Friday, March 19, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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!

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.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Divers collect data on Point Lena shipwreck
Good scuba conditions this week allowed a dive crew to get inside the SS Princess Kathleen, the vessel that sank off Point Lena in 1952 now leaking oil into the ocean.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

City wants $100,000 from 'pit' owners
The city and borough of Juneau plans to file a complaint and seek more than $100,000 for damage to public streets and sidewalks from the owners of the property widely known as the downtown "pit."

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.

Trivial 'duty station' legislation advances
The Alaska Senate last week passed legislation making Juneau the governor's official duty station in what may have been a final jab at former Gov. Sarah Palin.

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.

Photo: Harbingers
Longer days and warmer weather has blueberry blossoms opening Thursday near Lena Beach.

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:

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.

Edwell George John Sr.
Juneau resident Edwell George John Sr. died peacefully on the afternoon of March 12, 2010, in Juneau with family by his side. He was 76.

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.

Roberta Jones Ormsby
Juneau resident Roberta Jones Ormsby, also known as "Bert," died Feb. 23, 2010, in Harborview Medical Center. She was 77.

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.

My turn: Prepare our kids for the future: invest in digital learning
If you had a chance to improve your child's future, why wouldn't you? South Dakota asked the same question. So have 28 school districts in Alaska. The future they have seen isn't always crystal clear, but one thing is for sure - the future will be digital.

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.

Pro: Rogue firms shame the good name of U.S. military forces
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Civilian contractors do not enjoy the best pedigree. In the 1980s, an international treaty was adopted against mercenaries because governments could use them for things it might be embarrassing to have their own forces doing. South Africa used mercenaries to attack South Africans outside the country who were organizing to overthrow apartheid.

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.

Con: Quasi-military contractors provide good bang for the buck in war zones
WASHINGTON - Jon Postol was a defense contractor. A one-man shop, he ran something called ARPANET.

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.

White wolf encounter
As Jeannie Emanoff drove away from the Mendenhall Glacier Sunday evening, she didn't get very far.

Grooming report
As of March 18, the following Nordic trails are groomed and tracked for both skate andclassic skiing:

Sport charter halibut permit application deadline nears
JUNEAU - NOAA Fisheries would like to remind sport charter fishing operators in Southeast Alaska and the central Gulf of Alaska that the April 5 deadline to apply for a permit to operate in 2011 is approaching.

Sitka group to dim lights for Earth Hour
SITKA - Sitka Global Warming Group will support Earth Hour for the second year, and encourages community members to do the same.

Rockfish sport fishing regulations set for 2010
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the non-pelagic rockfish bag, possession and the mandatory retention for the sport fishery during 2010. Nonresident angler annual limits of yelloweye rockfish have also been established for the 2010 season.

Hatcher Pass opens to snowmachines
HATCHER PASS - The Mat-Su Area Office of Alaska State Parks announces that as of Saturday, March 13, the east side of Hatcher Pass will be open to snowmobiles from the Goldmint Trailhead Parking Lot at Mile 14.5 to the Hatcher Pass Summit at Mile 19 of the Hatcher Pass Road.

Teaching on tools for local trout
Tony Soltys gets a kick out of hearing stories from his students about how they've been putting instruction from his Fly Fishing 101 class to work.

Juneau Explorers set to learn, live be enlightened
With Spring Break quickly approaching, parents may be trying to plan around their busy schedules in an effort to accommodate their kids who are out of school for the week.

Spring wanderings
After a spring mini-blizzard, I wandered around some of the Dredge Lake recreation area, just to see what I could see. There was too little snow under the dense young spruces to do much animal tracking, but in more open areas, tracking was good. I found numerous tracks of snowshoe hares in the mixed alder/willow/spruce areas. The hares had been gnawing willow bark and nibbling blueberry twigs.

A week o' spring with Discovery Southeast
Eaglecrest and Discovery Southeast have teamed up to offer a week of snow sports fun during Spring Break.

RESULTS: Juneau Gun Club Pacific International Trap Association match
The Juneau Gun Club held a Pacific International Trap Association three-event match Saturday, March 13.

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Photos: Bankside investigation
In these three photos, two river otters swim downstream in the Mendenhall River on Sunday, March 7. The pair apparently spotted a juvenile bald eagle on the river's edge and stopped to investigate. Otters travel together and operate as a social unit but do not cooperate in hunting or share what is caught. They travel over a wide area, and apparently there are no exclusive territories. Fighting among otters is extremely rare, although they are wary of strange individuals.

Tides
Today, March 19

Juneau Garden Club invites public to annual Garden Fever
JUNEAU - The Juneau Garden Club will hold a program Saturday, March 20 from 1:20 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center.

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 receives public reprimand for driving drunk
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage Superior Court judge has received a public reprimand for drunken driving.

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.

Troopers seek man suspected in homicide
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers say they're seeking a Fairbanks man in a homicide investigation that left a North Pole man dead.

Senate minority: Governor's crime lab is too much
JUNEAU - The state Senate minority caucus says the governor's proposed crime lab is too big and too pricey.

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.

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.

Murkowski applauds state's fight against EPA climate regulation
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, applauded the Parnell administration's decision to join a growing number of states in a lawsuit to stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from imposing command-and-control regulation of the emissions blamed for climate change.

Corporate campaigning bill blocked in House
JUNEAU - State Rep. Jay Ramras says he's blocking a House bill aimed at strengthening disclosure requirements for corporations and unions engaged in political campaigning.

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.

Deadline approaching for applying for permits
ANCHORAGE - The deadline for applying for a permit to operate a sportfishing halibut charter is approaching.

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.

Soldiers' privileges pulled because of DUIs
ANCHORAGE - Weekend privileges for some Fort Richardson soldiers are being suspended because of the high number of driving-under-the-influence charges they're accumulating.

Culture club hockey program flourishes
Elementary and middle schoolers in a Culture Club Hockey program gathered this week to celebrate the skills they've learned the last five months - as well as celebrate a program that has provided them with access to a sport they may not have otherwise been exposed to.

Savor the moment
Karli Brakes jumped up into the arms of one teammate after another, thrusting her index finger high above the gathering mass of bouncing Crimson Bears near center court.

Crimson Bears crowned
ANCHORAGE - Paint the town crimson.

Photo: Juneau Bowling

Photos: State Champs!

Tompkins crashes, gets DNF
Juneau's Joe Tompkins crashed in the Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill event at the 2010 Paralympic games in Vancouver, and received a DNF in his only event in the games.

Two collared wolves shot near Tok
FAIRBANKS - The state Department of Fish and Game took to the air this week to track and shoot wolves in the Fortymile region near Tok, an effort aimed at boosting moose and caribou numbers.

Anchorage mayor wants to stop emissions testing
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan says he wants to restart efforts to stop vehicle emissions testing.

Pebble Mine hearing begins
JUNEAU - The Legislature is being asked to study whether a potentially world class copper and gold prospect at the headwaters of Alaska's Bristol Bay can coexist with that region's premier commercial sockeye salmon fishery.

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.

Photo: A natural actor
A grizzly bear fishes for salmon in Katmai National Park and Preserve. The bear is featured in an 11-part series called "Life" premiering Sunday, March 21, at 8 p.m. EST on the Discovery Channel.

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.

Medvedev: Russia must tap Arctic resources
MOSCOW - Russia must defend its claims to mineral riches of the Arctic in increasing competition with other powers, President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday.

Anglers prepare for Homer winter fishing derby
KENAI - "Hitting the water" has a different meaning at the Homer Winter King Salmon Derby.

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.

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 ... "

Parnell: Alaska is open for business
MIAMI - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell came to the Seatrade Cruise Shipping convention in Miami Beach Tuesday to deliver a message that Alaska is open for business to the cruise industry.

No rabies found in wolves blamed in teacher death
ANCHORAGE - Two wolves suspected of killing a teacher outside the rural village of Chignik Lake did not have rabies.

Arctic animals doing better, but not close to pole
WASHINGTON - The overall number of animals in the Arctic has increased over the past 40 years ago, according to a new international study. But critters who live closest to the North Pole are disappearing.

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