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Friday, April 30, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

City: Work will improve downtown safety, aesthetics
By the time work is completed at the junction of Main Street and Egan Drive downtown, Main Street should be safer and more attractive, a city official has said.

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."

Tribes, city working together to improve roads
The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska and the city are working together on a project Don Bremner, the council's deputy director of the marine highway project, calls "landmark."

King salmon run begins
False Outer Point produced a few kings for fishermen last week, but they're really hoping it picks up this weekend when the annual Spring King Salmon Derby starts Saturday.

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: Snow spill
A large avalanche came down Mount Roberts just before noon on Wednesday, covering Gold Creek.

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

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.

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.

March of Dimes hosts Walk for Babies
The local March of Dimes will hold another March for Babies at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Dimond Park Field House.

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.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Jennifer Louise Fawcett
Former Hoonah and Juneau resident Jennifer Louise Fawcett died April 8, 2010, in her Anchorage home. She was 62.

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

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?

Should President Obama move immigration reform to the top of his legislative priorities?
WASHINGTON - If President Obama puts immigration reform at the top of his priority list, Congress should muster the courage to stop him.

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.

It's no way to save the whales
N o one was surprised when conservation organizations such as the Natural Resources Defense Council challenged the anti-environmental policies of President George W. Bush. But it's a shock to many when we part company with the Obama administration.

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

Catch the Southeast breeze
With weather turning warmer by the day, the waters of the Gastineau Channel are looking appetizing as members of the Southeast Alaska Sailing Club get set for the opening of sailing season in Juneau.

Learn how to tie the Skagit Minnow
JUNEAU - At the upcoming Raincountry Flyfishers meeting, participants will have the opportunity to learn how to tie a Skagit Minnow pattern.

Shine that gear, the derby's here
Besides skunk cabbage and snowmelt, spring in Juneau also signifies the return of salmon and derby participants in pursuit.

Predator vs. prey show offers unique orca viewing
Wildlife-watching cruises are always a bit of a lottery, in terms of what one gets to see. Sometimes there is lots of action, but sometimes it's pretty quiet out on the water.

Wild shots
Submit your wild shots

Perseverance Trail clear, re-opened
JUNEAU - The Perseverance Trail, which was closed this week due to rockslides, is now open.

Officials announce creel survey schedule
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced this year's creel survey schedule.

Spring King Derby, May 1-31
Rules and regulations

Cold Water Safety Workshops offered
JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer three free Cold Water Safety Workshops to be held in Juneau May 10-12. The first two workshops will be held at the dock at the Sandy Beach Recreation area in Douglas. The first workshop will cover immersion suits and life rafts, and the second workshop will cover Emergency signal flares and marine firefighting. The third workshop will take place at UAS in the Bill Ray Center and will cover vessel flooding control using the USCG's vessel flooding control simulator.

Mother's Day Wildlife Cruise tickets available
JUNEAU - Tickets for this year's Mother's Day Wildlife Cruise on May 9 are now available.

Small earthquake hits Kenai Peninsula; no damage reported
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Earthquake Information Center says a magnitude 3.3-earthquake hit the Kenai Peninsula and was felt in Homer. There have been no reports of damage.

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.

Richardson Highway reopened after avalanche
ANCHORAGE- State Transportation Department crews working overnight have cleared an avalanche in the Thompson Pass area that closed the Richardson Highway Wednesday afternoon near Valdez.

It's plastic-only at Bethel PO after safe damaged
BETHEL - Postal officials in Bethel have been forced to conduct plastic transactions only and temporarily suspend drop box service after their safe was damaged.

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.

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

Soldier accused of shooting family still in coma
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a soldier who killed his wife and 8-month-old daughter before shooting himself in the head remains unconscious and unresponsive.

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.

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.

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.

Military: Water safe at Anchorage installations
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE - Officials say water is now safe to drink at Elmendorf Air Force Base and nearby Fort Richardson.

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.

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.

Man dies in Alaska Highway crash
TOK - Alaska State Troopers say a 35-year-old Northway man was killed in a car crash on the Alaska Highway about 20 miles west of the Canada border.

Visions of '08 glory
Several Juneau-Douglas junior and senior baseball players were on the varsity team as sophomores in 2008, the same year the Crimson Bears won their last state baseball championship.

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.

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.

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.

Falcons' first tests come today
They are young and inexperienced, but such is the plight of all Thunder Mountain first-year sports programs. Softball is no different.

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.

Fenumiai bombs away, Bears roll
Juneau-Douglas senior slugger Brittany Fenumiai put on a show Thursday night in the Crimson Bears' home opener at soggy Melvin Park, smashing two home runs and propelling JDHS to a big 7-0 win over visiting Sitka in nonconfence softball.

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.

Bear soccer girls 2-0 on roadtrip
The Juneau-Douglas girls' soccer team started its Anchorage road trip with two wins on Wednesday and Thursday. In regular-season action on Wednesday, the Bears rolled over Palmer, 7-1. Solana Ashe, Mahlet Tingley and Dorothy Brent each had a goal, and Annika Ord and Melissa Skan had two each. Kaya Chrisensen, Brent, Marlena Sloss and Daffodil Alinson each had an assist.

Gov. Parnell vetoes gas tax bill
Gov. Sean Parnell has vetoed a bill changing oil and gas taxes that some legislators saw as an attack on the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, the state's effort to develop a pipeline through Canada to bring the state's vast natural gas reserves to market.

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.

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.

Coast Guard takes down Alaska's tallest structure
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard has knocked down Alaska's tallest structure, along with a part of its maritime and flight communications history.

Tanana River ice breaks, ending guessing game
ANCHORAGE - The game is over in Alaska's richest guessing game.

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.

Ethics board still weighing Palin case
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska state ethics board still hasn't taken action on its investigator's finding nine months ago that Sarah Palin's legal defense fund likely violated the law.

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.

Shell expects to continue with Arctic plans
FAIRBANKS - A large oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has come at a tricky time for two companies seeking to increase Arctic exploration.

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.

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