Thursday, March 10, 2011

Overweight and Obese Children Eat LESS Than Their Healthy Weight Peers
Are you surprised by that title? According to a study presented at the 2010 Pediatric Academic Societies, it is true. I’m not surprised. In my practice I often see people who have good eating and exercise habits yet struggle daily with a life-long weight battle. I also see people who have poor eating habits, lazy exercise habits, and have never had to worry about their weight. It’s not fair. I don’t believe it’s as simple as the “calories in – calories out” equation that we are supposed to accept as common knowledge, but this simple equation allows doctors to tell their unsuccessful weight loss patients that they must not trying hard enough.

Senator plans to raise gas debate
JUNEAU — An influential Alaska state senator plans to resurrect the debate over whether the state should continue taxing oil and gas production together.

Coolio to play Marlintini's
World-famous hip-hop musician Coolio will perform a concert tomorrow at Marlintini’s Lounge with local opening acts. The music starts at 9 p.m. with DJ Judo, DJ Gift, Manner and By-Polar.

State arts council to hold quarterly meeting next week
The Alaska State Council on the Arts will be holding their regularly scheduled quarterly meeting on Friday, March 18, from 12– 1:30 p.m. at the Council offices, 161 Klevin St., Suite 102, Anchorage.

New cookbooks in the stacks
New cookbooks, including “The Sriracha Cookbook” (sriracha-chocolate truffles? Grilled vegetable salad? Cocktails? Yes!), collections from the New York Times, Sunset magazine, and even “The Gourmet Cookie Book “(with “the single best recipe from 1941-2009”) are on the shelves now at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Benefit held to raise funds for Alaska bluegrass pioneer
A benefit concert will be held Saturday night to honor and raise funds for Carl Hoffman, an Alaska bluegrass musician who’s had a big impact on performers and music-lovers across the state.

Arts deadlines
Deadlines are fast approaching for several JAHC grants, scholarships and shows

Docent training classes forming at state museum
What do an Inupiaq whaling captain and crew, etchings from La Perouse Expedition and Captain Cook’s voyage, 50 antique photographs and several glass plate negatives, artist sketchbooks, a little Russian Orthodox Church history, several hundred feet of spruce tree roots, the Battles of 1802 and 1804, seventy different Alaskan hats and one Siberian hat, current bear research, and cutting edge contemporary Native art have in common? They are all featured in the Docent Training Program this year at the Alaska State Museum.

MOVIES
Schedule begins Friday

Amalga Chamber Orchestra concerts to feature Rosenthal
Opera to Go will present The Amalga Chamber Orchestra this weekend with special guest soloist Linda Rosenthal.

24-Hour Miracle announces call for actors and volunteers
Four local writers, four local directors, four teams of local actors, 12 hours to write, 12 hours to stage — one packed day of original Juneau theater

ABA announces finalists for Indie Choice awards
The American Booksellers Association announced on March 1 the finalists for the 2011 Indies Choice Book Awards, including the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards. The winners will be chosen by the owners and staff at ABA member stores in balloting throughout the month of March.

Visiting visual storytellers in town for presentation
Illustrators Jon Klassen and Chris Appelhans will be in town this weekend to lead a visual storytelling presentation and workshop, in a visit sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the JUMP Society. JUMP Society’s Pat Race said the events are geared toward filmmakers, illustrators, cartoonists, storyboarders, writers and anyone else interested in how stories are told through a sequence of images.

ART, EVENTS & MUSIC
THURSDAY

Saturday is Bethany Bereman Appreciation Day
The Gold Town Nickelodeon will host an afternoon of cheerful camaraderie Saturday in honor of former Juneau resident Bethany Bereman.  From Lady-Lou Review star, to wilderness guide, to JDHS theater producer/director/teacher, Bereman was a prime mover in the local arts world for nearly 20 years before moving to Hawaii with her husband, US Coast Guard Captain John Hickey, in 2007. The two now reside on Bainbridge Island, with their daughter, 5-year-old Susu.

Juneau Student Symphony Winter Concert to be held Saturday and Monday
The Juneau Student Symphony, with a little help from some friends, will be performing Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, Seitz’ Violin Concerto No. 1 featuring Solomon Unzicker, and “The Life of the Child,” by conductor Rick Trostel. Shows are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12 at the JDHS auditorium and 6 p.m. Monday, March 14, at Glacier Valley Elementary School.

Library Archives Museum project workshop held Tuesday
An open forum workshop for the statewide Library Archives Museum project will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at the Alaska State Museum. This community discussion, hosted by the design team, will focus on project-specific innovations in energy efficiency and sustainable design. Schematic drawings and narratives will be available for review and discussion. For more information, contact Brain Meissner at bmeissner@ecihyer.com or (907) 561-5543. More information on the LAM project can also be found at www.alaskalamp.blospot.com.

artists' spaces
The Bentwood and Bead gallery, in big yellow building on Third Street between Starr Hill and the Historic downtown district, is a dream artists’ space that’s been a long time coming.

'Earnest' opening kicks off busy theater weekend
It’s a big weekend over at Perseverance Theatre.

'Writing Eden:' Wednesday lecture to feature poet Emily Wall
Alaska attracts adventurers, people who come for the tall mountains and the deep rivers, who envision themselves discovering something new even as they lose themselves in an ancient wilderness.

'Rango' may deserve more than 4 stars
R ango” is the first 4-star review I’ve given since starting this column. One star for imagination, one for comedy, one for adventure and another for its great look. This is one of the reasons I’m not always a huge fan of the star-rating system; I think I need some more stars here.

Overweight and Obese Children Eat LESS Than Their Healthy Weight Peers
Are you surprised by that title? According to a study presented at the 2010 Pediatric Academic Societies, it is true. I’m not surprised. In my practice I often see people who have good eating and exercise habits yet struggle daily with a life-long weight battle. I also see people who have poor eating habits, lazy exercise habits, and have never had to worry about their weight. It’s not fair. I don’t believe it’s as simple as the “calories in – calories out” equation that we are supposed to accept as common knowledge, but this simple equation allows doctors to tell their unsuccessful weight loss patients that they must not trying hard enough.

Week 6 Results!
The weight loss results for week 6.

Dr. Pavitt’s Weekly Tip for Permanent Fat Loss
“Eat healthy fats at every meal.”

Join the Million Challenge
Americans are urged to “Join the Million Challenge” on American Diabetes Association Alert Day by taking the Diabetes Risk Test and finding out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes

Can Pharmaceuticals Make Us Fat?
In a word, yes. Anti-depressants, contraceptive pills, even anti-diabetic medicines. But I’m going to pick on one of my least favorite, very popular prescriptions: proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), such as Prilosec, Prevacid, Nexium, Protonix and numerous others.

Kanani’s Favorite Soup: Healthy Recipe provided by Ellen Pavitt
In a pot with about 8 cups of water, boil 1 cup of red lentils and 1 cup of split green peas with 1 tsp. thyme, a few cloves of crushed garlic, ½ tsp. pepper and 3 bay leaves – after mixture comes to a boil, reduce to simmer and cook about one hour.

Iditarod finances getting back on track
ANCHORAGE — The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race’s finances appear to be getting back on track after two years during which the purse in the world’s longest sled dog race shrank and the field got smaller.

Students challenged to change behaviors
Students at Juneau-Douglas High School are beginning to look at one another differently, and with more respect.

Muñoz addresses oil tax, coastal management
Rep. Cathy Muñoz, R-Juneau, heard concerns about Gov. Sean Parnell’s proposed oil tax cuts at the Native Issues Forum, but warned flow was dropping in the trans-Alaska pipeline and something needs to be done.

UAA economist gives take on oil influence
Oil will continue to be the lifeblood of the state’s economy, said a University of Alaska Anchorage economist who flew to Juneau to explain those views and how to keep that oil flowing.

Tuesday outage traced to East Terminal
The power went out in Juneau on Tuesday. Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. spokeswoman Gayle Wood said the outage occurred around 9:30 p.m. with service back up almost everywhere before 11 p.m.

Riverbend principal candidates meet community
Four candidates for the top job at Riverbend Elementary were interviewed Wednesday, with a meet-and-greet community session held on Tuesday.

Chambers named in Alaska Journal of Commerce top 40 list
Sara Chambers of Chambers Management has been selected as part of the Alaska Journal of Commerce’s Top 40 Under 40 Awards.

Vessel sinks at Harris Harbor
Juneau Docks and Harbor personnel were alerted to a sunken vessel early Wednesday morning in Harris Harbor and responded to find the 28-foot fiberglass cabin cruiser Sea Wolf sunk at the dock.

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.

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.

Airport will pay back $55K from lease error
The Juneau International Airport will be paying Hertz back $55,000 after a lease mistake was found from 1997.

Photo: One-sixteenth 'Blues'
Ben Jacobson, left, Andrew Bulbrook, Eric Byers and Jonathan Moerschel of The Calder Quartet visit and play the “Open String Blues” with students in kindergarten teachers Kaye Peters’ and Carly Hickmann’s classes Tuesday at Glacier Valley Elementary School. In town for a Juneau Arts & Humanities Council concert, the musicians played along with the students’ one-sixteenth sized violins.

Linde picked for Barron's list
Randall Linde, a private wealth advisor with Ameriprise Financial servicing Juneau, has been named to the top 1,000 advisors list in Barron’s Magazine, a publication covering business and finance.

New managers join Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo has announced some new managers. Casey Campbell is the new business relationship manager for Wells Fargo customers in Juneau, Skagway and Cordova. His office is located at 123 Seward St. in downtown Juneau. Campbell comes with a wide range of experience as a loan officer for agricultural credit services, an economic research analyst and an economic development advisor for the state of Alaska. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Central Washington University.

JSD tech: Curriculum must assess student tech skills
In 21st-century classrooms, students are coming in with tech knowledge that surpasses most of their teachers, yet they have yet to learn to use it in practical, educational ways.

North Pole mayor fined for misusing newsletter
FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Public Offices Commission fined North Pole Mayor Doug Isaacson $1,800 for using a newsletter to influence a recall election against him.

Hanna 'Helea' Bergman
Hanna “Helea” Bergman died on March 5, 2011 in Juneau. She was 90 years old.

Grace Mary Louise (Sutherland) Guizio Chalcroft
Grace Mary Louise (Sutherland) Guizio Chalcroft was born March 7, 1930, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to John David and Katherine Sutherland. She was the eldest daughter of 13 children. She passed away March 5, 2011 at Wildflower Court in Juneau, two days shy of her 81st birthday.

Bad bill no cure for constitutional apathy
Fortunately for Alaska’s history teachers and students, the American Constitutionalism History Literacy Act is not likely to become law. It may not even reach the House floor for a vote. However, Rep. Wes Keller, R-Wasilla, the sole sponsor of House Bill 5, isn’t mistaken by drawing attention to the continuing decline of civic sensibility is our society. The problem is his solution ignores the contradictory forces luring people away from participation in community affairs.

My Turn: No hole-in-one
The last day of 2010 marked the end of the agreement between Totem Creek Inc. and the City and Borough of Juneau, bringing to a close my 16-year involvement, and that of many others, in the effort to create a first class golf course for the people of Juneau on the west side of Douglas Island.

Leftist leaders in Latin America should be ashamed of embracing Gadhafi
Hugo Chavez is trying to come to the rescue of his friend and fellow “colonel,” Moammar Gadhafi. The Venezuelan president has offered to mediate Libya’s civil war, and warned against any foreign intervention in support of Libya’s opposition, which now controls much of the east of the country, including the port of Benghazi, home of the Hugo Chavez soccer stadium. The Venezuelan government even railed against the move to oust Libya from the United Nations Human Rights Council because of Gadhafi’s violent crackdown on his own people.

Outside editorial: As food prices increase, American security is at stake
The following editorial first appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Republicans looking for the anti-Romney
President Barack Obama launched a vicious, underhanded attack on one of the leading contenders for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination last month: He praised former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for launching a state-administered health care plan.

Outside editorial: Use DNA evidence to find the truth
The following editorial first appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

Alaska sues over polar bear critical habitat
ANCHORAGE — The state of Alaska on Wednesday filed its second lawsuit over polar bears, claiming the federal government’s designation of critical habitat for the animals — an area larger than California — is excessive and unnecessary.

Juneau proposal would allow low speed vehicles
JUNEAU — A proposed change in Juneau’s traffic code would allow low speed vehicles on some local roads.

Felon voting rights bill advances
JUNEAU — The Alaska Senate State Affairs Committee on Tuesday advanced a bill allowing felons the right to vote, despite concerns from one lawmaker.

Woman trying to pet moose in Alaska park gets kick
ANCHORAGE — Don’t mess with the moose.

State, Exxon hope to settle lease dispute
JUNEAU — The state of Alaska is hopeful it can settle a long-running dispute over leases that could be key to advancing a major natural gas pipeline.

Susitna Dam bill clears legislative panel
JUNEAU — The Alaska Energy Authority would be able to own and operate new power projects, like the proposed Susitna hydro dam, under a measure that’s passed the House Energy Committee.

New info on NJ soldier killed in Russian roulette
ANCHORAGE — The Army says an Alaska soldier who killed himself in a drunken game of Russian roulette had completed two tours of duty in Iraq.

Wasilla woman challenges airport pat-downs
ANCHORAGE — A Wasilla woman has petitioned the Department of Homeland Security to suspend the use of airport full-body scanners and full-body pat-downs until the screening process is modified to exempt women with mastectomies.

Panel to consider health care exchange
JUNEAU — An Alaska senator says a legislative effort to establish a health insurance exchange is more important than ever following a judge’s decision last week.

Canadian in Alaska pipeline bomb plot deported
LOS ANGELES — U.S. authorities say a Canadian man convicted of plotting to blow up the Trans-Alaska Pipeline has been deported after being released from prison.

Woman accused of shooting at girlfriend surrenders
ANCHOR POINT — An 46-year-old Anchor Point woman charged with trying to kill her girlfriend has surrendered to Alaska state troopers.

Bill would let doctors conscientiously object
JUNEAU — Medical providers would be allowed to refuse treatment on conscientious grounds under a bill proposed in the Alaska Senate.

X-rays negative after forward hurts ankle on Kwame Brown flagrant foul
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Following two broken hands and a bad thumb that left them short-handed for much of the season, the Chicago Bulls finally got their core healthy and quickly became one of the most feared teams in the NBA.

Capitals win Tier 4 title
The Juneau Capitals went north over the weekend to compete at the 2011 Alaska Hockey Championships in Anchorage’s Dempsey Anderson Ice Arena, where they went undefeated to win the Bantam Tier 4 state championship.

State's top judge stresses efficient justice in speech to lawmakers
The Alaska judicial system successfully navigated challenges and made cost-effective justice a reality, the chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court said Wednesday to a joint session of the Legislature.

Senators contest session length limits
Senate President Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, said legislators who in 2006 backed shorter legislative sessions may have been doing so because the were “selfish” or “self-serving,” and it seemed as if they were putting their own interests ahead of that of the state or the Legislature.

Seattle-based seafood processor fined $1.9M
UniSea, Inc, a Seattle-based seafood processing company, has been fined $1.9 million to settle state of Alaska and Federal environmental claims, according to a news release from Alaska’s United States Attorney Karen Loeffler.

Senator plans to raise gas debate
JUNEAU — An influential Alaska state senator plans to resurrect the debate over whether the state should continue taxing oil and gas production together.

North Pole mayor fined for misusing newsletter
FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Public Offices Commission fined North Pole Mayor Doug Isaacson $1,800 for using a newsletter to influence a recall election against him.

Alaska sues over polar bear critical habitat
ANCHORAGE — The state of Alaska on Wednesday filed its second lawsuit over polar bears, claiming the federal government’s designation of critical habitat for the animals — an area larger than California — is excessive and unnecessary.

Charter representatives urge Parnell to address halibut limits
The Southeast Alaska Guides Organization (SEAGO) and Alaska Charter Association (ACA) are pleading for the state to get more involved with the new 37-inch halibut limit set by the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC).

Committee fails to restore tourism, pre-K money
The House Finance Committee passed a budget Tuesday evening, but controversial issues remain to be debated on the House Floor or later in the Senate.

Parnell proposes increase to Southeast State Forest
Gov. Sean Parnell wants to double the size of the Southeast State Forest in an effort to boost the region’s timber industry.

Mackey: Another win doesn't look likely
ANCHORAGE — Defending champion Lance Mackey pulled into the checkpoint at Nikolai on Tuesday just two days into the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and said a fifth victory does not look promising.

State opposes federal decision to not take action on Unimak wolf removal
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided not to take action regarding wolf removal on Unimak Island, a decision the Alaska Department of Fish & Game opposes. The action would have been to remove wolves from caribou grounds on federal land.

State court says tribes share custody power
FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled that tribes share jurisdiction with the state in most child custody issues.

Survey: Most districts can offer scholarship path
JUNEAU — A new survey found that most Alaska school districts can provide the courses needed for students to earn merit scholarships, but challenges remained in implementing one of the governor’s top legislative priorities.

Iditarod finances getting back on track
ANCHORAGE — The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race’s finances appear to be getting back on track after two years during which the purse in the world’s longest sled dog race shrank and the field got smaller.

Exxon Mobil wins ruling in 1989 oil spill case
ANCHORAGE — Exxon Mobil Corp. has won a round in a dispute with environmentalists who want more money to clean up oil left on the shoreline of Prince William Sound from the 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker spill.

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