Friday, April 24, 2009

Juneau libraries enter the gaming age
Thanks to a generous gift from the Friends of the Library, the public libraries are entering the gaming age.

Arts & Culture Calendar
ART, EVENTS & PERFORMANCE

Puppet masters
The expression "The devil is in the details" doesn't ring true to those involved in the genre of film-making known as stop-motion animation. The time-consuming, labor-intensive process is made up of thousands of tiny elements, some as small as the individual hairs on a puppet's head.

Check your good sense at the door to enjoy 'Crank'
A pproximately 39 seconds into "Crank: High Voltage," it occurred to me that critiquing this movie made about as much sense as Rob Schneider's continuing career. An action film like "High Voltage," the sequel to the more efficiently titled "Crank" from 2006, starts out way over the top and then spends the next 90 minutes upping the ante. It takes itself as seriously as you might take the advice of a pothead.

National Geographic photographer to give whale presentation
National Geographic humpback whale photographer Flip Nicklin will present a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 27, at the Egan Lecture Hall on the University of Alaska Southeast campus titled "Face to Face with the Whales."

'Marisol' opens on Perseverance Second Stage
Thursday was opening night for Perseverance Theatre's Second Stage production "Marisol," written by Jose Rivera. The play continues at 7:30 tonight and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday.

State museum recruits gallery tour guides
The Alaska State Museum is looking for people interested in becoming gallery tour guides or docents. A series of five training sessions will be offered during the first and second weeks of May on Monday and Wednesday evenings, and on Saturday morning, May 9. The training culminates with Juneau Museum Day festivities on May 16.

Juneau Symphony announces competition
The 2009 Juneau Symphony Youth Concerto Competition will take place on Wednesday, June 10, at Northern Light United Church. The competition is open to musicians from Southeast Alaska in grade 11 (during the 2008-09 school year) or younger.

Tutunov to perform tonight at UAS
The University of Alaska Southeast will present an evening program with Artist in Residence Alexander Tutunov at 7 p.m. tonight at the UAS Egan Lecture Hall. Violinist Steve Tada and pianist Mary Watson will also perform.

Beatnicks host poetry slam Saturday at UAS rec center
The Beatniks, a new University of Alaska English club, will host a poetry slam from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the UAS recreation center. The event is a competition focused on the performance side of poetry. Performers can sign up at the door and can choose an original poem or an old favorite. Not sure what to perform? There will be a binder at the sign-up table providing a stack of poems to choose from.

United Way to hold Alaska fashion show at Marlintini's
A fashion show benefiting United Way titled "What to Wear in Juneau, Alaska" will take place Saturday night at Marlintini's.

City Museum goes to summer hours beginning May 1
Beginning Friday, May 1, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum will be open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

Perseverance to hold auditions for upcoming season May 9-10
Perseverance Theatre invites actors and singers who can act to open auditions from noon to 6 p.m., May 9 and 10. Bring a short monologue and/or 16 bars of a song, in addition to acting resumes and headshots or recent photos. Accompaniment will not be available for the auditions, but sides will be available for those without prepared material.

Community Day on Campus scheduled for May 23 at JAHC
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council invites local non-profits to participate in Community Day on Campus May 23.

Dog-napped by humane society
We came to Juneau from Haines last week for the Folk Festival. Over the past couple of years, we have made Juneau a vacation spot, coming down 3 to 4 times a year to hike, snowshoe, shop and eat out. This year was our first Folk Festival, and we brought our 9-year-old Shepherd/Husky mix with us.

Sen. Egan will quickly fill Kim Elton's shoes
Congratulations to Mayor Bruce Botehlo for recommending Dennis Egan, to the Senate Democrats for confirming him, and a thanks to the governor for appointing someone everyone could agree upon - finally! He did a fine job as Juneau's mayor in the 1990s, and one thing those of us in Juneau can feel assured of: with Egan's appointment it won't take as long to fill Elton's shoes as it did his senate seat.

Left lane love affair with Egan Drive
Slower traffic keep right. My recommendation: take down the signs and throw them away. Numerous motorists clearly ignore the message.

Mixing zones story misses the point
The Juneau Empire's snapshot on Sunday of the battle over mixing zones and cruise ships missed the boat on the two most important points.

State explores options for Juneau Road
A federal judge handed advocates of the Juneau Road a big defeat in February when he overturned the project's approval, and then a smaller defeat last month when he refused to reconsider that decision.

Juneau Senate seat dispute may prompt legislation
Juneau now has a new senator after not being represented for weeks in the Alaska Senate, but some legislators are saying the state needs a new process for filling such vacancies.

Halibut charters could see 'limited entry'
Next summer could be the first tourist season with a limited fleet of charter vessels.

Filling Juneau's 'Empty Bowls'
The Glory Hole is looking to fill up a lot of hungry bellies with its annual Empty Bowls fundraiser this weekend.

City's funding of school activities now in limbo
The Juneau Assembly's Finance Committee teed up an additional $152,700 for school classroom costs Wednesday, while simultaneously putting its $500,000 commitment to defray the cost of student participation in school sports and activities in limbo.

Continued losses likely to shrink dividend
Following a dismal 2008 that saw a 25 percent loss, the Alaska Permanent Fund is down nearly five percent more in the first quarter of this year.

First-of-its-kind health summit begins tonight
Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will host a first-of-its-kind health summit in Juneau beginning tonight, modeled after a successful program held annually in Sitka.

Concert, auction to help 'open doors' for Holy Trinity
Three years after a fire destroyed Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, the congregation is looking forward to a new building.

Assembly calling for ideas, volunteers at Capital City Forum
The Juneau Assembly is hosting a town-hall-style forum on Saturday morning at Centennial Hall to solicit ideas for improving the city, recruit potential volunteers and generally stir up citizen participation in government.

Ahlgren named Small Business Person of the Year
JUNEAU - A young man comes to Alaska and meets a girl. They settle down, start a family and a business. They work hard. Prosperity follows.

Photo: Sunny setting
Female common mergansers sun themselves Wednesday on a rock in the Mendenhall River.

Photos: Gone Fishin'
Knudson concentrates on casting his line while fishing for king salmon off the rocks at False Outer Point on Thursday. Terry Flinders is left. The fishermen said the bite is slow but a couple of fish have been caught each day in the last week in the area.

Photo: Bear aware
Riverbend Elementary School fifth-grader Tulensa Timothy, 11, does his best to walk like a bear in front of his classmates, teacher Nick Parmentier, right, and Discovery Southeast naturalist Tom Schwartz on Wednesday. The class is part of the Bear Aware Programbeing taught to first, third and fifth graders this semester and funded by the city of Juneau.

Photo: Sunny spot
Martha Hopson, left, and Lida Zagar find a warm, sunny wall to sit and eat their lunch on Thursday in front of the Terry Miller Legislative Building.

Around Town
Friday, April 24

Police & Fire
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Police & Fire
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Around Town
Thursday, April 23

Photos: Folk Fest and the French
During Folk Fest week, "De Temps Antan" musicians visited Thunder Mountain High School on April 17 to share their music and the Québecois culture with French students.

Consortium to offer WISE At Every Size classes in Sitka
SITKA - Are you tired of weight-loss diets that don't work? Are you a woman who wants to learn about a fun, effective way to improve your health and wellness, without being a slave to the scale? Then the WISE At Every Size program may be for you.

Mobile mammogram van to visit Haines from May 7 to 19
HAINES - The mobile mammogram van will visit Haines starting on May 7, with appointments running through the afternoon of May 19 (no weekend appointments). This year the van has been updated to provide digital mammograms.

Consortium EMS to offer Wilderness First Responder course
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Emergency Medical Services department is offering a Wilderness First Responder course on May 2-9 at the SEARHC Community Health Services building first-floor conference room in Sitka.

SEARHC to host dental clinic in Sitka
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Dental Clinic in Sitka will host a special pediatric dental clinic from May 4 to 8.

Sealaska Heritage awards $446,000 in scholarships
JUNEAU - Sealaska Heritage Institute has awarded approximately $446,000 in scholarships to Sealaska shareholders and descendants.

Mobile mammogram van to visit Kake starting Wednesday
KAKE - The mobile mammogram van will visit Kake starting at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, with appointments running through the afternoon of May 2. This year the van has been updated with digital imaging on board, instead of film.

Thanks for the Yupik science, survival exhibit
I had the opportunity to preview the upcoming exhibit "The Way We Genuinely Live: Yupik Science and Survival Exhibit," at the Alaska State Museum. I consider it one of the finest exhibits that I have seen at the museum. Objects have been contributed by museums in the United States and around the world. The signs and explanations are concise, clear and informative. There are some interactive programs as well.

Thanks for support of the daffodil sales
On March 11, bright yellow daffodils were delivered to many individuals and businesses throughout the communities of Juneau, Douglas, Skagway, Gustavus, Tenakee and Kake. I as chairperson for Daffodils and the many volunteers would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the individuals and businesses that purchased daffodils and supported the program. This year we brought in $28,403. I have heard from many that after all of the snow we had the Daffodils were such a delight to see and it lifted up the spirits of many.

Thanks for donating to opera's fundraiser
The Juneau Lyric Opera recently held our first fundraiser in more than 31 years. We couldn't have done it without generous donations from individuals and businesses throughout the community.

Kaye Smith Hogan
Former longtime Juneau resident Kaye Smith Hogan died in the pre-dawn hours of April 15, 2009, in Oro Valley, Ariz. She was 82.

Charlie Dick Wright
Lifelong Hoonah resident Charlie Dick Wright died the morning of April 22, 2009, after a brief battle with cancer, at his home. He was 56.

Sherry A. Wythe
Former Juneau resident Sherry A. Wythe (Wilcox) died March 6, 2009, at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. She was 48.

Jackson 'Jack' Garner
Longtime Alaska resident Jackson "Jack" Leroy Garner died April 18, 2009, at home in Juneau after a short battle with cancer. He was 73.

Alaska editorial: 2009 Legislative session: The good, bad and so-so
The Alaska Legislature that just adjourned was the first in years that faced low oil prices and had to grapple with shrinking state revenue. And legislators had to suddenly become experts on the stimulus bill after Gov. Sarah Palin in mid-session said she was only asking for two-thirds of the $930.7 million of the federal stimulus money slated for Alaska. The Legislature rose to the challenge on both fronts. Responsibly handling money questions was the most significant accomplishment of this session, in which only a small number of other bills passed.

Outside editorial: Torture debate about the limits set by society
President Barack Obama made a tough call - and the right one - last week by releasing secret Justice Department documents detailing interrogation methods for extracting information from terror suspects. He also was right to balance that release by assuring CIA operatives who did the questioning they wouldn't be prosecuted for following rules that had been set by Justice lawyers.

Outside column: Honoring ignorance
Hopefully most readers have had a chance to see comedian Jay Leno's occasional foray into the streets, where he interviews young people, many of whom are in college. He asks the simplest of questions, such as "Who is our nation's founding father?" or "Who is the vice president of the United States?"

Lost in political space
Sen. John McCain's daughter and his presidential campaign manager think they've figured out why McCain lost the 2008 election and what Republicans must do to win in the future. They need to be more like Democrats.

My turn: Accusations against Wayne Anthony Ross 'ridiculous'
For days now I have read numerous accusations against Wayne Anthony Ross, the governor's appointee for the position of Alaska's Attorney General. These accusations have seemed petty and ridiculous, and I hoped they would be given the little amount of attention they deserved.

Tea party movement captures real concerns
What I found most amusing about last week's tea party protests was the palpable defensiveness of many Democrats and lefties in general.

Woman robbed in Mendenhall Valley
JUNEAU - Police are searching for a man that allegedly robbed a 27-year-old woman in the Mendenhall Valley early Thursday morning.

Juneau School Board OKs teacher contract
JUNEAU - Juneau teachers have a new labor contract.

Fairbanks man gets 5 years on mail theft
FAIRBANKS - A 25-year-old Fairbanks man has been sentenced to five years in jail after cashing a check stolen from a mailbox.

Craig man indicted for killing sea otters
ANCHORAGE - A federal grand jury has indicted a Craig man on charges that he illegally killed sea otters and tried to sell a Steller sea lion hide.

Rogers found guilty of attempted murder
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage jury has found Christopher Erin Rogers Jr. guilty again of first-degree murder and attempted murder in a shooting rampage that occurred in 2007.

Palin in 'review process' for new AG
ANCHORAGE - A week after Alaska lawmakers rejected Gov. Sarah Palin's nominee for attorney general, a spokeswoman for the governor says she's in the review process for a replacement.

Second man charged in warehouse shooting
ANCHORAGE - A second man has been charged in the death of a teenager who was shot at a party at an Anchorage warehouse.

Promised lottery gift going undelivered
ANCHORAGE - The winner of the state's first big lottery has not donated $100,000 - as he said he would - to an Anchorage charity the lottery was intended to benefit.

Sealaska seeks totem pole proposals
JUNEAU - Sealaska Heritage Institute is seeking proposals for the creation of a traditional-style totem pole. The Alaska Native Corporation has extended the deadline to Friday for proposals for the 36-foot pole.

Avalanche danger halts train service
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Railroad says it has ended its Anchorage-Whittier train service because of avalanche danger.

Anchorage man shot by police in altercation
ANCHORAGE - A 49-year-old man is in custody after an altercation with Anchorage police led to shots fired by an officer.

Ketchikan businesses lose out on sales
KETCHIKAN - A few downtown Ketchikan businesses didn't hear the cha-ching when the first cruise ship of the season arrived.

TransCanada seeks fed's OK for future pipeline work
ANCHORAGE - A Canadian company has filed paperwork to seek approval from U.S. regulators to start work on its Alaska natural gas pipeline project.

More dead boreal owls found near Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - About 10 boreal owls have been found dead in the Fairbanks area this month.

'Oxy Action Meeting' scheduled April 29
JUNEAU - A meeting is scheduled next week to discuss community solutions to Juneau's battle with the prescription painkiller OxyContin, a highly-addictive synthetic drug similar to morphine in its effects.

Bears blank Stars
Crimson Bears' freshman forward Dorothy Brent kept her hot start to the season burning and the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team opened the Don Ashe Memorial Tournament in style Thursday with a 3-0 blanking of Soldotna at the Thunder Mountain High School field.

Bears comeback nips Soldotna late
After a heart-breaking first half and a wild late comeback, Crimson Bears boys soccer coach Gary Lehnhart knew exactly what Thursday's opening game of the Don Ashe Memorial Soccer Tournament meant to him.

Local athlete heading to Australia
Juneau-Douglas High School sophomore Andre Bunton is hoping to take a trip to Australia this summer. Not just for fun. Not just for sight-seeing. He wants to better himself.

JDHS grad named CSU-P top female student-athlete
Juneau-Douglas High School graduate and women's college basketball standout Mary Rehfeld won the Jessie Banks Award as the top female student-athlete at Colorado State University-Pueblo Thursday.

Photo: Hooptime Heroes
The Juneau Hooptime Girls 8th grade team won the Surf City Slam Tournament last weekend in Santa Cruz, Cal. Hooptime has sent teams to AAU tournaments in the Lower 48 since 2001, and have always been competitive. This year, the girls defeated teams from Chico, Stockton and San Jose with respective scores of 47-27, 34-28, and 56-40. In their third game, nine Hooptime players scored. Gabi Fenumiai and Marissa Brakes scored 8 points, Jonelle Staveland and Emily Winters scored 9 points, and Esra Siddeek had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

A mid-April walk on the Mendenhall wetlands
One nice day in mid-April, I walked out on the Mendenhall wetlands to the western end of Gastineau Channel, across from the mouth of Fish Creek. The flats were still quite brown or barren, with no fresh greenery showing. Bird watching was pretty low key. The flocks of north-migrating shorebirds usually arrive in force in May, but a small advance guard of black-bellied plovers had been seen recently.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Boozer's 20-20 tops Kobe, Lakers
SALT LAKE CITY - After struggling with his shot all night, Deron Williams found his touch just in time.

Portraits look at humanity of the down-and-out
ANCHORAGE - For those of us who find it hard to look at the down-and-out, Don Blackwell's portraits make it a little easier with his "Faces of Homelessness" series.

Alaska Airlines adds $15 charge to first checked bag
ATLANTA - Alaska Air Group Inc., parent of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, said Thursday it narrowed its first-quarter loss and will start charging for a first checked bag like most other airlines.

Alaska's rural population sees 8-year slide
ANCHORAGE - In the last eight years, many rural Alaskans moved away and had fewer children, leading to a population drop that's likely to continue, according to a new state report.

World's youth offer take on climate change
ANCHORAGE - Members of the world's next generation of conservationists sat in a circle to bat around ideas on how indigenous people can help stop global warming.

Residents blame Army for flooding
ANCHORAGE - Carla Jo Fargo feels like she's drowning - slowly.

Photo: Hangin' on for the long haul
Neka Luce, of Nome, Alaska, hangs on for the win Thursday in the girls wrist carry at the Native Youth Olympics in Anchorage. Luce covered 508 feet, 6 inches.

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