Thursday, April 29, 2010

Verbal interaction
Verb conjugation may seem to some a rather dry activity, but for local linguist Keri Edwards, it's a process full of personal interaction and cross-cultural connections - as well as one that may help to forestall the destructive effects of time and shifting demographics on Alaska Native languages.

Radio personality highlights the power of narrative
About 900 people packed Centennial Hall Tuesday night, eager to see Ira Glass in person. But he made them wait a bit: The man behind the popular weekly PRI radio show "This American Life," took center stage while all the lights were off, simulating the non-visual experience of radio.

Artists awarded solo exhibits at museum
Every two years the Alaska State Museum solicits Alaska artists to submit their portfolios for solo exhibitions. This year, a committee reviewed 23 submittals from artists across the state and selected nine individuals to show their work. The first of this series of solo exhibits will open in November, 2010. The series will conclude in the spring of 2012. Dates for the individual exhibitions are still being arranged with the artists.

Full Circle Music recitals this weekend
Full Circle Music Studio, led by Mary DeSmet and Greg Burger, will present their 20th year of annual recitals this weekend. Full Circle students perform at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 1, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 2 at Aldersgate Church. Students range in age from 8 to 17 and have been preparing since last September for their performances.

Arts Council purchases new art for art bank
For the first time in nearly 10 years, the Alaska State Council on the Arts has purchased art from 17 Alaska contemporary artists through the Art in Public Places program. This art will be added to the over 600 pieces in the Alaska Contemporary Art Bank and will be loaned to state offices as part of the council's Art Bank loan program.

Sealaska Heritage awards scholarships
Sealaska Heritage Institute has awarded approximately $356,000 in scholarships to Sealaska shareholders and descendants.

Alaskan launches Raspberry Wheat Ale
Alaskan Brewing Co. announces the launch of their new "Pilot Series" of limited edition specialty beers with Alaskan Raspberry Wheat Ale, set to be released May 1. The Alaskan Pilot Series will feature a rotating collection of big, bold and distinctive brews packaged in 22-ounce bottles and will be available throughout the 10 states where Alaskan beers are sold.

Jazz & Classics begins May 21
The 2010 Juneau Jazz & Classics festival will come to life May 21 with a soul-and-blues dance-concert by Austin musician, Ruthie Foster and her band, and will end May 30, with a dance at the Student Recreation Center at the University of Alaska Southeast, featuring the Royal Crown Revue. In between, the Festival will present a large variety of musical styles and events, with performances by the Jasper String Quartet, the Fisher Duo, Paul Rosenthal, Ingrid Jensen, Jeff Antoniuk and the Jazz Update, Robert Dick, and more.

'Losers' gets high marks for fun factor
If your main objection to "The Losers" (and I am admittedly making the rather iffy assumption that you have heard of the new comic-based action movie from Sylvain White) is the violence, then I can assuage those concerns at least a bit. Much of the early word on "The Losers" has been about how the movie is "loud" and "violent." Okay, yes, it is both of those things. However, it is also rated PG-13. So while there are big guns, rockets, explosions and plenty of dead bad guys, the violence is not all that wet.

Library adds 100 new games for PS3, Wii and Xbox 360
We've added nearly 100 new games in three formats to our shelves at the public libraries. Look for PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360 games like Big Game Hunter, Fight Night, Forza Motorsport 3, Boom Blox: Bash Party, and many more.

Local history and Native culture workshops offered at the city museum
Juneau History and Native Culture workshops will be offered at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum Monday, May 3, through Thursday, May 6.

Photo: Spring Showcase
Juneau Dance Unlimited will feature students from the school's intermediate and advanced ballet, modern, and hip-hop classes at the Spring Showcase Concert to be held at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday May 1 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under and for seniors, and $25 for families of four or more, and are available at the JDU office, the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, and at the door if available. Seating is limited at each performance. For more information, call the JDU office at 463-5327 or visit www.juneaudance.com.

Help the JACC by sending letters
Please help us provide the governor with strong reasons to support the $50,000 appropriation in the Capital Budget to upgrade the electrical service at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Letters of support are needed.

Balancing the Board of Game
Big game is a big deal in Alaska. People come from all over to hunt and many Alaskans enjoy shooting or trapping wild animals. It makes good sense to have a board that makes some rules.

Readers' condolences to Georgina's family
It is with deep regret and sadness that I read of the loss of Georgina Dapcevich. I had the pleasure to work with her when she was administrator of the Sitka Pioneers Home. As the Union representative I was on the opposite side from Georgina. That was never a problem because she, like the Union, believed in the talent and ability of her employees.

Former Tulsequah mine CEO wants it back
The state of Alaska wants any new owner of the Tulsequah Chief mine to show it can afford to clean up acid mine drainage leaking into the Taku River watershed, as well as have a viable plan with a timetable to do the clean-up.

Photos: Enjoying the starting of springtime
Sights of spring in Juneau.

Bartlett Regional Hospital evaluation moves forward
The Bartlett Regional Hospital Board began the process Tuesday night of moving toward an independent evaluation of its "culture issues."

Fishermen receive support for study on Taku fishery
Commercial fishermen won a quick victory at the end of the Legislative session to fund a study on the effects of acid mine drainage from the Tulsequah Chief mine. The mine is located on the Taku River watershed and its salmon fishery.

Thane Campground gets cleaning
Thane Campground should open again in May after being shut down several weeks ago for spring cleaning, according to a city official.

Addressing the 'What if?' scenario
What would you do if an explosion happened somewhere in Juneau?

Photo: Iditarod veteran speaks at Pillars
Four-time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser poses with some of his sled dogs after hisPillars of America at Centennial Hall on Wednesday. Buser has run the Iditarod 27 times and said hard work and persistence are what is needed in any pursuit. Olympic champion Nikki Stone will speak next Wednesday. The speaker series is sponsored by the Juneau Glacier Valley Rotary Club.

Photo: Morning commute
Two deer use Salmon Creek to access the tidal flats of Gastineau Channel Wednesday morning.

Photo: Annual pond maintenance
City crews clean out the pond in Gold Creek at Cope Park on Tuesday during annual maintenance. Rocks traveling downriver fill up the pond above the cement channel that leads to Gastineau Channel.

Not all fats are bad
Editor's note: This is the fourth part of a series focussing on nutrition that will run every other Thursday.

Photo: Children in the workplace
Bartlett Regional Hospital celebrated "Take your Child to Work Day" on April 22 by welcoming the families of hospital staff. All the kids were given official hospital ID badges and spent some quality time with the BRH team to learn about quality health care and the importance of how every member of the team plays a vital role in taking care of patients.

James A. Bowen
Juneau resident James A. Bowen died peacefully in his sleep at his home on April 25, 2010. He was 58.

Georgina Dapcevich
The celebration of life for Sitka resident Georgie Dapcevich, who died the morning of April 22, 2010, in Sitka, will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at Centennial Hall in Sitka, not Juneau. A potluck will be held there immediately afterward.

FCC and the Internet
The following editorial first appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

A gay in Riverdale? What's the big deal?
And what shall we say about the fact that there is to be a homosexual in Riverdale?

Mosaic plans entice media
What a difference two years makes. The last time I was here for the Logan Investigative Reporting Symposium, organized by former "60 Minutes" star producer Lowell Bergman, you could smell the fear. It was 2008, media revenues had plunged, newsrooms were slashing payrolls and canning their most seasoned reporters, the industry was in a spinning free fall, its parachute tangled around its legs.

The good, bad and ugly of hosting houseguests
It takes three days, Benjamin Franklin said, before fish and houseguests smell. Not to denigrate one of my favorite founding fathers (like Sarah Palin, I find it hard to choose an absolute definitive among, you know, all of them), but this quote seems a tad off.

Dire job market offers graduates hidden chances to find life's true calling
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - This spring 16 million college graduates will face a job market with nearly 10 percent unemployment and more than 7 million people out of work. Finding a job, any job, will be challenging. Yet, paradoxically, this challenge offers a hidden opportunity to pursue a meaningful life, not merely a livelihood.

Dispute over Chuitna River calls for cool heads, respect
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

Rumors of talks with Taliban are premature
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - After two weeks in Afghanistan and Pakistan, I'm struck by how much hot air is expended on rumors of talks with the Taliban.

Europe's largest cargo airline returns to Alaska
JUNEAU - Cargolux Airlines, the largest of all the cargo airlines in Europe and ninth-largest worldwide, recently completed its first scheduled stopover in Alaska after a five-year absence.

Rural energy experts attend conference
FAIRBANKS - More than 95 communities are participating this week in a rural energy conference in Fairbanks.

Body recovered on Mount Roberts
JUNEAU - The Juneau police department responded to a call at 6:30 a.m. Sunday concerning a body found on Mount Roberts. The man was identified by a relative as 45-year-old John Samuel Collins.

Ice Classic jackpot down slightly from last year
ANCHORAGE - The Nenana Ice Classic jackpot is down slightly from last year.

Mat-Su assembly upholds prison sewer contract
PALMER - At a special meeting Tuesday the Mat-Su Borough Assembly decided to uphold the contract for building the water and sewer system at the new Goose Creek prison.

Foraker Group benefit plan briefing slated for today
JUNEAU - The Foraker Group and the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, announced their collaboration to expand the Foraker Group Benefit Plan to ASCC members.

Teachers union agrees on labor deal
ANCHORAGE - Teachers in Anchorage have reached a tentative contract agreement with the Anchorage School District.

Anchorage Assemblywoman running for Senate
ANCHORAGE - South Anchorage Assemblywoman Jennifer Johnston filed her intent Tuesday to run for the state Senate seat held by Con Bunde, who is not seeking re-election.

Sealaska institute awards scholarships
JUNEAU - The Sealaska Heritage Institute has awarded about $356,000 in scholarships to Sealaska shareholders and descendants.

WA man guilty of killing girl for insurance money
SEATTLE - A Kent man was convicted Wednesday of second-degree murder in the drowning of his 3-year-old stepdaughter. Prosecutors said 40-year-old Joel Zellmer drowned little Ashley McLellan so he could collect on a $200,000 life insurance policy taken out three months before her death.

Former Gov. Knowles appointed to national board
ANCHORAGE - Former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles has been appointed to the National Park System Advisory Board.

Fluoride prompts restrictions at Anchorage bases
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE - Officials are telling personnel, residents and visitors to an air force base and adjacent Army post in Anchorage to not drink water from base sources.

Wolf population down in Denali, Yukon-Charley
ANCHORAGE - Federal biologists have seen a sharp decline in the number of wolves at Denali National Park and the Yukon-Charley National Preserve.

Audit set for Begich's time as Anchorage mayor
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Assembly voted Tuesday night for an independent audit of the last months of the administration of former Mayor Mark Begich, now a U.S. senator.

Fuel tank mystery pulls ferry from service
JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Highway System is trying to figure out how 50 to 60 gallons of sea water got into a fuel tank on the ferry Tustumena.

Juneau man has one charge dismissed, another reduced
JUNEAU - A Juneau man accused of robbing and assaulting another man on Jan. 18 has had one charge dropped and another reduced to a misdemeanor.

Coeur to commence Kensington operations in July
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp., owner of the Kensington gold mine northwest of Juneau, announced plans to commence mining operations in July at the Kensington gold mine.

Bears set to swing away in inaugural JDHS Invitational softball tourney
If softball is your thing, then this weekend is for you. And you even get an early Thursday start at Melvin Park. And admission is free.

Czech mate
As a 16-year-old living in Juneau, Lenka Craigová could already look back on her hockey career and call it a success. But that's not her personality, nor has she accomplished her ultimate goal.

JDHS makes quick work of Eagle River
The Crimson Bears boys' soccer team continued its early season dominance as it rolled to yet another impressive victory, this time over the Eagle River Wolves on Friday evening at Adair-Kennedy Field.

Falcons hosting first meet
For the Thunder Mountain track program, hosting the Juneau Invitational on Friday and Saturday will be an opportunity for the hometown crowd to watch its teams in action.

Bears breeze by Wolves
After blowing out the Eagle River Wolves on Friday at Adair-Kennedy Field, the Crimson Bears girls' soccer team felt an encore was needed.

Eagle River rolls over Falcons
Coming off a season- and program-opening road trip to Ketchikan, the Thunder Mountain boys' soccer team played its first-ever match at home against the Eagle River Wolves on Saturday evening at Thunder Mountain High School.

Soldier back from war suspected of killing family
ANCHORAGE - A 21-year-old military police officer who returned from Afghanistan two months ago likely shot his wife and 8-month-old baby to death, police said Tuesday.

Retirement debts grow
Alaska's under-funded pension plans for public employees and teachers fell another $2 billion in the last year, according to the latest estimates made available to the Alaska Retirement Management Board.

Legislature funds damage award for out-of-state fishermen
The Alaska Legislature has allocated more than $82 million to reimburse out-of-state commercial fishermen who were overcharged for licenses, but the money will only be paid if the state loses its final appeal.

Smokejumpers prepare for Alaska fire season
FORT WAINWRIGHT - Bob Schober hears the same question a lot.

Facebook's expansion triggers political backlash
Facebook's plan to spread its online social network to other websites could be detoured by regulators looking into privacy concerns that have raised the ire of federal lawmakers.

Judge says Mechele Linehan can be released on bail
ANCHORAGE - A former stripper awaiting a second murder trial in the death of one of her fiancés could soon be released on bail.

Alaska tells Tyonek to drop Chuitna River claims
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has told Tyonek Native Corp. to stop claiming exclusive fishing rights to the Chuitna River, about 45 miles west of Anchorage.

Airmen, Marines participating in Red Flag Alaska
FAIRBANKS - Jet fighters are soaring over the Interior as Eielson Air Force Base hosts its first Red Flag Alaska combat training exercise of 2010.

Jurors deliberate 6 hours in Palin e-mail case
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A federal jury has deliberated six hours without reaching a verdict in the case against a former University of Tennessee student charged with hacking into Sarah Palin's e-mail.

High gas prices fuel anger in McGrath
ANCHORAGE - Residents in the town of McGrath went to bed Friday with the price of gasoline at just under $6 a gallon.

Alaska ACLU files lawsuit over homeless camp raids
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police raids on homeless camps in which tents, sleeping bags and other personal belongings were seized and destroyed were unconstitutional, the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

SBA lending in Alaska triples, employment benefit murky
Government-backed lending to Alaska small businesses has nearly tripled in the first two quarters of fiscal year 2010 compared to 2009, but quantifying the effect on the job market isn't as clear.

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