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Man accused of church killings spoke of attacking college

AP US News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 7:09pm
Man accused of church killings spoke of attacking college Associated Press - 20 June 2015 03:09-04:00 News Topics: General news, Shootings, School shootings, Arrests, Education, Violent crime, Crime, Law and order, Social affairs People, Places and Companies: Dylann Roof, Charleston, Columbia, South Carolina Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Police look into possible sightings of escaped NY inmates

AP US News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 7:06pm
Police look into possible sightings of escaped NY inmates Associated Press - 20 June 2015 03:06-04:00 News Topics: General news, Prison breaks, Crime, Prisons, Correctional systems, Law and order People, Places and Companies: David Sweat, Richard Matt, New York, Plattsburgh Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Church victims' family face alleged attacker in court

AP US News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 7:04pm
Church victims' family face alleged attacker in court Associated Press - 20 June 2015 03:04-04:00 News Topics: General news, Shootings, Legal proceedings, Homicide, Police shooting of Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina, Violent crime, Race and ethnicity, African-Americans, Religious education, Arrests, Crime, State legislature, Law and order, Events, Social issues, Social affairs, Religion, Education, Legislature, Government and politics, State governments People, Places and Companies: Dylann Roof, Joseph P. Riley Jr., Barack Obama, Nikki Haley, Michael Slager, Walter Scott, David Goldman, Charleston, South Carolina Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Weekly Round-Up of Alaska Writing News and Events

49 Writers - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 7:00am
I hope you have all returned home inspired from last weekend's Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference. For those needing more inspiration, we still have lots going on at 49 Writers.

On July 23 at 7 pm, we'll be hosting a special Crosscurrents event at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson to celebrate the launch of the Anchorage Remembers anthology, featuring forty authors. This project was made possible by a Community Centennial Grant from the Alaska Humanities Forum, Rasmuson Foundation, and Anchorage Centennial Celebration.

If you’re a 49 Writers member, watch for an e-vite to a special members-only event on July 14 with literary agent Jeff Kleinman.  In Juneau, our next member event is on August 6 from 7-9 pm; again, members should watch for details via email. (Not a member? Head over to our website to join.)
We have only a few spots left at our popular Tutka Bay Writers Retreat. Registration closes July 1. We'd love to have you join us for a special weekend of inspiration and instruction at one of the world's top-rated wilderness lodges.

Last but not least, we're looking for authors to get involved with Alaska Book Week Oct. 3 -11. Visit and click the 2015 logo to participate. This year, you can also get involved with a video interview.
49 Writers Volunteer J.T. Torres

EVENTS IN ANCHORAGEEvents at the UAA Bookstore
June 24, 4-6 pm: Of possible interest to speculative fiction writers, Nicolle Zellner presents Shock Chemistry’s Application to Origin of Life. Zellner's research interests focus on understanding the impact history in the Earth-Moon system, the extraterrestrial delivery of biomolecules, and how impacts affect the conditions for life on Earth.
On July 23 at 7 pm, 49 Writers hosts a special Crosscurrents event at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson to celebrate the launch of the Anchorage Remembers anthology, featuring by forty authors. This project was made possible by a Community Centennial Grant from the Alaska Humanities Forum, Rasmuson Foundation, and Anchorage Centennial Celebration.
2015 Sledgehammer 36-Hour Writing ContestJuly 25–26. The contest begins with an online scavenger hunt that participants can complete from anywhere. Along the way, they'll collect four writing prompts, all of which must be incorporated into their story, which is due by midnight on Sunday. Writers can compete individually or as teams, and the contest is open to all ages. Cash prizes will be awarded to the best short stories of the weekend in the following categories:·  Individual·  Team·  Readers' Choice·  Judge's Choice·  Youth (two prizes: elementary/middle school, high school)
Winners will also receive entry to writing-related events and the coveted golden sledgehammers.Registration is just $25 for adults and $10/$5 for youth. Visit to learn more and register.
Local Library Events

Book Signings

EVENTS AROUND ALASKASOUTHCENTRAL, MAT-SU, KENAI PENINSULAFireside Books in Palmer will host several authors this weekend. Friday, June 19 at 2 PM, Dennis L. Lattery will be here with his book of Alaskan poems, written in the tradition of Robert Service. It's called Northern Verses: Poems of Alaska and the Yukon. On Saturday, June 20 at 10 AMCil Gregoire will be here to sign copies of her popular Fantasy series. Bill Richardson will be here June 26 at 1:00 PM, with his Corky series. And keep your eyes and ears open for our July events, such as the July 14 dinner with Sherri Simpson and Frank Soos, featuring music by Tom Begich. Robin McLean will be in July as well. The former Alaskan has been getting lots of critical acclaim for her collection of short stories, Reptile House.

SOUTHEASTWoosh Kinaadeiyí Open Mic Poetry Slam, June 19, 6:30 p.m. On the third Friday of every month, join local poets and performers of all ages and abilities in Juneau. This Friday's theme will be "All the World's a Poem." Arrive at 6:00 p.m. to sign up. Stay to get slammed, with poetic politeness, of course!

INTERIORThe Art of the Essay, June 26-28, with Frank Soos, is a three-day intense class in reading and writing personal essays. The essay as practiced from the beginning of the form up to the present day is the most open to experimentation and innovation of all the commonly practiced forms. They will explore that range by discussing a variety of essay forms to consider how an essay can be made. Details and registration info at Northern Susitna Institute, Talkeetna AK.

The Tutka Bay Writers Retreat: What better way to jumpstart your writing? Don't miss out on a fantastic retreat featuring two outstanding guest instructors, Ann Eriksson and Gary Geddes! September 11-13 at the fabulous Tutka Bay Lodge. Sign up today!
Last Frontier Theatre Conference, June 14-20, in Valdez, features new work by playwrights from around the country. There are evening performances, 10-minute play slams, even a fringe festival. The deadline is past for play submissions, but they may still need actors.

Wrangell Mountains Writing Workshop presents RiverSong with Frank Soos, Michelle McAfee, Robin Child, and Nancy Cook, July 22-27, McCarthy to Chitina. The Wrangell Mountains Writing Workshop is pleased to partner with McCarthy River Tours & Outfitters to host a six-day, five-night adventure in the fabulous Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. This year’s workshop will feature poet and essayist, Frank Soos, who is currently serving as Alaska’s Writer Laureate, joined by accomplished singer-songwriter Michelle McAfee, backcountry banjo-diva Robin Child, and workshop director Nancy Cook. Together they will explore the ways wilderness can help inspire songs, stories, poems, and essays. Activities include an opening reading/performance and craft sessions in the comfort of the Wrangell Mountains Center’s facility in McCarthy, followed by three nights and four days of creative inquiry along the Kennicott, Nizina, Chitina, and Copper Rivers. Space is limited to eight student writers/ songwriters.

Alaska Writers Guild & SCBWI Annual Writer’s Conference, September 19-20, Anchorage. Early registration starts May 2015.

Alaska Women Speak is looking for a responsible maven fluent with InDesign (CS6) layout and website savvy to join the all-volunteer crew as Layout Editor. Here’s your chance to create for a 23rd year in the running, statewide, quarterly publication! This is not a site-specific volunteer opportunity, but sound Internet connection is required. Occasional Skype sessions apply. If interested, we'd love to hear from you. Please contact us at

13 Chairs Literary Journal, a new literary journal publishing short stories and poetry from new and emerging authors, seeks submissions and volunteers. They are currently composing their flagship issue, straight out of JBER, AK. To learn more, and to submit, email or visit

From July 1 to August 15 the Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program will be accepting applications from Alaska artists and writers interested in a fully-funded two-month residency in the Lower 48. The eligibility requirements have changed—Alaska-based artists who have not received a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award are now also eligible to apply. A free information session detailing the program, eligibility requirements, and application process will be held June 26, at 6 p.m. in the Anchorage Museum’s Reynolds Classroom. Potential applicants are invited to attend in-person or by teleconference. More information can be found at If you have questions about the program, contact Jayson Smart at or call 907-297-2882
Soon, we will all be able to hear the beautiful words in Lynne Curry's upcoming book, Beating the Workplace Bully. Brilliance Audio recently purchased the audio rights!

The Poems in Place steering committee recently selected four winning entries from poems written by Alaskans. Come September, Alaska will have a poem or two in each of the state park’s seven regions.

Leslie Leyland Field’s poem, “Tideline” and Fred Stager’s poem, “The Compass Rose," will be placed in Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park in Kodiak.  Aleria Jensen’s poem, “A Soldier’s Station," and Justine Pechuzal’s poem, “Pilgrims," will be installed at Caines Head State Recreational Area, Seward. Local creative writing workshops will accompany sign dedications to be held in Kodiak and Seward this fall. For dates and details please stay tuned:  
Have news or events you'd like to see listed here? Email details to 49roundup (at) Your message must be received by noon on the Thursday before the roundup is scheduled to run. Unless your event falls in the "Opportunities" category, it should occur no more than 30 days from when we receive your email.
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Clarissa’s Studio Part 4: Beautiful, Practical Storage Unit

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 4:12am

10′ wide x 7′ high, beautiful, functional cherry wood entertainment center converted into a storage unit

A month ago I fetched this beautiful, solid wood “entertainment center” off of a craigslist ad in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  I had been searching for about two weeks on Craigslists in Denver, Salt Lake City, Flagstaff, Santa Fe, Phoenix and Albuquerque.   Yep, once I saw this beauty, nothing was gonna stop me; I went and got what I had envisioned and drove it back home.  Everyone thought I was nuts to drive so far, that is of course until they saw it in my studio!

I replaced the storage boxes under the desks; I replaced the various sizes and mismatch of dressers and cabinets; I replaced the disorderly appearance with a unified, beautiful, functional piece of furniture that makes this part of my studio look like (I quote from a family member):  “…wow, this place looks like something out of an old museum…!”

Where the TV is supposed to go…

I store all my dyeing supplies in one part, my weaving supplies in another, along with my spinning supplies, sewing supplies, beadwork supplies and picnic/camping baskets.  And lest I forget to mention, this wooden ensemble of 3 pieces cost $350 in excellent condition.  The seller said he bought it 10 years ago for $3500.00.

I placed a wooden closet bar across the top and hung three fabric sweater closet shelving


The top shelf inside each end cabinet features a recessed light showcasing all hand-made items including Northwest coast glasswork, beadwork, carvings, pottery and masks.  Sitting on top of the left cabinet is my hand-made Swedish musical instrument called the “Hummel”; on top of the center cabinet is my carved and painted “bentwood box” I made for my mother as a Mother’s Day gift in 1972, and on top of the right cabinet, are a painted box with the “Step Into the Light” NWC design created back in 1981, along with my trusty leather hand-made hat from “Head-N-Home” and my feathered headband made by “Feathered Flies.”

I was always unsatisfied with my previous layout of this part of my studio due to all the mismatch and irregularity of storage.  I wanted something that helped me be more sufficient as well as easy on the eyes.  This has been a pleasure.  If you ever find yourself in the same boat I was once in, do yourself a favor, choose unified beauty!

The grand work table to the left of the grand storage unit

Folks want to know where I live and work because it seems I travel a lot (though I have yet to afford a vacation.)  “Clarissa’s Studio” is a 9-part series showing the 9 areas of Clarissa’s studio where I work full-time and live part of the year in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.  As you know by now, I remodeled a 2-car garage about 10 years ago as a studio without running water or sewer system because I had no plans of using this space as a place of residence.  I had no idea that years later, because of big changes in my personal life, I would not be able to afford paying rent anywhere else. so for nearly 4 years I have weathered insufficient heat during the winter and the inconveniences of not having a real kitchen and a bathroom, until someday I can afford a real home.

Over the next three months (starting this past May),  I will introduce you to various parts of my humble 700 sq.ft. sanctuary divided into sections.  Here are the parts of “Clarissa’s Studio Series”:

  • “The Living Room” where I play music, read, crochet, knit and clear out the coffee table to do Tai Chi;
  • “The Office” where I draft proposals, emails, FB,  grants, letters, update my website and post blog entries;
  • “The Sewing Space” where I sew button robes and clothing for the grandkids;
  • “The Weaving Space” for all my Chilkat and Ravenstail weaving projects on various size looms;
  • “The Grand Table Space” where I do large layouts of robe pattern designs and cut the applique for button robes;
  • “The Drawing Room” where I sketch and finalize drawings for robes, paintings, collages and book illustrations;
  • “The Painting/Collage-making” where I create just that, along with printing limited edition Giclee’ prints and shrinkwrapping them;
  • “Clarissa’s Kitchenette” where I zap an occasional Amy’s TV dinner for lunch and I keep a modest supply of drinking water;
  • “Clarissa’s Storage Units” for beautiful and practical storage of all weaving, spinning, sewing, dyeing, beadworking supplies and recent collection of books

The first three  blog entries on “Clarissa’s Studio” series include:

Part 1:  “The Livingroom” at:

Part 2:  “The Kitchenette” at:

Part 3:  “The Drawing Room” at:

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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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