Friday, December 19, 2008

Good night, sweet Hooligan
Change can be a good thing if it's kept in perspective.

Tickets on sale for Jan. 3 statehood ball
Tickets are now on sale for the Juneau Statehood Ball to be held on Jan. 3 at Centennial Hall.

Woodford on 'Applehood and Mother Pie'
Singer-songwriter Riley Woodford doesn't try to compose your typical lyrics.

Pre-Christmas CD and art sale slated for Dec. 22
"Three Nights Before Christmas," a Juneau CD and art meet, will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 22 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Oral history project StoryCorps to visit Juneau Jan. 5-30
StoryCorps, a national non-profit oral history project that aims to bring families, friends and neighbors closer together by listening to each other's stories, will be in Juneau from Jan. 5 to Jan. 30.

Juneau Student Symphony announces auditions
The Juneau Student Symphony is seeking instrumental musicians of all ages for their winter concert.

What's Happening
THURSDAY, DEC. 18

Hold Palin accountable
Hasn't Gov. Sarah Palin, backed by the same political ideologues as President George Bush, put Alaska in the same light? She has ignored subpoenas, possibly perjured herself, and ignored the constitutional protocol for handing over gubernatorial powers to the lieutenant governor when out of state for a prolonged period. Not to mention ethic complaints and turning the office of the governor into a family affair.

Army, police dispose of old grenades
This week, the U.S. Army retrieved explosives from downtown's Calhoun Avenue neighborhood, with the help of the Juneau Police Department's bomb robot.

High schools see uptick in drug arrests
Five area high schoolers have been arrested this month on felony drug charges for marijuana possession, and the head of the region's juvenile probation office said he's been "inordinately busy" with school drug cases.

Police & Fire
Alarm:

Correction
A story in Wednesday's Empire misstated who appointed two members to the State Officers Compensation Commission. Former Senate President Rick Halford was appointed by Gov. Sarah Palin. House Speaker John Harris, R-Valdez, appointed Juneau resident Gordon Harrison to the commission.

Committee opts to wait on hoverbarge stand
Juneau-Douglas Fish and Game advisory committee members met last night to take a stand on a Taku River hoverbarge proposal, but decided to table any decision making until they know more.

Could blasting work on Mt. Juneau?
Preemptive avalanche blasting could be in Mount Juneau's future, but only if the community wants it, the slope conditions are right, and money is available, the city's newly hired avalanche forecaster told avalanche area residents Wednesday.

Photo: Strength and respect
Liz James, left, who teaches Tlingit culture and language at Harborview Elementary School, and her students Rose Haube and Lijo Wilson watch a student-teacher basketball game Thursday at the Marie Drake gym. The students are holding signs with Tlingit words they used to cheer with as a language learning aid. "Latseen" means "strength" and "at yaa awunéi" means respect.

City mulls Tlingit-Haida tax exemption
The Juneau Assembly will hold a public hearing on an ordinance it is considering Friday to exempt tribal governments from sales tax.

Images from another time: Sheffield's oath of office
Gov. Bill Sheffield takes the oath of office from Alaska Supreme Court Justice Edmond W. Burke on Dec. 6, 1982, during his swearing-in ceremony in the State Office Building.

Juneau man faces DVD piracy charge
Federal authorities have indicted a Juneau man on copyright violation charges in connection with a movie pirating business.

Around Town
Today

Hedge fund investments down but not out in Alaska
A giant Ponzi scheme that's roiled Wall Street since last week wasn't part of Alaska's big investment funds and probably couldn't have been, state investment managers say.

Photo: Spreading holiday warmth on a cold day
Clark Gruening, left, and Greg Wagner, of the Downtown Rotory Club, thank a donor Wednesday as they watch a Salvation Army bucket on Front Street. They said about 100 people dropped money into the bucket during their hour-long shift.

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

Photo: Homecoming celebrations
Alex Botelho, a senior at Juneau Douglas High School, paints a sign Wednesday in the school's commons. JDHS students were preparing signs and decorations for Homecoming festivities this week.

Photo: Nice ice
A lone skater glides Wednesday across Auke Lake against a backdrop of the Mendenhall Towers. The weather will continue to be clear and cold today with highs around 18 and east wind from 15 to 25 mph. Wind chills to 20 below zero are expected in the morning.

Around Town
Today

'Earth' remake hardly a classic
A s is inevitable with a remake of a film, especially one first released more than five decades ago, changes have been made in the new edition. Some of the changes are automatic upgrades, others are less successful. The end result is a brand new, big-budget remake of a sci-fi classic that is ... OK.

'Seven Pounds' success lies not in its enigmatic plot but in its actors
The rules for a weeper, a movie tear-jerker, could not be simpler. Touch us. Make us fumble around in the dark for a Kleenex. But earn those tears.

Iraq war miniseries excels in its genre
'Generation Kill'

The microphone is open
Alaskan Bar's weekly musical forum going strong for 18 years and counting

Give the gift of music - and save your money for food
O ne tiny blessing about celebrating the holidays during these hard, hard times is it's not so much about the shopping.

Sound Bites
Jamie Foxx, "Intuition" ★★ ½

Museum gets fresh art part II
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 Acquision Fund. These pieces will be on exhibit Jan. 2-31 in the museum's Recent Acquisitions Exhibit.

JDHS drama and debate team: Haley Nelson, Lucas Webber and Lydia Kline
The Juneau-Douglas High School drama and debate team will preform "Reduced Shakespeare" for their Readers Theatre.

Local shares unique cream cheese party ball recipe
Are you looking for a holiday recipe? Ask Auntie Emo is where we share recipes. Send in your holiday recipes and requests.

John Radzilowski wins Mieczyslaw Haiman research award
KETCHIKAN - University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan assistant professor of history John Radzilowski has been chosen as the 2008 recipient of the prestigious Mieczyslaw Haiman Award by the Polish American Historical Association. The annual award recognizes an American scholar who has made sustained contributions to the study of Polish immigrants and their descendants in the United States.

Student Symphony to hold winter auditions
JUNEAU - Members of the Juneau Student Symphony are seeking instrumental musicians of all ages to play with them for their winter concert, at 7:30 and 4 p.m. on March 14 and 15 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. There also will be an outreach concert at 7 p.m. on March 16 at a location to be announced.

Thanks for helping the Academic Decathlon Southeast Tournament
On Dec. 5 and 6, Juneau-Douglas High School hosted the Academic Decathlon Southeast Regional Tournament. During these two days, students from Southeast Alaska high schools competed in math, social studies, language and literature, economics, music, art, essay writing and this year's superquiz topic, evolutionary biology. Students also subjected themselves to interviews and presented their prepared as well as impromptu speeches.

Thanks for contributing to the Juneau Special Olympics fundraiser
The fourth annual spaghetti feed fundraiser for the Juneau Special Olympics was held Nov. 16 at the Juneau Moose Lodge. The dessert auctions and fundraiser was a great success, and the Juneau Special Olympics would like to thank the following for their contributions and donations in making this event successful: Alaska Litho, Juneau Moose Lodge, Carol Hand, Kym Mauseth, Calvin and Kim Oglesbee, Jen Wilwert, Chris and Michelle Umbs, Regan Tweedy, Nolan and Ryan Harvey, Gail Fenumiai, Este Marin, Annette Untalasco, Rai and Sue Behnert, Matt Jones, Elizabeth Bochynski, Dolores Larson, Laurie Larson, Charley and Lana Larson, Judy Urquhart's friends and the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team.

University announces facts about Emma Marks Memorial Fund
JUNEAU - Nora and Richard Dauenhauer created the Emma Marks Memorial for Alaska Native Languages Fund in 2007, with initial donations that were matched by the University of Alaska Southeast. The purpose of the fund is to support the growing Alaska Native Language program, with emphasis on emergency needs. High on the list is support for students close to graduation.

Congratulations for completing Personal Care Assistant training
Cornerstone Home Health would like to congratulate the following for completion of Personal Care Assistant training: Laura Thate, Emily Andel, Stephanie Moses, Brittany Gorba and Jewel Stevens.

Holy Trinity to hold Winter Solstice tea and mini bazaar
JUNEAU - Holy Trinity Episcopal Church will host a Winter Solstice Tea and Mini Bazaar from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20, at St. Ann's Parish Hall near Fifth and Gold streets.

Guidance Association to mark King holiday with community drive
JUNEAU - To make Martin Luther King Day a "day on, not a day off," the Southeast Alaska Guidance Association will mark the holiday leading a Community Needs Drive throughout Juneau beginning Dec. 26 and until Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Humanities Council to hold CD, art meet
JUNEAU - The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council is sponsoring "Three Nights Before Christmas," a Juneau CD and art meet, from 5 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 22, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Thanks for making our 'Tea for Hospice and Home Care' a success
Thanks to all the individuals and businesses who helped make the Epsilon Sigma Alpha "Tea for Hospice and Home Care" a success again this year. Skeins Fine Yarns, Raintree Quilting, Glacier Smoothie, Nerissa's Studio, Curves, JoAnn's Advanced Skin Care, Custom Teddys, Tap Roots Yoga, Tip Tosz, Shawn Ayers, Foodland Super Drug, Carolyn Reddekopp were generous donors of door prizes and auction items. Thanks to the various members of the community who shared their talents with us for the fashion show. Special recognition to Venus Zink who orchestrated the whole event. Thanks to Marion Dau, members of our sister sororities (Alpha Gamma and Alpha Theta) and others for their help and support. Last and mostly, thanks to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau.

Alaska State Museum announces holiday closures, winter hours
JUNEAU - The Alaska State Museum will be closed to the public on Christmas and New Year's. The museum will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 for these state and federal holidays.

Boessers celebrate 60 years
Mark and Mildred Boesser will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Monday, Dec. 22. Friends are invited to stop by and join the Boesser family at a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Fireweed Place, 415 Willoughby Ave., second floor. Come as you are, and no gifts, please.

Alex Botelho earns Eagle Scout
Bruce Botelho, left, and Lupita Alvarez Botelho, third from left, proudly award their son, Alex Botelho, center, a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School, his Eagle Scout rank at a court of honor held in November. Troop 11 Scoutmaster Keith Pahlke, far right, assists. The Eagle rank is the highest youth achievement in the Boy Scouts of America. A member of Troop 11, which is sponsored by Resurrection Lutheran Church, Alex Botelho has held a variety of offices in his troop, including that of senior patrol leader. He is currently the troop scribe. Inaddition to his Scouting activities, he is class vice president, a member of the National Honor Society and the Alpine Club. He is an avid snowboarder. Botelho's Eagle project was the construction of a wood bridge across a creek on the Bonnie Brae access trail to the Treadwell Ditch Trail. The project included placing and leveling sills, fortifying the bank, modifying the immediate access to the bridge and laying of the bridge itself.

Eaglecrest announces Hilary Lindh Scholarship winners
The Eaglecrest Ski Area Board of Directors recently announced the recipients of the 2008 Hilary Lindh Season Pass Scholarship.

Recognitions
Richard M. Smiley, a 2001 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, was awarded a Bachelor of Science in business administration on Dec. 13 from Concordia University in Portland, Ore.

Margaret 'Dinksey' Totland
Juneau resident Margaret "Dinksey" Totland died Dec. 11, 2008, at her home. She was 47.

Barbara L. Darnell
Juneau resident Barbara L. Darnell died in her sleep on Dec. 12, 2008, while visiting her daughter in Everett, Wash. She was 74.

William B. Lampe
Juneau resident William B. Lampe died Dec. 18, 2008, in Juneau. He was 79.

My Turn: The DNA of University of Alaska Southeast
In their book, "The Leadership Challenge," James Kouzes and Barry Posner write: "by looking over the history of their organization, members begin to see the organizational strengths and weaknesses, the patterns and themes that have carried them to the present."

My turn: Committee needs a seat representing science
As a member of the general public, I recently attended a meeting of the Juneau Douglas Fish and Game Advisory Committee. There I learned that this committee of advisors is comprised of 15 members, all with seats designated for particular user groups. There are, for example, seats designated for commercial fishers, sport fishers, trappers, hunters, wildlife watchers, and so on. This array of users, I'm told, represents a recent reorganization of the committee.

Outside editorial: The SEC's $50 billion lesson in Madoff case
The alleged $50 billion swindle by broker-dealer Bernard L. Madoff has rocked investors like nothing since the epic Enron securities fraud. But while the Enron debacle pointed out holes in the regulatory fabric, the Madoff case appears to have been a failure to enforce the laws already on the books. We look forward to an investigation into why the Securities and Exchange Commission whiffed on at least two swings at Madoff's operation, which he reportedly has acknowledged was a Ponzi scheme in the guise of a sophisticated trading strategy. But more than that, we hope the Obama administration will bring a more workable approach to securities law - one that relies on simpler, clearer rules that are better enforced.

Outside editorial: In Iraq: Mistakes, embarrassments
During President Bush's first trip to Iraq, under cover of darkness in November 2003, security was so tight that Iraqis didn't even know he had been there until he was long gone. Iraq's progress has been so dramatic that, for the president's visit Sunday, he left the security of U.S. military bases and, in daylight, held a joint news conference with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Outside column: Bush is still selling a flawed war
WASHINGTON - For the third time in recent days, President Bush was back out on his farewell "victory" tour Wednesday, this time to the friendly confines of the Army War College at Carlisle, Pa., where nary a shoe was thrown at him.

Obama should wait before rushing into Iran
A bevy of foreign policy experts are pressing President-elect Barack Obama to move quickly on his promise to "engage in aggressive personal diplomacy" with Iran.

Outside column: Iraqis wary of security pact with Washington
BAGHDAD - When a journalist hurled his shoes at President Bush during a recent news conference here, he was only reflecting the attitude many Iraqis have toward the United States and the security agreement recently finalized between Washington and the government of Prime Minster Nouri al-Maliki.

Developer interested in Polaris Building
FAIRBANKS - An Anchorage developer says he wants to try resurrecting an 11-story building in Fairbanks that has been empty for nearly a decade.

Munitions detonated in Lemon Creek
JUNEAU - Juneau police and other officials detonated World War II munitions at about 5 p.m. Wednesday in Lemon Creek.

Firefighters sponsor Santa Claus visit
JUNEAU - Capital City Fire and Rescue will sponsor a Santa Claus visit Friday starting at 6:30 p.m. downtown.

Airborne to pay $7 million settlement
WASHINGTON - The maker of Airborne dietary supplements has agreed to pay $7 million to settle allegations by 32 states, including Alaska, that it made false claims about the benefits of its fruit-flavored products.

Man dies in SUV crash in Klawock
KLAWOCK - A crash outside the Prince of Wales Island community of Klawock killed the driver of a sport utility vehicle.

Japan flights back after Palin intervenes
FAIRBANKS - Eighteen winter flights from Japan to Fairbanks are on schedule again after Gov. Sarah Palin intervened with federal customs authorities.

Longtime burglar gets maximum sentence
ANCHORAGE - A longtime burglar has received a maximum 11-year sentence.

Trial for Cowdery delayed until March
ANCHORAGE - The trial of state Sen. John Cowdery has been delayed until at least March.

Ketchikan reviewing cruise ship fund usage
KETCHIKAN - Borough officials approved just one project with money collected from a cruise ship commercial passenger fund, leaving others on the table for a January meeting.

Palin a runner-up 'Person of the Year'
NEW YORK - President-elect Barack Obama has won another contest: He's been named Time magazine's "Person of the Year" for 2008.

Anchorage departure seats in short supply
ANCHORAGE - Leaving Anchorage for the Lower 48 will be a challenge this week for anyone who doesn't hold a ticket.

Two charged in stadium shooting acquitted
ANCHORAGE - Two men charged in the June 2006 shooting at the Anchorage Football Stadium have been acquitted.

Girls' weapons loaded
Run. Trap. Run. Steal. Run. Layup. Run.

Boys just need the room to run
There's a big hole in the middle as the Juneau-Douglas High School basketball team returns to the court tonight and Saturday against Palmer. That's what losing a 6-foot-2, 300-pound center will do for you.

Bears hockey hosts 3A Tok
Juneau-Douglas High School hockey coach Dave McKenna doesn't know much about the 3A team from Tok High School. That is, except his team regarded the smaller school lightly last season and took an embarrassing loss.

16th annual Holiday Cup soccer tourney kicks off
The teeth-rattling hits against the bleachers, unpredictable passes off the wall and even nasty floor burns are gone, but the spirit of the Holiday Cup Soccer Tournament lives on this weekend in the much softer - and safer - confines of the Dimond Park Field House.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Looking back
Hooligan says farewell with a tribute to its proud, not-so-proud moments.

State officials look into racist e-mails
ANCHORAGE - Alaska officials are investigating racist jokes about President-elect Barack Obama that have been circulating on state government e-mail accounts.

Commission defends pay raise proposal
Members of a commission recommending pay raises for legislators and other top state officials defended the raises at a public hearing Thursday.

Prison population decreasing in Alaska
FAIRBANKS - Until last month, the gym at the Fairbanks Correctional Center doubled as prisoner housing because of overcrowding.

Palin proposes new effort for rural Alaska
Gov. Sarah Palin appointed members of her Cabinet on Thursday to a new group charged with finding ways to make Alaska's rural areas better places to live.

Trustees file lawsuit over pollution in Cook Inlet
KENAI - A group is alleging that the Environmental Protection Agency manipulated and falsified discharge data to justify an increase of toxic pollution that can be legally dumped into Cook Inlet.

Game officials take steps to chase off bold coyotes
ANCHORAGE - A bold coyote snatched a pair of ski goggles dropped by a boy at the Hilltop Ski Area and state game officials will take steps to discourage the animals from contact with humans.

Environmentalists are critical of ESA change
JACKSON, Wyo. - A Bush administration rule change that gives federal agencies more leeway with the Endangered Species Act could imperil sage grouse, wolverines and Canada lynx, according to environmentalists.

Shell cancels 2009 off-shore drilling program
ANCHORAGE - Shell Oil has canceled its exploratory drilling program for next year in Alaska's Beaufort Sea while it focuses on court challenges to its offshore plan.

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