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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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


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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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