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More storms coming as Oklahoma reels from tornadoes, floods

AP US News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 4:10am
More storms coming as Oklahoma reels from tornadoes, floods Associated Press - 8 May 2015 02:03-04:00 News Topics: General news, Weather forecasts, Weather, Storms, Floods, Tornadoes, Natural disasters, Accidents and disasters People, Places and Companies: Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Long Island funeral set for NYPD officer killed on patrol

AP US News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 4:10am
Long Island funeral set for NYPD officer killed on patrol Associated Press - 8 May 2015 02:30-04:00 News Topics: General news, Funerals and memorial services, Crime People, Places and Companies: Andrew Cuomo, Queens, New York, New York City Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Raw slopes at extreme skiing's roots keep riders stoked

AP US News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 4:10am
Raw slopes at extreme skiing's roots keep riders stoked Associated Press - 8 May 2015 03:19-04:00 News Topics: General news, Lifestyle, Sports, Travel, Recreational skiing, Recreational alpine skiing, Winter weather, Weather, Mountains, Recreational sports, Outdoor recreation, Recreation and leisure, Environment and nature Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Plea hearing for NY man accused of kidnapping 2 Amish girls

AP US News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 4:10am
Plea hearing for NY man accused of kidnapping 2 Amish girls Associated Press - 8 May 2015 02:26-04:00 News Topics: General news, Child abuse, Kidnapping, Missing persons, Violent crime, Trials, Crimes against children, Crime, Legal proceedings, Law and order People, Places and Companies: Syracuse Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Man on mission to build tiny houses for Los Angeles homeless

AP US News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 4:10am
Man on mission to build tiny houses for Los Angeles homeless Associated Press - 8 May 2015 01:49-04:00 News Topics: General news, Homelessness, Poverty, Human welfare, Social issues, Social affairs People, Places and Companies: Los Angeles Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Some see telescope as an opportunity for science education

AP US News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 4:10am
Some see telescope as an opportunity for science education Associated Press - 8 May 2015 01:58-04:00 News Topics: General news, Science, Astronomy, Math and science education, Higher education, Mountains, School curricula, Education, Social affairs, Environment and nature People, Places and Companies: Hawaii, Troy Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Activist: No regrets about cartoon contest ended by gunfire

AP US News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 4:10am
Activist: No regrets about cartoon contest ended by gunfire Associated Press - 7 May 2015 21:25-04:00 News Topics: General news, Religion and politics, War and unrest, Shootings, Religious issues, Religion, Social affairs, Social issues, Violent crime, Crime People, Places and Companies: Pamela Geller, New York, Texas Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Anchorage Remembers: Looking for Housing in the 1940s

49 Writers - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 9:48am
by Colleen Mullaly
According to my parents, Bill and Clare Mullaly, when they arrived in Anchorage in 1946, housing was scarce to nonexistent. They were still on their honeymoon, which began with a cross-country train trip from New York City to Seattle and continued with a flight to Anchorage that stopped at Annette Island, Juneau, Yakutat, and Cordova along the way.
After much searching they found a room to rent on East Fifth Avenue near Gambell Street. It was within walking distance of Merrill Field where Dad worked in the Civil Aeronautics Authority Communication Center as a communications specialist and Mom relayed messages. (The CAA was the precursor to today’s Federal Aviation Administration.) To Dad it was a room in a boarding house, but my mother always maintained it was a bordello with ladies of the night on the first floor. Mom said that whenever she had to go down to the basement to do laundry, she was mortally afraid that someone would mistake her for one of these women.
The author's mother, Clare Mullaly, at the CAA Communications Center(from the author's personal collection)
Mom told me the walls of the building were so thin you could tell what the weather was without a window, and Dad said the walls didn’t do much in the way of keeping out the cold. The inside walls didn’t even reach the ceiling. They had a small woodstove in their room and a lot of blankets piled high on the bed for warmth.
The flimsiness of the accommodations was relayed to me in one particular story. They told of finding their door frozen shut one morning when they got up to go to work. Dad said when he finally knocked the ice off of their door with a small hatchet to get out, he heard a fellow CAA worker on the same floor yelling for help. His door was also frozen shut but evidently he had no means at hand to break free, so Dad also had to chop the ice off of his door.
My parents had other stories of living in a converted apartment in a garage between Eleventh and Twelfth Avenues on L Street until shortly after I was born. Once I was born they were finally eligible for family housing and moved to a small apartment in the Fairhaven Apartments at 1501 W. Eleventh Avenue, which are still there to this day. I always enjoyed my parents’ tales of Anchorage when they were young and vibrant and full of a sense of adventure. It gave me a more interesting picture of where I grew up and a better understanding of some of the challenges they faced when they first moved here.


Colleen Mullaly was born in the Territory of Alaska in the old Providence Hospital on Ninth and L Streets in Anchorage in 1948 and has lived here for most of her life. She finished her education with a B.A. in Anthropology at Alaska Methodist University (now Alaska Pacific University). She worked for the state of Alaska for thirty years as a social worker. Mullaly has raised twin sons; been through earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and windstorms; seen a pope, an emperor, a president, and world renowned artists; and met wonderful friends through the years. She looks forward to what else Anchorage has to offer.
This project would not have been possible without the assistance of a Community Centennial Grant from the Alaska Humanities Forum, Rasmuson Foundation, and Anchorage Centennial Celebration. We are most grateful for their support in bringing these stories to light.
Categories: Arts & Culture

Seminole Patchwork Borders

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 4:04am

A roll of Seminole Indian Patchwork waits to become borders for button blanket robes designed and made by Clarissa Rizal

Back in 2005, I was given the honor to design and create a button blanket robe for a prominent elder in our community, Ethel Lund.  The border of the robe was a Seminole Indian patchwork trimmed out with Navajo ribbon work.  The robe is called “Frog Speaks” — it is part of my button blanket collection on my website at this link:  http://clarissarizal.com/gallery/button-robes/

I have several feet of this roll of Seminole Indian patchwork wide enough for the borders to a couple of button blanket robes — with all the designs and options of fabrics, etc., it’s so hard to make up my mind how I want them to turn out!  The possibilities are endless!  You ever have that problem!?

 

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Clarissa’s Studio Part 1: The “Living Room”

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 4:00am

The Hibiscus blooms fully in Clarissa’s living room

Folks wonder where the heck I live and work; there are only a handful of people who have seen the inside of my studio home, so I figured I would introduce the general public to where I play music, weave, write, sew, draw, paint (and sorry, I won’t be introducing you to my bedroom!).   I work full-time and a half and live part of my year in a remodeled two car garage in the most beautiful part of Colorado.  The studio has no running water, no sewer and has insufficient heat in the wintertime, but I wear my sheepskin boots, sheepskin hat and gloves during the days and sleep in fleece and sweatpants during the bitter cold months in December, January and sometimes February.  Yes, I am working towards someday having a real home though it is gonna take awhile.

The sun sets upon the Easter lilies with what I call  “middle-aged-ladies’-flowers” geraniums blooming in the background

Over the next three months, 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

Clarissa’s hand-made Northwest Coast Tlingit carved harp with abalone inlay was recently repaired after nearly 25 years of collecting dust in the attic

I use sheer, white/off-white curtains to divide my spaces.  Since the space is one big room, I want some sense of controlling the cold and heat, keep each work space free from distractions from other projects in the other work spaces, and to create privacy when needed.  For example, compare the above photograph showing the closed curtains behind the couch, and then the open curtains in the photograph below exposing the small kitchenette.  In all posts of the “Clarissa’s Studio Series” take note where I use the curtains.

The open curtains exposes Clarissa’s kitchenette

I live a secluded life during the Fall/Winter in Colorado in comparison to my very social life during the Spring/Summer in Alaska and most recently Yukon.  In Colorado, I fulfill my need for privacy and seclusion, and other than hanging with my grandchildren and children, my main focus is my work; I work 70- 80 hours per week to create as much as I can within the time frame because once I land in Alaska, life is not about me, it’s about including others.  Because I was born and bred in Alaska, and I remain true to my roots and heritage so I attend Native functions and teach classes, and I must harvest my berries and salmon, and I have many long-term friends and family, and the hours of daylight are long and wonderful, so it is very challenging to get any work done, who has time to work indoors!?!?  There are beaches to be walked, oceans to ride, branches to brush aside and big trees to rest under, and always with others!

Clarissa’s music room

So every Springtime before I leave for Alaska, I absorb my serenity and look about me at the little bit of charm I’ve created herewithin, and I appreciate the stillness and silence while I create, create, create.  Life is good as I nourish both aspects of this Gemini being!

Easter lilies at sunset in Clarissa’s music living room; and I’m sure you’ve noticed Clarissa’s red, tenor ukelele to the right!

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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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