Friday, February 15, 2002

Close encounters
Thank you, Sandy, for your letter in the Feb. 13 paper. I also saw the pedestrian being hit by the vehicle in the crosswalk at the West Eighth Street and Calhoun Avenue intersection. Although this is the first time I've seen anyone actually hit, I have seen many near hits at this very stretch of road.

The view from Ely
I am a tourist visiting Juneau for the first time in my life. It is something I have wanted to do for 20-plus years, and I am enjoying it tremendously. While I have been here I have been following the local controversy surrounding the issue of cutting trees at the airport, and killing nuisance bears that wander into town threatening humans.

Education has a price
I have listened with interest to Gov. Knowles' proposal to add $1.2 billion in new taxes over the next three years.

Juneau, state cubicles not the 'real Alaska'
This bear and wolf issue has gotten so far out of perspective that it's become ludicrous. To suggest a wild animal "preserve" in the valley (My Turn, Tuesday's Empire) with bears, wolves, deer and goats that children and tourists stroll through is about the most ridiculous thing to come out of this whole debate.

Local wisdom
Seeing as how the Juneau Airport has only one runway, pilots sometimes have crosswinds to contend with. Most of our big crosswinds come in from a westerly direction.

The justice system
As long as this country has capital punishment, we must make every effort to reduce the danger of wrongful death sentences. The constitution project in Washington, D.C., has created a bipartisan initiative. Members include law officers, prosecutors, judges, prison officials, victim advocates, religious leaders and journalists.

Subport development should reflect Juneau Tlingit history
I was very interested in Barbara Sheinberg's ideas and comments in the Juneau Empire concerning the Subport Redevelopment project. She stated, "the population and the economy will support the whole area being vibrant, but you have to keep those linkages."

Woman lands six months for cabbie assault
Michelle Gillette, accused of robbing and beating a local cab- driver in September, was sentenced Thursday to six months in prison.

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

Avalanche path cleared for cars
Thane Road is open to traffic today after a Thursday morning avalanche blocked the roadway for more than 17 hours.

Rock 'n' Roll to Rock of Ages
Pastor Sadao Uehara's lifestyle has changed dramatically since his days as a professional touring rock guitarist.

Avalanche knocks out electricity
Cleanup efforts continued this afternoon after an early morning avalanche hit Thane Road, knocking out power citywide, causing a vehicle accident, and stranding some residents on the other side of a 20-foot wall of snow.

FYI
Births

Photo: Valentine's preparation
Suzy Good, left, and Michelle Workman stay busy Wednesday preparing Valentine's Day floral arraignments at the A&P market. Good is the speciality foods manager and Workman is the floral and shipping manager. They said the market typically gets a late-afternoon rush of men looking for flowers and candy.

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

Blueprint for victory
After hours spent sharpening their skills and perfecting their presentation, five Juneau-Douglas High School students surprised the competition - and themselves - by winning their division in a national home design contest in Atlanta.

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

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

Photo: New command vehicles
Win Gruening, senior vice president of Key Bank, far right, presents a check to Fire Chief Mike Doyle at the Juneau fire hall as Fire Marshall Randy Waters, left, and division Fire Chief Mike Fenster look on.

Eight timber sales focus of possible injunction
Eight Southeast Alaska timber sales are getting much of the attention in a Juneau federal courtroom this week.U.S. Forest Service officials, timber industry advocates, conservationists and Southeast community leaders were in court today for the second of three days of testimony about a possible Tongass logging injunction.

Workshops explore Mideast connections
Northern Light United Church is holding a three-day conference titled The Mideast and Reconciliation: A gathering of concerned people and people of faith.

Dean's List
The following Juneau students have been named to the University of Idaho Dean's List for the Fall 2001 semester.

Neighbors Briefs
Peratroviches to be honored; Swim club begins fund-raiser; Ski clubs sets classes; 4-H spaghetti feed, tack sale scheduled for Saturday; Williams graduates from DeVry

Senior Menu
The following meals will be served next week. These meals and Care-a-Van transportation are available to all senior citizens (age 60 and over).

Count your blessings at the beginning and end of every day
"You are to gather up the joys and sorrows, the struggles, the beauty, love, dreams and hopes of every hour that they may be consecrated at the alter of daily life."

Activist to speak at Egan Library
Winona LaDuke (Ojibwe), an internationally renowned Native American Indian activist and advocate for environmental, women's and children's rights, will speak at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 19 at the UAS Egan Library. Her speech is entitled, "Politics, Motherhood and Environmental Justice."

Photo: Museum totem
Snow shrouds the four-story totem in front of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum on Wednesday. The totem was carved by John Wallace in 1940. The portion of the totem seen here depicts a shaman holding a land otter.

Centennial Hall hosts film festival
The Banff Festival of Mountain Films will present nine films at 7 p.m., Feb. 16 at Centennial Hall.

Chuck Melvin Henderson
Juneau resident Chuck Melvin Henderson, 26, died unexpectedly Feb. 8 of natural causes.

Roger Hancock Bailey
Former Juneau resident Roger Hancock Bailey, 87, died Feb. 9, 2002, in Seattle.

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

Charles Tuell Jr.
Former Juneau resident Charles Tuell Jr., 42, died Jan. 25, 2002, in Ft. Smith, Ark.

William 'Bill' George Meachem
Longtime Juneau resident William "Bill" George Meachem, 54, died Feb. 8, 2002, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after a long battle with cancer.

Dorothy Louise Messerschmidt
Former resident Dorothy Louise Messerschmidt, 66, died Feb. 1, 2002, in Forks, Wash.

'Petie' Richard Dieter Max Davis
Juneau resident "Petie" Richard Dieter Max Davis, 46, died Feb. 9, 2002, at home with his family.

Joan Koester Carroll
Longtime Juneau resident Joan Koester Carroll, 68, died Feb. 8, 2002 in Juneau after a long battle with cancer.

Campaign finance congratulations
Congratulations to the House of Representatives. At the end of a very long day, and much of a long night, a bipartisan coalition stood firm Thursday in support of campaign finance reform. Its members turned back a barrage of cynically deceptive amendments designed to bring pressure from nearly every direction.

Iran and the 'axis of evil'
President Bush has stirred up a hornet's nest in Iran by including the Islamic republic in his "axis of evil" trifecta of rogue nations, along with Iraq and North Korea.

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.

Nordic ski clinics changed
JUNEAU - The schedule for Juneau Nordic Ski Club classes in skate and classic ski techniques Feb. 22-24 at Eaglecrest has changed.

Snow report
The status of Alaska and Pacific Northwest ski areas.

Out and About
In season: Wolf (Aug.-April), grouse (Aug.-May), ptarmigan (Aug.-May), coyote (Sept.-April) and hare (Sept.-April).

Astronomy buffs seek clear skies over Juneau
Bill Leighty recalls his interest in stargazing began in his childhood, when he spent his summer days contemplating the meaning of the universe and his place in it. "You're just out in the summer and lying in the grass, looking up at the sky and wondering what it's all about," he said. "I think humans have a sense of connectedness to the Earth, and want to understand their place in it."

Nordic skiing offered at Taku Lodge
On a recent weekend Scott and I, along with local Nordic ski enthusiasts Tim and Maureen Hall, had the unique opportunity to experience one of the best cross-country ski adventures available in Southeast Alaska. On Friday afternoon, we flew with Ward Air in a de Havilland Beaver equipped with skis to Taku Lodge, about 15 miles up the Taku River.

Knights ride into town
After dropping two games to two-time defending state champion East Anchorage last week, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team won't find things much easier this weekend.

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

Time will tell if Freeman has a winning strategy
DAWSON CITY, Yukon Territory -- Time will tell whether Joran Freeman is playing fast and loose with his dog team, or is employing a winning strategy in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Wolfpack has no Boozer solution
DURHAM, N.C. -- Early in the second half, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski flagged down guard Jason Williams and told him to get the ball to Carlos Boozer.

True homecoming for Juneau boys
Tonight will be a fitting homecoming for the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team.

Alaska's Fletcher sees dream spin away
Park City, Utah -- When she slid across the finish line Thursday, Rosey Fletcher knew her Olympics were over. She knew the demons that haunted her four years ago in Japan had found her again, this time in Utah.

Juneau Ski Club shines at Alyeska Cup
Several Juneau Ski Club racers had strong showings at the Alyeska Cup in Girdwood on Saturday and Sunday.

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

Court puts Tongass wood waste permits in question
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to get public comment on as many as 100 logging permits issued mainly to timber companies in the Tongass National Forest.

Report: Mining won't pan out for state
ANCHORAGE - A report commissioned by environmental groups in Fairbanks and Juneau says future development of the state's economy is not likely to come from mining of metals.

Marine highway cuts April fares
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Marine Highway is cutting most passenger fares in April by 49 percent. Reservations for the April rides must be made by March 31.

Access to sex offender list restored
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's list of convicted rapists and child molesters is back online, but with 3,000 of the 4,300 names missing. The sex offender registry is used by schools, church groups, employers, neighbors and others to identify those who have committed sex crimes. The site is well used, with more than 140,000 visits in the past 19 months.

Hudson foresees vote on long-range plan
State Rep. Bill Hudson of Juneau said today that he is more optimistic now about the Legislature approving a long-range fiscal plan than he has been in the six years he has been pushing for one.

Panel grapples with minimum-wage politics
Republican lawmakers faced with a popular ballot initiative to raise the state's minimum wage fear politics could derail their own increase.

Consolidation bills could help ailing salmon industry
Bills aimed at increasing the efficiency of Alaska's beleaguered salmon industry are moving through the Legislature. The House Resources Committee on Wednesday approved a measure making it less cumbersome for the state to implement a limited entry permit buyback program.

Trial: What will logging ban affect?
Debate over what a possible logging ban could mean for jobs, wildlife, wilderness and Southeast Alaska communities grew this week in Juneau federal court. U.S. District Judge James Singleton is contemplating how a possible logging injunction might be applied in the Tongass National Forest as the U.S. Forest Service works on a court-ordered wilderness review this year. A three-day evidentiary hearing on the issue was scheduled to conclude today.

State briefs
Teachers meet for ed forum; Committee OKs budget plan

State briefs
Fast ferry contract signed; President Bush plans stopover at Anchorage Air Force base; Workshop held on Mideast conflict

Fishermen make plea for marketing dollars
Commercial fisherman Leroy Cabana did not intend to speak at a legislative hearing Wednesday on a bill to spend state dollars to market salmon.

Knowles says amendment has momentum
A constitutional amendment on subsistence was introduced by Gov. Tony Knowles on Thursday in an attempt to break a decade-long stalemate over the issue.

From the Smithsonian to the city museum
Hand-carved halibut hooks and rusty mining artifacts have replaced the ancient Lydian pottery, African headdresses and oceanic bark cloth that Ellen Carrlee worked with before moving to Juneau.

Former Alaskan pens story of early pioneering days
Kansas resident Kathy Slamp has written a book about her childhood in Fairbanks for five post-war years, 1947-1952.

Best Bets: Bluegrass, punk rock and modern dance
A renowned modern dance company, an alternative rock band and bluegrass, Alaskan style, are at the top of the entertainment lineup for the weekend.

What's happening
Events around Juneau this week.

Tales of three Alvin Ailey dances
"Isba,"a dance choreographed by Alvin Ailey, opens the evening with richly costumed characters preparing for a royal wedding. "It's quite accessible. It's a very colorful, beautiful, romantic ballet," said Sylvia Waters, artistic director for Alvin Ailey II. "It's about a wedding - like an arranged marriage with a royal couple, with a high priest and high priestess and the royal court. It's kind of mythical."

Explorations magazine seeks submissions
"Explorations," the literary magazine published annually by the University of Alaska Southeast, offers $1,000 to the poet or short story writer for the winning piece. The award for second place is $500, and goes to a different genre than the first place winner. A poem and a short story are each chosen for third place awards of $100 each.

Movies Where & When
"Hart's War," (R) starts Friday and shows nightly at 7 at the 20th Century Twin, with second shows at 9:30 Friday and Saturday nights and matinees at 2 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Emotion in motion
Blending modern dance and ballet, ethnic traditions and groundbreaking choreography, the Alvin Ailey II dancers bring emotion to life with motion.

Auditions announced
JUNEAU - Juneau-Douglas Little Theatre announces auditions for "Listen to My Heart," a musical revue featuring the songs of David Friedman. Friedman, based in New York City, is the composer of "King Island Christmas." He has composed music for Disney movies and contemporary singers.

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