Seals: from finding a lair to sharing the meat
The intimacy of the relationship between hunter and hunted has been explored by writers ranging from Herman Melville to Ernest Hemingway and Richard Nelson. David Pelly, a specialist in northern regions, takes up the subject again, focusing on seals.

In the stacks
This week's selections are for kids and kids-at-heart.

Candidates for future heliports
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Putting hope in heliports
ontana Creek Road passes residential subdivisions, a gravel pit and wooded muskeg. David Knuth's home is closest to the end, right next to the rifle range. Knuth isn't against tourism, but doesn't think much of a city proposal to build a heliport on the other side of Montana Creek because of the changes it will bring.

Economic stimulus?
How is it that leadership on the right is able to contend a distinction for "governmentally infused cash" as anything but an "economic stimulus?" Moneys either spent as tax breaks or entitlements are both "spending" but a "jump-start" is more likely to come from the sector most apt to immediately stick that cash in the economy.

A new approach
The $25 billion Alaska Permanent Fund's reserve and earnings - the dividend program - are seriously threatened by a potential legislative raid intended as the primary means to shore up the state budget deficit.

Doctor: Talk show triggered trauma
A Juneau woman who was ridiculed and lewdly taunted on a nationally syndicated radio talk show was traumatized by the experience and suffered severe emotional illness, two people who treated her testified Friday in Juneau Superior Court.

Students take on some of the state's tough issues
In one room, there's talk of subsistence and the rural priority. Down the hall, the high school exit exam is being debated. But the discussion isn't among politicians at the Capitol. It's being led by students at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Spanish teacher learns lessons of loss, caring
Elia Adams had seen tragedies first-hand, but always on the periphery - never as a victim. That changed Jan. 18, when a fire swept through her Switzer Village mobile home. Adams, a Spanish instructor at the University of Alaska Southeast, was home at the time and escaped unharmed, but the fire left behind an estimated $70,000 in damage she said is not covered by insurance.

New Juneau H.S. doesn't make the cut
A new Juneau high school did not make the cut on a wish list of school construction and major maintenance projects released by Gov. Tony Knowles.

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

Photo: Enjoying the blues
Rime-coated flora line the path as Jennifer Heidersdorf walks her dog, Kody, on Saturday morning along the Mendenhall Wildlife Refuge near the Juneau Airport.

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

Capital Notebook: In search of the Promised Land
Democratic Rep. Carl Moses says that a long-range fiscal plan is a CBR issue for him. The Constitutional Budget Reserve has been tapped in all but two of the past 10 years to balance the state general fund. Another draw of at least $1.1 billion will be needed to balance the next budget. Democrats gain their only direct leverage of the session when that vote comes up, because it takes three-quarters of the Legislature.

It's still a jungle out there, but now, at least, we have chocolate
There was a discussion recently in the news about what modern humans do with stress. The theory was that we are fat because we no longer fight or flee in reaction to daily stressful situations. The need to run a few miles out of our way to avoid Godzilla or wrestle saber toothed tigers just doesn't come up in our modern routine.

Toe Cartoon

Tourism plan takes positive step forward
A plea was made in this space last summer to encourage local citizens to participate in the public process of forming a long-range Tourism Master Plan. The CBJ retained the services of a team from Egret Communications to guide the process and make recommendations based on information gathered through a variety of methods.

Local Basketball Box Scores

Juneau girls finish second in T-Bird Classic
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team beat the Bartlett Golden Bears 54-38 on Saturday to claim second place in the East T-Bird Classic at East Anchorage High School.

Bartlett hands Juneau boys first loss
The Juneau-Douglas boys basketball team's winning streak came to a halt Saturday after a 77-71 loss to Bartlett in a showdown at the East T-Bird Classic at East Anchorage High School.

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

Ketchikan assembly rejects advisory vote on bridges to airport
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has rejected a proposed advisory vote on a plan to build bridges to the island that holds the community's airport.

Redistricting trial ends after 3 weeks
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Redistricting Board crumpled under the pressure of lobbyists and special interest groups when assigned the difficult task of coming up with a new statewide voting map, a lawyer said Friday.

Ketchikan Police Department hiring
Chief Grant Sirevog is looking for a few good locals to join the Ketchikan Police Department.

Job center celebrates remodeling
The Ketchikan Job Center held open hours Thursday, Jan. 24, to acquaint the public with its remodeling, which now puts four state agencies together - employment services, job training and work readiness, public assistance and vocational rehabilitation.

Wards Cove cannery eyes options for 2002
Closing the Wards Cove Packing operation on North Tongass Highway in Ward Cove is one option Wards Cove Packing is considering in 2002.

Skagway reviews investment strategy
The City of Skagway's investment policy is in the process of going through a significant change.

KIC president elected
Nearly a full day after polls closed Jan. 21 in the Ketchikan Indian Corp. election, the results came in with Charlie White beating David Jensen for the presidency by a mere five votes.

City looks to form borough
The city of Wrangell is continuing its campaign to form a borough. It has already begun the lengthy process by informing in and out-of-town residents in the proposed borough of the pros and cons of formation, emphasizing benefits.

Sternwheeler scheduled to stir up SE waters in 2003
This news would spur Mark Twain to pack his river pilot's license. American West Steamboat of Seattle has contracted with a Washington state boat yard to construct the Empress of the North, a sternwheeler that will be used in summer cruises in Southeast Alaska and fall cruises on the Columbia and Snake River complex.

Republican leaders want tribal status considered
ANCHORAGE - Republican leaders in the state Legislature want the Bush administration to reconsider the formal status granted tribal governments in 1993.

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