Juneau's 'creative vitality' gets high marks
The strength of Juneau’s arts community is well known to those who live here, and a new report commissioned by the Alaska State Council on the Arts offers some hard data to back up that point of pride.

'Joyful Rain' installed at Harborview
Roger Nachman, of Roger Nachman Glassworks in Seattle, gave Harborview School its fourth permament art installation this week, a project completed as part of the state’s One Percent for Art program.

Chilton to lead today's Art of Place lecture
Tlingit carver Doug Chilton will lead today’s Art of Place lecture at UAS, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Glacier View Room.

Get some R&R at Martina's Fabrics
S ABLE: Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy (craft slang).

Paul blends alien, buddy genres
H ow nice to see an alien movie that likes to have fun. No battles, no social commentary, just some guys on the road being funny. It could be your standard buddy comedy. One of the buddies just happens to not be from around here, but who cares.

'Earnest' lives up to pre-show buzz
The audience that gathered last Thursday evening to see “The Importance of Being Earnest” filled the Perseverance Theatre lobby and spilled outside, delaying entrance to those who arrived a little after 7 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. curtain. The buzz sparked by people who had already seen the show in its first week quickly ran through the waiting crowd, and we were soon making more noise than the tavern party celebrating St. Patrick’s Day across the street. I skeptically listened to repeat viewers telling strangers, “It’s a great show! You’ll love it!”

Application deadline extended for AAEC Summer Arts Institutes
Alaska educators interested in applying for this summer’s Basic Arts Institutes offered in Juneau, Kenai and Fairbanks by the Alaska Arts Education Consortium have until Monday, March 28, to submit online applications. Applications are available at www.akartsed.org

Schedule begins Friday

K3 Used Media Sale to be held Saturday
The K3 family of public radio stations (KTOO, KRNN, and KXLL) will be holding their spring Used Media Sale from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 26, at the KTOO building. Besides the usual assortment of LPs, CDs, DVDs, and VHS tapes, there will also be a business office garage sale, featuring an assortment of mailing supplies, binders, envelopes, and more.

Date for Empty Bowls postponed
The Glory Hole’s annual fundraising dinner, Empty Bowls, has been postponed. Originally scheduled for March 27, the event is now planned for Sunday, May 15. The dinner will run from 5-7 p.m. at Centennial Hall. Organizers said that if the weather cooperates, outdoor entertainment may be provided.

ASCA announces Grant Panel meeting dates
The Alaska State Council on the Arts will hold the Grant Panel meetings for Annual Operating Support Grants on April 14 and 15. All meetings are open to the public and will be held at the Alaska State Council on the Arts, 161 Klevin Street, Suite 102, Anchorage, Alaska.

Therapy, art and adventure in 'Marwencol'
Meanwhile, in Marwencol, the S.S. finally invaded the town after hearing rumors of it. Mark Hogencamp, protector of the inhabitants and proprietor of the local bar, is kidnapped, tortured and held prisoner in the church. In one version of the story, the women, sick of waiting for the men to come up with a plan, burst into the chapel and take out all of the guards. In another version, Deja Thoris, the Belgian witch of Marwencol, uses her time machine to come to the rescue.

In the Stacks: New biographies
Get to know people from all walks of life — new biographies are on the shelves at the public libraries. Biographies are mostly shelved under the Dewey number 921, but you’ll also find interesting multi-person biographies in 920; for instance, the story of Julia Child and her friend, Avis DeVoto. Browse the libararies’ collections or zero in on the person you’re interested in using the catalogue.

Symphony to hold second round of 'Sweeney Todd' auditions
The Juneau Symphony is holding a second round of auditions for a semi-staged concert production of “Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler. The symphony is seeking singer-actors for principal and ensemble roles. New singers are welcome. The concert is tentatively scheduled for October 29 and 30, 2011 at JDHS.

Art of Place lecture, 10 a.m. Glacier View Room, UAS. Featuring carver Doug Chilton. Dessert potluck to follow.

Author Orlean to 'Tell the Truth' in Anchorage
Nationally acclaimed author and frequent New Yorker contributor Susan Orlean will join Alaska journalist Julia O’Malley for an onstage conversation, “To Tell the Truth,” in Anchorage on April 1. How does one capture the extraordinary within the ordinary? Which places make the best stories? In what sense are all stories journeys? O’Malley will moderate the discussion with reference to Orlean’s books “The Orchid Thief,” “The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup,” and “My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who’s Been Everywhere.” A question and answer session and book-signing will follow. The event, presented by the 49 Alaska Writing Center, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Auditorium. There is no charge for 49 Writers and museum members; a $5 donation is suggested for non-members.

Last Fireside Lecture of season held Friday
This Friday’s Fireside Lecture will feature “Wilderness Through a Different Lens: Writers and Students on the Water.” Lectures begin at 6:30 and at 8 p.m. at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor’s Center.

JDLT to present 5th 24-Hour Miracle
For the fifth time in as many years, four teams of local writers, directors, and actors will spend 24 straight hours creating four short original plays for performance at the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council. The show begins at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 26, and tickets are $15 (available at the door).

Teens are included
As sponsors of HB 22, which would ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving, we appreciated the March 15 editorial (“Leave safe cell phone use up to drivers”), but would like to clarify one point.

Assembly questions JSD on student achievement, budget plans
The Juneau School District Board of Education gave the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly an overview of its $90 million budget Wednesday. The Assembly was more interested in hearing how the district is going to boost student achievement — especially if another $1 million might have to be cut from a spending plan already reduced this year by $4.1 million.

Photo: TATU gets the word out to 'Kick Butt'
Thunder Mountain High School junior Sorcha Hazelton and Robina Moyer, right, of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, work the organization’s fourth annual memorial wall to commemorate people who have died from tobacco related diseases. Teens Against Tobacco Use, a program of the NCADD, sponsors the nationwide 16th annual Kick Butts Day.

Israeli consul general describes uncertainty surrounding events in Egypt
An Israeli expert spoke in Juneau about what the effects of politically tectonic shifts in the Middle East could mean to the country. Akiva Tor, consul general to the Pacific Northwest Region, has spoken on Israeli issues here before, and a very attentive and inquisitive audience reaching beyond Juneau’s Jewish community gathered in Centennial Hall to hear what he had to say.

Bartlett to partner with Hospice
Bartlett Regional Hospital will partner with Catholic Community Service through Hospice and Home Care in an effort to keep home care services available in Juneau despite health care reforms.

Mock rescue to take place this weekend at Dan Moller Bowl
A large-scale, multi-agency search and rescue exercise will be in Juneau’s backyard this weekend as Dan Moller Bowl on Douglas Island will be the site of a mock helicopter crash and resulting avalanche.

From the street to death row in 97 days
Former death row inmate Randy Steidl will be meeting with legislators in Juneau on Thursday and Friday as part of the Witness To Innocence project, a group made up and run by exonerated inmates.

Woman gets chance at treatment program
A bail hearing March 14 for the woman arrested on Valentines Day at Juneau International Airport for possession of heroin resulted in a judge giving her a chance at kicking the habit.

Police & Fire for Wednesday, March 23
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Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Photo: Rooftop crews at work
Work crews from Trucano Construction and Silverbow Construction lift materials to the top of the Court Plaza Building on Tuesday to replace the heating and ventilation system.

Walk for Autism in Juneau April 2
April is Autism Awareness month.

Proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger may increase Southeast area coverage
AT&T’s announcement of acquisition plans for T-Mobile could mean higher speeds in Southeast Alaska.

Coeur announces VP of Business Development
Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp. has announced the appointment of Michael J. Harrison as the company’s Vice President of Business Development.

Pearson's awarded AAA rating
Pearson’s Pond Luxury Inn & Adventure Spa has been awarded a AAA Four Diamond Rating today. The award will be presented today. AAA spokeswoman Tara Hanley said the Four and Five Diamond awards are for lodging establishments that represent the peak of the industry.

Petco, Staples looked at Nugget Mall, but no location plans yet
Two national chains have investigated possibilities of opening stores in Juneau, but there are no plans as of yet.

Future Educators of Alaska will gather April 18-20 in Juneau
The 2011 Annual Student Gathering of the Future Educators of Alaska will be held April 18-20 in Juneau. Although increasing student involvement and creating greater awareness about the education profession are the primary objectives, the students also benefit by attending motivational and cultural workshops, meeting education professionals, and touring the University of Alaska Southeast.

Begich to hold Juneau town hall
Sen. Mark Begich is inviting Juneau residents to a town hall meeting tonight.

Kashi recalls chicken products
Kashi is recalling approximately 2,790 pounds of Kashi Southwest Style Chicken products because the packages may instead contain Kashi Chicken Pasta Pomodoro, a product that contains eggs, that is not declared on the label.

Constance Helen Paddock
Constance Helen Paddock died March 17, 2011, at the SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

Pamela 'Pam' Lynn (Liss) Carlson
Anchorage resident Pamela “Pam” Lynn (Liss) Carlson, 40, died March 16, 2011, at the University of Washington Medical Center from liver failure.

Empire editorial: Oil tax: A slippery slope
There is a great deal of discussion taking place regarding the prospect of modifying the state’s formula (ACES) of taxing oil companies for producing Alaska’s oil. This discussion, however, appears to be all talk and little action. There’s the usual finger-pointing in the Legislature among and between the parties. Big surprise.

Two sides of political correctness
It’s a rare event when a controversial issue sparks nearly unanimous agreement of a legislative body. But that’s exactly what happened this month when our state legislators passed House Concurrent Resolution 8 which asks Congress to put an end to TSA’s invasive security screening procedures. It was a small step toward restoring the privacy rights of airline travelers. The bigger hurdle we still face is heeding the politically incorrect call to understand the roots of terrorism.

Outside editorial: End absurd budget farce
Last week, Congress passed yet another stopgap measure funding the U.S. government through April 8, but lawmakers still can’t decide on a final budget for the current fiscal year. It was the sixth such temporary extension since the budget year began. “It’s a terrible way to do business,” said Rep. James P. Moran, D-Va. Apparently, lots of frustrated Americans agree with him.

Libya: An end game enveloped by deception
If, as Sun Tzu wrote, “all warfare is based upon deception,” then the war now unfolding in the Libyan desert is one towering with deception. And it appears that the Obama administration is skillfully wielding at least this one deadly principle of conflict.

Getting the upper hand on nature
Maybe John Muir was a fool.

Getting rid of the 'Washington stick'
Before we get into why the Obama administration is making a mistake with its No Child Left Behind revisions, let’s get this out of the way upfront: Congress should rework the law. Almost a decade after its passage, No Child could use some freshening. It especially should give schools more credit for passing a substantial number of students, even if some groups are failing.

Hydaburg heats up
It was a closer game than Hydaburg would have liked on Tuesday night in B Bracket play of the 65th Annual Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament.

Angoon staves off elimination
Angoon sprinted to a 12-3 lead Tuesday to open its C Bracket contest in a loser-out game before cruising to a 94-61 win to eliminate Hydaburg from the 65th Annual Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Klukwan completes comeback win
Klukwan seemed to be in an up-hill battle all game against Shee Atika on Tuesday afternoon at Juneau-Douglas High School.

C: Hoonah clocks Klukwan; Yakutat wins 64-59 slugfest
So much for depth being overrated.

B: Hydaburg, Hoonah move on
When the Hydaburg Haida start hitting shots from beyond the arc, watch out.

Klukwan rallies to oust Klawock
Klukwan came out firing but Klawock didn’t fold.

Yakutat ousts Metlakatla from Masters tourney
Yakutat rolled to an 82-60 win in Wednesday’s afternoon Masters Bracket contest against Metlakatla, but it wasn’t as easy as the final score suggested.

Klukwan Masters edge Huna Masters
The Klukwan Masters took it to a fill-in Metlakatla team on Monday afternoon, but it was a different story Tuesday against Huna in M Bracket action.

Begich: Time might be ripe to drill
JUNEAU — High energy prices and political turmoil overseas have led to a “much more aggressive” attitude in Washington, D.C., toward developing oil and gas resources at home, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich said Tuesday.

Alaska group hopes to raise money for Japan
ANCHORAGE — Members of the Japanese Society of Alaska are hoping to raise money to help victims of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami.

Wielechowski defends ACES tax
Alaska’s ACES oil tax, under attack by Gov. Sean Parnell and the oil industry, is fair, competitive, and why Alaska has a healthy budget surplus, said Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage.

State officials promote emergency preparedness after Japanese disaster
While Japan’s nuclear disaster doesn’t appear likely to affect Alaska, the state’s top emergency officials are saying the earthquake that triggered a tsunami and the nuclear emergency highlight the need for ongoing emergency preparedness.

Begich fights for budget resolution, defends health care reform
The current budget standoff is threatening the economy in Alaska and the rest of the nation, Sen. Mark Begich told a town hall meeting in Juneau on Wednesday evening.

Icy Strait Point gets new logo, activities to match
Icy Strait Point is going into the new cruise season with some new activities and a new logo to represent the destination’s Native heritage.

Unemployment hits 7.6 percent in Alaska
JUNEAU — Alaska’s unemployment rate fell slightly, hitting 7.6 percent in February.

Promoters push Alaska attraction in Las Vegas
ANCHORAGE — State lawmakers are weighing whether to spend millions of dollars to create an Alaska tourist attraction on the Las Vegas strip.

Volunteers end search for missing snowboarder
KETCHIKAN — Volunteers have suspended their search for a 35-year-old man missing on a snowboarding trip outside Ketchikan.

Man charged with obtaining false documents
ANCHORAGE — A 41-year-old Anchorage man has been indicted on federal charges of falsely claiming American citizenship and falsely applying for a Social Security card.

US soldier gets 24 years for murders of 3 Afghans
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — A military judge has sentenced a U.S. soldier to 24 years in prison for his role in a conspiracy with fellow soldiers that led to the murders of three unarmed Afghan civilians.

Alaskans Choose Respect March set for 31st
Gov. Sean Parnell invites the public to attend the Alaskans Choose Respect March coming up on March 31. This event is a statewide effort to raise awareness and end the epidemic of domestic violence and sexual assault in Alaska and shift towards honor and respect for all Alaskans.

Democrats revive effort to expand insurance program
JUNEAU — Senate Democrats are reviving an effort to expand a health insurance program for low-income pregnant women and children despite opposition from the governor, who vetoed the same measure last year after learning it paid for abortions.

New runway planned for remote Manley Hot Springs
FAIRBANKS — Construction could begin as early as next fall to put a new, 3,400-foot runway in the remote Interior community Manley Hot Springs.

Del Monte recalls cantaloupes
Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. announced Wednesday it is recalling cartons and sleeves of cantaloupes available for sale between the March 10 and March 21 because the FDA has established an epidemiological link between the cantaloupes and approximately 12 reported cases of Salmonella Panama. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed that the recalled cantaloupes have been distributed in Alaska.

Questions dog Judicial Council nominee
JUNEAU — State senators questioned the political leanings of an Alaska Judicial Council nominee during a confirmation hearing on Wednesday.

TSA: Agency won't negotiate on security
JUNEAU — A Transportation Security Administration spokesman says the agency won’t negotiate terms for security at U.S. airports, responding to outrage sparked when an Alaska lawmaker was denied a flight for refusing a full-body pat-down.

2 die as Fairbanks car slides on ice, hits pickup
FAIRBANKS — Alaska State Troopers say a Fairbanks woman and one of her passengers died when their Honda Civic slid on an icy curve and collided head-on with a pickup truck.

Tax advocates sought for IRS panel
The IRS wants you — and not because you did anything wrong.

Lt. Gov. Treadwell chairs aerospace group
Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell was named chair of the Aerospace States Association yesterday at their annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Miller to lead conservative PAC
JUNEAU — Former U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller is taking over as chairman of a conservative political action committee.

5 accused of Alaska militia plot plead not guilty
FAIRBANKS — Five people accused of plotting to kill and kidnap local authorities have pleaded not guilty to state charges.

At least 32 musk oxen freeze to death after storm
ANCHORAGE — At least 32 musk oxen were found frozen in the ice on the northern coast of Alaska’s Seward Peninsula, killed in the aftermath of a tidal surge and flooding from a winter storm blowing in off the Chukchi Sea, the National Park Service said Tuesday.

Denali road opens to Savage River campground
DENALI NATIONAL PARK — Denali Park Road is now open to the Savage River campground.

State's historical collections features Iditarod in online exhibit
Alaska State Library’s Historical Collections has a new online exhibit to honor the 2011 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which was won in record time by John Baker. Baker, an Inupiaq, drove a team of dogs born and trained on the coast near his hometown of Kotzebue.

Experts tell Alaskans not to worry
American radiation experts told a state Senate panel yesterday that radiation from Japan’s devastating nuclear power plant meltdown is not expected to pose a threat to the United States, including Alaska, the state closest to the emissions

Missing pilot found alive
ANCHORAGE — Alaska searchers say a 45-year-old pilot has been found alive, four days after he took off from Anchorage’s Lake Hood floatplane port without filing a flight plan.

Bill would target sex trafficking within Alaska
JUNEAU — An Alaska lawmaker has proposed a bill tightening punishments and closing legal loopholes for sex trafficking within the state.

Yukon Quest board nominations sought
FAIRBANKS — Organizers of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race are seeking Alaska nominations for the event’s board of directors.

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