Friday, May 2, 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.

Look into owner of Snettisham plant
After doing a little research, I found out that Snettisham is owned by Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority.

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

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.

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.

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.

Surreal cheerleading and cowardly reality
Reading William Rose's good letter, "Ways to support the troops," on Monday, April 28, I was reminded of what I always feel when I see those "I support the troops" bumper-stickers.

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.

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

Aid money goes to nonprofits
Seeking to provide economic aid quickly, the Juneau Assembly jumped at a new chance Thursday to provide money to residents and small businesses facing a huge increase in their monthly power bill.

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.

Police & Fire
Reports from police, fire officials and state troopers:

Juneau's disaster declaration declined
Gov. Sarah Palin has rejected a request from the city of Juneau to issue a "disaster" declaration in response to the city's power crisis.

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.

High times in the 'big city'
One thing Williann Frank said she noticed about staying in Juneau that's different from the roadless village of Tuntutuliak in Southwest Alaska is the indoor plumbing.

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.

AEL&P dividends to be canceled for now
Juneau's electric utility told its shareholders this week not to expect dividends until customers and the company have finished paying off the diesel fuel that is now powering the city.

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

Repairs to transmission line in progress at Snettisham
Repairs on the Snettisham power line are now under way, Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. officials said Thursday.

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: National Bike Month
Barbara Kelly, Bob King and about two dozen bicycling enthusiasts wait for a car to turn as they bike around downtown to kick off National Bike Month on Thursday. The Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club set a goal of 10,000 miles for Juneau to ride during Bike Week, May 10-16, called the "10,000 Mile Capital Challenge."

Around Town
Today

Photo: Prayer power
Associate pastor for Church for All Nations, Jason Stasyszen, prays Thursday in front of the Capitol. Thursday was the 56th annual National Day of Prayer.

Photo: Rocking out for the Spring King Derby
Three fishermen take to the rocks at high tide for the first day of the Spring King Salmon Derby on Thursday. The month-long derby is a fundraiser for the Alumni Scholarship Assistance Program of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.

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

Around Town
Today, May 2

'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" ★★★

Hospital celebrates National Nurses Week, Hospital Week
Bartlett Regional Hospital will celebrate National Nurses Week May 6-12 and National Hospital Week May11-17.

Eligible Ketchikan university students to graduate Saturday
KETCHIKAN - Graduation for eligible University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan students will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Ted Ferry Civic Center.

City museum offers training sessions on Juneau history, culture
JUNEAU - This year, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum will offer two themed workshops: "Juneau History and Culture" and "Introduction to Native Arts."

Leaving winter behind with a tale of Christmas
It seems we've had plenty of winter, even though really cold only a few times, but still with lots of blustery wind and rain and snow. For an older person, unfortunately, winter seems to last longer each year.

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.

Discovery Southeast Scholarship Program covers ocean literacy
JUNEAU - Discovery Southeast invites graduating high school seniors who are seeking an education that leads to a career as a naturalist, teacher, scientist or other occupation that requires a grounding in natural history to address ocean literacy in their application essay for the Naturalist Scholarship Program this year. Scholarships of up to $1,000 will be awarded to the winners and applicants should also be able to demonstrate a passion for nature and the outdoors and show a history of activities that connects them to the natural world.

Local organizations sponsor 14th annual Super Plant Sale
JUNEAU - The 14th annual Super Plant Sale will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 10, in the Safeway parking lot.

University of Alaska Southeast students named EPSCoR fellows
Two University of Alaska Southeast undergraduates and one graduate student have been awarded sought-after federal grants to research the effect of climate change on the survival of plants and animals and the sustainability of subsistence resources.

Thanks for making our 2008 Empty Bowls fundraiser a success
The board and staff of the Glory Hole would like to recognize the following sponsors and contributors that helped make Empty Bowls 2008 a successful event.

Congratulations to our graduating son
We are the proud parents of Thomas J. "TJ" Mason and are now honored to announce his graduation on Sunday from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Bachelor of Science in construction management.

Thanks to all who helped on Global Youth Service Day
This past Friday, April 25, SAGA joined more than 60 high school students in service for Global Youth Service Day. We would like to thank all of those who helped make the day a success. Global Youth Service Day has been an important event for SAGA for many years, and we plan to continue the tradition in the future.

University recognizes Jensen, Elmore for meritorious service
Theatre in the Rough was born 18 years ago after Aaron Elmore and Katie Jensen met in Juneau and fell in love at first sight.

Thanks to our many American Cancer Society volunteers
This year, more than three million men, women and youngsters nationwide will volunteer their time and talents to the American Cancer Society and its mission to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. I am proud to say we have our share of these terrific individuals right here in Juneau and Douglas, and with National Volunteer Week now upon us, what better time to recognize and honor them.

Thanks for making the comedy show a success
Lots of groups and individuals joined forces last weekend to guarantee the success of the March 28 Healing Power of Humor benefit comedy show for Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies. We raised almost $1,300 for AWARE, filling the Juneau Arts & Culture Center with laughter while raising awareness about domestic violence.

Thanks for donating food for students at The Learning Connection
The Learning Connection would like to thank and acknowledge the Valley Breeze In for its generous donations of food to our downtown location. The Breeze In has donated bagels and donuts daily to the center for a number of years, providing needed sustenance for many GED and other adult education students.

Thanks to those who supported our son
Joshua L. Jackson, a 2003 graduate of Kake High School, will graduate Sunday from the University of Alaska Southeast with a bachelor's in elementary education.

Abby Watts
Age: 9.

Recognitions
Joshua L. Jackson, above, a 2003 graduate of Kake High School, will graduate Sunday from the University of Alaska Southeast with a bachelor's in elementary education.

Juneau Community Foundation gives $4,000 to the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council
This spring, the Juneau Community Foundation made its annual contribution to the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council in the amount of $4,000. The Foundation donated these funds on the behalf of Mary Claire Harris, who set up the Arts and Humanities Student Scholarship Fund with the Juneau Community Foundation to provide funding for student scholarships in music, visual arts, dance and writing.

Jewish community learning, teaching
Jewish traditions have been passed down throughout the generations. Though the essence of our traditions have remained remarkably the same, they have evolved to reflect the changes that have taken place as our knowledge of the world has grown.

Smith, van Dalen wed
Crispian Smith, of Juneau, and Jeroen van Dalen, of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, were married in a ceremony attended by family and friends on March 29, 2008, in the Old Church in Amsterdam.

Miso: A macrobiotic staple
Back in the 1970s, when I first got interested in natural foods, macrobiotics was all the rage. This philosophy of diet and health emphasized the concepts of balance and the practice of a traditional, grain-centered diet. Since the originator of macrobiotics, George Oshawa, was Japanese, traditional Japanese foods figured prominently in the macrobiotic diet. Besides brown rice which everybody associates macrobiotics with, one of the most important macrobiotic staples was miso.

FYI
Births

Sitka Health Summit dinner tickets on sale through May 9
SITKA - Tickets for the second annual Sitka Health Summit's May 14 community dinner need to be purchased by Friday, May 9.

Steps to a Healthier Southeast awards community grants
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's Steps to a Healthier Southeast Alaska program awarded small grants worth $85,000 to five Southeast community groups so they can implement community-based wellness programs and policy changes.

Russell C. Phillips
Longtime Juneau resident Russell C. Phillips died April 30, 2008, in Juneau, after a brief illness. He was 92.

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: Opponents of Clean Water spin fable of Red Dog Creek
Of all the fictions peddled by opponents of the Clean Water Initiatives and supporters of the Pebble mine, few are as fanciful as the fairy tale they flog about Red Dog Creek. According to them it was so naturally befouled that nothing could live in it, but now, thanks to mining, it so teems with trout a weir is required to prevent a fish infestation. Baloney.

My turn: For the whales' sake, oppose sonar use in Gulf of Alaska
It has come to my attention that the U.S. Navy may have become the largest whaling organization in the modern world as we know it. Not that it was an intentional act, however, but as the by-product of national security. What a crazy idea.

My turn: Herring decision affects all of us
The recent decision by National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) not to list northern Lynn Canal herring under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is a good news/bad news story for Juneau.

Outside editorial Soaring cost of living hurts intended effect of stimulus checks
Fill the gas tank, or stock up on basmati rice? There are many ways to spend those government rebates that began going out this week. With the cost of living soaring, consumers are likely to spend this extra cash on necessities, not on the kind of retail purchases that Washington officials had hoped would stimulate the economy.

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.

Aide to congressional candidate steps down
JUNEAU - The political adviser for Democratic congressional candidate Jake Metcalfe has resigned over a flap involving fake Web sites.

April fourth snowiest for Fairbanks area
FAIRBANKS - April in Fairbanks turned out to be one for the record books.

Feds: Weather not a issue in helicopter crash
WASILLA - Federal investigators are now focusing on possible mechanical problems after discounting weather as a factor in a helicopter crash last month that killed four people.

Gov. Sarah Palin's chief of staff resigns
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin's Chief of Staff Mike Tibbles has resigned.

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.

Jogger dies along Anchorage highway
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man died today while jogging alongside the Glenn Highway.

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.

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

Earthquake reported in Andreanof Islands
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Earthquake Information Center reported a strong earthquake in the Andreanof Islands.

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.

Suspected serial thieves arrested
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police believe a couple arrested may be connected to multiple thefts across the state.

Climbing season gets started on McKinley
ANCHORAGE - The 2008 Mount McKinley climbing season is under way.

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.

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

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.

Juneau has high hopes for 2008 baseball season
For three straight years, the Sitka Wolves have got the better of the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team, winning an unprecedented three straight state titles in 2005-2007 and supplanting the Crimson Bears as Alaska's most successful program.

Bears win in season opener
Brittany Fenumiai scored the winning run on a play at the plate, propelling the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team to a 7-6 extra-inning win over Ketchikan on Thursday at Melvin Park in the first game of a doubleheader. The Crimson Bears (5-0) completed the sweep with a 11-0 win in the second game.

JDHS boys win, girls tie versus Dimond in Anchorage
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team extended its winning streak to eight games with a 4-1 win over Dimond on Thursday in Anchorage.

Photo: Spring training
Gastineau Channel LIttle League players Tal Norvell, Ryan Hoover and Brendan VanKirk, foreground, conduct a bunting drill during practice Wednesday at Melvin Park. The GCLL will hold its opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

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.

Oil giant donates $15 million to UAA
ANCHORAGE - ConocoPhillips has pledged $15 million to the University of Alaska Anchorage for a new science center.

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.

Panel addresses violence against Native women
ANCHORAGE - A three-day conference was held in Anchorage to look at the issue of violence against Alaska Native women.

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.

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.

Chris Hayes tells judge she was responsible for finances
FAIRBANKS - The wife of former Fairbanks Mayor Jim Hayes has asked a federal judge to hold her responsible when sentencing them for stealing federal grant money.

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.

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

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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