Juneau Jazz & Classics
The 24th annual Juneau Jazz & Classics festival, held May 21-30, will provide wide-ranging entertainment throughout the week with both free and ticketed events.

SE Alaska Beer Week: Because a weekend just isn't long enough
Love beer but can't make it to Haines for Brew Fest? If so, the rest of this sentence will make you very happy: Beginning Saturday, right here in Juneau, its Southeast Alaska Beer Week, the first annual week-long local celebration of all things beery.

Juneau's loss is Bellingham's gain
The residents of Bellingham, Wash. don't yet know how lucky they are. They're about to inherit what many Juneauites consider a local treasure: the powerhouse duo of Heather Haugland and Antonio Diaz.

'Robin Hood:' It might make you nostalgic for the fox
Whatever you want to call this “Robin Hood” (Ridley Scott’s revisionist look, the story never told about the legend, a more historically based version), I still prefer the originals. That is plural, mind you, and not a typo. Before Kevin Costner’s “Prince of Thieves” – which I own on VHS still for some reason – there was the cartoon-fox Robin Hood. Disney did that one in 1973 and it might still be the best one of the bunch.

Library's new young adult selections on the shelves

Chalk Art festival held this weekend
In celebration of National Foster Care Month, Catholic Community Services' Division of Child Care and Family Resources and the State of Alaska Division of Health and Social Services Office of Children's Services are teaming up in the "Foster a Future" Chalk Art Festival this weekend. The festival, held inside the Nugget Mall on Saturday and Sunday, was created as a way to promote foster care awareness.

UAF professors to perform tonight

Skagway hosts first-ever Writers' Symposium
Next month, Skagway will launch the first-ever North Words Writers Symposium, hosting well-known authors from around the state. Keynote speaker will be best-selling mystery writer Dana Stabenow, who will lead panels along with several writers, historians and editors, including Nick Jans, Sherry Simpson, Kim Heacox, Kaylene Johnson, David Hunsaker, Andromeda Romano-Lax, Daniel Henry, Elizabeth Dabney, Nita Nettleton, Peggy Shumaker and Tim Woody.

Youth Solo Competition forms due May 26
The 2010 Juneau Symphony Youth Solo Competition will take place on Wednesday, June 2, at the Thunder Mountain High School auditorium. The competition is open to all young musicians in Southeast. There are two divisions: a Junior Division, open to musicians 13 or younger at the time of the competition, and a senior division, open to musicians who are at least 14 through those who will graduate from high school in 2011.

JDU to feature young dancers in May recital

Photo: New DeRoux work
Juneau painter Daniel DeRoux recently installed a 20-foot mural for the new Veterans Affairs Clinic opening this month in Anchorage. "A Military History of Alaska" is an Alaskan landscape composed of 256 six-inch square paintings of Alaska's military history, most of them sourced from the Alaska State Historical Library. For more on Dan DeRoux, visit www.danderoux.com.

Worker: Auke Bay is in need of many more repairs
I have worked for the Harbor Deptartment at Auke Bay, and there are many more things in need of repair than just the parking lot.

Clarification needed
The Alaska delegation would be helpful if it would clarify the status of some important legislation and further commit to giving a clear, specific and unrushed timeframe to review and comment on the legislation.

Juneau man still missing after five nights
It should have been a normal day for Chris Walkenford Sr. as he moved along the trails along the Mendenhall River. Tour guides practiced their river rafting skills, hikers walked with pets, and sunshine permeated the foliage.

Juneauites remember Hickel as principled, tough, gracious
Juneauites who knew former Gov. Walter Hickel praised him this week for consistently putting his principles, and Alaska, first.

Runway renovation
Work continues on the Juneau International Airport's runway safety area expansion, a measure required by the Federal Aviation Administration to reduce damage and risk should a plane overshoot, undershoot or drive off the 8,456-foot runway.

Photo: Bargin' the bus
A Juneau city bus makes its way through Gastineau Channel just north ofDIPAC to dry land Monday evening,arriving on a Northland Services barge.

Photo: Mobile classroom wows children
Shane Hertzog, an Alaska Department of Fish and Game technician, watches Justin Geary, 3, experience a hermit crab crawling along his hands at the Aquatic Education Classroom onTuesday. The mobile classroom is parked at the Wayside Park on Channel Drive through Friday and will be hosting fourth and fifth graders.

Assembly adopts 2011 budget
The Assembly adopted Juneau's 2011 fiscal year budget at its meeting Wednesday night.

Juneau now on national website for crime postings
Thinking about buying that house in Juneau but are worried about it sitting there all alone when you are at work? Or how about the safety of your children if they walk to school? Juneau residents can now view an up-to-date map of criminal activities as part of the police departments inclusion in the national CrimeReports.com website.

Travel tips to stay healthy on the go
One early morning, I arrived at the Juneau airport for a work trip. Because of airport renovations, travelers had been advised to come to the airport two hours prior to departure, rather than the usual one hour. Check-in went smoothly, but for a variety of reasons the security line was so long that it stretched all the way to the caf and curled back around toward the escalators.

Photo: Scrounging for food
A black bear, one of two seen in the area, stands on an empty garbage can at the front door of 1690 Glacier Highway Wednesday afternoon.

Bartlett takes further steps to reduce falls
In the spring of 2009, Bartlett Regional Hospital formed a "falls team" to address the issue of patient falls while being treated at the hospital. Nurses and physical rehabilitation therapists joined the project with the mission of evaluating and revising the then-current program, with the objective of reducing the incidence of patient falls.

Photo: Strolling along the road
Dolores Healey takes her day care children and an extra passenger, Cuddles, for a walk along Mendenhall Loop Road on Wednesday.

Richard L. Stragier
Former Juneau resident Richard L. Stragier died on May 8, 2010 in Marysville, Wash. He was 62.

Peter Allen Tassell
Juneau resident Peter Allen Tassell died April 30, 2010 at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He was 76.

An illegal substance sold legally
"He owned some drugstores, a lot of drugstores," Daisy Buchanan said. "He built them up himself."

Pet stores keep cruel animal trade alive
If you care about animals, you should never buy one from a pet store. That may seem counterintuitive, but PETA's undercover investigations have demonstrated time and again that pet shops and the companies that supply them treat animals like disposable objects. No thought is given to the fact that they are living beings.

Big Brother picks your pocket
White House tape transcription 16-05-10, 1600 hours, Oval Office. Present: President OBAMA. Vice president BIDEN. House Speaker PELOSI. Chief economic planners MALIA and SASHA.

Step up to the plate
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Honest regulator
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Officials: Gulf spill slowing subsistence report in Alaska
ANCHORAGE - A government review of subsistence management in Alaska is being slowed by the Gulf oil spill, a meeting of the Federal Subsistence Board in Anchorage was told.

Coast Guard rescues 4 in Gulf of Alaska
ANCHORAGE - A Coast Guard helicopter lifted four men in a life raft to safety after their 47-foot fishing boat sank in the Gulf of Alaska.

Rasmuson gives $200,000-plus to 29 Alaska artists
ANCHORAGE - The Rasmuson Foundation has awarded more than $200,000 to 29 writers, composers and artists in Alaska.

Woman sentenced for trying to rob Fairbanks hotel
FAIRBANKS - A former employee of a Fairbanks hotel has pleaded guilty to trying to rob the place and has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Guilty plea in Fairbanks motel shootout
FAIRBANKS - A second man has pleaded guilty to taking part in a shootout last year at the Super 8 Motel in Fairbanks, and charges against a third man will be dismissed.

Swine flu wanes, but officials expect a return
FAIRBANKS - Alaska's last confirmed case of swine flu was six weeks ago, but public health officials expect it to return later this year.

Murkowski says she welcomes hearing on oil liability
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she welcomes a hearing this month on the liability issue for oil spill damages.

Soldier killed in crash near Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - The second victim in a fatal, head-on crash south of Fairbanks last week has been identified as a 21-year-old Fort Wainwright soldier.

Public invited to meet TMHS principal candidates
JUNEAU - Capital city residents will have a chance to meet, greet and grill Thunder Mountain High School's three candidates for principal this week.

Test results show gains in reading, math, science
JUNEAU - Preliminary results from spring standardized testing of Alaska's school children are in with mixed results.

Salmon Creek Dam siren to be tested
JUNEAU - Alaska Electric Light and Power will conduct a test of the emergency warning siren for the Salmon Creek Dam at 9 a.m. Friday morning.

Anchorage murder charge dismissed
ANCHORAGE - A judge has thrown out a murder charge against an Anchorage man who was accused of killing his wife.

High schoolers discourage DUIs
JUNEAU - Juneau school district juniors and seniors from all three high schools will be participating in an event aimed at discouraging drinking and driving today.

Anchorage woman accused of amassing drug
ANCHORAGE - A 42-year-old Anchorage woman is accused of collecting nearly 3,500 Oxycodone pills from Southcentral Alaska pharmacies this year.

New aquatic center still needs logo
JUNEAU - The deadline is approaching for the Dimond Park Aquatic Center's design contest.

Kodiak man awarded $493K for tree damage
KODIAK - A Kodiak jury has awarded nearly a half-million dollars to a landowner whose neighbors cut down 70 of his trees five years ago.

Body found on sidewalk in Anchorage neighborhood
ANCHORAGE - Police say a man found dead early Wednesday on a sidewalk in an Anchorage neighborhood is the city's seventh homicide of the year.

Scheduling conflicts delay matricide trial again
KETCHIKAN - There could be further delays in the second trial for a woman accused of conspiring to murder her mother.

Governor's picnic scheduled
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell announced Wednesday he would hold his annual Governor's Family Picnic in Juneau on June 24 from 4-7 p.m. at Sandy Beach.

Juneau to approve budget tonight
JUNEAU - The Assembly is scheduled to approve Juneau's 2011 fiscal year budget at its meeting tonight.

DOT schedules Brotherhood Bridge meeting
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will host a public meeting May 24 for the proposed Brotherhood Bridge replacement and multi-use trail to UAS projects. The purpose of the meeting will be to provide information on project planning activities and to give the public the opportunity to ask questions.

SEARHC offers free health checks in Craig, Hydaburg
KLAWOCK - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's Health Promotion department is hosting free health screenings for adults 18 and older this month in Craig and Hydaburg.

Cruise ship discharged permit challenged
A Haines environmental activist is challenging the Department of Environmental Conservation's issuance of a cruise ship wastewater discharge permit.

JDHS jumps all over Region V
The Region V 4A Championship track meet at rain-swept Thunder Mountain High School lived up to expectations, as the Crimson Bears ran away with another dominant performance in Southeast Conference competition.

DeRocher goes deep for walkoff win
The clouds parted - somewhat - and the rain mercifully stopped its downpour just in time for Juneau-Douglas to celebrate senior night and 20 years of Crimson Bears baseball on Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park, with Don Cary, the school's first coach, throwing out the first pitch to mark the occasion.

Juneau-Douglas soccer teams surge on
The Crimson Bears boys JV squad saw more action than usual at the varsity level this weekend against Sitka, and once again they didn't disappoint on the field.

Photo: Region V Track & Field Championships

Softball Bears bury Homer, Soldotna
The Juneau-Douglas softball team completed a successful four-game road swing, dominating Homer and Soldotna on Friday and Saturday, in upping the Crimson Bears' record to 11-0 on the year.

Track & Field
Region V 4A Championships

UPS cutting cargo pilot jobs
ANCHORAGE - UPS plans to cut the jobs of 262 pilots based in Alaska by the end of next year, partly due to the recession.

Shell outlines safety measures for Arctic drilling
ANCHORAGE - Shell Oil Co. will take additional steps to ensure the exploratory drilling it plans to do in the Arctic Ocean this summer will be done safely, company President Marvin Odum said recently in a letter to federal regulators.

Cruise ship discharge permit challenged
A Haines environmental activist is challenging the Department of Environmental Conservation's issuance of a cruise ship wastewater discharge permit.

Officer fines drivers who pump up the volume
FAIRBANKS - Drivers showing off their super-sized stereos and subwoofers on the streets of Fairbanks had best steer clear of Josh Lambert.

Before Gulf spill, Shell touted Arctic drilling safety
Shell Oil executives assured Alaska legislators earlier this year that they could drill safely offshore in the state's pristine Arctic waters. A representative for the oil giant also blasted federal environmental regulators for what he described as an overly cumbersome permitting process.

Interior secretary acknowledges lax oil regulation
WASHINGTON - Grilled by skeptical lawmakers, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Tuesday acknowledged his agency had been lax in overseeing offshore drilling activities and that contributed to the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Foster care backers hopeful about reforms, funding
JUNEAU - When Les Gara's dad became a fatal victim of a New York City break-in decades ago, Gara's legal guardian became the state. He was 6 years old and stayed in foster care until he was 18.

Liquor, drugs smuggled by mail to Alaska villages
ANCHORAGE - Alcohol sales are banned in scores of Alaska's remote communities far off the road system, so scofflaws frequently smuggle their booze - and drugs - through the U.S. Postal Service.

Regulators denied more time to build LNG plant in Alaska
JUNEAU - Federal regulators have denied a request by Yukon Pacific Co. to again give the company more time to build a liquefied natural gas plant in south-central Alaska.

Financial details help fill out candidate profiles
JUNEAU - Some of the candidates seeking to be Alaska's next governor would give up well-established careers if elected. And in taking on a job that pays $125,000 a year, a few likely would take a financial hit, too.

Police release details of arrest in 1995 shooting
ANCHORAGE - A dispute over a girlfriend may have led to a near-fatal 1995 Anchorage shooting for which an arrest was made last week in Pennsylvania, according to case files.

Alaska troopers mishandled prison death probe
ANCHORAGE - Alaska state troopers say they mishandled the investigation of a 2008 beating death at the Spring Creek Correctional Center.

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