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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Rachael Juzeler takes us inside the historic home that inspires her art
Rachael Juzeler, multimedia artist and Quality Assurance Analyst for the Alaskan Brewing Co., knew she wanted to buy her home before she'd set foot inside.

Local team takes top honors in Native oratory contest
The team representing the University of Alaska Southeast took top awards in the annual statewide contest of the Alaska Native Oratory Society held April 17 at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The competition provides opportunities for Alaska Native, Native American and non-Native high school and university students to develop their oratory skills through participation in four speech categories: oratory, declamation, storytelling, and Native languages.

Bach Society to perform Montiverdi
In celebration of the 400th anniversary of the composition of Montiverdi's Marian Vespers of 1610, the Juneau Bach Society, will perform the work this weekend at the Juneau Douglas High School auditorium. The show begins at 8 p.m. Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15.

State museum welcomes Tsimshian carver Saturday
This Saturday, May 8, the Friends of the Alaska State Museum will welcome Abel Ryan, a Tsimshian carver. Ryan will be demonstrating the process of carving the intricate Bentwood box and other selected small carvings.

UAS ceramics student wins award
University of Alaska Southeast art major Bonilyn Parker won two prestigious national awards at the 2010 National Student Juried Exhibition at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts convention held March 31-April 3 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Parker was presented with The Rodger Lang Award for Student Excellence and the Studio Potter Magazine Undergraduate Award.

City Museum begins summer hours
As of Saturday, May 1, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Aurora Projekt celebrates one year with dual CD release party
The urge to group things into categories is natural and unavoidable, but when it comes to the arts, systems of classification often fall short.

May First Friday exhibits include Klass and Soos' box constructions at the JAHC
Here's a look at this month's art openings.

'Nightmare' lacks real scare value
I am feeling a little guilty about this so I am just going to come right out and say it: I have never seen the original "A Nightmare on Elm Street." Or the second one. Or the third, fourth, fifth, or sixth ones. Or "Freddy vs. Jason." In my defense, I swung by Blockbuster over the weekend to grab the 1984 original and it was out. I tried.

JDHS theater closes out season with kids' show
Those with fond memories of childhood forays into the Hundred Acre Wood will be happy to hear that the Juneau Douglas High School's production of "Winnie the Pooh" eschews modern manifestations of the character in favor of A.A. Milne's original literary creation.

Library's new nonfiction includes memoirs, cookbooks
New nonfiction for adults at the public libraries includes memoirs, how-tos, and much more.

League supports development, but has issues with lands bill
I would like to clarify a statement attributed to me in the May 5 article, "Hours of lands bill meetings yield no agreements," about discussions between conservation groups and the Sealaska Regional Native Corporation.

Swope: City's budget in 'very good' shape
The Juneau Assembly is moving toward adoption of next year's budget, and despite dipping into its savings the City and Borough of Juneau looks to be in "very good" financial shape, City Manager Rod Swope said.

AEL&P rate hike to skip cruise ships, mine
Alaska Electric Light & Power is proposing an average 20 percent rate increase for residents and businesses in Juneau, but two of the city's biggest individual users aren't being asked to pay more.

RCA comments available on rate increase
The Regulatory Commission of Alaska will accept comments about AEL&P's proposed 22 percent rate increase beginning today.

Hours of lands bill meetings yield no agreements
Sealaska executives and environmental group leaders had a series of meetings in Juneau in recent weeks, equaling six full days together, but did not come to any agreements over the Sealaska Lands Bill, meeting facilitator and Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho said.

Police: Beware of purse snatchers downtown
The Juneau Police Department is advising residents to be cautious following two purse snatchings in the downtown area Tuesday evening.

Photos: Cruise ships coming

Greens Creek owner reports strong quarter
Hecla Mining Co., owner of the Greens Creek mine on Admiralty Island, reported strong first-quarter earnings and operating results.

Photo: Olympic Gold Medalist speaks in Pillars of America series
NIkki Stone, the 1998 Olympic Gold Medalist for Aerial Skiing, talks at Centennial Hall Wednesday about how she overcame a back injury in her pursuit of a gold medal in Nagano, Japan. Stone was the last of three speakers in the Pillars of America series which included Jeff Yalden and Martin Buser. The Juneau Glacier Valley Rotary Club sponsors the annual event.

Photo: Eagle feast
A bald eagle feasts on a beaver on April 26 near the end of Channel Drive.

Alaskans worry P.O. boxes may hurt census count
Census takers have begun visiting Alaskans who have not returned census forms that were mailed out last month, but the state may have an extra-high hurdle in getting all of its residents counted.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: Loose lunch break
Devyn Fruge watches Haden Johanson land a trick Tuesday while the two spend their lunch hour skateboarding in front of the downtown library.

Robert Lloyd Dyer
Longtime Juneau resident Robert Lloyd Dyer died May 4, 2010, in Juneau. He was 91.

Ruth Elizabeth Rew
Juneau resident Ruth Elizabeth Rew (Perry) died peacefully on May 4, 2010, at her home. She was 95.

What little they have
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

Parnell's analogy on health reform far-fetched
Imagine Congress passing a law that requires everyone "to purchase a federally-approved gym membership in order to lower obesity and blood pressure rates." As bizarre as it sounds, that's what our Attorney General Dan Sullivan would have us worry about.

Oil spill shouldn't end offshore drilling
The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig off Louisiana's coast that killed 11 and is now releasing about 5,000 barrels of oil per day into the ocean presents a dire situation -- for the environment, local governments and businesses, regional planners, federal responders, and of course, all Americans.

Relearning oil spill lessons
Each news update from the BP oil blowout in the Gulf of Mexico tightens a hard knot in my stomach. Alaskans who lived through the Exxon Valdez oil spill feel dark memories resurfacing. We talk about our sadness for the people in the way, people who don't know what's about to hit them.

It's still true ... cannibalism existed in the Donner Party
A lot of headline writers had a field day in the middle of April, putting toppers on stories suggesting that members of the Donner Party might not have engaged in cannibalism: "Oops," they wrote, and "Sorry, folks."

My Turn: Juneauites should be outraged by utility rate hike
Remember when Summer was the time of year you could look forward to the electric rates decreasing over the coming months?

Title
The following editorial appeared in the Dallas Morning News on Saturday, May 1:

My Turn: New hydro project has long-term benefits
AEL&P is a private utility that has provided reliable electric service in Juneau for over 115 years. AEL&P's business practices are regulated by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. One requirement of the RCA is that it must approve the rates charged by AEL&P. Another is that AEL&P must meet the electric demand in our community. As demand for electricity grows, AEL&P must build new generating facilities to meet this demand.

Bethel voting on alcohol sales
BETHEL - Voting is under way in Bethel as city residents again decide the question of alcohol sales.

Fairbanks expected to bud early
FAIRBANKS - A biologist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is predicting trees around the interior town will bud early this year.

King salmon fishing closed on 3 Cook Inlet rivers
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game closed three Cook Inlet rivers Tuesday to king salmon fishing - the Theodore, Lewis and Chuitna rivers.

New technology allows tracking of Juneau planes
ANCHORAGE - New surveillance technology is now allowing air traffic controllers to track aircraft on the difficult approach to Juneau.

Houston remains identified
HOUSTON - Dental records were used to identify human remains discovered when a dog dragged a skull into the yard of a Houston home.

Ethics complaint filed against Anchorage judge
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct filed an ethics complaint Tuesday against Anchorage District Court Judge Richard Postma.

Police arrest trailer home kidnapping suspect
JUNEAU - The Juneau Police Department is reporting the arrest of a 33-year-old man suspected of kidnapping and assaulting a 20-year-old Juneau woman he allegedly kept in a trailer home.

Ice Classic winners announced
ANCHORAGE - Nenana Ice Classic officials say three Alaskans correctly guessed when the ice would go out this year on the Tanana River.

Maritime festival seeks contestants, volunteers
JUNEAU - Juneau will celebrate its maritime history, culture and commerce in the inaugural Juneau Maritime Festival on May 22, National Maritime Day.

Fairbanks district hires superintendent and wife
FAIRBANKS - One Lewis was not enough for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District.

Wildfire prevention week being held
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is participating in a weeklong program to help prevent wildfires in Alaska.

Price of Alaska oil hits 19-month high
ANCHORAGE - Alaska oil prices have hit a 19-month high, closing Monday on West Coast open markets at $85.14 a barrel.

Alaska Small Business Resource Guide available
JUNEAU - First National Bank Alaska's 2010 Alaska Small Business Resource Guide is now available at local branches.

At least 3 winners in Nenana Ice Classic
FAIRBANKS - At least three people correctly guessed when the ice would go out on the Tanana River and will split the $279,030 jackpot.

New law promotes local produce in public schools
JUNEAU - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has signed a bill into law ordering state agencies to study and recommend ways to get local agriculture into the diets of public school children.

Agency releases draft costs of polar bear habitat
ANCHORAGE - The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a draft analysis of the cost of designating critical habitat for polar bears.

Senator's subsistence fishing trial delayed again
JUNEAU - The date for state Sen. Albert Kookesh's subsistence fishing violation trial has been delayed again.

Handgun stolen from public restroom
JUNEAU - A 24-year-old Juneau woman went into a public restroom packing heat and left burned.

Anchorage library fines going up
ANCHORAGE - If you're late returning library materials, you might want to stop by the bank before the library.

Anchorage schools plan state's biggest concert
ANCHORAGE - It may not be the New York Philharmonic, but it will be big.

Anchorage mayor vetoes money for more police
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan vetoed $200,000 the assembly added to spending plans this year to prepare for police recruits.

Falcons vs. Crimson Bears today at Adair-Kennedy
Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain will meet this evening at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park in a boys'-girls' varsity soccer doubleheader, pitting friendly faces against each other the city's new crosstown prep rivalry.

Congressmen cite 'significant' BP issues in Alaska's North Slope
JUNEAU - Two U.S. congressmen raised concerns about BP PLC's operations on Alaska's North Slope months before an oil rig that BP was operating exploded and spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Legislators discuss sessions, buildings with constituents
Juneau's Democratic legislators told constituents Wednesday evening at a post-session wrap-up meeting that 2010 has been a successful year, even though some of the community's top priorities have yet to be accomplished.

Ex-Fish and Game officials warn of Sealaska bill
ANCHORAGE - Three former top administrators with the state Department of Fish and Game are warning Gov. Sean Parnell about a bill that would allow a Native corporation to hand-pick lands in the Tongass National Forest.

Federal official bullish on Alaska gas pipeline
FAIRBANKS - A top federal pipeline official says the time is right for an Alaska pipeline construction project.

Alaska opts out of Race to the Top school grants
JUNEAU - While many states have accepted an educational reform challenge in the federal Race to the Top program, Alaska is watching from the sidelines.

Wilderness or oil? Service seeks views on ANWR's future
WASHINGTON - The three-decades-long fight over whether oil companies should be allowed inside the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is taking on a new wrinkle that could lock up the refuge for good.

Conservation groups challenge Shell's Arctic air permits
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Native and conservation groups have filed challenges to clean air permits the Environmental Protection Agency granted Shell Oil for drilling exploration wells in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas.

Agency releases draft costs of polar bear habitat
ANCHORAGE - The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a draft analysis of the cost of designating critical habitat for polar bears.

Oregon conference discusses protecting wild salmon
PORTLAND, Ore. - Biologist Rich Lincoln worries that the fragile balance of endangered salmon runs are threatened by an outdated hatchery system.

Deadliest Catch employee charged
ANCHORAGE - Police have charged a production manager on the hit cable TV show "Deadliest Catch" with using and selling drugs.

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