Friday, December 24, 2010

Open doors and big windows
The Canvas Community Art Studio and Gallery is an inspired artists’ space. Located downtown on the corner of Seward and Second streets, the thriving three-room artists’ studio brings together REACH artists who experience disabilities and other local artists in a new model for successful social integration and inclusion.

MOVIES
20TH CENTURY TWIN

'Rare Exports' a spooky, spectacular alternative to holiday schlock
From a certain angle, “Rare Exports” might sound like a typical heartwarming yuletide yarn: It’s 24 days till Christmas, and a precocious young boy is determined to prove that Santa exists, while his hard-working widowed father suffers a major business setback. But the nog is spiked with twisted black humor in this frosty Finnish fantasy.

ART, EVENTS & MUSIC
THURSDAY

Turn winter bills into holiday thrills
With the holidays ramping up and the temperatures dropping off, the bills are bound to begin piling up around your house. To defeat those winter bills blues, think outside the box by using the bills themselves (OK, their fabulous textured envelopes) to spread some holiday cheer! Here are two projects to take you from down-and-out to in the holiday spirit.

New essentials
Ah, the holidays. This is the time of year when my addiction to so-called "Christmas" music is briefly viewed as normal behavior. Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" and Vince Guaraldi's soundtracks to the "Peanuts" television specials are some of the most popular year-round tunes on my playlist, but they have caused raised eyebrows among friends when I've put them on out of season.

Tollefson back in town to play Wednesday
Former Juneau resident Eric Tollefson, now of Bend, Ore., will play one show at the Alaskan Hotel & Bar next week on Wednesday, Dec. 29.

'Legacy' a treat for the faithful
This has been a good year for nerds, hasn't it? Harry Potter made an appearance. "Inception" made it temporarily acceptable to endlessly debate the details of a movie about stealing secrets from people's dreams. Facebook's creator (Mark Zuckerberg), still in his mid-20's, is a multi-billionaire, the subject of an immensely popular movie and Time's Man of the Year. Finally, right before Christmas, every dork that has waited patiently for almost three decades for a sequel to their beloved "Tron" gets just that with "Tron: Legacy.

New at your local library: fiction from all genres
New fiction from all genres is filling the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries.

New aquatic center slated for spring opening
The new Dimond Park Aquatic Center is about 80 percent complete and is expected to open in March or April.

Oxy sale gets local man five years
An 80-mg tablet of oxycodone (oxycontin or oxy), a prescription medication used to treat chronic pain, can be sold on the streets of Juneau for more than $200. That is what Justin Brokken was charging when he unknowingly sold the drug to a Juneau Police Department informant on March 30.

Keeping Hoonah warm
HOONAH - Driving slowly around Hoonah, you quickly learn a few unspoken rules of the road. Wave to everyone you pass. Offer a ride to anyone who looks like he needs one. If you see someone's dog running loose, call its owner. And on Wednesday, pickup trucks loaded with split firewood illustrated one more: make sure elders have enough wood to keep warm in the winter.

D&H to seek marine passenger funds for Statter Harbor
The City and Borough of Juneau's Docks and Harbors Department is requesting $2.1 million in Fiscal Year 2012 for part of the Statter Harbor project.

Photo: Cover from the chill
A snow shoer takes cover from the wind Sunday along the Perseverance Trail. Portions of the trail have become deceptively icy and require spiked shoes. Multiple options exist for safer hiking trails or activities on various lakes and ponds in the area. Hikers should check conditions of their chosen trail and leave an itinerary of their trip and return time with friends or family.

LAMP not just about building, but services
The Library Archives Museum Project isn't just about moving out of an ailing building that threatens the artifacts - it's also about making services more effective.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Photo: Last shop
Last-minute shoppers Cailey Neary, Zoey Wilson and Paige Pahlke look for assorted gifts for friends and family Thursday afternoon at Choco Boutique.

Photo: Wrap it like you mean it
Choco Boutique owners Dana and Manuel Hernandez wrap last minute gifts for customers. "A lot of people are buying last minute gifts for family members," Manuel said. "Mostly stocking stuffers. Things to warm up the hearts in this weather."

Photo: Morning moon

Unsuccessful search for Teller snowmachiner
ANCHORAGE — A search from the air and on the ground has failed to find a snowmachiner missing since last weekend on the Seward Peninsula.

Crowley to fuel Alaska Shell gas stations
ANCHORAGE — Crowley Maritime Corp. says its Alaska distribution division is adding eight Shell Oil service stations to its wholesale network.

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Man accused of assaulting girl he met on Facebook
RENO, Nev. — An Alaska man has been accused of traveling to Reno with two Southern California girls he met on Facebook and sexually assaulting one of them.

Man who used Alaska church's debit card sentenced
FAIRBANKS — A Fairbanks man who ran up more than $11,000 on a church’s debit card has struck a plea deal and been sentenced to six years.

Federal judge sides with NOAA in seals decision
ANCHORAGE — Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell is cheering a judge’s ruling that backs the federal government’s refusal to list ribbon seals as endangered.

State seeks reconsideration in abortion lawsuit
ANCHORAGE — The state of Alaska is seeking reconsideration of a lawsuit decision over a new state law requiring that parents be notified before a girl younger than 18 can get an abortion.

Woman dies in house fire in Ekwok, near Dillingham
ANCHORAGE — A woman died in a house fire in the village of Ekwok, about 40 miles northeast of Dillingham in southwestern Alaska.

Outside editorial: Healing hidden wounds
The following editorial first appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Alaska editorial: Offering a little good will for the holiday season
The following editorial first appeared in the Alaska Journal of Commerce:

School reform, Georgia style
Given the level of concern some American have expressed over the performance of the nation's public schools, some might want to follow the lead of the Republic of Georgia by putting the former chief of that nation's prison system in charge of the country's schools.

U.S. can hot-wire Mideast peace talks by recognizing Palestine as a state
The United States could energize the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations - presently on hold - by recognizing Palestine formally as a state and establishing full diplomatic relations with it.

For the TSA, all risks are created equal
John Pistole, the head of the Transportation Security Administration, recently told The Atlantic in an interview that "we'll never eliminate risk" of terrorist attacks on aviation.

U.S. recognition of Palestine would heighten tensions, spur violence
U.S. recognition of a Palestinian state is one of those tempting silver bullets that upon close examination would produce the opposite of its promised result. Rather than promoting peace, it would likely ignite conflict both within Palestinian society and between Israel and the Palestinians.

War's real report card isn't so reassuring
The Obama administration's year-end review of its strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, released last week, was intended to be cautiously reassuring: Yes, there are challenges, but military progress is being made. Overall, President Barack Obama said, "We are on track to achieve our goals."

The trails more traveled
It’s early morning on Admiralty Island, and I’m skulking along a trail, looking for Sitka black-tailed deer. I spot a narrow dirt track off the side of the human-made trail, so I divert onto it. It meanders through the thorny sticks of dormant devil’s club, winding around a tree stump, ducking under a fallen tree that I choose to climb over. Soon it dead-ends into another trail that snakes away uphill. That trail seems purposeful for a while, then the ground becomes a little harder and it dwindles away.

Wild shots
Winter images highlighting Southeast Alaska scenery

December's dramatic sightings
Geese and ducks often fly from the wetlands to Auke Lake, as long as some open water remains there. These flights are especially noticeable during the hunting season, when the wetlands are dangerous for waterfowl. It’s classified as a game refuge, yet during the hunting season, the wetlands are not much of a “refuge.” Instead, they are a perilous place for those targeted by shooters. When hunters are active on the wetlands, Auke Lake offers a comparatively safe haven during these days, and the waterfowl return to the wetlands at night, to feed in the dark as best they can.

Eaglecrest invites public to Christmas Eve celebration
JUNEAU — Eaglecrest Ski Area is inviting Juneau to join them in celebrating the holidays with their annual Christmas Eve Celebration at the mountain.

Holiday closure for Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
JUNEAU — The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center will close at noon today for the Christmas holiday.

Planetarium presents show on Mercury, mythology
JUNEAU — The Marie Drake Planetarium is offering “Mercury and Hermes: Mythology and science of the planet Mercury” plus “The Stars Tonight” beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 28.

Tides
Today, Dec. 24

Trap Club Xmas shooting results
Fresh snowfall graced the Saturday, Dec. 12 Amateur Trap Association registered shoot for the Juneau Trap Club Christmas event. Conditions in general were cold and snowy. Despite this, 10 single (16 yard) shooters and 7 handicap (greater than 20 yards) shooters enjoying the day and helped to prepare the club’s Christmas open house to be held later that afternoon. No doubles trap was shot due to lack of daylight.

Man who used Alaska church's debit card sentenced
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man who ran up more than $11,000 on a church's debit card has struck a plea deal and been sentenced to six years.

US rig count up by 5
HOUSTON, Texas - The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by five this week to 1,714.

Treadwell: State will seek to certify Senate race
JUNEAU - Alaska's lieutenant governor says the state will seek to have U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski certified the winner of her race as soon as possible.

Unsuccessful search for Teller snowmachiner
ANCHORAGE - A search from the air and on the ground has failed to find a snowmachiner missing since last weekend on the Seward Peninsula.

Spilt pallets cause closure of Egan Drive
The Juneau Police Department closed both inbound lanes of Egan Drive on Tuesday night, after receiving multiple reports of pallets in the roadway, according to a release from the department.

Federal judge sides with NOAA in seals decision
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell is cheering a judge's ruling that backs the federal government's refusal to list ribbon seals as endangered.

Crowley to fuel Alaska Shell gas stations
ANCHORAGE - Crowley Maritime Corp. says its Alaska distribution division is adding eight Shell Oil service stations to its wholesale network.

Man accused of assaulting girl he met on Facebook
RENO, Nev. - An Alaska man has been accused of traveling to Reno with two Southern California girls he met on Facebook and sexually assaulting one of them.

State seeks reconsideration in abortion lawsuit
ANCHORAGE - The state of Alaska is seeking reconsideration of a lawsuit decision over a new state law requiring that parents be notified before a girl younger than 18 can get an abortion.

Woman dies in house fire in Ekwok, near Dillingham
ANCHORAGE - A woman died in a house fire in the village of Ekwok, about 40 miles northeast of Dillingham in southwestern Alaska.

Parnell picks Campbell to head Fish and Game
JUNEAU - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell is appointing adviser Cora Campbell to head the state Fish and Game Department.

Emergency unemployment benefits extended
JUNEAU - Thousands of Alaskans could benefit from an extension of an emergency unemployment program.

Juneau avalanche study approved
JUNEAU - A study on avalanches on Mount Juneau has been approved.

Young hopes to chair at least 1 subcommittee
JUNEAU - U.S. Rep. Don Young is looking to chair at least one subcommittee when the new Congress convenes.

Crimson cleans up
The inaugural Southeast Holiday Hoops Classic JV basketball tournament concluded Wednesday night at Thunder Mountain High School, but it was the Juneau-Douglas boys' and girls' teams that took home the first-place hardware.

College Watch
• Former SE Conf. preps playing college basketball

Parnell sends a strong message on law and order
Gov. Sean Parnell has a message for the 12-year-old girl sexually assaulted by a foster parent and shunned by her community for reporting it … and for the 16-year-old sent away by her parents to “silence” her from talking about her father’s sexual attacks … and the 14-year-old who cannot sleep at night because she fears her father will molest her younger sister … and for the college student raped on campus … and for the woman beaten by a loved one in her own home.

State high court throws out Miller claims
JUNEAU - The Alaska Supreme Court delivered another stinging setback to Republican Joe Miller, refusing to overturn election results that favored his GOP rival, Lisa Murkowski, in the state's U.S. Senate race.

Consultant: Alaska must get behind gas pipeline
FAIRBANKS - Public aid in the form of loan guarantees will be required if developers are going to build a proposed large-diameter natural gas pipeline in Alaska anytime soon, a financial consultant told business leaders in Fairbanks.

Miller expects decision on legal fight Monday
JUNEAU — Republican Joe Miller plans to decide Monday whether to continue his legal challenge to Alaska’s U.S. Senate race or stand back and let his GOP rival, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, take office.

Report: Pipeline not in long-range projects
JUNEAU - Federal analysts believe it will not be economical to build a major natural gas pipeline in Alaska for at least the next 20 years, according to a recent report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

A year of iPads, Betty, 'Glee,' multiple Palins
Politics and pop culture. Remember when they used to be, well, separate? In recent years these two worlds have seemed to inch ever closer, or maybe to overlap, but in 2010, nobody traveled between them more successfully than Sarah Palin.

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