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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Three local artists among this year's Rasmuson grant recipients
"Grant" is a small, rather dull word, but for the three local Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Grant recipients, it will soon translate into stimulating new creative spaces, in the form of studios for two of the three artists, and fresh vistas for the third.

Artist Rob Roys: 20 years of productivity and counting
I met with Juneau's abstract artist Rob Roys in his downtown studio to talk about his art and paintings. With a view down Seward street, the studio above the Lisa Davidson boutique downtown feels like an inspiring place to create. Previously it was the creative home of John Fehringer, and then Jane Terzis, who used it for over 20 years.

Catch 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' before she disappears
Lisbeth Salander is leaving to

JAM: Clear out your craft clutter
By Tanna Peters

Pops concert closes out symphony season
The Juneau Symphony will end their 2009-2010 season with their annual Pops Concert on Saturday, June 12 in the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium.

Perseverance Theatre presents youth program
Registration has begun for Perseverance Theatre's Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous (STAR). Rehearsals and classes begin July 12 for three shows. This five-week program is for students ages 10-18 who are enthusiastic about theater. As a theater training program, STAR is a great opportunity for kids with little to no experience as well as those with some shows under their belts. In addition to rehearsals, students will have daily workshops in areas such as voice and movement, which will teach them techniques to help strengthen and build their acting skills.

Help the Canvas paint the Eaglecrest bus
The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery is still accepting designs for the Paint the Bus event. Submit sketches, paintings, or suggestions as you like to the Canvas by 5 p.m. Sunday, June 13, and then watch for the transformed bus in the Fourth of July parade.

New festival at Alyeska Resort celebrates folk roots, fiddleheads
Alyeska Resort continues its quest in enticing top national musical acts to Southcentral Alaska with the Fiddlehead Folk Festival, scheduled for Saturday, June 19. The gates for the festival will open at noon, and music will roll on from 1 p.m. to midnight.

Symphony announces winners of Youth Solo Competition
The Juneau Symphony held its annual Youth Solo Competition on Wednesday, June 2. Eleven musicians from Southeast Alaska performed concertos on the Thunder Mountain High School stage for the competition, judged by Juneau Symphony conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett, resident conductor William Todd Hunt and concertmistress Lisa Ibias.

City museum Invites history buffs to dig deeper
Do you have a keen interest in a particular area of Juneau's history? The Juneau-Douglas City Museum invites you to dig a little deeper and apply for a Juneau History Grant to assist with your local history project.

City museum solo artist applications available
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is currently accepting applications for solo artist exhibitions for the fall 2011/ winter 2012 season. Local artists working in all mediums are encouraged to apply. Applications can be found at the city museum or online at: www.juneau.org/parkrec/museum/SoloArtistExhibit.php. The deadline for applications is Monday, August 30.

Alaska Art Council seeks award 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. Eligibility is open to any individual, organization or institution that has made a significant contribution to the arts in Alaska, with the exception of current ASCA Council members, staff or prior Award recipients. Deadline for nominations is August 1.

Inmates teaching inmates is 'fraud'
I'm a citizen of Alaska who's been placed in the custody and care of Alaska's Department of Corrections. Many of Alaska's inmates are ordered to participate in court-ordered classes, which are to assist us in becoming up-standing citizens.

'Stunned' by KidCare veto
I was stunned to read of Gov. Parnell's decision to veto additional funding for Denali KidCare.

RCA to hold Juneau power rate hearing
The Regulatory Commission of Alaska will hold a public hearing in Juneau next week on Alaska Electric Light & Power's proposed 22 percent rate increase.

West Coast log, lumber exports increase in Q1
Juneau - The volume of softwood logs exported for northwest states - Washington, Oregon, California and Alaska - spiked in the first quarter of 2010, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Merrill misses another day in court
Charges against a former UAS student accused of raping his female roommate are expected to be dismissed Thursday, if he attends, a Juneau district attorney said.

Black wolf's identity still unknown
Almost three weeks after authorities arrested two suspects in the illegal shooting of a wolf thought by some residents to be Romeo, there's still no positive identification the animal was indeed Juneau's beloved black wolf.

Photo: Not a b'aaad view

Stress management: Take it one breath at a time
Editor's note: This is the first of a four-part series focusing on stress management.

New parking plan closer to reality
A plan aimed at bettering parking in the downtown core is a step closer to reality after its draft approval by the Planning Commission Tuesday night.

Photos: Restoring history
Workers restore aspects of the Trail of Time near the Mendenhall Glacier.

Photo: 'Blading down the road
Amy Baars rollerblades with her 10-month-old son, Jordan, along Montana Creek Road on Monday.

Airport employees' bargaining request denied by Assembly
The Assembly has decided to uphold the Personnel Board's decision to deny a group of airport airfield maintenance and operation employees definition as a separate bargaining unit.

Photos: Playing for a personal cause
Carriag New, 11, plays his bagpipes in front of the Mount Roberts Tramway on Wednesday. New has been playing the pipes for two years. According to his mother, New is saving money for a new iPad.

'Hope out there in the world'
Overall charitable giving declined nationally in 2009, but there are promising signs locally, state-wide and across the country, with certain nonprofits seeing an increase in donations, certain donor groups donating more money, and some local groups seeing an increase in donations.

Washington man sentenced for purse snatching
A Washington man pled guilty Friday to purse snatching in downtown Juneau.

Police & Fire

Photos: Hydroseeding near dike trail
George Campbell of Little Diggers hydroseeds fill land between the Mendenhall River and recently-moved airport dike trail as part of the extention work at the Juneau International Airport on Tuesday.

Photo: Working over the water
Jim Tracano of North Pacific Erectors, right, reaches for a beam as he and Chad Dieffenbacher maneuver them into place for the Sea Walk under construction near Taku Smokeries downtown on Wednesday. The current phase of the Sea Walk project is being extended to the Princess dock in the background with a finish date in November.

James S. McCormick
Lifelong Juneau resident James S. McCormick died on June 7, 2010. He was 79.

Andrew Patrick Williamson
Former Juneau resident Andrew Patrick Williamson died May 20, 2010 in a drowning accident in Haines. He was 14.

A perfect reaction to an imperfect call
A few words about the things we seek from baseball.

Denali KidCare veto a bad decision
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

Time for public interest to trump politics in Iraq
BAGHDAD - It seems the new Iraqi state still has a way to go before the interests of the public are put above those of its leaders.

Joe McGinniss and Janet Malcolm: Back at it again
Who's worse, Joe McGinniss or Janet Malcolm? The two journalists were famously at each other's throats after Malcolm wrote scathingly about McGinniss' book on the Jeffrey MacDonald murder trial of 1979. But they are also eerily similar in their penchant for overwriting, amateur psychoanalysis of their subjects, sneering condescension and questionable journalistic tactics. And now they've both come roaring back into the public eye.

The ICC and an 'aggression' mandate
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Proposed projects will benefit future Alaskans, improve quality of life today
Alaska requires infrastructure to reach resources and improve the economy. Gov. Sean Parnell created the Alaska Military Force Advocacy and Structure Team (AMFAST) to provide recommendations for cooperative projects that support and expand the military industry in our state. As chairman of the AMFAST, I am pleased to tell you that our short-term strategic plan has already yielded success!

God and oil spills
One would have to be heartless not to be moved by photos of pelicans, sea turtles and other Gulf of Mexico wildlife mired in oil muck. The story line - man interfering with nature and now paying a heavy price - is biblical in its imagery.

Maintenance plans to affect Alaska pipeline flow
JUNEAU - Expect a drop in the flow of oil through the trans-Alaska pipeline over the coming weeks.

Fairbanks police seek help finding rapist
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks woman reported being raped by a man who forced his way into her home.

Coast Guard, industry, combine on spill exercise
VALDEZ - The Coast Guard and a subsidiary of ExxonMobil are conducting an oil spill response exercise in Prince William Sound.

Anchorage police want to thank plane crash heroes
ANCHORAGE - Police would like to find the bystanders who helped rescue victims of a plane that crashed June 1 into a building in Anchorage.

Science advisory panel on cruise ship wastewater to meet
JUNEAU - The Science Advisory Panel will meet Thursday and Friday for the second time since its inception.

Parnell wants ideas on Sheldon Jackson College
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell wants ideas for how a shuttered private college in southeast Alaska can be used to "benefit Alaskans."

Purse seiners stand down in chum salmon dispute
SAND POINT - Purse seiners in Sand Point and King Cove in Southwest Alaska are sitting out the season's first sockeye opening this week in the Area M fishery around Alaska's Eastern Aleutian Islands and Western Peninsula on the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea.

11 sign pro bono pledge cards at AG's summit
JUNEAU - A summit convened by Attorney General Dan Sullivan last month resulted in 11 lawyers signing pledges to voluntarily provide legal assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Man missing southwest of Kodiak
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a man missing from a ship 775 miles southwest of Alaska's Kodiak Island.

NASA plans Arctic mission at sea
ANCHORAGE - NASA is launching a mission from Alaska next month, but it won't be into space.

Regents OK new name for Tanana Valley Campus
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Board of Regents has approved a new name for the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Tanana Valley Campus.

2 admit to 'egging' Alaska Native
ANCHORAGE - Two Anchorage residents have admitted threatening and intimidating an Alaska Native in which eggs and other objects were thrown at him.

Police seek robbery and weapons parolee
JUNEAU - The Juneau Police Department is asking for assistance in locating Juneau resident Rorie Christopher Miller.

SEARHC to host Denial KidCare pediatric dental clinic in Sitka
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Dental Clinic in Sitka will host a special pediatric dental clinic June 21-25.

Businesses donate $10,000 to the First Alaskans Institute
ANCHORAGE - Crowley Maritime Corporation and Gunderson Marine made a $10,000 joint donation to the First Alaskans Institute recently to further advance education and cultural enrichment for Alaska Natives.

SEARHC to hosts Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic in Kake
KAKE - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Kake Health Center will host a special Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic on June 21-25 for older children ages 13-18 only.

Governor proclaims June 'Safety Month in Alaska'
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell has proclaimed June as Safety Month in Alaska to coincide with the National Safety Council's National Safety Month.

Alaska named among nation's leaders in entrepreneurship
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Alaska's commitment to investing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs has placed it among the top states in the country when it comes to entrepreneurship and innovation, according to a new study from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Chamber Foundation.

4th of July vendor permits available now
JUNEAU - Parks & Recreation is currently accepting applications for commercial and non-profit vendor permits for food and merchandise sales at Savikko Park in Douglas for July 4. The deadline for submitting applications is June 18.

Oil, gas get funding, renewables get vetoed
Gov. Sean Parnell's cuts to renewable energy projects, including some important to Southeast, are receiving criticism - and many questions.

4 Dems fight for KidCare
JUNEAU - Four Democratic state senators are seeking a second chance for vetoed health insurance legislation, even though Gov. Sean Parnell says he won't heed the legislators' call for a special session to reconsider the measure.

Belgian mountaineer killed on Mt. McKinley
ANCHORAGE - An experienced mountaineer from Belgium was killed on Mount McKinley when his climbing anchor apparently failed and he fell in a steep, rocky gully.

Cancer Connection honors Juneau community
JUNEAU - For this year's National Cancer Survivor's Day, Cancer Connection hosted their annual Celebration of Life walk, followed by a luncheon at the Baranof Hotel to honor local individuals and businesses.

Kenai School District needs $15 million for upkeep
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District wants to fix the aging roofs around the district by asking voters to decide on approving a bond for the first phase of repairs this October.

Bid to stop EPA ruling faces White House veto
WASHINGTON - The White House on Tuesday raised the stakes on the Senate's first major climate change vote of the year, threatening to veto a Republican-led effort to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from carrying out regulations controlling greenhouse gases.

UAF hanging onto greenhouses for now
FAIRBANKS - Aging research greenhouses at the University of Alaska Fairbanks won't be demolished just yet.

Dubuque, Iowa university walks away from Sheldon Jackson talks
JUNEAU - The fate of one of Alaska's oldest schools is in doubt after an Iowa university abruptly walked away from talks to help resurrect it, citing a lack of community support.

Ketchikan rejects Avis car rental appeal
KETCHIKAN - The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has rejected an appeal by the owner of Avis Alaska over his company's bid for airport terminal car rental space.

Alaskans head to Gulf to help with oil spill
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks residents trained in spill response are in the Gulf of Mexico helping to clean up the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster.

Anchorage police officer shot during traffic stop
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage police officer was shot multiple times as she approached a car during a routine traffic stop Wednesday.

Lt. governor candidates meet in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Though many Alaskans may not know the duties of the lieutenant governor, the importance of the post was reinforced last summer when Gov. Sarah Palin resigned and then-Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell replaced her.

Photo: Swimming back home
An adult mew gull watches one of its chicks, which fell out of its elevated nest Sunday at Potter Marsh in Anchorage. The hatchling was eventually able to swim back and climb into the nest.

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