Friday, April 9, 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."

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.

Photos: 36th Annual Alaska Folk Festival

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.

Thane shooting suspect arrested
Juneau police arrested a suspect Thursday evening connected to a shooting at the Thane Campground last week that left one man in the hospital.

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.

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.

Blues great gives 'brilliant' performance
New-York-based blues musician Guy Davis showed Juneau audiences the full range of emotion of acoustic blues Thursday night, with a 45-minute set that showcased the genre's roots in both traditional songs and Davis' original compositions.

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.

US Attorney's office holds open house
United States Attorney Karen Loeffler hosted an open house to celebrate the opening of the Justice Department's Alaska Juneau Branch Office, located in the downtown Federal Building.

Juneau has mixed reaction to big capital budget
A flush state capital budget includes more than $50 million in projects for Juneau, with the possibility of more being included later.

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.

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.

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.

Photo: Humpback whale sighting
Working on the docks at Auke Bay Harbor, photographer Clint Songer caught this while two humpback whales were feeding on herring inside the breakwater.

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.

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

Leonora "June" Reyes
Memorial services for Leonora "June" Reyes, who died March 26, 2010, in Juneau, will be held at 3 p.m. today, April 9, at the Glacier Valley Church of God located on Thunder Mountain Road. All friends and family members are welcome to attend. A reception at the church will follow immediately after the services. Food donations and flowers can be sent to the church prior to the services.

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

My Turn: Kookesh's 'facts' not based on truth
A Juneau Empire story published April 8 about Sen. Albert Kookesh's address at the Native Issues Forum contained some erroneous information about the Select Committee on Legislative Ethics. This information was attributed to the senator, and I want to set the record straight on a few issues he mentioned.

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:

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

Is Obama's endorsement of limited drilling merely an attempt to win votes for a climate change bill?
GREEN BAY, Wis. - President Obama stirred up a political hornet's nest when he opened large areas of the nation's coasts to offshore oil and gas drilling. His plan would permit exploration and drilling along the East Coast from Delaware to Florida, in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and on the north coast of Alaska.

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.

Memories of 'Wild Bill' live on in tribute race
They called him "Wild Bill" for his zany zest for life and his ever-present smile. An Eaglecrest run, Tug Boat Alley, is named in honor of his time spent in the 1980s as a ski instructor.

Trail Mix reveals new Web site for Juneau hikers
JUNEAU - Trail Mix today released a new Web site aimed at providing better information to Juneau's hikers, bicyclists and other trail users.

Yukon River Quest deadline is April 15
WHITEHORSE, Yukon - The 2010 Yukon River Quest had 65 teams fully registered as of April 1, and the push is on to fill all 100 available team slots before the April 15 registration deadline.

Tongass employees receive awards
JUNEAU - Two Tongass National Forest employees are recipients of the 2009 Alaska Region Wilderness Awards.

April brings billies, nannies and kids
A big billy goat stood in plain view in the avalanche slope just above Thane Road last week, posing like a white wooly monarch. Juneau's practically urban mountain goat population is on display this month as the snow recedes and the spring vegetation emerges.

Just waiting on the warmer weather
It's now official.

Adventure on skis, skins and Mt. Troy
Things are not looking up. We sit in the car at the Mount Jumbo trailhead, watching the rain fall on the windshield. It always sounds worse than it is ... right?

Foam chemical leaves disturbing realization
My ties to Oregon go beyond the fact I used to live there. I check the news, the weather (often while cringing) and keep tabs on issues that, in my opinion, matter.

Photo: Building skills for the backcountry
Students participating in a Discovery Southeast day at Eaglecrest Ski Area on March 26 practice backcountry skills with Doug Wessen, of the Juneau Mountain Rescue, and the Eaglecrest Ski Patrol. "It was a successful day," Bartlett said. "We had a good group of kids that learned about avalanche safety, snow science and outdoor survival skills."

Wrangell gears up for birding festival
WRANGELL - Visitors from all over Southeast Alaska will migrate here this spring for the annual Stikine River Birding Festival, taking place April 27 through May 2.

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Test survival gear at Augustus Brown pool
JUNEAU - Augustus Brown Swimming Pool is hosting a survival gear testing opportunity from 8:45-10:45 p.m. tonight, April 9.

Home found for orphaned seal delivered by hunter
SEWARD - A rescue center in Seward has taken in an orphaned baby seal that was still in the womb when a hunter killed its mother on Easter Sunday.

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.

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.

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.

Man who fed bears fined but gets no jail time
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man who admitted illegally feeding bears at his remote cabin has been fined $20,000.

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.

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.

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."

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.

2 sex assaults reported in Anchorage drunk vans
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Community Service Patrol may put barriers in its vans to separate men and women drunks and prevent sexual assaults on the way to the sleep-off center.

Ex-officer sentenced in porn case
WASILLA - A former Anchorage police officer has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading no contest to attempted possession of child pornography and admitting he violated probation terms in an earlier child porn case.

University, park, post humpback whale photos
SITKA - Two entities are launching a Web site that can help people get to know southeast Alaska humpback whales.

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.

Opening Day is here for Falcons
Another Thunder Mountain first means a lot of new questions, many of which will be answered this weekend for the Falcons baseball team, which plays its first-ever series at Southeast Conference foe Wrangell to open the 2010 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.

Alaska movement takes root in Palin's hometown
WASILLA - The foothold for Alaska's nascent tea party effort is in Wasilla, a blue-collar town where Sarah Palin got her political start and members of the movement are seeking to become a force in upcoming elections.

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.

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.

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

GAO report finds problems with Alaska oil leases
ANCHORAGE - The federal Minerals Management Service in Alaska has been a target for lawsuits that claim it hasn't properly considered the environmental effects of offshore petroleum lease sales. A report by the Government Accountability Office concludes there's a reason why.

Judge again faults state for rural education
ANCHORAGE - A state judge is threatening to appoint a special master to oversee rural Alaska schools.

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.

House Finance OKs 2 bills expanding gun rights
JUNEAU - The House Finance Committee advanced two bills Thursday to expand gun rights, despite concerns from Alaska state prosecutors.

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

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.

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