Friday, December 12, 2008

Red Dog Saloon to stay open all winter
After years of catering primarily to Juneau's summer tourists, the Red Dog Saloon is under new ownership and ready to fully embrace the locals. This year the bar and restaurant will be open all winter, offering good food and music - and the largest television screen in town.

Second Stage to host holiday doubleheader
The holidays bring all sorts of characters out of the woodwork.

Culture center to transform into miniature golf course
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council will be transforming the Juneau Arts & Culture Center into a miniature golf course at the end of the month.

Reincarnation of The Bastards to perform Dec. 17
The Bastards are getting ready to explode back on to the local scene.

Registration for Alaska Arts and Culture Conference nears
The 2009 Alaska Arts and Culture Conference will be held Jan. 29-31 at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage.

What's Happening
THURSDAY, DEC. 11

You can't drive to Juneau from Canada
In the Dec. 10 front page Ketchikan Daily News article, "Palin compares Alaska, Canada," Palin shows how out of touch she is with Southeast Alaska and Alaska in general.

Two boys shot in Valley
Two boys were hospitalized after being struck by a single bullet fired from a .44-caliber Magnum on Wednesday afternoon in an apparent accident at a Mendenhall Valley home, police said.

Boy dies from gunshot wound
A teenage boy who was shot in the Mendenhall Valley has died.

Juneau becomes a 'hot spot' for whooping cough
Doctors in Juneau are struggling to deal with a growing number of whooping cough cases and are trying to stem the growth with new vaccination efforts.

Initial tests: no danger in suspicious powder
ANCHORAGE - A white powder mailed to the Alaska governor's office in Juneau did not contain harmful material, according to initial tests performed by state health officials.

City's avalanche expert's career started in college
For 12 years, Tom Mattice made his rounds inspecting snow and avalanche conditions for snowcat skiers in the Cascade Mountains of Washington before becoming Juneau's new avalanche forecaster.

FBI widens investigation into suspicious letters
Initial tests of the suspicious white powder sent to the Alaska governor's office did not indicate any danger, though a more thorough analysis in Anchorage was underway Wednesday, officials said. Meanwhile, the FBI's investigation continues to widen as more governors' offices report receiving similar letters.

Bartlett receives expansion approval
State regulators have approved a further renovation and expansion at Bartlett Regional Hospital that's hoped will help boost business and keep patients in town.

Photo: Tulsequah talk
Tim Davies, of Redfern Resources Ltd., talks to a heated crowd of just more than 130 people Thursday night at Centennial Hall. Davies was part of a discussion group in a public information meeting on Redfern's air-cushion barging proposal for the Tulsequah Chief mine project in British Columbia.

Photo: Break in the storm
Mike Tobin takes advantage of a break in the weather Wednesday to take a walk along the Auke Rec beach. A winter weather advisory has been issued until noon today, with 2 to 5 inches of snow expected.

Photo: Holiday spirit
Harborview Elementary School first, second and third graders wave their hands, donned with gloves and bells, to a song called "Jingle Jive" during the annual Winter Concert on Thursday night. All classes in the school participated in the concert.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Photo: Making way for parking garage
Employees of Southeast Earthmovers remove multiple big rubber mats used to contain rock fragments Wednesday during blasting downtown. The work is being done to prepare the site at Telephone Hill for a parking garage and transit center. The company is using a whistle system to alert the public when it will blast. One long whistle means preparing to blast, two long whistles mean ready to blast and three short whistles mean "all clear."

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Around Town
Today, Dec. 12

Around Town
Today

A look at what's to come
It's the holiday season, and everybody has a ton of stuff on their minds. What do Mom and Dad need for Christmas? What do you want for Christmas? How do you stomach the annoying drunken stupor of your uncle this year? It should therefore be assumed that some things will slip your mind in the coming weeks.

'Changeling' a hard story to shake
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? Clint Eastwood knows, and in the brooding, disturbing "Changeling," he puts that knowledge on screen and combines it with a testament to the strength of a mother's hope and love.

Dark Knight's brilliance not just for fans
'The Dark Knight: Two-Disc Special Edition'

Juneau Lyric Opera concert features local chorus and musicians
Local musicians and vocalists will get together this weekend to perform a selection of holiday favorites in Juneau Lyric Opera's Holiday Pops concert.

The mirror of the medicine wheel
So the reign of Hooligan is coming to a close. For some, that is good news, for others it is not. As a writer for the Hooligan from its first pages, I've been privy to a spectrum of comments from readers who have hated it and slammed it, and those who have loved it and supported it.

A list of familiar and not-so-familiar holiday tunes to enjoy
So you chug-a-lugged some spiked egg nog, passed out and had nightmares of hearing "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" for the gajillionth time. Then ... you got lost in a megamall, only to be mauled by a gaudy Mannheim Steamroller.

City museum gets FRESH ART
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum recently acquired new art by five local artists - Dan DeRoux, Rie Muñoz, Salty Hanes, Trevor Gong and Ella Bentley - through the Rasmuson Art Acquisition Fund. These pieces will be on exhibit Jan. 2-31 in the museum's Recent Acquisitions Exhibit.

CASA volunteers seek to affect children's lives
I am a Court Appointed Special Advocate. We are citizen volunteers who advocate for children and youth in state custody. In Alaska, all children in state custody due to abuse or neglect are assigned a guardian ad litem (GAL).

Ten Alaska communities to benefit from Safe Routes to School grants
The Department of Transportation & Public Facilities announced today that it has approved 10 applications for grants to the department-administered Safe Routes to School program.

Consortium's treatment programs earn CARF accreditation
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs recently received a three-year accreditation by CARF International, an international accrediting organization.

Celebrating through the Christmas clutter
A small mountain of red dresses is sitting in the passenger seat of my car. The sizes attest to how long they have been hanging around my house - sizes 2T through 5T. Two questions really come to mind when I see this pile. First, why does my kid need six Christmas dresses? And second, why haven't I gotten rid of ones that no longer fit?

Ketchikan resident shares Christmas Cauliflower recipe
Family, friends, fun and sharing - it's that time of year. Remember, AAE is where it happens. Do you have a favorite recipe you would like share with our readers? Are you looking for a lost holiday favorite? Send in your recipes and requests.

Local praises Quest University
During my first month-long course at Quest University Canada, I swam in ice cold rivers, calculated how much CO2 a horse produces per day, discovered human nature and realized that I am attending one of the most inspiring and innovative universities in the world.

Using heart chakra energy
"The light shines in the darkness and the darkness grasps it not" - Prologue to the Gospel of John.

Juneau Jazz & Classics to host Barney McClure
JUNEAU - Barney McClure, world-class jazz pianist, teacher and accompanist, will return to Juneau to offer a five-day cabaret workshop, from Jan. 25 to 29 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Cooperative Church Council to hold annual Advent lunch Dec. 18
JUNEAU - The Cooperative Church Council will hold its annual Advent lunch at noon Thursday, Dec. 18, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, on the corner of 10th Street and Glacier Avenue.

Photo: A French Christmas
Thunder Mountain High School students in Mary Soltys' French classes learned about a French Christmas tradition on Friday, Dec. 5. Dec. 6 is the day that French children in northern and eastern parts of France leave their shoes outside for Père No l (Saint Nick) in the hopes that he might leave them a surprise. He made an unexpected detour to Juneau on Friday before going to France, Soltys said.

Skylar Cooney: Painter
Age: 7.

Gastineau Channel Senior Centers to hold annual gift wrap fundraiser
JUNEAU - The Gastineau Channel Senior Centers' Advisory Board will hold its annual gift wrap fundraiser at the Nugget Mall beginning Saturday and running until Christmas Eve.

SADD to host 'Tie One On For Safety' Campaign
With holidays right around the corner, the Students Against Destructive Decisions at Juneau-Douglas High School have taken up a campaign to raise awareness about the dramatic increase in impaired driving throughout the season. The "Tie One On For Safety" campaign, which is to begin Dec. 15 and end after the turn of the New Year, consists of members of the community tying red SADD ribbons to the antenna of their vehicle to pledge their support to drive safe and sober during the holidays. SADD Ribbons can be found at locally owned grocery and liquor stores throughout Juneau when the campaign is officially launched.

Photo: Earning an Eagle Scout
Troop 6 Scoutmaster Ron Josephson, left, congratulates Ben Weyhrauch on earning his Eagle Scout Award, which was presented at a Nov. 30 Court of Honor at the Log Chapel at Chapel by the Lake Church. Eagle Scout is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts. For his Eagle Scout project, Weyhrauch constructed an interpretive kiosk at the Egan Drive inbound turnout to the Mendenhall Wetlands. Weyhrauch's mentor for the project was ADF&G area management biologist Ryan Scott. Weyhrauch is a member of Troop 6, sponsored by Chapel by the Lake in Auke Bay. Troop 6 Committee Chairman Chris Gianotti, District Committee Chair Duane Gates, and Warren Russell, district commissioner, assisted in the Court of Honor.

SAGA to hold holiday open house at its Eagle Valley Center
JUNEAU - There will be a Holiday Open House at the Southeast Alaska Guidance Association's Eagle Valley Center all day Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 24600 Amalga Harbor Road, 24-mile Glacier Highway.

Thank you to Spickler and Egan for their holiday donation
Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies (AWARE Inc.) offers our gratitude to Scott V. Spickler and Linda Egan, of Spickler/Egan Financial Services, for their generous and innovative holiday donation to AWARE. This year Spickler/Egan decided to forgo a holiday greeting card to their clients, business associates and friends and instead chose to contribute funds for a big, warm, delicious special holiday breakfast for the women and children in residence for safe shelter at AWARE. We are delighted to be able to celebrate with breakfast feasts for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, and then some!

Thanks for making marvelous theater
I am now convinced that Katie Jensen and Aaron Elmore could make exciting theater out of a grocery list - and bring you to tears over it too. "The Little Prince," Antoine de Saint-Exupery's fanciful tale of a visitor from another planet, is much more than a grocery list, of course, but when I went to see Theatre in the Rough's production last weekend, I expected the allegorical nature of the story would make for a rather two-dimensional play. And in fact, the play seems light on character development and lighter still on compelling dialogue - I noticed a few times when Elmore's acting seemed to strain a bit to find the drama in his lines.

Thanks for giving my father special care
I would like to thank Dr. John Raster for the special care he gave my father last week during his visit to Juneau. My father is 82 years old and has a long list of health concerns. He had to go into the emergency room twice during his two-week visit (including Thanksgiving night) due to some minor but troubling circumstances. Raster made a special appointment to see my father even though he wasn't keeping office hours and was still moving back to his office after getting new carpet. He saw my father and patched him up just in time for my father's flight home. I could see the relief in my father's face after we visited Raster. His expert touch and his caring manner put my dad at ease for the long trip home.

Thanks for contributing to our recent raffle
The Juneau Raptor Center recently concluded a very successful raffle. We have seven happy winners!

Thank you for the delightful production of the 'Nutcracker'
The incredible variety and quality of the arts in Juneau was on full display recently in Juneau Dance Unlimited's performance of the "Nutcracker." With new costumes, new sets and terrific dancing by the guest artists and talented local performers, the show was a delight. It reminds me once again that we are fortunate to live in an amazingly talented community. To all those who contributed to the show, either on the stage or behind the scenes, bravo!

Thanks for supporting 'Grief and the Holidays'
The Widowed Persons Program wishes to thank Jamie McLean for her exceptional presentation during our public "Grief and the Holidays" program in November. This was our most successful program since we started sponsoring this community event several years ago. We also want to thank the Widowed Persons members for assisting with room decorations, providing food and assuring that all of the participants felt welcome at this special program.

Senior menu for the week of Dec. 15-19
Monday, Dec. 15

FYI
Births

Williams celebrate 65 years
Lifelong Juneau residents Dean and Edna Williams celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with their family on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, 2008. They were married in Juneau on Nov. 27, 1943, at Northern Light Church and held their wedding reception at the Baranof Hotel. As they have on each of their wedding anniversaries, with the exception of one year during World War II, when Dean was serving in the Army, Dean and Edna returned to the Baranof Hotel on this special anniversary to raise a toast to their long and happy marriage.

Tatham, Cook to wed
Christine Hansen Tatham, of Juneau, and Robert Morgan Cook, of Lake Chelan, Wash., will marry on Jan. 3, 2009, at Northern Light United Church, 400 W. 11th St.

Hilda H. See
Lifelong Hoonah resident Hilda H. See died Dec. 8, 2008, at Wildflower Court in Juneau. She was 90.

Donald Bullock Sr.
Ketchikan resident Donald Mackenzie Bullock Sr. died Dec. 7, 2008, in Ketchikan. He was 85.

My Turn: Turning to the business of governing
As families across Alaska gave thanks for their many blessings during Thanksgiving, I know many are equally thankful that the long election season is finally over. After a two-year presidential campaign and close and intense Alaska races that resulted in extra innings ballot-counting, we now turn to the business of governing.

My turn: Alaska economy at a crossroads
Alaska and our economy are at a crossroads. If you live in rural Alaska, where heating fuel costs $7, $8 and $9 a gallon this winter, we're on a cliff. In good times leaders can get away with governing on auto-pilot. But from Barack Obama down to our local elected officials, today's leaders don't have that luxury. Easy soundbites won't get us very far. It's time for a dialogue in this state about real, needed solutions.

Outside editorial: Prosecuting Blackwater
Private security contractors have been a constant irritant in U.S.-Iraqi relations for years. Taking advantage of Iraq's lawless environment, they have been known to open fire with minimal provocation and seemingly little concern for the lives of innocent civilians.

Alaska editorial: Poor education report reflects demographics
A report giving poor marks to higher education in Alaska says more about the characteristics of Alaska's population than it does about the quality of our university.

Outside column: U.N. representative's past casts shadow over Human Rights Council's mission
Millions of Americans believe that the September 11 attacks were not the work of Muslim fundamentalists. They like to call the strikes "false flag" operations - a conspiracy planned and executed by the Bush administration.

Alaska editorial: Why won't Palin release Troopergate probe deposition?
Much as Gov. Sarah Palin might wish otherwise, she has not given Alaskans a complete, transparent accounting of her actions in Troopergate.

Lessons for Obama's infrastructure plans
President-elect Barack Obama put forward a plan this week for the largest government infrastructure project in a half-century. The idea is to revive the economy and create jobs for America's unemployed. But huge public works projects often fail to revive national economies. Consider the example of Japan in the 1990s.

ACS phone, Internet customers back online
JUNEAU - About 600 Juneau customers lost phone and Internet lines with Tuesday's power outages, and Alaska Communications Systems finished restoring the last of them Wednesday.

Power outage disables ferry
JUNEAU - The fast ferry Chenega departed Juneau today, after being disabled by a Tuesday power outage while connected to shoreside power in Auke Bay.

Ocean Beauty plants searched for records
JUNEAU - Three Ocean Beauty Seafoods Inc. plants were closed Tuesday morning while federal agents searched company records, according to the company.

Borough nixes plans for cell phone tower
FAIRBANKS - Borough planning officials have nixed plans for a 180-foot cell phone tower west of Fairbanks.

Alaska highest in bank credit card debt
DES MOINES, Iowa - Average bank credit card debt rose by nearly 1.6 percent in the third quarter compared to the second quarter, credit reporting agency TransUnion said Wednesday.

Mariners' test center moves into mall
JUNEAU - The U.S. Coast Guard opened a storefront office at the Mendenhall Mall on Monday.

Former lawmaker Dankworth dies
ANCHORAGE - A former state lawmaker who left office under ethical questions has died. Ed Dankworth was 80.

Designers give kudos to NOAA building
JUNEAU - Juneau's new federal fisheries research building in Lena Cove won a design award from architects.

FBI: Murder victim likely visited park
ANCHORAGE - An FBI witness says murdered nurse Mindy Schloss was taken to a wooded area of Anchorage's Kincaid Park before her body was found later in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Fort Rich employee has Legionnaires' disease
FORT RICHARDSON - A civilian employee in a laundry facility at Fort Richardson has been diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease.

Refinery operator says funding out
FAIRBANKS - The operator of a North Pole refinery says it has decided not to invest additional resources into the facility, but is in talks with the state about ways to keep the facility open.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

JDHS grapplers hit state
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team has yet to face a Kodiak wrestler this season. Well, get ready for some bear-on-bear violence.

Bears hockey hosts MAC foe Houston
The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team will take a second crack at their new list of rivals in the Mid-Alaska Conference this weekend when they host Houston (0-0 MAC, 3-4 overall) tonight and Saturday at Treadwell Arena.

The Rock Dump business consultants work to promote climbing as a youth activity
The new management of The Rock Dump is hoping to take the local climbing gym to new heights.

Young gives up key post in Legislature
WASHINGTON - Rep. Don Young of Alaska has stepped down under pressure as lead Republican on the House Natural Resources Committee, saying he wants to focus on clearing his name in a corruption investigation.

Interior affirms 'special rule' for polar bears
ANCHORAGE - As Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne announced new rules to reduce the influence of federal scientists on endangered species decisions, he also made permanent a "special rule" that will block steps that could protect threatened polar bears.

Stranded workers, rescuers battle extreme weather
KODIAK - With winds blowing 50 mph, in near-whiteout conditions, four men threaded their way through a hazardous landscape full of icy ravines, cliffs and ponds. Equipped with GPS receivers and snowshoes, the men would climb to 2,800 feet in what became an exhaustingly long rescue lasting more than 13 hours.

Lawsuit seeks Todd Palin e-mails
ANCHORAGE - A former state worker has filed a lawsuit seeking state e-mails that included Gov. Sarah Palin's husband.

Begich names 4 to positions
ANCHORAGE - Sen.-elect Mark Begich has a message for Alaskans concerned that a fresh face in Washington, D.C., means a power vacuum for the state now that Sen. Ted Stevens has been ousted and Rep. Don Young has given up his leadership position.

Former Fairbanks lawmaker pleads not guilty to drug charge
FAIRBANKS - A former Alaska lawmaker faces a February trial after pleading not guilty to felony cocaine possession.

Pilot faulted in crash
ANCHORAGE - The National Transportation Safety Board says a pilot's poor decision-making and inadequate planning caused a plane crash in Southeast Alaska that killed six people, including members of an Oregon family.

Hastings wins post
WASHINGTON - Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington state will be the top Republican on the House Natural Resources Committee when Congress convenes in January.

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