Saturday, January 22, 2011

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.

Police & Fire
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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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

'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.

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.

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

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

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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.

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.

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.

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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