Friday, January 23, 2004

Logical growth
If Home Depot is coming to Juneau I want to speak out against them building a new store and putting in another huge parking lot while the Kmart parking lot sits empty. What happened to the idea of a new "box store" taking over the Kmart building?

Low demand accounts for industry woes
George Woodbury spins a story about the timber industry in his latest letter ("Why timber sales were canceled," Jan. 15) that leaves out some important facts. Mr. Woodbury argues that timber companies haven't been cutting as many trees because the timber sales offered by the Forest Service are unaffordable.

On roads and smoking
I have a couple of stories I thought you might like to print in answer to a lot of stories that have been in the paper in regards to the road out of Juneau, and smoking or not smoking.

Second high school needs to be a priority
We'll have new roads, but no new schools? Great. The financial crises thrust upon communities, large and small, throughout Alaska is intolerable. Refusal to have a comprehensive fiscal plan with a broad-based income tax has created a nightmare in terms of meeting human needs.

Big difference between cars, tobacco
On Jan. 8, Kenneth Perkins of Juneau submitted to the Anchorage Daily News an opinion titled "Who is behind this vendetta against smokers?" He wrote a similar piece published in the Juneau Empire.

Treat, don't jail, marijuana addicts
I agree with state Attorney General Gregg Renkes that "It has been nearly 30 years since the Supreme Court last reviewed marijuana ... they (should) take a fresh look at this drug, based on the most recent information available." ("State appeals legal pot ruling," Jan. 21). But I disagree that Renkes' "fresh look" necessarily supports his position of state jail for marijuana possessors.

An alert clerk
According to Alaska statute, liquor establishments are not allowed to sell alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person.

What if Home Depot leaves suddenly?
Everybody's excited! Home Depot is coming! Somehow this does not seem so inviting to me as I drive by the vandal-inviting cavernous Kmart store with its huge and useless parking lot. The Mapco Express is another testament to retail industry leaving Juneau with an unsightly mess to live with.

Correction
Due to an editing error, the wrong day of the week was listed for the Fireside Chat "Damsels and Dragons: Alaska's beautiful aerial insectivores," at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. The correct date is Friday, Jan. 23. The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m., with a second show at 8 p.m.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Birth center raising funds for new building, more services
The Juneau Family Birth Center, which hopes to raise $2.7 million for a new building that would house more services, is making progress.

FYI
Births, judgments and other legal matters.

City plans to improve dock for tourists
The city plans to upgrade the deck of the Alaska Steamship dock downtown, install bollards and do other work in preparation for the 2004 cruise ship season, officials said.

Social services panel streamlines process for receiving city grants
The city Social Services Advisory Board is revamping the application process for block grants after facing complaints and problems in fiscal years' 2003-04 budget cycle.

Planned Parenthood draws debate
Planned Parenthood drew heated attacks and passionate defenders at Juneau rallies held Thursday on the 31st anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Anti-abortion and abortion- rights groups held noon and evening rallies in front of the state Capitol, marking the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1973 that made abortion legal in the United States.

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

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Seafood industry trade show draws businesses from throughout Southeast
Centennial Hall this week was full of fishing-related businesses and services offering free tide tables, glossy pamphlets, baseball caps - and dirt. Among the businesses setting up shop at the first Southeast Seafood Industry Trade Show was Kake Tribal, whose table featured a glass bowl full of its new gardening compost, Totem Soil, and a box of plastic bags so people could take samples with them.

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

... for all who contribute to SAGA programs
The Southeast Alaska Guidance Association (SAGA) would like to acknowledge those who have contributed to our programs (Serve Alaska Youth Corps - SAYC, Young Alaskans Building Affordable Housing - YABAH, Eagle Valley Center - EVC, Rural Outreach Prevention Education - ROPE) this past year, and in doing so have contributed to "helping people make the connection between what they learn and how they live."

3rd Wearable Arts Exhibit to open Feb. 6
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum joins the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council in exhibiting several fun, funky and chic wearable art outfits in the Third Wearable Art Exhibition at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. The exhibit opens with a public reception at 4:30-7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6. This year will feature a special selection of wearable art pieces modeled by the artists.

Photo: Summer SAGA orientation
Last summer's Southeast Alaska Guidance Association's orientation team poses for group photograph at Sandy Beach.

Neighbors Digest
Community news in brief.

Tennison and Kaiser to marry
Kelley Tennison of Juneau and Clay Kaiser of Stevensville, Mont., will be married at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004, in the small chapel at the Chapel by the Lake. A reception will follow at 5 p.m. at DIPAC. Friends and family are invited to the wedding and reception.

... for warm welcome of the 23rd Legislature to Juneau
Thank you to the Alaska Committee, the city of Juneau, the Chamber of Commerce, the Convention and Visitor's Bureau, and all the volunteers for once again going the extra mile to welcome the 23rd Legislature to Juneau.

Paul Edwin Shaw
Former Juneau resident Paul Edwin Shaw, 73, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003, in Lady Lake, Fla.

My Turn: Abortion battle continues on anniversary of legalization
Thirty-one years ago the Supreme Court, in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, legalized abortion. The court decided women had the right to destroy their unborn children up until the moment of birth. An entire generation, over 40 million, has died as a result of that decision.

My Turn: POMV approach is a worthwhile resolution
The New Year has arrived and with it come resolutions! Many of us will be pledging to reduce holiday weight or debt, or both. But there is another resolution worthy of our consideration: Senate Joint Resolution 18.

Alaska sportswriters' prep basketball polls
The Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, as voted on by statewide sports reporters and compiled by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Photos: Layover scrimmage
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team got a chance to practice against one of Southeast's leading Class 3A girls squads on Wednesday afternoon.

Return to wrestling
Several dozen Juneau middle-school wrestlers kicked off the 2004 season in front of a large crowd of vociferous fans Thursday at Floyd Dryden Middle School.

Closer, but same result: Bartlett buries Juneau
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team made a better showing, but drew the same result as they dropped an 88-61 decision to Bartlett in Thursday's first-round action of the East T-Bird Classic at East Anchorage High School.

Juneau boys preparing to face pressure
Hands were everywhere as the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team's starting five tried to move the ball upcourt during practice Tuesday night. The Crimson Bears were preparing for tonight's 6:45 p.m. game against two-time defending Class 4A state champion Bartlett in the first round of the East T-Bird Classic at East Anchorage High School. The Golden Bears beat Juneau 89-41 on Dec. 17 in the season opener for both squads, and they have lost just once in Alaska since the 2000-01 season.

Strong quarter carries Kings
Already the NBA's best home team, Sacramento wants to be Kings of the road, too. Peja Stojakovic scored 27 of his 37 points in the second half Thursday night as Sacramento opened its longest road trip of the season with a 95-89 win over the undermanned Cleveland Cavaliers.

Kimlinger earns all-tourney honors
Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball player Kerstin Kimlinger was named to the all-tournament team of the Husky Shootout in Kotzebue last weekend.<

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Natural gas authority seeks more money, cites voters' support
The Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority is seeking more money to carry out its mission and as it does so, will remind the governor and legislators of how many Alaskans voted for creation of the body.

State investigates death of assisted-living resident
The state is investigating the death of a man who died of exposure after walking away from an assisted-living home. James B. Hamilton, 69, was found dead Dec. 13 in a downtown ballfield near an Anchorage elementary school.

Supreme Court favors EPA in clean air case
Federal regulators can trump more permissive state officials in some disputes over costly measures to limit air pollution, the Supreme Court said Wednesday. The ruling departed from the court's trend toward granting state governments more power.

9 million acres to open to drilling
Interior Secretary Gale Norton signed off on a plan Thursday to open 8.8 million acres of Alaska's North Slope to oil and gas development, some in areas important for migratory birds, whales and wildlife.

State study says private prisons prove cheaper
The state could save money by having a private company, rather than the state, operate a prison in Alaska, according to a state Office of Management and Budget study. But the cheapest option is continuing to send inmates to a private prison in Arizona.

This Day in History
In Alaska; in the nation; in the world.

Anchorage Democrats introduce exit exam bills
Anchorage Democratic lawmakers have introduced three bills to change state law so students could receive a diploma without passing the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam.

Photo: Kodiak crab catch
Amor Gregorio, Susan Macadaam and Zellia Latonio sort and case up tanner crab sections at Alaska Fresh Seafoods in Kodiak. The gutted, gilled and cleaned crab is packed raw and frozen for Asian markets. Only 35 percent of the 795,000-pound quota has been taken, according to Mike Ruccio, Kodiak area shellfish biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Group seeks to build Alaska gas pipeline
A group of gas pipeline operating companies and Alaska Native corporations has applied to the state to build a natural gas pipeline that would bring Alaska's known 35 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves from Prudhoe Bay to the Lower 48, Gov. Frank Murkowski announced Thursday afternoon.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

House committee votes to cut session from 120 to 90 days
Cutting the amount of time lawmakers have to pass bills in the Legislature from year to year may be a welcomed proposal to some Alaskans. But many in the Legislature oppose reducing the session from 120 days to 90 because it would give too much power to the governor.

This Day in History
In Alaska; in the nation; in the world.

What's Happening
Upcoming arts and entertainment events in Juneau.

Review: Tlingit Shakespeare
The precise chronology of William Shakespeare's plays is unknown, but "Macbeth" was probably the last-written of his four tragedies. Like "King Lear," it is a stormy drama of poor decisions, greed, terror and murder.

Movies where & when
Local movie times and locations.

Think quick, listen and laugh
Improvisational comedy looks easy on television. The audience yells out "French fry," the performer assumes a mustache and a French accent, the audience laughs. But as the five members of new Juneau group Morally Improv-erished are finding out, wit and reaction merely plays a supporting role onstage. Trust and listening are key for the group not to flounder, and discipline is the quickest cure for devolution.

Toe Cartoon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Dancers FLY into Juneau
Houston's FLY Dance Company emerged as a regional phenomenon in 1993 when choreographer Kathy Wood wrote a piece called "Out of Context" that combined hiphop dance with Vivaldi. Since then, the five-member, street-dance company, still led by Wood, has traveled all over the world mixing disparate genres, high-energy moves and a clever interplay of personalities.

Aperture juror to speak at State Museum
Michelle Dunn Marsh, the managing director of Aperture West and the juror for the Alaska Positive 2004 photography exhibition, will give a free lecture on the history of the Aperture Foundation at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at the Alaska State Museum, 395 Whittier St.

Farewell to the funk
If a four-piece funk band can carry a grove in a rain forest, can it make a sound in the music-saturated underbelly of Portland and Seattle? Juneau band Dag Nabbit (Web site), one of the most well-received groups in the downtown bar scene for the last year and a half, is betting "Yes."

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