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Sunday, January 20, 2002

Book shows 'the seduction of movement' as a way of life
"Yearning Wild" is "a guided tour through the life of a man who embodies the deeply American contradictions that make up modern Alaska."

In the stacks: Books on tape
Here are just a few of the abridged and unabridged books on tape that hit the shelves this week at the Juneau Public Library.

Bearers of the flame
When the Olympic Torch Relay comes to Juneau on Thursday morning, arriving in Alaska for the first time in its history, the relay will hold special meaning for several of Juneau's Olympic torchbearers.

Desperate situation
Your Jan. 6 editorial, "Tongass the healthiest forest in North America," is well-done and accurate.

Nurse aides info
The University of Alaska Southeast Certified Nurse Aide Training program will have a program information meeting Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 12:15 to 1 p.m.

Photo: Stepping out for the Olympic Torch
The Janice Holst Dancers perform Saturday during the Olympic Torch Relay kickoff party at the Nugget Mall. Individuals who are slated to carry the Olympic Torch were introduced to the public, along with past Olympians and Special Olympians.

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

City ordinances get an update
Juneau's obsolete curfew and prostitution laws will be deleted under a comprehensive, but mostly routine, code revision scheduled for an upcoming public hearing.

Savoring the Olympics, cup by cup
When the Olympic torch is paraded through Juneau for the first time ever, it's too big a marketing opportunity to pass up. Both Heritage Coffee Co. and the Alaskan Brewing Co. are taking advantage of the torch being here Jan. 24 to produce limited-edition beverages.

DZ students taking care of business
There's a new corporate power growing in Juneau. It's a diversified business, with holdings in the food service, music and entertainment fields. And the people behind this operation? Students at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Around Town
Today

Kitchen fire sweeps, destroys trailer in Switzer Village Mobile Home Park
Officials are investigating a trailer fire Friday that turned into a $75,000 disaster for the homeowner. No one was injured in the blaze.

Armadillo space may become retail
The building at 431 S. Franklin St. occupied for 17 years by the Armadillo Tex-Mex Cafe may become "middle- to upper-end retail space," said owner Bill Heumann of Polar Properties.

Donald Leonard Burrus
Longtime Juneau resident Donald Leonard Burrus, 97, died Jan. 12, 2002, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

The state would benefit from tourism promotion
Last fall the Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) requested $12.5 million in emergency funds from the state of Alaska for the organization's Crisis Recovery Plan in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.

A case is made for living within our means
Enron made a nice recovery last week. By Friday's close, an investor had to sell only five shares of Enron stock to buy a 16-ounce mocha. The week before, the exchange rate was 12 shares of Enron for one designer espresso.

Civil rights from Montgomery to Copper River
When observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, don't forget about the white urban hunters and fishermen in Alaska.

When the smoke cleared ...
Jim Duncan, commissioner of the Department of Administration, was right recently in asking state employees to honor a new Juneau city ordinance prohibiting smoking within 10 feet of entrances to public buildings, even though the law does not apply to state facilities.

Right now, the state is in need of a stronger economic plan
On Wednesday, Gov. Tony Knowles outlined his program in a message presented before state legislators. The legislative majority gave its response. They disagree. That's not news, not good news for Alaskans.

Taking a moment to sort through life's mysteries and socks
Ask a random group of people what happens when you die, whether insects see full spectrum color or where socks go from the dryer and you'll get as many answers as there are people in the group.

Bears fillet Kings
A three-week layoff did not hinder the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball squad as it rolled to two blowout wins over Ketchikan on Friday and Saturday at the JDHS main gymnasium.

Juneau girls rebound for split in Ketchikan
The Juneau-

Tired Blue Devils exorcise Demon Deacons
A tired Duke found a fifth gear Saturday. Jason Williams had 23 points, Dahntay Jones added 22 and Juneau's Carlos Boozer 20 points and a career-high 18 rebounds as the top-ranked Blue Devils fought off fatigue and rolled over No. 14 Wake Forest 103-80.

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Grant recruits vets for teaching
Many members of America's armed services began their military careers recruited out of high school. Now, with the help of a federal grant, those personnel are being recruited back into the classroom as educators.

Correction
Due to a reporting error, Karen Martinek was described in an article on Medicaid in Friday's Empire as manager of the state Division of Public Health. She is manager of the special needs services unit.

Murkowski: More dialogue needed to solve state's problems
Alaska's fiscal crisis has been exacerbated by the lack of dialogue between the Legislature and governor something he can fix if elected governor, U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski said.

Updates to the Juneau Empire's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Legislature
This is corrected or updated information for the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Legislature 2002, a special section of the Empire originally published Jan. 13.

Haines to host tourism symposium
Those involved in the Haines tourism industry who would like to discuss ideas on reviving business will have their chance at a symposium to be held later this month.

Skagway Medical Corporation to make changes
The board and administration at the Skagway Medical Corp. sees big changes in its future.

State ordered to trim sex offender list
Alaska officials have temporarily blocked public access to the state's list of registered sex offenders.

Sitka's Pacific High School move approved
The Sitka School Board decided Jan. 8 to reclaim the Lincoln Street School for classroom purposes, providing a home for Pacific High School.

Ketchikan still looking for manager
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough will readvertise its opening for the top manager position.

Photo: New inter-island ferry
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in Hollis last week for the arrival of the new ferry, Prince of Wales.

Wrangell's Heritage Harbor project moves forward
While boats won't be docking at Wrangell's Heritage Harbor anytime soon, the project moved forward another step at a Jan. 8 City Council meeting.

Sitka Police lieutenant fired
Lt. John Baeza has been fired from the Sitka Police Department, Chief Bill McLendon announced Jan. 11.

Weak economy brings call for new taxes from governors
With the economy weak and state budgets hemorrhaging cash, a handful of governors are stepping up to offer a proposal that hasn't been seriously considered in years: higher taxes.

Prince of Wales Islanders seek limit on deer hunt
The Craig Community Association, the Organized Village of Kasaan and the Hydaburg Community Association have submitted proposals to change Federal Subsistence Board regulations regarding deer hunting on Prince of Wales' federal public lands.

Dems want voters to fill Senate seat
Minority Democrats in the state Legislature are proposing a measure to create a special election to replace a U.S. Senate vacancy.

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