Tuesday, January 22, 2002

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.

A real discussion
Last week in his "State of the State" address, the governor discussed his ideas for funding the state budget, many of which were met with healthy criticism. It seems that the governor feels an income tax is the best way for us to address our budget shortfalls, but I disagree.

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

Juneau School Board slated to consider next year's calendar
The Juneau School Board will hear the first reading of a proposed district calendar for next school year at its meeting tonight, starting at 6 p.m. at the district office, 1208 Glacier Ave.

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

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

Photo: Auke Bay harbor work
Carpenters Shaun Hartsock, front, and Carson Cargill are plumbing a wall that was just raised. Channel Construction is building the harbor office and visitor reception area at Statter Harbor which will cost $605,000. The project will in

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

Mixing old and new; do traditions still hold true?
Devil's club may be better known today for the wicked wounds it can inflict, but Amanda Padron and Kami Wright have found that when its healing powers are compared to hydrocortisone, the modern medicine just doesn't cut it.

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.

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.

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

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

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

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

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.

Donald Earl Thompson
Services for Donald Earl Thompson, a longtime Juneau resident who died Dec. 20, 2001, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002, at the Elks Club.

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

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?

State services require financial support
Things were very different in 1969 on my arrival to Alaska. I departed after providing five years of medical service.

Prison costs more than the Baranof - why?
Like a carefully designed tapestry, the problems of subsistence, declining revenue and billion-dollar deficits are manageable only when seen as the sum of their parts. One worn part of the tapestry, in bad need of repair, is the skyrocketing cost to house prisoners in Alaska.

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

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

Alaska qualifies four more for Olympic Team
Four more Alaskans punched their tickets for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics on Monday, as they were named to the U.S. Nordic Ski Team.

Jeff King wins 6th Kuskokwim 300
Jeff King won the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race early Monday for an unprecedented sixth victory in the race.

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.

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

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.

Alaska pilots feel pressured to fly
Pilots for small air carriers in Alaska say they are pressured to fly under unsafe conditions and that companies with crash records have poorer safety practices, according to two recently published studies.

GOP majority pans tour funding
The governor's plan to fast-track $20 million in funding for tourism and fish marketing has little support from legislative budget writers.

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

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.

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

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.

Police search for owners of artifacts found beside trail
Police are trying to figure out how ancient artifacts, apparently from Latin America, came to be dumped alongside a snowmachine trail in Peters Creek, north of Anchorage.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pentagon could spend millions in Alaska for missile system
The Department of Defense may spend up to $250 million on missile defense work in Alaska during the next two years, according to information released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Strong winds blow cargo units off CSX Lines' dock in Kodiak
Strong winds tore through Kodiak over the weekend, shutting down power and blowing three empty 40-foot refrigerator cargo units at the CSX Lines dock into the water.

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.

Winter kayaking trip turns into fight for life
A young couple, close to death from hypothermia, found themselves trapped beneath a sea cliff on an island in Kachemak Bay last week after their kayak flipped in strong gusts.

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.

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

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