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Monday, February 11, 2002

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.

'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.

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.

Too many surprises
I am grateful to Karen Carpenter for her courage and perseverance in helping to get Tom Leykis off the air in Juneau.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wetlands concerns
As a follow-up to the Sunday article on the airport, I would like to let folks know what my concerns are.

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.

Tourist dollars
It really is sad that this Carpenter vs. Leykis situation might hurt your local economy. How?

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.

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

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.

JDHS new home to drug program
A chemical dependency program has moved into Juneau-Douglas High School to help students with substance-abuse problems get the assistance they need.

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

Restitution reduced for folk fest embezzler
A former Alaska Folk Festival treasurer convicted of embezzling money from the nonprofit group will not have to pay full restitution due to a recent state Court of Appeals decision.

Photo: Making shots a little sweeter
Chris Walkenford, 9, entertains himself in the waiting room of Valley Medical Care on Saturday before getting immunization shots. Bartlett Region Hospital, the Juneau Public

Teen headed for recovery
Because of substance abuse, "Gene," 16, was a full year behind in schooling last year. "The drugs really do affect your academics," he said. "It's very hard to focus when you are high all the time."

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

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

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."

Wayne H. Stambaugh
Juneau resident Wayne Howard Stambaugh, 84, died Feb. 7, 2002, in Juneau.

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:

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.

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: Do we have a mad hatters' tea party instead of a government?
What if Juneau's artists had ultimate power in our city planning? We would have arts centers, cafes, gardens, but perhaps too few other necessities. The polar opposite of the artist is the engineer.

ANWR provides part of U.S. energy solution
It is a promising sign that the Bush administration has included a projected $1.2 billion in federal oil leasing revenue from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in its proposed 2004 budget.

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..."

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

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.

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.

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.

Canuck musher Tetz leading Yukon Quest
FAIRBANKS -- Canadian musher Thomas Tetz was leading the 2002 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race on day 2 of the 1,000-mile race from Fairbanks to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

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.

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?

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Molester's name nearly dropped from state registry
ANCHORAGE - Until his plea last week, Kenneth Rarick was among 2,800 convicted sex offenders who were about to be dropped from Alaska's sex offender registry.

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

Sex case reveals weak link in system
NORTH POLE, Alaska - When Kenneth Rarick was working with students at Jubilee Christian School in 1996, details of his past misconduct with young boys were readily available to the public, meticulously documented in aging court files.

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

Dems: Focus on budget gap
Democrats in the House are calling for an immediate halt to all legislative business except work on a long-range fiscal plan.

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.

State Briefs
Ice shakes Eaglecrest lift; JPD make radar system available; Coast Guard rescues fishermen; Researcher: Limit Kenai anglers; WJDHS students win home design contest; Alaska officers help with Olympics security; Group touts center through ad blitz

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.

Worn suitcase holds treasure for Museum of the Aleutians
UNALASKA - The old black suitcase sat in a corner for so long, no one at the museum in Texas could remember where it came from. There was no paper trail. A single word, perhaps a name, was associated with the bag - Blahuta. The only other thing anyone knew was that the contents came from the Aleutians.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Injunction blocks dumping of diseased salmon in Fraser
Alaska officials are keeping a close eye on an issue unfolding in British Columbia involving boatloads of diseased farmed salmon.

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.

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