Friday, June 5, 2009

New non-fiction for adults
New non-fiction for adults includes biographies, tell-alls, literary criticism, and how-tos. And, till Tuesday, weigh in online about internet usage at the public libraries... just go to the library's homepage and follow the link on the right.

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.

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.

Student Artist: Chase Schooler
Grade: 5

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.

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.

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.

Valley Professional Center has followed all the rules
Here we go again. Another wasted evening having to publicly address more hypocritical lies written by Gordon Jackson. This is the second time I have been compelled to write a rebuttal to something printed by the Empire without any proof the author was telling the truth.

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.

Symposium draws Native Alaskans for discussion on suicide
Bill Martin wanted to get Native Alaskans talking about suicide prevention for years. This week, he achieved that goal as tribal leaders from around the region attended a two-day symposium in Juneau.

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

Signatures collected for school drug tests
A group calling on the Juneau School Board to implement a random drug-testing program for high school activities says it has collected more than 1,000 signatures it plans to present at Tuesday night's regular meeting.

Of mice and mussels
For 60 years we have had generations of laboratory mice to thank for shellfish that don't kill us.

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.

Local legislators outline goals for summer, 2010
Juneau's state legislators outlined some goals Thursday for the summer and next year, including a possible attempt to secure another $28.6 million in federal stimulus money by overriding one of Gov. Sarah Palin's vetoes, lengthening the session and a proposed downtown office building for state workers.

Students prepare to play
Students and staff at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School were joined by elected officials and nearby Lemon Creek neighbors Thursday morning to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new playground.

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.

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.

Halibut bag limit stays at one
Southeast Alaska's one-halibut daily bag limit for charter operators will go into effect today as planned, a Washington, D.C., judge decided Thursday.

Photo: Power sunset
Power and communication lines reflect the golden light of the setting sun Tuesday.

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.

Around Town
Today, June 5

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

Correction
In Wednesday's Juneau Empire, a story about Juneau-Douglas High School's graduation inaccurately paraphrased a historical fact attributed to keynote speaker Bruce Botelho. The class of 1959 was the first consolidated class to spend its full senior year in the high school, but was not the year schools in the district were combined.

Around Town
Today, June 4

Phyllis Mae Lewis
Douglas resident Phyllis Mae Lewis died Monday, June 2, at Bartlett Regional Hospital. She was 80.

Pro: Should Congress give solar, wind power major roles to combat climate change?
Climate change is perhaps the greatest environmental and economic challenge of the 21st century. Scientific debate about its reality is now over, even if skepticism continues in some quarters. Remaining questions largely concern the magnitude, timing and location of the effects of planetary warming, not whether it will occur.

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.

Con: Should Congress give solar, wind power major roles to combat climate change?
Miguel Cervantes created one of the most memorable characters of literature with Don Quixote, a delusional man who jousted with windmills he thought were giants.

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?

Outside editorial: Lawful means
A commander in chief shouldn't try to teach a civics lesson with U.S. antiterror policy. But President Obama may well safeguard the nation better with his pledge to wield "tough and durable approaches to fighting terrorism that are anchored in our timeless ideals."

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.

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

Alaska editorial: Feds: Arctic fishing operations must await more information
As ice cover in Alaska's arctic waters shrinks, it opens virgin territory for commercial fishing to exploit. Before a new "rush for fish" starts, the federal government is moving to keep commercial fishing out of arctic waters until we know more about the ecology of the region. It's the right call.

Lawmakers continue to explore veto override
JUNEAU - State legislators continue to discuss an override of Gov. Sarah Palin's veto of $28.6 million in federal stimulus money for energy efficiency programs.

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.

High-speed Ketchikan chase ends in crash
KETCHIKAN - A 22-mile high-speed chase led to a crash and serious injuries for a 26-year-old driver in Ketchikan.

Anchorage man found guilty of murder
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage jury deliberated for three hours before finding a man guilty of murder.

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.

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.

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.

Crews battling coal fire in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Fire crews in Fairbanks are fighting a coal fire at Aurora Energy's downtown plant, where at least one person has suffered injuries.

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.

Concerts in the Park kick off tonight
JUNEAU - Thunder Mountain Big Band will kick off the first Concert in the Park at 7 p.m. tonight at Marine Park. The annual summer concert series will be held every Friday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. until Aug. 14. The June 12 concert is canceled due to the Bearfoot concert at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall.

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.

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.

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.

Trail Mix honors National Trails Day
JUNEAU - Trail Mix will hold its annual National Trails Day Family Outing on Saturday with a grand opening ceremony of the Gastineau Meadows Trail on Douglas Island.

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

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

State appealing Juneau road call
The state of Alaska is appealing a federal court decision to stop work on a road leading out of Juneau.

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.

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.

Swine flu in Haines
ANCHORAGE - Alaska health officials are confirming two more cases of swine flu in the state.

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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