Friday, March 7, 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.

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.

Beware pipeline's right-of-way
Well, folks, here we are in 2008. A new year with new hopes and a pipe dream of a natural gas line from Alaska to the Lower 48. As oil prices continue to rise, the price of gas for consumers in Alaska is, at the least, a dollar higher in our state.

Future murky for Douglas Harbor
The city has run into a problem with its plans to keep the harbor open through dredging: It can't dump mercury-contaminated sediment from the harbor into deeper water as it did in 2002.

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?

Science must start early, teacher says
The students in Jennifer Thompson's kindergarten and first-grade class at Gastineau Elementary School must feel overburdened by household chores.

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.

Images from another time The St. Paul Singers
The St. Paul Singers pose for a photo at the old St. Paul's Catholic Church in the late 1960s. The group was popular locally and was started in the mid-1960s to bring folk music to the church. "We started out with four or five singers and we grew to almost 50," said Beth Bishop, a former member of the now disbanded group.

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

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.

Around Town
Today, March 7

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

Correction
A photo caption in Thursday's Juneau Empire incorrectly stated that Gov. Sarah Palin announced her pregnancy at a news conference. She made the announcement later in the day.

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

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.

Annual Quilt Show this weekend
Quilters and nonquilters alike can stop in at the Capital City Quilters' annual Quilt Show this weekend, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Centennial Hall.

SEARHC announces new medical director in Klawock
KLAWOCK - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is pleased to announce that Myron "Ron" Fribush has started work as the medical director for the Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock.

Photo: Nix gives to Troop Six
Sue Nix, third from right, president of Southeast Alaska Board of Realtors, presents local Boy Scouts with a $500 donation on Feb. 29 at the Mendenhall Mall. The donation will go to the Maritime District, Great Alaska Council for naming rights to a cabin at Eaglecrest Summer Camp. From left are Morgan McCutcheon, of Troop Six, Warren Russell, Maritime District commissioner; Cal Hiebsch, Maritime District executive; Nix; Braden File, of Troop Six; and Devin Gross, of Troop Six.

Photo: American Bandstand dance workshop
Richard Powers and assistant, Angela Amarillas, center, lead a class at the "American Bandstand Era and Beyond Dance Workshop," sponsored by the Juneau International Folkdancers, on the last day of the workshop, March 2, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. The workshop included 1950s teen rock 'n' roll; party dances of the 1950s and early '60s; "American Bandstand"-style triple-bop; Latin hustle; 1950s, '60s and '70s line dancing; disco hustle figures, dips and West Coast swing; and a dance party.

American Cancer Society to deliver daffodils March 12
JUNEAU - The daffodils for the American Cancer Society will be delivered by Juneau Cancer Society volunteers starting at 8 a.m. on March 12. Those who have pre-ordered must have their money ready for deliverers to pick up when they deliver the daffodils.

Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition to meet Tuesday
SITKA - The Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition will meet from 6:45 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday in the Exhibition Room of Harrigan Centennial Hall.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets every fourth Saturday
JUNEAU - The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is planning a wide-range of activities to celebrate Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week, March 10 to 15.

Thanks for supporting our 'High Tea for Hospice'
Thank you to all the individuals who helped make the Epsilon Sigma Alpha "High Tea for Hospice" such a success.

Thanks for contributing to the Rotary food drive
The three Rotary clubs of Juneau would like to thank the people of Juneau for their support of the Southeast Food Bank Food Drive, held on Feb. 23. The Pre-Spring Food Drive brought in over 9,200 pounds of food for the Food Bank, surpassing last year's drive by over a ton. More than 75 Rotarians solicited donations from shoppers at three grocery stores and also solicited donations from friends, neighbors, and co-workers. We especially thank Carrs/Safeway, Super Bear Super Market and Alaskan & Proud market for hosting the food collection sites.

FYI
Marriage licenses

Thinking outside the box
When your well-behaved cat starts thinking outside the box - the litter box, that is - he wants your attention. He gets it. But most people shoot the messenger, punishing the cat for having misbehaved.

Repetitive curriculum debate has two sides
We, as students, understand that repetition is an important tool in the learning process; however, when we don't feel like we are progressing or getting any farther into the subject, we quickly lose interest.

Student artist in the spotlight: Amber Rounds-McPherson
Age: 6.

Photo: Iditarod well wishes
Auke Bay musher, Deborah Bicknell, left, receives well wishes from Sen. Lisa Murkowski at the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race on March 1 in Anchorage.

American Cancer Society announces Relay for Life
JUNEAU - Walkers go around the clock in the battle against cancer during the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life. This celebration of life, which will take place July 19 through 20 at Riverbend Elementary School and Dimond Park, brings numerous groups and individuals concerned about cancer together for a unified effort to fight back.

Photo: Hogue wins Star Search
Elizabeth Hogue, 8, was the winner of the Black Awareness Association's Juneau Star Search, held Feb. 29 at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. Hogue sang an a ccapella rendition of Stevie Wonder's "A Place in the Sun," for which she received a standing ovation from the crowd. Hogue is a third-grader at Gastineau Elementary School who enjoys singing, dancing and working on the computer. Her favorite subject is math. Approximately 225 people attended the first ever Juneau Star Search, for an evening of entertainment and a soul food dinner. The Black Awareness Association appreciates those who attended along with the local businesses that made donations: Costco, Fred Meyer, Wal-Mart, Safeway, Pepsi, Coca Cola and Capital Copy. Those interested in learning more about the Black Awareness Association can call 790-9371 or 957-2424.

Pets of the week
Patient chihuahua, puppies, Persianseek companions

Coconut oil: The 'queen' of saturated fats
When it comes to diet and health, sometimes it is hard to separate fact from fiction. Beliefs about what foods are "good" and what ones are "bad" are deeply ingrained.

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.

Empire editorial: Thumbs down to Clark, up to high school hoops
Thumbs down to Jim Clark, a former top aide to former Gov. Frank Murkowski.

My Turn: Earmarks a response to change in Congress
I feel compelled to respond to the gross mischaracterization of my position on congressional earmarks published recently in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

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.

Outside column: Adding up the cost of war
As the war in Iraq slides into its sixth year a few days from now, a cottage industry has grown up to determine how much the conflict has actually cost.

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

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

Stevens honors youth for 911 call
FAIRBANKS - A 4-year-old Eielson Air Force Base boy was cited in a Senate floor speech about how proper education about 911 can help save lives.

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.

Cable to improve communications between cities
FAIRBANKS - A new fiberoptic cable will soon be installed to improve communications between the state's two largest cities.

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.

Police looking for man who robbed Anchorage bank
ANCHORAGE - Police are looking for a man they say robbed a strip mall bank branch.

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

Willow man charged in trooper assault
WASILLA - A Willow man faces multiple charges in the alleged assault of an Alaska State Trooper.

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.

State dairy likely to end in the black
WASILLA - A boost from a state grant should enable Matanuska Maid Dairy to wind up in the black.

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.

College to make severance payments
SITKA - An agreement will allow Sheldon Jackson College to pay severance to its employees.

Hoonah couple sentenced for firearms violations
ANCHORAGE - A Hoonah couple received federal prison terms for firearms convictions.

JDHS girls advance to title game
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team showed what its entire roster could do against Sitka on Thursday.

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.

Haines boys advance to title game
The Haines High School boys basketball team advanced to the Class 3A Southeast Conference Tournament title game Thursday after downing Wrangell 79-67 at Juneau-Douglas High School gym.

DeeDee Jonrowe reaches Cripple before Paul Gebhardt
DeeDee Jonrowe was flabbergasted to learn she had beaten front-runner Paul Gebhardt to Cripple in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

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

Stevens to FAA: Fix child flight loophole or I will
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens said Thursday he will introduce legislation if another solution isn't found to prevent unaccompanied kids from boarding planes without their parents' consent.

Rare white whale spotted in the Aleutian Islands
The white killer whale spotted in Alaska's Aleutian Islands sent researchers and the ship's crew scrambling for their cameras.

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.

Senate takes on Palin over budget vetoes
Senate leaders are challenging Gov. Sarah Palin's vetoes of $100 million in capital projects in last year's budget, but they're not using the usual - and difficult - process of overriding the vetoes.

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.

Lawmakers await Palin's next move on gas line
The public had its chance to weigh in on Gov. Sarah Palin's gas line plan; now the waiting game begins.

Prominent Democrat says violations were due to concentration of power
Former state Rep. Ethan Berkowitz, D-Anchorage, said the guilty plea by the top aide to former Gov. Frank Murkowski shows what's gone wrong with Alaska politics in recent years.

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.

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 and in the Nation

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

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