Friday, March 12, 2010

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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

Legislature should fix loopholes in state public records laws
Senate Bill 244 - an "act relating to official action by electronic transmission, to records and to public records" - has been stuck in the Senate State Affairs Committee since Feb. 1. This bill addresses public records, including electronic ones, such as e-mails (including state business on private e-mail accounts) and texts. It also brings certain statutes into the 21st century. It addresses the public's right to access to all public records.

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

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.

Peterson Lake Trail to get long-overdue makeover
Planned improvements at one of the area's most popular trails mean hikers will no longer show up to the Peterson Lake cabin looking like they've been in a rugby match.

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

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.

Four finalists vie to be new JDHS principal
For the four Juneau-Douglas High School principal candidates interviewing and meeting with students, staff and community members, vying for the job is a long-distance race.

Sealaska Lands Bill meetings canceled
Bad weather stopped residents on north Prince of Wales Island from having their say this week on the Sealaska Lands Bill.

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

Photo: Bunde retires
Sen. Con Bunde speaks during debate in the Senate Chambers on Wednesday. After 18 years in the Alaska Legislaturerepresenting South Anchorage and the Hillside and more recently as the Senate's minority leader, Sen. Con Bundeannounced he will not run for re-election.

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.

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.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

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.

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

Punish the deed
The following editorial appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News:

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.

Con: Impose strict safety, cost controls before moving on nuclear
Increasingly policymakers and citizens across the political spectrum recognize the need to rethink traditional sources of energy and work toward a more diversified and sustainable mix of energy sources.

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.

Should the US push ahead on building nuclear power plants?
Increasingly policymakers and citizens across the political spectrum recognize the need to rethink traditional sources of energy and work toward a more diversified and sustainable mix of energy sources.

Students learn to shoot, or not shoot
Would you shoot that deer?

Wild shots
Submit your wild shots

Juneau Ski club to host championships
JUNEAU - The Juneau Ski Club is hosting this year's J4/J5 Alaska Alpine State Championships March 12-14 at Eaglecrest Ski Area and is looking for volunteers to help with the event.

Seavey wins $3,000 at Iditarod half
ANCHORAGE - Front-runners in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race are taking a break in Cripple, the halfway point in the halfway point in the 1,100-mile trek to Nome.

Spring brown bear season opens
JUNEAU - The brown bear hunting season opens March 15 in Game Management Unit 4 (GMU4) with two registration hunts; RB088 and RB089.

Friday Fireside lecture on food, life
JUNEAU - Tonight tune in to the latest Fireside Lecture at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center titled "Our Food is Our Way of Life" beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Alaska salmon culture technique class offered
PETERSBURG - The University of Alaska Southeast Fisheries Technology Program is offering a 1-credit special topics class for high school juniors and seniors, to be held in Petersburg, April 14-16.

Burn with caution
ANCHORAGE - For the past five years, the leading cause of fatal fires in Alaska in early spring has been chimney fires.

Plugging into nature
In a generation of technology and electronic entertainment, the outdoor world can become an unfamiliar place to many children in Alaska and around the world.

Stave off spring itch on accessible trails
Longer days and mild temperatures seem to have most of Juneau thinking about breaking winter hibernation habits early.

Winter or spring? Seems SE can't decide
I'm sitting here in my big easy chair, watching the snow sift slowly down. A raven is parading around on the ice-covered pond, snarfing up the spilled bird-seed and whatever else it can find. It leaves a wonderful trail of footprints, showing that it checked out all the likely spots, sometimes more than once.

Fish forecast shows sockeye looking up
It's that time again. Yes, fishing season is arriving quickly and as fisherman organize tackle, untangle monofilament and mend nets, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has done their part to help educate the public on last year's catches and forecast what the 2010 season may have in store.

SAGA receives Rasmuson Foundation grant
JUNEAU - SAGA was awarded $24,500 grant in early March from the Rasmuson Foundation to help replace aging tools, equipment and van racks needed for its Serve Alaska Youth Corps and Alaska Service Corps programs.

On the hook
Show us your big fish

Grooming report
As of this week, the following Nordic trails are groomed and tracked for both skate andclassic skiing:

Tides
Today, March 12

Alaska lawmakers updating drug laws
JUNEAU - Alaska lawmakers are updating drug laws to address "robotripping," the unregulated psychedelic herb salvia divinorum and abuse of a synthetic prescription opiate used to treat addictions.

Bunde won't seek re-election
JUNEAU - Senate Minority Leader Con Bunde will not seek re-election.

Vehicle crashes into power pole
JUNEAU - On Thursday afternoon, the Juneau Police Department responded to a single-vehicle accident on Glacier Highway near Central Avenue.

2 pioneers added to Alaska Mining Hall of Fame
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Mining Hall of Fame is inducting two names at a Thursday night ceremony in Fairbanks.

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

Alaska rescuers parachuted to remote cabin
FAIRBANKS - A man who was rescued by Air National Guardsmen parachuting to his remote cabin north of Denali National Park has been released from a hospital.

Parnell to attend cruise trade show
KETCHIKAN - A spokeswoman for Gov. Sean Parnell confirms he will attend a cruise ship trade show in Miami next week.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Pair to head DOJ unit probing public corruption
WASHINGTON - The troubled Justice Department unit that investigates corruption of public officials is getting new leadership amid a criminal probe into how it handled evidence in the prosecution of Republican Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska.

Palin to host Bachmann fundraiser
MINNEAPOLIS - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is hosting a Minneapolis fundraiser for Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's reelection effort.

Begich gets new committee appointment
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has a new committee appointment.

Bear boys' seniors flourish in new roles
With 22 seconds to play in the championship game of the Southeast Conference tournament, the Crimson Bears were down by three points as sophomore guard Tony Yadao squared up for what would be the game-tying 3-pointer, giving new life to the surging Juneau-Douglas boys' basketball team.

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.

Grussendorf caps first Falcon season with All-State honors
There have been a lot of firsts this academic year in Juneau, with its brand-new athletic programs at Thunder Mountain High School.

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).

Another 'Rough' night
It will be the machine against steel at Marlintini's Roughhouse Boxing when Al "The Mean Machine" Valentine will retire after he boxes his last bout tonight against Ketchikan's Gabe "Steel" Duckworth.

House passes 'frugal' $8.1 billion budget
The House of Representatives on Thursday adopted a state budget that legislators described as "frugal."

State economists see hope in unemployment rate
Unemployment rates in Alaska and Juneau rose in January on a non-seasonally adjusted basis, according to Department of Labor and Workforce Development data released Thursday.

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.

Budget includes increase in funding for entitlement programs
During House debate on the $8.1 billion state budget, representatives also focused on funding for high-demand job and other program areas proposed by University of Alaska leaders. Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, said Gov. Sean Parnell hadn't included the roughly $11 million requested in his budget proposal, and Minority Whip David Guttenberg offered a floor amendment that would have provided a portion of that.

Iditarod racers go gourmet on trail
ANCHORAGE - Mushers in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race take care of their dogs first when they stop to rest, massaging sore paws and serving up stews of hearty grub for their teams.

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.

Governor says Alaska miners under siege
FAIRBANKS - Gov. Sean Parnell said miners face an uphill battle against federal regulators, and his office is "fighting with everything we've got" against the feds and "overzealous" environmental groups.

Alaska woman killed in animal attack
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers on Thursday said a woman found dead in Chignik Lake this week was killed in an animal attack, most likely by wolves.

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.

Judge won't reconsider decision on Palin e-mails
An Alaska judge has refused to reconsider his ruling that state law doesn't forbid the use of private e-mail accounts to conduct state business.

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