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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Award-winning photographers snap to it on First Friday
Art enthusiasts heading out for First Friday will have the opportunity to focus in on some of Alaska's best photography.

Perseverance stages rich, complex family drama
Often, when I invite a friend to the theater, they first want to know: How long is it? If that answer satisfies them, they will next ask: What's it about?

New Opportunity Grant applications due May 15
The May 15 application deadline for New Opportunities Grants is closing in.

Sin City 2 slated for May 3
Following the success of last month's Sin City event, Marlintini's Lounge will host Sin City 2 beginning at 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 3.

Perseverance Theatre to hold general auditions
All actors are invited to Perseverance Theatre's general audition for the 2008-2009 mainstage and second stage season. Artistic Director Art Rotch will be on hand for those who wish to meet him. Audition slots are available from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 9; noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 10; and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 11.

What's Happening
Hooligan Calendar

Making sense of beef grading
What is beef grading and what does it mean to your taste buds?

Wine and appetizers about town
The weather was so nice last week that I was inspired to begin this column outdoors.

'Grand Theft Auto IV' is the perfect crime story
I now know how film critics felt after screening "The Godfather." It's been days since "Grand Theft Auto IV's" credits rolled, yet I can't seem to construct a coherent thought without my mind wandering off into a daydream about the game. I just want to drop everything in my life so I can play it again. Experience it again. Live it again. No matter what I do, I can't stop thinking about the choices I made throughout the course of the game. Those people didn't have to die. I could have saved them. I wasn't thinking straight. My judgment was clouded. Next time, things will be different.

Spring cleaning for your desktop
Nothing says more about a person's cyber-personality than the shape of their desktop. In my case, it becomes the storage closet for all sorts of things and requires the same spring cleaning that I give my garage every year.

Juneau access road will be a beautiful gift
Letters and My Turns opposing the Juneau access road are appearing regularly in the Empire.

Use Rainy Day Fund in energy crisis
In the 1990s the Juneau Assembly established a special fund called the Rainy Day Fund. The purpose at the time was to build up a reserve that could be used to cover unexpected financial emergencies.

Look to ENRON and Calif. energy scandal
Alaska is a state widely known for its scenic grandeur and abundant wealth of natural resources. Of these natural resources, Alaska is known for its oil and in particular, its oil potential.

What happened to can-do spirit?
What has become of common sense and the Alaska "can-do" spirit?

Shareholder unhappy with Sealaska spending
Sealaska spent $2 million of shareholders' money to enroll 1,600 new shareholders, or $1,250 each, just on the campaign for their enrollment. And what is the new shareholders' legacy amount to in dollars and cents? Ninety-two cents per day.

Liberal media hides progress in Iraq
No one has anything good to say about President Bush. They say that he's a horrible president, but you ask them why, and they can't tell you without doing a search on Google or just blindly saying "Iraq."

Oppose rate increases and make history
Having lived in Juneau for several years before returning home to the East Coast, I was outraged to read about the recent course of events following the destruction of a large portion of power lines on April 16, and the city's response to this situation.

Tap the PFD when hard times hit
I am writing in response to the letter to the editor, "Use PFD to help the struggle," by Ron Pagenkopf. I agree with this resident. Alaskans should use the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend to help with the struggles.

Writing angry letter by candlelight
So here I am writing angry letters to the editor by candlelight, something that I thought wouldn't happen until much later in life. Waiting two months to fix those towers is going to cost how much? We are talking $50 million.

AEL&P a good community citizen
The ongoing energy crisis in Juneau brings a variety of negative emotions to the surface that have crept into the blogs. Before the anger grows to silly proportions, I'd like to offer a layman's point of view to ponder.

Children with syndrome can live full lives
In the Empire on April 25, there was a statement that implied that children with Down syndrome are automatically mentally retarded.

City considers partnership with nonprofits
Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho wants the city to consider pairing up with nonprofit organizations in an effort to target residents who need the most help with skyrocketing electric bills.

Power rates to skyrocket on schedule
The Juneau Assembly shelved a plan to defer a huge electricity rate hike that would have left people and businesses paying more in the long term.

Correction
In a Q&A about Juneau's energy crisis in Tuesday's Juneau Empire, Kake's energy supplier was incorrectly identified. The Inside Passage Electric Cooperative provides electricity for Kake.

Elementary students turn off TVs
Third-grader Cody Weldon said it wasn't hard finding things to do last week that didn't involve watching television.

Smithsonian Bound
The copper sun embedded in the mouth of the raven carved into the canoe's prow glistened Wednesday as the paddles from nine men rhythmically sliced through the water of Twin Lakes.

Man gets 20 years for sex abuse of 12-year-old
A retired Coast Guard veteran was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy at a Juneau church camp last spring and then paying $300 to keep the child from reporting the crime.

In some quarters of state, sympathy for Juneau lacking
While Juneau struggles with high power prices, not everyone in Alaska is sympathetic.

Juneau awaits disaster declaration from state
Gov. Sarah Palin's Disaster Policy Cabinet is scheduled to meet this morning and may make a crucial decision on whether the governor should issue a "disaster" declaration in response to Juneau's power crisis.

After news of global shortage, residents empty rice shelves
Tuesday morning at Costco, what is ordinarily a week's supply of long-grain rice sold out in the first 10 minutes the store was open.

More energy conservation tips
• Lower the temperature of the hot-water tank. Turning it off when you're not using it also will save electricity, even though the water has to heat up again, because the average water temperature (and energy used getting it there) will be lower.

First cruise ship of season arrives
The first cruise ship of the season arrived in Juneau.

Photo: Setting the stage
Juneau-Douglas High School students rehearse the musical, "Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day" on Tuesday at the JDHS auditorium. The comedy is based on the popular children's book of the same name. It shows at 7 p.m. May 9 and 16, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 17. It is directed by JDHS theater coach Michaela Moore. Tickets are on sale at Hearthside Books & Toys or at the JDHS activity office.

Photo: Cultural exchange
Students from Kunming, China, wearing costumes, take photos of the Mount Edgecumbe High School Yupik Dancers during an assembly Thursday at the state boarding school in Sitka. For more than a dozen years, the school has participated in a sister school exchange program with two schools in the southern China town.

Photo: Power walk
Professor Alan Meier, an energy conservation expert from the University of California at Davis Energy Efficiency Center, tours the Juneau Empire building on Tuesday. Meier came to Juneau on an invitation from Mayor Bruce Botelho to give advice about conserving energy.

Around Town
Today

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

Around Town
Today

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

'In Bruges' shifts from silly to sobering
If there is a Purgatory, it probably looks a bit like Belgium: quaint, European, picturesque and achingly dull on the surface - Bruges, perhaps.

Laughing at miserable people
More often than not, when you walk out of a movie theater you are able to immediately answer your friend when he asks, "Well, what did you think?" Maybe you loved it, maybe you loathed it, or maybe it was somewhere in the middle. Whatever the case, you are able to answer.

'Golden Compass' discovers home on DVD
'The Golden Compass'

Juneau's Cinema guide
OPENING

BIG BAND for a small town
Eighty-one-year-old Ron Maas has nearly completed his longtime goal of recording a studio album with the Thunder Mountain Big Band.

Hecklers beware, or we'll play 'Free Bird' for an hour - loud
Nothing can make a stage performance more uncomfortable than a stinkin' drunk heckler out in the crowd yelling "FREE BIRD!" I've always threatened to learn "Free Bird" so I can play it for an hour and a half next time somebody does that.

Jazz & Classics set for May 16 to 25
Tickets are on sale for the 22nd annual Juneau Jazz & Classics concert series to be held in the capital city from May 16 to 25.

Fire on McGinnis to play May Rent Party
Fire on McGinnis is scheduled to perform at the May Rent Party at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Friday, May 2 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Sound Bites
Lil Mama "VYP: Voice of the Young People" ★★★

Self-determination is a primary goal
"What we're dealing with is quality of life and relationships," said social worker Sandy Harris when I interviewed her a few weeks ago. "We want clients to have a feeling of self-determination and control over decision-making."

World affairs council holds annual forum next weekend
JUNEAU - The Juneau World Affairs Council's annual forum will be held Friday and Saturday, May 9 and 10, at the Baranof Hotel. The five out-of-town speakers and panel participants will be as follows:

Sealaska awards $530,000 in scholarships
JUNEAU - Sealaska Heritage Institute has awarded approximately $530,000 in scholarships to Sealaska shareholders and descendants and given the first leadership award from an endowment founded two years ago.

Pets of the week
If you have been waiting for the perrrfect cat to come into your life, now is the time to head on down to the Gastineau Humane Society, which has almost 30 cats, top right. Whether you are looking for a friend who is big, small, mature, young, fluffy, sleek, mellow or sassy, you're sure to fall in love with someone.

Thanks for volunteering on youth service day
Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies gives a warm thank you to all the young people who volunteered their time and efforts to beautify and spring clean the AWARE's safe shelter as a part of the 20th annual National Youth Service Day on April 25.

Widowed persons hold monthly brunch
JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons Program will hold its monthly brunch at noon Sunday at Capital Café in the Baranof Hotel.

Bicycle club hosts celebrations during National Bike Month
JUNEAU - In celebration of National Bike Month, the Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club will promote a celebration of cycling in Juneau during Bike Week, May 10-16, and Bike to Work and School Day on May 16.

Photo: National Youth Service Day
From left, Juneau-Douglas High School teacher Kristin Garot; student volunteers and team leaders Natasha Fenumiai, Ruthie Yadao, Ashley J. Peters, Adrian Nowland, Duffie Taylor and Laura Graham pose on April 25 in front of a newly cleaned Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies van. The group volunteered at AWARE as part of the 20th annual National Youth Service Day.

Friends of the Flowers seeks sponsors
JUNEAU - Friends of the Flowers, along with the city Parks and Recreation Landscape Division, are asking for support to continue the Friends of the Flowers program through its community beautification program.

High schoolers hold silent art auction, book sale fundraiser
JUNEAU - World history students studying African issues at Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School are sponsoring a silent art auction and silent book sale from 3-6 p.m. Friday at 1208 Glacier Ave.

Burden to be guest speaker at Sitka Health Summit
SITKA - The guest speaker for the second annual Sitka Health Summit, "Working Together for a Healthier Sitka," will be Dan Burden, a nationally known expert on building healthier communities. Burden is the executive director of Walkable Communities Inc., a founder of Bikecentennial Inc. (now called the Adventure Cycling Association), a former national advisory board member of the Active Living By Design program and a former National Geographic photographer who led a cycling expedition from Alaska to the Andes in the 1970s.

Carmel Children's Hope holds South Indian dinner, auction
JUNEAU - Carmel Children's Hope Inc. will hold a South Indian dinner and auction fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mountainview Senior Center. Tickets are $30, available at Hearthside Books or Curves For Women.

High school welding students do community service projects
KETCHIKAN - Ketchikan High School and Revilla High School welding students often practice their skills by doing various community service projects.

Georgian Ruth Heins
Juneau resident Georgian Ruth Heins died peacefully April 29, 2008, at her home at Wildflower Court. She was 91.

Georgian Ruth Heins
Juneau resident Georgian Ruth Heins died peacefully April 29, 2008, at her home at Wildflower Court. She was 91.

Marsha Jane Matlock
Juneau resident Marsha Jane Johnson Matlock died April 27, 2008, in Juneau. She was 43.

Alaska editorial: State right to reject the latest promises at Point Thomson
State Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Irwin had two compelling reasons to reject the latest so-called "development" plan for the long-undeveloped oil and gas fields at Point Thomson.

My turn: Lessons learned from the avalanche
There are many lessons in the recent avalanche and our dependence on expensive oil for electricity - the most important being the community can still pull together.

Alaska editorial: Speculation now laid to rest with gas line
April 8 was truly a momentous and potentially historic day in the history of Alaska. As this related to the economy it may be second only to the announcement of the discovery of oil on the North Slope.

College outreach effort expands
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska College Savings Plan and the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education are expanding the "I Know I Can" outreach effort to first- and second-graders in 32 classrooms across the state this year.

Record numbers graduate from UAS
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast will hand out a record number of diplomas this weekend at its graduation ceremonies.

Medical examiner to retire after 11 years
ANCHORAGE - Dr. Franc Fallico is retiring Wednesday after serving as the state medical examiner for the past 11 years.

Kenai man pleads not guilty to sex charges
KENAI - A church youth leader facing various sex charges involving minors has entered pleas of not guilty.

Fairbanks police make arrest in killing
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police arrested a man in connection with a late April killing at the Frontier Lodge.

Man dies in house fire in Alakanuk
BETHEL - An Alakanuk man died in a house fire, the Alaska State Troopers said.

Employee union backs Begich in Senate race
JUNEAU - The state's largest employee union said it's backing Democratic candidate Mark Begich for the U.S. Senate seat held by longtime Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Stevens.

Glacier Bay has new superintendent
JUNEAU - Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve has a new superintendent at the helm.

Police release identity of dead Kodiak man
KODIAK - Police in Kodiak released the identity of the man killed in what is believed to have been a hit-and-run this week.

Parking garage undergoes repairs
JUNEAU - Maintenance and repair work on exterior stairwells at the Marine Parking Garage began Tuesday and will continue through the summer.

Downed aircraft found near river
ANCHORAGE - A downed airplane was found near the mouth of the Big Susitna River.

Costs of groceries soar in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Grocery shoppers in Anchorage are suffering from sticker shock.

Toddler killed by dog in Fort Yukon
FORT YUKON - A toddler in Fort Yukon was attacked and killed by a dog after the boy wandered into a neighbor's back yard.

Unidentified body found on Kodiak road
KODIAK - The body of an unidentified white male was found on Pillar Mountain Road early this morning, Kodiak police said.

House, Senate won't pay travel expenses
JUNEAU - If lawmakers want to participate in Gov. Sarah Palin's natural gas pipeline informational presentations next month in Anchorage, they will have to foot the bill.

Vandals banned from graduation ceremony
ANCHORAGE - A group of students who vandalized Service High School in Anchorage will be banned from graduation.

JDHS boys, girls score wins over Bartlett
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls soccer teams successfully kicked off their Anchorage roadtrip Wednesday with wins over Bartlett.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

The dimming of Juneau's marquee lights
Earlier in the week, news proliferated around the Web that the bespectacled international superstar Elton John was adding a couple of last-minute stops in the Last Frontier to his latest world tour.

Highway bill seeks Justice Department probe
WASHINGTON - The House on Wednesday sent a highway bill to President Bush with a request to the Justice Department that it investigate how one project slipped into a past bill without a vote by lawmakers.

Biologists say dozens of grizzlies reside in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - A study by state biologists found that one of the busiest avenues for grizzly bears runs right through a popular summer destination along Campbell Creek in Anchorage.

Democrat Inouye fetes Republican pal Ted Stevens
WASHINGTON - It's not unusual for a senator to hold a fundraiser for an embattled colleague. If they're in different parties, however, that's another story.

Anchorage shock-jocks, suspended for derogatory statement, to return to work
ANCHORAGE - Two Anchorage shock-jocks suspended over a derogatory remark about Alaska Native women will return to the airwaves today, a radio manager said.

Federal judge orders decision about polar bears by May 15
ANCHORAGE - It's been more than three years since a California conservation group asked the federal government to protect polar bear habitat threatened by global warming.

Nenana Ice Classic jackpot is $303,895
FAIRBANKS - The jackpot in the Nenana Ice Classic is bigger than last year, but only by a small amount.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Lawyers for convicted killer Linehan file appeal
ANCHORAGE - Two prominent lawyers have filed an appeal in the case of Mechele Linehan - the former stripper who was convicted of murdering a former fiance.

Agency quizzes Ketchikan on color for historic building
KETCHIKAN - The federal government has an important question for residents of Ketchikan: cream or pink?

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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