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Florida man accused of stalking Bristol Palin

AP Alaska News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 4:10pm
Florida man accused of stalking Bristol Palin Associated Press - 9 September 2014 19:58-04:00 News Topics: General news, Crime People, Places and Companies: Bristol Palin, Sarah Palin, Willow Palin, Alaska, Wasilla, Florida Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Researchers studying Pacific walrus population

AP Alaska News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 4:10pm
Researchers studying Pacific walrus population Associated Press - 9 September 2014 19:45-04:00 News Topics: General news, Animals, Marine biology, Walruses, Wildlife, Wildlife management, Biology, Science, Oceanography, Mammals, Environment, Environment and nature, Natural resource management People, Places and Companies: Rebecca Taylor, United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Apple unveils smartwatch, bets on wearable devices

AP Business News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 4:10pm
Apple unveils smartwatch, bets on wearable devices Associated Press - 9 September 2014 19:23-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Technology, Consumer electronics manufacturing, Mobile phone manufacturing, Tablet computer manufacturing, Wearable technology, New products and services, Consumer electronics, Mobile video, Computer hardware manufacturing, Consumer product manufacturing, Consumer products and services, Industries, Mobile telecommunications equipment manufacturing, Telecommunications equipment manufacturing, Telecommunications, Personal computer manufacturing, Information technology, Products and services, Corporate news, Mobile media, Media People, Places and Companies: Steve Jobs, Tim Cook, California Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Detroit, key bankruptcy plan opponent reach deal

AP Business News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 4:10pm
Detroit, key bankruptcy plan opponent reach deal Associated Press - 9 September 2014 19:55-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news People, Places and Companies: Detroit Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

American recovery drives the dollar sharply higher

AP Business News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 4:10pm
American recovery drives the dollar sharply higher Associated Press - 9 September 2014 16:18-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, U.S. dollar, Currency markets, Prices, Japanese yen, Economy, Euro, Visible trade, Central bank interest rates, Lead markets, Financial markets, International trade, Monetary policy, Economic policy, Government business and finance, Government and politics, Government policy, Base metal markets, Metal markets, Commodity markets People, Places and Companies: United States, Japan Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Ferguson plans reforms after fatal police shooting

AP US News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 4:10pm
Ferguson plans reforms after fatal police shooting Associated Press - 9 September 2014 17:07-04:00 News Topics: General news, Violent crime, Municipal governments, Crime, Police, Shootings, Local governments, Government and politics, Law enforcement agencies People, Places and Companies: Michael Brown, Missouri Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Apple unveils smartwatch, bets on wearable devices

AP US News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 4:10pm
Apple unveils smartwatch, bets on wearable devices Associated Press - 9 September 2014 19:23-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Technology, Consumer electronics manufacturing, Mobile phone manufacturing, Tablet computer manufacturing, Wearable technology, New products and services, Consumer electronics, Mobile video, Computer hardware manufacturing, Consumer product manufacturing, Consumer products and services, Industries, Mobile telecommunications equipment manufacturing, Telecommunications equipment manufacturing, Telecommunications, Personal computer manufacturing, Information technology, Products and services, Corporate news, Mobile media, Media People, Places and Companies: Steve Jobs, Tim Cook, California Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Detroit, key bankruptcy plan opponent reach deal

AP US News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 4:10pm
Detroit, key bankruptcy plan opponent reach deal Associated Press - 9 September 2014 19:55-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news People, Places and Companies: Detroit Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Trump casinos file Chapter 11; seek concessions

AP US News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 4:10pm
Trump casinos file Chapter 11; seek concessions Associated Press - 9 September 2014 14:44-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Labor negotiations, Gambling industry, Corporate bankruptcy, Labor unions, Personnel, Consumer services, Consumer products and services, Industries, Financial performance, Corporate news, Labor issues, Social issues, Social affairs People, Places and Companies: Donald Trump, Atlantic City, New Jersey Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

News Guide: Primary election highlights

AP US News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 4:10pm
News Guide: Primary election highlights Associated Press - 9 September 2014 02:45-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, Elections, Campaign advertising, Campaigns, Primary elections, State elections, Campaign spending, Women's figure skating, Figure skating, 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, Women's skating, State governments, Skating, Veterans, Winter Olympic games, Legislature, Campaign finance, Sports, Women's sports, Olympic games, Events People, Places and Companies: Jeanne Shaheen, Scott Brown, Edward Kennedy, Elizabeth Warren, Martha Coakley, Andrew Cuomo, Howie Hawkins, Walt Havenstein, Maggie Hassan, Deval Patrick, Charlie Baker, Angel Taveras, Michelle Kwan, John Tierney, Richard Tisei, Buddy Cianci, United States, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Haiti prisons under scrutiny after mass breakout

AP Top news - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 4:05pm
Haiti prisons under scrutiny after mass breakout Associated Press - 10 September 2014 00:05-04:00 News Topics: General news, Prison breaks, Kidnapping, Violent crime, Prison overcrowding, Crime, Prisons, Judiciary, Correctional systems, Law and order, Treatment of prisoners, Human welfare, Social issues, Social affairs, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Laurent Lamothe, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Caribbean, Port-au-Prince Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Older Americans struggle with student debt

AP Politics - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 4:03pm
Older Americans struggle with student debt Associated Press - 10 September 2014 00:03-04:00 News Topics: Personal finance, Government and politics, Business, Education costs, Student financial aid, Seniors, Education, Social affairs People, Places and Companies: Bill Nelson Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Becky Saleeby: On the Verge of Seeing my First Novel in Print

49 Writers - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 7:00am
Becky Saleeby
After six drafts, two professional rounds of editing, and a moderate investment in publishing, I’m on the verge of seeing my first novel, Searching for Isaiah John, in print. It has taken shape, changed course, and arrived in final form over the course of a decade. Yes, one decade. But that’s a conservative estimate. Maybe I’m like most writers with a vague idea that sits dormant for a long while until something happens to jar it loose. For me it was jury duty— two weeks of repetitive, mind-numbing arguments in a stuffy Anchorage courtroom. My fellow jurors seemed amazed at my assiduous note taking on the pad of paper given to us when the trial began. By the end, I had filled it with furious scribbling about plot ideas instead of legal evidence. Better yet, I discovered one of my main characters — a charming police officer with wiry salt-and-pepper hair — on the witness stand.
For each draft, I took advice from anyone who offered it. The first draft had a cool title, but revealed a plot twist toward the end of the book. A friend in my writing group fortunately pointed out it would never work. The second draft benefited from reviewers at the Kachemak Bay Writers Conference who suggested I ramp up the conflicts. My characters were apparently just too nice (it seems my reviewers were just too polite to use the word boring). One editor insisted that I add a romantic scene to help with character development, and Lisa Cron, speaker at the Alaska Writers Guild conference last fall, urged us to nail that first page so that readers would at least turn to the second.
The final round of advice, and the best, was given by Andromeda Romano-Lax, one of my writing instructors at 49 Writers and my book coach. I sent her the fifth draft, which was lacking in something I couldn’t quite put a finger on. I was so unsure of the novel at that point that I asked if anything was worth salvaging. I was pleased with her response. She liked it! It wasn’t an unqualified thumbs-up, however, and that’s when the real revision started for me.
Andromeda pointed out that my main character and narrator, Jacob Tao, had a serious personality flaw. He came across as weak and passive, never initiating any action in the story, just reacting to what other characters said and did. What a surprise! To me he was a typical, laid-back, sixties kind of guy. Another problem was the story within a story, both of them narrated from Jacob’s point of view. It was tedious to read about him sitting at a kitchen table, drinking endless cups of tea, and listening to his neighbor’s escape to Alaska in the 1920s. And then Andromeda said my two underlying themes were a bit too subtle, which I interpreted as meaning “undeveloped.” Once the book’s shortcomings had been gently spelled out for me, my vision cleared. I remember the feeling of great relief when I could honestly say I knew where I was going with the story. Draft six took one intense month of work, but it turned out to be the most fun, creative part of the whole journey.  
Since my initial attempt at sending the manuscript off to a publisher fell flat (she never provided a word of feedback or a reply to emails or a phone call), I decided to try independent publishing. CreateSpace at Amazon.com appealed to me because the process seemed streamlined and straight-forward. It turned out to be exactly what I’d hoped for. The important thing is that it fit my ultimate goal, which was to simply get the book out for others to read (fame and fortune never entered my equation). After my online inquiry, I received a welcome email and was instructed to set up a time for a phone call. I was hooked on CreateSpace after that first personal contact. One of the questions I asked the marketing specialist who called me was whether an author ever recoups her investment after the book has been published. He answered that 50% actually do, but it is all dependent on the quality of the writing and the effort each author puts toward marketing her own book. 
The final proof of my book arrived in the mail today (several days ahead of schedule, I should add).  I love the cover. They asked for my design ideas and ran with them, even allowing me to make a couple changes along the way. They also gave me the option of a printed proof after each of my four rounds of editing and proof-reading. Their service has been personal, professional, and punctual. Now, I’m just waiting for the Kirkus reviews. Oh did I mention that submitting to Kirkus is included in their package deal?  Until then, I want to let other aspiring novelists know about CreateSpace. I end here by giving them an unqualified thumbs-up.

Becky Saleeby is a thirty-year resident of Alaska. She signed up for her first 49 Writers class in 2010 to make the transition from her professional writing of books and papers about archaeology to another genre: fiction. The switch has been good for her health and her sense of humor.  

Categories: Arts & Culture

“Mary’s Wild Winter Feast” Children’s Book by Hannah Lindoff

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:26am

The back and front cover of Juneauite author Hannah Lindoff’s “Mary’s Wild Winter Feast” co-illustrated by Nobu Koch and Clarissa Rizal

Hot off the press, you may purchase this book at the Alaska-Juneau Public Market at Centennial Hall in Juneau during Thanksgiving weekend at my booth #P-15 in the main hall OR you can purchase directly from Hannah OR  you can order a copy from a couple of sources below:

Here is the book’s page on UAF: http://www.alaska.edu/uapress/browse/detail/index.xml?id=511

Here’s the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Marys-Winter-Feast-Hannah-Lindoff/dp/1602232326/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409341461&sr=8-1&keywords=Mary%27s+Wild+Winter+Feast

You want a signed copy?  Come by my booth P-15 at the Alaska-Juneau Public Market!  We’ll see you there!

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Superintendent speaks out about student privacy rights

Juneau School District Announcements - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:40pm

Supe's On  - Welcome to the Superintendent's Blog

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School District Report on Investigation into Hazing

Juneau School District Announcements - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 4:35pm

The Juneau School District has concluded our investigation into allegations that on or about May 30-31 of this year a group of incoming senior boys hazed/initiated a group of incoming freshmen boys by paddling them multiple times.

These events were first brought to our attention in early June. At that time the district began an initial investigation, which, due to an active police investigation and summer vacation, was put on hold. When we were informed that the police had concluded their investigation we resumed our efforts.

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