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Saturday, January 5, 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.

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.

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.

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

FYI
Births

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Alaskans Teela, Steer, Hakkinen headed for Olympics
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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