Thursday, February 10, 2011

Arts for Kids hopes for new recruits
Arts for Kids, a group that’s been advocating for high-quality art opportunities and education for Juneau’s kids over the past seven years, has likely passed under the radar for many, but their accomplishments have had a substantial impact on Juneau schools. Anyone with children in the elementary school system has been directly affected by their efforts, most notably through the Juneau Elementary Art Program, which they helped establish in 2005. They’ve also set up visual art scholarships for graduating seniors, given out grant money for art projects, advocated for the arts when funding cuts loom and hosted the popular Community Art Celebration since 2004.

Fireside Lecture highlights Gastineau exploration
This week’s Fireside Lecture at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center will highlight “Revenue Cutter Wayanda: Early Exploration of Gastineau Channel.” The lecture begins at 6:30 and at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11.

JDHS theater presents 'Music Man' Friday
Juneau-Douglas High School’s theater department will present the Broadway musical “The Music Man,” this weekend and next weekend at the JDHS auditorium.

ART, EVENTS & MUSIC
THURSDAY

Call for entries for annual 12X12 exhibit at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is now accepting submissions for the seventh annual 12x12 Community Art Installation, which will be on exhibit March 4-26. Focus on Photos is this year’s theme.

Registration open for Sitka Fine Arts Camp
Registration for the 2011 Sitka Fine Arts Camp is now open on a first-come, first-served basis. The camp offers over 60 classes per session in music, dance, theatre, visual arts, writing and Alaska Native Arts. Online registration is available through the camp website at www.fineartscamp.org. Registration is also available via the camp office at 747-3085.

EXHIBITS
Alaska State Museum: “AFTER” by Tim Remick and “Sand and Snow” by Barry McWayne. 395 Whittier St.

Sweetheart dinner, hosted by TMHS music students, held Saturday
Students in the Thunder Mountain Music Department will host a “Sweetheart Dinner” Saturday night, featuring live music from the TMHS jazz band and members of the Thunder Mountain BIg Band. The event runs from 6-10 p.m. at the TMHS Commons. Formal dinner service will be provided by the students, and the menu choices include Halibut Olympia or Prime Rib, served with glazed carrots, broiled red potatoes and strawberry lemonade. A dessert auction will be held after dinner, and a sweetheart photo booth will be operating throughout the evening.

New at the Juneau libraries: Picture books for kids
New picture books for young listeners and their readers.

Spaces still available for kids 12x12 self portraits with Paint & Word class
Spaces still available for youth 10-16 to join the Juneau-Douglas City Museum and the Canvas Art Studio for 12x12 self portraits with Paint & Word, scheduled for 2-4:30p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20. Instructors MK MacNaughton and Christy Eriksen will help participants create self portraits with a combination of partial photographs, paint and words.

State museum lecture to feature conservator Carrlee
Next Wednesday’s Alaska State Museum lunchtime lecture will feature Ellen Carrlee, Alaska State Museum Conservator, on “Conservation Treatments for Archaeological Artifacts.”

Barn Dance held Saturday
A Barn Dance will be held this Saturday, Feb. 12, from 7:30-11 p.m. at St. Ann’s Parish Hall on Fifth Street downtown.

MOVIES
Schedule begins Friday

Voices of Afghanistand presentation held Tuesday
Lia Gladstone will lead a presentation about the year she spent in Afghanistan this Tuesday at the Northern Light United Church, sharing stories and images of the people she encountered there. Her talk begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at the church, located at 400 W. 11th St.

K3 Radio announces brown bag slide show series
K3 Radio will begin a Wednesday Noon Brown Bag Slide Show Series next week with “Eva and Tom Bornstein take us on a raft trip on the Kongakut River in ANWR.” on Feb. 16. The hour-long presentations feature local residents who will share their travel adventures during an hour-long presentation.

Brothers of the Baladi to perform tonight
Middle Eastern and world music quartet Brothers of the Baladi will make their first-ever appearance in Juneau tonight, when they perform at 9 p.m. at Marlintini’s. The Portland-based, Grammy-nominated band will play traditional Middle Eastern music and Middle Eastern-style rock, and will also feature Juneau’s belly dance groups Noodle of Doum, New Moon and Patshiva. Tickets are $ 15 in advance, and $ 20 at the door.

Juneau grad wins Fairbanks Symphony Concerto Competition
Juneau graduate Franz Felkl, 19, a sophomore music major at UAF, took top honors in his age group in the Fairbanks Symphony Association Concerto Competition. Felkl won the UAF student category with his performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major. Felkl studies violin with Kathleen Butler-Hopkins and performs with both the Fairbanks Symphony and the Arctic Chamber Orchestra.

Willie Hensley to speak Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Community House
Inupiaq elder and activist Willie Iggiagruk Hensley will give a presentation on his book, “Fifty Miles From Tomorrow: A Memoir of Alaska and the Real People,” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11 at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Community House in Sitka. This free event is sponsored by members of the Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum.

Art of Place series kicks off today at UAS
The University of Alaska Southeast has announced a new lecture series, Art of Place, designed to give community members a chance to connect with renowned Alaska Native artists in an informal setting.

Wearable art lights up stage this weekend
The annual Wearable Art Extravaganza will take the the stage this weekend, with shows Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. The theme for this year’s performance is “Illuminate.” Directed by Patricia Hull, this year’s event will feature more artists’ creations than ever before.

Week 2 Results!
The weight loss results for week 2.

Eating for Healthy Fat Loss
There are three things you need to know right off hand when you talk about weight loss. First of all, we are after fat loss, not just weight loss. Secondly, for a fat loss diet to be successful for any length of time, it must also be a health promoting diet. Thirdly, while eating to become lean and stay lean can be simple, the simplistic approach that all that matters is calories consumed and calories expended is not true. All three of these points converge when we adopt a diet composed of whole, unprocessed foods.

Eggplant Chicken Casserole
Uses eggplant instead of starchy or refined carbohydrates. You make your own sauce thus eliminating prepackaged sauces with added sodium and other unnecessary ingredients. If you use range-free chicken without added antibiotics or hormones – all the better!

Keep the money
After hearing that Gov. Sean Parnell is proposing to cut oil company taxes by $1 billion per year we needed to respond. We don’t have the figures in front of us for the amounts of last year’s profits for all the companies but we know it is in the billions of dollars. Why does Alaska need to give a tax break to these companies that are already doing so well? When we pay more than $3 per gallon for gas and heating oil we are creating these profits. One billion dollars a year could create quite a few jobs in Alaska without relying on the oil companies to create them. Let’s keep the taxes and quit worrying that the oil companies will leave Alaska if we don’t cave in to their demands. None of these companies are going to walk away from the money they make here even if it means slightly less profit and we are talking about profits, not day-to-day expenses. One has to wonder if one of the jobs to be created by the oil companies with their increased profits has our governor’s name on it.

Raise the gas tax
In reference to a story in Wednesday’s Empire titled “Congressional delegation rips Parnell’s gas tax suspension,” concerning the gas tax proposal:

Young crewman receives high honor
One of the youngest crewmen on the Coast Guard’s oldest active ship received a high honor in a surprise presentation from the commanding officer of the 17th Coast Guard District, Rear Adm. Christopher C. Colvin, on board the cutter Acushnet on Tuesday.

Robotics students successfully cap 'oil spill'
In an exciting last-minute success, a team of students trying to cap a mock-oil spill with aquatic robots succeeded.

Photo: Young lobbyists
Rep. Steve Thompson, R-Fairbanks, received a lobbying visit from kindergarten students in the Juneau Montessori School and Joy Lyons, executive director for the Association for the Education of Young Children-Southeast Alaska, on Tuesday at his Capitol office. Students from the school are visiting every legislator this week to advocate funding for early care and learning.

Photo: Posted for duty
Two-year-old Evan Warr stands out of the wind behind a mooring post Saturday at the United States Coast Guard Station Juneau dock. Warr, whose father is 17th District Deputy Public Affairs Officer Dana Warr, was watching the Coast Guard cutter Hamilton leave port.

JSD: Early retirement incentive met with hesitation
A proposal to offer an early retirement incentive to save the Juneau School District some money was met with hesitation.

Danger of synthetic cannabinoids addressed at SB 17 hearing
A 28-year-old Fairbanks man kicked in the door of an unoccupied home, took off all his clothes and went to sleep in a bed because, he said, “God told him to.”

Motion to suppress evidence in Lloyd DUI case is common action
The attorney defending former Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Denby Lloyd against a drunken driving charge filed a motion to suppress evidence expected to be used by the state against him.

Photo: Whiteout conditions
Dr. John Connolly, center, Greg Cook, left, Jay Query and Cook’s dog, Hibou, work their way up the slopes in near white out conditions Wednesday at the Eaglecrest Ski Area. Wednesday’s storm provided lots of new snow for the ski area but today’s forecast is for rain and a high of 40.

Updated graduation proposal improved, concerns linger
A plan to increase graduation requirements and college readiness has changed based upon feedback from the public and teachers, but concerns still linger.

H. A. 'Red' Boucher Scholarship accepting applications
High school seniors and college students pursuing post-secondary school careers in technology can apply for the scholarship honoring H. A. “Red” Boucher. The scholarship supports outstanding Alaskan candidates in the pursuit of technology education and training. Applications, offered by The Alaska Community Foundation, are due March 1. The winner of the $1,000 scholarship winner will be announced in April. Applications are available online on the scholarship page of the ACF website, www.alaskacf.org.

ATIA announces 2011 marketing committee
The Alaska Travel Industry Association has announced its 2010-2011 marketing committee.

Dermatology clinic to open this spring
A pair of medical professionals are teaming up to bring a medical specialty to Juneau. Kris Miller of Haines and Troy Richey of Springfield, Ore. are opening a new dermatology practice this spring.

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.

Toner remanufacturer staying green, local after 20 years
BEP Company is pushing forward with its motives to keep business green — and local.

David E. Knox Memorial Nursing Fellowship accepting applications
Nursing students committed to practicing in rural Alaska communities can apply for tuition assistance from the David E. Knox Memorial Nursing Fellowship offered by The Alaska Community Foundation.

New specialists for the Hearing Center
The Hearing Center is adding two new specialists to its staff.

Free English as a Second Language and citizenship classes available
The Learning Connection/SERRC received funds in October 2010 from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to provide English and citizenship classes for adults age 18 and older.

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.

Students named to National Youth Science Camp
Lia Domke of Juneau and Molly Royer of Ketchikan have been selected for the National Youth Science Camp this summer in West Virginia.

Leslie D. Williams
Tech. Sgt. Leslie D. Williams was born Jan. 25, 1975 in Juneau. He graduated from JDHS in 1993. He passed away Jan. 25, 2011. Leslie entered the Air Force on March 26, 1996. He attended Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio and continued Technical School at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he trained as an Armament Systems Specialist. His assignments include Eielson Air Force Base and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base for the past 11 years. Williams’ awards include the Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters.

Verbiage of business shouldn't define length of legislative session
It shouldn’t surprise anyone the Legislature is considering repeal of the 90-day session. The fact is the majority of the state’s legislators never supported it. Instead, the people decided shorter sessions were in the public’s best interest. So we could ask “what right do legislators have to ignore the voters?” But the better question might focus on whether the Legislature should be constrained by the narrow lines of an accountant’s ledger.

Empire editorial: Keep working hard to shape Tongass' future
It’s tough for a roomful of people with competing interests to agree on uses within the Tongass National Forest, but it is commendable how hard stakeholders who attended the Tongass Futures Roundtable worked together last week to discuss issues and plan ways for the group to work together more effectively.

My Turn: More public input, or maybe a vote, on Auke Bay uses
The Docks and Harbors Board would like to make it seem a memo sent from the port director to the Docks and Harbors Board about decommissioning DeHart’s Marina was blown out of proportion. In reality, it was the first straightforward and honest information the public had seen about the why’s and where for’s of this project at the time. I invite you to read the memo at http://bit.ly/gMcMr8. It is a detailed and frank assessment of what needs to happen regarding DeHart’s Marina and recommends the board “notify stallholders that we are intending to close the facility on November of 2011.”

Cairo is not Tehran
Doomsayers are already warning that we’re seeing a remake of Iran’s Islamic revolution in Cairo. And on the surface, there are certainly parallels.

Beware the Islamists in the wings
From the American perspective, the transition now underway in Egypt confirms John Kenneth Galbraith’s famous appraisal of politics as a choice between “the disastrous and the unpalatable.”

Outside editorial: An attack on women
The following editorial first appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Health and wellness expert to make presentation today
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Lifestyle Balance Program will host health and wellness expert Darryl Tonemah for a free presentation and light dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Tlingít and Haida Regional Housing Authority conference room, 5446 Jenkins Dr.

Grad Taskforce to present updated proposal
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. The taskforce has revised its original proposal. This meeting will be held at the Vocational Resources Training Center today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The VTRC is located at 3239 Hospital Dr. For more information contact the Assistant Superintendent’s office at 523-1704, or see the proposal online at www.juneauschools.org.

Waterman trial will soon be in jury's hands
ANCHORAGE — The jury will soon begin its deliberations in the Rachelle Waterman murder conspiracy trial.

Public urination charges dropped for Alaska man
FAIRBANKS — Charges have been dropped against an Alaska man arrested for urinating in public after stopping to help injured victims at the scene of an accident.

Bill would give powers to energy authority
JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell is proposing legislation that would allow the Alaska Energy Authority to buy, build and own new power projects.

Alaska Senate honors Reagan, servicemembers
JUNEAU — The Alaska Senate has unanimously passed a resolution honoring Ronald Reagan.

Most GOP governors want speedy health care review
JUNEAU — Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has joined with nearly all the nation’s Republican governors in seeking to get lawsuits over the federal health care overhaul to the U.S. Supreme Court as quickly as possible.

Bristol Palin memoir? It's a mystery, for now
NEW YORK (AP) — Bristol Palin may or may not have a memoir out this summer. For now, it’s a mystery.

Pit bull bites Anchorage boy, 9, in the face
ANCHORAGE — Anchorage police say a 9-year-old boy was bitten in the face by the family’s pit bull dog in a truck as the boy’s father was driving.

SEARHC clinics to recognize Elizabeth Peratrovich Day
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 Feb. 16.

First woman prosecutor in Anchorage dead at 59
ANCHORAGE — The first woman prosecutor in the Anchorage district attorney’s office, Mary Anne Henry, died Sunday in Portland at the age of 59.

Subsistence Board accepting regular 2-year proposals
The Federal Subsistence Board is accepting proposals to change federal regulations for the subsistence harvest of wildlife on federal public lands for the 2012-2014 regulatory years. This is part of its regular review period every two years.

March 4 is target for state review of elections
JUNEAU — The state hopes to release findings of an internal review of its handling of the 2010 elections by March 4.

Parnell's bill would protect vulnerable Alaskans
JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell has proposed legislation aimed at protecting vulnerable Alaskans — including the elderly and those with disabilities — from being unduly influenced, abandoned or taken advantage of financially.

Fortymile caribou hunt to open 2 days in Alaska
FAIRBANKS — The Fortymile caribou hunt will open for two days along the Steese Highway before the Alaska Department of Fish and Game closes it to see how many animals get taken.

Former Anchorage resident blogging from Cairo
ANCHORAGE — After two years blogging about life in Egypt, Anchorage native Matt Ellis’s reports have shifted to covering the protests and unrest that have made life difficult for Westerners, the Anchorage Daily News reported Tuesday.

2 Alaska village teachers move into school
KODIAK — Two teachers in a rural Kodiak Island village have moved into their school because of health and heating concerns in the house provided by the Kodiak Island Borough.

Agency extends comment period for ice seal listing
ANCHORAGE — Alaska will use the next 45 days to make its case that two species of ice-dependent seals should not be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act because of climate warming.

Tickets for Nenana Ice Classic on sale in Alaska
FAIRBANKS — Tickets for Alaska’s richest guessing game are on sale as the Nenana Ice Classic marks its 95th year.

Fishing vessel goes aground on Unalaska Island
ANCHORAGE — The Coast Guard says one of its helicopter crews rescued five fishermen from their disabled vessel in stormy seas before the long-liner went aground on an Alaska island.

Activists target dog sled rides after dog deaths
LOS ANGELES — The slaughter of 100 sled dogs in Canada has re-energized efforts by some animal activists to ban or boycott dog sled rides, a popular activity among tourists in many winter vacation spots, from New England to Minnesota to Alaska.

New hires and promotion at PND Engineers
PND Engineers has some new additions to its staff.

Alaska teen faces charges in Kodiak bomb threat
KODIAK — Police in Kodiak say a 17-year-old Alaska boy is facing charges after a bomb threat that forced the evacuation of Kodiak High School.

New architect for Jensen Yorba Lott
Juneau’s new architect, Aaron MacDonald, LEED AP, has joined the firm of Jensen Yorba Lott. MacDonald is a registered architect in California and currently working on registration by comity in Alaska. He brings 16 years of architectural design experience and is a graduate of the University of California. He recently served as a planning commissioner for Arlington, Wash.

4 new shelter cabins on Iditarod Trail
ANCHORAGE — Iditarod mushers regularly endure bone-chilling temperatures, piercing winds and blowing snow during their 1,000-mile trip to Nome.

Surging JDHS doubles up Thunder Mountain
Juneau-Douglas big man Ryan Baldwin said earlier in the week he and his team hope to finish conference play undefeated.

Congressional delegation rips Parnell's gas tax suspension
Gov. Sean Parnell wants to give Alaskans a break at the gas pump, but Alaska’s U.S. congressional delegation and some legislators are blasting the plan as bad for Alaska and likely to be expensive for Alaskans.

Deputy AG: Expansion of self-defense law could cost DOL $450K a year
A proposed expansion of Alaska’s self-defense law would cost the state an additional $450,000 a year in increased litigation costs, a top official at the Department of Law on Wednesday told a House committee holding a hearing on the bill.

Legislator says UAS fundraising inadequate
A top state legislator is criticizing Alaska’s universities, especially the University of Alaska Southeast, for doing little to tap corporate and alumni giving, but university representatives are calling the attack unfair.

Legislative expert warns of oil tax flaws
Alaskans’ oil taxes aren’t competitive and need to be lowered, an expert hired by the Legislature told the House Resources Committee Wednesday.

New law aims to protect children from stalkers
JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell has proposed legislation that would criminalize “sexting” and expand the definition of stalking.

State lawmakers raise budget concerns
JUNEAU — Alaska Senate and House leaders on Tuesday expressed concerns with the level of spending Gov. Sean Parnell has proposed for the next fiscal year.

Legislature to change name of Parnell scholarship program, again
Lawmakers are still unsure how they’ll pay for Gov. Sean Parnell’s plan to give to high school graduates scholarships to further their education, but it’s clear that renaming his program didn’t work well.

Kenai LNG plant to close doors
Employees at the Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) plant in Nikiski were notified on Wednesday the plant will be shutting down later this spring.

Plan would use oil royalty funds for scholarships
JUNEAU — The state would tap an oil royalty settlement fund to pay for Alaska student scholarships under a proposal being crafted by the Senate Education Committee.

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