Friday, April 17, 2009

Celebrate poetry month with a selection from the library
In celebration of National Poetry Month, today's column highlights works of poetry new to the Juneau Public Libraries.

Arts & Culture Calendar

Spring takes wing
By featuring a vast array of dance styles, music and contributing artists, Juneau Dance Unlimited's April Showcase would best be described as diverse.

Building musical knowledge
Folk Festival fans who have been sitting and tapping their toes to the music on stage this past week can take one or more opportunities this weekend to learn a new skill, broaden their existing musical knowledge or just shake a leg.

'Observe and Report' better off unobserved
I know the bait-and-switch tactic isn't technically illegal when it comes to movie trailers, but still... I am a little irked with the folks that put together the preview for "Observe and Report."

Post-festival blues worth every tear shed
I jumped the gun and already started thinking about how sad it's gonna be when my out-of-town friends leave after Folk Fest. There are indeed such things as the post-festival blues and they're not limited to our Alaska Folk Festival, either. They happen after the San Francisco Bluegrass Festival. They happen after the National Fiddler's Festival at Weiser, Idaho. They happen after the Portland Old-Time Gathering, Anderson Country Music Festival, South By Southwest, Wintergrass, and the list goes on and on.

Fashion fervor
An open invitation by the United Way's Cachet Garrett for a philanthropist to "discuss significant giving" could soon pay off.

Folk Fest events
Friday Evening, Centennial Hall

Student artist: Adelie McMillan
Age: 6

Museum announces temporary closure
The Alaska State Museum will be closed to the public April 20-25 for building maintenance.

Aldersgate to hold Earth Day celebration
In celebration of Earth Day, Aldersgate United Methodist Church will give thanks for the beauty and gifts of creation during its 11 a.m. service Sunday at 9161 Cinema Dr. The public is welcome.

Valley school extends call for artists
The City and Borough of Juneau and the Juneau School District have announced a "call for artists" to solicit proposals for the design, production and installation of artwork for the renovation of Glacier Valley Elementary School.

Dance studio offers waltz and cha-cha
Juneau Dance Unlimited is offering an eight-week waltz and cha-cha dance class with ballroom instructor Bryan Nord from 7-8:30 p.m. every Friday night at the dance studio, 8420 Airport Blvd, Ste. 202.

Daylight saving bill a train wreck
There's a freight train coming at us, and most Southeast Alaskans seem to be oblivious to it.

Oil spill cleanup a big concern
Oil spill cleanup in ice conditions is the big worry for us that live in Bristol Bay.

Shifting school start times not the answer
In my opinion, the basic premise upon which the Juneau School District administration is basing their proposal to shift school start times is fundamentally flawed. The high school kids that are zombies in the morning are zombies because they stay up until the wee hours of the morning, texting, Facebooking, mySpacing, playing video games and various other activities un-related to their hormonal sleep patterns.

Bill is trying to steal useable daylight
Have you seen this House Bill 19 being crammed down Southeast's throat? Although I live in Ketchikan, I would suggest anyone who likes children and puppies to storm the Capitol steps on this bill.

Palin nominates Grussendorf, again
Gov. Sarah Palin re-appointed legislative aide Tim Grussendorf to Juneau's vacant Senate seat on Wednesday, just hours after a legislative attorney said such a move would not be valid. The appointment came even as Tuesday's new appointee, contractor Alan Wilson, worked the Capitol halls to garner support.

Juneau delegates split on nominee
Juneau's legislative delegation split on the controversial rejection of Wayne Anthony Ross to be Alaska's Attorney General. One said she was troubled by some of his past comments, while the other believes some of the statements attributed to him were untrue.

Woman pleads guilty in undercover OxyContin bust
A 25-year-old Juneau woman pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony drug charge related to an undercover OxyContin sting conducted last month in a Juneau hotel.

Taxpayers scramble to meet deadline
Every April 15, last-minute taxpayers who haven't warmed up to Internet alternatives line up at post offices to mail out their federal income tax returns.

District chooses 3 finalists for superintendent
The Juneau School Board announced Thursday its list of three finalists to be the school district's next superintendent.

Ketchikan artist explores new twist on Native art
Ketchikan-based artist Stron Softi tries to create work that can speak beyond itself.

Photo: Smokin' at Folk Fest
Andre Brunet, left, and Peirre-Luc Dupuis of De Temps Antan perform as this year's guest artists to the 35th Alaska Folk Festival at Centennial Hall Thursday night. Not shown is band member Eric Beaudry. The band from Québec, Canada, will play Friday's dance at 10:45 p.m. and a final performance Sunday at 9 p.m. For a schedule of all event performances, see page C5.

Photo: Entering embrace
The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska is hosting its 74th annual Tribal Assembly this week, through Friday, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. This year's theme is "Our Culture and Our Children Surviving Today and Succeeding Tomorrow."

Photo: Riding the bear
Ben Matlock, center, along with other students from the Academy Charter School in Palmer, play Wednesday on R.T. Wallen's bronze bear statue near the Capitol. Twenty-seven sixth graders are spending three days in Juneau learning about how government works.

Photo: Holy Thursday
Father Michael Oleksa gives his homily during Holy Thursday services at St. NicholasOrthodox Church in Juneau. Orthodox churches use the Julian Calendar, which has adifferent date for Easter than western churches. The church will be observing Easterservices this weekend. Oleksa, from Anchorage, is the former parish priest for St. Nicholas. He is in Juneau for Easter services since the church does not have a priest.

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

Around Town
Thursday, April 16

Around Town
Today, April 17

Notice
Wednesday's Police & Fire report will appear in Friday's paper.

Robert 'Bob' Paul Welle
Longtime Juneau resident Robert "Bob" Paul Welle died in his home on April 10, 2009. He was 46.

Alaska editorial: Into the future
Southeast Alaska is a tough challenge for a private employer, and the statistics bear that out. In this region, 42 percent of wages come from the public sector.

Alaska editorial: Domestic drilling is preferable to buying America's oil abroad
No one can deny that drilling for oil and gas in the ocean is risky, and Alaska's foul-weather waters are riskier, in some ways, than other places off our nation's shores. The evidence indicates, though, that this risk can be addressed to prevent catastrophic spills.

Alaska editorial: Spirit of Statehood
Every once in a while, there's a news event that just makes us smile, and one of those happened last Thursday. Alaska Airlines unveiled its new "Spirit of Alaska Statehood" Boeing 737.

Alaska editorial: Bill aims to give foster children a better chance
Not all Alaska's foster children will need state help when they turn 19 and can strike out on their own. Many, however, do. And strike out is exactly what some of them do without that help.

My Turn: Most people have never been asked to volunteer
On Sept. 12, 2008, in a bipartisan collaboration, Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, introduced the "Serve America Act" to expand opportunities for service for all Americans.

My Turn: PLAs make financial sense for Alaskans
Passage of House Bill 185, sponsored by Rep. Mike Kelly, strips Alaska of an important tool that would diminish control of Alaska's interests.

How to solve the pirate problem
Well, that was simple. Shoot the pirates, problem solved.

Socialism, courtesy of Wall Street
According to a Rasmussen poll released last week, 37 percent of Americans under age 30 prefer capitalism, 33 percent prefer socialism and 30 percent are undecided. Among all Americans, 53 percent prefer capitalism, 20 percent prefer socialism and 27 percent are undecided.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

House bill 'exempts' Alaska from federal gun regulation
JUNEAU - The state House has approved a bill exempting guns and ammunition manufactured and kept within Alaska from federal firearms regulation, a measure critics immediately said was unconstitutional.

Senate approves bill banning window tinting
JUNEAU - The state Senate has passed a bill outlawing the installation of illegal window tinting on cars and trucks.

Authorities seek armed robber
FAIRBANKS - Authorities in Fairbanks are looking for an armed man who held up a hotel clerk.

Students might tap underused lab
KODIAK - Kodiak students might benefit in the future from an underused laboratory at the Fisheries Technology Research Center.

State's largest caribou herds see big growth
FAIRBANKS - The populations of two of Alaska's largest caribou herds have increased significantly in the past seven years, but numbers in surrounding herds have declined.

Whittier road closed through weekend
ANCHORAGE - State transportation officials said the road to Whittier will remain closed through the weekend or even longer as the cleanup continues following a massive rock slide.

Suspect in holdup wanted encounter with police
FAIRBANKS - Authorities say a Salcha woman accused of holding up two North Pole bank workers at gunpoint might have done so to get attention from police.

Studded tire deadline extended to May 1
ANCHORAGE - The state has extended the deadline for removing studded tires for some drivers.

Anchorage approves hiring bear officer
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage is getting a seasonal bear cop.

Disaster panel mulls record Kotzebue snow
ANCHORAGE - A state panel is considering a disaster declaration by the Northwest Arctic Borough in response to record snowfall in Kotzebue this winter.

Alaska Railroad posts profits from 2008
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Railroad Corp. reported a $12.6 million profit in 2008.

Alaska House backs Kensington permits
JUNEAU - The Alaska House of Representatives voted again Thursday to symbolically support permits for Juneau's Kensington Mine, which currently await review by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Rural villages face messy spring
FAIRBANKS - A National Weather Service specialist said several villages in rural Alaska are facing a difficult breakup, including possible flooding.

Alaska Airlines, pilots reach contract deal
SEATTLE - Alaska Airlines and the union for its 1,500 pilots said they have a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract.

Johnston lawyer bristles at 'deadbeat dad' label
ANCHORAGE - Levi Johnston's lawyer is bristling at suggestions from Gov. Sarah Palin's family that the 19-year-old is a deadbeat dad.

JDHS athletes ready to hit KayHi
The Crimson Bears have no reliable race times, throwing distances or leaping marks after more than a month of practicing indoors, but don't question if they want to get outside for a meet yet.

Local skiers sweep big air contest
Juneau's own Sam Buck took first place at Haines' annual big air skiing contest on the Three Guardsmen last weekend, topping the field with an overall score of 69.5.

Elite Cheer hosts clinic
The Alaska Elite Cheer Team will be offering free daycare this Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m at Thunder Mountain High School's main gym.

King salmon regulations liberalized near Juneau
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Wednesday that sport fishing regulations for king salmon will be liberalized in the marine waters of District 11 near Juneau.

Arriving late a wise plan for hummers
Mother Nature must be thinking about spring. The gulls are once again flying regularly between the rock, across Mendenhall Lake from the visitor center, and the wetlands. Ducks are exploring the Valley for ice-free ponds, but finding very few as of the end of the first week in April.

Photo: Kickin' it
Juneau-Douglas High School soccer player Dorothy Brent, right, fights with KayHi's Molly Ortiz for control of the ball in a recent girls match at Dudley Field in Ketchikan.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Legislature rejects Palin's AG nominee
A man praised by some for his integrity and denounced by others for his intolerance will not be Alaska's top lawyer after the state Legislature on Thursday, in an unprecedented move, rejected Gov. Sarah Palin's nominee Wayne Anthony Ross for state attorney general.

Budget in spotlight as session nears end
The last days of a legislative session usually mean little sleep and a flurry of bills passed before the final ticks of the clock. State Senate leaders say that's not likely this year.

Alaskans denounce bailout in tax protests
ANCHORAGE - Bonnie Hunsaker, of Anchorage, awoke on tax day with a sick feeling in the pit of her stomach. Her nausea was caused by having to pay $23,308 in taxes.

Governing not easy for polarizing Palin
It's not getting any easier for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who is becoming a more polarizing figure at home while she tries to maintain a national profile from one of the most remote states in the union.

Palmer pilot says crash came 'really fast'
JACKSON, Wyo. - The pilot who survived a crash with his daughter on a Wyoming mountain pass said a downdraft forced him to crash land their small plane.

GOP chairman calls Gov. Palin a party leader
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Republican National Chairman Michael Steele said Thursday that 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is among a crowd of current GOP standard bearers that also includes fellow governors Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and Mark Sanford of South Carolina.

Nervous Alaska outfitters tell clients, 'let's make a deal'
ANCHORAGE - Skittish about the possibility the summer could bring a tourist bust, outdoor-related businesses of all sorts were offering deals, deals, deals at The Great Alaska Sportsman Show.

Palin nominee for Fish Board rejected
Alaska sport fishing groups flexed their muscle and successfully lobbied to block a commercial fisherman from taking a seat on the Board of Fisheries.

Lawyer refunds campaign for legal bill
WASHINGTON - Rep. Don Young has received a refund from an attorney representing Young's former campaign manager.

Lawmakers approve stopgap guard benefits
ANCHORAGE - Congress failed to act quickly, so state lawmakers stepped in to help World War II veterans whose pensions were reduced after the military no longer recognized their service guarding the territory of Alaska from the threat of Japanese attack.

NOAA takes steps to designate beluga habitat
ANCHORAGE - A federal agency is taking steps to designate critical habitat for beluga whales off Anchorage, but a conservation group pushing for protection says the process is too slow.

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