Thursday, January 6, 2000

UAS earns reaccreditation
The University of Alaska Southeast has been reaccredited for 10 years. But after pausing to congratulate themselves, university officials said it's time to get to work.

Loan Program offered for low-income home buyers
There's more money available this year in a program that helps low-income people in Juneau buy homes.

Loan Program offered for low-income home buyers
There's more money available this year in a program that helps low-income people in Juneau buy homes.

UAS earns reaccreditation
The University of Alaska Southeast has been reaccredited for 10 years. But after pausing to congratulate themselves, university officials said it's time to get to work.

Obituaries
Dickerson Regan

Obituaries
Charlie George Sharclane

Obituaries
Charlie George Sharclane

Around town

Obituaries
Dickerson Regan

Anniversary

Around town

Unexpected gifts come from the dying

Around town

Around town

Unexpected gifts come from the dying

Anniversary

Briefly

Briefly

Pet of the week
PET OF THE WEEK

Thank you

Pet of the week
PET OF THE WEEK

Thank you

Yearn to learn?
Jo Ellen Traylor loved art growing up, but 15 years ago she quit making art. Last fall she took yards of silk, brilliant indigo dyes and a batik class through Community Schools and rejuvenated her creative spirit.

Stone carver Sonny Grant
Juneau artist Sonny Grant uses hand tools to carve soapstone and marble, and his pieces range in size from a few ounces to 500 pounds.

Entertainment briefly

Yearn to learn?
Jo Ellen Traylor loved art growing up, but 15 years ago she quit making art. Last fall she took yards of silk, brilliant indigo dyes and a batik class through Community Schools and rejuvenated her creative spirit.

Comedy, allegory highlight coming stage season
A comedy about Emily Dickinson and a love story between a cockroach and a cat will be among the plays and musicals in store for Juneau audiences this winter and spring.

`Bach to broadway` highlights vocal festival
A group of self-described music junkies will bring Bach to life on Sunday.

`Bach to broadway` highlights vocal festival
A group of self-described music junkies will bring Bach to life on Sunday.

Entertainment briefly

Entertainment calendar

Entertainment calendar

Stone carver Sonny Grant
Juneau artist Sonny Grant uses hand tools to carve soapstone and marble, and his pieces range in size from a few ounces to 500 pounds.

Comedy, allegory highlight coming stage season
A comedy about Emily Dickinson and a love story between a cockroach and a cat will be among the plays and musicals in store for Juneau audiences this winter and spring.

Young predicts contentious congressional session
FAIRBANKS - U.S. Rep. Don Young predicts a very short session with plenty of conflict when Congress reconvenes later this month.

ASEA members to see $324 refund in paychecks
Some state workers will receive refunds of up to $324 in their mid-January paychecks.

Race raised in debate on proposed charter school
Organizers of a proposed charter school that would focus on Alaska Native culture and languages said all students would benefit from it.

ASEA members to see $324 refund in paychecks
Some state workers will receive refunds of up to $324 in their mid-January paychecks.

State criticizes railroad for slow action in jet fuel spill
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Railroad Corp. is not acting quickly enough to clean up an estimated 100,000 gallons of jet fuel that spilled when a train derailed north of Talkeetna, a state environmental official said.

Police and fire blotter

Soldotna lawmaker to leave Legislature after session
This session will be the last for an eight-year lawmaker.

Briefly

Russian climbers halt winter ascent on McKinley
ANCHORAGE - Two Russian mountaineers attempting the first winter ascent of Mount McKinley's formidable north side decided Wednesday to turn back at about the 11,000-foot level.

Mt. View residents flee flooding
Minor flooding at Mountain View Apartments on 12th Street ousted five residents early this morning.

Briefly

Soldotna lawmaker to leave Legislature after session
This session will be the last for an eight-year lawmaker.

Corrections
Due to a reporter's error, the name of Robert Loescher was incorrectly spelled in Monday's Empire article about the Partners In Justice Campaign.

Quake rattles Juneau
Sound sleepers missed it, but this morning's earthquake shook things up for a lot of people around northern Southeast.

Lamonts' money woes worry merchants
A spokeswoman for Lamonts Apparel expressed confidence today that the 38-store chain would emerge from its second Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in five years with no loss of locations or employees.

Playground upgrade slated for Riverbend
Riverbend Elementary School should have a covered play area by next fall.

AFN asks for new powers
WASHINGTON - The Alaska Federation of Natives is asking Congress for broad new laws and policies to promote Native self-governance, spur jobs and economic opportunities in villages, and protect traditional ways of life.

Regional flight service slashes 80 employees, most of its runs
Taquan Air has lightened its load in an effort to stay in the air, dropping flights to more than 20 isolated communities in Southeast Alaska.

Police and fire blotter

City, citizens wrestle over head tax plans
Cruise industry supporters wearing green ``Ask me, I live here'' stickers packed Juneau Assembly Chambers on Wednesday night as a lone protester slapped a red ``I live here, too!'' tag at each assembly member's seat.

Otter capture plan questioned
ANCHORAGE - Two Japanese aquariums want to capture as many as four Alaska sea otters, a request that has angered environmental groups.

University wins reaccreditation, praised for commitment
After pausing to congratulate themselves for being reaccredited for 10 years, University of Alaska Southeast officials said it's time to get to work.

Blaze leaves 40 homeless
Some 40 residents of an apartment complex in West Juneau fled a fire Wednesday night that caused extensive damage, but no injuries.

Russian climbers halt winter ascent on McKinley
ANCHORAGE - Two Russian mountaineers attempting the first winter ascent of Mount McKinley's formidable north side decided Wednesday to turn back at about the 11,000-foot level.

Police and fire blotter

AFN asks for new powers
WASHINGTON - The Alaska Federation of Natives is asking Congress for broad new laws and policies to promote Native self-governance, spur jobs and economic opportunities in villages, and protect traditional ways of life.

Police and fire blotter

Russian climbers move up McKinley
ANCHORAGE - Two Russian mountaineers attempting the first winter ascent of Mount McKinley's formidable north face were spotted Monday at the 10,000-foot level of the mountain by a National Park Service pilot.

State ends up with leftover funds after fighting Y2K bug
Exterminating the Y2K bug in Alaska isn't costing as much as expected.

Race raised in debate on proposed charter school
Organizers of a proposed charter school that would focus on Alaska Native culture and languages said all students would benefit from it.

State criticizes railroad for slow action in jet fuel spill
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Railroad Corp. is not acting quickly enough to clean up an estimated 100,000 gallons of jet fuel that spilled when a train derailed north of Talkeetna, a state environmental official said.

Lamonts' money woes worry merchants
A spokeswoman for Lamonts Apparel expressed confidence today that the 38-store chain would emerge from its second Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in five years with no loss of locations or employees.

Mt. View residents flee flooding
Minor flooding at Mountain View Apartments on 12th Street ousted five residents early this morning.

University wins reaccreditation, praised for commitment
After pausing to congratulate themselves for being reaccredited for 10 years, University of Alaska Southeast officials said it's time to get to work.

Corrections
Due to a reporter's error, the name of Robert Loescher was incorrectly spelled in Monday's Empire article about the Partners In Justice Campaign.

City, citizens wrestle over head tax plans
Cruise industry supporters wearing green ``Ask me, I live here'' stickers packed Juneau Assembly Chambers on Wednesday night as a lone protester slapped a red ``I live here, too!'' tag at each assembly member's seat.

Russian climbers move up McKinley
ANCHORAGE - Two Russian mountaineers attempting the first winter ascent of Mount McKinley's formidable north face were spotted Monday at the 10,000-foot level of the mountain by a National Park Service pilot.

Regional flight service slashes 80 employees, most of its runs
Taquan Air has lightened its load in an effort to stay in the air, dropping flights to more than 20 isolated communities in Southeast Alaska.

State and local briefly

State and local briefly

State ends up with leftover funds after fighting Y2K bug
Exterminating the Y2K bug in Alaska isn't costing as much as expected.

Playground upgrade slated for Riverbend
Riverbend Elementary School should have a covered play area by next fall.

Quake rattles Juneau
Sound sleepers missed it, but this morning's earthquake shook things up for a lot of people around northern Southeast.

Blaze leaves 40 homeless
Some 40 residents of an apartment complex in West Juneau fled a fire Wednesday night that caused extensive damage, but no injuries.

Otter capture plan questioned
ANCHORAGE - Two Japanese aquariums want to capture as many as four Alaska sea otters, a request that has angered environmental groups.

Young predicts contentious congressional session
FAIRBANKS - U.S. Rep. Don Young predicts a very short session with plenty of conflict when Congress reconvenes later this month.

Word of mouth

Deceased deserve more coverage in obits
Letter by Kathy Kasnick Wilson

Snowmobile access deserves attention
Juneau, with its access to the Tongass National Forest, has a bigger natural playground out its backdoor than just about any other place in the country.

Tlingit way of life endangered by logging
Letter by Floyd Peterson

Word of mouth

A no-muss, no-fuss millennium moment
Well, so much for that millennium. The electricity is humming, the water is flowing, the computer - that designated litmus test of modern society - is up and running.

Sealaska should be constructive
With the release of Sealaska Corporation's ``A National Treasure or a Stolen Heritage,'' the relationship between the National Park Service and the Hoonah Tlingit people has been brought into question.

Responsible approach to stem-cell research
The National Institutes of Health should be congratulated for its thoughtful decision on human stem-cell research, which threads the needle between medical progress and spiritual sensibilities.

Word of mouth

Homework police
Companies that allow employees to work at home are responsible for federal health and safety violations that occur at the home work site, according to a Labor Department advisory.

Sealaska should be constructive
With the release of Sealaska Corporation's ``A National Treasure or a Stolen Heritage,'' the relationship between the National Park Service and the Hoonah Tlingit people has been brought into question.

Word of mouth

Snowmobile access deserves attention
Juneau, with its access to the Tongass National Forest, has a bigger natural playground out its backdoor than just about any other place in the country.

Tlingit way of life endangered by logging
Letter by Floyd Peterson

Deceased deserve more coverage in obits
Letter by Kathy Kasnick Wilson

A no-muss, no-fuss millennium moment
Well, so much for that millennium. The electricity is humming, the water is flowing, the computer - that designated litmus test of modern society - is up and running.

Give up on road
Letter by Mike Korsmo

Responsible approach to stem-cell research
The National Institutes of Health should be congratulated for its thoughtful decision on human stem-cell research, which threads the needle between medical progress and spiritual sensibilities.

Homework police
Companies that allow employees to work at home are responsible for federal health and safety violations that occur at the home work site, according to a Labor Department advisory.

Give up on road
Letter by Mike Korsmo

Unknown Alaskan stars for Billings
BILLINGS, Mont. - Nate Strong is the find of the season in the Pac West Conference.

Sports calendar

Juneau to play East in colony tournament
When old foes Juneau-Douglas and East Anchorage meet Thursday in the opening game of the Colony Hoops Challenge, both boys high school basketball teams will have decidedly different looks than last year.

Juneau girls await rematch with Palmer
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team is still smarting from a 48-36 loss to Palmer in the semifinals of the Class 4A state basketball tournament in Fairbanks last March.

Juneau to play East in colony tournament
When old foes Juneau-Douglas and East Anchorage meet Thursday in the opening game of the Colony Hoops Challenge, both boys high school basketball teams will have decidedly different looks than last year.

Unknown Alaskan stars for Billings
BILLINGS, Mont. - Nate Strong is the find of the season in the Pac West Conference.

Sports calendar

Juneau girls await rematch with Palmer
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team is still smarting from a 48-36 loss to Palmer in the semifinals of the Class 4A state basketball tournament in Fairbanks last March.

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