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Friday, March 11, 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.

'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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

MOVIES
Schedule begins Friday

ART, EVENTS & MUSIC
THURSDAY

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

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.

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.

Mine committee reviews Echo's '97 concept, tailings
The AJ Mine Advisory Committee is gearing up to outline what criteria would be needed to reopen the AJ mine and what would be wanted.

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.

CBJ parks and recreation director resigns
Parks and Recreation Director Marc Matsil turned in his resignation Thursday, and will end his five-year tenure at the end of the month.

State stresses the importance of safety in child labor
The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development has had its hands full across the state with the issue of child workers. Training specialist Nathan Menah of Alaska Occupational Safety and Health addressed the Juneau Chamber of Commerce on the city’s numbers of child workers and business’ responsibilities in the matter.

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.

Medevac rescues 50-year-old man
KODIAK — A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a 50-year-old man reportedly suffering from internal bleeding from Edna Bay 30 miles northwest of Klawock to Sitka Thursday.

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.

Obama names Ulmer chair of Arctic commission
ANCHORAGE — President Obama has named former Alaska Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer as chairwoman of the Arctic Research Commission.

Civility is the topic for LWV meeting
“Why be Civil?” is a panel discussion with a theorist, a politician and reporter at the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Chambers on Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The panel features a discussion about civility in politics.

Photo: Book talk
Children’s book author Shelley Gill talks about her dog sledding adventure during a presentation at Gastineau Elementary School Wednesday.

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.

Correction
Thursday’s story about the Juneau International Airport on Page A3 incorrectly stated the grant increase from the Alaska Department of Transportation. The correct amount is nearly $58,000.

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.

Local business campaign begins today
The jingle has been a familiar sound on the radio for many months, but that tune changes today. The Juneau Chamber of Commerce and Juneau Radio Center begin their new “Look Local First” advertising campaign today.

Historic USCG Cutter being decommissioned
JUNEAU­ — The 67-year-old Cutter Acushnet, the Coast Guard’s “Queen of the Fleet”, will be decommissioned during a ceremony at Base Support Unit Ketchikan today at 2 p.m. The Acushnet served as a medium-endurance cutter in the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, and Arctic Ocean. Primary missions included search and rescue, homeland security, maritime law enforcement, and environmental protection. The cutter’s motto, “Juvate, Servate, Confirmate,” means “Help, Save, Strengthen.” The Acushnet was crowned “Queen of the Fleet” after the decommissioning ceremony of the Coast Guard Cutter Storis on Feb. 8, 2007. The title representing the oldest Coast Guard cutter in service will be passed to the Cutter Smilax, a 100-foot inland construction tender commissioned in 1944 and based in Ft. Macon, N.C.

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.

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.

John M. McDonald Sr.
John McDonald died peacefully in his sleep on Feb. 7, 2011, in Petersburg with his daughters by his side.

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

Anthony Jack Sharclane
Anthony Jack Sharclane, always known as Tony, died at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska on March 4, 2011. He was 38 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.

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.

It's time to unlock America's oil resources
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Oil and gas resources in the United States are growing. Surprised? Many people are, because we usually think of oil and gas as fixed pools gradually being depleted. But the combination of new technology and higher prices are making reserves available that were previously unknown or uneconomic.

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.

House Homeland Security chairman is radicalizing terror investigations
The following editorial first appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

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

‘Drill Baby Drill' is a shrill, mistaken strategy
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — To borrow a phrase from Ronald Reagan, “There you go again.”

Spherical learning lecture
The sight of a drab blob overlaid atop the middle east was sickening. Even more so was the shocking black patch covering most of the west coast. In size, it dwarfed the blip tucked inside Prince William Sound.

Get out at SAGA shindig
As winter fades to the everlasting sun of summer, indoor activities morph to those of the outdoor variety. As a celebration of this transition, SAGA is hosting its third annual Spring Equinox Jamboree from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 19.

Slip-sliding away: Ski lessons at Eaglecrest
The first lesson when learning how to ski is … don’t forget your last lesson.

Winter's nesting crossbills
Once again, this time in late February, the Auke Nu trail was in top shape with firm snow all the way to the cabin. As we sashayed along, I heard some soft and gentle warbling notes high in the canopy. I finally spotted some movement under a clump of moss that seemed to be growing on top of a witch’s broom (a parasite that distorts branch growth).

Recent rescue @ the Juneau Raptor Center: Bald Eagle
TYPE OF BIRD: Adult bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus).

Tracks & Signs on the lookout for otter, beaver sign
JUNEAU — This week’s Tracks & Signs program will meet at 10 a.m. at the Fish Creek Bridge on North Douglas Highway, on Saturday.

Fish skulls at fly fishing meeting
JUNEAU — At the upcoming Raincountry Flyfishers meeting, local fly fishing gear shop owner Brad Elfers will show how to tie with “fish skulls.”

Photography exhibit comes to Southeast communities this summer
The US Forest Service, Alaska Wilderness League, Braided River and the National Forest Foundation are pleased to announce a series of events and exhibitions to celebrate the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska in conjunction with the United Nations-designated International Year of Forests. The series of events and exhibitions will celebrate the uniqueness of the Tongass National Forest and the Alaskans who live here.

Snow and grooming report for Juneau-area trails

Wild shots
The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska’s wildlife, scenery or plant life. Send your photos via e-mail to: Abby Lowell, Outdoors editor, abby.lowell@juneauempire.com. For all photos include the name of the photographer, a description of what is shown in the picture, when it was taken and any other pertinent information.

Juneau Raptor Center holding open house
JUNEAU — Volunteers with the Juneau Raptor Center will hold a meeting and open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, at the Nugget Mall.

Breathe with Yoga Under the Stars
JUNEAU — The public is invited to a free yoga practice from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, at the Marie Drake Planetarium.

Safety training courses free for fishermen
JUNEAU — The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer two separate 10-hour fishing vessel safety and drill conductor courses in Juneau. The first course will be held on Saturday, April 2, and the second course will be held on Saturday, April 9. Both will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bill Ray Center.

Tidal tables for March 11 through March 17
Today, March 11

American Cancer Society hosting Team Captain University
JUNEAU — Organizers with the American Cancer Society are hosting an training for Juneau Relay for Life team captains from 6-8:30 p.m. on Monday, March 14, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in the administration building.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A Crimson contingent sits atop 4A All-State teams
Another banner basketball campaign means plenty of post-season accolades for the Juneau-Douglas girls’ basketball team.

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.

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.

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.

Overlooked 'heavy oil' may be in North Slope and Alaska's economic future
The next big thing out of Alaska’s prolific Arctic Slope oil fields may be “heavy oil,” a thick, molasses-like petroleum that’s there in huge quantities but is difficult to recover.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Former Alaska poet laureate remembered
FAIRBANKS — Friends said former Alaska Poet Laureate John Haines was known for being cantankerous, gruff and curmudgeonly. But his lasting legacy will be a collection of poetry and prose that captured his unique view of life and inspired generations of Alaska writers.

Gov defends oil tax cut plan, urges action
JUNEAU — Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell strongly defended his plan to cut oil production taxes, telling reporters Thursday that its passage is imperative but stopping short of threatening to hold a special session if lawmakers fail to act on it before adjourning next month.

Sitka museum gains new curator
SITKA — The new curator at the Sitka Historical Society Museum got her first look at Sitka three years ago, when she traveled through the Inside Passage on the ferry.

Homer man known as skeleton reconstruction expert
HOMER — Lee Post was consistently late to elementary school.

Parnell says state should pick up tourism marketing cost
Gov. Parnell is criticizing legislators who refused to provide tourism marketing money he’d sought, and says their actions will threaten the state’s tourism economy.

Alaska Airlines not forgetting presence back home
ANCHORAGE — Despite its constantly growing presence in the rest of the nation and its rip-roaring success amid an industry full of uncertainty and consolidation, Alaska Airlines continues to be dedicated to the state it is named for, said a company executive at a recent breakfast event in Anchorage.

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.

A shelter for sea ice in a warmer world
With the top of the world leaning back toward the sun, warmth is returning to the far north, where scientists observed in January and February 2011 new record lows in the extent of the giant jigsaw puzzle of sea ice that floats on the Arctic Ocean.

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