Thursday, February 4, 2010

Telling it like it was
Animated characters are usually geared toward children, and for this reason, a quick glance at the cartoonish images of "A Klondike Tale," Avery Veliz's planned feature length film set in Skagway, may lead viewers to a false conclusion. Namely, that this is a gentle story, one that willingly covers over the harsh realities of greed, corruption and prostitution rampant in Skagway in the 1890s, or at least one that treats them with disparaging humor.

Arts & Culture Calendar
THURSDAY

Picture books for little readers await at the libraries
Picture books for you and your little reader to enjoy together include Jerry Pinckney's gorgeous Caldecott-winning version of "The Lion and the Mouse," Kate DiCamillo's delightful new book, "Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken," and the funny "I Got Two Dogs," by John Lithgow (which started its life as a song and includes a CD so you can sing along).

Southeast acoustic musicians headline Saturday concert
French-Canadian tunes, topical blues, finger-picking guitar and intriguing songs highlight the next Gold Street Music concert.

Translation of local authors' book released in Russia
In January of this year, a book about Alexander Baranov, first governor of Alaska, written by Elton and Allan Engstrom of Juneau in 2004, was translated into Russian and published in St. Petersburg. The publishing house was Typograhia Pravda, 1906.

Mel's back - and he's still got it
Quick, name the last movie that hit theaters with Mel Gibson's name on the marquee.

The short tale of a long marriage
Local filmmaker Brice Habeger meticulously planned every aspect of his latest short "Happy Anniversary," from hiring a professional crew, buying top-quality HD camera equipment and carefully plotting every angle and shadow of the four-minute film. But on the day of the shooting, just as the camera started to roll, a rogue element he never considered momentarily sent his plans astray: A chainsaw.

Arts for Kids holds sixth annual arts celebration
Arts for Kids, a local nonprofit dedicated to supporting Juneau School District's art education programs, will be hosting the sixth annual Community Arts Celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, in the Thunder Mountain High School commons. This event is free to the public and is being funded in part by the Douglas-Dornan Foundation.

Singin' in the Rain slated for Saturday
Weather forecasters say there is a high likelihood of rain Saturday, but art enthusiasts expect a bright and shining evening for the annual Singin' in the Rain presented by Juneau Jazz & Classics.

Wearable art show tickets now on sale
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council will hold the 10th annual Wearable Arts Extravaganza fundraiser, Cirque de Pluie on Feb. 13 and 14 at Centennial Hall. Based on a concept originating in Nelson, New Zealand, the show features artwork specifically created to be worn on the human body. These wearable artworks are displayed by models during a runway show accompanied by music and narration.

Two by Beckett this weekend on the Phoenix stage
Two short pieces by the 20th-century master dramatist Samuel Beckett will be performed this weekend at Perseverance Theatre's second space, the Phoenix Theater,

JAHC invites artists to submit work
Artists interested in being considered for a solo exhibit at the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council Gallery during the 2010-2011 season may apply by at 5 p.m. April 15, 2010. Applications are available to download from: www.jahc.org.

Translation of local authors' book released in Russia
In January of this year, a book about Alexander Baranov, first governor of Alaska, written by Elton and Allan Engstrom of Juneau in 2004, was translated into Russian and published in St. Petersburg. The publishing house was Typograhia Pravda, 1906.

First Friday exhbits include Earth, Fire, and Fibre at the state museum
12x12 exhibit, MouthPower

Chambers' My Turn disrespects various environmental groups
Sara Chambers' My Turn that appeared in the Jan. 31 Juneau Empire jumps on a political bandwagon that is totally crowded with ultraconservatives. Like a well-heeled producer, she champions the film "Not Evil Just Wrong," a film made with real-estate money by an Irish filmmaking couple. It was shown at a weekly Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon recently.

Southeast Alaska community fights for its survival
Sen. Murkowski's recent interview on KRBD discussing Sealaska's current lands bill was both encouraging and disheartening at the same time. While it is encouraging to hear her talk about holding a field hearing on Prince of Wales to discuss concerns over impacts from S881 - Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization act. It's disheartening to hear her only reference the City of Craig.

Regarding Point Baker and Murkowski
We know that Sen. Lisa Murkowski wants to hold hearings on Prince of Wales Island for her bill, S881, that would turn more than 80,000 acres of federal land near Point Baker in the Tongass to the private Sealaska Corp.

Plea to owners: Clean up after your dogs
The smell and sight of a toddler with dog poop all over his pants, and of his mother trying to wipe it off, would have made even the most careless dog owner wince.

Compeau, SFW ensure the thrill of killing shall never perish
Judging from Craig Compeau's letter on Jan. 27, we no longer need our Department of Fish and Game. While they are doing such time-wasting things as field surveys, population counts, predator-prey interaction studies, he has already figured out not only that there are more moose in 16b, but it's a result of a concerted effort at slaughtering black bears in the area.

Something to celebrate
The more than 400 Juneau-Douglas High School students invited to the schools inaugural Academic Achievement Celebration Tuesday evening are all high achievers. But event speaker and Alaska Commissioner of the Department of Education and Early Development Larry LeDoux had a question for them.

City balances budget with tobacco tax, rainy day fund
The Juneau Assembly decided Wednesday to add $4.1 million to the city budget, potentially avoiding layoffs.

UAS decides to keep co-ed housing policy
The University of Alaska Southeast has decided to allow students living in co-ed campus housing to remain in their living arrangements through the rest of the semester while officials complete a review of its policies.

Kensington discovers new vein of gold
A new gold-bearing vein system has been discovered at the Kensington mine, owner Coeur d'Alene Mines announced Wednesday.

Sandwich franchise expands to Lemon Creek
Franchise owner Wade Bryson could join a small list of local business owners finding success with multiple expansions when he opens a third Subway next month.

Kantola completes NorthWind internship
JUNEAU - NorthWind Architects, LLC, announced last week that Erik K. Kantola has successfully completed his architectural internship and passed his Architectural Registration Board exams to become licensed to practice architecture in the state of Alaska.

Photo: Talking business
Anne Feakes, right, of Juneau Urgent & Family Care, talks Wednesday with Wells Fargo Business Specialist Chad Requa, left, and downtown Branch Manager Patrick Ryland during the Juneau Business Resource Expo at Centennial Hall. With financial support from AKSourceLink, the Juneau Economic Development Council organized the event that was to be a one-stop shopping for resources, services and a number of workshops aimed at small businesses.

Photo: Air time
Mallard ducks take to flight Sunday along the Egan Drive.

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

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

Health: Continuing our journey toward a healthier lifestyle
Welcome to the Juneau Empire's new health and fitness section. It is an honor to speak to you twice a month in this format. My writing will obviously be influenced by both my professional training and personal experience, so it makes sense for you to have a little background information on the person spouting all this advice at you.

Around Town
Wednesday, Feb. 3

Around Town
Thursday, Feb. 4

A world without tooth decay
Today's children can live a life without cavities if they avoid the bacteria that cause tooth decay.

Robert Horton
Former Juneau resident Robert William Horton, of Port Orchard, Wash., died Jan. 9, 2010, at Bremerton Naval Hospital. He was 59.

Francis Eddy
Juneau and former longtime Sitka resident Francis Edward Eddy, 84, died peacefully, surrounded by family at his daughter's home in Juneau. He was 84.

My Turn: Film not productive, just noisy
Last week's showing of the film "Not Evil, Just Wrong" was not productive, just noisy. The film and its supporters seem to have little interest in bringing us closer together, encouraging healthy debate, or presenting any kind of meaningful solutions to climate change.

My Turn: Why terrorize the little kids of New York City?
You know, when I was a kid, we used to do the "duck and cover" thing because of the Cuban Missile Crisis. We had to get under our desks, or, later, with "improved protection measures against a nuclear bomb for little children" they had us going out into the hallway, sitting cross legged against the hallway wall, and putting our coats over our necks and bending forward so we could "keep the nuclear bomb from blowing up our necks."

My Turn: Seek out leaders who will work in your best interests
There have been a lot of stories in (and noticeably absent from) the news recently about elected politicians who are also board members of their Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act corporations. At times, their position in state and local governments is in direct opposition to their duties to the corporations. This needs to change!

Alaska editorial: Take care of Alaska's vets
Understaffing, lack of training and eight months without an on-site manager added to a poor performance by the Anchorage Veterans Administration Regional Office - a performance that left some vets without benefits they should have received or waiting far too long to receive them. Anchorage office supervisors did not dispute the findings of federal inspectors that the VA office failed to meet requirements in 13 of 14 areas covered in an inspection last year.

iDiocy: The lowercase i
Steve Jobs has given so much to humanity: the one-button mouse, the personal computer that only freezes sometimes, the most expensive paper weight you'll ever give your parents as gifts. Oh, let's not forget what he's done for mock turtlenecks.

New debate is about bringing Taliban to table
The new buzz on Afghanistan is all about talking to the Taliban.

Rainforest Yoga to offer intro yoga classes every first fridays
JUNEAU - For those who are considering giving yoga a try, starting Friday, Feb. 5, Rainforest Yoga will offer a free introductory yoga class from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. on the first friday of every month. Different styles will be taught by a different instructor each month.

Consortium clinics to recognize Elizabeth Peratrovich Day
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will honor the achievements of Alaska Native civil rights leader Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratrovich by observing Elizabeth Peratrovich Day on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Consortium promotes heart disease with Wear Red Day on Friday
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium WISEWOMAN Women's Health Program and Sitka Community Hospital are teaming up to promote heart disease awareness.

Sen. Begich reports $44,000 in net contributions
JUNEAU - He doesn't stand for re-election until 2014, but U.S. Sen. Mark Begich still reported $44,000 in net contributions during the last three months of 2009.

U.S. Marshals catch Anchorage man wanted in the Philippines
ANCHORAGE - U.S. marshals arrested an Anchorage man accused of a killing 15 years ago in the Philippines.

Dogs, cats shot to death at Houston animal shelter
HOUSTON - Police shot and killed four cats and four dogs at the Houston animal shelter because homes could not be found for the animals.

Young proposes Arctic port study
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Rep. Don Young has introduced a bill aimed at studying the potential for an Arctic deep water port.

Building of former Ketchikan Gateway Borough offices sold
KETCHIKAN - The Reid Building, the former offices of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, has sold for $350,000.

Beluga whale hearings begin this week
KENAI - Federal officials will conduct public hearings on the Kenai Peninsula this week on its proposed critical habitat areas for Cook Inlet beluga whales.

Man sentenced in scythe attack
FAIRBANKS - A 32-year-old Fairbanks man accused of threatening his girlfriend with a scythe has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Needs element for scholarship plan heard
JUNEAU - An advocate of a program similar to Gov. Sean Parnell's proposed merit scholarship program says there's room for a needs-based element without compromising the basic intent.

Fred Meyer Stores raises $63,000 for Haiti relief
PORTLAND, Ore. - Fred Meyer Stores raised nearly $63,000 for the American Red Cross Haiti disaster Relief Fund, the store announced on Wednesday.

Interfering man tasered, arrested on Parks Highway
FAIRBANKS - An Alaska state trooper Tasered a Fairbanks man who threw snow at a trooper and interfered with a field sobriety test on the man's girlfriend on the Parks Highway.

Japan Airlines cargo plane bumps vehicle at Anchorage airport
ANCHORAGE - No one was injured when a Japan Airlines 747 bumped an airport vehicle at the Anchorage airport.

Fairbanks survey to gauge gang problem
FAIRBANKS - Officials in Fairbanks plan to conduct a survey later this month to determine the extent of gang activity.

UA president finalists to tour campuses
FAIRBANKS - The finalists for University of Alaska president are to tour the state's campuses on March 1-3.

Mekoryuk man killed in snowmachine crash on Nunivak Island
ANCHORAGE - Alaska state troopers say a man driving a snowmachine in whiteout conditions went over a cliff, crashed through river ice and drowned.

Lawmakers to shoot for March 1 for maintenance
JUNEAU - A co-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said lawmakers will try to get the governor's deferred maintenance proposal passed by March 1. But Republican Sen. Bert Stedman said that will be difficult, and he made no guarantees.

Officials warn Sitka to leave sea lions alone
SITKA - Marine mammal officials in Sitka are warning residents not to harass Steller sea lions.

Woman pleads not guilty in old Sitka murder case
ANCHORAGE - A woman accused of killing her husband 22 years ago has pleaded not guilty in Sitka Superior Court.

House members form 'Liberty Caucus'
JUNEAU - Ten Alaska House members have formed a group they say is aimed at promoting conservative causes. They call it the Liberty Caucus.

Troopers arrest mom, son on pot charges
WASILLA - A mother and her son have been arrested on drug charges after troopers say they busted a marijuana grow operation in Wasilla.

Heritage pledges coffee money to earthquake relief
JUNEAU - Alaska's Heritage Coffee Co. announced Jan. 15 it would donate $7-per-bag from every sale of a super-premium Haitian coffee to earthquake relief in the Caribbean, following a 7.0 quake in January.

Gelbrich speaker at Thursday's Chamber of Commerce luncheon
JUNEAU - Juneau Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich will be the guest speaker at Thursday's Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

UAF museum to hold open house
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Fairbanks' Museum of the North is inviting the public to attend its annual open house.

Museum prepares for Star Wars exhibit
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Museum is preparing for the opening of its biggest exhibit yet - "Star Wars: Where science meets imagination."

Speech-language specialist to give seminar on treatment strategies for children who stutter
Dr. J. Scott Yaruss, associate professor and director of the Master’s Degree program in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh, will present a two-day seminar, titled “Practical Treatment Strategies for Preschool and School-Age Children Who Stutter,” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Feb. 4, and from 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 5, at Thunder Mountain High School.

Crimson Bears earn Gold bracket berth
Juneau-Douglas held up its end of the bargain during Wednesday's bracket play-in round of the 2010 Dimond Lady Lynx Prep Shootout, cruising past Anchorage Christian56-40.

Crossing the line
When Juneau-Douglas tips off against Thunder Mountain at JDHS for the first time ever in boys' basketball on Friday, there will be a lot of familiar faces down the benches, starting with the men leading each program.

Reshaping Juneau prep hoops
Juneau has never seen a rivalry like this, especially considering the two teams involved have yet to even play each other in an actual game yet.

Crimson Bears to be tested at Dimond
Juneau-Douglas will find out exactly where it fits into the greater scheme of Alaska girls' basketball this week after competing in the 2010 Dimond Lynx Prep Shootout basketball tournament in Anchorage.

Sports in Juneau
• Beginning Jan. 1, Sports In Juneau information must be submitted online at http://calendar.juneauempire.com. Submissions via e-mail, phone, fax or other will no longer be accepted. For more information e-mail webteam@juneauempire.com

Photo: Ordway Men's 1 undecided
Canton House's Billy Ehlers, 5, passes around Alaska Health Options/TBG's Jim Carson, 8, during the men's Division I championship game of the Ordway 2010 Post Season Tournament at Dzantik'i Heeni. Canton House came through the losers bracket of the double elimination format to win in a sudden-death third overtime period 84-81, forcing a deciding game tonight to determine the champion.

Sports in Juneau
• Beginning Jan. 1, Sports In Juneau information must be submitted online at http://calendar.juneauempire.com. Submissions via e-mail, phone, fax or other will no longer be accepted. For more information e-mail webteam@juneauempire.com

Dems fire back at oil industry ads
Democrats in the Alaska House of Representatives are criticizing the oil industry's "Faces of Aces" ads as misleading, but the oil industry group that sponsored them say it's the state's politicians who are out of touch.

To cool global meltdown, G7 heads deep into Arctic
IQALUIT, Nunavut - This Canadian Arctic capital has no stop lights and didn't start naming its streets until a decade ago. Blizzards can last a week or more, and they tend to come very suddenly. So when the financial chiefs of the seven big industrial democracies meet here Friday and Saturday, they'd better have a quick way out.

Bill calls for expanding Legislature
JUNEAU - State Rep. Carl Gatto says it's a perfect time to talk about moving Alaska's capital out of Juneau.

Fairbanks university to close virtual reality lab
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Fairbanks plans to close its Discovery Lab, saying funding for the 3-D virtual-reality facility will be redirected to other computing projects on campus

Fairbanks veterinarian plans services to Interior villages
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks veterinarian plans to offer low-cost services to Interior villages.

French: Panel to 'contain' campaign court decision
JUNEAU - Corporations won't have to disclose their spending for or against candidates this election year unless lawmakers force them to, a Senate committee concluded Wednesday.

Snow is scarce in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - There wasn't much snow last month in Fairbanks, and now there's a little less.

Ellis proposes change to state public records
JUNEAU - Senate Majority Leader Johnny Ellis has proposed a measure that would require public employee e-mails related to state business be sent on state-run systems.

Tickets on sale for Ice Classic
FAIRBANKS - It's that time of year, when Alaskans can profit from their extensive knowledge of ice.

Photos: Showing some soul
Ethan Chang, 7, smiles behind a large cut-out of speedskater Apolo Ohno as he waits with his family before traveling Tuesday from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle, Wash.

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