Friday, March 25, 2011

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).

'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!”

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

MOVIES
Schedule begins Friday

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

Woman changes plea in federal court for oxy distribution
A Juneau woman arrested with two other defendants and accused of illegal possession and distribution of oxycodone changed her plea from not guilty to guilty in U.S. District Court at the Juneau Federal Building on Thursday.

Man accused of multiple assaults with gun and truck changes plea
A Juneau man arrested and arraigned on multiple counts stemming from an incident Oct. 26, 2010, where he allegedly entered a local business and threatened people inside with a gun, then later tried to injure them with his pickup truck, entered a guilty plea in Juneau Superior Court in a change of plea hearing before Judge Patricia Collins on Thursday.

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.

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.

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.

Police & Fire
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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.

Juneau looks to draft Southeast redistricting proposal
The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly on Thursday agreed upon a set of seven standards it wants to see developed in drafting a proposal to the Alaska Redistricting Board.

Amidst criticism, good Samaritans helping child recover
Criticisms have flooded the blogs on stories concerning Reina Stone, a 2-year-old beaten by an adult on May 13, 2010. The remarks had become so hateful toward the mother of the young girl that the comment option on the Juneau Empire web site was taken down on those articles.

Young addresses Chamber on regulation problems
Congressman Don Young stopped by the Juneau Chamber of Commerce Thursday to address issues he sees that are affecting the state’s ways of doing business, as well as those of the country.

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.

Photos: Manning their perch
A pair of mature bald eagles perch on top of the downtown Juneau Public Library on Thursday.

Photos: Fliers against Libyan war
Vietnam War Veteran Tim Moore with the local chapter of Veterans for Peace hands a flier to Crystal Rogers on Wednesday in front of the Capitol. The flier, put out by the groups Veterans for Peace and Juneau People for Peace and Justice, starting Tuesday points out the inconsistency of the President’s decision to start a war in Libya.

Special meeting called by CBJ
The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly will hold a special meeting on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Assembly Chambers for the purposes of discussing State of Alaska Redistricting. For additional information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 586-5278 or via email at City_Clerk@ci.juneau.ak.us.

Daniel Paul Fredrickson Sr.
Daniel Paul Fredrickson Sr. died March 14, 2011, in Angoon with his family by his side.

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.

Hard to choose sides in NFL lockout blues
The following editorial first appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

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.

My Turn: Poverty and the criminal justice system
When we look at social issues and all of their complexity, many us find cold comfort in just dealing with figures.

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.

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

Pro: Should President Obama have asked Congress for a declaration of war before firing missiles into Libya?
“The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”

Con: Should President Obama have asked Congress for a declaration of war before firing missiles into Libya?
No one declares war anymore! Not since World War II has any nation declared war on another — with the possible exception of a 1967 declaration against Israel by five Arab countries. While fighting remains as common as ever, the practice of issuing formal declarations has gone out of style.

Tracing old ski tracks in Spaulding Meadows
It’s doubtful this trail will be marked on any map. Perhaps, it’s been mentioned in a guidebook, a journal entry, or blog post. It’s more likely, however, that through the years word-of-mouth passed along its whereabouts and users set tracks each winter for others to follow.

Cold feet, warm bird
I snuck along the creek-side, examining the snow for any telltale signs of wildlife. I spotted some depressions in the snow along the banks. The tracks created curlicues across the white, circling a stick here, meandering to a rock there. Looking closer, the snow revealed the three front toes and single back toe of a large bird, each track about as long as my index finger — a raven’s trail. I pictured the bird stepping through the snow and marveled that it was walking barefoot, while I relied on my insulated Xtratufs. Why didn’t it get frostbite?

Pines show alluring diversity, can thrive in unlikely sites
On a recent hike, I spotted a tall pine tree with just one living, vigorous branch, which was served by a narrow strip of bark winding up the otherwise naked trunk. Refusing to die, so to speak, although perhaps no longer able to reproduce. That tree prompted me to think about our local pine trees — but first, let’s put them in a broader context.

Southeast non-pelagic rockfish sport fishing regulations set for 2011
JUNEAU — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced the non-pelagic rockfish bag, possession and the mandatory retention for the sport fishery during 2011 in the Southeast Outside Waters and Southeast Inside Waters. Nonresident angler annual limits of yelloweye rockfish have also been established for the 2011 season. The following regulations became effective on March 16:

Family Health and Birth Center to hold fun walk/run
JUNEAU — The Juneau Family Health and Birth Center is holding its first annual Salmon Creek 5K Fun Run/Walk and 1 mile kids run at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 2.

Wild shots
The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska’s wildlife, scenery or plant life. Send your photos via e-mail to: abby.lowell@juneauempire.com. For all photos include the name of the photographer, a description of what is shown in the picture, when it was taken and any other pertinent information. Images will run as space allows.

Juneau Gun Club to hold Registered Trap Shoot
JUNEAU — The Juneau Gun Club is holding a Registered Trap Shoot from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 at the Juneau Gun Club’s shooting range.

'Ski Spectacular' to wrap up season at Eaglecrest
JUNEAU — ORCA Ski and Snowboard and Books-2-Board programs are co-hosting The Spring Spectacular at Eaglecrest Ski Area from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 2.

Annual Side-by-Side Fun Shoot results
On Sunday, a members and public day at the Juneau Gun Club, 13 individuals participated in a First annual Side-by-Side (double-barrel shotgun) fun shoot. It was a beautiful, sun-rich, early spring Juneau day with temperatures reaching in the mid 50s.

Snow and grooming report for March 24
Eaglecrest reportas of March 24:• New snow (24 hours):

Tide tables for March 25 through March 31
5:38 a.m. 16.3 H

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

Yakutat marches on in Masters
Yakutat held Kake to just 14 second-half points en route to a 57-34 win Thursday in a Masters Bracket elimination game during the 65th Annual Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Hydaburg gets revenge, beats Hoonah
The Hydaburg Haida avenged an opening-round loss to Huna ANB with a loser-out 95-82 win Thursday on the fifth day of the 65th Annual Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Kake keeps rolling in C Bracket play
Kake earned a spot in Saturday’s C Bracket championship game for the sixth straight year with an 81-61 winner’s bracket victory over Juneau Filcom in the 65th Annual Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.

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

Angoon outlasts Haines
The action was fast and furious with a title-fight feel Thursday night as Angoon and Haines squared off for a spot in Saturday’s B Bracket championship game.

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.

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.

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.

Bail lowered in Anchorage Russian roulette case
ANCHORAGE — An Anchorage judge has lowered bail for the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson soldier charged with manslaughter in the death of a friend who shot himself playing Russian roulette.

Ex-Wainwright soldier gets 12 years for child porn
FAIRBANKS — The U.S. attorney’s office in Alaska says a former Fort Wainwright soldier has been sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison for possessing and distributing child pornography, including images of violent abuse and of infants and toddlers.

Committee forwards foreign law bill
JUNEAU — A state House committee has approved a bill banning the use of foreign law in state courts.

Bill calls for in-state gas fund
JUNEAU — Money to plan, develop and build an in-state natural gas pipeline would go into a special fund under a bill proposed by House Speaker Mike Chenault.

Man shot to death in Anchorage apartment
ANCHORAGE — A man has been shot to death at an apartment in the Mountain View neighborhood of Anchorage.

Troopers report 1 dead in accident near Palmer
ANCHORAGE — Authorities say one person has died after a car left the road near Palmer.

Sitka student named to suicide prevention panel
JUNEAU — A junior at Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka has been named to an Alaska panel aimed at preventing suicide.

House passes bill calling for performance audits
JUNEAU — The Alaska House has passed legislation calling for performance reviews of state agencies.

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

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.

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.

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

Parnell stands behind Judicial Council pick
JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell reaffirmed his nomination of a controversial appointee for the judicial council, a day after senators called into question the nominee’s objectivity and residency.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Senator doesn't see votes for Parnell oil tax bill
JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell’s plan to cut oil production taxes hit a stumbling block — if not an insurmountable obstacle — on Thursday, with a leading senator predicting it doesn’t have the votes to pass out of committee.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wisconsin union battle may foreshadow Alaska struggle
Rep. Carl Gatto, R-Palmer, wants to follow in the footsteps of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-public employee union fight, but other state leaders say they’ve got little interest in taking up that battle in Alaska.

Parnell, senators, trade jabs
Gov. Sean Parnell on Thursday challenged the Legislature to adopt his merit-based scholarship plan, called Alaska Performance Scholarships, despite rural legislators’ concerns that most of its benefits would go to well-funded city schools.

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.

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.

Alaska tourism marketing moves past committee
JUNEAU — An Alaska House committee approved a measure laying out the funding scheme for a tourism-promotion task force on Thursday.

Women in science discuss being women in science
One woman listened as a male professor told her she should not go to graduate school because she would be depriving a man of an opportunity to support his family. Another had to nix her male colleagues’ chivalrous notion of slinging a porta-potti by helicopter to the volcano she was studying. A third was told she could not be promoted to supervisor because men don’t like being supervised by women.

Anchorage city utility sends wind power proposal
ANCHORAGE — The electricity utility for the city of Anchorage may be buying some power from a proposed wind farm on Fire Island.

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