Tracking 'The Blue Bear': New play based on local author's work opens at Perseverance Friday
The world premiere of a Perseverance Theatre production is a big deal under any circumstances, but Friday’s opening of “The Blue Bear” seems particularly exciting.

SHI accepting applications for 2011-2012 year
Sealaska Heritage Institute is accepting applications for the 2011-2012 school year.

Community cultural planning expert to visit Juneau
Dr. Craig Dreeszen, a national consultant on creative economic development and the role of arts and culture in communities and states, will visit Juneau Friday and Saturday to share his expertise with local business leaders. The Hangar on the Wharf will host a Friday afternoon invite-only luncheon for local business leaders and policymakers. In addition, the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council will work with Dr. Dreeszen as the Board of Trustees reviews and revises their strategic plan for the coming years. This opportunity was made possible through the recently awarded Rasmuson Effective Organization grant, with additional support from the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

In the stacks
New nonfiction for kids includes graphic novels and books on history, space, and animals.

Wearable art applications due Friday by 5 p.m.
Registrations are now being accepted for Juneau Arts and Humanities Council’s 2011 Wearable Arts extravaganza: “Illuminate.”

Juneau String Ensembles present Chamber Music Night
This Saturday, the Juneau String Ensembles will present a concert featuring youth quartets and Suzuki strings musicians playing Mozart, Vivaldi, Bach and Schubert. The musical presentation will include more than 70 young musicians, ranging from kindergarten to high school who are currently studying under Suzuki teachers, Guo HuaXia and Lisa Miles.

Burton Joins JAHC staff
Jeste Burton has taken a position as Program Coordinator for the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, taking on the responsibilities for production of all programs and events offered by the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Burton has a background in the food service and hospitality industry, and has extensive experience in event planning, marketing programs and coordinating large projects. She will be helping Patricia Hull and Kari Groven manage the Wearable Arts Extravaganza, has taken on logistics for Poetry Out Loud, and is setting up the Artists in the Schools and Student Outreach activities coming up in April.

SEARHC hosts Tagaban storytelling workshops
KLAWOCK — The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) will host noted Tlingít performer and artist, Gene Tagaban, for workshops and performances in the “Art of Storytelling” in late-January in Hydaburg, Craig and Klawock.

Mayor's Awards nominations accepted through Friday
The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council is now accepting nominations for the Mayor’s Award for the Arts through Jan. 15. The nomination categories are:

Poetry OmniBus submissions period opens Friday
Poetry OmniBus, together with the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, Capital Transit, Printing Trade Company, Juneau Libraries, Juneau Jazz & Classics, and UAS, is looking for this year’s fresh and surprising poems from Juneau locals. Poetry can be submitted in one of two age categories: Youth (5th-12th grades) or adult.


Alaska State Museum: “Ghost in the Graveyard,” a solo show by Jackie Manning, through Jan. 15. “The Alaska Game Show,” guest curated by Jeff Brown, through Feb.12. 395 Whittier St.

Schedule begins Friday

From page to stage
The reaction to adaptations of literature to film is usually something along the lines of, “It wasn’t as good as the book.” Juneau residents might be given a chance to rethink that with Perseverance Theatre’s new play, “The Blue Bear,” opening this week.

‘Black Swan’ dark and unforgettable
With “Black Swan,” director Darren Aronofsky continues his aptness for characters on their way to destruction -- and his new protagonist is well on her way. It can be hard to watch, gut-wrenching at times. And yet “Black Swan” tells her downward-spiraling story masterfully, not to mention unforgettably. Those leaving the theater will definitely be talking about it afterward.

Get ready for the Southeast Rap Explosion, part two
Happy new year, fellow music lovers! Hope you all enjoyed your holiday seasons; I certainly did. I spent lots of time catching up with old friends and lost sleep from the fall semester at UAS, and I hosted my final Wet Wednesday Jam Night out at Squire’s Rest. Thanks to all who made it a good run for the past couple of months! I’m looking very much forward to establishing a similar gig in the downtown area in the near future. But now to our topic of the week: The Southeast Rap Explosion 2 concert, happening at the Rendezvous this Saturday night.

Call for entries for annual 12X12 exhibit at city museum
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is now accepting submissions for the 7th annual “12x12” Community Art Installation, which will be on exhibit March 4-26. Focus on Photos is this year’s theme.

Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 70 displeased with JSD
The Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 70 still has concerns about how the Juneau School District used Transition II funds, among other funds designated to help Alaska Native students, to pay for a program that did not focus on serving those students.

JAHC bringing in consultant
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council is bringing in a nationally recognized expert to lend a hand with the council’s business plans, as well as to address local business factions.

NOAA extends comment period for groundfish stocks
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service is extending the comment period for an interim final rule that would restrict fishing for groundfish stocks in the Aleutian Islands.

Tuesday's high winds knock out KTOO satellite dish
The KTOO station downtown took some heavy hits from the strong winds this week. Gusts pushed two of the roof’s four satellite dishes out of alignment and knocked over the station’s new backup satellite dish. As a result, listeners and AlaskaOne viewers had temporary program disruptions. Meanwhile, the station is working on assessing and repairing the damage, according to its general manager, Bill Legere.

State rejects anti-abortion ballot measure
Alaska Attorney General John Burns, and his predecessor, Attorney General Dan Sullivan, have each rejected anti-abortion ballot measures submitted by Anchorage's Clinton Desjarlais. Now, the anti-abortion activist says he intends to go to court to get a measure on the ballot to ban abortion and stop the government-sanctioned taking of human life.

State economists predict Southeast job losses
State economists are predicting Southeast’s economy will decline while the state as a whole grows, but some in industry are questioning that prediction.

JDHS students, staff favor earlier start time
The majority of Juneau-Douglas High School students favor an earlier school start time instead of the late start, according to a student-led survey presented to the school board Tuesday.

Eyes in the sky are changing
How pilots and air traffic controllers see and track the locations of aircraft in the sky is changing, and Juneau is one of four key U.S. sites implementing a mandatory nationwide technology change.

Photo: It was a windy Wednesday
An early morning pedestrian fights the wind as she crosses Seward Street from the downtown parking garage Wednesday morning.

Photos: Icy views around Mendenhall Glacier

Photo: The view from above
Ravens surf the wind currents Wednesday high above power lines along Glacier Ave.

Photo: Flights resumed
After high wind warnings and flight cancellations Alaska Airlines resumed flights out of Juneau after noon on Wednesday.

Police & Fire
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Photo: Advantageous drivers
Cars are seen on the top level of the Downtown Transit Center parking garage. Many drivers are taking advantage of free parking in the garage, which will continue through Jan. 31.

Police & Fire
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Man serving domestic violence sentence gets added time
A Juneau Superior Court judge Monday tacked two years back onto the sentence of a man convicted of violent sexual assault and battery against his wife seven years ago after he refused to participate in a treatment program at Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

Photo: Honoring the Arizona shooting victims
Flags fly at half-staff in the Dimond Courthouse courtyard during Monday's sunset. Gov. Sean Parnell has ordered state flags lowered to half-staff in honor of the victims of a shooting in Arizona that killed six people and left U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords critically wounded. U.S. and state flags will remain at half-staff through sundown Friday.

Photo: Beginning the day on the ice
University of Alaska Southeast student Christopher Whitwell of Fairbanks adjusts his skates for morning laps Tuesday on Twin Lakes as morning commuters begin their travel to work. "I try to skate every morning when it is cold enough," Whitwell said. "It is really beautiful and open here, and not as cold as Fairbanks."

William (Bill) Frank Palmer
William (Bill) Frank Palmer, 42, died Jan. 2, 2011. Funeral services will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at Valley Chapel.

Mark A. Hessee Jr.
Former Juneau resident Mark A. Hessee Jr. died on Dec. 21, 2010, in West Haven, Conn., with his daughters by his side.

My Turn: As much as it feels like, this is not a Christian nation
I was born an atheist. Unlike most atheists, I never had a relationship with any supernatural being; I never believed in a god. From the time I can remember, my relationships were with other living organisms and the natural world that surrounded me. I tried occasionally to start a relationship with “God” but I could essentially never find “him.”

Requiring health insurance supports the private market
The individual mandate provision of the 2010 health-care reform law is winding its way through the courts, and will probably be decided by the Supreme Court. It’s the place of judges to decide the constitutional issues. However, as a physician and a public health researcher, respectively, we believe that striking down the mandate would threaten the future of private health insurance coverage.

Outside editorial: Debt before dishonor
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Healing the soul of our communities
“An individual has not begun to live until he can rise above the narrow horizons of his particular individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. … Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Outside editorial: Behind the smoke screen
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

My Turn: Let's level the playing field
This is a reply to the Dec. 28 editorial page article entitled “Borders, security remain roadblocks to Mideast peace.” In it David Aaron Miller states: “a breakthrough between Israelis and Palestinians requires them to own and invest in their negotiations in a way they currently don’t.” Miller seems to imply a level playing field exists between the Palestinians and Israelis. But as one who has visited that region several times, and who returned less than two months ago, we saw a very lopsided playing field in Israel’s favor. A few examples include:

Alaska artists invited to apply for funding
The Rasmuson Foundation is inviting Alaska artists to apply for Individual Artist Awards. They range from $5,000 and $12,000 to, in one case, $25,000.

Juneau court vacancy draws 5 applicants
JUNEAU — Five people have applied to fill a vacancy to be created by the upcoming retirement of Juneau Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins.

Coast Guard responds to flooding ship
Coast Guard Station Juneau dispatched a Motor Life Boat and helicopter to respond to a Sitka fishing vessel that reported taking on water, according to a Wednesday e-mail from the Coast Guard.

Holland America receives honors
The Seattle-based Holland America Line, which also boasts a Juneau office, recently received several honors for efforts to curb its environmental impact.

Parnell appoints Juneau man to Community Service Commission
Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed Steve Ricci of Juneau to the state's Community Service Commission.

Chamber searching for successor
The president of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce has left, prompting a search for his successor.

Mat-Su animal shelter needs help with seized dogs
ANCHORAGE — The Matanuska-Susitna Borough animal shelter is trying to find homes for nearly 160 starving dogs found at the home of a breeder.

Presentation offered on issues with teen parents
The Parents as Teachers Alaska office is offering a professional development opportunity in February for professionals who work with teen parents.

Anchorage voters to decide parking ticket issue
ANCHORAGE — Anchorage voters will decide in April whether to let city workers other than police issue parking tickets.

High School seniors may apply for National Youth Science Camp
Two Alaska high school seniors will receive a full scholarship to exchange ideas with scientists and other professionals from the academic and corporate worlds in the National Youth Science Camp.

Friday is the deadline for an international space art contest
The Federal Aviation Administration in Alaska is serving as the state representative of an international art contest. The theme is the 50th anniversary of human space flight. Entries will be judged in three age classes. Awards are given at the state, national and international levels.

Adak asks to ignore sea lion restrictions
ANCHORAGE — The city of Adak is asking permission to partially disregard fishing closures in state waters that are designed to protect Steller sea lions.

Railroad plans project open houses
ANCHORAGE — The public will have an opportunity to review projects proposed by the Alaska Railroad and comment on them.

Alakanuk man sentenced to 105 years in prison
ALAKANUK — Alaska State Troopers say a 36-year-old Alakanuk man convicted of sexually abusing two minors in the western Alaska village has been sentenced to a 105 years in prison.

Alaska officials removing more than 130 dogs
ANCHORAGE — Matanuska-Susitna Borough animal care workers say they’re removing more than 130 dogs from the home of a breeder in the Montana Creek area.

Alaska man gets 10 years for threat, 6 suspended
FAIRBANKS — A Fort Wainwright man who threatened to kill his wife has been sentenced to 10 years in prison with six years suspended in a plea agreement.

Cessna that crashed in Anchorage heavily loaded
ANCHORAGE — A National Transportation Safety Board report on the June 1 crash of a single-engine Cessna in Anchorage says the plane was heavily loaded with building supplies, including lumber and ceramic tile.

Pollock, Alaska's second congressman, dies at 90
ANCHORAGE — Alaska’s second congressman has died in California at age 90.

Burglars hit Anchorage homes while owners vacation
ANCHORAGE — A woman who was wearing stolen clothes and riding in a stolen SUV is one of the latest people accused of breaking into homes in Anchorage while the owners are away on vacation.

Frozen tamales recalled
Homestead Pasta Company, based in San Francisco, Calif., has recalled various frozen tamale products that contain whey, a potential allergen that is not listed on the labels. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed the recalled products have been distributed in Alaska.

Murkowski expects to retain ranking spot
JUNEAU — Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski expects to retain her position as ranking member on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Bears favored as Falcons find game, Kings rebuild
The Southeast Conference girls’ basketball schedule opens Friday with the first of four regular-season matchups between defending champion Juneau-Douglas and archrival Ketchikan at JDHS.

Rogers says UA to boost enrollment, reach
FAIRBANKS — University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Brian Rogers said Tuesday that the campus plans to boost its outreach to international students to help increase enrollment in the years ahead.

Fairbanks bid for 2014 Arctic Winter Games draws support
FAIRBANKS — The Arctic Winter Games International Committee can expect a warm welcome in Fairbanks.

Alaska pipeline being restarted
ANCHORAGE — The operator of the trans-Alaska pipeline received approval Tuesday to restart the 800-mile line, three days after a leak was found near a pump station at Prudhoe Bay.

Spill report highlights risks of Arctic drilling
ANCHORAGE — A presidential panel investigating the BP well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico urged “utmost care” for future drilling in remote waters off Alaska’s northern coasts.

Coast Guard faults owner, rules in sinking
SEATTLE — A Coast Guard probe of the 2008 sinking of a fishing vessel in the Bering Sea that killed five people concludes the vessel’s owner failed to properly maintain its structural condition.

Report says suicide remains epidemic in Alaska
ANCHORAGE — Suicide remains an epidemic in Alaska despite millions in program funding and substantial efforts by communities and organizations in the state over the past decade, a new report says.

High-pressure system may affect airplanes
FAIRBANKS — A severe high-pressure system in the Alaska Interior and Arctic this week is expected to cause a strong temperature inversion and may affect some airplane instrument systems.

Top trooper says prisoner escape was mishandled
ANCHORAGE — The name and photograph of an inmate who escaped from jail should have been released to the public much sooner, the head of Alaska State Troopers said in acknowledging the case was mishandled.

Trans-Alaska pipeline restarted despite leak
ANCHORAGE — Oil resumed flowing through the trans-Alaska pipeline Wednesday, but at only two-thirds the rate before a 31/2-day shutdown caused by a leak.

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