Thursday, June 24, 2010

Photos: Get up and dance
The Boston-based company Weber Dance has been in Juneau for the past three weeks fulfilling their third residency program with Juneau Dance Unlimited. A dance performance Friday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the JDHS auditorium, will mark the culmination of the group's visit.

Photo: Last chance
Thursday marks the last chance to see the Sealaska Heritage Institute's Juried Art show, on display at the JAHC Gallery at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. The show will be closed June 25. Shown, the third-place winner in the contemporary category, "Raven and the Beauty of Eagle Spirit" by Lance Twitchell.

Fundraiser honors two Canvas staff members
The Canvas Community Art Studio and Gallery has been a significant creative force since its opening in 2006, sparking artistic growth throughout the community and providing local artists a venue for sharing their expertise.

Art in unexpected places
My new favorite art gallery isn't open very often - only about an hour a day in the summer, at best - and access is restricted to reserved ticket holders. Once inside, you aren't allowed to leave for several hours. But it has a cafe, tons of seating and ample opportunity for admiring the art in an uncrowded, well-lit atmosphere, as well as killer views.

'Toy Story 3' an endearing ending to a familiar tale
The toys are back. Chapter number three in the "Toy Story" franchise features by far the most human story thus far. The toys' kid, Andy, is going away to college.

Auditions begin for whale movie
ANCHORAGE - The makers of the film "Everybody Loves Whales" have started auditions in Alaska.

Auditions underway for Juneau Student Symphony
Auditions are now underway for the Juneau Student Symphony's 2010-11 season. The JSS is a community orchestra made up of musicians of all ages, from eight to eighty. Auditions are ongoing throughout the summer months.

Saturday plant sale will raise funds for McPhetres
A plant sale scheduled for Saturday, June 26, will support reconstruction of McPhetres Hall and other community areas of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. The sale runs from 9 a.m. to noon at the corner of 4th and Gold Streets downtown.

Artists, farmers move to museum lawn this week
This Saturday, June 26, the Juneau Artists' Market and Farmers' Market will be held on the Alaska State Museum lawn. The Juneau Arts & Culture Center will be closed to the public Saturday and Sunday to accommodate private events.

SHI accepting Latseen Leadership Camp applications
Sealaska Heritage Institute is accepting applications to attend its annual Latseen Leadership Camp in Juneau.

Davis to perform downtown June 30
Performing artist Roblin G. Davis will be on display at the corner of Third and Seward Streets in downtown Juneau, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, in a performance piece called "Two Way Emergence: Stories in and out of the landscape." Davis will be living in and sculpting a story clayscape in the REACH building window display.

Photo: Back from the Painted Desert
Local artist Constance Baltuck will be at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center on June 28 to show 12 paintings from her recent experience as an Artist-in-Residence at Petrified Forest National Park, and to talk about the National Park Service's Artist-in-Residence Program.

Southeast State Fair to host all-ages talent show
Ever dreamed of being discovered at a talent show like "American Idol" or "So You Think You can Dance?"

Arts recognitions
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council awarded $6,000 in Individual Artists Grants earlier this month. Recipients are: Julie Bates, Summer Art Show $200; Meghan Behnke, Shakespeare workshops $750; Brett Dillingham, stories and music $750; Donna Jane Griffin, art studies $325; Rachel Juzeler, kiln repair $750; Patricia Kalbrenner, screenwriting $100; Geoff Kirsch, writing project $325; Elizabeth Knecht, textile workshop $275; Lissa Kramer, art documentation $500; Jackie Manning, show preparation $750; Alex Romero, recording studio $500; Terra Parker, digital camera $250; Libby Sterling, photography project $325; and Amber Whitney, children's book $100. Adjudicators were Sue Kraft, Michael Penn and David Hunsaker.

Boom and bust mentality? Alaska needs to change
U.S. Senate Bill 881, otherwise known as the Sealaska Bill, is going to create jobs that will last for a short time. Alaska needs to get away from the boom and bust mentality that has staggered here since the pipeline days. Ancient Tlingit were natural wood workers, not natural clear cutters. They believed that trees hadouls and needed to be respected, not cut down for profit. Our ancestors intently respected everything around them and took nothing for granted. They didn't use their culture to perpetuate the arguments. Even our wealthy nobles back in those days would give away everything they had to show respect. Today families that have very little will give everything away at ceremony to show respect to other families.

AEL&P surprised, disappointed by rate increase denial
Alaska Electric Light & Power officials were surprised, and maybe even shocked, by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska’s denial of its interim rate increase, and skepticism expressed on the Juneau utility’s need for additional money.

AEL&P prepared to sue for rate increase
Alaska Electric Light & Power is threatening to sue the Regulatory Commission of Alaska if it doesn’t get the rate increase it says it needs.

AEL&P surprised, disappointed by rate increase denial
Alaska Electric Light & Power officials were surprised, and maybe even shocked, by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska's denial of its interim rate increase, and skepticism expressed on the Juneau utility's need for additional money.

Alaska too big for PSP testing
Testing beaches where shellfish is recreationally harvested for the toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning would be impractical in Alaska, said Seafood Program Manager Robert Pressley, because testing needs to be done frequently and Alaska's coastline is very long. Two Southeast Alaskans died in less than a week of suspected PSP poisoning after consuming personally harvested shellfish. There have been five cases diagnosed across the state, with the other three being in the Kodiak area.

Lena Point land on the market
The market for developable land in Juneau is getting a little bigger as the city puts 11 residential lots in the South Lena Subdivision up for sealed, competitive bids.

Lena Point land on the market
The market for developable land in Juneau is getting a little bigger as the city puts 11 residential lots in the South Lena Subdivision up for sealed, competitive bids.

Debate still brewing on 12th St. renovation
After several months, several meetings and lots of debate into planning for the reconstruction of 12th Street, residents are saying they're more unhappy now than when preparations for the project first began.

Rental car franchise wins national recognition
Rent-A-Wreck in Juneau received the 2009 Best of Juneau Award in the Auto Rental category by the US Commerce Association, according to the national rental car chain.

Photo: Solstice color
A rainbow is seen behind the cruise ship Rotterdam Monday from Marine Park just before rain began in downtown Juneau.

Photo: Rainy day on the docks
Tuesday's rain brought out the umbrellas as a woman walks past the Radiance of the Seas cruise ship on Tuesday.

Photo: Territory dispute
A Steller sea lion makes a bold attempt to climb onto a navagational buoy near Point Retreat and is rejected on Monday.

Photo: Planting on Arbor Day
Sophia Pugh, 6, of Juneau Daisy Troop 4028, is helped by Mayor Bruce Botelho in planting a red vine maple tree at Cope Park as part of Juneau Arbor Day on Wednesday. Juneau Urban Forestry Partnership, CBJ Parks & Recreation as well as the Daisy Troop worked on the event. A grant of $1200 was provided by the Alliance for Community Trees.

Photo: Rainy day on the docks
Tuesday’s rain brought out the umbrellas as a woman walks past the Radiance of the Seas.

Photo: Territory dispute
A Steller sea lion makes a bold attempt to climb onto a navagational buoy near Point Retreat and is rejected on Monday.

Photo: Raining at Nugget Falls
Virginia McNamara of St. Louis, Missouri, looks out over Mendenhall Lake after a hike out to see Nugget Falls on Wednesday. Heavy rains have swollen local lakes and rivers including a large amount at Nugget Falls.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: Solstice color
A rainbow is seen behind the cruise ship Rotterdam Monday from Marine Park just before rain began in downtown Juneau.

Rental car franchise wins national recognition
Rent-A-Wreck in Juneau received the 2009 Best of Juneau Award in the Auto Rental category by the US Commerce Association, according to the national rental car chain.

Chinese company to process Kensington gold
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d'Alene Mines Corporation announced that Coeur Alaska, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary, has entered into a contract with China National Gold Group Corporation for the purchase and processing of gold concentrates produced at Coeur's new Kensington gold mine.

Increase your happiness by decreasing your stress
Death of loved ones, divorce, and job losses are all major stressors that, fortunately for most of us, don't come around all that often. These are real problems and warrant time to grieve and otherwise address the emotions and issues that come up around them.

Police and fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Perseverance Theatre joins Foraker Group Health Plan
Perseverance Theatre joined the Foraker Group Benefit Plan on June 1st.

Christina Marie Russell
Fairbanks resident Christina Marie Russell died June 16, 2010, in Fairbanks. She was 47.

Christina Marie Russell
Fairbanks resident Christina Marie Russell died June 16, 2010, in Fairbanks. She was 47.

Absence makes the grass grow longer
Well, here I am, back in town, fresh from a three-week pilgrimage not only down South, but back East and not only back East, but deep into Red Sox country. That whole swath of seaboard from Maine through Rhode Island is hell for a Yankees fan. I kept thinking someone was going to take a swing at me.

Supreme Court should have intervened in Maher Arar case
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Put academics first
The following editorial first appeared in the Orlando Sentinel:

Absence makes the grass grow longer
Well, here I am, back in town, fresh from a three-week pilgrimage not only down South, but back East and not only back East, but deep into Red Sox country. That whole swath of seaboard from Maine through Rhode Island is hell for a Yankees fan. I kept thinking someone was going to take a swing at me.

Meet Joe Barton, R-Big Oil
OK, let’s make sure we have this straight.

Gulf brings back horrible memories
We're entering the third month of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the 22nd year since the Exxon Valdez hit Bligh Reef. In the Gulf of Mexico, as much as three million barrels of crude have already spilled from the blown-out well, and in Prince William Sound there is still oil hiding under rocky beaches.

Meet Joe Barton, R-Big Oil
OK, let's make sure we have this straight.

Supreme Court should have intervened in Maher Arar case
The Supreme Court has in some cases been willing to temper the excesses of the war on terror, most notably in ruling that inmates at Guantanamo have the right to challenge their confinement in U.S. courts. But last week, it fell down on the job when it refused to consider the case of Maher Arar, the victim of an egregious and shocking violation of rights by the U.S. government.

Loose lips sink Generals - and wars
The World War II slogan "Loose Lips Sink Ships," which was intended to encourage Americans to keep quiet about any information pertaining to that war, could also apply to modern generals and their staffs.

We need a plan to move beyond oil
The BP oil disaster is one of the largest environmental calamities the United States has ever experienced. So, instead of responding with small solutions, I ask President Obama to announce a vision for moving America beyond its dependence on oil within 20 years.

My turn: We need a plan to move beyond oil
The BP oil disaster is one of the largest environmental calamities the United States has ever experienced. So, instead of responding with small solutions, I ask President Obama to announce a vision for moving America beyond its dependence on oil within 20 years.

Search for missing Haines fisherman suspended
Alaska State Troopers have suspended the search for a missing Haines man on the Chilkat River until waters subside.

Alaska woman's body found in tent
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage homicide detectives are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a tent.

Bear mauls geologist near Rainy Pass Lodge
A geologist who was mauled by a bear near Rainy Pass Lodge is reported in fair condition at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

Coast Guard provides courtesy safety inspections
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard has provided more than 250 dockside examinations to Bristol Bay area commercial fishing vessels.

Two Alaskans crash motorcycles in Florida
Two Alaskans in a cross-country motorcycle ride got off to a bad start.

Tea party group turning attention to Alaska
JUNEAU - A national tea party group is turning its focus to Alaska's U.S. Senate race.

Two Alaskans crash motorcycles in Florida
ANCHORAGE - Two Alaskans in a cross-country motorcycle ride got off to a bad start.

AG to host pro bono summit
JUNEAU - Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan will hold a pro bono summit in Juneau on Thursday for attorneys interested in representing victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Yould sentencing set for July
ANCHORAGE - The sentencing for a woman who has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges has been delayed.

Alaska labor department assessing moratorium toll
Alaska’s labor department is assessing how a federal moratorium on offshore drilling will affect Alaska workers.

Governor's picnic held today
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell and the First Family will host the second annual Governor's Family Picnic from 4-7 p.m. Thursday in Juneau.

Nevada man dies in mining accident
A 20-year-old Nevada man has died in a mining accident in Alaska.

Kodiak business recognized for safety
ANCHORAGE - The state is recognizing a Kodiak business for its employee safety and health efforts.

Kodiak business recognized for safety
The state is recognizing a Kodiak business for its employee safety and health efforts.

Bear mauls geologist near Rainy Pass Lodge
ANCHORAGE - A geologist who was mauled by a bear near Rainy Pass Lodge is reported in fair condition at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

Gov. says moratorium decision ‘good for the nation’
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell says a federal judge’s decision blocking a six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling is “good for the nation.”

Alaska labor department assessing moratorium toll
JUNEAU - Alaska's labor department is assessing how a federal moratorium on offshore drilling will affect Alaska workers.

Gov. says moratorium decision 'good for the nation'
JUNEAU - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell says a federal judge's decision blocking a six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling is "good for the nation."

Search for missing Haines fisherman suspended
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers have suspended the search for a missing Haines man on the Chilkat River until waters subside.

Ketchikan couple dies in crash
A Ketchikan couple has died in a traffic collision in Canada.

Murkowski launches 1st radio ad
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is launching her first radio ad of the 2010 campaign.

Yould sentencing set for July
The sentencing for a woman who has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges has been delayed.

Nevada man dies in mining accident
FAIRBANKS - A 20-year-old Nevada man has died in a mining accident in Alaska.

Murkowski launches 1st radio ad
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is launching her first radio ad of the 2010 campaign.

Ketchikan couple dies in crash
KETCHIKAN - A Ketchikan couple has died in a traffic collision in Canada.

Rules tighten for Native corporation contracting
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Native corporations are bracing for changes in rules for federal contracts that fueled their growth.

Second death in suspected shellfish poisonings
A second person from Alaska has died from a suspected case of paralytic shellfish poisoning in less than a week.

Second death in suspected shellfish poisonings
ANCHORAGE - A second person from Alaska has died from a suspected case of paralytic shellfish poisoning in less than a week.

Alaska seeks energy consultant amid pipeline talk
Alaska is willing to pay up to $2 million for help studying potential changes to its system of taxing oil and gas production.

Alaska utility says wind farm power cheaper
FAIRBANKS - The Golden Valley Electric Association says a wind farm near Healy could prevent increases in customer rates because it would likely produce cheaper power than wholesale prices the utility pays.

Silver Star medals for two Fort Richardson soldiers
ANCHORAGE - Two Fort Richardson soldiers have been awarded the Silver Star medal for bravery in combat in Afghanistan.

Alaska man's goat milker sells well on Internet
PALMER - When Mike Henry began raising goats on his five-acre farm north of Anchorage, he found the milking tough going. His hands ached, and the milk wouldn't flow. He tied a piece of leather loosely around his doe's back legs to keep her from kicking, but she didn't like that at all.

Drug ring leader convicted in Anchorage
A jury convicted a man of operating a drug ring that brought large amounts of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine from California to Alaska, prosecutors said Monday.

Suspect wounded in trooper shooting
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday a suspect in a family assault in Tanacross was shot and wounded by troopers after he threatened their lives.

$25M veto cuts into Alaska clean energy plans
Renewable energy development in Alaska is getting about half the funding lawmakers had approved after Gov. Sean Parnell decided to veto $25 million for projects he said can still be considered.

Alaska seeks energy consultant amid pipeline talk
JUNEAU - Alaska is willing to pay up to $2 million for help studying potential changes to its system of taxing oil and gas production.

Drug ring leader convicted in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - A jury convicted a man of operating a drug ring that brought large amounts of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine from California to Alaska, prosecutors said Monday.

$25M veto cuts into Alaska clean energy plans
ANCHORAGE - Renewable energy development in Alaska is getting about half the funding lawmakers had approved after Gov. Sean Parnell decided to veto $25 million for projects he said can still be considered.

Three rescued from Denali Park river after boat sinks
Three people who turned up the wrong river in Denali National Park and Preserve were rescued after their boat sank, stranding them.

Three rescued from Denali Park river after boat sinks
FAIRBANKS - Three people who turned up the wrong river in Denali National Park and Preserve were rescued after their boat sank, stranding them.

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