Friday, May 30, 2008

Simpson documents her inner journey as an Alaska explorer
Can a middle-aged woman be an explorer? Author Sherry Simpson asked herself this question for her new book "The Accidental Explorer: Wayfinding in Alaska."

Celebrity chef touts Alaska seafood
The bounty of Alaska's waters has drawn culinary prospectors for decades and most recently has attracted one of America's top celebrity chefs.

Ballroom, Latin dance slated for May 31 at Centennial Hall
A dance will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, at Centennial Hall, sponsored by Juneau International Folkdancers. DJ music at the dance will be suitable for ballroom and Latin dances, and Shane Wirtz will be teaching the Glacier Slide.

Documentary presentation scheduled for June 6
An artist lecture at Celebration 2008 is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 6, in the Hickel Room at Centennial Hall.

SEARHC receives Well Workplace Award
SITKA - Wellness Councils of America this month announced the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium earned a Gold-level Well Workplace Award for 2008.

First Command, credit union join forces
JUNEAU - First Command Financial Services Inc. recently entered into a strategic partnership with True North Federal Credit Union to provide financial planning products and services to credit union members in Fairbanks, Juneau and Anchorage.

Wings of Alaska earns safety award
JUNEAU - The Medallion Foundation recognized Juneau-based airline Wings of Alaska with a Medallion Shield, the first ever achieved by an FAA Part 135 air carrier, and the only airline other than Alaska Airlines and its code-share partners to achieve that status.

What's Happening
Hooligan Calendar

Discovering the five flavor points of taste
Years ago, while I was teaching some staff how to make soup and achieve the flavor balance I wanted, I discovered I did not have the proper understanding of how we taste foods.

Que syrah shiraz: Are they cousins, siblings or the same grape?
Paul Fraser, 34, is a surfer dude of sorts. He spends half the year near the beaches of his native Australia, half near the Pacific swells of California.

Skate in the wake of disaster
After providing a much-needed shake-up to the skating genre on the Xbox 360 and PS3 with its huge success, "Skate," EA is bringing its realism-focused franchise to more tactile consoles. Fortunately, this isn't just a straight port with scaled down graphics and tacked-on waggle controls. Electronic Arts has found a creative, and possibly controversial, way to make "Skate It" feel different, yet familiar at the same time.

De-scrambling messages
Every few months I send out a bulk e-mail message to all my friends scattered throughout the world. Some are nice enough to let me know that my message arrived looking like this:

Be careful around local camp fire pits
A wonderful sunny Memorial Weekend camping trip went horribly wrong for our friends and family this weekend.

Wolf trapping is bad for animals, people
Two disturbing sets of images have arrived via e-mail recently. One is of a dog that needed to have both legs on one side amputated above his foot (one of many dogs killed or maimed by trappers this year in Southcentral Alaska).

Senior Snapshot
About 460 students are scheduled to march across the stage, receive a diploma and walk into the real world Sunday.

City votes to keep property tax rate level
The city's lawmakers voted Wednesday to keep next fiscal year's property tax rates the same as they are this year, and rejected using money from an emergency fund to cover next month's electrical rate surcharges.

Sunny Point detour changes expected today
Construction crews will begin shifting some traffic onto new asphalt today on the Sunny Point interchange project on Egan Drive, state transportation officials said.

Williams pleads guilty to theft, drug possession
Accused crime leader Vonnie Williams pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges that he helped steal nearly $20,000 in checks from Taku Smokeries last November by paying the actual thief with crack cocaine.

Photo: All the ways to enjoy the sun
First, Bobby Jack, left, plays the guitar and sings while Art Johnson carves a Tlingit moon mask Wednesday at Marine Park. Second, Auguste Stiehr tries to maintain his balance while "slacklining," a balance sport using nylon webbing stretched between two points. Third, taxi driver Dennis Harris holds a promotional sign while sitting in his cab near the Mount Roberts Tramway.

Man misses plea appearance
Former Juneau Boys and Girls Club instructor Jeffrey Malley, accused of possessing child pornography, failed to appear in court Thursday as required.

Photo: Leaping into summer
Juneau-Douglas High School freshman Karli Brakes signs a friend's yearbook Wednesday while sitting on a stairway in the school's commons as another classmate leaps over her. Wednesday was the last day of the school year in the Juneau School District.

Around Town
Friday, May 30

Around Town
Today

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Will this chick flick fly?
Can a pure chick flick become a hit? Yes, if it draws a diverse enough swath of female moviegoers. For "Sex and the City," that will be the big question.

Silly plot undermines 'Indy 4'
It's funny how hesitant I am to write this review. I'm acting like a poor review in the Juneau Empire will permanently hurt Harrison Ford's feelings.

Juneau's Cinema guide
OPENING

New on Video&DVD Selected home-video releases
Return of Rambo on DVD

DJs move into post-vinyl era
There is a video clip making the rounds on YouTube featuring English actor Steve Coogan from the United Kingdom television show "Saxondale" talking about the state of disc jockeys in the post-vinyl era.

Tokio Hotel: Inciting a teen riot
Move over Jonas Brothers, the Kaulitz twins are moving in.

Celebration benefit concert scheduled for May 30
A Celebration benefit concert is being held at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 30, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. The proceeds of the event will go toward passes for underprivileged youth wanting to attend Celebration 2008 held June 5 through 7.

Juneau Pride Chorus hosts spring concert May 31
The Juneau Pride Chorus will conclude its 10th anniversary season with a spring concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Sound Bites
AL GREEN "Lay It Down" ★★★

Luncheon with the president
Like any 'obruni' (white man) living in Ghana, I am treated as royalty. This means I am frequently asked for outrageous sums of money ("Obruni, give me one million dollar.") and it is assumed that my connections are as vast as the mystery which surrounds me.

Juneau Community Foundation donates to Juneau Soccer Club
On May 16, the Juneau Community Foundation awarded its annual grant to the Juneau Soccer Club on behalf of the Irene and Anne Shima Memorial Fund, established within the Juneau Community Foundation.

Juneau student wins second in Frank Maier high school architectural design competition
ANCHORAGE - Louanne Lumbab, a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School, recently won second place in the Alaska Chapter of the American Institute of Architects' 2008 Frank Maier High School Design Competition.

400 years old: Salem and Strawbery Banke
In the fall 2006, the cost of flights to Europe were so expensive, none of the Alaska travel agents offered PFD specials. Instead, my husband, Don, and I traveled to New England and Pennsylvania in April 2007.

Photo: Tourists and tulips
Tourists admire colorful tulips on May 27 on Main Street, downtown.

Photo: Classes on cruise
Riverbend School fifth-graders pose on the grand staircase of the Dawn Princess while it was in port on May 23. Juneau fifth-grade classes recently toured a cruise ship and enjoyed lunch onboard courtesy of the Alaska Travel Industry Association. Participating cruise lines included Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Celebrity Cruises and Norwegian Cruise line.

Consortium to host pediatric dental clinic June 16-20 in Hoonah
HOONAH - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will host a special Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic on June 16 through 20 at the Hoonah Medical Clinic.

FYI
Births

New young adult fiction can be spotted by its fluorescent green spine stickers
These young adult novels are written for tweens and teens, but adults are allowed to read them too. Spot them easily on the new and old fiction shelves by their fluorescent green spine stickers.

Rainbow Glacier Christian Camp accepts registrations
HAINES - Rainbow Glacier Christian Camp in Haines is accepting registration forms for its summer programs.

Consortium hosts pediatric dental clinic
ANGOON - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Angoon Health Center will host a special Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic on June 9-13.

Girls Scouts hold annual Day Camp for girls
JUNEAU - The Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council will hold its annual Girl Scout Day Camp, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 10 through 13 and 1 to 6 p.m. June 14, at Chapel by the Lake. There also will be an optional sleepover on June 13. The camp is for local girls entering first through fourth grades.

Applications available for history grant
JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is now accepting applications for the 2008-09 Juneau History Grant. Students, teachers, organizations and individuals of all ages are encouraged to apply for up to $1,000 to assist them in the completion of a project that will document, preserve or improve access to the history of the greater Juneau area.

Watson, Boatwright wed
Olivia Watson, of Irvine, Calif., and Wes Boatwright, of Juneau, were married on May 28, 2008, in Juneau.

World affairs council hosts speaker Bloom
JUNEAU - The Juneau World Affairs Council will sponsor Mia Bloom to speak on "Suicide Terrorism" at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 2, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Rotary Club to hold annual Day at the Lake
JUNEAU - The Juneau-Gastineau Rotary Club's annual Family Day at the Lake will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 14 at Twin Lakes.

Faith Lutheran Church hosts speaker Ken Klaus
JUNEAU - Faith Lutheran Church will host Dr. Ken Klaus, speaker of "The Lutheran Hour," who will lead a Bible study at 6 p.m. tonight at Faith Lutheran Church, 2500 Sunset Drive. He will give a sermon at 10 a.m., then a special worship service at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Arts For Youth dancers host spring recital
JUNEAU - The Arts For Youth dancers will have a debut recital from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Floyd Dryden Middle School gym.

Organizations to sponsor two-week video game workshop
JUNEAU - Students will have the opportunity to learn how to create their own games in a two-week summer workshop. The workshop is sponsored by the Juneau School District and Springboard, a Department of Defense funded program operated by the Juneau Economic Development Council. The workshop will be from June 16 to 27 at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Widowed persons hold monthly brunch Sunday
JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons Program wiill hold its monthly brunch at noon Sunday in the Nugget Room of the Baranof Hotel.

City museum to hold open house Saturday
JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas City Museum will hold an open house in conjunction with the Four Story Totem Pole restoration project from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Juneau Urban Forestry to celebrate Arbor Day
JUNEAU - The Juneau Urban Forestry Partnership will be hosting its annual Arbor Day celebration at noon Friday, May 30, at the Cope Park entrance on Calhoun Avenue.

Thanks for supporting Southeast Senior Services Care-A-Van
On behalf of the staff of Southeast Senior Services and the special people we serve, I want to thank the people of Juneau for their fantastic show of support this spring when we applied for the Care-A-Van contract. I am pleased to announce that once again we were selected to serve as the provider of Care-A-Van services.

Thanks for supporting the Juneau Garden Club's Super Plant Sale
Thanks to those who supported the Super Plant Sale on May 10. As a representative of the sponsoring organizations; the Community Gardens, Juneau 4-H, Juneau Chapter of the American Primrose Society, Master Gardeners and the Juneau Garden Club, I would like to thank the following: Leann Ng, manager of Safeway in Juneau, for allowing us to use a portion of the Safeway parking lot again this year.

Photo: Auke Bay goodbye
Teachers and staff at Auke Bay Elementary School wave goodbye to students as the school buses pull away on the last day of school on Wednesday. For both teachers and students, the waves signify summer is officially on.

Thanks for supporting the Juneau Jumpers
On behalf of the Juneau Jumpers, I want to publicly thank all the businesses and community members for their support of our team this year. We are very proud of our hard-working team and very grateful for the support this community has given them.

Thanks for contributing to our little league opening day ceremony
Gastineau Channel Little League held its annual Opening Day ceremony on May 3 and wishes to extend a sincere thank you to the following businesses and individuals who contributed to making the day successful and fun: Bicknell, Inc., Rozwick Giles Music, Bob Dilley of the Juneau Police Department, Heidi Kiesel, Lisa Baker, Larry Williamson, Marcy Herman, Phil Isaak, Sara Bicknell, Taylor Vidic, Tom Stewart and Nelda Stewart. Thank you all.

Thanks for making the Sitka Health Summit a success
The second annual Sitka Health Summit, "Working Together for a Healthier Sitka," on May 14-16 was a big success and the steering committee would like to thank everyone who helped make this event happen.

Recognitions
Hilary Turner, of Juneau, graduated on May 17, 2008, with a Master of Arts in psychology from Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif. A 2001 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, Turner is the daughter of Greg and Peggy Turner, of Juneau. She has accepted a position as a school psychologist for the Fairbanks North Star Borough Schools.

Show gratitude for the gift of life
I once heard a man answer the question "How are you?" with "Can't complain, though I'd like to!" It's human nature to complain and life always seems to give us plenty to complain about.

Photo: Barbecue for breast cancer
Juneau-Douglas High School CHOICE program juniors pose for a group photo during their barbecue fundraiser for breast cancer on May 1 at Alaskan & Proud market.

Thanks for contributing to The Learning Connection's graduation
The Learning Connection, a program of SERRC - Alaska's Educational Resource Center, would like to thank Coeur Alaska, Kensington Gold Mine and Kennecott Minerals, Greens Creek Mining Co. for sponsoring TLC's GED graduation and the Alaska Vocational Institute's awards ceremony on May 2 at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Student describes the symptoms of senioritis
We've gone through initiation debacles, been kicked out of dances, complained about parking, gotten tickets and complained even more about parking, been pulled over by the cops and in most cases, gone to court at least once.

Thanks for volunteering at our spring stream clean-up on May 10
Many thanks go to all the volunteers that participated in our spring stream clean-up day on May 10. Each year with partner with Litter-Free during their Juneau Clean-up Day, and we send groups out to pick up garbage from local streams and beaches in Juneau. A huge thanks goes to all of our participating organizations: the Glacier Valley Rotary, Alaska Brewing Company, Turning the Tides, Marine Conservation Alliance, Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, Girl Scout Troop 31 and 32, and the Cub Scouts.

Pets of the week
Exceptional, playful pets seek good homes

Photo: Fun in the sun
Kasen Spickler rides a Seadoo with one of his golden retrievers, Diesel, on Sunday near Horse Island.

My turn: Permanent fund should stay in Juneau
A member of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. board is asking for a study to be proposed at the May board meeting to look into whether Juneau is the best location for the corporation.

My turn: Thanks to AEL&P for service
Nobody wants to pay a huge electric bill, even if it is for only a few months. Therefore, I was not surprised to see a spate of letters in which many writers blame Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. for the destruction of the transmission line between Snettisham and Juneau.

My turn: State addresses recruitment and retention
Many economic forces are colliding for Alaskans - increased fuel, food and housing costs. Like other employers, the state of Alaska is aware of the pressures on its employees and has begun implementing change.

Alaska editorial: The wrong way to look at the polar bear issue
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

Outside column: Women don't have to vote for women
S o here's the latest mystery media meme: If Hillary Rodham Clinton doesn't become the Democratic presidential nominee, "women" will be upset.

Alaska editorial: For Anchorage, capital budget cuts make sense
Gov. Sarah Palin cut $268 million from the capital budget on Friday. That's a lot of money, but still less than 10 percent of the entire $3 billion capital budget.

Opinion: Americans are in for a crude awakening
Whither oil? That's the head-scratching question nagging everyone from beleaguered U.S. airlines and automakers to panicky motorists bracing for $4-a-gallon gasoline

Woman charged in hit-and-run death
ANCHORAGE - An 18-year-old woman was arrested on charges of second-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the death of a man who was struck and killed in an Anchorage hit-and-run.

Rep. Don Young files for re-election
FAIRBANKS - U.S. Rep. Don Young is officially in the race to retain his seat in Congress.

Alaska gas averages more than $4 a gallon
ANCHORAGE - The American Automobile Association said the average price of gas is approaching the $4 mark - with Alaska averaging more.

Television coverage of Celebration to move to UATV
JUNEAU - KTOO is moving Sealaska Heritage Institute's Celebration 2008 broadcast from the Gavel-to-Gavel channel to UATV, the University of Alaska's television network.

Kasilof boat launch plan worries residents
KENAI - Residents living near the lower Kasilof River said they don't object to a public drift boat takeout there but they don't want access for motorized boats.

Reports of crime drop in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Reports of serious crimes in Fairbanks, including homicides, assaults and robberies, have fallen for the second consecutive year, police said.

Man faces allegations of murder, rape in cold-case revival
ANCHORAGE - A man is on trial in what had long been a cold case involving the alleged rape and killing of a homeless woman six years ago.

Search continues for Japanese climbers
ANCHORAGE - The National Park Service said a window of good weather allowed the search to continue for two missing Japanese climbers on Mount McKinley.

Marine highway system offers alternative
JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Highway System is offering a See Alaska Pass that provides travelers the opportunity to visit multiple ports along the Inside Passage between Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Haines or Skagway.

Good Samaritan aids stricken vessel
JUNEAU - A Good Samaritan vessel teamed up with agency boats for a rescue Wednesday in Chatham Strait in Southeast Alaska, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Troopers recover body of drowned man
SOLDOTNA - Alaska State Troopers said they've recovered the body of a man who drowned while canoeing near Soldotna on the Kenai Peninsula.

JDHS boys slip past Colony
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team advanced in the Alaska School Activities Association State Soccer Championships on Thursday after slipping past Colony 3-1 at Anchorage Football Stadium.

High-powered Bears play for perfect finish
Flair, power and speed are just a few of the traits associated with the undefeated Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team.

Crimson Bears blank Warriors
ANCHORAGE - Springtime in Alaska is hard to predict.

Colin Flynn honored as state's top player
For a rather quiet guy, Juneau-Douglas High School senior Colin Flynn frequently finds himself as the center of attention.

JDHS fine-tunes its game for state
For a full hour or so during Wednesday's practice, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team kicked and then charged. Kirsten Jorgensen or Sarah Tarver would send in a ball and a host of Crimson Bears would dart to the ball and try to score past another set of teammates.

Baker's no-hitter propels JDHS
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team can advance to the state tournament today after routing Petersburg in the Southeast Conference Tournament opening round on Thursday in Wrangell.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
As of 9:30 a.m., Thursday, May 29

Photo: Player of the Year
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Joe Kohan pitches during practice on April 30 at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field. Kohan was named the Gatorade Alaska Baseball Player of the Year on Wednesday. The 6-foot, 185-pound senior right-hander is 4-0 with a 1.47 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 21.1 innings this season, leading the Crimson Bears to a 12-5 record. Kohan, who also plays shortstop, is hitting .537 with four home runs and 15 RBIs. He is the returning Southeast Conference player of the year.

18th annual SeaCoast Relay results
Saturday

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Honoring Heritage
Alaska presumably changed forever on Jan 21 with the extinction of the Eyak language.

Permanent fund takes hit in early '08
The Alaska Permanent Fund had a poor start to the year and declined 4.5 percent, according to a review of the first quarter.

Permanent fund rejects look at Anchorage move
The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. on Thursday rejected even looking at moving its headquarters to Anchorage.

Efficient resource use helps heal forest, build cabin
A recreational cabin is rising in the old clear-cuts north of Sitka, part of a joint venture between groups that didn't used to be on speaking terms.

Arctic nations seek order in North Pole claims
COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Five countries with competing claims to the Arctic agreed Wednesday that control of the region where the polar melt is expected to free up hugely valuable resources will be decided in an orderly way.

Nurse wins award for saving life on ferry
KETCHIKAN - Two weeks after taking an advanced cardiovascular life support course, a 25-year-old Ketchikan nurse got a chance to use what she learned to save a man's life, which led to her winning the EMS "Pre-hospital Provider of the Year" award for Southeast Alaska.

State finds TransCanada plan economical, likely to succeed
Gov. Sarah Palin's gas line team released its official findings and determination on the TransCanada gas pipeline proposal on Tuesday, providing the state's first detailed assessment of how much money the state and others would make from the project and how likely the project is to succeed.

Park service suspends search for missing climbers
ANCHORAGE - The National Park Service on Thursday suspended an aerial search for two Japanese climbers missing on Mount McKinley, concluding it's unlikely they are still alive.

Guards criticize commissioner in heated corrections meeting
ANCHORAGE - Corrections officers lashed out at Commissioner Joe Schmidt on Tuesday during a meeting over allegations that he and other top administrators are mismanaging the state agency.

Minority businesses start bonding over government contracts
ANCHORAGE - Black business leaders have long complained about the awarding of federal minority contracts to Alaska Native corporations. But the bad feelings have begun to subside as black-owned businesses consider partnerships with Native firms.

This Day in History
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Chain saws banned, Forest Service cabins convert to oil heat
As policy and stoves change in the Tongass National Forest, a local group with a long history of service with the U.S. Forest Service decided it can no longer supply firewood to the public-use cabins on Admiralty Island.

Fairbanks home sales drop, but realtors optimistic
FAIRBANKS - Homes sales in the Fairbanks area have fallen from the same time a year ago, but the Fairbanks Board of Realtors reported Tuesday that the local housing market is still strong and has largely missed a housing slump seen around the United States.

Photo: Snow octopus
Gabriel Harder, left, smooths a snow octopus' tentacles Tuesday while Tyyne North smooths the back of its head and Potlatch Bar owner Leo Norton pins an eye in place in Ketchikan.

This Day in History
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