Friday, December 31, 2010

Bright moments of 2010
A solid argument could be made against compiling end-of-the-year Top 10 lists, especially in the arts, where hierarchies tend to be unnecessarily limiting. But sifting through the year's memories to rediscover bright moments is for me always a rewarding exercise, and one I highly recommend. My list of highlights is not intended as a ranking of what was best, but rather as a celebration of the community arts scene as a whole, and of the individuals who pour their hearts into their creative work, enriching Juneau with their efforts.

MOVIES
20TH CENTURY TWIN

ART, EVENTS & MUSIC
THURSDAY

Organized disorder
Some of the world's finest music has roots in seeming chaos

'True Grit' a great escape
There are certain characters that are captivating to watch, like a headstrong young girl too filled with a sense of vengeance to realize she's a young girl. Or a gruff marshal-for-hire who goes by the name of "Rooster" Cogburn, a name that always keeps you guessing if he's about to do something very befuddled or very pitiless.

'Conscientious Projector' film to be shown Monday
The Juneau Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will present "No Impact Man," a full-length documentary about one man's effort to live for a year with no net environmental impact, at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 3, at the Goldtown Nickelodeon Theater. This film is the second in the JUUF's "Conscientious Projector" series, which seeks to address issues of concern or interest in the community through film.

Performance by Barrow Eskimo Dancers moved to March 19
The date for the performance of The Barrow Eskimo Dancers has been moved from Jan. 22 to March 19. The dancers will peform at 7:30 p.m. at the JDHS auditorium. They will also perform for local students at 10 a.m. Friday, March 18.

JAHC accepting nominations for Mayor's Awards for the Arts
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council is accepting nominations for the Mayor's Awards for the Arts from now through Jan. 15.

Filejerks to play a 17+ show at Latinos tonight
The Filejerks, visiting from Seattle, will headline a dance party tonight at Latinos Restaurant, located in the Old Elks Hall on Franklin Street.

New at the library: Kids books with CDs
We've been adding to our collection of read-along picture books and now, in addition to the bags with book and cassette inside, you'll find shelves of books with CDs inside at each public library. Here are just a few - some older that you may not have known about, and some brand-new.

Eaglecrest bus gets a jazzy new paint job
Last spring, Eaglecrest asked the Canvas to help paint their shuttle bus, an offer the downtown art facility happily accepted. The Canvas invited the community to submit designs, and received over a large collection of "wild and celebratory mountain-inspired artwork."

Promises, Promises
In the Senior Voice dated January 2011, there is an interesting article written by Senator Mark Begich regarding the fiscal health of Medicare and Social Security. He tells seniors "they are in no danger of losing benefits because right now the Social Security Trust has a 2.6 trillion surplus". Whew, am I relieved. All this time I thought the trust fund was full of I.O.U.s. Now I find that although the actual money is not sitting in a special account in Washington, this debt to seniors is secured by U.S. Treasury Bonds. But wait, who secures U.S. Treasury Bonds? Oh yes, the government. So the government, who is broke, issues treasury bonds to itself. Really?

Disappointed with DADT repeal letter
I was disappointed, although not surprised, by Mr. Larry Smith's Dec. 22 letter to the editor. The letter was entitled "DADT repeal not in the public interest". I was intrigued, since it was most assuredly in the public's will that DADT should be repealed. As of Dec. 9, Gallup reported that 67% of the American public supported such a repeal. So, I read on, expecting an argument as to why the public ought to be checked, why we ought to embrace paternalism, and assent to let Mr. Smith and his moral brethren steer us correctly.

Photos: Sledding to pass the day away
Kai Hargrave uses a rope to climb back up the hill for sledding at Evergreen Cemetery Wednesday. Hargrave was with the students in the RALLY Program at Harborview Elementary School.

Water treatment, disposal topics at Chamber of Commerce lunch
Everyone's getting ready for the new year, and that includes the City and Borough of Juneau. The future looks busy for the Public Works Administration, as Public Works Director Joe Buck outlined some of the highest priorities to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce.

JSD learns lesson in energy efficiency
By taking the initiative to become energy aware, the Juneau School District has not only saved more than $1.2 million, but also has schools earning the distinctive Energy Star award.

Airport program to welcome Alaskans
Friendly local faces have been helping guide summer visitors to the sights of Juneau for a few years, but now business professionals, politicians and other travelers will be greeted by locals in winter as well.

Photo: Dancing with light
Members of the Juneau-Douglas High School Dance Team perform their Light March during halftime at the 20th Annual Princess Capital City Classic Basketball Tournament Wednesday.

George Schaaf to leave Trail Mix
Trail Mix's executive director, George Schaaf, will leave his position soon to take over as the new Parks and Landscape Superintendent for the City and Borough of Juneau. His new role starts Jan. 24.

Photo: Putting for the arts
Sherrie Chrysler and Dale Lanegan play through Candy Land at the "Putt Your Game Face On" miniature golf course set up as a fundraiser Wednesday for the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council at the Juneau Arts & Cultural Center. Today is the last day to play in what has become an annual event at the JACC. Local groups decorated the nine holes as board games, this year's theme. Hole number one, Candy Land, was decorated by The Canvas staff and REACH artists.

Photo: Some serious snow shoveling
Ash Craspo, an employee of the state's general services division, shovels snow out of the entrance to the State Office Building on Thursday.

Police & Fire
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Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Photo: Floating on fresh powder
Michael Unger, 14, floats through fresh powder on his snowboard Tuesday at Eaglecrest.

Photo: Shoveling fresh snow
Shayma Rohwer and her son, Reed Maier, 3, shovel fresh snow off the sidewalk in front of their downtown home Tuesday. Their dog Soda, is in the background.

Terry Johnson Stone
Terry Johnson Stone died on Dec. 16, 2010 at the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., of complications from chemotherapy. He was 56.

Elizabeth "Sarah" Bowen
Elizabeth "Sarah" Bowen died Dec. 21, 2010 in St. Louis, Mo. She was 25.

Outside editorial: The Senate should take it's chance to change the rules
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Empire editorial: Time to go, Joe
The time has come - and long since passed - for the candidate who has no chance of becoming our next U.S. Senator to give up his legal ploys and stop holding the people of Alaska hostage.

WikiLeaks founder tests limits of press
For better and for worse, Julian Assange pushes limits. In his work life and his sex life, he stands at the border dividing legal conduct from criminality, though it's not clear which side of that border he occupies.

Reforms are a good first step
Many observers contend November's midterm election was about the need to rein in our national deficit and to get the economy on the right track. However, when the 112th session of Congress convenes, the new Republican leadership will support a bill that will: increase the deficit by almost $150 billion, increase the number of people at risk of bankruptcy, repeal a $110 billion middle class tax credit and weaken Medicare's solvency.

My Turn: Building a better community through local philanthropy
The gifts have been opened, and yes, some already returned. Regrettably, the holiday season of giving is fading away rapidly as we get ready for the new year.

Dismantle it, piece by piece
The American people have consistently said they fear government control over their health-care choices. And the more they learn about the health-care reform legislation approved earlier this year, the more they realize their fears are justified.

Rendell in the White House
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell's romp through the media following the cancellation of the Philadelphia Eagles-Minnesota Vikings football game shows why he is often mentioned as just the person to bring the rarefied West Wing of the White House down to Earth.

Taking a day to adapt
Lindsay Hallvik's most vivid memory in her job as an adaptive ski and snowboard instructor arrived about a year ago as she helped one local woman into her gear. The middle-aged woman was a skier when she was in her prime, but hadn't been on the slopes in nearly 40 years. She had experienced an amputation and diabetes - which, in turn, resulted in a handful of other health-related complications. Hallvik said the woman never expected to access the mountain again.

ORCA offering Nordic program
For the first time, the local non-profit ORCA is offering adaptive cross country ski lessons beginning in January for disabled individuals in the community.

Auke Nu trail in the deep freeze
As we drove to the trailhead, a full moon still hung in the sky. The temperature was a balmy 23 degrees or so, just one day after minus six registered during the night at my house.

Unit 4 big game season closures
JUNEAU - Unit 4 will close for the hunting of Sitka black-tailed deer and brown bear (registration hunt RB077) under the state season today. This includes all of Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof islands, as well as smaller islands within the unit.

Officials report surge in North Coast fall chinook salmon run
POTTER VALLEY, Calif. - State wildlife officials say a threatened species of salmon has completed its fall run to a Mendocino County dam in record numbers.

Gray wolf from NM sent to Mexico breeding program
CARLSBAD, N.M. - A southern New Mexico zoo has sent a Mexican gray wolf to Mexico for a breeding program.

Unit 4 mountain goat season now closed
JUNEAU - The registration hunt (RG150) for mountain goats on Baranof Island closed today.

2011 Aquatic Farm Application period now open
JUNEAU - Joint-agency aquatic farmsite applications are now available and will be accepted by the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mining, Land and Water, from Saturday, Jan. 1 through Monday, May 2.

Snow & Grooming report
Conditions as of Dec. 30

Tides
Today, Dec. 31

A year of Wild Shots
All year, residents and visitors have generously shared images and stories capturing Mother Nature’s fleeting moments. In this issue, the last of 2010, I have chosen to share those that have yet to go to print.

Storm delays Minn. explorer's Alaskan climb
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Weather has dealt a setback to a Minnesota explorer hoping to become the first person to scale Mount McKinley on a solo expedition in January.

Alaska executive featured in Biztech magazine
Michael Garrett, chief operating officer of telecommunications operations for Alaska Power & Telephone Co., graces the latest cover of Biztech magazine. The accompanying article profiles the growth of wireless networks nationwide and includes AP&T's Southeast Alaska Microwave Network as an example of how various companies are meeting the challenges of customer demand for both bandwidth and access. The article can be accessed and read online at: http://www.biztechmagazine.com/article.asp?item_id=876.

Carpeneti reappoints 4 presiding judges
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's four presiding Superior Court judges will retain their positions for 2011.

Fairbanks man arrested in 10 burglaries
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man has been arrested in connection with 10 burglaries, and Alaska State Troopers say they're looking for a second man who may have helped him steal $100,000 worth of jewelry this week.

Thane Road temporary closure planned today
The Department of Transportation's Southeast Region Maintenance & Operations staff will conduct Avalanche Control operations on Thane Road on Friday, Dec. 31. Thane Road will be closed to traffic beginning at 10 a.m. Howitzer firing will begin at 10:30 a.m. DOT anticipates completion of operations and reopening of the road at noon.

Application period for PFD checks approaching
ANCHORAGE - Alaskans can begin applying for their 2011 Permanent Fund dividend checks on Saturday.

Power goes out in Savoonga
ANCHORAGE - The village of Savoonga on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea is continuing to struggle with power outages.

Attorney: Miller working to meet borough request
JUNEAU - An attorney says Joe Miller is working to comply with a request to turn over all records the he either produced or received during his tenure with the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

Wolfpack grounds Falcons
West Valley took care of business at the free throw line during a 15-4 fourth-quarter run to put Thunder Mountain away Thursday, and the Wolfpack went on to top the Falcons 56-33 as snow blanketed Juneau outside.

Capital City sweep
Juneau-Douglas made it a boys-girls sweep of the Princess Cruises Capital City Classic on Wednesday with a 47-42 win over West Valley.

JDHS girls take touney title
The Juneau-Douglas girls' basketball team won its fifth straight tournament Wednesday after topping the Aussies 53-44 on the final day of the Princess Cruises Capital City Classic.

Tanoa Bowl features five Crimson Bears
The prep basketball season is in full swing with the completion of this year’s Capital City Classic on Wednesday, but three of the Crimson Bears were notably absent from the boys’ roster of the annual hoops tournament.

Crescent Valley finishes strong
You couldn't blame Crescent Valley girls' basketball team if it came out flat against South Anchorage after a narrow overtime defeat against the Crimson Bears on Tuesday night, but the team from Corvallis, Ore., didn't entertain any such thoughts.

Haines grabs first tournament victory
It'd had been a difficult couple of days for Haines during the 20th Annual Princess Cruises Capital City Classic, but the Glacier Bears finally got in the win column with a 65-30 win over a depleted Hoonah squad Wednesday afternoon.

Parnell certifies Murkowski as Alaska's U.S. Senator
S-E-A-N, P-A-R-N-E-L-L. The intent was clear Thursday morning on the third floor of the State Capital Building as Gov. Sean Parnell signed U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's certification papers declaring her the winner of the 2010 Alaska Senatorial Race nearly two months after the election.

Miller to announce plans by Friday
JUNEAU - Republican Joe Miller plans to announce by Friday whether he'll continue his legal fight over the Alaska Senate race.

State lawmaker thinks election law up for debate
JUNEAU - Alaska's Legislature should consider changing election law to make clear that voter intent is what matters in counting write-in ballots, a state lawmaker said Wednesday.

Handful of new laws to take effect in Alaska
JUNEAU - Starting in the new year, foster youth will have the option of state support for an extra year, limits will be placed on forced overtime for nurses and heirs of residents who die after June 29 will be able to make claims on their Alaska Permanent Fund dividends.

State plans internal review of election handling
JUNEAU - Alaska's new lieutenant governor plans an internal review of the state's handling of the contentious U.S. Senate race.

Parents can be charged for child's absences
KOTZEBUE - Teachers and school administrators in northwest Alaska have warned the parents of frequently truant children that they can be charged with a misdemeanor if the students continue to miss class.

Fairbanks mayor takes bite out of air quality plan
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks mayor Luke Hopkins and the city's Air Pollution Control Commission reluctantly amended and approved a version of an air-quality improvement plan that sets goals to reduce pollution, but gives the city no power to enforce it.

Tax credit drew film productions to Alaska in 2010
ANCHORAGE - State officials say a tax credit program helped draw film productions large and small to Alaska this year.

Man missing, 10 days after leaving cabin
NOME - Searchers set out for a second day Thursday in hopes of finding a man who disappeared this month on a 50-mile walk to Nome from his family's cabin.

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