Thursday, March 4, 2010

Unencumbered by convention Ahn Trio plays JDHS auditorium Saturday
The Ahn Trio doesn't put many limits on what they can do. Though they are most often described as modern classical musicians, the three sisters - violinist Angella, cellist Maria and pianist Lucia - have a very broad focus in their musical selections, allowing themselves the freedom to be guided by their love of many genres, their appreciation for new works and the pure enjoyment of playing together.

Floyd Dryden students to give concerts this week
Floyd Dryden Middle School will hold a string orchestra and choir concert at 6.30 p.m. Tuesday March 9, at Thunder Mountain High School. Floyd Dryden's band concert will take place the next night, March 10, at the same time.

'Seasons of Subsistence' photo exhibit among First Friday shows
The following art openings are scheduled for Friday night at various locations downtown and in the Mendenhall Valley.

Statewide Poetry Out Loud champion announced
Jessica Wilder, of Chugiak High School, won the Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Championship held Feb. 23 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Songwriter showcase slated for Friday
Ike Sheldon and Nate Gawron of the award-winning The Wilders Country Band will perform Friday for the first in a series of songwriter showcases at the Gold Town Nickelodeon movie theater.

Reel Films event showcases local cinematic talent
This Saturday, March 6, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, an array of local films will be shown as part of Merrysmith Filmworks' Reel Films event. Screenings will begin at 7 and 8:30 p.m.

Gold Street fundraising concert to be held Saturday
Gold Street Music will hold their final concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 740 W. 10th St., downtown.

Youth Choir, Bach Society to perform this weekend
The Alaska Youth Choir, in concert with the Bach Society, will present "Why We Sing" this Saturday, March 6, beginning at 7 p.m. at Northern Light United Church.

Craft addiction to craft business
So, you're a crafter with a product that you know is fantastic (because the orders from friends and family keep rolling in), and you want to take the next step and sell to someone you don't know. You've answered some of the questions from part 1 of this series (the who, what, why and when of selling) and you're ready. What's next?

Tracy Morgan fans will get a kick out of 'Cop Out'
H owever you feel about the action-comedy-buddy-cop genre (think "Lethal Weapon," "Rush Hour"), you have to admit the on-paper mix of "Cop Out" is intriguing. Kevin Smith, who when he isn't being kicked off planes for being too fat (that happened) is busy writing the scripts he eventually shoots, directs from someone else's screenplay. Not counting "Dogma," which had some action, it is also a completely new type of movie for Smith. He loves dialogue and lots of characters.

'Cannabis North': A fictional piece with a political message
Political activism and fiction come together in Douglas resident Dick Callahan's new book, "Cannabis North." Centering on the cannabis trade in Alaska, the book took Callahan three years to write and was begun after the author had an inspired moment in 2006.

Congress should ask what is reasonable in Sealaska land bill
The Sealaska lands bill in Congress is unprecedented in a number of ways, as it ought to be, given the complexity of the ANCSA and the underlying issues.

Alaskans reach out to Haitians in need
The world is watching as Haiti rebuilds the country following January's devastating earthquake. We are seeing selflessness, camaraderie and tender acts of humanity everyday.

Group dedicated to spurring job growth in Southeast Alaska
I'm a board member of the First Things First Alaska Foundation. We are an educational 501(c)(3) tax deductible organization and our mission is to disseminate information about the Southeast Alaska economy and the jobs it creates.

Legislature: Kookesh violated ethics rules
A legislative review has found Sen. Albert Kookesh to be in violation of state ethics policies following allegations that he used political influence to keep a city council from opposing a lands bill pushed by the Native corporation he's employed by.

UA candidates visit Juneau
Two University of Alaska presidency hopefuls were introduced to Juneau on Wednesday, along with one who needed no introduction.

Girl with diabetes to receive some canine help
ANCHORAGE - Type 1 diabetes, the kind children get, is a frightening diagnosis for any parent, with the threat that an undetected drop in blood sugar could cause a seizure or even a coma during the night when everyone's sleeping.

Medical, non-medical volunteers needed for spring health fairs
JUNEAU - Alaska Health Fair Inc. is coordinating two health fairs in Juneau this spring, the Legislative Health Fair on March 18 and the Juneau Community Spring Health Fair on April 24 at the Nugget Mall.

Alec Venechuk joins R&M Engineering
JUNEAU - Alec Venechuk joined R&M Engineering, Inc. in October 2009. Venechuk was born in Petersburg and grew up in Healy, Alaska and obtained his B.S. degree in geological engineering from University of Alaska Fairbanks in May 2009. His past experience includes working for Usibeli Coal Mine in Healy, where he was responsible for writing and reviewing drilling contracts; managing an exploration program and drill crew; performing borehole logging; monitoring and sampling piezometric wells; compiling geotechnical drilling data and designing and staking of exploration roads. Venechuk has also worked as a geology intern for Kensington Gold Mine in Juneau. He married Kelsey Sturrock, a JDHS graduate, in August 2009. Venechuk's role at R&M has included working as a surveyor and doing materials testing at the Kensington Gold Mine. He is projected to work on geotechnical and civil engineering design projects for the State of Alaska, the City and Borough of Juneau and private sector projects in Southeast Alaska.

Dietitians to host family fun night on nutrition
JUNEAU - Three SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium dietitians will host a free family fun night on nutrition from 6 to 7 p.m. March 11 at Centennial Hall.

Blue or Red?
Decision time.

John Stone named Engineer of the Year
JUNEAU - John Stone was honored as the Alaska Capital Engineers' 2010 Engineer of the Year. The award was presented to Stone during the 2010 Engineers Banquet and Awards Ceremony held Feb. 20 at Centennial Hall.

AEL&P wins award for emergency recovery
WASHINGTON - The Edison Electric Institute recognized Alaska Electric Light and Power this week as a winner of the "Emergency Recovery Award" for its excellence in restoring its transmission infrastructure following two separate avalanches that struck within seven months of one another in 2008 and 2009.

Free energy efficiency courses offered
JUNEAU - Alaska Craftsman Home Program is offering free courses in energy efficiency for consumers interested in the Alaska Home Energy Rebate Program. Students will learn how to do their own energy efficient improvements for Alaska Housing Finance Corp. rebates.

Historic shipwreck open house scheduled for today
The U.S. Coast Guard will send a dive team Monday to the underwater tomb of the Princess Kathleen to further assess the integrity of its fuel tanks and estimate how much oil is left aboard the vessel.

Rasmuson Foundation welcomes new board committee members
ANCHORAGE - Rasmuson Foundation recently welcomed three new board committee members: Bill Corbus, Linda Leary and Aaron Schutt.

R&M Engineering makes staff changes
JUNEAU - R&M Engineering Inc. announced last week that Alec Venechuk joined in October 2009 and Kevin Puustinen passed the Professional Engineering Exam.

Alaska SBDC hosts workshop March 9
JUNEAU - The Alaska Small Business Development Center is hosting a workshop March 9 titled, "Communication Essentials and Effective Team Building."

Toughen corporate campaigning rules, lawmakers say
The laws being written for corporate disclosure and disclaimers in political campaigning need teeth to be effective, House lawmakers said Tuesday.

Alaska Airlines to offer in-flight Internet
SEATTLE - Alaska Airlines passengers will soon be able to browse the Web, send e-mail and connect to virtual networks while flying with a new service announced last week.

Halibut managers seek ways to study bycatch
As the commercial halibut season prepares to open Saturday, running through Nov. 15, fishery managers are still discussing the best way to measure the impact of bycatch and what it means to other harvests in the Northwest Pacific.

Prebula to lead United Way in Southeast
JUNEAU - Michelle Prebula was recently elected chair of the United Way of Southeast Alaska. Prebula, who serves as cash manager for the State of Alaska Department of Revenue, has served on the board since 2007.

University president search comes to Juneau
Candidates for the presidency of the University of Alaska will meet with students and residents at the university's Juneau campus today.

Prince of Wales mine site added to Superfund list
An old mine on Prince of Wales Island has been added to the federal government's Superfund sites list, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Magazine lists Juneau man among top financial advisors
For the second year in a row, Barron's Magazine named long-time Juneau resident Peter Jurasz one of the top 1,000 financial advisors in the United States, and one of the top five in Alaska.

Photo: Rallying for key bill
Members and supporters of the Key Coalition of Alaska march up Main Street for a rally Wednesday on the Capitol steps. The Key Coalition advocates for disabilities and community disability services and is supporting Senate Bill 32, which would provide medical assistance payments for home and community-based services.

Photo: Storm clouds
Sunlight shines through as clouds pass over downtown Juneau Tuesday morning.

Gillam: Pebble will 'destroy' salmon run, Bristol Bay
The Pebble Mine is "a Trojan horse that should not be allowed through the gates of Bristol Bay." Pollution is "virtually certain." Wind, weather and seismic activity ensure there is "zero probability" a dam filled with billions of tons of tailings will remain safely contained in perpetuity.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Energy discussion opened to the public
A Senate committee will hold a special meeting Wednesday to hear from the public about low-cost ways to save energy and money.

Charlotte "Ann" Mann
Charlotte "Ann" Mann died Feb. 28, 2010, after a period of declining health. She was 81.

Brian 'BoJack' Jackson
Former Juneau resident Brian Gerald Jackson died Feb. 26, 2010, at Valley Hospital in Las Vegas. He was 41.

Are we less safe?
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

Miranda isn't forever
The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Reflections on turning 34
Last week, I turned 34. As birthdays go, it wasn't much of a milestone. I didn't become a man, for instance. It was not "sweet," nor was it my Quincean-anything. I could not procure previously unobtainable age-dependent items, e.g. pornography, rental cars or AARP membership. I reached legal drinking age when Will Smith was still the Fresh Prince. I've been voting since that infamous blue dress stain was just a gleam in Bill Clinton's eye.

Progress made during first half of '10 session
The second session of the 26th Alaska Legislature is now at the halfway point, and the House is closing out the operating budget. This is a good time to give an update on issues important to Juneau.

Art of war not easily understood
All of us know the story of Osama bin Laden and the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. At the time, I found it very interesting that so much was made of it.

Calling out the crazy, incoherent among us
"At some point, you have to use the word 'crazy."'

Denali's wolves: A history of loss
I'll never forget seeing the black alpha male and small gray female of the East Fork wolves in Denali National Park that day. I was walking up the road near Polychrome Pass and looked behind me to see three wolves coming my way. It was a hot day, their heads hung low as they plodded along the dusty road. While they simply looked out of the corner of their eyes, seemingly uninterested in my presence, it was one of the most memorable experiences I have ever had in Denali. Little did I know it would be the last time I would ever see these wolves again.

Suspect charged in 1972 Seattle slaying
SEATTLE - Prosecutors have charged a 71-year-old suspect in a slaying that took place in 1972 - one of the oldest cold cases in Seattle.

Police: Fairbanks man used bogus checks for trucks
FAIRBANKS - A 22-year-old former soldier is making a habit of trying to buy trucks with forged checks in Fairbanks, police said.

School Board OKs first reading of draft budget
JUNEAU - The Juneau School Board unanimously approved the first reading of its draft budget for the 2011 fiscal year at its meeting Tuesday night.

Mackey looks to other mushing circuits in 2011
ANCHORAGE - Defending Iditarod champion Lance Mackey, who also has won the Yukon Quest four times, plans to bypass both long-distance sled dog races next year and focus on the Lower 48 mushing circuit.

Northwest at risk of megaquake like one in Chile
LOS ANGELES - Just 50 miles off the Pacific Northwest coast is an earthquake hotspot that threatens to unleash on Seattle, Portland and Vancouver the kind of damage that has shattered Chile.

Coast Guard, state plan open house on shipwreck
JUNEAU - Coast Guard and state officials are holding an open house to discuss plans for assessing a shipwreck believed to the source of oil sheens in the Juneau area.

Man who allegedly drove gunman to area of slayings is charged
SEATTLE - Darcus Allen, the man who allegedly drove the killer of four Lakewood, Wash., police officers to the area where the Nov. 29 slayings occurred, was charged Tuesday with four counts of first-degree aggravated murder.

Name of man shot by officers released
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have released the name of a man shot to death by two officers responding to a domestic violence call.

Work to start on city's water system
JUNEAU - The City and Borough of Juneau Water Utility will begin flushing the water distribution system in the city March 15.

Anchorage approves alcoholic housing plan
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Assembly voted Tuesday night to approve so-called "housing first" facilities for alcoholics.

Troxels liquor license remains in limbo
JUNEAU - The Alcohol Beverage Control Board has deferred a decision on the liquor license of the Breakwater Inn Restaurant and Lounge, also known as Troxels Steak and Seafood, until its next quarterly meeting.

Gates Foundation awards $900,000 to Alaska group
ANCHORAGE - The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded $900,000 to an Alaska foundation to support educational programs for low-income and minority populations.

Public comment on beluga habitat ends
ANCHORAGE - Wednesday is the last day to submit comments about the proposed critical habitat for beluga whales in Cook Inlet.

Former House candidate charged with assault
ANCHORAGE - A Fairbanks man who unsuccessfully ran for the state House two years ago has been charged with felony assault after Alaska State Troopers said he choked a woman during a drive to Anchorage.

Man arrested for felony domestic violence assault
HOONAH - A 21-year-old man was arrested for felony domestic violence early Tuesday morning in the Whitestone Community on Chichagof Island near Hoonah.

Manufacturer recalls granola bars
ANCHORAGE - A granola bar distributed in Alaska has been recalled.

Regulatory commission denies Enstar rate hike
ANCHORAGE - The Regulatory Commission of Alaska has denied a request by Enstar Natural Gas to recoup a $5.7 million billing error.

Big Alaska state construction bonds may need vote
FAIRBANKS - State House Speaker Mike Chenault says some lawmakers in Juneau are pushing for a public vote this fall on major state construction plans, including a new sciences center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and an Anchorage crime lab.

Tompkins gets gold - again
Juneau monoskier Joe Tompkins earned another spot at the top of the podium Tuesday, winning the IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals gold medal in the Downhill event for the fourth overall World Cup gold of his career.

Tompkins owns World Cup downhill, wins gold, globe for year-end points title
He's on fire. Figuratively speaking, of course, but you could say he's going out in a blaze of glory.

Photos: 2A hoops tourney

Bears edge Falcons in OT
The Juneau-Douglas boys' basketball team pulled out a 78-73 overtime victory over Thunder Mountain in the opening round of the Southeast Conference basketball tournament Tuesday at Mt. Edgecumbe High School.

Boozer increases scholarshipsfor camp
Utah Jazz forward and Juneau-Douglas High School alum Carlos Boozer has donated 60 scholarships to his basketball camp through United Way of Southeast Alaska in order to encourage kids to learn about the game of basketball, as well as building teamwork and healthy exercise.

Camp Carlos' comeback
Juneau-Douglas High School alum Carlos Boozer is in the midst of another stellar season with the Utah Jazz, but he's already gearing up for the next edition of his summertime youth basketball camp, held in Juneau the first week of August.

Dimond Park Aquatic Center holds design contest
The Dimond Park Aquatic Center broke ground in the Valley last fall with an expected opening in March 2011.

JDHS girls, boys both hold on to beat Kings
The Juneau-Douglas girls' basketball team nearly squandered a 13-point lead Wednesday in the second round of the Southeast Conference region tournament before regrouping for a 61-57 victory over archrival Ketchikan.

Parnell touts scholarship plan at Native forum in Juneau
Gov. Sean Parnell's proposal for scholarships got both applause and some skeptical questions during his first address at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall since becoming governor.

Morris Publishing Group emerges from bankruptcy
Morris Publishing Group announced Wednesday it has completed the necessary steps to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company submitted a plan on Jan. 19 to restructure its debts that was approved by most of its bondholders before the filing.

Boy dies after slipping under ice
FAIRBANKS - Emergency responders have recovered the body of an 11-year-old boy who fell off a snowmobile and slipped under the ice of the Chena River near downtown Fairbanks.

Palin begins work on new book
NEW YORK - Sarah Palin is ready for the next chapter of her publishing career.

Park service proposes expanding Denali wolf no-trapping zone
FAIRBANKS - The National Park Service is proposing to increase a no-trapping zone for wolves on the northeast boundary of Denali National Park and Preserve.

Fairbanks land deal secures space for new $75 million medical center
FAIRBANKS - A land deal with the city of Fairbanks will allow a $75 million medical center project for Natives and American Indians to move forward.

Report faults fuel lever in 2008 helicopter crash
ANCHORAGE - A 2008 helicopter crash that killed three Alaska state workers and a pilot likely was caused by a passenger bumping a fuel lever into an emergency position, causing the turbine engine to "overspeed" and lose power, according a federal investigation released Wednesday.

Nome becomes rural trash disposal hub
For many of the villages surrounding Nome, properly disposing of toxic waste is a difficult task, said Kari Van Delden, service district faculty member with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension.

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