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Wednesday, January 1, 2003

MADD supports saturation patrols
With support from the Highway Safety Division, the Juneau Police Department is currently running saturation patrols. These are concentrated enforcement efforts to target dangerous and impaired drivers.

Unforgettable experience
We would like to give praise and thanks to the nursing staff and medical team at Bartlett Regional Hospital and Valley Medical Clinic for their astonishing assistance with the recent birth of our first child. They have provided us with a memory that far exceeded our expectations.

A man who gave to the community
There are many interesting and deserving people in Juneau who have had a major, positive effect upon this community. One such person is Lenard Sevdy.

Living with a decision
If people think Gov. Frank Murkowski picked his daughter to host a seat in U.S. Senate for any other reason than she is his daughter, then they are extremely gullible.

Local news of 2002
Juneau began the year watching the Olympic torch come and go and ended it knowing the Legislature would stay. In between, an ice rink went up, a high school renovation kicked up dust, politicians were elected and defeated, and a tourism plan was developed.

This Day in History
In 1894, the Juneau Ferry & Navigation Co. began carrying passengers between Juneau and Douglas Island. The operation continued until the completion of the Douglas Bridge in 1935.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Photo: Snowboarder in paradise
Sigrid Schelle, 18, snowboards under the Hooter chairlift at the Eaglecrest Ski Area on Monday.

Photo: Dancing lights
Katharine Leque, left, and Nicole Bavard of the Juneau-Douglas High School Dance Team perform the popular Light March on Monday, the last night of the 12th annual Capital City Classic basketball tournament.

Photo: Snowy day at Eaglecrest
Ron Turley helps his daughter, Amanda, 5, up the rope tow at Eaglecrest Ski Area on Monday.

Body of missing Petersburg pilot found near Admiralty Island
Lawrence "Smokey" Howell, a pilot from Petersburg whose plane went missing during a hunting trip, was found dead on West Brother Island on Monday afternoon. His body was spotted on the beach by a group of deer hunters who knew him. "He was on the beach just below the high tide mark on the northern tip of the island," said David Tracy, Juneau post supervisor for the U.S. Coast Guard. "He was wearing a life jacket."

Edward Kenneth Haffner
The memorial service time for Juneau resident Edward Kenneth Haffner, who died Dec. 16, 2002, has been changed. The service will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 4, at Smith Hall at Chapel By the Lake.

Betty 'Ruth' Saviers
Juneau resident Betty "Ruth" Posey Saviers died Dec. 29, 2002, in Portland, Ore., where she was receiving medical treatment.

Super Heumann
As the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team prepared to kick off its 2002-03 season, one of coach George Houston's worries was how the Crimson Bears would replace some of their outside shooters who graduated in June. One of the players Houston thought might be able to step into the role of shooting guard was junior Alex Heumann, who led the junior varsity in scoring last year but only scored 12 points in limited varsity time.

Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Tale of two halves for Juneau girls
It was the best of halves, then the worst of halves for the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team in Monday's finale of the 2002 Capital City Classic. Facing an extremely tough team from Troy High School of Fullerton, Calif., the Crimson Bears jumped out to an early lead and held their own for the first 16 minutes of play. After halftime, the bottom fell out and Troy (11-1) pulled away for a 63-38 victory and the girls Classic title. The Warriors' Amanda Livingston, who will play at UCLA next season and was named tourney MVP, scored 19 points, as did teammate Meghan McGuire.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, the score of the Juneau-Wasilla girls basketball game was incorrectly reported in Sunday's Empire. The correct score was Wasilla 66, Juneau 54.

2002 in review: A year of Crimson Bear championships
For the Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears, the year 2002 might as well be called "that championship season." Four Juneau teams earned state titles during 2002, while two other teams took second place in their state tournaments and another was third. The year also saw former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball player reach the pinnacle of his sport when he was drafted by the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers, while JDHS graduate Joe Tompkins competed in the 2002 Winter Paralympics as a disabled alpine skier, the Olympic Torch Relay visited town and 30 Southeast athletes competed in the 2002 Arctic Winter Games.

Earthquake, governor's race mark Alaska in 2002
ANCHORAGE - The year 2002 in Alaska was marked by tragedy in the Bering Sea, groundbreaking for a national missile shield, a contentious governor's race and one of the most massive earthquakes in North America.

State Briefs
Suspected bank robber arrested; Chitina buildings added to historic register; Arrest made in car-burning case; Men posing as DEA agents invade Anchorage home

Pipeline issue a challenge for Gov. Murkowski
ANCHORAGE - Alaska would collect about $110 million more each year if shipping charges for the trans-Alaska oil pipeline were cut to match a recent decision by state regulators. A lower pipeline charge would also provide a huge boost for new exploration on the North Slope.

New limits for bringing guns into Canada
Canada has launched a gun-registration program that aims to register every firearm in the country by Jan. 1. What this means for Alaska gun owners who bring their firearms across the border is complicated, and may involve one or more additional hurdles to clear at customs. "Looks like there are more hoops to jump through," said Gary Jenkins, a Juneau man who hunts up the Taku River in British Columbia.

Three nominated to replace Murkowski in state House
ANCHORAGE - Three Anchorage Republicans, including veteran lawmaker Eldon Mulder, have been nominated to replace U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the state House. The District 18 Republican Committee also nominated Eagle River resident Nancy Dahlstrom, who nearly defeated Murkowski in the primary, and Government Hill resident Matt Gill, a party volunteer and legislative staffer, at a meeting Monday evening at party headquarters in Anchorage.

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