Thursday, June 5, 2008

Celebrate award-winning Native artists on First Friday
The opening of the biennial Sealaska Heritage Institute Juried Art Show and Competition, occurring in conjunction with Celebration 2008, will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center at 350 Whittier St. and will feature the work of some of the region's premiere Alaska Native artists.

Amateur performers to compete for cash June 7
Artists generally don't have enough venues where they can express themselves freely, actress Ericka Lee said.

Rockin' fundraiser slated for June 6
A fundraiser billed as "Rock out with your socket out" will be held on Friday, June 6, at the Rendezvous Bar to provide funds for nonprofit organizations affected by Juneau's recent energy crisis.

Washington juried Northwest art show seeks artists
The Port Townsend Arts Commission and Northwind Arts Alliance are seeking entries for "Expressions Northwest," the 10th annual Art Port Townsend Juried Art Competition, which takes place in October. Works in both two- and three-dimensional forms, including photography, are eligible. A total of $2,600 in cash prizes will be awarded. Additionally, merchandise awards will also be presented.

State museum displays repatriated Tlingit masks
Nine repatriated Tlingit masks of the Aak'w kwaan L'eeneidí (Dog Salmon House) will be on display at the Alaska State Museum during the 2008 Celebration.

City museum seeks Juneau History Grant applicants
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is presently accepting applications for the 2008-2009 Juneau History Grant.

What's Happening
THURSDAY, JUNE 5

Double cooking is secret to ungreasy fries
French fries, once the snack of fast food restaurants, are now on every sort of menu. Chefs are sprinkling them with sea salt, grated cheeses such as Gruyere, aromatics like olive or truffle oil - and sometimes all of those at once. They're so good you wonder if you should skip the appetizers entirely and tuck into a big stack.

Sloe gin: Don't settle for less than the real thing
It's fascinating how one liquor can inspire such different nostalgic connections for different people. Take sloe gin.

The favor of the Gods comes to consoles
When we first learned about "Rise of the Argonauts" last year, many of the exciting ideas had yet to be implemented into the gameplay. This month, we checked out a more complete version of the game that revealed the many ways in which the title aims to stand apart from the crowd.

The rest of the story
In the old days, when the primary form of mass communication was TV and radio, one of my favorite programs was news and commentary from Paul Harvey, including a segment called "The Rest of the Story." What he would read would inspire and enlighten his listeners.

Be thankful for our 'free' money
I am writing in response to Dan Fagan's letter in the Anchorage Daily News on May 25, in which he says, "That 'free' money for all will come out of your own pocket."

Good job, AEL&P
I wanted to thank Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. for their hard work in getting the transmission towers up so much earlier than expected.

One-fish limit for charters still in place
For now, the new one-halibut bag limit for guided fishermen in Southeast Alaska stands.

Reproductive health clinic to open in Juneau
Planned Parenthood is set to open a reproductive health clinic in Juneau by the end of the summer.

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:

Pipeline review to be conducted in Juneau, elsewhere
The Alaska Legislature on Tuesday returned to Juneau for a special session to consider natural gas pipeline plans, and already there are indications it will take two sessions to review TransCanada Corp.'s proposal.

Artist weaves Native values into baskets
Della Cheney said she sees Southeast Alaska Native cultures coming back into focus in many ways, but for the weaver, the emergence of art is a primary way to teach and remind her people about traditional tribal values.

Juneau's Natives welcome guests
Native groups from Southeast Alaska began to arrive Tuesday for Celebration 2008, a three-day cultural festival expected to fill Juneau's downtown with crowds in colorful regalia sharing dances, songs, art and indigenous foods.

Juneau residents slow to seek electricity aid
A shortened repair schedule and a lower-than-expected number of aid applicants means Juneau will likely be getting back much of the money earmarked to help residents and businesses pay high electric bills, according to a city official.

Baby goat rescued in Tracy Arm doing well in Anchorage
An orphaned mountain goat kid rescued from a rocky ledge in Tracy Arm arrived in good condition at the Alaska Zoo on Tuesday in Anchorage, according to curator Shannon Jensen.

School Board adds $1.3 million to budget
JUNEAU - The Juneau School Board approved adding about $1.3 million to next fiscal year's budget Tuesday, bringing the total to nearly $70 million.

Lawmakers must decide if promised $500 million is subsidy or investment
Should the state Legislature award TransCanada Corp. a license to pursue a natural gas pipeline this summer, it will come with a hearty price tag: as much as $500 million.

Police say three caught red-handed in burglaries
Juneau police caught two teens and a young adult red-handed with goods from at least three Mendenhall Valley burglaries, including the remnants of a day-old pizza stolen the day before.

Cruise ship forced to return to Juneau after scraping bottom in Tracy Arm
A cruise ship scraped the bottom of the Tracy Arm fjord Wednesday morning, forcing its crew to cut short its trip and call the U.S. Coast Guard for assistance.

Malley pleads guilty in child porn case, receives minimum sentence
Former Juneau Boys and Girls Club instructor Jeffrey Malley pleaded guilty Tuesday to possessing child pornography, completing a deal with the state to get the minimum prison time allowable.

South Korea network films Juneau conservation effort
A South Korea national television network sent a documentary filmmaker here this week to learn how Juneau has managed to conserve so much energy this spring.

Photo: Traditional display
Anna Brown Ehlers talks Wednesday about the Chilkat blanket that won Best of Show in the traditional category of the Juried Art Show, sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute. Della Cheney won Best of Show in the contemporary category.

Photo: Expanding marine parks
Gov. Sarah Palin, left, signs Senate Bill 57 while holding her baby, Trig, on Wednesday at the University of Alaska Southeast Anderson Building as Juneau Democrats Rep. Andrea Doll, center, and Sen. Kim Elton stand behind. The bill adds 14 islands adjacent to Juneau to the state's system of marine parks. Some of those islands can be seen in the background.

Molestation suspect drops plea
When Yakutat resident Leonard Edwards, 32, walked into court Tuesday, the judge expected him to plead guilty to a charge of attempting to sexually abuse a minor in a deal with the state. Instead, he withdrew from the agreement.

Around Town
Today

Permanent Fund trustee supports Juneau
Alaska Permanent Fund Trustee Emil Notti says he, too, supports Juneau as home for the headquarters of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.

Sandler's shtick sticks in 'Zohan'
There's a spirit of avant-garde goofiness to the new Adam Sandler movie that sets it apart from his usual sophomoric work. Sprung from the fertile comic imaginations of Robert Smigel ("Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog") and Judd Apatow (the grand vizier of film comedy), it exists in a slap-happy parallel universe. In "You Don't Mess with the Zohan," Israeli commandos dream of styling mousse and blow driers, hummus is a dip served with eyeglasses, and Mariah Carey asks terrorists to explain Bluetooth technology.

'Sex and the City' sits pretty
In the interest of full disclosure, there are a few things I need to admit before I talk about either sex or the city. First, I was not a dedicated viewer of "Sex and the City" when it was on HBO - although I've been roped in to a rerun or two during its syndication. Second, I was openly dreading the 148-minute running time. Third... I'm about to be honest with you to the point of risking my hetero-reputation.

Lucky you, 'Dirty Harry' now on DVD
'Dirty Harry'

Juneau's Cinema guide
OPENING

Mixing culture, mixing media
Preston Singletary has built a career blowing glass sculptures. He is a world-renowned Tlingit artist who creates sophisticated Northwest Native designs, but like many artists, he has skills in other areas.

The other international language: country music
"No matter how corrupt, greedy, and heartless our government, our corporations, our media, and our religious and charitable institutions may become, the music will still be wonderful" ~Kurt Vonnegut

Sound Bites
Aimee Mann "@#%&(ASTERISK)! Smilers" ★★★

Sound Bites
Weezer, "Weezer"

Obama names a Kennedy to help pick vice president
NEW YORK - Barack Obama turned to the hunt for a running mate Wednesday, with Hillary Rodham Clinton's supporters urging him to put her on the ticket now that she's decided to back his inevitable nomination.

Eagle Scout honor
From left, Dylan Davis gives the Eagle Scout challenge to new Eagle Scout Ian Kelley, Scout Master Ron Josephsen and Maritime council representative Loren Rasmussen during a Court of Honor held May 31 at Skater's Cabin. Three other Eagle Scouts to accept the challenge are not shown. In order to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, a scout must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges as well as design, direct and complete an extensive service project. For his Eagle Scout project, which he completed in November 2007, Kelley rebuilt stairs at Chapel by the Lake. The stairs were originally constructed of wood and had begun to rot. The new stairs have metal treads on them and lead to the church playground and the upper parking lot.

Thanks for publishing 'From the Hallways'
We are writing to thank the Empire - and especially Kim Andree, editor of the Neighbors section - for the opportunity our middle and high school students were given to publish the "From the Hallways" column

Thanks for helping our March for Babies
The community support for the 2008 annual March of Dimes "March for Babies" was fantastic. It was a beautiful day with walkers of all ages participating. To all the amazing walkers, fundraisers, kids and dogs that joined us on May 10, and to everyone who supported these walkers. Thank you Juneau for once again marching for babies.

Thanks to Allen Marine for donating a whale watching cruise
The staff, volunteers and clients of Hospice and Home Care of Juneau would like to express their appreciation to the owners and staff of Allen Marine for the donation of a whale watching cruise on May 17.

Thanks for giving to the Glacier Valley Breakfast Club
On behalf of the well-fed kids of Glacier Valley Elementary Breakfast Club, I would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the following donors who have so generously contributed to our program this year. Breakfast Club operates solely on donations from businesses and individuals. We have been able to provide breakfast every morning for our 145 members, serving anywhere from 50 to 75 kids each day.

Acting marvels in 'Yellowman'
"Yellowman" is a love story, but the lovers are marred by forces of prejudice beyond their capacity to heal.

Photo: First Bank honors SAIL
First Bank honored Southeast Alaska Independent Living Inc. with a $1,500 Community Development Grant on May 12. Two SAIL board members, Paul Douglas and Gale Vandor, along with SAIL Executive Director Joan O'Keefe and development assistant Danielle Lindoff are shown in picture with representatives from First Bank's Board of Directors at a dinner party hosted by First Bank. The money received will be used to enhance SAIL's Independent Living programs in Sitka, Ketchikan and Juneau.

Photo: Walk for Babies
Participants at the March of Dimes' "March for Babies" pose on May 10 in the Alaskan & Proud parking lot. The March of Dimes, which strives to help every mom have a healthy baby, will continue its March for Babies. They are available online at www.marchforbabies.org. Keep your eyes out for information about the March of Dimes "Jail & Bait" event coming to Juneau this October.

Master carver to give totem pole restoration presentation tonight
JUNEAU - Lee Wallace, a master carver and grandson of the original carver of the Four Story Totem Pole, will present an evening program at 7 p.m. tonight The Canvas community art studio, at 223 Seward St.

We are called to be doers of good deeds
Some lives encompass a great slice of history connecting an earlier age with the modern world of 2008.

Mount Roberts Tramway hosts Meet & Mingle for seasonal workers
JUNEAU - Seasonal workers and Juneau residents are invited to gather at the top of Mount Roberts Tramway for the second annual Meet & Mingle event from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 6.

Sitka resident shares brandy Alexander pie
Calling all readers. Calling all cooks. We need input. Do you have recipe to share? If you have a favorite already adapted, send it to Ask Auntie Emo.

Thanks for supporting the raptor center on Appreciation Day
The Juneau Raptor Center thanks everyone that supported us by purchasing a ticket and attending Juneau Appreciation Day on May 17 at the Mount Roberts Tramway. We are very grateful for your support.

William P.D. Daniels
Juneau resident William Penuel David Daniels died May 29, 2008, in Juneau. He was 88.

My turn: Diane Benson brings experience
The eloquent My Turn by Joe Mehrkens on June 1 describes the chasm between Americans directly impacted by the war and those of us who are not being asked to sacrifice anything. Perhaps we are so conditioned to expecting nothing from our leaders that we don't even notice anymore.

My turn: Alaskans must work together to protect personal information
For the past four years we have worked together with other legislators in a true bipartisan effort to pass legislation to protect the identity of individual Alaskans.

Alaska editorial: Support educational improvements called for in UAA study
University of Alaska Anchorage's researchers at the Institute of Social and Economics Research titled their report "The University of Alaska: How Is It Doing?"

Outside editorial: You've been pre-approved!
Credit cards may be the most competitive business in America. Anyone with decent credit - and a lot of people without it - finds his mailbox stuffed with come-ons touting "low introductory rates!" and "big rewards!"

Opinion: Energy wishes should be voiced
Energy seems to be on everyone's mind this summer. Juneau residents recently showed themselves capable of major behavioral change in the face of a serious economic challenge when the price of electricity skyrocketed. While the price may soon be coming back down, it's a good time to reflect on what we can do and what motivates us to do it.

Opinion: Government appears to be mortgaging America
America's for sale. Just ask Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.

Bush signs Arctic fisheries measure
ANCHORAGE - A resolution signed by President Bush calls for the United States to begin international negotiations to manage Arctic Ocean fisheries.

City off diesel just as pollution levels peak
JUNEAU - Juneau's electric utility flipped the switch on smog-free hydropower just in time to avoid exceeding state air quality permit limits.

Troopers release identity of toddler
SOLDOTNA - Alaska State Troopers released the identity of a 3-year-old girl killed when she was pinned by a pickup after the unoccupied vehicle rolled.

Man killed after motorcycle crash
ANCHORAGE - A man died Monday after he crashed his motorcycle while driving near mile 206 of the Parks Highway, Alaska State Troopers said.

Rangers rescue fallen climber on Denali
ANCHORAGE - Rangers on Mount McKinley said they rescued a fallen solo climber.

Toddler killed when pinned by pickup
KENAI - A 3-year-old girl was killed when she was pinned underneath a pickup, Alaska State Troopers said.

Linehan supporters launch Web site
ANCHORAGE - The murder conviction of Mechele Linehan has prompted friends and family to launch a Web site that they say portrays the real Mechele.

Ketchikan borough to relocate offices
KETCHIKAN - The Ketchikan Gateway Borough is moving its offices.

Halibut charters sue over one-fish limit
JUNEAU - A group of Alaska charter fishing operators is challenging the new Southeast halibut bag limit in a Washington, D.C., district court.

Engineer: Trawler hull design was sound
BOSTON - The head of a firm that performed engineering work on a fishing trawler that sank in the Bering Sea, killing five crew members, told investigators Wednesday that the Alaska Ranger had a design feature that should have protected the vessel in case its hull punctured.

Smithsonian hosts panel discussion
JUNEAU - The Northwest Coast Artist Gathering continues today for artists from all backgrounds who work in Northwest Coast-inspired art forms to meet and share information about themselves and their work.

Fairbanks considers alcohol sale limits
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks city Mayor Terry Strle is forming a special committee to discuss cracking down on alcohol.

Wildfire reparation case stalls in court
FAIRBANKS - A court in Fairbanks is mulling over a multimillion dollar case over reparations in a 2006 wildfire.

Putting things on the back burner
Happiness: A state of well-being and contentment; a pleasurable or satisfying experience.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

JDHS seeks to defend title
An experienced Juneau-Douglas High School softball team will try for an unprecedented sixth state title this weekend in Anchorage.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Coldspeed means Hot Rides
Twenty-one-year-old James Dawson said he thinks about modifying cars all the time.

Iditarod raises sled dog race entry fee
ANCHORAGE - Mushers wanting to run the world's best known sled dog race will have to pay a lot more for a shot at a severely slashed guaranteed purse.

State legislators ponder override of Palin vetoes
Legislators are gathered in Juneau to decide whether to back Gov. Sarah Palin's gas pipeline plan, but some are saying they want to confront her on another issue: her controversial vetoes of $268 million from the state's capital budget last month.

Lawmakers to gas pipeline analysts: What's in it for us?
Their questions were basic, at times tedious, but state lawmakers say they are being diligent in dissecting TransCanada Corp.'s multibillion dollar natural gas pipeline proposal.

Photo: Preparing for special session
Rep. Mark Neuman, R-Wasilla, left, talks with fellow legislators Rep. Bob Roses, R-Anchorage, center, and Rep. Scott Kawasaki, D-Fairbanks, on Tuesday in the Capitol hallway, hours before the Legislature gaveled in for the third special session. Lawmakers met to discuss the approval of a bid contract for the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act. For the story, see Page A1.

Rural electric utilities panicked about fuel prices
ANCHORAGE - Village electric utilities in rural Alaska, panicked over the sky-high cost of fuel arriving on the summer's first barges, are appealing to the state for help.

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