Thursday, December 24, 2009

Art therapy
There are 18,819 workers in the city of Juneau, according to the latest Census data. But only one of those, Cecilie Cody, is a certified art therapist.

Wearable Art show planned for Feb. 13 and 14
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council announces its 10th annual Wearable Arts Extravaganza fundraiser, Cirque de Pluie, (Circus of Rain), a uniquely Alaskan take on Cirque du Soleil (Circus of the Sun). Based on a concept originating in Nelson, New Zealand, the show features artwork specifically created to be worn on the human body. These wearable artworks are displayed by models during a runway show accompanied by music and narration. With special effects lighting and other production surprises, this event goes far beyond a fashion show into a zany, magical mix-up of imagination, humor, beauty, and the fantastic. More than 200 volunteers contribute their time to produce the event, which also includes a silent auction featuring donated artworks and experiences.

Film Juneau contest applications due Feb. 15
The FILM Juneau Contest is still under way. Sponsored by the City and Borough of Juneau, Juneau Arts & Humanities Council and the Juneau Economic Development Council, the contest organizers welcome submissions from videographers and filmmakers who are interested in creating a Juneau promotional video that will be aired on the Web. The application deadline is Feb. 15, 2010.

Perseverance brings an old myth to new life with 'Eurydice'
Perseverance Theatre's 31st season continues with "Eurydice" by Sarah Ruhl on Nov. 8.

Film Juneau contest applications due Feb. 15
The FILM Juneau Contest is still under way. Sponsored by the City and Borough of Juneau, Juneau Arts & Humanities Council and the Juneau Economic Development Council, the contest organizers welcome submissions from videographers and filmmakers who are interested in creating a Juneau promotional video that will be aired on the Web. The application deadline is Feb. 15, 2010.

'Paintings by Dan DeRoux' opens at the City Museum
"Paintings by Dan DeRoux" will open at the city museum on Friday, Jan. 8

Perseverance brings an old myth to new life with 'Eurydice'
Perseverance Theatre's 31st season continues with "Eurydice" by Sarah Ruhl on Nov. 8.

Grenache could be the next big wine trend
In this edition of Monthly Crush we explore the varietal Grenache. I have found this to be a very popular grape and have seen its sales growing, not only as a single varietal but as an element of the great Rhône blends. It might actually have the potential to be the next trend in wine drinking.

Wearable Art show planned for Feb. 13 and 14
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council announces its 10th annual Wearable Arts Extravaganza fundraiser, Cirque de Pluie, (Circus of Rain), a uniquely Alaskan take on Cirque du Soleil (Circus of the Sun). Based on a concept originating in Nelson, New Zealand, the show features artwork specifically created to be worn on the human body. These wearable artworks are displayed by models during a runway show accompanied by music and narration. With special effects lighting and other production surprises, this event goes far beyond a fashion show into a zany, magical mix-up of imagination, humor, beauty, and the fantastic. More than 200 volunteers contribute their time to produce the event, which also includes a silent auction featuring donated artworks and experiences.

'Avatar' actually worth all the hype
Three minor complaints with James Cameron's $500,000,000 (allegedly) epic, "Avatar." That's it. Actually, it's more like two and a half, since one of my issues had nothing to do with Mr. Cameron. In no particular order, the only quips I could come up with after giving it considerable thought:

'Alaska Native Reader' offers a welcome change in perspective
"The Alaska Native Reader: History, Culture, Politics." Edited by Maria Shaa Tláa Williams.

'Paintings by Dan DeRoux' opens at the City Museum
"Paintings by Dan DeRoux" will open at the city museum on Friday, Jan. 8

Arts & Culture CALENDAR
ART, EVENTS &PERFORMANCE

New large print books include 'The Scarpetta Factor'
New large print books on the shelves at the public libraries include bestsellers like Patricia Cornwell's "The Scarpetta Factor," Iris Johansen's "Blood Game," Robin Cook's "Intervention," and Jim Butcher's "Turn Coat," as well as the titles below.

New large print books include 'The Scarpetta Factor'
New large print books on the shelves at the public libraries include bestsellers like Patricia Cornwell's "The Scarpetta Factor," Iris Johansen's "Blood Game," Robin Cook's "Intervention," and Jim Butcher's "Turn Coat," as well as the titles below.

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THURSDAY

Thanks for donating to walk for charity
The Downtown Business Association would like to thank the businesses who contributed to the Trees of Christmas Walk for Charity and all the members of the public who helped by participating. This year's winner of the $1,000 donation was the tree dedicated to Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Juneau, sponsored by the Foggy Mountain Shop.

Glaciers an important marine food source
A study done on Juneau's glaciers shows that the hulking blocks of ice produce high-quality food for the organisms that live in downstream rivers and the ocean.

Groups want Roadless Rule protection for Tongass forest
The Kake Native community was joined by conservation organizations and tourism interests in a lawsuit filed Tuesday to protect the remaining old-growth areas in the Tongass National Forest.

Around Town
Today, Dec. 23

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Southeast waste disposal plan differs from that of Juneau
Southeast Alaska's plans for waste disposal are moving along, and so are Juneau's - though there's currently no indication those two plans might be in the same direction.

Film designer to share life's work
Wayne Fitzgerald is the reason people want to be in their seats at the movie theater when the lights dim and opening credits roll. He's also the reason people stay until discarded patron droppings are pushed out the aisles.

High pressure keeps snow at bay
Sticky high pressure areas over the region dominated the weather in Juneau this month to create drier than usual conditions, according to National Weather Service data.

Photo: Snow play
Shayla Jarapata, 3, lifts a ball of snow onto a snowman she is building Wednesday with her mother, Kamaili, father, Ryan, and older brother, Romeo, 5, partially hidden, at Twin Lakes.

Photo: Blanket of snow
A Juneau driver sweeps the snow off her vehicle at the Marine Park parking area during Wednesday's heavy snow.

Photo: Sidewalk shoveler
Siaosi Maake clears the sidewalk in front of Juneau Drug Co. at the corner of Seward and Front streets during Wednesday's heavy snow.

Photo: Offloading Christmas cheer
Crew members aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Liberty offload items donated by the Juneau Community during its annual Blanket, Coat and Toy drive Friday in in Angoon. About 5,000 pounds of items were donated. An A1 photo that ran in Monday's Empire was taken during a Coast Guard blanket, coat and toy drive in 2002.

Around Town
Thursday, Dec. 24

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: Welcoming the light
Juneau residents gather Monday evening around a bonfire along a North Douglas shore to celebrate the winter solstice.

Photos:Snowboardin with a kite
Marc Scholten and Bill Glude roll up a snow-kite after a day of activity. Glude was giving Scholten his first lessons. "It's easier than doing it in water, and the snow is a lot more forgiving," Glude said. "And it's a great way to learn kite skills."

Donna Hoepfner
Lifelong Juneau resident Donna Hoepfner died quietly on Dec. 21, 2009, in her home in Anacortes, Wash., with her husband at her side, following a courageous battle with cancer. She was 60.

Melvin Daroff
Former Haines and Juneau resident Melvin Frederic Daroff died Dec. 7, 2009, in El Segundo, Calif. He was 82.

Herbert Adams
Former Juneau resident Herbert Clinton Adams died Dec. 12, 2009, in Union, Wash. He was 85.

Jeremy McLeod
Juneau resident Jeremy Blake McLeod died Dec. 15, 2009, at home from a heart attack. He was 31.

Rose Marie Ragone
Juneau resident Rose Marie Ragone died Dec. 19, 2009, peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her loved ones in Juneau. She was 79.

Alaska editorial: University must always be training Alaskans for resource jobs
If any Alaska legislator doubts the relationship between the University of Alaska and the state's economy, that legislator can be handed yet another example by visiting the Juneau campus.

Outside editorial: 'Tis the season of giving, forgiving
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

Is there a Santa? Try Googling it
This is the most wonderful time of the year for those of us who toil in the vineyards of the editorial pages. Somebody always trots out Francis Pharcellus Church's 1897 "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" editorial in the New York Sun, and for a brief shining moment, people think hey, maybe editorialists aren't creeps after all.

Teen 'sexting' is part of the (too much) information age
There must be parents whose years of raising teenagers to adulthood are perfectly pleasant and without problems. And then there are the rest, perhaps most, who find the experience quite trying and filled with trouble.

Slow, snow and soul-flakes: Christmas reflections
"Slow-flakes." That is what my tiny little eyes used to think. Standing on the couch, I would look out the front room window as they barely moved past the street lamps and disappeared into mass conformity.

Don't throw out all old-media values
The toughest challenges facing the news business may have more to do with values than finances.

A presidential gift list for naughty and nice
Just when President Barack Obama thought his toughest decisions were behind him - his Afghanistan strategy, tackling unemployment, what to say to Tiger Woods if he calls - now he has to draw up a Christmas gift list. What will the current "decider" decide to give this holiday season ... to both the naughty and the nice?

Northwest Mining Association elects Coeur executive
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A Coeur d'Alene Mine Corp. executive has been elected president of the Northwest Mining Association.

Power failures black out airport systems
ANCHORAGE - Power systems failed twice at the air traffic facility at Stevens Anchorage International Airport that guides planes via radar.

Stimulus money allows lodge to go green
KODIAK - A bear-viewing lodge will be going green thanks to federal stimulus funds.

Obama declares mudslides a disaster
KODIAK - President Barack Obama has declared Kodiak's Oct. 9 mudslides a major disaster, a move that qualifies local governments for federal money as the community recovers from the second-rainiest day in Kodiak weather history.

Man jailed for driving forklift while drunk
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man pleaded no contest to driving a forklift while drunk and was sentenced to three days in jail.

Mom accused of giving girl drug to sell
FAIRBANKS - The authorities arrested a Fort Wainwright woman accused of giving her daughter a prescription drug to sell at school.

Tons of salmon to be donated to village
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard plans to deliver more than 13 tons of donated salmon to Kotzebue next week.

North Pole council broadens its power
FAIRBANKS - The North Pole City Council approved a pair of measures that weaken the mayor.

2 snowmachiners charged with DUI
NINILCHIK - Two men have been charged with driving under the influence while operating a snowmachine.

Public comments taken on Denali road proposal
ANCHORAGE - Public comments are being taken for a proposed road project at Denali National Park and Preserve.

Man pleads not guilty to sex trafficking
ANCHORAGE - A man accused of being the ringleader of a three-year sex trafficking ring in Anchorage has pleaded not guilty. The 52-year-old faces charges that could send him to federal prison for the rest of his life.

Crowd greets Palin at hometown signing
WASILLA - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin autographed copies of her memoir during her first public book signing in her home state.

Photos: Holiday Cup continues
The action continues at this year's Holiday Cup in Juneau. Visit www.spotted.juneauempire.com for in-depth photo galleries from the on-going tournament.

Family affair
They shared a warm embrace after Friday night's first-ever cross-town matchup between Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain high schools in what is not quite yet a rivalry game.

Crimson Bear boys start 0-2 in Wasilla tournament
The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears boys' basketball team has started the season 0-2 at the Don Larson Roundball Classic after they falling 69-50 to the Enumclaw (Wash.) Hornets on Tuesday in the round-robbin tournament in Wasilla.

Inconsistent Crimson Bears fall to 0-3
Inconsistency continues to plague the Juneau-Douglas boys' basketball team as the Crimson Bears fell to 0-3 on the year Wednesday, dropping a 63-52 decision to Chugiak on the final day of the Don Larson Roundball Classic in Wasilla.

Former JDHS swimmer sets new school record at UALR
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Trojans swimming and diving squad rounded out action at the Delta State Christmas Invitational Monday evening after competing in the event for the last three days.

Sports in Juneau
• Beginning Jan. 1, Sports In Juneau information must be submitted online at http://calendar.juneauempire.com. Submissions via e-mail, phone, fax or other will no longer be accepted. For more information e-mail webteam@juneauempire.com

Photo: Heads up
Jingle Balls' Jalynda Vodnanski, left, goes back to back with Levi Johnstons' Forrest Wolfe during the Masters A game of the Holiday Cup soccer tournament Monday at the Dimond Park Field House. Visit www.spotted.juneauempire.com for more.

Study: Cook Inlet has enough gas for decade
ANCHORAGE - There is enough natural gas in the Cook Inlet to supply southcentral Alaska's energy needs for a decade or longer, a new study by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources said.

Firearm bill a priority for Interior lawmaker
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks lawmaker has proposed the Alaska Firearms Freedom Act, which seeks to stop the federal regulation of guns and ammunition made and sold within Alaska.

Judge to ponder dismissal of Palin e-mail lawsuit
ANCHORAGE - Assistant Attorney General Michael Mitchell asked an Anchorage judge to dismiss a lawsuit involving e-mail messages that former Gov. Sarah Palin and her top administration officials sent one another outside of the state's computer network.

Politicians want longer comment time on whales
ANCHORAGE - Two Alaska politicians want the federal government to extend the public comment period on a proposal to designate nearly 2 million acres of water off Alaska's largest city as critical habitat for beluga whales.

Wells Fargo repays $25 billion that it received from TARP
SAN FRANCISCO - Wells Fargo & Co. said it repaid $25 billion the bank got from the Troubled Asset Relief Program in the midst of the financial crisis last year, freeing it from government restrictions on compensation.

Alaska college plan to give away money to boost enrollment
FAIRBANKS - Administrators of the University of Alaska College Savings Plan hope a giveaway will revive interest from those who need to save money for higher education.

Prudhoe Bay spill cleanup continues
ANCHORAGE - Crews on Wednesday were continuing to remove snow contaminated with oil from an area around a well house where a pipe broke in the Prudhoe Bay oil field.

Prosecutor responds to inmate's mail complaint
ANCHORAGE - Prosecutors in the Joshua Wade capital murder case say his efforts to get the case thrown out because of jailhouse mail errors is extraordinary and unwarranted.

North Pole family reaches out via Craigslist
NORTH POLE - James and Shelly Warren are not well-to-do, but 2009 was a good year so they posted an ad online offering to help a family during the holidays.

Power goes out twice at Alaska air traffic control
ANCHORAGE - Power systems failed twice at the air traffic facility at Stevens Anchorage International Airport that guides planes via radar and caused a handful of flight delays.

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