Lucid Reverie: An artists' space mixing business with pleasure
Patrick Race and Aaron Suring founded Lucid Reverie LLC in 2002 in Race’s grandmother’s basement. Originally established to create websites and commercials for Juneau companies, the business has grown into a force in Juneau’s film community, and was one of the major players in the creation of the Juneau Underground Motion Picture Society (JUMP). The winter JUMP film festival begins tonight at 7 p.m. at the Gold Town Nickelodeon.

Artists in Schools' deadline moved to April 15
The Artists in Schools application deadline has been moved from March 1 to April 15. For more information, contact Ruth Glenn at

Banff Mountain Film Festival arrives tonight
The touring arm of the Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to Juneau this week, on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 3 and 4, at Centennial Hall. The festival highlights work from the Banff Mountain Festival, held every fall in Canada, bringing a selection of films to more than 30 countries around the world. Host organizations in each location choose a program that reflects the interests of their local audiences from a selection of films on exploration and adventure, culture and environment, and mountain sports.

Schedule begins Friday

State Museum to host Winter Game Carnival
Have you ever wished you could do the one-foot high kick, or maybe the knuckle hop? For those eager to learn and for those who just prefer to observe, the Alaska State Museum in Juneau presents Great Alaska Games from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5. The family event is being held in conjunction with Jeff Brown’s “The Alaska Game Show” exhibit, currently on display at the museum through Feb. 12. Admission is free, and most events will be held in the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Amateur Radio Club to offer training
The Juneau Amateur Radio Club will begin a series of training sessions for people interested in obtaining amateur radio licenses. There will be three distinct sessions. Technician Class will begin on Feb. 7, and will be held Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings for two weeks, with the FCC exam the last Saturday. The technician class will be followed immediately by a general class, and then an extra class session. Each class allows for additional “on the air” privileges.

Correpsondent T.R. Reid to lead lecture at the JACC
Well-known reporter T. R. Reid will lead a lecture beginning at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Reid is best-known for his coverage of global affairs for the Washington Post, his books and documentary films, and his light-hearted commentaries on National Public Radio. Reid has also written and hosted documentary films for National Geographic TV, PBS, and the A&E network. He has written six books in English and three in Japanese and has translated one book from the Japanese. His most recent book, ‘The Healing of America,” came out in 2009 and became a national best-seller. PBS Frontline produced two documentary films, “A Second Opinion” and “Sick Around the World,” following Reid as he reported that book.

Exhibits opening Friday

Gold Street folk music concert to be held Saturday
The February Gold Street Music folk concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Resurrection Lutheran Church. Performers this month will be Shona Strauser, Martha and Jim Stey, Mike Truax, Odin Brudie and Frankie Pillifant, and Stewart Ely.


New at the library: Graphic novels
New graphic novels for adults include Archie Marries (which settles the question once and for all about Archie’s love life), graphic biographies of the Dalai Lama and Anne Frank, a graphic adaptation of “The Little Prince,” and new titles in familiar series including Flash Gordon, Wonder Woman, Batman, Fabletown, and Ex Machina.

Gold Medal Committee accepting craft table requests
The Gold Medal Basketball Tournament Committee is currently taking requests and payments for craft and resource tables for their 2011 Tournament, held this year on March 20-26. The cost for renting an 8-foot table is $25 (non-refundable) for the week.

Yukon Quest begins Saturday, more festivals to follow
Beginning Saturday, the Yukon Quest will host its 28th running of the 1,000-mile sled dog race between Whitehorse, Yukon and Fairbanks. Over 9 to 14 days, 400 canine athletes will lead their humans over historic northern travel routes in a unique race that will utilize 15,000 pounds of dog food and 800 bales of straw and require 700 volunteers, officials and veterinarians from around the world. For more information, visit

Museum's Wednesday lecture to feature “Hands Across Time” robe
The focus of this week’s Alaska State Museum lunchtime lecture will be “Hands Across Time: The Reemergence of Raventail Weaving in Southeast Alaska.” The lecture begins at noon Wednesday, Feb. 9, and will include input from local weavers Janice Criswell, Bonnie Fitzjarrald, Mary Lou King, Kay Parker, Janet Schempf and others.

Author Dana Stabenow in town tomorrow
Eighteen books in to the enormously popular Kate Shugak mystery series and still going strong, author Dana Stabenow says she doesn’t worry too much about losing her spark. At the first hint of staleness, she plans to leave the whole thing behind.

The Big Screen: A masterful speech
The line would be even. I am pretty sure the line would be even.

First Friday openings include new exhibits at state museum
Here’s a look at the galleries and businesses hosting opening receptions for artists this week.

To Healthy Living
For most of us, losing weight is not easy. We know we should...but finding the right motivation at the same time we’re in the right frame of mind to get serious about a healthier lifestyle don’t always coincide.

Fat Loss Through Effective Exercise
Fat Loss vs. Weight Loss: When discussing programs for getting leaner, we need to be concerned about fat loss rather than weight loss. A typical calorie restricted diet without exercises often leads to loss of more lean muscle mass than of fat. Those using traditional cardiovascular exercise fare a little better, but still tend to lose muscle along with the fat.

Healthy and Delicious Pancakes
Ground nuts replace some of the flour in traditional pancakes, thus reducing refined carbohydrates, and adding healthy fat. Whole wheat flour is more nutritious than white flour.

$1B buys a lot of infrastructure
In an effort to create jobs, Gov. Sean Parnell has proposed a tax break for oil companies worth an estimated $1 billion annually at today’s oil prices. Noble as the idea of job creation may be, Alaskans may want to consider what they are giving up. Both the oil companies and Alaskans derive a direct benefit from the infrastructure, education, public safety and development of renewable energy (just to name a few) which a billion dollars could support. Furthermore, money spent on these essential services would benefit all businesses, helping to diversify our economy. Of course, we could just put those oil revenues in the Alaska Permanent Fund, an amount (not including interest) totaling $7,793 per resident over a five year period.

New District Attorney plans more outreach
In 1979 Dave Brower, the new Juneau District Attorney, came to Alaska for some hiking after graduating from college.

AG's office says electric rate increase isn't justified
Alaska Electric Light & Power’s proposed 22.1 percent increase to power bills is wildly overstated, and Juneau residents should not be asked for more than a 3 percent bump, according to the Alaska Attorney General’s Office.

Photo: EMS Day at the Capitol
Rep. Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake, has his blood pressure taken by Aggie Jack, Emergency Medical Services Program Manager for the Maniilaq Association in Kotzebue, on Wednesday at the Capitol. Alaska’s EMS Directors and the Alaska Council on EMS sponsor the Emergency Medical Services Day at the Legislature each year.

Photo: Chiming in
Gastineau Elementary School students watch their music teacher Patrick Murphy as they sing and play metal chimes at noon Wednesday in the State Office Building.

JSD Budget committee: Give us more options to tweak
Some Juneau School District budget committee members want to see the superintendent go back to the drawing board on several aspects of the budget proposal.

Public: Don't cut art, literacy, extended learning
About 100 teachers, students and parents showed up in force at the Juneau School District budget committee meeting with a common message: don’t cut Extended Learning, literacy leaders, class sizes and arts.

Six suspected oxy dealers indicted by federal grand jury
Six people were indicted by an Anchorage federal grand jury Tuesday on charges related to illegal possession and distribution of the prescription pain reliever oxycodone.

Cell phones distracting, not illegal yet
While Alaska has seen a significant drop in drunk or impaired driving offenses, there is still a large concern among law enforcement about ‘distracted’ drivers.

Juneau brothers named to Business Hall of Fame
Once upon a time — 1994 to be precise — three brothers from Juneau took over their father’s office company. Now they have been inducted into the Alaska Business Hall of Fame.

Tongass Futures Roundtable begins first meeting of year in Juneau
The Tongass Futures Roundtable had its hands full Wednesday during its first meeting of 2011. Stakeholders of all types discussed what strategies are needed in several areas of the Tongass. Discussions will continue today during the Roundtable’s second day of meeting at Temple Sukkat Shalom on Douglas. The public participation session begins at 8:30 a.m., with the rest of the day going dedicated to further talks about the Roundtable’s role in forest management, land allocation and other issues. The day is scheduled to end at 4:30 p.m.

Photo: Celebrating Marmot Day
Mount Robert’s Tramway General Manager George Reifenstein, center, and building maintanance manager Robert Cozby roll out Monty the Marmot in front of the Tramway building Wednesday in honor of Marmot Day. Reifenstein pronounced that Monty did not see his shadow. Monty spends the summers at the upper tramway building being photographed with visitors. “There are tourists who ask if they are really this big, the standard response being if they were we would have bars on the windows,” Reifenstein said.

Brower named new District Attorney
The Juneau District Attorney’s office has found a replacement for former District Attorney Doug Gardner.

Big Brothers Big Sisters looks to serve more youth
Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking to serve even more youth this year — 86 more.

Photo: Setting up the pens
Fish culturist Chris Holmes and Mike Enders slowly push a structure to hold eight fish pens down Gastineau Channel on Monday. The pen will be anchored near Sheep Creek and stocked with chum salmon fry from the Douglas Island Pink & Chum fish hatchery in two to three weeks. Sheep Creek is one of five sites DIPAC raises young fish until their release into the wild in early summer.

Entrepreneurship expo plants seeds for future small businesses in Southeast
The Juneau Economic Development Council opened the doors of Centennial Hall Tuesday to locals interested in starting or growing their businesses. This was the second year for the Entrepreneur Resource Expo, and those behind it feel it’s an important thing for a place like Juneau.

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.

An obituary that appeared on page A2 of Wednesday’s Empire for Leslie D. Williams was unclear. Williams’ internment was Wednesday at Evergreen Memorial Cemetary in Princeton, N.C.

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.

Patrick Gilbert Mills
Patrick Gilbert Mills was born May 6, 1947 in Hoonah to Gilbert and Katherine Mills. He was a life-long resident of Hoonah. He passed away Jan. 24, 2011 at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, surrounded by family and friends.

Leslie D. Williams
United States Air Force Tech. Sgt. Leslie “Les” D. Williams, 36, passed away Jan. 25, 2011, while serving in Bagram, Afghanistan.

Ernestine Bacon
Services for Ernestine Bacon are scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday at the Tlingit & Haida Community Center, 3235 Hospital Dr. A viewing from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. is scheduled for Friday at Alaska Memorial Park & Mortuary, 3839 Riverside Drive in Juneau.

Ernestine J. Bacon
Ernestine J. Bacon died Jan. 22, 2011, at Bartlett Regional Hospital after many years of battling cancer.

Earl Steven Way
Longtime Juneau resident Earl Steven Way, “Easy Way”, died Jan. 15, 2011 while visiting friends in the Lower 48. He was 63 at the time of his death. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lois Sibley Way, Charles W. “Bud” Way, and Marian Rutherford of Devil’s Lake, N.D. and Fargo, N.D.

What puts the 'super' in Super Bowl
Even if you are among those who have made an effort to disregard football since high school jocks shouldered you in the halls, next weekend’s Super Bowl will be worth watching. Why?

Outside editorial: Rich guys have rights too
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

US needs to be on side of Egyptian people
I’m Egyptian, and like every other Egyptian person I know, I have been mesmerized and inspired by the images of the Egyptian people rising up.

A proud moment in Egypt's history
I’d been looking forward to greeting my Egyptian students Sunday, the first day of the spring semester at American University in Cairo. Instead, classes have been canceled and Egypt burns.

Outside editorial: A British double-dip
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

My Turn: Roots of harm to our children: acceptance of poverty
A little known English pediatrician, Dr. D. W. Winnicott, has informed those of us who toil daily in the challenging work of nurturing children.

Power outage affects Mendenhall Valley, Auke Lake areas
Power was out for about 35 minutes Wednesday for customers along Glacier Highway west and north of Industrial Boulevard, according to a spokeswoman for Alaska Electric Light & Power.

Seafood company sells assets
ANCHORAGE — A Seattle-based seafood company with a lengthy history of commercial fishing in Alaska has sold some of its Alaska assets.

Steve Pine named director of Alaska Learning Network
The Alaska Learning Network — a consortium of school districts, the Southeast Regional Resource Center, or SERRC, and the Alaska Development Network — recently hired Steve Pine as its first director.

Streur tapped to lead Health and Social Services
JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell has named William Streur commissioner of Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services.

Parnell proposes $160M supplemental bill
JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell has submitted a $160-million supplemental budget to help cover what his office calls unanticipated increases in the costs of delivering services and programs this year.

Department seeks feedback on draft literacy plan
The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development, in conjunction with a representative committee, has drafted the Alaska State Birth to Graduation Literacy Plan. In preparation for its submittal to the U.S. Department of Education, the department is seeking feedback from the public on the draft. The committee that drafted the literacy plan represented a broad range of people involved with literacy efforts from birth through the university level.

Alaska man charged in 2007 fatal crash
FAIRBANKS — An Alaska man has been charged with criminally negligent homicide for a fatal crash nearly four years ago.

Occupational Safety and Health board sets Feb. 10 hearing
The Alaska Occupational Safety and Health Review Board has scheduled a hearing Feb. 10 in Juneau to consider challenges filed by an employer contesting citations issued by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Coast Guard airlifts injured teen in Alaska
KODIAK — The Coast Guard says one of its helicopter crews is airlifting a 16-year-old boy from Klawock in southeast Alaska to Sitka after a logging accident.

Juneau eyes recycling
JUNEAU — The Juneau Assembly has reviewed the wording of a request for proposal prepared by city staff for a recycling program.

Mont. theater sorry for critical Palin reference
MISSOULA, Mont. — A Montana theater group has apologized for updating Gilbert and Sullivan’s comedic opera, “The Mikado,” by having the character of Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner, list former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin among people who would not be missed.

Jury convicts snowmobiler in doctor's death
ANCHORAGE — A Kotzebue jury has convicted a 22-year-old snowmobiler in the 2008 death of a doctor outside the northwest Alaska community.

Alaskans to celebrate Marmot Day
JUNEAU — Alaska will celebrate its second annual Marmot Day on February 2.

Earthquake shakes Alaska Peninsula; no damages
SAND POINT — A magnitude 5.9 earthquake shook several communities on the Alaska Peninsula, but there have been no immediate reports of damage.

Juneau felon indicted on weapons, ammo charge
ANCHORAGE — A federal grand jury has indicted a 40-year-old Juneau man on one count of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

Officials to kill wolves on military base
JUNEAU — Encounters with aggressive wolves on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson near Anchorage have prompted the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to issue orders to eliminate the animals on the base.

Lawmaker fears loss of at least 1 rural district
JUNEAU — House Majority Leader Alan Austerman expects one or two rural house districts to be lost this year when political lines are redrawn based on new population data.

Assembly to hold special meeting Monday
The City and Borough of Juneau will hold a special meeting at 5:15 p.m. Monday in the Assembly Chambers. The meeting will provide an update to the state Library, Archive and Museum Project.

Ketchikan man charged with taking false benefits
KETCHIKAN — A former Ketchikan school board member has been charged with second-degree theft and lying to collect unemployment benefits.

Anchorage Judge Joannides retires after 16 years
ANCHORAGE — Monday was the last day on the bench in Anchorage for Superior Court Judge Stephanie Joannides, but she’ll continue working a few days a week to close out her cases.

AKPIRC seeks nominations for parent award
This spring the Alaska Parent Information and Resource Center (AKPIRC) will honor an Alaskan parent who sets the standard for parent engagement, both at home and at school.

Murkowski took in nearly $74K in last part of 2010
JUNEAU — A campaign aide says U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski raised nearly $61,000 for her legal defense fund in the final five weeks of last year.

State senator praises health care law
JUNEAU — State Sen. Hollis French is denouncing Gov. Sean Parnell’s efforts to challenge the federal health care overhaul.

State chamber gets new chief
ANCHORAGE — A former Alaska official is taking over as the president and chief executive officer of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce.

Military plane training to move closer to Wasilla
ANCHORAGE — Wasilla Mayor Verne Rupright says he and others are concerned about how an expanded military training area could affect the most populated areas of the Mat-Su Borough.

Warriors a tall order for Falcons, Bears
The season is now more than a month and a half old, but Juneau’s prep hoopsters have yet to be tested like they will be this weekend when Wasilla visits the capital city for a three-game road trip.

JDHS girls blast 3A Nome
Senior forward Taylor Larson scored a career high 30 points in just 16 minutes to lead Juneau-Douglas to an 86-42 thumping of 3A Nome on the first day of the 13th Annual Dimond Lady Lynx Prep Shootout in Anchorage.

Ordway Adult Basketball
UAS takes on Specs in the City in the Parks & Recreation Ordway Adult Basketball League Men’s Division 1 championship game Wednesday at Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School. See page B2 for the tournament glance.

Photo: Adult Ordway Basketball
McGraw Construction’s Brett Garvey (20) gets a shot off through the defense of The Heat’s Paul Bennett (4) and Bubba Larson in Tuesday’s Men’s 3 Adult League championship game. The Heat won 75-57. Check page B2 for the tournament glance.

JDHS girls No. 3 in WPI
The defending 4A state champion Juneau-Douglas girls’ basketball team debuted at No. 3 in the season’s first Winning Percentage Index, released Tuesday.

Measuring stick
Juneau-Douglas begins play today in the 13th Annual Dimond Lady Lynx Prep Shootout Tournament, which boasts the strongest teams in all of Alaska and serves as a state tourney measuring stick with less than one month to go in the prep hoops regular season.

Photo: Leftwich perfect
Feeling the dregs of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day football bowl partying, Chris Leftwich did not want to bowl in the Sunday Mixed Bowling League. However, being the stout Coast Guardsman he is, he acknowledged his call to duty and his teammates and showed up. By the end of the first game, he was glad he did as he bowled the league’s second perfect game. Leftwich’s 300 puts him with Jeff Jones as the only bowlers to roll perfect 300s this season. The perfect game was Leftwich’s third of his bowling career, which has spanned over a decade.

Early release for ex-Alaska state Rep. Anderson
ANCHORAGE — Ex-state Rep. Tom Anderson, who was convicted in an Alaska corruption scandal, has been moved out of a federal prison work camp at Sheridan, Ore., and into a halfway house in the Seattle area, the Anchorage Daily News reported Wednesday.

Reluctance to accept end of earmarks in Alaska
JUNEAU — For Alaskans, the recent ban on federal earmarks brings to an end a decades-long era in which the young and still-developing state has routinely, and heavily, relied upon those funds for basics like roads or sewer systems.

Legislature to consider ban on cannabinoids
JUNEAU — Alaska legislators are considering a bill to ban synthetic substances that provide a high similar to marijuana after reports of people suffering adverse health effects from the products.

Police looking for Alaska man accused in Florida
ANCHORAGE — Detectives with the Sarasota County, Fla., sheriff’s office have been in touch with police in Alaska, trying to learn whether there may be more possible child sex victims of Bill Weimar, who is accused of sexual battery with a 6-year-old girl in Florida, the Anchorage Daily News reported Tuesday.

State issues first nuisance smoke citation
FAIRBANKS — The state Department of Environmental Conservation has issued its first nuisance abatement order for a home heating device.

Legislative school allies scale back hopes
Some school advocates in the Legislature are scaling back their hopes for more funding, and are advocating smaller steps, such as keeping up with inflation or restoring slashed vocational education programs.

Murkowski retains key position on Senate energy committee
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who retained her U.S. Senate seat after challenging the Republican Party’s official candidate in an improbable write-in victory, has retained her seat as ranking Republican on the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Waterman admitted she knew of plans to kill mother
ANCHORAGE — When pressured by investigators, Rachelle Waterman said she knew there was a plan in the works to kill her mother months before Lauri Waterman was abducted from their home in Craig and killed in November 2004.

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