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Friday, January 16, 2004

On moving wolves
This person from Utah that wrote in concerned about the wolf seen on the glacier has a big heart and a real concern for wolves. This is understandable considering what she has seen in her state and the surrounding states. The ultimate precession of the wolf is to be delisted before their numbers suggest an insurance of their survival. In fact, in the opinion of many experts, their demise is eminent. How sad.

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.

Tribute to Bill Kozlowski
I'm sure most in Juneau have probably heard by now that Bill Kozlowski passed away on Tuesday. He was the influential force for Contra Public and the survivors of his band Peabody's Monster are very distraught. Musicians all over this town have come together for support.

What we can afford?
Just wondering if anyone else feels the same way - almost daily, it is being reported on the cuts in funding to our current schools, teachers and support staff. So why in the world would anyone think we can afford a new high school if we can't afford what we already have?

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.

Solution is simple
I don't frequent places that ban smoking, you don't have to go anywhere that does allow smoking. It's called freedom of choice - let's not lose it.

Cost/benefit on the Taku
Any important matter merits a cost/benefit analysis prior to making a decision. This is certainly true regarding the proposed mining development on the Canadian side of the Taku River watershed.

Demand for timber exists
SEACC's latest misinformation report, likely put together with grant money from some gullible source, says: "Demand for Tongass trees has fallen dramatically in recent years because of permanent and fundamental changes in world timber markets and increased competition."

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?

Taking action
Thank you Dave Palmer and Dave Hanna for doing something while we've been griping among ourselves!

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.

Show some responsibility
So let me get this straight. Juneau is cutting back on teachers because the kids are getting too smart. I suppose the city's cutting back on buses because the kids are looking a bit too healthy?

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.

'Solution' will cost
I'm stunned at the lengths Governor Murkowski and the Republican Legislative Caucus will go to make sure state government is funded in the most regressive manner possible.

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."

More space among ideas for new Capitol
The city's new Capitol Planning Committee wants to improve the capitol with more committee rooms and sufficient space for public participation and have a building that stands as a symbol for the state's pride and values.

Sen. Murkowski: No guarantees on federal energy bill
The time is now for a pipeline pumping Alaska natural gas to the Lower 48, but there are no guarantees the federal energy bill - which includes provisions essential to the project - will pass, Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Thursday.

Photo: Egan Drive accident
Capital City Fire & Rescue Volunteer Sam Melville braces Dominiqo Paguio's head while waiting for medical personnel to arrive after a two-vehicle accident on Egan Drive south of the Channel Drive intersection on Thursday afternoon.

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.

Local musician hopes to hold benefit concert for cab driver
Singer-songwriter John Palmes said he finds himself crying when he tells friends about what happened to cab driver Eric Drake last week.

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

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

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.

FYI
Births, judgments and other legal matters.

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.

Stabbing victim helps police create suspects' sketches
While the cab driver attacked during a robbery last week has left the hospital and is putting his life back together, Juneau Police released sketches Thursday based on his descriptions of the people responsible.

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.

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

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

Clarification
An Empire article that ran in Thursday's paper did not make clear the year that Seward Street repairs would begin. City officials are planning to begin the reconstruction in the spring of 2005.

The Klondike awakens
Smoke in the air makes it seem as though the boilers of the sternwheeler Klondike have come to life on a crisp morning earlier this month in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

Photo: Class project
Evergreen Motors owner John Holmquist, right, and sales manager Marty McKeown, center, pose with a 2002 Ford Explorer they are donating to the Juneau-Douglas High School-University of Alaska Southeast auto technology department.

... for generous donation
The Juneau-Douglas High School Advanced Auto class would like to thank Evergreen Ford for its generous donation of a Ford Explorer to our automotive program.

Withrow and Hill celebrate one year
Alison Hill of Juneau and Aldrick Withrow Sr. of Juneau were married Jan. 18, 2003, during a private ceremony in Juneau.

Student recognition
Achivements by local students.

... for making auction a success
On Nov. 25, as part of their United Way Share Campaign, the Department of Administration held a dessert auction in the commissioner's conference room with all proceeds benefiting the Glory Hole. I would like to thank all the people involved.

... for making holiday boxes
The staff and clients of Catholic Community Service and its divisions are very grateful to the St. Vincent de Paul Society's Jesuit Volunteers extraordinaire, Joe Oliver and Sebastian Lilienthal, the other SVDP volunteers and employers, the extremely generous volunteers and donors from the Juneau community, the Home Builders Association, REACH, Rachael McCloud and Northland Services, for their combined collaboration in making both the Thanksgiving meal boxes and the Christmas meal boxes available to those clients who needed them the most.

... for providing support
The families of Rick and David Mills and Gery Davies would like to thank all those who gave their time, effort and loving support in this difficult situation. In particular, we wish to express our gratitude to the Kake Search and Rescue, Kake Police Department, Sitka Mountain Search and Rescue, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Alaska State Troopers, L.A.B. Flying Service and all the people in the communities of Southeast Alaska who offered their support.

William Kozlowski Jr.
Juneau resident William John Kozlowski Jr., 32, died Jan. 13, 2004, in Juneau.

Gregory J. LaPoint
Former Juneau resident Gregory J. LaPoint, 36, died of a massive heart attack on Dec. 29, 2003, in Paducah, Ky.

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

Beverly Freese
Former Juneau resident Beverly Freese, 55, died Nov. 23, 2003, at her home near Mt. Shasta, Calif.

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

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.

My Turn: The facts and figures so far behind the Juneau Access EIS
At the direction of Gov. Murkowski, the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is completing the supplemental draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Juneau Access Project. Field studies were finished this past season and the technical reports from those studies are being written.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

LeBron impresses, Golden State wins
LeBron James dazzled a rare sellout crowd with clever ballhandling and spectacular dunks in his first trip to Oakland, but Clifford Robinson just did more.

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.

Tall Lathrop too much for Juneau girls
Another slow start - and a physically imposing opponent - created a hurdle too high for the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team. The Crimson Bears fell to Lathrop 47-42 on Thursday on the opening day of the Lady T-Bird Classic at East Anchorage High School.

Younger Crimson Bears are stepping up in key matches
When the Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team opened the season, the Crimson Bears felt it might take some time its young lineup to develop.

Midseason exam
The first time the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team played the Wasilla Warriors, the Crimson Bears were still trying to discover themselves during the first week of the season.

State wrestling rankings
Here are the state's top wrestlers in each weight class for the Class 4A season, as ranked by the Web site, http://www.alaskawrestling.com, which is run by Palmer's Eric Wade.

Some Yakutat residents to lose power
Yakutat's city manager said he doesn't know how many customers will be without power today. But a grandmother in the isolated coastal community, about 225 miles northwest of Juneau, said Thursday she was sure she would be among them.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

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

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.

State ordered to negotiate on ferry contracts
The State of Alaska has been ordered to "cease and desist" its refusal to bargain with a maritime labor union over employee contracts for the new fast ferry Fairweather.

Photo: Looking at rail connections
Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski, right, answers questions, as Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie, left, listens about a proposed Alaska-Canada transportation corridor and the development of an Alaska-Canada rail connection during a one-day summit Thursday on the issue in Juneau.

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.

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.

Melting ice in Yukon reveals artifacts, clues to ancient life
Melting in the alpine last summer revealed the oldest artifact recovered from what is now an inventory of 18 archaeological ice patches on Yukon Territory mountains.

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.

Briefly
Local entertainment news in brief.

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