Friday, February 8, 2002

Legal rights aside
Although I agree with her critics that Karen Carpenter could have changed the station or turned off her radio, I think she was completely within her rights to complain to the radio station and to sponsors of the show.

Tongass debate
This is in response to Publisher Don Smith's Sunday editorial.

Wild Alaska seafood
I appreciate the Feb. 5 Empire editorial by Don Smith, supporting Alaska's commercial fishing industry. And thank you to Sen. Ted Stevens and those state legislators who are raising the awareness of the need to market wild Alaska seafood.

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

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

FYI
Births

Talk show lawsuit jury ponders damages
JUNEAU - The jury in the civil lawsuit of Karen Carpenter against radio talk-show host Tom Leykis and production company Westwood One began deliberating on punitive damages at about 11:30 a.m. today.

New jumps and bumps
Sculptors using snowcats carved mini-mountains and valleys into Eaglecrest's Sourdough run this week, creating a new play spot for snowboarders and skiers. Called a terrain park, the series of jumps and bumps opened for the first time today and was expected to draw younger boarders and skiers to the city-owned winter recreation area, said Eaglecrest Ski Area Manager Paul Swanson.

Jury still out in sex-abuse case
Jurors today continued deliberating the case of a Haines man accused of molesting a 6-year-old relative. Attorneys gave closing arguments Wednesday morning in Juneau Superior Court in the case against Richard Warren. Warren, 23, was indicted on two counts of felony first-degree sexual abuse of a minor stemming from four incidents in 2000 and 2001.

Talk show penalized $150,000
A jury on Thursday afternoon awarded Juneau's Karen Carpenter $150,000 to punish a California radio-show production company for destroying a tape she wanted as evidence in a lawsuit. But if lawsuits are intended to settle disputes, this one isn't over yet.

Photo: Mendenhall Lake skiing
Sue Warner, above, skis across Mendenhall Lake on Wednesday near Skaters Cabin. "The sights are so beautiful, it should be illegal," she said. A 40-to-70 percent chance of more snow is predicted by the National Weather Service for this weekend.

Cooking in Juneau, smoking in Elfin Cove
Patti Lewis is a singular personality leading a double life.Eight months of the year, she lives in one of the most remote locations in Southeast: Elfin Cove, a fishing community on Chichagof Island that has an official population of 32 people and that is accessible only by boat or floatplane. There she operates a smokehouse, F.P. Smokers, the full name of which isn't printable in a family newspaper.

Jury gives Carpenter $150,000
A Juneau jury this afternoon awarded Karen Carpenter $150,000 in punitive damages from Westwood One, the Los Angeles-area company that produces the Tom Leykis Show.

Police chief: Time to retire
After 25 years with the Juneau Police Department, Chief Mel Personett announced Thursday he will resign from his position April 26.

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

Corrections
A wedding announcement published in Wednesday's Neighbors section was in error. The couple, Cecilia Sears and John Larson, told the Empire today that the announcement may have been a prank. The Empire regrets the error.

Cardiologist closes Juneau practice
Dr. Brian Cole has closed his Juneau medical practice less than nine months after opening. Cole, a cardiologist, moved to Juneau from Colorado last year, relocating his medical practice to Vintage Park in the Mendenhall Valley.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of non-profit events around Juneau.

Split verdict reached for accused child molester
A Juneau jury returned a split verdict late Thursday afternoon for a Haines man accused of molesting his 6-year-old cousin.

Students find formula for success at Native science fair
For eight Juneau students participating in the Alaska Native Science Fair in Anchorage on Wednesday, the day got off to a shaky start as a pair of earthquakes rattled the region.

JDHS recognizes the efforts of 20 students
Twenty Juneau-Douglas High School students were given Student Recognition awards for the month of January at a ceremony last month at the school library.

Student receives trip to D.C.
Mitchell Dunlap, a seventh-grade student at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, will travel to Washington, D.C. next month as part of the People to People World Leadership Forum.

Pondering the best uses of life
People engaged in quiet personal reflection often ponder the meaning of life. Commonly, such reflections come following some significant personal crisis such as a death, a serious illness or some other traumatic event.

Lincoln Day Dinner features prominent Republican
The Capital City Republicans will host their annual Lincoln Day Dinner, Feb. 12, at Centennial Hall. The keynote speaker will be columnist Rich Galen. At the time of the dissolution of the Communist governments in Eastern Europe, he was one of a select number of Americans dispatched to help build a political infrastructure. He spent a significant periods in Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania and what was then Czechoslovakia.

Grad student appears as panelist on Alan Keyes' MSNBC show
Aaron Clemens, a graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, appeared Jan. 31 as a panelist on the Alan Keyes show on MSNBC television.

Photo: UAS Library tour
University of Alaska Facilities Director Keith Gerken talks to members of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce during a tour of the Egan Library classroom addition, expected to be largely completed by the end of this year. brian wallace / the juneau empire

Senior Menu
The following meals will be served next week. These meals and Care-a-Van transportation are available to all senior citizens (age 60 and older).

Susan Bell (Speer) Winchell
Former Juneau resident Susan Bell (Speer) Winchell, 58, died Feb. 4, 2002, in Longview, Wash.

Rosina Staveland
Former Juneau resident Rosina Messerschmidt Schmitz Staveland, 90, died Jan. 25, 2002.

Marie R. James
Petersburg resident Marie R. James, 77, died Jan. 24, 2002, in Petersburg.

James T. Phillips
Juneau resident James T. "Jim" Phillips, 56, died Jan. 30, 2002, in Juneau.

Delay can't kill the spirit
The 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics have been dogged by controversy: the vote-buying scandal, the subsequent shake-up of the International Olympic Committee, bickering over drug testing and - especially since Sept. 11 - the insistence on airtight security.

My Turn: CBJ'S bear plan requires action now
Not a day passes without numerous citizens calling or stopping me to ask what's going on with bears and wolves. Being a public person I endeavor to do my best to listen to their comments and questions and to provide the best answers I can or to simply state I don't know.

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message. Be sure to leave your name and telephone number.

My Turn: Douglas proposal threat to neighborhoods
Last month the Planning Commission passed out draft ordinance No. 2001-58, which will affect the health and safety of each of us who drive back and forth to Douglas, walk or run the shoreline road, take the city bus or have children riding school buses from Douglas/West Juneau.

My Turn: Wolves provide balance to a healthy ecosystem
Living on North Douglas, knowing there were wolves just in my backyard, thrilled me. Yeah, this is Alaska. It doesn't get any better. Recently, I found out our "neighbors" had been unmercifully slaughtered, none spared, and for what reason? Don't some of them deserve to live? No longer can I relax on my deck, imagining a wolf howling through that forest between us.

My Turn: Rail extension bill offers economic benefits
I was both dismayed and encouraged to read Sen. Kim Elton's comments on my railroad extension legislation published in the Feb. 1 issue of his on-line constituent newsletter "Off the Record."

Goodbye, stimulus
The Senate gave up on an economic stimulus bill this week, with Democrats and Republicans at loggerheads over what such a package should contain.

Snow Report
The status of Alaska and Pacific Northwest ski areas.

New tubing hill catches on at Eaglecrest
When Paul Swanson proposed a tubing hill for Eaglecrest, he figured it would be a good way to get people who don't ski or snowboard up to the city-owned winter recreation area. That happened. But as it turns out, the hill provided an additional activity for people who already come to the slopes.

Nordic ski clinics planned
JUNEAU - The Juneau Nordic Ski Club is sponsoring a series of classes in skate and classic ski techniques Feb. 22-24 at Eaglecrest. The instructor is Adam Verrier from Anchorage, a world-class skier who was on the U.S. 1998 Olympic team in Nagano as a member of the men's relay team.

Out and About
In season: Wolf (Aug.-April), grouse (Aug.-May), ptarmigan (Aug.-May), coyote (Sept.-April) and hare (Sept.-April).

Rules of the tubing hill
What you need to know about Eaglecrest's tubing hill:

Women's downhill weekend scheduled
JUNEAU - A two-day skiing workshop for woman of all abilities is planned for Feb. 16-17 at Eaglecrest. The Women's Yes You Can Weekend begins Feb. 16 at 8:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast and continues that day until about 4:30 p.m. A similar schedule follows on the 17th.

Great Backyard Bird Count helps nationwide tally
Bird populations are dynamic; they are constantly in flux. Scientists and bird enthusiasts can learn a lot by knowing where the birds are. The Great Backyard Bird Count, a joint project of National Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology, takes a snapshot of North American bird populations.

Juneau boys rout West Valley, 74-49
Curtis Lane had his second straight solid performance with 18 points as the second-ranked Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team whipped the West Valley Wolfpack 74-49 on Thursday in Fairbanks.

Gruening named player of the week
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Santa Clara University senior guard Caroline Gruening, a 1998 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, was named the West Coast Conference/Rawlings Women's Basketball Player of the Week for her play this weekend against conference opponents Saint Mary's and San Francisco last week.

Ten Alaskans drop in on the Winter Games
One Alaskan is competing in the Winter Olympics a record fourth time for a female U.S. cross-country skier, while another gave up a high-paying job as a securities trader to return to athletic competition. Another of Alaska's five cross-country skiers is only a year out of high school.

Bears put a freeze on North Pole
Curtis Lane scored a season-high 24 points as the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team buried the North Pole Patriots 78-52 on Wednesday night in North Pole.

Sluggish Blue Devils avenge their loss to Florida State, 80-49
DURHAM, N.C. -- After its worst half of the season, No. 1 Duke just went with the flow. Mike Dunleavy scored 20 points, Dahntay Jones added 18 and the Blue Devils shot 60 percent in the second half to get revenge on Florida State with an 80-49 victory Thursday night.

Juneau girls host top-ranked T-Birds
Practice was over for the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team Wednesday night, but sophomore forward Letasha McKoy was strapping on a pair of bulky arm pads to work on a drill with fellow sophomore forward Danielle Larson.

The Goat set to face another Duckworth
Sitka's Matthew "The Goat" Coppick has been on a tear this season in Roughhouse Fridays. And tonight, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall at 7:30 p.m., Coppick will again thrill when he takes on Ketchikan's Tyson Duckworth in the main event.

Yukon Quest Stats
Past winners of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, a 1,000-mile plus event that goes from Fairbanks to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, in even years and from Whitehorse to Fairbanks in odd years. Mushers are listed with their winning year and time in days, hours and minutes.

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

Alaska State Basketball Poll
Here are the Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, as voted on by statewide sports reporters and compiled by the Fairbanks

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

Bicknell ready for second try at Quest
Deborah Bicknell, a 56-year-old grandmother from Juneau, expects to improve her time significantly in the 2002 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race compared to her 21st place-finish in the event in 2000.

Committee approves minimum wage increase
Republicans in the Legislature are trying to limit potential increases in the minimum wage. The House Labor and Commerce Committee on Wednesday approved an increase in the hourly rate from $5.65 to $7.15.

Carnival raises offer to Princess
MIAMI - Refusing to take no for an answer, Carnival Corp. came up today with its fourth hostile offer for P&O Princess PLC in an effort to prevent P&O from merging with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Booze tax blindsided
A maneuver Wednesday by the House Finance Committee has forced a North Pole lawmaker to loosen his grip on several controversial tax bills he is holding in a separate committee.

Bush seeks local control of forests
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration wants Congress to approve its plan for "charter forests," a pilot program that would establish a new category of federal forest that would be managed locally.

Governor riled over grocery stores' switch to Starbucks
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Tony Knowles has stepped into a brewing coffee war. Knowles fired off a letter and put in a phone call Wednesday to Safeway officials to protest the company's decision to switch from Alaska-roasted coffee to Starbucks at some of its espresso bars in Carrs grocery stores.

State Briefs
Shed intruder sentenced to 30 days; Man indicted for distress call; Legislature hires law firm for pipeline; Calling all nursing assistants

Processors scale back plans for pink salmon
PETERSBURG - Several Southeast Alaska fish processors are scaling back plans for the upcoming pink salmon season. The change will leave some salmon fishermen without a place to sell their catch.

Kake Tribal emerges from bankruptcy
ANCHORAGE - A federal bankruptcy judge has approved Kake Tribal Corp.'s bankruptcy reorganization plan, the company said. Kake Tribal officials said Thursday the move means the company can repay unsecured creditors millions of dollars and move forward with new business ventures.

House panel OKs spending cap
Even while other legislators were voting for new taxes Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee approved a proposed constitutional amendment to tighten the screws on state spending.

State Briefs
Apprentice program teaches new skills; Ice skating offered at Melvin Park; Homecoming 2002 set to begin at JDHS

Knowles plan would use tax-exempt bonds to finance natural gas pipeline
A proposed natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48 could be back on track with the help of the Alaska Railroad, Gov. Tony Knowles said Thursday.

Jimmy Carter, Wendell Berry contribute to book on ANWR
H ank Lentfer watched a dream become a book in just two months last winter. Monday night, Lentfer will share that book with Juneau in a reading at Hearthside Books.

Best Bets: This weekend: soldier's tale, bevy of art shows
Galleries are filled with art and there's no shortage of performances in the coming week, but one event stands out: Brett Dillingham's "Quilt: A Soldiers' Story."

What's happening
Theatre

Museum offers sneak peek of wearable art
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is teaming up with the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council for a new exhibit, billed as a sneak preview of the Second Annual Wearable Art Show, "Going to Extremes." The exhibit opens Friday with a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the city museum.

Beads and stoneware: Neighbors collaborate for show
something unpredictable happens with art at 2200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Evening pays tribute to the poetry of love
Centuries before a fat, sassy baby with wings and a tiny bow and arrow became an icon of romance, Greeks were writing about love darts and Cupid-like characters.

Telling a quilt's tale
F or each of the thousands of threads running through the "Soldier's Quilt" at the Alaska State Museum, there are unseen accompanying threads of fact, history, story and legend about its creator and his intriguing life story.

Local author pens tale of widowhood
With the average American wife surviving her husband by an average of seven years, widowhood is a familiar situation - sure to become more familiar with the graying of the population.

Movies where & when
"The Royal Tenenbaums," (R) starts Friday and shows nightly at 7 at the 20th Century Twin, with second shows at 9:10 Friday and Saturday nights and matinees at 2 and 4:10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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