Saturday, February 23, 2002

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.

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?

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.

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.

FYI
Births

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."

Around Town
Today

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Senior Menu
Senior menu for the month of February, 2002

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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."

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.

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