Friday, February 6, 2004

Valley high school is needed now
I wish that the Juneau Empire would print the expletives that come to mind when I read about the malcontent brigands trying to block construction of the second high school.

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.

No Child Left Behind
It is important that the public become aware of the smoke and mirrors behind No Child Left Behind. As an educator I want to be clear that it is not the intent of the law that I and others object to, but the unacceptable methods which were set into place.

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.

Sad about racial incidents
I am a student at Juneau-Douglas High School. I am writing to you because something has been brought to my attention. Today (Feb. 3) there was a meeting at Marie Drake regarding some recent racial occurrences that have been happening right here in our school.

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."

Cooperate on energy
I keep hearing about "X" number of years of "hypothetical" energy resources "potentially" available at questionable cost over the next two years, etc.

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.

Keep POMV simple and it will work
I am a long-time advocate for 5 percent POMV payout because it inflation-proofs the entire Alaska Permanent Fund and because it makes the fund's payout policy compatible with its evolved investment strategy that includes real estate and equities, rather than only the income producing investments originally allowed.

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.

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.

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.

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

Class sizes will jump with proposed teacher layoffs
The average class size next year will rise by nearly three students in the middle schools and 212 students in the high school, if the Juneau School District goes forth with proposed layoffs.

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.

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.

Racist sign triggers soul-searching at high school
Juneau-Douglas High School officials said Thursday they have suspended the student who displayed a derogatory sign about Natives from a school bus on Jan. 27.

Correction
Due to a reporting error, the date for the Juneau Pride Chorus winter concert was incorrect in the Feb. 5 issue of This Week. The Juneau Pride Chorus will hold its winter concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Northern Light United Church.

Study: Smoke-free bars didn't lose patrons
Bar and restaurant patrons have generally not migrated from non-smoking to smoking establishments under the current clean air ordinance, according to a new study by the Mayor's Smoking Ordinance Review Task Force.

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

Pair charged in cabbie's stabbing
A month after the slashing attack on cab driver Eric Drake, Juneau police arrested a young Juneau couple late Wednesday night and charged them in the near-fatal assault.

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.

FYI
Births, judgments and other legal matters.

Juneau mayor abstains from no-confidence vote against Alaska Legislature
Some Alaska mayors that voted "no confidence" in the Legislature last week may be ducking for cover in fear of retribution from state lawmakers.

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

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

District offers answers to citizens' concerns about new high school
The city and the Juneau School District will post a 24-page document on their Web sites by next week giving the district's responses to citizens' questions about the proposed high school at Dimond Park, said schools Superintendent Peggy Cowan.

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

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.

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.

... for supporting theater
Perseverance Theatre recently completed its 20th annual fund-raising raffle, and we would like to thank the following businesses and individuals who donated all the fabulous prizes.

... from the Road Runners
The Southeast Road Runners would like to thank all those who made our banquet and awards ceremony on Jan. 17 so successful.

... for helping out
We at the Juneau Co-op Preschool would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the following community businesses and people for making the annual Zip-A Dee-Doo-Dah Concert a huge success.

Neighbors Digest
Community news in brief.

Photo: Flying high
Jennifer Delp-Mallet, Juneau-Douglas High School class of '98, was recently hired by Mesa Air Group as first officer for CanadAir Regional Jet. After completing her two-year degree in aviation at Mesa Pilot Development in Farmington, N.M., Delp-Mallet attended spin-control and aerobatics programs at Fighter Combat International in Phoenix, Ariz., before getting hired at Mesa Air.

... for the nice surprise
I would like to thank Camp 70 for the nice surprise for Christmas. The shopping bag full of goodies was well appreciated. The song "Jingle Bells," which was done in Tlingit, was well appreciated. Thank you for a job well done. It cheered us up.

Teacher Talk: Your homework: Write a letter to your kid
As the parent of an adopted child, I write a letter to the birth mother a couple of times a year, waxing eloquently about our mutual child. The letter is all about school, sports, music, the cute things and the current struggles with math or zits or new glasses.

Student recognitions
Student awards and achivements.

Reed and Staveland wed
Julie Christine Reed of Beaverton, Mich., and Stephen Oscar Staveland Jr. of Juneau were married Jan. 3, 2004, at the Shrine of St. Therese. A reception followed at the Jubilee Cabin.

Photo: Snow scurrying
Pedestrians weather the snow up and down Franklin Street Wednesday afternoon, before rain melted away most of the snow.

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

Robert D. 'Bob' Arnold
Former Juneau resident Robert D. "Bob" Arnold, 71, died Jan. 11, 2004, at his home in Olympia, Wash.

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).

My Turn: Second high school will further threaten liberal arts programs
Tell me it's an ugly rumor! My in box suddenly is flooded with maydays from parents and musicians who plead for my help in preserving the choral program at Juneau-Douglas High School. Haven't we been through this before?

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 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.

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.

Photo: Fulda Challenge
Fulda Challenge racer Greg McHale of Dawson City, Yukon Territory, passes over the Summit Creek bridge as he approaches the finish line of Wednesday's mountain bike race at Fraser, British Columbia.

Quality, not quantity, for state Bears
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling took a small team to Anchorage for the Class 4A state tournament today and Saturday at Chugiak High School, and the Crimson Bears are hoping that small package is dynamite.

Center of balance
When Tasha McKoy sets up in the post during a basketball game, there's more than meets the eye. Fans see the Juneau-Douglas High School senior's skilled inside moves, and her ability to jostle, stake out a position and grab rebounds against larger players.

Southeast's top swimmers meet
Hundreds of the top young swimmers in Southeast Alaska will meet in Juneau this weekend for the Mike Smithers Southeast Regional Championships swim meet today through Sunday at Augustus G. Brown Swimming Pool.

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.

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.

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.

Juneau boys off to play in Sitka
After 14 games, it's time for the real season to start for the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team.

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.

Feds: survival of sea otters in southwest Alaska threatened
The Interior Department said Thursday the survival of sea otters in southwest Alaska is threatened and proposed adding them to the government's endangered species list.

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.

Photo: Mystery illness
Heather Norton checks the breath of Moriah, a horse boarded at the Kodiak Baptist Mission, as a precaution on Thursday after the sudden deaths of two horses in the Kodiak area since Jan. 26.

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

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

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.

Democrats introduce plan to plug Alaska's fiscal gap
As a conference of 55 Alaskans prepares to discuss filling the state fiscal gap with Alaska Permanent Fund dollars, a group of House Democrats has another idea: Get more money for oil.

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.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Abuse study shows 12 Alaska priests accused
At least 12 Catholic priests assigned to Alaska have been accused of sexual misconduct involving children over the past five decades, according to a national survey and an independent study in Anchorage.

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.

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.

What's happening
Upcoming local arts and entertainment events.

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

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.

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.

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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