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Friday, February 13, 2009

ARTS & CULTURE CALENDAR
ART, EVENTS & PERFORMANCE

Art in motion
The annual Wearable Arts show presented by the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council this weekend is bigger and better than ever, director Patricia Hull said.

Walk on thin ice turns solid with 'Into you'
Any movie that has its actors look directly into the camera and talk to the audience is skating on thin ice in my book. The ice gets even thinner when there's a joke about Africa right out of the gate that's questionable at best. In fact, for me, "He's Just Not That Into You" had several things adding weight onto that thinning ice.

My Turn: Assessing the value of the arts
In a recent community discussion held at Perseverance Theatre, community leaders, elected officials, and others tackled several issues surrounding the topic of "Creative Economy." At the center of our discussion stood the question, "What is the value, measured in such things as jobs and small business earnings, added by arts and cultural activities to our local economy?" By looking at the results of a recent study, we might increase our collective understanding of the economic value of the arts to a community like ours.

KXLL's Disco Ball to be held tonight
Excellent Radio's Disco Ball will be held from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. tonight at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Backyard Bird Count set to end Feb 16
Juneau - The 12th annual Great Backyard Bird Count starts today and concludes Feb. 16. Bird watchers in Juneau and across North America will tally the birds they see in backyards, parks, nature centers and public lands. They will file their reports online at www.birdcount.org where anyone can view results on maps in real time.

Statewide poetry contest now accepting entries
Fairbanks - The Fairbanks Arts Association's Literary Arts Committee is now accepting entries for their 15th annual statewide poetry contest. The purpose of the contest is to encourage, publicize and reward the writing of high-quality poetry.

String Workshop registraion ends soon
Juneau - Registration for the Juneau Jazz & Classics' annual String Workshop, to be held March 7-8, will run through Feb. 27. Last year's event sold out, so participants should look for registration information soon on the festival's Web site.

Ketchikan dancers to perform in Craig
CRAIG - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Women's Health Program and Inter-island Ferry Association are hosting the Ketchikan Theatre Ballet for "An Evening of Dance" at 7 p.m., Feb. 26, at the Craig High School auditorium.

Public forum on Pebble Mine Feb. 16
Juneau - A panel presentation and public forum titled "Can Development of the Pebble Mine and Salmon Resources Co-Exist in the Bristol Bay Watershed?" will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb 16, at the Back Room at the Silverbow.

'I've Loved You' worth the wait
"I've Loved You So Long" is the kind of film America's moviemakers have all but given up on. An example of the French tradition of high-quality adult melodrama, conventional in technique but not story, this thoughtful, provocative film is slow developing because it's all about character, about the tricky, fragile relationships that make us human; about, if you really want to get down to it, the reclamation of a soul.

Snow removal can help pedestrians, too
Snow removal is a time-consuming job, great exercise for the young and strong. As I walk around downtown, I have made some observations.

Fund's managers need to be replaced
This is a open letter to all. As a retired federal employee, I find my services are needed again. My last service was as a civilian (military) technician (helicopter mechanic) for the Alaska Army National Guard. This time, the Permanent Fund Dividend needs my help. Why do I say this? Look at what the fund's managers have done to it.

Innovative schools improve education
Your articles on community involvement in local charter schools give a good sense of the excitement these innovative schools can bring to education ("Basic info on TLC and the charter school" and "Fiesta de Colores," Feb. 8). Collaboration with an organization such as The Learning Connection greatly increases the chances of meaningful family involvement.

Experts worried about depleted herring stocks
Kake elder Clarence Jackson says that when he was young, the seas near Sitka boiled with herring.

State retirement funds take hit
Until last year's oil price collapse and stock market crash, Alaska's attempts to claw its way out of its retirement funding hole were making progress.

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

Around Town
Friday, Feb. 13

Planned Parenthood opens local facility
Planned Parenthood opened Thursday afternoon. For the first time in more than a decade, Juneau women can now get abortions without flying to Seattle, Sitka or Anchorage.

Waste-to-energy plasma technology meets skepticism
There's been a buzz for months about bringing a bleeding edge waste-to-energy plasma gasification plant to Juneau. But the prevailing attitude among policy makers and entrenched business interests appears to be one of skepticism and inaction - not only in Juneau, but across the country.

Alaska awaits details of $789 billion stimulus
State officials will have to hustle to make sure Alaska gets its share of a $789 billion federal stimulus package that could funnel about $1 billion in federal spending and tax breaks to Alaskans.

Legislators look to parent-teachers
With falling oil prices leading to dwindling state revenues, plans for boosting student achievement by improving early education are being scaled back.

Man indicted for 29 sexual abuse counts
A Haines man has been indicted by a Juneau grand jury on 29 felony counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

Photo: Images from another time Fire engulfs historic building, 1987
The Juneau Cold Storage burns on the Juneau waterfront in May 1987. The building, built in 1913, was completely destroyed in the fire. It was later demolished.

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

Plasma energy man was here
Don West, a marketing consultant with Plasma Waste Recycling based in Huntsville, Ala., said he's been in Alaska communities this week and was in Juneau on Thursday, collecting and sharing information related to the plasma gasification technology his company is working on.

Around Town
Today

Photos: Crabbers get cracking
Chad Poppe ties buoys to the side of the fishing boat Patriot on Thursday at the Don Statter Boat Harbor at Auke Bay. Poppe and manylocal crab fisherman are preparing their boats for the upcomingtanner and brown king crab fishery which opens Sunday.

Photo: Old but reliable
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet is shown tied up to the Coast Guard Dock on the Juneau waterfront Thursday. The Acushnet is the United State's oldest commissioned cutter, which marked its 65-years of service last week. It has the title of "Queen of the Fleet." The cutter home ported in Ketchikan and is in town for a port call, and there are no plans yet for public tours. The cutter is doing a routine Southeast waterway patrol.

Photo: Sunny dock walk
Anna Latham enjoys an afternoon walk on the Cruise Ship Dock Thursday. "I'm getting as much vitamin D as I can," Latham said.

Carol Jane Young
Former Juneau resident Carol Jane Young died peacefully Feb. 10, 2009, in her home in Boise, Idaho. She was 74.

Vitan Mitev Ganev
Longtime Juneau resident Vitan Mitev Ganev died at 10:24 a.m. Feb. 12, 2009, at Wild Flower Court due to complications from multiple strokes. He was 68.

Alaska editorial: Court case acts as audit in showing failed educational system
State judge Sharon Gleason is performing a great service for Alaskans. In handling a suit claiming the state doesn't adequately support K-12 education, she is essentially conducting a detailed audit of how well the state helps Alaska's handful of chronically underachieving school districts. Answer: Not very well.

Alaska editorial: Alaska needs better explanation for high gas prices in state
Rep. Jay Ramras tried to have it both ways last week in his report on Alaska gasoline prices. While the House Judiciary Committee report acknowledges a growing gap in Alaska and Lower 48 prices in the last year, Rep. Ramras advises against any "heavy-handed" government intervention to lower those prices.

House Bill 30: Repealing defined contribution retirement plan
The Alaska Retirement Management Board met Feb. 12, and is schedule to meet again today, to hear presentations from the Division of Retirement and Benefits, Treasury Division, and Department of Law.

My turn: House Judiciary report based solely on Ramras' intuition
Last year, then-House Speaker John Harris, tasked the House Judiciary Committee with investigating the retail prices of gasoline in Alaska. He specifically requested information about why reductions in Alaska prices at the pumps significantly trailed reductions in gasoline prices nationwide. And he asked for solid recommendations for legislative action this year.

Despite struggles, education is still the pathway to freedom
In recognition of Black History Month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has presented a flattering economic sketch of black people in the United States. In this drawing by the numbers, we are seen as a relatively young and hearty workforce - 17 million black people strong - poised to weather the difficult economic times ahead.

Reading President Obama's signals
In this ultra-orchestrated new administration, the Obama team has demonstrated a deft touch in the way it has rolled out its cool and articulate president. But Barack Obama himself could use some fine-tuning.

State: No illegal activity behind high gas prices
JUNEAU - The high gasoline prices paid by Alaskans are a result of unique market conditions in Alaska and not illegal activity.

Police arrest man on felony drug charges
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police arrested a man who allegedly had about $2,400 worth of cocaine.

Three charged in baseball bat attack
FAIRBANKS - Three Fairbanks area men have been charged with felony assault, theft and burglary.

Murkowski to deliver GOP radio address
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski will deliver her party's radio response to President Obama's weekly address.

Police seek sexual assault case suspect
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police are seeking a man suspected of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

Five candidates vie for Kodiak city post
KODIAK - The next city manager in Kodiak will either be an Alaskan or an Oklahoman.

Army inspects death at Fort Richardson
FORT RICHARDSON - The Army is investigating the death of a soldier, whose body was found in the motor pool building at Fort Richardson.

Alaska Air attendants agree on contract
SEATTLE - Alaska Airlines and the Association of Flight Attendants have reached an agreement on a proposed two-year contract extension.

Redoubt Volcano still active and restless
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's Redoubt Volcano is still active, but little has changed in the past 24 hours.

ExxonMobil pledges $1.2 million to Iditarod
WASILLA - The Iditarod Trail Committee today announced that ExxonMobil is expanding its support with a $1.25 million, multi-year contribution to sponsor the Iditarod Education Program.

Bill would provide help to foster children
ANCHORAGE - A bill has been introduced in the Alaska Legislature to provide scholarships, job training and other assistance for children in foster care.

Board votes against alcohol on Pub Line
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks City Council voted this week to oppose the liquor license application of a bus service that provides transportation to bars.

DEC to help cruise lines comply with wastewater rules
JUNEAU - Cruise lines say they haven't found any existing technologies that will allow them to comply with strict new wastewater rules, so state regulators are now helping them look.

Man pleads no contest to assaulting dog
ANCHORAGE - A Russian Mission man has pleaded no contest to animal cruelty.

A class apart: JDHS vs Sitka
The Crimson Bears have enjoyed a big brother, little brother relationship with Sitka for as long as most of their current players can remember. In fact, the Bears have noogied their way to season sweeps of the Wolves in every year since 2001.

JSC places 6 in Juneau qualifier races Feb. 6-8
Six members of the Juneau Ski Club picked up medals in Juneau's Olympic Qualifier Series Feb. 6-8 at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Francis 3-peats with yearly Gatorade award
JDHS junior cross country runner Leah Francis was awarded her third consecutive Gatorade Alaska Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year Award recently, continuing her dominance of the state's hoofing hardware after winning her third 4A state title in as many tries in 2008.

JDHS grad Rhea wins ESPN academic award
JDHS graduate and Oregon State sophomore guard Talis Rhea has been named to the "ESPN The Magazine" Academic All-District VIII Second Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced recently.

Jambaars Soccer hosting youth camp
Juneau's newly-formed Jambaars Soccer Academy will host a President's Day soccer clinic Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for elementary and middle school players in the U8-U15 age range at the Dzantik'i Heeni gym.

Floyd Dryden hosts SE wrestling tournament
Middle school wrestlers from nine southeast schools will converge on Floyd Dryden Middle School this weekend for the Southeast Middle School Championships. The meet will end the teams' seasons, which have run since shortly after Christmas break.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Palin defends Colberg decision
Gov. Sarah Palin said it was former Attorney General Talis Colberg's decision to resign this week, but she refused to say whether the two of them had talked about it beforehand.

Killer whales disappear from sound after spill
ANCHORAGE - An already fragile population of killer whales that hunts Prince William Sound never recovered from the Exxon Valdez oil spill and is doomed to die off, biologists said this week.

Palin, cabinet outline priorities
Gov. Sarah Palin, assisted by her cabinet members, fielded numerous questions ranging from the federal stimulus package to an in-state gas line at her first news conference in the capital city since the legislative session began 23 days ago.

Fort Greely, Delta Junction share common bonds
FORT GREELY - Fort Greely sits a few miles south of Delta Junction, but its impact on jobs and economic activity streaks right through town.

PETA targets Fort Wainwright
FAIRBANKS - An animal rights organization is protesting the use of live pigs in a medical course at Fort Wainwright.

Federal study finds little harm in Red Dog dust
ANCHORAGE - A federal study has determined that dust from the huge Red Dog zinc mine in northwest Alaska causes little harm.

25 Sitka illnesses are linked to oysters
SITKA - Alaska health officials said four people in Sitka have tested positive for norovirus infections, and at least 21 more are ill with gastrointestinal illnesses.

Jamaican musher Newton Marshall prepares for Yukon Quest
FAIRBANKS - Newton Marshall thought he was in trouble upon receiving a call that began the Jamaican's odyssey as a dog musher.

Yukon Quest mushers put strategy into food, staples
FAIRBANKS - Of the countless things Wayne Hall packed for the upcoming Yukon Quest, the musher from Eagle made sure not to short himself of one crucial item.

Alaska chief justice warns of challenges courts face
JUNEAU - Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Dana Fabe warned lawmakers that troubled financial times can lead to greater demands on the state's judicial system.

Tax cap proposal gains support in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - City Hall in Anchorage is being swamped with support for a tax cap.

Bridge across Knik Arm may cost $686 million
ANCHORAGE - The state Department of Transportation said a two-lane bridge across the Knik Arm and roads connecting to it would cost $686 million.

Photos: Iron Dog races through Nome
Snowmobile racers Nick Olstad and Todd Minnick arrive in Nome on Tuesday during the Iron Dog. The race across Alaska runs from Big Lake to Nome and then to the finish in Fairbanks on Saturday.

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