It's been an eventful life for Nimbus, an abstract sculpture created by Robert Murray in 1977 and installed at Juneau's Dimond Courthouse in 1978. From the start, some people didn't like it. Juneau residents wrote letters for and against it. In 1982, it acquired graffiti. State legislators attached riders to popular bills in order to try and get it removed.
As part of remediation associated with construction of the new Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives and Museum building in Juneau, the Alaska Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums has published "The view from the future, 2017: Fifty years after the Alaska Purchase Centennial" by Tricia Brown, George Bryson, Mark Kelley, Dermot Cole, Charles Mason, Nick Jans, Clark Mishler, and others.
As I write this column, I contemplate recipes that are extraordinarily quick and easy. This seems to have become the standard for me these days. When I started this new tour venture I had no idea what it would entail to not only keep up with the pace of learning a new business, but also of keeping a household and cooking regular meals. The Captain has always said that he knows he's going to get at least one good meal a week because I have to write it for the paper. I suppose this week he's absolutely correct. Darn it. Don't we ladies hate to admit it when our fellas are right? There will be no living with him now.
You never know the circumstances that will lead to the emergence of the camping trip MVP. Sometimes it is as simple being the person who brought the tarp, the Deet, the GPS, trail tape, GoPro, drone or cookies.
Sealaska Heritage Institute is recruiting students for a Cultural Performing Arts Intensive through its Voices on the Land program in Juneau. The project taps traditional and performing arts to increase literacy skills and student engagement. Native students in 4-5 grades and middle schools will be working to improve storytelling skills with actors James Sullivan, Frank Katasse and Katrina Hotch. Students will practice Tlingit language, play theater games and work with a cultural specialist. There will be parent and student workshops are provided on several evenings during the intensive.
Team Elsie Piddock sailed into Ketchikan harbor, and small boat history, to win the inaugural Race to Alaska boat race Friday 100 miles ahead of the nearest competitor. People are running out of superlatives for Elsie Piddock's 710 mile leg from Victoria, BC to Ketchikan in 5 days, 55 minutes: "Crushed it!" "Greased it!" "Jaw dropping!" Pick a phrase for awesomeness.
The CCW welcomes reader-submitted images of art in unusual or unexpected places. Photographers of all levels of ability are invited to send in images of natural or urban subjects that they find artistically inspiring or intriguing.
Not many people read literary journals - an assumption, but quite possibly true - in spite of an abundance of available material. Nearly every academic institution in the United States publishes some sort of print or digital periodical of poetry and prose, along with hundreds of literary nonprofits that have emerged in the past decade, whose periodicals feature mostly unsolicited, reader submitted writing. And what many Alaskans don't realize is that one of the most esteemed literary journals in the country hails from our state, and the University of Alaska Anchorage campus: the Alaska Quarterly Review.
Juneau Community Bands, in collaboration with the University of Alaska Southeast and Thunder Mountain High School, will host the Maslanka and Alaskan Composer Festival June 18-21 in Juneau. The centerpiece of the festival is a Saturday night performance by the Taku Winds (formerly the Juneau Wind Ensemble) featuring original music by visiting composer David Maslanka and Alaskan composers Emerson Eads, Artemio Sandoval, Tyree Pini and William Todd Hunt.
What is local food to you? Several years ago, when asked this question in a college class, I paused. As we went around the classroom sharing our ideas, my mind went blank. Growing concerned, I began ambling through the Alaskan grocery store aisles of my memory: rows of tough-skinned orange tomatoes, heaps of wilting greens, little trays of chancy-looking blueberries well past their prime, white fuzzy wisps streaking up from the undersides of strawberries, stacks and piles of imported fruits and vegetables from afar. I thought of my friend's dad who had grown up in Juneau and wouldn't eat vegetables if they had not been safely quarantined in tin cans. I thought of our emblematic provider, "the barge," and what those poor fruits and veggies had to endure on their long journey north to Alaska.