Thursday, May 14, 2009

Nonfiction for kids includes graphic novels, folk tales and more
There's a wide variety of nonfiction for kids on the shelves at the public libraries.

Arts & Culture Calendar
ART, EVENTS & PERFORMANCE

An audible feast
A musical feast is about to be laid out in Juneau, and music lovers of all varieties can partake in a one-hour taste at a lunchtime show or a ten-day full course of performances, talks and workshops.

Not just for Trekkies
I can count the number of "Star Trek" episodes I have seen on one hand. Actually, I could count the number on one hand if I had just suffered a horrible fire-cracker accident in which I lost all five fingers. You follow me? Undoubtedly I missed several subtle references to the long-running television series in J.J. Abrams' new movie. That did not stop me from thoroughly enjoying Abrams' presentation, and I suspect the film will be equally pleasing to full-blown Trekkie nerds - excuse me... folks. Trekkie folks.

Music for nothin'
It's not often one can spend a lunch hour listening to smooth jazz on par with some of the best. Nor is it commonplace to sit at UAS enjoying good food, arts and crafts and music for little more than a couple dollars. But at the Juneau Jazz & Classics concert series, May 15 through May 24, you can. In fact anyone can. And it's free.

Artist profile: Blues guitarist and singer Kal David
When blues guitarist Kal David was in his first band in high school in Chicago, he and his bandmates quickly mastered the chord progressions that make up many blues standards. But they didn't have the genre licked, not by a longshot. Learning to play the blues well takes time, David said, because its strength lies in elements you can't immediately grasp.

Museum Day offers openings, family activities
In celebration of Museum Day, held this Saturday, Juneau's museums and historic sites are offering a full afternoon of new exhibition openings and activities for the whole family.

High schools bands, choirs to play combined concerts
The Juneau Douglas High School band and the Thunder Mountain High School band will perform a spring finale concert together beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at the JDHS auditorium.

Dance recital held this weekend at JDU
Juneau Dance Unlimited will feature students from the school's dance classes at the May Recital to be held at 7 p.m. May 15 and at 2 p.m. May 16 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Tickets are available for $5 each at the JDU office and at the door if tickets are remaining. Seating is limited at each performance.

Spring formal to be held Saturday at Centennial Hall
The Juneau International Folkdancers will sponsor a spring formal beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Centennial Hall. 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.

Student artists Alora Pilgrim and Ileta Galau
This week's student artist profile is a double feature. Alora Pilgrim and Ileta Galau are both actors, and both are involved in Floyd Dryden's drama club: Alora as a student, and Ileta as her mom's helper. Ileta's mom, Kathleen Galau, is Floyd Dryden's drama coach.

TIbbett, Norris play at the Hangar tonight
Local singer-songwriter Teri Tibbett and Bearfoot's Jason Norris will perform original and cover songs beginning at 8:30 p.m. tonight at Hangar on the Wharf.

$50 passenger head tax is a big deal
In response to Gershon Cohen's letter in the May 12 edition of the Juneau Empire, I respectfully disagree. The economic downturn is worldwide and not limited to Southeast Alaska.

Walk in my shoes, ride on my seat
May 11-15 is bike to work week, a perfect week to appreciate Juneau's gifts of incredible scenery and friendly community members. As a daily commuter by car, bus or bicycle, I want to remind all drivers to imagine yourself riding to work each day with no protection from fast moving vehicles. Please have compassion and patience as you drive this week and all year long.

Sealaska should listen to its shareholders
This letter is in response to the article that appeared in the Juneau Empire on May 12 titled, "New bill would resolve Sealaska land issue."

Accommodate tourists and locals with tours
Local residents of Calhoun, 12th Street and Basin Road in Juneau have asked summer tour operators to stop driving through their neighborhoods. For years, these requests for drive-through bus and trolley relief have been ignored.

As land rises, the refuge has shrunk
When Jim and Mary Lou King bought their Sunny Point house in 1964, it had seaweed underneath it, and they encouraged a spruce to grow as a hedge on the shore side of the house to keep the water from thumping the house at high tide.

Timber bill would pay to help retool Southeast industry
Ketchikan sawmill owner Steve Seley has no more faith in old-growth timber.

JDHS senior selected as Google logo design contest finalist
On May 21, millions of Internet search engine users will see a novelty Google logo designed by Juneau's Geordey Sherrick - if he can beat 39 other school-aged finalists in a design contest put on by the Internet search giant.

Senators, Juneau mayor urge Palin on energy funds
Two Anchorage lawmakers this week sent Gov. Sarah Palin a letter urging her to accept millions in stimulus money for home weatherization and energy efficiency.

Bid for downtown garage below estimate
As city officials read aloud the four bids it received for construction of the Downtown Transportation Center on Tuesday at City Hall, the handful of contractors and subcontractors there chattered with surprise about how close the bids were, though they were expecting tough competition.

Rash of suicides prompts Ketchikan meeting
KETCHIKAN - A rash of suicides in Ketchikan has prompted city health officials to conduct a town hall meeting to raise awareness about suicide prevention.

Photos: Police officers remembered
Officer Page Decker salutes after a wreath was laid by the daughter of Officer Karl William Reishus during the National Peace Officers' Memorial Observances outside the Alaska State Museum Tuesday. Officer Reishus was killed in a training accident May 3, 1992, while on duty.

Brown pleads not guilty to selling Oxy
A 68-year-old man pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to felony possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute.

Photo: Last survivor gone
In this circa-1986 photo, World War II hero Frank A. Holmgren Sr., far left, looks at a model of the USS Juneau along with the other members of the crew who survived after the ship was torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal in November 1942.

Photo: Training for tourists
ATA raft guide Mike Himan, front, shows, from right, rookie rafting guidesJeremy Johnson, Patrick Markquis and Dudley Commander thedirection to go through a section of the Mendenhall River Saturday. The group, along with others, are going through training for the busy summer tourist season.

Photo: Remembering Kesterson
A memorial to Phillip Austin Kesterson Jr. made of driftwood, shells, flowers and balloons sits next to the city dock in Gustavus on Tuesday. Kesterson, 16, died May 3. His body was found under the dock in the water.

Photo: Pathfinders
James Hardisty, right, and Brian Davies help shape a new path through the woods and mud just off of the Sheep Creek Trail on Saturday.

Police & Fire
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Police & Fire
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Around Town
Thursday, May 14

Around Town
Wednesday, May 13

Darcy L. Robinson
Longtime Juneau resident Darcy L. Robinson died May 5, 2009, at his home. He was 52.

William B. Lampe
Graveside burial services for longtime Juneau resident William B. Lampe, who died Dec. 18. 2008, in Juneau, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at the Alaskan Memorial Park and Mortuary on Riverside Drive.

Sandra Lynn Sutherland
Juneau resident Sandra Lynn Sutherland died May 6, 2009, at home. She was 41.

Raymond F. Carder
Former homesteader of Lutak Inlet near Haines, Raymond F. Carder died April 24, 2009, at St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham, Wash.

Outside editorial: Newspapers are too essential to fail
During last week's Senate hearing on the "Future of Journalism," Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., observed that the newspaper industry appears to be an "endangered species."

Alaska editorial: New president, same old polar bear policy
When the Bush administration announced last year that it would not allow the polar bear's new "threatened" status to add another layer of rules on the North Slope oil industry's already well-regulated interaction with the bears, many pundits trumpeted it as another example of Bush's alleged disregard for the environment.

Time for beauty in a busy world
Ahead of me, the snow-covered shoulder of Mount Juneau leans out toward the pale blue morning sky. Off to my right, hints of spring greenery rise along the sloughs that gracefully cut ribbons through the wetlands. The short drive from the valley to downtown is one of the most beautiful commutes on the planet. But I can't really pay attention because I'm racing along Egan Highway at 60 miles per hour.

Bar convention a chance to improve, build camaraderie
Last week, Juneau welcomed attorneys and judges from across the nation for the Alaska Bar Association's annual convention. This gathering is a chance for legal professionals to get together, get to know their colleagues better and learn more about the legal profession. This is the second bar convention I've had a hand in hosting, and I look back on last week with both a sense of professional growth and pride that we in the capital city did an outstanding job of welcoming conventioneers to town.

Private pain, public fascination
It's a hell of a thing when you can't even die in peace. For what it's worth, I hesitate to say that. One should be slow to foreclose hope, always leave room for miracles. Still ...

Obama needs a neutral Supreme Court justice
Justice David H. Souter's retirement from the Supreme Court will open a window into whether President Obama is truly a coolheaded, moderate technocrat, as claimed by Democrats, or a standard-bearer for some of the left's most extreme ideas, as claimed by Republicans.

Alaska officials: swine flu case confirmed
ANCHORAGE - Alaska health officials say tests have confirmed that swine flu sickened a cruise ship crew member.

32 seconds may cost McGraw $11.4M contract
JUNEAU - McGraw Custom Construction out of Sitka may lose an $11.4 million contract to build Juneau's Downtown Transportation Center because a notice of a last minute bid reduction got to the city 32 seconds too late.

Youth center counselor indicted on drug charges
ANCHORAGE - A federal grand jury has indicted a counselor at an Anchorage youth detention center for allegedly selling drugs near the facility.

2 ethics complaints against Palin dismissed
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she has been cleared in two ethics cases.

Grand jury indicts 5 on television smash and grab
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks grand jury has indicted five people suspected of ramming a high-end electronics store and stealing two 40-inch televisions.

Kite boarder rescued by friend in float plane
ANCHORAGE - A kite boarder in distress in Turnagain Arm was rescued by a friend in a float plane.

Cruise ship makes Anchorage a port of call
ANCHORAGE - Holland America Lines will make a regular cruise ship stop in Anchorage in 2010.

Water from ice jams recedes in Tanana
ANCHORAGE - Water from ice jams on the Yukon River continue to recede in Tanana after the village suffered near record flooding.

Coast Guard rescues eight boaters
JUNEAU - U.S. Coast Guard rescue crews contributed to the rescue of eight people in Alaska on Tuesday.

Flooding recedes after evacuation at Tanana
FAIRBANKS - About a fourth of the 250 residents of Tanana were evacuated after the city was inundated Tuesday by flood waters.

Man pleads not guilty to 13 sex abuse charges
JUNEAU - A 24-year-old man pleaded not guilty at the Dimond Courthouse in Juneau on Tuesday to 13 felony sexual abuse counts.

Jury awards sexually abused boy nearly $1M
ANCHORAGE - A jury has awarded nearly $1 million to a boy who was sexually abused for years, despite reports to the state Office of Children's Services.

Anchorage Coast Guard commander removed
JUNEAU - Capt. Mark Hamilton, the Coast Guard's commander for the Anchorage sector, has been temporarily relieved of his duties.

Homes evacuated as Homer wildfire spreads
HOMER - A wildfire has forced the evacuation of about 40 people from their homes near Homer.

Showtime at Southeast Showdown
Bailey Johnson, Shaun Guthrie and Tongan Toni Talamai all grabbed respective title belts at the 2009 Roughhouse Boxing Southeast Showdown Friday at Marlintini's Lounge.

JDHS sweeps 4 at Ketchikan
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team wrapped up a four-game weekend sweep of Sitka and Ketchikan on Saturday with an 11-9 squeaker over the hosting KayHi Kings.

ADF&G Juneau sport fishing report for week of May 4-10
King salmon have moved into local waters and are being caught at the traditional fishing spots. According to the second week of our creel survey, the Picnic Cove/Outer Point area was the most productive, followed by the Breadline and Auke Bay.

Photo: One-pitch wonders
Members of Massage This, TLC Massage, champions of the Juneau Softball Association's Coed F North Division at the recent one-pitch tournament, pose after winning their title.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

State Legislature throws charter schools a lifeline
A bill passed by the Legislature and that is awaiting the governor's signature should help Alaska's small charter schools living on the financial edge.

Advocates: right time for mining law reform
WASHINGTON - When Congress approved the rules governing the nation's mining operations, Ulysses S. Grant was in the White House, George Armstrong Custer was fighting Native Americans and Congress was looking for ways to encourage greater settlement of the nation's vast frontier.

Palin signs book deal, memoir due out next year
NEW YORK - You knew it was coming: Sarah Palin is ready to tell her side, agreeing to publish a memoir with HarperCollins. The book comes out in Spring 2010 - the year she is up for re-election.

Anchorage considers discrimination ordinance
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Assembly will consider an ordinance banning discrimination against gays in hiring, housing and education, but a city religious leader vows to fight it.

Controlled burn considered to boost moose habitat near Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is considering a controlled burn in interior Alaska to find out if fire can rejuvenate winter moose habitat.

6 to test course for Alaska extreme water race
ANCHORAGE - A handful of adventurers will make a test run next week that could lead to another long-distance race for Alaska.

Yukon quest plans earlier start date for 2010
ANCHORAGE - Organizers of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race have moved their 2010 start time up a week, a change that could tempt more mushers to try both the Quest and the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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