Thursday, June 3, 2010

Celebrating Native art
The winners of the fifth Sealaska Heritage Institute Juried Art Show were announced last night at an awards ceremony at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Seven artists took top awards for best contemporary and traditional Native art.

Skagway and Homer writers' conferences carry state's literary fire
Writers from across the state and beyond will gather at two conferences this month to gain inspiration in a series of lectures and panel discussions exploring the craft. The North Words Writers Symposium will be held in Skagway, followed later in the month by the Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference in Homer.

Rapper Murs performs tonight
Tonight the rapper Murs will be performing at Marlintini's Lounge for the first time in Juneau. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and local rap and hip hop performers Astronomar, Judo and Phonetic will open the show at 9 p.m. Tickets are available for $25 at groovetickets.com.

'Prince of Persia': Entertaining but not worth repeating
Somehow, Jake Gyllenhaal has gone from awkward teen ("Donnie Darko") to hunky-heartthrob in his current role as Prince Dastan in "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time." He has pulled this off despite the fact that spelling his last name is a riskier proposition even than crossing paths with Ben Roethlisberger late at night in a seedy bar. (Seriously, isn't there some unwritten Hollywood rule that actors change their names when they have last names like, ah, Gyllenhaal? And we have two of them thanks to Jake's sister, Maggie!) Certainly, Ben Kingsley has been acting the hell out of roles for decades and he is always a welcome addition as a backstabbing, treacherous villain (he plays Dastan's evil Uncle Nizam in "Prince"). Alfred Molina, too, has become a staple in movies both big and small of late - usually in a supporting role like the one he has as a sarcastic Sheik in "Prince."

Bluegrass Camp for Kids kicks off this Sunday
Young musicians of all levels still have time to register for Bluegrass Camp for Kids, which begins Sunday, June 6. Organized by Kate Hamre of the acclaimed bluegrass band Bearfoot, the camp exposes kids to bluegrass, old-time and folk music through a variety of activities, including instrument instruction (beginning through advanced), dancing, singing, jamming, songwriting and performing.

New listens at the library
There are plenty of new non-fiction audiobooks on CD at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Perseverance hosts beach potluck
Perseverance Theatre will hold an end-of-season potluck celebration this Sunday, June 6, from 5 -8 p.m. at Sandy Beach.

Alaska Youth Choir to hold auditions
Calling all singers: The Alaska Youth Choir will hold auditions this Saturday, June 5, for their 2010-2011 season. Auditions will be held by appointment. Call Heather Miller at 790-3310 or email alaskayouthchoir@gci.net to schedule an audition.

First monthly Socrates Cafe meeting tonight
A new Juneau discussion group, Socrates Cafe, will gather tonight at the Silverbow for the first of its monthly meetings on a variety of topics. The meeting is not a debate class, but rather a Socratic seminar in which members search for the truth together. It is not about argument but discovery.

JDU to sponsor whale watch
Juneau Dance Unlimited will sponsor a whale watching, wine tasting, and silent auction cruise on Saturday, June 12, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Boarding begins at 5 p.m. at the Don Stratter boat harbor.

Alaska arts council seeks nominations
Nominations are now open for the 2010 Governor's Awards for the Arts in the following categories: Arts Education, Individual Artist, Arts Organization and Native Arts. Deadline for nominations is August 1.

Wildlife Authors at Sea cruise Friday
his Friday, Hearthside Books will bring together local vistas and the writers inspired by them, in a cruise featuring local wildlife authors.

Alaska on paper
"Familiar Plants of Coastal Alaska: A Guide to Identification," by Stephen MacLean

Will anything be different in Alaska?
"I'm the president, and the buck stops with me," said Obama, in reference to BP's deep well oil blowout. After a long month, he has finally taken charge of the entire spill crisis by reiterating the already famous presidential words o f Harry S. Truman. Upwards of 19,000 barrels or 780,000 gallons of crude oil and likely more per day now plagues the Gulf marine environment, its people and its entire ecosystem. Many millions of gallons of pure crude to date are at work befouling the marine and marsh waters. Meanwhile the common man can only wait to see and to hope that all the highly trained and specialized oil engineers and sheer amount of human power united will, with lots of dumb luck and sincere determination, overcome yet another major human catastrophe through perhaps permanently plugging this very deep-ocean reservoir of opulent misguidance.

Let's hope wolves don't share same fate as Bison
During the weeks that have passed since the recent wildlife management/extreme predator control event and rally, my thoughts have often turned toward the similarities between shooting wolves from helicopters in the 21st century and shooting the American Bison from train cars in 19th century. Both activities satisfy the naked desire of some to kill for the sake of killing, rather than hunting for sustenance. The America Bison, the largest land animal in North America, was driven to near extinction by "hunters" riding the Transcontinental Railroad and indiscriminately shooting bison from railroad cars. Within only 20 years of driving the golden spike at Utah's Promontory Summit in 1869, 40 million American Bison had been reduced to only 500. Today's bison are carefully farmed and live in only a few controlled ranches in the western United States.

Private Sealaska meetings on land bill yield nothing
Environmental groups failed to gain any footing with the regional Native corporation during six weeks of private meetings about a bill that would privatize thousands of acres of Tongass forest.

Finding long, long lost relatives
Many people have some idea where they come from, but Brian Kemp's research branches out much further than any family tree.

Egan: 'I can't believe it'
It's a free ride this year for Juneau's three legislators.

Unofficial kickoff to Celebration 2010
Around 200 people wearing traditional Native regalia, drumming, cooking, eating and visiting gathered on the shore of Auke Bay Wednesday afternoon to welcome three canoes making their gradual approach from Angoon.

Dan Larson to be new TMHS principal
The Juneau School District has chosen Dan Larson of Nebraska to be the next Thunder Mountain High School principal.

Keep doing the right thing
I had a couple of thought provoking conversations last week. The first occurred while I was out and about running some errands. A young man approached me and posed the question, "If I started taking steroids, how long would it take me to get really big?"

Photo: A nice day for a stroll
Josh Beach and Linda Williams look before crossing Calhoun Avenue near the Juneau-Douglas City Museum on Tuesday. Flowering lilac, hawthorn and rhododendron surround Amos Wallace's totem, "Harnessing of the Atom."

Police & Fire
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Police & Fire
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Photo: School's out for summer
Students in Sarah Hopkins kindergarten/first grade class play under a parachute during Gastineau Elementary School's Field Day at Savviko Park on Wednesday. Today is the final day of school.

Photo: Which is the better view?
Herman Miller of Michigan, left, and Dave Randlett of Juneau search the side of Mt. Juneau for mountain goats from Marine Park on Tuesday. Both men agreed Miller's 8x powered binoculars gave a better view of the mountain.

Jeffrey Reid Ingalls
Former Juneau resident Jeffrey Reid Ingalls died Thursday, May 27, 2010 after a 14 month battle with cancer. He was 59.

James Douglas Weir
Juneau resident James Douglas Weir died April 14, 2010, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 52.

Craig Flory
Haines resident Craig V. Flory died Dec. 16, 2009, at Providence Extended Care in Anchorage after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke. He was 50.

Rayford "Ray" Earl Lemons
Long time Juneau resident Rayford "Ray" Earl Lemons died peacefully at home on May 29, 2010, surrounded by family after fighting lung cancer for 2 1/2 years. He was 68.

Richard Allen Burns
Richard "Rick" Allen Burns of Seattle, Wash., died March 12, 2010, after a long battle with cancer. He was 54.

Spare us the spare engines
The following editorial first appeared in St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Where's the children's Tylenol?
The following editorial appeared first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

A place where Muslims love America
The people of Kosovo have something blunt and something subtle to tell the world. Explore the cities and the countryside, and you will see American flags waving from storefronts, gas stations and ordinary homes. Inch your way onto Bill Clinton Boulevard, one of the capital's busiest roads, and a 25-foot picture of the former president hanging from a massive building smiles at you across a permanent traffic jam.

Nuance matters in abortion debate
The idea has taken hold that Americans have become more conservative on abortion. Sarah Palin put this new conventional wisdom to political work in a speech two weeks ago when she claimed polls showed "more Americans proudly proclaiming themselves as pro-life ... and that's a huge victory."

Ongoing oil spill destroys the Myth of Competence
Now they're saying August. August.

Fudging military service an inexcusable offense
Lots of people embellish.

Princess Kathleen oil removal project complete
JUNEAU - Divers have finished removing oil from the Princess Kathleen wreck off Lena Point. They have removed an estimated 110,000 gallons of bunker oil and additional amounts of other oils and contaminated water.

Trans-Alaska pipeline spill contained by berm
ANCHORAGE - Alaska and Alyeska officials say the crude oil spill at a pipeline station near Delta Junction apparently was held within a lined, bermed containment area.

Alaska volcano shows signs of unrest
ANCHORAGE - A volcano in the Aleutian Islands in southwest Alaska is showing signs of unrest.

Goldbelt conducts annual shareholder meeting
JUNEAU - Goldbelt Inc. held its 36th annual meeting of shareholders Tuesday at the Juneau Tlingit and Haida Community Council Building.

Alaska firefighters raising money to move memorial
ANCHORAGE - A plan to move the Alaska Firefighter Memorial to downtown Anchorage needs community support - about $100,000 worth.

Fire crews get slight break with cooler weather
ANCHORAGE - Crews fighting Alaska's numerous wildfires are getting a break in the weather.

Troopers: Missing whalers located
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard has located four whalers from Koyuk who had been reported overdue from a trip in Norton Bay, east of Nome.

Neal atop Derby leaderboard with 32-pound king
JUNEAU - May's annual Spring King Salmon Derby has come to an end, with Dan Neal sitting atop the leaderboard with a 32.65-pound salmon he caught on May 20.

Alaska guide fatally shot during brown bear hunt
WRANGELL - Alaska State Troopers say a Wasilla hunting guide was fatally shot during a guided brown bear hunt near Wrangell.

State waits for judge's decision on wolves
ANCHORAGE - The state is holding off on plans to kill wolves on the caribou calving grounds inside a national refuge on Unimak Island until it hears from a federal judge.

Tanana Valley campus hopes new name ends confusion
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Fairbanks' Tanana Valley Campus could be history by the end of the week.

Hundreds to take on Mt. McKinley's peak
ANCHORAGE - The 2010 climbing season on North America's highest mountain is peaking with hundreds of mountaineers hoping to reach the top of Mount McKinley in Alaska.

North Pole group attempts to recall mayor Isaccson
FAIRBANKS - North Pole Mayor Doug Isaacson is facing a recall effort.

Man shot, killed in Anchorage parking lot
ANCHORAGE - A 28-year-old man is under arrest in connection with a fatal shooting that took place in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Anchorage's Mountain View section.

Fairbanks man sentenced to 33 years in prison
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man who robbed two men at gunpoint and another at knifepoint has been sentenced to 33 years in prison.

Crimson clout
They are the Crimson Bears, and they are the kings of clout in the state of Alaska for 2010, combining for a staggering 37 round-trippers in just 24 games this season.

Pursuit of perfection ends in Palmer
The baseball state tournament might be played in Palmer this weekend, but other teams will have to go through in-state undefeated Juneau-Douglas to get it.

Baker named Gatorade Player of the Year
The Juneau-Douglas baseball team picked up another honor Wednesday on its quest for a state championship and a perfect in-state season, as senior pitcher/slugger Dylan Baker was named the 2010 Gatorade Alaska Baseball Player of the Year.

Alaska high court OKs abortion initiative as-is
ANCHORAGE - The state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that an initiative requiring parental notification for minors seeking an abortion will be on the August primary ballot.

Sitka mayor seeking Lisa Murkowski's US Senate seat
ANCHORAGE - Democrat Scott McAdams knows he can't compete against the nearly $2 million that incumbent U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has in hand for this year's election.

Cessna crashed into Anchorage business district
ANCHORAGE - A small airplane crashed in a busy business district near downtown during rush hour, killing a 4-year-old boy and injuring the four other people onboard, authorities said.

Alaska Pacific struggles through another tough quarter
Alaska Pacific Bank racked up another loss in the first quarter of 2010, following unusual yearly losses in 2008 and 2009.

Light rains give Alaska firefighters brief respite
ANCHORAGE - Light rain fell Tuesday on some of the dozens of wildfires burning in Alaska's interior, briefly discouraging fire growth. Fire managers said that won't do much good, however, if the ongoing parched weather drags on as expected.

Parnell veto pen looms over construction projects
FAIRBANKS - Gov. Sean Parnell has until June 9 to veto individual projects in the state Legislature's massive construction budget, meaning these are anxious times for supporters of big-ticket items in the Interior.

Palin endorses GOP challenger in Senate
ANCHORAGE - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin gave longshot Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller a boost Wednesday by endorsing him in the Aug. 24 primary against Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

1 dead, 4 hurt after small plane crashes in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Authorities say a small plane has crashed in a business district near downtown Anchorage, killing a child and injuring four other people.

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