Monday, February 18, 2002

When it falls to 40 below, you can't afford to make mistakes
"Wolf Brother," by local author Ed Ferrell, will appeal to readers of "Old Yeller," "White Fang," "Dances with Wolves" and "Gentle Ben."

In the Stacks
Apologies to those readers paying attention: though I promised fiction, this week is non-fiction instead.

Birth of a college
That concept of bringing higher education opportunities to Natives, and teaching them in a way that ties to their backgrounds, their communities and their lives is driving the formation of the Southeast Alaska Tribal College.

A look at three tribal colleges
While the geographical area and population it will serve is unique, the Southeast Alaska Tribal College will follow in the footprints of dozens of other tribal higher education institutions across the United States and Canada.

Douglas wolves
There is an unwritten rule among real sportsmen that speaks to moderation and restraint.

Ignorant of the facts
I must respond to Tom Dragt's letter of Feb. 14 lest any reader thinks that it may contain even a smidgen of truth.

Forest for the trees
K.J. Metcalf couldn't be more correct when she described the importance of seeing the Tongass forest first hand and understanding the dynamics of how it has been affected by the timber industry.

Wolves are killers
I spent nearly all of my first 67 years in Gustavus where my grandparents, parents, and later my first husband and I homesteaded, cleared the land and raised families. Gustavus is approximately 25 minutes from Juneau by plane. Before we make Douglas Island a welcome haven for wolves, think of the hazard to your domestic creatures. One winter, five Gustavus homes lost their dogs to wolves!

It's Christmas in February for a sailor on furlough
The lighted evergreen in the corner may be dropping its needles, but Lisa Parr doesn't care. Her boy is home safe.

Music festival wins recognition
CrossSound, a local festival of chamber music, recently won a first prize for adventurous programming from Chamber Music America and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

Photo: Remembering a civil rights hero
Levi Rusch, 13, left, and Jazz King, 9, of the Lda Kat Naax Sati Yatx'i Youth Dancers, wait in the hallway of the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall under a painting of Elizabeth Peratrovich during a Peratrovich Day program Saturday.

Campaign breaks fund-raising record
The United Way of Southeast Alaska hoped to raise $550,000 in its annual drive brought in a record-breaking $552,603.

Alaska stuff hits the big time
If you turn on the television in about eight months and see customers in a bar reading a newspaper that looks familiar, look closer.

Photo: Music to soothe the savage breast
Instructor Lisa Miles leads her Suzuki students through a tune Thursday as they play a public service concert at the Gastineau Humane Society.

Building a bridge between work and classwork
Junior Achievement of Alaska is gearing up for its winter and spring classroom consultants program in Juneau. "Junior Achievement really aims to develop the desire in young people to value education, stay in school and have positive attitudes toward work," said Connie McKenzie, Juneau chairwoman. "Having business people as consultants in the classroom helps to create a bridge between the workplace and the classroom."

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

Fire destroys transient-built structure
A small building near the Thane substation, apparently built by transients, was destroyed by fire Friday evening.

Photo: Not in Juneau anymore
Juneau, a 1-year-old black bear, takes a look around his new surroundings Friday at the Hill's Black Bear Woods exhibit at the Topeka Zoo in Topeka, Kan.

Driver medevaced to Seattle after two-vehicle crash on Egan Drive
A 38-year-old man was medevaced to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center on Saturday evening following a two-vehicle accident on Egan Drive earlier in the day.

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

Post office looks at options for Auke Bay
The U.S. Postal Service is considering a range of options for its Auke Bay branch, including relocating, privatizing or closing the facility. The post office also may opt to keep the branch as it is.

Desire for hot tub turns into business
Bill Finlay's thriving Haines' hot tub-building business has its roots in his own desire for a hot tub 10 years ago. "My experience as a boatbuilder and my lack of money were incentive to make one from scratch," Finlay said. "I figured it out, and then my neighbors wanted them. It grew from there into a small business."

Icy road sends cars into ditch
Fresh snow falling on the road to Eaglecrest Ski Area on Sunday afternoon caused several cars to jackknife into the ditch, creating a bottleneck and delaying homebound skiers.

Local Briefs
Crash victim in stable condition; Assembly reviews applicants for Planning Commission; Man convicted of sexual assault; Neighborhood hosts golf course meeting; Fish plan generates debate before board

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

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

Barbara J. Webb
Barbara J. Webb died Feb. 14 at Swedish Hospital in Seattle.

Media and the Legislature, Part II
Last April in this space, I expressed my bewilderment at the frosty relationship between the news media and members of the Republican majority in the Legislature.

Memories of the house on Ninth Street
Whenever I am in Juneau and drive into town past the Juneau-Douglas bridge, I always look for a house on Ninth Street. In 1944, my father moved us to Juneau from Yakutat. We lived in that house.

Cartoon by TOE

Access to marine transportation is jeopardized
Two serious issues are facing the Alaska Marine Highway System which will directly impact the access communities throughout coastal Alaska will have to marine transportation.

My Turn: Legislators are passing present problems to future generations
There appears to be a lot of attention on having general public support for legislative actions now being considered to handle Alaska's problems. Here is advice about this worry, Alaska Legislature!

SEACC and the near-sighted professor
A disturbing wire story crossed our desk this week dealing with a very lopsided report paid for by the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC) and the Northern Alaska Environmental Center entitled: "The role of Metal Mining in the Alaska Economy."

Another DNA exoneration
Bruce Godschalk was released from a Pennsylvania jail last week after being locked up for 15 years for a pair of rapes that DNA testing now suggests he could not have committed. Mr. Godschalk's case is, in some respects, typical of the recent wave of DNA exonerations across the country.

Word of Mouth
A forum for readers to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone.

A case that can affect local governments
Democrats are trying to ensnare President George Bush and his administration in the collapse of energy giant Enron. Republicans are spreading a net to catch Democrats in two scandals, Enron and in Global Crossing, a bankrupt communication company.

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

Terps topple Blue Devils
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- No last-minute collapse. Not even a home loss. Maryland finally beat Duke at Cole Field House and the venerable building claimed one more No. 1 victim.

Local Basketball Stats
Statistics from this weekends games.

Photo: That's the spirit!
Juneau-Douglas High School freshman Jordan Johnston shows she's got the spirit Friday night during the boys' varsity basketball game against Colony High in Juneau.

Nenana rookie musher in Yukon Quest's top 10
DAWSON, Yukon Territory -- Rookie musher Shannon Brockman has been dragged down a steep summit clinging to her side-sliding dog sled, slogged through frigid open water and bounced from ice jam to ice jam in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Butteri has nice lead in Yukon Quest
About the only person calling Peter Butteri the surprise leader of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race is -- Peter Butteri.

Four Bears nominated for All-American Games
Four Juneau-Douglas High School basketball players were on the list of Alaska's nominees for the McDonald's All-American Games that will take place on April 4 at New York City's Madison Square Garden.

Crimson Bears lance Knights
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team stayed perfect on its home court with a weekend homecoming sweep of the Colony Knights.

Juneau girls can't come back twice
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team only had one comeback in reserve for this homecoming weekend against the Colony Knights.

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

Former fire chief sentenced to 2 years
The former chief of the Ester Volunteer Fire Department has been sentenced to two years in prison for embezzling more than $56,000 from the department.

President pushes ANWR during stop at Elmendorf base
President Bush, greeted by a pristine snowfall on his first presidential visit to Alaska, pressed his argument Saturday for oil and gas drilling in the Arctic wilds here.

Man who was shot by trooper indicted
A grand jury has indicted Timothy Chad Lobdell on a charge of attempted murder in an incident involving an Alaska State Trooper last December.

Coffee dispute could be nearing resolution
The Carrs Safeway grocery chain is sending signs that it might back down from booting local coffee roasters from its stores and replacing them with coffee giant Starbucks.

Ketchikan district champ proves fearless speller
"Fearsome" isn't such a scary word to sixth grader Sam Roth. In fact, after Tuesday night's district-wide spelling bee, it might turn out to be his favorite word.

Youth arrested in Pilot Point killing
A juvenile has been arrested in the killing of a Pilot Point woman, Alaska State Troopers report.

Sitka's Katlian St. neighbors work on conflicts
Any resolution to land-use conflicts in Sitka's waterfront Katlian Street neighborhood will have to start and end with property owners.

Judge set to rule on logging ban
While testimony about a possible Tongass logging injunction ended Friday in Juneau federal court, a debate about wilderness and Southeast Alaska jobs continues.

Ketchikan culinary students learn restaurant skills
Ketchikan High School smelled like a bakery. The delicious scent of cinnamon French toast wafted through the air as about a dozen students in white jackets worked in the school's kitchen next to the commons area.

Sitka man recovering from accident
A Sitka man was recovering today at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle from injuries suffered Feb. 10 when a 5,000-pound machine fell on his leg.

BP: Natural gas pipeline costs too much
BP's chief executive said the estimated $15 billion to $20 billion pricetag on an Alaska natural gas pipeline puts it out of reach financially.

Talkeetna residents unite over bears
ANCHORAGE - Despite $300 spent bear-proofing the garbage bin at the Alaska Railroad depot in downtown Talkeetna last year, the bruins got in a parting shot.

Fairbanks man convicted of 96 federal charges
A federal jury has found Fairbanks massage parlor owner Bruno Bordonici guilty of 96 felony counts in a verdict that took nearly an hour to read aloud.

State Briefs
Filipino Community inducts new board of directors, officers; Nanwalek spill cleanup proposed; Anchorage tells fire halls to eliminate risqu magazines

Ross says no to new taxes
Wayne Anthony Ross is a supporter of Frank Murkowski for Senate. But Ross, the other Republican in the governor's race, insists that Alaska's junior U.S. senator should stay in Washington, D.C., this year.

Activist to run for governor
Native activist Desa Jacobsson has announced her second campaign for governor. Jacobsson, a former Juneau resident now living in Anchorage, said today that she will seek the endorsement of the Green Party of Alaska at its convention next month in Anchorage.

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