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WhaleFest explores the gizmos and gadgets of cetacean science

Capital City Weekly - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 8:26am
SITKA - Just a few decades ago, researchers were repurposing kitchen timers to test how deep marine mammals can dive.

Ferry system restricting travel by minors

Capital City Weekly - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 8:26am
JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Highway is enacting a new policy that will require that a parent, guardian or other authorized adult accompany child passengers.

Making Local Work: WinterSong Soap Company

Capital City Weekly - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 8:26am
Ruth McMaster didn't plan to own WinterSong Soap Company. She didn't even intend to work there.

JPD opens police substation on UAS campus

Capital City Weekly - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 8:26am
The Juneau Police Department has opened a police substation on the campus of the University of Alaska Southeast, Auke Bay.

October was a dry month in wet year

Capital City Weekly - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 8:26am
It's been a wet year when the wettest month is dry.

From the Archives: Dana Stabenow on Writing History

49 Writers - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 7:00am

When this post first ran back in 2009, bestselling author Dana Stabenow was in the process of writing the first novel in what became her Silk and Song trilogyabout Marco Polo’s granddaughter traveling the Silk Road west from 1322 to 1327, China to England. Now that she has just released the second book in the series, with the third coming out next year, we thought it might be fun to revisit her thoughts on the process of writing history.

I’m writing an historical novel set in the 14th century, and for a long time I obsessed over how to avoid anachronism, particularly in dialogue. [Example: Marco Polo’s granddaughter, Johanna, going to the stables to discover BFF Jaufre fighting off the advances of a pretty maid: “Dude! Totally awesome babe, man!”]

I’ve stopped worrying about it, though. I’ve read a lot of history, and somewhere along the line I came to believe that we just aren’t all that different from our ancestors.

Take Eratosthenes. He’s the guy who figured out in 300 BC not only that the earth was round, he also calculated its diameter. Yes, that would be 1,900 years before the Catholic Church put Galileo under house arrest for saying the same thing. All Eratosthenes had were his eyes, his feet and a stick, but he could still do the math.

How about the ancient Hawaiians? They navigated their way across two thousand miles of open ocean using star charts made of bamboo strips and cowrie shells. When they made landfall, they built the Place of Refuge on Hawaii, an enormous platform carved from pahoehoe, the ropey kind of lava, with walls perpendicular to right angles. Five hundred years ago Hawaiians were wearing loincloths and carrying spears and sacrificing slaves to their gods, but they could still do the math.

There’s a quote I like from Robert Heinlein’s Lazarus Long, as follows:
Anyone who cannot cope with mathematics
is not fully human. At best he is a tolerable subhuman
who has learned to wear shoes, bathe,
and not make messes in the house.In my historical novel, my characters are going to spend some time working on a gothic cathedral. I’ve been to Chartres twice myself. Took ‘em 66 years to build it, starting in 1210, and it hasn’t fallen down yet. That was 800 years ago, centuries before rivet guns. But they could still do the math.

We’re not that different, Eratosthenes and Polynesia Guy and Bishop Fulbert and me. It’s just our technology that’s different. I’m thinking my characters can speak plain English, of course absent slang and colloquialism in either direction. There will be no forsoothing, that’s for sure.

But they will be fully human.

Bestselling author Dana Stabenow was raised on a fish tender in southcentral Alaska, and she knew there had to be a warmer, drier job out there somewhere. When she’s not busy authoring books, she is working on Storyknife, a residency planned for women writers.
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How to ruin a reputation

Capital City Weekly - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 9:02pm
Ketchikan has the reputation of being on an island with a poor deer population. I have my doubts. It could be something as simple as access, which would then make it pale in comparison to Prince of Wales — my home island. Students show me pictures of the bucks they got on POW. I tell them as long as they stay out of my spots, they can go get their deer. Friends head over there too. I tell them as long as they stay out of my spots, they can go get their deer.

Keeping life spicy in Southeast

Capital City Weekly - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 9:01pm
In October I had the pleasure of visiting Chicago. I spent much of my time walking around and taking in the amazing sites. This wasn’t my first time in Chi-town, and it certainly won’t be my last. I think October is a perfect time of year to visit. It’s not too hot, the fall foliage is breathtaking, and most attractions and activities are still open. While there, I went on two food tours, and in my opinion, that is the best way to see a city.

Preparing For Winter Art Market Sales

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 6:31am

Clarissa prints limited edition Giclee’s on her large format, ink jet Epson 7880; this is the first time she has enjoyed printing in the 5 years she has owned this machine!  (Grand-daughter Amelie points to the photo of “Resilience” Chilkat robe)

Shrink wrapping Clarissa’s limited edition Giclee prints, to be marketed during this Winter season 2014-15

This past week has been a bit nutty — While printing limited editions of some of my work, I’ve been cutting out and sewing spinning pads, splitting bark, spinning warp, designing a log for the Northwest Coast Weavers’ Supply, making travel arrangements, etc. etc. including but not limited to, the joy of holding a newborn granddaughter and of course time out with her older sister, Amelie!

 

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Official Presentation of “Resilience” Chilkat robe

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 5:56am

Many, many braids in weaving “Resilience” Chilkat robe by Clarissa Rizal – 2014

HEADS UP!  For those of you living in the Portland, Oregon area:  I will be doing a public presentation on Chilkat weaving and a Power Point Presentation of weaving my latest Chilkat robe “Resilience” at the Portland Art Museum on Friday evening, December 5, 2014 at 5:30pm.  Guitarist extraordinaire Dan Shanks, will be performing the live soundtrack. —  If you are in the area, come on by!  Two woven Child-size ensembles, one in Ravenstail and the other in Chilkat, be on display only during this presentation.  Also, I will have a few things available for sale:  my Chilkat Weaving Handbook, greeting cards, Chilkat prints, etc. See you soon!

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So you want to learn Icelandic and you don’t know where to start…

Juneau Public Library Blog - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 2:11pm
What about your library’s website? The Juneau Public Libraries’ website is a point of access to Mango Languages, an interactive and fun program for language learning; and free for Alaskans! Moreover, Mango languages doesn’t only give you access to the most popular languages, like Spanish or French. It includes up to 64 languages, and you […]
Categories: Arts & Culture

Juvenile Literature Reviews, September 2014 meeting

Juneau Public Library Blog - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 9:17am
Volunteers and librarians read and discuss new books for young readers. Andrew Draws   Written and illustrated by David McPhail I liked when the animals jumped right out of the pictures. I didn’t like the long hair on the boy. I would recommend this to others. I would like to tell the author that I like […]
Categories: Arts & Culture

Chilkat Warp Trick-of-Trade

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 5:52am

Washed Chilkat warp is pulled tight and set out to dry

Here’s a trick-of-the-trade to create smoother, more even Chilkat or Ravenstail warp with no give: after you wash your warp, pull tight as you wrap the warp around the back of a chair — let dry thoroughly, then groom.

Why do you want a smother, move even warp with no give?  When you are weaving your weft yarns over this warp, you will notice a less bumpy, more evenly-laid fabric.

Periodically I post various tricks-of-the-trade in regards to spinning, weaving, designing or anything else I may think of to post here on my blog for all you wonderful artists/craftspeople out there in the world!–for more tricks, check out “Tools-of-the-Trade in the column to the right…

Categories: Arts & Culture

Libros en español en la biblioteca

Juneau Public Library Blog - Sun, 11/02/2014 - 3:07pm
¿Sabìa usted que las bibliotecas municipales tienen libros en español tanto para niños como para adultos? Si nunca los ha encontrado acèrquese al mostrador y pregunte a los bliotecarios, ellos estaràn encantados de ayudarle a encontrar libros en español tanto para usted como para sus niños.
Categories: Arts & Culture

Reviews of Juvenile Literature, Summer 2014

Juneau Public Library Blog - Sun, 11/02/2014 - 12:33pm
Reviews of a variety of new books for young readers. Being Sloane Jacobs written by Lauren Morrill This “Prince and the Pauper” story is fairly predictable in terms of resolution, but still, the journey to that resolution is thoroughly enjoyable. Two young women named Sloane Jacobs—one the daughter of a senator, the other the daughter […]
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Superintendent speaks out about student privacy rights

Juneau School District Announcements - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:40pm

Supe's On  - Welcome to the Superintendent's Blog

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School District Report on Investigation into Hazing

Juneau School District Announcements - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 3:35pm

The Juneau School District has concluded our investigation into allegations that on or about May 30-31 of this year a group of incoming senior boys hazed/initiated a group of incoming freshmen boys by paddling them multiple times.

These events were first brought to our attention in early June. At that time the district began an initial investigation, which, due to an active police investigation and summer vacation, was put on hold. When we were informed that the police had concluded their investigation we resumed our efforts.

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