Sunday, February 15, 2004

In the stacks: On snowflakes, the history of Skagway, and Web site design
Here's a sampling of the new non-fiction that's coming to a public library near you!

A community effort to clean up after dogs
I was pleased to see that the Tuesday, Feb. 3, issue of the Empire had "gone to the dogs." The front-page photo of Paula Smedley and Scout shows a fine example of Juneau's many responsible dog owners with happy, well-behaved dogs.

A plea for Berners Bay
The Cape Fox land trade in a current piece of legislation S1354 H.R. 1899. introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, once again raises issues for Alaska's citizens about the fate of Berners Bay. Last summer Senator Murkowski disingenuously described her first efforts to give away the people's land in Berners Bay as a "redress of inequities and unfairness" done to Cape Fox Corp. when ANSCA was passed.

Persist and overcome racism
I would like to express my opinion about the racial prejudice I experienced while attending the public schools in Juneau. As a Native, white students calling me names mistreated me. Treating me in ways I was not accustomed to. It is a subject that leaves scars and sometimes is hard to heal. This was a battle for me from the fourth grade through graduation.

Upset at decline of quality education
The Juneau-Douglas High School renovation costs has exceeded the costs to build complete state-of-the-art schools in the Lower 48.

No dividend will mean harder lives
Well here we go again. When campaigning for election, the governor successfully exploited our desire to protect the Permanent Fund from raiders. Then what did he do two years later? He formed a committee of predatory interest groups to justify the taking of our money and our children's money to give it to petty, self-serving cliques.

Real key to better schools is better lawmakers
Here is a suggestion for those who seek to reopen the question of building a much-needed and timely second high school for Juneau.

Save the Taku
We're told we'll be road building and buying fast ferries right in the middle of a tight economic situation. "Recession," "depression" or whatever you might call it - coming up with the money and especially coming up with our share will be difficult. It seems to me that hanging on to what works for us and making sure it's in good repair should be our first priority.

We need another school in Juneau
Sometimes I don't understand Juneau. I voted for constructing a new high school. Not because of a concern that enrollment would dramatically increase over the next five years and Juneau-Douglas High School would become overcrowded, but rather because I realize that our current school is already too crowded and I don't believe it's going to get dramatically better.

Alaska honors Native leader with celebration
When Rosita Worl was a kid in Juneau, Elizabeth Peratrovich seemed to be "just a regular mom."

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Photo: New citizens
Eliza Villanueva, left, Evelyn Ulep and Alvin Quezon, all originally from the Philippines, stand to recite the oath during the naturalization of 24 new Americans on Friday at the Hurff Saunders Federal Building.

Forest Service issues Couverden timber environmental report
A proposed timber sale on the Chilkat Peninsula would create 106 jobs in the wood products industry, according to the U.S. Forest Service's draft environmental impact statement.

Couple indicted in cabbie attack
A Juneau couple was after money for diapers and food on the snowy January night they allegedly left cab driver Eric Drake for dead after a knife attack in the Mendenhall Valley, police investigators concluded. Aaron St. Clair Jr., 20, and Violet St. Clair, 18, were indicted by a grand jury Friday.

Pop bill would ban soda sales in schools
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Brandon Brist drinks one or two 20-ounce bottles of soda per day, because it tastes good. He said he knows Pepsi isn't good for him, so he limits his intake.

Mendenhall wolf growing used to humans and dogs
The wolf that first enchanted Mendenhall Lake visitors last June now is drawing too much attention, U.S. Forest Service officials said.

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

Edward Frank Hubbard
Longtime Hoonah resident Edward Frank Hubbard, 73, died Feb. 11, 2004, at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

Empire editorial: Conference throws out rubber stamp
We have to hand it to the delegates of the Conference of Alaskans for pulling out a few surprises last week.

Toe cartoon
Editorial cartoon by local artist Toe.

More Tongass fairy tales
The Seattle Times and the Anchorage Daily News cite an Alaska Department of Labor report claiming market conditions shut down Alaska's pulp mills. That's a fairy tale. What shut them down is explained in a U.S. Court of Claims record: Alaska Pulp Company v. United States, No. 95-153C.

Out & About
Upcoming local outdoor events.

Birders ready to migrate up north
Across the globe, millions of birds already are preparing to head north to their breeding grounds. Pacific golden-plovers double their body weight over winter to provide fuel for their 3,000 mile non-stop flight from Hawaii to Western Alaska.

Snow report
Conditions for local alpine and cross-country skiiers.

Winter water getaway
"Two round-trip tickets to Sitka," I said at the state ferry ticket window at Auke Bay. After entering the data, the ticket agent asked, "When do you want to return?" "On the same ferry. We're making a roundtrip just for fun."

Winter Web links
Web links of interest to local outdoor enthusiasts.

Rookie Challenge: No pretense of defense
The Rookie Challenge was equal parts pickup game and dunk contest, kicking off the NBA's All-Star weekend with an eye-popping celebration of youth that delighted a sellout crowd of 19,662 in Staples Center that didn't fight the Friday freeway traffic to see an exhibition of defense.

The Quest begins
Terry Asbury of Healy heads down the starting chute of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race on Saturday on the Chena River in Fairbanks. Thirty-one mushers are out on the trail; Zach Steer of Palmer was the first musher to reach Angel Creek - the race's first checkpoint - about 100 miles from Fairbanks.

Juneau girls beat Palmer, finish 3-0 on Anchorage trip
With each passing game of last week's road trip, the competition got more intense for the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team. But the Crimson Bears kept their opponents in check, beating the Palmer Moose 50-43 on Friday night to finish the trip with a 3-0 record.

Photos: Skiing with the champ
A full weekend of activities with 1992 Olympic silver medalist and 1997 world downhill ski champion Hilary Lindh at Eaglecrest Ski Area continues today with an adult "Get Out Of Your Rut" workshop, and Lindh will lead "Kids Take Off With Gates Day and Fun With Hilary" on Monday.

Lindoff beats McCracken in Roughhouse Friday main event
Anthony "The Hoonah Hooligan" Lindoff claimed a victory over Chuck "Ice Man" McCracken in the main event of the Roughhouse Friday boxing show at Marlintini's Lounge on Friday.

Gold Medal divisions facing major changes
Massive changes within the tournament-sponsoring Juneau Lions Club and an operating loss last year have resulted in a new look for next month's 58th Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School's main gym.

ASBN state prep basketball poll
The Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network high school basketball poll for the week ending Feb. 7.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Conference recommendations face two-thirds vote requirement
A conference of 55 Alaskans agreed this week on a means of fixing the state's financial problems, but that doesn't mean the 60-member Legislature will be able to make it happen.

Lawmakers question using $1.4 million for PFD initiative
Even before the question is asked of voters, lawmakers are skeptical about an Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. plan to spend up to $1.4 million to muster public support for changing the way dividends are calculated.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Legislative roundup
Bill and votes on legislation during the past week.

This Day in History
In Alaska; in the nation; in the world.

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