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.
Libraries feature amazing new nonfiction for kids, adults
There are lots of amazing new nonfiction books on a huge variety of topics for kids and adults who read with them at the Juneau Public libraries.
'Wicked City' just as good as 'White Shadow'
"Wicked City" (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 336 pages, $24.95), by Ace Atkins: The Atkins family's criminal history was a source of shame, something spoken of in whispers after the children fell asleep. But for Ace Atkins, crime reporter turned mystery novelist, it's "a point of pride."
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.
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.
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.
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.
State legislation worth supporting
The House of Representatives Finance Committee should schedule House Bill 106 and repeal the studded tire tax.
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.
Enjoy view before cruise ships come
Well, with less than a month to go before the cruise ships start arriving, I'd like to encourage people to get outside and enjoy our beautiful clean and clear air while they can.
Withholding sales tax is wrong
I am writing to you on the latest sales tax issues. How could businesses get so far behind on the sales tax?
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.
Framer of Alaska's constitution
Those who knew Judge Thomas Stewart describe him as an avid outdoorsman, decorated veteran, devoted family man, savvy politician, respected judge and champion of the arts.
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.
City can't tax mines on ore due to law
How Juneau assesses mine taxes is very different from how it's done in most other parts of the country, according to Donald Ross, a geologist and mine appraiser who consulted on mine appraisals for the city in the past.
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.
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.
200 registered sex offenders living in Juneau
Last month Alaska State Troopers registered nine sex offenders living in Juneau and filed charges against one offender for not letting officials know where he actually lived, as the law requires.
Jeep rolls over after man allegedly huffs while driving
A Jeep rolled over on Egan Drive on Thursday after the driver, who had allegedly been "huffing" from an aerosol can, lost control north of the Nugget Mall intersection, police said.
Photo: Women's conference keynote
Tlingit artist and cultural teacher Florence Marks Sheakley delivers the keynote address Thursday during the Southeast Alaska Native Women's Conference at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:
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.
Today, April 4
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:
A headline on a story on the Juneau Empire's front page Thursday misidentified what project proposal had stalled in the Legislature. The headline should have read "Plan to build new offices for Anchorage legislators stalled."
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
'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.
Eaglecrest hosts 3rd Cabin Reunion Day
Even at 90 years old, longtime Juneau skier Dean Williams will participate in the upcoming 3rd Cabin Reunion Day celebration, honoring 40 years of rope tows on Douglas Island.
Part I: Rooster can't get a crow in during Cambodian wedding season
At 4 a.m., the reverberating hum of the cicadas is interspersed with the solo performances of frogs crooning in the early hours of morning. An occasional bat will let slip a squeal of delight as it dives down for a meal while geckos both in and out of the houses make their tell-tale clicking noise. Rats scurry across the corrugated metal roofs adding percussion to the nighttime serenade.
Buyarski speaks on trees and rootstalks
Thirty-one gardeners attended the March Master Gardener past-president lecture series talk on fruits and berries on March 18 at the Mendenhall Valley library. Ed Buyarski, past-president and multi-term board member, addressed the crowd and answered questions until after 9 p.m.
Mobile mammogram van to visit Kake
KAKE - The mobile mammogram van will visit Kake starting at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 21, with appointments running through the afternoon of Wednesday, April 23.
Class to sponsor Spirit of '87 Scholarship
JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas High School class of 1987 has created a scholarship, "Spirit of '87 Scholarship," aimed toward the students who obtain less-than-perfect grades but have the desire and drive to further their education beyond high school restrictions.
Bike club arranges Kids I safety class
SITKA - The Tlingít & Friends Bike Club is offering a free Kids I bicycle safety class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, at the Sitka Tribe of Alaska Main Building, 456 Katlian St.
University students organize Dog Walk
JUNEAU - Brandon Eells and Niki Menze, students in the University of Alaska Southeast's Humanities 120 class, taught by Ernestine Hayes and Lauralye Miko, will host the UAS Dog Walk starting at noon on April 12 at the Noyes Pavillion in the UAS parking lot. Eells and Menze chose this project because they care about the dogs in Juneau, and they want to make Juneau a better place for dogs to live.
Raven Correspondence to host open house
JUNEAU - Raven Correspondence School will host a homeschooling open house and informational session at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, at the Raven Office, 3141 Channel Drive, #100.
The Learning Connection offers scholarships
JUNEAU - The Learning Connection will offer up to five scholarships to recent GED graduates. Scholarships include opportunities to attend the University of Alaska Southeast and pursue training opportunities in computers and other office skills.
Hospice prepares for benefit 5K race
JUNEAU - Hospice and Home Care of Juneau is preparing for its third annual Heart of Hospice Run at 10 a.m. on April 26 at Salmon Creek Trail. Participants can run the 5K or walk the half-mile with family and friends on behalf of HHCJ and in partnership with the Southeast Roadrunners.
Thank you to the Snowmobile Club and Roughriders
Thanks again to the Juneau Snowmobile Club for setting track and providing transportation tfor skiers up to Spaulding Meadows March 15 and 16. Thank you also to the Juneau Roughriders ATV club for help transporting skiers up to the meadows. The Juneau Nordic Ski Club looks forward to more successful cooperation with the two groups.
Ghee: Rejuvenating, good for the eyes, with a high smoke point
A few weeks ago I extolled coconut oil as a healthy saturated fat. Today I want to discuss another saturated fat that has a long tradition of use as both food and medicine. That "healthy fat" is ghee, a "clarified" butter that has had milk solids and moisture removed.
Why does my cat do that?
Why does my cat butt his head against my shins when I come home?
Photo: Whoopi! Sweepstakes
Auke Bay Co-op Preschool recently won the "Whoopi! We're Reading! Sweepstakes," a national sweepstakes sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs, and will donate its prize of 1,000 books to Tlingit & Haida's Headstart program. Pictured are ABC Preschool students. Top row: Addy Mallott, Ava Pomajzl, Will Bartlett, Torsten Heavner, Camden Erickson and Blake Kohlin. Bottom Row: Keelan Cunningham, Eli Mead and Karin Helgesen.
Please pass the small green balls
Two months of learning a completely foreign language has been one of the most interesting and, in many cases, most demeaning experiences of my life.
Photo: Hockey hooray
The 2007-2008 Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team and Blue Line Club thanks its neighbors for all the support this season. With the community's financial support, encouragement and attendance, the Bears had a successful season, ending with a 12-9-1 record. Front row, from left are Robin Woodby, Zane Chapman, Logan Miller, Josh Mayer, Sam Post, Garrett Cheeseman, Matt Noreen, Cole Carnahan, Zander Hoke and Trevor Held. Back row from left are assistant coach Andy Bullick, head coach Dave McKenna, Nolin Ainsworth, John Carlson, Albert Svensson, Andrew Ainsworth, Kacy Carlson, Evan Wood, Nick Rutecki, Eric Verrelli, Chris Klawonn, Jake Eames, Chris Budbill, assistant coach Tom Rutecki and team manager Callie Conerton. Not pictured are Colton Good, Nick Mow, assistant coach Luke Adams.
Alaska Raptor Center names Reeder as executive director
SITKA - Debbie Reeder was named executive director of the Alaska Raptor Center by the not-for-profit's board of directors.
Alaskans make April Bear Awareness Month
JUNEAU - While bears can be active year-round, spring is the time of year when most bears are beginning to emerge from their dens throughout Alaska. In some areas around the state, bears have already been observed, a sign that more bears will soon be waking and out looking for food.
Barbara A. Bogert-Taylor
Longtime Juneau resident Barbara A. Bogert-Taylor died April 1, 2008, in Juneau. She was 74.
Rebecca Ann Kristjanson
Douglas resident Rebecca Ann Kristjanson died March 31, 2008, in Juneau. She was 39.
Former longtime Juneau resident Raymond L. Landingham died March 30, 2008, in Moses Lake, Wash. He was 76.
Barbara A. Bogert-Taylor
Longtime Juneau resident Barbara A. Bogert-Taylor died April 1, 2008, in Juneau. She was 74.
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.
Local column: Fight the cycle of domestic violence
This week I attended a legal-training seminar in Anchorage sponsored by the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault.
My Turn: KTOO strives to serve state, improve service
The Empire story titled "Network cuts back Capitol broadcasting" on April 2 raised some important questions about Gavel to Gavel Alaska and 360 North.
Alaska editorial: Remember safety on Alaska waters
The following editorial first appeared in the Peninsula Clarion:
Alaska editorial: Lawmakers will have little time for informed natural gas line choice
This editorial appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:
Groups attempt to halt port expansion
ANCHORAGE - Three groups are working together in an effort to halt the massive Port of Anchorage expansion.
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.
Small fire in Behrends attic
JUNEAU - Capital City Fire and Rescue quickly extinguished an attic fire Thursday morning at 141 Behrends Ave.
Anchorage election had low turnout
ANCHORAGE - A look at this week's citywide election in Anchorage shows that voter turnout was low.
Alaska Railroad says it had a banner year
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Railroad Corp. released its annual report on Thursday.
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.
Date set for cottage housing appeal
JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly on Thursday set May 19 as the date to hear both parties' arguments in the formal appeal of the Juneau Planning Commission's decision to grant Bicknell Inc. permits for a three-phase cottage housing development on Back Loop Road.
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.
Judge throws out murder charge
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks judge threw out a murder charge against a man with a history of mental illness.
Kodiak woman indicted on theft charges
ANCHORAGE - A 43-year-old Kodiak woman was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges she stole money from the government.
Trial date set for Washington
JUNEAU - A tentative trial date for Aaron Washington is set for June 2 in Juneau Superior Court.
JDHS, Ferris battle to 2-2 draw
One of the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team's biggest weapons this year isn't a big leg or an accurate head - it's a pair of arms.
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
Sports in Juneau
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.
Governor extends olive branch with vetoes
Gov. Sarah Palin signed a hotly disputed state supplemental budget bill Thursday, using her line-item veto pen to strike more than 80 percent of $70 million in capital projects that were inserted by lawmakers.
Legislature mulls big bet for big debt
Is it possible to borrow your way out of debt?
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.
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.
Former stripper faces harsh murder sentence
During two murder trials in Alaska, most of the focus was on a beautiful ex-stripper with a reputation for charming men into giving her their hearts as well as furs, jewelry and money.
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.
This Day in History
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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