Kudos to Williams
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Lew Williams Jr., for your superb Sunday, Feb. 1, My Turn "Tongass Tales: Fairy and ferry."

Don't allow another delay
The current petition drive is simply the latest attempt to derail construction of the new valley high school. The opposition to the new school is unfortunate, though not unexpected.

All this spending, but no second school?
Oh, this is really disgusting. I cannot believe people are so up in arms over our much-needed new high school. Where was all this flak over the new skating rink? The city can spend millions of dollars on recreation it seems, but when it comes to education it's "oh, no, we can't afford that!"

Say no to land swap
Berners Bay is one of Juneau's most popular recreation areas, as well as a haven for hooligan, sea lions, bald eagles, bears, and a host of other animals. It appalls me that, given its significance, Sen. Lisa Murkowski would want to trade this land to private corporation.

How much more are you willing to pay?
I read with interest the letter to the editor by Mr. Paul Zimmerman of Kasilof. Mr. Zimmerman advocates against use of Permanent Fund earnings and against a statewide sales tax to support state services.

A point on POMV
The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation Board of Trustees' proposed Percent of Market Value (POMV) method is not related to the dividend as stated in Monday's newspaper.

A less than rosy view of the United States
Eight years ago my wife Nadia and I moved from Juneau, my hometown of 30 years, to Perth, Western Australia, where she was raised. We have made a happy and successful life Down Under, and are now a family with the arrival of our lovely daughter, Aurora. Throughout we have been welcomed and helped along by many Australian friends and neighbors.

Leave the wolves alone
I am a member of the Canadian Firearms Association. I, along with many of the Canadian hunters, are rightfully disturbed by the aerial wolf killings introduced through Governor Murkowski's archaic and cruel wolf policies. Now, though, I am are not surprised we find out the senseless killings may not end there. They possibly may be extended once again.

Not anti-education
Thanks to the Empire for Sunday's thorough presentation of the facts concerning Juneau's proposed second high school.

Which is worse?
I agree - please don't compare abortion to 9/11. A group of religious extremists killing a couple thousand individuals through one terrible act and millions of individuals killing millions of individuals through one terrible act are not even close to being the same, god or no god.

Student growth is not imminent
Frank Rue's letter to the editor perpetuates the misconception that population growth at Juneau-Douglas High School is imminent. Left unsaid is how we can afford to run a new school without the revenues generated by additional students.

The art of spin
I read with some amusement the election statistics spin contest that Randy Ruedrich and Ray Metcalfe had going earlier this week in various papers. It's hard to beat Ruedrich in the art of spin. What I'm learning about Randy and his party is it's not so much what they say, it's what they don't say.

Deadly landslide, 1936
Workers frantically search for survivors after a major landside occurred Nov. 22, 1936, on Franklin Street, killing 15 people.

This Day in History
In Alaska • In 1939, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ickles demanded imposition of an 8 percent tax on Alaska gold production.

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

Photo: Lunch special delivery
Marianna Moreno-Goodwin pulls her 2-year-old daughter, Tara, on a sled down Third Street on Wednesday in Douglas while delivering lunch to her other daughter, Asia, at Gastineau Elementary School. The freshly fallen snow will turn to slush with rain, according to the forecast for the next few days.

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

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

Photo: Hat for a future leader
Dan Katzeek, of the killer whale fin house of Klukwan, carves an eagle hat for his grandson, David Katzeek, a cultural leader who still wears the hat at traditional ceremonies.

Proposal might cut seven bus routes
Juneau School Board members charged with recommending changes in bus service to save money are leaning toward a plan that might discontinue seven routes, and would change the starting and ending times of five elementary schools.

New local businesses with a buzz
Coffee lovers looking for a different place to get a caffeine buzz in Juneau can now choose from something new, something old and something organic.

Around Town
Today Day of Quilting, Sewing and Good Fellowship, 10 a.m. every Wednesday, Resurrection Lutheran Church. Quilts donated to Lutheran World Relief. Details: 586-2380.

Juneau rush hour
Headlights running along the Egan Drive retaining wall on Tuesday afternoon signal Juneau workers escaping downtown for home.

Photo: Clearing the deck
Deckhand Ivan Ivanov clears some snow from around the Hungry Jack at Harris Harbor on Wednesday as he prepares for his next fishing opportunity.

Correction & clarification
Due to a reporter's error, the article in Sunday's Empire on small fires at Juneau-Douglas High School misstated the date of the latest fire. It was Jan. 28, not Dec. 28.

City proposes $17.9 million upgrade at Auke Bay
Juneau port officials are working on a $17.9 million project that would provide a commercial fishing loading float, boat launch, tour ramp and seawalk along with additional boat slips, parking and landscaping.

Bagoyo and Woeber marry
Bagoyo and Woeber marry Marjorie Bagoyo and John David Woeber were married July 3, 2003, by Pastor Paul Beren at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Juneau.

Pets of the Week
Compact model is frisky, not ageist, Tiger's kin may go back to the Mayflower

Neighbors Digest
Children's dental-health fair The SEARCH 14th annual Children's Dental Health Fair will be held Feb. 11. Each year this event gives children ages five and under an opportunity to tour the Dental Clinic.

Victory hug
Dominic Bradford, facing camera, the winner of the 15K event in last Saturday's cross-country ski race at Eaglecrest, hugs his wife, Tiffani Fraser, who placed third in the 10K event.

That road out: What it is, and isn't
What would a road connecting Juneau to the rest of the road system mean to you? I posed the question recently to a sampling of Juneau residents, all of whom were simply citizens. Each answered personally the question of how he or she felt about a road connecting this community directly to the roadways of the continent.

A workshop is planned for taking care of family
"There are many family members who take care of their parent or grandparent," explains Andrea Ebona-Michel, elderly services coordinator for Central Council of Tlingit Haida.

Yulanda Rae Anderson
Juneau resident Yulanda Rae Anderson, 36, died Jan. 29, 2004, in Juneau.

Mildred Barricklow
Juneau resident Mildred Louise "Mickey" Barricklow died Feb. 1, 2004, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

Warren Glenn Price
Kake resident Warren Glenn "Cookie" Price, 53, died unexpectedly Jan. 13, 2004, in Kake.

My Turn: Be responsible: Don't let clean air advocates speak for you
I 'd really like to think that members of the Juneau Assembly were approaching the "smoke-free workplace" issue with open minds, but experience with past decision-making processes of the Assembly doesn't give me much hope (utility rates being just one case in point).

Valley school may be the most viable option for the long term
Between now and about mid-March there is sure to be real discomfort, if not gnashing of teeth, over the Juneau School District's proposal for a second high school in Dimond Park in the Mendenhall Valley.

Alaska Sportswriters' prep basketball poll
The Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, as voted on by statewide sports reporters and compiled by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Boozer posts 20th double-double of season
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - A Cleveland Cavaliers player put together an impressive performance on the day he was not chosen to play in the All-Star game.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS Thursday, Feb. 5 • Middle school wrestling - Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School vs. Floyd Dryden Middle School, varsity 3:30-5:30 p.m., JV 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Floyd Dryden Middle School.

SE hoops roundup: Sitka boys knock off Ketchikan twice
The Sitka High School boys basketball team got to ring its victory bell twice this weekend after the Wolves opened their Region V-Class 4A season with a pair of big victories Friday and Saturday over the undermanned Ketchikan Kings at Sitka High School.

Dimond girls sweep Sitka
Using the strength of its guard combo of ZeeZee Young and Lillian Bullock, the No. 4 Dimond High School girls basketball team swept a pair of non-conference games from the Sitka Wolves on Friday and Saturday at Sitka High School.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

O'Neal powers Lakers to win
Shaquille O'Neal had nothing to complain or curse about. O'Neal returned from a one-game suspension and scored a season-high 37 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 111-106 overtime victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Bill targets under-21 strip clubs
A state House committee has transformed a bill to tighten regulation of under-21 strip clubs into legislation that essentially bans such clubs.

Tax concerns could hold up bill on seafood marketing
Bering Sea fishermen are concerned a bill that would subject them to a marketing tax constitutes taxation without representation.

Stevens offers office space after ricin scare
Sen. Ted Stevens is offering to share office space with other senators displaced after the deadly poison ricin was found this week in an office of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

Alaska Digest
Man charged with assault of child: JUNEAU - A 25-year-old Juneau man appeared before a Superior Court judge Tuesday on a charge alleging he assaulted a 23-month-old boy last summer.

Democratic legislators sign with dividend protection organization
Two Democratic legislators have signed on with the group opposed to spending Alaska Permanent Fund earnings for state government.

Governor urges quick resolution on taxes
Gov. Frank Murkowski is pressing GOP legislative leaders to either pass $100 million in taxes this year or come up with their own plan to close a gaping budget hole.

Tougher rules for initiatives fail to pass
Legislation that could make it more difficult for voter initiatives to get on the ballot failed Wednesday in the House, but could come up for another vote.

Teachers: Drop No Child Left Behind
ANCHORAGE - Alaska teachers want the state to ignore the demands of the federal No Child Left Behind law and consequently give up millions of dollars in funding.

Governor challenges opponents to come up with better idea
Gov. Frank Murkowski on Wednesday challenged opponents of tapping the Alaska Permanent Fund to fill the state's fiscal gap to come up with a better solution.

Boycott stings tour outfits
ANCHORAGE - Some people in Alaska's tourism industry are beginning to feel the hurt from a tourism boycott launched by an animal rights group upset over the state's lethal wolf control program.

Mayor of North Pole chides McCain over his elves comment
North Pole Mayor Jeff Jacobson is usually all about all things Christmas. But when you call him and his fellow residents "elves," be prepared for a lump of coal.

This Day in History
In Alaska; in the nation; in the world.

District prepares to answer questions about new school
Citizens' questions about a second high school range from how the school district can afford to run it to whether there are less expensive alternatives to building a new school.

What's happening
Upcoming local arts and entertainment events.

Toe cartoon: In the swamp
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Right place, Right time
Six hours and 45 minutes before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and 3,160 miles from Manhattan, there was joy in Kaktovik - an Inupiat Eskimo town of 293 people, 110 miles east of Prudhoe Bay on the Beaufort Sea. A fisherman had brought in his first whale, a 32-foot male bowhead. The carcass was resting on the beach, 30 feet from the ocean, as the village flensed the meat and muktuk. The town's youngsters danced to "I'll Fly Away," by Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch.

February Friday
As soon as Juneau artist Heather Ridgway was asked to put together a solo show at Rock Paper Scissors, she started oil painting. She quickly realized this was not a good idea. For one thing, she had only completed two oil paintings in her life.

Anatomy of an Anatomy
Anchorage sculptor Carla Potter enjoys performing, entertaining and, apparently, creating surreal and incongruous party garments. How else would you explain her 2002 Wearable Art appearance, when she came up to Juneau from Ketchikan and hit the catwalk in a formal dress covered in 250 plastic cockroaches?

Local festival JUMP-starts creativity
If film festivals are supposed to provoke and inspire would-be moviemakers, then the Juneau Underground Motion Picture Society Film Festival has been successful in a relatively short time.

Out of the woods
It has just finished snowing, the powder makes Blackerby Ridge look like a black and white lithograph, and it's time for a hand-rolled cigarette. Juneau artist Mark Horn, 45, is smoking, standing on the porch of his apartment in the blue maze of buildings at Gastineau Human Services' sprawling complex in Lemon Creek.

Movies: Where & when
Local movie times and locations

Pride Chorus arranges its finale
As a music student at Michigan State University, Juneau Pride Chorus co-manager Marsha Buck struck up a friendship with a pianist named Ken Medema. He was a gifted composer, and when he played he could flow seamlessly from one musical style to another, all the while with a sense of humor. He also was blind since birth.

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