Alaska Digest

Posted: Thursday, January 22, 2004

GHS to host art show at Friendly Planet

JUNEAU - Gastineau Human Services Corporation will host an art exhibition and sale at Friendly Planet Trading Company, Second and Seward streets, from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23.

Works such as paintings, native paddles and traditional wood boxes will be sold. Currently there are 12 artist residents working with wood, paint, pencil, and copper. The artists will be present and accessible to discuss their work.

GHS is a nonprofit corporation operated by a volunteer board of directors. It is designed to provide community residential alternatives for community correctional services, mental health and chemical dependency rehabilitation services for 75 residents.

Shipyard mishap shuffles Alaska cruise ships

JUNEAU - A mishap at a German shipyard last week means a new cruise ship will be plying Alaska waters this summer.

SuperStar Leo, a 2,000-passenger Star Cruises vessel that started service in 1999, will take over this summer's Inside Passage runs for Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Sky.

The Norwegian Sky will undergo a multi-million-dollar remodeling in May, be re-christened the Pride of Aloha, be re-flagged under U.S. registry and then run on Norwegian Cruise Line's Hawaii routes.

The ship shuffling is the result of an accident at the Lloyd Werft yard in Bremerhaven, Germany, last week. On Jan. 14, the Norwegian Cruise Lines' Pride of America, a ship under construction that was to have started cruises to Hawaii later this year, foundered at its mooring in stormy seas.

The SuperStar Leo - roughly the same size as the Norwegian Sky will arrive in Seattle to begin Alaska routes in mid-May, with calls at Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Norwegian Sky passengers will be rebooked aboard the SuperStar Leo.

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Roe v. Wade rallies scheduled today

JUNEAU - The 31st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion will draw rallies from both sides of the debate today.

Alaskans for Life will gather on the Capitol steps at noon in an anti-abortion rally that will feature a speech from Virginia activist Jim Sedlak.

Sedlak is the executive director of STOPP International, the anti-Planned Parenthood branch of the American Life League, an anti-abortion group.

At 5 p.m., the Juneau Pro-Choice Coalition will hold a rally for reproductive freedom, also on the Capitol steps.

Kim Poole, a Juneau pharmacist and retired United Methodist minister, will speak.

After the rally, Katherine Davey will speak at a reception at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum about plans to open a Planned Parenthood clinic in Juneau.

Sedlak also is scheduled to speak at 6 p.m. today at the Bethel Christian Center about the implications of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Juneau.

Salvation Army doughnuts on sale

JUNEAU - Fred Meyer stores in the Pacific Northwest are selling reincarnations of the doughnuts once given to World War I soldiers by Salvation Army "lassies" in a fund-raiser for the 138-year-old Christian charity.

A portion of the sales of the doughnuts, produced at a Kroger bakery in Oregon, will go to Salvation Army charities in Juneau, Fairbanks, Anchorage, Kenai and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

"Over time it'll probably be a pretty big money- maker for the Salvation Army," said Fred Meyer spokesman Fred Boley.

The Salvation Army will receive about 7 cents for every box of doughnuts sold, said Jena Hubbard, spokeswoman for the agency's Northwest division.

Fred Meyer will compile data on where the doughnuts were sold, so the Salvation Army can stick to its policy of having donated money stay in the area in which it was donated, Boley said.

"It's an old thing that's a new thing," said Juneau Salvation Army Captain Danette Posey of the doughnut sales.

According to the legend printed on the doughnut box, Salvation Army women fried doughnuts in soldiers' steel helmets on an 18-inch stove during World War I.

School Board sets next year's calendar

JUNEAU - The Juneau School Board on Tuesday approved a calendar for next school year.

School for grades one through 12 will start on Wednesday, Aug. 25. Kindergartners will begin on Monday, Aug. 30. The school year will end on Wednesday, June 1.

The winter break, including weekends, will run from Dec. 18 through Jan. 2. The spring break will run from March 19 through March 27.

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