One man's opinion
I am a 47-year-old male from Seattle. I have listened to Leykis for over six years. He is entertainment, hardly an expert on social commentary. Last I heard, freedom of speech is still alive in this country, regardless of what Ari Fleischer thinks.

Breath of fresh air
I live in Southern California and have listened to Tom Leykis for 11 years. I am a sales rep and spend most of my day driving from customer to customer or on the freeway to and from my territory. Tom is truly a breath of fresh air on the radio. Anyone who takes what he says seriously is not all there.

Face the challenge
A sad but true fact of politics: There are legislators that are worried more about taking heat from constituents than taking a stand on reducing the state deficit.

Harbor residents deserve more
The proposed rate increases by CBJ docks and harbors are unfair. As currently proposed, the new fee structure raises electric rates 270 percent! Liveaboards and non-liveaboards will pay the same rate. A vessel using a 240-volt, 50- or 100-amp service pays the same price as a small vessel using a 20-amp service.

Shocked in L.A.
To me, happiness is driving home from work on a balmy January evening with the top down, listening to Tom Leykis on the radio.

Translation situation
Regarding the recent article in the Juneau Empire, "Shock jock on trial for emotional damages," I would like to correct Eric Kueffner, attorney for Alaska Broadcast Communications, licensee of KJNO, when he stated, "We paid them $100,000 to go away... It's a nuisance, but it's the price of doing business."

Commitment to excellence
"This is for the little people!" A common afterthought injected by some heralded celebrity as they hold aloft their gleaming Oscar. Or the story of the common man who, faced with an uncommon crisis, rises above his mediocre life status to do something heroic.

Fairness for home schooling
There are proposed regulations (Chapter 33 Special Schools, 4AAC 33.420 for statewide correspondence study programs that effect home-schooling families across the state of Alaska, nearing the implementation stage (March 4) without public hearings or the knowledge of many home school parents.

He grows on you
I am a 40-year-old female Tom Leykis listener in Los Angeles. I must admit when I first started listening to him several years ago, I though he was obnoxious at times.

Kudos for This Week
Thank you for including a weekly section in the newspaper for Arts & Entertainment. What a great addition to the Juneau Empire. I appreciate that you are highlighting local and visiting artists and the events around town.

Call me a dove
Maybe I'm less aggressive than the "mainstream" in this nation or, more likely, I'm less prone to emotionally motivated and psychologically rationalized "fear-based" reactions!

Dog-owner etiquette
To the Douglas dog owners who insist on letting their dogs run unsupervised through the streets:

Problems with Preven
I saw on CNN that Planned Parenthood was going to prescribe Preven to our teenage girls. I am very concerned. I am asking the community and the Teen Health Center not to go along with this.

Local Briefs
Banner teen arrested for trespassing; Theater cleaned up after sewage overflow; New community ferry has problems;

Awards recognize literary contributions of Natives
In the three years she spent compiling a Tlingit language primer, Emma Sam of Whitehorse never thought about awards or recognition. She worked with one goal in mind. "I wanted to help my people," she said.

Mother released from prison pending trial
A woman accused of causing a December drunken-driving accident that seriously injured two of her four children is free today following a judge's ruling Tuesday.

Photo: Abundance of snow
Ski club members from Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau slide-slip down the Super G course Thursday at Eaglecrest Ski Area to pack an abundance of snow before the start of the Alaska Marine Lines Junior Olympic qualifying races

Psychiatrist: Carpenter likely was exaggerating her stress
It's highly likely that a Juneau woman who said a radio talk show triggered severe emotional distress was exaggerating her symptoms, a psychiatrist testified Wednesday.

Juneau man reaches out to kids, prisoners
Chris Grisafe was reading a newspaper recently when he came upon a disturbing story about a teen-ager who was losing a battle with liver disease.

Facts about Alaska wolves
Wolves den up between January and midJuly. Pups are born in late April and early May. Average litter is four and sometimes as many as six. In summer months pups leave the dens and rendezvous with adults for feeding. By late August they start following the pack.


Harborview hero: School celebrates one of its own
Harborview Elementary School teacher Vivian Montoya had been recognized before for being named 2002 Alaska Teacher of the Year. But Wednesday's assembly in her honor at the school included something all previous ceremonies lacked - her extended family of students, colleagues and friends.

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

Douglas wolves trapped
Stories of wolves on Douglas Island were confirmed this week when a trapper brought biologists the pelts of seven wolves he took on the back of the island in recent weeks.

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

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

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

Most Thane residents object to heliport
While a majority of Thane residents responding to a recent survey are bothered by flightseeing noise, most also oppose a heliport that officials say would reduce noise in Juneau.

Geography Bee
Gastineau Extended Learning teacher Barb Mitchell reads a question to finalists in the school's Geography Bee last month. Fifth-grader Samir Peirovi, seated

Christian service should be labor of love
If you are a church-going person I hope this will not offend, but lately I have found myself wanting to apologize to those who don't go to church for some of the behavior and attitudes of church goers. Don't get me wrong, I love the church. In fact, I need the church. If I didn't, I certainly would not be a pastor.

Willard, Tinney wed
Bill Willard, and Laurie Tinney were married on Jan. 20 at Fitness Plus Gym.

Van Sickle, Dean marry
Jessica E. Van Sickle and Martin I. Dean, both of Juneau were married in a private candle light ceremony at 4 p.m. on Dec. 29, 2001 at Chapel By The Lake's Log Chapel. A dinner reception followed at the Baranof Hotel with family and friends of the family in attendance.

Neighbors Briefs
Ski/snowshoe trip scheduled for Feb. 2; Parks department taking reservations

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).

Academic Awards
Four students from the Juneau area received academic awards for the fall 2001 semester at Montana State University.

Authors seek romantic "Chicken Soup" submissions for series
Do you have a heart-warming, insightful and/or funny story about Romantic Love?

Babysitting Certification
The students learned the following from instructor Andy Peterson (front right): basic first aid, diaper changing, when to use 9-1-1, how to feed and care for small children and how to choose safe toys for different age groups.

Hammonds celebrate 50th wedding anniversary
Dr. Donald and Ila Hammond are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. The Hammonds were married at St. Stephens Methodist Church in Oakland California on January 31, 1952.

James T. Phillips
Longtime Juneau resident James T. Phillips died Jan. 30, 2002, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

Leila Eileen Truax
Juneau resident Leila Eileen Truax, 80, died Jan. 23, 2002, in Juneau.

Shield for Immigration Court
When, say, a mother and her children flee to the United States after escaping from a dictator slaughtering people for worshiping the wrong god, one of 220 federal immigration judges decides whether to let them stay or make them go.

My Turn: Restarting the case for open meetings
All but two of the members of the Alaska House of Representatives have been meeting behind closed doors to discuss the state's fiscal difficulties. This action raises serious concern. A year or so ago my late husband, Hugh Malone, wrote about public access to meetings on an issue of public policy much less grave than that of our fiscal woes (Juneau flightseeing).

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.

The kidnapping of Daniel Pearl
Daniel Pearl, an American correspondent with The Wall Street Journal, was doing a dangerous job in unfriendly territory when he went missing last week in Pakistan, presumably the victim of a kidnapping.

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.

My Turn: Fiscal gap hysteria and fund folly
Take about a third of your income and put it in a savings account. Then tell your creditors you can't pay their bills because "that" money's protected and only for free distribution to your family. Can any business or household run this way? No, just Alaska state government.

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

Winter paddlers find peace, quiet and wildlife
Scott Foster said he'd need a poet's words to describe one of his most recent winter kayaking experiences.

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

A winter whale show to remember
I had scheduled the Mount Troy ski traverse at the December Juneau Alpine Club meeting. At that time there was plenty of snow to be dreaming about making lazy "S" turns down the gently sloped bowl on the west side of Troy.

Winter kayaking safety hints
Taking a kayak out for a winter paddle can be very exhilarating but can be fatal without experience, proper equipment and knowledge of the weather.

Juneau boys seek revenge against Wolves
The grim reminder hangs just inside the door of Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball head coach George Houston's office.

Juneau girls host Sitka for two
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team has been on the road so long the Crimson Bears have almost forgotten what it feels like to play a home game.

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

Denton, Nowlin win AML Series opener
Juneau's Heidi Denton and Brian Nowlin combatted snowy, blustery conditions Thursday to win the Super G on the opening day of the Alaska Marine Lines Race Series at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

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

Merciless Blue Devils tar Heels
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The building was quiet, more than 20,000 North Carolina fans stunned silent by the absurd numbers on the scoreboard: Duke 78, North Carolina 47.

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

Wash. legislator crusades against NFL blackout rule
OLYMPIA, Wash. - One Washington legislator wants to sack the NFL's blackout rule. The idea came to Rep. Sam Hunt, an Olympia Democrat, as he sat in a half-empty Husky Stadium in the driving rain a few weeks ago, watching the Seattle Seahawks beat the Kansas City Chiefs.

Biologists predict solid year for Southeast pink salmon fishermen
PETERSBURG - Southeast Alaska fishermen could harvest as many as 30 million to 50 million pink salmon this summer, according to predictions by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Court keeps mine on hold
The project certificate for the Tulsequah Chief mine remains "quashed" under a ruling Thursday by the British Columbia Appeal Court, but Alaska might have lost its seat at the table simultaneously, according to environmentalists.

State Briefs
Market research class planned; Liquor lobbyist faces DWI charge; Certifications subject of seminar

State Briefs
Body Works closes suddenly; Ketchikan Council member loses seat after absences; Wasilla woman dies in collision; Alaska barge grounded on island, awaiting tugs; Fire leaves family of 12 homeless; Pipeline shooting trial set

Don Young says he missed votes because he was mad at Senate
FAIRBANKS - U.S. Rep. Don Young says he missed House votes in December because he got mad at the Senate and left town early. Young told reporters Wednesday that he left Washington, D.C. on Dec. 6. As a result, he missed 44 votes during the next 13 days before the House adjourned.

Closed-door budget meeting called first step to agreement
The state House of Representatives - Republicans and Democrats alike - emerged from a closed-door caucus Wednesday without a plan to close Alaska's $1 billion budget deficit.

Report: Few benefits from a state stake in gas pipeline
Alaska has few incentives for owning a stake in a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to the Lower 48, according to a Department of Revenue report.

House panel OKs tourism marketing
The House Finance Committee on Wednesday approved $6 million in emergency marketing funds for tourism, while rejecting a similar amount for salmon marketing.

Tax on booze spurs battle
Ten cents or 300 percent? The impact of a proposed increase in the alcohol excise tax was described Thursday as a modest step to offset enormous public expenditures on alcohol-related problems but also as a discriminatory burden on the hospitality industry that also would penalize responsible drinkers.

Kapsner again leads state lawmakers in interim pay
A House Democrat from Bethel is again No. 1 among the 60 state legislators for extra pay claimed for work done during the interim between legislative sessions, according to a report by the Legislative Affairs Agency on 2001 compensation.

Bill helps Alaska's blind voters
Lynne Koral said she's been trying since 1994 to get the state Division of Elections to provide secret ballots for the blind.

Absent Kohring collects pay
ANCHORAGE - Since the Legislature convened Jan. 14, Rep. Vic Kohring has spent more time outside the capital city than in it. But Kohring says he plans to collect $1,740 in per-diem pay for his time away from Juneau.

Alaskan killed in attack in Philippines
ANGELES, Philippines - Philippine troops today found the body of an American believed to have been killed by gunmen while he hiked with a German friend near the Mount Pinatubo volcano.

Evolution of books as we know them
Book artist Artemis BonaDea said scrolls - long, rolled strips of paper - served as early "books." But scrolls could be awkward and hunting for a specific passage meant rolling and unrolling back and forth, rather than simply turning a page.

Symphony presents music, images of the cosmos
The Juneau Symphony goes on a world tour this weekend. It's a multi-world tour, actually. After performing music from Austria and Hungary, the symphony plays Venus, Saturn and most of the planets in the solar system.

Best Bets: Tough choice for music lovers Saturday
Lovers of Irish and classical music will be torn Saturday night, forced to chose between an excellent Irish concert and a stellar performance of the Juneau Symphony.

What's happening

Portrait in 3-D
The hunter stands ready, harpoon and knife at hand, in the Alaska State Museum. The hunter is a three-dimensional portrait by Juneau artist Mary Ellen Frank. Combining the talents of seamstress, wood carver, sculptor, tailor and scale-model builder, Frank creates handmade dolls, miniature versions of Alaska Natives.

Movies where & when
"The Count of Monte Cristo," (PG13) 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.

Book as Art
Artemis BonaDea is not a writer, but she fills books with her ideas - beading, painting, stitching and gluing to create books that are themselves works of art.

Young Shakespeare training to begin
JUNEAU - Perseverance Theatre plans auditions for the spring semester of the Young Shakespeare Training Program. The program will focus on Shakespeare's historical tragedy, "Julius Ceasar," and will culminate in a presentation of scenes from the play.

Explorations in paint
Forty years into a career as an artist, art teacher and printmaker, Dan Fruits is still learning how paint. "It's not like I learned how to paint, and now I'm doing it," he said. "I'm exploring. While I paint, I'm learning to paint."

Actors needed for 'Stone Soup'
JUNEAU - The Northern Light Junior Theatre is looking for extras to play the villagers in the upcoming play, "Stone Soup."

Dubliners bring music of the Emerald Island
I t's unusual for an artist to be called mature at 26, but Johnny Connolly is an exceptional musician.

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