Monday, February 16, 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!

On the Move
Catherine Barrett, CPA, has joined the staff of Logan General Tax Practice in Juneau. Barrett has 30 years of experience providing professional tax services to clients and will be responsible for tax planning and compliance for individuals, partnerships, corporations and LLCs.

Juneau SBDC to host seminars
The Juneau Small Business Development Center will host a Starting Your Own Small Business seminar from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17, and Thursday, Feb. 19.

Not all nonsmokers avoid bars
All kinds of information, opinions and statistics are being presented for the proposed ban on smoking in Juneau bars. One being used is the population dynamics here in Southeast Alaska.

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.

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.

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.

Needing to listen to the voters
Thomas Baxter's insight of how our government representatives seem to be working for themselves and not for the people was right on the money.

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.

A possible solution
I have been reading several differing opinions on the new high school plan. I have a possible solution.

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.

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.

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.

Student's courage appreciated
I read Katie Damian of Juneau's letter to the editor "Stopping prejudice in high school isn't easy," and wish to applaud her letter as very good and her strength for approaching the issue.

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.

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.

Valentine's Day king
Bill and Diane Nash show off the 35-pound king salmon Bill landed Saturday on Auke Bay.

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.

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

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska; In 1959, Humble Oil well at Bear Creek broke the record for the deepest exploration well ever drilled in Alaska - 14,261 feet.

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.

Eaglecrest submits plan to cut losses
What started as a promising snow year with attractively discounted season passes at Eaglecrest is becoming another cause for debate about the ski area's financial future.

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

Juneau man sees the history in the hills
For Jim Geraghty, the landscape that rises out of the Gastineau Channel has stories to tell.

Around Town
Today Low Impact Exercise, 10 a.m., Juneau Senior Center and Valley Senior Center. Details: 463-6175.

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

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.

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

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

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.

My Turn: Learn the facts before you sign high school petition
The people behind the petition to stop construction of the new high school claim that the people of Juneau did not know the facts when they voted - twice - to build a new Valley high school.

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.

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.

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.

Out & About
Upcoming local outdoor events.

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

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.

Steer leads Yukon Quest, Kleedehn scratches
FAIRBANKS - Veteran Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race musher William Kleedehn scratched from the race Sunday after breaking his leg.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS Thursday, Feb. 19 • Middle school wrestling - Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School vs. Floyd Dryden Middle School, varsity 3:30-5:30 p.m., JV 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Borrowed dogs put Tetz back on trail
FAIRBANKS - Thomas Tetz staked his first campsite along the lonely and treacherous Yukon Quest trail Saturday night with a 14-dog team he hardly knows.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Railroad expands on ski train idea to draw summer riders
ANCHORAGE - When people consider taking a trip on the Alaska Railroad, chances are they envision a relaxing but sedentary experience: Settling back into a comfortable seat, gazing at spectacular scenery through big windows, maybe napping a bit or reading a book.

Finnish kicksleds make inroads in Alaska scene
SOLDOTNA - Norma Smith had never stood on the runners of a kicksled before she tried one out at the Kenai Peninsula Winter Games. Three hours later, she entered a race and kicked 150 yards across the finish line.

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

Ketchikan water bottler makes first shipment
KETCHIKAN - A Ketchikan entrepreneur has expanded his water business and shipped the first large order under the Alaska Polar Water label.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Alaska Digest
rusted-out ferry Kalakala - at least for a while. Boat owner Steve Rodrigues said the tribe will let him moor the ferry at Neah Bay, for free...

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.

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