Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Alarmed by convictions
Is it just me, or are recent convictions of sexual abuse to a minor alarming? Constantly the newspapers report sex offenders registering for 10 years and very little jail time. Have you readers ever visited the sex offender Web site? There are over 80 living in Juneau.

Increased class sizes
A looming budget gap is facing the Juneau School District that will severely effect the quality of education in our public schools.

Not at all happy with Native leaders
I have some shares in two Native corporations, Sealaska and Goldbelt. I would like to comment on the article in the Anchorage Daily News on Dec. 21 about regulation overhaul revising rules that the Native corporations are under in banking and securities in the state of Alaska.

Get real
Your recent article "USFS to cancel 20 timber sales" (Jan. 13) was just more evidence of the inappropriate influence that timber interests have over the Tongass National Forest.

Helping Afghanistan
Solace International is a nonprofit organization in Anchorage dedicated to building schools for the girls of Afghanistan. In just over a year, the organization's founder, Nathaniel York, and his team have built two schools, filled them with benches and supplies, and outfitted 600 girls in school uniforms.

Whose Constitution?
Kudos to Rep. Bob Lynch, who upholds the original document, rather than this corrupted version being foisted on us now:

Kudos to Lynn
I applaud the guts and integrity Rep. Bob Lynn showed in being the lone Republican to vote for the care of our elders. The only man to vote for what is right rather than what the majority votes shows what a true leader and representative of the people he is.

Is 'help' possible?
If you're so concerned about the wolf at the glacier, send a check to Alaska Fish and Game to pay for the relocation.

Snow boy
Erik Stromme, 11, gave up his ski gear for his art while taking a break Saturday afternoon at Eaglecrest.

Filipino tradition
The Filipino Community Dancers perform a traditional dance at the 75th birthday celebration for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday at Centennial Hall. The dancers are, left to right, Janel Saceda, Christine Bernaldo, Megan Moslato, Sammy Alex and Vernadette Lumbab.

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

Around Town
Today Valley Toastmasters meeting, 6:10 a.m. every Tuesday, Henry's. Details: Jim, 789-3074.

A-J managers, 1930s
The Alaska-Juneau gold mine's management team in the 1930s included general superintendent L.H. Metzgar, Joe Williams (standing at far right), Arthur Riendeau (next to him), and P. R. Bradley (to the left of the woman).

Around Town
Today Low Impact Exercise, 10 a.m., Juneau Senior Center and Valley Senior Center. Details: 463-6175. Toddler Time, 10 a.m., downtown library. Toddler Time at the Mendenhall Valley library starts at 11 a.m. Details: 586-5303. Toddler Play Group, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., REACH, 3272 Hospital Dr. A playtime for toddlers and class/support group for parents.

Skiing and helping to ski
Jeffra Clough, a lifelong skier, has the perfect job for somebody who loves to play on snow-covered mountains. She's the director of the Eaglecrest Ski and Snowboard School and spends six months of the year on the slopes or convincing others to test them out.

Alaska Digest
Belugas in Cook Inlet hold steady ANCHORAGE - The beluga population in Cook Inlet is depleted, but appears to be steady, according to scientists.

This Day in History
In Alaska • In 1900, the Military Department of Alaska was established by the Secretary of War.

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

Task force finalizes comments on salmon bills
The Joint Legislative Salmon Industry Task Force declined to approve a bill Monday that would put constraints on the Alaska Board of Fisheries' ability to create salmon harvesting cooperatives, but created a subcommittee to look into cooperatives.

Green Party co-chairman resigns, will run for office
Alaska Green Party Co-chairman Jim Sykes is stepping down as a party official to run in the next statewide election in November.

This Day in History
In Alaska • In 1946, the Coliseum Theatre and Apartments in Juneau burned, leaving 19 families homeless.

Living King's principles
When Alonzo B. Patterson was growing up in rural Mississippi, his father, Alonzo, was a sharecropper.

Annabelle Simpson Connor
Former Juneau resident Annabelle Simpson Connor, 85, died Dec. 6, 2003, at her home in Mercer Island, Wash.

Alaska editorial: When taking a stand was to be applauded
The following editorial appeared in the Peninsula Clarion: It used to be an honorable thing for people to stand up for what they believed to be right. They were respected. They were role models. They were leaders. They were the people elected to office because they were courageous in their convictions.

United Way again seeking donations for region
It is my pleasure to serve as an Honorary Chairman of this year's Southeast Alaska United Way fund-raising campaign.

Title
Robert Strle of Fairbanks averaged more than 100 mph to claim the title in the 35th annual Alcan 200 snowmachine race Saturday just north of Haines.

Sports in Juneau
NEW CALENDAR ITEM • Raincountry Flyfishers monthly meeting - Meet at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22, at the home of John Lyman near the end of Fritz Cove Road (there is about a half-mile walk to the house from the end of the road and rubber boots are advised).

Juneau wrestlers split with Sitka
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team on Saturday avenged a loss to the Sitka Wolves a day earlier, claiming a 33-24 decision in a dual meet at Sitka High School to close out the regular season.

Iten wins Kuskokwim 300 title
BETHEL - Kotzebue musher Ed Iten won the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race on Sunday, marking his best career finish.

ASBN STATE PREP BASKETBALL POLL
The Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network high school basketball poll for the week ending Jan. 17. The poll released on Jan. 19 is for Class 4A and Class 3A teams and was selected by a panel of ASBN broadcasters, sports reporters and devoted high school basketball fans from around the state. Team records and vote totals were not available for all teams.

James to rest injured ankle
CLEVELAND - Cavaliers rookie LeBron James will be kept out of practice today to rest his sprained right ankle, which he injured in a win over Utah.

Musher drops from race to aid injured man
BETHEL - A musher competing in the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race is credited with rescuing a snowmachiner who he happened upon during the race.

Musher races despite unsettling cancer update
BETHEL - DeeDee Jonrowe charged out of the starting gate of the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race on Friday night with questions on her mind but a smile on her face as she began her cold, dark run up the frozen Kuskokwim River.

Sports in Juneau
NEW CALENDAR ITEM • 2004 Nordic Ski Workshop - The Juneau Nordic Ski Club and Eaglecrest Ski School will cohost this popular nordic ski clinic that takes place on Feb. 6-8 at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Driving out the darkness
Brittanie Colon, 10, lights a candle while taking part in a Martin Luther King Jr. candlelight prayer vigil Sunday at the Eastside Boys & Girls Club in San Antonio.

Alaska 99s celebrate 50 years encouraging women to pilot planes
ANCHORAGE - It's fair to say that women have played a major role in Alaska aviation history, and some of their exploits are legendary.

Drive to recall state Sen. Ogan underway
PALMER - Organizers are collecting signatures in an effort to recall Sen. Scott Ogan, who is under fire for what some residents perceive as a conflict of interest over coal bed methane drilling.

Bill addresses coal-bed methane, land concerns
ANCHORAGE - A proposed state Senate bill is intended to solve several contentious issues for development of Alaska's coal bed methane reserves.

Feds take testimony on proposed trawler policy
KODIAK - Federal fisheries managers want comments on a preliminary decision not to reduce bottom trawling in parts of the North Pacific Ocean designated as essential fish habitat.

Demonstrators protest wolf-killing program
ANCHORAGE - Protesters gathered outside a Sitka bookstore Saturday to speak out against a state-sponsored program to kill wolves, and encourage people to tell their family and friends to boycott Alaska until the killing stops.

Alaska Digest
Charges leveled against Kenai Classic organizers KENAI - A state lawmaker wants the Department of Revenue to investigate whether the association which holds the Kenai River Classic is abusing its status as a nonprofit.

Hearing the sounds of the Earth
The northern lights sometimes whisper at the approach of dawn, while North Pacific cyclones whine with a strange and subtle tone.

State health officials downplay tainted-salmon study
ANCHORAGE - State health officials are downplaying a study on farm-raised salmon that also noted contaminants in some wild Pacific stocks.

Companies vie to provide state with new exams
ANCHORAGE - Five testing companies are vying to revamp Alaska's standardized tests into exams that are better aligned with what students are supposed to be learning and meet demands of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Gas development authority abandons plans for lobbyist
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority has dropped its plan to hire a lobbyist to help push for additional legislative funding.

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