Friday, July 16, 2010

‘Drawn to Alaska’ kicks off at the Canvas
It isn’t often that Canvas Program Developer MK MacNaughton finds time to indulge her creative appetites. Though surrounded by artistic opportunity at the downtown art gallery and studio where she works, MacNaughton is generally kept busy on the dispensing end of things.

Artist profile: Abstract expressionist painter Corlé LaForce hits her stride
Paint is undeniably a visual medium, but when local painter Corlé LaForce approaches a canvas, she doesn't rely on her eyes to guide her. The cues she responds to in creating her work are largely invisible, based on emotion and interior sensations rather than images from the physical world.

Leading Filipino jazz vocalist to serenade Juneau tonight
It took Charmaine Clamor three months to formulate and compose her first song. Laying in her crib in Subic Zambales, Philippines, Clamor seemed destined to show that singing was going to be more important in her expression of Filipino culture than speaking.

'Good, Bad, Weird' hits two out of three
I n the middle of the blockbuster season, it might be easy to forget about movies like "The Good, the Bad, the Weird." After all, it was made in 2008; it was made in South Korea; it has subtitles! Still, there are worse ways to spend a rainy Juneau afternoon than watching an Asian filmmaker's (Ji-woon Kim) take on the spaghetti western. Look at it as a way to expand your horizons beyond Hollywood's big budget. Or, look at it as a way to increase your reading speed.

New foreign language films on the shelves at the libraries
The Juneau Public Libraries are putting a bundle of new foreign language feature films on DVD out on the shelves. To find out which new films have been added, click on "New DVD" located in the bottom left-hand column of the library catalog. For a customizable search, click on "Advanced Search" just below the search bar: this allows you to narrow your search by branch, age level, spoken language, and even title keywords or subject. For instance, if you really don't like subtitled movies, select "English" in the language box or, if you want kids' movies about whales, type "whales" into the subject box and then choose "juvenile DVD."

Northwest Coast textile exhibit opens in Vancouver
A new textile and fibre art exhibit, "Time Warp: Contemporary Textiles of the Northwest Coast," opens Friday at the Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver. The exhibition celebrates 20 emerging, mid-career and internationally recognized Aboriginal artists from Alaska, the Yukon, and Washington state.

Photos: Eagles on the mud flats near DIPAC
The low tide mud flats along Gastineau Channel near DIPAC fisheries has been attracting numerous eagles over the past few weeks. The large raptors can be seen sitting in trees nearby, on the container vans of Northland Services, or especially along the waterfront vying for unsuspecting salmon and discarded salmon catch. They have become a stop of interest for tourists and locals alike looking to get a few photos, or just to observe some true Alaskan wildlife.

Weather data does double duty
While some residents disdain Juneau's harsh, unpredictable weather, others are nearly obsessed with it. For those, there's nothing better than real-time data to get a fix.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: Oh, baby, it's a 'wide' world
A little girl and her dog share an outing earlier this week along the breakwater near Harris Harbor.

Photo: Keeping the cruiser clean
Juneau residents Stan and Angela Kartez wash and scrub their 20-foot cabin cruiser on Tuesday after a two-week excursion around the Southeast Alaska waters from Juneau to Sitka and back.

No laughing matter as police apprehend nitrous oxide suspect
A Juneau man was arraigned Thursday on charges stemming from Wednesday's theft of nitrous oxide canisters from Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Photo: A fine day for golfing
Juneau resident Rob Bentz follows through on a swing at the Mendenhall Golf Course on Thursday. "I try to hit whenever the sun shines," Bentz said. "Well, when it is not pouring down rain." Saturday is the Bar Association tournament and Sunday is the Greens Creek tournament.

Drs. Mimi and Brian Benjamin join SEARHC's Juneau staff
JUNEAU - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau announced the addition of a husband-and-wife pair of family physicians, Dr. Mignon F. "Mimi" Benjamin and Dr. Brian J. Benjamin. Mimi started at the clinic in July, and Brian will join the staff in September.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported:

Photo: Pillars of the community
English tourists (clockwise from lower left) David McDowell, Paul Herring, Al White, Craig Somerville, Pete Maple, and Laura Gray from "just across the pond" marvel at the marble columns at the Alaska State Capitol Building Thursday afternoon. "Something has to hold up the government, yeah mate?" said one. "I thought Parnell's house was white," said another. And finally, "Do you think we can see Sarah from up there?"

Corrections
• A subhead to a story in Wednesday's Juneau Empire incorrectly listed the year when a federal judge blocked the Lynn Canal highway project. The judge issued his order in 2009.

Michael E. Morgan
Michael E. Morgan died July 10, 2010 in Tacoma, Wash. A full obituary will follow at a later date.

Marilyn Frink Jordan George
Marilyn Frink Jordan George died July 1, 2010 in Lewiston, Idaho. She was 89.

Charles Thomas Maccagno
Charles Thomas Maccagno, a longtime Juneau resident, passed away at home July 3, 2010 while surrounded by his family and friends.

Jack O'Hair Asher
Jack O'Hair Asher of Paris died Friday, July 9, 2010 in Los Angeles, Calif., while he and his wife were visiting with their son, Bill Asher, and his family. He was 80.

Warren Everett Wild
Longtime Juneau resident Warren Everett Wild died July 12, 2010 at his home. He was 86.

Outside editorial: Progress, though not enough, in Cuba
The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Larry King, a champ left behind as talk shows sank into vitriol
Larry King is leaving the cable world of professional 'rasslin.'

Facts belie GOP fear-mongering about coming Medicare cuts
SEATTLE - Just after the health-reform bill passed in March, Republicans rushed to every microphone they could find to lament how the legislation would bring an end to our health-care system as we know it.

Doctors will flee Medicare's low payments, onerous rules
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The exodus of doctors from Medicare and likely from private practice altogether is accelerating.

NPRA leasing: A good step, but Alaska must play a larger role
The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

Patrick Henry's words instill a love of liberty in future generations
From Arlington National Cemetery to Appomattox Court House, Virginia is a veritable history lesson that illuminates how America became what it is today.

Bats in Alaska
A dozen people stood hushed in the solstice twilight near Fish Creek, listening for bats. As the bat detector emitted a burst of clicks, one citizen scientist whispered, "I see it. Between those trees."

Rock Dump rolls out the red carpet
Juneau's local climbing gym just got a bit cushier and a whole lot cleaner.

Summer can be rewarding on Gold Ridge
Gold Ridge is one of my favorite places for wandering around, checking the progress of the seasons and just seeing what I can see. On a fine, but crisp, day in late June, a friend and I strolled slowly up the trail, stopping frequently to look more closely.

Weekly Whale Feature: 'No Tail Charlie'
Why the name? Most people have never seen its tail.

Gun Club results: Tom Freeman Memorial Shoot
On a very rainy, wet day, six shooters turned out for 300 rounds of singles shooting in memory of fellow trap-shooter Tom Freeman, a World War II fighter pilot, gunsmith, civil engineering technician and great "tail-spinner."

Sitka making bottles that are Earth-friendly
SITKA - The water plant in Sitka Alaska has begun bottling water in degradable bioplastic bottles made from plants rather than petroleum products.

2010-11 state hunting regulations online
JUNEAU - The handbook of the state's hunting regulations can now be viewed and downloaded online.

Chairs now hung on new Porcupine Lift
JUNEAU - Work continues on the new beginner Porcupine Chair at Eaglecrest Ski Area this month.

TMHS football and cheer Community Day to be held Saturday
JUNEAU - The Thunder Mountain High School Falcons will hold their annual community services day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 17 at TMHS.

Governor's Cup 5K Race for Saturday
JUNEAU - Finally a gubernatorial race for the rest of us!

Lower loop upgrades begin at Eaglecrest
JUNEAU - Eaglecrest and Trail Mix Inc. crews have begun work on the Lower Loop Nordic trail system this month at Juneau's local ski area.

Cover contest taking submissions for Sport Fishing Regulations handbook
JUNEAU - The Division of Sport Fish is conducting a youth photo contest. The winning photo will appear on the cover of the regional 2011 Southeast Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary.

Wild shots
Submit your wild shots

Woman with stab wound found dead in Anchorage park
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a woman found dead in a park with an apparent stab wound has been identified as 22-year-old Brittini Gilliam.

Anchorage firefighter dies in accidental shooting
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage firefighter has died from an accidental shooting.

Anchorage man dies in accidental shooting
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man has died in an apparent accidental shooting.

Fisheries managers seek conservation on Yukon
FAIRBANKS - State and federal fisheries managers have asked subsistence fishermen on the middle and upper Yukon River to voluntarily cut back on the number of king salmon they catch.

Fairbanks man charged in stabbing
FAIRBANKS - A grand jury has indicted a Fairbanks resident accused of stabbing a man during a chaotic altercation in April.

Climber might be charged for Mt. McKinley removal
FAIRBANKS - The National Park Service says it might seek reimbursement from a solo climber evacuated from Mount McKinley last week.

Thieves tap Kodiak king salmon brood stock
KODIAK - A program to enhance king salmon fishing in Kodiak rivers suffered a setback when vandals went fishing within the program's brood stock.

Man dies on beach near Ketchikan
JUNEAU - Alaska State Troopers are investigating the death of a 37-year-old man found on a Ketchikan beach.

Police: Man dies, brother injured in highway crash
ANCHORAGE - Police say one man has died and his brother has been injured in a one-car crash on the Seward Highway in Anchorage.

Dr. Peters joins Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital medical staff
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Paul L. Peters to its medical staff as a radiologist.

SEARHC to host Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic in Sitka
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Dental Clinic in Sitka will host a special pediatric dental clinic the week of Aug. 2-6.

Photos: Team Juneau wins Capital Cup
Seven tennis players from Juneau returned from Whitehorse after competing in the summer edition of the Capital Cup from July 9-11.

Court grants temporary halt to homeless camp raids
ANCHORAGE - A court on Thursday granted a request from the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska to stop raids on homeless camps in Anchorage, for a while anyway.

Bristol, Levi say they're engaged
The tumultuous relationship between Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston took another surprising turn Wednesday, when the couple announced they were back together and recently got engaged.

After BP disaster, Congress looks at Alaska pipeline
Alaska state Rep. David Guttenberg, D-Fairbanks, said he's hoping that Alaska can benefit from BP's Gulf of Mexico disaster by spurring changes in BP's operations here to make sure a similar disaster doesn't hit Alaska.

Alaska unemployment rate drops
Alaska's unemployment rate is falling, but Juneau's held steady in June even as hiring continued.

Borough to release Miller's records
FAIRBANKS- The Fairbanks North Star Borough says it will release some records dealing with U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller's seven years as an assistant borough attorney.

Ethics complaint by Palin critic dismissed
ANCHORAGE - A critic of Sarah Palin said Wednesday that the state of Alaska has dismissed an ethics complaint alleging past aides of the former governor misused state resources during her 2008 run as the Republican vice presidential nominee.

Taylor Highway remains closed by washouts
ANCHORAGE - Much of the Taylor Highway will remain closed at least until Thursday as crews work to repair washouts and reach stranded drivers, the state Transportation Department said.

Officials alarmed by Yukon-Kuskokwim suicides
ANCHORAGE - The suicides of as many as nine young people from Yukon-Kuskokwim villages in the past two months have alarmed local and state officials.

Search continues for missing driver near Taylor Highway
FAIRBANKS - A search continues for the missing driver of a car found in a creek near a rain-damaged section of the Taylor Highway.

Court puts railroad track weed-killing plan on hold
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's highest court has put on hold plans to spray weed-killers along track owned by the Alaska Railroad, believed to be the last railroad in the country that is herbicide-free.

Kenai youth learn to make basket traps
KENAI - The Kenaitze Indian Tribe started a five-day camp this week to teach youth traditional fishing practices.

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