Illuminating Wearable Art 2011
L arger-than-life images of Wearable Arts past grace all three illuminated screens while the bright white fabrics of floating scenery bounce with iridescent black light. A glowing Andy Kline and blinking Shona Strauser make their way through the crowd abuzz with anticipation to finally arrive onstage in entirely white and glowing garb. The two flip open lighted folders (because even their scripts are illuminated) and Wearable Arts 2011 has begun.


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

Historical play 'Libby' makes its Juneau debut
In 1879 Libby Beaman boarded the S.S. St. Paul to venture across the Bering Sea toward the Pribilof Islands.

Mayor's Awards for the Arts
Prior to Sunday’s Wearable Art Extravaganza at Centenntial Hall, the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council’s Fourth Annual Mayor’s Awards for the Arts were distributed to honorees. Seven awards were given. Here’s a look at the recipients.

TMHS presents 'The Secret Garden'
The Thunder Mountain High School Theater Department will open “The Secret Garden: A Musical” on Friday, Feb. 18, at the TMHS auditorium.

Romcom formula comes up lacking in 'With It'
Unfortunately, you are not going to like “Just Go With It.”


In the Feb. 10 issue of the Juneau Empire’s Arts section, a brief about the Juneau-Douglas High School production of “The Music Man” incorrectly listed upcoming performance dates for the show. The musical, which opened last weekend, will continue its four-show run on Feb. 25 and 26. There are no shows scheduled for this weekend.

Poetry Out Loud regional finals to be held Tuesday at the JACC
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council and Alaska State Council on the Arts will host the state finals for Poetry Out Loud on Tuesday, Feb. 22, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. The competition, presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.

Young Company begins March 1
Perseverance Theatre’s Young Company, an acting program for students ages 10 to 16, will begin Tuesday, March 1 at Perseverance Theatre. A talented group of young actors will work on a play (TBD, depending on cast size) with a local theatre director.

Community Conversation about arts to be held Monday
Charlotte Fox, executive director of the Alaska State Council on the Arts, will be in town next week to lead a Community Conversation on how the agency can continue to provide support to artists and arts and cultural organizations around Alaska. The conversation is open to the public and will be held from 5:30- 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.

Fireside Lecture to focus on kayak trip on Yukon River
This week’s Fireside Lecture at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor’s Center will be “Paddling the Yukon River: Whitehorse to Dawson by Kayak.”

National Wild and Scenic Film Festival returns to Juneau
The Wild and Scenic Film Festival will be held tonight at Centennial Hall.

Wheel-a-thon, Poetry Slam this weekend at the Canvas
A Wheel-a-thon will be held this weekend at the Canvas, with the goal of creating 200 unique bowls for the Glory Hole’s Empty Bowls fundraiser.

1. “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” by Stieg Larsson

Jazz & Classics string workshop held this weekend
Tracy Helming, a certified Suzuki violin teacher, will return to Juneau this Friday through Sunday, Feb. 18-20, for the Juneau Jazz & Classics annual string workshop.  

12x12 self portraits class for youth to be held Sunday
Youth 10-16 are invited to join the Juneau-Douglas City Museum and the Canvas Art Studio for 12x12 Self Portraits with Paint & Word from 2-4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20 at the Canvas. Instructors MK MacNaughton and Christy Eriksen will help participants create self portraits with a combination of partial photographs, paint and words with instructors

Fridays, March 4-25, 3-5 p.m., $115 (4 weeks)

Schedule begins Friday


JDU classes still have openings
Juneau Dance Unlimited still has openings in several winter/spring semester classes including ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, studies in movement and creative movement. JDU classes are for students ages 3 years through adult, all levels of ability. All classes are held at the JDU dance studio, located at 8420 Airport Blvd, Ste. 202.

Presidents Day Peace Rally to be held on Capitol steps
Juneau People for Peace and Justice, together with the Juneau Chapter of Veterans for Peace will hold a Presidents Day rally, beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 21, on the steps of the State Capitol. The groups will assemble to urge President Obama to disentangle the United States from the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Past presidential statements on the issue of war and peace will be shared with the crowd.

Dr. Pavitt’s Weekly Tip for Permanent Fat Loss
When considering changing your diet for fat loss, you have to let go of the fallacy that all that matters is calories in and calories out. How your diet affects your hormones, especially insulin, has a tremendous effect on your health and body composition. It’s pretty hard to argue that a 2,000 calorie per day diet made up of soda, fries, chips, pastries and other processed foods is no different than a 2,000 calorie per day diet made up of fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, dairy products, fish, game and a moderate amount of truly whole grains.

Week 3 Results!
The weight loss results for week 3.

Struggling with Overeating and Food Addiction
Sally, (not her real name), went on her first diet when she was 13 years old. She tried the fad diet popular at that time, the grapefruit and water diet, and lost 15 pounds rather easily. Looking back, she never really was that overweight as a child, but losing weight made her feel pretty and powerful. She felt a sort of “high”, and boys starting paying attention to her. Little did she know this was the start of a lifelong cycle of dieting and binging, losing and gaining weight over and over again. She was also unaware that she was an emotional eater, and becoming addicted to the “diet high” as well as certain foods to get her “sugar high”.

Tongass is a salmon forest
I applaud Trout Unlimited for commissioning the economic study of Southeast Alaska’s salmon and trout fisheries that Jonathan Grass wrote about in his Jan.18 article. As someone who makes their living off the waters of Southeast, I had a pretty good idea that these fisheries were valuable. But this study proved that fish and fish production is the cornerstone of our economy, generating $1 billion in economic output every year and putting one in 10 Southeast Alaskans to work. I hope the Forest Service will heed this report and put more of its budget and staff time into managing the Tongass for salmon and trout. This report is a wake-up call that the Tongass is really a salmon forest, and with careful management, this bounty can support our generation and future generations to come.

Voices finally heard
After three years of attending rallies, writing letters, and flying anti-PebbleCreek flags, I was beginning to believe that nobody was listening to the hordes of people who are opposed to the development of Pebble Creek Mine at the headwaters to Bristol Bay. I am overjoyed to be wrong about this.

Think hard about a gas tax increase
In response to a recent post about not only holding on to the current gas tax rate, but increasing it, a few things need to be kept in mind. A rosy picture was painted about how a double-digit gas tax increase would have nothing but wonderful outcomes. Pro-environmentalists have been playing this scenario for some time. It will drive people out of their cars, it will reduce pollution, it will spur mass transportation, the pipe dreams goes on. The intentions are good and it is something we need to pursue, but the short-term ills are really something to consider. Gasoline for our cars is something that is not optional, it’s like food for our tables. Raise the price and something has to give. I’m formerly from Washington state, which has one of the highest gas taxes in the nation. We all remember the summer when gas topped $4 per gallon. When this hit, the impact was profound as consumers stopped spending. Businesses failed, delinquency rates on credit escalated, layoffs came. And yes, fuel consumption dropped. It was always wondered by economists, what price level would push Americans out of their cars? Four dollars per gallon seemed to be it. It truly kicked off our recession. The state of Washington committed itself to some major mass transit and road construction projects to be funded by, the gas tax! What happened? Gas tax revenues dropped substantially, literally millions gone overnight. Projects were dropped, ones too far committed to had to be funded by alternate means. Washington’s budget was written with these higher levels of revenue and it was left scrambling. Demand for public transit spiked but there were no funds available for increased bus runs or fuel, forget about any major transit projects.

Peratrovich a symbol of action, equality
Wednesday was a day of celebration and appreciation for a woman who greatly impacted equal rights for Alaska Natives.

Eaglecrest addresses lift safety concerns
A young boy fell off the Hooter chairlift at Eaglecrest Ski Area on Sunday. While reports indicate he did not sustain harsh injuries as a result, Eaglecrest states child safety on the lifts is a priority.

Photos: On their way to UAA
Thunder Mountain High School students Cydney Norberg, Royes Lumba, and Sydney Sabin are preparing a three-course meal for the upcoming Pro Start Invitational Culinary Competition in Anchorage to be held this weekend at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Their meal consists of scallop ceviche with cucumber avocado sauce, poached salmon on a bed of arugula, polenta and asparagus, and a mango parfait on hand formed chocolate. The students have been receiving guidance from Culinary Foods Instructor Kathleen Wiest and Chef David Moorhead of the Baranof Hotel.

Photo: Sunny Skiing
Brothers Jack, left, and Jim Beedle skate ski Wednesday on Mendenhall Lake under a clear, sunny sky. The forecast for today calls for continued clear sky with a high of 18.

Photo: A Valentine's Day public display of affection
A public Valentine decorates Twin Lakes on Tuesday.

Hoonah landowner settles EPA lawsuit
Hoonah landowner Clifford C. Walker has agreed to pay $36,267.50 as part of a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency over alleged Clean Water Act violations.

White found guilty for cocaine, OxyContin distribution
A Juneau man accused of selling cocaine and OxyContin to an undercover law enforcement officer was found guilty by a jury in front of Judge Philip Pallenberg in Juneau Superior Court on Wednesday.

Trial for cocaine, oxy distribution continues
“One girl or two girl” are the terms alleged cocaine and oxycodone dealer John White, 39, used for identifying sales of 1 and 2 grams of cocaine, according to a state of Alaska confidential informant testifying Tuesday in Juneau Superior Court. White is on trial for allegedly selling cocaine and oxycodone to the informant and an undercover police officer last year.

SEACC develops report on Kake collaborative forest management plan
The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC) has published a report about the development of the Kake Community Forest Project. This is an ongoing effort that began in the spring of 2009 to examine how to use collaborative efforts between the community, private sector and Forest Service to create sustainable forest projects.

Trial date set for man accused of beating 2-year-old girl
A trial date of March 7 was set in Juneau Superior Court Tuesday by Judge Philip Pallenberg for a man who faces two charges of first-degree assault in connection with the beating of a 2-year-old girl.

Aspen Hotel to open in Juneau
The Aspen Hotel is returning to Juneau. The hotel is currently under construction near the airport with plans to open sometime in the spring. A new website for the hotel is also being created.

Teachers awarded tech grants
Sixteen Alaska teachers have won $10,000 awards to buy technology for their classroom or school under the Artifacts for Alaskans by Alaskans competition. Three of the teachers work for the Juneau School District.

Elizabeth Peratrovich Day events
Graveside memorial service: 12:30 p.m., Evergreen Cemetery

2-week window to apply for Summer Research Academy
The Alaska Summer Research Academy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will be accepting applications from now until Feb. 28 for the 2011 academy.

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.

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.

Dorothy Arlene Braman
Lifelong Juneau resident Dorothy Arlene Braman died Feb. 15, 2011.

Emory Calvin Hunter
Emory Calvin Hunter, 88, died July 3, 2010 in Lake Stevens, Wash. Emory was born April 10, 1922 in Marshall and graduated high school in Eklutna in 1939. At his own request, his body will be cremated and no services will be held.

Betty Russell Larsen
Betty Russell Larsen died peacefully Dec. 9, 2010 in Sitka surrounded by family and friends.

Stan H. Dillon
Stan H. Dillon died Jan. 29, 2011. He was born Oct. 17, 1956.

Empire editorial: Stevens' longer Legislature measure deserves consideration
Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, has pitched a proposal to extend the legislative session to 120 days every other year. We are encouraged by the desire captured in Senate Bill 18 to find a middle ground between those who say the Legislature is constrained in its efforts by a 90-day session and others who believe 90 days is adequate to perform the people’s business, and we are hopeful both cabinets and the governor will give Stevens’ plan serious consideration.

Alaskans must keep pursuing human rights causes
Annually, Alaskans celebrate Elizabeth Peratrovich Day on Feb. 16. As Americans reflect upon the violent political uprising in Egypt, we can be proud of many important accomplishments resulting from the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood (ANB/S.)

My Turn: No future for wasteful Round Table
This column is about the future of the Tongass Futures Round Table (TFR).

Gas pipeline plans must look to 2020 and beyond
A natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to serve Alaskans and Lower 48 markets is possible, but to turn that into probable will take the right market conditions, investors willing to risk tens of billions of dollars and state involvement.

My Turn: Reflections: Project Homeless Connect
Several weeks ago, the Juneau Homeless Coalition sponsored Project Homeless Connect. This event is designed to bring service providers and those experiencing homelessness together, to survey those who are homeless, and to demonstrate community support for Juneau’s efforts to end homelessness. While I believe all three goals were addressed, I want to talk particularly about community, and what it means to be a part of one.

My Turn: New Tongass management can help Southeast economy
The U.S. Forest Service has announced a new, more sustainable management vision for the Tongass National Forest, and that has some people in Southeast Alaska worried. Will this change harm the region’s economy, which is already struggling? The Wilderness Society’s Alaska office decided to look at this question, and the answer we found is reassuring. There is a way forward that helps the economy while better protecting the region’s irreplaceable old-growth forests.

Outside editorial: China's economy overtakes Japan
The following editorial first appeared in the Seattle Times:

Panel passes bill on judges, ponders hate crimes
JUNEAU — The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a bill to hire more judges.

23-year-old Alaska rookie wins Yukon Quest race
ANCHORAGE — A 23-year-old rookie from Willow has won the Yukon Quest sled dog race.

Subsistence board may add 2 rural Alaska members
ANCHORAGE — The Federal Subsistence Board is asking the public whether it should expand to include two members of the public representing rural Alaska.

Suspect shot by troopers is charged
PALMER — A 53-year-old Palmer man who shot at Alaska State Troopers and was wounded by return fire has been charged.

Senator seeks Alaska subsistence review
ANCHORAGE — U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is seeking a congressional oversight hearing on subsistence management of federal lands in Alaska.

Jury to begin sixth day of deliberations
ANCHORAGE — The jury in the trial of a young woman accused of conspiring to kill her mother when she was 16 years old is entering a sixth day of deliberations.

Minor quake felt in Cantwell
CANTWELL — A minor earthquake Wednesday morning was felt in Cantwell.

Araujo joins Baxter Bruce & Sullivan
Todd J. Araujo has joined the law office of Baxter Bruce & Sullivan as an associate attorney, where he is working actively in all areas of the firm’s practice.

Alaska $150M Knik bridge proposal moves forward
ANCHORAGE — A pair of bills to fund the proposed Knik Arm bridge with at least $150 million in state money are moving forward in the state Senate despite concerns over costs.

Yulista Holding adds Monica James as Senior V.P. of business strategy
Yulista Holding LLC of Anchorage welcomes Monica James as senior vice president of business strategy. James will be responsible for developing a growth strategy for the Yulista Holding companies to increase revenues and broaden revenue sources.

3 moose confirmed dead from chokecherry, yew
ANCHORAGE — A popular ornamental flowering tree considered a nuisance for displacing native Anchorage plants now has another knock: It’s killing moose.

Regional ecosystem data workshop and forum at UAS starts today
Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center is hosting its Regional Data Integration Workshop today and Thursday at the University of Alaska Southeast’s Lake Campus in the Glacier View Room, Egan 221.

State refuges see record visitors in 2010
ANCHORAGE — Wildlife officials say record numbers of people visited Alaska’s state refuges in 2010.

61 gallons of crude oil spill at Oliktok Point
ANCHORAGE — About 61 gallons of crude oil sprayed out of a vent at the Eni production facility at Oliktok Point on Alaska’s north coast.

Federal workers to receive higher retirement pay
HONOLULU — Several public meetings are scheduled for next week on Oahu to explain an increase in retirement compensation for federal workers in Hawaii, Alaska and U.S. territories.

Alaska recovers $30 million in consumer cases
JUNEAU — Alaska has recovered $30 million over the last five years from consumer fraud litigation.

Fairbanks militia leader misses court appearance
FAIRBANKS — An arrest warrant has been issued for a Fairbanks militia leader who failed to show up Monday for his trial on a weapons charge.

Musher suffers frostbite in Alaska river plunge
FAIRBANKS — The latest race is over for four-time Yukon Quest champion Hans Gatt.

Taser fails to slow roaming moose in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS — A Taser may not be enough to stop a moose.

Committee passes revamped scholarship plan
JUNEAU — A revamped version of the governor’s student scholarship proposal has passed the Senate Education Committee.

Boeing cold-testing new jets at Fairbanks airport
FAIRBANKS — Two big Boeing jets have been drawing a lot of attention at Fairbanks International Airport.

Bears up win streak
Juneau-Douglas upped its win streak to eight games while improving to 6-0 in Southeast Conference play Tuesday with a 55-35 win over cold-shooting Thunder Mountain at JDHS.

Longer sessions bill gains traction in House
A state House committee has joined in what has previously been a Senate-led effort to lengthen Alaska’s legislative sessions.

Oil companies ask for tax relief
Alaska’s big three oil producers appeared before the Alaska Legislature Wednesday to support Gov. Sean Parnell’s call for reducing oil taxes, but didn’t provide the commitments for more oil production and jobs that he’d asked for.

Treadwell calls on US to make use of the Arctic
A top official of the state that makes America an Arctic nation said the country needs to recognize and take advantage of that.

Should Alaska go to zero-based budgeting?
Some top Alaska legislators say they’re going to take a tough new look at the state’s budget, including forcing each department to defend its very existence with a move to “zero-based” budgeting.

House committee hears factors behind plant closure
JUNEAU — The pending closure of the Kenai Peninsula liquefied natural gas plant has focused renewed attention on the energy problems facing Southcentral Alaska — and for lawmakers and the oil and gas industry, there are no easy or quick answers.

House bill keeping EAS in Alaska approved
The Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2011, was approved by the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday by a vote of 34-25 after the committee marked it up. Among many aviation program and cost adjustments, the bill proposes to keep the Essential Air Service (EAS) program in Alaska and Hawaii while phasing it out everywhere else over the next four years.

Ex-Anchorage officer's sex trial goes to jury
ANCHORAGE — The fate of a former Anchorage police officer accused of sexual assaults is now up to a jury.

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