Saturday, March 14, 2009

New chapter books for kids await at the library
"Don't Shoot: Chase R's Top Ten Reasons NOT to Move to the Country," by Michael J. Rosen.

Arts & Culture Calendar

Korean beat meets American jazz
Few things can heat up a chilly March night in Juneau quicker than a live, high-energy performance. Juneauites will have the opportunity this weekend to warm up with seven world-class performers from Korea.

'Watchmen' is visually tantalizing
There is not a single thing about "Watchmen" that is anything less than grandiose, whether you're simply talking about its running time (164 minutes) or discussing the long, multi-generational list of characters. Then of course there's the fact that it is based on the much-celebrated graphic novel by the same title, a novel I suspect 90 percent of the folks reading this have never read. Part of me wishes I was in that group, but I read the novel in the days leading up to the film's release. Thus, it's impossible for me to judge the movie without immediately comparing it to the pages written by Alan Moore (Moore, by the way, has been rather open about his disdain for this movie) and illustrated by Dave Gibbons.

The power of a poem
Part of the appeal of poetry, according to former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky, is that its power is transferable: Individuals other than the artist can wield it in their own way.

'Shrew' story a bit boorish
The Taming of the Shrew," one of Shakespeare's 17 comedies, is also another kind of history, offering a glimpse at the reality of a woman's life in Elizabethan England. A woman's only power at that time, we gather from the play, was in the manipulation of her sexuality. While I have considerable appreciation for Theatre in the Rough's complete and "straight" playing of the original script, and the authenticity of the fabulous costumes, I was also vexed by the boorish message that all ends well when women simply accept men as their lords and masters.

Student Artist: Tim McKenna
Grade: 3

Symphony of synthesis
An eclectic mix of artists and musicians have collaborated to produce a cultural commemoration of music and a message of hope for Alaskans during the Juneau Student Symphony's winter concert series this weekend.

Economic stimulus for bluegrass musicians
The economic turbulence that plagues our country and planet is widespread, and although the effects of the crisis have been slow to reach Alaska, this new Great Depression is being felt right here in Juneau. Tourism bookings are down, the oil industry is cutting jobs in Alaska and bluegrass musicians are broker than usual. Not even V.I.C.T.O.R can save them.

Poetry Omnibus announces winners
The winning poems from the recent Poetry OmniBus competition have been selected and will be posted inside Capital Transit System buses beginning in mid-March.

Alaska Ocean Film Festival held March 22
The Alaska Ocean Film Festival will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, March 22. at the Back Room at the Silverbow.

Ibsen event moved to Hickel Room
At 4 p.m. Saturday, March 14, there will be a DVD presentation on the life and works of Henrik Ibsen in the Hickel Room of Centennial Hall. This was originally scheduled for the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, but has been moved to Centennial Hall. A lunch and discussion will follow at the Yacht Club.

Coffee & Collections presents 'The History of Gold Medal'
The Juneau Douglas City Museum continues its Coffee & Collections series with "The History of Gold Medal" at 10:30 a.m. March 21.

Live 'Gong Show' at the Alaskan Saturday
Celebrate the Ides of March this Saturday at the Alaskan Hotel & Bar with the Blazer Club's premiere event, The Gong Show.

Northern Lights Theater performances, meeting this weekend
Northern Lights Junior Theatre will present "A MIDNIGHT CRY: The Underground Railroad to Freedom" this weekend at the First Church of God, 2215 Ka-See-An Drive.

UAS Beatniks to host open mic March 27
The University of Alaska Southeast Beatniks will host their second open mic night on March 27. All UAS students, faculty and staff, as well as community members, are invited to share their poetry, prose, artwork, music or any other art form at the event, to be held at 7 p.m. at the UAS Housing Lodge, 4300 University Drive.

Ballroom dance to be held Saturday at Centennial Hall
The Juneau International Folkdancers will host a ballroom dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Hall, with DJ music suitable for popular ballroom and Latin dances.

The Juneau Lions Club welcomes you to the 63rd Gold Medal Basketball Tournament
We Serve." That is our mission as Lions. One purpose as a Lion is to take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community. Sixty-three years ago, Del Hanks came to members of the Juneau Lions Club and requested that they consider sponsoring a basketball tournament involving many of the community basketball teams from Southeast Alaska. After hearing Mr. Hanks speak about the fantastic teams he encountered during his local travels, the Lions decided to move forward on his request. After all, the Lions community is not just centered in Juneau; it is a regional, statewide and international organization.

By boat or by plane: Early Gold Medal players made the trip any way they could
The frozen hold of a commercial fishing ship might not sound like the best place to lay your head on a wet, wind-whipped Juneau night - much less six nights in a row. But for Herbie Didrickson and the early Gold Medal teams from Sitka, those make-shift rooms were all part of the fun.

A mish-mash of basketball heroes
Each year the Gold Medal tournament delivers electric performances from athletes who display a rare combination of skill and sportsmanship. Special players rise to special occasions, sparking their hometown brothers to championships the entire community can be proud of.

Gold Medal winners by town
ANGOON (9 titles)

GOLD MEDAL HALL OF FAME
1961 - Herb Didrickson, Duane Vincent, Gilbert Booth, Herman Ludwigson, John Mills, Moses Johnson, Robert "Jeff" David

Earliest Lions Club scholarships still paying off
The Gold Medal experience ends for most players and fans with each year's final tip of the hat or slap on the back. At least, that is what they think.

This Mighty B Bracket stands for Hoonah
The first and last games of the 2009 Gold Medal tournament will pour sweat and tears across a balmy Juneau gym floor this week.

Hoops tournament brings Golden economic impact
Every spring Gold Medal brings a boost to a Juneau economy that would otherwise by hibernating through a customary slow stretch for local businesses. Hotels, restaurants, transportation companies and other retail businesses enjoy the sudden arrival of hundreds of players, coaches, friends and family members who come to town especially for the tournament. As the masses arrive, so do their pocketbooks.

Even a new guy can feel Gold Medal coming
Thank you Gold Medal. I know my first experience of the most historically-significant, widest-drawing and biggest-hearted basketball tournament on the planet (according to my usual haircut lady) has yet to start. Still, there have been plenty of firsts already.

The original whistle-blowers
Imagine 700 rowdy fishermen, fresh off the boat from a bristling two-day sea voyage, elbowing out a seat in a gym that was built to hold hundreds less. Fueling their actions is a bitter regional rivalry that extends past basketball and into each of their wallets. Now blow a little whistle and tell the biggest guy in the gym he just fouled out of a close game.

Photos: Still dunkin'
Kake's Kip Howard dunks the ball during a C bracket game against Angoon during the 2008 Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Photos: Pick pocket
Kake's Rudy Bean tries a steal against Filipino Community's Doug Drezkowski during the 2008 Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Photo: Laying it in
Metlakatla's Bryan Hayward goes for a layup past Sitka's Steve Walker and Matt Burrows (blocked from view) during a B bracket game during the 2008 Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Senate seat up for grabs
Gov. Sarah Palin broke with tradition when she bypassed the Juneau Democratic Party's recommendation for appointment to the Alaska Senate, after Democrats broke with tradition by submitting only a single name, that of Juneau Rep. Beth Kerttula for the seat.

Police charge teen in cookie caper
A 17-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the theft of nearly $800 from two 10-year-old Girl Scouts at Fred Meyer on Sunday.

Ferry engineers reach contract with the state
The state has reached an agreement with the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, the last of the state ferry unions operating without a new contract.

New tattoo shop opens in Juneau
Tattooists Jack Marchant, Dave Lang and body piercer Shane Sewell are the artists behind the counter at New Tide Tattoo. The trio opened their shop in early March in downtown Juneau.

Photo: Avalanche watch
Bill Glude of Alaska Avalanche Specialists waits and watches for an avalanche to photograph as the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities maintenance and operations crews conduct avalanche mitigation on Thane Road Thursday. Some snow was brought down but none reached the road.

Photo: Winter maintenance
Scott Allee shovels snow off the dock finger after clearing his boat of snow Thursday in Aurora Harbor.

Photo: Under cover
A woman with an umbrella walks through the Centennial Hall parking lot during Thursday's snow storm.

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

Around Town
Today

Mary Johnson Starr
Juneau resident Mary Johnson Starr died March 9, 2009. She was 87.

Mack Nakamura Sr.
Juneau resident Mack Nakamura Sr. died March 10, 2009, in Juneau. He was 83.

Outside editorial: A bear escape
During a visit to the Interior Department last week to celebrate its 160th anniversary, President Obama reversed an end-of-term Bush administration regulation that had gutted one of the signature environmental laws: the Endangered Species Act. Mr. Obama ordered the restoration of interagency consultation on projects that may affect threatened or endangered species while Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and the next commerce secretary review President George W. Bush's Dec. 16 directive to determine whether to pursue a new rule.

Senate choice should be based in past practices, common courtesy
Gov. Sarah Palin recently asked Juneau Democrats for suggestions about who to appoint to serve the rest of Sen. Kim Elton's state Senate term. Some have criticized her for not accepting the sole name forwarded by Juneau's Democratic leadership, Rep. Beth Kerttula. Any valid criticism about the governor's actions ought to be based in the law controlling replacement of legislative vacancies, and also consider the process and history of this law's implementation.

Right way, wrong way to look back
The Obama White House is focused on the present and the future, but on some parts of Capitol Hill, Democrats are fixated by the past.

What if Bush policy mirrored Obama's?
Here with some questions about contrasts and double standards - and how the leftists comprising the nameless "they" who rule the world would react to what Barack Obama is doing if Obama were George Bush.

Outside editorial: Israel isn't off-limits
When John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt wrote about "The Israel Lobby" in 2006, many supporters of Israel were outraged. How, they wanted to know, could anyone say that the United States offered "unwavering support" to Israel? Worse yet, how did these two misguided professors dare suggest that there was a cabal of die-hard Zionists in the media, in Congress, in the Pentagon and in neocon think tanks working to ensure that U.S. policy did not deviate from the pro-Israel party line?

Gov. Palin certifies stimulus spending for state roads
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin has signed a formal agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation that says the state will not use federal economic stimulus money to replace state funding of projects in Alaska.

Buglary suspect hides from police in insulation
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police arrested a 25-year-old burglary suspect who covered himself in insulation in a failed effort to hide.

House to debate state operating budget
JUNEAU - A $9.7 billion spending plan for state government for the fiscal year starting July 1 is coming up for debate in the Alaska House.

No bids submitted for Ketchikan Gateway building
KETCHIKAN - No bids were solicited for the former offices of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough.

Kenai superintendent chosen
KENAI - Dr. Steve Atwater, the assistant superintendent for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, is getting a promotion.

Kodiak museum reopens today
KODIAK - The oldest building in the state will reopen after an extensive renovation project.

Lawmakers call for review of pipeline license
JUNEAU - Two Alaska lawmakers have introduced a resolution that would call on Gov. Sarah Palin to re-evaluate the natural gas pipeline license awarded to TransCanada Corp.

Bears shake off flu bug, prep for state
Almost every high school sport in Alaska jumps straight from regional tournaments to state tournaments, with just five days of practice in between.

From a racer's perspective
From a racer's perspective, it was a perfect example of how a person can be on top of their game one minute and hip-deep in trouble the next.

JDHS grad wrestles into final tourney for All-Navy
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Hospitalman Dante Santos, who grew up wrestling from the age of 9 in Juneau, Alaska, decided on an experienced-whim to walk on, try out and make the 2009 All-Navy Wrestling team in Pensacola. On Thursday, the team began competition at the Armed Forces Championships in Idaho.

For mushers, Takotna is the spa of the Iditarod Trail
TAKOTNA - The homemade pies are cooling in the corner, the stereo is playing country music and the griddle is frying up a breakfast of steak and eggs, or just about anything else, trail-weary mushers would want.

Buser maintains slim Iditarod lead
TAKOTNA - Martin Buser is still the Iditarod leader, but a Norwegian musher had to leave the sled dog race after he was injured in a crash.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Alaska historian retires from library
ANCHORAGE - It should be a crime against the state for a guy like Bruce Merrell to go free. The man knows too much.

Palin plans two events in Indiana
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is planning to use money raised through her political action committee to attend two events in Indiana in mid-April, her first trip outside the state on a partisan agenda since returning from the presidential campaign.

Virgin America executive says airlines remains U.S. 'citizen'
ATLANTA - Virgin America's top executive denied Thursday that a foreign entity is holding more than 25 percent of the carrier's voting shares, and he insisted the fledgling airline remains in compliance with U.S. citizenship rules despite new assertions to the contrary by competitor Alaska Airlines.

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