Alaska Design Forum gets crafty
In the world of artistic pursuits, “craft” often takes a backseat to its seemingly more prestigious cousin “design.” A crafter is seen as maker, following the steps of previous artisans where the pursuit is to replicate and recreate with precision, whereas the designer is the master of the invention, with an end goal of creating the new and never-before-seen. So it is apropos that the Alaska Design Forum has chosen to celebrate the new and inventive in the craft world with its upcoming showing of “Handmade Nation,” a documentary that follows the youthful, feminist, punk and rebellious side to the DIY craft movement.

Library, Archives and Museums to offer lunchtime lecture series
The Andrew P. Kashevarov Memorial Lecture Series -- to be held Wednesdays at noon from Jan. 26 through March 9 at the Alaska State Museum -- will feature new research on a variety of topics drawn from the collections of the Alaska Division of Library, Archives and Museums, presented by LAM staff and visiting researchers. New or seldom-seen historical photos, documents, and artifacts will be displayed in conjunction with each program. Admission is free, and visitors are welcome to eat lunch during the presentations.

Alaska State Museum: “The Alaska Game Show,” guest curated by Jeff Brown, through Feb.12. 395 Whittier St.


Schedule begins Friday

Vann novel compels, but gloom too one-note
“Caribou Island” is a dark and depressing novel that offers no uplift and little hope for its troubled characters, a dysfunctional family who stagger from one desperate situation to the next across a brutal Alaskan landscape. This isn’t the type of book for those who require a minimum level of fun or relaxation in their reading experience.

Storyteller brings ancient texts to life
In “The Prophets,” a dramatic presentation based on Biblical texts, actor and storyteller Brad Sherrill brings together two interconnected aspects of his craft: his creativity as an artist and his faith as a member of the religious community. In so doing, he highlights the potential power of both in working to create positive social change.

'Fighter' pretty faultless
As Ricky Gervais boldly ripped everyone at Sunday’s Golden Globes — from Bruce Willis (“You may know him from ‘Hudson Hawk’… here is Ashton Kutcher’s dad, Bruce Willis!”) to Tom Cruise (implying the famous Scientologist might be gay) — I found myself wondering what Gervais might come up with to cut down “The Fighter.” Sure, Christian Bale, who plays Micky Ward’s (Mark Wahlberg) crack-addict brother Dickie in the film, is already on record for his off-the-wall blowups on movie sets. And sure, Bale managed to be the only Golden Globe winner (for playing Dickie) Sunday who actually had his mic turned off (everyone else got the hint when the music started to play).

Out & About
“Singin’ in the Rain,” a winter cabaret production of Juneau Jazz & Classics, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Chapter books for middle readers
“Little Joe,” by Sandra Neil Wallace: When Eli Stegner gets his first calf to raise, he’s over the moon. He names him Little Joe and sets about making friends with him, even though his father warns him not to. After all, Eli is raising Little Joe to be a Blue Ribbon winner at the County Fair, and the biggest and meatiest bulls bring top dollar at the sale after the fair. But it all seems so far away to Eli as he learns about ear-tattooing, weaning, feeding, and showing his calf, that he forgets, and by the time the fair rolls around, Eli and Little Joe are inseparable. Full of details about small farm life, this is a warm family story.

Trash 'N' Fashion hits the runway Friday
Devan Groth’s garmet bag is two black plastic trash bags, which she pulls off to reveal a dress made out of wrapping paper, bows and ribbons, all held together with duct tape.

It takes time
If I knew my life was coming to an end at a certain hour, I’d likely become much more protective of my time than I am already. Say I’d been given exactly one month before my days on Earth would end: I probably wouldn’t take a risk on a movie or other entertainment vehicle that might only be so-so when I could participate in some other activity guaranteed to bring enjoyment in my final moments.

Suggested school cuts vary from drastic to creative
While the proposed list of cuts to the Juneau School District’s budget was lengthy, and a hard task for the budget committee, there were many suggestions given to the cabinet by staff and community members that ranged from creative to drastic.

Flooding knocks KATH off the air
Flooding at KATH-TV has forced the local NBC affiliate to evacuate the building. Programming is still on the air, but with a few changes.

Fast food with a Latin flair
Bus travelers waiting for their rides at the new Downtown Transportation Center now have a place to get in out of the cold, not to mention grab a snack for the road.

Staff cuts, larger class sizes part of deficit solution
The first draft of proposed changes to the Juneau School District’s budget to address a $4 million to $6 million deficit cuts staffing by the equivalent of 43 full-time employees and slightly increases class sizes, among other changes.

HUD provides St. Vincent de Paul nearly $125,000 in grant funds
St. Vincent de Paul will receive two of 22 grants recently announced by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

ASHNHA talks with Bartlett about legislative priorities
The head of an association of Alaska hospitals and nursing homes Tuesday told Bartlett Regional Hospital’s planning committee the group’s top concerns this legislative season are Medicaid funding and health care reform laws.

Many familiar faces return to offices of Juneau legislators
There are new faces in each of the offices of the Juneau legislative delegation for the new legislative session, but most of the names will be familiar to those who have dealt with the delegation in the past.

Photo: Starting the session
The Alaska Youth Choir, led by artisitc director Missouri Smyth, sings the state song during the first day of the 2011 Legislative session Tuesday in the Senate at the State Capitol Building.

Photo: Time to shine
Grayson McGuire, 4, is pleased at his introduction as a guest by mother, and Sen. Lesil McGuire, at the first day of the 27th Legislative session Tuesday at the State Capitol Building.

Photo: Almost there …
Storm, a mixed breed, waits for a little help over a concrete wall Saturday during a walk with owner Victoria Beagle.

Police & Fire
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State board to meet Monday in teleconference
The State Board of Education & Early Development will meet by teleconference at noon on Monday. The meeting will originate from the Commissioner’s Office boardroom at the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development, 801 W. 10th St., Suite 200, in Juneau.

Police & Fire
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Science for Alaska series starts tonight
Tonight the public will have a chance to learn about what’s happening in the night sky as the University of Alaska Fairbanks kicks off the Science for Alaska lecture series at Centennial Hall.

State Museum in Juneau launches noon lecture series
The Andrew P. Kashevarov Memorial Lecture Series — to be held at noon on Wednesdays from Jan. 26 through March 9 at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau — features new research on a variety of topics drawn from the collections of the Alaska Division of Library, Archives and Museums (LAM), presented by LAM staff and visiting researchers. New or seldom-seen historical photos, documents, and artifacts will be displayed in conjunction with each program. Admission is free, and visitors are welcome to eat lunch during the presentations.

Photo: Preparing for voyage
Crewmen on the 130-foot Epic Explorer, contracted as a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service research vessel, load gear in preparation for a Pollock survey in Frederick Sound. Students from Juneau-Douglas High School’s Choosing Healthy Options in Cooperative Education (CHOICE) class will visit the vessel this morning with Auke Bay Laboratory’s fisheries research biologist John Moran to apply biology class work. According to Epic Explorer captain Dan Carney the vessel fishes January to April and then tenders or does research work.

Input on superintendent evaluation sought
The Juneau School District is seeking input from staff and the community as part of the evaluation process for the superintendent of schools. For an evaluation form please download the document in the link below.

Department will use a new English language learner assessment
The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development has signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Educational Research to obtain a new English language proficiency assessment.

JSD to host graduation requirement forum
The Juneau School District will hold a public information and feedback meeting on a proposal from the Graduation Task Force to raise graduation requirements at the high school level. The meeting will be 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the library at Thunder Mountain High School. For more information contact the assistant superintendent’s office at 523-1704, or see the proposal online at

Kenneth C. Moore
Kenneth C. Moore, 97, former Director of Insurance for the state of Alaska, passed away Jan. 10, 2010, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Kenneth was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie and his sons Bruce and Kelly. He is survived by his sister Virginia Hall, his son Casey Moore, and his daughters Leslie Jadin and Kristy Krahl.

Lucrecia Margarita Eldemar
Lucrecia Margarita Eldemar, 78 died Jan. 14, 2011 at Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage.

Virgil L. Klinkhammer
Virgil L. Klinkhammer passed away Jan. 5, 2011 in Bellingham, Wash. He was 79 years old.

Tressie Anne Gayle Foster
Tressie Anne Gayle Foster died Jan. 16, 2011, at Ochsner’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, La.

Outside editorial: Phony research must not deter needed vaccinations
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Outside editorial: When art and capitalism mix
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Bridging the trust deficit with China
China’s President Hu Jintao will make a historic trip to Washington next week, appearing alongside President Barack Obama on a stage likely to be dominated by two issues: righting the vast U.S.-China trade deficit and avoiding a catastrophic war on the Korean Peninsula. Both subjects matter. Both are manageable, if we work together.

My Turn: Well charted path to Alaska's future remains open
Since the election I have been asked repeatedly about my intentions for the future. My answer is that the outcome of a single election does not alter my passion to advocate for the best interests of Alaskans.

A nuclear Iran? Not so fast
After years of warning an Iranian atomic bomb is right around the corner, Israeli officials now say Iran is at least four years away from deploying a nuclear weapon, maybe more. And Obama administration officials agree, although they shy away from endorsing a specific time frame. “We’ve gained some breathing space,” a senior U.S. official told me last week. “The good news is that we have slowed down the nuclear clock.”

Now's the time to debate health care like adults
The U.S. House of Representatives honored wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords last week by postponing what promises to be a rancorous debate on repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Young supports repeal of health care bill
JUNEAU — U.S. Rep. Don Young has voted to repeal the federal health care overhaul, calling it “the single worst piece of legislation” he’s seen in nearly 40 years in Congress.

Alaska man pinned by vehicles, woman charged
FAIRBANKS — An Alaska woman has been charged with assault after police said her boyfriend got his leg stuck between two vehicles while trying to stop her from driving while drunk.

Begich requests pipeline hearing
ANCHORAGE — Sen. Mark Begich is requesting the Senate Commerce Committee hold a hearing in Anchorage on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System.

Doogan back at work after brain surgery
JUNEAU — An Anchorage lawmaker says he feels great, roughly six months after having a brain tumor removed.

2 found dead in parked, running car
ANCHORAGE — Anchorage police say a man and a woman were found dead in a running car parked inside a residential garage.

Cheney dodges 2012 GOP presidential speculation
WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Dick Cheney is declining to say who’s out front in the 2012 Republican presidential sweepstakes, but says he’ll be happy to participate in the process.

Johansen, Millett get committee posts
JUNEAU — Two House Republicans on the outs with their caucus have been given committee assignments for this legislative session.

4 finalists named for UMaine presidency
BANGOR — The University of Maine System has narrowed its list of finalists for president of the flagship campus to four.

Rape trial beginning for Anchorage police officer
ANCHORAGE — Jury selection began Tuesday in Anchorage for the trial of a suspended police officer accused of sexual assaults.

Alaska roadhouse reopens before Yukon Quest begins
FAIRBANKS — An Alaska roadhouse has reopened under new ownership in time to stand as a traditional checkpoint in the upcoming Yukon Quest dog sled race.

Anchorage voters may decide school bonds
ANCHORAGE — The Anchorage Assembly is expected to decide next month whether to put three school bonds on the April ballot.

SEARHC hosts dental health fair for young children
In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Juneau Dental Clinic is hosting a children’s dental health fair Feb. 22.

Man charged with pulling gun on off-duty trooper
KETCHIKAN — A 25-year-old Ketchikan man has been charged with pulling a gun on an off-duty Alaska State Trooper.

Trial set April 5 for Alaska park arrest dispute
FAIRBANKS — A trial has been set for April for a 70-year-old Alaska man arrested by National Park Service rangers during a dispute over a boat safety check on the Yukon River last September.

AAA: Gasoline prices rising in Alaska
ANCHORAGE — Drivers in Alaska are paying an average of $3.57 a gallon for gasoline at the pump.

Man charged with attempted murder in spitting
ANCHORAGE — Alaska authorities say a 29-year old man is charged with attempted murder after he spit a dangerous bodily fluid on a hospital worker.

Stanley Cup set for display in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS — The Stanley Cup is coming to Fairbanks as part of the Fairbanks Hockey Hall of Fame’s Hockey Week in Fairbanks celebration.

Road trip leaves Bears in must-win situation
The Crimson Bears hoped this weekend’s senior night would be a relaxed celebration for those hockey players who are playing on home ice for the final time.

JDHS falls flat in 4th quarter
Juneau-Douglas fell flat in the fourth quarter Wednesday, getting outscored 23-5 in dropping a 71-47 decision at West Anchorage in boys’ basketball action.

Kissner takes new position with Cubs
After winning a World Series ring in 2008 as a scout for the Philadelphia Phillies, Juneau-Douglas High School alum Tim Kissner has taken a promotion in the form of a new position with the Chicago Cubs.

Anchorage's Randall switches focus
Anchorage native Kikkan Randall’s time at the top of the World Cup sprint rankings will be short-lived — and she is fine with that.

Bears fly by Falcons
Juneau-Douglas got off to a slow start but Thunder Mountain wilted under the Crimson Bears’ relentless pressure defense as JDHS rolled to a 76-21 Southeast Conference win Tuesday night over the visiting Falcons.

Parnell praises state's economy
Gov. Sean Parnell Wednesday took a hard-line stance on the federal government in Alaska, but a soft and friendly stance to the oil industry in his first State of the State address to Alaskans since being elected to his own term as governor last fall.

No shippers for new natural gas line
ANCHORAGE — TransCanada Corp. is moving forward with plans for a pipeline to carry North Slope natural gas to the North American pipeline network in Alberta, although it missed a goal of having signed agreements from shippers by Christmas, the Anchorage Daily News reported Tuesday.

Rep: State may need to play bigger role on gasline
JUNEAU — An Anchorage lawmaker believes the state may need to invest more money in a major natural gas pipeline if efforts to bring it to fruition falter.

Charge reduced to assault in Mat-Su spitting case
ANCHORAGE — An attempted murder charge has been reduced to assault against a 29-year-old Alaska man with an infectious disease who is accused of spitting on a hospital nurse.

Report: Hard to tell effect of oil tax on industry
JUNEAU — Repeated changes to Alaska’s oil and gas tax the last few years have made it difficult to tell whether the tax is helping or hurting industry, according to a report released Tuesday, as the Legislature gears up to debate yet another change.

Toxin found in Alaska gardens, warning issued
FAIRBANKS — Alaska health officials are warning North Pole residents to avoid using well water on their gardens after tests showed traces of an industrial chemical.

A closer look at the 2011 state budget
Alaska’s $12 billion state budget got its first examination on the second day of the legislative session with a presentation to the House Finance committee.

Official to lawmakers: Relax on pipeline
JUNEAU — A federal official has advice for Alaska lawmakers antsy about securing a gas pipeline: Relax.

Dems push back on oil tax cut proposals
Democratic legislators told the press just before the start of the 27th Alaska Legislature they’ll oppose calls by Gov. Sean Parnell and others to lower the state’s oil tax rates.

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