Friday, June 25, 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Caribou issue more complex than "kill them all"
The facts of the Unimak Island issue are more complex than the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's customary knee-jerk reaction of "kill the wolves".

Kensington Mine production begins ahead of schedule
The Kensington Gold Mine is producing gold, the mine's owner announced Thursday.

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.

DEC finds low levels of PSP in crab samples
JUNEAU - The levels are far below state legal limits and are not a health concern, the department said. No toxins were found in the crab meat.

Photos: Governor's picnic on Douglas

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.

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.

Photo: Main Street asphalting
James Thompson of Bicknell, Inc., runs an asphalt roller over newly laid pavement along Main Street on Thursday.

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.

JDHS grad guides visitors at local salmon hatchery
By mid-afternoon on Sunday, Cordova Lewis and the other guides at the Ladd Macaulay Visitor Center had seen only 18 bus loads of tourists - a few hundred people to entertain and inform.

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.

Photo: Sawdust recliner
Jose Orozco of the Red Dog Saloon takes a break on a pallet of bagged sawdust along Franklin Street as tourists study their guide book on Thursday.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

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.

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

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

Obama's obsession with ideology dooms US economy
Everyone knows if you can't say something nice about someone you shouldn't say anything at all, so let's stipulate that President Obama's stimulus package probably helped end the recession a few months earlier than it otherwise would have ended.

Con: Is President Obama hurting the economy?
The preponderance of blame for the current anemic economy does not lie with the Obama administration. Its origins actually are to be found in a process of deregulation that extends back at least to the administration of President Ronald Reagan.

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.

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.

Gulf spill's long reach
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

The Great Wall Street of China
The following editorial appeared in the Seattle Times:

On the move ...
Things have been busy this summer at the Mendenhall Glacier, said Laurie Craig, an interpreter at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Gold Rush Days a celebration for all
Miners, prepare to muck. Loggers, sharpen those saws, because Saturday morning kicks off the 20th annual Gold Rush Days, a celebration of the past, present and future of Southeast Alaska's mining and logging industry.

Parenting tricks of the animal kingdom
As summer hits full swing, you may cross paths with baby animals. It's a dangerous world for little critters, so contrary to what you may expect, good animal parents sometimes leave their young seemingly alone to help them survive. Your mission, as a wildlife spy, is to enjoy observing animals without disturbing them - which means extra caution around youngsters.

New Porcupine chair nearly ready to roll
For the second consecutive year, the Eaglecrest ski area will introduce a new lift in time for the start of the local ski season, but this time, it's catered to beginners.

Weekly Whale Feature: 'Black Barnacle'
This whale is named for the white circle marks on her tail. It looks like barnacles may have been there in the past.

Juneau Raptor Center Rescues
Recent rescues by the Juneau Raptor Center

Near Granite Basin, grouse gets protective
On a warm, hazy day, I headed up the Perseverance Trail, turning off onto the Granite Basin Trail. My objective was not the lovely basin, however, but rather the lower falls just before the basin entrance. Two weeks ago, there was still a lot of snow packed along the sides of the creek, but today the creek sides were mostly clear and nesting American dippers were now present. In the two previous springs, no nesting was possible here, because heavy winter snowfalls left long-lasting snow bridges over most of the canyon.

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

Woman awarded $250,000 in Fort Wainwright fall
FAIRBANKS - A Tennessee woman has been awarded $250,000 after falling in a slippery Fort Wainwright parking lot.

Walker wants pipeline, tax bill documents
JUNEAU - A Republican challenger to Gov. Sean Parnell has filed a records request seeking documentation of any conditions on bids as part of a proposed major natural gas pipeline.

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

Anchorage digs dandelions in Town Square Park
ANCHORAGE - The city of Anchorage has dropped weed-spraying plans in Town Square Park because of concerns about the herbicide.

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.

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.

Union president gets probation
ANCHORAGE - A union president has received probation for falsely filling out a form to cover up receiving double reimbursement of travel expenses.

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.

Anchorage Assembly approves homeless camp law
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Assembly has approved a new law giving the homeless a five-day notice to leave illegal camps.

Parnell signs cruise tax reduction in Juneau
Gov. Sean Parnell gathered Thursday with tourism-industry leaders to sign a bill rolling back the cruise ship head tax, which was unpopular within the industry.

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

Palin fund illegal; donors will get money back
ANCHORAGE - Thousands of donors who contributed to a $390,000 legal defense fund for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will get their money back after an investigator said Thursday the fund was illegal because it was misleadingly described on a website.

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.

High court reins in prosecutors' use of fraud law
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Thursday sharply curtailed prosecutors' use of an anti-fraud law that was central in convicting politicians and corporate executives in many of the nation's most prominent corruption cases, including one involving a former Juneau lawmaker. The ex-CEO of disgraced energy giant Enron and a Canadian media mogul, both in prison, are among others who could benefit from the ruling.

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.

Alaska geologist survives two attacks by grizzly bear
ANCHORAGE - The bearded, sandy-haired geologist was on a job in the remote Alaska wilderness when a grizzly bear suddenly emerged from the brush just yards away.

Paddle surfers draw attention in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - It finally reached the point that Tim Troppmann and Jon Staal stopped going stand up paddle surfing on the Chena River through downtown Fairbanks.

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.

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