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Tuesday, February 19, 2002

War on terrorism
In a civilized country violence is used only as a last resort as a solution for conflict resolution. The current war on terrorism will never end because the use of violence begets yet more violence. How then, can peace be achieved?

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

Share the land
In response to the letter about wolves in Gustavus, I have no sympathy for people who chose to live where there is wildlife be it Alaska or Eastern Washington and rattle snakes. These animals live here an you chose to live on their land, learn to share it with them.

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!

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.

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.

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

Police say man disconnected baby's oxygen machine
A Juneau man is being held without bail after allegedly disconnecting a 7-week-old baby from its oxygen machine and assaulting the infant's mother Monday night.

Photo: Visions of dessert
Arnold and Lisa Weimer put the finishing touches on a giant snow-cone sculpture on 12th Street on Monday. The National Weather Service predicts snow flurries today with a possible accumulation of 2 inches by evening. There will be more snow tonight and snow showers Wednesday.

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."

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."

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

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

Fire evicts family from trailer home
The remains of a stuffed kitten lay face down this morning in the ash and snow beneath the broken bedroom window of a burned out home at Kodzoff Acres Mobile Home Park. The trailer's occupants, who included a woman, whose age is unknown, her son, 10, and daughter, 5, were not home during Monday night's fire. Their names have not been released.

Busy venues, tight security
Chevrolet dealers across the United States contributed millions of dollars to train athletes for the 2002 Winter Olympics, and as a reward the biggest sponsors were outfitted with Norwegian sweaters, ski pants and boots, and sent to Salt Lake City to enjoy the results firsthand. Local Chevy dealer Rob Skinner and his wife, Kimberly, were among them, flying to Utah on Feb. 6 and returning Feb. 13.

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

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

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

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.

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!

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.

My Turn: S.B. 48 represents a tyranny of the majority over the Bush
Recently, I noticed letters in the Empire concerning the lack of financial responsibility by the unorganized areas of the state to pay for education. Personally, I usually refrain from commenting on school issues due to the fact that my wife and I have no children. However, recent discussions concerning education at the federal and state levels, and the public funding debate have forced my participation in this public topic.

Post-Enron progress
It's been about a month since Enron emerged as a full-blown scandal, but the financial markets are still struggling with the revelation that corporate accounts can be utterly misleading.

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

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

U.S. biathletes get no home-field advantage
SOLDIER HOLLOW, Utah -- Kara Salmela stood on the rifle range until all five targets were down Monday morning. It took two extra rounds of ammunition, but the task was completed.

Miller signs football scholarship offer with Minnesota-Crookston
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Jake Miller signed an NCAA National Letter of Intent on Monday to play football for the University of Minnesota-Crookston this fall, becoming the first Crimson Bear to sign a scholarship offer this year.

Butteri still holds lead in Yukon Quest
CARMACKS, Yukon Territory -- Peter Butteri of Tok held onto his lead in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race early today. Butteri was the first musher to leave the Carmacks checkpoint for the 80-mile run to Braeburn. He left Carmacks at 7:47 a.m. Joran Freeman of Two Rivers followed him out of Carmacks at 9:35 a.m.

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.

Lossett named Alaska's Player of the Year
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Robert Lossett has been named Gatorade Alaska High School Soccer Player of the Year, the second consecutive year the honor has gone to a Crimson Bear.

Local Basketball Stats
Statistics from this weekends games.

Juneau Masters Swim Club finishes second at state
The Juneau Masters Swim Club posted its best finish ever in the Alaska Masters Swimming Short-Course Yards State Championships, taking second place in last weekend's meet at Anchorage's Bartlett High School Swim Pool.

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.

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.

Alborn ponders his athletic future
PARK CITY, Utah -- Alan Alborn's gut tells him to keep jumping. His bank account tells him to quit and find a job that pays. His coach won't tell him what to do, but he wants Alborn to keep jumping. His parents probably wouldn't mind telling him to stop jumping, but they'll support whatever he chooses to do.

Legislators offer hope for subsistence bill
Key senators offered some hope this morning for a resolution to the long-standing subsistence controversy, although they said the final form of any constitutional amendment probably will differ from the proposal by Gov. Tony Knowles.

State briefs
Sick baby airlifted from Wrangell; Crews safe after two boats sink; Conference seeks entrepreneurs

Murkowski: Stay with resources
U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski said this morning that Alaskans must reaffirm that their future lies in natural resources, not in "a dangerous dependence on federal hand-outs."

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.

North Star plans 60-bed mental health facility in Wasilla
ANCHORAGE - North Star Behavioral Health System plans to build a 60-bed residential treatment facility in Wasilla for emotionally disturbed children.

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

Supreme Court set to consider sex offender lists
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court agreed today to consider the constitutionality of Internet registries that list the names of convicted sex offenders who long ago completed their punishment.

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.

Fairbanks air carrier seeks $10 million loan
ANCHORAGE - Frontier Flying Service Inc. is asking for a $10 million federal loan to help it recover from the effects of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The 52-year-old Fairbanks-based company is only the third airline to apply for the government's $10 billion loan bailout offered to airlines to help with losses attributed to the East Coast attacks.

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.

Tlingit-Haida to host Native American/Indian tourism conference
The national planning committee of the American Indian/Alaska Native Tourism Association and Alaska Native Tribes met Feb. 14-15 at Centennial Hall to begin preparing for the association's fourth annual tourism conference.

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