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Wednesday, February 11, 2004

The bare, down-to-earth, truth
Thanks to Janet Jackson, we have another reason to call TV the boob tube. Fortunately, FCC chairman Powell is on the job, expressing the moral outrage we all would if we weren't too busy watching football.

Gear failure halts Northstar oil
ANCHORAGE - An equipment failure has halted production at Northstar, an island oil field in the Beaufort Sea, and repairs could take as long as three weeks, according to officials with BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. said.

Seward businessman touts laminated veneer
ANCHORAGE - Seward businessman Dale Lindsey and an Alaska forest products consulting firm are working with a Canadian forest products company on a possible $60 million project to build a laminated veneer lumber mill.

Stabbing suspects shouldn't get bail
I find it outrageous that Judge Froehlich set bail for those two cowards. The cab driver, Eric Drake, paid a high price being so brutally attacked. Even if those two go to jail he will continue to pay so that they both get three square meals a day, a warm place to sleep, free medical care, free education, job training, counseling, and I'm sure the list goes on and on.

Time for solutions
After reading all of the recent articles and letters it is safe to say we have a serious problem with our schools. Actually, there are many problems: overcrowding, teacher layoffs, buildings that need maintenance, charter school and alternative school cuts, dropout rates, curriculums we can't afford and, let's not forget, a lack of funds to pay for the buses that take the kids to school.

Claims about SE roads are baseless
If a tree falls in the middle of the woods and no one hears it, does it make a sound? What if a log raft is untied in the middle of the forest and no one witnesses it, does it really happen? Lew Williams' Feb. 1 ramblings on ferries, roads and timber

Racism is just not acceptable to district
Recent racist activities brought forward a need to address the Juneau School District's stance on racism.

Another option for high school dilemma
Almost all of us agree that Juneau-Douglas High School is overcrowded. How should we deal with the situation, both now and many years down the road?

That was a poor vote on initiative resolution
Shame on you Beth Kerttula. On Feb. 4 the single most important piece of anti-capital move legislation this session, HJR 5, was brought to the floor of the House of Representatives, and you voted against it and defeated it. Not only did you vote against it once, but twice. Luckily for Juneau the second time around your vote did not matter.

Abortion not about choice, but about killing
Ms. Janowiec in her Jan. 30 letter to the editor states: "Anyone that has any knowledge about how and why our country was founded will agree that it's about choice and the freedom to have control over your own body."

Alaska Digest
Planning commission approves school permit JUNEAU - Planning commissioners granted a conditional-use permit Tuesday night including 20 conditions that would allow construction of a new high school in the Mendenhall Valley.

This Day in History
In Alaska: • In 1888, Marie Drake, author of the lyrics to Alaska's Flag, the state song, was born.

Fire wipes out electricity to 7,500 users
Electricity went out for about half of Juneau's Alaska Electric Light & Power customers early Monday after a utility pole caught fire at Airport Boulevard and Old Dairy Road.

Kmart thief lands 21/2 years
Frank Brian Rowcroft was ordered Tuesday to serve 21/2 years in jail and complete 500 hours of community service for the theft of nearly $100,000 from Juneau's Kmart store almost two years ago.

Around Town
Today: Day of Quilting, Sewing and Good Fellowship, 10 a.m. every Wednesday, Resurrection Lutheran Church. Quilts donated to Lutheran World Relief. Details: 586-2380.

Assembly may curb authority of Docks and Harbors Board
The city would control every dollar of purchases by the Docks and Harbors Board and Department down to a bag of nails, according to an ordinance that the Juneau Assembly introduced Monday night.

Training to fight fires
Capital City Fire and Rescue firefighter and EMT John Krebsbach turns off a fire hydrant Monday in front of the Glacier Valley Fire Department.

Breaking the waves
Workers for the Juneau Docks and Harbors Department on Tuesday lower an anchor that will hold a 200-foot-long log boom at the entrance of the Douglas Boat Harbor.

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

One child at a time
Eight years ago, then 8-year-old Barbara Dude and Karen Musslewhite met at a local fast-food restaurant for a snack.

Priest: Listening key to racism problems
Suspending students who engage in racist incidents doesn't solve the problem, the Rev. Michael Oleksa told about 100 people who gathered at Juneau-Douglas High School on Tuesday night to hear him speak about culture, prejudice and racism.

Halting new school could pose bond dilemma
If Juneau voters block construction of a second high school, the city will have to decide what to do with about $18.2 million in bonds it has sold for the project but not used.

Surfbird retires after 50 years on SE waters
Since 1969, the vessel Surfbird, owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has carried hundreds of volunteer and professional biologists along the coasts of Southeast Alaska.

Around Town
Today: Valley Toastmasters meeting, 6:10 a.m. every Tuesday, Henry's Restaurant. Public invited. Details: Jim, 789-3074.

Early Juneau movers and shapers
Many small towns are founded on the rock of ordinary people who help to establish commerce, society and the arts.

Neighbors Digest
staff reports

Through sickness and health, to France and back: a family adventure
Here's the thing: A couple of years ago now, my husband, Robin Walz, a history professor at UAS, tossed his hat in the ring for a chance to teach for a semester in Angers, France, through the Northwest Council on Study Abroad (NCSA). Suspecting that I might have minor misgivings about his spending five-plus months in France's Loire Valley while I stayed home tending hearth and home, he had the foresight to consult me.

Pets of the week
Lucky is sleek, shiny imp; Gwen the Tuxedo cat fond of laps

Frank Aaron Wilson Sr.
Longtime Douglas resident Frank Aaron Wilson Sr., 85, died Feb. 5, 2004, in Douglas.

Racism, dropouts and a 2nd high school
I am very disappointed some members of the community want to stop construction of a second high school. Their petition, if successful, will increase the dropout rate, increase racial tensions and reduce education opportunity for the minority, disadvantaged and at-risk students of the Juneau-Douglas community.

Ricky, you can't go home again
CLEVELAND - Ricky Davis returned to Gund Arena and hardly recognized the place. The crowd was rowdy, the Cleveland Cavaliers' mascot made fun of him and he got booed.

Kleedehn looks to win this year's Yukon Quest
WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory - After coming in second last year, William Kleedehn has an understandable goal for this year's Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Region V Basketball Standings
The Region V basketball standings through games of Feb. 9.

Bear girls head north
After a successful series against Sitka last weekend, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team is turning its attention north this week.

Hoonah boys edge Chevak in OT thriller
Hoonah's Devin Moritz hit a 3-pointer with eight seconds left in overtime to give the Braves the lead, and the Chevak Comets missed a layup at the buzzer as host Hoonah escaped with a 77-76 victory in Saturday's boys finale of the Icy Strait basketball tournament.

Hoonah girls are perfect at Icy Strait Tournament
Six players scored at least eight points for the Hoonah High School girls basketball team as the Class 2A Braves closed out the Icy Strait Tournament with a 68-14 victory over the Class 2A Chevak Comets on Saturday in Hoonah.

Tompkins ends Worlds with two ninths
Juneau monoskier Joe Tompkins closed out the International Paralympic Committee's Disabled Alpine Ski World Championships with a pair of ninth-place finishes last week in Wildschnau, Austria.

Correction
Carissa Anderson's name was misspelled in the cutline from a photo of her swimming in the Mike Smithers Southeast Alaska Regional Swim Championships that ran Sunday's Juneau Empire sports section.

Getting wet and wild
The Mike Smithers Southeast Alaska Regional Swim Championships this weekend were a blend of the old and the new for Juneau's Glacier Swim Club, with a lot of fast times thrown in.

Sports in Juneau
NEW CALENDAR ITEM: • Juneau-Douglas High School indoor soccer minicamp - The sixth annual JDHS indoor soccer minicamp takes place on Monday, Feb. 16, at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School and is for boys and girls ages 5-14.

Sports in Juneau
NEW CALENDAR ITEMS • Gastineau Channel Little League registration - GCLL volunteers will be set up at Nugget Mall on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, Feb. 22 from noon to 4 p.m. to register kids for teeball, softball and baseball.

POMV plan wins informal thumbs-up
FAIRBANKS - A new method of managing the Alaska Permanent Fund would prevent the possibility of a zero dividend, a scenario that Alaskans faced last year, according to the fund's trustees.

Alaska Digest
Seniors can apply for SBS scholarship ANCHORAGE - Applications are now available for high school seniors to apply for the Spenard Builders Supply (SBS) scholarship. A $2,000 to $4,000 scholarship will be awarded to assist an Alaska high school senior in pursing a vocational career for the benefit of Alaska's future.

Legislature may provide more funds for schools
Pressure is mounting on the Legislature to put more money into education as school districts around the state write budgets that call for deep staff cuts next year.

Poll says most Alaska voters prefer taxes over tapping permanent fund
ANCHORAGE - A poll commissioned by the Anchorage Daily News suggests that most Alaska voters would rather tax the oil industry or resurrect the income tax than tap the Alaska Permanent Fund to fix the state's fiscal crisis.

Hammond backs state income tax
Attention is focused on the state budget gap this week, and former Gov. Jay Hammond says he has a proposal that would double the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend, stabilize it and plug the deficit.

State makes tentative deal to buy North Pole oil refinery
Flint Hills Resources has secured a tentative crude oil contract with the state that will allow it to buy the Williams Alaska Petroleum refinery at North Pole.

Hammond shakes up conference agenda with his proposal for state's fiscal woes
FAIRBANKS - It didn't take long for delegates to the Conference of Alaskans to stray from the agenda set by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

This Day in History
In Alaska: • In 1881, miners agreed to rename "Harrisburgh" "Rockwell" and establish mining laws. In December, miners again changed the name to "Juneau City."

Wildlife group turns to feds to stop aerial wolf hunting in Alaska
ANCHORAGE - A national wildlife group is asking Interior Secretary Gale Norton to turn her legal eye on Alaska's aerial wolf control program and find that it violates federal law.

High-speed connection
Some 2,800 tons of undersea fiber-optic cable is shown coiled up in the belly of the CS Bold Endeavour, berthed in Seward. Workers are to begin laying the 1,544-mile cable between Seward and Warrenton, Ore., that will provide a high-speed communications link between Alaska and the Lower 48.

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

Bill would do away with 58-foot seine boat limit
A few extra feet on a fishing vessel may not sound like much, but Juneau fisherman Scott McAllister says lengthening his boat could open up a whole new market for his fish.

Alaska Digest
Planning commission approves school permit JUNEAU - Planning commissioners granted a conditional-use permit Tuesday night including 20 conditions that would allow construction of a new high school in the Mendenhall Valley.

This Day in History
In Alaska: • In 1888, Marie Drake, author of the lyrics to Alaska's Flag, the state song, was born.

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