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.

Schedule begins Friday

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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 Registration is also available via the camp office at 747-3085.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.”

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:

Lifeguards voice wave of complaints to advisory board
A state health inspector said records indicate that the Augustus Brown Swimming Pool was not tested for the dangerous coliform bacteria for more than a year. That health official is working with pool managers to bring the pool back into a regular testing cycle. The city’s parks and recreation superintendent said some testing may have been done, and the matter is being taken very seriously.

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.

New cuts proposed
The Juneau School District administration took a bigger hit, along with custodial services, in order to restore other areas in the latest work session on budget cuts.

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.”

Trial dates set in Federal Court for 2 alleged Oxy dealers
U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie Longenbaugh set trial dates in Juneau Federal Court Thursday for three defendants accused of illegal possession and distribution of oxycodone.

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.

AFN officials bring concerns to lawmakers
The legislative season has given the Alaska Federation of Natives an opportunity to address lawmakers, as well as the public, on topics that make a difference in Alaska’s Native communities.

Photo: Taking a close look
Deputy Attorney General Richard Svobodny, head of the Criminal Division of the Alaska Department of Law, peruses a law book in the state legislature on Wednesday during a hearing on HB 80.

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.

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,

Street preacher arrested in Haines
An Oregon street preacher who is accused of posting threatening online messages regarding his local county officials and his ex-wife and her family was arrested Tuesday in Haines and will eventually wind up in a Juneau jail awaiting extradition.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Joan B. Hughes
Joan B. Hughes died on Jan. 18, 2011, in Everett, Wash., near her son and daughter-in-law. She was a lifetime member of the Pioneers of Alaska, born Nov. 10, 1930 to Deming Loren O’Connor and Florence Franconi O’Connor. Joan was later adopted to the loving family of Marion and Bessie Bucey.

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.

Steven Sinclair Wells
Steven Sinclair Wells died Feb. 2, 2011 at his home in Juneau. He was 58.

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 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.”

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.”

Hezbollah's seizure of power in Lebanon dooms peace talks
Prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority have not been rising. The central issues of Jerusalem, Israeli settlements and Palestinian refugees seem no closer to resolution, and turmoil in Egypt, Jordan, Yemen and elsewhere in the region further complicates efforts to reach long-term solutions to vexing challenges.

Not if the U.S. prods Israel to begin negotiating fairly with Palestine
The ascendance of Hezbollah in Lebanon should not doom the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. Those negotiations, to be sure, are already on life support. A cynic might say there is nothing that could reduce further the prospects of a successful Israel-Palestine peace.

Must there be an app for everything?
The following editorial first appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

Halibut, Herring, Ooglian and Salmon
I have been reading the opinions in Sitnews with great interest. The day is going to come when there won’t be any kind of fisheries in Southeast Alaska because of greed. I have to agree that the State of Alaska and Federal Government can’t manage all Alaska’s nature resources.

Ride the rails into Alaska's outback
Tucked tight against the Coast Mountains outside of Skagway, accessible only by foot or train, sit two Forest Service public use cabins which are enveloped by surroundings which visitors say are nothing short of jaw-dropping.

January junkets find pink clams, fresh tracks
The Fish Creek trail, going upstream from the Douglas Highway bridge, was — as expected — very icy in spots, with occasional little rivers flowing in it. Biologically, things were pretty quiet. The cool story was the ice along the creek. Impressive ice jams had built up in several places, piled on rocks or backed up behind stacks of logs. The cakes of ice were about eight inches thick, and they ranged in size from great plates 10 or 20 feet across down to crumbs (relatively speaking). In some places they were layered on top of each other; in others they were stacked vertically against logs or streamside trees.

Vandor, Moritz take top honors
Athletes with the Juneau Ski Club took advantage of good conditions during the Don Abel Giant Slalom races held at Eaglecrest Ski Area the last weekend in January. Racers Matt Vandor and Naomi Moritz took top honors in the competition.

Backyard Bird Count begins next week
JUNEAU — Local bird enthusiasts and those from across the continent will be counting birds of all shapes on sizes from Friday, Feb. 18 through Monday, Feb. 21 as part of this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count.

BOW is back
Southeast is filled with folks who aren’t afraid to delve into a heap of fresh king salmon and start cleaning. It’s here residents will carry a handgun or rifle as often as they put on a rain jacket. They know the perfect ratio of ingredients for smoked salmon and have tasted the fruits of summer. Certainly, women of the region are no exception.

Wildlife lecture series aims for public outreach
When you live in a place like Juneau with all it has to offer outdoors, it’s sometimes easy to take your surroundings for granted.

Free safety training offered for commercial fishermen
JUNEAU — The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer a 10-hour fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Bill Ray Center.

Juneau Gun Club holding Registered Trap Shoot
JUNEAU — Members of the Juneau Gun Club will hold a trap shoot from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, at gun club’s shooting range on Montana Creek Road.

Tracks and Signs to examine winter birds and habitat
JUNEAU — The upcoming Tracks and Signs walk will take place on from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Airport Dike Trail adjacent to the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Reserve.

Fireside highlights Gastineau study
JUNEAU — 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 again at 8 p.m. tonight.

Discover nature in February at upcoming Discovery Day
JUNEAU — Youth between the ages of seven and 12 are invited to join Discovery Southeast for the next Discovery Days on Monday, Feb. 21, and on Tuesday, Feb. 22.

Eaglecrest hosts Winter Fireworks Spectacular
JUNEAU — Eaglcrest Ski Area will hold their annual Winter Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday, Feb.19.

Kick with winter blues with tropical fishing slide show
JUNEAU — Tony Soltys and Steve and Luke Brockman will show slides covering recent fly fishing trips to Christmas Island and Belize at the upcoming meeting of the Raincountry Flyfishers beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the Thunder Mountain High School library.

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, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New North Slope oil field may be last one in years
ANCHORAGE — A group that promotes Alaska’s resource development says a new oil field that came on line Wednesday on the North Slope is likely the last for at least five years.

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.

Another listing found for Bristol Palin book
NEW YORK — The rumored Bristol Palin memoir has popped up again on the Internet.

Alaska river ice thinnest in 5 winters
FAIRBANKS — Organizers of an Alaska springtime tradition say the Tanana River ice in Nenana is the thinnest for this time of year since 2006.

Alaska legislators promote oil tax credits
JUNEAU — Two Alaska legislators are asking Gov. Sean Parnell to remind the oil industry of existing incentives for drilling.

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.

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.

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.

Fugitive arraigned on child pornography charges
KENAI — A Soldotna fugitive has been arraigned on 10 charges of possession and distribution of child pornography.

This Valentine's Day, 54 jewelers say no
ANCHORAGE — This Valentine’s Day, 54 jewelers in the United States are saying no to gold from the proposed Pebble Mine.

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.

State retirement fund looks at Outside timber investments
Southeast Alaska’s once-vibrant timber industry is now mostly gone, but state retirement officials think investing millions of dollars in pension money in the timber industry elsewhere will pay off for the state’s retirees.

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.

Juneau man appointed to oversee ferry system
A retired U.S. Coast Guard captain from Juneau has been named deputy commissioner for the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Jury begins deliberations in Waterman trial
ANCHORAGE — Rachelle Waterman’s lawyer sent jurors off Wednesday with his own set of instructions for evaluating the evidence in the murder conspiracy trial: Question a former boyfriend’s statements to police that would connect her to her mother’s brutal murder.

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.

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.

FWS: Pacific walruses warranted but precluded from protection
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has added the Pacific walrus to the candidate list for the Endangered Species Act’s protection, although the animals will be precluded from an immediate formal listing.

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