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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.”

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

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.

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.


Schedule begins Friday

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.

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.

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.

School calendar, on 7th draft, doesn't include 'Early Release'
The 2011-2012 Juneau School District calendar is on its seventh draft, and Early Release Mondays are not included. The district is unsure if and how that teacher collaborative planning time will reappear.

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.

State recommends mining complaint dismissal
The Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) was told Wednesday that the mining advocates didn't do anything wrong when they funnelled money from one group to another to fight an anti-mining ballot measure in 2008.

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.

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.

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

Photos: Icy views around Mendenhall Glacier

Photo: Out with the old, in with the new
Tim Miller, a legislative supply employee, spent Tuesday moving new computers into the Capitol and moving old computer boxes out. “It is a fun busy day,” Miller, a second-year aide, said. “I am becoming more interested in politics as I get older. Everyone here in this building seems to be pretty nice right now.”

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

Scholes sentenced in 2008 kidnapping and rape case
Editor's note: The following story contains a description of an alleged crime of a sexual nature. Readers are encouraged to use their own discretion when reading.

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.

Police & Fire
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Robert W. Rose
Robert W. Rose (Bob) died in December of 2010. He was 58.

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.

Roseileen Marie Hoffman
Roseileen Marie Hoffman (Sugie) age 74, of Oak Harbor, Wash. passed away Jan. 3, 2011.

Sandra Lee Noack-Revis
Sandra (Sandy) Lee Noack-Revis died Dec. 31, 2010, after a short battle with lung cancer.

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

GOP finally understands it's time to curb spending
Republicans’ initial steps to trim the deficit have been dismissed as mere symbolic gestures, but they are based on a time-tested debt reduction model.

Believing GOP's promises is like Charlie Brown trusting Lucy
The unfounded, yet enduring confidence of the American people in conservative budget dogma reminds me of Charlie Brown’s equally misplaced trust that Lucy will someday hold the football for him to kick instead of yanking it away.

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.

Slow Pentagon budget growth
The following editorial first appeared in the Seattle 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:

Rockin' and rollin': Rollergirls hosting meet-and-greet
Rock out with the Juneau Rollergirls tonight at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center as they host a meet-and-greet event for the public beginning at 7 p.m.

On the Hook
The Juneau Empire’s Outdoors page is looking for photographs of big fish you’ve caught this year in the waters of the northern Panhandle and beyond. Send your photos to: Abby Lowell, Include the name of the photographer, the name of the person who caught the fish, its size and weight, and where and when it was caught.

Trail upgrades continue near glacier
JUNEAU — On a clear day near the Mendenhall Glacier, parking lots are packed, dogs run with tongues flapping and crowds of cross country skiers, snowshoers, hikers and bikers can be seen exploring the area trails.

Females, and the reasons they're choosy
When a female wood frog, ready to mate, arrives at a small pond full of singing males, she is jumped upon by the nearest male, who grabs her around the neck and locks his thumbs together, so he cannot be dislodged. She apparently has little or no choice in the matter.

JGC trap shooting results
On a cold, clear and sunny winter day in Juneau, the local Juneau Gun Club held its monthly registered Pacific International Trap Association shoot with Amateur Trap Association cross registration. The temperature rose from 14 F to 26 F during the match. The sun, although great for morale, caused multiple shadows due to the forest and rock background and foreground. As a result, only the singles event winner, Pete Hudson (98/100) and our doubles winner, Jay Davis (90/100) shot at or near their averages with the remaining shooters generally follow below their average or “normal” scores.

Recent rescue @ the Juneau Raptor Center: Golden eagle

JDAC to hold elections, talk on Taku River habitat
JUNEAU — The Juneau-Douglas Fish and Game Advisory Committee is having a meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center on Wednesday, Jan 26, to hold elections for committee positions and to discuss critical habitat in the Taku River area.

SCA to host Sword Fighting Coronet Tournament
JUNEAU — The Society for Creative Anachronism will host a Medieval Sword Fighting Coronet Tournament at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Medieval costumes are required.

Tie 'thieving' flies at monthly meeting of local fishing club
JUNEAU — The Raincountry Flyfishers will hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan.19 at Thunder Mountain High School in the school’s library. This month’s program will feature a fly-tying demonstration by Luke Brockman.

Skating lessons starting up at Treadwell Arena
JUNEAU — Juneau Skating Club Basic Skills skating lessons began again on Jan. 10 at Treadwell Arena for youth and adults ages 4 and up.

This week's Fireside Chat: 'Sailing to the Edge of the World'
JUNEAU —The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center will host photographer Laurent Dick at this week’s Fireside Chat lecture. Dick’s presentation, “Sailing to the Edge of the World: In the Wake of the First Scientific Journey to Antarctica,” will include images he gathered while part of an international sailing expedition to re-enact explorers Roald Amundsen and Dr. Frederick Cook’s scientific journey to Antarctica in 1897 and 1898.

Refrigeration workshop offered for fishermen
PETERSBURG — The Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program is teaming up with Integrated Marine Systems, Inc., to offer a one-day workshop beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 1 in Petersburg, at the PFI Cookhouse.

Snow and grooming report for the Juneau area

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Today, Jan. 14

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

New DNR directors announced
Commissioner Dan Sullivan has announced two new appointments in the Department of Natural Resources. Tom Crafford has been appointed as director of the Office of Project Management and Permitting. Ben Ellis will be the new director of Parks and Outdoor Recreation.

Juneau man gets energy appointment
Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed Erik Eriksen of Juneau to the state’s Emerging Energy Technology Fund Task Force. The task force was created by the Alaska Legislature to make grants from the fund for demonstration projects that have a reasonable expectation to be commercially viable within five years and  are designed to test emerging technologies of conserving energy or improving existing technologies.  

Alaska glaciers help drive rise in sea level
Geophysical Institute researcher Regine Hock and her colleague Valentina Radic have calculated that the rate of sea-level rise due to the meltwater from glaciers in Alaska and elsewhere will increase by as much as 60 percent by the year 2100. Half of the world’s smallest glaciers may not survive that long.

Coast Guard inquest of death near Annette Island
JUNEAU – Coast Guard investigators from Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan are working with the Annette Island Department of Fish and Game and the Metlakatla Police Department in the investigation of a commercial diving death that occurred on the 68-foot fishing tender Island Dancer near Annette Island Wednesday.

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.

Big Bears favored in SE
The Southeast Conference boys’ basketball season gets underway tonight with a crosstown showdown between Thunder Mountain and Juneau-Douglas at 6 p.m. at TMHS.

Crimson Bears overpower Wolves
The Wolves wanted to run and gun on the bigs of Juneau-Douglas, but the Crimson Bears’ size down low proved too much in the end.

Droughts doom Falcons
Two 10-0 runs to close the first and open the third quarters doomed Thunder Mountain on Thursday, as the Mt. Edgecumbe Braves blew past the Falcons 74-47 in Juneau.

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

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.

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.

White House: No comment on Palin's remark
WASHINGTON — With her video accusing critics of “blood libel,” Sarah Palin again showed an unprecedented and daring political command of social networking to maintain a high profile in speculation about the Republican Party and the 2012 presidential race.

Fairbanks seeks Arctic games committee approval
FAIRBANKS — The president of the Arctic Winter Games International Committee says he has been impressed by Fairbanks officials and their bid for the 2014 games.

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.

Despite cancer battle, Hawker in Juneau for session
JUNEAU — An Alaska lawmaker says his prostate cancer could be in remission this spring.

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.

Groups say they will sue over polar bear habitat
ANCHORAGE — An environmental group on Thursday gave formal notice that it intends to sue the federal government for what conservationists consider a failure to protect critical habitat for polar bears from harmful oil and gas development.

Judge moves Waterman trial to Anchorage
KETCHIKAN — A second trial for a woman accused of conspiring to kill her mother in 2004 is scheduled to begin next week in Anchorage.

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