Thursday, January 3, 2002

Good tourney
Congratulations to Tina Lee, tournament director, JDHS officials and the tournament committee for putting on another successful Princess Capital City Classic.

Disabilities aren't always obvious
To all "amateur handicap parking space police": The next time you think you see somebody abusing a handicap tag hanging in her vehicle, please take a split second to think again. Please remember your manners if you still feel compelled to tell her that she should leave that space for someone with "real disabilities." You know her, right? No, I didn't think so. Otherwise you wouldn't question her right to that "special" parking space.

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

Southeast students set for JASON journey
At the end of this month, world-renowned scientists will gather on the Kenai Peninsula for a research expedition to be tracked by kids in classrooms around the world. Two Southeast students will have a central role in the action.

Local briefs
Knowles named Ramseur chief of staff; Injured girl improving after relapse; Mitkof timber sale to get more review

Arguments Thursday on logging injunction
Whether an injunction against logging in the Tongass National Forest is needed and what form it should take will be the subject of a federal court hearing in Anchorage on Thursday morning.

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

2001 was warmer and wetter than average
Juneau was a little soggier and a little warmer during 2001, according to the National Weather Service.

Corrections
Due to unclear court paperwork, the Empire's Dec. 28 FYI listings contained an error in the judgment for defendant Jazmine Peters. Peters was not required to register as a sex offender.

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

New smoking legislation takes effect in Juneau
The Juneau Police Department issued a warning under a new city smoking law Wednesday the first since the ban took effect Jan. 1.

Holiday sees one drunken-driving arrest
One drunken-driving arrest on New Year's Eve did not mean there were no other drunken drivers to arrest, police said today.

Local Briefs
Alaska dogs get NYC rescue supplies; Humane Society joins virtual animal shelter; Fund seeking grant applications

Victim of bear attack rebuilds face
Kenneth Horton lay in a Seattle hospital bed last month trying to muster the courage to look in a mirror. Days earlier a brown bear with a cub had mauled him on Admiralty Island. The sow swatted his face, crushed his left cheekbone and ripped out the muscles and nerves. When the bear was done, Horton was holding half his face in his hand.

Mother pleads not guilty in wreck that injured kids
A Juneau woman accused of crashing her Suburban into a stone wall, seriously injuring two of her four children, pleaded not guilty today in Juneau Superior Court to felony assault charges.

Palmer, Budke engaged
Alan Palmer of Juneau and Tracy Budke of Juneau are engaged. A July 6, 2002, wedding in Juneau is being planned.

Flight review helps keep pilots and travelers safe in the skies
I overheard conversation the other day, regarding a lack of pilot qualifications that troubled me a bit. No, to be truthful, it troubled me a lot. The conversation surrounded the subject of pilot certificates, pilot medicals and Biennial Flight Reviews or rather a lack thereof.

Palmer, Parker engaged
Brian Palmer of Juneau and Lauren Michelle Parker of Tulsa, Okla., are engaged. A summer wedding is being planned.

Senior Menu
The following meals will be served this week. These meals and Care-a-Van transportation are available to all senior citizens (age 60 and over).

Pet Of The Week
Dru is an unusually beautiful petite calico/tiger spayed female whose special features are her "mitten" toes.

Powers recognized by Glacier Valley Rotary
Timothy P. Powers Jr., a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School, was named December Student of the Month by Glacier Valley Rotary.

Thank You
...for all your efforts; ...for your support; ..for the help

Photo: Annual Christmas ride
Gov. Tony Knowles stands with firefighters Tim Hulse, and Justin Frodella left. The two men participated in the annual Christmas ride for youth that the Juneau Volunteer Company and Douglas Volunteer Company put together.

Neighbors briefs
Witt named MADD youth coordinator; Hunt graduates from Army basic training

Timothy G. White
Former Juneau resident Timothy G. White died Dec. 1, 2001, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., after a long illness.

Lowell (Bert) Goodwin
Longtime Alaska resident Lowell (Bert) Goodwin died Dec. 11, 2001, in Imperial Beach, Calif.

Euro a step toward union
The beginning of the euro is a decisive step in the construction of the European Union. The day scheduled for the circulation of the currency has been called "E Day" as opposed to "D Day" when allied forces disembarked in Normandy.

My Turn: Don't sacrifice liberties to fight terrorists
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, many aspects of our lives changed, including launching of a deleterious civil and legal metamorphosis, which apparently has wide-based public support. In the interest of security, safety and generalized warm cozy feelings, citizens of these United States are willing to abridge the Bill of Rights. Of course this abridgment would only apply to foreigners and perhaps our own homegrown terrorists.

Lynn Canal access possibilites for the New Year
Local attorney Joe Geldhof brought the Lynn Canal access issue back into the limelight at a meeting with the Juneau Chamber of Commerce's transportation committee on Dec. 4. In a My Turn in the Empire yesterday, Geldhof further stressed the importance of improving access and offered hope that funding might materialize to finish the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

My Turn: State must study Lynn Canal access again
Blessed with the benefit of 20-20 hindsight, it is now obvious the decision to remove the Lynn Canal access planning and study from the comprehensive Southeast Transportation Plan was a mistake. The plan for how to deal with access in the Lynn Canal corridor has essentially become orphaned and dormant.

Out and About
In season: Wolf (Aug.-April), grouse (Aug.-May), ptarmigan (Aug.-May), coyote (Sept.-April) and hare (Sept.-April).

Hilary Lindh teaches ski tactics
Carrie and Bob Cruise decided to take Hilary Lindh's ski clinic because they wanted to learn from an Olympic medallist. "I've taken classes at Eaglecrest, but this was definitely different," Carrie Cruise said. "For one thing, watching her ski, there's definitely a curiosity there. I've heard about her in the media, but I've never watched her ski myself - other than racing in an event. She's very fluid, very graceful. It didn't really matter what she was skiing down, she made it look so easy."

Seward skiers hike for backcountry rewards
ANCHORAGE - Winter still had the higher elevations of the Kenai Mountains locked in its grip in June when Jerry Dixon got the call reporting fresh ski tracks cutting down 5,265-foot Mount Alice near Seward. Harold Faust and George Peck had tracked Dixon down on his cell phone. They couldn't wait to give him the news.

Snow Report
The status of Alaska and Pacific Northwest ski areas.

Jeepers creepers: Often-hidden bird breaks bird count record
One of the species found in record numbers during the 2001 Juneau Christmas Bird Count held several weeks ago is a bird that often escapes notice even when searched for.

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

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

Juggled lineup, same result
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Dahntay Jones sailed over Davidson's tallest players for a one-armed flying slam dunk that drew a foul. As he turned to celebrate, his Duke teammates swarmed him for a round of chest-bumping.

State Briefs
Christmas still going in N. Pole; Gateway veneer plant closes; School vandalism hits $100K; Woman assaulted by driver

Business picks up for seafood plant
ANCHORAGE - Business at the once-floundering Alaska Seafood International is now going swimmingly, according to Russell Schreck, the company's new chief executive officer and board chairman.

AK Airlines says holiday season was good
SEATTLE - Though most major airlines continue to struggle after the Sept. 11 attacks, Alaska Airlines is having a successful holiday season and is optimistic enough to gear up to hire more flight attendants.

Whittier to pursue private prison
ANCHORAGE The city of Whittier has turned to a familiar player as it tries to attract a private prison. The City Council for the Prince William Sound community southeast of Anchorage voted unanimously last month to partner with Cornell Companies. Cornell has been involved with unsuccessful efforts to build private prisons in Delta Junction and in Kenai.

Judge: Redistricting plan improperly splits Eagle River, Chugiak
ANCHORAGE - Republicans scored a victory Monday in one of their challenges to the state's redistricting plan. Anchorage Superior Court Judge Mark Rindner ruled that the Redistricting Board's plan for House District 16 in Chugiak is not "compact." Rindner ruled on the configuration that splits Eagle River and Chugiak in Southcentral Alaska.

Live Legislature debuts on Internet
When the Legislature convenes in 2002, every word uttered on the state record will be broadcast live on the Internet. The second session of the 22nd Legislature will herald a new project by Juneau's public broadcasting station to stream live audio of all floor sessions and committee hearings on the World Wide Web, said Bill Legere, president and general manager of KTOO-FM & TV.

State Briefs
Survivor of 1983 McCarthy massacre killed in fatal fire

State Briefs
Survivor of 1983 McCarthy massacre killed in fatal fire; Youth home in Nome closed while staff misconduct investigated; Johnson picked to head U.S. Marshals Service

New Year brings stronger tobacco-sales penalties
On New Year's Day the party ended for Alaska merchants caught selling tobacco to underage smokers.

It's time to apply for PFD check
Paper permanent fund dividend applications are now available but the state's improved online application system won't be up until Jan. 7.

Alaska high-kicker upstages tae-bo star to make Guinness world record
ANCHORAGE - A Hollywood fitness guru stood poised to claim a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. A television crew was on hand to record the attempt at the highest martial arts kick in history. A patsy from Alaska nobody had ever heard of was hired to make it all look like a competition. Then a funny thing happened.

Study says Anchorage smoking ban working better than expected
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage's tough smoking law, in effect for one year, is working better than expected and has not hurt local businesses, according to a new report.

New children's book focuses on ice worms
JUNEAU - The toddler who likes to get down and dirty will appreciate a new book just released by the Alaska Natural History Association.

Movies where & when
"Joe Somebody," (PG) ends tonight, last show at 6:50 at Glacier Cinemas.

Best Bets: January good time to hit trails, galleries
This can be a great time to get outdoors and make the most of the short winter days. Warm weather in winter may not be good for the snowpack, but it is excellent for hiking in the woods and along the beach. Last weekend most of the ice was gone at the lower elevations. The Southeast Alaska forest can be almost impenetrable in places in the summer but really opens up in the winter.

Video showcases Juneau's boarder talent
I t looks more like flying than riding. The skateboarders and snowboarders featured in "Project Alaska One," an actionpacked video made almost entirely in Juneau, spend more time airborne than earthbound.

The beauty of tide pools - in blue
P hotographer David Job grew up deprived of all intertidal experiences. "I'm from Iowa," he said. "I remember putting on my rubber boots and going out to Auke Bay when I first got here 18 years ago. I thought it was fascinating how things evolved to live in water and in air."

Face of Buddhism
Kamchatka, Madagascar and the icy waters of Lynn Canal are coming to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center this winter.

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