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A former Ketchikan resident is living in New York City, doing what she loves best. She’s performing live, been in some music videos and acted in a few films. One of those jobs has landed her on a pretty prestigious list.
A news website dedicated to independent film has named Ketchikan’s own Tallie Medel as one of the top 10 best female leads for this year.
The IndieWire list is a good one, too. It includes Rooney Mara, of “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” fame, for a very different role; and Cate Blanchett, a well-known actress who comfortably moves between mainstream and independent.
Medel was No. 6 on the list for her performance in “The Unspeakable Act” by filmmaker Dan Sallitt. She plays a 17-year-old girl who is in love with her brother. Really in love. But don’t worry, they only talk about the “i” word.
“It’s like the least squeamish incest movie that you’ll ever see,” Medel said in a phone interview that took place while she was delivering bread for her other job at a bakery.
“The ick factor is very low; it’s almost zero. There’s one moment where potentially something may happen, and that is the climax of the film.”
She laughingly adds that “It’s a family-friendly incest film.”
Medel said she’s happy about the IndieWire listing, but she also naturally tends to downplay that kind of thing.
“If something great happens, then I’m like ‘Oh that’s great’ and I push it down and then try to move on to the next thing,” she said. “Because I always feel like, ‘That was a mistake.’”
It’s not likely a mistake. Since her work on “The Unspeakable Act,” Medel said she’s been in three more independent films. But her real love is sketch comedy and dance, and she’s been working in that for a while now with Cocoon Central Dance Team. That group was part of the opening ceremonies for the recent New York City Marathon. http://cocooncentraldanceteam.tumblr.com/
Medel said it’s a little strange living in New York, which might be the complete opposite of life in Ketchikan. But it’s been a while since she moved there, and she doesn’t have immediate plans to leave.
“This is where the work is for me right now, which is pretty awesome,” she said. “It’s becoming more and more livable. It’s a really amazing city. It’s no Ketchikan, Alaska, but it’s pretty good.”
Speaking of Ketchikan, Medel credits her hometown’s strong arts community for helping her break into her chosen field.
“Without question, I wouldn’t be where I am today without the arts education that I had growing up in Ketchikan,” she said. “The arts in Ketchikan are a remarkably strong influence on me as an adult now.”
Medel attended Emerson College in Boston, where she earned a degree in acting. She’s been in New York since 2009. http://talliemedel.tumblr.com/
Jon Bolling, Craig City Administrator and chair of the Prince of Wales Community Advisory Council (POWCAC) speaks about ongoing projects and issues facing Prince of Wales Island. POWCAC met, and will continue to meet with delegates from Ketchikan to discuss issues of mutual concern, such as the IFA and school funding. POWupdate
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Sitka Community Hospital CEO Hugh Hallgren to retire in June. Medevac services in Southeast changing, with more competition and different aircraft.
FAIRBANKS — If you live in Interior Alaska, it’s a perfect time to wear that new Christmas sweater.
The skies cleared and the temperature dropped to minus 40 on Wednesday morning. And it’s not got to warm much in the coming days.
According to the National Weather Service, Wednesday highs in the Fairbanks area should only reach 25 to 35 below zero. Lows in the evening will be 35 to 45 below zero.
ANCHORAGE — Anchorage’s largest sports complex would get more parking spots under a proposal that calls for the relocation of Mulcahy Stadium.
The Anchorage Daily News said a parking shortfall has long been a problem at the Chester Creek Sports Complex, which includes Mulcahy Stadium.
A project estimated to cost $18.5 million calls for tearing down the existing baseball stadium and building a new one a block away at the current site of two smaller baseball fields.
FAIRBANKS — Tom Irwin of Fairbanks will become president and chief executive officer of International Tower Hill Mines as it prepares to slash jobs.
Irwin will assume his new role for the British Columbia-based global mining company on Jan. 1. He spent the past two years as a company vice president, overseeing its Livengood gold project about 70 miles north of Fairbanks.
His promotion comes as the company is cutting about 30 percent of its staff and slicing its board of directors from seven members to three.
KENAI — Though she’ll soon be wearing red and black, Kyla Moore held the purple cheerleading uniform and football shirt close Friday as she walked away from a memorabilia sale at Skyview High School.
Though the petite blond was never a cheerleader, the uniform meant a lot, she said, as she talked about leaving the closing Soldotna school for the much larger Kenai Central High School to finish her senior year.
“I always wanted to be a cheerleader,” she said.
ANCHORAGE — West High School senior Slade Manning sometimes hauls around a cardboard box filled with about 250 pingpong balls.
Manning, 17, has carted the balls to eight cities in five states for one trick-shot video that has earned him national attention. He throws them through hoops, torpedoes them in the water and strikes them with baseball bats. Manning always aims for the same object — a cup. There’s always a video camera rolling for the Internet in case he hits his target.
Manning’s productions aren’t easy and they aren’t quick.
ANCHORAGE — More Alaskans were signing up for the government health care plan as the deadline for coverage on Jan. 1 loomed.
More than 700 people had signed up by Tuesday morning with help from Enroll Alaska, which was created to help individuals enroll and understand their options.
The deadline to secure coverage by New Year’s Day was Monday, but was extended a day.
“I would say yesterday was a pretty busy day,” Enroll Alaska chief operating officer Tyann Boling said Tuesday morning. “We’re doing quite a bit today, also.”
SITKA — Sitka Community Hospital’s CEO plans to retire in June after four years in the position.
“I have a great deal of confidence that the hospital is heading in the right direction,” Hugh Hallgren told the Daily Sitka Sentinel.
Hallgren and his wife, Tanya, plan to move to Yuma, Ariz., where Tanya has accepted a counseling position with the U.S. Marine Corps.
The hospital board announced the planned retirement Monday, and members said the hospital is in better shape since Hallgren took over.
KENAI — The state has denied portions of a $43 million expansion plan for Central Peninsula Hospital.
Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner William Streur followed the recommendations of the review department and did not approve CPH plans to build two additional endoscopy clinics or plans to expand the hospital’s imaging capacity with MRI, PET and CT scans, the Peninsula Clarion reported.
SOLDOTNA — Large windows let in plenty of light to the children’s area where books and toddler-sized tables and chairs adorned with colorful animals wait patiently to be used by Soldotna’s youngest bibliophiles.
“It’s going to be a wonderful place for kids and families to meet and to study and have story time,” Joyce K. Carver Memorial Library Librarian Rachel Nash said. “It’s even better when I start looking at the future and the memories that are going to be made here.”
FAIRBANKS — Most members of Alaska’s Village Public Safety Officer program in the interior support a proposal to allow them to carry firearms while on duty, according to a survey.
The 12 VPSOs who work in the interior wear Alaska State Trooper-style uniforms and are authorized to make arrests. But generally, they are not allowed to carry guns.
FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks will once again have a local drop-in center for people with mental illness, months after the previous provider dissolved amid financial problems.
The daytime center will be located at Fairbanks Community Mental Health Services, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. The center is set to open Jan. 6.
The service will be staffed by volunteers and will provide games, television, a light lunch and a place to socialize. It will be open weekdays between noon and 4 p.m.