Monday, January 26, 2004

In the Stacks: Tales of Nazi soldiers, stolen treasure, and Big Brother
Some of the best-sellers that are now in large print are Patricia Cornwell's "Blow fly," Nora Robert's "Remember when," Newt Gingrich's "Gettysburg," Nathaniel Philbrick's "Sea of glory," and Sandra Brown's "Hello, darkness."

On the Move
Ridolfi Inc. to open Juneau office, Tillotson, Wierzelewski promoted at Key Bank

Questions about Seward Street rebuilding
I read with some interest the article about the need for rebuilding Seward Street and the plans the city proposes. One of the concerns I have is the use of red brick for the street surface. When the city Parks and Recreation Department made the bus parking area at the waterfront downtown they surfaced the parking area with red brick. Now we are unable to use this parking area during the winter months because the snow plows would destroy the brick.

On game policy and free expression
In response to Sally Ann Cavanaugh's letter regarding Brad Nelson: The same right that allows you to complain about the Juneau Empire printing someone's letter and state that you believe the author "never achieved education past the sixth grade" allows Mr. Nelson to state his opinions just the same.

Valley intersection needs changes
On the morning of Jan. 22 we just missed having another student injured at the intersection of Haloff, Stephen Richards and Back Loop Road.

Dislike abortion, but value freedom
Debbie Joslin's "My Turn" (Jan. 22) is an articulate argument in opposition to legalized abortion. There is one thing I hate more than the idea of abortion. It is a government which, by law, would force a woman to bear a child just because she has been impregnated by male sperm.

Medical decisions are deeply personal
About abortion: There is no person on this planet for whom I would ever make a personal, medical decision without consent (with extremely limited exceptions, rare cases of very close family members in serious trouble).

Thanks for running Peninsula Clarion editorial
Thank you for running the editorial from the Peninsula Clarion on Jan. 20. It is one of the best and truest commentaries ever written about the state of politics. Or is that the politics of our state here in Alaska?

Wolf policy is unfair and inhumane
I disagree with Gov. Frank Murkowski's decision to allow shooting of wolves from the air.

An overlooked aspect of exit exam bills
The Juneau Empire recently ran an article on legislator proposals to amend Alaska's High School Exit Exam statute. The article didn't address an important aspect of the bills by Senator Guess and Representatives Gara and Crawford.

A railroad connection will help pipeline
A century-old dream of connecting Alaska with the rest of North America by railroad took a significant step forward here in Juneau on Thursday, Jan. 15.

Businesses need market freedom
American companies need an exit strategy in a free market? After reading Ms. Walter's letter I'm left scratching my head.

State Sen. Guess: Not trying to eliminate exam
I want to thank everyone from students to talk radio for discussing the "exit exam."

More Alaskans joining Moderate Republicans
Six years ago, a few Republicans and Democrats, perturbed with the pungent odor of Alaska's politics, partnered up to produce a new political party predicated on principles.

Don't force reciting of Pledge of Allegiance
I would just like to say I agree Ms. Spencer. I, too, am a high school student and I feel that saying the Pledge is stupid.

Protesting power prices
Can any one tell me and the people of Ketchikan why the electric prices in Ketchikan are so high when there are five hydroelectric sources of power that have each the capability of power to the whole town?

A right to healthy surroundings
Pete Schneider ("One can't ban all of society's dangers," Jan. 18) sounds like a person who is brain-damaged by tobacco smoke and/or is one of the tobacco people.

Safeguard Alaska's Permanent Fund
Beware of political shell games and beware of any politician seeking access to Alaska's public treasure. Alaska's Permanent Fund is an irresistible target for politicians lacking the moral fiber and courage to tackle our state's fiscal needs in an honest and forthright manner.

Supporting Rep. Lynn; fighting for seniors
This letter is in support of Rep. Bob Lynn and his stand on supporting the Longevity Bonus program for older Alaskans.

Art by GHS inmates
"Man Becomes Hawk," a carved mask by Juneau artist James Flake, is an angry piece of art, Flake said.

City may reconsider convenience-store size
Some residents are concerned over the city's plan to revisit a controversial proposal that would increase the size of convenience stores in residential neighborhoods. The Juneau Assembly Lands Committee will hear public testimony on the proposed ordinance at 5 p.m. Monday in the Assembly chambers.

Around Town
Today Low Impact Exercise, 10 a.m., Juneau Senior Center and Valley Senior Center. Details: 463-6175. Toddler Time, 10 a.m., downtown library. Toddler Time at the Mendenhall Valley library starts at 11 a.m. Details: 586-5303.

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

Yaakoosge Daakahidi - on the move?
Moving the alternative high school to a building shared with Juneau-Douglas High School could dilute the small school's identity and discourage students from attending, students and staff at Yaakoosge Daakahidi say.

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

Truancy officer may be laid off
Every truant has a story, says Bonnie Lanz, the truancy tracker for the Juneau School District.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error an article in Friday's Empire about demonstrations held on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade inaccurately said that a Planned Parenthood clinic in Juneau would cost about $1 million and that a Planned Parenthood clinic in Sitka provides abortions. The Sitka facility does not provide abortions, and the Juneau clinic would cost about $500,000.

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

Photo: Afternoon Moon
A crescent moon is seen through the trees from Douglas late Sunday afternoon.

Boy charged in brother's stabbing
Juneau police have charged a 14-year-old Juneau boy with first-degree assault in the alleged stabbing of his 13-year-old brother. The 14-year-old was lodged at the Johnson Youth Center, a state jail for youths. The 13-year-old was treated at Bartlett Regional Hospital and did not have life-threatening injuries, police Sgt. David Campbell said.

Kmart building to be repaired
The fallen ceiling tiles, water damage, broken windows and graffiti that plague the former Kmart building on Glacier Highway are being taken care of, or so the city hopes, said Peter Freer, Juneau's planning supervisor.

City tackles harbor upkeep
The long waiting lists for larger boat stalls in Juneau will be reduced thanks to a new $9.5 million deferred-maintenance program the city Docks and Harbors Department is undertaking.

Stedman: Resources are top priority
Sen. Bert Stedman spent six months finishing the woodwork in his Sitka home, including carved banisters, Brazilian rosewood flooring and steamed cherry and padouk inlays.

Frank P. Mercer
Former Juneau and longtime Anchorage resident Frank P. Mercer, 85, died Jan. 8, 2004, at the Santo Nino Home in Anchorage.

Walk softly, carry a big gun
Please bear with me. I am an Alaskan, and Alaskans, for better or worse, are given to looking down on the rest of the nation. We mean no offense; it is just in our nature, and because of our place on this Earth, which leads us to be confused from time to time when we visit the Lower 48.

Toe cartoon
Editorial cartoon by local artist Toe.

My Turn: White House not serving our veterans honorably
Recently some stories in the media have shed some light on how our current administration is dishonoring the men and women who have served our country, and made sacrifices that most of us can't even imagine suffering through.

Out & About
Upcoming local outdoor events.

Professional angler gears up for competitive season
Like many professional athletes, Bruce Samson is spending his offseason watching game film, poring over depth charts and pumping iron in his weight room. The extra time in the gym gives him an advantage over opponents, Samson said, and the hundreds of hours of studying charts, many of which he creates using computer programs, help propel him into championships.

Snow report
Conditions for local ski trails and areas.

Mountain lions in Alaska?
Mountain lion sightings are reported every year in Alaska, but the cats are so rare in the state that accounts often take on the mythical quality of Bigfoot sightings. Reports have come from as far north and west as the Kenai Peninsula and the Palmer area, but the most credible accounts come from Southeast Alaska, which is adjacent to known populations in neighboring British Columbia.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts.

Skagway accepts Fulda Challenge
SKAGWAY - Biking up to the summit of the Klondike Highway is a challenge in the summer, but imagine trying it in a cold north wind or a snowstorm during the first week of February.

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.

Cavs, Boozer finish strong
While LeBron James has rested his ankle, his team has gotten a whole lot better. Eric Williams scored 20 points, Dajuan Wagner added 17 and the Cleveland Cavaliers again played well without James, beating the Philadelphia 76ers 95-87 on Saturday night. Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Carlos Boozer had 15 points and 15 rebounds - his fourth consecutive double-double and 17th of the season.

Vikings were the first champs
PETERSBURG - Nineteen twenty-nine was a good year. The mink farms appeared to be well stocked, two steam ships a week were docking in town, and the Petersburg High School Vikings won the very first all-state, or rather, all-territory, basketball championship.

OT nets mixed results for Juneau boys
The tournament's second trip to overtime wasn't as fruitful for the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team. Taken to an extra period for the second straight game, the Crimson Bears lost 60-55 to the Colony Knights in Saturday's fourth-sixth place game of the East T-Bird Classic at East Anchorage High School.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS Thursday, Jan. 29 • Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball - The Crimson Bears host the Dimond Lynx in a non-conference game at the JDHS main gym, varsity at 8 p.m., junior varsity at 6:15 p.m.

Park Service favors compromise in Pilgrim family feud
The National Park Service has carved out middle ground in the feud with a 17-member family that used a bulldozer to reopen an old road inside the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. The Park Service favors granting the Pilgrim family a special-use permit to drive the bulldozer along the old mining road, but only in winter and only when the ground is snow-covered, to reduce damage to America's largest national park.

Federal judge rules that sport, commercial hunters should have voice in subsistence
ANCHORAGE - Sport and commercial hunters and fishermen should have a voice in the development of rules for the federal subsistence program, a federal judge has ruled.

Line would stir economy, but not like oil pipeline
Construction of a natural gas pipeline would make the biggest splash in Alaska's economy since the trans-Alaska oil pipeline was built in the 1970s, a state economist said. But the impact would not be as dramatic as the oil pipeline construction.

Native language programs running afoul of No Child Left Behind
Some western Alaska schools that for decades have taught and helped preserve the Native Yupik language are in a quandary over meeting new federal testing requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act.

Photo: Sunrise, sunset
The sun rises over the ice near Barrow on Friday for the first time in 66 days. The sun peeked above the horizon around 1:30 p.m. and gave the United States' most northern town a little over half an hour of sunlight as it set at about 2:06 p.m.

Friends, relatives call off search for missing Southeast boater
ANCHORAGE - Friends and relatives have called off the search for a missing 48-year-old boater who was last heard from when he radioed for help around noon Thursday while en route to Craig.

Oil producers sign on for gas pipeline
A second proposal to build an Alaska natural gas pipeline, which Gov. Frank Murkowski said could lead to the largest construction project ever undertaken in North America, is being reviewed by the state.

This Day in History
In Alaska • In 1917, the Canadian steamer Prince John was wrecked in Wrangell Narrows, but was later salvaged.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Southeast Alaska halibut harvest limit up 24 percent; season opens Feb 29
Southeast halibut fishermen can look forward to higher catch limits and a 8.5-month fishing season in 2004. The International Pacific Halibut Commission set the season and the allocations Friday in Juneau during the conclusion of its annual meeting.

Alaska Digest
Fairbanks lawmaker: Split permanent fund: JUNEAU - A Fairbanks legislator wants to parcel out almost half of the Alaska Permanent Fund to residents in one giant dividend and use the rest for state services.

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