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Capitol Hill Buzz: No Friday votes yet under GOP Senate

AP Politics - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 8:23am
Capitol Hill Buzz: No Friday votes yet under GOP Senate Associated Press - 13 February 2015 17:23-05:00 News Topics: Government and politics, Insurance industry regulation, Government subsidies, Legislature, Legislation, Immigration, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Supreme courts, Political parties, Financial industry regulation, Industry regulation, Government business and finance, Business, Government regulations, Government aid for industry, Economic policy, Economy, Government policy, Social issues, Social affairs, Health care policy, National courts, National governments, Courts, Judiciary, Political organizations, Military and defense People, Places and Companies: Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid, Barack Obama, Luis Gutierrez, Nancy Pelosi, Paul Ryan, United States, District of Columbia Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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AP Technology News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 8:14am
Insurer Anthem offers layers of identity theft protection Associated Press - 13 February 2015 17:14-05:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Technology, Insurance industry, Identity theft, Financial services, Industries, Crime People, Places and Companies: Indianapolis Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Insurer Anthem offers layers of identity theft protection

AP Business News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 8:14am
Insurer Anthem offers layers of identity theft protection Associated Press - 13 February 2015 17:14-05:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Technology, Insurance industry, Identity theft, Financial services, Industries, Crime People, Places and Companies: Indianapolis Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Round Up of News and Events

49 Writers - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 7:00am
There's some fun cooking down in Juneau. The 49 Writers chapter is planning a monthly event series, the Literary Happy Hour at Coho's on the first Sundays. The series will kick off on March 1 with guest author Rachel Weaver, author of Point of Direction. Check out the details below.

Also in March Jeremy Pataky will visit Haines, Skagway, and Juneau for readings and a class to celebrate the publication of his new poetry collection Overwinter.

Back in Anchorage, Great Harvest Bread Company and 49 Writers celebrate National Poetry Month with Savor the Rising Words: Poetry Broadside Invitational. Members of 49 Writers and past or present participants in 49 Writers workshops are invited to submit poetry broadsides for display at Great Harvest Bread Co. throughout the month of April 2015. Featured poets will be encouraged to read their works during a public event at the bakery at a date and time to be determined. Broadsides in the exhibit will be available for sale and proceeds will be donated to 49 Writers. Deadline: Friday, March 20, 2015.Click here for details and the entry form.

Happy Writing!Morgan

EVENTS IN ANCHORAGE49 Writers Spring Classes: Anchorage. You can still register for classes starting this week! Find full information on the 49 Writers website.
  • "What Chu Talk'n 'Bout Willis?": Developing Original Dialogue with Bryan Fierro. Saturday, February 21, 9am-4pm at 161 E. 1st Ave., Door 15 (Alaska Humanities Forum). $95 member/$115 nonmember.
  • Writing the Three Dimensional Novel or Memoir with Rachel Weaver. Saturday, February 28, 9am-4pm at 161 E. 1st Ave., Door 15. $95 member/$115 nonmember.
  • Joining the Conversation: Engaging with Poets Past with Sandra Kleven. Thursdays, March 5, 12 & 19 and April 2, 9 & 16, 6-8pm at 161 E. 1st Ave., Door 15. $190 member/$230 nonmember

Reading and Craft Talk with Rachel Weaver: Revising Efficiently: Some Techniques to Save Time. February 26, 7-8:30pm at Great Harvest Bread Company, 570 E. Benson Blvd. Rachel writes, "You’ve been writing furiously for months (or years) and that glorious day comes when you write the last sentence. You’ve finished your first draft, you go out to celebrate, the next day comes and you begin to wonder, now what? Often for writers, what follows is a lot of years of inefficient cutting and pasting and rewriting and moving around and moving back. It’s easy to get caught in addressing surface problems rather than evaluating the backbone of the story from a crafting point of view. In this craft talk, we will discuss some solid techniques to make your revisions as efficient and effective as possible to get your book ready to go out the door in fewer drafts."

UAA Bookstore events in February. All events at the UAA Campus Bookstore. Click here for details.
  • February 16, 5:30-7pm: Health Disparities and Urban & Regional Economics
  • February 17, 5-7om: Secrets, Sex, Shame, and Blame: What Hidden Stories of 1960s Women Can Teach Us
  • February 19, 5-7pm: G.W. Steller's Trek Through the Wilds of Siberia
  • February 23, 5-7pm: Writing About Climate Change
  • February 24, 1-3pm: Climate Change Impacts on Access to Health Care

Haiku at Poetry Parley: February 19 at 7:00 pm, Hugi-Lewis Studio, 1008 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Send a note to sign up to read your own Haiku or the Haiku of another poet. (There will be an opportunity to write new Haiku, too.)

Be a part of Anchorage Reads 2015! Kicking off February 20th and running through March 20th, Anchorage Reads is a one-book/one community reading program promoting literacy, love of reading and facilitating community discussions. The Raven's Gift by local author Don Rearden is this year’s selection. Events include 
  • Book Discussion with Don Readen, Loussac Library, February 21, 3pm and Muldoon Branch Library, March 7, 3 pm.
  • The Raven's Gift Reader's Theatre, Loussac Library-Wilda Marston, March 12, 7pm
  • Book & Brew Rondy, Anchorage Community Works, March 13, 8pm
  • Author Talk, Loussac Library-Wilda Marston, Thursday, March 19, 7pm
"What Do We Do When the Lifeboats are Burning?" Songs and Stories about Climate, Community and Courage. Libby Roderick and Kathleen Dean Moore in concert and conversation. February 22, 2 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2824 E. 18th (18th & Sunrise, Airport Heights). $20 suggested donation. 50% of proceeds go to Alaskan climate organizations. Co-sponsored by UU Fellowship, 49 Writers, and UAA Office of Sustainability.

EVENTS AROUND ALASKAInterior & FairbanksWriting in the Dark: Annual One Day Writers Retreat. Saturday, February 14, 9am-4pm, Bear Gallery, 3rd Floor, Pioneer Park Centennial Center for the Arts.
Treat yourself, or your Valentine, to an all day literary workshop with Homer author Erin Hollowell. Generate new work, gather ideas, and consider new projects. Feel free to bring work in progress (poetry or prose) that you'd like to look at with new eyes. A full day retreat with breakfast and lunch for $40. Come write with us!
Mat-SuSOWSEAR comic artists B. Hutton and Chad Meyer will be sitting in at Fireside Books showing off issues of the entire run so far of SOWSEAR,drawing comics and giving tips for publication in the Spring issue. February 14 at 11:30 am, 720 S. Alaska St, Palmer.B. Hutton is a writer, performer, workshop facilitator, and cartoonist. His cartoons have appeared in a variety of publications and galleries, and on a number of refrigerator doors. He has been visiting Palmer and the Mat-Su Valley for over a decade, facilitating Poetry Slam Workshops in the school system. When he's not looking for a book to take back to Anchorage from Fireside Books, he's usually down the block, having a good cup of coffee, maybe reading the book.
Fireside Books invites you to an afternoon of poetry and music with Cirque Magazine on February 15 at 2:00 pm. Featured readers are Sandra Kleven, Jeremy Pataki, Elizabeth Thompson, Eowyn Ivey, Monica Devine, Julie LeMay, Steve Rubinstein, Egan Millard, Jerry McDonnell, David Cheezem, Cynthia Sims, Tonja Woelber, Kathleen Witkowska Tarr, with special guest musician Lulu Small.
Juneau & Southeast49 Writers Events
  • Literary Happy Hour with Rachel Weaver. March 1, 4:30-6pm at Coho's 51 Egan Drive, Juneau. Reading, craft talk, and libations. Rachel discuss "Revising Efficiently: Some Techniques to Save Time." 
  • Writing the Three Dimensional Novel or Memoir: Essential ingredients to Capture Your Reader and Engage an Audience: A 49 Writers Class with Rachel Weaver. March 2-3, 6-9pm at UAS Egan Classroom 221. Free to current UAS students; $95 members of 49 Writers/$115 nonmembers. Registration and Full info on the 49 Writers website.
Jeremy Pataky Book Tour to celebrate publication of his book of poetry Overwinter, March 19-23. Events in Juneau, Haines, and Skagway. Details next week.
WestChristine Byl, author of Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods, will give reading at the library in Unalaska, Thursday, February 19 at 7 pm. Dirt Work was a Top Pick for Spring 2013 by Amazon, Christian Science Monitor, and O Magazine.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITERSVolunteer Blog Coordinator needed at 49 Writers, training provided: This is a great opportunity to have contact with with a wide range of writers. The volunteer blog coordinator makes sure a post runs each weekday on the 49 Writers blog, along with updating the featured author sidebar and promoting the blog on the 49 Writers Facebook page. There’s a nice system in place, with some regular items like the Friday round-up and the monthly featured author.
On average, it takes ten hours a month to keep the blog up to date, a little more if you end up writing an original post here or there to fill in. If you’re reliable, responsible, pay attention to detail, know (or can readily learn) the Blogger platform, and communicate well, 49 Writers needs you! Before Deb Vanasse, our longtime Blog-ess, moves on to new projects. she will train you! What more could a fledgling (or experienced) blogger want?
So come have a turn at keeping us connected via the 49 Writers blog. Fill out a volunteer form today, and in the “tell us about you” spot, mention your interest in the blog coordinator position.

Publication & Production OpportunitiesWriters' Showcase at 360 North, KTOO, Juneau is accepting submissions for their March show. The theme is Journeys. Deadline is February 27.

Cirque was founded to give writers (and artists) of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest more places to publish their work – and as a vehicle to bring the best writing of the region to the world. The next Cirque deadline is March 21st (the equinox). The submission address is

Fairbanks Drama Association and The Looking Glass Group Theatre invite Alaskan residents to send their best 10-minute plays to be considered for the 15th Annual 8X10 Festival of New Alaskan Plays. Eight ten-minute plays will be given rehearsed staged readings at the Festival, which will be held April 24 & 25, 2015, at FDA's Hap Ryder Riverfront Theater in Fairbanks. Submission deadline: March 15.
Whitefish Review Mythic Beasts and Monsters: Submissions for Whitefish Review's summer 2015 issue are accepted in art, photography, fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Editors want you to dig into supernatural history. Nessie, Sasquatch, and cousin Yeti-the Brontosaurus still rumbling somewhere deep in the Congo's swamps. Fairies, Trolls, Dragons, Gods 'n' Demons. Montana's own Flathead Lake Monster. What natural models are these beasts based on? What human hopes and fears? Why do we seem to wish that those creatures are really out there? Dig deep. What monsters lurk inside us? Submission deadline March 15, 2015.

Soap Stone Creek Literary Journal: a Bi-monthly Print Journal for Children of all Ages debuts May 2015. They are looking for fiction, essays, poetry, artwork, and photos. No deadlines given; check the website for details.

The April issue of Cyclamens and Swords Publishing will be a general issue for poetry and short stories on any subject. Humorous and controversial submissions are welcomed. Submission deadline March 15.
Contests & GrantsRasmuson Foundation: The 2015 Individual Artist Award application deadline is March 1.

Statewide Poetry Contest 2015: Deadline is March 2, 2015 at 6 pm.

2015 Public Invitation for a Poem in Place: For the third and final project year, Poems in Place 2015 seeks one poem to place in Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park in Kodiak, and one poem for Caines Head State Recreation Area in Seward. Submissions accepted Feb. 1 - April 1.

It’s Always Something Teen Writing Contest deadline is March 20, 2015. More information on the contest and the submission form at

Cahaba River Literary Journal Home for the Holidays Poetry Competition: Call for submissions from new and seasoned writers: stories, poems, essays, and color and black and white photography on all subjects, in any form. Submission deadline October 31, 2015.

Conferences, Retreats & ResidenciesWrangell Mountain Meg Hunt Residency Program Application Deadline: March 5, 2015
Artists and writers of all genres and at all stages in their career are encouraged to apply for one of several two-week residencies. Selections will be made through a competitive admissions process. They encourage emerging and mid-level career voices as well as mature professionals. Selected artists will receive room and board for their entire stay in exchange for community outreach or the donation of artwork as a result of the residency. During the residency, the artist will be asked to share their experience with the public by demonstration, talk, or other means.

North Words Writers Symposium, May 27-30, Skagway. Keynote speaker is Mary Roach, plus a bevvy of Alaska's best authors. North Words Symposium offers a unique opportunity for writers to nurture interrelationships with other writers and thinkers in a spectacular place. They aspire to build upon a tradition of literature that reflects language and life on the frontier.

Ketchikan Teaching Artist Academy:The Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council is offering a Teaching Artist Academy via the OWL Network. Sessions will be held on Saturday, March 7th from 10am to 6pm at OWL sites in Ketchikan, Craig, Thorne Bay, Petersburg, Wrangell, Cordova, Metlakatla and Hollis. This workshop is meant to support the professional development of currently working teaching artists, and professional artists exploring the addition of teaching artist work to their art practices. Participants may also seek UAS credit.
Artists in dance, media and Alaska Native arts, music, theatre, literature, writers, weavers and other visual artists are encouraged to register. The workshop features expert teachers, administrators, and consultants who will demonstrate:
  • Current brain-based teaching strategies and how they tap into brain functioning like no other discipline
  • How to prepare a lesson plan and integrate it with the school's curriculum and the Alaska Education Standards
  • How to engage and manage a classroom full of students during a two or three week residency
Additional pre and post work requires: guided observation in a school classroom, development of a residency project, teaching a component to a group of students and a post-workshop phone conference.
For complete information, and registration, visit the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council website at If you have any questions about the Teaching Artist Academy or the Artist in the Schools program, contact Christa Bruce, Education Director or 907.225.2211.

Mineral School Summer 2015 artist residency application deadline is February 25, 2015 (Midnight, EST) for the 2015 summer residencies.

Left Coast Crime: Crimelandia? Portland, March 12-15.

Win $500 to Attend a Writer's Conference, Festival, Center, Retreat, or Residency
AWP offers three scholarships of $500 each to emerging writers who wish to attend a writers' conference, center, retreat, festival, or residency. Enter via Submittable by March 30, 2015 deadline.

Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference: Minneapolis, April 8-11. Imagine 12,000 writers in one place!

The Muse & the Marketplace 2015 May 1st - 3rd, 2015, sponsored by Grubstreet in Boston.

Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference, June 20-26, 2015. Scholarship deadline: March 15. 49 Writers just received a bunch of brochures for this conference. Contact Morgan if you want some.
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Auke Bay Plan Available Here

Assembly News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 12:00am
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State Library in Juneau Features Artwork of Hannah Lindoff’s Book

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 2:50pm

The Alaska State Library will exhibit artwork from the book Mary’s Wild Winter Feast by Hannah Lindoff. Come feast your eyes on a selection of the illustrations, a collaboration between Tlingit collage artist Clarissa Rizal and digital artist Nobu Koch. They feature Mary’s adventures hunting, fishing, and foraging with her family in southeast Alaska. This exhibit is made possible by the University of Alaska Press and will be on display through March 27. First Friday opening reception will be on February 6 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Alaska State Library on the 8th floor of the State Office Building. For more information, contact Claire Imamura at (907) 465-2458or <> .

See it here:

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Birthday Bio

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 5:54am

Clarissa and her children, Ursala, Lily and Kahlil – July 2011

A couple of weeks ago, one of my apprentices asked me if I would write a bio of myself that explained when I began to do my art and why.  She said she had to choose someone who had influenced her life to become an artist; she choose me.  This was an assignment she needed to present at her art class.  My initial response was “Gee, I inspired her to become an artist?  But I don’t want to write about me, it is so boring to go back that far and talk about who, what where when and why…”  However, I gave her my word that I would do this for her that night.  So, I “set the stage” with low lighting and a cup of tea; I do this whenever I have to write about my personal life to help me focus with very little struggle – then with very little editing, the words just flowed from my head down through to the keyboard onto the computer screen.  Here’s what came…

19 January 2015

Sitting in the direct heat of the fake firelight of the electric Amish heater in my studio, always bundled in my sheepskin coat, sheepskin boots and hat because the heating device is not large enough to heat this one room where I work and sleep, I am never quite warm in Winter, though it’s better than being outside right now with 0 degree starlit snow. I reflect upon my life as an artist and wonder where it all started and if living the life of a full-time artist, especially now in a place without running water, without sewer, and without sufficient heat, was and continues to be, worth it.

No matter what age, for the past 59 years, I’ve always been a child of creativity, with a drive that is endless. I exist on 6 hours sleep a night; from the time my eyes are awakened by the early dawn until I suddenly stagger to my bed 18 hours later; like I am going-going-going, then gone! It’s only in the past couple of years that I realized that not everyone is like this; where have I been?

38 years ago today, my first child Kahlil was born, named after Kahlil Gibran who wrote many inspiring books including The Prophet, Spirits Rebellious, and my favorite The Broken Wings.  Spiritually-inclined at a very young age, anything written about Christ had to be read; any paintings, prints and photos of Jesus had to be studied, so natural it was to read all of Gibran’s works when I was a young adult. And even though in the western way of living having a child at 20 was considered young, it was natural for me to think it normal because our Tlingit culture had the wisdom to know children are a gift of God.

My parents guided me into the way they were conditioned to get a “real job” to secure a pension plan to retire in 40 years.  This worked for a little while.  From the age of 14 to 20 I had real jobs working as a librarian assistant, a home-health aid for the elderly, a clerk typist for the Governor and for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Division of Contracting, until of course Kahlil was born. Being a new mother was challenging; I was not a natural-born mother because I was such a tom-boy and it was next to impossible to stay indoors day in and day out while the baby napped, I had to keep up with the diaper changes and laundry, and he had to be nursed every 2 hours 24-7! Holy cow!

To keep my sanity I turned to gardening; it got me outdoors yet close to home! I turned to drawing, crocheting and sewing. While he took his naps, and directly after putting the entire household to bed each night, I’d stay awake ‘till at least midnight, creating; it was my therapy! During the raising of my three children, I made a living over the next decades in a variety of ways: besides designing and making Tlingit ceremonial regalia in button blanket, Chilkat and Ravenstail weavings, I was an entrepreneur before I knew what that meant.  I made hats, I sewed custom-made clothing, created costumes for local theatre companies, owned a landscape gardening company, and was co-owner of an online newspaper.  In the 70s and early 80s, I took up learning our traditional arts from some of the best artists of their time: carving, regalia-making, traditional song and dance, metal-smithing, basketry, Chilkat and Ravenstail weaving. Just before my children were grown up and gone I had created a name for myself as one of the few, if not the only, Tlingit women who has been a full-time artist working in all of the above mediums for nearly 40 years, all in the name of keeping my sanity and being a stay-at-home-self-employed-mother because I did what my mother recommended I do: stay home with my children.

In a few years I will be 65; do I see myself retiring soon? No way. I have no pension plan; I have no savings; and I surely do not have an inheritance.   I cannot afford to retire. And what would I retire to!? Would I retire to taking vacations? What for?…vacations are boring; I don’t want to relax – relaxing is a lot of work! Would I retire to volunteering at something?   I been there done that volunteering all my life with the house concerts I used to produce in my own home; with the children’s theatre I used to co-produce; with the art shows and classes I used to teach, just to name a few.   Would I retire to what most people retire to? Watching TV from the couch. What for? Is that really fun, is it productive, is it creative, does it do anyone any good? The only results I see from watching TV is weight gain—too much potato chips!

Would I retire to what some of us retire to? Art and music.

Hello? I am already there; I have been creating art and playing music all my adult life. Does this mean I’ve been retired all my life?   Hmmm…an interesting perspective.

It looks like I will continue doing what I have been doing for almost 40 years.  Why change now?  I’m in the groove.

My children now have families of their own. Each of my children and their spouses are self-employed artists. I have watched them struggle with making ends meet like the way their father and I made ends meet never knowing where our next paycheck would come from and if next month’s bills would get paid. I watch them live like I have, not afford brand new cars, not take any vacations, not have the latest styles of clothing, all the while living with tension about the ability to keep a roof over their heads, mouths fed, and clothing clean. However, there’s a sense of pride and awe that I feel when I see the fact that they stay at home with their children, making wholesome meals from scratch, tending to a flourishing garden, doing their “art” and their little kids “working” right alongside them: happy. These are values I did not realize were taught to them by my own example, someone who has passionate creativity, a drive that has always been driven, at the edge.

Kahlil is a professional film-maker/director who also teaches film a couple of days a week at the Institute of American Indian Arts; his wife Miki is a counselor at the Santa Fe Arts Academy; their 7-year-old Violet enjoys chess tournaments, sewing, ice-skating, gymnastics and basketball. Lily is an award-winning, professional storyteller/actress and also a Ravenstail/Chilkat weaver and teacher; her husband Ishmael is also a professional storyteller/actor, excellent writer who recently published his first book of poetry. They have four children who are being home-schooled. Ursala is an oil painter, block-print maker, graphic artist/web designer, and is president of a local Charter school she is starting; her husband Chris is a lead singer/songwriter in his band, a sculptor and a house painter.  Their two daughters are obviously following their footsteps!  My children and grandchildren live fully.

To my best of my ability, I live a life of integrity. I keep watch of what I do to see what I believe. My offspring and my work is love made visible. I follow my heart because my heart follows the source of creativity that inspires me and continues to drive me. I am old enough to look back upon my life and enjoy it a second time around. All my relations, my parents, my children and their children are proof of the legacy that I co-created and will leave. And when I leave, my conscious will be clear and free, knowing all that I loved and lived, was worth it.

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Have You Seen The “Chilkat Mini-Coopers?”

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Sun, 02/01/2015 - 10:05pm

Hand-painted mini-coops in Chilkat yellow and Indian red! by Clarissa Rizal

Let’s go for a quick road-trip in one of these “Chilkat Mobiles” zipping through the Redwood Forests and out across Canyonlands and Arches National Monuments sliding into Sedona across the Mohave dessert and up towards the Rocky Mountains!  Yep, zippidity do dah at your fingertips in the miniatures of miniatures!

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Clarissa’s Tentative Schedule for the Arts 2015

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 8:58pm

“Chilkat Child” headdress and collar – trimmed with sea otter fur and 22. bullet shells – designed and handwoven by Clarissa Rizal

I am currently gearing up for a full year of travel to art shows, cultural center openings, weddings and of course visiting my kids and grandkids along the way!  Here’s my 2015 schedule:

1).  Heard Museum Indian Art Market and Fair, Phoenix, AZ – March 5-8th – Booth #D45

2).  Catherine and Dylan’s Wedding, Austin, TX – April 18th

3).  Grand Opening of Soboleff Cultural Center, Juneau, AK – May 15

4).  Eiteljorg Indian Art Market and Fair, Indianapolis, IN, June 27-28

5).  Teslin’s “KusTeYea” Celebration, Teslin, Yukon, July 24-26

6).  Santa Fe Indian Market, Santa Fe, New Mexico, August 21-23

7). Haskell Institute Native Art Market, Lawrence, KS , September 12-13

8).  Cherokee Art Market, Tulsa, OK, October

9)  Autry Native American Art Market, Los Angeles, CA  November

10).  NMAI (National Museum of the American Indian) Holiday Art Market, NYC, December


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Happy 35th Birthday to Lily Lalanya Hope

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 9:47pm

Ishmael and Lily Hope with their 4 children Elizabeth, Mary, Eleanor, Louis and Santa! – December 2014

Another fortunate child of mine who snuck in like her brother and sister when their mother wasn’t looking!   Cheers to you for holding up with 4 children, and for making plans to go for your Masters Degree in Education, and starting the online weaving source called the Northwest Coast Weavers Supply, all this while helping to support Ishmael and his career as a writer and culture-bearer!  You could sound like your mother, alas, you are your own strong-willed person — keep it up my dear while continuing to lovingly care for yourself!  Lots of big hugs and kisses, my Nina!

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My Blog is Back!!!

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 8:39pm

Donna Beaver Pizzarelli, Al Pizzarelli, and Clarissa Rizal — street bench near Basin Road, Juneau, Alaska

For whatever reasons, my blog crashed on November 18, 2014.  I didn’t know about it until three weeks later when I received a call from a total stranger out of Minnesota who was roaming my website and could not pull up my blog and thought he’d better bring it to my attention — like how cool is that!?  How many people would go through the trouble?

In between her full-time job working for the USGS and doing her own creative works especially in Haiku poetry, and assisting her husband’s creative endeavors,  Donna worked hard getting my blog up and running again, finalized today!  YAY!

Check out Donna and Al’s poetry:

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Letting Go of My “Chilkat Mobile”

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 8:08pm

Back side of my 1991 Toyota Corolla — Clarissa calls it her “Chilkat Mobile” — license plate “CNH 794″ She considers these letters and numbers “good…!”

My “Chilkat Mobile” is originally from Juneau, Alaska.  In December I put the car on the ferry for a 3-day sail to the port of Bellingham, Washington State.  From Bellingham, I drove down to the mountains above Los Angelos, then across to Scottsdale and up to Pagosa Springs, Colorado.  I drove through all kinds of storms, wind, rain, sleet, snow and finally sunshine!  This car can make it up the infamous Wolf Creek Pass to Denver no problem.  Though remember because it is a 4-cylinder, you have to drive in 2nd gear up the mountain passes.

Front of Clarissa’s “Chilkat Mobile”

“Chilkat”  was owned by an elderly blonde woman who is now 92.  22 years ago, she and her husband bought two of these cars, a his and her pair:   one for her, one for him.  The cars were originally red, but they had both custom painted yellow.  A little over a year ago, they both went into an elder-care home and so they sold both of their beloved machines.   They took VERY GOOD CARE of these cars; in fact, they each had their own garage built especially for them; no kidding!  Except for a few tiny nicks here and there from tiny rocks on the drive down here, the body is straight, no dents and no rust anywhere except for a small strip across the bottom part of the window on the back hatch door; I remedied that situation by placing yellow duck tape (the exact color of the car!) across the line of rust.

I bought the “her” car.  Peggy  was retired when she bought the car and had no children or grand-children, she mainly used the car to go do errands and such in the remote town of Juneau which has about 70 total miles of road as the town is land-locked.  The car most likely did not ever go more than 60 miles an hour, if that, until of course, I drove it on the freeways from Bellingham — the car hums at 75 no problem with a load.   When I drove down from Bellingham, I had the car packed with two suitcases, my paintings and prints and weaving looms.  It probably hasn’t had any kind of load like that before.

On the car deck of the “MV Malaspina” ferry from Juneau, Alaska to Bellingham, Washington, then the long drive down to Colorado…!

Both cars were well maintained partially due to the fact that the husband was a boat and car mechanic as well as an inventor and both he and his wife were meticulous about everything they owned.   I knew them personally.  I grew up with them.  They talked me into buying this car because they wanted me to have it because they knew I liked older cars and they knew I took care of my things.  They also knew I needed a car to teach my classes up in Yukon Territory!   For a 22-year old car, the interior is clean, barely worn anywhere because the car was mainly used by one person, so the grey upholstery is in great shape, no tears, no stains, no worn spots – there is only one worn spot on the carpet.   I have my own maintenance records for a little over a year I’ve owned it since, I’ve had the oil changed three times; totally serviced and new rear brakes before I jumped the ferry with the car.  I haven’t had to do anything major.  It handles snow real well, hugs the road like a roadster; it’s a sweet thing!

As you can tell, I am proud of my “Chilkat Mobile”.  I would not have sold it if it weren’t my need for a travel van.  I need something larger because I am an artist who travels to a variety of shows “west of the Mississippi!”  I need to carry all my art plus the display units.  After at least 10 inquiries from prospective buyers from around the country in just a couple of days on the Craigslist market, “Chilkat” is now living in Taos, New Mexico with her new owner.  I wish her a longer and more prosperous life; she served me well and in turn I wish her the best!

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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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