Friday, April 18, 2008

Royal welcome for 'The Beauty Queen of Leenane'
This Thursday the Thunder Mountain Theatre Project will open their spring play, "The Beauty Queen of Leenane." Written by Martin McDonagh, the play is set in the small Irish town of Leenane, Connemara, a remote community that is somewhat comparable to Juneau.

Southeast Alaska literary journal launches latest issue
Southeast Alaska writers and artists will give birth to a brand new edition of the literary and art journal "Tidal Echoes" this Saturday, April 19, at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Earth Day to be held at Mendenhall Glacier on April 19
Earth Day will be celebrated at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, with activities and entertainment for all ages.

Nuclear Awareness Conference held April 18 through 20
The University of Alaska Southeast will host a three-day Nuclear Awareness Conference beginning Friday, April 18, at the Auke Bay campus.

Stark's existential sociopath, Parker, is back in new caper
"Dirty Money" (Grand Central Publishing, 276 pages, $23.99), by Richard Stark.

Spot young adult fiction by neon stripes on spines
Young adult fiction is meant for high school and college age readers and can be easily spotted on the fiction shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries by the neon stripes on the spines. There's some great stuff here - romances, sci-fi, thrillers, and the ever-popular "teen angst" novel.

What's Happening
THURSDAY, APRIL 17

A smokin' good time
If you enjoy experimenting with bold flavors, but don't own a stovetop smoker, you should find yourself one before the summer season swings into gear.

Tallying tantalizing taste tests
I've been talking a lot about the great selections our distributors have been bringing into town of late. Now the problem is, how do you taste them without spending a fortune, as I do, trying all the selections in the beer aisle?

'Battlefield: Bad Company' has a mercenary flair
With a lousy base salary, poor health benefits and a working environment that rewards its employees with post-traumatic stress disorder more often than it does medals, the life of a soldier isn't always as glorious as Rambo makes it out to be. So, if you happen to find an abandoned enemy outpost with a few crates of gold, why shouldn't you and your comrades grab a few bars for your next R&R? With a defense budget larger than the next nine countries combined, does Uncle Sam really need the extra scratch? Your squad mates in "B Company" don't think so.

Getting control?
This week I encountered two exchanges regarding parental control of Internet activity. The first was a presentation from the Juneau Police Department at Floyd-Dryden Middle School, where they encouraged parents to find out what their children are doing on the Internet and recommended some Web sites where parents could purchase monitoring software.

Middle school needs a slower speed zone
As I drove my kids to school Monday, my heart absolutely stopped as I came near the Timber Apartments, across from Mint Way, to see a small little guy, maybe a first-grader, standing there looking back and forth as cars sped by at 45 mph. I looked in my rear-view mirror to see him make a mad dash across the icy street and almost slip and fall.

Yankee Cove a brutal terminal site
No hard feelings? If Goldbelt's CEO, Coeur Alaska, Southeast Conservation Council and the mayor think all is well to run a ferry from Yankee Cove to Berners Bay, think again. Those of us who fish in Lynn Canal throughout the year, including in Berners Bay, know it's no cake walk.

State abortion bill merited more support
On behalf of our members and supporters, I thank those in the House of Representatives who voted in support of House Bill 301, a bill relating to partial birth abortion.

Alaskans to get better ID theft protection
It's been a long time in coming, but Alaska now enjoys some of the strongest identity theft protections in the United States. AkPIRG has been working to pass this important legislation since 2005, and we are glad that these protections made it through the process before the end of the session. Alaska now joins 39 other states that have already implemented similar laws.

Juneau requests $25 million in aid
The Juneau city government shifted into response gear Thursday by declaring the loss of its hydroelectricity a "disaster," then asking the state for aid to cover a nearly instantaneous 500 percent rate hike.

Avalanche knocks out hydro power
Juneau homeowners' and some renters' electricity rates will likely quintuple next month. The city's electric utility will resort to running on diesel as the result of an avalanche Wednesday morning that cut hydroelectric power to the area.

School District wants city to boost activities funding
Officials from the Juneau School District will be making their case in front of the Juneau Assembly today to put much more public money into high school sports and activities.

Feeling the squeeze
The lights were low in many Juneau offices and homes Thursday, as businesses and residents began searching for ways to conserve energy and costs.

Judge denies request to visit dying mother
Accused drug kingpin Aaron Washington asked the court Wednesday to lower his bail by $75,000 and allow him to travel to Staten Island, N.Y., to see his dying mother.

Public entities to feel electric pinch, too
The avalanche felt 'round Juneau's pocketbook won't just affect homeowners staring dumbfounded at their electric bills. A good chunk of tax dollars distributed through the city's multitude of public entities also will go toward paying for the estimated five-fold increase in electric rates.

City manager wants citizens to be wary of avalanches
Recent storms have added several feet of new snow to an already deep snowpack above Juneau, and weather forecasters call for temperatures to climb into the 50s this weekend.

83-year-old woman loses $1,000 at grocery store
For someone in town, last Thursday was a lucky day, but it wasn't Evelyn Reeves'.

Snowfall breaks record
Juneau's snowfall record for April 17 was buried under more than a half-foot of snow Thursday.

Photo: Spring snow
Clint Talley walks along the bike path Wednesday next to Twin Lakes. "This is great. I'd rather have snow than rain," Talley said. The National Weather Service predicted 1 to 3 inches of snow would accumulate Wednesday night. The forecast called for light snow showers mixing with rain by this afternoon.

Photos: Lively assembly
First, William Martin, president of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, far right, leads delegates during the grand entrance dance to start the 73rd annual General Assembly at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. Second, Bradley Fluetsch dances during the event. The assembly's theme is "Our Youth Today, Our Leaders Tomorrow." It will run through Saturday.

Initiative to repeal hospital Certificate of Need rules stymied
Gov. Sarah Palin frightened Alaska hospitals when she proposed repealing Certificate of Need regulations that many say help them stay in business. Palin's legislative allies, however, were unable to get floor votes in either the House or Senate this year.

Around Town
Today

Photo: Play makers
Students play Native Americans in Auke Bay Elementary School's fifth grade class playproduction "The Tree of Peace: The Origins of Democracy in America." It is the 10th year in a row the school's students produced a play. The play was directed by Auke Bay music teacher Ann Boochever.

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

Around Town
Today, April 18

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

'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' a comedy to remember
So perhaps the rumors of Judd Apatow's demise were greatly exaggerated.

'Run Fatboy Run' predictably perfect
It's hard to pout meaningfully when your editor is in a different state, your girlfriend is in the Big Apple, and the only ones around to hear your whining are a recently shaved Samoyed puppy and a snooty cat.

Juneau's Cinema guide
OPENING

'Juno' brings a bundle of joy to DVD
'Juno'

Juneau's got hair-band mania
Bust out the Aqua Net and spandex because the ultimate tribute to '80s hair bands is coming to Juneau.

Stock up on gjetost, it's nearly time for Little Norway
H ere's guessing nobody in Juneau feels neutral about folk music this week.

Salem to perform April 18 and 19 at the Alaskan Hotel & Bar
The band Salem is scheduled to perform its socially conscious style of music at the Alaskan Hotel & Bar on Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19.

Thrush Hill Music recital scheduled for April 18 and 19
Thrush Hill Music presents a "Trios and Soliloquies" recital at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 18, and Saturday, April 19, at Resurrection Lutheran Church.

Sound Bites
Leona Lewis, 'Spirit' ★

Sound Bites
Van Morrison "Keep It Simple" ★★★

Consortium receives carved panel honoring Ken Brewer
JUNEAU - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium hosted a special ceremony on Tuesday for the unveiling of a carved panel by honoring the memory of former SEARHC President/CEO Ken Brewer, who died in June 2007.

Perseverance Young Company to perform 'White-Out' this weekend
JUNEAU - Perseverance Theatre's Young Company actors will perform an original theater piece, "White-Out," at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Phoenix Room at Perseverance Theatre.

Juneau Co-op Preschool accepts applications
JUNEAU - The Juneau Co-op Preschool is accepting applications for the 2007-'08 school year for children 3 to 6.

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center to close for six days
JUNEAU - The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center will be closed for six days in April and May to prepare for summer. Closure dates are Sunday, April 24-27 and May 3.

Ketchikan university program to sponsor phytoplankton workshop
KETCHIKAN - The University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan Fisheries Technology program is sponsoring a phytoplankton collection and monitoring workshop for shellfish growers in the region from April 25 to 26 at the UAS Ketchikan Technical Center, 600 Stedman. Registration is limited to 20 participants and limited space is still available.

Coach Carter to speak at Pillars of America series
JUNEAU - Famed high school basketball coach Ken Carter, from the movie "Coach Carter," will speak at the annual Pillars of America Speaker Series at noon Wednesday at Centennial Hall.

University to host Nuclear Awareness Conference this weekend
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast is hosting a Nuclear Awareness Conference from 6-10 p.m. today, noon-9 p.m. Saturday and noon-7 p.m. Sunday at the UAS Egan Library.

'Expedition Alaska' to air Sunday on the Discovery Channel
JUNEAU - Above & Beyond Alaska was hired last summer by Indus Films to assist with a show on the Discovery Channel called "Expedition Alaska." The show premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday, April 20, on the Discovery Channel.

Domestic violence, sexual assault training to begin April 24
JUNEAU - Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies will offer advocacy training for professionals, community members and potential volunteers seeking more training in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault. Training begins April 24 at AWARE.

Dog advice column, Ask Rex, starts again
Hello, folks. This is detective and advice columnist Rex. (I'm a border collie, and I multi-task.) It is good to be back. I have a bunch of letters that have piled up on my desk, and I am just itching to share them. If you have a dog question that needs answering, I'm the dog who can answer it.

Cleaning system founder to speak Tuesday in Sitka
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and the Sitka Employee Wellness Coalition will host Operating System 1 founder and developer John Walker in a free presentation about cleaning for health from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Harrigan Centennial Hall in Sitka.

Thanks for helping clear Adair-Kennedy field of ice and snow
I am writing on behalf of the Juneau-Douglas High School soccer teams and the Juneau Soccer Club to thank the city Parks and Recreation park maintenance crew - George Gardner, Erika Love, Michael Petrush, Sonya Taton, crew leader Larry O'Keefe, crew chief Scott Van Hoozer, supervisor Jonathan Mollick, Parks and Landscape Superintendent Rick Staskiewicz and Parks and Recreation director Marc Matsil - for their help in clearing the Adair-Kennedy Field of ice and snow this year.

Thanks to the Alaska Army National Guard
I think the city of Juneau should be told about the wonderful National Guard. On April 13, the Alaska Army National Guard had their monthly drill. This weekend they went out to the gun range on Montana Creek road. Apparently when they got there, it was trashed with old mattresses, beer cans and old rocking chairs, etc. There was even a dryer. People who take advantage of the gun range use it for their partying and bonfires.

Thanks for committing to this year's science fair
The organizers of the 2008 Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair would like to especially thank the following for their commitment and support for this year's fair: 100 mentors, mentoring institutions and companies; 110 official fair judges that donate their time and energy; 55 organizing committee members for many volunteer hours; 50-plus special award judges and 20 award presenters; numerous other parent and student volunteers; all 153 participating students for their hard work and efforts; and parents of the students, for their patience and support.

Thanks for supporting the Martin family
For many reasons, we are all lucky to be able to call Juneau home. One of the many lessons I learned from accompanying my wife, Amy Martin, through her breast cancer journey over the past four years is that human character is alive and well.

Thanks for helping with the Boy Scouts' Scouting for Food
The Boy Scouts of America would like to thank the generous people of Juneau for helping with Scouting for Food.

Thanks for attending the Juneau Raptor Center's open house
The Juneau Raptor Center would like to thank everyone who attended our 2008 annual meeting and open house held March 22 at the Nugget Mall. A special thank-you goes to Bea Findlay, Nugget Mall manager, for donating this space for our use and providing tables and chairs.

Thanks for supporting our annual Daffodil Days program
Sunshine was brought to Juneau, Douglas, Skagway, Hoonah, Gustavus and Tenakee Springs on March 12, with the delivery of daffodils to many who purchased them to support Daffodil Days for the American Cancer Society. It amazes me how supportive this community and the outlying communities give to support this program. It seems that we are always outdoing ourselves. This year, we sold $29,500. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who purchased daffodils and for their support in the program.

Thanks for your kind words from the family of Karen Schanz
The family of Dr. Karen Schanz appreciates everyone's prayers, kind thoughts, caring words, cards, money for a memorial, food, floral plant arrangements and hugs since her passing. It only takes a moment to say thank you for all that you have offered, but it will be remembered forever. Everyone's support has made a real difference in coping with the loss of our beloved Karen. It is comforting to know that so many people cared for and loved Karen, as she also did them. May your kindness be returned to you in the same beautiful way it was offered.

Recognitions
Rachelle Ann C. Albay, of Juneau, was recently nominated for membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the honor society for high-achieving first- and second-year college students, at Washington State University. As a member, Albay will recieve a diploma of membership recognizing outstanding academic achievement and a commitment to the society's ideals of scholarship, leadership and service.

Thanks for making our Hoe Down a success
On behalf of the Auke Bay Elementary School community, I would like to extend great appreciation and gratitude to all the people that helped make our ninth annual Hoe Down a success.

Broken church windows: Shattered beauty
Life has its typical days. I thought I was in the beginning of one as I opened the front door to begin a day's work at the church.

Molli Mattice and Jimmy Masse
These students are in Gastineau Elementary School's Mural Painting Club, which meets Monday mornings. According to club teacher Heather Ridgway, "all of the mural painting kids (grades 3-5) are wonderful."

FYI
Births

Photos: Archaeology Fair
First: Volunteer Dan Monteith, left, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Alaska Southeast, demonstrates how fish weirs were made during the Friends of the Alaska State Museum's Archaeology Fair, held March 29 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. Onlookers, from left, Nora Lynch, Ronan Lynch and Anastasia Tarmann Lynch are a few of the fair participants who worked on the weir during the fair.

Adamson, Meyer to wed
Shannon Meyer, of Lancaster, Calif., and Nicholas Adamson, of Placentia, Calif., will marry at 3 p.m. on May 25, 2008, in Catalina Island (Emerald Bay), Calif. A reception will follow.

Fausett, VerNooy to wed
Lindsey Rae Fausett, of Juneau, and Justin Hampton VerNooy, of Fresno, Calif., will marry on Saturday, April 19, 2008, at Fresno California Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Dads on Duty raffle
Dads of former Auke Bay Cooperative Preschool students work after a past raffle. The preschool's annual Dad's on Duty raffle will be held April 26. First prize is six men for six hours, to do yard work, spring cleaning, painting or small repairs and projects around the home, and a polisher-sander courtesy of Valley Lumber. Last year's lucky winner, Cyndi Dayton, enjoyed a cup of tea while the dads painted several rooms in her house and hauled gravel outside. Dads will be available to do their duty on either May 10 or 17. Tickets are $10 each, or three for $25. To buy tickets, call the co-op at 789-3202 or see any Auke Bay Co-op Preschool parent.

Here's advice for parents, from a teen who knows
Parents, have you ever wondered why you're so left out of your teens' lives? Do you ask why your teen is so angry toward you? Well, here is some advice from a 12-year-old girl who knows.

Terry E. Dunlap
Juneau resident Terry E. Dunlap died on the morning of April 15, 2008. He was 53.

Archbishop Gregory Afonsky
Archbishop Gregory Afonsky, who presided over the Russian Orthodox Church in Alaska from 1973 to 1995, died Tuesday, April 15, 2008. He was 82.

Darlene Mary (Lindoff) Barril
Longtime Juneau resident Darlene "Jackie" Mary (Lindoff) Barril died April 15, 2008, in Juneau. She was 43.

Alice D. Diller
Former Juneau resident Alice D. Diller died at 10:15 p.m. on April 14, 2008, at Hilty Memorial Home in Pandora, Ohio. She was 76.

My turn: Rules discriminate against Yakutat trollers
For more than 20 years, there has been a closure for trolling in the Yakutat area from April 15 to July 1 (75 days), which has eliminated Yakutat trollers from catching king salmon from the International Treaty King Salmon Quota.

My turn: SEACC: Enough is enough
It started in Hood Bay. Goldbelt Inc. could not select its entire land entitlement in the Juneau area and was mandated to select lands elsewhere. Goldbelt chose lands in Hood Bay just south of Angoon. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council opposed the selection, threatened a lawsuit and enlisted local Native opposition, demanding that lands elsewhere be selected.

My turn: Sierra Club disappointed with herring decision
On April 11, the National Marine Fishery Service posted on the Federal Register its decision to deny the Sierra Club's petition to list the Lynn Canal Pacific Herring population as a threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.

My turn: Alaskans should consider the job of a transportation professional
A few evenings ago, I was at a function and overheard the discussion of two Alaskans. Though much of their conversation was wrapped around the intricacies of their daily lives, the conversation did dive into politics and in those few moments the "disgrace" that was the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities came up, and its frequent "mistakes" were made light of for both of these gentlemen to agree upon.

Outside editorial: Rogue democrat: South Africa's Mbeki sides with Mugabe
For those who argue that democracies are natural allies in international affairs, South Africa poses a vexing challenge. Since that country began serving a term on the U.N. Security Council last year, the government of President Thabo Mbeki has consistently allied itself with the world's rogue states and against the Western democracies. It has defended Iran's nuclear program and resisted sanctions against it; shielded Sudan and Burma from the sort of pressure the United Nations once directed at the apartheid regime; and enthusiastically supported one-sided condemnations of Israel by the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Outside editorial: Bush fails to act on global climate change
President Bush strode to the lectern in the Rose Garden this week and once again passed up an opportunity - perhaps his last - to do something meaningful on climate change. "Today, I am announcing a new national goal: to stop the growth of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2025," he said. That pronouncement was a weak and inadequate response to the imperative that the United States provide leadership in combating global warming, a responsibility Bush has shamefully ducked throughout his presidency.

Outside editorial: Pope's comments on sex abuse are a crucial step toward healing
By publicly acknowledging that he was deeply ashamed of the sexual abuse scandal that rocked the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI took an important step toward healing in the American church. He said that the church was working to identify potential pedophiles in its seminaries.

Ski area issues avalanche warning
JUNEAU - Eaglecrest Ski Area issued a warning on its Web site concerning a high risk for avalanche danger.

Juneau man arrested on charge of assault
JUNEAU - A Juneau man received a minor injury during a knife fight Wednesday, police said.

Avery receives eight and a half years
ANCHORAGE - A federal judge has sentenced the former head of Security Aviation to 8½ years in prison.

Coast Guard plans to boost charter scrutiny
KETCHIKAN - The Coast Guard plans to boost scrutiny of charter boats this year.

Alaska Orthodox church leader takes voluntary leave
ANCHORAGE - Bishop Nikolai Soraich, head of the troubled Alaska diocese, is taking a voluntary leave of absence, effective immediately, according to leaders of the Orthodox Church of America.

Fort Yukon city councilman charged
FAIRBANKS - A city councilman in Fort Yukon has been charged with helping his brother evade authorities.

Agency moves closer to rat eradication
ANCHORAGE - A federal agency is moving forward with a plan to rid Rat Island of Norway rats.

Iditarod champion King pleads not guilty
ANCHORAGE - Four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King has pleaded not guilty to a federal charge he illegally killed a moose inside Denali National Park and Preserve.

Coast Guard hearing on ship sinking continues in Seattle
SEATTLE - The Coast Guard hearing into the sinking of a trawler in the Bering Sea continues in Seattle.

UA regents hold meetings in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN - The University of Alaska Board of Regents are meeting in Ketchikan.

Follow-up on Randall finds new blood clot
ANCHORAGE - Olympian Kikkan Randall returned to an Anchorage hospital after a new blood clot was found in her left leg.

Alaska Airlines 737 evacuated on landing in Seattle airport
SEATAC, Wash. - More than 100 people were evacuated from an Alaska Airlines 737 on Thursday because hazy smoke appeared in the cockpit shortly after the plane landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, officials said.

Alaskan Brewing gets recognition
JUNEAU - Outside Magazine has named Alaskan Brewing Co. as one of America's best places to work.

I can't read your mind! Or can I?
There are few things more irritating in a relationship than having your mate pout, "You should have known!" First they don't care where you eat, then when their chimichanga arrives, you should have known they wanted chow mein.

JDHS soccer heads to annual Spring Fever Tournament
Spring soccer comes to Juneau this weekend as the Crimson Bears host the annual Spring Fever Tournament at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field.

Juneau's JV baseball sweeps host Wrangell
Southeast Alaska baseball season opened last weekend as the Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity blanked Wrangell twice on April 10.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Console Rock 'n' Roll
Like many red-blooded Americans, Mike Helms grew up with aspirations of one day becoming a rock star.

Senate OKs Don Young earmark investigation
WASHINGTON - The Senate on Thursday took the rare move of asking the Justice Department to investigate an Alaska congressman's earmark for a Florida highway project, a matter that threatens to become the "bridge to nowhere" of 2008 and could endanger the veteran Rep. Don Young's political future.

Legislators maneuver to revive pay raise bill
A measure that could give legislators a politically touchy pay raise suddenly passed in the last days of the just-completed legislative session.

Senate wants an inquiry into Young earmark
WASHINGTON - If federal investigators haven't already gotten the message, the Senate made it clear Wednesday: It wants an inquiry into Rep. Don Young's 2005 earmark for the now-infamous Coconut Road interchange in southwest Florida.

Credit Union sues builder over delinquent loans
ANCHORAGE - The state's third largest credit union is suing a prominent home builder over millions of dollars in delinquent loans.

Young's legal fees top $1 million
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Congressman Don Young's legal fees have topped $1 million.

Feds seek more time for decision on listing polar bears
ANCHORAGE - The Department of the Interior wants 10 more weeks to decide whether polar bears should be listed as threatened or endangered, a delay conservation groups condemned as tied to the transfer of offshore petroleum leases in the animal's habitat.

University system gets funding boost
FAIRBANKS - After a period of lackluster funding, the University of Alaska will have a chance to grow this year under the budget plan approved last week by state lawmakers.

From Eek to Chicken, Alaska names echo colorful history
ANCHORAGE - Who lost it on Lost Temper Creek? What horror befell the village of Eek? Does it have anything to do with another town being Chicken?

Four killed in chopper crash; teen found alive
ANCHORAGE - A 14-year-old boy survived a frigid night in the wreckage of a helicopter crash that killed four other people and was recuperating at a hospital Wednesday, state troopers said.

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