Friday, April 11, 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Presidential power surge
The founders' mission in composing our Constitution was to limit power by means of checks and balances between three branches of government and "we the people."

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.

Recognizing Israel, questioning legislator
House Joint Resolution 38 recognizes Israel on its 60th birthday.

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.

Young people need religious education
"Dead eyes see no future." The photo in the March 30 edition of the Empire of this phrase on a young woman's arm says it all - hopelessness, despair, the overwhelming sense that there is no meaning in life and that the only thing to look forward to is more sadness, more frustration and more pain.

Alaskans should fight genocide
I am a high school student at Kake High School. I would like to help stop the genocide going on in Darfur.

Juneau man charged with sexually abusing three children
A Juneau man was arrested Wednesday on charges that he sexually abused three children ages 6 to 7 on numerous occasions since 2006.

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.

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

Native students shadow teachers
More than 100 students from around the state are in town this week to learn about what it's like to become a teacher in Alaska.

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.

High school autoshop program to remain, in part, at UAS
Officials with the Juneau School District and the University of Alaska Southeast said Thursday they had reached a compromise that will allow the district to teach part of the high school automotive technology curriculum on university property.

Slush Cup sidelined
Eaglecrest Ski Area General Manager Kirk Duncan hands out ski lift passes to Clinton and Jennifer Talley during their employee appreciation day on Thursday. The ski area will close for the season on Monday. Instead of closing out the season by skipping across an icy pool on skis and snowboards in the annual Slush Cup, riders will instead have to settle for more than one foot of fresh snow that has fallen on top of 170 inches already covering the uppermountain. Duncan said the water pipe from Cropely Lake is still frozen and there is no water to fill a pool traditionally dug into the snowpack near the base of the mountain.

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.

Photo: Leadership conference
Gov. Sarah Palin addresses about 250 students from around the state Thursday at Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium. The students were in town as part of the conference of the Alaska Association of Student Governments. Palin told the crowd that leaders aren't necessarily born into power. "Alaska'sleaders, especially, can be ordinary people," she said. "But you have to have extraordinary vision and you have to manifest that vision in your actions."

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.

New ferry board gets legislative OK
The Marine Transportation Advisory Board will for the first time become part of state law, under a bill approved Thursday by the powerful Senate Finance Committee.

Photo: Old-time Creole
Les Amis Creole, the 2008 guest artists for the Alaska Folk Festival, play Thursday evening at Centennial Hall. The bandmembers, from left, are Cedric Watson, Corey Ledet, Ed Poullard and James Adams.

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

Photo: Images from another time From the ground up
Dump trucksunload rock in the area where the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall is located onWilloughby Avenue. The filling of West Willoughby Avenue with waste rock from the Alaska Juneau minebegan in February of 1941.

Around Town
Today, April 11

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.

Local business allows moms to bring their kids to work
Pema is 18 months old; she has a delightful smile and big blue eyes. Pema enjoys going to work with her mother at Rainbow Foods, a small health foods store located in downtown Juneau.

Glacier Valley Parent Group seeks items for garage sale
JUNEAU - The Glacier Valley Elementary School Parent Group is looking for donations of clean, lightly used items to sell at its annual garage sale frp, 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 19, in the Glacier Valley Elementary School gym.

Author Jason Dorsey to speak at Pillars of America series
JUNEAU - Author Jason Dorsey will speak about one of the hottest topics among the business world today - Generation Y - at the annual Pillars of America Speaker Series at noon Wednesday, April 16, at Centennial Hall.

Presbytery of Alaska to host dessert potluck
JUNEAU - The Presbytery of Alaska will host a dessert potluck at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, at Chapel by the Lake, next to Smith Hall.

Saturday fishing vessel safety course cancelled
ANGOON - The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association is canceling the 10-hour fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course scheduled for Saturday at the Angoon Fire Hall.

Eaglecrest hosts 3rd Cabin Reunion Day
JUNEAU - The Juneau Ski Club and Eaglecrest Ski Area are hosting the 3rd Cabin Reunion Day celebration from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Eaglecrest.

Historical conference seeks paper proposals
JUNEAU - The annual Alaska Historical Society Conference, "Alaska Visionaries: Seekers, Leaders & Dreamers," is seeking historians - student, amateur and professional - to submit proposals for papers.

Humanities Council receives $25,000 grant
JUNEAU - The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council is proud to announce that the Rasmuson Foundation awarded it a Tier 1 grant in the amount of $25,000 to purchase chairs and portable pipe and drape curtain systems for the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Nominations needed for Sitka Health Summit
SITKA - The steering committee for the second annual Sitka Health Summit, "Working Together for a Healthier Sitka," is accepting nominations for awards that will be given to Sitka health role models and wellness champions.

Mature Alaskans program seeks trainees
JUNEAU - The Mature Alaskans Seeking Skills Training program, an adult education and employment program at The Learning Connection, is seeking individuals 55 years or older to work in a paid trainee positions to learn new skills for a wage.

To play or not to play the college entrance game
I signed up for a two-hour seminar innocuously titled "The College Application Process." It felt more like "How Type-A Parents Play the College Game," because the room was full of parents, not students. What can I say? I was there, too.

Thank you from the family of Pamela Dunker
Pamela Dunker passed away recently following a no-holds-barred battle with ovarian cancer. As her primary care-giver, friend, soul mate and husband for 32 years, my own grief process has put too many things on the back burner, but this should not be one of them.

Four short stories by Pulitzer finalist are cynical, ironic, engaging, a little academic
"Dictation - A Quartet " (Houghton Mifflin Company, 179 pages, $24), by Cynthia Ozick

Catholic Community Service earns Well Workplace award for March
JUNEAU - The Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition has honored Catholic Community Service with its Well Workplace of the Month Award for March. The monthly award recognizes the efforts of Juneau organizations that promote employee wellness within their worksites.

Recognitions
The Siemens Foundation recently recognized its winners for the 10th annual 2007-'08 Siemens Awards for advanced placement. In Alaska, Isabel Bush, from Juneau-Douglas High School, and Jae Chung, from A.J. Dimond High School, won the college scholarship for the state. Additionally, Wendy Ehnert, from Austin E. Lathrop High School in Fairbanks, won the teachers award, while Palmer High School won the high school award.

FYI
Births

Pets of the week
Kitty heaven: Gastineau Humane Society has almost 30 cats

In the spring moss is king
Snow goes away, some of us lose it faster than others, but it all goes and the new season emerges. Stretching soggily, squelchingly and sloppily toward spring, the landscape reenergizes. Green buds swell toward the light. Pointed fingertips of the spring bulb flowers enter the aboveground world, bringing news from below. And in the forest, moss under the trees glows with renewed vigor.

Alaska's serial killer: Hunting strippers in the bush
Anchorage's Robert Hansen was a big game hunter who got tired of hunting until he came upon the novel idea of kidnapping, releasing and then hunting strippers in the Alaska bush.

Paradise on the Na Pali Coast
The day after my sister-in-law, Patty, and her husband, Mike, were married in Hawaii, we drove, with my husband, to Port Allen to sail up the Na Pali Coast on Catamaran Kahanu.

The Cambodian wedding, Part II
The guests to a Cambodian wedding don't actually come to the wedding until the second day. This is the real day of celebration.

Libraries feature new picture books
"Chowder," written and illustrated by Peter Brown. Chowder's owners think their bulldog is quirky, but other people think he's weird and other dogs say he belongs in a zoo. He uses a toilet, loves riding on the mechanical horses at the supermarket, and goes for walks with his owners - in a baby backpack. Despite his abilities, poor Chowder is lonely. So when the Food Ranch grocery store adds a petting zoo, Chowder wonders if maybe the dogs are right and hatches a plot to find out. The brilliantly goofy pictures really make this story about learning to enjoy being yourself something special.

Meet Rick Shaner, the director of Echo Ranch
There are some people who you can sit with and reminisce about the good old days; Rick Shaner, director of Echo Ranch Bible Camp, is one of those people.

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Elizabeth Bryson
Age: 11.

John T. Stewart
Longtime Juneau resident John T. Stewart died April 8, 2008, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home, due to complication from Alzheimer's disease. He was 77.

Alaska editorial: Gas pipeline could finally be on its way
Announcements like the one from BP and ConocoPhillips don't come about all that often. When they do, they stop you cold.

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: 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.

My turn: Juneau needs road's benefits
During the October 2000 election, the question asked was "Which of the following do you support for improving access from Juneau north: (a) enhanced ferry service or (b) a 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:

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

JDHS track ready to roll
A strong group of proven veterans will anchor the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls track teams when they open their season today with a two-day meet in Ketchikan.

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.

Okla. senator puts pressure on Don Young
WASHINGTON - An Oklahoma senator plans next week to propose legislation that would force a special congressional investigation to find out who set aside $10 million in a 2005 transportation bill, after it won final House and Senate passage, to study a possible highway interchange in southwest Florida.

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

Legislators mull pay raise change
House Speaker John Harris, R-Valdez, told what may have been a little fib recently. As with many people both in politics and elsewhere, it was about how much money he makes.

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

Legislators want public vote on gambling
ANCHORAGE - State legislators are moving quickly toward changing the state constitution so that a public vote would be necessary before any legalized gambling for profit can take place in Alaska.

Iditarod champion Jeff King charged with illegal moose kill
ANCHORAGE - Four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King has been charged with illegally killing a moose inside Denali National Park and Preserve.

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

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