Tuesday, February 24, 2004

On the move
The Numi Group, a Fairbanks-based technology consulting firm, has hired Alison Elgee and Andy Kline in Juneau to assist with implementation and rollout of the new State of Alaska Child Welfare Information system in partnership with software developer AMS.

The Alaska Club expands
Construction at the Valley JRC The Alaska Club, intended to make the fitness center more "family friendly," will be complete by the end of March, club officials said.

Cape Fox Corp. sending one of its final shipments to Asia
KETCHIKAN - Cape Fox Corp. is shipping one of its final two shipments of logs to Asia.

Fishing license legislation unfair to U.S. citizens
I hear on KINY radio noontime news that Alaska legislators in Juneau have passed Senate Bill 56, sponsored by Sen. Dyson of Eagle River, that will now allow aliens from the Yukon to purchase fishing licenses and King salmon tags for the same price that Alaskan residents pay.

Tobacco is a killer
I've read much discussion of secondhand smoke on these pages over the last few weeks, and one fact needs to be emphasized: breathing secondhand smoke is dangerous to your health.

Education tax would help solve fiscal problem
Pass SB 137, the Education (Employment) Tax. I am tired of the debate of sales vs. income tax.

Put Eaglecrest Ski Area out of its misery
In the 19 years I lived in Southeast Alaska, Eaglecrest Ski Area was the proverbial albatross. It's time to put the poor bird out of its misery!

Speak out; Berners Bay's fate rests with you
It seems like the threats to Berners Bay just keep piling up. If it's not Sen. Lisa Murkowski's bill to trade it away, it's plans for a mine that could scatter buildings, roads, and a ferry terminal all over the north shore of the bay.

Too many ignoring the city's noise rules
The CBJ noise ordinance is not working. Three times in one week I've had to phone police to force developers to comply.

Publisher is wrong
Bob Hale, publisher of the Juneau Empire, is wrong. In my opinion, he wasted a perfectly good My Turn column on Sunday by discussing how bad smoking is. Everyone knows already.

'Big Media' unwittingly helps terrorist group
Neighbors, we have a problem with U.S. "Big Media." I assert that they are unwittingly aiding and abetting the enemy in the War on Terror. By their actions, they are actually empowering al-Qaida and even effectively recruiting for it. Here's how:

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

Around Town
Today Valley Toastmasters meeting, 6:10 a.m. every Tuesday, Henry's Restaurant. Public invited. Details: Jim, 789-3074.

Assembly OKs city's first avalanche response plan
The Juneau Assembly approved the city's first urban avalanche response plan Monday.

Brightening the slopes
Niall Johnson went zooming down the Ptarmigan Hill on a snowboard a few Sundays ago at Eaglecrest Ski Area. An outside observer couldn't tell Johnson is a person with developmental disabilities.

United Way falls short of goal
The United Way in Juneau missed its 2003 fund-raising goal by more than $200,000 and fell well short of the previous year's collections, the agency announced.

Omission
Due to an editing error, the names of the second-place winners in the Fourth Annual Wearable Arts Extravaganza were inadvertently omitted.

Homeland security exercise includes descent on Malaspina
There was no Juneau trial of al-Qaida terrorists, no actual explosion at the Princess Cruise Dock.

Ordinance to block school introduced
The Juneau Assembly introduced an ordinance Monday similar to an initiative to block construction of a new high school, though members say their motives are different and they really back the school construction.

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

Operating a sub from land
Jacob Smith, a Coast Guard electronics technician from San Pedro, Calif., shows a submersible remote-operated vehicle Monday at the Coast Guard dock in downtown Juneau.

A day at the beach
Abby Hemenway, 10, looks out over the water as, right to left, Arianna Paul, Robert Newman, 6, and Grace Newman, 2, climb around the end of a marooned log Sunday at Sandy Beach in Douglas.

Around Town
Today Low Impact Exercise, 10 a.m., Juneau Senior Center and Valley Senior Center. Details: 463-6175.

Peratrovich demonstrated moral courage by her actions
O ne of Alaska's historic heroes was born on Independence Day 1911 in Petersburg. As a result, February 16 is a state-recognized holiday. It is time the heroine be recognized as widely as the day is.

Alaska railroad extension could solve political, economic issues
I t's an obscure note in history: Had any federal funds been left over from construction of the Panama Canal, they were to be assigned to Alaska railroad construction.

Alaska editorial: Changing the dividend
This editorial ran in Friday's (Soldotna/Kenai) Peninsula Clarion:

Census report: Alaska lowest death rate in U.S.
Last week, the Bureau of the Census released its "Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2003," a sort of paint-by-numbers portrait of both upper- and lower-case us.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS Friday, Feb. 27 • Fight Night Boxing - Doors open at 7 p.m. and boxing starts at 8 p.m. at Centennial Hall. Many bouts will feature Juneau Fight Club members vs. Ketchikan Fight Club members.

Gatt's lead grows down final stretch
Two-time defending champion Hans Gatt was the first musher into the Carmacks checkpoint Monday to extend his lead in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Cavaliers rally from 25-point deficit to beat Hornets
CLEVELAND - In four days, they've beaten the defending NBA champions, won at Madison Square Garden and rallied from 25 points down for a victory.

Cavs notch road victory over Knicks
NEW YORK - LBJ at MSG was A-OK for the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James scored 22 points in his first game at Madison Square Garden, where the fans turned on the home team Sunday as the New York Knicks fell behind by 23 points in the fourth quarter of a 92-86 loss.

Juneau Parks and Rec. Coed Volleyball League
Juneau Parks and Rec. Coed Volleyball League scores

Gatt, Steer flip-flop as leader of Yukon Quest
Hans Gatt and Zack Steer see-sawed at the front of the pack of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race on Sunday.

ASBN State Prep Basketball Poll
The Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network high school basketball poll for the week ending Feb. 21. The poll released on Feb. 23 is for Class 4A and Class 3A teams and was selected by a panel of ASBN broadcasters, sports reporters and devoted high school basketball fans from around the state.

Swingley's back
ANCHORAGE - Four-time Iditarod champion Doug Swingley must be one of the most practical people on the planet. When asked why at age 50 he is back competing in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race - willing to hang onto the back of a sled for more than 1,000 bumpy and sometimes hair-raising miles from Anchorage to Nome - his answer is quick and to the point - or is it a put-on?

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS Friday, Feb. 27 • Fight Night Boxing - Doors open at 7 p.m. and boxing starts at 8 p.m. at Centennial Hall.

Alaska Digest
staff and Wire reports

Western Alaska woman among last to make grass footwear
ANCHORAGE - Lena Atti's work appears deceptively simple.

Alaska Digest
staff and Wire reports

Legislative watchdogs open office in Alaska
During her nine years (1992-2000) in the Maine Senate, Chellie Pingree was always aware of Common Cause. The non-profit, non-partisan citizens' lobby organization monitored campaign finance reform and the accountability of elected officials throughout the state, as it's done throughout the country since 1970.

Bill opens kids' library records to parents
State Sen. Lyda Green believes parents should know what their kids are checking out of the library. The Wasilla Republican has introduced a bill that would require public libraries to give parents access to their children's records on request.

Yukon Quest musher Kleedehn finishes race in hospital
WHITEHOUSE, Yukon - Yukon Quest musher William Kleedehn has been telling people he was the first into Whitehorse. Trouble is, he never reached the finish line.

This Day in History
In Alaska: In 1913, legislators in Juneau for the first Alaska Territorial Legislature decided to meet in the Elks Hall rather than the Odd Fellows Hall.

This Day in History
In Alaska: • In 1936, the old log Custom House and Post Office at Sitka, a relic of Russian days, was destroyed by fire.

Hide for sale
Bill Burger, left and Joe Burger hold up a brown-bear hide to be auctioned at the Alaska State Fish and Game horn and hide auction Sunday at Anchorage's Fur Rendezvous.

Foundation to give $20 million in arts funding
Almost 100 Juneau residents affiliated with the arts showed up at Centennial Hall on Monday to hear the Anchorage-based Rasmuson Foundation describe details of its 10-year, $20 million statewide Arts and Culture Initiative.

Alaska Digest
staff and Wire reports

Students press for university funding
A coalition of more than 50 University of Alaska students sent an Alaska-size message to state lawmakers Monday, asking for $10.5 million in increased university funding.

House OKs 3 bills on victims rights
A trio of victims rights bills passed the House on Monday, including a measure to analyze events surrounding domestic violence fatalities.

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