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Thursday, March 13, 2008

A little writing produces BIG drama
The Juneau Douglas Little Theatre tackled a big project this winter that has culminated with the production of "An Evening of One Acts."

UAS fraternity defies Greek stereotypes
You won't see members of the University of Alaska Southeast's lone co-ed fraternity on double-secret probation.

Coffee talk slated for March 15
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum will hold the sixth presentation in the Coffee and Collection Series on Saturday, March 15, with guest speaker Grady Saunders, president and CEO of the Heritage Coffee Co.

Ocean Film Festival March 16
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council presents the "Ocean Film Festival" as part of the festival's 20-stop tour that features short films on saltwater adventure, coastal cultures and marine science from the Bering Sea to the beaches of New Zealand.

Free cabs on St. Paddy's Day
Alaska Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers Association is once again sponsoring the Safe Ride program for St. Patrick's Day in Juneau on Monday, March 17.

Seminar to teach business plan writing
JUNEAU - The Juneau Small Business Development Center will offer a seminar on developing a business plan from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Brown-bag marketing series begins Friday
JUNEAU - The Juneau Small Business Development Center's Brown Bag Marketing Series begins Friday with "Creative Marketing on a Budget." The class will be noon to 1 p.m. at the downtown library.

Made in Alaska workshops set
JUNEAU - The Made in Alaska Program is holding two workshops on March 25 at the Juneau Economic Development Council, 3100 Channel Drive. The classes are free and open to the public, and intended to target Made in Alaska and Silver Hand permit holders, retailers and other small Alaskan-owned businesses with limited marketing budgets.

What's Happening
A listing of events happening the week of Thursday, March 13 through Wednseday, March 19.

Cabin Fever Arts Festival Calendar
A listing of events/workshops for the Cabin Fever Arts Festival.

The Philippines' original to-go food
Adobo is such a common and popular dish in the Philippines that it is considered the national dish.

Everyone's Irish on St. Paddy's
The feast of St. Patrick, also known as St. Patrick's Day or St. Paddy's Day, is not just a beer- and whiskey-swilling, made-up holiday, but a celebration with a long and lively history.

Freedom is 'Prototype's' model for success
We've been excited about Radical's newest foray into open-world gameplay ever since we announced the game in our August cover story last year, but we've heard very little new information about the game since our visit to the studio. The team broke their silence at the Game Developer's Conference this year, showing off some footage of the game and speaking more in depth about the extravagant plans they have for Prototype's expansive game world.

The missing link
Corporations have invested considerably in Web technologies. Unfortunately, despite their million-dollar Web sites, many of them anger and possibly lose customers because their customer service is as soulless as an electron.

Fishermen grateful for Habitat move
The United Fishermen of Alaska group thanks Gov. Sarah Palin for continued support of the commercial fishing industry in Alaska. We would like to specifically thank her for two recent actions - the return of the Habitat Division to the Department of Fish and Game, and funding for the department to offset reductions in federal spending.

Politicians should reassess priorities
I think the most upsetting thing about the Alaska government is how moving the Legislature and having Gov. Sarah Palin be vice president are more important than the climbing rates of murder, suicide and other felonies that are on the rise.

Thank you for Sunday's editorial
Thank you for the March 9 editorial about student placement at Thunder Mountain High School. Thanks also to Rene Pisel Walker for her letter to the editor on this same issue.

Gillnetters angry over funding cut
It is my unfortunate duty to inform my fellow gillnetters, that the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association Board of Directors at our March meeting cut funding from the fiscal year 2009 budget for our Boat Harbor and Limestone Inlet chum projects. The vote was 11 to 9, with all the troll and seine reps and two non-gear reps voting against us.

Businesses move in, gear up, close down
Tourist season isn't far off, and changes are afoot in downtown Juneau's storefronts.

Medical examiner won't do autopsy
The state Medical Examiner's Office denied a Juneau police request for an autopsy on the remains of a Juneau woman found dead in a hotel early Saturday morning.

Bus puts poetry in motion
Capital Transit will transport poetry to all corners of the community with its annual Poetry OmniBus competition.

Commission reverses rezone decision, OKs union building project
The Juneau Planning Commission voted Tuesday to allow a union to rezone its lot on West Ninth Street to build a larger office building in the downtown flats area.

Photo: Future civic leaders meet with Palin
Gov. Sarah Palin, right, meets with teens from around the state who have come to the capital for the eighth annual Civics and Conservation Summit, sponsored by the Alaska Youth for Environmental Action program. The group talked with Palin about renewable energy and action on global warming. The summit runs through Thursday.

Police get involved when middle school student bares too much
A 13-year-old Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School student was reported to police after he wore his pants a little too low last week. Police opened an "indecent exposure" case and referred the teenager to Juneau Youth Services.

William Brown named to fish board
Gov. Sarah Palin announced Thursday one new appointment and two reappointments to the state Board of Fisheries.

Around Town
Today

Images from another time: Smoking in the Capitol, 1983
The late Rep. Ramona Barnes, R-Anchorage, takes a puff of a cigarette during a joint session of the House and Senate in January 1983. A complaint was filed through the Department of Environmental Conservation against Barnes in 1983 about her smoking in the Capitol. Barnes was known as "a tough-talking, gritty Republican from Anchorage" according to an Associated Press obituary. Barnes was elected in 1978 and served 20 years in the in the Legislature. She became the first woman speaker of the House in the state. Barnes died in Anchorage on Nov. 26, 2003, at the age of 65.

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

Clarification
Tuesday's Juneau Empire story "Assembly OKs new smoking ordinance" reported that businesses with four or fewer employees can allow smoking inside the business. Companies can do so only in areas restricted to the public.

Around Town
Today

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

'Never Back Down' star took his licks
ORLANDO, Fla. - When last we met Sean Faris, star of "Never Back Down," he was having a rough day. The temperature was pushing 100 on the shores of Lake Monroe. Faris was sweating another lake where he stood, panting in between takes, scenes that involved wind sprints. And that was just the running part of the movie, a mixed-martial-arts drama set in an Orlando high school.

So cheesy, even a caveman wouldn't watch it
It's possible that in 10,000 B.C. there was once a caveman (Steven Strait) in love with a blue-eyed cavewoman (Camilla Belle).

Juneau's Cinema guide
Note: Next week,March 17-21, all Gross Alaska theaters will be open for daily matinees during spring break.

'No Country' emigrates to DVD
'No Country for Old Men'

Bob Cole hits the road with Moses Kane
Bob Cole started playing music when he was 15 and landed his first professional gig at the Biliken Bar in Douglas at 16. That was 30 years ago.

A folk singer who goes beyond the cliché
So a highly talented folk singer is coming to Juneau for a fundraiser, and I'm going to abuse his generosity by telling everyone where to snag several dozen of his songs for free.

Sound & Fury in Brief
Bluegrass 101 changes name

MASHUP of the week
In the late 80s, a phenomenon began occurring in which new songs were coming out with recognizable backbeats and samples from older songs. There are two wildly successful and atrocious examples of this. First, the dreaded Vanilla Ice jacked the bass line of the Queen/David Bowie collaborative masterpiece "Under Pressure" for his truly insipid "Ice, Ice, Baby." Even more successful at the time was the hot-air-balloon-pants-wearing MC Hammer and his wholesale lifting of Rick James' nasty-funk anthem "Superfreak." Ugh.

Sound Bites
Michael McDonald'Soul Speak' ★★ ½

Yaakoosgé seeks art funding
Art students in Miah Lager's ravenstail weaving class at Yaakoosegé Daakahídi Alternative High School may not have any art classes next year, due to the expiration of the three-year Transitions Grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Quilt Show results
For the Juneau Empire

Strap the skis on the snake
My daughter cried when the grill ran over her snake. It wasn't a real snake; it was a dummy made of PVC pipe, dressed in a snowsuit and a snake costume. But the grill was real, with hot dogs cooking and music blaring. Both things were tenuously attached to skis, speeding down the platter pole at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Zach Gordon Youth Center to hold annual Easter Egg Hunt
JUNEAU - The Zach Gordon Youth Center will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at Adair Kennedy Park, located adjacent to Floyd Dryden Middle School.

Poetry OmniBus announces winners, Poetry on Wheels
JUNEAU - The winning poems from the recent Poetry OmniBus competition were selected and will be posted inside Capital Transit System buses in mid-March. The winners will read their winning poems at a reception at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the downtown library.

Coast Guard association to host annual March charity auction
JUNEAU - The Juneau Coast Guard Military and Family Association will host its 20th annual March charity auction, "Vintage Hollywood," at 5:30 p.m. March 22 in the Treadwell Room of the Baranof Hotel.

Association presents family dance, potluck to take place Thursday
JUNEAU - The Association for the Education of Young Children will present "When was the last time YOU did the hokey pokey?" family dance and potluck from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Chapel by the Lake.

Amy Jean Martin
Juneau resident Amy Jean Martin (Albright) died March 12, 2008, in Juneau, after a three-year struggle with breast cancer. She was 44.

Richard McKinley
Juneau resident Richard McKinley died on March 7, 2008, at Bartlett Memorial Hospital in Juneau. He was 76.

Adelia Waid
Juneau resident Adelia Waid died March 8, 2008, in Juneau. She was 87.

Melinda Chamberlin
Juneau resident Melinda "Minda" Chamberlin died March 8, 2008, in Juneau. She was 41.

Glenn William Sachs
Juneau resident the Rev. Glenn William Sachs died March 8, 2008, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau. He was 90.

My turn: Darfur and divestment
Help me to understand. The Alaska Permanent Fund money managers are opposed to selling off our PFD stock in nine companies invested in Sudan. People want them to divest from these companies because Sudan is enabling and supporting the factions terrorizing the refugee camps in Darfur, and causing ethnic genocide. Even though thousands of horrendous acts of murder, rape and destruction are perpetrated against the women and children of these refugee camps, the government of Sudan does nothing to stop it. Rather, they are supporting the groups who are perpetrating these crimes in a fight against rebels.

Local column: Measuring today's schools along tomorrow's experiences
When the new Thunder Mountain High School opens next fall, it's not likely to be free of all the unfriendly suspicions it's garnered during the past 10 years. But whose place is it to decide if the school is a success or a failure? And when will it be ready for its judgment day?

My Turn: Transportation department road stats fail to illuminate
Pat Kemp, a good public servant and vocal Lynn Canal road advocate for many years, mentioned my Feb. 29 newsletter in his recent opinion piece. Here's what the 1,175 newsletter subscribers read:

My turn: School choice confusion could have been avoided
The Empire's Sunday editorial on the Juneau School District's latest plan to fill up Thunder Mountain High School is almost right on target. If the district had done what the voters expected and built a new general studies high school in Mendenhall Valley, with attendance determined by boundaries, all the confusion and chaos of the past year could have been avoided.

Outside editorial: Energy inefficient
This editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Outside editorial: Gov. Spitzer must resign his position
The following editorial first appeared in Newsday:

Outside editorial: Congress should override Bush's torture proposal
The following editorial first appeared in the Orlando Sentinel:

Assembly supports labor agreements
JUNEAU - Sitting before an audience of union workers bearing "PLA" stickers, the Juneau Assembly on Monday passed an informal resolution supporting Project Labor Agreements on all city construction projects.

Partnership on gangs reaps benefits
ANCHORAGE - A partnership in Anchorage aimed at gangs, guns and drugs is reaping some benefits.

Recalled blood thinner used in state hospitals
ANCHORAGE - A blood thinner that has been recalled was used in Alaska hospitals.

Legislators pass salmon tax credit
JUNEAU - Salmon processors may continue to get a state tax break for developing new salmon products.

Palin appoints Morley to council
JUNEAU - Juneau resident Lisa Morley has been appointed to the Statewide Independent Living Council by Gov. Sarah Palin.

Juror collapses at Zyprexa trial
ANCHORAGE - A juror collapsed Wednesday morning at the Zyprexa trial against pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly.

KTOO soliciting for music and video sale
JUNEAU - KTOO is soliciting donations for its semiannual used record, compact disc and video sale from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 29, at KTOO Studios.

Don't succumb to 'couple's vision'
Now that I am in a committed relationship, I have developed an ability to not relive the past and to learn from the mistakes I have made in prior relationships.

Nome awaits Mackey, King
NOME - Victory in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is all but assured for either of two past winners who were waging a tight contest expected to end early this morning in this frontier town.

Mackey wins second straight Iditarod
NOME - Iditarod finishers trickled into Nome on Wednesday, following the sled tracks of repeat champ Lance Mackey and runner-up Jeff King.

Photo: Looking ahead
Leean Rees of Alaskan Dames, right, looks up as she tries to beat Alaska Glacier Seafoods' Debbie Vance to the puck during Sunday's Juneau Adult Hockey Association Women's B game at Treadwell Arena.

Snowshoers win 14 ulus, nine in gold in Arctic Winter Games
Leah Francis struck gold in a combined event and Alaska swept both 4x400 relays in Wednesday's snowshoeing events at the Arctic Winter Games in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

Ice Pirates roll to Tier A win
The Ice Pirates scored their biggest win of the year Sunday after upending Doc Water's Pub 6-2 in a Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier A game on Sunday at Treadwell Arena.

Juneau's Brown, Francis strike gold
Juneau's Hunter Brown and Leah Francis won gold ulus in the snowshoeing competitions on Tuesday at the Arctic Winter Games in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Southeast Madness
A discussion among co-workers more than a year ago begged the question of how to randomly quantify the most badass thing in Juneau in an objectively obscured process that had absolutely no basis in science or reason. We give you, Hooligan bracketology.

Juneau fights to keep Legislature
Juneau residents on Tuesday urged lawmakers against taking away the public's right to know what a capital move would cost.

Legislators try to redirect road funding
Several legislators from ferry-dependent communities are asking that money already set aside for the Juneau access road be reappropriated for the ferry system.

House looks to join challenge to Palin's vetoes
Members of the state House of Representatives are joining the Senate in challenging Gov. Sarah Palin over last year's vetoes of local capital projects.

Plan to provide health care for all worries businesses
Business advocates said Tuesday they are keeping a close eye on a bill that would require all Alaskans to have health insurance and some businesses to pay for a piece of it.

Hunting group takes aim at black bears
A private hunting group hopes to help hundreds of hunters kill as many black bears as possible in a game unit west of Anchorage.

UAF students to go weightless on the 'vomit comet'
A group of undergraduates from the University of Alaska Fairbanks is preparing to go weightless.

Orthodox infighting mars season of Lent
ANCHORAGE - The holy season of the Russian Orthodox Diocese of Alaska is being marred by a standoff.

Photo: On the Nome stretch

Ketchikan veneer mill closes amid U.S. housing market woes
KETCHIKAN - The veneer mill in Ketchikan is closed indefinitely as its owners assess the faltering U.S. housing market, a key economic driver for wood construction products.

Kohring continues push for new trial
ANCHORAGE - Former state Rep. Vic Kohring continued his quest for a new shot at beating federal corruption charges, this time with testimony from a friend who claims to have witnessed hostility a decade ago between Kohring and the wife of the judge who presided over his trial.

Two hurt when Iditarod plane goes down outside checkpoint
NOME - Two members of a media production crew working with organizers of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race were injured Tuesday when their small plane crashed en route to a race checkpoint.

Judge's ruling allows tribal courts to supervise adoptions
ANCHORAGE - A federal judge is ordering the state of Alaska to allow tribal courts to supervise adoptions.

House approves state revenue sharing
Alaska's communities would get a cut of the state's oil wealth - at least while oil prices remain high - under legislation approved Tuesday by the state House.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Orthodox Church in Alaska appoints new administrator as bishop is investigated
KODIAK - The Orthodox Church in Alaska has appointed a new administrator to replace its bishop, who is on mandatory leave while church officials investigate allegations that he abused his office.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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