Friday, March 20, 2009

Libraries offer new audiobooks on CD, including 'The Solitude of Thomas Cave'
New audiobooks on CD at the local libraries include bestsellers like "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" and "Loving Frank" in addition to the books highlighted below.

ARTS & CULTURE CALENDAR

Ladies and gentlemen, step right up
A traveling circus will perform four shows over spring break, one on Monday and three on Tuesday, at Juneau's Centennial Hall. But don't expect to feed peanuts to the elephants, because this modernized circus features "people entertaining people."

Chances it's worth your cash: Summer '09 edition
There will be no "Fired Up" review from yours truly. I talked my way out of that one, pitching instead the idea of a look ahead at some of 2009's most anticipated flicks. So with apologies to the 11 of you hoping for some insight on "Fired Up," let's get started.

Review: Battles of Fire and Water
This story of war and the wild edge of a rich frontier, which had supported a deeply harmonious culture for thousands of years previous, is beautifully told by local playwright Dave Hunsaker, in not one but three languages.

'Junk Break' offers creative outlet for kids
JUNEAU - During spring break, March 23-27, the Juneau Arts & Culture Center will host "Junk Break," a series of classes open to elementary kids in first through fifth grades.

KTOO announces used music and video sale
JUNEAU - The K3 stations KTOO, KRNN and KXLL will be celebrating spring with their annual Used Music and Video Sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 4, at KTOO Studio, on Egan and Whittier.

Dance Team to hold annual dance clinic
JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas High School Dance Team will hold its annual clinic starting at 8 a.m. Saturday at the JDHS main gym.

Statehood exhibits available to schools
JUNEAU - The Alaska State Museum is reminding schools and school districts across the state that two traveling exhibitions directly related to the theme of statehood, are available for use.

Fireside lecture singles out 'Singer in the stream'
JUNEAU - Mary Wilson and Kathy Hocker will offer an inside look at Juneau's only aquatic songbird, the American dipper, at tonight's Fireside Lecture, at 6:30 p.m. and again at 8 p.m., at the Mendenahall Glacier Visitor's Center.

League invites members to annual meeting
JUNEAU - The Juneau League of Women Voters wish to invite all members to the annual meeting at 9:30 a.m. March 28 at the city Assembly Chambers.

Juneau to host its first health summit April 23 to 24
JUNEAU - Juneau will replicate the successful model used in Sitka for its own Health Summit, to be held April 23-24. Focusing on community health and wellness, the Juneau Health Summit is a two-day event designed to engage the Juneau community in planning for health and wellness in our community.

Consortium tobacco program celebrates Kick Butts Day
JUNEAU - The 14th annual Kick Butts Day is March 25, and the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Tobacco Program in Juneau and Sitka will host informational displays to spread the word about the dangers of youth smoking.

Perseverance Theatre to celebrate 30th anniversary this weekend
Perseverance Theatre will celebrate its 30th anniversary this weekend starting at 7 tonight at a meeting with Perseverance Theatre founder Molly Smith, the artistic director for Arena Stage, and Art Rotch, Perseverance Theatre's current artistic director.

Elementary Art Show wraps up fourth year
In celebration of Youth Art Month, the fourth annual Elementary Art Show was held March 6-15 at the Nugget Mall.

Arts council announces grant opportunities
JUNEAU - The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council is accepting applications for the following scholarships and grants: Fine arts scholarships for students entering grades seven through 12 in the fall 2009, advanced art achievement awards for graduating seniors and college students up to age 25, individual artist grants for established artists, and major grant awards for arts and culture organizations.

City museum to offer spring Explorers Week
JUNEAU - This week, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum will offer a spring-time version of its popular summer program Juneau Explorers Week, called Juneau Explorers - Spring Break. The week includes a variety of outdoor and indoor activities for youth ages 8 to 11 that explore Juneau's history, art and culture.

Canvas to host local bands
JUNEAU - The Canvas community art studio and gallery will host two bands for their Third Friday Music event tonight.

Student artist in the spotlight: Aaron Badilla
Grade: 12

Youth center registers for Easter Egg Hunt
JUNEAU - The Zach Gordon Youth Center will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt for children 10 years old and younger at 10 a.m. on April 11 at Adair Kennedy Park, located next to Floyd Dryden Middle School.

Permanent Fund is not state welfare
I am writing in response to the letter to the editor "Permanent Fund may not be permanent," dated March 19.

Is murder for murder really retribution?
Is murder for murder or other heinous crime really retribution? This is part of the question at the heart of Rep. Mike Chenault's introduction of a bill reinstating the euphemistic "death penalty."

Cruise lines must take responsibility
Cruise ships have nothing to do with local drinking water, land treatment plants or economic fear. Foreign cruise ships in Alaska now discharge dissolved copper and concentrated ammonia precisely into salmon migratory and whale feeding areas, along the exact routes to their next cruise ports. Pacific salmon are directly affected by dissolved copper, which distorts their olfactory senses as they migrate to natal streams after years feeding at sea.

Slow down, Juneau!
I am so incensed I could jump right out of my skin.

Stem cells offer hope for diabetes battle
March 9, the day President Obama signed an executive order lifting the federal ban on embryonic stem cell research, was a day of hope for me, our families, the more than 66,800 children and adults diagnosed and living with diabetes in Alaska and the 23.6 million children and adults with diabetes nationwide. Obama's action provides many parents with hope that their children may not have to battle the complexity and complications of the numerous chronic illnesses that have the potential to be cured through this research advancement.

Permanent Fund may not be permanent
The opinion piece by Gregg Erickson in Sunday's Empire entitled "Looting the Permanent Fund," criticized the fact that Alaskans will be paid their annual dividend this year. He'll probably be booed by just about everyone, especially politicians. They'll say so what if the Permanent Fund lost more than $10 billion in value past year, and is now more than $2 billion below the amount that we've put into the fund. Most people think we still deserve our dividend. That's the American way, after all.

Lunda well deserving of community award
On March 7, the community honored Angie Lunda as a Woman of Distinction at the annual banquet sponsored by AWARE. Members of the Juneau Education Association and the staff of Gastineau Elementary School are thrilled that Lunda has been recognized in this way.

Plutocratic injustice is unveiled in bailouts
The pursuit of a burgeoning plutocracy, covertly moored within a corrupted democracy kindled by the supply-side scam of Reaganomics, has nowhere been made more evident than with the taxpayer bailouts that enable contracted bonuses for failed executives: AIG, Bank of America, General Motors, and others.

Plentiful profit
Southeast seiners can look forward to a bigger haul of pinks this year, if state fish biologists' annual forecast is on the mark.

Education advocates to seek more money
Gov. Sarah Palin's announcement that she wouldn't be accepting tens of millions of dollars of federal stimulus money on behalf of Alaska is raising concerns among state, federal and local officials.

Downtown library celebrates 20 years
Architect Paul Voelckers still finds it amazing that the downtown library was able to open its doors 20 years ago.

Governor delays Senate decision
Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday she'll interview applicants for appointment to the state Senate next week, extending the time during which Juneau will be without representation in the Senate.

Annual boat show gears up for spring, celebrates 30th year
Juneau's annual boat show stemmed from humble beginnings. What started as a simple garage sale three decades ago grew into what people expect today: an annual boat and sports show boasting products, companies and services from all over the region.

Rural kids experience capital city
Seventh-grade cultural ambassadors from the village of Napakiak will leave Juneau today after spending a week at Floyd Dryden Middle School. The experience was the last of three rural urban exchange programs held this year.

Glacier Valley Rotary club reveals humble beginnings
In 1979, the Glacier Valley Rotary needed a way to fund various community service programs. The group decided a garage sale with a boat theme would be a successful endeavor.

Single-digit turnout at forum on superintendent search
When Katy Prussing walked into the ANB Hall on Thursday evening, she had a very warm welcome and the ears of four Juneau School Board members and two school district employees.

Photo: Images from another time 'Lotta Love' for Juneau, 1983
1970s and '80s Pop star Nicolette Larson sings her signature song, "Lotta Love" during one of her two concerts at Centennial Hall. The 40,000-foot facility was dedicated June 11, 1983, with a ribbon cutting by former Juneau Mayor Bill Overstreet, then-Gov. Bill Sheffield and former Govs. Keith Miller, William Egan and Walter Hickel. After speeches by politicians and other luminaries, the night belonged to Larson and her band.

Photo: Images from another time Path of destruction
Debris from a large avalanche that came down Thunder Mountain on July 18, 1984, blocks Glacier Highway at the Gastineau Humane Society just south of Fred Meyer One Stop Shopping. The slide damaged houses, parked cars and other structures but no one was injured in the avalanche. Heavy rains for several days contributed to the cause of the slide.

Police & Fire
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Around Town
Friday, March 20

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Correction
A photo in Thursday's Empire of Lawrence Poitra preparing for the Glacier Valley Rotary Boat and Sports Show was an Empire file photo shot prior to the 2008 boat show.

John S. Renton
Longtime Juneau resident John S. Renton died March 15, 2009, in Juneau. He was 56.

Joseph Sonneman
Longtime Juneau political activist Dr. Joseph Sonneman died March 8, 2009, at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash., after a three-year struggle with ALS - amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 64.

Alaska Editorial: Zero dividend?
Headlines reported the Permanent Fund Dividend might drop to $68 by 2013. Chilling as the news was, some analysts think the dividend should actually drop to zero this year. They say the fund is now worth less than the total amount deposited in it, so there is no money for paying dividends.

Outside editorial: The big bash
On Tuesday, we were more skeptical than most about the "populist" backlash against the $165 million in bonuses that went to some employees of government-owned AIG. The events of the past 24 hours have only confirmed our view. We don't love the fact that the men and women of this disgraced company are insisting upon the compensation they signed up for before the company collapsed into the arms of the taxpayers. But whether they are being greedy, or simply human, is hardly relevant to what is in the public interest now. AIG's demagogic critics in both parties should keep that in mind.

As more U.S. newspapers die, expect no mourning from crooks
On the day the last newspaper is published, I expect no sympathy card from Kwame Kilpatrick. Were it not for a newspaper - The Detroit Free Press - his use of public funds to cover up his affair with one of his aides would be unrevealed and he might still be mayor of Detroit.

A story for women and girls, and not just in Afghanistan
Shamsia was walking with her sister when a man on a motorcycle pulled abreast of them. "Are you going to school?" he asked.

Number of suicides among troops a serious problem
Surely I had misread the news account from Fort Campbell, Ky., last week by The Associated Press.

Juneau Empire owner announces wage cuts
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Morris Communications, parent company of the Juneau Empire, told its employees Wednesday that it will reduce their wages between 5 and 10 percent, effective April 1. The reductions will affect both hourly and salaried employees; management as well as rank-and-file.

Palin to interview 'some' Senate applicants
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin says she'll interview "some" of the 14 Democrats who have applied for an open state Senate seat.

Robber holds up Fairbanks gas station
FAIRBANKS - A man with a gun held up clerks at a Fairbanks gas station.

Two plead guilty to waste of moose
SAINT MARY'S, Alaska - Two 19-year-old Nunam Iquq men have pleaded guilty to wanton waste of a big game animal and will serve seven days in jail.

Nude jumper sought by Anchorage police
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police are looking for a 47-year-old man who jumped nude out of a third-floor hotel March 4 and hasn't been seen since.

Group seeks injunction to aerial wolf kill
FAIRBANKS - An animal rights group is seeking a court injunction to halt the use of helicopters to shoot wolves in the game region near Tok.

Four injured in crash of television crew
FAIRBANKS - Two members of a History Channel crew working on a new season of "Ice Road Truckers" were seriously injured when their pickup crashed into a semi during a blizzard on a remote Alaska highway.

Anchorage Daily News to cut 45 positions
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Daily News says it will cut its staff and reduce wages in a nationwide effort by its owner, The McClatchy Co., to cut $110 million in expenses to offset declining revenue.

Man indicted on 'stolen valor' counts
ANCHORAGE - A Ketchikan man has been indicted on charges of lying about his military record.

One person killed in North Pole fire
FAIRBANKS - Authorities say one person has been killed in a mobile home fire in North Pole.

Four injured in Parks Highway crash
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks driver suffered a head injury in a Parks Highway crash and was flown to Anchorage for advanced treatment.

Rescued sea otter pup on the mend
SEWARD - A 10-week-old abandoned sea otter named Skittle is on the mend after being found half-frozen to a dock.

Alert level lowered for Alaska volcano
ANCHORAGE - The alert level for Alaska's Mount Redoubt has again been lowered, but scientists expect the volcano to tremor and emit gasses for months.

Ketchikan funds arts center plan
KETCHIKAN - Ketchikan officials have approved a $500,000 appropriation for a proposed performing arts center.

Woman finds body in Anchorage snow bank
ANCHORAGE - A woman walking her dog found the body of a man in a snow bank.

Double the heartbreak
ANCORAGE - If that one shot bounced differently, if it didn't hang above the net each of the four times it hit the rim, the Crimson Bears might be riding an overtime victory into a semifinal matchup with Dimond at the 4A State Championships today.

Yakutat 3-peats as 2A girls champs
The Yakutat High School girls basketball team made quick work of a five-point half-time deficit Wednesday night, outscoring Skagway 25-9 in the third quarter to break open a defensive stalemate, and held off a late Panthers charge to win their third straight 2A state title game 53-38 in Anchorage.

GSC team burns up sectional meet
Four Glacier Swim Club members raised some eyebrows at the 2009 Speedo Championship Series Senior Sectionals meet last weekend in Federal Way, Wash.

4A Tournament Roundup

Parks and Rec Co-Ed Volleyball
DIVISION 1

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Natural gas pipeline battles resurface
With tens of billions of dollars in Alaska natural gas at stake, last year's battles over a natural gas pipeline show no signs of ending.

Palin rejects nearly 30 percent of stimulus funds
It's up to the Alaska Legislature to request hundreds of millions of dollars in federal stimulus funds from the federal government.

Mackey wins third consecutive Iditarod
NOME - When Lance Mackey's father won the 1978 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, he did it with one second to spare.

Air Force unveils brain injury clinic
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE - Behind Dan DeRosa's smiling face lurks a dull headache that never goes away. He suffers from memory lapses and hears a shrill ringing in his ears akin to the lingering squeal of a heavy metal concert.

Pebble Mine backers scale back spending
ANCHORAGE - The backers of the Pebble Mine are scaling back spending this year, in part because much of the heavy, exploratory drilling is done and the other is the economy.

Steel, glass sculpture dedicated in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - A perforated stainless steel and glass sculpture that represents a topographical view of the Alaska landscape has been installed at the new terminal of the Fairbanks International Airport.

Tanana school system seeks $200K state bailout
FAIRBANKS - The new superintendent says the Tanana City School District needs $200,000 from the state to meet its obligations for the rest of the year.

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