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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Ira Glass, host of This American Life, performs in Juneau Tuesday
Before becoming host and executive producer of This American Life, Ira Glass worked for many years as a reporter for National Public Radio. Surprisingly, it's a position he claims he wasn't very good at; he has said in more than one interview that it took him 10 years to get it right.

Annual Strawberry Luncheon held Friday
In its first year participating, Rotary Club of Juneau has teamed up with Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary to present the annual Strawberry Luncheon and Fashion Show fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Salvation Army Church.

Gold Town to show "Before Tomorrow"
Gold Town Nickelodeon will host a special showing of "Before Tomorrow," this weekend, a film that will run concurrently with "The Art of the Steal."

Alaska 'Hansel & Gretel' closes out Perseverance season
Good night Juneau. What? Can't sleep? Well then here's a great little bedtime story from Perseverance Theatre. An entertaining adventure whose only faults are that it isn't longer and it will not put you to sleep.

JDU dancers to perform this weekend
Juneau Dance Unlimited's spring children's ballet recital, "The Two Tricksters," (formerly Zomo the Rabbit and Papagayo), will take place this weekend at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Sealaska Heritage Institute looking for Celebration volunteers
Sealaska Heritage Institute will hold its first meeting to recruit volunteers for Celebration 2010.

Tidal Echoes showcases voices of Southeast
Tidal Echoes, Juneau's unique literary publication, is coming to a bookstore near you. Administered and sponsored by the University of Alaska Southeast, the periodical displays the works of writers and artists from across Southeast Alaska.

'Figaro' an artistic treat
Juneau Lyric Opera has produced many of the most important pieces of opera during its 35-year history. I distinctly remember the 1990s production of Carmen at Juneau-Douglas High School, in particular Kathleen Wayne's terrific performance in that title role. As I've followed this troupe over the years, enjoying their work, I was excited to take in "The Marriage of Figaro" as soon as I heard it was to be the spring production. I enjoyed last fall's "Mikado," but was not entirely smitten by its overall effect given the unevenness of that production.

High school musicians from around Southeast gather for music fest
It's hard to believe it's been a year since Sitka opened their community, hearts and homes to over 450 talented musicians from cities and villages all over Southeast for the Southeast Alaska High School Music Fest. Now it's that time again, and this year Juneau takes its turn as host city.

Photo: Two Tricksters
JDU dancers, from left, Kate Bergey, Emily Pannell, Sydney Truitt, Maire New, Eliza Sutch and Darian Perov, wait for "The Two Tricksters" rehearsal to start Saturday at the studio.

New nonfiction for kids includes graphic novels
New nonfiction for kids are on the New Juvenile bookshelves at all the public libraries and include graphic novels like Wonderland and Hyperactive as well as some fascinating science books like Neandertals.

'Art of the Steal' Don't let the word 'documentary' scare you away
Dr.Albert Barnes had a good eye for art. Actually, he had a ridiculously good eye for art. In the early 1900s Barnes very quickly acquired what would become the world's foremost collection of post-impressionist and early modern art. Renoir, Van Gogh, Picasso, Cezanne and many other big names were well represented in Barnes' collection, which eventually became worth more than 25 billion dollars. Barnes himself soon became so disillusioned with the Philadelphia elite - namely the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Inquirer - that he made it his mission to bar them from ever getting their hands on his collection.

Photo: Before Tomorrow
"Before Tomorrow," a special limited engagement film, shows April 24 through 27 at the Gold Town Nickelodeon.

City should take over management of detox again
Years back, like 22 years ago, the detox was owned and operated buy the city, not the hospital. It was called JRU and was looked upon on of the best detoxes in the state. It started its decline when the city turned it over to the hospital. The hospital started hiring counselors that had no knowledge of substance abuse and allowing them to use diversion counseling on the clients. The state then came out with the idea that alcoholics and the mentally ill needed to be lumped together, and psychologists were brought in to be the centers medical directors.

City should take over management of detox again
Years back, like 22 years ago, the detox was owned and operated buy the city, not the hospital. It was called JRU and was looked upon on of the best detoxes in the state. It started its decline when the city turned it over to the hospital. The hospital started hiring counselors that had no knowledge of substance abuse and allowing them to use diversion counseling on the clients. The state then came out with the idea that alcoholics and the mentally ill needed to be lumped together, and psychologists were brought in to be the centers medical directors.

Bartlett is a community of employees who rely on each other
Bartlett is a good hospital staffed with good people. I love my job and what I do. The day to day details of my job duties are richly rewarding, as are my relationships with my colleagues, my patients and with the network of community outpatient providers I collaborate and coordinate with regularly.

Head tax revision goes against Alaska voters' wishes
On April 19, a Juneau Empire My Turn by Jack Cadigan laid out all the many reasons why a governor-legislative cruise ship head tax revision was a great win-win for both big and little tourism entrepreneurs - in spite of the fact it actually went totally against the honest wishes of the people of Alaska who had voted to enforce a cruise ship head tax back in 2006.

Support financial reform, limit banking industry's control
Tea party people really need to take a good long look in the mirror and ask themselves, are they fighting against government takeover, or are they supporting continued control by industry?

Bartlett is a community of employees who rely on each other
Bartlett is a good hospital staffed with good people. I love my job and what I do. The day to day details of my job duties are richly rewarding, as are my relationships with my colleagues, my patients and with the network of community outpatient providers I collaborate and coordinate with regularly.

A hospital and two realities
At a standing-room-only special meeting of the Bartlett hospital board Tuesday evening, about 30 Bartlett Regional Hospital employees and medical staff testified about the culture and working environment at the hospital. Those people, from departments ranging from maintenance and nursing to Human Resources, expressed widely varying points of view on the working culture at the hospital. Some called it a "culture of family," others called it "a culture of fear." Some said it was both.

Hospital board to order independent evaluation
Bartlett Regional Hospital's Board of Directors plans to order an independent evaluation of the hospital's working environment within the next few weeks.

City's port plan in strong position
Legislative decisions on the state's cruise passenger head tax place Juneau in a strong position to pursue the two new Panamax docks the city wants to develop in the downtown port, city officials said.

Alaskan Brewing wins at 'Olympics' of beer competitions
Alaskan Brewing Co. products continue to win accolades for their quality, right along with the workplace where they're crafted.

Russian Olympiad takes over Thunder Mountain High School
Three Russian students in Juneau won top honors and a chance, if they choose to apply, for a free trip to Russia in the district's State Russian Olympiad last week.

Alcohol-related deaths alarm tribal groups
A young teenager's body found frozen in an Anchorage baseball dugout after inebriation. An adult woman found overdosed on a kitchen floor in Juneau, her friend's body found on the porch. A missing snowmachiner found under the ice near a remote arctic village. A young Angoon man found on a trail in the woods. A Hoonah resident washed up on the shoreline. A Kake woman fallen from her boat.

Photo: Flume floods
Tracy Woodrow walks Tuesday along the flume trail as rain and snowmelt pour over the flume. More rain is forecast for this week.

Photo: Speaking in Centennial Hall
Jeff Yalden, the first guest in the Pillars of America speaker series, delivers to a full house at Centennial Hall on Wednesday. Yalden, of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is an author, public speaker and television personality. Dog-musher Martin Buser and Olympic Champion Nikki Stone fill out the series.

Photo: Speaking in Centennial Hall
Jeff Yalden, the first guest in the Pillars of America speaker series, delivers to a full house at Centennial Hall on Wednesday. Yalden, of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is an author, public speaker and television personality. Dog-musher Martin Buser and Olympic Champion Nikki Stone fill out the series.

'Earthsong' speaker brings message of peace
Northern Lights Church will host an interfaith celebration today that will include a special guest speaker portraying a message of peace.

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

'Earthsong' speaker brings message of peace
Northern Lights Church will host an interfaith celebration today that will include a special guest speaker portraying a message of peace.

Judith Frances Libby
Former Juneau resident Judith Frances Libby died suddenly on April 12, 2010, in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., where she had resided for the past three years. She was 69.

'Jackie' Lorensen
A memorial service for Juneau resident Jacklynne "Jackie" Lorensen, who lost her battle with breast cancer on Feb. 6, 2010, in Rochester, N.Y., will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Chapel by the Lake. Friends, family and former colleagues are invited to attend and encouraged to share remembrances. Refreshments will be served following the service.

What do we do when salmon fisheries disappear?
I read with interest Daniel Fitzgerald's letter demanding the Alaska Governor do something to stop a mine from being developed on the Canadian side of the Taku River.

What do we do when salmon fisheries disappear?
I read with interest Daniel Fitzgerald's letter demanding the Alaska Governor do something to stop a mine from being developed on the Canadian side of the Taku River.

So Much More than Folk Music
It has been a few years since I immersed myself in the Alaska Folk Festival, and this time I discovered that Juneau's festival is so much more than folk music.

Let's not waste our time fearing wolves; let's keep them safe
Anecdotal evidence (i.e. storytelling), is often "twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools." Historically, white supremacists have used anecdotal evidence to portray racial and/or ethnic minorities as dangerous, sex crazed predators. Of course, the empirical data indicates that incidents of interracial violence are quite low and that most people who are raped, murdered or beaten are the victims of someone they know and it often occurs in their own homes. This has not prevented racists from using statistically rare events to create irrational fears.

My Turn: Quality higher education
With the Internet and modern technology, there is a real "push" in post-secondary education for "distance delivery" and the use of part-time teachers and professors. Why? Because these methods are less expensive and more cost-productive. Part-time faculty are paid less and receive fewer benefits than do full-time teachers.

Let's not waste our time fearing wolves; let's keep them safe
Anecdotal evidence (i.e. storytelling), is often "twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools." Historically, white supremacists have used anecdotal evidence to portray racial and/or ethnic minorities as dangerous, sex crazed predators. Of course, the empirical data indicates that incidents of interracial violence are quite low and that most people who are raped, murdered or beaten are the victims of someone they know and it often occurs in their own homes. This has not prevented racists from using statistically rare events to create irrational fears.

Outside editorial: Find centrist judge, avoid partisan fight
The following editorial appeared in the Miami Herald on April 18:

Reducing the head tax offers cruise lines an incentive to stop removing ships
Tim June's opinion article published in the Empire on April 16 requires rebuttal.

Reducing the head tax offers cruise lines an incentive to stop removing ships
Tim June's opinion article published in the Empire on April 16 requires rebuttal.

Southeast business leaders Live United
JUNEAU - Mining and the allied industries that help make the base economy tick in Southeast Alaska have pledge slightly over $25,000 to United Way of Southeast Alaska this year.

Schizophrenic defendant seeks competency hearing
FAIRBANKS - A public defender is seeking another competency hearing for a schizophrenic man accused of fatally stabbing an employee at a Fairbanks mental health facility.

Sealaska seeks 2010 Celebration volunteers
JUNEAU - Sealaska Heritage Institute will hold its first meeting Friday to recruit volunteers for Celebration 2010.

Shelter growing its own vegetables
JUNEAU - A garden is starting to sprout at a soup kitchen and shelter for the homeless in Juneau.

Fairbanks rapist gets almost 40 years
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man convicted of sexually assaulting three women has been sentenced to 38 years in prison.

Juneau man convicted of belligerent behavior
JUNEAU - A Juneau man has been sentenced to jail and anger management for being belligerent to a Forest Service officer.

lia sophia recognizes Juneau 'achiever' Susanna Graves
JUNEAU - In an effort to distinguish the company's top sales producers, jeweler lia sophia has recognized Susanna Graves as a "monthly achiever."

Fishing charter fined for violations
ANCHORAGE - A Southeast Alaska charter business has been fined $60,000 in connection with sport fishing violations caught in an undercover investigation.

Juneau man convicted of belligerent behavior
JUNEAU - A Juneau man has been sentenced to jail and anger management for being belligerent to a Forest Service officer.

Haines man guilty of filing false report
HAINES - A 25-year-old Haines man who claimed to have suffered a gunshot wound has pleaded guilty to making a false report.

Fred Meyer donates funds to SERRC
JUNEAU - SERRC, Alaska's Educational Resource Center, provides dozens of statewide programs to improve student achievement. The agency's Career Connection program brings high school students from around the state to Juneau for weekly sessions to explore careers and job shadow at a variety of work sites. Career Connections' April session is comprised of high school students from Aleutians East, Chatham, and Lower Yukon School Districts.

Nome mayor intends to run for lieutenant governor
NOME - Nome Mayor Denise Michels plans to run for lieutenant governor.

Alaska Food Worker Cards from 2007 expiring
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation reminds food workers to check the expiration date on their Food Worker Card.

Soldier gets 45 days for apartment shooting
FAIRBANKS - A Fort Wainwright soldier who fired a bullet into an apartment ceiling has accepted a plea deal that will allow him to remain in the Army.

Fairbanks school bus drivers agree to new labor contract
FAIRBANKS - School bus drivers in Fairbanks have agreed to a new labor contract, averting a potential strike.

Ninilchik man, 80, accused of sex abuse
KENAI - An 80-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to accusations he sexually abused a9-year-old girl.

Ex-Fairbanks pastor pleads not guilty to sex abuse
FAIRBANKS - The former pastor of a Fairbanks church has been arraigned on accusations he had sex with a 15-year-old girl.

Fishing charter fined for violations
ANCHORAGE - A Southeast Alaska charter business has been fined $60,000 in connection with sport fishing violations caught in an undercover investigation.

Shelter growing its own vegetables
JUNEAU - A garden is starting to sprout at a soup kitchen and shelter for the homeless in Juneau.

Schizophrenic defendant seeks competency hearing
FAIRBANKS - A public defender is seeking another competency hearing for a schizophrenic man accused of fatally stabbing an employee at a Fairbanks mental health facility.

Haines man guilty of filing false report
HAINES - A 25-year-old Haines man who claimed to have suffered a gunshot wound has pleaded guilty to making a false report.

Ex-Fairbanks pastor pleads not guilty to sex abuse
FAIRBANKS - The former pastor of a Fairbanks church has been arraigned on accusations he had sex with a 15-year-old girl.

Four saved from sinking vessel in Gulf of Alaska
ANCHORAGE- Four fishermen whose Seattle-based vessel sank in the Gulf of Alaska Tuesday evening were being lifted from the water Tuesday night after the U.S. Coast Guard responded to their call for help, according to the Coast Guard.

Nome mayor intends to run for lieutenant governor
NOME - Nome Mayor Denise Michels plans to run for lieutenant governor.

Soldier gets 45 days for apartment shooting
FAIRBANKS - A Fort Wainwright soldier who fired a bullet into an apartment ceiling has accepted a plea deal that will allow him to remain in the Army.

Alyeska extends ski season through May
ANCHORAGE - The Alyeska Resort has extended its ski season on weekends through May, if the weather continues to cooperate.

Ninilchik man, 80, accused of sex abuse
KENAI - An 80-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to accusations he sexually abused a9-year-old girl.

About 20 youths march, chanting 'Yes we cannabis!'
JUNEAU - About 20 young people, two dogs and a mother pushing a stroller marched though Juneau in a driving rain, whooping and chanting, "Yes we cannabis!"

Ketchikan borough manager resigns
KETCHIKAN - The manager of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough is resigning, reluctantly.

Panama-to-Alaska package yields three drug arrests
FAIRBANKS - A tip from customs agents in Florida led to the arrest of three Alaskans on drug charges.

Falcons forfeit first match against JDHS
Thunder Mountain was forced to forfeit its first girls' varsity soccer match and home opener against Juneau-Douglas on Wednesday at TMHS.

JDHS, TMHS meet today on pitch, JDHS softball rallies
For the first time ever today, Juneau-Douglas will meet Thunder Mountain on the pitch for a varsity girls' soccer matchup at 5 p.m. at TMHS.

Falcons forfeit first match against JDHS
Thunder Mountain was forced to forfeit its first girls' varsity soccer match and home opener against Juneau-Douglas on Wednesday at TMHS.

Alaska to join health care fight
Gov. Sean Parnell announced Tuesday that Alaska will be joining a Republican-led effort challenging federal health care reform laws by joining Florida's lawsuit to block it on constitutional grounds.

Bristol Palin says e-mail hack led to scary calls
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Sarah Palin's daughter testified Wednesday against a former college student charged with breaking into her mother's e-mail account, saying she got anonymous phone calls and hundreds of text messages after her cell phone number was posted online.

Fishermen offered more to join oil-spill fleet
ANCHORAGE - South-central Alaska fishermen are being offered more money to join the oil spill response fleet.

Unclaimed remains of six vets go to Fort Richardson
ANCHORAGE - The unclaimed remains of six veterans will be buried Wednesday at Fort Richardson National Cemetery with final military honors.

Fisherman recounts rescue as boat sinks
ANCHORAGE - In less than 15 minutes, commercial fisherman Robert Jack went from steering a 75-foot boat across the Gulf of Alaska to a terrifying plunge into its icy waters.

Fishermen offered more to join oil-spill fleet
ANCHORAGE - South-central Alaska fishermen are being offered more money to join the oil spill response fleet.

Fisherman recounts rescue as boat sinks
ANCHORAGE - In less than 15 minutes, commercial fisherman Robert Jack went from steering a 75-foot boat across the Gulf of Alaska to a terrifying plunge into its icy waters.

Fairbanks lawyer challenging Murkowski for Senate
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks attorney Joe Miller said he is running for the U.S. Senate to stop the country from a "headlong plunge into socialism."

Holland America to make 9 stops in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage is preparing to welcome regular visits this summer by Holland America cruise ship passengers.

Palin set to take stand in hacking trial
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Jurors in the trial of a former college student charged with hacking Sarah Palin's e-mail account in 2008 heard testimony Tuesday that the accused man didn't believe in what Palin wanted to do when she was the Republican vice presidential candidate.

To fly through ash or not? That's no easy question
Six days after volcanic ash shut down the skies over much of Europe, planes are back in the air, but science still can't answer the question: Is it safe to fly again?

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