Friday, December 4, 2009

Artistic illumination
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.

A quick trip to Cuba via Seward Street
A new restaurant will be opening downtown this weekend - for one night only.

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.

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.

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.

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
THURSDAY

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.

Wings of Alaska sale goes sour
Bob Jacobsen wasn't ready to retire when, in his mid-50s, he sold Wings of Alaska to a Portland start-up company. But after nearly three decades in the air transport business, he was ready to do something else.

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."

Swope: Negotiations could prevent city layoffs
Current negotiations between the city and the largest of its three unions could make the difference between cutting or keeping more than 20 municipal employees, said city manager Rod Swope on Thursday.

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.

Tourist season a mixed bag: sales tax revenues show no consistency
The tourists arrived, but did they spend?

Businesses prepare for big night
Tonight is expected to be one of the more festive evenings of the holiday season in Juneau, as hundreds of people are expected to flock to downtown for the 28th annual Gallery Walk.

Tax figures show spending trends
Editor's note: The information provided is for the first through the third quarter of 2009 and represents only a portion of business segments reporting.

Photos: Demonstration, education
Speaking: KJ Metcalfe speaks during a demonstration on the Capitol steps Thursday by the Juneau People of Peace and Justice against the Obama Administration's escalation of the military in Afghanistan. The group is collectingsignatures in protest of the war to send to President Obama.

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.

Around Town
Today, Dec. 4

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.

Around Town
Today, Dec. 3

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Klu Cordova
Former Juneau resident Klu Cordova, also known as Kiersten Carrington, died Nov. 2, 2009, in Glenrose, Texas, after a long battle with complications from a head injury sustained in her youth. She was 43.

Carolyn Lee Holbert
Juneau resident Carolyn Lee Holbert died unexpectedly on Nov. 29, 2009, in her home in Juneau. She was 70.

Patricia A. Gehring
Juneau resident Patricia A. Gehring died unexpectedly Dec. 2, 2009, in her home. She was 38.

Dubai not an oasis, but simply a mirage
The following editorial first appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

Time to vote on shield law for journalists
One month ago, Senate sponsors of a federal shield law for journalists reached a breakthrough compromise with the Obama administration that satisfies the government's concerns over safeguarding national security yet allows reporters to protect confidential news sources.

Obama's land mine decision disappoints
President Barack Obama will collect his Nobel Peace Prize on Dec. 10 - two weeks after his administration announced a decision not to join the global treaty banning land mines. He shouldn't get away without having to reconcile the glow of Oslo with that deadly, heartless and inhumane decision, another sign that the president's peace prize may have been premature.

Let bank bailout expire
The following editorial first appeared in the Kansas City Star:

Missing stories of 2009
Sometimes it's those news stories that don't feel the love from cable talk shows or the blogosphere that reveal the most about what really happened in a given year. 2009 had plenty of them. From a naval alliance that could shift the balance of power on two continents to the risk of another housing bubble, these are the stories that got less attention they deserved this year - but could dominate the conversation in 2010.

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.

Facebook friends not so friendly
I'm not so sure I like my friends anymore.

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."

Preserving a 'public treasure'
Among the 17 million acres that makes up the Tongass National Forest sit over a hundred tiny cabins that have seen hikers come and go, hunters hundle around steaming stoves, families as they grow and been the backdrop for countless memories cultivated by users near and far. Their walls have certainly heard stories told by "old timers" and have weathered all that mother nature has to offer.

Windfall Lake Cabin now more accessible
Juneau's most popular U.S. Forest Service backcountry cabin just became more accessible.

Weekend at the Camping Cove cabin includes chocolate treats
It's down through a pretty grove of tall red alders that the North Bridget access trail (about 2.5 miles long) opens on to a curving beach. On a recent visit, deep windrows of rockweed on the upper end of the shoreline were evidence of high winds. There was almost a foot of snow in open areas, but just a few inches on the ground under the trees. This made trail-breaking easy.

Tis the season to give it all for the cause of warmth out on the trails
I am giving to myself this year and forgetting selfishness.

Photos: Capturing the wild

ERUMC accepting winter reservations
JUNEAU - Eagle River United Methodist Camp is now accepting reservations for winter use.

Furbearers trapping season open in Unit 4
JUNEAU - The general trapping season for marten, river otter, mink, weasel and beaver opened Dec. 1 for Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof Islands.

Juneau-Douglas Fish and Game Advisory Committee to meet
JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas Fish and Game Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at DIPAC hatchery to hold elections for open committee seats.

Juneau State Parks citizens advisory board to meet
JUNEAU - The Juneau State Parks citizens advisory board will hold a public meeting Monday, Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the Caribou room of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game headquarters.

House Majority picks Dahlstrom as Rules chair
ANCHORAGE - State Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom has been picked as the new Rules Committee Chairwoman in the state House of Representatives.

GOP confirms Tammie Wilson for House seat
FAIRBANKS - State House Republicans have confirmed Tammie Wilson's appointment to represent District 11 in the North Pole area.

Governor plans holiday open house
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sean Parnell and First Lady Sandy Parnell will open the Governor's Mansion in Juneau to the public next week.

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.

Detox center reopens in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks Native Association's detoxification clinic is accepting patients again.

Angoon man gets 10 years for abusing girls
JUNEAU - A 25-year-old Angoon man was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting two teenage girls.

Third man pleads guilty in Alaska caribou wasting
KOTZEBUE - A third man accused of killing and wasting dozens of caribou on the tundra near Point Hope last year has pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to salvage edible meat.

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.

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.

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.

Man indicted on child pornography count
ANCHORAGE - A 75-year-old Wasilla man has been indicted on a charge of possessing child pornography.

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.

JDHS hockey begins home schedule tonight
Juneau-Douglas hockey looks to get its first victory of the season as the Crimson Bears host North Pole in their first Mid-Alaska Conference games Friday and Saturday.

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.

Sports in Juneau
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Parnell: State must end its sexual assault 'epidemic'
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell announced Thursday he will push legislation aimed at addressing the state's domestic violence and sexual assaults, social ills he called epidemic.

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.

Suit seeks EPA review of pesticide impact
ANCHORAGE - An environmental group sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, claiming it has not reviewed the detrimental effects of pesticides on polar bears and their Arctic habitat.

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.

Crews cleaning up North Slope pipeline leak
ANCHORAGE - The cleanup continued Thursday on the North Slope, where a pipeline carrying a mixture of oil, gas and water was discovered leaking onto tundra four days ago.

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.

Sitka residents publish holiday children's book
SITKA - Sitka Soup publisher Will Swagel was not sure who would respond to his ad on Aug. 28, 2008, seeking a "cartoon/artist with wry (or pumpernickel) sense of humor ..."

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.

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