Thursday, April 10, 2008

Turkish singer Latif Bolat to perform at folk festival
Turkish singer and musician Latif Bolat is scheduled to perform at the 34th annual Alaska Folk Festival at 9:45 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Centennial Hall.

'The Beauty Queen of Leeane' opens April 17 at old Elks Hall
Thunder Mountain Theatre Project's latest production, the dark Irish comedy "The Beauty Queen of Leeane," by Martin McDonagh, opens at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the old Elks Hall. The opening show is a pay-as-you-can performance.

Governor's Awards for Arts nomination deadline looms
The Alaska State Council on the Arts is soliciting nominations for the 2008 Governor's Awards for the Arts. The deadline for submitting the nominations via e-mail is May 30.

Gallery searches for crafters
The Creating Place has put out a call for crafters to participate in upcoming First Friday gallery walks.

'Suburbia' photographer presents slide show April 15
Acclaimed photographer Bill Owens, known worldwide for his book "Suburbia," will give a free lecture and slide presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the Alaska State Museum.

'Proof' at UAS opens April 11
The Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Proof," by David Auburn, opens this weekend at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Bank makes first Patriot Express loan
JUNEAU - Alaska Pacific Bank, a local community bank headquartered in Juneau that serves all of Southeast, has made the first U.S. Small Business Administration Patriot Express loan in Alaska to Dirt Dog Excavation in Sitka.

Play It Again Sports celebrates 25 years
JUNEAU - Play It Again Sports is celebrating the brand's 25th anniversary this year.

Assist-2-Sell office receives recognition
JUNEAU - Sean Henderson, owner of Assist-2-Sell, Buyers & Sellers Realty in Juneau, won the 2007 Assist-2-Sell Top 10 award for small markets.

What's Happening
Hooligan calendar of events: Thursday, April 10 through Wednesday, April 16.

Taxed for money and time? A few wine suggestions
Got the tax time blues? Whether you are getting a return or not, this is the time of year when we all think about money - or lack of it. Hopefully the following suggestions will help you handle that stress.

Pungent flavors that can definitely cut the mustard
Mustard is a lot more than a bright yellow condiment to smear on hot dogs. There are hundreds of varieties, all made from the seeds of a plant in the cabbage family that is native to India and China.

Kratos unchained for portable action
Poor Kratos. He just can't catch a break.

Sonic gets a fighting chance on the DS
Top-tier RPG developer BioWare is making a Sonic game. We know - it doesn't seem possible. But it's probably the best shot the Sonic franchise has had at greatness in a long time. So how did it all come together? BioWare heads Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka are longtime friends with Sega of America president Simon Jeffery. "I think it just kind of came up at one point in a conversation," Zeschuk said.

Don't let traps kill dogs
Sadly, another domestic dog has been killed in a legally placed trap set for wildlife.

Reappropriate road funding in Alaska
I would like to extend congratulations to Reps. Bill Thomas, R-Haines, Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell, Paul Seaton, R-Homer, Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Kodiak, Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham, and Mike Hawker, R-Anchorage, who recently presented the House Finance Committee co-chairmen with a letter requesting that funds designated for the Juneau access road project be reappropriated to the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Keep Clinton out of the White House
The letters on March 4 by Charles Campbell and on March 11 by Dixie Hood compel me to share my observations of Hillary Clinton's supporters.

Airport asks for $300,000 piece of cruise tax
After missing out on eight years of head tax collected on cruise ship passengers, the Juneau International Airport wants its share of the pie.

Juneau receives $63 million slice of capital budget
Juneau's sliver of the $2.4 billion in capital projects being proposed by the state House is about $63 million, which is mostly for big-ticket items such as $10.5 million for widening the highway out the road and $17 million in school renovations.

Informants for cocaine case have criminal histories
At least five of the nine people listed as informants or witnesses in a 36-count indictment charging two Juneau men with dealing and running a small organized crime ring in the city have criminal records, some going back into their teens.

Chinook allocation down by 48 percent
Charter boats and commercial fishermen are reeling from reductions in this year's king salmon harvest quota.

Restrictions likely won't affect salmon derby
New restrictions on reeling in king salmon likely won't hurt this year's Golden North Salmon Derby, according to officials with the derby and a state agency.

Charters could lease halibut quota shares
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is trying a new way to fix allocation disputes between the charter and commercial halibut fleets - not by allocating charter operators more fish, but by allowing them to lease halibut quota shares from commercial fishermen.

Photos: Another night of festivities
Photos from the second day of the 34th annual Alaska Folk Festival at Centennial Hall.

Legislature helps city with power refinance approval
Juneau may get a chance to save some money on its power bills, with legislative approval of a bill that would assist with refinancing of the Snettisham Hydroelectric project.

Planning Commission delays considerations of downtown parking garage, transit center
After a long night of staff reports and public testimony, the Planning Commission delayed its consideration of the entire downtown parking garage and transit center project, and of a conditional use permit for the transit center that was substantially modified the day of the meeting.

Around Town
Today

Photos: Grooving to the folk
The Alaska Folk Festival continues tonight with the Zydeco tunes of Les Amis Creole. The band will perform at 8 p.m. at Centennial Hall. The band will perform at 8 p.m. at Centennial Hall.

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

Photo: Spring cleaning
Juneau Harbor Officer Jove Nava III commences the annual power-washing of the waterfront Wednesday next to the Mount Roberts Tramway terminal.

Around Town
Today

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

'Training Day' with training wheels
Keanu Reeves tries his best to channel Denzel and Clint in "Street Kings," a wild and woolly if also slack and silly bad-cops-kill-other-bad-cops thriller. It's "Training Day" with training wheels, as Reeves sheds his "dude"-ness for a little ultra-violence, playing a racist cop-executioner, a man who always gets his man. And then shoots his man.

'Leatherheads' fumbles with dialogue
The stars were aligning in the skies over the Hollywood sign for "Leatherheads."

Juneau's Cinema guide
OPENING

New on Video and DVD
'There Will Be Blood'

Old-style Creole: From the Deep South to the Last Frontier
Chances are you've never heard a band quite like Les Amis Creole, according to its members.

Salem: Music with a Message
Todd Anders Johnson writes songs that reflect relevant issues.

Snow gypsies bring tales from other lands
Spring is here and besides the longer days and warmer temps, the snowboarder-skier-filmmaking crews have returned to our mountains to take pleasure in the fruits of the Alaska winter - pure, puffy, creamy-white snow on steep, radical terrain.

Wranglers CD release party slated for April 12
Ketchikan-based band Ray Troll and the Ratfish Wranglers is hosting a CD launch party for its new album, "Where the Fins Meet the Frets," at the Alaskan Hotel & Bar during the 34th annual Alaska Folk Festival.

Rory Stitt to perform Requiem April 11
Rory Stitt is restaging his "Requiem" and the "Schoneman Songs" at 7 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Northern Light United Church, at 400 W. 11th St. Tickets cost $15 in advance from Hearthside Books or $20 at the door.

Lindsey Buckingham goes his own way in fine form
Watching Lindsey Buckingham's first solo concert DVD, "Live at the Bass Performance Hall," you reach the conclusion that the essence of his former band Fleetwood Mac was not Stevie Nicks' witchy-woman stylings, Christine McVie's blues-tinged singing, or even the granite back-beat of drummer, Mick Fleetwood and bassist, John McVie, but Buckingham's pioneering guitar work.

Tapes n' Tapes "Walk it off"
You had to feel sorry for Tapes 'n Tapes.

Troublemaker 1: Bohemian knotweed
Invasive species are increasingly in the headlines these days. Many of us have them in our yards or know someone who does.

But that person is an atheist
When people find out I belong to a church that doesn't care about your personal theology, I am sometimes asked whether that means we have atheists among our membership. When I tell them that we do, the next question usually is: How can an atheist be in church?

What works best in the garden today
If you have little or poor experience gardening in Juneau, here is a tip. When a dandelion blooms in your yard, it's planting time in the vegetable garden. Do it immediately. This works for both transplants and seeds.

Photo: CoastAlaska News Summit
Robert Woolsey, right, of KCAW in Sitka, speaks about youth news production efforts while Rosemarie Alexander, left, of KTOO in Juneau, and Melissa Marconi Wentzel, of KCAW, listen during the CoastAlaska News Summit on Feb. 27-29 in Juneau. Public Radio news staff from around Southeast met for the meeting, training and information-gathering session. For more information on CoastAlaska, visit www.coastalaska.org.

Ski club to host annual awards ceremony
JUNEAU - The Juneau Ski Club will hold its annual end of the year awards ceremony and barbecue at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Cub Scouts collect for annual food drive
JUNEAU - Between April 5 and April 12, Cub Scouts and Boys Scouts will distribute collection bags and fliers inviting the public to participate in the annual food drive, Scouting for Food, for the Southeast Alaska Food Bank, to take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Class of 1988 holds reunion registration
JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas High School Class of 1988 will have its 20th reunion on July 3 and 5.

Employee wellness coalition to meet
SITKA - The Sitka Employee Wellness Coalition will host its monthly meeting from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday at Harrigan Centennial Hall in Sitka. The meeting topic is a community-wide physical activity program for this spring and summer.

Recognitions
Alton Anderson, a 2006 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, was accepted to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. He will become a member of the Embry-Riddle 2008 freshman class and pursue an air traffic management degree. Anderson is the son of Donna Anderson.

Richard Lee Davis Sr.
Former Juneau resident Richard "Dick" Lee Davis Sr. died April 2, 2008, in Wilmington, N.C. He was 79.

Local column: Easy money - an ally for a lazy conscience
Is there a shadow of doubt that all Alaska citizens would condemn the genocide of any people anywhere in the world?

My turn: The itch: Missing Southeast Alaska
I tell my friends that at some point during the winter, I get an itch, maybe a twitch, maybe both. Literal and metaphorical. It has nothing to do with hygiene or allergies, but everything to do with environment.

My turn: Retirement debt gamble is no pay day
The Alaska Legislature has authorized the "big bet" to supposedly cope with retirement costs. The idea: Borrow money based on the projected unfunded liability, not yet due, and invest it in the stock and other markets; hopefully make some money.

My turn: Protect the shores, don't build the road
I read with interest the article in the Juneau Empire by Pat Forgey on Feb. 27, and the My Turn by Kim Elton on March 12 about the Department of Transportation's presentations to the Senate Transportation Committee regarding the proposed Lynn Canal road.

Alaska editorial: With $8 billion state surplus, there's room to work things out
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

Outside editorial: Pensions fade, but the needs don't disappear
The following editorial first appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Outside editorial: FAA needs to straighten up and fly right on inspections
The following editorial first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News:

Guardsman awarded employer settlement
ANCHORAGE - A former guardsman with the Alaska Air National Guard finally has received a settlement in a refusal-to-rehire case.

Oil and gas tax credit requests surprise Revenue Department
JUNEAU - Another $100 million was added to the capital budget to cover tax credits for oil and gas producers in the state.

Alaska Airlines cancels more MD-80 flights for FAA inspections
SEATTLE - Alaska Airlines canceled 11 more flights Thursday for federally mandated wiring inspections on MD-80 passenger jets, bringing the total to 42 cancellations in three days.

Interim chancellor finalists named
FAIRBANKS - University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton on Tuesday announced the two finalists under consideration to replace outgoing University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Steve Jones as interim chancellor.

Orthodox church to discuss bishop
KODIAK - The Orthodox Church of America is planning a meeting to discuss problems with the leadership of the Alaska diocese.

Legislature gives governor authority to weigh in on initiative
JUNEAU - The House Finance Committee has authorized the governor's office to spend $25,000 to weigh in on a citizen's initiative on mining.

Kenai man arraigned on child porn charges
KENAI - A 64-year-old Kenai man has pleaded not guilty to 100 counts of possessing child pornography after being indicted by a grand jury.

Group home slated to reopen in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks Community Behavioral Health Center in Fairbanks is reopening one of its group homes, with plans to open two others in coming months.

Robbers get $50 in Wasilla home invasion
WASILLA - A home invasion in Wasilla netted two men only $50.

Chugiak woman found dead at motel
JUNEAU - A 51-year-old Chugiak woman was found dead in a bathroom at Super 8 Motel early Wednesday morning, according to police.

Man gets five years for drug conviction
ANCHORAGE - A 32-year-old Anchorage man was sentenced Tuesday to serve five years in a federal prison following his convictions on drug charges.

Airport board accepts bid for terminal repairs
JUNEAU - The Juneau International Airport Board on Wednesday passed a motion to recommend that the Juneau Assembly accept North Pacific Erectors' $1.8 million bid to do phase one terminal repairs.

Minor earthquake occurs in Cook Inlet
ANCHORAGE - A minor earthquake occurred in the Cook Inlet area of Alaska.

Ketchikan suspect arrested again
KETCHIKAN - A man arrested and accused of firing a gun at a campground has been arrested again.

State housing market opens ad campaign
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska housing market is trying to distance itself from the falling home prices and mortgage defaults occurring in the Lower 48.

Alaska House votes to rescind tire tax
JUNEAU - Members of the House say it's time to repeal a tax on new tires and get rid of the extra fee for studded tires.

Hood starts garage ballot initiative
JUNEAU - A Juneau resident wants to give voters the chance to stop the downtown parking garage project.

Feds investigate cause of Unalaska plane crash
UNALASKA - Federal authorities are investigating the cause of a charter plane crash on the Unalaska Airport runway.

Malt-O-Meal, other cereals recalled
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is warning consumers to check their pantries for certain cereals due to a risk of salmonellosis.

Ethics bill making progress in committee
JUNEAU - Lawmakers are one step closer to expanding the investigative powers of the state's elections watchdog agency.

Charities would benefit from PFD bill
JUNEAU - Alaskans could donate a portion, or all, of their Alaska Permanent Fund dividend to certain community, educational or charitable organizations under a bill that has passed the House and Senate.

Juneau transit center conditions questioned
JUNEAU - At Tuesday night's Juneau Planning Commission meeting, city Deputy Engineering Director Rorie Watt objected to conditions on a permit for a transit center proposed to be built along with a new parking garage at the corner of Main Street and Egan Street.

Man charged with possessing child porn to stay in prison
KENAI - A Kenai man charged with 100 counts of child pornography possession will remain in jail for at least another week.

My parents want to date my boyfriend
I have always hoped to date a man that my family would genuinely like. It's not that I need my family's approval, it is just that I had always wanted to meet someone who would meld easily with them because they mean so much to me.

Juneau bantams reach semifinal round of Tier III state tournament
The Juneau Douglas Ice Association bantam hockey team reached the semifinal round of the Alaska State Tier III Tournament on March 14-16 in Anchorage.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Ice Pirates slip past Island Pub in OT
The Ice Pirates upset the Island Pub 2-1 in overtime Sunday to advance in the Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier A playoffs at Treadwell Arena.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Photos: The 34th Alaska Folk Festival
Thursday evening, April 10 (Emcee: Riley Woodford; Stage Manager: Rachel and Greg Beck)

Alaska wants share of fed's oil revenue
State lawmakers say it's time for Alaska to receive a share of federal revenue collected from offshore oil and gas development.

Palin praises gas pipeline plan
Alaska's governor and top legislative leaders are both praising a BP and ConocoPhillips proposal to build an Alaska natural gas pipeline.

Step taken toward oil and gas leasing in rare whale's habitat
The Bush administration took a first step Tuesday toward allowing oil and gas leasing in an area of the Bering Sea considered important for the recovery of the world's most endangered whale.

Capital budget continues to grow
It could be one for the record books.

House budget plan includes low-income energy assistance
The state House has added more money in a $2.3 billion capital budget to help cushion the state's neediest residents from the financial crunch they're feeling from high oil prices.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Extreme skier dies in Valdez avalanche
ANCHORAGE - An extreme skier was killed in an avalanche near Valdez.

Shell intends to join Alaska's oil industry
ANCHORAGE - As two longtime players in Alaska's oil industry announced landmark plans for a gas pipeline out of the North Slope fields, the president of Shell Oil Co. seemed a bit sheepish about calling a teleconference to discuss his first-ever visit to the region.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

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