Tuesday, January 29, 2002

Ode to the state budget struggle
When government knowingly spends into insolvency, Surely becomes the time to encourage financial competency!

Abysmal situation
In regards to Alma Seward's position concerning our union, I couldn't agree more. It is apparent that the union's hierarchy has assumed the identity of union. As in what is best for them is what is best for the union. This is the only justification for removing our duly elected president in a "Special Session of the Executive Board."

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.

Correction
An article in Monday's Empire said the cause of a water shortage at a Lemon Creek trailer park was a frozen natural spring.

Juneau police nab stabbing suspect
Police apprehended a man Monday they say stabbed an acquaintance more than six times Friday night. George K. Shavers, 48, was charged with felony assault with a dangerous weapon for the alleged attack near Harris Harbor.

Banner canned; free speech rights at issue
Two students have been suspended from Juneau-Douglas High School after being in a group that unfurled a banner reading "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" as the Olympic torch passed the school last week.

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.

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

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.

Woman says talk show induced fear of assault
A Juneau woman told a jury Monday that she feared being raped after a radio talk-show host talked about her lewdly on the air in July 1998.

Farmer to resign from bear panel
As officials plot strategy to deal with this year's bears, the chairman of the Mayor's Ad Hoc Urban Bear Committee announced plans to resign.

Photo: Gettin' a kick out of snow
Rob Sliter kicks snow off of his fishing boat, the Seven Seas, at Aurora Basin on Monday. Boat owners will be busy keeping snow off of their boats for the next few days as the forecast is calling for 1-2 more inches of snow today and mixed rain and snow for the rest of the week.

Local Briefs
Baskin-Robbins closes in Valley; Sewer and water problems being fixed

Assembly: No term limits for boards
People who serve on Juneau's Planning Commission and chartered boards can stay as long as they want.

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.

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

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events

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.

Yvonne Hanson Earl
Juneau resident Yvonne Hanson Earl died Jan. 28, 2002, in Seattle.

Jack L. Tinsley
Former Juneau resident Jack L. Tinsley, 80, died Jan. 22, 2002, in Westerville, Ohio.

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

An unnecessary battle
The clash between congressional investigators and Vice President Richard Cheney over Enron is an unnecessary battle for the Bush administration.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Knowles pitches bills to help veterans
Flanked by veterans of war and fellow Democrats, Gov. Tony Knowles today unveiled a package of bills to assist and recognize vets, declaring 2002 the Year of the Veteran. One of the measures would continue a program for guaranteed finance of veterans' mortgages through the Alaska Housing Finance Corp., Knowles said. The bill would authorize the corporation to sell $500 million in bonds, which would be backed by the mortgage payments.

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
Straw bales make for high-tech insulation in Fairbanks home; Bill to allow visually impaired people to vote unassisted; Hospital may build $25 million psychiatric facility in Anchorage

Sen. Stevens backs GOP tribal status inquiry
FAIRBANKS - U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens says a letter sent last month by Republican legislative leaders to the Interior Department was a legitimate request for clarification of tribal powers in Alaska.

Minority leader wants Senate joint caucus, too
The Republican and Democratic leaders in the state Senate are reacting very differently to Monday's announcement of a bipartisan House approach to a long-range fiscal plan.

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.

Legislative Council to hire consultants for gas line
Two additional consultants would be added to assist a legislative committee studying an industry proposal to build a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to the Lower 48 under a plan approved Monday by a legislative panel.

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

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.

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.

Red Dog's new trucks keep tight seal on dust
ANCHORAGE - The company that carries ore from the Red Dog Mine in northwest Alaska is using a new $4.2 million fleet of trucks with tightly covered trailers to reduce the potential of spilling lead and zinc concentrate.

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.

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