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UN calls Ebola a threat to international peace

AP Top news - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 9:03am
UN calls Ebola a threat to international peace Associated Press - 18 September 2014 17:03-04:00 News Topics: General news, Ebola virus, Disease outbreaks, United Nations General Assembly Annual Meeting, Government and politics, Hemorrhagic fever, Infectious diseases, Diseases and conditions, Health, Public health, Events, International relations People, Places and Companies: Margaret Chan, Ban Ki-Moon, Barack Obama, Africa, West Africa, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Rescued harbor seal pup released on Kodiak Island

AP Alaska News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 9:03am
Rescued harbor seal pup released on Kodiak Island Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror - 18 September 2014 17:03-04:00 News Topics: General news, Species reintroduction, Species conservation and preservation, Wildlife management, Wildlife, Environment, Environment and nature, Natural resource management, Environmental conservation and preservation People, Places and Companies: Alaska, Kodiak Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

State proposes plan for road from Juneau

AP Alaska News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:57am
State proposes plan for road from Juneau Associated Press - 18 September 2014 16:57-04:00 News Topics: General news People, Places and Companies: Juneau, Alaska Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

A glance at disputed passages in Three Cups of Tea

AP US News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:55am
A glance at disputed passages in Three Cups of Tea Associated Press - 18 September 2014 16:55-04:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news, Kidnapping, Books and literature, Crime, Entertainment People, Places and Companies: Greg Mortenson, Jon Krakauer Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Suspects who used survivalist skills, hid in woods

AP US News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:44am
Suspects who used survivalist skills, hid in woods Associated Press - 18 September 2014 16:44-04:00 News Topics: General news, Burglary, Sentencing, Violent crime, Crime, Shootings, Theft, Legal proceedings, Law and order People, Places and Companies: Eric Rudolph Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Senate races: Democrats decry birth control plan

AP Politics - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:35am
Senate races: Democrats decry birth control plan Associated Press - 18 September 2014 16:35-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, Senate elections, Elections, Contraception controversy, Birth control, Mid-term elections, Political parties, Legislature, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Reproductive rights, Human rights and civil liberties, Social issues, Social affairs, Sexual and reproductive health, Health, Political organizations, Health care policy, Government policy People, Places and Companies: Barack Obama, Kay Hagan, Thom Tillis, Mark Udall, Cory Gardner, Elizabeth Warren, Cecile Richards, Bobby Jindal, Colorado, District of Columbia Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Ukraine's pleas for lethal aid from US go unmet

AP Politics - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:30am
Ukraine's pleas for lethal aid from US go unmet Associated Press - 18 September 2014 16:30-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, War and unrest, Sanctions and embargoes, Economy, Legislature, General news, Foreign policy, Government policy, International relations, Business People, Places and Companies: Barack Obama, Petro Poroshenko, Vladimir Putin, Robert Menendez, Penny Pritzker, Ukraine, Russia, Moscow, United States, Kiev, District of Columbia Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Apple locks itself out of devices with passwords

AP Technology News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:25am
Apple locks itself out of devices with passwords Associated Press - 18 September 2014 16:25-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Technology, Consumer electronics manufacturing, Smartphones, Consumer electronics, Consumer product manufacturing, Consumer products and services, Industries, Mobile phones People, Places and Companies: Tim Cook, California Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Brighter economy driving up holiday hiring plans

AP Business News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:16am
Brighter economy driving up holiday hiring plans Associated Press - 18 September 2014 16:16-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Hiring and recruitment, Sales figures, Consumer confidence, Labor economy, Economic outlook, Seasonal jobs, Economy, Retail industry, Holiday travel, Holiday shopping, Retail and wholesale sector performance, Multi-line retail, Recessions and depressions, Retail e-commerce sales, Personnel, Financial performance, Corporate news, Leading economic indicators, Careers, Retail and wholesale, Consumer services, Consumer products and services, Industries, Leisure travel, Travel, Lifestyle, Shopping, Holidays, Occasions, Retail sales People, Places and Companies: United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Alaska Shorts: Up Mountain, by Samuel Chamberlain

49 Writers - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 7:00am
They’d been begging to take me up mountain for days, but I kept us in the classroom. I am their new white teacher, dedicated.  Our schoolhouse is built upon stilts poised above the permafrost. The building’s red has begun to match the fiery colors in the changing tundra; it’s late August in Alaska’s northern most latitudes.           
Black spruce grows in patches across the valley. At its lowest terraces, alder and willow, already gone from green to golden, live around the bogs and atop the cut banks of the East Fork of the Chandalar River.  Spruce stands of stunted, spindly trees—like dirty pipe cleaners—thin with elevation and latitude, clinging denser in the draws until reaching the terminus of tree line, far below the summit’s shoulders. The Brooks Range lines the north and west of the river, an aged wall of scree slopes and immense ridges some with exposed vertebrae. Hills rise to the south and east from Vashràii K’oo, rolling and sloping downward all the way to the flats of the Yukon River. In between the mountains and the hills, along the river and the kettle lakes, amid the tundra and the tussocks, lives the Gwich’in of Arctic Village—the caribou people.
“Dachanlee, holy mountain, sacred mountain,” they teach me as we walk a four-wheeler path leading away from the school.
The village is more spread out than most. We walk through the last collection of six or seven homes, some log, others fuchsia and baby-blue hud style, then we’re in the wilderness. The path meanders around ponds and through wood lots where men will come for firewood once the land is locked in winter. Today summer is like a fall afternoon. The students wear thin black hoodies and faded jeans.
The upper limits of the forest, before the terminus of trees, are haven for hunting camps.  Most are vacant, as the caribou have skirted farther from the village this year, but still obvious by their old exoskeletons—trees skinned and lashed, stones collected as a fire pit.
Dachanlee’s upper slopes seem sparse, solemn, but teem with life. The trail wanes to dirt single-track, the taiga becomes alpine tundra. Our pace slows as the slope steepens. We wander. With each step the ground gives then pushes back, breathing into us. The tundra exhales the last of the mosquito and gnat, but they are batted down in the breeze. Flakey lichen stains the rocks chartreuse and also lives like a spongy pillow in-between the shrub.  I kick at the porous plant and it disintegrates. Two students make antlers with thumbs growing from brow, fingers pointed skyward, then click their jaws and lick their lips.
“Food,” they say. “For caribou.”
It’s hard to imagine a more resilient animal living off a more distasteful looking plant. We find a rack of antlers, but they weren’t shed, the skull is attached, not decomposed but gnawed upon. Nearby there are two scapulas and many ribs.
“Zhoh,” they say. “Zhoh —wolf, caribou food.”
I reach for the animal’s calcified headgear but a student stops me.
“No,” they say. “Bad luck to touch those—we should leave them.”
The village is four miles away but near enough. The runway is the most significant feature. A conveyance to the outside world, it’s a linear scar surrounded by an organic geometry. Then the school—filled with its curriculums and its interventions and its western education—sticking out like an arena in a metropolis. Some of my students live in the brightly painted new homes, radiating like Easter eggs or art deco above the Arctic Circle. The traditional log cabins are mere shadows in the valley floor.
The earth smells fresh here. I bend and reach for the tiny forest growing beneath my feet. Like a hound I circulate my nose above the soft edged needles growing in shoots from the bushy carpet.
“Lidii,” a student says. He grabs a bunch and stuffs it in his pockets. “To take to my auntie—tundra tea.”
I go prone and bury my face into the prickly earth. It smells like time, musky, but with a familiarity I want to wrap around myself. The students giggle. I roll to my back, propped up on elbows. Flakes of caribou lichen stick in my beard. Today I am not their teacher. 
Samuel Chamberlain is a writer, teacher, and social activist living in Fairbanks, Alaska. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Fiction at Pacific University in Oregon’s low-residency program. His work has appeared in O-Dark-Thirty. He can be reached at: samuel.chamberlain@gmail.com.
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Categories: Arts & Culture

Movies in Spanish Night

Juneau Public Library Blog - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 4:38pm
Tomorrow (9/15) is the Third Tuesday of the month; and what does that mean at the Juneau Public Libraries? Movies in Spanish Night! No matter what your level of Spanish is, you’re bound to have fun watching one of America’s favorite super heros speaking in Spanish and with English subtitles. Doors open at 5:30. Movie […]
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Chilkat Curlique

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 11:04am

A woven Curlique using Chilkat weaving techniques — by Clarissa Rizal

I am weaving a child-size Chilkat apron as part of a 5-piece Chilkat woven ensemble which will also include a headdress, robe, and leggings.  My goal is to complete the ensemble by end of October; I will have the entire ensemble shown at the Alaska-Juneau Public Market during Thanksgiving weekend at the Centennial Hall in Juneau, Alaska.   Above is a semi-completed image of my first curlique using the Chilkat weaving techniques. The merino yarns were hand-dyed by a yarn company out of Homer, Alaska.  Stay tuned for updates on the “Chilkat Child” ensemble.

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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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