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Monday, January 28, 2002

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
Note: Recommended sites are marked with a star (*).

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.

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.

Comic relief
Kudos to y'all for increasing our comic quota to a full seven days a week by including ALL of Saturday's funnies in Sunday's paper.

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.

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.

Freeze halts water supply for 85 trailer homes
A frozen spring has deprived residents of a Lemon Creek trailer park of water. Meanwhile, on Douglas Island, Perseverance Theatre had to cancel a performance of "On the Razzle" due to a sewage line backup.

Suspect at large after man stabbed repeatedly at harbor
Juneau police continued to search today for a man accused of stabbing another man near Harris Harbor on Friday night. Police said the suspect is a white male in his late 40s, approximately 6 feet tall and 190 pounds. His name is not being released. Police believe the suspect knew the 38-year-old victim, whose name also is not being released.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Local Red Cross chapter seeks help
JUNEAU - The Southeast Alaska chapter of the American Red Cross is requesting donations after providing assistance to the victims of five fires in the past six weeks.

Moss study wins Native Science Fair
A project examining the antibacterial properties of sphagnum moss won the Grand Prize at Saturday's Southeast Alaska Native Science Fair.

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

Marguerite 'Kay' King
Marguerite Kathryn "Kay" King, 75, died Jan. 21, 2002, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska.

Tani S. Aton
Longtime Juneau resident Caitana (Tani) Siangco Aton died Jan. 22, 2002, in Juneau.

Toe Cartoon

Correction
Friday's editorial about the Olympic Torch acknowledged the efforts of those who made the event possible. The editorial inadvertently failed to mention Tish Griffin, who co-chaired the Olympic Torch Relay Committee with Mayor Sally Smith.

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.

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.

Thanking Joan Decker
Joan Decker's resignation this month from the director's position at the Glory Hole reminds us of the day-in, day-out hard work that some people put in to make Juneau a better place for all of us.

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.

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.

Boozer, Duke overpower Virginia
DURHAM, N.C. -- The nation's top offense has the 3-point shooting of Jason Williams and the versatility of Mike Dunleavy. Now, Duke's opponents have to come up with schemes to stop Carlos Boozer.

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

Local Basketball Box Scores
GOLDEN BEARS 77, CRIMSON BEARS 71

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

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.

After last year, Quest mushers looking forward to better trail
FAIRBANKS - Mushers competing in this year's Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race can look forward to a much better trail. Last year, mushers had to traverse a 40-mile section of trail in the Kankik River area that was fraught with jumbled ice caused when the river thawed, then refroze.

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 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.

Armory on gov's wish list
State buildings in disrepair would get spruced up under a $136 million plan introduced by Gov. Tony Knowles today.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Crime on North Slope drops by more than 10%
BARROW - Tighter airport security has reduced the amount of alcohol and drugs being smuggled into the North Slope Borough. A new distribution center for legally purchased alcohol also contributed to a more than 10 percent drop in the borough's crime rate, said Police Chief Paul Carr.

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.

Exploring frozen worlds on the Web
ANCHORAGE - Armed with a sophisticated ice borer, professor Daniel Shain went hunting Sunday on Byron Glacier for a scientific treasure - the tiny, fragile ice worm. "We know there are millions of worms on Byron Glacier in the summertime and unless they migrate to Florida or something, there aren't too many other places they could be. The prediction is that they dive straight down into the glacier to stay warm," said the Rutgers University professor as he prepared to tackle the glacier about 50 miles southeast of Anchorage.

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.

Republicans, Democrats come together to solve state fiscal woes
Republicans and Democrats in the House will meet as one caucus this week to discuss a long-range fiscal plan. The bipartisan action, virtually unprecedented in recent legislative history, is being taken in order to break through political divisions that otherwise might prevent a solution to the state's impending fiscal crisis, leaders of the House caucuses said in a news conference this morning.

State Briefs
Company: Kmart stalled on debts; Shop liquidated to pay debt; 2 suspected meth labs found

Phillips wants to cut gas-line risks
ANCHORAGE Officials with Phillips Alaska Inc. say they want Congress to streamline federal permitting before the company moves ahead with a North Slope natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48.

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