Thursday, June 4, 2009

New non-fiction for adults
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Arts & Culture Calendar
ART, EVENTS & PERFORMANCE

Hip-hop, Canadian style
Swollen Members, one of Canada's most exciting and accomplished hip-hop groups, will perform at 9 p.m. tonight at Marlintini's. Southeast Alaska's own Phonetic will be opening the show along with DJ Judo and AstronoMar. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets cost $25.

Five is the magic number
Juneau's first ever Juneaupalooza takes place this Friday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, and is conveniently organized around the number five: June 5, five bands, five hours, $5 admission and $ 5 beer. But don't get carried away and show up at 5 p.m. The event starts at 9 p.m.

Two new venues host First Friday artists
The First Friday Art Walk just got a little longer. This month marks the first time that two established local businesses, the Bentwood and Bead Gallery on Third Street and the Plant People on Seward, will host guest artists as part of Juneau's monthly cultural event.

Giving back to a Juneau musician
Tag Eckels, longtime piano player at the Red Dog Saloon, is a well-known figure in the Juneau community, and he also holds a unique place within the state as a whole.

REACH students make new connections through poetry
The new poetry class at the Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery provides people with disabilities a way to connect, says teacher Kelly Manning.

'Move on, there's nothing to see here'
This column was going to be a review of "Dance Flick," the new spoof movie from the Wayans family. I had been looking forward to singing their praises for rescuing the spoof genre from the untalented hands of the non-Wayans who have been cranking out the unfunny train-wrecks like "Disaster Movie" and "Superhero Movie" for the past several years.

White Nights scheduled for June 20
White Nights, an annual festival of Russian culture, will be held this year on June 20 at Centennial Hall.

Sweet Adelines to perform Saturday
The Fairbanks Sweet Adelines will bring their barbershop harmony to town for a performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at the Juneau Arts & CUlture Center. They will also lead a free barbershop workshop at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Student Artist: Chase Schooler
Grade: 5

Symphony's annual pops concert slated for June 13
The Juneau Symphony will present their annual pops concert on June 13 at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium. The concert will include music by American composers George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Lerner and Loewe and Irving Berlin. This is the last performance of the season for the symphony.

Northwest juried art show seeks entries
The Port Townsend Arts Commission and Northwind Arts Alliance are seeking submissions for "Expressions Northwest", the 11th Annual Art Port Townsend Juried Art Competition which takes place Oct. 2-Nov. 1 in Port Townsend, Wash. Artists must be at least 16 years of age and a resident of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, or British Columbia. Works in both two- and three-dimensional forms, including photography, are eligible.

Thursday reviewer's circle held at library
The downtown library will host a Reviewers Circle once a week for book lovers interested in discussing their recent reads. The group will meet on the first Thursday of every month, from 7-8 p.m., and is intended for adults and young adults. Participants should come prepared to talk about a book they've recently read.

Good news: Calif. says I'm still married
I was biking to work on May 26 when I received the news that our marriage holds. We are still legal. The news California's Proposition 8 was upheld was bittersweet.

Juneau-Douglas graduates 300
Juneau-Douglas High School graduated 300 seniors during a commencement ceremony for the class of 2009 Tuesday evening.

Raptor Center given $10,000 for new clinic
The Juneau Raptor Center will receive $10,000 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to help start their new raptor rehabilitation center near Brotherhood Bridge, but the nonprofit is still quite a ways from raising the roughly $500,000 they need to start building.

Correction
A page 3 photo in Monday's Juneau Empire listed the wrong age of tour broker Brittany McCusker, who is 15.

Neighbors query improvements to historic house
State parks officials are planning a series of improvements at the historic House of Wickersham, but neighbors are questioning whether removing trees and expanding parking are really improvements.

'Plywood palace' gets aluminum makeover
Juneau's "plywood palace" is getting an aluminum siding makeover.

Charter school staying put next year
"We're moving. We're staying. No, wait. We're moving. No wait...."

Police: More charges likely from Saturday night scuffles
The combination of alcohol, a 3-inch knife and a pipe proved a bloody milieu at Switzer Creek Trailer Court on Saturday night.

Consulting firm hires former Empire editor
McDowell Group recently hired former Empire Managing Editor Lori Thomson as a senior research analyst in its Juneau office.

New chairlift towers in place at Eaglecrest
Workers put in place the last four towers that are part of a the new Black Bear chairlift under construction at Eaglecrest Ski Area on Monday.

DOT official named new Juneau airport manager
A senior airport leasing officer for the state transportation department will be the new manager at Juneau International Airport.

Photo: Ariel going aerial
Ariel Chamberlin, 15, flips off the small vessel loading float downtown on Wednesday. The skies are forecasted to remain blue and clear Thursday and Friday with temperatures in the upper seventies.

Photos: Medieval revival
Aquino Brinson, right, holds on to his balance during a jousting contest to come back and defeat Kristian Elliott-Petaja, both eight-graders, during the day-long Renaissance Fair at Dzantak'i Heeni Middle School on Tuesday. The school-wide event was the culminate event for classes studing medieval and renaissance history.

Photo: Everything's dandy
Tim Philips pushes his son, Ezra, as he takes a walk with Dave and Brenda Paap Wednesday along Mendenhall Loop Road.

Photo: Cool view
Karen and Paul Jefferies of Bristol, England, view and photograph at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center on Monday. The glacier has been very active with a high number of icebergs floating in the lake.

Photo: Lemon-aide
Annnie Geselle gets help from her son, three-year-old Matisse, at their lemonade stand at the corner of 8th Street and Basin Road on Tuesday. They are raising money for Ryan Stanley and his wife, Laura Hosey, after their house burned down Monday. Geselle said the lemonade stand will be up all week.

Police & Fire
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Around Town
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Sandra Lynn Sutherland
Juneau resident Sandra Lynn Sutherland died May 6, 2009, at home. She was 41.

Outside editorial: GM a newer, more expensive American Motors
Maybe the best name for the new General Motors is American Motors.

Alaska editorial: Tough call, but Alaska should join national standards initiative
Alaska school districts should know how their students stack up against those from other states and countries. How else can we know if they're getting a competitive education? National tests in core education subjects such as English, math and science are lacking. There's one: the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), but only a sampling of students take it, and only states and selected urban districts - none in Alaska, not even Anchorage - get the results. There are a few other national tests, but they don't offer state-by-state results.

Blowing smoke with tobacco legislation
This week, the U.S. Senate is considering legislation that would, for the first time, give the Food and Drug Administration regulatory authority over tobacco products. Numerous antismoking and health groups support the legislation. So does this mean Congress is finally on the verge of stepping up to take on Big Tobacco?

'Bring the love'
Juneau is a small town, a microcosm of the small community that is Alaska. When something happens to a member of our local community, we often hear about it through an intermediary source before we have a chance to hear any details from the person experiencing the condition or event. That's just what happened to me in learning about my friend Tag, who is fighting a serious battle with cancer.

Too many zeroes to count
The national debt is now the highest in history, $11 trillion. Because I don't know how much a trillion dollars is, I went to my dictionary. "Trillion," it says, is "The cardinal number equal to 10 to the 12th power." That definition does not help me understand how much a trillion dollars is.

Accepting energy money would mean 'big brother' government
I have taken many opportunities to explain the economic stimulus bill and problems created from increasing programs tied to accepting federal funds. My concerns with issuing record levels of government debt to pay for increases, and the inevitable demand for state dollars to backfill the funding gap, are a matter of public record.

Hello, I'm your boogeyman
I am your scapegoat. I am your boogeyman. Brown-skinned, kinky-haired, black man, me.

Young calls for more defense missiles in AK
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Rep. Don Young said Congress is being shortsighted by proposing cuts to the Missile Defense Agency as North Korea tests a long-range missile that could strike Alaska.

Begich calls for progress on pipeline
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Sen. Mark Begich said the Obama administration is frustrated with the lack of progress on a pipeline that could deliver North Slope natural gas to Lower 48 markets.

Man charged with shoving woman out of moving car
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers say a Wasilla man pushed his girlfriend out of a moving car and was charged with felony assault.

Alaska Planned Parenthood won't beef up security
ANCHORAGE - Planned Parenthood locations in Alaska, Idaho and western Washington haven't beefed up security following the slaying of a doctor who performed late-term abortions in Kansas, and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said violence should not be used in advancing the anti-abortion message.

Anchorage man gets 10 years on drug charge
ANCHORAGE - A 25-year-old Anchorage man will serve 10 years in a federal prison following his conviction on a drug conspiracy charge.

Man pleads guilty in antiques dealer murder
FAIRBANKS - A suspect has pleaded guilty to a murder charge in the strangling death of a Fairbanks businessman.

Enstar wants to raise rates 4.7 percent
ANCHORAGE - Bills for Enstar natural gas customers in southcentral Alaska could be going up.

Providence to pay $220,000 settlement
ANCHORAGE - The federal government said Providence Alaska Medical Center has agreed to pay $220,000 to settle an age-discrimination lawsuit.

2 bodies discovered in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say the bodies of two men have been found in separate yards.

Dead humpback towed out of Valdez
VALDEZ - A dead humpback whale that was brought into the Port of Valdez on the bulbous bow of an oil tanker has been towed out to sea.

Study: Alaska has high rate of Internet access
OKLAHOMA CITY - When it comes to Internet access, a new study shows Alaska has the second highest rate in the nation.

Emergency exercise planned for Mat-Su hospital
WASILLA - Alaska State Troopers are warning people not to panic when they see a crowd around Mat-Su Regional Medical Center on Friday and Saturday.

Anchorage mayor to pay own way to conference
ANCHORAGE - Acting Anchorage Mayor Matt Claman said he'll pay his own way to attend the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors next week.

Wet Dogs call off paving expedition
KODIAK - The team of people paving the trail for a 2,000-mile personal watercraft race have called off their trip, short of their goal of reaching Iliamna.

Judge hearing Palin case recuses himself
ANCHORAGE - A judge handling a lawsuit against Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for using private e-mail accounts for government business has recused himself.

Forest Service: $8M allotted to fix roads, bridges in Alaska
WASHINGTON - National forest roads and bridges in 31 states - including $8 million for seven projects in Alaska - will get long-needed repairs under an economic stimulus spending plan announced by the Obama administration.

Purple Heart Trail to be dedicated
FAIRBANKS - A section of the Alaska Highway will be designated as the Purple Heart Trail this weekend in Delta Junction.

Anchorage police search for missing 19-year-old woman
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police are looking for a 19-year-old woman who vanished after dropping her infant daughter off with a relative two months ago.

Flags lowered to mark WWII bombing anniversary
ANCHORAGE - State flags will be lowered to mark the 67th anniversary of the bombing of Dutch Harbor during World War II.

Photos: Bats, balls and bruises
Diamondbacks runner Gary Speck collides with Orioles first baseman Dylan Johnson during a Gastineau Channel Little League Juniors Baseball game Thursday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. The Diamondbacks topped the Orioles for the second time this season to stay tied for second place in the five-team division. The Orioles are currently in fourth.

Only a handful of undefeated teams remain
The bats got hot, the bodies were flying, and even the rain couldn't keep the action from smokin' in Week 3.

Juneau Sport Fishing Report
It was a beautiful weekend to be on the water and harvest rates improved for king salmon in the Juneau area, taking 31 rod hours to harvest a king last week. Last year at this time, it took 42 rod hours and the five-year average was 32 rod hours per fish. The hot spots for last week were Gastineau Channel, Outer Point, Taku Inlet and Auke Bay. King salmon fishing should continue to improve in the coming weeks, and should peak around the end of June with the king salmon returning to the Terminal Harvest Area. Remember, anglers must have in possession a 2009 fishing license and a king salmon stamp.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Why low oil prices now may mean higher prices later
What until recently was a steep drop in global crude oil prices has sparked delays and cancellations of major energy projects across the globe. Experts fear that this pullback could provoke costly supply shortages just over the horizon.

Palin, Begich disagree on pipeline progress
Two members of Gov. Sarah Palin's administration are taking exception to comments made by U.S. Sen. Mark Begich about the progress of a natural gas pipeline.

10 designers on a mission to save the planet
NEW YORK - Imagine a forest of bamboo poles in your living room, hollowed out and drilled to allow for stereo speakers, lighting, even bottles of wine.

Another ethics complaint against Palin dismissed
ANCHORAGE - An investigator has dismissed a complaint alleging Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin violated ethics law when she acted as the official starter in a snowmobile race while wearing a jacket promoting the sponsor of her husband's team.

Army to add 570 troops to Fort Richardson
ANCHORAGE - The Army presence in Alaska will grow this year with another 570 soldiers assigned to Fort Richardson, partially offsetting the economic effects of overseas deployment.

UAF aircraft to help monitor seal populations
ANCHORAGE - A drone aircraft is flying surveillance over the Bering Sea this month as scientists test its prospects for documenting little-studied ice seals at the southern edge of the ice pack.

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