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Protests, anger, doubt prevail at Ferguson meeting

AP US News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 6:10pm
Syrian rebel group names new leaders after blast Associated Press - 10 September 2014 07:06-04:00 News Topics: General news, Rebellions and uprisings, Civil wars, War and unrest, Accidents and disasters People, Places and Companies: Bashar Assad, Syria, Middle East, United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Boos, booty dominate Fashion Rocks concert

AP Entertainment News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 6:09pm
Boos, booty dominate Fashion Rocks concert Associated Press - 10 September 2014 02:09-04:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, Music, Entertainment, Rhythm and blues, Hip hop and rap, Pop music, NFL football, Professional football, Football, Sports People, Places and Companies: Justin Bieber, Victor Cruz, Nicki Minaj, Rita Ora, Lara Stone, Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Enrique Iglesias, AfroJack, Naomi Campbell, Paris Hilton, Ryan Seacrest Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Palestinian killed in Israeli raid in West Bank

AP Top news - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 6:03pm
Palestinian killed in Israeli raid in West Bank Associated Press - 10 September 2014 02:03-04:00 News Topics: General news, War and unrest People, Places and Companies: Palestinian territories, West Bank, Israel, Middle East Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Democrat Moulton sets sights on congressional seat

AP Politics - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 6:02pm
Democrat Moulton sets sights on congressional seat Associated Press - 10 September 2014 02:02-04:00 News Topics: General news, Government and politics, House elections, Elections, Legislature, Campaign advertising, Gun politics, Campaigns, Political issues, Human rights and civil liberties, Social issues, Social affairs People, Places and Companies: Richard Tisei, John Tierney, Marty Meehan, Kerry Bentivolio, Eric Cantor, Ralph Hall, Judd Gregg, Marisa DeFranco, Barack Obama, United States, Massachusetts Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Democrat Moulton sets sights on congressional seat

AP US News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 6:02pm
Democrat Moulton sets sights on congressional seat Associated Press - 10 September 2014 02:02-04:00 News Topics: General news, Government and politics, House elections, Elections, Legislature, Campaign advertising, Gun politics, Campaigns, Political issues, Human rights and civil liberties, Social issues, Social affairs People, Places and Companies: Richard Tisei, John Tierney, Marty Meehan, Kerry Bentivolio, Eric Cantor, Ralph Hall, Judd Gregg, Marisa DeFranco, Barack Obama, United States, Massachusetts Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Colorado woman set to plead guilty in terror case

AP US News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 5:56pm
Colorado woman set to plead guilty in terror case Associated Press - 10 September 2014 01:56-04:00 News Topics: General news, Terrorism, Crime, Intelligence agencies, Militant groups, War and unrest, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Anwar al-Awlaki, Denver, Colorado, Syria, Middle East Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

After Brown wins GOP primary, Shaheen on offensive

AP Politics - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 5:54pm
After Brown wins GOP primary, Shaheen on offensive Associated Press - 10 September 2014 01:54-04:00 News Topics: General news, Government and politics, Senate elections, Elections, Primary elections, Legislature, Political parties, Political organizations People, Places and Companies: Jeanne Shaheen, Scott Brown, Barack Obama, Edward Kennedy, Elizabeth Warren, United States, New Hampshire Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

After Brown wins GOP primary, Shaheen on offensive

AP US News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 5:54pm
After Brown wins GOP primary, Shaheen on offensive Associated Press - 10 September 2014 01:54-04:00 News Topics: General news, Government and politics, Senate elections, Elections, Primary elections, Legislature, Political parties, Political organizations People, Places and Companies: Jeanne Shaheen, Scott Brown, Barack Obama, Edward Kennedy, Elizabeth Warren, United States, New Hampshire Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

What Mideast states could offer a US coalition

AP Top news - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 5:51pm
What Mideast states could offer a US coalition Associated Press - 10 September 2014 01:51-04:00 News Topics: General news, Military facilities, Militant groups, War and unrest, Government and politics, Military and defense People, Places and Companies: John Kerry, Chuck Hagel, Barack Obama, Muammar Gaddafi, George H. Bush, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Syria, Middle East, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, United States, Persian Gulf, Ankara, Qatar Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Missouri executes man for killing 2 in robbery

AP US News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 5:45pm
Missouri executes man for killing 2 in robbery Associated Press - 10 September 2014 01:45-04:00 News Topics: General news, Sentencing, Legal proceedings, Executions, Homicide, Robbery, Crime, Law and order, Criminal punishment, Violent crime, Theft People, Places and Companies: Jay Nixon, Missouri, Columbia Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Gaza war is over, but Jerusalem violence remains

AP Top news - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 5:44pm
Gaza war is over, but Jerusalem violence remains Associated Press - 10 September 2014 01:44-04:00 News Topics: General news, Militant groups, War and unrest, Violence, Social issues, Social affairs, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Jerusalem, Palestinian territories, Israel, Gaza Strip, Middle East Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Ferguson reforms met with rancor at city meeting

AP US News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 5:28pm
Ferguson reforms met with rancor at city meeting Associated Press - 10 September 2014 01:28-04:00 News Topics: General news, Legal proceedings, Violent crime, Municipal governments, Homicide, Arrests, Crime, Suburbs, Traffic, Shootings, Law and order, Local governments, Government and politics, Social affairs, Transportation People, Places and Companies: Michael Brown, Missouri, St. Louis Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Women's colleges address transgender applicants

AP US News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 5:21pm
Women's colleges address transgender applicants Associated Press - 10 September 2014 01:21-04:00 News Topics: General news, Higher education, Undergraduate education, Education, College admissions, Gender identity, Gender issues, Social affairs, Social issues People, Places and Companies: Laverne Cox, Massachusetts, United States 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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