Friday, May 7, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Students share ideas about how to entice younger generation to stay in Juneau
Around 250 students from Juneau's three high schools gathered Thursday at Centennial Hall to brainstorm ways to make Juneau more appealing to the younger generation.

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.

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.

Juneau kidnapping suspect ill, misses arraignment
JUNEAU - A man accused of kidnapping and assaulting a 20-year-old Juneau woman in a trailer home didn't show up for his court arraignment Thursday due to illness. The arraignment was rescheduled for Friday.

Police see rise in false alarms
The Juneau Police Department is saying it's being inundated with false alarm calls in recent weeks, most likely stemming from increased home security sales by two companies that set up shop in Juneau last month. If problems persist, police may start charging homes and businesses for time wasted.

Undersea robot helps scientists to track fish
Some zoologists need binoculars to study their subjects. Others need a bit more help.

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: Volunteers honored
Claudette Curtis, third from right, lines up for a group picture with Gov. Sean Parnell and his wife, Sandy, and other winners of the First Lady's Volunteer of the Year Awards at theGovernor's House on Thursday. Twelve people and one organization were recognized for their volunteer efforts from around the state. Curtis serves through the DouglasCommunity United Methodist Church, serves breakfast at Gastineau Elementary School, serves senior lunches at Catholic Community Services, is a girl scout leader, volunteers at the Glory Hole and has volunteered for the Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau for 20 years.

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:

Ruth Elizabeth Rew
A memorial service for Juneau resident Ruth Elizabeth Rew (Perry), who died May 4, 2010, at her home, will be held at noon Saturday, May 8, at Auke Bay Bible Church. A reception will follow. Donations in her memory may be made to Auke Bay Bible Church or Hospice and Home Care of Juneau.

Virginia "Ginny" Thomson
Juneau resident Virginia "Ginny" Joan Thomson died April 29, 2010, at her home due to complications from Alzheimer's disease. She was 77.

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.

Should US cities and states launch economic boycotts to pressure Arizona to repeal its new immigration law?
Boycott will force Arizonans to face the consequences of action

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

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.

Assembly should be involved in electric utility rate issues
As a former longtime member of the city of Juneau's former Energy Advisory Committee, I am concerned that our local government no longer has a qualified advisory committee to address the current rate hike proposed by Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. Of special concern is the proposal to raise rates for residential, small and large commercial, manufacturing and street lighting, while not raising rates for Princess Cruise Lines and Greens Creek Mine.

US needs offshore drilling and tougher safety rules
The following editorial first appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

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?

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.

Finding it all in everything wild
Each spring, I make my first trip of the year to the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness, usually in late April or May. Depending on weather, it's a two- or three-hour skiff ride about 50 miles from downtown Juneau, past the scenic openings of Taku Inlet, Taku Harbor, Limestone and Snettisham. With each mile, I grow eager to see how Tracy and Endicott Arms have survived the long winter.

Youth participate in global day of service
JUNEAU - On April 23, over 350 volunteers joined efforts in the tradition of the world's largest youth-oriented service event, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD).

Litter Free to host clean up day
JUNEAU - The Juneau Watershed Partnership will host the annual Spring Stream Cleanup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Adopt-A-Flower program announced
JUNEAU - Each year, Parks and Recreation plants nearly 20,000 annual flowers that are raised from seed. The program is greatly enhanced by generous donations from the public. The flowers add color and contribute to the vitality of the community.

Girls on the Run hosting 5K Fun Run
JUNEAU - Girls on The Run of Southeast Alaska is hosting a 5 kilometer Fun Run at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 22 at Twin Lakes.

Southeast Gardeners' Conference and tours
JUNEAU - Juneau Master Gardeners invites garden enthusiasts to a program of informative presentations, workshops, demonstrations and garden tours to help grow plentiful vegetable gardens and beautiful flowers.

Feathers and education
If you've ever wondered what makes migrating songbirds such "flying machines," now's a chance to find out.

Snag deals at this year's Boaters' Swap
Clean out that garage, de-clutter the boat and tackle box, because members of the Juneau Yacht Club are holding the third annual Boaters' Swap beginning at 10 .m. Saturday at the Yacht Club.

Weekly Whale Feature: "Juneau"
Juneau is absolutely a wonderful whale and one of the easiest to identify. Why the name? Look for the "AK" marking on the tail. Plus, she makes her home in Juneau.

Moss sex, oh yes
Most multicellular organisms reproduce sexually at some point in their life cycle. This means there is a sperm cell and an egg cell (collectively called gametes) that somehow have to get together to make a next generation. Egg cells are larger, with more stored energy and nutrients. Sperm cells are typically smaller, stripped for action, so to speak, and need to find a way to get to the egg cells. Tiny, delicate, and very sensitive to drying, sperm cells don't survive long out in the big bad world; even in water, their life span is not long.

On the hook
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Wild shots
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Tides
Today, May 7

'Super' plant sale happening Saturday
JUNEAU - Plants of all shapes and sizes will be up for sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 8 in the Safeway parking lot in the Mendenhall Valley.

Special 'Evening at Egan' lecture on fish tracker
JUNEAU - A special "Evening at Egan" lecture at 7 p.m. tonight in the Egan Hall at the University of Alaska Southeast will explore new technology surrounding an autonomous underwater vehicle which has the capability to track fish in Alaskan waters.

Local youth sailing registration open
JUNEAU - The Juneau Youth Sailing Club has opened registration for a summer of instructional classes for youth ages 10-18.

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

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.

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.

Census phone line available
JUNEAU - Residents who fear they were missed by the U.S. Census Bureau's ongoing count can also call in their information.

Man's body found in homeless camp
ANCHORAGE - The body of a man has been discovered in a homeless camp in southAnchorage.

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

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.

UAS commencement ceremony on Sunday
JUNEAU - The public is invited to join the celebration at commencement ceremonies in Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan, as the University of Alaska Southeast honors graduates from Summer and Fall 2009 and Spring 2010.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Science panel on cruise ship wastewater to meet
JUNEAU - The state Science Advisory Panel on cruise ship wastewater treatment systems will meet for the second time June 10-11 in Juneau.

Fighting the good fight
In softball, 20-for-23 is an absurdly good number, next to impossible to achieve.

Bears roll Kings
Another home game, another dominant performance by the Juneau-Douglas girls' soccer team.

JDHS baseball edges Ketchikan, 8-6
Juneau-Douglas defeated Ketchikan 8-6 on Thursday behind solid defense, timely hitting and shutdown relief pitching in the first of a four-game series in Ketchikan.

Shell: We're ready to drill in Arctic Ocean
PORTLAND, Oregon - Shell Oil is ready to drill in the Arctic Ocean this summer and asked a federal appeals court Thursday to rule quickly on a challenge by environmentalists concerned about the risk of a major spill after the Gulf of Mexico disaster.

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.

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.

UAF chancellor explains potential tuition hike
FAIRBANKS - Higher tuition is necessary, with state lawmakers making it clear that campuses must carry a heavier share of the financial burden, University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Brian Rogers told students this week.

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.

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

Berkowitz, seeking Democratic nomination, visits Juneau
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ethan Berkowitz made an early campaign visit to Juneau this week, talking up why he'd be a better governor than incumbent Sean Parnell.

Governor candidates debate gasline
ANCHORAGE - A big Alaska natural gas pipeline was the central issue at a gubernatorial debate Wednesday before a state Chamber of Commerce audience in Anchorage.

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.

Anchorage club owner offers to bail out Linehan
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage strip club owner has offered to bail out Mechele Linehan while the former dancer faces a second murder trial.

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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