Friday, May 28, 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?

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Calista GPA requirement unfair
With the Calista Annual Shareholders meeting coming up, I wanted to share a personal story for other shareholders to think about. While I understand their reasoning of requiring a 2.0 GPA to obtain funding for continuing education from Calista Corporation, I feel that the board should look at each individual application and not rubber stamp someone "denied" based only on a GPA. This practice will not benefit our people or help us to become self-sufficient.

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.

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.

Photos: Free concert at the State Office Building

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Summer blooms celebrated Saturday
America celebrated Public Gardens Day more than two weeks ago but that's just too early for Alaskan perennials, so the cities of Juneau, Anchorage and Fairbanks will mark the day on Saturday.

Empire hires new sales staff
The Juneau Empire welcomed Karen Wright this week as the newspaper's new sales manager.

Photo: Looking for dinner
An adult tree swallow peeks out of its valley home before racing off to catch insects for its chicks on Monday.

Police & Fire
Juneau police reported:

Angel May Brown
Juneau resident Angel May Brown died May 15, 2010, in Juneau. She was five days old.

Jennifer Louise Fawcett
Former Hoonah and Juneau resident Jennifer Louise Fawcett died April 8, 2010, in her Anchorage home. She was 62.

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

Capital budget cuts
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

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."

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.

Pro: Should the US cancel plans for offshore drilling?
CLAREMONT, Calif. - Although some progress has been made in recent days, BP is still struggling to stop the oil pouring from the wreck of the Deepwater Horizon. The April 20 explosion that caused the calamity, and tragically killed 11 workers, has spilled at least 6 million gallons of oil - and perhaps five times that amount - into the waters of the Gulf Coast.

Con: Should the US cancel plans for offshore drilling?
WASHINGTON - Those who disparage offshore drilling - and seem eager to ban it - ignore that the Gulf of Mexico accounts for one-third of U.S. oil production. Without domestic production, we would be spending even more on imported oil - which is already running $1.5 billion a day.

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.

Wolf country
At 3:30 a.m. Tuesday morning Sunny Point resident Nena LeBlanc came face to face with what local residents have dubbed the "white wolf."

Brown bear on Douglas remains a rumor
Spurred from photographs taken near mile marker six on North Douglas Highway, rumors of a brown bear on Douglas Island have been circulating.

Lazy day on Gold Ridge
A stiff, cold wind was roaring down Gold Creek valley and over the trail up to Gold Ridge - strong enough to knock me off balance more than once. Soft, residual snowdrifts offered good footing between the bare, exposed parts of the trail. This was an excursion in search of whatever looked interesting, and on the way up to Gold Ridge in spring, there is always something of interest.

Foggy Mountain hosts meet and greet with Roes
Before Geoff Roes was shattering records in endurance races across the country, Betsy Fischer remembers him walking into Foggy Mountain Shop, the outdoors store she co-owns with her husband, Scott, and handing over a crinkled piece of paper.

Weekly Whale Feature: 'Flame'
Name: Flame / Smudge / NOAA No. SEAK 1538

Polarization gives spies an easy leg up
While out on a mission to survey for birds, my friend and I spent all day scanning the ocean from a skiff. Even on cloudy days, the glare sometimes made it difficult to distinguish the shapes of our feathered suspects. With polarized sunglasses, however, the glare seemed to vanish, revealing the silhouettes of marbled murrelets or pigeon guillemots.

Photo: Wildlife in 3-D
Crew members of the "Strider" buff the yacht owned by Evergreen Films Inc. in Auke Bay Harbor in April. The boat is a fully loaded video production studio and the crew was in Southeast testing new 3-D video equipment.

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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.

Man dies in boating crash
WHITE MOUNTAIN - A 60-year-old White Mountain man died when his river boat collided with a boat going the opposite direction on the Fish River.

Voters recall 2 of 5 school board members in Nome
ANCHORAGE - Voters in Nome have recalled two of the five school board members.

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?

Police detain bank robbery suspect on bike
ANCHORAGE - Police in Anchorage say a man robbed a bank Thursday and escaped on a bicycle but was arrested five minutes later and turned over to the FBI.

Local contractor wins bid for Mendenhall project
JUNEAU - The U.S. Forest Service has awarded a $484,850 contract to a Juneau business for a major trail improvement project near the Mendenhall Glacier.

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.

Wildfire near Tok spreads to 2,000 acres
TOK - A wildfire burning near Tok has covered about 2,000 acres, closed the Alaska Highway 180 miles east of Fairbanks, and forced evacuation of more than 50 people from two communities.

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.

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.

Pit bull killed after mauling Fairbanks boy
FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers say an 11-year-old Fairbanks boy was mauled by a pit bull while riding his bike.

Alaska village evacuated, wildfire threatens homes
TANACROSS - A wildfire burning in eastern interior Alaska has forced residents to evacuate the village of Tanacross.

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.

UAA celebrates progress on health building
ANCHORAGE - Though its new health sciences building is only 25 percent complete, the University of Alaska Anchorage held a "topping out" ceremony Wednesday.

JDHS cruises into Round 2
The Juneau-Douglas boys' soccer team was too good for Wasilla on Thursday as the Crimson Bears' depth proved valuable in a 3-1 opening-round victory over the Warriors.

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 blank Wasilla
The Crimson Bears girls' soccer team took one step closer to the state championship game Thursday afternoon after defeating Wasilla 3-0 at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

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.

Bears thump Falcons in SE baseball opener
The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears brought themselves within one win of clinching a state berth with a 14-1 win over Thunder Mountain on Thursday afternoon in Sitka.

Reactions mixed on Arctic drilling decision
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's congressional delegation on Thursday blasted President Barack Obama's decision to delay offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, saying the move will cause more delays and could have big economic consequences.

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.

Dividend looks secure
Rising stock values are paving the way for a healthy Permanent Fund Dividend this year, despite earlier fears there wouldn't be enough money available to legally pay the full dividend.

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.

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.

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.

Minimal impact expected from oil line shutdown
JUNEAU - Energy analysts don't expect a temporary shutdown of the trans-Alaska pipeline system due to an oil spill this week to have much effect, if any, on crude prices and gas supplies.

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.

Alaska delegation split on 'don't ask, don't tell'
FAIRBANKS - The three members of Alaska's congressional delegation have taken different positions on the question of whether to overturn the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that requires gays serving in the military to hide their sexual orientation.

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.

Palin makes good on 'tall fence' threat
WASILLA - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is making good on a threat to build a fence around her Wasilla home to keep her new neighbor - an author who is writing a book about her - from peering in.

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