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Lawyer accused of rape quits chokehold death case

AP US News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 1:10am
Lawyer accused of rape quits chokehold death case Associated Press - 8 October 2014 22:15-04:00 News Topics: General news, Sexual assault, Crime, Violent crime People, Places and Companies: Scott Stringer, Al Sharpton, New York City, Manhattan Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Stanton Englehart: A Favorite Contemporary Painter

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:04pm

Book cover of Stanton Englehart’s “A Life on Canvas” published by the Spiralbound Studio Publishing in Durango, Colorado — Detail of Stanton’s painting entitled “Season on the Plateau”

Last week, when Dan, his parents and I were in the Toh-Atin Gallery of Native American Art in Durango, I came across this book and said to Dan that I totally admire this guy’s paintings; over the past few years every time I’ve seen this man’s work, just makes my heart pitter-patter…and I know that when I feel that feeling, it’s called love.

And then without even opening the book, I said to Dan “…can you show me what is your favorite piece of art in this gallery…?”  (I asked him that because every time Dan and I go to an art show, an art fair, an art market, or to any gallery, anywhere,  we always like the same exact piece(s) of art…!”  So Dan led me directly to a large painting towards the back of the Toh-Atin gallery above a stairwell.  Low and behold, it was a Stanton Englehart—!  What did I tell ya!?  After checking out the rest of the gallery art works in Navajo rugs, jewelry, pottery, sculpture and other paintings, again, Dan and I like the same exact piece of art picked out of thousands in a gallery!    So of course, I had to buy the book because I will study every painting in this book and Stanton’s painting style will influence my next set of paintings!

Stanton’s paintings are not acrylics on canvas; they are oil on canvas.  My daughter Ursala, who has been working in oil paintings for the past couple of years since her classes at Ft. Lewis College in Durango, has been encouraging me to drop acrylics and go into oils.  I will do so after I use up my $500 worth of acrylic paints; I refuse to let them go to waste!

Who is Stanton Englehart?  Stanton is a dedicated prolific artist for over 50 years.  He is a celebrated painter of the landscapes of the Colorado Plateau.  Englehart’s vision has been carried worldwide.  His vividly hued paintings are held in collections in Germany, Canada and across the U.S.

He is known for his passion as an educator.  Throughout his thirty-year teaching career at Ft. Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, Engleheart inspired students and faculty alike.  Upon his retirement, he was granted the title of Professor Emeritus of Art.

This book project was initiated by the Durango Arts Center and brought into print by Durango-based Spiralbound Studio Publishing in association with the Ft. Lewis College Foundation.  Proceeds from book sales will benefit the Stanton Englehart Scholarship Fund for art students at Ft. Lewis College.

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Trade Chilkat Robe for Land (w/ or w/o cabin or house) in Haines, Alaska

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 9:38am

Clarissa Rizal weaving the “Resilience” Chilkat robe she designed and wove, recently completed in June 2014


I am willing to do A TRADE for property with a cabin/home off of Mud Bay Road in Haines, Alaska  for a Chilkat robe woven by me.  Let’s get creative with terms, robe would be on commission basis designed by me OR a reproduction of an old robe.  If your property is  worth more than a standard-size Chilkat robe, maybe you would consider trading for an entire woven ensemble (robe, apron, leggings, headdress)…like I said, we can be creative with our negotiations.   

I am serious about doing this trade; I ain’t getting any younger and it’s time for me to get my act together in our beloved Haines!  If you are interested in this trade or you know of someone who may be interested, contact me on Facebook (under Clarissa Rizal), or email me here at: or call my cell at:  970-903-8386 (and yes, 970 is indeed the correct area code).

Thank you very much for your keeping me and this trade in mind! 



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Carolyn Kremers: The Non-Conforming House

49 Writers - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 7:00am
Carolyn Kremers
I've never written for a blog, ever.  I'm someone who usually drafts her poem or nonfiction by hand on a lined white notepad, then types a copy and fiddles with it—for days, weeks, years.  If I journal, I do it by hand or, if near electricity or desperate for time, on my laptop.  Occasionally I find myself journaling unexpectedly in an email message turned-into-letter.  That's the thing: I never know where my writing will go or where it will take me, what doors it will open.  Or close.  It closes some doors—barring me from being outside on a glorious fall day, for instance, or even from noticing the weather out a window—when my mind and body and whole soul are transported far away and deep down, into the draft or the revision of something magic and alive.
I guess blogging could also be like that—transporting—since it, too, is a form of writing.  I guess I'll find out.
Anyway, I've set up a few guidelines for myself ("constraints," as my rhetorician-friend Sarah Stanley would call them):
1.  Each blog will be short: 750 words or less (I hope).2.  I will write the blog during the week it is due, not sooner (not beforehand).3.  I will limit the time I spend, using most of it to draft and only a little of it to revise/edit/polish.  (Polish!?  I think that may be a forbidden word in the blog-world…)4.  The four blogs will spin variations on "the non-conforming house."  (Okay, I admit:  I've already been thinking about this part—for about six months now…)5.  I will trust that I can do this.
Well, here we go…
I live in a non-conforming house.  Literally, figuratively, personally, professionally, language-wise.  Mostly, I don't mind.  It's not an easy way to live, but it's the life I have chosen—or more likely, the life that has chosen me.  Perhaps when I was younger, I thought about this a lot—my life: what I would do with it, where it was going, where I wanted it to go.  Now that I'm nearly 63, I don't think that way much.  The path has revealed itself and it continues to, whether I know it or not.
Perhaps that's [rats! The plumber just knocked on the door and brought in five cardboard boxes of Versi-Foam to set by the Monitor oil-stove and keep the boxes warm, till he can spray the foam on the new pipes outdoors and keep them from freezing this winter—yay!  And now I can't remember the rest of the sentence.  And there will be more interruptions today, as there have been since July 22, when the contractor RhettG began this work on my cabin.] 
So.  Well, as I said, the path of my life continues to reveal itself.  And it is non-conforming. (But what is non-conforming?  Non-conforming to what?)
I've latched onto this word—sometimes with laughter and glee, sometimes with resignation—ever since April, when I discovered that non-conforming is what my credit union calls this house, and what every other credit union and bank that I contacted for the next two months called it. 
There are several ways a house in Alaska (or a person?) may be labeled non-conforming.  My 17-foot by 20-foot log cabin (with stand-up-able loft) received the moniker because it had "no fixed foundation" and "no toilet."  In fact, I was trying to get a loan from Alaska USA in order to replace the foundation, which was an untreated wood beam lying on the ground on the uphill side, plus untreated spindly posts propping up the house on the downhill side, all visibly rotting into the Earth.  And I also planned to install a toilet (actually, to add on a real bathroom, including a toilet, and move the shower from the living room into the bathroom.  Etc.)
At the edge of Fairbanks, this cabin hides on two acres of birch forest on the northwest side of a ridge.  The property borders 90 undeveloped acres to the west—a meccah for moose, fox, spruce grouse, darkness, and the northern lights.  Until April, I had simply thought of this place as home and as a beacon of change—global warming unfolding, technology marching on.  While searching for an institution that would give me a loan, however, I learned from a realtor that my house qualifies in even more ways as non-conforming.  (Isn't that always the case?!)  But we won't go into those here.  The rotting foundation and recently renovated outhouse—inherited from the Denali Community Center and painted dark red inside, with a white cathedral ceiling—these are enough.
Non-conforming.  Yes, in the eyes of the powerful banking world, at least.  On dark days when much of this construction effort seemed to be going either awry or nowhere, I have wondered if I made a grave mistake.  Was I reckless and naïve to imagine that I might have—might deserve to have, might manage to have and dream of having and, therefore, could have—a fixed foundation and an easier way to deal with winter in Fairbanks and with growing old(er) and wise in Alaska?
Fairbanks did have the rainiest/wettest June-July-August on record, and that did present challenges for everyone involved in construction—not to mention many dark days.  July 22 seems long ago, when the first of 21 birch trees were felled here and limbed, including my beloved 90-year-old-growth elder, the one that John Haines said must be the same age as he.  Not all days are dark, though.  And all days of rain in the Interior give way eventually (or have since the Pleistocene) to snow.  And to the return of the shining moon…

Carolyn Kremers lives in Fairbanks and teaches part-time in the English Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  Her books include Place of the Pretend People: Gifts from a Yup'ik Eskimo Village (memoir), The Alaska Reader: Voices from the North (anthology co-edited with Anne Hanley), and Upriver (poetry).  Upriver was a Finalist for the 2014 Willa Award for poetry, from Women Writing the West.
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Best Light For Weaving!!!

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 11:14am

One of my weaving apprentices recently turned me on to the best lamp for weaving…the V-Light!

I appreciate the fact that the best light in the world for weaving Chilkat and Ravenstail weaving is this lamp:  the V-Light !  I was turned on to this lamp via one of my students this past Summer; holy moly, this light makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD!!!  I purchased this lamp at Office Max.  Every time I go into any store that sells lamps, I am always check to see if they carry this particular brand and model, nothing else comes close!  If there were two or three of these lamps at Office Max, i would have bought all of them!

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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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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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