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I’m so disturbed by the news about Bradley Manning, I thought I’d write in. Our country has lost its way. The ones who protest injustice are called traitors, and those who betray their responsibilities to the public by handing the keys to power-hungry warlords are celebrated and given the Nobel Peace Prize. Bradley Manning had the courage and conscience to speak out, and for his courage will spend a decade or more in prison (his sentence is 35 years with a chance of parole a third of the way through). Who is the real traitor here? Candice Everly, Anchorage

Fashion fail Honestly, the stretch pants thing is getting out of hand. How many more 15-year-old vaginas must I be exposed to? Seriously, the camel toe is a real thing. It’s as if these pants came out of a spray can. I’m not advocating for a burlap sack or anything. I appreciate the female form as much as the next straight guy, but for God’s sake must every crevice be perfectly outlined? Why not just go out in bikini bottoms if you need to be noticed that bad. What happened to style? What happened to class? I was going to take a picture for this observation but I’m pretty sure it would be classified as child pornography. On a side note, imagine if it was dudes wearing these “pants” and everywhere you went there were visible balls and penises (then again, considering skinny jeans it’s not that far off). This error in fashion judgment is not limited to jail bait either. I’m not sure how this became a fad but you ladies need to rethink the kind of attention you’re fishing for. Though, it is fun to make the sound effect “bu-dda, bu-dda, bu-dda, bu-dda” as they walk by. You know why, yeah you know. Ben Waschke, Anchorage

More likely, Walker will come third Ivan Moore is a self-serving businessman in the political industry who writes well. His opinion that Bill Walker running as an independent for governor is the best shot to replace “douche-nozzle” Governor Parnell is shallow. As a matter of historical fact, the only non-partisan independent ever elected to either the state house, state senate, lieutenant governor, governor, congressman or United States senator in Alaska was Jay Hammond to the legislature, right after statehood, and the Republicans quickly convinced him that he’d better join their party. Therefore, I can say that an independent non-partisan candidate for governor has about as much chance of getting elected as Bill Walker did running as a Republican against Governor Parnell in a primary and winning. Obviously, Mr. Walker knew he would lose a primary election to Governor Parnell, so he decided to run as an independent, a calculated move. Given the advantage the Republican nominee for governor would enjoy, and Mr. Walker’s calculated move, I think there is a greater chance that Mr. Walker will place third, behind the winner, Hollis French, and “douche-nozzle” Governor Parnell in a race for governor; my opinion has greater validity than Mr. Moore’s. Jed Whittaker, Anchorage

What would Dr. King eat? This week’s 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington is being observed with marches, speeches, and speculation on what causes Dr. King would embrace today. He would certainly continue to work for racial equality. But he would also likely advocate for a rapid withdrawal from Afghanistan, workers’ rights, gay rights, and animal rights. Yes, animal rights. Although he is best known for advocacy of racial equality, Dr. King opposed all violence, like the Vietnam War. And there is no greater violence than that which is perpetrated each day against billions of cows, pigs, and other sentient animals in America’s factory farms and slaughterhouses. The day before his assassination in 1968, Dr. King came to Memphis to champion the most oppressed human beings in America—African-American sanitation workers. Today, it would also be about the most oppressed living beings in America—animals raised for food, experiments, and entertainment. Although Dr. King never lived long enough to extend his circle of compassion, justice, and nonviolence to non-human animals, his wife, Coretta Scott King, and his son Dexter Scott King did, by embracing the vegan lifestyle. A great way for us to honor the King legacy is to follow their lead.

Remembering Jessi This week, our office was shocked and saddened by the death of Jessi Nelsen, a young woman who was killed along with her boyfriend Robert Lilly in an airplane crash Saturday, Aug. 24. We knew Jessi mostly as a writer; she contributed just over a dozen articles to the Press in the last year. If you talk to anyone about Jessi, they will tell you that she had a friendly, genuine personality, and that’s exactly how she made her mark in our newsroom as well. She was eager to take on projects and improve her skills, and graciously welcomed criticism (a rare quality in writers, and most other human beings). She had a knack for interviewing people and teasing out the things that made them unique and interesting, and her focus always seemed to veer to artists and musicians on the fringes of the Anchorage culture scene. Jessi was a rising talent who recognized and celebrated the talent in others. You could count on seeing her smiling face behind those signature red, large-framed glasses at just about any show in town, and you knew if she was there she legitimately liked the band or artist performing. She wasn’t just a consumer of the arts, either, but worked to cultivate them—by showing up, writing about it, bringing bands to her hometown of Seward and working overtime on the Seward Music and Arts Festival. We’ll miss seeing Alaska through her eyes—a uniquely exciting and vibrant place. We are so saddened by the loss of Jessi. Our condolences go out to her family and many friends, and her community in both Seward and Anchorage. - Victoria Barber, editor

Why the 18th Squadron should stay in Fairbanks In response to Ryan Kennedy’s opinion piece (“Fleeing Fairbanks: Movement to keep F-16 squadron at Eielson is selfish and unpatriotic,” Aug. 22), I have a few points to make: 1. According to the Department of Defense itself, JBER doesn’t have the hangar space for the F-16’s, nor the space to build more. (JBER is full, and it can’t grow anymore, is what everyone’s been told.) 2. Housing: Yes, Anchorage has a housing shortage, and, according to all reports published on the matter, it isn’t improving anytime soon. Where will all the families of the 18th Squadron live? (Once again, there’s no room on JBER.) 3. Red Flag and other large training missions can’t be held above Mat-Su, and anywhere else close to JBER, so the 18th, and probably everyone else, would have to burn fuel to fly 300 or more miles to the largest military air space this side of the Nevada desert. 4. Speaking of fuel, if the jet fuel for all of these planes isn’t coming from the North Pole Refinery (10 miles from Eielson Air Force Base), can/will Tesoro ramp up their Nikiski refinery to fill the demand? I don’t think so. That’s why the Alaska Railroad is hauling all the fuel to JBER and Ted Stevens lnternational Airport now. 5. If all the costs were factored in, I doubt it would be a $227 million savings. Yes, Fairbanks has some selfish reasons for keeping the 18th here, but being unpatriotic isn’t one of them. For the record, I’ve lived in Fairbanks (primarily) for 39 years, moving here from Southeast Alaska. I’ve worked in aviation (30 years at the Fairbanks International Airport) and transportation. I don’t own any property, I still rent. I’m also a Vietnam veteran. W.E. (Bill) Northrup, Fairbanks

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Love and goodbyes The future is uncertain, but some things you know right away By Ivan Moore


don’t know if it was love at first sight. All I was conscious of at the time was a complete sense of familiarity. Did I know her in a previous life? Because I knew her face, even though I’d only just laid eyes on it. I was standing by my bunk in Room D of the International Hostel in Kings Cross, Sydney. I’d arrived some two weeks earlier, backpack on my back. She had been traveling for a while down through Asia and round Australia. She’d become friends with a Canadian girl in Singapore who had persuaded her to come to Sydney to meet up with her again. She walked through the door. I looked at her, and she looked at me. “You must be Shelley,” I said. The situation was complicated somewhat by the fact that the Canadian girl and I had become somewhat friendly in the days prior. But I lost interest pretty quick. Shelley and I never got involved that way while we were in Australia, but she hooked me good.


ome Christmas, it was time for her to go home. To Alaska. We’d had such a wonderful time for the three months we’d been there together. Working, playing, making friends, going to Bondi Beach every weekend, it was a fabulous, golden time. Now it was coming to an end. “How certain is it that you’re going home?” I asked, one day when we were alone. “I’m going,” she said. And then she paused. “Do you want to come with me?” Time stopped. Bosons swirled around me, my mind raced, a million calculations made, every detail of the place and time taken in and recorded, like I knew as it was happening how important it was. “OK.” It took about a second to decide. And so she left, just before Christmas, but not before we made our pact. I would stay and work, and save the money for a ticket to Anchorage. It took me a couple of months to get it together, but by the end of February, I was on my way. From a summer on Bondi Beach to the depths of winter in Anchorage. I must have been mad. It was an adventure getting through immigration, let me tell you. I was an unkempt backpacker with $30 in my pocket, and even though I had a ticket out of Anchorage just days later and a host during my stay, they were convinced I was up to no good. Before long, I found myself in a side room, in the no-zone, no longer in my originating country but not yet safely in the U.S. Where I found, to my surprise, that I had no rights. After a damn good grilling, during which I told

them I was only visiting for a few days, I convinced them to go find Shelley in the arrival lounge and get her to corroborate my story. Shouldn’t be hard, I thought. So they did. They brought her in, sat her down, and waited for her to be quite ready before hitting her with their most compelling argument for denying me admission to the United States: “You do realize he’s a homosexual, don’t you?” I kid you not. Based entirely on some admittedly quite lurid, but entirely tongue-in-cheek comments in personal letters they found in my backpack. Shelley burst out laughing and said “No, he’s not!” Good girl, you tell ‘em. I just sat there in quiet wonder during this moment, watching the girl I really liked quite a lot and this awful, officious immigration functionary argue over the true nature of my sexual orientation. They eventually relented and let me in on a three-month visa, which I accepted gleefully. I ended up staying the whole three months, extending for another three months, and extending again for six months after that. Shelley and I, despite the outrageous aspersions cast on my sexual allegiances, became an item pretty soon after, as we began the next chapter of our adventure together.


ome the Christmas of 1988, with my twiceextended visa soon expiring, we decided it was time to go back to England. It had been a year and four months since I’d last been there, and I felt the need to check in with friends and family and go to the pub. I wanted Shelley to meet my folks too. We headed over in early December and spent a month there. We had a wonderful time. My father was convinced I’d matched up well above my station and was happy. Shelley thought the world of him. I had some money in a bank account back there and emptied it out, asking for it in smallish bills. It made the envelope I put it in quite impressively fat. I was already starting to get nervous about running the gauntlet of U.S. Immigration once again, and figured showing up with a large wad of cash would probably make things go a little more smoothly. In early January, I prostrated myself before Anchorage Immigration for the second time in a year. The official this time was no better than the first, although at least he didn’t accuse me of being gay. He did, however, take one look at my passport and ask me why I was back in Alaska after spending nearly all of the previous year here. “It’s a big state,” I said, rather too flippantly. Within minutes, the verdict was in. No soup for you! I was refused entry, my passport confiscated, and though I was given temporary admission “under my own recognizance” for the night, I was told a warrant for my arrest would be issued in the event I wasn’t back at the airport by 6 a.m. the next morning. Whereupon I was sent, rather unceremoniously, back home, arriving in London some 36 hours after I’d left. Not to be denied an opportunity for drama, though, I did squeeze in a proposal of marriage. Right there in the arrival lounge of the Anchorage International Airport. I’d like to say I dropped to one knee and did it properly, but I think it went more like “Well, this shit’s got to stop… whaddya

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ive months and one this official deportation later, we tied the knot. On June 14, 1989. Eloped actually. My father-in-law-to-be was scared shitless that because I was from somewhere else, I would marry his daughter and take her away, so she got no support from him, of any kind. I can only note with some satisfaction that, nearly 25 years later, we’re still here and he’s long since quit Alaska. So we went to Vegas. Screw all of you. We were married in the Candlelight Chapel, by a preacher with a club foot and a 14-year-old Filipino kid taking the photos and serving as our official witness. We gambled at the Paddlewheel after, Shelley radiant in her mother’s wedding dress. I’m not sure what the forces were that conspired to bring us together from opposite sides of the world. She was born in Cincinnati, I was born in Singapore. We grew up, she moved to Alaska, I moved back to England, and then we went on our random walks and somehow ended up in the same place. It’s sometimes interesting to think about all the events that bring us to the present moment. All the decisions made, all the random events. Are we ever in control? Do we have self-determination or are we just seeds blowing in the wind? She and I came together back then, and we have been together, through ups and downs, for half our lives since. Two beautiful kids, a mortgage and the usual stresses and strains, but all in all, we have had a wonderful life. In November last year, Shelley went to the doctor with pain in her gut. She was given a CAT scan and told that she had a mass on her pancreas. I went to see her surgeon, who was looking after her right at the beginning, and asked him to level with me and tell me what her prognosis was. All he could do was shake his head. In the nine months since, she and I have looked after each other really. I make her food and run her errands and spend ungodly amounts of money at

Walgreens, and one way or another, she takes care of me too. Her days are filled with love and family and good friends, and at the center of it all, she cares only for them. She deals with this awful thing that is happening to her and is only ever distraught at the thought of what it will do to others. Her kids, her sisters and brother, her mom and dad, and her good friends. And me. I tell her we will be OK, yet still she worries. There is a light which burns in her that gets brighter with every passing day.


’ve been writing this column since the late summer of 2010. My editor at the time wondered what I would write about once political season was over. I told him I’d think of something. I’ve used the column on more than a few occasions to write about personal things. My life, my childhood, my family. It’s been a therapy of sorts. I’m continually surprised that many of you folks actually take the time to read it. And so I write this last story, one I’ve always wanted to write, to celebrate this beautiful woman I’ve shared my life with. To tell you all about her. And also to explain that I need to take my leave for a while. Coming up with an opinion every week is hard at the best of times. It takes paying attention to what’s happening, and it’s gotten to the point that I just can’t do it anymore. My current editor says I can come back any time I want, and I’m very appreciative of that. I don’t know if I will, only time will tell. One of things I’ve learned through this whole experience is that life really is wonderful, lived one day at a time. Thanks, Anchorage Press. You’re a good little paper. And thanks to all of you readers too.




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Rescued to death A follow-up—In June, Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists announced that a moose calf was believed to have drowned near Delta/Fort Greely after being bottle-fed by some do-gooders who had decided the calf was an, ahem, “orphan” that needed rescuing. At first, Fish and Game officials were called and advised the would-be rescuers to leave the animal alone as its mother was likely nearby. A state biologist and some members of Fort Greely’s environmental team visited the calf the second day. They met “several people” according to a press release, and told them to leave the calf alone. The biologists wanted to reduce the calf’s stress in the hope its moose mother would find it. Some folks insisted they knew better, attempted a calf rescue and the calf died. The F&G officials say a necropsy was performed. The calf drowned, “likely from being force-fed a large volume of water,” and there were no puddles or ponds near where the calf was being, ahem, rescued. (More likely harassed away from its mom, but whatever.) Blotter checked and the case is still unsolved. “No conclusive suspects have been identified,” Trooper Justin Rodgers told us via email. Rodgers added that the investigation is still open. Saturday, August 17—Alaska State Troopers in Haines got a report about a service-worker rage incident that took place at “a lodge near Yakutat,” where, according to troopers, a male cook tampered with some food. The trooper dispatch says the food was identified and thrown out. There was no word on what, exactly, corked-off the culinary artist, but troopers say he’s also the prime suspect for another crime: emptying a can of bear spray into one of the lodge’s vehicles just before some other employees were going to drive it. Troopers were still investigating as of Blotter’s Tuesday deadline and no arrest had been made. Saturday, August 17—Troopers in Tonsina got a report at about 9:49 p.m. that a drunk man was firing a gun in the Squirrel Creek State Recreation Area (near mile 80 of the Richardson Highway). Within two hours, troopers found a 47-year-old Tonsina man and issued him a summons to appear in court. Troopers seized two firearms from the man but did not arrest him. Instead, the man’s friend was allowed to give him a ride home. Saturday, August 17—A 64-year-old Eagle River man with a cabin in the Susitna Valley just wanted his cabin neighbors to stop, stop, with the fireworks. He went for a visit and, according to troopers, brandished a shotgun in a threatening manner. The man was arrested and troopers accuse him of two counts of third-degree assault. The not-so-neighborly senior was taken to jail in Palmer. Troopers wrote that “alcohol is suspected to be a factor,” which makes the incident that much scarier. Wednesday, August 21—Troopers based in Klawock are accusing a 66-year-old fishing guide from Craig of guiding without proper licenses. Troopers have issued a court summons based on 30 counts of license violations. They also served a warrant to seize two 23-foot fiberglass boats used in the guiding operation. The guide has been ordered to show up in court in Craig on September 9. Thursday, August 22—The victim of a mid-afternoon parking lot hit-and-run in Seward provided a license number of the suspect’s vehicle to the investigating police officer. The victim, however, told cops that no charges were necessary. They “just wanted the other driver to be advised,” the SPD dispatch says. Thursday, August 22—Brown & Hawkins, the century-old Seward store that is closing its doors at the end of September, got ripped-off for a pair of shoes. Some dude appeared to be preparing to make a purchase and was trying on shoes. When he got a good fit, he just up and left. The man left his old shoes behind, which probably didn’t make anyone feel better about getting ripped off. Thursday, August 22—Troopers in Kodiak were called to a loud disturbance on Melitsna Lane, where some people were trying to intervene and get a 28-year-old woman to stop huffing cans of compressed air (keyboard cleaner) to get high. Family members told troopers the woman is pregnant and her huffing had induced vomiting. The woman allegedly assaulted two of the adults who were attempting the intervention. She was arrested and taken to jail. Troopers report she faces two counts of domestic violence assault and one count of reckless endangerment. Troopers also contacted the state child services office to inform them of the situation. Friday, August 23— Two men were 86’d at about 1 a.m. from the Yukon Bar, where the 86 list means you are “permanently trespassed.” The list is shared with Seward Police. Friday, August 23—A caller requested an officer to come to the Seward Hotel for an unruly guest who “needs to be removed” according to the SPD dispatch. One man was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and marijuana possession. —

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Labor law under fire Expired contracts piling up at City Hall By Scott Christiansen


abor activists attempting to repeal Anchorage’s Ordinance 37 took their petition books on Thursday, Aug. 22, to a gathering of union schoolteachers at the Dena‘ina Convention Center. The meeting was a golden opportunity for the petitioners. Inside the convention hall’s third-floor ballroom, the leadership of Anchorage Education Association was hosting an all-members meeting at which union leaders could be questioned about the details of a new contract with the school district. The petitioners were optimistic and teachers seemed eager to sign, despite the fact the new labor law won’t effect teachers or other public school employees. “I almost think we can do it in a week,” said David Peterson, a business agent for UA Local 367, the plumbers union. Peterson had stationed himself with three other petitioners at the F Street entrance to the convention hall. He gathered 41 signatures in about an hour. Just up the escalators on a landing, two (and later four) out-of-uniform police officers were collecting signatures. If a teacher passed all those clipboards without signing, petitioners from Public Employees Local 71 were stationed on the third floor at the top of the escalators. “We’re required to get about 7,200 [signatures] and everybody seems to knows what’s at stake,” Peterson said. At stake are the bargaining positions of nine unions that together represent more than 2,000 city employees, from police officers to plumbers and public health nurses. Ordinance 37 rocked their world in February when Mayor Dan Sullivan introduced it to the Anchorage Assembly. The law is sweeping and, as always, the devil is in the details. Some parts, such as limiting all future contracts to three years in duration, apply to all nine unions. Other parts need to be interpreted during contract negotiations, and the unions have been scrambling to figure out which parts of the law apply to their specific contracts.

“The Mayor’s directive has created a log jam.”


Union leaders say market conditions could require more pay for the city to keep experienced employees. If, say, the federal government opened ANWR for oil production, then cops, firemen, plumbers and electricians, would all have new high-dollar opportunities for their skills. The unions also fear the definition of “direct labor costs” could include health insurance and other benefits. Those costs, especially health insurance, often rise faster than the consumer price index. The police officer’s union analysis says a strict definition of “direct labor costs” could put a pinch on take-home pay. “Since the cost of some benefits (health insurance, pensions) have at times increased at a rate faster than the (CPI) the new language would call for wage increases less than the CPI, and in some cases would mandate wage decreases,” the APDEA analysis says. The definition of “direct labor costs” under the ordinance is likely to become the subject of negotiations every time one of the nine unions sends its business agents to City Hall under the new law. Several of the unions are preparing to negotiate right now. “The mayor’s directive has created a log jam,” Greg Walker, the secretary of UA Local 367 said Tuesday. Walker is boss at Local 367, which represents plumbers and at the city-owned Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility and a second group of plumbers who maintain city-owned buildings. The union has a contract that was first approved in 2006. It was meant to expire four years ago. It was extended earlier this year until the end of 2013 and Walker expects negotiations to begin in about two weeks. “We have to prepare to negotiate under Ordinance 37,” Walker said. “We have to move forward, our guys are way behind wagewise and benefits-wise.” Walker also said the city has also been attempting to save money by not filling jobs quickly. One union officer counted 30 plumbers’ positions lost in the last 14 months, and said the city has advertised fewer than half that number as job openings. Two other contracts—one for Public Employees Local 71 and one for Operating Engineers Local 302—expired in June and are currently in negotiations. There’s also an IBEW contract that expires in October, so talks are required to have been started for that one. Five more contracts expire at the end of the year, with negotiations required to begin by October. Ordinance 37 is the current framework for negotiating all those contracts, but besides the extension of the seven-year-old plumbers contract, none of the unions have made progress. It’s not clear if Ordinance 37 will still be standing in 2014. That will be up to voters in April if the required signatures are gathered and lawsuits surrounding the petition drive are resolved. But this much is clear for the coming months: That “log jam” Walker described will only going to get bigger. If his plumbers’ union wants to negotiate with City Hall, they’ll need to take a number and get in line.

or police officers, the law gives City Hall the power to eliminate current performance pay rules, end senioritybased scheduling of overtime hours, and eliminate a socalled “cash-in” policy for vacation hours. That’s according to a memo the Anchorage Police Department Employees Association shared with its members and with the Press. The lengthy memo is an analysis authored by a union attorney who combed through Ordinance 37 to figure what parts applied to the Union workers gathering signatures to put a repeal of Ordinance 37 on the ballot. Photo by Scott Christiansen cops’ contracts. Police officers would face those changes only after their current contract expires at the end of December, 2014. City Hall—future mayors, not the Anchorage Assembly— under Ordinance 37 would have more power to redefine jobs as supervisory, thereby excluding some workers from the next collective bargaining agreement. The new labor law also caps raises, using a formula tied to inflation rate of the consumer price index, or CPI. That might be the most sensible-sounding part of Ordinance 37, but union leaders say it doesn’t account for rapid changes in Alaska’s economy. They also point out that the Anchorage Assembly traditionally has the responsibility of approving contracts, and Ordinance 37 just ties their hands. “Before the Mayor even dreamed his up, the Assembly always had the final say anyways. They approve funding of these contracts. They same is true at for the school board and the state Legislature. They control the funding,” said Billy Mears, of Local 71.



Humpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new corner store Flattop offers good pizza and pool tables in heart of downtown By Vikram Patel


he first time you walk in to Flattop Pizza and Pool, it is quickly apparent that the Anchorage downtown dining just got a little less congested. From the brick interior wall, to the four well-spaced pool tables and the Vaudevillian sign above the taps that declares, simply, â&#x20AC;&#x153;BEER,â&#x20AC;? Flattop Pizza and Pool offers an eclectic mix of New York pizza, the Chicago pool scene and Anchorage tidbitsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;local brews and a mid-20th century photo gallery. While the dĂŠcor is disjointed, perhaps the product of too many cooks in the interior design kitchen, it is somehow also satisfying. There is something for everyone. Fancy yet homey, Flattop Pizza and Pool makes you want to sit at the bar and see what happens. And mostly good things happen. I arrived 10 minutes before my dinner companion, but the bartender left me no time to explore the depths of my lonesomeness. I requested a beer list; he gave me two samples. The Flattop Pale Ale, named after the establishment, caught me off-guard. Crisp, fruity, hoppy, and a little different than any pale ale Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever tastedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;we were off to a good start. Recommendation: Yes. My friend arrived with apologies and an appetite, assuaged of her guilt by the sight of beer tasting equipment scattered in front of me. The menu is short; we agreed quickly on our order, starting with the Pepperoni Rolls appetizer. Lovingly (but incorrectly) described by our server as â&#x20AC;&#x153;cinnamon rolls with pepperoni,â&#x20AC;? this selection proved closer to a garlic knot jammed with meat. And â&#x20AC;&#x153;appetizerâ&#x20AC;? was an understatement; calorically, it could have been our entire meal. And it would have been a good one. Recommendation: Yes. Next, we moved to a salad, a dish recommended by Mike, a weekly visitor to Flattop, who likes the dish so much that he has never ordered pizza in his 20-some-odd visits to this pizza place. The Flattop Salad ($10) features healthy-looking baby spinach tossed with bleu cheese, red onions and cranberries, and dressed with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;berry pickerâ&#x20AC;? vinaigrette. Google couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell me how that last ingredient is different from a run-of-the-mill berry vinaigrette, but I can tell you that it is certainly worth ordering. Recommendation: Yes. Two-for-two heading into the main courses, we were optimistic for our pizza selections. The menu does not offer slices; an order is a commitment to at least a small (12â&#x20AC;?) or large (20â&#x20AC;?) pie. We got one of each. Our first pie missed the mark. The Park Strip Veggie Pizza (small for $14, large for $19) was a curious mix of too many ingredients and too little flavor. My modest-sized slice contained eight cloves of roasted garlic. You did not just experience a typo: eight cloves of garlic. Even after removing five of them, I still worried

Flattop Pizza and Pool makes you want to sit at the bar and see what happens.

Flattop Pizza and Pool in downtown Anchorage. Photo by Vikram Patel

that pretty girls would not talk to me for the next 72 hours. And it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t taste like anything! After glancing at my messy plate, my friend remarked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;for just one slice, you sure left a lot behind.â&#x20AC;? Good thing we only ordered a small. Recommendation: No. But the final item cured all doubts about this pizza joint. The Big Kahuna Pizza ($13-$18) mixes Italian sprawl with Southern BBQ ingredients. With all due respect to Canadian bacon, they should have saved the name â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hawaiian Pizzaâ&#x20AC;? for this masterpiece. Kahlua pork, mozzarella and cheddar cheese, crispy onion straws and coleslaw tricked me into eating a second slice. This pizza was so good it ruined any chance of us ordering dessert. Recommendation: Yes. The restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s title promises two things: pizza and pool. We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play pool, but only because the tasty food left us unable to stand for very long. The facilities were more than adequate; four $9,000, professional-quality tables are each available for $5 per hour before 7 p.m. and $10 per hour after 7 p.m. and on weekends. Good lighting and big windows make for an attractive setting to rack â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em up. But for people who think that pool should be free, there is a catch: itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not. Confession: until this week, I was one of those people. But after some research, it seems that I was wrong to equate pool with darts and shuffleboard, both of which are incidental, low-overhead activities provided by bars and restaurants. Rather, pool belongs to the bowling family: it is sometimes the only reason customers come to Flattop Pizza and Pool. Manager Brandy Thompson confirmed: â&#x20AC;&#x153;some people come in here, pay for pool, and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t order any food or alcohol. Not even a glass of water.â&#x20AC;? So long as you are not hamstrung by the idea of paying $5 or $10 for an hour, this is a fine place to play. (Especially if you are hungry.) In fact, you are getting a discount. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Chicago, the same tables cost $25 an hour,â&#x20AC;? Thompson pointed out. Recommendation: Yes, and appreciate the discount. It may not be obvious, but Flattop Pizza and Pool is also some-

thing of a sports bar. There are four large screens plugged into Humpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cable box featuring sports. The only problem is the screens are awkwardly bunched close together in front of the middle bar seats, making viewing difficult from the ends of the bar, and cluttered even if you are sitting directly in front of them. But now we are picking at nits. Watch sports here?: Yes. Overall, the newest sibling in the Humpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family, the middle child between SubZero and Humpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, is a welcome addition and appears here to stay. Overall recommendation: Yes.

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Something to growl about Brown Jug premiers huge new growler bar at Old Seward store By James â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dr. Fermentoâ&#x20AC;? Roberts


he recent opening of the new Brown Jug Liquor Store, which includes a 40-tap growler bar, is additional testimony that giving customers the ability to obtain small units of draft beer from a single source is a hugely popular option these days. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not familiar with it, a growler is a small container used to move draft beer from one location to another. Details are sketchy, but apparently growlers existed as far back as the 1800s. Back then, if you wanted to drink beer at home youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have to fetch it yourself, because packaged beer wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t invented yet and the only beer to be had came from the pubs and breweries. So either the drinker would go fetch the beer in this odd container, orâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as strange as it might seemâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;children were sent to chase the suds down. Back then, growlers were different. Today, they come in the form of glass bottles or stainless steel swingtop containers specifically designed for the purpose. In the early days, any steel pail with a lid or reasonable facsimile did the trick. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not hard to imagine that even the younger couriers couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t resist opening the lid and sampling the contents. As for the name itself, urban legends vary, but the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;growlerâ&#x20AC;? might have come from either the sound of carbon dioxide releasing when the pail was open, or the state of the disgruntled recipient of a sloshed-around, sometimes pilfered, perhaps warm pail of beer. Credit Brown Jug Warehouseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bob Klein with re-introducing the concept with a thoroughly modern twist in Alaska in 2010 after visiting liquor stores in Kentucky, where growler bars were already a feature. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought, we just have to have one of these up in Alaska,â&#x20AC;? he said. Klein waded through some pretty deep and often mucky uncharted waters to bring the concept home, because there was nothing on the books about allowing such a thing in a liquor store, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not always a good strategy to ask forgiveness rather than permission. It was Kleinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s common sense that prevailed in the end. He figured if he could buy cases of beer and break them up for individual six-pack sale, why would buying an individual keg of beer from a brewery and pouring it off in growler sales be any different? It certainly made sense to me, and Kleinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pioneering efforts paved the way for other establishments to do pretty much the same thing.

If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a consumer, growler bars are beautiful, and I guess they shine for the liquor stores too.

The new Brown Jug growler bar at 9200 Old Seward features 40 beers. Photo by dr. fermento

Most breweries will sell and fill growlers and small kegs, so why can bring in a clean, serviceable growler from elsewhere for a fill. go to a growler bar in a liquor store for the same thing? The simple The growler bar does not fill the five gallon â&#x20AC;&#x153;homebrewâ&#x20AC;? kegs or answer is variety. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just say I was having a party and I wanted â&#x20AC;&#x153;party pigsâ&#x20AC;? that some of the breweries will fill around the state. my guests to sample a draft version of King Street Brewing Com- And, like at any other growler bar at a liquor store (by law), no panyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s IPA, Kenai river Brewing Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Skilak Scottish Ale samples can be provided. The growler bar is open the same hours and Alaskan Brewing Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bitter Billiken from the brew- that the store is. Since 2010, growler bars in Alaska liquor stores have become as eryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rough draft series. Without a growler bar, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have to fly to Juneau and back, drive or fly to Kenai and back, and hit King Street prolific as the craft beer they serve and the beer lovers they cater to. in south Anchorage. Also, there are often selections on tap that Although hard to quantify, most of Anchorageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bigger, and even are available nowhere else. For example, Jug House IPA is a beer some smaller, liquor stores boast growler bars. Almost half of the thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s produced exclusively for Brown Jug by Midnight Sun Brew- Brown Jug stores in the state have them, as does Gold Rush Liquor, ing Company. Even the breweries in Alaska that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t customarily La Bodega, all three Wine House locations, and the Value Liquor distribute their beer outside their remote communities toss us a Store on Klatt and Jewel Lake (rumor even has it that the Dimond bone in an errant beer that shows up on a growler bar. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a Costco is considering installing taps). Percyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Liquor in downtown Juneau and the Breeze In have consumer, growler bars are beautiful, and I guess they shine for taps. Fairbanksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Gavoras Fine Wines has 24 handles and the new the liquor stores too. Brown Jug being built there proposes to have 40 lines. Liquor he new Brown Jug store at 9200 Old Seward is one of the most stores in increasingly remote places are showing interest as well. modern, flashy liquor stores Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen in the state. And, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the The Beverage Cellar in Delta Junction has a dozen lines. Rumor first one where Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen a small deli section offering sealed has it that even Ketchikan and Healy (Denali Village) have liquor meats, cheeses and other foods that accompany beer and wine (al- stores with growler bars and more are on the way. though no deli food is prepared on site). Another thing I appreciNext time you have a hankering for fresh, local beer on tap to ate in the nice, tight, neatly organized rows of booze is a special take home, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re apt to find a growler bar nearby. Oh, and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t send the kids after it; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be turned away at the door. The posisection devoted to local Alaska beer and wine. Then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the growler bar. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easily the biggest liquor store tive side of this is that you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t growl over the contents when you growler bar in the state, and with 40 taps it dwarfs the selections of get home. many of our upscale pubs around town. Shoppers can buy 32- or 64-ounce stainless steel or glass containers at the store, or they


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BREAKFAST Alaska Bagel Restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Full breakfast and lunch menu offering a variety of bagel sandwiches, omelettes, soups and salads. We bake over 25 different varieties of fresh bagels everyday. All natural ingredients with no bleached flour and no trans-fats. Espresso bar and shakes available. Wi-fi hot spot. Dine-in, carry-out or delivery! 113 W. Northern Lights Blvd. #L 276-3900 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. Leroyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Family Restaurant. Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Full breakfast served all day. Lunch & Dinner includes sandwiches, hamburgers, steak and daily specials. 2420 C St., Corner of C St. and Fireweed 277-6162.

BURGERS Arctic Roadrunnerâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Kodiak Islander Burger features all the usual toppings, plus green pepper, bologna, salami, ham, two kinds of cheese and an onion ring. They also have specialty sandwiches, onion rings and thick shakes. 2477 Arctic Blvd., 279-7311, Mon.-Fri., 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; 5300 Old Seward Hwy., 561-1245 Mon.Sat., 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Straight Out Of Phillyâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; With more varieties of Philly Steak sandwiches than you can imagine, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotta have the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bossâ&#x20AC;? Philly. Boasting the best chicken wings in town, try their different flavors. Also serving burgers and salads. Delivery available 210 E. Fireweed Lane, 569-1515; Tommyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Burger Stop â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Perfect burgers with toasted buns, juicy beef, freshly chopped lettuce and tomatoes, and just the right amount of mayo. Or opt for bacon, jalapenos, pepperoncinis, sweet bell peppers, or pepperjack cheese. Other sandwiches include the Hot Wing Philly and Philly Cheese Steak. 1106 W. 29th place, 561-5696. Mon.-Fri., 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. noon-4 p.m.

CAFES, DINERS & DELIS Coffee Landâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Coffee Land is a great place to enjoy freshly baked pastries from scratch and indulging in mouthwatering homemade soups made with the freshest ingredients. Also serving crispy salads, grilled Paniniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s or health wraps, gourmet ciabatta sandwiches. Waffles, crepes, quiche available all day. Full espresso bar. Free Wi-Fi. Sunday special is Russian cuisine at the Spenard location. Enjoy a loose-leaf special blend tea from a real old Russian Samovar to wash down a tasty meal. 4505 Spenard Rd. 2430303 510 L Street 243-0301 www.

COSMIC CAFĂ&#x2030;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Charming neighborhood cafĂŠ serves health oriented sandwiches, soups, salads and muffins. Smoothies like the Mango Tango or Cosmic Berry are sure to delight or you can make your own. Espresso bar, tea, and Acai berry bowls. 701 W. 36th. Mon-Fri 9a-8p, Sat & Sun 10-6. Dianneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t beat homemade bread, and Dianneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s serves it up thick on sandwiches with soup, salads and lots of low-fat, healthy options. Delivery and business lunch catering available. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-4 p.m. 550 W. 7th Ave., Ste. 110, 279-7243 Middle Way Cafeâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; This is the place to go if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeking healthy soup, sandwiches or salads. Swing in to grab a latte and pastry (vegan and â&#x20AC;&#x153;alternativeâ&#x20AC;? flavors are available) for the road, or take a seat at one of their bistro-style tables and enjoy a sophisticated sandwich amid their cozy, artsy dĂŠcor. 1200 W. Northern Lights Blvd., 272-6433. Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sat & Sun. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Organic Oasis Health Foods and Juice Bar - Organic Oasis Celebrates 15 years in Spenard with all organic beef, chicken and lamb. Only full service juice bar in town. They make all bread, dressings and sauces daily. Open 7 days a week with music on some of the nights. for menu and event schedule. 2610 Spenard Rd., 277-7882 Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Spenard Roadhouseâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; The roadhouse is a restaurant and bar, serving contemporary comfort food in a casual, eclectic setting. They welcome family and friends to a neighborhood gathering place to enjoy amazing food, local beers on draft, flights of small batch bourbons, among other delights! Mon. thru Fri. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat & Sun. 9 a.m.11 p.m., 1049 W. Northern Lights 770-ROAD (7623) Table 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where friends and family meet.â&#x20AC;? Casual comfort food in an upbeat setting. Everything made in-house with a full liquor bar. Mon.Sun. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 3210 Denali St., #8, 562-6000 Terra Bella Bakery CafĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; offers organic, Alaska-roasted coffee by K Bay, as well as organic teas you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find anywhere else. Soups made from scratch, and gourmet sandwiches and salads made to order. Enjoy their upscale atmosphere, complete with gas fireplaces, leather couches, and a rotating art gallery, free wi-fi too. 601 E Dimond Blvd (next to Bed, Bath & Beyond), 562.2259 Breakfasts M-F 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. daily/Lunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily/Breakfast Sat & Sun 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 562-2259. Pepperciniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Scrumptious deli poâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;boys and sandwiches, salads and freshly prepared soups. 3901 Old Seward Hwy., 279-3354.University Center Mall hours.

CHINESE China Lightsâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s #1 Best Buffet. The 2008 Award Winner of the Top 100 Asian Restaurantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in the USA. Anchorage location serves award winning buffet 7 days a week: includes all you can eat sushi, salad bar, and dessert bar. Eagle River location serves lunch buffet 7 days a week. Both locations offer full menu ordering. Carry out and delivery service available. Anchor-

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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.

Fu-Doâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Hello honey! This friendly, authentic-looking Chinese restaurant offers all your favorites in a warm atmosphere. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beer and wine, and a candy dish too. 2600 E. Tudor Rd., 561-6611. Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.10 p.m.; closed Mon.

Kincaid GrilLâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Offering dishes such as Kodiak scallops Nicoise, Alaskan seafood cioppino, roasted duck breast and pork chops, steaks and more. Or for a lighter fare, sample the gorgonzola fondue, forest mushroom soup or beet salad. Classic desserts and wines will top things off. 6700 Jewel Lake Rd., 243-0507. Tues.-Sat., 5-10 p.m.

Pandaâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; A huge menu of authentic Mandarin, Cantonese and Szechwan cuisine. Lunch and dinner specials and free delivery. Try one of their fourteen soups or munch on an order of Fried Curry Wings. 605 E. Northern Lights blvd., 272-3308. Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-midnight; Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Imperial Palaceâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Under new ownership. Best Chinese Chef in town. Delicious Chinese cuisine served fresh and fast. Customers say,â&#x20AC;? We have the Best Mongolian Beef in town!â&#x20AC;? Dine in or take out. Delivery available with a $17 minimum order. Phone 274-9167 400 Sitka St. Anchorage, AK 99501 Hours: Mon thru Thu 11 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat 12 a.m. - 11p.m.; Closed Sundays

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

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.

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Ste 114, 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

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.


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

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.

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. 646-1090. M-Sat 11-9, Sun 1-7.

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

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.

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

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PIZZA Coast Pizza and Subsâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; A Girdwood tradition and tourist favorite, Coast offers freshly made pizza and subs in a little corner of the station at the Alyeska and Seward Highway intersection. Mile 90 Seward Hwy., Girdwood, 783-0122 Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.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.

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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.

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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The good fight against gravity Stabilizing the Kennecott Mill, one timber at a time The National Park Service is battling gravity and decay to save the Kennecott Mill. Photo courtesy of NPS

By Kris Farmen


he nature of gravity dictates that life is always an uphill battle. In the simplest terms, gravity pulls us all down to the center of the earth, or at least to the bottom of the hill, a direction we don’t necessarily wish to go. There is a well-known story from ancient Greece about the wicked king Sisyphus, who in the afterworld was condemned to roll a heavy stone up a steep incline, only to have it break free when he gained the summit and roll back to where he started from. This compelled him to stumble down the hill and begin all over again in a cycle that lasted for all eternity. One presumes the penitent king was encouraged by whip-wielding overseers, and the sting of the lash probably focused his mind on the notion that gravity is a real bitch. This most ancient of concepts was very much in evidence this past July when I stepped through the lower door of the Kennecott Mill. Now a National Historic Landmark managed by the National Park Service (NPS), the iconic red-and-white industrial town and its 14-story ore mill came into being in 1906 when the Morgan and Guggenheim families (better known in early-day Alaska as “The Googs”) organized the Alaska Syndicate to exploit the rich copper claims they had acquired in the Wrangell Mountains next to the Kennicott Glacier. In fact, their mining claims held the richest, purest copper ore the world had ever seen. They purchased the Alaska Steamship Company to move goods and people north to the port of Cordova. They built the Copper River and North Western Railroad to connect Cordova to the towns of Kennecott and McCarthy. They built the Kennecott Mill and the town that surrounds it. Then they started hollowing out the mountain. I used to work for the Park Service at Kennecott, and after three summers up and down the Mill I scarcely needed a safety escort, but this was an active construction site and there were regulations to follow. My guide was Corey Hanson, a sprightly blonde employee of Twin Peaks Construction, a contractor based out of Anchor Point. We paused for a moment inside the door, where it was dark and at least 20 degrees cooler than the sunblasted street outside. When our eyes had adjusted to the gloom she led me up the flight of narrow stairs. The wooden treads still bore the marks left by countless pairs of hobnail work boots during the first half of the previous century. We rose step by step through the portal in the floor into a world of grainy half-light, illuminated here and there by halogen work lamps. Hunchedover shapes could be seen in the shadows, cutting, hammering, digging. Pink Floyd blared from a battered boom-box. At first glance the scene resembled a side chamber of one of the outer rings of Dante’s Inferno. To be clear, Kennecott was not a copper mine but a processing facility for ore. The mines—Bonanza, Erie, Glacier, Jumbo, and Mother Lode—were high on the mountainside. Aerial tramways carried raw ore from the mines down to the mill. Bucket after bucket was dumped by laborers into the hopper, which then funneled it into a series of bins and chutes. As the ore moved through the mill it was further sorted, crushed, shaken, and floated in enormous wooden tanks. The aim was to extract as much copper as possible, to separate it chemically from the surrounding rock and turn it into a concentrate that could be shipped to the company’s smelters in Tacoma for final processing into bright, shiny copper. Mining engineers refer to this process as “beneficiation.”


If they could save a halfcent per ton of ore with some new, innovative process, the Kennecott Corporation would do it. The railroad also made it possible to bring in endless supplies of heavy timbers. Twelve by twelves and eight- by 18-inch beams were used to build most of the mill. All of it was clear, straight-grain Douglas fir from the old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest. They could also bring in any industrial machinery a new beneficiation process might require. Some of the copper ore was channeled up from lower reaches to get re-crushed and sorted, while other ore, the highgrade stuff, had almost nothing done to it. Ultimately, all the concentrate was put in heavy jute sacks and stacked on railroad flatcars for the long journey to become the world’s electrical wires and bullet casings. The Kennecott Mill made hundreds of millions of dollars for the Guggenheim and Morgan families, in addition to anchoring the economy of the Copper Basin for 32 years. When the NPS acquired the building in 1998, however, it was on the fast road to structural collapse due to six decades of neglect. NPS knew from the start that major work was needed if the Mill was to be saved, but it took several years and a lot of headscratching to figure out what needed to be done. From the beginning, though, the aim was not to reconstruct the mill. They just wanted to get it into a stabilized, maintainable condition. What the NPS faced was essentially a leaky-boat emergency, where the holes needed to be stopped so they could catch their breath and figure out their next move. That’s where Twin Peaks comes in. Hanson led me through a room that vibrated with the scream of saws and the random staccato of hammer-blows. Sheets of Visqueen were draped everywhere and heavy ratchet straps were fixed around various structural members, obviously under high tension. On this level they were replacing flooring and the rotten foundation beneath. I recognized a lot of friends and former workmates from my days with the Park Service, and it quickly became evident that these were not shambling mendicants chained in darkness to their punishment, but a tight-knit, highly skilled and motivated carpentry crew. I toed up to an area where two of the crew worked in a hole in the flooring maybe 10 feet by 16. They were getting ready to pull out a series of rotten timbers, and were digging around them to loosen the packed earth. Original ore-shaking equipment had been moved aside so they could work. Waterlogged chunks of moldy wood broke free as they swung their claw hammers, and I was struck by the notion that the entire project resembled nothing so much as a gigantic game of Jenga, where you stack blocks into a tower, then try to pull out the lower members without collapsing the whole teetering structure.

The Kennecott Mill is a symbol of resource development in Alaska, but it’s also about something larger.


y God, where do you start at Kennecott?” Steve Peterson was until last December the NPS Historical Architect for the Alaska Region. He’s retired now, but for 25 years he spearheaded historic preservation projects all over the state. He and his successor, Grant Crosby, met me in a bustling coffee joint in downtown Anchorage. This was a reunion of sorts, all three of us being NPS Kennecott alumni. “It’s a company town built of wood that had no maintenance for 68 years,” Peterson told me. Much of the town is relatively well preserved, thanks to the dry climate of the Wrangell Mountains, but the mill had some serious water issues. Rainwater and snow melt dripping off the roof on the south side of the building made its way into the ground and percolated through the gravel into the wooden foundation, a foundation built of untreated timbers such as the ones the Twin Peaks crew were in the process of replacing. Water is the enemy of wood from a preservation standpoint, encouraging mildew and decay, and over the decades that decay crept upward, downward, and all around in the lower levels of the mill. As the beams and columns weakened, the inexorable drag of gravity threatened to pull the whole works down. The situation was further exacerbated by demolition work done in the 1950s, when a crew removed the roof from the upper portion of the building. This naturally let water in from the top as well as the bottom. Adding to the complexity of the problem are the multiple additions that were built onto the Mill during the span of its working life. The Kennecott Corporation was always looking for new ways to wring more pennies out of their ore, and to this end they were continually installing new machines, tanks, or shaking apparatus. This necessitated the construction of new wings and rooms onto the Mill in locations that seem random and bizarre to the modern eye. Grant Crosby, a wiry guy who brims with enthusiasm when discussing Kennecott, said he’s counted 42 additions or alterations to the Mill—“manipulations of form,” in architectural lingo—which, if you consider the 32 years the facility was in operation, works out to more than one addition per year. This fact paints a picture of nearly continuous construction, of hammers and saws adding to the cacophony as the mill workers kept the ore moving to where it needed to go. But architects by their nature tend to think in outlines, and Crosby is no different in this regard. “Roof forms jut out at odd times and positions,” he said, “and they don’t necessarily make sense, but that’s what gives that building such an interesting character.” Back in the day, the Kennecott Mill would have been a noisy place to work, even without the construction. The din of machinery and thousands of yards of crushed ore sliding down through steel-lined troughs would have been nothing short of deafening. Peterson estimates employee turnover at Kennecott was about 200 percent. Men came and worked for a month or two to raise a grubstake, then split for greener pastures, probably with no lingering love of the place.


win Peaks’ work at the Kennecott Mill is managed by Scott Hanson. He grew up near Anchor Point, but has lived in Washington State for many years. “I hadn’t even heard about Kennecott before,” he told me on the porch of the privately owned Kennicott Glacier Lodge, which offers a splendid pros(continued on page 13) August 29 - September 4, 2013


kennecott mill CONT. pect of the town and the glacier it was named for. “I had to look it up.” For an expatriate Alaskan like Hanson, the Mill stabilization project has been something of a return to the communitybased Alaska he grew up in. In particular, he emphasizes that the crew—comprised mainly of locals—has been a delight to work with. These guys are ideally suited for the job, seeing as most of them have done a lot of heavy timberwork and joinery on their own personal building projects. These are skills still relevant in the area, even if they are disappearing elsewhere. Hanson came to Kennecott expecting to spend a lot of time training the crew, but quickly and happily discovered otherwise. “I got handed a fresh, crisp apple,” he says of the experience.. Indeed, when I toured the Mill, it quickly became evident that the Twin Peaks crew takes a lot of pride in their work. Two of them took me to the floor above and pointed out a scarf joint they had made in one of the original support beams. The lower portion had been fully rotten and ready to buckle, so they shored up the roof, cut away the rot, and fitted in a new green-treated timber. They could have accomplished the joinery in a number of ways, but they chose to reproduce a historical joint used to connect timbers in other parts of the mill. This particular style was both Kennecott period correct and a solid joint. Many of these people are long-term seasonal workers who are intimately familiar with the mill, having formerly worked for the NPS on the regular Kennecott maintenance crew. The mill is hardly the only structure at Kennecott in need of fixing, and the maintenance crew have been working all over town for more than 10 years. When I first started at Kennecott in 2006, they had the company store (a three-story building about the size of the Spenard Roadhouse) lifted several feet in the air on heavy jacks so they could cut away the rotten foundation and replace it. These highly skilled tradesmen and tradeswomen know their way around a historic building, from dirtwork to the final painting. But the mill project is several orders of magnitude larger than anything else in town, and has required some special attention.


hen the Kennecott Mill was originally built in 1906, the engineers designed it so that gravity would do as much of the work as possible. Gravity, after all, is free. This is the reason the 14-story mill was built onto a hillside. Of course, gravity also comes with another big problem, namely that it wanted to pull the mill down the slope with the ore. But the structure was not anchored into the hill in any way. Instead, the Kennecott engineers solved the gravity problem by constructing networks of log and timber cribbing along the hill, then filling the spaces between the cribs with earth. This created a series of terraces upon which the mill was built. No concrete was used in the original foundation; generally, they used posts on untreated wooden pads, or just laid horizontal beams down on the gravel and spiked the floor down onto them. Brad Harris is the NPS engineering point man on the Kennecott Mill stabilization project. With 20 years of civil engineering experience, he is coordinating the current phase of the work. He’s actually employed by the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS), and wears the PHS military-style uniform, but works on this job for the Park Service under cooperative agreement between the two agencies. I asked him for his impression of the original Kennecott engineering on the mill. He thought for a moment, then his face cracked in a grin. “It was successful. The building has stood up all this time.” I admit I hadn’t really considered the issue in those terms, but he had a point. Impressive and imposing as it is, the Kennecott Mill was decidedly not built as a monument to some deceased warrior-king. The company was there to get the copper and get out, and the mill in turn only had to last for the life-span of the mines. If it fell down the day after the company left, well, they couldn’t have cared less. In that light, it is rather impressive that it was still standing when NPS acquired it. This short-term construction design presents a unique set of challenges for stabilization, as does the rather obvious fact that any foundation work has to be done underneath a giant building. Harris said how one of the first orders of business started in 2012 was to replace the original terrace cribbing, which was rotten to the point of structural failure. The Twin Peaks crew ripped out the old stuff on the building’s exterior with heavy equipment, after proper archaeological and architectural documentation. Then they laid down metal mesh to retard further the down slope movement of soil, constructed new cribbing out of treated wood, and refilled the cells with earth. Inside the mill, where it would be far too dangerous to rip out the rotten cribbing, new treated beams have been stacked up against the rotten members, then vertical wooden wales are pinned into them with heavy steel sleeves driven into holes bored in the hillside by heavy pneumatic drills. A cement-like grout is then forced through this sleeve under high pressure and into the subterranean gravel. The pressurized grout expands into the spaces between the rocks and essentially creates a bulbous concrete anchor at the end of each jacket. This makes for an incredibly strong wall. The substitution of modern materials like pressure-treated wood is known in the historic preservation world as “replace-

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ment in kind,” meaning essentially that you don’t just pull out rotten wood and replace it with reinforced concrete or decking planks made of polymer resin. The reason for this points to the ticklish nature of any restoration or stabilization project: You want to maintain the historic aesthetic as much as possible, but at the same time it would be pretty dumb to spend millions of dollars to install new untreated beams that, while historically correct, are just going to rot out like the old ones. Part of preserving an old building, or a series of them, is to look after the historic feel of the place. A town like Kennecott is more than just the sum of its parts. A casual visitor should be able to stand at street level and get a feel for how people lived, loved, worked, and thought back in the old days. This is the whole point of historic preservation, after all, and it is not helped by, say, putting up aluminum siding on George Washington’s house at Mount Vernon. It’s about far more than the mere fact that aluminum siding isn’t period correct. Any aluminum siding sales agent will tell you that their product is superior to old-school wooden clapboards as far as function goes. The stuff was invented for a reason, after all: It’s cheap, quick to install, and requires virtually no maintenance. But to install it for the sake of convenience is simply not doing justice to the history and significance of George Washington’s home. Therein lies the issue at the very heart of preserving a building like the Kennecott Mill. Historic preservation, according to Steve Peterson, is more of an art than a science. “With any art there’s always interpretation and discussion. It’s always a matter of finding what technically will work, what financially will work, and what will work from a historic preservation perspective.” It’s A collapsed section of the mill. Photo courtesy of NPS like a three-legged stool where you can’t have one leg get too long or too short. Back in the coffee shop, I asked Crosby and Peterson about the future of the project. The current foundation work cost but all the wealth pulled from the bowels of Bonanza Ridge went around $3.2 million, and is only the first phase. It’s just wrap- straight south to their bank accounts. The Alaska Syndicate, run ping up as of this writing. According to Crosby, the design work by old-school tycoons, controlled everything about the economy on the next phase—a combination of emergency and handicap of that corner of the territory. Just like the corporate fish-packaccess as well as roof work on the upper floors—will probably ing companies on the coast, the Kennecott Corporation dictated start in 2014. They’re looking at perhaps starting the construc- resource development and labor policies to Alaskans. The company always got its way, and we got the proverbial shaft. tion work in 2016. Peterson’s face displays all the jaunty carefree nature of the There is a lesson here for modern-day Alaskans, given the difreshly retired, but it’s obvious that he’s still very passionate rection oil politics seems to be going, with the oil companies usabout Kennecott. Everything in this business, he told me, de- ing diminishing reserves as a big stick with which to bully both the legislature and the electorate. Give us more of your wealth pends on funding. But the outlook for the project looks good. There was another obvious question about all this: Why should or we’ll pack up and leave, that sort of thing. Statehood was supthe taxpayers spend so much money to repair and maintain this posed to fix this problem, and evidently it hasn’t. The Kennecott monstrosity that quite naturally wants to fall down? Peterson Mill is not George Washington’s house, nor is it a Civil War bathas obviously given this a lot of thought over the years. “There tlefield or the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. It is, however, were several moves made by the general public asking for the a monument to corporate greed and the finite limits of resource extraction, and to how those forces continue to shape Alaska’s Park Service to acquire Kennecott,” he said. This goes clear back to 1939, just after the town was abandoned, future. Nothing built by human hands will last forever, but the when territorial governor Ernest Gruening visited Kennecott copper mill at Kennecott is Alaska’s monument, and the fight to and declared that it ought to be a national park. Unfortunately, save it from both decay and gravity is our good fight. by the time this initiative made it to President Roosevelt’s desk the nation was at war with Germany and Japan, and the effort fizzled. There were a number of other campaigns to move Kennecott to NPS control, while at the same time the private group Friends of Kennecott undertook the re-roofing of several structures, including the mill, in a desperate attempt to keep them standing. Finally, in 1998, the Park Service purchased most of the town from its private owners. Part of NPS’ mission with regard to historic sites in its care is to preserve them, and the Mill, as the iconic heart of Kennecott, must be at the very center of that effort. The Kennecott Mill is a symbol of resource development in Alaska, but it’s also about something larger. It is a symbol of Alaska’s past, and of its future. In the fight for statehood, Kennecott was often held up as the example of how Alaskans did not want their state to be run. The Googs may have poured capital into early-day Alaska, building a railroad and providing jobs,

Historic American Building Survey section view of the sprawling Kennecott Mill, looking north, showing all its various additions and extensions.



Crossing Prince William Sound Magnificent sights await travelers to this renowned Alaska locale By Zack Fields


n the second day of our trip, I realized I should have taught my brother to sea kayak before we set out across Prince William Sound. Rounding Blackstone Point in rough waters and broadside winds, Grady’s boat was wallowing in the troughs of the waves and was barely able to get to shore when we finally reached a beach near Surprise Cove. It didn’t help that his boat had been overloaded in the front, which caused it to weathercock in the wind. After some discussion of paddling technique, reloading of gear, and a lucky break in the wind, we made the long crossing of Cochrane Bay and were on our way. While I don’t recommend paddling across Prince William Sound without any experience, it is a very accessible wilderness. Montague and Hitchinbrook Islands block much of the wind from the Gulf of Alaska, providing paddlers and sailors with hundreds of square miles of sheltered waters in the area between the Kenai Mountains, Chugach Mountains, and the Pacific. Temperate rainforests, gravel beaches by turquoise water, and spectacular glaciers provide outstanding opportunities for exploration and camping. The road-accessible towns of Whit-

Along with the profusion of glaciers and verdant rainforest, we were amazed by the Sound’s wildlife.


Sea lions follow a sea kayaker along Valdez Arm Photo by zack fields

tier and Valdez allow paddlers to venture out into the Sound conveniently and at little cost, while the Alaska Marine Highway and private water taxis create opportunities for easy and affordable one-way paddle trips. Prince William Sound has an important place in Alaska history. The Harriman Expedition, whose participants and reports inspired President Theodore Roosevelt to establish the Tongass and Chugach National Forests, were awed by the Sound’s glaciers, rainforests, and wildlife. The route from Prince William Sound over Valdez Glacier offered the first all-American route into the Interior, and Valdez continued to shape Alaska’s economic development as the terminus of Roosevelt’s road to Fairbanks and later as the terminus of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. The wreck of the Exxon-Valdez led to the passage of legislation that reshaped

federal oil drilling policy and created a settlement fund that conserved thousands of acres of land in the Sound. Before any of this, the Chugach Alaska Natives plied the Sound in baidarkas, skin and spruce kayaks of remarkable seaworthiness.


his history enriches the trip from Whittier to Valdez. Sea kayakers are likely to encounter salmon fishermen in the Sound today, which is remarkable considering how at-risk the fishery was a hundred years ago when Outside commercial interests were wiping out salmon stocks. At the abandoned village of Kniklik, my brother and I explored the site of one of the (continued on page 15)

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Crossing CONT. HOW TO GET THERE Chugachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic settlements on the Sound. As we walked through the cleared fields uphill from the landing, we reflected on what a perfect location the Alaska Natives had chosen. Nearby islands sheltered the small bay and a smooth gravel landing. A buffer of thick spruce sheltered the town site from strong winds off the ocean, but the upland location caught summer sea breezes to minimize bugs. A clear stream ran past one of the largest spruce trees Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d seen anywhere on the Sound, a tree that was there for centuries while baidarkas paddled to communities like Tatitlek and Chenega Bay. Our journey across the Sound was also sobering. In Columbia Bay, we paddled up to the point where Columbia Glacierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face was in the mid-1980s, which is when my brother and I were born. Today, it has retreated some 15 miles, and will separate into two glaciers as its retreat continues. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Great Nunatak,â&#x20AC;? a mountain recently surrounded by the Columbia Glacier, now has bare rock walls and a new coastline left by the glacierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retreat. Paddling in Columbia Bay is a surreal experience, as thousands of icebergs from the retreating glacier choke the Bay and float up and down it with the tides. After leaving Columbia Bay, we camped at Elf Cove, a beautiful site on a narrow spit that provides views of Hitchinbrook Entrance to the south and the towering Chugach Mountains to the north. To the southwest, we could see Knight Island and the high peaks that surround the Nellie Juan wilderness. My brother and I were lucky: That campsite at Elf Cove marked the fourth straight day of blue skies and no wind. Our first three days were overcast with intermittent wind, and on the fourth day we were pinned down on an island in Esther Bay, waiting out the strong wind that was produced by an incoming high pressure system. With good weather in early summer, we were able to travel with remarkable ease, going 25 miles per day a couple of times. We werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t trying to rush, but couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help wanting to go farther and see the next bay or mountain vista. The scenery of Prince William Sound is so breathtaking that it seems irresponsible not to take in as much of it as possible when the weather permits. Along with the profusion of glaciers and verdant rainforest, we were amazed by the Soundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wildlife. Countless seals, sea otters, bald and golden eagles, kittiwakes, arctic terns, gulls, and diving ducks accompanied us across the Sound. We saw whales in Eaglek and Columbia Bay. Shortly after we rounded the exposed Point Freemantle and entered Valdez Arm, we came upon a group of sea lions, which churned the water as they followed my brother toward Valdez. For east-bound travelers, one of the most remarkable places in the Sound is near the end of the trip. Shoup Glacier descends from the Chugach and makes a 90-degree turn before entering a lagoon approximately 10 miles from the town of Valdez. It has retreated about two miles, leaving an old terminal moraine that now causes a â&#x20AC;&#x153;skookumchuck,â&#x20AC;? or fast riffle where the tide surges in and out of the lagoon four times per day. Fortunately, paddlers can still come relatively close to the face of Shoup Glacier and, if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re able to plan ahead, reserve one of the three Forest Service cabins that are nearby. My brother and I got into Valdez fairly late in the evening on our 10th day of paddling, riding a nice sea breeze that overcame the outgoing tide. The colors deepened as the sun dropped lower in the sky, and even the harbor seals and otters came out to inspect our boats. On the marine ferry back to Whittier the next day, we saw many of the vistas again, which is helpful because the views are so overwhelming that they are hard to comprehend and remember.

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Whittier is approximately 1.5 hours from Anchorage, though one should check times to pass through the one-way tunnel, which has a $12 round-trip fee. There are many places to launch sea kayaks in Whittier, including the public gravel beach at the western end of Passage Canal (free) or the small boat launch near the marine ferry dock (adjacent parking is $7.50 per day; pay at the Lazy Otter). Paddlers also can charter water taxis out into the Sound from companies including Epic Charters, Lazy Otter, and others. Epic Charters has the most affordable sea kayak rentals in Whittier ($45/day single, $55/day tandem). Expect to pay $20 per mile. Valdez is a six-hour drive from Anchorage. The Alaska Marine Highway generally has daily service from Whittier to Valdez and Whittier to Cordova, which is on the eastern edge of Prince William Sound. Less regular public ferries also serve the smaller Sound communities of Tatitlek and Chenega Bay. A ticket from Whittier to Valdez is approximately $100, with a $20 charge per sea kayak. Anadyr Adventures and other outfitters rent sea kayaks in Valdez.

PLANning A KAYAK TRIP ACROSS THE SOUND Weather in Prince William Sound is generally rainy, though there can be extended periods of clear weather. Bring either high-quality foul-weather gear, like a rubber raincoats and bibs, or a drysuit. Rubber or neoprene gloves (or â&#x20AC;&#x153;pogiesâ&#x20AC;?) and a high-quality waterproof hat are important for staying warm. Also bring lighter weight, breathable raingear for camp. Many Sound paddlers wear a breathable raincoat underneath their rubber raincoat. I highly recommend bringing one lightweight tarp for each tent as well as a larger tarp to cook under. It can rain for days on end in the Sound, and if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a tarp under which you can set up and take down a tent it is difficult to keep the tent (and eventually your sleeping bag) dry. Bring plenty of fire starter, as fires can be important for safety, comfort, and drying clothing. Also bring enough fuel to cook all or most meals over a camp stove, as some sites lack much firewood and it generally is very wet. Bring a marine radio ($75) for safety, particularly for busy crossings like Wells Passage. Also bring waterproof map cases that can be clipped onto the kayak deck in front of the paddler, as well as a compass for navigating in thick fog. If paddlers are in good shape, I recommend bringing enough food for at least 16 days. My brother and I completed the trip in 10 but we had very good weather with few wind-related delays. There are at least five places in the trip (Wells Passage, Esther Island, Unakwik Inlet area, Granite Point, Freemantle Point) where winds could make crossings or travel around points dangerous enough that travelers will need to wait for decent weather.

WHERE TO STAY The only Forest Service cabins that are en-route from Whittier to Valdez are at Shoup Glacier, though Pigot Point and Cochrane Bay cabins are not far out of the way. These cabins must be reserved far (up to six months) in advance. The downside of reserving a cabin for a longer trip is that all Sound travel is weather-dependent and it can be difficult, unsafe, or impossible to stick to a fixed schedule. Therefore, plan on camping.

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American history August 29, 1945: President Truman orders Navy to seize control of petroleum refineries; Navy to replace striking oil workers August 30, 1945: General Douglas MacArthur arrives in Japan to oversee formal surrender ceremony and organize postwar Japanese government August 31, 1897: Thomas Edison patents the Kinetograph, the first movie camera** September 1, 1985: Wreck of the Titanic discovered 73 years after “unsinkable” ship sank September 2, 1789: Congress founds US Treasury September 3, 1777: The Stars and Stripes flies in battle for the first time** September 4, 1951: President Truman makes first transcontinental television broadcast; speech given on accepting treaty ending post-war occupation of Japan

August 31, 1897: Thomas Edison patents the Kinetograph, the first movie camera

Thomas Edison received a patent for his movie camera, the Kinetograph, on this day in 1897. Edison’s camera was based on photographic principles discovered by stillphotograph pioneers. In 1877, Leland Stanford, governor of California, asked inventor Edward Muybridge to develop photo studies of animals in motion. Muybridge developed a system to photograph sequential motion, setting up 24 cameras attached to trip wires stretched across a racetrack. As a running horse tripped each wire, the shutters snapped. The resulting series of photos could be projected, resembling a motion picture. This breakthrough inspired France’s Etienne Jules Marey to create a rotating camera that resembled a rifle, where different pictures were taken in rapid sequence by a rotating cartridge. Edison’s Kinetoscope and Kinetograph used celluloid film, which had been invented by George Eastman in 1889. In 1893, he built a small movie studio that could be rotated to capture the best available sunlight. He showed the first demonstration of his films in May 1893. This invention inspired French inventors Louis and August Lumiere to create a movie camera and projector, called the Cinematographe. It allowed a large audience to view a film. Edison had entrusted the development of his machine to an assistant who left Edison and helped form the company Biograph. Edison sued, claiming they had infringed on his patent for the Kinetograph. The US Court of Appeals ruled that he only owned rights to the sprocket system that moved perforated film through the camera, not the entire concept of the movie camera. In 1909, Edison and Biograph joined with other filmmakers to create the Motion Picture Patents Company, an organization devoted to protecting patents and keep completion away. The Supreme Court dissolved the trust in 1917, and Edison left the film industry.

SPORTS&RECLISTING>> Seeds 2 p.m. | Free Seeds are packages of new life. Learn how plants have many tricks for distributing their offspring in this hands-on program, followed by an exploration along the Rodak Trail. Free program; $5 parking for nonmembers. Event begins at 2 p.m., Saturday, August 31, at the Eagle River Nature Center. (32750 Eagle River Rd., Eagle River) ASK THE NATURALIST 2 p.m. | Free 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. Free; $5 parking for nonmembers. Event begins at 2 p.m., Sunday, September 1, at the Eagle River Nature Center. (32750 Eagle River Rd., Eagle River) Introduction to Cyclocross Racing 6 p.m. | Free Learn about living and recreating responsibly in bear country by Alaska Department of Fish & Game. At this late summer clinic, the class will cover moose safety too. Class is held Thursday, August 29, at the Anchorage R.E.I store. (1200 W. Northern Lights) Bear and Moose Aware 6 p.m. | Free Anchorage cyclocrosser Bruce Ross will present the basic techniques and skills you’ll need to enjoy cyclocross racing this fall. Cyclocross is a form of bicycle racing which involves laps around a 1.5 to 2 mile circuit incorporating pavement, grass, mud and obstacles. Some of the course elements require dismounting and running with the bike. The Arctic Cross race series starts in September, don’t miss the fun. Class is held Tuesday, September 3, at the Anchorage R.E.I store. (1200 W. Northern Lights) GPS Navigation Basics Class 6 p.m. | $20-40 Join an REI Outdoor School instructor as he or she leads you through the basics of GPS navigation. Learn how

to use your pocket-sized navigator to pinpoint your location, mark waypoints and navigate to distant points. The instructor will review the features to consider when choosing a receiver and introduce you to some of the fun and practical applications of using a GPS unit in your outdoor activities. At the end of the session, you will get hands-on experience with a GPS. NOTE: This class is intended for use of hand-held GPS units. If you own a hand-held GPS unit, please bring it to the class. This is an in-store class. Class is held Wednesday, September 4, at the Anchorage R.E.I store. (1200 W. Northern Lights) Secret Garden Series 6 p.m. | $20-$110 The 2013 series features eight private gardens, some of which focus on container gardening, rock gardens, landscape designed yards, peonies and much more! $110 per person for whole series, or mix and match tours. The Alaska Botanical Garden is a public garden dedicated enhancing the beauty and value of plant materials. Event held Thursday, August 29, at Alaska Botanical Garden. (4601 Campbell Airstrip Rd.) Circuit Training - 12:00 pm | $8 Small Group Training combines the best of circuit training fitness with the coaching and motivation of a certified personal trainer. Works all major muscles groups with special attention on core strengthening and fat burning. Lots of variety, modifications and fun for lots of abilities. No membership needed. Event held Tuesday, September 3, at Elite Performance. (712 Springer Road)

ONGOING For a complete list of events visit Alaska Spirit of the Wild 12:15 pm | $4-$10 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. Anchorage Museum Thomas Plantarium Event runs daily. (625 C St.)

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) Medieval Sword and Buckler 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.) Swing-Balboa Mini Boot Camp 9 a.m. | $35 Balboa is a swing dance from the 1920s to 1930s that was derived from dances such as the Charleston, Collegiate Shag, Foxtrot, and Rumba. It is an 8 count dance that can be danced to slow tempos (80 beats per minute) to fast tempos (300 bpm). Event held Saturday, August 31, at Alaska Fine Arts Academy Inc. (12340 Old Glenn Highway Suite 200, Eagle River)

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September 3, 1777: The Stars and Stripes flies in battle for the first time

The American flag was flown in battle for the first time on this day in 1777. During a Revolutionary War skirmish at Cooch’s Bridge, Delaware, Patriot General William Maxwell ordered the “Stars and Stripes” banner raised as a detachment of his infantry and cavalry met an advance guard of British and Hessian troops. The rebels were defeated and forced to retreat, joining General George Washington’s main force. The Continental Congress had adopted a resolution that “the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white” and that “the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation”. The national flag, which became known as the Stars and Stripes, was based on the Grand Union flag, a banner carried by the Continental Army in 1776. According to legend, Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross designed that canton at the request of General George Washington. Following the successful conclusion of the War, new states entered the Union. With each new state, new stars and stripes were added to the flag. In 1818, Congress enacted a law stipulating that the 13 original stripes be restored and that only new stars be added to represent the new states.

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espite taking up as much space as Australia, the blue-white puzzle of ice floating on the Arctic Ocean is an abstraction to the billions who have never seen it. But continued shrinkage of sea ice is changing life for many living things. A few Alaska scientists added their observations to a recent journal article on the subject. Since 1999, the loss of northern sea ice equal to the size of Greenland is a “stunning” loss of habitat for animals large (polar bears) and small (ice algae and phytoplankton that feed a chain of larger creatures leading up to bowhead whales). So write the 10 authors that teamed to write “Ecological Consequences of Sea-Ice Decline,” featured in the August 2, 2013 issue of Science. Eric Post of Penn State University, a former graduate student who studied caribou at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, is the lead author on the paper. When sea ice hit its minimum extent in the satellite era about a year ago, it got him thinking about how the loss of ice affects living things. That’s when Post, now the director of the Polar Center, rallied other contributors, from polar bear biologists to atmospheric scientists, to bring their results together. “I think all of us as authors learned quite a bit about the importance of sea ice loss,” he said by email. “Individually, we each had a pretty clear idea of the implications of sea ice loss for certain parts of the arctic system, but none of us really grasped the full scope of the problem.” Starting at the smaller end of things, the scientists point out that freshening of the Arctic

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Ocean caused by melting of sea ice may cause smaller types of plankton to thrive. Arctic foxes, great wanderers of sea ice, will be limited by less of it, which would decrease the spread of rabies they sometimes carry from Russia’s mainland to Svalbard. Walrus, which suck clams out of their shells with piston-like tongues, use sea ice as a resting spot between dives to the ocean floor. In recent years, people have seen more walruses using shorelines as haul-out spots; U.S. Geological Survey scientists counted 131 carcasses at one of these sites in September 2009. They wrote that the deaths, perhaps because of exhaustion or trampling, “appear to be related to the loss of sea ice over the Chukchi Sea continental shelf.” In Canada’s arctic, “later freeze-ups and increased shipping traffic should shift or prevent the annual migration of the Dolphin and Union caribou herd,” the Science authors wrote. Parasites that feed off the caribou might increase because of this, but diseases spread by wandering caribou might decrease. Polar bears need sea ice to hunt their favorite food, seals. As the sea ice shrinks, polar bears may be driven to land, where brown bears might outcompete them or hybridize with them. The two UAF scientists who added to the report are Uma Bhatt, who studies the atmosphere, and Skip Walker, an expert on tundra plants. They have both done work to prove that the loss of sea ice has made the Arctic a greener place. How might that happen? With less ice acting as a mirror for sunlight, the darker ocean absorbs more heat, which in turn warms the coastlines touching the Arctic Ocean. That warm air encourages plants to convert sunlight into

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ARCTIC ROSE GALLERY â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alaska Watercolor Society Signature Members Show,â&#x20AC;? featuring over 20 watercolor artists, including: C. Zafren, J. Beebee, J. Kitchen, K. Mattson, C. Fortner, K. Helton, M. McDermott, J. Watson, J. Shadrach, J. Wolfe, L. Davis, T. Boston, B. Taylor, M. Oehlert, L. Parrigin, D. Rebischke, B. Wilkins, O. Berggren, M. Murray, S. Bach, R. Britch, B. Winfree, D. Tideman, D. Gillette and K. Crandall. (423 W 5th Ave.)

enjoyed for years to come. (608 W. 4th Ave. Ste. 102) HOTEL CAPTAIN COOK COFFEE CUBBY â&#x20AC;&#x201D; In conjunction with the National Forest Service, Stephan Fine Arts at the Coffee Cubby presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voices in the Wilderness,â&#x20AC;? original works by Susan Watkins from her artist-in-residence. (939 W. Fifth Ave.) INTERNATIONAL GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ARTâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;North Gallery: Oregon artist, Susan Murrell: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Matter.â&#x20AC;? Center Gallery: Lacie Stiewing, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Up Sheep Creek.â&#x20AC;? South Gallery: Wanda Seamster, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last Works Before Leaving Alaska.â&#x20AC;? Guest Room: Peter Graziano: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Matriarchate.â&#x20AC;? (427 D St.)

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Stop the presses! The sun is shining during the Alaska State Fair. This is history, dear readers. Don’t miss your opportunity to take in funnel cake, Alaskana kitsch and, best of all, some legitimate concerts on the fair grounds (but this time without having to wear one of those umbrella hat things). Be sure to pick up some snacks in our honor too, the Press staff probably won’t make it to Kendrick Lamar or the cheese curd stand this year.

Alaska State Fair Concert Series All events held at the Alaska State Fair Grounds (2075 Glenn Hwy, in Palmer) Ticket prices do not include admission to the fair or parking. Visit for more information or to buy tickets

Kendrick Lamar - 7 p.m. Thursday, August 29 | $35+ Compton-raised rapper and hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar first stepped into a recording booth at 16, finding his voice as well as a safe haven from the violence in his neighborhood. His latest album, Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, tells his story with songs like “Don’t Kill My Vibe,” featuring Jay Z, and “Poetic Justice,” featuring Drake.

3 Doors Down – 7 p.m. Friday, August 30 | $20-$150 3 Doors Down is an American rock band from Escatawpa, Mississippi, formed in 1996. They are known for several huge hits, including “Away From the Sun.”

Young Dubliners – 8 p.m. Saturday, August 31 | $10+ The Young Dubliners sound is most commonly called “Celtic rock,” and while the band boasts members from Ireland, they are a mix of Irish and Americana roots rock that garners fans worldwide.

Bret Michaels - 6:30 p.m. Sunday, September 1 | $20+ Bret Michaels wears many hats (or bandanas as the case may be). Depending on the hour of the day he’s a cultural icon, a rock star, an entrepreneur, a TV personality, a father, the face of the American Diabetes Association, a supercross enthusiast, and a philanthropist. Michaels first rose to fame as the front man for the band Poison. Michaels will perform as a solo act.

Phillip Phillips – 7 p.m. | $35+ Fresh off his American Idol victory, this talented 21-year-old will showcase his rich, raspy vocals and guitar skills in songs including his debut single “Home” and others off his first album, The World from the Side of the Moon.

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Gut instincts Brian Regan brings sarcastic, relatable humor to the State Fair By JERI KOPET


rian Regan is adept at pointing out the entertaining in the mundane. Surprising, perhaps, for someone who originally planned on majoring in something very dry. “I went to college to become an accountant,” says Regan. As soon as he says it, my silent disbelief manages to resonate through the phone, and he continues. “I know—I was all geared up for an exciting life in the accounting world, and I switched majors in my sophomore year to communication theatre arts.” It was a wise change due, in part, to the encouragement of a college football coach. Thanks to the change in direction, Regan ended up trying out his comedic skills in an introductory speech class. “I tried to make [my speeches] funny. I remember that when I made the class laugh, I walked back to the dorm and I had this feeling inside of me,” says Regan. “I didn’t feel like this when I was walking back from accounting class.” Regan continued down the path of public speaking and comedy, working as a campus emcee and hosting various college gatherings, including sports and dormitory events. “I would get on the basketball court and I would introduce the basketball people. People would ask me to emcee little game shows in the dorms, you know—the dating game, but they had a version called the roommate game,” Regan says. The work was enjoyable enough that Regan kept doing it and worked to make himself the emcee. “I’d actually put on my sports jacket—and everyone was paying attention to me,” says Regan. As time passed, Regan began to wonder if comedy, specifically stand-up comedy, was something he could do as a career. It was a scary leap of faith for him to make, Regan says, but he stuck with it. “Once that thought got in me, it wouldn’t get out of me. I just keep thinking, ‘hey man, why not?’ My body and my mind started working in that direction.” Years later, Regan is at the top of his career game, touring and making appearances across the country. Part of what makes Regan so popular is that he’s smart and self-deprecating, but still manages to be clean and relatable. He tells jokes about things most people have experienced, like going to the emergency room or surviving elementary school geography and spelling bees. Regan says that writing from his daily life is a key element in his career, although he never wants to be overly predictable. “I mean, in comedy—basically you can pull from anything to

Brian Regan will perform at the Alaska State Fair Saturday, August 31.

make comedy. Some people like to do really absurd stuff. I tend to, you know, talk about everyday life and everyday experiences. But I try not to restrict it to that,” says Regan. “For me, if I start doing the same thing over and over again, I’ll get bored, and I never want my audience to get bored. I never want them to sit down and know exactly what to expect.” Regan says he’ll often get his inspiration from different interactions he sees throughout the day. How a bit develops, however, varies greatly. Sometimes the best writing even takes place during the middle of a show. “Usually I’ll do [the bit] in my head a few times, give it a rough beginning, middle, and end,” Regan says. “I find that a lot of the best writing takes place on stage.” Having entertained a lot of different audiences throughout the U.S., Regan has learned to deal with, and often follow, his gut instincts. “I’ll tape every show. There’s something about being on stage, and you cut the fat. You get right to the quick, the nitty gritty. If you’re writing with a pen or a keyboard, you get really


Friday Night Diva Variety Show. 9 p.m. $5. (Mad Myrna’s)

Kendrick Lamar. 7 p.m. (Alaska State Fair Grounds)

Kenneth Jacobson. 6:30 p.m. Free. (Organic Oasis)

Voodoo Boots, 10 p.m. Karaoke, Adam J. 9 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlie’s)

Karaoke. 10 p.m. (Blue Fox)

Open Mic. 7 p.m. (Indigo Tea Lounge)

D.J. Twizt, Open Mic. 12 a.m. (Club Soraya)

Open Mic with Rick Brooks. 8 p.m. (The Avenue Bar)

MONDAY 09.02

AAGC’s Evening of Acoustic Arts. 7:30 p.m. $19. (Snowgoose Theatre)


Lucy Wainwright Roche. 7 p.m. $15. Monday Mayhem. 10 p.m. (Taproot)

Mojobone. 9 p.m. $5. (Taproot)

Seth Freeman. 9 p.m. (Taproot)

Bootleg Brown. 6:30 p.m. (Organic Oasis) Pub Scouts. 10 p.m. (Blue Fox) Jam Night with Andy Mullen. 7 p.m. (Seaview Café, Hope)

FRIDAY 08.30 DJ Tico. 10 p.m. (The Avenue Bar) 3 Doors Down. 7 p.m. (Alaska State Fair Grounds)

Dj Mixta B. 10 p.m. (The Avenue) Young Dubliners. 7 p.m. (Alaska State Fair Grounds) Veronica Page. (Blues Central) Open Mic. 11:30 p.m. No cover. (Al’s Alaskan Inn) HPD, Voodoo Boots.10 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlie’s)

Open Mic. 11:30 p.m. No cover. (Al’s Alaskan Inn) Clench Reunion Show, 8 p.m. Ghost Hands, Voodoo Boots, Mixta B, Gre, Adam J. 10 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlie’s) Delmag, Eternal Cowboys. 7:30 p.m. $10. (Humpy’s)

Karaoke. 6 p.m. (Elim Café)

Bob Parsons. 6 p.m. (Organic Oasis)

Open Mic. 11:30 p.m. No cover. (Al’s Alaskan Inn) Comedy Improv, Live & Local, 9 p.m. Karaoke, DJ Jesse Cross. 10 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlie’s) Blues Jam with T Harvey Combo. 8 p.m. (Blues Central) Irish Seisiun. 4 p.m. (McGinley’s



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Blues Jam. 9 p.m. (Taproot)

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Mossira on drums. 6:30 p.m. (Organic Oasis)

Misha Shimmek. Noon. Free. (Organic Oasis)

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The Eternal Cowboys, DJ Adam J. 10 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlies)

Bare Roots. 9 p.m. (Humpy’s)

H3. (Blues Central) The Modern Savage, Emma Hill, Ghost Hands, Alex the Lion. 9 p.m. $10. (Taproot)

Motown Mondays with DJ Spencer Lee. 6 p.m. (Sub Zero)

Comedian Marc Ryan. 7:30 p.m. Ettinger, DJ Jesse Cross. 10 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlie’s)

Shawn Lyons. 7 p.m. (Villa Nova)

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Open Mic. 8 p.m. (Humpy’s)

Phillip Phillips. 7 p.m. (Alaska State Fair Grounds)

Ukulele Russ and Parks Highway Band. 9 p.m. (Humpy’s)

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Shawn Lyons. 7 p.m. (Villa Nova)

DJ Mixta B. 10 p.m. (The Avenue)

cutesy, clever—you get full of yourself,” Regan says. “You have this thing inside of you—on stage—that says ‘Say this now!’” Regan will be bringing his special blend of comedic prowess to the Alaska State Fair, and he is eager to see what the state has to offer. He hopes to explore Alaska with his girlfriend, “the whole state,” he says, jokingly. “It’ll be the 50th state I’ve performed in. That’s kind of a milestone, obviously,” says Regan.”It means a lot to me… we’re going to try and get out and about.”

WEDNESDAY 09.04 Comedian Marc Ryan. 7:30 p.m. Ettinger, 10 p.m. Dj Open Decks. 10 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlie’s) High Lonesome Sound. (Taproot) Diane Hall. 6:30 p.m. (Organic Oasis) Whoop It Up! Jam out to old timey music. 8 p.m. (McGinley’s Pub)

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So long and thanks for all the shows By Daniella Cortez


recently found an old journal of mine, dated from the summer of 1999. It was full of angsty love letters that never got sent, poems about drummers in bands long gone, and more than a few references to Deathcab for Cutie lyrics. I was 17 and living in an apartment in the heart of Fairview with my best friend. On a single page near the end of the journal, under the heading â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life Goals,â&#x20AC;? I noted that if I could have any job in the world it would be to write about music for the Anchorage Press. That was it, the sum total of my lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ambition at 17 years old. My love affair with music, and with local music in particular, began a few years earlier when I was 15. At that time I wore a lot of eyeliner and listened to bands with deep bass lines and lyrics about vampires. Where the downtown fire station is today there used to be a little brick building called Gigâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Music Theater. It was allages and featured a cave-like music venue downstairs and an assortment of busted out couches upstairs. It was the perfect place to be a weirdo in Anchorage in the mid â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s. It was here that I became a member of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Scene.â&#x20AC;? I thought that only Anchorage had a scene. It was the only place Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d ever lived and I was convinced that my hometown was literally the coolest city on the planet. At 15, I was not yet a victim of the ennui that plagues many local scenesters. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to get out; I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to move to Portland or L.A. or New York. I was absolutely certain that this was it. The sphere of cool music and culture and art and fashion began and ended at Gigâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. In fact, I probably would have argued that the epicenter of all things â&#x20AC;&#x153;coolâ&#x20AC;? was nestled in the ginger curls atop DJ Woodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head or in the split second breaths between the â&#x20AC;&#x153;ooh wee oohâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;? of Matt Hopperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choruses. By 20, I was putting on shows in rec centers around town with my friends and my younger sister. Line-ups included pop punk groups with too many guitarists and a lot of spikey hair. Band names and lineups escape me these days, because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all come and gone so many times that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impossible to remember who was in what band when. These shows had small but enthusiastic crowds. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d open the doors and kids would rush in, crowd whatever makeshift stage had been erected and then would proceed to rock out with their entire body for as long as music was playing.

I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play an instrument and might as well be tone deaf for all my ability to sing. When it came to local music, I was a fan.


he early 2000s were, in my estimation at least, the golden era of local music in Anchorage (though the present isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a bad time to be a music lover in Anchorage, either). I had so many favorite local bands in my early 20s that their bedroom- and garage-recorded albums crowded my CD book, and I often went

months without buying music that wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t from a merch table at a show. Bands like Billy Dirt Cult, BroKin, Yolanda and the Starlights, Swingshift, The Born Losers, Woodrow, and nearly every incarnation of The Roman Candles kept my tastes eclectic and taught me about diversity before I even realized what was happening. Standing ear-to-ear with mohawked punk rockers and glassyeyed hippies was not unusual; the scene was thriving, and I was a part of this thing that was bigger than me, bigger even than my small group of friends. I helped out on locals-only radio shows at both KZND and KRUA and contributed to a public access TV show that aired only in the middle of the night for a few years. For a single afternoon my girlfriends tried to teach me to play bass so I could be in their band. (It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take and for the record I was terrible.) It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter that I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play an instrument and might as well be tone deaf for all my ability to sing. When it came to local music, I was a fan. I spent most of my 20s attending college in Las Vegas and exploring the local and touring acts that played the giant arenas and back alley bars there. I traveled regionally and while I found good music no matter what town or city I was in, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never encountered another local scene quite as special or dedicated as the one we have in Alaska. Call me biased, but Alaska just seems to produce a higher quality musician than most other places. These days, most of my friends are musicians of some kind or another. One fronts a roots rock duo and others are DJs or guitarists or vocalists or reluctant keyboard players. I have friends who build their own recording studios in spare bedrooms and basements, and who record tracks on iPhones just so theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be immortalized for at least as long as they have access to their iTunes account. And I have friends who are like me: enthusiastic members of a scene that loves the fans as much as it loves the musicians. I have been smashed against the edge of a stage and worked the merch tables in the back of shows for half my life, and I cannot think of a better way to spend my nights and weekends.


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Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be back to visit and I hope I see some of my favorites still gigging around town. Though I hope that when The Modern Savage or Historian headline in Vegas theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll look me up and put me on the guest listâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll work your merch table I promise. I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be the person I am today where it not for this town and its rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll. Keep in touch. Keep supporting local music.

t 30 years old, after over 15 years â&#x20AC;&#x153;in the sceneâ&#x20AC;? and maintaining a pretty high level of anonymity, I accepted the job of entertainment editor of the Press. The last year has been a greatest hits of all the things that made me fall in love with Alaskans who make music. The dedication, the intensity, and the life-altering friendships, all the things I lived for when I was a teenager, still exist here. The bands have changed, and new venues have opened and closed. The kids that wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get paid to play a show anywhere in 1998 are headlining music festivals in Portland and beyond these days, and I have to pay $30 to see my friend play when his band comes to town. The last year with the Press has literally, no joke, been a dream come true. My 17-year-old aspirations have been sated and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m ready to start a new â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life Goalsâ&#x20AC;? list. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m packing up my husband, our pup and coffee cups and heading back to Vegas again in a few days, but not without a heart full of experiences, not to mention a history with this town and its music makers that I will never be able to forget. Kendrick Lamar Thurs. Aug 29 Alaska State Fair $35-$65




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dailylist>> Thurs Aug 29 Borealis Toastmasters Club 7 a.m. | Free A member of Toastmasters International, the Club’s mission is to provide a supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills. The Club meets every Thursday from 7-8 a.m. at the BP building, 900 E. Benson Blvd., Suite 146. BP Building (900 E. Benson Blvd.) Commonwealth North Luncheon with Senator Lisa Murkowski 12 p.m. | $20-$35 Alaska’s senior Senator will address the major issues facing Alaska in Washington. There will also be a special presentation from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Only the 33rd female to serve in the United States Senate since its founding in 1789, Senator Murkowski has assumed leadership roles quickly. She is the senior Republican member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and also serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, where she is the ranking Republican of the Interior and Environment Subcommittee. Senator Murkowski is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee—the first Alaskan to serve on that panel—and also is a senior member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. She earned a B.A. in economics from Georgetown University in 1980 and a law degree from Willamette University in 1985. Prior to her appointment to the United States Senate, Senator Murkowski practiced commercial law in Anchorage and served three terms in the Alaska State House of Representatives. She was elected to a full six-year U.S. Senate term in 2004, and was re-elected in 2010 in a historic write-in campaign, the first successful write-in effort to the Senate since 1954. Event held Hilton Hotel Downtown Anchorage (500 West 3rd Ave.) Mommy & Young Children Play Group 1 p.m. | Free Connect with other moms and share parenting joys and challenges. Interact, play and build supportive relationships. Children ages infant to 5 years. Event held at Gathering Place for Women Recovery Community Center (505 W. Northern Lights Blvd, Suite 102) Kendrick Lamar 7 p.m. | $35+ Compton-raised rapper and hiphop artist Kendrick Lamar first stepped into a recording booth at 16, finding his voice as well as a safe haven from the violence in his neighborhood. His latest album, Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, tells his story with songs like ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ featuring Jay Z, and ‘Poetic Justice’ featuring Drake. Event held at Alaska State Fair. (2075 Glenn Hwy, Palmer) Building Science Basics 7 p.m. | free Would the latest in lighting technology make sense, and save cents, for your family? This class will compare

the pros and cons of energy efficient lighting CFLs and LEDs vs. incandescents. The class will also explore energy saving features of new appliances. Event held at Alaska Craftsman Home Program, Inc. (3400 Spenard Road, Suite 9)

as “Away From the Sun.” 3 Doors Down recently came out with a Greatest Hits album. The band is currently touring so don’t miss out. This event is held at the Alaska State Fair grounds. (2075 Glenn Hwy, Palmer)

AAGC’s Evening of Acoustic Arts 7:30 p.m. | $19 Co-sponsored by 90.3 FM KNBA, Two-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Kim Richey will share the stage with Italian-born flatpicker Beppe Gambetta, blues master Tim Williams, and Czech mandolinist Radim Zenkl. Other performing artists include Doug Cox on Dobro, Steve Baughman playing Celtic guitar, and Mark Nelson on ukulele. Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp [AAGC] is an annual event offering music enthusiasts at all levels and the opportunity to spend a week in Wasilla studying acoustic guitar, mandolin, ukulele, songwriting, and voice under the tutelage of prominent recording artists from around the world. These recordingartists-turned-instructors will perform in Anchorage for one night only at the Snow Goose Theater with proceeds going to support the camp. Event held at Snow Goose Restaurant (717 W. 3rd Ave.)

Sat Aug 31, 2013

Friday, August 30

Brian Regan - 7 p.m. | $40+ A balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, comedian Brian Regan fills theaters nationwide with fervent fans that span generations. Event held at Kendall Toyota Borealis Theatre (2075 Glenn Hwy, Palmer) Young Dubliners 8 p.m. | $10+ Irish and Celtic influenced rock music. Event held at Alaska State Fair Grounds. (2075 Glenn Hwy, Palmer)

Sun Sep 1, 2013 Bret Michaels 6:30 p.m. | $20+ Michaels first rose to fame as the frontman of Poison. Now see his solo performance for a single show at the Alaska State Fair grounds. (2075 Glenn Hwy, Palmer)

Labor Rights Week 2013 9 a.m. | Free During this event there will be several presentations by participating agencies such as OSHA Area Office in Anchorage, IUPAT Local Union 1959, University of Alaska Anchorage, Plumber Local Union 367, NLRB Region 19 Anchorage Resident Office, Unite Here Local Union 878, AFL-CIO Alaska, Consulate of Mexico in Anchorage, Adult Learning Center. There will be snacks and refreshments. Event held at Adult Learning Center. (2518 East Tudor Road, Suite 109)

Mon Sep 2, 2013

Recovery Support Gathering 6 p.m. | Free Alaska Women’s Recovery Project (AWRP) provides community-based, peer-driven and peer-led recovery support for women whose lives have been disrupted by alcoholism, drug addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. AWRP serves approximately 350 women and their families each year. Participants represent all ages, ethnic backgrounds and stages of recovery. AWRP participants come together from all over the community. Many women learn of the recovery support services from printed information, word of mouth or in-person at local presentations or at residential and outpatient treatment centers, correctional centers, homeless and domestic violence shelters and the therapeutic court system. Event held at Gathering Place for Women Recovery Community Center. (505 W. Northern Lights Blvd, Suite 102.)

Phillip Phillips 7 p.m. | $35+ Fresh off his American Idol victory, this talented 21-year-old will showcase his rich, raspy vocals and masterful guitar skills in songs including his debut single “Home” and others off his first album at the Alaska State Fair grounds. (2075 Glenn Hwy, Palmer)

3 Doors Down 7 p.m. | $20-$150 3 Doors Down is an American rock band from Escatawpa, Mississippi formed in 1996. They are very well known for several huge hits, such

Young Women’s Teen Recovery Support Gathering 4 p.m. | Free The Young Women’s Teen Gathering brings young women together to develop peer-leadership and peerbased community recovery support. Event held at Gathering Place for Women Recovery Community Center. (505 W. Northern Lights Blvd, Suite 102.)

Geeks Who Drink 7 p.m. | free A team sport for those who don’t do team sports. Enjoy some adult beverages while displaying your superior knowledge of trivia. Assemble your teams, event takes place at Tap Root Café. (3300 Spenard Road)

Tue Sep 3, 2013

Wed Sep 4, 2013 Wednesday Farmers Market

10 a.m. | Free This market is located behind the Dimond Center but in front of the Dimond Center Hotel. The mission of the South Anchorage Farmers Market (SAFM) is to provide Anchorage with fresh, locally grown products and to provide farmers with an outlet to sell their farm products. By bringing people together for a farmers market, we have a tremendous opportunity to educate the consumer and enlist their support in the issues facing farmers today. South Anchorage Farmers Market. (11111 Old Seward Highway) APU Farmers Market 3 p.m. | Free As part of an ongoing effort to expand the community’s commitment to sustainable practices, APU Dining Services will be hosting a farmers market. The market will offer vegetables from Spring Creek Farm, Alaska Sprouts, and other organizations. The organization is also working with Organically Grown Company to provide other sustainable, organic foods, namely fruits, that are not available locally. The supply will be limited for the first few weeks; please come early to ensure you can choose among a variety of produce. Feel free to contact Dining Services with questions or comments. Alaska Pacific University Atwood Center. (4101 University Drive) Argentine Tango Lesson & Milonga - 7:30 p.m. | $10 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 - 8:30, with social dancing afterwards in the ‘milonga’ (8:30-closing). Inner Dance Studio. (2610 Spenard Rd.)

ONGOING ACTIVITIES LEGO Club — Join the Mountain View Neighborhood Library for LEGO club. Try to complete the monthly build challenge or just free build to test your creativity. The best of the month’s creations will be displayed inside the library. School age children encouraged, but there will be a little builders section of blocks for younger siblings. All children under age 8 must have a parent. Snacks provided. This event begins at 2:30 p.m. every 4th Saturday of the month at the Mountain View Neighborhood Library. (120 Bragaw St.)

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.) 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)

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. 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.

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.)

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.)

Adult Children of Alcoholics Meeting 6 p.m. | free Adult Children of Alcoholics meets every Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. in Conference Room 1 of the Alaska Native Medical Center. (4315 Diplomacy Drive)

FILMEVENTS>> The History of Future Folk – 10:15 p.m. | $3.50 The History Of Future Folk tells the hilarious (and possibly exaggerated) origin story of the real life alien bluegrass band, Future Folk, that has been charming New York City audiences with their live act for the better part of a decade. When a comet threatens to destroy their planet, the citizens of Hondo enlist their most decorated soldier, General Trius (Nils d’Aulaire), to search for a new home planet- and wipe out the current inhabitants with a flesh-eating virus. After landing somewhere nearBrooklyn, General Trius wanders into a megastore to unleash the terror… when he’s suddenly enchanted by a strange and mystical human invention known as “music.” They don’t have music on Hondo, and since it’s the best thing he’s ever heard, General Trius immediately abandons his mission to eradicate the human race, assumes the name Bill, starts a family, and launches a one-alien bluegrass act in a tiny bar owned by Larry (Dee Snider). Years later, his peaceful life is disrupted when the Hondonians send a bumbling assassin named Kevin (Jay Klaitz)

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to get the mission back on track. Although subduing Kevin is no challenge for the great General Trius, the Hondonians have no intention of calling off their plan to eliminate mankind, so Bill and Kevin must join forces to save Hondo, prevent an intergalactic takeover of Earth, and hopefully get some bigger gigs for the universe’s first Hondonian bluegrass duo: Future Folk! Showing Thursday, August 29, at Bear Tooth Theatrepub. (1230 W 27th Ave.) Byzantium – 7:40 p.m. | $3.50 Byzantium is director Neil Jordan’s (Interview with the Vampire, The Crying Game) sexy and stylish fantasy thriller about mother and daughter vampires dealing with the pitfalls of eternal life. Two mysterious women seek refuge in a rundown coastal resort. Clara (Gemma Arterton) meets lonely Noel (Daniel Mays), who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor befriends Frank (Caleb Landry Jones) and tells him their lethal secret: They were born 200 years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past

catches up on them with deathly consequence. Showing Monday, September 2, at Bear Tooth Theatrepub. (1230 W 27th Ave.) Shadow Dancer– 5:30 p.m. | $3.50 A conspiracy thriller set around an act of betrayal within a tight knit family, Shadow Dancer stars Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion, W.E.) as Colette, a single mother and Republican living in Belfast with her mother and hardline IRA brothers. When she is arrested for her part in an aborted IRA bomb plot in London, an MI5 officer (Clive Owen) offers her a choice: lose everything and go to prison or return to Belfast to spy on her own family. With her son’s life in her hands, Collette chooses to place her trust in the MI5 and return home. When her brothers’ secret operation is ambushed, suspicions of an informant are raised and Collette finds both herself and her family in grave danger. With informants working on both sides, Collette’s psychological and personal turmoil builds. Showing Monday, September 2, at Bear Tooth Theatrepub. (1230 W 27th Ave.)

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Drinking games and demonic robots ‘The World’s End’ a fun conclusion to the series that brought us ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and ‘Hot Fuzz’ By Bob Grimm


irector Edgar Wright teams up with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost for the raucous conclusion to their “Cornetto” trilogy in The World’s End, a twisted homage to male bonding, beer crawls, and John Carpenter sci-fi. What makes this movie so much fun is that sense that anything can, and will, happen. Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Star Trek Into Darkness) plays Gary King, a relatively troubled but goodnatured man determined to get his old crew back together and complete a pub-crawl in his hometown. This gathering would take place 20 years after the gang failed to make it to the last pub on the infamous crawl, an incident providing King with a nagging sense of unfinished business. A good chunk of the film is actually a warm-hearted, funny and well-written gathering of old friends, told in a straightforward fashion. Some of the men from the old gang are fairly happy to see King, while others, like the still recovering Andy (Nick Frost of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) would prefer he piss off. Still, even the apprehensive Andy joins the crew for what looks to be a taxing crawl drinking 12 pints in 12 clubs. If The World’s End just stayed the course and was a story about arrested adolescence, the dangers of going “back,” and the perils of drinking too much, it would be a pretty great movie. Pegg and Frost actually display solid dramatic chops to go with their comedic instincts. Thankfully, Wright and Pegg (both responsible for the screenplay) have more, much more, in mind. The film takes a crazy turn in a manner akin to the big twist in From Dusk Till Dawn, and suddenly becomes an alien invasion movie. This is prominently mentioned in the film’s ad campaign, so I hope I didn’t ruin your day. It turns out their hometown has become overrun with blueblooded robots from another world, robots that are determined to replicate earthlings and dispose of their bodies (shades of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Thing). This sets the stage for awesome man-on-robot fight scenes. With this film, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Wright has proven himself a modern master of cinematic hand-on-hand combat. The choreography is hilarious and nasty.

On top of everything, the film works as a scathing satire of the infiltration of technology in our society, and how those damned iPads and smart phones are taking over. Please don’t count my saying this as any indication that I am against advancing technology. I love my gadgets, even if they are swallowing my soul. They’re just so damned cool to play with! In addition to Pegg and Frost, the cast includes Rosamund Pike as Sam, doing a fine job of kicking ass and looking flabbergasted. Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins!) reminds that he is a master comedic actor as an uptight real estate agent who never, ever removes his earphone, even when he’s pub-crawling. Eddie Marsen breaks hearts as Peter, a once-bullied man who is actually distraught when his former bully (Darren Boyd) fails to recognize him. If one were to rank this one in the Cornetto trilogy (named for a brand of ice cream that appears in all three films), this one is just a notch below Shaun of the Dead, yet a little better than Hot Fuzz. All three are solid, funny, smart films that make me wish they were part of a 10-part movie series. Many of the summer blockbusters have been big, bloated messes that delivered messy action with little to no thrills. The World’s End makes up for a lot of the summer garbage with its big

heart, many laughs and eye-popping visuals. Wright and Pegg remain supremely sick in the head, and we moviegoers benefit from their particular brand of insanity. Now showing at Century 16 (301 East 36th Ave.) and Tikahtnu Stadium (1102 North Muldoon Road).

The World’s End Rated R Directed by Edgar Wright Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan 1 hour, 49 minutes

HOMEVIEWING A Single Shot (Available for rental on iTunes and Amazon)

The Frozen Ground (Available for rental on iTunes and Amazon)

Tribeca Films Movie: B-

Lions Gate Movie: C+

Sometimes, all a movie really needs is Sam Rockwell. Rockwell stars as John Moon, a reclusive poacher living in a trailer deep in the woods. One morning while out hunting a deer, he accidentally shoots a woman. Then, he finds a whole lot of money (echoes of A Simple Plan), deciding to keep it in an effort to make things better with his estranged wife (Kelly Reilly). Of course, the money actually belongs to bad people, and those bad people will be coming after John Moon. They most certainly will. A Single Shot doesn’t play like anything all that original. In fact, it feels a bit hackneyed at times. But the performances are often riveting, and Rockwell keeps it watchable. There’s also an unrecognizable Jason Isaacs as an unsavory sort, with the underrated Joe Anderson doing the same. William H. Macy brings a slight taste of comedy to his shifty lawyer character, and Jeffrey Wright is devastatingly good as the town drunk. Director David M. Rosenthal, directing off a script by Matthew F. Jones (who also wrote the novel the film is based on) gives the film a nice, gloomy atmosphere. By pulling good performances out of his actors, he manages to keep the film a worthy curio. His work has consisted mostly of comedies in the past, making his achievements here impressive, all things considered. You never get the sense that this is a director working out of his comfort zone. All in all, this is Rockwell’s movie, and it’s a departure for him after a recent string of comedies and lighthearted fare (He’s currently in cinemas with the coming-of-age comedy The Way, Way Back). This is a movie that is perhaps a little beneath his talent but, hey…it’s Sam Rockwell.

This film is based on the true story of Robert Hansen, the Alaskan serial killer currently spending life behind bars for murdering more than 17 women near Anchorage. The Frozen Ground is a movie that continues John Cusack’s recent streak of portraying hideous people. Cusack plays Hansen, the bakery owner who hunted young women and buried their bodies throughout the Alaskan wilderness, undetected by authorities for many years. Nicolas Cage is on hand in “serious” Cage mode as Alaska State Trooper Jack Halcombe, determined to catch Hansen after Cindy Paulson (Vanessa Hudgens), a local exotic dancer, allegedly escaped his clutches and offers her testimony. The movie gets caught in an unfortunate loop regarding Paulson’s willingness to cooperate, and her decisions to avoid authorities. It feels like every other scene is one of Hudgens sneaking away from Cage and retreating to some seedy area. It gets a little monotonous. It’s a shame, because Cusack is good here as Hansen, as he was in last year’s terrible The Paperboy, playing another murderer. Cusack taps into his actor’s dark side and delivers a chilling portrait of a man with no remorse. His performance deserved a better movie. Hudgens is okay even when the script lets her down. Cage does nothing special here, although that’s not entirely his fault. The screenplay basically calls for him to run around looking for Paulson all of the time. His few scenes with Cusack are the best ones in the movie. (Will be released to Blu-ray and DVD on October 1).


John Cusack in The Frozen Ground.

August 29 - September 4, 2013

August 29 - September 4, 2013




PALMER HOME $299,000 Like New 4 BD, 3248 sft., plus basement Eric Bushnell 907-360-7471 Prudential JWV

107 Homes for Sale /Wasilla


Like new, 2632 sft. 1000 sft garage, 190 ft of lake front. Prudential JWV Call Eric Bushnell 907-360-7471

105 Homes for Sale Palmer

150 Lots/Acreages ONE ACRE LOT,

Lake Access, Und. power/tel., $11,500 at $500 down, $200/ 6%. Near Parks Hwy. mile 88. 299-1706

200 Apts. for Rent/Palmer BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO LIVE! 5 minâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s from Palmer. 2BD, W/D, DW, hot water, heat & trash incl. Great recreational area $1000/mo (907) 715-4326 Lrg. 2BD apt. gas & water included. No pets or smoking in or out. $800 mo. $500 sec.dep. 746-4512

205 Apts. for Rent/Wasilla 2BD LARGE APT. with W/D & DW Quiet & secure setting. $900 mo. NP/NS 232-2554


Includes basic cable $700 & up 232-2665

FAX: 352-2277 â&#x20AC;˘ EMAIL: DEADLINE: Friday, 9 a.m. for following week

Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Scoop:

Ad Content: _________________________________________________________

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


1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7)

105 Homes for Sale Palmer

DROP OFF: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm at 5751 E. MayďŹ&#x201A;ower Ct. off Palmer-Wasilla Hwy.

205 Apts. for Rent/Wasilla 3BD, RECENT RENOVATION

Mi 2 Wasilla-Fishhook

Top flr. Coin Laundry. new carpet. Most Util Incl. $950 per mo. 373-3060


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

210 Apts. for Rent/ Mat-Su 1 BD COTTAGE

With New Deck Near 17 Mi. Lake, Some furniture Full size appliances Includes: trash, water, cable, propane, snow removal. Low oil usage $850 mo.+ electric

To inquire: Sharon 746-6836 or email

245 Duplex for Rent/Mat-Su area ON PRIVATE 2 AC CLEAN, 2 BD, DW, W/D, Heat Pd. $825 mo., $700 Deposit., No P/S. (907)373-2884

___________________________________________________________________ Name: _______________________________________ Phone: _______________ Address: ___________________________________________________________

* SORRY, WE CANNOT ACCEPT PHONE CALLS FOR FREE ADS Free Ads run in the Tuesday, Friday & Sunday Frontiersman, Wednesday Valley Sun, plus Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Anchorage Press and Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Arctic Warrior

515 Lost and Found


Female, blonde color W. Museum Dr. in Anchorage. Please Call 907-317-1570.

256 Commercial/ Shop/Warehouse

RUSSIAN BLUE, (solid gray) neutered male. Found 8/20 behind Wasilla Pet Zoo. Very friendly & outgoing. Please call 907-841-7711

Mile 64 Glenn Hwy, approx. 3,000 sf., $300/mo. 916-715-9587

305 Business Opps



REWARD Offered no ??? asked Male, White undocked tail and microchipped Missing since 7/11 @ Mi. 7 KGB Pls. Call 830-4222 or 414-9095

105 Homes for Sale Palmer

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


615 Building Supplies BILLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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

615 Building Supplies

632 Fuel/Heating


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

530 E. Steel Loop, Palmer

RECONDITIONED TOYOSTOVES Steveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Toyo Stove Repair, Mi. 3.4 KGB 907-376- 9276


746-7800 1-800-478-6242

Metal RooďŹ ng & Building Components Locally Owned & Operated

637 Household DAYBED SOFA

Hardly used. $100/obo. 745-2647

- Good Supply of large logs from Kodiak- Nice Lumber- Good PricesHave a Building Project? Call Valley Sawmill 907-357-3081 and talk with Vern

627 Health & Fitness EXERCISE CYCLE Montgomery Ward Needs new belt. $20.00. 907-272-3727

OVERSTUFFED L/R CHAIR - LIKE NEW $90 Call for details 907-631-3773

SECTIONAL SOFA, 2 piece, cream, matching swivel chair. $200 obo. 907-746-6340

652 Pets/Supplies AK CAT RESCUE Cute, cuddle bugs for adoption! Ask how you can get your momma cat spayed. (907)232-4444

745-4515 1-800-478-4516

500 Bulletin Board

$599,000 New Price $579,000

Gray/white cat w/ left ear tip folded back. Lost Sunday, 8/18 E.Tamarak, Wasilla 907-357-4085.

Delivery Available Visa & MC


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.

LOST DOG BOXER, BLACK with white chest, male, 1 yr. old, last seen Fairview Loop @ KGB Call: 315-0093 or 373-1233 FOUND KITTY


BEWARE Employment offers that suggest guaranteed out of state or overseas positions, glamorous travel, gifts or high wages for limited experience may be deceptive or unethical in nature. Please contact the following for possible information: Better Business Bureau at (907)562-0704 Wage & Hour Admin AK Dept of Labor at (907)269-4900

515 Lost and Found

500 Bulletin Board

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August 29 - September 4, 2013

400 Employment

400 Employment



is seeking a newspaper route driver.

MUST have JBER Military Base Access Delivery Friday mornings 8:00 am. Pay is conducted every 2 weeks. Contact Mike at:

907-360-8731 or

400 Employment

400 Employment




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

Family Centered Services of Alaska is seeking a Clinician to work with children (between 5-18 yrs of age) residing in our Therapeutic Foster Group Homes in Wasilla, Alaska. These kids are experiencing mental health issues/behavior problems and are at risk of psychiatric placement outside of their community of tie. Responsibilities include organizing, implementing, and evaluating treatment components and activities of programs. Creates and maintains milieu treatment activities, provides individual and group counseling to clients, and provides family counseling and/or training. Serves as an expert witness regarding clients in court, provides crisis intervention as needed, and participates in special activities. Master's Degree from an accredited university in social work, psychology, counseling or closely related field required. Current licensure in the State of Alaska, or working to obtain licensure, is required. Prefer two years experience in providing direct services to adolescents, program development, ISP development and implementation, and programmatic staff supervision. This is a full time position with an excellent benefits and compensation package. FCSA is an EEO employer. Submit resume to: FCSA HR 1825 Marika Rd. Fairbanks, AK. 99709 Fax: 907-451-8945

652 Pets/Supplies ATTENTION Frontiersman Readers!

It has been brought to our attention that a puppy scam is targeting animal lovers. Readers are asked to wire money to a seller who is either out of the country or out of state, with the promise that the seller will ship the animal once the wire transfer has been received.


If you can not speak to a person locally through a phone call or email without verification, please make sure not to give out ANY personal information.

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

652 Pets/Supplies We at the Frontiersman take every precaution to protect our readers and ask that they look for red flags and consider the following when purchasing an animal: â&#x20AC;˘ Purchase locally â&#x20AC;˘ Be wary of ads that do not list a telephone number, but an email address only â&#x20AC;˘ Have the animal examined by a vet before purchasing â&#x20AC;˘ Never wire money or send a check â&#x20AC;˘ Be sure to obtain the pet at the time of purchase. Classified Advertising (907)352-2250

400 Employment


Would you like to earn extra $$

652 Pets/Supplies

652 Pets/Supplies

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

"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.

ALASKA CAT Adoption Team

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Spaying and Neutering is Important to us!

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


501 Adult

501 Adult

608 Antiques/ Collectibles

608 Antiques/ Collectibles

Carriers Wanted!! Be Your Own Boss

The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman is seeking independent contractors to deliver the local newspaper in the Palmer, Wasilla, Big Lake & Houston areas. As a carrier you will be responsible for delivery of the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman on Tuesdays, Fridays & Sundays and must have the route finished by 5am

Requirements: At least 18 years old, valid Alaska driver's license, dependable vehicle and proof of auto insurance. Routes average 2-4 hours per night. Excellent customer service skills are required as the subscribers you serve are your customers. If you take pride in being your own boss & if you meet these requirements, please stop by our office to pick up an application.

The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman 5751 E Mayflower Ct Wasilla, AK 99654

â&#x20AC;&#x153;He Who Became Caribouâ&#x20AC;?, 1985

JACQUES and MARY REGAT stone LITHOGRAPH on arches white paper, ultra marine blue and is unframed so you can customize it to your preference. Only 100 of these lithographs were issued. The written native interpretation is included. This is a perfect art piece for collectors of art and/or Alaskana. $575 Please Call 907-830-6806

August 29 - September 4, 2013


652 Pets/Supplies

905 Auto Parts/ Accessories AUTO PARTS 3rd seat; new cond, gray; from mid 2000 Ford Expedition $100 OBO Call 745-2554

Alaska SPCA Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic 907-562-2999 549 W. Intâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;l Airport Rd, Anchorage Spay-neuters, microchips, rabies, vaccinations, nail clips, MOA licenses Great prices year-round

920 Cars 2000 SATURN, 4 dr, 5 spd, 1 owner, runs $1000. 354-5050.

Business & Service D I R E C TO RY

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 YAMAHA GOLF CART, GAS G168

940 Pickups/Trucks


8 ft. bed w/liner, 4x4, 6 cylinder automatic 160k miles, new tires with spare, good shape and great on gas! $4,200 (firm)



R&R REFRIGERATION & APPLIANCE REPAIR Reconditioned Appliance Sales & Service

Frontiersmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Glenn Highway Express

DELIVERY & COURIER SERVICE Between Anchorage & Mat-Su â&#x20AC;˘ NO JOB TOO SMALL â&#x20AC;˘ 4-6 Round Trips Weekly â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 14 ft. box van


Ice Machines



Call 907-352-2255


Includes full cover $2300 Call 907-250-3003.



695 Misc. for Sale BOGS, WOMENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S, SIZE 9 New in box w/tags. Flower design, good to -40., $100 907-841-4203


946 Sport Utility Vehicles '99 EXPEDITION 4x4, 8 CYL 180,000 mi., 4dr with rear entry seats 8, runs good and is very reliable

with lens & carrying case. $21 631-3773.

BEBE DRESS MEDIUM SIZE Never worn. Halter style long maxi dress $50. 907-276-6222

608 Antiques/ Collectibles

$6,000 907-376-3048 608 Antiques/ Collectibles

Licensed, Bonded, Insured




Lawn Ranger f Al k LLC of ofAlaska, Alaska LLC LLC


â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Cut Above the Restâ&#x20AC;?

Weekly Lawn Service â&#x20AC;˘ Spring CleanUp COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL

Thatching & Aerating Landscaping â&#x20AC;˘ Hauling â&#x20AC;˘ New Lawn Installs Lawn Fertilizing & Weed Control â&#x20AC;˘ Pruning Shrub & Hedge Trimming â&#x20AC;˘ Flower Bed Weeding

by Dr. Irving Burgues

Porcelain Sculpture Set of 3, Museum Quality Lmtd. Edition #35 of 350

Excellent Condition (Largest piece is 12â&#x20AC;? high)


907- 830-6806 652 Pets/Supplies


652 Pets/Supplies

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

FREE ESTIMATES â&#x20AC;˘ (907)


Licensed & Insured


Wasilla Locksmith Safe & Vault Serving all of the Valley and Anchorage Area

David Walz, Owner, 30+ Years Experience GSA Container Inspector #MBAJC0103 t US Military Safe & Vault Technician t Master Safe & Vault Technician t All General Locksmithing





PLUMBING ALASKA GOLDSTAR PLUMBING & HEATING INC Supplies & Installation Serving Alaska Since 1964

Military Discounts with I.D. Complete Line of Heating & Plumbing Supplies

Service Technicians Available Contracting 376-2859 or Retail 376-2875

Rescue Cats for Adoption Fixed, with shots and Microchip Money back Guarantee Find out about our reduced adoption fees.

Call 980-8898 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 LOVEâ&#x20AC;Ś Alaska Dog & Puppy Rescue 745-7030




Alpha Roofing & Construction

AMROCK SEP SHSame Owner Since 1989 TIC

RooĂ&#x20AC;ng & Siding Contractor Lic/Bonded/Ins â&#x20AC;˘ Free Est. â&#x20AC;˘ 5 yr Warranty


Pat & Charlotte Murray

Septic Pumping Mat-Su Area

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Call 907-352-2250 or email August 29 - September 4, 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

MU    XQ LU    LQY DBO     YCQW Y DUT,     Y D    J XU    TUSU YJ V K BDUII    E V     EK H    XUQH JI,     J XQ J    QBB    J XUIU    RBUII Y DWI   

MUHU    F HET K SUT    RO     IECU    IK F UH Y EH    M Y ITEC    QDT    LY H J K U    E V     EK H    GMD.     QRHQ XQC    BY DSEBD   

Hint: The writer of this was in deep discussion concerning the creation of the United States and its future in the world. Last week’s answer:  “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under.”  Ronald Reagan


last week’s solution

Sudoku puzzles too easy? Too hard? Write us at:

CROSSWORD FACTUAL VALUE ACROSS 1 Naval vessel inits. 1 Watch chain 4 Two or three 8 Narcotic drug 14 Gave rise to 18 Body of beliefs 20 Distortion 22 Do-fa links 23 Making of file cabinet inserts? 25 “Believe - Not!” 26 More than infatuated 27 Groom’s vow 28 New edition 30 Act in opposition to 33 Emerald Isle when it’s very snowy? 38 Seed case 41 Fire remnant 42 Actor Oskar 43 Vigilant 44 Let someone else have your warding-off job? 48 Money in virtual retail


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49 What some readings get reset to 50 Amped up 54 Thermostat component 56 Ghastly proprietor? 62 “Correct!” 64 Rod attachments 65 Film director Ephron 66 - -portrait 70 Arsonist’s alibi? 75 Put with the luggage 76 Trendy berry 77 In - (stacked up) 78 No-goodnik 80 Cat’s playing activities? 86 Baseball’s “Georgia Peach” 91 Card game like écarté 92 Dog in Oz 94 Majestic 95 Like terrain cultivated to grow poison mushrooms? 102 2005 horror film sequel 105 Old Olds models 106 Lang. of Austria 107 Low marks 108 At a ferris wheel’s pinnacle?

110 Next to 112 With 3-Down, seems familiar 113 Suffix with krypton 115 One of the B vitamins 119 Head, in Nice 120 Wright brothers’ command? 127 Computer brand 128 What attics are used for 129 Square meter, e.g. 130 Boomers’ kids 131 Golden age 132 Itches 133 Alternative to gmail

DOWN 1 Name for a poodle 2 Ingest way too much of, for short 3 See 112-Across 4 Brand of pain reliever 5 Prophesied 6 Yolked thing 7 Letter following ex 8 Outstanding 9 Many an ex-con 10 Gershwin or Aldridge 11 Liable 12 Mai 13 Big head 14 Dresses with trains 15 Film do-over 16 Gushy actor 17 Most terrible 19 Scent-free 21 Adequate, in dialect 24 Tiny peeve 29 Believe that one will 31 Golfer Aoki 32 Below, as a goal 34 Kin of “ruff!” 35 Opposite of SSW 36 Hyena’s lair 37 Munic. statute 38 “Rock of -” 39 Starchy food 40 Nobel winner Pavlov 42 “Do you know - am?” 45 Skipper’s cry 46 Rocky crag 47 Aruba, e.g.: Abbr. 51 Lace snarl 52 Architect Saarinen

53 Do a sketch 55 KO counter 57 See 89-Down 58 Whammy 59 Sleuth, in slang 60 Viral malady 61 KGB’s land 63 Thick slice 66 Guarded 67 Light beige 68 Nonclerical 69 British seafood sticks 71 Cartoon storekeeper 72 Prefix with calculate 73 Horror film director Roth 74 Munch 79 Tony-winning actress Daly

81 Asian cobras 82 “So’s - old man!” 83 Takeoff guesses, briefly 84 Lawn layer 85 Theater part 87 “King Lear” daughter 88 Melancholy instrument 89 With 57-Down, teal or aqua 90 Mrs. Harry Truman 93 Tip jar items 96 Sallie 97 Fairy 98 Narcs’ org. 99 Fleischer or Onassis 100 Deposed dictator Manuel 101 TV’s Merv 102 Extra levy

103 Individually 104 Cold season 109 Linden and Sparks 110 Apiary insect 111 Blockheads 114 Deuce taker 116 Home to the Taj Mahal 117 “The Cosby Show” boy 118 List abbr. 121 Afr. nation 122 Foot part 123 Sample 124 Possessed 125 Pay for 126 Ethyl ending


NEWS OF THE WEIRD By Chuck Shepherd

Haute water

The upscale restaurant at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced in August that it would soon add a 20-item selection of waters from around the world, priced from $8 to $16 a bottle (except for a $12 “tasting menu”). Martin Riese, general manager of Ray’s & Stark Bar, who is also a renowned water gourmet, will sell his own California-made 9OH2O, which comes in “limited editions of 10,000 individually numbered glass bottles” at $14 each. Said Riese, “(M)any people don’t know that water is just as important to the entire dining experience (as, say, a good wine).” Riese has been certified as a water sommelier by the German Mineral Water Association.

The continuing crisis

A security lab, delivering a report to the makers of software for a luxury Japanese toilet, warned that a flaw in their Android program renders the toilet hackable—even while a user sits on it. The Satis (which retails for the equivalent of about $5,600) includes automatic flushing, bidet spray, fragrance-spritz, and music, according to an August BBC News report, and is controllable by a “My Satis” smartphone app. However, the PIN to operate the app is unalterably “0000,” which means that a prankster with the app could create some very uncomfortable mischief in a public restroom. ***** The CEO of Christian Schools Australia told the Australian Associated Press in June that Caloundra Christian College in Queensland teaches a range of creative sexual health messages and offered the school’s recent student pamphlet, “101 Things to Do Instead of Doing It,” as evidence. Recommended substitutes: “Pretend you’re six again,” “Have a water fight,” “Blow bubbles in the park,” and “Have a burping contest.” ***** What hawkmoth researchers know: According to their study in July in the Royal Society of Biology Letters, researchers from the University of Florida and Boise State somehow have learned that the hawkmoth evolved to avoid predator bats by jamming bats’ signature ra-

dar-like hunting technique called echolocation. guided by GPS. Said one bemused customer, joying a leisurely inner-tube ride on the Clark A co-author told that the “I was wondering what the hell that was, to be Fork River near Missoula, Montana, on Sunhawkmoth “confuses” the bats by emitting son- honest.” So far, the payload is limited to a shirt day, July, 21—when a man landed on top of ic pulses from its genitals. or towel, to be picked off the hovering aircraft him, sending Hill to the hospital with broken ***** by the customer, but owner Harout Vartanian bones and torn ligaments. The man, who was New meaning to “Hon. John Hurley”: Imme- hopes to buy a bigger drone soon. The news not seriously hurt, had playfully jumped from diately following Judge John Hurley’s having service Agence France-Presse reported an even a bridge without looking. (2) College baseball reduced her bond from $76,000 to $10,000 on bolder drone program in August: delivering shortstop Mattingly Romanin, 20, suffered a drug trafficking charges in a Fort Lauderdale, beer to music festival-goers in South Africa. concussion in July, while on the field before a Florida, courtroom in August, Felicia Under- The director of the Oppikoppi festival in Lim- summer league game, when a skydiver knocked wood, 38, asked, “You can’t make it a little popo province attested to the drone’s success. A him to the ground. The skydiver was part of a lower, hon?” According to a South Florida Sun- reveler places an order by smartphone, which pre-game flyover at the Hannibal (Missouri) Sentinel report, Hurley was momentarily taken marks the location, and the drone is dispatched Cavemen’s game, but was windblown slightly aback, asking: “Did she just refer to the court to lower the beer by parachute—usually in the off-course. as ‘honey’?” “Oh, well ...” (He kept the bond at midst of a cheering crowd. $10,000.) Least competent criminals ***** ***** A 28-year-old man ordered to submit to finContrary to popular wisdom, cows do not Adult “swinger” clubs occasionally rent com- sleep standing up, but actually spend 12-14 gerprinting in Mason, Michigan, in July in conmercial facilities like restaurants for an evening hours a day lying down, even though their nection with a fraud investigation, had another in which randy couples can mingle, but a club shape makes the position uncomfortable. Con- charge added when he decided to pay the $16 in Melbourne, Australia, struck a deal with scientious dairy farmers use beds of sand to fingerprinting fee with a stolen credit card. the Casey Kids Play House Cranbourne, where adapt to the cow’s contour, and since the late **** frolickers could enjoy the playtime equip- 1990s, a Wisconsin firm (Advanced Comfort Sheriff’s deputies in Apopka, Florida, charged ment—until parents of children who play there Technology) has marketed $200 cow waterbeds, Chad Winslow with burglary after finding him found out in June. The parents were especially which are even more flexible. Waterbeds may stuck in a grease vent (facing outward) on the concerned about the partiers cavorting among be superior, also, because they are built with an roof of Sam’s Discount Food Store in June. Acthe plastic balls in the giant ball pit. One parent extra chamber that makes it easier for the cow cording to a deputy, Winslow’s first words were, told the Herald Sun, “My son is one (who) puts to lower herself safely. The founders’ daughter, “I’m stuck, and I have to take a poop.” balls in his mouth.” Amy Throndsen, told Huffington Post in June ***** that her parents endured awkward moments A News of the Weird classic British birdwatchers were especially excited starting the company: “Everyone… is telling Librarian Graham Barker, 45, of Perth, Ausby news earlier this year that a rare White- them, don’t do it. Don’t do it. Are you kidding tralia, casually revealed to a reporter in October, throated Needletail (the world’s fastest flying me? Waterbeds?” 2010, that his hobby of 26 years—harvesting his bird) had been spotted on the U.K.’s Isles of own navel lint daily, just before he showers— Harris—only the eighth such sighting in Brit- Perspective won acclaim in the Guinness Book of World ain in 170 years—and ornithologists arranged “High School in the Community” (HSC), the Records. His three-jar collection (a fourth is for an expedition that attracted birdwatchers teachers’ union-managed school in New Haven, in progress) has been sold to a local museum. from around the world. A June report in the Connecticut, recently completed the first year His pastime, he told London’s Daily Mail, “costs Daily Telegraph noted that about 80 people of its program aimed in part at ending “social nothing and takes almost no time or effort, so were on the scene when the bird appeared again, promotion”—the automatic passing of students there is no compelling reason to stop.” Barker, but then had to watch it fly straight toward the to the next grade even if they lack the skills and who also collects McDonald’s tray liners, said blades of a wind turbine. (As the event might knowledge necessary for that grade. However, he once did a “navel lint survey,” and “a handbe described by Monty Python, the bird thus the officials were shocked to learn that not a ful of respondents” “confessed” to having the joined the choir invisible, left this mortal coil, single one of the school’s 44 first-time 9th- hobby. “One guy (said he) might have persisted, became an ex-White-throated Needletail.) graders passed the promotion tests (and will but he got married, and his wife ordered him have lengthy 9th-grade make-up sessions over to stop.” Bright ideas the summer or beginning again in September). Helpful military tech spin-off: Manayunk (Several other 9th-graders, who were already Are you ready for News of the Weird Pro EdiCleaners in Philadelphia has been testing de- repeating 9th grade, were promoted.) tion? livery of customers’ clothing via its own drone Every Monday at (a converted four-blade DJI Phantom quad- Oops! copter originally used for aerial photography), Look! Up in the sky!: (1) Andy Hill was en-




August 29 - September 4, 2013


VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22)

â&#x20AC;&#x153;A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct,â&#x20AC;? wrote science fiction author Frank Herbert. I urge you to heed that advice. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you will oversee the germination of several new trends in the coming weeks. Future possibilities will reveal themselves to you. You will be motivated to gather the ingredients and formulate the plans to make sure that those trends and possibilities will actually happen. One of the most critical tasks you can focus on is to ensure that the balances are righteous right from the start.

LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22)

The online Time Travel Mart sells products you might find handy in the event that you travel through time. Available items include barbarian repellant, dinosaur eggs, time travel sickness pills, a centurionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s helmet, a portable wormhole, and a samurai umbrella. I have no financial tie to this store. So when I recommend you consider purchasing something from it or another company with a similar product line, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because I suspect you will soon be summoned to explore and possibly even alter the past. Be well-prepared to capitalize on the unexpected opportunities. (Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Time Travel Mart:


Mystic poets find the divine presence everywhere. The wind carries Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love, bestowing tender caresses. The scent of a lily is an intimate message from the Holy Beloved, provoking bliss. Even a bowl of oatmeal contains the essence of the Creator; to eat it is to receive an ecstatic blessing. But those of us who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mystic poets are not necessarily attuned to all this sweetness. We may even refuse to make ourselves receptive to the ceaseless offerings. To the mystic poets, we are like sponges floating in the ocean but trying very hard not to get wet. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do that this week; Scorpio. Be like a sponge floating in the ocean and allowing yourself to get totally soaked.


James Caan is a well-known actor who has appeared in more than 80 movies, including notables like The Godfather, A Bridge Too Far, and Elf. But he has also turned down major roles in a series of blockbusters: Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, One Flew Over the Cuckooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest, Kramer vs. Kramer, Blade Runner, and Apocalypse Now. I present his odd choices as a cautionary tale for you in the coming weeks, Sagittarius. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sell yourself short. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shrink from the challenges that present themselves. Even if you have accomplished a lot already, an invitation to a more complete form of success may be in the offing.


â&#x20AC;&#x153;What a terrible mistake to let go of something wonderful for something real,â&#x20AC;? says a character in one of Miranda Julyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s short stories. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m offering similar advice to you, Capricorn. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;something realâ&#x20AC;? you would get by sacrificing â&#x20AC;&#x153;something wonderfulâ&#x20AC;? might seem to be the more practical and useful option, but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think it would be in the long run. Sticking with â&#x20AC;&#x153;something wonderfulâ&#x20AC;? will ultimately inspire breakthroughs that boost your ability to meet real-world challenges.


â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is more truth in our erotic zones than in the whole of religions and mathematics,â&#x20AC;? wrote the English artist Austin O. Spare. I think he was being melodramatic. Who can say for sure whether such an extreme statement is accurate? But I suspect that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at least a worthy hypothesis for you to entertain in the coming weeks, Aquarius. The new wisdom you could potentially stir up through an exploration of eros will be extensive and intensive. Your research may proceed more briskly if you have a loving collaborator who enjoys playing, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not an absolute necessity.


â&#x20AC;&#x153;This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.â&#x20AC;? So says a character in Oscar Wildeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play The Importance of Being Earnest. I could envision you speaking those words sometime soon. Plain old drama could creep in the direction of passionate stimulation. High adventure may beckon, and entertaining stories might erupt.

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Soon you could find yourself feeling tingly all over, and that might be so oddly pleasant that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want it to end. With the right attitudeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that is, a willingness to steep yourself in the lyrical ambiguityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;your soul could feed off the educational suspense for quite a while.


You seem primed to act like a ram, the astrological creature associated with your sign. I swear you have that look in your eyes: the steely gaze that tells me youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re about to take a very direct approach to smashing the obstacles in your way. I confess that I have not always approved of such behavior. In the past, you have sometimes done more damage to yourself than to the obstruction youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to remove. But this is one time when the head-first approach might work. There is indeed evidence that the job at hand requires a battering ram. What does your intuition tell you?


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Gonna Be (500 Miles)â&#x20AC;? is a raucous love song by the Scottish band The Proclaimers. In the chorus, the singer declares, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would walk 500 miles / And I would walk 500 more / Just to be the man who walked 1000 miles / To fall down at your door.â&#x20AC;? In 2011, a Chinese woman named Ling Hsueh told her boyfriend Lie Peiwen she would marry him if he took the lyrics of this song to heart. In response, loverboy embarked on a thousand-mile hike to the distant city where she lived. His stunt seemed to have expedited the deepening of their relationship. The two are now wed. In accordance with your current astrological omens, Taurus, I encourage you to consider the possibility of being a romantic fool like Liu Peiwen. What playfully heroic or richly symbolic deed would you perform for the sake of love?


â&#x20AC;&#x153;The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness,â&#x20AC;? said the painter Joan MirĂł in describing his artistic process. I recommend a similar approach to you in the coming weeks. Identify what excites

you the most and will continue to inspire and energize you for the foreseeable future. Activate the wild parts of your imagination as you dream and scheme about how to get as much of that excitement as you can stand. And then set to work, with methodical self-discipline, to make it all happen.


My vision of you in the coming week involves you being more instinctual and natural and primal than usual. I have a picture in my mind of you climbing trees and rolling in the grass and holding bugs in your hands and letting the wind mess up your hair. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gazing up at the sky a lot, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing spontaneous dance moves for no other reason than because it feels good, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re serenading the sun and clouds and hills with your favorite songs. I see you eating food with your fingers and touching things youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never touched. I hear you speaking wild truths youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve bottled up for months. As for sex? I think you know what to do.

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The Japanese word senzuri refers to a sexual act of self-love performed by a man. Its literal meaning is â&#x20AC;&#x153;a hundred rubs.â&#x20AC;? The corresponding term for the female version is shiko shiko manzuri, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;ten thousand rubs.â&#x20AC;? Judging from the astrological omens, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m guessing that the applicable metaphor for you in the days ahead will be shiko shiko manzuri rather than senzuri. Whatever gender you are, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be wise to slowww wayyyy down and take your time, not just in pursuit of pleasure but in pretty much everything you do. The best rewards and biggest blessings will come from being deliberate, gradual, thorough, and leisurely.


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