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.

Juneau Public Libraries hold new fiction for adult readers
"The Damned Season," by Carlo Lucarelli. This sequel to "Carte Blanche" continues the story of Commissario De Luca, whose work for Mussolini's regime, however unwilling, has put him in danger now that Mussolini is no longer in power. On the run under an assumed name and without papers, De Luca is blackmailed by the local police into helping solve the brutal murder of an entire family. Lucarelli presents readers with an unblinking look at a post-war society on the edge of anarchy, and a man doing his best to stay alive and yet true to himself.

Menke's book named finalist for nature award
"Alaska/Yukon/Arctic Light - Gifts of the Wild," by Haines author and photographer Kathleen M.K. Menke, was named a finalist in ForeWord Magazine's 2007 Book of the Year awards for independently published books.

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.

Unintended consequences
While Rep. Mark Neuman, R-Wasilla, may intend House Bill 54 as a means of moving the Legislature to his home district, he has stated that any community, Alaska Native corporation, or commercial business could apply to provide a legislative hall. He may not realize that at least two large complexes are available right now and would need little modification to house the legislators and their staff. The complexes could easily accommodate the state supreme court, as well.

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.

In praise of 'Dido and Aeneas'
We write to you in praise of Dido and Aeneas, an opera performed by Opera To Go! with William Todd Hunt conducting the chamber orchestra and Roald Simonson directing the staging.

Bravo to Dredge Lake beaver heroes
Thank you for the March 10 article on the front page about the Dredge Lake beavers.

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

Laptops lend a hand
Kayla Ryan is gaining a high school diploma Friday but losing a laptop.

29th annual boat show to open
The three-day 29th Annual Boat and Sports Show opens tonight at Centennial Hall with new vendors and plenty of boats, some barely squeezed through the doors into the Sheffield Ball Room.

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

Around Town
Today, March 14

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.

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

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.

Around Town

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

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Robert Beierly
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program. To have your student art included, contact your school office.

Photo: Academic Decathlon in Anchorage
Juneau-Douglas High School's Academic Decathlon team poses on March 2 after returning from the statewide competition held at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Standing, from left, are adviser Karina Reyes, Daniel Piorkowski, Sam Messerschmidt, Faye Van Dusseldorp, Andrea Axmann and Ethan Hubbard. Kneeling are Dana Shannon and team captain Maggie Schoenfeld.

Photo: Alaska Youth Choir dinner
From left, Alaska Youth Choir members Mary Hale, Erika Cruz and Mariah Gosling hold shell necklaces for distribution at their fundraising dinner on March 8 at the Moose Lodge. The dinner raised funds for the choir's Pacific Rim International Children's Choir Festival Tour in July.

Photo: Swearing in
Juneau's newest Court Appointed Special Advocates volunteers were sworn in on Jan. 30 at the Dimond Courthouse by Judge Patricia Collins. Volunteers completed a 32 hour training in preparation for their roles in advocating for children and youth in state custody. From left are Tom Shanley; Lynn Squires-White, CASA program coordinator; Jill Burkert; Janine Reep, assistant public advocate; Allen Hulett; Don Harris and Macky McClung.

Archaeology Fair to take place March 29
JUNEAU - Youth will have an opportunity to travel through time at the Archaeology Fair being held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.

KTOO seeks donations for sale on March 29
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.

Spring wellness fairs to happen in Southeast
SITKA - Spring is a time when many Alaskans awake from their winter's hibernation and start becoming more active. After months of ice and snow, people go hiking, fishing and enjoy Alaska's outdoors.

Youth of the Year finalists compete today
JUNEAU - Alaska Boys & Girls clubs Youth of the Year finalists will compete today in Juneau for three University of Alaska College Savings Plan college scholarships and an opportunity to attend Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Youth of the Year competition.

Ethel Lund health occupations program accepts applications
SITKA - Few people get to watch real emergency room doctors in action, be with operating room staff during surgery or even watch a dentist performing a root canal. Southeast Alaska Native high school students can experience these and other opportunities when they participate in the Ethel Lund Village Health Occupations Program.

Science fair celebrates 16 years, needs judges
JUNEAU - The Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair is celebratiing its 16th anniversary this year. In conjunction with the University of Alaska's Experimental Discoveries in Geoscience Education program, more than 120 high school students from Juneau and Southeast will compete and display projects at this year's fair, which will take place March 28 and 29 in the Marie Drake gymnasium.

Cameron to present on 'True Health'
JUNEAU - Dr. Stephen Cameron will present a two-day workshop on "True Health" at 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 29 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 30 at the Tlingit and Haida Community Center.

Earlier school start time contradicts brain research
According to the Juneau-Douglas High School and Thunder Mountain High School information guide, "Bell time for the high schools will be set 15 minutes earlier during the 2008-2009 school year, with first period beginning at 7:45 a.m. and school ending at 2 p.m. Since this is not an ideal schedule for adolescent students, the administration will continue to look at options for the 2009-2010 school year."

Thanks for contributing to our choir fundraiser
The Alaska Youth Choir would like to express their sincere thanks to all who contributed to the Pacific Rim International Children's Choir Festival Tour fundraising dinner on March 8 at the Moose Lodge. It turned out to be a fabulous success and will assist AYC choristers to attend this prestigious festival in Hawaii.

Thanks for donating to CASA training
The Juneau Court Appointed Special Advocates program would like to thank Catholic Community Services for the generous donation of their training facilities for the recent CASA training. Subway of Juneau also provided lunch for the volunteer class during the training. The Juneau CASA program appreciates the support of the Juneau community in their mission to provide advocacy for Juneau's abused and neglected youth.

Thanks from the family of Darian Lee Richards
The family of Darian Lee Richards, who died Jan. 26, at 2½ years old, would like to thank the community for support during their difficult time.

Thanks to the friends, family of Robyn Rehbein
The family of Robyn Raye (Gee) Rehbein want to thank the many friends and family members who contributed food, flowers, cards and monetary gifts, as well as the many visits and phone calls.

Kerriann Powers, of Juneau, was named to second honors on the fall 2007 dean's list at Clark University, in Worcester, Mass. Powers, a Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, is studying mathematics. To be eligible for second honors, students must have a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.


On Vogler, an independent Alaska
It was not long ago that Joe Vogler terrorized Alaska politics with his demands for Alaska's independence from the United States. Vogler's cragged face, lined by Alaska winters going back to 1942, would appear from under a ruffled gray fedora as he spat hot acid onto politicians who wanted the same old, same old, for the state.

Ludlam, Ryan to wed
Joseph James Ludlam and Janien Crystal Ryan are engaged to be married in December 2008 at the North Carolina Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores, N.C., with a reception to follow. A pre-wedding reception will be held in Juneau in June, when the engaged couple arrives for a summer visit.

Photo: 'Grumpcicle' gals
Janice Holst dancers pose on Jan. 3 at a practice for the annual "Grumpcicle" show, which will be held at 7 p.m. on March 29 and at 3 p.m. on March 30 at Juneau-Douglas High School. Tickets are $8 for all and can be purchased at the door before the show.

Getting ready for Easter, reviewing vocab of Lenten season
Right now, in our churches, we are contemplating the events told about in the Bible, that occurred in the period of time before Easter, a time of preparation and discipline for the events of Holy Week, that we call Lent. Knowing my interest in words, you might not be surprised that I have been thinking about the vocabulary of the Lenten season, words such as Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Mardi Gras, Passover, Tenebrae, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter.

Happy to be at Echo Ranch
I have been working at Echo Ranch Bible Camp for almost seven years now. I first heard about the camp on the radio while living near Minneapolis, Minn., in 2002. Born in Anchorage, I was a little more familiar with Alaska, moreso than some Lower 48ers, but I never expected to be back serving at a Bible camp.

The hardest words are often most important
"Mrs. Donaldson, I think your daughter has a drinking problem."

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.

Eric Ray Eidsness
Longtime Juneau resident Eric Ray Eidsness died March 8, 2008, in Wasilla, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with addiction. He was 37.

Lori Jo Hall
Lifetime Juneau resident Lori Jo Hall died March 8, 2008, in Juneau. She was 46.

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

My Turn: Parental leave bill would advance rights of families
Paid parental leave should be the next step in Congress' ongoing efforts to advance the rights of families. We've made solid progress on this issue in recent months, and hope to make paid parental leave a reality during the 110th Congress.

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.

My Turn: Undo the Juneau road choice
I wish to publicly thank Gov. Sarah Palin for her accomplishments in undoing many of our previous governor's mistakes and for trying to restore integrity to our state government.

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: Boom to doom
This editorial appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

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

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

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.

Palin keeps Dillingham fisherman in North Pacific fish council seat
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin on Thursday nominated a lifelong commercial fisherman from Dillingham for a second term on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. The nominee, Eric Olson, is chairing the council in his first three-year term.

Agrium won't move forward with coal gasification project
SOLDOTNA - Agrium announced it will not be moving forward with coal gasification for its Nikiski plant on the Kenai Peninsula.

Canadian man pleads guilty to terrorism charge in pipeline plot
SANTA FE, N.M. - A Canadian man has pleaded guilty in federal court to a terrorism charge for plotting to blow up the trans-Alaska oil pipeline eight years ago.

Two city offices to swap locations
JUNEAU - The Sales Tax Office and Human Resources and Risk Management Division will swap locations starting Monday.

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

Washington poacher gets jail time
ANCHORAGE - A Washington was sentenced to jail for poaching in what authorities said was an illegal hunt that left carcasses across Alaska.

Alaska's parks set record for visitors
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's national parks saw a record number of visitors last year.

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.

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.

Arctic Winter games roundup: Bennett and Hurtte defeat Yukon in table tennis

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.

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.

State supervisors approve contract deal
The state's last major union without a contract has voted to approve a new deal that includes a 5.5 percent raise this year for supervisors, announced state officials and the Alaska Public Employees Association's Supervisory Unit on Thursday.

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.

Alaska GOP may oust state party chairman
It's supposed to be a show of unity before Alaska sends 29 delegates to the Republican National Convention this summer.

Palin offers plan to end budget standoff
Gov. Sarah Palin offered a plan Thursday for settling differences over the supplemental budget at an open informal meeting with House members that many say was unprecedented.

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

U.S. Senators Murkowski, Stevens seek ANWR drilling
With oil prices hitting $110 a barrel, gasoline prices reaching record highs and energy costs becoming prohibitive, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Thursday it's time to reconsider oil exploration on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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

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.

Stevens says earmark attitude is harmful
ANCHORAGE - Sen. Ted Stevens says Gov. Sarah Palin is making it harder for him to get earmarks for Alaska.

Photo: A well earned rest
Kate Palfrey, wife of Canadian Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race musher Warren Palfrey lies with one of her husband's sled dogs Thursday in the dog lot in Nome, as the dogs wait to be transported home after finishing the 1,100-mile race.

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.

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