Saturday, January 18, 2003

Crime still doesn't pay
I sold one truck through McQueen Motors. And I can tell you I would never feel safe to do anything like that again. I was at a hard time in my life when I sold a truck through him, and really could have used the money that he had wrongfully taken from me.

Still a role model
I have known coach Hamey since I was 8 years old. I knew him as a great coach, excellent teacher, positive role model and a friend.

Slow day
I have only one thing to say about the Empire's decision to devote a five-column article on the virtues and liability issues of two citizens skating a couple of "authorized" laps on our new ice. It must have been one slow news day.

'Good' news preferred
Having lived in Juneau many years, I have enjoyed reading the Juneau Empire. Now that I have grown a little and have some understanding of how the world works, it seems as if the Juneau Empire has forgotten that we live in a very small town.

Correction
Due to incorrect information supplied to the Empire, an article in This Week on Thursday incorrectly reported that DJ Skillet and DJ Light will perform at the Aquafunk Lounge Dance Party.

Investigator goes from chasing cops to being one
Packing a piece, riding a hog, cuffing the bad guys - gosh, it's fun being a girl. As one of only three women on the 47-member Juneau police force and with only five years in law enforcement, Investigator Kris Sell already has cracked difficult sex-offender cases, was the first woman to be accepted to the SWAT team, and learned to outrun the boys - all without forgetting who she is.

Man accused of $1 million fire gets four years in prison
A man accused of starting a June fire at a Juneau Self-Storage building, destroying the property of more than 150 people, will spend about four years behind bars. Michael Blevins, 22, was sentenced today in Juneau Superior Court to seven and a half years in prison with three suspended, three years of probation, and ordered to pay restitution. He must receive psychiatric treatment while in prison.

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

Convention in Angoon, 1945
This image is from William Paul Jr.'s photo collection, which is available on the Sealaska Heritage Institute Web site at www.sealaskaheritage.org.

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

Martin Luther King Jr. Day a time to reflect
Sherry Patterson, a black woman living in Juneau, remembers going to segregated schools in Oakdale, La., until high school. She still cringes when she recalls that her mother would say "Yes, ma'am" when addressing a young white girl. So she has reason to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday. The Black Awareness Association in Juneau, for which she is the events coordinator, will hold a ceremony from 2 to 4 p.m. at Centennial Hall to celebrate King's life.

FYI
Births

This Day in History
In 1925, Gov. Scott C. Bone moved to the Alaska Executive Offices from the old Mission Building to the Goldstein Building in Juneau.

Cash pushes school remodel ahead
An upgrade to 30-year-old Floyd Dryden Middle School is slated to begin this summer after an injection of cash from the Juneau Assembly. Assembly members unanimously agreed Monday to add $200,000 to the project, transferring the money from an undesignated school-construction fund. The decision keeps the project on track after a December estimate showed costs would be higher than expected, City Architect Catherine Fritz said.

Thank you
...for the assistance; ...for the help; ...for the support; My Friend - Gary Paul Smith

Davin named Rotary student of the month
Timothy J. Davin, a junior at Juneau-Douglas High School, was named Student of the Month for December 2002 by the Juneau Glacier Valley Rotary Club.

Neighbors Briefs
Book discussion group to meet; Live radio celebration set; Coast Guard Auxiliary reorganizes

Photo: Older volunteer honored
The Native dance group "Yun Shu Kaa," with Vicky Johnson, left, Walter Soboleff Jr., Ray Wilson, Jeanie Lee and Maria Sheakley, perform a Native dance.

Gospel reminder of greater things to come
"Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way." Coming from a man who had spent many years in a World War II Nazi concentration camp, that point of view is most remarkable, but that is exactly what got Dr. Viktor Frankl through the most harrowing ordeal of his life.

My Turn: The reality of just how things are
America is struggling with historic questions of peace and security, and as this struggle continues two schools of thought have emerged. One addresses how things should be, the other the reality of how things are.

My Turn: School debate is a parody of parity
I n the Jan. 9 Empire article "Panel passes plan for new high school," our School Board president asserts the last thing the board wants to do is increase costs to local taxpayers. But then he continues to argue for a larger than necessary school for the sake of valley-town parity.

Juneau JV girls lose to Nikiski
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls junior varsity basketball team lost 59-28 to the host Nikiski Bulldogs during Thursday's opening round of the Nikiski Tip-Off Tournament.

Iditarod will go on, despite poor weather
ANCHORAGE - Although trail conditions border on horrible at the moment, Jack Niggemyer, race manager for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, said the Iditarod will go on, no matter what.

Juneau will benefit from its bid, whether or not it's successful
One of my first memories of the Arctic Winter Games had nothing to do with sports. It was 1974, the height of the streaker craze, and a small group of people took it upon themselves to streak through the closing ceremonies at West Anchorage High School.

Juneau Gun Club Trap League Standings
Standings after the first week of shooting in the 12-week Juneau Gun Club Trap League.

30 Alaska hoopsters nominated for McDonald's All-American Games
Thirty Alaska high school basketball players, including five seniors from Juneau-Douglas High School, have been nominated for the 2003 McDonald's All-American Games. Juneau's Joe Ayers, Bryan Hamey, Byron Wild, Danielle Larson and Amy Neussl were among the 2,500 athletes from around the country that received nominations during the first part of the annual selection process. In mid-February, the list will be whittled down to 100 boys and 100 girls.

Four Juneau residents earn black belts
Four members of the Juneau Shotokan Karate-Do Club have attained the rank of Sho Dan - first-degree black belt. Head instructor Diana Stevens said that Sheela McLean, David Mende, Doug Ward and Steve Weaver were honored after undergoing examinations administered by Master Terayuki Okazaki, the president of the International Shotokan Karate Federation. The ISKF has more than 50,000 members in 28 countries. The four Juneau black belts took their tests last fall.

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

A plea to the AWG officials: Don't leave us out in the rain
Given the way this winter has gone, we shouldn't be surprised. It's Jan. 17 - the eve of an official visit by Arctic Winter Games officials to assess our bid to host the 2006 Games - and it's raining in Juneau.

Stevens' bill would block appeals on wilderness
Sen. Ted Stevens has added wording to a federal spending bill that would block appeals once the U.S. Forest Service decides about new Tongass National Forest wilderness. The language, which was inserted into a 1,000-plus page spending bill, would prevent anyone from appealing an upcoming wilderness decision or filing a lawsuit about it.

State Briefs
Gov. appoints DNR head, Game Board, UA regents; Anchorage man rescued from mine shaft; State responds to Kmart closures; Veteran folk musician performs today; Inter-island Ferry celebrates anniversary; Ketchikan board OKs charter school

Kmart's closing of newer stores raises questions
DETROIT - Two years ago, Kmart refurbished its store in Utica, Mich., added a full-service grocery and went to a 24-hour operation. Now Kmart Corp. wants to lay off 37,000 employees and close 326 stores around the country - including the Utica store -and Utica Mayor Jacqueline Noonan can't understand why. Noonan says Kmart poured thousands of dollars into the remodeling, and the supercenter bustles with shoppers.

Murkowski names four to state fisheries board
Gov. Frank Murkowski on Thursday chose a commercial fisherman, a former sport fish director, a seafood marketing consultant and a fish processing representative to serve on the state board that regulates Alaska's fisheries. The Republican governor, who was critical of a Democratic administration's fishing decisions, said the appointees should make objective decisions that consider commercial, subsistence and sport fishing interests.

Third murder trial begins for Kenai man
ANCHORAGE - A third trial has begun for a man accused of killing and dismembering a Kenai Peninsula couple nine years ago, then dumping their remains in the deep water off Homer.

Conflicts push up price of crude oil
ANCHORAGE - A nearly two-month labor strike in Venezuela that has crippled exports, coupled with anxiety that the United States will go to war with Iraq, is easing Alaska's budget deficit. The price of Alaska North Slope crude reached $32.63 a barrel Thursday, well above the little more than $22-a-barrel average for the past 53 months.

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