Friday, March 18, 2011

A new life for McPhetres Hall
When Theatre in the Rough opens the doors on its preview production of “Our Town” tonight at the new McPhetres Hall, they will be ushering in much more than the hall’s inaugural audience. Tonight’s performance marks the end of the vagabond life for the theater company, who will call the new space home, and celebrates the regeneration of a major community gathering place five years after the original hall was destroyed by fire. It also offers a tangible example of the generosity of community members, whose donations to the theater’s fund-raising campaign made the beautiful new space possible.

Adjusting the master plan
I blame the aliens. I blame the city of Hell-A. They share the blame, really. “Battle: Los Angeles” opened last weekend and I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t get amped to invest the time or the money and I definitely couldn’t get excited about eventually conjuring up the 600 words to review Aaron Eckhart’s flick about aliens attacking Los Angeles.

UAS' Art of Place series continues with silver carver Ed Kunz
Art of Place, a lecture series designed to give community members a chance to connect with renowned Alaska Native artists in an informal setting, continues at the University of Alaska Southeast this week with a presentation by Ed Kunz. Kunz will speak about silver carving beginning at 10 a.m. today, in the Glacier View Room of the Egan Building at UAS.

Voices of the Wilderness artist residency program accepting applications
The summer of 2011 will mark the second year of the Voices of the Wilderness artist residency program. This program, based in Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness Area, is modeled after residencies in the national parks, but with a twist. Participating artists are paired with a wilderness ranger and actively engage in stewardship projects, including research, monitoring, and education projects.

Barrow Eskimo Dancers to perform Saturday
The Barrow Eskimo Dancers will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium. The Barrow Dancers is an all-ages group with more than 60 members, all 0f whom are Inupiaq Eskimo. Some begin dance training while still toddlers, and others joined when in their 60s.

St Baldrick's Child Cancer Benefit held Friday
TK Maguire’s will host a St Baldrick’s Child Cancer Benefit on Friday March 18. Come and cheer on some good spirited people who will be getting their heads shaved for cancer awareness.

Applications for Latseen Leadership Academy accepted through June 10
Sealaska Heritage Institute is accepting applications to attend its annual Latseen Leadership Academy in Juneau.

Deadline nears for scholarships for Native Libraries, Archives and Museums Summit
The Alaska Native Libraries, Archives, and Museums Summit will be held April 27-30 in Anchorage. The summit’s title is Northern Light: Keeping Our Stories Alive.

March Coffee & Collections highlights early days of Juneau Ski Club, Dan Moller Cabin
Wilderness cabins and skiing will be the focus of this month’s Coffee & Collections presentation at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. Longtime Juneau Ski Club member Dean Williams and USFS archaeologist Myra Gilliam will lead a discussion about the significance of the cabin and its connection to the Juneau Ski Club during their presenation, “Dan Moller Cabin and the Beginnings of the Juneau Ski Club,” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the City Museum.

ART, EVENTS & MUSIC
THURSDAY

MOVIES
Schedule begins Friday

Rookery to host Bristol Bay celebration tonight
Kodiak-based Chef Joel Chenet, owner of Kodiak’s Mill Bay Coffee and Pastries, is in town this week with a group of Bristol Bay residents, fishermen, and others who are in town to reiterate a request of the state legislature to take action to better ensure longterm protection for fisheries, subsistence culture, and public health in the Bristol Bay Watershed. Chenet decided to make the trip after traveling to Bristol Bay last summer, where he experienced Bristol Bay’s commercial, sport, and subsistence fisheries first-hand.

Call for art for Art Bank
The Alaska State Council on the Arts has announced a call for art for the State of Alaska Contemporary Art Bank, a collection of artworks loaned to state offices and public spaces.

Anchorage jazz pianist to perform Friday
Anchorage-based pianist Dan McElrath will perform a solo concert at 7 p.m. tomorrow in Room 113 of the Hendrickson Building, at the University of Alaska Southeast. The performance will feature many of McElrath’s original compositions from his most recent album, “Ajazzka,” recorded with by McElrath and the Dan Mac Quintet.

Blum to be keynote speaker at North Words Symposium
Nonfiction writer Howard Blum will be the keynote speaker of the second annual North Words Writers Symposium in Skagway, Alaska, scheduled for June 1-4, 2011.

State library to host talk on history of the cooperative extension Service in Alaska
The Alaska State Library Historical Collections will host a presentation by Fred Schlutt, University of Alaska Fairbanks vice provost for extension and outreach and director of the Cooperative Extension Service.

Author Schooler to read from 'Walking Home' Friday
Local author Lynn Schooler will read from his memoir, “Walking Home” at 7 p.m. Friday at the downtown library.

Fireside Lecture to feature “Bats in the Backyard”
This Friday’s Fireside Lecture at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center will feature “Bats in the Backyard: Flyers in the Forest.” Presentations begin at 6:30 and 8 p.m.

Film treasures from the State Library on view Friday
As part of the University of Alaska Southeast’s spring arts and humanities series, “Sound + Motion,” the Alaska State Library Historical Collections will present its second annual “Film Treasures from the State Library” on Friday, March 18.

Barndance held Saturday at St. Ann's
The March barndance will be held this Saturday, March 19, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at St. Ann’s Parish Hall. Live music will be provided by the Grateful Celtics and contra and square dance calling by Tom Paul. All dances are taught and there are no fancy steps to learn; no experience or partners are necessary.

Ocean Film Festival begins Saturday
The 2011 Alaska Ocean Film Festival will be held Saturday, March 19, at the Gold Town Nickelodeon Theater. Show times are at 4 and 7 p.m.

Weekly Fitness Tip
From the Alaska Club

Week 7 Results!
Weekly weight loss results.

Dr. Pavitt’s Weekly Tip for Permanent Fat Loss
Hunger is an important and powerful urge. When we are hungry, it’s time to eat. In order for any fat loss program to be successful, we have to respect this sensation and respond appropriately to it. If the diet you are attempting leads you to be chronically hungry then you are not likely to stick to it.

Can Pharmaceuticals Make Us Fat? Part 2
Part 2 in a two-part series

EFT: Help for Weight Loss
The Emotional Freedom Technique, (EFT), is a simple approach for balancing the energy field by gently tapping meridian points. Because it affects the entire energy system – mind and body –it can be used to release anxiety, addictions, pain, and other physical symptoms, or to achieve life goals. It is easy to learn and is a convenient self-help tool for weight loss and the addictive pre-occupation with food that keeps life on hold.

Overzealous prosecution
Bruce Weyhrauch, a wonderful person and great asset to the community of Juneau remains the poster boy of overzealous and out of control prosecution.

JSD board sends final budget to Assembly
The Juneau School District board sent a $90 million budget to the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly with a 4-3 vote Tuesday night after reinstating Extended Learning positions in the elementary schools and trimming three Extended Learning classes at the high school level. The budget also means slightly higher class sizes in third- to fifth-grade classes.

Officials say Alaska is in no danger of radiation
The outcry rose quickly over worry that the radiation from damaged nuclear reactors in Japan could reach this country, including areas around the Aleutian Islands. Officials say such information is misleading and that no harmful radiation will reach here.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

State Board of Education talks graduation, legislation
The State Board of Education and Early Development discussed graduation Thursday, with a heavy focus on the exit exam.

Juneau woman died of natural causes
Autopsy results confirm there was no evidence of foul play in the January death of Keisha Oullis. The cause of death was reported as hypothermia with alcohol and drug intoxication as contributing factors, Juneau Police said Thursday.

Photo: Sprucing up the place
Amanda Dinan, assistant manager and goldsmith for The Jewel Box, adds window washer to her titles as she spruces up the store front during Thursday’s warming weather.

Photo: Grabbing a quick lunch
Gulls dive for a quick meal next to a fishing boat unloading fresh halibut and black cod Thursday at Taku Fisheries. The halibut and black cod season just opened and continues for the next eight months.

Photo: On for a snowy run
Scott Watts gets in a run around noon down Riverside Drive through fresh snow Wednesday.

Photo: Weight is a worry
Harbor Officer Doug Liermann shovels snow off the dock Wednesday at Douglas Harbor. Much of the 5-inch-thick ice was from saltwater spray thrown up during last months heavy winds. Liermann said he was worried about the weight on the dock.

UAS to be first school in nation for new mining simulator
The University of Alaska Southeast secured funds which will allow it to become the first school in the United States to operate a state-of-the-art mining simulator, Rep. Cathy Muñoz announced Wednesday at a mining trade show in Juneau.

Auke Bay going screen-free April 18-24
Auke Bay Elementary School will join thousands of schools, libraries, and community groups nationwide in a coordinated effort to encourage millions of Americans to turn off televisions, computers and video games for seven days and turn on the world around them. Screen-Free Week is a chance for children to read, play, think, create, be more physically active, and to spend more time with friends and family.

Stimulus provided jobs in education, but those slots in jeopardy as states struggle
The economic-stimulus package Congress passed two years ago preserved hundreds of thousands of jobs in the nation’s public schools but, with the economy still sputtering, the future of many of those positions remains in jeopardy.

Sealaska Heritage Institute opens applications for academy
Sealaska Heritage Institute is accepting applications to attend its annual Latseen Leadership Academy in Juneau.

Hair shaving to take place Friday at Prospector Hotel
The hair will be flying Friday in the name of cancer treatment, as the St. Baldrick’s Foundation will be shaving heads at the Prospector Hotel in downtown to raise money for cancer research for children.

Students on exchange from Middle East give glimpse of lives back home
What students from Egypt and Palestine experience back home is in stark contrast to what goes on in the U.S., as two students explained what their home countries are like to students in Juneau last week.

State education board to meet Thursday and Friday
The State Board of Education & Early Development will meet at 8 a.m. Thursday and at 9:20 a.m. Friday. The meeting will be held in the state board room on the ground floor of 801 W. 10th Street in Juneau. The public is invited to attend.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Stella Mae Fullam
Stella Mae Fullam, long a well-loved and active member of the Juneau community, died March 8, 2011, at her home by Auke Lake. She was 69.

Dean Alan Blust
Dean Alan Blust died March 10, 2011 in Juneau.

My Turn: Muñoz speaks out on oil issues
Last week the Empire reported on a presentation I made to a recent Native Issues Forum that I believe mischaracterized the work of the House Resources Committee, my vote to move oil tax legislation out of that committee, and the fiscal realities now facing Alaska.

My Turn: Proper use of public funds?
A recent proposal by the City and Borough of Juneau Manager to give two private businesses over a million dollars in public revenue captured my attention and caused me to wonder, why?

Con: Can high-speed rail boost the US economy?
An astute journalist in the 20th century once defined public relations as “organized lying.” Keep that in mind as a barrage of newsfeatures and commentaries extolling the benefits of President Obama’s high-speed rail initiatives appear in coming days.

My Turn: Help make Alaska No. 1 again
For those who have been paying attention to Alaska’s economy, the indicators are clear. Oil field activity is down, Alaska is losing jobs, the pipeline continues on a trend toward a trickle and there is little motivation by the industry to reverse the trend. Not because there is a lack of oil on the North Slope. Alaska doesn’t have an oil resource problem. We have an investment problem.

Empire editorial: Being tops in the state nothing new to JDS students
Today, the Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears begin the final step in their pursuits of state basketball titles, with the second-seeded girls tipping off at 8 a.m. against South Anchorage and the No. 4 boys facing North Pole at 11:30 a.m. in Anchorage. We’ve no doubt these teams will make a great showing at state and, win or lose, will continue to make their city and alma mater proud to claim them as their own.

Pro: Can high-speed rail boost the US economy?
Would high-speed rail spending add jobs in the United States? Of course.

Outside editorial: Careful with the economy
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Lessons on living in hunt country
The Alaskan landscape is one of the most dangerous places in North America.

Uncover mysteries of region's bat species
Fruits and flowers ripen into lush, succulent shades, bodies of water, gleaming and still, trees swaying rhythmically across a sultry twilight — such images are the stuff of holiday brochures and postcards.

Finding the crossover
The day was overcast and gray when we started up the Spaulding Meadows trail, but by the time we passed the junction where the Auke Nu trail splits off, the sky was clear and we welcomed the sun’s appearance. The trail was in fine shape: nice, hard-packed snow, with only a few spots where deep post-holes made for uneven walking. We put on snowshoes and skis in Second Meadow.

Tips on Tracks: Porcupine
This tracks feature appears every other week during winter months and is compiled by members of Discovery Southeast, a local nonprofit offering a variety of programs for local youth aimed at educating and engaging students in their outdoor world. For more information on the organization, go online to discoverysoutheast.org.

Winners of the Marie Drake Planetarium Astronomy Poetry Contest announced this week
To view all entries, go online to mariedrakeplanetarium.com.

Snow and grooming report for Juneau-area trails
Eaglecrest reportas of March 17:• New snow (24 hours):

JGC Pacific International Registered shoot results
On Saturday, March 12, 15 members of Juneau’s Gun Club participated in that day’s Pacific International Trap Association registered shoot. The day started out as a overcast and cool, but it turned cold and the light was ever-changing. Because of these variable conditions, the shooters had below average scores.

Juneau Archery Club Winter League Awards
The results are in from this year’s Juneau Archery Club Winter League. Approximately 23 individuals shot in the weekly competition, trying to find the bull’s-eye on different targets each week. The club invites more participants next fall.

Wild shots
The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska’s wildlife, scenery or plant life. Send your photos via e-mail to: Abby Lowell, Outdoors editor, abby.lowell@juneauempire.com. For all photos include the name of the photographer, a description of what is shown in the picture, when it was taken and any other pertinent information.

Spring brown bear season now open
JUNEAU — The brown bear hunting season opened Tuesday, March 15, in Game Management Unit 4 with two registration hunts: RB088 and RB089.

Eaglecrest offering spring break camps
JUNEAU — For those needing something to do over Spring Break, Eaglecrest Ski Area is offering a Snowsports School Holiday Camp which runs from March 21 through 24 for ages four to adult.

Discovery Day to be held at Eaglecrest
JUNEAU — Elementary, middle, and high school age students are invited to an upcoming Discovery Day at Eaglecrest Ski Area on Friday, March 25. The event is hosted by Discovery Southest.

Tide tables for March 18 through March 24
Today, March 18

Joe Miller signs with speakers' bureau
JUNEAU — Joe Miller has announced his first major step since losing last fall’s U.S. Senate race: joining with a speakers’ bureau.

ACS offers free calls to Japan following quake
Following last week’s earthquake and tsunami, Alaska Communications is offering international calling and texting support for Alaska residential wireless and wireline consumers trying to connect with loved ones in Japan through March 31.

Fairbanks to host agriculture conference
FAIRBANKS — The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service is gearing up to host a farming conference next week in Fairbanks

Alaska teen pleads not guilty in father's death
FAIRBANKS — A 19-year-old Alaska man has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the death of his father.

Palin plans to stop in Israel, meet with Netanyahu
JUNEAU — Sarah Palin is extending her trip abroad with a planned stop in Israel.

Doyon Ltd. plans annual shareholders meeting
FAIRBANKS — The Native regional corporation for Interior Alaska will conduct its annual shareholders meeting Friday in Fairbanks.

Murkowski presses EPA administrator on Pebble Mine, oil and gas exploration
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has questioned Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson on a series of development projects in Alaska, including efforts concerning the proposed Pebble Mine and oil and gas exploration in the Beaufort Sea and the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

Lawmaker proposes shifting money to permanent fund
JUNEAU — An Anchorage Democrat is proposing that $10 billion in the constitutional budget reserve be put into the Alaska Permanent Fund.

ADF&G announces rockfish limits
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced the non-pelagic rockfish bag, possession and mandatory retention for the 2011 sport fishery in the Southeast inside and outside waters.

Anchorage house planned for homeless Native teens
ANCHORAGE — Two organizations are raising money to build a facility to house as many as 40 homeless Alaska Native teens in Anchorage.

Alaskan Brewing Co. to add 11th state for sales
JUNEAU — Alaskan Brewing Co. in Juneau says it is adding Minnesota as a distribution point in May.

Anchorage doctor injured in skiing accident
ANCHORAGE — An Anchorage doctor was critically injured in a skiing accident at the Alyeska Resort.

HoopTime preps for 12th annual Jackson Shootout
HoopTime AAU Basketball will hold the 12th annual Mike Jackson Memorial Shootout Tournament March 23-26 at Thunder Mountain High School, Floyd Dryden Middle School and Glacier Valley School.

Stretch run rings final bell for 8 seniors
It may seem as such for this season’s edition of Crimson Bears girls’ basketball, but no matter how dominant a team is, winning is never certain.

HoopTime preps for 12th annual Mike Jackson Memorial Shootout
HoopTime AAU Basketball will hold the 12th annual Mike Jackson Memorial Shootout Tournament March 23-26 at Thunder Mountain High School, Floyd Dryden Middle School and Glacier Valley School.

Defending the crown
It couldn’t have come out any better for the Juneau-Douglas girls’ basketball team if the Crimson Bears had drawn the bracket up themselves.

JDHS slams South
ANCHORAGE — The champs aren’t ready to move over quite yet. Not after the opening round of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Basketball State Championships.

Crimson Bears bow out in first round
ANCHORAGE — Round 1 of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Basketball State Championships hasn’t been kind to the Juneau-Douglas boys’ basketball team in recent years.

Redistricting data paints dismal picture for Southeast
Redistricting experts throughout Alaska began reviewing new 2010 Census data Wednesday, and in Southeast that was mostly a grim task for elected officials.

PFD giving gets support from donors, Rasmuson
The Rasmuson Foundation on Thursday told Gov. Sean Parnell and key legislators that they’ll continue backing the state’s innovative Pick. Click. Give. donation program, ensuring that Alaskan’s charitable contributions go entirely to good causes.

Senate hears from Alaskans
Alaskans called in and, in a few cases, visited the Senate Finance Committee Thursday to give their advice on capital spending for the next year.

Mat-Su borough fastest-growing region in Alaska
JUNEAU — The Matanuska-Susitna Borough was the fastest-growing region of Alaska over the past decade, growing by 50 percent, according to the 2010 Census data released Wednesday.

Education gets an early boost in Senate
Alaska education advocates are hoping the state Senate may be their savior, and that senators may do even more than restore the cuts made in the House of Representatives.

Parnell denies suggestion big oil influenced bill
JUNEAU — Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell on Thursday denied any suggestion that oil interests had undue influence over the crafting of his bill to cut oil production taxes.

Feds deploy more radiation monitors in western US
SAN FRANCISCO — More radiation monitors are being deployed in the western United States and Pacific territories, as officials seek to mollify public concern over exposure from damaged nuclear plants in Japan, federal environmental regulators said.

Jury clears Anchorage officer in nonfatal shooting
ANCHORAGE — A jury decided an Anchorage police officer was justified in the nonfatal shooting of a teen he saw holding a gun outside a restaurant.

4-time champ Mackey finishes in 16th place
NOME — Lance Mackey finished the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race well back in the pack Wednesday but don’t expect the four-time defending champion to lick his wounds for long. He said he’ll be back next year — “no doubt about it.”

UAF to offer bike rental program in April
FAIRBANKS — The University of Alaska Fairbanks is hoping to add a hint of green to its campus this spring with a new bicycle rental program.

State seeks to bar foreign law from courts
JUNEAU — An Alaskan lawmaker hopes to guard against Islamic Sharia law by prohibiting state courts from honoring foreign law that violates Alaskan or U.S. constitutional rights.

Japan quake likely to affect Alaska trade
ANCHORAGE — Alaskans who do business with the Japanese are worried about how their friends fared in the huge earthquake and tsunami, but businesses soon will be evaluating the impact of the disruption on the state economy.

Indictments expected in alleged trooper plot
FAIRBANKS — Grand jury indictments are expected by next week in state court for five people accused of plotting retaliatory killings of Alaska State Troopers.

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