Monday, February 25, 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.

Pipeline better in Alaska than in foreign country
The All Alaska Gas Pipeline, proposed by Scott Heyworth, candidate for lieutenant governor, and endorsed by 42,000 Alaska voters, is the only proposed route that makes sense for Alaska. Sen. Frank Murkowski, Tony Knowles and Fran Ulmer would have us believe an 800-mile natural gas pipeline within Alaska, costing $8 billion, is not economically feasible, while a 3,500-mile, $18 billion pipeline through a foreign country (Canada) is.

Nothing to rebut
I absolutely agreed with the editorial against which Mr. McDougal now rails. It appears that the right buttons were pushed. Not surprisingly (and all too typical of SEACC and its supporters), this response offers nothing factual in its rebuttal of Mr. Smith's analysis.

Don't build a bridge
This letter is to oppose the building on any kind of bridge from Ketchikan-Pennock Island-Gravina Island. Pennock Island was and still is tribal burial grounds for the Tanda Kwaan (Tongass Tribe) and Saanya Kwaan (Cape Fox people). Not only are tribal people buried there, but also white people that could not afford to be buried in the Ketchikan Cemetery.

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.

Getting along fine without cowards
I hold in my hands my tiny, newborn baby son. What a joy it is to look upon him. I think of Daniel Pearl being denied this privilege; it disgusts me.

Reexamine relationships
For those dues-paying members of the Alaska State Employees Association who were unable to find the Our Gang executive board meeting held last week in Juneau, don't feel disappointed.

Report the substance, not the anecdotes
Was I at the same North Douglas Neighborhood Association meeting on Feb. 19? I didn't think so after reading reporter Melanie Plenda's article, "Douglas residents question golf course's effect on fish."

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.

Local Briefs
Truck takes out pole; Rock-climber rescued

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.

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.

Bridal Fair walks down the aisle at Nugget Mall
Looking for the latest in tuxedoes for ring bearers? Or need 150 pink net bags of Jordan almonds? Searching for a photographer who will cover the wedding party getting up do's at the hair salon as well as the ceremony?

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.

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.

Fate of Auke Bay P.O. up in the air
The future of the Auke Bay Post Office remains uncertain while the U.S. Postal Service continues to accept late bids from private contractors looking to run the branch.

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

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.

Photo: Ice enthusiasts
Hockey players gather at Twin Lakes on Saturday to enjoy clear skies and cold weather. Brilliant blue skies over the weekend turned snowy this morning. Snow is expected to continue through tonight and Tuesday.

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.

To our readers
To our readers who were offended by the photograph featured on the front page of Sunday's Empire, we extend our sincere apology.

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.

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

Juneau students compete in Battle of the Books
Three Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School students took second place after a sudden-death tie-breaking round in the statewide Battle of the Books competition last week.

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

City candidates' spending checks out
Year-end campaign spending numbers for the 2001 city election generally were on target with earlier reports, according to data from the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

All things foreseen
It's been really amazing to watch Miss Cleo, hasn't it? The Caribbean clairvoyant's late-night TV ad popped up amid pitches for incredible stain removers, precise vegetable dicers, easily cleaned rotating ovens and impressive breast enhancement creams that, according to the animation, work in seconds. For only $4.99 a minute, the Psychic Hotline's Miss Cleo could see things invisible to mere mortals.

Boys Basketball Boxscores
CRIMSON BEARS 68, KINGS 44

Girls Basketball Boxscores
CRIMSON BEARS 63, KINGS 52

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.

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

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.

Duke rips Red Storm, 97-55
DURHAM, N.C. -- St. John's coach Mike Jarvis agreed to schedule Duke so he could measure his team's progress and compete against a friend, Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski.

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

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.

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.

Poll: 'Yes' to solving fiscal gap
Anchorage-area residents overwhelmingly want a solution to the state's fiscal gap this year, which they believe must include a constitutional cap on spending, according to a new poll released this morning.

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.

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.

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.

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.

State Briefs
Biologists ponder two-headed moose fetus near air station; Fairbanks snowmachiner dies in accident; Talkeetna votes on city status; Alyeska terminal closed to visitors; Amchitka vets may get benefits; New state trooper commits suicide; Ketchikan nurses reach labor agreement

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.

State, company resolve Boy Scout trail dispute
Public access will be maintained on the Boy Scout Camp Road and the Herbert River Truck Road near Eagle Beach, under the terms of a recent legal settlement between the state and Channel Construction.

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.

Senate to debate bill on ANWR
WASHINGTON - The Senate is ready to take up broad energy legislation that could lead to exploratory drilling for oil and gas in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and changes in gas-mileage rules.

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

Volunteer pilots keep Iditarod trail supplied
ANCHORAGE - The small waiting room at Spernak's Airways was crowded with more than a dozen pilots drinking coffee, eating donuts and watching fat snowflakes swirl down from a milky white sky onto the runway at Anchorage's Merrill Field.

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