Saturday, May 9, 2009

Woman's story of adjustment to life in Alaska makes compelling reading
Meet somebody new at a bar or a party or a coffee shop and, if they weren't born in Alaska, inevitably the conversation turns to "How did you come up here?" It's what John McPhee calls the "coming into the country" story, the title of his classic book on Alaska.

New chapter books include tales of bloody adventure
New chapter books include creepy ghost stories, bloody adventures, and comfortable family stories in addition to the titles below.

Artic Tern releases 'The Snowflake Rebellion'
After 50 years as a state, might Alaska go its own way? Author Tom Brennan explores this possibility in "The Snowflake Rebellion." In this semi-serious look at what might have been, Brennan writes the history of Alaska as it would look if a few events had played out differently.

Arts & Culture Calendar
ARTS, EVENTS & PERFORMANCE

Songsmith Eaglesmith
In discussing song-writing, Fred Eaglesmith describes a paradox of the artistic process. His songs are original and wholly his own, formed by his imagination and experience, and yet seem they to come out best when he is able to forget himself entirely.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine
The success of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" hinged largely on one question: Was it better than the third X-Men film? I am choosing to pretend I don't know the title of said X-Men film; it really doesn't deserve to have its name in print.

Kickin' up dust with Pecos Bill
Pecos Bill, legendary American cowboy, is set to kick up some dust on the Juneau Douglas High School stage over the next two weekends, lassoing tornados as he goes.

Juneau student featured on fine arts camp poster
When Chloey Cavanaugh was asked to paint "what she felt" at last summer's Sitka Fine Arts Camp, she had no idea the painting would be published. But out of the cool shades of acrylic paint came a work of art so intriguing that it is now featured as the backdrop on the 34th Annual Sitka Fine Arts poster - an annual marketing publication that circulates around Alaska and beyond to a mailing list of approximately 1,500.

Thriller 'Timecrimes' focuses on consequences, rather than 'science,' of time travel
There's something going on at the "research institute" that's just over the hill.

Former Juneau resident Tollefson releases new CD
Former Juneau boy Eric Tollefson, 25, recently released his first official CD, "The Sum of Parts," in Bend, Ore. The CD, a nine-track album he has worked on for the last two years, is available locally at Mendenhall Auto Center or online at cdbaby.com.

1920s-inspired variety show held Saturday at the JAHC
The Jazz Baby's Ball, A '20s- and '30s-inspired variety show, will be held beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, featuring live music and dance performances, comedy routines, and vaudeville-type acts. The evening will conclude with a dance headlined by Haines' Pastor Lunchmeat and the Pimentos with Collette Costa.

Student artists Hans Chester's K-1 classroom's weaving project
Hans Chester, a K-1 teacher at Glacier Valley Elementary, has been making weavings with his students, some with yarn, some with cedar bark. Each Wednesday for the past few weeks, the class has worked on their weavings for about 30 minutes, and periodically throughout the week as time allows. The students learned the technique quickly, with the help of Susan Sealbach and Glenda Lindley, and have really enjoyed the project, Chester said.

Mining presentation to be held at the city museum Tuesday
The Greens Creek Mining Company and the Juneau-Douglas City Museum will present "The Faces of Mining: The Personalities that Shaped Juneau's Mining History" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 12 at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

Activist musicians emma's revolution to perform May 13
The award-winning activist-musician duo emma's revolution will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. The Juneau Pride Chorus will open the show.

Mendenhall Wetlands slideshow, booksigning to be held tonight
In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day and in recognition of a recent award for the Mendenhall wetlands, a slideshow and booksigning by Robert Armstrong will be held at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Canvas to host live music, art sale tonight
Local group One Aisle Over - Josh Lockhart, Naomi Hooley and Chris Fannin - will perform from 7-8 p.m. tonight at the Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery, 223 Seward St. downtown. Admission is pay as you can, with proceeds benefitting the musicians.

JAHC gathers Suddenly Art troupe
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council is looking for musicians, jugglers, painters, sculptors, dancers, sword swallowers, bird trainers, weavers and more to join a loose group called the Suddenly Art troupe to go, somewhat spontaneously, out and about on occasion to bring art to unexpected places.

Dance studio to hold recital May 15
Juneau Dance Unlimited will feature students from the school's Studies in Movement, Ballet Basics, Ballet I, Ballet II, Jazz II, Jazz III and Children's Hip-Hop classes at the May Dance Recital to be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 15, and 2 p.m. May 16 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Alaska State Council on the Arts' grant deadlines June 1
The Alaska State Council on the Arts has announced a June1 deadline for grants in the following areas: career opportunity, workshop, community arts development, master artist and apprentice, cultural collaborations project and cultural collaborations access.

Junior theater announces summer academy program
Northern Lights Junior Theatre has announced the dates for its Summer Academy, a program that emphasizes building theater skills. The academy will run from 1-4:30 p.m., July 13 through Aug. 7.

A & C is moving to Thursdays
As of May 14, the Juneau Empire's Arts & Culture section will be included in Thursday's issue of the paper rather than on Friday.

Spring Formal scheduled for May 16
The Juneau International Folkdancers will sponsor a spring formal beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday May 16. Doors open at 7 p.m., and a free swing lesson begins at 7:30 p.m. The Thunder Mountain Big Band will perform for the dance beginning at 8 p.m.

EFCA provision isn't about helping workers
In their recent opinion column, John Sweeney and Vince Beltrami spare no rhetorical flourish in promoting the so-called Employee Free Choice Act. The problem is that they use the straw man of Wall Street tycoons to sell their scam.

Residents send message about tours
In the last week or two, a handful of downtown residents put up signs on their properties that say "STOP LOCAL TOURS." The signs popped up at homes on West 12th Street, Irwin Street and Calhoun Avenue, and another clutch along Gold Street and Basin Road.

US Justice Alito addresses Juneau on hot-button issues
Alaska has had a disproportionate presence on the docket of the U.S. Supreme Court recently, including punitive damages in the Exxon Valdez oil spill and Juneau's Bong Hits 4 Jesus cases.

Author shares love of flock and feather
For the last several days, a hundred eagles at a time have been going bananas over the capelin fry out in the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge, Bob Armstrong reported. Perhaps on Thursday, under the gray drizzle, we would see them.

Alaska retirement system woes continue
Rising health care costs are battering Alaska's public employee retirement programs at the same time a declining stock market is making those retirements more difficult to pay for, according to new studies.

Haines teens die in canoe accident
Two teenagers died Wednesday after their canoe capsized north of Haines while traveling to Skagway.

Downtown businesses show appreciation for Juneau locals
Although residents may not need a specified day to appreciate Alaska's capital city, Juneau Appreciation Day has become a growing tradition in the downtown area.

Photo: Springtime salmonberry
Rainwater collects in the new sprouting leaves of a salmon berry plant near Savikko Park in Douglas on Wednesday.

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

Around Town
Today, May 8

James Scott Trivette
Former Juneau resident James Scott Trivette, of Long Beach, Calif., died April 6, 2009. He was 27.

Austin Kesterson
Gustavus resident Austin Kesterson died May 3, 2009, in Gustavus. He was 16.

Malcolm G. Libby
Longtime Juneau resident Malcolm Gary Libby died of lung cancer on Nov. 20, 2008, at his home. He was 67.

Alaska editorial: Teens know they need sex education; Alaska schools should offer it
Alaska student leaders have taken a stand that shows they are more willing to confront the reality of teenage sexual behavior than the adults in charge are. The Alaska Association of Student Governments, at a meeting of some 255 students in Sitka last month, overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling for mandatory, comprehensive sex education for all high school students, according to a report by the Juneau Empire.

My turn: Juneau's identity tied to its isolation, artistry
With the loss of isolation, inevitably Juneau is losing its individuality. The cruise ship industry, the Internet, television and Wal-Mart, among many other factors, have all contributed to the smoothing out of Juneau's more eccentric edges. Our unique community is being molded into Anytown, U.S.A.

Living in the lap of necessity
My 20s were so lacking in creature comforts, I could have been in a Dickens novel. What a bedraggled waif I was, living in a grimy New York apartment with no dishwasher, no air conditioner and no on-site laundry facilities. Like most Manhattanites, I didn't have a car, nor did I have a television set, although that was mostly because I was incredibly pretentious and wanted to convey the (false) notion that I was the kind of person who spent all evening - often, alas, at the laundromat - reading Ibsen plays.

Trail building party, workshop this weekend
JUNEAU - The public is invited to trail building workshops with Trail Mix and the International Mountain Bicycling Association this weekend.

Parts of Denali closed to snowmachines
ANCHORAGE - Officials at Denali National Park and Preserve say areas of the park are now closed to snowmobilers because of deteriorating snow.

Point Lay lands first whale in 70 years
ANCHORAGE - Two crews from Point Lay have landed the community's first bowhead whale in 70 years.

Project to free Rat Island receives award
ANCHORAGE - A project to eradicate rats and restore birds to Rat Island has received an award.

JDHS sluggers still perfect
The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team used a nine-run third inning to nurse an early 2-0 lead into a messy 11-1 non-conference mercy rule slaying of visiting Sitka Thursday night to open their Senior Night weekend at Melvin Park.

Photo: All wound up
Juneau-Douglas High School senior pitcher Sean Bavard, seen winding up in the second inning Thursday night at Norman Walker field in Ketchikan, pitched a complete game in victory against the Kayhi Kings. Results were unavailable as of press time Thursday. Please see a full story in Sunday's Empire.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Water starts to recede in Eagle
EAGLE - An ice jam near Eagle that caused heavy flooding and knocked several buildings off their foundations has broken, allowing the swollen Yukon River to recede, authorities said.

Lawmakers promote Alaska in NY
FAIRBANKS - Several Alaska lawmakers are in New York promoting the state.

AFN returns to Fairbanks in 2010
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention, believed to be the biggest gathering of Natives in the state, is returning to Fairbanks.

Pourchot named to interior post
ANCHORAGE - A former Alaska legislator will be the Department of Interior's special assistant for the state.

Work starts on 360-acre Tongass timber sale near Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN - Work has begun on a six-mile road through Tongass National Forest after a federal judge refused to stop it.

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