Thursday, April 1, 2010

Alaska Folk Festival through the decades

'Familiar places': New paintings by Sue Kraft

JDU Fine Arts Camp registration begins

Vaudeville-style revue featured at Gold Town

JAHC grant, gallery applications available

Seward facility seeks art for public spaces

KTOO's Jeff Brown unleashes 'Real Alaskan' magazine

A rather lukewarm 'Hot Tub'

Certified Lunatic Tomas Kubinek to perform Tuesday at JDHS auditorium

Juneau Symphony welcomes spring with two youthful shows

33 Native cultural objects repatriated through Sealaska

First Friday openings include work by MK MacNaughton, Alan Munro

Newest kids books are now easier to spot on the library shelves

Trustees for Alaska harm Native villages
Successful tribal communities recognize that each member who claims to speak on behalf of that community do nothing but harm that community.

Fathers should have a say in abortion
A woman may have a right to her body, but a fetus is a man's child.

Board of Game needs more oversight
Barring a completely new administration, wildlife management in Alaska is in desperate need of greater legislative oversight for appointments to boards, commissioners and wildlife policy decision-making. Although such legislative power exists, it hasn't been used enough or effectively. It is time for legislators to step up their role of providing such oversight.

Acronyms reveal true meaning
Honesty is always demonstrated by what's done and happens, and not by what's said or promised. Here's a sample of words being used by dishonest citizens and politicians that, by subsequently revealed conduct and consequences, are actually mere acronyms:

Thane shooting victim in 'serious condition'
A 50-year-old Washington man was shot in the head Tuesday night at Thane Campground.

Halibut opening a wild ride
Commercial fishermen and local processors report a rocky start to the halibut season, with prices for fresh fish soaring to all-time highs, then softening under pricing resistance.

United Way offers diversity workshop
JUNEAU - Racism was identified as a community issue in the Compass II survey conducted through United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Travel industry scrambles for funding support
Tourism supporters in town for a three-day legislative fly-in spent Wednesday trying to regain support for marketing Alaska as a travel destination.

Icicle Seafoods donates $200,000 to UA
JUNEAU - Icicle Seafoods made a third donation of $200,000 in support of programs and scholarships at several University of Alaska campuses. The donation includes $85,000 to UAA's Institute of Social and Economic Research for the Icicle Fisheries Fund.

Historical Records Board adds three
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell appointed Bridget J. Burke, and reappointed Zachary Jones and Laura Samuelson, to the State Historical Records Advisory Board. The board, with at least nine members, is responsible for reviewing grant requests from historical, archival, research, governmental and academic organizations, and helps plan for statewide records management needs.

Parnell names two to Workforce Investment Board
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed Ken J. Peltier and Pearl A. Strub to the Alaska Workforce Investment Board. The board develops and manages a comprehensive state human resource investment system, and promotes an efficient integrated system of employment education and training programs to help provide Alaskans the skills necessary to thrive in the state's evolving economy.

Annual travel fair slated for April 10
JUNEAU - The eighth annual Juneau Travel Fair will be held April 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Nugget Mall.

Hospital names Bateman as Patient Access Services manager
Bartlett Regional Hospital announced that Sheila S. Bateman, CHAA, has been named manager of Patient Access Services.

Marching toward respect
One footstep was for Mary Williams and her lifetime restraining order against the father of one of her children.

Sen. Begich tells legislators Obama supports Alaska gasline
Sen. Mark Begich praised the Alaska Legislature and President Barack Obama on Wednesday for their efforts in developing Alaska's vast natural gas reserves.

Photo: In full bloom
Multi-colored crocuses are in full bloom on the southern exposure of Centennial Hall Wednesday.

Photo: Foraging the springtime underbrush
A robin searches through spring underbrush for food Sunday near the Mendenhall Glacier.

Fastenal opens Juneau location
National industrial supplier Fastenal will open a store in Lemon Creek next month.

Photos: Trumpeter swan sighting

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Leonora "June" Reyes
Juneau resident Leonora "June" Reyes died March 26, 2010, in Juneau. She was 42.

Kenneth Burnheart Johnson Jr.
Angoon resident Kenneth Burnheart Johnson Jr., well known by friends and family as "Phantom," died March 27, 2010, in Angoon. He was 25.

Spring cleaning in Juneau is not for the faint of heart
They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, but to me, this is an inapt metaphor. For one, lionizing a March as tame as 2010 has delivered a real slap in the face to the entire Panthera genus. Well, except maybe for that neutered, drugged-out lion they keep in the lobby of the MGM Grand Las Vegas, but even he'll maul a flamboyant Austrian trainer from time to time.

Sealaska Corp. is an Alaska Native institution, not a greedy corporation
I attended one of Sen. Lisa Murkowski's community meetings on the "Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization Act" in person and listened to several more online. I've also read many of the letters to the editor in the Juneau Empire. I've noticed an alarming trend in those who speak in opposition to the Haa Aaní Bill.

Performance scholarships will help improve schools
The Governor's Performance Scholarship proposal would award substantial postsecondary scholarships to Alaska students who take a challenging curriculum in high school and meet thresholds for performance on grades and tests. The scholarships would be used at Alaska institutions, both technical and academic.

Sever all ties with TransCanada
In July 2001, I drove my rental car into the village of Little Buffalo, capital of the Lubicon Cree Indian Nation in the vast boreal forest of northern Alberta. They fed me lunch and never gave me a bill. Elder Renee Jobin gave me a tour of their lands. I met Chief Bernard Ominayak. And I learned of a nation under siege.

Something rotten in Alaska
In a recent development that could almost be Shakespearean in plotline, Alaska's wildlife biologists have found themselves between a rock and a hard place: If they speak out, they will likely either be fired or find themselves transferred to a post in the Aleutian Islands. If they don't, a more internal personal purgatory may wreak havoc with them on down the line.

Outside editorial: End Haiti's despair
In March 1983, Pope John Paul II delivered a moving sermon in Haiti. Denouncing the "division, injustice, excessive inequality, degradation, misery, hunger and fear" he found in the Western Hemisphere's poorest country, the pontiff made an impassioned plea for change.

Daylight savings time bill will leave Alaska behind
While Juneau slept, apparently unaware, the Alaska House passed a bill to do away with daylight savings time in Alaska. Such a change would be harmful to the entire state, but it would be especially disastrous to Southeast Alaska.

Senators propose own head tax bill
JUNEAU - A Senate panel is proposing its own version of a reduction in Alaska's cruise ship passenger head tax.

State removes seniors from North Pole home
FAIRBANKS - The mayor of North Pole disagrees with the state's abrupt decision to close a local assisted-living center.

Palin backs Ward in Idaho's 1st DC race
BOISE, Idaho - Republican congressional contender Vaughn Ward has won an endorsement from a former vice presidential nominee.

House passes supplemental spending bill
JUNEAU - A $1.7 billion supplemental spending bill has passed the state House.

Marine from Aniak found dead
ANCHORAGE - A marine from the community of Aniak in western Alaska who was stationed at Camp Pendleton in California has died.

Scholar accused of fraud to change plea
ANCHORAGE - A former beauty queen and academic scholar accused of getting two Social Security numbers to obtain large student loans is changing her plea.

Senate panel passes bill separating oil, gas taxes
JUNEAU - Legislation changing Alaska's system of taxing oil and gas production together has cleared the Senate Finance Committee.

Scientist marks 50 years of federal service
ANCHORAGE - Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are commending a Juneau scientist for 50 years in federal fisheries research.

Anchorage lags in mailing census forms
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Census Bureau says Anchorage is lagging behind the rest of the country in mailing back census forms.

Corruption figure Bobrick released from probation
ANCHORAGE - Former Anchorage lobbyist Bill Bobrick, who pleaded guilty to bribery, has been released three months early from probation.

Avalanche slows traffic on Seward Highway
ANCHORAGE - The state Department of Transportation said an avalanche hit Alaska Railroad tracks along the Seward Highway at Mile 85.

Pre-application period open for Home Opportunity Program
JUNEAU - Housing First Inc. has been awarded additional HOP funding and is providing this notice of a limited pre-application period opening. There are funds available for three to four applicants receiving $20,000 to $30,000 in zero-interest home loans. The pre-application period will close April 7.

Begich announces Arctic field hearing
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich said there will be a congressional Arctic field hearing in Alaska this year.

Historical group takes steps to protect dunes
KENAI - Sand dunes at the mouth of the Kasilof River may get help from an unusual source.

Photo: Taku Oil wins Masters championship
This photo was taken March 17 at the conclusion of the Masters Basketball Association season. Four teams of Juneau residents make up the league for players 45 and older, with a 30-game season and a "Final Four" tournament. Taku Oil won the league championship and the tournament. The players pictured front row first from left are: Remond Henderson, Mike Bavard, Steve Houlihan, Kevin Casperson. Row two from left: Chris Carson, Roger Calloway, Steve Rice, Jeff Hansen and John Greely. Not pictured: Dale Hicks, Bruce Scandling, Mark Heard, Steve Bavard and Tom Findley.

Soccer Bears seek return to '08 form
The Juneau-Douglas boys' soccer team began its 2010 campaign hungry for a chance to compete for another state championship, and it just might have the horses to do it.

Juneau's Hurtte wins award
Juneau's Susana Hurtte received the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Scholar-Athlete award for the women's basketball team at the college's athletic awards banquet on March 6.

Senate narrowly OKs measure to expand Legislature
The Senate on Wednesday passed a measure that would let voters decide whether to add 12 seats to the Alaska Legislature.

Photo: Transferring the catch
Crew of the seiner Jean C. transfer their catch to a tender during the second opening of the Sitka Sound sac roe herringfishery Saturday near Middle Island in Sitka, Alaska. The seine fleet brought in an estimated 3,500 tons of herring, bringing the catch total to around 9,300 tons in the fishery, which has a guideline harvest level of 18,000 tons this year. Processors are paying $550 per ton of fish.

State to repay debt to itself
A combination of high oil prices and spending restraint has Alaska poised this year to do what few thought possible - repay billions the Legislature borrowed from the Constitutional Budget Reserve in recent years.

UAA researcher leads probe of contaminant
ANCHORAGE - A University of Alaska Anchorage researcher is leading a study into the effect of a chemical contaminant.

State, feds promise to cooperate after wolf kill
ANCHORAGE - Miscommunication between agencies is being blamed for the deaths of four research wolves that were shot and killed after venturing outside a federal preserve in northeast Alaska.

State lawmakers doubt chances for scholarship plan
A key piece of Gov. Sean Parnell's legislative agenda appears in jeopardy, with leading lawmakers casting doubt on the prospects for his $400 million merit scholarship program moving forward this session.

Judge refuses to drop charge in Palin hacking case
The man accused of hacking Sarah Palin’s e-mail in 2008 can be charged with trying to obstruct the investigation before it even started, a federal magistrate in Knoxville ruled Tuesday.

Interior Department nears offshore drilling decision
ANCHORAGE - The Interior Department is ready to announce its analysis and review of defects in a program covering lease sales off much of Alaska's coastline, including arctic waters, according to a legal filing Tuesday.

Begich, Murkowski continue health care debate
ANCHORAGE - Back home in Alaska, Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski continue to disagree about the health overhaul legislation.

Senate passes state operating budget
With Senate passage Tuesday of an $8.1 billion state operating budget, attention is shifting to what could be a more controversial spending plan - that for capital projects.

Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic heads to Yakutat
YAKUTAT - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and the Yakutat Community Health Center will host a special Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic on April 19-23.

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