Thursday, January 15, 2004

Stop playing politics with Longevity Bonus
I am and have long been a Democrat, but I am thoroughly sick of the House Democratic leadership's demagoguery on the Longevity Bonus issue. It is my understanding that 80 percent of the former bonus recipients did not need their bonuses; indeed, I recall an acknowledgment from Marie Darlin, one of the AARP's lobbyists on the issue, that she herself did not need the $250 a month in state funds that she was receiving.

Giving snowmobilers a bad name
I would like to extend my congratulations to the snowmobilers who deliberately destroyed six hours of ski track grooming on Mendenhall Lake last Friday night.

Why timber sales were canceled
In your Jan. 13 article "USFS to Cancel 20 Timber Sales," SEACC was quoted: "Everyone knows that the region is awash in timber available to log ... clearly the industry doesn't need more timber sales."

My Turn: It's a migration, not a brain drain
Thursday's front-page "Brain Drain" headline was alarmist and unnecessary. In my experience, it's normal that 40 percent of Alaskans in their mid to late teens in 1994 are still out-of-state 10 years later. It's too early for them to come back. We need between 10 to 15 years Outside before we complete our migratory cycle.

On the ski trail with pets
To add to Mr. Hall's comments (on ski trail behavior): skate skiiers, please let walkers know you are behind them so they can get their dogs and themselves out of the way. It is impossible to hear you.

Fantasy simply a matter of perspective
With regard to the recent letters concerning Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, a very few fundamentalist Christians may object to these stories as inappropriate for children ...

Utahan is concerned about lone wolf
Where is Jack London when you need him? Thank you for the pleasant and free access to your paper online. My concern is about a beautiful wolf at the glacier that is valiantly trying to find a pack and may be in danger of being "put down."

Why teens are leaving
In your Thursday paper, I noted an article stating that a large percentage of teens are leaving Juneau after graduation. I would like to give my opinion as a 14-year-old as to why this might be occurring.

Don't shoot the horse that's left the barn
Let's stop second-guessing the new high school. As a community we made a decision three years ago - now that the project has some momentum is not the time to derail it.

Ephedra vs. tobacco
Regarding Mr. Mirsky's question about ephedra being banned, while tobacco is OK: Isn't it ironic that when I get around tobacco smoke, I need to use an asthma medication which contains ephedra because an inhaler alone has never quite helped me enough? Funny world, huh?

Pledge OK, but not on PA
In the recent debate on the Pledge in schools, one of the main issues is the line "under God." It has been argued that this is a breach of the separation of church and state. Others say

Consider the source: Secondhand smoke kills
With regard to local efforts to protect the public and workers from the known hazards of secondhand smoke, Pete Rogers recently attempted to discredit the science that secondhand smoke is deadly.

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

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

Commissioners named despite sentiment for other applicant
Nothing can be taken for granted, veteran Juneau Planning Commissioner Mark Pusich said Tuesday, the night after his reappointment.

Younger and older kids on same buses?
To save money, Juneau School District officials are considering placing middle school students on the same buses with elementary students or high school students.

Welcome to Lawmakers
Chellie Pennoyer of Creativation Events creates a reproduction of the facade of the Capitol on Tuesday at Centennnial Hall. Pennoyer was preparing for the Community Legislative Reception on Tuesday evening, when legislators were welcomed to the capital city.

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

Images from another time
Gov. John Franklin Alexander Strong, also known as J.F.A. Strong, takes the oath of office as the second territorial governor of Alaska on May 21, 1913.

Rokeberg named to city's capitol task force
One of the state Legislature's biggest opponents of Juneau as the capital has been named to a new city committee formed to explore building a new capitol here.

Busing plans worry parents
Young children walking home from school in the dark. Parents paying for more child care because elementary schools open later in the morning. High school students and adults competing for gym space in the evening.

Man in sex case pleads guilty to lesser crime
Nearly eight months after a jury deadlocked on seven felony charges against a Juneau man alleged to have had sexual activity with two 15-year-old girls, the case has been resolved with a misdemeanor sentence.

Around Town
Today:Day of Quilting, Sewing and Good Fellowship, 10 a.m. every Wednesday, Resurrection Lutheran Church. Quilts donated to Lutheran World Relief. Details: 586-2380.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, the time of Mayor Bruce Botelho's Capitol Planning Committee was misreported in the Empire. The correct time is 3 to 5 p.m. today.

Photo: Alaska-Juneau Mine, 1916
Several miners guide a dynamite trolley into the Alaska-Juneau gold mine in 1916. The A-J mine consumed as much as 80 cases of dynamite per day in the early 20th century and kept as many as 3,000 cases in stock, according to the Juneau Public Library's Web site, www.juneau.lib.ak.us.

Juneau eyes improvements to Seward St.
Some people look at Seward Street and see an opportunity. Aging underground water and sewer systems have to be replaced soon, said Karen Blue, a project engineer with the Juneau Community Development Department.

Pets of the week
Finley is an adorable, 4-month-old neutered male kitten. This little guy is dynamite! Buster is way, way laid back, fuzzy

Neighbors Digest
The Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council's Cookie Sale pre-sales ordering will continue through Jan. 31.

A PERSISTENT PIONEER
By all accounts, Crystal Snow was an extraordinary Alaskan. She was born in Sonora, Calif., in 1884. She is one of the few women included in the 1977 volume by Evangeline Atwood and Bob DeArmond, "Who's Who in Alaskan Politics," and there she merits just as many lines of biographical information as missionary and education agent Sheldon Jackson.

Program is for children helping children after a loss
At Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, our services are not just for those who are dying. Bereavement support is an integral part of hospice care and we are always striving to more fully serve those in need.

Jesse K. Akiyama
Former Juneau resident Jesse K. Akiyama, 52, died Jan. 6, 2004, at his home in Aberdeen, Wash.

Edward David 'Eddie' Jamestown
Edward David "Eddie" Jamestown, 76, died Dec. 5, 2003, in Seattle.

Matilda Katherine 'Tillie' French
Matilda Katherine "Tillie" French, 88, died Dec. 8, 2003, in Seattle.

Combined Service
A combined memorial service will be held for these three members of the Dakl'aweid (Killerwhale Clan) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Salvation Army, 439 W. Willoughby Ave.

Mary Elizabeth Cesar
Juneau resident and lifelong Alaskan Mary Elizabeth Cesar, 86, died at Bartlett Regional Hospital on Jan. 12, 2004.

Martha Bessie 'Marty' Kasko-Stewart
Martha Bessie "Marty" Kasko-Stewart, 69, died Dec. 6, 2003, in Seattle.

Coeur's mining claims leave out some important details
C oeur Alaska, an Idaho-based mining company recently promoted their new, environmentally friendlier Kensington gold mining project in the Empire.

My Turn: Second high school moving ahead toward '06 opening date
Happy New Year! 2006 and the opening of the new high school may seem a long way off, but we'd like to report on the essential progress that has been made to date.

Carefree, freeskiing Lee
He's not making a living at it - yet - but Juneau's Elijah Lee loves what he's doing. Lee is participating on the World Tour of Freeskiing, and last weekend he posted his best finish in four years on the tour.

35th Alcan 200 snowmobile race roars to life this weekend
On Saturday, drivers will tear down the Haines Highway at well over 100 miles per hour - with no risk of a speeding ticket. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Alcan 200 snowmobile race, in which competitors reach triple-digit speeds on a long, desolate stretch of highway northwest of Haines.

Juneau girls fifth, boys sixth in first Class 4A hoops poll of '04
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team is ranked fifth and the Crimson Bear boys are sixth among Class 4A schools in the first Alaska Media High School Basketball Poll of the 2003-04 season, released today.

Juneau Parks and Rec Adult Ordway basketball standings
Standings through Jan. 11 for the Juneau Parks and Recreation Department's Adult Ordway Basketball League.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS Friday, Jan. 16 • Roughhouse Friday boxing - Bouts start at 8:30 p.m. at Marlintini's Lounge. Eight bouts scheduled. Must be 21 or older to attend fights. Tickets are $22 general admission, $32 ringside table and are available at Marlintini's Lounge. Info: Marlintini's Lounge, 789-0429 (office), 789-0799 (bar).

S.E. Hoops Roundup: Haines boys nip Juneau JV by a point at Hather
Freshman Will Egolf hit a pair of free throws in the game's last five seconds to give the Haines varsity boys team a 57-56 victory over the Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity Saturday in action at the Don Hather Tournament at Skagway High School.

Juneau girls embark on season's first road trip
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team is sporting a new look, thanks to the return of some familiar faces.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Skagway, Tok girls post perfect tourney records
The Skagway and Tok girls varsity teams both posted perfect 3-0 records in the Don Hather Tournament held Thursday through Sunday at Skagway High School. The Juneau-Douglas High School JV girls went 0-2 in their only games in the tourney.

Stats from Juneau-Wasilla game
Wednesday's girls game from Wasilla High School

Alaska sportswriters' prep basketball polls
Here are the Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, as voted on by statewide sports reporters and compiled by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Cavaliers' young guns lead way to victory over Sonics
SEATTLE - LeBron James went to work in the fourth quarter. So did Darius Miles and Dajuan Wagner.

Juneau girls fall to hot-shooting Wasilla squad
New season, old story. Wasilla senior guard Chandice Cronk drained five 3-pointers and scored 26 points as the Warriors handed the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team its first loss of the season, 52-41 at Wasilla High School.

Two survive week in Yukon after snowmobile stranding
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man and his cousin nearly froze to death after being stranded for a week in the wilds of Yukon Territory with almost no food and little for protection but snowsuits while temperatures dropped below minus 40.

Dems reserve judgment on plan; GOP stresses spending limit
The governor's proposal for a process to determine whether to use part of the Permanent Fund income for state government is not the way Democrats would have handled Alaska's fiscal gap, but they are reserving judgment on the plan, minority lawmakers said Tuesday night.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

House Republicans discipline Rep. Lynn for his longevity vote
Republican Rep. Bob Lynn will be sanctioned by the GOP majority for voting with Democrats in a bid to restore funding for the senior citizen Longevity Bonus program.

Shaping the permanent fund's future
Gov. Frank Murkowski called for a conference Tuesday night to make recommendations on whether the state should use some income from the Alaska Permanent Fund to help pay for government.

Legislators receptive to Gov.'s drug plan
Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposal to create a prescription drug benefit for Alaska senior citizens is getting a friendly reception in the Legislature.

Alaska Digest
Man indicted on assault charge JUNEAU - The grand jury has indicted a 25-year-old Juneau man on a charge of first-degree sexual assault.

Top pollution regulator wants more BP oversight
Alaska's top pollution regulator wants more federal oversight of oil giant BP.

Members plan for permanent fund meeting
The seven members appointed to Gov. Frank Murkowski's "Conference of Alaskans" to decide whether to use the Alaska Permanent Fund income for state government said they neither support nor reject use of the fund.

Solo musher, author to visit Juneau
Pam Flowers has trekked across the North American Arctic led by a team of eight sled dogs. She's lived in Alaska since 1981, and she's traveled to about 700 schools across the country. This weekend, she'll make her first trip to Juneau.

'Macbeth' in summary
Macbeth warrior: Raven Waid strikes a warrior pose during rehearsal of Perseverance Theatre's production of "Macbeth."

Cartoon: In the Swamp
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Something wicked this way comes
In 1979, Anita Maynard-Losh gave up her penthouse in downtown San Francisco for a somewhat-nomadic new life - teaching theater in Bush villages along the Kuskokwim River with the Alaska State Council on the Arts' Artists in Schools program.

Movies: Where & when
Local movie showtimes.

Costuming a Tlingit 'Macbeth' proves to be a 'rewarding challenge'
Unlike set designer Robert H. Davis, "Macbeth" costume designer Nikki Morris was familiar with some of Shakespeare's work. A former actor, she appeared in a few of the poet's plays in high school and college.

Famous Quotes
Quotes from 'Macbeth.'

Designing a Tlingit 'Macbeth'
Macbeth's crab Armor Key characters in Perseverance Theatre's adaptation of "Macbeth" are represented by crests and symbols rooted in Tlingit symbolism. Set artist and Sitka designer Robert H. Davis came up with the symbols, collaborating with director Anita Maynard-Losh and Juneau costume designer Nikki Morris.

What's Happening
Upcoming local arts and entertainment events.

Set designer ventures into undiscovered country
One June morning last year, when Perseverance Theatre associate artistic director Anita Maynard-Losh and her son were in Sitka for the 28th Annual Fine Arts Camp, she looked up Southeast poet, artist and woodcarver Robert H. Davis.

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