Long before the monthly tradition of First Friday Art Walk was begun in 2002, there was Gallery Walk. Now in its 28th year, the December event is Juneau's biggest gallery night of the year, an evening for strolling, chatting, eating cheese, shopping, meeting artists - and ogling art.
Juneau Democrats host Julia Child party Dec. 5
The Juneau Democrats will host a Julia Child-inspired cocktail and dance party, "Juneau & Julia," Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.
A quick trip to Cuba via Seward Street
A new restaurant will be opening downtown this weekend - for one night only.
Bach Society holds concerts this weekend
The Juneau Bach Society will perform its annual holiday concerts this weekend in a collaborative program that involves the Alaska Youth Choir and The Juneau Douglas High School Chamber Choir. The group will perform two cantatas by J.S. Bach, three works by Monteverdi, and a movement from the Mass for the Children by John Rutter. The music is especially appropriate for the holiday season and families.
Square dance party held Friday after Gallery Walk events
A square dance party will round out Gallery Walk events on Friday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, with music by Rollin' Freight Train. The band includes Andy Ferguson, Nicole Lantz, Jack Fontenella, Sergei Morason and Eric Chadwell, as well as caller Tom Paul.
Upcoming attractions at the Nickelodeon
The Gold Town Nickelodeon is branching out.
'Blind Side': Hooked after 20 seconds
The over-under on how many minutes one typically gives a movie before deciding whether or not they are on board is what, 10? Twenty, maybe, if you're generous.
Folk humor, piano jazz highlight Gold Street music
Mike Truax's humor, Robert Cohen's piano jazz and Cheryl Cook and Kathy Hocker's folk harmonies are part of the next Gold Street Music concert.
New picture books for little library patrons
New picture books for young listeners and their readers include a book of potty-training songs ("On top of the Potty" - funny, but not for everyone - my advice is to preview this first), a new title in the popular "sheep" series ("Sheep Blast Off!") and a quietly lovely story about the birth and first year of a foal ("Horse") as well as the titles below.
Arts & Culture Calendar
Clarifying Alaskan Brewing clothing
In early October, we were contacted by Madison Nolan about her upcoming article concerning school dress codes in Juneau. She asked for our support in making a change to the current school dress code, as some of our newer merchandise did not reference alcohol products.
Alaska's first lady thanks Juneau
What a treat it was to arrive this week with our first load of moving boxes and open the front door to the Governor's Mansion. A holiday wonderland greeted us. Some wonderful Juneau-Douglas residents have transformed the already beautiful home into a festive delight.
We must distinguish science from rhetoric
According to one definition in the dictionary, science is the "possession of knowledge as distinguished from ignorance or misunderstanding."
Juneau's sales tax revenues plummet
Sales tax revenues for the third quarter of the calendar year dropped more drastically than expected, and in revised budget forecasts, Juneau faces a shortfall of about $8 million by the end of 2012, city finance director Craig Duncan told the Juneau Assembly Wednesday night.
Assembly takes step toward N. Douglas extension
The Juneau Assembly and Goldbelt Inc. took a first step toward reviving a partnership to develop West Douglas and access to it at a special meeting Tuesday night.
Putting a new spin on a 'Wonderful' tradition
The holiday season is full of tradition and this year Perseverance Theatre is putting a new twist on a contemporary Christmas custom with its production of "This Wonderful Life."
One teen escapee caught, second still on lam
One of the two teenagers that escaped from the Johnson Youth Center by scaling a fence and fleeing the area on Friday was caught Tuesday.
Tongass stakeholders meet in Sitka
The future of biomass energy in Southeast Alaska will be a key topic during the Tongass Futures Roundtable meeting that starts today.
Out-of-state fishermen expected to receive $70 million refund
Out-of-state fishermen will be refunded nearly $70 million in state money for commercial fishing license fees the Alaska Supreme Court says were unconstitutionally high.
Photos: In remembrance
Connor Swanson looks into the flame of his candle after its lighting it in honor of his mom's best friend, Doyle Wilkenson, who died from HIV/AIDS. In honor of its Paint The Town Red campaign and in acknowledgement of World AIDS Day, the Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association a candle-lighting ceremony in a banquet room at the Baranof Hotel.
Photo: Business vacation
Gen Armstrong carries extra gear Monday as she walks toward the Juneau International Airport terminal en route to a diabetes conference on behalf of her employer, Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. "I'm heading to Anchorage for business," Armstrong said. "I'll have a day where these (skis) will be essential for the trip."
Photo: Laying the framework
Jake Glasgow and Anthony Zurfluch, of Soldotna's Doors & Windows, attach framing for windows Tuesday on the new construction project at the Juneau International Airport's rental car and passenger pick up area.
Photo: Last remnants of mudslide
Todd Hadfield of the city's street department pressure-washes mud from a recent mudslide off the sidewalk Wednesday on South Franklin Street.
Photo: Healthy hands
In hopes of attracting more use of a Purell hand sanitizer, students at the University ofAlaska Southeast decorated the dispenser Tuesday to be more personable.
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:
Today, Dec. 3
Photo: Moving in
A Reliable Transfer moving van parks Wednesday in front of the Governor's Mansion. Gov. Sean Parnell is moving his family from Anchorage to Juneau for the legislative session that begins next month.
Wednesday, Dec. 2
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:
Carolyn Lee Holbert
Juneau resident Carolyn Lee Holbert died unexpectedly on Nov. 29, 2009, in her home in Juneau. She was 70.
Juneau resident Alberto Aquino died Nov. 26, 2009, in Hawaii. He was 78.
Ferminia (Jean) Siangco Gomez
Juneau resident Ferminia (Jean) Siangco Gomez, formerly of Molokai, Hawaii, died Nov. 28, 2009, in Juneau. She was 86.
Dubai not an oasis, but simply a mirage
The following editorial first appeared in the Dallas Morning News:
Drowning in debt
The following editorial appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer:
The power of pardons
In the wake of the massacre of four Tacoma, Wash., area police officers, there's been talk about the fallout for Republican Mike Huckabee. While governor of Arkansas, Huckabee commuted the prison sentence of the main suspect, Maurice Clemmons, with the result that Clemmons got out of prison in 2000, after about 11 years. Huckabee has faced criticism of his use of the pardon power; now, he'll face more.
Let bank bailout expire
The following editorial first appeared in the Kansas City Star:
5 myths about shopping
Every year, TV coverage of the holiday shopping kickoff takes on the sort of breathless urgency typically reserved for hurricanes or car chases. We're told that fate of the republic hinges on the contents of our shopping bags. Historically, we've obliged by overstuffing them: Bankruptcy filings tend to surge early each year as consumers struggle to pay their post-Christmas credit card bills.
United States leadership needed in Arctic Ocean
The United States has vital interests in the Arctic Ocean, given Alaska's location and the impact of climate change in the far north on the world's environment, natural resources, population and security. The United States needs to assert leadership now to promote ecologically sound, productive and peaceful management of the Arctic Ocean. U.S. ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is the urgent first step in this regard but it should be accompanied by an initiative to make the central Arctic Ocean a peaceful preserve for all humankind.
Food-fight arrests? C'mon, this was kid stuff
A recent headline in the New York Times was for me, as John Fogerty sings, like deja vu all over again: "25 Chicago students arrested for a middle-school food fight."
Correct past wrongs in Arctic development
Environmental groups had high hopes for the Obama administration. They had spent eight years fighting off relentless efforts by the previous administration to eviscerate laws and regulations aimed at protecting our natural heritage and opening nearly all public resources to private exploitation.
Parnell appoints Stowers to state Supreme Court
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage Superior Court judge has been picked by Gov. Sean Parnell for the Alaska Supreme Court.
No charge against Two Rivers woman who shot horse
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks district attorney has dropped charges against a Two Rivers woman accused of killing her neighbor's horse.
Man sentenced for mailing threats
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man has been sentenced to three years probation for mailing threats to a judge and two police officers.
Santa to host kids event at Home Depot
JUNEAU - Santa Claus will make a special appearance at Home Depot Saturday morning.
Lawmaker asks for natural gas inquiry
FAIRBANKS - Alaska state Rep. Jay Ramras has asked the governor to investigate the resignation of a natural gas adviser, saying he believes key state officials tried to block a study of a proposed natural gas pipeline.
Man indicted on child pornography count
ANCHORAGE - A 75-year-old Wasilla man has been indicted on a charge of possessing child pornography.
Palin book tour host to press: stay away
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - She's no longer the chief executive of Alaska, but Sarah Palin should still be called "governor." And in English only, please.
Gay rights group asks UA to update policy
FAIRBANKS - A student gay rights group is asking the University of Alaska to add sexual orientation to its nondiscrimination policy.
Pelican man surrenders after standoff
JUNEAU - A suicidal 49-year-old Pelican man did not harm himself Monday after a Village Public Safety Officer convinced the man to surrender during a standoff Monday, according to the Alaska State Troopers.
UAF awarded $4.6M for geothermal study
FAIRBANKS - A $4.6 million grant will help University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers study geothermal exploration techniques.
Ketchikan shipyard delivers vessel
ANCHORAGE - The shipyard in Ketchikan celebrated the delivery of the first steel marine vessel manufactured in Alaska for export in the international shipping market.
Ketchikan tourism feels effect of economy
KETCHIKAN - Ketchikan tourism officials say the nation's economic woes apparently had an effect on the local visitors industry.
Random notes from a cluttered sports desk
The local prep sports scene has been at a virtual standstill as far as games are concerned, but that's about to change with the Juneau-Douglas hockey team kicking off the weekend with a pair of Mid-Alaska Conference matchups against North Pole on Friday and Saturday (finally!) at Treadwell Arena.
Nizich's got next
Thunder Mountain's new girls' basketball coach hardly needs a lengthy introduction around these parts.
Sports in Juneau
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Permanent fund looks to operate smaller accounts
Management of a portion of the $34 billion Alaska Permanent Fund will be contracted out to outside investment managers, but fund staff say the goal is more to learn how expert investors operate than a hope for explosive new returns.
NOAA proposes critical habitat for belugas
ANCHORAGE - Nearly 2 million acres of water off Alaska's largest and busiest city were proposed Tuesday as critical habitat for beluga whales, raising concerns that the effort to save the whales will scuttle development.
Iditarod champion among four added to Alaska Hall of Fame
ANCHORAGE - Lance Mackey, the three-time defending Iditarod champion and winner of all four of his Yukon Quest races, is one of four athletes who have been added to the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.
Ventura seeks out conspiracy theories at Alaska station
MINNEAPOLIS - Jesse Ventura is back for another stab at TV stardom, this time hosting a program that digs into conspiracy theories, including alternate views of what was behind the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the purpose of a sprawling research center in remote Alaska.
Tempe residents wait in 'Alaska temps' to see Palin
TEMPE, Ariz. - Hundreds of Sarah Palin fans flocked to a Costco store in Tempe on Tuesday to meet the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate and to have her sign their copies of "Going Rogue."
UA Regents promote Fairbanks science building
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Board of Regents has approved a capital budget request with a single new construction item: a science facility at the Fairbanks campus.
Assembly accepts report on former Anchorage mayor
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Assembly accepted a report on Tuesday that is critical of former Mayor Mark Begich but voted against investigating further his handling of the budget.
Jamaican to train for Iditarod with champ Mackey
ANCHORAGE - Jamaican dog musher Newton Marshall arrived in Alaska on Sunday to begin a kind of three-month Iditarod boot camp with reigning champ Lance Mackey.
Alaska trade group head charged with sexual assault
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage trade association president who supports a proposed "safety hour" for downtown bars has been charged with sexual assault following allegations he fondled four women at his own bar.
Hurricane-force winds pound remote Coast Guard station
ANCHORAGE - The crew at the Coast Guard station on Attu Island was digging out Wednesday following a weekend storm packing hurricane-force winds that left 7-foot snow drifts and a thick layer of ice on just about everything.
Accused bar owner resigning as head of association
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage bar owner John Pattee, who is accused of groping four women, is resigning from his position as president of the Anchorage Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers Association.
Cleanup continues at North Slope oil spill
ANCHORAGE - Cleanup is continuing at the site of a spill at an oil field on the North Slope.