Friday, July 2, 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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

Family escapes burning mobile home unharmed
Several adults and a six-year-old girl escaped unharmed from a fire that gutted their mobile home early Thursday morning.

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.

Sealaska revisions fail to sway conservation community
Revisions to the Sealaska Lands Bill released by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski Thursday afternoon failed to soften opposition from conservation groups and disappointed Sealaska executives, who said they would lose economic opportunities with the concessions.

Closed for the holiday
Various businesses and facilities will be closed in observance of the July 4 holiday.

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.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Correction
An A6 jump page headline from an A1 story on Bartlett Regional Hospital on Wednesday was incorrect. It should have read "of 89 randomly selected employees, 12 percent personally felt a culture of fear," not "89 employees randomly selected personally felt a culture of fear."

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.

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: Fresh fins
Mark Smith, left, and Gary Isturis help unload fresh salmon from the F/V Tenacious at Taku Smokeries Wednesday.

Photo: Positioned for opportunity
Eagles perch atop the Juneau Empire building on 3100 Channel Drive Thursday. The birds often wait for fishers on the docks across the street to catch and clean salmon, then they pick up the scraps.

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.

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.

June Carol Baker
Longtime Juneau resident June Carol Baker passed away at home in Juneau on June 30, 2010. She was 71.

Dirk Henry Dykstra Sr.
Longtime Nikiski resident Dirk Henry Dykstra Sr. died of natural causes on June 25, 2010 at his home with his wife by his side. He was 81.

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

Soccer is growing slowly, but steadily in U.S.
Every four years, as the global ritual of the World Cup begins, we go through our own national ritual: debating the place of soccer in our culture. More than any other sport, soccer polarizes this country. Many love it, and hope the World Cup will finally persuade others to as well. Others criticize it for being boring, too theatrical, unfair, even un-American.

Surrender is not always cowardly
As we celebrate the signing of our famed Declaration of Independence this week, we might also consider that America wasn't really a free nation until after the Revolutionary War ended. We have to remember that the British fought for six years to keep the 13 colonies under their rule. What if they never surrendered? It's an interesting question because the issues before their Parliament then are quite similar to what our Congress faces today in Afghanistan and in regard to our own global empire.

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?"

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

Soccer is egalitarian extremism run rampant
Maurice Edu broke through a mob of world-class Slovenian wrestlers to punch the ball into the net for an American victory. Koman Coulibaly, the referee, saw the muggers but chose to blame the victim instead. No goal! No replay! No explanation!

Alaska editorial: Serious issues require serious discussion in 2010 campaigns
The following editorial first appeared in the Kenai Peninsula Clarion

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.

Club makes range accessible for all
Members of the Juneau archery community gathered Monday for the Juneau Archery Club's ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the reopening of their outdoor shooting trail and new handicap-accessible range, which was renovated this spring.

Guide books offer clear, concise tips on lichens, insects
Two new ultra-local and outdoor-focused books penned by resident experts have now hit bookstores around Juneau.

Tidewater glaciers on the move
When I first arrived in the fiords in the early nineties, I jealously guarded their secrets, fearful that publicizing the place would lead to overcrowding and lost wildness. But I feel differently today. In fact, I now wish more Juneauites knew about this special place. So, once monthly this summer, I'll share my experiences in Tracy and Endicott Arms in the Empire, hopeful that it inspires you to come have a look.

Weekly Whale Feature: 'Auke'
This whale is named since it's the only whale I'm aware of that ventures into Auke Bay Harbor to feed. She brought her calf into the Auke Bay Harbor with her in 2007. Since, the calf has been named "Tee" after Tee Harbor.

Paddling in Sitka: First installment
The ferry arrived punctually at the Sitka terminal, and a little later we launched our loaded kayaks from the nearby boat ramp. The water was smooth and the weather was fine, but we didn't go very far that first afternoon, on the theory that an early camp would serve as a "shakedown" opportunity - getting all the bits and pieces of gear in the right places. Then we headed into the many channels on the north side of Sitka Sound.

Invasive weed hunt launched for prizes
JUNEAU - The Juneau Cooperative Weed Management team has launched a contest as part of Invasive Weed Awareness Week.

Forest Service asks campers to totally extinguish campfires
KETCHIKAN - With the holiday weekend coming up, lots of folks are bound to head outdoors for camping, hunting and other recreational activities.

Outdoor Explorers camps in full swing
JUNEAU - Discovery Southeast is currently accepting enrollment for their Outdoor Explorers day camps.

Alaska Grown produce now being harvested
JUNEAU - The first commercial harvests of Alaska Grown produce are now occurring.

Snagging illegal in saltwater at mouth of Auke Creek
JUNEAU - A small saltwater area in Auke Bay, immediately off the mouth of Auke Creek, is now closed to snagging and attempting to snag fish and remain closed through Tuesday, August 31.

Museum Explorers Program now accepting enrollment
JUNEAU - Juneau's youth is invited for a week of history, art, environment and culture.

Wild shots
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Tides
Today, July 2

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.

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.

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.

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

Douglas fire causes minor harm to home
JUNEAU - Juneau firefighters responded to a structure fire Wednesday evening on Douglas Island.

Cruise association drops lawsuit
JUNEAU - The Alaska Cruise Association has dropped its lawsuit against the state over a cruise ship passenger tax.

State Rep Doogan to undergo surgery
JUNEAU - Alaska state Rep. Mike Doogan's office hopes to know as early as Thursday night the outcome of the lawmaker's surgery to remove a brain tumor.

Defense lawyers challenge bail law
ANCHORAGE - Alaska criminal defense lawyers are challenging a new state law that would curtail the rights of defendants to be allowed out on bail.

University to host oil spill panel discussion
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast will host a panel discussion about the causes of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and how to prevent similar accidents on Thursday, July 8 at 7 p.m. in the Egan library on the university campus.

State buys land at Ward Cove
KETCHIKAN - The Alaska Department of Transportation has purchased 30 acres of property at Ward Cove in Ketchikan for use by the Alaska Marine Highway System.

State ferry returns to service
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Marine Highway System officials say the state ferry Chenega is set to return to service.

Private pilot rescues man in Cook Inlet
ANCHORAGE - A private helicopter pilot rescued a man whose boat sank in Cook Inlet.

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.

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.

University closes nanotechnology office
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Fairbanks has closed its nanotechnology office.

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

Crews remove fallen crane from Chena River
FAIRBANKS - Crews have finished removing a crane that fell into the Chena River and continue to clean up the fuel that spilled into the water.

Identity protection
More than 25,000 anxious public employees and retirees have signed up for credit protection services after a state contractor last year lost personal data on 77,000 current and former state, municipal and school employees, state officials say.

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."

Companies settle with state over grounded tanker
ANCHORAGE - Tesoro Alaska Co. and a tanker corporation have agreed to pay the state nearly $430,000 to settle claims from the grounding of an oil tanker in ice-choked waters of Cook Inlet four years ago.

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

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