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.


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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Avoiding the 'one-hour' shuffle
Juneau drivers could end up paying more for downtown on-street parking than a spot in one of the city's parking garages, given the direction of parking management planning talks.

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.

Documentarians encourage climate of debate
Irish documentary film makers Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer are battling Malaria, DDT, polar bears, climate change, Green Peace and Al Gore, just to name a few references in their latest film "Not Evil Just Wrong."

Crew causes power outage while trimming trees to prevent one
A crew cutting trees around AEL&P's power lines to help prevent tree-caused outages inadvertently caused one around 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon, AEL&P spokeswoman Gayle Wood said.

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.

Craig officials comment on Sealaska lands bill
Craig city officials voted unanimously this week to voice concerns over the Sealaska lands bill, despite accusations that Sen. Albert Kookesh attempted to bully the council into supporting the 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.

Empire expanding local content
The Juneau Empire will launch several new themed pages Monday as part of its effort to expand local content.

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: Visiting writer
Visiting writer Susan Power, Lakota, left, and local author Ernestine Hayes, Tlingit, speak during a free brown-bag lecture at the Alaska State Museum on Thursday. Power, who is a poet, writer, and storyteller, has published two books, "The Grass Dancer," which won a PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Fiction, and "Roofwalker." Hayes is a University of Alaska Southeast professor and author of "Blonde Indian: An Alaska Native Memoir," published by the University of Arizona Press, which was an American Book Award Winner in 2007.

Police & Fire
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Around Town
Thursday, Jan. 28

In an A1 story in Thursday's Empire about halibut fishing quotas, the residence and organizational affiliation of Kathy Hansen was incorrect. She is a Juneau fisherman who is the executive director of the Southeast Alaska Fisherman's Alliance and a spokeswoman for the Halibut Coalition.

Opal I. Taylor
Former Juneau resident Opal I. Taylor died Jan. 25, 2010, in Wenatchee, Wash. She was 84.

Gary Allen Perkins
Former Juneau resident Gary Allen Perkins died Jan. 24, 2010. He was 54.

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.

Too soon to judge
H ouse speaker Mike Chenault is jumping the gun on two different fronts with his proposal to ask voters about using Permanent Fund earnings to build a pipeline that brings natural gas to the Railbelt. His idea presumes that a bullet line from the North Slope is the best way to ease the Railbelt's energy supply crunch. It also presumes the bullet line is the first and best of the many ways Alaskans might be asked to spend surplus earnings from the Permanent Fund. Both are controversial questions that deserve much wider discussion before Alaskans could make an intelligent decision at the ballot box.

Railroad purchase proves worth the money and more
T wenty-five years ago, the state of Alaska bought the Alaska Railroad from the federal government. The price was a deal then, and time has only made it a better deal.

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?

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

Breaking the ice
Imagine yourself climbing a waterfall that has completely frozen over. It's cold, wet and slippery, yet you have confidence that neither the toe-hold nor the ice axes holding you up will break away from the ice that stretches upward in front of you and cascades downward below you.

Cross-training on the run
"What happened to you?" my hoops-playing friend asked. "You used to be, um, bigger. Are you sick?"

January junkets
If you start at Crow Hill and go up the CBJ trail to the Treadwell Ditch, you then have three choices: sharp right on the ditch trail to Lawson Creek, which may be hard to cross in the absence of a bridge; left on the ditch trail, across some deep gullies, and then up to Gastineau Meadows, or angle-right and out into Lawson meadows.

Wild shots
A group of sea lions lounge on a rock outcropping near Glacier Bay in spring of 2009.

City asks for help with 2010 census
JUNEAU - The city is asking for Juneau residents' help making sure every Juneau resident is counted in the 2010 census.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

College Goal Sunday to be held this weekend
JUNEAU - Across Alaska, students planning to attend college in the fall are gearing up for the fifth annual Alaska College Goal Sunday on Jan. 31. In Juneau, the 2010 Alaska College Goal Sunday will be held at Thunder Mountain High School, from 2 to 4 p.m. Parents and students are encouraged to bring their 2008 tax returns, their 2009 tax documents, and their laptop computers and come prepared to clear this daunting hurdle to college financing. Students will receive help with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Begich announces 2010 Service Academy Nominations
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has nominated 31 of Alaska's "finest young men and women" for admission to at least one of the U.S. military service academies.

21-year-old Arizona man arrested for sexual assault
JUNEAU - A 21-year-old Arizona man was arrested Thursday and charged with sexual assault in the first degree, an unclassified felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison.

Final tuneup for Bears before conference tourney
With a Fairbanks playoff trip in sight, the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears hockey team will take on Delta Junction in what will be their final two home games of the season.

West Valley presents homecoming hurdle
Juneau-Douglas is hosting West Valley this weekend in a boys' and girls' basketball doubleheader on Friday and Saturday during homecoming festivities, though both teams' coaches don't think the festivities will be much of a distraction this year.

Falcons battle foul trouble, fall to Angoon
After a late schedule addition, the Falcons girls' basketball team fell 45-31 to visiting Angoon on Wednesday at Thunder Mountain High School.

Sports in Juneau
• Beginning Jan. 1, Sports In Juneau information must be submitted online at Submissions via e-mail, phone, fax or other will no longer be accepted. For more information e-mail

Legislators question Parnell's scholarship test requirements
Gov. Parnell is making his proposed scholarship plan tougher to qualify for, which may also make it harder to pass through the Legislature.

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.

Royal Caribbean earns $3.4 million in 4Q
CHICAGO - Royal Caribbean's passengers spent more than expected during the fourth quarter and the cruise company carefully controlled its expenses, helping it more than double its fourth-quarter profit compared with a year earlier.

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.

Eroding Alaska village appeals lawsuit's dismissal
ANCHORAGE - One of Alaska's most eroded villages wants to revive a lawsuit that claims greenhouse gasses from oil, power and coal companies are to blame for the climate change endangering the tiny community.

Board to consider expanding predator control
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Board of Game is meeting this week to consider more than 50 proposals, including expanding the state's predator control program, under which more than 1,000 wolves and nearly as many bears have been killed since 2003.

Alaska reaches settlement with firm on lost data
A major accounting firm has agreed to provide credit protection for more than 77,000 current and former public employees whose personal information it lost, Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan said Thursday.

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