Thursday, April 8, 2010

Schoenfeld act marks 30th year
The Empty Oil Barrel Band - headed by Ed Schoenfeld and featuring Peter Anderegg, Riley Woodford and Cam Byrnes - will be performing political parodies and other humorous numbers tonight starting at 7:30 p.m. at the 36th annual Alaska Folk Festival at Centennial Hall.

Juneau History Grant discussed at April Coffee & Collections
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is soliciting applications for the Juneau History Grant with their April Coffee & Collections presentation: "Preserving Juneau: The Juneau History Grant."

Photos: 36th Annual Alaska Folk Festival

K3's Ira Glass show tickets still available
Public radio star Ira Glass, host of "This American Life," will perform in Juneau on Tuesday, April 27, at Centennial Hall. The show will run from 7:30 to 9 p.m., and will include about 30 minutes of questions from the crowd.

Doc South, 'father of old-time and bluegrass' in Alaska, honored at AFF
This year's honored guest at the Alaska Folk Festival is Doc South, a fiddler widely regarded as the father of old-time and bluegrass music in the state.

'Clash of the Titans' falls flat
C an 3D take a movie from "okay" to "freaking amazing"? I cannot say for sure, because off the top of my head, I do not recall any movies I have even seen in 2D and then 3D. It is always one or the other. In Juneau, the decision is made for us in advance: 2D. "Clash of the Titans" might be a totally different experience in 3D.

Alaska on Paper
"Salmon in the Tongass: Life in Alaska's Tongass Rain Forest," edited by Amy Gulick, withillustrations by Ray Troll

Folk Festival music: You can take it with you (sort of)
When the strains of "Good Night Irene" fill Centennial Hall on Sunday night, fans and musicians all over town begin to go into aural withdrawal. But in some cases the festival spirit can be prolonged - at least in part. The CD table at the Alaska Folk Fest is filled with a variety of recordings, from current performers to past Folk Festival guest artists. This year it holds at least two brand new releases from local musicians, both featured in this year's festival lineup.

Perseverance looking for interns for 2010-2011 season
Perseverance Theatre is seeking highly trained interns for their 2010-2011 season. Interns are needed in the following areas: Artistic, technical direction (carpentry, electrics, paints, props), production management, stage management and arts management.

Photographer Ross to lecture at Alaska State Museum
Richard Ross, the juror for the "Alaska Positive" statewide photographic competition and exhibition, will discuss his own work and photographic experiences in a lecture at the Alaska State Museum at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 8. The starting time for the lecture has been moved up from 7 p.m. to accommodate those wishing to attend the Alaska Folk Festival.

Alaska Women's Lobby supports SB 13
Two years ago, Sen. Bettye Davis introduced a bill to raise the eligibility level for Denali KidCare from 175 percent to 200 percent of the federal poverty line (Senate Bill 13 - Medical Assistance Eligibility).

Test-week Olympics at Thunder Mountain
At Thunder Mountain High School, the week of the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam and Standards Based Assessments mean something else, too - time for cookie-decorating, pingpong and basketball competitions.

Student input sought for cultural center
A daycare center, traditional Tlingit and Haida food, and more classrooms are some of the suggestions Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School students have for a cultural center proposed downtown.

Alaska only state without seafood violations
JUNEAU - The National Conference on Weights and Measures announced March 29 the findings of a voluntary multi-state investigation, revealing significant overcharges due to incorrect package weights on some frozen seafood products. Of the seventeen states that participated in the investigation, only Alaska was found to have zero violations.

Lands bill meeting moved to April 19
JUNEAU - The date of a public meeting in Juneau on the Sealaska Lands Bill has been moved to April 19 to accommodate Tuesday's roundtable on forest planning.

Should we abolish Daylight Saving Time?
A move in the Legislature to do away with Daylight Saving Time in Alaska is getting push-back from the business community because it would place them further out of sync with the country's center of commerce on the East Coast.

Security company 'alarming' residents
A security company new to Juneau has alarmed residents this week, just not in the way it had hoped.

House extends salmon product development tax credit to 2015
JUNEAU - The Alaska State House unanimously passed House Bill 344 Wednesday, extending the Salmon Product Development Tax Credit through 2015.

Alaska Pacific Bank reports second year of losses
Alaska Pacific Bank has ended its second year in a row with a loss.

Photo: Unloading gravel
Gravel is unloaded at Northland Services Wednesday for AGGPRO asphalt and cement projects. According to General Manager Mike Highley one gravel barge, carrying roughly 8,000 tons ofgravel material, has arrived at Northland every two weeks for the last month-and-a-half.Northland Services unloads roughly 52 freight barges and eight gravel barges per year. Northland has 23 employees in Juneau, including three full-time operators and one part-time operator.

Photo: Snow sweeping
Blake Stephens uses a gasoline-powered sweeper Tuesday to clear the rock and fresh snow off the grass at Costco. Blake works for his uncle's business called Stephens Passage.

Mindful eating offers a non-dieting approach to good health
This is the second of a two-part series on mindful eating. Part 1 was published in the Juneau Empire on March 25.

Photo: Celebration of child protection
People gather at the Dimond Courthouse Plaza Wednesday for an event titled the Forgotten Children Rally. The event is acelebration of the child protection community in Juneau, including the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers.

Photos: Thunder Mountain's Test-week Olympics

Stress management expert coming to Juneau
JUNEAU - Almost everyone has times where it is difficult to get a good night's sleep. Stress, time zone changes, daylight and aging are just a few of the common causes of insomnia and sleeplessness.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: 'Heart healthy is prostate healthy'
Dr. Robert C. Allen of the Alaska Urological Institute addresses the 2010 Men's Health Forum on March 31 held at Centennial Hall. "Heart healthy is prostate healthy," said Allen, one of this year's featured speakers. The forum was sponsored by Cancer Connection, Bartlett Regional Hospital, Alaska Urological Institute, Eli Lilly, Matt Knutson of InterDesign, Novartis,Sanofi-Aventis and Watson Pharmaceuticals. Approximately 75 people attended the open forum.

Patricia Wolpert
Former Juneau resident Patricia Wolpert died peacefully on April 1, 2010, in Marysville, Wash. She was 79.

Louis Stanley Heins
Juneau resident Louis Stanley Heins died peacefully April 6, 2010, at his home at Wildflower Court. He was 89.

Veronica Jean Loges
Kake resident Veronica Jean Loges died March 31, 2010, in Kake. She was 45.

Outside editorial: Congress should update electronic privacy laws
The following editorial first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News:

My turn: Stop the revolving door to prison
They say the third time is a charm. It's hard to imagine the third annual Success Inside and Out program being any more successful than the preceding years, but we are an optimistic bunch.

Alaska editorial: Choose respect
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

Balance is in the eye of the beholder and ultimately Congress
Balance, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. When I behold President Obama's recent offshore oil announcement, as a former resident of Dillingham and fishing representative, I am ecstatic.

What Tiger's public shaming says about us
Two things we know about this week's Masters golf tournament:

My Turn: 43-year-old King Jr. speech enlightens on peace
I was listening to a speech recently, "Beyond Vietnam" by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in which he expressed his opposition to the Vietnam War over 40 years ago.

My Turn: Creating a safe place for God's children
During the days when I was discerning a priestly vocation, I struggled between the decision to live a chaste-celibate life or to get married and have children.

An Iraqi perspective on the recent elections
DHI QAR, Iraq - The March 7 elections in Iraq remain a topic of interest as both former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi and current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki try to create coalitions that would give them a 163-seat majority in parliament. As many feared, violence preceded and followed the announcement as deadly attacks in Baghdad and the province of Diyala brought March to a close, and bombers targeted the Iranian, German, Egyptian and Syrian embassies this weekend and attacked Baghdad on Tuesday. In addition, al-Maliki, who received two seats fewer than Allawi, is calling for a recount, claiming voter fraud.

Early voting down in Anchorage election
ANCHORAGE - Polls are open for municipal voting in Anchorage, but without a mayor's race, turnout may be down.

Juneau Travel Fair to be held Saturday
JUNEAU - The Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau's 8th Annual Juneau Travel Fair, a free community event, will take place at the Nugget Mall on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Earthquake rocks southcentral Alaska
ANCHORAGE - A magnitude 4.6 earthquake rattled southcentral Alaska on Wednesday morning, shaking buildings in Anchorage, plus Palmer and other parts of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

UAF hosts free science events
FAIRBANKS - The public can scratch its science itch this week when the University of Alaska Fairbanks hosts two days of free events.

Mat-Su assemblyman to run for lt. gov.
ANCHORAGE - A Matanuska-Susitna Borough assemblyman says he will seek the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.

No appeal planned for Enstar billing error
ANCHORAGE - Enstar says it won't be appealing the Regulatory Commission of Alaska's decision to deny its request to recoup a $5.7 million billing error.

BOG appointee draws criticism
JUNEAU - A controversial appointment to the Alaska Board of Game is filling legislators' e-mail inboxes.

French's DNA bill may bump governor's
JUNEAU - Sen. Hollis French is lumping post-conviction DNA testing procedures into his existing bill on evidence retention. As considered in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, French's bill now challenges territory Gov. Sean Parnell staked out with a bill he submitted in January.

State seeks settlement in rural schools lawsuit
JUNEAU - Lawyers on both sides of a case between chronically underperforming rural school districts and the state say they're willing to consider a settlement.

Reconsideration of ethics bill delayed
JUNEAU - Rep. Bob Lynn is delaying reconsideration of his ethics bill that's intended to address possible conflicts of interest in arbitrating executive branch ethics complaints.

Grant will expand UAF health research
FAIRBANKS - Nutrition research at two Alaska sites will get a boost with a $7.5 million federal grant.

Begich says new ANWR plan is a waste of money
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Sen. Mark Begich is opposed to a federal agency updating the 22-year-old conservation plan for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Alaska Shield emergency drill set for April 26-May 1
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Shield 2010 will test local, state and federal agencies' response to natural disasters in a drill set for April 26-May 1.

Parnell pitching his legislative agenda
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell is pressing lawmakers to pass his legislative agenda - what he calls an "economic growth plan for Alaska."

Pearson's Pond awarded 'Best Outdoor Setting'
JUNEAU - Pearson's Pond Luxury Resort and Adventure Spa of Juneau received the "Best for Outdoor Venue" award from Lanier Bed & Breakfast. This award is based on results of votes cast by guests of more than 8,500 bed and breakfast Inns worldwide.

Kenai celebrating its 50th birthday
KENAI - The city of Kenai is celebrating its 50th birthday.

Alaska Railroad earns nearly $14 million
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Railroad Corp. says it earned $13.9 million on total revenues of $169.4 million in 2009.

Court sets May 20 hearing on abortion initiative
JUNEAU - Oral arguments are set for May 20 in a case seeking to keep a proposed abortion initiative off the ballot.

House passes bill raising corporate fines
JUNEAU - The Alaska House has passed a bill to raise the maximum criminal fines against corporations.

City now accepting vending permit applications
JUNEAU - The Juneau Parks & Recreation Department is currently accepting applications for commercial and non-profit vendor permits for food and merchandise sales in designated park locations for the 2010 season.

DOT briefs legislative panel on proposed ferries
JUNEAU - A state Department of Transportation official says a new "Alaska Class" ferry could be in service in three years if funding is approved.

British plane passenger jailed in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - A combative British passenger who forced a flight to divert to Anchorage has been charged with interfering with a flight crew.

Falcons taking first kicks
Starting fresh is nothing new for Thunder Mountain sports this school year, and the brand-new Falcons girls' soccer team is the latest sports program to open its inaugural season.

Skiing on adrenaline
Last week in Snowmass Village, Colo., Juneau's Susan Macaulay, an Air Force Veteran, pushed her own comfort zone at the 24th National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic.

Boozer headlines ASAA Hall of Fame inductees
Three of the state's top athletes, a beloved activity sponsor and a major contributor will take their rightful places in the Alaska High School Hall of Fame as the Class of 2010.

Parnell's head tax rollback faces skepticism
Gov. Sean Parnell's administration and the Alaska Cruise Association are seeking a rollback of 2006's head tax initiative that imposed a $46 per passenger tax, telling legislators the industry blames the tax for fewer cruise ship passengers coming to Alaska this summer.

Kookesh links coverage of ethics issue to bias against Natives
State Sen. Albert Kookesh told an audience Wednesday he was being singled out by news media for ethics and subsistence fishing violations because of his race, hinting at similar treatment in the Legislature.

Abbott appeals term in Sitka murder case
A Sitka man convicted of multiple murders at his grandparents' Sitka home filed an appeal challenging his 140-year prison sentence.

House passes ethics panel bill without changes
JUNEAU - Same bill, different outcome.

Denali projects Alaska gas pipeline cost at $35B
JUNEAU - A massive endeavor to move natural gas from Alaska's North Slope to North American markets will cost an estimated $35 billion, according to a plan unveiled Wednesday, potentially setting the stage for a high-stakes showdown with a competing pipeline project and the state.

Pick.Click.Give. sees growth in second year
ANCHORAGE - Good news for Alaska's nonprofits: The Pick.Click.Give. program saw a 65 percent increase in the number of pledged donations, and over $815,000 was pledged to support qualifying nonprofit organizations, community foundations or campuses of the University of Alaska participating in the program.

BP reorganizes Alaska operations
ANCHORAGE - BP is nearly finished with a reorganization of its Alaska operations but should end up with about the same number of employees as before, according to a company spokesman.

Panel gives first look at capital spending plan
JUNEAU - The Senate Finance Committee unveiled the highly anticipated state capital budget Wednesday - a $2.2 billion plan that could get larger in the coming days with a bond proposal and a savings component pending and the House yet to have its shot at the bill.

Murkowski announces Senate bid for re-election
FAIRBANKS- U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski formally announced Wednesday that she is seeking re-election this year.

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