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Friday, April 3, 2009

New adult fiction has arrived at the library
Here's some new fiction for adult readers to keep you busy while you're waiting for the newest Dana Stabenow, M.C. Beaton, Robert Parker, or Earl Emerson (all newly arrived this week, too).

ARTS & CULTURE CALENDAR
ART, EVENTS & PERFORMANCE

A theater of place
While conducting interviews around the state for Perseverance Theatre's latest production, "8 Stars of Gold," co-playwrights Ryan Conarro and Maia Nolan found that although Alaskans may defy simple categorization, one word that definitely does not describe them is "dull."

'Monsters' doesn't disappoint
One would think that eventually, a highly touted animated film from DreamWorks would fail to meet expectations.

First Friday exhibits include Patrice Helmar's photography
Patrice Helmar was born among photographs and photographers. Her late father, Paul, was the owner of Juneau Photo Works and Helmar grew up in its darkroom. Her mother, Kim Metcalfe, studied photography in Seattle and has also been a source of creative inspiration to her daughter.

Ein Deutches Requiem
According to ninth-year Juneau Symphony orchestra conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett, Johannes Brahms' German Requiem technically isn't a requiem at all.

Kane to give lecture at state museum
The Alaska State Museum will host a public lecture and presentation by Jeremy Kane, assistant professor of art at the University of Alaska Southeast, on his exhibit of ceramic art currently on display at the museum.

Deering and Down to play two shows
Deering and Down is scheduled to play two shows this weekend, one at 9 p.m. Friday at the Alaskan Hotel & Bar, and the other at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Island Pub.

Student artist Callahan Croteau
Grade: Kindergarten

Children's author to appear at library
Writer, storyteller and director Bruce Coville will give a presentation at 7 p.m. Saturday at the downtown library.

Honky-Tonk Habit to play at the Red Dog
Honky-Tonk Habit will play live, real country music from 9 p.m. unitl midnight Friday at the Red Dog Saloon.

Alaska Youth Choir to hold dinner
The Alaska Youth Choir will hold its annual tour fundraising dinner at 7 p.m. April 4 at the Moose Lodge, Dinner will be prepared by Larainne Derr, owner of Chez Sante Cooking School, and her crew of chefs. Wine will be provided with dinner by Specialty Imports. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Darfur divestment legislation stalled
Last year, the Empire published an editorial, "Alaska should divest to help fight genocide." The Empire's strong words to the Legislature made an important conclusion: "We think the answer is clear. Alaska should not fund genocide in Sudan, directly or indirectly." We desperately need the Empire to speak out again.

Slow is the way to go
I just had the experience of being weathered out of Juneau thanks to a little too much volcanic ash from up north. Facing the possibility of overnighting in Ketchikan for a couple (or more) extra nights or taking a ride on the Alaska Marine Highway, I chose the latter. I am glad I did.

It's time to make it up to Ted Stevens
The state Republican party is obligated to former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens and to the voters of this state to demand a special election. Alaska's Senate seat was stolen under false pretenses by the national Democratic party, which pumped millions of dollars into the state to falsely smear Stevens.

ABC ad promotes misinformation
In Monday's edition of the Juneau Empire, the Anchorage- based chapter of an Outside special interest contracting group, the Associated Builders and Contractors, ran an advertisement with a picture of a woman who was not likely a Juneau resident urging people to call Juneau Assembly members about their alleged wasting of money by utilizing Project Labor Agreements on local public construction projects.

Sealaska wants to set record straight
This is a response to a letter to the editor in Wednesday's Juneau Empire from a Sealaska shareholder who is running for a seat on the corporation's Board of Directors. We recognize that the Empire lacks the resources and ability to check the facts represented in every letter it publishes, so we take this opportunity to set the record straight.

Article helps expose greed in government
Thank you for the excellent coverage on Feb. 27 regarding the expenses of Gov. Sarah Palin on the campaign trail. I note that four diverse sources formed the basis of this exposé.

Palin's reasons seem transparent
Gov. Sarah Palin is living up to at least one of her campaign promises - transparency in government. Tim Grussendorf's appointment to fill Kim Elton's Senate seat would be laughably transparent if it weren't so serious. Maybe it went something like this:

Senate Democrats reject Grussendorf
Senate Democrats have rejected the appointment of Tim Grussendorf by Gov. Sarah Palin to Juneau's lone Senate seat.

Democrats submit new Senate names
Juneau Democratic party leaders provided Gov. Sarah Palin with a list of four names of Democrats they think would be acceptable for appointment to Juneau's lone, and vacant, Senate seat.

Have a Safe trip
In a small room in downtown Juneau's Centennial Hall, pilot Howard Shepherd flew over Misty Fjords.

Diocese of Juneau installs new bishop
Hundreds of people gathered Thursday afternoon at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church to witness and participate in the installation of the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Juneau.

One building could hold multiple schools
The Juneau Montessori School, Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School and possibly the Juneau Community Charter School may all be housed in the Marie Drake building downtown after major renovations at Harborview Elementary School are completed this summer.

Cruise ship compromise passes House
A compromise bill on cruise ship wastewater discharge is heading to the state Senate - with support from both cruise lines and water quality advocates, who have fought over the issue for years.

Photo: Buoy duty
Crew members from the Coast Guard Cutter Elderberry, a 65-foot inland buoy tender, placed 18 buoys Wednesday in the Gastineau Channel. The Juneau Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla assisted the Elderberry by towing buoys with personal watercraft in areas where it was not safe for the cutter to navigate the channel. The buoys are set to help guide watercraft through the channel.

Photo: Catching sunrays
Roy Holm plays a ceramic drum after sanding it in the sunshine on the corner of Seward and Second streets downtown. Holm was making the drum at The Canvas Community Art Studio and Gallery but took advantage of the weather Wednesday to work outside.

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

Photo: Signs of spring
A melting snow berm reveals a truck on the edge of the Costco parking lot. Costco employees said a Yakutat man left the truck last fall. Winter came and the truck stayed put. The employees said the truck will be towed as soon as the berm melts.

Around Town
Today

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

Around Town
Today

Anna May Benson-Barnes
Former Ketchikan resident Anna May Benson-Barnes died March 28, 2009, while visiting her daughter in Colorado Springs. She was 77.

Dorothea M. Forrest
Dorothea M. Forrest died Dec. 17, 2008, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. She was 80.

Charles DeBoer
Longtime Juneau educator Charles DeBoer died March 29, 2009, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home. He was 90.

Outside editorial: Shocking reversal says more about Justice Department
Ted Stevens should be jumping for joy. The Justice Department this week announced that it would ask a judge to dismiss the conviction of the former Republican senator, who was tried last year on charges of failing to report hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of gifts from an Alaska oil services firm and its former chief executive, among others.

Alaska editorial: Activists take a radical stand against dog races
As this winter's sled dog racing nears an end, it once again is escorted to a close by howls of protest from animal rights activists such as the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Stimulus spending departs from world views of the past
Lately, Alaskans have been actively debating our economic situation and how to improve things. At the state, national and global levels, we face tough challenges, and governments around the world are considering how to respond with the tools at their disposal. Specifically, Gov. Sarah Palin was sharply criticized upon announcing she was even considering not taking every cent available to Alaska under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Song, dance, movies helped bail us out of the Depression
Many were surprised that the final stimulus legislation signed by President Barack Obama preserved a $50-million increase in arts funding that had been the subject of a heated battle in Congress. Although it amounted to only a fraction of the measure's total cost, it had become the target of conservatives, many of whom consider the arts frivolous, elitist and, frankly, left-wing. They showed their disdain in February when they pushed for - and passed - a Senate amendment ruling out stimulus funds for museums, arts centers and theaters.

School lunch needs a stimulus bill
Tens of billions of dollars in public money to Bank of America and Citigroup.

Relationship violence should be treated as more than a source of celebrity gossip
When a pop star or actress is the victim of relationship violence, everyone pays attention. Yet, domestic, dating and other types of violence are issues too important to be discussed only when they involve a celebrity. Girls and women suffer violence at the hands of a family member or significant other every day. In 2007, a national survey found that 9 percent of all high school young women reported being victims of physical dating violence within the previous 12 months. I know firsthand how scary this can be and how having the right education and resources can change these statistics.

Gov. Palin defends comment on bridge
KETCHIKAN - There is no "nowhere" in Alaska, according to Gov. Sarah Palin.

Gottschalks to begin liquidation sale today
FRESNO, Calif. - Department store chain Gottschalks Inc. announced that it will conduct a court-ordered bankruptcy liquidation sale beginning today.

House to debate parental consent
JUNEAU - The Alaska House will consider a bill requiring a teen younger than 17 to obtain her parents' consent to have an abortion.

Native groups oppose Ross appointment
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin's choice for attorney general has been unanimously rejected by at least two Alaska Native groups.

Anchorage, Homer, Kodiak added to cruise
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage, Homer and Kodiak have been added as destinations for the Holland America cruise ship Amsterdam next year.

Alaska exports down 11 percent in 2008
ANCHORAGE - Falling mineral prices underlie an 11 percent decline in the value of Alaska exports.

Oil tanker barred from loading oil
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Coast Guard said it prohibited a tanker in Valdez from loading oil after cracks were found in the 24-year-old vessel.

Museum announces director finalists
FAIRBANKS - Four finalists are vying for the position of director at the University of Alaska Museum of the North.

House approves parental consent bill
JUNEAU - The Alaska House has approved a bill requiring a teen younger than 17 to obtain her parent's consent to have an abortion.

Island Pub boils down Doc Water's
Matt Boline's goal with 13 seconds left in the first period broke open a 1-1 tie and kicked off a 4-0 Island Pub run Sunday, lifting his squad to a breezy 8-2 win over Doc Water's in Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier A action.

GSC swimmers finish 32nd at sectionals
Juneau-Douglas High School sophomore Josh Anderson doubled up on the competition last weekend, taking both the 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle titles at the Northwest Age Group Sectional Championships in Federal Way, Wash.

Glacier 10k, mile races run Saturday
If the recent barrage of sunlight has given you the early runner's itch - or even if you just want to make yourself feel good this summer - the Southeast Roadrunners are still accepting early registrations for Saturday's annual Glacier 10k and one-mile races.

Early birds stir spring fever in last chilly days
The cross-country skiing has been perfect - on the lake, in the campground, up at Eaglecrest - with lovely, powdery snow, comfortable winter temperatures and nice long days with lots of sunshine.

Jambaars Soccer hosts spring youth skills academy
Jambaars Youth Soccer Academy is hosting a spring indoor/outdoor soccer academy for 5-10 year old girls and boys from April 7-May 30 at Floyd Dryden outdoor field.

Photos: "Showtime" in Juneau
Dance revival: The Juneau-Douglas High School dance team performs a revival of their chair routine from the early 1990s during the group's Showtime performance Thursday night at the JDHS main gym. The team will perform just once more at its end-of-the-year Showtime performance tonight at 7 p.m. back at the JDHS gym.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Gov. Palin calls on Sen. Begich to resign seat
Gov. Sarah Palin said Thursday that Sen. Mark Begich should step down and run again for the Senate seat he won last fall. The governor said there was "undue influence" in the campaign in which long-time Sen. Ted Stevens was ousted.

Government seeks to reverse Ted Stevens' conviction
WASHINGTON - In a stunning reversal, the Justice Department on Wednesday moved to drop all charges against former Sen. Ted Stevens, saying his jury conviction for lying on financial disclosure forms to conceal gifts and home renovations was so riddled with impropriety it should be dismissed "in the interest of justice."

Stevens case may taint Alaska corruption probe
ANCHORAGE - Before the government's sudden move Wednesday to drop its case against former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, federal prosecutors were unbeatable on public corruption in Alaska.

Legislators praise Stevens, denounce prosecutors
Alaska legislators on Wednesday cheered House Majority Leader Kyle Johansen, R-Ketchikan, when he denounced the federal government and the prosecution of former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens after federal prosecutors moved to dismiss corruption charges against Stevens.

Alaska Pacific Bank finishes tough year
Alaska Pacific Bank lost money last year, its first year losing money in recent history.

Officials plan to draw down oil from tanks near Redoubt
ANCHORAGE - A plan is under way to draw down millions of gallons of oil stored in two tanks near Mount Redoubt, which has had 18 major eruptions in the last two weeks but has been relatively quiet in recent days.

Plea deal reached in Sitka killings
SITKA - A plea deal has been reached in the case of a 19-year-old Sitka man accused using a dagger to stab to death four people, including his grandparents.

What of Stevens' legacy?
WASHINGTON - For former Sen. Ted Stevens, legal vindication is not translating into a political one.

Senate passes state operating budget
JUNEAU - The Alaska Senate on Wednesday approved a $9.7 billion operating budget over warnings from minority members that the state's savings accounts could be depleted in a few years if spending is not reined in.

Justice Department's Public Integrity section questioned over Stevens dismissal
WASHINGTON - The dismissal of the government's case against former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is the latest blow to the reputation of the Justice Department's once-venerated Public Integrity section.

Photos: Welcoming new bishop
Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Papal Nuncio to the U.S., holds a T-shirt designed by Ketchikan artist Ray Troll. Burns will be named bishop during installation services at 3 p.m. today at the church.

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