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.
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.
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.
New field house looking good
Quietly and without much fanfare, the new field house at Dimond Park is taking shape.
Legislators face big oil decision
The decision before this Special Session of the Legislature is as important and serious as any that has been made since statehood some 50 years ago. It will direct the economics of our state for the next 50 years. Our Solons have a grave responsibility.
City says no to funds for private cruise docks
Juneau Assembly members voted down a proposal Thursday to use public funding to improve the three private docks cruise ships use near downtown.
One-fish limit for charters still in place
For now, the new one-halibut bag limit for guided fishermen in Southeast Alaska stands.
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:
Lead group unveils new dance today
A dance last performed in Southeast Alaska in the early 1900s is being brought back during Celebration 2008 by the Mt. St. Elias Dancers from Yakutat.
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.
Natives give DNA samples to see if they match ancient remains
Dr. Brian Kemp's research table buzzed with activity Thursday as Alaska Natives attending the first day of Celebration 2008 stopped by to give DNA samples for his research.
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.
Photos: Celebration 2008
Native groups from all over the Pacific Northwest gathered Thursday to participate in the Grand Entrance parade.
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.
Photo: Grand Entrance
Grand Entrance: Ray Coronell of the Juneau Tlingit Dancers howls during the Grand Entrance parade of Celebration 2008 on Thursday.
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.
Photo: Still got that swing
Sig Olsen dances with Marritt Andruss, the geriatric nurse practitioner at the JuneauPioneers' Home, Thursday night. The Juneau Pioneers' Home celebrated its 20th anniversary ball with dancing, food and live music from the Thunder Mountain Big Band.
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.
Photo: Carving culture
Naomi Crey carves a rattle handle as Brian Francis waits for customers at the Celebration 2008 Arts and Crafts Fair in the Juneau Arts and Culture Center on Thursday.
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.
Today, June 6
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:
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
Juneau's Cinema guide
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
Aimee Mann "@#%&(ASTERISK)! Smilers" ★★★
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.
Five honored at HAIL awards
Honoring Alaska's Indigenous Literature (HAIL) awards, which honors indigenous educators from across Alaska, were presented by Andy Hope on Tuesday night at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.
Pets of the week
Snappy, calm, cute pets need homes
Felines make headlines in health care, on police beat
Cats have been hitting the headlines, big time. Here is a roundup of the latest news.
Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition honors SERRC
JUNEAU - The Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition has honored South East Regional Resource Center (SERRC, Alaska's educational resource center) with its Well Workplace of the Month Award for May. The monthly award recognizes the efforts of Juneau organizations that promote employee wellness within their worksites.
Honoring our Elders and Youth Gathering
Community members and members of the Goldbelt Heritage Institute and Goldbelt Corp. were invited to the "Honoring our Elders and Youth Gathering" on Tuesday at Auke Village Recreation Area.
Central Council wins 2007 TIGER Award
JUNEAU - The Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska was recently awarded the 2007 Handel Information Technologies' Technology Innovator for Groundbreaking & Exceptional use of RiteTrack (TIGER) Award. With this award, CCTHITA is recognized as Handel's customer that has used RiteTrack in the past year in the most innovative, creative and groundbreaking way.
Part-time Juneau resident donates to local causes
JUNEAU - Former Alaska resident and now part-time Juneau resident Simone Machamer has more than one home, Juneau being but one of them. Machamer spends only a week to a few months a year in Juneau, but in the last few years has given thousands of dollars to a variety of charitable causes in the community. Recently, Machamer made two sizable donations to the Juneau Community Foundation.
Sitka Sound race takes place June 14
SITKA - Racers in kayaks, canoes, rowing shells, paddle boats, Tlingit warrior canoes and other human-powered watercraft will compete in the second annual Sitka Sound Ocean Adventure Race on June 14 in Sitka. The race is a benefit for the Sitka Maritime Heritage Society.
Mobile mammogram van to visit Skagway
SKAGWAY - The mobile mammogram van will visit Skagway on June 9-12.
Gustavus launches new trip planning Web site
GUSTAVUS - The Gustavus Visitor's Association announces the launch of www.gustavusak.com. People considering a trip to Glacier Bay National Park can now plan their trip using on-line planning tools, maps, and business directories.
Best soy sauce is brewed and aged to perfection
My last two columns talked about miso and seaweed respectively. Both are staples of Japanese cooking. This week I will complete the trifecta by discussing soy sauce, known in Japan as shoyu. Perhaps no item is as ubiquitous at Japanese tables, where high quality shoyu is treated with the same sort of reverence that some in the West reserve for fine wine.
Rarefied Light 2008 call for entries
JUNEAU - Alaska Photographic Center is calling for entries to Rarefied Light 2008, a statewide juried photographic exhibit.
Bryan Cormack, of Juneau, graduated on May 18 from University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. Cormack, a 2004 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, majored in psychology with a minor in biology. He is the son of Richard Cormack and Fumi Matsumoto, of Juneau.
The Canvas goes wild with tape on Sunday
JUNEAU - The Canvas community art studio will hold Family Tape Day from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the studio, 223 Seward St., downtown.
Hershey's track, field program to hold meet
JUNEAU - The Hershey's Track and Field Youth Program, sponsored by the Zach Gordon Youth Center, will hold a track and field event from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 14, Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field.
Thanks, Allen Marine, for donating a wildlife cruise to Bartlett
It was a fabulous sunny Saturday for all those aboard the "St. Nicholas," a charter wildlife cruise donated to Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation by Allen Marine. A large pod of Orcas was captured through many camera lenses, humpback tails were seen and of course, sea lions basking in the sun on Pound Stone buoy were observed.
Stepansky elected president of Southeast Alaska Tourism Council
SITKA - The Southeast Alaska Tourism Council board elected Haines Tourism Director Lori Stepansky president at the board retreat in Sitka on April 14-15. The tourism council which cooperatively markets the Inside Passage as a visitor destination is comprised of the convention and visitor bureau directors from Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Sitka, Wrangell, Haines and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Other officers elected were Carol Rushmore, of Wrangell, as vice president of marketing and Lorene Palmer, of Juneau, as vice president of finance.
Thanks for contributing to our school Fun Run
Our school held its annual Harborview Elementary School Fun Run on May 16. There are many folks who made it possible. A huge thank you to all Harborview office staff who helped: Marti Corcoran, Natalie Rothaus and Darlene Jacobsen. Our principal, Dave Stoltenburg, was the starter. All teachers helped by walking or jogging with their classes and others.
Thank you for the unforgettable week
My four children traveled with me to our capital city last week. Our reason for coming was solely for my 2-year-old to have some medical tests, but we were rewarded with so much more! In less than a week's time, we took in much of what Juneau had to offer both family and youth. I determined before we left, I wanted my children to have fun and not just drag them around to shop.
Mulkey, Mitchell to wed
Sandra Mitchell, of Juneau, and Dave Mulkey, of Las Vegas, will marry at 3 p.m. June 7, 2008, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. A reception will follow at the Travelodge Hotel
Aycock, Gravel to wed
Malia Aycock and Michael "Rock" Gravel, both of Juneau, will marry at 5:30 p.m. June 12, 2008, at Juneau Church Of Christ on Trinity Drive. All friends are invited to attend. A reception will follow at Marlintini's Lounge.
Lindsey, Soboleff wed
Jane Margaret Lindsey and Ross Vincent Soboleff, of Juneau, were married on May 24, 2008. The groom's father, Walter A. Soboleff Sr., and their pastor, the Rev. Jesse E. Perry, officiated in the presence of immediate family.
Davidson, Ferguson wed
Mary Arellano Davidson, of Seattle, and Rhyan William Ferguson, of Juneau, were married on May 25, 2008.
Dawson celebrate 50 years
Walter and Ruth Dawson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at 3 p.m. on June 8, 2008, at the Glacier Valley Church of God, 8497 Thunder Mountain Road. Friends and family are invited to attend. They were married on June 11, 1958, in Petersburg.
McLeods celebrate 59 years
Charles and Jeannette McLeod Sr. will celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary on June 11. They were married on June 11, 1949, and have lived in Juneau for 70-plus years, raising their children and grandchildren.
Finding stability in the midst of change
Have you ever noticed how everything around us is in a state of change or flux? Yet, many of us do not like change in our lives. I personally like the familiar, and I have a strong desire to keep it that way.
Michael Lawrence Zagars
Former Juneau resident Michael Lawrence Zagars died May 31, 2008, in Wasilla. He was 49.
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.
My turn: Address avalanche danger early
In March I was tracking the weather in Juneau from France and was surprised to see that Eaglecrest Ski Area briefly held the title for most snow in the world this past season. Here I was in Chamonix, home to the best avalanche forecast and mountain rescue teams in the world, and Juneau had double the snow yet 1/5 of the elevation of Chamonix Mont Blanc massif.
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?"
Alaska editorial: All-Alaska route to export is not the best
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:
Outside column: Anatomy of Clinton's lost nomination
"It's the economy, stupid," said James Carville, summing up Bill Clinton's 1992 win over George H.W. Bush.
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.
Palin signs sweeping crime bill at Capitol
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin gave her blessing to a sweeping crime bill, one of pieces of two criminal justice legislation passed this year.
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.
Airport begins construction on front terminal
JUNEAU - The Juneau International Airport began construction in front of the terminal Thursday, meaning traffic lanes and traffic flow will be affected.
Rangers rescue fallen climber on Denali
ANCHORAGE - Rangers on Mount McKinley said they rescued a fallen solo climber.
Army officials ID two adults found dead on Alaska base
FAIRBANKS - Army officials released the identities of two people found dead at Fort Wainwright.
Wildfire reparation case stalls in court
FAIRBANKS - A court in Fairbanks is mulling over a multimillion dollar case over reparations in a 2006 wildfire.
Easter named to Anchorage District Court bench
JUNEAU - Catherine Easter is the new judge on the Anchorage 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.
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.
Bristol Bay Native Corp. CEO retires
ANCHORAGE - The chief operating officer of Bristol Bay Native Corp. has retired.
Council OKs subsistence rights for halibut
KODIAK - The North Pacific Fishery Management Council approved a resolution that updates the list of people who can subsistence fish for halibut.
New detox center set to open next year in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Workers on Wednesday started pouring the foundation for a new alcohol detox center in Fairbanks.
Putting things on the back burner
Happiness: A state of well-being and contentment; a pleasurable or satisfying experience.
Millay shuts down Dimond
FAIRBANKS - Christopher "Critter" Millay was a one-pitch athlete on Thursday morning at Growden Memorial Park. That one pitch helped move Juneau-Douglas one game closer to playing for a state high school baseball title.
SPORTS IN JUNEAU
Sports in Juneau
Eagle River Scout Trail Run results
Eagle River Scout Trail Run
Coldspeed means Hot Rides
Twenty-one-year-old James Dawson said he thinks about modifying cars all the time.
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.
Ferry fire more serious than first reported
A generator fire on the state ferry Columbia on May 25 may have been more serious than first reported, with news that the ship lost power at sea.
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.
Bethel legislator to take mining job
The legislative ethics committee cleared Rep. Mary Nelson, D-Bethel, to take a new job with the mining industry.
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.
Sen. Olson testifies before grand jury
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska state senator whose offices were raided by federal authorities nearly two years ago testified before a federal grand jury, his lawyer said.
This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World
Carrier accused of smuggling alcohol
FAIRBANKS - The owner of a Fairbanks air carrier is accused of trying to take alcohol into dry villages.
This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation
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