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Friday, January 25, 2002

Dwelling on the past
The Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce's recent letter paints Ketchikan as a victim of changes in Tongass management. Whether or not we like it, the Tongass National Forest is a marginal player in the global timber market.

Pray for peace
On Thursday, religious leaders from all the world's religions met at the invitation of John Paul II, in Assisi, Italy, to pray for peace. United with them we, the religious leaders of Alaska, wish to add our voices to the chorus of prayer in the fervent hope that people of faith everywhere, and indeed all people, will be inspired to work, for peace and justice in our world.

Dancing doll spectacle
The recent letter from Alma Seward pointed out some very interesting perspectives on how the Alaska State Employees Association has been making a spectacle of itself under the current business manager and his board of six puppets (two of whom are from Juneau).

Benson kin
In my letter published Wednesday, I should have said it was the daughter and granddaughter of Benny Benson, rather than granddaughter and great-granddaughter, who came to Juneau for the Alaska Flag events that took place last week.

Today's 'Our Gang'
As a former member of the Alaska State Employees Association Executive Board, Alma Seward in her recent letter to the Empire presented some reasonable expectations of all ASEA dues-paying members.

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

Plan calls for tourism partnership
A new partnership to manage tourism may be in Juneau's future, based on a recommendation in a city tourism plan outline floated Thursday.

Touched by the Torch
Marian Koelsch of Juneau has run marathons, but those 26.2-mile races didn't compare with her short 0.2-mile jaunt Thursday. Koelsch was the last of 51 torchbearers to carry the Olympic flame as it made its way through the streets of Juneau. She had the honor of bringing the Olympic torch into Centennial Hall for a citywide celebration of the 2002 Olympic Torch Relay.

Torch lights up town
With a crowd of about 150 on hand, the Olympic flame arrived in Juneau this morning for its first visit to Alaska. At 8:30 a.m., the doors to a SkyWest plane opened and SkyWest CEO Jerry Atkins carried the flame off the plane in a miner's safety lantern.

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

Hamilton: Funding UA 'part of answer'
Alaska may face a large fiscal gap, but University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton says legislators shouldn't look at higher education if they want to cut spending.

FYI
Announcements and filings from the district courts.

Small avalanche on Thane, shots planned Friday
Small avalanche on Thane, shots planned Friday

Burger King eyes sites for return to capital city
Burger King is considering opening two locations in Juneau. "We are exploring opportunities there, but nothing will happen for another 18 months," said Laina Hanna, Burger King spokeswoman at corporate headquarters in Miami.

Dad charged in kids' injuries from crash
A man was arraigned Wednesday in Juneau District Court on charges stemming from a December crash that seriously injured two of his four children.

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

Shock jock on trial for emotional damages
A Juneau woman says lewd comments about her on a nationally syndicated radio talk show in 1998, and harassing phone calls and faxes to her home afterward, caused her to suffer post-traumatic stress, and she wants compensation.

ESL, talented programs top debate on budget
Funding for English as a Second Language and Extended Learning programs topped public concerns voiced Wednesday evening as the Juneau School Board Budget Committee held its first meeting of the new budget cycle.

Geoduck, littleneck clam farm approved for Bridget Cove
A conditional use permit for a geoduck and littleneck clam farm on state-owned tidelands was approved this week by the Juneau Planning Commission.

From his own kidney to long hours, Jackson renders service
An assassination, the Native American occupation of Alcatraz Island and his own family are major influences in Richard Jackson's life. "I was in San Francisco the day that Robert Kennedy got shot," Jackson said, referring to the time in 1968 when the former U.S. attorney general was seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. "I saw him coming out of a radio station where he had been interviewed earlier that day. There was almost no one around him. I went up and shook his hand."

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

Taking part in history
"It's really cool!" said Jacob Pernula, 11, as he carried a 5-by-3-foot American flag along Egan Drive and waited for a glimpse of the Olympic torch. Pernula's sentiments summed up the feelings of hundreds of residents and visitors as they lined local thoroughfares Thursday morning.

Senior menu
The following meals will be served next week. These meals and Care-a-Van transportation are available to all senior citizens (age 60 and over).

Group celebrates 55th anniversary
The Soroptimist International Club of Juneau celebrated its 55th anniversary this fall.

UAS names top students for fall 2001 semester
The University of Alaska Southeast has announced those who qualified for the Chancellor's List and for the Dean's List for the fall 2001 semester.

Academic Awards
Hilary Turner of Juneau, a freshman at Montana State University - Bozeman, has been named to the President's List for the 2001 fall semester.

Graduates: Allison Martin Shane
Allison Martin Shane graduated from South Dakota State University with a BS Degree in nursing on Dec. 14, 2001.

Christianity is faith expression in community
In this new millennium, seven in ten Americans say that they can be religious without going to services in a community of faith. What's wrong with that picture? Nowhere in the Bible does it say, "run off by yourself and become a Christian."

Parks and recreation briefs
North Twin Lakes Gates near its final repairs; Shelter reservations

Jeanne Anne Willard
Juneau resident Jeanne Anne Willard died Jan. 18, 2002, in Anchorage.

Kenneth Lawrence
Juneau resident Kenneth Lawrence, 74, died Jan. 24, 2002, of cancer at his home in Juneau.

Jeanne Anne Willard
Juneau resident Jeanne Anne Willard died Jan. 18, 2002, in Anchorage.

Bienvenido 'Ben' E. Holganza Sr.
Longtime Juneau resident Ben E. Holganza Sr. died Jan. 19, 2002, in Bellflower, Calif., after a prolonged illness.

A trillion here, a trillion there
In just one year, an astonishing $4 trillion of projected surpluses has vanished from the federal ledger, swallowed up by the president's (and Congress') tax-cut package, by spending increases and by the economic downturn. The Congressional Budget Office, which this time last year was forecasting $5.6 trillion in surpluses from 2002 to 2011, now envisions $1.6 trillion instead. For the next two years, CBO says, the federal budget will run in the red.

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message. Be sure to leave your name and telephone number.

Winter lights burn bright in Juneau
Yesterday was one of those days many in Juneau will remember for the rest of their lives. The Olympic flame coursed its way through Alaska's capital city on a picture-perfect day and lit the flame of unity, hope and joy in all who witnessed this once-in-a-lifetime event. It was only five months ago that the community joined together in a sharing of grief and sorrow.

My Turn: What Mr. Prewitt didn't bother to mention
Frank Prewitt neglected to list his full credentials in his bio following his Jan. 22 article in the Empire. If a used car salesman did what Frank Prewitt just did, he would be fired for his lack of ethics.

Out and about
In season: Wolf (Aug.-April), grouse (Aug.-May), ptarmigan (Aug.-May), coyote (Sept.-April) and hare (Sept.-April).

Juneau Alpine Club climbs Bullard Mountain
Five intrepid climbers, one small dog and one rather large black bear met at the East Glacier Trailhead on an early Saturday morning and prepared to climb Bullard Mountain, the Juneau Alpine Club-scheduled hike on this rainy October day.

Juneau has other popular areas for Nordic skiing
Even nonskiers know their work. In addition to their patrolling efforts at Eaglecrest, the Nordic Ski Club brushes and grooms trails at Dredge Lake and at the Mendenhall Lake and campground.

Nordic skiers are hot for Eaglecrest's upper loop trail
When the conditions are right, cross-country skiing feels like flying to Ray Imel. "It's just phenomenal," he said. "You can travel such great distances with relative ease and it's just neat to be able to cruise and cover all that territory."

Snow report
The status of Alaska and Pacific Northwest ski areas .

Letter: Coach Harben a hero
In these difficult times, when people are being killed by terrorists, the word hero has really taken on new meaning. The bar has definitely been raised on who we call hero these days. I guess it would probably be more appropriate to talk of respect in light of the state of heroism.

Juneau girls claim easy 58-38 victory in road trip opener
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team had all nine players score points as the Crimson Bears cruised to an easy 58-38 victory over the Dimond Lynx on Wednesday in the first game of a four-game road trip to Anchorage.

Denton sweeps Winterfest giant slalom races
Heidi Denton won both women's races Sunday in the Juneau Ski Club's Winterfest giant slalom series at Eaglecrest Ski Area. In the first women's race, Denton posted a two-run time of 2 minutes, 0.93 seconds for the victory. Akemi Kunibe again took second place in 2:04.40, while Heidi Reifenstein was third in 2:06.39.

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

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

Juneau girls hand Colony first loss
Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball coach Jim Hamey has been coaching Crimson Bears boys or girls teams for nearly 35 years, but when he looks at other coaches around the state, one coach Hamey holds in high regard is Colony girls coach Don Witzel. On Thursday, though, Hamey's Crimson Bears schooled Witzel's Knights as unranked Juneau claimed a 47-36 victory over No. 3 Colony in the first round of the East Anchorage T-Bird Classic.

Juneau boys start road trip with big win over No. 2 Lynx
Curtis Lane scored a team-high 19 points to lead the Juneau-Douglas boys basketball team to a 63-60 win over the second-ranked Dimond Lynx on Wednesday in Anchorage.

Juneau boys thump Wasilla
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team scored its second big victory in as many nights with a 66-59 win over third-ranked Wasilla in the opening round of the T-Bird Classic Thursday in Anchorage.

Alaska State Basketball Polls
Here are the Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, as voted on by statewide sports reporters and compiled by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Boozer powers Duke to victory
BOSTON -- Carlos Boozer turned a battle of the backcourts into a blowout. The Duke center tied his career-high with 28 points and added seven rebounds on Thursday night as the top-ranked Blue Devils opened a 29-point first-half lead and coasted to an 88-78 victory over Boston College.

Photo: Flag song addition
Connie Davis, left, and Harriet H. Roberts of Alaska Native Sisterhood of Juneau Camp 2 react to a House of Representatives vote to add a second verse to the Alaska State Flag song on Wednesday at the Capitol.

California police put brakes on woman's taxi trek to Alaska
A Florida woman's turbulent transcontinental taxi trek to Juneau has sputtered to at least a temporary halt after a motel disturbance in Northern California prompted police to detain her for a mental-health evaluation.

Sun rises in Barrow for 1st time in 2002
ANCHORAGE - Barrow residents on Wednesday saw the sun for the first time since 1:41 p.m. Nov. 18. After almost 66 days of night, the big yellow disc topped the horizon at 1:02 p.m.

Candidate backs away from session relocation
Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin strongly supported an initiative to move the legislative session to her borough four months ago but distanced herself from the measure on Thursday in a speech in Juneau.

State briefs
Sitka chief put on administrative leave amid controversy; Carrs/Safeway plans spruce-up; Small avalanche on Thane; Lobbyist testifies about redistricting plan

Alyeska to cut workers, spending due to flat oil production
ANCHORAGE - The Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. is laying off workers and cutting spending. Company officials announced Thursday they will lay off an unknown number of Alyeska's 1,025 employees this year as it reorganizes amid flat North Slope oil production.

House plan to set aside $6 million for tourism but none for salmon
A bill to set aside $6 million to help Alaska's tourism industry market the state to vacationers is slated to be introduced in the state House.

Local officials want action on fiscal gap
Mayors and other municipal officials from throughout Alaska are calling on the Legislature to approve new taxes this session as part of a long-range fiscal plan to fix the budget gap.

State Briefs
Wasilla teacher motivates kids with 12-foot telescope; Trails open to snowmachines; Democrat Heyworth files for lieutenant governor; Board of Game tightens laws restricting wolf hybrids;

Night of comedy offers double header
L ife is funny. Comedian Danny Villalpando has been pointing out for years the quirks and goofiness life brings, on Comedy Central, NBC Friday Night and other television comedy shows. As a stand-up comic, he's performed USO shows from Kuwait to Korea.

Best bets: Upcoming: Classical concert, updated classic
Winter is the season for arts and entertainment in Juneau. The next couple of weeks offers three concerts, two plays, a couple of dances, a comedy show and several new gallery openings.

Singing with pride
T here's nothing like singing songs you can really get behind. Corin Whittemore sang with other choirs before she joined the Juneau Pride Chorus, but the material was hard. It wasn't hard to sing; it was hard to take.

'Moby Dick' strikes a contemporary chord
H erman Melville penned an eerily prophetic line in "Moby Dick" 150 years ago. The line jumped out at New York City theater director Leon Ingulsrud as he prepared Perseverance Theatre's adaptation of the novel for an upcoming statewide tour.

What's happening
Theater

Movies where & when
"The Count of Monte Cristo," (PG13) starts Friday and shows nightly at 7:10 at Glacier Cinemas, with second shows at 9:50 Friday and Saturday nights and matinees at 1:10 and 4:10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

A taste of violin and piano
T wo professors at the Peabody Conservatory of Music are leaving Johns Hopkins University for Alaska. It's a temporary displacement. The virtuoso violinist and pianist are touring Alaska as part of the Sitka Summer Music Festival Winter Classics Concert Series. The two will be joined by Juneau violinist Paul Rosenthal for a concert Wednesday night at Northern Light United Church.

Dance features salsa, ballroom music
Two bands will play a dance Saturday night to benefit the Juneau Montessori School. "Hot Salsa, Cool Ballroom" will feature Salsa Borealis playing Latin American music and the Thunder Mountain Big Band playing music for ballroom dancing.

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