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Saturday, February 15, 2003

McCartheyite tactics
I am an American in favor of letting inspections work in Iraq. The only group of people I belong to includes Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Gen. Anthony Zinni and the Pope.

It's the environmentalists
It's not about fisherman against other natural resource extractors, it's the environmental community that gets in the way. The commercial fishermen of this state have always worked hand and hand with the logging and mining industry, sharing a common bond of survival.

Jobs for Alaskans
I think everybody is forgetting one thing here. There is enough processing capacity without Wards Cove to handle all of Southeast's fish.

Level playing field
House Bill 47, which would disallow the use of credit information in insurance underwriting and rating, is being considered in the House State Affairs and Labor and Commerce committees. If passed, this bill (as well as companion bills HB 5 and SB 13) will have the unintended effects of reducing the level of competition in Alaska's insurance market and raising premiums for many consumers.

Willing to listen?
My wife commented that she is more concerned about what is occurring in Juneau than ever before in our 40 years as Alaskans. I concur.

Officials hope drug bust leads to Juneau dealers
More arrests are expected after a law enforcement task force seized nearly a pound of cocaine in Juneau and took two men into custody this month. The men are thought to be couriers for local drug dealers, officials with the Southeast Alaska Narcotics Enforcement Team said today. SEANET is made up of Alaska State Troopers and police officials from seven Southeast communities.

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

Corrections
Due to incorrect information supplied to the Empire, an entry was omitted from Thursday's This Week arts calendar. Panhandle Crabgrass Revival Band is playing at 9 p.m. at The Alaskan Bar on Friday, Feb. 14, and Saturday, Feb. 15.

Blaze destroys man's home in van
Dominique Jean, 46, woke up this morning, started coffee on the stove and made a mental list of things to do today. A few minutes later he was blinking back thick black smoke and struggling to find a way out of his van before fire consumed it and him. Jean said he was making coffee around 7 a.m. on a small propane-powered stove in his van parked on Thane Road near the abandoned A-J Mine. As he lit a match, he didn't realize the tank had sprung a leak and was spewing gas into his van.

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

Pushing for peace
On a Tuesday night a few weeks ago, as television sets and radios across Juneau broadcast the State of the Union address and President Bush pressed the case for a war with Iraq, a small group of people assembled in plastic chairs under the fluorescent lights at Northern Light United Church. "Remember our plan," said K.J. Metcalf, a fit gray-haired man in a sweat shirt and cutoff XtraTuf boots. "As soon as you hear that the bombs are dropping, meet at the courthouse with candles."

This Day in History
In 1931, the Federal & Territorial Building, now the Capitol, was dedicated in Juneau.

Multi-discipline magic: Teacher blends science, music
Music, sea life, salmon marketing, self-esteem and teaching - different passions, one sixth-grade teacher. "I love science, and I love the outdoors," said Belle Mickelson, who began teaching at Floyd Dryden Middle School last fall. "Anything with field trips ... and music too." As she sits in her classroom, a space filled with science posters, music posters, maps, aquariums, musical instruments, a bicycle, a pair of skis, and an oversized stuffed animal, Mickelson appears to be someone who simply wants to help all of her students achieve their full potential.

Celebrating SE civil rights leader
In 1942, when Connie Paddock came to Juneau as a young woman, she remembers only one restaurant that accepted Native customers. "It was a good thing I didn't have much money to spend," she now says. When an anti-discrimination bill came under fire in the Alaska Territorial Legislature on Feb. 8, 1945, a 34-year-old woman in the public gallery stood up and asked to be heard. It was a time when Alaska Natives were fighting in World War II but weren't welcome in some shops, and their children went to segregated schools.

Mathletes to compete at regionals
Middle school mathletes from Southeast Alaska schools will compete in regional contests of the national Mathcounts program on Feb. 15 in Juneau and Ketchikan. The competitions have been organized by the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers.

Lindsey, Benedict wed
Mike and Kari Lindsey of Juneau announce the marriage of their daughter, Nichole Marie Lindsey, to William "Byron" Benedict, son of Jo-Eve Benedict of Juneau.

Group ministers to Alaska Bush missionaries
KENAI - Missionaries stationed in the Alaska Bush face a difficult task, and with the added rigors of isolation and the lack of everyday conveniences the burnout rate can be high. To combat that, a Kenai-based group has been building a missionary program that ministers to, well, ministers. Arctic Barnabas Ministries is a nondenominational organization that provides moral support to evangelical Christian missionaries and pastors, and their families working in the Alaska Bush and rural areas of the Canadian Yukon and Russia.

Benton, Bell marry
Jennifer Ann Benton of Juneau and Brandon Scott Bell of Rochester, N.Y., were married in a ceremony on Nov. 29, 2002, at Maria Lanakila in Lahaina, Hawaii. A reception followed at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea.

Some answer to the call
"Call me Kha Goon Gha, which means crying wolf. My mother, Lizzie Peterson, of Klukwan, said that was how I sounded when I was a baby. I am an eagle of the killer whale clan. I was born in 1939 in Juneau, of a large family, but only my sister, Teresa, and my brother, Ray, are still living here in Juneau. My name is Ron Peterson."

The case for car seats
Blair Ramsdell, her boyfriend and their children had just entered the merge lane at Egan Drive's Vanderbilt Drive intersection Dec. 4 when their car was rear-ended and pushed into traffic. "We got T-boned and swung around again, hit in a head-on collision and back into the guard rail," she said. "It was awful." The car was hit in the middle of one side, or T-boned, by a pickup truck in the four-car accident, she said.

William E. 'Bill' Smith
Juneau resident William E. "Bill" Smith, 88, died Feb. 11, 2003, in Juneau.

Empire editorial: Elton's record of dissent
This past fall by a narrow margin, Juneau voters returned Kim Elton to the Senate to serve a third term. Sen. Elton won the election fair and square in a very tough race against Republican Cathy Muñoz.

My Turn: A demonstration of peaceful dissent
Over 400,000 votes have been cast so far in a Time (Europe) Magazine online poll asking which country poses the greatest danger to peace in 2003. The United States has received 85 percent of the votes for the most dangerous country, far more than Iraq (8 percent) or North Korea (7 percent). The poll is informal, but these numbers (which include many Americans) reflect a different picture of world opinion than you'd get from watching CNN.

My Turn: Constituents, the Constitution and the Juneau Assembly
A display of hostility by an Assembly member, not the audience, disrupted the CBJ meeting on Monday night. Assembly member Dale Anderson delivered a tongue-lashing to audience members who expressed appreciation for the words of three speakers through their enthusiastic applause.

Pole fault: Cost of safety grounds high school pole vaulters
Jason Porter climbed into the back of his green pickup truck and pressed his weight forward, tightening the straps that cinch his two pole vault poles. He wrestled the equipment alone, the January wind whipping his face as he wedged the poles between the tailgate and truck bed while his classmates inside Patuxent High School approached the end of another school day.

Juneau fails first midterm
If Thursday night's 68-50 road loss to the Colony Knights was supposed to be one of Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team's midterm games, then the Crimson Bears deserve an F. Juneau, on a three-game road trip to the Mat-Su Valley and Anchorage, fell behind 20-7 in the first quarter and were totally dominated by the Knights, who beat Juneau for the second time this season. Juneau, tied for fourth in the state's Class 4A state poll, really never challenged unranked Colony, trailing by 24 points once in the third quarter and a couple of times in the fourth quarter before the Crimson Bears made a late run to cut the final margin to 18 points.

World-class handball player at JRC
JUNEAU - John Bike Jr., the fourth-ranked professional handball player in the world, will be visiting Juneau this weekend to offer a handball exhibition and clinic. The workshop, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the JRC/The Alaska Club Valley location at 9 a.m. on Sunday.

Inaugural SE Shootout this weekend
JUNEAU - More than 100 youths from Juneau and Haines will take to basketball courts around Juneau this weekend for HoopTime Basketball's inaugural Southeast Shootout. Edd Webb, president of HoopTime and a coach in the basketball program for local middle-schoolers, said this weekend's games are an early season introduction to competition for the players. "It's the first, wake-up tournament of the season for our kids," he said.

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

Letter: Let Tenakee Tribe play
I recently had a discussion with a Lions Club member regarding the selections for this year's Gold Medal basketball tournament. I was informed that the selections were already made and was surprised to find out that the Tenakee Tribe basketball team was not selected.

Yukon Quest teams ending Dawson stay
DAWSON CITY, Yukon - The top teams in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race were preparing to hit the trail again Friday afternoon after taking a mandatory 36 hour layover. Defending champion Hans Gatt of Atlin, B.C., who led the teams into Dawson, was the first musher allowed to leave. He was given a departure time of 12:57 p.m. Yukon Time.

Lobbyist working to sharpen media message for lawmakers
Lobbyist and former Anchorage television reporter Jonathan White is consulting with lawmakers on how to better communicate with the media. White, a registered lobbyist who works as a government relations specialist with the Nerland Agency, has been working as a media consultant for House Republicans and is in discussions with House Democrats to offer the same services. The agreement with House Republicans is valued at up to $5,000.

Congress OKs ANWR funds, bars lawsuits
Congress approved a $397.4 billion spending bill Thursday that contains millions for Alaska projects and has been watched closely by Southeast environmentalists and the logging industry. The bill, which provides funding for every federal agency except the Pentagon, weighed 32 pounds and exceeded 3,000 pages. The package passed by votes of 338-83 in the House and 76-20 in the Senate.

State Briefs
Nature program for children offered Tuesday; Man arrested after threatening state worker; Black history celebration Saturday; Eaglecrest bunny hill opens again; Woman sentenced for fatal DWI crash; Man to enter plea agreement in homicide; Man enters plea in abuse of minor; INS sweep nets fewer illegal workers

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