Tuesday, February 12, 2002

Rails to roads
Why not stimulate the economy, put displaced workers back in the productive mainstream, alleviate the economic strains of entitlement and rebuild our nation's crumbling infrastructure, all in one fell swoop?

Home-school changes
I am greatly concerned by the new home-school rules proposed. They seem to be designed to take our freedom of choice as home- school parents away. As I am sure you realize, the main reason most of us home school is the control of the quality and content of our curriculum.

Wake up, look around
I have been working on commercial boats for 10 years, and it seems to me it's a dying breed. Our federal government has already taken away the logging industry. May I remind you, people of Alaska, it put a great many people out of work. Now the Alaska government is going after the commercial fishing fleet.

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.

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

Venturing out
I have been involved with NAMI Juneau for a while, and intend to get more involved due to the self-empowerment I'm starting to experience. I'm very excited for the Polaris House to open to empower myself more.

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

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

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

City bear plan gels
More stringent garbage law enforcement, public education and a crackdown on plastic Dumpster lids are on the city's agenda as bear season approaches, staff members said Monday.

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.

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."

City to focus on Thane-area heliport first
The city will study the possibility of putting a new heliport at Dupont or Sheep Creek in Thane before exploring other locations, the Juneau Assembly agreed Monday.

Black History Month is time to 'reflect on a rich history'
Black History Month will be celebrated in Juneau with events ranging from storytelling to gospel singing and a ball. "Basically, Black History Month is a reflection of the contributions that Black Americans have made to American society, from music to medicine to inventions," said Ernest Monts, who works in materials management at Bartlett Regional Hospital and is a member of the 2002 Black History Committee.

Logging hearing starts Wednesday in Juneau
Juneau will host a court hearing this week on the harms of logging and not logging Tongass roadless areas.

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

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

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

Costa Joseph Alton Sr.
Juneau resident Costa Joseph Alton Sr., 67, died Feb. 10, 2002 at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau.

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.

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.

Who's really indignant?
No fewer than 11 congressional committees are competing to investigate Enron, and the 248 members of those committees are staging their own micro-contests to see who can sound most outraged by the scandal. Democrats and Republicans alike profess themselves appalled by the company's conduct, as well they might be.

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.

My Turn: Where are bears and wolves to live?
I wish to add my voice to those of Tom Lee, Mark Farmer and others who have expressed outrage over the senseless slaughter of the Douglas Island wolf pack. During 60 years of hunting and fishing, I've never trapped but I've observed some disgusting hunting operations.

Local Basketball Stats
Scores and stats from this weekend's basketball games.

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.

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

Freeman moves to front of Yukon Quest pack
FAIRBANKS -- Peter Butteri was the first Yukon Quest musher to reach Slaven's Cabin early today, while Joran Freeman jumped ahead of the pack, becoming the first to leave.

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

Alaskans given marching orders for Olympics biathlon
MIDWAY, Utah -- Let's hope Spc. Jeremy Teela of the U.S. Army is good at following commands, because here are his marching orders for Wednesday's sprint race at the Winter Olympics:

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.

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.

No clear direction on Alaska's fiscal plan
Recent moves on a long-range fiscal plan have put to rest any lingering notion that this legislative session has a script. Vastly different levels of urgency about the state fiscal gap were expressed this morning by some House Republicans and the Senate's Republican leaders.

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.

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

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.

Alaska cop punches way to Golden Gloves title
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police officer Pearl Turney laid down the law in Tacoma, Wash., last month and she used her fists to do it. Turney came back from Washington with a new Golden Gloves leather jacket with a championship patch for winning the district's 156-pound women's boxing title.

State Briefs
Exemptions for exit exam takers planned; Jury deliberates fate of Anchorage printer; State troopers investigate homicide in Pilot Point; Fairbanks man charged in police standoff

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.

Congressional audit delays plan for Chugach National Forest management
ANCHORAGE - A congressional audit has delayed final revision of the management plan for the Chugach National Forest, which borders Prince William Sound in Southcentral Alaska.

GOP budgets target state agencies
Operating budgets filed by House and Senate Republicans would approve full funding of state employee contracts but make agencies absorb part of the cost. The GOP budget bills filed Monday show reductions to departments that equal the state general fund amount required to fully fund the contracts, worth $39.4 million in state and federal dollars.

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