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Saturday, February 2, 2002

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

FYI
Births

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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).

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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