Knight vision
I have known Ms. Knight for many years, both as an opposing player and as a teammate. She has a knowledge for the game that cannot be taught. She has a calming effect on our sometimes panicked game play in league.

More road, more trash
I read the Jan. 6, 2003, article about the Forest Service's struggle with trash with great interest.

Unintended consequences
I share "Pissed Off Parents" founder Theresa Williams' sympathy for the victims of sex offenders (Empire, Jan. 13). I also believe that POP-proposed legislation to eliminate prisoners' time off for good behavior would provide grave repercussions unforeseen by POP.

Trading places
In regards to the front page article printed Jan. 14 about Laura Stidolph, I want to say I have grown up with Laura and consider myself one of her closest friends. The woman I know is one of the nicest and most thoughtful people, a person who truly cares about others and would extend herself under any circumstance.

Just build it
Kudos to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce for supporting Juneau's youth and the School Board's desire to provide them with the new high school that Juneau's voters approved.

Delivery issues
Do you find wet newspapers in your driveway? How about you or your family driving over it? Or do you wait for the newspaper and it never arrives? These things have happened to me ever since the policy of delivering papers has changed. I think the newspaper distribution system should change back to kids delivering instead of adults driving around and flinging them out their windows.

Why report on Hamey?
I'm curious to know the rationale behind the front page story (with color photo) exposing coach Hamey's crime. Or any coverage at all.

Thumbs down to all
I read in Sundays paper the "Thumbs Down" to Joe Geldhof and Marc Wheeler for skating on the rink ahead of everyone else. If you are going to give them a thumbs down, how about giving everyone who's skated on the rink a thumbs down instead of singling out a lawyer and an assemblyman who had permission to skate on it and had informed the city manager.

Kmart workers eye options
Jimmy Gunn has been working at the sporting goods department of Kmart since the store opened in Juneau in 1993. He saw it switch to a "Big K" in 1999, and helped transform it to a Super Kmart in 2001. Kmart's decision to close its five stores in Alaska means Gunn, along with 133 other full- and part-time employees at the store, will be out of work by March 14.

Juneau delegation gears up for session
Juneau's state lawmakers Tuesday speculated on the attention they expect the fiscal gap, subsistence, education and a Southeast caucus to receive in the legislative session that begins on Jan. 21. Rep.-elect Bruce Weyhrauch, a Republican representing Lemon Creek, the Mendenhall Valley and points north, and Sen. Kim Elton, a Democrat representing all of Juneau, shared their predictions at the luncheon meeting of the Downtown Rotary Club.

This Day in History
In 1930, an underwater landslide at the Standard Oil installation on the Thane Road in Juneau caused $60,000 damage.

Cruise-ship industry activist, author to speak in Juneau
Author Ross Klein said he is visiting Alaska this week to help residents who want to take control of the cruise ship industry's presence here. He also wanted to experience Juneau and Haines in the off-season, when their downtowns aren't crowded with thousands of cruise ship passengers.

On thin ice? Christmas Eve skate draws debate
Juneau Assembly member Marc Wheeler and local attorney Joe Geldhof, who have been criticized for briefly skating at the soon-to-be-opened Treadwell Arena, said they were invited to do so by the project's superintendent. The skate on Christmas Eve drew an editorial "thumbs down" from Juneau Empire Publisher Don Smith, liability questions and a volley of political charges.

Commission: Duran needs permit for noisy construction site
If a local construction company wants to drop boulders from 70 feet in the air, early in the morning, for days at a time, it will have to apply for a conditional-use permit, the Juneau Planning Commission ruled Tuesday night. The Planning Commission, after hearing an appeal, upheld a compliance order issued to Duran Construction Co. last summer.

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

Photo: Making music in 1946
From left: Eddie Williams, James Austin, Harry Watson Jr., Archie Cavanaugh, Roger Williams and Richard Stitt play in the Short Circuit Band in Wrangell. The image comes from William Paul Jr.'s photo collection, which is available on the Sealaska Heritage Institute Web site.

Etheridge appointed to Docks & Harbors
The Juneau Assembly has appointed former Assembly member Don Etheridge to the city's Docks and Harbors Board. The Assembly voted Monday to appoint Etheridge to the nine-member panel by an 8-1 vote, with Marc Wheeler voting no. Etheridge, who lost an election to Stan Ridgeway this fall, had been the Assembly's liaison to the Docks and Harbors Board.

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

Harris, Sharclane wed
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sharclane of Hoonah announce the marriage of their son, Robert Eison Sharclane to Ofelia Dee Harris, daughter of Beverly E. Sheakley of Craig.

Academic honors
Amy Little of Juneau graduated magna cum laude from George Fox University in Newburg, Ore., on Dec. 21, 2002. She received a bachelor of science

Plants, trees have distinct personalities
Loading up trees, rounding up rhododendrons, stacking up shrubs and picking up perennials, it's moving time again. Our nursery has been a transient business since it's first days, and the latest incarnation is once again sent on a quest for another home.

Thank you
...for the support; ...for the help; ...for the hard work.

Pet of the week
This pretty little calico cat is blind. Her name is K.C. short for Kitty Cat. Quiet and affectionate, she loves to snuggle on a loving lap. She likes other cats, though some pick on her. She has been spayed.

Neighbors Briefs
Government accountants to meet; Coast Guard women's group seeks donations for 16th annual auction; AWARE shelter announces Women of Distinction winners; Sealaska Heritage Institute accepting scholarship applications

Thelma L. Brown
Former longtime Juneau resident Thelma L. Brown, 90, died Jan. 8, 2003, in Bellingham, Wash.

My Turn: A founding charter commissioner's view
My name is certainly not a household one in Juneau's civic history, but I was active in Juneau municipal elective offices in the late '60s and early '70s when some key changes in Juneau's governmental structure were made, notably, institution of the council-manager form of government by popular vote, followed by the election of a charter commission to unify the city and former Greater Juneau Borough into the single city-borough it has been for the past three decades.

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

Skagway boys, Kake girls undefeated at Don Hather
The hometown Skagway High School boys basketball team posted a 3-0 record, as did the Kake girls, to finish atop the standings in the 2003 Don Hather Basketball Tournament held Thursday through Sunday at Skagway High School. The Panthers were the only undefeated boys squad in the six-team field, with Hydaburg and Kake both going 2-1. The Juneau-Douglas junior varsity boys and Haines varsity teams both posted 1-2 records, while Vanier Christian School of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, was winless in its three games.

Bicknell finishes 21st in Copper Basin 300
Juneau musher Deborah Bicknell finished the Copper Basin 300 sled dog race in 21st place on Tuesday morning, crossing the Glennallen finish line of the 300-mile race at 9:15 a.m. with eight dogs in harness.

Region V Standings
The Region V basketball standings through games of Jan. 11. Standings are for all three Region V classifications and were reported to the Juneau Empire by school officials and basketball coaches.

Subsistence board allows rural residents to trade fish
ANCHORAGE - The Federal Subsistence Board adopted a regulation Tuesday that allows rural residents to trade or sell subsistence-caught fish among themselves or to nonrural residents. Following hours of testimony and debate, the board voted unanimously in favor of the customary trade measure. The rule bans sales to licensed commercial fishery businesses such as processors.

State Briefs
Park shelter bookings available soon; Masek wants to be majority leader; Ketchikan school reopens; Panel: Press secretary violated ethics code; Woman found dead after house fire; Man gets five years in sex abuse case

Hemp initiative snuffed
Lt. Gov. Loren Leman stopped an initiative drive seeking to decriminalize marijuana, ruling Tuesday that hundreds of signatures collected were not valid. Anchorage resident Tim Hinterberger, one of three primary sponsors of the initiative, said today he has not seen the ruling, but added he expects to appeal the decision.

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