechanical "putt-putt-putt" of an engine doesn't compare to the romantic "shush" of sled runners sliding over the snow.

Out in the cold
Wind: Steady, 20 to 30 mph. Temperature: In the 20s, depending on cloud cover. Precipitation: Rain, snow, sleet ... all possibilities. Perfect weather for a run. Sound torturous? Not for a number of area runners.

Getting up close with snowy owls
As Ron and Mary Teel stood in the snow earlier this month studying the snowy owl sitting 10 feet away at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, they had a hard time concealing their excitement. "You can see the frost on its nose above where it breathes," whispered Mary, looking at the bird through a pair of binoculars.

Out and About
King and dungeness crab, halibut, coho salmon (June-Nov.), deer (Aug.-Dec., depending on area), mountain goat (Aug.-Dec., depending on area), wolf (Aug.-April), grouse (Aug.-May), ptarmigan (Aug.-May), ducks, geese, brants, swans, snipe, crane (Sept.-Dec.), coyote (Sept.-April), hare (Sept.-April) and brown bear (Sept.-Dec.).

Sports In Juneau
Today, Nov. 29

Southeast runners head to Western regional meet
The high school cross country season in Alaska has been over for nearly two months. But as many as nine high school cross country runners from Southeast, including seven from Juneau, will be in action this weekend at the Foot Locker Western Regional meet Saturday at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. The meet is one of four qualifiers for the Foot Locker National Championships, which take place Dec. 8 in Orlando, Fla.

Going where no girl has gone before
Breaking stereotypes is one thing, but for a female to be successful in a sport dominated by males is even a greater accomplishment.

Steidel, McGrath win Seattle Marathon
Uli Steidel, a graduate student at Washington, won his third consecutive Seattle Marathon and Joan McGrath of New Westminster, British Columbia, won her second women's title.

Duke bedevils No. 7 Iowa
Facing its first top 10 opponent of the season, Duke made easy work of No. 7 Iowa on Tuesday night, beating the Hawkeyes 80-62 in the first night of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Sports in Juneau
Today, Nov. 28

Juneau wrestlers add meet
The Juneau-Douglas High School varsity wrestling team will compete against Valdez in a dual meet at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Marie Drake gym.

Legislative move backers say they have the signatures
A group pushing a measure to move the Legislature to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough has more than enough signatures to get the question on the 2002 ballot, according to a spokeswoman.

Marine weather broadcasts to triple area coverage
The U.S. Coast Guard and the National Weather Service plan to triple the area in Alaska in which mariners can receive continuous weather reports on VHF radios.

Rate of AIDS growing for Alaska Natives
Alaska Natives are infected with HIV and AIDS at a higher rate than Caucasian Alaskans - and state health officials aren't sure why. Officials say the Native rate gradually has increased since 1997.

State Briefs
Investigators press Arctic Rose owner about safety procedures; Anchorage student hospitalized with inflammation of the brain; State restricts caribou hunt; Moose hunt closed near McGrath

Rare sea turtle found on SE beach
Kirt Marsh of Petersburg was walking along a rocky beach on southern Admiralty Island recently when he came upon a very odd "rock."

Gov. Knowles makes pitch for an avalanche warning system
Michael Deppner Jr. was walking near Sheep Mountain south of Juneau several years ago when he heard a "whump" and an avalanche fell on his head.

State Briefs
Commission: Convenience stores may expand in residential areas; Winds in Juneau should diminish; Anchorage man arrested for leaving child locked in car; Another reason to read the paper; Palmer high school teacher sentenced for sexual abuse; Funeral, fund set for slain trooper; Saxman man charged with stabbing of older brother

Alaska Air rep removed from crash inquiry
An Alaska Airlines engineer has been removed from a panel investigating the crash of Flight 261 because National Transportation Safety Board officials felt he was hindering the probe, a newspaper reported today.

Wasilla boy dies in Parks Highway traffic accident
A man who escaped this summer from an Anchorage halfway house while serving time for a drunken driving conviction caused a head-on collision on the Parks Highway on Tuesday, killing a 5-year-old boy and seriously injuring the boy's mother, Alaska State Troopers said.

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