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.
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.
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 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.
There's that lady that I beg a meal from each morning. I know she sees me.
Hare Today, Owl Tomorrow
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.
Here are a few must-have applications for any iPhone user:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:
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.
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.
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.
Tracks and signs series this week at Fish Creek
JUNEAU - Kevin O'Malley will again lead a Tracks and Signs hike Saturday, Feb. 27.
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.
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.
Today, Feb. 26
As of Feb. 25 the following Nordic trails are open for cross country skiing. Conditions may be less than ideal in some areas.
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.
Alaska's new US marshal sworn in
ANCHORAGE - Former Anchorage Police Chief Rob Heun is now the U.S. marshal for Alaska.
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.
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.
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.
Earthquake hits in Aleutian region
ANCHORAGE - A moderate earthquake has hit in the Aleutian Islands.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Athabascan tradition-bearer Peter dies
FAIRBANKS - Athabascan linguist and tradition-bearer Katherine Peter has died at age 92.