Sunday, February 24, 2002

Glorious treatment of Alutiiq culture
"Looking Both Ways" is a catalog to accompany an exhibition of the same name which tours Kodiak, Homer, Anchorage, Seattle and Washington. The tour began in 2001 and will end in 2003. The book was published in January.Catalogs of ethnographic objects are a delight to browse through, especially when they are accompanied by intelligent essays.

In the Stacks
It's finally time for fiction!

Going to extremes
It was an evening to wear one's best frayed rope, dryer hose or wood shavings. An evening to don one's favorite mermaid's tail (with political slogans about fish farms written on the flukes). It was a night in which plastic packing material was transformed into a lacy, beribboned (and amazingly see-through) gown of a Southern belle, who was accompanied by her fluffy, beribboned Southern dogs.

Airport parking
I am an owner of Juneau and Metro Taxi. I am writing in regard to the taxis in the short-term parking at the airport.

Objectivity questioned
After reading Don Smith's editorial regarding a report on the role that metal mining plays in the Alaskan economy, I am again forced to doubt the objectivity of a newspaper seemingly compromised by its publisher's rabid anti-environmentalist agenda.

No reason to own a gun
I find the continuing debate over gun control baffling. It is more than a debate, it is a quarrel that is increasingly politicized beyond the point of safety and common sense.

Judge abides by verdict in talk-show trial
The verdict will stand in the Carpenter-Leykis case, the judge ruled Thursday. Juneau Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins has rejected two motions from attorneys in the civil lawsuit of Karen Carpenter against Tom Leykis and Westwood One.

Photo: Home Show
Steve Cosgrove, left, of Alaska Hearth Products, shows off one of the company's stoves to Kent Fagerstrom on Saturday during the Home Show at the Mendenhall Center. The show continues today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cruise bookings sailing to recovery
After a sharp decline following the terrorism of Sept. 11, cruise ship bookings are on the rise - and some records are even being set. Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland-America and Celebrity all have strong bookings for Alaska for 2002 "because deals that existed in December and January no longer exist," said Tom Baker, president of Cruise Center.Com in Houston, a large cruise-selling agency.

Home-school parents wary of proposed rules
Cailey Neary, 11, researched a history topic on the computer while her 8-year-old brother, Aidan, wrote in a workbook in the family's kitchen in Juneau on a recent afternoon. A school district in Galena pays for their school books and the computer.That's the way Mary Neary wants to educate her children, but she's worried that proposed state rules will drive her and other home-schoolers from such programs, called statewide correspondence schools.

State is concerned about where the money goes
The state Board of Education is concerned that school districts may be using funding derived from correspondence students to support in-district programs. It's a growing phenomenon in Alaska for small school districts to run statewide programs for correspondence and home-schooled students, boosting the districts' state funding.

Photo: All eyes
Emily Adams, 5, gets a new look Saturday after visiting with Rae Dodd of the Tongass Regional Eye Clinic's eye safety booth during Kids Safe at Centennial Hall.

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

Board wrestles with sabbatical requests
Concerns about district finances have scuttled a sabbatical request by a Juneau teacher. The Juneau School Board on Tuesday denied a request by Juneau-Douglas High School Russian teacher Janna Lelchuk to take a semester off to study in Russia.

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

Toe cartoon

My Turn: The Knowles/Ulmer administration: Alaska's Enron
As I watched the congressional investigations that followed the sudden collapse of Enron, I was particularly struck by the role of corporate VP Sherron Watkins. Ms. Watkins testified she had gone to Enron President Kenneth Lay to share her concerns regarding dubious business practices widely known within the corporation. Ms. Watkins viewed her decision to bring predictions to top management not as "whistle-blowing" but rather as doing something a good manager should do.

Honoring Hughes and Pearl
On Thursday in a Utah ice rink, Sarah Hughes realized the American dream, skate-scripting a new Cinderella story and establishing a lifetime of name recognition in four magical minutes. Forevermore, she will be associated with figure-skating perfection, the triumph of the underdog and Olympic gold. All this at 16.

Capitol Notebook: Quoth the Senate: 'Nevermore'
Juneau's Rep. Beth Kerttula expressed something like political despair this week. Although she sketched a rosier vision for 2003, Kerttula told fellow Democrats at the Bill Egan Forum luncheon that she pretty much has given up on a long-range fiscal plan this year.

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message. Be sure to leave your name and telephone number.

Coed Volleyball
Standings from the Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation's 2002 coed volleyball league, through matches of Feb. 17.

Boys Basketball Boxscores
CRIMSON BEARS 68, KINGS 44

Correction
In a story that ran in Tuesday's paper about Juneau-Douglas High School soccer player Robert Lossett winning the Gatorade Alaska High School Soccer Player of the Year Award, a list of previous Juneau athletes that won Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year Awards in their respective sports incorrectly stated that boys basketball player Carlos Boozer won once.

Girls Basketball Boxscores
CRIMSON BEARS 63, KINGS 52

Bears sweep Kayhi
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team finally got the better of its nemesis this weekend, sweeping a two-game series from the Ketchikan Kings and clinching the regular-season Region V-Class 4A title in the process. The Crimson Bears were ranked behind the two-time defending champion Kings in the state's basketball poll this week -- No. 5 to Ketchikan's No. 3 -- but Juneau had little problem beating the Kings. Juneau never trailed in Friday's game, winning 52-33, and Saturday the Crimson Bears rallied from a slow start to claim a 63-52 victory in the team's final regular-season home game at the JDHS main gym.

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

Juneau boys claim regular-season title
The second-ranked Juneau-Douglas boys basketball team clinched the Region V-Class 4A regular-season title with a sweep of the Ketchikan Kings this weekend in Ketchikan.

Anchorage school district rethinks drug expulsion policy
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage school officials are taking another look at the district's drug and alcohol expulsion policy, because of concerns that removing students after two violations hurts more than it helps.

Ketchikan: No leads in Christmas murder
Almost two months after Gordon Rasnick was found murdered outside of his home, police are still waiting for evidence from the State Crime Lab that could pinpoint a suspect.

Panel eyes perma fund earnings
A House committee on Saturday considered three different ways to use permanent fund earnings for government operations. In contrast to a 83 percent no vote in September 1999, when the Legislature asked voters for permission to tap fund earnings, only two members of the public testified against the idea.

Snowmachine bill clears 1st committee
A bill removing a requirement that people have a license to drive a snowmachine cleared its first committee this week.

Haines: Student council pans Pardee's comments
Remarks by School Board member Terry Pardee likening local conservationists to the terrorist network al-Qaida have drawn fire from the Haines High School student council.

Skagway: Snowed under: Tickets rile residents
In a dramatic gesture at the City Council's Feb. 8 meeting, Mayor Tim Bourcy ripped up a facsimile of the parking ticket issued to his stepdaughter for parking that hindered snow removal.

State Briefs
Another plan to cap taxes; Canadians question man in Alaskan's death; So long, suckers

Sitka: Local underbid on school bus contract
Prewitt Enterprises, which has had the Sitka school bus contract for 38 years, has been underbid on a new contract by a national bus company, Laidlaw Education Services.

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