Thursday, January 21, 2010

Burns an 'a' that

Art for Haiti: Thunder Mountain to host fundraiser

Contra dance held tonight at Terry Miller Office Building

Third annual Lunafest held Friday at Centennial Hall

City museum talk to highlight professional exchange program

Some JDU spring classes still have room for students

Creative performing arts workshops for teachers continue

Juneau String Ensembles to perform Saturday

Locally produced short premieres Tuesday at Gold Town

'The Expressive Body' workshop held this weekend

When theatrical spectacle isn't enough

DeRoux inteprets Alaska through his brush
Self-buttering bread, flying pie, clamshells, bricklayers, red dogs, gavels and automobiles are just a few items featured in Dan DeRoux's surrealistic painting titled "Joseph Sells His Dreams." DeRoux called the work autobiographical, with almost every square inch of the canvas full of iconic imagery representative of his nearly 40 years as an artist.

'Eli' a solid action flick
Look online for a plot synopsis of "The Book of Eli" and you might come across this snippet: "A post-apocalyptic tale in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind." I was double-checking my own understanding of the story when I found that. Now I am even more hesitant to begin this review than I was immediately after seeing "Eli."

UAS Sound & Motion series begins Friday
Evening at Egan, the Friday night fall lecture series at University of Alaska Southeast, has been in place for nearly 10 years, but until now there has been no formal equivalent planned for the spring. That will change beginning this Friday, when UAS launches Sound & Motion, a series of arts-related events and lectures held periodically on Friday evenings at the Auke Bay campus.

Photo: Careful practice
Auri Clark, 15, practices with Ursa Major, the advanced chamber music group of the Juneau Strings Ensembles, as Gou Hua Xia conducts Jan. 10 at the Juneau Arts and Cultural Center. About 70 music students ranging from 5 to 18 years old will hold their annual performance on Saturday, Jan. 23, at Northern Light United Church. The evening will include performances by Ursa Major Ensemble, the Juneau Suzuki Violin Group, Stringin in the Rain Quartet, Encore String Quartet and the All-state Group.

Check out the latest Newbery, Caldecott winners at the library
The Newbery and Caldecott Awards have been announced. The Newbery winner (for most distinguished chapter book) is especially exciting to many of us at the library, since we've been talking it up to anyone who will listen since it arrived: "When You Reach Me," by Rebecca Stead. The Caldecott winner (for the most distinguished picture book) is "The Lion and the Mouse," written and illustrated by the extremely gifted and prolific Jerry Pinkney.

ARTS & CULTURE CALENDAR
ART, EVENTS and PERFORMANCE

Assembly right to postpone layoffs
I applaud the members of the Juneau Assembly who have decided to slow down the possible decision to lay off city employees as a solution to the budget shortfall. It is always easy to target this large portion of the budget - personnel cost - because it would make a large dent in closing the gap.

U.S. descending into fear-driving society
The underfunded state of education aside, I cannot be the only conscientious voter in our venerable democracy who has grown sick and tired of losing my liberties to the market- driven whimsies of an emotionally charged, tyrannical, electoral majority.

Juneau can do more to help homeless
A few weeks ago, the Juneau homeless coalition held a candlelight vigil at Marine Park to remember the homeless of Juneau. There were only about 20 people there. It was cold that night but nothing unusual. There should have been more in attendance.

Lawmakers relax into session
The Alaska Legislature gaveled into session Tuesday, the second year of the 26th Legislature, with Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, in Rochester, N.Y., and missing the first-day pomp and circumstance.

Man gets 8½ years in 1980s sex abuse
A 50-year-old Angoon man was sentenced last week to 8½ years in prison for sexually abusing two children in the early 1980s.

Mentor Appreciation Month: Big Sister Megan and Little Sister Kiera
MEGAN, BIG SISTER

Photo: Welcome back
Rep. Alan Austerman talks with Ed White, of Alaska Airlines, during the 25th annual Community Welcome Reception on Wednesday at Centennial Hall. Volunteers representing the Alaska Committee, city of Juneau, Juneau Chamber of Commerce and the Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau organize the event to welcome legislators back to town for the yearly session.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: Fourth-grade floaters
Recreational boating safety specialist Michael Folkerts, right, and other members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary help Ms. Frangos' fourth-grade class from Glacier Valley Elementary School put on life vests during a field trip to Aurora Harbor on Wednesday. Folkerts is helping Savannah Strang, 9, get properly fitted with a type III floation vest from the state's Kids Don't Float program.

Around Town
Today, Jan. 20

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Whitehorse-Juneau flights gain momentum
Interest in the possibility of flying directly to Juneau is growing in Whitehorse and though February's proposed flights are not yet certain, officials in both cities say they're likely to happen.

Expert to discuss future of energy in Alaska
Gwenn Holdmann launches the Science for Alaska 2010 lecture series tonight with a talk about how Alaska can emerge as an energy leader.

3 charged with felony robbery in stun gun assault
Three Juneau men have been arrested on felony robbery charges for allegedly assaulting a 40-year-old man with a stun gun, threatening him with a knife and taking his money Monday night.

Alaska Pacific Bank restates its results
A new examination by bank regulators has forced Alaska Pacific Bank to restate its results from last quarter, further widening its loss as the bank recognized more problem loans in its portfolio.

Harbor dredging plan raises concerns
A proposal to dredge Douglas Harbor and dump the spoils into Gastineau Channel is creating some concern for federal and state agencies, prompting them to ask for an extended comment period.

Around Town
Today, Jan. 21

Leroy E. Clements
Juneau resident Leroy E. Clements, known as "Uncle Roy," died Jan. 3, 2010, at Wildflower Court. He was 90.

Judith Ann Minifie
Former longtime Juneau resident Judith Ann Minifie died Jan. 11, 2010, in Anchorage. She was 65.

Haiti quake brings a dose of reality
I don't know about you, but images of the tragedy in Haiti made me feel pretty silly about having paid so much attention recently to Tiger Woods' sex life, Harry Reid's gaffes or Conan O'Brien's future. There's nothing like real pain and suffering to make us realize that the stuff we tend to obsess about can be pretty meaningless.

Alaska editorial: Please, no robo calls
The following editorial appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News:

Meditations on shoveling snow
To call the activity I engage in from mid-November through mid-April "shoveling snow" is a vast understatement, like calling whatever handheld electronic device you're always futzing around with a "phone." Or the stuff that collects at the bottom of a porto-john "honey." Or Sarah Palin "opportunistic." By the way, that's a real "honey" of a memoir she wrote, huh?

(Absence of) conscience in at least a few conservatives
As babies were being pulled, crushed and broken, from the rubble.

It's time for truth telling in debate about economy
Paulette Simpson's Jan. 18 opinion piece was quite telling. Simpson makes the argument that Juneau's current economic hard times are caused by online shopping, distracted city leaders and legislative delegation, and particularly by the activities of the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council.

The lesson of Massachusetts
You can bet that political strategists in both parties will be parsing the meaning of the Massachusetts senatorial struggle for some time to come. If there was a slam dunk left in American politics, it should've been the Democrats' ability to easily retain a Senate seat they'd held for 57 years in what has become essentially a sea-blue state. Instead, they lost.

State seeks experts for cruise ship science advisory panel
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking applicants to fill a non-governmental organization (NGO) seat on its cruise ship wastewater science panel.

Homeless Anchorage robber has prison wish granted
ANCHORAGE - A homeless man who held up an Anchorage bank to get thrown in jail had his wish granted.

Anchorage plans free swine flu shots
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage's Health and Human Services Department will offer a free clinic Tuesday for people who want a swine flu shot.

Alaska Republican renewing call for more lawmakers
JUNEAU - An Alaska Republican is renewing a push to increase the number of state lawmakers.

Mechanical failure lays up ferry
JUNEAU - State marine highway officials say they hope to have the ferry Aurora repaired quickly.

Probation officer charged with bribery, misconduct
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have arrested a state probation officer on bribery and misconduct charges.

Ptarmigan chairlift shut down after electrical system fails
JUNEAU - Eaglecrest's Ptarmigan chairlift shut down for about 45 minutes Monday morning after a braking system necessary for electric power "destroyed itself," Eaglecrest General Manager Kirk Duncan said. The lift went back online via diesel around 9:45 p.m. "We are able to operate with all of the other braking systems totally functional," Duncan said.

State to clear inactive voters from the rolls
JUNEAU - Nearly 12,000 names may be removed from state voter rolls this spring.

Palin to campaign with Texas governor
AUSTIN - Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is heading to Texas to campaign with Republican Gov. Rick Perry on Feb. 7.

Kopp takes job as legislative aide
JUNEAU - Chuck Kopp, who briefly served as former Gov. Sarah Palin's public safety commissioner, is working as a legislative aide to Republican Sen. Fred Dyson.

Kenai police use shoe clue to make arrest
KENAI - An unusual footprint helped Kenai police solve a series of burglaries and attempted burglaries.

Yukon Quest works to raise last 10 percent of race expenses
FAIRBANKS - The Yukon Quest is working on a final drive to increase revenues for this year's race. The advertised purse of $150,000 will not change, but race expenses are being carefully reviewed.

2 arrested in robbery at Wasilla home
WASILLA - Alaska State Troopers arrested two people accused of robbing a 74-year-old man at a home north of Wasilla.

Man sitting in road struck, killed in Nulato
FAIRBANKS - Investigators said a 58-year-old man was sitting in the middle of a road when he was struck and killed by a pickup truck in Nulato, about 300 miles west of Fairbanks.

Delegation announces grants to Alaska
ANCHORAGE - A federal agency has awarded a grant of more than $2.1 million for an environmental survey of the Chukchi Sea coastal region.

Bankruptcy not seen affecting Tokyo flights
FAIRBANKS - This week's bankruptcy filing by Japan Airlines is not expected to impact its already reduced service to Fairbanks.

Crimson Bears to test mettle in Colorado
After splitting a series at home with Stouheast Conference archrival Ketchikan, the Juneau-Douglas girls' basketball team has hit the road for a few days, though it's not for the usual road trip.

Alaskans headline ski team
The American cross country team is focusing on the few athletes who are going to the Vancouver Games while imploring the also-rans to keep their heads up - along with their training - in case they're added to the Olympic roster next week.

Parnell points finger at Washington
Gov. Sean Parnell took aim at the federal government in his first State of the State address Wednesday night, saying federal actions - on endangered species protections, issues of land access, health care - "often seem at war with Alaskan interests."

UAF police driving battery-powered ATV
FAIRBANKS - The University Police Department is about to acquire a new high-tech gadget that's more notable for what it won't do than what it will.

Alaska lawmakers focus on spending and oil incentives
A new budget report says Alaska has more cash reserves than ever, nearly $10 billion. But given the state's near-total reliance on oil revenue and forecasts of slumping production, legislative leaders returning to work Tuesday said their mantra for this new session would be "conserve."

Parnell highlights Juneau in support of resource development
Gov. Sean Parnell listed developing Alaska's resources, specifically mentioning those in Juneau, as one of his priorities, even if that development has to happen over federal government objections.

Eagle River school program teaches civil 'society'
EAGLE RIVER - It's a busy day at Eagle River Elementary School, and principal Nicole Sommerville is going nonstop. Parents are coming in to listen to a band concert, so the front office is bustling with activity. It is snowing buckets outside, so the parking lot is buried in so much white stuff that the plow truck can't keep up.

Groups file challenge to Chukchi drilling
ANCHORAGE - A coalition of Alaska Natives combined forces Wednesday with some of the heaviest hitters in the environmental community to challenge a plan by Shell Oil to drill off northwest Alaska.

Charges amended in Point Hope caribou slaughter
ANCHORAGE - Prosecutors have amended charges against defendants in the Point Hope caribou waste case.

Palin, McCain join forces again
PHOENIX - Sarah Palin and Sen. John McCain plan to campaign together again.

Parnell: Thoughts are with people of Haiti
JUNEAU - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell remembered the earthquake victims in Haiti.

'Deadliest chef' brings Alaska cred to TV pilot
ANCHORAGE - As a chef, John Stryjewski has cooked his way from one adventure to another, in institutional kitchens, in swanky private ones. Atop wood stoves and over campfires. On oil rigs, boats and trains.

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