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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Bringing the past into the future
Students in Florence Marks Sheakley's two Tlingit classes, held at both local high schools, began their studies this semester by filling out a form that asked a basic question: Who am I?

Arts council to hold annual meeting June 4-5
The Alaska State Council on the Arts will be holding their annual meeting on Friday and Saturday, June 4-5, 2010, at their offices, 161 South Klevin Street, Suite 102, in Anchorage.

Virtual exhibit celebrates Northwest Coast artist
The Raven's Call, a new virtual exhibition dedicated to the life and work of Bill Reid, one of Canada's greatest artists, was publicly launched at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art earlier this month. Available in English and French, this virtual exhibit will be the largest, most comprehensive and authoritative website dedicated to Bill Reid.

Sealaska to hold gathering for artistst the JACC
Sealaska Heritage Institute will hold a Native Artist Gathering for Native artists right before Celebration.

Concerts in the Park begin Friday June 4
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council will soon present another summer season with free open air concerts.

JAHC Django camps offered July 26-29
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council will present two new music camps this summer, instructed by members of the Hot Club Swing band Pearl Django:

STAR program accepting summer registrations
Perseverance Theatre's Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous in now accepting registrations.

Weber Dance Company to lead classes in June
Juneau Dance Unlimited will bring the Weber Dance Company back to Juneau, June 7-25, for a three-week dance intensive for students ages 9 through adult.

The craft of creating a play: 'Cedar House'
This summer, Perseverance Theatre tackles a n

'MacGruber': Surprisingly, it works
"Saturday Night Live" has led directly from the small screen to the big screen for plenty of comedic actors. Some of the biggest, highest paid working today (Will Ferrell and Adam Sandler, for example) were only able to become the megastars they are because of "SNL." Often times those actors are propelled into the box office arena as part of a package deal with one of the skits they starred in on the show, too. "Wayne's World" for Mike Meyers and Dana Carvey is arguably the best "SNL" skit-to-movie effort to date (I hear you, "Blues Brothers" fans), but the list of failures is much lengthier than the successes.

'Hansel & Gretel' enters final weekend of performances
Perseverance Theatre's 31st season closes this weekend with the final performance of Hansel & Gretel on Sunday, May 30. Musicians Rob Cohen (guitar) and Ceann Miller (bass) have recently been joined by Keith Baumann on mandolin in performing the play's original score.

Klass, Soos intrigue the mind and eye in 'Constructions & Conversations'
A pair of old pliers. An emu egg. A grouping of branches. A doorknob. These are some of the elements that find their way into the mixed-media box constructions of artist Margo Klass, now on display at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

'Treadwell Gold' reading, book signing Saturday
Author Sheila Kelly will release her new book "Treadwell Gold, An Alaska Saga of Riches and Ruin " with a reading and book signing during the Juneau-Douglas City Museum's Coffee & Collections program at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 29.

What's new at the library? Fiction audiobooks on CD
New fiction audiobooks on CD include the latest parody by Seth Grahame-Smith, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, as well as Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's Good Omens, Barbara Kingsolver's The Lacuna and Christopher Moore's Bite Me.

Sealaska Heritage Institute releases dictionaries for Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian
Sealaska Heritage Institute has published a new series of learners' dictionaries for the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian languages and the first-ever Alaskan Haida phrasebook.

Where is the love?
While walking through the public parking lot, across from the Salvation Army, I noticed a man sprawled on the ground in the corner of the lot. In light of the number of deaths that happened in the Anchorage area in the last few months, I thought the least I could do was see if he was alive or not. Rather than trying to do this alone, I tried to ask a woman walking through the lot if she would watch my back by starting with, “Excuse me, do you have a second…”

Some pay phones to stay at least one more year
GCI, which recently removed many of its pay phones around Juneau, has agreed after discussions with city officials to keep around 20 phones in public locations through June 30, 2011.

Was it Romeo?
Two men arrested Friday for unlawfully killing two black bears and a wolf in Juneau have pled not guilty to the charges. One of the men also denied that the wolf was Romeo, an unusually sociable black wolf who for years frequented the area around the Mendenhall Glacier until his disappearance last September.

Two-year-old girl remains in serious condition
A two-year-old girl flown to Seattle for medical treatment is listed in serious condition, as rumors flair about alleged child abuse and whether or not the girl will survive.

Challengers say Parnell blurred roles of his office, campaign
Two Republican candidates for governor who attended a recent Republican party gubernatorial debate are criticizing Gov. Sean Parnell for having a member of his executive staff represent him at a campaign function.

Photos: Free concert at the State Office Building

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

O'Meara: 'That is just what we do!'
Despite it being his moment in the spotlight, Chief Boatswains Mate Ryan W. O'Meara held up his Meritorious Service Award toward his crew and gave thanks for a job well done.

Stirring the pot
This year’s Newport Yachting Center’s 29th annual Knorr Great Chowder Cook-Off will include an entry from the Last Frontier: Juneau’s own Tracy LaBarge, of Tracy’s King Crab Shack.

Photo: Enjoying the sunshine
Sommer Ross and Sarah McAvaney, visiting from Australia, enjoy the sun Tuesday under the watchful gaze of the Windfall Fisherman statue downtown.

Police and fire
Juneau police reported:

Joyce Mae Bittick
Former Juneau resident Joyce Mae Bittick died at her home Thursday, May 20, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. She was 70.

Picking sides: Blacks here, Rand Paul & pals over there
"I abhor racism, I think it's a bad business decision to ever exclude anybody from your restaurant, but at the same time, I do believe in private ownership."

Voters want political reform on Capitol Hill
Last week’s elections drove home the message that incumbents are in trouble, particularly in Congress. Its approval ratings are abysmally low — 22 percent, according to an average of six national polls on RealClearPolitics.com. Lawmakers have only themselves to blame.

Cutting capital budget would be a mistake
Governor Parnell has indicated that he intends to veto a significant number of projects in this year’s capital budget. That would be a mistake.

My turn: Plastic bags? It's up to us
We have a problem that is growing exponentially in Alaska and everywhere else. We have many problems, but this is one that each of us can do something about.

Dealing with dementia
Americans are living longer. That's the good news. The bad news is that the longer people live, the more likely they are to experience cognitive decline.

Get out in the light
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

Don't reward violence in Iraq by extending US troop withdrawal deadline
President Obama should not bow to the Beltway voices urging him to keep U.S. troops longer in Iraq.

Review clears trooper in fatal shooting
ANCHORAGE - A law enforcement review has found that a Fairbanks-based Alaska State Trooper took appropriate action when he shot and killed a naked man who threatened him with a knife.

Wasilla distillery unveils salmon-flavored vodka
WASILLA - Ever wonder what fish-flavored vodka would taste like?

Palmer man dies of motorcycle crash injuries
ANCHORAGE - The Palmer man who was critically injured Friday night in a motorcycle crash died Tuesday of his injuries at Alaska Medical Center.

State closes detox program at Anchorage center
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Division of Behavioral Health has shut down the detox program at the Clitheroe treatment center in Anchorage for a safety violation involving a patient.

Agency: It's illegal to pick up moose calves
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is reminding Alaskans that it is illegal to pick up moose calves.

Anchorage man re-indicted in wife's stabbing death
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man accused of killing his wife and dumping her body in a ravine along Turnagain Pass has been charged for a second time.

Young introduces bill to delist polar bear from threatened list
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Rep. Don Young has introduced a bill to remove polar bears from the threatened species list.

OxyContin drug busts
JUNEAU — Juneau Police and Alaska State Troopers arrested several local residents as part of ongoing drug investigations into the sale and distribution of OxyContin.

Alaska senators sponsor duck stamp bill for hunters
ANCHORAGE — U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich have introduced a bill that would remove the requirement that Alaskans purchase duck stamps for subsistence purposes.

Driver rolls vehicle, faces drunk driving charge
The Juneau Police Department and Capital City Fire & Rescue responded to a single vehicle rollover accident on Egan Drive next to Fred Meyer Monday evening.

Man found lying in road pronounced dead
JUNEAU — A man found unconscious lying in the middle of a downtown street Monday night has died.

Pedestrian injured stepping into moving construction truck
JUNEAU — A pedestrian crossing the street near Merchants Wharf Tuesday afternoon stepped off the curb and into the side of a large “dump truck-like vehicle” passing by, according to police.

Alert level raised for Alaska volcano
Scientists are raising the alert level for Cleveland Volcano in Alaska’s Aleutian chain after satellite data has indicated thermal anomalies.

Crimson Bears hope health prevails in bid for state crown
The Juneau-Douglas boys' soccer team is nearly two years removed from its 2008 state title, but now, with the tournament in Juneau, the Crimson Bears are looking to keep the trophy in Alaska's capital city.

Bears' Murray anchors defensive back line
During a season riddled with player injuries, defense remained a constant for the Crimson Bears boys' soccer team.

JDHS girls seek return to title game
The Juneau-Douglas girls' soccer team made it to the brink of a state title last year in Anchorage, only to lose to a Service team that has won consecutive Alaska crowns.

BP had a key role in botched Exxon Valdez cleanup effort
Since a busted oil well began spewing crude into the Gulf of Mexico a month ago, the catastrophe has constantly been measured against the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster. The Alaska spill leaked nearly 11 million gallons of crude, killed countless animals and tarnished the owner of the damaged tanker, Exxon.

Feds announce timber program for Tongass forest
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Forest Service on Wednesday announced a program to open up economic opportunities and spare the remaining old-growth trees in the country's largest national forest.

Anchorage School Board OK's teachers' contract
ANCHORAGE — The Anchorage School Board approved a three-year contract with teachers Monday and clarified the gift policy for parents who want to give them a little more.

Alaska pipeline shut down following oil spill
ANCHORAGE — Up to several thousand barrels of crude oil from the trans-Alaska pipeline spilled Tuesday into a massive tank and overflowed into a containment area, shutting down the 800-mile line until the hazard is removed.

Author penning Palin book moves in next door
ANCHORAGE — Sarah Palin has taken to her Facebook page to complain about her new neighbor — a writer penning a book about her.

Photo: Hearings on oil
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Sen. Jeff Bingham, D-N.M., left, and the committee’s ranking Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, listen on Capitol Hill Tuesday in Washington, during the committee’s hearing on potential increases to the strict liability limit under the Oil Pollution Act.

Sitka National Historic Park gets interim superintendent
SITKA — Mary Miller, who recently was removed as superintendent of Sitka National Historical Park, said in a statement this week that she will not accept a Native liaison position in the National Park Service’s Anchorage office.

Crews working to get Alaska pipeline flowing
ANCHORAGE - The operator of the trans-Alaska pipeline said Wednesday it is assessing how to safely remove crude oil from a damaged storage tank as it works to restart the pipeline after a spill at a pump station.

Anchorage may give homeless more time to move
ANCHORAGE - The city of Anchorage may give the homeless five or 10 days to clear their camps out of parks and greenbelts instead of 12 hours.

Ruling boosts value of oil pipeline
FAIRBANKS - A judge's ruling that the trans-Alaska pipeline was worth more than double what the state estimated four years ago could send $5 million in oil company property taxes to Fairbanks.

26 headless chickens left at North Pole coop
FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers made a gruesome discovery Monday: 26 headless chickens at a North Pole coop.

Bear shakes RV at Chena Lake
FAIRBANKS - Park rangers are asking campers and picnickers to be careful after a bear shredded an empty tent at Chena Lake Recreation Area and later rocked a small RV back and forth while a person was inside.

Palin aides worked to sell gas deal
JUNEAU - Sarah Palin's administration paid close attention two years ago to how the public perceived her plans to bring a massive natural gas pipeline to Alaska, with one aide worrying the then-governor would face criticism of grandstanding for traveling out of state at a critical time for the plan's prospects.

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