Thursday, March 6, 2008

Celebrating snowsports
For some snowsport enthusiasts there is a word that describes the pure passion of aggressively negotiating a mountain - shralping.

Exhibit celebrates the past with near-obsolete art technique
The first Polaroid picture was taken in 1947, and the Berlin Wall was erected in 1961. The wall is no more, and at the end of this year, Polaroid film will be gone as well.

Locally written one-act plays premiere March 7
Juneau-Douglas Little Theatre will host the opening of its production of "An Evening of One Acts," featuring two locally written one-act plays Friday, March 7. The plays will be staged in the new Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Author to speak about Iraq on March 10
Independent journalist and author Dahr Jamail will give a public lecture describing his experiences reporting inside Iraq on Monday, March 10, in Juneau.

What's Happening
Events calender the week of Thursday, Mar. 6 through Wednesday, Mar. 12.

Ay, there's the rub
The use of spices is as old as human cooking, and the use of specific combination of spices and rubs have not been far behind. Throughout history they have helped to define culinary regions, areas and even countries.

Anchorage meadery features a whole constellation of different meads
When I was in Anchorage last January I kept an eye on the sky, and after visiting Midnight Sun Brewing Co. was able to fit in a quick visit to Celestial Meads amidst beer extravaganzas.

Take me into the ball game
Since there isn't much controversy surrounding baseball these days outside of Topps no longer packaging gum with its cards, we figured we would focus our attention on something truly newsworthy: "MLB 2K8." Last year was a winning season for 2K Sports' long-running series, as it showed off an unprecedented level of player detail (Derek Jeter - polygonal heartthrob), but there were aspects of the game that either didn't work as well as they should, or were clearly dragged over from the previous generation.

Navigating the peer-to-peer universe
A term that is often bandied about in the computer world is "peer-to-peer." Young folks are quite familiar with the technology, but even they will appear a bit flustered if I use the phrase.

Freedom is going up in smoke
Just for the record, my husband Todd and I do not smoke. We are not drug users nor do we drink. I believe the government does not need to dictate how we should live. Isn't that what our forefathers fought so hard against, isn't that why they fought the British? Why the American Revolution happened? They fought for our "freedom." Freedom is a precious thing that the government is slowly taking away from us, bit by bit.

Schools will be strong and diverse
Thank you for the continuing coverage of the important, historic and challenging steps our district and our community are taking toward opening a new high school and strengthening high school success in our town.

Capital move should not be a priority
Are these our priorities? Cut funding for the Head Start program and sign a blank check for relocating the legislative session?

Bus riders give their opinions on Capital Transit service
After hearing from consultants that the Juneau bus system could be more reliable, the city turned to residents this week for discussion and more input.

Gold Creek back on table for new cruise dock
Looking to move forward with repairs to the downtown cruise ship docks, the Docks and Harbors Board on Wednesday asked the Juneau Assembly for advice on which way to go: repair or rebuild?

Assembly set to vote on new smoking ordinance Monday
The Juneau Assembly agreed Wednesday to only seek a level competitive "playing field" among bars with a rewritten Second-Hand Smoke Control Ordinance that is expected to be up for a decision at the regular meeting Monday.

Board gives early approval to school district's budget
The Juneau School Board gave preliminary approval Tuesday to the school district's proposed $67.8 million operating budget for next year, an early step in what could be a lengthy budget process.

City plans to retool Amalga Harbor plan
Local divers and homeowners are worried about a proposed breakwater at Amalga Harbor.

Photo: Marching toward a showdown
Some of the 500 Southeast high school students from six schools disembark from the state ferry Matanuska on Tuesday at Auke Bay. The fans, basketball teams, cheer squads and dance teams all have come to Juneau to attend the SoutheastConference Basketball Tournament held at Juneau-Douglas High School starting 3 p.m. today and concluding Saturday.

Photo: Tribute to a fireman
Dave Stevens rings the fire bell Wednesday at the Juneau Fire Station in memory of his father, the late Glacier Fire Department Assistant Chief Schuyler Stevens, who died in February. Capital City Fire and Rescue personnel and former firemen gathered for the bell ringing. A traditional memorial service started in the early 1990s for Juneau area firemen who have died.

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Around Town
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Police & Fire
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Police & Fire
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Familiar heist formula throws a few curves in 'The Bank Job'
"The Bank Job" is a solidly built and entertaining Brit B-movie about a heist that goes wrong. And right.

Ferrell's sports movies have run their course
I 've been worried that this day was coming; I knew if Will Ferrell wasn't careful his gloriously fat, semi-nude body wouldn't be enough to make me laugh anymore. I was hoping "Semi-Pro" would breathe some hilarity back into Ferrell's filmography. Instead, it brought the day I've been dreading painfully into the present.

Juneau's Cinema guide
OPENING

'Into the Wild' comes to DVD
You know that urge to leave the everyday world behind, head for the tranquility of the wilderness and never see another tall building again? Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) exercised that urge, and "Into the Wild" is a visualization of the Jon Krakauer novel that told McCandless' true story. "Wild" picks up two years into the exodus, filling in the details through flashbacks that wisely break up the 148-minute (and otherwise mostly linear) narrative. Even more wisely, though - and with a skill that's not to be taken lightly - these scenes dress up the narrative without holding hands and dragging viewers by the wrists. "Wild" is an adventure film beyond anything else, and whatever details one gleans about McCandless and his family are refreshingly open to one's own personal interpretation. Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Catherine Keener and Vince Vaughn also star.

One Aisle Over: Not so in the mainstream
Standing behind a piano with the lights of Juneau shining through the window behind her, Naomi Hooley pounded out a progression of bluesy chords that brought the talking crowd at The Island Pub on March 1 to a near-silent standstill.

Back in the day at the Armory
At Sean Tracey's CD release party on Feb. 28, the music was fun, uplifting and homegrown - much like Sean himself. The event was held at the new Juneau Arts & Culture Center, formerly called the Armory.

MASHUP of the week
Mashups are most simply explained as a form of a remix.

Nine Inch Nails' Reznor gives fans online access to album
Radiohead's name-your-price download strategy, in which the band offered its latest album, "In Rainbows," to consumers for whatever price they chose, has been the talk of the music world for months.

Juneau-Douglas High School concert slated for March 11
The Juneau-Douglas High School student musicians will put on a free public concert starting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, in the school'sauditorium.

Mock murder, music scheduled at Alaskan
The Blazer Club is hosting a "Beware the Ides of March Toga & Murder Party" on Friday night, March 7, at the Alaskan Hotel & Bar.

Clinton bounces back with wins in Ohio, Texas
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Sen. Hillary Clinton celebrated her victories in Tuesday's Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island presidential primaries as she jetted back to Washington.

Alaska Youth Choir
The Alaska Youth Choir's spring concert, "March Hare, Welsh Rarebit & St. Paddy's," on March 1 at Northern Light United Church, featured the Alaska Youth Choir's preparatory, intermediate and concert choirs.

Thank you for helping in the search for Vern McGee and Mike Dunne
At this time of profound loss for our families, I want to extend our deepest and most sincere gratitude to each and every person involved in the search over the past several days for my brother, Vern McGee, and for Mike Dunne.

Juneau Construction Academy
Students in the Juneau Construction Academy's adult carpentry class, "Basic Construction Techniques," each made wood frame buildings as part of their class at the Juneau Construction Academy. In addition to college credit, the students recieved certificates of completion of the course on March 1.

Crock-pot recipes come in
Calling all cooks! Look no further, this is where readers ask for and share recipes. Are you looking for a lost, forgotten or wish-you-had recipe? Ask Auntie Emo and let our readers help.

Photo: Doggie Daycare does one year
Emily Hudyma, Gastineau Humane Society Doggie Daycare Coordinator, stands with Doggie Daycare Program dogs Maddy, Kyna, Missy, Sula, Charlie, Finn, Ama and Rusty on Feb. 29 at Eagle Beach. Gastineau Humane Society's Doggie Daycare Program celebrates its one-year anniversary in March. The program also has logged more than 3,000 miles of dog-walking. "All I can say is that lot of balls were fetched, a ton of tails were wagged and well, we aren't going to talk about how many poos were picked up, but that number is extraordinary as well," Hudyma said.

University of Alaska Southeast announces Lifelong Learning Series
The University of Alaska Southeast is taking registrations for a March series of lectures and computer courses for learners age 50 and over. The cost of the Lifelong Learning Series is nominal.

Auke Bay Co-op Preschool holds Spring Bazaar on Saturday
Auke Bay Co-op Preschool is sponsoring its Spring Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Chapel by the Lake, in Smith Hall.

The Learning Connection extends hours for free adult education
The Learning Connection, which offers free GED and adult education, has extended hours at its downtown location at 210 Ferry Way.

Steps to a Healthier Southeast Alaska awards school grants
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Steps to a Healthier Southeast Alaska program recently awarded six mini-grants of between $4,520 and $18,717 to five school districts in Southeast Alaska. This is the third round of school grants awarded by the Steps to a Healthier Southeast Alaska program.

Diabetes support group hosts cooking demonstration
The Living Healthy With Diabetes support group in Juneau will host a cooking demonstration from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, featuring Christy Wallace, a Community and Diabetes Dietitian for the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium.

Column: Clark's plea raises questions
Two years ago, talk of corruption and public officials on the take was an inside joke at the Alaska Capitol as many made light of the Corrupt Bastards Club and those who might qualify for membership.

Juneau must remain the capital
This legislative session has been speeding toward the 90-day mark and projected adjournment on the 13th of April. It's hard to say if the Legislature will make this goal, but it has certainly made for a more frenzied pace than what I saw during my six years as a legislative aide.

My turn: An ironic proposal to battle recession
Despite some economists' claims that no recession is imminent, I think we all know better than that.

My Turn: New school will herald a new era
At some point on the morning of Sept. 3, a set of doors will be unlocked and a new era of education will begin in Juneau. Thunder Mountain High School, the controversial and often misunderstood high school, will open.

Outside editorial: Russia's new president-elect bears close scrutinizing
The following editorial first appeared in the Kansas City Star:

Outside editorial: Stagflation: the sequel
Along with disco music, bushy sideburns, angry ayatollahs and other things we'd just as soon forget, the 1970s brought us a new word: stagflation.

Outside editorial: Telecoms deserve immunity from surveillance lawsuits
The following editorialappeared in the Orlando Sentinel:

Man in van approaches children on West Ninth
JUNEAU - A group of 10 children reported Monday that a man pulled up next to them in a van on West Ninth Street and told them to get inside, Juneau police said Wednesday.

Hearing begins on Exxon Mobil's Point Thomson leases
ANCHORAGE - The state has begun a hearing that could result in the termination of Exxon Mobil leases at Point Thomson, a remote section of land east of Prudhoe Bay.

Millions of dollars for Fairbanks fish hatchery back in budget
FAIRBANKS - Millions of dollars are back in the state budget for a fish hatchery for Fairbanks to go along with one planned for Anchorage.

New hot line for health, social services help is operational
JUNEAU - A new hot line for those seeking health and social services help is now in service.

Fairbanks Catholic diocese files petition for Chapter 11
FAIRBANKS - The Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks has filed a petition for Chapter 11 reorganization.

Capital projects are in Senate budget bill over Palin objections
JUNEAU - Capital projects that were vetoed last summer could get vetoed again.

Seattle icebreaker Healy departs Thursday for Arctic
SEATTLE - The Coast Guard icebreaker Healy departs Thursday for the Bering Sea carrying scientists to study the retreating ice in the Bering Sea.

Costco frozen chicken entrees subject of contamination recall
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is warning Alaskans not to eat frozen chicken entrees being recalled by Costco because of concerns about potential listeria contamination.

Nonresident to pay $10,000 fine for lying on licenses
JUNEAU - An Arizona man pleaded guilty in Juneau District Court on Tuesday on charges that he falsely claimed to be an Alaska resident on fishing and hunting license applications.

Palin names state energy coordinator
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin named former Golden Valley Electric Association Chief Executive Steven Haagenson to be the state's energy coordinator.

Palmer police charge man with attempted murder for bus fight
ANCHORAGE - A fight on a busy city street escalated into a stabbing and an attempted murder arrest, Palmer police said.

Mackey takes Iditarod lead at Nikolai
Defending champion Lance Mackey was the first musher to leave the Nikolai checkpoint Tuesday and take the lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Mount Edgecumbe boys open tourney with win, while Braves girls team also triumphs
Caleb McGraw poured in 29 points to lead Mount Edgecumbe High School to an 80-66 victory over Metlakatla in the first round of the Class 3A Southeast Conference Tournament on Wednesday at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Photo: Southeast Conference Tournament spirit
Petersburg High School cheerleaders, from left, Campbell Longworth, Claira Sallenbach dressed as the Viking mascot, Jay Weaver and Devon Benitz cheer Wednesday during the Petersburg vs. Metlakatla girls basketball game at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Goldminers maintain Tier A lead
The Kensington Goldminers maintained their Tier A lead after routing the Ice Pirates 6-2 in Juneau Adult Hockey Association action on Sunday at Treadwell Arena.

Photo: Ready for action
The Ketchikan High School cheerleaders pose for photos Tuesday after arriving to attend the Southeast Conference Basketball tournament this week at Juneau-Douglas High School. The state ferry Matanuska brought 500 students from six schools to Juneau. The tournament features competitions for boys and girls basketball, cheerleading, dance teams and pep band.

Paul Gebhardt first musher out of Ophir
Ken Anderson's dogs were impatient to get back to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, baying and pawing the air during a brief stop Wednesday.

Kensington Mine Cup Results
Kensington Cup Alpine Racing Series

Photo: Dealing with rejection

Eight Juneau Ski Club athletes make Junior Olympics
Eight members of the Juneau Ski Club qualified to represent Alaska in the upcoming Junior Olympics.

Rhea and the Beavers fall to Ducks in final regular-season game
The Oregon State University women's basketball team concluded the regular season with a 60-49 loss to host Oregon on Saturday.

Richey posthumously named to Alaska High School Hall of Fame
Former Juneau-Douglas High School football coach Reilly Richey was named to the Alaska High School Hall of Fame on March 1.

Rehfeld helps CSU-Pueblo advance to conference semifinals
Mary Rehfeld scored a game-high 21 points to lift Colorado State University-Pueblo to a 73-65 win over Mesa State College on Feb. 29 in the first round of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament.

Ball in the House set to rock Cabin Fever Festival
The Boston-based group Ball in the House is not your typical a cappella band, founding member Jon J. Ryan said. While many people may associate noninstrumental vocal groups with the bygone era of barbershop quartets dressed in silly outfits, this five-piece band more closely resembles a contemporary pop group, he said.

Clark's plea may move ethics bill
Jim Clark nearly committed the perfect crime, and if not for the feds, he might have gotten away with it.

Governor 7 months pregnant
Gov. Sarah Palin dropped a day-ending bombshell Wednesday.

Some officials chafe under ethics reforms
Alaska's newly beefed up personal-disclosure laws for public officials may be a violation of their privacy, according to some city-level officeholders.

Once powerful and polished, Clark admits he made mistakes
Jim Clark - considered the most powerful non-elected person in Alaska's state Capitol when he was former Gov. Frank Murkowski's chief of staff - quietly told a federal judge Tuesday that he was guilty of fraud.

Spending hike approved in operating budget
Republican leaders in the House urged members to "hold the line on spending" as they passed a state operating budget on Monday that is almost 11 percent higher than last year.

Widening investigation may present a hurdle for gas pipeline project
Federal prosecutors this week broadened their Alaska corruption investigation into another branch of government, giving Gov. Sarah Palin new challenges in winning a gas line for Alaska.

BP settles Alaska court case; ex-CEO severance reduced
LONDON - BP said Wednesday it has settled an Alaska court case launched by U.S. shareholders by agreeing to allow tighter oversight by its largest investors and to pay $9.75 million of the plaintiffs' lawyers fees and costs.

Senators resurrect vetoed capital projects
FAIRBANKS - Gov. Sarah Palin vetoed more than 175 capital projects last year but may have them to consider again.

Recovery plan issued for Alaska Steller sea lions
ANCHORAGE - A 325-page plan issued Wednesday for Alaska sea lions lists dozens of actions needed for the animals to recover.

Photo: Frozen figure
Steve Brice of the Outhouse Gang Ice Carving Team works on their entry, "Jonah and the Whale," during the 2008 World Ice Art Championships on Monday in Fairbanks.

Game Board to double caribou limit in one area
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Board of Game will allow bow hunters to take two bulls instead of one during the caribou early season inside the Dalton Highway Management Corridor north of the Brooks Range.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Photo: Looking back
Juneau resident Rick Urion and his wife, Ginger Johnson, smile as a citation is read listing some of his many accomplishments Wednesday in the Senate chambers. Urion, who served from 1972 to 1978 in the state House of Representatives as a Republican fromAnchorage, publicly opposed the capital-move issue, a very unpopular position in the state's largest city in the 1970s. His other occupations included fisherman, photographer andlobbyist. Urion is battling cancer.

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