Friday, January 21, 2011

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.

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

MOVIES
Schedule begins Friday

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.

ART, EVENTS & MUSIC
THURSDAY

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

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.

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.

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: Making way
A City & Borough of Juneau snowplow works along Egan Drive Wednesday evening. Rain showers are expected through the weekend.

Students test waters of science, fishing careers
There are a lot of details that go into running a science-research fishing vessel — and many kinds of careers — students from Juneau-Douglas High School learned Thursday.

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 juneauschools.org.

New human rights group forming to promote respect and equality
A new human rights group has started up in Juneau. The as-yet unnamed organization is a public outreach group announced Thursday that was formed to go beyond the work done by the Juneau Human Rights Commission to promote respect and equality.

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.

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.

A bit of flash, safety dances its way into arts
Reflectorsaurus — a big green and yellow reflective dinosaur — and a few Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School students are busting a move to the Safety Dance after school these days.

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.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

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

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

Harold Thomas Payne
Harold Thomas Payne, 75, of Ozawkie, Kan. died Nov. 22, 2010 at the Plaza West Care Center in Topeka, Kan. Harold was born Oct. 29, 1935 at Aurora, Mo., the son of Fred and Clara Maynard Payne. Living in Ozawkie since 1979, he had worked over 20 years as a Yellow Pages sales representative in northeast Kansas and was a member of the Meriden United Methodist Church. He was married to Margaret Mansell on Aug. 10, 1963 at Stoddard, N.H., she survives at home. Harold and Margaret met in Juneau, where Hal worked as a cartographer for the Alaska Highway Department at the Dept. of Highways Building in Douglas. He was also active in the Alaska National Guard and was in Anchorage during the earthquake. Survivors include a son, Stephen Payne of Waco, Texas; two daughters, Stephanie R. Patterson of Avondale, Ariz and Charlotte Anne Reed of Fort Worth, Texas; one sister, Phyllis Gavin of Titusville, Fla.; and three grandchildren, Caleb Patterson, Lyric Patterson and Nolan Patterson. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward Payne and Fredrick Payne and a sister, Betty Lou Payne. A Celebration of Life service was held Nov. 26, 2010 at Meriden United Methodist Church. Inurnment will be at the Ozawkie Cemetery. The home address is 324 Delaware Drive, Ozawkie, KS 66070.

Donald Roy Magnusson
Donald Roy Magnusson died Dec. 12, 2010 in Renton, Wash.

Bruce W. McDole
Bruce W. McDole was born in 1956 in Berkeley, Calif. He died Dec. 31, 2010 in Coldspring, Texas.

Marion Lisette Sundquist
Marion Sundquist died Dec. 28, 2010, at the Sitka Pioneer Home.

Colleen Diane Wilson
Colleen Diane Wilson died on Jan. 18, 2011 in Juneau.

Outside editorial: When art and capitalism mix
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

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.”

Legitimizing Aristide would sabotage Haiti's chance to prosper
One year after a tragic earthquake claimed 230,000 Haitian lives, the island nation’s political future remains clouded by controversy.

Outside editorial: Tunisia as a tipping point
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Blocking Aristide's return to Haiti shows woeful lack of respect
Haiti’s infamous dictator “Baby Doc” Duvalier, returned to his country this week, while the country’s first elected President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, is kept out. These two facts really say everything about Washington’s policy toward Haiti, and our government’s respect for democracy in that country and in the region.

Photos: Frozen ascent
A local ice climber glances back briefly to grab his ice ax while climbing a frozen face adjacent to Nugget Falls last weekend. Ice climbing enthusiasts acknowledge the sport is likely more dangerous than rock climbing, but the new challenges it presents are part of the intrigue. Look for a full feature on ice climbing in the Outdoors section during the month of February.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska taking it to the snowy slopes
It’s wintery days like these that give Juneauites a good excuse to get up to the mountain and enjoy the fresh powder, and on Saturday, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska will take full advantage of all that a good day of riding has to offer.

Program leads with study of lagomorphs
Most people have to travel long distances and pay the big bucks to get a chance to see places like Juneau, but residents of the capital city have the chance to enjoy the world outside on an everyday basis.

Fastidious females have reasons to their ways
Last week I wrote about female animals and their choices of mates on the basis of the male’s property, nuptial gifts, songs and dances, or physical appearance. Those choices occur before copulation (in animals with internal fertilization: sperm meets egg inside a female) or spawning (in those with external fertilization: sperm meets egg outside the female). However, there are also some much subtler forms of female mate choice that have been revealed by recent research. These choices occur during or after copulation or spawning.

Tips on Tracks: Sitka Black-tailed deer
Name of animal: Sitka black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus sitkensis)

Discovery Southeast hosting 'nature-inspired fun' Monday
JUNEAU — With Monday, Jan. 24 being a day elementary students are released early, Discovery Southeast is offering outdoor activities for local youth.

Planetarium presents local astronomy poetry contest
JUNEAU — In celebration of April as Global Astronomy and National Poetry month, the Marie Drake Planetarium is sponsoring an Astronomy Poetry Contest, open to all Juneau residents.

'Senior's Edge' offered for alpine skiers or boarders
JUNEAU — The Eaglecrest Snowsports School is offering instruction in either alpine skiing or snowboarding for those 50 and over from 12:30-3:30 p.m. today at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Marie Drake Planetarium to show 'The Planets'
JUNEAU — Volunteers at Juneau’s local planetarium will present a multimedia show titled “The Planets” from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at the Marie Drake Planetarium.

Juneau Raptor Center holding monthly board meeting
JUNEAU — The local nonproft bird rescue organization, the Juneau Raptor Center, is holding a monthly meeting of the board beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at the Downtown Library.

Fireside Lecture highlights great waves of Alaska
JUNEAU — This week’s Fireside Lecture will explore tsunamis in and around the Gulf of Alaska beginning at 6:30 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. tonight in the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center auditorium.

30th annual Learn to Ski Weekend at Eaglecrest
JUNEAU — The 30th annual Learn to Ski Weekend at Eaglecrest is Jan. 29 & 30. This free weekend is sponsored by Mendenhall Auto Subaru and is for first-time skiers in grades three, four and five.

Juneau Ski Club organizes yearly Cash Bash raffle
JUNEAU — Participants in this year’s Juneau Ski Club Cash Bash will have a chance to win $10,000 in cash.

SERR hosts Tuesday's at the Track
JUNEAU — Each third Tuesday for the next two months, the Southeast Road Runners are hosting all-comers track meets for track enthusiasts of all ages beginning at 6 p.m. at Dimond Park Field House.

Southeast Road Runners invited to awards and potluck
JUNEAU — The local running club, the Southeast Road Runners, is holding its annual awards and potluck dinner from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28, at DIPAC.

Women teaching women during multi-week ski program
JUNEAU — Women 18 and over are invited to learn new skills from PSIA Certified women instructors from 1-3 p.m. every Sunday in January and at the same time every Saturday in February at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Snow & Grooming conditions in the Juneau area: Jan. 20
• Base: 5.8 inches

Tides: Jan. 21-27
Today, Jan. 21

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Huckabee coming to Alaska on cruise
JUNEAU — In a statement, the conservative and potential 2012 presidential candidate says he’s participating in an “Alaska Freedom Cruise.”

Relentless Bears roll
The Crimson Bears girls’ basketball team is making a habit of blowing teams out in the first quarter, and it was another early run that sparked a 61-33 win over Lathrop on Thursday night at Juneau-Douglas High School.

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.

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.

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.

Big weekend for Bears hockey
With the regular season drawing closer to its end, the Crimson Bears’ final two games will be their most important to date.

JDHS falls to Palmer
The Crimson Bears boys’ basketball team had a chance to avoid a two-game losing streak, but an early start doomed Juneau-Douglas in a 58-51 loss to Palmer at the 2011 Alaska Prep shootout at Dimond High School.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Strip-mining plan draws criticism
KENAI — The possibility of permanent damage to Alaska salmon streams remains a major concern among critics of proposed surface coal mining within the Chuitna Watershed.

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.

Neva Egan, the first Alaska first lady, dies at 96
Neva Egan, the first woman to be Alaska’s first lady, has died in the Juneau Pioneer’s Home. She was 96.

Alaska's economy to continue to grow, experts say
Alaska’s economy has been doing well while others have faltered, and is poised to continue to do so, the World Trade Center Alaska’s Statewide Economic Forecast Forum was told.

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