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.

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.

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."

'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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

Taxation of soda is a slippery slope
The March 21 article "Anchorage politician backs soda tax" caught my interest. While I agree something needs to be done to guide our youth in better dietary habits, I fail to see how this can be accomplished with a 2- and 4-cent tax on soft drinks. By the time the wholesalers and retailers add their cut, it will be more than double the proposed amount.

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.

Kensington blasting begins next month
Real mining work will begin soon at the Kensington Mine northwest of Juneau.

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

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: Outdoor concert from Colorado ensemble
Members of the Kutandara Marimba Ensemble of Boulder, Colo. jump as they give a free lunch-time performance at theoutdoor park at the corner of Seward and Third Streets on Thursday. The Kutandara members are teaching marimba classes for kids, teens and adults this week at the Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery, and will perform Friday at the Thunder Mountain High School Auditorium at 7:30 pm.

Photo: Sea walk fence
Eric Sather, left, and Jeff Sampson of AAA Fence Inc. ofAnchorageinstallplastic slats into fencing along Taku Smokeries property on Thursday. The work is part of the sea walk project.

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.

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.

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.

Photo: Kicking butts

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.

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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.

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

My turn: Cutting the cruise ship head tax makes no sense
Why does a campaign of fear and misrepresentation have to govern political policies and actions?

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.

Pro: Life is improving for Haitians, and the global commitment is firm
WASHINGTON - The devastation in Haiti is almost impossible to comprehend, and what the earthquake destroyed in minutes will take years and the collective efforts of relief organizations and governments to repair.

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.

Con: Thousands of Haitians will die unless US beefs-up relief efforts
WASHINGTON - President Clinton apologized on March 10 for the role that his government played in destroying a big part of Haitian agriculture: "It may have been good for some of my farmers in Arkansas, but it has not worked. ... I have to live every day with the loss of capacity to produce a rice crop in Haiti, to feed those people, because of what I did."

Bob Armstrong's 'life story in Alaska'
Photographer, naturalist and author Bob Armstrong believes the true definition of being an expert is acknowledging "you really don't know anything at all."

Today, March 26

Grooming report
As of March 25 the following Nordic trails are groomed and tracked for both skate andclassic skiing:

Spring is here. Can you smell it?
More days of sunshine, longer hours of light. These are the familiar signs that winter has reliquished its hold. Warmer weather means many things,including smells.

More to mating than just the 'quack'
The pond near my house is beginning to thaw. There are maybe ten square feet of open water at the inlet and a little more at the outlet - just enough to be discovered by a pair of mallards. Survivors of the hunting season, they formed their pair bond in winter.

'Kids night' fosters fun for the whole family
Few sports can be enjoyed by both 6-year-olds and their adult parents. Even fewer also foster participation from all walks of life and ability levels.

Photos: Sights from Sitka's herring catch
After weeks of waiting, the herring sac roe fishery opened in Sitka Sound Wednesday, beginning at 5:10 p.m. An estimated 6,900 tons were harvested.

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Managing wildlife rally to be held, book signings tonight
JUNEAU - The Alaska Wildlife Alliance will hold two days of events beginning tonight at 7 p.m. at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council. There will also be a rally Saturday, March 27, at noon in front of the Capitol downtown.

Calling all 'green-thumbed' students
Students with an affinity for agriculture, or those with a uniquely green thumb, are encouraged to take advantage of scholarships being sponsored by the Southeast Master Gardeners Association this year.

Grayish wolf sighted near DZ, Lemon Creek
JUNEAU - A light-colored wolf seen recently around Juneau has been spotted this week near Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School and in the Lemon Creek area.

Saturday Tracks and Signs hitting the Flume Trail
JUNEAU - The latest Tracks and Signs event, put on in conjunction with the Juneau Audubon Society, will meet Saturday, March 27 at 10 a.m. at the end of Basin Road.

Park Service would ban hunting bear cubs in dens
ANCHORAGE - The National Park Service wants to ban hunting black bear cubs and sows with cubs in their dens in the Denali and Gates of Arctic preserves.

Juneau Raptor Center to hold annual meeting
JUNEAU - The Juneau Raptor Center will hold their annual meeting Saturday, March 27, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Nugget Mall.

Icicle Seafoods gifts thousands to UAS
JUNEAU - Icicle Seafoods, a seafood processing company founded in Petersburg and currently one of the largest seafood processors in Alaska, has gifted $20,000 to the University of Alaska Southeast to help fund various educational programs.

Trout Unlimited: Phase out felt-soled products
JUNEAU - Trout Unlimited's Alaska Program urged the Board of Fisheries to phase out the use of felt-soled wading products in Alaska as a way to guard against the spread of aquatic invasive species at a March 16-21 meeting in Anchorage.

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.

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

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.

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.

Sarah Palin's Alaska series to appear on cable TV
NEW YORK - Sarah Palin's travelogue series about Alaska has landed at the TLC cable network, and filming is set to begin this summer.

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.

Guide pleads guilty to illegal moose hunt
DENALI NATIONAL PARK - A commercial guide has been fined for leading an illegal moose hunt inside Denali National Park.

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

Police recover at least 30 stolen cars, arrest man
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have recovered at least 30 stolen cars while breaking up a theft operation.

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.

Grand jury indicts Homer woman
KENAI - A Kenai grand jury has indicted a 26-year-old Homer woman on charges she altered a commercial fishing crew member license to receive benefits from the Alaska Fishermen's Fund.

Parnell reappoints two Juneau residents to state positions
JUNEAU - Two Juneau residents have been reappointed to state positions by Gov. Sean Parnell.

Government says US oil production increased in 2009
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Increased crude oil production in the Gulf of Mexico and North Dakota more than offset declines elsewhere last year to result in the first annual increase in U.S. oil production since 1991, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Kake crushes Klukwan to advance
Kake came out against Klukwan and left little doubt as to which team was going to advance Thursday afternoon in C Bracket action.

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.

Hydaburg holds off Metlakatla
Metlakatla was determined to not let Thursday's win-or-go-home matchup versus Hydaburg turn out like the teams' previous Sunday meeting, in which Hydaburg pulled away early for a 103-88 victory.

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.

Yakutat rallies by Klukwan for Master's Bracket win
A 12-point Klukwan lead at halftime was quickly erased in the second half as Thursday's opener went down to the wire in the M bracket.

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.

Photo: Silver medalist visits Treadwell

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.

Settlement to free up funds for Alaskans
Alaska securities regulators announced a settlement Thursday with Citigroup Global Markets, Inc., under which the company would repurchase auction-rate securities it sold to Alaska customers.

Parnell proposes cruise head tax rollback
Gov. Sean Parnell Thursday provided more details on his plan to reduce cruise ship head taxes, and said he would soon introduce legislation that could end up returning most or all of the $46 per passenger "head tax" to the industry.

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.

Anchorage retail growth slows in economic crunch
ANCHORAGE - Business experts say the growth of retail stores in Anchorage has slowed after 15 years of rapid expansion.

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.

Bill would restore gun rights to some felons
Some felons living in Alaska would have full gun rights restored under a bill heard Thursday in a committee hearing.

Prospects for Pebble Mine study uncertain
Gov. Sean Parnell said he wants the state to have the best information available as it evaluates the potential effects of developing a copper-and-gold prospect at Bristol Bay. But he stopped short of endorsing the third-party review that two lawmakers have requested, saying the permitting process is meant to elicit "the best data on all sides."

Dozens of cars pulled from Anchorage auto graveyard
ANCHORAGE - When Anchorage had to dispose of thousands of cars and trucks damaged in a powerful 1964 earthquake, it dumped them off a 350-foot (100-meter) bluff near the outskirts of town.

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.

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.

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