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Don’t eat Eddie This is in response to the article “Eating Eddie� (July 4, page 22) about raising, slaughtering and eating a pig. Raising animals to kill and eat isn’t bucolic and romantic, it’s gruesome and stupid. It kills the best of what it means to be human. Our advances in technology mean nothing if our ethics do not advance as well. Twenty-first century technology has made the lives of humans infinitely better, and the lives of factory farm animals a true living hell. People believe the lies and deceptions of the meat industry because they want to be deceived, so they don’t have to change (“Change is what people fear most,� Fyodor Dostoevsky). What is morally wrong cannot be culturally, scientifically right. Progress means advancing compassion not only to the persecuted of our own sentient species, but to the persecuted of other sentient species as well. Although the author rightly condemns and rejects the factory farm and the slaughterhouse, rejecting animals as food instead elevating them to their rightful place as sentient beings that humans have no right to brutalize, must be the goal of 21st century ethics. - Thomas H. Morse, Anchorage

Snowden’s flight: cowardice or common sense? I very much appreciated Doug Capra’s thoughtful guest opinion in last week’s Anchorage Press: “Edward Snowden and civilized disobedience.� It has been one of the high points in media coverage that has to date been truly dreadful—a photo of an empty seat on a plane, a seat that might have been occupied by Snowden, was the nadir. I disagree, however, with several of Capra’s comments, in part because Capra draws too close a parallel between Thoreau and Snowden. First, Thoreau only spent one night in jail; Snowden faces life imprisonment. That’s a difference in kind, not degree. Second, Thoreau failed to pay his state poll tax; Snowden leaked details of the National Security Agency’s widespread and unconstitutional spying on Americans and foreigners. That’s a difference in kind not degree. Third, it is not only within democratic societies, as Capra claims, that civil disobedience may be practiced. Capra comments: “Try these tactics [of civil disobedience] in China or Nazi Germany or Stalinist Russia.� Yet, in China and Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia these tactics were tried. The fact that they were largely unsuccessful masks this important truth: civil disobedience is actually more important (if harder to practice) in totalitarian regimes than in democratic societies. Fourth, Capra asserts that the American government is “democratically elected.� Given the fact that George Bush II stole the 2000 election and that recent Supreme Court decisions have made essentially unlimited private and corporate funding of electoral candidates a first-amendment right, I am not at all convinced that Capra’s assertion is correct. Money buys votes. Finally, Capra seems disappointed that Snowden has not given himself up to American authorities to accept judicial punishment for his acts. He cites Mahatma Gandhi’s repeated acceptance of the Indian government’s punishment of his acts of civil disobedience. Capra does so in order to show how Snowden lacks courage, but he ignores the fact that the Indian government was not democratically elected (and this democracy argument seems to matter to Capra) and that Gandhi never faced the possibility (likelihood?) of life imprisonment for civil disobedience. I would add here that, far from evading American authorities, Snowden is simply availing himself of international law: he has the right to seek asylum if he believes himself to be in danger of persecution should he return to the United States. The Obama government seems determined to smear Snowden as a traitor and a spy rather than a whistleblower and to get him back at any cost, so Snowden is justified in seeking asylum. His doing so is not an instance of failing to live up to the memory of Henry David Thoreau but, rather, of marked common sense and a proper desire for self-preservation. - Toby Widdicombe, Anchorage

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Magic odor Update: Appeals in the so-called “magic odor” case are alive once again in federal court in Anchorage. Next Tuesday the state trooper who claimed to smell an indoor pot farm from about 450 feet away—through the woods and over a hill—and swore he could tell which property it came from, has been ordered to appear in court Tuesday, July 15 for a new evidentiary hearing in the case. Trooper Kyle Young is a longtime drug cop and is considered an expert in establishing evidence to obtain search warrants. He’s dug through trash, tracked records of electricity use by marijuana growers and, in at least one case, got employees of Carrs/Safeway to share information about purchases made by a customer. (The customer was convicted of cooking methamphetamine and used over-the-counter decongestants in his drug recipe. According to court files, he swiped a Safeway loyalty card each time he purchased the pills.) The magic odor case involves a Wasilla couple, Trace and Jennifer Ann Thoms, who were busted for growing pot in a building next to their home. The case has been widely publicized and appeals have been bouncing around the court system like the ball on a squash court—in a fashion too technical and complicated for Blotter to understand. But here’s what we do know: Anchorage defense attorneys Rex Butler and Vikram Chaobal want to impugn trooper Young’s story about smelling the Thoms’ pot farm from the road. They did this before and the search warrant was thrown out, but prosecutors appealed. At the moment the Thoms’ convictions are upheld, but now U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Roberts has agreed to a do-over for a limited part of an earlier evidentiary hearing. This time, according to Roberts order, the defense has new evidence and plans to question Young about his sworn testimony in search warrant hearings from other cases—including one case in which a Palmer judge found Young willingly left out information. The lawyers want to prove to Magistrate Judge Roberts that Trooper Young not only lied to get the magic odor search warrant, but that he has done the same thing in other cases, too. The defense, Roberts wrote, “should be granted an opportunity to cross-examine trooper Young regarding his pattern of misconduct so as not to deny him his constitutional right to confrontation in a key suppression motion brought prior to trial.” Last week the Alaska Court of Appeals issued an opinion in a criminal case that could lead to shorter prison sentences for some criminal defendants, especially people accused of drugs crimes that take place in their home. The case—law geek alert: Rofkar v. state, July 5, 2013—stems from the sentencing of a man convicted of running a marijuana grow operation at home in Sutton. In 2006, Alaska state troopers seized 111 marijuana plants and about 1.6 pounds of processed bud from a home rented by 46-year-old Sven Rofkar. Prosecutors threw the book at Rofkar. He was convicted of four class C felonies: possession of more than 25 plants; possession of more than one pound of marijuana; possession of marijuana intended for sale; and, maintaining a building for keeping or distributing controlled substances. Palmer Superior Court Judge Kari Kristiansen merged the first three counts when she sentenced Rofkar to five years in prison. Rofkar appealed, arguing the fourth charge should also be merged with the other three. Attorneys in the Alaska Office of Public Advocacy represented him during the appeal and argued Kristiansen’s sentence violated the double jeopardy clause of the Alaska Constitution: “No person shall be put in jeopardy twice for the same offense.” The Appeals Court cited the intent of the Alaska Legislature when lawmakers made it a felony to maintain a building for “keeping or distributing” controlled substances. That law was last revised in 1982. The court said the Legislature had just one example of the crime in its records: a landlord who knowingly rents the building to a drug dealer or pot grower. “It appears the Legislature enacted [the law] to reach people who facilitate the commission of drug felonies by providing a building,” the opinion says. The opinion says Rofkar’s composite conviction for manufacturing and possession “essentially encompassed his conduct of maintaining building,” so maintaining a building could not count as another crime. The Appeals Court ordered Judge Kristiansen to combine the fourth conviction with the other three and resentence Rofkar. It won’t matter much to Rofkar. He’s apparently done his time and is free, having served two five-year sentences concurrently. In April, Rofkar was accused by Alaska state troopers of illegally using protected birds (ravens and gray jays) as bait on a trap line. Rofkar forfeited his traps, was facing a fine of $2,200, and had his trapping privileges revoked for a year. —


Medical marijuana provider busted again Troopers found “THC-laden consumables” in BMW sedan By Scott Christiansen


he owner of a medical marijuana service was busted for a second time this year after visiting the Alaska State Trooper Post in Palmer while free on bail from felony marijuana charges. Troopers say 43-year-old Adrienne L. Schenfele was leaving the parking lot of the Palmer cop shop after attempting to retrieve property. Schenfele was driving a BMW sedan and a trooper stopped her for failing to use a turn signal and driving onto the street without stopping. Troopers say Schenfele, who already faces 13 felonies for marijuana offenses stemming from a bust in April, had about 9.5 lbs of marijuana products, almost $15,000 in cash and a gun inside the BMW. Troopers say marijuana brownies, cookies, hashish oil and gel capsules—all containing THC— were inside the car and allege all of the products were intended for sale. Schenfele is the owner of Sugar Green, a company with a web site offering to deliver marijuana products to patients who are registered with the state under Alaska’s medical marijuana law. In 1998, Alaska became one of the first states to pass a medical marijuana law, and voters decriminalized weed for people with a doctor’s prescription. However, in the years since the law passed, the state has done little to allow patients to legally obtain the drug. The law, as passed in 1998, limits patients to one ounce or less. It also limits patients to six live plants, only three of which can be flowering. The law allows a designated caregiver to grow marijuana on behalf of a patient, but caregivers and patients are prohibited from selling the drug. They are allowed to transport it only if it remains in sealed containers and is not displayed in public. Schenfele has not returned calls when messages were left with Sugar Green. Her defense attorney, Lance Wells of Anchorage, declined to comment and told the Press earlier this year that he was advising his client not to talk with news media. Wells says the trial date for Schenfele’s first case looks to be in September. The attorney said he has not seen any details from last week’s bust, but did assist Schenfele with bail arrangements.


ugar Green describes itself as a warehousing and delivery service on its state of Alaska business license. The company also advertises online, although its web presence can fairly be described as Spartan, falling somewhat short of an actual website. Still, this week a menu was available online, titled “Sugar Green Mail In Order Form.” Options include “sweet selections” such as a triple chocolate brownie, peanut butter chocolate brownie and three kinds of cookies (all are $10). The Sugar Green menu also boasts something called a Dragon Dew Dropper ($50 each) and 28 flavors of ice cream ($10 per serving) delivered in two, five and 10-serving packages. Vanilla, strawberry and apple cinnamon ice cream can be ordered in “triple dose” ($35 and $80 “donation” sizes), which presumably means those flavors are available with three times the normal dose of hash oil. The order form says payment can be mailed to a P.O. box in Wasilla, but that Sugar Green’s delivery is not through the mail. The text also stops short of claiming the products are for sale,

leaning on words such as “donations” and “fees” much of the time. “Prices are expenses based on packaging and delivering or minimal donation,” the menu says. Another disclaimer reads: “In few cases we may contact you with an additional fee if delivery is out of our normal route. Delivery requires 10 servings or more.” Schenfele was first busted on April 4 while speeding along the Parks Highway through Willow in a Dodge pickup truck. The trooper who stopped her, Sergeant David Herrell, smelled marijuana and asked about it. Troopers have never alleged Schenfele was anything but cooperative during either of her two busts. Herrell’s affidavit says Schenfele presented her own medical marijuana card during the stop. She then turned over Ziploc bags and Tupperware containers of marijuana, a scale and some empty bags marked “1/8,” which would become evidence in the case against her. Schenfele told the trooper she runs Sugar Green, and the company makes marijuana butter and delivers marijuana to people with medical marijuana cards. “[Schenfele said] she takes the marijuana and makes it into butter to treat her patients that (sic) are also medical marijuana card holders,” Herrell wrote in his affidavit. Herrell seized 11 ounces of weed and some hash oil. Troopers then got search warrants and raided two properties—a home in Anchorage and a property in Talkeetna—and seized a halfgallon of hash oil, $20,000 worth of growing equipment and 87 marijuana plants. The April bust swelled into an indictment for 13 felony charges. State prosecutors have yet to get a grand jury indictment out of last week’s bust, but troopers initially charged Schenfele with two felony-level marijuana charges and one felony for weapons misconduct. In both cases, illegal manufacturing and distribution of marijuana are at the heart of the trooper’s charges. Sugar Green’s “normal route” as described on its order form seems to include communities from Anchorage to Talkeetna along the Parks Highway, but the company has also sought delivery drivers for routes around the state. Sugar Green earlier this year posted a help-wanted ad on the classifieds site Alaska’s List, seeking “AKmmj” delivery drivers. It said: “Sugar Green Delivery Services are casually looking for delivery drivers,” and listed communities from Homer to Fairbanks and even towns off the road system such as King Salmon and Bethel. (Quick expansion seems to have been central to Sugar Green’s aspirations.) The ad posted on Alaska’s List is no longer online. Mike Baker, an Alaska’s List webmaster, said in an email the site’s ads are paid in advance and routinely expire when the pre-paid schedule ends. He would not comment about Sugar Green specifically, citing an Alaska’s List privacy policy. Baker is widely reported in various news media as the founder of Alaska’s List, and he told the Press that he likely would not run an advertisement for marijuana services if he believed the activities were illegal. “I’m not an attorney, but it would seem to me that delivery of medical marijuana by anyone other than a licensed pharmacist would be unlawful in the State of Alaska, and if anyone were to place such an ad here, I don’t think I would run it,” Baker said. He added that Alaska’s List would “gladly” host ads that “simply referred patients to doctors” or otherwise helped patients get the drug legally. “We would definitely be willing to advertise that type of service in our Health & Medical category,” Baker said. “Alaska’s List supports the lawful use of medical marijuana.”




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Task force reviews rules for public comment One of cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stickiest issues punted to ad hoc group By Scott Christiansen


new task force is set to meet this week to tackle a controversy the Anchorage Assembly has not been able to manage on its own. The issue has befuddled some Assembly members, angered others, and is fundamental to representative democracy: How is the Assembly supposed to react if hundreds of people show up to comment at a public hearing? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an issue complicated by Anchorageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent political history. Two ordinances since 2009â&#x20AC;&#x201D;one that would extend legal protection to gay people, the second to put a clamp-down on city employee unionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;drew crowds of more than 100 people to Assembly meetings, many of whom wanted to speak. Now the Assembly has created a task force to explore new rules governing how to handle swamped meetings in the future. It will

meet for the first time from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 11 (the day this newspaper hits the streets) at City Hall. Not surprisingly, the group intends to one day hold public hearings on the subject of public hearings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of my primary goals is to set up a public hearing schedule,â&#x20AC;? said task force member Jane Angvik, a former Assembly member who also served on the committee that wrote Anchorageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Charter in the mid-â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70s. Angvik has became a de facto secretary during the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s genesis (so far the group has no chair). Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been corresponding via email with potential members and with the city clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office as the task force organizes. Angvik said she would like to see the task force make recommendations to the Assembly by the end of September, ahead of the 2014 budget debates, in case they need to ask for money. She also said the group ought to hold at least one hearing in the Assembly chamber at the Z. J. Loussac Library, â&#x20AC;&#x153;because that is where people are used to going for public hearings.â&#x20AC;? The Assembly itself held a series of hearings about rules for public hearings this year beginning last April, before punting the issue to the task force. Those hearings were the result of an ordinance that would have allowed, under certain conditions, testimony at public hearings to be cut off by the Assembly (the ordinance has since been

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he Anchorage Assembly is required by the city charter to hold hearings in which they listen to the public. The charter was adopted in 1976 when the old city of Anchorage merged with the Greater Anchorage Area Borough to form one government. The charter has a bill of rights for the people of Anchorage, which includes: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The right to be heard at public hearings prior to adoption of proposed six-year plans of the school system and the municipality, or approval of the annual budget or any ordinance (except an emergency ordinance as defined herein).â&#x20AC;? As of Tuesday, Angvik was to be joined by two other former Assembly members, Arliss Sturgulewski and Jim Barnett. Seven other people were listed as members of the task force, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too early to know who is going to stay in. Angvik said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;there may be holesâ&#x20AC;? to fill before the roster is final. The task force hopes to seek out representatives of community groups and look for people who frequently testify to the Assembly.


Colder days ahead Even with lag, Alaska is passing peak warmth By Ned Rozell


ou may not have noticed it as you were scooping fish out of the Copper River or riding your bike through the tawny light of 10 p.m., but Alaska just made a left turn toward winter. Much of the state will soon reach the average yearly date when the air wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get any warmer. In Fairbanks, on July 19 the average daily temperature based on about a century of records drops from 63 to 62. Anchorage, because the ocean is nearby, starts cooling later, on July 29, when the average temperature drops from 59 to 58. Chandalar Lake reached its heat peak about July 15. Adak and Shemya in the Aleutians are two of the last places in Alaska to give in, with their average temperatures not dropping until late August and early September. A person might think that since we get our maximum sunlight on the summer solstice (on or about June 21), we should also get our peak warmth then. The sunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s calling the shots, right? Not entirely, said Martha Shulski, formerly of the Alaska Climate Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re warmest a few weeks after the solstice,â&#x20AC;? she said. A lag exists between the peak of solar energy input and the warmth we feel. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a phenomenon that also shows up in winter, and when peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pipes freeze mysteriously in May. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You see (the lag) in a lot of different places,â&#x20AC;? Shulski said. Temperatures peak several weeks after we get the most sunlight because the ground absorbs energy from the sun and releases it to the air. This â&#x20AC;&#x153;longwave radiationâ&#x20AC;? from the earth increases after summer solstice because the ground is slow to release the potent ANCH Press MPFC AD 6613_5x3.75_BW copy.pdf



solstice-time energy. The day the heat emitted by the surface starts decreasing is usually the day we start feeling cooler temperatures. The seasonal lag in temperatures is similar to one that happens every day in summer, Shulski said, when our thermometers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hit their maximums until a few hours after we receive our peak sunlight. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Solar noon (in Alaska) is 2 p.m. and our daytime high is usually three to four hours after that,â&#x20AC;? she said. This stall pattern also exists in winter, when temperatures are coldest in January, a few weeks after winter solstice. And, as Charles Deehr and Neil Davis noted in this column in 1976, there is a long delay between the coldest air temperatures and the time that cold penetrates deepest into the ground. The soil temperature 18 feet below the surface drops to its coldest in May, they reported.


ack to the turning point of summer, why do Chandalar Lake and Fairbanks reach their peak of warmth faster than Anchorage, Juneau, and other places near the ocean? The presence of a large body of water makes a big difference, Shulski said. In a place like Anchorage, the ocean absorbs much of the energy that the ground is converting to heat in landlocked areas like Fairbanks. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some dates for the crest of summer warmth, from infor-

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mation supplied by the Alaska Climate Research Center: Chandalar Lake, July 15; Fairbanks, July 19; Galena, July 21; Valdez, July 26; Anchorage and Whittier, July 29; Prudhoe Bay, July 30; McCarthy, July 31; Kenai, Aug. 2; Juneau, Aug. 11; Kodiak, Aug. 12; Seward, Aug. 13; Yakutat, Aug. 18; Adak, Aug. 29; and Shemya, the land of endless summer, Sept. 3. But donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say goodbye to summer just yet. These numbers are long-term averages that match daily reality only during extreme coincidences. An Alaska parcel of air near you is prepared to defy the long-term average by being extra hot. Or maybe unusually cold. - Ned Rozell is a science writer for the University of Fairbanks Geophysical Institute. This column first ran in 2007.


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â&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a total sucker for farmers markets. Forget the roses; give me a basil bouquet any day. I love exploring and finding new goods or vendors, as well as saying hello to familiar faces. Last week I discovered a new source for Alaskan bacon with birch syrup (Mat Valley Meats at the South Anchorage Farmers Market), as well as Alaskan cranberry kombucha (Chugach Farm at the Spenard Farmers Market). I have met farmers from Ecuador, Russia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had first dates, anniversaries, and birthdays at the market. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been to local markets around the world, in the sun, rain, wind, and snow. I find immense happiness in a bag overflowing with fresh vegetables, local honey, and wild seafood. Farmers markets inspire me and remind me of what kind of world I want to live in. They have the power to transform a dusty parking lot into something beautiful. They are also probably the only things that can entice me out of a cozy bed early on a Saturday morning. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll admit it. Yes, I buy local because it supports our local economy, helps preserve agricultural land, is important to food security, and sticks it to the man. But I also buy local because, well, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun and it makes me happy. And we should do things that make us happy. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my confession: I am one of those annoying people Instagram-ing my food before I eat. I take forever at the market because I have to talk to every farmer. I giggle over how cute and tiny quail eggs are. I buy purple potatoes and red carrots because I think they are beautiful. I love farmers markets because I love having a connection with the food I eat, the people that grow it, and because meals are an important part of my life. I love cooking with and for the people I care about. Good food makes me happy. So as you can see, I am addicted to farmers markets. Here are some other reasons why.

1. Farmers markets = less time at Costco I was raised in Alaska, so I have a weird obsession with Costco. At the same time, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a love-hate relationship, and I absolutely dread the parking lot. I go once a month, but during the summer itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s less often because I can get the food I need from the market and my garden. And yes, there are free samples at a farmers market.

2. I want grocery shopping to be stimulating, and not something I do on autopilot

ing able to see what vegetables look like the day theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been harvested, with the roots and tops still on, and to get to know the person that grew them. I crave the connection of smelling and touching food that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t 100 percent processed and packaged. I also love being outside. At the grocery store, food becomes transactional and I tend to zone out, not making eye contact with people and trying to get in and out as fast as possible. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eerily sterile. I smell nothing. At the farmers market, there is a lot more going on than just the exchange of money for food.

3. I hate food labels, calorie counting, and high fructose corn syrup Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sick of paragraph-long ingredient lists full of words I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recognize and canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pronounce. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want my food to have stickers on it with barcodes, and to have to keep track of my health through numbers and data entry. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pissed that there is high fructose corn syrup in everything (applesauce? Ketchup? Yogurt? Câ&#x20AC;&#x2122;mon!) I just want to eat food that is real. So I go to farmers markets where lettuce is lettuce and what you see is what you get. No hidden health costs and freaky chemicals.

4. It inspires me to be creative I like colorful meals and creating new dishes out of what I have in the fridge from the market. Fennel and Alaskan sausage equals spaghetti and meatballs; too much kale means itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to make pesto. Five pounds of zucchini calls for zuke curry and chocolate chip-walnut zucchini bread for the neighbors. I like buying whatever looks best at the market, then making up new meals throughout the week. Eating with the seasons is less challenging then it seems, and totally rewarding.

5. I want to see and learn about a place through its food culture

Some of the vegetables offered at al local farmers market.

Anchorage Farmers Markets are currently abundant with fresh homegrown produce, hormone-free Alaskan meats, and wild seafood. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all open on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and are located in Downtown, Spenard, Midtown, Mountain View and South Anchorage. Stay in the know about whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s available by subscribing to market email lists, or following the markets on Facebook. Anchorage Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays in the summer, 15th Avenue and Cordova (Central Lutheran Church parking lot). Lots of produce, coffee, compost tea, and baked goods. Northway Mall Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays all year, 3201 Penland Blvd. Produce, meat, and dairy.

jams/jellies/syrups, shrimp, coffee, food trucks, art/crafts, baked goods, live music, local nonprofits, and kids activities. South Anchorage Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays in the summer, Subway/Cellular One Sports Centre parking lot at the corner of Old Seward and Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Malley; and Wednesdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. behind the Dimond Center in front of the Dimond Center Hotel. Produce, lots of seafood and meat vendors, live music, coffee, baked goods, food trucks, jams/jellies/syrups. The Center Market: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays all year, 600 E. Northern Lights Blvd (the Benson entrance to the Mall at Sears). Produce, meat, and dairy.

Spenard Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays in the summer, 2435 Spenard Road (Chilkoot Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking lot). Produce, honey,

Like I said before; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a sucker for farmers marketsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;anywhere. Finding farmers markets when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m traveling is my favorite way to learn about a new place. I can guarantee that Walmarts are going to be pretty much the same everywhere, but local markets are full of seasonal fruits, vegetables, herbs, and goodies that are special to a place and climate. The unique tastes and flavors of our places are what make them special. When I travel, I make an effort to support the local economy and not outside corporations. When tourists come to Alaska and patronize our farmers markets they are helping ensure that farming and local food production will remain viable in Alaska.

At the farmers market I slow down and take in the smells and sounds, from fresh-picked herbs to onions frying in food trucks, to kids laughing and the hum of conversation. I love be-






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Frothy far-off shores Field guide makes an excellent excuse to venture to Kodiak Island Brewing By James â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dr. Fermentoâ&#x20AC;? Roberts


s the executive director of the Brewerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guild of Alaska, a 16-year weekly columnist for the Anchorage Press and 11-year columnist for the national Celebrator Beer News, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have achieved my goal of visiting every Alaska brewery at least once in my life, and especially by now. So far, that hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happened and others are beating me to the finish line. But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m getting closer. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been working with a couple of local beer lovers to develop a mobile device application that will emerge in August as a constantly updated field guide to every brewery and beer in Alaska. When I say â&#x20AC;&#x153;working withâ&#x20AC;? I should say my input has only been from the far fringes in terms of getting this duo in touch with some of our often-reclusive brewers and their wares. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m also involved in testing the application called Thebeeruphere, but I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take any real credit for how awesome it will be when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offered up through the Apple iTunes Store and online at www. in the coming months. Still, working with beer geek JJ Tranquilla and his computer accomplice Brian Worting as they plow through every brewery in our vast state has gotten me ever closer to my goal of nosing around at the sources of all of Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great beer. I got a call from Tranquilla a while back when he announced plans to visit Kodiak Island Brewing Company. He invited me to tag along on the adventure and on a whim, despite an oppressive workload at the day job, I committed to the trip. Brewers, especially in Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smaller breweries, are incredibly busy artisans in the summer, when local demand is augmented by thirsty curiosity by folks visiting from outside. In deference to that, we told Kodiak Island Brewing Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ben Millstein that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d fly down and just take a cab the short seven miles from the airport to the downtown brewery. I was bummed that after our glorious spate of sunshine and hot weather, the forecast for Kodiak was not promising on the day of our visit.

The tap line at Kodiak Island Brewing Company. Photo by James Roberts

a nice biscuit essence with a touch of tartness from the wheat and a delicate kiss of hops to round things out. We hit the brewery at about midday and I marveled at the historical maritime theme of the long and deep establishment. The expansive tasting room is welcoming and features a couple of long, skinny, single-plank wooden bars that invite standing and conversing rather than sitting, although a number of church pews are positioned for those that would rather sit and sip their two-pint-per person limit. The standing tables are supported by masts and spars from early sailing shipwrecks around the island and other salvage projects. The main bar in front of the tap line is a 26-foot long, polished single slab of Sitka Spruce. Metal siding from the defunct Port Bailey Cannery covers part of the back wall. The backsplash behind the tap line is a beautiful old door enclosed by the ironwood deck rails of another shipwreck. A wood stove toward the front of the tasting room is regularly fired up and adds a warm glow to the rosy cheeks of folks ducking in out of the frequent squalls that drench the island. Tranquilla and Worting got to work meticulously photographing and documenting each of the breweryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beers while I stood back and shared the remnants with Millstein and talked Guild stuff, learning more about the rich history of the barâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beautiful appointments. Cloud Peak Hefewizen was served up and is a light, Bavarianstyle wheat with a cloudy hue and a distinct tart edge softened by the yeastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pillowy influence in the beer. The 4.5 percent alcohol is easily masked by the beerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy-drinking complexity. Snowshoe Pale Ale is another lighter selection that features a distinct citrus and floral hop aroma and flavor in another easy drinking 4.5 percent alcohol brew thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hop forward, but with bitterness

I marveled at the historical maritime theme of the long and deep establishment.


e bumped south out of Anchorage on an ERA Dash-8 into the Gulf of Alaska, touching down an hour later onto a rare sunshine-splashed, dry runway. After getting off the plane, we walked into the little airport and there was brewer Millstein waiting for us. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought we were going to take a cab to the brewery,â&#x20AC;? I said, reaching out to shake his hand. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too nice out to hit the brewery right away,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to show you the island first while the weatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as nice as it is.â&#x20AC;? Who could argue with that? We spent the first couple hours basking in the sun and taking in the sights before getting to the brewery in its new location. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d enjoyed lunch â&#x20AC;&#x153;out on the roadâ&#x20AC;? at The Rendezvous, where I had a killer burger with a pint of Kodiak Island Brewing Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sarah Pale Ale, a winking nod to the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate. This blonde style ale is light and sweet on the palate, with just enough balancing bitterness to keep it from being cloying. Organic two-row, Munich and wheat malts make up the foundation of the beer and impart

just shy of an IPA, making it quite pleasing indeed. One of Millsteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more interesting offerings is an Apple Cider Ale, which is half beer and half apple cider with no hops. Also light at 4.1 percent alcohol by volume, this one imparts a tangy, tart fresh apple essence rather than a solid beer foundation, although the malt presence is easily discernable. Only one batch is produced every year and locals clamor to get a share. I guess timing is key, and we were lucky to get some during our visit. The breweryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Imperial Sunshine is an offshoot of the flagship Liquid Sunshine, both of which fall into the California Common, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;steamâ&#x20AC;? beer style, with a deep amber presentation, signature white head and notes of citrus, pine and hints of tropical fruits wafting off the top. The flavor follows through with the same resiny pine essence, a touch of lemongrass-like flavor, ample bitterness and a solid malt basement to back it up. On the darker side, Kodiakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s North Pacific Ale turned out to be my shining star during the trip. This Scottish ale is benign in the nose and features a deep amber/brown presentation with a brooding peat and slightly smoky touch on the palate. The beer is on the sweet side, but the metered use of roast malts and a soft bitterness bring the beer into wonderful perspective. A Stab in the Dark, an Oatmeal Stout, finished up the sampling foray for me. The reddish/brown beer with a beige/brown head delivers a sweet, malty nose and light-roasted flavor with hints of chocolate, light caramel and even a touch of vanilla and a dark bready essence on a alluringly soft palate due to the contribution of the oats. The finish is roasty and hoppy and the 4.7 percent alcohol is entirely lost in the mix. The day passed too quickly and after a stroll through the harbor it was time to head back to the airport under the somewhat menacing clouds that were gathering. It was still nice enough to pass the time waiting for the plane by standing in front of the airport and reminiscing about a rare, beautiful day in Kodiak as we plotted a return visit. It may take some effort to get there and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a threat of getting stuck while waiting out the weather, but with abundant good beer thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not available in Anchorage, a trip to Kodiak is well worth the risk.


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Snow City Cafeâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Vegetarianfriendly offering a full breakfast menu all day, in addition to a variety of fresh baked goodies, gourmet soups, pastas, sandwiches and salads for lunch.1034 W. 4th Ave. and L St., 272-CITY (2489). Open 7 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

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COFFEEHOUSES & BAKERIES Indigo Tea Loungeâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Offering a wide variety of loose leaf teas to enjoy in our cafe, on the go or in your own home. Also providing a full espresso bar, baked goods, soups and free wi-fi. 221 E. 5th Ave. 222-1619. Open 7 days a week. Mon.-Wed. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Thu.-Fri. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Great Harvest Bread Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Famous for their whole grain bread, free slices, enormous cookies, cinnamon rolls, and muffins. Bread varieties change daily and range from Honey Whole Wheat to Wholegrain Rustic to High Five Fiber. Great Harvest Bread Company also offers sandwiches on their fresh bread. Located at 570 E. Benson Blvd 274-3331. Open Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sandwiches available Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Superstar Pastry Designâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Corner of Benson & Minnesota 336-STAR(7827). Fabulous scratchmade designer cakes, pastries and brownies, along with a fantastic cupcake bar. Drive thru espresso window open 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Order early for specialty and wedding cakes.

FINE DINING Club Parisâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Housed in one of downtownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest buildings, this is old-school fine dining all the way. Try the four-inch-thick filet mignon or the special filet mignon burger for lunch. 417 W. 5th Ave., 277-6332. Mon.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 5-10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 5-11 p.m. Haute Quarter Grillâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;A dinner menu that features tons of seafood, including Alaska favorites and Ahi tuna, plus other American cuisine. Hours: Dinner, 5-9 p.m. 11221 Old Glenn Hwy., Eagle River 622-4745, Jensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; The everchanging dinner menu features unique soups, salads and appetizers, plus classic Danish dishes and American favorites. The lunch menu also has a good mix, offering veal and pork meatballs with red cabbage or Copper River king salmon, among others. 701 W. 36th Ave., 561-5367, Mon., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tues.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-midnight.


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Kinleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Barâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Casual fine dining at its best! The eclectic lunch and dinner menus are similar, with sandwiches offered mid-day only and entrees scaled up in the evenings. Sample their bacon wrapped dates, calamari steak, lobster ravioli, or almond crusted halibut. Draught beers and great wine. 3230 Seward Hwy, 644-8953. Hours: Dinner Mon-Sat 5-10p, Lunch TuesFri 11:30a-5p. Closed Sun. Maxineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fireweed bistro â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Maxineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fireweed Bistro offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere, using the freshest of local ingredients. Everything is made from scratch â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from house baked bread and flat breads, to every sauce and sorbet. Sundays are family style supper with different themes each week. Full service at the bar and an excellent sun room that is great for parties. 770-7600 5-10 Mon.-Sat 5-9 Sun. www. ORSOâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;the place to beâ&#x20AC;? - Happy Hour daily from 3 PM to 6 PM and 9 PM to close in the bar at ORSO featuring half priced appetizers, beer, wine and outstanding specialty cocktails. Enjoy our new lunch, bar and dinner menus featuring our wonderful flatbreads and a wide selection of â&#x20AC;&#x153;from our watersâ&#x20AC;?. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget about our weekend brunch from 11am to 3pm with favorites such as Blueberry Stuffed French Toast or our take on the Classic Eggs Benedict (we use crab cakes instead of English muffins). 222-3232 or - Lunch M-F 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM Weekend Brunch 11am - 3 PM - Dinner Sun-Thurs 5 PM - 9:30 PM, Friday & Saturday 5 PM - 11 PM. PIZZA OLYMPIA- For homemade Greek and Italian dinners, subs, gyros, mouthwatering Greek salads, plus much more. All sauces, dressings and pizza dough made fresh daily form their own Greek family recipes. For deliveries call 5615264. Open 11a.m.-11p.m. Mon. thru Fri. 3p.m. -11p.m. Sat. Closed Sunday. 2809 Spenard Rd. Across from REI. Sackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠ- Upscale, chic with a sophisticated menu that is sure to delight. Fabulous tomato/gorgonzola cheese soup and mouthwatering gourmet desserts. Perfect for any occasion. 328 G Street 274-4022. Lunch Mon-Thurs 11-2:30p, Dinner Sun - Thurs 5-9:30pm, Fri & Sat 5-10pm, Brunch Sat 11a-3p, Sun 10a-3p. Villa Novaâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; A laid-back, high-end, mostly European but specifically Italian restaurant. Very popular and busy, but with solid, friendly service. Pastas, chicken, beef, seafood & vegetarian dishes. Extensive wine list, hand-crafted desserts. 5121 Arctic Blvd., 561-1660. Tues.-Sat., 5-10 p.m.-ish.

ITALIAN Little Italyâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Lots of appetizers await you including Calamarakia Sto Tigani (baby squid in olive oil) and shrimp & scallopes with fresh spinach. Palate cleanser-sized salads with homemade dressings the Italian-Greek influence prevades this great restaurant. 2300 E. 88th Ave.,



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Damiâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Come dine with us at the most popular sushi bar in town for the newest fusion rolls and specials of the day. We take pride in serving the best and freshest ingredients for our entire menu. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let the competition fool you; we are the true sushi restaurant located in the heart of downtown. Take out and catering available. 605 E. 5th Ave, 274-5211. Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat. 12 p.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m.-10 p.m.

Sushi Gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Boasting amazing ambiance and a comfortable atmosphere, Sushi Garden offers modern and traditional Asian cuisine, balanced with wine and spirits that defines culinary excellence. Serving Anchorage for over 14 years, our entire restaurant can be reserved to host your next company party or special event. Great place, Awesome food! Open Daily 11 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11 p.m. 1120 E. Huffman Rd. (907) 3454686

Dish Sushi Barâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; A contemporary and upbeat spin on the classic sushi bar and Japanese restaurant. Our sushi is served immediately from the sushi bar to ensure quality and freshness. Our menu also presents some of the most creative Asian inspired dishes by the most talented chefs in Alaska. Our sake house menu features infused sake cocktails, imported sakes from Japan, wines, imported and locally brewed beers. Delicious desserts such as Oreo Tempura and Banana Spring Rolls to complete your meal. Great atmosphere for any occasion. Voted best Sushi and Japanese in Press Picks 2009 and ADN â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best of Alaskaâ&#x20AC;? Platinum Award for Best Sushi! 639 W. International Airport Rd. (907) 562-1275

Tempura Kitchen- Korean, Japanese and Sushi. They have authentic Korean BBQ tables and many sushi combinations. Their food is naturally healthy. Open Lunch and dinner 7 days a week 3826 Spenard Road 646-1174

Romanoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Upscale atmosphere with a full Italian menu. Top-notch service, fancy dĂŠcor, and fresh food. 2415 C St., 276-0888. Sun.-Thurs., 4-10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 4-11 p.m.

Haru Sushiâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; A new addition to Anchorage, Haru welcomes you in like an old friend! Sushi made to order in the old Pizza Hut location on Dimond, monthly cash drawing to reward their loyal customers 729 E. Dimond 522-4444 Jimmyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sushiâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; One of Anchorageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest, convenient little spots to pick up a roll or stop in for a sitdown dinner. Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., noon-11 p.m.; Sun., 1-10 p.m. 301 E. Dimond Blvd., 344-0888 Kansha Japanese Restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Bright, clean and offering all the standard Japanese fare â&#x20AC;&#x201C; noodles, mixed grill, tempura, bento, sushi and sashimi. 209 E. Dimond Blvd., 272-8888 Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. & 4-10 p.m.


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MEDITERRANEAN Antoniosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Greek Bakery and CafĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Located at 3020 Minnesota (in Choi Plaza), Antonios has the best real Greek food in Alaska according to many customers, plus a plethora of just-baked Greek desserts like baklava, galaktoboureko, and various Greek cookies. Fresh bread is served with most entrĂŠes, Arni Fricassee (lamb and greens) is a specialty, as is moussaka, spanakopita and kid-friendly pastisio. A full menu of Greek food available. 6461090. M-Sat 11-9, Sun 1-7.

MEXICAN Carlos Fine Mexican Foodâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Try authentic Mexican fare in this cozy, warm restaurant with a full bar. Take out is also available. 11401 Old Seward Hwy., 349-4112 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 4-10 p.m. Casa del Solâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Featuring all homemade dishes and sauces made from fresh ingredients inspired by the southwest. Seafood Ceviche and our â&#x20AC;&#x153;wetâ&#x20AC;? burritos piled high with

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11 p.m. Mooseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Toothâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Get your chipotle steak or ranch chicken pizza to go or enjoy one in the casual dining area. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got your usual toppings too, but these still arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your usual pizzas. Top â&#x20AC;&#x2122;em off with the Mooseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tooth Breweryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s delicious brew. 3300 Old Seward Hwy.

La Mexâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; One of Anchorageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorites, offering consistently good Mexican food with a few originals of their own in an elegant atmosphere. Two locations: 2550 Spenard Rd., 274-7511, 8330 King St., 3446399. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., noon-10:30 p.m.

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Steep ascent With Mount Marathon, a gift of memory By Cinthia Ritchie


ach year at the start of the Mount Marathon Race, before the gun goes off and the madness begins, I stare up at the peak for a long and silent moment. It always looks so green and shadowed and immense, and I feel so pale and thin and small, that I experience the urge to genuflect or make the sign of the crossâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m especially religious, which Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not, but because it strikes me as such a solemn undertaking, to race up a mountain, to sweat and bleed, curse and pray over its aloof yet welcoming surface. I started running the Mount Marathon Race five years ago, not because I thought the race looked fun or challenging but because it fell on the Fourth of July, the same day my second oldest sister died of complications from an eating disorder. I suppose I was seeking penance. I wanted to hurt and suffer, yes, but I also wanted my suffering to lead toward redemption. And it did. It does. The race is a beast, a dragon. It flays me flat, kicks my butt, leaves me bloody and torn and defenseless. I think this is why many of us race, not the elite runners who finish in front but the rest of us, the middle- and back-of-thepackers who have no hope of winning, who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care much about our time, who struggle up the mountain with our heads lowered and our hands tight on our knees. We do it not for the pain so much as for the transcendence that comes with the pain, for the moment when we become lost in the brutality of it all, when our muscles scream and our legs shake and everything in us cries for us to stop. We race for the exhilaration of being up on the mountain in the morning, the wind in our hair and sweat against our lips, the glorious thud of our hearts reminding us that we are alive and nothing else matters but this moment, this pain, this feeling of our bodies moving and bending. (continued on page 13)


Cinthia Ritchie exits the mountain and runs toward the finish line during this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mount Marathon Race in Seward. Photo by Ira Edwards

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mt. marathon (cont.) Or maybe no one else ponders such things as they climb, maybe Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a freak, an aberration, a writer who spends too much time inside her head, but no matter. As soon as the rock comes into view, that beautiful and misshapen rock that signifies the end of the uphill slog and the beginning of the descent, something inside of me flutters. I cross the blue timing mat, grab a drink and always, always I stand for a moment looking out at the Bay and feel blessed to be able to do this one small and enormous thing: Race up a mountain on my two stumbling and inadequate legs.

Downhill dangers

The race is a beast, a dragon. It flays me flat, kicks my butt, leaves me bloody and torn and defenseless.

Of course, once you go up, you have to come back down again. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the law of the Mount Marathon Race that the downhill is the most dangerous part, when most injuries, scrapes and falls occur. Last year, both a male and female racer slipped off the cliffs beyond the waterfall and were seriously injured. Descents scare me. I lack the courage to let go, to allow myself to fly down the mountain with nothing but gravity and the grace of God to keep me upright. I suppose this points to something in my psyche, some vast and impenetrable weakness, and every year I vow it will be different, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll run down with my heart open and my arms outstretched, and every year braver women zoom past, their faces flushed with excitement, their shoes kicking up small piles of dust as I slowly and carefully maneuver myself down steep slopes of scree and rock. My sister would understand this. We used to run barefoot through pastures, leaping over cow patties and stream beds, our feet as tough and weathered as an animalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. But we both had other fears: She was afraid to ride a horse fast through the fields and I was afraid of small, enclosed spaces. I rode horses and she climbed tunnels and, together, we were a tough and impenetrable whole. I thought of that this year as I ran down that impossibly long slope of scree that stretches from the top of the mountain to the halfway point, where it finally veers off through a streambed of slick rocks. I remembered the freedom of being young and invincible, and how we believed we had all the time in the world. We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, of course. Yet in a way, we did. This same dichotomy haunts me each year during the Mount Marathon Race. I want to be reckless, but I want to finish safely. I want to race fast, but I want to save my legs for a late summer marathon. I want to stand at the top and scream out in joy and sorrow, but I want to keep my grief to myself because if I ever let it fully go, would there be anything left of my memories? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know the answers to any of this; I just run. Toward the end of each race, after I shimmy over the cliffs and down to the road, I let go. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hold back. I give it everything I have. The crowds cheer and the finish line flashes into sight and my heart thumps and my legs strain and behind me, I feel the presence of the mountain, lush and green and rising toward the sky like something holy.

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Book touring in the slow lane By Kris Farmen


hat lovelier shade of green than new cottonwood leaves in the June sunshine? The old reliable Parks Highway stretches up through the Susitna Valley as a gray asphalt ribbon running through a notch in the oncoming forest. Highways always lead to the future, even if that future wears the mask of oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own past. I was on the road this particular morning because of the recent arrival of a book of novellas I co-authored with two other writers. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re serious about making a living as a writer these days you have to get out there and hustle, so I advanced northward from Homer to Fairbanks with a box of books, brand new with crisp pages and solid black ink. Some were destined for book stores, others were to be delivered to fans and old friends from my Fairbanks years. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to be on the highway and not think of Jack Kerouac. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always been overrated in my opinion, but his vision of the road is compelling nonetheless. The novelist Jim Harrison once wrote

about meeting the Beat King in the late â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;50s when Harrison was a very earnest 19-year-old bohemian in New York. He noted that the success of On the Road had mostly just provided Kerouac with the freedom to stay permanently drunk. This lifestyle has obvious limitations, and one day you will hit the brick wall as Kerouac did. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sad truth that writers have a tendency to not live up the aspirations of their work. In real life Kerouac was essentially a garden-variety booze hound, and this is reflected in the quality of his later work, as anyone whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ever tried to slog through Desolation Angels can attest. Still, whenever your life lacks direction the road of Kerouacâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream is there to guide you, though the choices here in Alaska can be a tad limiting. Life is always slapping you across the face and you want to go somewhere youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never been, to see a river or witness a mountain range youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never encountered before, but there are only so many roads to choose from in the Far North. Hand-delivery of books around the state to individual readers does not exactly add up to cost-effective distribution, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heaps of fun. As my friend the novelist

Wear old clothes.

Don Rearden is wont to say, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re probably not going to get rich writing books, so you might as well enjoy yourself. Thus, a road trip on the Parks Highway, that winding, climbing asphalt trail over the Alaska Range, never traveled to my knowledge by either Harrison or Kerouac. There was also my need to work through the non-specific animus caused by, among other things, my nearly empty checking account and my long-standing desire to always be right. Right about what, you ask? Right about everything. There need not be a specific topic, but often there is: The rape of the natural world, the continuation of the War on Drugs that has ruined so many lives, or perhaps the misfortune of being a writer in an age when the publishing business seems to be in a slow process of implosion. This pathology of being right is not the less pointless for being so widespread among our species, and choice words were cast out through the windshield at the landscape as I drove. Naturally, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot easier to win an argument when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re by yourself, though this sort of one-sided row

might more properly be called self-centered bitching. Clouds gathered as I rolled past Denali Park, through Glitter Gulch and up toward Healy. Ever the artist, it was tempting to believe they were the physical manifestation of my angst, but they were probably just caused by the usual condensation of water vapor in the atmosphere. The sun came out by the time I passed Nenana, and the sight of the broad Tanana Valley from the hilltops was refreshing indeed. As far back as I can remember, summertime in Fairbanks has always been a mind tonic for what ails me, and it felt good to actually smile again. All the same, the weather was unusually chilly for June, all the more so because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d left Anchorage barefoot and shirtless in 80-degree sunshine. While eating supper on the deck of the Chena Pumphouse with a friend it got downright cold, my freshly-donned shirt and long pants notwithstanding. The talk of the town was the bumper crop of mosquitoes. They were cer(continued on page 15)

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book touring (cont.) tainly the worst I’d ever seen, though here in Alaska there’s always some helpful codger on a nearby barstool to lecture you about how the bugs (or the cold, depending on the season in question) were always this bad in the old days, and pantywaist whippersnappers like you wouldn’t have lasted a week. Summer lasted for two weeks in July and even then it could still dump a foot of snow. That sort of thing. In any event, the bugs didn’t quite block out the sun, but later that night in my tent in a friend’s yard you could hear them pelting the taut nylon like torrential rain. About two hundred of the little buggers collected in my tent as I tossed in my bag and sleeping pads, and it took a good 20 minutes to kill them all before I could go to sleep. I wonder if Rearden gets hotels with room service when he’s book touring for Penguin, I thought in the 2 a.m. twilight, wiping palmfuls of smooshed mosquito goo on my pantlegs.


ublishing a book is a heady experience, but it’s also an exhausting one. Simply put, you can only reread your own work so many times before going cross-eyed. I read somewhere that Jack London at the height of his fame turned into a literary prima donna who refused to let editors make even the tiniest of changes to his work. Evidently there wasn’t space enough in the room for Jack, his editors, and Jack’s outsized ego. Not too surprisingly, he was another hopeless drunk, and his megalomania shows up quite clearly in his own later work. Martin Eden and The Star Rover are pretty good novels, but they could both be about twenty thousand words shorter, as any sensible editor would no doubt have told him. It takes two people to make a great book: The writer to come up with the story, and the editor to keep the writer from making a complete ass of himself in print. All the same, working to make perfection, or something hopefully close to it, tends to leave you feeling that your soul is nothing more than a gaping hole in the fabric of the universe. Both London and Kerouac could probably lecture at length on this topic, after a few highballs. Then there are all the neuroses that we sensitive artist types are prone to: Given that my novella deals in large measure with surfers living abroad, did I write well enough to establish my surfing cred while not alienating readers who know nothing about surfing? Do I crib too much from my literary heroes? How much did they crib from theirs? Is it actually possible for a writer to conceive of something new under the sun? And while we’re at it, why on God’s green earth must I use the word perhaps so damn much in my prose? The danger seemed to be that the long shadow of my artsy anxiety would leap up from the ground and swallow me whole. A day of wandering around my old stomping grounds of the Golden Heart City proved a fine palliative for this pointless insecurity. I sold books. I had lunch at Bun on the Run, a food truck that still makes the best sourdough rolls this side of heaven. I sold more books. I chatted with a friend who helped me build my first cabin. Also with a former editor who was the first person to ever pay me for something I wrote, a big event in any writer’s life. Suppertime, oddly enough, found me in my aforementioned first cabin in Cripple Creek, where the new owner (a mechanical engineer with a penchant for good novels) served me a delicious homecooked Chinese supper of noodles, beef, bok choy, and numerous spices. Being of Chinese heritage, she laughed her ass off when, having splattered food all over the table and the front of my shirt, I laid down my chopsticks, hung my head in shame, and requested a fork. Initially I had been worried that it might be a little too weird to be a guest in the home that was once my pride and joy, but in truth it was wonderful to see my old bachelor shack with a woman’s touch, emanating warmth, goodwill, and shiny top-notch kitchen gadgets. She bought a copy of the new book, which I of course happily signed. It’s rejuvenating and delightful to see the joy in the face of a fan as they thumb through your latest offering. There are few things more gratifyJuly 11 - July 17, 2013

ing for an author than knowing you’ve managed to provide someone with a few hours of entertainment. It restores your faith in what you do.


had to leave the following day, far too soon for my liking, though my frustration at life had thankfully evaporated for the time being. If I required confirmation of this phenomenon, there was the immense blue sky that smiled down upon me the whole way south. The mind wanders on the road, and driving through Broad Pass and the interminable stretch between Cantwell and Trapper Creek I found myself thinking about Eowyn Ivey’s novel The Snow Child. As you may have heard, it came very close to being awarded the Pulitzer Prize earlier this year, which was mildly stunning. If you’d told me 20 years ago that an Alaskan novelist would someday be shortlisted for the Pulitzer, I would have suggested you step away from the crack pipe. But there it is, and if you haven’t read it you should, because it’s a hell of a good book. I’d had only a scant breakfast, and by the time I crossed the Chulitna bridge my stomach was threatening to engulf its neighboring organs in a desperate quest for sustenance. I settled for an iced Americano and a hot dog with nacho cheese and pickle relish at Trapper Creek, which briefly called to mind the salami sandwiches Sal Paradise lived off of during one of his crosscountry sojourns in On the Road. The day had become oppressively hot and I had to stop again near the Susitna to change into a pair of shorts. Rolling through Houston, which a leftie acquaintance of mine in McCarthy used to refer to as “Texas,” it occurred to me that it was just about the halfway point between Fairbanks and Homer. An awful lot of my life has been spent on one side of Texas or the other, rolling up or down the highway. It’s noteworthy that I’ve met several one-time Fairbanksans in Homer, none of whom feel the slightest bit of nostalgia for 40 below zero and three hours of winter daylight.

When you’re headed for the barn, road construction offers ample time to dwell on both the agony and the ecstasy of existence.


spent a single day in Anchorage for groceries, an editorial meeting, and a run to the UAA library for research books for my present non-fiction project. The next morning it was south once again to my current cabin in the woods near Homer. When I was a kid, stuck in the back of the car on the long race down the Seward Highway for the dreaded day of fishing in an open skiff in the pouring rain, I used to wonder why the road followed such a maddeningly roundabout course. The more direct route by far would have been a bridge over Turnagain Arm and a straight shot across the Swanson River flats to Kenai. The answer, historically, was a cost-cutting measure. Back in the day there was already a wagon road from Moose Pass to Hope, and a road from Cooper Landing to the Russian River Ferry. The Alaska Road Commission, the federal agency that built Alaska’s roads and trails prior to statehood, decided to just keep using those roads and link them together to make a highway. This strategy may have saved money, but it didn’t do much for the bored kid in the backseat. Being a born water child, it was hard not to dwell on how much I would have preferred to slip over the side and cavort with the halibut. This desire comes with some very specific problems, hypothermia being among the more obvious ones. Now as a grown man (I hesitate to use the word adult), I own a wetsuit and several surfboards, and the meaning of these roads—the Seward and Sterling Highways—have changed markedly for me. It’s the road home, the way to the beach and the surf and my off-the-grid cabin. When you’re headed for the barn, road construction offers ample time to dwell on both the agony and the ecstasy of existence. However, when you’re crawling along behind the pilot car and three motorhomes, and you have to pee, the agony seems far more in evidence. The details here are less important than the texture: It’s the bug splatter on the windshield and the magpies arguing over a carcass on the shoulder of the road. The gravel slipping from beneath my wheels as I pull out of a dirt parking lot where I finally stopped to

water the fireweed. It’s the shining white trunks of the aspen trees along Cripple Creek Road and the smell of mosquito coils in the gray nighttime and the Florida plate on the back of the camper in front of me. Do what you love and the money will follow, said some wag with a trust fund who never had to worry about how he was going to pay his car insurance. The road goes on forever and the book tour never ends, to misquote the singer Robert Earl Keen. Back at the cabin the mosquitoes had hatched in my absence. They were bad, in fact downright awful, though they didn’t quite darken the sky the way they had up in Bareflanks. It was good to be home but I was starting to lecture the trees once again, this time about the idiotic presumption of a group of post-millenials I heard on NPR who seemed to feel they were entitled to free entertainment. Like anything else in life, you get what you pay for with movies, TV, and books, so how exactly do these kids think that “free” is going to sustain a viable arts community? Or more to the point, to allow artists to keep producing quality work? Goddammit, I said to a robin perched on a nearby stump, it’s sure easy to think you can live on air when you’re 19 and your parents are paying for everything! Neglected in this diatribe was the fact that I was once 19 and thought I knew everything too. Rescue from myself arrived with the evening sun that broke through the coastal fog. The night was warm and, pausing for breath, I could smell the sea on the west wind, pungent as the sweat on a lover’s skin. As luck would have it, the marine forecast on the radio called for small, if rideable surf down at the beach. Should I? Hell yes, I should. Thirty minutes later I was on the sand, barefoot, standing with my toes perched on the rear tire for a better vantage over the small incoming lines. Small was something of an understatement—I hesitate to call it surfing when I’m standing on the bottom and jumping into waves like a kook. But what the hell. The ocean rarely gives you what you think you need. It only gives what you really do need, which isn’t necessarily the same thing, and frankly isn’t always as pleasant. But I was roadweary and this was a lovely evening to be out in the water. I jumped my longboard over a minor ripple and the cold water smacked my attention away from all the things I don’t have in life, the great sprawling I Want that an artist is supposed to be immune to. The next wave looked makeable, so I got down on my board and dug. It was not exactly a hard drop. I popped up and trimmed along the sheening face, and even in its smallness it was the very embodi-

ment of perfection. One of the great things about surfing is that it makes it impossible to imagine not surfing. This first ride, I got a whopping four seconds of face time before the wave stalled out and I was caught in the boneyard, such as it was. I flopped myself backward into the chilly sea and floated there a moment until the next wave lifted me to my feet, wondering if, in the evolutionary scheme of things, I’d be happier working a real job like everyone else. The ocean, always a lady, offered no answers. There were only waves, so I gave up conscious thought and rode line after line until I lost track of both time and my very humble place in the cosmos. A surf session in cold water is both a tonic and an acid bath, and when I finally got out I was stripped of my ambitions and my rather sillyassed despair. Also gone for the time being was that obsession with being right, surely one of the most destructive forces in my life. Probably for London and Kerouac as well, not that I’m necessarily comparing myself to those two. Quite suddenly I was just a 30-something surfer and writer who grew up in South Anchorage and still doesn’t like cauliflower or Pink Floyd. In this moment of clarity I was left wondering if memories dissipate into the ether, or settle upon the new leaves like dust or snow. Perhaps my youthful dreams of endless forests full of game and charming damsels in distress are still out there, drifting this way and that across Turnagain Arm and the Tanana Valley on the wind. More likely, they’ve found their way onto the pages of my prose. Back on the beach, peeling out of my wetsuit, the coolness of the green grass under my toes made it truly feel like summer. On this balmy evening, the dandelions were in bloom and a hummingbird flitted here and there while I pulled on my cargo shorts beneath my towel and slipped my feet into my down-at-the-heel crocs. The beach crows cawed at one another from the treetops, and it wasn’t hard to imagine them as the world’s snarkiest critics. No doubt they were discussing the immeasurable breadth of my artistic vanity, and demanding to know why they were not provided with advance copies of the new book. Kris Farmen is the author of the novels Turn Again and The Devil’s Share. His novella Edge of Somewhere appears in the newly -released collection Weathered Edge. He lives in Anchor Point and Anchorage.


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American history July 11, 1804: July 12, 1862: July 13, 1787: July 14, 1798: July 15, 1971: July 16, 1945: July 17, 1955:

Vice President Aaron Burr fatally shoots Alexander Hamilton in New Jersey duel President Abraham Lincoln creates Medal of Honor; award based on George Washington’s “Merit” award** Congress enacts the Northwest Ordinance; will add new states to the Union Congress passes Sedition Act, including ability to annul freedom of speech President Nixon announces his visit to Beijing, China, hoping to convince Hanoi to negotiate peaceful settlement to Vietnam War Climax of Manhattan Project; atom bomb test in New Mexico successful** Disneyland opens; Anaheim California home of Walt Disney’s dream project

performingartslistings>> STAGE & THEATRE Scared Scriptless — Alaska’s premier improv comedy troupe (ir) regularly performing in Anchorage Alaska every second and fourth Saturday of the month since May 2000. Live improv has a heightened intensity, a voyeuristic glee that comes from watching comedy without a net. A close-contact brand of improv, as fast and furious as a video game, with words and movements thrown out in a continuous mix of voices, accents and energetic motions. Show begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, in the Snowgoose Theater. Tickets available online at (717 Third Ave.) [title of show] — This is a one-act musical, with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and a book by Hunter Bell. The show chronicles its own creation as an entry in

the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and follows the struggles of the author and composer/lyricist and their two actress friends during the initial brief (threeweek) creative period, along with subsequent events leading up to the show’s production. Show runs through August 4, at Cyrano’s Off Center Playhouse. (413 D St.) The Marvelous Wonderettes — Dave Block and Midnight Sun Theatre are partnering with Anchorage Community Theatre to present this musical comedy. The show, which uses pop songs from the ‘50s and ‘60s as a vehicle to tell its story, pays homage to the high school songleader squads of the 1950s. When called upon to perform at their senior prom as a last minute replacement, Springfield High Songleaders, Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy, rally together to entertain their classmates in four-part harmony.

July 12, 1862: President Abraham Lincoln creates Medal of Honor; award based on George Washington’s “Fidelity” award On this day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed a measure into law that called for the awarding of a US Army Medal of Honor “to such noncommissioned officers and privates as shall most distinguish themselves by their gallantry in action and other soldier-like qualities during the present insurrection”. The President had approved a provision creating a US Navy Medal of Valor six months earlier. The new award was given to six enlisted men. The predecessor of military awards was the Fidelity Medallion, created in 1780. It was a small medal worn on a chain around the neck, and was awarded to three New York militiamen for their efforts in the capture of a British officer and spy, in the process saving West Point from the British Army. In 1782, General Washington created the first formal system for rewarding individual gallantry. A small purple patch, the Badge of Military Merit recognized members of the Continental Army who performed “any singular meritorious action”. It fell into disuse after the Revolutionary War, but the precedent had been made to recognize individual gallantry. In 1863, the Medal of Honor was made a permanent military decoration available to all members, including commissioned officers, of all the military branches. It is conferred upon those who have distinguished themselves beyond the call of duty in actual combat at risk of life. Since its creation, over 3,400 men and women have received this honor.

Show runs through July 28, at Anchorage Community Theatre. (1133 E. 70th Ave.) This Is Where We Came In — Alaska Fine Arts Academy presents Alan Ayckburn’s This Is Where We Came In, an amusing and thought-provoking play, which combines theater and storytelling, music and a host of sound effects. Directed by the talented James Jensen, this show mixes reality and fiction intriguingly into a delightful evening or matinee performance. Show runs through Saturday, July 20, at Alaska Fine Arts Academy. Tickets available online at (12340 Old Glenn Hwy, Suite 200 Eagle River)

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July 16, 1945: Climax of Manhattan Project; atom bomb test in New Mexico successful The Manhattan Project came to an explosive conclusion on this day in 1945 in Alamogordo, New Mexico with the explosion of the first atom bomb. The Allies had discussed this idea as early as 1939, when physicist Enrico Fermi met with US Navy department officials to discuss the use of fissionable materials for military purposes. Albert Einstein had written President Franklin Roosevelt of his theory that an uncontrolled nuclear chain reaction had great potential as a basis for a weapon of mass destruction. In 1940 the federal government granted a total of $6,000 for research. Two years later, at war with the Axis powers and fearful that Germany was working on a uranium bomb, the War Department became convinced of the possibilities and limits on funding were removed. Engineer Brigadier-General Leslie R. Groves was placed in charge of a project to assemble the greatest minds in science to discover how to harness the power of the atom as a means of bring the war to a decisive end. Major work was done by Enrico Fermi, who created the first fission chain reaction. In 1943, in the desert of New Mexico, Robert J. Oppenheimer began directing “Project Y” at a laboratory at Los Alamos, assisted by Hans Bethe, Edward Teller and Fermi. Theory and practice finally met. At 5:29:45 am on July 16, the first atomic bomb was detonated. Scientists and a few dignitaries were only 10,000 yards away when the mushroom cloud stretched 40,000 feet into the air and generated the destructive power of 15,000 to 20,000 tons of TNT. The tower holding the bomb was vaporized. The only remaining question was whether or not to use the bomb, and on who. Germany was the original target, but Germany had surrendered. The only remaining enemy was Japan.

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My trunk, my self By Matt Collins


he greatest moment of my life was when I invented Cadbury Crème Egg ice cream. The worst moment of my life came seconds later, when I Googled Cadbury Crème Egg ice cream and found my brilliant idea had been invented and was being sold for a limited time. The day I paid off the lease on my car rests comfortably in the middle. In the time it would have taken me to go to college and earn a degree, I paid for a soccer mom SUV: the Chevy Equinox. And wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you know it, not a single pagan has come to give it worship. I leased my darling motor vehicle for seven years and when it was over, I was the proud owner of a car, not a $100,000 debt for an art appreciation degree. Now donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get me wrong, cars and college arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mutually exclusive. I just didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to go to school because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a lazy smart aleck whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really bad with money. If Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d gone to college, one day Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have to pay back all my student loans, a scenario that I fantasize would lead to the faking of my death to become a circus geek in some off-brand Tijuana named PuĂąalada Ciudad. For eight years my car has been my closest companion, a Lassie to my Timmy stuck in the well. It comforts me like cake to my fat kid. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the bobby pin to my French bun; it holds me together. And when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been in this long of a relationship youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have plenty. Through the past eight years a smorgasbord of trinkets, oddities, and life-stuffs have accumulated and now call my trunk home. It looks like a prop-comicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suitcase threw up. Dig in and discover, whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Das Boot? â&#x20AC;˘

1 small Tupperware container: Reminisce of food classified as unknown, or a superior form of Penicillin. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m allergic to Penicillin so I dare not touch it, for fear of a rash, or worse yet, a civilization grown from the mold with plans of world domination.


2 tambourines: One is sparkly with custom zebra stripe duct tape grip, the other round and metallic like a gangly flying saucer. Both are totally badass and will totally get me chicks once The Lumineers ask me to join their band.


1 large pot lid: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m having trouble explaining this one, but I like to think of it as a fully functional Captain America shield.


1 stuffed dinosaur named Dino (pronounced â&#x20AC;&#x153;dee-noâ&#x20AC;?) the Dino: It belongs to my friend Steveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nephew. We used it for a prop in a movie and I never returned it to the child. Sure, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not a very good person, but the kid wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want it back if he knew the things we did with his beloved dinosaur. In the long run, we kind of did him a favor.


1 mold of my teeth: My greatest fear in life is that a serial killer steals them and uses them to bite his victims, thus framing me for his crimes.


1 menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s holiday table tennis set: Bought from a garage sale last summer, then promptly forgotten and abandoned.


1 life vest from 2007: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too small for me but hey, you never know.


1 large bucket of Ring-Pops: I swear I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use them for deviant purposes. I just keep jewelry candy around in case I want to fake propose to cute women. See? Completely normal.

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CDs: Morrissey, Viva Hate (The album that let me know Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m actually a Smiths fan); Ralphie May, Girth of a Nation (funny man, funny CD); Woody Allen, Standup Comic (for comedy thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 50 years old, this is some hilarious stuff); Days of the New, Self Titled (had really good memories of this al-





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â&#x20AC;˘ Clothing: Three-quarters of a suit (pants, jacket, three different neck ties), a black T-shirt, and three scarves. All in case I have a business meeting with Aerosmith.

â&#x20AC;˘ Books: Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins (first two pages read); The Year of Living Biblically, by AJ Jacobs (half read); Primary Colors, by Anonymous (not only did I not read it, but I cut pieces of primary colored construction paper and taped them into the book. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so funny); Fargo Rock City, by Chuck Klosterman (100 percent read, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my literary hero, and I feel like I should be ashamed of that); The Gypsy Game, by Zilipha Keatley Snyder (zero pages read, zero intentions of reading). â&#x20AC;˘

bum from my youth, but as an adult itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mediocre at best); Steve Martin, Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Get Small (I might become a pariah in the comedy community for saying this, but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think this album is funny. The opening â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ramblinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Manâ&#x20AC;? bit is by far the highlight of the album.) Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Howl (because my indie-hipster-cred peaked in 2005); The Beatles, Rubber Soul (Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying to impress you); Janeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Addiction, Nothingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shocking (I had to force myself into liking this album); Jay Reatard, Watch Me Fall (R.I.P); Local H, As Good as Dead (some really good songs from the grungy twopiece); and the audio book for Beyond Band of Brothers (borrowed it from my boss four years ago, lost one of the discs so I decided never to give it back to him. He still asks about it).

â&#x20AC;˘ 1 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles water bottle: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my most coveted possessionâ&#x20AC;Ś That I keep locked in the trunk of my car.

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1 empty unwashed growler from King Street Brewery: Not sure if thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s totally legal to be driving around with in my car.


5 notebooks: Some filled with hilarious jokes, others waiting to be filled with jokes, all have coffee and beer stains. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a writer!


1 international DVD player: In case I want to drive to Prague and watch a movie alone.

And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it. I feel confident that if my life goes completely off the rails Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never to truly homeless, my car is a viable bachelor pad on wheels, and really, I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s every playboyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream.

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Harnessing a sunny day A trip to Norway inspires start up of local renewable energy company By Annie Passarello


he green and yellow sign twinkles brightly at cars as they speed north along the Glenn Highway. The words Lime Solar are punctuated with the half circle images of a lime and a sun meeting together to form a whole, an appropriate logo for a company providing renewable energy for Alaskans. Jesse Moe, Chester Dyson, and Kyle Reading formed Lime Solar in October 2011 and opened the doors to their store on Mountain View Drive in April 2012. They had the support of U.S Senator Mark Begich, who attended their grand opening event and spoke about alternative energy options in Alaska. It was a lucky opportunity to catch some education abroad that led Jesse Moe to co-found Lime Solar. While studying engineering at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Moe won a scholarship that took him and his family to Norway to attend masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s level engineering classes focused on sustainable energy. He toured offshore wind farms and solar production sites. He began to think. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They [Norway] are an oil-producing state; Alaska is an oilproducing state. They are a northern climate; Alaska is a northern climate. We are both at similar latitudes, so why is Norway a leader in sustainable and renewable energy and Alaska is not?â&#x20AC;? Moe said. For Moe the answer lies in education. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Norway, alternative energy is taught from the standpoint of what we are doing. In the United States, alternative energy is taught from the standpoint of what we can do. That has to change.â&#x20AC;? Lime Solar provides renewable energy solutions to residential and business customers, including energy evaluations. Such an evaluation might include looking over electricity bills to see how

Moe said one of the major hurdles to installing solar panels is the cost. Installation of panels and energy storage systems can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000 dollars. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most people just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have $10,000 on hand to spend on a renewable energy system for their home. This is why legislators need to offer more incentives and bonus options for people to invest in alternative energy options.â&#x20AC;? For example, Golden Valley Electrical Association in Fairbanks has created an incentive program called SNAP to encourage members to install renewable energy generators and connect them to the utilities electrical distribution system. SNAP provides incentive payments based on the amount of energy produced. Moe and his partners at Lime Solar are hopeful for the future. When asked what his vision was, Moe laughed and said he wants Lime Solar to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Apple of renewable energy.â&#x20AC;? Getting there will take time, but someone or some company has to make a start, he said.

customers could save with new appliances. They also install solar panels both residential and commercial customers. Solar Lime gives tours of their business and talks to different groups about energy efficiency. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had everyone from the Girl Scouts and high-school classes to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW),â&#x20AC;? said Moe. IBEW students are required to train at Lime Solar about solar and wind energy systems before they can earn their certificate. In addition to educational sessions at their facility, Lime Solar has partnered with Spenard Builders Supply to train employees and customers in Anchorage, Wasilla, Homer and Fairbanks on ways to reduce their electricity bills. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People need to know what is possible,â&#x20AC;? said Moe. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In addition, they need to know that they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to have a lot of space in order to harness solar energy.â&#x20AC;? Typically, solar panels are installed on south-facing walls and adjusted to various angles throughout the year to capture the most solar energy possible. The panels are then connected to an inverter, which is tied into the existing breaker panel. The savings can be significant. Anchorage Municipal Light and Power currently charges customers $0.121968 per kilowatt hour. Take, for example, a customer who uses 500 kWH a month and pays $60.98 for electricity. If that customer harnessed just 250 kWH of solar energy and converted it into electricity, she would pay $30.49 less in a month. The added perk is that customers can start with only a few panels and add more over time to increase their savings. Lime Solar also serves customers whose homes are not connected to a municipal power source. These types of solar systems involve linking the solar energy collected with a storage system. The stored energy is then converted to electrical power through the use of an inverter. According to Moe, this type of system has many advantages, especially when faced with natural disasters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year we had a massive wind storm and the majority of Anchorage was without power for a number of days. Those homes with solar energy storage systems were not as impacted by the power outages, as they are not tied into the grid system and do not rely on local energy companies for their power. If more people had solar collection systems, even as back up systems, we would minimize the impacts disasters have on the supply of services.â&#x20AC;?

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Some enchanted evening The Marvelous Wonderettes is a candy-coated study in nostalgia colleen bailey


ummer theater in Alaska is a tricky thing to pull off. When you combine fishing trips, camping excursions, and long, lazy nights sipping beer on the lawn, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to get an audience to spend a couple hours indoors. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even harder to get a set of actors, crew, and volunteers to commit to the long hours it takes to produce a show. Despite the odds, Anchorage Community Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of Roger Beanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Marvelous Wonderettes hits the nail on the head, providing an evening of escapism in the form of heady nostalgia and sweet sentimentality. At the core of director David Blockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team is the tight ensemble cast, featuring the four â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wonderettes,â&#x20AC;? a voiceover, and some audience participants (tipâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;if being singled out is totally not your thing, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sit in the front row). The year is 1958, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prom night. Billy Ray Patton, the lead singer of the Crooning Crabcakes, has been suspended for smoking behind the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; locker room, so now what? It looks like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to Betty Jean (Emily Foreman), Cindy Lou (Emily Littlefield), Missy (Megan Perkins), and Suzy (Lisa Willis) to step up and provide prom night entertainment. With a doo-wop inspired soundtrack and four-part harmonies, the girls sing their hearts out to win prom queenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and points with the boys. As the night unfolds, the perfect poise of the foursome unravels to reveal secretsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;cheating boyfriends, boyfriend stealing (yes, the two are related), inappropriate feelings for the choir teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all set to music by The Chordettes, The Everly Brothers, Bobby Darin and more. Act One wraps up at the end of the senior prom, with the crowning of the new queen and the end of an eraâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and possibly the end of some friendships as well. Act Two picks up 10 years later, at the Springfield High 10-year high school reunion, where the Wonderettes have been asked to provide the entertainment. By this time love, loss, marriage, and family have all taken their toll, and the girls must put differences aside and support each other through difficult times. Up to this point, the show has a frivolous and light-hearted tone, but when Cindy Lou (Littlefield) sings a soulful rendition of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybeâ&#x20AC;? by the Chantels under a blue stage light, it finally breaks through the candy coating, a poignant contrast between high school problems and grown-up tragedies. Less of a standard musical, which features a dialogue-heavy script with incidental musical numbers, Wonderettes is more of an operetta. That is, the dialogue only serves to set up the next song, with simple choreography that looks designed to be stilted and unsureâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;after all, The Wonderettes werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the first choice in prom night entertainment. The result of this format, however, is the dialogue itself remains clumsy throughout the show. This looks to be a fault in the script, though, and not a failing on the part of the actresses. Though the lines are unimaginative, the

The Marvelous Wonderettes, all dolled up and ready for prom. (Left to right) Megan Perkins (Missy), Emily Littlefield (Cindy Lou), Emily Foreman (Betty Jean), and Suzy (Lisa Willis). Photo by Christine Markiewicz

four veteran actresses embraced the simplicity and created well-rounded performances, with sharp timing that had the audiences laughing. The Marvelous Wonderettes has a well balanced and very talented cast, including an Anchorage Opera resident artist (Willis), a veteran of a New York City conservatory (Perkins), a former resident thespian of San Diego (Littlefield) and a young high school graduate who will be enrolling in a theater and music program in Virginia this fall (Foreman). Each actress brought an impressive singing voice to the stage, performing without the aid of microphones. ACTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s small stage, however, is not necessarily built for the four-part powerhouse of these ladies, and there were times when the balance was off and one voice dominated the others. Wonderettes plays only til the end of July so, if you can, put the fishing pole down, grab your main squeeze and head down to ACT for a little trip down memory lane. Singing along is not unheard of in a show like this, and who knows? Maybe your pick for prom queen will be the winner. Mine was.

Looks like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy to step up and provide prom night entertainment.



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CUBBY â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elegance of Birdsâ&#x20AC;?: new originals in oil by artist Carol Howdyshell. (939 W. Fifth Ave.)

ALASKA NATIVE ARTS FOUNDATION â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Featuring a collection of works by contemporary Alaska Native Artists. The work is a visual illustration of adaptation and exemplifies creative change for our cultures today. (500 W. 6th Ave.)

INDIGO TEA LOUNGE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alaska: Bits and Pieces,â&#x20AC;? by Thomas Minelga. This show presents an alternative side of the environs of Alaska through photos of places and objects that we would normally pass by, which stand in contrast to the stereotypical images of Alaska mountains, glaciers, and bears. (221 E. Fifth Ave.)

ANCHORAGE MUSEUM â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Presents the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arctic Flight: A Century of Alaska Aviation.â&#x20AC;? (625 C St.) ARTIQUE LTD.â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remembrance and Reflection,â&#x20AC;? watercolors by Byron Birdsall and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sea Life Ceramic,â&#x20AC;? images by Michael Anderson. (314 G St.)

INTERNATIONAL GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ARTâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; North Gallery: Craig Updegrove: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Batting Lashes.â&#x20AC;? Center Gallery: Adam Ottavi, â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Crave What the Light Does Crave.â&#x20AC;? South Gallery: William Kozloff, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A little early for memoirs.â&#x20AC;? Guest Room: Lesley Harrison, Dean Richards and Christine Smith: â&#x20AC;&#x153;ALL IN THE MIX.â&#x20AC;? (427 D St.)

CAKE STUDIOâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Presents photographer Bill Huebnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Coasts of Southcentral.â&#x20AC;? (608 W. 4th Ave. Ste. 102) CRUSH WINE BAR â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Movement,â&#x20AC;? with new works by Keren Lowell and Enzina Marrari. (343 W. Sixth Ave.) HOTEL CAPTAIN COOK COFFEE

MIDNIGHT SUN CAFĂ&#x2030; â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Journey to the Island of Tigers.â&#x20AC;? William Noblin, local artist and illustrator, will share a recent trip to Taiwan via photos, video, and

created mixed media works. (245 W 5th Ave. Suite 106) THE QUILTED RAVEN â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Local artist Teresa Ascone will be at The Quilted Raven discussing the transition from artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drawing to fabric design. See her beautiful fabrics in person and meet the artist. (415 G St.) SEVIGNY STUDIOSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Presents Kendra Kinseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stars and Seeds.â&#x20AC;? This exhibit features multimedia works that incorporate drawing, painting, cut paper and collage and works of upcycled denim. (608 W. 4th Ave. Suite 101) SLIPPERY SALMON â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Presents artwork by Alecia Lindsay and music by Mike Johnson. (115 E 3rd Ave.) SNOW CITY â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Field Sketches,â&#x20AC;? which opens a window into an artist-naturalistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal diary: her sketchbooks. See the story of a science illustrator, Kristin Link, exploring the Alaskan backcountry, as she studies and observes flora, fauna, and geology.

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SPEEDWAY CYCLES â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Presents Greg Morgan and Joe Edwardsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; photographs of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Big Wild Ride,â&#x20AC;? Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1200-kilometer grand randonnee. The show chronicles the ridersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; journey as they pedal across Alaska: starting in Valdez, traveling to Fairbanks, then Talkeetna and ultimately ending in Anchorage in 90 hours or less. On display until July 31. (1231 W. Northern Lights Blvd.)

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AROUND TOWN ALASKA BOTANICAL GARDEN â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Julyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s featured artist is Rick Potter. Event begins at 5 p.m. (4601 Campbell Airstrip Rd.) MIDDLE WAY CAFĂ&#x2030; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Presents a fiber artist group show featuring works by Linda Weatherwax, Akiko Sugimoto, Wendy Smith Wood, Lisa Sparrow, Mary Hertert, Jan Ingram and Jackie McIntire. Exhibit runs through August 6. (1300 W. Northern Lights Blvd.)

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Scottie Heverling (front) and Alex Pierce in [title of show] , now playing at Cyrano’s (yes, that is the title of the show).

[title of show] Listen to some stories

This is a one-act musical with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen, based on a book by Hunter Bell. The show chronicles its own creation as an entry in the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and follows the struggles of the author, the composer/lyricist and their two actress friends during the initial, brief (three-week) creative period, along with events leading up to the show’s production. Show runs through August 4, at Cyrano’s Off Center Playhouse. Tickets at (413 D St.)

Stories in the cemetery Learn about the 1937 mining disaster, gold below the historic Anchorage Hotel, and the story of the only Civil War veteran buried here, as well as true tales of heroic Alaskans who came to an unfortunate end. All stories are based on public record or known facts, with some dialogue added to support the tale. This is a self-guided walking tour presented graveside by costumed actors. Take a walk through the headstones and hear the stories of Alaskans now beyond the veil. 6 p.m. and repeats until 8 p.m. Come early so you can hear them all. Event takes place at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery on Sunday, July 14. (Seventh and Cordova Streets)

Knitters of the North Knitters of the North is a social group that meets every Saturday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. Knitters of all ability levels are welcome. Bring your own knitting. (2222 E Tudor Rd.)

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Flower arranging workshop Learn the delicate and precise art of Japanese flower arranging. This demonstration will be presented by 45th Headmaster Sen’ei Ikenobo at 1 p.m. at The Hotel Captain Cook on Saturday, July 13. (939 W. Fifth Ave.)

Borealis Toastmaster’s Club A member of Toastmasters International, this club’s mission is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills. The club will meet every Thursday from 7-8 a.m. at the BP building. (900 E. Benson Blvd., Suite 146)

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Interrogation: Bonnie “Prince” Billy By Jason Eisert


ill Oldham, better known as Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and sometimes simply, Bonny Billy, is known for his ethereal and distinctively haunting voice. Hailing from Louisville Kentucky, Oldham’s songs range from Americana folk and country to quiet and introspective ballads, and he has collaborated with artists including Johnny Cash, Mark Kozelek of the Red House Painters, and, most recently, singer songwriter Dawn McCarthy (Faun Fables), who will be joining him in Alaska this month. His newest album, What the Brothers Sang, is a collection of Everly Brothers songs performed by Oldham, McCarthy, and a group of seasoned session musicians. I spoke with Oldham about his career and upcoming trip to Alaska and the Yukon. Press: You were involved with scoring the soundtrack to Dutch Harbor: Where the Sea Breaks its Back, with the Boxhead Ensemble in 1998. Were you on location in Alaska for that record or will this be your first time in Alaska? BPB: No, unfortunately, that soundtrack was completed from a distance. This will be my first time to Alaska and the Yukon and I’m really excited to visit and play up there. I have played in every state except South Dakota and Alaska. Press: Who has influenced you musically? BPB: I host a radio show in Louisville and for my most recent show, pulled out a whole bunch of my old records that I hadn’t listened to in a long, long time. I think Glen Danzig and his bands (Misfits, Samhain) have had a great influence on me because of his lyricism. Press: You are often perceived as a mysterious person, shunning the limelight and backing away from significant media coverage. Is this to maintain a DIY style? BPB: When an artist is so popular—in the spotlight—it’s often like there’s an elephant in the room everywhere you go or play. I suppose it’s safe to say that the way we have done things over the years has a more organic existence and is comfortable for everyone, verses an air of excessiveness. Press: What influenced you and McCarthy to cover Everly Brothers songs and produce an album of these songs? BPB: It was a carefree way of getting our voices together again. The Everly Brothers songs on this record are their less popular songs from the 1970s, whereas the music they are known more for came out of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Press: What can audiences in Palmer and Anchorage expect to hear at your upcoming shows? BPB: Mostly, the Everly Brothers songs from the new record – but you can expect to hear some new songs as well as some of our older ones. Press: Your family is mentioned frequently in liner notes of your records. Do they play a role in your music and career?

Dawn McCarthy of Bonnie “Prince” Billy will play in Anchorage July 17-18. do some photography for us. It’s a way of bringing family and friends together while at the same time building family. Press: What was it like recording the predominately countrywestern inspired Bonnie “Prince” Billy Plays Greatest Palace Songs album? BPB: This record represents the past, present, and future for me and my music. They were all old Palace songs that we recorded in Nashville with some of the best country session musicians in the world. It was surreal to have gained access to playing with these folks as they are the real deal, having recorded with some of the best country-western musicians of the 1960s-1990s. After we recorded the record in Nashville, I drove cross country and had my friends and family add other voice and instrumentation. It was an ideal way of looking at this life in music. Press: What is on the horizon? Another record?

Bonnie “Prince” Billy With Dawn McCarthy 7:30 p.m., July 17, Vagabond Blues in Palmer 8 p.m. July 18, Tap Root Public House in Anchorage $22 advance and $25 at the door –

BPB: I’ll be playing some solo shows for the rest of the year and there’s likely a new record of some type that should be released by the end of the year.

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August Preview By Jeri Kopet


tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that time of year again, when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s light until the wee hours of the morning. Driven out of the house by the promise of sun, you might be looking for some big events to check out around Anchorage. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a preview of what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find amongst August 2013â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oddball offerings.

Red Hot Chili Peppers It really goes without saying that this bandâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;now a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducteeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is one of the most influential bands of all time for many millennials. Of course, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been around since many members of Gen Y were born, getting their start in 1983. The Los Angeles-based rock band boasts both current and former members who have become household names: Flea, John Frusciante, drummer Chad Smith. Loyal fans can wax poetic about the careers, quirks, and onstage personalities of these musicians for hours, and the cult of RHCP literally spills into every demographic. Now the Chili Peppers are making their way to Alaska for the first time ever (and they even added an extra show in Anchorage). Get tickets or hold your peace. Things to Bring: Your millennial ennui, student debt, overwhelming excitement 7 p.m. Monday, August 5 (SOLD OUT) and Tuesday, August 6 Sullivan Arena $63.50, available at

O.A.R. O.A.R. is one of those band names that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard roll off the tongues of people who play too much hackeysack. Apparently, it also stands for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of A Revolution,â&#x20AC;? although I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quote me on that. O.A.R. got its start in 1996 in Rockville, Maryland, when the members were still in high school. Impressively enough, the band managed to stick together throughout college and by 2008 had recorded six studio albums and met with a great deal of success. The band is known for their enthusiastic live performances. O.A.R.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sound falls into the same saxophone-laden â&#x20AC;&#x153;roots rockâ&#x20AC;? vein as Phish, Rusted Root, and the Dave Matthews Band, and I honestly think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all I need to say. Things to Bring: Your white male privilege, patchouli, Bob Marley T-shirt. 7 p.m. Saturday, August 17 Mooseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tooth - 17th Anniversary Party $40.50, available at Bear Tooth and the Bear Tooth website

Bill Maher Bill Maher does not have the personality of a shy, shrinking flower. This is especially true when it comes to speaking his mind about religion, politics, or popular culture. Maher was born in New York and attended Cornell University, eventually moving to a career in stand-up comedy and acting. Now 57, Maher is the host of Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO and has become known for his scathing sarcasm and decidedly liberal points of view (Maher supports both gay marriage and the legalization of marijuana). Now Maher is bringing his brutally outspoken standup to Alaska. Things to Bring: Not your grandma

Red Hot Chili Peppers will play the Sullivan Arena August 5-6. Photo by ellen von unwerth

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Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar hit mainstream media with seemingly little to no warning. Some may have first heard him spitting the final lyrics on A$AP Rockyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now popular â&#x20AC;&#x153;F**cking Problems,â&#x20AC;? but most probably learned his name thanks to his hit single, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swimming Pools (Drank).â&#x20AC;? Originally from Compton, California, Lamar has soared from underground obscurity to become one of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most promising new rap artists. His unique vocals,

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Open Mic. 9 p.m. No cover. (Taproot) Bob Parsons. 6 p.m. (Organic Oasis)

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DAILY LIST Thurs 07.11 Arts, Entertainment, Culture Jane Austen Book Club — This monthly book club will be discussing Pride and Prejudice in July. Club meets at 5:30 p.m. at Title Wave Books. (1360 W. Northern Lights Blvd.)

Children & Youth StoryTRACKS: Picture Books on Parade — StoryTRACKS is a new family-friendly activity that combines early literacy and the great outdoors. It’s a series of laminated pages of a children’s picture book, mounted on stakes and laid out at intervals on a walking path. Families travel from one page to the next as they read the book together. Event begins at 1 p.m. at the Z.J. Loussac Library on the lawn. (3600 Denali) Summer Reading Celebration Events: AUTHOR LINDA SUE PARK — Author Linda Sue will meet readers at this informative and entertaining program. She has written numerous books for young readers, including a 39 Clues mystery and the Newbery Award-winning A Single Shard. For school-age youth. This is a free event and begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Mountain View Neighborhood Library (120 Bragaw St.)

Other Insulation — Your home’s insulation may have been fine for energy prices at the time it was built, but is it sufficient for today? The air leaks into your attic have been fixed, but are you still losing purchased heat? This class helps you understand insulation improvement options. This class begins at 7 p.m. at Alaska Craftsman Home Project. (3400 Spenard Rd. Ste. 9)

Fri 07.12 Arts, Entertainment, Culture

Tracks and Treks — This is the second event in the Tracks and Trecks author series at the UAA Campus Bookstore. Writers George Harbeson (Homesteaders in the Headlights), Marguerita McManus (Sew and Quilt in Comfort and Crazy Shortcut Quilts), and Tam Linsey (Botanicaust and You Can Eat This!) come together to read and discuss their books, works in progress and their deep connections to Alaska. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Rachel at 7864782. This event is free and open to the public. Because of UAA construction, there is free parking for bookstore events. Event begins at 4 p.m. at the UAA Campus Bookstore (2901 Spirit Dr.)

Children & Youth

Wii Club ages 8-13 years old— An opportunity for kids and teens who experience developmental differences to socialize and have fun in a safe and supportive way. Parents and guardians must sign a release and provide contact information. Siblings are encouraged to attend. Event begins at 6 p.m. at Stone Soup Group. (307 E. Northern Lights Blvd. Suite 100)

Sun 07.14 Art, Culture and Entertainment Stories in the cemetery — Learn about the 1937 mining disaster, discover the story about gold below the Anchorage Hotel, listen to the only civil war veteran buried here, learn true tales of heroism of local Alaskans some who came to an unfortunate end. All stories are based on public record or known facts with some dialog added to support the tale. A self guided walking tour presented graveside by costumed actors. The stories will start at 6 p.m. and repeat until 8 p.m. Come early so you can hear them all. Event takes place at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery (Seventh and Cordova Streets)

Mon 07.15 Other Air leakage — Is your house drafty? Do you run a humidifier? Are your utility bills high? This class gives you tools to diagnose and fix the leaks in your home to create a more comfortable and energy efficient environment. Ask questions to experienced professionals. This class begins at 7 p.m. at Alaska Craftsman Home Project. (3400 Spenard Rd. Ste. 9)

Tues 07.16 Art, Culture, and Entertainment Alaskan Prospectors Society — Yvette Gillies, Outreach Coordinator with U.S. Geological Survey, presents a program titled: “Bear Aware Clinic.” She offers a lively, in-depth look into Alaska’s brown and black bear species with an emphasis on understanding and mitigating risks in bear country. The clinic is sponsored by the Anchorage Bear Committee and its partner groups. Donations for rent and snacks greatly appreciated. Presentation begins at 7:45 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. (725 W. Ninth Ave.)

Other Indoor air quality — Have you ever considered that the air outside your home could be healthier than the air inside? By bringing fresh air into your home, you can control indoor air quality. This class gives you the steps to ventilate your home adequately. This class begins at 7 p.m. at the Alaska Craftsman Home Project. (3400 Spenard Rd. Ste 9.)

Children and Youth

Wii Club teens 14 and up — An opportunity for kids and teens who experience developmental differences to socialize and have fun in a safe and supportive way. Parents and guardians must sign a release and provide contact information. Siblings are encouraged to attend. Event begins at 6 p.m. at Stone Soup Group. (307 E. Northern Lights Blvd. Suite 100)

Summer Reading Celebration Events: MUSICIAN ANDY MASON— Participate in an interactive, multilingual, educational and fun musical experience in this entertaining and one-hour concert. For school-age youth. This event begins at 7 p.m. at the Z.J. Loussac Public Library in the Wilda Marston Theatre. (3600 Denali St., Level 1)

Sat 07.13

Wed 07.17

Art, Culture, and Entertainment Pottery & Local Arts Sale — Local artists present their works in clay, cloth, stone and jewels at the “Summer Arts Sale Under the Tents.” Located at Nature’s Jewels Rock Shop and Midnight Potter Studios. Event begins at 10 a.m. (5861 Arctic Blvd.) Flower arranging workshop — Japanese flower arranging demonstration by 45th Headmaster Sen’ei Ikenobo. Event begins at 1 p.m. at The Hotel Captain Cook (939 W. Fifth Ave.)

Children & Youth

July 11 - July 17, 2013

Arts, Culture, Entertainment Gary Freeburg is a photographer extraordinaire and author of Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes . At this event he shares stories about living with volcanoes, Katmai, and Alaska geology. This event is free and open to the public. Because of UAA construction, there is free parking for bookstore events. For more information contact Rachel at 786-4782. This event is free and open to the public. Because of UAA construction, there is free parking for bookstore events. Event begins at 1 p.m. at the UAA Campus Bookstore (2901 Spirit Dr.)

Children and Youth

Summer Reading Celebration Events: MUSICIAN ANDY MASON— Participate in an interactive, multilingual, educational and fun musical experience in this entertaining and one-hour concert. For school-age youth. This event begins at 2 p.m. at Muldoon Neighborhood Library. (1251 Muldoon Rd.)

Other Heating and hot water — What is the most efficient heating system you can afford? Attend this class for an overview on different models of highly efficient boilers, furnaces, water heaters and more. This class will help you decode the technical information so you can make the best choice for your home. This class begins at 7 p.m. at the Alaska Craftsman Home Project. (3400 Spenard Rd. Ste 9.)

ONGOING ACTIVITIES Knitters of the North — Knitters of the North meets every Saturday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. All knitters are welcome. Bring your knitting. (2222 E Tudor Rd.) Food for Life Cancer Prevention & Survival Cooking & Nutrition Classes — Sponsored by PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) this class series is designed by physicians, nutrition experts, and registered dietitians, that includes information about how certain foods and nutrients work to promote or discourage cancer growth, along with cooking demonstrations of simple and healthy recipes that can be recreated easily at home. Each 2½-hour class includes a nutrition video and discussion, followed by a cooking demonstration of 4 or 5 different foods. Attendees then have the opportunity to taste the food prepared in class and take home the recipes. This event repeats every Thursday at 6 p.m. starting ending on Thursday, August 1 at Providence Family Medicine Center. (1201 E. 36th Ave) Borealis Toastmaster’s Club — A member of Toastmasters International, this club’s mission is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills. The club will meet every Thursday from 7-8 a.m. at the BP building. (900 E. Benson Blvd., Suite 146) MOTHER GOOSE — Twenty minutes of nursery rhymes, songs, fingerplays and action for infants, birth to 18 months, and their caregivers. This event repeats every Friday through July 26 at 2:30 p.m. at the Z.J. Loussac Library. (3600 Denali St.) FAMILY STORYTIME — A half-hour of stories, songs, and more to build early literacy skills; a blend of entertainment and education for children birth through kindergarten and their caregivers. This event repeats every Saturday through July 27 at 1:30 p.m. at the Z.J. Loussac Public Library. (3600 Denali St.) DIG INTO READING! SUMMER READING CELEBRATION — Everyone’s invited to “Dig into Reading” as part of Anchorage Public Library’s 2013 Summer Reading Celebration. Sign-up starts May 18. Kids: Read and keep track of your minutes in the official summer reading booklet for a chance to earn prizes. Teens: Delve “Beneath the Surface.” Track your minutes online for rewards and recommend your favorite reads to other teens. Adults: Write online reviews to be entered in weekly drawings. This events repeats every day from 12 to 9 p.m. until July 31 at all Anchorage Public Library locations.

Anchorage Public Library Events GAMING at MULDOON— Games galore at the Muldoon Neighborhood Library on Tuesdays with video games, board games, card games and snacks! If you plan on attending with a large group, please call ahead at 343-4035. Tuesdays, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Muldoon.

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TEEN OPEN ZONE— Come get your game on! There are board games, card games, and video games for the new or experienced gamer. Wednesdays, 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. at Mountain View Library, Community Room. FAMILY MOVIES— Grab a bag of popcorn or a snack and settle in with your family to enjoy a classic or a new favorite movie. Call 3432818 for movie titles. Fridays, 3 p.m. at Mountain View Library, Community Room.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT ANCHORAGE GO CLUB— The Anchorage Go Club meets to enjoy the strategic and ancient games of Go and backgammon. Players of all abilities are welcome, and there is always somebody available to teach a beginner. More info at www. knotical— Free. 5 to 8 p.m. every Thursday and every Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Title Wave Books (1360 W. Northern Lights Blvd.) CHESS CLUB— Are you the next Bobby Fischer or Garry Kasparov? Come find out at the chess club. All skill levels are welcome. Free. 5 to 10 p.m. each Friday at Title Wave Books (1360 W. Northern Lights Blvd.) COOKING CLASS — Classes weekly covering a variety of themes. Times and prices vary. Details at Classes at Allen & Petersen (3002 Seward Hwy.) CRAFT ‘N’ CHAT— Meets every Thursday evening in the Arts Room at the Anchorage Senior Center from 6 to 9 p.m. (1300 E. 19th Ave.) D&D ENCOUNTERS— Get into the action quickly by creating a classic 1st—level D&D character using the new D&D Essentials rules options, or grab a pre—generated one. For players of all levels. Free. Contact 274-4112. Thursdays, 6 p.m. at BOSCO’S Spenard. (2606 Spenard)

NETWORKING OPPS ANCHORAGE COMPUTER CLUB— Come and share your computer issues and knowledge and get answers for basic to advanced computer questions. Call 267—4200 with any questions. Fridays from 8 to 9 a.m. at Elim Cafe (561 W. Dimond Blvd.)

GAMING at TEEN UNDERGROUND— Need a study break? Join in for open gaming on Xbox and PS3. Fridays, 3-5 p.m. Teen Underground, Loussac, level 3.



Worst Western ever? The truly awful Lone Ranger represents a career low for Johnny Depp By Bob Grimm


t one point during its journey to the screen, the people at Disney halted production on The Lone Ranger because it was costing too much and they weren’t sure a Westernthemed summer tent-pole movie was a good idea. Then they caved to the likes of Johnny Depp and director Gore Verbinski, producing it for a reported $225 million. This will now go down as a massive, hilarious, unthinkable, crazy, job-killing blunder. The people who had the good sense to initially halt production should’ve stuck to their guns. What a misguided, uncomfortable, sickening clown act of a movie this is. Johnny Depp allowing himself to appear onscreen as Tonto, with his face painted to mask the fact he isn’t Native American, is a travesty. His movies have been mediocre at best lately, but this goes beyond the likes of The Tourist when it comes to poor career choices. This is the stuff that cuts future paydays in half. The movie is some sort of odd parody of The Lone Ranger, or at least it comes off that way, with strange comedic undertones and clichés exaggerated to the point of intolerability. Remember how the comedy Back to the Future: Part III paid homage to the West by exaggerating it in a semi-funny way? The Lone Ranger makes Back to the Future: Part III seem authentic in comparison. How bad is it? The framing device for this movie has a very old Tonto telling some kid dressed as the Lone Ranger the story of how he met the masked man and their travels together. Tonto, whose tragic old-age makeup makes him look like anything but a human being, is making a living posing as a Native American in a museum exhibit, right next to a grizzly bear. Depp and Verbinski (Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean partner in crime) choose to play this depressing storytelling angle for laughs, with Depp mugging around while wearing a dead crow on his head, his face covered in war paint in the flashbacks. He takes some sort of odd, Buster Keaton physical approach to the role that makes him look desperate, lost, and straining for the laughs that don’t come. His line deliveries are stilted and unimaginative. It represents a career low for a guy capable of great things. It’s a bad career move reminiscent of such travesties as John Travolta in Battlefield Earth, Louis Gosset Jr. in Enemy Mine and Sylvester Stallone in Judge Dredd. It’s a choice that will haunt him for the rest of his career. As for the Lone Ranger himself, Armie Hammer doesn’t seem to know what movie he is in. He sports an inconsistent Western movie accent and plays the virtuous John Reid as a stooge to Tonto’s voice of reason. He is in no way prepared to handle a role of this magnitude. As the title character he makes no impression, and is second fiddle to the top-billed, masquerading Depp.

Silver as Silver (yep, that’s his name, we checked) and Johnny Depp as Tonto in The Lone Ranger. Depp and Hammer aren’t even close to being the worst things about this movie. William Fichtner, an actor I usually enjoy, is unwatchable as bad guy Butch Cavendish, a scarred, goldtoothed monster who eats the heart of the Lone Ranger’s brother as he lies wounded and watching. This sort of thing is in direct contrast to the comedic, goofy nature of the rest of the film. OK, you are going for something dark with Cavendish, but watching him wipe the blood of a still-beating heart from his lips is a bit much. It’s the sort of thing that leaves you too aghast to laugh the next time Depp makes one of his stupid funny faces. When Depp mugged shortly thereafter, I was thinking, “Yeah, well, I just saw a man die in a fashion that made that moment where the priest pulled a heart out of somebody in the Indiana Jones movie look like Mary Poppins. Laughter isn’t leaving my face for a while, Johnny. Sorry.” Everything in this movie is taken too far, from the dirt makeup to the crazy beards and chops to the caricature accents. Even the sound of a kid eating a peanut is turned up to an extent that becomes gut-churning and abrasive. I often complain about PG-13 horror movies that should just go for the R and turn up the dread and gore factor. Well, I get even more annoyed by PG-13 movies marketed to kids and families that contain the kind of violence on display in this piece of garbage. Heart-eating, horse-trampling, multiple gunshots, stabbings and the threat of sticking a duck’s foot up somebody’s

butt should not be on the viewing agenda for the entire family. Disney is going to take a major bath on this one. And, as for the summer movie season, it’s another major blockbuster disappointment after misfires like Man of Steel, World War Z, The Hangover Part III and After Earth. This is officially turning into a summer of wasteful, total-trash movies. I was truly embarrassed for Depp while watching The Lone Ranger. The mere idea that what he was putting up on the screen is entertaining or useful in any way seems ludicrous. Remember when he was a boutique movie star, before Jack Sparrow—an actor who chose interesting and scintillating projects like CryBaby and Ed Wood? Depp has more money than God now, so I’m hoping he has some indie films in his future. Now showing at Century 16 (301 East 36th Ave.), Regal Dimond Center (800 East Dimond Blvd.) and Tikahtnu Stadium (1102 North Muldoon Road).

The Lone Ranger Rated PG-13 Directed by Gore Verbinski Starring Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and William Fichtner 149 minutes

HOMEVIEWING Bullet to the Head (Blu-ray) Warner Home Video Movie: CSpecial Features: D

Like Schwarzenegger before him in The Last Stand, Sylvester Stallone gives it his all in service to a script that fails to distinguish itself. The results? Neither this nor Arnie’s offering is worth your time, a sentiment shared by many because nobody seemed to care about either star’s vehicle at the box office. Walter Hill (48 Hrs.) directs in a very Walter Hill way, meaning his action/buddy films tend to feel the same. Unfortunately, this one has more in common with his Another 48 Hrs., in which the formula had already gotten tired. Stallone plays a tattooed thug named James Bonomo, and his buddy is South Korean Taylor Kwon, which leads to more than a few uncomfortable racist jokes. The plot involves the usual: a double cross, a partner getting killed, somebody getting kidnapped and ax fights. You must give credit to Stallone; he looks great and he delivers his stupid lines with much aplomb. Kwon is just there for the ride, offering little in a role once meant for Thomas Jane. I will say that this film features the best Christian Slater scene is a long while. Remember when Slater being in a movie used to mean something? I miss that guy. One great Slater scene and impressive Stallone tattoos does not a good movie make. Special features: One short promo featurette... that is all. Even though the movie is dull, a Stallone commentary would’ve been cool.


Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson in 42.

42 (Blu-ray) Warner Home Video Movie: BSpecial Features: C+

Spike Lee tried to get a movie about American sports hero Jackie Robinson, starring Denzel Washington, off the ground for many years, but couldn’t make it happen. I get a feeling that Lee, who made one of the great biopics with Malcolm X, would’ve

done something really special with the subject. This effort from director Brian Helgeland (Payback) is okay, even really good at times, but gets awfully hokey in too many moments. Chadwick Boseman is a great pick to play Robinson, as is Lucas Black as Pee Wee Reese. Harrison Ford delivers big time as Branch Rickey, the man who brought Robinson to the majors, and Christopher Meloni leaves the movie all too soon as Dodgers manager Leo Durocher (Durocher was suspended the year Robinson made his debut). Boseman, who looks a lot like Robinson, shines, even when the movie doesn’t, and it’s a lot of fun seeing Ford do something this craggy and different. However, I’m not buying some of the fictional moments created for this movie, including an all-toosweet moment between Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey just beyond the dugout stairs. I feel fairly assured that Rickey never put his head on Robinson’s shoulder. I’m thinking Robinson went through some major hell during his baseball times, and this movie only scratches the surface. The film is a decent representation of the sport, and perhaps it’s okay that kids go see this movie and get an idea of what Robinson did for integration. I just think that a real movie about what he went through wouldn’t get a PG-13 rating, and wouldn’t offer fake moments of relief. This is okay, but it should’ve been great. Special features: A few looks behind the making of the movie and Robinson’s legacy.

July 11 - July 17, 2013

FILMEVENTS>> Lawrence of Arabia 50th Anniversary — An inordinately complex man who has been labeled everything from hero, to charlatan, to sadist, Thomas Edward Lawrence blazed his way to glory in the Arabian desert, then sought anonymity as a common soldier under an assumed name. The story opens with the death of Lawrence in a motorcycle accident in Dorset at the age of 46, then flashes back to recount his adventures: as a young intelligence officer in Cairo in 1916, he is given leave to investigate the progress of the Arab revolt against the Turks in World War I. In the desert, he organizes a guerrilla army and for two years leads the Arabs in harassing the Turks with desert raids, train-wrecking and camel attacks. Eventually, he leads his army northward and helps a British General destroy the power of the Ottoman Empire. Run time is 3 hours, 47 minutes. Showing Monday, July 15, at 8 p.m. at Bear Tooth Theatrepub. (1230 W 27th Ave.) The Amazing Trail — The film unveils the reasons why viewers

honor the Iditarod musher’s and their dogs every year, and why it is an important part of Alaska’s history. Following the film get together with legendary musher Rod Perry as he shares stories about the trail and answers your questions. Bring a camera and get your picture taken with Rod, his original sled, and his dog. Showing Monday, Wednesday and Fridays beginning Friday, July 12, throughWednesday, July 31, at 7 p.m. in the Bear and Raven Theater. Admission is $12. (315 E Street.) FRIDAY FAMILY MOVIES— Grab a bag of popcorn or a snack and settle in for a new favorite or classic movie. Call 343-2818 for movie titles. Fridays, 3-5 p.m. in the Mountain View Library Community Room (120 Bragaw Street)

PLANETARIUM SHOWS Astronomy Alive — Join a science educator on a narrated tour through the night sky. Shows vary based on night sky occurrences. 6:30 p.m.

on each First Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through August 30, at the Anchorage Museum (625 C St.) Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon — Pink Floyd’s rock ‘n’ roll masterpiece comes to life in this full-dome music and light show that interprets this classic album through mesmerizing HD graphics. This is not a laser light show, but the next generation of computer generated imagery. Audience advisory: Adult subject matter. Showing 4:30 p.m. each Sunday, through August 30,at the Anchorage Museum (625 C St.) Into the Deep — Dive alongside deep-sea research pioneers to learn about marine biology, underwater geology and the history of deep-sea exploration. Traveling in famous historic submersibles, come faceto-face with fascinating underwater creatures such as vampire squid and pelican eels. Discover how diving vessels make these underwater encounters possible for humans. Showing 3:30 p.m. daily at the Anchorage Museum (625 C St.)

Wonders of the Universe — Peer deep into space through the eyes of the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope and travel back billions of years to witness the birth of the universe. On this immersive excursion through the sky, witness the formation of galaxies and explore some of the most wondrous nebulae and astronomical structures yet discovered. Showing 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, at the Anchorage Museum (625 C St.) Alaska Spirit of the Wild — This planetarium show is an Academy Award-nominated adventure into untamed Alaska. Charlton Heston narrates as glaciers calve, caribou stampede and a wolf pack hunts. Showing at 12:15 p.m. Monday through Friday, at the Anchorage Museum (625 C St.) Supervolcanoes — Travel back in time and experience the massive volcanic eruptions that shaped the Earth and solar system. Journey to Yellowstone National Park, Neptune’s moon Triton and Jupiter’s moon Io to witness historic

eruptions. Could a supervolcano erupt in our era? Scientists weigh in. Showing at 1:45 p.m. daily at the Anchorage Museum (625 C St.) EXPERIENCE THE AURORA— Marvel as the Northern Lights shimmer and glisten overhead through time-lapse footage captured in the Arctic Circle. This immersive show is the next best thing to being under Alaska’s winter night sky. Unearth the science behind auroras, and learn about mankind’s quest to find and understand this incredible phenomenon. 1 p.m. weekdays, through August 30, at the Anchorage Museum. (625 C St.)

DINOSAUR PASSAGE TO PANGAEA — This new animated adventure explains one of the greatest geological events in Earth’s history: The separation of the supercontinent Pangaea. When two children embark on a geology field trip back in time, they are thrown into a fantastic voyage where they witness incredible geological wonders and learn about the mysterious process that created present-day continents. 12:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through August 30, at the Anchorage Museum. (625 C St.)

LED ZEPPELIN COSMIC LIGHT SHOW— Be transported by moodprovoking abstract art, themebased imagery and transportive effects choreographed to some of Led Zeppelin’s biggest hits, including “Whole Lotta Love,” “Immigrant Song” and “Ramble On.” Audience advisory: Adult subject matter. 4:30 p.m. each Saturday through August 30, at the Anchorage Museum (625 C St.)

SPORTS&RECLISTING>> Jr. Naturalist Program: CATERPILLARS AND BUTTERFLIES — Learn about the amazing life cycle of caterpillars to butterflies. The group will learn where to look for caterpillars and which species go through their complete cycles in one summer. Then the group will take a walk around the Rodak Trail for a catch and release hunt (nets and containers are provided). Free program; $5 parking for nonmembers. Event begins at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 13, at the Eagle River Nature Center. (32750 Eagle River Rd., Eagle River) ASK THE NATURALIST— Stop by and chat with the naturalist stationed at the large viewing deck (1/2 mile walk on the Rodak Trail)

to get answers to your questions about Alaska animals, plants and more. There will also be a telescope set up and loaner binoculars available for viewing any wildlife that might be in the area. “Ask the Naturalist” will continue throughout the summer every other Sunday. Free; $5 parking for non-members. Event begins at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 14, at the Eagle River Nature Center. (32750 Eagle River Rd., Eagle River) Camp cooking basics — Heading out for a weekend getaway? Do you want to make easy and fun meals at camp but feel unsure how to cook them? Would you like tips on what to bring and how to make the most of cooking in the

outdoors? REI hosts an introductory class on campsite cooking. They have years of experience to share, and would like to help you learn how to set up your camp kitchen and create easy and fun meals for the whole family. Event begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, at the Anchorage REI store. (1200 W. Northern Lights Blvd.)

ONGOING For a complete list of events visit TAP DANCE STUDY GROUP — This weekly gathering will explore the art of tap dance. Each session focuses on a new tap master; studying their history, style, and routines based

on the “Master of American Tap Dance” instructional series. The class meets every Wednesday going through August 14 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the UAA Dance Studio (PSB 162). $5 suggested donation to support UAA Dance Club. WATER AEROBICS — Water aerobics in the Dimond High School pool on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 6:10 to 7:10 p.m. Cost is $3/session or $27 for 10 punch card. Dimond High School Swimming Pool. (2909 W 88th Ave.) Mommy and Young Children Play group — Connect with other moms and share parenting joys and challenges. Interact, play and build

supportive relationships. Children ages infant to 5 years. This is a free event every Thursday at 1 p.m. at the AWRP Gathering Place for Women. (505 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Suite 102) Argentine Tango Lesson & Milonga — Discover your inner artist through the creative movement of Argentine Tango. Dance with fantastic people in a pressure free atmosphere. New dancers are welcome to the class from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., with social dancing afterwards in the “milonga” from 8:30 p.m. to closing. $10 dance lesson. Inner Dance Yoga Studio. (2610 Spenard Road, Suite A)

Class — Fiddlebow Fechtschule offers a weekly class on the use of the medieval sword and buckler. Each class incorporates the development of fundamental skills, technique exchange, and conditioning in a relaxed but mindful atmosphere. No prior martial arts or fencing experience is necessary. Please contact Fiddlebow Fechtschule by email at chris@ to make arrangements to watch or participate. Please no drop-ins. Classes take place each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Alaska Dance Theatre. (550 E. 33rd Ave.)

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ALASKANS NEED THE CLEAN WATER ACT TO PROTECT COOK INLET SALMON RUNS. For real Alaska salmon recipes go to: /recipes July 11 - July 17, 2013




FSBO, DUPLEX 2 Bdrm, 2 Bath, 1 Car Gar & Storage Shed on each Side, All Paved Parking, W/D Stays, Some Furniture. $210,000. 907-357-2414

135 Cabins

142 Office/Retail Space for sale OFFICE SPACE

Floor to ceiling windows! Awesome Lake Views. 907-317-4830 Joe Lowndes, Realtor

downtown. 2nd floor of Ann Stevens building on Cordova and 8th. 5 offices, conference room, communication room and front reception area. Assigned parking spots for staff and clients. Secure building with some cleaning and maintenance included. Ready for immediate occupancy. Please contact Paton Stott with the American Red Cross at 907-646-5411 or paton.stott@

105 Homes for Sale Palmer

105 Homes for Sale Palmer

109 Homes for Sale/Mat-Su


with 1200 sf shop

4425 E Birchwood Dr.

Must be in-state. One item per ad. 4 lines. Price must appear in ad. Must be $200 or less. Private parties only. No firewood, animals, rentals, employment, etc. 8) Items only for sale. 9) Limit 3 Free Ads per household per week.*



4200+sf in Palmer, 4bd, 4ba, granite counters, all stainless steel appliances, htd floors throughout. 2 car attached heated garage, 1500sf detached htd shop, 2+ Acres. Up to 2 horses ok.

$599,000 New Price $579,000

Call Brian or Karen for appointment, 907-745-0406. Co-op w/ realtors at 3%


150 Lots/Acreages

200 Apts. for Rent/Palmer 3BD W/ GARAGE,

DW, W/D, Heat Incl, near Hospital. $1195 /mo +$1000 dep. CALL 907-744-0359

7.5 Acres Hatcher Pass $119,000 Please visit: www.

907-350-6007 CREEK FRONTAGE

1+ Ac. off KGB

Low down with reasonable credit. 907-561-2257

200 Apts. for Rent/Palmer 1BD APT, CLOSE TO 4 CORNERS $500 mo. + elec. & $400 deposit, NP 745-5370 715-1068. 2BD, CLEAN/QUIET 5 lrg closets, W/D. No S/P or drinking. $850 plus dep & ref. (907)746-2139

109 Homes for Sale/Mat-Su

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SMALL CABIN FOR RENT at Big Lake turn-off on private property. (907)229-4910 WANTED: Small to Medium Cabin for removal/relocation. 562-5010 229-4910

FAX: 352-2277 • EMAIL:

Here’s the Scoop: 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7)

107 Homes for Sale /Wasilla

DROP OFF: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm at 5751 E. Mayflower Ct. off Palmer-Wasilla Hwy.

205 Apts. for Rent/Wasilla 1ST. Fl. 2 BD APT. LR W/D gar/stor/heat water/trash pickup. on Parks near Hospital $1000/mo Avail. now!


EFFICIENCY APT. UTILITIES INCL.,. New Kitchen , 3Mi from Wasilla Fred Meyer, . $575. 907-373-3060


Includes basic cable $700 & up 232-2665


D/W, Coin Laundry. $850/mo, Most Util Incl. 373-3060


Mi 2 Wasilla-Fishhook

Coin Laundry. Most Util Incl. $950 per mo. 373-3060

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* SORRY, WE CANNOT ACCEPT PHONE CALLS FOR FREE ADS Free Ads run in the Tuesday, Friday & Sunday Frontiersman, Wednesday Valley Sun, plus Thursday’s Anchorage Press and Friday’s Arctic Warrior 225 Homes for Rent/Wasilla 2BD, FENCED YARD, MOST UTILITIES INCL. W/D, DW, Carport $850/mo., POA,

Avail Now 373-3060

3BD,2BA, 2 Story 1CAR GARAGE 1 acre, W/D, N/P, N/S, $1250 mo.+ $1000 deposit, Available 07/23

Call Fred at 227-7788 / 376-2306

175 Recreational Property

245 Duplex for Rent/Mat-Su area DUPLEX, 1 ACRE LOT

3BD, 2.5BA,1 car gar W/D, N/S, $1350 mo +dep & util. avail now 344-4206 242-0607

260 RV/Trailer Space RV/CAMPER SPACE FOR RENT on private property @ Big Lake turn-off, water, sewer, elec. Call 907-229-4910

175 Recreational Property

HOMER LAND I have several conservation designed developments and properties

St. Jude, glorious Apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor has caused you to be forgotten by many, but the true Church invokes you universally as the Patron of difficult cases, and of things almost despaired of. Pray for me, for I am so helpless and alone. Intercede with God for me that He bring visible and speedy help. Come to my assistance in this great need that I

may receive the consolation and help of Heaven in all my necessites, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly _________________ ,and that I may bless God with you and all the Elect thoughout eternity. Amen

250 Condos for Rent

250 Condos for Rent

400 Employment BISHOP’S ATTIC SORTER position available in Palmer Please call mgr. for info. 907-745-4215

Bella Vista Townhomes

3bd, 2.5ba, 1310 sq.ft., garage, granite countertops, W&D, community park, Colony School District. For more information visit: or call 907-352-1824

70-acre parcel right above town, simply the best there is in Homer! Private lots with city water and sewer all bordering on hiking trails and with views over the city Recreational cabin lots 15 minutes to Homer with great views and bordering on ski trails

Why not own a future in Homer?


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Owner financing with monthly payments as low as 250.00

32 x 44’ Log Home, 25 x 50’ Log Barn, 3.9 Ac Mi. 66 Glenn Hwy. Mtn Views & South Facing. Open concept, all wood interior. Gas FP, 2 story barn, 3 BAYS.

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Give me a call and I'm happy to meet in Anchorage or Homer John Fowler 529-8090


MULTI-FAMILY SALE JULY 13TH & 14TH 9 AM to 4 PM 2450 Tagalak Dr. off of No. Lights & Patterson

July 11 - July 17, 2013

400 Employment

400 Employment

400 Employment


Matanuska Electric Association is currently recruiting for an

CIRCULATION MANAGER The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, a Wick Communication Co. publication, is seeking a hands-on Circulation Manager to lead our team and manage all aspects of our growing circulation department. Our publications include a thrice-weekly AM newspaper and weekly shopper, the Valley Sun, located in the fastest growing region of the state and in the recreation heart of Southcentral Alaska, the Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) Borough. Good leadership, marketing and management skills are required, along with a strong commitment to growing our paid and free circulation base. Experience and thorough knowledge of circulation, including home delivery, single copy and budgeting, are necessary for this position. You will be responsible for increasing market penetration and meeting circulation volume and revenue goals. We seek a person with the ability to move this department forward in a professional manner that is committed to growing our paid circulation numbers and building a solid circulation team. In return, we offer a competitive salary and bonus plan, benefits package that include health/ dental insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, relocation allowance & a good working environment as a part of our outstanding management team. Please send resume, including salary expectation to: Mark Kelsey, Publisher, Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, P.O. Box 873509 Wasilla, AK 99687 or email: The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

EGS Project Support Specialist

This full-time regular position offers an exceptional benefit package. Visit

to see the job bulletin & to apply online. MEA requires a post offer substance abuse test EEO/M/F/D/V Employer

400 Employment

Matanuska Electric Association is currently recruiting for a


This full-time regular position offers an exceptional benefit package. Visit

to see the job bulletin & to apply online. MEA requires a post offer substance abuse test EEO/M/F/D/V Employer

400 Employment

515 Lost and Found

615 Building Supplies

LOST DOG: WASILLA Yellow Golden Retriever, male, neutered. Possibly in body harness. Last seen during fireworks Glenkerry/Spruce area in Wasilla. Friendly Call 764-5569


The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman in Wasilla, Alaska, has an immediate opening for a Web Press Operator.

530 E. Steel Loop, Palmer

746-7800 1-800-478-6242

Metal Roofing & Building Components Locally Owned & Operated

525 School and Instructions ATSSA Certified FLAGGING CLASSES Call 232-2542 608 Antiques/ Collectibles GERMAN BEER STEIN Replica of WWI Artillery reservist stein $50 907-276-3541

610 Appliances WASHER/DRYER



400 Employment

Maytag: Oversize, White, Quiet series $100/pair 355-2948

Come work for our growing printing operation. The Frontiersman is a three-times-a-week newspaper with a thriving commercial printing operation. This is a full-time, 40-hour-per-week job that comes with a full benefits package. The candidate needs to have a minimum of two years' experience printing full-process color on a Goss Community or similar web press.

- Good Supply of large logs from Kodiak- Nice Lumber- Good PricesHave a Building Project?

Call Valley Sawmill 907-357-3081 and talk with Vern

BILL’S BUILDING COMPONENTS ASC Steel Roofing; Norclad; Skyline; Trilap Steel Siding. With Duratech XL paint system for lifetime warranty. Grace Ice & Water Shield. Foundation Flashings

745-4515 1-800-478-4516 617 Computers/ Electronics PHOTOCOPIER, Canon NP-150, $50, 907-376-3865

E-mail inquiries to:, or pick up an application at our office, 5751 East Mayflower Court, just off the Palmer-Wasilla Highway near Mile 4.5.

2013 Summer Gun Show Disabled American Veterans Chapter 3

Lumen Christi HS 8/3 & 8/4, 10 - 5 8110 Jewell Lake Rd., Anchorage Admittance - $5 Military, Police & Firemen Admitted FREE if in Uniform 227-1637 441-4770

Delivery Available Visa & MC

Applicants must be in good physical condition, able to lift 80 pounds, and available to work nights and weekends.

626 Guns & Ammo

620 Farm/Garden SNOW BLOWER 7.5 HP, 24” Troy-Built, recoil start $200. 376-3865

632 Fuel/Heating Firewood for Sale Tree length Birch Saw log Spruce Contact Bond Bros Logging at 715-4019


Light pine in color, w/ dark stained top. Great condition. Book shelf headboard. Each set incl. box spring (still in plastic) & mattress. 1 set incl. dresser and 1 set includes armoire, $650 ea. set Call 803-429-7814. Pictures available. FRAMED / SIGNED


Bev Doolittle “When the Wind Had Wings” $195 907-276-3541

652 Pets/Supplies


15’L x 5”W x 6” Tall. $200 907-355-2948

501 Adult 400 Employment

400 Employment

400 Employment

400 Employment

400 Employment

652 Pets/Supplies ALASKA CAT Adoption Team

an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, is seeking additional foster homes and other volunteers to help this mission. Call 982-2228 or email

Alaska SPCA Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic 907-562-2999 549 W. Int’l Airport Rd, Anchorage Spay-neuters, microchips, rabies, vaccinations, nail clips, MOA licenses Great prices year-round

Spaying and Neutering is Important to us! Bring us your puppies and we will spay your Momma dog at NO COST! For more info call Alaska Dog & Puppy Rescue (907)745-7030 AK CAT RESCUE Cute, cuddle bugs for adoption! Ask how you can get your momma cat spayed. (907)232-4444 "Mat Valley Kitties is in need of Foster Homes for Adult Cats. We can supply all the necessities, you just supply the love! Must have a quiet area separated from your pets. If you can help, please call Susan @ 841-7711.

501 Adult

400 Employment

Outside Sales Representative


NOW TO APPLY: Learn more today by sending a resume and cover letter to: Cheryl Metiva at Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman PO BOX 873509 Wasilla, AK 99687-3509 You may also send your materials by email to addirector@ or drop them off at 5751 E. Mayflower Court off the Palmer-Wasilla Hwy.

July 11 - July 17, 2013

Come grow with the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman! We are actively recruiting for an outside sales person to contact local businesses about print and online advertising opportunities.

The successful applicant will be a highly motivated self-starter who is goal oriented and has good time management skills. You also must have a professional demeanor and appearance, as well as good computer skills.

You'll be rewarded with an existing client base, guaranteed commissions to get you started, an auto allowance, and an excellent benefits package including health insurance, 401K and more. This position requires dependable transportation, a valid Alaska driver's license, good DMV record and proof of auto insurance. The Mat Su Valley Frontiersman is an Equal Opportunity Employer


652 Pets/Supplies ALASKA CAT Adoption Team

is seeking good homes for its great foster kittens. Lots of kittens available, as well as some adults. Call 982-2228 or see them at

662 Sporting Goods EAGLE Fish Finder, Go Anywhere, one touch $90 obo Ray @ 337-5090 Schwinn Mag Trainer, Folds for storage $90 obo Ray @ 337-5090

695 Misc. for Sale MINOLTA 110 ZOOM SLR

with Pop Up Lens, $20 for Both. 631-3773

701 Professional Services The Think and Grow Rich of the 21st Century! Revolutionary break-through for success being released! For a FREE CD please call 1-888-241-8182

850 Travel Trailers ‘07 MONTANA 5TH WHEEL

3 slides, arctic insulation pkg., will sell for loan pay-off or partial trade, OBO Call 907-355-6080

895 Misc. Recreational MINI SEMI GO KART

Lots of fun! needs TLC. $150 907-355-2948


15”, one owner $20k firm. 907-745-3151

SKATE BOARD Fun Box 4’ x 8’ x 8” wood with steel edges. $100. 907-376-3865

940 Pickups/Trucks

608 Antiques/ Collect.

608 Antiques/ Collect.

1990 CHEVY 1/2 TON TRUCK 4WD, 6 cyl, automatic, new tires, bed liner, clean. $3,200 907-376-3048

“He Who Became Caribou”, 1985

JACQUES and MARY REGAT stone LITHOGRAPH on arches white paper, ultra marine blue, unframed. I have the Solstice Press certification paperwork signed by both artists & the printer as well as a signed background story/native lore interpretation of the art piece. Only 100 lithographs were issued. $575 Please Call 907-830-6806

612 Auctions

612 Auctions



637 Household

FULL SIZE TOP MATTRESS SET, Includes mattress cover. Englander Brand, $200 907-376-3048 652 Pets/Supplies

652 Pets/Supplies

Rescue Cats for Adoption

Fixed, with shots and Microchip Money back Guarantee Find out about our reduced adoption fees. Call 980-8898

Advocates for Dog and Puppy Wellness

Offers microchippping at PetZoo, once a month. Keep your pet safe, w/ a HomeAgain microchip! Please check our website for the next event date TELL YOUR MOTHER-IN LAW THE GUEST ROOM IS TAKEN! Alaska Dog & Puppy Rescue invites you to join our group and become a foster parent to a homeless dog. All supplies are provided - food, crates, toys, and blankets. YOU PROVIDE THE LOVE… Alaska Dog & Puppy Rescue 745-7030


July 11 - July 17, 2013

PUZZLES Code quote In these Code Quotes from America’s history, each letter given is a code consisting of another letter. To solve this Code Quote, you must decode the puzzle by replacing each letter with the correct one. An example is shown. A ‘clue’ is available if you need extra help. Example: G E O R G E W A S H I N G T O N Is coded as: W J A M W J G I T C X Z W F A Z

M A JDJ    E V    BF IYJD   RDXC    F NN    C J T.    M A J     X INT    CF UEC    X R    F     RDJ J     Y XG JDIC JIM     XSYA M     M X    OJ    M X   

M DSV M    I X    CF I    N EGEIY    L EM A    H X L JD    M X     JIBF IYJD    M A J    HSON E W     N EOJDM T.     Q X AI    F BFCV

Hint: This person went to Harvard at the age of sixteen, and taught school after graduation.  After choosing a career path, he went back to Harvard to become an attorney. Last week’s answer:  “Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things.”  Alexander Hamilton


last week’s solution

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CROSSWORD WORKING OUT THE BUGS ACROSS 1 Sir, in old India 6 Floored by 13 High fliers 20 “George & -” (former talk show) 21 It may collect around a scratching post 22 Builds into a wall 23 Bug’s favorite kissing game? 25 Least active 26 One way or another 27 U.S. Navy off. 28 Sordid 30 Corporate shuffle, for short 32 Bug’s favorite bookworm? 37 Citizen: Suffix 40 “There - sides to every story” 43 Soccer great Hamm 44 City near Lake 107-Down 45 Bug’s favorite state of mind? 50 Cake-and-ice-cream occasions, for short 51 Soft felt hat 52 Hang around


July 11 - July 17, 2013

53 Last check box, often 55 Nonclerical 56 Soviet premier Kosygin 57 Mem. of Congress 58 See 60-Down 59 Peeples of “Fame” 61 Affirmative gesture 62 “7 Faces of Dr. -” 64 Bug’s favorite interrogation aid? 69 Improve by making small changes 72 Mini, Nano, and Shuffle 74 French euro division 75 Bug’s favorite fall drink? 77 Rocky pinnacle 78 New Year in Vietnam 79 Dot in the Rhône 80 Beagle, e.g. 81 Kind of camera, briefly 83 Mogadishu native 86 Boar’s mate 89 Talks to God 91 Chinese premier - Enlai 92 Clothing smoother 93 Actress Linda


Bug’s favorite Eddie Rabbitt hit? 98 Shankar with a sitar 99 Not well 100 Rowing a boat 101 Equine beast 102 Bug’s favorite naval officer? 105 Letter-shaped hardware items 109 Athens site 110 Atop, poetically 113 Capriciously 117 Cola holder 120 Bug’s favorite Fats Waller song? 123 Actor Chad 124 Matrimonial 125 Really rotund 126 July 4 events 127 Compound in plastics 128 New Jersey county DOWN 1 Impudent talk 2 Fido’s dishful 3 Actor Corey 4 Spiritual 5 Use the tub 6 Sore muscle application 7 Apprehend 8 Suit to 9 “Since -?!” 10 Erodes 11 Oman export 12 Not musty 13 Meal part 14 Golfer Mark 15 Flabbergast 16 Poet Kipling 17 Before, to a poet 18 Lo- - monitor 19 Retired jet 24 “Yoo- -” 29 Put a cap on 31 Concerto 33 “- my word!” (“I do declare!”) 34 Traffic (in) 35 Big name in New Age 36 Upbeat 37 Newborn girl, in Spain 38 Spinning skating leap 39 Finished

41 Punta del 42 IRS worker 46 Courteney of “Friends” 47 Tram cargo 48 One sending cybernotes 49 Play awards 50 Conan O’54 Adds to the database 58 Outmoded 60 With 58-Across, first play division 63 iPhone program 64 Part of FYI 65 - -friendly 66 Largest moon of Uranus 67 Alternatives to waffles 68 Turns in 70 Cato’s 151

71 Gives aid 72 “- solemnly swear ...” 73 Tent stake 76 Pastoral 77 Hooky player 81 - -Pei 82 “Lush Life” co-star Petty 84 Suffix with contradict 85 TLC giver 86 Feudal slave 87 Egg’s shape 88 Undulate 90 Sicknesses 91 Fanatical devotion 94 Torrent 96 Big inits. in overseas broadcasting 97 Of low birth

99 Imagine 103 Rainbowlike 104 Paper quantities 106 “A,” in Paris 107 Nevada border lake 108 Hefty slices 111 Arab chief 112 Matrimony, for one 114 They intersect rds. 115 Go skyward 116 Tinkertoy or Lego alternative 117 Mo. #9 118 Lab eggs 119 Köln article 121 - “King” Cole 122 - Luis Obispo


NEWS OF THE WEIRD By Chuck Shepherd

My child is a cheater As many as 50 exam monitors were forced to take cover at a high school in Zhongxiang, China, in June, fending off outraged students (and some parents) who hurled insults and stones at them after the monitors blocked cheating schemes on the all-important national “gaokao” exams. (It was “siege warfare,” and eventually “hundreds” of police responded, according to a dispatch in the Daily Telegraph of London.) Metal detectors had found secret transmitters and contraband cellphones used by groups beaming in exam answers from outside. Independent proctors had been assigned because of longstanding suspicions that the schools’ own proctors routinely enabled cheating (with results such as the 99 identical papers submitted in one subject on the previous year’s exam). Said one student (in the mob of about 2,000), noting how widespread cheating is nationally, “There is no fairness if you do not let us cheat (also).”

Things people believe

Sheriffs and government deed-recorders in several states have reported annoying attempts recently by “Moorish American nationals” to confiscate temporarily vacant houses (often mansions), moving in without inhibition, changing the locks, and partying joyously—based on made-up documents full of gobbledygook and stilted legalese granting them sovereignty beyond the reach of law-enforcement. There is a venerable Moorish Temple Science of America, but these trespassers in Florida, Maryland, Tennessee, and other states are from fanciful offshoots that demand reparations (usually in gold) for Christopher Columbus-era Europeans having stolen “their” land. A North Carolina police investigator told the Washington Post in March that “every state” is experiencing the “Moorish American” invasion. ***** Britain’s Anomalous Mind Management Abductee Contactee Helpline is the nation’s “weirdest” support group, wrote the Daily Mirror in June, providing a range of services to victims of kidnapping by extraterrestrials and other haunting incidents to about 1,500 people a year, according to co-founder Miles Johnston. AMMACH uses an ordinary wall-stud detector to locate bodily implants and employs magnetic field meters and mineral lamps to identify “signatures” left on a skin’s atoms by visits to another dimensional reality, Johnston explained. “We are under the threat of termination as a species if we do not get this sorted out.”

Clichés comes to life

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Shane Kersey, 35, in March as the one who made phone calls to four schools in New Orleans’s Westbank neighborhood and threatened to burn them down. When taken into custody, Kersey had aluminum foil wrapped around his skull and secured by a baseball cap but explained to

an officer that he needed it “to prevent microwave signals from ing officials to immediately put the school in lockdown. In a entering his head.” termination letter, officials noted that Charlesworth’s students ***** are constantly at risk from the ex-husband, that her restraining Among the character witnesses in May at the New York City order against him is obviously not a deterrent, and that they thus sex-trafficking trial of alleged pimp Vincent George, Jr., 33, and “cannot allow” her to continue her career at the school, according his father were three of the younger man’s ladies, who praised to a report by San Diego’s KNSD-TV. (Battered-women support him unconditionally to the jury as a good father to the children groups, of course, were horrified at the school’s decision.) they bore for him and as the person responsible for helping them kick their drug habits. Heather Keith, 28, and Danielle Geissler, Crème de la weird 31, referred to each other as Vincent, Jr.’s “wife-in-law.” Geissler Yasuomi Hirai, 26, was arrested in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, in admitted that George (“Daddy”) slapped her around a bit, ex- June after being identified in news reports as the man who had plaining that they both “slapped each other around sometimes crawled “dozens of meters” in an underground gutter solely to but never over work or staying in the (prostitution) life.” (Three gain access to a particular sidewalk grate near Konan Women’s weeks later, the Georges were acquitted of sex trafficking, al- University in order to look up at skirt-wearers passing over the though convicted of money- laundering.) grate. After one pedestrian, noting the pair of eyes below, summoned a police officer, Hirai scurried down the gutter and esOops! caped, but since he had been detained several months earlier on Tim Blackburn, 50, fell off a ladder in Stockton-on-Tees, Eng- a similar complaint, police soon seized him, and indeed, he later land, in 2007, and shattered his arm so badly that doctors had to admitted, “I have done this numerous times.” remove four inches of bone and attach a metal scaffold around his arm that took six years to heal completely (and then only Undignified deaths The man who claimed the “world’s record” for traveling the because of help from a cutting-edge ultrasound procedure). In May 2013—one day after he got a clean bill of health—Blackburn farthest distance on a zip line attached only to his hair was killed tripped over his dog and tumbled down the stairs in his home, in April as he similarly attempted to cross the Teesta River in West Bengal, India, on a zip line. He died of a heart attack, and and his arm “snapped like a twig,” he said. since observers were unclear whether his limpness was part of Bright ideas the performance, he hung lifeless for 45 minutes. (He was identiTechnology companies are making great strides in odor-de- fied in news reports as a “Guinness Book” record-holder, but as tection robots, valuable in identifying subtle scents ranging from with many such claims, the Guinness Book has no such category.) ***** contaminants in beer brewing to cancerous tumors in the body. And then there is CrazyLabo in Fukuoka, Japan, which is marA 22-year-old man was killed in March attempting to ropeketing two personal-hygiene robots, available for special occa- swing from the picturesque, 140-foot-high Corona Arch near sions such as parties, according to a May BBC News report. One Moab, Utah, trying to emulate a famous 2012 Internet video detector, shaped as a woman’s kissable head, tests breath odor at the arch, “World’s Largest Rope Swing.” This man, however, and responds (e.g., “smells like citrus”; “there’s an emergency apparently overestimated the length of rope he would need to taking place”). The other, resembling a dog, checks a person’s launch himself off the arch to begin his swing—and crashed to feet and can either cuddle up to the subject (no odor) or appear the ground. to pass out. ***** A News of the Weird classic The local council in Brunete, Spain, near Madrid, has now A 48-year-old immigrant from Malta regularly hangs out in seen a radical drop in un-scooped dog droppings after employ- various New York City bars, but always on the floor, so that he ing volunteers to find the names of derelict dogs. They then can enjoy his particular passion of being stepped on. “Georgio matched the dog with the town’s dog registrations to obtain the T.” told the New York Times in June (2009) that he has delightowners’ addresses, then mailed them packages containing their ed in being stepped on since he was a kid. While one playmate dogs’ business (terming it “lost property”). “wanted to be the doctor, (another) wanted to be the carpenter... I would want to be the carpet.” Nowadays, he carries a customPerspective made rug he can affix to his back (and a sign, Step on Carpet) Elementary school teacher Carie Charlesworth was fired re- and may lie face-down for several hours if the bar is busy. He is cently by Holy Trinity School near San Diego, California—with also a regular at “high-foot-traffic” fetish parties, where dozens the only reason given that her ex-husband has threatened to kill of stompers (especially women in stilettos) can satisfy their own her. 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CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) When the comic book hero Superman first appeared on the scene in 1938, he had the power to leap over tall buildings, but he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fly. By 1941, he was hovering in mid-air, and sometimes moving around while floating. Eventually, he attained the ability to soar long distances, even between stars. Your own destiny may have parallels to Supermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the coming months, Cancerian. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible you will graduate, metaphorically speaking, from taking big leaps to hovering in mid-air. And if you work your butt off to increase your skill, you might progress to the next levelâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the equivalent of full-out flightâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;by March 2014.

LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22)

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never too late to become what you might have been,â&#x20AC;? said novelist George Eliot. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like you to keep that thought in mind throughout the rest of 2013 and beyond, Leo. I trust you will allow its sly encouragement to work its way down into your darkest depths, where it will revive your discouraged hopes and wake up your sleeping powers. Here are the potential facts as I see them: In the next ten months, you will be in prime time to reclaim the momentum you lost once upon a timeâ&#x20AC;Ś to dive back into a beloved project you gave up onâ&#x20AC;Ś and maybe even resuscitate a dream that made your eyes shine when you were younger and more innocent.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22)

When I first arrived in Santa Cruz some years back, I helped start a New Wave-punk band called Mystery Spot. Our first drummer was a guy named Lucky Lehrer. After a few months, our manager decided Lucky wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t good enough and kicked him out of the band. Lucky took it hard, but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give up. He joined the seminal punk band the Circle Jerks, and went on to have a long and successful career. Flipside magazine even named him the best punk drummer of all time. I suspect, Virgo, that in the next ten to twelve months you will have a chance to achieve the beginning of some Lucky Lehrer-type redemption. In what area of your life would you like to experience it?

LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22)

According to my reading of the astrological omens, the next 12 months will be a time when you will have more power than usual to turn your dreams into realities. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have extra skill at translating your ideals into practical action. To help make sure you capitalize on this potential, I suggest you adopt this Latin phrase as your motto: a posse ad esse. It means â&#x20AC;&#x153;from being possible to being actual.â&#x20AC;? So why not simply make your motto â&#x20AC;&#x153;from being possible to being actualâ&#x20AC;?? Why bother with the Latin version? Because I think your motto should be exotic and mysteriousâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a kind of magical incantation.

In 2010, two economics professors from Harvard wrote a paper that became a crucial piece of evidence for the global austerity movement. Politicians used it to justify their assertion that the best way to cure our long-running financial ills is for governments to spend less money. Oddly, no one actually studied the paper to see if it was based on accurate data until April 2013. Then Thomas Herndon, a 28-year-old Ph.D. student at the University of Massachusetts, dove in and discovered fundamental mistakes that largely discredited the professorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; conclusions. I believe you have a similar mojo going for you, Scorpio. Through clear thinking and honest inquiry, you have the power to get at truths everyone else has missed.


Breakthrough will probably not arrive wrapped in sweetness and a warm glow, nor is it likely to be catalyzed by a handsome prince or pretty princess. No, Sagittarius. When the breakthrough barges into your life, it may be a bit dingy and dank, and it may be triggered by questionable decisions or weird karma. So in other words, the breakthrough may have resemblances to a breakdown, at least in the beginning. This would actually be a good omenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a sign that your deliverance is nothing like you imagined it would be, and probably much more interesting.


In a wheat field, a rose is a weedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even if that rose is voluptuous and vibrant. I want you to promise me that you will work hard to avoid a fate like that in the coming months, Capricorn. Everything depends on you being in the right place at the right time. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your sacred duty to identify the contexts in which you can thrive and then put yourself in those contexts. Please note: The ambiance thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most likely to bring out the best in you is not necessarily located in a high-status situation where everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ambition is amped to the max.


Is your soul feeling parched? In your inner world, are you experiencing the equivalent of a drought? If so, maybe you will consider performing a magic ritual that could help get you on track for a cure. Try this: Go outside when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s raining or misting. If your area is going through a dry spell, find a waterfall or high-spouting fountain and put yourself in close proximity. Then stand with your legs apart and spread your arms upwards in a gesture of welcome. Turn your face toward the heavens, open up your mouth, and drink in the wetness for as long as it takes for your soul to be hydrated again. (In an emergency, frolicking under a sprinkler might also work.)


mented with many styles of music, including the avant-garde work â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rite of Spring.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;My music is best understood by children and animals,â&#x20AC;? he said. In my vision of your ideal life, Pisces, that will also be true about you in the coming week: You will be best understood by children and animals. Why? Because I think you will achieve your highest potential if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re as wild and free as you dare. You will be fueled by spontaneity and innocence, and care little about what people think of you. Play a lot, Pisces! Be amazingly, blazingly uninhibited.


The Space Needle is a tourist attraction in Seattle. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taller than the Washington Monument but shorter than the Eiffel Tower. Near the top of the structure is a circular restaurant that rotates slowly, making one complete turn every 47 minutes. The motor that moves this 125-ton mass is small: only 1.5 horsepower. In the coming days, Aries, I foresee you having a metaphorically similar ability. You will be able to wield a great deal of force with a seemingly small and compact â&#x20AC;&#x153;engine.â&#x20AC;?


â&#x20AC;&#x153;How many years can some people exist before theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re allowed to be free?â&#x20AC;? asked Bob Dylan in one of his most famous songs, written in 1962. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The answer is blowinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in the wind,â&#x20AC;? he concluded. Many people hailed the tune as a civil rights anthem. Thirteen years later, a hippie cowboy named Jerry Jeff Walker released â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pissing in the Wind,â&#x20AC;? a rowdy song that included the line, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The answer is pissing in the wind.â&#x20AC;? It was decidedly less serious than the tune it paid homage to, with Walker suggesting that certain events in his life resembled the act described in the title. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Makinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the same mistakes, we swore weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never make again,â&#x20AC;? he crooned. All of this is my way of letting you know, Taurus, that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at a fork. In one direction is a profound, even noble, â&#x20AC;&#x153;blowinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in the windâ&#x20AC;? experience. In the other, it would be like â&#x20AC;&#x153;pissing in the wind.â&#x20AC;? Which do you prefer? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to you.


The Italian artist Duccio di Buoninsegna painted his Madonna and Child sometime around the year 1300. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a compact piece of artâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;just eleven inches high and eight inches wide. Nevertheless, New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Metropolitan Museum paid $45 million for the pleasure of owning it. I propose that we choose this diminutive treasure as your lucky symbol for the next eight to ten months, Gemini. May it inspire you as you work hard to create a small thing of great value.


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