Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Film Juneau contest applications due Feb. 15
The FILM Juneau Contest is still under way. Sponsored by the City and Borough of Juneau, Juneau Arts & Humanities Council and the Juneau Economic Development Council, the contest organizers welcome submissions from videographers and filmmakers who are interested in creating a Juneau promotional video that will be aired on the Web. The application deadline is Feb. 15, 2010.

'Paintings by Dan DeRoux' opens at the City Museum
"Paintings by Dan DeRoux" will open at the city museum on Friday, Jan. 8

Wearable Art show planned for Feb. 13 and 14
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council announces its 10th annual Wearable Arts Extravaganza fundraiser, Cirque de Pluie, (Circus of Rain), a uniquely Alaskan take on Cirque du Soleil (Circus of the Sun). Based on a concept originating in Nelson, New Zealand, the show features artwork specifically created to be worn on the human body. These wearable artworks are displayed by models during a runway show accompanied by music and narration. With special effects lighting and other production surprises, this event goes far beyond a fashion show into a zany, magical mix-up of imagination, humor, beauty, and the fantastic. More than 200 volunteers contribute their time to produce the event, which also includes a silent auction featuring donated artworks and experiences.

Perseverance brings an old myth to new life with 'Eurydice'
Perseverance Theatre's 31st season continues with "Eurydice" by Sarah Ruhl on Nov. 8.

New large print books include 'The Scarpetta Factor'
New large print books on the shelves at the public libraries include bestsellers like Patricia Cornwell's "The Scarpetta Factor," Iris Johansen's "Blood Game," Robin Cook's "Intervention," and Jim Butcher's "Turn Coat," as well as the titles below.

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THURSDAY

Thanks for donating to walk for charity
The Downtown Business Association would like to thank the businesses who contributed to the Trees of Christmas Walk for Charity and all the members of the public who helped by participating. This year's winner of the $1,000 donation was the tree dedicated to Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Juneau, sponsored by the Foggy Mountain Shop.

Groups want Roadless Rule protection for Tongass forest
The Kake Native community was joined by conservation organizations and tourism interests in a lawsuit filed Tuesday to protect the remaining old-growth areas in the Tongass National Forest.

Toy, coat donations made by ton
The Coast Guard Cutter Liberty returned to port several thousand pounds lighter last Friday after spending a week and two trips delivering donated blankets, coats and toys to Pelican, Elfin Cove, Hoonah, Kake and Angoon.

Photo: Hoops for Charity
Gov. Sean Parnell presents UAS/YAAY team captain James Wilson with the Hoops For Charity invitational basketball tournament open division championship trophy Sunday night at Thunder Mountain High School. UAS/YAAY beat Canton 107-104 in the title game.

Around Town
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Around Town
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Correction
An A1 story in Thursday's Empire about herring reported two boats caught more than 10,000 tons. The boats in fact caught 1,000 tons each.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Film designer to share life's work
Wayne Fitzgerald is the reason people want to be in their seats at the movie theater when the lights dim and opening credits roll. He's also the reason people stay until discarded patron droppings are pushed out the aisles.

High pressure keeps snow at bay
Sticky high pressure areas over the region dominated the weather in Juneau this month to create drier than usual conditions, according to National Weather Service data.

Solstice brings more daylight to Juneau
Monday marked the first day of winter, but for many Juneau residents that's irrelevant.

Photos: Keeping vigil for those out in the cold
The Rev. Kim Poole leads a prayer Monday during a Glory Hole vigil at Marine Park, held for homeless people who have died in Juneau. Glory Hole Executive Director Mariya Lovishchuk lights a candle for each homeless person who was remembered in the vigil. About 30 people attended the event.

Photo: Giving tree
Members of Juneau's Downtown Business Association pose with the winners of the annual Trees for Christmas Walk for Charity. Clockwise from top left are Bob Coghill, Larry Spencer, Betsy Fischer, Sharon Malaby, Teresa Aschenbrenner, Alicia Smith, Anna Cramer and Thomas Cramer. A tree from Foggy Mountain Shop was year's winner of the $1,000 donation, dedicated to Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Juneau.

Photo: Offloading Christmas cheer
Crew members aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Liberty offload items donated by the Juneau Community during its annual Blanket, Coat and Toy drive Friday in in Angoon. About 5,000 pounds of items were donated. An A1 photo that ran in Monday's Empire was taken during a Coast Guard blanket, coat and toy drive in 2002.

Photo: Welcoming the light
Juneau residents gather Monday evening around a bonfire along a North Douglas shore to celebrate the winter solstice.

Rose Marie Ragone
Juneau resident Rose Marie Ragone died Dec. 19, 2009, peacefully in her sleep surrounded by loved ones in Juneau. She was 79.

Jeremy McLeod
Juneau resident Jeremy Blake McLeod died Dec. 15, 2009, at home from a heart attack. He was 31.

Charlotte T. Pape
Longtime Juneau resident Charlotte T. Pape died Dec. 15, 2009, at Bartlett Regional Hospital. She was 70.

Herbert Adams
Former Juneau resident Herbert Clinton Adams died Dec. 12, 2009, in Union, Wash. He was 85.

Floyd McGonegal
Former Juneau resident Floyd Austin McGonegal died peacefully Oct. 27, 2009, in Portland, Ore., after having suffered a long illness. He was 92.

Melvin Daroff
Former Haines and Juneau resident Melvin Frederic Daroff died Dec. 7, 2009, in El Segundo, Calif. He was 82.

Outside editorial: 'Tis the season of giving, forgiving
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

Is there a Santa? Try Googling it
This is the most wonderful time of the year for those of us who toil in the vineyards of the editorial pages. Somebody always trots out Francis Pharcellus Church's 1897 "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" editorial in the New York Sun, and for a brief shining moment, people think hey, maybe editorialists aren't creeps after all.

Outside editorial: Reconfirm Ben Bernanke
The following editorial appeared in the Seattle Times:

Snow jobs in Washington
There were two snow jobs in Washington over the weekend. One came from the sky as a record December snowfall blanketed the city. The other came from Capitol Hill, where the Senate labored to cover up the real effects of its massive "health care reform" bill.

Don't throw out all old-media values
The toughest challenges facing the news business may have more to do with values than finances.

A decade that should humble everybody
A decade ago, the planet was preparing to party like it was 1999. Except that technology experts told us the world might go haywire because of an ominous computer glitch called Y2K, which might bring an end to life as we knew it at the strike of midnight that would bring the year 2000.

To fly, but not to sleep
As we cram into airplanes this holiday season, there is an aspect of air travel that we're likely to be putting out of our minds -- pilots asleep at the yoke and flight attendants so tired their mental states can be likened to a drunken stupor.

Power failures black out airport systems
ANCHORAGE - Power systems failed twice at the air traffic facility at Stevens Anchorage International Airport that guides planes via radar.

School board considers new bond package
PALMER - The Matanuska-Susitna school board may want a rematch.

North Pole council broadens its power
FAIRBANKS - The North Pole City Council approved a pair of measures that weaken the mayor.

Man pleads not guilty to sex trafficking
ANCHORAGE - A man accused of being the ringleader of a three-year sex trafficking ring in Anchorage has pleaded not guilty. The 52-year-old faces charges that could send him to federal prison for the rest of his life.

Crowd greets Palin at hometown signing
WASILLA - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin autographed copies of her memoir during her first public book signing in her home state.

Ex-officer to lead Anchorage police
ANCHORAGE - A former deputy Anchorage police chief is the new head of the department.

Palmer street plan hits speed bump
PALMER - The effort to create one-way streets in downtown Palmer has taken a U-turn.

Man jailed for driving forklift while drunk
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man pleaded no contest to driving a forklift while drunk and was sentenced to three days in jail.

Mom accused of giving girl drug to sell
FAIRBANKS - The authorities arrested a Fort Wainwright woman accused of giving her daughter a prescription drug to sell at school.

NOAA observer fined for sexual harassment
KODIAK - A NOAA Fisheries groundfish observer has been fined $1,000 after admitting he created a hostile work environment for another observer.

Obama declares mudslides a disaster
KODIAK - President Barack Obama has declared Kodiak's Oct. 9 mudslides a major disaster, a move that qualifies local governments for federal money as the community recovers from the second-rainiest day in Kodiak weather history.

Bethel may revisit alcohol question
BETHEL - Petition gatherers seeking to restore Bethel's damp status say they have enough signatures to put the question on the ballot.

Sports in Juneau
• Beginning Jan. 1, Sports In Juneau information must be submitted online at http://calendar.juneauempire.com. Submissions via e-mail, phone, fax or other will no longer be accepted. For more information e-mail webteam@juneauempire.com

Family affair
They shared a warm embrace after Friday night's first-ever cross-town matchup between Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain high schools in what is not quite yet a rivalry game.

Crimson Bear boys start 0-2 in Wasilla tournament
The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears boys' basketball team has started the season 0-2 at the Don Larson Roundball Classic after they falling 69-50 to the Enumclaw (Wash.) Hornets on Tuesday in the round-robbin tournament in Wasilla.

Former JDHS swimmer sets new school record at UALR
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Trojans swimming and diving squad rounded out action at the Delta State Christmas Invitational Monday evening after competing in the event for the last three days.

Photo: Heads up
Jingle Balls' Jalynda Vodnanski, left, goes back to back with Levi Johnstons' Forrest Wolfe during the Masters A game of the Holiday Cup soccer tournament Monday at the Dimond Park Field House. Visit www.spotted.juneauempire.com for more.

Crew repairs engines on freighter in N. Pacific
ANCHORAGE - The crew of a crippled freighter adrift in the stormy North Pacific for several days repaired its engines Monday morning and the vessel continued on its voyage to Portland, Ore.

Study: Cook Inlet has enough gas for decade
ANCHORAGE - There is enough natural gas in the Cook Inlet to supply southcentral Alaska's energy needs for a decade or longer, a new study by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources said.

Politicians want longer comment time on whales
ANCHORAGE - Two Alaska politicians want the federal government to extend the public comment period on a proposal to designate nearly 2 million acres of water off Alaska's largest city as critical habitat for beluga whales.

Seward Highway neighbors seek speed limit drop to 45 mph
ANCHORAGE - People who live off the Seward Highway are tired of observing accidents along the winding, scenic road, so they have asked the Alaska Department of Transportation to lower the speed limit from Indian to Bird to 45 mph.

Film highlights North Pole Santa letters program
FAIRBANKS - As a student at North Pole Middle School, Kaleb Yates answered letters to Santa Claus as have thousands of other middle school students in the Christmas-themed town since the 1980s.

Alaska college plan to give away money to boost enrollment
FAIRBANKS - Administrators of the University of Alaska College Savings Plan hope a giveaway will revive interest from those who need to save money for higher education.

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