Ray Troll and Russell Wodehouse accomplished a unique feat last fall after holing themselves up for a week in Ketchikan to write music - the world's first bluegrass song about trilobites.
'Warm Music' at UAS this Saturday
The University of Alaska Southeast's Sound & Motion series continues with "Warm Music on a Winter's Night," a musical performance held at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at the Egan Lecture Hall at UAS. Violinist Linda Rosenthal and pianist Sue Kazama will perform favorites from the Romantic period, including Edvard Grieg's Sonata in G Major, Massenet's "Meditation from Thais" and Smetana's "From The Homeland."
Harrelson delivers in 'The Messenger'
It is a little weird to think of Woody from "Cheers" being up for an Oscar. It is weirder still when you realize Woody Harrelson is now a two-time Oscar nominee (he was a Best Actor nominee for 1996's "The People vs. Larry Flynt"). And yes, it is even weirder-er when you have to acknowledge that the sweet, naïve Woody Boyd is all grown up and is very deserving of his Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role nomination. Harrelson plays Captain Tony Stone in "The Messenger," directed by Oren Moverman, and he manages to stand out from the crowd even though the crowd itself is quite good.
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah concert held Saturday
The Juneau Coop Preschool's Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah dinner and variety show with a Spanish theme will be held at the Tlingit & Haida Community Center, at 3235 Hospital Drive this Saturday night. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. This year's dinner will be homemade tamale plates starting at 5 p.m.; the talent and variety show will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Second Stage presents "F.O.B." this weekend
Perseverance Theatre's Second Stage will present "F.orward O.perating B.ase," a new devised play created and performed by local artist Roblin G. Davis and visiting artists Aram Aghazarian, Jed Hancock-Brainerd and Rebecca Noon.
Live true, die anyway
"To thine own self be true," Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet. It's a line that's become something of a platitude, often quoted as advice for living an honest, authentic life: Live true to your nature, it suggests, and all will be well.
'Evita' comes to JDHS
Staging Juneau Douglas High School's production of "Evita" has not been easy, said theater director Michaela Moore, but the struggles she and the students have gone through in getting the play ready for public view have been cathartic, and in some ways mirror issues evident in the play itself.
From craft addiction to craft business, part 1
Are you addicted to craft? Do you love it so much you share your needles (knitting, that is)? Are your projects endlessly taking over the living room, bedroom, even bathroom? Then you may be the perfect candidate to turn your addiction from a hobby into a business.
Thunder Mountain to raise funds with comedy hypnotist
Imagine taking a dream vacation to Hawaii, driving in the car of your dreams, or winning the lottery - all in one night!
New nonfiction includes travel guides, how-tos
New non-fiction at the Juneau Public Libraries has plenty to offer, including travel guides, memoirs, how-tos, and much more.
10th annual Wearable Art winners announced
Milk cartons, paint sample cards and wood veneer: None of these sound like something you would wear (at least not in public), but three local artists managed to turn these materials into winning dresses in the Wearable Art Extravaganza, held Saturday and Sunday at Centennial Hall.
Recalling heroism of Elizabeth Peratrovich
Tuesday was Elizabeth Peratrovich Day in Alaska. Peratrovich's life and work speaks to the true heroism and courage of speaking for equality among all peoples.
State should act on sex abuse of animals
I'm perplexed, disheartened and embarrassed for our state when I read the statement from Annie Carpeneti of the Department of Law regarding House Bill 6 (Juneau Empire, Feb. 15).
Support Special Olympics locally
I am writing regarding the current fundraising efforts of Special Olympics Alaska. Juneau residents may receive a phone call or letter in the mail seeking donations for Special Olympics Alaska. This is one of their main fundraisers of the year and it is a statewide effort.
Sealaska land bill has many problems
It has recently come to my attention that the Sealaska Corp. land bill, S. 881 sponsored by our congressional delegation, is fraught with important problems.
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'Exciting time' for Juneau pool
Karin Jacobi is no stranger to "exciting." She was born in Norway and has lived in England, Australia, Canada and Tennessee. On the weekend, she does adventure racing.
Tlingit storyteller Bob Sam estimates that over the last 26 years, he has restored more than 100,000 graves and repatriated more than 800 bodies.
Beat inertia, cruise toward better habits
I've got my quirks and issues like anyone, but generally, I think that like most of us, I'm a reasonably healthy person. Why is it then that I often find it so difficult to adopt behaviors that I know are in my best interest?
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:
Stimulus bill sends more than $4 million to SEARHC
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium was awarded $4.1 million in four health care-related grants when President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA, also known as the economic stimulus bill) on Feb. 17, 2009.
SEARHC hosts Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic in Kake
KAKE - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Kake Health Center will host a special Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic on March 8-12.
An A1 story in Tuesday's Empire about a bill that would allow deceased residents living in Alaska for at least six months to qualify for dividends stated that it would have cost $2.3 million in 2009. The hypothetical $2.3 million by adding an extra 1,750 applicants who otherwise wouldn't qualify would make annual dividend payments smaller, but would not be an additional cost.
Bill would guarantee protection of PFD
An Alaska senator wants to guarantee a Permanent Fund Dividend this year in case an obscure state law blocks payments because of stock market losses in recent years.
Cemeteries: residential or commercial?
How should a cemetery be zoned?
Job opportunities on display at Juneau fair
For workers just starting out in a career, as well as those re-entering the workforce or looking for different employment, the Spring 2010 Juneau Job Fair offers a chance to meet with nearly 40 employers.
Legislators balk at merit scholarships
A new College Board report on who's taking advanced placement classes in Alaska is raising questions about where most of the financial benefit for Gov. Sean Parnell's new scholarship plan would land.
Ban on felt-soled shoes intended to prevent spread of fish diseases
A new ban on felt-soled wading shoes is set to take place next year as Juneau fishermen take to freshwater streams with fly rods in hand.
Juneau man gets 17 years for sex abuse
A 49-year-old Juneau man was sentenced Wednesday to 17 years in prison for sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl.
Alaska to be represented at cruise industry trade show
The newly formed Alaska Alliance for Cruise Travel has raised $25,000 among its members for a booth at the cruise industry's largest trade show in Miami next month.
Photo: Staying dry
Evan Smith does his best to keep Jamie Vonda dry Tuesday as they walk from Juneau-Douglas High School.
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:
Photo: Hunkered down
Gulls line a couple empty boat stalls Tuesday in Aurora Harbor as they hunker out of the weather.
Juneau resident Hazel Hope died peacefully on Feb. 12, 2010, at her home in Juneau. She was 68.
Charles Lewis 'Chuck' Buck
Former Juneau resident and radio broadcast pioneer Charles Lewis "Chuck" Buck died Jan. 14, 2010, in Oregon. He was 93.
Former Juneau resident Daniel Beerman died Feb. 5, 2010, in Queen Ann, Wash. He was 59.
Meditations on the Vancouver Olympic Games
This past weekend, the world took a break from war, natural disaster and that whole Conan-Leno thing, and shifted its gaze toward Vancouver. There, in snow that looks even worse than our own, the world's elite winter athletes have gathered to see which country's chemists can concoct the least-detectable performance-enhancing drugs.
Commercial Dungeness crab fishery hurts stocks
The village of Kasaan was successful in getting an out-of-cycle agenda change to the Alaska Board of Fisheries. This agenda change will address the impact and additional concerns inflicted by the 2009 summer commercial Dungeness crab fishery.
Outside editorial: Google's broadband venture
The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times:
Critics of Sealaska bill ignore history of Alaska
The Tongass National Forest is a Native place. Southeast Alaska Natives gave up claims to more than 17 million acres of land for approximately 375,000 acres.
Romeo and Juliet's notion of love has led us astray
What if Shakespeare had it wrong about love in "Romeo and Juliet"? In fact, what if all of us have it wrong and our ideals of love and romance are hopelessly awry? Although we were supposed to celebrate our love for that special someone on Valentine's Day, perhaps the time has come to reconsider the concept of romantic love, at least as it has been conceived in Western societies.
Unfrozen ponds and climate change
What does a healthy environment really look like? It can be seen through the eyes of a child - a kid holding a hockey stick on a frozen pond dreaming of the Olympics.
Candidates release campaign finance reports Tuesday
JUNEAU - Anchorage attorney Bill Walker is helping bankroll his run for governor.
Valdez Republican wants winter tires to be mandatory
JUNEAU - Winter tires should be a mandatory vehicle safety feature in Alaska. So says state Rep. John Harris.
Compromise reached on proposed Anchorage audit
ANCHORAGE - A compromise has been reached between two Anchorage Assembly members on a proposal to spend $50,000 for an independent audit of the last months of former Mayor Mark Begich's administration.
Anchorage OK's audit of old Begich budget
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Assembly voted Tuesday night to spend up to $50,000 for an audit of former Mayor Mark Begich's last few months in office.
Begich to host veterans hearings
ANCHORAGE - Sen. Mark Begich will chair two hearings this week to address issues facing Alaska military veterans.
Woman struck by vehicle in domestic violence dispute
JUNEAU -A 45-year-old Juneau woman was struck by a motor vehicle Tuesday night in the Mendenhall Valley following a domestic violence dispute.
Palin lashes out at 'Family Guy'
JUNEAU - Sarah Palin is lashing out at the portrayal of a character with Down syndrome on the Fox animated comedy "Family Guy."
Senator questions state getting into fight over guns
JUNEAU - An Alaska Democrat is asking whether the state should get in a fight with the federal government over gun regulations when another state is already pressing the issue in court.
Climber's body recovered in St. Helens crater
SEATTLE - The body of a veteran climber who fell 1,500 feet into the crater atop Mount St. Helens was recovered Tuesday after he spent more than a day in the snow, authorities said.
Teck mine in Alaska faces uncertainty
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Canadian mining giant Teck Resources Ltd. said Wednesday environmental and aboriginal groups have appealed a decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to renew a permit for the company's Red Dog mine in Alaska.
Parnell seeks more money in amendments
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell is seeking an additional $55 million in state spending for next year's operating budget. Most of the money, about $41 million, would go toward Medicaid.
Memorial planned for Jim Bowles
ANCHORAGE - A memorial service for ConocoPhillips Alaska President Jim Bowles will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at ChangePoint Church in Anchorage.
Parnell wants Alaska to become involved in ocean zone plan
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell says Alaska is being left out of talks that would overhaul the federal government's approach to coastal and marine planning.
North Pole council delays ethics board
NORTH POLE - The North Pole City Council will take up the issue of creating a new Board of Ethics on Tuesday.
Bears host Sitka before conference clash
With two games against conference rival Ketchikan looming for the Juneau-Douglas boys' basketball team, the Bears will have to focus their energy for one game tonight against Sitka before their clash with the Kings on Friday.
GSC continues dominance of SE meet
The Glacier Swim Club continued its dominance of the region, winning its 14th straight Southeastern championship during the weekend's 2010 Mike Smithers Southeast Championships in Ketchikan.
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Industry loses lawsuit over Tongass logging
WASHINGTON - A federal judge threw out an industry lawsuit Wednesday that could have led to more logging and road building in Alaska's Tongass National Forest, the nation's largest federal forest.
State must tell development story, Murkowski says
Former Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski says he holds no grudges against Sarah Palin for pushing him out of public office.
Alaska still trails in mortgage delinquencies
CHICAGO - TransUnion's quarterly analysis of trends in the mortgage industry found that mortgage loan delinquency (the ratio of borrowers 60 or more days past due) increased for the 12th straight quarter, hitting an all-time national average high of 6.89 percent for the fourth quarter of 2009. This quarter marks the first time the mortgage delinquency rate increase did not decelerate after doing so for three consecutive periods.
Diver breaks barriers in cold waters of Alaska
ANCHORAGE - Most people would have said, "Heck with this." But for Jennifer Sullivan, that first dive in the freezing-cold waters in Whittier on that Thanksgiving weekend sealed the deal.
Census specialist Davenport to speak at Chamber luncheon
JUNEAU - Juneau Chamber of Commerce will hold its Alaska Business Roundtable Luncheon on Thursday at the Hangar Ballroom.
Air carrier convention to feature training sessions, trade show
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Air Carrier Association is hoping to make safety and maintenance training more convenient for air carrier employees who might otherwise have to pay upward of $2,000 to travel to the Lower 48 for such training, said Joy Journeay, the group's executive director.
Study sought for air carrier support for AVO
FAIRBANKS - An Alaska legislator has asked state transportation officials to look into whether air carriers and freight companies can help support the Alaska Volcano Observatory.
Morris bankruptcy plan OK'd
AUGUSTA, Ga. - A federal judge Wednesday cleared the way for newspaper owner Morris Publishing Group to emerge from bankruptcy protection less than a month after it filed under Chapter 11.
Corps denies Conoco permit for NPR-A access
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied a key permit for ConocoPhillips' CD-5 project on the North Slope, throwing a wrench into the company's plans for developing small oil deposits near the producing Alpine oil field and producing the first oil from the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.
Wade sentenced to life for killing neighbor in 2007
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man avoided the death penalty Wednesday but was sentenced to life in prison for killing his neighbor - after getting into a heated exchange with a judge who called him a coward.
Acquitted man acknowledges killing two
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man acquitted of murdering a woman now acknowledges that he killed her by smashing her head with a rock and seven years later broke into his neighbor's house and shot her to death, according to court papers filed Tuesday.
Veterans complain about VA office in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Getting benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs is a slow and overly complex process, Alaska vets told a U.S. Senate committee hearing.