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AVCP re-elects Naneng as president

AP Alaska News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 4:10pm
AVCP re-elects Naneng as president KYUK-AM - 9 October 2014 11:34-04:00 News Topics: General news, Presidential elections, Municipal governments, National elections, Elections, Government and politics, Local governments People, Places and Companies: Alaska Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Ex-wife of Glock founder sues him over millions

AP Business News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 4:10pm
Ex-wife of Glock founder sues him over millions Associated Press - 9 October 2014 19:50-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Corporate legal affairs, Corporate lawsuits, Lawsuits, Legal proceedings, Firearms manufacturing, Divorce and separations, Gun politics, Corporate news, Law and order, Weapons manufacturing, Aerospace and defense industry, Industrial products and services, Industries, Family issues, Social affairs, Political issues, Government and politics, Human rights and civil liberties, Social issues People, Places and Companies: Atlanta, United States, Austria Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Microsoft CEO: Women don't need to ask for raise

AP Business News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 4:10pm
Microsoft CEO: Women don't need to ask for raise Associated Press - 9 October 2014 19:37-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Technology, Workplace diversity, Personnel, Social diversity, Social issues, Social affairs Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Frustration mounts as Nevada gay couples wait

AP US News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 4:10pm
Frustration mounts as Nevada gay couples wait Associated Press - 9 October 2014 19:44-04:00 News Topics: General news, Lifestyle, Government and politics, Same sex marriage, Marriage, Court decisions, Weddings, Family issues, Social affairs, Gay rights, Human rights and civil liberties, Social issues, Legal proceedings, Law and order, Occasions People, Places and Companies: Las Vegas, Nevada Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The latest developments on same-sex marriage

AP US News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 4:10pm
The latest developments on same-sex marriage Associated Press - 9 October 2014 18:58-04:00 News Topics: General news, Gays and lesbians, Same sex marriage, Civil unions, Court decisions, State courts, National courts, Marriage, Weddings, Family issues, Social affairs, Gay rights, Human rights and civil liberties, Social issues, Legal proceedings, Law and order, Courts, Judiciary, Government and politics, State governments, National governments, Occasions, Lifestyle People, Places and Companies: Anthony Kennedy, United States, Nevada, Las Vegas, Idaho, Cincinnati, South Carolina Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Satellite sees hot spot of methane in US Southwest

AP US News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 4:10pm
Satellite sees hot spot of methane in US Southwest Associated Press - 9 October 2014 18:45-04:00 News Topics: Science, Energy and the environment, Metals and minerals industry, Hydraulic fracturing, Space industry, Environment, Environment and nature, Materials industry, Industries, Business, Aerospace and defense industry, Industrial products and services People, Places and Companies: United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Researchers begin study of Ebola vaccine in Africa

AP US News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 4:10pm
Researchers begin study of Ebola vaccine in Africa Associated Press - 9 October 2014 17:41-04:00 News Topics: General news, Health, Ebola virus, Medical research, Immunizations, Hemorrhagic fever, Infectious diseases, Diseases and conditions, Public health People, Places and Companies: Africa, Guinea, Mali, United States, West Africa Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

US military planes arrive at epicenter of Ebola

AP Top news - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 4:06pm
US military planes arrive at epicenter of Ebola Associated Press - 10 October 2014 00:06-04:00 News Topics: Health, Ebola virus, Medical research, Disease outbreaks, Armed forces, Emergency management, Amphibious forces, Military healthcare, Government and politics, Hemorrhagic fever, Infectious diseases, Diseases and conditions, General news, Public health, Military and defense, Military affairs People, Places and Companies: Ernest Bai Koroma, Alpha Conde, Thomas Frieden, David Cameron, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, West Africa, Liberia, Madrid, Sierra Leone, Monrovia, Guinea, Africa, United States, Mali, Spain Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

US-led coalition ramps up strikes on Syrian town

AP Top news - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 4:04pm
US-led coalition ramps up strikes on Syrian town Associated Press - 10 October 2014 00:04-04:00 News Topics: General news, Militant groups, War and unrest, Civil wars, International relations, Government and politics, Military and defense People, Places and Companies: John R. Allen, Jens Stoltenberg, Bashar Assad, John Kerry, Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey, Syria, Ankara, Middle East, United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Tesla adding all-wheel drive, safety features

AP Business News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 4:00pm
Tesla adding all-wheel drive, safety features Associated Press - 10 October 2014 00:00-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Automobile safety, Automobile manufacturing, Product safety, Products and services, Corporate news, Consumer product manufacturing, Consumer products and services, Industries Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

One Campus One Book film showing

Juneau Public Library Blog - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 2:40pm
Did you know that Juneau Public Libraries is part of the UAS One Campus One Book program during this month of October? Come to the Douglas Library this Saturday, October 11th, for a film recreation of one of Steinbeck’s most cherished novels. Let’s enjoy Steinbeck all together!
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Yogi Berra World Series rings, MVP plaques stolen

AP Sports News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 2:10pm
LITTLE FALLS, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say several of Yogi Berra's World Series rings and two MVP plaques were stolen from a museum honoring the New York Yankees Hall of Famer. 2014-10-09T18:10:33-04:00 2014-10-09T17:38:43-04:00

Vegas ready to place a big bet on New Jersey

AP Sports News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 2:10pm
There's a brand new sports bar at Monmouth Park with televisions hanging from nearly every available rafter. 2014-10-09T18:10:33-04:00 2014-10-09T17:01:54-04:00

Klinsmann: Donovan 'could have done a bit more'

AP Sports News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 2:10pm
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — While Jurgen Klinsmann says Landon Donovan heads into his U.S. national team finale Friday as "the poster boy of the game" in America, the coach feels the player didn't completely fulfill his potential. 2014-10-09T18:10:33-04:00 2014-10-09T17:31:41-04:00

Deb: Life into Story

49 Writers - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 7:00am


Whenever I hear the latest update on the ebola outbreak, I think of Don Rearden. I can’t help it. In his novel The Raven’s Gift, he wrote about the devastation brought on by a deadly disease that spins out of control. Sure, his book is fiction, and at that time he wrote it, he was thinking bird flu, but the parallels between fact and fiction are a little uncanny.
On a less dramatic scale, I’ve seen a similar tension between fact and fiction play out involving a plot point in my first novel A Distant Enemy. Nearly two decades ago, I wrote a set-up that involved intentional fishing during an emergency closure in Southwest Alaska. In the last few years, a similar scenario had played out in a very real conflict over changes in salmon harvest more drastic than any I’d dared to imagine. Arrests and court battles followed. Decisions were reached, but the battle is far from over.
It would be nice to think that when it comes to such things, we authors are smart and savvy and maybe even a little prophetic (oh lottery numbers, please make yourselves known!). But really, the whole thing boils down to this: in fiction, our material is life as it’s lived and known and hidden and dreamed.
Not that our task is easy. Our own lives infuse our work with power even as “real life” gets in the way. We face hard choices about what constitutes truth. And sometimes what we think we know is only a smattering of what’s required of us to get it right on the page, which means research—lots of it, even for stories.

As author Peggy Shumaker so aptly puts it, "the whole truth is never available to us." And yet somehow in our work, we wrestle with the facts of who we are - the things we can face and the truths we aren't ready for yet. The unknown always feels bigger than the known.

Then there are the practical matters of whose stories we tell and what right we have to give voice to anyone, along with the fine points of perspective and the tension between getting the facts right (whatever form "right" may take) and staying true to the narrative as well as the extent to which we live the facts of our work as opposed to drawing on the experiences of others.
The intersection of fact and fiction makes for great conversation among writers. Tomorrow we’re headed to Soldotna to share that discussion with local readers, writers, and seekers, along with the just plain curious. One and all, you’re invited to “Fact and Fiction: Life into Story,” a reading and book talk hosted by the Kenai Peninsula College Showcase Series in conjunction with 49 Writers.

And wait, there’s more: Don and I couldn’t be happier to announce that Seth Kantner (Ordinary Wolves, Pup and Pokey, Shopping for Porcupine) will be joining us for this lively discussion. We hope you’ll be there too: 7 pm, at KPC’s McLain Commons. Admission is free, with book sales and signing to follow. The next day, Don and I will be teaching workshops on character and point of view. For the workshops, preregistration is required; head on over to the 49 Writers website to get all the scoop.
Co-founder of 49 Writers and founder of the independent authors cooperative Running Fox Books, Deb Vanasse has authored more than a dozen books. Her most recent is Cold Spell, a novel that “captures the harsh beauty of the terrain as well as the strain of self-doubt and complicated family bonds,” according to Booklist. Deb lives and works on Hiland Mountain outside of Anchorage, Alaska, and at a cabin near the Matanuska Glacier. Portions of this post have been published previously.
Would you like to write a guest post relevant to Alaska’s literary community? Email 49writers (at) gmail.com or debvanasse (at) gmail.com.
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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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