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Show gives boaters a peek at dreams
Weekend warriors, recreational fishermen and island hoppers will have a chance this weekend to see the newest gear for water sports. The Juneau Glacier Valley Rotary Club Boat and Sports Show will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Centennial Hall.
Business profile: Ginger Blaisdell
Title and company: Owner, Dockside Jewelers.
On the Move
Elgee, Rehfeld, Mertz and Barrett CPAs has hired Debbie Dombroski, a licensed certified public accountant with more than 15 years of accounting experience.
Bush's war, not mine
I have no idea what Jeremiah Crockroft is trying to convey in his letter about war and liberals.
Please ask me for I.D.
I read with interest the letter from Paul Wescott regarding the idea that asking for identification from anyone wishing to purchase alcohol is "an affront to the dignity of your elders."
Respect alternative school
I am a senior at the alternative high school, Yaakoosge Daakahidi. The reason I am outraged is because my school is a part of JDHS but we are totally left out in the blue. Our schools have no involvement.
Naive Neville, Juneau's left
In light of current events, it appears that the Juneau left would absolutely adore Neville Chamberlain if he was around today.
Different view of 'dignity'
Paul Wescott's response to Dawn Miller's letter is beyond ridiculous. Wescott argues that people who look older should not be carded when purchasing alcohol.
Return to wards?
When the CBJ Charter was drawn up in the late '60s or early '70s, one of the good things about it was that differences in populations between election districts for municipal elections were not a factor because to be elected a candidate had to gain the majority of votes from the whole municipality.
A friend saved
On Feb. 23, I was returning to downtown Juneau on Egan Drive. Between Lemon Creek and the Vanderbilt Interchange, my station wagon stopped dead, and I pulled over to the side of Egan Drive. As I got out of the car, my little dog sneaked out the door beside me, and ran out on to the freeway.
Consolidate at Kmart
A month ago when I heard of the changes happening in Alaska an idea came to mind. After presenting the idea to many people, including, street maintenance and utility workers, small and large business owners and a few of our representatives, I received only positive feedback.
How is it that Bush can "respectfully disagree" with the many, many Americans who took to the streets to protest his war? Isn't the definition of a representative government one that actually represents the will of the people?
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I want to thank everybody who helped with the forum on Alaska's fiscal future at Centennial Hall in Juneau on Feb. 20 sponsored by Alaska Common Ground and the League of Women Voters.
This Day in History
In 1892, Auke Tlingit Chief Kowee died at the age of 75. He was credited with guiding Joe Juneau and Richard Harris to the original gold discovery near what is now Juneau.
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.
Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:
John Moore, 74, was 'best baritone' Juneau ever saw
On a morning not too long ago, a thin, white-haired woman named Mary Moore put on a cassette in the small den where her husband used to pass his days. All at once that old honey voice came spilling out of the speakers. "Georgia, no peace I find, an old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind."
On the road in 1915
John Garnero and Robert Garnero stand on the road to Perseverance Mine in 1915.
Photo: Screaming eagle
A bald eagle takes flight after watching brown king crab being offloaded at the Taku Smokeries/Fisheries dock on Wednesday.
Due to incorrect information provided to the Empire, a brief article in Monday's paper about a forum on violence listed Michael James of Juneau-Douglas High School as a panelist. Amy Truax of JDHS spoke at the event.
Photo: Sorting crab
Steve Haggerty, dock foreman for Taku Smokeries/Fisheries, sorts brown king crab after it was offloaded at the Taku Smokeries/Fisheries dock Wednesday from the fishing vessel Kesia Dawn. "We're not setting the world on fire but the season is good," said Troy Gibson, skipper of the Kesia Dawn.
Taking the chicken challenge
Remember the "Pepsi Challenge" commercials in which soft drink consumers tasted Coke and Pepsi side by side? I recently took the chicken challenge. I roasted a mass-produced chicken and a free-range one and served them side by side to a group of friends. The comparison was illuminating - the free-range bird was markedly superior in taste and texture.
Listings of local nonprofit events.
Tourism committee in the works
The Juneau Chamber of Commerce is working to form a committee to address tourism issues in Juneau.
Juneau man pleads to federal child porn charges
A Juneau man accused of using the Internet to attempt to lure a young boy into a sexual relationship pleaded guilty Tuesday to lesser charges.
Chamber chief heading to Cairo
Jamie Parsons, executive director of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce, announced Tuesday he will leave his post by the end of August to move to Egypt with his wife, Mary Beth, who has accepted a two-year teaching assignment.
Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.
Festival band plays for Florida
Galen Heffern plays his baritone horn during the Juneau-Douglas High School Festival Band concert Tuesday evening at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.
Convenience store ordinance stalls
A proposed city ordinance that would give neighborhood convenience stores more leeway to expand stalled in committee Wednesday. After more than a year of work, the Juneau Assembly's Public Works and Facilities Committee was unable to agree on revised rules for convenience stores in residential areas.
GHS inmate gets two years for attempted rape
A developmentally disabled former half-way house resident accused of attempting to rape another half-way house inmate will spend the next two years in prison. Ryan Robert Hendrickson, 24, was found guilty of one felony count of attempted sexual assault earlier this week and was sentenced today by Juneau Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks.
Hospital board postpones new dress code
Bartlett Regional Hospital's board of directors on Tuesday directed administrators to delay implementing a controversial new dress code.
Pets of the week
Tisha is a curious and happy puppy, a black-and-white German shepherd and malamute mix. Allie is a quiet and undemanding cat with a very soft, long tortoiseshell coat.
...for the kindness.
Woman honored with totem
Mona Catherine Jackson has lived in Massett, British Columbia, Hydaburg, Sitka and Ashville, Tenn.
Rotary club names Ignell student of the month for January
Staci Ignell, a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School, was selected as Student of the Month for January by the Glacier Valley Rotary Club.
'Blizzard of Oslo' performances set
"The Blizzard of Oslo," a musical comedy is being performed at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 4212 Mendenhall Loop Road.
Now is best time to try different plants, flowers
It's one of the best times of the year, when fantasy reigns and all the possibilities of a robust gardening year lie ahead.
Patrick 'P.K.' Farrell
Patrick "P.K." Kent Farrell, 54, died Feb. 21, 2003, in Boise, Idaho, after a long illness resulting from complications of hepatitis C and liver and kidney failure.
Richard Irving Congdon
Anchorage resident Richard Irving Congdon, 93, died Feb. 21, 2003, at Immaculate Conception Home in Anchorage.
My Turn: ANWR, oil and Native people
Laura Martinson raises interesting points in her My Turn regarding potential oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).
My Turn: All tribal seats should be up for DIA election
It is entirely understandable if tribal members enrolled in the Douglas Indian Association are expressing frustration with the failure of the current council to follow through with an election.
My Turn: Language police need locking up
I refer here to an article in the March issue of the Atlantic Monthly, "The Language Police," by Diane Ravitch. zDiane Ravitch is a historian of education and research professor of education at New York University. The glossary excerpted here will appear in her new book, "The Language Police," to be published in April by Knopf.
Crimson Bears aim to secure top region spot
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team has proven its Region V-Class 4A dominance at home this season. Now the Crimson Bears have to show what they're made of on the road. The Crimson Bears travel to Ketchikan this weekend for a pair of games against the Kings. Juneau (11-5 overall, 4-0 region) needs just one win to clinch the top seed and a first-round bye at next month's region tourney, but the Crimson Bears are looking to dominate the Kings (11-5, 3-3) both nights.
Department of Homecourt Security
With the final home games of their high school careers set for this weekend, the six seniors on the Juneau-Douglas boys basketball team were more animated than usual during practice on Wednesday night. The Crimson Bears host the Ketchikan Kings at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, the last two times seniors Joe Ayers, Sterling Henderson, Bryan Hamey, Byron Wild, Nik Hura and Kolt Garvey will get to play in front of a home crowd at JDHS. Not only will it be their final homecourt appearance, but a sweep this weekend means Juneau can clinch the regular-season Region V-Class 4A title and a first-round bye in the region tournament March 12-15 in Ketchikan.
Quest mushers protest penalties
Two mushers who were disciplined during the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race are protesting their penalties.
Alaska State Basketball Polls
Here are the Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, as voted on by statewide sports reporters and compiled by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.
Cavs cut down Nets to claim first win since All-Star break
Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 29 points and Jones added 14 as Cleveland got its first win since the All-Star break, 93-90 Tuesday night over the New Jersey Nets.
Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.
Southeast Hoops Roundup
The Ketchikan boys basketball team broke a halftime tie and cruised to a 60-48 victory over the Sitka Wolves on Friday, then the Kings jumped on top early and ran away with Saturday's game 62-42 to complete a sweep of a two-game Region V-Class 4A series at Ketchikan High School's Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.
Juneau C teams split with Yakutat varsity
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls C basketball teams hosted the Yakutat boys and girls varsity squads for a game apiece Wednesday, with mixed results.
State seeks title to more lakes, rivers
Bodies of water numbering in the thousands, tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands, flow through this state. No one knows exactly how many, and it's also not clear who owns each one. To settle that question, the state is beginning a push to obtain title to all of its navigable waters. "When Alaska became a state, we automatically got title to lands under navigable waters, with some exceptions. But nobody has ever sat down and figured out exactly where all those are," said Dick Mylius, a natural resource manager for the state Department of Natural Resources' division of mining, land and water.
Murkowski names new press secretary
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has chosen Kristin Pugh as her press secretary to replace Chuck Kleeschulte, who has been named communications director.
Firm wants to turn Whittier eyesore into tourist resort
A New York investment firm announced plans to buy an old military building in Whittier for more than $21 million.
Moose getting testy in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - After being chased by dogs, dodging traffic and eating frozen wood all winter, moose in Fairbanks are start getting a little testy."They're getting ornery," said Tony Hollis, a technician at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Fairbanks who handles moose calls for the agency. "They're low on (fat) reserves and the food they're eating is not very good."
State seeks relief from federal education mandate
State officials may turn to Congress for help if the Bush administration doesn't give them the leeway they seek to make a sweeping federal education initiative work in Alaska.
Military presents missile defense plans for Alaska
ANCHORAGE - The Defense Department's Missile Defense Agency wants to increase testing around the Pacific basin, including expanding the state's Kodiak Launch Complex. The plans, presented Tuesday at a hearing in Anchorage, include expansion of the Kodiak facility so two interceptors could be fired simultaneously at targets launched thousands of miles away.
Wrangell teacher ID'd as shooter
Wrangell teacher William Gablehouse shot his ex-girlfriend, her daughter and her niece early Monday before turning the gun on himself, Wrangell police said Tuesday.
Fairbanks parade death lawsuit settled
FAIRBANKS - Lawyers have reached a settlement in the lawsuit filed over the death of a 15-year-old boy who was crushed by a truck pulling a float during Fairbanks' Golden Days parade in July 2001.
Seattle company buys Seward seafood plant from Ward Cove
A Seattle-based company has purchased a processing plant in Seward from Wards Cove Packing Co., which is leaving the salmon business.
Hooper Bay takes action to prevent more suicides
HOOPER BAY - The Bering Sea village of Hooper Bay has been rocked by two suicides and two attempts within a week. The village survived even a worse spate of suicides five years ago, but officials are hoping an aggressive counseling campaign will prevent more this time.
Life of salmon task force extended; Ogg recommended to replace Gary Stevens; Alaska Air Guard troops activated; Troopers discover marijuana operation; Stony River man missing after accident
Denali draft backcountry plan released
The National Park Service has released a draft of its backcountry management plan for Denali National Park and Preserve.
House trims funding request for ANWR lobbying effort
The state House has agreed to give a nonprofit lobbying group $1.1 million this year to try to convince Congress to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. That's about a third of the $3 million Arctic Power requested and less than the $2.8 million the House Finance Committee approved.
Lawmakers debate cancer coverage
Two plans to continue Medicaid coverage of breast and cervical cancer diagnoses and treatment were passed out of the House Health, Education and Social Services Committee on Tuesday.
Disability activists lobby state Legislature for funding
About 100 people from across the state descended on the Capitol on Wednesday to lobby for better funding of programs for people with developmental disabilities. Members of the Key Campaign, a coalition of advocacy groups, rallied on the front steps of the Capitol at noon and then headed inside the building to talk with lawmakers.
Placer rules bode ill for Dawson City, Yukon, locals say
Business leaders in Dawson City, Yukon, are predicting devastation of the local economy and departure of half the population if new regulations for the placer gold mining industry are allowed to stand.
Archeology lecture series starts
JUNEAU - The U.S. Forest Service will present a series of free hour-long lectures on archeology as part of a regional archeology meeting during the week of March 3. All presentations begin at 7 p.m. at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.
Virtual sculpture exhibit on Web site
JUNEAU - The Alaska State Museum recently posted two new exhibitions on its Web site: "Rescued and Reincarnated" by North Pole artist Carol Hilgemann, and "... is this not an urgent matter" by Anchorage artist Dan Mohr. Both exhibits were on display at the museum and closed earlier this month.
Locally written play capitalizes on Nordic humor
Can yuppie coffee, lutefisk and a Finnish bowling team save a church from bankruptcy? It's hard to say. But the proceeds from "The Blizzard of Oslo," a play that contemplates that very question, will certainly help pay for heat, lights and the mortgage at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church.
Grand finale to Black History Month
Black Awareness Association members Sherry Patterson, Michelle Monts and Claudia Paige sat at Paige's kitchen table earlier this week, cracking jokes and hot-gluing together Marti Gras masks for this weekend's Blue and Black Ball, the final event of Black History Month in Juneau. "I got to figure out that glue gun," said Monts, looking sideways at the plastic gun in one hand, holding sparkling ribbon in the other.
Replacing silence with truth
Velma Wallis, the author of the popular Alaska Native books "Two Old Women" and "Bird Girl," received news that her brother Barry was in intensive care while she was on a book tour in 1996. By the time Wallis arrived at the hospital, her brother couldn't speak because he was on a ventilator. "I was shocked to find out that he had full-blown AIDS and he wasn't going to make it," Wallis said.
Excerpts from 'Raising Ourselves'
Our existence in the village was quiet. We were as languid as the smoke that drifted out of our stovepipes. But in between the long periods of peace there was conflict and violence.
Movies where and when
"The Recruit," (PG-13) starts Friday, Feb. 28, and plays at 7 nightly at Glacier Cinemas, with second shows at 9:20 Friday and Saturday nights, and matinees at 2:20 and 4:30 Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Whalen Turner book group organized
JUNEAU - Juneau Public Libraries is holding a book group in preparation for a visit from Megan Whalen Turner, an author of popular books for young adults. The group will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Mendenhall Valley library.
Anti-war reading of 'Lysistrata' Monday
JUNEAU - Juneau actors will read the Greek play, "Aristophanes' Lysistrata: A Woman's Translation," at 8 p.m. Monday, March 3, at the Gold Town Nickelodeon. The reading will be part of the worldwide Lysistrata Project in which 679 communities across the country and the world will stage readings in opposition to a U.S.-led war with Iraq.
"The Blizzard of Oslo," at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 4212 Mendenhall Loop Road.
Juneau Folkdancers bring tango expert to town
An Argentine tango workshop with teacher Percell Rivere St. Thomass will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Elks Lodge downtown. The workshop will continue through Sunday, March 2. An evening dance with instruction and ballroom music also will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 1.
Young artists' exhibit opens
JUNEAU - The Fourth Annual Juneau-Douglas High School Art Show, opening this weekend, will feature mixed-media cityscapes, thrown pottery, figure sketches and bottle-cap dresses along with other works created by local youths. The show opens at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.
Best Bets: This weekend's diet: tangos, bluegrass
I don't know about you, but I am on a diet. Actually, over the last few months, I've been on about six different ultra-hip diets, including wheat-free, dairy-free, wheat-free/dairy-free, low glucose, protein and "Diet for Your Blood Type." I looked into Weight Watchers, but then I read this entry in the online chat where some woman was beside herself jonesing like a crack addict for gummy bears. I don't have that kind of will power.
Joe Page debuts with new band
Anchorage-based bluegrass mandolinist Joe Page will play with the band Silver Creek at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1, at The Alaskan Bar. This weekend's performance will be a debut for Silver Creek, Page said. The band will pick and strum intricate bluegrass instrumentals with banjo, guitar, bass and mandolin, while singing in three-part vocal harmonies. Though the configuration of musicians may be new, none of the musicians are new to playing in bluegrass bands, Page said.