Saturday, March 21, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 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
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Around Town
Friday, March 20

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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