Thursday, January 31, 2008

2008 Wearable Art Extravaganza to feature two shows
T he highly anticipated Wearable Art Extravaganza is gearing up for a grand 2008 production.

Doc Water's joins First Friday crowd
It's time to redraw the art walk maps because Doc Water's, the popular restaurant and bar in the Merchants Wharf, is expanding its taste to include fine art.

Henry's to hold Super Bowl Sunday pig roast
Henry's Food & Spirits will roast an 85-pound pig in honor of Super Bowl XLII on Sunday, Feb. 3.

Marlintini's to host anniversary and Super Bowl parties
Marlintini's Lounge will host its 13-year anniversary party beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1.

Library events slated for early February
The Juneau Public Libraries have planned a number of events for the beginning of February.

City museum seeks art submissions
From now until March 1, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum is seeking submissions from artists of all ages for its fourth annual 12X12 Community Art Installation.

What's happening
The week of Thursday, Jan. 31th through Wednesday, Feb. 6th.

Lighten up with white chicken chili
A bowl of chili is a wintertime hit that's usually red all over - red meat, red beans and red sauce.

Sweet Baby Jesus, it's time for some king cake!
In other parts of the world, these brightening days counting down from King's Day to Ash Wednesday and the moderation of Lent are known as Carnival, a time of immoderate revelry. In the United States, and especially in New Orleans, celebrants work their way through Carnival to the ultimate festivities on Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, which falls this year on Feb. 5.

Where's the University of Bartending?
There is nothing more annoying than a bartender who doesn't know what he or she is doing and who refuses to do research or learn about the products being served.

'MX vs. ATV' goes off-road, online and over the top
They should call it "MX vs. ATV vs. Monster Trucks vs. A Coupla Different Types of Smaller Trucks and Some Dune Buggy Thingies."

Gadget tidbits
Epson Stylus Photo R1900

Cell phone companies ring true?
Consumer Reports published the results of a survey in its January 2008 edition, reflecting an industry which receives the lowest rating in the U.S. economy. So how do cell phone companies compare in Juneau? Only a bare majority of users seemed satisfied with their service, but it appears the tide is turning.

Caught in the Web
Say it right with Babbel.com

One Democrat declares for Obama
Barack Obama's campaign has resonated across party lines nationally, and in Alaska where leaders from Tony Knowles to Wally Hickel have endorsed him. Barack Obama is the Democrat's best chance to attract the needed support, from Democratic, Independent and Republican voters to win the November general election.

Many regional groups disputed Tongass plan
The Juneau Empire did a disservice to its readers in reporting that legal disputes over the Tongass Land Management Plan were filed by "a New York-based environmental group" ("Forest Service sets land plan for Tongass" on Jan. 27).

Share the wealth with state supervisors
One of my favorite axioms, attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, is "Preach the gospel always, and if necessary use words." It reminds me that actions speak louder than words. Put another way, many of us talk the talk, but fail to walk the walk. I was thinking about this the other day while attending a union meeting to discuss the Palin administration's ongoing negotiations with state supervisors.

Spend transportation funds wisely
Remember Chicken Little? Well, some mysterious object must have struck the Department of Transportation, because it's claiming the sky is falling. Suddenly, sufficient funds to fix what's broken, do routine maintenance, and build what's desired havedisappeared.

Coeur, state appeal plan to high court
The state and Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court asking to have permits for a previous Kensington gold mine tailings plan reinstated.

Smoking ban not enforced at Eagles Club
Bar owner Gail Niemi is upset because the city is not enforcing the smoking ban at the Eagles Club.

Museum totem pole to be restored, raised during Celebration 2008
The "Four Story" totem pole in front of the downtown city museum will be restored and raised for Celebration 2008 in June.

School Board looks at district requests
The Juneau School Board is facing at least a $4.5 million difference between new budget requests for next year and what it will have available to spend, according to a preliminary budget report.

Photo: Deadline nears for early-bird PFD applications
Bethany Chase gives a demonstration on how to file an Alaska Permanent Fund dividend application online Wednesday at the Alaska Permanent Fund Division office.

Juneau supporters try to fend off push for state capital move
Rep. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, triggered plenty of dispute on Tuesday when he told a legislative committee that moving the Alaska Legislature to Anchorage wouldn't hurt business in Juneau.

Around Town

Summer ferry schedule late but available
The Alaska Marine Highway System released its summer schedule Tuesday, about two months late but in time for the important Milepost publication deadline.

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state police reported

Photo: Youth center receives safety award
Dennis Weston, superintendent of the Johnson Youth Center, left, and Steve McComb, state director of juvenile justice, hold a banner recognizing the youth center's Safety Health Achievement Recognition Program award on Tuesday at the center. The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development presents the SHARP award to employers who demonstrate that their employee safety and health management programs reduce worksite accident rates for their industry.

Correction
A letter to the editor on Wednesday included the wrong time for participation in the Democratic Caucus on Feb. 5 at Centennial Hall. People need to arrive before 6 p.m. The event opens at 4:30 p.m.

Around Town

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported

Correction
In Sunday's edition of the Juneau Empire, Leimomi Matunding's name was misspelled in a story.

Oil and ambition boil up in 'There Will Be Blood'
"There Will Be Blood" is an epic about that most American trait, ambition.

No country for old 'Rambo'
I will say this for Sylvester Stallone: The man ain't a quitter. He may almost be a senior citizen (62 in July), but in age only. Sly apparently frequents the same plastic surgeon Sharon Stone does, because he could easily pass for 40. And so what if his head size has increased over the years more than anyone not named Barry Bonds? The dude plays John Rambo, and he is appropriately ripped. You will have to forgive the T-shirt in this one - chalk it up to maturity.

Juneau's Cinema guide
OPENING

Rwanda genocide drama debuts on DVD
First we had Gen. Romeo Dallaire's riveting 2004 autobiography, then the documentary "Shake Hands With the Devil" and now the feature film of the same name (there was also an identically-titled 1950s James Cagney movie about the Irish troubles). The 1994 Rwandan tragedy has been visited several times on film, including "Hotel Rwanda" and "Sundays in Kigali," but this one is told directly from the point of view of Dallaire, the Canadian UN officer who was understaffed, underarmed, hogtied by strict orders not to intervene in the genocide and forced to watch helplessly as atrocities took place around him. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode ("Under Fire"), it's intense and has plenty of guilt to toss around, not just at the UN but also the Americans, French, Belgians and British. The fire at the heart of the film is the strong performance of Quebec actor Roy Dupuis who, after channelling Rocket Richard, now does the same for Dallaire. The DVD includes an autographed photo of Dupuis and Dallaire but it would have been nice to see a two-disc set that included Peter Raymont's documentary version.

Scandalous 'Carmen' revisited
What disgusts audiences in one century can delight audiences in another. Perhaps no other artistic work illustrates this point better than Georges Bizet's opera "Carmen."

iPods and iTunes abound on Eaglecrest
On powder days at Eaglecrest, skiers and riders scour the slopes - down the steepest runs and gullies, over rollers and through the trees, ending with groomers in the afternoon when muscles are spent. A hike along Pitman's ridge on sunny days offers a golden view of the islands and icefields surrounding Douglas Island. And more fresh powder.

MASHUP of the week
In its simplest form, a mashup is a combination of a vocal track from one song and a beat and instrumentation from another. At its most complex, a mashup can be an entirely new experience, drawing on sometimes dozens of sources to create something entirely different.

Alaska String Band to play for art center rent party
The Juneau Arts & Culture Center will host an all-ages dance from 7:30 to 9 p.m., after the end of February's First Friday gallery walk.

Celebratory weekend planned at Alaskan Hotel & Bar
The Fifth Annual Bill Kozlowski Memorial Groundhog Day Festival will be held from 9:30 p.m. to closing on Friday, Feb. 1, at the Alaskan Hotel & Bar.

Alaska Folk Festival applications due Feb. 29
Performer applications are being accepted for the 34th Annual Alaska Folk Festival scheduled from April 7 to 13 at Centennial Hall. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 29.

Tutunov, Tada and Felkl to perform concert on Feb. 8
The University of Alaska Southeast presents Alexander Tutunov in concert with Steve Tada and Franz Felkl at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, in the Egan Lecture Hall.

McGuinn's album picks
We asked Roger McGuinn: "What five recordings by the Byrds or from your solo career would you recommend?"

Arts for Kids to hold fourth arts celebration
Arts for Kids, a local nonprofit group dedicated to supporting and sustaining art education in the Juneau School District, will host the fourth annual Community Arts Celebration from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday in the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School commons. This family event is free and open to people of all ages.

University holds informational night
The University of Alaska Southeast School of Education will host an informational night to answer questions and help potential students interested in applying to the Master's of Art in Teaching elementary and secondary programs at 5:30 p.m. today at the UAS Egan Building, Room 108.

Students learn about oil, gas, construction
Funded by a Denali Training Fund Youth Initiative program, the All-Alaska Academy is holding an Oil, Gas, Construction, and Mining Industry Career Awareness session for 11th- and 12th-graders from Ketchikan, Klawock, Pelican, Southeast Island and Wrangell School Districts this week, until Friday in Juneau. The session, aligned with Alaska Content Standards, will include visits to the Kensington Mine and other work sites.

Widowed Persons Program holds brunch
The Widowed Persons Program is pleased to announce the monthly brunch at noon on Sunday at Capital Café, in the Baranof Hotel.

Thank you from the family of Betty Speed
We, the family of Betty Speed, would like to thank everyone in our time of loss.

Thank you from the CHOICE program
The CHOICE program, Choosing Healthy Options In Cooperative Education, at Juneau-Douglas High School has had a successful first semester due in part to the community volunteers who took time out of their busy lives to mentor and support our students.

Recognitions
Patrick Hoke, of Juneau, was named to the fall dean's list at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. A student must achieve a grade-point average of 90 or higher during the term to be eligible. The son of Deborah Holbrook and Alexander Hoke, of Juneau, Hoke is a junior majoring in computer science.

Sally Jo Bridge
Former Juneau resident Sally Jo Bridge died Jan. 16, 2008, at Providence Extended Care Center in Anchorage. She was 58.

Michael Emery
Juneau resident Michael Robert Emery died Jan. 28, 2008, in Juneau. He was 58.

Outside editorial: Trust buster
Two themes ran through President Bush's final State of the Union address Monday night, as he made the case for his continued relevance: Trust the American people, he said - again and again - and empower them to run their own lives. Trust the people with their money, and the economy will come around. Trust them to demand better schools, and schools will improve. Trust scientists to think big about global warming, and they will hit on solutions. All of that is fine, and yet for all of Bush's trust in the American people, he also made clear that he lacks essential confidence in their government - his government.

My Turn: Barack Obama - a voice for hope
It's old politics to divide and conquer. It's new politics to reach across those divisions to unify us and to give us hope for a better future. In a nutshell, that's why I support Barack Obama and the change his leadership can bring. He deserves the careful consideration of Alaskans participating in the historical Super Tuesday presidential caucuses.

Outside editorial: The $150B gamble
In Washington, the most fundamental debate in dealing with any problem is not over whether to do X or do Y. It's whether to do something as opposed to doing nothing. Nothing is often the shrewdest, safest and cheapest approach. But elected officials generally take the view that any action is preferable to none. Which explains the sudden consensus for a fiscal stimulus package.

Outside column: Congress pressured to forego Alberta's oil sands
WASHINGTON - Few Americans are aware of it, but Canada is the biggest foreign supplier of energy to the United States.

Outside column: Tajikistan outlaws witchcraft
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan - Apparently concerned that his country is in danger of falling under a supernatural spell, President Imomali Rahmon last month launched a major crackdown on the practice of witchcraft.

My Turn: Clear cutting at odds with stabilizing deer habitat
A recent Juneau Empire article and an Alaska Public Radio Network story on the sharp decline in deer on northeast Chichagof Island described local hardship but missed a central point while focusing on snow and nonlocal hunters. Deer in northern Southeast are at the bottom of a cycle. The extreme decline in particular areas was caused by an imbalance of two factors: the number of deer at the beginning of winter and the total amount and quality of forage they could reach as the winter progressed.

Outside editorial: Speak English or be fired?
Virginia Sen. Ken Cuccinelli Jr., R-Fairfax, has introduced a piece of immigrant-bashing legislation that is meant to ease the way for bosses to fire workers who don't speak English. But the bill is so closed-minded and foul-tempered that it is too much for Cuccinelli himself. It would victimize employees who fail "to speak only English at the workplace," a formulation even the senator now allows is a bit harsh; who knows, maybe his own ancestors were known to utter a phrase or two in their native Italian on the job. So he has decided to remove the word "only" from his bill. Nice, but it doesn't help.

Mat-Su to take bids on prison project
A request for proposals is to be advertised in late spring for a $250 million prison in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough that would house as many as 2,251 inmates, a borough spokeswoman said Jan. 18.

Compassionate gift bill on fast track
JUNEAU - A legislative staffer who wants to donate a kidney to an ailing lawmaker will not run afoul of new ethics rules under a bill being fast-tracked through the state Legislature.

Anchorage lawmaker treated for chest pain
JUNEAU - State Rep. Bob Lynn is recovering from heart surgery at a hospital in Anchorage, according to his staff.

Man sentenced to 100 years in murder
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man convicted of kidnapping and murder nearly three years ago was sentenced to 100 years in prison.

Weather delays cleanup at fuel spill
SELAWIK - Weather is delaying cleanup efforts of a fuel spill at the tank farm in the village of Selawik.

Man faces 40 years on firearms charges
ANCHORAGE - A 40-year-old Point Hope man faces up to 40 years in a federal prison when he's sentenced on firearms charges.

State files friend of the court brief
JUNEAU - The state of Alaska has filed a friend of the court brief in the Exxon Valdez oil spill case.

Police charge man with armed robbery
An Anchorage man was charged with robbing a pull-tab shop on Monday.

School official facing drug charges is fired
An assistant middle school principal accused of using cocaine on school grounds has been fired.

Ex-actuary denies role in pension shortfall
The former actuary for Alaska's retirement systems has denied responsibility for the state's $8.4 billion pension shortfall.

Police arrest five in Juneau check scam
JUNEAU - Police arrested five people since November on charges of forgery and burglary in connection to a theft of 45 payroll checks at a downtown business.

State turns down port authority's request
The state has turned down the Alaska Gasline Port Authority's request to reconsider its gas pipeline proposal.

Anchorage rejects immigration proposals
The Anchorage Assembly has again rejected measures that could have led to police checking on a person's citizenship during traffic stops and arrests.

Historic Fairbanks ski lodge burns
A Fairbanks alpine skiing landmark has burned.

You want out, but where to go?
How many singles out there would like to get together for a nice little social event?

Shoes with gravitas
The handmade mock Oxfords, in cognac-colored calfskin, will be Martin Stieglitz's first pair of dress shoes in six years.

Juneau's ice masters
One of Juneau's winter draws for skaters is playing on the frozen lakes and ponds.

JDHS boys, girls prepare for Ketchikan
The basketball season should take on a more serious and intense tone this weekend as both the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls basketball teams will take on Ketchikan.

Sports in Juneau

Alaska Sportswriters prep basketball poll
With best available records through Jan. 27, first place votes in parentheses and total points based on a 5-4-3-2-1 scale. Juneau Empire sports editor Tim Nichols voted in this poll.

Yakutat girls split with Juneau JV
The Yakutat girls basketball team split a pair of game with the Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity on Monday and Tuesday.

Photo: Pro-set exhibition match
Colin Gillam and Dave Reeves, left, tennis professionals of the Anchorage Alaska Club, defeated George Crowder and Greg Huebschen, right, 8-3 in a pro-set exhibition match last weekend at JRC/The Alaska Club. Reeves, the director of Tennis for Anchorage, and Gillam, head pro for the Anchorage East Alaska Club, were in Juneau to conduct a weekend of tennis clinics and high-performance junior training sessions.

The diary of a reformed runner
A barrage of colorful, angst-ridden metaphors filled my mind as I trudged across roughly 8 inches of fresh snow atop Auke Lake on a balmy 23-degree day with a pack of nine other runners.

Mining activity soars in Alaska
Mine companies are scrambling to extract while mineral prices are still high - and Alaskans are collecting ever rising taxes.

Bill could double state mine revenue
Alaska is second only to Alberta, Canada, in having the most favorable tax code for mining companies in the world, according to the mining industry's own calculations.

Senators question delays in polar bear protections
A decision on whether to protect Alaska's polar bears under the Endangered Species Act might not come before the government opens a major bear habitat to oil leases next week, although staff recommendations are completed, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service chief said Wednesday.

Murkowski returns to the pipeline scene
Former Gov. Frank Murkowski wants to be a player again in the high-stakes game of building a pipeline to tap North Slope's natural gas.

Endangered status might not help, official says
Even if polar bears are listed as threatened, the Endangered Species Act may not be the proper vehicle to slow global warming or, especially, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday.

Lawmaker warns against altering education funding
The head of a legislative task force charged with fixing the state's school funding warned lawmakers Tuesday that tinkering with any proposed changes could cause a "long-fought, well-discussed compromise" to collapse.

Photo: Winter serenity
A boat trolls through the Tongass Narrows on Saturday in Ketchikan.

Troopers release findings of Alaska sexual abuse study
ANCHORAGE - Alaska has long led in the nation in sexual assaults, but it's the state's rural areas where children are being molested at the most alarming rates, according to a report released Tuesday.

Board delays decision about wolf pup killing
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Board of Game deferred a decision on whether to allow residents along the Kuskokwim River to kill wolf pups in their dens.

Lawmakers take up predator control bill
Hearings on Gov. Sarah Palin's proposal to streamline the state's predator control laws opened Wednesday with a barrage of opposition.

Volunteers prepare for eagles' return to Kodiak
KODIAK - After a brief vacation to the mainland where they have been fed, bathed, blow-dried and generally pampered, many of the eagles that made pigs of themselves in the back of a gurry truck filled with two feet of fish guts will spend Valentine's Day back in Kodiak with their eagle mates.

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