Thursday, January 14, 2010

Preserving cultural knowledge
A new series of books on traditional Tlingit carving offers an innovative approach to learning the art, by providing a detailed description of the techniques in printed form.

Northern Lights Junior Theater holds winter auditions
Orientation meetings and group auditions are currently underway for Northern LIghts Junior Theatre's winter production of "Number the Stars."

Coffee & Collections presents 'Juneau's History Detectives'
This month's Coffee & Collections presentation at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum will feature Curator of Collections and Exhibits Addison Field, who will lead audiences in an exploration of the mysteries of history in "Juneau's History Detectives." Beginning at 10:30 a.m. this Saturday. Field will uncover some of the strange objects held in the museum's vaults and share tales that begin with "Upon closer inspection..." He will also welcome suggestions about the mysteries that are still deemed "head scratchers."

Alaska artists invited to apply for Rasmuson grants
The Rasmuson Foundation invites Alaska artists to apply for grants to support their creative work. Three grant programs are available.

Making fun for the whole family
Two-time Grammy award-winning songwriter and storyteller Bill Harley might be considered by some as a children's performer, but he gears his shows toward the whole family.

Search opens for senior Alaska poets
The 18th annual National Senior Poets Laureate Poetry Competition is now underway across the country, a contest open to American poets age 50 and older.

Daybreakers: If you can stand the gore, it ain't bad
W hat if?What if there was an outbreak, presumably starting from someone getting bitten by a vampire bat, and suddenly people were turning into vampires? What if that outbreak became so rampant that before too long the army, the government, schools, car dealers, television news anchors, newspaper publishers and hospitals were made up of vampires? What if overnight, human beings were declared an enemy of the state and hunted by the government in order to farm them for blood?

Last chance
January 15 marks the deadline for several big events around town. Here's a look at what not to miss.

Look for new young adult fiction in the adult fiction section of Juneau libraries
Young adult fiction is for readers in high school and older who like more involved plots and more mature themes than those found in chapter books. They are easy to spot: look for yellow-green stickers on the spines of books shelved in the adult fiction area.

ARTS & CULTURE CALENDAR
ART, EVENTS & PERFORMANCE

Ignoring the tragedy on Seward Street
It broke my heart to read the story in Monday's Empire about the break-in at Art Sutch's photography and digital imaging business on Seward Street. Why in the world is this kind of criminal activity taking place on an historical street, in an historical building in our state capital? Someone (and it's not the owner) is not paying attention.

Youth detention center ignores concerns
I am writing to address concerns about a juvenile detention facility in Anchorage. My now-21-year-old son spent some time there. He told me that when the resident youths tried to address grievances, the paperwork would just disappear. It seemed that just because they were locked up, the staff felt all they wanted was attention. I've heard similar complaints about adult correctional centers as well.

Board OKs shortened school days
Juneau students will get out of school one hour early on the second and fourth Monday of most months during the 2010-11 school year, according to changes the School Board approved unanimously at its Tuesday meeting.

Parnell asks for new gas tax suspension
Gov. Sean Parnell said Tuesday he wants the Legislature to once again suspend the state's gasoline tax, already the lowest in the nation.

Around Town
Today, Jan. 14

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

AEL&P expects surplus energy sales this summer
The Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. is projecting that it will be able to drain its Bart Lake reservoir to fix leaks this spring while still meeting summer power needs.

Little League embezzler sentenced to prison
Arlene Moe was sentenced to a year in prison Tuesday for stealing upwards of $50,000 from the Gastineau Channel Little League.

Fallen tree knocks out power line near Thane
A city-wide power outage Wednesday afternoon was caused by a tree falling into one of two large power lines near Thane Road, an Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. spokesperson said.

Photo: Cutting through
Chris Quinto, of the state of Alaska's General Services department, plows through a large snow berm Tuesday in front of Alaska Fish & Game offices in Douglas.

Photo: 'Alaska Grown'
Brad Street, 18, shows off his tolerance to Monday's wintery mix of weather as he walks to the Mendenhall Mall.

Photo: Frozen in time
Icicles hang from the clock Wednesday at the corner of Franklin and Front streets. Weather forecasts call for a warming trend to bring rain during the rest of the week.

City prepares to tap rainy day fund
The Juneau Assembly established a willingness at a Finance Committee meeting Wednesday to dig into the city's $9.3 million "rainy day fund" and to use tobacco tax revenue to address the city's looming budget shortfall, but said it's too early to know exactly how much.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Morris Publishing Group to file prepackaged bankruptcy intention
Morris Publishing Group, owner of the Juneau Empire and Capital City Weekly, announced Wednesday it plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection next week.

New board may manage pools
Some members of the Dimond Park Pool Task Force and other community members are advocating for a new "Juneau Pool Systems Board" that would operate the Augustus Brown and Dimond Park swimming pools.

Around Town
Today, Jan. 13

Photos: A day for sledding

Photo: Shoveling out
Bill Kramer cleans snow off his 32-foot Nordic tug boat named Morning Wings II on Tuesday in Aurora Harbor.

Photo: Electric snow removal
Dave Sturdevant uses an electric snowblower to remove snow from his driveway Wednesday on Evergreen Avenue. "This is a lot lighter than a gas-powered blower," Sturdevant said. "And better on the back than shoveling snow into a berm and repeating."

Mentor Appreciation Month: Big Brother Frank Bergstrom and Little Brother Mark
FRANK, BIG BROTHER

Outside editorial: Reid's belittling remarks
The following editorial appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Alaska editorial: Subsistence rules set up circular procedure
The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

My turn: In health care vote, Begich turned back on Alaskans
I was disgusted by Sen. Mark Begich's feeble excuses for why he voted for the Senate health care bill ("Deciding health care reform," published in the Jan. 3 Empire).

Harry Reid was right
Somebody please tell Harry Reid there are no Negroes in America.

Obama, Bernanke need miracles
If 2009 was a year for massive government intervention in the private economy and a full-court press on health-care reform, 2010 will be a time for weaning the nation from life support and evaluating what worked and what didn't, and hopefully doing less of the second.

Body image issues get new meaning
I haven't worn anything sleeveless since 1999, and two years ago my daughter told me, politely but firmly, that it was no longer appropriate for me to wear anything above the knee, so you can imagine how I feel about full-body scans in airports.

Healthy school lunches could slow obesity
It's not a bully stealing their lunch money. It's the recession. In a clear illustration of the economy's effect on families, registration for free school lunch and food stamps has hit the ceiling.

Canada continues carry-on ban for U.S.-bound flights
SEATTLE - If you're planning a ski trip or other travel to Canada soon, be aware that the Canadian government continues to restrict carry-on luggage on flights into the United States.

Parnell seeks to renew veterans' mortgage program
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell wants to renew a mortgage loan program for veterans, a plan that will require voters to authorize up to $800 million in state-guaranteed bonds.

Clam Gulch reports assault, suicide
KENAI - Alaska State Troopers said a man committed suicide hours after he assaulted a woman with a knife at a Clam Gulch cabin.

Natural gas pipeline team to seek shipping deals this summer
FAIRBANKS - One of two firms considering a major natural gas pipeline, Denali, expects to solicit long-term shipping deals this summer with North Slope energy companies.

Fort Wainwright MP company deploys to Iraq Monday
FORT WAINWRIGHT - Members of the 472nd Military Police Company from Fort Wainwright said their goodbyes Monday to relatives and friends.

Accused owner of Anchorage bar can go back to work
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage bar owner accused of groping four women can go back to work at the bar called The Avenue because one of his accusers no long works there.

Airbus wins more orders, but Boeing nets more cash
SEATTLE - Airbus topped Boeing both in the number of planes produced and in the total of new orders last year, but the U.S. company prevailed in perhaps the most important tally: the actual money received for airplanes delivered to customers.

Wilson told poncho gate won't cut it
FAIRBANKS - State Rep. Tammie Wilson needs a new gate to comply with Fairbanks Borough code.

New plan drafted for bears in Rockies, Cascades
BILLINGS, Mont. - Wildlife officials from the United States and Canada plan to encourage conservation groups to buy key parcels of grizzly bear habitat in order to gauge how climate change is affecting them.

Seattle officers to help in shooting case
ANCHORAGE - Two Seattle police detectives have arrived in Anchorage to help authorities investigate a shooting that left an officer with serious injuries.

Former VECO head goes to prison
ANCHORAGE - A key player in Alaska's political corruption cases has reported to a federal prison in California.

Japanese hunter facing charges in connection with US bear hunts
SEATTLE - A Japanese psychiatrist who travels the world as a big-game hunter was charged in King County Superior Court Wednesday in connection with the smuggling of black bear gall bladders, popular in traditional Asian medicine.

Girl steps in when man snatches mom's purse
KENAI - A 26-year-old man accused of snatching a woman's purse, then fighting off her 11-year-old daughter who tried to stop him, has been arraigned in Kenai District Court.

Groups, scientists seek regulation of bumblebee shipments
GRANTS PASS, Ore. - Conservation groups and scientists want federal agricultural authorities to start regulating shipments of commercially domesticated bumblebees - used to pollinate crops - to protect wild bumblebees from diseases threatening their survival.

Rape investigation of Copperfield closed
SEATTLE - Federal prosecutors closed a two-year investigation into rape allegations against magician David Copperfield on Tuesday without filing charges.

McCain rebuffs questions on Palin vetting process
WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain said he's content with his life in the Senate and happy he picked Sarah Palin as his running mate last year.

Wash. lawmaker wants to banish negative language
SEATTLE - Decades ago, poor children became known as "disadvantaged" to soften the stigma of poverty. Then they were "at-risk." Now, a Washington lawmaker wants to replace those euphemisms with a new one, "at hope."

Alaska man gets 189 years for dad's machete murder
PALMER - An Alaska man who killed his father with a machete and attacked his dad's fiancee was given a 189-year sentence for murder and attempted murder.

Man arrested in marijuana bust
KETCHIKAN - A 49-year-old Craig man was arrested after Alaska State Troopers in Ketchikan said they found 40 pounds of marijuana in the spare tires of his pickup.

Ex-Sitka resident accused in 1988 murder
SITKA - The state has issued a warrant for the arrest of a former Sitka woman accused of killing her husband more than two decades ago.

Bears vs. Kings: SE rivalry renewed
While it's certainly not make-or-break time for the 5-5 Juneau-Douglas boy's basketball team this weekend at Ketchikan, it's still a big weekend for both the Crimson Bears and the Kings.

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

Bears stalking sixth straight win
The Juneau-Douglas hockey team looks to win its sixth game in a row as the Crimson Bears open a stretch of four games in four days at Treadwell Arena tonight against Bartlett.

Groups sue over timber sale in Tongass
ANCHORAGE - Three environmental groups are going to court to try and stop a particularly contentious timber sale of old-growth trees in the country's largest national forest.

Palin makes debut as Fox contributor
NEW YORK - Sarah Palin accounts for the controversy she attracts by saying her opponents don't like the "commonsense, conservative solutions" she represents.

Former Alaska House speaker wants charges tossed
ANCHORAGE - Former state House Speaker Pete Kott has submitted a new court filing in his effort to have his conviction on corruption charges tossed.

Judge rules against state in Point Thomson dispute
ANCHORAGE - A judge has ruled that the state improperly terminated ExxonMobil's leases to develop the Point Thomson gas fields on the North Slope.

At 93, retired Wasilla teacher still learning
WASILLA - If you ask Betty Boyd-Beu what the secret to a long life is, education is key.

Ramras proposes limit on gas line taxes
FAIRBANKS - State Rep. Jay Ramras has proposed a constitutional amendment that would hold taxes constant for the life of a major natural gas pipeline from the North Slope.

142,800 gallons of fuel spilled on Aleutian island
ANCHORAGE - An estimated 142,800 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from a storage tank on an island in Alaska's remote Aleutian chain.

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