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Sunday, January 12, 2003

In the Stacks
"100 years of Harley-Davidson," by Willie G. Davidson. From the very first production Harley-Davidson of 1903/04 to the 2002 VRSCA V-rod motorcycle, this book has them all. In addition to a portrait photo and spec sheet for each motorcycle, Davidson shows them in their context: Shots of races, policemen on their Harleys, and motorcycles from the war years mingle with publicity stills and essays on the motorcycle life.

Taking responsibility
This letter to the Juneau community crosses 50 years of basketball, 40 years of coaching and 30 wonderful and cherished years of friendship. More than any of you, I understand the strains and pressures that arise as basketball coaches and long time teachers ply their trades. My dearest friend has stumbled and it is for us to support him as he has done for so many others over the years.

Error in judgment
We were surprised and saddened to read the unnecessary detail you chose to provide in Tuesday's article about coach Hamey. Mr. Hamey's temporary error in judgment, made under very trying medical and emotional circumstances, is far less worthy of your detailed attention than his long and dedicated career.

Economic anxiety
President Bush, gearing for reelection, is urging Congress to pass his new tax cut plan. The center of his plan, a corporate dividend tax elimination, he argues, will boost the American economy by stimulating the investor class, and create new jobs.

Neighbors dispute state land sale near Ketchikan
Ketchikan residents who live near a parcel of state land that is about to be sold to a private timber company are objecting to the way the University of Alaska handled the sale. But the university says it followed proper procedures in putting the land into private hands - to the benefit of the state and students. The 145-acre wooded property six miles south of Ketchikan went on the market Sept. 8 with a minimum asking price of $129,000. It was part of a larger sale featuring 35 other parcels around the state that were up for competitive bid.

This Day in History
In 1979, decrying President Carter's withdrawal of 56 million acres of federal lands in Alaska, Anchorage protesters carried signs reading "Can The Peanut Farmer" outside the Federal Building.

King plan hacks at sports harvest
The burgeoning numbers of nonresident and guided anglers would take the biggest hit when stocks of Southeast king salmon are low, according to a task force's recommendations. But some task force members said the group's plan still punishes Alaska anglers for the large catches by nonresident and guided fishermen. And commercial fishermen have yet to weigh in on whether the plan protects their interests.

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

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

Photo: Downtown sun
The early morning sun lights up the sky over Harris Harbor on Friday. michael penn / juneau empire

Doctors take advanced trauma class
Dr. James Thompson, an emergency medicine physician at Bartlett Regional Hospital, smoothly made the incision in the chest, put his finger in to feel where he was, used a metal tool to open up the space more, and quickly guided a plastic tube into the opening with a clamp. It's a procedure that would be used to drain blood from the chest, blood that was compressing the lungs and making it hard for the patient to breathe.

Photo: An invitation to Mother Nature
Paul Swanson, mountain manager for Eaglecrest Ski Area, checks the quality of man-made snow falling on his sleeve Friday. Colder weather over the past week has allowed the city-owned ski hill to make snow around the clock, but Eaglecrest still needs help from Mother Nature before the runs open again.

Chamber boosts Valley school plan
The Juneau Chamber of Commerce board of directors has passed a resolution urging the Juneau Assembly to support the school district's plan to build $62 million Mendenhall Valley high school, chamber President Jim Scholz announced Friday. "I don't believe there was any resistance at all for moving forward with this project," Scholz said. The district has proposed building a 1,050-student high school at Dimond Park that could open in 2006. The school would be roughly the size of Juneau-Douglas High School and would have an auditorium and two gymnasiums.

Error-free citizens, take up your stones
Ever make a mistake in judgment? Ever have a bad day, a short fuse, a sense of exasperation? Have you experienced jealousy? Envy? Resentment? Did you act out those feelings?

What do you think?
No. Obey the City Charter!

My Turn: Legislator is living in a world of euphemisms
I read with great interest Rep. Andrew Halcro's My Turn article attacking pro-lifers for attempting to restrict use of public funds for abortion. He accuses fellow Republicans of passing a bill limiting abortion funding in spite of the fact they knew it was "unconstitutional."

Toe Cartoon

Empire editorial: Thumbs: Some up, others down
Thumbs up to emergency personnel whose skills help save lives more often than most of us know. Thanks, too, to the citizen-witnesses who sometimes put themselves at risk by responding on behalf of accident victims until trained professionals arrive.

Ramifications of first- and second-rate people
In a small community, folks in charge are under the so-called magnifying glass nearly on a daily bases. In our little town we have gone through some changes in a couple of major organizations.

Spotting Whales
BROOKINGS, Ore. - Bundled up against the wind and rain, Joan Lynch leaned against the fender of her pickup truck to steady herself and trained her binoculars on the Pacific Ocean in hopes of spotting a heart-shaped spout or a flash of flukes from a passing gray whale. "There's a spout almost all the way out," she said in measured tones from her vantage high on Cape Ferrelo, and immediately conversation stopped and four pairs of binoculars focused on the horizon. "Somebody says 'Spout!' and everybody stops talking and starts concentrating."

Little cabins in the woods ... and the meadow and on the beach
Thanks to generous volunteers, the U.S. Forest Service and the state parks system, seven trail-access, public-use wilderness cabins are within Juneau's boundaries. All are within hiking distance of Juneau's road system and require reservations and a fee for overnight stays.

Web links
Alaska and Pacific Northwest ski area Web sites include:

Out and About
Jan 12: Juneau Alpine Club slideshow/potluck party, 5:50 p.m., 1136 Slim Williams Way. Slides from Prince of Wales and Rainier. Bring a food dish to share. Details: Kim and Barb Turley, 789-7058. Jan. 12: 4-H Nordic Ski Club first meeting, 1:30 p.m., how to wax skis clinic at Mendenhall River School. $6 season membership fee. To enroll, call Jim Douglas at the 4-H office, 465-8749.

Crimson Bears finish last at Prep Shootout
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team lost its third straight game after opening the season with four victories, dropping a 57-56 decision to the Lathrop Malemutes in Saturday's seventh-eighth place game of the Alaska Prep Shootout at Anchorage's Dimond High School.

Column: Heroes are held up to a higher standard
The large, bold letters of the newspaper headline stared ominously back at me. A wave of grief passed through my body - the same feeling you get when you first hear of the death of a close friend or family member. A part of me died the day I read the story. I read on in disbelief: "Kirby Puckett charged with felony sexual assault and false imprisonment." It had to be a mistake. Not the great humanitarian. Not baseball's most lovable player. Not the Roberto Clemente Man of the Year. Not my hero. Not Kirby!

Wolf, Cadiente claim wrestling titles
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team lost its third straight game after opening the season with four victories, dropping a 57-56 decision to the Lathrop Malemutes in Saturday's seventh-eighth place game of the Alaska Prep Shootout at Anchorage's Dimond High School.

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

Some like it rough
Southeast Showdown middleweight champion Matthew "The Goat" Coppick of Sitka was disappointed when he found out his scheduled main event with state champion Kilty "Krafty Kilty" Hardy of Anchorage wasn't going to take place during this week's Roughhouse Friday boxing event. So Coppick did his best to make Chuck McCracken pay.

Column: 32 years tarnished, but not forgotten
Like most Juneau residents, I was shocked on Tuesday when I heard former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball coach Jim Hamey had just pleaded guilty to stealing $1,000 from the program because he wanted to make the new coach and school administrators look bad. It was an act of selfish, vindictive rage, and the theft will forever overshadow the good things Hamey did during his 32 years with the school.

UAA program grows Native engineers
ANCHORAGE - A frazzled 51-year old white guy from Chicago who started his career shoveling snow at an Arctic pipeline camp is performing miracles at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Herb Schroeder takes raw talent, adds pizza, a buddy system, forced labor, constant fretting, whatever money he can squeeze out of the oil patch, and creates Alaska Native engineers.

State Briefs
Hunters fined for moose and bear kills; Coast Guard announces cutter for Valdez; Foster parent charged with child porn; Man injured at Chena Hot Springs; Sen. Murkowski to chair water-power subcommittee; Alaskans honor Binkley at memorial service

Host of new bills filed in advance of Jan. 21 session
It would be more difficult to get an initiative on the ballot, easier for some to get a permanent fund dividend check, and illegal to send anonymous spam e-mail under bills filed by lawmakers Friday. The Legislature returns Jan. 21 to consider hundreds of proposed laws and craft a plan to fund state government for another year.

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