Friday, March 21, 2008

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.

Libraries have fascinating nonfiction, including 'Poet's Corner,' 'The Anatomist'
Here are a few of the new how-to's, histories and other fascinating nonfiction titles that are going out on the shelves this week at the Juneau Public Libraries.

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?

Bear slaughter gives Alaska a black eye
It would seem as she presides over bringing yet another life into the world, Gov. Sarah Palin also is presiding over one of the bloodiest administrations in regards to our wildlife.

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.

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.

Juneau's spot on the map
While searching on Google for directions to a plumbing store from his home, Juneau resident Matt Huston became curious about the Web site's "Street View" mapping feature that popped up on his computer screen.

Photo: Tired of winter
Nadine Marx pushes her 6-year-old son Ryan on a tire swing Thursday at the Twin Lakes Playground. Kids and parents were out enjoying the first day of spring with sunny weather and warmer temperatures.

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.

Library Internet filter legislation moves through House
Alaska's public librarians may soon be required to make sure kids aren't looking at pornography while at the library.

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: Rally for peace
Tim Moore holds a sign and waves to passing cars Thursday as the names of U.S. soldiers that have died in the last year are read off in front of the Capitol steps. Veterans For Peace, the group organizing the event, said there were about 750 names.

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.

Around Town
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Around Town
Today, March 21

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

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

'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.

TATU builds memorial wall for Kick Butts Day
JUNEAU - In recognition of Kick Butts Day on April 2, the Juneau chapter of Teens Against Tobacco Use and the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium have teamed up to sponsor a memorial wall for those who have died due to tobacco use. A Web site was created for this event at www.kickbuttsdayjuneau.squarespace.com.

Duncan, Brightwell wed
Sabrina Duncan, of Juneau, and Michael Brightwell, of Winston-Salem, N.C., were married Feb. 29, 2008, in a private ceremony performed by Lynette Ensor at the Mendenhall Glacier.

FYI
Births

St. Vincent De Paul Society of Juneau
Volunteer coordinator: Ida Barnack.

Recognitions
Melissa Goade, a 2004 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, was named to the winter semester dean's list at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. The dean's list requires a grade-point average of at least 3.6. Goade, the daughter of Dave and Stacy Goade, who now reside in Anchorage, will obtain her Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in anthropology this year, as well as her Cultural Resource Management certification.

Pets of the week
Cheery kitty, fearless 5-year-old cat seek permanent homes

Thinking outside the box of cookies
The Tongass Alaska Girl Scouts engage in a variety of activities - such as selling their annual Girl Scout cookies - but the secret to their proactive success is thinking outside the box.

Sellick stuns at fifth monthly Master Gardener series
JUNEAU - Wendy Sellick stunned fellow gardeners with her huge begonia tubers during the fifth presentation of the Southeast Alaska Master Gardeners' Presidents Monthly Program series on March 11 at Floyd Dryden Middle School.

Swieconka: Poland's sweet Easter food blessing
Easter Sunday is considered by many to be the holiest day in Christendom. Yet, beyond colored eggs, chocolate bunnies and perhaps ham, there are surprisingly few food traditions commonly practiced here in the United States to mark this auspicious occasion.

Examining the other side of Easter
Easter is coming. And I'm overwhelmed.

Equinox: Day meets night
I was driving down Egan yesterday, and an eagle flew low over my car, its beak easily supporting a 4-foot-long branch. The time of nesting is here, the time of opposites attracting and blending, and we feel it regardless of our gender just like the salmon feel the stream they are coming home to.

Bike club announces spring events
SITKA - The Tlingít & Friends Bike Club is gearing up for spring with a full schedule of club meetings, family bike rides and bike safety classes for commuters and kids.

Thank you to those who contribute to the Juneau Senior Center
Sometimes people are wonderful. I have found, in all the years I have dealt with folks from working in schools, prisons, homeless shelters and now a senior center, surprises just jump up and catch you.

Thanks for donating to the Alaska Outdoor Council fundraiser
Once again, the Alaska Outdoor Council would like to say thank you to all of its Alaska donors for helping make its fundraiser a large success.

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

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: Go beyond earmark standoff
In the world of politics, the complex realities of life regularly overtake the simplistic language used in political slogans. I believe this is the case in regard to the subject of "earmarks."

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

Empire editorial: Alaska should divest to help fight genocide
Should we attempt to fight genocide in Sudan by forcing the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. to divest from companies involved with it?

Outside column: Iraq is a minefield for presidential candidates
WASHINGTON - For the third time since World War II, Americans are picking a new president amid sharp national divisions over a bloody, financially draining war in Asia.

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.

Juneau assistant superintendent nominees named
JUNEAU - The Juneau School District will be interviewing soon for a replacement for Assistant Superintendent Charla Wright. Wright is scheduled to retire at the end of this school year.

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.

Man gets six months for Native Education program theft
ANCHORAGE - A 24-year-old Sitka man will serve six months in a federal prison for stealing from a federally funded program.

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

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.

Man ordered to pay hefty fine in wire fraud mail case
ANCHORAGE - A Kenai man received three years probation and was ordered to pay a hefty fine for wire fraud.

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

Attorney says insanity defense for Palmer man will be explored
PALMER - An insanity defense is being considered for a man charged with using a machete to kill his father and seriously injure his father's fiancee.

Prosecutors ask judge to reject Kohring hearing request
ANCHORAGE - Federal prosecutors asked a judge Thursday to deny former state Rep. Vic Kohring's request for a new trial or hearing.

Finalists chosen for state education commissioner post
ANCHORAGE - The state selected three finalists in the search for a candidate to serve as commissioner of Education and Early Development.

Red paint poured on veterans memorial
ANCHORAGE - A memorial to veterans in Anchorage was defaced on Wednesday, the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

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.

Basketball a family affair
When basketball coach and father Terry Friske heard the Haines-to-Fairbanks pipeline, which carried aircraft fuel north to Eielson Air Force Base, was being dismantled, he wanted a piece of it.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

Kake pulls out win, advances
It wasn't easy, but the Kake Oldtimers moved into Saturday's C Bracket championship game with a 95-88 win over the Klukwan Chilkats on Thursday night at the Juneau-Douglas High School gymnasium.

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.

South Anchorage downs JDHS boys 68-67 at tourney
ANCHORAGE - The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team made a late push but came up short against Southeast Anchorage in the Alaska School Activities Association Class 4A state tournament quarterfinals on Thursday at West Anchorage High School.

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

Wasilla wins rematch with Juneau-Douglas
ANCHORAGE - The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team's hopes to make amends for last year's state title fell four minutes short Thursday.

Fossman's 39 points powers Haines to win
Haines sophomore Kyle Fossman poured in a game-high 39 points as the Glacier Bears toppled Grace Christian 65-52 in the Alaska School Activities Association Class 4A boys basketball state tournament quarterfinals Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center in Anchorage.

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.

Klukwan advances to Master's final
It took the Klukwan Chilkats 34 minutes to earn their first lead of the game against the Yakutat Old Timers and 20 seconds to give it back Thursday.

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.

Good day for Hoonah in the loser's bracket
All three Hoonah teams won their elimination games Thursday in the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym.

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

Eagles win 2nd straight championship
The Yakutat High School girls basketball team proved it is Alaska's best Class 2A girls basketball program for a second-straight year on Thursday at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament Today's schedule

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.

Legislature move gains traction
An attack on Juneau's role as the capital of Alaska took a step forward Thursday, when a key House committee passed a bill to build a new legislative hall, almost certainly outside Juneau.

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.

State's high court hears marijuana arguments
An effort to recriminalize marijuana is in the hands of the Alaska Supreme Court after the high court heard oral arguments Thursday.

Palin calls for accountability
Lawmakers could face a second round of vetoes, Gov. Sarah Palin said Thursday, if they don't justify $70 million worth of previously vetoed projects they put in the supplemental budget.

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.

House candidates debate everything from fish to earmarks
KODIAK - Five of the six candidates vying for Alaska's lone congressional seat attended ComFish Alaska's Fisheries Debate on Thursday, touching on a broad range of topics - from the controversial crab rationalization program to the issue of federal earmarks.

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.

Absences help bill move
Key absences have helped Rep. Mark Neuman's bill to build a new legislative hall move forward.

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
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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