Years of effort pay off for Native storyteller as 'Brother' debuts
For those wondering what it takes to get an hour-long, small-stage production mounted, consider that playwright Ishmael Hope developed an annual Native storytelling festival to make his latest show possible.

Deadlines for Celebration 2008 applications looming
Sealaska Heritage Institute is accepting applications for Celebration 2008 events.

Cribbage tournament underway on Tuesdays
The Pelican Boardwalk Boogie and the Rendezvous bar are hosting an eight-week cribbage tournament at the bar beginning at 7 p.m. each Tuesday.

Olson to lead Alaska Society of CPAs
JUNEAU - Julie Olson, a certified public accountant at the Juneau firm Elgee Rehfeld Mertz, was voted president-elect of the Alaska Society of CPAs beginning May 1.

Brown and Associates continues business
JUNEAU - Brown and Associates announced it will continue its income tax and accounting business following the death of Vice President Robyn (Gee) Rehbein on Feb. 16.

New holistic care center in the Valley
JUNEAU - Fireweed Chiropractic and Massage, a chiropractic clinic, opened last month in the Jordan Creek Center of Mendenhall Valley.

What's Happening
A listing of events happening the week of Thursday, March 20 through Wednseday, March 26.

A messy kitchen is a quick fix
It was my first day of work in a professional kitchen, and I was trying to work fast to make a good impression. The chef called me aside.

What's in your cellar?
Part of the fun of building a wine collection is figuring out when is the best time to open a bottle.

Mario and friends 'Smash' it up
"Super Smash Bros. Brawl" is unquestionably the most anticipated game to come out on Wii. After all, why play as just one Nintendo hero when you can control almost all of them? Eclipsing the popularity of classic franchises via consolidation, "Brawl" effectively takes everything that made "Super Smash Bros. Melee" great and improves upon it in subtle yet effective ways.

The days of 'thickware'
Thickware. How else can you describe the latest generation of anti-virus software?

Improve transportation and save money
After attending a recent Marine Transportation Advisory Board meeting, I have a solution for those folks who can't afford to travel out of Juneau - go to work for the Alaska Marine Highway System. All employees and their families get to travel free on the ferries, and if you are invested in the retirement system (five years of service) you will be able to travel free for the rest of your life.

Protecting search and rescue volunteers
Alaska is home to some of the world's most unforgiving and harsh environments.

Fisherman's Bend gone but not forgotten
It was like a blow to the gut, the news that Fisherman's Bend and an attached home were destroyed by fire in the early morning hours of Feb. 9. Thanks to the quick actions of volunteers and career firefighters, the nearby gas tanks didn't explode, despite near-zero temperatures that night.

Bravo Glacier Valley for D.C. performance
I just got home from seeing the performance by Glacier Valley Elementary School of "The Tides and The Tempest" on March 14 at the Kennedy Center here in Washington, D.C. As a 30-year former resident of Juneau, living in the D.C. area for the last four years, it was a special treat for me.

Miners don't kill fish; fishermen do
Concerning Berners Bay and the Kensington Mine:

Activists call on fund to divest from Sudan
Alaska likely won't be cutting its investments in companies that do business in Sudan anytime soon, a lawmaker sponsoring just such a measure told a group of supporters Wednesday.

Residents drive debate on city off-road park
About 100 people showed up Tuesday night at Centennial Hall for a special meeting of the city Planning Commission hosted solely for public testimony on a proposed off-highway vehicle park in North Douglas.

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

A My Turn column Monday, "Repetition that Deepens Learning," incorrectly cited a 1992 Scientific American. The correct information follows:

Photo: Gold Medal heats up
Huna Totem player Kamal Lindoff, left, tries to shoot over Metlakatla's Tom Booth Jr. Lindoff scored a team-high 18 points to lead Huna Totem to a 75-53 victory Tuesday in the Gold Medal C Bracket game. For complete coverage of the tournament, see today's Sports section.

Assembly awards Glacier Valley remodel to Bellingham company
The Juneau Assembly awarded Dawson Construction of Bellingham, Wash., an $11.4 million contract Wednesday for the voter-approved renovation of Glacier Valley Elementary School.

Juneau musher reaches Nome
NOME - The 2008 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is over.

Malley to attend sex offender program
A former Juneau Boys and Girls Club instructor charged with six counts of possessing child pornography will soon be on his way to a Pennsylvania clinic specializing in sexual addictions.

Photo: A balanced approach
Cachet Garrett, a health educator for Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, points to a board that explains healthy food portions Tuesday at SEARHC's booth in the Juneau-Douglas High School commons. Several booths have been set up in the commons during the Lions Club Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Photo: Bombs away
Liam Crossett jumps from the diving board Wednesday at the Augustus Brown Swimming Pool. The pool is holding special open swim sessions from 2:05 to 3:35 p.m. this week through Friday in conection with spring break.

School Board approves extra $1.3 million for renovation
The Juneau School Board on Tuesday approved taking $1.3 million from a reserve fund to cover an increase in the expected cost of renovating one of the district's elementary schools.

Around Town

Three arrested after burglary at downtown liquor store
Police arrested three suspects following a Tuesday morning burglary at Thibodeau's Home Liquor and Deli-Market, on the corner of Whittier Street and West Willoughby Avenue.

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

School Board takes look at proposal for Montessori move
The entire Juneau School Board on Tuesday had its first look at a plan to house the district's Montessori program at the Marie Drake building next school year.

Two Juneau men arrested in connection with burglaries
Juneau police arrested two men they allege were involved with burglaries in two homes two years ago.

Around Town

'Drillbit Taylor' stands up for itself
Every generation needs its "My Bodyguard," its "Three O'Clock High," a come-of-age/face-your-bullies comedy about boys being boys being beaten up by other boys.

'Never Back Down': 'Karate Kid' for the 2000s
I find myself saying this a lot when assigning star ratings to films: Know what you're getting into.

Juneau's Cinema guide
Note: All Gross Alaska theaters will be open for daily matinees during spring break, until March 21.

'I am Legend' not alone on DVD
'I Am Legend'

Tilly and the Wall building a bridge to indie-pop success
Go ahead, just try and find someone who has uttered a discouraging word about Tilly and the Wall, an indie-pop band from Omaha, Neb., that often uses a tap dancer in place of a drummer. Comb through review after review - nothing.

Bluegrass 101 takes a new name, but not a new style
When Bluegrass 101 in Alaska got an e-mail from Bluegrass 101 in Kentucky asking if the group would mind changing its name, the Alaskans politely answered, "No problem," and came up with a new one - a bigger and better one.

Get your bluegrass library ready for folk festival
With the 34th annual Alaska Folk Festival fast approaching, I thought this would be a good time to review preparations for our homegrown week of music.

Sound Bites
Snoop Dogg "Ego Trippin'" ★★★½

MASHUP of the week
Mashup artists are in a quandary. Like graffiti artists, they spend all their time and energy and creativity on an art form that is often disrespected, and in most cases illegal. So how to go legit? For graffiti artists in some big towns, maybe you get recognized by an art dealer and you start working on canvas. But that doesn't happen too much.

Grand re-opening benefit concert slated for March 30
A grand re-opening for Skate Bottom Sound under the new name Studio A is scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. March 30 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Red Cross of Alaska to host luau on March 22
The Southeast District of the American Red Cross of Alaska is holding a luau from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Centennial Hall. Dinner begins at 7 p.m.

Gorka and Werner to play in Juneau March 27
Acclaimed songwriters John Gorka and Susan Werner are scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 27 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

JAHC seeks musicians for summer concert series
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council is now scheduling its summertime Concerts in the Park and Concerts on Campus series, and is looking for performers and emcees to participate.

Heritage and Cultural Tourism
SITKA - Sitka Tribe of Alaska is pleased to announce the second annual Heritage and Cultural Tourism Conference, to be held April 2 to 4 at Harrigan Centennial Hall in Sitka. The conference, with the theme "Building Cultural Tourism," is planned for all levels of employees and those involved in the growing field of cultural and heritage tourism.

The Learning Connection offers preparation for citizenship test
JUNEAU - The Learning Connection will offer a class to help people prepare for the U.S. citizenship test.

SEARHC celebrates Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
SITKA - The second National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day takes place on Thursday, and the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium would like to honor those Alaska Natives, American Indians and Native Hawai'ians who have been affected by HIV/AIDS. On March 20, an information table about the impact of HIV/AIDS on Alaska Natives will be set up in the lobby of SEARHC Mount Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

KTOO to air showcase of Alaska writers next Tuesday
JUNEAU - KTOO 104.3 FM will air a special radio program, "Letters from the North," a showcase of Alaska writers, storytellers and poets, at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25.

Sealaska accepts applications for 2008 Celebration events
JUNEAU - Sealaska Heritage Institute is accepting applications for Celebration 2008 events.

Hacking the mystery of MySpace
Imagine a greasy 37-year-old man, coming home to an empty apartment from his pathetic accounting job, where, after two years, everyone still thinks his name is Bob.

Getting ready for kindergarten
Our little girl will be going to kindergarten next year. For most parents this is a significant event in their family's history. In our household it is even more momentous: Two years ago, our daughter was diagnosed as autistic.

High-income taxpayers may receive tax rebates
With the recently announced Economic Stimulus Payments (rebates), there may be an opportunity for high-income taxpayers who would otherwise be subjected to the phase-out of these payments.

Reader seeks chicken cacciatore with shrimp recipe
Auntie Emo: Does anyone have a recipe for chicken cacciatore with shrimp? You cook it in a slow-cooker. I've only lost two favorite recipes over the years and this was one of them.

Mattson, Anderson to wed
Linda Anderson, of Anchorage, and Stephen Mattson, of Juneau, will marry at 3 p.m. on April 5, 2008, at Anchorage Baptist Temple in Anchorage. A reception will follow at The Den on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus.

Carson, Thompson to wed
Joanne Thompson, of Tucson, Ariz., and Chris Carson, of Juneau, will marry on July 26, 2008, at Glacier Gardens in Juneau.

Thanks for supporting our annual concert
The Juneau Co-op Preschool would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their support in our recent children's concert fundraiser, Zip-a-dee-doo-dah: Alaska Canopy Adventures, Douglas Cafe, Our Backyard, Mount Roberts Tramway, Princess Cruises, Paradise Cafe, The Hangar, Seventh Heaven, Gross Alaska Theaters, First Implressions Hair Salon, Dragon Inn, Island Pub, Alaska Fudge Co,. Rainy Day Books, Stampin' Up, Gourmet Alaska, Valley lumber, Pat Costello, Juneau Artist's Gallery, The Art Department, Friends of the Alaska State Museum, The Juneau Empire, Hearthside Books, Imagination Station, Bear's Lair, Play it Again Sports, Kodiak Coat Co., Poundstone Freight, Blockbuster Video, Rainbow Foods, The Creating Place, Alaska Nugget Outfitter, Foggy Mountain Shop, Raven's Eye Studio, The Rock Dump, Gold Town Nickelodeon, A&P, Super Bear, Fred Meyer, Walmart and Costco, Era Helicopters LLC, Heritage Coffee Co., Treadwell Ice Arena, Perserverance Theatre, Andy Romanoff and Alaska Litho, Frontier Suites, the Juneau Arts and Culture Center, Wee Fishie Shoppe, Zen Restaurant, The Growing Tree Safeway, Pepsi, Jeff Brown, Jason Messing, Elias Antaya, Max Blust, Robert Newman, Jamie Marks, Bobby Jones, Heidi Johnson, Dave Kovach, Jason Hort, Tom Schwartz, Travis Croteau, Gene Nelson, Margie Hamburger, Rhonda Gardinier and Mary Sweeney.

AARP, Widowed Persons Program sponsor public tax program
JUNEAU - The AARP Tax Aide Program and the Widowed Persons Program are sponsoring a free public program on taxes at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mendenhall Valley library conference room.

Lyle H. Robinson
Former Juneau resident Lyle H. Robinson, of Underwood, N.D., died March 15, 2008, at the Turtle Lake Community Memorial Hospital following a long illness. He was 79.

Elizabeth Walters
Juneau resident Elizabeth Kitka Walters died March 19, 2008, in Juneau. She was 74.

Ida Jo Reddekopp
Former Juneau resident Ida Jo Reddekopp died March 16, 2008, at Ray Hickey Hospice House in Vancouver, Wash. She was 69.

Elizabeth Walters
Juneau resident Elizabeth Kitka Walters died March 19, 2008, in Juneau. She was 74.

My Turn: Building Alaska with a better capital budget
The Legislature is poised to pass a supplemental budget which contains $3.6 billion in savings. That sounds good, but $3.6 billion may be but a fraction of what should turn out to be a banner year for Alaska's savings accounts. Today Alaska is looking at record-breaking revenues due to record-breaking oil prices and at this writing, the predicted total surplus may be upwards of $7 billion. But as you know, the legislators who have the power over this surplus are the same legislators who control the operating and capital budgets. So we ask: "How much of the surplus will be spent, how much will be saved?" Many of us search for that answer, because as of today, the Legislature does not have a clear spending or savings plan in which the public can place its trust.

My turn: UAS cutting of auto program is a bad deal
The University of Alaska Southeast's actions to cut Juneau-Douglas High School's auto program at the end of the spring 2008 semester is not conducive to my ideals of what an educational institution should be. Dissolving the 25-year automotive partnership with the Juneau School District will be severely detrimental to the educational experience of hundreds of district students.

My Turn: Missing man's family clings to hope
I am writing to clear up any confusion and make clear how Michael F. Dunne's family feels about his disappearance. The events of the past three weeks have been surreal. Frequently, people view this type of situation as, "It happens to other people." They never dream their family will be chosen to endure this anguish. So many emotions wash over you - fear, disbelief, hope, anticipation, just to name a few. Then, on top of dealing with all of those emotions, one has to turn on what I call "the filters."

Outside editorial: Obama's speech moves a nation
This editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Outside editorial: Painful days ahead
The Federal Reserve's extraordinary response Sunday to Bear Stearns Cos.' looming collapse signals an unnerving new phase in the protracted credit crunch. No longer is the Fed simply pumping money into the economy to promote lending. It is now putting taxpayers on the hook for investments of uncertain value and extending federal help to Wall Street firms whose activities haven't been regulated as closely as commercial banks.

Outside editorial: Disabled, not limited
It's a measure of David Paterson's self-effacing manner that, when he was sworn in Monday as governor of New York, he made a joke about being legally blind.

Dismantling of Iraqi army haunts U.S.
On the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war, Americans are more focused on threats to the economy than on events in Baghdad.

Three men rescued when vessel sinks
SITKA - Three men were rescued Sunday night when their vessel sank in Cross Sound.

Police: No foul play in woman's death
JUNEAU - Preliminary autopsy results on Melinda Chamberlin show no evidence of foul play, according to Juneau police.

Investigators: Kenai fire was accidental
KENAI - A trailer fire that killed four people in Kenai was accidental, investigators said.

Feds: Procedures not followed in fatality
ANCHORAGE - A job site fatality last year in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough occurred because proper procedures and controls were not followed, according to a report released by the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Palin wants meeting on capital projects
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin asked lawmakers to come to her office in groups of three to justify each of the once-vetoed capital projects added to the supplemental budget.

Senate wants share of U.S. oil revenue
JUNEAU - The state Senate says Alaska deserves a share of future offshore oil production taxes and royalties from the federal government.

Police warn against counterfeit bills
ANCHORAGE - Police issued a warning that counterfeit bills are showing up in the Anchorage area.

House OKs savings plan for surplus
JUNEAU - The state House agreed Tuesday to ask voters if they would approve a plan to stash surplus oil revenues in an income-generating endowment.

Earthquake shakes Alaska Peninsula
CHIGNIK - An earthquake occurred Tuesday in the Alaska Peninsula region near the town of Chignik.

Learn to wait for the right moment
"I love the idea of 'the one,' but I actually believe that there isn't a Miss Right. There are 12,000 Miss Rights out there and it's all timing." - Matthew Perry.

Young legs, long shots lift Huna Totem
One of Huna Totem's newest players helped keep his squad alive in the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament Legendary C Bracket on Wednesday at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym.

Huna Totem eliminates Metlakatla
While Tuesday's Gold Medal C Bracket game between Huna Totem and Metlakatla was punctuated by extracurricular comments and verbal warnings, Kamal Lindoff let his game do the talking and led Huna Totem to a 75-53 victory.

Photo: Haines spirit
Haines fans, from left, Lyndsey Hura, Rikki Gelston, Zdravea Jones, Andrea Ferrin, Kassie Ambruster and Kim Ferrin, dress up to support their team Monday during the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School. The Merchants defeated Sitka Estella 96-82 in the Mighty B Bracket.

Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament Today's schedule
• Mighty B Bracket: Sitka vs. Metlakatla, 3:30 p.m.Yakutat vs. Hoonah, 9 p.m.


Metlakatla stays alive in B Bracket
Wednesday spelled doomsday for Sitka Estella in one of the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament's first elimination games.

Experienced Yakutat upends Sitka
Yakutat showed the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament crowd on Tuesday what experience and cohesion on the court can do in a Master's Bracket win at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym.

Raffle with a cause
Alice Ottoson-McKeen, a sophomore at Juneau-Douglas High School, walked among the fans at the Gold Medal while she called 50/50 tickets for sale.

Angoon stays hot in Legendary C Bracket
After an emotional overtime win the night before, Angoon dug deep once again to stay alive in the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament Legendary C Bracket on Wednesday at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym.

Eagles undefeated season grounded with opening loss
The Angoon Eagles boy's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season, 69-47, in the opening round of the Alaska School Activities Association Class 2A State Boys Basketball Tournament at Anchorage's Sullivan Arena.

Photo: Shootout
Defending: Juneau HoopTime's Ty Grussendorf, right, defends Haines' Parker Schnabel during the Princess Cruises/HoopTime Shootout on Wednesday.

Yakutat girls fly into Class 2A finals
ANCHORAGE - Yakutat successfully continued its march toward a second-straight Class 2A state girls basketball title Wednesday at Anchorage's Sullivan Arena.

Watts' clutch goal gives Blue a Tier C victory
The Blue team's Kit Watts broke a 2-2 tie with 5:22 left in regulation to give his squad a 3-2 win over the Green team in Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier C action Sunday at Treadwell Arena.

Crimson Bears look to deal with pressure
The final hour of the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team's Monday morning practice consisted almost entirely of running and breaking out of defensive traps.

Photo: Cheer championships
Cheer championships: The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bear Cheer Squad performs during the Alaska School Activities Association State High School Cheer Championships at Anchorage's Bartlett High School on Tuesday night. Juneau placed second in the Medium Coed Varsity division and received votes for Grand Champion, which went to Dimond High School's Competition team.

Juneau Parks and Recreation Co-Ed Volleyball League Standings
As of March 17

JDHS girls look to control tempo
Many times during a game, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team turns steals and turnovers into points via a fast-break layup or transition jumper.

Kake girls fall to Point Hope
Point Hope held off Kake 54-47 in the opening round of the Alaska School Activities Association Class 2A State Girls Basketball Tournament on Tuesday at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.


Metlakatla tops Klukwan to stay alive in B Bracket
Metlakatla raced to a 53-29 halftime lead and never looked back in a 102-68 victory over Klukwan in the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament Mighty B Bracket on Tuesday at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym.

Graphic Guru
Aspiring local comic book artists will have the rare opportunity this week to learn firsthand from one of the industry's brightest new stars, when acclaimed graphic novelist Kazu Kibuishi visits Juneau.

Committee passes ethics reform bill
A bill that gives state watchdogs more time to investigate complaints against elected officials is gaining traction.

Murkowski urges gas line action
The advice from U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski to state lawmakers on Tuesday was simple: "Think energy and think jobs."

Employees say lack of pension hurts state
Some fear Alaska's state government made its retirement problem worse, not better, when it adopted a controversial new system that began in 2006.

Legislature shares oil bounty with cities, boroughs
A popular community revenue sharing proposal is bringing Gov. Sarah Palin and legislative leaders together, even while they remain at loggerheads over a supplemental budget that contains vetoed projects from last year.

Lawmakers vote to stick with $70 million in capital projects
It's Gov. Sarah Palin's turn now.

State Senate committee OKs pension reform bill
A state Senate committee Wednesday approved a bill to reopen the defined benefit pension plan for state and local government employees and teachers.

Harris threatens to hold hearings for oil shippers
ANCHORAGE - House Speaker John Harris is concerned that the owners of the shipping company that hauls North Slope oil for BP are skimping on tanker maintenance.

Photo: Rotten to the core
Ben Russell, 15, of Eagle River, holds his winning pair of "rotten" sneakers Tuesday in the annual Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest in Montpelier, Vt.

Lawmaker chides father's former aide
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski didn't hide her disappointment with Jim Clark, who served as her father's top aide when Frank Murkowski was governor.

Photo: Waiting for herring
Eagles perch on dock pilings and trolling poles Wednesday at ANB Harbor in Sitka. Hundreds of birds and fishermen are lining the shores in anticipation of the arrival of spawning herring.

Fairbanks looks to Austin, Texas, for inspiration in downtown revitalization
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks is looking to Austin, Texas, for inspiration on how to revitalize Alaska's second largest city.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Bethel lawmaker gives birth to girl
State Rep. Mary Nelson, D-Bethel, gave birth to a girl Wednesday afternoon at Bartlett Regional Hospital, her legislative office announced late Wednesday.

March 31 deadline to apply for PFD
If you haven't signed up yet for the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend, time is running short.

This Day in History
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