Tuesday, February 5, 2002

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.

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.

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."

It's a garbage problem
Too often we seem eager to rally round splashy, expensive methods intended to cure ills, rather than taking the often simpler and less expensive actions that can prevent the ills in the first place.

Conservation of energy needed
We need a real energy program in the United States immediately. Our dependency on oil has us leading the world for the production of CO2 emissions and other greenhouse gasses. If only we raised our fuel standards to 40 mpg for cars and light trucks it would produce twice as much gas as drilling the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Create a smoking shelter
What's up with this new smoking ordinance? Has who ever come up with this new law forgotten about a well-known phrase "we the people?" As far as I can see, the phrase should be "we the non-smokers."

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.

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.

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.

Symphony chatter
I attended the wonderful performance of the Juneau Symphony on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002.

Where might this lead?
I must admit to feeling more than a little skeptical when I read about the "bear sanctuary" proposal in Sunday's newspaper. The idea of reconditioning bears as to how they should behave in civilized society seemed at first somewhat wacky. Where might this idea lead?

Taken to the cleaners
Let me get this straight: The president of the United States has received nearly a million dollars from Enron Corp.; the vice president of the United States received a lots of money from Enron Corp.; both of these individuals were in the energy business prior to taking office.

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.

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

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.

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
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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.

'Banner' student suspension put on hold
JUNEAU - The 10-day suspension of Juneau-Douglas High School student Joseph Frederick for displaying a banner reading "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" last month has been stayed pending an appeal hearing.

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.

District looking for additional funding
The Juneau School District may be able to overcome a budget gap exceeding $1 million over the next two years without cutting any staff or programs - but it's going to take some help from above.

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.

Assembly upholds planning decision for B-and-B
The Juneau Assembly on Monday upheld a Planning Commission decision to allow an Atlanta couple to build a bed-and-breakfast in a residential area near Glacier Highway.

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

Jury Clears Leykis
A Juneau jury late this afternoon cleared nationally syndicated talk-show host Tom Leykis of the claims made against him by local woman Karen Carpenter, who said comments about her on his show caused her severe emotional distress and violated her privacy.

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

Accidents clog Egan Drive this morning
JUNEAU - Several accidents kept Egan Drive clogged, traffic diverted and police busy for nearly two hours during the rush hour this morning.

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

Sex abuse trial under way
A Juneau jury on Monday afternoon began hearing the details of the alleged sexual abuse of a 6-year-old girl.

Jury takes Leykis vs. Carpenter
A jury of 10 women and two men today were deliberating the civil case brought by Juneau's Karen Carpenter against nationally syndicated radio talk-show host Tom Leykis and his Los Angeles-area production company.

Animal board's dangerous-dog ruling stands
Louie the dog is still dangerous, according to Juneau's Animal Hearing Board. The board last month unanimously gave the German shepherd-Lab mix another dangerous-dog label after a July incident that left two cats dead in a Mendenhall Valley neighborhood. The dog now lives out of state.

New UAS building halfway to completion
One year from now, going to class at the University of Alaska Southeast will be a whole new experience. The $8 million, 25,000-square-foot classroom addition to Egan Library is about halfway to completion, with exterior and structural work largely done and interior work set to begin. The building should be completed by year-end and open when classes begin in January 2003.

Legislature moves forward in support of key industries
Alaska tourism, the state's second largest economic engine, got a show of support from the state House on Monday with the approval of $6 million in emergency marketing money. The $6 million in funds is short of the amount needed to effectively compete with other tourism destination states.

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.

My Turn: Commuting just a little south of Anchorage
Some may get the impression after reading your published article of Feb. 1 that I no longer have my heart in Alaska and no longer have my constituents' best interests in mind because I happen to have a new wife who lives in Oregon.

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.

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.

Local Basketball Stats
Stats from this weekend's basketball games

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.

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

Juneau skiers shine in AML Series
Juneau Ski Club racers had a strong finish on the final day of the Alaska Marine Lines Race Series, claiming three victories in the slalom at Eaglecrest Ski Area on Sunday.

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

Local trio of skiers strong in Lower 48
It was a good weekend for two local skiers, while another local skier had a good start but bad finish to his weekend as the Juneau trio competed in meets in the Lower 48.

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.

Suit filed to remove Klamath salmon from endangered list
PORTLAND, Ore. - Fresh from a legal victory to remove Oregon coastal coho salmon from the endangered species list, a public interest law firm filed a lawsuit today to remove the same protection for Klamath Basin coho salmon.

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.

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.

Military leaders tout missile defense
Alaska has a significant role in the post-Sept. 11 defense of the United States, according to top military leaders who were scheduled to address a legislative committee in Juneau this afternoon.

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

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.

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.

State Briefs
Prisoners find spiritual inspiration; Head of liquor lobby steps down; Pilot killed in crash of Yute cargo plane; Gas producers and pipeline cos. talk

House approves tourism funds
A bill to spend $6 million in emergency funds to market Alaska to travelers wary of terrorists passed the state House on Monday but faces an uncertain fate in the Senate.

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