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Friday, January 15, 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.

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.

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.

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."

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."

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

Fire training center to get $1M upgrade
Fire fighters have a dangerous enough job as it is, so the city decided it was time to make its fire training center safer with a $1 million renovation.

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.

Charter school burglarized
Who steals lunch money from children?

Around Town
Today, Jan. 14

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

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: 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.

First ever AARP Day in Juneau to be held Saturday
Centennial Hall will host Juneau's first ever AARP Day this weekend. The Saturday event was made possible thanks to local AARP volunteers.

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.

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.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: Spell check
Seventh-grader Brayden Wrightson, left, is congratulated by seventh-grader Quinn White, right, and sixth-grader Forest Kobayaski, center, after Wrightson won the spelling beecontest at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School on Thursday. Both Wrightson and second-place White will compete in the district-wide spelling bee next month.

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.

Photos: A day for sledding

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

Glen Earl Lewis
Former longtime Juneau resident Glen Earl Lewis died Dec. 20, 2009, at the Veteran's Hospital in Prescott, Ariz. He was 71. His family was at his side.

Outside editorial: Tragedy strikes Haiti ... again
The following editorial appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

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

Sometimes, the earth is cruel
Sometimes, the earth is cruel. That is ultimately the fundamental lesson here, as children wail, families sleep out of doors, and the dead lie unclaimed in the rubble that once was Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Forcing high school students into college isn't just wrong, it's dumb
One repeated theme in President Obama's education agenda is that he wants the United States to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. As he put it in an address to a joint session of Congress, "We expect all our children not only to graduate from high school but to graduate from college and get a good-paying job."

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.

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.

Cactus fly
Look closely, these are no ordinary flies.

Out & About
• Beginning Jan. 1, Out & About 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.

Learn to skate with the local skating club
JUNEAU - Keep your New Year's resolution.

Pipeline Skate Park closed through month of February
JUNEAU - The Pipeline Skate Park at Jackie Renninger Park will be closed for repair and maintenance work through February 27, 2010. For more information, call 364-3388.

Glaciologist to lecture on glacial loss, rebound in Southeast
JUNEAU - Roman Motyka, a world renowned glaciologist and professor, will present a lecture on "The Glaciers of Southeast Alaska: Ice Loss, Glacier Rebound, and Sea Level Rise" on Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Thunder Mountain High School auditorium.

SnowTRAC inviting new members for Fairbanks region
ANCHORAGE - The Division of Parks and Outdoors Recreation is inviting interested parties to apply for a vacancy on the Snowmobile Trail Advisory Council (SnowTRAC). The current vacancy available is for the Interior/Fairbanks Region.

Coast Guard sponsors 2010 Iditarod racer
VALDEZ - The Coast Guard will sponsor an Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race veteran during the 2010 Iditarod race.

Firewood sales in state parks on Kenai Peninsula out for bid
SOLDOTNA - The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation in the Kenai area is currently soliciting bids from vendors to provide firewood sales in several State Park campgrounds on the Kenai Peninsula.

Coast Guard releases quarterly publication
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard Seventeenth District external affairs office has announced the release of the Winter 2009 edition of its quarterly online publication, the Alaska Bear.

Biologist to lecture on historic Arctic, then versus now
Ted Merrell, a local retired fish biologist, will host a lecture Saturday on what he calls the "early days" - days before statehood, before oil drilling in the Arctic and before snowmobiles were the norm in native Alaskan villages.

Know before you go and be aware, avalanche ready
I wanted to snowshoe Perseverance Trail in questionable conditions. So, because it's the right thing to do, I called my significant outdoor other to leave behind my itinerary.

Winter excursion in the Grandchild Peaks
Saturday morning dawned clear and cold on the first day of 2010. The view of the full moon on the drive to the Valley was glorious, and seemed a sign of good things to come. The four of us parked at the end of the Montana Creek Road and made final preparations for the hike to Grandchild Peaks, a group of mountains named for the grandchildren of Kim and Barb Turley, founders of the Juneau Alpine Club.

Local photographs battle between tooth and beak
On a late December morning walk past the North Douglas boat launch, long-time Juneau resident Staci Augustus spotted something in the water.

Audubon Christmas bird count reveals new and repeat visitors
Thirty-six birders participated in this year's Christmas bird count held in December in the Juneau area. Given the cold weather leading up to the count, the tallied report shows a "respectable" 72 species of birds counted during the day and more than 10,000 birds overall.

Beach ravens make for first-class entertainment near Crow Point
So far, it's been a strange winter, with cold snaps alternating between rain and sleet, but very little snow, except at the higher elevations. This makes it hard for Parks and Recreation hikers (who are not extremists) to choose a reasonable Wednesday or Saturday expedition. One hike had us hobbling over ice-crusted, deep boot tracks, where previous walkers had left their mark. Another found us slithering over ice in four inches of water for altogether too long. High winds forced hikers to change their route and even to go home early one day.

Wild shots
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Grooming report
As of Jan. 14 the following Nordic trails are groomed and tracked for both skate andclassic skiing:

Fairbanks reaches 40-below benchmark first time this winter
FAIRBANKS - The city of Fairbanks recorded its first 40-degree below zero temperature of the winter.

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.

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.

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.

US commerce secretary visiting Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke plans to discuss trade and rural development opportunities when he visits Anchorage this week.

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

North Slope oil spill cleanup completed
ANCHORAGE - The Department of Environmental Conservation says crews have completed the cleanup of a North Slope oil spill.

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.

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.

Bomb donated to Kodiak museum goes out with a bang
KODIAK - A World War II relic which was displayed outside a Kodiak bar for years turned out not to be a dud at all.

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.

Arts patron Betti Cuddy dead at 85
ANCHORAGE - Arts patron and education leader Betti Cuddy has died at age 85.

Woman taken into custody after Anchorage standoff
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a woman who threatened to hurt herself and her 4-year-old daughter has been taken into custody after holding authorities at bay for more than two hours.

State title contenders set to square off
Undefeated Juneau-Douglas hasn't played in a tight game yet this season, a trend that's not expected to continue as Southeast Region archrival Ketchikan treks to Juneau for a showdown between two of Alaska's premier girls' basketball programs.

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.

Bears slip past Bartlett, 5-3
The Juneau Douglas Crimson Bears extended their winning streak to six games with a hotly contested 5-3 win over the visiting Bartlett Golden Bears Thursday night at Treadwell Arena.

Photo: Middle school mat time
Floyd Dryden Middle School's Jestoni Ramirez attempts a pin on Dzantik'I Heeni's Conner Hosier during a meet at DZ Thursday.

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

Economic rebound predicted this year
Alaska's economy should begin to see improvement later this year, top economic watchers told the Juneau Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.

Parnell pushes changes to energy tax
Gov. Sean Parnell said Thursday that he wants to give oil and gas companies greater incentives to do business in the state, a plan he says will boost production and create potentially hundreds of new jobs for Alaskans.

Feds search Chevron's Alaska facilities
ANCHORAGE - The Environmental Protection Agency has served search warrants on Chevron Corp. properties in Alaska, investigating air emission compliance.

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.

Alaskan survives Haiti quake
MIAMI - It took Christa Brelsford's brother and their friends nearly an hour and a half to dig her from the debris after Haiti's powerful quake, her legs trapped by rubble when a building collapsed. But Brelsford is glad to be alive, even though her right leg had to be amputated below the knee.

Fairbanks school to study invasive sweet clover
FAIRBANKS - Scientists in Alaska want to discover if bees are paying a little too much attention to a stranger.

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.

Fiber optic line could connect parts of Alaska, bring Internet to villages
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Native corporations and a multinational company plan to build a fiber optic cable from Tokyo to London through the Arctic Ocean that promises to bring high-speed Internet to remote villages.

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