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Friday, April 10, 2009

Black makes valuable addition to understanding of Alaska history
With "Russians in Alaska, 1732-1867," Lydia Black has produced a most valuable addition to our knowledge of the Russian period of Alaska's history from economic and sociopolitical perspectives.

New picture books for young readers await at the library
"Kapow!" written and illustrated by George O'Connor.

Arts & Culture Calendar
ART, EVENTS & PERFORMANCE

35th annual Alaska Folk Festival April 13-19 2009
Established In the winter 1975 when Alaska was in its teenage years of statehood, the Alaska Folk Festival has grown to become a central event in Juneau's local music scene.

High notes
Some folk fest moments tend to resonate more than others. Here is a small sampling of what stands out for a handful of local musicians and fans.

'Fast & Furious:' It is what it is
First of all, feel free to be "that guy" to all of your friends when they ask if you have seen "The Fast and the Furious." There are a slew of sarcastic responses, but the gist is this: "Yeah I have. Why, do you want to rent it or something?"

Is Facebook replacing face time?
Whether people tend to avoid new technology or embrace it, the online social network Facebook can't be ignored. The world's largest networking Web site is slowly but surely replacing face-to-face interaction, especially in Juneau, where residents often live thousands of miles from family and friends.

UAS literary journal launches latest edition
This weekend, the University of Alaska Southeast will launch this year's edition of "Tidal Echoes," Southeast Alaska's only literary and arts journal. The annual publication is staffed by student editors and a faculty advisor, and was financed by a grant from the UAS Chancellor's Fund.

Juneau to be featured in Discovery Channel special
Avalanches, bear encounters, moose collisions, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are some of the topics featured in a new Discovery Channel special, "Alaska: Most Extreme." Premiering April 16, the show will air in the middle of a week of programming called "Alaska Week," which begins April 12 and runs through April 17.

'8 Stars' draws audience into living history
"8 Stars of Gold" was a little rough around the edges on opening night - but that was just right. Running 90 minutes without an intermission, the play has a real-life, documentary feel that encourages the audience to become a part of living history.

Grant-in-aid program available to museums
The Alaska State Museum has announced that application forms are available to Alaska museums and historical societies for the state's Grant-in-Aid program. The mailing deadline for applications is June 1.

Folkdancers to host 'Parisian Parade' ballroom dance
JUNEAU - Juneau International Folkdancers will sponsor a ballroom dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Hall with DJ music suitable for popular ballroom and Latin dances. The theme is "Parisian Parade."

Women's shelter to host Waterfront AWAREness Race
JUNEAU - In celebration of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies will host its second annual Waterfront AWAREness Race at 10 a.m. Saturday beginning and ending at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, old armory by Centennial Hall.

Two Honky-Tonk shows this weekend
Country music fans have two chances to see Honky-Tonk Habit this weekend. The first is Friday night from 10 p.m. to close at the Alaskan Hotel & Bar, and the second is Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Island Pub.

Northern Lights Junior Theatre announces summer academy
JUNEAU - Northern Lights Junior Theatre has announced it will hold a summer academy Monday through Friday afternoons, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., from July 13 to Aug. 7 at the Nugget Mall.

Kane, Softi exhibit to close April 18
Saturday, April 18, is the final day to see two art exhibitions at the Alaska State Museum. The shows feature the work of Stron Softi, from Ketchikan, an artist who is pushing the boundaries of Northwest Coast Native art; and Jeremy Kane, of Juneau, who teaches ceramics at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Student Artists
Malik Jones

Arts council receives $15,450 Tier I grant to purchase piano
JUNEAU - The Rasmuson Foundation recently awarded the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council $15,450 through the Tier I grant program for the purpose of purchasing the grand piano that has been on lease to them from J. Althea. the piano served J. Althea, local pianist and teacher, in Juneau until she moved to California last year. Althea arranged to rent the piano to the Juneau Arts & Culture Center to expand the potential uses for the newly opened facility.

Board of Game needs better management
During the recent meeting in Anchorage, the Board of Game demonstrated that it needs to be managed with intensive restraint. The degree of this restraint should equal the degree to which the board is authorizing predator control management in Alaska.

Palin deserves praise in handling Senate replacement
I praise Gov. Sarah Palin for her efforts to present a Senate replacement that fairly represents all of Juneau. The narrow minded nature of the local Democratic leadership was set forth when the party presented one name to Palin for consideration. Why now should the Juneau public sit back and trust that the Democratic leadership will be "fair" in its presentation of candidates?

Calls for Begich to resign are partisan
Gov. Sarah Palin and Randy Ruedrich, head of the Alaska Republican Party, have called for Sen. Mark Begich to step down and for Alaska to hold a special election to fill the Senate seat he currently holds. Their statements are transparently partisan and not constructive for Alaska's future.

Palin should look out for future of Alaskans
I urge Gov. Sarah Palin to accept Alaska's total share of federal stimulus money. This means that in addition to House Bill 161, the rest of the stimulus funds should be included in Alaska's request.

Americans need choice in health care
I have been in the insurance business for 32 years, and I have seen the need for national health care, because one in six Americans are uninsured and millions more are under insured for the coverage they need.

Nonprofits struggle as donations decline
United Way of Juneau's executive director Brenda Lee Hewitt pored over her budget numbers.

City sustainability fund to be nixed?
City Manager Rod Swope intends to ask the Juneau Assembly to undo a plan it approved in February seeding the Juneau Commission on Sustainability with $2 million over 10 years.

Corporations cut gifts to local charities
At United Way, the regret-to-inform notes are starting to pile up. Hewitt reads one that's sitting on her desk: "Right now, we don't have money for Southeast projects ..."

Police to hire domestic violence specialist
Federal stimulus money has been allocated to help the Juneau Police Department address domestic violence at the local level.

REACHing out but falling short on building funds
For REACH Executive Director Richard Fagundes, the last couple months have been busy trying to fully fund a new group home for the Juneau nonprofit's clients.

Get cash, or give it away
Wells Fargo customers can now give away money as they get it.

Pool bid comes in at 21% under estimate
The winning bid for the construction of the Dimond Park Aquatic Center came in $3.6 million, or 21.5 percent below the city's estimate.

Still no senator for capital city
Juneau remains without a state senator, despite a call from Gov. Sarah Palin that Senate Democrats "make haste" in confirming a replacement for former Sen. Kim Elton, whose Senate seat has been vacant for more than a month.

Subport building wins House approval
The House of Representatives Wednesday gave a big thumbs up to a new office building for state employees in Juneau.

Photo: Framing the future
Clayton Davis, a carpenter for Silverbow Construction, builds a window frame Thursday in the Capitol annex. The old Scottish Rite Temple is being converted into legislative offices and is scheduled to be open by October.

Nelson seeks Democratic support in Senate
Juneau Senate appointee Joe Nelson worked the halls in the Capitol Wednesday, seeking to win confirmation to Juneau's sole seat in the Alaska Senate.

Photo: On assignment
This 1958 photo provided by the Tobin family shows William J. Tobin, center, with Interior Secretary Fred Seaton, left, and Alaska congressional delegate E.L. "Bob" Bartlett at the Associated Press' Juneau office. Tobin, the AP's first correspondent in Juneau, died Sunday, April 5, of cancer in Anchorage.

Photo: Avalanche alert
Alma Harris talks Wednesday about an avalanche that covered a portion of the flume, a popular hiking trial next to Basin Road. Harris heard and saw several avalanches during her hike on Basin Road. Hikers should take caution and be aware of the avalanche danger with the warming weather.

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

Police & Fire
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Around Town
Friday, April 10

Around Town
Thursday, April 9

Lydia Mary George
Longtime Angoon resident Lydia Mary (James) George died March 19, 2009, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She was 86.

Patricia 'Pat' Stephens
Longtime Juneau resident Patricia "Pat" Stephens died March 29, 2009, in her home. She was 80.

Outside editorial: Weapon wars
The Obama administration was already being accused of overloading Congress with ambitious and politically taxing initiatives when Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates unveiled his sweeping reform of military spending on Monday.

Alaska editorial: Calls for new vote in Senate contest are partisan griping
Would Ted Stevens have been re-elected to the U.S. Senate if he had gotten a fair shake from federal prosecutors? Alaskans will never know.

Alaska editorial: Volcano monitoring needs stable funding
Sen. Lisa Murkowski has the right approach to secure funding for volcano observations - make it part of a national program.

America needs courageous leaders, not missile defense
Alaska's congressional delegation reacted to the North Korean missile launch with bipartisan fervor to protect our citizens. Rep. Don Young warned that Alaska "would be on the front lines should North Korea send anything our way." But is it fear of a North Korean attack or the loss of federal money that they're really worried about?

My turn: Every Alaskan should focus on taking care of what matters most
I have lived in Juneau for 16 years this June. I consider myself to be a liberal who stands on the moderate or conservative edge of that liberalism. I am a registered Democrat. I am a Christian and evangelical. I own my own business, and work hard in keeping it open to serve the population. I pay my taxes - property, sales, income and business tax where appropriate. I volunteer in my community and give as charitably as possible. I pick up litter and scoop my dog's poop.

The right to life, liberty, pursuit of happiness? Dude, get real.
"Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak, and that it is doing God's service when it is violating all His laws."

My Turn: Castle River deserves protection
Pollution, dams and development have decimated salmon runs on the West Coast of the United States and Canada. In contrast, Alaska still boasts healthy numbers of salmon, steelhead and trout.

Bar withdraws motion on Stevens' law license
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Bar Association has withdrawn its motion to suspend the law license of former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, now that the federal corruption case against the Alaska Republican has been dismissed.

Stevens files candidacy statement for 2014
ANCHORAGE - Former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska has filed a statement of candidacy for the 2014 election, but an aide cautions against reading too much into the move.

Ohio sets execution dates for killers
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday set execution dates for two condemned killers as the state accelerates its death penalty cases.

Rachelle Waterman trial set for September
KETCHIKAN - A murder trial for a Craig woman accused a second time of plotting with two former boyfriends to kill her mother has been set for September in Ketchikan.

Parking lot closing for tourist season
JUNEAU - The public parking lot at the Steamship Wharf downtown on Marine Way will close for the tourist season beginning at 4:30 p.m. Friday, the Juneau Parks and Recreation department announced Tuesday.

Forum on school start times slated
JUNEAU - The Juneau School District will hold a public forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the library of Thunder Mountain High School to discuss the possibility of flipping elementary and high school start times.

Man pleads guilty in copper theft
FAIRBANKS - A former worker at the Pogo Mine has pleaded guilty to stealing copper wire valued at more than $50,000 from the mine.

Mayoral front-runners heading for runoff
ANCHORAGE - A run-off election will be needed to fill the mayor's post in Anchorage.

Generator failure causes power outage
JUNEAU - Parts of downtown, Douglas and the Valley lost power at about 7 p.m. Wednesday after a generator at the Snettisham hydroelectric site tripped off line, Alaska Electric Light and Power Co. reported.

Bill calls for Alaska Department of Energy
JUNEAU - The Senate Energy Committee introduced legislation Wednesday to establish an Alaska Department of Energy.

Police arrest teen posting as FBI agent
ANCHORAGE - A 19-year-old man is accused of breaking into an Anchorage high school and then trying to pass himself off as an FBI agent when police arrived.

Medicaid rate review bill passes Senate
JUNEAU - The Alaska Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed Senate Bill 32, an act that creates an equitable and consistent process for rate review for the providers of home- and community-based Medicaid services. The bull aims to place these providers on a level playing field with the providers of institutional care. The bill was introduced by Sen. Johnny Ellis, D-Anchorage, and co-sponsored by nine other senators.

Jim Hayes appeal continues
FAIRBANKS - An attorney for Jim Hayes says testimony from the wife of the former Fairbanks mayor could have shown he was innocent of stealing federal grant money.

Palin to feds: Don't reduce missile agency budget
JUNEAU - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is arguing against a proposed reduction of $1.4 billion to the Missile Defense Agency's budget.

Police check reports of body in harbor
KODIAK - Kodiak police are investigating witness reports of a body in Saint Herman Harbor.

Levi Johnston says he could provide for baby son
ANCHORAGE - The 19-year-old father of Gov. Sarah Palin's first grandson says he doesn't have a steady job, but knows he could take care of his baby son.

Senate approves hike in minimum wage
JUNEAU - Alaska's minimum wage would get a boost under a bill that has passed the state Senate.

Turnout good at final superintendent forum
JUNEAU - Juneau School District officials reported its best turnout for the superintendent search forum it held March 31, the fourth of four it held last month to solicit community input in the process.

Airman pleads guilty as trial begins
FAIRBANKS - An airman from Eielson Air Force Base has entered a plea agreement with prosecutors just as testimony was to begin in a second trial accusing him of trying to kill his wife.

Girls hoping young talent blooms soon
Despite what the early spring schedules might say, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team will be the only local prep club getting their season underway this weekend.

Bears anxious to hit the grass
It took a roster full of savvy, experienced seniors for the Crimson Bears to finish the 2008 season undefeated at 15-0-2 and knock off the two-time defending state champs from South Anchorage. So what is to be expected from a 2009 roster full of seniors who learned how to win last year - mostly from the bench?

Local big air skier headed to Haines competition
Local free and urban skier Jarrett Thomas will be heading to Haines this weekend to take part in the annual big air competition on Three Guardsmen Mountain.

Kayaking in search of nesting season
The season for kayaking and boating is upon us, and I'm cleaning up my kayak gear in preparation. To help kick off the season, Juneau Audubon will conduct its annual cruises to Berners Bay, on April 18 and May 2. Critter-watchers on the cruise will have their eyes peeled for anything that moves, and one of the featured critters will be the black oystercatcher.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Senate unveils bare bones capital budget
With the end of session looming, the Senate Finance Committee unveiled a pared down capital budget Wednesday night that lops more than a half billion dollars off Gov. Sarah Palin's proposal.

Ross runs into resistance
Confirmation hearings for Gov. Sarah Palin's choice for attorney general got off to a spirited start Wednesday as a Senate committee grilled Wayne Anthony Ross on his views regarding everything from family law to subsistence.

Young endorses energy projects
Rep. Don Young has given a strong endorsement to one of Southeast Alaska's top priorities for economic development, an energy grid connecting new hydroelectric power plants throughout the region.

Palin to raise money for Murkowski's re-election
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin plans to raise money for U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's re-election campaign in a move that Palin's camp says should end speculation the governor is eyeing the senator's seat.

Cancer patients learn new makeup techniques
FAIRBANKS - Unwrapping and sorting through a bonanza of beauty products was the first task for five female cancer patients attending the American Cancer Society's "Look Good ... Feel Good" class.

Texas man creates rogue Palin legal defense fund
ANCHORAGE - A Texas man has established a Web site soliciting donations for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to pay legal fees, but Palin can't accept the money, her spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Holder encourages lawyers
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric Holder held a series of private meetings with Justice Department attorneys Thursday to encourage them to keep aggressively pursuing public corruption despite the unraveling of the case against former Sen. Ted Stevens.

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