Thursday, July 1, 2010

Photos: Sculpting a story
Passers-by observe performing artist Roblin Gray Davis, center, as he creates a story clayscape in the REACH building window display at the corner of Thrid and Seward Streets yesterday.

Chicago Children's Choir to perform Friday
Alaska Youth Choir, under the artistic direction of Missouri Smyth, will host 50 members of the Chicago Children's Choir during their Alaska 2010 Tour. The choir will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, July 2, at Northern LIght United Church. Admission is $10 per person and $25 for a family of four.

2010 CrossSound concerts to feature renowned pipaist Wu Man
Internationally renowned pipaist Wu Man will give two concerts this week, giving local audiences what is likely to be their first taste of the instrument she has mastered. She performs tonight with other musicians in CrossSound's "The Oort Cloud," and Friday night in a solo recital. Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Trinity at Fourth and Gold streets downtown.

Says You! comes to Juneau
While it's true that Juneau's location makes it tough for us to attract many big-name acts (with the exception of aging '80s musicians), it's also true that geography can work to our advantage.

Cruise, Diaz take 'Knight' over the top - in a good way
T hose of us that roll our eyes at vampires, werewolves and teenage love have other options on the big screen. Let me first clear something up, however, and that is which group I fall into. I am not in the proper demographic, but "Eclipse" is on my to-do list this weekend.

KXLL Indepen-dance day party at the Twisted Fish to feature live music
KXLL and The Twisted Fish will host an outdoor live music party beginning at 8 p.m. July 3, and going right on through the fireworks.

City Museum solo artist applications available
Applications for solo artist exhibitions for the fall 2011 and winter 2012 season are currently being accepted at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. Local artists are encouraged to apply. All media forms will be considered.

First Friday moves to Second Friday for July
Due to Independence Day celebrations, First Friday in July will be held on the second Friday of the month, July 9. Check back next week for a listing of local art openings.

Film premiere highlights youth mentorship
"The Larger Sense of Community," a documentary film on mentorship in Uganda, will premiere tonight, July 1, at the Silver Bow Back Room. The film begins at 7 p.m. and admission is free.

Shakespeare's complete works among new DVD
New non-fiction DVDs include a replacement series of Shakespeare's plays (we had the videos, now we have the DVD set) and three new Alaska Cooperative Extension DVDs (Northern Enclosure, about building for energy-efficiency in the North, Sausage and Jerky, about processing and storing game meats, and Seed Starting, to help you get an early start for a more productive harvest).

White Nights to be held August 20 in Sitka
White Nights, an annual festival of Russian culture, will be held this year in Sitka. The event is scheduled for Aug. 20 at Harrigan Centennial Hall, and will be held in connection with the 2010 International Conference on Russian America organized by the National Park Service from Aug. 18 to 22

Concerts in the Park and Sundays at Savikko Julyschedule
Concerts in the Park are held every Friday through Aug. 13 at Marine Park, downtown, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. The brand new Sundays at Savikko, a Douglas version of Concerts in the Park, will open July 11 at the new Pioneer Pavilion in Savikko Park by Sandy Beach, and will be held every Sunday, 4:30-6 p.m. through Aug. 15.

July classes at the Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery
Clay Serving Dishes with Barbara Lydon, July 1, 6-9 p.m. $55 including materials.

Alaska should get a better return on its investments in K-12 education
I read with interest the June 21 letter to the editor from Shawn Arnold of Wasilla. It trotted out the following time-worn statements about education: "woefully underfunded," "Government doesn't need to fix education; it only needs to fund education" and "as funding for education declines."

Of paper cranes and peace
For seven years, Juneau People for Peace and Justice has participated in the Fourth of July parade with large paper cranes folded from paper taken off school bulletin boards at the end of the school year. We will be in the parade with peace cranes again this year. Everyone is welcome to walk and talk and sing and hope for peace in the world as we walk through the streets of our hometown. This year, we are also advocating U.S. Senate ratification of the new START Treaty, to reduce the number of nuclear weapons in Russia and the United States.

Keep Tongass National Forest beautiful, wild, public
Why do I think that it's so important to keep our Tongass National Forest wild, beautiful and in the public domain? One reason is that my family's livelihood, just like that of many other families who live throughout Southeast Alaska, absolutely depends on it being just that way. The beauty and wildness of Southeast Alaska and our Tongass National Forest keeps my marine wildlife tour business afloat. And, of course, I'm not the only person here who makes their living off the beauty and bounty of the land and water.

If we must have a road out of Juneau, it should be a railroad
If a road out of Juneau is going to happen, let's make it as good as possible. A vehicle road is fraught with potential problems: disturbance of protected animal habitats, avalanches and the attendant worries that come with them, road closures, car accidents, abandoned cars, cars running out of gas, and a dozen more.

Hundreds get king crab permits
At least 500 people signed up for king crab permits for Juneau's personal use fishery that opens today for the first time in three years.

Goldbelt ready to develop Cascade Point
A plan to develop Cascade Point into a transport facility for mine workers is ready to go ahead, if it doesn't get tangled up in the Juneau Access Project.

Not all face a 'culture of fear' at Bartlett
An independent evaluation of Bartlett Regional Hospital's employment atmosphere revealed those who feel there is a "culture of fear" are a minority in the hospital.

12th St. vote another 'bump in the road'
The Juneau Assembly earlier this week decided 5-4 against following a request from a group of 12th Street residents and petitioners to keep the current dimensions of that street's sidewalks.

Photos: Paper 'plane workshop
To the envy of the surrounding children, Michael Moulton, 12, holds up a remote-controlled model helicopter after winning the grand prize for his paper plane's distance, accuracy and flight time during Flight Night at the Dimond Park Fieldhouse on Tuesday.

Photos: Change of command ceremony
Capt. David A. Walker is saluted by Cmdr. Doug Cameron formally relieving him of commanding officer duties at Coast Guard Air Station on Monday in Sitka. Capt. Walker will report to Coast Guard District Eleven resource management division in Alameda, Calif.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: 'This is Alaska, right?'
Juneau Parks & Recreation landscaper Carol Ackerson trims the grass in the center median along Egan Drive by Juneau-Douglas High School during a Wednesday morning rain. "The hardest part is keeping the mower from clogging," Ackerson said. "But this is Alaska, right?"

Photo: Rafting tour down the Mendenhall River
Tourists float the lower portion of the Mendenhall River behind Thunder Mountain High School Tuesday afternoon with a local rafting tour.

Stress management: Cultivating a positive attitude
Note: This article is the second in a four-part series about stress management. Part one published June 10.

Juneau 2010 Grand Marshalls
Douglas:

July 4 Calendar of Events
July 2nd

Photo: Gold Creek rock throwing
Cousins Ian League, right, and Rhys Gentili observe the splash created from throwing rocks into Gold Creek Wednesday.

I.A. "Bud" Lowell
Former Juneau resident Irving Arthur "Bud" Lowell died June 23, 2010 in Denver, Colo. He was 87 years old.

Bernice Irene “Bunny” Harris Tanner
Longtime Juneau resident Bernice Irene “Bunny” Harris Tanner died on June 22 at her daughter’s home in West Valley City, Utah. She was 82.

Linda Gale Goldsmith Landingham
Former Juneau resident Linda Gale Goldsmith Landingham died on June 21, 2010 at her home in Wasilla. She was 45.

Captain Vicki "Susie" Lynn Jackson
Juneau and Kake resident Vicki "Susie" Lynn Jackson died on July 25, 2010 in Seattle, Wash. She was 51.

Lily Joy Stemple
Juneau resident Lily Joy Stemple died June 23, 2010. She was 82 years old.

With US policy in Afghanistan, who's running the show?
When I visited Kabul this spring, a diplomat from a country that has sent thousands of troops to our war there asked a simple question that was actually an indictment. "Tell me," he said, "who's in charge of U.S. policy on Afghanistan?"

2nd Amendment Gun rights and Chicago's ban
The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Outside editorial: The right words demand right actions from US
The following editorial appeared in the Dallas Morning News

On Independence Day: America's future in good hands
Amid the July Fourth fireworks, cookouts, fairs and parades, the history behind Independence Day, the sacrifices made by our Founding Fathers, and our responsibilities as modern American citizens often get lost in the shuffle.

Abundance of accusations from Arizona
We all know that President Obama was secretly born in Kenya.

60 years after war’s start, South Korea’s leader gives thanks to US
Sixty years ago, at dawn on June 25, the Korean War broke out when Communist North Korea invaded the Republic of Korea. In response, 16 member countries of the United Nations, including the United States, joined with the Republic of Korea to defend freedom. Over the next three years of fighting, about 37,000 Americans lost their lives. They fought for the freedom of Koreans they did not even know, and thanks to their courage, sacrifices and unbreakable will, the peace and democracy of the republic were protected.

Bill creates new forest in Alaska
KLAWOCK - Alaska has a new state forest.

Guatemalan sentenced in illegal re-entry case
ANCHORAGE - A 40-year-old Guatemala man has been sentenced to two years in prison following his conviction on illegally re-entering the United States after his 2005 deportation.

Man charged in death of mother's boyfriend
KENAI - A Kenai man has been charged with criminally negligent homicide in the death of his mother's boyfriend.

Mitchell tapped for Energy Fund Committee board
Juneau - Gov. Sean Parnell has re-appointed Jodi Mitchell of Juneau to the Renewable Energy Fund Advisory Committee.

Man gets 10 years on drug conviction
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on a methamphetamine drug charge.

Alaskan seafood processor fined $135,000
JUNEAU - Highland Light Seafoods, LLC, an Alaskan seafood processor with headquarters in Seattle, has agreed to pay a $135,000 penalty to settle federal Clean Water Act violations, according to an EPA order.

Too early to gauge job gains from maintenance plan
JUNEAU - It's too early to say how many jobs will be created through Gov. Sean Parnell's deferred maintenance program.

Fees reduced for college savings plan
ANCHORAGE - The University of Alaska College Savings Plan is reducing its fees to help Alaska families save for college.

Trustee appointed for Yupiit School District
ANCHORAGE - A retired rural educator has been appointed as a trustee for the Yupiit School District in southwest Alaska.

Anchorage murder case goes to jury
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage jury is deciding the fate of a man charged with murdering his stepfather seven years ago.

Troopers will be out enforcing laws
ANCHORAGE - Law enforcement will be out in force on the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Goldbelt board appoints new member
JUNEAU - Katherine Eldemar has been appointed by Goldbelt, Inc. to fulfill the remaining two years of former board member Derek Duncan's term.

Loan repayment grants build health care workforce
JUNEAU - Alaska awarded its first grants through its student loan repayment program, SHARP (Supporting Health care Access through loan Re-Payment).

Washington seafood distributor to pay fine
JUNEAU - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with Pacific Seafood Group for its alleged failure to report the release of ammonia from the company's warehouse and distribution center in Mukilteo, Wash., in a timely manner.

Echo Hawk will look at shareholder issues
FAIRBANKS - Alaska Native tribal leaders hope they've found a sympathetic ear with new leadership at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Eight Alaska towns seek to withdraw Sealaska bill
ANCHORAGE - Eight communities have sent a letter to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski urging the Alaska Republican to withdraw a bill allowing a Native corporation to privatize select lands in the nation's largest national forest.

Photo: Crane collapse in Fairbanks
A crane being used on a new bridge project in downtown Fairbanks fell over Tuesday. The crane now spans the Chena River.

Engine problems sideline Coast Guard icebreaker
ANCHORAGE - Engine problems will keep the Coast Guard's only functioning heavy icebreaker in port for the rest of the year.

Anchorage detectives sue city, claiming racism
ANCHORAGE - Two Anchorage police detectives are suing the city, claiming widespread racism within the police department.

Move over fruit, meat-flavored vodkas moving in
WASILLA - Prepare your palate for carnivorous cocktails.

Missing girl found, mother arrested in Mo.
ST. LOUIS - An Alaska woman suspected of kidnapping her daughter two years ago was arrested in Missouri during a routine traffic stop after police noticed she and her young passenger appeared far too nervous for only missing a license plate, authorities said Tuesday.

Stevens recalls friendship with Sen. Robert Byrd
FAIRBANKS - Despite their different political beliefs, former Sen. Ted Stevens said West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd was "one of the finest senators in history" and the two were close friends throughout their decades in Washington.

Iron Dog director seeks to boost snowmachine race
FAIRBANKS - The new executive director of the Iron Dog snowmachine race says it's his goal to make it the "foremost extreme winter racing sport event on the planet."

Backers of housing for alcoholics make changes
ANCHORAGE - Backers of a proposed apartment complex for homeless alcoholics say they've made significant changes to the project to meet neighborhood objections, including not allowing sexual offenders or violent criminals to live there.

Alaska communities feted for outdoor lovers
KENAI - Christine Cunningham already knows the Kenai Peninsula is a great place to live.

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