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'Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)' wins British Academy Award

Capital City Weekly - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:48am
"Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)," a video game based on Inupiaq stories narrated in the Inupiaq language, has been honored with a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award in London for Best Debut Game. Juneau-based Tlingit and Inupiaq storyteller Ishmael Angaluuk Hope, who worked as a lead writer for the project, accepted the award during the ceremony in London Thursday along with "Never Alone" Art Director Dima Veryovka.

Juneau groups offer four scholarships to music MAT students

Capital City Weekly - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:48am
Juneau Alaska Music Matters (JAMM), the Juneau Symphony and the Juneau community are partnering with the University of Alaska Southeast to offer four $10,000 scholarships to string students interested in pursuing a one-year Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education with the opportunity to earn a certification in K-12 Music. The recipients of the four scholarships will serve as a quartet-in-residence.

Applications open for Native American Museum Studies Institute

Capital City Weekly - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:48am
The Myers Center is accepting applications from tribal museum professionals for its annual Native American Museum Studies Institute. The institute helps to develop the capacity of tribal community members to conserve and revitalize tribal cultural heritage, foster tribal representations and partnerships, and educate communities through museum development exhibits. This year, the institute will be held June 9-12 at University of California Berkeley. Download an application here:

Alaska Center for the Book seeks nominations for literacy award

Capital City Weekly - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:48am
The Alaska Center for the Book is seeking nominations for its annual Contributions to Literacy in Alaska Awards. The awards recognize people and institutions that have made a significant contribution in literacy, the literary arts, or the preservation of the written or spoken word in Alaska.

On Writing: The existential keyboard

Capital City Weekly - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:48am
I hear the trill of a thrush in the woods across the river. The dogs hear it too and look up from nosing the ground. We're out here before dawn every weekend morning, the dogs and I, and this is the first thrush we've heard this year. By next weekend the thrushes will be in full voice. Spring comes on. The waters of Lynn Canal quiet down, and soon the woods will be roaring with song.

Officials to Test Tsunami Warning System in Alaska

Capital City Weekly - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:48am
NOAA's National Weather Service, the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Alaska Broadcasters Association plan to conduct a test of the tsunami warning communications system on Wednesday, March 25, at approximately 10:15 a.m. Alaska Daylight Time.

Art in unusual places

Capital City Weekly - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:48am
Reader submitted photos.

Juneau Community Foundation awards $6000 for JAHC scholarships

Capital City Weekly - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:48am
The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council recently received a grant of $6000 from the Juneau Community Foundation for the purposes of providing scholarships to support youth in the arts and humanities. The grant comes from the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council Student Scholarship Fund, which is a donor-advised fund.

Juneau's Ben Huff opens show at Museum of the North in Fairbanks

Capital City Weekly - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:48am
An installation of photographs by Juneau artist Ben Huff is currently on view at the University of Alaska Museum of the North. The exhibit, previously shown at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau, features images from Alaska's Haul Road Huff made with a large format camera during a five-year period.

Writers' Weir: Snowfall

Capital City Weekly - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:48am
Feathers of white

Christopher, Sullivan bring complexity to famous comedy

Capital City Weekly - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:48am
The oddest thing about Perseverance Theatre's revival of Neil Simon's classic "The Odd Couple": it's really not very "odd" at all.

Moving On

Capital City Weekly - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:48am
Ricci Adan wrapped her final show as the choreographer of Perseverance Theatre's smash hit "Chicago," and announced she was leaving Juneau. She is moving back to New York City where she plans to write the final chapter in the story of her husband's 1981 murder. She says her time in Juneau has allowed her to recover from that personal tragedy.

Topping Out ceremony marks Ketchikan Medical Center milestone

Capital City Weekly - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:48am
Construction of PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center's new surgery and medical office building took an important symbolic step forward on March 11, when the final i-beam for the steel skeleton of the 4-story building was hoisted aloft amid cheers and applause. During during a Topping Out ceremony, the i-beam was raised with the State of Alaska and US flags and a Sitka spruce tree, symbols of patriotism and growth, respectively.

Application deadline extended for the Ethel Lund Village Health Occupations Program

Capital City Weekly - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:48am
SITKA - SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is extending the application deadline for the 2015 Ethel Lund Village Health Occupations Program that takes place from April 20-24 in Sitka. There are still several openings for this year's program so the deadline is being extended to Tuesday, March 31.

ADOT&PF launches 511 traveler information app

Capital City Weekly - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:48am
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities recently announced upgrades to the Alaska 511 Traveler Information System that includes a new free mobile application compatible with both Android and Apple devices. The app can be downloaded using Google Play or iTunes.

Two Graphic Display Systems For Sale

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 12:51pm

ATTENTION ARTISTS WHO SELL THEIR WORKS AT ART MARKETS & FAIRS!!! Do you need wall panels to display your paintings, graphics, prints, etc.? I have two complete display units for sale made by Graphic Display Systems, the original manufacturer of affordable wire mesh display panels, for Artists, Craftsman, Schools, etc., to display their work in a professional manner. The display unit is the most light weight, most durable, most used and easy to assemble display panel on the market. The system breaks down into three flat boxes that fit easily in the back of your station wagon, 4wd, or today’s BMW! My panel system are in excellent condition.  I have one in Colorado which I have used only 4 in times in six years and I have one in Alaska of which  I’ve only used this unit 2 times in the past 4 years, and because I am changing my business plan this year, it’s time to let them go!

The system in Pagosa Springs, Colorado is the basic panel system with additional panels to add 18″ more height.  Included are additional bars and clips.  This system is valued at $1600; I ask $1000.

The system that I have in Juneau, Alaska is the basic panel system shown on the website to fit a 10ft. x 10ft. booth. This system’s wall is 10 ft. wide and 5 ft deep with one horizontal bar at the top. Initial cost was $1000; I ask $800.

For more info on these fabulous systems, check out the company who manufactures these at: And yes, my area code is 970 (colorado)…!


Categories: Arts & Culture

Using Leftover Chilkat/Ravenstail Weft Yarns

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 11:09am

The Hope grandchildren, Bette, Louis, Mary and Eleanor  model hats made by  Grandma Rissy!

After 20+ years of weaving Chilkat and Ravenstail robes, I have accumulated left over weft yarns in shades of whites, blues, yellows and blacks, not quite enough for any significant weavings, so I decided to put these yarns to use.

Grand-daughters Violet, Simone and Amelile–Chilkat hats made by Clarissa Rizal – Winter 2014-15

Nearly 40  years ago, instigated by the need for beautiful, ear-flap hats to keep the wind, rain/snow and cold out  for my own children,  I became a hat maker and there are a few folks out there who still have their winter hats that I made.  Those hats back then have my design trademark at the top of the hats:  the star or starfish, as shown in these photos.  Now that I have grandkids, I am back to making these hats…happily, I have come full circle…!

Grandma Rissy has nicknames for all her grand-children: SikiKwaan, Ajuju, Wasichu, and Inipi — Chilkat hats by Clarissa Rizal – Winter 2014-15


Categories: Arts & Culture

Poems in Place event

What Turtle Blood Tastes Like - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 1:39pm

Hey folks, I’m co-hosting a poetry event next Tuesday to help drum up interest during this year’s call for submissions. Checkout out the Poems in Place Project and I hope you’ll join Emily and I for a night of poetry.

Poems in Place
February 24, 2015 – 06:30
A Conversation Between Alaskan Landscapes and Poetry hosted by Emily Wall and Jonas Lamb. Readers and writers of poetry! Please come to the library to help us discover nominees for this year’s Poems in Place project. The Poems in Place project places poems by Alaskan writers in outdoors in two of Alaska’s State parks each year. To begin, Emily Wall will present images and background about this year’s two Alaskan State Parks: Caines Head State Recreation Area and Fort Abercrombie State Historic Park. Then Jonas and Emily will guide participants through a structured poetic response exploring the relationship between place and poem. Participants will have an opportunity to read these or other poems. You’re welcome to bring your books to share.

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Categories: Arts & Culture

Superintendent speaks out about student privacy rights

Juneau School District Announcements - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:40pm

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

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Categories: Arts & Culture

School District Report on Investigation into Hazing

Juneau School District Announcements - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 4:35pm

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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Categories: Arts & Culture


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