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Friday, February 19, 2010

Rockin' geology
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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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).

Murkowski: Public will be heard on Sealaska bill
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has committed to hearing more from Southeast Alaska residents about Sealaska lands legislation under consideration by Congress.

Photos: Trolling for jobs

Around Town
Today, Feb. 18

'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.

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.

Clarification
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.

Auke Bay facility gets $3.6M grant
Juneau has received $3.64 million in federal money that will allow Docks and Harbors to finish its original plans for the Auke Bay loading facility.

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.

Photo: Holding pattern
Leonard Sivertsen watches an Alaska Airlines jet leave holding-pattern contrails over downtown Thursday as thick fog at the airport kept planes from landing.

FASD conference continues through Saturday
Members of the community ranging from educators and attorneys to health and social service providers crowded into Centennial Hall on Thursday for the start of a three-day conference about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder.

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.

Photo: Pipeline gets new pipeline

Charles Lewis 'Chuck' Buck
Former Juneau resident and radio broadcast pioneer Charles Lewis "Chuck" Buck died Jan. 14, 2010, in Oregon. He was 93.

Daniel Beerman
Former Juneau resident Daniel Beerman died Feb. 5, 2010, in Queen Ann, Wash. He was 59.

Outside editorial: US must show that a central government can work in Afghanistan
T he current offensive in Helmand province is providing evidence that President Barack Obama's plan to begin pulling out of Afghanistan by summer 2011 will be a tough schedule to meet.

Outside editorial: Google's broadband venture
The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Pro: Court rulings affirm mandated health insurance is constitutional
SEATTLE - Does Congress have constitutional power to require Americans to carry health insurance? Undoubtedly yes.

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.

Con: Individual health savings accounts are better
WASHINGTON - In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama said, "If anyone from either party has a better approach" to reforming health care, "let me know."

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.

A Foundation for the future
There's a misconception that snow sports are a rich man'sdiscipline.

Community meeting Saturday for local Special Olympics
JUNEAU - There will be a community meeting held Saturday, Feb. 20 from 3-5 p.m. at Thunder Mountain High School for athletes, volunteers or anyone interested getting involved with the program.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival begins Thursday
JUNEAU - The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is coming to Centennial Hall on Thursday, February 25th at 7:00 pm.

Backcountry Film Festival on Tuesday at the Gold Town
JUNEAU - The Winter Wildlands Alliance is hosting a festival beginning Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Gold Town Nickelodeon that promises to quench the thirst of winter addicts everywhere.

Red Cross offering CPR, AED, first aid instruction
JUNEAU - The American Red Cross of Alaska is offering OSHA certified classes in CPR, AED and first aid for community members.

Engineers Week wraps up with awards banquet
JUNEAU - This year's Engineers Week will culminate Saturday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. at Centennial Hall with a lecture from keynote speaker, Bruce Bowler of Juneau Mountain Rescue and the SEADOGS.

Denali Park rangers invite Alaskans to go hiking
DENALI NATIONAL PARK - Rangers at Denali National Park are encouraging Alaskans to put on their snowshoes and take a weekend hike.

Unit 4 Trapping season closes
SITKA — The season for marten, mink and river otter is now closed according to a release from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Wildlife Conservation.

Pygmy owl: Bite much bigger than its beak
The northern pygmy owl is not the smallest owl in North America; the tiny elf owl of our southern deserts merits that distinction. But our northern pygmy owl is indeed small, measuring only six or seven inches in overall length, including the tail. Perched on a tree branch, a pygmy owl stands maybe five inches tall. They only weigh about 70 grams (or 2.5 ounces).

In Alaska, monkeys not allowed
Juneau is not overrun with monkeys, and it won't be. The Alaska Board of Game has essentially declared the entire state to be a monkey-free zone.

Swiss avalanche pro in town to talk, teach
JUNEAU - Manuel Genswein, a Swiss avalanche specialist, will give a free public lecture tonight at the Hangar Ballroom, and over the weekend, will instruct local agencies as part of an inter-agency professional training module in avalanche rescue.

Photo: Nice ride
Some tough riders took a ride out Glacier Highway on Monday, Feb. 15. Pictured from left to right are Joe Tagaban, Kami West, Todd West, Cynthia Hansen and David Hansen.

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Tides
Today, Feb. 19

Cowboy action shoot promises 'loads of fun'
JUNEAU - The Single Action Shooting society is hosting their monthly Cowboy Action Schoot at the Hank Harmon Rifle Range Sunday, Feb. 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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.

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.

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.

Iditarod mushers drop off food for trail
ANCHORAGE - The dog and human food that mushers will need for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race are being dropped off in Anchorage this week.

Woman's body found north of Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers say the body of a woman has been found in a wooded area north of Fairbanks.

Sitka totem pole adds stature to Census
SITKA - Alaska historically has placed last among the states in the percentage of mail-back questionnaires returned to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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.

Study: Alaska immigrants' economic role grows
JUNEAU - An immigration policy reform group says Alaska's foreign-born and minority populations have a growing presence in Alaska and its economy.

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.

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.

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.

Palin seeks Johnston's financial records
ANCHORAGE - The lawyer representing Sarah Palin's daughter in a child support battle is seeking financial statements from Playgirl magazine, CNN and other media companies.

Lawmakers OK money for more Juneau office space
JUNEAU - Alaska state lawmakers have approved spending up to $300,000 for additional office space in downtown Juneau.

Man accused of murdering his father
BETHEL - A 30-year-old man from the village of Kongiganak (kahn-GIG-uh-nuk) has been accused of shooting and killing his father.

Parnell signs first bill of session into law
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell has signed his first bill into law.

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.

ACLU objects to subpoena power
JUNEAU - The ACLU of Alaska is calling a bill that seeks to crack down on sex offenders unconstitutional.

The time is now as both Bear squads face nemesis Ketchikan
The homestretch begins tonight in the race for the overall top seeds in next month's Southeast Conference boys' and girls' basketball tournaments, with four crucial games for the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bear teams.

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.

Women team up for Iron Dog snowmachine race
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Shane and Tammy Barber have been together 18 years now, 16 as a married couple.

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.

Murkowski: State must do 'soul searching' on economy
JUNEAU - Alaska's economy faces significant threats from environmentalists, federal regulations and even from within - in the form of problems like high student dropout rates and domestic violence, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Thursday.

All-Alaska gasline drives candidate
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker has positions on many Alaska issues, but he has passion for developing the state's huge reserves of natural gas.

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.

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.

Alaska lawmaker wants 1 legislative chamber
FAIRBANKS - Eliminating Alaska's House of Representatives and expanding the state Senate would make the Legislature more efficient, a lawmaker said in making the proposal.

Seward Highway reopens after avalanche closure
ANCHORAGE - The only highway linking Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula reopened Thursday evening after a seven-hour avalanche closure.

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.

Photo: Forest biology
University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan campus biology instructor Barbara Morgan, right foreground, talks about the role of alder trees to students studying plant life in a second-growth forest Wednesday morning on the Rainbird Trail in Ketchikan.

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