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Blake Griffin facing misdemeanor charge in Vegas

AP Basketball News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:21am
Blake Griffin facing misdemeanor charge in Vegas Associated Press - 12 November 2014 20:21-05:00 News Topics: General news, Sports, Celebrity, Assault and battery, Celebrity legal affairs, Crime, NBA basketball, Men's basketball, Entertainment, Arts and entertainment, Violent crime, Professional basketball, Basketball, Men's sports People, Places and Companies: Blake Griffin, Las Vegas Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Rihanna teases new music at Virginia military base

AP Entertainment News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:15am
Rihanna teases new music at Virginia military base Associated Press - 12 November 2014 20:15-05:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, Music, Entertainment, Rhythm and blues, Military facilities, Celebrity, Military and defense, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Rihanna, District of Columbia, Virginia Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Begich trailing in Alaska Senate race

AP Alaska News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:00am
Begich trailing in Alaska Senate race Associated Press - 5 November 2014 16:47-05:00 News Topics: General news, Government and politics, State legislature, Legislature, Senate elections, State governments, Elections People, Places and Companies: Mark Begich, Ted Cruz, Mitt Romney, Ted Stevens, Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Alaska, United States, Anchorage Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Troopers warn of underwear bandit in Alaska town

AP Alaska News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:56am
Troopers warn of underwear bandit in Alaska town Associated Press - 12 November 2014 19:56-05:00 News Topics: Oddities People, Places and Companies: Alaska, Kodiak Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Making 'Dumber' sequel more fun than the first

AP Entertainment News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:38am
Making 'Dumber' sequel more fun than the first Associated Press - 12 November 2014 19:38-05:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, Movies, Entertainment, Celebrity People, Places and Companies: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Aaron Sorkin Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Nick Jans: Q & A about A Wolf Called Romeo

49 Writers - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 7:00am

That’s quite a cover shot—a huge, wild Alaska wolf and a Labrador retriever facing each other. What’s the story on that? That’s the actual photo from the opening scene of the book, the first time my wife, Sherrie, our dog, Dakotah, and I met the wolf we’d come to call Romeo. He’s two years old there, totally relaxed with us standing there just a few feet away, shamelessly flirting with our dog. Even with a picture to prove it really happened, this moment, and the years that followed seem unreal, like something we dreamed. That’s the thing about the entire experience. Even with pictures to anchor our memories, it still feels as if our lives were folded into a story, a series of events too vivid, compressed, and emotion-laden to be real.
So what was different about this one black wolf, the one you and others came to call Romeo? He might as well have been a unicorn. A 120-pound wild wolf just shows up one day, and wants to play with our dogs, and is tolerant of people, even friendly to some. He’s intelligent and interactive and social. Yet the whole time he remains a wild wolf, hunting for his own food. He didn’t become habituated to people; he arrived that way, as if he’d fallen from the sky. You could suppose he was the archetypal wolf that came to lie by our fire millennia ago and became, through domestication, man’s best friend. Despite constant threats, he managed to live in the collective shadow of 30 thousand people for six years—and it would have been longer if not for the dark side of human nature, embodied by the two losers who killed him. Except for that last part, the entire story was magical, one of those experiences that transforms not just individuals, but an entire community. We’re talking about a wolf that ends up with two streets named after him, as well as a coffee and a beer. More than a hundred people show up at his memorial service, and a plaque is erected in his memory. Stuff like this just doesn’t happen. But it did.     It’s a standard question, but what was your purpose for writing this book? This was a story I needed to tell—not only to others, but to myself. Writing has always been an exploratory process for me, a path toward understanding. Clarity of thought equals clarity of word, and vice versa. Finding the exact words to convey a narrative—and by that, I mean words that are so transparent and evocative that the reader is looking over your shoulder and sharing in your emotions as if present—is the ultimate therapy for me, a way to discover meaning. And this particular story, which spanned more than ten years, a major chunk of my adult life, seems to lie at the very core of my being, for better and worse. I needed to understand all I could about this wolf and the complex web of events that his appearance created, for my own sake. Romeo’s been gone for nearly five years, and I still find myself choking up at odd moments, waking up in the middle of the night, just lying there, thinking about him. It’s not one of those things you get over.
I feel, too, that this story is something others need to hear. It contains a universal moment of our time on this rapidly shrinking world. We’re in the process of losing touch with the wild, as our inevitable expansion and electronic isolation allows fewer and fewer spaces for it to exist. What’s a world without tigers, polar bears, and wolves, without that sort of elemental connection that large wild carnivores offer us, the caretakers of this little rock? I’m afraid we’re well down the road to finding out. Probably too much to ask, but I do hold the profound hope this book will help make a difference. Without hope, nothing happens.
My final reason for writing this book is to bear witness to the life of this one remarkable wolf. As long as a single person reads, hears, or remembers his story, Romeo lives. Perhaps that’s what matters most of all. 
Nick Jans is a longtime contributing editor to Alaska Magazine, and a member of USA Today’s board of editorial contributors. He’s published hundreds of articles in a wide variety of magazines, from Readers Digest to Rolling Stone.  He’s also contributed to many anthologies and written 11 books. His latest two are Once Upon Alaska (a children’s book with photographer Mark Kelley) and A Wolf Called Romeo (Houghton Mifflin, July 2014). Upcoming projects include a just-completed collection of essays and a long-simmering novel. A former resident of both the arctic and Juneau, Nick and his wife, Sherrie, now make their home in the Chilkat Valley north of Haines.     

Categories: Arts & Culture

Preparing For Winter Art Market Sales

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 6:31am

Clarissa prints limited edition Giclee’s on her large format, ink jet Epson 7880; this is the first time she has enjoyed printing in the 5 years she has owned this machine!  (Grand-daughter Amelie points to the photo of “Resilience” Chilkat robe)

Shrink wrapping Clarissa’s limited edition Giclee prints, to be marketed during this Winter season 2014-15

This past week has been a bit nutty — While printing limited editions of some of my work, I’ve been cutting out and sewing spinning pads, splitting bark, spinning warp, designing a log for the Northwest Coast Weavers’ Supply, making travel arrangements, etc. etc. including but not limited to, the joy of holding a newborn granddaughter and of course time out with her older sister, Amelie!


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Official Presentation of “Resilience” Chilkat robe

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 5:56am

Many, many braids in weaving “Resilience” Chilkat robe by Clarissa Rizal – 2014

HEADS UP!  For those of you living in the Portland, Oregon area:  I will be doing a public presentation on Chilkat weaving and a Power Point Presentation of weaving my latest Chilkat robe “Resilience” at the Portland Art Museum on Friday evening, December 5, 2014 at 5:30pm.  Guitarist extraordinaire Dan Shanks, will be performing the live soundtrack. —  If you are in the area, come on by!  Two woven Child-size ensembles, one in Ravenstail and the other in Chilkat, be on display only during this presentation.  Also, I will have a few things available for sale:  my Chilkat Weaving Handbook, greeting cards, Chilkat prints, etc. See you soon!

Categories: Arts & Culture

So you want to learn Icelandic and you don’t know where to start…

Juneau Public Library Blog - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 2:11pm
What about your library’s website? The Juneau Public Libraries’ website is a point of access to Mango Languages, an interactive and fun program for language learning; and free for Alaskans! Moreover, Mango languages doesn’t only give you access to the most popular languages, like Spanish or French. It includes up to 64 languages, and you […]
Categories: Arts & Culture

Juvenile Literature Reviews, September 2014 meeting

Juneau Public Library Blog - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 9:17am
Volunteers and librarians read and discuss new books for young readers. Andrew Draws   Written and illustrated by David McPhail I liked when the animals jumped right out of the pictures. I didn’t like the long hair on the boy. I would recommend this to others. I would like to tell the author that I like […]
Categories: Arts & Culture

Chilkat Warp Trick-of-Trade

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 5:52am

Washed Chilkat warp is pulled tight and set out to dry

Here’s a trick-of-the-trade to create smoother, more even Chilkat or Ravenstail warp with no give: after you wash your warp, pull tight as you wrap the warp around the back of a chair — let dry thoroughly, then groom.

Why do you want a smother, move even warp with no give?  When you are weaving your weft yarns over this warp, you will notice a less bumpy, more evenly-laid fabric.

Periodically I post various tricks-of-the-trade in regards to spinning, weaving, designing or anything else I may think of to post here on my blog for all you wonderful artists/craftspeople out there in the world!–for more tricks, check out “Tools-of-the-Trade in the column to the right…

Categories: Arts & Culture

Libros en español en la biblioteca

Juneau Public Library Blog - Sun, 11/02/2014 - 3:07pm
¿Sabìa usted que las bibliotecas municipales tienen libros en español tanto para niños como para adultos? Si nunca los ha encontrado acèrquese al mostrador y pregunte a los bliotecarios, ellos estaràn encantados de ayudarle a encontrar libros en español tanto para usted como para sus niños.
Categories: Arts & Culture

Reviews of Juvenile Literature, Summer 2014

Juneau Public Library Blog - Sun, 11/02/2014 - 12:33pm
Reviews of a variety of new books for young readers. Being Sloane Jacobs written by Lauren Morrill This “Prince and the Pauper” story is fairly predictable in terms of resolution, but still, the journey to that resolution is thoroughly enjoyable. Two young women named Sloane Jacobs—one the daughter of a senator, the other the daughter […]
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Superintendent speaks out about student privacy rights

Juneau School District Announcements - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:40pm

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

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Categories: Arts & Culture

School District Report on Investigation into Hazing

Juneau School District Announcements - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 3:35pm

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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