Friday, March 28, 2008

You can't keep a good 'Grumpsicle' down
It's as unthinkable as Wile E. Coyote catching the Road Runner: After nearly 30 years of scheming, the Grumpsicle finally ruined Christmas.

A weekend of comedy cracks up Southeast
Susan Rice's observational comedy may be PG-rated, but that doesn't mean she won't poke a little fun at Juneau while visiting Southeast Alaska.

Filmmaker to host film screening, discussion on March 29
Swedish-born filmmaker Stefan Quinth will host a film screening and discussion at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, at the downtown library.

Arts council application deadlines looming
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council is accepting applications for artists interested in being considered for a solo exhibit at the arts council gallery during the 2008-2009 season. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m., April 30. Applications are available to download from the nonprofit organization's Web site, at www.jahc.org.

Alaska History program slated for March 28
John H. Venables of Haines is scheduled to host a history program at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 28 in the Egan Room at Centennial Hall in celebration of the 141st anniversary of the purchase of Alaska from Russia and the 2008 Journey to Statehood.

Pie maker opens Harvest Moon Cafe
JUNEAU - A new pie shop and restaurant, the Harvest Moon Cafe, had a grand opening Wednesday in the Jordan Creek Center.

Free marketing seminars offered
JUNEAU - "Marketing Successfully in Big Box Town" is the topic for the Juneau Small Business Development Center's Brown Bag Marketing Series presentation noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the downtown library.

Consulting company office leaves Juneau
JUNEAU - The Alaska Funding Exchange has moved its main office from Juneau to Fairbanks, though the Juneau office will stay open.

Redfern fourth-quarter earnings down in '07
JUNEAU - Vancouver-based Redcorp Ventures Ltd. and its subsidiaries on Tuesday reported a fourth-quarter 2007 net loss of $19 million, or almost 5 cents per share. The company lost $4.50 million in the fourth quarter of 2006.

Public speaking training slated
JUNEAU - "Speaking With The Butterflies in Formation," a seminar on public speaking, will be presented at the next Women's Network for Entrepreneurial Training monthly meeting.

What's Happening
Calendar of events happening the week of Thursday, March 27 through Wednesday, April 2.

Carry the right equipment and bake on the go
Add five letters to the word baking and you get - backpacking. Of course!

Ever run across a bitter herbal liqueur? That's amaro
I'm one of those irritating Italophiles who long ago acquired the nearly unacquirable taste for amari. Over the years, I've found that nothing flummoxes the American drinker more than these bitter herbal liqueurs that Italians sip after dinner.

What works in Vegas, stays in Vegas
Gamers love to decry publishers pushing out franchise installments on a yearly basis, and there are good precedents for that view. With a product as good as "Rainbow Six Vegas," though, it's hard to muster up the kind of righteous wrath that can only be expressed in pithy comments and animated GIFs on a message board. Without a doubt, this sequel is more of the same; a few additions to the gameplay and front end do not a new experience make. However, Ubisoft managed not to screw anything up from the amazing original, which pretty much makes this the best tactical shooter out there by default.

The power of a good headline can move even Google
The headline at Fox News read: "Journalist Who Exposes U.N. Corruption Disappears From Google."

Real predator control would shoot hunters
What is this mysterious group calling itself Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, Alaska chapter?

Thank you to store for being green
I want to thank David Ottoson, owner of Rainbow Foods, for helping make a difference in Juneau and to our planet.

Iraq: an abuse of power
A friend recently chided me, and many others like me, who refer to the war in Iraq as a mistake, and he's right.

Historical re-enactment to celebrate state's purchase
Haines resident John Venables re-enacts historical Alaska figures as a way to help future generations learn from the past.

Agency to review chopper regulations on Juneau Icefield
The U.S. Forest Service sought public comment Wednesday as it re-evaluates how it regulates helicopter landings on the Juneau Icefield.

City, residents hash over plan for downtown parking garage
Anyone building a garage in Juneau has to start by looking at the Marine Park parking garage, according to Engineering Department Deputy Director Rorie Watt. There, he says, is a design to avoid.

Drug smuggling suspect arraigned
Vonnie Williams, 44, who police say has been a major drug smuggler for years, was arraigned Thursday in Juneau Superior Court.

Juneau delegation works to stave off veto of projects
Members of Juneau's legislative delegation met with Gov. Sarah Palin this week, hoping to win approval of several projects important to Juneau.

Songwriters Gorka, Werner to perform
Acclaimed songwriters John Gorka and Susan Werner are scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. tonight at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.

Around Town
Today

Photo: Eagles at Lemon Creek
A Bald Eagle streches its wing out as four others sit nearby in a tree Thursday on the bank of Lemon Creek. A couple dozen eagles in nearby trees basked in the sun, calling out and whisling to one another.

Around Town
Today

Police & Fire
Traffic accidents:

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

Animated film weaves rich story from simple elements
As an animated feature, "Persepolis" is a low-tech production when compared to the digitally enhanced pyrotechnics that draw the "oohs" and "ahs" in today's movie marketplace. But though it's fashioned mostly of black-and-white cels, this tense, absorbing and deeply touching coming-of-age story shows that there are frontiers in this medium that remain to be discovered with the simplest of elements. And those frontiers have far more to do with heart, soul and intelligence than with green screens and CGI.

'Shutter' will scare only the very young or very nervous
It occurs to me I should be terrified for my mother. After all, if I'm to believe what Hollywood is telling me, Japan is overflowing with angry spirits that seem to be particularly angry with Americans. If you used to be a teen drama TV star - Sarah Michelle Gellar, Joshua Jackson - then you are just asking for trouble. My mother, to the best of my knowledge, was never a TV star, but she is American and in Japan.

Juneau's Cinema guide
OPENING

'The Mist' creeps onto DVD
'The Mist'

Music magic going down at Studio A
Albert McDonnell never thought he'd have a career as a sound engineer. When he came to Juneau in 1985 he was a musician and then became a fisherman. He played bass guitar early on with the Port du Nord Playboys, and later with Salsa Borealis and The Bobb Family Band.

Always pace yourself at folk fest - yeah, right!
Here it comes, like a surreal spin-off of a "Star Trek" convention; like wind blowing through the trees and dropping snow on your head; and like a guaranteed good mood for a week. The buzz about the impending Alaska Folk Festival has been palpable around town for a couple of weeks, and I'll admit I'm looking forward to it myself.

Turkish singer to perform April 6 at Culture Center
Turkish singer and musician Latif Bolat is scheduled to perform in concert at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. A pre-concert lecture is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

Jazz band Fleet Street to play Rent Party on April 4
Local jazz band Fleet Street is scheduled to perform from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 4, for the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council's April Rent Party. The pay-as-you-can evening at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center includes a no-host bar.

Sound Bites
Gnarls Barkley "The Odd Couple" ★★★½

Sound Bites
Flo Rida "Mail on Sunday" ★★

Irrationals make robotics look easy as pi
The Irrationals, a FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League team from Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, are making their mark in the middle school math and science world.

Host families needed for exchange students
JUNEAU - Volunteers with the American Field Service in Juneau are looking for host families for three students who have applied for exchange in the United States during the 2008-2009 school year. Students currently available for next year's exchange come from a variety of countries, including Norway, Finland, Belgium, Japan, Brazil, Italy, Germany and Thailand.

Archaeology Fair to be held Saturday
JUNEAU - Youth will have an opportunity to travel through time at the Archaeology Fair being held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center, downtown at Egan Drive and Whittier Street.

Soccer club to hold garage sale Saturday
JUNEAU - The Juneau Soccer Club's girls team, Gale Force, will have a garage sale from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church on Mendenhall Loop Road.

Thanks for helping me stop smoking
Thank you Dr. Hedges for giving me the power to stop smoking 20 years ago today. All you said was "John, why don't you just quit smoking?" Thank you, that's all it took. After smoking since 1956, and usually 3-4 packs of unfiltered Camels a day, in 1988 it took just those great words to completely lose my craving for cigarettes. Took two days of mild discomfort, and that was it. Thank you again, Dr. Hedges.

Thanks from the friends, family of Sherrie Raber
The friends and family of Sherrie (Anderson) Raber would like to thank the wonderful businesses and individuals of Juneau and Southeast for making the spaghetti dinner and silent auction held on March 17 a success: ANB Grand Camp, Papa Murphy's Take and Bake Pizza, Rufus K. Page, Sealaska Corporation, Tlingit and Haida Central Council, Alaska Marine Line, Arrow Refuse, Hoonah Trading, Olivia's De Mexico, El Sombrero's, Donna's Restaurant, Alaska Nugget Outfitters, Martha's Flowers, Alaska Outdoor Warehouse, Miss Scarlett's Flowers, Wings of Alaska, LAB, Valley Lumber, Alaska Soap and Candle Company, Juneau Lions Club, Hoonah Camp 12, Little Mermaid, Icy Strait Lodge, Icy Strait Point, Alaska Dames, Foodland AandP, Super Bear Supermarket, Safeway Foods, K&L Distributors, AAA Moving and Storage, Ria Swanson of Ria Designs, Andy Ebona and our wonderful cooks and kitchen staff, Donald Gregory, Duff Mitchell and Lee Miller, plus all the caring individuals who donated items, money and their time to help Sherrie and her family. Thank you.

Thanks for supporting our annual auction
The Juneau Adventist Christian School would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their support in our recent annual auction fundraiser: Miss Scarlett's Flowers, Hanger on the Wharf, Prospector Hotel, Ruby's Hair Design, Tokyo Steak and Seafood House, Grandma's Featherbed, Mendenhall Auto Center, Papa Murphy's, Henry's Restaurant, Juneau Bowling Center, Bullwinkle's Pizza, SuperBear Grocery, Rodfather's Broiler, Alaska Soap and Candle Factory, Nugget Alaskan Outfitters, El Sombrero, Northern Hot Spots, Sandpiper Café, Orca Whale Tours and Sightseeing, Chilly Willie's Car Wash, Nail Jazz, The Alaska Club, Westmark Baranof Hotel, Temsco Helicopters, Fisherman's Bend, Glacier Gardens, Four Seasons Travel, Rainbow Foods, Valley Restaurant, Radio Shack, Linda Romine, Southeast Alaska Artworks, NorthStar Trekking, Susie's Hair Salon, Eaglecrest Ski School, Fortuna Odell, Tal-Air, Alaska Gourmet, Canton House, Southeast Alaska Animal Medical Clinic, Chan's Thai Restaurant, Alaskan and Proud Market, Wings of Alaska, Homesteader's Cache, Tlingit and Haida Central Council, Marcy File, Paradise Café, Alaska Laundry and Dry Cleaners, Goldbelt Inc., Stylez Unlimited Salon and Spa, Lynne Aldrighetti, Jovanny's Restaurant, Sharon Zuboff, David Mott, Jean Riederer, Jolene Wheeland and Evangeline Laboca.

Thanks for contributing to the food bank
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum and Community Schools would like to recognize the following individuals and organizations for their generous support of the Southeast Alaska Food Bank. These donations were collected in honor of China Joe and were presented to the Southeast Alaska Food Bank at the February Coffee and Collections Series presentation by Mark Whitman at the City Museum.

Thanks to the 'Tides and the Tempest'
My sincere congratulations to the students of Glacier Valley Elementary School for their amazing performance of "Tides and the Tempest" at the high school on March 10. The community of Juneau is privileged to have such talented youth. You guys were great.

Thanks for supporting the Women of Distinction
AWARE's 12th annual Women of Distinction dinner and silent auction was a magnificent success! It was a privilege to recognize this year's honorees Alberta Aspen, Sue Baxter, Helen Abbott-Watkins and Betsy Brenneman. Their unique contributions to our community and their words of wisdom and inspiration made this event an exceptional celebration.

FYI
Births

Nome team gets $700 stolen while visiting for Hooptime
Nome's junior basketball team, visiting last week for the Hooptime junior basketball tournament, left with more then it came with.

Firecracker boys: Making a harbor with nukes
Boys will be boys and must always play with new toys - even when those new toys are nuclear bombs.

A perfect wedding in paradise
On our fourth day in Kauai, Hawaii, my sister-in-law, Patty, and her fiancé, Mike, had their wedding meeting with Aunty Ipo. My husband, Don, and I drove the short distance to Lihue and spent three hours in the Kauai Museum.

More precious than football
It's Sunday evening. Darkness has fallen and a boisterous crowd has assembled around the neighbor's generator to watch the final match of the 2008 Cup of Africa Nations (hosted by Ghana) on television. Excited teens lead impromptu marching lines (of toddlers) through the village, beating soup cans and screaming victory songs. Fervor surrounding the cup has been, to grossly understate, crazed.

Photo: Alaska History Week
Gov. Sarah Palin signs House Bill 259 into law during a ceremony on Wednesday at the Alaska State Museum.

What, I don't get paid?
Working in Alaska is the dream of many college students. This is their chance to explore the Last Frontier and make few dollars along the way.

SEARHC announces mobile mammograms
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's Breast and Cervical Health Program has announced the spring 2008 schedule for the mobile mammogram program.

Town hall meeting on underage drinking
JUNEAU - Forty-nine percent of Juneau middle school students have tried alcohol, and 81 percent of Juneau high school seniors drink alcohol more than experimentally, according to the 2005 Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

Steven F. Gebert
Juneau resident Steven F. Gebert died March 24, 2008, at Bartlett Regional Hospital, from cancer. He was 56.

Violet 'Connie' Conard
Skagway resident Violet "Connie" Conard died March 25, 2008, at the Brandon Woods Retirement Community in Lawrence, Kan. She was 83.

Lillian Cameron
Former Douglas and Juneau resident Lillian Stevens Cameron died March 23, 2008, in Seattle. She was 72.

Amy Jean Martin (Albright)
Juneau resident Amy Jean Martin (Albright) died March 12, 2008, in Juneau, after a three-year struggle with breast cancer. She was 44.

My turn: Moving the Legislature will decimate the economy of the entire SE region
J uneau officially declared a ghost town - that will be the headline in papers across the state if our legis- lators and governor have their way.

My turn: Take the harbors back
Harbor rates are set to go up again. Here are the annual rates for permanent moorage for a 40-foot boat in area harbors: Juneau $1,687; Petersburg, $1,280; Ketchikan, $1,040; Sitka, $960; Hoonah, $720; Haines, $640; Wrangell, $600; Skagway $480; and Pelican, $410.

My turn: Mines will not destroy Southeast Alaska
A lfredo Velasquez in his letter to the editor on March 26 said we should "stop all the mines."

My turn: School district can enrich lives
It's understandable that our community, which has had essentially one high school for 50 years, is experiencing uncertainty and stress as we prepare to open Thunder Mountain High School and to do high school in a different way. I am hopeful that some perspective can help ease concerns and help our community move forward - together.

Outside editorial: Mortgage lending needs new standards
The following editorial first appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

My turn: The future of energy in Alaska
Over the years, we Alaskans have benefited from the oil industry in a number of ways. Nevertheless, oil alone is not a sound long-term strategy for Alaska or any other place. Practical and efficient alternative energy technologies exist today and are being used throughout the world.

Alaska editorial: New disclosure law for politicians has gone too far
The following editorial first appeared in the Peninsula Clarion

Steamship Wharf parking to be closed beginning April 11
JUNEAU - Public parking at the Steamship Wharf, at the Marine Park plaza, will no longer be available beginning April 11. The entrance and exit areas will be blocked off. Vehicles remaining will be impounded, according to the city.

Public meeting held in vessel sinking
ANCHORAGE - Investigators are holding a public meeting on Friday in Dutch Harbor as part of a probe into the sinking of a fishing boat in the Bering Sea.

Linehan to be sentenced today
ANCHORAGE - Mechele Linehan, the former exotic dancer convicted of murdering a former boyfriend, is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday.

Kohring: Judge should have recused himself
ANCHORAGE - The bickering continues between government prosecutors and lawyers for former state Rep. Vic Kohring, who has been convicted but not yet sentenced on corruption charges.

Gatewood named to state's suicide advisory council
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin has named Bernard Gatewood of Fairbanks to the state's Suicide Prevention Council.

Five Alaska schools receive computers
FAIRBANKS - Some surplus computers from the U.S. Senate will find new homes in Alaska.

Snowmachiner rescued on glacier
FAIRBANKS - A 48-year-old Fairbanks snowmachiner was rescued off Gulkana Glacier after driving off a cliff.

Democrat Gravel switches parties
WASHINGTON - Long-shot presidential candidate Mike Gravel told supporters Wednesday he is leaving the Democratic Party to join the Libertarian Party.

Alaska Ranger called 'Ranger Danger'
ANCHORAGE - The crew of the Alaska Ranger that sank off the Aleutian Islands believed the vessel was unsafe, and that their employer delayed making needed repairs, a survivor told ABC News.

Time running out to buy Ice Classic tickets
FAIRBANKS - Time is running out for anyone wishing to take a chance at winning this year's Nenana Ice Classic jackpot.

Celebrate spring with a fresh attitude
"Isn't it great to be alive?!" That's what my priest exclaimed on Easter Sunday. We all just looked at him at first, but after he repeated himself a few times, I realized, it truly is great to be alive! Yes, yes, of course I always knew it. We all do, but we don't always feel that way, do we? It's good sometimes to acknowledge things - positive things - things we may sometimes forget.

Synch duo to give swan song
It's been a long road for Juneau's decorated synchronized swimmers.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

The art of rock 'n' Troll
A uniquely Alaskan sound has spawned from the mind's eye of artist Ray Troll after incubating in the depths of Ketchikan's musical ecosystem for the last couple of years.

Town in shock grieves for family
In a town still in shock over allegations that an 18-year-old man stabbed four people to death and tried to kill another earlier this week, friends and relatives contrasted the gruesome deaths with descriptions of the victims' kind and generous spirits.

Abbott charged with four counts of murder
Jason Abbott was arraigned Tuesday in Sitka Court on four counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, the day after police say the 18-year-old Sitka man stabbed four people to death, including his grandparents, and injured his aunt.

New education funding scheme signed into law
Gov. Sarah Palin has quietly signed into law the biggest rewrite of the state's education funding system in a decade, despite hints that she might veto the package.

Eli Lilly to pay $15 million to settle Alaska lawsuit over drug Zyprexa
Eli Lilly and Co. and Alaska announced a $15 million settlement Wednesday in the state's lawsuit over the use of the drug Zyprexa in its Medicaid program.

Ice seals to be studied for possible ESA listing
A federal agency announced Wednesday it would consider Endangered Species Act protections for ribbon seals in the Bering Sea, plus three other seal species that rely on sea ice for survival.

Fairbanks company to test wind energy in Delta Junction
A Fairbanks-based company is working to prove that a location in Delta Junction is ideal for a wind farm to add electricity into the Alaska Railbelt grid.

Photo: Seeking support
Diane Benson, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress, speaks during a fundraiser Wednesday at a Juneau home. Benson is trying to earn her party's nomination to face longtime incumbent Republican Rep. Don Young in the general election this fall.

Orthodox Church reinstates bishop
KODIAK - The Orthodox Church in America's Holy Synod of Bishops has withdrawn the mandatory leave of absence for Alaska diocese leader Bishop Nikolai Soraich.

House OKs changes to predator control laws
The state House on Wednesday approved Gov. Sarah Palin's bill to streamline state game laws.

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