Monday, February 26, 2001

Around Town

Around Town

Obituary

Around Town

Obituary

Around Town

Glory days
Like many people who came to Alaska in the mid-1970s seeking their fortune on the trans-Alaska pipeline, Paul Helmar wasn't fully prepared for what he found. It was 20 below zero when he arrived at the Fairbanks airport dressed in a pea coat and cowboy boots.

Glory days
Like many people who came to Alaska in the mid-1970s seeking their fortune on the trans-Alaska pipeline, Paul Helmar wasn't fully prepared for what he found. It was 20 below zero when he arrived at the Fairbanks airport dressed in a pea coat and cowboy boots.

Two finalists make pitches for top job at JDHS
Deb Morse, interim principal at Juneau-Douglas High School, says she has the experience and commitment to take the permanent position. Justin Smith of Wyoming says he knows how to use data about students to meet state academic standards.

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

Drug Ecstacy worries board members
Two Juneau School Board members have told civic leaders there is growing concern many local kids are using Ecstasy, a mind-altering drug linked to brain damage.

Sealaska faces loss of $120 million
Sealaska will report losses of between $90 million and $120 million for last year, shareholders were told Friday night.

Drug Ecstacy worries board members
Two Juneau School Board members have told civic leaders there is growing concern many local kids are using Ecstasy, a mind-altering drug linked to brain damage.

State teacher shortages blamed on stagnant pay
The Juneau School Board soon will consider a balanced budget for next school year that cuts the number of teachers by 15, mostly because of fewer students, and modestly increases the funds for supplies and computer maintenance.

Budget can't meet schools' needs
Mike Sigler thinks he got a rich education in grade school in the 1960s in New York State, including music and art. Today as a parent in Juneau he's concerned about students who aren't getting help learning how to read.

Two finalists make pitches for top job at JDHS
Deb Morse, interim principal at Juneau-Douglas High School, says she has the experience and commitment to take the permanent position. Justin Smith of Wyoming says he knows how to use data about students to meet state academic standards.

Student scientists' topics: Mars to baby talk
Tiffany Wells, a sophomore at Juneau-Douglas High School, wanted to simulate the atmosphere of Mars in an aquarium biosphere so she could try growing plants to see if that would fertilize the soil and add oxygen to the air.

Local responsibility for school funding grows
Fewer students are attending Juneau's public schools, but local taxpayers are asked to pay more, thanks to the way the state funds schools.

Juneau Buddhists clean house to bring in New Year
Friday was housecleaning day for many in the Juneau Buddhist community.

McNeil new CEO and president
Sealaska named its in-house counsel, Chris McNeil Jr., president and chief executive at a board meeting Friday.

Student scientists' topics: Mars to baby talk
Tiffany Wells, a sophomore at Juneau-Douglas High School, wanted to simulate the atmosphere of Mars in an aquarium biosphere so she could try growing plants to see if that would fertilize the soil and add oxygen to the air.

Six Alaskans earn way into Parade salary survey
Six Alaskans, including Sitkan Jan Straley, have earned their way into today's edition of Parade Magazine, which lists jobs and salaries for 150 Americans. Ages and home towns are also included with their photos.

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Budget can't meet schools' needs
Mike Sigler thinks he got a rich education in grade school in the 1960s in New York State, including music and art. Today as a parent in Juneau he's concerned about students who aren't getting help learning how to read.

Corrections

Administrative costs often are uncertain
Whenever schools talk about budgets, citizens talk about administrative costs.

Feds would require ships to report all discharges
Cruise ships would have to measure and report every discharge in Alaska waters this summer, under a regulation being developed by the U.S. Coast Guard.

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

Baby wins $20,000 scholarship
Agnes D'Cafango did not expect her 9-month-old daughter to have much chance to win the $20,000 Baby 2000 Scholarship, but she registered for the contest the day before the deadline just in case.

Briefly

Briefly

Correction

Corrections

Sealaska faces loss of $120 million
Sealaska will report losses of between $90 million and $120 million for last year, shareholders were told Friday night.

Feds would require ships to report all discharges
Cruise ships would have to measure and report every discharge in Alaska waters this summer, under a regulation being developed by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Six Alaskans earn way into Parade salary survey
Six Alaskans, including Sitkan Jan Straley, have earned their way into today's edition of Parade Magazine, which lists jobs and salaries for 150 Americans. Ages and home towns are also included with their photos.

Local responsibility for school funding grows
Fewer students are attending Juneau's public schools, but local taxpayers are asked to pay more, thanks to the way the state funds schools.

McNeil new CEO and president
Sealaska named its in-house counsel, Chris McNeil Jr., president and chief executive at a board meeting Friday.

Correction

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

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

Briefly

Juneau Buddhists clean house to bring in New Year
Friday was housecleaning day for many in the Juneau Buddhist community.

State teacher shortages blamed on stagnant pay
The Juneau School Board soon will consider a balanced budget for next school year that cuts the number of teachers by 15, mostly because of fewer students, and modestly increases the funds for supplies and computer maintenance.

Baby wins $20,000 scholarship
Agnes D'Cafango did not expect her 9-month-old daughter to have much chance to win the $20,000 Baby 2000 Scholarship, but she registered for the contest the day before the deadline just in case.

Administrative costs often are uncertain
Whenever schools talk about budgets, citizens talk about administrative costs.

Call for more government in small communities a worry for those who want control
The battle over boroughs pits two long-standing Alaskan ideals against each other.

Better to create a learning environment
As a student of JDHS, I am concerned with the ramifications of a qualifying exam. These tests do not create a smarter America, they merely create the illusion of a system who cares.

The Empire: A better bargain than a steaming mocha
I've meant to be a better correspondent, someone who checks in regularly and asks, "How are things going?" No more excuses. How are things going? Are we covering the issues and events you're interested in?

Time to take a different look at fisheries resource management
As a member of the Southeast Alaska Regional Dive Fisheries Association, SARDFA, and geoduck diver I would like to comment on the recent debate over aquaculture.

Time to take a different look at fisheries resource management
As a member of the Southeast Alaska Regional Dive Fisheries Association, SARDFA, and geoduck diver I would like to comment on the recent debate over aquaculture.

Broadway quality
Last weekend, hundreds of Juneauites went to Broadway. Well, close to it, at least. The high school's production of "The King and I" was fantastic and well deserved the standing ovations they received.

Protect the integrity of 'Made in Alaska'
It is my understanding that the Made in Alaska program is in jeopardy. The governor and Legislature need to address some serious issues to ensure the continued success of the program.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

'Mistaken for management'
If you were to put on your thinking cap and speculate about status of the many state employees, what job classes would you guess are most likely to make a killing on airline frequent flier miles; clerks and paper pushers in the General Government Unit (GGU) represented by the Alaska State Employees Association (ASEA), or supervisors, middle management and elected officials?

'Mistaken for management'
If you were to put on your thinking cap and speculate about status of the many state employees, what job classes would you guess are most likely to make a killing on airline frequent flier miles; clerks and paper pushers in the General Government Unit (GGU) represented by the Alaska State Employees Association (ASEA), or supervisors, middle management and elected officials?

The pain of loss
The bad news our corporation released to the shareholders has been in the works for 30 years, loss after loss and still counting. We won't know the final true tally until the end of March.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

Better to create a learning environment
As a student of JDHS, I am concerned with the ramifications of a qualifying exam. These tests do not create a smarter America, they merely create the illusion of a system who cares.

The huffing dilemma
It's hard to know what to do about huffing, the dangerous practice in which teens and pre-teens inhale the fumes of paints, solvents, hairsprays and other products in order to produce a drug-like high.

A futile policy on Cuba
The following editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: Economic sanctions over nearly four decades have had a negligible impact on Cuba's economy, according to a 390-page government study released earlier this month. This doesn't come as a surprise.

Murkowski: Two ways to fix subsistence
"I'm not up here as a magician," U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski told legislators this week, when asked about how to solve the subsistence issue.

Call for more government in small communities a worry for those who want control
The battle over boroughs pits two long-standing Alaskan ideals against each other.

Food Bank offers opportunities, needs space
The Southeast Alaska Food Bank was responsible for collecting and donating thousands of pound of food to member agencies and individuals in our community. Yet the food bank is an unknown. Some of this has to due with the fact that we are a newer part of the Southeast community, having been in existence for only four years. Now we would like to change that and become a more active part of Juneau and Southeast.

The huffing dilemma
It's hard to know what to do about huffing, the dangerous practice in which teens and pre-teens inhale the fumes of paints, solvents, hairsprays and other products in order to produce a drug-like high.

A futile policy on Cuba
The following editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: Economic sanctions over nearly four decades have had a negligible impact on Cuba's economy, according to a 390-page government study released earlier this month. This doesn't come as a surprise.

Protect the integrity of 'Made in Alaska'
It is my understanding that the Made in Alaska program is in jeopardy. The governor and Legislature need to address some serious issues to ensure the continued success of the program.

The pain of loss
The bad news our corporation released to the shareholders has been in the works for 30 years, loss after loss and still counting. We won't know the final true tally until the end of March.

Murkowski: Two ways to fix subsistence
"I'm not up here as a magician," U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski told legislators this week, when asked about how to solve the subsistence issue.

Broadway quality
Last weekend, hundreds of Juneauites went to Broadway. Well, close to it, at least. The high school's production of "The King and I" was fantastic and well deserved the standing ovations they received.

The Empire: A better bargain than a steaming mocha
I've meant to be a better correspondent, someone who checks in regularly and asks, "How are things going?" No more excuses. How are things going? Are we covering the issues and events you're interested in?

Food Bank offers opportunities, needs space
The Southeast Alaska Food Bank was responsible for collecting and donating thousands of pound of food to member agencies and individuals in our community. Yet the food bank is an unknown. Some of this has to due with the fact that we are a newer part of the Southeast community, having been in existence for only four years. Now we would like to change that and become a more active part of Juneau and Southeast.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

Duhon's buzzer-beater leads Duke past Wake Forest, 82-80
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Chris Duhon has had to wait his turn behind a lineup of star players for No. 4 Duke. The freshman's moment came Saturday.

Polaris team wins Iron Dog 2001
FAIRBANKS -- All but five teams have crossed the finish line of the 2001 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

College Corner: Stell is Colorado's Mr. Consistency
Kevin Stell of Juneau may be a rookie on the college skiing circuit, but his first season with the University of Colorado ski team has not been the typical rookie year.

Sports in Juneau

Dorn named state's top soccer player
Justin Dorn remembered attending a Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer game when he was about 7 or 8 years old.

Virginia upsets No. 2 North Carolina
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Brendan Haywood scoffed at the question, and while doing so, paid Virginia's fans a compliment.

Dorn named state's top soccer player
Justin Dorn remembered attending a Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer game when he was about 7 or 8 years old.

Sports in Juneau

Sports in Juneau

Virginia upsets No. 2 North Carolina
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Brendan Haywood scoffed at the question, and while doing so, paid Virginia's fans a compliment.

Duhon's buzzer-beater leads Duke past Wake Forest, 82-80
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Chris Duhon has had to wait his turn behind a lineup of star players for No. 4 Duke. The freshman's moment came Saturday.

College Corner: Stell is Colorado's Mr. Consistency
Kevin Stell of Juneau may be a rookie on the college skiing circuit, but his first season with the University of Colorado ski team has not been the typical rookie year.

Clark claims downhill as U.S. soars in Alps
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland -- On a big day for U.S. skiing, Kirsten Clark won a women's downhill race Saturday for her first World Cup victory.

Sports in Juneau

Polaris team wins Iron Dog 2001
FAIRBANKS -- All but five teams have crossed the finish line of the 2001 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Clark claims downhill as U.S. soars in Alps
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland -- On a big day for U.S. skiing, Kirsten Clark won a women's downhill race Saturday for her first World Cup victory.

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