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
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JAM: Clear out your craft clutter
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yakoosge students can read between the lines
We teach a course on media literacy at Yakoosge Daakahidi High School in which our students learn to look for both the intended and unintended message conveyed by a piece of media. They look at the text of an ad or piece of writing and then look at the bias of the author, whether intentional or not. We imagine that our students looked at the Juneau Empire's coverage of the YDHS graduation and saw the same message we did.
Cyclists need rear-view mirrors
The article on page A10 in June 8 paper focuses on injury accidents, including those involving motor vehicles and bicycles. In articles such as this one, the emphasis is always placed on the wearing of helmets to prevent or minimize injuries when accidents occur. There is another piece of safety equipment that is even more important in avoiding accidents entirely.
Arrest made in child abuse case
A 23-year-old Juneau man was arrested Thursday morning for severely beating a two-year-old girl.
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.
Mine training allows students from other industries to find new work
It's dark. It's cold. It's noisy, dusty, stinky and wet. But the mine students hope their training at a defunct mine site south of the city will help bring them a brighter future.
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.
Charges dismissed against former UAS student
Charges against Dominic Merrill were dismissed Thursday.
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.
Photo: Pops preparation
From front, TJ Hovest, Richard Ritter and Lee Hacker rehearse Thursday for the Juneau Symphony Pops Concert, which will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Juneau-Douglas High School Auditorium. The performance will feature American classics such as Copeland's "Rodeo," selections from "West Side Story" and "The Sound of Music," and "Battle Hymn of the Republic." Tickets are available at Hearthside Books, the Juneau Arts and Culture Center and online at www.juneausymphony.org.
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.
An A1 photo caption of mountain goats at the top of Mount Juneau in Thursday's Empire misspelled the photographer's last name. Pat Costello took the photo.
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:
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.
Carroll Edgar "Ed" Ferrell
Long-time Juneau resident Carroll Edgar "Ed" Ferrell died May 5, 2010, in Cornville, Arizona, at the home of his brother, Wayne Little. He was 81.
Denali KidCare veto a bad decision
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:
Outside editorial: Are we seeing the last days of the Big 12?
Old joke: What's the N on the side of a Nebraska football helmet stand for? "Knowledge."
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.
My turn: Gulf Coast catastrophe a wake-up call for Congress
The ongoing disaster in the Gulf of Mexico starkly highlights the dangers of offshore drilling to fishermen, coastal communities and our economy. Promises that offshore drilling is safe for even our most sensitive coastal waters are forever broken. The river of oil flowing unabated from the Deepwater Horizon is indeed a "crude" wakeup call that drill, baby, drill is not a robust energy policy.
Gulf oil spill tragedy gives us pause here in Alaska
The nation might sense the anguish of those whose lives lie in the path of the Gulf Coast disaster, but we Alaskans know that hollow ache firsthand. Just 90 miles from where I stand, the Exxon Valdez ran aground in 1989, spilling millions of gallons of oil and leaving scars that still linger. Though Prince William Sound is slowly healing itself, the massive herring runs that drove both the ecosystem and the fishing economy have yet to return. We can only hope our loss isn't a harbinger of what awaits the people and wildlife of the Gulf.
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.
BioBlitz: Celebrate, explore nature
Families, scientists and naturalists will converge on Eaglecrest Lodge June 26 and 27 for BioBlitz, an assessment of all life in the Fish Creek drainage on Douglas Island.
Hosted fly fishing for local ladies
Women, get your boots on - oh, and don't forget your waders and fly rod.
Snippets from an adventure up Denali
I honestly don't consider myself a "real" mountain climber. For most of my life I've been more of an armchair-mountaineer with just an occasional foray into high and wild places. However, after recently retiring, I decided I finally had the time to train for an attempt on Denali.
Annual fishing day to be held at Twin Lakes
JUNEAU - This year's Family Fishing Day at the Lake will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday at Twin Lakes. The annual event will include fun, food, games, gear and fast facts about fishing and all things fishy.
Bridget Point in May
Another bright, sunshiny day in late May sent the weekly Parks and Recreation hiking group ambling out to Bridget Point. The muskeg and open woods at the start of the trail was decorated with bog laurel, bog rosemary, starflower, a few open Labrador tea and cloudberry. Three-leaf goldthread, one of my favorites, was blooming on all sides and some of these were already setting fruit.
Weekly Whale Feature: 'Poisson'
The French word for fish is "poisson." This is where this whale gets her name.
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Today, June 11
ADF&G announces local streams open to hatchery kings
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced king salmon sport fishing regulations for freshwater drainages crossed by the Juneau road system. They are now open to sport fishing and harvesting of king salmon.
Safety, stability course offered for fisherman
JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association is offering a free course for commercial fisherman titled "Upright and Watertight - Stability and Damage Control for commercial fisherman" from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, June 14 at the Bill Ray Center,
Farmer's market is back, and it's bigger
JUNEAU - The Juneau Farmer's Market begins again this year with the first market kicking off at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.
Ribbon-cutting for cabin in Wrangell
WRANGELL - The U.S. Forest Service is hosting a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the Middle Ridge public use cabin at 1 p.m. on June 19 in Wrangell.
New booklet on Alaska trees makes identification easy
JUNEAU - A fun, easy-to-use tree identification booklet is now available from the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation.
Saltwater sport fishery open for hatchery kings
JUNEAU - The state Department of Fish and Game announced the sport fishing regulations for hatchery king salmon in a designated saltwater harvest area is now open. Regulations in the designated area are in effect and will be through Tuesday, August 31.
Hunter training courses offered
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is offering several hunter information and training courses this week.
Juneau Blackerby Ridge group pursuing grant
JUNEAU - The Juneau Blackerby Ridge Organization is applying for a grant through the State of Alaska SnoTracs grant program to secure funds for the potential construction of a trail to Blackerby Ridge.
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."
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.
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 churches may take in homeless from cold
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Assembly approved a plan to allow some churches and agencies to provide overnight shelter for the homeless when the temperatures drops below 32 degrees.
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.
Young challenger wants 6 debates
JUNEAU - A Republican challenging U.S. Rep. Don Young wants six debates leading to the Aug. 24 primary.
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.
Fishing restrictions on Deshka River to save kings
ANCHORAGE - The Department of Fish and Game is prohibiting the use of bait on the lower portion of the Deshka River and part of the Susitna River to help more king salmon survive.
Police seek robbery and weapons parolee
JUNEAU - The Juneau Police Department is asking for assistance in locating Juneau resident Rorie Christopher Miller.
Couple sentenced to 3 months for child porn
FAIRBANKS - A couple who videotaped a toddler engaged in sexually explicit behavior will serve three months in jail.
Group suspending ballot initiative campaign
JUNEAU - The group behind an initiative to ban public funds for certain campaign and lobbying efforts is suspending its campaign, in protest.
Skate park closed part of today
JUNEAU - The Pipeline Skate Facility will be closed part of today for interior painting.
Murkowski, Begich staffs to visit SE communities
JUNEAU - Staff members of Alaska's U.S. senators will visit Yakutat, Skagway and Haines next week.
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.
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.
Fenumiai wins prestigious award, again
In its 25th year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPN RISE, announced Wednesday that Brittany Fenumiai of Juneau-Douglas High School is its 2009-10 Gatorade Alaska Softball Player of the Year.
Measure 1 proponents suspend campaign
A Libertarian group backing a controversial ballot measure said Thursday it is suspending its campaign for Measure 1, and is accusing Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell of crafting a ballot title biased against the measure.
Police: Suspect in officer shooting kills himself as he's being arrested
ANCHORAGE - A 24-year-old Anchorage man suspected of seriously wounding a police officer during a traffic stop killed himself late Wednesday night as police tried to arrest him, authorities said.
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.
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.
Consultant: Alaska needs a no-pipeline fiscal plan
FAIRBANKS - Former state oil and gas director Dan Dickinson says Alaska would have a better shot at a North Slope natural gas pipeline if it didn't view the project as an economic savior.
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.
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.
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.