Friday, August 21, 2009

Interweaving rhythms
The seven newest members of Juneau's musical community arrived at the Canvas Community Art Studio and Gallery this week, sparking a week-long celebration at the Seward Street facility.

Music festivals, Alaska style
I 've always known that Alaskans throw the best music festivals, and I've been to quite a few. But this summer took me to a couple of newer festivals that I hadn't attended, and they stepped right up to the plate.

An abundance of new fiction has arrived at the library
Whether you prefer romance, adventure, mystery or fantasy, there are plenty of new fiction books for you to choose from at the Juneau Public Libraries.

ARTS & CULTURE CALENDAR
THURSDAY

Jewel's welcome in Alaska decidedly unwarm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Jewel would like to set the record straight: She did not bail on Alaskans when two shows were canceled many years ago. And, yes, she'll certainly show up at concerts scheduled this week.

Statehood celebration continues Sunday
Capital City Celebrations and the Juneau-Douglas City Museum will host an open house in honor of Alaska's 50th Anniversary of Statehood this Sunday, Aug. 23, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Official statehood memorabilia will be for sale, including T-shirts, bronze state seal medallions, pins and posters. Purchase a Rie Munoz limited edition print of Star Princess (1990) and receive a statehood medallion for free. A limited number of 50th anniversary banners will also be available. Cake and punch will be served by the Capital City Celebrations committee.

Flip Nicklin to give presentation at Hearthside Books
Photographer Flip Nicklin will present a whale talk and slideshow Thursday Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. at Hearthside Books in the Nugget Mall.

Art conservation clinic held at the city museum Saturday
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum will be hosting a free conservation clinic on Saturday, Aug. 22, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., as part of the Western Association for Art Conservation's annual meeting, held in Juneau from Aug. 19-21. The clinic, held at the city museum, is co-sponsored by the Alaska State Museum.

Master Gardeners annual tour to be held this weekend
This weekend, the annual Master Gardener Association Garden Tour will provide an opportunity to see the results of this summer's great weather. Saturday will focus on gardens on the Back Loop and Auke Bay, and Sunday will showcase gardens in the Mendenhall Valley. Tour hours are 1 to 4 p.m. both days. The self-guided tour follows maps showing the gardens open each day.

Sprout: An evening of dance
The Weber Dance Company and Juneau Dance Unlimited will present Sprout, an evening of dances at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Friday, Aug. 21.

Boochever fellowships available for emerging Alaska artists
The application deadline for Connie Boochever Artist Fellowships for emerging literary and performing artists is Sept. 1, 2009. A select number of $2,500 fellowships will be awarded.

City museum solo artist applications due Aug. 31
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is currently accepting applications for solo artist exhibitions for the fall 2010/winter 2011 season. The museum schedules individual artists, groups and organizations to exhibit in the temporary gallery October through April. The deadline for applications is Aug. 31.

Vocal performances set for Friday at UAS
Current students of John d'Armand will present a free recital of songs, arias and duets at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21 at the Egan Lecture Hall, Room 112, at the University of Alaska Southeast.

'District 9' full of surprises
The first trailer I saw for "District 9" threw me for a loop. For the first 45 seconds it appears to be some sort of documentary about unwelcome United States presence in Africa. Except that at the 45-second mark, it is revealed the "they" is not Americans - it's aliens.

Comedy show and open mic contest to be held at Jaded
Comedy Palooza will open at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21 at the Jaded restaurant at the Goldbelt Hotel.

Coeur wins out
Let's be clear about jobs for Juneau and the Kensington mine. It doesn't take too many workers to take mine waste and just dump it in a lake. It saves money that would have been paid to workers to build and manage mine tailings piles.

Police surround downtown apartment during standoff
A 49-year-old man barricaded himself and his wife inside a downtown apartment Wednesday afternoon, causing a long standoff with the Juneau Police Department.

First annual Governor's Picnic is today
It wasn't long before Gov. Sean Parnell took office after former Gov. Sarah Palin's July 26 resignation that he told Juneau he'd be coming to the capital for a Governor's Picnic.

Around Town
Thursday, Aug. 20

Downtown standoff ends after 20 hours
A police standoff ended peacefully Thursday afternoon with the surrender of a 49-year-old man that barricaded himself in his downtown apartment for more than 20 hours.

Local man arrested for smuggling crack from Seattle
The Juneau Police Department arrested a 46-year-old man Saturday for flying into town with nearly an ounce of crack cocaine to sell.

Hydropower on Prince of Wales hits red tape
An attempt to bring inexpensive hydroelectric power to two struggling Prince of Wales Island communities has hit a snag, after Alaska Power and Telephone failed to obtain a permit to run a powerline down a Forest Service road on the island.

Scroggins pleads guilty to selling OxyContin
Selling two OxyContin pills to a confidential informant on two separate occasions has resulted in two felony convictions for 27-year-old Amber Scroggins.

Photo: New office party
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, center, gives Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau, right, a hug Wednesday while talking with Jesse Kiehl, left, of Egan's office and Melissa Griffiths at his new Juneau office in the Sealaska Building. Begich was traveling by ferry as he moves his family to Washington, D.C.

Salmon derby scholarship proceeds nearly quadruple
This year's Golden North Salmon Derby was a surprising success despite the rough seas and small craft advisories in the area.

Photo: Bunches of berries
Sara Pierce, center, picks blueberries with her children at Eaglecrest Wednesday. From left are Terra, Aiden, 11, Ayanna, 5, and Sabrina, 3. Pierce says they will use some to make jam and save the rest for pancakes.

Around Town
Today, Aug. 21

Photo: Trail beginnings
Trail Mix foreman Ted Valle Jr., right, motions to Cedar Malick on Wednesday as they build a rock track on the lower loop cross country ski trail at Eaglecrest. The work will make it easier on the snow grooming machine. Next summer, the rock trail will be extended to the Treadwell Ditch Trail.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Empire editorial: Juneau School Board made the right move
The Juneau School Board should be commended for taking a stand against teenage drug abuse. The board voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt a random student drug testing policy that will go into effect this fall.

Angered Americans are saying no to Obamacare
"Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." -Mark Twain

Alaska editorial: Avoiding property crimes
The editorial first appeared in the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman:

Remembering Tim Kelly
I was home suffering from the flu this past Monday, feeling like I'd been run over by a dump truck. My physical ailments, while very unpleasant, dissipated when a friend called with sad news: Tim Kelly, my former boss, had passed away in his sleep Monday afternoon.

My Turn: Addressing Juneau's bed shortage
I grew up being told when I was sick I should "suck it up." In my culture (Russian), when people were sick or injured, they had to deal with it silently, and use their sleeve as a bandage. We did not have soft tissues or Tylenol PM. When I get really sick now, I grunt at work and at home, and I watch bad movies while thinking about making chicken soup. I fall asleep under my soft comforter and often don't wake up for 12 hours. I thank God that I have a bed, a DVD player and a roof over my head.

My turn: Native land grab an injustice
Thirty-eight years after the passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, the head of the Alaska Native Brotherhood, B.J. Fluetsch, claims ANCSA wasn't fair.

Alaska editorial: Screaming won't fix health care woes
What's happened to the debate over health care reform? Why are some people so angry? Do they actually believe that health care reform will include "death panels" to refuse care to the elderly and disabled? Do people who rail against "socialized" medicine realize that we already have government-run programs, most notably in the form of Medicare?

Arctic holds both promise and challenges
Today, I will convene a U.S. Senate field hearing in Anchorage on an issue of great importance to Alaska, our nation and the world at large - the opportunities and challenges that we face as melting sea ice opens up the Arctic for energy and mineral production, shipping, tourism and other commercial activities.

NOAA plans $40M survey of coastal seafloors
NORFOLK, Va. - The National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration is planning a $40 million effort to survey and chart coastal seafloors.

Man arrested for alleged alcohol manufacturing
ANGOON - A village public safety officer arrested a 55-year-old man Wednesday for violating conditions of release for possessing alcohol in a dry community.

Mallahan ekes out lead in Seattle mayor's race
SEATTLE - Elections officials have released further results from Tuesday's primary, and things aren't looking any better for Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels.

Police ID Anchorage officer in fatal accident
ANCHORAGE - Police have identified the Anchorage officer driving the patrol car that killed a pedestrian.

Water utility to flush distribution system
JUNEAU - Starting Monday until about Oct. 19, the city water utility will flush the water distribution system. The work will start in downtown and Douglas and continue to the Mendenhall Valley and other areas. It's expected to take eight weeks.

Russell Dick named Sealaska VP
JUNEAU - The board of directors of Sealaska Corp. appointed Russell Dick to be vice president of corporate development.

2 arrested for vandalizing fire crew's equipment
KENAI - Kenai police say they've arrested two men found with one of several vehicles stolen during a looting rampage at a firefighters' compound in the Palmer area.

Alaska man convicted of murder due back in SD court
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A convicted killer whose death sentence was overturned by the South Dakota Supreme Court is scheduled to be back in circuit court in Deadwood.

Fire crew returns home to vandalized cars
WASILLA - State fire officials said an elite crew that had been called out to a blaze near Fairbanks has returned to find their property vandalized.

Palmer fire blamed on meat smoker
PALMER - Investigators say a fire that burned a Palmer home this week was caused by a salmon smoker on the front porch.

Seattle votes down fee on plastic, paper bags
SEATTLE - Seattle voters' rejection of a 20-cent fee on plastic and paper bags represents a sound defeat for other efforts in U.S. cities to limit the use of the throwaway bags, plastics industry officials said Wednesday.

Fairbanks asks public opinion on air pollution
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks North Star Borough scheduled a public hearing Thursday night to ask voters opinion on air pollution.

Ore. bar owners: Don't trim video gaming revenue
SALEM, Ore. - Tavern and bar owners have told Oregon state lottery officials that the recession and a statewide smoking ban already have hurt them, and any move to reduce their video gambling commissions will create more hardship.

Magazine: Anchorage loves fast food
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage residents would definitely like fries with that shake.

St. Paul's to hold Mass for uniformed personnel
JUNEAU - All men and women in uniform - including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, police, Alaska State Troopers, fire fighters, emergency medical technicians, public health service officers, Transportation Security Administration and customs agents - and their families are invited to attend a Blue Mass at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 9055 Atlin Ave. Please come in uniform.

Fairbanks bishop requests fiscal help
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks Bishop Donald Kettler sent a bulk mailing to 55,000 diocesan supporters around the world, seeking money to help the missionary diocese overcome its financial woes.

2 Fort Richardson soldiers killed in Afghanistan
FORT RICHARDSON - Two paratroopers from Fort Richardson have been killed in Afghanistan.

Homeless woman sexually assaulted in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Police checked out a report of a woman having sex with two men between two buildings in Anchorage.

Maintenance set at Marine Parking Garage
JUNEAU - Sprinkler maintenance will be conducted in the Marine Parking Garage from Friday through Sunday. Some parking spaces will be unavailable as the contractor works.

Fairbanks students excluded from class for vaccinations
FAIRBANKS - Sixty-seven students were excluded from their classrooms at Fairbanks schools Monday because they did not have proper vaccination requirements or a waiver.

Bartlett accredited in MRI, mammography
JUNEAU - The American College of Radiology has accredited Bartlett Regional Hospital in magnetic resonance imaging and reaccredited two mammography programs as a result of recent surveys the professional organization conducted.

Knik Arm bridge lawsuit settled
ANCHORAGE - The planning committee that oversees major transportation projects for Anchorage has agreed to rescind its decision to postpone the Knik Arm bridge project until 2018.

Huna Totem hires new CEO, Gaffaney
JUNEAU - A former investment banker has been hired as the chief executive officer for Huna Totem Corp.

Blazing the trails
JUNEAU - When it comes to Juneau-Douglas High School cross country, three-time defending state champion Leah Francis is certainly the headliner of the girls' team, but expectations also are high on the boys' side.

Rackets ready
JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears tennis teams' main focus in preparing for the upcoming season is performing at a high level when the bright lights come on the big stage - the statechampionships.

Juneau Youth Soccer Roundup
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Arctic fisheries plan moves forward
ANCHORAGE - The nation's secretary of commerce has approved a plan that would prohibit an expansion of commercial fishing in the Arctic, at least until more is known about the area.

New federal study shows mercury in fish widespread
WASHINGTON - No fish can escape mercury pollution.

Cub's death highlights Sitka's bear problem
SITKA - Sitka police and wildlife officials say the recent death of a cub shows why residents must do a better job of dealing with trash.

Murkowski collects Arctic testimony
ANCHORAGE - Speakers invited to a U.S. Senate Appropriations subcommittee said more Arctic research is needed as Alaska adjusts to changing conditions due to global warming.

Fairbanks police focus on chronic street drunks
FAIRBANKS - Police have formed a task force to enact a zero tolerance policy for crime in downtown Fairbanks.

5.0 quake rattles Anchorage buildings
ANCHORAGE - A magnitude-5.0 earthquake rattled buildings Wednesday in Anchorage and other communities in Alaska.

Alaska tourism experts: Industry on downward slide
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's tourism industry is flat and now on a downward slide that will only get worse next year with 150,000 fewer cruise ship passengers visiting the state.

Mother of Bristol Palin's former fiance pleads guilty
PALMER - The mother of the man former Gov. Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol had planned on marrying has reached a plea deal in her drug case.

Stepovich drug trial begins in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - The drug trial of former Alaska state Rep. Nick Stepovich has begun in Fairbanks.

Alaska students recount out-of-this-world experience
KENAI - Indescribable. Unlike anything else. Too unique for words.

State shuts Fairbanks detox center
FAIRBANKS - The state is investigating the Fairbanks Native Association's new detox center after a nurse practitioner quit because of safety concerns.

Anchorage schools send hundreds home on first day
ANCHORAGE - Nearly 700 students who didn't have their chickenpox vaccination missed the first day of school Wednesday, the Anchorage School District said.

Coal Village faded, but coal interest still burns
PORT GRAHAM - A field near Port Graham hides the marks of a sizable coal town that was established in the 1850s. All the remnants of the town disappeared - except for the stone outline of a dock. At the height of operation, Coal Village was the third-largest Russian town in Alaska, exceeded only by Kodiak and Sitka.

Childhood crush leads to musical passion
ANCHORAGE - In sixth grade, Bryson Andres followed a crush as she headed into orchestra class. A few days later he lost interest in her and become smitten with a new passion - the violin.

Seward filmmaker begins shooting documentary of summer season
SEWARD - You've probably seen him, a beardish, burly guy slinking around town. Perhaps he's even followed you along the beach or as you strolled around the harbor.

Photo: Unreserved reservist
Spc. Karlin Swearingen gets reacquainted with girlfriend Cassie Wohlgemuth upon his return from Kuwait and Iraq Tuesday evening at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Anchorage. Swearingen was among 11 US Army reservists returning to Alaska following year-long deployments.

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