Monday, January 21, 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.

The right connections
Friday's editorial about the city's pull tab settlement was right on. It just goes to show you, you can beat City Hall if you have the right connections.

Backcountry competition
The Forest Service has recently developed an off-road vehicle (ORV) plan that provides more motorized access to Juneau's backcountry. This single-objective process accommodates the needs of one user group at the expense of all others.

Money, money, money
Your article on Enron, etc. and gross financial greed, in general, was timely. Thanks.

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

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

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.

From Florida to Juneau via taxi
A Florida woman is taking a taxi to Juneau.

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.

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

3 arrested in 2 armed robberies
Three suspected robbers await arraignment today after two unrelated robberies over the weekend.

New dance board drops challenge
The newly elected board of directors of Juneau Dance Unlimited has disbanded after deciding not to pursue a challenge of the existing board.

Tourism meetings to look at options
City consultants will be in town this week for a series of meetings about Juneau's long-range tourism plan.

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.

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.

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.

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.

School district confronts $1 million deficit
Preliminary figures indicate the Juneau School District is facing a deficit in excess of $1.1 million over the next two fiscal years.

Police investigate death in valley
A man was found dead at a Mendenhall Valley residence this morning from an apparent accident.

Around Town
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Harborview principal announces he'll step down at end of year
Harborview Elementary School Principal Bob Dye will retire at the end of the school year. He announced his decision to the school last week.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Threats that undermine society
As the United States ponders security issues in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, one wonders: How secure is secure enough? And, how much are we willing to pay for that security?

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.

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

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.

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.

Juneau girls rebound for split in Ketchikan
The Juneau-

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

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.

Archaeological find turns into landmark court case
A round white bone protruded from the moss beneath a limestone crag. Ian Lynch dropped to his knees and dug in the dirt with his fingers. He lifted a skull and gazed into the eye sockets of a human child.

Cook Inlet beluga population growing
The Cook Inlet beluga whale population continues to show signs of recovery after a decade-long decline.

Gas producers drop idea of shipping capacity auction
The major North Slope gas producers have scrapped an idea to auction shipping capacity in the proposed pipeline to the Lower 48.

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

Photo: Competitor with a kick
Shasta Anderson, 9, of Anchorage competes in the two-foot-high kick at the Junior Native Youth Olympics on Friday in Anchorage. The event requires competitors to kick the ball with both feet and return to a standing position. The Youth Olympics introduce elementary school children to traditional Alaska Native games of skill.

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.

Photo: Up on the rooftop
Snow is piled high on top of a tiny birdhouse in Valdez after a heavy snowfall last week.

Consumer advocates rally behind auto bill
Consumer protection advocates are seeking public support for a proposed law that would require automobile dealers to tell prospective buyers about a car's history and defects.

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.

BLM pursues Beaver Creek buyouts
The federal Bureau of Land Management hopes to buy out private property owners along Beaver Creek, which was designated as a "national wild and scenic river" by Congress in 1980s.

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.

Knowles wants funds to market fish, tourism
Gov. Tony Knowles will ask the Legislature for $21 million to market Alaska's salmon and vacation spots, officials said today.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Economists: Alaska risks recession
Economists say Alaska is facing a recession, even if proposed solutions to the state's chronic budget problems are put in place.

Knowles' income tax could cost family of four $1,150
Gov. Tony Knowles' proposed income tax would cost the average Alaska household about $1,150, according to administration estimates.

Federal dollars fuel railroad boom
Nearly $300 million in federal funds are fueling a building boom for the Alaska Railroad.

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.

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

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.

Photo: Taking the plunge
Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office dressed as Mighty Mouse, left, and Wonder Woman, right, jump into Resurrection Bay during the Polar Bear Festival on Saturday in Seward.

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.

ANWR-lobbying bill on fast track in Legislature
A bill to give a nonprofit group $1 million more to continue lobbying to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is positioned to zoom through the Legislature.

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