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Friday, April 16, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Taku's riches are its fishery, not another mining venture
News that an unidentified buyer wants to reopen the Tulsequah Chief Mine should be of grave concern to Alaska's citizens and the current administration. In 1957, Canadian mining company Cominco (now known as Teck) abandoned the Tulsequah Chief operation without a proper cleanup. Cominco left behind vast amounts of tailings and waste rock that continue to cause acid mine drainage to flow into the Tulsequah River and thence down the Taku River into Alaska. Canadian government documents indicate that acid mine drainage from the abandoned mine is acutely toxic to fish.

Ask your Senator to vote for HB14 on the floor
Trivial legislation isn't controversial. People don't care about trivial things. Some people have said that HB14 (Alaskan Malamute as Official State Dog) is trivial legislation and that the Senate is too busy with important work to deal with that bill now.

Marred landscape changes unique visual beauty we enjoy here
This weekend I took a drive out the road to hike Boy Scout beach and was almost brought to tears to see my favorite view of Eagle Glacier and the ice field destroyed by a huge gash in the rock face across from Eagle Beach.

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.

Photo: Spring cleaning
Mark Kiesel of the Department of Transportation pressure washes the sidewalk andrailing on the Brotherhood Bridge as part of spring cleaning Thursday.

Employees decry 'culture of fear' at Bartlett
Many Bartlett Regional Hospital employees live in fear of being demoted, reassigned or fired for speaking out or disagreeing with hospital leaders.

Hospital awaiting lab results of suspicious substance
A small portion of Bartlett Regional Hospital's administrative offices remained closed Thursday pending the toxicology report from the State of Alaska Epidemiology Lab in Anchorage concerning an unknown substance found in a shipment from an established vendor.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

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.

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.

Jennifer Louise Fawcett
Former Juneau resident Jennifer Louise Fawcett died April 8, 2010, in Anchorage. She was 62.

Irene "Hessee" Thayer
Former Juneau resident Irene "Hessee" Thayer died Feb. 16, 2010, in Sitka. She was 83.

The inconvenience of the truth
Let's talk tea party - and the press.

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

Land ethic needed for Tongass
The 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act passed by Congress gives Sealaska Corp the right to select some 85,000 acres of Tongass National Forest land in clearly defined areas in Southeast Alaska. However, Senate Bill 881 would change the areas from which Sealaska could make its selections to include more economically valuable land such as old-growth forest.

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.

Leave the cruise ship head tax alone
Gov. Sean Parnell's proposal to reduce the $50 cruise ship head tax is a bad deal for Alaska and potentially self-serving for him and our elected legislators. If legislators approve Governor Parnell's proposal, they too should be held accountable by the people of Alaska for overriding a "citizens' initiative" and for giving up tens of millions of dollars of tax revenue, important to the tourism infrastructure of many of Alaska's coastal communities.

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.

Meet the Migration
The Mendenhall Wetlands are like a truck stop for migrating birds. They exit off their airborne interstate to take advantage of the snacks, of both the vertebrate and invertebrate variety, the lodgings and the opportunity to just refuel.

5K run downtown to honor child abuse survivors
JUNEAU - Residents are invited to participate in a 5 kilometer run aimed to honor survivors of child abuse and sexual assault along the downtown waterfront at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Southeast Outdoor Safety Exposition happening Sunday
JUNEAU - The 2nd annual Southeast Outdoor Safety Expo, presented by the Juneau Rotary, will be free and open to the public at 10 a.m. Sunday at Centennial Hall.

Lectures abound at visitor center to celebrate Earth Day
JUNEAU - A pair of lectures on photography will happen this weekend at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Rhubarb dig up at Community Garden
JUNEAU - Join local gardeners at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 17 at the Juneau Community Garden to dig up rhubarb test plots to make way for a future test project.

Living history presentation at Floyd Dryden
JUNEAU - Ronald Schramm will be presenting a living history exposition on mountain men today at 10 a.m. at Floyd Dryden Middle School.

Yukon River Quest deadline extended
WHITEHORSE, Yukon - The registration deadline for the 12th annual Yukon River Quest has been extended from April 15 to May 1.

State land sale offers remote cabin sites
ANCHORAGE - The Department of Natural Resources has announced that Alaska residents may apply for the 2010 Remote Recreational Cabin Sites land sale lottery beginning today.

Safety Stand Down event happening Saturday at airport
JUNEAU - The 2010 FAASTeam's National Safety Stand Down event will happen at noon in the Aurora Room at the Juneau International Airport.

Nature's way not always appealing
The small saga of the mallard pair on my pond came to a sudden end one April evening.

Featured trail: Dan Moller
The sun was such a tease this weekend. It came and went, ducking in and out of cloud cover.

Celebrate Earth Day at the glacier
In a place like Juneau where scenic beauty is commonplace, it can sometimes be easy, for residents take their surroundings for granted.

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Juneau trail projects awarded nearly $1M
JUNEAU - Several popular Juneau trails will receive nearly $1 million in funding this summer according to Trail Mix, Inc., a local nonprofit organization that builds and maintains many local trails.

Boating Safety class for women scheduled
JUNEAU - A two-day boating safety course provided in a supportive, women-only classroom, is being offered in Juneau by Alaska Marine Safety Education Association May 7-8.

Officials remind Juneau residents to be bear aware
JUNEAU - Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials are reminding residents that bears will soon be emerging from hibernation and will be looking to restore lost energy reserves.

Invasive species talk to highlight meeting
JUNEAU - Tammy Davis of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will talk on invasive species at the upcoming Raincountry Fly Fishers meeting beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 21 in the Floyd Dryden Middle School library.

Submissions sought for photo contest
JUNEAU - Photo submissions will be accepted through April 30 for Juneau's first Ammeter Photo Contest. Judging will be done by Nick Jans, Mark Kelley and Joel Bennett. All photos will be placed on display at the Nugget Mall from May 4 to 15. There is a $10 per entry fee, and all fees go to support a non-profit cancer awareness foundation, Love Hope Strength. More information and applications are available at www.juneauphotocontest.com.

Liberalized regulations in effect for king salmon sport fishing
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced this week that sport fishing regulations for king salmon will be liberalized in the marine waters of District 11 near Juneau.

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."

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

TMHS arts students compete in contest
JUNEAU - Art students at Thunder Mountain High School learned Thursday they are finalists for a design competition involving shoes.

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.

Post-mortem permanent fund payout OK'ed
JUNEAU - The House has passed a bill letting some dead applicants claim one last Alaska Permanent Fund payout.

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

5-foot Virgin Mary statue stolen from Palmer church
PALMER - Police are hoping whoever took a 5-foot-tall statue of the Virgin Mary from St. Michael's Catholic Church in Palmer brings it back.

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.

5-year sentence for sex assault at Fairbanks home
FAIRBANKS - A man convicted of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl at a Fairbanks home was sentenced to five years in prison.

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.

Army wants artillery restrictions lifted at Flats
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Army wants to remove restrictions on live-fire artillery training at Eagle River Flats on Fort Richardson.

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.

Gov gets bill expanding gun rights for some felons
JUNEAU - The state Senate has passed legislation restoring gun rights for some nonviolent felons. The bill now goes to the governor.

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.

Tea Party protesters rally in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Several hundred Tea Party protesters showed up at a busy downtown intersection Thursday for a tax-day rally decrying a federal government they say is out of control.

Senate passes resolution for education task force
JUNEAU - The Alaska Senate has approved a resolution creating an interim task force to study and recommend ways to move ahead on post-secondary financial aid.

Studded tire use extended to May 1
JUNEAU - The Department of Transportation announced an extension for studded tire use until May 1.

'We don't have any holes'
Juneau-Douglas came up short in its bid for back-to-back state softball championships last year after winning it all in 2008, but the Crimson Bears are back with an experienced team and state title dreams for 2010.

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

Bears blank Wolfpack
The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears cruised past the West Valley Wolfpack 3-0 behind two goals from Junior striker Rhett Bennett on Thursday night at Adair-Kennedy Field.

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.

Capital Cup
The Capital Cup, a friendly tennis competition between Juneau and Whitehorse, was held April 9-11 at the JRC/Alaska Club. At stake was the possession of the perpetual trophy, which has existed since 1983 between the sister cities.

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.

Alaska House panel weighing gas tax bill
JUNEAU - The House Finance Committee is considering an oil and gas production tax bill that's similar to one passed by the Senate.

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.

Southeast students protest tuition hikes
College students were quick to protest proposed tuition hikes Thursday, after University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton called for increases far exceeding the rate of inflation, citing the economic outlook and tight state budgets.

Scholarships compromise likely - after session
Gov. Sean Parnell and state Senate President Gary Stevens say they expect differences over major scholarship legislation will be worked out without calling a special session - but not necessarily before adjournment Sunday.

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.

Conservationists, Sealaska meeting on lands bill
ANCHORAGE- An invitation-only meeting is planned between conservation groups and an Alaska Native corporation to discuss a lands bill seeking to privatize tens of thousands of acres of public land in the Tongass National Forest.

The bill graveyard
They're calling it the "Burt Locker," and dozens of legislative dreams are expected to die in it in the next few days.

Coastal battle flares in Legislature's final days
Gov. Sean Parnell and Alaska's coastal communities are battling over who controls the state's coasts.

Will cruise lines walk through Alaska's 'open door'?
Senators voting for a cruise industry tax cut Wednesday who said they expect to see more passengers could be disappointed, since cruise lines harbor multiple concerns about the cost of doing business in Alaska.

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