Friday, February 16, 2001

Weddings

Briefly

Weekend Best Bets
Texas songwriter Townes Van Zandt once said there were only two kinds of music, the blues and "Zip a Dee Doo Dah."

Weekend Best Bets
Texas songwriter Townes Van Zandt once said there were only two kinds of music, the blues and "Zip a Dee Doo Dah."

Living and Growing
This has been a tough winter in Juneau. Until recently we have had mostly dark, rainy and warmer than usual days. The weather forecast seemed to also reflect the mood of many of us. With no snow and only rain the nights are dark and it's hard to see the roadway when you drive.

Unusual winter brings unusual birds
Except for the last week, the winter of 2000-2001 in Southeast Alaska has been noteworthy for the lack of snow and cold weather.

Around Town

Briefly

Unusual winter brings unusual birds
Except for the last week, the winter of 2000-2001 in Southeast Alaska has been noteworthy for the lack of snow and cold weather.

FYI

FYI

Living and Growing
This has been a tough winter in Juneau. Until recently we have had mostly dark, rainy and warmer than usual days. The weather forecast seemed to also reflect the mood of many of us. With no snow and only rain the nights are dark and it's hard to see the roadway when you drive.

School Calendar

School Calendar

Around Town

Weddings

Around Town

Around Town

Blues guitarist Joel Bergsbaken
Wisconsin Slim: Dressed in a vintage double-breasted suit and armed with his Dobro guitar, Joel Bergsbaken, aka Wisconsin Slim, set up his decidedly unique drum kit at the Alaskan Bar's open mike recently and launched into a 60-year-old Mississippi Fred McDowell tune. Working the kick-drum pedals with both feet to pound out a counter-rhythm, singing, plucking and drawing an old socket over the strings as a slide, "Slim" soon had the dance floor hopping.

Creator of 'Inspector Monk' to speak in Juneau
Anne Perry has gone back in time, but she's never been to Alaska. Until now.

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Magic, music and adventures of Potato Chip Boy at concert
"T he Adventures of Potato Chip Boy" may be a little too hard for adults to understand, but kids don't seem to have a problem.

Magic, music and adventures of Potato Chip Boy at concert
"T he Adventures of Potato Chip Boy" may be a little too hard for adults to understand, but kids don't seem to have a problem.

Blues guitarist Joel Bergsbaken
Wisconsin Slim: Dressed in a vintage double-breasted suit and armed with his Dobro guitar, Joel Bergsbaken, aka Wisconsin Slim, set up his decidedly unique drum kit at the Alaskan Bar's open mike recently and launched into a 60-year-old Mississippi Fred McDowell tune. Working the kick-drum pedals with both feet to pound out a counter-rhythm, singing, plucking and drawing an old socket over the strings as a slide, "Slim" soon had the dance floor hopping.

Briefly

Briefly

Hamlet
Murders and duels, insanity and intrigue, feasts and funerals at the Castle Elsinore. "Hamlet" has all that and more.

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Hamlet
Murders and duels, insanity and intrigue, feasts and funerals at the Castle Elsinore. "Hamlet" has all that and more.

Creator of 'Inspector Monk' to speak in Juneau
Anne Perry has gone back in time, but she's never been to Alaska. Until now.

Land swap near ski area raises worries at city hall
City officials are concerned that a land swap giving an Angoon family title to a parcel near the Eaglecrest Ski Area leaves unsettled whether city land use regulations will apply.

Sewage plant super pleads innocent in tampering case
Mendenhall sewage treatment plant superintendent Andrew Bronson pleaded innocent Wednesday to two felony counts of violating the federal Clean Water Act in his capacity as wastewater utility superintendent in 1998. He was arraigned in U.S. District Court in Anchorage. The trial is set for April 23.

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

Heritage, Deal take over Thunder Mountain Cafe
A popular eatery in the Mendenhall Valley has closed, but a restaurant and a coffee drive-thru plan to share the space and open there soon.

Briefly

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

Snow yields body shop bumper crop
This week's snowfall knocked out power, delayed school buses, and sent errant drivers into ditches and their cars to area auto body shops.

Economist predicts more cuts in interest rates
A Salt Lake City-based economist specializing in Alaska touted the state's future in energy development on Thursday while warning that the state's labor market, like the nation's, would remain tight.

Towns scramble for barge service
The shutdown of a barge company that served Southeast Alaska for 38 years is affecting schools, hardware stores and cold storage plants in many of the region's small towns and villages.

Safety class makes taking guns into Canada easier
A Juneau resident is looking for a faster, cheaper way for Alaskans to take guns into Canada.

House bill would create task force for new roads
Juneau's two representatives split their votes on a roads bill that passed the state House on Wednesday.

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Bear backers push for garbage control
Two bears showed up at the city's bear committee meeting Thursday night, but the costumed high school students didn't speak.

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

House bill would create task force for new roads
Juneau's two representatives split their votes on a roads bill that passed the state House on Wednesday.

Bear backers push for garbage control
Two bears showed up at the city's bear committee meeting Thursday night, but the costumed high school students didn't speak.

Briefly

Briefly

Safety class makes taking guns into Canada easier
A Juneau resident is looking for a faster, cheaper way for Alaskans to take guns into Canada.

Heritage, Deal take over Thunder Mountain Cafe
A popular eatery in the Mendenhall Valley has closed, but a restaurant and a coffee drive-thru plan to share the space and open there soon.

State willing to soften shellfish rules
The state will change some of its proposed regulations for shellfish farming in response to an industry outcry that the rules made it too hard to get permits.

Bill spreads oil wealth to schools
Sen. Robin Taylor's plan to revamp the state's school funding system would spread financial goodies from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to his own Southeast Alaska district, while yanking millions in state aid and local taxes out of the North Slope Borough.

Land swap near ski area raises worries at city hall
City officials are concerned that a land swap giving an Angoon family title to a parcel near the Eaglecrest Ski Area leaves unsettled whether city land use regulations will apply.

Couple turns eco-tours into ticket for travel
Theresa Svancara and Jeff Sauer have turned their interests into jobs they love and a unique lifestyle.

Snow yields body shop bumper crop
This week's snowfall knocked out power, delayed school buses, and sent errant drivers into ditches and their cars to area auto body shops.

Economist predicts more cuts in interest rates
A Salt Lake City-based economist specializing in Alaska touted the state's future in energy development on Thursday while warning that the state's labor market, like the nation's, would remain tight.

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

State willing to soften shellfish rules
The state will change some of its proposed regulations for shellfish farming in response to an industry outcry that the rules made it too hard to get permits.

Sewage plant super pleads innocent in tampering case
Mendenhall sewage treatment plant superintendent Andrew Bronson pleaded innocent Wednesday to two felony counts of violating the federal Clean Water Act in his capacity as wastewater utility superintendent in 1998. He was arraigned in U.S. District Court in Anchorage. The trial is set for April 23.

Couple turns eco-tours into ticket for travel
Theresa Svancara and Jeff Sauer have turned their interests into jobs they love and a unique lifestyle.

Bill spreads oil wealth to schools
Sen. Robin Taylor's plan to revamp the state's school funding system would spread financial goodies from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to his own Southeast Alaska district, while yanking millions in state aid and local taxes out of the North Slope Borough.

Towns scramble for barge service
The shutdown of a barge company that served Southeast Alaska for 38 years is affecting schools, hardware stores and cold storage plants in many of the region's small towns and villages.

Outstanding teachers
One Word of Mouth caller, the parent of a Mendenhall River Elementary School first-grader, claims to "spend hundreds of hours at a local elementary school, but rarely sees teachers working." The anonymous caller also claims to know the average salary of "well-compensated' teachers in Alaska. Unlike the unidentified caller, my husband and I are not experts on the contracts or salaries of Alaskan teachers. However, having nine children ranging in age from 2 to 24, we have spent some time in Juneau schools and have had an experience entirely different from the nameless caller.

Navy should give details of sub tragedy now
The following editorial appeared in today's San Jose Mercury News: It was a horrible accident - a heart-wrenching coincidence that the U.S. submarine Greeneville surged to the surface at the very spot where a Japanese fishing boat carrying 13 high school students was coasting near Hawaii.

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 and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

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 and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

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 and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

Was pardon abuse by Clinton also a crime?
The following editorial appeared in today's Chicago Tribune: Back in the days when he was the real, live president of the United States and various ornery prosecutors were hunting him down, you could argue that Bill Clinton should be left alone. He was the president. The nation's leader needed to focus on his job.

Don't experiment with caribou herd
As a retired biologist who spent many years studying North Slope caribou, I would like to comment on what we have learned about caribou and oil in the Arctic, and how that information should affect decisions on whether to lease part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Tax cut may force return to borrow-and-spend
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post: To help make room for the president's proposed tax cut, the Bush administration proposes to put an unrealistically tight cap on the third of the budget subject to the annual appropriations process. The administration is right to try to impose greater discipline, but the cap it is contemplating would be much tighter than it appears (and) would take the country back to borrow-and-spend.

Outstanding teachers
One Word of Mouth caller, the parent of a Mendenhall River Elementary School first-grader, claims to "spend hundreds of hours at a local elementary school, but rarely sees teachers working." The anonymous caller also claims to know the average salary of "well-compensated' teachers in Alaska. Unlike the unidentified caller, my husband and I are not experts on the contracts or salaries of Alaskan teachers. However, having nine children ranging in age from 2 to 24, we have spent some time in Juneau schools and have had an experience entirely different from the nameless caller.

DIA doing well
The Douglas Indian Association is alive and doing well despite what is being said by a few dissatisfied members.

Pesticides and salmon
The following is excerpted from an editorial that appeared in Tuesday's Seattle Post-Intelligencer: A lawsuit filed against the Environmental Protection Agency over its alleged failure to address the impacts of pesticide on salmon may open a difficult new chapter in the effort to save the fish.

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 and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

Don't experiment with caribou herd
As a retired biologist who spent many years studying North Slope caribou, I would like to comment on what we have learned about caribou and oil in the Arctic, and how that information should affect decisions on whether to lease part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Was pardon abuse by Clinton also a crime?
The following editorial appeared in today's Chicago Tribune: Back in the days when he was the real, live president of the United States and various ornery prosecutors were hunting him down, you could argue that Bill Clinton should be left alone. He was the president. The nation's leader needed to focus on his job.

Navy should give details of sub tragedy now
The following editorial appeared in today's San Jose Mercury News: It was a horrible accident - a heart-wrenching coincidence that the U.S. submarine Greeneville surged to the surface at the very spot where a Japanese fishing boat carrying 13 high school students was coasting near Hawaii.

Tax cut may force return to borrow-and-spend
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post: To help make room for the president's proposed tax cut, the Bush administration proposes to put an unrealistically tight cap on the third of the budget subject to the annual appropriations process. The administration is right to try to impose greater discipline, but the cap it is contemplating would be much tighter than it appears (and) would take the country back to borrow-and-spend.

DIA doing well
The Douglas Indian Association is alive and doing well despite what is being said by a few dissatisfied members.

Pesticides and salmon
The following is excerpted from an editorial that appeared in Tuesday's Seattle Post-Intelligencer: A lawsuit filed against the Environmental Protection Agency over its alleged failure to address the impacts of pesticide on salmon may open a difficult new chapter in the effort to save the fish.

Boxing hits ANB Hall on Friday
Roughhouse boxing hits Juneau once again at 7 p.m. Friday at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Yukon Quest teams head for Dawson with Kleedehn in lead
PELLY CROSSING, Yukon Territory -- Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race officials were waiting Thursday morning for word on race leaders from volunteers staffing a dog drop at Stewart River.

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Local Scoreboard: Alaska State Hoops Polls
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Local Scoreboard: Alaska State Hoops Polls
ALASKA STATE HOOPS POLLS

Tim Osmar moves into Quest lead at halfway point
DAWSON CITY, Yukon Territory -- Tim Osmar of Ninilchik took the lead at the halfway point in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Sports in Juneau

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Boys look to get past Kings in final home games
It's homecoming weekend for the Juneau-Douglas boys basketball team, who play a two-game series against the Ketchikan Kings at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the JDHS main gym.

Boys look to get past Kings in final home games
It's homecoming weekend for the Juneau-Douglas boys basketball team, who play a two-game series against the Ketchikan Kings at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the JDHS main gym.

Sports in Juneau

Night skiing opens at Eaglecrest
Eaglecrest Ski Area will leave the lights on for all you skiers tonight, with the first Friday of night skiing of the season taking place from 4-9 p.m. tonight. Night skiing will take place on Friday nights from this weekend through the end of the season.

Virginia upsets No. 3 Duke
Is a game worth waiting in line for four days to get tickets? Ask any Virginia fan who was on hand for the Cavaliers' upset of Duke, and the answer would be a resounding yes.

Sports in Juneau

Yukon Quest teams head for Dawson with Kleedehn in lead
PELLY CROSSING, Yukon Territory -- Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race officials were waiting Thursday morning for word on race leaders from volunteers staffing a dog drop at Stewart River.

Tim Osmar moves into Quest lead at halfway point
DAWSON CITY, Yukon Territory -- Tim Osmar of Ninilchik took the lead at the halfway point in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Virginia upsets No. 3 Duke
Is a game worth waiting in line for four days to get tickets? Ask any Virginia fan who was on hand for the Cavaliers' upset of Duke, and the answer would be a resounding yes.

Girls looking for retribution without coach Hamey
The Juneau-Douglas girls basketball team will celebrate homecoming this weekend by rolling out the red carpet for the Kings of Ketchikan today.

Boxing hits ANB Hall on Friday
Roughhouse boxing hits Juneau once again at 7 p.m. Friday at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Night skiing opens at Eaglecrest
Eaglecrest Ski Area will leave the lights on for all you skiers tonight, with the first Friday of night skiing of the season taking place from 4-9 p.m. tonight. Night skiing will take place on Friday nights from this weekend through the end of the season.

Sports in Juneau

Girls looking for retribution without coach Hamey
The Juneau-Douglas girls basketball team will celebrate homecoming this weekend by rolling out the red carpet for the Kings of Ketchikan today.

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