Build the golf course
Obfuscation is certainly the term that comes to mind when reading of the North Douglas Neighborhood Association mention of fish and pesticides when considering the golf course proposal. Golf courses are located near salmon-producing streams throughout British Columbia, Washington and Oregon.

Mining in context
I am writing in response to the editorial published on Feb. 17 about my report, "The Role of Metal Mining in the Alaska Economy." Running a critical editorial before first running an objective story on the report itself does not exactly fit the model of a free press seeking to keep the public informed on important public policy issues.

Smith, Empire provide an open forum to all
Those who criticize Empire Publisher Don Smith for speaking out on the issues fail to realize the critical difference between news reporting and news analysis.

Extending gratitude
I would like to thank all the people who have called and written to express concern over my condition after my recent car accident. The outpouring of public support makes me proud to represent such a kind and compassionate community.

Change in whose interest?
As a home-schooling parent in a state correspondence program, I am very concerned about the changes proposed by the Department of Education and Early Development. The new regulations will add hours of burdensome busywork to parents' and teachers' schedules. They will also limit our choice of curriculum. I wonder, what are the reasons for these proposed changes?

The unmentionable parking problem
Kudos to Sybil Davis and Juneau Arts and Humanities for the Alvin Ailey II dance concert Friday night. I was one of the capacity crowd at the high school auditorium that was captivated by their artistry. Thank you for a great evening.

It seems ludicrous
It was with some dismay that I heard the city manager has decided to appoint former Police Chief Richard Gummow back to that position when the current chief departs at the end of April. Is anyone passing judgment on the activities of the city manager and deputy city manager?

Old-fashioned methods
It was nice to see coverage of Desa Jacobsson as a potential Green Party candidate for governor (Monday's Empire). As evidenced by 2000 Green Party Vice Presidential candidate Winona LaDuke's speech in Juneau, the Green Party is attracting strong candidates.

Comedic opportunity
Despite all of the wonderful local arts and drama offerings available, members of the Alaska State Employees Association should not miss a unique opportunity to see a live presentation of the "Our Gang" comedy executive board meeting to be held in Juneau this weekend.

Lasting solutions
We applaud Amy Page and her "Different Vision" in Wednesday's My Turn. There is a growing number of Americans who feel as she does. Mr. Bush does not serve the U.S. or the world by escalating violence on the desperately poor countries of the Middle East.

Around Town

High school dropout rate up slightly
JUNEAU - The percentage of students dropping out of Juneau-Douglas High School increased by 1.23 percent to a total of 112 students last school year, Principal Deb Morse told the School Board on Tuesday.

Airport looks for parking solution
Local officials hope to make the search for rest rooms and parking at the Juneau Airport less challenging. The airport is drawing up plans to build rest rooms inside the departure lounge, airport Manager Allan Heese said. Passengers waiting for planes have to go outside the airport's security checkpoint to find a rest room.


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

City manager rehires former police chief
Former Juneau Police Chief Richard Gummow will be the new chief of police beginning in June, but a retired police lieutenant is questioning the decision. City Manager Dave Palmer today announced his appointment of Gummow. He will replace Mel Personett, who said earlier this month that he would resign.

Cleanup expenses exceed estimates
Cleaning up contaminated soil at the site of a former state ferry building on Glacier Avenue has cost the city and school district $310,000 more than was projected.

A park for tiny planes, disc golf
Model airplane and flying-disc golf enthusiasts would have a place to play if proposals under review by the city's Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee are approved. The two applications to use Juneau parkland will be considered by the committee at its March 5 meeting. The city's Parks and Recreation Department is accepting written comments until then.

Family picks up pieces after blaze destroys trailer home
Tera Ollila was driving home from work the same way she always did Tuesday night until she remembered she didn't have a home to go to. Ollila's Kodzoff Acres trailer home burned down Monday evening, leaving Ollila, her two young children and a 19-year-old roommate without a home. "A million things go through your mind," Ollila said. "My first thought was Crusher, our dog. I pretty much knew he didn't make it and I just lost it. ... I still don't think it's all hit me yet."

Wayne able to leap high notes in a single bound
By day, Dan Wayne may appear to be a mild-mannered defense attorney, fighting for the rights of Southeast citizens everywhere. But by night, Wayne trades his suits for pantaloons, legal briefs for librettos, and courtroom banter for the classical lilting-boom of opera.

City plans redesign of cruise ship area
Bus parking would convert to a pedestrian plaza in a redesign of the Steamship Wharf-Marine Park area presented to the Juneau Assembly on Wednesday. The city is working on a "convertible space" concept for the area between the downtown library and Merchants Wharf, Deputy City Manager Donna Pierce said. The idea is to build a space that can be used for tour bus parking, cruise ship passenger loading and as a pedestrian plaza, she said.

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

Juneau man arraigned for alleged coke dealing
A 21-year-old Juneau man is being held on $10,000 bail after he was arraigned in Juneau Superior Court on Wednesday on a cocaine-dealing charge. Mark Nash is charged with one count of third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, a felony, stemming from an alleged incident on Feb. 7. Nash is accused of supplying a gram of cocaine via Skagway Air to Lesley Rostron, 21, of Haines.

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

Home show adds entertainment
To get the most out of the 60 booths at the 25th annual Juneau Home Show, visitors will need comfortable walking shoes and a notebook to keep track of all the latest construction and remodeling ideas.

Petershoare named to Fort Lewis dean's list
Juneau resident Alicia Marie Petershoare earned a place on the dean's list at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo.

Watching the Olympics: Virtue on display for the world to see
A few days ago I was talking about the Winter Olympics with a friend who'd spent much time around serious athletes and run marathons herself. "I never watch the Olympics," she said. "It's all too commercialized, and I know about the pressures on those people when they're young." When the judging controversy in the couples skating program erupted, she said, "See, it shows up. There are tremendous pressures behind the scenes."

Mardi Gras!
On Friday, February 1, 2002, all Filipino Community kids had something to be proud of. They made their own Mardi Gras masks. They embellished them with feathers, plastic jewels, buttons, plastic eyes, etc. Every kid and their parents had their beads around their neck - it felt like being in New Orleans.

Thank you
The musicians and board of the Juneau Symphony join me in thanking everyone who attended our Cosmic Adventure concerts in early February. It was a great concert, and is it especially wonderful to play to such appreciative audiences.

Schoenberger, Palma plan April wedding in California
Former Juneau resident Summer Schoenberger and Ezekiel Palma of Pleasanton, Calif., will be married April 6, 2002, in Pleasanton.

Neighbors Briefs
Rotary seeks scholarship applicants; American Cancer Society conducting annual Daffodil Days fund-raising event; City requests public comment about two proposals for use of parkland

Senior Menu
Senior menu for the month of February, 2002

Rita Ann Barclay
Juneau resident Rita Ann Barclay, 56, died Feb. 17, 2002, in Juneau.

Mary D. Fishel
Mary D. Fishel, 88, died Feb. 17, 2002, at her home in Gresham, Ore.

Sherryl A. Gisel Anderson Fiola
Former resident Sherryl A. Gisel Anderson Fiola, 55, died Feb. 8, 2002, in Carthage, Mo., of natural causes.

Peter Paul Three Stars
Former Juneau resident Peter Paul Three Stars, 74, died Dec. 31, 2001, at his home in Lake Stevens, Wash.

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

Rep. Young's attendance record
Dear Congressman Don Young, For more than two decades you've been the congressman for all Alaska. Your constituents are starting to think you are taking us for granted.

Bravo, Juneau, for your generosity!
Americans rose up after the tragic events of September 11 and opened their hearts and pocketbooks as they never have before to fund victim-relief efforts, The New York Fire Fighter's Fund, the American Red Cross and dozens of other causes.

My Turn: Let's plan before we begin paving Marine Park
A place where buses park is a parking lot. It doesn't matter what color you paint it. It doesn't matter whether you put planters around it. It doesn't matter if you call it a pedestrian plaza. Parking lots are parking lots, and parking lots are not pedestrian-friendly spaces.

My Turn: Calif. view: Alaska tops Enron in self-interest
ANCHORAGE - Who wants to drill for oil in the far north of Alaska? Alaskans do. And do they ever. More than the oil companies themselves, more than labor unions, more even than George W. Bush, Alaskans are desperate to get some fresh crude flowing out of the wilderness here. That's because there is a threat on the horizon. Doom is settling in like ice fog. The bears are restless in their dens. Without new oil, goodness, Alaskans might be asked to pay taxes.

Snow Report
The status of Alaska ski areas.

Snowballing ski trails
A few years ago, Mark Scholten was cross-country skiing down an overgrown path in the gravelly area between Back Loop Road and Mendenhall Lake.

Tricks of the Nordic trails
Winter users of the Dredge Lake-Mendenhall Campground-Mendenhall Lake trail system should follow these rules.

Are there wolves on Admiralty Island?
About 80 people attended a recent Friends of Admiralty Island meeting in Juneau to hear about wolf reports on Admiralty.

Areas open to snowmachiners
Areas open to snowmachine and ATV use when there is sufficient amounts of snow and ice on the ground include portions of the Dan Moller Trail, Lake Creek Snowmachine Route and the east side of Spaulding Meadows.

Out and About
In season: Wolf (Aug.-April), grouse (Aug.-May), ptarmigan (Aug.-May), coyote (Sept.-April) and hare (Sept.-April).

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

Juneau boys enter final stretch without Lane
The second-ranked Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team enters the final stretch of its season with two games in Ketchikan on Friday and Saturday. Both games tip off at 8 p.m. and will be broadcast by KINY, 800-AM radio.

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

Fourteen Juneau athletes picked for Arctic Winter Games
At least 14 athletes and four coaches from Juneau will be part of Team Alaska in the Arctic Winter Games next month. And more Southeast athletes could join them when their teams are announced as early as next week.

Bears host Kings
If the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team has had a nemesis the past couple of years, it's been the Ketchikan Kings.

Gatt wins Yukon Quest
WHITEHORSE, Yukon -- Canadian musher Hans Gatt grabbed the lead with a little more than 100 miles to go Wednesday and went on to win the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Alaska State Basketball Polls
Here are the Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, as voted on by statewide sports reporters and compiled by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Duke destroys Demon Deacons
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Dropping from No. 1 didn't sit well with Duke captains Mike Dunleavy and Jason Williams. So they did something about it Thursday night. Dunleavy scored a career-high 30 points, and Williams added 26 as the No. 3 Blue Devils got back in sync following their second loss of the season by rolling over No. 20 Wake Forest 90-61.

Lawmaker: Freeze all state hiring
A key Senate budget-writer says state government needs a hiring freeze and he wants Alaska's voters to give the Legislature the power to demand one.

State Briefs
Three appointed to Game Board; Two jailed for giving teens alcohol; Ex-legislator injured in accident

Chief justice: Role of the courts changing with Alaska's problems
Diversion programs that focus on treatment rather than jail sentences have worked elsewhere and show promise in Alaska, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Dana Fabe said Wednesday.

Unalaska bans nudity
UNALASKA - In an effort to curtail a newly opened strip club, the Unalaska City Council has passed a prohibition on most forms of public nudity.

State Briefs
Local woman, cat on nationwide TV; Research rocket launch lights skies; Troopers seize pot; Large hospital contract awarded; Nenana man found guilty of murder

Anchorage boy arrested in sex assault at school
ANCHORAGE - A Bartlett High School freshman has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl inside the school Wednesday, Anchorage police said.

University leader seeks more funds
Despite a looming fiscal gap, University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton is pitching his case for more state funds for higher education.

Ulmer camp breaks law
Fran Ulmer's gubernatorial campaign violated state election law at least once in the past month. Republican Party officials have declared that the Democratic lieutenant governor has an ethics problem, saying her campaign represents "a return to Clinton/Gore fund-raising tactics."

Little Theatre delays musical
"All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten," the Juneau-Douglas Little Theatre musical production that was slated to open this weekend, has been postponed until the fall.

What's happening

Whos' taming who in the musical 'Shrew'?
Kiss Me Kate" could be described as Shakespeare meets Cole Porter at Juneau-Douglas High School - but that would shortchange the dancing. There's plenty of dancing in the high school musical production, which opens Friday.

Satin, silk and dryer hose
Artist Sara Lawson has two words for people delving into the world of wearable art. Spray mount. "3M. Buy stock. It's a very important factor in all this," she said.

Best Bets: A weekend of sharks and art you can wear
A sharkfest hits the Nugget Mall on Sunday afternoon. Hearthside Books is hosting a slide presentation and booksigning by Ray Troll, a shark artist and powerhouse of infectious enthusiasm.

Class on technique used in soldier's quilt
Juneau quilter MaryAnn Vaughan will lead a quilting class to help students create modern versions of the intricate "Soldier's Quilt" on display at the Alaska State Museum.

Movies where & when
"Collateral Damage," (R) ends tonight, last show at 7:10 at Glacier Cinemas.

Two-day string workshop offered
A weekend workshop for string musicians of all levels and ages will be offered March 9 and 10. Registration is open now for master classes, coaching sessions and private lessons, sponsored by Juneau Jazz and Classics.

New Ray Troll book infested with sharks
Ray Troll knows sharks. Prehistoric sharks big enough to eat whales and diabolical little sharks that lure predators and then chomp on them.

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