Friday, March 27, 2009

Check out kids' author Coville before he hits town
Author alert! Popular kids author and audiobook producer Bruce Coville will be visiting Juneau next week - the last time he was here, he played to a packed house. Reacquaint yourself with his spooky, funny, and classic stories, or remind yourself that you're never too old to be read a story from Coville's audiobook company, Full Cast Audio, and its wide range of tales. Here are a few new titles to whet your appetites.

Arts & Culture Calendar
ART, EVENTS & PERFORMANCE

Todd Anders Johnson and his band Salem return to Juneau to play at the Alaskan Hotel & Bar tonight
Todd Anders Johnson is a musician on a mission. His goal? To spread his message via music. And with his group, Salem, he's touring Alaska for a fourth year, this time with an eye on the glaciers and an ear out for thoughts on global warming.

Predictablility doesn't equal failure with 'I Love You, Man'
Plenty of things in life are predictable. Try to get from Los Angeles to Orange County on a weekday at 5 p.m., for example, and the safe assumption is you will have memorized every face in the cars around you by the time you complete your 5-mile-per-hour journey. Go to "Monsters vs. Aliens" this afternoon at Glacier Cinemas and you should feel confident the theater will be packed with children.

Juneau Arts & Humanities Council gets some wheels
It began as just a shot in the dark, but then a little luck and a bit of goodwill turned into an all-wheel-drive utility van now dubbed the "Artmobile."

Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School students learn the art of the paper mask
Jamie Marx and Mary Hausler's seventh and eighth grade students at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School have just finished studying the Roman Empire and are about to enter the Dark Ages. Later this semester they hope to celebrate the completion of their studies with a Renaissance Fair.

Grants now available through arts council
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council is now accepting applications for a number of grants and scholarships. Deadline for submissions is April 15.

Shaman's journey workshop this weekend
Debra Chesnut, founder of the Four Winds Foundation in Fairbanks, will lead a workshop this weekend for individuals interested in the ancient spiritual practice of Shamanism.

Venables to present on Alaska living history
John Venables, of Haines, will present a living history program featuring three prominent figures in Alaska's history at 7 p.m. Saturday at the downtown library.

Two Alaska statehood exhibitions available to school districts
In honor of Alaska's 50th anniversary, the Alaska State Museum has available two traveling exhibitions directly related to the theme of statehood for use by schools and school districts.

Author Klosterman to lecture on pop culture
Writer Chuck Klosterman will present "Life Through the Prism of Pop Culture" at 7 p.m. on Friday at the University of Alaska Southeast's Egan Library as part of the Bartlett Lecture series,

Annual quilt show to be held this weekend
Capital City Quilters will present their annual quilt show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Tabor, locals to play at the Canvas Saturday
Musician Buddy Tabor will play with a handful of locals beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday night at the Canvas.

Cat killer in the neighborhood
I live in Mountainside Estates, and while I was talking to a neighbor the other day she commented on how much she liked living in our neighborhood the past 20 years. And I agreed with her. But having neighbors requires a certain amount of tolerance for people who may have different ways of doing things then you do and we have great neighbors.

Senate seat vacancy: A modest proposal
I believe the recent controversy about selection of a replacement to fill the vacant Senate seat of former Sen. Kim Elton is unnecessary.

Palin could do more to support education
When Gov. Sarah Palin was unable to name any newspapers or magazines she read, I was amazed and embarrassed as an Alaska resident.

Stimulus could help fund healthy lunches
Gov. Sarah Palin came out March 19 against some of Obama's stimulus program money. Palin says some of the money is short-term and will cost the state more in the future to keep the new programs running.

Parental consent abortion bill not black and white
The current discussions about the parental consent for abortion bill offers up very complicated and conflicting issues. If only the issues were that black or white.

Illegal firewood harvesting on the rise
Freshly cut stumps and green boughs of spruce and hemlock littered about the tree line along roadways tell city officials that something is amiss.

Lawmakers are days away from pay hike
Alaska's legislators are just a few days away from receiving long-awaited pay raises, as bills that would require politically risky public votes remain bottled up in committee.

Hotel room used to lure in OxyContin seekers
Court documents related to last week's undercover drug operations show insight into the sketchy process of obtaining large quantities of illicit drugs in Juneau.

Photo: Images from another time Bridge to somewhere
The old Douglas Bridge, left, and the new Douglas Bridge under construction in the summer of 1981. The original bridge cost $252,000 and was completed and dedicated in 1935. The new bridge cost $22 million.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Swope plans to hold line on city taxes, spending
City Manager Rod Swope and Finance Director Craig Duncan presented an overview of a conservative budget Wednesday that should make 2010 a surplus year and help put a dent into an estimated $5.3 million deficit forecast in 2011.

Around Town
Today

Photos: Sharing their knowledge
Approximately 97 speakers were invited to the"Sharing Our Knowledge" conference of Tlingit tribes and clans, which started Tuesday and willcontinue through Saturday at Centennial Hall.

Photo: Fishing for flounder
Bill Byouer pulls in a small flounder off the dock at the Don Statter Boat Harbor on Wednesday while fishing with Ryan Mayhew, 10.

Photo: Grand day out
Co-leaders Megan Ahlman, right, and Linda Mancuso ski across Mendenhall Lake after leading a Wednesday hiking group on a tour to the glacier.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state troopers reported:

Around Town
Thursday, March 26

Correction
A headline in Wednesday's Juneau Empire read "Governor says she won't block stimulus funds." The reporter noted in the story that Gov. Sarah Palin didn't say if she would actively block Alaska's portion of stimulus money.

Outside editorial: Obama softens his wish list
With Congress poised to rewrite his budget, President Obama subtly signaled Tuesday night that he understood that he could not have everything on his ambitious wish list. Granted, you had to be listening pretty closely to hear that.

Outside editorial: A business plan for healthcare reform
And now for something completely different: a few kind words about Wal-Mart.

My bad, but what about that bonus?
The fire was not my fault. And to my knowledge, it was never proved conclusively that the lit cigarette and scented candles on my office desk were the cause.

My turn: Air safety net has holes
For some, starting in February, flying in Alaska potentially just got a lot riskier. Certainly it has for those unfortunate enough to be in an accident with an aircraft without a 406 MHz emergency locator transmitter. In case you're not familiar with an ELT, it's a small battery-operated device that mounts in an aircraft and is turned on either manually or by impact forces. Turned on, it sends a signal to a network of satellites that process the signal and route it to the appropriate Rescue Coordination Center.

My turn: State needs to recruit pharmacists
Pharmacists improve patient care. Chronic diseases cost the health care system about 75 cents on every health care dollar spent. Inappropriate use of medications leads to adverse events, costing the health care system $177 billion each year. Trained clinically, with expertise in medication use, pharmacists can and do ensure patients properly utilize their medications, improving health care outcomes, reducing overall health care costs. Every person has a right to have access to pharmacists and pharmacist provided care.

My Turn: Support needed to push for handicapped-accessible cabin
We, the members of Juneau State Parks Advisory Board, urge you to support our proposal to the state legislature for the first ever handicapped-accessible state public-use cabin in Southeast Alaska. The proposed cabin will be located at Eagle Beach State Recreation Area, 27 miles north of Juneau on Glacier Highway. The Advisory Board needs your support if we are going to be successful.

Road to be closed for training session
JUNEAU - This Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Capital City Fire/Rescue plans to conduct training at the Hank Harmon Rifle Range. This portion of Montana Creek Road will be closed to pedestrian and vehicle traffic during this time.

Eruption causes flight cancellations
JUNEAU - Alaska Airlines has canceled all arriving and departing flights Thursday out of Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage due to the latest eruption of Mt. Redoubt.

Ferry ticket agent charged with theft
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - A Port of Bellingham employee accused of taking $4,300 in Alaska state ferry fares pleaded not guilty to theft charges in Whatcom County Superior Court.

Air base repositions aircraft in response to Redoubt eruption
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE - The Air Force's 3rd Wing is repositioning aircraft as a precautionary measure due to the recent eruption of Mt. Redoubt to prevent possible ash damage. The base is moving four F-15C's, one E-3 AWACS, and one C-17 to Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Additionally, two C-17's are being moved to McChord Air Force Base near Tacoma, Wash. All other Elmendorf aircraft will be sheltered in place.

Pilots report another laser beam at airport
SEATAC, Wash - Once again a laser reportedly has been shined into a plane landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Villages to get free Citgo fuel again
ANCHORAGE - Alaska villagers will once again receive free heating fuel from Venezuela's government.

Lung Association settles dispute with NW chapter
SEATTLE - The American Lung Association has settled an eight-month legal dispute with its Seattle-based Northwest chapter and is getting back the $3.2 million regional headquarters the chapter had given to a newly created charity.

ID of teen's remains tragic end to mystery
PORTLAND, Ore. - A man walking his dogs found what investigators and a heartbroken family had sought for more than a decade: the remains of a southern Oregon baby sitter who was just 14 when she vanished in 1998.

Anchorage firefighters forgo pay increase
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage firefighters have agreed to give up a pay raise this year.

Alaska Senate gives marmots their day
JUNEAU - Alaskans would celebrate Feb. 2 as Marmot Day - instead of Groundhog Day - under a bill that passed the state Senate.

Needy Seattle dogs receive kibble windfall
SEATTLE - A mountain of dog food has proven a bit of a headache for the Port of Seattle.

Senate approves energy assistance
JUNEAU - The state would provide an extra $9 million in short-term energy aid to low- and middle-income Alaskans under legislation that passed the state Senate.

Internal review clears troopers in shooting
ANCHORAGE - An internal investigation has cleared two Alaska State Troopers involved in a fatal shooting in Wasilla last month.

Kake slices Huna
The Kake Oldtimers continued their march to a fourth-consecutive C Bracket title with a 107-80 drubbing of the Huna Totem Oldtimers Thursday night during the 63rd Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Kake rolls into C Bracket semis
Phil Daetwiler's strong endgame play and clutch free throw shooting was enough for Angoon to grind out another tough 82-71 victory over Sitka Shee Atika in the C Bracket on Wednesday night at the 63rd Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Filcom ends Angoon's tournament hopes
C Bracket
Filcom 88, Angoon 78

Ongo Tupou scored 24 points, including five three-pointers, to lead Juneau's Filipino Community over Angoon 88-78 during Thursday's Gold Medal C Bracket game.

Martin fires 35 for Huna's 79-60 win over Yakutat
Huna 79, Yakutat 60 Myron Martin stroked eight three-pointers on his way to a 35-point night for Huna. Martin came out firing in the first half and when Martin was not hitting from deep, Huna looked the ball into the paint for big man, Stuart Mills, who made his presence known with 12 points.

Juneau Parks & Recreation 2009 Co-ed volleyball league standings
DIVISION 1

Palin names new attorney general
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Thursday picked a colorful Anchorage attorney with a reputation for promoting gun rights to be her new state attorney general.

Another ethics complaint is filed against Gov. Sarah Palin
ANCHORAGE - The second ethics complaint in a week filed against Gov. Sarah Palin alleges a conflict of interest when she wore Arctic Cat logo gear during this year's Tesoro Iron Dog snowmachine race.

Stimulus battle getting personal
Top legislative leaders and Gov. Sarah Palin clashed Thursday in a battle of press conferences and press releases. Both sides are accusing the other of canceling a meeting to discuss accepting federal stimulus money.

Mount Redoubt has two small eruptions
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's Mount Redoubt continued to erupt Wednesday with at least two small explosions, while a Chevron-operated pipeline company assessed the condition of an oil storage facility near the volcano.

Soldiers say unfit troops being deployed
A group of Fort Wainwright soldiers have come forward, accusing commanders of the base's Stryker Brigade of forcing medically unfit soldiers to deploy to Iraq.

Family of slain Anchorage man asks for burial money
ANCHORAGE - Relatives of a 21-year-old Anchorage man who was stabbed to death in Miami are taking unusual steps to raise money to bury him.

This Day in History
In the nation

Alaska volcano erupts twice
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's Mount Redoubt erupted several times Thursday, spewing a more than 12-mile-high cloud that could drop ash on Anchorage for the first time since the volcano began erupting Sunday night.

Agency to test alternative fuel
The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency is developing a pilot program to supply a blend of alternative fuels to Air Force and Army units operating in Alaska, officials with the agency said March 11 at a conference in Anchorage.

New nurses from UAA priceless
ANCHORAGE - In the midst of a nationwide nursing shortage, some hospitals Outside have gone to great lengths to recruit new personnel - from hiring highly skilled (and high-priced) "traveling nurses" from agencies, to importing beginning nurses from poorer nations overseas.

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