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Friday, December 25, 2009

Art therapy
There are 18,819 workers in the city of Juneau, according to the latest Census data. But only one of those, Cecilie Cody, is a certified art therapist.

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.

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.

Grenache could be the next big wine trend
In this edition of Monthly Crush we explore the varietal Grenache. I have found this to be a very popular grape and have seen its sales growing, not only as a single varietal but as an element of the great Rhône blends. It might actually have the potential to be the next trend in wine drinking.

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

'Avatar' actually worth all the hype
Three minor complaints with James Cameron's $500,000,000 (allegedly) epic, "Avatar." That's it. Actually, it's more like two and a half, since one of my issues had nothing to do with Mr. Cameron. In no particular order, the only quips I could come up with after giving it considerable thought:

'Alaska Native Reader' offers a welcome change in perspective
"The Alaska Native Reader: History, Culture, Politics." Edited by Maria Shaa Tláa Williams.

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

Arts & Culture CALENDAR
ART, EVENTS &PERFORMANCE

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.

'Santa house' shines with holiday cheer
The North Pole isn't at Jeff and Terri Campbell's house on West 11th Street, but perhaps it should be. With an unimaginable amount of Christmas-lighted cheer adorning the residence, even Ol' Saint Nick could mistake it as his own. The home is fondly known by locals as "The Santa House."

Glaciers an important marine food source
A study done on Juneau's glaciers shows that the hulking blocks of ice produce high-quality food for the organisms that live in downstream rivers and the ocean.

Warm coats, warm food and warm, fuzzy feelings
The economy may be down, but that hasn't stopped people from giving this holiday season, say many Juneau nonprofits.

Southeast waste disposal plan differs from that of Juneau
Southeast Alaska's plans for waste disposal are moving along, and so are Juneau's - though there's currently no indication those two plans might be in the same direction.

Images of the season
A simple decorative angel reminds Santa that there is mail to be gathered at a good little boy or girl's house on Sunset Street.

Photo: Snow play
Shayla Jarapata, 3, lifts a ball of snow onto a snowman she is building Wednesday with her mother, Kamaili, father, Ryan, and older brother, Romeo, 5, partially hidden, at Twin Lakes.

Black Bear Chairlift out for a week
Eaglecrest's new Black Bear Chairlift has a broken part and will be out of commission at least until Jan. 2, General Manager Kirk Duncan said Thursday.

Photo: Blanket of snow
A Juneau driver sweeps the snow off her vehicle at the Marine Park parking area during Wednesday's heavy snow.

Photo: Sidewalk shoveler
Siaosi Maake clears the sidewalk in front of Juneau Drug Co. at the corner of Seward and Front streets during Wednesday's heavy snow.

Photo: Tuba Christmas
Juneau-Douglas High School band director Ken Guiher conducts JDHS graduates and students and local musicians during a "Tuba Christmas" performance on Tuesday in the State Office Building atrium. Players include Peter Anderegg, TJHovst, Jaime Young, Anja Axton, Maralee Guiher and Allan Young. Not visible are Kyle Savikko, Stephen Young and Gallen Heffern. "Tuba Christmas" is an annual, nationwide event coordinated by the Harvey Phillips Foundation of Bloomington, Ind., and was first held in 1974 in New York City.

Photo: Giving twice
Ward Lamb, Senior Center Advisory Board president and Meals on Wheels volunteer, helps a customer with gift wrapping Tuesday at the Nugget Mall. The Gastineau Channel Senior Center Advisory Board sponsored the gift wrapping service as a fundraiser for the Meals on Wheels program.

Around Town
Thursday, Dec. 24

Around Town
Today, Dec. 25

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

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

Photos:Snowboardin with a kite
Marc Scholten and Bill Glude roll up a snow-kite after a day of activity. Glude was giving Scholten his first lessons. "It's easier than doing it in water, and the snow is a lot more forgiving," Glude said. "And it's a great way to learn kite skills."

Donna Hoepfner
Lifelong Juneau resident Donna Hoepfner died quietly on Dec. 21, 2009, in her home in Anacortes, Wash., with her husband at her side, following a courageous battle with cancer. She was 60.

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

Alaska editorial: University must always be training Alaskans for resource jobs
If any Alaska legislator doubts the relationship between the University of Alaska and the state's economy, that legislator can be handed yet another example by visiting the Juneau campus.

Empire editorial: Juneau's true holiday spirit in abundance
Some say Christmas has become too commercialized, that it's become a marketing ploy. Such sentiments, however, distract from the magic of the season.

Teen 'sexting' is part of the (too much) information age
There must be parents whose years of raising teenagers to adulthood are perfectly pleasant and without problems. And then there are the rest, perhaps most, who find the experience quite trying and filled with trouble.

Magic of Christmas never grows old
Christmas is a fascinating holiday, so central to our culture and so imbued with power that it's a little hard to write about. Nevertheless, there's something about Christmas that I deeply love, something that is really important to me - even though I am unsure exactly what it is.

Slow, snow and soul-flakes: Christmas reflections
"Slow-flakes." That is what my tiny little eyes used to think. Standing on the couch, I would look out the front room window as they barely moved past the street lamps and disappeared into mass conformity.

The real message of E-Cards
OK, people, what is it with the electronic greeting cards this holiday? Why are you sending me jpegs of the Himalayas accompanied by phrases I recognize from yoga class ("Peace to you and all living things ...")? Why am I being asked to download elaborate animation videos featuring singing snowmen or a Nativity scene with a manger that looks alarmingly like a tiki cabana? Why have my otherwise intelligent and dignified friends Photoshopped their faces onto the bodies of dancing Santas? Why, if I don't open these cards right away, do I have to endure auto-generated reminders that I am a thoughtless and terrible person who does not care about my friend enough to sit through 60 seconds of flash animation sugarplum fairies?

A presidential gift list for naughty and nice
Just when President Barack Obama thought his toughest decisions were behind him - his Afghanistan strategy, tackling unemployment, what to say to Tiger Woods if he calls - now he has to draw up a Christmas gift list. What will the current "decider" decide to give this holiday season ... to both the naughty and the nice?

Finding the cross country in Southeast
When thick crust in the high alpine drives even the most hardcore speed-hounds down from the slopes, the Nordic skiers come out to play. This is when groomed cross country trails reach perfection - clean corduroy and perfect parallel tracks meet with just the right amount of ice and glide.

Frankincense and myrrh more than just historic scents
Remember the three wise men who came from the east, bearing gifts for an infant lying in a manger in Bethlehem? The gifts were gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Not too late for local hunters to fill freezers
With the end of the year drawing nearer by the day, time is dwindling for game hunters to go out and get their fill for the season.

Team Golden good, and getting better
I just finished my first 50 - years that is. That was a long haul, waaaaayyy longer than a regular marathon. I didn't train too hard, it just kind of happened. Like any run though, once it's over you look back and think "That wasn't too bad. I could do better, though. I wish I could do it again. I would do it all differently." Yes, on Dec. 24, I joined Team Golden.

On the hook
Show us your big fish

Officials: Check avalanche conditions before backcountry outings
ANCHORAGE - Officials are reminding outdoor enthusiasts to be wary of avalanche conditions in the backcountry, especially with the arrival of new snow.

Grooming report
Mendenhall Glacier Campground area:

Out & About
• Beginning Jan. 1, Out & About 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.

Northwest Mining Association elects Coeur executive
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A Coeur d'Alene Mine Corp. executive has been elected president of the Northwest Mining Association.

Cell phone service comes to Port Lions
PORT LIONS - Cellular telephone service is coming to Port Lions.

Fairbanks woman gets 3 years for robbery set up
FAIRBANKS - A 22-year-old woman has been sentenced to three years in prison for setting up a June drug deal that ended in a gunpoint robbery.

Kenai firefighter saves a family's Christmas
KENAI - Kenai firefighter Tommy Carver was off on Monday, but he ended up going to work anyway.

Tug grounded on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound
VALDEZ - A 136-foot tug doing an ice survey in Prince William Sound grounded on Bligh Reef and two of its fuel tanks were damaged. The Coast Guard is responding.

Feds award $3M for Alaska homeless programs
ANCHORAGE - The federal government has renewed grant funding to keep 22 homeless assistance programs in Alaska in operation.

Tons of salmon to be donated to village
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard plans to deliver more than 13 tons of donated salmon to Kotzebue next week.

Nasal spray swine flu vaccine recalled
ANCHORAGE, - About 10,400 doses of nasal spray vaccine for swine flu that were distributed in Alaska have been recalled by the manufacturer. The state Department of Health and Social Services says the vaccine went out to about 100 medical providers around the state in October.

Stimulus money allows lodge to go green
KODIAK - A bear-viewing lodge will be going green thanks to federal stimulus funds.

Judge says no more delays for shootout suspect
FAIRBANKS - A reputed member of the Crips street gang is scheduled to go on trial early next year on charges of attempted murder.

2 snowmachiners charged with DUI
NINILCHIK - Two men have been charged with driving under the influence while operating a snowmachine.

Public comments taken on Denali road proposal
ANCHORAGE - Public comments are being taken for a proposed road project at Denali National Park and Preserve.

Security forces return from Southwest Asia tour
ANCHORAGE - Members of a security forces team are returning Christmas Day from a Southwest Asia deployment.

Christmas and hoops in downtown Juneau
If there's one thing that goes with the holidays almost as well as family, friends, presents and egg nog, it's basketball.

Photos: Holiday Cup continues
The action continues at this year's Holiday Cup in Juneau. Visit www.spotted.juneauempire.com for in-depth photo galleries from the on-going tournament.

Inconsistent Crimson Bears fall to 0-3
Inconsistency continues to plague the Juneau-Douglas boys' basketball team as the Crimson Bears fell to 0-3 on the year Wednesday, dropping a 63-52 decision to Chugiak on the final day of the Don Larson Roundball Classic in Wasilla.

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

Firearm bill a priority for Interior lawmaker
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks lawmaker has proposed the Alaska Firearms Freedom Act, which seeks to stop the federal regulation of guns and ammunition made and sold within Alaska.

Christmas delivery stolen from Anchorage driveway
ANCHORAGE - Someone stole the Christmas presents Grandma and Grandpa Spencer sent their three granddaughters in Eagle River. The boxes of gifts from Pennsylvania were sitting in front of their house for a short time before someone drove past and picked them up.

Judge to ponder dismissal of Palin e-mail lawsuit
ANCHORAGE - Assistant Attorney General Michael Mitchell asked an Anchorage judge to dismiss a lawsuit involving e-mail messages that former Gov. Sarah Palin and her top administration officials sent one another outside of the state's computer network.

Wells Fargo repays $25 billion that it received from TARP
SAN FRANCISCO - Wells Fargo & Co. said it repaid $25 billion the bank got from the Troubled Asset Relief Program in the midst of the financial crisis last year, freeing it from government restrictions on compensation.

Farmers, hunters in 'statemate' over Delta bison
FAIRBANKS - Hunters and farmers in Delta Junction are at odds over Alaska's largest bison herd.

Judge keeps driver charged in fatal crash in jail
ANCHORAGE - A driver accused of driving under the influence in a fatal crash won't be going home for Christmas. A judge has ruled Lori Phillips will remain jailed despite her mother's and brother's offer to stand as third-party custodians.

Prudhoe Bay spill cleanup continues
ANCHORAGE - Crews on Wednesday were continuing to remove snow contaminated with oil from an area around a well house where a pipe broke in the Prudhoe Bay oil field.

Prosecutor responds to inmate's mail complaint
ANCHORAGE - Prosecutors in the Joshua Wade capital murder case say his efforts to get the case thrown out because of jailhouse mail errors is extraordinary and unwarranted.

North Pole family reaches out via Craigslist
NORTH POLE - James and Shelly Warren are not well-to-do, but 2009 was a good year so they posted an ad online offering to help a family during the holidays.

Power goes out twice at Alaska air traffic control
ANCHORAGE - Power systems failed twice at the air traffic facility at Stevens Anchorage International Airport that guides planes via radar and caused a handful of flight delays.

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