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Sunday, January 6, 2002

'The mail must be delivered' was the rallying cry of Yakobi
"In the Wake of an Alaskan Mailboat" is the story of Walt Sperl, seagoing mailman, his family, his 50-foot boat the Yakobi, deckhands such as Duke Short and unforgettable characters like trapper "Tiger" Olson.

Peggy Wilson finds her voice
R ep. Peggy Wilson was new to the Capitol last year and still learning to navigate the Alaska Legislature when she had her first run-in with a colleague.

Ben Stevens carries family's political legacy -- to the center
New state Sen. Ben Stevens didn't have to cast a single vote in committee or introduce any bills before gaining widespread attention. That's largely because of his father, Alaska's senior U.S. senator, is Ted Stevens.

Need healthy fishing industry
I cannot believe that racism will always be with us as it is now. Alaska does get a disproportionate amount (racism) with the way our population comes and goes. Somewhere down the line we have to stabilize our population.

Thank the Democrats
I applaud Sen. Ted Stevens for his recognition of the threat to Alaska's villages posed by massive erosion. In an article in the Dec. 28 Empire, Sen. Stevens stated that "Alaska is harder hit by global climate change than anywhere in the world.

Police and Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Man charged with felony assault
Juneau police arrested Michael Travis Miller, 22, for two counts of third-degree assault, a felony, on Friday. He was lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

First baby of new year arrived Friday
The first baby born in Juneau in the new year, Natalie Faith Lamar, arrived at 9:04 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at Bartlett Regional Hospital. Natalie weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces at birth.

Downtown rest room considered
City officials are seeking reaction to a proposal to put public restrooms in the pocket park at South Franklin and Front streets downtown.

Around Town
Listing of nonprofit events in the Juneau area.

Vehicle strikes house
No one was injured when a Chevy Suburban slid into a house on North Douglas Highway about noon Friday, police said.

Juneau on ice: Skaters think safety
Many of the city's most popular skating sites - particularly Twin Lakes and the Mendenhall Lake - can be weakened by a wide variety of factors, particularly moving water and fresh water inflow.

Photo: New Alaska Native officers
Recently elected Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 2 officers take their oath of office during installation ceremonies at the ANB Hall on Friday.

Cartoon by TOE

Tongass, the healthiest forest in North America
As federal judge, James Singleton ponders yet another injunction restricting logging in the Tongass; it's an appropriate time to put things into perspective. At issue this time around are 19 tracts of timber proposed by the U.S. Forest Service for harvest in remote areas of the Tongass.

Finding your tipping points can help you stay on course
Last year I read a book called "The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference," by Malcolm Gladwell. Mr. Gladwell had an interesting point, which I got in the first few pages, but which he went on to describe again and again for a couple hundred more pages.

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

Two Alaska skiers win U.S. Nordic sprint titles
Anchorage skiers Lars Flora and Kikkan Randall won the opening sprint races Saturday in the U.S. cross country championships in Bozeman, Mont.

Sixth Alaskan qualifies for Salt Lake City Olympics
Girdwood snowboarder Rosey Fletcher is headed for the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City for her second attempt to win a cherished Olympic medal.

Three arrested in burglary attempt
An 18-year-old and two juveniles were caught at Service High School in Anchorage about 4 a.m. Saturday, according to police. All three have been charged with burglary. Two also were charged with underage possession of alcohol.

Two youths held for vandalism
Two 16-year-old boys have been arrested in an expensive vandalism incident last weekend at an Anchorage high school, police say.

Bomb threat closes Ketchikan airport
The Ketchikan International Airport was shut down and evacuated for two hours on Dec. 28 after authorities received an anonymous bomb threat. A search of the building turned up nothing, and police are investigating the origin of the threat.

Man killed mother, hid body in trailer, police say
A 37-year-old Texas man visiting his mother strangled her in her Anchorage trailer, bound the corpse with duct tape, wrapped it in a blanket, then hid it in the breakfast bar, police said.

Trial date set in 2000 Ketchikan murder
Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins has set a Sept. 30 court date for the third trial of Jose M. Mateu. The decision goes against the state's request for an earlier date and a defense request for a year-long delay.

Jan. 10 declared Tom Coyne Day in Ketchikan
Claiming he isn't quite sure what to say with so many people being nice to him, Ketchikan City Council member Tom Coyne kept his remarks brief.

Photo: Changing of the guard
Gov. Tony Knowles and Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer share a laugh with new Chief of Staff David Ramseur and outgoing Chief of Staff Jim Ayers, during Tuesday's Cabinet meeting in Juneau.

Campaign contributions exceed expectations
It's not official, but the campaigns of Alaska's two leading gubernatorial candidates say they raised roughly $350,000 in the closing months of 2001.

Body discovered on Kenai Peninsula
The body of a 61-year-old man was discovered in an airplane hangar at Mile 18 Kenai Spur Highway on Friday, and Alaska State Troopers suspect foul play.

Leeches help Alaska boy as they make medical comeback
Most patients count on drugs to get them well. But what if the cure depended instead on a living, bloodsucking animal that many people look at with disgust?

Ketchikan OKs sale of hydro facilities
The Ketchikan City Council voted to pursue a $73 million deal to allow communities that operate the Four Dam Pool to purchase state-owned hydroelectric facilities.

Rural priority: It's back
Subsistence, which barely got a mention during the 2001 regular legislative session, could determine the tone of the dialogue between Gov. Tony Knowles and lawmakers in 2002.

Longtime Anchorage lawyer Edgar Boyko dies in Wash. hospital
Former Alaska Attorney General Edgar Paul Boyko a longtime Democrat who served under a Republican governor died last week in a Washington hospital, a family spokesman said. He was 83.

Saxman Community Center going up fast
The roof of the new Saxman Community Center is "essentially complete," Saxman Project Manager Dave Jensen announced last week.

Sitka company gets $7 million order for more New York ferries
A Sitka shipbuilder has received a $7 million contract to build more ferries for New York, an unanticipated consequence of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Sitka movie theater to close
Sitka's only movie theater, the Coliseum, will close on Jan. 20, leaving Sitka as the only major Southeast town without a theater.

Attorney general, MADD protest move to reduce jail sentence
The state Department of Law and Mothers Against Drunk Driving are protesting the move toward a reduced prison sentence for Michael Glaser, the drunken driver who killed two Juneau men on the Seward Highway in April 2000.

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