Friday, January 18, 2002

Fear of flying
Would anyone out there get on an airplane with a Muslim that refused to remove their "head dress" when asked by security to do so? We sure wouldn't!

letter to the editor
I want to publicly and sincerely thank Juneau School District Superintendent Gary Bader and his staff for hosting a follow-up meeting of folks who attended

Not a possibility
There were few surprises in the Governor's State of the State speech on Wednesday. However, I continue to be amazed at his nerve and his apparent disregard for the intelligence of Alaska's citizens.

Heliports face more scrutiny
Whether alternate heliports will reduce flightseeing noise or add to neighborhood conflict in Juneau were among the issues debated during a two-hour hearing Thursday.

Eaglecrest begins night skiing
More snow fell this week at Juneau's Eaglecrest Ski Area, allowing night skiing to begin.

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

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

FYI
Biths, marriage licenses, business licences, divorces and judgements.

City and pulltab operators near tax agreement
The city is close to agreement with two Juneau pulltab operators to collect roughly $450,000 in outstanding sales tax.

Local residents remember downed pilot
Pilot Joel Mathis died as he loved to live. Mathis, 39, died in a plane crash Tuesday morning. He was flying from Skagway to Haines for Skagway Air Service to pick up passengers to Juneau when his plane hit a craggy mountainside, just two miles shy of his destination.

Lemon Creek intersection gets new traffic light
Workers have been installing traffic signals this week in the Lemon Creek area at the intersection of Glacier Highway and Anka Street, the road leading to Costco.

Sex offender gets nine years in prison
An unrepentant, twice-convicted sex offender will spend about nine years in prison under terms of a sentence handed down Wednesday in Juneau Superior Court.

Heliport hearing today
The Juneau Assembly is having a hearing about a city-sponsored alternative heliport study today.

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

Juneau Color: Keeping Juneau's stories alive
When Juneau residents have a question about local history, they often turn to Marie Darlin.

Sealaska finds new plastics partner
Sealaska Corp. and Nypro announced Thursday a joint venture for a plastics injection molding operation in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Engineers' Local schedules membership meeting
The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local No. 302, will hold its monthly membership meeting on Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m., in the Operating Engineers Meeting Hall, at 214 North Franklin Street.

Center for Blind revises name
The Alaska Center for the Blind has changed its name to the Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. This new name more accurately reflects the Center's mission and ongoing service delivery, said development director Susan Haggart.

Snowshoe shufflers set to perform at Nugget Mall
The Juneau/Whitehorse Sister City Committee is again hosting a group from the Whitehorse Sourdough Rendezvous festival.

Church council to hold ecumenical prayer
On Saturday, Jan. 19 the Juneau Cooperative Church Council is sponsoring an ecumenical prayer service to celebrate the Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Jan. 18-25), at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church.

Pro-Choice Coalition sponsors celebration
The Juneau Pro-Choice Coalition will celebrate the 29th Anniversary of the historic Roe vs. Wade decision with a candlelight gathering and rally on the Capitol steps on January 22 at 5 p.m.

Thank you Letters
Letters, thank you notes and briefs from readers.

Kitka wins leadership award
Joyce Kitka, Community Education Supervisor in Juneau, has been awarded the National Community Education Association (NCEA) State Association Leadership Award for 2001.

January named 'Mentoring Works Month' by mayor
On Monday, Jan. 7, Juneau Mayor Sally Smith proclaimed January "Mentoring Works! Month." This proclamation follows a national effort to bring awareness to mentoring opportunities during National Mentoring Month.

Juneau's mystery hot spot
Floyd Dryden Middle School recently as a group of seventh-graders recently completed writing and filming their own mystery movies.

Photo: Student tour
Teacher Kathy Opersinner and her second and third grade students at Harborview School thank Officer Paul Comolli from the

A. N. 'Gil' Eide
Former Juneau educator A. N. "Gil" Eide died Jan. 7, 2002, in Federal Way, Wash.

Robert J. 'Bob' Simon
Longtime Alaska resident Robert J. "Bob" Simon died Jan. 13, 2002, in Juneau.

Take a look at the empty eyes
Why my child? Is it my fault? These are some of the questions asked by over 1 million mothers when their eyes are suddenly opened to their daughter's struggle with an eating disorder. "Did I do something to cause it?" No, no dear mother. The question you should be asking is, "What could I have done to prevent this?" It's no wonder these days why so many girls struggle with their self-esteem and body image. But it is a wonder how men and women as parents don't foresee some of the causes. Let's take a look at one possibility.

City holds all the cards but still folds its hand
Walk into a bank, slip the teller a note demanding cash, walk out the door with $1 million in a grocery bag and consider the consequences when the police arrest you halfway down the block.

Word of Mouth
A forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone.

Living in a vertical world
Mountain goats are one of Alaska's most interesting animals. Not a true goat at all, but a descendent of the goat-antelope family from Europe, they came to North America over the Bering Strait land bridge during the last ice age.

Snow report
The status of Alaska and Pacific Northwest ski areas.

Out and About
In season: Wolf (Aug.-April), grouse (Aug.-May), ptarmigan (Aug.-May), coyote (Sept.-April) and hare (Sept.-April).

Ambassadors of safety
Skiiing can be one of the most enjoyable things to do on snow, but what happens if something goes wrong during a run down Eaglecrest's slopes? Fortunately, Eaglecrest's experienced ski patrollers will not be far away to lend assistance to skiers and snowboarders in need of help.

outdoors briefs
Eaglecrest weekend features torch parade; Haines snowmachine race this weekend; Fly fishing workshop offered

Juneau girls hoopsters set to invade Ketchikan
It's been three weeks since the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team saw action and the Crimson Bears are anxious to hit the floor again this weekend.

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

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

Juneau Jumpers to Compete in California
Five female members of the Juneau Jumpers will head to Santa Clara, Calif., today to compete in the U.S. World Team Qualifying Tournament this weekend.

No. 1 Duke knocks off No. 3 Maryland
After another of his customary one-man flurries, Duke's Mike Dunleavy backpedaled to the defensive end and let loose with an uncustomary burst of bombast. He swiveled his head, not feeling the four fresh stitches in his scalp, and barked out, "Let's go, baby!"

Juneau boys host Ketchikan for two
After a three-week layoff, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team will get back into action with back-to-back games against Southeast rival Ketchikan tonight and Saturday.

'Over-the-top' gas line inches forward
To the consternation of Alaska legislators, a Houston- and Calgary, Alberta-based energy consortium is moving ahead with a project that would bring North Slope natural gas to market via a pipeline under the Beaufort Sea.

Shelter for smokers goes up in smoke
The state health department has killed a proposal to build a shelter by the Alaska Office Building for its employees who smoke.

Anchorage voters may be polled on subsistence
The subsistence issue may wind up on the ballot in April -- but only in Anchorage.

Panel OKs change in state song
A House committee Thursday unanimously approved a bill that would add a verse honoring Alaska Natives to the state song, "Alaska's Flag."

Tununak student charged after threats
A 15-year-old Tununak boy was arrested Jan. 11 after he threatened to shoot teachers and fellow students at Tununak High School.

Shelter plans up in smoke
The state health department has killed a proposal to build a shelter near the Alaska Office Building for its employees who smoke.

Conference explores national energy demands
A one-day conference in Anchorage on Jan. 25 will focus solely on the oil and gas industry.

Agency seeks funds to cover increased oilfield activity
Mark Myers, director of the Division of Oil and Gas, told a legislative committee Thursday he needs $500,000 more next year, partly to hire staff to handle an increased workload.

State of the State
Carrying through on his promise to propose another long-range fiscal plan, Gov. Tony Knowles on Wednesday reaffirmed his support for a personal income tax and called for a cruise ship head tax and increased alcohol taxes.

Is this last chance for fiscal repairs?
The co-chairpersons of the Legislature's Fiscal Policy Caucus said Thursday evening that this year is the last chance for "a soft landing" in fixing the state budget gap.

Board member wanted redistricting map to fix rural problems
The chairwoman of the Alaska Redistricting Board testified Wednesday that she wanted the state's new voting map to fix problems affecting rural Alaskans.

ANWR drilling won't harm bears
Interior Secretary Gale Norton has ruled that America's treaty obligations to protect the world's largest land predators would not be violated by oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, officials said Thursday.

Fairbanks gallery owners watch for thieves
A pilfering patron of the arts has been making opening nights at Frairbanks' Well Street Art Co. expensive events for gallery owner and artist David Mollett. In the past four months, three pieces of art have been stolen during Friday night art openings.

New security law kicks in
Alaska Airlines to use dogs, wands, manual searches at most terminals

Full Text of Gov. Knowles' State of the State speech
Full Text of Gov. Knowles' State of the State speech

Advocates for disabled aim to protect Medicaid funding
Maintaining state funding for Medicaid and testing all infants for hearing loss are the priorities this legislative session for the Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education.

Alaska lawmakers override four vetoes
Lawmakers in the Republican-dominated Legislature on Wednesday approved four bills vetoed by Democrat Gov. Tony Knowles last year.

Photo: Legislative reception
Alaska Rep. Eric Croft, Democrat of Anchorage, right, enjoys a quiet moment with his daughter, Shannon, 3, son, Burke, 11 months, and wife, Joanna, during the 17th Annual Community Welcome Reception for the 22nd Alaska State Legislature Tuesday at Centennial Hall.

Bringing the bass into the spotlight
Murphy's concert features music composed specifically for the bass

Celebrating the Spirit of Scotland
Burns has become a kind of patron saint of Scotland, and Burns Night is a celebration of Burns, Scotland and all things Scottish. On Burns night Saturday, kilts will be worn, bagpipes will be played and haggis will be tasted.

JDLT holds try-outs for musical
JDLT holds try-outs for musical

On Stage: 'Razzle' not the typical Perseverance fare
On Stage: 'Razzle' not the typical Perseverance fare

Best Bets: Weekend holds Scottish lore, salsa, surreal film
Bass and bagpipes, crabgrass, salsa and "Waking Life" are in store for the weekend.

Waltz expert teaches basics to latest craze
Waltzing conjures up visions of the ballrooms of Vienna and grand parties in ante-bellum mansions. This weekend, a master of the dance will lead a three-day workshop on waltzing, from the basic steps to the latest ballroom dance styles.

KTOO seeks talent for Live Day
Live Day, KTOOFM's annual celebration of community talent, will be Saturday, Jan. 26.

What's Up With That?
The Empire ponders Juneau's puzzles, unravels its mysteries and contemplates its conundrums.

Arts council holds drama workshop
Drama Shop, a theater workshop for youths in grades five through eight, begins Friday at the Gruening Park Rec Room.

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