Thursday, February 11, 2010

Having fun with 'Alice'
A year of firsts at Thunder Mountain High School will now shine the Falcon spotlight onto the theatrical stage with the musical "Alice In Concert."

Special Elizabeth Peratrovich Day showing at Gold Town theater
In honor of Elizabeth Peratrovich Day, Gold Town Nickelodeon Theatre will present a free showing of "For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow In Alaska" a one-hour film, beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16. A group discussion may follow.

Wearable Art show celebrates 10 years with 'Cirque de Pluie'
Juneau's most fashionable art event of the year is celebrating its 10th anniversary this Valentines Day weekend.

Poetry Out Loud finals to be held Feb. 23 at the JACC
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council and Alaska Arts Education Consortium have announced the participants in state finals for the Poetry Out Loud competition. Eight students from across the state have been selected: Jessica Wilder from Anchorage, Susan Way from Fairbanks, Sami Martinez from Juneau, April Hostetter from Igiugig, Berett Wilber from Sitka, Kristen Luchsinger from Wasilla, Elizabeth Porter from Delta Junction, and Kira Wilkinson from Kwigillingok.

Four good reasons to see 'An Education'
T here are four very good reasons you should make time for "An Education." Reasons one through three are related. One, Casey Mulligan is up for best Actress in a Leading Role. Two, Nick Hornby is nominated for best Adapted Screenplay (based on the memoir by Lynn Barber). Three, "An Education" is up for Best Picture. Never mind that the wise Academy has expanded Best Picture to include half of the movies made last year.

'Shop Class': An argument for the trades
D o you feel insulted by automatic faucets, throw-away electronics and high-end automobiles that have USB ports but no dipsticks? In Matthew B. Crawford's unique book "Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work," careful attention is given to the anatomy of frustration many of us share as we encounter technological advancements that claim to save our time by removing independent thought and the physical manipulation of things from our daily experience.

Mixtape for Buddy Tabor
I first spoke with Juneau songwriter Buddy Tabor in 2008. As a fellow musician, I found the interview inspiring, an insight into the words and melodies of a songwriter who has captured the attention of fans in Alaska and beyond.

Hide, squeeze, skin: Reviews from First Friday Art Walk
H anging among the plush broad leaves and thin tendrils of living things at the Plant People on Seward Street is Rachael Juzeler's new series of mixed media sculpture titled "Hidden Work." Rusted, dying, charred, and frayed - the art emerges amidst the foliage just as ancient ruins of a previous civilization lay scattered throughout a remote, overgrown jungle.

Library's large-print nonfiction includes Gilbert's 'Committed'
The library's large print is generally fiction: look for bestsellers like J.A. Jance's "Trial by Fire," T. Jefferson Parker's "Iron River," and Anita Diamant's "Day after Night." But there is a small collection of large print nonfiction: look for Greg Mortenson's "Stones into Schools," and Elizabeth Gilbert's "Committed."

Artist in Schools residency program applications available
Applications for inclusion on the Alaskan Teaching Artist Roster for the Artist in Schools (AIS) residency program are now being accepted.

Trials in Cuba send message of fear
I disagree with Kevin Nye that holding terrorism trials on the foreign soil of Cuba will make children in New York or anywhere else feel safer.

School schedules just aren't working
As a peer of Esra Siddeek and a sophomore at Juneau- Douglas High School, I completely agree that the new high school start and end times of 9:15 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. are not functioning well for students and have caused more problems then they have fixed.

Pie In The Sky a sweet spot on Seward Street
Checkerboard cake: Three layers tall, chocolate-vanilla-chocolate, chocolate frosting on the side, vanilla on top, each slice a visual and tasty treat. No, you are not in heaven, just Pie In The Sky on Seward Street.

Consultant helps clear up crossing impasse
A consultant hired by the city has issued a memorandum that helps clear up questions that had the proposed North Douglas Crossing at an impasse.

Senate majority wants more capital spending
While higher-than-expected oil prices have fattened state coffers, Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell said Tuesday he's imposing spending restraint in the Capitol. It's a concept lawmakers say they buy into, but there's debate over how the pennies should fall.

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

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

Lawmakers tackle domestic violence 'epidemic'
During a Joint Legislative Health Caucus discussion on sexual assault and domestic violence Wednesday, Rep. Sharon Cissna, D-Anchorage, said the issue hits close to home.

Hecla appoints general counsel
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Hecla Mining Company, owner of Greens Creek Mine near Juneau, appointed David C. Sienko as general counsel vice president late last month.

KTOO's Legere to speak at Chamber luncheon
JUNEAU - The Juneau Chamber of Commerce Luncheon will host Bill Legere of KTOO at its Thursday luncheon. His presentation will include an update on Gavel-to-Gavel.

Police seek person who bit off nose
The Juneau Police Department is sniffing out clues for a person who bit off part of a 40-year-old man's nose in Marine Park early Tuesday morning.

Market rally boosts permanent fund in second quarter
JUNEAU - The Alaska Permanent Fund's investments returned 3.3 percent for the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2010, according to reports issued Monday.

SEARHC Behavioral Health launches toll-free help line
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Behavioral Health Division recently contracted with a St. Louis-based crisis call center to establish a toll-free help line

Kensington mine hits safety milestone of 1,000 days
JUNEAU - Kensington employees in January surpassed a safety milestone of 1,000 days with no lost-time accidents, mine owner Couer Alaska recently announced.

Oil industry's ad campaign centers on new hires
The oil industry's "Faces of ACES" advertising campaign is seeking to win oil tax reductions with assertions the law forced widespread layoffs, but the stories behind those faces say differently.

School Board approves voluntary drug testing
The Juneau School Board approved a voluntary drug testing policy for high school students at its meeting Tuesday evening.

Ketchikan hospital pioneers new telepathology technology
KETCHIKAN - A new telepathology service offered in Ketchikan will allow surgeons in the operating room at Ketchikan General Hospital real time consultation with Northwest Pathology in Bellingham, Wash.

Photo: Advocating for breakfast
Bettsie Wild, of Eagle River, wipes away a tear Tuesday after voicing her support for school breakfast programs during a breakfast meeting of the Alaska Food Coalition and Food Bank of Alaska at the Capitol. Wild is flanked by Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, right, Rep. Bob Buch, D-Anchorage, center, and Sen. Hollis French, D-Anchorage. Wild works with the Dare to Care school lunch program that feeds 1,300 students from Anchorage to Palmer.

Alaskan Brewing expands to downtown
Alaskan Brewing Co. will position itself to better serve Juneau's visitors when it opens a store in downtown this spring.

UAS lands new provost
The University of Alaska Southeast has hired a new provost, and he'll be moving south to become the Juneau-based school's chief academic officer this spring.

University student pleads not guilty to rape
JUNEAU - A 21-year-old man accused of raping a female roommate in their co-ed University of Alaska Southeast campus apartment last month pleaded not guilty Tuesday to five counts of felony sexual assault.

Photo: Clearing the road
Miller Construction crews clear cut trees off the highway near the Eagle Beach Recreation Area on Monday as part of road improvements north of Amalga Harbor.

We are what we eat - why be artificial?
We refer to our spouses, children, mothers and friends as "sweetie," "honey" and "sugar" for a reason: sugar makes us feel good, and when used in moderation it offers the body a nice boost of energy. It can, however, have debilitating effects on the body when consumed in excess or by persons with sugar sensitivities.

Photo: Feeding on the go
Ravens and gulls follow Robert Franquiz down Franklin Street on Tuesday as he tosses crumbs from his bicycle.

Correction
An A1 story in Wednesday's Empire about Alaskan Brewing Co. incorrectly identified the building in which the company will open a new retail store. The store will open in the Cheney Building, which was owned by Belle Simpson and her husband, Robert. The Simpson building, which was built by Belle Simpson, is located on Second and Seward streets.

Captain of 'Deadliest Catch' dies
ANCHORAGE - Phil Harris, the fishing boat captain whose adventures off the Alaska coast were captured on the television show "Deadliest Catch", has died, the Discovery Channel said Tuesday night. He was 53.

John Joseph Conley Jr.
Ketchikan resident John Joseph "JC" Conley Jr. died Jan. 31, 2010, in Juneau. He was 55.

Miles Murphy Jr.
Longtime Hoonah resident Miles Nicholas Murphy Jr. died Feb. 7, 2010, in Anchorage. He was 76.

Who's afraid of pundit Palin?
Conservative Sarah Palin fans ask me why "the liberal media" are "so afraid" of the former Alaska governor. I, for one, am unafraid. Quite the opposite. As an unrepentant pundit, I am delighted that the former Republican vice presidential candidate refuses to rule out running for the presidency. I am also relieved that, so far, she does not appear to have a ghost's chance of actually winning.

Outside editorial: Vaccination vindication
The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Asian trade essential for Alaska's economy
For much of statehood, Alaska products have been exported to Asia. Japan has historically been the strongest Asian trade partner and our ties remain strong today.

High-growing American exports, growing 2 million American jobs
From the moment he took the oath of office, President Obama has made one thing clear: his administration would be dedicated to putting Americans back to work across the country. In his first State of the Union address on Jan. 27, the president reaffirmed that commitment - and pointed to the potential of trade to support millions of jobs for American workers. Specifically, the president set a goal: to support 2 million American jobs by doubling American exports over the next five years.

Fishermen can join in environmental efforts
The Alaska fishing industry has, at times, come into conflict with the oil industry regarding the health of the marine environment. Cocerns include offshore oil and gas development in Bristol Bay, development in the Bering, Beaufort and Chukchi seas, contaminated discharges from oil platforms into Cook Inlet, oil storage facilities under the shadow of an active volcano, the Pathfinder wrecking on the infamous Bligh Reef -and these are just a few of the problems that have arisen over the years.

Executives in UA system receive bloated salaries
As a life-long Alaskan and a graduate of the University of Alaska system, I am want to express my great concern at the salaries of the university president and its three chancellors.

You've got to give ... a little
At first it seemed like a great idea. President Obama, fresh from good reviews for his appearance at the House Republican retreat two weeks ago, invited Republican leaders to Blair House in Washington for negotiations on a health insurance reform bill. But the essence of negotiation is in its definition - "to deal or bargain with another or others." Or, to quote an old song lyric: "You've got to give a little, take a little, and let your poor heart break a little." We know what the president is willing to take, but what is he prepared to give?

Fairbanks woman charged with attempted murder
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks woman has been indicted for attempted murder in the stabbing of a neighbor.

SEARHC hosts healing circle
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Behavioral Health Division will host a community healing circle in Sitka this Saturday in the first-floor conference room of the SEARHC Community Health Services building.

Alaska Air resumes serving Coca-Cola on flights
SEATTLE - Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air will resume serving Coca-Cola beverages on flights starting March 1.

Palin likens global warming studies to 'snake oil'
REDDING, Calif. - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, in a rare California appearance, called studies supporting global climate change a "bunch of snake oil science."

Man convicted of Anchorage murder
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man who shot his sister's boyfriend has been convicted of second-degree murder.

Airport Dike Trail to close until March 27
JUNEAU - The Airport Dike Trail will be closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic beginning Tuesday. It will remain closed through March 27. This closure includes the area currently utilized for parking near the trail head, according to an airport press release.

Sitka foods network seeks lead gardener
SITKA - The Sitka Local Foods Network is looking for a lead gardener for the St. Peter's Fellowship Farm community garden this spring and summer.

Soldiers return to Fort Wainwright
FORT WAINWRIGHT - A group of soldiers is returning to Fort Wainwright after a yearlong deployment in Iraq.

School district holds session for parents
JUNEAU - The Juneau School District is holding a parent information session tonight from 5:30 to 7 at Thunder Mountain High School on the referral process for chemical dependencies, and Juneau's resources for treatment.

Lawmaker proposes transportation fund
JUNEAU - An Alaska lawmaker wants to set aside $1 billion in a fund that would fuel state transportation projects.

UAF students pay $20 'green' fee
FAIRBANKS - Students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks are paying a new fee of $20 a semester to promote sustainability on campus.

Lawmaker revisits prison privatization
JUNEAU - A corrections official said the state might save $6.5 million a year letting a private company run the Goose Creek Correctional Center in Wasilla.

Hearing on cigarette pricing bill set
JUNEAU - Should the state of Alaska set a minimum price for cigarettes? A Senate committee is expected to take up the question Tuesday.

Tax proposal would reward in-state hiring
JUNEAU - A House committee has agreed to consider a revamped oil and gas measure that would create tax breaks for companies whose work forces are comprised of at least 80 percent Alaskans.

Murkowski open to Palin appearance
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski doesn't expect Sarah Palin to stump for her this year, but a campaign official says the Republican would be open to that.

First car heads to antique museum
FAIRBANKS - Alaska's first car is being loaned out to the Antique Auto Museum in Fairbanks.

Dems propose fund for Medicare clinics
JUNEAU - House Democrats are pushing a plan they hope will keep Medicare patients from falling through the cracks.

House passes Purple Heart Day bill
JUNEAU - Alaska would set aside a day each year to honor Purple Heart recipients under a measure that passed the state House on Monday.

Coast Guard cutter reaches disabled fishing vessel
HONOLULU - Two crew members from a disabled Taiwanese fishing vessel 900 miles southwest of Honolulu are being treated by corpsmen aboard a U.S. Coast Guard cutter.

Recall started against Houston mayor
HOUSTON - An application for a petition to recall Houston Mayor Roger Purcell was dropped off Tuesday at the city clerk's office.

Executive branch ethics proposal clears hurdle
JUNEAU - State legislators Monday made no formal objection to proposed ethics regulation changes.

Death penalty bill in Alaska Legislature
JUNEAU - House Speaker Mike Chenault has introduced a death penalty bill in the Alaska Legislature.

Fish and Game: More than $1 million available for salmon research
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is looking for proposals for salmon research.

World's largest aircraft to land in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - The world's largest commercial cargo aircraft will make a stop Tuesday in Fairbanks.

Falcons eager for emotional rebound
After two of the most emotionally draining games a team can play against a brand-new crosstown rival, the Thunder Mountain boys' basketball team doesn't have much time to regroup for this weekend's Southeast Conference battles at Ketchikan.

Former JDHS soccer player honored
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Former Juneau-Douglas and current Gonzaga University soccer player Colin Flynn was named last week honorable mention for the 2009 West Coast Conference All-Academic Men's Soccer Team.

Judge again declines new trial for Kott
ANCHORAGE - A federal judge has declined to review his decision to deny a new trial for former state Rep. Pete Kott on corruption charges.

Houston city council votes to keep officer
ANCHORAGE - The City Council in the tiny Alaska town of Houston voted 4-3 Monday night to allow a police officer to keep his job after he tangled with the mayor on two issues.

Begich says state needs funding for education
Alaska should compete for a cut of federal education dollars aimed at helping reform-minded schools, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich said.

Developer wants fee refunds for vacant building
FAIRBANKS - A developer who wants to fix up the vacant Polaris building is asking the Fairbanks City Council to consider refunding the $142,000 in plan review and building permit fees he expects to pay.

Chief justice: Cooperation key to curbing crime in Alaska
Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Walter Carpeneti says cooperation among all branches of government is key to curbing crime, recidivism and inefficiencies in the criminal justice system.

Recent improvements boost productivity at Red Dog mine
ANCHORAGE - The Red Dog zinc and lead mine near Kotzebue reports that improved operations last year allowed it to produce record amounts of metals and increase profits by $34 million.

Parnell: Ads paint 'incomplete picture'
Advertisements run by an energy industry trade group give an "incomplete picture" of the effect of Alaska's oil and gas production tax, Gov. Sean Parnell said Tuesday.

Alaska agency wants Medicaid budget change
FAIRBANKS - The Department of Health and Social Services is asking the Legislature to approve a bookkeeping change to try to resolve budgeting problems with a Medicaid reimbursement program.

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