Friday, February 26, 2010

Perseverance gets big-bang-pow laughs with naughty 'Boom'
I am blushing, but it is a nice blush. It is an R-rated, just over PG-13 kind of blush shaded by witticisms, blotted with F-words and pencil-thin highlights of humor, that can only be applied by the talent brought to Perseverance Theatre's rendering of San Francisco writer Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's end-of-the-world, beginning-of-life comedy, "Boom."

Authors Stan Jones, William Hensley in town this week
Inupiat culture and the landscape of Kotzebue are prominently featured in the writing of two well-known Alaska authors appearing in Juneau within the next week, though each writer approaches the subjects in very different ways.

Perseverance holds youth auditions
Perseverance Theatre is holding auditions for a youth chorus for their upcoming musical production of "Hansel and Gretel." Auditions will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28, on the mainstage at Perseverance Theatre.

Symphony Showcase presented in two shows this weekend
The Juneau Symphony will present their annual Symphony Showcase concerts on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 27 and 28. The concerts are a chance for Symphony musicians to present chamber music of their choice in an intimate setting. This year's performances will feature 17 musicians playing solo and ensemble pieces ranging from Brahms' "Piano Trio No. 1" to "Dizzy Fingers" by Zez Confrey.

Wild and Scenic film festival debuts
The Wild and Scenic Film Festival will take place at 7 p.m. tonight in the Egan Ballroom at Centennial Hall, showcasing 13 short films.

Arts grant deadlines March 1
The following Alaska State Council on the Arts grants are due March 1: Career Opportunity, Workshop, Community Arts Development, Master Artist, FY11 Operating Support & Operating Biennial, Artist in Schools and Teaching Artist Roster

Pippa White to perform at library
To kick off Women's History Month, Pippa White of One's Company Productions will perform "Angels and Troublemakers," a one-woman show about women reformers who endured threats, harassment and ridicule to end child labor, improve conditions for the poor and oppressed, and further women's rights. The show begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at the downtown library.

Capturing today through a lens from the past
Professional photographer Ron Klein doesn't take typical portraits.

'Evita' exceeds high expectations
It would be an understatement to say "Evita" is my favorite musical. I saw it for the first time in London in the summer of 1978. I lucked into tickets for the show about a month after its world premier at the Prince Edward Theatre with Elaine Paige starring as Eva Peron, the wife of Argentinean president Juan Peron. I saw the show two more times on Broadway in New York City in early 1982. And I have seen touring productions in Seattle and San Francisco.

Are Yankees allowed to sing with twang?
A friend of mine in San Francisco made an observation about Alaskan Americana musicians the other day that kind of hit home. He said, "All the Alaskan Bluegrassers end up talking like they're from Kentucky or somewhere." Aside from the fact that a lot of Alaskan musicians have lived in or are from southern states, he's pretty much right on.

A string of winners
Backbefore Facebook completely took over and MySpace was still relevant, I had a MySpace page. In fact, for a few months there it was pretty bad; my work productivity, my general energy level, and interest in things outside of the MySpace universe were all dramatically down. I eventually quit cold turkey and never looked back (Facebook is a much healthier activity for me so far).

Modern use of traditional architecture explored
In some cases, the best way to move forward is to look back.

New library selections for young adult readers
Young adult fiction is for readers in high school and older who like more involved plots and more mature themes than those found in chapter books. They are easy to spot: look for yellow-green stickers on the spines of books shelved in the adult fiction area. Look for the conclusion to the Sea of Trolls trilogy "The Islands of the Blessed," by Nancy Farmer, as well as the titles below.

So many possibilities ...
We got so many submissions for the March issue of L'attitude that we're holding some over until next month. We're also offering new contests for April's edition, and its likely we'll expand out of 2-D.

The gift of hip-hop
Being a hip-hop DJ is a lot more than simply playing music - it's a technical art form that takes time and dedication to master.

'Unschooled Cooking'
I had thought about busting out the German Potato Salad this month, but in the spirit of the Winter Olympics, it just didn't seem right. As I begin here, the United States is comfortably ahead of the Germans in the medal count - but that wasn't the case a few days ago.

Finding our shade of green in a multi-colored world
It seems that lately, a very special color has been on many people's minds: GREEN. Green is the new black. We peer through our green-tinted lenses to view the world in a whole new light. We want to green our cities, our businesses, our homes, our lives. Ready to begin? Wait, hold on. Before jumping onto the bandwagon, let us first understand what the green movement is all about and how it speaks to those of us living in Southeast Alaska.

Isolation, Scarcity and Salmonberries
"San Francisco of the North" is what I've heard Juneau called. And though we do have steep streets, Gold Rush buildings, and the Pride Chorus, I can think of a few differences. The most important is that Juneau surpasses San Francisco (and almost every other American city, of course) in beauty and neighborliness. But another huge difference between Juneau and The City by the Bay is our complete geographical isolation. When it comes down to it, we're all alone out here. It's a price Juneauites pay for natural beauty and friendliness.

Getting Green Done
As the saying goes, if you want something done, ask a busy person. Well, there are a lot of busy people in Juneau getting things done for community and global sustainability, and simple green living. Local foods, energy conservation and generation, natural resources, the marine environment, the built environment, sustainability entrepreneurism, urban farming, community gardening... there are many opportunities to get involved and learn more about how to live a green life in Juneau. This Getting Green Done calendar will be included in L'attitude each month, so you can get busy, too. Contact the folks below if you want to get involved, or go to a meeting or event that's on the calendar.

Feb. 26 is 'Party Time'
The Juneau Empire will be holding a launch party for L'attitude this Friday (Feb. 26) at Troxels Steak and Seafood, in the Breakwater Inn, from 9 p.m. to midnight.

The Dreamcatcher
The circling, intersecting rings of white string held the young boy's attention as he stood waiting for his mother. Feathers and beads dangled from the orbed framework, similar to the boy's arms, which hung loosely at his side, adorned with the bandages and stitches that dotted their short length.

B. Looney and THE BEAR
One July day, B. Looney sat at a picnic table along a Yukon highway doing his two favorite things - that is, drinking a Canadian-style beer and thinking about life.

BACK-ALLEY SCAVENGER
There's that lady that I beg a meal from each morning. I know she sees me.

Art

Art

Poetry
Hare Today, Owl Tomorrow

Not-phone, not-computer
Arthur C. Clark wrote 25 years ago that black monoliths would swarm Jupiter, eventually reducing it to a star. While that book is a seminal piece of science-fiction, Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs states that the future is here - and he can do the same thing to Earth through the iPad.

Victoria! Victoria!
The minute I hit the shores of Canada, I feel like I'm in a charming European country. I'm transported back to a place in time when people made eye-contact and conversation.

Naps Apps
Here are a few must-have applications for any iPhone user:

Health insurers need more competition
Health care reform that doesn't stop the abuses of the present system is not reform at all.

Lawmakers should pick up own checks
Why are certain legislators trying to raise the meal limit reporting amount? Why are they afraid to have their name attached to a meeting with a lobbyist? It's not as though they can't still get free food and drink; it's just that it will be reported when it exceeds $15.

SEACC provides counterweight
Thank you to Ray Metcalfe for his recent My Turn analysis of just how spectacularly profitable the oil industry is in Alaska under the Alaska Clear and Equitable Share.

Permanent fund looks back on profitable year
The Alaska Permanent Fund had a stellar 2009, earning 18.76 percent for the year, its managers were told Wednesday.

Sealaska Corp. stands firm on land selections
Sealaska Corp. executives stood firmly behind their lands bill moving through Congress, telling a roomful of conservationists during a heated exchange Thursday the land is owed to them.

Wellness becomes a simple way of life
While growing up, I was always aware that good health was important, something to be protected and cherished. My parents were immigrants, so starting out in a new country meant that money was limited at first. As with any family or individual on a budget, a trip to the doctor meant financial hardship to be avoided if at all possible. Staying healthy was priority No. 1.

High school students learn about health careers through SEARHC program
SITKA - Few people get to see real emergency room doctors in action, be with operating room staff during surgery or even watch a dentist performing a root canal. Alaska Native high school students from Southeast Alaska can experience these and other opportunities when they participate in the Ethel Lund Village Health Occupations Program.

Beutel joins staff at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Mount Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka recently added Dr. William D. Beutel to its medical staff.

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

Judge denies bail reduction in university rape case
A Superior Court judge on Thursday said new information brought to light in the case of a 21-year-old man accused of raping a female roommate in their co-ed University of Alaska Southeast campus apartment last month was not enough reason to reduce his bail.

Hatchery moves fry by the millions
Like eaglets being pushed from the nest, salmon fry born at the local hatchery get their first taste of freedom this week.

Photo: Cross-town rivalry
Juneau-Douglas' Paul Tupou prepares to shoot a basket against ThunderMountain's Gary Speck during senior night at Thunder Mountain High School on Thursday. For complete details on the game, see page B1.

New test evaluates career skills
Next school year, sixth, eighth and 11th graders will begin evaluations that two state departments hope will help indicate their preparedness for the work force, and for different jobs within it.

Girl, 12, found safe after five-hour search
Twelve-year-old Emily Hawkins learned a valuable lesson Tuesday after getting lost for five hours in the woods above Dzantik'I Heeni Middle School.

Police investigate 'tagging' suspects
Police are investigating two men they believe were "tagging" downtown businesses early Thursday morning with black paint and a stencil of a man.

Photo: Symphony Showcase
Members of the Juneau Symphony perform in last year's Symphony Showcase at Northern Light United Church. This year's shows will be held this Saturday and Sunday. The concerts are a chance for symphony musicians to present chamber music of their choice in an intimate setting. Saturday's show begins at 8 p.m. at Northern Light United Church, and Sunday's show begins at 3 p.m. at UAS Egan Lecture Hall. Visit juneausymphony.org for more information.

Photo: Franklin Street Goldsmith
Goldsmith Gallery owner Chris Fondell shows Crissy Ditmore a watch during the store's grand opening on Thursday. The store is located on South Franklin Street and will be open year-round.

Photo: Intramural win
Juneau-Douglas High School teachers Dale Bontrager, left, and Julie Heard celebrate with teammates Sandi Wagner and Kari Monagle in a win Wednesday over the top lunchtime intramural volleyball team of Aaron Cohen, George Skan, Phillip Murray and Victor Wilson.

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

Pipeline Skate Park to re-open Saturday
The Pipeline Skate Park will have a grand re-opening this Saturday, following a closure last month to address concerns about safety and inappropriate behavior.

Health is in the water
We know nearly 70 percent of the Earth's surface is water, and about the same percentage in the human body.

Beverly Shepherd
Former Juneau resident Beverly Ann Shepherd died Feb. 7, 2010, in Phoenix. She was 73.

Alaska editorial: A GPS for life: Governor's scholarship plan deserves approval
The Legislature should approve Gov. Sean Parnell's proposal to give merit-based scholarships to Alaska high school students who want to attend a university or technical school in Alaska.

Pro: Restoring prosperity means raising debt ceiling when necessary
WASHINGTON - Various political demagogues and Wall Street interests have mounted a campaign to convince Americans that despite persistent massive unemployment for the foreseeable future, more than 15 million people underwater on their home mortgages and two unnecessary wars, what we really should be worried about is America's national debt.

Alaska editorial: Take time with ACES
The following editorial appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

Con: Congress must control spending, stop huge budget deficits
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. - Congress has once again voted to increase the national debt, less than two months after its last vote to increase the debt.

Bonus anger will shift to government workers
Move over, investment bankers. The next victims of populist backlash are going to be state- and local-government workers.

Turning hatred into health through cooperative effort
Depth psychology has for years taught us that hatred is unhealthy. Uncontrolled actions sparked by rage can be immediately lethal. Smoldering resentments and jealousies leave lasting harm over generations.

Fitting memorial
Through a circle of friends that stretches far beyond the boundaries of Juneau, the lives of two men will forever be remembered amidst the elements and conditions they knew and loved.

Soltys to present slides on Christmas Island bonefishing
JUNEAU - The local fly fishing club, the Raincountry Flyfishers, will meet at Floyd Dryden Middle school on Wednesday, March 3 at 7 p.m.

Tracks and signs series this week at Fish Creek
JUNEAU - Kevin O'Malley will again lead a Tracks and Signs hike Saturday, Feb. 27.

Juneau Ski Club to host Junior Olympic qualifier
JUNEAU - The Juneau Ski Club will host a Junior Olympic qualifying race Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 27 and 28 at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Boating Safety office receives service award
ANCHORAGE - Rear Adm. Christopher Colvin, 17th District commander, presented the Meritorious Public Service Award to the Alaska Office of Boating Safety on Feb. 14.

'Alaska Grown' Marketing Program announced
PALMER - The Division of Agriculture is soliciting proposals for Cooperative Marketing Program projects promoting Alaska Grown products.

Fort Abercrombie Historic Landmark meeting to be held
KODIAK - The Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation will host a public meeting on March 11 beginning at 7p.m. at the Bayside Fire Station Training Center, 4606 East Rezanof Drive.

Local athletes anxious for games
There is more than winning when athletes stand atop the medal podium at the Arctic Winter Games, hearing their country's national anthem played.

Be suspicious of 'BPA-free' claims
Toss those old CamelBaks, SIGG and Nalgene bottles. Re-evaluate those lightweight, plastic eating utensils and dishes.

Local's bane for the female blackfly runs deep
Our peculiar February weather has me thinking of April. And that makes me think of songbirds starting to nest and flowers beginning to bloom, although surely it is still too early. But the insects are starting to fly; on recent walks we have seen several cool-weather flies in action.

Parks division holding photography contest
Alaska enjoys the largest park system in the nation. Along with acreage, one could argue the state also boasts the best scenery: Miles of massive peaks, pristine rivers meandering through rolling forests.

On the hook
Show us your big fish

SEARHC EMS to offer wilderness course
SITKA - The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Emergency Medical Services department is offering a Wilderness First Responder course that involves some preliminary online computer work before classessions begin.

Tides
Today, Feb. 26

Grooming report
As of Feb. 25 the following Nordic trails are open for cross country skiing. Conditions may be less than ideal in some areas.

Protective order bill heads to governor
JUNEAU - A bill adding sexual assault to the cases in which judges can issue protective orders in Alaska is on its way to Gov. Sean Parnell.

State House: Expired concealed handgun permits are OK
JUNEAU - Alaska's concealed handgun permit holders won't have to surrender their permits after they expire under a bill the House passed unanimously Wednesday.

Alaska's new US marshal sworn in
ANCHORAGE - Former Anchorage Police Chief Rob Heun is now the U.S. marshal for Alaska.

Anchorage, nonprofit team up on moose disposal
ANCHORAGE - The municipality of Anchorage has teamed up with the Alaska Moose Federation to find a better way to dispose of moose hit and killed by vehicles.

Alaskans rank 6th in filing fraud complaints
ANCHORAGE - A Federal Trade Commission report ranks Alaskans sixth in the nation for filing complaints about consumer fraud.

Senator: $15 meals miss meat of ethics reform
JUNEAU - An Alaska Republican says the debate over lobbyist disclosures for treating legislators to meals misses the meat of his ethics reform push.

Judge denies motion in lawsuit against former Gov. Palin
ANCHORAGE - A federal judge has denied a motion to reconsider his dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin violated the plaintiffs' constitutional rights by failing to issue a proclamation in 2007 for a celebration commemorating the freeing of U.S. slaves.

Earthquake hits in Aleutian region
ANCHORAGE - A moderate earthquake has hit in the Aleutian Islands.

Constitutional push for more lawmakers gains momentum
JUNEAU - The measure calling for a ballot question and constitutional amendment to add 12 seats to Alaska's 60-seat Legislature appears to be making headway.

Stevens says he's a candidate for UA president
JUNEAU - State Senate President Gary Stevens says he's one of six candidates for the University of Alaska presidency.

Man pleads guilty to sexual assaults
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man who admitted seven years of sexual abuse pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a minor and sexual assault.

Fairbanks, borough rethinking tax on hotel rooms
FAIRBANKS - Alaska Airlines paid $60,000 in bed-tax money for employees staying at the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel.

Juvenile charged in Anchorage shooting
ANCHORAGE - A juvenile and a man out of jail for one day have been charged with an east Anchorage shooting.

Alaska court to hear challenge to parent notification initiative
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Superior Court is hearing a challenge to a ballot initiative to require a parent to be notified if a girl younger than 18 seeks an abortion.

Fleeing suspect dips snowmachine in Chena River
FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers say a man who fled a Fairbanks robbery didn't get far.

Medicaid costs concern commissioner
JUNEAU - Health and Social Services Commissioner Bill Hogan says he wants to work with state lawmakers to address soaring Medicaid costs.

TMHS, JDHS to finish out regular season
In this weekend's matchups between the Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain girls' basketball teams, more than just Saturday's senior-night pride is at stake - the Crimson Bears need two wins to get the first seed in the upcoming Region V tournament.

Round 2
The Falcons are looking for their first-ever win tonight against Juneau-Douglas at the Thunderdome, but more importantly, both teams are looking to get back on track after enduring tough stretches prior to Round 2 of Juneau's new crosstown high school hoops rivalry.

Free throw woes
Juneau-Douglas blew open a close game in the third quarter and held off a furious Thunder Mountain rally down the stretch as the Crimson Bears ruined the Falcons' first senior night with a 64-57 Southeast Conference boys' basketball win Thursday at TMHS.

Tompkins earns spot on 2010 Paralympic team
Juneau mono-skier Joe Tompkins is currently third in the overall World Cup points standings, earning him a spot on the U.S. team for next month's Paralympic games in Vancouver.

Photos: Big success for Basic Skills Competition
RESULTS: Preliminary Freestyle: 1. Laurie Balstad; 2. Rebekah Badilla. Pre-Preliminary Freestyle: 1. Galen Wright. No test Freestyle: 1. Demaris Oxman; 2. Keishla Soto. Free Skate 4: 1. Andrew Gianotti. Free Skate 3: 1. Julia Noreen. Free Skate 1: 1. Amanda Gassan. Basic Skills Level 8: 1. Darian Gray. Basic Skills Level 7: 1. Kamy Hamrick; 2. Taylor Flannagan; 3. Sabrina Jones. Basic Skills Level 6: 1. Evan Oien; 2. Emily Bowman.

JDHS baseball coach resigns
Former Juneau-Douglas head baseball coach Jaime Kissner resigned Jan. 25 from his position with the school, citing poor relationships with the players and parents.

Sullivan receives House approval
JUNEAU - Attorney General Dan Sullivan took heat for his department's stance on a tribal sovereignty case Thursday during an otherwise friendly confirmation hearing, winning the House Judiciary Committee's backing.

Investors bid on 48,000 acres in Beaufort Sea lease sale
ANCHORAGE - Alaska received oil and gas lease bids for 48,000 acres in near shore waters of the Beaufort Sea on Wednesday in a sale that was criticized for offering drilling rights in sensitive marine waters.

Wording on Alaska abortion initiative debated
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage Superior Court judge is expected to have a decision within a month on the wording of an abortion initiative targeted for the August ballot.

Lawmakers plan to attend national Energy Council meeting
The halls of the state Capitol will be a little quieter next week, with 19 Alaska lawmakers expected to be in Washington for an annual meeting of the Energy Council.

Anchorage plans to cut back rescue teams, services
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers will take over some of the Anchorage Fire Department's rescue duties as the department cuts back its services because of the city's budget problems.

Athabascan tradition-bearer Peter dies
FAIRBANKS - Athabascan linguist and tradition-bearer Katherine Peter has died at age 92.

Longtime aide, adviser to Sarah Palin to resign
Meghan Stapleton, an aide and adviser to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, said Wednesday she is resigning at the end of the month to spend more time with her young daughter.

Open water on Chena may change Iron Dog finish line
FAIRBANKS - The director of the Iron Dog snowmachine race is looking at finish line options if open water on the Chena River prevents the use of Pike's Landing at Fairbanks.

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