Saturday, April 25, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 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
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?"

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

It's derby time!
Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska would like to welcome all participants of the 13th Annual Spring King Salmon Derby. As everyone gears up for the derby, I would like to express Central Council's gratitude toward all of the sponsors, donators, participants and volunteers that have made this year's event possible. The month-long derby is the coordinated effort of our Higher Education program that provides annual scholarships through the Alumni Scholarship Assistance Program to all enrolled Tlingit or Haida tribal citizens, regardless of service area, community affiliation, origination, residence, tribal compact or signatory status. By contributing toward this event, whether you are a direct sponsor, donor, or just purchased a derby ticket, you are contributing toward the academic endeavor of our young tribal citizens and fostering growth and ultimately a better future for them. Central Council thanks you all and wishes you the best as you seize the opportunity to relax with friends and family, enjoy Alaska's beauty, and fish to your heart's content.

Be prepared
Sometimes catching fish comes down to the smallest details. And when landing that powerful king salmon relies on a slim piece of monofilament, it pays to make sure your gear is in tip-top shape.

Rules & Regulations
Eligibility, participation and duration

On the water, safety pays off in a big way
A vessel safety checklist will help keep you and your boating friends safe out on the water. Here you'll find a list of items that the U.S. Coast Guard requires for every vessel in Southeast Alaska waters.

Top prize listing & ticket sales
Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:

Recipes fit for kings
Alaskan Amber Glazed Salmon

Derby fishing boundary map
Derby fishing boundary map

Drop-off locations
Jerry's Meats & Seafoods

Photos: Big fish
... because everyone likes to see the one that didn't get away.

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.

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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