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Friday, March 4, 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Week 5 Results!
The weight loss results for week 5.

Dr. Pavitt’s Weekly Tip for Permanent Fat Loss
I’ve repeatedly written that there is no disconnect between what you need to do to be healthy and what you need to do to be lean. It’s no surprise, then, that numerous studies have substantiated that regardless of what diet you undertake, exercise is non-negotiable for permanent fat loss.

Chamber updated on 2010 Coast Guard operations
The commander of the 17th Coast Guard District told the Juneau Chamber of Commerce just how busy the Coast Guard was in 2010, and what that means for the state.

Pfister excited to take on Centennial Hall
A familiar Juneau face will soon be frequenting Centennial Hall as its new manager.

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.

Correction
On page C1 of the Feb. 24 Empire, an article about Annie Geselle’s brain injury on page C1 stated that REACH, Geselle’s former employer through the Canvas, had denied her disability benefits.

ADF&G: 2011 salmon forecast looks bright
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced 2011 statewide commercial salmon harvest forecast totals of about 203 million salmon of all species. The statewide forecast is broken down into 44.7 million sockeye salmon, 4.6 million coho salmon, 134.5 million pink salmon and 19.5 million chum salmon.

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.

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.

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.

Evidence hearing in DUI case continued
Former Alaska Department of Fish & Game commissioner Denby Lloyd, arrested for drunken driving in August 2010, was in Juneau Superior Court Thursday for an evidentiary hearing before Judge Patricia Collins.

Photo: Tense tournament
Thunder Mountain High School girls’ basketball coach Tanya Nizich screams with her team in the final seconds of their overtime loss to Ketchikan during the Region V 4A Basketball Tournament Thursday at Juneau-Douglas High School.

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.

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: Bitten by the breeze
Students at Gastineau Elementary School run from the school bus to the school through blowing snow Wednesday. The National Weather Service lifted its high wind warning at noon on Thursday. As of press time, the NWS predicted gusts up to 60 MPH in downtown Juneau and Douglas on Friday night with winds subsiding Saturday.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

Kathleen A. Messing
Juneau resident Kathleen A. Messing died unexpectedly Feb. 24, 2011 at Bartlett Regional Hospital. She was 52 years old.

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

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

What's holding back Huckabee?
A leading question mark in an uncertain Republican presidential field is a potentially potent candidate who surged into prominence in 2008, briefly enjoyed soaring popularity, landed a book contract and television gig, and seems reluctant to forsake the resulting financial success and greatly enhanced lifestyle.

Outside editorial: Supreme Court made right call on Church's funeral protests
The following editorial first appeared in the Kansas City Star:

It's time to end rigged system
The governors in Wisconsin and other states trying to reform the system within which public-sector employees negotiate their salaries and benefits are doing the nation a great favor.

Union protests are America's Cairo moment
The frustration and idealism that poured into the streets of Cairo in early February and eventually changed that nation are finding their counterpoints at state capitals across the United States.

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?

Sea bound visitors
A pod of orcas arrived last week in Gastineau Channel. The pod turned heads and stopped traffic around the lunch hour on Friday as they moved beneath the Douglas Bridge, swimming slowly along the shoreline and in and out of breakwaters during a low winter tide.

Cultivating children of nature
Richard Louv speaks of the benefits children get watching a butterfly quivering by, or the awakening they feel after a romp in the woods leaves them rosey-cheeked and wind-blown. It’s moments like these, he believes, that stimulate youth in ways that enrich, enlighten and enhance lives.

Gear swap seeking youth rain apparel
JUNEAU — The Juneau Children Outdoors Community Coalition will be holding its 2nd annual Children’s Rain Gear Round-Up today from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Alaskan & Proud parking lot.

Tips on Tracks: Raven
This tracks feature appears every other week during winter months and is compiled by members of Discovery Southeast, a local nonprofit offering a variety of programs for local youth aimed at educating and engaging students in their outdoor world.

Upward in search of light and ice
One of the biggest avalanches I have ever seen happened fifteen minutes from my front door. The plumes of snow billowed like a cumulous cloud down the long ice runnels that clung precariously to the sides of Mount Juneau.

Lawson meadow meanderings
The meadows near Lawson Creek are a favorite destination for a Parks and Recreation hike or for just exploring. Hikers can now get there from the snowmobilers’ parking lot on Blueberry Hill, up to the Treadwell Ditch, then south on the Treadwell Ditch Trail and over the new bridge at Lawson Creek. The upstream loop of the old Ditch Trail is now cut off by the new bridge, but it is accessible by going partway up the valley on the old Ditch Trail after crossing the bridge or hop right up into a chain of meadows that stretches up the valley.

Audubon of Alaska director to talk on shorebird migration
JUNEAU — The Juneau Audubon Society is inviting the public to a free lecture presented by Dr. Nils Warnock, executive director of Audubon Alaska, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, in the Egan Lecture Hall, room 112, at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Learn how to be a horseman
JUNEAU — Horse enthusiasts ages 6- to 10-years-old are invited to participate in horseman lessons under the supervision of adult riders through the Thunder Mountain Riders 4-H club.

Wild shots
The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska’s wildlife, scenery or plant life. Send your photos via e-mail to: Abby Lowell, Outdoors editor, abby.lowell@juneauempire.com. For all photos include the name of the photographer, a description of what is shown in the picture, when it was taken and any other pertinent information. Images will run as space allows.

Snow and trail conditions report for the Juneau area

Tides tables for March 4 through March 10
Today, March 4

AMHS cancels today's Lynn Canal sailings, adds Saturday stop in Hoonah
Storm-force winds and seas forced the cancellation of the ferry Aurora’s sailings in Lynn Canal today, according to a release from the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Mendenhall lecture tonight to focus on glacier itself
The winter lecture series continues tonight at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center with a subject literally in its own backyard. Students and staff from the University of Alaska Southeast will give the latest information on the glacier’s mass balance, lake temperature, lake depth and ablation. Those from UAS have mapped the seasonal terminus changes of the glacier and photographed ice calving events.

New gallery opening tonight for First Friday
Ravensong Studio, a new downtown gallery, will celebrate its unofficial opening this evening during the First Friday Art Walk. Located at 127 S. Franklin St., Suite B, next to Nail Jazz, the new gallery will specialize in Alaska Native fine art.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Alaska man gets 6 years after friend shot in knee
FAIRBANKS — An Alaska man who fled to Canada after shooting a friend in the knee has been sentenced to six years in prison for attempted murder.

Man accidentally shoots foot
NIKISKI — Alaska State Troopers say a Nikiski man accidentally shot himself in the foot.

Lake and Peninsula voters could have chance to vote to block mining
Lake and Peninsula Borough citizens filed an application to have the Save our Salmon Initiative to appear on the next municipal election ballot, according to a press release. The Initiative, sponsored by 24 Lake and Peninsula Borough residents, will prohibit any large-scale resource extraction activity, including mining, if that activity could destroy or degrade salmon waters.

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.

Alaska Senate turns to citizens for savings ideas
JUNEAU — The Alaska Senate State Affairs Committee is seeking suggestions for how to reign in state spending.

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

Iowa GOP chief: 'Risky' for Palin to ignore Iowa
WASHINGTON — The Iowa Republican Party chairman said Thursday that if Sarah Palin seeks the presidency, she shouldn’t think she can win the GOP nomination without seriously participating in the first-in-the-nation caucuses.

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

Murkowski praises NOAA's resolution of 3-mile boundary dispute
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, commended the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for cooperating with the state of Alaska on resolving a dispute over the 3-mile water boundaries.

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.

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.

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.

Glass wall going up at Space Gallery in Seattle
SEATTLE — The Museum of Flight in Seattle says workers are erecting a 40-foot glass wall Wednesday at the Space Gallery, the building it hopes will house one of the retiring NASA space shuttles.

Kings oust Falcons from 4A boys' bracket
It was clear Thursday afternoon Ketchikan wanted another shot at No. 1 seed Juneau-Douglas on Friday.

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.

Ketchikan tames TMHS in OT
It was only fitting that the first elimination game was the best of the week thus far on the 4A girls’ side of the 2011 Region V 3A/4A 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.

Roundup: Braves face Wolves for boys' 3A title
Sitka took care of its end of the bargain, and then Mt. Edgecumbe did the same.

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.

Federal judge clears way, briefly, for Alaska health reform
A Florida district court judge Thursday temporarily suspended his ruling blocking federal health care reform, clearing the way for Alaska to begin implementing the reforms over the objection of Gov. Sean Parnell.

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.

Mine executive says Pebble, fishing can co-exist
ANCHORAGE — The chief executive of a company pursuing the Pebble copper and gold mine prospect in southwest Alaska said Thursday that mining and fishing can co-exist.

Fuel spill closes village school
ANCHORAGE — The elementary school at the Koyukuk River village of Huslia is indefinitely closed after diesel oil spilled out of an overflowing tank, Alaska environmental regulators said Thursday.

$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.

Democrats weigh in on blocked drilling project
Some Alaska Democrats are trying to make sure top federal officials know there is bipartisan support in Alaska for drilling for oil in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

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.”

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