Monday, February 4, 2002

In the stacks
There is a variety of the newest non-fiction hitting the shelves!

Guide offers valuable pre-excursion reading
"Keller's Outdoor Survival Guide" helps readers put their trust back in their own ingenuity and resourcefulness rather than in cell phones.

Tough commutes
When a winter snowstorm blanketed the Middleton Island runway on this lonely, wind-swept island in the Gulf of Alaska last month, Jim Simpkins and Rich Edwards couldn't get to work.

Extravagant nonsense
There is no looking in anticipation toward Alaska's Legislature gathering - rather dread sets in. I wonder, what destruction lies in store for Alaska's indigenous peoples this session? What maneuvers are they creating to undermine Native existence and Native "right to life?"

History repeats
As the uncertainties of the Afghani campaign gradually play themselves out, this seems like an opportune time to examine the many twists and turns in our relationship with Afghanistan. I am bewildered by the dramatic shifts the Afghani campaign has brought about in the ongoing soapbox of international politics.

Starved for humor
I have listened to Tom Leykis over the last 12-13 years when he used to have a drive time show on KFI 640 in Los Angeles. Tom used to have social conscience issues pertaining to local events and/or national events that affected all of us in the LA area.

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."

Douglas wolves
No one should have the right to exterminate an indigenous species that is of a small population trying to gain a foothold in a new area. I am speaking of the seven-member wolf pack that was trapped and killed on Douglas Island.

Impressed, disgusted
I am a Japanese who came to the United States six years ago. I am not a permanent resident. I will be returning to Japan whenever my company asks me to.

Another injustice is possible
I have been following the Carpenter-Leykis case in the Juneau Empire and can sympathize with Karen Carpenter. She believed the Tom Leykis show was vulgar, so she wrote a letter to KJNO-AM requesting that the show be removed from the air.

Lots of hits
You mean to tell me it has taken 3 1/2 years for this to get to a court?

Subjected to vulgarity
Could anyone blaspheme our national anthem any worse than Mariah Carey did at the Super Bowl? Ours is an anthem to be sung in stentorian tones to stir our spirits, not to leave us feeling that we have been subjected to vulgarity.

Choices, choices
After reading about what has been going on in the courts of Alaska and the radio station in Juneau, I had to think about what I was doing with my vacation money this year.

The problem is still garbage
If the group proposing the zoo at the rock dump is sincere about solving Juneau bear problems they should instead focus their efforts on the problem of abundant and easily accessed garbage throughout town.

Just change channels
Karen Carpenter is complaining about Tom Leykis reading her name on the air. Well, I hate to be the one to break it to her, but when you campaign to remove a public person from the air, you are putting yourself into the public.

Club status
Lane Stumme's laudation of the Boy Scouts of America in his My Turn article in Sunday's paper left the general impression that this private organization was truly the moral answer to a youth's growing up straight and "..telling the difference from right and wrong."

Parking problems
We would like to shed some light on the lack of concern by our local officials to our parking problem, particularly o

Ask any policeman
This letter is in regard to the high school students who put up a banner that said, "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" during the Olympic Torch run.

Arctic Power funding
I am very concerned about the recent allocation of an additional $1 million to Arctic Power (HB 334). I do not support this bill nor did I support the $3 million that was allocated to Arctic Power during the 2001 legislative session.

This is free speech?
I just read the article in regard to Carpenter vs. Leykis. I am so glad that somebody, namely a female, is coming forward fully and legally against this scum.

Wolf wish
We live on Douglas Island. We have never seen a wolf before. My sister and I felt really, really bad when we heard a whole family of wolves was killed. We wish they were still living.

Payment enough
If Karen Carpenter didn't like Tom Leykis, all she had to do was turn off her radio. Instead she intimidated KJNO radio into canceling his show and paying $100,000 to "go-away."

United Way nears goal
To wrap up its campaign, all the United Way of Southeast Alaska needs is pocket change - 37 cents from each Juneau resident.

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

Proposed ice rink keeps skating ahead
A name has been selected. The refrigeration equipment has been picked out. And ads for a rink manager are running. Work on the Treadwell Arena in Douglas is moving forward, according to city Engineering Director John Stone. If plans stay on schedule, people should be skating at Juneau's only indoor ice rink in October, he said.

Jury deliberation begins in Carpenter v. Leykis case
A jury of 10 women and two men this afternoon began deliberating the civil case of Karen Carpenter versus radio talk show host Tom Leykis and production company Westwood One.

AkCLU attorney to assist 'banner' student
JUNEAU - In cooperation with the Alaska Civil Liberties Union, a Juneau attorney will assist Juneau-Douglas High School senior Joseph Frederick as he appeals his suspension for displaying a banner stating "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" as the Olympic torch passed the school last month.

Assembly to hear appeal about B&B
The Juneau Assembly will hear arguments Monday from homeowners who filed a complaint against the Planning Commission for allowing a bed-and-breakfast in their neighborhood.

Photo: It doesn't get any better ...
Chris Culbreth, 16, right, points out snowboarding friends Saturday while resting next to the Ptarmigan chairlift at Eaglecrest. He is with friends Kade Nikols, 14, Brys Perrys, 15, center, David McCasland, 11, and Maren Brantner, 15, left.

Bear sanctuary proposed
Chris Grant hopes to solve Juneau's bear problem by turning the little rock dump into a bear sanctuary.

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

Police and Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Masks are Magical workshop at museum
Maskmaker, actor and teacher Roblin Davis will lead "Masks are Magical," a mask-making workshop at the JuneauDouglas City Museum over the next three Saturdays.

Science series starts with auroras
When the northern lights are shimmering above Juneau, they're also dancing beneath watchful eyes that study the aurora from space.

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

JASON project exposes Hoonah student to a whole new world
You won't find Hoonah High School student Patricia Brown's name on a movie marquee, or on the Billboard charts, but over the past week the ninth-grader has become a celebrity to thousands of students around the world.

Support tourism: Climb Capitol Hill
Jamie Parsons of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce put out a call Friday for "numbers on the Hill."

Judge: Carpenter-Leykis case presents unusual issues
The case of Karen Carpenter versus radio talk-show host Tom Leykis pits the constitutional right to speak freely against the common law right to be left alone, the presiding judge said Saturday.

School board to talk money
The Juneau School Board Budget Committee will meet Monday evening to discuss the district's future budgets.

Local Navy SEAL appears in Discovery documentary
Ryan Bischoff of Juneau recently appeared in a documentary about the Navy SEAL program produced for the Discovery Channel. Bischoff, 21, is the son of Kenneth Bischoff, director of the Division of Administrative Services in the state Department of Public Safety, and Linda Dapcevich, a teacher at Juneau-Douglas High School. He has a younger brother, Kyle, 20.

Local Briefs
Subport area meeting Tuesday; School board to hear 'early leavers' report; Pocket Park on committee agenda; Mental Health Trust authority to meet; Murkowski calls meeting on gas line

Ann C. Keener
Longtime Juneau resident Ann C. Keener died Jan. 31, 2002, in Juneau after a brief illness.

Word of Mouth
A forum to give readers a chance to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone.

Cartoon by TOE

Since 1910, The Boy Scouts of America has taught a universal set of values and morals
At a time when our nation focuses on character and leadership, we must remember that today's youth are tomorrow's leaders, the faces of the future. What the Boy Scouts of America does for each boy, it does for the man he will become.

Yes, they are evil
President Bush's labeling as evil the regimes of Iran, Iraq and North Korea has provoked consternation in Europe, indignation among the accused and a fair amount of backing and filling from his own administration.

Closed-door caucus lights media fire
The doors have been the talk of the Capitol. And not just because Sen. Dave Donley uttered "Break on through to the other side" while doing a microphone check in the KTOO-TV studio.

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

Timberdoodles
In the lexicon of the outdoors, a timberdoodle is a game bird known for its erratic flight. Timberdoodles of the non-feathered kind can be found throughout Southeast Alaska.

Local Basketball Stats
Stats from this weekend's basketball games

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

Juneau tames Wolves
It was the best of games, it was the worst of games. And, even though the final scores were similar, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball took different roads in sweeping two Region V-Class 4A games from the Sitka Wolves this weekend at the JDHS main gym.

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

Duke ducks Tigers
The top-ranked Blue Devils blew a 15-point lead and trailed late in the game for the first time in weeks before beating Clemson 98-88 on Saturday night.

Quest dogs fit and frisky for vet check
FAIRBANKS -- Mushers planning to compete in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race passed their last major hurdle Saturday when veterinarians checked dozens of canine athletes.

Juneau boys sweep two games in Sitka
The Juneau-Douglas boys basketball team took another step towards its goal of reclaiming the Region V-Class 4A championship with a sweep of the Sitka Wolves on Friday and Saturday in Sitka.

Isett, Denton claim giant slalom wins at AML Series
Juneau's Heidi Denton continued her dominance at the Alaska Marine Lines Race Series by winning another Super G on Friday, then followed it up with a win in the women's giant slalom Saturday at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Photo: Coming into the cold
A Lufthansa Cargo 747 freighter plane makes its approach for a landing at the Fairbanks International Airport on Friday morning. The freighter, from Tokyo en route to Frankfurt, Germany, was stopping in Fairbanks for fuel and a crew change.

Photo: Fire on Ketchikan boat
Boat fire: A Ketchikan firefighter examines the vessel Montego after a fire on board the vessel last week.

Redistricting board's work judged good
The Alaska Redistricting Board worked in good faith when it came up with a new district voting map for the state of Alaska, a Superior Court judge ruled Friday.

DEC says BP still not complying with its oil-leak detection rule
ANCHORAGE - BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. is among several pipeline operators that have been slow to comply with a 10-year rule to install oil-leak detection systems on some of the state's large oil trunk lines, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

Effort may resurrect classic Tlingit book
A campaign by a Haines woman to revive a classic history book may convince the publisher to print a second edition.

High court says oil-spill rules need change
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled state environmental regulators don't have a strong enough definition of a law requiring oil-transporting companies to keep the "best available technology" on hand to contain and clean up spills.

Russian boats seek AK salmon
PETERSBURG - A Seattle-based company wants a state permit to bring up to eight Russian fish processors into Alaska waters this summer. U.S. processors, however, say the Russians could hurt an already struggling fishery.

State projects win $112 million
Seward would get its bus stop and trolley. Palmer, its pedestrian trail. Southeast Alaska's fledgling Inter-island Ferry Authority would get $10 million in support. And the Alaska Railroad would get more than $20 million in federal funds to keep it on track.

State's percentage of Outside workers lowest in 10 years
The percentage of nonresident workers in Alaska reached its lowest point in a decade in 2000, according to the state's Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

State Briefs
Soldotna woman raped, beaten; Man surrenders after chase; Search suspended for plane; Man severs hand aboard trawler

Bill modifies hot springs standards
Hot-springs developers will not have to meet the same standards as concrete public swimming pool owners under a bill that passed the state House on Friday.

Bank expected to help Sitka water bottler
The federal Rural Development office said First National Bank Alaska is making arrangements to give Sitka Beverage Corp. a break on loan payments while the company gets back on its feet.

Cities now own Four Dam Pool
Ownership of the Four Dam Pool hydroelectric projects passed from the state Friday into the hands of those who use their power.

Program offers cross-cultural opportunity
High school students from Juneau, Angoon, Kake and Hydaburg will have an opportunity to bridge the urban-rural divide this year as an in-state exchange program expands to include Southeast.

Craig barge spills fuel
At 3:10 p.m. Jan. 8, Craig's Harbormaster reported to the state Department of Environmental Conservation that a corroded fuel tank on a derelict wooden barge, which was abandoned on the tide flats in Crab Bay near Craig about 20 years ago, had begun to leak.

Haaland to head Sheldon Jackson
The interim president of Sheldon Jackson College has accepted the job on a permanent basis.

Rocket provides millions for economy
The Kodiak Star launch in September brought $4.4 million into Kodiak's economy and increased the size of Kodiak's payroll by about $1.3 million, according to a university report.

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