Friday, May 21, 2010

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

JDU to feature young dancers in May recital

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.

UAF professors to perform tonight

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sealaska board needs diversification
In 1971, when Sealaska was formed, I was 18 years old. I remember my father talking of the "land claims" and how this deal with Congress would be for the good of the Tlingit people.

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.

'Walking dead' discourage DUIs
The Grim Reaper came for Juneau-Douglas High School senior Caitlyn Trani in her American Government class on Wednesday. He was dressed in a black cloak, hood and a skull-mask, and carrying a scythe. The tall, dark figure kept a bony, long-fingered hand on Trani's shoulder all the way down the hall.

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.

Juneau hearing sought in electric rate increase
Members of the Juneau legislative delegation have weighed in with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, seeking a hearing on the 22 percent rate increase sought by the city's utility.

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.

Candidates vie for principal position at Thunder Mountain
The three candidates for the position of Thunder Mountain High School principal spoke to community members, teachers, district faculty and others at an open house in the Thunder Mountain library Thursday evening.

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: Therapeutic Court graduation
A graduate shakes hands with Judge Keith B. Levy upon being selected for an outstanding graduate award at the 3rd Annual Ceremonial Commencement exercises for the Juneau Therapeutic Court on Thursday at the Dimond Courthouse.

Coast Guard hosts simulation exercise
In a multi-agency simulation conducted Thursday morning, a caller reported a bomb on board the Mermaid, a 969-foot passenger vessel docked in Juneau. The vessel had 2,300 passengers and 400 crew - minus a person of interest, Joe Juneau.

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.

Police & Fire
Juneau police reported:

Linda Stevenson-Millard
Juneau resident Linda Stevenson-Millard died April 12, 2010, at her home. She was 58.

Honest regulator
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

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.

Tuesday elections: bad for incumbents
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Pro: Can America afford health care reform?
SEATTLE - There have been countless polls released over the last few months about what the public thinks about the health care reform legislation, and I have been able to conclude only one thing from all the data: the public is understandably confused.

Con: Can America afford health care reform?
WASHINGTON - Americans consistently said controlling health costs was their top priority for health reform. But Washington didn't listen, and independent experts now say the new health law actually will drive up the cost of health care and insurance premiums.

Giving back to the birds
Of all the birds Kathy Benner has rescued in the 11 years she's volunteered with the Juneau Raptor Center, her most gratifying experience came from the world's tiniest feathered creature.

New valley trail at the hub of it all
It's been a while in the making, but work on Juneau's newest trail, Under the Thunder, has begun and is set to be completed by late this summer.

Celebrating all things 'Juneau'
For the first time ever on National Maritime Day, Juneau will celebrate its ongoing relationship with the sea through a cultural event focused on the people, the commerce and the rich waters that surround the city.

Weekly Whale feature: 'Snow White'
This particular humpback whale is a beautiful whale with lots of white on her fluke.

May outing finds dippers near Fish Creek
On the only crummy day in a week of pleasant May weather, Parks and Rec hikers headed up the Perseverance Trail. The winter's rockfalls had been cleared away, but the guard rails had yet to be replaced. The trail was mostly dry and easy, although there was still considerable snow near the end. The bridge across Lurvey Creek is still broken but passable by the sure-footed.

Wild shots
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Tides
Today, May 21

Spring King Derby standings
Last updated Wednesday, May 19 at 8:50 a.m.

Freewheelers hosting Amalga road race
JUNEAU - The Juneau Freewheelers will host the open category Amalga Harbor Short Road Race beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Alpine Club headed up Twin Peaks
JUNEAU - Members of the Juneau Alpine club have organized a moderately challenging club hike up to Twin Peaks Saturday.

Indoor archery range switches to summer hours
JUNEAU - The Juneau Indoor Archery Range is now operating on its limited summer schedule.

USCG urging use of I.D. stickers on nonmotorized vessels
JUNEAU - The U.S. Coast Guard is urging all boaters using kayaks, canoes, dinghies, or any other non-motorized and unregistered vessel, to participate in Operation Paddle Smart, a volunteer identification program designed to help the USCG and state boating agencies determine the actuality of distress situations and the appropriate response needed.

Mendenhall Golf Course gets geared up for summer
JUNEAU - The LowTide Ladies Golf season and the Tuesday Night Golf League have both begun this month at the Mendenhall Golf Course.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Petersburg police shoot, kill man
PETERSBURG - A man wielding a sword was shot and killed by police in Petersburg, according to a witness at the scene.

Commerce limits pollock fleet's salmon bycatch
ANCHORAGE - The Commerce Department has approved a recommendation to limit the number of king salmon caught each year by the pollock fleet in the Bering Sea.

Talkeetna man convicted on meth charge
ANCHORAGE - A Talkeetna man who had taped 2.3 pounds of meth to his leg to smuggle it into the state has been convicted on a drug charge.

Parnell announces picnic dates
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell is continuing a tradition.

AFN returns to Anchorage in 2011
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention will return to Anchorage in 2011.

Body found in river identified
WASILLA - Alaska State Troopers have released the name of a man whose body was found near the mouth of the Susitna River.

Bears bang out 25 hits, score 28 runs to flatten Falcons
In the first-ever baseball meeting between the two schools, the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears pounded out 25 hits on their way to a 28-0 rout of the young, overmatched Falcons on Thursday night at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Bears earn state bid
Thursday's nice weather quickly went south after Juneau-Douglas and Ketchikan kicked off on the pitch at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park, but not even high winds or swirling pollen clouds were enough to put a damper on the Bears' 3-0 win over Ketchikan.

Kings protect the plate
Thunder Mountain got six hits but was only able to push one runner across the plate Thursday against Ketchikan, while the Kings scored early and often in taking a 13-1 Southeast Conference road win at Melvin Park.

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.

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.

High court hears arguments in parental notice case
ANCHORAGE - A lawyer for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest told the Alaska Supreme Court Thursday that an initiative requiring parental notification for girls under 18 seeking an abortion should be kept off the ballot.

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.

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.

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.

Parnell appoints new legislative liason
Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed Heather Brakes of Juneau as his legislative director, following the resignation last month of Jerry Gallagher, said spokesperson Sharon Leighow.

Fairbanks utility needs credit for coal plant
FAIRBANKS - The Golden Valley Electric Association wants the freedom to borrow more money so it can fund a proposed wind farm and restart an inactive coal plant in Healy.

BP stockholder lawsuit filed in Alaska
JUNEAU - A stockholder lawsuit claims "gross mismanagement" by top BP officials has severely damaged the company's reputation and hurt its value.

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