Friday, April 23, 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.

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.

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.

Fast ferry scheme may qualify as gross mismanagement
About a week or so ago, the Empire ran a front-page story that stated that the State of Alaska is suing the manufacturer of the fast ferries for propulsion problems associated with the fast ferries. The same article acknowledged that the fast ferries have had other numerous operational problems. Since this story came out, I have talked to lots of people in Juneau, and we all seem to have the same question, and that has to do with the direction the state's attorneys are headed. From what we recall, the Knowles administration decided on the fast ferry scheme as their alternative to the Juneau access issue, which was contrary to the determination the Alaska Department of Transportation had made for access to Juneau.

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.

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.

Coast Guard Chief of Staff Capt. Michael Neussl retires
Looking out his office window from the "sixth deck" of the Federal Building, United States Coast Guard 17th District Chief of Staff Captain Michael Neussl watched a Jayhawk helicopter fly along Gastineau Channel.

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.

Empty Bowls encourages community involvement
The Glory Hole is facing serious budget issues and homelessness remains an intractable problem here in Juneau, but the local shelter's annual fundraising event, Empty Bowls, held this Sunday at Centennial Hall, is not without celebratory elements.

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.

Photos: Plastic bags make a statement on Earth Day
Plastics bags line Seward Street businesses Thursday morning for an Earth Day project by local group Turning the Tides which is trying to end the use of plastic bags. Turning the Tides strives to raise awareness about ocean issues and to promote ocean-friendly practices, clean-up efforts, waste reduction and sustainability through various projects and events.

Photo: Seawalk work
Gus Degner, right, Eric Plummer, center, and Matt Domin of North Pacific Erectors, work on the seawalk next to the Alaska Commercial Fishermen's Memorial Wednesday.Renovations at the downtown wharf are likely to include larger docks to accommodate Panamax cruise ships. City officials say recent decisions by the state Legislature bode well for the project.

Photo: Bags still carry weight
The new baggage claimturnstile is in at the Juneau Airport but 4-year-old Kean Buss discovers Tuesday night that the bags still weigh the same as he tries to move luggage after disembarking from Alaska Airlines flight 71 from Anchorage.

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.

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

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.

'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.

Linda Stevenson-Millard
Juneau resident Linda Stevenson-Millard died April 12, 2010, at her home. She was 58.

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.

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.

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.

Alaska editorial: The more disclosure,the better
In the waning hours of the legislative session, lawmakers made sure all the most powerful players in the upcoming elections will have to be on the scorecard. There was little doubt that Senate Bill 284 would pass both houses. The bill was a response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in January that gave corporations, unions and other groups the same free speech rights as individuals in elections - and the right to spend freely in expressing them.

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.

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.

Alaska editorial: PFD for deceased goes too far
The House has passed Sen. Kevin Meyer's bill to grant Permanent Fund Dividends to the estates of those who die in the previous year, provided the deceased would have qualified had they been living. All right, everyone make your own joke here. "We used to say you just have be a breathing Alaska resident to receive the dividend. Now you don't even have to be breathing."

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.

Fowl play
When it comes to real-world drama, migrating birds have a story line similar to the Discovery Channel's "Survivor Man" or "Man vs. Wild." Mid-journey they face off against all that Mother Nature and mankind have to offer.

American Red Cross hosts annual Luau
JUNEAU - The Southeast District of the American Red Cross of Alaska will raise funds with the Fourth Annual Capital City Luau tonight, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall.

Food, merchandise vending permits now accepted
JUNEAU - The Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting applications for commercial and nonprofit vendor permits for food and merchandise sales in designated park locations for the 2010 season.

State boating safety advisory council to meet
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, Office of Boating Safety, will hold a meeting of the Alaska Boating Safety Advisory Council (ABSAC) at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 26, at the Atwood Building, 550 West 7th Ave., in Anchorage.

"Alaska's Hidden Gems" photography contest kicks off
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Wilderness League kicks off a national photography contest to showcase extraordinary public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

Juneau Youth Sailing offers summer classes
JUNEAU - Juneau Youth Sailing has begun online registration for the groups summer 2010 classes.

Spring King Derby ticket pre-sale happening today
JUNEAU - Tickets for this year's Spring King salmon derby go on sale today at locations around Juneau. And from 3-6 p.m. today at Western Auto & Marine, participants can purchase early, discounted tickets for $30.

Outdoor class puts women in the know
Before participating in a women's outdoor workshop in Haines, Juneau resident Jill Matheson had never wielded a chainsaw.

Life in the fast lane for hawks
On a blustery Sunday along the Glenn Highway at mile post 119, a crowd of cars, lawn chairs and barbecue grills clutter the pullout. Two hours from Anchorage, these wildlife spies wait for a show.

Sights and sounds of April
• In Sheep Creek valley, a female hairy woodpecker prospected for a nest site. She was visiting one dead, bark-less cottonwood snag after another, occasionally drumming lightly. On each site she visited, she'd tap once or twice and then move on to the next one.

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

Communities set for emergency drill
ANCHORAGE - A drill testing the state's ability to respond to a disaster is set to begin Monday.

Dog commended for leading officer to fire near Willow
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers are presenting a special award to Buddy, a German Shepherd that led authorities to a fire at his owners' property near Willow.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Elderly filling Alaska Psychiatric Institute
ANCHORAGE- Officials say one of the reasons Alaska's state mental hospital is nearly always full with up to 80 patients is the number of elderly.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Charges filed in meth seizure
FAIRBANKS- Alaska State Troopers investigating a report of a dead moose in Fairbanks discovered a stockpile of methamphetamine.

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.

USCG conducts check flights after report of sheen
Juneau - The U.S. Coast Guard will conduct fly-over checks of the waters in Lynn Canal after a report last weekend of oil sheen being seen near Mud Bay.

Fairbanks man pleads guilty in death of toddler
FAIRBANKS- A Fairbanks man accused of killing his girlfriend's 19-month-old son pleaded guilty to negligent homicide.

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.

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.

Murkowski urges passage of volcano warning bill
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says volcano eruptions in Iceland demonstrate that Congress needs to pass her bill to set up a volcano early warning and monitoring system.

American Red Cross serves up fourth annual luau tonight
Juneau - The Southeast District of the American Red Cross of Alaska will hold the Fourth Annual Capital City Luau tonight, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall. Returning chef Steve Iha will prepare the meal in authentic Hawaiian luau style.

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.

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.

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.

Senate subport foe offers explanation
Sitka Sen. Bert Stedman is finally explaining why he blocked Juneau legislators' efforts to build a new state office building on the waterfront subport property, but his explanation raises all new questions.

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.

Parnell to decide by May 1 on gas tax bill
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell plans to decide by May 1 whether to sign a bill the Legislature passed in its final hours to change Alaska's system of taxing oil and gas production together.

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.

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."

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.

Alaska Air sees black in Q1, while rivals see red
ATLANTA - The parent of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air did what several of its larger rivals couldn't in the first three months of the year: turn a profit.

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