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Sunday, February 10, 2002

'Tales of Kamchatka' are full of gusto
"Ancient Tales of Kamchatka" represents the conclusion of an ambitious task: Translating into English "Fairy Tales and Myths of the People of Chukotka and Kamchatka" (1974) by Menovshchikov and Meletinsky. The Russian edition consisted of 106 Asiatic Eskimo, Chukchi, Kerek, Koryak and Itelmen stories.

Valentine's Day books: What's your Cupid IQ?
Even those who think they know everything about love might learn a thing or two from "The Everything Romance Book" (Adams, $12.95 paperback) by longtime marrieds Donald and Pamela Baack.

Love in a poem
The roses were red, the violets were blue and true love was lost and found during the Empire's Pre-Valentine's Day poetry contest. Beginning Jan. 20, the Empire challenged Juneau poets to give us their best love-themed poetry. Poets could love anything: Moms, dads, husbands, wives, their country, their socks - just as long as they expressed that love in one typewritten page.

The S.S. Absurdity
Many readers of the Anchorage Daily News get whipped into a frenzy each political season over the issue of where Alaska's capital should be. This is nothing new. The residents of Kodiak got a taste of it over 200 years ago.

The gift of wolves
Sept. 10 is etched in my memory as clearly as Sept. 11. It was a rare sunny autumn day in Juneau and I was hiking up Mt. Ben Stewart with a couple of friends. We meandered our way up through evergreens into meadows of reds, yellows and golds and finally to the alpine ridges and summit rocks.

One guy hogged the wolves
I heard recently that some enterprising fellow went out and killed all seven wolves that were living on Douglas Island. I have mixed feelings about that. On the one hand, I'm a Douglas Island deer hunter. Getting rid of the wolves will make the hunting better.

Worst voting record
Last week's Empire told of Don Young "getting mad" at the Senate and going home early this past December.

Bears will lose again
Well, we've about covered it all from identifying the problem; the bears are getting into the garbage, to creating a rehab center for deprogramming habituated bruins.

Hope rests with judgment
I have been reading the letters dealing with the Leykis-Carpenter court case. Surely we are seeing an out of state letter-writing campaign in defense of Mr. Leykis.

School board hears findings from November forum
Juneau's public schools are meeting safety and academic needs, according to the character education expert who conducted a district forum last November.

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

20-year-old man may get 20 years in prison for accident
A 20-year-old man faces more than 20 years in prison if convicted of felony charges stemming from an alleged drunken-driving accident.

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

Flights of Safety
Snow crunches underfoot as Richard Carstensen and Bob Armstrong make their way to the third survey point of the morning at the Juneau Airport. Although birds are the main focus of today's work, Carstensen makes note of vole and mink tracks near Duck Creek. "We were seeing lots of long-tailed vole signs on the snow in December," Carstensen said. "The snow is good for them. It's cover from predators and it's thermal insulation."

Juneau waterfront offers a fresh canvas for dreams
This past week local residents, planners and officials met to exchange ideas on the subport area redevelopment plan. The project covers an area from the mouth of Gold Creek to the Goldbelt Hotel.

My Turn: The majority may have to take action
During the Special Session of the 22nd Legislature in June 2001, we felt it important to establish and preserve a record of the Knowles/Ulmer Administration's duplicitous stand on pollution of our Alaskan waterways.

My Turn: When government listens,responds
Have you ever had that aggravating experience of realizing the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing? When the person on your right says, "You really need to check with so and so to get this done," then person on your left comes back with, "Well, so-and-so (the person on your right) should really check out..."

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

Capital Notebook: Sewage concerns go down the drain
People here don't say "fecal" as much as they used to.Which is, in a way, puzzling. But a trip down memory lane might yield some insight into the sincerity of legislative rhetoric:

The Goat keeps climbing
Sitka roughhouse boxer Matthew "The Goat" Coppick has been taking on all-comers and has stopped every challenge. Now the question remains, is there anyone in Southeast who can beat him?

U.S. can only admire winning Nordic ski performances from a distance
MIDWAY, Utah -- As Italy's Stefania Belmondo crossed the finish line of the women's 15-km freestyle cross-country race to win the Olympic Games' first medal, the Americans were nowhere to be seen.

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

Duke buzzes Yellowjackets
ATLANTA -- For the first 12 minutes Saturday, Georgia Tech looked as if it might be able to run with the No. 1 team in the country.

Local Basketball Stats
Scores from this weekends's basketball games.

T-Birds crush Bears
If the top-ranked East Anchorage High School girls basketball team continues to play the way it did this weekend, the Thunderbirds should have little problems winning their third straight state championship in March.

Monson takes early Yukon Quest lead
FAIRBANKS -- Former champion Dave Monson was the early afternoon leader as the 2002 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race got under way Saturday.

Wasilla avenges loss to Bear boys
The second-ranked Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team rounded out its four-game road trip with a 50-47 loss to the third-ranked Wasilla Warriors on Saturday in Wasilla.

Ketchikan: New airport ferry begins service
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough airport ferry Oral Freeman began regular service Feb. 1.

State Briefs
Snow, gusty winds buffet Juneau; Fish farm forced to kill 1.6 million diseased salmon; Essential Air Service gets funding boost from feds; Craig man gets 50 years in prison for murdering two people

State watchdog for the elderly resigns
ANCHORAGE - The state watchdog for the elderly has resigned, becoming the third person to leave the post since 1999. John Richard, a former chief municipal prosecutor in Anchorage, served as Alaska's long-term-care ombudsman for about nine months.

Wrangell: Restrictions lifted for airport parking
While many things won't be the same in the United States following Sept. 11, parking at the Wrangell airport has returned to pre-attack days.

Lawmaker hopes to tap permanent fund money
A prominent GOP lawmaker has signed on to a new bill to tap Alaska Permanent Fund earnings for state government, but the future of the measure is uncertain. The bill filed Friday would set aside a portion of earnings from the fund to pay for state services and programs, even to the detriment of the annual permanent fund dividends paid Alaskans.

Prince of Wales: Local volunteer to help with security at Olympic Games
Alaska State Trooper Bob Claus of the Klawock Post has been selected to serve as a volunteer at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

House members want freedom to use permafund
With permanent fund earnings already in the legislative cross-hairs for a long-range fiscal plan, members of the House Judiciary Committee refused Friday to advance a bill providing constitutional protection for inflation-proofing of the fund.

Anchorage Pioneers' Home ordered to improve care
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Pioneers' Home has been ordered to develop a plan to improve treatment at the home or face a ban on new admissions.

Chilkat Valley: Bear guides seek limits to newcomers
The consequences of a moratorium limiting the number of brown bear hunting guides in most of Southeast are becoming evident in the Chilkat Valley, as the number of registered guides has doubled since limits were instituted two years ago.

Petersburg: Not a busy news day
Petersburg business owner Phil Meeks often records football games and other sporting events at his office and then brings the videotapes home to watch at his convenience.

Wrangell: Mock trial held by Youth Court
Members of Wrangell's Youth Court held a mock trial last week to demonstrate to the public the legal skills they have acquired as they have prepared to prosecute, defend and judge the cases brought before them.

Neighbor gets 6 months in jail for pummeling
A rush of adrenaline, a can of bear spray and the flick of a nylon dog leash landed a Tenakee Springs man in prison this week.

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