Thursday, March 3, 2011

Teachers learn, students teach at Fireweed Place weaving group led by Della Cheney
Della Cheney’s hands didn’t begin to weave until she was in her 40s. But her mind had been working on it her whole life.

First Friday openings
JUNEAU EMPIRE STAFF REPORT

Former Juneau jeweler returns for show
Jewelry artist and former Juneau resident Leah Sturgis lives in Alexandria, Va., but her ties to Alaska are still strong. She’ll be back in town this week to show her latest jewelry designs at Annie Kaills as their featured First Friday artist.

Thaw out with tunes
We need a release.

Predict the winners (retroactively)
Be honest. During the Oscars last weekend when it came time for the nominees for “Short Films” (live action and animation), you took a bathroom break. Or you picked that moment to score some points with your spouse by thanking them for a lovely dinner. Whatever, you didn’t pay attention to the TV because you had not seen any of the ten films nominated. Right?

ART, EVENTS & MUSIC
THURSDAY

High School music events coming up next week
Both high schools will be highlighting their musicians next week, providing a great chance for locals to get out and support young talent.

Fireside lecture at the Mendenhall Glacier to feature glacier itself
“Measuring Mendenhall: State of the Glacier” will be the focus of this week’s Fireside Lecture at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, beginning at 6:30 and 8 p.m. Friday.

New nonfiction at the library
New non-fiction on the shelves at the public libraries runs the gamut from the past to the future.

MOVIES
Schedule begins Friday

Alaska State Museum Lecture to feature Sara Lee
This week’s brown bag lecture at the state museum will feature “Taking Science for a Spin: Earth Secrets Revealed on the Museum’s Big Ball” with host Sara Lee. The lecture begins at noon Wednesday at the museum and is free.

Norwegian Cultural Fair to be held at the Yacht Club Saturday
The rich heritage of Norway and other Scandinavian countries will be celebrated this weekend at the Norwegian Cultural Fair. Sponsored by Svalbard Lodge, Sons of Norway the fair begins at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the Juneau Yacht Club in Aurora Harbor. A potluck begins at 6 p.m. Norwegian specialty foods will be served including lefse and krum kaka with hot beverages.

EXHIBITS
Alaska State Museum: 33 annual Juried Art Exhibit. Also “AFTER” by Tim Remick and “Sand and Snow” by Barry McWayne. Reception 4:30-7 p.m. Friday. 395 Whittier St.

K3 Travel Slide show continues Wednesday
Due to popular demand, KTOO is continuing its series of Wednesday Brown Bag Travel Slide Show presentations.

Gold Street Music closes out season with concert at Holy Trinity 
The March Gold Street Music folk concert, the last of the season, will kick off at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 5. The venue for this month’s music is a change from the usual: this month’s concert will be at Holy Trinity Church.

JSD looks at budget, hears from secondary literacy leaders
The Juneau School District Board of Education is considering swapping out more elementary school level cuts for secondary level cuts.

Seuss' birthday a celebration of reading
Such noise emanated from the Juneau Arts and Cultural Center on Wednesday — rhymes of the most poetic of nature coming from the voices of many — while colorful characters of an imaginable sort strolled about.

Verdict expected today in alleged meth distribution conspiracy
A jury is expected to return a verdict in United States District Court in Juneau today concerning a local man accused of conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 200 grams of methamphetamine.

Juneau man rescued from ice field
A man stranded on the Juneau ice field was rescued Tuesday, according to a release from the Alaska State Troopers issued after press time that night.

Ulmer: Alaska has lessons for Gulf spill response, recovery
In the place where another big oil disaster happened, spill commission member Fran Ulmer got asked about the impact of BP’s huge spill on the people in the Gulf of Mexico.

Rescue underway for man on icefield
The Alaska State Troopers Tuesday received a report a Juneau resident was requesting evacuation from his location on the Juneau Icefield at Camp 9.

High wind warning ends at noon today
A high wind warning that has been in effect in Juneau expires today at noon, according to a forecast from the National Weather Service.

Assembly Finance Committee discusses tax issues
The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Finance Committee met to review several tax matters at its meeting Wednesday.

Thane Road reopened after avalanche control
Sections of Thane Road were closed off Wednesday as the Alaska Department of Transportation did routine avalanche control on the mountain. The procedure uses explosives to dislodge accumulated snow on the mountain, making the road below safer for drivers.

Wind takes city water for a whirl
Some Juneau residents were without water parts of Monday and Tuesday while the reservoir emptied due to power outages.

Legislature hears requests for youth funding from Juneau residents
Juneau community members appeared before the House Finance Committee Tuesday, seeking to keep their programs in the state budget, or desperately trying to restore them if they’ve already faced cuts.

Jury returns guilty verdict against Juneau meth dealer
A jury returned a verdict of guilty in United States District Court in Juneau on Wednesday for a local man on trial for distribution of methamphetamine.

Photo: Chiming for video
Ryan Cortes Perez, an art student at the University of Alaska Southeast, stands next to his wind chime installation Wednseday at Sandy Beach. Perez calls them the Taku Wind Chimes and a short video of the chimes can be seen at: http://vimeo.com/20484706.

NOAA will not enforce 3-mile boundary lines
An agreement is now in effect in which the new three-mile line established on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s nautical charts will have no impact on state and federal fisheries management this year. Instead, state and federal jurisdiction based on longstanding maritime boundary lines will remain in effect for 2011.

NSRAA sets Sitka meeting for next week
Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association will hold its annual board of directors meting at 1:30 p.m. March 9 and 9 a.m. on March 10 and 11. The public meeting will be at the NSRAA conference room at 1308 Sawmill Creek Road in Sitka.

Task force will work on statewide broadband access
A statewide broadband task force will work with the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development on a plan to accelerate affordable broadband technology throughout the state.

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.

Photo: Culinary arts students take top prize in Anchorage
Thunder Mountain High School culinary students Cydney Norberg, Sydney Sabin and Royes Lumba took first place in the 2011 Alaska Pro Start Invitational Competition in Anchorage last weekend. The students had one hour to prepare a dish that included scallop seviche with cucumber avocado sauce, poached salmon on a bed of arugula, polenta and asparagus, and a mango parfait on hand-formed chocolate. The team has been invited to represent Alaska at the national competition, which takes place in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kan. in April. Chef David Moorhead of the Baranof and Kathleen Wiest, culinary instructor at TMHS, coached and prepared the team for competition.

GCI joins forces with Intergrated Logic to benefit rural areas
GCI has taken a large equity position in the network solutions and consulting company Integrated Logic, something the companies say will help in building networks in Alaska’s rural areas.

Photo: Wind protection
Gene White tries to protect his face against the wind Tuesday as he walks up Seward Street. A high wind warning continues until noon Thursday with higher gusts today and Thursday up to 90 mph.

Gelbrich: Even with cuts, reality likely to be harsher
Even with a currently projected $1 million reserve balance for fiscal year 2012, the Juneau School District is playing with money it doesn’t have when adding back and switching around $4.1 million in cuts, the district’s top administrator said at Tuesday’s meeting of the Juneau School Board.

Photo: The rainbow channel
A rainbow is created by the morning sun and mist blown off the waters of Gastineau Channel on Wednesday. The high wind warning is to continue until noon today with a chance of snow later in the day.

Award honors the teaching of diverse students
The Southern Poverty Law Center is seeking nominations for a new award that will honor educators who excel at teaching students from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Photo: Desolate morning
The rising sun makes a study in black and white as a pedestrian crosses Seward Street at Second Street on Tuesday morning.

Macord Mason-Peter
Macord Mason-Peter died Feb. 24, 2011, surrounded by friends and family.

Outside editorial: Some backbone at the UN
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Outside editorial: Saudi's bomb plot raises visa screening questions
The following editorial first appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

2011 is shaping up to be a boom year for piracy
The killing of four Americans who were taken hostage aboard the yacht Quest off the coast of Oman serves as an ominous warning that pirate activity will increase in 2011 despite large-scale naval deployments in the Gulf of Aden.

Walking away from the editor's desk
A retiring lawyer takes down his shingle; a boxer hangs up his gloves; and an old soldier never dies, he just fades away.

A conglomeration of tax incentives and subsidies masks federal benefits
Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what your country has done for you lately.

A woman leading change in Yemen
After two dethroned presidents in Tunisia and Egypt and now possibly a third in Libya, the recent protests in Yemen are catching the world’s attention. Have opposition and activist-led protests turned into a more spontaneous youth uprising? The escalating violence is worrying, but will it lead to the overthrow of President Ali Abdullah Saleh? Or will change take much longer in Yemen?

High wind warning remains in effect for Juneau
A high wind warning is in place for Juneau today and through noon Thursday, according to a forecast from the National Weather Service. Gusts of wind are predicted to reach speeds between 70 and 90 mph downtown and in Douglas today and Thursday

Transportation Department studies Wasilla bypass
ANCHORAGE — Mat-Su residents can have their say Thursday on a proposal for a Wasilla Bypass that would allow drivers through Wasilla to bypass the Parks Highway.

Sarah Palin plans trip to Point Clear
MOBILE, Ala. — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is planning another trip to Alabama in May.

IRS says more than 5,000 Alaskans may be due 2007 refund
The Internal Revenue Service states that there is a refund potential for around 5,200 Alaskans who did not file federal income taxes in 2007. The total potential refunds equal around $6.5 million with the average refund for Alaska being $688.

Bill ties driver's license to visa
JUNEAU — The Alaska House of Representatives approved a bill on Monday that would tie a driver’s license’s validity to the duration of a person’s authorized residency in the United States.

Sitka Conservation Society stands behind Forest Service budget proposal
The Sitka Conservation Society is standing behind the U.S. Forest Service in its budget proposals that it feels will make a more sustainable management direction for the Tongass.

Neighbors rescue woman from Anchorage fire
ANCHORAGE — Neighbors rescued a woman from a burning mobile home Monday evening in Anchorage.

2 sentenced in credit card fraud case
ANCHORAGE — Two Fairbanks men have been sentenced in federal court for using a stolen gasoline credit card.

Alaska Democrats support NPRA bridge proposal
JUNEAU — Alaska Democratic lawmakers have sent a letter to federal officials in support of a bridge to a petroleum prospect in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

Salmon fry killed at Prince of Wales hatchery
An unknown person turned the fresh water supply off at the Prince of Wales hatchery sometime either Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, killing nearly all the king salmon fry there, according to a release from the Alaska State Troopers.

Sprinkler system helps extinguish fire
ANCHORAGE — Anchorage firefighters are crediting a sprinkler system for limiting a fire at an athletic club.

Ferry service to Angoon, Tenakee Springs to stop for more than 2 weeks
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities announced a break in ferry service to Angoon and Tenakee Springs from March 31 to April 16. This is due to the ferry Aurora returning to Prince William Sound on April 1. The ferry Leconte will pick up service on April 16 after finishing an extended upgrade and renovation project at Vigor Marine Shipyard in Portland, Ore.

Railroad workers shift union allegiance to IAMAW
The Alaska Labor Relations Agency reports 51 railroad workers have voted to be represented by the Teamsters Local 959, while seven opted to remain with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 1735.

Police: Anchorage home-invasion not random
ANCHORAGE — Anchorage police say a home-invasion shooting at a home in the Mountain View neighborhood was not random.

Alaska-Canada caribou herd strongly rebounds
ANCHORAGE — A photo census indicates a caribou herd shared by Alaska and northwest Canada has grown significantly.

Lawmakers debate talking and driving ban
JUNEAU — Alaska state lawmakers are considering a proposed ban on cell phone use by motorists.

Alaska analysis supports health care overhaul
JUNEAU — A legal analysis by the Alaska Legislative Affairs Agency says court rulings against the federal health care overhaul do not apply to the state.

No. 1 for a reason
Host Juneau-Douglas made quick work of Ketchikan on Wednesday with a 64-30 win in the second round of the 4A girls’ bracket of the Region V 3A/4A Basketball Tournament.

3A hoops roundup: Sitka explodes for 89
The Sitka boys’ basketball team had no problems adjusting to the atmosphere of postseason play on opening day of the 2011 Region V 3A Basketball Tournament.

Crimson Bears top cold-shooting Kings
Juneau-Douglas controlled the paint and kept cold-shooting Ketchikan at bay down the stretch for a 53-45 win in Wednesday’s second round of the 4A boys’ bracket of the Region V 3A/4A Basketball Tournament at JDHS.

3A hoops roundup: Sitka explodes for 89
The Sitka boys’ basketball team had no problems adjusting to the atmosphere of postseason play on opening day of the 2011 Region V 3A Basketball Tournament.

Kings hold on to top Falcons
Kyle Day made a free throw with 12.2 seconds left and Matt Seymour missed a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer as Ketchikan held on to beat Thunder Mountain 51-48 Tuesday in the first round of the 4A boys’ bracket of the 2011 Region V 3A/4A Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Ketchikan stops TMHS
Ketchikan held Thunder Mountain to just three first-half field goals and closed with an 8-3 spurt to top the Falcons 45-36 Tuesday in the 4A girls’ bracket opener of the 2011 Region V 3A/4A Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.

JDHS girls No. 2, boys No. 3 in final WPI
The Final Winning Percentage Index released Tuesday has the defending 4A girls’ basketball champion Juneau-Douglas second, and the Crimson Bears boys third.

Stimulus dollars drive demand for consultants
The flood of federal stimulus money into the nation’s public schools has dramatically increased the demand for education consultants, leaving some stimulus recipients struggling to find seasoned advisors and others uneasy about the pitches they are getting.

Ulmer, other chancellors visit legislators
University chancellors from around Alaska are working the halls in the Capitol, making sure legislators know what they’re doing at their campuses around the state and making friends for their schools.

$100M more sought for Exxon Valdez cleanup
ANCHORAGE — A federal judge will hear arguments Friday on whether Exxon Mobil Corp. owes another $100 million to remove oil remaining on the Prince William Sound shoreline from the 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker spill.

Legal analysis challenges Parnell's view on health care reform
A legislative legal analysis is challenging Gov. Sean Parnell’s contention that Alaska is bound by a Florida court ruling that found the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to be unconstitutional, and calls the governor’s view “implausible.”

Oil studies find commercial fish in Arctic waters
ANCHORAGE — Surveys for possible oil and gas drilling off Alaska’s northern coast have found commercial fish such as Pacific cod and walleye pollock in Arctic waters where they have not been previously documented, the Anchorage Daily News reported Monday.

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