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.

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.”

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

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


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

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.

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.  

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.

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.

Schedule begins Friday

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Auke Bay school turns into a 'wax museum'
Auke Bay Elementary turned into a wax museum on Thursday, with notable persons like George Washington, Michael Jordan, Amelia Earhart, Albert Einstein and many others lining the hallways.

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.

Former JDHS coach pleads guilty in second sexual assault case
A former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball coach and Care-A-Van driver accused of sexual assaults plead guilty in a change of plea hearing in Juneau Superior Court on Thursday.

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.

Amendment to eliminate EAS defeated
Things are looking good for the Essential Air Service (EAS) in Alaska. The U.S. Senate passed its Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill by a vote of 87-8, but Sen. John McCain’s amendment to eliminate the program was voted down 61-38.

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.

Photo: Blowin' snow
High winds blow snow down the mountains from Mount Roberts to Sheep Creek on Tuesday.

Woman pleads in Sears theft case, but store owner pleads for justice
A Juneau woman plead guilty to a reduced charge of theft in the second degree in a plea and sentence bargain in Juneau Superior Court on Thursday resulting in an impassioned speech by the victim of the theft before Judge Patricia Collins.

Ex-police officer indicted for sexual abuse has trial date reset
A Juneau police officer indicted by a grand jury on four charges of sexual abuse of a minor had a trial date changed in Juneau Superior Court on Thursday.

Suspected graffiti taggers caught
On Saturday at approximately 9:20 p.m. a resident in the West Juneau area told police two males were spray-painting a residence located along Sitka Street. As JPD Officers arrived to the scene, one of two males on the scene fled on foot. The other male was immediately placed into custody. One of the arriving JPD Officers pursued the second male on foot and placed him into custody approximately one block away.

Photo: Addressing the court
Gov. Sean Parnell talks to members of the Statewide Youth Court in the Governor’s Mansion on Thursday. Over 100 guests, mostly teens, are in Juneau for the 15th annual Statewide Youth Court conference through Saturday. The youth are attending from Kodiak, Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula, Ketchikan, Sitka, Valdez, Nome, Mat-su and Fairbanks’ North Star youth courts. The Juneau Youth Court is hosting the conference.

New commercial fisheries chief named
JUNEAU — State Fish & Game Commissioner Cora Campbell today announced the appointment of Jeff Regnart as director of the Division of Commercial Fisheries. Regnart started yesterday. He had been regional supervisor with the Division of Commercial Fisheries, Central Region.

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.

Police and Fire
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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.

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.

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

Ritabell Wilson
Gustavus resident Ritabell Wilson died peacefully at her home on Feb. 15, 2011 after a yearlong bout with cancer. She was 81.

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.

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).

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.

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

A true terrorism list
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Let's not stop at salmon
When U.S. Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski introduced legislation last month seeking to ban Aquabounty’s so-called Frankenfish, they put the interests of Alaskan citizens over corporate plutocrats and near-sighted regulators. We should applaud the senators for their intervention on behalf of our state’s most important economic, cultural, and natural resource.

Feds must help troubled states now or face worse problems ahead
In the best of times, the federal government shouldn’t ever consider bailing out profligate state governments whose unwise spending has pushed them into an economic black hole.

States must fix soaring budget deficits rather than rely on Uncle Sam
Several years of huge and persistent state budget deficits have led some politicians to argue that the federal government should either continue or even increase aid to states as it has done since 2009 through stimulus funds. Others suggest that the matter could be solved simply by granting states the right to file for bankruptcy.

From supple powder to raging slide
There’s no such thing as safe in the backcountry.

Fly fishing 101 class kicks off spring season
It’s not too early to start contemplating this summer’s hobbies.

Bessie Creek trail to the meadows above
I tried to second-guess Juneau weather the other day. The Parks and Recreation hike was scheduled for Mount Roberts, up to the tram and the cross. I figured that trail would be a nightmare of ice, so I (with a friend) opted to go out the road — where it is usually colder, they say. So we hoped that the rain-and-snow mix that was falling in town would be just nice falling snow in the colder zone out the road. Ha!

Tips on Tracks: Wolf
Name: Wolf (Canus lupis)

Register now for the Buckwheat
The 2011 annual Buckwheat Ski Classic promises to be a “howling good time for our 25th anniversary,” said race founder Buckwheat Donahue of Skagway. The race will be held on the Log Cabin, BC course on Saturday, March 26.

After years of quiet, sun gets a bit stormy
WASHINGTON — Scientists say a Valentine’s evening solar flare is causing radio disruptions and may put on a cool sky show Friday night in some northern regions. But they say the solar storm zapping Earth isn’t that big or troublesome.

Students named to National Youth Science Camp
JUNEAU — Lia Domke, of Juneau, and Molly Royer, of Ketchikan, have been selected for the National Youth Science Camp this summer in West Virginia.

Unit 4 trapping season now closed
SITKA — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Wildlife Conservation, would like to remind trappers that the season for marten, mink and river otter closed Tuesday in Game Management Unit 4.

Recreational Trails Program Grant awards in SE announced
ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011 Recreational Trails Grants. Funding is available for development and maintenance of recreational trails and facilities, acquisition of trail right-of-way and development of trail safety and education programs. The Recreational Trails Program is a federally funded reimbursable trail grant program. The following projects were awarded in Southeast Alaska:

Wild shots
The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska’s wildlife, scenery or plant life. Send your photos via e-mail to: Abby Lowell, Outdoors editor, For all photos include the name of the photographer, a description of what is shown in the picture, when it was taken and any other pertinent information. Images will run as space allows.

Tides: Feb. 18-24
Today, Feb. 18

Nominate an Alaska conservationist
ALASKA — The Alaska Conservation Foundation is seeking individuals and organizations that have gone above the call of duty in helping to preserve Alaska to be nominated for a Conservation Achievement Award.

Snow and grooming conditions as of Feb. 17
Eaglecrest as of Feb. 17:• New snow (24 hours):

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

Heroin arrest at Juneau airport
Juneau police intercepted a woman on Valentine’s Day at Juneau International Airport and arrested her for suspicion of transporting heroin. As part of an investigation into the sale and distribution heroin, the department’s Drug Enforcement Unit (JPDDEU), with the assistance of the local office of the FBI and Southeast Alaska Cities Against Drugs (SEACAD), contacted Juneau resident Madelyn Brooks, 21, at the airport on Feb. 14 and say a search disclosed she was transporting heroin with an estimated street value of just under $40,000.

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

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.

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

Grow operation yields $360,000 in seized marijuana
Juneau police got a search warrant to access and raid a 60-plant hydroponic marijuana grow operation on Trafalgar Street in the valley, seizing an estimated $360,000 worth of pot Wednesday. The Juneau Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit (JPDDEU) received information the day before regarding a possible grow operation there.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Mental Health Board and advisory panel meets in Juneau
The Alaska Mental Health Board and Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse will hold its winter meeting in Juneau from Feb. 21 through Feb. 23, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall in downtown Juneau, on Willoughby Avenue.

Falcons burn Braves
Thunder Mountain scored 17 first-quarter points Thursday en route to a 42-34 nonconference girls’ basketball victory over Mt. Edgecumbe in Juneau.

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.

Jury convicts Waterman of negligent homicide
ANCHORAGE — A jury Thursday convicted a 22-year-old woman of criminally negligent homicide in a case that alleged she arranged to have two men kill her mother more than six years ago.

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.

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.

Parnell: Alaska won't take federal health reform dollars
Gov. Sean Parnell is resisting the federal health care reform, and reacting angrily to lawmakers who say he should be accepting money to develop a state exchange to help consumers find insurance.

Energy conference raises hype for hydropower
While the Alaska Legislature’s energy debates have been mostly focused on oil and gas, hydropower advocates gathered at Centennial Hall Thursday to try to raise the profile of the less exciting industry.

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