Friday, February 4, 2011

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.

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 www.yukonquest.com/.

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 ruth.glenn@alaska.gov.

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.

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.

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.

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.

EXHIBITS
Exhibits opening Friday

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.

MOVIES
Schedule begins Friday

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.

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.

ART, EVENTS & MUSIC
THURSDAY

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.

Gerrymandering: What is this all about?
A working definition of [ger-ry-man-der]: to divide an area into election districts in order to concentrate the voting strength of the opposition in as few districts as possible and to give special advantage to one group in an election process.

New AG has life-long love for Alaska
Alaska’s new Attorney General John Burns rode up the Alcan Highway as an infant, shot his first walrus at age nine, raised a bear cub in grade school, did high school homework under the northern lights in Fairbanks and still likes to stand up to his waist in a deck load of Sockeye Salmon in Bristol Bay.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tongass Futures Roundtable concludes first meeting; more decisions to make
The Tongass Future Roundtable concluded its first meeting of the year on Thursday with more decisions made, namely, what the Roundtable’s future will entail.

Personal use red and blue king crab closure announced
The Alaska Department of Fish & Game announced the winter personal use red and blue king crab season in Section 11-A that opened on Jan. 1 will close at 11:59 p.m. Feb. 6.

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.

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.

Photo: Showing off the transit center
Director of Capital Transit John Kern, right, gives a tour of the newly completed Downtown Transit Center on Thursday to members of the Governor’s Coordinated Transportation Task Force. The task force, which oversees transportation services for persons with special needs or special circumstances, is in town for two days of meetings.

Petro selected new Alaska State Chamber president/CEO
The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce has a new chief executive, and she plans to hit the ground running with an ambitious agenda to boost businesses across the state. Rachael Petro has just begun her work as its new President and Chief Executive Officer.

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

Correction
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
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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.

Neil Tyler Brown
Neil Tyler Brown, 52, passed away in Anchorage Jan. 21, 2011, after a short-term illness.

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.

Conchita Garcia Capada
Conchita Garcia Capada passed away on Feb. 2, 2011, in the Philippines. She was 73. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that Conchita had touched in some small way throughout her life.

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.

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.

My Turn: A 'pyramid scheme' with serious consequences
The January 2011 issues of the “National Geographic” has an article entitled “Population 7 Billion: How your world will change.”’

Outside editorial: Roll over, Rover
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Left: What are the best ways to put America's economy back on track?
As President Obama begins the second half of his term with a campaign for “jobs and competitiveness,” we would do well to consider how he might achieve these worthy goals.

Right: What are the best ways to put America's economy back on track?
The next two years will feature divided government, with Democrats controlling the White House and Senate and Republicans controlling the House of Representatives.

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.

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?

Fade to white
As I glided along on cross-country skis, I thought I was quietly scanning for animals. A flash of movement in my peripheral vision, however, told me some creature had turned the tables. A blur of indistinct white moved against the snow. It stopped. After several minutes, I finally spotted the black eye of a snowshoe hare against the frozen backdrop. The hare sat absolutely still.

4H Nordic striding into 2011 season
The Juneau 4H Nordic Ski Club’s season is back in full swing and has once again been a success so far in the new year.

Studying the 'wings' of backyard tree seeds
Typical Juneau weather! We get a nice snowfall, for good skiing and snowshoeing, then it thaws and rains and makes the snow soggy. Then we get a hard freeze, so the footprints and postholes created by walkers during the thaw are frozen solid. After that happens, walking in those areas is a misery of lurches and ankle-turnings. The popular Dredge Lake trails are a good example. Then the cycle starts over again — lovely snow, then rain …

Among the porters of Mount Kilimanjaro
Maganga is not twenty years old.

Tips on Tracks: This week short-tailed weasel, ermine
Name of animal: Short-tailed weasel, ermine (Mustela erminea)

SEACC hosts informational session and potluck
JUNEAU — Southeast Alaska Conservation Council is inviting the public to an informational potluck from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, at St. Ann’s Parish Hall.

Community Schools offering winter courses in astronomy
JUNEAU — Learn more about our solar system with online courses offered through Juneau’s Community Schools.

Banff Mountain Film Festival final showings tonight
JUNEAU — The touring arm of the Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to Juneau this week, with the final showings at 7 p.m. tonight at Centennial Hall.

Juneau Douglas Advisory Committee to hold meeting
JUNEAU — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will hold a committee meeting from 7 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8, in the Egan Library Building, rooms 222 and 223, at University of Alaska Southeast.

Tonight's Friday Fireside lecture on recovering the Princess Kathleen
JUNEAU — The public is invited to a talk tonight beginning at 6:30 p.m., and again at 8 p.m., titled “Princess Kathleen On the Rocks: Wreck and Recovery” as part of the Friday Fireside Chats at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Photo: Leader of the pack
Morgan Burd, 2nd grader at Faith Community School, leads the pack down “Sneaky” during a feild trip to Eaglecrest Ski Area on Thursday, Jan. 27. The school enjoyed two days, on Thursday and Friday, of fun up on the mountain. Eaglecrest’s held its 30th annual Learn to Ski Weekend last weekend.

Relay for Life holds kick-off party in Juneau
JUNEAU — The American Society Relay for Life Juneau Kick-off Party will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11, at Jaded in the Goldbelt Hotel.

Wild shots
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, abby.lowell@juneauempire.com. 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.

Juneau area grooming and trail conditions as of Feb. 3

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.

JSD Budget Committee meetings planned
The Juneau School District’s Budget Committee will have two public meetings on two campuses. The first is Thursday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. in the Thunder Mountain High School Commons.

On-the-job training benefits job seekers and employers
On-the-job training gives workers an opportunity to learn and prove they can do a job and provides partial wage reimbursement for employers, according to the state’s labor commissioner.

JSD to host graduation requirement meeting Feb. 9
The Juneau School District will hold a public information and feedback meeting on a proposal from the Graduation Task Force to raise graduation requirements at the high school level. This meeting will be held at the Vocational Resources Training Center on Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. VTRC is located at 3239 Hospital Drive. For more information contact the Assistant Superintendent’s office at 523-1704, or see the proposal online at juneauschools.org.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rotary and Rotaract Clubs sponsor food drive
When need calls, Rotarians respond with enthusiasm. The Rotary and Rotaract Clubs of Juneau are sponsoring a food drive for the Southeast Alaska Food Bank on Saturday Feb. 12 at the following locations: Super Bear, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Safeway, 10 a.m. -4 p.m.; Costco, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Alaskan & Proud Market, 10a.m.-3 p.m.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

JDHS girls primed for rematch
The defending girls’ basketball 4A state champion Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears face Wasilla today in the second round of the Gold Tournament at the 13th Annual Dimond Lady Lynx Prep Shootout.

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.

Warriors deny Falcons
Thunder Mountain never recovered from a four-minute scoring drought to start the second quarter Thursday and Wasilla pulled away late for a 70-48 boys’ basketball win for the Warriors at TMHS.

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.

Parnell rules out earmark requests
Alaska will fully wean itself from federal earmarks, Gov. Sean Parnell said Thursday.

Legislators lament lack of education commissioner
President Ed Thomas of the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indians of Alaska represents 27,000 Alaska Natives, mostly in Southeast Alaska, among other things providing education and employment training programs.

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.

Stevens aide presents case for longer sessions
More legislators are reaching out to Juneau for support in expanding the legislative session. Legislative Aide Tim Lamkin from Sen. Gary Stevens’ office asked for support from the Juneau Chamber of Commerce on Thursday in pursuing Senate Bill 18 to expand the session from 90 days to 120.

Parnell: Enacting health care may violate oath
JUNEAU — Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell said Thursday he has asked his attorney general to advise him on whether implementing and enforcing the federal health care overhaul would put Parnell in violation of his oath of office.

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.

Shell: No Beaufort Sea drilling in Arctic for 2011
ANCHORAGE — Shell Alaska has dropped plans to drill in the Arctic waters of the Beaufort Sea this year and will concentrate on obtaining permits for the 2012 season, company Vice President Pete Slaiby said Thursday.

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.

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