Saturday, February 7, 2004

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

FYI
Births, judgments and other legal matters.

Student recognitions
Student awards and achivements.

... 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.

... 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.

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

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.

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.

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