Friday, February 15, 2008

An 'authentic Alaskan voice' speaks to Juneau
Seth Kantner's afternoons in northwest Alaska are not those of your typical writer.

KXLL party showcases mixed-up music and hot Yeti action
Bigfoot may be smelly, hairy and shy, but he's got one thing going for him: All that stank fur sure keeps him warm during the winter.

Eaglecrest Winter Fireworks Spectacular set for Feb. 17
Eaglecrest will host its annual KABOOM! Winter Fireworks Spectacular, sponsored by Alaska Marine Lines, on Sunday, Feb. 17, at the ski area.

State museum seeks photography entries
The Alaska State Museum is seeking entries from photographers from around the state for its biennial exhibition of Alaska photography, now in its 38th year. This year's exhibition is titled "Alaska Positive 2008."

Banff film festival to be held Feb. 14 and 15
The University of Alaska Southeast presents the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 14 and 15, at Centennial Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the films begin at 7 p.m. on both nights.

Rogue travel writer to sign books, talk on Feb. 21
Former Juneau resident Chuck Thompson will talk about and sign copies of his travel book, "Smile When You're Lying," from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center at 350 Whittier St.

Registration open for bellydance workshop
Registration is open for the Spring Shimmy Bellydance Workshop scheduled from March 14 to 16 at the University of Alaska Southeast Activities Center.

What's Happening
Events calender the week of Thursday, Feb. 14 through Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Filipino cold remedy offers a break from chicken noodle
When the weather's cold and the flu bug is flying around, chicken noodle soup appears to be the remedy of choice.

Keep that Chinese New Year resolution
Chinese take-out may seem like a healthier choice than burgers, pasta or pizza.

Splurging part 2: beer and food
Temptation comes in all forms - whether it be in the form of one of the seven deadly sins, or food, or both.

Pirate MMO crosses swords with 'Warcraft'
Hey, diddle-dee-dee/It's a pirate's life for me! And you, too, unless you choose to be a British, French or Spanish captain instead of a scurvy sea dog.

Gadget tidbits
Apple MacBook Air(Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz)

Caught in the Web
Shipment tracking

Be alert about net censorship
So what's been happening in the past month on the censorship front?

Voter frustrated with Hoonah election
My wife and I were unable to vote in the Republican primary in Hoonah.

Support Head Start with more funding
I am a parent of a Head Start student and I support doing everything possible to ensure the growth of the valuable programs offered. I understand that:

How do tax cuts fit into GOP platform?
In his My Turn on Feb. 5, Jim Crawford talked about the Republican platform and its values. He described how Ronald Reagan believed that political philosophy mattered. At the CNN Republican Debates in the Reagan Library, one of the major issues was who would keep the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 if elected President. Keeping them intact appeared to be the right answer. They are due to expire in 2010.

Confused by Bush economics
Help me out here. I'm confused.

Provide student parking at high school
With snowfall overwhelming the streets and highways, our driving high school students are once again faced with the dilemma of where to park.

Oppose aerial gunning bill
Recently, I testified before the House Resources Committee of the Alaska legislature on a bill that would further erode sound science and public involvement in wildlife management decisions.

Habitat restoration is the right move
Gov. Sarah Palin's restoration of the Habitat Division to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is a welcome sign that government by the people and for the people is alive and well in Alaska.

Juneau & the wolf
Five winters back, Nick Jans was one of the earliest Juneau residents to notice, and encourage, a certain friendliness in a young black wolf that hung out at Mendenhall Lake.

A Revolutionary Performance
An all-student cast from Juneau-Douglas High School will present the epic musical "Les Misérables" in one of the school's largest productions in recent history.

Lack of PAs raises safety concerns at schools
Two elementary schools in Juneau have public address systems that either work poorly or not at all, raising concerns from their principals that the schools are not as prepared for emergencies as they could be.

City reinvents Human Rights Commission
The Juneau Assembly recently resurrected the Juneau Human Rights Commission at the urging of Assembly member Jonathan Anderson, who said the city still has civil rights problems that need to be addressed.

Images from another time: Fire on the waterfront
The Juneau Fire Department battles a blaze in downtown Juneau in this photo from 1946. The fire was in the general area where Shattuck and Marine ways are now located.

City seeks redistribution of tax revenue for projects
City Manager Rod Swope asked the Juneau Assembly for permission Monday to move some tax money around in an effort to speed along an airport remodel and a new Public Works building before inflation eats away the construction funds.

Photos: Cultural figures
Under the direction of teacher Amy Jo Meiners, each kindergarten through fifth-grade student created a figure dressed to represent a different culture from around the world. The fourth- and fifth-grade students made their own mini-museums, featuring their dolls as artifacts.

Around Town

Hospital warns to watch out for fraudulent collections calls
Bartlett Regional Hospital warned Southeast Alaska residents Tuesday not to give personal or financial information over the phone, after discovering that at least four fraudulent calls were made by someone posing as a hospital collections agent.

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

Around Town

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

'Jumper' falls flat on its face
So let's say you're a young, good-looking guy, with strong cheekbones and puppy-dog eyes and pillowy, kissable lips. Hayden Christensen, for instance.

'Fool's Gold' is all over the map
My freshman roommate in college had attention deficit disorder. All jokes aside, let's just say it was pretty obvious when he'd neglect to take his meds for any extended period of time.

Juneau's Cinema guide
OPENING

Missing persons find their way onto DVD
'Gone Baby Gone'

The Ends play it their own way
James "JR" Rosales described performing at his first punk rock show in 2006 as "really crazy."

Take care of your wood, it will thank you
In the midst of an especially cold and dry winter, it is important to take care of wooden instruments.

MASHUP of the week
Mashups have no geographic barrier.

Sound Bites
Lenny Kravitz "It Is Time For a Love Revolution" ★½

Obama crowds pack arenas 9 months before election - will they mean votes in Nov.?
WASHINGTON - Barack Obama is attracting jaw-dropping crowds at stop after stop. Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton would be thrilled with her own big turnouts except that his are so much bigger.

Photos: Masterly musicians
Piano master Alexander Tutunov, of Belarus, played in concert with Steve Tada and Franz Felkl on Feb. 8 in the University of Alaska Southeast Egan Lecture Hall.

I Give Up!
T o say "I give up" usually means "I am surrendering in defeat." In war, or in any armed conflict, we expect those who give up to drop their weapons, raise their hands, and to make absolutely clear that they will no longer attack. Giving up means admitting that the battle is lost, and that risking one's life no longer seems to serve the common good.

Christian Science church launches new Web site
JUNEAU - The First Church of Christ, Scientist, recently announced the launch of its new Web site, www.christianscience.com. The site includes a collection of video clips in which people share their personal experiences in Christian Science.

Pets of the week
Dusty is a pleasant, mellow little chinchilla. He is the kind of guy who would probably read the sports section of the paper first, though he wouldn't be likely to make varsity even if he were allowed to play on the Juneau-Douglas High School basketball team. He's a 5 year old friendly little guy and he is up for adoption at the Gastineau Humane Society.

United Way announces Community Impact Grant awards
JUNEAU - United Way of Southeast Alaska recently announced that Community Impact Grant awards totaling $46,100 will go to 18 partner agencies. The projects were selected by a volunteer committee of the board of directors, from a pool of 25 proposals. The total amount of requests was $73,723.54.

UAS sponsors StrongWomen strength training
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service is sponsoring a StrongWomen strength-training program. The eight-week course is open to adult women and men wanting to begin a free-weight exercise program.

Alaska Conservation of Voters holds black-tie fundraiser
JUNEAU - The Alaska Conservation of Voters is sponsoring a black-tie bowling fundraiser, "Bowl Your Heart Out for Change!" from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Juneau Bowling Center, 608 W. Willoughby Ave.

SEARHC clinics to recognize Elizabeth Peratrovich Day
JUNEAU - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is proud to recognize the achievements of Alaska Native civil rights leader Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratrovich during Elizabeth Peratrovich Day on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Black Awareness Association hosts Juneau Star Search
JUNEAU - In celebration of Black History Month, the Black Awareness Association is sponsoring "Juneau Star Search!" to take place at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 29 at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. Those interested in performing in this talent competition may attend auditions from 1 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 16 and 23 at the Super 8 Motel.

Holland America Line now accepting grant applications
JUNEAU - Applications are now being accepted by the Holland America Line Community Advisory Board for grants to local service and non-profit groups in Juneau.

Dances bridge gaps of time and distance
The beautiful girl, her yellow dress brushing the floor, moved her arms around her head, not looking at the audience exactly, but not ignoring them either. In her hair yellow flowers protruded proudly into the air. She moved with the confidence of practice, of repetition, of certainty. So there we were, 300 of us, watching her perform movements that had begun far from Juneau, had been born under warm tropical breezes, not the frigid gale of wind outside the door right now. And yet, here, in the most unlikely of places, was this girl, and other boys and girls, recounting tales so ancient that our modern minds find them difficult to even imagine.

Healing Hand reorganizes for better service
JUNEAU - The Healing Hand Foundation has reorganized so it can provide better service to SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium beneficiaries with unmet medical needs.

Juneau Co-op Preschool holds annual Zip-a-dee-doo-dah concert
JUNEAU - The Juneau Co-op Preschool is hosting its annual Zip-a-dee-doo-dah fundraising concert at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center, former Armory building, downtown.

Thanks for support of Bridal and Special Event Show
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that was involved in the third annual Bridal and Special Event Show, held Jan. 26 at Centennial Hall.

Thank you from Gastineau Channel Little League
Gastineau Channel Little League recently held its annual taco feed and registration night, a fun occasion which is very important to the league's team registration process.

Thank you for helping with our spelling, geography bees
Auke Bay Elementary School would like to thank Sarajean Fujioka, Judy Knight, Marylou Meiners and George Reifenstein for volunteering as judges and pronouncer for our school spelling bee.

Thank You to friends for Lighting Up a Life this year
This winter's Light Up a Life campaign was Hospice and Home Care of Juneau's most successful fundraising effort to date. Those of you listed - and many more who are not - helped continue to provide in-home medical assistance and bereavement support to members of our community.

Recognitions
Army Pvt. Rick W. Sheakley has graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consists of Basic Infantry Training and Advanced Individual Training.

FYI
Births

Student artist in the Spotlight: David Moriarty

Taking a step back to move forward
I t's probably one of the most common pieces of advice given during times of difficulty, "Take a step back and try to see the bigger picture." Easier said than done, right? If you're anything like me, you don't have time to stop and analyze life. Like a freight train blazing down the track, there is no sign of slowing. Or you've been in the same routine for such a long time you've accepted the way things are. The more a person struggles in quicksand the deeper they will sink. Why fight it? Because I want to live, I want a better life.

Battle of the books
Kenny Conneen, Liam Crossett, Adriana Botelho-Alvarez, and Jack Withington pose with their medals from winning the fifth- and sixth-grade district-wide Battle of the Books on Feb. 9. This winning team, which represents Glacier Valley Elementary School, answered 100 percent of the questions correctly.

Siverly, Christenson wed
Marla A. Siverly and Michael D. Christenson, both of Juneau, were married on Feb. 14 in Lihu'e, Kauai, Hawaii. A reception will be announced.

Cox, Baun wed
Chelsi J. Cox, of Eagle River, and Kenneth "Bud" Douglas Baun Jr., formerly of Juneau, were married on Jan. 25 at Evangelo's Restaurant in Wasilla, among family and friends.

Being in a Tlingit dance group helps me remember my culture
Being in a Tlingit dance group helps me remember my culture. I've been in my Tlingit dance group since second grade. Tlingit dancing is very important because it helps people know who they are, like an Eagle or a Raven - their moiety, their clan. They get to show their family off.

Kunibe presents on potatoes
JUNEAU - Elizabeth "Betsy" Kunibe presented "Agricultural Beginnings: Tracing the Origins of Alaska's First Potatoes" on Jan. 31 at the University of Alaska Southeast Student Recreation Center. The presentation was fourth in the Southeast Alaska Master Gardeners' special gardening series.

Robert Abram Welsh Sr.
Former Juneau resident Robert "Bob" Abram Welsh Sr. died Feb. 8, 2008, at the Arbor Rose Home in Mesa, Ariz. He was 80.

Betty Ruth James
Longtime Kake resident Betty Ruth James died Feb. 12, 2008, in Wrangell.

Angle Rock Peterson Jr.
Lifelong Juneau resident Angle Rock Peterson Jr. died Feb. 10, 2008, in Juneau. He was 58.

Empire editorial: Thumbs up to increase in state mining revenue

My turn: Preserve the purity of the Chilkoot
My name is Nora Marks Dauenhauer, and I am writing this letter to oppose the releasing of hatchery king salmon stock in Lutak Inlet.

Outside editorial: U.S. all too willing to sacrifice science
The following editorial first appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

My Turn: Open doors
"Oil Execs Plead Guilty to Bribing Lawmakers," "Federal Agents Raid Legislative Offices," "Three Legislators Arrested in Corruption Probe," "VECO Backroom Dealings Top Headlines" and "Convicted Republican Lawmaker Reports to Prison" are the kind of salacious headlines one expects to see paging through the Enquirer while in line at Safeway. It is the kind of event one memorizes for a high school American history test, but soon forgets the details - who was unfaithful in the Petticoat Affair? Where is Teapot Dome? What was Watergate?

Political diversity for a healthier democracy
Super Tuesday was about change. It is the central theme to Barack Obama's bid for the presidency. Voters from both parties in Alaska turned out in record numbers largely because it was the first time the presidential caucuses coincided with voting in states all over the country. Many people changed party affiliation to be able to participate. One aspect that remained the same, though, is two political parties controlled the process.

Iditarod veteran Anderson chases Mackey in Quest
Reigning Yukon Quest champion Lance Mackey was maintaining his lead over Ken Anderson as of Thursday.

Lawmakers introduce bills seeking review of Knik Arm Bridge deal
Anchorage Democrats in the state House and Senate introduced bills that would require legislative approval of any deal signed to build a Knik Arm Bridge.

Gasoline theft prompts rising fuel prices in Fort Yukon
Gasoline is selling for $5.50 a gallon in the Interior village of Fort Yukon after the theft of 200 gallons of fuel.

Troopers warn of avalanche danger in Southcentral Alaska
Alaska State Troopers are warning of possible avalanches in Southcentral Alaska as new snow piles up in the mountains.

Learning what's at the heart of V-Day
Is it just me or is Valentine's Day growing in leaps and bounds as a holiday?

Slopewear for the whole body
Snowboarders are young and rebellious and skiers are older and more traditional, and never the two shall meet.

Snowshoeing team bridges tradition and competition
As one of yesteryear's main means of rural winter travel, snowshoes served as a vital part of transportation and survival along the cold trails. Next month, six local athletes will test their abilities on the traditional equipment against some of the best snowshoers in the Arctic Winter Games.

Crimson Bears fall to Palmer
PALMER - Palmer senior forward Ashley Swetzof wants to make every minute of her final high school basketball season count.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 14-17

Juneau will be represented well in Arctic Winter Games in Yellowknife.
Juneau, Douglas and Auke Bay will be well represented at the 2008 Arctic Winter Games in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, on March 9-16.

Haines girls sweep Petersburg
After a wild first quarter that featured the Haines High School girls basketball team shooting 14 free throws, the Glacier Bears secured a series sweep of Petersburg on Sunday with a 60-41 win in Class 3A action.

Kelsey Potdevin named New England conference swimmer of the week
Colby College junior Kelsey Potdevin was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference women's swimming and diving performer of the week on Monday.

Dinnan twins make marks in indoor track at New England
Tyler Dinnan, a sophomore a Quinnipiac University, and University of New Hampshire sophomore Wesley Dinnan are both making their marks in indoor track.

Talisa Rhea, Beavers fall to top-ranked teams at home
The Oregon State University women's basketball team fell to No. 6 Stanford 69-59 on Saturday and No. 9 California 56-45 on Feb. 7.

Rehfeld's shooting helps lead CSU-Pueblo to two wins
Mary Rehfeld, a 2005 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, recently helped lead NCAA Division II Colorado State University-Pueblo to two wins last week.

Flamenco fever
The specific origin of flamenco dancing remains murky, yet the melting pot of cultures intermingling over centuries in southern Spain is known to have spawned this passionate art form that melds strong musical rhythms with remarkably intricate movement.

Pt. Thomson win may bring gas line closer
Alaska legislators and state lawyers say they've won a big victory over Exxon Mobil Corp. in their effort to bring North Slope natural gas to market.

Capital move bill takes a step forward
A legislative committee Thursday approved relocating the Alaska Legislature to Anchorage, a move local critics say would eventually mean movement of the entire capital to the state's largest city.

Judge to rule on clean water ballot initiatives
Proposed clean water ballot initiatives violate the Alaska constitution because they would override the Legislature's power to appropriate natural resources such as water and minerals, attorneys for developers of the Pebble Mine said in court.

ConocoPhillips shaking up gas line proposal
Oil giant ConocoPhillips says it needs to rethink its multibillion dollar gas line proposal to bring nearly 35 trillion cubic feet of North Slope natural gas to market.

Education funding bound up with other budget issues
School district officials on their annual fly-in to the state Capitol are telling lawmakers they want to see forward and early funding for their schools.

Lawmakers oppose national ID by opposing funds for it
A state lawmaker said Thursday that the state should not be funding a national ID card.

Photo: Appealing protection
Randy Hunter of Big Lake peels off duct tape from his face Wednesday after he arrived at the halfway point of the Iron Dog snowmachine race in Nome.

Fuel shortage slams Aleutian village
ANCHORAGE - The tiny Aleutian village of Nikolski has asked the state to declare an emergency because of its ongoing problems getting fuel.

Ousted mayor's vehicle is apparently set on fire
KETCHIKAN - Someone apparently set fire to a vehicle belonging to the recently ousted mayor of Metlakatla while he met with supporters at the community's longhouse.

Fairbanks Catholic diocese to file for bankruptcy
ANCHORAGE - The Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks will file for bankruptcy after negotiations to settle sexual abuse claims failed, the bishop said Wednesday.

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