Thursday, January 28, 2010

Music you've never heard
When Juneau Symphony Music Director Kyle Wiley Pickett selects pieces for the orchestra to perform, he's guided in part by what he does not wish to elicit from the diverse crowd: boredom.

ART, EVENTS & PERFORMANCE
THURSDAY

Contradance to be held Saturday
The Juneau Contradancers are sponsoring a barn dance at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday at St. Ann's Hall, located at Fifth and Gold streets downtown. Everyone is welcome, and no experience or partner is needed.

Writer Susan Power to speak at UAS
Poet, writer and storyteller Susan Power will give a presentation and read from some of her works at 7 p.m. tonight at the University of Alaska Southeast's Egan Lecture Hall. Power, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux, lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, and has spent the past month in Sitka as the Island Institute artist in residence.

New classes offered at the Canvas
February offerings at the Canvas include painting with Jackie Manning, kids drawing with Matt Butler, jewelry making with Rowan Law, Saori weaving with Sarah Newsham, and marimba playing with Annie Geselle and Michael Bucy. For details, visit www.canvasarts.org.

Winter film festival opens at Gold Town theater
Deep in the bowels of the Emporium Mall, tucked away behind Heritage Coffee and down the hall from the Gold Town Nickelodeon Theatre, two figures work reverently on a secret plan to enlighten the masses of Juneau to artistic interpretation. Sounds like a covert government organization or mystery science theater opening, doesn't it?

Sitka Jazz Festival to highlight Latin jazz
The 2010 Sitka Jazz Festival, to be held Feb. 4 to 6, will feature two evenings of high-energy Latin jazz. This year's lineup includes The John Santos Sextet, a Latin Jazz group from the San Francisco Bay area; trombonist Wayne Wallace, also from the Bay Area; and Kristin Korb, vocalist and bassist from Los Angeles.

Costa and band to play at the Alaskan
Collette Costa and the Poontwang Boys (Robert Cohen, Andy Engstrom, Adrian Minne and Doug Bridges) will perform rockabilly-esque songs Friday night only at the Alaskan Hotel & Bar.

Wellhouse reunites after 10-year hiatus
After a long hiatus, the country-rock band Wellhouse is ready to get back in the saddle and perform its first live show in a decade.

'Forget your sorrow and dance' for Haiti relief
"Love would never leave us alone," is a simple yet powerful verse that iconic reggae singer Bob Marley used to sing.

Looking ahead
Seen "Avatar" yet?If you haven't, congratulations are in order. You are like that last patch of snow left over in the driveway after a few days of rain. You're holding out, but what's the point? That snow's going away, and you're going to see "Avatar" eventually. Mathematically speaking, this is a fact. "Avatar," by the way, is the new king of the world at the box office. James Cameron now owns the top two spots. Of all time. Ever. Cameron has unofficially totaled, now, six bazillion dollars at the box office.

Learn something new from the library's nonfiction
New nonfiction for adults includes a new addition to the unfortunately named but excellent Dummies series, "Computers for Seniors," as well as a teach-yourself bass guitar book (with an accompanying CD), and a new and very grim biography of J.M. Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan.

Dear letter writers, thanks for complaints
I am expressing my appreciation for the wonderful letters from Paulette Simpson and Bradley Fluetsch that noted many of the bad things the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council has done. I do wish they had noted that the Sierra Club and other environmental groups also involved in doing those bad things. They should share the blame and the effects of the letters.

Keep the federal government out of predator control
Recently, President Obama's U.S. Interior Secretary sent his main man in Alaska, Pat Pourchot, around the state to gather ideas from Native groups about improving the federal subsistence program. The administration wanted to know what the federal government could do specifically to better serve the rural residents and subsistence users.

Johnson Youth Center duo wins book battle
A classic rematch of a defending champion versus last year's runner-up was in the works at Tuesday's Juneau School District Battle of the Books in the Thunder Mountain High School library.

They've got spirit, yes they do!
It was a showcase for big glasses with taped centers, pocket protectors and floodwater-length pants in the hallways of Juneau-Douglas High School on Wednesday.

Cruise ship panel boots Haines scientist
A group of legislators rushed to the defense Tuesday of Haines scientist Gershon Cohen, whose invitation to join a cruise ship advisory panel was rescinded after an industry lobbyist complained about his appointment.

Fishermen wait for halibut harvest numbers
Alaska fishermen are gathered in Seattle this week with others from the Northwest region and Canada for the annual meeting of the international commission that manages halibut.

Troxel's in liquor license limbo
In hopes of resolving neighbors' complaints of loud noise and uncouth behavior around the Breakwater Inn, the Juneau Assembly has decided to ask the state Alcohol, Beverage and Control board for a three-month extension of the liquor license renewal process for Q Enterprise Inc., doing business as Breakwater Inn Restaurant & Lounge and also known as Troxel's Steak and Seafood.

Sealaska responds to ethics allegations
A high-ranking Sealaska official is defending the Native corporation's chairman against ethics allegations that he attempted to bully a city council into supporting land transfer legislation.

Man pleads guilty for alleged bottle attack
A man originally facing up to 20 years in prison for allegedly smashing a glass bottle against another man's face in November agreed to a plea deal Wednesday for misdemeanor assault, after inconsistencies arose in the victim's story.

Alaska population growth stagnant outside Southcentral
New state population estimates show Juneau added 256 residents in the past year, but that still leaves the state's capital and third-largest city down slightly from the last census in 2000.

Photo: Walking tall and small
Chelsie Harris has her hands full as she walks Gastineau Humane Society dogs along Glacier Highway on Wednesday.

Photo: Old-ski girls
The 1962 Juneau-Douglas High School Girls cross-country ski team are shown in the high school shop. From left are Ann Pym, Joan Gissberg, Janice Williams (daughter of Dean Williams), Allison Jones and Barbra Boechever Lindh (mother to Olympic silver-medalist Hillary Lindh).

Photo: On her feet
Rep. Beth Kertulla works Tuesday at her new raised desk in her Capitol office. Kertulla is suffering from a pinched nerve in her hip and recently returned from a trip to the East coast for treatment. Kertulla mentioned that a few other legislators are working at raised desks because of back issues.

Police & Fire
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Around Town
Thursday, Jan. 28

Around Town
Wednesday, Jan. 27

My Turn: Church of Holy Trinity back where it belongs
The Church of the Holy Trinity is back home at the corner of Fourth and Gold streets, and we are very grateful. We thank God, through whose grace the loss of our beloved and historic building has yielded so many unexpected blessings.

Outside editorial: Give Bernanke another term
No Federal Reserve chairman seeking reappointment would be a shoo-in after the cataclysmic events of the past three years. The economy suffered a major shock: Credit markets seized up, unemployment rose - and remains high - and billions were shoveled into financial institutions to save the system.

Alaska editorial: An odd firing
There's been a strange turn of events at the state's cruise ship wastewater treatment science advisory panel. That's the newly formed group that will advise the Department of Environmental Conservation on how the ships can best meet strict pollution discharge limits by 2015. The panel will have 11 members, with a cruise industry representative and experts in naval architecture, marine engineering and wastewater treatment. In a letter of Dec. 23, 2009, Lynn Kent of the DEC invited environmental activist Gershon Cohen to join the advisory panel. Cohen sponsored the successful 2006 cruise ship initiative that imposed a passenger head tax, stringent wastewater discharge limits and the Ocean Ranger program to monitor cruise ship compliance.

White men can jump
Don Lewis thinks white men can't jump. What else explains the bizarre statement he issued last week?

How corporations defined themselves as 'persons'
Riddle me this: When is a corporation like a freed slave? Answer: When it is trying to win human rights in a case before the Supreme Court.

Obama needs to move to the center
It will take a while for the Democrats to sort out what happened to them last week.

School-to-prison pipeline' must end
We need to stop militarizing our schools.

3 plead not guilty in alleged stun gun assault
JUNEAU - Two men and a woman pleaded not guilty to felony charges Wednesday stemming from an alleged robbery last week.

Ellis wants alcohol tax funds to aid treatment
JUNEAU - All alcohol tax revenue would go toward drug treatment and prevention programs in Alaska under a bill proposed by Senate Majority Leader Johnny Ellis.

Aide: Dyson taken to medical center
JUNEAU - An aide to state Sen. Fred Dyson said Dyson's resting comfortably at a Juneau hospital hours after being admitted for an unspecified condition.

Hartig defends ouster of scientist
JUNEAU - Alaska's environmental conservation commissioner is defending a decision to kick scientist and clean water advocate Gershon Cohen off an advisory panel on cruise ship wastewater discharge.

2 residents, firefighter hurt at Anchorage fire
ANCHORAGE - An unconscious man rescued by firefighters from a burning home in Anchorage has been flown to a hospital in Seattle to be treated for burns.

Larry Hartig moves toward lieutenant governor successor
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell's pick for the lieutenant governor successor has cleared his first hurdle toward confirmation.

Homer man killed in welding accident
KENAI - A 29-year-old Homer man has died in a welding accident after a 3,000-pound piece of equipment rolled on him.

Man indicted in Seward Highway crash death
ANCHORAGE - A 28-year-old Anchorage man involved in a fatal crash was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on murder and assault charges.

Land swap needed for new clinic in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - The Tanana Chiefs Council said it needs the city of Fairbanks to approve a land swap so it can build a $75 million clinic.

Anchorage police look for car scam suspect
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police are asking the public to help locate 38-year-old Matt Sims who is wanted on an arrest warrant accusing him of theft.

Houston man accused of shooting at woman
ANCHORAGE - Alaska state troopers said a man who shot at a woman with a large-caliber rifle during a domestic dispute missed her but hit her vehicle.

Alaska's population grew 1.5 percent
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's population grew just over 10 percent in the last 10 years, according to new statistics from the Alaska Department of Labor.

Alaska geologist headed to Haiti
FAIRBANKS - An Alaska geologist is headed to Haiti to join a team of scientists to evaluate the earthquake fault system in that country.

Search for missing crewman suspended
KODIAK - The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a 26-year-old man who reportedly fell from a container ship south of Adak Island into 20-foot seas.

Alaska picked for wind education program
FAIRBANKS - The U.S. Department of Energy is adding Alaska to its Winds for Schools program.

Three men charged in caribou killings
ANCHORAGE - Three Delta Junction men are accused of illegally killing a dozen caribou along the Denali Highway.

Eielson Air Force base residents told not to drink the water
FAIRBANKS - Eielson Air Force Base officials have advised base residents not to drink the water after unsafe amounts of a water treatment chemical accidentally were released into the water supply.

Cleaning out Fairbanks home could be explosive
FAIRBANKS - Authorities say Wednesday's cleanup of chemicals at a home in the Chena Ridge neighborhood of Fairbanks could be explosive.

Yukon Quest director to resign following race
ANCHORAGE - The director of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race says she will resign at the end of this year's event.

Coast Guard to present public service award to Sitka Mountain Rescue
KODIAK - Rear Adm. Christopher Colvin, commander of District 17 will present a Meritorious Public Service Award to Sitka Mountain Rescue at 3 p.m. today at Air Station Sitka, for saving the life of an injured hunter on Oct. 15.

Fort Rich soldiers to return from Afghanistan
FORT RICHARDSON - About 250 paratroopers from Fort Richardson will soon be home from Afghanistan.

Plan looks at guided use in national forest
KETCHIKAN - U.S. Forest Service staff are working on a plan that would establish allowable levels of guided recreation on 3.2 million of acres of national forest land.

Bomb donated to Kodiak museum was a dud, after all
KODIAK - It now turns out that a World War II relic detonated earlier this month in Kodiak was a dud, after all.

Evolution on ice
In 2003, the city and borough of Juneau built Treadwell Arena with the hope of promoting ice sports for all ages. Today, that hope has turned to reality.

Alaska Native makes Olympic team
Gutsy young snowboarder Callan Chythlook-Sifsof of Girdwood made history on Monday when she capped a remarkable comeback season by becoming what is believed to be the first Native Alaskan to earn a berth on an Olympic team.

Photo: Second for Sjoroos
Juneau Southeast Gymnastics Association's Jessica Sjoroos jumps above the balance beam Saturday during the Winter Meet with the Ketchikan Gymnastics Club in Ketchikan. Sjoroos finished second with a score of 27.60. Ketchikan's Kara Meredith was first with a 33.50.

AG urges state to up its fight against listings
Attorney General Dan Sullivan wants to spend $1 million fighting Endangered Species Act listings, and is spotlighting Alaska's involvement in the Kensington mine as an example of how the state can help.

Young: Gas tax suspension may undercut federal aid
A proposal by Gov. Sean Parnell to suspend Alaska's motor fuels tax may undermine federal transportation funding, U.S. Rep. Don Young said Tuesday.

Fish Board hears testimony on Yukon king salmon
FAIRBANKS - A steady stream of fishermen has given their views about Yukon River king salmon to the Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting in Fairbanks to discuss what to do about the state's largest subsistence fishery.

Campaign calls for tweaks to Alaska energy tax
An energy industry trade group is using a new ad campaign to call for changes to Alaska's controversial oil and gas production tax.

Alaska Atty Gen outlines endangered species fight
FAIRBANKS - Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan has outlined plans for ramping up the state's fight against expanded use of endangered species laws.

500-mile road to Nome could cost $2.7 billion
JUNEAU - An engineering study found that a 500-mile road to Nome championed by Gov. Sean Parnell could cost as much as $2.7 billion.

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