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.

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 where anyone can view results on maps in real time.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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