Friday, February 11, 2000

Actor Jim Varney, comic of the `Ernest' series, dies
WHITE HOUSE, Tenn. (AP) - Jim Varney, the rubbernecked comic who portrayed his rube character ``Ernest'' from hundreds of television commercials to a series of hit movies, died Thursday at his home. He was 50.

Knowles wants to changes workers compensation
Gov. Tony Knowles announced two bills addressing workers' health and safety today.

Knowles wants to changes workers compensation
Gov. Tony Knowles announced two bills addressing workers' health and safety today.

Actor Jim Varney, comic of the `Ernest' series, dies
WHITE HOUSE, Tenn. (AP) - Jim Varney, the rubbernecked comic who portrayed his rube character ``Ernest'' from hundreds of television commercials to a series of hit movies, died Thursday at his home. He was 50.

Awards, honors and moves
Capt. Tom Meismer has stepped down as the Civil Air Patrol's Southeast Composite Squadron Commander. Meismer, an employee of the Federal Aviation Administration, held the position for three years.

FYI

Around town

FYI

Community briefly

School calendar

Anniversary
Catherine and Amos Joe Alter

Community briefly

Differing faiths shouldn't disrupt goals
It was quite early on a Monday morning when I realized at about 4:45 that I was not going to go back to sleep no matter how tired I was. I stumbled out of bed and into the shower to begin today.

Best bets
Outdoor recreation is my recommendation for the weekend, but there's plenty to do indoors as well. You can even watch the outdoors while indoors.

School calendar

Awards, honors and moves
Capt. Tom Meismer has stepped down as the Civil Air Patrol's Southeast Composite Squadron Commander. Meismer, an employee of the Federal Aviation Administration, held the position for three years.

Best bets
Outdoor recreation is my recommendation for the weekend, but there's plenty to do indoors as well. You can even watch the outdoors while indoors.

Around town

Thank you ...

Anniversary
Catherine and Amos Joe Alter

Obituaries
Pauline `Polly' Stevens

Around town

Obituaries
Pauline `Polly' Stevens

Obituaries
Julie Craft, Bruce Norman Grant

Differing faiths shouldn't disrupt goals
It was quite early on a Monday morning when I realized at about 4:45 that I was not going to go back to sleep no matter how tired I was. I stumbled out of bed and into the shower to begin today.

Thank you ...

Obituaries
Julie Craft, Bruce Norman Grant

Around town

Alternative theaters
A lively debate between the theater owner and a patron preceded the film ``On the Waterfront'' Monday night in the lobby of the Gold Town Nickelodeon.

Entertainment calendar

Symphony warms up with student lessons
The audience was rapt as the performer displayed a range of emotions - sweet and gentle, then loud and brassy and, finally, rousing an army to charge into battle.

Artist profile
Odette Foster has been active in the Juneau dance scene for 25 years. She's one of the few callers leading contra and English country dances in Juneau. She also plays piano in the dance bands Footloose and Ladies Choice.

Alternative theaters
A lively debate between the theater owner and a patron preceded the film ``On the Waterfront'' Monday night in the lobby of the Gold Town Nickelodeon.

Symphony warms up with student lessons
The audience was rapt as the performer displayed a range of emotions - sweet and gentle, then loud and brassy and, finally, rousing an army to charge into battle.

Artist profile
Odette Foster has been active in the Juneau dance scene for 25 years. She's one of the few callers leading contra and English country dances in Juneau. She also plays piano in the dance bands Footloose and Ladies Choice.

Briefly

Juneau Symphony picks director
After searching for almost two years, the musicians of the Juneau Symphony have selected Kyle Wylie Pickett as the symphony's new musical director.

Entertainment Briefly

Briefly

Entertainment Briefly

Juneau Symphony picks director
After searching for almost two years, the musicians of the Juneau Symphony have selected Kyle Wylie Pickett as the symphony's new musical director.

Entertainment calendar

Stevens blasts FTC for trying to block oil merger
ANCHORAGE - The Federal Trade Commission's decision to block BP Amoco's proposed buyout of Atlantic Richfield Co. threatens to destroy Alaska's economy, U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens said Wednesday.

Anchorage schools get porn-blocking software
ANCHORAGE - A system to prevent students from using computers to access pornography on the Internet has been installed in schools in the Anchorage School District.

Anchorage schools get porn-blocking software
ANCHORAGE - A system to prevent students from using computers to access pornography on the Internet has been installed in schools in the Anchorage School District.

Area gets tough on unsafe skiers
Serious injuries and deaths in the Rockies have pushed the Eaglecrest Ski Area to emphasize safety this month.

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

State flags lowered for Larson
Former state Rep. Ron Larson of Palmer, known for his budget work in the Legislature, died Thursday morning at the Sitka Pioneers' Home. He was 65 and suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

Eddie Bauer headed to Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Eddie Bauer is scheduled to open a store in this Interior city this spring and also may be heading to Juneau.

New map details hiking trails around Juneau
The U.S. Forest Service has just published the first map of all the foot trails in Juneau.

Wales plane crash injures nine
NOME - Nine people were recovering from minor injuries after a plane crash Wednesday in the northwest Alaska village of Wales.

Ex-pro becomes Juneau's Mr. Soccer
A dozen or so teen-agers and pre-teens silently surround the fit, silver-haired coach who stands, speaking, in the middle of Auke Bay Elementary's gymnasium. A neon green ball falls from one boy's arms, and without thinking, he bounces it a couple of times. Realizing what he's done, he drops down and performs a pair of push-ups.

Crash spurs plane checks
LOS ANGELES - Two Alaska Airlines MD-80 series passenger planes were grounded today after problems were found in the jackscrews, the focus of the investigation into the crash of Alaska Flight 261.

State and local briefly

Oil outfit pays for official trip
The lieutenant governor and the state's top environmental regulator took a trip to New Orleans last year paid for by one of the state's top oil companies.

Police and fire blotter

Empire owner buys Homer newspaper
JUNEAU - Morris Communications Corp., parent company of the Juneau Empire, has expanded its growing empire with a new Alaska holding, the Homer News Inc.

Eddie Bauer headed to Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Eddie Bauer is scheduled to open a store in this Interior city this spring and also may be heading to Juneau.

Cutbacks at airport may lead to layoffs
The Juneau Airport plans to cut the amount it pays the city for fire and rescue services by about $180,000 for fiscal year 2001.

Northern lights dazzle stargazers - and more to come
The last few nights' clear skies have offered local sky-watchers a chance to view the aurora borealis. And if the weather continues to cooperate, it's going to get better.

Wales plane crash injures nine
NOME - Nine people were recovering from minor injuries after a plane crash Wednesday in the northwest Alaska village of Wales.

Cutbacks at airport may lead to layoffs
The Juneau Airport plans to cut the amount it pays the city for fire and rescue services by about $180,000 for fiscal year 2001.

Fighting prejudice: Speaker explains how
The head of the Pacific Northwest Region of the Anti-Defamation League will be talking to Juneau's school administrators, counselors and principals on Friday about taking a pro-active stance in understanding and accepting society's diversity.

Oil outfit pays for official trip
The lieutenant governor and the state's top environmental regulator took a trip to New Orleans last year paid for by one of the state's top oil companies.

Special sessions may go on road
A measure to shorten regular legislative sessions to 90 days passed the Senate Finance Committee today.

New map details hiking trails around Juneau
The U.S. Forest Service has just published the first map of all the foot trails in Juneau.

Making art a permanent part of school
Morgan Thomas, paintbrush poised, pondered the white expanse of the foot-square ceramic tile.

Area gets tough on unsafe skiers
Serious injuries and deaths in the Rockies have pushed the Eaglecrest Ski Area to emphasize safety this month.

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

Ex-pro becomes Juneau's Mr. Soccer
A dozen or so teen-agers and pre-teens silently surround the fit, silver-haired coach who stands, speaking, in the middle of Auke Bay Elementary's gymnasium. A neon green ball falls from one boy's arms, and without thinking, he bounces it a couple of times. Realizing what he's done, he drops down and performs a pair of push-ups.

Corrections
Due to incorrect information supplied by Mathcounts for Wednesday's Empire Neighbors Page article, the names of the winning Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School team were wrong. The correct names are: Ry Walters, Abe Levy, Casey Loofbourrow and Edward Mertz.

State and local briefly

Another stab at resolving subsistence
Try, try, try, . . . and try again.

Police and fire blotter

State flags lowered for Larson
Former state Rep. Ron Larson of Palmer, known for his budget work in the Legislature, died Thursday morning at the Sitka Pioneers' Home. He was 65 and suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

Crash spurs plane checks
LOS ANGELES - Two Alaska Airlines MD-80 series passenger planes were grounded today after problems were found in the jackscrews, the focus of the investigation into the crash of Alaska Flight 261.

Northern lights dazzle stargazers - and more to come
The last few nights' clear skies have offered local sky-watchers a chance to view the aurora borealis. And if the weather continues to cooperate, it's going to get better.

Corrections
Due to incorrect information supplied by Mathcounts for Wednesday's Empire Neighbors Page article, the names of the winning Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School team were wrong. The correct names are: Ry Walters, Abe Levy, Casey Loofbourrow and Edward Mertz.

Special sessions may go on road
A measure to shorten regular legislative sessions to 90 days passed the Senate Finance Committee today.

Stevens blasts FTC for trying to block oil merger
ANCHORAGE - The Federal Trade Commission's decision to block BP Amoco's proposed buyout of Atlantic Richfield Co. threatens to destroy Alaska's economy, U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens said Wednesday.

Fighting prejudice: Speaker explains how
The head of the Pacific Northwest Region of the Anti-Defamation League will be talking to Juneau's school administrators, counselors and principals on Friday about taking a pro-active stance in understanding and accepting society's diversity.

Another stab at resolving subsistence
Try, try, try, . . . and try again.

Empire owner buys Homer newspaper
JUNEAU - Morris Communications Corp., parent company of the Juneau Empire, has expanded its growing empire with a new Alaska holding, the Homer News Inc.

Making art a permanent part of school
Morgan Thomas, paintbrush poised, pondered the white expanse of the foot-square ceramic tile.

Word of mouth

Avalanches on highway serve as warning
Letter by Marc Wheeler

Underwear for less uptight Fridays
I do not generally air my linen - clean as it may be - in public. There is no Ellen's Secret catalog. As far as I am concerned the crucial word in underwear is ``under'' - as in hidden. And even if I had abs like Brandi Chastain, I wouldn't bare my torso on national television.

New knee will be worth the bother
The entire caper went just as planned. I met the other three guys in a dimly lit room at the end of a long corridor, well before dawn. The morning was cold and clear.

Underwear for less uptight Fridays
I do not generally air my linen - clean as it may be - in public. There is no Ellen's Secret catalog. As far as I am concerned the crucial word in underwear is ``under'' - as in hidden. And even if I had abs like Brandi Chastain, I wouldn't bare my torso on national television.

Kake tournament meant to help out schools
Letter by Royal and JoAnn Jackson

Parents are spending their children's checks
Letter by Ralph Swap

State has no business taking BP's money
There's an old adage that says facts are irrelevant - perception is reality. And that's what we see with the state administration defending its decision to allow BP Amoco to pay for the state's legal bills on behalf of the company.

Shorter sessions a sign of maturing Legislature
Come to think of it, 121-day legislative sessions are awfully long.

Kake tournament meant to help out schools
Letter by Royal and JoAnn Jackson

Parents are spending their children's checks
Letter by Ralph Swap

State has no business taking BP's money
There's an old adage that says facts are irrelevant - perception is reality. And that's what we see with the state administration defending its decision to allow BP Amoco to pay for the state's legal bills on behalf of the company.

Shorter sessions a sign of maturing Legislature
Come to think of it, 121-day legislative sessions are awfully long.

Word of mouth

Avalanches on highway serve as warning
Letter by Marc Wheeler

New knee will be worth the bother
The entire caper went just as planned. I met the other three guys in a dimly lit room at the end of a long corridor, well before dawn. The morning was cold and clear.

Word of mouth

Word of mouth

Drill team removes five officers
Five officers from the Juneau Dance-Drill Team have been removed from the team for a drinking incident last weekend.

Drill team removes five officers
Five officers from the Juneau Dance-Drill Team have been removed from the team for a drinking incident last weekend.

Glacier Swim Club hosts regional meet
Just before they started warming up for Wednesday afternoon's Glacier Swim Club practice, several of the high school-aged members of the swim team pulled out some sheets of butcher paper and started making signs.

Mushers refine tactics in Yukon Quest
FAIRBANKS - A quiet revolution in tactics is changing the tempos of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, and some mushers say the fun is going out of the event. The race begins Saturday in Fairbanks.

Glacier Swim Club hosts regional meet
Just before they started warming up for Wednesday afternoon's Glacier Swim Club practice, several of the high school-aged members of the swim team pulled out some sheets of butcher paper and started making signs.

Sports in Juneau

Yakutat boys earn sweep
Robin Brantley scored 23 points Wednesday as the Yakutat boys basketball team claimed a 79-64 victory over Thorne Bay in Region V-Class 2A action in Yakutat.

A Juneau musher and her Quest
It's a sunny spring day less than two weeks before Saturday's start of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, and Deborah Bicknell is a busy woman.

Maryland ends Duke's streak
Maryland's recent history against Duke is dismal, to say the least. The Terrapins made the latest game in the series one for the books.

UAF earns rare win over UAA
This was for all the University of Alaska Fairbanks teams that came to Anchorage and went home empty-handed. For all the heartbreak of the past.

Yakutat boys earn sweep
Robin Brantley scored 23 points Wednesday as the Yakutat boys basketball team claimed a 79-64 victory over Thorne Bay in Region V-Class 2A action in Yakutat.

Mushers refine tactics in Yukon Quest
FAIRBANKS - A quiet revolution in tactics is changing the tempos of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, and some mushers say the fun is going out of the event. The race begins Saturday in Fairbanks.

Maryland ends Duke's streak
Maryland's recent history against Duke is dismal, to say the least. The Terrapins made the latest game in the series one for the books.

Sports in Juneau

UAF earns rare win over UAA
This was for all the University of Alaska Fairbanks teams that came to Anchorage and went home empty-handed. For all the heartbreak of the past.

A Juneau musher and her Quest
It's a sunny spring day less than two weeks before Saturday's start of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, and Deborah Bicknell is a busy woman.

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