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Thursday, April 15, 2010

More than Mozart
Lennon and McCartney. Plant and Page. Mozart and Da Ponte.

New chapter books for all ages in at the library
There are lots of new chapter books for a variety of reading levels and interests at the Juneau Public Libraries. Look for them on the Juvenile New Book shelves in the kids' area.

Call for performers for summer concerts
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council is now scheduling its summertime Concerts in the Park and the brand new Sundays at Savikko series. Performers, emcees and volunteers are encouraged to participate.

Be the first Alaskan on Project Runway
Tim Gunn wants Alaska designers. The Lifetime Network is currently casting season 8 of the popular program, and the show's producers are actively seeking Alaskan applicants.

Rapper Luckyiam makes first trip to Juneau
Rap and hip-hop artist Luckyiam, gearing up to visit Juneau for the first time this weekend, wants to give you a present. The musician, who performs at the Rendezvous Friday night starting at 9 p.m., has made a mix tape called "The Present," available for free download at his Web site: www.legendarymusic.net/thepresent/.

Perseverance presents Hansel & Gretel
Perseverance Theatre's 31st Mainstage Season closes with a new version of Hansel & Gretel featuring new music by Bob Banghart.

Empty bowls still needed at Glory Hole
The Glory Hole is looking for more bowls for its upcoming fundraising event, Empty Bowls, scheduled for April 25. Glory Hole Executive Director Mariya Lovishchuk said the shelter will gratefully accept handmade bowls of all colors and shapes, made from any creative medium that can handle hot soup (wood, ceramic, etc).

New local photo contest announced
Photo submissions are now being accepted for Juneau's 1st Annual Amateur Photo Contest. The contest includes eight categories in black and white and in color photography, and is open in two divisions, senior (over 18) and junior. The eight categories are portrait, scenic, animals, sports, marco (close up of anything), creative (photo manipulating through any means), Juneau and unclassified.

Roofing begins on arts and culture center
The Juneau Arts & Culture Center is getting a new roof.

Repurposed bag workshop held Sunday
In honor of Earth Day, and inspired by Turning the Tides, the Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery is offering a free family bag-making workshop this weekend. Turn your favorite old t-shirt into a bag you won't forget to take to the market, and reduce local use of plastic shopping bags.

Gear up to 'glamping' this summer with DIY inspiration
We all love camping; the starry nights, the adventure, the incessant rain pattering that keeps you wide awake as it seeps steadily through the sides of your tent into your damp, cocoon-like sleeping bag, while your stomach churns from a dinner of blackened dogs and cheap brews.

'Date Night' saved by Fey, Carell
T he Phoenix Suns do not play very good basketball when Steve Nash misses any significant amount of time. "Joey" did not work as a sitcom on NBC because nobody cared about Joey without the rest of his "Friends" there with him. If Conan O'Brien were to shave that beautiful pompadour off his head, he would likely become immediately less funny.

Eagle totem to be raised at UAS
An Eagle totem pole will be raised at the University of Alaska Southeast this month, bringing an end to a quest to balance an existing Raven pole on campus.

SEACC does not represent the interests of Edna Bay residents
I know that my fellow residents of Edna Bay with whom I have spoken all feel exactly the same as I am expressing in this letter. We are aware that the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council is involved in closed-door meetings with Sealaska concerning these land bills.

Media coverage is neccessary
On Thursday, April 8, the Juneau Empire reported on statements made by state Sen. Albert Kookesh at a public forum held at Andrew Hope Hall on Wednesday (April 7) in Juneau. Basically, the Senator chided the news media for what seemed to him to be prolonged coverage of a Craig City Council incident involving the senator and Sealaska's desire to permanently select lands around Craig and other villages on Prince of Wales Island for the harvesting of significant forest acreage. This in spite of strong objections from PWI residents who do not want to see their unique subsistence way-of-life or their more recent tourism interests compromised.

Fats found in whole foods are not unhealthy
Editor's note: This is the third part of a series focussing on nutrition that will run every other Thursday.

Metered parking moves forward
Juneau is moving toward metered parking downtown.

Reported meth lab turns out to be paint stripper instead
Alaska State Troopers were called to the site of a possible clandestine methamphetamine lab Tuesday afternoon at the 6800 block of Leslie Avenue and, after entry, determined that the initial complaint had been wrong. There was no meth lab, just newly painted furniture.

Tongass timber wars simmer under forest planning process
Community leaders given a chance to comment on forest planning Tuesday during a regional roundtable in Juneau said they want more control over decisions made on public lands surrounding their towns.

Photo: Stumpy situation
Southeast Alaska area superintendent Mike Eberhartt looks over the stumps of the cottonwood trees Monday taken down last week on the House of Wickersham property on Seventh Street. Eberhartt plans to have the stumps removed next fall when the yard is relandscaped with new trees and hedges.

Photo: Sewing a drum
Brothers Ruben Hoppe, left, and Mason Hoppe sew skins onto their drum frames during a drum-making class March 22-26 sponsored by the Klawock Tribal Youth Program.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: Feeding time in the trees
A porcupine feeds in a pussy willow tree along the Perseverance Trail late Monday afternoon. The second largest member of the rodent family, after beaver, the porcupine likes to feed on vegetation, especially budding bushes and trees. Porcupine quills, which become hard approximately 30 minutes after birth, are hollow and buoyant allowing them to swim across wide streams and lakes if necessary.

Job fair helps students face pending career choices
Sophomore Randon Calderwood is interested in chemistry. Several other students at the Juneau School District’s Career Expo on Wednesday said they’re interested in science. And Forest Service Public Affairs Specialist Teresa Haugh said that with a work force composed of a large percentage of aging biologists, geologists, and other "ologists," the federal agency is a promising possibility for science-oriented students.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Florence Marjorie Bennett
Hoonah and former Juneau resident Florence Marjorie Bennett died peacefully on April 9, 2010, after a brief illness in Juneau. She was 89.

Henry I. Akiyama
Longtime Juneau resident and well-known physician Dr. Henry I. Akiyama died April 9, 2010, after a brief struggle with B-cell lymphoma cancer. He spent his final days at home with his children by his side, receiving prayers, cards, e-mails and visits from his many friends, patients and staff.

Dorothy Osborne
Longtime Juneau resident Dorothy Alice Osborne was died April 12, 2010, surrounded by her family in Juneau. She was 87.

Purse strings in Haiti
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday:

Video from Iraq war has lessons US should heed
The following editorial first appeared in the Kansas City Star:

The dangers of growing DNA databases
President Obama may have given credence to a relatively new but questionable law enforcement practice that the rest of the developed world is starting to shun: taking and retaining DNA samples from individuals arrested for a crime but not convicted. That is, putting innocent people's DNA in criminal databases.

Here's the facts about predator control policies
A recent online issue of Alaska Magazine ran a poll asking whether predator control was a good idea or a bad idea. About 80 percent of the participants opposed predator control.

KidCare is best for children
Next to Medicaid, Denali KidCare is the best means of providing medical care to Alaskan children. For more than 10 years, this program has assisted families whose income is just above poverty and whose children are therefore ineligible for Medicaid. The program covers teens through age 18 and also pregnant women.

Let's touch base
FYI: Just a heads up that I've been spinning my wheels, trying to get some traction. Bottom line (in a top-line summary) - let's touch base.

Fact: Civil War was all about slavery
"We went to war on account of the thing we quarreled with the North about. I never heard of any other cause of quarrel than slavery. Men fight from sentiment. After the fight is over they invent some fanciful theory on which they imagine that they fought." - Confederate Col. John S. Mosby.

Anchorage student found with gun, arrested at school
ANCHORAGE - A 17-year-old boy has been arrested after police found a gun on him at school.

Anchorage police kill armed man in standoff
ANCHORAGE - Police shot and killed an armed man during an hour-long standoff Wednesday at an Anchorage apartment.

Redoubt volcano stops shaking
ANCHORAGE - The swarm of small shallow earthquakes that began April 5 at the Redoubt volcano has ended, and the shaking returned to background levels.

Senate passes $2.8 billion capital budget
JUNEAU - The state Senate has passed a nearly $2.8 billion capital spending plan.

Fairbanks assistant DA sentenced to 8 days in jail
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks assistant district attorney has been sentenced to eight days in jail after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of prescription drugs and third-degree assault.

Denali closes sections of park to snowmobiles
ANCHORAGE - A lack of snow cover has led officials of Denali National Park and Preserve to close northern sections to snowmobiles for the season.

Sitka Community Hospital welcomes new surgeon
SITKA - Sitka Community Hospital would like to welcome the newest addition to our medical staff, general surgeon Dr. Richard Wein. For more than nine years, Wein has served the surgical needs of patients in both Sitka and other communities throughout Southeast Alaska.

Park service closes wolf hunting in Yukon-Charley
FAIRBANKS - The National Park Service has closed sport hunting and trapping for wolves in the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve east of Fairbanks.

Idaho man killed in Alaska accident
ANCHORAGE - A 70-year-old Idaho man has been killed in one-car accident on the Seward Highway south of Anchorage.

Rainforest Yoga Hosts Guest Artists for Workshop
JUNEAU - Guest teachers Steve Emmerman and Talya Ring, from Turbo Dog Spirit Center in Chicago, will be in Juneau April 30 to May 2 to offer a special weekend Forrest Yoga workshop themed "Nourishing Your Spirit."

Man enters plea in case of officer's stolen guns
KENAI - A Homer man has acknowledged being involved when weapons were stolen from a police officer's car.

UA regents to travel to Bristol Bay
ANCHORAGE - The University of Alaska Board of Regents will be visiting the Bristol Bay campus this week.

Consortium offers home dental screenings to Klawock elders
KLAWOCK - SEARHC Dental Health Aide Therapist Dan Kennedy - who works at the Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock - and ARMC dental assistant Chelsie Hobart will offer a dental outreach clinic for elders at their homes from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 23.

Consortium's Behavioral Health Division hosts event
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Behavioral Health Division will host a community healing circle on Saturday at the SEARHC Community Health Services building, 1212 Seward Ave., behind the totem pole.

House panel passes out energy tax bill
JUNEAU - A House committee has moved out its version of a bill changing Alaska's system of taxing oil and gas production together.

Meetings across Alaska to air veterans' concerns
ANCHORAGE - Military veterans can air their concerns in town hall meetings this spring across Alaska.

Haines teen illegally shoots moose that charged his dog
HAINES - Alaska state troopers say a 14-year-old boy that killed a moose in Haines shot illegally. He was sentenced Monday to 30 hours of community service.

Police release name of man found dead in stadium dugout
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have released the name of a man whose body was found in a dugout of the Mulcahy Stadium baseball field.

Hyder seeks $10,000 for dock repair
KETCHIKAN - Hyder residents are seeking state help to repair a 74-year-old dock.

Woman arrested after allegedly passing bad bills
JUNEAU - Juneau police arrested a Washington woman Wednesday after she allegedly attempted to pass eight counterfeit $100 bills at a big-box retailer.

Inert explosive device slows Fairbanks traffic
FAIRBANKS - Traffic in north Fairbanks slowed down after the discovery of an inert explosive training aid used by the Air Force.

Police ID body found in Anchorage park
ANCHORAGE - Police have identified the body found in an East Anchorage park as 17-year-old Charlene Shugak.

Baptism by fire for Falcons
For most new high school sports programs, going into competition against traditional, successful programs is a rite of passage.

The king of all rings
Tim Kissner can read your future. He can look into his "crystal ball," as he analogized, and tell you how far your talents - or lack thereof - can lead you.

Big prep weekend kicks off today
The Juneau-Douglas boys' soccer team is set to welcome the West Valley Wolfpack to Adair-Kennedy Field - the site of this year's state tourney - for its 2010 home opener in what will be a matchup against one of the best teams Fairbanks has to offer.

Senate passes cruise tax cut
The Alaska Senate voted to roll back much of the voter-adopted $46 cruise ship head tax Wednesday, handing the state's important tourism industry a big victory and millions of dollars in tax reductions.

Legislators agree on construction projects
While Alaska's capital budget is already being called "bloated" by critics, the debate now is about borrowing more money, up to $400 million more, to build even more.

Rasmuson Foundation expects normal giving by 2011
FAIRBANKS - After a year of cuts, Fairbanks' Rasmuson Foundation expects to be back to normal giving by 2011.

Scholarship bill moves from Senate to House
JUNEAU - The Alaska state Senate is sending the House a scholarship bill that contrasts with the governor's proposed merit scholarships.

Lingering questions remain about Alaska gas, oil tax
The state Legislature has spent considerable time this session looking at whether to change Alaska's system of taxing oil and gas production together. Despite that, there remains considerable debate over whether it's necessary, with adjournment days away.

Zale among jewelers opposed to Alaska mine
ANCHORAGE - The nation's second-largest jewelry retailer on Tuesday joined the opposition to a gold and copper mine being developed in southwest Alaska near the world's largest remaining wild sockeye salmon streams.

Calif. students find Palin contract in trash
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sarah Palin will get first-class airfare for two and three rooms at a luxury hotel when she gives a speech in June for a university foundation.

Interior Secretary unveils arctic drilling plan
ANCHORAGE - Federal scientists have until Oct. 1 to decide what additional research is needed to determine the effects of offshore oil and gas development in the Arctic Ocean, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday.

Marijuana lawyer Irwin Ravin dies in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Homer lawyer Irwin Ravin who challenged Alaska's marijuana possession law has died at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 70.

Farm owners sell rights to save land
PALMER - The owners of an 80-acre Palmer farm have sold the development rights to preserve the land.

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