Friday, January 4, 2002

Empire wrap-up was warped
Despite being spoon-fed facts and images documenting the urban bear/human garbage problem, the Juneau Empire missed the mark when it came to the year-end wrap up of top news stories. Instead, all we got is what seemed to be a joint press release courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce and the Capital Committee.

Southeast helps foster children
With the beginning of a new year, I would like to take a moment to look back at 2001 and express my sincere thanks to the many people of Juneau and outlying areas who have opened their hearts to the many Alaska children who are in foster care.

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

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

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

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

Carroll: smoke eater, sauna devotee
Jim Carroll swelters in 180-degree heat, sometimes twice a day. A volunteer firefighter for 34 years, and chief of volunteers for the Juneau fire department, he's seen his share of burning buildings. But he gets his daily heat from the sauna at the Augustus Brown Swimming Pool, where he's held court for decades.

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.

FYI
Births

Convicted sex offender gets 10 years in prison
A convicted rapist begins a 10-year prison sentence today after pleading guilty to felony sexual assault Thursday in Juneau Superior Court.

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.

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.

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

Thank You
...for all the help; ,,,for your kindness

Forming conscience is a complex process
Making moral decisions can provide us with a definite challenge, especially when confronted with a particular issue that has complex realities.In many ways, attempts to decide on the proper course of action in response to recent terrorist activities is just such an example. As we encounter life's dilemmas, we must decide on a course of action we are to take. We are not allowed to remain "on the fence" but must choose some course of action. We must decide that either we will do or support ''this or that" action or we will not do or support "this or that" action.

Photo: Science fair preparation
Fairbanks scientist Alan Dick advises students Monique Barteaux-Mickelsen and Donald Love on their science fair projects during Science Club, a 21st Century Grant activity at Floyd Dryden.

Seventh grader wins second contest
Adam Roesch's family isn't sure how he came up with the correct number of lights on the Unity Tree, but they're all proud of him. The Unity Tree had 900 lights this year. The entire Roesch/Harrington family made guesses, but only Adam got it right.

Project helpful for gathering information on winter birds
If you feed winter birds and enjoy watching who comes to nibble, you could help gather valuable information on winter bird distribution and abundance by joining Project FeederWatch.

Simonson, Race engaged
Joshua Simonson of Juneau and Christina Race of Phoenix, Ariz. are engaged. A tentative wedding date has been set for the spring of 2003.

Neighbors Briefs
City seeks youth activity proposals and Ranger program wins award

Barbara Sykes
Juneau resident Barbara Sykes died Jan. 2, 2002, after a brief battle with cancer.

Thomas Harris
Lifetime Juneau resident Thomas Harris, 84, died Jan. 2, 2002, in Eugene, Ore. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Alaskan Mortuary. A full obituary will follow.

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)

Handling John Walker
The fate of John Walker, the American citizen who fought for the Taliban, is hardly the most pressing issue facing the Bush administration. Walker does not appear to be on the leading edge of a trend of American youth rushing off to fight against their country on behalf of terrorists. And the military is dealing with thousands of captured fighters in Afghanistan - from all over the place.

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

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.

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.

Alaskans Teela, Steer, Hakkinen headed for Olympics
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.

Ketchikan boys win own Clarke Cochrane Classic
Led by the play of tournament MVP Jesse Richardson, the Ketchikan High School boys basketball team claimed its first title in its own Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic since 1995 last weekend at Ketchikan High School's Clarke Cochrane Gym.

Juneau's diamond pros to put on a clinic Sunday
Juneau area youth baseball players will have an opportunity to learn from the pros when Chad Bentz and Rob Conway lead a baseball clinic Sunday at Marie Drake Middle School gymnasium.

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

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.

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.

Musher postpones Iditarod dream to serve in Alaska Air National Guard
FAIRBANKS - Like so many others in the military, Blake Matray has had to put his life on hold to support the war in Afghanistan. But because of the war, Matray also had to put a dream on hold. The Two Rivers musher and Alaska Air National Guard pilot withdrew from the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race last month because of an upcoming deployment to Guam. He's disappointed, but not devastated.

Judge ponders logging injunction in Tongass
ANCHORAGE - A federal judge leaning toward arguments made by environmental group lawyers offered Thursday to issue an injunction against logging in roadless areas of the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska.

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.

House, Senate: opposite sides of fiscal divide
Bill Hudson says the permanent fund dividend is in danger. But he says the danger is not the Fiscal Policy Caucus, the bipartisan group of legislators he co-chairs. Rather, the threat comes from the possibility of inaction on a long-range fiscal plan in the 2002 legislative session, said Hudson, a long-time Republican representative from Juneau.

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.

State seeks glacier names for two ferries
State officials need to name two new ferries and are looking to Alaska students for help. An essay contest for students in second through sixth grade will be used to name the two newest Alaska Marine Highway System ferries, according to Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer.

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

Yakutat Assembly bills cruise lines for 2001 head tax
The City and Borough of Yakutat has sent a bill to seven cruise lines for a $1.50-per-passenger tax approved by the community's Assembly last January.

State Briefs
Douglas harbor work continues; Heliport hearings scheduled; Unalaska residents protest opening of strip club

State Briefs
Survivor of 1983 McCarthy massacre killed in fatal fire

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

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.

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

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."

What's happening
Theater

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.

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