Friday, January 8, 2010

A classic myth retold
"Don't look back."

Caberet workshop offered Feb. 1 to 5
Juneau Jazz & Classics has announced a five day cabaret workshop beginning Feb. 1. The workshop will be led by Barney McClure, jazz pianist, teacher and accompanist, who will work with singers to teach them how to present a vocal music piece in a successful and fun way. Each singer will learn interpretation, phrasing, microphone techniques and bandstand protocol. McClure is known for matching singers with the song they were born to sing. The workshop fee includes one private session with McClure.

Alaska Design Forum lecture features typographer Bantjes
Artist and typographer Marian Bantjes will be the Alaska Design Forum's next featured speaker in their 2009-2010 season, Latitude. The designer, who focuses on vector art and custom typography, will speak at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the Back Room at the Silverbow.

Art for "12 x 12" community exhibit due by Jan. 30
Artists of all ages are invited to submit artwork for the Juneau-Douglas City Museum's upcoming "12X12" Community Art Exhibit," opening in February. Artwork in all mediums is welcome. Finished artwork, including any framing, must be 12" x 12" (12" deep if three-dimensional) and must be ready to hang or install.

Creative performing arts workshops offered for teachers
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, the Juneau-Douglas School District, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will be offering a workshop series for elementary school teachers this January and February.

Music sets the stage
A good musical score can actually be the key selling point for any production. A best supporting actor, if you will, that compliments solid performances.

A conversation with 'Mr. Right'
Enigmatic rapper Mickey Avalon has risen from an underground musical cult figure on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles to a mainstream artist whose gritty and saucy lyrical prowess has grabbed the attention of the hip-hop world.

Mid-Winter Vocal Festival concert to be held Saturday
Juneau Lyric Opera's 21st Mid-Winter Vocal Festival will present a tribute to the great music of Broadway with a concert Saturday, Jan. 9. The performance will feature guest conductor Byron McGilvray and accompanist and vocal coach Jan Capelle, as well as the Festival Chorus and selected soloists.

Second Friday openings include 'Out of the Rain'
Photographer Lance Caldwell has a keen eye for capturing the Juneau landscape, a talent that is fed by his strong feelings about Alaska. Originally from Louisiana, Caldwell said he knew after his first visit to the state in the '80s that he'd found the place he was meant to be.

'Up in the Air' more drama than comedy
The first professional sporting events I got to attend in person were in Los Angeles. I was somehow able to talk my parents into working in a (at the time) L.A. Raiders game and a L.A. Lakers game in the middle of a family vacation; my younger sister was hardly thrilled and I believe she slept through most of the basketball game.

Audio books include Dalai Lama's 'Enlightened'
New non-fiction books on CD for adults include a new biography of Che Guevara by John Lee Anderson, an around-the-world journey with Mark Twain, a practical and profound book by the Dalai Lama called "Becoming Enlightened," and a new dramatization of the Lincoln-Douglas debates with Richard Dreyfuss and David Strathairn.

Arts & Culture Calendar
THURSDAY

SEACC is educated and informed
A questionable letter by Bradley J. Fluetsch appeared in the Juneau Empire on Tuesday.

Former Skinner employees will open service center next month
Two former employees of Skinner Sales and Service plan to open a service shop to fill a void left when the Ford Lincoln Mercury dealership in Juneau abruptly closed more than a month ago.

Clarifications
A memorial service for Erna Frieda Morgan, who died Jan. 4, will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, at Chapel by the Lake.

Photo: Good boy
Duke, a purebred German Shephard, enjoys a scratch under the chin last Thursday from Gastineau Humane Society's Doggy Day Care supervisor Rachel Trapp. Duke is a former adoptee from the GHS and now comes back for day care, usually getting two or three hikes per day from staff and volunteers plus other animal companionship and interaction he normally wouldn't receive if left at home or in a yard.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

From Juneau to Hollywood
Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Matt Conway grew up wanting to be a Saturday morning cartoon animator, but his path instead led him to Hollywood where he works as a visual artist on blockbuster films like the highly acclaimed "Avatar."

NOAA to test fish-finding technology
It looks like a little torpedo and acts like a submarine, except instead of searching out an enemy, the device finds fish.

Parnell's budget proposal contains millions for city
The state's top budget officer presented Gov. Sean Parnell's budget proposal to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce Tuesday.

Photo: View from the top
The view above the downtown parking garage project shows work being done Tuesday on the upper levels in the first week of the new year.

City to investigate recovery clinic
The city is looking into concerns raised about Rainforest Recovery Clinic during public comments at the Assembly meeting on Monday night.

Givers brighten Little Jack's birthday
What's in that box? Wal-Mart employees Nerio Bernaldo, left, and Alex Ditcharo, right, give a birthday cake and presents to Jack Adams III for his birthday Thursday at the Glory Hole as Jack's father, Jack Adams Jr.. looks on.

Mentor Appreciation Month: Big Brother Paul Spangler and Little Brother Sean, matched since Feb. 28, 2009
Paul

Photo: Gate to Gunakadeit
Shaun Lewis of Admiralty Construction works Monday to install gates in Gunakadeit Park, also known as Pocket Park, on Franklin Street.

Photos: Winter Fun

Around Town
Today, Jan. 8

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Around Town
Today, Jan. 7

Corrections
A headline on A1 in Thursday's Empire incorrectly said that the Alaska Permanent Fund may be made part of the state's constitution. The Fund is already part of the constitution; the proposal is to make the Permanent Fund Dividend part of the constitution.

Erna Frieda Morgan
Longtime Juneau resident Erna Frieda Morgan died Jan. 4, 2010, after a long struggle with alzhimer's disease. Her husband, children, and Juneau grandchildren were at her side. She was 88.

Jack W. Brown
Former Juneau resident Jack W. Brown, of Iberia, Mo., died Jan. 4, 2010, at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, Mo. He was 84.

Alaska editorial: Alaska's gas prices the highest, but we have no idea why
As long as Alaskans pay so much more at the pump than their Lower 48 neighbors, they're not going to be satisfied with explanations like, "It's complicated." But that's essentially what Alaska's two main refiners, Tesoro in Nikiski and Flint Hills in North Pole, are saying.

No sexting on job
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

Preventing damage in a very cold place
Wedged between Alaska and Siberia, the Chukchi Sea is one of the most productive ocean ecosystems in the world. Its vast shallow sea floor and ice cover provide rich habitat for many species, including walrus, whales, polar bears and millions of seabirds. In winter, the Chukchi is a foreboding place, dominated by moving packs of sea ice, extreme storms, sub-zero temperatures and darkness. Even the short Arctic summer brings temperatures in the 40s, gale-force winds, weeklong storms and heavy blankets of fog nearly one-third of the time.

Warning labels on food
The following editorial appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

A spreadsheet for happiness? Thanks, but I'll take the wine
What does it take to make you happy? Apparently, most of us don't know, because there is a ton of scientific research and just plain navel-gazing out there that's supposed to help us figure it out.

What's the US doing in Afghanistan?
Al-Qaeda in Yemen has grown so strong and adept that the United States, Britain, France, Germany and Japan were forced to close their embassies in Sanaa, Yemen, this week - so seriously are they taking al-Qaeda's "live and active threat," as John Brennan, the White House counter-terrorism adviser, put it. "They've grown in strength."

An Afghan woman for sale
American thinking about Afghanistan these days is largely focused on figures: troop numbers, casualty tolls, war chests, withdrawal dates. It can be difficult to see individual Afghans standing in the shadows. This is the story of one of them, a woman whose narrative is both uniquely her own, and emblematic.

Standards for heroes
The recent headlines were chilling: NBA players allegedly brandishing guns in the Verizon Center locker room. Gang and youth violence plagues U.S. cities, and people constantly ask: What are young Americans thinking? Well, when we look at today's athletic and entertainment stars, we begin to see the answer.

Keeping politics out of the economy
Paul Krugman writes one of the best columns. I regularly read the New York Times writer just to disagree.

No anvils or cacti for these coyotes
The coyotes erupted with an outburst of yips and howls that echoed through the darkness of Last Chance Basin. I've heard these songs before, but never on Basin Road, in the "backyard" of downtown Juneau.

Grooming report
As of Jan. 8 the following Nordic trails are groomed and tracked for both skate andclassic skiing:

Tides
Friday, Jan. 8

Backyard visitors just 'looking for company'
When Juneau resident Freddy Cummins looked out her windows on the morning of Dec. 30, she wasn't sure what she saw.

Bad Larry crew keeps it clean in 'Brown Snow'
The latest ski and snowboard film from the Bad Larry Productions crew is a fast-paced, rail-riding, pillow-hopping compilation of shots captured locally, all over the Pacific Northwest and Montana.

Coyotes are recent arrivals to Alaska
Coyotes are newcomers to Alaska, arriving about 100 years ago. They likely came into Southeast Alaska via the Taku and Stikine river valleys, access routes from British Columbia. They moved into the upper Tanana Valley, and from east-central Alaska they spread throughout most of the state south of the Yukon River.

In winter, local trails offer daily surprises
Juneau's trails in the winter are like "Forrest Gump" fan tributes on YouTube - you never know what you're going to get.

Cold, flu season a reason to go running
My head hurts. My body aches. My stomach is queasy. So I am going running.

Travel: Goodbye to Chiloé isle
After an overnight flight to Santiago, the capital of Chile, and another couple of hours flying to Puerto Montt, one can drive or take a bus to Chiloé Island. Chiloé is a Spanish version of an aboriginal name for the island: Chilhue, meaning place of the gulls. It's a big island, roughly the size of Admiralty here in Southeast. Over the past five or six decades, agriculture has expanded, and the forest in the northern part of the island is now fragmented. Salmon farms clog most of the bays but most of them are now inactive, thanks to a virus that infected the dense aggregations of fish in the pens.

On the hook
Show us your big fish

Out & About
Today, Jan. 8

Alaska volcano back at 'normal' status
ANCHORAGE - Scientists say Alaska's Mount Redoubt volcano has calmed down to a "normal" alert level after days of low activity at the Cook Inlet peak about 105 miles southwest of Anchorage.

Olympic athletes need flu shots, too
ANCHORAGE - With the flu season's peak coming up in February and March, public health officials are urging people to get vaccinated.

Mat-Su to charge for off-road rescues
ANCHORAGE - Matanuska-Susitna Borough officials are working on a plan to charge those who need to be rescued from the wilderness.

Coast Guard to close Loran navigation system
KETCHIKAN - Starting next month, the U.S. Coast Guard will begin shutting down the Loran navigation system that has been used by those at sea.

Bookkeeper to plead guilty to theft
ANCHORAGE - Court documents show an Anchorage bookkeeper has agreed to plead guilty to a federal charge of theft from a health care benefit program.

Coast Guard ends voyage of three fishing vessels
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard Cutter Naushon terminated the voyages of two 50-foot and one 45-foot commercial fishing vessels Wednesday near Craig for safety violations.

Hoonah man, 52, dies in apparent drowning
JUNEAU - A 52-year-old man was found dead Wednesday morning of an apparent drowning in the Hoonah Harbor.

Fairbanks man accused of asking teenage son for drugs
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man accused of trying to persuade his 14-year-old son to give him prescription painkillers has been charged with a felony drug charge.

Houston mayor drives home with fire truck
HOUSTON - After a 14-day, 5,000-mile trip, a fire rescue truck has arrived at Houston.

Coast Guard cutter to host open house
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard Cutter Liberty marked its 20th year of Coast Guard Service in Southeast Alaska on Dec. 18. The Coast Guard will host a celebratory open house from 3 to 7 p.m. today at Coast Guard Station Juneau.

Shell oil company clears another offshore drilling hurdle
ANCHORAGE - Shell oil company has cleared another hurdle in its quest to explore for oil off Alaska's northwest coast.

Anchorage driver hurt in train collision
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police said a driver escaped with only minor injuries after his car was struck by a train.

Tis the season for frigid pipes
JUNEAU -The City and Borough of Juneau advises the following steps to prevent water pipes from freezing:

SE health program closes after 5 years
SITKA - The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska program closed following five years of service after its federal grant expired Dec. 21.

Applications sought for housing program
JUNEAU - The Juneau nonprofit Housing First has renewed its Home Opportunity Program, also known as "HOP." The current application period is open now through April 1.

Hatcher Pass ski area plans advance, Nordic trails first step
PALMER - The Mat-Su Borough is moving ahead with plans to create a ski area at Hatcher Pass.

Former Bears rewrite record book at Arkansas Little Rock
Two former Crimson Bear swimmers who already have their names all over the Alaska prep records books are re-writing the book at their new school, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Crimson Bears primed for 'physical' play
After a 20-day layoff from game action, the Juneau-Douglas hockey team is ready to put their three-game win streak on the line as Homer travels to Douglas Island in Juneau to take on the Bears tonight at TreadwellArena.

Falcons face Kings in SE showdown
Thunder Mountain hosts Ketchikan tonight in the Falcons' first-ever boys' basketball Southeast Conference showdown at the Thunderdome.

Photo: Former Bears back home
Former JDHS sports stars, from left, Tres Saldivar, Alofaifo Levale, Shawn Ibesate, Nico Saldivar, and Eric Gross are pictured in the Crimson Bears' gym during the recent holiday break. Tres Saldivar is playing basketball at Chapman University (Orange, Calif.); Levale is playing football at Weber State (Ogden, Utah); Ibesate baseball at Northeastern J.C (Sterling, Colo.); Nico Saldivar basketball at Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa, Calif.); and Gross basketball at Pamona Pitzer (Claremont. Calif.). "The hardest part of adjusting from high school to college is you have the best players from other high schools there," Saldivar said. "Accepting your role and doing it to the best of your ability is another. You have to be all about the team and at this level, there is less room for error. As a team, we are doing well (10-2 with a win over highly-ranked BYU Hawaii). I'm still working for more playing time, but my minutes keep moving up with the hard work I put in."

Sports in Juneau
• Beginning Jan. 1, Sports In Juneau information must be submitted online at http://calendar.juneauempire.com. Submissions via e-mail, phone, fax or other will no longer be accepted. For more information e-mail webteam@juneauempire.com

Sports in Juneau
• Beginning Jan. 1, Sports In Juneau information must be submitted online at http://calendar.juneauempire.com. Submissions via e-mail, phone, fax or other will no longer be accepted. For more information e-mail webteam@juneauempire.com

Feds OK extension of Alaska Railroad
FAIRBANKS - Federal regulators have approved a plan to extend the Alaska Railroad 80 miles to provide year-around freight access to military training grounds

Two lawmakers want PFD guaranteed
ANCHORAGE - Two Democratic state lawmakers from Anchorage want to guarantee Permanent Fund dividend checks by enshrining the benefit in the state constitution.

Utility moves to raise village electric rates
The utility that provides power to Hoonah and several other predominately Native villages is seeking electric rate increases of more than 10 percent for communities that already have some of the most expensive power in Southeast Alaska.

'Frozen Gore' sculpture fuels climate debate
FAIRBANKS - Another two-ton ice sculpture of former Vice President Al Gore is back in front of a Fairbanks liquor store.

Fed judge dismisses Juneteenth lawsuit against Palin
ANCHORAGE - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin that alleged she violated the plaintiffs' constitutional rights by failing to issue a proclamation in 2007 for a celebration commemorating the freeing of U.S. slaves.

State tests nation's emergency alert system
ANCHORAGE - Radio listeners and TV viewers in Alaska witnessed the first national emergency exercise of its kind Wednesday morning, but the test ran into distribution problems around the state.

Oil policy changes bring more public scrutiny to drilling
WASHINGTON - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Wednesday announced policy changes he said will bring more scrutiny and a greater public voice in how oil and gas leases are awarded on public lands.

Mayor: Fed designation could harm inlet growth
WASILLA - The pending federal designation of critical habitat for Cook Inlet's beluga whales has Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Talis Colberg concerned.

Kenai Borough: No to climate compact
KENAI - After signing onto a global climate change compact in September, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly rescinded its signature Tuesday night.

Time Bandit getting 'green' retrofit
As Captains Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand of the Homer-based F/V Time Bandit finish up the king crab season, they embark on a new adventure - and not just for opilio crab as the season opens.

Lawsuit filed over coal dust near Seward
ANCHORAGE - Two environmental groups are going to court to try and force the Alaska Railroad and an energy company to clean up the coal dust problem dirtying a scenic tourist town.

After 70 years, Anchorage couple is still happy together
ANCHORAGE - He's 95. She's 90.

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