Saturday, April 11, 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?"

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Around Town
Friday, April 10

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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