Thursday, March 25, 2010

Art in wild places New artist-in-residence program in the Tongass kicks off
The majesty of the Tongass National Forest evoked in verse. The drama of the sheer cliffs of Tracy Arm fjord suggested in music. The blue of the Sawyer Glaciers captured on canvas. A new U.S. Forest Service artist-in-residence program, "Voices of the Wilderness," will provide artists of all disciplines a chance to interpret the indescribable landscape of Tracy Arm-Fords Terror through their particular creative lens.

'Shannon' traces experiences of Lewis and Clark frontiersman
"Who finds this body / Be it know / My name is George Shannon / & I bequeath my remains / To seed this land / With American bones."

Pickett hosts "Musings on Music" at UAS
The University of Alaska Southeast's Sound & Motion series of arts-related events comes to a close with the fourth and final installment this Friday, "Musings on Music."

Kutandara to perform today, Friday evening
Kutandara Marimba Experience, an eight-piece ensemble from Boulder, Colo., will perform a concert this Friday, March 26, at the Thunder Mountain High School auditorium. The band, founded in 1999, combines African music traditions with jazz, gospel, classical and world folk influences. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Salem to play two shows next week
Salem kicked off a statewide tour earlier this month in Anchorage, and will end their three weeks on the road in Southeast. They'll perform two shows in Juneau on March 31 and April 1.

Morally Improv-erished to perform two shows
Morally Improv-erished is back, and will be channeling their extemporaneous comedic and dramatic talent in two shows this week, "Improv Night in Juneau" and "Panic."

Calif. alt-country band to play two shows
California-based alt-country band The Blushin' Roulettes will perform two shows in Juneau this weekend, playing at 9 p.m. tonight at the Rendezvous, and at 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 26, at the Red Dog Saloon.

Femme Fatale drag show this weekend
Every spring, the Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association's (Four A's) Southeast office works with local businesses to bring Anchorage's best drag performers to Juneau to raise money for HIV positive individuals and prevention efforts in Southeast Alaska. This event, called Femme Fatale, will take place in two performances this year: On Friday, March 26, at The Rendezvous, and Saturday, March 27, at the Baranof Hotel.Doors open at 9 p.m. and the shows begin at 10 p.m. for both performances. Tickets are $15 for one show or $25 for both shows.

Armstrong to sign copies of new book
Bob Armstrong will be signing copies of his new book, "Photographing Nature in Alaska," during an Alaska Wildlife Alliance event this weekend called "Managing Wildlife in Alaska: Predators, Prey & Politics." The event, hosted by Alex Simon, professor of sociology at UAS, takes place Friday, March 26, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

McPhetres Hall open house held Saturday
Community members are invited to tour what will soon be the new McPhetres Hall this weekend. An open house from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 27, will highlight the hall, plus other unfinished areas of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. located at Fourth and Gold streets downtown.

K3's used record and CD sale held Saturday
K3 will hold their annual spring cleaning media sale this Saturday, March 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale features used records, CDs, and videos donated by local residents.

'Bounty Hunter' comes up empty
T he ceiling on "The Bounty Hunter" was never that high to begin with. The floor, on the other hand, had the potential to be pretty low. Like, cellar low. Rom-coms follow a fairly straightforward formula. Whether any specific rom-com succeeds or falls flat on the faces of its pretty stars depends on what kind of balance the movie finds between formulaic and original.

Marvel Us Music: New Alaska rap label and release spur tour
Hip-hop and rap performers Daniel Buitrago, known as Soiled Seed, and Josh Boots will perform Friday night at The Hangar on the Wharf. Opening for them at 8 p.m. is Sea Life with DJ Judo.

Novel ideas from the library
Our shelves are full of new novels for everyone - take a look at the New Book Shelves at each branch for the latest arrivals.

Time to wake up, Southeast Alaska
Having already passed in the House, a bill to eliminate daylight savings in Alaska, House Bill 19, is now moving through the Senate.

Murkowski should try harder to listen
In 2005, Sealaska Corp. was worried that their timber supply was short-lived. In less than 40 years, they have come near the end of their supply of old-growth trees to cut.

Episode opens eyes to end-of-life issues
I am responding to Sidney Heidersdorf's March 17 letter to the editor, "Presenting an assisted suicide on TV is simply wrong."

Alaska cruise tax should be lowered
Gov. Sean Parnell is right to call for a reduction in Alaska's steep $46-per-head tax on cruise passengers because of the harm it has done to the state's tourism industry (March 21, "Parnell wants cruise ship head tax reduced"). In 2008, while worldwide cruise travel was up, cruise lines made cuts in their trips to Alaska.

Parnell right to roll back cruise ship tax
Gov. Sean Parnell's decision to reduce the cruise ship head tax as a way to encourage cruise lines to move their ships back to Alaska was one of the most heartening statements Alaskans have heard in years.

Goldbelt, city work together again for highway extension
Municipal and Goldbelt, Inc. committees have approved a revised agreement to work together to extend the North Douglas Hwy. to Middle Point on West Douglas.

Assembly, hospital board to discuss Rainforest
The Juneau Assembly is scheduling a joint meeting with the Bartlett Hospital Board of Directors, and though the timing of the meeting was inspired by complaints about Rainforest Recovery Center, Assembly member and hospital liaison David Stone said the two entities meet annually and "the sky is the limit" for topics they might discuss.

Got Vitamin D?
Please don't be quick to kill the messenger, but Juneau can be a dangerous place for its inhabitants.

'Train the trainer' class offered
JUNEAU - The Alaska Office of Economic Development is inviting the public to attend an AlaskaHost customer service "Train the Trainer" class today and Thursday.

Juneau Travel Fair being held April 10
JUNEAU - The 8th annual Juneau Travel Fair will be held April 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Nugget Mall.

Mindful eating offers non-dieting approach to good health
Editor's note: This is the first of a two-part series on mindful eating. The second part will run April 8.

Officials extend Airport Dike Trail closure
JUNEAU - Airport officials have extended the closure of the Emergency Vehicle Access Road, commonly referred to as the Airport Dike Trail, for two weeks to make sure the trail's alignment is complete before it is reopened.

Juneau's jobless rate increases in February
Juneau's unemployment rate rose in February to 7.4 percent, up from 7.2 percent in January and up even more from the 6.7 percent of February of 2010, according to data released Tuesday evening by the Department of Labor.

JCVB seeks volunteers
JUNEAU - The Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau is seeking some new volunteers to share their knowledge of the community.

Photo: Grand opening
Owner Doc Warner, right, and General Manager Randolph Strickland share a laugh Wednesady during the grand opening of Doc Warner's Marine. The business on Industrial Boulevard was formerly Willie's Marine for the past 20 years. The business has 12 employees, sells new and used boats, engines and supplies. They have four certified mechanics for Volvo, MerCruiser, Yamaha and Mercury engines. They store boats for the winter and can haul boats up to 42-foot in length.

Attitude is everything to hard-working grandma
"I try to take the positive attitude, and I don't take it personally. I tell the customers when they're upset, 'We just need to solve this problem.' Sometimes they'll come to the counter and I'll say, "What can I do to make you happy today?' And they'll say, 'Well, give me service.'"

Photo: Spring snowman
Steven Rosenblad, 16, left, his sister, Rose Jaynes, 12, and friend Samantha Olson, 12, pose with their 8-foot-tall snowman they built in front of their Long Run Drive home Tuesday with Rose's father, Steve Jaynes. Rose said they didn't plan on it being that big. They had to use a ladder to get the head on.

Photo: Buoy barricade
U.S. Coast Guard Station Juneau BMC John Moreland secures an anchor chain on a bar buoy for placement Monday in Gastineau Channel. "We make sure everything is accounted for," Moreland said. "We just make sure anchors are attached and replace markings, that kind of thing." The Coast Guard will use its 15-foot safe boat ELD-Tac 1 to place the buoys in the channel from the AML Terminal to the back side of the airport on Tuesday. The 18 bar buoys are replaced each spring and each fall.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: Kicking butts

Correction
A caption for a submitted photo on page C3 on Sunday misidentified the bank providing students participating in the voluntary drug testing program with gift cards. The bank that has supplied the $50 Visa gift cards is Alaska Pacific Bank.

SEARHC celebrates five years of being tobacco-free
SITKA - Next Thursday, April 1, marks the fifth anniversary for all SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium campuses going tobacco-free.

Photo: Rain exchange
Foreign exchange students enrolled in Anchorage area high schools sightsee around downtown Juneau on Tuesday. The group is on a three-day visit to the capital.

Police & Fire
Burglary:

James L. Larson
Juneau resident James L. Larson died March 9, 2010, in Juneau. He was 56.

Fred. S. Honsinger
Longtime Juneau resident and veterinarian Fred. S. Honsinger died March 5, 2010, at his home. He was 89.

Cecelia Greenewald
Hoonah resident Cecelia "Cec" Dinah James Greenewald "Yak'wateen" died March 21, 2010, in Sitka. She was 79.

Wray Bradley
Former Alaska state Sen. Wray E. "Brad" Bradley died March 20 at an assisted living home in Sand Springs, Okla. He was 86.

Alaska editorial: Let's make a deal on cruise ship tax
The following editorial appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

Outside editorial: The next big thing
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

Defining responsible development in Alaska
Our elected and business leaders are always quick to point out that they support responsible development that also protects the environment. This is the case whether the development project is oil, mining or timber.

My turn: Rossi simply isn't qualified for wildlife director position
A recent Empire headline read, "Wildlife Director Leaving Juneau." More to the point, scientific wildlife management seems to be leaving Alaska.

Certificates of Participation appropriate for new buildings
Gov. Sean Parnell's proposal to pay for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Life Sciences Classroom and Lab Facility and the Anchorage Crime Lab with Certificates of Participation is the right funding mechanism considering today's fiscal climate.

My turn: Civility losing more ground as partisanship takes over
I remember a time when Republicans and Democrats and those in between were amiable friends. They knew each other from work and play, shared dinners with one another, and laughed at each other's jokes. They didn't agree on everything politically, but they respected and liked one another too much to ruin a friendship with politics. Maybe because they knew one another, they were able to listen respectfully and discuss their differences, many times, without rancor or insults.

Co-op offers to buy, partner on Alaska LNG plant
JUNEAU - A new Alaska cooperative, the Natural Gas Supply Co., is offering to buy or help reinvent a liquefied natural gas plant near Kenai.

Board says mayor should have had disclosed conflict
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage's municipal Ethics Board says Mayor Dan Sullivan did not properly disclose a potential conflict in his dual role as mayor and administrator of a trust for his late father.

Two men plead guilty to setting boy's hair on fire
KENAI - Two men accused of using a "redneck flamethrower" when setting a boy's hair on fire have entered guilty pleas.

Anchorage scraps liquor ID requirement
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Assembly has scrapped an ordinance that would have required liquor stores to check the identification of anyone buying alcohol.

House Dems warn against rush on energy tax bill
JUNEAU - Weeks after key senators warned that Alaska could lose billions in revenue if it didn't change its system of taxing oil and gas production together, House Democrats said the opposite may be true.

Alaska Permanent Fund dividend deadline looms
ANCHORAGE - State Revenue Department officials are reminding Alaskans that they have nine more days to apply for Alaska Permanent Fund dividends.

Man convicted of sex assault on jogger
ANCHORAGE - A man who tackled a jogger and licked her face on a popular Anchorage bike trail was convicted of assault and attempted sexual assault.

Feds seek limit on Yukon-Charley wolf hunting
ANCHORAGE- The National Park Service is calling for an emergency closure of all sport wolf hunting and trapping in the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.

AT&T issues a paperless challenge
DALLAS - AT&T announced last week a new challenge for AT&T customers to go paperless. With the help of the Arbor Day Foundation, AT&T will have a tree planted in honor of each customer who signs up for paperless billing, with up to 1 million trees being planted this year.

Legislature to bid on Chevron building
JUNEAU - Alaska lawmakers have authorized a bid to buy a Chevron Corp. building in Anchorage to secure more office space for themselves.

Shell says no fleet headed to Unalaska
ANCHORAGE - Shell Oil says reports of a fleet of oil exploration vessels headed to Dutch Harbor are incorrect.

Fairbanks man who beat wife sentenced to prison
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man accused of brutally beating his wife last month has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and been sentenced to six months in prison.

Fairbanks man charged in pot bust
FAIRBANKS - Felony drug charges have been filed against a Fairbanks man accused of growing marijuana plants in his mobile home trailer.

Marshals nab Alaskan fugitive in McVille
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The U.S. Marshals Service says it has nabbed a fugitive from Alaska on a ranch in eastern North Dakota.

Commuter plane crashes at the Homer airport
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers said three people survived the crash of a commuter airplane at the Homer Airport.

ConocoPhillips names new head of Alaska operations
JUNEAU - ConocoPhillips has named a new president of its Alaska operations.

Chimney fire quickly destroys large cabin
FAIRBANKS - Fire quickly engulfed and destroyed a large cabin near Chena Hot Springs Road.

United Way launches $3 million effort
ANCHORAGE - United Way of Anchorage says it is investing nearly $3 million on various community projects.

Alaska Airlines announces marketing leadership changes
SEATTLE - Alaska Airlines has announced a realignment of its marketing, sales and online commerce groups.

Man indicted on laundering charge
ANCHORAGE - A federal grand jury has indicted an Anchorage man on a charge of aggravated currency structuring.

Haywards, Metlakatla top Klawock
In the final matchup of Wednesday afternoon's ealry session, Metlakatla easily beat Klawock 99-74 in what was a mismatch from the beginning in B Bracket action during Gold Medal Tournament play.

Metlakatla mauls Kake in slugfest
Metlakatla broke open a 12-12 game at the midway point of the first half and the Merchants rolled to a bruising 102-61 B Bracket win over Kake on Tuesday in a game that saw the teams combine for 49 fouls.

Hoonah advances to semis
Juneau's size was no match for Hoonah's hot shooting as the Huna Totem made eight 3-pointers en route to a 72-57 win over Filcom to earn a spot in Thursday's C semifinal round of the 64th Annual Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament.

Klukwan overpowers Sitka
Klukwan's offense was too much for Sitka in early action Wednesday in the M bracket of the Gold Medal Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Sitka edges Juneau in M Bracket
Tuesday's M Bracket opener was a game of runs, with both teams holding double-digit leads before trading buckets down the stretch and the Sitka Moose edging the Juneau Old-Timers 67-65 to advance to Thursday's semifinal round.

Klukwan's firepower too much for Angoon
Wednesday's C Bracket matchup between Klukwan and Angoon was decided early as Klukwan took advantage of their superior scoring ability on their way to a 95-63 blowout.

Hockey athletes get chance to skate with silver medalist
Female hockey players, young and old, are invited to skate with Vancouver silver medalist, Kerry Weiland today at Treadwell Arena from 5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Bill seeks to prohibit broadcast of 911 calls
A bill in the Alaska Legislature to outlaw the broadcast of 911 calls to protect callers' privacy would have the opposite effect, Department of Public Safety officials said Wednesday.

Natives losing political influence
Federal Voting Rights Act provisions aimed at ensuring representation of Alaska Natives in the Legislature may not be enough to stem the slide in Native political influence driven by this year's census.

Iditarod mushers all test negative for illegal drugs
ANCHORAGE - The first 40 finishers in the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race have tested clean of any illegal substances, an exoneration of sorts for winner Lance Mackey, who has been criticized for using medical marijuana in past Iditarods.

State further delays refunds to fishermen from out of state
The Alaska Department of Law is appealing a $82 million award to out-of-state fishermen who were overcharged for licenses, likely delaying payment and extending the long-running case even further.

Survey notes untaxed cabins on Palin property
ANCHORAGE - Two cabins on backcountry land partially owned by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin have been appraised for property tax purposes for the first time since their construction began several years ago.

Palin targets Dems over health care vote
Sarah Palin plans to use her political action committee to win for "Commonsense Conservatives" 20 seats held by House Democrats who voted in favor of the federal health care overhaul.

Hearing held on Tennessee warrants in Palin hacking case
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A man accused of hacking the personal e-mail of former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin attended a Wednesday court hearing on his motion to block prosecutors from using some Internet provider records at an April 20 trial.

Program aims to limit accidental salmon catch
ANCHORAGE - A program is expected to be in place by 2011 to cap the number of king salmon that can be accidentally caught in the Bering Sea pollock fishery and for the first time subject the nation's largest fishery to the possibility of a complete shutdown.

North Slope to exit Gasline Port Authority
FAIRBANKS - North Slope Borough officials plan to withdraw from the Alaska Gasline Port Authority.

House passes bill aimed at speeding up gas line project
The House passed legislation Wednesday aimed at speeding work on an in-state natural gas pipeline.

State to produce $100,000 video on wolf control
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is planning to spend $100,000 on a video meant to explain the state's controversial wolf-killing program.

Chitina dip-netters fail to win higher priority
FAIRBANKS - Chitina salmon dip-netters will remain classified as personal-use fishermen.

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