Thursday, January 27, 2011

Creative cooperation
The Glory Hole was abuzz with activity last Friday morning. In addition to the usual comings and goings at the downtown shelter, an art project was underway in the main dining room, claiming a whole row of tables. Well-known Tlingit artist Rick Beasely stood at the center of a group of men, steering the process of creating a series of Tlingit wall paintings that will eventually hang in the room.

Mayor's Awards recipients named
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council has announced the selection of the recipients for the Fourth Annual Mayor’s Awards for the Arts, to be presented at the Sunday Wearable Arts Extravaganza on Feb. 13 at 3 pm, at Centennial Hall.

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

Lunafest Film Festival held Friday, Women's Expo Saturday
The Juneau Pro-Choice Coalition will host the Lunafest Film Festival this weekend, a community event featuring nine short films “by, for and about women.” The festival begins with a silent auction at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, at Centennial Hall. Showtime is 7 p.m.

Arts Council solicits works for Arts Bank
The Alaska State Council on the Arts has announced a call for art for the State of Alaska Contemporary Arts Bank, a collection of artwork loaned to state offices and public spaces.

New mysteries at the library
The public libraries’ shelves are full of new mystery novels, from experimental to traditional cozies and who-dunnits for adult readers.

SHI acquires rare cedar-bark Haida mat, halibuthooks
Sealaska Heritage Institute has acquired a rare cedar-bark Haida mat traditionally used as bedding or as room dividers in clan houses plus two old halibut hooks.

February classes at the Canvas
Valentine’s Day Poetry Workshop with Kelly Manning; 5-6 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays, Jan. 31-Feb. 10

Alaska State Council on the Arts begins Community Conversations
The Alaska State Council on the Arts is visiting numerous communities in Alaska this spring, to hear citizens talk about the value of arts and culture in their lives.

MOVIES
Schedule begins Friday

ART, EVENTS & MUSIC
THURSDAY

David Harsh concert held Sunday at Chapel by the Lake
Chapel by the Lake will host guitarist and Christian songwriter David Harsh in a free community concert Sunday evening.

Coast of many colors: Woodford to speak about Alaska's bears
How do you coax out the crowds on a chilly Friday evening in Juneau?

'Happy chaos' planned for Celtic Music Festival
It’s an off year for Burns Night, the biennial local observance of the poet Robert Burns’ birthday and all things Scottish. But that doesn’t mean you won’t have an opportunity to sport your kilt this year. A Celtic Music Festival, sharing many of the elements of Burns Night, is planned for Saturday, and while Burns isn’t explicitly the focus of the event, he won’t be neglected either.

Views on 'The Blue Bear'
I lost my objectivity. I can not critique the world premiere of “The Blue Bear,” Perseverance Theatre’s production of Lynn Schooler’s memoir adapted by his sister Luan Schooler. Here’s what happened: I read the book. I visited a rehearsal. I attended the “Page to Stage” Egan lecture about the transformation of Lynn’s book to Luan’s script. I saw the show two times. I plan to go again. The story and the acting and the images and the music have blinded my critical eye. Parts of the play won’t leave me alone.

A musical tour of the planets
How do you follow up a spectacular work like Mahler’s Second Symphony? By presenting a known crowd-pleaser.

'Vashon' opens on Perseverance's Second Stage
In fulfillment of its mission to bring new Alaskan work to the stage, Perseverance Theatre’s Second Stage will host a new Alaska comedy-drama this weekend. “Vashon,” written by Alaska playwright Schatzie Schaefers, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. tonight through Saturday and at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Some men, also, are battered partners
In response to domestic violence and the victimization of women, I would like to discuss how domestic violence affects men. The rates for domestic violence of men are grossly under-reported. Why? Because who do they talk to? Sometimes the police aren’t empathic, their friends might tell them they are a coward or worse laugh at their injuries, work isn’t concerned that they have been assaulted and can’t perform on the job, there are no shelters for men, usually no anger management courses for women and little counseling/prevention services directed at the verbal and physical abuse of men.

Against abortion
Anyone who read the Juneau Empire article of January 20 concerning an abortion clinic’s doctor being charged with killing seven babies with scissors, has got to be shocked. Recently on the locally transmitted FM 96.7 was an account of the experience of a woman living out the shame and pain of an abortion. Her depiction of the termination of her unborn would turn anyone’s stomach.

Air Force wants your opinions
Recently, there has been a great deal of commentary in area newspapers, on radio air waves, and on various Web sites regarding the military’s proposed changes to the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex (JPARC). This commentary is critical to the Environmental Impact Statement and is an integral and important part of deciding if the proposed changes to JPARC are reasonable. As neighbors and fellow state residents, your Alaska military members are committed to trying to find a way to improve military training to keep up with current technology and lessons from combat with the least possible impact on Alaska’s public lands, wildlife, recreational opportunities, and expressed concerns of its citizens.

Attempted burglary at Western Auto thwarted
The Juneau Police Department responded to an alarm from Western Auto-Marine at 5:52 a.m. Tuesday morning, arriving within one minute to apprehend 27-year-old Juneau resident Derik Wythe inside the store.

Western Auto burglary suspect arraigned
The Juneau man arrested in connection with a break in at Western Auto-Marine Tuesday morning was arraigned before Juneau District Court Judge Thomas Nave on Wednesday on second-degree burglary, second-degree theft and fourth-degree criminal mischief charges.

Photo: A blanket statement
Steve Henrikson, Alaska State Museum Curator of Collections, holds up a Chilkat Blanket from the museum’s collection as guest speaker Shgen Doo Tan George, an artist and teacher from Angoon, talks Wednesday about Chilkat weaving traditions during the first Alaska State Libraries, Archives and Museums annual Winter Lecture Series. The series continues each Wednesday through March 9th.

Photo: Adding to the snow dump
Dump trucks drop their load Tuesday at the growing snow dump near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center.

Students recognized for potential, encouraged to excel
Students excelling in Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain high schools were given a strong message Wednesday night — education and the needs of the labor force are changing and more demanding than ever.

Juneau aviation to be featured in PBS series
Aviation technology in Juneau will be featured in a PBS segment on transportation networks.

Law enforcement agencies take more than $90,000 of drugs off street in one bust
A package intercepted Tuesday in Juneau by law enforcement agencies resulted in multiple arrests on Tuesday and seizure of the powerful painkiller OxyContin valued at more than $95,000.

Public: New grad requirements would kill electives, drive up drop out rate
A proposal for new graduation requirements that would require Juneau School District high school students to take more math, science and foreign language classes in lieu of free elective classes was met with more criticism than optimism at a public meeting Tuesday night.

Rumors of bodies just that
Rumors about a second dead body found in the Juneau snow are not accurate, according to area law enforcement officials.

Photo: Opening Senate session
Senate President Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, watches over children from the Discovery Preschool as they sing to open Wednesday’s Senate Chamber session. The Discovery Preschool is located in the Thomas B. Stewart Memorial Building.

Roadless rule proving successful, conservation group says
The non-profit conservation group The Wilderness Society states the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, a federal mandate protecting certain wildlife areas in the country, is proving to be a success a decade after being adopted by the U.S. Forest Service. Senior Resource Analyst Mike Anderson said only 75 roads have been constructed in roadless areas since 2001, with a large portion of them in the Tongass National Forest, which is exempt from the rule.

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.

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.

Sandra Wardlow
Longtime Juneau resident, Sandra Wardlow passed away in her home on Jan. 21, 2011 after a brief battle with cancer. She was 65 years old. A more detailed obituary will follow at a later date.

James Russell Osborne Jr.
James Russell Osborne Jr. died Jan. 27. 2011 at his home in Hoonah.

Jose Santos Rodriguez
Jose Santos Rodriguez of Juneau passed away Dec. 19, 2010, after a very brief battle with cancer. He is known to his family as “Coqui” and “Cookie.” He was born June 28, 1947, in Queens, N.Y., son of Joseph Santos Rodriguez and Anna Rodriguez. Jose served in Vietnam and then made Juneau his home after his service in the U.S. Army.

Arsalan J. Sadighi
Juneau resident Arsalan J. Sadighi died Jan. 27, 2010, in Tampa, Fla, while completing his studies at Stetson University School of Law.

Desdia Neva McKittrick Egan
Desdia Neva McKittrick Egan passed away Jan. 19, 2011; she was 96 years old. She was born Oct. 3, 1914 in Wilson, Kan. to Martha Desdia Alderson McKittrick and Joseph Leland McKittrick. She moved to Alaska in 1937 and never left.

Why can't we keep our National Guard home?
Earlier this month, 53 members of Alaska’s Air National Guard returned from a five-week deployment in Qatar. They had been called up to support America’s war in Afghanistan and the occupation of Iraq. Unlike many past homecomings though, these reservists weren’t greeted with any media fanfare. It’s as if we’ve forgotten America is still at war. But another question lurks behind the general public’s apparent indifference. Why is it necessary for the National Guard to support these missions in the first place?

Outside editorial: Pushing China, quietly
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

An amendment rooted in past failures
There’s a move afoot to give the states the authority to repeal measures enacted by Congress and signed by the president. It’s a bad idea. It’s also dishonorable.

Outside editorial: It's a bankrupt idea
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

That old familiar SOTU
If every wish ever uttered by a president in the State of the Union address had been granted, we’d be living in a much different America.

Minn. climber abandons Mt. McKinley attempt
ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota climber is abandoning his attempt to reach the summit of Alaska’s Mount McKinley.

Homer man dies in logging camp accident
AFOGNAK ISLAND — A 47-year-old Homer man was killed at a logging camp on Afognak Island.

Apply now for Sen. Murkowski's High School Summer Internship
Sen. Lisa Murkowski is accepting applications for her 2011 High School Summer Internship Program now through March 11. Alaskan students who will graduate from high school this spring are eligible to apply.

Alaska tries new technique to avoid trenching
FAIRBANKS — Alaska road crews are trying a new construction technique to replace culverts that avoids digging trenches and tying up traffic.

First lady seeks nominations for volunteer awards
First Lady Sandy Parnell invites Alaskans to recognize their fellow citizens who have performed extraordinary volunteer service by nominating them for the First Lady’s Volunteer of the Year Awards.

Alaska fishing boat grounded to keep from sinking
KODIAK — The skipper of a fishing boat has run the vessel aground near Prince William Sound in Alaska to avoid sinking in deeper water.

Technology use in the classroom seeking votes
Alaskans can vote on the best examples of using technology to help children learn in the Artifacts for Alaskans by Alaskans competition. Alaska’s teachers are submitting classroom lessons online as podcasts, webcasts, slide presentations, videos or texts.

Flu cases showing up in Alaska
ANCHORAGE — Flu cases have started showing up in Alaska.

Alaska Airlines tops North American carriers in on-time arrivals
Alaska Airlines ranked high in FlightStats’ second annual On-time Performance Service Awards. These awards recognize airlines that deliver the highest percentage of flights to their arrival gates within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival times.

Juneau's legislators to host constituent meeting tonight
The Juneau legislative delegation will host its first constituent meeting of this year’s legislative session tonight at the Rie Muñoz Gallery.

Police: death of man accidental
ANCHORAGE — Anchorage police say an accidental cause of death has been determined for a 48-year-old man whose body was found on an outdoor stairway on New Year’s Eve.

Alaska biologists may stun moose
FAIRBANKS — Alaska state biologists may use a stun gun to incapacitate a moose still wearing a rope from a river rescue three weeks ago.

Kipnuk teen dies in 50-below weather
ANCHORAGE — Alaska State Troopers say a 14-year-old boy apparently died of exposure in 50-below temperatures while trying to walk home from a friend’s house Sunday in Kipnuk, about 100 miles southwest of Bethel.

College Goal Sunday
Alaska’s seventh annual College Goal Sunday event will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. College Goal Sunday is a national program designed to help students, particularly low-income and first-generation college goers, clear the financial paperwork hurdles to higher education.

High winds strand Minn. climber on Mt. McKinley
GRAND MARAIS, Minn. — Brutal weather conditions have hampered the efforts of a Minnesota man who’s trying to become the first solo climber to reach the summit of Alaska’s Mount McKinley in January.

Ian's announces recall of two products
Ian’s is voluntarily recalling specific lot numbers of two products due to contamination risks of the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. The affected products have been distributed to retailers in Alaska and are sold in the frozen foods section.

Public hearings on proposed road to Nome
ANCHORAGE — Public hearings are being held on a proposed 500-mile road to Nome that would cost more than $2.5 billion.

Academics committee to meet on Wednesday
There will be a meeting of the Juneau-Douglas High School Academics Committee to discuss school start time and closed campus policies from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Room 206 at Juneau-Douglas High School. There will be an opportunity for public comment.

About 1,400 at Palin, school fundraiser in Lubbock
LUBBOCK, Texas — Ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin compared her home state to Texas when it comes to freedom and work ethics.

Red Boucher Scholarship supports technology education
The Red Boucher Scholarship honors the late H.A. “Red” Boucher. It supports Alaskans pursuing careers in technology education and/or training.

Virden named BIA's Alaska director
JUNEAU — Eugene R. Virden has been named regional director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Alaska Regional Office in Juneau.

2 freezing deaths on Yukon-Kuskokwim delta
ANCHORAGE — Alaska State Troopers say winter cold and winds are to blame for two exposure deaths in the Yukon-Kuskokwim delta.

Bicknell claims Employer of Excellence Award from construction association
Bicknell Inc. in Juneau is one of the five statewide winners of the 2011 “Employer of Excellence Award” from the Alaska Construction Academics.

FNB reports increases in year-over-year performance in fourth quarter
First National Bank Alaska announced updated fourth-quarter reports for 2010 Tuesday, after releasing initial reports Friday. Its net income was $10.6 million, or $32.04 per share, according to Chief Financial Officer Jason Roth. This compares to $7 million or $21.01 per share for fourth quarter 2009.

Basketball tourney to raise money for charity
With the popularity of basketball so prevalent in Southeast Alaska, taking advantage of community support to benefit local charities through tournaments is a common practice by organizations around Juneau.

Thunder Mountain falls at Colony
Colony topped Thunder Mountain 57-46 Wednesday in Palmer on the first day of a three-game road trip for the Falcons boys’ basketball team.

Crimson Bears come up big
Juneau-Douglas held Thunder Mountain without a field goal attempt for the first six-plus minutes Tuesday night and it was all Crimson Bears, 64-17 in a Southeast Conference girls’ basketball matchup at TMHS.

Parnell's definition of 'deficit' raises ire
Gov. Sean Parnell is denying the budget he presented to the Alaska Legislature relies on deficit spending, but he’s not disputing the state will have to dip into savings to balance the budget he presented.

Juneau legislators blast shorter sessions
Juneau legislators say the shortened Legislative sessions, reduced by voters from 120 to 90 days in 2006, are not working.

Witnesses: Woman blamed missing mother's drinking
ANCHORAGE — Witnesses at Rachelle Waterman’s second murder trial said Tuesday she told them after her slain mother went missing that the woman probably got drunk and crashed her vehicle somewhere.

Photo: Blessing the troops
Geraldine Charlie of Minto, right, hangs a beaded bolo tie around the neck of 1st Sgt. Jeffery Pinnell of C Company, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade on Tuesday during a potlatch to honor and bless troops of the brigade that are preparing to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan from Fort Wainwright outside of Fairbanks. The traditional Athabascan potlatch was organized and put on by the Natives from the Fairbanks area and Interior communities to honor and bless the troops, as well as celebrating the recent return of 300 soldiers deployed to Pakistan in September to assist those affected by record flooding there.

Alaska Railroad challenges EPA on bridge plan
FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Railroad Corp. has asked federal engineers to reject a late environmental objection to its plan for a bridge across the Tanana River.

Election review could be done soon
JUNEAU — An internal review of the 2010 election that left Alaska’s historic U.S. Senate race in limbo for nearly two months should be mostly completed within 45 days, Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell said Tuesday.

Ex claims Waterman never asked him to kill mother
ANCHORAGE — One of the two men serving a prison term for murdering Lauri Waterman, allegedly at the behest of her 16-year-old daughter, testified Wednesday the daughter never directly asked him to kill her mother.

Yup'ik masks a highlight of Winter Antiques Show
NEW YORK — The design for the ceremonial Eskimo mask comes from a shaman’s dream. Fantastical, with a wide grin of pointed teeth and a halo of feathers, it is a highly expressive piece of Native American art — and had been tucked away in a private collection, unseen by the public for a half-century. Until now.

Anchorage officer's sex assault trial starts
ANCHORAGE— The sex assault trial of Anchorage police Officer Anthony Rollin began with the first witness testifying she was attacked at a substation while wearing handcuffs.

Parnell's gas tax suspension faces legislative opposition
Legislators appear reluctant to go along with Gov. Sean Parnell’s proposal to suspend the state gasoline tax, despite having overwhelmingly supported a similar measure from former Gov. Sarah Palin three years ago.

Alaska Air nearly triples profit, orders 15 planes
NEW YORK — Alaska Air Group, which operates Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, said Tuesday its fourth-quarter profit nearly tripled as traffic improved and it added routes. The company also said it will take delivery of an additional 15 Boeing 737s and will retire the Horizon name to fly all its planes under one banner.

Agency improvement gets legislative praise
A Juneau business leader who last year entered state government service was praised Wednesday for improving the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing.

Murkowski leaves address for son's surgery
ANCHORAGE — Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she watched President Obama’s State of the Union address from a hospital waiting room after receiving word that her younger son needed surgery.

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