Thursday, November 15, 2001

'Beyond Heritage' offers a new take on Native arts
Blending rap music, videography and theater with storytelling, traditional Native dance and art, Ishmael Hope wants to tie the past to the future."Our heritage is what happened 200 years ago. Our culture is everyday," Hope said.

Painting with Music
Saturday night the music of the Juneau Symphony will evoke the Tennessee twilight, the sweep of the Midwestern prairie and a jazzy party for the great Gatsby. The theme for the evening is "American Memories" and the program is built around a piece by Samuel Barber. Soprano Joyce Parry Moore will join the symphony for "Knoxville: Summer of 1915," lending lyrics to a composition that symphony Director Kyle Wiley Pickett called a tone painting. It's long been a favorite for both musicians.

Native-themed plays build on myths, life
Louis Shotridge was a man between cultures. An early 20th century Tlingit from Klukwan, he became an anthropologist, only to find himself alienated from the culture he sought to preserve.

Entertainment Briefs
Infomercial taped as TV game show; Hell's Belles perform at Marlintini's

Of scepters and sheep-hooks - 'Winter's Tale'
"Winter's Tale" is a study in starkly contrasting polarities, of nobles and shepherds, comedy and tragedy, good and evil. This motif is supported with every tangible prop, costume, device and design element in a production that creates a cohesive and encompassing vision.

Entertainment Calendar
Movies

CrossSound: across the boundaries
Edvard Munch and Crockett Johnson probably never have appeared in the same sentence, let alone the same concert. Munch, a Norwegian artist most famous for his painting "The Scream," and Johnson, author and illustrator of the children's book "Harold and the Purple Crayon," served as inspirations for two contemporary composers. This weekend, CrossSound presents the world premiere of these two pieces of music, and five other compositions as well, at performances in Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan.

Plans in conflict
The Nov. 9 Empire included a nice long story, "Bullish about tourism," that told us what the tourism industry was doing to reassure tourists that it was safe to go vacationing in Alaska.

UAS and planning
It was very heartening to read in Wednesday's Empire that the University of Alaska Board of Regents is placing the Point Lena project as its top funding priority. This is certainly good news for Juneau and the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.

All choked up
I was so choked up I could hardly use my keyboard to read about Laurie Perkins and her leaky roof. Living almost in Douglas, down on Beach Road across the channel from the Rock Dump, her "North Juneau" plight should be featured on the next segment of television's "Lifestyles of the Rich and Pretentious!"

Airport safety meeting; high-tide opportunity
On Thursday, Nov. 15, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will host a workshop from 5-9 p.m. at Centennial Hall to discuss wildlife hazard issues at the Juneau Airport. This is an important element of the Environmental Impact Statement being prepared for possible airport expansion.

Cheers for the left
Bravo! Jackie Forster's My Turn documenting US-backed massacres committed by its University of Americas alumni in the Americas, was a truly mastercrafted and scholarly contribution. I leap out of exile to support you, Jackie! Right on, sister. Do wake up, Mr. Schmitz.

No sign cruise tourist numbers will be down
Regarding Empire publisher Don Smith's recent editorial comparing Juneau's tourism situation with that of Hawaii, Mr. Smith is comparing completely different situations. Hawaii's tourism-based economy has been in a slump since 1992.

JDHS parking problems
JDHS students are suffering. Parking for students at Juneau Douglas High School has turned into a major dilemma. Students shouldn't have to drive around the periphery of the high school for 15 minutes every day trying to find a spot to park.

Responsible retailing
The opinion piece by John Creed that appeared in your paper last week did a disservice to responsible retailers in Alaska. In view of the current world environment, the article was overly sensational in its reference to terrorism. The article could have had its intended impact without being so inflammatory and exaggerated.

Teachers suggest shuffling Harborview space
Two plans for the future of elementary school programs housed in the Marie Drake building were offered during a public forum Tuesday evening, but many questions remain to be addressed.

Local Briefs
Tourism poll deadline extended; Golf developers and agency to meet; Timber sale seeks comments

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Around Town
Today

Local Briefs
Airport wants to cut trees near pond; Native art shown at Federal Building

Air, water quality issues could delay Kensington mine opening
Developers of the Kensington mine may be optimistic about how long it will take to get government permits, according to government regulators. And environmentalists have concerns about Coeur Alaska's latest effort to open the underground gold mine 45 miles north of Juneau.

Gastineau students mark passing of 'I can't'
The students in Becky Engstrom's fourth-grade class dressed in black for a funeral at Gastineau Elementary School on Tuesday. But they weren't necessarily mourning.

Boat tax worries charter operators
Local charter boat operators and some Juneau Assembly members think a proposal to tax commercial boats needs more discussion than a current deadline allows.

Commemorating terror's victims, square by square
Several Juneau quilters are putting together part of a project they hope will help the nation recover from the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. Barbara Knapp drummed up local interest in the World Trade Center Memorial Quilt Project after surfing the Internet while wondering what to do in response to the attacks.

City proposes a motorized scooter law
James Andersen, 11, may need to keep his motorized scooter at home for a few years if an ordinance under consideration by the Juneau Assembly is approved.

Thank you
...for your aid; ...for your participation; ...for your kindness; ..for your assistance

Project helps make dogs comfortable
An after-school sewing program turned into a gesture of community goodwill when Girls Scouts decided to stitch and donate dog beds. "It was hard making these," said Scout Kymberly Hoyle, 11, holding her bright-red print bed. "I had only sewn by hand before. It was a good idea because it was kind of sad that (the dogs) slept on cement."

Neighbors Briefs
Education staff published in magazine; Knights win 2 awards; Senior Center numbers change; Foot care clinics provided to seniors; FAS training event scheduled in 2002; Students receive certification; Freshman receives scholarship, award; Donations needed

Substance abuse plays role in domestic violence
Can you hear what the neighbors are saying? "If he didn't drink so much, he wouldn't get so out of control and beat up his wife ..." "If she didn't drink so much, he wouldn't get so angry and hit her ..."

Beautiful colors still accent winter landscape
Cold air flows down the mountains, chilling my hands as I cut down the last of the perennials. The stalks are now brittle and most of the leaves are pale outlines, with the rich color drained away like money put into the vault.

Pet Of The Week
Dutch is a 3-year-old short-hair neutered male gray tabby.

Lyda M. Museth
Lyda M. Museth died Oct. 23, 2001, in Juneau.

My Turn: It's not yet the end of the oil age
John Jensen reads a book about the "impending world oil shortage" and concludes that the CBJ tourism poll is a complete waste of time because in a few years there will be no fuel to get tourists here. Not having read the book, it sure sounds like a big leap of faith to reach this conclusion.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

Combining patience with urgency
The surprisingly swift advance of Northern Alliance soldiers, aided by U.S. bombing and special forces, has once again turned Washington punditry upside down. When the bombing began Oct. 7, many commentators assumed a quick victory and chose to debate which target President Bush should move to next: Baghdad or Damascus?

Despite bipartisan rhetoric, Congress brings back pork
After a brief spasm of bipartisanship, Congress has returned to form in crafting economic-stimulus bills that push party lines, eschew compromise and open the feeding trough for lobbyists and special interests. It's not a pretty sight

The aftermath of the season that almost never came
Skiing has always been my favorite winter outdoor activity. Since the age of 5, when my father put me on my first pair of alpine skis, I have amassed thousands of days on slopes around the world.

Janes wins ski patrol award
Robert C. "Bob" Janes Sr. is this year's recipient of the Juneau Ski Patrol's Outstanding Auxiliary Patroller Award. A member of the ski patrol since 1965, Janes served as director from 1970-73, and region director from 1977-83. He currently serves as the Alaska division legislative liaison.

Hunting report
Area goat hunters are on track to bag about as many of the mountain-climbing ungulates as they have in recent years.

Out and About
In season: King and dungeness crab, halibut, coho salmon (June-Nov.), deer (Aug.-Dec., depending on area), mountain goat (Aug.-Dec., depending on area), wolf (Aug.-April), grouse (Aug.-May), ptarmigan (Aug.-May), ducks, geese, brants, swans, snipe, crane (Sept.-Dec.), moose (in Yakutat through mid-Nov.), coyote (Sept.-April), hare (Sept.-April), brown bear (Sept.-Dec.) and crow (Sept.-mid-Nov.)

Eaglecrest eager to open
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, workers at the Eaglecrest Ski Area are making their final preparations for the start of the 2001-02 season and will be ready to open as soon as conditions permit.

Guidelines for bear-free bird feeders
Are bears still among us? Will they ever go back to sleep? Is it safe to hang bird feeders again? Yes. Yes. And maybe. Or at least soon.

Sports In Juneau
Saturday, Nov. 17

Sports In Juneau
Saturday, Nov. 17

In-state supplies of Cipro could treat about 5,000 people
If there was mass exposure to anthrax, in-state supplies of Cipro could treat about 5,000 people until emergency medical supplies arrived, a state health official said.

Aviation security deal made
House and Senate negotiators tentatively agreed today to put all airport baggage screeners on the federal payroll, clearing the way for passage as early as this week of a major aviation security bill.

Dividend expected to dip by $222
The next payout of the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend is expected to shrink by 12 percent because of weaker returns, fueled in part by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Knowles outlines rural agenda at Native convention
Entering his last year in office, Gov. Tony Knowles told a group of Alaska Natives he has much unfinished business to take up when the Legislature returns to session in January.

State Briefs
Seattle area hit with heavy rain; Security breached at Sea-Tac; Some SAT scores delayed; State gets $67 million for schools

Haines tempers flare as state ponders reins on Chilkat River tours
On one side, an "earth goddess cult" of "enviro-Nazi assassins" allegedly is trying to stifle economic growth. In opposition, "a selfish local minority" with "aggressive, mean-spirited tactics" supposedly shows "blatant disrespect" for wildlife and humans in order to make a buck.

Hunter from Ketchikan found safe
A search ended this morning when hunter Mark Tollfeldt of Ketchikan walked out of the woods in the Neck Lake area of Prince of Wales Island.

State Briefs
Palmer teens win video contest; Yakutat mail service improved; Airplane powder wasn't anthrax; Shooting victim is alert; Barrow gets record snowfall

Regents dub Pt. Lena UA's top priority
A new fisheries and ocean sciences building at Lena Point is a top funding priority for the University of Alaska in the next capital budget, its Board of Regents decided at a meeting in Fairbanks last week.

ACS wins $100 million contract with the state
Alaska Communications Systems Group is the apparent winner of a nearly $100 million contract to take over telecommunications services for state government.

Alaska closes out most air opacity cases
The state will collect nearly half a million dollars from cruise lines for violations of the air opacity standard in Southeast in 2000 and 2001.

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