Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hall follows 'Seasons of Subsistence' in photos
British-born photographer Nick Hall may seem an unlikely source for the images in "Seasons of Subsistence," an ongoing film project documenting Native life in Bristol Bay, but his strong interest in the area and its residents is personal as well as professional.

emmas revolution to perform tonight
Award-winning activist musicians emma's revolution will make a return trip to Juneau to perform one show tonight, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 9161 Cinema Drive. The Juneau Pride Chorus will open the show.

Warm up with Carnaval this weekend
A bit of Brazil comes to Juneau this weekend: Carnaval, a festival of dance, live music, dance performances and workshops, will be held Saturday, March 20, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Performances will include music from Salsa Borealis and dancing from Samba instructor Dora Oliveira. The event begins at 8 p.m. and all ages are welcome.

Cookbooks as history discussion held Saturday
We've all heard the saying "you are what you eat," but the impact of food goes far beyond food affecting our overall health. Food is linked to our holidays, ethnic identities, gender roles, the economy and the history of where we live.

Deadlines for Celebration approaching
Deadlines for Celebration 2010, scheduled for June 3 through 5, are fast approaching. Here's a look at application deadlines. For dance group applications: March 26. For the Juried Art Competition: March 31. For the Toddler Regalia Review: May 14.

Pelican's Stewart Ely to perform Saturday night
Former Juneau resident Stewart Ely, of Pelican, will give a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at Resurrection Lutheran Church at 10th and Glacier Avenue. A legislative session transplant to Juneau, he'll share the stage with fellow Pelican resident, Keith Heller.

Evening of magic tricks, illusions Friday at TMHS
A hamster will vanish and reappear. Minds will be read. People will be suspended in thin air. It's all happening at the upcoming Evening of Magic, Friday, March 19, at 7 p.m. at the Thunder Mountain High School Theatre.

Norteño music comes to Juneau
On any given weekend night, many different kinds of music can be heard emanating from the local bars and gathering spots - salsa, country, rock, jazz. But there's one genre you won't hear, according to Latino's Restaurant owner George Cardenas, in spite of the fact that there is ample demand: Mexican music.

Colorado marimba band visits the Canvas
The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery, in cooperation with the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council will be hosting the marimba band Kutandara, from Boulder, Colo., for a week of classes between March 21 and 26, including a spring break camp for kids.

'Friends' star Aniston's bathtub crafted in Haines
SeaOtter Woodworks in Haines was recently tapped by Hollywood.

From craft addiction to craft business
How many First Fridays have you spent thumbing through earrings at Annie Kaills or donning knit hats at the Juneau Artist's Gallery and thought to yourself, "Could I be selling here someday?" If you're like me it may take months or even years to work up the courage to sell your crafty products directly to local storefronts. Often the most nerve-racking part comes from lack of knowledge of the industry and the "rules." To help you out I've gathered tips from local stores to give you an edge on the local craft market.

'Green Zone': Bourne flick resemblance is only skin deep
Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon are probably the two names most closely associated with the Jason Bourne movies. Damon has been Bourne in all three, while Greengrass has helmed the last two. The franchise has been quite successful, both at the box office and critically. As far as action movies go, the Bourne flicks have been considered good work.

JDHS Early Scholars Program presents 'How Crane Got Blue Eyes'
Ever wonder why Crane's eyes are blue? Find out this weekend, at the Juneau-Douglas Early Scholars program's production of Raven Tales. "How Crane Got Blue Eyes" will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Tlingit & Haida Community Building on Hospital Drive.

Library's graphic novel collection is larger than it may appear
New graphic novels for adult readers include additions to the Jack of Fables series, a mystery by Ian Rankin, a Necronomicon that would make Lovecraft proud, and the second volume of the Rex Libris series. All our graphic novels are searchable on the computer catalog by using "advanced search" and choosing "graphic novel" for format. Give it a try: our collection is much larger than what is on the shelves!

Board of Game ignoring majority
It's simple math.

Presenting an assisted suicide on TV is simply wrong
How would you like to watch a murder or suicide on television? KTOO provided us with that opportunity this past week with the documentary, "the Suicide Tourist." This is the show of an individual's trip to Switzerland to take advantage of that country's legal environment which approves assisted suicide. The organization doing the killing calls itself Dignitas.

Kookesh apology letter meets the requirements
An apology letter from Angoon Sen. Albert Kookesh to the city of Craig has met the Ethics Committee's requirements, committee staffer Joyce Anderson said in an e-mail Wednesday from her Anchorage office.

Kookesh apologizes to city
Sen. Albert Kookesh, D-Angoon, has apologized to the city of Craig, and both the senator's friends and critics say the ethics violations against him will be put to rest.

Eating right doesn't have to be complicated
Editor's note: This is the first part of a series focussing on nutrition that will run every other Thursday. Part two will run April 1.

House passes nonbinding energy policy bill
JUNEAU - The House unanimously passed legislation detailing Alaska's energy policy for years to come.

Legislator: Natural gas and cap-and-trade linked
JUNEAU - Rep. Les Gara says a resolution passed by the state House on Wednesday could undercut efforts in Congress to secure a natural gas pipeline in Alaska.

Ballot question disclosure bill clears key panel
JUNEAU - A campaign finance disclosure bill for those organizing and influencing Alaska ballot initiatives is headed to the House floor.

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

Juneau youth to support a statewide clean indoor air policy
JUNEAU - During the 15th annual Kick Butts Day on March 24, SEARHC Tobacco Quit Program Health Educator Rowena J. Reeves and Juneau-Douglas High School students are spreading the word about the dangers of youth tobacco use and providing information about resources available to those wanting to quit using tobacco.

Correction
A photo package in Wednesday's Empire stated U.S. Coast Guard members were evaluating the site where the 369-foot Princess Kathleen sank in 1952. The ongoing operation is a joint venture between the Coast Guard and the state's Department of Environmental Conservation.

Airport renovations on target
Renovations under way at the Juneau International Airport are on target to be substantially complete in October, and some new additions could be ready by the end of April, an airport official said.

Popular new restaurant will close its doors
Tonight's last call at Troxel's Steak and Seafood will be the last for the couple that, in the course of a few months, turned the restaurant and bar on Juneau's waterfront into a local favorite.

Legislators foresee spending increases in capital budget
Legislators are expecting this year's capital budget, the one-time spending on big-ticket items, to be beefier than last year's, as the state hopes to fend off a recession that has not hit Alaska nearly as hard as elsewhere.

CEO: Wait for plan before protesting the Pebble Mine
If you're going to protest, wait until there's at least a plan to protest, Pebble Limited Partnership CEO John Shively said Tuesday in a presentation on the proposed Pebble Mine at a Rotary Club of Juneau meeting.

Hundreds attend Apprenticeship Fair
Hundreds of Juneau School District high schoolers were introduced to the basics of drywall, soldering, welding and other construction trades at the fourth Apprenticeship Fair on Wednesday.

Photo: Flushed out
Paul Puustinen, of the city's water department, flushes water Tuesday from a fire hydrant near the Federal Building.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: Brilliant walk
Students from the Juneau Montessori School walk Tuesday among the old pilings at Sandy Beach.

Correction
The Juneau Empire printed an article on page A3 Tuesday on Glacier Valley student Wyatt Nicholson heading to the Alaska State Geographic Bee in Anchorage. Six more children from Juneau also qualified, according to Marti Wynn, contact person for the Bee. They are: Sho Martin, Mendenhall River Community School; Elias Antaya, Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School; John White, Gastineau Elementary School; Cameron Pehrson, Riverbend Elementary School; Timothy McKenna, Harborview Elementary School; and Conor Kincaid, IDEA-SE.

Photo: Luck of the Irish
Stroller White Pipes & Drums bass drummer Pete Whitehead pounds away Wednesday at "Louie's" Douglas Inn during the band's annual St. Patrick's Day performances. The band also performed at the Juneau Pioneers' Home, Red Dog Saloon and Lucky Lady.

Hearing held on Sealaska lands bill
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Rep. Don Young defended a bill Wednesday to give Sealaska Corp. its remaining lands under the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

Eric William Jackson
Juneau resident Eric William Jackson died March 2, 2010, in Eugene, Ore., where he was receiving treatment for leukemia. He was 62.

John R. Charles
Former Juneau resident John R. Charles died Feb. 12, 2010, in Mount Vernon, Wash. He was 44.

Ida Maria Noreen
Longtime Douglas resident Ida Maria Noreen died March 15, 2010, in her home at the Juneau Pioneer Home where she ha resided for the past seven-plus years. She was surrounded by her family and the caregivers who have given her loving care during her long decline. She was 92.

Blaming Big Oil
The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Hard to speak the truth
Three little words. That's what keeps bringing us back to this intersection of low comedy and pathos. Three words, none longer than three letters - and yet, some of us still find them nearly impossible to say.

Earmark disarmament
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

My Turn: Red Dog mine important to people of northwest Alaska
My Inupiat family has lived in the northwest arctic for generations. I am a NANA shareholder and I am employed by Teck Alaska. That makes me a landowner and operator.

Reckless bankers undercut reform
Bankers should be a humble crew. Their reckless trading almost ruined the world economy. But they are as arrogant as ever.

What our recycling habits say about us
Question of the day: How do you recycle pornography without looking like a creeptacular pervball?

An entire community hangs in balance of lands bill decision
I am only one individual, but please take a moment to consider my side of the Sealaska Corp. lands bill issue.

Medicalization of everyday life
Here's a question that's not being asked in the health-care debate: How much medical care do we want in our lives? It's something we should be discussing.

Police charge man with rental scam
ANCHORAGE - A 45-year-old Anchorage man has been charged with scamming a Fort Richardson soldier just back from Afghanistan by renting out a home he did not own.

Judge orders rewrite of abortion initiative
JUNEAU - An Alaska judge has ordered the lieutenant governor to rewrite ballot language for a proposed abortion initiative.

Man dies of assault wounds near Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers in Fairbanks are investigating the death of a 20-year-old man outside a business in the Goldstream Valley.

Warrant issued for pastor in dispute
FAIRBANKS - A $25,000 arrest warrant on child sexual abuse charges has been issued for a Fairbanks pastor ousted from his church in 2008.

Alaska officials to test whether wolves killed teacher
ANCHORAGE - A state wildlife veterinarian will examine whether two wolves shot by officials this week were in fact the animals that killed a teacher out jogging near Chignik Lake.

Lawmakers seek middle ground on snowmachine access
JUNEAU - A House subcommittee to meet Wednesday will seek middle ground on a proposal to open roughly 4,000 square miles of public land to snowmachining.

Fairbanks woman accused of debit card fraud
FAIRBANKS - A grand jury indicted a Fairbanks woman accused of using a business account to steal more than $6,000 worth of goods from a local Sam's Club and Wal-Mart.

Fairbanks panel hears water fluoride testimony
FAIRBANKS - A committee reviewing whether fluoride should remain in the Fairbanks water supply heard arguments from both sides of the debate.

Lawmakers to DEC: Exempt Alaska's small cheese makers
JUNEAU - Lawmakers agree with Alaska's small dairy farmers and hobbyists who say new cheese regulations written by a state agency are too stringent.

Crimson Bears crowned
ANCHORAGE - Paint the town crimson.

One win away!
ANCHORAGE - The capital city girls are one win away from state glory.

Bear on the block
She's the Crimson Bears' monster - and muscle - in themiddle.

Photo: Juneau Bowling

Playing to the end
ANCHORAGE - Dimond closed with an 11-0 run to pull away from a gritty, determined Juneau-Douglas in Monday's 4A boys' basketball state tournament consolation round, ending the Crimson Bears' season 64-45 at Sullivan Arena.

Commercial 'caveman' receives key to Homer
At first glance, the guy hanging around the Time Bandit on March 11 with the shaggy hair, bushy beard, red turtleneck sweater and down vest might look like your average crab fisherman. There's something a bit odd about him, though. Maybe it's the heavy brow, the wide nose and the hairy hands. If he looks a bit Neanderthal, well, that's because he is.

Alaska Air CEO pay more than doubles
ATLANTA - The chairman and chief executive officer of Alaska Air Group Inc., William S. Ayer, saw his total compensation in 2009 more than double to $4.3 million, compared to the year before, thanks to a bigger performance-based bonus and much larger stock and option awards, according to a regulatory filing.

Mackey wins Iditarod for fourth straight time
NOME - Lance Mackey won the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday to become the first musher in the event's 38-year history to win four consecutive races.

Lance Mackey wins fourth consecutive
NOME - Lance Mackey picked up a few rewards on his way to winning an unprecedented fourth consecutive win in the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Blast sends rock flying into Ketchikan neighborhood
KETCHIKAN - A scheduled blast at a Ketchikan construction site sent rock flying into a neighborhood, punching holes in houses and shattering windows.

Lawmakers await pipeline open seasons
An Alaska lawmaker said Tuesday that upcoming open seasons for proposed gas pipeline projects could lead to a shift in the state's approach to oil and gas development.

Board of Regents picks Gamble as UA president
Pat Gamble, the president and chief executive of the Alaska Railroad Corp., has been chosen as the University of Alaska system's next president.

State chamber launches high school leadership program
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce launched the Alaska Business Week program at the Alaska Business Roundtable luncheon March 11 in Juneau.

Providence Medical Center unveils campus expansion
ANCHORAGE - Providence Alaska Medical Center unveiled details earlier this month about a major campus expansion that will expand and modernize the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Prenatal and Mother Baby Units and cardiac surgery program and renovate other areas of the hospital.

BP supports Alaska Business Week
BP has awarded a $60,000 grant to the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, providing major support for the new Alaska Business Week program. Phil Cochrane, Vice President for External Affairs at BP, made the award presentation at the Alaska State Chamber Legislative Fly-In event in Juneau earlier this month.

Residents begin effort to recall mayor in Houston
HOUSTON - A mayor's trip to Fairbanks could drive him right out of office.

Rural teacher killed by wolves left behind vivid blog of Alaska wildlife
ANCHORAGE - Last August above the Alaska Peninsula, a 30-something teacher from the East Coast snapped photo out the window of a plane. The frame captured the underside of the wing, a distant snowy mountain and a muddy creek snaking through a green valley far below. A few days later, Candice Berner posted her snapshot in the first entry of a blog about teaching in rural Alaska. She titled the post, "The Journey begins ... "

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