Friday, May 15, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

$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.

Vote Geordey Sherrick in '09
As many of you have probably heard, local high school artist Geordey Sherrick has been selected as one of 40 artists in the Google student art contest. He will be representing Western Region 10 in the contest.

Lab teachers support student drug testing
Editor's note: The following is an open letter to the Juneau School Board dated May 5, 2009.

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."

Assembly hears WiMAX tower appeal
Acting as a quasi-judicial body, the Juneau Assembly heard a formal citizens' appeal Thursday attempting to block a permit to build a 150-foot communications tower on Mendenhall Loop Road.

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.

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.

Nonprofit forms to dispel local, regional development myths
Juneau banker Tom Sullivan rose at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Thursday and said his daughter had come home from fourth grade telling him she was playing an environmentalist in the school play. Among the facts she had learned along the way: Mining kills fish, clear-cutting destroys streams, and free-floating fishing nets wrap around whales and kill them.

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.

Juneau Empire to roll out new subscription, single copy prices
The Juneau Empire's single copy price will increase by a quarter starting Sunday and subscription rates also will change beginning in June, the newspaper announced this week.

Ocean Rangers begin sophomore season
Morris Mickelson is spending his summer in Alaskan waters onboard large cruise ships, but he's neither passenger nor crew.

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.

Photos: Sometimes you're up, sometimes you're down
Doug Cooper jumps a wave with a wave skate Thursday at Auke Lake. Wave Skating is a variation of water surfing only there is no binding holding the feet to the board.

Photo: Paddling in stride
Brett Burnett, right, and his son Chad take advantage of the sun Tuesday kayaking down Gastineau Channel.

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
Today

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

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.

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.

Outside editorial: Invest in education, reform loan program
With the cost of a college education soaring all over the country, reforming college-loan plans is taking on a new urgency. Fortunately, there is a proposal on the table that won't be a burden on taxpayers and could ease the staggering debt load for young people entering the workplace. This should be a no-brainer for Congress. When it comes to legislation, though, nothing is ever easy.

Outside column: Card check and gut check
If our nation was governed by business's version of democratic choice, we would hold elections to determine the winner, but nearly half the time the incumbent would remain in power even if he lost.

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.

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.

Outside column: Will voters tolerate big deficits?
President Barack Obama's detailed budget had hardly become public when members of Congress began to criticize specific reductions in funds for their states.

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.

2 charged with assaulting Galena child
FAIRBANKS - Police in Galena have arrested two teenagers accused of holding down a 5-year-old boy and shoving gravel and dirt in his mouth.

Body of man found in Anchorage woods
ANCHORAGE - A man's body has been found in Anchorage woods, the third body found in the city in a week.

Troopers report 7-year-old was mom's designated driver
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks woman is accused of letting her 7-year-old son be her designated driver.

Responders fear harm from Yukon River fuel spills
FAIRBANKS - Responders from the state Department of Environmental Conservation say it could be months before they know if the Yukon River will suffer lasting effects from fuel spills caused by flooding.

Homer utility ends Healy coal plant deal
FAIRBANKS - One of the three organizations involved in a plan to restart an inactive coal plant in Healy has backed out.

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.

Trial set for woman accused of manslaughter
FAIRBANKS - The trial of a 21-year-old Fairbanks woman accused of driving drunk and killing a 4-year-old boy is scheduled to begin next week.

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.

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

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.

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

JDHS escapes KayHi with streak intact
Crimson Bears boys soccer coach Gary Lehnhart felt the pressure build with each season sweep of regional rival Ketchikan in recent years. He no longer remembers the last time the Kings took a game from his team, but admitted he thought KayHi's talent-laden team could steal one of Tuesday and Wednesday's opening games of the Southeast Conference season in Ketchikan.

JDHS, KayHi set to clash in Region V Championships
The Juneau-Douglas High School track and field team hosts Ketchikan, their lone regional competitors after Sitka's drop to 3A, today and Saturday during the Region V Championships at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

JDHS visits trio of Fairbanks schools
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team heads to Fairbanks today for a 5:30 p.m. kickoff against North Pole that opens a three-game road stand.

Early May runnings on Sheep Creek
The rains had returned, so there was considerable good-natured grousing after being so spoiled by a run of fine weather. Nevertheless, Parks and Rec went up the hill toward Sheep Creek valley. The first part of the trail was entirely snow-free. Where the trail makes a sharp left to go up more steeply, two side trails take off. One goes to some old mine debris and on down along a narrow fin to an old log dam (definitely not for the faint-hearted!). The other angles along the ridge to the right and eventually peters out. But along the way you can look upstream and see the old broken-down dam, and if you bushwhack a little more, you come out on an old pipeline and thence to a trestle across the creek - also not for the cautious hiker.

JDHS opens Sitka set by toppling Kings 11-7
Mission accomplished.

Photo: Dashing for Dryden
Floyd Dryden Middle School's Kenny Fox leads the way in the boys' 100-meter dash event during Thursday's middle school track meet at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. Please see results in Sunday's Empire sports.

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.

Senators block Hayes' nomination
Senate Democrats vowed Wednesday to push through a White House nominee for a top Interior Department post even as they accused Republicans - led by Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Robert Bennett of Utah - of obstructing President Barack Obama's agenda by continuing to object to the candidate.

Kenai wildfire advances on settlements
ANCHORAGE - A wildfire whipped up by a gusty breeze was spreading Thursday toward three small Russian settlements near the scenic coastal town of Homer on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula.

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.

Man gets 36 years in child porn case
ANCHORAGE - A 47-year-old California man convicted of four charges connected to child pornography in Alaska has been sentenced to 36 years in prison.

Eagle kills crane at birding festival
HOMER - A Homer resident opened her picturesque farm to bird-lovers hoping for a close-up view of sandhill cranes, but was horrified when one of the elegant birds was attacked and killed by a bald eagle.

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