Friday, November 30, 2001

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

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.

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.

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.

Entertainment Calendar
Movies

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.

Weekend Best Bets
Pirate galleries, private studios, gift shops and a museum will throw open their doors this weekend for Gallery Walk.

Leave the Mendenhall Glacier bears alone
I hear that Fish and Game is tiring to dart the brown bear sow and cub at the Mendenhall Glacier. My question is "why?"

Getting it right
First, I would like to thank the Juneau Empire for the Nov. 27 article profiling the addition of custom ski boot fitting to my business, Alaskan Acupuncture and Massage.

Be grateful for wheels to get to high school
This is in reply to Julie Smith's letter to the editor in the Nov. 15 Empire. Sweetheart, that was a great letter, you have great ideas, but I can tell you now it will never happen.

Volunteers needed to help clear overgrown branches, maintain the Airport Dike Trail
In coming weeks trail users and Juneau Airport maintenance staff will be working together to clear overgrown branches from the Airport Dike Trail. We are looking for volunteers to help.

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

Douglas Harbor project behind schedule
The first phase of the Douglas Harbor expansion project is behind schedule, but the Juneau Docks and Harbors Board on Thursday decided to push forward with the second phase of dredging Steamship Wharf this winter.

Around Town
Today

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events

Police and Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

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.

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.

Docks and Harbors OKs new vendor regs
Juneau's downtown dock will get a little more structure next summer under new vendor regulations approved by the Juneau Docks and Harbors Board on Thursday.

Woman flown to Anchorage after Valley crash
A collision between a pickup and a small sedan near the Mendenhall Center on Thursday night injured three people, one of whom was airlifted to Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage.

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

Cy Peck Jr. spreads blessings, jazz
Cy Peck Jr. may spend Christmas in Los Angeles with his friend Steven Seagal. It's become a tradition with the pair the action film actor and the shaman to the stars.

FYI
Area births, legal licences and court records.

Correction

Living and growing
An elusive play of Divine Spirit washes through our consciousness moment by moment, hinting to us about where we might look next, where our application of our energy aligns with Its work.

Pancake breakfast helps fire victims
Resurrection Lutheran Church will be flipping flapjacks Dec. 9 to benefit Otto and Verma Whitfield, whose residence on Long Run Drive burned Oct. 30.

Thank you
...for all your help

Five local students win PFD essay contest
Juneau-Douglas High School students were asked to submit a 350- to 500-word essay on the state's oil-wealth savings account. The contest and other events marked the 25th anniversary of the statewide vote to create the fund.

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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.

Vandals face serious penalties
On Nov. 8, in broad daylight between 1 and 3 p.m., someone driving at high speed smashed mine and my neighbor's mailboxes completely off the post by throwing a pumpkin from a speeding vehicle. The impact was so severe it hurled pieces of pumpkin clear over to the adjoining property.

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.

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.).

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Bears take down Bucs
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team got in a warm-up for today's Juneau-Douglas Pilot Wrestling Invitational, defeating Valdez 27-3 on Thursday at Marie Drake Middle School gymnasium.

Sports In Juneau
Today, Nov. 29

Juneau's Hughes 43rd in U.S. Open swim meet
Juneau-Douglas High School freshman Paul Hughes competed against some of the world's best swimmers at the U.S. Open Championships, taking 43rd place in the 100-meter breaststroke Thursday at Nassau County Aquatic Center in East Meadow, N.Y.

Sports in Juneau
Local sports roundup

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.

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.

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

UAF athlete indicted on kidnapping, rape charges
A University of Alaska Fairbanks basketball player has been indicted on kidnapping and rape charges.

Ferry strands casket
Gertrude Demmert's body was in a hearse at the Sitka ferry dock last month when the captain of the state vessel Aurora ordered crew members to depart without it.

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.

BP: Gas pipeline does not make economic sense
More than $100 million spent on studying the feasibility of delivering North Slope gas to the Lower 48 indicates the project does not make economic sense, BP's gas expert told industry executives on Thursday.

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.

Around the State
Alaska news briefs

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.

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