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.

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.

Schedule begins Friday

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

Airman from Juneau dies in Afghanistan
Tech. Sgt. Leslie D. Williams, 36, of Juneau was killed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan Tuesday “due to a non-combat related incident,” the Department of Defense announced Thursday.

Photo: Watching and learning
Assistant Principal Carol Warbelow, left, and Principal Bridget Lewis, center, both of North Pole High School, and Kim Bergey, right, Superintendent for the Denali Borough School District watch as first-grade students at Glacier Valley Elementary School are taught how to play the violin by instructor Xia Guohua Thursday during a visit to the school by administrators from across the state participating in a three-day Administrators Art Retreat in Juneau.

Juneau District Court Judge Thomas Nave was incorrectly identified in a story yesterday. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

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.

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.

Greenhouse gas panel seeks action plan
The new Greenhouse Gas Subcommittee has begun its long trek toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Juneau. Step one is to build a climate action plan to set out actions different entities within the community can take to achieve this.

Two arrested in connection with robbery
Two people were arrested Wednesday night on the 6500-block of Glacier Highway in connection with a reported robbery at a nearby business.

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.

Andrew's Marina/Fisherman's Bend issue may need public input
Docks and Harbors is stumped on what direction to go with the offer to purchase Andrew’s Marina/Fisherman’s Bend.

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.

Photo: Spectacular speller
Thane Reishus-O’Brien, right, receives applause from the audience and Floyd Dryden Middle School classmate and second place finisher Henry Cummins, left, after winning the Juneau School District Spelling Bee held in the Thunder Mountain High School auditorium Wednesday evening. Both are eighth-graders. Reishus-O’Brien will have his expenses paid to attend the state-level competition in Anchorage on March 3. The winner of the Alaska Spelling Bee advances to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. the first week in June. Reishus-O’Brien won by spelling the word “phalanx” (a group or body in close formation).

Police hunt for arsonist who targeted local fire truck
Juneau Police are on the hunt for a firebug who tried to torch a ladder truck responding to a downtown fire alarm Wednesday evening.

Fish & Game Advisory Committee elects new officers, discusses critical habitat area
The Juneau-Douglas Fish & Game Advisory Committee met in a packed Juneau Arts & Cultural Center on Wednesday night, during which the public elected new officers and heard what a new critical habitat area designation on the Taku River could mean.

State Board Clarifies Scholarship Regulations
JUNEAU — The State Board of Education & Early Development, meeting by teleconference Jan. 24, re-adopted regulations for the Alaska Performance Scholarship, and sent out for public comment proposed regulations related to school districts’ accounting of fund balances. The board also endorsed the Department of Education & Early Development’s Family Engagement Plan and Early Literacy Plan.

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.

Pay to park in downtown garages after Jan. 31
Beginning Monday, Jan. 31, all users of the Downtown Transportation Center and Marine Parking Garage must pay to park.

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.

Affordable Housing panel meets
The Juneau Affordable Housing Commission Subcommittee will hold a meeting on Monday, Jan. 31, at 11 a.m. in the Gruening Park Community Room. For more information, contact Scott Ciambor at 523-2338

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.

Myrna Gloria Garza
Myrna Gloria Garza passed away Jan. 17, 2011 in Seattle. She was 80.

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

Sylvia Carlsson
Former Juneau resident Sylvia Carlsson died Jan. 23, 2011 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

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

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.

Patrick Gilbert Mills
Lifelong Hoonah resident Patrick Gilbert Mills died Jan. 24, 2011.

The Institute for War&Peace Reporting
TEHRAN -- When a Turkish reporter recently asked President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad what impact international sanctions were having on his country, the Iranian leader replied, “What sanctions are you talking about? If you come to Iran today, people will tell you that sanctions have had no impact on their lives or on their country’s development.”

X-rays and pat-downs are dangerous to passengers and democracy alike
The Transportation Security Administration provoked a nationwide furor late last year when it instituted a new security protocol of whole body X-rays and intrusive pat-downs of many airline passengers.

Intrusive screenings are necessary for our overall safety
Just like children forced to take castor oil hated the experience, millions of Americans loathed the intrusive body-scan and pat-down security measures imposed at U.S. airports last fall.

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.

Outside editorial: A worm to blame for Iran's nuclear setbacks?
The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Monday, Jan. 24:

Meet Marmota
Since 2009, Alaskans have celebrated a common furry resident of the state each Feb. 2 — the marmot.

Ascending apparitions of ice
Nugget Falls dumps frigid water through the thin ice on Mendenhall Lake all winter long. Most people keep a comfortable distance from the area of instability around the falls, but recently a few residents were much closer than one would expect.

Colors of confrontation
I once worked in an office in which a co-worker announced that the color red was aggressive, so red clothing should be disallowed in the workplace — or anywhere else!

Juneau area trail and grooming conditions as of Jan. 27
• Base: 1 inches

Drill Conductor Training offered for commercial fisherman
JUNEAU — The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer a 10-hour fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12 at the Bill Ray Center.

JWP hosts annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival
JUNEAU — After last year’s success, the Juneau Watershed Partnership is bringing the Wild and Scenic Film Festival back to Juneau from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Centennial Hall.

Juneau's Winter Heat hosts Burning Man Challenge
JUNEAU — Juneauites are challenged to build their own burning man.

Eaglecrest Ski Area announces Learn to Ski winners
JUNEAU — Officials at Eaglecrest have posted the winners of the 30th annual Learn to Ski Weekend on their website:

Breath, practice yoga under the stars for free
JUNEAU — The public is invited to a night of yoga under the stars from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at the Marie Drake Planetarium.

Board of Forestry to hold meeting and teleconference
ANCHORAGE — The Board of Forestry will meet by teleconference from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 31. The agenda will include reports and discussion on 2011 legislation regarding:

TSI to hold annual meeting
JUNEAU — Members of the Territorial Sportsmen Inc. have organized the group’s annual meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3, at the Juneau Yacht Club.

Women's Climbing class aims for fun
JUNEAU — Women are invited to learning the basics of rock climbing or refine existing climbing techniques and training, while having fun each Wednesday at the Rock Dump.

Wild shot
The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska’s wildlife, scenery or plant life. Send your photos via e-mail to: Abby Lowell, Outdoors editor, For all photos include the name of the photographer, a description of what is shown in the picture, when it was taken and any other pertinent information. Images will run as space allows.

Sitka Outdoor Recreation Coalition extends survey
The Sitka Outdoor Recreation Coalition (Get Out, Sitka!) is extending its survey to local organizations about their outdoor programming. The new deadline for comments is Tuesday, Feb. 1, so the organization can process the results before the next meeting from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3, at Harrigan Centennial Hall.

Tides: Jan. 28 - Feb. 3
Today, Jan. 28

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.

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.

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 Muņoz Gallery.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Kodiak fisherman sentenced for threatening an observer
ANCHORAGE — A commercial fisherman based in Kodiak was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage for violating the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act by threatening a fisheries observer, U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler said.

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.

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.

2 men accused of Alaska gold mine investment scam
ANCHORAGE — Two Washington state men have been accused of conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud in seeking investors for a gold mine involving placer mining beach sand at Sitkinak Island, which is near Kodiak 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.

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.

GSC competes in Haines
The Glacier Swim Club took 47 swimmers to Haines to compete in the Winter Games Invitational Meet, which included about 100 swimmers from Juneau, Haines and Whitehorse and took place the weekend of the weekend of Jan. 21-23

Schick, Clark named captains
Glacier Swim Club announced Auri Clark and Cody Schick as the 2010-2011 team captains. Clark and Schick join age group captains Dakota Isaak and Kenny Fox as team leaders this season.

Bears hold off Braves
Juneau-Douglas avenged its first loss of the season Thursday with a 50-46 win over visiting Mt. Edgecumbe at JDHS.

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.

Legislature ponders overturning 90-day session limit
Senate President Gary Stevens Thursday said that the shorter 90-day legislative sessions adopted by voters in 2006 are not working.

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.

Lawyer: Waterman's killer is a fast-talking liar
ANCHORAGE — One of two men who killed Rachelle Waterman’s mother is a fast-talking liar who changed his story to prevent spending his life in prison — even if it meant implicating his then-16-year-old girlfriend in her mother’s death, a lawyer said in recorded testimony played Thursday.

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.

Juneau's delegation talks of common efforts, divisions
Juneau’s three-member legislative delegation met with constituents Thursday evening, talking more about issues on which they agree than disagree.

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.

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 keeps seat on energy committee
JUNEAU — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski will serve on the same committees she did during the last session. The other half of the Alaska Senate delegation, Sen. Mark Begich serves on four committees, adding an appointment to a Senate committee on homeland security.

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