Thursday, March 11, 2010

Master French cooking after a visit to the library
There's something for nearly every taste on the new non-fiction shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Historic Alaska in 'Sound and Motion'
Rare footage of the 1935 Douglas Bridge opening ceremony in color, a 1969 Alaska Airlines commercial for Mt. Alyeska Resort and Senator Ted Kennedy speaking at the Democratic Party Convention in Sitka just three days after the death of Martin Luther King Jr. are a few of the treasures to be shown Friday night at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Photos: Last chance for Caesar
Theatre in the Rough's production of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" enters its final weekend with a performance tonight at the Alaska Territorial Hall. The play, directed by Aaron Elmore, will be presented at 7:30 tonight, Friday and Saturday, and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Alaska Territorial Hall. For more information visit www.theatreinthe rough.org

Contra dance tonight at Terry Miller building
A Thursday Night Contra Dance will be held tonight, March 11, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Terry Miller Office Building gym, located at Sixth and Main streets. Odette Edgar will teach and call contras and squares to live music by Happy to Be Here. No experience or partners required.

Applications available for the Juneau Basic Arts Institute
The Seventh Basic Arts Institute will be held in Juneau this year July 25 through August 6. The course helps K-12 educators experience how the arts can increase student performance, engagement and motivation through hands-on activities, discussions and field trips.

Deadline for museum solo show applications is Friday
The Alaska State Museum is accepting applications for solo exhibitions by individual Alaska artists through Friday. The program is open to all resident visual artists who have not had a solo exhibition at the Alaska State Museum within the past six years. Artists may work in any media.

Performers wanted for vaudeville-style revue
Performers of all kinds are encouraged to participate in the Gold Town Nickelodeon's upcoming song and dance variety show, "If You Aint' Got A Dollar, Gimme A Lousy Dime!" a vaudeville-style revue. Organizer Collette Costa is currently looking for stand-alone variety acts that require little to no stage set-up and are under 10 minutes long. Interested performers should email Costa at goldtowntheater@gmail.com

Alaskan Art Dolls to be topic of museum lecture
Alaskan Art Dolls will be the focus of a free lunch-hour lecture Wednesday, March 17, at the Alaska State Museum. Internationally recognized doll artist Mary Ellen Frank will present the talk, which begins at noon, and examples of Alaskan dolls will be on view.

Healing art wanted for upcoming First Friday show
In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month next month, The Canvas will host two Healing Art workshops between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 12, and the following Friday, March 19.

Coffee & Collections Series features historian Whitman
The next Coffee & Collections series will feature historian Mark Whitman, who will present Dick Willoughby's Book of Claims. The free presentation will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 13 at the city museum.

Alaska String Band to perform Friday
The Alaska String Band, featuring the Zahasky family, will present an evening of musical celebration at 7 p.m. Friday, March 12, at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church.

Students' one-act plays to be presented Monday night
Write On, a educational program that encourages young writers, will wind up an eight-week session this week with staged readings of high school students' works by local actors. The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the TMHS auditorium.

Alaska on Paper
"Raven Stole the Moon" by Garth Stein

Artists encouraged to apply for Tongass residencies
Recognizing that artistic expression of all kinds plays a vital role in connecting people to the natural world, the Forest Service is sponsoring Voices of the Wilderness, an artist-in-residency program on the Tongass National Forest.

Student Symphony, JDU combine talents
Though musical collaboration of all kinds is common in Juneau, two long-standing artistic groups, the Juneau Student Symphony and Juneau Dance Unlimited, have never brought their talents together - until now. The JSS, formed in the 1980s, and JDU, founded in 1975, will join their musical interpretations for the first time this weekend in a Winter Ballet Concert, to be presented in three shows.

Closed-circuit writing: In search of the Juneau literary scene
There's certainly no shortage of artistic expressiveness in Juneau. Historical Alaska Native art shares space with contemporary works all over town; even Fred Meyer has totem poles as part of its façade. There are plays and indie films continually in our theaters, from Douglas to the Valley. Photographers and other visual artists have catalogued every bald eagle and glacial crevasse available in myriad media.

'Brooklyn' heavy on the grit
Maybe I wanted to like "Brooklyn's Finest" too much. Maybe my expectations were too high. Maybe my admiration for Don Cheadle allowed the anticipation to get beyond a reasonable level. Even when I consider those possibilities, though, I cannot shake the underlying feeling of disappointment in Antoine Fuqua's cop drama.

'Boom' lives up to its name
Perseverance's "Boom," written by Peter Sinn Nachtreib, certainly lives up to its name.

'Singing in the Juneau Rain' concert held this weekend
The muffled crackle of an afternoon shower fills the streets of downtown Juneau as echoes of a voice and piano are heard coming from behind a foggy window. Sue Kazama and Philippe Damerval are rehearsing a Carpenter song, full of rich chords and jazzy syncopation. Suddenly the music stops.

Poetry Omnibus reception scheduled for Saturday
The 2010 Juneau Poetry Omnibus competition comes to a close this weekend with a formal poetry reading and reception for the winning entrants.

Mall merchants make security changes
On March 6, several patrons at the Nugget Mall came into contact with an overzealous security guard who damaged the relationship we have had with our friends and neighbors.

Tribe should not give up land in Ketchikan
Ketchikan is Taan ta Kwaan land, not Tsimshian or Haida land. Ketchikan Creek belongs to the Gaanax adi Clan. Ketchikan Creek was given as a wedding present to the Gaanax adi Clan by the Sanya Kwaan (Cape Fox People).

Individual rights or greater good?
Regarding the Sealaska Corp. lands bill being discussed in the U.S. Senate:

Edna Bay meeting was poorly timed
The community of Edna Bay is deeply disappointed that Chuck Kleeschulte canceled a recent meeting in Edna Bay.

Shareholders live lives of unsatisfied debts
Sealaska Corp. tribal member shareholders are united in their quest to secure acreage owed for a debt unpaid on behalf of the federal government and the people of the United States since 1971. Nearly four decades have not satisfied this debt totally.

Mall experience bad for Juneau's image
It has come to my attention that there was a confrontation involving a security guard at the Nugget Mall and the Hoonah basketball team last weekend.

Sealaska should be held to the deal made in '72
The Sealaska Corp. lands bill would change the character of Southeast Alaska more than any other land use decision since the Long-Term Timber Sales of the 1950s. Those huge timber sales impacted vast areas of land, but at least most of the logging avoided sites that were heavily used by the public and the land remained in public ownership, hunting and all the other uses we enjoy.

Peace Corps volunteer shares experiences with students
How do you cook a beetle? How about a cockroach, or a tarantula?

Pipeline operators go with the flow
Trans-Alaska pipeline engineers say they are confident they can keep the pipeline on which Alaska depends flowing despite declining throughput.

Resource Data Inc. announces new staff
JUNEAU - Custom software development firm Resource Data Inc. has hired new employees:

Fred Meyer Fund purchases mobile computer lab
JUNEAU - SERRC-Alaska's Educational Resource Center provides dozens of statewide programs to improve student achievement. The agency's Alaska Close-Up program brings students from around the state to Juneau for weekly sessions to learn how Alaska's government really works. The program is aligned with Alaska Content Standards and includes time with legislators, the governor, classroom work and attending Legislative sessions.

Play It Again Sports owner returns from winter conference
JUNEAU - Owner of Play It Again Sports of Juneau Rusty Scudder recently returned to the area after attending the company's winter conference and trade show. The event was held at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from Feb. 14 to 17.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Corrections
The correct name of the 3rd grade music winner for the 2010 ASTE contest is Raven Wahl, not Emily Wahl, as stated in an A3 article on Tuesday.

Rights of tribal courts debated at hearing
Legislators used Attorney General Dan Sullivan's confirmation hearing Wednesday to question the Parnell administration's actions on a ground-breaking child welfare case concerning tribal court rights.

Committee rejects land bill amendment
Juneau residents who want to protect a small patch of land in Tracy Arm did not convince lawmakers Tuesday the parcel is worth amending a controversial lands bill that is making its way through the Legislature.

Stranded hiker rescued from glacier
A break in the weather allowed rescue teams to pluck a solo hiker off Meade Glacier Wednesday afternoon.

Photo: Seen and heard
Taylor Sutak, left, Johnny Roberts, Luke Padden, and John Lennon of the Floyd Dryden Middle School Choir sixth grade choir sing and use sign language as they perform Bob Chilcott's "Can You Hear Me" during string orchestra and choir programs Tuesday evening in the Thunder Mountain High School auditorium. Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders performed under the direction of Missouri Smyth and Mike Bucy.

Persily wins confirmation in US Senate
State and local leaders praised the U.S. Senate's confirmation Wednesday of Juneau's Larry Persily as federal natural gas pipeline coordinator for Alaska.

Boxers have a friend in the corner
Albert "Mean Machine" Valentine is arguably one of Juneau's most notable Roughhouse boxers. He also is one of the best cornermen, a fact that often goes unnoticed unless you happen to be strapped into a pair of gloves as you're staring down an opponent across the ring.

Photo: Snow play
Connor Corcoran, 9, evades snowballs thrown by classmates on the playing field Tuesday between Juneau-Douglas High School and Marie Drake Elementary School.

Photo: Frosty face
Snow collects on a face on the "Four Story Totem" on Wednesday in front of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. John Wallace carved the pole in 1940.

Juneau may limit money for schools in 2011, 2012
For the past decade or so, the city has contributed above and beyond the maximum allowable amount to the Juneau School District.

Secrets of a healthy diet for any budget
Living in Juneau, we all face the difficulty of making healthy food choices due to the high cost of living. For those living on food stamps- which today is called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - eating healthy on a tight budget may be a challenge, but it is far from impossible. Many individuals and families who receive this assistance continue to make the most of their resources, saving money by eating healthy.

Photo: Adding a verse to Alaska song
Alaska Native Sisterhood members Marie Olson, left, and Connie Constance Davis watch Wednesday as Senate Bill 43, which would add an official second verse to the Alaska Flag Song, is passed at the Capitol. Carol Beery Davis, Connie's mother, wrote the second verse for Alaska and its Native population in 1987, and to pay homage to Benny Benson, who designed the Alaska state flag. The bill now moves onto the House.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Sonja Jean Ray
Sonja Jean Ray died March 7, 2010 in Juneau.

Michael Jackson
Michael Lance Jackson -husband, father, son, brother and friend - passed away suddenly March 2, 2010, at the age of 42.

Robert Garrison
Longtime Juneau resident Robert Garrison died March 8, 2010, at his home. He was 89.

Outside editorial: Why the census is worth your time
The following editorial appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

USPS wrestles with cutting services or increasing prices
Outside editorial

GPGP: The gigantic plastic global problem
What is more than two times the size of Texas, surrounded by some of Earth's most precious contents and, until recently, ignored by the bulk of human civilization? Although it sounds like a generic description of Alaska, the answer is unfortunately not so pretty.

The promotion of fear
Fear again. Not hope, nor patriotism, nor progress, nor any of the nobler emotions and impulses by which human beings are driven. Nope. None of those.

Teen suicide and infant mortality rates on the rise in Indian country
The British statesman Benjamin Disraeli purportedly said, "There are three kinds of lies: Lies, damned lies and statistics." American Indians have been the guinea pigs of statistics since the politicians in Washington began to use arithmetic to figure out their landholdings and numbers before embarking on God's mission of conquest and divestiture in the name of Manifest Destiny.

Sealaska land bill is fair
While I was living in Craig in the 1940s and 1950s, the east coast of Prince of Wales Island was pristine country with strong and vibrant Native communities.

Teen charged with felony auto theft
JUNEAU - A teenager was arrested early Wednesday morning after police determined the Dodge Durango he drove into a yard on Kiowa Drive was stolen.

Alaska to host 2014 Arctic Winter Games
JUNEAU - Alaska is the official host country for the 2014 Arctic Winter Games.

Weather hampers effort to rescue hiker
JUNEAU - A second attempt to rescue a hiker stranded on a glacier near Haines was again thwarted by weather Tuesday.

Seward, Richardson highways reopen
ANCHORAGE - Traffic is flowing again on two major Alaska highways after avalanches forced their closures.

Principal finalists interviewed today
JUNEAU - The Juneau School District will host a meet-and-greet today with four Juneau-Douglas High School principal finalists.

APOC: Get our advice before running ads
JUNEAU - Corporations in Alaska won't get a pass on campaign disclosure rules in the August primaries if pending bills pass into law this session.

Troopers investigate Chignik Lake death
CHIGNIK LAKE - Alaska State Troopers say they are investigating the death of a 32-year-old woman in Chignik Lake.

Bill to protect spawning grounds is dead, sponsor says
JUNEAU - The sponsor of a wastewater discharge bill intended to protect fish spawning grounds from mine waste says his bill is dead.

Panel holds hearing on adding lawmakers
JUNEAU - The Senate Finance Committee held its first hearing Monday on a constitutional amendment to add 12 seats to Alaska's 60-seat Legislature.

Fairbanks officer kills armed suspect
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks police officer has shot and killed a man who pointed a handgun at him.

Snowmachiner dies of exposure in Kivalina
KOTZEBUE - Alaska State Troopers say an overdue snowmachiner from Kivalina has been found dead, apparently from exposure.

No damage from 5.1 quake in Aleutians
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Earthquake Information Center says a magnitude 5.1 quake has struck the Andreanof Islands region of the Aleutian chain, but there are no reports of damage and the quake did not generate a tsunami.

Begich hires former Juneau mayor
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has hired the former mayor of Juneau as his field representative for northern southeast Alaska.

Two fires displace Anchorage families
ANCHORAGE - Two separate fires Monday kept Anchorage firefighters busy and displaced families.

Egan Drive collision results in DWI charge
JUNEAU - A suspected drunk driver was arrested and three people taken to the hospital Tuesday night after a collision on Loop Road at Egan Drive.

Fairbanks police make drug bust
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man faces felony drug charges after police say a routine traffic stop led to the discovery of marijuana, methamphetamine and more than 60 pills of varying colors.

Suspect killed by police fired at officer
FAIRBANKS - A suspect shot and killed by a Fairbanks police officer had fired his own handgun, according to investigators.

She got game
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Oregon State junior guard Talisa Rhea, a Juneau-Douglas High School alum, has been named to the All-Pacific-10 Conference Team in a vote by the league's media, the conference announced Tuesday.

JDHS girls clean up with awards
The post-season awards are already rolling in for the top-rated Juneau-Douglas girls' basketball team, and they haven't even begun their quest for a 4A state tournament title yet.

Follow Juneau's Tompkins on NBC, Universal Sports
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., and NEW YORK - NBC Sports and Universal Sports announced today the multiplatform broadcast coverage of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, presented by GE.

Stretch run for seniors culminates with tourney berth, title dreams
Going to the state tournament is nothing new for the seniors on this Juneau-Douglas girls' basketball team, but a chance to end a five-year title drought is something special.

Team Alaska leads AWG 'metal' count
Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada - After the second full day of competition, Team Alaska is leading the metal count with 98 total Gold, Silver, and Bronze Ulus. Team Alberta North is second in the metal count and Team Northwest Territories is third (with 45 and 43 Ulus respectively).

House carves gas line funds out of budget
Legislative opponents of Trans-Canada Corp.'s state-backed natural gas pipeline project stripped much of the money Gov. Sean Parnell has sought for the state's role in pushing it forward from the budget adopted by the House Finance Committee on Tuesday.

Panel to hear bill that would split oil, gas taxes
A bill that would change Alaska's system of taxing oil and gas production together got its first hearing Tuesday, with consultants giving the Senate Finance Committee a rundown on the separation of the two.

Alaska delegation divided on health reform
FAIRBANKS - Alaska's congressional delegation remains split along party lines on health care reform.

Faraway fans feed Iditarod habit
ANCHORAGE - Cathleen Griffin usually feeds her passion for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race through the Internet, but next week she'll travel to Alaska for the first time to see the winner cross the finish line in the old gold rush town of Nome.

April 20 trial date set in Palin hacking case
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A federal judge has scheduled an April 20 trial for a University of Tennessee student accused of hacking the personal e-mail of former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Female WWII aviators honored
WASHINGTON - They flew planes during World War II but weren't considered real military pilots. No flags were draped over their coffins when they died on duty. And when their service ended, they had to pay their own bus fare home.

ACLU says prisons in Alaska are overcrowded
ANCHORAGE - State prisons are overcrowded but they generally provide better living conditions than prisons in the Lower 48, said the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska.

Gonorrhea cases spike in Alaska
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's reported gonorrhea cases jumped 69 percent last year, prompting state health officials to issue warnings for how to detect and control the disease.

Coast Guard: Icebreaker to be reactivated by 2013
SEATTLE - After a $62 million overhaul, the Coast Guard will have its third icebeaker back in service in 2013, filling a critical need as the fleet takes on new responsibilities, the commandant of the service said Wednesday.

Town rigs Tanana River tripod
FAIRBANKS - Spring's coming, and that means it's time to rig the Tanana River tripod.

Lawmaker seeks aid to ease Fairbanks pollution
FAIRBANKS - A Republican state legislator from North Pole wants Alaska to spend almost $6 million on a program to help Fairbanks overcome its chronic air pollution.

High winds cut power, phone lines in Hoonah
High winds disrupted life in Hoonah on Tuesday, blowing down a tree that knocked down a power line.

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