Saturday, February 16, 2002

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.

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.

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."

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.

FYI
Births

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Joan Koester Carroll
Longtime Juneau resident Joan Koester Carroll, 68, died Feb. 8, 2002 in Juneau 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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