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My corner of Alaska: Time for a new model?

Capital City Weekly - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 10:48pm
Here’s a little fact that you would never know unless I told you; it’s kind of personal so don’t let it get out. We have a bad habit in our house and it’s gotten to the point now where something has to seriously change.

Southeast support group listings

Capital City Weekly - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 10:40pm
Brain injury peer support group, noon to 1 p.m., first Tuesday of the month, SAIL offices, 3225 Hospital Drive. Details: Leslie, 586-4920.

‘A Girl, A Yeti and a Spaceship’ Life in Juneau’s outer space studio

Capital City Weekly - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 10:38pm
My first concise question to Anton Doiron in his rented studio space was, “What’s that thing that Stanley Kubrick did with framing? You know, the thing where everything meets in a single point off, you know, off in the distance?” I waved my hands like I was gesturing for someone to wait.

Audition for JLO

Capital City Weekly - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 10:38pm
JUNEAU — Juneau Lyric Opera announced auditions for Stephen Sondheim’s “Putting It Together” for their Fall 2016 production, directed by William Conrow.

SEARHC to bring back mobile mammography later this summer

Capital City Weekly - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 10:37pm
For the second time this summer, the SouthEast Regional Health Consortium WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program is making digital mammography services available to women in several Southeast communities.

Community garage sale JUNEAU

Capital City Weekly - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 10:36pm
Juneau will hold its 21st annual Community Garage Sale on Saturday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Centennial Hall. Admission is free. Find more at

USDA expands access to capital for rural businesses

Capital City Weekly - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 10:34pm
U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development Alaska State Director Jim Nordlund recently presented USDA’s new rules to expand access to capital for rural businesses.

Alaska Native identity to be discussed

Capital City Weekly - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 10:33pm
JUNEAU — Sealaska Heritage Institute will sponsor a lecture by two visiting scholars on the preliminary results from their study on Alaska Native identity involving participants recruited largely from Juneau and Haines.

Living and breathing art with TJ Young

Capital City Weekly - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 10:29pm
For many, art is defined as a pretty landscape painting interpreted by a single artist using store-bought materials. The final product is sold to an admirer, tossed up on a wall and enjoyed for a generation before ending up discarded at the Salvation Army. Sgwaayaans (TJ) Young is not in that business.

State seeks waiver

Capital City Weekly - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 10:23pm
Alaska is asking the U.S. Department of Education to waive the federal requirement to administer English language arts, mathematics, and science assessments during the 2015-2016 school year, which recently ended. Because of significant technical problems with administering the computer-based tests, the state was not able to complete the assessments.

Class on how to run for office

Capital City Weekly - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 10:22pm
If you have ever considered running for the assembly or the school board, then the “How to Run for Local Office Workshop,” coordinated by Juneau Votes! and the Juneau League of Women Voters, may be for you.

Change of command at Coast Guard Air Station Sitka

Capital City Weekly - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 10:10pm
SITKA — Coast Guard Cmdr. Mark Vislay transferred command of Air Station Sitka to Cmdr. William “Chip” Lewin during a change of command ceremony at Air Station Sitka on June 10.

UAS professor receives teaching excellence award

Capital City Weekly - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 10:01pm
Dr. Charla Brown, assistant professor of human resource management at the University of Alaska Southeast, has been named a regional recipient of the 2016 ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award.

What's happening this week June 15th - 21st, 2016

Capital City Weekly - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 10:18pm
Pride Week, Saturday, June 11 - Sunday, June 19. Various locations. Organized by SEAGLA, events include a pride trivia night at 7:30 p.m. at the Imperial on Wednesday, a hike and bonfire at 5 p.m. at Auke Rec on Thursday and Glitz at 7 p.m. on Friday at Centennial Hall. For more information and the full schedule, go to

Video Clip of Clarissa’s Chilkat Mask Dancing Celebration 2016

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Sun, 06/12/2016 - 9:17am

Clarissa Rizal’s Chilkat mask in the making; no eyeballs were woven for the allowance of the black warp to be cut so the wearer of the mask can see out — April 2016

Initially I wove this Chilkat mask with the intention of putting it in the Stonington Gallery’s show of Northwest Coast masks which opened on June 2nd; however, due to attending to immediate health issues this past Spring and other significant deadlines, I did not complete the mask in time.  Yet, I was determined to have the mask at least dance during Celebration, so during my few hours manning our booth at the Art Market, I finished the second part of the mask which was the headdress.

Click on the video clip (below) showing the dancing of the mask/headdress during David Boxley, Sr.’s dance group singing a great song and beat of their Exit song during Celebration 2016, June 11th.  Thank you, Stephanie Maddock for the video clip!


Categories: Arts & Culture

Two Poets Talking

What Turtle Blood Tastes Like - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 10:10am

One of my favorite poets, David Budbill has been dealing with rapidly declining health lately and while the conversations I’ve had with him over the years have been marked by a striking optimism, the challenges of being a writer who is losing the physical ability to write are becoming too much for even the most optimistic and zen of mountain recluse poets.   Here’s a recent conversation between Budbill and longtime friend, David French.  HIt the link for the full conversation,

David French’s questions and comments are in italics. Unless otherwise indicated, all the poems are David Budbill’s.

But let’s talk about what’s happening in your life right now.

The major thing that I’m dealing with is my Parkinson’s disease, my rare form of Parkinson’s disease. It has incapacitated me and made me incapable of all the things I used to love to do: I would cut wood and garden and mow, and I can’t do any of those anymore. So I’ve had to revise my life completely. So far I haven’t revised my life; I’ve just cancelled it, dropped out.

Now that’s not entirely true, because before I dropped out, I was able to finish a novel and a short story and a collection of poems, and they’re all coming out in the next year. So I did that before I cancelled my life.

The last time I was here, you said all this happened a year ago, when you moved to Montpelier.


Up until then, you’d still been working on your novel and your stories and your poem.

I suppose, yeah.

There recently was a song cycle of your poems at the Elley-Long Music Center. One song was about doing things for the last time. It was beautiful, but with an ache to it. You must have done a lot of that leaving Wolcott, walking around, looking around, knowing that was the last time you’d cut this wood or stack it or put it in the stove.

It was. Yeah, it was heartbreaking, because that was my identity, and now it’s no longer that. Which is no doubt one of the reasons I’m in limbo now.

So you’re not writing now.

No, I’m not.

You’re not making music.


Another theme that keeps coming up in your poetry, sometimes in very funny ways, is the lament over not having been a major voice in the poetry world. You wrote about the life of “genteel poverty and meditation” you lead:

…which gives me lots of time

to gnash my teeth and worry over

how I want to be known and read

by everyone and have admirers

everywhere and lots of money!

Is that something you would still write a poem about at this point, or is that an old theme that isn’t something you think about anymore?

I certainly think about it.

You still do?


You would like to be higher on whatever the poetry best-seller list is?


And have more money from it, recognition.

Yeah. Of course, who wouldn’t?

You’ve written:

When I came to Judevine Mountain

I thought

all my troubles would cease,

but I brought… my ambition –

so now, still,

all I know is grief.

Well, that’s true. I have this thing about ambition. I can’t live with it, and I can’t live without it.


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