Friday, January 11, 2002

Is USFS a dinosaur?
In the Dec. 30 article "Forest Service chief says he wants to end analysis paralysis," the chief of the USFS, Dale Bosworth, states in the article the Bush administration wants to revise the roadless policy; a transportation policy; and a planning process policy.

Leask distinguished
For the record, Janie Leask is a distinguished Alaskan whose accomplishments and contributions to our state have been significant. Fran Ulmer, who recognizes that fact, is most wise to have asked Ms. Leask to co-chair her campaign, and most fortunate that Ms. Leask agreed to do so.

Infant death case reopened
Police are reinvestigating the October suffocation death of Annabelle Nashoanak's 6-month-old infant, Jezzabelle Rose, at the district attorney's request. Nashoanak was accused of causing a drunken-driving accident that seriously injured two of her other children in December.

Airport board decides to rethink controversial tree cutting
The Juneau Airport Board changed position Wednesday and decided to ask the federal government to study a proposal to clearcut trees by the airport's floatplane pond.

Photo: Getting ready for the session
Data processing computer technicians Cameron Farrally, Rusty Scudder and Frank A. Wilson III, from left, work on legislators' computers in a committee meeting room Thursday at the Capitol.

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

League to begin budget survey
The League of Women Voters of Juneau will conduct a telephone survey this month about city budget issues.

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

FYI
Births

Horse case raises questions on animal-disposal rule
A city ordinance regulating the disposal of pets contributed to the plight of a 25-year-old, one-eyed horse and to animal cruelty charges being filed against its owner, a woman told the Gastineau Humane Society on Wednesday night. The woman, who declined to give her name, said Cinnamon's former owner, Diane Fairbanks, who pleaded guilty last week in Juneau District Court to disorderly conduct, should not have been charged. She also criticized the local media for publicizing the case.

Johnson: Raising money to raise excellence at UAS
University of Alaska Southeast Development Director Lynne Johnson - like most in her field - did not anticipate her ultimate career choice. "I've never met anyone who said, 'I want to grow up to be a fund-raiser,' " she said.

City announces relay route for Olympic torch in capital city
When the Olympic Torch Relay comes to Juneau on Thursday, Jan. 24, the torch will wind its way through three sections of town, it was announced today. This will be the first time the Olympic Torch Relay has ever come to Alaska.

Local Briefs
Two snowmobile trails closed; North Pole man dies in fall; Free seminar on taxes; Panel considers cruise pollution rules; JDHS Talent Show set for Saturday

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

Hammond urges taxes before dipping into permanent fund
Until the Legislature starts acting like a democratic institution, there's little hope for approving a long-range fiscal plan or resolving the subsistence controversy, former Gov. Jay Hammond told a variety of Juneau audiences this morning.

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

Animal cruelty cases on the rise in fall 2001
Animal cruelty and neglect cases investigated by Juneau's Gastineau Humane Society have nearly doubled since September, said Executive Director Chava Lee.

Neighbors Briefs
Non-profit sponsors logo contest; Food bank open for business; Allotment for Alaska Natives available; 2002 scholarships obtainable by students; Foundation has funds for scholarships

Waiting for the escalator to cycle
Jan. 6 was not only the first Sunday in the New Year. It was also Epiphany Sunday - the "12th day of Christmas" and the official end of the Christmas season on the Church's liturgical calendar.

Wood earns Boy Scout's highest rank
On December 28, 2001, Spencer Wood made the flight into the Eagle Nest, as he was presented with the Boy Scout's highest rank. Spencer actually passed his board over a year ago when he was 18, but because of conflicts, the Eagle Court of Honor was not held until this last Friday.

White, Gist wed
Gina Mae White and Rex Scott Gist, both of Juneau, were married Dec. 15, 2001, at the Douglas Volunteer Fire Department.

Thank You
...for your contributions; ...for your efforts

Million, Moore to marry
Jeanette and Kevin Luckey of Anchorage and formerly of Juneau and Jim and Jeanie McCoy of Idaho Falls, Idaho, announce the engagement of their daughter Randi Kay Million to Matthew Ryan Moore, son of Melvin and Diane Moore of Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Important pieces of 1982
On Sunday, Jan. 6, Juneau resident Michael Orelove and friends opened a time capsule sealed by Orelove 20 years ago. The opening and seal

Jacqueline "Jackie" Paradis
Jacqueline "Jackie" Paradis, 77, died Jan. 9, 2002, after a long illness.

Homer D. Lummis
Homer Dean Lummis died Jan. 6, 2002, at his home in Juneau.

Marjory V. Huizer
Marjory V. (Wentworth) Huizer died Dec. 14, 2001, at Friday Harbor, Wash., after an extended illness.

Betty Hurley
Editor's note: Due to an omission in the intial publication of the Hurley obituary, it is reprinted in its entirety here.

My Turn: Spending caps must precede new state, local taxes
Before talking about new state revenues or even budget cuts, we need every local government paying for a material part of local government. Asking people in Juneau to pay property taxes for Juneau schools, and then pay a statewide tax for schools in Gustavus and Galena where there are no property taxes would be unfair.

My Turn: Tongass held in trust for everyone
For several weeks I have been reading Publisher Don Smith's editorials wherein he has presented his opinion of how the people of Juneau and Alaska should shape their future. Mr. Smith has promoted the idea of drilling for oil in ANWR, building a road to Haines, a golf course on Douglas Island, and now more logging on the Tongass. I respect Mr. Smith's right to express his opinion, and I hope he will allow me to express mine.

Enron and friends
Ari Fleischer, the White House press secretary, warned Democrats on Capitol Hill to resist investigations into links between the Enron Corp. and the administration of George W. Bush. "The American people are tired of partisan witch hunts and endless investigations," he argued Thursday. He's right. Any investigation should have substance and credibility. In that sense, the president and his colleagues face the tougher test.

Return of the red ink
President Bush is set to unveil his budget for 2003 on Feb. 4. He has already acknowledged it will contain a commodity missing from federal budgets for the last five years: red ink.

Snow dwindles at Eaglecrest
Recent warmer-than-normal temperatures have slowly eroded the snow cover at the base area of Eaglecrest, raising concerns about how long the ski area can continue to operate. Beginning today, the Platter Pull lift will cease operations until adequate snow cover returns, forcing Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School to postpone its ski lesson program for 60 sixth-graders today and Friday. But according to ski area Manager Paul Swanson, Eaglecrest is nowhere near closing the Hooter and Ptarmigan chair lifts.

More snow could bring avalanche danger
The next big snowfall could bring a big avalanche danger. Winter rain has left a slick surface of ice on some slopes. If the next layer of snow comes with a significant drop in temperature, it could slip down mountainsides, endangering outdoors adventurers in its path.

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

Avalanche prevention not an exact science
TAHOE CITY, Calif. - It's 6:45 a.m. and darker than normal as a thick, moist fog squeezes around the top of Alpine Meadows Ski Resort's Wolverine Bowl. "I've got fire," patroller Rick Hart says as teams of patrollers leapfrog by each other at the crest of the prominent ridge that crowns the area's western boundary.

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

Region V Standings
The Region V basketball standings through games of Jan. 8. Standings are for all three Region V classifications and were reported to the Juneau Empire by school officials and basketball coaches.

Correction
In two stories that ran in Wednesday's paper about the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls junior varsity basketball teams winning the titles in Skagway's Don Hather Invitational, the scores of the Haines vs. Skagway boys and girls games were incorrectly reported.

Denton leads Juneau skiers at Western Region meet at Mammoth Mountain
Heidi Denton was the top Juneau skier in several U.S. Ski And Snowboard Association Western Region FIS Tech races this week at Mammoth Mountain, Calif. The race series started on Sunday and concludes with a women's giant slalom and a men's slalom race today.

Duke slams Georgia Tech
DURHAM, N.C. -- There was screaming before tipoff, and in the first half, and in the second half. After No. 2 Duke wiped out Georgia Tech, 104-79, on Thursday night in an unusually heated contest, the heat seeped into the postgame handshake.

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

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

Duckworth backs out of main event
On the eve of this month's installment of Roughhouse Fridays, middleweight Gabriel "Steel" Duckworth backed out of his main event bout against Matthew "The Goat" Coppick.

Basketball Standings
Standings from the Juneau Parks and Recreation Department's Ordway Basketball League, 2001-02 regular-season standings through games of Jan. 6.

Wanted: Tennis players, 85 and older
Dean Williams left Juneau for California this week with one goal in mind: To play with people his own age. For the nationally-ranked 85-year-old tennis player, finding competition, at least in the national tournaments required to maintain a ranking, has proven to be no easy task.

Sitka girls back on winning track
The Sitka High School girls basketball team did something it hadn't done in more than two seasons Saturday night. The Wolves claimed their first Region V-Class 4A victory in more than two years when Sitka beat the two-time defending region champion Ketchikan Kings 56-45 Saturday at Sitka High School. On Friday, Ketchikan beat Sitka 49-30 to earn a split of the two-game series.

Roughhouse Fridays features two big matches, no smoking
Roughhouse Fridays will begin its 2002 campaign with two long-awaited main-event fights and a new no smoking policy Friday at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. Heavyweights Russell "Dirt" Stevens and Jess McCallen will dual in one main event and middleweights Matthew "The Goat" Coppick from Sitka and Gabriel "Steel" Duckworth from Ketchikan will match up in the other.

Eaglecrest postpones Race Rats
The Eaglecrest Ski and Snowboard School announced the postponement of the Race Rat ski program on Thursday afternoon due to lack of snow cover.

State Briefs
New ferry starts next week; Prosecutor wants trial in state; Suit filed in parade death of teen

Hammond, former AFN leader join Ulmer camp
Former Republican Gov. Jay Hammond will co-chair the gubernatorial campaign of Democratic Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer, his former employee.

Judge Weeks 1 of 3 reappointees
Three Superior Court judges have been reappointed to preside over their districts, Chief Justice Dana Fabe of the Alaska Supreme Court announced this week.

Activists appeal Ketchikan timber sale
The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council and The Wilderness Society have appealed the U.S. Forest Service's proposed Emerald Bay timber sale on the northwest side of Cleveland Peninsula.

Signatures for move turned in
A group seeking to move the Legislature to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough made good today on a vow to aim for the November ballot. The group showed up at the state Division of Elections in Anchorage with an estimated 40,000 signatures in support of putting the question to voters.

Woman finds $10K on street
A woman was finishing the last of her holiday shopping in downtown Anchorage last month when she spied what most shoppers only dream of: $10,000 in cash lying on the street.

State Briefs
Alaska travel industry sponsors Olympic hopeful Fletcher; Print shop owner charged with fraud wants trial moved; Troopers identify tools taken from man killed during robbery; Man charged with shooting pipeline seeks delay in trial; BP to replace faulty valve four years after worker complaints

Peering across the urban-rural gap
To Mary Kapsner, the urban-rural divide isn't about just any one thing. The Democratic second-term state representative from Bethel in Western Alaska says the legislative process has exposed her to numerous derogatory references to Native Alaskans.

Lined up for a free meal
A worker from Osterman Fish in Dutch Harbor carries a load of fish bits for a group of hungry eagles on Monday. Workers from the small processing plant bring fish scraps outside to keep the brazen birds from going into the fish processing plant in search of a quick meal.

AK Airlines adds flights to Denver and Boston
The only major airline flying into Juneau is adding routes from the Pacific Northwest to Denver and Boston. Alaska Air Group, the parent company of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, announced a number of additional routes on Wednesday.

Movies where & when
"A Beautiful Mind," (PG-13) shows nightly at 7 at Glacier Cinemas, with second shows at 9:50 Friday and Saturday and matinees at 1:30 and 4:10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Signing for Hammond's second autobiography
Former Alaska Gov. Jay Hammond will be in Juneau this weekend to introduce his new book, "Chips from the Chopping Block: More Tales from Alaska's Bushrat Governor." The 192-page paperback original is a sequel to Hammond's 1994 autobiography, "Tales of Alaska's Bush Rat Governor," which sold more than 25,000 copies.

Classical quartet brings Bach from Brazil
T he four guitarists in Brazil Guitar Quartet cut their teeth on Bach and the classical masters but champion the music of Brazil's own composers.

Poetry series begins Monday
J uneau poet Michael Christenson will be featured in the first of a series of monthly poetry readings sponsored by the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council. Christenson will read at 7 p.m. Monday at the Back Room at The Silverbow Inn. Admission is $5. Juneau poet and writer Peter Claridge is organizing the series.

Best Bets: ABC bears, guitar quartet pose tough choice
B ears, Brazilian guitarists and a fast-paced farce are among the entertainment opportunities in Juneau this weekend. I saw the Amsterdam Guitar Trio a few years ago and I was amazed at how good a group of classical guitarists can be. I expect to be equally entertained and inspired by the Brazilian Guitar Quartet on Friday night.

Acquiring a past before it's too late
O n The Razzle" is like a jack-in-the-box. "Something is popping out at you unexpectedly, something fun," said Terry Cramer, who is co-directing the comedy at Perseverance Theatre with Roblin Davis. The show, with a cast of 16, opens Friday evening for a three-week run at the Douglas theater.

Festival culminates in vocal concert
More than 80 voices will join together Sunday for "Bach To Broadway" the concert finale for Juneau Lyric Opera's MidWinter Vocal Festival.

What's happening
Theater

Southeast sentinels and their stories
T en years after the Clara Nevada sank north of Juneau, the sentinel at Eldred Rock was visited by the dead. The lighthouse at Eldred Rock is one of six built in Southeast Alaska between 1902 and 1906. The quest for northern gold built a shipping industry - and fierce Southeast storms brought shipwrecks. In the storm that sunk the Clara Nevada off Eldred Rock on Feb. 5, 1898, the sea claimed 100 lives and $100,000 worth of gold.

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