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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Bright moments of 2010
A solid argument could be made against compiling end-of-the-year Top 10 lists, especially in the arts, where hierarchies tend to be unnecessarily limiting. But sifting through the year's memories to rediscover bright moments is for me always a rewarding exercise, and one I highly recommend. My list of highlights is not intended as a ranking of what was best, but rather as a celebration of the community arts scene as a whole, and of the individuals who pour their hearts into their creative work, enriching Juneau with their efforts.

MOVIES
20TH CENTURY TWIN

ART, EVENTS & MUSIC
THURSDAY

Organized disorder
Some of the world's finest music has roots in seeming chaos

'True Grit' a great escape
There are certain characters that are captivating to watch, like a headstrong young girl too filled with a sense of vengeance to realize she's a young girl. Or a gruff marshal-for-hire who goes by the name of "Rooster" Cogburn, a name that always keeps you guessing if he's about to do something very befuddled or very pitiless.

'Conscientious Projector' film to be shown Monday
The Juneau Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will present "No Impact Man," a full-length documentary about one man's effort to live for a year with no net environmental impact, at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 3, at the Goldtown Nickelodeon Theater. This film is the second in the JUUF's "Conscientious Projector" series, which seeks to address issues of concern or interest in the community through film.

Performance by Barrow Eskimo Dancers moved to March 19
The date for the performance of The Barrow Eskimo Dancers has been moved from Jan. 22 to March 19. The dancers will peform at 7:30 p.m. at the JDHS auditorium. They will also perform for local students at 10 a.m. Friday, March 18.

Filejerks to play a 17+ show at Latinos tonight
The Filejerks, visiting from Seattle, will headline a dance party tonight at Latinos Restaurant, located in the Old Elks Hall on Franklin Street.

JAHC accepting nominations for Mayor's Awards for the Arts
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council is accepting nominations for the Mayor's Awards for the Arts from now through Jan. 15.

New at the library: Kids books with CDs
We've been adding to our collection of read-along picture books and now, in addition to the bags with book and cassette inside, you'll find shelves of books with CDs inside at each public library. Here are just a few - some older that you may not have known about, and some brand-new.

Eaglecrest bus gets a jazzy new paint job
Last spring, Eaglecrest asked the Canvas to help paint their shuttle bus, an offer the downtown art facility happily accepted. The Canvas invited the community to submit designs, and received over a large collection of "wild and celebratory mountain-inspired artwork."

Disappointed with DADT repeal letter
I was disappointed, although not surprised, by Mr. Larry Smith's Dec. 22 letter to the editor. The letter was entitled "DADT repeal not in the public interest". I was intrigued, since it was most assuredly in the public's will that DADT should be repealed. As of Dec. 9, Gallup reported that 67% of the American public supported such a repeal. So, I read on, expecting an argument as to why the public ought to be checked, why we ought to embrace paternalism, and assent to let Mr. Smith and his moral brethren steer us correctly.

Photos: Sledding to pass the day away
Kai Hargrave uses a rope to climb back up the hill for sledding at Evergreen Cemetery Wednesday. Hargrave was with the students in the RALLY Program at Harborview Elementary School.

Juneauites favor Bartlett less than rest of Southeast
A new McDowell survey has found that residents of the greater Southeast region view Bartlett Regional Hospital more positively than do Juneauites.

Photos: Eaglecrest gets boost to slow season start after Monday's snowfall
A wholehearted crowd turned out at Eaglecrest Ski Area on Tuesday to take full advantage of the Monday night's snowfall in the hope the fresh snow would provide more skiing prospects.

JSD learns lesson in energy efficiency
By taking the initiative to become energy aware, the Juneau School District has not only saved more than $1.2 million, but also has schools earning the distinctive Energy Star award.

George Schaaf to leave Trail Mix
Trail Mix's executive director, George Schaaf, will leave his position soon to take over as the new Parks and Landscape Superintendent for the City and Borough of Juneau. His new role starts Jan. 24.

Airlift Northwest hires Aero Air for medical transport
A top medical transport company for Southeast Alaska is changing vendors but not much else. Airlift Northwest has awarded a flight contract for the area to Aero Air, a company based in Hillsboro, Ore., that provides medical transportation.

Photo: Putting for the arts
Sherrie Chrysler and Dale Lanegan play through Candy Land at the "Putt Your Game Face On" miniature golf course set up as a fundraiser Wednesday for the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council at the Juneau Arts & Cultural Center. Today is the last day to play in what has become an annual event at the JACC. Local groups decorated the nine holes as board games, this year's theme. Hole number one, Candy Land, was decorated by The Canvas staff and REACH artists.

Police & Fire
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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: First-time visitor gets a taste of Juneau
Richard Beard, a first-time visitor from Kentucky, sweeps snow off his nephew's boat Tuesday at Aurora Harbor. Ray Dennis, the owner of Chris Tie, said they were planning to go out and wet a line during Tuesday's better weather.

Photo: Floating on fresh powder
Michael Unger, 14, floats through fresh powder on his snowboard Tuesday at Eaglecrest.

Photo: Shoveling fresh snow
Shayma Rohwer and her son, Reed Maier, 3, shovel fresh snow off the sidewalk in front of their downtown home Tuesday. Their dog Soda, is in the background.

Terry Johnson Stone
Terry Johnson Stone died on Dec. 16, 2010 at the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., of complications from chemotherapy. He was 56.

Elizabeth "Sarah" Bowen
Elizabeth "Sarah" Bowen died Dec. 21, 2010 in St. Louis, Mo. She was 25.

Outside editorial: Weaning ourselves from a China import
The following editorial first appeared in the Miami Herald:

Outside editorial: The Senate should take it's chance to change the rules
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Critical intelligence: Is it lost?
"If You See Something, Say Something." These words appear on new posters prominently seeking attention in the elevator lobbies of Juneau's Federal Building. In smaller print they advise people to report suspicious activity to the Federal Protective Service. It's part of another one size fits all approach to the government's counterterrorism efforts. But can America's law enforcement and intelligence agencies be gathering so much information that critical intelligence will get lost?

WikiLeaks founder tests limits of press
For better and for worse, Julian Assange pushes limits. In his work life and his sex life, he stands at the border dividing legal conduct from criminality, though it's not clear which side of that border he occupies.

My Turn: Building a better community through local philanthropy
The gifts have been opened, and yes, some already returned. Regrettably, the holiday season of giving is fading away rapidly as we get ready for the new year.

US as a whole is prepared only to overreact to even a small act of terrorism
A year ago, on Christmas Day, a young Nigerian named Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab allegedly tried to blow up a passenger jet in midair as it was landing in Detroit, using a bomb hidden in his pants. As he fumbled with the detonator, other passengers realized something was amiss and wrestled him to a halt.

New Year's Eve fireworks legal in Mat-Su
ANCHORAGE - Mat-Su residents will legally be able to shoot off fireworks in the borough on New Year's Eve for the first time in 42 years.

Juneau doing something new with sludge
JUNEAU - The city of Juneau is trying something new to dispose of sludge from the Mendenhall Treatment Center.

Fairbanks man arrested in 10 burglaries
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man has been arrested in connection with 10 burglaries, and Alaska State Troopers say they're looking for a second man who may have helped him steal $100,000 worth of jewelry this week.

Governor: Palin e-mails won't be released 'til May
JUNEAU - The Alaska governor's office says it needs until May 31 to release potentially thousands of e-mails sent and received by former Gov. Sarah Palin.

Application period for PFD checks approaching
ANCHORAGE - Alaskans can begin applying for their 2011 Permanent Fund dividend checks on Saturday.

State plans to seek $16K from Miller team
JUNEAU - The state of Alaska plans to seek nearly $16,000 in legal fees from Joe Miller's team over litigation surrounding the U.S. Senate race.

Storm delays Minn. explorer's Alaskan climb
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Weather has dealt a setback to a Minnesota explorer hoping to become the first person to scale Mount McKinley on a solo expedition in January.

Raffle stubs taken in VFW burglary
KETCHIKAN - A box filled with raffle contest stubs has been taken from the Veterans of Foreign War hall in Ketchikan.

Police allege woman posed as patient to get pills
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks woman has been charged with forgery after police say she posed as another woman in order to obtain prescription painkillers.

Power goes out in Savoonga
ANCHORAGE - The village of Savoonga on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea is continuing to struggle with power outages.

Man arrested in Switzer Village
The Juneau Police Department arrested a 31-year-old man following a report of a domestic dispute in Switzer Village Trailer Park. Police say Juneau resident Mathew St. Clair was armed with a rifle and had threatened a 24-year-old Juneau resident.

Minn. explorer sets out for risky Alaska climb
MINNEAPOLIS - A Minnesota explorer hopes to become the first person to scale Mount McKinley on a solo expedition in January.

Capital City sweep
Juneau-Douglas made it a boys-girls sweep of the Princess Cruises Capital City Classic on Wednesday with a 47-42 win over West Valley.

Crimson Rolls
Juneau-Douglas harassed and pressured Haines into 29 turnovers Tuesday, and the Crimson Bears blitzed the defending 3A state champion Glacier Bears 66-41 in the second round of the 20th Annual Princess Cruises Capital City Classic.

JDHS girls rally, win in OT
The Crimson Bears showed Monday they dominate teams and win big. On Tuesday, they showed they can grind it out when need be, and win in thrilling fashion.

JDHS girls take touney title
The Juneau-Douglas girls' basketball team won its fifth straight tournament Wednesday after topping the Aussies 53-44 on the final day of the Princess Cruises Capital City Classic.

Kilsyth bounces back big
Tired travel legs led to a difficult loss Monday afternoon for the team from Australia, but a good night's rest proved to do wonders.

Crescent Valley finishes strong
You couldn't blame Crescent Valley girls' basketball team if it came out flat against South Anchorage after a narrow overtime defeat against the Crimson Bears on Tuesday night, but the team from Corvallis, Ore., didn't entertain any such thoughts.

Haines grabs first tournament victory
It'd had been a difficult couple of days for Haines during the 20th Annual Princess Cruises Capital City Classic, but the Glacier Bears finally got in the win column with a 65-30 win over a depleted Hoonah squad Wednesday afternoon.

West Valley rolls over undermanned Hoonah
It was a barn burner of a first quarter in the first boys' matchup Tuesday afternoon at Juneau-Douglas High School. Unfortunately for short-handed Hoonah, it may have done them in.

Judge clears way for Murkowski's Senate win
JUNEAU - A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by Republican Joe Miller and lifted a stay on certification of Alaska's U.S. Senate election, clearing the way for Sen. Lisa Murkowski to officially be declared the winner.

Miller to announce plans by Friday
JUNEAU - Republican Joe Miller plans to announce by Friday whether he'll continue his legal fight over the Alaska Senate race.

Lawmaker wants Alaska's 1st medical, law schools
FAIRBANKS - An Alaska lawmaker has pledged to create the state's first medical schools and law schools.

State lawmaker thinks election law up for debate
JUNEAU - Alaska's Legislature should consider changing election law to make clear that voter intent is what matters in counting write-in ballots, a state lawmaker said Wednesday.

Musher reunited with dog after 3 years
FAIRBANKS - Musher Amanda Byrd received a long dog hug in her backyard Monday after she picked up her old dog from the pound that morning.

Fairbanks to launch pilot recycling program
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks North Star Borough will begin a pilot recycling program if it can reach a deal with a company that already provides recycling services to the University of Alaska Fairbanks and local military bases.

Parents can be charged for child's absences
KOTZEBUE - Teachers and school administrators in northwest Alaska have warned the parents of frequently truant children that they can be charged with a misdemeanor if the students continue to miss class.

Tax credit drew film productions to Alaska in 2010
ANCHORAGE - State officials say a tax credit program helped draw film productions large and small to Alaska this year.

Tourism promoters launch new marketing ads
ANCHORAGE - Alaska tourism promoters are hoping the flash of Sarah Palin, "Deadliest Catch," ''Ice-Road Truckers" and other popular media stars will translate to more visitors to the 49th state.

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