Friday, March 6, 2009

New nonfiction includes 'Crosscurrents North,' collection from writers across Alaska
The continuous influx of new nonfiction for adults includes new Alaskana, current events and astronomy.

ARTS & CULTURE CALENDAR

'Battles of Fire and Water' brings Alaska history to life
The battles that took place between the Tlingits and Russians in Sitka in the early 19th century were seminal moments in Alaska's history, believes playwright Dave Hunsaker.

A film so bad it's funny
Last weekend, a couple friends and I decided we wanted to go to the movies. For the purposes of this story, let's call these two Pin-head and Round-face. Pin-head and myself were interested in catching up on the Oscar-nominated films we had not yet seen; Round-face shot those options down because she had already seen them all.

Theatre in the Rough stages 'Taming of the Shrew'
"Love is not love / Which alters when it alteration finds"

High school's 'Jekyll and Hyde:' An unusual love story
Building on the success of last year's production, "Les Miserables," the Juneau-Douglas High School drama department, headed by Michaela Moore, felt confident in tackling another big production - "Jekyll & Hyde."

A full docket for March First Friday
Mariya Lovishchuk, new director at The Glory Hole, has made a commitment to getting the local shelter involved in First Friday Art Walk in order to foster a stronger relationship with the Juneau community.

Young Alaskan Artist competition open
The Anchorage Festival of Music has announced its 11th annual Young Alaskan Artist Award competition.

Symphony Showcase this weekend
The Juneau Symphony will present their annual Symphony Showcase at 8 p.m. Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday at Northern Light United Church.

Student Artist
Age: 8

Southeast writers to read Saturday
Southeast Alaska Community Writers will meet for a reading at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Silverbow Back Room.

Poetry Out Loud winners announced
The regional winners of Poetry Out Loud, an annual competition in which Alaska high school students memorize and recite poetry, will face off from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. The winner will be named state champion and will proceed to Washington D.C. to compete for a $20,000 scholarship.

Library hosts local author celebration
A celebration of local authors will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the downtown library and will feature a presentation by Alaska Writer Laureate Nancy Lord.

Gold Street Music performances tonight
Gold street Music performers will take to the stage tonight from 7:30 -10:00 p.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church. Admission is $5 at the door, and the doors open at 7.

Other Juneau Dems deserved a chance
In a year when our President is leading the cause for more transparency in government, it appears that policy is yet to filter down to the Juneau Democrats. Instead of taking the time to at least contact those of us who wanted to be considered for the replacement of Sen. Kim Elton, you have a meeting with no notice, no questions asked of an alternative or any other related issues we might bring up.

Juneau radio's 'Rockin' Ron' signing off
My real last name is Shelton. No shocking revelation to my close friends, but a fact I needed to get off my chest. I've used the on-air name of Ron Davis for almost 25 years and now that my broadcast career has ended, I need to shed the guilt. There, I said it. What a relief.

RCA gets an earful from utility users
The Regulatory Commission of Alaska got an earful from a few Juneau electric customers Thursday night.

Redfern is sued over winter bills
A construction contractor has sued Canada mine company Redfern Resources Ltd. over $3.6 million in allegedly unpaid bills.

Around Town

Around Town
Thursday, March 5

Fishing hot spot hits snag under new state law
The atmosphere of one of Juneau's most popular urban fishing locations will change this season after the Alaska Board of Fisheries banned snagging there.

JDHS revisits dance policies
Sexually provocative freaking and grinding at high school dances continues to be a concern for some parents and students, prompting the Juneau-Douglas High School site council to revisit dance policies it helped put into effect last fall.

Kerttula awaits Palin's Senate appointment
Rep. Beth Kerttula said it was "humbling" to get the sole nomination of the Juneau Democratic Party to replace Sen. Kim Elton in the Senate.

Miners rank Alaska's appeal
An annual survey of mine executives has ranked Alaska with the third-nicest taxes in the nation for their companies, and the 10th most attractive worldwide.

Rep. Kerttula gets nod from Juneau Dems
Juneau Democratic Party leaders will send the name of Rep. Beth Kerttula, and only Kerttula, to Gov. Sarah Palin for nomination to the Senate seat held until Monday by Kim Elton.

Legislature takes break at midway point
JUNEAU - State lawmakers cleared out of the Capitol this week but insisted they are moving at a good clip toward finishing their work before the 90-day session deadline April 19.

School Board denies charter school expansion
The Juneau Community Charter School won't be adding a seventh grade class next school year following a narrow vote by the Juneau School Board to block the expansion. Charter school supporters are holding on to a hope that more state funding can be secured and the decision reconsidered.

New hazing policies approved by school board include 'passive participation' element
Students caught hazing or letting their classmates get away with it in their presence will be barred from all extracurricular school activities for a minimum of 30 days. Students also would be banned from the particular sport or activity in which the incident occurred for an entire season, under a policy the Juneau School Board adopted Tuesday.

Redcorp files for bankruptcy protection
The parent company of the Tulsequah Chief mine owner in Canada filed for protection from its creditors on Wednesday.

Photos: Making the connection
Wire Rope and Splicing specialist RJ Knight, center, of Knight Equipment of Bowling Green, Mont., works with Franz Spichtig, left, and Jim Mann, both of Leitner-POMA of America, as they make a 160-foot splice to connect the two ends of the new haul rope Wednesday at the Mt. Roberts Tramway.

Photo: Sun baby
Jessie Kovach enjoys the warm sunshine on Wednesday at the Twin Lakes playground.Kovach is holding and baby-sitting Stahley Sheehan, a six-week-old baby. Her own kids were playing at the playground. "You couldn't ask for a better day. A pair of sunglasses would be nice," Kovach said.

Photo: When a shovel won't do
Ken Merculief uses a handsaw to cut away the snow berm in front of his North Douglas mailbox on Thursday. Merculief said that rain or snow may not stop the mail from being delivered but a snow berm surely will.

Photo: Substitute speaker
Rep. Kathy Muñoz, R-Juneau, was appointed speaker pro tem by House Speaker Mike Chenault while he was out of town. The freshman Juneau lawmaker officiated during a brief floor session Thursday.

Photo: A good day for outdoor work
Cal Richert works in the sun splitting firewood with a powered wood splitter in front of his Channel Vista Drive home.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Police & Fire

Tracy Cummins
Former Juneau resident Tracy Cummins died Feb. 26, 2009, at her home. She was 44.

Irene Widmark Tansy
Former Ketchikan resident Irene Widmark Tansy died March 1, 2009. She was 65.

Alaska editorial: Pledges and puffery
Good leadership means knowing when to set politics aside, to forget the same old politics as usual, even if for the afternoon.

Outside editorial: Lawmakers shouldn't subvert constitutional protection for teens seeking an abortion
Gov. Sarah Palin and some conservative legislators are pushing a bill to require teenagers to get their parent's consent before having an abortion. We've been here before. The Alaska Supreme Court in 2007 declared such a law unconstitutional. It's still unconstitutional. Parents do not have the right to compel a daughter to abort a pregnancy. Neither do they have the right to compel a pregnant daughter to give birth. Pregnant teens should have ultimate control over the decision to bear a child or abort a pregnancy, just as much as any woman.

The waiting game
"We are the ones we've been waiting for," Barack Obama proclaimed many times during the campaign. He and his throngs of supporters preened in the glow of their own righteousness like cats in a puddle of sunlight. They were for "shared sacrifice" and a "new era of responsibility." They wanted to put aside the "old politics" and the "tired arguments" of the past.

My Turn: Right to petition belongs to state's citizens
House Bill 36, also known as the Open and Transparent Initiative Act, is an attempt to tackle an enormous problem we have here in Alaska. Our initiative process is used as a way for special interests to maneuver around the lawmaking body to enact laws without regard for the public as a whole. The right to petition government belongs to the citizens of Alaska. It is imperative that the process be protected from abuse. HB 36 offers those safeguards.

Looking for a teachable moment amid violence
For weeks, as rumors flew and details trickled out, I struggled to find a lesson to share in the violent incident/altercation/lover's quarrel - even the media didn't know what to call it - between teen music idols Chris Brown and Rihanna.

Big Mother is watching
Time was, kids would come home to show off their latest test, adorned with a star from the teacher. At the dinner table, they talked about what happened at school -- or, in response to questions, sullenly said, "Nothing," leaving their parents to worry about how badly things had gone. Now they just give you the password to the Aeries browser.

National optimism uniquely American
When people outside the United States ask me to tell them about this country, I describe one aspect of it that I have always found extraordinary - and strikingly different from the rest of the world. America, or more precisely, Americans, are the most optimistic people on Earth. That's what I told an Iraqi refugee last year in Amman, Jordan, as she eagerly awaited the papers that would allow her to move to America.

Conservation group files lawsuit over timber sale
KETCHIKAN - A conservation group has filed a lawsuit against a proposed timber sale and related road project near Ketchikan.

Capitol empties for trip to energy conference in D.C.
JUNEAU - The state Capitol in Juneau is emptying out as nearly half of legislators leave to attend an energy conference in Washington, D.C.

Vessel grounded on Alaska island
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard says the five crew members of a trawler that went aground on a Bering Sea island have been safely hoisted from the fishing vessel.

Anchorage man killed in forklift accident
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a 49-year-old man has been killed in a forklift accident.

Game board expands Chugach bear hunt
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Board of Game has loosened hunting rules in Chugach State Park.

ConocoPhilips to cut 80 Alaska jobs
ANCHORAGE - ConocoPhilips is cutting 80 jobs in Alaska in a company response to a sharp drop in oil prices.

Rabid dog destroyed; 6 people getting shots
ANCHORAGE - State health officials say a trainer and five others who had close contact with a rabid dog are receiving shots to prevent rabies.

34 Alaska civil engineer reservists deploy to Iraq
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE - Authorities say 28 members of the 477th Civil Engineer Squadron from Elmendorf Air Force Base have left on a six-month deployment to Iraq.

Bullet fragment grazes Wasilla man
WASILLA - A 20-year-old man was treated for superficial gunshot wounds after a handgun discharged accidentally at a Wasilla apartment.

Government experience now optional for city manager applicants
JUNEAU - A Juneau Assembly committee tasked with revising the city manager search policies met Wednesday to edit the wording of four documents related to the search. The main intent of the wordsmithing is to encourage more people to apply, particularly candidates with nonspecific executive experience, rather than exclusively government administrators.

Rasmuson announces 25 grant awards
ANCHORAGE - The Rasmuson Foundation recently announced 25 awards of $25,000 or less for capital needs through its Tier 1 and Tier 2 programs. The total amount awarded during the final quarter of 2008 from the two grant programs was $465,364.

Anchorage assembly lets labor deal stand
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Assembly has dropped its attempt to rescind its approval last year of a labor contract with city employees represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Parts delivery delay Fairweather's return
KETCHIKAN - The state ferry Fairweather will not return to service as planned.

State urges cautious driving in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - State transportation officials are urging travelers in the Fairbanks area not to drive unless absolutely necessary.

Fairbanks schools request bond election
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board has asked for a $31 million bond election.

ConocoPhillips cuts 80 jobs in Alaska
ANCHORAGE - ConocoPhillips is eliminating 80 jobs in Alaska.

Bears sweep Kings
The Crimson Bears served up a dominant third quarter of their own, fought off a late charge from Ketchikan and escaped with a 75-69 victory Thursday night to sweep the best-of-three Southeast Conference Championship Series at KayHi.

Mushers squeezed by rising costs
ANCHORAGE - Joe Redington Sr., "the father of the Iditarod," realized his dream by mortgaging his home and selling a piece of land to raise money to launch the world's longest sled dog race.

Late free throws tie up SEC girls
Do or die. Those three little words carried plenty of weight Thursday night when Crimson Bears sophomore point guard Karli Brakes stepped up to the free throw line in a playoff elimination game that was knotted at 41-41 with just 4.2 seconds on the clock.

Late heroics lift JDHS boys
Senior sharpshooter Sean Bavard connected on a desperation three-pointer with 1.4 seconds remaining, sending his Crimson Bears teammates streaming across the Ketchikan court Wednesday night and off to 64-62 victory.

JRC hosts doubles tennis tourney
A pair of undefeated doubles teams battled out the closest score of the weekend in Sunday's JRC/Alaska Club Cabin Fever Doubles Tennis Tournament Mixed Open Division championship.

JDHS graduate Potdevin adds ninth All-NESCAC honor
WATERVILLE, Maine - Kelsey Potdevin finished with nine New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference honors in her four years at Colby College after adding the final three on Tuesday.

Juneau Parks & Recreation Co-Ed volleball standings

Sports in Juneau

Photos: Double trouble
Men's A Champions Ken Hill and Dan Malalang pose for a photo after the JRC/Alaska Club Cabin Fever Tournament.

Racers trapped on Iditarod Trail
Along the Iditarod Trail, a race was on today to reach mountain bikers, skiers and runners trapped by snows high in the Alaska Range as the notorious Rainy Pass winds began to blow.

Ferry skippers reach contract with the state
One more state ferry union has reached a labor agreement, and in time for the Legislature to approve funding for raises this year.

Group seeks state protection for bird
ANCHORAGE - An environmental group frustrated by federal inaction to protect an Alaska seabird is turning to the administration of Gov. Sarah Palin.

Strings group provides performance avenue for Fairbanks musicians
FAIRBANKS - "Sing violas, sing!"

State could deplete cash reserves by 2011
The state of Alaska could chew through a third or more of its existing financial reserves to cover state budget deficits over the next year and a half, the latest figures from the state Department of Revenue and the Office of Management and Budget indicate.

Work on Nikaitchuq oil project to continue through the winter
ENI Oil and Gas Inc. has delayed drilling and development on its Nikaitchuq offshore project on the North Slope, although construction of offshore pipelines and insulation of pipe in Fairbanks will continue, contractors have told the Journal of Commerce.

Photo: Shop talk
Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race veterans Aliy Zirkle, left, from Two Rivers, talks with PaulGebhardt, from Kasilof, during a break in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race musher meeting in Anchorage on Thursday.Sixty-seven mushers will start the Anchorage-to-Nome sled dog race on Saturday.

Clarification
In a March 2 story about several women rescuing dogs in rural Alaska, The Associated Press reported some dogs are sent to shelters that might eventually euthanize them. Suzette LaPine-Rosecrans of Galena says she places her dogs only with rescue groups that have a no-kill policy.

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