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Saturday, February 9, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

FYI
Births

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.

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.

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.

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).

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

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.

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.

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

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: 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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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