Thursday, April 3, 2008

World-roaming singer/songwriter calls Juneau home
When asked where home is, singer and author Dao Strom - whose roaming life began as a tot in Vietnam - tells a parable of a woman who, denied shelter in a village, is grateful for the rejection after finding peace under a full moon in the woods.

'Cost of War to Alaska' exhibit on display April 7-9
"Eyes Wide Open: The Cost of War to Alaska," a war casualties exhibition, will be on display from April 7 to 9 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, located at 350 Whittier St. A "simple" opening ceremony is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 7.

Marlintini's to host 'Sin City 1' April 5; cash prize offered
Marlintini's Lounge will host "Sin City 1" from 9 p.m. to close on Saturday, April 5. Described as "Little Vegas," inside the bar, owner Ethan Billings said he hopes to make it a monthly event.

UAS to host sustainability Spring Forum on April 5
The University of Alaska Southeast Spring Forum will be held in the Egan Lecture Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 4. This year's theme is "Sustainability and Juneau Energy," in conjunction with the International Polar Year. The event is free and open to the public.

Landscape Alaska moves to Lemon Creek
JUNEAU - In the middle of winter, a local landscaping business dug up 500 trees, took its greenhouses apart and rebuilt them to move its office to the Costco area of Lemon Creek.

Marketing series examines brochures
JUNEAU - "The Elements of Good Brochure Design" is the topic for Friday's Brown Bag Marketing Series presentation, noon to 1 p.m. at the downtown library.

What's Happening
Hooligan calendar of events: Thursday, April 3 through Wednesday, April 9.

Embark on a culinary exploration of the New World
Several years ago I began a tabletop publication aimed at educating my customers on the foods they enjoyed eating. It was called "About The Menu" and contained fun facts explaining the origins of certain foods, foods that were uncommon in Juneau eateries, the history of specific customs, and so on. It was great fun to research and I believe a few people even enjoyed the content. During my research I found to my surprise and delight that many of my favorite items to cook with originated in the New World (North America, Central America, also known as Mesoamerica, and South America).

A friendly game of 'liquor store archaeology' unearths potable treasures
My brother Tyler and I sometimes play a game we call Liquor Store Archaeology. The aim is to make a pith-helmeted visit to older, neglected liquor stores, the sort of family-owned shops that perhaps were once prosperous and now do business mainly in pint-size flasks or liters of cheap wine or beer by the can. Inside, we scour the dark bottom shelves and dank back corners of the place, looking for forgotten bottles of spirits that have been languishing, perhaps for decades.

Man sets up book-search program based on writing styles
Aaron Stanton, founder of the Web site CanGoogleHearMe.com, was tired but happy this Monday morning.

See through Juneau road confusion
Thanks to Sen. Kim Elton for attempting to shed some light on the driveway-to-a-new-ferry-terminal project. (In terming the project "The Juneau Road," people seem to forget that new boats and ferry terminals are critical links in the current plan.)

Fight airborne predator hunting
On March 27, the state House passed House Bill 256, Gov. Sarah Palin's bill, which allows for no science-based, same-day airborne hunting of wolves and bears and opens the doors to game-farming in Alaska. It also allows the lieutenant governor to remove Alaska's ballot measure to vote again on aerial hunting, thus taking Alaskans' right to vote away.

State legislation worth supporting
The House of Representatives Finance Committee should schedule House Bill 106 and repeal the studded tire tax.

Stakeholders value partnership
I'm writing to urge University of Alaska Southeast and Juneau School District to explore all options before terminating the agreement that has allowed the Juneau-Douglas High School automotive program to work in the UAS Marine Technology Center.

In downtown Juneau, park legally and pray
The parking areas on either side adjacent to Merchants' Wharf are private - not public - property. Illegally parked vehicles will be removed or disabled.

Predator control legislation out of line
I was disappointed to learn that House Bill 256 was recently approved by the Legislature. A companion bill, Senate Bill 176, is moving through the Senate.

Band hits high note
Fresh off of winning an award in Hawaii last month, Juneau-Douglas High School band director Ken Guiher isn't letting his students slack off.

Police: Cocaine came from Oregon, N.Y.
Authorities claim that pounds of cocaine imported for Aaron Washington's and Vonnie Williams' alleged drug distribution partnership came from Oregon and New York and date back as far as 2003.

Photo: Blood drive taking place
Mark Miller, left, donates blood Wednesday at the University of Alaska Southeast campus. Tia Blackmore of the Blood Bank of Alaska draws his blood. The bank will continue its blood drive today and Friday at the Federal Building.

Montessori program moving to Marie Drake
The Juneau School District's Montessori program is moving to the Marie Drake building next school year, the Juneau School Board decided Tuesday.

Empire's managing editor resigns
Juneau Empire Managing Editor Lori Thomson has resigned from her position to start a family.

Photo: Memorial urges Juneau to kick butts
Melissa Museth reads an entry on a memorial wall Wednesday in the Dimond Courthouse courtyard. The memorial depicted people who died from causes related to cigarette smoking. It was set up for Kick Butts Day, a day dedicated to encouraging youth to take action against tobacco use. The event in Juneau was sponsored by Teens Against Tobacco Usage.

Around Town
Today

Group turns out to plead autoshop's case
About 20 students, parents and teachers showed up at the Juneau School Board's Tuesday meeting to show support for the school district's automotive technology classes.

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

Photo: This gives you wings?
A raven looks at an empty can of Red Bull on Monday on North Franklin Street. The bird pulled out garbage from a garbage can and for its efforts netted an empty can.

Photo: Spring cleaning
Alaska Department of Transportation employee Jon Marshall operates an excavator with a giant weed wacker attached to it as he cuts down brush Tuesday along Egan Drive. DOT will be clearing roadside brush at several locations in Juneau.

Correction
A story describing how the U.S. Forest Service is reviewing regulations on helicopter landings on the Juneau Icefield incorrectly stated that there were 20,000 landings last year, out of an allowed 22,000. The actual number of landings was 17,000. The original and corrected numbers were both supplied by Tetra Tech EC, the Forest Service contractor studying the issue.

Around Town
Today

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

Correction
In a Tuesday article on Juneau businesses that were delinquent in paying their city taxes, a sidebar incorrectly stated which owner of Vito & Nick's had not paid sales tax. The past owner of the business, Donna Kohler, is responsible for the delinquent sales tax, according to city staff. The sales tax debt was assumed before Joanna and Andrew Fairchild bought the business.

Historical soap opera better on TV
The oversexed soap opera that history remembers as "The Tudors" migrates from Showtime, the natural home to the sordidly sexual, to the big screen in "The Other Boleyn Girl."

Pair of aces keeps '21' from busting out
"21" has several things working in its favor. First, any story about folks figuring out a way to beat Vegas has automatic appeal to anyone that's been to Vegas and promptly lost his or her shirt, i.e. everybody that's ever been to Vegas.

Juneau's Cinema guide
OPENING

'Sweeney Todd' shaves the day on DVD
'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street'

Slow Gun Runner's got the feeling
Niki Skeek holds the microphone with her right hand and moves her left one through the air, her fingers together, making a point. Her eyes are closed. Her feet are a foot apart, one forward, one behind. She throws her head back and belts out the lyrics, "Slow gun runner come up from Mexico, he's got a lot to carry, but he don't know what's in his load."

Yes, men can belly dance too!
Recently I was fortunate enough to have a new student attend my belly dance class. In the nearly seven years that I have been teaching, it was only the second time that a male student had attended my class. I have taught demonstration workshops for various organizations or events where men participated, but only once before did a man attend one of my regular classes.

Juneau Symphony to play two shows April 5 and 6
The Juneau Symphony will play two shows of its spring concert with guest conductor Brian Stone this weekend at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 6.

Summer Russian culture festival announced
The Alaska-Siberia Research Center has announced it is organizing and coordinating a "Festival of Russian Culture 'White Nights'" this summer in Juneau, sponsored by the Russian Federation Embassy in Washington, D.C. and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The festival is scheduled to be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, in Marine Park. The event is free and open to the public.

Juneau libraries to get folky
The Juneau Public Library will host a couple of musical events in conjunction with the 34th annual Alaska Folk Festival.

'Accelerate' signals return to greatness for R.E.M.
The secret to success for R.E.M., like all great rock bands, is balance.

Black Keys channel Ike Turner on 'Attack & Release'
Fans of the Black Keys expecting another trip to a Mississippi juke joint with their latest release are instead headed to a Memphis R&B lounge.

Science Fair keeps growing
More than 140 projects were entered in the 16th annual Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair, held in conjunction with the University of Alaska's Experimental Discoveries in Geoscience Education program, on March 28 and 29 in the Marie Drake gymnasium. But only two individuals and one team will get to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Augusta, Ga., this year.

Thanks for donating to the Coast Guard auction
The Juneau Coast Guard Military and Family Association's 20th Annual March Charity Auction Committee would like to sincerely thank the following businesses for their donations to the auction. We would also like to express our gratitude and appreciation to those who attended this event and made it such a success! With your support this year's auction raised more than $10,000 to provide Juneau's non-profit organizations with grant funds.

Thanks for grooming Spaulding Meadows
I want to thank the Juneau Snowmachine club and the Juneau Nordic ski club for the grooming of Spaulding Meadows on the weekend of March 15 and 16.

Thank you from the family of Lori Jo Hall
Perhaps you sent a lonely card, or sat quietly in a chair. Perhaps you sent a floral piece. If so, we saw it there.

Thanks for assisting Early Scholars Program
The Juneau-Douglas High School Early Scholars Program would like to give the warmest thank you to Gold Medal, the Lion's Club and all the volunteers that assisted us in our fundraising efforts this week. Your continued support of our program helps our young people achieve their dreams of attending college, while exploring the United States as a part of our college-ready program.

Thanks for supporting my sister, our family
My sister, Evelyn Richardson, passed away on March 5, 2008. I would like to thank the following: Juneau Empire, Kiny Radio, the staff at Juneau Pioneer Home, Church of God, Pastor Green, Pastor Jerry Bennett, Pastor Rose, Mr. and Mrs. Ignell, Sandy and Mike Tagaban, Angie and Patrick Johnson, the honorary pall bearers and pall bearers, the people that prepared the food, Alaskan Memorial Park Mortuary, the donations and everyone involved.

Emo seeks recipes for eggs, ham
Looking for a lost, forgotten recipe, or wish you had recipe? Ask Auntie Emo and let our readers help.

Pets of the week: Sweet, pretty, playful cats, dog seek homes
Howie is a sweet little scaredy cat who needs his teddy bear for safety. He is a sweet 6-year-old who would love to find a family that would check for monsters under his bed each night. Howie is neutered, microchipped and waiting for you at the Gastineau Humane Society.

Widowed Persons Program hosts brunch
JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons Program wiill hold its monthly brunch at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 6, at Capital Café in the Baranof Hotel.

Douglas-Dornan Foundation Grants
JUNEAU - The Douglas-Dornan Foundation is accepting applications for grants for the 2008 grant cycle until June 1. The Foundation offers grants to organizations that benefit and enhance the health, education and welfare of Southeast Alaskans. The Douglas-Dornan Foundation was established in honor of Brian Douglas and Wythe Dornan upon their death in 1993.

Studded tires prohibited April 15 to Sept. 30
JUNEAU - The Juneau Police Department reminds residents that the use of studded tires on city streets is prohibited from April 15 to Sept. 30.

Family of Susan George to hold fundraiser
JUNEAU - Family and friends of Susan George, a cancer patient currently in Seattle undergoing treatment, are hosting an all-you-can-eat spaghetti feed and silent auction from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on April 5 at the Moose Family Center.

Bureau announces sixth annual Travel Fair
JUNEAU - The Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau announces the sixth annual Travel Fair, to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Nugget Mall.

Thanks to workplace partners from BBBS
Big Brothers Big Sisters would like to recognize and thank some very special friends, our Juneau workplace partners. These are businesses, agencies and organizations that play a critical role in the success of our program because they allow their employees an hour a week during the workday to volunteer as Big Brothers and Big Sisters in Juneau schools.

Barbara A. Bogert-Taylor
Longtime Juneau resident Barbara A. Bogert-Taylor died April 1, 2008, in Juneau. She was 74.

Raymond Landingham
Former longtime Juneau resident Raymond L. Landingham died March 30, 2008, in Moses Lake, Wash. He was 76.

My turn: Divest from companies in Sudan
I am writing this column in support of Senate Bill 227, which calls for divestment of Alaska Permanent Fund Investments in Sudan.

My turn: Prescription drug abuse can kill
I am writing in concern of an increasing epidemic in Juneau, as well as the rest of the nation. The epidemic I am talking about is youth abusing prescription drugs such as OxyContin and oxycodone.

Alaska editorial: Remember safety on Alaska waters
The following editorial first appeared in the Peninsula Clarion:

My turn: To mix or not to mix, that is the question
Last week, the Department of Environmental Conservation's new cruise ship permit hit the streets. John Binkley, the industry's full-time Alaska spokesman, has been busy complaining about the permit's burdensome requirements.

Outside editorial: Candidates must confront crisis in housing, finance
The following editorial first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News:

Native Sisterhood to host Conference
JUNEAU - Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 2 will host the Southeast Native Women's Conference today through Saturday at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall in Juneau.

Judge throws out murder charge
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks judge threw out a murder charge against a man with a history of mental illness.

Governor signs causeway bill into law
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin signed a bill into law that creates the Fort Rousseau Causeway Park in Southeast Alaska.

Palin throws support behind Darfur bill
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin's administration signaled support Tuesday for the Legislature to order the divestment of Alaska's public funds from Sudan, where thousands of people have died in the Darfur region.

Record number of PFD applications expected
JUNEAU - Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend officials are expecting a record number of applications for this year's payout.

Billings engineering, Alaska firm merge
BILLINGS, Mont. - A Billings engineering firm that does mainly highway and other government projects has merged with an Alaska firm after the two companies talked about working on airport projects together.

New chairlift bidding delayed for a week
JUNEAU - The bid opening for contractors seeking to build Eaglecrest Ski Area's new mid-mountain chairlift was delayed for a week on Wednesday, according to ski area Manager Kirk Duncan.

Wolves killed after protection removed
LANDER, Wyo. - Wyoming hunters and ranchers killed at least three gray wolves within the first three days of the animals' removal from the federal endangered species list, local and state wildlife officials said.

Accused Army deserter arrested
PALMER - Alaska State Troopers say they found a Tennessee man wanted by the U.S. Army for desertion.

Interior picks up challengers for seats
FAIRBANKS - Lawmakers in Alaska's Interior will have some challengers come this fall.

Scout rescued after snowmachine mishap
WASILLA - An 11-year-old boy was cold and wet but OK after his snowmachine got stuck during a Boy Scout outing near Denali State Park over the weekend.

Construction to begin on sewer, water line
JUNEAU - Construction will begin on the Fourth Street sewer and water line replacement project in Douglas on Monday and continue until May 3.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Boys soccer team wins first of four
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team defeated one of the top four high school soccer teams in the Spokane, Wash., league on Wednesday. They face the another today.

Alaska Litho Hopsters are 13-1 in co-ed volleyball
Juneau Parks & Recreation

First Friday artist gets rowdy with ravens
In Evon Zerbetz's new exhibit opening at the Alaska State Museum, the Ketchikan artist presents a number of whimsical questions about ravens, including whether they prefer cheese puffs, potato chips or French fries.

Plan to build new offices for Anchorage legislators stalled
Bills calling for construction of a new Anchorage office building for lawmakers are stalled in both houses of the Alaska Legislature and appear dead, said Sen. Kim Elton, D-Juneau, on Wednesday.

Network cuts back Capitol broadcasting
Juneau's public broadcasting station KTOO-TV is trying to develop a new statewide C-SPAN-style statewide network, but some Juneau advocates worry it's at the expense of coverage of the Capitol.

Dog-snowmachine collisions raise trail safety questions
One dog died this year after being hit by a snowmachine on the Iditarod Trail. Another was critically injured in the All Alaska Sweepstakes when Lance Mackey's team was rear-ended by a snowmachine.

Legislators, Palin battle over need for in-state gas use
Legislators are asking Gov. Sarah Palin to expand her call for a June special session to include finding a faster way to get cheap natural gas to Alaskans, but Palin said her administration is already doing that.

Abbott transferred to Anchorage
A preliminary hearing in the case of Jason Abbott, an 18-year-old accused of stabbing his grandparents, his aunt and her boyfriend to death, was scheduled for Friday in Sitka.

Senate approves $1.8 billion budget
The state Senate on Wednesday approved a $1.8 billion capital budget, and sent it to the House Finance Committee for its review.

Study: Rural Natives suffer serious respiratory infections
ANCHORAGE - A study finds that Alaska Natives living in the Bush in homes without running water suffer much higher rates of serious respiratory infections, including pneumonia.

Squabble over capital spending continues into next year's budget
The state capital budget introduced Tuesday on the Senate floor is irresponsible and falls short of meeting basic government needs, Gov. Sarah Palin said.

Photo: Nice catch
Tom Stafford, skipper of the Infinite Glory, gives the thumbs up after a third day of unloading his herring catch Friday in Sitka.

Judge sentences Linehan to 99 years in murder plot
ANCHORAGE - A former stripper-turned-soccer-mom convicted of plotting to kill her former fiance 12 years ago was sentenced Wednesday to 99 years in prison.

Shively will head Pebble Partnership
ANCHORAGE - The Pebble Partnership, a group formed last summer to increase support for developing a huge copper and gold deposit near salmon-rich Bristol Bay, announced Wednesday that John Shively will head the partnership.

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